In A Word Opening

Jose Joaquin Perez, Laura Ramadei, Justin Mark

By: Barry Gordin

New York Premiere of In A Word by Lauren Yee

June 21, 2017:  In A Word presented by Lesser America opened at the Cherry Lane for a  limited run through July 8. The play by Lauren Yee, winner of the 2016 Francesca Primus Prize and a finalist for the ATCA/Steinberg Award, is directed by Tyne Rafaeli.

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Jay Leno @ Guild Hall

Jay Leno

TV Host Jay Leno performed at The John Drew Theater in East Hampton to benefit the Guild Hall Season Spectacular.

July 1, 2017:  Emmy award  winning late night TV show host Jay Leno, now a best-selling children’s book author, performed at the Guild Hall Season Spectacular. The 90-minute sold out show at The John Drew Theater in the Dina Merrill Pavilion was followed by dinner at The Hedges Inn.

Photography: Barry Gordin

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The 2017 Tony Awards

Rachel Bay Jones (Winner Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical) “Dear Evan Hansen” Ben Platt (Winner Best Actor in a Musical “Dear Evan Hansen”

Dear Evan Hansen honored with 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, on Broadway’s biggest night on June 11, 2017

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2017 Drama Desk Awards

Jenn Colella (Winner Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical) “Come From Away” Gavin Creel (Winner Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical) “Hello Dolly!”

Bette Midler, Come From Away and Oslo take top prizes at 62nd Annual DD Awards.

The 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards were presented in a ceremony hosted by Michael Urie at The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, on June 4, 2017.  Come From Away won three awards including the top prized for Best Musial, along with awards for Jenn Colella, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, and Irene Sankoff and David Hein, who were awarded for Outstanding Book of a Musical. Come From Away, a popular hit, didn’t have to compete with the Tony front runner Dear Evan Hansen, which won the Drama Desk top prize last year for an Off-Broadway production before moving to Broadway.


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The Man in the Ceiling

Jeffrey Seller, Jules Feiffer, Andrew Lippa

Bay Street Theater launches Summer Season with World Premiere of charming new musical by Jules Feiffer and Andrew Lippa.

The Man in the Ceiling, a whimsical tale about a boy cartoonist, with a sweet book by Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer based on his 1995 young adult novel of the same name, and featuring endearing music by Andrew Lippa opened at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on Saturday, June 3. The story follows Jimmy Jibbett, played by a terrifically poised 12-year-old Jonah Broscow, as he struggles to express his uniqueness in an unsupportive environment, where his only solace is in the comic characters he invents.

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67th OCC Awards

Outstanding Actress in a Play Laura Linney Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Cynthia Nixon “The Little Foxes’

Outer Critics Circle Awards for the 2016-2017 season were presented at Sardi’s.

On Thursday May 25, 2017 Danny Burstein, Katie Finneran, and Christopher Fitzgerald presented the Outer Critics Circle Awards to the winners of the 67th Annual Awards at a dinner hosted by President Simon Saltzman at the legendary Sardi’s across form Shubert Alley in Times Square.

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Drama League Honors Bette Midler

Ben Platt

Grammy and Emmy winner, Bette Midler, given award for distinguished achievement in the Theater, and Ben Platt wins Distinguished Performance.

The Drama League announced the winners of the 83rd Annual Drama League Awards on Thursday, May 19, 2017 at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. The winners were Outstanding Production of a Musical, Dear Evan Hansen; Outstanding Production of a Play, Oslo; Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Hello, Dolly!;  Outstanding Revival of a Play, Jitney; and Distinguished Performance Award, Ben Platt,  who became the youngest actor to win the coveted award. The intimate celebration recognized the season’s outstanding productions and performers at a star-studded luncheon and awards ceremony hosted by Broadway’s 6-time Tony® Award winner Audra McDonald and her husband Tony® Award nominee Will Swenson in the Broadway Ballroom of the Marriott.

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Bay Street Curtain Up!

Artistic Director Bay Street Theater Scott Schwartz, Executive Director Bay Street Theater Tracy Mitchell

6th Annual Honors Benefit at Joe’s Pub featured a sneak peek of the Bay Street Theater 2017 Summer Season in Sag Harbor.

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts held The 6th Annual Honors Benefit: Curtain Up! on Monday, May 15 at Joe’s Pub at The Public. The evening hosted by Scott Schwartz, Bay Street Theater’s Artistic Director, featured a sneak peek of the 2017 Summer Mainstage season in Sag Harbor. Songs and bits of scenes were performed, along with the  honors presented to special guests, Richard Kind and Jules Feiffer.

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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.
Click Here for a Complete List of Drama Desk Nominees
Scroll Down Photography: Barry Gordin

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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.
Photography: Barry Gordin

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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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