The producers and Labor Union Local 1 came to a settlement late November 28 opening the door for the curtain to go up on Broadway. The strike lasted 19 days, shutting down 26 of the 35 shows on the Great White Way, at a reported cost of nearly $40 million. The union has 10 days to ratify the tentative agreement. Most shows plan to re-open for the Thursday evening performance November 29. Check with the theater to be certain.
“Answered prayers” indeed! After 19 days of rigorous negotiations the stagehand’s strike is finally over and the Broadway community staged a party by giving a free public concert, BROADWAY’S BACK, headed by theater legends Angela Lansbury and Bernadette Peters. Bob Martin hosted the show which The League of American Theatres and Producers put together in just over 12 hours.
The event featured cast members from dozens of Broadway shows on stage in costume at the Marquis Theater, where Mr. Martin performs in The DrowsyChaperone, his Tony and Drama desk award winning musical. Right at home Martin was a witty host, but the highlight was the Irving Berlin classic “There’s No Business Like Show Business” given a special twist, the lyrics were adapted to fit the occasion. The cast and audience sang along with Ms. Peters in a unified spirit of thanks making a blissfully memorable moment. Seth Rudetsky, currently in the revival of The Ritz, led a full orchestra for the occasion.
“Broadway’s long dark night is over,” said Mr. Martin. The lights are shinning brightly all along the Rialto and this will be a joyous holiday season after all.
This Thanksgiving Weekend the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor will present the World Premiere of “Simeon’s Gift,” a new hour long musical adapted from the 2003 best-selling picture book of the same name by Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton. The two women, who together have written 17 children’s books, have provided the script for the musical as well, but this will be the first time one of their books has ever been developed for the stage. A dynamic team of collaborators, both behind the scenes and on the stage, have come together to mark the occasion.
Adam Rapp’s new one act Bingo With The Indiansopened at The Flea on November 8, 2007. Directed by the playwright the tale is a fascinating jumble, but nonetheless hauntingly memorable with an excellent cast that features an outstanding performance by Evan Enderle as Steve, the story’s emotional center. Bingo sets a disgruntled East Village theater company in a seedy New England motel, where they have come to rip off the local bingo game. Rapp, a prolific writer, novelist, filmmaker, and a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Red Light Winter, always bears watching and BingoWith The Indians is no exception.
The 2007 Tony Honors for excellence in the theatre given annually since 1990 to Broadway’s unsung heroes, who toil off stage, were presented at Tavern on the Green this past Tuesday. The honorees Gemze de Lappe, Neil Mazzella, Alyce Gilbert, and Seymour “Red” Press were feted at a festive luncheon ceremony hosted by Tommy Tune that featured a performance by Patti Lupone. The Honorees, whose names have been in the fine print of your theater programs for decades, boast 150 years of collective experience in the business. Mr. Tune hailed them as “The virtual backbone of Broadway.” The Tony Honors are presented by The American Theatre Wing and The League of American Theatres and Producers.
Live Out Loud, one of New York’s best non-profit organizations for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth, will hosted a special benefit performance of Charles Busch’s DieMommie Die on October 10 @8pm at New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street. Die Mommie Die is one of the most-anticipated new comedies of the fall season, described as a riotous thriller set in the glamorous world of 1960s Hollywood. Die Mommie Die is written by and starring drag legend Charles Busch as Angela Arden and Emmy Award nominee Van Hansis as Lance. The play is directed by Carl Andress and presented by Bob Boyett and Daryl Roth. Check out the Photographs Below from the evening…Barry Gordin
West Coast singing sensation "Devlin" will be performing at The Metropolitan Room on 2 consecutive Saturdays, October 6th & October 13th at 5:00pm. For Reservations call 212 206-0440. Devlin at her New York Cabaret Debut at Helen's last March with Julie Wilson
The American Theatre Wing honored theater legends, Carol Channing, James Earl Jones, and Tommy Tune at their lavish Spring Gala held again at Cipriani. The 61st Annual Tony Awards, founded by the Wing, will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall this Sunday June 10th, from 8:00 – 11:00 CBS. For more information on the American Theatre Wing's diverse activities go to www.AmericanTheatreWing.org
The rock musical Spring Awakening by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater took home eight Tonys including Best Musical making the ground breaking show the big winner at the 2007 Tony Awards presented live from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday. Tom Stoppard's three part epic tale The Coast of Utopia stunningly produced by Lincoln Center was right behind winning seven awards including Best Pay, Director, Lighting, Scenic Design, Costumes, and Acting Awards for Billy Crudup and Jennifer Ehle. Besides Best Musical Spring Awakening took Best Book, Director, Music & Lyrics, Orchestrations, Lighting, Choreography, and Featured Actor in a Musical for John Gallagher, Jr.
