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Finian’s Rainbow

By Patrick Christiano
Directed by Warren Carlyle the sparkling revival of the vintage musical Finian’s Rainbow, a classic from the Golden Age of Broadway and the first to be mounted in nearly 50 years, is a charming old fashioned delight that was considered risky back in 1947, the year it debuted. The lovely score by Burton Lane is sprinkled with well known standards like “Old Devil Moon,” “Look to the Rainbow,” “How are Things in Gloccca Morra,” When I’m Not with the Girl I Love,” and “If This Isn’t Love,” beautifully sung by a splendid cast and backed by a 24 piece orchestra.  Yip Harburg is the clever lyricist and he has concocted a uniquely silly plot filled with satirically funny social comments.  Inane and dated maybe, but ultimately Rainbow is witty and wise delivering the message in a candy coated package.
 

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Drama Desk Nominations

Brian Stokes Mitchell, Cady Huffman, Randie Levine-Miller, Robert R. Blume

By Patrick Christiano
RAGTIME
and THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS headed the list of nominees (with 9 nominations each), when the 55th Annual Drama Desk Award Nominations were announced today by Brian Stokes Mitchell and Cady Huffman at The Friars Club in New York.  THE ADDAMS FAMILY  and FINAN’S RAINBOW were next with 8 nominations, followed by LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, MEMPHIS, RED and YANKS! each with 7 nominations.  The Drama Desk will host a “Meet the Nominees Reception” on May 6 at Churrascaria Plataforma. The Drama Desk Awards will be presented on May 23 at F.H. LaGuardia Concert Hall at Lincoln Center and hosted by Patti Lupone.

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The Public Theater

 "Sad and Merry Madness" Shakespeare on the Lawn" a one-hour al fresco performance of Shakespeare by professional actors of the Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab was peformed at the home of Roz and Richard Edelman in Southampton. The marvelous afternoon directed by Barry Edelstein was presented by the Edelmans  with Joan and George Hornig to benefit  the Educational and Community Outreach programs of the Public Theater’s Shakespeare Initiative. PC

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“White’s Lies” Opening

Betty Buckley
Andrea Grano, Chrisy Carlson Romano

By Patrick Christiano
Ben Andron’s clever new comedy White’s Lies starring Broadway diva and Tony winner Betty Buckley opened at New World Stages on Thursday May 6th. TheaterLife.com was on the isle opening night and at the festive after party at the Time Hotel.

 

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Features

Tony Award Predictions 2010

Features

Molina Wins Drama League

Alfred Molina
Michael Urie, Vanessa Williams

By Patrick Christiano
The Drama League honored film and theater star Alfred Molina with their coveted Distinguished Performance Award for his “dazzling portrayal of the artist Mark Rothko” in the acclaimed Broadway production of RED.  Molina’s work was selected over 60 outstanding performances nominated from the 2009/2010 season.  Accepting his award at the 76th annual luncheon from past recipient Liev Schreiber Molina said, “This is so fantastic I can’t tell you. I’m Italian, I’m going to cry.” He followed with a story in a very proper English accent about his wife reading the list of illustrious nominees and telling him if he wins ‘Don’t go English’ and suddenly pumped his arm with a clinched fist and said “YES!”

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‘Dietrich and Chevalier’

Goose Stepping through Song and History
               By Isa Goldberg
She was the siren of the Western World and he was her lover. In “Dietrich and Chevalier,” Jerry Mayer’s cabaret style musical, the two strike up a romance from their adjoining dressing rooms on a Paramount lot. The year was 1932. Dietrich was filming “Shanghai Express” while Chevalier was suffering through another childish movie musical. It’s fascinating biography and as told primarily through song, it makes for some endearing moments. Set against the ravages of World War II, it even has the makings of a cathartic love story.

