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Meet The Former and Present Residents of Manhattan Plaza: Patrick Pacheco



Patrick Pacheco is an Emmy-winning commentator and journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal,, and many other periodicals.

André De Shields, Patrick Pacheco

He was the longtime author of New York Newsday’s “Play by Play” theatre column and edited Clear Channel Entertainment’s theatre quarterly, “Show People”.

Casey Nicholaw, Patrick Pacheco

He wrote the 2009 Disney documentary “Waking Sleeping Beauty” and is the co-writer, with Maria Cassi, of the play, My Life with Men…and Other Animals. He is the writer and editor of the Amazon best seller American Theatre Wing, An Oral History: 100 Years, 100 Voices, 100 Million Miracles.

Lea DeLaria, Patrick Pacheco

His book The American Theatre Wing, An Oral History, was a best seller. He frequently writes about LGBTQ+ issues.  His new show on CUNY-TV , THEATER: All the Moving Parts…etc, features in-depth interviews with artists, including directors, choreographers, writers, designers, and composers.

Joel Grey, Patrick Pacheco

T2C: When did you first move to Manhattan Plaza and how did you get into the building?

Patrick Pacheco: In April of 1992.  In 1977, I was a senior writer and editor for a magazine called After Dark. I was assigned to do a story on Manhattan Plaza for the magazine and, as is true for almost all the residents, MP changed my life. I met and interviewed Rodney Kirk (and probably met Richard Hunnings at the same time), as well Irv Fischer.  They liked the After Dark story and, as a thank you, they gave me a free membership in the health club for years! I was quite the swimmer then and I was at MP at least three times a week to workout in the beautiful pool. As an added bonus, I sometimes would swim in the lane next to Tennessee Williams. It was like swimming with God. I had an apartment in a dusty brownstone on the Upper West Side and I had no intention of ever living at Manhattan Plaza. It struck as too impersonal. (The turnstiles!) and cold. Boy was I ever wrong! However, I maintained a warm friendship with Rodney Kirk. I think Richard looked at me askance but we eventually became good friends.   LOL!  

T2C: Were you in the building during the AIDS Crisis? How did that time frame affect you?

Patrick Pacheco: When the AIDS crisis hit, I was a volunteer for the GMHC on the Upper West Side.  Part of my Buddy group was a young struggling actor named Joe Mantello. Rodney asked if I would also help out at the MP AIDS Project. I was only too willing to do so. My volunteerism largely consisted of writing for Mitchell Rodman’s newsletter, profiling the wonderful volunteers and brave clients of  the Project. So then I found myself at MP four or five times a week, to swim and to volunteer and to eat at the Little Pie Company and Curtain Up! Finally, Rodney and Richard said, “Why don’t you move here?”  I was still reticent.  I liked being close to Central Park. Finally they said, “Just put your name on the list for a fair-market apartment. Let’s see what comes up and you can decide then.”  A spacious studio apartment came up on their floor, the 46th Floor with this expansive view of the Hudson. Better yet, I felt a lovely vibe to the place.  After I moved in, a woman, waiting for the elevator with me, asked what apartment I was in. I said, 46P.  She said, “You better be a  good person. The man who lived before you was a lovely, generous and kind individual.” He had died of AIDS. I feel like I, in some way, honor his memory. She was right. MP makes you a better person.    

Laura Benanti. Boyd Gaines, Patti LuPone, Patrick Pacheco

T2C: Who have been your favorite people to interview?

