Euan Morton opened his new show, “Caledonia: Songs for the Homecoming,” at the popular cabaret venue the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street in NYC. Morton a Tony and Drama Desk nominee for his fantastic performance as Boy George in the Broadway musical “Taboo, a role he originated in London where he received an Olivier Award nomination, is native of Scotland. Morton,backed by Bryan Reeder on piano and Maud Reardon on violin, dwelled on music from his homeland, particulary the songs of the great Scottish songwriter/poet, Robert Burns, who wrote Auld Lang Syne.
Chelsea Marie Tennariello, 15, will be appearing in an Off Broadway play, an autobiography of "Eddie Money – TwoTickets To Paradise", some time this summer. Chelsea has won many awards for her dancing including the "NationalTitle Miss Jr. Starquest 2006" and the "Regional StarquestArtistic Award". Chelsea is also one of the background dancers in the music video with singer Tina Ann. When asked her aspirations? What else, "to someday appear in a Broadway musical."
Oh, what a night! Webster Hall, packed to the rafters on Monday (May 18th) for the 54th Annual Obie Awards brought out a wild assortment of Village types and onlookers — Anne Hathaway to drag king Murray Hill, belly dancers to pierced all over S&M performers. The evening, co-hosted by Martha Plimpton and Daniel Breaker celebrated the works of Stephen Sondheim (“Road Show”) along with playwright Lynn Nottage and the actors Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Saidah Arrika Ekulona and Russell Gebert Jones for their work on “Ruined”.
The Lilly Pulitzer store on Madison Avenue was the place to be on May 4 when a percentage of the proceeds went to The Drama League. The Drama League Awards will be held on Friday May 15, In The Broadway Ballroom at The Marriott Marquis in Times Square.
A KANDER AND EBB celebration by an all-star cast benefiting The Acting Company will be held on Monday May 4th at 7pm at the Greald Schoenfeld Theatre. Raúl Esparza, Terrence McNally, Liza Minnelli, Debra Monk, David Hyde Pierce, Chita Rivera, Tom Wopat, Karen Ziemba, among other Kander and Ebb alums, will headline Come to the Cabaret: A Celebration of Kander andEbb.
Lee Roy Reams was honored with the Friars Thespian Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater at The Friars Club in New York City. The star studded evening was produced and directed by Randie Levine Miller. Past honorees included Jim Dale, Tony Roberts, Len Cariou. Photography: Richard Lewin
Nominations for the 54th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced at the New York Friars Club by Faith Prince and Jim Dale, multi-award winning stage stars. They were joined for the announcement by William Wolf, Drama Desk President, Barbara Siegel, Chairperson of the Drama Desk Nominating Committee, Robert R. Blume, Executive Producer of the Drama Desk Awards ceremony, and Randie Levine-Miller, Director of Special Events for the Drama Desk.
Scott Siegel created The Nightlife Awards to gather the three separate Nightlife niches together – cabaret, jazz and comedy – “to give a more impressive example of the depth and diversity of New York’s club world.” On January 26, 2009 a splendid array of talent was on display at The Town Hall. What makes this Awards show different from all others, is that there are no acceptance speeches the winners strut their stuff and the audience then understands why they have been honored.
Guild Hall Academy of the Arts presented their annual Lifetime Achievement Awards at Cipriani on 42nd Street. The 2008 honorees were Candice Bergen/performing arts, Ken Auletta/literary arts, Jennifer Bartlett/visual arts and Donald Zucker/ leadership & philanthropic endeavors. Ruth Appelhof, Executive Director of Guild Hall, East Hampton’s cultural center for decades, welcomed guests to the celebration of artistic achievement, where Marshall Brickman (Jersey’s Boys book scrbe) presided over the lavish dinner/ceremony.
As part of Black History month La MaMa e.t.c. is showcasing acclaimed playwright Leslie Lee with the world premiere of his surreal play The Book of Lambert, set in an abandoned NYC subway tunnel, where six lost souls drift in a dreamlike world haunted by the demons of their past. The Obie Awarding winning Lee is a founding artist of La MaMa e.t.c. and many of his plays have been staged there over the years. Lee is going through a bit of resurgence. His Tony Nominated The First Breeze of Summer, which was originally produced by the Negro Ensemble Company, was revived in a stunning 2008 Signature Theatre production starring Leslie Uggams.
The Metropolitan Room was packed for Jamie DeRoy’s Annual Celebration of The Academy Awards on Monday, February 16, 2009. Jamie opened up the show with a funny song called “Academy Awards” – a piece of special material of someone thanking everyone from their chiropractor to their dog walker and it set the tone for a festive evening with many of her talented “friends.” She also interspersed interesting facts about the Oscars over the years. Lanny Myers was the musical director at the piano and the show was directed by Barry Kleinbort.