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We are a country of laws and most of the entertainers who perform at arguably the most famous and successful open mic in the country are well versed in them. After a quick interview, sign up, and reminder by the host of “only one song and not a ballad” the party starts. The rules and Caruso’s wit make it all work. He’s an instant creative director who strategically inserts the performers in the show. Billy Stritch, Jim’s partner in music and humor creates piano arrangements on the spot, or expertly sight-reads a singer’s music. The Cast Party Symphony Orchestra consisting of Steve Doyle on bass and Daniel Glass on drums keep it rhythmically moving. However, last night the crowd’s reaction to some performances sent out a signal that wisely caused Jim to adjust the rules. Will & Anthony Nunziata started it off with thrilling solos from South Pacific and were asked by Mr. Caruso to “do another”. It reminded me of the special acknowledgement of your superior abilities when Johnny Carson would have a performer join him on the (not casting) couch. Your career was made. Speaking of Johnny Carson, a singer who Johnny had on more than any other made an appearance at Cast Party last night. Jim invited the legendary Marilyn Maye up and she proceeded to break all the rules. At times Marvelous Marilyn seemed to be interviewing Jim, and the ensuing dialogue became a great comedy routine. Marilyn then put on a mini show with Billy Stritch as the laws of Cast Party were glorious broken. Marilyn is currently at the Metropolitan Room if you can scalp a ticket and the Nunziatas will be at The Highline Ballroom for one night only on January 18th.

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Billy Stritch, Marilyn Maye, Jim Caruso

Cast Party

Jim Caruso

Cast Party

Will & Anthony Nunziata & Jim Caruso

Gianni Valenti, Sunny Sessa, Anthony Nunziata

Gianni Valenti, Sunny Sessa, Anthony Nunziata

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 also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen Sorokoff@gmail.com

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Ken Fallin’s Broadway:​ Inspired By True Events A New Play by Ryan Spahn

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Off-Broadway’s Out of the Box Theatrics is presenting Inspired By True Events, a new play by Ryan Spahn.

In the green room of a community theater in Rochester, the Uptown Players are getting ready to play to a full house after opening to rave reviews the night before. When their star actor arrives in a dangerously unhinged state, they must improvise on and off stage in ways they could not have imagined. By turns hilarious, harrowing, and horrifying, Inspired By True Events follows a tenacious group of show people who must determine at what cost the show must go on.

Inspired By True Events received development workshops with New York Stage & Film, Vineyard Theatre and EST.

Knud Adams is directing, and the cast will feature Lou Liberatore, Jack DiFalco, Mallory Portnoy, and Dana Scurlock. The play opens July 17 at 154 Christopher Street (formerly the New Ohio Theatre). The play was developed by Michael Urie.

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Transitioning Your Pup: From Kibble to Fresh Canine Cuisine

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In recent years, more and more dog owners have been exploring alternatives to traditional kibble diets for their furry friends. One increasingly popular option is transitioning to fresh canine cuisine, which includes raw and lightly cooked meals. This shift can offer numerous benefits for your dog’s health and well-being, but it’s essential to approach the transition carefully and thoughtfully. In this article, we’ll explore the process of moving your pup from kibble to fresh food, discussing the benefits, potential challenges, and best practices for a smooth transition.

Understanding the Benefits of Fresh Canine Cuisine

Before diving into the transition process, it’s important to understand why many pet owners are making the switch to fresh food for their dogs. Some potential benefits include:

  1. Improved digestion: Fresh foods are often easier for dogs to digest than heavily processed kibble.
  2. Better nutrient absorption: Whole, fresh ingredients may provide more bioavailable nutrients.
  3. Increased energy levels: Many dogs experience a boost in vitality when switching to fresh food.
  4. Healthier skin and coat: The higher quality nutrients in fresh food can lead to a shinier, healthier coat.
  5. Weight management: Fresh diets can help maintain a healthy weight more easily than some kibble options.
  6. Reduced allergies: Some dogs with food sensitivities may find relief with a fresh food diet.

