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Cabaret in May Pulls Out All The Stops

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John Lloyd Young

May is bringing fabulous artists to pop up all over the cabaret world. The Tony’s are bringing out some fabulous conversations at the 92nd Street Y.

92 Street Y: 1395 Lexington Ave. 5/ 2 Avengers: Endgame: Marvel Cinematic Universe Screenwriters Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely in Conversation with Dave Itzkoff; 5/ 3 A Conversation on American Ballet Theatre’s Premiere of Jane Eyre with Choreographer Cathy Marston, ABT Principal Dancers Isabella Boylston, Misty Copeland and Devon Teuscher with Elda Rotor; 5/ 4 – 6 Lyrics & Lyricists:A Beautiful Dawning: Oklahoma! at 75; 5/ 7 Craig Ferguson in Conversation with Kathie Lee Gifford; 5/ 7
Jill Biden in Conversation with Tara Westover: Where the Light Enters; 5/ 9
Jeff Daniels and Aaron Sorkin in Conversation: To Kill a Mockingbird; 5/12 HBO’s Barry: A Conversation with Bill Hader and John Mulaney; 5/ 12 FX’s Pose: Talk and Screening Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez, Steven Canals, Janet Mock, in Conversation with producer/writer/director Ryan Murphy; 5/ 13
Be More Chill
: Conversation and Performance Composer & Lyricist Joe Iconis, and the cast of Be More Chill; 5/14 Miracle Workers: A Screening and Conversation Steve Buscemi, Daniel Radcliffe, Karan Soni, and Simon Rich in Conversation with Vanity Fair’s Laura Bradley and Arrested Development & Archer: Jessica Walter in Conversation with Jessica Shaw.

Joan Ryan

Birdland Jazz: 315 West 44 St. Every Monday Jim Caruso’s Cast party; 5/1 – 4 Julie Budd; 5/ 6 Steve Ross; 5/ 6 Steel Burkhardt; 5/ 8 – 11 Clint Holmes and Billy Stritch; 5/ 12 “New York: Big City Songbook” Created, scripted and hosted by Deborah Grace Winer Featuring Klea Blackhurst, LaTanya Hall, Nicolas King & Jay Leonhart; 5/ 13 The Melody: Rodgers & Co.; 5/16 Joan Ryan Live! 5/ 19 Myriam Phiro: Piaf at 100 “The Solo Sparrow”; 5/ 20 Natalie Douglas Tributes and 5/ 27 John Davidson.

Broadway Sings at the West End Lounge: 955 West End Ave at 107th St. and West End Ave. Mondays: Open Mic with Craig Pomranz and Sarah Rice.

Carnegie Hall: 881 7th Ave at 57th St.

Nicole Henry

Dizzys Club Coca Cola: Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street. 5/ 29 – 30 Nicole Henry: Where Love Is.

Sean Harkness, Lina Koutrakos, Marcus Simeone

Don’t Tell Mama: 343 W. 46 St. 5/ 19 Sean Harkness, Marcus Simeone and Lina Koutrakos “Clearly Now” 

Paul Alexander Nolan

Feinstein’s/54 Below: 254 West 54 St. 5/ 1 -2 Sherie Rene Scott and Norbert Leo Butz; 5/ 3 – 4 and 5/ 7 Paul Alexander Nolan, Carmen Cusack and more; 5/ 6 and 5/ 26 Joe Iconis & Family; 5/ 7 Marcy & Zina & Friends, feat. Sierra Boggess, Natalie Weiss, and more! 5/ 9 – 11 Paulo Szot; 5/ 17 – 18 and 5/ 22 – 25 John Lloyd Young: Jukebox Hero; 5/ 21 Laura Osnes & Tony Yazbeck: An Evening of Gershwin Greats and Other Favorite; 5/ 27 – 28 and 5/ 30 – 6/ 1 Chita Rivera. Also check out all the new musical readings.

