Randie Levine-Miller, Jimmy Horan and Merrill Stone
RANDIE LEVINE-MILLER HOSTS TOMATO SHOWSTOPPER DIVAS TO BENEFIT THE NATIONAL MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY AT THE TRIAD ON JUNE 21
June 26, 2018: They’re her top tomatoes! Prolific producer and host Randie Levine-Miller presented a special edition of her “Showstopper Divas” series at The Triad, 158 West 72nd Street, on Thursday June 21 at 7pm.
June 23, 2018: The latest entry in the Public Theater’s annual free Shakespeare in Central Park series is a traditional one on the surface, but there are subtle shifts in Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s sturdy staging which give this Othello a modern perspective. Racial issues are not as strongly emphasized as sexual ones and the women emerge as the strongest voices.
June 22, 2018: The Tony Awards have been handed out and the 2017-18 New York theater season has drawn to a close. The big winners were The Band’s Visit and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Band swept the evening with a near-record ten wins including Best Musical (only two shows The Producers and Hamilton have won more). Harry Potter took six accolades including Best Play and most of the design categories. Because Band played Off-Broadway last season it was ineligible for all the other theater awards this season. The Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle went for SpongeBob SquarePants while the New York Drama Critics Circle opted to give no award for Best Musical. The NYDCC and Drama Desk skipped over Harry Potter to name Off-Broadway plays, Mary Jane and Admissions respectively, the best of the season.
June 21, 2018: Shows featuring the work of talented magicians have become part and parcel of most recent theatre seasons, from the Las Vegas-style conjurations of multiple entertainers in The Illusionists: Live on Broadway to the more intimate trickeries of brilliant soloists like Ricky Jay or the dueling talents of Helder Guimarães and Derek DelGaudio (as in their Nothing to Hide).
Ceremony at Sardi’s honors 8th Annual Broadway Alliance award winners
June 20, 2018: The Off-Broadway Alliance President, Peter Berger hosted a ceremony at Sardi’s where the winners of the 8th Annual OBA Awards were presented with their awards. Peter was joined by Jo Bonney, Andre de Shields, David Rabe, Carol Rosegg, and stars from winning productions including Harry Clarke’s Billy Crudup, The Government Inspector’sMichael Urie, Desperate Measures’Lauren Molina, Peter Kellogg, David Friedman,Transfer’sLucy Thurber and more to celebrate the 2017-2018 Off-Broadway season.
AUSTIN PENDLETON DIRECTS AND ADAPTS WARS OF THE ROSES: HENRY VI & RICHARD III
June 21, 2018: Tony nominated theatre luminary Austin Pendleton directs and adapts a new stage version of Richard III, Shakespeare’s greatest villain, in WARS OF THE ROSES: HENRY VI & RICHARD III, which begins performances August 1st at the 124 Bank Street Theatre. The play combines texts from William Shakespeare’s Henry VI Part 3 and Richard III, to create a version, which has never been seen before.
June 21, 2018: There’s a lot to be annoyed about these days. Just ask Judy Gold. In fact her whole catalogue of complaints was in hilarious display for Gold’s comedy special live recording at West Side Comedy club on June 18.
Guitarist David Weiss, Akiń Babatundé (Performer / Writer)
World premiere of new musical based on legendary bluesman Blind Lemon.
June 19, 2018: The York Theatre Company in association with Documentary Arts, presented the world premiere of the new musical Lonesome Blues, based on the true story of legendary bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson, created by Alan Govenar (Texas in Paris) and Akině Babatundeě (Blind Lemon Blues), directed by Katherine Owens and performed by Akině Babatundeě with David Weiss on guitar.
Music Sheet #58 Acrylic on canvas 67 x 135 inches
Light of the Hamptons: Paintings by David Demers and Haim Mizrahi
June 17,2018: Uniting David Demers and Haim Mizrahi together, in their Two Man Exhibition, LIGHT OF THE HAMPTONS, at Janet Lehr Fine Arts, has clearly had a very positive effect for both artists. Their creative works are explored with brush-in-hand as they transfer their vivid impulses onto canvas, the great strength of their impulses are the inspiration of the extraordinary Hampton’s light.
June 15, 2018: I have a hunch that most knowledgeable New York theatregoers of a certain age, if asked to name the top French cabaret singers (i.e., chanteuses) of the 1930s and 1940s, would come up with such stars as Edith Piaf, Mistinguett, Josephine Baker, Arletty, and perhaps, among others, Lucienne Boyer, Rina Ketty, and Fréhel. One name that might not often be dropped, despite her once considerable fame, is that of Suzy Solidor (1900-1983), the subject of All I Want Is One Night, a humdrum musical biodrama, performed at 59E59 Theaters with most of the audience at tiny cabaret tables equipped with battery-operated candles.
Gary Marachek, Conor Ryan, Nick Wyman, Peter Saide, Laura Molino, Sarah Parnicky
Desperate Measures, Off- Broadway’s Award- Winning Hit from last season, is a bawdy delight at New World Stages’ opening.
June 14, 2018: David Friedman and Peter Kellogg’s Desperate Measure, a riotous new musical that was a favorite of fans and critics, alike, when it debuted at the York Theatre last June is back for an open- ended run at New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street, where the musical opened last night.
Liz Mikel, Eve Ensler, Kiersey Clemons, Mark Rosenblatt
By: Isa Goldberg
June 15, 2018: Watching Eve Ensler’s, Fruit Trilogy, currently at the Lucille Lortel Theater, one feels as if they were entering an existential hell, as in Waiting for Godot. Only here the quest to be rescued from a terrible fate is massaged for a happy ending. And we all know about happy endings, in the corporeal sense.
Rick Holmes, Jordan Lage, Meredith Forlenza, Kristen Bush, Laura Kai Chen
By: Isa Goldberg
June 15, 2018: Anthony Giardina’s new drama, Dan Cody’s Yacht at The Manhattan Theater Club, City Center Stage I, plays with the simplicity of boulevard comedy, while addressing complex issues of education and class, in America today. But it’s not just the divide between the wealthy and the poor that is being addressed here. More importantly, it’s about the divide between being real and genuine, versus getting away with easy answers.
A new musical, Half Time directed by Broadway legend Jerry Herman, opened at the Paper Mill Playhouse.
June 13, 2018: Half Time, new musical inspired by Dori Berinstein’s 2008 documentary “Gotta Dance,” about a basketball halftime dance team made up of performers over 60, opened at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, New Jersey.