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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Death of a Salesman

Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor presents Death of a Salesman

November 11, 2017:  Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama Death of a Salesman opened at Bay Street Theater as part of their ongoing annual Literature Live productions. The powerful play directed by Joe Minutillo is arguably one of the greatest of the 20th century. Set in the late 1940’s the story focuses on the Loman family’s struggle with financial insecurity just after World War II, and although Miller wrote the play in 1949 it feels equally relevant today as Americans face declining opportunities to achieve their dreams.  

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This One’s For The Girls Opening

Jana Robbins, Traci Bair, Haley Swindal

Lively musical by Dorothy Marcic, creator of Sistas, opens at St. Luke’s Theatre.

October 27, 2017:  The amusing new musical This One’s for the Girls by Dorothy Marcic and directed by Tamara Kangas Erickson is a series of witty snapshots chronicling celebrated archetypical women’s role models from the past century in song. The revue, which opened Off- Broadway at St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46 Street, takes a sassy jaunt down the memory lane of the women’s movement with chart topping hits from the past 100 years to punctuate memorable strides by women.

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Occupied Territories at 59E59 Theaters

Cody Robinson, Nancy Bannon

New York premier of insightful new play recounts the tragedy of Vietnam War with inventive staging and sincere performances.

October 25, 2017:  Nancy Bannon and Mollye Maxner have co-authored Occupied Territories, an ambitious new play about the effects of the Vietnam War on one family. The drama nicely helmed by Mollye Maxner and starring Nancy Bannon in a heartfelt performance as Jude, the daughter of a recently deceased Vietnam Veteran, opened at 59E59 Theaters this past Wednesday. Kelley Rae O’Donnell plays Jude’s sister Helena and Ciela Elliott plays her daughter Alex, who has been in Helena’s care while Jude was away at a drug rehabilitation facility.

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