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Live Out Loud

Bruce Cohen Executive Producer on ABC’s “When We Rise” Live Out Loud’s Soaring Spirit Award Honoree

Academy Award-winning producer of film, television and theater, Bruce Cohen will receive Live Out Loud’s Soaring Spirit Award at the 2017 Young Trailblazers Gala! on Monday June 5th. Cohen won the Best Picture Academy Award for producing “American Beauty” (1999) and earned Best Picture nomination for “Milk” (2008).

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Reviews

Groundhog Day ***** Hello, Dolly! *****

Andy Karl in #Groundhog Day”

By: David Sheward

The future and past of musical theater are being triumphantly celebrated this week on Broadway with two exhilarating new productions. Groundhog Day, based on the 1993 film comedy starring Bill Murray, combines an innovative premise with a fresh, eclectic score influenced by many genres, while Hello, Dolly! is a sterling example of the Golden Age of Tuners employing a familiar template and tropes so well that it seems brand new.

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War Paint **** Little Foxes ****

Cynthia Nixon as Birdie and Laura Linney as Regina in “The Little Foxes”

By: David Sheward

The new musical War Paint and the revival of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes (1939) featuring alternating leading ladies represent more than just two spectacular rounds of dueling divas—though that would be reason enough for rejoicing. Both productions afford fascinating takes on the shifting role of powerful women and how they are portrayed in popular media.

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Dolly Day

Bette Midler

To commemorate tonight’s official opening of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler on Broadway, Mayor Bill de Blasio officially proclaimed tomorrow, Friday, April 21, “Dolly Day” in New York City.

The proclamation, was hand-delivered to the Sam S. Shubert Theatre before tonight’s performance.

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Drama League Nominations

Board President of Drama League Jano Herbosch, Tony Award Winners Patina Miller, Bebe Neuwirth, Executive Artistic Director of Drama League Gabriel Stelian-Shanks

Tony Award winners Patina Miller and Bebe Neuwirth announced the nominees for 2017 Drama League Awards at a ceremony at Sardi’s Restaurant on West 44th Street . Bette Midler will receive the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award when the awards are held at the Marriott Marquis Times Square on Friday, May 19, 2017.

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Reviews

Present Laughter ***1/2

Kevin Kline

Kevin Kline shines as the aging star at the center of Noel Coward’s clever drawing room comedy.

By: Patrick Christiano

As soon as the curtain rises on David Zinn’s, eclectically detailed set of a London townhouse replete with a baby grand piano and an elegant staircase you know you are in for a stylish treat. This is the sophisticated drawing room of Gary Essendine, the aging stage star at the center of Noel Coward’s 1939 comedy the playwright dashed off for himself. And when Kevin Kline in a silk dressing gown finally enters and descends from the top of the stairs as Gary, a role he was born to play, the evening moves into another gear and escalates with charming intensity until the final chaotic fadeout.

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Angel & Echoes

Avital Lvova, Rachel Smyth, Serena Manteghi, Henry Naylor

Henry Naylor’s Angel and Echoes opened on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 59E59 Theaters. The two outstanding plays, presented in one evening tell the story of three women in the Middle East.

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Present Laughter ***

Kristine Nielsen, Kate Burton, Kevin Kline

By: Isa Goldberg

With Kevin Kline and Kate Burton as the happily divorced couple at the center of the Noel Coward revival, Present Laughter, the entertainment is abundantly frothy. As you may recall, Gary Essendine (Klein) is a famous British actor, philanderer, and narcissist.  His ex-wife, Liz (Burton), does everything for him, including, literally, helping him keep his pants on. Incidentally, she is lovely in the role, exuding a warmth and vitality that have amplified with maturity. And Klein clowns, broods, mimics and performs the physical pratfalls for which he, like Gary, are so well known.

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The Glass Menagerie ***

Joe Mantello, Sally Field

Sam Gold’s ill-conceived staging at Broadway’s Belasco strips Williams’ classic of lyricism and more.

By: Patrick Christiano

Near the start of The Glass Menagerie Joe Mantello, as the story’s narrator Tom Wingfield, informs the audience, with the stage lights fully on, that what is to follow is a memory play and nothing is realistic, indicating his bare surroundings to emphasis the point.  Apparently, this is the concept Sam Gold intended for his audacious deconstruction of William’s classic 1944 breakthrough play. Nothing is authentic and the result, despite Sally Field’s gallant performance, is an unconvincing evening that fails to engage with emotional impact.

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War Paint ***1/2

Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole in “War Paint”

By: Isa Goldberg

That the women who portray Helena Rubenstein and Elizabeth Arden in Doug Wright’s new musical, War Paint on Broadway, are titans in their own right, is the obvious understatement. Patti LuPone, as the vampire-like Jewish immigrant (Rubenstein), and Christine Ebersole, as the Episcopalian socialite (Arden), each reveal the vulnerability of these two over achievers, who created an industry. Had their names been Henry Ford, they indeed would be remembered in just that way. In their case, however, it takes Wright to rediscover them.

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Sweat ****1/2

Johanna Day, Michelle Wilson, Carlo Alban, Alison Wright

By: Isa Goldberg

“Number 1, I’m representing for women, and No. 2, I’m representing for playwrights of color,” Lynn Nottage expressed in an interview with The Los Angeles Times, following the announcement of her second Pulitzer win for drama. Indeed, Nottage is the first woman in history to receive two Pulitzers.

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The Hairy Ape ***** – Sweat ***1/2 – The Play That Goes Wrong ***

Bobby Cannavale (center) and the cast of "The Hairy Ape"

By: David Sheward

There’s more than a tinge of irony in the fact that two current NYC productions depict the  travails of the American working class and none of the characters could probably afford the price of a ticket. Aside from this economic consideration, both The Hairy Ape and Sweat offer insightful looks at their struggling subjects.

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The Play That Goes Wrong ***

Jonathan Sayer, Greg Tannahill, Henry Lewis, Dave Hearn, Charlie Russell

Transfer of West End farce opens at Lyceum Theatre.

By: Patrick Christiano

The setting is an isolated mansion in a snowstorm with the owner’s corpse in the drawing room, and his killer at large. Enter a bumbling group of actors, who create a manic slapstick whodunit that is relentlessly hysterical, or is it?  One thing for sure the London import is relentlessly well performed. The entire ensemble is brilliant as they pull out all the stops in a physical comedy that never lets the air out for a second while delivering a persistent attack on our funny bone.

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The New York Pops Gala

On Monday, May 1, 2017, The New York Pops will celebrate its 34th birthday with a grand gala evening honoring Karen van Bergen, the CEO of Omnicom Public Relations Group, and Tony Award winners Kelli O’Hara and Bartlett Sher

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Features

London’s West End 42nd Street

London’s West End Gives the 42nd Street Danceathon Revival a Five-Star Welcome

By: Ellis Nassour

The billboards all over London have it right: 42nd Street, “Broadway’s biggest show on London’s biggest stage.” The lavish revival at the historic (1812) Theatre Royal Drury Lane, where it premiered in 1984, winning the Olivier for Best Musical, has been given a royal welcome not only by critics and audiences but also by HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.

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