Michael Pressman’s earnest revival of William Inge’s heartbreaking drama “ComeBack Little Sheba” for Manhattan Theatre Club has a touching performance by television star S. Epatha Merkerson as the central character Lola. Considered raw and explicit when in debuted on Broadway in1950, “Come Back Little Sheba” feels decidedly tame and dated today, although hauntingly so.
by Ellis Nassour Barbara Cook caricatures by SAM NORKIN
The New York Philharmonic will host a belated celebration of and with Barbara Cook to mark her 80th birthday, which was October 25. Miss Cook will reminisce about her storied career and sing from her lengthy repertory of songs by Bernstein and Comden and Green, Lerner and Loewe, Arlen and Mercer, Gershwin and Caesar, Hammerstein and Romberg and, among others, a friend named Stephen. The concerts are Monday and Tuesday, November 19 and 20, Mo at 7:30 at Avery Fisher Hall. An additional concert is also set for Tuesday, January 8. 2008
A special Drama Desk Panel held at BMI turned the spotlight on four leading theater design talents: lighting designer Peggy Eisenhauer, costume designer Mimi O'Donnell, and set designers David Korins and James Morgan. The informative event moderated by James Houghton, the Artistic Director of the Signature Theatre, was produced by Ellis Nassour and Elyse Sommer.
The bright new musical Wanda's World directed and choreographed by Tony Nominee Lynne Taylor- Corbett charmed the opening night audience at The 45 Street Theater Off Broadway at 54 West 45 Street. The musical by Beth Falcone and Eric H. Weinberger is a feel good tale for teens with clever tunes and dynamic choreography enthusiastically performed by the talented ensemble. The limited World Premiere engagement is scheduled to run through February 10th only. The opening night party was at B. Smith's 320 West 46th Street location on restaurant row. For Tickets call 212 352-3101
Harold Pinter is one of the most acclaimed playwrights in the world. He is the author of over 30 plays and more than two dozen screenplays. His list of awards are too numerous to mention, but he has won just every award imaginable including the 2005 Noble Prize in Literature. His play "The Homecoming," which debuted on Broadway in 1967, is today considered a classic, although when it premiered in London two years earlier it was greeted with a mixed reception by the press and public alike.
Bay Street Theatre, a not-for-profit professional regional theater located in the Hamptons on the magnificent Long Wharf in Sag Harbor, recently announced its 2008 Target Mainstage Season that will include Alec Baldwin, Kate Burton and Charles Busch. The season will run June 3 through August 31 and tickets are on sale now at www.baystreet.org
The multi talented Lucy Arnaz wowed them at a celebrity luncheon produced by Friar Randie Levine-Miller at the Friars Club, where Friar Bill Boggs drew witty inspirational stories on life and love from the gifted star.
The fascinating Irish playwright Conor McPherson weaves an engrossing tale in his newest play “TheSeafarer,” arriving on our shores direct from its world premiere at London’s National Theater. The haunting story of redemption superbly acted by an ensemble of five immensely gifted actors is magnificently directed by the award winning playwright himself, an astonishing achievement.
Tricia Walsh-Smith’s play “Addictions” will be presented in London and Los Angeles this May. The one night only events will be special benefit performance starring the film actress Trudie Styler, who has been married to the rock star Sting since 1991 and will be directed by the British actor Christopher Biggins.
What a wonderful surprise! “Is He Dead?” the new Broadway comedy by the master American novelist and satirist Mark Twain is destined to be the sleeper of the season. Directed by Michael Blakemore with an over the top comic style the evening in the hands of a troupe of seasoned New York actors headed by the incomparable Norbert Leo Butz is a hysterically fast paced confection that pokes fun at the art world.
The splendid production of “Cymbeline” directed by Mark Lamos, although uneven, boasts superb design elements that emphasize the magical qualities of Shakespeare’s sweeping romantic comedy. And at the center of the complex tale is an exciting performance by Martha Plimpton as Princess Imogen, the playwright’s most mature female heroine, who will undergo many trials before the neat conclusion.
The World Premier of Turandot, The Rumble for the Ring, a rock opera by Randy Weiner had audiences whistling in delight at Bay Street Theater last week. The exciting production, performed by a boldly committed cast and directed by Diane Paulus with manic intensity is the perfect summer fare, an adrenaline spiked joy ride driven by newly devised songs, which are "rocked out" takes off's on classic opera hits. SPECIAL TURANDOT OFFER FOR OUR READERS: BUY ONE TICKET GET ONE FREE. Call the Bay Street Box Office, 631-725-9500, and mention code: TURTL to receive this offer until August 5. Limited to availability and not available online
Charles Busch delighted the opening night audience in Sag Harbor at the Bay Street Theatre, where a sly revival of his 1989 suspense thriller The Lady In Question will run through September 2.The handsome production directed by Christopher Ashly is a zany homage to 1940's film noir, an effervesant trip down memory lane served with panache and wit by a sterling cast. Costumes by Dona Granata are fittingly stylish, and Busch's wigs by Katherine Carr were period chic.
Two-time Tony Award Nominee, Tony Roberts now starring in "Xanadu" on Broadway was honored by friends and colleagues with the Friars Club Thespian Award at a star-studded musical tribute hosted by Freddie Roman and produced by Randie Levine-Miller.