Drama League

Bevin Ross

THE DRAMA LEAGUE WELCOMES
BEVIN ROSS AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

August 21, 2019: The Drama League (Artistic Director, Gabriel Stelian-Shanks) has named Bevin Ross its new Executive Director, joining Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks as Co-CEO of the 103-year-old theatre organization. The new appointment will expand the portfolio and reach of The Drama League as the first step in its new strategic plan, while allowing Mr. Stelian-Shanks, who formerly performed both roles for five seasons, to focus exclusively on the company’s expanding artistic programs for early, mid, and late career stage directors.

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The B-Side

The Wooster Group September 5–8, 2019

August 23, 2019: The B-Side: “Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons,” A Record Album Interpretation is an original performance by The Wooster Group based on an LP of work songs, spirituals, and toasts recorded in 1964 in Texas’ then-segregated prison farms.

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The Secret Comedy of Women

By: Iris Wiener

July 26, 2019: The Secret Comedy of Women is an original comedic revue/sketch show written and performed by Barbara Gehring and Linda Klein, in which the truth, humor and zaniness in being female is not only recognized, but also celebrated. Now playing through August 11th at Port Washington’s Landmark on Main Street, Women features comedy, improvisation, audience participation, songs and videos. Here are five reasons why this show is an uplifting experience worth having:

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Moulin Rouge!

Baz Luhrmann’s Film Moulin Rouge! Comes to Broadway in $28-million Musical Spectacle Directed by Alex Timbers

By: Ellis Nassour 

July 25, 2019: Truth! Beauty! Freedom! Love!, the words of a Bohemian revolution in 1899, ring out again on Broadway, in two-time Tony winner Alex Timbers $28-million spectacular musical adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 international blockbuster Moulin Rouge! Conceived brilliantly on film by Luhrmann, it has made numerous lists of iconic movie musicals. Now, it’s getting a new life in a “spectacular spectacular” production onstage, billed as “a feast for the eyes, ears, and soul.” The musical opens Thursday, July 25, at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

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Saturday Night Fever

Michael Notardonato (Tony Manero)

5 Reasons Why Saturday Night Fever is Sizzling

By: Iris Wiener

July 23, 2019: It’s a rare treat when a musical is successfully adapted from a film; John W. Engeman Theater’s Saturday Night Fever features enough intoxicating energy and bursting pizzazz that it doesn’t matter if Robert Stigwood’s adaptation is somewhat weak in story. Based on the 1977 blockbuster film, the show transports audiences back to the 1970s with as much glimmer and shine as the disco ball at the forefront of the stage. Featuring music by the Bee Gees, Fever is the story of Tony, a streetwise kid from Brooklyn who attempts to escape his dead-end life through dancing. Here are five reasons why the best treat you can give yourself this summer is a stop at Long Island’s theatrical mainstay:

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Kinky Boots on BroadwayHD

Hit Musical Begins Streaming Today after record breaking Broadway and West End runs.

July 15, 2019: BroadwayHD will exclusively present the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed musical Kinky Boots.  The award-winning production from Cyndi Lauper and legendary playwright Harvey Fierstein was filmed late last year at Adelphi Theater on London’s West End featuring two of the show’s original stars.

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George Salazar

George Salazar, Be More Chill ’s Michael in the Bathroom Has Gone as Fur as He C’n Go – at the Lyceum Theatre

By: Ellis Nassour

June 25, 2019: George Salazar is co-starring, scene-stealing, and delivering a unique power ballad as Michael [the one locked in the bathroom] in Be More Chill, Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz’s hilarious, mind-bending Sci-Fi musical paean to teenage angst. At the 115-year-old Lyceum, to borrow a few lyrics from Oklahoma! and Cats!, he’s “gone about as fur as he c’n go.” He’s up, up, up a rusted, narrow iron stairwell – almost to the Heaviside Layer! [of the flies], where in addition to a bird’s eye view of all that’s happening below, he’s created a very cozy dressing room surrounded by his colorful headband collection and art presented by his legion of fans.

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2019 TONY AWARDS

The cast and crew of Hadestown accept the award for Best Musical onstage during the 2019 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

Hadestown honored with 8 Awards, including Best Musical, on Broadway’s Biggest Night, while The Ferryman won 4 Awards, including Best Play.

By:  Patrick Christiano

June 10, 2019: The 73rd Annual Tony Awards were presented at Radio City Music Hall in a ceremony hosted by James Corden and televised live on CBS.  Possibly the biggest surprise of the evening was how handily Hadestown, a contemporary take on Greek mythology, nurtured by nonprofits,dominated the competition, The Prom, Tootsie, Beetlejuice, and Ain’t Too Proud, musicals developed by more commercial producers. Hadestown won 8 awards including Best Musical, Best Director, and Best Music & Lyrics. The Ferryman, a British import about a family in Northern Ireland, won 4 Awards, including Best Play, and Best Director. The remaining awards were spread around with four shows winning two and seven shows winning only a single award. 

