Drama Desk News

64th Annual DD Awards Show will be presented by Broadway Brands

January 28, 2019:  Broadway Brands, publisher of Broadway News and Broadway Briefing, and the Drama Desk jointly announced today that Broadway Brands will present the Drama Desk Awards (www.DramaDeskAwards.com) beginning with the upcoming 2019 ceremony. The 64th annual event will take place on June 2, 2019 at 8:00p.m. at The Town Hall. The cut-off for nominations will be April 24, 2019, and nominations will be announced April 25, 2019. 

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B’way Update: McDonald and Shannon in Frankie and Johnny

Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon

By: David Sheward

January 26, 2019: January and February are traditionally slow months in the New York theater with few openings, especially on Broadway–only Choir Boy and True West during these first months. But there are a bunch of shows which have announced openings in March through April, that frantic period before the Tony Award cut-off date, and into May and the summer for the 2019-20 season. Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald and Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, Man of Steel) will star in a revival of Terrence McNally’s two-character comedy-drama Frankie and Johnny in the Clare de Lune, set to open in May at a Shubert theatre to be announced.

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New York Times Travel Show

16th Annual New York Times Travel Show, January 26 and 27,
Showcases National and Global Trends

By: Ellis Nassour

Via jet (private or commercial), cruise, bus, train or hot air balloon, get to the 16th Annual New York Times Travel Show this Saturday and Sunday to discover national and worldwide uncommon adventures at the largest and longest-running show of its kind in North America. More than 600 exhibitors and travel experts will be at the Jacob Javits Convention Center to help you plan the Who, What, When, and Where of travel – how to get there, what not to miss, where to stay, and where and what to eat. Incredible India! is the 2019 presenting sponsor. 

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Broadway Mourns Carol Channing

“Carol with Diamonds” Photo by Michael Davis, courtesy of the Carol Channing Archives.


On Broadway Ms. Channing appeared in: Hello, Dolly! (1995 Revival), Hello, Dolly! (1978 Revival), Lorelei (1974), Four on a Garden (1971), Hello, Dolly! (1964), Show Girl (1961), The Vamp (1955), Wonderful Town (1953), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1949), Lend an Ear (1948), Proof Thro’ the Night (1942), and Let’s Face It! (1941).  She was in the original tour of Hello, Dolly! (1965) and played the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi over 4,500 times in her career. She also appeared in major touring productions including: Hello, Dolly! (1994 Revival), Legends! (1986), Jerry’s Girls (1984), Hello, Dolly! (1983 Revival), Sugar Babies (1980), Hello, Dolly! (1977 Revival), Wonderful Town (1954), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1951).

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Salvador Dali @ ACA

Salvador Dalí, Individual Bullfight (Tauromachie Individuelle), 1966

Artist Salvador Dali (1904-1989) on view at ACA Galleries through March 9.

January 10, 2019: ACA Galleries, 529 West 20th Street in the gallery district, hosted an opening reception for Salvador Dalí, a solo exhibition featuring selected etchings, Aubusson tapestries and drawings from the Argillet Collection. There was a gallery talk by art dealer and publisher Greg Bloch.

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Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera Postponed at 54 Below due to Virus

By: Sandi Durell

Feinstein’s/54 Below announced this evening that a series of performances from Broadway legend Chita Rivera have been postponed due to illness. Ms. Rivera was scheduled to perform beginning January 9.

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New Years @ The Edison Ballroom

Gala Celebration at The Edison Ballroom with Joe Battaglia’s 17 piece NY’s Big Band on New Year’s Eve.

By: Linda Amiel Burns
On December 31, 2018 thousands of people gathered in the Times Square area to celebrate New Year’s Eve, but to get to that area in with extra tight security and in the pouring rain was not easy.  

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Broken Box Mime Theater troupe in a scene from “SKIN”

December 18, 2018: The award-winning Broken Box Mime Theater (BKBX) returns with their Off-Broadway production of SKIN, a collection of new collaborative pieces created by the company’s resident ensemble. Set to original music, this new young company takes throwback French pantomime and reimagines it through the lens of contemporary American theatre.

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Steve Tyrell

Steve Tyrell

Steve Tyrell in Holiday Style at the Carlyle

By: Sandi Durell

December 1, 2018:  It wouldn’t be the season to be jolly without Grammy Award winning Steve Tyrell taking his honored place for the 14th season at the historic Café Carlyle. His residency takes him from November 27 thru New Year’s Eve as he spreads the Great American Songbook mantra to his many fans from far and wide.

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Comics @ Don’t Tell Mama

Alex Simmons

Stand up comedy returns to Don’t Tell Mama

November 23, 2018: Don’t Tell Mama, a world famous destination in the theater district, will once again feature outstanding comics on Fridays beginning tonight at 9:30pm. This new weekly show will feature established acts and up-and-coming performers, with a little Don’t Tell Mama flair thrown in for a unique experience at a legendary landmark.

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Bernie and Mikey’s Trip To The Moon

Playwright Scott Aiello, Stephanie Gould Photo: Barry Gordin

Strangemen Theatre Company are presenting the world premiere of BERNIE AND MIKEY’S TRIP TO THE MOON by Scott Aiello and directed Claire Karpen @ 59E 59 Theaters.

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Galaxy of Stars Celebration

Steven Maglio, Tony LoBianco, James Valenti, Anne Akers, Ed Schloeman, Michael Lavine, Lee Roy Reams, Sula Haska, Christine Ranck. Randi Levine-Miller and Patti Wyss

Randie Levine-Miller Hosts and Co- Produces Galaxy of Stars Celebration.
Tony Lo Bianco, Lee Roy Reams and Steven Maglio headlined a special Veterans Day concert celebrating members of the armed forces and their families at The Triad, 158 West 72
nd Street, on Saturday November 10 at 3pm

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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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