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Marin Mazzie Dies: Broadway Star of Passion, Ragtime

September 13, 2018 1:24pm Deadline Hollywood

AP

Broadway actress and three-time Tony nominee Marin Mazzie died this morning in New York. She was 57.

Her death was announced by her husband, actor Jason Danieley. Mazzie had been fighting ovarian cancer since her diagnosis three years ago.

Lauded for her unforgettable performances in Ragtime, Kiss Me, Kate and, perhaps most of all, Stephen Sondheim?s 1994 musical Passion, Mazzie was mourned today by Broadway. ?This is absolutely devastating,? tweeted Patti Murin of Frozen. ?What a bright, shining light she was??

?Beautiful, brave and inspiring,? wrote Harvey Fierstein. ?A glorious voice and an even better human being??

Mazzie made her Broadway debut in 1985 in the Huckleberry Finn musical Big River. She earned her first Tony nomination nine years later for her performance as Clara in Passion, and her second in 1998 as Mother in Ragtime. Her starring role in 1999?s Kiss Me, Kate brought her third nomination.

Other stage credits include 2002?s Man of La Mancha (which reteamed her with Ragtime?s Brian Stokes Mitchell), Spamalot, Next to Normal, Off Broadway?s revival of Carrie and, just this year and also Off Broadway, Terrence McNally?s Fire and Air.

Mazzie was inducted into New York?s Theater Hall of Fame last year. She met Danieley when both appeared in the Off Broadway 1996 production Trojan Women: A Love Story. They married the following year, and later would perform in concert together.

The actress is survived by Danieley, her mother and a brother.

 


Editor?s note:

I first met Marin Mazzie in the ladies room of the Hilton Hotel during the 1995 Drama Desk awards.

I lavished her companion, Donna Murphy, with compliments on her performance in Passion. To be polite I asked the woman with her if she were connected to theater. You can imagine my embarrassment when I learned who she was.

I must have experienced a Sapphic moment, shocked and mesmerized when Mazzie, appeared partially nude onstage. She was perfection. And so, like so many others, I paid little attention to her face

But I did pay attention after that to all her roles and most recently saw her in a concert in Carnegie Hall, shocked by her beauty and vitality into believing she was better. Alas! Now she is gone ? yet another shock.

                                                                           Jeanne Lieberman



BROADWAY TO DIM ITS LIGHTS

ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 2018

AT 6:45 PM

 

IN MEMORY OF LEGENDARY PLAYWRIGHT

NEIL SIMON

 

New York, NY – August 27, 2018 -- The Broadway community mourns the loss of Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, librettist, lyricist, producer and theatre owner/operator Neil Simon, who passed away on Sunday, August 26 at age 91. The Committee of Theatre Owners has decided to dim the lights of Broadway theatres in New York in his memory on Thursday, August 30 at exactly 6:45pm for one minute.

 

"Neil Simon’s plays are a testament to the human experience: he made audiences laugh, cry and think. No other American playwright has had as many performances or as many shows in production simultaneously on Broadway.  The outpouring of accolades and personal memories being shared since his death are a tribute to how deeply he influenced our culture and touched the lives of literally millions of theatregoers," said Thomas Schumacher, Chairman of the Broadway League. "His legacy will continue for years to come, and the Broadway industry is proud to dim the lights of our theatres in his honor.” 

 

On Broadway, Mr. Simon was known for his iconic works such as Lost in Yonkers (1991), Brighton Beach Memoirs (1983; Revival, 2009), (1985), Broadway Bound (1986), Come Blow Your Horn (1961), Barefoot in the Park (1963; Revival 2006), The Odd Couple (1965; Revivals 1985, 2005), The Star-Spangled Girl (1966), Plaza Suite (1968), Last of the Red-Hot Lovers (1969), The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1971), The Sunshine Boys (1972; Revival, 1997), The Good Doctor (1973), California Suite (1976), Little Me (1961; Revivals 1982, 1998), Sweet Charity (1966; Revivals 1986, 2005), Promises, Promises (1968; Revival, 2010), They're Playing Our Song (1979), Rumors (1988), God's Favorite (1974), Chapter Two (1977), I Ought to Be in Pictures (1980) and many more. 

 

He received 17 Tony Award nominations and won the award three times: in 1965 for The Odd Couple, in 1985 for Biloxi Blues, and in 1991 for Lost in Yonkers which also received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He also received a special Tony Award in 1975 for his contributions to the theatre.

 

Mr. Simon's plays were frequently adapted for film and television and beyond Broadway his numerous, influential screenwriting credits include:  “Your Show of Shows,” “The Phil Silvers Show,” The Out-of-TownersThe Heartbreak Kid, Murder by DeathThe Cheap Detective, Seems Like Old Times, Max Dugan ReturnsThe Lonely Guy, The Slugger’s Wife, and The Odd Couple II among many others. In addition, he also wrote the memoirs Rewrites and The Play Goes On

 

Mr. Simon was the recipient of several Writers Guild of America Awards, an American Comedy Awards Lifetime Achievement honor, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Monte Cristo Award.

 

He is survived by his wife, Elaine; his children Ellen, Nancy, and Bryn; and three grandchildren and one great-grandson. 