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2019 Tony Award Predictions

Hadestown, The Prom & Tootsie Vie for Broadway’s Top Prize on Sunday, June 9th live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City

By: Patrick Christiano

June 9, 2019: Tonight the 73rd Annual Tony Awards, honoring the best of Broadway during the 2018-2019 season, will be presented at Radio City Music Hall in a ceremony hosted by James Corden. The awards will be televised live on CBS from 8-11 pm EST, and will feature performances from many of the nominated shows including Tootsie, The Prom, The Cher Show, Ain’t Too Proud, Choir Boy, Hadestown, Kiss Me Kate and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!.

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Tony Awards

The 73rd Annual Tony Awards Are Telecast on June 9 – Nomination Highlights

By: Ellis Nassour

June 8, 2019: The American Theatre Wing’s 73rd Annual Tony Awards, honoring excellence on Broadway and regional theater, will be presented by the Broadway League and Wing on Sunday, June 9, telecast live from Radio City Music Hall from 8 – 11 P.M. on CBS. Returning to host is Tony-winning comedian/actor/and late-night TV host, James Corden. This marks Corden’s second time hosting the Awards. He proved quite a smash in 2016. His own Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play came in 2012 for the British comedy One Man, Two Guvnors

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Ainsley Melham

Australian Ainsley Melham in Broadway Debut Returns to Rub Aladdin‘s Magic Lamp

By: Ellis Nassour

June 8, 2019: Disney’s Aladdin recently celebrated its fifth anniversary on Broadway at the historic New Amsterdam Theatre importing hot Australian Ainsley Melham to rub the magic lamp. He’s done it before: starring Down Under in the first Australian national tour, where he received a Best Actor in a Musical nomination. His Broadway debut is also a reunion — an aligning of the stars, so to speak. On the Australian tour, he co-starred with Michael James Scott, the current and absolutely irrepressible, wisecracking Genie, and Arielle Jacobs, the current Jasmine. [Trivia: her brother Adam was the original Aladdin.]

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The Answer to Who’s This “Tony”

By: Ellis Nassour

June 7, 2019: Like Ben Vereen, you may have wondered how the Tony Awards got their name. When Vereen was co-starring in Jesus Christ Superstar, he received a letter by messenger. It was from the American Theatre Wing. He asked the stage doorman what that was and the gent had no idea. He opened the letter. “It read: ‘Congratulations, Ben Vereen. You have been nominated as Best Featured Actor in a Musical for your performance.’” It was signed, The Tony Awards. He asked, “Who’s this Tony?”

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Mary Testa

By: Ellis Nassour

June 7, 2019: It’s been another good year for one of the most talented and most cherished actresses working today, Mary Testa. But for the three-time Tony nominee, who describes herself as a character actress, every year seems to be a good one.  Since coming to New York right out of college, Testa has appeared in over 30 Off Broadway and 12 Broadway productions and recorded a dozen albums. 

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2018-19 Tony and Drama Desk Predictions

Eva Noblezada, André De Shields and Reeve Carney in “Hadestown.” Photo: Matthew Murphy

By: David Sheward

June 1, 2019: Once again the Tonys (presented June 9) and Drama Desk Awards (given June 2) will have significantly different results. In previous seasons, the two accolade-dispensing organizations would honor almost the same recipients and the DDs were seen as a theatrical equivalent to the Golden Globes with the Tonys playing Oscars. The essential difference between the two prizes is the Tonys, given out by the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League, are only for Broadway shows while the Drama Desk, composed of New York-based theater critics, journalists and editors, includes on, Off- and Off-Off-Broadway productions in their celebration of the best of Gotham stages. Because of this discrepancy, if a show moves from Off-Broadway to Broadway in separate seasons, it would be up for a Tony but ineligible for a DD award since it was in contention previously.

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Face the Music: Ben Solowey

Face the Music: Exhibit of Rarely-Seen Broadway Musicals Paintings of Artist Ben Solowey

By: Ellis Nassour

June 1, 2019: Theaterlovers will want to make tracks to Bedminister, PA, in Bucks County, for an exciting showcase of the charcoal portraits of theater and film luminaries by the celebrated artist Ben Solowey. The free exhibit, Face the Music: Ben Solowey’s Portraits of Broadway Musicals runs Saturdays and Sundays through June 16, from 1 to 5 P.M. at Solowey’s studio, 3551 Olde Bedminister Road. It will feature portraits by Solowey (1900 – 1978) not exhibited in 80 years.

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