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As awards are being given out, next year’s season is already starting. These summer shows are sizzling with anticipation. Stars will also come to long running shows such as Melissa Benoist, star of The CW’s Supergirl, trades in her cape for Carole King, making her Broadway debut. Benoist played Marley on Glee. You can see Benoist starting June 7, Stephen Sondheim Theatre.  Tony Award winner Bette Midler returns to the revival of Hello, Dolly! Her former co-star David Hyde Pierce, will join her in the limited six-week engagement from July 17 to Aug. 25, when the show will close.

Ryan Murphy’s revival of The Boys in the Band, with a star studied cast. First presented on Broadway 50 years, the ensemble features a cast of openly gay actors led by Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells, Charlie Carver and Zachary Quinto. Running until August 11th.

The Boys in the Band, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells
Booth Theatre

Jesse Tyler Ferguson returns to New York for the world premiere of a new play. Log Cabin written by Jordan Harrison (Marjorie Prime). The Off-Broadway production tells the story of a tight-knit group of married gays and lesbians in 2015 whose conservative feelings are revealed when they’re seen through the eyes of their transgender friend. Opens: June 1, Playwrights Horizons

Log Cabin, Jesse Tyler Ferguson
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B.D. Wong is joined by Ali Ahn (The Path), Ned Eisenberg (Six Degrees of Separation) and Tony Aidan Vo (Pan Asian Rep’s NoNo Boy) in Lauren Yee’s play The Great Leap about a basketball prodigy from San Francisco’s Chinatown who talks his way onto a college team just as they’re about to travel to China for an exhibition game. Opens: June 4, Atlantic Theater Company’s Stage 2

Following its Fall 2017 run at the York Theatre Company, Desperate Measures – a Wild, Wild West musical comedy inspired by Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure – transfers to New World Stages. In 1890, in a territory out West, Johnny Blood, a hot-tempered young cowboy is sentenced to hang for killing a man in a bar fight. His sister, a novice nun in a nearby mission, is persuaded to plead with a corrupt governor to spare her brother’s life. The governor promises to pardon Johnny if his sister, the Sister, will ‘do his bidding’ for the night. Adding to the humorous complications are a hard-bitten sheriff, a voluptuous saloon girl and a priest who reads Nietzsche. Desperate Measures is a foot-stompin’, knee-slappin’ new musical with a nod to Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. Opens: New World Stages, June 13.

Academy Award and Tony nominee Carey Mulligan stars in Girls and Boys a one-woman show from Dennis Kelly (Matilda the Musical). The show will play Off-Broadway for five weeks. Opens: June 21, Minetta Lane Theatre

Carey Mulligan, Girls and Boys
Marc Brenner

Written by Joshua Harmon (tBad Jews and Significant Other), Skin Tight offers a scorching examination of beauty, youth and sex. Broadway’s Idina Menzel plays Jodi Isaac, who turns to her famous father for support after learning her ex-husband is engaged to a much younger woman. It turns out her father is wrapped up with 20-year-old Trey, who may or may not be gay but is likely an adult film star, at least according to Jodi’s 20-year-old gay son. Opens: June 21, Laura Pels Theatre

Idina Menzel, Skintight
Roundabout Theatre Company

Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose stars in Carmen Jones tells the story of a tempestuous parachute factory worker who ignites her own battle in a tragic love triangle with an airman and a prizefighter. Adapted from Bizet’s legendary opera Carmen, Oscar Hammerstein II shifted the story from Spain to World War II America, featuring an all African-American cast. Opens: June 27, Classic Stage Company.

Encores! Off-Center kicks off its 2018 season with Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown’s breakthrough musical Songs from a New World on the New York City Center’s Mainstage from June 27 to 30. Shoshana Bean, Mykal Kilgore and Solea Pfeiffer star.

Stephen Bogardus as Dr. Mark Bruckner and Melissa Errico as Daisy Gamble/Melinda Welles star in rish Repertory Theatre presents an off-Broadway revival of Burton Lane & Alan Jay Lerner’s musical On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, directed by Charlotte Moore. Opening June 28.

Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Grace Gummer (Mr. Robot) and Blair Brown (Orange Is the New Black) are among the six women set to portray the same seemingly ordinary Ohio accountant at various stages in her life in Mary Page Marlow written by Tracy Letts (August: Osage County). Opens: July 12, Tony Kiser Theater.

From the Tony Award-winning director of Urinetown—John Rando—comes Gettin’ The Band Back Together. This new musical follows Mitch Papadopolous who dreamed about being the next Bon Jovi, but he chose security over stardom and left those daydreams behind for a day job. He thought he had everything—until his 40th birthday when he got handed a pink slip and had to move back in with his Mom in Sayreville, New Jersey. When his high school arch nemesis (with a 20-year-old grudge and a tangerine spray tan) threatens to foreclose on their house, this big-shot banker must win The Battle of the Bands. Maybe he can win back the high school sweetheart he left behind (Marilu Henner)… proving it’s never too late to give your dreams one last shot. Previews begin July 18 at the Belasco Theatre.

A father and his three adult sons are forced to confront their own identities on Christmas Eve in a hilarious and ruthless take on the father-son drama by Obie Award winner Young Jean Lee. Armie Hammer makes his Broadway debut alongside Josh Charles (The Good Wife) and performance artist Kate Bornstein in Straight White Men.Opens: July 23, Hayes Theater.

The Atlantic Theater Company’s world premiere of new musical This Ain’t No Disco, directed by Trip Cullman is set against the grit, the garbage strikes, the graffiti of 1979 New York City, This Ain’t No Disco tells the story of drifters and dreamers searching for their place in the night world of Studio 54 and Mudd Club. In their uptown/downtown quest for revelry and kinship, every decision is fateful in a city where one’s fate can turn on a dime bag. Opening: July 24.

The Go-Go’s provide the music in Head Over Heels, a new musical about a royal family that must prevent an oracle’s prophecy of doom.  RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Peppermint stars. Look for “We Got the Beat,” “Get Up and Go,” “Cool Jerk,” “Vacation,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Lust to Love,” “Head Over Heels” and Belinda Carlisle’s solo hits “Mad About You” and “Heaven Is a Place on Earth”, to get you jumping and jiving. Opens: July 26, Hudson Theatre

Head Over Heels, Peppermint
Joan Marcus

 

Last, but not least Pretty Woman the Musical. Originally conceived by the late Garry Marshall, and producer Paula Wagner, the musical adaption from Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell will feature original music by singer Bryan Adams. The production stars Samantha Barks (Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables) as Vivian and Andy Karl (Rocky) as Edward. Opens: August 16, Nederlander Theatre

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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Ken Fallin’s Broadway: Richard M. Sherman Songwriter for Mary Poppins and Jungle Book Passes On

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Richard M. Sherman, was a nine-time Academy Award nominee along with his brother Robert. The Sherman Brothers wrote more than 200 songs for some 27 films and 24 television productions. Their film credits include Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Parent Trap, Summer Magic tv, The Sword in the Stone, That Darn Cat!, Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, The Happiest Millionaire, The Aristocats, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

The won two Academy Awards for Mary Poppins, taking home the trophies for Best Score – Substantially Original and Best Original Song (for “Chim Chim Cher-ee”). They won three Grammy awards and received 24 gold and platinum albums and were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 and received the US National Medal of the Arts in 2008.

They also wrote the score on Broadway for Over Here.

The brothers were portrayed in the 2013 film Saving Mr. Banks, which told the story behind the making of Mary Poppins.

Sherman died of age-related illness at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills. His brother Robert died in 2012.

 

 

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The Outer Critics Circle (OCC) Awards And You Are There Part 2

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Yesterday we gave you part 1 of The Outer Critics Circle (OCC), awards ceremony held at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center’s New York Public Library for The Performing Arts 111 Amsterdam Avenue, NYC).