Mark Nadler

Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café: 407 West 42 St. Every Thursday Broadway Sessions; 5/ 5 Richard Skipper Celebrates; 5/ 9
Mark Nadler – The Old Razzle Dazzle and 5/ 22 Elizabeth Sullivan’s Birthday Celebration

Salon: 352 West 44th St. Sunday: Open Mic with different performers created and hosted by Mark Janas with Tanya Moberly.

Stage 72:(formerly The Triad) 158 W. 72 St. Home of Award Winning Celebrity Autobiography. 5/ 22 and 5/ 29 Adrienne Haan.

Mary Wilson

The Café Carlyle: 35 East 76 St. at Madison Ave. Mondays Woody Allen & The Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band; 5/ 1 – 11 minus Sundays and Mondays John Pizzarelli; 5/ 14 – 25 minus Sundays and Mondays Nancy and Beth Starring Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt and 5/ 28 – 6/ 8 minus Sundays and Mondays Mary Wilson of the Supremes.

The Cutting Room: 44 East 32nd St. 5/ 29 – 31 PIAF Her Story, Her Songs Starring Raquel Bitton.

The DJango: 2 Avenue of the Americas.

Frances Ruffelle

The Green Room 42: 570 Tenth Ave 4th Floor inside Yotel Hotel. 5/ 4 Frances Ruffelle LIVE(S) in New York; 5/ 6, 5/ 13 and 5/ 27 Eva Noblezada; 5/ 11 Milly Shapiro; 5/ 14 KT Sullivan and Mark Nadler; 5/17 Spencer Day; 5/ 22- 23 My Beloved The Ted Bundy Musical; 5/ 25 Serving You Sondheim;

The Iridium: 1650 Broadway. 5/ 5 – 6 Otis Taylor.

The Pierre Hotel, Two E Bar & Lounge: 2 E 61st St.

The Town Hall: 123 W. 43 St. 5/1 Mariza; 5/ 15 Gordon Lightfoot and 5/ 20 Broadway By The Year.

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. 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. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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Ken Fallin’s Broadway: Sweeney Todd’s New Cast

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Aaron Tveit and Sutton Foster joined the Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd February 9th, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. They replaced Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford, who both earned 2023 Tony nominations for their leading performances in the production.

The Tony Award winning Tveit stepped into the role of Sweeney Todd, which is his first Broadway role since he originated the lead, Christian, in Moulin Rouge! The Musical. He is also known for his performances in Wicked, Catch Me If You Can, Hairspray, and Rent. Tveit has also portrayed several musical theatre roles on screen, such as Enjolras in the film adaptation of Les Misérables (2012), as well as Danny Zuko in Fox’s Grease: Live (2016). In television, he was Gareth Ritter on BrainDead, Tripp van der Bilt on Gossip Girl, Mike Warren on Graceland, and Danny Bailey/Topher in Schmigadoon!.

Foster’s last Broadway role was Marian Paroo in the 2021 revival of The Music Man, which earned her a Tony nomination the following year. She has earned six additional nominations and she is a two-time Tony winner for Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes. Her other credits include Violet and Little Women. In 2016, she starred opposite Aaron Tveit and Betty Buckley in the Stephen Schwartz revue Defying Gravity in Australia. She appeared in the Off-Broadway revival of Sweet Charity and was in the miniseries Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life opposite her ex-husband, Christian Borle. She made guest appearances on The Good Wife and Mad Dogs, she is known for her role as Liza Miller in Younger. A month earlier she wow’d audiences as Winfred in the Encore production of Once Upon A Mattress.

Now the two are winning raves in this macabre masterpiece of musical theatre,

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Museum of Broadway Celebrates Black History Month

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Museum of Broadway, 145 W. 45th Street, upcoming February Events

Saturday, February 24th | 12:00 PM

The Museum of Broadway Presents: A History of Minstrelsy with Ben West 

Join musical theatre artist and historian Ben West, author of the upcoming book The American Musical, for a journey into the history of minstrelsy, including its legacy of blackface on Broadway, its trailblazing Black artists, and its impact on the development of the American musical. Note: This talk will involve mature content.

