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The League of Professional Theatre Women (Kelli Lynn Harrison & Lisa Rothe, Co-Presidents) will present the 2018 Theatre Women Awards at The TimesCenter (242 West 41st Street between 7th and 8th Avenues) on Friday, March 16 beginning at 6:30pm. 

The League of Professional Theatre Women’s annual Theatre Women Awards are the only awards dedicated to honoring the theatrical work of women and their contributions to the field, across all disciplines.
The ceremony will be hosted by playwright Theresa Rebeck with awards presented by Jocelyn Bioh (Phylicia Rashad, Lifetime Achievement Award), Ceila Keenan-Bolger (Adrienne Campbell-Holt, LPTW Lucille Lortel Award), Roma Torre (Linda Winer, LPTW Special Award), Karen Kandel (Emily Joy Weiner, Josephine Abady Award), Marshall Jones III and Wayne Maugans (Rohina Malik, Lee Reynolds Award), and Shelley Butler (Cricket S. Myers, Ruth Morley Award). 
Theresa Rebeck (Host) Ms. Rebeck’s plays include, Seminar, Mauritius (Irne, Elliot Norton Awards), Dead Accounts, Spike Heels, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann (National Theater Award), The Water’s Edge, The Scene, The Butterfly Collection, The Bells (Inge New Voices Award), Bad Dates, The Nest, Omnium Gatherum (Pulitzer finalist), View of the Dome, Poor Behavior and The Understudy. Her adaptation of The Way of the World was recently seen in the Women’s Voices Festival in Washington, D.C. Her work has been widely produced on and off Broadway, regionally and internationally.  Novels include Three Girls and Their Brother (Crown) and I’m Glad About You (Putnam). She is the recipient of the Pen Laura Pels Award for a mid-career playwright. With composer Josh Schmidt, Theresa is adapting the RKO film Dance, Girl, Dance, as a stage musical and she has created a stage adaptation of the fable Stone Soup with John Weidman. As a director her work has been seen at The Alley Theater of Houston, Dorset Theater Festival, the Orchard Project and the Folger Shakespeare Theater.  She recently finished writing and directing the independent feature Trouble, starring Anjelica Huston, Bill Pullman and David Morse. In television, she is known for her work on NYPD Blue  (Writer’s Guild, Peabody and Edgar awards) and for creating the NBC series Smash. Ms. Rebeck is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio.  She has a Ph.D. and M.F.A. from Brandeis University. She serves on the board of PEN America, and is a proud member of the Dramatist’s Guild. She teaches at the University of Houston as the Distinguished Visiting Theater Artist.  She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Jess Lynn and her children, Cooper and Cleo Lynn. 
Jocelyn Bioh (Phylicia Rashad Presenter) is a Ghanaian-American writer/performer from New York City. NYC theatre acting credits include: Everybody (Signature, Lortel Nomination). The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (TONY Award for Best Play in 2015). Men on Boats (Playwrights Horizons,) An Octoroon (Soho Rep) SEED (Classical Theatre of Harlem), and NEIGHBORS (The Public Theater). Film: Ben Is Back. TV: Former Cover Girl spokes model, “Crashing” (HBO), “Blue Bloods” (CBS), “The Detour” (TBS), “The Characters” (Netflix), “Louie” (FX), and “One Life to Live” (ABC). As a playwright, she is currently a Tow Playwright in Residence at MCC. Her plays include: Nollywood Dreams (Cherry Lane Mentor Project 2017), School Girls (MCC 2017) and the libretto for The Ladykiller’s Love Story – with music/lyrics by Cee Lo Green. As a TV staff writer, Jocelyn has worked on Russian Doll (Netflix.) She is currently a staff writer on Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It also on Netflix. B.A in English/Theatre from The Ohio State University and MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University.
