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New York City Opera Presents Pride in the Park

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New York City Opera will present the annual Pride in the Park concert on Friday, June 17, 2022 at 7pm as part of Bryant Park Picnic Performancespresented by Bank of America. The one-night-only performance is accompanied by live music, featuring a diverse program of selections from opera and musical theater sung by Glenn Seven Allen, Chelsea Bonagura, Lauren Hoffmeier, Brian James Myer, Peter Kendall Clark, Melanie Long, Jessica Tyler Wright and Jordan Weatherston Pitts, as well as the LaGuardia High School Choir, with Jeanne Cascio, Director. In addition, Daria Hrabova Capasso and Oleksandra Hrabova will sing Ukrainian songs in tribute with Music Direction by Kathryn Olander. Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. Performances are designed to be enjoyed casually – no tickets required – with ample seating available and free picnic blankets for audience members to borrow. For more information, visit bryantpark.org/picnics.
“‘The People’s Opera’ is thrilled to return to our summer home at Bryant Park, where we can continue our mission of free performances for New York audiences,” said Michael Capasso, General Director of New York City Opera
The series of free, live performances continues with La traviata and Lucia di Lammermoor. Each performance features City Opera’s brightest stars as well as members of the City Opera orchestra and will begin at 7pm on the Bryant Park Stage.
Attendees may bring their own food or purchase from on-site food and beverage vendors near the Lawn. At most performances, attendees can purchase food from a rotating line-up of local NYC vendors curated by Hester Street Fair. COVID-19 vaccinations and masks are not currently required but Bryant Park will continue to monitor and follow updated New York City and New York State COVID-19 guidelines throughout the summer as necessary.
For anyone unable to attend in person, free livestream broadcasts of the performances will be available nationwide via Bryant Park’s website and social media platforms.
New York City Opera was famously dubbed “The People’s Opera” by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia at its founding in 1943. More than 75 years later, City Opera continues its historic mission to inspire audiences with innovative and theatrically compelling opera, nurture the work of promising American artists, and build new audiences through affordable ticket prices and extensive outreach and education programs.​ Picnic Performances continues the tradition of opera in Bryant Park.
The 2022 Picnic Performances season is possible due to the generous support of Bank of America. “Bank of America is a long-standing supporter of the arts because we believe that a thriving arts and cultural community benefits both society and the economy,” said José Tavarez, President, Bank of America New York City. “So we are thrilled to once again sponsor Picnic Performances and combine our commitment to the arts with our partnership with Bryant Park. Together we’re helping New York City’s iconic cultural scene to thrive, while promoting green spaces and providing free access to live New York City music, dance and theater.”
Upcoming Performance Details:
La traviata
August 12, 2022 at 7pm
An abridged adaptation of Verdi’s classic that inspired Moulin Rouge, with instantly recognizable tunes famously featured in Pretty Woman. Soprano Ekaterina Siurina and renowned tenor Charles Castronovo appear with Michael Chioldi, baritone and star of last summer’s Rigoletto (a role he recently stepped into at the Metropolitan Opera for a series of critically acclaimed performances), with City Opera Music Director Maestro Constantine Orbelian at the helm.
Lucia di Lammermoor
September 2, 2022 at 7pm
Think Romeo and Juliet, but set in Scotland. Donizetti’s brilliant score is the height of drama and the pinnacle of the Bel Canto style in this abridged version starring world-renowned soprano Sarah Coburn and the captivating tenor Nathan Granner, and conducted by Constantine Orbelian.
Since its founding in 1943 by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia as “The People’s Opera,” New York City Opera (NYCO) has been a critical part of the city’s cultural life. During its history, New York City Opera launched the careers of dozens of major artists and presented engaging productions of both mainstream and unusual operas alongside commissions and regional premieres. The result was a uniquely American opera company of international stature.
For more than seven decades, New York City Opera has maintained a distinct identity, adhering to its unique mission: affordable ticket prices, a devotion to American works, English-language performances, the promotion of up-and-coming American singers, and seasons of accessible, vibrant and compelling productions intended to introduce new audiences to the art form. Stars who launched their careers at New York City Opera include Plácido Domingo, Catherine Malfitano, Sherrill Milnes, Samuel Ramey, Beverly Sills, Tatiana Troyanos, Carol Vaness, and Shirley Verrett, among dozens of other great artists. New York City Opera has a long history of inclusion and diversity. It was the first major opera company to feature African American singers in leading roles (Todd Duncan as Tonio in Pagliacci, 1945; Camilla Williams in the title role in Madama Butterfly, 1946); the first to produce a new work by an African-American composer (William Grant Still, Troubled Island, 1949); and the first to have an African-American conductor lead its orchestra (Everett Lee, 1955).
A revitalized City Opera re-opened in January 2016 with Tosca, the opera that originally launched the company in 1944. Outstanding productions during the four years since then include: the world premieres of Iain Bell and Mark Campbell’s Stonewall, which NYCO commissioned and developed, legendary director Harold Prince’s new production of Bernstein’s Candide; Puccini’s beloved La Fanciulla del West; and the New York premiere of Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas — the first in its Ópera en Español series. Subsequent Ópera en Español productions include the New York premiere of the world’s first mariachi opera, José “Pepe” Martinez’s Cruzar la Cara de la Luna, Literes’s Los Elementos, and Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires. In addition to the world premiere of Stonewall, the productions in NYCO’s Pride Initiative, which produces an LGBTQ-themed work each June during Pride Month, include the New York premiere of Péter Eötvös’s Angels in America and the American premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s Brokeback Mountain. New York City Opera has presented such talents as Anna Caterina Antonacci and Aprile Millo in concert, as well as its own 75th Anniversary Concert in Bryant Park, one in a series of the many concerts and staged productions that it presents each year as part of the Park’s summer performance series. City Opera’s acclaimed summer series in Bryant Park brings free performances to thousands of New Yorkers and visitors every year.
New York City Opera continues its legacy with main stage performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater and with revitalized outreach and education programs at venues throughout the city, designed to welcome and inspire a new generation of opera audiences. City Opera’s acclaimed summer series in Bryant Park brings free performances to thousands of New Yorkers and visitors every 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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The Glorious Corner

