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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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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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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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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John Cullum Tribute

John Cullum: An Accidental Star, April 8-22, a Streaming Tribute to One of Theater’s Hardest Working Leading Men

By: Ellis Nassour

April 5, 2021 — Three of veteran actor John Cullum’s long-time theatre homes – the Vineyard, Goodspeed Musicals, and Irish Repertory – came together to present in association with manager/producer Jeff Berger John Cullum: An Accidental Star on April 8 at 7 P.M. E. The tribute to the still spry 91-year-old actor will stream on demand through April 22. There’ll be two live watch parties on April 8 and at 2 P.M. E April 17.

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New Date & Time

Jamie deRoy & friends Moves to New Date & Time Starting April 5

April 3, 2021:  The long running cable show, Jamie deRoy & friends, will air at a new day, time and channel. Starting with the next episode, Celebrating Songwriters Part II, Jamie will now be broadcast on MNN5 Spectrum HD Channel 1993 and Verizon FIOS Channel 37, every other Monday (with multiple times on East Hampton LTV Channel 20 at later dates). “Celebrating Songwriters Part 2” airs on Monday, April 5 at 8 PM EDT.

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Broadway Update: Diana, Game of Thrones, Piano Lesson, Natural Death

By: David Sheward

April 2, 2021: The COVID-19 pandemic appears to be waning with vaccinations increasing, but we’re still not out of the woods. Variant strains of the virus are on the rise and Republican governors are dropping mask mandates and restrictions too quickly. This could mean more infections and deaths. In any case, the re-opening of Broadway is still a long way off with fall 2021 as the earliest possible date.

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Broadway Dark For Now, But …

There’s No Broadway for the Moment But There’s Parody, (More) Untold Stories, No Shortage of Vinyl, and More…

By: Ellis Nassour

A Titanic Event! Or Close To It

March 29, 2021 — Tony-winning producer Eva Price (Jagged Little Pill, Oklahoma! revival) and premium streaming platform Stellar announced tickets are on sale for the irreverent parody concert, Titanique: The Maiden Voyage, to telecast Sunday, May 2, at 7:30 P.M. E. It will be “ the irresistibly funny and irreverent new musical send-up of the blockbuster film Titanic via the song catalog of pop icon Celine Dion.”

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On This Day In New York Theater: March 28, 1939

(No. 25 in the series)

By: Samuel L. Leiter

March 28, 2021: After struggling to regain his form as Broadway’s foremost writer of drawing-room comedy, Philip Barry—who hadn’t had a hit since 1932—accomplished that aim with éclat in The Philadelphia Story, which opened as a Theatre Guild production at the Shubert Theatre on March 28, 1939, where it racked up 417 performances. Brooks Atkinson dubbed it a “gay and sagacious comedy,” and Burns Mantle picked as one of the year’s Ten Best. It brought Katharine Hepburn, in a role written for her, back to the stage in triumph after several years in Hollywood, where she recently had been declared “box office poison.” Together with Barry and industrialist Howard Hughes, she had a 75 percent interest in the play, which still left enough to rescue the Theatre Guild from impending financial disaster. 

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Celebrating Songwriters

Jamie deRoy Photo: Barry Gordin

Jamie deRoy & friends presents “Celebrating Songwriters Part I” with Andrew Lippa and Charles Strouse. 

March 27, 2021:  Tonight’s segment of Jamie deRoy & friends, which airs at 7:30 on multiple channels (see channels below), showcases songwriters. The segment, directed by Barry Klienbort, features Andrew Lippa, Charles Strouse, Christiane Noll, and Victoria Shaw.

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Jujamcyn Celebrates 100 Years

Jujamcyn Org. Celebrates 100th Av. of Theatre Now Known As the Walter Kerr.

By: Ellis Nassour

March 22, 2021 – Jujamcyn Theaters celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the historic theatre now known as the Walter Kerr, with a just-released interactive timeline. It’s a definitive history of the building, featuring a century’s worth of history: from the earliest shows, musicals, and revues, through its years as a radio and TV studio, brief spans as an adult film cinema, a children’s theatre, and now one of the most intimate (945 seats) and stunningly-restored houses on Broadway.

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John Baeder/Master Photorealist

John Baeder, Cuchi’s Sweetie Dog , 2011 Oil on Canvas, 30 x 40 in.

ACA Galleries & MB Abram are presenting rare works by John Baeder in a collaborative online exhibition January 26 – June 1, 2021. 

March 21, 2021:  ACA Galleries, in collaboration with MB Abram, has been chosen to be the sole representative of rare works from the private collection of Master Photorealist John Baeder. The master works by John Baeder include oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, prints, photographs and sculpture. Many are offered for the first time and will be the last available from his private collection. Due to macular degeneration and rapidly diminishing eyesight, the Artist is no longer able to paint. The online exhibition represents a unique opportunity to view and acquire original works of this American master. This is the first presentation of a three-part online exhibition in collaboration with ACA Galleries and MB Abram.

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