Reviews

The Boys in the Band ***

Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons

By: David Sheward

June  13, 2018:  When The Boys in the Band, Mart Crowley’s groundbreaking play focusing on the gay experience, opened Off-Broadway in 1968, critics praised it as a sympathetic portrait of a persecuted sexual minority. But many reviewers tellingly revealed their bias. One expressed disgust at having to watch men dance together while another described the work as an accurate depiction of those suffering from a disease. The current revival at the Booth of this devastating artifact—the first one for Broadway after two major Off-Broadway stagings—shows how far we have come as far as gay acceptance goes. The director Joe Mantello, all of the producers,  and the entire nine-man cast are all openly gay and have not suffered any career damage.

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Around The Town

Richard Hambleton at ACA

Richard Hambleton: Eternity on view June 14 through July 27, 2018

June 13, 20018:  ACA Galleries, 529 West 29th Street in the Gallery district hosted an opening reception for Richard Hambleton: Eternity , on view at ACA  June 14 through July 27, 2018. The exhibition showcases major paintings and works on paper from Hambleton’s two signature series – Shadowmen and Horse & Rider.  Widely considered the “Godfather of Street Art”, his contemporaries included Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Andy Warhol.

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Around The Town

Live Out Loud

Leo Preziosi, Jr. (Founder /Executive Director Live Out Loud), Hailie Sahar, Nick Adams

17th Annual Young Trailblazers Gala honors Brent Miller of Proctor Gamble.

June 11, 2018:  Live Out Loud held the 17 Annual Trailblazers Gala hosted by Ariana DeBose, Tony nominated for Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, on Monday at The Times Center in New York, where Broadway star, Nick Adams, was a special performer and Hailie Sahar, from FX’s Pose, was a special guest presenter.

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Gordin's View

72nd Annual Tony Awards

Josh Groban, Sara Bareilles

The Band’s Visit was named Broadway’s Best Musical taking home Ten Awards at 2018 Tony Awards, while Harry Potter and the Cursed Child nabbed Six.

June 11, 2018:  The Band’s Visit was the big winner at the annual Tony Awards winning awards in 10, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best, Director, and Best Book of a Musical.  The popular London import, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, was honored with six awards, including Best Play. The 72nd Annual tribute was televised Sunday evening, live on CBS, from Radio City Music Hall. The lavish celebrity-studded ceremony, hosted by Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles, was an unforgettable evening featuring performances from many of the nominated shows.
Here are the complete list of winners:
Photography: Barry Gordin

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Features

2018 Tony Award Predictions

Katrina Lenk “The Band’s Visit” Photo: Barry Gordin

The Band’s Visit and SpongeBob will square off at the 72nd Annual Tony Awards, televised live on CBS from Radio City Music Hall Sunday at 8pm.

By: Patrick Christiano

June 9, 2018:  The Awards season is upon us, and tomorrow night Broadway’s biggest event, the Tony Awards will be televised on CBS at 8pm in a live ceremony hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban from Radio City Music Hall in New York. The nominations were announced back on May 1st and all the votes have been tallied. Here are my choices for Broadway’s most coveted awards from the 2017-2018 season.

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Features

Tony Awards

The 72nd Annual Tony Awards Will Showcase Broadway’s
Biggest and Best  Live from Radio City on CBS;  Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban Host

By: Ellis Nassour

The 72nd annual Tony Awards, presented by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, will have enough star power to light not only 50th Street and Avenue of the Americas but also all of Times Square. The list of mega talent guests could light the world! The Awards will telecast live Sunday from 8 – 11 P.M. from Radio City Music Hall on CBS, proudly entering its 60th year as Tony’s network.

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Reviews

Dan Cody’s Yacht **1/2

Rick Holmes, Jordan Lage, Meredith Forlenza, Kristen Bush, Laura Kai Chen

By: David Sheward

June 8, 2018:  A wealthy parent confronts his son’s economically strapped teacher over a failing grade for an essay on The Great Gatsby. As the scene progresses, the dad sits at the instructor’s desk, questions her qualifications, her teaching methods, and finally slaps a handful of bills down. The teacher is appalled at the blatant bribe, but she hesitates for a split second, giving the obnoxious parent his opening.

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Reviews

Secret Life of Humans ***1/2

Richard Delaney, Olivia Hirst

“The Descent of Man”

By: Samuel L. Leiter

June 7, 2018:  Forty-five years ago, shortly after viewing “The Ascent of Man,” scientist and mathematician
Jacob Bronowski’s 13-part, groundbreaking BBC documentary series, broadcast on PBS in 1973, I purchased the substantial tome accompanying it. Although I’ve never had the time to read it, I have on many occasions leafed through its wonderfully illustrated pages, looking at its fascinating pictures.

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Hamptons Life

Hampton Classic

43rd Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show
August 26 – September 2, 2018

THE COMPETITION:

June 9, 2018:  The annual Hampton Classic Horse Show, one of the nation’s premier show jumping competitions, returns to Bridgehampton, NY, for its 43rd year, August 26 – September 2.

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Features

Paulanne Simmons Unscripted

Here’s to The Mucus Man

June 9, 2018:  Ask anyone for the funniest moment they’ve had in the theater and you’ll get a lot of different answers. Many scenes from Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest come to mind. Others may think of spoofs like Spamalot or The Producers. For me, the funniest moment came years ago at a student production.

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Around The Town

Bruce Springsteen @ Tony Awards

Bruce Springsteen will make a rare television appearance at the 72nd Annual Tony Awards, when he takes the stage to perform live from Radio City Music Hall on CBS on Sunday, June 10th, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT time delay).

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Gordin's View

2018 Drama Desk Awards

Glenda Jackson and Andrew Garfield Outstanding Actress and Actor in a Play

SpongeBob Square Pants, The Broadway Musical wins 6 Awards at the 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards.

June 3, 2018:  SpongeBob SquarePants, The Broadway Musical was the big winner at the 2018 Drama Desk Awards, taking home six awards including Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Director of a Musical for Tina Landau.

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