 

His full Broadway biography can be found on the Internet Broadway Database: https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/neil-simon-7879

 


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Columns

Editors Notes: New Season Fall '18
Women prevail

By Jeanne Lieberman on September 24, 2018

Move over, Eliza! Miss Vivian is here to herald a season in which women are liberally featured.
By some wonderful coincidence two major British actresses are taking over two major Shakespearean plays and transforming the male leads of both into female. And the all important prom date is lesbian.
?and there are enough Hollywood celebs to make stargazers salivate.

Editors Notes June 18: THE AWARD SEASON
By Jeanne Lieberman on June 06, 2018

Winners & Wannabes
Drama League, Outer Critics Circle & Drama Desk Winners
Tony Nominations

Race to the Finish

Having cleared the hurdles of the runner up prestigious awards the most coveted, The Tony Award, is upon us Here?s a recap of the 2017-2018 season winners so far and the Tony Nominations
Please note the Editor?s Picks at each category and match your opinions with mine

Editor’s Notes: April 16: Social Injustice
North Carolina "bathroom" law inspires the entertainment community to protest.

Once again the arts have proved to be first responders to social injustice.

By Jeanne Lieberman on Apr. 29

Editor’s Notes: Immigration:
Broadway Sings while the world Debates

By Jeanne Lieberman on Nov. 23

Broadway - Musicals

Head Over Heels
by Deirdre Donovan on August, 16, 2018

The Elizabethan and contemporary world collide in this new jukebox musical that is fueled by the Go Go?s songs and spiced by Peppermint.

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
by Julia Polinsky on April, 30, 2018

Like watching a glitzy, glossy Vegas tribute. But it's got a beat, and you can dance to it. (People do. And sing along.)

Mean Girls The Musical
By Deirdre Donovan on April 25, 2018
Tina Fey's a fond look back at the tribal rites of high school.

Carousel
By Marc Miller on April 16, 2018
What happens when you tamper with a classic.

Frozen: The Broadway Musical
By Julia Polinsky on April 09, 2018
Take a kid, and see the magic through a child's eyes. Disney Does Fun. Let it go, and let 'em.

Escape To Margaritaville
By Eugene Paul on March 19, 2018
A big, bountiful splash of mellow Jimmy Buffett songs and attitude superbly merchandised. Thoroughly enjoyable.

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical
By Deirdre Donovan on December 18, 2017
Adventure packed musical sends you home with a renewed appreciation for the power of optimism.

Once On This Island
By Julia Polinsky on December 11, 2017
life, death, gods, peasants; family, community; faith, hope, despair; color and the transformative power of love.

The Band's Visit
By Eugene Paul on November 17, 2017
Shining new star Katrina Lenk and shining stellar Tony Shalhoub head a brilliant cast in a brilliant, loving new show.

Miss Saigon
by Deirdre Donovan On May. 19 2017

This old musical that is best-known for its famous helicopter returns to Broadway as fresh as an orange blossom.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Eugene Paul On May. 09 2017

The Candy Man in the person of Christian Borle illuminates the theatre whenever he’s on stage with his assorted wonders.

Hello, Dolly
by Eugene Paul On May. 06 2017

Bette Midler is a phenomenon as a performer but it's her winning warmth that clinches you in this great, musical classic.

Bandstand
by Eugene Paul On May. 03 2017

Funny, exciting, moving, realistic yet poetic, with show stopping songs. And chemistry? You gotta go.

Anastasia
by Marc Miller On May. 01 2017

Far the most extravagantly beautiful physical production you'll ever see. Not a masterpiece but breathtakingly competent.

Come From Away
by Eugene Paul On Mar. 21 2017

Its rousing, inspiring book, music and lyrics and a soaring concept is something of a miracle.

Sunday in the Park with George
by Jeanne Lieberman On Feb. 23 2017

Gyllenhaal Soars on Sondheim Score, a wave of art and artistry.

Dear Evan Hansen
By Rachel Goddard On Dec. 23, 2016

An exposed look at what life is really like for an anxious teenager in the midst of tragedy

Waitress
by David Schultz On May.4

A tart treat mixed with gobs of sweetness, meld together into perfection.

Hamilton
by Michall Jeffers On Jan.13

Handily combines history and hip hop

School of Rock
by Michall Jeffers On Dec.22

Class is in session, and rocking is the lesson.

Honeymoon In Vegas
by joel Benjamin on Jan. 27

A totally delightful escapist old-fashioned musical with a witty book, funny songs and an energetic cast of oddball characters.

Side Show
by Eugene Paul on Nov. 28

You’ll be happy you saw the show and better yet, you’ll be happier you’re you.

‘Phantom of the Opera’
Welcomes Norm Lewis as its First Black Lead on Broadway

by Jeanne Lieberman on June. 18
Lewis brings a sexually intense, almost menacing persona, overpowering in this version and every indication the magic of this opus still works.

After Midnight!
By Jeanne Lieberman on May. 1
The performances are a series of gems that shine brightly alone but blaze in unison until your heartbeat echoes the music’s rhythm, cardiologists take note! Artistic director Wynton Marsalis, and his Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars, launch you on a magical musical carpet ride that will eventually carry you on out to the street

Aladdin
by Jeannie Lieberman on Mar. 26
A true Disney magic carpet ride of opulent costumes, dazzling sets, creative choreography, savvy showbiz shtick and a Genie for all time.

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
by Jeannie Lieberman on Jan. 29
A feel good evening of special delight to her fans and all those who just want a slick, nostalgic, music-packed evening.

