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Theatre News: Harmony, Chita Rivera and Danny Burstein, Space Dogs, Irish Rep and Out Of Time



Harmony: A New Musical by Barry Manilow & Bruce Sussman tells the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, six talented young men, Jewish and gentile, who came together in 1920s Germany and took the world by storm with their signature blend of sophisticated close harmonies and uproarious stage antics.

Chip Zien, Sierra Boggess

Directing and choreographing Harmony will be Tony Award winner and Emmy-nominated Director Warren Carlyle.Carlyle won a 2014 Tony Award for his choreography for After Midnight, for which he was also Tony Award-nominated as Best Director. Upcoming: choreographing the Broadway revival of The Music Man starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster.

“I’m thrilled to be directing Harmony and helping bring this show to New York. It’s an important message and it could not have found a better home to start a New York run than the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust,” Warren Carlyle said.

The show runs 7 weeks only starting March 23rd.

Chita Rivera and Danny Burstein Honored by Encompass New Opera Theatre on Sunday, March 20, 2022. Sheldon Harnick and Maury Yeston will pay tribute with a star-studded musical salute.  The elegant evening – hosted by Midge Woolsey of Thirteen/WNET and WQXR Radio – will feature recollections and tributes by well-known Musical Theatre and Opera personalities and friends from the Music Theatre and Opera world including John Doyle, George Dvorsky, Sheldon Harnick, Maury Yeston, and Karen Ziemba. Dazzling musical entertainment will feature stars of stage and screen. Beth Ertz is the Music Director/Arranger/Pianist; Richard Pearson Thomas, Associate Music Director. Michael A. Kerker of ASCAP and Nancy Rhodes of Encompass will co-produce and direct. The 2022 Gala Chairs are Daniel J. De Siena and Deborah Surdi.

Sheldon Harnick to present Danny Burstein with the Sheldon Harnick Award for Creative Excellence and John Doyle will present Chita Rivera with the Encompass Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in the American Musical Theatre.

Ghostlught Records will release the original cast album of the new musical Space Dogs on Friday, February 11. The show features music and lyrics by Van Hughes and Nick Blaemire, who also perform the show. Space Dogs is currently in previews at New York’s MCC Theater, directed by Ellie Heyman, opening on February 13 and running through March 6. Starting today, customers who pre-order the digital album will immediately receive the album’s new single “If I Start a Race.”  The album is produced by Van Hughes and Nick Blaemire, with Kurt Deutsch serving as executive producer. Pre-order now at

Space Dogs is an epic new musical that tells the mind-blowing true story of Laika and the Chief Designer – a stray dog and the top-secret Russian scientist who sent her to space during the Cold War. The show is a sweeping, kaleidoscopic tale of invention, betrayal, international political intrigue, and the immortal friendship that exists between man and dog, as they journey together to the stars.

The Same: U.S. Premiere of The Corcadorca Production from February 16–March 6. From the Tony-winning playwright Enda Walsh (Once the musical, Medicine at St. Ann’s Warehouse) comes the “riveting, superbly realised” drama named best new play and best actress (Eileen Walsh, Catherine Walsh) at the 2017 Irish Times Theatre Awards.

The Same marks a dual homecoming for Enda—returning to 726 11th Avenue five years after the staging of his sold-out installation Rooms, in what was then still Cybert Tire, the site of the new Irish Arts Center, and to Corcadorca, the Cork City theatre company that produced Walsh’s 1996 breakthrough work, Disco Pigs. For tickets click here.

Mia Katigbak (NAATCO Actor-Manager and Co-Founder) by Billy Bustamante

Page Leong by Billy Bustamante

Actor, artist, and photographer Billy Bustamante (Soft Power at The Public) captured the cast of Out Of Time — the first all-Asian American cast over the age of sixty — in a series of new portraits.

Rita Wolf by Billy Bustamante

Glenn Kubota by Billy Bustamante

Beginning on February 15, Out Of Time is a theatrical tapestry exploring age, memory, parenthood, and identity in a collection of five moving new works.

Natsuko Ohama by Billy Bustamante

Visit to view the full portraits by Billy Bustamante and to access tickets.

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:


Ahead of the Broadway Opening of Lempicka The Longacre Theatre Is Showcasing Art Work By Tamara de Lempicka



The Longacre Theatre (220 W 48th St.), soon-to-be home of the sweeping new musical, Lempicka, is showcasing a curated selection of renowned artist Tamara de Lempicka’s most famous works. Eschewing traditional theatrical front-of-house advertising, the Longacre’s façade now boasts prints, creating a museum-quality exhibition right in the heart of Times Square. The musical opens on Broadway on April 14, 2024 at the same venue.

The Longacre’s outdoor exhibition includes works of Self Portrait (Tamara in a Green Bugatti) (1929), Young Girl in Green (1927), Nu Adossé I (1925), The Red Tunic (1927), The Blue Scarf (1930), The Green Turban (1930), Portrait of Marjorie Ferry (1932), Portrait of Ira P. (1930), Portrait of Romana de la Salle (1928), and Adam and Eve (1932).

Starring Eden Espinosa and directed by Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin, Lempicka features book, lyrics, and original concept by Carson Kreitzer, book and music by Matt Gould, and choreography by Raja Feather Kelly.

Spanning decades of political and personal turmoil and told through a thrilling, pop-infused score, Lempicka boldly explores the contradictions of a world in crisis, a woman ahead of her era, and an artist whose time has finally come.

Young Girl in Green painted by Tamara de Lempicka (1927). Oil on plywood.