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BroadwayHD

May’s Lineup of Exciting New Shows include musical classics and innovative new favorites. 

April 26, 2021: Electrifying performances are coming to BroadwayHD, the premiere streaming service for theater fans. Their May lineup of new content is diverse, from musical classics to visually innovative new favorites.  On May 1st, the Academy Award Best Picture winner An American in Paris starring Gene Kelly dances its way onto the platform, while theater spectacle Over There starring Harry and Luke Treadaway, joins the library on May 6th.  Also, the critically acclaimed revival and emotionally powerful show, The Last Five Years, which will soon become a live stage production on the West End this fall.  

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Jamie deRoy

Tony Award Winning Musicals Part One

May 1, 2021: Jamie deRoy & friends: Songs from TONY AWARD WINNING MUSICALS PART ONE airs Monday, May 3 on the new HD Channel 1993 at 8 PM. Hugh Panaro, Christiane Noll, Chad Kimball, Penny Fuller, Pamela Myers and TONY Award Winner Chuck Cooper all appear from past shows filmed at Birdland, 59E59 Street Theaters and The Metropolitan Room.Musicians include Ron Abel, Paul Greenwood, Christopher Denny and Tom Hubbard. Jamie deRoy & friends airs on MONDAY, MAY 3 at 8PM on MNN5: Spectrum HD Channel 1993, and Verizon FIOS Channel 37, as well as multiple times on East Hampton LTV Channel 20 at later dates.  

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We Have To Hurry

Kathleen Chalfant, Elliott Gould

Actors Fund Benefit

We Have to Hurry, new work by acclaimed playwright, actor, and director Dorothy Lyman starring Kathleen Chalfant and Elliott Gould will host a Virtual Stage Door, with the play, which streams live via Broadway on Demand for two performances only, Saturday, May 1 at 8pm and Sunday, May 2 at 3pm

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Voyeur

A LIVE Theatrical Experience, VOYEUR The Windows of Toulouse -Lautrec.

April 24, 2021: VOYEUR, a live, open air, immersive Theatrical Experience, returns to the streets of Greenwich Village after a successful 2020 run.  Produced by Bated Breath Theatre Company, the Spring version of the show features new scenes, additional cast members, a new tour route and a new finale venue. 

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Pandemic Oscar Predictions

By: David Sheward

April 23, 2020: There has never been a weirder, more unpredictable slate of Oscar nominees, nor has there been a stranger movie awards season in recent memory than this one. The COVID-19 pandemic not only shuttered movie theaters for much of 2020, but it also forced the Oscars to be pushed back into April, its former standard date before moving to February in 2004 to shorten the intense lobbying period for Oscar gold. As a result of the closed cinemas, competing movies moved to streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and HBO Max, making it possible to see all of the nominees without leaving your couch. 

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Features

The 93rd Oscars

The 93rd Oscars Telecast Live Sunday. WATCH!  It’s Going to Be Unique

By: Ellis Nassour

April 22, 2021: Doesn’t everyone love the movies? Even at those long ago cinemas where you could see them on big screens with an extra large soda and those refillable buckets of often stale popcorn – both of which you can’t avoid spilling on the pristine floors? Attendance is surely down, and the culprit is partly Covid 19, but we can be buoyed on Sunday as ABC will present live mostly from Los Angeles the 2021 Academy Awards, the 93rd, at 8 P.M. (E). It will truly be a global event, seen live or recorded in more than 225 countries and territories. 

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Reviews

pen/man/ship **1/2

Lynn Nottage Photo: Lynn Savarese

By: Paulanne Simmons

April 22, 2021: Based in Prospect Park, Molière in the Park boasts a mission statement reinforcing the belief that “provocative and high caliber theater performed in public spaces and available to all, has the power to unite communities.”