– Event link here

Monday, February 26th | 11:00 AM

The Museum of Broadway Presents: A Conversation with Black Broadway Creatives

Join in celebrating and honoring the lives, careers, and experiences of Black Broadway creatives in the American theater.  Panelists include Ken Hanson, Dante Harrell, Destiny Lilly, Zane Mark, Thelma Pollard and Virginia Woodruff, in-conversation with Erich McMillian-McCall of Project 1 Voice.

– Event link here

Wednesday, February 28th | 12:00 PM

The Museum of Broadway Presents: Mary & Ethel…And Mikey Who? 

Talkback and Book Signing with award-winning author Stephen Cole joined by famed cabaret star Klea Blackhurst and special guest Anita Gillette

– Event link here 

Thursday, February 29th |10:30 AM

The Museum of Broadway Presents: Spotlight on Black Broadway Producers

Join acclaimed award-winning producers Rashad Chambers, Sade Lythcott & Brian Anthony Moreland in-conversation with Merrily We Roll Along’s Krystal Joy Brown

– Event link here

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The Glorious Corner

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G.H. Harding

MORE MURDER — (Via Deadline) Sophie Ellis-Bextor is gearing up to tour around North America for the first time and adding more cities for fans to see her perform “Murder on the Dance Floor” live.

The British singer’s song is featured in the final scene of Emerald Fennell’s Saltburn, where Barry Keoghan’s Oliver dances naked around the manor. After the scene went viral, the song, co-written by Ellis-Bextor and Gregg Alexander, also went viral on social media. “Murder on the Dance Floor” was originally released in 2001, but it never charted on the Billboard Hot 100 until now, peaking at 51 recently.

Ellis-Bextor recently made an appearance on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon where she performed the viral hit and the star is now embarking on a North America tour.

The artist announced her first-ever live show in NYC, set to take place on June 6 at Webster Hall, and the date quickly sold out. Ellis-Bextor has now announced more dates across the U.S. and Canada that will take her to San Francisco, San Diego, Boston, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia.

“Oh my… the New York show sold out in a day! Thank you thank you thank you,” Ellis-Bextor said in her newsletter announcing the additional tour dates. “So – how about some more shows in some more cities?! My band and I are coming for you! Super excited. Come and dance with me….”

May 30: August Hall (San Francisco, CA)May 31: The Observatory North Park (San Diego, CA)June 3: 9:30 Club (Washington D.C.)June 4: Royale Boston (Boston, MA)June 5: Union Transfer (Philadelphia, PA)June 6: Webster Hall (New York City, NY)June 8: Danforth Music Hall (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

I love this record, because its an actual song. Sure, they repeat the title about three-dozen times, but its a great track.

Neil Diamond and Micky Dolenz

NOISE CLOSES — (Via Deadline) Broadway’s A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical will play its final performance on Sunday, June 30, before launching a national tour this fall, producers announced today.

The musical, which began previews on November 2, 2022, at the Broadhurst Theatre and opened that year on December 4, will have played 35 preview performances and 657 regular performances when it closes.

As I’ve said, early reviews of the show, kind of stopped me from going to this. An artist who is even referenced in the play said to me ‘why would I go to a play that got bad reviews.’ Understood.

But, I did see it and absolutely loved it. Of course, I’m somewhat on the business side and loved all the insider-nuances. And, I saw it with the original performers in it.

There will be a national tour and I predict it will be a huge hit as Diamond’s music is multi-generational. As I’ve said, I preferred Diamond’s “Solitary Man”-period more than “America” and “I Am, I Said.” Although, “Turn On Your Heart Light” (written with Carole Bayer Sager and Burt Bacharach) was a great record.

An icon for certain.

SHORT TAKES — Warner’s second Aquaman movie; Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will stream on MAX on February 27. The first Aquaman movie, out in 2018, remains the highest-grossing DC film of all time. The sequel, after a plethora of media, mostly about Amber Heard, disappeared in a matter of weeks … Broadway-journeyman and Rockers On Broadway-creator Donnie Kehr recupping. Get well soon brother! … Keith Girard’s New York Independent featured an interview with 17-old wunderkind Kjersti Long. Check it out: https://www.thenyindependent.com/music/1704991/kjersti-long-17-explores-her-jersey-roots-by-way-of-utah-with-power-pop-style-video/

Pet Shop Boys

Just listened to the Pet Shop Boys “West End Girls.” What a tremendous record that hold up amazingly well all these years later. It came out in 1984 and produced by Bobby Orlando … Amazon shuttering Freevee? First off, as an offshoot of Amazon, this has got to be one of the worst monikers ever! I mean, FreeVee ... always sounded like frisbee!  Adios … Thursday’s Law & Order was the ode to Sam Waterston’s Jack McCoy-character (Last Dance).