Patrick Pacheco: In my long career as a journalist, I have had the privilege of interviewing over a hundred artists from all over the world in all sorts of different fields. I’ve travelled to over 55  countries, writing about theater, film, art, as well as design, social issues, travel, and to a far less extent, politics. In terms of film and theater, it has been a joy to interview Kate Hepburn (a crazy afternoon), Julie Andrews (twice and both times splendid),  Mike Nichols, Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton and as part of a press pool, Barbra Streisand when she and Jon Peters were making “A Star is Born.” (Yes, this dates me!) But the two legends who most relate to MP are Chita Rivera and Angela Lansbury about whom I’ve had the esteemed privilege of writing. I’ve had a ball interviewing Chita at least four or five times through the years, often over cosmos at Steve Olsen’s West Bank Cafe in MP.  I did the interviews that were the basis for her Broadway show, “Chita: The Dancer’s Life,” written by the great Terrence McNally. Ditto with Angela. When The Little Pie Company’s Arnold and his partner, Michael,  were publishing a Little Pie Company cookbook, they asked Angie to write the preface.  She replied that she’d be happy to do so—it was so apt because she had been so glorious as piemaker Mrs. Lovett in “Sweeney Todd.”  She told them, she couldn’t write but they should ask me to ghost write it for her. They called and I said, Of course. They asked about my fee.  I said, I’d be happy to do it for free. But they insisted I be paid and insisted that I tell them my regular fee. At that time, my magazine rate was $1/word. $700 for a 700 word piece. They said, they couldn’t afford to  pay me that much. I again insisted they could pay me an honorarium if they wished. Finally they said, “Would you take the $700 in pies?” Absolutely! So I—and my friends—ate through the credit in about a couple of weeks. Ron Alexander even included the story in his column in the New York Times. As a total aside, the Times also wrote about Leo, the Wonder Cat, of MP, owned by Kirk Romero. He’s now in the Guinness Book of Records. He fell from the 46th Floor—and survived!  But that’s another story…:) 

Patrick Pacheco

T2C: What has living in the building allowed you to accomplish? 

Patrick Pacheco:  I have written so much stuff in my apartment at Manhattan Plaza. Mind you, I’m a procrastinator so the only thing that truly revs me up is an editor, publisher or producer screaming at me for the article, script, etc.  When you have a deadline, and especially one that is a “hard” fixed deadline, you can write in the middle of Times Square; you so have to be in the zone. But I’m proudest of writing for producer-director Peter Schneider “Waking Sleeping Beauty,” , a 2010 documentary for Disney about the renaissance of the animation department, “My Life with Men…and other animals,” a one-person show co-written with Maria Cassi, a Florentine performance artist, a revised book for “Pal Joey,” and the oral history of the American Theatre Wing, “100 Years, 100 Voices, 100 Hundred Million Miracles.”  I’m now co-adapting a stage musical version of a Barbara Stanwyck film. 

T2C: What are your fondest memories of living in the plaza?

Patrick Pacheco: So very many. Rodney Kirk looms large because his goodness, not only spread blessedly over Manhattan Plaza and gave it its DNA, but also because his example was nourishment for our souls. I can truthfully say that the elevator rides and the “show” in the lobby of 484 are always consequential and, mostly, joyful from the sheer breadth of humanity in all its tender regard, generosity of spirit, and maverick craziness. I was also once involved in a gay bashing incident on 43rd Street, a group of young men were taunting me and a friend with homophobic slurs as we were returning from dinner at Chez Josephine. My friend, to top it off, was straight! When it started to become violent, he had the presence of mine to whip out his cell phone and call the police. The young men took off in a trot. But before they could get very far, MP security caught them and held them until police came. They rounded them in in the lobby of 484. The boys were scared shitless. The police asked us if we wanted to press charges. We said, no. The police then asked them to apologize to us. Which they tearfully did. The security guards asked them what they were doing in the neighborhood. They said they were on their way to visit a MP resident. Security called the resident to come to the lobby and informed him that these men were never to set foot into MP.  

T2C: What has been the biggest changes to the neighborhood?

Patrick Pacheco: Certainly the rough and tumble has been replaced with gentrification. The eye candy has changed. As much as that might be welcomed, I miss the drugstore on the corner and other closed businesses.  Every time a small mom-and-pop store closes, it’s a dagger to the heart. I hope the Greek pastry place and the shops along 9th Avenue, below 42nd Street, which are a godsend, never close but I fear it. Crime has been reduced and that’s always a good thing. But Damon Runyon and O Henry would never write about the Times Square of today. With progress there always comes loss. Thank God, MP is a beacon, not only for neighborhood revivalism but also for eccentricity. I was doing a follow-up phone call with Emma Stone for a profile I was writing for the Los Angeles Times. She was then  in “Cabaret” on Broadway. She asked me where I was calling from.  She said, “OMG, you live at Manhattan Plaza!”Her voice teacher lives at MP and she was there two or three times a week. There was a pause on the phone and then she said, “You’ve got some really weird people living your building.” We both laughed. I said, “I know and I LOVE it!” By the way, until that moment, I’d never thought about it in quite that way. But she’s right!

T2C: How does living in the building make you feel?

