Jamie deRoy & friends @ Birdland

Sophia Anne Caruso, Melissa Manchester,Jamie deRoy

Star-studded Holiday Show brings Broadway to Birdland.

December 11, 2017: Show business marvel Jamie DeRoy, an award-winning producer, cabaret, stage, film and TV performer brought her stellar holiday show to New York’s renowned Birdland at 315 W. 44th Street in the theatre district.

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Cross That River @ 59E59

Carolyn Leonhart, Jeffrey Lewis, Maya Azucena, Allan Harris

A musical musing on black cowboys of the American West by celebrated jazz artist Allan Harris.

December 6, 2017:  A new musical by Allan Harris and his wife Pat Harris, Cross That River, A Tale of the Black West, opened at 59E59 Theaters.  Mr. Harris and his wife have  fashioned a poignant tale about Blue, a run-away slave who escapes to Texas where he becomes one of America’s first Black Cowboys in the unsettled West circa 1860s. The absorbing story, staged as a concert by Reggie Life, weaves fact and fiction into an affecting evening with the soulful singers playing multiple roles with accomplished ease.  The four marvelous vocalists are Maya Azucena, Carolyn Leonhart, Jeffery Lewis and the silky voiced Allan Harris, who also narrates.

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Death of a Salesman

Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor presents Death of a Salesman

November 11, 2017:  Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama Death of a Salesman opened at Bay Street Theater as part of their ongoing annual Literature Live productions. The powerful play directed by Joe Minutillo is arguably one of the greatest of the 20th century. Set in the late 1940’s the story focuses on the Loman family’s struggle with financial insecurity just after World War II, and although Miller wrote the play in 1949 it feels equally relevant today as Americans face declining opportunities to achieve their dreams.  

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This One’s For The Girls Opening

Jana Robbins, Traci Bair, Haley Swindal

Lively musical by Dorothy Marcic, creator of Sistas, opens at St. Luke’s Theatre.

October 27, 2017:  The amusing new musical This One’s for the Girls by Dorothy Marcic and directed by Tamara Kangas Erickson is a series of witty snapshots chronicling celebrated archetypical women’s role models from the past century in song. The revue, which opened Off- Broadway at St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46 Street, takes a sassy jaunt down the memory lane of the women’s movement with chart topping hits from the past 100 years to punctuate memorable strides by women.

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Occupied Territories at 59E59 Theaters

Cody Robinson, Nancy Bannon

New York premier of insightful new play recounts the tragedy of Vietnam War with inventive staging and sincere performances.

October 25, 2017:  Nancy Bannon and Mollye Maxner have co-authored Occupied Territories, an ambitious new play about the effects of the Vietnam War on one family. The drama nicely helmed by Mollye Maxner and starring Nancy Bannon in a heartfelt performance as Jude, the daughter of a recently deceased Vietnam Veteran, opened at 59E59 Theaters this past Wednesday. Kelley Rae O’Donnell plays Jude’s sister Helena and Ciela Elliott plays her daughter Alex, who has been in Helena’s care while Jude was away at a drug rehabilitation facility.

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ARF Stroll to the Sea

24th Annual Stroll to the Sea Dog Walk benefits Animal Rescue Find of the Hamptons.

October 7, 2017: This year the annual ARF Stoll to the Sea Benefit was proceeded by a kick-off cocktail party on Friday, the night before the walk. The party was hosted by Candy and Mark Udell of London Jewelers at their Main Street location in East Hampton.

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Suzan-Lori Parks @ SIgnature

Suzan-Lori Parks Photo: Barry Gordin

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright in residency with The Red Letter Plays

Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African- American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, is the Residency One Playwright at the Signature this season. Her plays F**king A, directed by Jo Bonney, and In the Blood, directed by Sarah Benson, are being produced in tandem as part of an event called The Red Letter Plays. The two plays are riffs on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, and is a rare opportunity to see two plays by one writer in dialogue with each other.

