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New Jersey Hall of Fame

Bruce Springsteen

By: Magda Katz

May 6, 2018: The Paramount Theatre on the  famed Jersey Shore boardwalk was the setting for the 10th annual ceremony of The New Jersey Hall of Fame. The distinguish class of 2017 included astronauts, sports greats, rock stars, business titans and other great New Jerseyites. The evening was hosted by Whoopi Goldberg and the house band was led by New Jersey’s Glen Burtnik (formerly of Styx).

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Reviews

The People VS. Antigone **

Alan Altschuler, Joshua George, Isa Goldberg

By: Paulanne Simmons 

May 8, 2018: It is believed that Sophocles’ tragedy, Antigone, the third of his three Theban plays, was written in 441 BC, at a time when the playwright was appointed one of ten generals to lead a military expedition against Samos. But Sophocles makes no comment on the specific imperialist ambitions of Athens. In fact, the play is not particularly political, focussing mainly on character and morality by pointing out the inherent danger of autocratic leadership in a democracy.

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2018 Lucille Lortel Awards

May 7, 2018: The 33rd Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement of Off-Broadway were awarded in 19 categories at NYU Skirball Center. Hosted by Laura Benanti and Jason Jones, the Off-Broadway League event served as a benefit for The Actors Fund. Eve Ensler was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Michael Freidman will be posthumously inducted onto the famed Playwrights’ Sidewalk in front of the Lucille Lortel  Theatre on Christopher Street. WP Theater will be awarded as an institution for their Outstanding Body of Work.

The 2018 Lucille Lortel Winners Are……..

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Outer Critics Circle Winners

Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators for media covering New York theatre announced today its award winners for the 2017-18 season in 27 categories.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Tops Win List with 6 Awards! Followed by “My Fair Lady” with 5 Awards, “SpongeBob SquarePants” with 4 Awards, “Angels in America” & “Carousel” with 3 Awards Each! 

May 7, 2018:  Broadway stars Jenn Colella, Jim Dale, Christine Ebersole and Martha Plimpton will serve as gala award presenters at the upcoming 68th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony on May 24th (3PM) at the legendary Sardi’s Restaurant.

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Unexpected Joy Opens at the York

Janet Hood (Music), Bill Russell (Book/Lyrics)

Three generations of female singers collide in Unexpected Joy, a witty new musical by Bill Russell and Janet Hood, testing the limits of their love.

May 4, 2018:  Unexpected Joy, a constantly amusing new musical, which opened last night at the York Theatre, has already been extended for an additional week due to popular demand. The story brings three generations of female singers to modern day Provincetown, where they are gathering for a memorial concert to honor the family’s patriarch. With a book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Janet Hood, the delightful musical explores the conflicts and long-held family tensions of three women from different peer groups. Sparks fly as the family struggles to discover the common ground of their divergent values and beliefs.

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Reviews

The Iceman Cometh **1/2 – Saint Joan **1/2

Micael Potts, Colm Meaney, Denzel Washington, Jack McGeen, Tammy Blanchard, Neal Huff, Reg Rogers, Dakin Matthews

By: David Sheward

May 5, 2018: Two massive works by dramatic theatrical giants Eugene O’Neill and George Bernard Shaw are making rare appearances on musical-heavy Broadway. The fact that masterworks The Iceman Cometh in a commercial, limited run and Saint Joan from Manhattan Theater Club as part of its subscription season at the Friedman, are being presented at all in the same lowbrow venue with Disney and Donna Summer musicals should be cause for celebration. But their current incarnations fall short of their full, devastating potential. The respective directors and casts fall into the easy trap of audience-pleasing laughs—and yes, they are there even in somber, dark-hued O’Neill—and they miss the mark as complex portraits of man’s conflict with the illusions and institutions he has created.

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Moniker Art Fair

By:Janet Lehr

May 4, 2018: Art is Forever…and Moniker Art Fair is just two Ferries from Frieze, at 73 West Street, in the historic “Greenpoint” neighborhood of Brooklyn. For ‘landlubbers’, connect between Fairs using VIA, the most flexible option.

