Around The Town

Barb Jungr Weaves Spell

Simon Wallace, Barb Jungr

The brilliant British singer Barb Jungr, a self described minimalist, launched the first leg of an American tour with her collaborator/pianist Simon Wallace by appearing at Joe’s Pub on November 28, 2010. They are here to promote Barb’s new CD “The Men I Love,” which was partially inspired by an engagement at The Café Carlyle, where the two were united after several years of not playing together.

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The Pee-wee Herman Show

Pee-wee Herman, a late 1980s television icon for kids, is making his Broadway debut, where the now mature adults, who were fans of the show, have turned out in force to revisit childhood memories.  Even if the evening is little more than a recreation of his original show with the same cast of television characters, played by the actors who created their roles, rest assured Pee-wee does not disappoint.

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Merchant of Venice Opening

Al Pacino
Curtain Call

Daniel Sullivan’s intelligent staging of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE starring Al Pacino, which played Central Park this past summer, opened on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatere to favorable reviews. For the move indoors Sullivan has put together an even stronger cast and a fantastic design team to delve into Shakespeare’s tragedy concerning a religiously divided Venice and the repayment of a loan that becomes the catalyst for the unfolding tale of revenge. PC
Photography: Rob Rich

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Ghosts In The Cottonwoods

Obie award winning downtown playwright Adam Rapp’s first full length play, Ghosts in the Cottonwoods, which premiered in Chicago 12 years ago, has been reworked as a gritty showcase for the brave downtown theatre company known as The Amoralists. Rapp is a prolific playwright/novelist and a runner up for the Pulitzer Prize for his play Red Light Winter.  Together The Amoralists and Rapp make for a combustible evening of theater.  Under Rapp’s guidance the actors of this little company have taken on added modulations missing from their earlier one dimensional over wrought style.  Here in Rapp’s black comedy about a debauched family the actors are very good indeed without sacrificing their customary intensity.

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Ghosts In The Cottonwoods

Adam Rapp

The Amoralists presented the New York Premiere of The Ghosts in the Cottonwoods, written and directed by Adam Rapp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Features

Richard Dreyfuss

  Richard Dreyfuss Retired from Acting?
              By Ellis Nassour 

Can it be true that the last time we’ll see Richard Dreyfuss onstage will be Culture Project’s concert reading of Colin Greer’s Imagining Heschel?

The Brooklyn native, absent from Bway since the short-lived revival of Larry Gelbart’s Sly Fox and not seen Off Bway since he participated in Christopher Trumbo’s powerful play about his screenwriter father, Trumbo: Red, White, and Blacklisted, and in C.P.’s The Exonerated, says that though he never made an official announcement, "because I don’t like to make absolute statements, I’ve retired as an actor.

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The Drama Desk

Isa Goldberg, WIlliam Wolf
Leslie (Hoban) Blake (Vice President), Isa Goldberg, William Wolf

Theater Critic/Journalist Isa Goldberg was elected new President of the Drama Desk.  She assumed the Presidency at the membership meeting this past Monday November 22, 2010 succeeding William Wolf, who is stepping down after four years in office. Mr. Wolf will remain on the board as a member at large.

William Wolf, Isa Goldberg, Past Presidents … Sam Norkin, David Sheward

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Actors Temple Concert Benefit

Jackie Hoffman, Sal Viviano
Randie Levine-Miller

A Star-Studded Concert to Save the Historic Actors Temple
By Ellis Nassour
 

Artists from Broadway, Off Broadway, and cabaret starred in A Salute the Actors Temple, a musical celebration to benefit the historic Actors Temple at 339 West 47th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, on Sunday [November 21].

 Photography By Barry Gordin

 

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Lynn Nottage Honored

Lynn Nottage

The Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, 2010  was given to Pulitzer Prized winning playwright Lynn Nottage, who was honored at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre, where The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust hosted a lovely evening that began with a cocktail reception in the theatre’s lobby, followed by the awards ceremony, which featured performances from the playwright’s already rich body of work. The award of two hundred thousand dollars is the largest ever given to encourage and honor artistic achievement in the American Theatre. This amount is 5 times the average annual high earnings for a playwright and 9 times the annual low.

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Women on the Verge

"Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown"…   By Isa Goldberg
The announcement of a Broadway musical with a cast of A list Broadway actors (Sherie Rene Scott, Patti LuPone, Laura Benanti, de’Adre Aziza, Mary Beth Peil, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Danny Burstein) and one American Idol (Justin Guarini), brings high expectations to the screen-to-stage adaptation of Almodovar’s 1988 film, “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.” It’s the film that brought him an international reputation.

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John Kander

John Kander

John Kander Settles the Score on “The Scottsboro Boys”
                           By Isa Goldberg

“Tomorrow Belongs To Me” may not be a lyric you recognize, but the infectiously haunting tune is one you will. Remember the Nazi anthem in the musical “Cabaret”? “It’s absolutely angelic the first time you hear it,” the composer John Kander humbly, but wryly imparts. “And later when you hear the same song and you realize what it means, you suddenly feel betrayed, guilty, or ashamed to see yourself as one of those people.”

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Alred Uhry

Alfred Uhry

                 What Drives Alfred Uhry?
                        By Isa Goldberg

Who would have imagined that a simple, three-person play with fairly modest staging would be the hottest ticket on Broadway? But this season “Driving Miss Daisy” starring Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones and four-time Tony-winner Boyd Gaines is one of the hardest tickets to get. On October 6th, the day before previews had even begun, Variety reported advance sales of $4.5 million. 

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Arts Horizons Gala 2010

Paul Simon, James L. Nederlander
Arlene Dahl

Arts Horizons honored legendary music icon Paul Simon, silver screen actress Arlene Dahl, and attorney Philip Sellinger  for their outstanding contributions to the Arts and dedication to humanitarian causes. at The 2010 Arts Horizon Gala in The Edison Ballroom in NYC. Mr. Simon, a member of the Rock and Roll hall of fame was awarded the Paul Newman Award for Services to the Arts and Children by James L. Nederlander. A still radiant Arlene Dahl,  a former MGM contract player, was presented with The Arts Horizons’ Outstanding Achievement Award by famed film critic Rex Reed and Philip Sellinger was awarded the Celeste Holm Humanitarian Award. A rare and memorable moment of the evening hosted by The Food Network’s Marc Summers  was a performance by Paul Simon.

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Name That Tune

Jamie deRoy, Michael Mayer, Marcie Freeman

The American Songbook Project presented their trademark event, the NAME THAT TUNE costume party benefit on Saturday November 6, 2010, where quests came dressed as well known song titles. The festive benefit honored legendary singer, Margaret Whiting and Broadway director, Michael Mayer. “Cry Me A River” took top prize from the celebrity judges, who recognized the four most outstanding costumes. The party at Broadway’s The Edison Ballroom included live and silent auctions, raffle drawings, a buffet dinner and dancing, but the highlight of the evening were the special performances by Nellie McKay and Kate Baldwin.

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Sir Air Gold’s Search

          For America’s Next Gay Icon
Sick and tired of talent competitions that don’t celebrate and honor fabulous fierceness, gayness and faggotry? Or being considered “too theatrical” is seen as something undesireable? After receiving a “Decade Of Achievement” from the LGBT community and being knighted by the Imperial Court of New York, Sir Ari Gold is on a search to find America’s Next Gay Icon. If you think you have what it takes, bring all your best looks, vocal pyrotechniques, diva antics and your gay A game. No lip-synching allowed! For this talent competition, a wet gay kiss or simulating oral sex won’t get you banned but may actually score you points with the esteemed panel of judges–as long as you got the talent to back it up!

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