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What To Watch July 7th To Take Away The Blues

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King John (Stratford Festival) through July 9 When the rule of a hedonistic king is questioned, rebellion ensues, culminating in the chilling attempt to commit an atrocity against a child, whose mother’s anguished grief cannot atone for her blinkered ambitions for her son. Don’t miss the rare opportunity to see Shakespeare’s King John, in this magnificent, “deliciously contemporary” production.Tom McCamus plays the title role; Graham Abbey, Seana McKenna and Patricia Collins lead the supporting cast.

Tom McCamus

Who’s Your Baghdaddy,  or How I Started The Iraq War Performed and streamed live every night from a house in Sydney, Australia. Inspired by a true story, Who’s Your Baghdaddy, or How I Started the Iraq War is a satirical musical comedy. Presented as a support group for people who started the Iraq War this dark, boisterous and irreverent story follows a handful of mid-level spies whose vanity and office politics contributed to the worst intelligence blunder in modern history. 

Enjoy full-scale musical theatre live from the comfort of your own home!

No need to select a date for this event – just scroll down and select a ticket. You will have until 12th July to watch the performance one time per ticket. Tickets start at $22

Tartuffe, starring Raúl Esparza and Samira Wiley. Molière in the Park presents a free live stream of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Wilbur’s translation of Molière’s Tartuffe. The cast includes four-time Tony nominee Raúl Esparza (CompanySeared), Emmy winner Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s TaleOrange Is the New Black), Kaliswa Brewster (Billions), Naomi Lorrain (Orange Is the New Black), Jared McNeill (Battlefield), Jennifer Mudge (The Irishman), Rosemary Prinz (Tribute), and Carter Redwood (When January Feels Like Summer). Extended until July 12th.

Molière in the Park Founding Artistic Director Lucie Tiberghien helms the reading. Reservations are required.

2pm: Live from Carnegie Hall  Hosted by Wynton Marsalis, Rhiannon Giddens, Rosanne Cash, Angélique Kidjo, Joshua Bell, Kurt Weill Fest, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nezet-Seguin and Carnegie Hall.

3pm: Virtual Salon the Future of Theatre From the Rattlestick Theatre. What are artists learning as they create now and what might be retained in the future?  A sharing of the ideas-in-progress about: sustaining once faithful audiences; the process of restarting living theater that is healthy for actors, designers etc and audience and dreaming about and creating a more democratic theater-for-the-people.

4pm: CyberTank Variety ShowWelcome to CyberTank: an e-home for e-merging artists. CyberTank hosts a weekly, remote, multidisciplinary, variety arts gathering open to all as well as other programming throughout the week. Help The Tank keep on Tankin’. Hosted by Phoenix Dey.

Tatiana Maslany, Joshua Boone
Tatiana Maslany, Joshua Boone Photo by Jan Versweyveld

4:30pm: Playbill’s Stream Stealers: Tatiana Maslany The stage and screen star played Diana Christiensen in Network on Broadway in 2018–19.

Prior to her turn on the Main Stem, Maslany played a multitude of characters in Orphan Black from 2013–2017, winning a Primetime Emmy for her performance(s) in 2016. Since then, she’s appeared in several film and TV shows, including the HBO drama Perry Mason.

5- 5:45pmMusic and Mind Live with Renée Fleming launched in 2016 under Fleming’s leadership with Dr. Francis Collins. The program is a partnership between the Kennedy Center and the National Endowment for the Arts.

4pm–9:30pm: Marie’s Crisis Virtual Piano Bar Tonight’s scheduled pianists are James Merillat (@James-Merillat-2) and Franca Vercelloni (@Franca-Vercelloni).

5pm: LAO at Home: Learn at Home (Grown-Up Edition) Gather the whole family together as soprano Jamie Chamberlin and tenor Nathan Granner (along with Esther the opera dog) take us on a virtual trip to the opera in this episode of Sing Out Loud.

5pm:Virtual Musical Theater Workshop for ages 7-12. (each week includes 3 classes: drama, dance & voice) Stage Right now offers a weekly VIRTUAL musical theater workshop for students. Students will participate in three classes during the week, where they will work on Broadway material to develop their performing skills. Each week consists of:

  • 1 Drama Class (Tuesday 30 min.)
  • 1 Choreography Class (Thursday, 30 min.)
  • 1 Vocal Class (*Friday, 45 min.)

Each week is different and customized for the students in the class.  The class size is limited. $45

6pm: Playwrights Unstuck The Old Globe’s Arts Engagement Programs Manager Katherine Harroff and Literary Manager and Dramaturg Danielle Mages Amato checks in with Globe-commissioned San Diego–based playwrights Miki Vale, Jonathan Mello, Jessica Hilt, and Mike Sears on the status of their developing work.

Be a fly on the wall as they meet weekly with a different playwright—first for a check-in and reading of their script by actors in The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program, then for discussions of the progress made over the ensuing month.

7pm: John & Jen: A Virtual Production By Short North Stage. From composer Andrew Lippa and lyricist Tom Greenwald this musical stream on Vimeo July 5–12.  Filmed at the Garden Theater in Columbus, Ohio, John & Jen: A Virtual Production stars Hunter Minor and Dionysia Williams. Short North Stage Artistic Director Edward Carignan directs with musical direction by Lori Kay Harvey. With a book by Lippa and Greenwald, the two-hander follows Jen and her relationships with the two Johns of her life: her younger brother, who was killed in Vietnam, and his namesake, the son who is trying to find his way in a confusing world. On-demand for $15 at ShortNorthStage.org, with a special opening night Zoom party set for July 5th at 7 PM ET with composer Andrew Lippa. 

