Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Suzanna was also seen as the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers.” email: firstname.lastname@example.org
David Basch has purchased, sold, and managed real estate throughout several complete cycles of “boom and bust” in Manhattan starting in 1980. He has proven expertise in discovering the underlying values of Manhattan real estate and has the discipline to know when to sell and when to buy. During the last real estate collapse, in the early ‘90’s, Mr. Basch was responsible for all real estate acquisitions in the New York metropolitan area for Dynamic Worldwide. Dynamic specialized in purchasing distressed properties bought through foreclosures and bankruptcy proceedings and was funded by overseas Asian investors. In just one year, Mr. Basch purchased over 500,000 square feet of residential, commercial, and marina space. The market value of these
properties, at the peak of the real estate cycle in Manhattan, became $500 million. For example, 21 Astor Place was bought out of bankruptcy court for $6.3 million as a vacant 100,000 sq. ft. loft building in which Mr. Basch placed the first Starbuck’s and among the first Kinko’s in New York City. A similar acquisition of a defaulted mortgage on a 100,000 sq. ft. loft building in the heart of Tribeca was acquired by purchasing the first mortgage for $1.9 million. The market value of both buildings at the peak became $200 million. Separately, Mr. Basch purchased a complete apartment building in Manhattan from the Resolution Trust Corporation and realized a fifteen-fold return on the original purchase price. Earlier in his career, Mr. Basch was among the first real estate principals or agents to discover and promote residences and retail spaces in Tribeca/NoHo/SoHo, working for J.I.Sopher before founding his own company, Lofts Unlimited, which continued his focus on Tribeca/NoHo/ SoHo and which he subsequently sold. Mr. Basch speaks five
languages—English, German, Romanian, Hungarian and Yiddish—and attended the School of Visual Arts for film making.
Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is thrilled to be the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor. email: email@example.com
Starting as a teen rock critic, Brad Balfour has interviewed, reviewed and commented on pop culture and films for over the last 15 years and has spoken to everyone from Jennifer Lawrence to John Cena in settings ranging from press conference to one-on-ones. He’s also Filmfestivaltraveler.com Editor-In-Chief, popentertainment.comsenior editor, a blackfilm.com writer, a fearsmag.com interviewer and now Times Square Chronicle’s newest writer. Film, arts, and pop culture creators have been his subjects for years; he has been AM-New York’s regular film interviewer, a Huffingtonpost.com contributor, timessquare.com‘s Editor-In-Chief, a columnist for fashion mag Lincoln Road; Irish Connections’ founding editor; In-Fashion contributing editor; Creem Magazine’s senior editor; Reflex Magazine’s features editor and an editor at Heavy Metal and Circus Magazine, among others.
Stephen S. Best has been a theater aficionado for decades. A graduate of Purdue University, he considers himself an “idiot savant” when it comes to the entertainment industry. Attending live theatrical events since the age of 6, his first show being a touring production of Annie, no one values the entertainment dollar or time investment of theater patrons more than he. Currently based in Chicago, Stephen covers all aspects of the Windy City’s cultural arts landscape.
Suzanna Bowling (See Publisher/Editor-in-chief)
Virginia Jimenez is a writer, dancer and teaching artist in New York City. She works as a teaching artist for various companies teaching dancing for musical theatre, ballroom dancing, theatrical skills and story building. Bringing arts education to students in NYC is incredibly rewarding for her because she is passionate about arts integration and using the arts to facilitate an emotional education. As a writer, Virginia believes in the power of words and stories to challenge and encourage audiences to seek growth and modes of expression. She likes tequila and ice cream – though not necessarily together. www.vmjimenez.com
Cindy Marinangel has a passion for live performance and is from Los Angeles, California, currently based in New York. A Cum Laude graduate of Purdue University, Cindy has enjoyed reviewing shows both nationally and internationally for The Times Square Chronicles.
My love for theater started when I first got involved in high school plays and children’s theatre in London, Ontario, which led me—much to my mother’s chagrin—to study set design, directing, and arts administration at York University in Toronto. But rather than pursuing theater as a career (I did produce and design a wee bit), I became a self-proclaimed theater junkie and life-long supporter. I am not a writer by trade, but I hope to share my views and feelings about this amazing experience we are so lucky to be able to see here in NYC, and in my many trips to London, Enlgand, Chicago, Toronto, Washington, and beyond.
Living in London, England from 1985 to 1986, NYC since 1994, and on my numerous theatrical obsessive trips to England, I’ve seen as much theater as I can possibly afford. I love seeing plays. I love seeing musicals. If I had to choose between a song or a dance, I’d always pick the song. Dance—especially ballet—is pretty and all, but it doesn’t excite me as, say, Sondheim lyrics. But that being said, the dancing in West Side Story is incredible!
As it seems you all love a good list, here’s two.
FAVORITE MUSICALS (in no particular order):
- Sweeney Todd with Patti Lupone and Michael Cerveris in 2005. By far, my most favorite theatrical experience to date.
