Around The Town

Ali Forney Center Benefit

Christine Quinn, Sandra Bernhard
Rufus Wainwright, Greg Siciliano

On October 5th, the Ali Forney Center honored NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Council Member Lewis A. Fidler for their work in bringing much needed resources to homeless LGBT youth. The celebratory event, “A Place At The Table” featured food tastings from NYC chefs, a presentation from Mayor Bloomberg, a spectacular live auction and a live performance by Rufus Wainwright with MC Justin Bond.

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Interviews

Tony Roberts


                   By Isa Goldberg

Tony Roberts

If you haven’t heard, there’s a lot of clamor around the Cavendishes and it’s all self-created. George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber’s valentine to the theater, “The Royal Family”, takes off like a madcap evening with the Marx Brothers. The 1927 satire in revival at The Manhattan Theatre Club flaunts a lineup of theatrical royalty the likes of Rosemary Harris, John Glover, Jan Maxwell, Ana Gasteyer, Larry Pine, Reg Rogers and David Greenspan.

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Interviews

Judith Ivey

Well known to television audiences for her roles in “Designing Women” and “Will and Grace”, Ivey’s real distinction is as a stage actor. Her Tony Award-winning roles include “Steaming” (1983) where she spent most of her time on stage in the nude and “Hurlyburly” (1985) in which she portrayed a woman’s feral sexuality.  And just recently, Ben Brantley described her portrayal of the matriarch in a double bill of Edward Albee plays as “priceless” like “the purring contentment of a cat who has eaten an entire aviary of canaries.” On that note, there is a peculiar quack to the voice of Ann Landers in “The Lady With All The Answers” that isn’t there when Judith Ivey talks.

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Alda & Behar @ Bay Street

Joy Behar, Alan Alda

Alan Alda and Joy Behar performed to a sold out audience at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor showcasing a very special evening of comedy and conversation. Alan Alda, actor, director,  and screenwriter, perhaps best known for his role as Hawkeye Pierce on the TV series M*A*S*H joined  Daytime Emmy Award-Winning comedian, writer, actress Joy Behar, a co-host of "The View" for a marvelous evening. These two sensations had everyone laughing the second they hit the stage at a special benefit to support Bay Street. Well done!

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Reviews

The Retributionists

Senseless killing revenged by more senseless killing is the subject of Daniel Goldfarb’s new play. Set between Paris, Nuremberg and Palestine during the years 1943-46, “The Retributionists” misfires as badly as the plot these Jewish youths cook up to revenge themselves against the German people.

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Reviews

Sex Ed

Ask me what “Sex Ed” is about and I’ll tell you it’s what everyone learns from other kids on the street or, in this case, in the subbasement of a New York City private elementary school. That’s where Suzanne Bachner’s short play is set.

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Broadway Diva Showstoppers

Christine Pedi, Randie Levine-Miller, Jana Robbins
Jackie Hoffman

The Friars Club presented an awesome musical evening to kick off the Fall Season with Broadways stars Beth Fowler, Anita Gillette, Jackie Hoffman, Victoria Mallory, Christine Pedi, Kurt Peterson (Divo), Jana Robbins and Melinda Sullivan. Producer Randie Levine-Miller who not only hosted this very memorable show also surprised the audience with a special treat by performing as well. Bravo!

Photography: Barry Gordin

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Food For Thought @ Sardi’s

Food For Thought Productions, the main theatre in the country devoted to the one act play, celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a star-studded bash at Sardi’s.

Susan Charlotte, Jennifer Juzaitis
Tony Roberts, Marian Seldes, Lucie Arnaz

 

 

 

Photography: Barry Gordin

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Brian Stokes Mitchell WHBPAC

Clare Bisceglia, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Terri Seidman

Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell performed to a sold out enthusiatic crowd at West Hampton Beach Performing Arts Center over the Labor Day weekend with Mark Hummel on piano.

Photography: Barry Gordin

 

 

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Jamie deRoy Celebrate Tonys

Loni Ackerman, Chip Zien, Jamie deRoy, Kerry O’Malley

Jamie de Roy and friends celebrated the upcoming 2009 Tony Awards at the Metropolitan Room on West 22nd Street with Loni Ackerman, Dee Hoty, Robert Klein, Michael Longoria, Karen Mason, Kerry O’Malley, Chip Zien and Ian Herman. The 2009 Tony Awards will be televised live on CBS this Sunday June 7th at 8 pm.

 

 

Photography: Barry Gordin
& MaryAnn Lopinto

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The Hampton Classic

Hillary Dobbs

Hillary Dobbs Claims Repeat Win in $20,000 Nicolock Time Challenge
to Open 34th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show.

 

 

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Features

Sizzlin Ballroom

SIZZLIN’ BALLROOM: BURN THE FLOOR’S CREATIVE FORCE:
JASON GILKISON
By: ELLIS NASSOUR

NYTimes critic Charles Isherwood termed Burn the Floor, the ballroom dancing spectacular now at the Longacre, "every bit as flashy and tacky as you would expect." WOW! Those two qualities, both of which are so alien to Broadway!, are perhaps what’s making the Aussie production such a hit. That and the fact that thanks to smash TV shows such as Dancing with the Stars the world seems dance crazy.

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Reviews

Burn The Floor

Twenty feverish, hot bodies take to the stage in “Burn the Floor”. The convulsive energy that goes into their performances is as erotic as anything you can find in Times Square these days. (Entertainment that sexy was supposed to have been outlawed years ago.)

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Jennifer Muller/The Works

Abdul Latif

Jennifer Muller in partnership with Ross School presented  "Twilight in the Garden of Hope," a marvelous program five dance excerpts from "Tub," "Path," Walking It Off," "Bench," and the glorious finale "Momentum." Fifteen dancers from Muller’s NYC based dance company, The Works, who routinely perform around the world, danced on the lawn of Rory Riggs’ Further Lane estate in East Hampton.

 

 

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