Hamptons International Film Festival 2017

Annette Bening, Alec Baldwin

Hamptons International Film Festival honored Julie Andrews and Patrick Stewart.

By: Patrick Christiano

October 9, 2017:  The Hamptons International Film Festival, now in its 25th season, was a smashing success over a four-day period from October 5-9 in East Hampton and Sag Harbor, where a diverse range of over 115 films from countries all over the world were screened. Provocative discussions with well-respected film artists, Rob Riener, Patrick Stewart, and Annette Bening, were amongst the festivals highlights, along with the awards.

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The African Mean Girls Play

It was press day October 10 for MCC Theater’s World Premiere of School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play. Tony Award winning director Rebecca Taichman and 2017-18 Tow Playwright-in-Residence Jocelyn Bloh and the cast were on hand to speak with the press and give some insight into what the play is about as well as their roles.

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Wurlitzer

Mark Herman

Better Days Ahead for the Wurlitzer and the Brooklyn Paramount

By: Paulanne Simmons

If you’re a fan of organ music, there are only two places in New York City you can enjoy the sounds of the magnificent Wurlitzer theater organ. One is in Radio City Music Hall. The other is in the Schwartz Athletic Center at Long Island University, formerly the Brooklyn Paramount Theater. And in the latter, the sound of a dribbled basketball and running feet most often replaces the swelling music of the mighty organ. But not for long.

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Frances Ruffelle

Frances Rufelle

Tony Award winner Frances Ruffelle is back in town with her stunning solo performance: “Frances Ruffelle Live(S) in New York!” an intimate evening of song that whispers seductive secrets, lays bare the naked truth and explodes with the one of a kind bottle rocket charisma that’s kept “Frankie’s” ardent fans coming back for more since she created the iconic role of “Eponine” in “Les Miserables” and turned “On My Own” into one of Broadway’s most beloved standards.

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Showstopper Divas/Divos

Randie Levine-Miller hosted a megawatt “Showstopper Divas/Divos” concert at The Triad Monday night.  The show starred Beth Fowler; Lee Roy Reams; Adam Grupper; Barbara Minkus; Richard Skipper; Susan Vardy, and Kathleen Waters, and benefited The Actors Fund.

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Peace: Love, Rock and Revolution @ ACA Galleries

Jimi Hendrix Filming Janis Joplin Backstage, 1968, 2017, archival pigment print edition of 25, 30 x 40 in.

Photographs of Jim Marshall (1936-2010)

September 14, 2017: ACA Galleries, 529 West 20th Street, in the Gallery Districted hosted an opening reception for Peace: Love, Rock and Revolution, an exhibition of photographs by Jim Marshall, who captured many of the most important cultural and social events of the 1960s and 1970s.

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Chita Rivera Awards

First Annual Chita Rivera Awards Honoring Dance and Dancers

 By: Ellis Nassour 

The first annual Chita Rivera Awards, named in honor of  10-time Tony nominee and two-time winner Chita Rivera, who rose from the gypsy ensemble to stardom and one of theater’s most loved personalties, celebrated dance and choreographic excellence. They were hosted by Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth, Monday at the Hirschfeld Theatre.

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Broadway Announcements

Nathan Lane and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett in Angels in America at London’s National Theatre Photo: Helen Maybanks

By: David Sheward

There’s been a flock of new Broadway announcements lately. The smash hit National Theater revival of Tony Kushner’s two-part epic Angels in America will be winging its way from London to New York and the long-gestating stage adaptation of the beloved classic To Kill a Mockingbird has confirmed an opening date.

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Chita Rivera Awards

Bebe Neuwirth Hosts First Annual Chita Rivera Awards, Honoring Dance/Dancers, September 11

By: Ellis Nassour

The first Chita Rivera Awards, which will annually honor dance and dancers, named, of course, in honor of the beloved Broadway gypsy who segued to Tony-winning star, will be presented Monday, September 11 at 7:30 P.M. at the Hirschfeld Theatre with an all-star line-up of performers and presenters.

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Bernadette Peters IN “Hello Dolly!”

Bernadette Peters Photo: Barry Gordin

 WOW, WOW, WOW, FELLAS! STARTING JANUARY 20, 2018

Producer Scott Rudin announced  that the legendary two-time Tony Award®-winning Bernadette Peters, capping a 60-years-long career of triumph after triumph as “the most accomplished musical comedy star of her generation”

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RIP Thomas Meehan

Thomas Meehan (1927- 2017)

BROADWAY TO DIM ITS LIGHTS ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 AT 7:45 PM IN MEMORY OF AWARD WINNING WRITER THOMAS MEEHAN

The Broadway community mourns the loss of multiple Tony Award® winner Thomas Meehan, who passed away on Monday, August 21st at age 88. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in his memory on Wednesday, August 30th, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.

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RIP Stuart Thompson

Stuart Thompson Photo: Marc Bryan-Brown

BROADWAY TO DIM ITS LIGHTS ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2017 AT 6:45 PM IN MEMORY OF PROLIFIC PRODUCER AND GENERAL MANAGER STUART THOMPSON

 CREDITS INCLUDE OVER 70 BROADWAY SHOWS

The Broadway community mourns the loss of Tony Award® winner Stuart Thompson, who died on August 17th at age 62. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in his memory on Tuesday, August 22nd at exactly 6:45pm for one minute.

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Andy Karl

Andy Karl

Andy Karl’s Portrait Unveiling at Tony’s Di Napoli

By: Iris Wiener

It was a bittersweet evening at Broadway’s mainstay Tony’s Di Napoli on August 17th, as Andy Karl and the cast of Groundhog Day gathered for the restaurant’s celebration of a portrait unveiling.

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Frozen

Frozen Tickets Go On Sale Monday Aug 14, 2017  for Disney’s Stage Adaptation 

By: Ellis Nassour

Though the St. James Theatre box office will not be open until November 13, single tickets for the much-anticipated stage adaptation of Disney’s Frozen go on sale Monday. Performances begin at the renovated St. James on February 22, with opening night planned for mid-March 2018.

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Barbara Cook

BROADWAY TO DIM ITS LIGHTS ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2017 AT 7:45 PM IN MEMORY OF TONY AWARD® WINNING ACTRESS & SINGER BARBARA COOK

The Broadway community mourns the loss of legendary actress and recording artist Barbara Cook, who passed away on Tuesday, August 8th at age 89. The marquees of Broadway theaters in New York will be dimmed in her memory on Wednesday, August 9th at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.

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