Easter Bonnet Competition

Broadway Care/Equity Fights AIDS’ 33rd Annual Easter Bonnet Competition Monday and Tuesday at the Minskoff Theatre

By: Ellis Nassour

April 23, 2019: The Red Bucket Brigade (#redbuckets) has completed their Spring end-of-theater mission. Volunteers across 22 Broadway and Off Broadway shows and also touring companies, their casts, and crews have lobbied tirelessly for the last six weeks to benefit the multitude of programs Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS supports. Their efforts culminate and will be honored at the 33rd Annual Easter Bonnet Competition(#BroadwayBonnets)at the Minskoff Theatre, home of Disney’s The Lion King.There are two performances: Monday at 4:30 P.M., Tuesday at 2 P.M.

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Drama League Nominations

Alex timbers,Kelli O’Hara, Taylor Mac

April 17, 2019: The Drama League (Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Executive Artistic Director) announced the 2019 Drama League Awards Nominees for Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the much-coveted Distinguished Performance Award. The nominations were announced by the current stars of Waitress, Shoshana Bean and Jeremy Jordan, at Sardi’s Restaurant.

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BroadwayHD screens 42nd Street

Stewart F. Lane, Bonnie Comley

Special screening of acclaimed West End revival of 42nd Street @ AMC on 42nd Street

April 17, 2019:  BroadwayHD, the premier streaming platform for live theater, hosted a special screening of visionary director Mark Bramble’s acclaimed West End revival of 42nd Street, the Tony Award winning musical of 1981, which closed in London this past January.  BroadwayHD founders, Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comely, kicked off the special screening with an introduction of how the film came to be after they flew to London to see acclaimed musical and meeting with Bramble. The dazzling film by BroadwayHD captures the intensity and passion of the original West End production and is the next best thing to a seat in the theater.  It will debut in movie theaters as a Fathom event on May 1 for a limited theatrical release before becoming an exclusive on the BroadwayHD  lineup.

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Tomatoes Got Talent

Faye Menken Schneier, Peter Filichia, Randie Levine Miller, Cheryl Benton, Sandi Durell, Roni Jenkins,Valerie Smaldone


April 21, 2019: Singer Christina Connors was named the winner of the 6th Annual “Tomatoes Got Talent” Contest at The Triad on Monday, April 15. Celebrating the talents of extraordinary women over 40 who have made their marks and their livings outside of the entertainment world, but who consider the craft of singing and performing to be integral to their lives.

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WP Theater’s Anniversary Gala

Charlotte St, Martin, President of The Broadway League, presenting Bonnie Comley with Women of Achievement Award

WP Theater’s 40th Anniversary Gala honors Women of Achievement.

April 16, 2019:  WP Theater’s 40th Anniversary Gala honoring game-changing women with the Women of Achievement awards was held on Monday at the Edison Ballroom on West 47th Street in the Theater District. The gala honored three-time Tony Award-Winning Producer & Founder of BroadwayHD Bonnie Comley (A Gentleman’s Guide, War Horse), Award-Winning actress, activist, and singer-songwriter Amanda Seyfried  (Mamma Mia, Dear John, Mean Girls), and Grammy Award-winning songwriter and recording artist Emily Warren (The Chainsmokers’ “Don’t Let Me Down”, Dua Lipa’s “New Rules”).

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Tomatoes Got Talent

Randie Levine-Miller

6th Annual “TOMATOES GOT TALENT” Contest Takes Center Stage at the TRIAD.

On April 15, 2019, 12 uniquely-talented women have been hand-picked to compete in the 6th Annual “Tomatoes Got Talent” contest which celebrates the talents of women over 40.  Hosted by Randie Levine-Miller, the high-spirited juried contest takes place at The Triad Theatre, 158 West 72nd Street, on Monday April 15 at 7pm.

