Richard Greenberg’s drama The American Plan, set at a lakeside home in the Catskills during the summer of 1960, is an engrossing play with interesting spins on love and identity. When a handsome young man swims across the lake from a nearby resort hotel, he sets in motion an escalating series of conflicts between a beautiful young heiress and her German-Jewish emigrant mother.
As part of Black History month La MaMa e.t.c. is showcasing acclaimed playwright Leslie Lee with the world premiere of his surreal play The Book of Lambert, set in an abandoned NYC subway tunnel, where six lost souls drift in a dreamlike world haunted by the demons of their past. The Obie Awarding winning Lee is a founding artist of La MaMa e.t.c. and many of his plays have been staged there over the years. Lee is going through a bit of resurgence. His Tony Nominated The First Breeze of Summer, which was originally produced by the Negro Ensemble Company, was revived in a stunning 2008 Signature Theatre production starring Leslie Uggams.
The Metropolitan Room was packed for Jamie DeRoy’s Annual Celebration of The Academy Awards on Monday, February 16, 2009. Jamie opened up the show with a funny song called “Academy Awards” – a piece of special material of someone thanking everyone from their chiropractor to their dog walker and it set the tone for a festive evening with many of her talented “friends.” She also interspersed interesting facts about the Oscars over the years. Lanny Myers was the musical director at the piano and the show was directed by Barry Kleinbort.
Fresh from his thrilling performance this season in the new Broadway musical " ATale of Two Cities" James Barbour’s successful concert series at Sardis has been extended through March. His "Love Songs" concert, which began in January, is a unique opportunity to hear the powerful vocalist interpret a stellar list of classic love songs. The show varies every week, and Mr. Barbour always has a different special guest so you might want hear him more than once.
On Thursday, March 19, LongHouse Reserve of East Hampton will host an intimate evening benefit at one of the oldest literary clubs in the United States, The Lotos Club in New York City. Longtime supporter and Pulitzer Prize winning author Edward Albee will join Tony Award winning actress Marian Seldes for a dramatic reading of Edward Albee’s play Counting the Ways. Counting the Ways is a humorous and poignant exploration of a couple questioning their love for each other.
Different stars will appear every Sunday Night 6:30 PM at Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, where Scott Siegel will host a talented list of vocalists singing songs from Broadway"s Jukebox Musicals. Julia Murney (Wicked) pictured here with Scott was a special guest this Sunday at James Barbour’s "Love Songs" series at Sardis. Some of the other stars scheduled to perform in March for Mr. Siegel under the musical direction of Tedd Firth are Cheryl Freeman (The Acid Queen in the Who’s Tommy), AAaron Lazar (Tale of Two Cities), Brad Oscar (The Producers), Emily Skinner (Side Show) and more! For Reservations and more information call 212 581-3080
Pulitzer Prize winning author Edward Albee and Tony Award winning actress Marian Seldes joined forces for a one time reading of Albee’s Counting the Ways at The Lotos Club. An intimate dinner & reception preceded the reading and dessert and coffee followed. Photography: Barry Gordin
Charles Busch and Lypsinka starred in a one night only staged reading of the legendary play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning playwright James Kirkwood. This hilarious benefit reading for Friends in Deed was held at Town Hall and kept the audience laughing with delight. The evening was Directed by Mark Waldrop, Narrated by Fran Lebowitz and featured a script that was adapted for the reading by John Epperson. The comedy also cast "Mad Men" star Bryan Batt, Dashaun Young and Todd DuBail.
That the revival of “Guys and Dolls” that opened at Broadway’s Nederlander Theater reflects merely the conventional and uninspired should come as no
surprise. Frank Loesser’s 1950 musical comedy ranks as one of the greatest in the American theatrical canon. So it brings a well-prepared audience and one with haughty expectations. A notorious gambler himself, Frank Sinatra made a hit of “Luck Be A Lady”, popularizing it with his signature smoothness. In the show’s 1992 Broadway revival, Nathan Lane brought such bold physical comedy to the role of Nathan Detroit that New York Times theater critic Frank Rich compared him to a young Jackie Gleason.
“All the world’s a stage”, so said Shakespeare. But this season in New York City, all the world’s a circus. Amidst the multitude of goings on for children, there are a couple of new and revised circus shows of note.
Liza Minnelli is in rare form and performing an audacious miracle at the Palace Theater with her brand new show that runs well over two hours and includes many of her memorable standards including “Cabaret.” The charismatic three time Tony Award winning superstar “razzle dazzled” the opening night audience with a confident, gritty and of often magical display of showmanship.
Daniel Radcliffe, the star of the five "Harry Potter" films, acquits himself admirably with a confident Broadway debut as the disturbed adolescent Alan Strang at the core of Peter Shaffer’s 1973 psychodrama Equus. The revival directed by Thea Sharrock debuted at London’s National Theatre earlier this year with the same theatrically impressive design team. John Napier, set and costume designer, merely takes a fresh look as his original 1970’s sketches, but the staging is nonetheless dazzling with effectively haunting lighting and sound by David Hersey and Gregory Clarke respectively.
The East Hampton Grace Estate overlooking the Northwest Harbor with its magnificent sunsets is a secluded tract of land totaling nearly 300 acres bordering both Cedar Point Park and a 517 acre nature preserve. This is about as far as one can get from civilization in East Hampton, and there are only 30 homes there situated in relative isolation about 10 miles from the Village and the ocean beaches. But this is where you will find Broadway producers, Stewart F. Lane and his lovely wife Bonnie Comley, every summer for the past eight years.