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Christine Ebersole & Michael Feinstein @ 54 Below

Michael Feinstein, Christine Ebersole

Michael Feinstein, Ambassador of the Great American Songbook, returns to the club that bears his name, alongside Christine Ebersole, two-time Tony Award-winner, for an unforgettable evening in Two for the Road.

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Features

Newsies, Shrek

Mike Cefalo (Davey), Dan Tracy (Jack Kelly) and the cast of “Newsies”

5 Reasons to Visit the John W. Engeman Theater This Summer

By: Iris Wiener

August 9, 2018:  The John W. Engeman Theater of Northport is often called the Broadway of Long Island for a reason. The mainstay is consistent with the Great White Way’s glamour, talent and charm, while one-upping it in intimacy. Here is a glimpse at why this summer is the perfect time to get to know why Long Islanders are staying close to home (and New Yorkers are venturing east) to get their entertainment:

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Reviews

Less Than 50% ***1/2   

Hannah Hale, Gianmarco Soresi

By: Paulanne Simmons

August 7, 2018:  Statistically, less than fifty present of marriages in America will end in “death do us part.” This depressing prediction is the theoretical basis for Gianmarco Soresi’s semi-autobiographical show now at 59E59 Theaters. Less Than 50% is directed by Jen Wineman, and features Soresi as himself and Hannah Hale as his long-suffering on-again-off again girlfriend, Laura.

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Reviews

Evita ****1/2

Arianna Rosario

Evita Soars at Bay Street Theater
Thrilling revival of classic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical soars at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.

By: Patrick Christiano

August 5, 2018:  The thrilling revival of Evita, the classic biography of Eva Peron with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, soars through the rafters at Bay Street with a luminous staging by Will Pomerantz, also the Associate Artistic Director of Bay Street Theater.  He impeccably incorporates every element into a visually lush evening that scores emotionally as well as musically. His Latin American cast is sensational led by a radiant Arianna Rosario as Eva, with a sensual Trent Saunders as Che and a strong Omar Lopez-Cepero as Peron. Pomerantz has able assistance from Marcos Santana’s spirited choreography, and Anna Louizos’ imaginative set that transforms the theater into a working-class tango bar in Buenos Aires circa 1962.

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Evita Opening Night

Omar Lopez-Ceperp, Arianna Rosario, Will Pomerantz

August 4, 2018:  Opening Night Photos at Bay Street Theater’s “Thrilling” production of Andrew Llyod Webber’s Evita, now playing in Sag Harbor.

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Evita will run at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor through September 2.   To purchase tickets or for more information call the Box Office at 631-725-9500 or purchase online at www.baystreet.org

Photography: Barry Gordin

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Reviews

Head Over Heels **** Twelfth Night **** Fiddler on the Roof **** This Ain’t No Disco **

Andrew Durand, Taylor Iman Jones, Jeremy Kushnier, Bonnie Mulligan, Peppermint, Tom Alan Robins, Alexandra Socha, Rachel York in “Head Over Heels”

By: David Sheward

August 4, 2018:  A quartet of musical productions on and Off-Broadway mash up musical styles, time periods, and cultural perspectives. Three of these blenderizings result in diverse delight, while one produces a pulpy mess. Head Over Heels on Broadway and a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in Central Park employ Elizabethan romantic romps as their template and deliver modern messages of inclusion while a Yiddish-language staging offers a new and moving view of the beloved Fiddler on the Roof.

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Avenue Q @ Feinstein’s 54 Below

(Rod) John Tartaglia

Feinstein’s 54 Below celebrated the 15th Anniversary of Tony Award winning AVENUE Q. 

August 2, 2018:  The original cast and creators of Avenue Q, 15 years after their Broadway opening night, revisited the songs, stories, and memories that the show has provided over the last decade and a half. They were joined by friends – both human and felt – from throughout the show’s incredible run.

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Hamptons Life

Hayground School’s “Chefs Dinner”

Renowned Chef, Jacques Pepin, honored at the 14th Annual Hayground School’s benefit “Chefs Dinner.”

July 29, 2018:  Ten chefs prepared a five-course meal in honor of Jacques Pépin at the 14th annual Hayground School’s benefit “Chefs Dinner” on Sunday, July 29 on the School’s grounds in Bridgehampton, NY. The Chefs included Josh Capon, Jessica Craig, Christian Mir, Ayesha Nurdjaja, Francois Payard, Joe Realmuto, Hillary Sterling, Bill Telepan, Carissa Waechter, and Jason Weiner.  The benefit dinner raises much-needed financial aid for Hayground School, an inclusive, diverse school that incorporates an expansive Edible Garden/Kitchen Science program into its curriculum on its pastoral grounds. The honorary chairpersons of the Chefs Dinner are Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick.

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Time Bomb

The 25th Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit and Auction honoring Pierre Berge.

July 28, 20018:  The Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit, described as an “enchanted forest” and “performance art extravaganza,” is one of the summer’s most anticipated events of the summer. The celebration on the 10 plus acre grounds of The Watermill Center, founded by avant-garde visionary Robert Wilson in 1992, unites the worlds of art, performance, music, theatre, design, architecture and fashion into an immersive experience that simply must be witnessed. Each year Wilson tops himself from the previous year with extraordinary, mind-boggling installations throughout the grounds.
Photography: Barry Gordin 

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Reviews

Neptune ***

Timothy DuWhite

By: Paulanne Simmons

July 29, 2018:  Whatever our ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, many of us want to tell our story. The question is how can we tell that story in a way that is meaningful and moving to others? Timothy DuWhite, who is black, gay and H.I.V. positive, does this in his solo show, Neptune, through the strength of his formidable acting and inspiring physicality. He is well directed by Zhailon Levingston. But DuWhite’s reliance on familiar tropes robs his story of nuance and complexity.

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Straight White Men *** Mary Page Marlowe ****

Stephen Payne, Josh Charles, Armie Hammer and Paul Schneider in “Straight White Men”

By: David Sheward

July 28, 2018:  Second Stage’s two current productions are mirror images of each other. On Broadway at the company’s newly renovated Helen Hayes Theatre, Straight White Men examines majority males’ crisis of self from an Asian female playwright’s perspective. Off-Broadway at the Tony Kiser, Mary Page Marlowe is an ordinary woman’s journey through life written by a male dramatist. Both deliver insights into how we cope with the identities—ethnic, sexual, or racial—that society proscribes for us. The direction and acting are polished and confident in both.

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Reviews

Miracle of Miracles: Fiddler On The Roof ****1/2

Steven Skybell and Ensemble

By: Samuel L. Leiter

July 24, 2018:  In 2016, one year after the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene celebrated its centenary, it began producing an annual Yiddish-language musical production in the attractive Edward J. Safra Hall at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, located in Battery Park. I nominate this location, with its parks, its river views, its restaurants, and its historic monuments as the best place in New York for a beautiful summer evening at the theatre.

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