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What To Watch September 4th To Take Away The Blues

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12pm: In Conversation: Step Afrika! and ArtsEmerson. Step Afrika! Founder and Executive Director C. Brian Williams joins ArtsEmerson Artistic Director David Dower and Executive Director David C. Howse for a conversation about the two arts organizations’ long arc relationship, adapting live performance for digital spaces, and what audiences can expect from Stono and Step Afrika! in the future.

12pm: Peanut Butter Jams is a half-hour interactive living room concert/music class, designed to entertain and teach kids from the comfort of their own homes. Brought to you by Broadway performers Lilli Wosk and Brad Standley, PBJams is high-quality fun for the whole family.

Nick Daly

12pm: Playbill LIVE! with Nick Daly  Join Playbill’s Social Media Director Felicia Fitzpatrick and Editor-in-Chief Mark Peikert every Friday at 12 PM ET for Playbill LIVE!, where they bring you the latest theatre news, take your questions, and chat with a special guest. Today, it’s Playbill Search for a Star winner Nick Daly.

12pm: Lang Lang

1pm: College Theatre Auditions: Auditions: Webster University and Millikin University By Playbill Faculty from theatre programs at university’s go live to answer your questions about their specialized college theatre experiences, audition tips, and more.

2:30: Three Kings Old Vic. A solo play by Stephen Beresford about fathers and sons written for Andrew Scott to perform during the lockdown. The play will be streamed live directly from the Old Vic stage with the empty auditorium as a backdrop for five performances only. (This is the rescheduled opening after the initial July run was delayed due to Scott’s “minor surgery”)

3pm: In Love and Warcraft American Conservatory Theater. In Madhuri Shekar’s play, college senior Evie prefers the online role-playing game World of Warcraft to real life. In the game, she’s a fearless warrior with a boyfriend. In real life, she ghostwrites love letters for people, even though she’s neither been in love. When Evie becomes attracted to her client Raul, she must decide whether or not to let her powerful and sexy warrior character out in the real world. Live performances 9/4, 9/5, 9/11, 9/12, in which you can chat, or on-demand 9/18 – 9/25

3pm: Put On Your Dancing Shoes! Best Of Dancing  Join Cirque Du Soleil’s as we tap our way to this Friday’s new special: Best of Dance! Flick, frame, glissage, hip twist, lockstep, lunge and step! Get your moves on, this Sept 4th at 3pm E.T. as we take you on a tour of some of Cirque du Soleil’s the best dance moments.

4pm: San Diego Rep’s Latinx New Play Festival San Diego Repertory Theatre and Amigos del REP are proud to announce the lineup for the Fourth Annual San Diego REP Latinx New Play Festival streamed live online, September 4-6, 2020. Below is the schedule of the 2020 Latinx New Play Festival including the four staged readings and the festival showcase production of Spanking Machine.

Festival passes will be available soon. We highly value the work of our Latinx New Play Festival artists. So that we can continue to support the festival and its artists, we suggest that $50 is a fair value price for this year’s festival pass. However, it is equally important to us that anyone who wants to access the festival and the plays presented is able to do so. Feel free to select a price option, between $0 and $100, that best suits you and your current circumstances. Information on how to view the readings, spotlight performance and other events will be included in your purchase confirmation email.

Curious about how this year’s festival will be presented? Click here to watch a short video!

All times listed are PDT.

Friday, September 4th 

4:00pm Directing Panel

*5:00pm Machine Learning by Francisco Mendoza

7:00pm  Opening Reception*

4pm–9:30pm: Marie’s Crisis Virtual Piano Bar

Linda Lavin

5pm: Julie Halston: Virtual Halston Broadway actress/comedienne Julie Halston is coming to a laptop near you! After ranting and raving on stages and cocktail parties, the comedy queen will launch “Virtual Halston,” a weekly half-hour gab-fest spotlighting her famous friends. This week’s guest 

This Week’s Special Guests Broadway stars Debbie Gravitte (Jerome Robbins’ Broadway) and Alex Getlin (Godspell).

5pm: OnStageOff Savannah Repertory Theatre has begun a weekly online talkshow called “OnStageOff” to help connect Savannah theatrical artists and projects to the national conversation and to bridge the gap between what’s now and what’s next as the company plans a safe, authorized return to live performance.