Broadway - Plays

The Nap
By Ron Cohen on October 10, 2018

Lots of snooker and lots of laughs make for a happy combination.

Bernhardt/Hamlet
By Ron Cohen on October 01, 2018

Rebeck, McTeer, Shakespeare and Bernhardt: It?s a love letter to theater and a feminist manifesto.

Straight White Men
By Eugene Paul on August 07, 2018

Hilarious, delightful, devastating. Playwright Young Jean Lee has grown up.

Saint Joan
By Deirdre Donovan on May 30, 2018

Shaw?s play about the 15th century warrior saint is given a lukewarm revival but Condola Rashad turns in a fierce performance as the warrior heroine.

Travesties
By Julia Polinsky on May 4, 2018

Hilarious, thought-provoking, and deeply satisfying, plus a tour de force performance from the holy-smoke-amazing Tom Hollander.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 and 2
By Julia Polinsky on May 4, 2018

Enough theater magic to fill the eyes, story to satisfy the mind, and character to touch the heart.

The Iceman Cometh
By Ron Cohen on May 1, 2018

George C. Wolfe and Denzel Washington infuse Eugene O'Neill's downbeat masterwork with vibrant life.

Children of a Lesser God
By Ron Cohen on April 12, 2018
Inspired casting lends Mark Medoff's extraordinarily sensitive play even greater meaning.

Lobby Hero
By Marc Miller on April 09, 2018
Kenneth Lonergan's drama-but-mostly-comedy is in fine fettle at Second Stage, and the refurbished Hayes is pretty nifty, too.

Angels in America
By Eugene Paul on April 06, 2018
A masterwork, masterfully performed and presented, a true theatrical event.

Three Tall Women
By Ron Cohen on April 06, 2018
Edward Albee's meditation on aging, dying and death with intelligence, passion and wit in a production that shimmers with theatrical sorcery.

Latin History For Morons
By Edward Medina on November 15, 2017

A fearless entertainer and a masterful wordsmith from the king of one man shows

The Play that Goes Wrong
By Eugene Paul on Apr. 20, 2017
Sometimes you just plain need a mad, crude, hysterically funny whirlwind to blow away the cobwebs. This is it.

Constellations
by Joel Benjamin on Jan. 20

The exquisitely detailed performances by Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson cannot hide the dearth of material.

Off-Broadway - Musicals

Girl From The North Country
by Fern Siegel on October 16, 2018

Bob Dylan’s wistful tunes embrace an elegiac musical that captures the melancholy of Depression-era Midwesterners.

Oklahoma!
by Julia Polinsky on October 10, 2018

This is not your mother?s Oklahoma! It?s a brilliant theatrical re-imagining of the show you think you know, with a staggering impact.

Fiddler on the Roof
by Fern Siegel on September 25, 2018

Tevye, Golde and the residents of Anetevka are back ? and more authentic than ever.

Neurosis
by Fern Siegel on September 05, 2018

Mental illness strictly for and about the worried well employs wordplay and the occasionally zingy one-liner.

Smokey Joe?s Café
by Jeanne Lieberman on August 03, 2018

Is it alright to enjoy a musical without message? Yes!!!

Don?t Bother Me, I Can?t Cope
Encores! Off Center

by Julia Polinsky on July 31, 2018

God Bless America: The Music of Irving Berlin

by Deirdre Donovan on July 13, 2018

An homage to the great American songwriter who had a talent for giving the American people what they wanted.

On A Clear Day You Can See Forever

by Eugene Paul on July 11, 2018

A gem of a Burton and Lerner score. Quite possibly the most charming of this musical?s reincarnations.

Songs for a New World
Encores! Off Center

by Julia Polinsky on July 03, 2018

Staged reading gets loyal fans up on their feet, stomping and cheering, for an evening of Jason Robert Brown?s early work.

Carmen Jones
by Marc Miller on June 28, 2018

Hammerstein?s resetting of Bizet is a lush earful, and if you thought Oscar couldn?t write about sex, think again.

Lonesome Blues
by Deirdre Donovan on June 25, 2018

Akin Babatunde brings legendary country bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson to life.

Frank Loesser: Lyricist
by Deirdre Donovan on June 14, 2018

The 92 Street Y?s Lyrics & Lyricists series wraps up its season by spotlighting the lyricist-composer who brought us the immortal Guys and Dolls.

Tchaikovsky: None But The Lonely Heart
by Julia Polinsky on June 05, 2018

A beautiful look at Tchaikovsky?s music and his deepest relationships, his passion and, yes, his loneliness.

Lynn Ahrens : A Lyrical Life
by Deirdre Donovan on May 23, 2018

Lynn Ahrens brought an exciting mix of chutzpah and charm to the 92nd Street Y?s Lyrics & Lyricists series.

Me and My Girl
by Julia Polinsky on May 15, 2018

Killer fun, and very much alive and kicking as part of the Encores! series at City Center.

Unexpected Joy
by Julia Polinsky on May 04, 2018

Family feelings, self-examination, and lots of dreams and hopes play out to a terrific folk-blues-pop inflected score.

The Sting
by Jeannie Lieberman on April 20, 2018

Brace yourself Broadway! A Big Brawny Musical may be heading your way led by Harry Connick, Jr. and a tireless troupe of terpsichorean tap dancers.

