The New York Pops 36th Birthday Gala

By: Magda Katz

April 30, 2019: Lena Hall and Ingrid Michaelson joined  guest artists from across the recording industry and the Broadway community on the stage of Carnegie Hall  to pay tribute to their friend and inspiration Cyndi Lauper . Performing Lauper’s hits were: Boy George, Estelle, Bridget Everett, Nona Hendryx, Carly Rae Jepsen, Alex Newell, Stark Sands and Elaine Caswell.

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Max Vernon @ Joe’s Pub

Ellie Heyman, Max Vernon, Leah Lane

Max Vernon’s Existential Life Crisis Lullaby at Joe’s Pub

April 27, 2019: Max Vernon returned to Joe’s Pub on April 23 with Existential Life Crisis Lullaby, a concert, featuring special guests Andy Mientus, Michael Longoria, Jo Lampert, Fancy Feast, Sophia Ramos, Helen Park, Gianna Masi, Avery Leigh Draut, Michelle Geo and Leah Lane. Ellie Heyman directed Vernon’s six-month residency and series of shows at Joe’s Pub.

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Drama Desk Nominations

April 25, 2019: The nominees for the 2018-2019 Drama Desk Awards were announced today during the broadcast of Live at Noon on NY1. Anchor Roma Torre and Frank DiLella, host of On Stage, rolled out a partial list of those nominated during Live at Noon on NY1. Michael Urie, who will host the Drama Desk Awards on June 2nd at the The Town Hall, joined Torre and DiLella for a brief chat on some of the nominations for outstanding achievement in theater this season.

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Tony Awards Lifetime Achievement

April 25, 2019: The Tony Awards Administration Committee announced today that Tony Award winning actress Rosemary Harris,Tony Award winning playwright Terrence McNally and Tony nominated composer and musician Harold Wheeler will be the 2019 recipients of the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

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Oklahoma!

Five Reasons Why Everyone Can and Should Say No to Oklahoma!

By: Iris Wiener

April 25, 2019: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! has been called “a classic” and deemed “groundbreaking,” yet after taking in Daniel Fish’s current production at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre, one can’t help but wonder why.

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OCC Nominations

Michael Urie, Julie Halston

Hadestown, with 12,heads the list of Outer Critics Circle nominees for 2018 – 2019 season. 

April 23, 2019:   Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators covering New York theater for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway, announced the nominees for the 2018-19 season. Broadway’s “Tootsie” star Julie Halston along with “Torch Song” sensation Michael Urie presided over the announcement ceremony at 11am in the Oak Room at New York’s renowned Algonquin Hotel on West 44th Street. 
Photography: Barry Gordin

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Easter Bonnet Competition

Broadway Care/Equity Fights AIDS’ 33rd Annual Easter Bonnet Competition Monday and Tuesday at the Minskoff Theatre

By: Ellis Nassour

April 23, 2019: The Red Bucket Brigade (#redbuckets) has completed their Spring end-of-theater mission. Volunteers across 22 Broadway and Off Broadway shows and also touring companies, their casts, and crews have lobbied tirelessly for the last six weeks to benefit the multitude of programs Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS supports. Their efforts culminate and will be honored at the 33rd Annual Easter Bonnet Competition(#BroadwayBonnets)at the Minskoff Theatre, home of Disney’s The Lion King.There are two performances: Monday at 4:30 P.M., Tuesday at 2 P.M.

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Drama League Nominations

Alex timbers,Kelli O’Hara, Taylor Mac

April 17, 2019: The Drama League (Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Executive Artistic Director) announced the 2019 Drama League Awards Nominees for Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the much-coveted Distinguished Performance Award. The nominations were announced by the current stars of Waitress, Shoshana Bean and Jeremy Jordan, at Sardi’s Restaurant.

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BroadwayHD screens 42nd Street

Stewart F. Lane, Bonnie Comley

Special screening of acclaimed West End revival of 42nd Street @ AMC on 42nd Street

April 17, 2019:  BroadwayHD, the premier streaming platform for live theater, hosted a special screening of visionary director Mark Bramble’s acclaimed West End revival of 42nd Street, the Tony Award winning musical of 1981, which closed in London this past January.  BroadwayHD founders, Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comely, kicked off the special screening with an introduction of how the film came to be after they flew to London to see acclaimed musical and meeting with Bramble. The dazzling film by BroadwayHD captures the intensity and passion of the original West End production and is the next best thing to a seat in the theater.  It will debut in movie theaters as a Fathom event on May 1 for a limited theatrical release before becoming an exclusive on the BroadwayHD  lineup.