Upcoming guests include Tony Award winner Bill Irwin (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Fool Moon), Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris (Fun HomeAssassins), Michael Jacinto (Girls at Yale Rep), and Karla Knudsen with musical guests including Chris Blisset, Stephen Lyons, and Nygel D. Robinson. The show is hosted by Savannah Rep’s Executive Artistic Director Ryan McCurdy. 

7pm: Play Reading Fridays: Dinner with Friends Ben Davis (Dear Evan Hansen), Ali Ewoldt (The Phantom of the Opera), and Kenita Miller (Once On This Island) will star in Play Reading Fridays’ production of Donald Margulies’ dark comedy Dinner With Friends, benefiting The Actors Fund. Alison Tanney directs.

Dinner with Friends is a funny yet bittersweet examination of the married lives of two couples who have been extremely close for dozens of years. Although it seems to be treading on familiar ground, the play keeps changing its perspective to show how one couple’s breakup can have equally devastating effects on another’s stability.

The comedy first premiered at the 1998 Humana Festival of New American Plays before opening Off-Broadway in 1999. 

7pm: William TN Hall: Broadway to Beyoncé Join William TN Hall for TGIF live music from his living room! Make a request and snuggle down!  Guest Singer Laura Pavles

7pm: Bristol Riverside Theatre Summer Music Fest: Broadway Summer Spectacular Broadway Summer Spectacular is back! Once again, we’ll bring Broadway to Bristol in one sensational concert. It’ll be an evening packed with Broadway’s best from composers like Stephen Sondheim, Richard Rodgers, and George Gershwin. Elyse Langley, Michele Sexton, Liam Snead, Bob Stineman and Tasha Waters star.

7:30pm: Eleanor Barrington Stage Company repeated September 5
$15. This new play about Eleanor Roosevelt, by Mark St. Germain stars Harriet Harris (who also portrayed the First Lady, diplomat and activist in the recent Ryan Murphy Netflix series “Hollywood.” as well as in a forthcoming TV series, “Atlantic Crossing.”)

7pm: LAO at Home: Living Room Recital Members of the company’s young artist program perform beloved songs from Golden Age musicals like Show BoatMy Fair Lady, and Kismet.

7:30: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess A supremely American operatic masterpiece and one of the last and most ambitious works by one of the nation’s greatest musical talents, Porgy and Bess returned to the Met stage for the first time in 30 years to open the 2019–20 season. The opera’s score features a rich cache of individual arias—“Summertime,” “It ain’t necessarily so,” and “I got plenty of nothing,” just to name a few—many of which have become classics of the Great American Songbook. Much of the work’s dynamism comes from Gershwin’s explorations of the Gullah music of Tidewater Carolina, which he melds seamlessly with the then-contemporary language of jazz.

8pm: Stars in the House: Flower Drum Song cast reunion 2002 revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Flower Drum Song; Flower Drum Song reunion with David Henry Hwang, Alvin Ing, Baayork Lee, Jose Llana and Lea Salonga

8pm: Broadway Relief Project: Teal Wicks (Broadway’s Wicked, The Cher Show, Finding Neverland) takes the stage for a solo show at Open Jar Studios, as part of the Broadway Relief Project concert series. Concerts are held in one of Open Jar Studios’ 4,000 square foot spaces, which is transformed into a socially distanced cabaret. Audience members are seated over 20 feet away from the performers with plexiglass panels placed between each seat. 

The series gives limited capacity audiences their first opportunity to experience live performances again, following over five months of Broadway being shut down. 

The concert will also benefit One Tree Planted, a charity chosen by the artist.

Tickets: $35-$50

9pm: Fabulous Fanny: The Songs and Stories of Fanny Brice Legendary Fanny Brice– Torch Singer, Comedianne, Ziegfeld Follies Broadway Star, voice of “Baby Snooks’ on the Radio, Golden Era Movie Star and inspiration for  musical/movie Funny Girl and Funny Lady, come alive in this critically acclaimed solo show.  

Fabulous Fanny takes the audience on a nostalgic journey into the life and relationships of Brice and entertains with many of her popular hits including “My Man”, “Second-Hand Rose”, “Rose of Washington Square”, “Cooking Breakfast for the One I Love”, “When a Women Loves a Man”, “Sadie Salome”, as well as songs inspired by the legend herself such as “Don’t Rain On My Parade” and “People”.  

