Meet the 2017 Drama Desk Nominees

Kate Baldwin, Gavin Creel “Hello Dolly”

Reception for 2017 Drama Desk Nominees to meet the press

The 2017 Drama Desk Nominees Reception, celebrated the Award Nominees at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square on Wednesday, May 10.. Drama Desk was founded in 1949 to explore key issues in the theater and to bring together critics and writers in an organization to support the ongoing development of theater in New York. The organization began presenting its awards in 1955, and it is the only critics’ organization to honor achievement in the theater with competition among Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions in the same categories.
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Jamie deRoy & friends

Jamie deRoy, Penny Fuller, Chuck Cooper, Doreen Montalvo, Paulo Szot, Tom Hubbard, Billy Stritch

Celebrating the Tony Awards at Birdland  to benefit The Actors Fund Jamie  deRoy & friends Cabaret initiative. 

Jamie deRoy hosted and performed at Birdland on Sunday May 7, 2017 with a roster of performers notable because they are distinguished for their Tony Awards, nominations or appearances in Tony Award winning musicals.

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Marry Harry Opens at York

Ben Chavez, Lenny Wolpe, David Spadora, Morgan Cowling, Robin Skye, Claire Saunders, Jesse Manocherian

Off-Broadway premiere of appealing new musical opens at the York Theatre

Marry Harry, a delightful new romantic comedy, directed and choreographed by Bill Castellino opened on May 4th  at the York Theatre. Set in New York’s East Village the story about a young man and a young girl approaching 30, charming played respectively by David Spadora and Morgan Cowling, struggling to get away from their controlling parents and manifest their own dreams has a witty book by Jennifer Robbins, with lovey music by Dan Martin, and fun lyrics by Michael Biello.

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Meet the Tony Nominees

“Indecent” Producer Daryl Roth, Playwright Paula Vogel, Director Rebecca Taichman, Co-Producer Cody Lassen

Press junket for the 2017 Tony Award Nominees

On Wednesday morning May 3, 2017, the day after The American Theatre Wing’ announced their 2017 Tony Nominations in 24 categories, the nominees attended a press junket at the Sofitel New York Hotel on West 45th Street. The casual event was an opportunity for the nominees to be interviewed and photographed by members of the press.
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Jane Krakowski, Christopher Jackson

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Heads the list with 12, followed by  Hello, Dolly! with 10 and Dear Evan Hansen with 9

Tony Award Nominations were announced on May 2, 2017 in 24 competitive categories for by Tony Award-winning actress Jane Krakowski and past Tony Award nominee Christopher Jackson at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

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Javier Munoz, Laura Benanti

Hello Dolly leads with 10 nominations followed by Anastasia and Come From Away with 10 each.

Laura Benanti and Javier Muñoz announced the nominations for the for 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards at Feinstein’s 54 Below on Thursday morning, April 27, 2017. The awards will be presented by TheaterMania on Sunday June 4, at 8:00 PM in a ceremony hosted by Michel Urie at The Town Hall in Manhattan and produced by Joey Parnes Productions.

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Drama League Nominations

Board President of Drama League Jano Herbosch, Tony Award Winners Patina Miller, Bebe Neuwirth, Executive Artistic Director of Drama League Gabriel Stelian-Shanks

Tony Award winners Patina Miller and Bebe Neuwirth announced the nominees for 2017 Drama League Awards at a ceremony at Sardi’s Restaurant on West 44th Street . Bette Midler will receive the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award when the awards are held at the Marriott Marquis Times Square on Friday, May 19, 2017.

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Angel & Echoes

Avital Lvova, Rachel Smyth, Serena Manteghi, Henry Naylor

Henry Naylor’s Angel and Echoes opened on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 59E59 Theaters. The two outstanding plays, presented in one evening tell the story of three women in the Middle East.

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Guild Hall 2017 Artists Members Exhibition

On Saturday April 8, Guild Hall presented the winners of the 79th Artist Members Exhibition that featured 383 local artists in the oldest non-juried museum exhibition on Long Island. Judge Ruba Katrib, Curator, SculptureCenter, awarded Joyce Kubat Top Honors for her ink on paper piece Armour (2016).

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Extinction @ Guild Hall

Brynne Kraynak, Eric Svendsen, Raye Levine, Sawyer Spielberg, Josh Gladstone

Opening Night Photos from Gabe McKinley’s dark yet funny drama Extinction, strongly helmed by Josh Gladstone and starring Sawyer Spielberg (Steven Spielberg’s son) and Eric Svendsen with Brynne Kraynak, Raye Levine.
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“Angry Young Man” Opens

Rami Margron, Nazli Sarpkaya, Max Samuels, Christopher Daftsios

Urban Stages, Frances Hill, Founding Artistic Director brings American Premiere of critically acclaimed British comedy to New York.

Angry Young Man, a timely comedy by award winning playwright Ben Woolf about a Middle Eastern surgeon, who’s arrival in London is fraught with witty mishaps, opened at Urban Stages, 259 West 30th Street in New York.  A superb cast meticulously helmed by Stephen Hamilton with comic panache keeps the fast-paced tale moving at a delirious pace for a brisk 75 minutes. The gifted ensemble features Christopher Daftsios, Rami Margron, Max Samuels, and Nazli Sarpkaya.
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Live Out Loud

Bruce T. Sloane, Raphael Miranda, Edie Windsor, Leo Preziosi, Jr.

LIVE OUT LOUD  Kick -Off Reception at the New Amsterdam Theater

LIVE OUT LOUD hosted a lively kick-off reception at the New Amsterdam Theater on West 42 Street for their annual Young Trailblazers Gala that will take place on June 5th at TheTimesCenter in NYC. Catering was provided by David Ellis Events and Spirits were provided by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly. 

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Guild Hall Awards

Hilaria Baldwin, Alec Baldwin, Susan Stroman

Guild Hall, the cultural center of East Hampton, held their 32nd Annual Academy of the Arts Achievement Awards at The Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center.

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A Sketch of New York

Sketch comedy is a laugh out loud riot in the hands of Joe DiNozzi and Darien De Maria, the creators, writers and directors of A Sketch of New York, that played 9 performances at The Producers Club, 358 West 44th Street, this past weekend. The show, eighteen witty sketches of varying lengths lampooning life in the Big Apple poked fun at dating, film producers, cellphones, the transit system, and the perils of acting with entertaining zest. A Sketch of New York is a satirical comedy show in the vein of classic New York sketch theater with an aim at mocking the absurd dichotomies of life in New York City performed by three entirely different casts.

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HIFF Presents “To Kill A Mockingbird”

Artistic Director of HIFF David Nugent, Executive DIrector of Guild Hall Andrea Grover, Executive DIrector of HIFF Anne Chaisson, Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin hosts screening at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

On Saturday February 25, 2017 Andrea Grover, the Executor Director of Guild Hall, introduced the evening’s screening of To Kill A Mockingbird, a 1963 Academy Award-winning film based on Harper Lee’s 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch and Mary Badham as Scout was screened at Guild Hall in East Hampton as part of the long running HIFF Winter Classic series. The film nominated for eight Academy Awards is considered one of the best-ever made and won three Academy Awards including Best Actor for Gregory Peck.

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