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Summerstage 2023



Look for 80 free and benefit shows to play in Central Park and around the city at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, Tompkins Square Park in the East Village, Von King Park and The Coney Island Amphitheater in Brooklyn, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, Crotona Park in the Bronx and Stapleton Waterfront Park in Staten Island.

Celebrating the 50th-anniversary of hip-hop, and there will be local artists such as Kool and the Gang in Queens and Nick Hakim in Brooklyn.

We are looking forward to the Indigo Girls, Buddy Guy and Tanya Tucker.

All shows are free except the benefit concerts


  • June 3: Hippo Campus, Gus Dapperton at Central Park (benefit)
  • June 4: Indigo Girls, Larkin Poe for the Subaru Music Series at Central Park (benefit)
  • June 10: Opening Night with St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Say She She, Mwenso and the Shakes, DJ Alisa Ali for the Subaru Music Series at Central Park
  • June 14: New York Sings Yiddish! The Klezmatics and Special Guests in partnership with the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust at Central Park
  • June 15: Sammy Rae & The Friends, Rubblebucket at Central Park (benefit)
  • June 17: THE AUSSIE BBQ: Amy Shark, Budjerah, L FRESH the LION, Peach PRC, Spiderbait at Central Park
  • June 18: Buddy Guy’s Damn Right Farewell Tour with Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Samantha Fish, Bobby Rush, Jesse Dayton at Central Park
  • June 19: Park Jams: A Juneteenth Celebration of Hip-Hop with DJ Premier, Grandmaster Flash, Kid Capri, and more at Central Park (benefit)
  • June 20: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital ft. Gabriella Reyes, René Barbera, Will Liverman and Dimitri Dover at Central Park
  • June 23: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital ft. Gabriella Reyes, René Barbera, Will Liverman, Dimitri Dover at Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • June 24: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital ft. Erika Baikoff, Thomas Glass, Cierra Byrd, Juan José Lázaro at Jackie Robinson Park
  • June 24: Stanley Clarke N 4ever, Kenny Garrett, Brandee Younger, DJ Logic in Association with Blue Note Jazz Festival at Central Park
  • June 25: Dreamland: Pride in Central Park with Purple Disco Machine at Central Park (benefit)
  • June 26: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital ft. Erika Baikoff, Thomas Glass, Cierra Byrd, Juan José Lázaro at Williamsbridge Oval
  • June 28: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital ft. Erika Baikoff, Thomas Glass, Cierra Byrd, Juan José Lázaro at Socrates Sculpture Garden
  • June 28: Michael Franti and Spearhead, Tank and the Bangas at Central Park (benefit)
  • June 30: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital ft. Erika Baikoff, Thomas Glass, Cierra Byrd, Juan José Lázaro at Clove Lakes Park


