The New York Premiere of Dissonance, an engaging new play by Damian Lanigan, opened at Bay Street Theatre’s Mainstage on Saturday June 5. The first play of their 2010 summer season is a poignant tale that tests the loyalties of a string quartet when Beth (Rosie Benton), the foursome’s attractive cellist, begins giving music lessons to Jonny (Gregory Wooddell), a sexy rock star. The smart story unfolds during their rehearsals for a major concert revealing a tense conflicted history that is heightened as Jonny and Beth’s romance blooms. Lonny Price, a Tony nominated director, guides a talented cast that includes Daniel Gerroll, Morgan Spector, and Robert Stanton, to the final fade out on the stage of Carnegie Hall.
Broadway’s Favorite Ingénue Sutton Foster wowed a packed house at BAY STREET THEATRE in Sag Harbor, where the Tony Award winner held a captive audience in the palm of her hand. Her intimate concert included songs from all of her Broadway shows along with several surprises from her debut album WISH. Foster performed memorable covers of Sunshine on My Shoulders, My Heart Was Set on You, Once Upon a Time, Up on the Roof that were moving indeed and she did a hysterical rendition of Air Conditioner.
Vered Gallery hosted an opening reception for the internationally renowned artist BOTERO this past Saturday May 28th. His sensual massive sculptures dominate the exhibition with an arresting impact. They will be on display with his paintings and drawings through June 22, however, Botero is probably best known for these immense sculptural forms, which he began creating in 1970, shortly after rising to prominence in 1961. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see his amazing works up close at 68 Park Place in East Hampton, across the street for UA movie theaters on Main Street. Click on the Vered banner on the right for more information.
Huckadoo! "Memphis" scores 4 Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical, Music, Orchestrations, and Montego Glover for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, a tie with Catherine Zeta-Jones "A Little Night Music"
A wickedly funny and evil adaptation of the C.S. Lewis novel, THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS, opened at the Westside Theater. The play an exploration of Christian themes told in a series of letters has the title character played by Max McLean (who also adapted & directed) spewing evil advice to his ill fated nephew.
The world premiere of Langston inHarlem, a stirring new musical, starring Josh Tower as the well know African-American poet Langston Hughes is being presented by Urban Stages. The new work set in Harlem from the city’s renaissance period through the Civil Rights movement is directed by Kent Gash and makes use of Hughes’ marvelous poetry to chart his passage from young man into his adult emergence as a one of the most beloved artists of his time. The inspirational musical by Walter Marks infuses the poet’s lyrical language with jazz, gospel, R&B, swing, dance (Choreography By Byron Easley) and spoken word to tell a fascinating tale, which reflects the love, loss, and joy of the Harlem community while making a poignant universal statement about the human spirit.
Saturday May 1, 2010 was a night to remember as Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor celebrated a long time dream with the dedication of the Annie & Eli 2nd Stage. That is of course after Anne Jackson and Eli Wallach, theater royalty who have given their lives to the theater and are fixtures at Bay Street. The evening a heartfelt tribute to the couple featured performances by their dear friends Lauren Bacall, Zoe Caldwell, Tammy Grimes, Joe Pintauro and others as well as video tributes from Harvey Keitel, Brian Murray, Liam Neeson, Mike Nichols, Al Pacino and others. The yet to be built 99-seat proscenium stage will further the artistic mission of Bay Street by presenting exciting works at a lower price tier. Photography: Barry Gordin
Tony Award-winning actor and LGBT advocate Alan Cumming hosted the Live Out Loud’s Ninth Annual Young Trailblazers Benefit Gala. More than 500 community leaders attended Live out Loud’s Ninth Annual Young Trailblazers Gala, which will took place at the Chelsea Art Museum (556 W. 22nd Street at 11th Avenue) on April 26th. The annual event culminated with the awarding of $2500 scholarships to four high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills. Photography: Barry Gordin
Bernadette Peters thrilled a room full of children of all ages (and adults) at Dylan’s Candy Bar reading from her new book "Stella is a Star," illustrated by Liz Murphy. Afterwards Ms. Peters excited the crowd by singing “Stella’s Song,” before signing copies of her new book, which contains a CD of the song. For the finale a live raffle drawing gave the lucky winner a chance to appear onstage with Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore at Broadway Barks on July 10 in Shubert Alley, where some adorable dogs are up for adoption..
Jerry Herman’s dazzling musical La Cage Aux Folles is back on Broadway starring five-time Emmy Award winner Kelsey Grammer making his Broadway debut as George opposite Olivier Award-winner Douglas Hodge as the drag queen Albin, who performs as Zaza at their downstairs club. The two make for a nice match as the gay owners of a Paris nightclub in the intimate heartfelt production directed by Terry Johnson, which began life at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London in late 2007 winning rave reviews before moving to the West End the following year.
A portrait created by Dan May of Constantine Maroulis, star of Broadway’s hit musical ROCK OF AGES, become the latest addition to Tony’s d Napoli’s illustrious wall of fame. Maroulis was at the restaurant on 43rd Street when Valerie Smaldone unveiled his image and stayed to party with the guests at the evening hosted by Bruce Dimpflmaier. Poster copies signed by Maroulis will be auctioned off at a future event to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Photography: Barry Gordin
A new comedy Looking For Billy Haines about a gay movie star from the 1920’s and 1930’s, who sacrificed his career to live openly with his partner, opened March 25th at Theatre Row’s Lion Theatre. The clever story written by NY Times best- selling author Suzanne Brockmann (All Through the Night) and Will McCabe is directed by Brockmann as well. The show features music by Barry Singer and cool tap choreography by Joseph Cullinane, which the cast perform with commited zest. The limited run engagement will play until May 22. Purchase tickets from TicketCentral.com or call 212-279-4200. Barry Gordin
Michael Bolton performed many of his countless hits, thrilling the audience with his concert at West Hampton Beach Performing Arts Center (WHPAC) on Sunday March 28. The internationally known singer has sold over 53 million recordings and has a star on the Hollywood walk of fame along with multipile Grammy & American Music Awards.