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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen is Honorary Advisory Board Member of The Society For The Preservation Of The Great American Songbook. He studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer, was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC as a Voting Member of the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is thrilled to be the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor. email: email@example.com
The Judy Jacksina Company, Inc. is a publicity, public relations and marketing company whose expertise is concentrated in the entertainment field, with specific attention to the promoting, publicizing and marketing of theatre and films. The company also works in the music industry with occasional forays into the art and publishing worlds. The subject of stories in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair and The New York Times, the firm has also garnered its share of marketing industry accolades. Whether it be a stadium concert, a Broadway event or a gallery opening, the Jacksina Entourage believes in the now highly regarded adage, “If you publicize it, they will come.”
Starting as a teen rock critic, Brad Balfour has interviewed, reviewed and commented on pop culture and films for over the last 15 years and has spoken to everyone from Jennifer Lawrence to John Cena in settings ranging from press conference to one-on-ones. He’s also Filmfestivaltraveler.com Editor-In-Chief, popentertainment.comsenior editor, a blackfilm.com writer, a fearsmag.com interviewer and now Times Square Chronicle’s newest writer. Film, arts, and pop culture creators have been his subjects for years; he has been AM-New York’s regular film interviewer, a Huffingtonpost.com contributor, timessquare.com‘s Editor-In-Chief, a columnist for fashion mag Lincoln Road; Irish Connections’ founding editor; In-Fashion contributing editor; Creem Magazine’s senior editor; Reflex Magazine’s features editor and an editor at Heavy Metal and Circus Magazine, among others.
Stephen S. Best is currently a freelance writer for the Times Square Chronicles, covering the performing arts scene in the greater Chicagoland area. He has been a theater aficionado for years, attending his first live production, Annie, at the tender age of six. After graduating from Purdue University, Stephen honed his skills attending live theater, concerts and art installations in New York and Chicago. Stephen’s keen eye and thorough appreciation for both theater patrons’ time and entertainment dollar makes him a valuable asset and his recommendations key. Stephen currently lives in downtown Chicago.
Gemma Farquhar is an actress, author, educator, and mental health advocate. Her debut book, The Shape of Something New recently launched and is now available to purchase on Amazon.com.
Gemma’s column focuses on navigating life as a 20-something in our current global climate. She is passionate about defying the status quo and challenging societal normalities. Gemma believes in the power of writing and the endless resilience of the creative world. Both are unstoppable forces that forever teach us what it means to be deeply human.
She welcomes all ages to her column in the hopes of achieving a greater understanding of one another.
For over thirty years, Lawrence Harbison was in charge of new play acquisition for Samuel French, Inc., during which time he was responsible for the publication of hundreds of plays, by new playwrights such as Jane Martin, Don Nigro, Tina Howe, Theresa Rebeck, William Mastrosimone, Charles Fuller and Ken Ludwig among many others; and the acquisition of musicals such as Smoke on the Mountain, A…My Name Is Alice and Little Shop of Horrors.
He has edited over 100 anthologies for Smith and Kraus, Inc., for whom he edited annual anthologies of ten-minute plays and monologues for men and for women, and for several years edited their annual New Playwrights and Women Playwrights anthologies; and for Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, for whom he has edited several monologue, full length, 10-minute and 5-minute play anthologies. Currently, he is editing books solely for Applause, for whom he is editing annual anthologies of 10-minute plays and monologues and two anthologies of monologues and 10-minute plays by members of the Honor Roll, an advocacy group for women playwrights over 40. He has set up a new division for Applause to publish and license individual full length plays, as well as the World Premiere Club, which will include terrific plays he has helped playwrights develop which have not yet been produced. His column, “On the Aisle with Larry,” was appeared in the Chelsea Clinton News and the Westsider for several years and then moved to www.smithandkraus.com, where also ran for many years. In the late December of 2019, it will begin running on the Applause website, www.applausebooks.com. It also appears on his blog at www.playfixer.com and on www.doollee.com, the international playwrights database. He also writes occasional columns for Theatre Record, a London-based magazine. He was a member for many years of two NYC press organizations, the Outer Critics Circle and the Drama Desk, and served on the Drama Desk Awards Nominating Committee for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons.