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Reviews

John Cullum: An Accidental Star ****

John Cullum Photo: Carol Rosegg

By: David Sheward

April 17, 2021: Still spry and charismatic at 91, John Cullum offers an enchanting and charming solo turn  in John Cullum: An Accidental Star, a 80-minute career retrospective with songs. This virtual cabaret piece, available online until April 22, was produced by the Irish Repertory Theater, the Vineyard Theater and Goodspeed Opera House, three theaters Cullum has worked with, and is simplicity itself. Cullum relates stories about his seven-decade career with subtle musical accompaniment by pianist and musical director Julie McBride. From his early days in New York with Joseph Papp’s Shakespeare in the Park to his Broadway debut in Camelot to recent triumphs such as The Scottsboro Boys, the two-time Tony winning star offers amusing anecdotes and backstage insights as well as memorable performances of songs from his shows.

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On This Day In New York Theater: April 18, 1946

By: Samuel L. Leiter

(No. 26 in the series)

April 18, 2021: April 18 in the 1940s was not a particularly memorable date in the annals of Broadway history, but it did yield one fascinating, if now barely remembered, long-running artifact. Lesser shows that opened on that date during the decade were To Kill a Cat (1943), Sheppey (1944), and Magnolia Alley (1949), the longest running of which (23 performances) was Sheppey,. 

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Jamie deRoy & friends

Stephen Schwartz, Jamie deRoy Photo: Barry Gordin

2021  Academy Award  Winning Songs #1 

April 17, 2021: Jamie deRoy & friends presents Academy Award Winning Songs: Part 1 with Special Guest: Three- Time Oscar Winner Stephen Schwartz airing at it’s new Day, Time and Channel on MONDAY, APRIL 19th at 8PM on MNN5: Spectrum HD Channel 1993, and Verizon FIOS Channel 37, as well as multiple times on East Hampton LTV Channel 20 at later dates.  

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Features

Welcome Back to Theater

A Door Opens to Off Broadway: Blindness

By: Ellis Nassour

April 16, 2021: The acclaimed Donmar Warehouse production of Blindness, adapted from Nobel Prize-winning José Saramago’s dystopian novel by Tony winner Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), has opened at the Daryl Roth Theatre (101 East 15th Street at Union Square East). The production is the first to cut the ribbon of the commercial return of much-missed performing arts. 

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Reviews

Blindness ****

By: David Sheward

April 9, 2021: If a live event has no live actors, stage, sets or costumes, is it really theater? That’s the conundrum posed by Blindness, the unique gathering at the Daryl Roth Theater and the first indoor New York performance presented on or Off-Broadway since all NYC stages were shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic over a year ago. The piece was conceived in response to the pandemic and opened at London’s Donmar Warehouse last year. While it lacks the conventional accoutrements of a night at the theater, it does deliver a devastating emotional wallop—and that’s all any piece of entertainment requires to succeed.

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BroadwayHD

Ted Dykster, Richard Greenblatt

BroadwayHD premiers 2 PIANOS 4 HANDS, the hilarious award-winning Canadian show on April 13.

April 9, 2021: Now 25 years after it first premiered 2 Pianos 4 Hands, which won a Dora-Award (Toronto’s Theatre Award) for Outstanding Production, is available on BroadwayHD. The hilarious bittersweet tale depicts the challenging process of learning to play the piano, and the sense of loss of eventually learning to let go of a dream. Written and performed by Richard Greenblatt an Ted Dykstra it tells, with equal parts humor and empathy, the story of two boys and their music-infused journey of discovery at the keyboard. Pushy parents, eccentric teachers, endless hours of repetitive practice stage fright, the agony of competitions and the seductive dream of greatness all play their part in this wildly funny play.

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Features

Broadway Starting to Light Up Soon

Things are Lighting Up in Theater with Sneak Peeks at the Soon-to-Be Future

By: Ellis Nassour

April 15, 2021– Following a game-changing but one-night-only event of performances by Tony-winning Broadway Treasure Nathan Lance and faster-than-a-speeding bullet Tony-winning tapper/actor/choreographer Savion Glover for an acceptable roster of guests at the St. James.

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Hamptons Life

Bay Street Theater

New Home for Bay Street Theater to be completed by 2023

April 8, 2021:  At a zoom press conference on Tuesday morning Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor announced their exciting plans for 22 Long Island Avenue, the property the not for profit purchased in October for 13.9 million dollars. The goal was to create a new “state of the art” purpose built home at the entrance to Sag Harbor with two theaters and facilities to accommodate their year- round educational programs. 

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