Meet The 2019 Tony Nominees

Stephanie J.Block “The Cher Show

Press Junket for the 2019 Tony Award Nominees

May 1, 2019: On Wednesday morning, the day after The American Theatre Wing’ announced the 2019 Tony Nominations in 26 competitive categories, the nominees attended a press junket at the Sofitel New York Hotel on West 44th Street. The casual event is an opportunity for the nominees to bask in the limelight of the press by posing for pictures and sharing stories about their Broadway Shows. The morning is a celebration of the best of Broadway during the 2018-2019 season.

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Jamie deRoy & friends

Jamie deRoy, Haley Swindal

Show at Birdland benefits The Actors Fund

April 16, 2019:  Hostess/producer Jamie DeRoy brought her multi-MAC Award-winning Variety Show, Jamie deRoy & friends, back to Birdland on Monday, April 15 as part of The Broadway at Birdland concert series. Proceeds from the evening benefited The Actors Fund: Jamie deRoy & friends Cabaret Initiative. Special guests included Christina Bianco, Mike Birbiglia (The New One), E. Clayton Cornelious (Ain’t Too Proud), John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey and Haley Swindal (Chicago, Jekyll and Hyde). The show was directed by Barry Kleinbort, and musical direction was by Ron Abel.

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I Carry Your Heart Opens

Rebi Paganini, Dey Young

New York premiere of I Carry Your Heat by Georgette Kelly at 59E59 Theaters

April 4, 2019:  59E59 Theaters presents the New York premiere of I Carry Your Heart, a moving drama by Georgette Kelly. The Athena Theatre production, directed by Cate Caplin.

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Southern Promises Opens @ The Flea

Cast – Adam Coy, Timothy Park, Jahsiah Rivera, Darby Davis, Selamawit Worku, Adrain Washington Bottom Row – Marcus Jones,Yvonne Jessica Pruit, Brittany Zaken, Shakur Tolliver

Thomas Bradshaw’s provocative melodrama closes out The Flea’s Color Brave Season.

March 24: 2019:  The Flea’s Artistic Director, Niegel Smith, has helmed a disturbing new production of Southern Promises, Thomas Bradshaw’s provocative 2008 melodrama on the corrupting power of American slavery, which opened at The Flea’s Sam on Sunday. The Flea ends its Color Brave season with Niegel Smith’s haunting staging of Southern Promises.

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Good Friday Opens @ The Flea

Playwright Kristiana Rae Colón, Director Sherri Eden Barber

Gun Violence and Feminism collide in New York Premiere of Good Friday.

February 26, 2019: The Flea continues its Color Brave season, dedicated to works that explore race in America, with the NYC premiere of Good Friday by Chicago’s Kristiana Rae Colón, which opened last night in The Flea’s downstairs Siggy Theater. Directed by Sherri Eden Barber the intense evening focuses on a group of millennial women whose bickering is interrupted by gunfire, which they quickly realize is a deadly attack on their school. The #metoo feminism movement collides with gun violence in Colón’s fierce and provocative look at millennial women in today’s uncertain world.

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Trick or Treat Opens at 59E59

Jenni Putney, Playwright Jack Neary, Gordon Clapp, Kathy McCafferty, Kathy Manfre, David Mason Photo: Barry Gordin

NYC premiere of a dark comedy with Tony nominee Gordon Clapp

January 20, 2019: Jack Neary’s Halloween drama, Trick or Treat, produced by Northern Stage, opened at 59E59 Theaters for a limited engagement through Sunday, February 24, 2019.  Gordon Clapp, a Tony nominee for Glengarry Glen Ross, plays Johnny, a husband coping with his wife’s Alzheimer disease.  His stress from the challenge of dealing with her illness creates an unusual dilemma that sets in motion a zany series of events in the dark comedy directed by Carol Dunne.

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Happy New Year

RIki Kane Larimer, Robert Creighton

Riki Kane Larimer’s Post Holiday Celebration

January 6, 2019: Broadway producer Riki Kane Larimer hosted a post-holiday brunch for many of her nearest and dearest at her Eastside penthouse.

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Big Apple Circus

Award winning acts at Lincoln Center thru January 17.

December 1, 2018: The renowned Big Apple Circus is back in town under a big top at Lindon Center’s Damrosch Park for the Holiday Season. The 41st edition is an intimate affair featuring mind-blowing acts from all over the world that will delight and thrill children of all ages along with the perpetually young at heart. Preformed in a single ring, the circus is an up close and personal happening, where every seat is less the 50 feet from the action in a climate-controlled environment that will keep you warm and toasty regardless of the outside temperature.

