2016 Drama Desk Nominations

The Nominations for the 2016 Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced @ Feinstein’s/54 Below by Vanessa Williams (Into the Woods, The Trip to Bountiful, “Ugly Betty”) and Matthew Morrison (Finding Neverland, Hairspray, The Light in the Piazza, “Glee”).
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Matthew Morrison, Vanessa Redgrave
DSC_0349President of the Drama Desk Charles Wright

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The Actors Fund Benefit

Jamie deRoy

Jamie deRoy

The Actors Fund Benefit celebrating 25 years and Jamie DeRoys’ 40th annual 30th Birthday Gala.
Proceeds from the evening benefited The Actors Fund’s new program, The Jamie deRoy & friends Cabaret Initiative. The program was created to assist people working in the cabaret industry who seek help for medical needs and concerns made available through the comprehensive services and programs at The Actors Fund.

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“Dead and Breathing” Opening

        By: Patrick Christiano
The New York premiere of Dead and Breathing by Chisa Hutchinson, a GLAAD Media Award winner, opened at Barbara Ann Teer’s NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE, the oldest ongoing black theater in New York on November 5. The engaging 90 minute two character tale by the talented playwright is a provocative and witty look at a controversial issue, the right to die, as well as a frank take on sexual identity and religion. Two women, who have little in common except race, clash head to head over the gift of life in an escalating power struggle that takes several surprising turns before Hutchinson’s explosively nuanced play makes a final fade out. 
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Jonathan Mccrory (director), Chisa Hutchinson (playwright), Sade Lythcott (CEO The National Black Theatre)

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The 60th Drama Desk Awards

The Drama Desk ann

Outstanding Book, Music and Lyrics “Hamilton” Lin-Manuel Miranda

ounced the winners of the 60th Annual Drama Desk Awards at The Town Hall honoring the best of Broadway, off-Broadway, and off-off-Broadway in New York City. Hamilton was the big winner (7 awards) including Outstanding New Musical, followed by The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Tine (6 awards) including Outsanding New Play.

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Guild Hall Awards

   Guild Hall Lifetime Achievement Awards

Alec Baldwin

The 29th Annual Guild Hall Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Awards celebrated an evening of artistic achievement at Sotheby’s in NYC on March 10, 2014 with Alec Baldwin as Master of Ceremonies. Barbara Walters received the Literary-Media Arts Award presented by Alan Alda. Blythe Danner received the Performing Arts Award presented by Bob Balaban. Philippe de Montebello received the Visual Arts Award presented by Ann Tenenbaum. Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder received a Special Award for Leadership and Philanthropic Endeavors presented by Michael Lynne. Congratulations
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Jamie deRoy @ Birdland

Jamie deRoy & friends @ Birdland

Jamie deRoy, Clint Holmes, Kevin Meaney, Beth Leavel,

Jamie deRoy & friends came to Birdland for a fantastic evening of entertainment to benefit the Actor’s Fund. The evening served as the kick-off of an initiative by Jamie for cabaret performers that will make all the services that benefit actors also available to cabaret performers. The Actor’s Fund is an incredible organization. In November of 2015 there will be a big event on Broadway by Jamie deRoy & Friends to benefit the Actor’s Fund and to celebrate Jamie deRoy & friends 25th Anniversary along with Jamie’s 70th birthday. The kick-off evening was stellar and the multi-faceted talent was show stopping. Clint Homes, who was amongst Jamie’s roster of talent can be seen at the Café Carlyle with Frank Wildhorn and Jane Monheit through February 1.

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“Forum” Opening @ Bay Street

Tracy Mitchell, Marcia Milgrom Dodge

Bay Street Theatre is presenting a hilarious revival of A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM directed and choeorgraphed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge as the final show of their 2013 MAINSTAGE Season.  The zany FORUM with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim  will run through September 1 and stars Peter Scolari, with Conrad John Schuck and Jackie Hoffman. Broadway Producer and East End local Stewart Lane plays Erronius. The book of the classic Broadway show is by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart and the evening’s musical direction is by Ethyl Will.
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Drama League Gala 2013


Audra McDonald

Monday February 11, 2013: The Drama League 2013 Benefit Gala played tribute to Audra McDonald, a rare and luminous artist with five Tony Awards, Two Grammy Awards and a long and growing list of accolades. The Gala billed as a Musical Celebration of Broadway Honoring Audra McDonald took place in the Grand Ballroom of The Pierre Hotel in New York City. where the incomparable soprano with a unique gift as a dramatic actress was feted and she is equally at home on Broadway and opera stages as well as on film and television.

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11th Annual Nightlife Awards

January 14, 2013: The 11th Annual Nightlife Awards hosted by multi-Emmy Award winner Bruce Vilanch is the only Awards Show where the winners perform to demonstrate why they won. Created by Scott Siegel and produced by Max Weintraub and Scott Siegel the show held at The Town Hall was an eclectic mix of dazzling talent.

Bruce Vilanch
Barbara Siegel, Producers Max Weintraub & Scott Siegel







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Drama Desk 2012 Red Carpet

Bernadette Peters
Tracie Bennett

Celebrity Red Carpet Arrivals at the 57th annual Drama Desk Awards came out in style wearing their best as they strike a pose for Thetarlife.com. Outstanding Actress in a Play, "End of the Rainbow," Tracie Bennett gets our vote for not only outstanding actress, but for best dressed. She glided down the carpet wearing a dazzling lemon yellow Rubin Singer strapless evening gown, with Jewelry by David Yurman, a stunning Judith Leiber handbag and shoes by Casadei. Bernadette Peters also looked fantastic in a one shouldered hot purple cocktail dress.

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Guild Hall Awards

Laurie Anderson, Ruth Appelhof

March 5, 2012: Guild Hall of East Hampton presented their 27th Annual Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Awards at the St. Regis Hotel Roof Top Ballroom in New York. Marshall Brickman served as  Master of Ceremonies and special guest celebrity presenters included Eric Fischl, Lou Reed , China Machado, and Ted Hartley. The 2011 Honorees are Jon Robin Baitz for Literary Arts, Bruce Weber for Visual Arts, Laurie Anderson for Performing Arts, and Dina Merrill  was honored with a Special Award for Leadership & Philanthropic Endeavors.

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Actors Temple Benefit

 The Best of Broadway & Cabaret came out to support The Actors Temple.

Rabbi Jill Hausman, Randie Levine- Miller

Randie Levine-Miller who created, publicized, and hosted the festive fundraiser charmed the audience and made this years benefit a huge success once again.  Brent Barrett, Anna Bergman, Jim Brochu, Stephanie D’Abruzzo, John De Marco, Jackie Hoffman, Lisa Lampanelli, Sue Mathys, Sidney Myer, Jill O’Hara, Brad Oscar, Lee Roy Reams, Steve Schalchlin, Rena Strober, and Michael Lavine Music Director all who donated their time and talent had the crowd roaring with delight. Carol Ostrow sponsored the after party and greeted guests with grace.


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Opening Receptions/Guild Hall

Christina Mossaides Strassfield, Rafael Ferrer, Esperanza Leon

Guild Hall hosted an opening reception for artists,  Rafael Ferrer and Drew Shiflett winner of the 2009- Guild Hall Members exhibition. Also on display were selections from Guild Hall’s permanent collection.

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