Bay Street Theatre held their 2007 winter benefit at The Rainbow Room atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York. The evening – "Crazy Rhythm: A Night in Manhattan "- was a marvelous sit down dinner with entertainment by Mary Cleere Haran under the musical direction of Murphy Davis, co-artistic director of Bay Street Theatre.
The nominations for the 52nd Annual Drama Desk Awards will be announced on Thursday April 26th at the NY Friars Club by actress Beth Level, who received a 2006 Drama Desk, and actor James Naughton, a two time Drama Desk winner. The awards will be hosted by the multi award winning Broadway musical star and Tony Award winning actress Kristin Chenoweth on Sunday May 20 at the F.H. Laguardia Concert Hall at Lincoln Center. THE RUSSIAN TEA ROOM, a world renowned cultural enclave for artistic luminaries over the past 80 years, has agreed to host the Gala VIP Reception from 5:30pm to 8:30 pm immediately prior to the Drama Desk Awards. The VIP reception has become one of the highlights of the exciting evening over the years and this year promises to be elegant as well.
Curtains, the new musical by composer John Kander and the late lyricist Fred Ebb features one of the final scores by the legendary songwriting team that gave us Cabaret, and Chicago, and if the musical with a book by Rupert Holmes has none of the edge of those classics, the backstage murder mystery is nonetheless a lighthearted homage to the golden age of musical theater. The show directed by Scott Ellis is a non stop entertainment, but the energetic performances of the talented cast give the evening an added panache that the musical lacks.
The Broadway revival of Prelude to a Kiss, the romantic comedy by Craig Lucas now being presented by Roundabout Theatre Company under Daniel Sullivan’s direction is quite pleasant. The play, a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1990, made its world premiere Off-Broadway at the Circle Repertory turning Alec Baldwin into a star opposite Mary-Louise Parker and subsequently moved to Broadway where Timothy Hutton replaced Mr. Baldwin. In 1992 Mr. Lucas adapted the play into a successful feature film with Meg Ryan and Alec Baldwin that many people still remember fondly.
LAByrinth Theater Company Celebrated the Opening Night performance of Bob Glaudinis "Jack Goes Boating" at B BAR on March 18, 2007. The comedy directed by Peter DuBois is now playing at The Public Theater through April 29 Photography: Barry Gordin
The great Vanessa Redgrave stars in The Year of Magical Thinking, a compelling new play by Joan Didion that opened on Broadway at the Booth Theatre. Based on the playwrights 2005 award winning memoir and directed by the much acclaimed playwright David Hare the Scott Rudin production is considered one of the major theatrical events of the 2006/0007 season.
Kitty Carlisle Hart a beloved presence in our community will be dearly missed.
Christopher Hart, her son, who was at her side when she died said "She passed away peacefully on Tuesday night at her Manhattan apartment. She had such a wonderful life, and a great long run, it was a blessing."
"Jamie deRoy & friends," the award-winning variety show happens at the Metropolitan Room Thursday April 26 at 7:30pm. Special guests this week include Mary Bond Davis, Gay Marshall, Karen Mason, Jeffrey Pirrami, Jay Rogers and William Finn. Jamie continues at the Metropolitan Room with her friends on May 31, and June 28 at 7:30pm.
"Grey Gardens" was honored by The National Arts Club in Gramercy Park.
The historic club awarded Albert Maysles and the creative team behind the hit Broadway musical with the Medal of Honor for Theater at a dinner and celebration, hosted by Rose Billings, that featured performances by cast members Erin Davie, Matt Cavenaugh, and Bob Stillman accompanied by Scott Frankel on piano. Special guests Lee Roy Reams, Cristina Fontanelli, KT Sullivan and Cult Diva Phoebe Legere performed as well.
Charles Busch has fashioned a gleeful love letter to the theater with his seriocomic new play, Our Leading Lady, set backstage at the Ford Theater in Washington D.C. on the days surrounding April 14, 1865, the day President Lincoln was assassinated by the actor John Wilkes Booth while watching a performance of Our American Cousin. The play a blend of fact and fiction focuses on a scheming actress Laura Keene, who was on stage that eventful night becoming a footnote in history. From his inspired idea, the talented Mr. Busch has crafted a two act smorgasbord of laughs that bogs down in the somewhat heavy handed second act. Director Lynne Meadow has mined his vision for all its campy comedy, but the play, although vastly entertaining, feels stretched and not always sure of its footing.
In R.C. Sherriff’s war drama Journey’s End the men wait in trenches about 70 yards behind the enemy line with only a modest dugout for respite between their shifts. They are caught in limbo, but they carry on as best they can, knowing the waiting will ultimately end in battle and possibly death. The British director David Grindley has crafted a beautifully paced experiential retelling of the play that will haunt you for days, possibly even weeks, after you have seen it. Be warned this is not escapist theater, but a grim depiction of three days in these soldier’s lives as they prepare for the moment when the waiting will end.
The Labyrinth Theater Company is stirring up a little bohemian magic at the Public Theater where a delightful production of Bob Glaudini’s Jack Goes Boating directed by Peter DuBois is making its world premiere. The top notch cast is headed by Philip Seymour Hoffman in his first New York stage appearance since winning the Oscar “gold” for Capote. Not much happens in terms of excitement but what does transpire is lively, heartwarming, and poignant. Here is a slice of New York City life told from the struggling journeyman’s point of view.