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Lorna Luft

Lorna Luft Takes Fans Down Memory Lane May 10th at Brooklyn’s On Stage at Kingsborough

By: Ellis Nassour

May 7, 2019: Lorna Luft, singer, actress, and recording artist, will share her unique perspective born from a lifetime in entertainment in an intimate concert, An Evening with Lorna Luft, on Friday, May 10 at 7 P.M. at Brooklyn’s On Stage at Kingsborough (Community College) [2001 Oriental Boulevard at Oxford Street].The one-night-only event will not only feature classics from Broadway and the Great American Songbook, but also Luft’s memories of the extraordinary film, concert, TV, and recording career of her indefatigable mother, Judy Garland. This June will mark the 50th anniversary of the legendary star’s death at 47. 

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Hamptons Life

ARF Pet Celebration

Free Admission at ARF Alumni Reunion/Pet Celebration day at Adoption Center in Wainscott

May 5, 2019: On Saturday morning from 10am till noon ARF honored our furry friends with a pet celebration day at the ARF Adoption Center on Daniels Hole Road in Wainscott.  The event was FREE for the whole family, and ARF planned a special morning of fun-filled activities and goodies for everyone, including pets. Here are some of the wonderful things available to guests at Pet Day Celebration.

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Hamptons Life

LTV Creative Salon

Frazer Dougherty, Angela LaGreca

Angela LaGreca continues Creative Artists Salon Series to Benefit LTV.

May 4, 2019:  On Friday evening LTV Creative Director, Angela LaGreca, hosted and performed at LTV’s third creative artists salon, a unique night of comedy, music, film, scene readings, and chat, all to benefit LTV, the East End’s premier public access station and media center on Industrial Road in Wainscott.  Angela, an actress and comedian, also produces the monthly event by having talent from New York City mingle with local talent to try out new works in progress.

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Meet The 2019 Tony Nominees

Stephanie J.Block “The Cher Show

Press Junket for the 2019 Tony Award Nominees

May 1, 2019: On Wednesday morning, the day after The American Theatre Wing’ announced the 2019 Tony Nominations in 26 competitive categories, the nominees attended a press junket at the Sofitel New York Hotel on West 44th Street. The casual event is an opportunity for the nominees to bask in the limelight of the press by posing for pictures and sharing stories about their Broadway Shows. The morning is a celebration of the best of Broadway during the 2018-2019 season.

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Interviews

Stephanie Hsu

Be More Chill’s Stephanie Hsu: A Comedienne on a Journey to Inspire

By: Ellis Nassour

May 3, 2019: Broadway’s newest musical, Be More Chill, had a storied path. The show, at the historic Lyceum Theatre, is adapted from the late Ned Vizzini’s 2004 young adult novel, joins New York’s already-crowded field of tales of teenage angst with huge youth appeal: Dear Evan Hansen, Mean Girls, and The Prom.Like those musicals, audience members are polling quite young, with a huge sampling of high school to post graduate students.

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Reviews

The Bigot **

Dana Watkins, Stephen Payne

“Hope Is the Thing with Feathers”

By: Samuel L. Leiter

May 1, 2019: The Bigot, “a dark comedy” by Gabi Mor and Eva Mor, is bighearted and topical but it’s also so paint-by-the-numbers predictable that, 15 minutes after it starts, you won’t need ESP to know how it ends. 

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Tony Award Nominations 2019

James Corden will host the 73 Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 9th.

April 30, 2019:  The nominations for the 2019 Tony Awards were announced today. Hadestown, with 14 nominations, was the big winner of the day and Ain’t Too Proud—The Life of the Temptations was second with 12 nominations. The two will compete for the coveted Best Musical with the other nominees, Beetlejuice, The Prom, and Tootsie.

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Reviews

Ink at MTC ****

Bertie Carvel, Jonny Lee Miller

Often compelling drama by James Graham on the rise of the British Tabloid, The Sun, under Rupert Murdoch, with a slick staging by Rupert Goold.

