Guild Hall Preview

Cleota Reed, Dr. David Tatham, Ruth Appelhof

On Saturday June 19 The Board of Trustees and Ruth Appelhof, Executive Director of Guild Hall, hosted a members  preview of the new exhibition in the museum, which will be on view through July 25, 2010:  WINDSLOW HOMER, The Pleasures of Summer, and MERCEDES MATTER, A Retrospective. Also on display are the Sculptures of Gloria Kisch in the Roy & Frieda Sculpture Garden. A reception followed at the lavish gardens of Mickey and Paola Schulhof home in East Hampton.


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HMI “Schools Out”

Rob Smith, Scott Sanders, Peter Wilson

The Hetrick Martin Institute home of the Harvey Milk High School and the largest social services organization supporting LGBTQ youth held its 11 Annual School’s Out Benefit in the Hamptons on Saturday June 12. The East Hampton event on the grounds of the famed Grey Gardens was a huge success selling out quickly for cocktails and dancing on the magnificent gardens that were once the home of “Big Edie” and “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale, relatives of Jackie Kennedy and subjects of the recent Broadway musical, subsequent film and earlier documentary. The Hetrick Martin Institute is the oldest social organization of its kind. For more information concerning their work or how to be of support visit

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Meet the Tony Nominees

Denzel Washington
Viola Davis

Fela and La Cage aux Folles led the list with 11 nominations each when the 2010 Tony nominations were announced on Tuesday May 4. The musicals were followed by Kenny Leon’s stirring revival of August Wilson’s Fences, which nabbed 10 nominations including Best Revival of Play and Tony nods for Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. The next day The Millennuim Broadway Hotel was filled with Broadway celebrities from this year’s list of nominees for a “meet the press reception.” 
By: Patrick Christiano 
Photography: Barry Gordin

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2010 Tony Awards

Viola Davis, Denzel Washington

Memphis and Red  took top prizes, best musical and best play respectivitly, at the 2010 Tony Awards held Sunday June 13 at Radio City Music Hall.

Memphis, an orginal rock ‘n roll musical by David Bryan and Joe DePietro, which has been seven years coming to frutition and features no big name performers, a rarity by today’s standards, also won best book, score, and orchestrations.  The British play Red by John Longan in addition to best  play scored five Tony wins the most for the evening. However, a most surprsing trend may be developing as the Hollowywood star power nominees eclipsed Broadway veterns winning in every category they were nominated. They included Denzel Washingon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Scarlett Johnsson.

August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama Fences won the Tony for best revival and the play’s stars, Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, scored Tonys for best leading actor and actress. Best revival of a musical went to  La Cage aux Folles,  a British import, which also won best director of a musical Terry Johnson and best actor in a musical Douglas Hodge.

Arielle Tepper Madover, John Logan “Red”

Photography By Barry Gordin

A complete list of winners follows:

Best Play
In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play
Next Fall


Time Stands Still

Best Musical

American Idiot


Million Dollar Quartet

Joe DiPietro, David Bryan, Sue Frost, Randy Adams

Best Book of a Musical

Everyday Rapture

Million Dollar Quartet

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

The Addams Family



Best Revival of a Play


Lend Me a Tenor

The Royal Family

A View from the Bridge

Best Revival of a Musical
Finian’s Rainbow

La Cage aux Folles

A Little Night Music

Denzel Washington

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play

Jude Law, Hamlet

Alfred Molina, Red
Liev Schreiber, A View from the Bridge
Christopher Walken, A Behanding in Spokane
Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Viola Davis, Fences

Valerie Harper, Looped

Linda Lavin, Collected Stories

Viola Davis

Laura Linney, Time Stands Still

Jan Maxwell, The Royal Family

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical

Kelsey Grammer, La Cage aux Folles

Sean Hayes, Promises, Promises
Douglas Hodge, La Cage aux Folles
Chad Kimball, Memphis

Sahr Ngaujah, Fela!

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Kate Baldwin, Finian’s Rainbow
Montego Glover, Memphis

Catherine Zeta- Jones

Christiane Noll, Ragtime
Sherie Rene Scott, Everyday Rapture

Catherine Zeta-Jones, A Little Night Music

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
David Alan Grier, Race

Stephen McKinley Henderson, Fences
Jon Michael Hill, Superior Donuts

Stephen Kunken, Enron
Eddie Redmayne, Red

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play

Scarlett Johansson

Maria Dizzia, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play
Rosemary Harris, The Royal Family

Jessica Hecht, A View from the   Bridge

Scarlett Johansson, A View from the Bridge

Jan Maxwell, Lend Me a Tenor

Levi Kreis

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical

Kevin Chamberlin, The Addams Family

Robin De Jesús, La Cage aux Folles

Christopher Fitzgerald, Finian’s Rainbow

Levi Kreis, Million Dollar Quartet

Bobby Steggert, Ragtime

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical

Katie Finneran

Barbara Cook, Sondheim on Sondheim

Katie Finneran, Promises, Promises

Angela Lansbury, A Little Night Music

Karine Plantadit, Come Fly Away

Lillias White, Fela!

