Big Apple Circus

Award winning acts at Lincoln Center thru January 17.

December 1, 2018: The renowned Big Apple Circus is back in town under a big top at Lindon Center’s Damrosch Park for the Holiday Season. The 41st edition is an intimate affair featuring mind-blowing acts from all over the world that will delight and thrill children of all ages along with the perpetually young at heart. Preformed in a single ring, the circus is an up close and personal happening, where every seat is less the 50 feet from the action in a climate-controlled environment that will keep you warm and toasty regardless of the outside temperature.

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LongHouse Holiday Party

Executive Director Matko Tomicic, President Board of Trustees Dianne Benson aka Dianne B

Guests toasted the season and rediscovered the gardens at this special time of the year.

November 25, 2018:  LONGHOUSE, 133 Hands Creek Road in East Hampton, hosted a festive gathering with holiday music on Thanksgiving Saturday. Guests toasted the holiday season with hot apple cider rum toddy’s, Kaluah & coffee, and hot chocolate while touring the gardens and mingling with neighbors. Many people left personal wishes on the Yoko Ono Wish Tree, near the entrance to LONGHOUSE, when they departed.

Photography: Barry Gordin

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Janet Lehr Fine Arts

Adam Umbach Photo: Barry Gordin

Sweet Things @ Janet Lehr
An exhibition of new works by Adam Handler and Adam Umbach.

November 25, 2018:  Janet Lehr Fine Arts, 68 Park Place in East Hampton, hosted a reception on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to celebrate an ongoing exhibition of paintings by two Adams, Handler and Umbach.  Also on view, are works by gallery favorites David Demers, Haim Mizrahi. Shimon Okshteyn, Jules Olitski, Christopher Deeton, Dave Rogers, Michael Bronspigel and, new to the gallery, Gideon Lewin – Avedon’s ‘ace’ printer for 25-years.

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Hype Man Opens at The Flea

Shakur Tolliver, Tay Bass, Matt Stango

HYPE MAN: a break beat play by Idris Goodwin continues The Flea’s Color Brave season with a compelling look at race and friendship against the backdrop of hip hop.

November 21, 20018:  Idris Goodwin’s HYPE MAN: a break beat play directed by Kristan Seemel and Flea Artistic Director Niegel Smith opened at The Flea for a run through December 18 in The Pete. The story set in 2015 in an unnamed American city follows two hip hop artists, Pinnacle, played by Matt Stango and Verb, played by Shakur Tolliver, now on the threshold of success. The friends, one white and one black, were best buddies growing up together on the mean streets of the unnamed city. Verb, a young black man just out of prison, hypes the crowd and Pinnacle, a white man writes and rhymes.

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Happy Birthday Jamie deRoy

Jamie deRoy, Christina Bianco

Jamie DeRoy celebrated with friends at Bond 45

November 11, 2018: Show business impresario, Jamie deRoy, an award-winning producer, cabaret, stage, film and TV performer celebrated her birthday with many of her show business friends at Bonds 45 in the Theater District on 46th Street. The festive gathering for her birthday brought together some of Jamie’s nearest and dearest for great food, great drinks and a great time with great people.  In lieu of gifts friends donated to The Actor’s Fund, Jamie deRoy & friends Cabaret Initiative.

Photography: Barry Gordin

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35th Annual Drama League Gala

Honoree Nathan Lane

Benefit Gala Honoring Nathan Lane hosted by Matthew Broderick at The Plaza Hotel.

November 5, 2018: The Drama League presented the 35th Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway honoring film, television, theater icon and three-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane. The event at The Plaza Hotel hosted by Matthew Broderick also honored producer Fran Weissler for Visionary Leadership in the American Theater.

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Gloria: A Life at DR2

Francesca Fenandez McKenzie, Joanna Glushak, Christiane Amanpour, Christine Lahti, Fedna Jacquet, Delanna Studi, Liz Wisan, Patrena Murray, Brittany K. Allen

Powerful and uplifting, Gloria: A Life by Emily Mann with Christine Lahti, is a ‘must see’ play for the moment.

November 4, 2018:  Christiane Amanpour, the Chief International Anchor of CNN, was the special guest for the Act II of the “must see” play for the moment, Gloria: A Life by Emily Mann, now playing at the DR2 on East 15th Street in Union Square. Christine Lahti stars as Gloria Steinem in a factual and detailed account of her life directed in the round by Diane Paulus. Steinem’s story just happens to crystalize our political moment today through the lens of one of the most inspiring voices of The Women’s Movement.

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Bette Midler’s Hulaween 2018

Bette Midler

Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project Hosted the 22nd Annual Hulaween Celebration at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in Harlem

 October 29, 2018:  Bette Midler, the Divine one herself, hosted her annual Hulaween Ball in the majestic Cathedral of St. John the Divine, how witty, in Harlem to raise funds for her New York Restoration Project, which she founded over two decades ago. The NY Restoration Project has been transforming open spaces since 1995 to the benefit of millions of New Yorkers.

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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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