Treat yourself to a program of stunning musicality and intimate stories; entertainment that will leave you in the musical moment, feeling entertained and enlightened by Fanny’s anecdotes,  antics and artistry captured as no one else does. 

Starring as Fanny Brice: Kimberly Faye Greenberg. Director:Brian Childers

10pm: Latino Theater Company: The Last Angry Brown Hat A “sneak-peek” reading by the Latino Theater Company of Alfredo Ramos’s play in which four former members of the Brown Berets, a 1960s militant Chicano civil rights organization, reunite after the funeral of a pal. Together, they confront the dichotomy between their youthful anger and radicalism, and their current, more conformist lives filled with adult responsibilities.

Originally announced for LTC’s 2020 on-stage season at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, the fully staged production has been postponed until 2021. The reading will be preceded by a live, online conversation with the artists on Thursday, Sept. 3, also available on demand for 10 days.

10pm: Word Up! Word Up! joins The Old Globe’s online roster of programming. More of a gathering than a show or a class, Word Up! is a digital opportunity for community members to connect with each other.

Every Friday night, join Arts Engagement Programs Manager and host Laura Zablit for a fun, festive word-based collaboration between audience and artist. This Mad Libs–style communal storytelling will feature a new performing artist every week, as well as special community guests from around San Diego.

Together, they will create opportunities for viewers to learn from and participate in their art form, creating accessible art in real time. Art forms on offer may include spoken word, rap, puppetry, singing, and more, often with bilingual and multicultural elements. 

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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Music News: Stereophonic, Aaron Tveit, Abby Mueller, Cheyenne Jackson, Lempicka, Reeve Carney, Rodgers & Hammerstein and The New Belters

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After starting previews to an extraordinary standing ovation this week, the season’s most critically acclaimed new play, Stereophonic, has dropped a brand-new music video of the hit song in the show, “Masquerade”, written by Academy Award® nominee and Grammy Award® winner Will Butler.

Direct from its smash hit world premiere engagement at Playwrights Horizons, David Adjmi’s Stereophonic is directed by Daniel Aukin and features songs by Will Butler, formerly of Arcade Fire. The highly anticipated Broadway production is currently in performances at the Golden Theatre (252 W 45th St) for 14 weeks only, and will officially open on Friday, April 19.

The music video was creative directed by Cameron Sczempka (Polymoth Productions). Director of Photographer was Hil Steadman.

Aaron Tveit

After incredibly high demand for his initial announcement, Broadway sensation Aaron Tveit, has extended his debut residency at Café Carlyle. Tveit’s captivating performances, characterized by his impeccable vocal talent and magnetic stage presence, have garnered widespread acclaim. With this extension, audiences will have another opportunity to experience the magic of Tveit’s musical artistry in the intimate setting of Café Carlyle, promising an unforgettable evening. The event will take place June 11 – 29, 2024 (previously June 18 – 29) at Café Carlyle in The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel (35 East 76th Street, at Madison Avenue).

54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents Abby Mueller on April 26-27, 2024 at 7pm. The performance on April 27 will also be streamed live. After her celebrated reign in Six, Abby Mueller (Broadway’s original Jane Seymour) makes her 54 Below and NYC solo concert debut! Previously seen on Broadway in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and Kinky Boots, this Drama Desk Award winner and Grammy nominee invites you on a musical journey from Carole to Adele, pop to American Songbook classics, and beyond.

She will be reunited with her OG Six “Ladies in Waiting” Kimi Hayes (guitar), Michelle Osbourne (bass) and Elena Bonomo (drums), led by Music Director Sharon Kenny. Special musical guests include Nasia Thomas (Caroline, or Change, Ain’t Too Proud), Yasmeen Sulieman (Shucked, Paradise Square), and Paris Nix (Hamilton, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical)

Cheyenne Jackson

54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club and 2022 Tony Awards® Honoree for Excellence in the Theatre, is thrilled to welcome back star of stage and screen Cheyenne Jackson on September 23-29 at 8pm. Each night will feature a Broadway VIP, with Tony Award® winner Matt Doyle on September 23, Cheyenne’s Once Upon A Mattress co-star Nikki Renée Daniels on September 24, Tony Award® winner J. Harrison Ghee on September 25, Company star Claybourne Elder on September 27, Tony Award® winner and Emmy nominee Jane Krakowski on September 28, and Wicked star Jessica Vosk on September 29. The special guest on September 26 will be announced at a later date. Tickets can be purchased at 54below.org/CheyenneJackson. Mr. Jackson’s shows are scheduled at 8pm instead of the usual 7pm and will be the only show of the night to allow for an extended dinner hour and enhanced patron experience. Following the show, the bar will remain open for patrons who wish to linger and continue to enjoy the evening.

