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Presented by Playbill and Times Square Alliance, Pride in Times Square is a weekend of FREE LGBTQIA+ events, panels, concerts and surprises taking place on Friday June 24 and Saturday June 25, 2022, in Times Square. Event timing and performers will be announced at a later date and subject to change. The event takes place rain or shine!

Pride in Times Square is made possible thanks to our sponsors: ViiV, Audible, and Jeep.

Friday June 24, 2022 Mainstage Programming

12:00PM – PRIDE IN TIMES SQUARE KICK-OFF
Join Playbill, Times Square Alliance, and leaders from Broadway and LGBTQIA+ Organizations as they kick off Pride in Times Square!

1:00PM – THE NATIONAL GAY & LESBIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – PRIDE CELEBRATION
Join The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) as they celebrate Pride on the Times Square Mainstage! Special guests include Justin Nelson, NGLCC Co-Founder & President, representatives from GrubHub and more!

2:00PM – AUSTIN ARTISTS PROJECT – PRIDE CELEBRATION
Infused with beloved Broadway and pop classics, interwoven with personal stories from Grammy and Tony recognized performers who all identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, Austin Artists Project takes to the Main Stage with a Pride-filled celebration! Performers Include Nicole Talbot, Jada Cato, Mela Sarajane Dailey, Rocky Lane and a special appearance by Sky & Kai.

4:00PM – ALI FORNEY CENTER – PRIDE CELEBRATION
Join Marti Gould Cummings and AFC’s President/Executive Director Alexander Roque, as they celebrate Pride and share in AFC mission is to protect LGBTQ+ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently. For more information on AFC: aliforneycenter.org

5:00PM – BEAU in Concert
Celebrate Pride with the all-new musical Beau, a raw, energetic, and heartfelt musical that celebrates family, music, queerness and love. BEAU in Concert performers include Ben Rosenberry, Aisha Jackson and Saint Aubyn.

6:00PM – NEW YORK CITY GAY MEN’S CHORUS – PRIDE CELEBRATION
The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus is a world-class, world-renowned New York institution and a pioneering voice for the LGBTQ community. Comprised of more than 260 talented singers of various ages, backgrounds, and experiences, NYCGMC are fearless champions for love, equality, and acceptance. http://www.nycgmc.org/. Under the helm of Artistic Director Jared Brayton Bollenbacher, performers include David Warner, Edwin Yangga, Glenn Nobel, Helio Sepulveda Zornosa, Jon Shepherd, Nicolas Jourdan, Will Martorano, Brian Bice, Don King, Diante Aiken, Giamliero Bartoli, Jeffrey Meyer, Jordan Barbakoff, Jose Covarrubias, Patrick Leader, Alexander Scholar, Antonio Valverde, Brian Scott, Jim Vivyan, Jonah von der Embse, Ralph Passabte, Russell John’s, Stephen Brown, Adam Barrett, Ashton Giese, Bruce Ward, Charlie Rickle, Doug Rosensweig, Matthew Osborne, Robert Featherstone, Ty Nigel, Adam Walker, Arthur Broat, Mark Schall, Matthew Androsiglio, Steven Chaiken, Artemis Mendoza, David, Lorenzo Lopez, Lukas Weiss, Branden Holzer, Dario Bolfi, Frank Stabcati, Herb Rubenstein, Juan Colon, Nick Prior, Techs Robinson, Austin Amarillo, James Knobloch, Matt Koplik, Phil Bialer, Takefumi Semba and Trevor Chauvin, with Aaron Dai providing accompaniment.

7:00PM – GLAAD – PRIDE CELEBRATION
Join singer/songwriter Neil Davis Scibelli and GLAAD Representatives Sarah Kennedy and Jose Useche as they celebrate rewriting the script for LGBTQ acceptance! GLAAD is proud to tackle tough issues and shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. As they work to protect all that has been accomplished and create a world where everyone can live the life they love, hear more as they take the stage!

Friday June 24, 2022 Playbill Piano Bar Programming

12:30PM – JOEY CONTRERAS in Concert
Joey Contreras is a musical theatre pop songwriter, Fred Ebb Award finalist and a two-time Jonathan Larson Grant finalist. Celebrate Joey’s music with special guests: Brian Russell Carey, Deon’te Goodman, Amanda Lopez, Henry Platt, David Socolar, and Charlie Fusari!