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Indivisible: Liberty and Justice for Who?

A SHOW ABOUT THE STATE OF OUR DEMOCRACY:

May 5, 2018:  Indivisible, written and performed by the cast, examines the political state of our nation and its epidemic of xenophobia, sexism, and racism. Indivisible asks the question: What can we do to create a nation that provides liberty and justice for us all?

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Reviews

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, Parts One and Two *****

Poppy Miller, Jamie Parker

By: Isa Goldberg

May 4, 2016:  After a wham bam success on London’s West End, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, Parts One and Two, has finally arrived on Broadway. And the ticket prices are part of the spectacle. They’re not cheap. Still, translated into human values, this Potter is a deal.

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My Fair Lady *****

Lauren Ambrose

By: Isa Goldberg

May 3, 2018 – Resurrecting the male gaze is splendidly alive in this Lincoln Center revival of Lerner and Loewe’s classic, My Fair Lady. Indeed, voyeurism, scopophilia and narcissism, are the pleasures and pitfalls to which Henry Higgins and his gentlemanly sidekick, Colonel Pickering, fall prey.

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Meet The Tony Nominees Press Junket

LaChanze, Hailey Kilgore, Michael Arden

By: Patrick Christiano

May 2, 2018:  The 2018 Tony Award nominees were announced in 26 competitive categories on Tuesday May 1, and the following morning they attended a press junket at the InterContinental Hotel New York in Times Square on 44th Street. National and local members of the press attended the informal “meet and greet,” where they could photograph the ecstatic nominees. The event, a fun filled morning, is also a chance for press to chat with the season’s celebrated stars and producers, and for the nominees to catch up with one another. Many performed the previous night and had matinee and/or evening performances later that same day, however, that did not dull their spirits. Everyone was thrilled to be honored with a coveted Tony Award Nomination.

Here is what some of the nominees had to say about the honor, what inspires them, and where they were when they learned the news:

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Tony Nominees Gathering

Denzel Washington

May 2, 2018 The 2018 Class of Tony Nominees gathered yesterday in midtown to celebrate their Tony Nominations!  

Marking 72 years of excellence on Broadway, The Tony Awards, hosted by Tony Award Nominees Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, will be broadcast live from the Radio City Music Hall on CBS, on Sunday, June 10th, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT time delay).

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2018 TonyAward® Nominations

May 1, 2018 – The 72nd Annual Tony Award Nominations

May 1, 2018 – Nominations in 26 competitive categories for the American Theatre Wing’s 72nd Annual Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards® were announced today by Tony and Grammy Award-winner, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Katharine McPhee, who is currently starring in the Tony nominated musical Waitress, at the Tony Award Nominations ceremony, sponsored by IBM, held at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. The nominees were selected by an independent committee of 43 theatre professionals appointed by the Tony Awards Administration Committee. The 2018 Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.  (The list of nominations follows.)

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Features

American Theatre Wing Centennial Concert

THE AMERICAN THEATRE WING CENTENNIAL GALA with Performances By Broadway Favorites Heather Headley, Norm Lewis, Brian Stokes Mitchell and more! NOW STREAMING on BroadwayHD

Broadway favorites Natalie Cortez, Evie Dolan, Santino Fontana, Heather Headley, Rebecca Luker, Norm Lewis, Beth Malone, Howard McGillin, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Osnes, Taylor Trensch and more, perform as part of the celebration of the centennial of the American Theatre Wing. 

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Escape To Margaritaville

Lisa Howard as Tammy, Alison Luff as Rache, Paul Alexander Nolan as Tully and Eric Petersen as Brick in “Escape to Margaritaville”.

5 Reasons Not to Escape From Margaritaville

By: Iris Wiener

Yes, it was completely shut out of the Tony Awards race, and yes, critics have not been incredibly kind to the Jimmy Buffett extravaganza, and it is with good reason. Due in large part to a highly problematic, lazy book from television vets Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley, Escape to Margaritaville is a scatterbrained, hallucinatory hodgepodge of nonsensical mayhem. However, its few redeeming qualities are like diamonds in the ruff, thus deserving recognition. Here, we celebrate these gems:

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