By:  Patrick Christiano

April 29, 2019: Playwright James Graham spins an often-compelling tale, inspired by real events, in his play Ink, which is premiering on Broadway after a critically acclaimed run on London’s West End. The story follows Rupert Murdoch, as he buys a British tabloid, The Sun, the lowest, circulation wise, of all the Fleet Street tabloids in London. His plan was to have the failing tabloid compete with The Mirror, the top tabloid in the world, and eventually eclipse their 5 million world-wide readerships by giving the people what they want.

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Reviews

Ink ***

Bertie Carvel, Geoffrey Freshwater, Richard Coyle

By: Paulanne Simmons

May 1, 2019: From Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s The Front Page to Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy, the newsroom has proven to be fertile grounds for theater. James Graham’s Ink is the newest entry.

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BroadwayHD

BroadwayHD/Fathom Events Presents Lavish West End 42nd Street Revival in Theatres May 1

By: Ellis Nassour

April 29, 2019: One of Broadway’s most classic and beloved tales, 42nd Street, comes to the big screen in the largest ever production of the beloved musical, presented by BroadwayHD and Fathom Events. The stunning digital shoot of the lavish and spectacular 2017 West End production will play on the big screen in cinemas May 1 before joining the Broadway HD online archive. Area theatres showing the musical are Regal’s Union Square 14 and Battery Park 11 and AMC’s Kips Bay 15. Tickets are $18.

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The New York Pops 36th Birthday Gala

By: Magda Katz

April 30, 2019: Lena Hall and Ingrid Michaelson joined  guest artists from across the recording industry and the Broadway community on the stage of Carnegie Hall  to pay tribute to their friend and inspiration Cyndi Lauper . Performing Lauper’s hits were: Boy George, Estelle, Bridget Everett, Nona Hendryx, Carly Rae Jepsen, Alex Newell, Stark Sands and Elaine Caswell.

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Features

Tootsie

Five Reasons Why Tootsie is Terrifically “Unstoppable”

By: Iris Wiener

April 28, 2019: It’s as sparkly as Tootsie’s iconic red dress and even funnier than Dustin Hoffman in that red dress; Broadway’s Tootsie is the rare film-to-theatre adaptation that improves upon what was already a revered original piece. The magnificently huge laughs that transpire at every performance of this musical are unlike any others; deep and guttural, they transcend those in other comedies. Replacing the film’s soap opera setting with that of a Broadway musical, the show feels accessible and timely, making it above and beyond crowd-pleasing. 

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Reviews

Hillary and Clinton ****, Burn This **

Zak Orth, Laurie Metcalf, John Lithgow

By: David Sheward

April 27, 2019: Star turns can make or break a production.Two recent Broadway openings feature big-name leads but their effects on their respective shows are startlingly different. In Hillary and Clinton, Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow make Lucas Hnath’s intriguing behind-the-scenes political premise into a gripping portrait of a complex marriage. In Burn This, a mismatched Adam Driver and Keri Russell drag down Lanford Wilson’s supposedly explosive romance to the ho-hum level.

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Max Vernon @ Joe’s Pub

Ellie Heyman, Max Vernon, Leah Lane

Max Vernon’s Existential Life Crisis Lullaby at Joe’s Pub

April 27, 2019: Max Vernon returned to Joe’s Pub on April 23 with Existential Life Crisis Lullaby, a concert, featuring special guests Andy Mientus, Michael Longoria, Jo Lampert, Fancy Feast, Sophia Ramos, Helen Park, Gianna Masi, Avery Leigh Draut, Michelle Geo and Leah Lane. Ellie Heyman directed Vernon’s six-month residency and series of shows at Joe’s Pub.

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Reviews

safeword.**1/2

Traci Elaine Lee plays Lauren, and Maybe Burke plays Chris in safeword

By: Samuel L. Leiter

“Kinky Cooks”

April 25, 2019: If you’ve been watching Showtime’s “Billions,” now in its fourth season, you’re familiar with the kinky proclivities of a well-off New York couple who engage in sadomasochistic sexual encounters. In them, Wendy, the wife, dresses as a dominatrix, and Chuck, the husband, subjects himself to her physical and psychological belittlement.

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