7pm: Eva Price Tony Award-winning Broadway producer of Oklahoma!, Jagged Little Pill, who was just announced on the inaugural list of Crain’s Notable LGBTQ Leaders & Executives, will launch a new podcast called “My First Show” exclusively on Broadway Podcast Network. The first episode, featuring Emmy nominated TV & Broadway star Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family,”...Spelling Bee, Fully Committed), launches tonight. 

7:15pm: Piano Bar Live! Scott Barbarino’s Piano Bar Live! This week’s guests will be Sharon McNight, Klea Blackhurst, Kenney Green, Bobby Belfry and Mauricio Lozano.

7:30pm:  Verdi’s Il Trovatore The clichéd quip, attributed to Enrico Caruso, is that it’s easy to put on a great performance of Verdi’s hot-blooded potboiler—all you need is the four best singers in the world. In this 1988 telecast, the Met sought to do just that, assembling a powerhouse quartet to tackle the daunting principal roles: Éva Marton, Dolora Zajick, Luciano Pavarotti, and Sherrill Milnes. The four stars tear into Verdi’s thrilling score, packed from beginning to end with memorable arias, searing and swooning duets, and rousing ensemble and choral numbers.

7:15: Piano Bar Live! hosted by Carol O’Shaughnessy and Scott Barbarino, with pianists Tom LaMark, Brian Patton & Jim Rice joined by performers Leslie Anderson, Joe Berry, Mary Callanan, Lynda D’Amour, Brian De Lorenzo, Diane Ellis, Colleen Powers and Warren Schein www.facebook.com/PianoBarLive or on PBL!

 8pm: Stars in the House: Ben Stiller 

8pm: The Producers Prospective with Bartlett Sher.

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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Memorial Day Playlist

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As you lay out by the pool, the beach, Central Park or on the sidelines of a parade, T2C offers you music to celebrate and get you in the mood.

 

 

 

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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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What is a Sweepstakes Casino?

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Sweepstakes casinos are websites where you can play the top casino-style games without making any purchases. In other words, they’re 100% free-to-play, which distinguishes them from traditional gaming sites. The fact that sweepstakes casinos don’t require payments also makes them widely legal across the United States. If you’re wondering how these platforms work, you’re on the right page. 

Details on the Sweepstakes Legal Framework and Operation

In the U.S., most states prohibit online gaming at conventional casinos, with only a few regions permitting the activity. However, sweepstakes casino sites are legal and operational in 47 states except Washington and Michigan, while players in Idaho can’t redeem SCs for prizes. Sweepstakes casinos are legal in the U.S. because they are classified as promotional gaming contests under online gaming laws. Hence, they’re not in the same category as traditional gaming sites. 

How Sweepstakes Casinos Operate 

If you join a top sweepstakes casino such as Fortune Coins, you’ll receive virtual coins to play for free. The standard model uses a dual-currency system of Gold Coins (GC) and Sweepstakes Coins (SC). Both coins are available for free via regular bonuses and promotions, and they have no monetary worth. However, the interesting part is that you can usually redeem prizes if you meet specific requirements. 

Sweepstakes Casino Gameplay and Rewards System

At sweepstakes casinos, there’s usually a wide range of games to play. These include slots, blackjack, roulette, fish games, and poker. It’s worth mentioning that the gameplay isn’t notably different from conventional casino games. 

For instance, if you play slots at Fortune Coins, the target is still to win by hitting matching combinations. The primary difference is that you’ll be spinning the reels for free with Gold Coins and Fortune Coins (equivalent to Sweepstakes Coins). If you happen to run out of coins, there are always bonuses and promotions you can claim to receive more. 

However, you can optionally purchase a package if you want more Gold Coins. Additionally, wins from Sweepstakes Coins can be redeemed for prizes. Purchases and redemptions are a core part of the sweepstakes casino gameplay and rewards system. 

Purchasing Coins

Only Gold Coins are purchasable at sweepstakes casinos. You can’t buy Sweepstakes Coins.  Typically, you’ll find multiple packages with different GC amounts, and you can go with any that suit your interests. Once the purchase is complete, the sweepstakes casino will top up your balance with the specified number of Gold Coins.

Most sweepstakes casinos attach Sweepstakes Coins as bonuses when you buy a package. However, keep in mind that purchases are 100% optional, and there are always bonuses to give you free GCs and SCs

Redeeming Prizes

If you want rewards at sweepstakes casinos, the target is to play with Sweepstakes coins. GCs are not redeemable in any form. To redeem prizes via Sweepstakes Coins, you usually have to meet certain requirements, including: 

  • Confirming your identity
  • Getting up to a minimum amount of redeemable SC
  • Completing a playthrough

Most sites send prizes via bank, eWallet, or gift card, and you’re free to choose any option you prefer. 

Impact and Future Trends of Sweepstakes Casinos

Without question, sweepstakes casinos have made a significant impact in the US online gaming space. Players in states where online gaming is prohibited now have safe and legal alternatives to enjoy their favorite games. Gaming is 100% free, so players can focus on the fun without worrying about any risks. 

The future appears promising for sweepstakes casinos in the United States. Currently, they’re widely permitted, there would likely be more sweepstakes regulations in the near future to make these platforms more secure.

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