25th Annual Hulaween Bash

Gloria Gaynor headlines Boogie Frights Hulaween Friday, October 29th at Cipriani South Street to benefit The New York Restoration Project (NYRP).

October 26, 2021:  Disco legend and two-time GRAMMY Award winner Gloria Gaynor will headline Boogie Frights Hulaween, the 25th Annual Hulaween Bash to benefit the New York Restoration Project, this Friday, October 29 at Cipriani South Street.  Bette Midler, currently in pre-production for Hocus Pocus 2, is unable to attend this year’s event. As Founder of NYRP, she continues to enthusiastically support the organization and this event and will be virtually co-presenting the awards to the two honorees via video during the evening.  Lance Le Pere will receive the Wind Beneath My Wings Award for his longstanding support of NYRP and Miriam Wheeler, Co- head of the Americas Real Estate Financing Group at Goldman Sachs, will receive the Green Goddess Award for her commitment to serving underserved communities in New York City.

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ACA Galleries

African American Abstraction at Frieze Masters on view October 13-17 at The Regent’s Park, London.

October 13, 2021:  ACA Galleries is pleased to announce an exhibition of work by African American artists at Frieze Masters on view October 13 through October 17, 2021 Booth B10 at The Regent’s Park, London. The exhibition examines the often-overlooked contributions of African American artists working in abstraction and aims to give new perspectives on artists not always associated with the genre. The exhibition presents exceptional examples by Henry “Mike” Bannard (1910-1965), Romare Bearden (1911-1988), Winston Branch (b.1947), Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012), Ed Clark (1926-2019), Paul Keene (1910-2005), Norman Lewis (1909-1979), Richard Mayhew (b. 1924) and Faith Ringgold (b. 1930). While Clark, Keene and Lewis are known for their contributions and commitment to abstraction, artists like Bearden and Ringgold are largely recognized for narrative and figurative works.

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Broadway Update: Buffalo, Funny Girl, Pal Joey

Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell and Darren Criss will star in American Buffalo

By: David Sheward

October 10, 2021: With recent announcements of firm openings, casting and theaters, the 2021-22 Broadway season appears to be solidly set. American Buffalo and Funny Girl have solidified their locations and performance dates. That leaves only Sing Street dangling. The musical had announced a Broadway transfer from its New York Theater Workshop run before the pandemic, but that doesn’t seem likely now since almost all of the theaters have been snapped up. Many shows have reopened and a few new ones have opened their doors. There have been bumps on the road–Aladdin had to suspend performances due to a breakthrough outbreak of COVID in the company and Lackawanna Blues cancelled a few shows due to the back injury of Rueben Santiago-Hudson, the playwright and sole performer. But, Broadway is definitely back and open for business.

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Tomatoes Got Talent

Robin Lyon Gardiner

Robin Lyon Gardiner Wins The Seventh Annual “Tomatoes Got Talent” contest at the Triad Theatre.

October 08, 2021: The 7th Annual “Tomatoes Got Talent” contest happened at the Triad Theatre, 158 West 72nd Street, on Monday, October 4. Robin Lyon Gardiner took the evening’s top honor, and the runners-up were Lisa Kerr, Leyla Zalutskaya, and comedian Judith George. The contest showcased eleven extraordinary women over 40, who were chosen to perform in the contest finals.The evening is co-produced and hosted by Randie Levine-Miller, who opened the show. “Tomatoes Got Talent” highlights the talents of women, who have made their marks outside of the entertainment world, but who consider the craft of singing and performing to be integral to their lives. Gardiner, a full-time real-estate broker by day, received the highest marks from this year’s judges, Tony nominee Lee Roy Reams, and Tony Award-winning Broadway producers Margot Astrachan and Ken Waissman. Judith George owns her own video production company and is a stand-up comedian. Lisa Kerr is a risk manager with major corporation is, also,  a student of the piano and ukulele. Leyla Zaloutskaya is a global IT trainer for the United Nations.

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BroadwayHD

Acclaimed musical theater films, West Side Story & Yentl starring Barbra Streisand join BroadwayHD’s October slate.

October 5, 2021:   Discover the magic of movie musicals this month as BroadwayHD, the premiere streaming service for theater fans, delivers an unforgettable lineup of some of the most beloved and well-known productions in history.  Starting October 1, West Side Story, winner of 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture and starring Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, and EGOT winner Rita Moreno, who is playing Valentina in the upcoming new West Side Story from Director Steven Spielberg, will make its way to the platform along with Academy Award-winning musical film Yentl, starring Barbra Streisand.  Additionally on October 1, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, an unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber starring Tony Award winners Angela Lansbury and George Hearn, joins the streamer’s library along with Vincente Minnelli’s Bells Are Ringing, which features the iconic Judy Holliday and Dean Martin.  

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Feinsteins/54 Below

Cristina Fontanelli returns to Broadway supper club in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn on Tuesday, October 12 at 7pm.

September 23, 2021: Back by popular demand, Cristina Fontanelli, the award-winning singer/Actor/PBS-TV host, returns to Feinsteins/54 Below in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Two, accompanied by her fabulous trio, Dennis Buck on piano, Ray Kilday on bass and Ray Grapponon on drums. 

