Bay Street Theater

Samantha Massell (Plays Rosalind Franklin), Scott Schwartz (Director), Madeline Myers ( Book, Music and Lyrics)

Scott Schwartz’s Impressive World Premiere staging of Double Helix launches Bay Street Theater’s Summer Season with style.

June 4, 2023: Bay Street Theater launched their 2023 Summer Season with Scott Schwartz’s impressive World Premiere staging of the new musical, Double Helix, by Madeline Myer. The musical, an exciting and complex tale about the challenges of a brilliant scientist as she races to discover the structure of DNA in the 1950s, opened in Sag Harbor on Saturday. Theater, film, and TV veteran Samantha Massell, who played Hodel in the 2015 Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, is the scientist who copes with many forms of adversity, including anti-semitism, as she searches to uncover one of life’s great mysteries.

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Vanities @ The York

Olivia Kaufmann, Hayley Podschun, Will Pomerantz, Jade Jones, Amy Keum

Jade Jones, Amy Keum, and Hayley Podschun star as three friends pushing the boundaries of their lives in a revised Vanities – The Musical directed by Will Pomerantz at The York.

March 31, 2023: The York Theatre is presenting a lovely and evocative staging of the new and revised version of Vanities – The Musical, which opened at the Theatre at St. Jean’s under Will Pomerantz’s confident guidance. The marvelous cast bringing the musical to life are Jade Jones, Amy Keum, and Hayley Podschun as Mary, Kathy, and Joanne, respectively, three friends pushing the boundaries of their lives.

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Judy Gold @ 59E59 Theaters

Judy Gold, BD Wong

Acclaimed comedian Judy Gold opened her new solo show, Yes, I Can Say That!, directed by BD Wong at 59E59 Theaters.

March 22, 2023: Acclaimed comedian Judy Gold opened her solo show Yes, I Can Say That! directed by Tony winner BD Wong at 59E59 Theater last night for a limited run through April 16, 2023. Presented by Primary Stages in association with Jamie deRoy the show has been in previews since March 4 and is based on Gold’s book, “Yes I Can Say That, When They Come For Comedians, We Are All in Trouble.”  Opening Night Party was held at The Lotos Club @ 5 East 66th St.

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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

Ruth Stage returns with their updated version of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize winning classic Cat on a Hot Tin Roof @ Theatre at St. Clement’s 

March 6, 2023:  Maverick theater company Ruth Stage is back for another Off-Broadway run of their controversial staging of the Tennessee Williams classic Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which opened last night at Theatre at St. Clement’s. Joe Rosario, who directed the production this Summer, directs again. However there have been cast replacements, most notably the TV & film actress Courtney Henggeler making an impressive NYC stage debut in the role of  Maggie the cat and veteran Broadway actor Frederick Weller taking on the pivotal role of Big Daddy. Matt de Rogatis returns as Brick and Alison Fraser reprises her Big Mama for a strictly limited engagement though March 31, 2023 @Theatre at St. Clement at 423 West 46th Street.
Opening Night Photos by Barry Gordin 

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Legendary Producer Julian Schlossberg

Marlo Thomas, Julian Schlossberg, Laila Robins, Tony Roberts and F. Murray Abrham

Stage & Screen Producer Julian Schlossberg celebrated the release of his memoir Try Not To Hold It Against Me: A Producer’s Life at the equally legendary Sardi’s.

February 1, 2023:  After six decades in show business, Julian Schlossberg was inspired to write a memoir chronicling his memorable experiences. The result is an entertaining account filled with wisdom and humor. Schlossberg, who recently turned 81 on January 26, celebrated the launch of his memoir Try Not To Hold It Against Me: A Producer’s Life on January 31 at Sardi’s with devoted friends, who came to celebrate the occasion and his recent birthday. Schlossberg and a few of his guests including, F. Murray Abraham, Marlo Thomas, Laila Robins, read brief excerpts from the new book.
Photography: Barry Gordin

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Vanessa Williams @ 54 Below

Vanessa Williams

“54 Below “Diamond Series” featured Vanessa Williams in December.

December 16, 2022: The one and only Vanessa William, a recording artist with numerous hit songs and albums, was a luminous star at 54 Below as part of their “Diamond Series, December 13th-18th. The performer, who has also worked extensively in film, tv and even on Broadway frequently through her four-decade career took the stage, looking fit and glamorous, in an aquamarine sequined and feathered gown that matched her stunning eyes perfectly. The slit in her evening gown revealed sparkling spiked heels and a touch of leg. She was in excellent voice and her show, a robust mash of Holiday hits, with her dance hits, and songs from her albums and Broadway outings, was a constant delight. The songs are terrific, and her stories enhance her connection with the audience as she recreated memorable highlights from her illustrious four-decade career. She closed out the evening with one of her big hits, “Save the Best for Last.”

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RBG @ Bay Street Theater

Michelle Azar and Rupert Holmes.