Encores! Hey, Look Me Over
By Jeanne Lieberman On February 16, 2018

Bouncy Box of Musical Bon Bons, Some tastier than others but ultimately satisfying.

Lady, Be Good!
New York City Center Encores!
by Joel Benjamin on Feb. 16

Encores! has taken a silly period piece and turned it into an entertaining, if slight, confection. Tommy Tune a plus!

Off-Broadway - Plays

Final Follies

By Ron Cohen on October 16, 2018

A collection of three one-act plays by the late A.R. Gurney travels a bumpy road from slight to satisfying.

Kurt Vonnegut’s Mother Night

By Julia Polinsky on October 16, 2018

A sad and terrible commentary on how we betray ourselves, better on the page than on the stage.

What the Constitution Means to Me

By Ron Cohen on October 12, 2018

The U.S. Constitution – warts and all -- gets it closeup in this smart, entertaining and all-too-pertinent piece of theater.

Popcorn Falls

by Julia Polinsky on October 10, 2018

A mile-a-minute silly experiment in loopy absurdity, with some laughs, some wincing, and the hardest working two-man cast ever.

Spin Off

by R. Pikser on October 01, 2018

An interesting idea about whether we can fight the limits that our reality seems to impose.

I was Most Alive With You

by David Schultz on September 28, 2018

Electrifying modern riff on The Book of Job proves a devastating evening of theater.

The True

by Ron Cohen on September 24, 2018

Eddie Falco illuminates Sharr White?s sometimes awkward mix of the machinery of politics and the ways of the heart.

Heartbreak House

by Deirdre Donovan on September 24, 2018

The Gingold Theatrical Group gives new legs to George Bernard Shaw?s classic with an original framing device.

Agnes

by Barry Bassis on September 17, 2018

Informative with a highly talented cast, though the script needs more work

Private Peaceful

by Ron Cohen on September 11, 2018

A compelling depiction of the brutality of World War I as seen through the eyes of a young English soldier.

Days to Come

by Marc Miller on September 06, 2018

Lillian Hellman?s flop labor drama, while no hidden masterpiece, gets an exemplary dusting off by the Mint.

The Saintliness of Margery Kempe

by Arney Rosenblat on August 24, 2018

Though this delightful production of a would-be Medieval reality star, is closing shortly, let's hope it will not be another sixty years before it is revived again

Be More Chill

by Eugene Paul on August 17, 2018

Wanna see a Broadway show before it becomes a Broadway show? Right this way.

Pushkin: A Life Played Out

by Arney Rosenblat on August 17, 2018

A clever engaging examination of one of Russia's most significant literary figures.

The House That Will Not Stand

by Ron Cohen on August 10, 2018

Electrifying theater that examines the hideous stew of racism, sexism and slavery in the custom of plaçage in New Orleans before the Louisiana Purchase.

Twelfth Night

by Arney Rosenblat on August 03, 2018

Good-natured humor, spirited performances and a sense of community shimmer in musical re-imagining Shakespeare's classic comedy

My Life On A Diet

by David Schultz on July 31, 2018

If you crave a joyful, funny peek into a life well lived, this bon-bon will most definitely sate your appetite.

The Potomac Theater Project /NYC

by Deirdre Donovan on July 26, 2018

PTP, celebrating its 32nd season, returns to the Atlantic Theatre Company with three provocative plays.

Tevye Served Raw, Garnished with Jews
    From the writings of Sholem Aleichem

        by Julia Polinsky on July 19, 2018

Terrific performances by wonderful actors, and funny, touching stories from Sholem Aleichem. Do yourself a favor. Don?t miss it.

Get the Boat and Innit
by Deirdre Donovan on July 17, 2018

Two female Irish playwrights make their North American debut with plays that amplify the #metoo and #Ibelieveher movements.

Skintight
by David Schultz on July 12, 2018

Examines youth, beauty, and sex and what.

Cyprus Avenue
by Fern Siegel on July 11, 2018

"I will not consent to my own destruction," Eric insists. His answer will haunt audiences and ideologues alike.

Conflict
by Marc Miller on June 28, 2018

Miles Malleson?s political romance, while on the talky side, gets an expert and thoughtful going-over at the Mint.

The Property
by Eugene Paul on June 25, 2018

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is a hit. This is the real thing.

Life Among the Aryans
by R. Pikser on June 14, 2018

It is good to know that there is still political theater in New York that is accessible to the public: Nuyorican Poets Café is doing important work.

Dan Cody's Yacht
by Ron Cohen on June 14, 2018

Both the haves and the have-nots get their knocks in Anthony Giardina?s Dan Cody?s Yacht, a relentless examination of the crossroads of education and affluence.

Peace For Mary Frances
by Arney Rosenblat on June 05, 2018

No one gets out of this world alive but Lily Thorne illustrates what a tough messy journey dying can be.

Exquisita Agonía (Exquisite Agony)
by Ron Cohen on June 05, 2018

What is the nature of the human heart? Does it have memory, emotion, conscience? Or is it only the engine of our physical being?

There's Blood at the Wedding
by Edward Medina on June, 01, 2018

Puppets and performers deliver powerful messages and artful entertainment.

Devil of Choice
by Edward Medina on June 01, 2018

A superbly acted dark sensual play that skillfully delivers the three sides of a romantic triangle.