1:30PM & 2:30PM – PLAYBILL PRIDE MIX Piano Sing-Along
Join pianist Brandon James Gwinn at the Sing for Hope piano for a pride-filled sing along of Broadway showtunes that celebrate all-things PRIDE!

4:30PM – AUSTIN ARTISTS PROJECT: SING OUT!
Infused with beloved Broadway and pop classics, interwoven with personal stories from Grammy and Tony recognized performers who all identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, Austin Artists Project takes to the Piano Stage with even more Pride! Performers Include Nicole Talbot, Jada Cato, Mela Sarajane Dailey, Rocky Lane, special appearances by Sky & Kai, with Todd Olson on piano.

5:30PM – JJ MALEY in Concert
Join JJ Maley, a trans nonbinary Tony-Nominated producer, actor, writer, director, and consultant, and “Team Starkid’s” Esther Fallick as they take the stage telling stories and singing songs that celebrate Pride with Farrah Rothman on piano.

Saturday June 25, 2022 Mainstage Programming

10:00AM – HEAD OVER HEELS: Pride Sing-Along Concert
HEAD OVER HEELS is a bold musical comedy set to the music of the iconic 1980’s all-female rock band The Go-Go’s. A hilarious and exuberant celebration of love, join cast members from the all-new Gateway Performing Arts Center production of HEAD OVER HEELS in celebration! Performers include: Jennifer Byrne, Renee Marie Titus, Molly Rushing, Gina Ward, Josh Canfield, Turner Riley, Lincoln Belford, Shannon Conboy, Jesse Jones, Maya Kazzaz, Ashley Klinger, and Vincent Ortega with Andrew Haile Austin (MD/keys), Joe Loschiavo (guitar), Rich Adams (guitar), Ricky Enderle(bass) and Andrew Warren (drums).

11:00AM – A STRANGE LOOP: Pride Panel
Celebrate the 2022 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, A STRANGE LOOP on the Pride in Times Square Main Stage! Listen to Pulitzer/Tony Award-winner Michael R. Jackson and the cast share their experiences in this groundbreaking musical and their experiences as part of the LGBTQIA+ community. Bold and heartfelt in its truth-telling, A STRANGE LOOP is the big, Black, and queer-ass Great American Musical for all!

12:00PM – TABOO: Pride Sing-Along Concert
Taboo the Musical is a love story set against the artistic backdrop of the New Romantic period in 1980s England, interweaving autobiographical elements from the lives of Leigh Bowery, and Boy George. This concert will reunite original Broadway cast members Euan Morton (Boy George), Liz McCartney (Big Sue), Cary Shields (Marcus) and Sarah Uriarte Berry (Nicola), as well as members of the original Broadway ensemble, Lori Holmes Clark, Alex Quiroga, Denise Summerford and Greg Treco. Tony-nominated costume designer, Bobby Pearce, will coordinate the wardrobe including some original pieces from the show. The band includes Kevin Kuhn, Ray Marchica and Steve Millhouse and the concert is Directed & Conducted by original Music Supervisor and Arranger, John McDaniel.

1:00PM – FOWL PLAY in Concert
FOWL PLAY is a new musical comedy about two Broadway wannabes who are hired to write an apology musical for a homophobic fried chicken company. When the fast-talking CEO, Kimberly Chickadee (RuPaul’s Drag Race star Rosé), promises a major payout and an opportunity to build bridges with their scorned community, Archie and Xander bite off more than they can chew when they discover the top-secret ingredients of rainbow capitalism… and those juicy chicken sandwiches. Concert performers include Billy Recce, Yoni Weiss, JJ Niemann, Murphy Taylor Smith, Sarah Kleist, Lauren Robinson, Megan Griggs, Joseph Allen, Zach Bravo, Ashley LaLonde, Bryan Munar, Todd Buonopane, Jacob Simon, Noah Virgile, Chris Isolano, and Hannah Skokan with Jon Audric Nelson on keys, Joe Novello on drums and Jack Beal on bass.

2:00PM – THE PROM: Pride Sing-Along Concert
Join original cast members Caitlin Kinnunen, Gabi Campo and Isabella McCalla as they bring a sing along of THE PROM to the heart of Broadway: Times Square! Pianist Brandon James Gwinn and the cast members are set, ready: It’s Time to Dance!