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Drama Desk Awards

Michael Urie Photo: Barry Gordin

Drama Desk winner Michael Urie will host the 64th Annual Drama Desk Awards

April 8, 2019: The 64th Annual Drama Desk Awards will be presented Sunday, June 2 at The Town Hall in New York City, and tickets will go on sale tomorrow, April 9th  at 12pm EST. Michael Urie is set to host for the fourth consecutive time. He starred on Broadway this past fall in a revival of Harvey Fiersten’s Torch Song Trilogy to excellent reviews and said, “I’ll certainly be more chill hosting the Drama Desks for a fourth time,” adding, “In fact, this year I’m going to introduce myself to Glenda Jackson!”

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Anyone Can Fly

Faith Ringgold

17th Annual Benefit and Silent Auction 

April 2, 2019:   The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling with ACA Galleries hosted The Anyone Can Fly Benefit and Silent Auction on Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm at the Children’s Museum, 898 Nicholas Avenue at 155th Street in Harlem. ACA Galleries, a champion of Faith Ringgold, has hosted the benefit for the past 17 years and was there along with Paul Gunther, the Executive Director of Gracie Mansion Conservancy. Faith has a new installation at Gracie Mansion of Tar Beach II, which Faith made because of the demand for Tar Beach I. 

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Stephen Sondheim Trubute

Lyrics & Lyricists celebrated legendary composer Stephen Sondheim in “Wordplay” at the 92Y’s renowned series on 3/30-4-1/19.

By: Linda Amiel Burns

April 2, 2019: In 1971 Stephen Sondheim gave a talk at the first season of the renowned series Lyrics & Lyricists and Ted Chapin, the present Artistic Director, taped this historic event. It was the first talk Sondheim had ever delivered and as Ted says, “it remains an extraordinary primer in theatrical lyric writing. He was brilliant, witty and provocative and wasn’t sure whether lyric writing is an art or a craft, since there are such strictures involved.” 

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Paulanne Simmons Unscripted

Life Is Filled with (Wonderful) Surprises

April 1, 2019: Nine years ago I was holding auditions for a staged reading of my musical In the Schoolyard at the Dramatist Guild. Most of the people were auditioning by appointment. But at one point a young man walked in and said he’d noticed our sign and would like to audition.

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Broadway by the Year

Town Hall Presents Scott Siegel’s Broadway by the Year 1943/1951 on March 25

By: Ellis Nassour

March 22, 2019: Town Hall presents Scott Siegel’s Broadway by the Year, now in its 19th season, will showcase Broadway musicals of 1943 and 1951, on Monday March 25, 2019 at 8 P.M. Siegel will also direct and host. These unique time capsules of the Great White Way are a treasured trip down Memory Lane for theater lovers.

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Holy Day Opens at New Ohio

Premiere of a New Drama by Andrew Bovell

March 15, 2019:  Andrew Bovell’s new drama,Holy Day, set in Australia, 1850  opened at the New Ohio Theater in the West Village directed by Barbara Rubin and Heather Benton.  Produced by The New Natives, founded in 2015 by Charly Clive and Jillian Geurts. Their production company will change names shorty and will live on with an entirely new name, which they feel will better represent their mission.

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Westminster Dog Show

Winner Best in Show Wire Haired Fox Terrier “King”

Wire Hair Fox Terrier, King, takes Best in Show

February 12, 2019: King, a Wire Hair Fox Terrier, triumphed over last year’s Best in Show winner and crowd favorite Bean, a Sussex Spaniel, who earlier in the evening was named the winner of the Sporting Group for a second year in a row.

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Westminster Dog Show

The dogs take over Madison Square Garden for two nights.

February 11, 2019: On Monday evening competition at the143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show moved from Pier 92 & Pier 94, where the preliminary breed competition is held, to Madison Square Garden, where the group competition began at 7pm. In total 2800 dogs compete in seven groups. Monday evening was the Hounds, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding groups, which will be followed on Tuesday by Sporting, Working and Terrier groups. On Tuesday the seven group winners will compete for the coveted title of Best in Show at Westminster.

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Westminster Agility 2019

Border Collie, Verb, takes top prize at Agility Championship.

February 10, 2019: Border Collies dominated on Saturday at the 6th Annual Westminster Agility Championships presented by Purina Pro Plan.  Not only did Verb, a Border Collie, take the top prize, along with winning the 20” category, Pink, another Border Collie, won the 16” category with a narrow victory over Boss. 

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