  • July 1: Andy Shauf, Leith Ross, Yves Jarvis in association with the Consulate General of Canada in NY at Central Park
  • July 2: Marisa Monte, Joana Amendoeira & Fred Martins, Music from the Sole, DJ Lara Gerin in Association with the Consulate General of Brazil in New York and Arte Institute at Central
  • July 8: Catalan Sounds On Tour: Queralt Lahoz, Marala, Lia Kali with DJ sets by DJ Trapella in association with the Institut Ramon Llull at Central Park
  • July 9: Skip Marley & Friends at Coney Island
  • July 10: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Garbage, Metric at Central Park (benefit)
  • July 12: Juanes, Conexion Divina in association with LAMC at Central Park
  • Jul 13: Bastille Day: Joachim Garraud & Marie Berson, Passi, Bénabar, Adèle Castillon in association with the Consulate General of France at Central Park
  • July 13: Works & Process at SummerStage: The Masterz at Work Dance Family with Courtney Washington at Von King Park
  • July 14: Nick Hakim, June McDoom, Evan Wright at Von King Park
  • July 15: TRUENO, Villano Antillano, Dawer x Damper, KEXP’s El Sonido with Albina Cabrera ft. Camola DJ set in association with LAMC at Central Park
  • July 15: MIKE’S Young World III: Noname, Georgia Anne Muldrow, 454 at Von King Park
  • July 16: dead prez, th1rt3en, Large Professor DJ Set at Von King Park
  • July 16: GOLDEN OLDIES ON THE BOARDWALK 2023 feat. The Duprees, The Coasters, Charlie Thomas’ Drifters w/ Jeff Hall, Bobby Wilson, Stan Zizka’s Del Satins, Vito Picone & The Elegants, The Chiclettes and more hosted by Joe Causi with DJ Vinnie Medugno in association with Fever Productions and Brian Rosenberg at Coney Island
  • July 19: Julia Jacklin, Y La Bamba, Black Belt Eagle Scout at Central Park
  • July 20: Horsegirl, Iceage, Water From Your Eyes, Lifeguard at Central Park
  • July 22: Michael Brun presents BAYO at Central Park
  • July 22: Kool and the Gang at Flushing Meadows Corona Park
  • July 23: Taiwanese Waves: Waa Wei, The Dinosaur’s Skin, Mandarin Homework (DJ Mr. Skin) at Central Park
  • July 23: DJ Rekha’s Basement Bhangra Bacchanal: DJ Rekha, Malkit Singh with live band, DJ Ana, Sikh Knowledge, Rolex Rasathy, Param Singh, Dholi Anuradha and guests
    Flushing Meadows Corona Park
  • July 24: Cafe Tacvba at Central Park (benefit)
  • July 26: Works & Process at SummerStage: Dorrance Dance at  Central Park
  • July 29: Mdou Moctar, Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore, Rough Francis at Central Park


  • August 2: The Comet Is Coming, Ibeyi, AceMo DJ Sets at Central Park
  • August 2: Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, Lulada Club, DJ JFuse in association with The Salsa Project at Crotona Park
  • August 3: Ted Smooth’s Freestyle Jam ft. TKA and Judy Torres at Crotona Park
  • August 3: Bittersweet Daze: Cavetown, mxmtoon, Ricky Montgomery, grentperez at Central Park (benefit)
  • August 4: “Birth of a Culture” Grandmaster Flash and Friends at Crotona Park
  • August 5: The Originals: Stretch Armstrong, Rich Medina, Tony Touch, Clark Kent, D-Nice at Central Park
  • August 5: Stonebwoy in association with Ghanafest-NY at Crotona Park
  • August 6: Hip-Hop 50: SPECIAL EDITION with Nice N Smooth, Special Ed, Buckshot of Black Moon, Masta Ace, CL Smooth, Rah Digga, Rampage, Black Sheep Dres, Sweet Tee, Joeski Love, Sparky D, Hosted by Ralph McDaniels (Video Music Box) at Coney Island
  • August 9: NIGHT ONE — Mt. Joy at Central Park (benefit)
  • August 10: NIGHT TWO — Mt. Joy at Central Park (benefit)
  • August 12: Frankie Cutlass, The Original Cover Girls, Cynthia, Black Sheep, DJ Millo and DJ Medina in Association with Maker Park Radio at Stapleton Waterfront Park
  • August 12: VP Records Presents Roots Reggae Review at Central Park
  • August 13: Orgullo Dominicano with Prince Royce, Vicente García, and YEИDRY at Central Park
  • August 13: Funk Flex & Friends Birthday Concert Featuring Raheem DeVaughn, Rob Base & More at Coney Island
  • August 13: Las Cafeteras, Natu Camara, Justy, DJ Kitty the Disc Jockey in Association with Maker Park Radio and La Isla Bonita at Stapleton Waterfront Park
  • August 17: Works & Process at SummerStage: The Missing Element with The Beatbox House, LayeRhythm at Marcus Garvey Park
  • August 18: Jason Moran and the Big Bandwagon: James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hellfighters: From the Dancehall to the Battlefield in Association with Jazzmobile at Marcus Garvey Park
  • August 19: Mixtape (Film Screening) with DJ sets by: Ron G, Doo Wop, Mister Cee, Tony Touch, Brucie B at Marcus Garvey Park
  • August 19: Cautious Clay, Wet, Christian Kuria, Zinadelphia at Central Park (benefit)
  • August 20: Everyday People at Central Park
  • August 20: Hip-Hop 50: Native Tongue Edition with Monie Love, Black Sheep Dres, Chi Ali, DJ Red Alert hosted by Ralph McDaniels (Video Music Box) at Marcus Garvey Park
  • August 20: Jose Alberto “El Canario,” The Big 3 Palladium Orchestra: The Music Of Machito, Tito Rodriguez and Tito Puente at Coney Island
  • August 23: Manchester Orchestra, Jimmy Eat World, Middle Kids at Central Park (benefit)
  • August 24: Regina Spektor at Central Park (benefit)
  • August 25: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival with Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band featuring Dianne Reeves, T.K. Blue in association with Jazzmobile at Marcus Garvey Park
  • August 26: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival with The Cookers, Endea Owens and the Cookout, Nduduzo Makhathini Trio, Akua Allrich and The Tribe at Marcus Garvey Park
  • August 27: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival with Charles McPherson with Terell Stafford, Something Else! Vincent Herring Septet, HERA feat. Chelsea Baratz and Andromeda Turre, Michael Mayo at Tompkins Square Park
  • August 27: Palmwine Festival with Show Dem Camp and Friends in association with Move Forward Music at Central Park
  • August 31: In Our Own Sweet Time Tour with Vance Joy / Dan Sultan for the Subaru Music Series at Central Park (benefit)