Paradise Blue
by Arney Rosenblat on June 01, 2018

Beautiful and powerful moments from strong ideas and characters need further development and dimension. Stirring nevertheless.

Woman and Scarecrow
by Ron Cohen on May, 30, 2018

A dying woman talks with the aunt who raised her, her philandering husband and most of all, her argumentative alter ego. You?ll be engrossed.

Dance Nation
by Julia Polinsky on May 30, 2018

Clare Barron lets gender politics overwhelm taste and good sense revealing that 13-year-old girls can be raging, bloody monsters.

Turning Off The Morning News
by David Schultz on May 23, 2018

Christopher Durang?s newest play shines a mirror into the underbelly of evil that resides in our country with his singular warped humor on full display.

Mlima's Tale
by Fern Siegel on May 15, 2018

Lynn Nottage explores the cruel backdrop to the secret ivory trade.

Light Shining in Buckinghamshire
by Ron Cohen on May 15, 2018

We’re in England in the mid-1600s; and revolution’s not easy…not for the participants and not for the audience.

The Gentleman Caller
by Ron Cohen on May 15, 2018

Tennessee Williams and William Inge meet, drink and sort of make out, in two encounters that deeply impacted 20th Century American theater

The Seafarer
by Ron Cohen on May 08, 2018

The devil plays poker with four Irish fellows, the whiskey flows and the audience is the winner.

Summer and Smoke
by Fern Siegel on May 04, 2018

Two would-be lovers battle between spirituality and carnality during a steamy Mississippi summer in 1916.

Zurich
by Arney Rosenblat on April 30, 2018

A jigsaw puzzle spotlighting apparently separate lives that fit together through the ties of corruption, isolation and real or implied violence.

The Metromaniacs
By Edward Medina on April 30, 2018

Where verse becomes your vice and vice-a-versa.

Randy Writes A Novel
By Edward Medina on April 30, 2018

Comedy and puppetry mix to make a a very funny evening of outright truths, blatant lies, broad exaggerations, and accurate observations.

The Stone Witch
By Arney Rosenblat on April 25, 2018

Through a stunningly rendered production and compelling performances, The Stone Witch movingly explores the price of greatness.

Yerma
By Arney Rosenblat on April 06, 2018
An almost scientific dissection of a modern woman's descent into personal tragedy.

Seagullmachine

By Edward Medina on April 25, 2018
A seagull too weighed down to ever truly take flight.

Harry Clarke

By Fern Siegel on April 17, 2018
Billy Crudup does double duty in a story of fractured identity.

Pygmalion
By Arney Rosenblat On April 17, 2018

In Bedlam Theatre's lively production the music is in Shaw's words, the artful performances of six top-notch actors and a director who doesn't miss a dramatic beat.

This Flat Earth
By Edward Medina On April 12, 2018

The gun debate arrives center stage and is powerfully delivered from out of the mouths of babes.

Kings
By Deirdre Donovan On March 23, 2018

An idealistic freshman congresswoman attempts to clean-up what's wrong in Washington.

Prurience
By Edward Medina On March 23, 2018

Everything you wanted to know about porn addiction but were afraid to ask: a confused attempt to entertain ultimately proves flaccid.

Babette's Feast
By Ron Cohen On March 23, 2018

An artful banquet of story-theater techniques brings Isak Dinesen's story to life again in somewhat tempered fashion.

Hanoch Levin Squared
By Eugene Paul On March 20, 2018

Coarse, outrageous, hilarious, bitter, sad, despairing, a harsh, lesson in life, handsomely performed.

Three Small Irish Masterpieces
By Fern Siegel On March 16, 2018

Captures the pathos and the spirit of rebellion of the rural Irish at the turn of the 20th century.

The Low Road
By Eugene Paul On March 15, 2018

A romping riot for the senses as well as your brain.

Later Life
By Ron Cohen On March 15, 2018

This revival of one of A. R. Gurney's examinations of the quietly tormented, sadly inhibited WASP psyche is a mixed bag.

The Signature Project
By R. Pikser On March 14, 2018

The interconnectedness of all things is the subject of this ongoing work of art: The real magic of this evening is the transformative effect it has on the audience.

Fashions for Men
by Joel Benjamin on Mar. 4

A lovingly staged period piece about honor, romance and haberdashery.

John & Jen
by Joel Benjamin on Mar. 3

A small show with big emotions, illuminated through the writing of Lippa and Greenwald and given life by Conor Ryan and Kate Baldwin.

Between Riverside and Crazy
by Joel Benjamin on Feb. 25

A complex, riveting, if oddly constructed, comedy-drama from a brilliant young playwright.

Solo Performance

My Life On A Diet

by David Schultz on July 31, 2018

If you crave a joyful, funny peek into a life well lived, this bon-bon will most definitely sate your appetite.

Lonesome Blues
by Deirdre Donovan on June 25, 2018

Akin Babatunde brings legendary country bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson to life.

BenDeLaCreme's Inferno A-Go-Go

By Edward Medina on June 04, 2018
Hell is the destination for this spectacularly divine comedy.

Harry Clarke

By Fern Siegel on April 17, 2018
Billy Crudup does double duty in a story of fractured identity.

The Amazing Kreskin Live

By Edward Medina on April 17, 2018
Mentalism and mystery are live at the Lion. At the end of the evening you will think to yourself, you know what, he really is amazing.