Sam Waterston

After 404 episodes, we had to say goodbye. It wasn’t the greatest episode, but when McCoy took over the case and presented it to the jury, Waterston shone brightly. When McCoy said to Hugh Dancy (Nolan Ryan), it was a hell of a ride, it resonated terrifically. Thanks Jack! …

True Detective

I loved the finale on HBO of True Detective with Jodie Foster and Kali Reis. I didn’t understand it all, but the look and direction (by Issa Lopez) and Jodie Foster was just superb. I had forgotten just how good an actress Foster was. Sure, she was good in Nyad, but it was a supporting role. Here, she was just stellar. I’d like to see more of her …

Micky Jones

It was a grim week medically speaking as talk-show hostess Wendy Williams was diagnosed with aphasia and dementia and Mick Jones of Foreigner, with Parkinson’s. Sending prayers to both … And finally, news surfaced Thursday that an “inebriated” Andy Cohen harassed Brandi Glanville. I don’t know Andy at all, but his bad-boy antics of the last several years were clearly leading to something like this. Glanville’s lawyers even invoked NBC’s Matt Lauer in their brief. Expect a huge media brouhaha over this one. Sad for sure … Happy Bday Lou Christie; Niki Avers and Chloe Gaier.

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Steve Walter; Obi Steinman; Felix Cavaliere; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Kent Kotal; Ace Frehley; Alex Saltzman; Lush Ice; Tony King; Barry Zelman; Justin Ridener; Kent & Laura Denmark; Mark Bego; Mark Scheerer; Barbara Shelley; and SADIE!

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Stephen Schwartz To Be Inducted into The Long Island Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame

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Legendary Award Winning Broadway and Movie Music Composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin) will be inducted into the Long Island Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame (LIMEHOF) on Saturday, March 23rd, 2024 at 7pm.

There will also be concert emceed by Musician Paul Shaffer (from the David Letterman Show) who worked with Schwartz early in his career.

Schwartz has won 4 Grammys and 3 Oscars among other awards in his career that spans over 50 years both on Broadway and on the silver screen. Additionally, Schwartz has contributed music and lyrics to several movies such as “Pocahontas” (1995), “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1996), “The Prince of Egypt” (1998), and “Enchanted” (2007).He was also involved with the upcoming feature film adaptation of Wicked to be released in the fall.

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Ani DiFranco and Lola Tung Join Hadestown

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The Tony and Grammy Award®-winning Best Musical Hadestown is currently stars Grammy Award winner Ani DiFranco as Persephone singing “Our Lady Of The Underground”.

 Lola Tung (“The Summer I Turned Pretty”) as Eurydice, Jordan Fisher (Dear Evan Hansen, Grease: Live,) as Orpheus here singing “All I’ve Ever Known”.

Grammy Award nominee Phillip Boykin as Hades, and Tony Award winner Lillias White as Hermes.

They are joined by Belén Moyano, Kay Trinidad, and Brit West as the Fates. The chorus of Workers is played by Emily Afton, Malcolm Armwood, Chibueze Ihuoma, Alex Puette, and Grace Yoo. The cast includes swings Sojourner Brown, Brandon Cameron, Tara Jackson, Max Kumangai, Alex Lugo, and Tanner Ray Wilson.

Hadestown originated as Anaïs Mitchell’s indie theater project that toured Vermont which she then turned into an acclaimed album. With Rachel Chavkin, her artistic collaborator, Hadestown has been transformed into a genre-defying new musical that blends modern American folk music with New Orleans-inspired jazz to reimagine a sweeping ancient tale.

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