Patrick Pacheco: Like I’m at home. Like I’m part of the most wonderful urban family imaginable. That the creativity of the people living there could make it levitate. And that the generosity and kindness of my neighbors, despite the rejection many of them face every day,  keep it grounded in humility—and resilience. 

T2C: What would you change from your time living in Manhattan Plaza?

Patrick Pacheco: I wish I could help more. Be more involved in events and the tenants association. Finally, to get to the Wednesday night movie that Peter Valentyne organizes so well. Attend more of the special events. 

Patrick Pacheco with his NY 1 colleague Frank DiLella

T2C: What is your fondest memory of New York?

Patrick Pacheco: Oh, Lord.  Forgive the long winded-ness but here’s what E.B. White famously said of New York: 

“On any person who desires such queer prizes, New York will bestow the gift of loneliness and the gift of privacy. It is this largess that accounts for the presence within the city’s walls of a considerable section of the population; for the residents of Manhattan are to a large extent strangers who have pulled up stakes somewhere and come to town, seeking sanctuary or fulfillment or some greater or lesser grail. The capacity to make such dubious gifts is a mysterious quality of New York. It can destroy an individual, or it can fulfill him, depending a good deal on luck. No one should come to New York to live unless he is willing to be lucky.”

I have been lucky far more than anyone, especially me, could deserve to be. I arrived, in 1972, with $17 bucks in my pocket, never having been here before and not really knowing anyone, and not having a job. My brother was then at Harvard so I knew I could always hitchhike to Cambridge if I really got in trouble. The West Side Y on West 63rd Street took $7 of my $17 bucks. But that afternoon I went to see a friend of a friend, Mary Chipman, who was a Bunny at the New York Playboy Club. Mary’s extraordinary generosity, to a virtual stranger, has served to inspire me to do what I can,whenever I can, to help people in the same boat. Or just in need.  Within 24 hours of arriving, I had a place to stay with Mary in her small studio apartment at Lincoln Towers. I had a temp job filing Blue Cross Insurance forms on 23rd Street, and I had an interview at After Dark Magazine.  They fired somebody that Friday and within three days of my arrival, I was hired to be a go-for at After Dark. I started that Monday.  After getting the job, I literally danced around, like a fool, on the plaza in front of 10 Columbus Circle. Mind you, that weekend, Mary Chipman and I saw Bette Midler’s last performance at the Continental Baths with Barry Manilow at the piano. And on the way home, we witnessed an epic fist fight at the local bodega on 10th Avenue–over potato chips! The Lay’s Potato chips were flying all over the place. What’s not to like? 

T2C: What would you like us to know that we haven’t asked you?

I suppose the only one thing I’d add is just  how much I appreciate and am moved by the small black-lined cards—“May perpetual light shine upon them”—announcing the death of residents in the building. This is an opportunity for people to respond with cards, flowers, remembrances of the dead that are truly touching. In the case of dogs—my Clementine included—the messages are so very comforting. It is a reminder of our mortality. And I would suspect that many people feel and think the same way that I do when I see one: “One of these days, my name will be on one of these cards with the date of my birth and the date of my death.” I can only hope that people will pause–as I do whenever I see them–and say a prayer and think kindly of me. 

By the way, there was a card—I believe within the last six months are so—which was in remembrance of  a resident who lived to be 114 or thereabout. God bless him!

Find out more about American Theatre Wing, an Oral History: 100 Years, 100 Voices, 100 Million Miracles:

The documentary Miracle on 42nd Street, is available on Amazon and will soon be available to stream. 

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:


Drama Desk Awards Backstage In The Press Room



T2C was backstage at the Drama Desk Awards last night. Here is a look at the action.

First in the room:

Kara Young

Celia Keenan-Bolger

Celia Keenan-Bolger and Jessica Lange

Jessica Lange

Sarah Paulson

The Cast of Stereophonic-Will Brill, Sarah Pidgeon, Juliana Canfield, Andrew R. Butler, Tom Pecinka, Chris Stack and Eli Gelb

Nikiya Mathis

JR Goodman, Ray Wetmore and Camille Labarre

Nikki M. James

Patrick Page

Enver Chakartash

Paul Tazewell

Cole Escola

How to Dance in Ohio cast members that includes-Liz Weber, Jeremy Wein, Ava Xiao-Lin Rigelhaupt, Nicole D’Angelo and Becky Leifman

