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, 2018:  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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Fellow Travelers Opens @ Bay Street

Vince Nappo, Wayne Alan WIlcox, Rachel Spencer Hewitt, Mark Blum, Jeffrey Bean

World premiere of Fellow Travels, a provocative new drama by Jack Canfora, opens the 2018 Mainstage Season at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.

June 2, 2018:  Bay Street Theater’s Artistic Director Scott Schwartz said, “We are thrilled to welcome such an exceptional team of artists to Bay Street for the world premiere of Jack Canfora’s Fellow Travels,”. “This play is about giants of the stage and screen, larger than life personalities who made great art and a great impact on our American culture. It is a searing portrait of extraordinary people struggling with the politics of their time and their love for one another…”

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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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