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Madonna; Jellybean and David Salidor

MADONNA’S BACK — (via Deadline) Madonna is teasing she is back working on her biopic and is titling it Who’s That Girl.

The singer shared a social media post where she is seen with a typewriter and making edits to a movie script.

“I Need A-lot of Bandz to make this………..OKAY. (Story of my life),” she captioned the post on Instagram.

In one of the pictures from the slideshow Madonna teased, you see a line drawn across the title M Untitled. The new title of the biopic is Who’s That Girl, a nod to Madonna’s 1987 film and song of the same name.

The script is noted as being “Rewritten by Madonna and ECW.”

News of Madonna working on her biopic comes almost a year and a half after the project was paused indefinitely. In January 2023, it was reported that the film at Universal Pictures had been scrapped.

Madonna was set to direct the film about her life and career, penning the script with Diablo Cody and Erin Cressida Wilson. Julia Garner had been chosen by the Queen of Pop herself to star in the film after proving to be a standout in a singing and dancing boot camp.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Garner is still attached to star in the film now called Who’s That Girl.

Following the biopic getting put on pause, Madonna suffered a “serious bacterial infection: in June 2023, which made her postpone her Celebration Tour. After recovering from health complications, Madonna embarked on her tour in October 2023 with stops in cities like London, Paris, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston, San Francisco, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and many more.

Having lived through Madonna’s hey-day (and survived) I will admit it’s quite the story: From Patrick Hernandez to 610 Broome Street, Jellybean, Shep, PR-man David Salidor, MTV, Mark Kamins, Preston Powell and Seymour Stein and Warren Beatty too, I wonder just how forthcoming she’ll be. To me, the truth is, those early days were simply astounding and do make a terrific story, but that said, they’ve have to be told honestly and a accurately.

Julia Garner would be great, though I wonder again, what exactly was involved in Madonna’s so-called boot camp? Madonna can be, somewhat demanding!