Paul Tate dePoo

Avran Mlotek, Motl Didner, Dominick Balletta and Zalem Miotek

Jane Cox

Brian MacDevitt

Brian MacDevitt and Jane Cox

Isabella Byrd

Ryan Rumery

Walter Trarbach, Cody Spencer and Kai Harada

David Yazbek

Itamar Moses

Lady Irene Gandy

Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick

Matthew Broderick

Nathan Lane

Will Butler

Marco Paguia

Shaina Taub

Justin Peck

Daniel Aukin

Jessica Stone

Corbin Bleu and Sarah Hyland

Andre Bishop and James Lapine

Keisha Lewis

Maleah Joi Moon, Brian d’Arcy James and Kelli O’Hara

Maleah Joi Moon

Keisha Lewis and Maleah Joi Moon

Kelli O’Hara

Brian d’Arcy James

Peter Nigrini

Carole Rothman and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Amy Herzog

David Adjmi

Adam Greenfield, David Adjmi

Sarah Hyland and Debra Messing


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The 2024 Winner’s Of The Drama Desk Awards The Red Carpet



The 2024 Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced last night at NYU Skirball Center. Tony Award Winners Sutton Foster and Aaron Tveit hosted the ceremony.

Sutton Foster and Aaron Tveit

Aaron Tveit

Sutton Foster

T2C was on the red carpet.

Andrew Durand

Jeff Kuperman and Rick Kuperman

William Jackson Harper

Shaina Taub

Peter Nigrini

Kecia Lewis

Celia Keenan-Bolger

Jocelyn Bioh

Laura Benanti

Jesse Robb and Shana Carroll

Jessica Lange

Camille Labarre, Ray Wetmore and JR Goodman

Michael Starobin, Andrea Grody and Shaina Taub

Will Brill

Sarah Paulson

Richard Ridge

Sarah Hyland

Maleah Joi Moon

Patrick Paige

Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields, Maleah Joi Moon

Brian D’Arcy James

Will Keen

Michael Stuhlbarg, Will Keen

Mary Louise Burke

Isabella Byrd

Justin Peck

Kara Young

Marco Paguia

Miss New York Rachelle diStasio

Josh Breckenridge

Lorin Latarro

Ricky Ubeda

Glauco Araujo

Dorian Harewood and Nancy Harewood

Mark Williams

Brody Grant

The Cast of Stereophonic-Andrew R. Butler, Will Brill, Tom Pecinka, Juliana Canfield, Eli Gelb, Chris Stack and Sarah Pidgeon

Paige Davis and Patrick Page

James Monroe Iglehart

Sarah Pidgeon

Nikiya Mathis

Montego Glover

Cole Escola

Tom Pecinka

Chris Stack

Leslie Kritzer

Miriam Silverman

Andrew R. Butler

Pat Swinney Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment with Juliana Canfield

Juliana Canfield

Enver Chakartash

Robert Pickens and Katie Geil

Will Butler

David Adjmi

Daisy Prince

Debra Messing

Lena Hall

Debra Messing

Nikki M. James

Michael Stuhlbarg

Paul Tazewell

Camille A. Brown

Marin Ireland

How To Dance in Ohio-Liz Weber, Jeremy Wein, Ava Xiao-Lin Rigelhaupt, Nicole D’Angelo and Becky Leifman

Jacob Karr

Dylis Croman and Robert Montano

Eli Gelb

Walter Trarbach

Steven Valentine

Peter Charney and Brendan George

Rebecca Frecknall

Lady Irene Gandy

Timo Andres


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Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth



The Broadway League’s Black to Broadway initiative announces the performers for this year’s Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth concert taking place in Times Square on Wednesday, June 19th from 11:00am – 12:30pm (rain or shine).

Michael James Scott

Michael James Scott will host. Flagstar Bank will be this year’s presenting sponsor.

Phylicia Rashad

The 2024 Juneteenth Legacy Award will be presented to two-time Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad, a versatile performer, director, educator, and humanitarian who has delighted generations of audiences through her work in beloved roles both in theatre and on screen. As an actress, Ms. Rashad has won two Tony Awards, for A Raisin in the Sun (2004 Best Actress in a Play) and Skeleton Crew (2022 Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play). She was also a 2005 Best Actress in a Play nominee for Gem of the Ocean. As a producer, Ms. Rashad recently received a Best Revival of a Play nomination for Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch.

