Meet The Tony Award Nominees

Jeff-Daniels Best Leading Actor in a Play “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Press Junket for the 2019 Tony Award Nominees

By: Patrick Christiano

May 5, 2019:  On Wednesday morning May 1, the day after The American Theatre Wing announced their 2019 Tony Nominations in 24 categories, the nominees attended a press junket at the Sofitel New York Hotel on West 45th Street. National and local members of the press attended a “meet and greet,” which is a chance for the press to chat with the season’s most celebrated stars and producers. The fun-filled morning is also an opportunity for the nominees to catch up with each other and celebrate their nominations.

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Tootsie

Five Reasons Why Tootsie is Terrifically “Unstoppable”

By: Iris Wiener

April 28, 2019: It’s as sparkly as Tootsie’s iconic red dress and even funnier than Dustin Hoffman in that red dress; Broadway’s Tootsie is the rare film-to-theatre adaptation that improves upon what was already a revered original piece. The magnificently huge laughs that transpire at every performance of this musical are unlike any others; deep and guttural, they transcend those in other comedies. Replacing the film’s soap opera setting with that of a Broadway musical, the show feels accessible and timely, making it above and beyond crowd-pleasing. 

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What the Constitution Means to Me

Five Reasons Why What the Constitution Means to Me is an Experience Worth Having

By: Iris Wiener

 April 8, 2019: Heidi Schreck opens her sensational play in an American Legion hall in her hometown of Wanatchee, Washington, where her 15 year-old self is competing in the regional semifinals of a Legion oratory contest. She announces that the topic of her speeches will be none other than “What the Constitution Means to Me,” as told through the lens of her teen persona in 1989 (the author and star is 45).

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ACA Galleries

Mikaela Sardo Lamarche , Jane Bernard

Bruce High Quality Foundation: The End of Western Art, March 29 through May 24, 2019

March 30, 2019: An exhibition by Bruce High Quality foundation opened at ACA Galleries, 520 West 29th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.  The exhibition features works by the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, Pablo Picasso, Giorgio Vasari, Marcel DuChamp, Albert Pinkham Ryder, Chaim Soutine, Rudolf Steiner, and Joseph Cornell.

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The Ferryman

Brian d’Arcy James Leads New American Cast of The Ferryman

By: Ellis Nassour

Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman is one of the most acclaimed plays of this or any season. In its London West End debut, it won numerous awards, including the coveted Olivier for Best Play and director Sam Mendes. In its Broadway transfer, playing at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre at least into July, the play has over 25 Best Play picks and a New York Times’ Critics Pick. Needless to say, it’s a front runner for a Tony nomination for Best Play and Director. Mendes is an Oscar and Tony winner—Best Picture, American Beauty; 1998 revival, Cabaret. Butterworth was Tony-nominated in 2011 for Best Play for Jerusalem, his Broadway playwriting debut, which starred Tony winner Mark Rylance.

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To Kill A Mockingbird Screening

Fathom Events and TCM Big Screen Classics Presents Screenings of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird

By: Ellis Nassour

March 22, 2019: Experience one of the most significant milestones in film history with two screenings each on Sunday, March 24, and Wednesday, March 27, when Fathom Events, TCM Big Screen Classics, in association with Universal Pictures, present rare theatrical screenings of the  acclaimed and Oscar-nominated film adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird. It will play in more than 600 cineplexes nationwide – including 10 in the New York metropolitan area.

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WP Theater Gala

Bonnie Comley

Bonnie Comley to be honored at WP 40th Anniversary Season Gala

This year, at their 4oth Anniversary Season Gala, WP Theater is honoring Bonnie for her incredible accomplishments as a leader in the Broadway community, Founder and Co-President of BroadwayHD and a multi Tony Award-Winning Producer.

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Golden Shamrock Gala

The Gingold Theatrical Group honored Stephen Schwarz and Mary Pamela Singleton

March 17, 2019: The Gingold Theatrical Group hosted their 2019 Golden Shamrock Gala on Saturday, March 16th at 3 West Club (3 West 51st Street), and honored humanitarian and award-winning creator of Godspell, Pippin, and Wicked, Stephen Schwartz, and tireless supporter of the arts in New York, Mary Pamela Singleton.

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Into the Woods: In Concert

By: Iris Wiener

Broadway stars headed Into the Woods in Patchogue on March 8th and 9th as a part of the Patchogue Theatre’s ongoing Broadway Series, a popular concert program that was created by Gary Hygom and John McDaniel. The Stephen Sondheim musical fantasy was at its finest, backed by a phenomenal 15-piece orchestra with sixteen diverse, extraordinarily talented performers bringing new life to a timeless classic. The production featured McDaniel’s direction and conduction, with Stephen DeAngelis’ casting.

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My Fair Lady

Allan Corduner, Laura Benanti, Christian Dante White, and the company of Lincoln Center Theater’s “My Fair Lady.”

5 Reasons Why My Fair Lady is Worth a Second Visit

By: Iris Wiener

March 8, 2019: How can you improve upon a stellar musical that was nominated for ten Tony awards (of which it won one) and five Drama Desk awards (of which it won two)? It’s a difficult feat, but not an impossible one. The classic show, now playing at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre, has aged well in its current production, and still feels as fresh and exciting as it did when it opened in April 2018. This is equally attributable to the care with which My Fair Lady was originally constructed and the new talent that only elevates the exquisite piece. Here are five of many reasons why it’s time for a second go-round with this “loverly” musical:

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Paulanne Simmons Unscripted

Merrily We Roll Along … Again

February 27, 2019: Seeing Roundabout’s revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along reminded me of two things. First, Sondheim, even at his worst is better than almost all of his imitators. And second, producers and directors would do well to stop reviving plays and musicals that weren’t so great the first (and sometimes second and third) time round.

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Oscars

91st Annual Oscars Telecast Live on ABC Sunday; Barbra Streisand Will Be Among the Presenters/Hosts

By: Ellis Nassour

February 21, 2019: There’ll be no host with the mostest on Sunday’s live telecast of the 91st annual Oscars from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre – that is, unless rumors of Whoopi Goldberg being a surprise host are true. Variety has listed her as appearing, which means she must be recovered from a very serious bout of pneumonia. The plan in place is to have a totally disorganized extravaganza with literally a zillion presenters from the ranks of celebs and near celebs.

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Bye Bye Birdie

on BroadwayHD

February 7, 2019– It’s time to put on a happy face because BroadwayHD, the premier streaming service for live theater, is bringing the 1995 Star-Studded TV adaptation of the delightful Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie to its platform on February 7.  This Emmy Award nominated musical comedy directed by Tony Award-winner Gene Saks (The Odd Couple) is supported by an all-star cast featuring Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty), and Chynna Phillips (Bridesmaids).  

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Diana Ross

Diana Ross’ Diamond Jubilee!  Are You Ready?

By: Fred Rimando

February 6, 2019: You Can’t Hurry Love.  Fans have been waiting for this date ever since Diana Ross first announced her February residency last November.  Tonight, Diana Ross takes the stage at the Wynn Encore Theater in Las Vegas for the first of 9 nights; spreaded out over the next three weeks.

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The Sound of Music Live

Broadway HD

January 31, 2019: The more you see it, the more it becomes one of your favorite things! Since making its Broadway debut in 1959, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s perennial classic has been embraced by audiences around the globe.  Now, in celebration of its 60th anniversary, THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE, an ambitious, live-broadcast production from BAFTA-nominated director Coky Giedroyc, will be released on BroadwayHD on January 31.  

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