Roma Torre (Linda Weiner Presenter), an Emmy award winner, is celebrating her 26th year at NY1, New York’s popular cable news channel, where she is an anchor and theater critic. Roma’s TV career began at Channel 2, becoming a news writer and producer. Then, with Cablevision’s formation of the country’s first 24-hour local news station, News12 Long Island, Roma was among the first reporters hired. After five years at News12, Roma returned to New York City in 1992 to join NY1, where she now anchors its “News All Day” and is its theater critic. She followed in the tradition of her mother, the late Marie Torre. A well-known syndicated columnist, she was the first reporter to go to jail invoking the First Amendment after refusing to reveal a confidential source. Roma has more than 30 broadcasting awards. She has co-produced a documentary, “Shout Gladi Gladi,” narrated by Meryl Streep. It’s an inspiring story about women in Africa living in extreme poverty. A colon cancer survivor, Roma is a staunch advocate of early screening and has spoken extensively about the need to raise awareness and the importance of cancer prevention. She is a proud board member of the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA).
Karen Kandel (Emily Joy Weiner Presenter) is Co-Artistic Director of NYC based theater company, Mabou Mines. Performance Awards/Nominations: OBIE Award (Peter & Wendy, Talk, Mabou Mines’ Lear), Dramalogue, Connecticut Critics Circle, Craig Noel, Edinburgh Festival’s Herald Angel Award, Helen Hayes nomination, Drama League Outstanding Performance Citation (Peter & Wendy), 2016 Lucille Lortel nomination (Futurity). Karen is a United States Artists Fellow and one of six artists in the US to receive the Audrey Skirball-Kenis T.I.M.E. Grant. She has been supported by The Asian Cultural Council, TCG/Fox Fellowship, TCG Future Collaborations, Alaska AIR Rasmusson Foundation, Jim Henson Foundation, Peter S. Reed Foundation, and Spencer Cherashore Fund. 
Marshall Jones III (Rohina Malik Presenter) is Producing Artistic Director of the Tony Award-winning® Crossroads Theatre Company and is also a theater professor at Rutgers University. He has 30 years of experience in a wide variety of key executive positions at some of NYC’s most reputable institutions including the Apollo Theater (General Manager), Madison Square Garden (Company Manager), Radio City Music Hall (Producer), and Disney’s The Lion King. Marshall has directed several plays including the world premiere of Walter Mosley’s Lift, which later played at 59E59. He directed Nikkole Salter’s Repairing a Nation, which was also recorded for TV broadcast on WNET.  Last year he directed the world premiere of Beyond the Oak Trees about Harriet Tubman at Crossroads. This spring he will direct the world premiere of Back to the Real by Pia Wilson, a contemporary comedy, which is a joint-commission between Crossroads, NJPAC and the NJ Theater Alliance. For 8 years, Marshall has proudly served on the Board of Directors of the Theater Communication Group (TCG). 
Wayne Maugans (Rohina Malik Presenter) is the Founding Artistic Director of Voyage Theater Company. Directing credits for VTC include Unveiled by Rohina Malik (NYC & South African tour), The Pelican by August Strindberg, Sun by Adrienne Kennedy, Intermission by Daniel Libman, My Poor Marat by Aleksei Arbuzov, and Obama 44 by Mario Fratti. Other directing includes Polaroid Stories by Naomi Iizuka (Brooklyn College), The Trojan Women (Atlantic Theater/NYU), Uncle by Dean Gray and Trailerville by John Dufresne (both at Blue Heron Theatre). As an actor, Wayne has appeared on Broadway in August: Osage County, and at numerous off-Broadway and regional theaters, including 59E59, Manhattan Theater Club, Signature Theater, Actors’ Theater of Louisville, The Cleveland Playhouse, Primary Stages, Yale Rep, Seven Stages, Two River Theater, and La MaMa ETC. Wayne holds a BFA in Acting from New York University and an MFA in Directing from CUNY/Brooklyn College. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and The Fence.