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“Dear Edwina” at Guild Hall

The Drama Desk nominated musical for children of all ages, Dear Edwina, produced by Daryl Roth Productions came to Guild Hall in East Hampton for a brief visit this past weekend August 5th-7th. The fast paced comedy about Edwina Spoonapple, who joyously sings out advice with her quirky friends, was revived at the DR2 in Union Square this past winter. And this weekend the delightful musical about children putting on their own show made its East Hampton debut on the stage of the John Drew Theater. A lovely party in the garden followed the final performance on Saturday afternoon. PC

Photo: Katy Vaughn, Nicholas Park, Zina Goldrich, Martin Landry, Marcy Heisler, Doug Thompson, Ephie Aardema, Robin Lai, Jessica Kaufman, Daryl Roth, Liam Quealy

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Reviews

La Cage Aux Folles ****

Kelsey Grammer
Douglas Hodge

Jerry Herman’s dazzling musical La Cage Aux Folles is back on Broadway starring five-time Emmy Award winner Kelsey Grammer making his Broadway musical debut as Georges opposite the acclaimed British actor Douglas Hodge reprising his Olivier Award winning role as the drag queen Albin. The two make a nice match as the gay owners of a nightclub on the French Riviera, where Albin performs as Zaza in the glitzy drag revue, which goes on nightly in their downstairs club. The intimate heartfelt production directed by Terry Johnson with bold style began life at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London in late 2007 winning rave reviews before moving to the West End. Now La Cage is a New York treat worth savoring.

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Features

The American Musical Updated

Broadway: The American Musical Updated
                    By Ellis Nassour

The lavishly illustrated Broadway: The American Musical [Applause Books; 498 pages, Updated edition; softbound,  Show chronology; Bibliography; Theatre Districk maps 1928/2010; Index; Foreword by Julie Andrews; SRP $35], co-authored by Michael Kantor and NYU professor/theater historian Laurence Maslon and based on Kantor’s 2004 documentary [originally a companion to the six-part PBS series] is the first comprehensive history of the musical, from its early 20th Century roots and into the new millennium.

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South Pacific

Paulo Szot, Kelli O’Hara

                        South Pacific ~
Last Weeks Onstage, Telecast,  Movie, & New Book

                        By Eiils Nassour

On August  18, four days before the final performance of its nearly two-and-a-half-year run, Lincoln Center Theatre’s Tony and Drama Desk-winning revival of Rodgers and Hammer’s South Pacific will be presented in a live three-hour telecast from the Vivian Beaumont Theatre on PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center. The musical’s Tony and DD-winning director Bartlett Sher will helm with the show’s choreographer Christopher Gattelli assisting on the musical staging.

 

 

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Christine Ebersole in Concert

Christine Ebersole

Hot on the heels of  her recent Café Carlyle appearance, Tony Award winning Broadway star Christine Ebersole charmed an appreciative audience on the John Drew Stage at Guild Hall in East Hampton Saturday July 31, 2010.  Beginning the evening with “IT"S TOO DARN HOT,” her enchanting interpretations of songs from the American songbook covered every imaginable style and even evoked the memorable spirit of Eartha Kitt before  culminating in a marvelous new version of “Another Winter in a Summer Town,” from Grey Gardens, which she performed in East Hampton for the first time marking an ironic post script to her award winning performance from that show.

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Cause Celebre: Tina’s Wish

 

Photo: Barry Gordin

Recipe for Life Cause Célèbre’s third Off-Broadway production featured several one-act plays by award-winning writers. The wonderful production took place at the Acorn Theatre, where the honoree  was TINA’S WISH, a nonprofit organization supporting research to create an early and effective test for ovarian cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Photo: Jake Robards, Len Cariou, Penny Fuller, Andy Brozman, Tasha Lawrence, Susan Charlotte, Michael Citriniti, Elaine Stritch, Marian Seldes

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2010 Watermill Paradiso

Sharon Stone
Robert Wilson

The Watermill Annual Summer Benefit is one of the most exciting events of the summer season on the East end bringing together the worlds of theater, art, fashion, design and society.  On Saturday July 19, 2010 artists and residents from over 25 different countries interpreted this year’s theme PARADISO, with art installations and performances on six acres of Robert Wilson’s renowned Watermill Center. The evening began with a silent auction and cocktails before the dinner with live auctioneer Simon de Pury, who performed his duties in collaboration with the international film star Sharon Stone.

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