3:30PM – HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH: Pride Sing-Along Concert
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is the landmark musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask that is “groundbreaking and undoubtedly ahead of its time” (Entertainment Weekly). This genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. Winner of four 2014 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH comes to Times Square with Mason Alexander Park, Stephen Trask, Sean Liliquist, Justin Craig and Andres Valbuena ready to ROCK The Stage!

4:30PM – AUDIBLE PRIDE CELEBRATION
Presented by Audible, join stage and screen star Shakina Nayfack, her band and special guests as they celebrate Pride with selections from Shakina’s award-winning solo show MANIFEST PUSSY, and discussion of the groundbreaking CHONBURI INTERNATIONAL HOTEL & BUTTERFLY CLUB. Audible proudly continues the tradition of partnering with Pride and elevating voices that deserve to be heard. This celebration is sure to be remembered and celebrated!

6:00PM – THE BIG BROADWAY DISCO
Join Playbill as New York and Times Square celebrates Pride like never before. Times Square will “ignite the night” with THE BIG BROADWAY DISCO – a large-scale street party that invites revelers to dance through Times Square to classic and contemporary Broadway songs and performances – all with a disco flare! For more information, check out the Big Broadway Disco Homepage!

Saturday June 25, 2022 Playbill Piano Bar Programming

10:30AM & 11:30AM – PLAYBILL PRIDE MIX Piano Sing-Along
Join pianist Brandon James Gwinn at the Sing for Hope piano for a pride-filled sing along of Broadway showtunes that celebrate all-things PRIDE!

1:30PM – FUN HOME: Piano Sing-Along
Join pianist Drew Wutke at the Sing for Hope piano for a sing along of one of the most groundbreaking productions ever to hit Broadway: FUN HOME. Winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical and based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, sing along to favorites including “Ring of Keys”, “Come To The Fun Home”, “Days and Days” and celebrate all-things FUN HOME!

2:30PM – LA CAGE AUX FOLLES: Piano Sing-Along
Join pianist Drew Wutke at the Sing for Hope for a LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Sing Along! Based on the French play of the same name, the musical by Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Herman tells of a flamboyant gay couple who must pretend to be straight for one night and the madness that ensues. With classic songs like “I Am What I Am”, “Song on the Sand”, and more, get swept away in this Tony-Award winning, pride-filled musical.

4:00PM – TRANS ENTERTAINMENT GUILD – Pride Cabaret Celebration
The Trans Entertainment Guild (TEG) is a recent addition to the arts advocacy community dedicated to improving the lives and working conditions of trans, gender expansive, and gender non-conforming professionals in entertainment. All are welcome to join as TEG celebrates Pride with an all-TGNC group performing selections from THE CIVILITY OF ALBERT CASHIER with book by GLAAD nominated writer Jay Paul Deratany, music by trans Americana artist Joe Stevens and Emmy-nominee Keaton Wooden (lyrics by Stevens, Wooden, and Deratany), WE ARE THE TIGERS by L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation winner and Jeff nominee Preston Max Allen, among other works by TGNC musical theatre writers. This event will engage and uplift our audience and together, we will celebrate trans lives and liberation for everyone. Performers include Achilles Mulkey (he/they), Áy Vi Luu (they/she), DeShawn Jenkins (they/them), Dexter Warren (he/they), Fin Gagnon (they/he), Imani Russell (they/them), Jace ‘n Ziev (they/ziv), Kristyn Michele(they/them), Lily Ali-Oshatz (any pronouns), Mark Mendez Muñoz (they/he), Nikomeh Anderson (they/he/Nik), Parker Wallis (they/she/fae), Salem Corwin (he/him), and Stevie Jae Davis (they/them). The concert is directed by Mika Kauffman (they/ze/he), music directed by Nicole D’Angelo(she/they), and additional accompaniment by guitarist and singer/songwriter Will Shishmanian.