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Magician Escapist, Dorothy Dietrich, Inspired by Houdini – Part 2

By: Alix Cohen

Extreme Performance

“The easiest way to attract a crowd is to let it be known that at a given time and a given place someone is going to attempt something that in the event of failure, will mean sudden death.” Harry Houdini

October 3, 2021: “I wanted to do things Houdini did, to be the bravest person in the room,” said Dorothy Dietrich. Handcuffed and tied to a chair with 100 feet of rope, even shut in a barrel, didn’t seem like enough. Dorothy began to end her act by being buckled into and escaping from a straitjacket. Her jackets, bought at auctions or mail ordered from the likes of Humane Restraint Company, have always been early models rather than the wide-necked ones magicians tend to use.

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Broadway Update: Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga to Star in Macbeth

Daniel Craig, Ruth Negga

By: David Sheward

October 1, 2021: Broadway is definitely back with Sunday night’s long-delayed Tonys followed by announcements of new productions. Then Slave Play and Skin of Our Teeth released dates for openings. Now, we heard Daniel Craig will bounce back on stage after his fifth and final performance as James Bond in No Time to Die. The action and dramatic star will headline a revival of Macbeth opposite Ruth Negga, who played Hamlet at St. Ann’s Warehouse. This new production of the Scottish Play will begin previews at the Lyceum Theater on March 29, 2022 in advance of an April 28 opening.

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Magician Escapist Dorothy Dietrich – Inspired by Houdini – Part 1

By: Alix Cohen … Part 1

September 30, 2021: When you were putting together Legos or dressing dolls, one little girl was picking locks, making a ball appear and disappear and changing a lit candle into a silk handkerchief: The trick. She had an empty 14-inch tube out of which she’d one day pull a 20-foot silk scarf, a feather boa, six balls, and a can of Coke. Dorothy Dietrich would be the first woman to saw a man in half, get out of a straitjacket – taking Houdini’s feat further – and the second in history to do the bullet catch. She was a burgeoning magician.

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Tony Awards 2021

Adrienne Warren

Moulin Rouge and The Inheritance nab Top Honors at the 2021 Tony Awards .

By: Patrick Christiano

September 27, 2021:  Last night was an evening to celebrate Broadway! Broadway theaters are reopening and the long- delayed Tony Awards, originally scheduled for June 2020, finally happened at the ‘Winter Garden Theater. The ceremony follows the longest Broadway closing in history. “Broadway is Back” was the message that the Broadway community wanted to send to the public.

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Broadway Update: Slave, Skin, Sondheim

Tony nominees James Cusati-Moyer and Ato Blankson-Wood in “Slave Play”

By: David Sheward

September 27, 2021: The long-delayed Tony Awards (presented Sept. 26) were full of surprises from the Paramount Plus portion of the ceremony ending ten minutes early to an extra four minutes of Big Brother cutting into the opening of the CBS portion of the show to the unexpected shut-out of Jeremy O. Harris’ Slave Play. Harris’ controversial play about sex, race, and oppression received the most Tony nominations ever for a straight play with 12 and was thought to be a shoe-in to sweep the dramatic categories. But, Slave lost all of its categories.

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2021 Tony Award Predictions

By: David Sheward

September 26, 2021: After a year and a half, the long-delayed Tony Awards will finally be presented tonight. When all the Broadway theaters shut down in March 2020, the accolades were in limbo. The Drama Desks, Outer Critics and Obies decided to honor the achievements of the abbreviated 2019-20 theater season either online and by press release in the late spring of 2020. But the Tonys dithered for months, probably because they wanted to wait until all the theatres could be reopened to maximize the publicity values.

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Tony Awards

Leslie Odom Jr. Photo: Barry Gordin

The Tony Awards Will Feature Stars of Stage and Screen Live from the Winter Garden Theatre September 26

By: Ellis Nassour

September 24, 2021: CBS and  the American Theatre Wing’s 74th Tony Awards will feature a huge roster of stage and screen stars on Sunday in an entertainment-jammed live, four-hour event. The Awards and special The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back! will telecast from Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre, soon to be the home of the much-anticipated revival of The Music Man, starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster. 

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Tony Awards

“The Tony Awards® Present: Broadway’s Back!,” Live From the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City, Sunday, Sept. 26 on CBS and Paramount+

September 23, 2021:  CBS and The American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards announced that a bevy of stage and screen stars that will appear on “The Tony Awards® Present: Broadway’s Back!”  live from The Winter Garden Theatre in New York City, Sunday, Sept. 26 on the CBS Television Network and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. The special will celebrate the return of live theatre and commemorate the 74th Annual Tony Awards® for the 2019-2020 season in a four-hour television and streaming event.

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Dear Evan Hansen

Ben Platt and Co-stars on Bringing Dear Evan Hansen from Stage to Screen

By: Ellis Nassour

September 23, 2021: Bringing the Tony-winning, generation-defining Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen (Universal Studios; two hours and 17 minutes [which includes the credit crawl] from stage to screen was a long-time dream of Tony, Grammy and Emmy winner Ben Platt, who in one of those rare occasions gets to reprise his critically-acclaimed performance for the movie. It must have been the same for the Oscar, Grammy and Tony-winning composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La LandThe Greatest Showman) and Tony-winning book writer   Steven Levenson, who, thankfully for the most part, got to do the screenplay. With the reviews and sold-out performances, it must have not have been a matter of when, but how soon. 
 

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