Broadway Update: ‘for colored girls’ Sets Dates and Theater

The cast of for colored girls at the Public Theater in 2019

By: David Sheward

November 16, 2021: The previously announced revival of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf has set definite dates and a theater. The new production of the long-running “choreopoem” will begin previews on March 4, 2022 at the Booth Theater where it debuted on Broadway in 1976 and ran for 742 performances. 

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Broadway Update: Billy Crystal and Audra McDonald Return to the Stage

Billy Crystal

By: David Sheward

November 11, 2021: Billy Crystal and Audra McDonald will return to Broadway after long absences. Crystal will star in and co-author Mr. Saturday Night, a new musical based on the 1992 film comedy in which he played Buddy Young, a once famous TV comedian looking for a comeback in his old age. The musical, featuring music by Jason Robert Brown, lyrics by Amanda Greene and a book by Crystal, Lowell Ganz, and Babaloo Mandel (who also collaborated on the screenplay) will begin previews at the Nederlander Theater on March 1 with an opening on March 31. David Paymer will recreate his Oscar-nominated role as Buddy’s brother and manager. Also starring will be Tony winner Randy Graff (City of Angels, Fiddler on the Roof) and Chasten Harmon (The Good Fight, Elementary). Tony winner John Rando (Urinetown) directs. The show recently had a presentation at the Barrington Stage Company in Massachusetts.

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Sidney Myer Back at Pangea

Sidney Myer

By: Alix Cohen

November 11, 2021: Arguably one of New York cabaret’s treasures on and off the stage, Sidney Myer once again elicits both buoyant laughter and empathetic pathos from a not-to-be-missed show. AS vulnerable as Charlie Chaplin but with a proclivity to tease, the artist has only to raise a well timed eyebrow, glare, grow still, or grind his hip to affect an audience. He uniquely manifests wry, sexual innuendo with a sense of play, yet plumbs romance and innocence. .

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The Pass Musical

Denise Marsa’s heartfelt musical, The Pass, selected for United Solo Festival, NY 2021 on November 18 @ 9pm at Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street.

November 7, 2021: The Pass, initially developed in 2017 with theater legend Gretchen Cryer, is a compelling series of autobiographical vignettes, incorporating songs and stories, written and performed by award-winning singer-songwriter Denise Marsa. Her raw and intimate tale is a testament to the human spirit, filled with moments of heartbreak, humor, and self-discovery. She   recounts her decades spanning career beginning at the end of the 70s to the present day through her beautiful songs and music. Denise’s journey is a nuanced and fascinating story about doing what you love in an ever-challenging world. The evening features renowned New York musician Tracy Stark on keys and additional vocals. Tickets are on sale now: https://unitedsolo.org/shows/the-pass-musical/ 

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BroadwayHD

Barbra Streisand’s A Star is Born and Matthew Bourne’s Red Shoes head November’s line up of spectacular new titles on BroadwayHD.

November 1, 2021- BroadwayHD, the premiere streaming service for theater fans, unveils a lineup of star-studded titles with classic movie musicals, concerts and spectacular theater performances. Kicking off the month on November 1st is the 1976 musical romantic drama film, A Star is Born, featuring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. The film’s narrative follows a young singer who meets and falls in love with an established rock and roll star, only to find her career ascending while his goes into decline. Also debuting on November 1st is the Oscar-winning film of the Broadway musical, Fiddler On The Roof, which centers around life among the Jewish community of a pre-revolutionary Russian village. On November 2nd, a brand new episode of the hit BBC Comedy series, Goes Wrong Show Episode 206: The Cornley Drama Part 2,  is set to debut, followed by Chitty Chitty Bang Bang starring Dick Van Dyke on the 4th. 

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The Flogsta Scream

By Sam Affoumado

December 6th 2021 … International university students, Angelo and Valentina meet in Flogsta, Sweden where a strange, weekly screaming ritual takes place. The New York war game designer and the Spanish pacifist are attracted to one another but will their ideological differences keep them apart or will screaming take them to the next level?

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25th Annual Hulaween Bash

Gloria Gaynor

October 31, 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, 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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The Melody Lingers On: A Gala Tribute to Irving Berlin

By: Alix Cohen

October 31, 2021: Produced by The Mabel Mercer Foundation, The 32nd Annual New York Cabaret Convention packed Rose Hall Wednesday night with savvy fans starved for live music and the sight of those artists they admire. With Artistic Director KT Sullivan regrettably absent due to her husband’s illness, the evening was hosted by vocalist Jeff Harnar with vivacity, sincerity and style. All three hours ran smoothly. The show’s expert ‘house’ band consisted of Jon Weber, Steve Doyle, and Ray Marchica. Managing Director Rick Meadows welcomed us with thanks for supporting the Foundation even when so many of its kind and small businesses are suffering. Several members of Irving Berlin’s family were in the audience.

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Tin Pan Alley Day

Danny Bacher, Vince Giordano, Joe Boga

By: Maryann Lopinto

On Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 was proclaimed Tin Pan Alley Day with a free outdoor four hour concert, on the Flatiron North Public Plaza, which is right in front of the famous Flat Iron Building on 23rd between Fifth Avenue and Broadway. It was presented by the Tin Pan Alley American Popular Music Project and Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership..  It featured more than two dozen leading performers such as Klea Blackhurst, Anita Gillette, Eric Yves Garcia, Vince Giordano, Danny Bacher, Steve Ross and special guest Marilyn Maye all who perform the Great American Songbook.

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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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