Sony Masterworks Broadway, Seaview, and Jenny Niederhoffer announce the forthcoming Original Broadway Cast Recording of Lempicka, the sweeping new musical with leading lady Eden Espinosa, celebrating the gripping true story of renowned artist Tamara de Lempicka.  With music and lyrics by Matt Gould and Carson Kreitzer, the digital album arrives May 29, 2024 with the physical CD release set for July 5, and available for preorder now.

The album news follows the release of three tracks “Woman Is,” performed by Eden Espinosa; “Perfection,” with vocals by George Abud; and “Stay” performed by Amber Iman from Lempicka – the Musical (2022 Sessions) – listen here.

The creative team consists of Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin (director), Carson Kreitzer (book, lyrics, and original concept), Matt Gould (book and music), and Raja Feather Kelly (choreography).

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.

The cast of Lempicka is led by leading lady, Eden Espinosa as Tamara de Lempicka, with Amber Iman as Rafaela, Andrew Samonsky as Tadeusz Lempicki, George Abud as Marinetti, Natalie Joy Johnson as Suzy Solidor, Zoe Glick as Kizette, Nathaniel Stampley as the Baron, and Beth Leavel as the Baroness with Mariand Torres, Alex Aquilino, Lauren Blackman, Stephen Brower, Kyle Brown, Holli’ Conway, Abby Matsusaka, Jimin Moon, Khori Michelle Petinaud, Ximone Rose, Nicholas Ward, Veronica Fiaoni, Mary Page Nance, Julio Rey, and Michael Milkanin rounding out the company.

Tickets are now on sale at telecharge.com.

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The Green Room 42 – the intimate concert venue dubbed Broadway’s “off-night hotspot” by The New York Times – will present a special two-part evening with Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and actor Reeve Carney, paying tribute to one of his greatest musical influences in “Reeve Carney Sings The Beatles,” on Monday, May 13 at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM. Performing two completely different sets, Carney will cover era-defining selections ranging from 1963’s “Twist and Shout” to 1970’s “Let It Be,” and everything in between. The recent star of Broadway’s Hadestown, Carney co-starred in Ridley Scott’s hit film House of Gucci, opposite Al Pacino, Lady Gaga, and Adam Driver.

“I love a good challenge,” says Reeve. “And what greater challenge, musically speaking, than to do my best to tackle one of my greatest influences? I grew up on the Beatles. They have always been my parents’ favorite band, and quickly became mine through wearing out cassette tapes from Please Please Me all the way to Let It Be on long car rides. They have served as a seemingly endless source of inspiration for me as a songwriter, as well as a recording engineer. While producing my solo album, Youth Is Wasted, I drew constantly upon them through obsessive auditory deep dive explorations of all of their astonishing records. I also immersed myself in books by both George Martin and Geoff Emerick, both of whom were at the helm of capturing The Beatles’ music. Their unparalleled prolificacy in the modern recorded music world has served as an inspiration to many of my other prominent influences. So it felt only natural for me to pay tribute to them in the way I have done with some of my other inspirations. When I sat down to put this set together, I quickly realized it would be a nearly impossible task to select only 10 or even 15 of my absolute favorites. So I am excited to present this as a two-part evening.”

Concord Theatricals Recordings announced that the 42-track live recording of My Favorite Things: The Rodgers & Hammerstein 80th Anniversary Concert will be released on double CD and digital platforms worldwide on Friday, May 31. The star-studded new album is now available to preorder on CD HERE.

Celebrating the historic partnership of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, the album features iconic songs from The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Oklahoma! and more, recorded live by stars of the stage and screen at the landmark December 2023 event in London.

In tandem with the album release, a condensed version of the filmed concert will premiere on PBS as a part of their “Great Performances” programming on May 31. Learn more HERE.