Shakespeare's Will

By Julia Polinsky on March 21, 2018
"Not intended to be historically accurate" should be printed in bold italics. It's a pity you can't add, "Doesn't really work."

Einstein!

By Deirdre Donovan on Jan. 12, 2018
Actor-playwright Jack Fry brings back the ghost of a famous theoretical physicist  filled with humor, wit, and humanity.

Katsura Sunshine
By R Pikser on November 22, 2017

An English language practitioner of an ancient Japanese story telling form, is charming and captivating in the practice of his craft.

Strange Interlude
By Deirdre Donovan on October 31, 2017

David Greenspan single-handedly tackles Eugene O'Neill's nine-act drama at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn.

Ace
By Ron Cohen on October 25, 2017

A busy day in a New York taxi covers a lot of territory, from Elizabethan poetry to Wall Street chicanery. Take a ride.

Squeamish
By Edward Medina on October 25, 2017

Blood, bath, and beyond excellent.

The Miracle of Long Johns

By Edward Rubin on Dec. 4
A dizzying array of dance, song, double-entendres, and vaudevillian-type jokes from every conceivable angle, political, social, cultural, sexual, and otherwise.

FEATURES

Big Apple Circus

By Edward Medina on November 09, 2017

Our circus has returned in glorious fashion.

Edward Albee'an interview

By David Schultz on Sept. 30,2016

Everything was bad until I wrote "The Zoo Story".

Ira Biloiwt

on Sept. 22, 2016

Everybody Rise! A celebration of Elaine Stritch

By Jeanne Lieberman on Nov. 24

Not the tender hearted, tear inspiring tribute of most memorials, the event was like its subject: over the top, irreverent and raucous.

John Lahr and Tony Kushner on Tennessee Williams
by Joel Benjamin on Oct. 8

Lahr's biography Mad Pilgrimage focuses on the interdependence of Williams’ mental and emotional health and the quality of his writing.

Cabaret/Concerts/Opera's

92 Street Y: Lenny's Lyricists/Bernstein & Song

By Deirdre Donovan on March 05, 2018
A celebration the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein birth with a musical montage of his beloved theater works.

The Bobby Darin Story

By Deirdre Donovan on February 06, 2018
Dazzling homage to the artist launches the popular "Lyrics & Lyricists" 18th series at the 92nd Street Y.

Gambling on Love

By Deirdre Donovan on November 28, 2017
Robin Kradles new solo show kicked off the holiday season at Don't Tell Mama in vivacious Vegas style.

Our Time: Sullivan & Harnar Sing Sondheim
54 Below

By Joel Benjamin on Feb. 12

Two cabaret greats at the top of their game.

A Good Thing Going: The Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince Collaboration
Lyrics & Lyricists , 92Y

By Joel Benjamin on Jan. 20

An evening of Sondheim songs, personal memories and great singing, what more do you need?

A Maestro’s Memoirs
by Deirdre Donovan on May. 22
Musician Donald Pippin time-travels back through star-dusted moments in his long-and-winding career.

David Ostwald and his Louis Armstrong Eternity Band at Birdland
by Jeanne Lieberman on May. 1
David Ostwald, who sets the pace and chooses the songs as he goes, leads a magic meld of multigenerational music meisters that varies slightly from week to week.

Dance

The Red Shoes
By Edward Medina on November 08, 2017

Without a single word, with only powerful grace, one can truly believe in the transformative powers of a pair of crimson slippers.

Rioult Dance New York
By R. Pikser on June 14, 2017

Two ballets, one old, one new, contrast in how they deal with the forks in life's road.

The Deborah Zall Project:  In the Company of Women
By R. Pikser on May. 31, 2017

A look back at where we have come from helps us understand where we might go.

Kodo
By R. Pikser on Mar. 08, 2017

An hour and a half of drumming could just be a lot of noise, but the 14 young men of Kodo bring the audience into a meditative space.

Anabella Lenzu
By R. Pikser on Nov. 07, 2016

The Argentinian of Italian extraction brings us back to dance charged with emotion.

Dances Patrelle Macbeth
By Roberta Pikser on Sept. 29, 2016

This reinterpretation of Macbeth could do with a bit more power, but had some interesting moments.

Thorns of the Crown
By Roberta Pikser on Sept. 22, 2016

Takes Shakespeare as its inspiration, but needs to learn something about specificity from the poet.

Ballet Inc. THE SERIES: Vol. 1
By Roberta Pikser on Aug. 27

Two evening samplers, comprising 34 choreographers, demonstrate the necessity for clarity in organization and in creativity and performance.

Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games
By Julia Polinsky on Dec. 11

Big, bold, spectacle wrapped around a simple storyline in Michael Flatley’s fabulous flambuoyant farewell tour

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
By Joel Benjamin on Dec. 30

Three new works expand the techniques and expressive power of this exciting troupe’s dancers.

Regionals

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies
by David Schultz on October 16, 2018

Extravagant production values give this wan sequel a lift as it ends its North American tour.

Oliver!
by Edward Lieberman on August 22, 2018

Goodspeed's "joyous" version of Dickens' "Oliver Twist," with a classic score and outstanding performances.

Anything Goes
by Edward Lieberman on July 26, 2018

Fascination with opulence and celebrity provides a welcome diversion from the news of today, as it did when it opened during the depths of the Depression!

