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YORK GALA 2019

Honorees André De Shields. Riki Kane Larimer

André De Shields honored with the 2019 Oscar Hammerstein Award and Riki Kane Larimer given the Founders’ Award at the Edison Ballroom.

November 12, 2019:  The York Gala was directed by Michael Unger and included special guest appearances by John Ellison Conlee, Robert Creighton, Darius De Haas, Jeffry Denman, Dawn Driver, Mercedes Ellington, Kylie Kuioka, Teresa Eyring, Ron Lucas, Richard Maltby, Jr., Larry Owens, Tony Perry, Malvinna Rose, Melissa Schott, Marc Shaiman, Edward Tolve, Ekele Ukegbu, Ben Vereen, Anita Welch, Freida Williams, Patrick Wilson, David Yazbek, and The Alumni Ensemble of The Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem and will feature musical numbers from the hit Broadway musicals The Wiz, Hair, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Full Monty and more.

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Tina: The Tina Turner Musical ****, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf ****

Adrienne Warren (center) and company in “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

By: David Sheward

November 11, 2019: Nowhere is the contrast between today’s Broadway and Off-Broadway more sharply defined than in the productions of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical at the Lunt-Fontanne and the revival of Ntozake Shange’s 1976 groundbreaking For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is Enuf, Off-Broadway at the Public Theater. 

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The Michaels *****

Haviland Morris, Brenda Wehle, Maryann Plunkett, Jay O. Sanders

By: Isa Goldberg

November 13, 2019: Much as I’ve enjoyed many a repast with The Apple Family, and The Gabriels, mealtime at The Michaels is among the most gratifying experiences I’ve had. Home baked bread, local cheeses, and Kate’s crepes are all divine, though by the end of the evening they’ve hardly been touched. Still, it’s a meal befitting a Chekhovian toast.

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Truffles at the Secret Room

Dinner and mayhem at the Secret Room with the new musical, Truffles: Music! Mushrooms! Murder performed with a talented robust cast. 

November 10, 2019: Would you like to add a little excitement to your dining experience? Truffles: Music! Mushrooms! Murder!!! is returning to New York for a new second “season,” which began performances on Saturday, November 2 and is initially scheduled to run through December 28. The audience-pleasing original ran for four years. The new incarnation will run Saturdays at 6:30 pm at the Secret Room, 707 8th Avenue, between 44th & 45th street. 

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An Enchanted April ****

By: Paulanne Simmons

November 8, 2019: The Enchanted April, British writer Elizabeth von Arnim’s novel inspired by a month-long holiday to the Italian Riviera, was a best seller in 1923. Set in a 15th century castle, the novel focuses on four women who, sometime in the 1920s, get out of their ruts and leave the rain in England for the sunny Mediterranean.

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Soft Power ****, Is This A Room ***, Bella Bella ****

The company of “Soft Power”

By: David Sheward

November 6, 2019: Soft Power, the gloriously messy but idea-packed new musical from two of our most vital and prolific theater artists, David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori, is anything but soft. The title refers to countries’ gaining world dominance through cultural influence rather than military hardware and muscle flexing. Hwang’s hilariously satiric and complex book also addresses the 2016 election, ethnic stereotyping, romantic comedies, musical theater conventions, hate crimes, and China’s relationship with the US. Yeah, it’s a lot to take in, but the creators and their inventive director Leigh Silverman, address all of these issues and more in a fast-paced, funny yet deep concoction which, unlike most musicals, actually makes you think while it entertains you.

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Paulanne Simmons Unscripted

The Big Lesson from The Great Society

November 7, 2019: Robert Schenkkan’s newest play, The Great Society, chronicles the presidency of Lyndon Johnson from 1964 until Richard Nixon took office in 1968.

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2019 Only Make Believe Gala

Sir Ian McKellen, Dena Hammerstein

By: Iris Wiener

November 6, 2019: Children’s theater company Only Make Believe celebrated its 20th anniversary on November 4th with a gala featuring appearances by Sir Ian McKellen, Alan Cumming and Hayley Mills. The evening included a range of performances from Broadway’s Andy Karl and Orfeh, Brad Oscar, Euan Morton and cast members from Oklahoma!, Wicked and The Book of Mormon

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Reviews

Dr. Ride’s American Beach House **1/2

Marga Gomez, Erin Markey, Kristen Sieh

“When Harriet Met Sally”

By: Samuel L. Leiter

November 5, 2019: Ars Nova, one of New York’s premiere homes for innovative works (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, Underground Railroad Game), is now offering something a bit more conventional but nonetheless typically offbeat. It’s a quirky, 90-minute comedy by Liza Birkenmeier called Dr. Ride’s American Beach House, directed by Katie Brook. The audience laughed regularly but I remained stuck in another dimension.  