  • September 3: Emicida, Goyo, a screening ofAmarElo: It’s All for Yesterday in Association with the 27th Inffinito Brazilian Film Festival at Central Park
  • September 14: Tanya Tucker, Nikki Lane for the Subaru Music Series at Central Park
  • September 30: Carl Cox, Central Park (benefit)

For the full schedule and tickets, check out

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:


Tribeca X Awards Captivates with Inspirational Panels with Jane Fonda, Jon Bon Jovi and More



Tribeca Festival hosted the star-studded Tribeca X Awards program this year and celebrated the intersection of advertising, storytelling, and innovation during a two-day event.

Featuring inspirational panels with luminaires in film, entertainment, branding, marketing, art, technology, and media, the event become one of the highlights of New York City’s beloved annual affair.

Notable moments and conversation with the world’s leading authorities included a showcase of star power on the stage with the likes of actor and activist Jane Fonda; actress, author and entrepreneur and her daughter Rowan Henchy; founder and President of Every Mother Counts Christy Turlington Burns and CNN’s Abby Phillip; actor and CEO and co-founder of Super Serious Terry Cruz; Executive Creative Director of FundamentalCo and CEO of LoveSeen Jenna Lyons and Founder and CEO of FundamentalCo Jonny Bauer moderated by Derek Blasberg; Chairman and CEO of Pfizer Albert Bourla and award-winning journalist Katie Couric; co-founders of Hampton Water Jon Bon Jovi and Jesse Bongiovi; and more.

Fonda and actor Aja Naomi King joined the L’Oréal Paris panel to discuss one of the most famous and iconic lines in advertising: “Because you’re worth it.” Sticking to her activism roots, Jane used the moment to encourage both L’Oréal and McCann Worldgroup Global to help back the Equal Rights Amendment in the US. The panel was on hand for director Ben Proudfoot’sThe Final Copy of Ilon Specht.”

Shields discussed authentic storytelling around diabetes awareness with the debut of the indie film Quarters, Turlington Burns spoke to maternal health and her non-profit organization Every Mother Counts, and Cruz, joined by his Super Serious co-founders, dove into their philosophy “everything is entertainment.”

Lyons and Bauer discussed their vision for FundamentalCo and the core principles of brand strategy moderated by Blasberg. Jon Bon Jovi and son Jesse Bongiovi wrapped up this year’s Tribeca X Award by program sharing insights into their father-son business Hampton Water and the brand’s commitment to charitable causes.

During their panel, Artists Writers & Artisans, Inc.  announced that they have joined forces with horror legend Roy Lee and Vertigo Entertainment to bring audiences a range of brand-new, spine-chilling horror stories.

The 2024 Tribeca X Awards recognize the achievements of companies and creators who share a mission to connect with consumers through the power of storytelling. Below is the list of winners that represent the best in story-driven filmmaking and brand collaborations this year:

Audio: Science will Win, by Pfizer!