The concert was headlined by recent R&H leading lady Joanna Ampil (Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific); two-time Olivier Award®  winner Michael Ball; television, film and stage actor Daniel Dae Kim; four-time Olivier Award®  winner Maria Friedman; Emmy®, two-time GRAMMY®  and six-time Tony Award®  winner Audra McDonald; Olivier Award®  nominee Julian Ovenden; West End sensation Lucy St. Louis; Tony Award®  winner Aaron Tveit; two-time Olivier Award®  nominee Marisha Wallace; and two-time Tony®, two-time Golden Globe®  and Emmy Award®  nominee Patrick Wilson. Also featured are Anna-Jane Casey, Lily Kerhoas, Jonny Labey, and Jordan Shaw, among others.

The performance featured the 40-piece Rodgers & Hammerstein Concert Orchestra, conducted by music supervisor Simon Lee, with stage direction by Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Christopher Gattelli and associate choreography by Simon Hardwick.

54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents Seth Sikes and Nicolas King in The New Belters Sing MGM on Monday, April 22 at 7:00 PM. Acclaimed jazz pianist Billy Stritch will music direct the evening, a brand-new show celebrating music from the golden age of MGM. This vast and iconic catalog includes songs from the films Singin’ in the Rain, The Band Wagon, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Wizard of Oz, and many more. Under the musical baton of Stritch, Sikes and King will deliver a powerhouse performance that promises to capture the glitter and magic of the golden age of Hollywood, and bring it into the next generation.

The swinging American Songbook is the specialty of these performers, and the duo has been touring the country with their debut show, The New Belters.

Seth Sikes is one of New York’s popular young nightclub entertainers and a regular at 54 Below. His critically acclaimed tributes to Judy Garland (which have won two BroadwayWorld Awards), Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand and others are a consistent draw for audiences. Sikes was also Associate Director on the multiple Tony Award-winning musical The Band’s Visit and many other productions. During the pandemic he made numerous musical video parodies set on Fire Island that were widely viewed.

Nicolas King is an award-winning artist who’s been belting out tunes since he was 4-years-old, having been seen in dozens of TV commercials, and numerous times on Broadway opposite Tom Selleck, Carol Burnett, Linda Lavin and Andrea McArdle. King was the longest running Chip in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. He toured the country as Liza Minnelli’s opening act, and has performed on stages all over the world from Carnegie Hall to “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

The New Belters Sing MGM plays 54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on Monday, April 22 at 7:00 PM.

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Patti LuPone A Life Well Sung

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Caricature By Ken Fallin

“Music is a gift, and has a power to crystallize a moment. This is my life in music — so far.”

Patti LuPone: A LIfe in Notes Photo By Chris Lee

Nothing could have been said, that would have been truer for three-time Tony winner Patti LuPone, who returned to Carnegie Hall last night for her fifth solo concert.

“I wrote a memoir 15 years ago, but I kept going, so there’s more story to tell.” Starting off with Leon Russell’s “Song For You.”

Patti LuPone: A LIfe in Notes Photo By Chris Lee

This was not the concert I was expecting, but was entranced by Ms. LuPone’s skillful storytelling that was immersed in heart and soul. Conceived and directed by Tony winner Scott Wittman, LuPone’s latest act is written by Jeffrey Richman. Act One was filled with teen angst and tragedy, with songs like “Come On-A My House,” Summertime Summertime“ and “Ebb Tide,” brought us back to Patti’s youth, 1958 and Long Island were she was born and grew up.

Like a typical teenager boys and crushes dominated her mind. In We Kiss In A Shadow” from The King and I Patti gives her memories of kissing posters on her wall into the real thing with “Teen Angel,” and “Town Without Pity”

It was lovely to hear Marc Blitzstein’s “I Wish It So” and  “Some People,” from the musical Gypsy. In these sections Patti allows the emotions of her feeling to dominate while release that fabulous belt that is unbeatable. LuPone is backed by music director, music supervisor and pianist Joseph Thalken and the phenomenal string instrumentalist Brad Phillips, who has multiple instruments at his beck and call adding yet another layer.

A tender “Lilac Wine,” “Alfi“ and “Saratoga Song” gave us falling for the wrong men, doing Summerstock and again more men. Patti definitely had a good time, then there was the until heartbreaking “Man That Got Away,” that rivaled Ms. Garland. (I know sacrilege!) A standing ovation, the first of many.

She closed the First Act with “Those Were The Day,” which was a powerful statement with Ms LuPone’s vocal and acting chops at play.

