The Astaire Awards honoring the Best Dance and Choreography on Broadway and Film was hosted by Alan Cumming and presented by Ava Astaire in tribute to her Father and Aunt in The Haft Auditroium at The Fashion Institute of Technology.
Broadway’s Beloved Patti LuPone to Host the 55th Annual Drama Desk Awards May 23
By Ellis Nassour Tony and Drama Desk multiple award winner Patti LuPone, will host the 55th Annual Drama Desk Awards on Sunday, May 23, at 9 P.M.. Robert R. Blume, exec producer of the Awards, and William Wolf, DD prez, made the announcement. The Awards will take place at the Concert Hall of the LaGuadia High School for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
Jersey Boys, as the song goes, “you’re just too good to be true.” You’re fabulous! The new Broadway show based on the life and music of the Four Seasons scores big time revitalizing the genre known as the “jukebox musical.” Under Des McAnuff’s direction every element of the captivating evening meshes seamlessly.
Bartlett Sher’s elegant staging of The Lincoln Center revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” is an enchanted evening of splendid music and shimmering picture perfect post card images. As the five minute overture swells, the stage slides back to reveal a full 30 piece orchestra playing Robert Russell Bennett’s lush original orchestrations of the beloved songs transporting us to another place and time for a sweeping romantic tale set on a tropical island in the middle of the South Pacific.
In 1961 the movie “West Side Story” made a “rumble”. Winning 10 Academy Awards, the groundbreaking film redefined the movie musical for all time, delivering the bleak tragedy of racial strife and social upheaval that blighted America’s cities.
Stephen Dillane is a thin, wiry Brit who-if you passed him on the street-might seem vaguely familiar to you but you would never feel inherently threatened by. Somehow, though, he is also one of those actors (like Ian McKellen) who always seem to loom large once you put them on a stage. Playing one of the grandest of Shakespeare’s main men, Dillane goes a different route than most who take on this titan. Instead of bellowing to the hills, he draws you in every so slightly but never sacrifices the power of the role.
With her name above the title at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones makes for great box office in the entertaining revival of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. The screen beauty plays Desiree, the fading actress at the center of the elegant classic. If her glamorous presence is not exactly a perfect fit, she generates enough star power in the Trevor Nunn production to pack the houses in spite of the evening’s shortcomings.
The Hamptons International Film Festival welcomed American film icon Sharon Stone as the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Achievement in Acting Award and a mentor to their up-and-coming Breakthrough Performers.
Live Out Loud held a festive benefit @ Clodagh for The Homecoming Project, a program that brings lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) leaders back to their high schools to share their personal stories and life lessons with today’s students. Oscar winner Lance Black ("Milk") was on hand and answered questions about the documentary film about his experiences returning to his high school, which made a lasting impression on thousands of students which is inspiring other schools. Photography: Barry Gordin
Randie Levine-Miller presented DIVONIGHT, a splendid musical evening of only male vocalists, at The Friars Club. Some of the finest Broadway and Cabaret performers in the business including Frank Basile, Tom D’Angelo, Zero Mostel (aka Jim Brochu!), Martin Vidnovic, Len Cariou, John De Marco, Myles Savage, Sal Viviano and Paul Chamlin performed to an appreciative packed house. Randie not only hosted this terrific show, but added a little spice by singing as well. Look for more of these wonderful evenings, which Randie produces at The Friars Club.