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.
The Astaire Awards honoring the Best Dance and Choreography on Broadway and Film was hosted by Alan Cumming and presented by Ava Astaire in tribute to her Father and Aunt in The Haft Auditroium at The Fashion Institute of Technology.
The Hamptons International Film Festival welcomed American film icon Sharon Stone as the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Achievement in Acting Award and a mentor to their up-and-coming Breakthrough Performers.
Live Out Loud held a festive benefit @ Clodagh for The Homecoming Project, a program that brings lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) leaders back to their high schools to share their personal stories and life lessons with today’s students. Oscar winner Lance Black ("Milk") was on hand and answered questions about the documentary film about his experiences returning to his high school, which made a lasting impression on thousands of students which is inspiring other schools. Photography: Barry Gordin