- Sunday in the Park with George with Jenna Russell (who made me sob hysterically each and every one of the three times I saw that production in England and here in NYC) in 2008
- Spring Awakening with Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele in 2007
- Hedwig and the Angry Inch (both off-Boadway in 1998 and on Broadway in 2014, with Neal Patrick Harris, but also with Michael C. Hall and John Cameron Mitchell, my first Hedwig and my last…so far),
- Next To Normal with Alice Ripley (who I wish I had seen in Side Show) in 2009
FAVORITE PLAYS (that’s more difficult—there have been so many and they are all so different):
- Angels in American, both on Broadway and off
- Lettice and Lovage with Dame Maggie Smith and Margaret Tyzack in 1987
- Who’s Afraid of Virginai Woolf with Tracy Letts and Amy Morton in 2012
- Almost everything by Alan Ayckbourn, but especially Woman in Mind with Julia McKenzie in 1986
- And to round out the five, maybe Proof with Mary Louise Parker in 2000. But ask me on a different day, and I might give you a different list.
These are only ten theatre moments that I will remember for years to come, until I don’t have a memory anymore. There are many more that I didn’t or couldn’t remember, and I hope a tremendous number more to come. Thanks for reading.
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Stephen Sorokoff (See Cabaret/Music/Co-Theatre Editor)
Samantha von Sperling is a lifestyle guru who has spent her entire career going above and beyond to help her clients achieve their goals. “When asked what I do, I will tell you that I “Spit shine” people and things for a living. My arsenal of expertise helps smooth out the rough spots, whether it’s your look, the space you inhabit, or how you interact with the world around you. Our goal is to help you feel more comfortable in your skin and confident in your ability to handle any social situation with panache! Keen insight and fresh perspective is the first step to attaining your goal. Everything in life at some level is a matter of packaging and a game of seduction, a new job, a step up a ladder, the winning over of clients and friends or the conquest of your desire. Tell me what you want, what you need, even if it seems trivial, personal or impossible. If I can’t help you, I’ll tell you. If I can, it shall be done.” Samantha was raised in a sophisticated family where entertaining international guests was de rigueur; refined manners, elegant dress, proper posture, the art of conversation, and ballroom dancing are second nature to her. Her education is a continuation of a lifelong passion for the arts and a foundation for her business. Armed with a degree from New York University in Educational Theatre with a concentration in Speech Communications – also a classically trained ballroom dancer and actress – von Sperling set out the offer the world a new approach to the old concept of finishing. She uses her diverse talents through innovative group seminars or with one-on-one consultations. By utilizing all her skills and training, von Sperling has fulfilled requests from royal families, diplomats, politicians, celebrities, CEOs, companies big and small, regular joes, and soccer moms. Ms. von Sperling has appeared in print publications such as The New York Times, TIME Magazine, O The Oprah Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, and The Wall Street Journal, to name a few. She appears as a guest expert on numerous television programs, and currently contributes as ImageGal for DivaGalsDaily.com and writes her own column, “Ask Sam” for Time Square Chronicles which she counts amongst her great joys in life. Samantha von Sperling from POLISHED Social Image Consultants has been on the forefront of the image consulting industry for a decade, helping to bring out the best in you – from the boardroom to the ballroom.
ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.
George Tower grew up in New York City. His extensive travels around the world have enabled him to approach life in Gotham from a holistic point of view. His degrees in psychology inform much of his work written from a psychospiritual perspective. His is a background rich with creativity in both artistic mediums and the environments that showcase them and as a result his work has garnered positive media attention. He is working on his first book scheduled for completion in 2015. He is an enthusiastic resident of Manhattan who prides himself on having a New York sense of humor.
Magda Katz has been in the entertainment world for most of her life as a child actress, assistant to the head publicist of Avco Embassy Pictures, theatrical print agent. She went on to manage the show business career of her 2 children for over 15 years. For the last five years Magda has been filming and editing video trailers of live performances as well as celebrity interviews. Broadway After Dark was the first website to feature her video trailers. She contributed in creating a star studded 90th birthday party for Mickey Rooney at Feinstein’s at the Regency Hotel. Her video trailers have a large international following. Videos are featured on www.t2conline.com. All of Magda’s videos can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/user/MagdaCorrespondent
Mary Ann Lopinto is a long-time writer and photographer (and cabaret aficionado). Her writing and photographs are and have been ubiquitous in the industry and industry media for decades. – See more at: http://www.womanaroundtown.com/sections/playing-around/maryann-lopinto-honored-at-the-metropolitan-room#sthash.CzfWMVab.dpuf
Because we cover theatre, we use a lot of Joan Marcus’s photographs. We wanted to honor her because she is considered to be “one of the preeminent Broadway photographers,” and we love her work.
Stephen Sorokoff (See Cabaret/Music/Co-Theatre Editor)
David was born in Transylvania, Romania, the son of a Holocaust survivor. Raised in Brooklyn, he attended the School of Visual Arts for filmmaking. Taking a detour he became a broker and a successful investor in New York City real estate. He was the associate producer of the film “My Brother”starring Vanessa Williams. “My Brother” was the first film to feature an actor with Down Syndrome (Chris Scott). The film went on to win many awards including Best Picture at the Harlem Film Festival. David met Suzanna when he was writing the film “The Messiah’s Complex.” Deciding that there needed to be more than one voice telling the stories around us and not wanting to see her homeless, he joined her on this crazy adventure. email: firstname.lastname@example.org