Clever Little Lies
by Eugene Paul on July 03, 2018

Playwright Joe Di Pietro?s frothy summer lite comedy has a kicker. Watch out.

Halftime
by David Schultz on June 20, 2018

Hip-hop dancing seniors move to center court in this Broadway Bound tuner.

Will Rogers Follies: Goodspeed Opera House
by Edward Lieberman on June 15, 2018

Goodspeed theatergoers are fortunate to have the great Will portrayed by the equally great David M. Lutken, well worth the price of admission all by himself!

Relativity
by Eugene Paul on June 04, 2018

The power of the Einstein aura proves once again unending.

Sister Act
by Ed Lieberman on May, 04, 2018

Those in need of spiritual uplift should come to the newest church in Town.

The Sting
by Jeannie Lieberman on April, 20, 2018

Brace yourself Broadway! A Big Brawny Musical may be heading your way led by Harry Connick, Jr. and a tireless troupe of terpsichorean tap dancers.

A Chorus Line
by Ed Lieberman on February, 20, 2018

The ode to those unsung actors without whom no musical could survive: the gypsies.

The Outsider
by David Schultz on February, 08, 2018

Satire on Modern American Politics is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to our democracy.

Annie Get Your Gun
by Ed Lieberman on October, 25, 2017

WBT once aqain proves There's No Business Like Show Business.

The Honeymooners
by David Schultz on October, 23, 2017

An undercooked rehash of the beloved television series for the 55-Plus Set.

Simpaticio
by David Schultz on September, 28, 2017

Familiar themes with a touch of noir make lots of noise, and ends on a whimper.

ANNIE
by Ed Lieberman on August. 03, 2017

Bring the family to see the perfect summer entertainment for adults and (as they used to say at the circus) children of all ages!

Mamma Mia
by Ed Lieberman on May. 15, 2017

The Westchester Broadway Theater has its mojo back!

The Bikinis
by Ed Lieberman on Feb. 20, 2017

Jukebox musical an antidote for winter.

John
by David Schultz on Feb. 10, 2017

Mesmerizing production of playwright Annie Baker's haunted tale perfectly rendered.

Christmas Inn
by Ed Lieberman on Dec. 19, 2016

A pleasant Holiday diversion, complete with repast!

Bye Bye Birdie
by Ed Lieberman on Aug. 18, 2016

A delightful diversion from today's news.

Million Dollar Quartet
by Ed Lieberman on Aug. 12, 2016

A nostalgic visit to a seminal event in the history of music, involving major talents who were to become legends of rock ‘n’ roll.

Happy Days, A New Musical
by Ed Lieberman on May. 31, 2016

Happy Days, A New Musical . . . a spirited but rare miss at WBT.



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Fire Island Sun Articles

Kismet Community Association Fall Meeting
September 30 ?18
By Jeannie Lieberman on October 09, 2018

On a beautiful Fall morning many Kismet citizens demonstrated their loyalty by convening in the Firehouse for the semi annual Fall homeowners? meeting.

53rd Miss Fire Island Pageant
A truly eclectic, extravagant, elegant event!
By Jeannie Lieberman on September 17, 2018

Remembering Joel
December 19, 1944 - September 8, 2012

Taste of Kismet ‘18
Pix by Bradlee & Wendy on September 12, 2018

Merry Musicmakers Keep Kismet Kickin'
By Jeannie on September 07, 2018

Drag Queens Conquer the Out
Titillating Trio returns for most $successful $how ever

By Jeannie on August 24, 2018

East Lighthouse Annual Luau Moves Indoors
By Ginny Butler on August 24, 2018

Judy Gold?s Smashing Grove Debut!
By Jeanne Lieberman on August 23, 2018

The packed Community House rocked with laughter

A New Tick Is Here?but just how dangerous is it?
USA TODAY NETWORK Jim Hook, Scott Fallon, Nick Muscavage and Joseph Spector, USA TODAY NETWORK Published on August 07, 2018

Health officials sound alarm as invasive tick, new to US, spreads

Pine Walk Block Party-Saturday, July 28th
Text and pictures by Wendy Schou post, on August 02, 2018

Pine Walk did it up!

KISMET COMMUNITY DAY A HUGE $UCCE$$
by Jeannie on July 26, 2018

It was a grand event truly, and I believe everyone in the community who attended or participated was tired but happy? specially the winners.

All About the Monarchs

by Jeanne Lieberman
By Joshua Jelly-Schapito
by Trish Minogue Collins on October 11,2017

CYNTHIA NIXON at CLUB CUMMING, CHERRY GROVE
Introduced by Alan Cumming at the Community House July 8
by Jeannie on July 12, 2018

?We are now the most unequal state in the entire country, with both incredible wealth and extreme poverty?

