Mercedes Ellington

Mercedes Ellington

Mercedes Ellington & The Friars Club celebrate Lifetime Achievement in Dance Award & Surprise film!

Mercedes Ellington is not only Broadway Royalty, but also the ‘carrier of the torch’ for the critically important ‘Duke Ellington legacy’ here in the United States. 

She’ll have much to celebrate on December 20th at New York’s historic Friars Club. 

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A Christmas Carol

Paul Bolger will perform the classic at West Hempstead Public Library Sunday, December 17 at 2pm

In what is becoming a Holiday tradition, stage actor Paul Bolger will perform Charles Dicken’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL playing all the parts in a solo interpretation that he adapted from the Dicken’s classic. This gifted actor is sure to put a smile on your face and send home with renewed joy for the spirit of the season.  Paul has been performing the seasonal favorite for the past 25 years at schools and special needs communities throughout the country.  Sunday, December 17th at 2pm  DOWNSTAIRS @ West Hempstead Public Library 500 Hempstead Avenue.

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Not Another Christmas Letter

Not Another Christmas Letter! Isn’t Your Typical Holiday Musical

By: Ellis Nassour

The Nightmare Before Christmas isn’t just a movie. It’s what you get when you open your mailbox and find one of those long, drawn out Christmas letters, sometimes even from someone you like, that go into great detail about what has transpired in their lives – month by month by month by month.

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BC/EFA Gypsy of the Year

BC/EFA Gypsy of the Year Competition Shatters Another Record: Red Bucket Brigade Collects $5,609,211 for Health
and Outreach Services

By: Ellis Nassour

The 29th edition of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ annual Gypsy of the Year Competition, held Monday and Tuesday at the historic New Amsterdam Theatre, home of Disney’s Aladdin, shattered even the wildest expectations. A mind-boggling record amount of $5,609,211 — $379,545 more than last December’s record tally. Thanks go to the hundreds of tireless volunteers in the Bucket Brigade and casts of 56 Broadway, Off Broadway, and touring shows  and their amazingly generous audiences during the six –week fundraising period.

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Drama Desk Meeting

Glenn Loney named DD Distinguished Service Member.

December 4, 2017: The Drama Desk honored Glenn Loney, PhD at their annual meeting on Monday naming him the Drama Desk’s Distinguished Service Member in recognition of his career achievements and his contributions to the Drama Desk. His long-time companion Scott Benett read prepared remarks on his behalf.

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A Kind Shot

Terri Mateer

Back by popular demand, A KIND SHOT, the critically acclaimed one-woman show by former basketball star and model Terri Mateer hits the boards at the TBG Studio Theatre (312 West 36th Street) January 6th,  through February 25, 2018. 

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Big Apple Circus

The Big Apple Circus Returns Bigger, Better, More Dazzling, and Thrilling Than Ever

By: Ellis Nassour

After a one year hiatus, New York’s home-grown Big Apple Circus has made a triumphant return, premiering its 40th Anniversary season at its longtime home under the big top in Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park, with performances through January 7. Rescued by Big Top Works , this New York original and intimate one-ring “circus with a heart” is back bigger, better, and newer than ever.

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Legs Diamond @ 54 Below

Peter Allen (far right) and the company of the Original 1988-89 Broadway Production of “Legs Diamond”

The Original Broadway Cast  INCLUDING CHRISTINE ANDREAS, BRENDA BRAXTON, BOB STILLMAN  and more in 
LEGS DIAMOND 30TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION CONCERT  

FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW (254 West 54 Street NYC), Broadway’s Supper Club, presents the Original Broadway cast of the much heralded musical in Legs Diamond 30th Anniversary Reunion Concert on Sunday, December 3 at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm.

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Anyone Can Fly

Faith Ringgold, Vaughn Bergen

16th Annual Exhibition & Silent Auction hosted by ACA Galleries

November 8, 2017:  The 16th Annual Anyone Can Fly exhibition and silent auction hosted by ACA Galleries at Affirmation Arts, 523 West 37th Street, featured a remarkable selection of art at the silent auction. Selected works were posted online for preview and early bidding prior to the event. Music at the festive evening was by the Jazz Doctors starring M.C. Joe Camardo. Dancing to the trio’s vivacious tunes  followed the auction.

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Drama League Gala

Steve Martin

The Drama League Winter Benefit Gala honored Steve Martin at the Plaza

By: Patrick Christiano

November 6, 2017: Some of Broadway and Hollywood’s brightest stars applauded Steve Martin, a true renaissance man, at The Plaza, where The Drama League honored him on Monday evening. The League’s 34th Annual Musical Celebration was a vivid reminder of Mr. Martin’s immense talents as not only a successful actor, and comedian, but also a writer, producer, and musician. The man, who plays the piano and the banjo, is a renowned celebrity and yet he retains the goofy down to earth demeanor, which brought him to prominence on The Smothers Brother Comedy Hour in the 1960s. 

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Only Make Believe

Josh Groban

By: Iris Wiener

November 6th was a celebration of the magic of theatre, as the Broadway community came out to support Only Make Believe at its annual gala. OMB is a non-profit organization that creates and performs interactive theatre for children in hospitals and care facilities. The organization, which has served over 52,000 children since 1999, honored singer and new Broadway star Josh Groban for his philanthropic work with Find Your Life Foundation.

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Housewives of Secaucus

Housewives of Secaucus – A Suburban Travesty Spins Off in NYC

By: Paulanne Simmons

Back in 2012, when The Real Housewives franchise was at its height, playwright, actress and producer Nancy Levine saw an opportunity. Her company, Laugh Out Loud Productions, had been producing shows for seniors, called “luncheon shows,” for a while, and she needed a new play. 

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Lion Pride

Lion Pride: Disney’s Spectacular Lion King Celebrates 20 Years on Broadway

By: Ellis Nassour

The Tony-winning Best Musical which set a new definition for spectacle in its eye-popping production, Disney’s The Lion King reaches a new plateau not only in the African Plains but also on Broadway at the Minskoff Theatre on the 13th when it celebrates its 20th Anniversary. The story of lion cub Simba soon became a unprecedented worldwide phenomenon. Audiences of all ages were dazzled by its imagination, color, music, and joy.

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More Suds

Edward Tolve, Adam Davenport, Michael Lorz

Stage Reading of More Suds a new play by Sam Affoumado
Playroom Theater, 151 West 46th Street (8th Floor) NYC
November 14th and November 15th @7pm.

More Suds is the second installment of a gay serial, comedy-drama written for the stage.

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Betty Corwin

Betty Corwin to Be Honored for Creating Archive to Preserve Live Theater

By: Ellis Nassour

Betty Corwin, one of the most respected and beloved professionals on the sidelines of theater for years, is being honored by the League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW) not only for championing gender parity in theater for 35 years, but also for her efforts in preserving live theater beginning in 1969 as founder and former director of the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive (TOFT) at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.  

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