5:00PM – GIRLFRIEND FROM HELL in Concert
GIRLFRIEND FROM HELL: THE MUSICAL is a hilarious homage to the “best/worst” 80’s movies, and a wild night that you won’t soon forget. After being pushed over the edge by the most popular kids at school, four-eyed wallflower, Maggie Miller, cries to the heavens for help. But it is Satan who hears her cry, and transforms her into a big-haired, high-heeled, foul mouthed, sex bomb rocker who’s hungry for revenge! These hilarious musical beams pride and positivity, with a touch of Satan’s sass! Participants include Tara Martinez and Giuliana DePietro, with book/music writer Sean Matthew Whiteford, and director Rachel Klein, as well as Lena Gabrielle on piano and Mark Garthwait on guitar.

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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Get Ready For Broadway in Bryant Park

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The most popular shows on and off Broadway will perform their biggest hits in the park starting this Thursday the 11th! Head to the the lawn at Bryant Park and enjoy Broadway for lunch. The performances will happen on four summer Thursdays, hosted and presented by LiteFM.

This week from 12:30pm-1:30pm 106.7 LITE FM Host: Helen Little will host. For the pre-show: A special performance by the students of AMDA College of the Performing Arts. Then get ready for performances by Back to the Future, Hell’s Kitchen, The Who’s TOMMY, The Wiz and
Water For Elephants.

In coming weeks look from The Outsiders, SIX: The Musical, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Wicked, Chicago and & Juliet.

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Ken Fallin’s Broadway:​ Happy Birthday Audra McDonald

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On July 3rd, Audra McDonald celebrated her 54th birthday. The 1970 American Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning theatrical and operatic singer, and stage and screen actress (Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar and Grill; Sweeney Todd; Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny; TV Private Practice, The Good Wife), was born in West Berlin, West Germany (now Berlin, Germany)

As been announced six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald will return to Broadway this fall, as Mama Rose in Gypsy.

Performances begin Thursday, November 21st, at Broadway’s newly renovated Majestic Theatre. Happy Thanksgiving! The show will open on Thursday, December 19th. Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah.

The last show to play the Majestic Theatre was The Phantom of the Opera, which concluded its 35 year-run on April 16, 2023.

This upcoming revival will be directed by the legendary five-time Tony Award-winning director George C. Wolfe. The choreography will be by four-time Tony Award nominated Camille A. Brown.  Additional casting and creative team members will be announced at a later date.

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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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Shows to Keep Your Eyes On: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Death Becomes Her and The Queen of Versailles

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The new musical Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is based on John Berendt’s 1994 non-fiction book and makes its world premiere this summer at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. The book is by  Taylor Mac and music and lyrics by Tony winner Jason Robert Brown, performances are scheduled for June 25–August 4 in the Albert Theatre. Tony winner Rob Ashford will direct the production with choreography by Tanya Birl.

Tony winner J. Harrison Ghee, is The Lady Chablis; Tony nominee Tom Hewitt as Jim Williams; and Olivier nominee Sierra Boggess as Emma Dawes.

The company also includes Lance Roberts (The Best Man) as Bobby Lewis, Austin Colby (The Great Gatsby) as Danny Hansford, Bailee Endebrock (Parade) as Corrine Strong, Shanel Bailey (The Book of Mormon) as Lavella Cole, Jessica Molaskey (Sunday in the Park with George) as Alma Knox Carter, Brianna Buckley (the ripple, the wave that carried me home) as Minerva, Mary Ernster (War Paint) as Serena Barnes/Dawn Avery, McKinley Carter (Turn of the Century) as Vera Strong, Maya Bowles (The Wiz) as Stacey Brown, DeMarius Copes (Some Like It Hot) as Jeremiah Jones, Sean Donovan as Luther Driggers, Jason Michael Evans (Anastasia tour) as Colonel Atwood/Burt, Christopher Kelley as Bubbles/Gregory, Andre Terrell Malcolm (Hamilton tour) as Josiah Domingo, Aaron James McKenzie (A Beautiful Noise) as Jethro Myles, Wes Olivier as Jack the One-Eyed Jill, Kayla Marie Shipman as Millicent/Mary, and Rory Shirley as Stefanie Davis.

