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John Cullum Tribute

John Cullum: An Accidental Star, April 8-22, a Streaming Tribute to One of Theater’s Hardest Working Leading Men

By: Ellis Nassour

April 5, 2021 — Three of veteran actor John Cullum’s long-time theatre homes – the Vineyard, Goodspeed Musicals, and Irish Repertory – came together to present in association with manager/producer Jeff Berger John Cullum: An Accidental Star on April 8 at 7 P.M. E. The tribute to the still spry 91-year-old actor will stream on demand through April 22. There’ll be two live watch parties on April 8 and at 2 P.M. E April 17.

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New Date & Time

Jamie deRoy & friends Moves to New Date & Time Starting April 5

April 3, 2021:  The long running cable show, Jamie deRoy & friends, will air at a new day, time and channel. Starting with the next episode, Celebrating Songwriters Part II, Jamie will now be broadcast on MNN5 Spectrum HD Channel 1993 and Verizon FIOS Channel 37, every other Monday (with multiple times on East Hampton LTV Channel 20 at later dates). “Celebrating Songwriters Part 2” airs on Monday, April 5 at 8 PM EDT.

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Broadway Update: Diana, Game of Thrones, Piano Lesson, Natural Death

By: David Sheward

April 2, 2021: The COVID-19 pandemic appears to be waning with vaccinations increasing, but we’re still not out of the woods. Variant strains of the virus are on the rise and Republican governors are dropping mask mandates and restrictions too quickly. This could mean more infections and deaths. In any case, the re-opening of Broadway is still a long way off with fall 2021 as the earliest possible date.

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Reviews

Voyeur: The Windows of Toulouse-Lautrec ****

By: David Sheward

April 1, 2020: COVID vaccinations are ramping up and restrictions are beginning to loosen, but variant strains threaten another pandemic surge. Thus the reopening of Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters is still months away, probably the fall of 2021 at the earliest. However, a group of New York theater artists have cleverly circumvented the virus with an innovative event to feed your hunger for live performance while maintaining safety protocols. Voyeur: The Windows of Toulouse-Lautrec has been running since October and touts itself as the longest-running live pandemic performance piece in New York City. 

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Broadway Dark For Now, But …

There’s No Broadway for the Moment But There’s Parody, (More) Untold Stories, No Shortage of Vinyl, and More…

By: Ellis Nassour

A Titanic Event! Or Close To It

March 29, 2021 — Tony-winning producer Eva Price (Jagged Little Pill, Oklahoma! revival) and premium streaming platform Stellar announced tickets are on sale for the irreverent parody concert, Titanique: The Maiden Voyage, to telecast Sunday, May 2, at 7:30 P.M. E. It will be “ the irresistibly funny and irreverent new musical send-up of the blockbuster film Titanic via the song catalog of pop icon Celine Dion.”

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On This Day In New York Theater: March 28, 1939

(No. 25 in the series)

By: Samuel L. Leiter

March 28, 2021: After struggling to regain his form as Broadway’s foremost writer of drawing-room comedy, Philip Barry—who hadn’t had a hit since 1932—accomplished that aim with éclat in The Philadelphia Story, which opened as a Theatre Guild production at the Shubert Theatre on March 28, 1939, where it racked up 417 performances. Brooks Atkinson dubbed it a “gay and sagacious comedy,” and Burns Mantle picked as one of the year’s Ten Best. It brought Katharine Hepburn, in a role written for her, back to the stage in triumph after several years in Hollywood, where she recently had been declared “box office poison.” Together with Barry and industrialist Howard Hughes, she had a 75 percent interest in the play, which still left enough to rescue the Theatre Guild from impending financial disaster. 

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Celebrating Songwriters

Jamie deRoy Photo: Barry Gordin

Jamie deRoy & friends presents “Celebrating Songwriters Part I” with Andrew Lippa and Charles Strouse. 

March 27, 2021:  Tonight’s segment of Jamie deRoy & friends, which airs at 7:30 on multiple channels (see channels below), showcases songwriters. The segment, directed by Barry Klienbort, features Andrew Lippa, Charles Strouse, Christiane Noll, and Victoria Shaw.

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Jujamcyn Celebrates 100 Years

Jujamcyn Org. Celebrates 100th Av. of Theatre Now Known As the Walter Kerr.

