Tricia Walsh-Smith’s play “Addictions” will be presented in London and Los Angeles this May. The one night only events will be special benefit performance starring the film actress Trudie Styler, who has been married to the rock star Sting since 1991 and will be directed by the British actor Christopher Biggins.
What a wonderful surprise! “Is He Dead?” the new Broadway comedy by the master American novelist and satirist Mark Twain is destined to be the sleeper of the season. Directed by Michael Blakemore with an over the top comic style the evening in the hands of a troupe of seasoned New York actors headed by the incomparable Norbert Leo Butz is a hysterically fast paced confection that pokes fun at the art world.
The splendid production of “Cymbeline” directed by Mark Lamos, although uneven, boasts superb design elements that emphasize the magical qualities of Shakespeare’s sweeping romantic comedy. And at the center of the complex tale is an exciting performance by Martha Plimpton as Princess Imogen, the playwright’s most mature female heroine, who will undergo many trials before the neat conclusion.
The World Premier of Turandot, The Rumble for the Ring, a rock opera by Randy Weiner had audiences whistling in delight at Bay Street Theater last week. The exciting production, performed by a boldly committed cast and directed by Diane Paulus with manic intensity is the perfect summer fare, an adrenaline spiked joy ride driven by newly devised songs, which are "rocked out" takes off's on classic opera hits. SPECIAL TURANDOT OFFER FOR OUR READERS: BUY ONE TICKET GET ONE FREE. Call the Bay Street Box Office, 631-725-9500, and mention code: TURTL to receive this offer until August 5. Limited to availability and not available online
Charles Busch delighted the opening night audience in Sag Harbor at the Bay Street Theatre, where a sly revival of his 1989 suspense thriller The Lady In Question will run through September 2.The handsome production directed by Christopher Ashly is a zany homage to 1940's film noir, an effervesant trip down memory lane served with panache and wit by a sterling cast. Costumes by Dona Granata are fittingly stylish, and Busch's wigs by Katherine Carr were period chic.
Two-time Tony Award Nominee, Tony Roberts now starring in "Xanadu" on Broadway was honored by friends and colleagues with the Friars Club Thespian Award at a star-studded musical tribute hosted by Freddie Roman and produced by Randie Levine-Miller.
Gossip columns. How the news is overcome by “movers and shakers” — Anna Nicole Smith and Britney Spears! Often as in the case of The New York Post’s Page Six, rife with trumped up reports engineered to trigger a Jerry Falwellish sense of moral outrage. It’s this “state-of-the art” in journalism that Karen Finley turns into her very own ruthless mockery.
BROADWAY STAGEHANDS STRIKE Stagehands are set to strike effective 10:00 am Saturday, shutting down most of the shows on The Great White Way with a walk out that will affect all the theaters owned by the Shubert, Nederlander, and Juyamcyn organizations. Talks between Local One, the union for the stagehands, and the producers came to a head this Wednesday and Thursday with the union setting the Saturday deadline. Stagehands have been working without a contract since July, when negotiations began and. Actors' Equity announced support for the strike on their website. Both sides appear prepared to dig in, with little indication as to how long a walk out might last. The musicians strike in 2003 shutdown Broadway for four days, an estimated $5 million loss at that box office. The New Amsterdam, Hilton, Helen Hayes, and Circle in the Square are not affected as well as the four non profit houses, Roundabout, MTC, and Lincoln Center – theaters with a separate contract with the union. Also not affected are all Special Events and Off- Broadway shows.
Secret Order, a compelling drama by Bob Clyman at 59E59 Theaters is a thriller about the medical industry. The playwright tackles some provocative territory with style and wit while crafting a timely tale about cancer research.
Aaron Sorkin’s new play TheFarnsworth Invention is an engrossing tale chronicling the invention of television and the subsequent clash over patent rights. As drama the evening lacks tension, but Des McAnuff’s beautifully acted stylish production moves along with such razor sharp precision that the unfolding events make for a compelling, richly satisfying evening nonetheless.
One of the nicest guys in the business, Tony Walton the gifted set designer, whose career encompasses Theater, Film, & Opera was honored by the National Arts Club at a festive dinner celebration presided over by Tony Award winner Jim Dale. Legendary friends like Sidney Lumet, Richard Pilbrow and Mike Nichols came to lend their support to "A Night The Stars Come Out," organized by Rose Billings (Governor of the NAC) as a loving tribute to Mr. Walton's ongoing career. Still working more than ever, Mr.Walton has now turned increasing to Directing. He was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1991. Photography: Barry Gordin
The producers and Labor Union Local 1 came to a settlement late November 28 opening the door for the curtain to go up on Broadway. The strike lasted 19 days, shutting down 26 of the 35 shows on the Great White Way, at a reported cost of nearly $40 million. The union has 10 days to ratify the tentative agreement. Most shows plan to re-open for the Thursday evening performance November 29. Check with the theater to be certain.
“Answered prayers” indeed! After 19 days of rigorous negotiations the stagehand’s strike is finally over and the Broadway community staged a party by giving a free public concert, BROADWAY’S BACK, headed by theater legends Angela Lansbury and Bernadette Peters. Bob Martin hosted the show which The League of American Theatres and Producers put together in just over 12 hours.
The event featured cast members from dozens of Broadway shows on stage in costume at the Marquis Theater, where Mr. Martin performs in The DrowsyChaperone, his Tony and Drama desk award winning musical. Right at home Martin was a witty host, but the highlight was the Irving Berlin classic “There’s No Business Like Show Business” given a special twist, the lyrics were adapted to fit the occasion. The cast and audience sang along with Ms. Peters in a unified spirit of thanks making a blissfully memorable moment. Seth Rudetsky, currently in the revival of The Ritz, led a full orchestra for the occasion.
“Broadway’s long dark night is over,” said Mr. Martin. The lights are shinning brightly all along the Rialto and this will be a joyous holiday season after all.
This Thanksgiving Weekend the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor will present the World Premiere of “Simeon’s Gift,” a new hour long musical adapted from the 2003 best-selling picture book of the same name by Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton. The two women, who together have written 17 children’s books, have provided the script for the musical as well, but this will be the first time one of their books has ever been developed for the stage. A dynamic team of collaborators, both behind the scenes and on the stage, have come together to mark the occasion.