He works with individual playwrights to help them develop their plays (see his website, www.playfixer.com). He has also served as literary manager or literary consultant for several theatres, such as Urban Stages and American Jewish Theatre. He has served many times over the years as a commentator for various M.F.A. programs and as a judge for play contests, and lectures occasionally at colleges and universities. He taught playwriting in the Theatre Dept. of the University of Michigan in the winter semester of 2016. He holds a B.A. from Kenyon College and an M.A. from the University of Michigan.
His book, How I Did It: Establishing a Playwriting Career, a collection of interviews with playwrights, was published by Applause Theatre & Cinema Books in March, 2015. His latest anthologies of monologues and 10-minute plays were published in December, 2019 by Applause Theatre & Cinema Books.
G. H. Harding is a four decades insider to the entertainment world. He’s worked for record companies; movie companies; video-production companies and several cable outle
His anonymity is essential in bringing an unbiased view to his writings on pop culture. He is based in NYC.
It is with a broken heart that Brian passed away in July 2020.
Brian Hester is a New York City based freelance photographer covering any nature of event including but not limited to; breaking news, sports, entertainment, fashion, nature and whatever may catch his wandering eye.
Since 2011 Brian, has been covering community events and high school sports for North Jersey Media Group and their successor Gannett USA Today. His clients include Rutgers University and Monmouth Athletics.
You can see more of his work at www.brianbehindthelens.com
Sadly Brian passed away
Robert Massimi the Chief Drama Critic for Metropolitan Magazine. He also contributes to Nimbus Magazine, My Life Publications, and National Review. He is a member of The Dramatists Guild and The National Arts Club. A former Member of the Board of Directors Metropolitan Playhouse. He has produced 14 shows both on and off Broadway. A Graduate of Manhattan College. He graduated Alpha Sigma Lambda, with a triple major in English, Government and Psychology.
Robert Gene Michels developed his gifts after suffering a near death experience and a loss in the family in 1988. Clairvoyant and clairaudient, he has honed his skills for over twenty years and he is here to help. He is a nationally recognized metaphysician, psychic, and medical intuitive. He studied the science of spirituality as well as quantum physics and has developed an amazing new healing technique called ENERGY RECONSTRUCTION.
In his career, Robert Gene Michels has helped people all over the United States in matters of relationships or career. Robert Gene uses energy healing as his new technique, and is performing healings and also training sessions nationwide. For more information about Energy Reconstruction, please check out the page dedicated to his new method or schedule a healing by clicking here.
Claudia Perry is an Actress, Singer, Composer/Lyricist, Playwright & Director who has worked on stage and in film with Peter Falk, Fred Gwynne, Tony Musante, Jay Arnold, Paxton Whitehead & William Friedkin. She wrote and recorded Title Songs for the Indie Film, “Variety” and for TV Pilots, “Dearly Beloved” & “Town Trekkers”. Her play, “Vienna, My City of Dreams”, was given a reading by the Dramatists Guild’s Philly Footlights at Adrienne Theatre. She wrote the newly adapted book for the musical, “Jamaica” for Prince Music Theater and was Composer/Lyricist for “Queen of Hearts”, Off-Broadway at Harold Clurman Theatre. “Hard Luck Dame” – AFilm Noir Musical, was a semi-finalist at the Samuel French Festival, NYC in which she also appeared. With a Grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation she was engaged to write, direct and act in, “Putting Out the Fire” – Help For Victims of Abuse. Society Hill Sheraton debuted three of her musicals, “Hard Luck Dame”,
“Ai, Caramba!”– A Latin Dance Musical & “Doctors & Nurses” – A Medical Spoof. Songs from her “A Loss of Roses” were presented at BMI Musical Theatre Workshop run by Tony Award-winning Maury Yeston. She was composer for “The Body Shop” which ran at West Side Arts Repertory Theatre, NYC & Artists-in-Residence Concert Series, Kingston, NY. At the Kelsey Theatre she has directed the world premieres of, “Snow White” – The Musical,“Hansel & Gretel” – The Musical & “Alice in Wonderland”– The Musical (with costumes by Broadway’s David Toser). As Vocalist with Jazz Celebration Big Band she recorded the CD, “Little Girl with a Big Band” andappears at Café Lava in Philadelphia, monthly. See Video, Film & Music clips at www.claudiaperry.com. Actor’s Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, Dramatists Guild Inc., BMI-Musical Theatre Workshop (Alumna).
