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Eden Espinosa, Karen Olivo Bring a One Night Only Production of BKLYN: The Musical to Benefits Covenant House

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Eden Espinosa, Bridget Elise Yingling, Scott Prisand, Doug Feurring and Jana Shea announced a one-night-only 15th Anniversary reunion concert of BKLYN: The Musical featuring Original Broadway stars Drama League nominee Eden Espinosa (RENT, Wicked) as Brooklyn, Tony Award winner Karen Olivo (Moulin RougeIn the Heights) as Faith, and stage star Ramona Keller (The Public Theatre’s Hercules, City Center’s Little Shop of Horrors) as Paradice. The concert, which benefits Covenant House Foundation(www.covenanthouse.org), will be presented on the 15th anniversary of the show’s Broadway opening night, Monday, October 21 at 7:30 PM, at Brooklyn Steel (319 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222). Tickets can be purchased HERE.

With original direction by Tony Award winner Jeff Calhoun (Newsies, Big River) the musical is written by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson.  BKLYN made its World Premiere in Denver in 2003 and opened on Broadway on October 21, 2004 at The Plymouth Theatre (later renamed the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater), playing 311 performances. The original Broadway cast of ten featured stars-in-the-making Kevin Anderson as “Taylor”, Eden Espinosa as “Brooklyn”, Ramona Keller as “Paradice”, Cleavant Derricks as “Streetsinger” and Karen Olivo as “Faith”. Ben Brantley of New York Times wrote, “Brooklyn is in many ways a throwback to the quaint, simple and whimsy-laden musicals that first blossomed Off-Broadway and then the mainstream in the late 1960’s and the early 70’s.” Following the Broadway engagement, a National Tour launched starring Diana DiGarmo (“American Idol”) and an Original Broadway Cast Album was released.  A West End production starring Emily-Mae, Hiba Elchikhe, and Sabrina Aloueche is currently running at the Greenwich Theatre in London through October 19, 2019.

The musical tells the story of the “City Weeds,” five homeless musicians who band together to transform their neighborhood beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Utilizing the play within a play structure, the City Weeds share the story of Brooklyn – a Parisian singer – in addition to their own stories. Orphaned after her mother’s death, Brooklyn travels to the United States in search of her father and the life she always dreamed of. The discovery of a newfound passion leads to opportunities she’d always hoped for, as two stories weave together to create an inspiring and refreshing performance.

Founded in 1972, Covenant House helps to transform and save the lives of more than a million homeless, runaway, and trafficked young people. The not for profit organization offers housing and support services to children and teens in need, impacting the lives of over 80,000 people each year. More information about the mission and work of Covenant House can be found at covenanthouse.org.

Tickets to the 15th Anniversary concert of BKLYN can be purchased here.

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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Hell’s Kitchen And New York Liberty Host Block Party At Block Party

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The new musical Hell’s Kitchen will be the presenting sponsor of the New York Liberty’s game today July 16th. As a celebration of New York culture, Hell’s Kitchen and the New York Liberty will host a free open-to-the-public Block Party for fans on Tuesday, July 16 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on the Ticketmaster Plaza at Barclays Center. The New York Liberty continue to underscore their intentional focus to bring together its passionate community and fanbase.

To emphasize the unique intersection of sport and theater, the Block Party will include a meet and greet with select cast members of Hell’s Kitchen, special performances from the New York Liberty Entertainment team and the Brooklyn Elite Jumpers Double Dutch, exclusive giveaways from Keys Soulcare and American Express, food vendors and more!

The festivities will continue during the New York Liberty’s game against the Connecticut Sun, where the Liberty aim to build upon the historic momentum experienced throughout the 2024 WNBA season. During the game, there will be a special halftime performance choreographed by Hell’s Kitchen’s choreographer Camille A. Brown and associate chorographer Rickey Tripp featuring the New York Liberty mascot, Ellie the Elephant, and dance team, as well as an on-court giveaway where two fans will have the chance to win tickets to an upcoming Hell’s Kitchen performance.

Ali is a 17-year-old girl full of fire – searching for freedom, passion and her place in the world. How she finds them is a New York City coming-of-age story you’ve never felt before – Hell’s Kitchen, a new musical from 16-time Grammy® Award winner Alicia Keys, whose songs and experiences growing up in NY inspire a story made for Broadway.

