Hamptons Life

The Hamptons Festival of Music

Due to increased demand, we are happy to extend a SPECIAL RELEASE OF SINGLE TICKETS to our final concerts to supporters who make a $150 tax-deductible donation per ticket to The Hamptons Festival of Music.

To take advantage of this offer, please email us , send us a direct message on our social media platforms for more details or make your donation directly here: THFM Special Donation

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Around The Town

Broadway Babe

Brian Stokes Mitchell

Broadway Babe’s YouTube Picks

September 12, 2022: Broadway Babe, Randie Levine-Miller, has unearthed some truly nostalgic performances including Donna McKechnie‘s first club act; a Broadway themed concert with Brian Stokes Mitchell; Kitty Carlisle Hart at almost 90 reminiscing in song and stories and a TV show with Sid Caesar, from 1957! Enjoy some of these gems.

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Charles Kirsch’s Backstage Babble Live!

By: Alix Cohen

September 12, 2022: Preternaturally mature 15 year-old Charles Kirsch apparently got the Broadway bug at seven when he saw the revival of On the Town. August 2022, with pandemic time on his hands, the teenager inaugurated weekly theater podcast Backstage Babble. Knowledge, insight, grace, and appreciation mark signature interviews. One hundred twenty episodes and two years later a beautifully produced anniversary celebration arrived at 54Below with bells on. Kirsch is as well spoken and gracious on stage as he is without an audience.  54/Below was packed and buzzing.  

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Reviews

Strings Attached **

Robyne Parrish, Brian Richardson, and Paul Schoeffler.

By: Samuel L. Leiter

September 9, 2022: String theory, M theory, the Big Bang, quantum theory, gravity. thermodynamics, waves, electrons, protons, subatomic particles, parallel universes, relativity, Schrödinger’s Cat, the Blackbody Experiment, Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle . . . if physics and cosmology be the food of love, play on. But, if like me, you’re lost in the stars when served with an army of such concepts, even when valiant attempts are made to make them digestible, you’ll find that Strings Attached, a new play by Carole Buggé—a mystery novelist who writes under three different pennames—for Pulse Theatre at Theatre Row, may leave you not with a bang, big or not, but with a whimper. 

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Broadway Update

Annaleigh Ashford and Josh Groban Credit: Franz Szony

Broadway Update: Christmas Carol; Sweeney Todd; Etc.

By: David Sheward

September 8, 2022: Tony and Drama Desk winner Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) will bring his one-man version of A Christmas Carol to Broadway. The stage adaptation will begin previews at the Nederlander on Nov. 8 in advance of a Nov. 21 opening for a limited 66-performance run. Mays will leave his current role of Mayor Shinn in The Music Man at the Winter Garden on Oct. 23. 

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Hamptons Life

Hampton Classic Horse Show

Karl Cook and Kalinka Van’t Zorgvliet won the $410,000 Hampton Classic 5* Grand Prix. © KindMedia

Qualifier Winner Karl Cook Returns for the Victory in Sunday’s $410,000 Hampton Classic 5* Grand PrixFinal Awards Given at the 2022 Hampton Classic Horse Show 

September 4, 2022– Of the 30 horse-and-rider combinations representing nine countries in Sunday’s culminating $410,000 Hampton Classic 5* Grand Prix and nine pairs to make the jump-off, only five went double-clear over Alan Wade’s (IRL) 17-effort, 1.60m course. Last to go in both rounds was American Karl Cook, who returned with his Grand Prix Qualifier mount, Kalinka Van’t Zorgvliet, to stop the clock in 36.710 seconds and secure his second victory at the Hampton Classic.