My love for theater started when I first got involved in high school plays and children’s theatre in London, Ontario, which led me—much to my mother’s chagrin—to study set design, directing, and arts administration at York University in Toronto. But rather than pursuing theater as a career (I did produce and design a wee bit), I became a self-proclaimed theater junkie and life-long supporter. I am not a writer by trade, but I hope to share my views and feelings about this amazing experience we are so lucky to be able to see here in NYC, and in my many trips to London, Enlgand, Chicago, Toronto, Washington, and beyond.
Living in London, England from 1985 to 1986, NYC since 1994, and on my numerous theatrical obsessive trips to England, I’ve seen as much theater as I can possibly afford. I love seeing plays. I love seeing musicals. If I had to choose between a song or a dance, I’d always pick the song. Dance—especially ballet—is pretty and all, but it doesn’t excite me as, say, Sondheim lyrics. But that being said, the dancing in West Side Story is incredible!
As it seems you all love a good list, here’s two.
FAVORITE MUSICALS (in no particular order):
- Sweeney Todd with Patti Lupone and Michael Cerveris in 2005. By far, my most favorite theatrical experience to date.
- Sunday in the Park with George with Jenna Russell (who made me sob hysterically each and every one of the three times I saw that production in England and here in NYC) in 2008
- Spring Awakening with Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele in 2007
- Hedwig and the Angry Inch (both off-Boadway in 1998 and on Broadway in 2014, with Neal Patrick Harris, but also with Michael C. Hall and John Cameron Mitchell, my first Hedwig and my last…so far),
- Next To Normal with Alice Ripley (who I wish I had seen in Side Show) in 2009
FAVORITE PLAYS (that’s more difficult—there have been so many and they are all so different):
- Angels in American, both on Broadway and off
- Lettice and Lovage with Dame Maggie Smith and Margaret Tyzack in 1987
- Who’s Afraid of Virginai Woolf with Tracy Letts and Amy Morton in 2012
- Almost everything by Alan Ayckbourn, but especially Woman in Mind with Julia McKenzie in 1986
- And to round out the five, maybe Proof with Mary Louise Parker in 2000. But ask me on a different day, and I might give you a different list.
These are only ten theatre moments that I will remember for years to come, until I don’t have a memory anymore. There are many more that I didn’t or couldn’t remember, and I hope a tremendous number more to come. Thanks for reading.
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Jeffery Lyle Segal is a multifaceted theater artist who has worn many professional hats. He started as a musical theater performer in his teens. He attended Stanford U., Northwestern University, and SUNY at Binghamton to study acting, directing and dramatic literature. He also wrote theater reviews for The Stanford Dailyand was Arts Editor of WNUR Radio at Northwestern. After college, he is proud to have been the first full time Executive Director of Chicago’s acclaimed Steppenwolf Theater Company. He left them to work as a theater actor and director. His special effects makeup skills got him into the movies, working on the seminal cult horror film, Re-Animator.He also did casting for several important Chicago projects, sometimes wearing both production hats, as he did on Chicago’s most famous independent movie, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. While living in Los Angeles, he joined the Academy for New Musical Theater, where he developed two book musicals as a composer, lyricist and librettist, Down to Earth Girl(formerly I Come for Love, NYMF 2008), and Scandalous Behavior!(York Developmental Reading Series 2010). He wrote, produced and performed his song “Forever Mine” as the end title theme of the horror film, Trapped! He also has written songs for his performances in cabaret over the years, and the time he spent pursuing country music in Nashville. Most recently he created a musical revue, Mating the Musical,for the Chicago Musical Theater Festival 2016. In NYC, he has attended the BMI musical theater writers’ workshop, and the Commercial Theater Institute 14 week producer program. He is currently creating a company to develop new musicals online. He still keeps up his makeup chops, working with top doctors in NYC and Chicago as one of the country’s most highly regarded permanent cosmetic artists (www.bestpermanentmakeup.com) and as a member of Chicago local IATSE 476. www.jefferylylesegal.com
Stephen Sorokoff (See Cabaret/Music/Co-Theatre Editor)
