Agnes Opens @ 59E59

Playwright Catya McMullen, Director Jenna Worsham

NYC premiere of Catya McMullen witty and touching drama impressively staged by Jenna Worsham

September 13, 2018:  The actors shine in Catya McMullen’s witty drama that opened at 59E59 Theaters impressively staged by Jenna Worsham. When a group of friends are trapped by storm they discover how easily they can misjudge each other, especially the people they love.

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Scraps Opens @ The Flea

Andrew Baldwin, Michael Oloyede,  Alana Raquel Bowers, Artisitc Director of The Flea Theater Niegel Smith, Playwright Geraldine Inoa, Bryn Carter, TanyaMaria, Roland Lane

World Premiere of provocative new play by Geraldine Inoa impressively staged by Flea Artistic Director Niegel Smith.

August 30, 2018:  Scraps, a provocative new play by the gifted Geraldine Inoa, kicks off the The Flea’s 2018-2019 “Color Brave” season with an impressive staging by Niegel Smith. The playwright is the inaugural recipient of The Shonda Rhimes Unsung Voices Playwriting Commission and her title was inspired by the literal word to describe what was left to feed slaves.

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Frost/Nixon @ Bay Street

Harris Yulin stars in Frost/Nixon, a smart revival of Peter Morgan’s powerful face-off between Richard Nixon and TV personality, David Frost.

July 2, 2018:  The standing ovation at the opening night performance of Peter Morgan’s powerful face-off between former President Richard M. Nixon and TV personality, David Frost at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor was a strong sign of approval for the smart revival. Harris Yulin stars as the former president in the entertaining play directed by Sarna Lapine.  

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Lonesome Blues Opens @ York

Guitarist David Weiss, Akiń Babatundé (Performer / Writer)

World premiere of new musical based on legendary bluesman Blind Lemon.

June 19, 2018:  The York Theatre Company in association with Documentary Arts, presented the world premiere of the new musical Lonesome Blues, based on the true story of legendary bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson, created by Alan Govenar (Texas in Paris) and Akině Babatundeě (Blind Lemon Blues), directed by Katherine Owens and performed by Akině Babatundeě with David Weiss on guitar.

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72nd Annual Tony Awards

Josh Groban, Sara Bareilles

The Band’s Visit was named Broadway’s Best Musical taking home Ten Awards at 2018 Tony Awards, while Harry Potter and the Cursed Child nabbed Six.

June 11, 2018:  The Band’s Visit was the big winner at the annual Tony Awards winning awards in 10, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best, Director, and Best Book of a Musical.  The popular London import, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, was honored with six awards, including Best Play. The 72nd Annual tribute was televised Sunday evening, live on CBS, from Radio City Music Hall. The lavish celebrity-studded ceremony, hosted by Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles, was an unforgettable evening featuring performances from many of the nominated shows.
Here are the complete list of winners:
Photography: Barry Gordin

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2018 Drama Desk Awards

Glenda Jackson and Andrew Garfield Outstanding Actress and Actor in a Play

SpongeBob Square Pants, The Broadway Musical wins 6 Awards at the 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards.

June 3, 2018:  SpongeBob SquarePants, The Broadway Musical was the big winner at the 2018 Drama Desk Awards, taking home six awards including Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Director of a Musical for Tina Landau.

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Drama Desk Red Carpet Arrivals & After Party

Michael Urie

June 4, 2014:  The 63rd annual Drama Desk Awards ceremony, hosted by  Michael Urie, was held on June 3 at Town Hall. The star-studded list of nominees walked the red carpet before the ceremony then strolled down to the Marriott Marquis for the festive after party. Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners. BRAVO!
Photography: Barry Gordin

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Fellow Travelers Opens @ Bay Street

Vince Nappo, Wayne Alan WIlcox, Rachel Spencer Hewitt, Mark Blum, Jeffrey Bean

World premiere of Fellow Travels, a provocative new drama by Jack Canfora, opens the 2018 Mainstage Season at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.