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A Night with Janis Joplin

Acclaimed Broadway Musical, A Night With Janis Joplin, Rocks Cinemas Nationwide November 5-11.

November 4, 2019: The dynamic Broadway musical, A Night With Janis Joplin, starring the Tony nominated Mary Bridget Davis, who originated the role on Broadway plays in movie theaters nationwide starting tomorrow through November 11th. The event is a rare opportunity to feel the power of the Broadway musical on the big screen.  Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and instantly became the Queen of Rock & Roll. The unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with southern comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock over 50 years ago. 

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Kimberly Goff @ Ezra Gallery

Kimberly Goff

Inspired, curated by Kimberly Goff, for the Ezra Gallery, The Hamptons @ at Center for the Jewish Life in Sag Harbor featured numerous artists including some from the Elaine Benson Legacy collection.

Sag Harbor November 4, 2018:  INSPIRED, a new art show curated by Kimberly Goff of the Elaine Benson Gallery opened last week and is on view at the Ezra Gallery/ The Hamptons at Center For Jewish Life, 24 Long Island Ave across the street from the Post Office in Sag Harbor through December 8, 2019. The show features work by Eric Dever of the Berry Campell Gallery, NYC, Kimberly Goff, Bruce Lieberman and Ann Lombardo plus rare works from The legacy Collection from Elaine Benson including Priscilla Bowden, Warren Brandt, John Day, Jimmy Ernst, Zero Mostel, Alfonso Osorio and Kathe Tanous.

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Reviews

Seared ****, The Michaels ****

Raúl Esparza, W. Tré Davis, Krysta Rodriguez, David Mason “Seared”

 By: David Sheward

November 2, 2019: “People suck. Only food is real,” rails Harry, the temperamental genius chef, in Theresa Rebeck’s riotous comedy Seared atMCC Theater. Harry is engaged in one of many contentious debates on the purity of his gastronomic art over commercial viability with the more practical Mike, his partner in a small restaurant in trendy Park Slope, Brooklyn. He’s stating his essential dilemma: life would be perfect if he didn’t have to deal with his fellow man and could just be left alone to cook. This is one of the better plays by the prolific Rebeck. The central conflict of a great but difficult artist against the realities of business is scarcely fresh, but her zesty dialogue and spot-on characterization gives a tasty tang to a familiar dish.  

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Hamptons Life

ARF Halloween Pawty

Jamie Berger

November 2, 2019: The tricks and treats continued with ARF’s Halloween Pawty on Saturday, November 2, from 12 to 3 PM. All were welcome, kids and pets, too, at the ARF Adoption Center in East Hampton for tricks-and-treats, a haunted agility course for dogs, low-cost vaccines for your pets, adoptions, contests and so much more. Offering FVRCP, DA2PP, bordetella, rabies and microchipping for just $10 each! For cats and dogs only. $25 fee for each vaccine for unaltered animals. No appointment was necessary.

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The Panic Defense

Michael Turner, Francis Mabborang, Joe Hartman, Kas Cunningham

November 1, 2019: How to Get Away with Murder! The Panic Defense, a new play by Sam Affoumado, will be presented as a stage reading at The Playroom Theater, 151 West 46th St. (8th floor), NYC on November 14, 15, 16 @ 7:30 pm. Admission is free. For reservations email: Saffu@aol.com.

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Stella November Line-Up on BroadwayHD

20TH Anniversary Celebration of Putting It Together starring Carol Burnett, plus Donmarwarehouse’s all-female production of Julius Caesar, the hit musical, Nunsense and The Nunsense Sequels starring Rue McClanahan, John Ritter, Vicky Lawrence headline BroadwayHD November Line-UP

November 3, 2019: Broadway HD, the premiere streaming service for theater fans, is heading into November with a terrific lineup, led by knock-out performances of theater classics.

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