BIDEN OUT — I knew it was a forgone conclusion after that first (and last debate with Trump) but Biden is officially out; with Kamala Harris eyed as the new choice. Biden did, btw, endorse her, though as of this writing she has not been formally nominated.

Topsy-turvy? Yes. More to come? I’m sure. Stay tuned.

Amos Lee

SHORT TAKES — Amos Lee was terrifically impressive on CBS’ Saturday Sessions this weekend. Stellar in fact.

Adrian Niles

Reminded us of Adrian Niles from years ago … After a seemingly endless heat wave in NYC, I heard one of the weather-heads describe the break in the heat as borderline comfortableGuess Who Don’t Sue: What enterprising director had a red-hot doc ready to go on a iconic superstar, but he let his reps go fingering he could do it with his own mojo? He couldn’t and the deal fell through …

Steven J. Immerman

Brad Balfour interviewed Steven J. Immerman on his In Search Of Pleasure Island tome for the Irish Examiner. Check it out here: https://irishexaminerusa.com/wp/?p=29625

We watched Sofia Coppola’s On The Rocks with Bill Murray and Rashida Jones. Coppola’s Lost In Translation (2003) is perhaps my all-time favorite film. This was a different, lighter path, but we definitely give it a thumbs up. Murray, as usual, was terrific …

Katy Perry

I’m a bit bothered by all this media-backlash about Katy Perry and her comeback single “Women’s World.” There were disturbing items about it in both SHOWBIZ 411 (https://www.showbiz411.com/2024/07/19/katy-perrys-new-single-womans-world-fails-to-launch-with-just-3k-sold) and the Daily Mail (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-13635579/Katy-Perry-comeback-music.html); citing everything from Dr. Luke’s involvement to a hideous video for the song. It all seems a bit unwarranted. It may not be “Firework,”  but not totally a disaster. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVIJUH29pjU … And, great quote from Peter Frampton on the passing of Bob Newhart: We were friends and when I took him to lunch, it was the Four Seasons. when he took me to lunch, it was some place else. It was the accountant in him.” Much-missed and thank you Bob! for all the laughs.

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Andrew Sandoval; Bob Merlis; Roy Trakin; Roger Grimsby; Bill Beutel; Spike Jonze; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Kent & Laura Denmark; Susan Storm; Geraldo Rivera; Rosanna Scotto; Paul Mescal; Paul Undersinger; Harrison Jordon; Jordon Gray; Lori Immerman; Vinny Rich; Scott Stark; Don Wardell; Marsha Stern; Billy Smith; Robert Funaro; and CHIP!

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NYC Restaurant Weeks Is Here With Three Pricing Option

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On Monday, July 22 through Sunday, August 18, 2024 Restaurant Week returns. This bi-annual event was created in 1992 to offer prix fixe menus to allow New Yorkers to eat at the city’s most coveted restaurants. Hundreds of restaurants across all five boroughs are participating this year with a 2-course lunch, 3-course dinner, or both. There will be a trio of pricing options for $30, $45 and $60. The deals run Monday-Friday, as Saturday is excluded as is Sunday to certain restaurants.

If you have a preregistered Mastercard you will receive $10 back for in-house dining transactions of $45 or more.

Menus and reservations can be found here.

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Sean Koski, Brian Kelly and MEND skincare Present Jill Zarin’s Luxury Luncheon by LAIFEN & Ticket2Event

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The event to be at Saturday in The Hamptons was MEND skincare Presents: Jill Zarin’s Luxury Luncheon by LAIFEN & Ticket2Events. TV Personality Jill Zarin (Real Housewives of New York, Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip, & Amazon Freevee series The Goat), was happy to share her invitation-only event with T2C.

Sean Koski and Brian Kelly

Produced by Sean Koski and Brian Kelly, celebrity event planners and co founders of Ticket2Events, and will feature a red carpet, VIP entrance to their curated  showcase of the greatest companies in categories such as fashion, spirits, home decor, beauty,  technology, and tourism, all in support of Cancer Research and to honor Jill’s late husband Bobby Zarin.

