Loud and Proud

Spencer Wolfe, Sharon Schiller, Preston Fritz Smith

Loud and Proud: an evening of short plays

By: Barry Gordin

Celebrate Gay Pride in a thought-provoking way. Join the Village Playwrights at 8 pm on June 28 when they honor Gay Pride Month with staged readings of seven jury-chosen, ten-minute plays by some of New York’s most interesting playwrights. The playwrights are: Sam Affoumado, Stephen Barnett, Jack Dyville, Maia Henkin, James Masten, Mike Poblete and Bernard J. Taylor.

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2017 Tony Awards

Bette Midler (Winner Best Actress in a Musical) “Hello Dolly!”

By: Patrick Christiano

Dear Evan Hansen honored with 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, on Broadway’s biggest night.

Dear Evan Hansen, a daring story about lies and loneliness in high school, was the big winner at the 71st Annual Tony Award celebration hosted by Kevin Spacey live from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 11, 2017. Hello Dolly! won 4 Awards, including Best Musical Revival and Bette Midler won for Best Actress in a Musical.  Oslo by J.T. Rogers was named Best Play, and Indecent won 2 Awards, including a surprise win for Director Rebecca Taichman.

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My 2017 TONY PREDICTIONS

Who will win the 71th Annual Tony Awards, and my choices.

By Patrick Christiano

The Tony Awards, properly known as The American Theatre Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards®, will be presented this year in a ceremony hosted by Tony and Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey broadcast live from the Radio City Music Hall on CBS, Sunday, June 11th, 2017 from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. The evening commemorating 71 years of excellence on Broadway is being presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

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Idina Menzel in “Skintight”

Idina Menzel Returns to the Stage – Next Year — in Roundabout Underground Premiere Skintight

By: Ellis Nassour

It will be slightly over a year, but three-time Tony-nominee and 2004 Tony winner (Wicked) Idina Menzel returns to the stage in Roundabout Theatre Company’s world-premiere of Skintight by Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews, Significant Other). It’s her first time back since her 2014 nomination for Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s musical If/Then. RTC’s artistic director Todd Haimes announced Skintight will be a presentation of Roundabout Underground. Previews begin May 31, 2018, with a June 21 opening, at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre for a limited engagement through August 26, 2018. Menzel is also a four-time Drama Desk nominee.

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Chita Rivera @ Café Carlyle

Chita Rivera is one Hot Mama!

By: Sandi Durell

There aren’t many entertainers, or in this case icons who, at certain tender ages, can still transport their audiences back into great musical history that remains ever present and alive.  Chita Rivera is one of the few and from her opening, there’s no doubt, she’s got “A Lot of Livin’ To Do.” She’s movin’ and a groovin’ through most of her time on that small stage at Café Carlyle that has seen the best celebrity performers throughout the years.  You can’t stop this train!

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Tony Award Press Junket

David Hyde Pierce, Kate Baldwin

A morning to meet and greet the 2017 Tony award nominees
By: Patrick Christiano

The 2017 Tony Award nominees were announced in 24 categories on Tuesday May 2, 2017 and the following morning many showed up at the Sofitel New York Hotel on West 45th Street for a photo op and an informal meet and greet with the press. The casual event is a fun filled morning, a chance to chat with many of the season’s celebrated stars and producers, where everyone is thrilled to be honored with a coveted Tony Award Nomination. In the press room and on the red-carpet attendees, many who performed the previous night and had matinee and/or evening performances afterwards that same day, were laughing and having a ball.

I asked many of the nominees I spoke with “What does this mean to you?”

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Lone Star

By: Paulanne Simmons

Written by James McClure and directed by Pete McElligott, Lone Star is a rollicking exploration of male identity. The one-act comedy, presented by NINE Theatricals in association with Genesis Repertory, is set in the 70s and focuses on a macho-man trying to regain his life after serving in Vietnam.

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Waterwell Presents Hamlet

Waterwell’s dual-language re-imagining of Hamlet  Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy, starring Tony nominees Arian Moayed (Hamlet), Micah Stock (Horatio), and Sherie Rene Scott (Gertrude) will be performed at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture May 10- June 3, 2017. Original music will be by renowned Iranian musician Mohsen Namjoo.

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UniverSoul Circus

UniverSoul Circus Plays the New York Area Under the Big Top through May 29

By: Ellis Nassour

The tent is pitched, sawdust has been spread. There’re funnel cakes, nachos, cotton candy, and ice-cold drinks aplenty as the 24th edition of UniverSoul Circus — acclaimed as one of the nation’s Top 10 Most Requested Family Events — plays the NY area — Queens, Newark, and for the first time ever, Mount Vernon — through May 29. 

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The NY Pops’ “Something Wonderful”

The New York Pops 34th Birthday Gala “Something Wonderful”

By: Iris Wiener

Those of us who frequent Broadway musicals easily forget how epically different a piece of music can be when performed in larger formats. It’s truly “Something Wonderful” when The New York Pops take to the stage, as was demonstrated on May 1st with their 34th Birthday Gala, honoring Tony winners Kelli O’Hara and Bartlett Sher, and Karen van Bergen, the CEO of Omnicom Public Relations Group. The concert, which was conducted and directed by Steven Reineke, celebrated the decade long partnership between O’Hara and Sher, as well as individual triumphs that have won them several accolades.

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A Salute to the 2017 Tony Awards

Musicals on TV: Paley Centers, NY/LA Salute the 2017 Tony Awards with Screenings of Musical Film Adaptations

By: Ellis Nassour

Sundays this merry month of May, a month that leads up to the hotly competitive Tony Awards, telecast on CBS on June 11, the Paley Centers [New York and Los Angeles] for Media, with Playbill, are saluting Broadway musicals adapted for TV and screen. There are classic tunes galore, along with the work of notable choreographers and lavish costuming. Along with the adaptations, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which was commissioned for TV [with the stage adaptation to come later], will be shown.

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Grace Hartigan @ ACA Galleries

Dorian Bergen, Rex Stevens, Mikaela LaMarche

Grace Hartigan (1922-2008)
ACA Galleries features paintings and works on paper by Grace Hartigan through June 3, 2017

On Saturday April 29th ACA Galleries at 529 West 20th Street in the gallery district hosted an opening reception of an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Grace Hartigan form the 1940s to 2000s that will be on view until June 3, 2017. She was the recipient of numerous awards during her lifetime.

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James Earl Jones To Receive Special Tony

James Earl Jones

JAMES EARL JONES TO BE HONORED WITH THE 2017 SPECIAL TONY AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN THE THEATRE

Two-time Tony Award winner and icon of stage and screen James Earl Jones will be this year’s recipient of the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

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Broadway Unplugged

Scott Siegel Launches 15th Annual Broadway Unplugged,
Town Hall, May 1

By: Beau Jared

Among Scott Siegel’s headliners for his launch of the 15th Annual Broadway Unplugged on May 1 at 8 P.M. at Town Hall will be Tony, Drama Desk-nominee Stephanie J. Block (DD nominee, Falsettos revival; Mystery of Edwin Drood revival; headliner on first Unplugged); Tony, DD-nominee Emily Skinner (Billy Elliot, original Side Show, upcoming Prince of Broadway); and Tony, DD-nominee Max von Essen (An American in Paris, Evita revival).

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