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Meet the 2017 Drama Desk Nominees

Kate Baldwin, Gavin Creel “Hello Dolly”

Reception for 2017 Drama Desk Nominees to meet the press

The 2017 Drama Desk Nominees Reception, celebrated the Award Nominees at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square on Wednesday, May 10.. Drama Desk was founded in 1949 to explore key issues in the theater and to bring together critics and writers in an organization to support the ongoing development of theater in New York. The organization began presenting its awards in 1955, and it is the only critics’ organization to honor achievement in the theater with competition among Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions in the same categories.
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Around The Town

Idina Menzel in “Skintight”

Idina Menzel Returns to the Stage – Next Year — in Roundabout Underground Premiere Skintight

By: Ellis Nassour

It will be slightly over a year, but three-time Tony-nominee and 2004 Tony winner (Wicked) Idina Menzel returns to the stage in Roundabout Theatre Company’s world-premiere of Skintight by Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews, Significant Other). It’s her first time back since her 2014 nomination for Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s musical If/Then. RTC’s artistic director Todd Haimes announced Skintight will be a presentation of Roundabout Underground. Previews begin May 31, 2018, with a June 21 opening, at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre for a limited engagement through August 26, 2018. Menzel is also a four-time Drama Desk nominee.

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Features

Callen-Lorde Benefit

Stars and NYC Nightlife Denizens Gather May 22 to Skewer Journalist Michael Musto for Callen-Lorde Health Center in Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back

By: Ellis Nassour

Beware, Michael Musto: It’s payback time! Remember the gossip you wrote about so-and-so and so-and-so? That roster of all-in-good-fun [actually – not always!] items is much too long to recount. Now, the tables will be turned, and the spit will be spinning over hot coals as media and stage stars and denizens of NYC nightlife gather to roast nightlife king, TV personality, and author Musto.

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Reviews

A Doll’s House, Part 2 *****

Jayne Houdyshell and Laurie Metcalf in “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

By: Paulanne Simmons

Ever since Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House premiered at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen in 1872, audiences have been wondering what happens to Nora after she walks out on Torvald and her children. Now, well over a hundred years later, thanks to Lucas Hnath’s new play, A Doll’s House, Part 2, we know.

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Features

Theatre World Awards

73rd  Annual Theatre World Award Honorees Announced
for June 5. Glenn Close to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honor

By: Ellis Nassour

The annual Theatre World Awards (TWA) is one of the most anticipated events of theater season’s end – and one of immense joy as actors – young to older – making their Broadway debuts are honored for their standout performances. In what has become an often touching tradition, 12 previous winners serve as presenters, and often relive moments from past ceremonies and share tales rarely heard at award shows.

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Chita Rivera @ Café Carlyle

Chita Rivera is one Hot Mama!

By: Sandi Durell

There aren’t many entertainers, or in this case icons who, at certain tender ages, can still transport their audiences back into great musical history that remains ever present and alive.  Chita Rivera is one of the few and from her opening, there’s no doubt, she’s got “A Lot of Livin’ To Do.” She’s movin’ and a groovin’ through most of her time on that small stage at Café Carlyle that has seen the best celebrity performers throughout the years.  You can’t stop this train!

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The Boy Who Danced on Air

Hit San Diego Musical The Boy Who Danced on Air to Be a First For Off Broadway’s Abingdon Theatre

By: Ellis Nassour

Following its successful run in San Diego, the musical The Boy Who Danced on Air, a modern-day love story set in rural Afghanistan, which one critic termed “An absolute must for lovers of new musical theater at its most innovative and exhilarating,” will become the first musical presented at New York’s Abingdon Theatre Company.

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Reviews

Indecent ****

“Indecent” on Broadway Photo: Carol Rosegg

Indecent on Broadway
Haunting Tony nominated Best Play at the Cort Theatre is a stunning tale directed by Rebecca Taichman.

By: Patrick Christiano

In their Tony nominated play, Indecent now playing at Broadway’s Cort Theatre, Rebecca Taichman and Pulitzer prize winning playwright Paula Vogel have fashioned an exquisite evening of theater that movingly illustrates the history of a little known 1906 Yiddish play, God of Vengeance by Sholem Asch. The staging, a fusion of elements, directed by Taichman is an evocative kaleidoscope of images that begins with the play’s inception. The story then follows the journey of God of Vengeance, a play about a lesbian romance between a prostitute and the virgin Jewish daughter of the brothel’s owner, on a successful tour of Europe. Eventually coming to Broadway in 1923 a controversial kiss staged in the play results in an obscenity trial and the cast being jailed for indecent behavior.

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Features

OCC 2017 Winners

Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators for media covering New York theatre announced the award winners for the 2016-17 season in 27 categories.

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Reviews

A Doll’s House Part 2 **** – Six Degrees of Separation **** – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory **

Laurie Metcalf in A Doll’s House, Part 2

By: David Sheward

The 2016-17 Broadway season ends with two bangs and a sort of whimper mixed with a chuckle. A Doll’s House Part 2 and Six Degrees of Separation examine difficult questions of identity in powerhouse productions while Charlie and the Chocolate Factory stumbles and trips but is kinda funny in a goofy way. Though written almost 30 years apart and set in different centuries not our own, the first two plays offer vital snapshots of how we live now. Their themes are timeless and so can be applied in 1890, 1990, or 2017. The silly kid’s musical is good for a couple of guffaws.

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Jamie deRoy & friends

Jamie deRoy, Penny Fuller, Chuck Cooper, Doreen Montalvo, Paulo Szot, Tom Hubbard, Billy Stritch

Celebrating the Tony Awards at Birdland  to benefit The Actors Fund Jamie  deRoy & friends Cabaret initiative. 

Jamie deRoy hosted and performed at Birdland on Sunday May 7, 2017 with a roster of performers notable because they are distinguished for their Tony Awards, nominations or appearances in Tony Award winning musicals.

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Marry Harry Opens at York

Ben Chavez, Lenny Wolpe, David Spadora, Morgan Cowling, Robin Skye, Claire Saunders, Jesse Manocherian

Off-Broadway premiere of appealing new musical opens at the York Theatre

Marry Harry, a delightful new romantic comedy, directed and choreographed by Bill Castellino opened on May 4th  at the York Theatre. Set in New York’s East Village the story about a young man and a young girl approaching 30, charming played respectively by David Spadora and Morgan Cowling, struggling to get away from their controlling parents and manifest their own dreams has a witty book by Jennifer Robbins, with lovey music by Dan Martin, and fun lyrics by Michael Biello.

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Reviews

Baghdaddy ***1/2

By Iris Wiener

Free donuts and coffee. Name tags. A church basement. Is this an AA meeting, or is it a musical? Actually, it’s a bit of both. Factor in political satire, vigorous choreography, dark humor, strobe lights and rap and rock music, and you get Baghdaddy, a show with a title just as bizarre as its storytelling technique.

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Miss Saigon *****

Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil Lyrics by Alain Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr. with additional Lyrics by Michael Mahler

By: Lauren Yarger

A revival of the Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil (the team that brought us Les Miserables) classic, almost 25 years after the show first arrived on Broadway, brought “ho hum” as my first thought. 

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Gently Down the Stream ****

Gabriel Ebert and Harvey Fierstein in “Gently Down the Stream”

By: Paulanne Simmons

Anyone who doesn’t believe we are (in many ways) in a post gay rights era need only see Martin Sherman’s  Gently Down the Stream and chances are the sceptic will be convinced.

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