Planning the Transition

Transitioning your dog from kibble to fresh food should be a gradual process. Sudden dietary changes can lead to digestive upset, so it’s crucial to take things slow. Here’s a general timeline to consider:

Week 1-2: Introduction Phase

  • Start by replacing 25% of your dog’s kibble with fresh food.
  • Mix the fresh food thoroughly with the kibble to encourage your dog to try it.
  • Observe your dog’s reaction and monitor for any digestive issues.

Week 3-4: Increasing Fresh Food

  • If your dog is tolerating the new food well, increase the fresh food portion to 50%.
  • Continue to mix the foods thoroughly.
  • Keep an eye on your dog’s stool consistency and energy levels.

Week 5-6: Majority Fresh Food

  • Increase the fresh food portion to 75% of your dog’s diet.
  • Reduce kibble to 25%.
  • By this point, you should notice positive changes in your dog’s overall health and vitality.

Week 7 and Beyond: Full Transition

  • If all has gone well, you can now feed your dog 100% fresh food.
  • Some owners choose to keep a small amount of high-quality kibble in the diet for convenience or as treats.

Choosing the Right Fresh Food Options

When transitioning to fresh canine cuisine, you have several options:

  1. Commercial fresh food: Many companies now offer fresh, pre-prepared dog food that can be delivered to your door. These options are convenient but can be more expensive.
  2. Homemade meals: Preparing your dog’s meals at home gives you complete control over ingredients but requires time and careful planning to ensure nutritional balance.
  3. Raw diets: Some owners opt for a raw dog food diet, which can include raw meat, bones, fruits, and vegetables. This approach requires careful handling and preparation to avoid bacterial contamination.
  4. Lightly cooked diets: A middle ground between raw and commercial options, lightly cooked diets involve minimal processing of whole food ingredients.

Whichever option you choose, it’s crucial to ensure that your dog’s new diet is nutritionally complete and balanced. Consult with a veterinary nutritionist if you’re unsure about your dog’s specific dietary needs.

Potential Challenges and How to Address Them

While many dogs transition smoothly to fresh food, some may experience challenges:

  1. Reluctance to try new foods: Some dogs are hesitant to eat unfamiliar foods. Try warming the fresh food slightly or adding a small amount of low-sodium broth to enhance the aroma.
  2. Digestive upset: Temporary diarrhea or constipation can occur during the transition. If symptoms persist, slow down the transition process or consult your veterinarian.
  3. Weight changes: Monitor your dog’s weight closely during the transition. Adjust portion sizes as needed to maintain a healthy weight.
  4. Increased food drive: Some dogs become more enthusiastic about mealtimes on a fresh food diet. Establish consistent feeding routines to manage expectations.

Tips for Success

To ensure a smooth transition to fresh canine cuisine, keep these tips in mind:

  1. Be patient: Every dog is different, and some may take longer to adjust than others.
  2. Stay consistent: Once you’ve chosen a fresh food option, stick with it for at least a few weeks before making any changes.
  3. Monitor your dog closely: Watch for changes in energy levels, coat condition, and overall health.
  4. Keep your veterinarian informed: Regular check-ups can help ensure your dog is thriving on their new diet.
  5. Consider supplements: Depending on the fresh food option you choose, you may need to add supplements to ensure nutritional completeness.
  6. Practice good hygiene: When handling raw or fresh foods, be sure to follow food safety guidelines to protect both you and your pet.

Transitioning your pup from kibble to fresh canine cuisine can be a rewarding experience for both you and your furry friend. By taking a gradual approach, choosing the right fresh food options, and staying attentive to your dog’s needs, you can help your pet enjoy the potential benefits of a fresher, less processed diet. Remember that every dog is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. Always consult with your veterinarian before making significant changes to your dog’s diet, especially if your pet has existing health conditions or dietary restrictions.

With patience, care, and attention to detail, you can successfully guide your pup through the journey from kibble to fresh, wholesome canine cuisine, potentially improving their health and quality of life for years to come.

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Coming In August Broadway Barks Returns to Shubert Alley

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The 26th anniversary of the star-studded dog and cat adoption event, Broadway Barks returns to Shubert Alley on Saturday, August 3, 2024 to benefit New York City animal rescue groups. The event, co-founded by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore, features Broadway celebrities who use their star power to help find loving homes for animals in need from 24 NYC area adoption and rescue groups.