By: Ellis Nassour

March 22, 2021 – Jujamcyn Theaters celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the historic theatre now known as the Walter Kerr, with a just-released interactive timeline. It’s a definitive history of the building, featuring a century’s worth of history: from the earliest shows, musicals, and revues, through its years as a radio and TV studio, brief spans as an adult film cinema, a children’s theatre, and now one of the most intimate (945 seats) and stunningly-restored houses on Broadway.

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John Baeder/Master Photorealist

John Baeder, Cuchi’s Sweetie Dog , 2011 Oil on Canvas, 30 x 40 in.

ACA Galleries & MB Abram are presenting rare works by John Baeder in a collaborative online exhibition January 26 – June 1, 2021. 

March 21, 2021:  ACA Galleries, in collaboration with MB Abram, has been chosen to be the sole representative of rare works from the private collection of Master Photorealist John Baeder. The master works by John Baeder include oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, prints, photographs and sculpture. Many are offered for the first time and will be the last available from his private collection. Due to macular degeneration and rapidly diminishing eyesight, the Artist is no longer able to paint. The online exhibition represents a unique opportunity to view and acquire original works of this American master. This is the first presentation of a three-part online exhibition in collaboration with ACA Galleries and MB Abram.

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BroadwayHD

Exciting Spring titles form BroadwayHD begin streaming March

March 5, 2021:  Exciting new Spring productions from BroadwayHD this month. The premiere streaming service for theater fans, brings a fresh new lineup to its platform.  On March 1, madness ensues when fan favorite The Goes Wrong Show season 1, based on the BBC The Play That Goes Wrong specials and the popular Broadway and West End production that started it all expands into Canada and Australia.

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Features

2021 Oscar Nominations

Nominations for the 93rd Oscars Announced

By: Ellis Nassour

March 15, 2021: The 2021 Academy Awards for the best in 2020 cinema were announced early this morning (March 15) on ABC by actor/producer Privanka Chopra Jonas and singer/writer/actor Nick Jonas. Emerging as leader of the pack was Netflix’s Mank with 10 nominations, including Best Picture, Actor, and Director. Other films receiving multiple nods are The Father,  Judas and the Black Messiah, Minari, Nomadland, Sound of Metal, and The Trial of the Chicago 7. A bit of Oscar history was made with two women nominated for director for the first time: Chloè Zhao (Nomadland) and Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman); in addition, both received nods in the writing categories.

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A Black Perspective

ACA Galleries group exhibition of prominent African American artists extended through May 1, 2021

February 16, 2021:  ACA Galleries, located at 529 West 20th Street in the gallery district, is pleased to announce their current exhibition, A BLACK PERSPECTIVE, will be extended through May 1. The show is a group exhibition of artworks by prominent African American artists created between 1945 and 2015. Since its inception, ACA Galleries has been committed to showing work by black artists, giving Aaron Douglas, Ernie Crichlow, Barkley Hendricks and Charles White some of their first shows and later representing Benny Andrews, Romare Bearden estate, Richard Mayhew, Faith Ringgold, Aminah Robinson and others.

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Grammy Winning Songs

Jamie deRoy

Jamie deRoy & friends presents Grammy Award Winning Songs with Winners Julie Gold and Larry Gatlin  3/14 at 7:30

March 12, 2021: A segment of Jamie deRoy & friends, airing this Sunday, presents Grammy Award Winning Songs with Winners Julie Gold and Larry Gatlin. The segment airs Sunday, March 14, 2021 at &:30pm on Spectrum Channel 56, RCN Channel 83, and Verizon FIOS Channel 34, as well as on East Hampton LTV Channel 20 at later dates. The Grammy Awards follow at 8 PM on CBS.

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On This Day in New York Theater: March 13 in the 1920’s

By: Samuel L. Leiter

(No. 24 in the series)

March 13, 2021: March 13 was one of the more productive dates for New York theater in the 1920s. The decade saw a total of nine March 13 productions, one of them a revival of two French one-acts and another a classical revival. Of them, however, the single title likely to be known to most theatrical cognoscenti is George Bernard Shaw’s epic-scaled Back to Methuselah, seen over the course of three performances, one of them falling on March 13, 1922. 

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Love Letter To Liza

Liza Minnelli Photo: Barry Gordin

Ring Them Bells and Celebrate! Liza Minnelli on her 75th Birthday, Friday, March 12 at 8:00 PM

February 22, 2021: In honor of the legendary Liza Minnelli on her 75th Birthday, a star-studded cast will take part in a special virtual celebration, Love Letter to Liza: A 75th Birthday Tribute Celebration, Friday, March 12 at 8:00 PM EST on the streaming platform Stellar.

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