In this part Steve Guttenberg gives the award to Outstanding Featured Performer in an Off-Broadway Play: Jay O. Sanders – Primary Trust


Outstanding Lead Performer in an Off-Broadway Musical:
 Andrew Durand  Dead Outlaw

Current President David Gordon introduced Andrea Martin who gave away the awards for Outstanding Direction of a Musical: Jessica Stone – Water for Elephants

A special award was given to Harry Haun longtime OCC member who served on the board as well.

Outstanding Choreography (Broadway or Off-Broadway):Justin Peck —Illinoise

And the tie for Outstanding Lead Performer in an Off-Broadway Play: William Jackson Harper, Primary Trust

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play: Primary Trust

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical: Dead Outlaw

Kelechi Watson presented the awards for Outstanding Featured Performer in a Broadway Musical: Kecia Lewis  Hell’s Kitchen

Outstanding Direction of a Play: Daniel Aukin – Stereophonic

Outstanding Lead Performer in a Broadway Musical: Kelli O’Hara  Days of Wine and Roses


Outstanding New Broadway Play:
 Stereophonic

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Outstanding New Broadway Musical: Suffs

Founded during the 1949-50 Broadway season by respected theater journalist John Gassner, The Outer Critics Circle is an esteemed association with members affiliated with more than ninety newspapers, magazines, broadcast stations, and online news organizations, in America and abroad. Led by its current President David Gordon, the OCC Board of Directors also includes Vice President Richard Ridge, Recording Secretary Joseph Cervelli, Corresponding Secretary Patrick Hoffman, Treasurer David Roberts, Cynthia Allen, Harry Haun, Dan Rubins, Janice Simpson and Doug Strassler. Simon Saltzman is President Emeritus & Board Member (Non-nominating) and Stanley L. Cohen serves as Financial Consultant & Board Member (Non-nominating). Lauren Yarger serves as the Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony executive producer.

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The Stars Showed Up Michael Greif at The New Dramatists Luncheon

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The New Dramatists Annual Spring Luncheon at the New York Marriott Marquis honored Michael Greif, the acclaimed director of not one but three shows playing on Broadway, Days of Wine and Roses, The Notebook and Hell’s Kitchen. Tony Award-winning producers Kevin McCollum and Stacey Mindich served as honorary co-chairs.

Michael Greif

Michael Greif

Christie Brown, Michael Greif, Brian d’Arcy James and Emily Morse

Michael Greif, Brian d’Arcy James

Michael Greif, Brian d’Arcy James

New Dramatists also presented the inagural Konecky Award, named for New Dramatists’ beloved Board President Isobel Konecky and her husband, renowned entertainment attorney Ron Konecky, recognizes those in the theatre and entertainment industry, who serve the field with passion, dedication, excellence, and leadership. The inaugural Konecky Award will be presented to Concord Theatricals.

Attending were:

Ali Louis Bourzgui

Joy Woods

Jordan Tyson

John Cardoza

Betsy Aidem

Will Brill

Rick Elice

Brian d’Arcy James

Michael Greif, Hannah Greif and David Greif

Adam Pascal, Michael Greif and Daphne Rubin-Vega

Members and Creatives of Hell’s Kitchen that includes-Susan Oliveras, Lily Ling, Tom Kitt, Camille A. Brown, Michael Greif, Kecia Lewis, Desmond Sean Ellington, Badia Farha, Kristoffer Diaz, Aaron Nicholas Patterson and Oscar Whitney Jr.

Ryan Vasquez

Kecia Lewis

Camille A. Brown

Kristoffer Diaz

Schele Williams, John Cardoza, Victoria Navarro, Geoffrey Ko, Dorian Harewood, Michael Greif, Maryann Plunkett, Jordan Tyson, Bekah Brunstetter, Katie Spelman and Kurt Deutsch

Schele Williams and Michael Greif

Priscilla Lopez

Jennifer Whyte, Steven Skybell, Tom Scutt, Rebecca Frecknall, Julia Cheng and Henry Gottfried