Patti LuPone: A LIfe in Notes Photo By Chris Lee

The second Act began with “On Broadway.” The line I won’t last too long was made powerful with a growled Ha! Ms. LuPone looked stunning in glittery silver an Oscar de la Renta gown.

Patti LuPone: A LIfe in Notes Photo By Chris Lee

A riveting  “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” was performed with only Phillips on an acoustic guitar making this sound lush and even more powerful than when she originally sang it. Of course a standing ovation followed. “I Dreamed a Dream,” was plaintive and the heartbreaking earnings yet another standing ovation. LuPone won her third Tony Award in the 2021 revival of Company with “The Ladies Who Lunch” and proved why. I stood up for that. All in all this was a 15-minute masterclass in how to sell a song while making it your own.

Patti LuPone: A LIfe in Notes Photo By Chris Lee

LuPone has the ability to completely immerse herself in a song and draw you in, as lyrics wash over you. She did this with Janis Ian’s “Stars.”

A moving tribute to those we lost to AIDS mashed up “Anything Goes” and “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye.” Cole Porter would have been thrilled to have heard these together.

With Covid Patti started to cherish time, especially that she spent with her husband and son. “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was,” “Time After Time,” and “Make You Feel My Love,” were dedicated to them.

Bridget Everett and Patti LuPone Photo By Chris Lee

Leiber and Stoller’s “Ready to Begin Again” led to the arrival of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City and Somebody Somewhere star Bridget Everett. It was lovely seeing the two stars belting it out and having a blast. How truly kind and generous to give all those young people a chance to sing on the Carnegie Hall stage.  Bob Dylan “Forever Young,” was joyously embodied.

Young People’s Chorus of New York City Bridget Everett and Patti LuPone Photo By Chris Lee

For an encore The Beatle’s “In My Life” and a reprise of “Those Were the Days” had the audience leaving the theatre singing joyously and knowing they had just witnessed a master’s artistry, and a magical New York night.

Patti LuPone: A Life in Notes also featured spectacular lighting design by John Hastings and a clear sound design by Mark Fiore.

You can see Patti LuPone: A Life in Notes in San Francisco, LA, Washingto DC, CT and Australia. To see the dates click here.

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On Your Mark, Get Ready, and GO!!! 

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Spring is here, and with it comes the inevitable rush of shows opening, but perhaps more importantly, shows that may have slipped by your notice and are closing soon.  Also included are some recommendations for things coming up that you should know.  

Corruption — This power-packed examination of the phone-hacking scandal that rocked the Murdoch empire in the previous decade is a must see for anyone who cares about politics, journalism, and decency and ethical behavior within both. Bartlett Sher has once again masterfully directed a piece that in lesser hands could be boring but clips along in a way that leaves one almost breathless.  The entire cast is splendid, most notably Toby Stephens as one of the pivotal characters.  The set by Michael Yeargan gets the audience revved for what is to follow, and playwright J.T. Rogers, who also wrote Oslo, has once again delivered an important play for our times. Catch it at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center before it closes on April 14. 

Dead Outlaw Photo by Matthew Murphy (2024).

Dead Outlaw – Also closing on April 14 is this musical based on a most unlikely true story.  It was conceived by David Yazbek, who also wrote the music and lyrics with Erik Della Penna and written by Itamar Moses.  The music is of the hillbilly/country variety, and the set and costumes appropriately gel with that.  While this is not–as was said in the Sixties—my thing, I was clearly in the minority.  The audience was loving it to bits, and you probably will as well.  Catch it quick at the Minetta Lane Theatre in the Village. 

Do Re Mi – J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company is presenting this Comden, Green and Styne show from the 1960s from April 19 – 28.  Comden and Green always bring a zaniness to their shows, a lightheartedness that seems out of fashion today, but is just what we need right now.  The winner song from this show is “Make Someone Happy”.  Make yourself happy and get a ticket.  This same company is also doing Lucky Stiff from May 3 – 12, the first musical by Flaherty and Ahrens, the genius team that brought us Ragtime.  It is described as a musical farce, which sounds like a perfect antidote for whatever might be ailing you.  Being presented in tandem with these shows are cabarets will feature an all-star cast and will be presented at 7:30 PM on the second Tuesday during each musical’s run (April 23rd, May 7th).   This company has produced several revivals of beloved musicals in the last few years, and each one was a joy! 