The fourth annual Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth concert features more than 35 performers from the following 17 Broadway shows: Aladdin; & Juliet; Back to the Future: The Musical; Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club; Chicago; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; The Heart of Rock and Roll; Hell’s Kitchen; Illinoise; The Lion King; MJ; Moulin Rouge! The Musical;The Notebook; Suffs; Water for Elephants; The Who’s Tommy; The Wiz; and the return of the kids of Young Gifted and Broadway. All performances will be accompanied by live music thanks to The Music Performance Trust Fund and the Film Funds. American Sign Language interpretation will be provided.

The exciting line-up of Broadway stars set to perform includes: Blu Allen, Donovan Louis Bazemore, Jace Bentley, Ronnie S. Bowman Jr., Maya Boyd, Tsilala Brock, Max Chambers, Taylor Colleton, Jay Copeland, Lorna Courtney, Charity Angél Dawson, Mariama Diop, Desmond Sean Ellington, Will Ervin Jr., Jerome Hermann-Hardeman, Dorian Harewood, Jackson Hayes, Najah Hetsberger, Afra Hines, Manny Houston, Jaylen Lyndon Hunter, Bre Jackson, Polanco Jones Jr., John-Michael Lyles, Mehret Marsh, Deja McNair, Alex Newell, Veronica Otim, Cristina Rae, Jelani Remy, William Rhem Jr., Albert Rhodes Jr., Walter Russell III, Antoine L. Smith, Nia Thompson, Lamont Walker II, Rachel Webb, NaTasha Yvette Williams, and Hailee Kaleem Wright.

Joining The Broadway League in partnership for Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth are Black Theatre United (BTU), Black Theatre Coalition (BTC), The New York Times, and the Times Square Alliance. Black Theatre United has curated a selection of Black-owned restaurants to take part in the celebration by selling food and treats to attendees. Kokomo, LaMode BK, and Brooklyn Sweet Spot will be on-site with a selection of delicious options to add to the festivity.

Flagstar Bank is the 2024 presenting sponsor of Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth. Other sponsors include: The Music Performance Trust Fund and Film Funds; the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment; Audience Rewards; Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS;; M·A·C Cosmetics; TodayTix; Playbill; The Araca Group; and Open Jar Studios.

The creative and production teams of Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth include Director and Writer Steve H. Broadnax III, Music Director Rashad McPherson, Executive Producers Brian Anthony Moreland and Aaliytha Stevens, Stage Manager Monet Thibou, and General Manager Devon Miller of Foresight Theatrical.

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The 2024 Winner’s Of The Drama Desk Awards With Interviews



Photo Aaron Tveit and Sutton Foster Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

The 2024 Drama Desk Awards were a star-studded ceremony at NYU Skirball Center co-hosted by Sutton Foster and Aaron Tveit. This is the only major NYC theater awards for which Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway productions are considered in the same categories. Two recipients in each of the gender-free performance categories were announced and in some categories not only were their ties but three winners selected.

The winners are:

Outstanding Play: Stereophonic, by David Adjmi, Playwrights Horizons

Outstanding Musical: Dead Outlaw

Outstanding Revival of a Play: Appropriate, Second Stage Theater

Outstanding Revival of a Musical: I Can Get It for You Wholesale, Classic Stage Company

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play:
Jessica Lange, Mother Play, Second Stage Theater

and Sarah Paulson, Appropriate, Second Stage Theater

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical: Brian d’Arcy James, Days of Wine and Roses, Atlantic Theater Company, Maleah Joi Moon, Hell’s Kitchen and Kelli O’Hara, Days of Wine and Roses, Atlantic Theater Company

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play:
Celia Keenan-Bolger, Mother Play, Second Stage Theater and Kara Young, Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical: Kecia Lewis, Hell’s Kitchen and Bebe Neuwirth, Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club

Outstanding Direction of a Play:
Daniel Aukin, Stereophonic, Playwrights Horizons

Outstanding Direction of a Musical:
Jessica Stone, Water for Elephants

Outstanding Choreography: Justin Peck, Illinoise, Park Avenue Armory

Outstanding Music:
Shaina Taub, Suffs

Outstanding Lyrics: David Yazbek and Erik Della Penna, Dead Outlaw

Outstanding Book of a Musical: Itamar Moses, Dead Outlaw

Outstanding Orchestrations: Marco Paguia, Buena Vista Social Club, Atlantic Theater Company

