“True colors” came shining through at the 2010 GLSEN Respect Awards when Chely Wright, the country western star arrived. With her new biography, “Like Me,” she’s finally out of the closet. And no one was happier to see her than GLSEN’s honoree, Cyndi Lauper who looked like she was literally “Lifted Off the Ground.”
By Ellis Nassour Last Monday May 17, at the Players Club in Gramercy Park, the Theatre Museum honored Disney film musical legends Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, with its Theatre Museum’s Career Achievement Award, the Mint Theatre Company for Theatre Preservation in their mission to revive long ago classics; and Samuel French, the publisher/licensee of countless plays, for Theatre Arts Education.
Julie Taymor Receives New Dramatists’ Lifetime Achievement Award By: Isa Goldberg The story that was told at the New Dramatists luncheon honoring Julie Taymor at the New York Marriott Marquis on Tuesday was less about the financing of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” the “behemoth” musical production that’s been the buzz of doomsday commentators in chat rooms and on web sites. The subject of Taymor’s Lifetime Achievement Award was, as it should be, her visionary spirit, her artistic courage, her ferocious ambition and its genesis.
The 28th Fred & Adele Astaire Awards Nominations Emmy award winning actor Richard Thomas currently starring in the hit play “Race” on Broadway announced the nominees for the 28th Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards honoring excellence in dance and choreography on Stage and in Film at a cocktail reception at famed celebrity watering hole Elaine’s on May 3, 2010.
By Linda Amiel Burns Jazz Crooner Allan Harris opened in "Just Me" at The Metropolitan Room on April 5th to a packed house of fans. He is a talented jazz vocalist, producer, composer, guitarist, and three-time winner of the NY Nightlife Award for “Outstanding Jazz Vocalist.”
ERVIN DRAKE CELEBRATATION By Linda Amiel Burns On April 9, legendary composer Ervin Drake (“It Was a Very Good Year”) celebrated his 91st Birthday at the Edison Ballroom (formerly The Supper Club) at The Edison Hotel in New York’s latest hot spot for dining and dancing.
Yank! A WWII Love Story to Soldier On By Ellis Nassour It’s your last chance to catch one of the standout gay-themed productions in this season of numerous gay-themed shows, Joseph and David Zellnik’s Yank! A WWII Love Story, Lortel nom’d for Outstanding Musical – at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s [Lexington and East 54th Street]. It’s been one of the company’s biggest box office bonanzas, but finally must close on Sunday. The good news is that the dedicated work of a number of producers has resulted in the news that this show with great heart – and it’s right-on 40’s era score and 12-member cast – will have a second life on Broadway.
By Linda Amiel Burns An all-star cast was recruited for the second concert of this season in the Lyrics & Lyricists Series at the 92nd Street Y entitled “Fred & Ginger in so Many Words: The Astaire-Rogers Songbook.”
The stellar line-up of stars slated to perform for the 26th Annual Drama League Gala, a musical celebration, honoring Angela Lansbury at The Pierre will assuredly make for a memorable evening. The one night only black-tie gala hosted by Victor Garber and the international film star Catherine Zeta-Jones, both who are currently treading the Broadway boards in Present Laughter and A Little N
Andrew Goffman’s outrageously silly one man show opened Off-Broadway at the Players Theater, 115 MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village. The funny Goffman under Charles Messina’s guidance delivers a slick physical performance in his semi-autobiographical account of a childhood dominated by pornography, after finding his father’s collection of XXX-rated videos. The evening unfortunately is one comment delivered in three or four variations by the skilled Goffman.
Jamie deRoy & friends will bring The OSCAR SHOW to Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, on Sunday February 28 at 6pm. Jamie’s revue of Academy Award winning songs and movies has become a popular annual happening. For Reservations call 1 212 581-3080. Click on Ad on right for more information
DADDY, a new romantic gay drama by Dan Via, opened at TBG Theater on 36th Street. The well acted love triangle is an intriguing tale about hidden truths, which comes together nicely making for an engaging evening with a jolting climax. Randy Jones, the Cowboy from The Village People, was having a really good time at the opening night party. Photography: Barry Gordin
The stellar line-up of stars slated to perform for the 26th Annual Drama League Gala, a musical celebration, honoring Angela Lansbury at The Pierre will assuredly make for a memorable evening. The one night only black-tie gala hosted by Victor Garber and the international film star Catherine Zeta-Jones, both who are currently treading the Broadway boards in Present Laughter and A Little Night Music, respectively, will feature highlights from Ms. Lansbury’s illustrious career, including songs from Mame, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Beauty and the Beast, and Anyone Can Whistle.