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Remembering Those Lost to Corona Covid-19

Remembering Those Lost to Corona COVID-19 with Tributes and The Rise Up NY! Fundraiser.

By: Ellis Nassour

May 8, 2020: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and direct from Broadway and 98th Street and select appearances to entertain the masses, Tony-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, also chairman of the Actors Fund, will, respectively, lead the second and third interfaith collaboration Memorial for Us All broadcasts Sunday, May 10 and Sunday, May 17 at 6 P:M. E. These weekly broadcasts honor those lost during this COVID-19 pandemic.

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Interviews

David Alan Grier

David Alan Grier

David Alan Grier Dishes on His Drama Desk Nod for A Soldier’s Play

By: Iris Wiener

May 7, 2020: David Alan Grier prides himself on variety; he has left no genre or medium untouched, ranging from theater (both plays and musicals) to television and film (comedy, drama, and everything in between), to stand-up comedy and improv. His long career has even afforded him three opportunities to work on A Soldier’s Play, which is currently nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Best Revival of a Play.

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Broadway Cares

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Launches Emergency Grants for Pandemic Relief with $1 Million Gift from Gilead Sciences  Donate at broadwaycares.org/relief2020 Your Donations Will Be Matched up to $500,000

May 6, 2020: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS launched Emergency Grants for Pandemic Relief, a one-week fundraising initiative to provide $2 million in grants to vital organizations across the country whose resources are stretched dealing with immediate needs heightened by the COVID-19 crisis.

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Lucille Lortel Awards

35TH ANNUAL LUCILLE LORTEL AWARDS RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

May 4, 2020: The 35th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway were presented in 19 categories, and two honorary awards were bestowed. Award recipients were announced during a special livestream broadcast hosted by Mario Cantone as a benefit for The Actors Fund, with the Lortel Foundation pledging $50,000 to their Emergency Grant Program, and an additional $50,000 to TDF.

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Reviews

What Do We Need to Talk About? *****, Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration *****

Jay O. Sanders, Maryann Plunkett, Sally Murphy, Laila Robbins and Stephen Kunken in What Do We Need to Talk About?

By: David Sheward

May 1, 2020: With Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional stages closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, theater artists have adapted to the new normal rather than waiting in limbo for a return to their traditional venues. Playwright Richard Nelson has taken his fictional Apple family into the current world of social distancing and videoconferencing and delivers a poignant and insightful portrait of how we live now. His 70-minute work What Do We Need to Talk About subtitled The Apple Family: Conversations on Zoom, is probably the first play written to be performed on the platform which has become the main means of live communication in a quarantined world. 

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Features

Things to Enjoy in the Comfort of Home

By: Ellis Nassour

April 30, 2020: You’re isolating, often getting stir crazy, and stepping outside for some sun, when available, isn’t enough. There is programming and things to enjoy, sans mask and latex gloves, though some require a donation, in the comfort of your home that will make you feel less like a prisoner of COVID 19. 

Awaiting Hugh Jackman? Wait no longer. He’s here!

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Theater Awards and Streaming in the Age of COVID

Performers in Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration Credit: Broadway.com

By: David Sheward

April 29, 2020: Theater and the performing arts continue despite the coronavirus pandemic. Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday was commemorated with Take Me to the World, a spectacular web-based quilt of performances presented by Broadway.com on April 26 and now available on YouTube. Though live performances on or Off-Broadway may not return for months, the annual award-dispensing free-for-all goes on, in different forms.

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Take Me To The World

Raul Esparza

A VIRTUAL CONCERT CELEBRATING SONDHEIM’S 90TH BIRTHDAY.

April 27, 2020:  Video highlights from last night’s all-star special virtual concert celebration of Stephen Sondheim’s 90th Birthday, “Take Me To The World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration” have been released for viewing. The concert, a fundraiser for ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty), broadcast on Broadway.com and the Broadway.com YouTube channel.