Samantha von Sperling is a lifestyle guru who has spent her entire career going above and beyond to help her clients achieve their goals. “When asked what I do, I will tell you that I “Spit shine” people and things for a living. My arsenal of expertise helps smooth out the rough spots, whether it’s your look, the space you inhabit, or how you interact with the world around you. Our goal is to help you feel more comfortable in your skin and confident in your ability to handle any social situation with panache! Keen insight and fresh perspective is the first step to attaining your goal. Everything in life at some level is a matter of packaging and a game of seduction, a new job, a step up a ladder, the winning over of clients and friends or the conquest of your desire. Tell me what you want, what you need, even if it seems trivial, personal or impossible. If I can’t help you, I’ll tell you. If I can, it shall be done.” Samantha was raised in a sophisticated family where entertaining international guests was de rigueur; refined manners, elegant dress, proper posture, the art of conversation, and ballroom dancing are second nature to her. Her education is a continuation of a lifelong passion for the arts and a foundation for her business. Armed with a degree from New York University in Educational Theatre with a concentration in Speech Communications – also a classically trained ballroom dancer and actress – von Sperling set out the offer the world a new approach to the old concept of finishing. She uses her diverse talents through innovative group seminars or with one-on-one consultations. By utilizing all her skills and training, von Sperling has fulfilled requests from royal families, diplomats, politicians, celebrities, CEOs, companies big and small, regular joes, and soccer moms. Ms. von Sperling has appeared in print publications such as The New York Times, TIME Magazine, O The Oprah Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, and The Wall Street Journal, to name a few. She appears as a guest expert on numerous television programs, and currently contributes as ImageGal for DivaGalsDaily.com and writes her own column, “Ask Sam” for Time Square Chronicles which she counts amongst her great joys in life. Samantha von Sperling from POLISHED Social Image Consultants has been on the forefront of the image consulting industry for a decade, helping to bring out the best in you – from the boardroom to the ballroom.
ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.
George Tower grew up in New York City. His extensive travels around the world have enabled him to approach life in Gotham from a holistic point of view. His degrees in psychology inform much of his work written from a psychospiritual perspective. His is a background rich with creativity in both artistic mediums and the environments that showcase them and as a result his work has garnered positive media attention. He is an enthusiastic resident of Manhattan who prides himself on having a New York sense of humor.
Magda Katz has been in the entertainment world for most of her life as a child actress, assistant to the head publicist of Avco Embassy Pictures, theatrical print agent. She went on to manage the show business career of her 2 children for over 15 years. For the last five years Magda has been filming and editing video trailers of live performances as well as celebrity interviews. Broadway After Dark was the first website to feature her video trailers. She contributed in creating a star studded 90th birthday party for Mickey Rooney at Feinstein’s at the Regency Hotel. Her video trailers have a large international following. Videos are featured on www.t2conline.com. All of Magda’s videos can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/user/MagdaCorrespondent
Mary Ann Lopinto is a long-time writer and photographer (and cabaret aficionado). Her writing and photographs are and have been ubiquitous in the industry and industry media for decades. – See more at: http://www.womanaroundtown.com/sections/playing-around/maryann-lopinto-honored-at-the-metropolitan-room#sthash.CzfWMVab.dpuf
Because we cover theatre, we use a lot of Joan Marcus’s photographs. We wanted to honor her because she is considered to be “one of the preeminent Broadway photographers,” and we love her work.
Stephen Sorokoff (See Cabaret/Music/Co-Theatre Editor)
David is an active private investor with interests in media, technology and real estate. David studied film at the School of Visual Arts and produced the 2006 motion picture “My Brother”, starring Vanessa Williams and Tatum O’Neal. The movie won the Grand Jury Prize at the American Black Film Festival in Miami, in July 2006. It received 26 other nominations and awards, including Christopher Scott’s Founder’s Award at the American Black Film Festival. David was among the first real estate agents to discover and promote residences and retail spaces in Tribeca/NoHo/SoHo. David has successfully managed real estate throughout 30 years of Manhattan’s “boom and bust” cycles for Dynamic Worldwide Group. David led a successful turnaround strategy of the property when he signed the first Starbuck’s and one of the first Kinko’s in New York City as anchor tenants in the building.