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Live Out Loud

Cheyenne Jackson


Live Out Loud
presented four young trailblazers (Tiffany Studer, Raymond Martinez, Nelso Rodriquez and Luis Garay), with youth scholarships at the seventh annual LIVEOUTLOUD benefit hosted by Cheyenne Jackson the star of Broadway’s "Xanadu.".

 

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Reviews

Sunday In The Park

Roundabout Theatre Company’s stunning revival of Stephen Sondheim’s 1984 Pulitzer Prize winning musical “Sunday in the Park with George” beautifully illuminates the struggle and sacrifice inherent in the creative process. Directed by Sam Buntrock, the emotionally charged show arrives on Broadway by way of London, where Buntrock originated his innovative new production at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2005. The sold out run transferred to the West End winning five Olivier Awards (London’s equivalent of the Tony) before coming to New York with the two leads, Daniel Evans and Jenna Russell, reprising their award winning performances.

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Dysfunctional Broadway

A Drama Desk luncheon-panel discussion at Sardi’s in New York featured actors from two current Broadway plays focusing on dysfunctional familes. From the

Randie Levine-Miller, Raul Esparza

revival of Harold Pinter’s award winning play "The Homecoming" were Ian McShane and Raul Esparza, while Randi Reed, Sally Murphy and Amy Morton spoke about Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s production of Tracy Letts’ acclaimed drama "August: Osage County." The lively discussion was modereated by USA Today’s Elysa Gardner.

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“MISSIVES” OPENS AT 59E59

Ryan Tresser, Shamika Cotton, Elysabeth Kleinhans, Jay Randall, Richard Gallagher

"Missives," an engaging new play by Garret Jon Groenveld opened in New York at 59E59 Theaters for a limited engagement through April 6. The story directed by Elysabeth Kleinhans explores the bonds of a most unlikely friendship when one of the friends suddenly disappears. For tickets call 212-279-4200.

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Features

Words of Wit & Wisdom

Tom McMorrow’s "Words of Wit and Wisdom"

THEATERLIFE.COM has discovered a delightful new book for which we hope to help find a publisher. Written by Tom McMorrow, a former theater critic of the Daily News, past president of The Drama Desk and editor of the Drama Desk News for all lovers of elegant language, Words of Wit and Wisdom has been hailed by educators (see below), who have called it “monumental” and compared it to Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary.

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Reviews

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

The historic African-American production of Tennessee Williams’ 1955 Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” directed by Debbie Allen, although not the crowning achievement one had hoped, scores as entertainment none the less. Approved by Williams’ estate for Broadway the revival has a star studded cast of charismatic actors, who understand the passions of Williams’ dysfunctional family, allowing the magic of the playwright’s language to overcome Allen’s uninspired direction.

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Mel Brook’s Honored

David Salle, Robert F.X. Sillerman, Mel Brooks, Joe Pintauro

Guild Hall, the cultural center of East Hampton, honored Mel Brooks with a Guild Hall Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the perfroming arts. The annual awards dinner at The Rainbow Room also honored playwright Joe Pintauro for literary arts, artist David Salle for visual arts, and a special award for his philanthropic endeavors went to Rober F. X. Sillerman, who produced both "The Producers" and "Young Frankenstein" with Mr.Brooks.

Photography by Barry Gordin

 

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Passing Strange

Weaving a hypnotic spell the exciting new musical, “Passing Strange, has transferred to Broadway after a well received engagement downtown at the Public last summer. Breaking with tradition the musical is an amalgamation of styles that fuses a variety of distinctive forms from cabaret to gospel into a consistently inventive blend that feels more like a high concept hybrid performance art/ rock concert than a Broadway musical. Whatever you call it, there is no doubt this is beguiling theater, a new form that refuses to be pigeon holed.

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Spamalot

The advance buzz has been overwhelming, and we have been inundated with questions about the new Broadway musical Spamalot. Did you like it? Did they do a good job adapting it for the stage? Is it all that? Did you have to see the movie to follow it? Yes, yes, yes, and no with superlatives all around for the entire team. How could anyone not like this affectionate send up of the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, unless of course you are devoid of a sense of humor. The adaptation is amazing and then some with the added satire on Broadway musicals, especially skewing Andrew Lloyd Webber. Yes, indeed, we enthusiastically endorse Spamalot, an outrageously silly show and witty spoof, which will most assuredly entertain young as well as old.

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Spamalot

The advance buzz has been overwhelming, and we have been inundated with questions about the new Broadway musical Spamalot.  Did you like it? Did they do a good job adapting it for the stage? Is it all that? Did you have to see the movie to follow it? Yes, yes, yes, and no with superlatives all around for the entire team. How could anyone not like this affectionate send up of the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, unless of course you are devoid of a sense of humor. The adaptation is amazing and then some with the added satire on Broadway musicals, especially skewing Andrew Lloyd Webber. Yes, indeed, we enthusiastically endorse Spamalot, an outrageously silly show and witty spoof, which will most assuredly entertain young as well as old.

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Reviews

Crimes of the Heart

Roundabout Theatre Company is presenting the film and stage star Kathleen Turner making her New York directing debut with a confident, yet flawed production of Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize winning play “Crimes of the Heart”. Ms.Turner’s staging bears her broad signature style, and while she has a talented ensemble doing her bidding, little about the evening feels organic. Much is quite funny, even touching, but the over the top approach does little to serve the playwright, turning her poignant character study into a superficial re-telling that accentuates the play’s shortcomings.

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“Medea”

Trezana Beverley, Debra Ann Byrd

As part of BLACK HISTORY MONTH, West Harlem Senator Bill Perkins honored Tony Award Winning actress Trezana Beverley, who is appearing in at The National Black Theatre, Fifth Avenue and 125th Street. The new translation of the Euripides classic by Nicholas Rudall, directed by Petronia Paley for Take Wing And Soar Productions features an all black ensemble in a powerful staging of the Greek tragedy through March 2nd. For tickets call www.smarttix.com 212-868-4444.

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“Cat on A Hot Tin Roof” Opens

James Earl Jones

Tennesse Williams’ Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, a potent blend of sex and mendacity, severd by an outstanding ensemble of African-American actors headed by the legendary James Earl Jones opened March 6, 2008 at Broadway’s Broadhurst Theatre to decidedly mixed reviews.
Photography by Rob Rich

 

 

 

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“Unconditional” at the Public

Downtown the LAByrinth Theater Company, now in residence at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street is presenting the world premiere of Brett C. Leonard’s Unconditional   a brutal depiction of nine New York stories charged with themes of race, sex, drugs, love, justice, and betrayal. Director Mark Wing-Davey has explosively staged the violent drama for maximum effect. Under his skillful guidance, the cinematic like-tale told in brief , shocking, overlapping scenes adds up to more than is actually on the page. Wing-Davey’s powerful production unfolds on Mark Wendland’s innovative shifting set, where audience members view from all sides at different heights looking down on the action.

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