Rebellious and stifled by an overprotective single mother, Ali is lost until she meets her mentor: a neighbor who opens her heart and mind to the power of the piano. Set to the rhythm of the 90s, Hell’s Kitchen is a love story between a mother and daughter.  It’s about finding yourself, your purpose, and the community that lifts you. Come remember where dreams begin.

The “powerhouse cast” is led by Tony Award® winner Maleah Joi Moon, Shoshana Bean, Brandon Victor Dixon, Tony Award® winner Kecia Lewis and Chris Lee. Hell’s Kitchen is directed by four-time Tony Award® nominee Michael Greif, with choreography by four-time Tony Award nominee Camille A. Brown, a book by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee Kristoffer Diaz – and the music of Keys, featuring new songs and her greatest hits.

The Hell’s Kitchen Original Broadway Cast Recording is available now via Alicia Keys Records/Interscope Records on streaming and digital platforms worldwide with a physical release to follow.

Hell’s Kitchen lottery tickets are available through a digital lottery the day before the performance at rush.telecharge.com. The digital lottery opens at rush.telecharge.com at 12AM (ET) one day before the performance with winners announced that same morning at 10AM (ET), with a second announcement of additional winners that afternoon at 3PM (ET). Winners may purchase up to two tickets at $39 each (inclusive of $5 service fee), subject to availability. Seats may be partial view.

A limited number of in-person Hell’s Kitchen rush tickets will be available on the day of each performance for $39 per ticket when the Shubert Theatre box office opens. Maximum of two tickets per person, subject to availability. Seats may be partial view. The box office opens Monday through Saturday at 10AM (ET) and Sunday at 12PM (ET).

Tickets for Hell’s Kitchen are available at HellsKitchen.com and Telecharge.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the Shubert Theatre box office. Ticket prices range from $59-199.

Season ticket memberships and single game tickets for New York Liberty home games at Barclays Center are on sale now via Ticketmaster. To learn more and view additional ticketing options such as group tickets and ticket plans, visit liberty.wnba.com/tickets.

The performance schedule for Hell’s Kitchen is Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 7PM, Wednesday at 7:30PM, Saturday at 8PM, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2PM, and Sunday at 3PM.

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The Glorious Corner

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G.H. Harding

ALEC BALDWIN — I’ve had my own issues with Alec Baldwin for years; then, literally on a dime, it all turned around and I found him to be pretty compassionate, intelligent and a nice guy. What happened in Santa Fe on the Rust set was an unspeakable tragedy, and his trial was halted yesterday and the case was dismissed due to evidence not being given to the Baldwin-team. The Santa Fe prosecutor Kari Morrisey seemingly told two different stories on the stand and outside the court room. She is, without a doubt, toast.

Baldwin is still liable for civil suits, but this case is gone and he cannot be tried again. A win for sure, but the questions still remain: who brought live ammo onto the Rust-set. Clearly that may never, ever be determined.

Baldwin’s a good guy with a short fuse, but this situation, once and for all, is done.

Mirage

SHORT TAKES — Hard to believe the Las Vegas Mirage is closing … after 35 years. Opened in 1983 it was a great hotel and hosted The Beatles’ Love show. I have stayed there numerous times and loved it. The new owner will build a Hard Rock hotel there, with a HUGE guitar in front. Yet again changing the skyline of that town. It’ll open in 2027 …

Lyndsey Parker

Lyndsey Parker is a terrific writer. Her new site, Lyndsanity just posted a great interview with Micky Dolenz about his direction of the video “Love Is Dangerous” from Noel – masterminded by the Mael Brothers in 1979. Great piece, check it out here:  https://www.lyndsanity.com/music/micky-dolenz-on-directing-long-lost-dancing-is-dangerous-video-for-sparks-protege-noel-its-pretty-weird-huh/?fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTAAAR2W-9c0OfpLdT3WVy52ZWliQu7XTVoVjaYREbiUMSAUcdgJatcsL547X8c_aem_8St7LVBDI_U5Qp-ZJ5lxQA

… Hard to believe there are only 8 episodes left of CBS’ Blue Bloods. Salary concerns killed this show and it’s a shame as it was really superb for 15 years. Bad move on CBS’ part …

