World Peace Day

The NY City Slickers

The NY City Slickers a sizzling Bluegrass band, performed on Pier 84 as part of the International World Peace Day celebration.

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Life In A Marital Institution

James Braly & Sarah Jones on Opening Night

James Braly’s poignant Life in a Marital Institution opened at the SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street and will run through August 31. The tragicomic one man show is a semi-autobiographical account of married life. A sold out hit at 59E59 Theaters near the end of last season, the New York Times said the production was “Full of laughs and insights.” What underlines the humor most is the center of real emotion that runs throughout the evening.

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Donna Summer @ WHBPAC

Donna Summer

Legendary singer songwriter and our own very favorite DISCO QUEEN now the EMPRESS Donna Summer ended her east coast "Stamp Your Feet" tour at The West Hampton Beach Performing Arts Center as part of WHBPAC 10th Anniversary season celebration.

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“Arturo’s Window” – Reading

Regina R. Quattrochi, Bobby Belfry

Bailey House presented a staged reading of Arturo’s Window a provocative new play written by Cheryl King and Rod Menzies with music by John Mercurio at the Barrow Street Theater on Wednesday. The true-life tale was inspired by John Jerome, an event planner at a high level investment firm, who used his corporate credit card to help friends with aids. The reading was part of the 25th Anniversay Celebration for Bailey House. For 25 years Bailey House has provided assistance to people and families struggling with HIV and Aids.

 

 

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Christine Ebersole & Billy Stritch

Guild Hall, the cultural center of East Hampton, launched their Summer Season with an intimate performance by Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole and jazz pianist/singer Billy Stritch at East Hampton Point. Ebersole & Stritch took the stage after dinner and cocktails with a scintillating act that left them wanting more. Look for this duo to show up on the cabaret scene this Fall/Winter season. We overhead talk of the Carlyle. They were dazzling together weaving a subtle spell with their flawless easy style.

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Tony Award Predictions

The 2007/2008 Tony Awards, hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on CBS this Sunday. When the nominations, recognizing excellence on Broadway, were announced about a month ago In The Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical love letter to the Washington Heights community where he grew up, scored 13 nods covering almost every major category. Not far behind with 11 nominations was the stunning Lincoln Center revival of the American classic South Pacific.

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2008 Tony Award Nominations

Whoopi Goldberg

The Tony Award Nominations were announced today with few surprises. In the Heights was the big winner with 13 nominations, followed by the revival of South Pacific with 11 nods. The Pulitzer Prize winning drama August: Osage County scored 7 nominations, as did the inventive new musical Passing Strange and the revival of Gypsy with Patti LuPone.

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Tommy Tune Honored

Brooke Shields, Tommy Tune

Brooke Shields presented Tommy Tune, a 9 time Tony Award winner, with the first Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2008 Fred & Adele Astaire Awards Gala benefitting The Auditory Oral School of New York. The Awards established in 1982 with the cooperation of Fred Astaire to honor him and his sister, Adele, who starred with her brother in 10 Broadway musicals between 1917 and 1931, recognize outstanding achievement in dance on Broadway each season. This year the Awards will be expanded to include dance and choreography for film as this was the métier that brought Fred Astaire to international fame.

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Betty Buckley @ Bay Street

Kenny Werner, Betty Buckley

The dazzling Tony Award winning Broadway Diva Betty Buckley lit up the stage with three sold our concerts at Bay Street Theater over the memorial day weekend. Considered one of the quintessential leading ladies of the American musical theatre Buckley charmed the intimate gathering with astonishing interpretations of an eclectic mix of songs from Broadway, the great American songbook, jazz standards and more.
Photography: Barry Gordin

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Outer Critics Circle Awards

Mel Brooks, Robert F.X.Sillerman

Some of Broadways brightest stars were on hand when the Outer Critics Circle presented their 2008 awards for outstanding achievement in the theatre. Theater legend Jerry Herman was a special honoree at the 58th Annual Awards Party held at Sardi’s Eugenia Room where winners in 23 categories were also honored for the 2008 season. Presented included Raul Esparza, Priscilla Lopez, Karen Ziemba and Jerry Herman.
The 2008 Award Winner were:

 

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Drama Desk Nominations

Harvey Fierstein
Kelli O’Hara, Paulo Szot

Theater talk this week centered around the 53rd Annual Drama Desk Awards Nominations announced at the Friars Club. A Catered Affair, the Harvey Fierstein "little gem" (no pun intended) with 12 nominations headed the list, followed by Adding Machine, a brilliant musical adaptation of the 1923 Elmer Rice classic with 9 nods, while the acclaimed Lincoln Center production of "South Pacific" and the critically hammered commercialization of Mel Brook’s "Young Frankenstein" both scored eight.

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Len Cariou @ The Friars Club

Michael Riedel, Len Cariou, Randie Levine Miller
Len Cariou

Len Cariou, Tony Award winner for "Sweeney Todd," shared behind-the-scenes stories about his life and times in show business at The Friars Club during an afternoon luncheon produced by Randie Levine-Miller.

Photography: Richard Lewin

Mickey Freeman, Richard Kind, Len Cariou
Jack Wickham, Len Cariou, Beth Fowler, Dominic Chianese

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“Soccer Mom” Scores

Caralyn Kozlowski, Deborah Sonnenberg, Nancy Ringham, Judith Ivey

Kathleen Clark’s charming new play "Secrets of a Soccer Mom," directed by Tony Award winner Judith Ivey scored a big win for "multitasking mothers" on opening night at the Snapple Theater Center in NYC located at 510 West 50th Street at Broadway. Caralyn Kozlowski, Nancy Ringham and Deborah Sonnenberg give lovely nuanced performances as three mothers who rediscover their spirit for life with poignant results. The humorous tale explores the bonds of friendship and the need for self examination in a highly entertaining evening that is consistently winning.

 

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