The show tracks an antiques dealer through four trials for murdering a male prostitute in Savannah, Georgia. The story is modeled on the real-life shooting of Daniel Lewis  Hansford. The work won the 1995 Boeke Prize and was a finalist for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction. A film adaptation was released in 1997 starring John Cusack and Kevin Spacey.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was a seminal book for me as a young queer person, coming out in the late 1980s and early ’90s,” added Mac. “The eccentricities of Savannah, and how they were celebrated by such a large readership, seemed to say, the things that made me odd and an outcast in the world were actually things I should cherish. Likewise, musical theatre has always had a similar effect on me. Singing our thoughts is such an eccentric way of expressing ourselves—yet so perfectly aligned with my personal liberation and joy. So turning Midnight into a musical, and with such master craftspeople as Jason, Rob, and Tanya is essentially an extension of celebrating the joy and liberation from exposing what’s hidden.”

“When I am deciding to start a new show, the two most important questions I ask myself are: 1) Does it sing? and 2) Do I get to work with fun people? With Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, I knew the answers to both questions immediately,” stated Brown. “The book’s milieu, so rich with mystery and romance and history, sings with every sentence, deeply passionate, slyly comic, emotions threatening to boil over on every page. And to work with Rob Ashford, whose transformative production of Parade at the Donmar Warehouse in 2007 reinvigorated not only the show’s reputation but my creative process, was a no-brainer. But then add to that the brilliant, joyful, radically inclusive mind of Taylor Mac, and there was no way I could resist. Creating this world with these mad geniuses is, in true Savannah tradition, a grand and great party. I can’t wait for the world to join in.”

Madeline Ashton (Tony Award® nominees Megan Hilty (Wicked, “Smash”)) is the most beautiful actress (just ask her) ever to grace the stage and screen. Helen Sharp (Jennifer Simard (Company, Disaster!)) is the long-suffering author (just ask her) who lives in her shadow. They have always been the best of frenemies…until Madeline steals Helen’s fiancé (Christopher Sieber (Spamalot, Company)) away. As Helen plots revenge and Madeline clings to her rapidly fading star, their world is suddenly turned upside down by Viola Van Horn, a mysterious woman with a secret that’s to die for.

After one sip of Viola’s (Grammy® Award winner Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child, Chicago)) magical potion, Madeline and Helen begin a new era of life (and death) with their youth and beauty restored…and a grudge to last eternity.

Death Becomes Her, based on the classic 1992 film, is a drop-dead hilarious new musical comedy about friendship, love, and burying the hatchet…again, and again, and again.

Life’s a bitch and then you die. Or not!

Death Becomes Her is coming to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on October 23, 2024, ahead of an opening night on November 21, 2024.

The Queen of Versailles, the new Stephen Schwartz musical starring Kristin Chenoweth and F. Murray Abraham as billionarie-couple Jackie and David Siegel, begins performances at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre on July 16 and will now run through August 25.

The cast will feature Stephen DeRosa (Boardwalk Empire) as John, Greg Hildreth (Company) as Gary, Tatum Grace Hopkins as Jonquil, Tony Award nominee Isabel Keating (The Boy from Oz) as Debbie, Melody Butiu as Sofia Flores and Nina White as Victoria Siegel.

The company will also include Anna Bakun, Stacie Bono, Yeman Brown, Amanda Jane Cooper, David Aron Damane, Drew Elhamalawy, Sara Esty, K.J. Hippensteel, Diana Huey, Cassondra James, Andrew Kober, Jesse Kovarsky, Pablo David Laucerica, Travis Murad Leland, Michael Mulheren, Michael McCorry Rose and Grace Slear.

The Queen of Versailles is an adaptation of the 2012 documentary of the same name about socialite Jacqueline “Jackie” Siegel, the book is by Lindsey Ferrentino (Ugly Lies the Bone) and direction by Tony winner Michael Arden (Parade).

From computer engineer to Mrs. Florida to billionairess, Jackie Siegel sees herself as the embodiment of the American Dream. Now, as the wife of David “The Timeshare King” Siegel and mother of their eight children, they invite us to behold their most grandiose venture yet: They’re building the largest private home in America in Orlando, Florida—a $100 million house big enough for her dreams and inspired by the Palace of Versailles. But with the Great Recession of 2008 looming, Jackie and David’s dreams begin to crumble, along with their lavish lifestyle. The Queen of Versailles explores the true cost of fame, fortune and family.