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Broadway Update

Laura Linney in “My Name Is Lucy Barton”. Credit: Manuel Harlan

Broadway Update: New York, New York; Laura Linney Gabriel Byrne; Ella Fitzgerald Musical

By: David Sheward

August 30, 2022: Summertime and the livin’ ain’t easy. We keep getting bulletins about future shows. The latest is a new musical loosely based on the 1977 Martin Scorsese film New York, New York which starred Liza Minnelli and Robert DeNiro. Deadline reports the show which is aimed for Broadway in Spring 2023 will feature an all-star team behind the scenes. Dig this line up. The score will feature songs from the film by John Kander and Fred Ebb including the iconic title song immortalized by Minnelli and Frank Sinatra in separate recordings. New songs will be written by Kander with lyrics by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. The book will be David Thompson who worked with Kander and Ebb on such projects as The Scottsboro Boys and Steel Pier, and Sharon Washington, who was in the cast of Scottsboro Boys and was seen most recently in the Central Park Richard III. Five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman (helmer of Scottsboro) will direct and choreograph. According to Deadline, the plot will bear little resemblance to that of the original film which followed the rocky relationship of bandleader DeNiro and his lead singer and love interest Minnelli. The new story will be set in 1946 in the title metropolis as it recovers after WWII.

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Hamptons Life

The Hampton Classic

Photo: Barry Gordin

46th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show

August 28, 2022  The 46th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show opened Sunday to beautiful, breezy weather and unveiled its new Grand Prix Arena to kick off a weeklong schedule full of world-class equestrian competition. First to enter the new ring were the smallest of the week’s competitors as leadline riders in age groups of 2-4 and 5-7 took the stage. 

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Reviews

Murder in La La Land *****

By: Paulanne Simmons

August 31, 2022: If you’re a fan of murder mysteries and believe you’re secretly a supersleuth who could rival the great Sherlock, you still have two opportunities to prove yourself. Live in Theater Production’s Murder in La La Land, a live, interactive Zoom experience, will be presented on Friday September 9 at 8pm and Saturday September 10 at 2pm.

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United Solo

By: Alix Cohen

United Solo is BACK – October 3rd through November 20th, 2022

August 29, 2022: The 13th Annual United Solo Festival is the world’s largest of its kind. This year’s seven week roster includes a selection of local and international pieces framed in storytelling, puppetry, dance, multimedia, stand-up, magic, music, and drama. Productions hail from Israel, Turkey, France, the United Kingdom and all over the U.S.

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Reviews

Ragtime *****

The Company of “Ragtime”.

By: Patrick Christiano

A sensational staging of Ragtime the Musical, directed by Will Pomerantz, opened at Bay Street in Sag Harbor. The 1998 Tony award winner, the finale of Bay Street Theater’s 2022 Mainstage Summer Season, is glorious in every way possible.  

August 10, 2022: Ragtime the Musical, the eagerly awaited finale to Bay Street Theater’s Mainstage Summer Season is a resounding success in every way possible. This is a scaled down gem, lavish with song and emotion. Will Pomerantz, Associate Artistic Director of Bay Street Theater, who re-envisioned a smashing production of Evita for the theater several seasons ago, may have topped himself. Using much of that same team and an extraordinary cast, Pomerantz and all have captured the emotional heart of the sweeping tale and in doing so have given the musical an authenticity that soars to the rafters of the intimate 299 seat theater. An amazing achievement.  

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Broadway Babe

Nostalgic Treasures from Broadway Babe, Randie Levine Miller.

August 27, 2022:  Broadway Babe Randie Levine Miller, has unearthed some more nostalgic treasures, including a star- studded tribute to Marvin Hamlisch (4 months after his death in 2012) with the New York Philharmonic; a German produced 70th birthday salute to Stephen Sondheim with some of the best orchestral interpretations of his work; a tribute to Kander and Ebb at the 1984 Tony Awards; and Sinatra getting the Kennedy Center Award in 1983. 

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Features

Shy – Mary Rodgers Memoir

SHY: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers by Mary Rodgers and Jesse Green Is Alarming, But Alarming Can Be Riotously Sad and Fun

By: Ellis Nassour 

August 26, 2022Whoever accused Mary Rodgers of being shy, certainly didn’t know her. Her memoir, written with New York Times chief theater critic Jesse Green, SHY: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers (Farrar, Straus & Giroux; 467 pages; SRP $35 Hard; $20 Trade; mostly 69 B&W photos and illustrations; sadly, no Index; Loaded with interesting footnotes by Green] is one of the most noteworthy theater books to come along since Moss Hart’s Act One

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