I’ll Leave It To You – Deviating a bit from their mission of promoting George Bernard Shaw, the Gingold Theatrical Group is presenting Noël Coward’s first play on April 29 at Symphony Space.  If you don’t know this company already, you are well served to check them out. 

Wicked Little Letters – Can we ever get enough of Olivia Coleman?  Methinks not.  If you agree, see her latest film before it evaporates from sight, like so many great films do. 

Craig Rubano

Craig Rubano — After selling out the Laurie Beechman Theatre in March with his show “Take the Moment”, Craig has added an extra performance on June 12, in addition to the two already scheduled on April 13 and May 19.  This performance is a perfect Mother’s and Father’s Day treat, or an occasion to share with friends.  As said previously, “Rubano made his return to the stage of the Laurie Beechman slowly, dramatically, and expressively, with the reverence of a cleric. The masterful leadership of Jeff Harnar’s direction enabled Craig Rubano to deliver an exceptional performance.” 

Calling All Porterphiles! — If you love Cole Porter and his music, you should know about these two events.  To celebrate his birthday every year, his hometown of Peru, Indiana has a Festival.  This year it runs from June 6 – 9 and is jampacked with entertainment and education for every fan.  Check it out at www.coleporterfestival.org. 

For the true aficionado, there’s a trip planned for late October, beginning in New York and visiting Porter locations is Venice and Paris.  More details as they develop. 

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The Green Room 42 Brings in Tony Award nominee Josie de Guzman

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The Green Room 42 – the intimate concert venue dubbed Broadway’s “off-night hotspot” by The New York Times – will present two-time Tony Award nominee Josie de Guzman in an encore engagement of her special evening “Back Where I Started” for two performances on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, both at 7:00 PM. Returning to the venue following two well-received nights last year, her show features career highlights from her Broadway debut in Liz Swados’ Runaways to her Tony nominated portrayals of Maria in West Side Story and Sarah in Guys and Dolls, in addition to her collaborations with Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Alan Jay Lerner, and Burton Lane, along with a few surprises. The evening is directed by Gerard Alessandrini, the creator of Forbidden Broadway, with musical direction by Larry Yurman.

Josie de Guzman was born in New York City and raised in Puerto Rico, where her love for theater began. She started at The Public Theater, playing a teenager in the multi-Tony nominated musical Runaways, written and directed by Liz Swados, followed by Swados’ Hagaddah and Lullabye and Goodnight, directed by Joe Papp. She appeared on Broadway in Carmelina, Nick & Nora, and was nominated for the Tony Award as Maria in the first Broadway revival of West Side Story, where she had the unsurpassed experience of working closely with Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins and Gerald Freedman in creating a new production of that classic. She received a second Tony nomination for her performance as Sarah Brown in the acclaimed revival of Guys and Dolls, directed by Jerry Zaks. She’s appeared frequently in productions Off-Broadway, across the country, and on tour throughout Europe. Her nightclub and concert work has been seen in New York, at Lincoln Center, in Copland’s Lincoln Portrait with the Houston Symphony, and in San Juan. http://www.josiedeguzman.com

Josie de Guzman will perform “Back Where I Started” on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, both at 7:00 PM, at The Green Room 42 (570 Tenth Avenue at 42nd Street, on the 4th Floor of Yotel). The cover charge ranges from $20-$50. A livestream option is available for $20. For tickets, please visit www.TheGreenRoom42.com.

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My View: Dr. Perrin Blank Makes His Cafe Centro Debut

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Dr. Perrin Blank, celebrity Dentist “filled” (no pun intended)  the Cafe Centro music room last night with friends, fans and probably some patients who came to hear this Palm Beach legend’s cabaret performance. It was Perrin this time who opened his mouth wide and sang a great curated song list accompanied by the extraordinary musical duo Maycol & Lilian, (who perform weekly at Cafe Centro). That old borscht belt saying “don’t give up your day job” does not apply to Dr. Blank.  Perrin created a wonderful evening of musical fun as he “pulled out” all the stops during his entertaining show.

PERRIN BLANK

PERRIN BLANK

MAYCOL

LILIAN & MYCOL

 

PERRIN BLANK & STEPHEN SOROKOFF

CAFE CENTRO

PERRIN BLANK

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