Games and Immersive: MLB The Show Storylines: The Negro Leagues by PlayStation Studios, directed by Jarred Schiff, Gavin Filipiak, Ramone Russell, and Brandon Akiaten.

Content Creator: Jacksonville Jaguars 2023 Schedule Release Video from the Jacksonville Jaguars, directed by Asher Grodman.

Commercial: Michael CeraVe from CeraVe and Ogilvy PR, directed by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim.

Short: One Good Reason from ServiceNow, Tribeca Studios, and directors Perri Peltz and Matthew O’Neill.

Episodic: The Santa Stories from Coca Cola and WPP Open X/VML, directed by Steven Caple Jr. and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Feature Film: Audrey’s Children from UTA and Ronald McDonald House Charities, directed by Ami Canaan Mann.

Social Impact Award: One Good Reason from ServiceNow, Tribeca Studios, and directors Perri Peltz and Matthew O’Neill.

Environmental Impact Award: PROJECT MAJI: WATERS OF CHANGE VR EXPERIENCE from Born Studios and directors Bilge Tekin, Dominic Clarke, and Nicholas Masters-Waage.




Photos Courtesy of Tribeca Festival

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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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The Glorious Corner



G.H. Harding

A JON BON SURPRISE — (Via Ultimate Classic Rock) Jon Bon Jovi played a surprise five-song set in Nashville on Friday, June 7.

The intimate performance celebrated the grand opening of JBJ’s, the new rooftop bar and restaurant owned by Jon Bon Jovi. It also came on the day Bon Jovi released their sixteenth studio album, Forever.

The show was notable considering the lingering uncertainty surrounding Jon Bon Jovi’s voice. The singer underwent vocal surgery in 2022 and has been enduring a long road to recovery ever since. The frontman recently confirmed he’ll be unable to tour in support of his new album, noting that he’s “more than capable of singing again,” but that “two and a half hours a night, four nights a week” would not be possible.

The frontman’s voice appeared pitchy but strong during the Nashville club set. Bon Jovi showcased plenty of his trademark energy during the gig, dancing on the small stage and engaging fans to sing along with him.

The performance opened with “Blood on Blood,” the stirring album cut from Bon Jovi’s classic 1988 LP New Jersey. According to, this marked the first time “Blood on Blood” has been performed in concert since 2019.

Later, the singer addressed his absence from performing.

“It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been up on a stage with some people in the house,” Bon Jovi declared midway through the set. “Too long, too long. Yeah, it feels good. I hope it sounds good, because it feels good.”

Bon Jovi also acknowledged Nashville’s importance in his band’s history, noting that they’d spent “so much time” writing and recording in the town. “I always jokingly say, Nashville, this is my people.”

Motley Crue singer Vince Neil. Jelly Roll and Big Kenny from Big and Rich were among the celebrities on hand for Bon Jovi’s club gig. Other highlights on the night included a rousing rendition of “You Give Love a Bad Name” and the lead single from Forever, “Legendary.”

See the complete set list below, along with video of the entire performance.

Bon Jovi, 6/7/24, JBJ’s, Nashville, Set List

1.  “Blood on Blood”
2. “We Weren’t Born to Follow”
3. “You Give Love a Bad Name”
4. “Born to Be My Baby”
5. “Legendary”

Jon’s been very, very visible of late. From his Hulu-four-part show to stints on everything from Kelly Clarkson to Jimmy Kimmel and it seems to me he’s been a tad overexposed. Sure, he’s got a new album to sell as well as the cable-series, but his logline seems to be over whether he can tour … or not.  And, apparently, he can’t.

Honestly, that’s gotten bigger play than his rumored feud with Richie Sambora. I know Jon and he’s smart as a fox. He and his PR-person, which I believe is Brad Cafarelli, have done a stellar job.

This Nashville-appearance was after he may the ‘I can’t tour’ announcement, so what gives?

I’d love to know who he played with in Nashville. Was it some of the Bon Jovi-band or just some Nashville-players? Maybe we should ask Brad.

George Harrison

GO GEORGE — We loved this story from Far Out Magazine about George Harrison and Phil Collins:

The seed for his prank on the Genesis drummer began back in 1970 when Collins was a teenage session musician who grew up in absolute awe of everything Beatles related.