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Every Act of Life

Sidney Myer, Lynn Henderson, Terrence McNalley, Michael Lee Stever, Jeff Kaufman, Marcia Ross

‘Every Act of Life’ co-cinematographer Michael Lee Stever unveils Q&A. 

April 26, 2020: Filmmaker Michael Lee Stever (Broadway: The Golden Age, Resurrecting Carrie, Abducted in Plain Sight), who served as co-cinematographer on the Terrence McNally documentary Every Act of Life, is excited to share this never-before-seen Q&A filmed in March 2018 during the New York City premiere of the critically lauded documentary chronicling the unparalleled achievements, ups and downs of legendary playwright McNally.

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Jamie deRoy & friends

Terrence McNally Photo: Barry Gordin

An interview of Terrence McNally by Casey Childs will be featured on the Jamie deRoy & friends television show.

April 23, 2020: The Jamie deRoy & friends television show will feature an interview of Terrence McNally by Casey Childs, founder of Primary Stages. The segment will air on Sunday, April 26 at 7:30pm on Spectrum Channel 56, RCN Channel 83, and Verizon FIOS Channel 34 as well as on East Hampton LTV Channel 20. The late great playwright, winner of five Tony Awards, died on March 24th  at his home in Florida as a result of complications form COVID 19. The complete interview of Terrence McNally, conducted by Casey Childs, can be found at http://primarystagesoffcenter.org/interviews/ the official website of the Primary Stages Off-Broadway Oral History Project.

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Features

Simon Callow, Part 5

By Samuel L. Leiter

April 24, 2020: This is Part 5, the last installment of my long-lost interview with the British stage, film, and TV star, Simon Callow, also renowned as a writer and director. It was conducted in his London home in 1993, twenty-seven years ago, but has never before been published. For background on the circumstances of the interview and why it’s first being published now, please check the introduction to Part 1. 

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Simon Callow, Part 4

SIMON CALLOW: MY LOST INTERVIEW WITH A RENAISSANCE MAN: Part 4

By: Samuel L. Leiter

April 22, 2020: This is Part 4 (of five) of my long-lost interview with the British stage, film, and TV star, Simon Callow, also renowned as a writer and director. It was conducted in his London home in 1993, twenty-seven years ago, but has never before been published. For background on the circumstances of the interview and why it’s first being published now, please check the introduction to Part 1. 

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Drama Desk Nominations

The Company of “Soft Power”

Soft Power scores 11 nominations, including Best Musical, for the 2020 Drama Desk Awards, to be streamed live on May 31.

April 21, 2020: Nominations for the 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced this afternoon on Stars in the House, the daily live steam benefit for The Actors Fund hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley.

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Features

Simon Callow, Part 3

SIMON CALLOW: MY LOST INTERVIEW WITH A RENAISSANCE MAN: Part 3

By: Samuel L. Leiter

April 20, 2020: This continues my interview with the British stage, film, and TV star, Simon Callow, also renowned as a writer and director. It was conducted in his London home in 1993, twenty-seven years ago, but has never before been published. For background on the circumstances of the interview and why it’s first being published now, please check the introduction to Part 1. 

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Nick Cordero

5/12/2020: Nick Cordero Awakes from Coma. Wife Amanda Kloots: “He is a true Superhero”

Actor Nick Cordero, Due to Complications from COVID 19, Has Leg Amputated

By: Ellis Nassour

Monday, April 20: The wife of Tony Award and two-time Drama Desk nominee Nick Cordero, Amanda Kloots, announced via Instagram  that Cordero’s right leg was amputated on Sunday following complications from the COVID 19/corona virus. “Nick is out of surgery and in IC resting,” she posted.  Cordero, who was playing Dennis in the Los Angeles run of Tony-nominated musical Rock of Ages, were admitted two-and-a-half weeks ago to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center IC unit when he was having difficulty breathing.   

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