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“THE VIOLIN” OPENS at 59E59

Peter Bradbury, Kevin Isola

Robert LuPone stars in World Premiere of Dan McCormick’s THE VIOLIN at 59E59 Theaters 

September 19, 2017:  THE VIOLIN, a melodramtic tale by Dan McCormick about two ill-fated brothers, Bobby and Terry, and their elderly friend, Gio a tailor, opened at 59E59 Theaters for a limited run through October 14When Bobby, played by Broadway veteran Robert LuPone, realizes his brother Terry, played by Kevin Isola, has found a priceless 1710 Stradivarius violin in his gypsy cab, Bobby sees an opportunity to cash in. The action, directed by Joseph Discher, is set in motion with Gio, played by Peter Bradbury, joining the brothers in an attempt to ransom the violin for $800,000.

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The Songs of Jerry Herman

Barry Levitt, Deborah Tranelli, Valerie diLorenzo Sal Viviano

Guild Hall in East Hampton presented a musical evening of songs by legendary composer Jerry Herman.

A Grand Tour, a spirited celebration of one of Broadway’s greatest composers, under the musical direction of Barry Levitt.  The evening featured songs from many of Jerry Herman’s shows including Mame, La Cage aux Folles, Hello, Dolly, Mack and Mabel, Dear World, and Milk and Honey performed by Broadway veterans Sal Viviano, and Deborah Tranelli with Charlie Romo and Valerie diLorenzo.  Popular favorites included: “Before the Parade Passes By,” “ If He Walked Into My Life,” “ I Won’t Send Roses, “ “I Am What I Am,” “Time Heals Everything,” “ Song on the Sand,” “ It Only Take a Moment,” “The Best of Times” amongst others.

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“The Itch” Opens at New Ohio

Director, Theresa Buchheister, Playwright Alexandra Zelman-Doring

Drama Desk nominated Throes Theater presents the premiere of a new play by Alexandra Zelman-Doring.

September 6, 2017: The Itch playwright Alexandra Zelman-Doring plays Ana, and Gore Abrams plays Simon her 27-year-old twin brother in a tale about co-dependent siblings. The confusingly odd story directed by Theresa Buchheister, which opened at the New Ohio Theater on Christopher Street in the West Village, has a decidedly downtown feel and makes use of film and video projections as well as loud original punk sounding music by Throes Theater with The Petite Brunettes that marks the opening of the play and scene transitions.

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“Inanimate” Opens at The Flea

Artistic Director The Flea Theater Niegel Smith, Producing Director The Flea Theater Carol Ostrow

First full production at new performing arts complex looks at love for inanimate objects.

August 30, 2017: The Flea Theater is presenting the world premiere of Inanimate by Nick Robideau, a tale about a woman who falls in love with a Dairy Queen sign. The play directed by Flea Associate Artist Courtney Ulrich is the first production in The Flea’s new three theater performing arts complex at 20 Thomas Street in Tribeca, just four blocks below their original home. The evening inaugurates The Siggy, the downstairs theater named for Flea founder and continuing inspiration Sigourney Weaver.

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CYNTHIA ERIVO @ WHBPAC

Yvonne S. Elliman, Cynthia Erivo

Tony and Grammy Award winner plays Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.

August 20, 2017: One of Broadway’s biggest stars thrilled an adoring audience at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center with a beautifully eclectic set of songs from varied profound artists.  The evening was generously sponsored by Yvonne S. Elliman, who has sponsored an event at WHBPAC each year for the past 26 years.

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“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 Burstyn.

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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Authors Night

Alec Baldwin

East Hampton Library has Alec Baldwin, Alan Alda, and Dick Cavett amongst 100 Authors at Annual fundraiser.

August 12, 2017: East Hampton Library’s Authors Night was the literary event of the season for residents of the East End. Under a big white tent on Maidstone Lane across from Town Pond and down a dirt drive in East Hampton you could get up close and personal with some of your favorite scribes. The annual cocktail reception/book signing drew over a 100 authors from all over the globe to the tiny hamlet where they met close to 3,000 attendees from 5 to 7:30 pm.

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