“As You Like It” @ Bay Street

Ellen Burstyn

John Doyle’s Jazz Era staging of Shakespeare’s classic As You Like It with original music by Stephen Schwartz showcases a nimble ensemble led by Ellen Burstein.

August 12, 2017:  A poignant As You Like It opened at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor staged by the visionary director John Doyle. The comedy boasts original music by Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz and a performance by Tony, Oscar, and Emmy award winner Ellen Burstyn as the melancholy Jacques, a role traditionally played by a man.

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Guild Hall Summer Gala

Honoree Bonnie Lautenberg

The Black and White Summer Gala: Celebrating AVEDON’S AMERICA

August 11, 2017:  Guild Hall in East Hampton celebrated their annual Summer Gala, a lavish black and white affair honoring Bonnie Lautenberg. The evening started with a private exhibition preview of AVEDON’S AMERICA in the museum followed by cocktails, music, dancing, dining, and a very lively art auction at a private home in Amagansett. The dinner was hosted by April Gornik and honored philanthropist and photographer Bonnie Lautenberg.

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Lorna Luft at Bay Street

Lorna Luft

Singer had her loving audience cheering for more in Sag Harbor

July 24, 2017: Music Mondays at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor continued with An Evening with Lorna Luft performing classics from the American Songbook. The singer is best known for Promises Promises, Songs My Mother Taught Me, and Extremities. Lorna is not only a singer, she is a television, stage, and film actress and she just happens to be the daughter of Judy Garland and producer Sidney Luft. She launched her career at the age of 11 years old singing Santa Claus is Coming to Town in 1963 on the Christmas episode of her mother’s CBS television show The Judy Garland Show.
Photography: Barry Gordin

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LongHouse Reserve

Founder LongHouse Jack Lenor Larsen, President LongHouse Dianne B

Boom! The Cosmic LongHouse Benefit

Saturday, July 22, was an exciting evening  at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton celebrating founder Jack Lenor Larsen’s 90th year.

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Bay Street Summer Gala

IMAGINE, the 26th Annual Bay Street Theater Summer Gala in Sag Harbor.

July 14, 2017: The Bay Street Theater summer gala featured a live show in the theater with Elizabeth Ashley, Betty Buckley, Penny Fuller, and Lois Smith where Arts Visionaries, director Michael Wilson, Christine Wachter-Campbell & William Campbell and J.C. Compton & Nicholas Wentworth were honored. The celebration continued with dinner and dancing under a tent on The Long Wharf. There was more entertainment and a live auction hosted by Richard Kind, along with a spectacular silent auction.
Photography: Barry Gordin

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Intimate Apparel Opening Night

Edward O’Blenis, Kelly McCreary, Blake DeLong, Shaynna Small, Julia Motyka, Portia

INTIMATE APPAREL at Bay Street
Moving production helmed by Scott Schwartz opens in Sag Harbor starring Kelly McCreary.

July 8,2017:  Intimate Apparel by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Lynn Nottage, is a terrific play about Esther, an African American seamstress played by Kelly McCreary, best known for her TV role on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.” Esther has her own successful business in 1905 catering to both society ladies and “ladies of the night,” but she is lonely. When she searches for something more from her life she discovers hidden feelings she didn’t know existed.

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In A Word Opening

Jose Joaquin Perez, Laura Ramadei, Justin Mark

By: Barry Gordin

New York Premiere of In A Word by Lauren Yee

June 21, 2017:  In A Word presented by Lesser America opened at the Cherry Lane for a  limited run through July 8. The play by Lauren Yee, winner of the 2016 Francesca Primus Prize and a finalist for the ATCA/Steinberg Award, is directed by Tyne Rafaeli.

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Jay Leno @ Guild Hall

Jay Leno

TV Host Jay Leno performed at The John Drew Theater in East Hampton to benefit the Guild Hall Season Spectacular.

