Drama Desk Nominations

The nominations for the 52nd Annual Drama Desk Awards will be announced on Thursday April 26th at the NY Friars Club by actress Beth Level, who received a 2006 Drama Desk, and actor James Naughton, a two time Drama Desk winner.
The awards will be hosted by the multi award winning Broadway musical star and Tony Award winning actress Kristin Chenoweth on Sunday May 20 at the F.H. Laguardia Concert Hall at Lincoln Center.
THE RUSSIAN TEA ROOM, a world renowned cultural enclave for artistic luminaries over the past 80 years, has agreed to host the Gala VIP Reception from 5:30pm to 8:30 pm immediately prior to the Drama Desk Awards. The VIP reception has become one of the highlights of the exciting evening over the years and this year promises to be elegant as well.

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Kitty Carlisle Hart Dies at 96

Kitty Carlisle Hart a beloved presence in our community will be dearly missed.

Christopher Hart, her son, who was at her side when she died said "She passed away peacefully on Tuesday night at her Manhattan apartment. She had such a wonderful life, and a great long run, it was a blessing."

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Jamie deRoy & Friends

Jamie deRoy

"Jamie deRoy & friends," the award-winning variety show happens at the Metropolitan Room Thursday April 26 at 7:30pm. Special guests this week include Mary Bond Davis, Gay Marshall, Karen Mason, Jeffrey Pirrami, Jay Rogers and William Finn. Jamie continues at the Metropolitan Room with her friends on May 31, and June 28 at 7:30pm.

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“Grey Gardens” Honored

"Grey Gardens" was honored by The National Arts Club in Gramercy Park.

Albert Maysles

The historic club awarded Albert Maysles and the creative team behind the hit Broadway musical with the Medal of Honor for Theater at a dinner and celebration, hosted by Rose Billings, that featured performances by cast members Erin Davie, Matt Cavenaugh, and Bob Stillman accompanied by Scott Frankel on piano. Special guests Lee Roy Reams, Cristina Fontanelli, KT Sullivan and Cult Diva Phoebe Legere performed as well.

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Guild Hall Honors Mercedes Ruehl

Mercedes Ruehl

Actress Mercedes Ruehl was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her contibutions to the Performing Arts by Guild Hall’s Academy of Arts at their Annual Gala held in the Rainbow Room. The lavish event Emceed by Marshal Brickman also honored John Chamberlain for Visual Arts, Paul Goldberger for Liiterary Arts, and Roy Furman received a Special Award for Leadership and Philanthropic Endeavors. Guild Hall is the cultural center of East Hampton

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LGBT Center Benefit

Seth Rudetsky


Broadway legends and rising stars gave their all for "Broadway Backwards 2," a benefit for the LGBT Center. The highlight of this marvelous evening at 37 Arts Theater was performances by Betty Buckley and Len Cariou

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Upfront February 7, 2007

Melba Moore

“ON BROADWAY WITH MELBA MOORE,” a rare concert event will happen 2:00 pm this Sunday Feb 11 at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts .Tony Award winning musical legend Melba Moore began her journey to fame as Dione in the original cast of the ground breaking Broadway musical, Hair, eventually replacing Diane Keaton, becoming the first black actress to replace a white actress in a leading role on Broadway. She won a Tony award in her next musical, Purlie, and stopped the show every night with her rendition of “I Got Love,” an amazing moment in Broadway history. Melba has never sounded better and she will be in concert at Walt Whitman Theatre on the campus of Brooklyn College this Sunday. For tickets call 718-9514500.

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Pan Asian Repertory Gala

David Henry Hwang, Tisa Chang


Witty conversation, cocktails, haute cuisine, beautiful women and ballroom dancing at the Copacabana. That was the scene on Monday, March 5th for the Pan Asian Rep’s 30th Anniversary Gala. The evening played like a Noel Coward comedy and a lot like the company’s 2006 production of “Private Lives” which featured an entirely Asian-American cast.

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A Drama Desk Panel

“Movin On," a panel of professionals from “Grey Gardens” and “Spring Awakening” addressed the pros and cons of moving theatrical productions from off Broadway to Broadway. The event at BMI w

Michael Rosenberg, Michael Korie, Tim Sanford
Andy Hamingson, Tom Hulce, Ira Pittleman

as moderated by Leslie (Hoban) Blake and Ellis Nassour

Leslie (Hoban) Blake, Wiliam Wolf, Ira Pittleman, Ellis Nassour

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Monday, November 21, 2006

Jay Johnson & BOB's Caricature was inducted at Sardi's in New York City on Nov 21, 2006. Liz Smith was on hand for the ceremony.

Liz Smith with Bob and Jay Johnson
Jay Johnson, Leah Lane, Bonnie Comley, Producer Stewart Lane

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Friar Celebrity Luncheon

Emmy Award winning TV Host Bill Boggs interviewed comedy headliner Lisa Lampanelli for a riotous Friar Celebrity Luncheon produced by Randie Levine-Miller at the Friar's Club

Randie Levine-Miller, Caroline Hirsch
Frankie Valli, Bill Boggs

Lisa Lampanelli, Richard Lewis

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“Happening” Feb 14-17 Chinese New Year Spectacular

Photos: Rose Billings

This week a feast for the senses: The Chinese New Year spectacular at Radio City Music Hall (Feb 14-17) combines artistic performance styles from both East and West China. The evening is a poignant performance of music and dance by legends that have shaped China's history. The New Tang Dynasty Chinese will transport you across oceans and escort you back in time to China'sgolden age -The Tang Dynasty. Experience the soulful world of mythical dragons, heavenly maidens, and exhilarating drummers as they evoke the pangentry of ancient Chinese culture.

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Upfront January 22, 2007

The Tony Award committee announced their rulings regarding the upcoming Tony Awards. No real surprises in that the revivals of A Chorus Line and Les Miserables will be ineligible in a number of categories (sets, costumes, lighting, direction) in which the two musicals merely presented “re-creations” of the original productions.

Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey apparently still riding the “ego trip” that propelled his recent film flop, “Beyond the Sea,” (based on the life of Bobby Darin) may have over priced himself as the star of the upcoming Broadway revival of Eugene O’Neill’s A Moon for the Misbegotten. He reportedly will receive just shy the $60,000 a week he wanted…truly amazing for a serious play of considerable length that will run for less than 90 performances, making it nearly impossible for Moon to break even; Kevin will have to best Julia Roberts at the box office if this show is going to turn a profit. Good luck Kevin; may the Gods be with you!

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