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LongHouse Holiday Party

Executive Director Matko Tomicic, President Board of Trustees Dianne Benson aka Dianne B

Guests toasted the season and rediscovered the gardens at this special time of the year.

November 25, 2018:  LONGHOUSE, 133 Hands Creek Road in East Hampton, hosted a festive gathering with holiday music on Thanksgiving Saturday. Guests toasted the holiday season with hot apple cider rum toddy’s, Kaluah & coffee, and hot chocolate while touring the gardens and mingling with neighbors. Many people left personal wishes on the Yoko Ono Wish Tree, near the entrance to LONGHOUSE, when they departed.

Photography: Barry Gordin

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Janet Lehr Fine Arts

Adam Umbach Photo: Barry Gordin

Sweet Things @ Janet Lehr
An exhibition of new works by Adam Handler and Adam Umbach.

November 25, 2018:  Janet Lehr Fine Arts, 68 Park Place in East Hampton, hosted a reception on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to celebrate an ongoing exhibition of paintings by two Adams, Handler and Umbach.  Also on view, are works by gallery favorites David Demers, Haim Mizrahi. Shimon Okshteyn, Jules Olitski, Christopher Deeton, Dave Rogers, Michael Bronspigel and, new to the gallery, Gideon Lewin – Avedon’s ‘ace’ printer for 25-years.

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Hype Man Opens at The Flea

Shakur Tolliver, Tay Bass, Matt Stango

HYPE MAN: a break beat play by Idris Goodwin continues The Flea’s Color Brave season with a compelling look at race and friendship against the backdrop of hip hop.

November 21, 2018:  Idris Goodwin’s HYPE MAN: a break beat play directed by Kristan Seemel and Flea Artistic Director Niegel Smith opened at The Flea for a run through December 18 in The Pete. The story set in 2015 in an unnamed American city follows two hip hop artists, Pinnacle, played by Matt Stango and Verb, played by Shakur Tolliver, now on the threshold of success. The friends, one white and one black, were best buddies growing up together on the mean streets of the unnamed city. Verb, a young black man just out of prison, hypes the crowd and Pinnacle, a white man writes and rhymes.

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Happy Birthday Jamie deRoy

Jamie deRoy, Christina Bianco

Jamie DeRoy celebrated with friends at Bond 45

November 11, 2018: Show business impresario, Jamie deRoy, an award-winning producer, cabaret, stage, film and TV performer celebrated her birthday with many of her show business friends at Bonds 45 in the Theater District on 46th Street. The festive gathering for her birthday brought together some of Jamie’s nearest and dearest for great food, great drinks and a great time with great people.  In lieu of gifts friends donated to The Actor’s Fund, Jamie deRoy & friends Cabaret Initiative.

Photography: Barry Gordin

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35th Annual Drama League Gala

Honoree Nathan Lane

Benefit Gala Honoring Nathan Lane hosted by Matthew Broderick at The Plaza Hotel.

November 5, 2018: The Drama League presented the 35th Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway honoring film, television, theater icon and three-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane. The event at The Plaza Hotel hosted by Matthew Broderick also honored producer Fran Weissler for Visionary Leadership in the American Theater.

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Gloria: A Life at DR2

Francesca Fenandez McKenzie, Joanna Glushak, Christiane Amanpour, Christine Lahti, Fedna Jacquet, Delanna Studi, Liz Wisan, Patrena Murray, Brittany K. Allen

Powerful and uplifting, Gloria: A Life by Emily Mann with Christine Lahti, is a ‘must see’ play for the moment.

November 4, 2018:  Christiane Amanpour, the Chief International Anchor of CNN, was the special guest for the Act II of the “must see” play for the moment, Gloria: A Life by Emily Mann, now playing at the DR2 on East 15th Street in Union Square. Christine Lahti stars as Gloria Steinem in a factual and detailed account of her life directed in the round by Diane Paulus. Steinem’s story just happens to crystalize our political moment today through the lens of one of the most inspiring voices of The Women’s Movement.

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Bette Midler’s Hulaween 2018

Bette Midler

Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project Hosted the 22nd Annual Hulaween Celebration at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in Harlem

 October 29, 2018:  Bette Midler, the Divine one herself, hosted her annual Hulaween Ball in the majestic Cathedral of St. John the Divine, how witty, in Harlem to raise funds for her New York Restoration Project, which she founded over two decades ago. The NY Restoration Project has been transforming open spaces since 1995 to the benefit of millions of New Yorkers.

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