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: http://dramadeskawards.com/tickets
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 www.DramaDeskAwards.com

 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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Dogs of Rwanda @ Urban Stages

Artistic Director/ Director Frances Hill, Playwright Sean Christopher Lewis, Director Peter Napolitano Dan Hodge (David Zosia)

New York Premiere of award winning playwright, Sean Christopher Lewis’ potent tale, Dogs of Rwanda, opens at Urban Stages.

March 13, 2018:  Urban Stages is presenting a powerful new play, Dogs of Rwanda, as the final production of their 34th season. Sean Christopher Lewis’ potent tale is touchingly directed by Frances Hill and Peter Napolitano with Dan Hodge portraying  David.

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Wicked Clone Opens at Davenport

Gabriela and Mihaela Modorcea Photo: Barry Gordin

Musical tale of twin sisters born in Transylvania based on the novel, Wicked Clone or how to deal with the evil.

March 8, 2018:  The musical, Wicked Clone, created and performed by the Indiggo Twins, tells the story of identical twin sisters born in 1483 Transylvania, played by real life Romanian born twin sisters, Mihaela and Gabriela Modorcea, with an added twist. In the musical, based on Mihaela’s bestselling Barnes & Noble novel, Wicked Clone or how to deal with the evil, a vampire is bitten by a human being in today’s New York City.

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PETE REX Opens @ 59E59 Theaters

Brad Raimondo, Simon Winheld, Greg Carere, Rosie Sowa, Alexander V. Thompson

A quirky tale about a smooth-talking Tyrannosaur is an homage to late night creature films.

February 15, 2018: The Dreamscape Theater is presenting the NYC premiere of PETE REX , a quirky tale by Alexander V. Thompson, about a smooth-talking Tyrannosaur named Nero. Directed by Brad Raimondo the play, billed as “part comedy, part absurdism, part horror,” focuses on Pete a small town, Midwestern guy, played by Greg Carere, and his obsessions with dinosaurs. 

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Fusiform Gyrus @ HERE

Sam Kulik, Ellen Maddow, Lathan Hardy, Chris DiMeglio, Tom Nelis, Jessica Lurie, Peter Zummo, Paul Zimet

World Premier of Fusiform Gyrus – A Septet for Two Scientists and Five Horns by OBIE Award winner Ellen Maddow

February 13, 2018: OBIE Award winner Ellen Maddow’s new musical piece, Fusiform Gyrus – A Septet for Two Scientists and Five Horns, opened at HERE in a world premier presentation by Talking Band. The 70 -minute musical-theater work written and composed by Maddow is directed by Ellie Heyman, the director in residence at Joe’s Pub.  Fusiform Gyrus runs through February 25, 2018 at HERE, 145 6th Avenue.

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Drama Desk Reception

Naveen Kumar, Jan Simpson, Jose Solis, Kelundra Smith, Wei-Huan Chen

BroadwayCon Panels Feted

January 26, 2018:  The Drama Desk hosted a reception for critics on the BroadwayCon panels “Being a Critic of Color,” organized by Drama Desk member Jose Solis, and “Theater Critiquing: A Woman’s Touch,” organized by Drama Desk member Linda Armstrong.

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The Undertaking Opens @ 59E59 Theaters

Aysan Celik, Steve Cosson, Dan Domingues Photo: Barry Gordin

Steve Cosson’s insightful meditation on fear of dying opened at 59E59 Theaters.

January 17, 2018:  The Undertaking, written and directed by Steve Cosson, the Artistic Director of the Civilians, opened at 59E59Theaters for a limited engagement through February 4. The NY Times called the show “morbidly funny,” when the it debuted at the 2016 BAM Next Wave Festival. The heart of the story is death and the hero journeys to the world of the dead returning with a transformed appreciation for life.

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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 Opens @ 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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