Priscilla Lopez and Michael Greif

Henry Gottfried

Tom Scuttt

Christine Ebersole and Michael Greif

Francis Benhamou

Steven Skybell

Jennifer Whyte

Julia Cheng

Michael Greif, Christine Ebersole, Priscilla Lopez and Doug Wright

Rebecca Frecknall

Eli Gelb

David Adjmi

Corey Stoll

Alison Luff

Isabelle McCalla

Amy Ryan

Amanda Green

Eden Espinosa

Sarah Pidgeon

Shoshana Bean

Quincy Tyler Bernstine

Michael Greif and Shoshana Bean

Justin Peck

Paula Vogel and Celia Keenan-Bolger

Juliana Margulies

Daryl Roth and Juliana Margulies

Jim Dale and Daryl Roth

Jim Dale, Daryl Roth and Juliana Margulies

Brody Grant

Lea Salonga

Lea Salonga

Sarah Paulson

Leslie Kritzer

Shaina Taub and Leigh Silverman

Amber Iman

Nikki M. James

John Weidner

Jessica Hecht

Andrew R. Butler

Casey Likes

Grant Gustin

Sean Patrick Flahaven

Doug Wright

Bradley King

Jamie deRoy

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The Outer Critics Circle (OCC) Awards And You Are There Part 1

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The Outer Critics Circle (OCC), awards ceremony for the winners was held on Thursday, May 23, 2024, in the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center’s New York Public Library for The Performing Arts (111 Amsterdam Avenue, NYC).

Current President David Gordon and  Vice President Richard Ridge welcomed everyone. There were celebrity presenters and Tony Danza proved why he is a comedy star. The first award given out was to Outstanding Video/Projections: Peter Nigrini – The Who’s Tommy.

Danza also gave out the awards to Outstanding Orchestrations Marco Paguia – Buena Vista Social Club.

Outstanding Costume Design: Linda Cho – The Great Gatsby

Outstanding Lead Performer in a Broadway Play: Jessica Lange – Mother Play

Receiving the John Gassner Award for New American Play (preferably by a new playwright): Oh, Mary! and a tie for Outstanding Lead Performer in an Off-Broadway Play (tie): Cole Escola left a video message.


Next to present was Montego Glover who gave Outstanding Featured Performer in an Off-Broadway Musical (tie) Judy Kuhn – I Can Get It For You Wholesale

and to Thom Sesma – Dead Outlaw

Outstanding Book of a Musical and Outstanding Score Shaina Taub – Suffs

Outstanding Scenic Design (tie): Paul Tate dePoo III – The Great Gatsby

Outstanding Lighting Design: Brian MacDevitt  The Outsiders

Outstanding Featured Performer in a Broadway Play: Kara Young – Purlie Victorious

Next up Steve Gutenberg gave awards to Outstanding Revival of a Play: Appropriate

Outstanding Sound DesignRyan Rumery – Stereophonic

Outstanding Solo Performance: Patrick Page – All the Devils are Here

Founded during the 1949-50 Broadway season by respected theater journalist John Gassner, The Outer Critics Circle is an esteemed association with members affiliated with more than ninety newspapers, magazines, broadcast stations, and online news organizations, in America and abroad. Led by its current President David Gordon, the OCC Board of Directors also includes Vice President Richard Ridge, Recording Secretary Joseph Cervelli, Corresponding Secretary Patrick Hoffman, Treasurer David Roberts, Cynthia Allen, Harry Haun, Dan Rubins, Janice Simpson and Doug Strassler. Simon Saltzman is President Emeritus & Board Member (Non-nominating) and Stanley L. Cohen serves as Financial Consultant & Board Member (Non-nominating). Lauren Yarger serves as the Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony executive producer.

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Ken Fallin’s Broadway: On The Town For Fleet Week

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Fleet Week is upon us, so, attached is a drawing I did of Channing Tatum a few years ago for The Los Angeles Times. This was done for Hail Caesar! choreographed by Christopher Gattelli.

Hail Caesar!  is by Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, Fargo), starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and Channing Tatum, Hail, Caesar! follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.

Here is a video with Channing and the rest of the cast. Talk about a great Happy Memorial Day!

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