At the time, Collins was in his former band Flaming Youth and wouldn’t audition to join Genesis until later on in the same year.

“Our manager got a call from Ringo Starr’s chauffeur, who said they needed a percussionist, and he suggested me,” said Phil.

“So I went down to Abbey Road, and Harrison was there and Ringo and Billy Preston and Klaus Voormann and Phil Spector, and we started routing the song.”

George was recording his debut solo album, All Things Must Pass.

“No one told me what to play, and every time they started the song, Phil Spector would say, ‘Let’s hear guitar and drums,’ or ‘Let’s hear bass and drums.’ I’m not a conga player, so my hands are starting to bleed. And I’m cadging cigarettes off Ringo – I don’t even smoke, I just felt nervous. Anyway, after about two hours of this, Phil Spector says, ‘Okay congas, you play this time.’ And I’d had my mic off, so everybody laughed, but my hands were shot.”

“After that they all disappeared – someone said they were watching TV or something – and I was told I could go. A few months later, I buy the album from my local record shop, look at the sleeve notes, and I’m not there. And I’m thinking, ‘There must be some mistake!’ But it’s a different version of the song, and I’m not on it.”

Once Collins would become a world-famous star in his own right, he and George were back in contact.

“Cut to years later,” Collins added. “I bought [former Formula 1 driver] Jackie Stewart’s house. Harrison was a friend of Jackie’s, and Jackie told me George was remixing All Things Must Pass.

“He said, ‘You were on it, weren’t you?’ And I said, ‘Well I was there.’ Two days later a tape’s delivered from George Harrison with a note saying: ‘Could this be you? Suddenly the congas come in – too loud and just awful. At the end of the tape you hear George Harrison saying, ‘Hey, Phil, can we try another without the conga player?’

“So now I know, they didn’t go off to watch TV, they went somewhere and said, ‘Get rid of him,’ cos I was playing so badly. Then Jackie rings and says, ‘I’ve got someone here to speak to you,’ and puts George on and he says, ‘Did you get the tape?’ and I said, ‘I now realise I was fired by a Beatle.’ He says, ‘Don’t worry, it was a piss-take. I got Ray Cooper to play really badly, and we dubbed it on. Thought you’d like it!’ I said, ‘You f**king bastard!’”, Collins then reminisced in hindsight, “It was lovely, wasn’t it?”

Yes, George went out of his way to pay a whole band to spend a day in the studio with him just so he could pull a joke on Phil Collins.

The Killers

SHORT TAKES — Our spy at the weekend’s Governor’s Ball said The Killers were spectacular. They played “Mr. Brightside” and “Andy, You’re A Star” (first time in seven years). One of my favorite bands, ever! Great to hear this …

Dick Van Dyke

Congrats to Dick Van Dyke at 98 winning an Emmy for his stint on Days of Our Lives. Bravo! …

This Thursday at the Landis Theatre in Vineland, New Jersey, is a special screening of The Zombie Wedding. Based on the hit interactive play (which premiered in 2015). The first-ever wedding between a Human Bride and a Zombie Groom; starring Heather Matarazzzo; Kevin Chamberlin; Vincent Pastore and Micky Dolenz.

Details to follow from producer Robert Dragotta … Watched Michael Mann’s Ferrari over the weekend and just loved it. Adam Driver; Penelope Cruz and Shailene Woodley were just extraordinary. Not your typical Mann-pic either. A must-see for sure …

And also caught Netflix’s Hitman with Glen Powell-the man-of-the-moment in film. He’s great, sort of a George Clooney-in the making. Directed by Richard Linklater – a surprise. Kind of a silly premise, but he carries it admirably and does his love-interest, the sultry Adria Arjona – who makes a rather memorable debut.

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Jane Blunkell; Dan Zelinski; Jane Berk; Howard Bloom; Peter Lubin; Stu Taub; Roy Trakin; David Adelson; Michael Nice; Joel Diamond; Mark Bego; Jimmy Fallon; Julie Gurovitsch; Vince Napolitano; Obi Steinman; Peter Abraham; David Sanborn; Craig Zisk; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Brad Balfour; Jill Christiansen; Anni Bella; Lush Ice; Markos Papadatos; and Bella.

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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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