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


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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Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard in Terrence Malick’s ‘Days of Heaven’ (1978)


 The Broadway community mourns the loss of celebrated playwright, actor and novelist Sam Shepard, who passed away on Thursday, July 27th at age 73. The marquees of Broadway theaters in New York will be dimmed in his memory on Wednesday, August 2nd, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.

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Powerhouse Theater

Lin Manuel Miranda Photo: Barry Gordin

Vassar & New York Stage and Film Present Powerhouse Theater

By: Iris Wiener

It’s the 33rd anniversary of Powerhouse Theater, the collaboration between Vassar and New York Stage and Film that is known for birthing new stories that go on to theaters across the country and around the world. Remember Broadway’s Bright Star, written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell? What about John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt? Both projects were developed with Powerhouse Theater. In fact, the 2016 Tony Award winners for Best Play and Best Musical, Stephen Karam’s The Humans and Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, both have histories with Powerhouse.

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Harlem Rep Presents Jamaica

Harlem Rep Presents 60th Anniversary Production of Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg, and Fred Saidy’s Jamaica

 By: Ellis Nassour

The Harlem Repertory Theatre, under the direction of founding artistic director Keith Lee Grant, presents a rare revival of Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg, and Fred Saidy’s colorful musical Jamaica, for 17 Saturday evening performances from July 29th – March 24th at the Tato Laviera Theatre (240 East 123rd Street).

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Up Close: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel 

By: Paulanne Simmons

In you can’t make it to the Vatican this summer or you’d like to see the Michelangelo’s panels in an air-conditioned environment with no crowds and no rush, head over to The Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center, where Up Close: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel has been installed

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Loud and Proud

Spencer Wolfe, Sharon Schiller, Preston Fritz Smith

Loud and Proud: an evening of short plays

By: Barry Gordin

Celebrate Gay Pride in a thought-provoking way. Join the Village Playwrights at 8 pm on June 28 when they honor Gay Pride Month with staged readings of seven jury-chosen, ten-minute plays by some of New York’s most interesting playwrights. The playwrights are: Sam Affoumado, Stephen Barnett, Jack Dyville, Maia Henkin, James Masten, Mike Poblete and Bernard J. Taylor.

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2017 Tony Awards

Bette Midler (Winner Best Actress in a Musical) “Hello Dolly!”

By: Patrick Christiano

Dear Evan Hansen honored with 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, on Broadway’s biggest night.

Dear Evan Hansen, a daring story about lies and loneliness in high school, was the big winner at the 71st Annual Tony Award celebration hosted by Kevin Spacey live from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 11, 2017. Hello Dolly! won 4 Awards, including Best Musical Revival and Bette Midler won for Best Actress in a Musical.  Oslo by J.T. Rogers was named Best Play, and Indecent won 2 Awards, including a surprise win for Director Rebecca Taichman.

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Who will win the 71th Annual Tony Awards, and my choices.

By Patrick Christiano

The Tony Awards, properly known as The American Theatre Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards®, will be presented this year in a ceremony hosted by Tony and Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey broadcast live from the Radio City Music Hall on CBS, Sunday, June 11th, 2017 from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. The evening commemorating 71 years of excellence on Broadway is being presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

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Idina Menzel in “Skintight”

Idina Menzel Returns to the Stage – Next Year — in Roundabout Underground Premiere Skintight

By: Ellis Nassour

It will be slightly over a year, but three-time Tony-nominee and 2004 Tony winner (Wicked) Idina Menzel returns to the stage in Roundabout Theatre Company’s world-premiere of Skintight by Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews, Significant Other). It’s her first time back since her 2014 nomination for Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s musical If/Then. RTC’s artistic director Todd Haimes announced Skintight will be a presentation of Roundabout Underground. Previews begin May 31, 2018, with a June 21 opening, at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre for a limited engagement through August 26, 2018. Menzel is also a four-time Drama Desk nominee.

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Chita Rivera @ Café Carlyle

Chita Rivera is one Hot Mama!

By: Sandi Durell

There aren’t many entertainers, or in this case icons who, at certain tender ages, can still transport their audiences back into great musical history that remains ever present and alive.  Chita Rivera is one of the few and from her opening, there’s no doubt, she’s got “A Lot of Livin’ To Do.” She’s movin’ and a groovin’ through most of her time on that small stage at Café Carlyle that has seen the best celebrity performers throughout the years.  You can’t stop this train!

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Tony Award Press Junket

David Hyde Pierce, Kate Baldwin

A morning to meet and greet the 2017 Tony award nominees
By: Patrick Christiano

The 2017 Tony Award nominees were announced in 24 categories on Tuesday May 2, 2017 and the following morning many showed up at the Sofitel New York Hotel on West 45th Street for a photo op and an informal meet and greet with the press. The casual event is a fun filled morning, a chance to chat with many of the season’s celebrated stars and producers, where everyone is thrilled to be honored with a coveted Tony Award Nomination. In the press room and on the red-carpet attendees, many who performed the previous night and had matinee and/or evening performances afterwards that same day, were laughing and having a ball.

I asked many of the nominees I spoke with “What does this mean to you?”

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Lone Star

By: Paulanne Simmons

Written by James McClure and directed by Pete McElligott, Lone Star is a rollicking exploration of male identity. The one-act comedy, presented by NINE Theatricals in association with Genesis Repertory, is set in the 70s and focuses on a macho-man trying to regain his life after serving in Vietnam.

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Waterwell Presents Hamlet

Waterwell’s dual-language re-imagining of Hamlet  Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy, starring Tony nominees Arian Moayed (Hamlet), Micah Stock (Horatio), and Sherie Rene Scott (Gertrude) will be performed at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture May 10- June 3, 2017. Original music will be by renowned Iranian musician Mohsen Namjoo.

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