July 1, 2017:  Emmy award  winning late night TV show host Jay Leno, now a best-selling children’s book author, performed at the Guild Hall Season Spectacular. The 90-minute sold out show at The John Drew Theater in the Dina Merrill Pavilion was followed by dinner at The Hedges Inn.

Photography: Barry Gordin

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The 2017 Tony Awards

Rachel Bay Jones (Winner Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical) “Dear Evan Hansen” Ben Platt (Winner Best Actor in a Musical “Dear Evan Hansen”

Dear Evan Hansen honored with 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, on Broadway’s biggest night on June 11, 2017

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2017 Drama Desk Awards

Jenn Colella (Winner Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical) “Come From Away” Gavin Creel (Winner Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical) “Hello Dolly!”

Bette Midler, Come From Away and Oslo take top prizes at 62nd Annual DD Awards.

The 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards were presented in a ceremony hosted by Michael Urie at The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, on June 4, 2017.  Come From Away won three awards including the top prized for Best Musial, along with awards for Jenn Colella, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, and Irene Sankoff and David Hein, who were awarded for Outstanding Book of a Musical. Come From Away, a popular hit, didn’t have to compete with the Tony front runner Dear Evan Hansen, which won the Drama Desk top prize last year for an Off-Broadway production before moving to Broadway.

 

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The Man in the Ceiling

Jeffrey Seller, Jules Feiffer, Andrew Lippa

Bay Street Theater launches Summer Season with World Premiere of charming new musical by Jules Feiffer and Andrew Lippa.

The Man in the Ceiling, a whimsical tale about a boy cartoonist, with a sweet book by Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer based on his 1995 young adult novel of the same name, and featuring endearing music by Andrew Lippa opened at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on Saturday, June 3. The story follows Jimmy Jibbett, played by a terrifically poised 12-year-old Jonah Broscow, as he struggles to express his uniqueness in an unsupportive environment, where his only solace is in the comic characters he invents.

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67th OCC Awards

Outstanding Actress in a Play Laura Linney Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Cynthia Nixon “The Little Foxes’

Outer Critics Circle Awards for the 2016-2017 season were presented at Sardi’s.

On Thursday May 25, 2017 Danny Burstein, Katie Finneran, and Christopher Fitzgerald presented the Outer Critics Circle Awards to the winners of the 67th Annual Awards at a dinner hosted by President Simon Saltzman at the legendary Sardi’s across form Shubert Alley in Times Square.

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Drama League Honors Bette Midler

Ben Platt

Grammy and Emmy winner, Bette Midler, given award for distinguished achievement in the Theater, and Ben Platt wins Distinguished Performance.

The Drama League announced the winners of the 83rd Annual Drama League Awards on Thursday, May 19, 2017 at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. The winners were Outstanding Production of a Musical, Dear Evan Hansen; Outstanding Production of a Play, Oslo; Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Hello, Dolly!;  Outstanding Revival of a Play, Jitney; and Distinguished Performance Award, Ben Platt,  who became the youngest actor to win the coveted award. The intimate celebration recognized the season’s outstanding productions and performers at a star-studded luncheon and awards ceremony hosted by Broadway’s 6-time Tony® Award winner Audra McDonald and her husband Tony® Award nominee Will Swenson in the Broadway Ballroom of the Marriott.

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Bay Street Curtain Up!

Artistic Director Bay Street Theater Scott Schwartz, Executive Director Bay Street Theater Tracy Mitchell

6th Annual Honors Benefit at Joe’s Pub featured a sneak peek of the Bay Street Theater 2017 Summer Season in Sag Harbor.

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts held The 6th Annual Honors Benefit: Curtain Up! on Monday, May 15 at Joe’s Pub at The Public. The evening hosted by Scott Schwartz, Bay Street Theater’s Artistic Director, featured a sneak peek of the 2017 Summer Mainstage season in Sag Harbor. Songs and bits of scenes were performed, along with the  honors presented to special guests, Richard Kind and Jules Feiffer.

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