Reviews

Prince of Broadway *****

Bryonha Marie Parham, Kaley Ann Voorhees

By: Isa Goldberg

Nostalgia, in the very best sense – as a recollection of the past because it rings powerfully in our memory, drives Prince of Broadway. A musical revue really, the eponymous Prince spans the decades from 1954 to 1986, the years during which Hal Prince directed and produced a run of Broadway hits, from West Side Story, Follies, and Fiddler on the Roof, to Kiss of The Spider Woman.

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Hamptons Life

Stephen Schwartz & Friends @ Bay Street

Scott Coulter, Debbie Gravitte,Stephen Schwartz, Liz Callaway

A wizardly musical evening from Stephen Schwartz with Liz Callaway, Scott Coulter, Debbie Gravitte August 28, 2017: Stephen Schwartz, the composer of Wicked, Godspell, Pippin and more, brought his popular show, “Stephen Schwartz & Friends,” to Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor as part of the Bay Street Theater’s Musical Mondays series. Stephen Schwartz’ show is a mashup that teams the Grammy® and Oscar®-winning songwriter with Liz Callaway, Scott Coulter and Tony® award winner Debbie Gravitte. The four have been thrilling audiences around the world since 1999, and once again they thrilled a sold-out audience at Bay Street with breathtaking … Continue reading “Stephen Schwartz & Friends @ Bay Street”

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Reviews

Prince of Broadway ****

By: Paulanne Simmons

Prince of Broadway, Manhattan Theatre Club’s biographical review that just opened at The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, could just as easily have been called “Hall Prince’s Greatest Hits.” True, not all the musicals represented were big moneymakers. It’s a Bird… t’s a Plane..It’s Superman closed after 129 performances. Parade didn’t make it past 123. But according to Prince, even these shows were artistic successes.

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Around The Town

RIP Thomas Meehan

Thomas Meehan (1927- 2017)

BROADWAY TO DIM ITS LIGHTS ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 AT 7:45 PM IN MEMORY OF AWARD WINNING WRITER THOMAS MEEHAN

The Broadway community mourns the loss of multiple Tony Award® winner Thomas Meehan, who passed away on Monday, August 21st at age 88. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in his memory on Wednesday, August 30th, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.

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Features

Big Broadway Turnover for 2017-18

Mandy Patinkin, Okieriete Onaodowan

By: David Sheward

Summer is drawing to a close and that means a rush of announcements for the fall Broadway season. But with the incoming tide of new shows, there is also a group of outgoing productions unable to survive the tidal pull of audience indifference.

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CYNTHIA ERIVO @ WHBPAC

Yvonne S. Elliman, Cynthia Erivo

Tony and Grammy Award winner plays Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.

August 20, 2017: One of Broadway’s biggest stars thrilled an adoring audience at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center with a beautifully eclectic set of songs from varied profound artists.  The evening was generously sponsored by Yvonne S. Elliman, who has sponsored an event at WHBPAC each year for the past 26 years.

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Hamptons Life

ARF Bow Wow Meow Ball

Peter Marino, Nan Bush, Katharina Otto-Berstein, Scott Howe

An elegant evening of dinner and dancing at the ARF Adoption Center in Wainscott.

August 20, 2017: The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons honored Nan Bush and Bruce Weber with the Champion of Animals Award at the 2017 “Bow Wow Meow Ball.” The two are long-time ARF supporters who have frequently channel their love for animals into their celebrated film and photography projects. Their award was presented by past honorees Katharina Otto-Bernstein and Peter Marino.

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Around The Town

RIP Stuart Thompson

Stuart Thompson Photo: Marc Bryan-Brown

BROADWAY TO DIM ITS LIGHTS ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2017 AT 6:45 PM IN MEMORY OF PROLIFIC PRODUCER AND GENERAL MANAGER STUART THOMPSON

 CREDITS INCLUDE OVER 70 BROADWAY SHOWS

The Broadway community mourns the loss of Tony Award® winner Stuart Thompson, who died on August 17th at age 62. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in his memory on Tuesday, August 22nd at exactly 6:45pm for one minute.

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Andy Karl

Andy Karl

Andy Karl’s Portrait Unveiling at Tony’s Di Napoli

By: Iris Wiener

It was a bittersweet evening at Broadway’s mainstay Tony’s Di Napoli on August 17th, as Andy Karl and the cast of Groundhog Day gathered for the restaurant’s celebration of a portrait unveiling.

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“As You Like It” @ Bay Street

Ellen Burstyn

John Doyle’s Jazz Era staging of Shakespeare’s classic As You Like It with original music by Stephen Schwartz showcases a nimble ensemble led by Ellen Burstyn.

August 12, 2017:  A poignant As You Like It opened at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor staged by the visionary director John Doyle. The comedy boasts original music by Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz and a performance by Tony, Oscar, and Emmy award winner Ellen Burstyn as the melancholy Jacques, a role traditionally played by a man.

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Authors Night

Alec Baldwin

East Hampton Library has Alec Baldwin, Alan Alda, and Dick Cavett amongst 100 Authors at Annual fundraiser.

August 12, 2017: East Hampton Library’s Authors Night was the literary event of the season for residents of the East End. Under a big white tent on Maidstone Lane across from Town Pond and down a dirt drive in East Hampton you could get up close and personal with some of your favorite scribes. The annual cocktail reception/book signing drew over a 100 authors from all over the globe to the tiny hamlet where they met close to 3,000 attendees from 5 to 7:30 pm.

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Guild Hall Summer Gala

Honoree Bonnie Lautenberg

The Black and White Summer Gala: Celebrating AVEDON’S AMERICA

August 11, 2017:  Guild Hall in East Hampton celebrated their annual Summer Gala, a lavish black and white affair honoring Bonnie Lautenberg. The evening started with a private exhibition preview of AVEDON’S AMERICA in the museum followed by cocktails, music, dancing, dining, and a very lively art auction at a private home in Amagansett. The dinner was hosted by April Gornik and honored philanthropist and photographer Bonnie Lautenberg.

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Frozen

Frozen Tickets Go On Sale Monday Aug 14, 2017  for Disney’s Stage Adaptation 

By: Ellis Nassour

Though the St. James Theatre box office will not be open until November 13, single tickets for the much-anticipated stage adaptation of Disney’s Frozen go on sale Monday. Performances begin at the renovated St. James on February 22, with opening night planned for mid-March 2018.

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