T2C Ilene Smith Sichel on Saturday July 20th was on the Red Carpet.
This one-of-a-kind luncheon experience presented by MEND Skincare will treat invited guests to  a day of complimentary on-site activations performed by top tier brands. Amongst the  activations will be a gifting suite, known as the beauty bar, where giveaways from brands such  as Mend Skincare, a luxury new skincare that blurs the line between science fiction and  skincare, Laifen Technologies, who’s blow-dry bar will keep guests hair perfect, Oneisall, Coola, Corckcicle, Hanky Panky, Colleen Rothschild & so much more. The Beauty Bar also featured on-demand wellness services from Laifen & MEND skincare, complimentary  consultation with celebrity injector to the stars, Jennifer Anne Di Landro of Dolce Aesthetics  NY, hair accessories from Teleties, Beachwaver and more.

Brian Koski & Sean Kelly (Ticket2Events) and Jill Zarin (RHOUGT, RHONY), Alexander Hankin (Social Commentator), Aviva Drescher (RHONY), BillAydin (RHONJ), Dina Lohan, Dolores Catania (RHONJ), Evan Ross Katz (Writer & Columnist), Gracie Cashman (TV Host), Hannah Berner (Comedian), JenniferAydin (RHONJ), Joe Amabile (The Bachelor), Julia Haart (TV Personality), LeeAnneLocken (RHODallas), Luis Ruelas (RHONJ), Luann de Lesseps (RHOUGT, RHONY), Meredith Marks (RHOSLC), Ramona Singer (RHOUGT, RHONY), Serena Pitt (TV Personality), Shannon St. Claire (Love Island), Teresa Giudice (RHONJ), WendellHolland (Survivor).

All photo’s by Roger and Ilene Smith Sichel

 

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A Weekend In The Hamptons With Holistic Health Fair, Store Opening, Oyster Farms and Art Party

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Every weekend in The Hampton’s it’s not what to do, but which to do. We decided to join Cristina G Cuomo’ s Purist for its third annual health fair in Southampton and experience the best in wellness. From top concierge practitioners of Eastern and Western modalities, to clean beauty, sustainability and nutrition, this was one terrific event to attend.

This year’s participants included: Boiron, Ecotone New York, Flyte, Bellantz, Cancer Culture, Rejuvenation Health, reactIVate, STANDwellness, Boxed Water, Biography, Post House, Cocoon and Hive, Mrs Momma Bear Workwear, Juice Press, evolvetogether, Figaro Apothecary, Hamptons Aromatherapy, Tahuu Chocolates, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Filienna Filigree Jewelry, Rev. Jolene Star and the Enchanted Heart, The Erickson Method, bySILKE, Dr. Lea Lis, and  Happy Coffee by Robert Downey Jr. 

One of our favorite things was flyte. I have been wanting to create a floating Orgone and this just may be part of my answer. They also had a bed that vibrated to music and heals, that was highly effective.

I also loved the infra red light therapy by STANDwellness, the energizing clothing by Cocoon and Hive, CBD Chocolates by Tahuu Chocolates. The crystals and healing modality by Rev. Jolene Star and the Enchanted Heart and the amazing massage by Linda. Thank-you as my shoulder was really in pain.

Next onto BIBA’s store opening with Ilene looking fabulous, with the store’s manager. BIBA, has returned to the East End to showcase its collections, featuring an eclectic melange of clothing from both local and European designers. During the years of 1995 to 2010, BIBA held locations in East Hampton and Southampton Village, and has continued to serve customers in South Florida, with a Delray Beach location, ever since. Now open in Southampton Village, BIBA is frequented by celebrities, visitors, and locals alike, and aims to bring a VIP shopping experience to all. Snowbirds can rejoice knowing the store will have locations in both Southampton and South Florida.

John Nicolas, of Mudford Farms in East Hampton Shuckers, grows oysters and populates the waters to clean and make a healthier water and a healthier dish by filtering the water in the biggest way he knows how. Currently incubating about 1 million oysters in this facility alone.


