One of the highlights of the Hamptons International Film Festival, which opened on Wednesday October 15th was when the international film star Jacqueline Bisset, who in 1977 appeared on the cover of both Newsweek and Time in the same week, sat down with Steven Gaines for an intimate chat about her illustrious career before a live audience at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. Bisset, who is renowned as one the world’s great beauties, stars in the Hallmark Channel’s new film, An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, one of the festivals upcoming Spotlight films, which will be shown in East Hampton at 6 pm following the interview.
If you’re an English actor graced with a Tony nod this season, it’s likely to feel a bit strange. After all, in London the kind of hoopla we bestow on actors is usually reserved for the likes of those named Sir and Dame as in Sir Ian McKellan or Dame Judi Dench. Still, this season’s entourage of British talent on Broadway includes a list of thoroughbreds, all chomping at the bit and eager to toast Broadway’s winning season.
The luminous voice of the Grammy Award winning soprano Kathleen Battle has been heralded throughout the world. After witnessing the major milestones in her illustrious career, critics have been unified in singing her praises. Words like spellbinding, magical, mesmerizing have been used to describe her performances from the stages of the world’s leading opera houses and major concert halls. She has scanned the heights of the classical musical world with her unmistakable sound performing with leading orchestras world wide. And now this sensational talent will be bring her consummate gifts to the West Hampton Beach Performing Arts Center (WHBPAC) this Saturday night July 19th for one performance only at 8:30 PM.
By Linda Amiel Burns Jazz Crooner Allan Harris opened in "Just Me" at The Metropolitan Room on April 5th to a packed house of fans. He is a talented jazz vocalist, producer, composer, guitarist, and three-time winner of the NY Nightlife Award for “Outstanding Jazz Vocalist.”
By Gerard Raymond The recently announced Tony and Drama Desk nominations confirm what New York audiences already knew: the season has been great for Bobby Steggert. Last fall, the 29 year-old Maryland native gave a white-hot performance in the role of Mother’s Younger Brother, the romantic lad who is ready to “blow things up” for a cause, in the regrettably short-lived Broadway transfer of The Kennedy Center revival of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens musical Ragtime.
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
In ‘American Idiot John Gallagher is Broadway’s New Antihero By: Isa Goldberg There’s a tsunami erupting on the stage of the St. James Theatre. Bodies are hurtling; fever is raging; casualties are reported. Call it just another rock opera, call it imperfect, call it what you will, but “American Idiot” announces a break from the predictability of typical Broadway musicals.
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..
ERVIN DRAKE CELEBRATATION By Linda Amiel Burns On April 9, legendary composer Ervin Drake (“It Was a Very Good Year”) celebrated his 91st Birthday at the Edison Ballroom (formerly The Supper Club) at The Edison Hotel in New York’s latest hot spot for dining and dancing.
Euan Morton SIngs the Praises of Sondheim and the Sondheim on Sondheim Cast By Eiils Nassour
Roundabout at Studio 54’s Sondheim on Sondheim not only brings the master composer back to Bway and is his [sort of] onstage Bway debut but also marks the return of a list of long-time favs.
Welcome back Tony winner Barbara Cook, after an absence of 37 years*; Tony nom Vanessa Williams; and Euan Morton, returning after an absence of some three and a half years. Of course, it’s always good to have Tom Wopat, Norm Lewis, and Leslie Kritzer back. Even though they’ve not been missing that long, welcome back Erin Mackey and Matthew Scott.
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.