Bernadette Peters and Sutton Foster. Photo courtesy of Broadway Barks.

Bernadette Peters and Sutton Foster will co-host this year’s festivities! Other celebrity participants to be announced soon.

Photo by Daniel Roberts, © Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Barks begins at 3pm with a ‘meet and greet’ of all the adoptable pets; from 5–6:30pm, adoptees make their Broadway debut on stage alongside some of Broadway’s favorite stars for the celebrity presentations.Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the adoption event takes place in Shubert Alley (located between 44th and 45th Streets, between Broadway and Eighth Avenues).

Photo by Daniel Roberts, © Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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My View: Happily Ever Laughter at 54 Below……Liz Callaway & Jason Graae

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At first glance they might seem like a musical and personality mismatch, but the chemistry between Liz Callaway and Jason Graae is far from problematic.  It is an enormously entertaining integration of these two artists musicianship, acting, and comedic expertise. Liz Callaway’s once in a lifetime voice and vocal dexterity doesn’t just sing in tune.  It lands in the middle of the middle of a note with a clarity that pierces your soul.  Jason, once he gets his oboe in tune (that’s a double entenndre) also possesses excellent vocal technique, and my camera, no matter how many photos I snap is incapable of capturing his enormously expressive facial movements that glide between comical and the heartfelt with such ease. His rendition of William Finn’s “What More Can I Say” brought tears.  The duets from “BABY” for which Ms Callaway was nominated for a Tony and her two songs from the animated film Anastasia (in which she starred) were highlights.  This evening’s friendship (they’ve been for forty years) was the perfect blendship, together with the masterful Alex Rybeck on the piano at 54 Below last night. The show was very appropriately titled “Happily Ever Laughter” and it has two more performances, July 5 & 6.

Speaking of friendship and blendship, my table of KT Sullivan, Eda, and Debbie Gravitte was pretty special too.

JASON GRAAE & LIZ CALLAWAY

LIZ CALLAWAY & JASON GRAAE

LIZ CALLAWAY & JASON GRAAE

LIZ CALLAWAY & JASON GRAAE

JASON GRAAE

JASON GRAAE

JASON GRAAE & LIZ CALLAWAY

JASON GRAAE & LIZ CALLAWAY

LIZ CALLAWAY

JASON GRAAE & LIZ CALLAWAY

54 BELOW

LIZ CALLAWAY & JASON GRAAE

ALEX RYBECK, LIZ CALLAWAY, JASON GRAAE

54 BELOW

JASON GRAAE & RICHARD SKIPPER

KT SULLIVAN, DEBBIE GRAVITTE, EDA SOROKOFF

HAPPILY EVER LAUGHTER

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My View: Jamie deRoy & Her Friends….Who’s Like Them….Damm few

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There wasn’t a sign on the door that said “ Private Party…you have to know Jamie deRoy to get in”, but it seemed that way last night as all the tables in Birdland were filled with Jamie’s friends. They came for another edition of her long running (34 years) variety show.  Jamie as usual hosted the evening and presented a talented line up of performer friends which included: Jason Graae, Jason Henderson, Cory Kahaney, MOIPEI, A.J. Shively, and Jim Vallance & Catherine Porter. The evening, which benefited the Entertainment Community Fund, was directed by Barry Kleinbort with musical direction by Ron Abel.

A show tends to be well received when an audience is mainly comprised of friends. However, even an audience of strangers would have become Jamie’s friends after watching this outstanding cast creating a highly enjoyable evening of music and humor.  As the song says.. “ya’ got to have friends”, and to answer the question asked by the many friends who couldn’t snag a ticket…yes, Jamie sang “Jews Don’t Camp”.

Check out the show photos and the Cast Party

JAMIE deROY

A.J.SHIVELY

JASON HENDERSON

CORY KAHANEY

CATHERINE PORTER & JIM VALLANCE

CATHERINE PORTER

JASON GRAAE

JASON GRAAE

JASON GRAAE

RON ABEL, music director

RON ABEL

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