Callen-Lorde Benefit

Stars and NYC Nightlife Denizens Gather May 22 to Skewer Journalist Michael Musto for Callen-Lorde Health Center in Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back

By: Ellis Nassour

Beware, Michael Musto: It’s payback time! Remember the gossip you wrote about so-and-so and so-and-so? That roster of all-in-good-fun [actually – not always!] items is much too long to recount. Now, the tables will be turned, and the spit will be spinning over hot coals as media and stage stars and denizens of NYC nightlife gather to roast nightlife king, TV personality, and author Musto.

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Theatre World Awards

73rd  Annual Theatre World Award Honorees Announced
for June 5. Glenn Close to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honor

By: Ellis Nassour

The annual Theatre World Awards (TWA) is one of the most anticipated events of theater season’s end – and one of immense joy as actors – young to older – making their Broadway debuts are honored for their standout performances. In what has become an often touching tradition, 12 previous winners serve as presenters, and often relive moments from past ceremonies and share tales rarely heard at award shows.

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The Boy Who Danced on Air

Hit San Diego Musical The Boy Who Danced on Air to Be a First For Off Broadway’s Abingdon Theatre

By: Ellis Nassour

Following its successful run in San Diego, the musical The Boy Who Danced on Air, a modern-day love story set in rural Afghanistan, which one critic termed “An absolute must for lovers of new musical theater at its most innovative and exhilarating,” will become the first musical presented at New York’s Abingdon Theatre Company.

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OCC 2017 Winners

Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators for media covering New York theatre announced the award winners for the 2016-17 season in 27 categories.

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Great Perfomances at the Met

Placido Domingo Heads to Ancient Babylon Sunday in Verdi’s epic Nabucco on Great Performances at the Met

By: Ellis Nassour

Great Performances at the Met continues its 11th Season this Sunday at 12:30 P.M. on PBS/THIRTEEN as Plácido Domingo, in one of his most emotional and vocally difficult portrayals, brings another baritone role to the Metropolitan stage as Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar in a lavish production of Verdi’s early/1842 four-act epic: Nabucco

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London’s West End 42nd Street

London’s West End Gives the 42nd Street Danceathon Revival a Five-Star Welcome

By: Ellis Nassour

The billboards all over London have it right: 42nd Street, “Broadway’s biggest show on London’s biggest stage.” The lavish revival at the historic (1812) Theatre Royal Drury Lane, where it premiered in 1984, winning the Olivier for Best Musical, has been given a royal welcome not only by critics and audiences but also by HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.

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Theater in London – Part One

Theater in London: Home-grown Classics; Broadway Drama, Comedy, Musicals, and Epics

By: Ellis Nassour  

Many are aware of Shakespeare’s works and his Globe, first built in 1599 for the opening of the Bard’s Henry V. However, maybe not as many know of the Rose “playhouse” on London’s Bankside. It’s where for over 50 years, during the reigns of Elizabeth I, James I, and Charles I, an early theatreland thrived – from the 1570s to the closure of theatres in 1642, with the outbreak of civil war..

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Theater in London – Part Two

Theater in London: Home-grown Classics; Broadway Drama, Comedy, Musicals, and Epics

By: Ellis Nassour

American theatrical footprints are all over London theater – just as West End footprints are all over Broadway.

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Olivier Awards

Olivier Awards: Top Prizes Go to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Groundhog Day

By: Ellis Nassour

Going in, U.K.’s Olivier Awards, handed out yesterday at London’s Royal Albert Hall, looked to be a Harry Potter-dominated affair. It turned out to be true. On the West End’s biggest theater occasion, John Tiffany’s smash two-part production of J.K. Rowling’s book Harry Potter and the Curse Child led the pack with a record-breaking 11 nominations. It won nine: Best New Play, Director, Best Actor – Jamie Parker, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Costumes, Design, Lighting, and Sound.

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American Musicals Dominate London

American Musicals Dominate London’s West End
By: 
Ellis Nassour

Broadway is big business on London’s West End, and not just because of U.S. and Asian tourists. Soon there’ll be 11 musicals which originated here.

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Drama Desk Awards

Laura Benanti

Laura Benanti (She Loves Me, Gypsy) and Javier Muñoz (Hamilton, In the Heights) will announce the nominations for the 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Feinstein’s/54 Below (254 W. 54th Street), announced by Charles Wright, Drama Desk President and  Gretchen Shugart, CEO of TheaterMania.com.

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The Strangest

The Strangest: Theatrical Event Invites Audiences to Experience Pre-Shakespeare Arabic Storytelling

By: Ellis Nassour

The Strangest is a unique theatrical event that invites audiences to experience centuries old lArabic storytelling that predates Shakespeare by entering a world theatergoers might never access. That’s particularly true now when it’s difficult for Arab artists to perform here.

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Theatre District Menu:

Theatre District Menu: Fresh, Tasty Five-Star Options

By: Ellis Nassour

Here are resources to help you find reliable, clean, and distinguished restaurants in and around the Theatre District that stress highest quality, friendly service, and use the freshest ingredients in traditional recipes. All have extensive wine lists, from affordable California and international vintages to, well, ones you might consider when you hit the Lottery. Both are great for before-and-after dinner and when you’re looking for a place to dine on a special occasion.

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Academy Awards

The Best of 2016 Vie for the Gold at the Very Diverse 89th Academy Awards Telecast Sunday on ABC

By Ellis Nassour

The 89th Academy Awards will telecast live from L.A.’s Dolby Theatre Sunday, hosted by late night’s Jimmy Kimmel and presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, recognizes excellence in cinematic achievements in the film industry as assessed by the Academy’s voting membership. But … and there always is one … there’s the rub. 

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I’ll Eat You Last

Jodi Stevens Headlines as Sue Mengers in John Logan’s I’ll East You Last at Music Theatre of Connecticut

By: Ellis Nassour

John Logan’s biting, sometimes brutal eavesdrop into an evening at the home of Hollywood’s pioneering first female mega agent, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, will star Jodi Stevens as the much-feared and, at least to a coterie of, much-loved powerbroker. It runs February 24-March 5 at Norwalk’s Music Theatre of Connecticut (MTC) (509 Westport Avenue), celebrating its 30th Anniversary season.

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