ARF Stroll to the Sea

23rd 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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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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