The production will feature choreography by Lauren Yalango-Grant and Christopher Cree Grant, music supervision by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, scenic design by Dane Laffrey, lighting design by Natasha Katz and sound design by Peter Hylenski, as well as costume design by fashion designer Christian Cowan.

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Remembering Marilyn Clark Langner

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by Lee Roy Reams

I heard the sad news on Saturday, June 22nd, 2024, that my dear friend, Marilyn Clark Langner, had died in her Central Park West apartment with her family at her bedside. Like the classic column  in the Reader’s Digest Magazine, Marilyn Clark Langner was one of my “Most Unforgettable Characters.”

Growing up in Covington, Kentucky, I always dreamed of a glamorous show business life like the movies I watched on late night TV.  Having lunch with Kitty Carlisle Hart at a beachside restaurant in Barbados, cocktails with Gena Rowlands at Harry’s Bar in Venice, perhaps a late night supper at a rooftop restaurant in Athens celebrating the First Lady Of The American Theatre, Helen Hayes, on her 90th bithday, were just the kind of things I dreamed about. I got all of this and so much  more from Marilyn and Philip Langner during my tenure as artistic director of their trail blazing and truly amazing project called Theatre At Sea.

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Marilyn was born in Spokane, Wadhington, on September 28, 1924. Even as a child Marilyn was drawn to the theatre.  Marilyn attended UCLA and set her sights on a show business career. She moved to New York City and hit the jackpot when she met and fell in love with Philip Langner, the only child of Lawrence Langner and Armina Marshall, co-administrators of the Theatre Guild and arguably the two most important figures in the history of the American Theatre.

Marilyn played roles in four Broadway plays including The SevenYear Itch and Absurd Person Singular.  A cast mate in The SevenYear Itch named Gena Rowlands became a life long friend. Marilyn played roles in a number of feature films including several films written and directed by John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands’ husband.

Loretta Swit in SHIRLEY VALENTINE had a very succesful national tour winning a Sarah Siddons Award for Ms. Swit in Chicago.

Perhaps Marilyn’s most lasting show business legacy will be the creation of Theatre At Sea. Long before the current Broadway style entertainments on cruise ships including Playbill At Sea, Marilyn and Philip Langner and Armina Marshall paved the way  by creating Theatre At Sea.

Lee Roy Reems and Tammy Grimes

Their casts were made up of legendary stars of both theatre and film including Lillian Gish, Roddy McDowall, Tammy Grimes, Dean Jones, Carol Channing, Cyril Ritchard, Patrice Munsel, Eli Wallach, Loretta Swit, Ed Asner, Donna McKechnie, and many more. On an early cruise on board the SS Rotterdam, a musical evening was created called MUSICAL JUBILEE which transferred after the cruise to a Broadway theatre. An “out of town tryout at sea” of a musical called Ruthless! lead to a tranfer to the Players Theatre in New York City. Ruthless! won the Outer Critics Circle Award that year  for Best Musical.

Ed Asner played the role of FDR. The one man show played first on ship and then around the country.

Stars including Loretta Swit, Ed Asner

Jean Stapleton captured the unique spirit of one of America’s most admired first ladies, Eleanor Roosevelt.

and Jean Stapleton performed plays on ships that went on to successful national tours. Academy Award winner Patricia Neal and Joel Vig created a version of Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory, which played around the country for many years.

Academy Award winner Patricia Neal and Joel Vig played A CHRISTMAS MEMORY on ship and then around the country for decades.

Marilyn Clark Langner will be remembered both as a savvy artistic producer and also as the perfect hostess for these remarkable voyages.   Whether sailing up the Amazon River with a final performance in the legendary Manaus Opera House or a Meditteranean cruise ending with a reception in the Princess Grace Theatre in Monaco hosted by Prince Albert II, Marilyn was always charming and elegant with an air of whimsy and a wonderfully wicked sense of humor. When Marilyn and Philip Langner were honored with.the Gold Medal at the National Arts Club in December of 2010, stars of more than thirty years of unforgettable Theatre At Sea cruises expressed their gratitude for the gift.and honor of being part of the Theatre At Sea legacy.

Marilyn Langner: a Most Unforgettable Character.

Marilyn is survived by her husband, Philip, two daughters Lola and Eve, and two grand daughters Lauren Kennedy and Brielle Kennedy.

 

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