The Coast of Utopia and Spring Awakening were the big winner at the 2006/2007 Drama Desk Awards winning Outstanding Play and Outstanding Musical respectively in an evening that featured many wins by our British colleagues. British playwright, Tom Stoppard's epic trilogy of 19th century Russian intellectuals,The Coast of Utopia, stunningly produced by Lincoln Center took home 7 awards at the ceremony hosted by Broadway darling Kristin Chenoweth. Besides being named Outstanding Play the saga won for Director Jack O'Brien and Martha Plimpton, Featured Actress in a Play, as well as awards for Sets, Lighting, and Costumes.
The 52nd Annual Village Voice Obie Awards were presented at a ceremony hosted by Cynthia Nixon and T.R. Knight at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of New York University. The 2007 Village Voice Awards were presented by Angela Lansbury, Camryn Manheim, Terrence McNally, Stephanie March, Liev Schreiber, William Ivey Long and Anika Noni Rose Award winners for the 2006-2007 season are: Lifetime Achievement Award: Alvin Epstein Emerging Playwright Award ($1000 prize): Young Jean Lee Ross Wetzsteon Award ($2000 given annually to a theater that nurtures innovative new plays): Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre
Spring Awakening the new Broadway musical by Duncan Sheik & Steven Sater was the big winner when the 2007 Tony Nominations were announced yesterday. The ground breaking musical won 11 nominations including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, and Best Direction of a Musical by Michael Mayer. Tom Stoppard's three part 19th Century epic tale of Russian intellectuals, The Cost of Utopia, stunningly produced by Lincoln Center took 10 nominations including Best Play.The musical Grey Gardens boasting a superb performance by Christine Ebersole, the front runner for Best Actress in a Musical, picked up 10 nominations including Best Musical and one for Ebersole's co-star Mary Louise Wilson. Curtains, a musical murder mystery by John Kander and the late Fred Ebb won 8 nominations including Best Musical and Best Score. Two grand dames of the theater, Angela Lansbury and Vanessa Redgrave, won cited as well.
Nominations were announced in 25 competitive categories by the American Theatre Wing and mark 61 years of excellence. The Tony Awards will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on CBS, June 10th, from 8:00 – 11:00 pm. A limited number of tickets may be purchased online through www.TonyAwards.com or by calling 212-3074544
Photos by Barry Gordin are from the press reception attended by the nominees on the 48th floor of the Marriott Marquis this Wednesday. A Complete List of the Nominations follows with additional photos.
Bay Street Theatre held their 2007 winter benefit at The Rainbow Room atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York. The evening – "Crazy Rhythm: A Night in Manhattan "- was a marvelous sit down dinner with entertainment by Mary Cleere Haran under the musical direction of Murphy Davis, co-artistic director of Bay Street Theatre.
The nominations for the 52nd Annual Drama Desk Awards will be announced on Thursday April 26th at the NY Friars Club by actress Beth Level, who received a 2006 Drama Desk, and actor James Naughton, a two time Drama Desk winner. The awards will be hosted by the multi award winning Broadway musical star and Tony Award winning actress Kristin Chenoweth on Sunday May 20 at the F.H. Laguardia Concert Hall at Lincoln Center. THE RUSSIAN TEA ROOM, a world renowned cultural enclave for artistic luminaries over the past 80 years, has agreed to host the Gala VIP Reception from 5:30pm to 8:30 pm immediately prior to the Drama Desk Awards. The VIP reception has become one of the highlights of the exciting evening over the years and this year promises to be elegant as well.
Kitty Carlisle Hart a beloved presence in our community will be dearly missed.
Christopher Hart, her son, who was at her side when she died said "She passed away peacefully on Tuesday night at her Manhattan apartment. She had such a wonderful life, and a great long run, it was a blessing."