Zach Martin

Veteran-broadcaster Denny Somach joins Zach Martin’s NEW HD radio – https://newhdmedia.com/rock-and-roll-for-grownups-debut-denny-somach/?fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTEAAR1j_BeyvWnRksk6pRN7IUtWK-kzu5G35zKqcjBUjVJOJ3w_b4IVFjDE6UI_aem_hW0aEBIVaHEwpJXVTItulA

Benny Harrison

Whatever happened to Benny Harrison’s album Pages? It was a great one. Heard an early advance and loved it …And, (via Deadline)

Stevie Nicks

There are special guest stars, and then there’s extra-special guest stars. Which is what Harry Styles what is as he joined Stevie Nicks at her July 12 concert in the UK for versions of her hits “Stop Draggin’ My heart Around” and “Landslide.” Styles played guitar on stage and held up on the Tom Petty/Lindsey Buckingham vocal parts. It was familiar turf, as Styles has joined Nicks on stage several times in the past. Nicks was appearing at the BST Hyde Park concert series on Friday. Nicks told the audience in London that she asked Styles to help her in commemorating what would have been her late Fleetwood Mac bandmate Christine McVie’s 81st birthday … RIP Dr. Ruth!

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Nancy Ruth; Mark Bego; Freda Payne; Jerry Brandt; Kent & Laura Denmark; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; David Kramer; Terry Jastrow; Steve Immerman; Jordan Immerman; Tony Seidl; Roy Trakin; Markos Papadatos; Sparks; Pat Prince; Cindy Adams; Tony LoBianco; Tone Scott; David Adelson; Joel Denver; Pat Prince; and SADIE!

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The Ellen Hermanson Foundation Raising Money For Breast Cancer

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The Ellen Hermanson Foundation hosted their Summer Gala 2024 fundraising event, on Saturday, July 13th, from 6:30PM-11:30PM at Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club in Bridgehampton, NY. Oceanside cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the deck, dinner, dancing and an auction, with an after-party with a beach bonfire and s’mores followed.

The Foundation honor Dr. Fredric Weinbaum, medical doctor extraordinaire and former Chief Administrative Officer/COO of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital and The Honorable Rebecca A. Seawright, Member of the New York State Assembly whose 3-D screening bill signed into law expands access to cancer screenings without cost sharing, to include 3-D Mammagraphy. These are two brilliant people who have done so much to make our community a healthier place.

Jean Shafiroff, noted philanthropist and author, is the Gala Chair, along with the Young Professional Committee, Host Committee and The Board of Directors.

Notable guests were Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Martin Shafiroff, Kenneth Fishel, Ann Cirdullo, Lucas Hunt, Jane Scher, Gayle Brophy, Keith and Carol Grupman, Victoria Schneps, Alexandrea LaFata, Mady Schuman, Monty Farber, Amy Zerner, Allison Silver, Julie Feldman, Rakesh Nigam, Elizabeth Dew, Scott, Lori, and Justin Levine, Paulina Berse, Julia Haart, Rakesh Nigam, Elizabeth Dew, Daniel Padnos, Andrea and Maynard Hellman, Michael and Bernadette Olsen, Vinay Tack, Edna Kapenhas and Michael Valdes, Roger and Ilene Schiel, Minerva Perez, Tien Ho So, Rita Bonicelli, Rachel Goldberg, Cathy Norman, Norman Yojy, Leslie Grand, and Linda Bieniewicz, Liz Derringer, Phyllis Chase, Dr. Paul Trotta, Dr. Gary and Karen Boxer, Jody and Jack Wasserman, Howie and Sherri Lippman.

Photo’s taken by Roger Sichel

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Come Celebrate Harry Potters Birthday at Harry Potter: The Exhibition

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In the first Harry Potter story, The Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry turns 11 on July 31st. In honor of his birthday, Harry Potter: The Exhibition at 50 West 34th Street, is celebrating with a variety of birthday treats and specials for visitors, including: free admission for anyone named “Harry” , $11 ticket special for everyone else, with code HPBDAY2024 (on sale now!), free ice cream for visitors between 11am – 1pm , one-of-a-kind commemorative birthday buttons  and ticket giveaways & contests with Z100 host Crystal Garcia.