Celia Keenan-Bolger (Adrienne Campbell-Holt Presenter) Broadway: Glass Menagerie (Tony Award Nomination, Drama Desk Award, Dorothy Loudon Award,), The Cherry OrchardPeter And The Starcatcher, (Tony Nom, Drama Desk Nom, Drama League Nom) Les Miserables (Drama Desk nom.), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Tony Nom, Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble, Theatre World Award), Off Broadway: A Parallelogram by Bruce Norris (Second Stage), The Oldest Boy by Sarah Ruhl (Lincoln Center Theater), A Small Fire by Adam Bock (Playwrights Horizons), Bachelorette by Leslye Headland (Second Stage), and Merrily We Roll Along (City Center Encores) by Sondheim and Furth. Favorite regional credits include Johanna in Sweeney Todd (Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration), Emily in Our Town (Intiman Theatre), and Clara in The Light In The Piazza (Goodman Theatre) Recordings: Spelling Bee, Bright Lights Big City, Summer of ‘42 and Broadway Musicals Of 1930. TV: “Louie”, “The Good Wife”, “Nurse Jackie”, “Good Behavior”, “Law & Order SVU”, “Elementary”, “Heartland”, “Blue Bloods”, “NCIS New Orleans”. Film: The Visit, Mariachi Gringo. Celia is a graduate of The University Of Michigan.
Shelley Butler (Cricket S. Myers Presenter) has over thirty Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional credits to date and has worked extensively with writers on new plays and musicals. Recent productions include the world premiere of Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House Part 2 at South Coast Repertory and the Japanese premiere of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, at the Imperial Theatre in Tokyo. She has directed and developed work across the country for theaters including: Ars Nova, Primary Stages, E.S.T., Women’s Project, Hartford Stage, South Coast Repertory, Denver Center Theatre Company, GEVA, New York Stage and Film, Dallas Lyric Stage, PlayPenn, New Dramatists, the Lark, New Georges, Dixon Place, The Playwright’s Realm, Urban Stages, Wellfleet Harbor Actor’s Theatre and Keen Company. Shelley is the recipient of a Drama League Directing Fellowship, a 2005 Director’s Guild of America Trainee, a member of SDC, the Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab and the Women’s Project Directors Lab. Shelley spent two seasons as artistic associate in charge of new play development for Hartford Stage and three seasons as artistic associate for Great Lakes Theater Festival.
The League of Professional Theatre Women (a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization) has been championing women and leading the gender parity conversation in the professional theatre for over 35 years. Since its founding, the LPTW’s membership has grown to 500+ members of theatre artists and practitioners of all backgrounds, across multiple disciplines, working in the commercial and non-profit sectors. To promote visibility and increase opportunities for women in the field, the LPTW spearheads events, public programming, advocacy projects, media, and publications that celebrate industry luminaries, preserve the legacy of historic visionaries, raise awareness of the importance of nurturing women’s voices, and shine a spotlight on the imperative of striving for gender parity and fostering a diversity of expression, both in the theatre world and the world at large. To find out more about how you can support its endeavors, please visit
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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:


Avengers Tower Sets Meet And Greet With Signing



C. B. Cebulski, Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics, and The LEGO Group Senior Graphic Designer Mark Tranter will be at the Fifth Ave LEGO Store this Friday, December 1st from 5pm-6pm signing the Avengers Tower set—the most iconic building in the Avengers Universe, with 5,201 pieces and an all-star cast of 31 figures.

The Avengers Tower, formerly known as Stark Tower, was a high-rise building complex located in Manhattan. Constructed by Tony Stark, the tower was powered by an Arc Reactor that made it capable of running itself for over a year. The top ten floors housed the research and development initiatives.

Following the dissolution of S.H.I.E.L.D., Stark Tower became the main headquarters of the Avengers. However, after the Ultron Offensive, Stark refurbished a Stark Industries warehouse upstate into the Avengers Compound to use as their primary base while Avengers Tower was repurposed for Stark Industries’ use. In the aftermath of the Avengers Civil War, Stark sold the tower and moved all of its equipment to the Avengers Compound.

By 2024, the tower, under its new ownership, had gone through extensive construction and renovation.

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Astra Lumina at the Queens Botanical Garden This Winter



Following a successful run in Los Angeles last year, Lumina Enchanted Night Walks, Moment Factory’s awe-inspiring nighttime experience series, is coming to New York City. Moment Factory is teaming up with Fever to present Astra Lumina at the Queens Botanical Garden this winter.

Experience a visit from the stars through projections, lighting and music. The Queens Botanical Garden will be transformed into an immersive outdoor, multimedia enchanted world that awakens the imagination. Inside the experience, guests will be guided on an illuminated nature pathway with a photo booth, gift shop, and food and beverage options available for purchase at the end.

From our earliest years, we’ve been told to reach for the stars, but what if the stars could reach for us? Astra Lumina, created by Moment Factory, welcomes you to an extraordinary place, a garden here on Earth that shares a special connection with the sky above. Come nightfall, the garden sets the stage for a phenomenal event: a visit from the stars. This stellar journey invites stargazers to set off across the garden’s celestial pathway to encounter the wonder of the stars and embrace their own human light. As the night unfolds, these luminous orbs regenerate, rise, and reunite in the night sky, to shine brighter than ever before.

Astra Lumina at Queens Botanical Garden is the 19th experience in the Lumina Enchanted Night Walk series.

Location & Opening Times:

  • Location: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

  • Dates: Until January 1, 2024

  • Opening times:

    • 5:30 pm – 10 pm

    • Approx 60 minutes

Tickets will be available for purchase starting on September 13, but fans who sign up for the waitlist can unlock exclusive access. Ticket prices start from $22 for children and $29 for adults, and will be available on Fever’s marketplace. You can read more about the experience at

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Park Lane New York & Moët & Chandon Bring Snow Bunny Delight to Darling



Park Lane New York toasted a special winter partnership with Moët & Chandon this week. The launch party was a something as unique as a snowflake as the darlings of New York City came to celebrate and start the seasonal party in the most epic way.

From November 29 – January 3, the hotel’s iconic rooftop bar, Darling will be transformed into a captivating après ski-inspired chalet for the season, complete with unique Moët Ice Impérial beverage offerings, bespoke decor and captivating entertainment, providing an unforgettable festive experience for hotel guests and visitors alike.

“It is an honor to partner with the world-renowned Moët & Chandon to bring unique offerings to our guests at Park Lane New York this holiday season,” said Niles Harris, Managing Director and Vice President of Operations at Park Lane New York. “The transformation of Darling into a luxurious winter wonderland is a testament to the hotel’s commitment to creating extraordinary experiences for our guests. This partnership symbolizes the best of both worlds: the timeless elegance of Moët & Chandon and the vibrant energy of New York City, and we look forward to welcoming travelers and locals alike to join us for this festive occasion.”

Guests can indulge in a special menu featuring two bespoke Moët cocktails: Snow Bunny (Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial, hibiscus tea syrup and grapefruit soda) and Alpine Passion (Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut, passionfruit and vanilla, lime). Alternatively, they can build their own Champagne cocktail with the “Darling, Choose Your Own Adventure” menu, while snacking on Petrossian caviar blinis served with crème fraîche; sea salt toasted chestnuts with brown butter, sage and chives; and a grilled cheese & roasted tomato soup, with chervil, crème fraiche and basil. A myriad of Moët & Chandon-branded touchpoints, like custom skis and snowboards, branded cocktail vessels and a captivating photo experience round out the offerings, making a Darling Chalet reservation the must-have of the season.

Guests who book the Pop, Drink, Fizz package on Park Lane New York’s website will receive a complimentary bottle of Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut Reserve Champagne in their room upon check in.

The festivities continue through the New Year, where Moët & Chandon and Park Lane New York will present a black-tie New Years’ Eve celebration at Darling from 9pm-1am. Complete with an open bar, DJ, passed hors d’oeuvres and a midnight toast with Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut before watching the fireworks over Central Park, guests will ring in the New Year in elegance and merriment. Packages start at $295 per person for General Admission and $413 per person for the Darling Ultra VIP package including table service.

Photos by David Doobinin 

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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.