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Tomatoes Got Talent

Faye Menken Schneier, Peter Filichia, Randie Levine Miller, Cheryl Benton, Sandi Durell, Roni Jenkins,Valerie Smaldone

6th ANNUAL “TOMATOES GOT TALENT” ANNOUNCES WINNERS! CHRISTINA CONNORS WINS! RUNNER-UPS ARE KELLY MAGUIRE, TERRI LEVY, EVANGELINE JOHNS, AND CAMILLE DIAMON

April 21, 2019: Singer Christina Connors was named the winner of the 6th Annual “Tomatoes Got Talent” Contest at The Triad on Monday, April 15. Celebrating the talents of extraordinary women over 40 who have made their marks and their livings outside of the entertainment world, but who consider the craft of singing and performing to be integral to their lives.

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WP Theater’s Anniversary Gala

Charlotte St, Martin, President of The Broadway League, presenting Bonnie Comley with Women of Achievement Award

WP Theater’s 40th Anniversary Gala honors Women of Achievement.

April 16, 2019:  WP Theater’s 40th Anniversary Gala honoring game-changing women with the Women of Achievement awards was held on Monday at the Edison Ballroom on West 47th Street in the Theater District. The gala honored three-time Tony Award-Winning Producer & Founder of BroadwayHD Bonnie Comley (A Gentleman’s Guide, War Horse), Award-Winning actress, activist, and singer-songwriter Amanda Seyfried  (Mamma Mia, Dear John, Mean Girls), and Grammy Award-winning songwriter and recording artist Emily Warren (The Chainsmokers’ “Don’t Let Me Down”, Dua Lipa’s “New Rules”).

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Tomatoes Got Talent

Randie Levine-Miller

6th Annual “TOMATOES GOT TALENT” Contest Takes Center Stage at the TRIAD.

On April 15, 2019, 12 uniquely-talented women have been hand-picked to compete in the 6th Annual “Tomatoes Got Talent” contest which celebrates the talents of women over 40.  Hosted by Randie Levine-Miller, the high-spirited juried contest takes place at The Triad Theatre, 158 West 72nd Street, on Monday April 15 at 7pm.

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Drama Desk Awards

Michael Urie Photo: Barry Gordin

Drama Desk winner Michael Urie will host the 64th Annual Drama Desk Awards

April 8, 2019: The 64th Annual Drama Desk Awards will be presented Sunday, June 2 at The Town Hall in New York City, and tickets will go on sale tomorrow, April 9th  at 12pm EST. Michael Urie is set to host for the fourth consecutive time. He starred on Broadway this past fall in a revival of Harvey Fiersten’s Torch Song Trilogy to excellent reviews and said, “I’ll certainly be more chill hosting the Drama Desks for a fourth time,” adding, “In fact, this year I’m going to introduce myself to Glenda Jackson!”

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Anyone Can Fly

Faith Ringgold

17th Annual Benefit and Silent Auction 

April 2, 2019:   The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling with ACA Galleries hosted The Anyone Can Fly Benefit and Silent Auction on Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm at the Children’s Museum, 898 Nicholas Avenue at 155th Street in Harlem. ACA Galleries, a champion of Faith Ringgold, has hosted the benefit for the past 17 years and was there along with Paul Gunther, the Executive Director of Gracie Mansion Conservancy. Faith has a new installation at Gracie Mansion of Tar Beach II, which Faith made because of the demand for Tar Beach I. 

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Stephen Sondheim Trubute

Lyrics & Lyricists celebrated legendary composer Stephen Sondheim in “Wordplay” at the 92Y’s renowned series on 3/30-4-1/19.

By: Linda Amiel Burns

April 2, 2019: In 1971 Stephen Sondheim gave a talk at the first season of the renowned series Lyrics & Lyricists and Ted Chapin, the present Artistic Director, taped this historic event. It was the first talk Sondheim had ever delivered and as Ted says, “it remains an extraordinary primer in theatrical lyric writing. He was brilliant, witty and provocative and wasn’t sure whether lyric writing is an art or a craft, since there are such strictures involved.” 

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