Christopher Oram

Best Scenic Design of a Play

John Lee Beatty, The Royal Family

Alexander Dodge, Present Laughter

Santo Loquasto, Fences

Christopher Oram, Red

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Marina Draghici, Fela! 

Christine Jones, American Idiot

Derek McLane, Ragtime

Tim Shortall, La Cage aux Folles

Catherine Zuber

Best Costume Design of a Play
Martin Pakledinaz, Lend Me a Tenor

Constanza Romero, Fences

David Zinn, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play

Catherine Zuber, The Royal Family

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Marina Draghici, Fela! 

Santo Loquasto, Ragtime

Paul Tazewell, Memphis

Matthew Wright, La Cage aux Folles

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Neil Austin, Hamlet
Neil Austin, Red

Mark Henderson, Enron

Kevin Adams

Brian MacDevitt, Fences

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Kevin Adams, American Idiot
Donald Holder, Ragtime

Nick Richings, La Cage aux Folles

Robert Wierzel, Fela!

Best Sound Design of a Play
Acme Sound Partners,
Adam Cork, Enron
Adam Cork, Red

Scott Lehrer, A View from the Bridge

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Jonathan Deans, La Cage aux Folles
Robert Kaplowitz, Fela!
Dan Moses Schreier and Gareth Owen, A Little Night Music
Dan Moses Schreier, Sondheim on Sondheim

Best Direction of a Play

Michael Grandage, Red

Sheryl Kaller, Next Fall

Kenny Leon, Fences

Gregory Mosher, A View from the Bridge

Best Direction of a Musical

Christopher Ashley, Memphis

Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Ragtime
Terry Johnson, La Cage aux Folles

Bill T. Jones, Fela!

Best Choreography

Rob Ashford, Promises, Promises
Bill T. Jones, Fela!

Bill T. Jones

Lynne Page, La Cage aux Folles

Twyla Tharp, Come Fly Away

Best Orchestrations

Jason Carr, La Cage aux Folles

Aaron Johnson, Fela!
Jonathan Tunick, Promises, Promises
Daryl Waters & David Bryan, Memphis

Angela Lansbury
Bebe Neuwirth, Nathan Lane
Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne
Katie Finneran
Levi Kreis


Montego Glover, Chad Kimball
Douglas Hodge
Catherine Zeta- Jones, Viola Davis
Catherine Zeta- Jones
SIr Alan Ayckbourn
David Hyde Pierce
Christine Jones, Kevin Adams

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Equus at Guild Hall

Alec Baldwin
Sam Underwood

Alec Baldwin heads a powerful production of EQUUS, Peter Shaffer’s acclaimed play, which opened at Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater on Friday June 11th. The 1974 Tony Award winning drama concerns a psychiatrist Martin Dysart (Baldwin), who must treat a 17 year old young man Alan Strang (Sam Underwood), who has blinded six horses with a spike for no apparent reason. In the drama directed by Tony Walton, who designed the 1977 film starring Richard Burton, Dysart is forced to examine his own life as he attempts to unravel the reasons behind the boy’s horrific act.

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Astaire Awards

Ben Vereen
Patricia Watt, Kenny Ortega

Ben Vereen hosted the 28th Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards honoring excellence in dance on stage and in film  Monday, June 7, 2010 at the Gerald Lynch Theater in NYC. The star studded event celebrating dancers and dance featured performances by cast members of Fela, Come Fly Away, Ragtime & Memphis as well a special numbers by Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence, A Dance Company, “Dancing With the Stars” Tony Dovolani and Lee Roy Reams  performing with ladies who once danced with Fred Astaire. The evening was directed by Lee Roy Reams and produced by Patricia Watt.  Director & Choreographer Kenny Ortega received the The Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award.
Photography: Barry Grordin

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“Dissonance” at Bay Street

Morgan Spector, Robert Stanton, Rosie Benton, Gregory Wooddell, Daniel Gerroll

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.

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Sutton Foster Soars

Sutton Foster

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.

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“Botero” @ Vered

Sharon Kelb (Floral Icon Events), Vered

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.

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The Drama Desk Awards

Montego Glover
Catherine Zeta-Jones

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"




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“The Screwtape Letters” Opens

Karen Eleanor Wight, Max McLean

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.



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Langston In Harlem Opening

Lori Ann Laster, Walter Marks, Frances Hill, Kent Gash

The world premiere of  Langston in Harlem, 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.


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Bay Street 2nd Stage

Sybil Christopher, Eli Wallach, Murphy Davis, Anne Jackson

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

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Live Out Loud Gala


Alan Cumming

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


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Bernadette Peters

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..

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