All Things Equal The Life & Trials of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Opening Night

Bay Street Theater and Scott Stander are presenting the enlightening All Things Equal: The Life & Trials of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as part of their Literature Live series through November 27. Photography: Barry Gordin

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The York Theatre

Danny Gardner, Darrell T.Joe, Darien Crago, Kaitlyn Davidson, Jeremy Benton, Corinne Munisch, Sean Quinn, Melinda Porto

Opening night photos of Cheek to Cheek! Irving Berlin in Hollywood, a return engagement of the York Theatre’s productionat The Theatre at St Jeans on 76th Street.

September 23, 2022: The York Theatre in association with Riki Kane Larimer are presenting an encore performance of Cheek to Cheek! Irving Berlin in Hollywood, a song and dance celebration featuring the music and lyrics of the legendary Irving Berlin, with book by Barry Kleinbort. 

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Ragtime Opens at Bay Street

Will Pomerantz and Scott Schwartz

An elegant staging of Ragtime the Musical, directed by Will Pomerantz, opened at Bay Street in Sag Harbor on Saturday, August 6th.  Here are some photos from opening night.

Ragtime is the third production of Bay Street’s 2022 Summer Season and will play through August 28. Single seat tickets are available starting at $49.99. To purchase, call the Box Office at 631 725 9500 11 a.m. to showtime daily or go to
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Photography: Barry Gordin

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Lillias White @ Bay Street

Lillias White

Tony Award Winner, Lillias White, brought her new show to Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor for their Musical Mondays series. 

August 12, 2022: The one and only Lillias White brought her new show to Bay Street Theater this past Monday, as part of their ongoing Musical Mondays Series and she was, as always, phenomenal. The renowned Billy Stritch accompanied her on piano.

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Anna in the Tropics @ Bay Street

The Cast of “Anna and The Tropics” – Anthony Michael Martinez, Christine Spang, Guillermo Ivan, Christian Barillas, Maria Isabel Bilbao, Serafin Falcon, Iliana Guibert.

July 5, 2002: The Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Anna in the Tropics, opened at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. The moving drama directed by Marcos Santana won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize. Set in a cigar factory in Tampa, Florida, the story follows the lives of a Cuban-American family challenged by the vices and temptations surrounding them.  The play is the second of the Mainstage Summer Season and runs through July 24.

Opening Night Photography: Barry Gordin

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Drama Desk Awards

Renée Elise Goldsberry (Host)

The 66th Drama Desk Awards were presented at Sardi’s on June 14th

June 15, 2022: The 2022 Drama Desk Awards, announced earlier this month, were presented in an afternoon ceremony at the legendary Sardi’s Restaurant on West 44th Street. Produced by Tony winner Scott Mauro the annual celebration, honoring Broadway and beyond, was not presented for the past two years due to COVID. This year’s show was written by Bruce Vilanch and streamed live on Broadway On Demand free of charge.
Photography: Barry Gordin

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The York Theatre

Curtain Call – Victoria Byrd, Jeremy Benton, Melanie Moore, Phillip Attmore, Kaitlyn Davidson, Joseph Medeiros

Cheek To Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood opens at The York at Theatre at St. Jean’s on 76th Street.

December 3, 2021:  Cheek To Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood, an insightful song and dance celebration featuring the music and lyrics of the legendary Irving Berlin opened at The York Theatre Company’s temporary home at the Theater at St. Jeans on East 76th Street for a limited engagement through January 2, 2022. This world premiere, produced in association with Riki Kane Larimer,  is The York’s first mainstage production since the pandemic began in March 2020 and the flood which forced them from their home of 30 years at St. Peter’s Theater in January 2021.  

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Guild Hall Gala

Bill T. Jones, Andrea Grover, BJorn G. Amelan

Guild Hall, the cultural center of East Hampton, celebrates 90 years of excellence with Robert Longo in in the Museum.

August 12, 2021: Guild Hall, the cultural center of East Hampton, hosted their annual Gala, a celebration of 90 years of excellence. The evening began in the museum with the opening reception for Robert Longo: A History of the Present, curated by Christina Mossaides Strassfield, Guild Hall Chief Curation and Museum Director. In two adjacent galleries Longo juxtaposes America’s past with it present through 17 monumental, highly labor-intensive charcoal drawings that act as mirrors into history. This breathtaking exhibition is truly a “must see” event.  From there the celebration moved to a private home for cocktails overlooking the pond, dinner and the program under a tent, followed by dancing to DJ Mick.

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Camelot Opening Night

Scott Schwartz, Jeremy Kushnier

Bay Street Theater’s intimate staging of Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot soars amidst a Bridgehampton Field.

August 8, 2021: Bay Street Theater returns with a magical staging of Lerner and Loewe’s beloved musical, Camelot, which opened last night in Bridgehampton. The evening, directed by Scott Schwartz, Bay Street Theater’s Artistic Director, features a strong cast and a superb score by the gifted duo, who gave us another enduring classic, My Fair Lady, which Bay Street staged to stunning effect in 2016. And then, there are classic songs like, “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “Camelot,” “What Do the Simple Folk Do,” and “I Loved You Once In Silence,” songs you go out of the theater humming, which return to you, again, the following day.
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Photography: Barry Gordin

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