June 2, 2018:  Bay Street Theater’s Artistic Director Scott Schwartz said, “We are thrilled to welcome such an exceptional team of artists to Bay Street for the world premiere of Jack Canfora’s Fellow Travels,”. “This play is about giants of the stage and screen, larger than life personalities who made great art and a great impact on our American culture. It is a searing portrait of extraordinary people struggling with the politics of their time and their love for one another…”

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Outer Critic Circle Awards

Lauren Ambrose (Outstanding Actress in a Musical) “My Fair Lady”

May 24, 2018:  Broadway stars Jenn Colella, Jim Dale, Christine Ebersole and Martha Plimpton served as gala award presenters at the 68th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony  at the legendary Sardi’s Restaurant.

Photography: Barry Gordin

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Drama League Awards 2018

Honoree Idina Menzel

Idina Menzel honored at 84th Annual Drama League Awards and Glenda Jackson wins Distinguished Performance

May 19, 2018:  Glenda Jackson, who stars in the Broadway revival of Three Tall Women, won the coveted Distinguished Performance Award at the 2018 Drama League Awards, presented yesterday at the Marriott Marquis Times Square.  Her award, selected from 55 nominated performances, was the highlight of the  Awards Luncheon and can only be won once in a lifetime.

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Drama Desk Nominees’ Reception

Glenda Jackson

Nominees for the 2018 Drama Desk Awards met with the Press at Friedmans at the Edison Hotel in the Theater District.

 May 9, 2018:  Nominees for the 2018 Drama Desk Awards attended a “meet and greet” with the press and Drama Desk members on Wednesday morning at Friedmans at the Edison Hotel, 228 West 47th Street, in the theater district. The annual Nominees’ Reception was a festive event with great food and lively conversation. The annual happening is a chance for Drama Desk members and the press to chat with many of the talented artists that were part of the 2017-2018 theater season. The 63 Annual Drama Desk Awards will be presented on Sunday, June 3rd at The Town Hall. For tickets go to:
Photography: Barry Gordin

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Unexpected Joy Opens at the York

Janet Hood (Music), Bill Russell (Book/Lyrics)

Three generations of female singers collide in Unexpected Joy, a witty new musical by Bill Russell and Janet Hood, testing the limits of their love.

May 4, 2018:  Unexpected Joy, a constantly amusing new musical, which opened last night at the York Theatre, has already been extended for an additional week due to popular demand. The story brings three generations of female singers to modern day Provincetown, where they are gathering for a memorial concert to honor the family’s patriarch. With a book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Janet Hood, the delightful musical explores the conflicts and long-held family tensions of three women from different peer groups. Sparks fly as the family struggles to discover the common ground of their divergent values and beliefs.

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2018 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski Photo: Barry Gordin

Awards will be presented Sunday, June 3rd at The Town Hall

 April 26, 2018:  Nominations for the 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced this morning at Feinstein’s/54 Below by Jane Krakowski (She Loves Me, Nine, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt“) and Tituss Burgess (The Little Mermaid, Guys and Dolls, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”).
Photography: Barry Gordin

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Adam Rapp @ 59E59 Theaters

Director Jacqueline Stone, Carolyn Malloy, Playwright Adam Rapp

TUTA Theatre is presenting the NYC premiere of The Edge of Our Bodies with a memorable Off-Broadway staging at 59E59 Theaters. 

April 10, 2018:  Carolyn Molloy is Bernadette, in Adam Rapp’s compelling The Edge of Our Bodies, a coming of age tale, which opened last night at 59E59 Theaters. The story is vividly brought to life by the gifted actress in a memorable staging directed by Jacqueline Stone.

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Education Opens @ 59E59 Theaters

Director Margarett Perry, Playwright Brian Dykstra

World Premiere of Brian Dykstra’s thought provoking new play, Education, focuses on the escalating fallout from a high school student’s confrontational art project.

March 14,2018: Theater provocateur Brian Dykstra returns to 59E59 Theaters with Education, an engaging new play about free-speech, directed by Margarett Perry. When a high school student, Max, is suspended for attempting to burn an American flag for an art project, he colludes with his girlfriend Bekka, a slam poet, to get back at the authorities. As the two students, played by Wesley T. Jones and Jane West, fight to express themselves, they wreak havoc on the small Ohio town with their extreme actions.

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