Harry Potter: The Exhibition
is the record-breaking exhibition taking visitors of all ages on a one-of-a-kind journey celebrating the entire Wizarding World and includes some of the most iconic moments from the beloved books and films of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts. Upon entry, everyone is given an exhibition wristband for a personalized experience using best-in-class immersive design and technology. From selecting a Hogwarts house (either Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin) to picking your wand and Patronus, visitors will be able to create their own, uniquely magical moments while earning points for their house with each interactive activity.

Harry Potter: The Exhibition closes August 11, 2024, so now is the perfect time to visit.

 

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A Midsummer Night’s Scheme: An Artistic Fusion in Tribeca

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In the heart of Tribeca, during the spirited celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, an immersive installation titled “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” has enraptured the design and art community of New York City. This unique collaboration, inspired by Shakespeare’s illustrious play, is a triumphant partnership melding Brazilian Mid-Century Modern furniture, contemporary fine art, and exquisitely handmade carpets. The exhibition, a confluence of Found Collectibles, Nicolas Auvray Gallery, and Carini, is a testament to their shared vision, creating a mesmerizing tableau that celebrates both historical and modern artistic expressions.

From left: Guy Griggs, Greg Ventra, Joseph Carini, Friday Jones, Carlos Saavedra

The opening night, an event of sublime enchantment, saw over 150 guests—including collectors, interior designers, architects, and design aficionados—gathered to bask in the sophisticated ambiance of Carini’s Tribeca showroom. The exhibit, running through July 22nd, beckons visitors from Monday to Friday, 10 AM to 6 PM, at 335 Greenwich Street #A, New York, NY 10013.

Getting a ‘Puck-ture’ perfect moment with this midsummer mischief-maker.

Rodrigo Salem, founder of Found Collectibles, eloquently captured the essence of the event: “We aimed to showcase the coexistence of Brazilian mid-century modern collectible design, beautiful rugs, and contemporary fine art. The result is an elegant, harmonious, stunning aesthetic fusion.”

Brazilian mid-century design enshrined among tapestries and fine art.

Nicolas Auvray Gallery, a vibrant beacon in Chelsea, New York, continues to be a crucible for artistic dialogue and creativity. Formerly known as Galerie L’Atelier, the gallery has metamorphosed into a dynamic space where traditional and contemporary art forms converge, reflecting the richness and complexity of the human experience. Under the guidance of Nicolas Auvray, whose journey from corporate executive to esteemed curator is itself a narrative of artistic passion, the gallery presents an eclectic mix of paintings, sculptures, photography, and mixed media, each piece a thread in the intricate tapestry of human expression.

Framed by striking textile design, ALBEN’s post-modern Venus de Milo overlooks a stunning vintage dining set.

Eric Ceccarini’s evocative photography from his “AMNIOS” series with its naturalistic light and striking sexuality, and ALBEN’s postmodern “Venus de Milo” sculpture, a reimagined configuration of crushed Coke cans, were among the highlights.

As Puck would have it, juicy color and textures abound throughout the exhibition.

The carpets, suspended like tapestries, epitomized the artistry of Carini. Founded in 1997 by Joe Carini and Aurelie Lang, Carini NYC has long been at the forefront of the carpet design revolution, marrying traditional Tibetan knotting techniques with visionary design. Joe Carini’s dedication to natural dyes and authentic weaving practices underscores the company’s commitment to creating pieces that are both timeless and contemporary, drawing on ancient traditions to inform modern aesthetics.

Visually arresting displays surround rare vintage Brazilian collectibles.

Photographer Carlos Saavedra captured the spirit of the opening night, remarking, “It was wonderful to see all these different people from exciting worlds—fine art, fashion, antique collectibles, and textiles—coming together in this space we all created together and enjoying each other. There were so many countries and cultures represented; everyone just loved the space!”

Exhibition curators from left: Rodrigo Salem, Nicolas Auvray and Joseph Carini

Notable guests included designers Juan Montoya and Ernesto de la Torre, designer Bryan McCarthy, and Ben Genocchio, Editor in Chief of InCollect, each adding their unique flair to an evening of cultural confluence and artistic celebration.

In true Capote fashion, the event was a soirée where art and design waltzed together, a midsummer night’s dream come to life in the vibrant heart of New York City.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream” through July 22nd

Carini

335 Greenwich Street #A, 

New York, NY 10013

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