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.
Fresh from his thrilling performance this season in the new Broadway musical " ATale of Two Cities" James Barbour’s successful concert series at Sardis has been extended through March. His "Love Songs" concert, which began in January, is a unique opportunity to hear the powerful vocalist interpret a stellar list of classic love songs. The show varies every week, and Mr. Barbour always has a different special guest so you might want hear him more than once.
On Thursday, March 19, LongHouse Reserve of East Hampton will host an intimate evening benefit at one of the oldest literary clubs in the United States, The Lotos Club in New York City. Longtime supporter and Pulitzer Prize winning author Edward Albee will join Tony Award winning actress Marian Seldes for a dramatic reading of Edward Albee’s play Counting the Ways. Counting the Ways is a humorous and poignant exploration of a couple questioning their love for each other.
Different stars will appear every Sunday Night 6:30 PM at Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, where Scott Siegel will host a talented list of vocalists singing songs from Broadway"s Jukebox Musicals. Julia Murney (Wicked) pictured here with Scott was a special guest this Sunday at James Barbour’s "Love Songs" series at Sardis. Some of the other stars scheduled to perform in March for Mr. Siegel under the musical direction of Tedd Firth are Cheryl Freeman (The Acid Queen in the Who’s Tommy), AAaron Lazar (Tale of Two Cities), Brad Oscar (The Producers), Emily Skinner (Side Show) and more! For Reservations and more information call 212 581-3080
Charles Busch and Lypsinka starred in a one night only staged reading of the legendary play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning playwright James Kirkwood. This hilarious benefit reading for Friends in Deed was held at Town Hall and kept the audience laughing with delight. The evening was Directed by Mark Waldrop, Narrated by Fran Lebowitz and featured a script that was adapted for the reading by John Epperson. The comedy also cast "Mad Men" star Bryan Batt, Dashaun Young and Todd DuBail.
In anticipation of the Guild Hall Annual Lifetime Achievement Awards Richard and Renee Steinberg hosted a intimate party at the Core culb on East 55th Street. Guild Hall, the cultural center of East Hampton, will present the awards to Jennifer Bartlett, Candice Bergen, Ken Auletta and Donald Zucker in a lavish ceremony to be held March 1 at Cipriani, where Roy Furman, President of the Academy will do the honors and Marshall Brickman will emcee.
Legendary theater and cabaret performer Julie Wilson joined Mac & Bistro award winner Steven Brinberg, considered by many to be the definitive Barbra Streisand impressionist, for A Simply Barbra Holiday party at Symphony Space on Broadway at 95th Street, where the stage veterans joined forces for a heartfelt benefit/show for The Ali Forney Center. The evening also featuring Broadway’s Tituss Burgess from the Little Mermaid and The Broadway Boys was hosted by the star Barbra/Brinberg, who sang the bulk of the musical numbers including many of the Diva’s signature classics with a few entertaining twists.