Matilda

Matilda Returns with Multi-Cultural Cast and Big Surprises

By: Ellis Nassour

December 5, 2019: Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly’s West End and Broadway hit musical Matilda returns for a limited engagement at A.R.T. New York Theatres [503 West 53rd Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues], following more than 1,500 performances [March 2013-January 2017] for a revival with a multi-cultural cast of adults and children and more than a few surprise twists. There are five weekend performances Friday-Sunday, December 7 – 22.

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Tony Winner Robert Horn

Robert Horn, Tootsie Best Book Tony Winner, chats with Patrick Christiano just before his triumph at the Tony Awards. 

November 23, 2019:  Now that Tootsie has posted a closing notice, I thought it might be nice to revisit a chat I had with Robert Horn at The Lambs just before he took home the Tony Award. 

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Big Apple Circus

Big Apple Circus: Explodes with WOW! Acts and a Latino Beat

By: Ellis Nassour

November 20, 2019: The Big Apple Circus is back with its blue and white Big Top planted in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, playing through February 2. This 42nd edition is also one of the best ever, crammed with acts that will elicit howls, WOWs, and gasps – and one act that will not only have you on the edge of your seat but also gasping in disbelief.  

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YORK GALA 2019

Honorees André De Shields. Riki Kane Larimer

André De Shields honored with the 2019 Oscar Hammerstein Award and Riki Kane Larimer given the Founders’ Award at the Edison Ballroom.

November 12, 2019:  The York Gala was directed by Michael Unger and included special guest appearances by John Ellison Conlee, Robert Creighton, Darius De Haas, Jeffry Denman, Dawn Driver, Mercedes Ellington, Kylie Kuioka, Teresa Eyring, Ron Lucas, Richard Maltby, Jr., Larry Owens, Tony Perry, Malvinna Rose, Melissa Schott, Marc Shaiman, Edward Tolve, Ekele Ukegbu, Ben Vereen, Anita Welch, Freida Williams, Patrick Wilson, David Yazbek, and The Alumni Ensemble of The Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem and will feature musical numbers from the hit Broadway musicals The Wiz, Hair, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Full Monty and more.

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Paulanne Simmons Unscripted

The Big Lesson from The Great Society

November 7, 2019: Robert Schenkkan’s newest play, The Great Society, chronicles the presidency of Lyndon Johnson from 1964 until Richard Nixon took office in 1968.

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2019 Only Make Believe Gala

Sir Ian McKellen, Dena Hammerstein

By: Iris Wiener

November 6, 2019: Children’s theater company Only Make Believe celebrated its 20th anniversary on November 4th with a gala featuring appearances by Sir Ian McKellen, Alan Cumming and Hayley Mills. The evening included a range of performances from Broadway’s Andy Karl and Orfeh, Brad Oscar, Euan Morton and cast members from Oklahoma!, Wicked and The Book of Mormon

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A Night with Janis Joplin

Acclaimed Broadway Musical, A Night With Janis Joplin, Rocks Cinemas Nationwide November 5-11.

November 4, 2019: The dynamic Broadway musical, A Night With Janis Joplin, starring the Tony nominated Mary Bridget Davis, who originated the role on Broadway plays in movie theaters nationwide starting tomorrow through November 11th. The event is a rare opportunity to feel the power of the Broadway musical on the big screen.  Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and instantly became the Queen of Rock & Roll. The unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with southern comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock over 50 years ago. 

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The Panic Defense

Michael Turner, Francis Mabborang, Joe Hartman, Kas Cunningham

November 1, 2019: How to Get Away with Murder! The Panic Defense, a new play by Sam Affoumado, will be presented as a stage reading at The Playroom Theater, 151 West 46th St. (8th floor), NYC on November 14, 15, 16 @ 7:30 pm. Admission is free. For reservations email: Saffu@aol.com.

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Stella November Line-Up on BroadwayHD

20TH Anniversary Celebration of Putting It Together starring Carol Burnett, plus Donmarwarehouse’s all-female production of Julius Caesar, the hit musical, Nunsense and The Nunsense Sequels starring Rue McClanahan, John Ritter, Vicky Lawrence headline BroadwayHD November Line-UP

November 3, 2019: Broadway HD, the premiere streaming service for theater fans, is heading into November with a terrific lineup, led by knock-out performances of theater classics.

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Kristin Chenoweth

Kristin Chenoweth Talks About and Sings From New Album ‘For the Girls’

By: Sandi Durell

November 1, 2019: Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth met with the press to talk about her newly released album ‘For the Girls’ coming to the Nederlander Theatre for eight performances only November 8-17. The show is musically directed by Mary-Mitchell Campbell and directed by Richard-Jay Alexander.

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Broadway’s 2019 Fall Season

Broadway’s 2019 Fall Season – Bigger Than Ever — Is Off to a Roarin’ Start —  Headlining Acclaimed Stars, Playwrights, and Directors

By: Ellis Nassour

September 27, 2019: There’s something new or old due any day. Wait! No, it’s already here. Broadway’s 2019-2020 Season leaped out of the gate no sooner than the 2018-2019 season ended, even before the Tony Awards. And now you can contemplate all the new and revived works coming or, actually already here, on Broadway this Fall with stellar casts, writers, and directors. 

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Paulanne Simmons Unscripted

A New Side to West Side Story?

September 24, 2019: Theater lovers have been and should be delighted that West Side Story is once again being revived on Broadway. The production, directed by Ivo van Hoveand featuring all-new choreography by “Belgian modern dance luminary” De Keersmaeker, will officially open Feb 6, 2020. And already we are being told by producer Scott Rudin “This is not like any West Side Story anybody has seen.”

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Broadway Back To School Gala

Chita Rivera

FIFTH ANNUAL BROADWAY BACK TO SCHOOL GALA @ EDISON BALLROOM

September 23, 2019: Broadway legend Chita Rivera, Tony Award winners Laura BenantiGavin Creel, and Celia Keenan-Bolger, Tony nominees Hunter Bell, John Cariani, and Megan Hilty, Broadway stars J. Harrison Ghee, and Will Pullen, tap dancer Evan Ruggiero, and honorees (and Tony winners) Marc Shaimanand Scott Wittman, and more celebrated the Fifth Annual Broadway Back To School Gala @ The Edison Ballroom in NYC.

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2019-20 Broadway Update: Creative Casting

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick will star in a revival of Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite”

By: David Sheward

September 15, 2019: Creative casting distinguishes two new Broadway productions. Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker are not the first two stars that come to mind when thinking of leads for Neil Simon’s 1968 three-part comedy Plaza Suite. The real-life couple are comedic talents but they’re not exactly versatile.

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ACA Galleries

Music is the Message: 20th Century Paintings and Drawings on view through October 5.

September 6, 2019: ACA Galleries, 529 West 20th Street in the Chelsea Gallery district, hosted an opening reception for Music is the Message: 20th Century Paintings and Drawings. Featured artists included Romare Bearden Philip Evergood Robert Gwathmey Luis Jimenez Jack Levine James McGarrell Francis Luis Mora Irene Hardwicke Olivieri Joseph Peller Faith Ringgold and others. The exhibition, which consists of works form the ACA inventory, is truly spectacular and will be on view through October 5, 2019.

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