2018 Drama League Benefit Gala

Honoree Nathan Lane, Host Mathew Broderick Photo: Barry Gordin

A Musical Celebration of Broadway honoring Nathan Lane

By: Patrick Christiano

November 5, 2018:  Some of Broadway and Hollywood’s brightest stars turned out to honor the incomparable Nathan Lane, a three-time Tony Award winning star of film, television and theater. The event at The Plaza Hotel, a festive musical celebration hosted by Matthew Broderick, was the Drama League’s 35th annual benefit gala, and-also honored producer Fran Weissler for Visionary Leadership in the American Theater.

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Wars Of The Roses: Henry VI & Richard III

Austin Pendleton (left) as King Henry VI and Matt de Rogatis (right) as Richard III in a scene from Mr. Pendleton’s “Wars of the Roses: Henry VI and Richard III” at Theater for the New City

November 3. 2018:  Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Executive Director) announced that due to popular demand they will be presenting Tony nominated theatre luminary Austin Pendleton’s adaptation of Richard III, Shakespeare’s greatest villain, WARS OF THE ROSES: HENRY VI & RICHARD III for three nights only December 3rd, 4th and 5th. 

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Drama Desk Panel

“Expanding the Discourse: Is the Landscape of Theater Changing for Artists with Disabilities?” on Monday, November 12 from 6:30 to 8pm at Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 Eight Ave, Studio 17E

November 5, 2018:  The Drama Desk will host an informal discussion led almost entirely by working artists with disabilities, who will share anecdotes, work stories, and insight on their experience in the industry, as well as suggesting best practices for journalists and critics to keep in mind when writing about people with disabilities.

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Faith Ringgold @ ACA Galleries

Sugar, 1978 Soft sculpture 38 x 8 x 5 in Faith Ringgold

FAITH RINGGOLD:  The 70’s on view October 25 through December 22

October 25, 2018:  ACA Galleries, 529 West 20th Street, in the gallery district hosted an opening reception for Faith Ringgold: The 70s, a solo exhibition featuring Ringgold’s soft sculpture, tankas, political posters and abstractions, which will be on view through December 22. The artist herself was at the opening and will be at ACA Galleries from 1-4pm every Saturday from November 17 through December 15.  Stop by to meet the artist and view works that have rarely  seen. Much of this body of work has never been exhibited.

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My Name Is Gideon: I’m Probably Going To Die, Eventually

October 29, 2018:

All For One Theater (AFO) is pleased to announce the return of Gideon Irving’s  My Name Is Gideon: I’m Probably Going To Die, Eventually, which is being brought back due to popular demand.  The show will begin performances at The Brick Theater (579 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn) on  Friday, November 30th for a limited engagement through Thursday, December 15th

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Jamie deRoy & friends

Nancy Ford, Gretchen Cryer, Ron Abel, Jamie deRoy, Donny Kehr, Joan Ryan,  Allison Blackwell, Richie Goods 

Show at Birdland Theater benefits The Actor’s Fund

October 14, 2018:  Show business ace, Jamie deRoy, an award-winning producer, cabaret, stage, film and TV performer, brought some of Broadway’s favorite stars to the brand-new Birdland Theater for a one night only cabaret show benefitting The Actors Fund: Jamie deRoy & friends Cabaret Initiative, which assists those in the cabaret industry who have medical needs and concerns.

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Hel’s Kitchen

Frank Provenzano, Maggie Bera, Makayla Wilkerson, Michael Basile, Benji Sills

An Equity Stage Reading of Hel’s Kitchen, a new play by Sam Affoumado will be presented at Playroom Theater, 151 West 46th Street (8th Floor) NY, NY 10036  on  October 17th @7pm, October 19th and 20th @7:30pm.

October 9, 2018:  Hel’s Kitchen, a comedy/drama set in The Bronx, New York of 1961, is a realistic account of a watershed weekend in the life of a young woman. Helen, the eighteen-year-old, sewer-mouthed fat girl, has always used her clique to insulate herself from life. Though she is not prepared to leave her teenage years behind, Helen discovers that her relationships with her friends Vinny (the stud), Stanley (the brain) and Fern, a student of “beauty culture,” must be re-defined in order for them to survive as a group and emerge as individuals.

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Broadway to Dim Lights Marin Mazzie RIP

Marin Mazzie


September 14, 2018 — The Broadway community mourns the loss of Tony Award® nominee and Theater Hall of Fame inductee Marin Mazzie, who passed away on Thursday, September 13 at age 57. The Committee of Theatre Owners has decided to dim the lights of the Al Hirschfeld, Broadhurst, Gershwin, Gerald Schoenfeld,  St. James, and Nederlander Theatres in her memory on Wednesday, September 19 at exactly 6:45pm for one minute. 

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Broadway Update

Andrea Martin, Nathan Lane

By: David Sheward

September 12, 2018:  The weirdest press release of the year just came into my mailbox. At first I thought it was a joke. Tony winners Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin will be starring in a new comedy called Gary, A Sequel to Titus Andronicus by Obie-winning performer-playwright Taylor Mac. Weird title, huh? But it’s legit. The show will be directed by another multiple Tony winner George C. Wolfe and begin previews at the Booth Theatre on March 5 with an opening set for April 11. (The Booth will play host to American Son with Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale in a limited run in the fall. Also, Glenda Jackson’s King Lear had announced an April 11 opening but the production will now open on April 4 at the Golden. Jackson will co-star with Elizabeth Marvel, Rita Wilson, Pedro Pascal, Tony winner Jayne Houdyshell, John Douglas Thompson, and Aisling O’Sullivan. Sam Gold of Fun Home directs.)

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American Songbook Association

Marilyn Maye

Marilyn Maye Will Receive an ASA Lifetime Achievement Award Presented by Bob Mackie!

By: Sandi Durell

Cabaret keeps growing because there are enough people and organizations to keep supporting its effort, keeping it alive and growing. The latest on the horizon is ASA – The American Songbook Association presenting its first Annual Gala, in a magnificent celebration of the contributions of Black songwriters and singers.

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Broadway Mourns Neil Simon


August 29, 2018:  The Broadway community mourns the loss of Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, librettist, lyricist, producer and theatre owner/operator Neil Simon, who passed away on Sunday, August 26 at age 91. The Committee of Theatre Owners has decided to dim the lights of Broadway theatres in New York in his memory on Thursday, August 30 at exactly 6:45pm for one minute.

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Avenue Q @ Feinstein’s 54 Below

(Rod) John Tartaglia

Feinstein’s 54 Below celebrated the 15th Anniversary of Tony Award winning AVENUE Q. 

August 2, 2018:  The original cast and creators of Avenue Q, 15 years after their Broadway opening night, revisited the songs, stories, and memories that the show has provided over the last decade and a half. They were joined by friends – both human and felt – from throughout the show’s incredible run.

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Broadway Barks

July 15, 2018:  The 20th Annual Broadway Barks, star-studded dog and cat adoption event benefiting New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies, featured celebrities from the hottest shows currently on Broadway and was produced by  Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS which took take place in Shubert Alley.

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Lucie Arnaz @ Birdland

Lucie Arnaz Headlines Birdland Theater July 17 – 21

By: Ellis Nassour

Emmy Award-winner Lucie Arnaz, in her much anticipated return to New York, will headline Birdland Theater, the cozy new concert site within New York’s iconic Birdland Jazz Club, headlines her new show, I Got The Job: Songs from My Musical Past, at 7 P.M.  July 17, her birthday, through July 21. Ron Abel is music directing.

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