Outstanding Music in a Play:
Will Butler, Stereophonic, Playwrights Horizons

Outstanding Revue: Amid Falling Walls, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene

Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play: David Zinn, Stereophonic, Playwrights Horizons

Outstanding Scenic Design of a Musical: Paul Tate DePoo III, The Great Gatsby (includes projections)

Outstanding Costume Design of a Play:
Enver Chakartash, Stereophonic, Playwrights Horizons

Outstanding Costume Design of a Musical:
Paul Tazewell, Suffs

Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play: Jane Cox, Appropriate, Second Stage Theater

Outstanding Lighting Design of a Musical:
Brian MacDevitt and Hana S. Kim (projections), The Outsiders

Outstanding Projection and Video Design: Peter Nigrini,Hell’s Kitc

Outstanding Sound Design of a Play: Ryan Rumery, Stereophonic, Playwrights Horizons

Outstanding Sound Design of a Musical:
Nick Lidster for Autograph, Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club, Cody Spencer, The Outsiders and Walter Trarbach, Water for Elephants

Outstanding Wig and Hair:
Nikiya Mathis, Jaja’s African Hair Braiding, Manhattan Theatre Club

Outstanding Solo Performance:
Patrick Page, All the Devils Are Here: How Shakespeare Invented the Villain

Unique Theatrical Experience: Grenfell: in the words of survivors, St. Ann’s Warehouse, National Theatre, and KPPL Productions

Outstanding Fight Choreography: Cha Ramos, Water for Elephants

Outstanding Adaptation: An Enemy of the People, by Amy Herzog

Outstanding Puppetry:
Ray Wetmore, JR Goodman, and Camille Labarre, Water for Elephants


Ensemble Award

The cast of Stereophonic – Will Brill, Andrew R. Butler, Juliana Canfield, Eli Gelb, Tom Pecinka, Sarah Pidgeon, and Chris Stack – who execute David Adjmi’s hypernaturalistic text with extraordinary care and precision, while also performing Will Butler’s music with the freshness and life that makes us believe we are witnessing, first-hand, the creation of a new American classic.

‘Sam Norkin Off-Broadway Award

Cole Escola, who both wrote and stars in one of this season’s biggest hits Off Broadway, Oh, Mary! Following in the long legacy of queer artists who write themselves into American history, Escola’s new “gay fantasia on national themes” is a hilarious reminder of why we must continue to interrogate our past.


How to Dance in Ohio Authentic Autistic Representation Team – Sammi Cannold, Nicole D’Angelo, Becky Leifman, Ava Xiao-Lin Rigelhaupt, Liz Weber, and Jeremy Wein  – for their steadfast support of autistic theatermakers, and their strides toward true accessibility for neurodiverse individuals both on and offstage.

Lighting designer Isabella Byrd, whose self-described technique as a “darkness designer” has earned her a cache of nominations and awards in the United States and abroad. During this season, Byrd illuminated two Broadway shows done in the round, An Enemy of the People and Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club. Off Broadway, her spotlight on quiet, small-scale stories both enchanted us in Primary Trust and mesmerized us in Infinite Life, with a parking-lot sky that marked the passage of time.

Lady Irene Gandy, for career achievement. A press agent extraordinaire for over five decades, Lady Irene has always demonstrated her passion, dedication, and love for theater. A Broadway producer and Sardi’s honoree, she is a zealous advocate for inclusion, diversity, and equity in the arts.


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Ken Fallin’s Broadway: Bernadette, Angela, Ethel and Patti




Gypsy turned 65 on May 21, and soon Audra mcDonald will take over the role. Let’s look at the other Mama Rose’s. Ethel Merman originated the character at the Broadway Theatre in 1959, and received a Tony nomination for her performance.

Patti LuPone last Rose, took home the 2008 Tony for her turn.

Angela Lansbury took on Rose in the 1973 London revival of Gypsy, which later transferred to Broadway in 1974. She was the first Rose to win a Tony Award for her performance.

Bernadette Peters took on Rose in the 2003 Broadway revival and received a Tony nomination for her perofrmance. At the 57th annual Tony Awards, she sang “Rose’s Turn.”

Bette Midler played Mama in the 1993 television adaptation of Gypsy and Barbra Streisand played the role on the big screen.

Looking forward to the next incarnation.

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