Actors Fund

Actors Fund Reaches Mid-Point of Capital Campaign Expanding Senior Care Facility with the Shubert Pavilion

By: Ellis Nassour



The Lillian Booth Actors Fund Home, the assisted living and skilled nursing care facility for the performing arts and entertainment community, built with donations with hundreds of donors not to mention audiences who support the annual galas and Actors Fund performances, has celebrated a milestone: the opening of the Shubert Pavilion at the facility in Englewood, NJ (155-175 West Hudson Avenue). The event not only marked the mid-point of a capital campaign to rebuild, expand and preserve the Actors Fund Home but also doubles capacity for senior care.

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Big Broadway Turnover for 2017-18

Mandy Patinkin, Okieriete Onaodowan

By: David Sheward

Summer is drawing to a close and that means a rush of announcements for the fall Broadway season. But with the incoming tide of new shows, there is also a group of outgoing productions unable to survive the tidal pull of audience indifference.

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Remembering Barbara Cook

Barbara Cook: October 25, 1927 – August 8, 2017

By: Ellis Nassour

One of Broadway’s most famous sopranos and a darling of the concert world, Barbara Cook died Tuesday morning of respiratory failure at her Manhattan home. According to publicist Amanda Kaus, at her last meal she was served vanilla ice cream, a nod to one of her most famous roles, shop clerk Amelia Balash, and oft-quoted songs in Bock and Harnick’s 1963 She Loves Me. Lauded as the “singer’s singer,” she was 89.

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Dog-Days of Summer Movies

Kapow! Hot Movies for Summer’s Dog-Days: Comedy, Drama, Thrills, Murder, Superheroes, and War-Zone Chaos

By: Ellis Nassour

These Dog-Days of summer are a good time to hit the cineplexes. Milk Duds, Goobers, a tub of “buttery” popcorn, and a bottomless iced cold drink, a chaise lounge experience in posh [anti-bedbug] leather seats, and A/C. What more can you ask for? And, unlike most summer Augusts, there’s much to shout about at cineplexes.

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Paris Spectacles

Paris: City of Oh-La-La Cabaret Spectacle

By: Ellis Nassour

Paris – Paris, City of Lights, Amour, Museums, and grand architecture is also the City of Spectacular Cabaret and home to the can-can, which thrives to this very day.

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Paris – City of Lights

Paris: Splendors of the City of Lights and Amour

By: Ellis Nassour

Paris – City of Lights: it’s called this because Paris was one of the first cities to become fully electrified. It’s called City of Amour because, well, simply put, the French know something about amour. Any visitor leaves forever remembering the sites – and the sites in the night lights.

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Harlem Rep Presents Jamaica

Harlem Rep Presents 60th Anniversary Production of Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg, and Fred Saidy’s Jamaica

 By: Ellis Nassour

The Harlem Repertory Theatre, under the direction of founding artistic director Keith Lee Grant, presents a rare revival of Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg, and Fred Saidy’s colorful musical Jamaica, for 17 Saturday evening performances from July 29th – March 24th at the Tato Laviera Theatre (240 East 123rd Street).

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2017 Tony Awards

2017 Tony Awards: Kevin, Bette, Christine, James Earl, Patti, and Stars Galore and Much More –  Sunday, Live on CBS from Radio City Music Hall

By: Ellis Nassour

The 71st annual Tony Awards, presented by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, will have enough star power to light not only 50th Street and Avenue of the Americas but also all of Times Square. The Award will be telecast live on Sunday over three hours from Radio City Music Hall from 8 -11 P.M. (ET/PT time delay) on CBS. Like last year, there will be a lot of social media action throughout the program.

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Broadway Goes to the Beach for 2017-18

The Spongebob Musical Credit: Joan Marcus

By: David Sheward

Broadway is headed to the beach for the 2017-18 season. Two new musicals with seaside settings, The Spongebob Musical and Escape to Margaritaville, have just announced definite dates for the fall. The Spongebob Musical, based on Spongebob Squarepants, the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series, will wash up at the Palace Theatre for previews beginning Nov. 6 before it officially docks for a Dec. 4 opening.

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More Critical Shrinking: Rex Reed Out at the Observer

By: David Sheward

Just as Trump has pulled out of the Paris climate change accords, New York-based media is pulling out of theater coverage. As I have noted in previous blogs, print and web outlets are cutting back on stage critics or eliminating them altogether. Someone on Facebook said being a theater critic these days is like being in a long, slow version of Ten Little Indians, the Agatha Christie murder mystery where guests on an isolated island are picked off one by one. Rex Reed, the longtime film critic of the New York Observer,

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Ernest Shackleton Loves Me

BroadwayHD will live stream delightful Of-Broadway musical

BroadwayHD will live stream the Off-Broadway New York premiere of Ernest Shackleton Loves Me on June 7 at 8 PM EDT with a pre-show feature featuring interviews with the cast and creative team beginning at 7:45 PM. The charming new musical is currently playing the Tony Kiser Theatre, 305 West 43rd Street, through June 11, 2017, and can be seen on BroadwayHD.com for an on-demand encore until June 24.

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2017 Tony and Drama Desk Award Predictions

Dear Evan Hansen with Ben Platt will clean up at the Tonys, but is ineligible for Drama Desks. Credit: Matthew Murphy

By: David Sheward

Usually the results of the Tony and Drama Desk Awards are pretty much the same, even though the Tonys are only for Broadway shows and the DDs combine on and Off-Broadway. The 120 or so DD voters, a group of theater critics, reporters, and editors, usually vote for Broadway with occasional departures for Off-Broadway hits such as Hamilton when it played the Public.

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Take Broadway Home!

Take Broadway Home! – Tony and Drama Desk Nominated Musicals; and from Off Broadway and the West End, Too

 By: Ellis Nassour

How many of these shows have you seen?  There are tickets available for most. However, if seeing is not in the picture, hearing certainly is. The featured original cast albums of the season’s new shows allow you to enjoy the experience of shows you’ve seen or whet your appetite for those you hope to see.

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Ticket Resales

Desperate to See Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, Hello Dolly!?  Be Prepared to be Ripped Off By Sites Reselling Tickets

By: Ellis Nassour

This rip-off business of some theater ticket sites selling “resale tickets” at outrageous prices by “bots” is now illegal; but the resale of tickets purchased by individuals at posted box offices prices to sites for enormous mark-ups, appears to be legal. Both practices are highway robbery. Interestingly, though this moneymaking scheme creates a great loss for producers, they have done nothing to stop sites from individual ticket reselling.

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