Finally Rick Friedman and his wife is Cindy Lou through a fabulous art party with fireworks, a band and of course art.

All photo’s by Roger Sichel

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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents Kelley Curran and Frank Wood

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We are so pleased to announce our guest this week are Kelley Curran and Frank Wood

Kelley Curran

Kelley can be seen, as Turner, in Julian Fellowes The Gilded Age for HBO. Prior to the intricate characters she will now tackle in The Meeting: The Interpreter, she appeared off-Broadway in Half-God of Rainfall at NYTW; at The Public Theater opposite Glenn Close in Mother of the Maid, and as Clytemnestra in Ellen McLaughlin’s world premiere of The Oresteia at The Shakespeare Theatre Company. Kelley has also appeared on Broadway in Present Laughter with Kevin Kline, and at The Signature Theatre, Classic Stage Company, Theatre For a New Audience, and LAByrinth Theatre Company, among others. She made her network television debut on NBC’s The Blacklist, and recently appeared on the CBS drama God Friended Me. In 2019 she made her feature film debut in The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot.  Kelley was nominated for a SAG Award, won The Callaway Award, Emery Battis Award, NTC Emerging Professional Award, and in 2016 was nominated for a Drama League Award alongside Lupita Nyong’o, Michelle Williams and Lin Manuel-Miranda. She has also been nominated for both a Princess Grace and Helen Hayes Award.

Frank Wood

Frank Wood was first celebrated for his work on the Broadway production of Side Man, a performance that earned him both a Tony Award and a Drama League Award. His portrayal of Gene, a jazz musician grappling with personal and professional turmoil, highlighted his profound emotional depth and versatility. It’s a role that parallels the soul searching experience of The Interpreter in many profound ways. Wood has an impressive array of Broadway credits, including notable performances in The Great Society, Network, The Iceman Cometh, Clybourne Park, August: Osage County, Born Yesterday, and Hollywood Arms. Off-Broadway, he earned a Lucille Lortel nomination for Toros at Second Stage and has graced stages at Signature Theatre, Vineyard Theatre, Lincoln Center, Atlantic Theater Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Playwrights Horizons. His filmography includes roles in acclaimed films such as She Said, Joker, St. Vincent, Changeling, Dan in Real Life, Thirteen Days, In America, Down to You, and The Royal Tenenbaums. On TV, he appeared in series like Billions, The Blacklist, The Night Of, Mozart in the Jungle, The Newsroom, Girls, Flight of the Conchords, The Sopranos, and had a recurring role on

Law & Order: SVU.
These Two brilliant actors are starring in The Meeting: The Interpreter, a new play written by Catherine Gropper and directed by Brian Mertes, Previews begin Monday, July 29 with an opening night set for Sunday, August 4 at the Theatre at St. Clements 423 W 46th Street .

Set against the backdrop of the infamous Trump Tower Meeting of 2016, the play tells the story of an international interpreter thrown up against government systems of congressional and senate interrogations, catapulting him into circumstances beyond his control. “This man could be everyman … one of us,” says playwright Catherine Gropper.

This play is about the loss of individuality and privacy is based on actual events (a chance meeting between the playwright and an actual government interpreter). This two-person play supports a cast of thousands thanks to Mertes’ production scheme including puppetry, film sequences, projections, and intricate lighting and sound.

We are so proud and thrilled that Variety Entertainment News named us one of Summer’s Best Picks in the category of Best Television, Radio, Podcasts.

Host Suzanna Bowling was also just named Most Engaging Hosts on TV, Radio and Podcasts on “The Daily Geek Report.” We are so grateful.

“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents ”, is a show filmed at the iconic Hotel Edison, before a live audience. To see our past episodes; First episode click here second episode click here,  third episode click here, fourth episode click here, fifth episode click here, sixth episode here, seventh episode here, eighth episode here, ninth episode here, tenth episode here, eleventh episode here, our twelfth episode here, thirteenth episode here, fourteenth here, fifteenth here , 16th here, 17th here, 18th here, 19th here, 20th here, 21st here and 22nd here.

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