Oh, what a night! Webster Hall, packed to the rafters on Monday (May 18th) for the 54th Annual Obie Awards brought out a wild assortment of Village types and onlookers — Anne Hathaway to drag king Murray Hill, belly dancers to pierced all over S&M performers. The evening, co-hosted by Martha Plimpton and Daniel Breaker celebrated the works of Stephen Sondheim (“Road Show”) along with playwright Lynn Nottage and the actors Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Saidah Arrika Ekulona and Russell Gebert Jones for their work on “Ruined”.
On Sunday, June 7, the Broadway community gathers at Radio City Music Hall for the American Theatre Wing’s 63rd annual Tony Awards. The show will be carried as a live, three-hour special on CBS, beginning at 8 P. M. At Wednesday morning’s reception for the nominees, who were announced only the day before, several interesting facts about the Awards came to light.
On the eve of a charity event, the Guys and Dolls star reveals a secret about his past. By Darren Tobia
On Monday, April 27th, Nick Adams, Broadway’s it gay, hosted a charity event for Live Out Loud, New York’s up-and-coming LGBT organization, at the Chelsea Art Museum 556 West 22nd Street @ 11th Avenue from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in New York City.
The Lilly Pulitzer store on Madison Avenue was the place to be on May 4 when a percentage of the proceeds went to The Drama League. The Drama League Awards will be held on Friday May 15, In The Broadway Ballroom at The Marriott Marquis in Times Square.
A KANDER AND EBB celebration by an all-star cast benefited The Acting Company was held at the Greald Schoenfeld Theatre. Raúl Esparza, Terrence McNally Debra Monk, David Hyde Pierce, Chita Rivera, Karen Ziemba, among other Kander and Ebb alums, headlined Come to the Cabaret: A Celebration of Kander andEbb.
A KANDER AND EBB celebration by an all-star cast benefiting The Acting Company will be held on Monday May 4th at 7pm at the Greald Schoenfeld Theatre. Raúl Esparza, Terrence McNally, Liza Minnelli, Debra Monk, David Hyde Pierce, Chita Rivera, Tom Wopat, Karen Ziemba, among other Kander and Ebb alums, will headline Come to the Cabaret: A Celebration of Kander andEbb.
Drama Desk Nominees Feted; Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton Reunite; Fonda and Channing Among Presenters for May 17 Awards to be Hosted by Harvey Fierstein by Ellis Nassour
Timing is everything in theater. And at Friday’s cocktail reception for the 54th Annual Drama Desk Awards nominees the timing couldn’t be better for 9 to 5: the movie co-stars Dolly Parton, in a luminous black and white outfit and making her Broadway debut as composer of 9 to 5: the musical; and Jane Fonda, back on Broadway after a longgggggg absence in 33 Variations, carrying her precious dog Tulia.
Lee Roy Reams was honored with the Friars Thespian Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater at The Friars Club in New York City. The star studded evening was produced and directed by Randie Levine Miller. Past honorees included Jim Dale, Tony Roberts, Len Cariou. Photography: Richard Lewin
Nominations for the 54th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced at the New York Friars Club by Faith Prince and Jim Dale, multi-award winning stage stars. They were joined for the announcement by William Wolf, Drama Desk President, Barbara Siegel, Chairperson of the Drama Desk Nominating Committee, Robert R. Blume, Executive Producer of the Drama Desk Awards ceremony, and Randie Levine-Miller, Director of Special Events for the Drama Desk.
Geoffrey Rush’s portrayal of the megalomaniacal ruler, King Berenger, in the Broadway revival of Eugene Ionesco’s 1962 absurdist comedy Exit the King is pure genius. Granted Ionesco may be an acquired taste, but working with a new translation by Neil Armfield , who also directs, Rush’s brilliant interpretation of the dying monarch carries the rarely seen play to tragicomic heights. The King’s incompetence has left his country in near ruin, giving the evening a timeliness that feels all the more relevant in the wake of the Bush administration.
The Naked Stage, in association with Guild Hall, presented an inspiring weekend marathon of staged readings and events, including musical and theatrical performances, comedy improvisation and children’s acting workshops.