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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Outer Critcs Circle NOMINATIONS

Christy Altomare and Derek Klena in “Anastasia” Photo: Matthew Murphy

Anastasia leads with 13 nominations followed by Hello Dolly with 10, while The Band’s Visit and Come from Away received 7 each.

The Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers covering New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway, welcomed Danny Burstein and Jane Krakowski to announce the nominees for the 2016-17 season on Tuesday, April 25th in the Oak Room at New York’s renowned Algonquin Hotel. 59 West 44th Street.

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Urban Stages to Honor Tony Walton

Tony Walton, Melissa Errico Photo: Barry Gordin

Tony Walton to be honored at The Central Park Boathouse

Urban Stages Board of Directors and Frances Hill, the founding artistic director, will celebrate “The Magic of Set and Costume Design” at their Gala/Benefit on May 15,2017 at the Boathouse in Central Park. Legendary Oscar, Tony, and Emmy award winning set and costume designer Tony Walton will be presented with the 2017 Urban Stages’ Lifetime Achievement Award.  Special guest Melissa Errico, a Tony Nominated Broadway, film and television star, will present the honor to Mr. Walton.

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BC/EFA’s Easter Bonnet Competition

BC/EFA’s Easter Bonnet Competition Raises Record-Breaking $6,379,572

By: Ellis Nassour

Broadway audiences and show auctions helped Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS break another fund-raising record with their donations: $6,379,572. Results were announced and awards were presented at Tuesday’s Easter Bonnet Competition finale at Nederlander’s Minskoff Theatre, home to The Lion King. The total far surpassed last year’s record-setter of $5,528,568.

The top overall fundraising award went to Glenn Close and company of Sunset Boulevard, which raised a jaw-dropping $509,246.

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Live Out Loud

Bruce Cohen Executive Producer on ABC’s “When We Rise” Live Out Loud’s Soaring Spirit Award Honoree

Academy Award-winning producer of film, television and theater, Bruce Cohen will receive Live Out Loud’s Soaring Spirit Award at the 2017 Young Trailblazers Gala! on Monday June 5th. Cohen won the Best Picture Academy Award for producing “American Beauty” (1999) and earned Best Picture nomination for “Milk” (2008).

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Easter Bonnet Competition

A Galaxy of Star Power Will Be on Hand for BC/EFA’s Easter Bonnet Competition: April 24 and 25 

By: Ellis Nassour

What better signifies Spring is officially in the air, and does it with extraordinary finesse — not to mention gorgeously-crafted Easter bonnets and original musical/dance skits? Yes, yes, yes! It’s Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ semi-annual fundraiser, the Easter Bonnet Competition (#BroadwayBonnets). The curtain raises on the end of the 31st annual six-week appeal to audiences on Monday, April 24 at 4:30 P.M., with an encore performance on Tuesday, April 25 at 2 P.M. at Nederlander’s Minskoff Theatre — home to Disney’s long-running The Lion King.  A huge roster of stars will participate as special guests and judges for top prizes (awarded on the 25th). More than 150 actors and dancers, including actors representing Off Broadway and national tours will headline.

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Dolly Day

Bette Midler

To commemorate tonight’s official opening of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler on Broadway, Mayor Bill de Blasio officially proclaimed tomorrow, Friday, April 21, “Dolly Day” in New York City.

The proclamation, was hand-delivered to the Sam S. Shubert Theatre before tonight’s performance.

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The New York Pops Gala

On Monday, May 1, 2017, The New York Pops will celebrate its 34th birthday with a grand gala evening honoring Karen van Bergen, the CEO of Omnicom Public Relations Group, and Tony Award winners Kelli O’Hara and Bartlett Sher

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2017 Miscast Gala

By: Iris Wiener

Norbert Leo Butz as Dreamgirls’ Effie. Carmen Cusack as Hamilton’s King George. Kelli O’Hara as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’s Willy Wonka. The evening’s line-up reads like an April Fool’s joke, but casting this unique is par for the course at MCC Theater’s annual Miscast gala, which was held Monday night at Hammerstein Ballroom. Now celebrating its 30th year, MCC produces the event to help fund their Off-Broadway work, in addition to supporting their Youth Company and in-school partnerships that serve New York City public high school students.

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Bette Midler to be Honored @ The Drama League

Bette Midler

Put on your Sunday clothes!  The Drama League (Executive Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks) will honor Grammy® and Emmy® Award-winning, icon Bette Midler with the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award at this year’s 83rd Annual Drama League Awards, set for Friday afternoon, May 19, 2017 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square (1535 Broadway)

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