THE 43RD ANNUAL CHERRY GROVE/PINES INVASION

by Jeannie on July 12, 2018

MOONEY MADNESS AT THE INN

by Jeannie on July 12, 2018

THE WOMEN OF CLUB CUMMING:
A PUNGENT POTPOURRI OF PERFORMERS

HOSTED BY ALAN CUMMING
by Jeannie on July 12, 2018

KISMET?s JULY 4 PARADE ?18

by Jeannie on July 10, 2018

Started by Jean Wood 54 years ago son Sam continues the tradition with tributes to our service men: current and past

KISMET KOMEDY KLUB a KNOCKOUT SUCCESS A FIREHOUSE FULL OF SURPRISES.



by Jeannie on June 29, 2018

PAWS PAUSE for a CAUSE



by Jeannie on June 22, 2018

A MOVING TRIBUTE TO PAIGE KEELY

?She was truly a child of Fire Island?

by Jeannie on June 21, 2018

AMY?S AUCTION ROCKS THE OUT

The KCA returned to its time honored fundraising tradition.

by Jeannie on June 21, 2018

Kismet's Annual KLAW Auction & Flea market

proved some ?fleas? are good

by Jeannie on June 21, 2018

Annual Spring KCA (Kismet Community Association) Meeting

by Jeannie on June 06, 2018

Meeting was entirely amicable. Homeowners obviously enjoying each other?s company.

MUGS FOR MUGSY

Photos by Wendy Schou, Gary Leone, Bradlee on June 06, 2018

If money and love will speed his recovery we will all benefit.

Jeannie

New Jersey Governor signs bill preventing Offshore Drilling
Cuomo lags behind


by Reuters Staff on April 25, 2018

Remains of old Tappan Zee Bridge will be made into reef


by Shari Logan & Max Jaeger on April 19, 2018

Kismet Halloween17


by Jeanne Lieberman on March 07, 2018

Kismet Kandids - A look back Summer 17

by Jeanne Lieberman on March 07, 2018

Fed plan to drill for oil off LI draws bipartisan protest

Posted on March 03, 2018

MOONEY'S MAGIC AGAIN MANUFACTURES MIDWEEK MUSICAL MERRIMENT AT THE INN

Posted on February 08, 2018

CARTOON ALLEY END OF SEASON
BLACK & WHITE PARTY


Posted on February 08, 2018

Lawsuit Targets Fire Island National Seashore Park's Lethal Deer Management Plan

Posted on November 29, 2017

Kismet Community Association
September 24, 2017 Fall Meeting


Photos by Jeanne Lieberman on November 10, 2017

Fire Island Then: 1930's


by Tom McMorrow posted on July 22,2011

Book with "Fun" in Its Title Makes Good on Its Promise


by Tom McMorrow posted on October 11,2011

Flood insurance splits GOP, spurs bipartisan deal making as deadline looms


by ZACHARY WARMBRODT on September 19,2017

"Justin Vivian Bond Shows Up in Cherry Grove,"
A Night of Musing and Music


by Jeanne Lieberman on September 07,2017

"I am yours, you are mine, no matter what you are"

Kismet's Annual Arthur Lem Memorial Snapper Tournament

Photos & text by Bradlee White on September 01,2017

The Islip Bulletin
Crossover detour

By RICK CHALIFOUX on Aug 17,2017

Big Moments in Saltaire History
The Road that Never Made It Off the Drawing Boards

By Jeannie on Aug 24,2017

Duck Races '17
The fastest fundraiser in Kismet

By Bradlee, Patti & Jeannie on Aug 17,2017

Tim Mooney's Big Daddy & Friends at the INN



Memorial for Kismet's "Mayor" Brian Crawford



Memorial for Fred "Dutch" Rosenberg



East Lighthouse Walk Second Annual House Beach Luau Party

By Jeannie on Aug 17,2017

July 4th 2017-THE INVASION PATRIOTIC & POLITICAL

By Jeannie
Photos by Joyce Rogers and Anna Barantsavich on Aug 10,2017

It is a grand event. Creativity abounds in startling and beautiful ways.

BRIDGEHENGE at FAIR HARBOR

By DJ Jaffe on July 28,2017

Pine is (still) Fine at Annual Block Party

Text and photos by Jeannie and Kevin and Wendy on July 28,2017

Fire Island Dance Festival Brings Weekend of
Unforgettable Dance to the Pines

July 21,2017

Festival's 23rd edition raises a record $585,045
Annual event produced by and benefiting Dancers Responding to AIDS,
a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

The 2017 annual Maggie Fischer Memorial
Great South Bay Cross Bay Swim

By Jeff Schou, Photos by Dana Deruvo-Hanner on July 21,2017

Kismet's 10th annual Burger Cookoff 17

Photos & text by Bradlee and Chef John on July 12,2017

a great night of burgers, friends and laughs to showcase what it is to be a community.

Chris Memorial

By Andrea Wikso and Erin Wahlberg on July 12,2017

Beloved friend and Kismet Inn Bartender

Kismet's July 4th '17 parade

text and photos by Bradlee on July 12,2017

The 52nd Kismet 4th of July Parade, dedicated to Joyce Cole, and led by the Kismet Fire Department Color Guard, kicked off Sunday at 11 a.m.

Kismet's 15 Minutes of Fame, A Formal Red Carpet Event


photos and text by Bradlee on June. 29,2017

GROVE'S NEW HOMECOMING QUEEN
GINGER'S ELECTION A SNAP!


By Jeannie on June. 08,2017

KFD open house

By Bradlee on June. 08,2017

Kismet KCA Spring Meeting '17

By Jeannie on June. 08,2017

Even a larger space at the Firehouse overflowed.

A Bench for Binnie

By Jeannie on June. 08,2017

Kismet's best friend and Fair Harbor's cherished citizen, known as "Binnie"

DERBY DAY at the KISMET INN '17
old friends, new season


Photos by Myrna and Jeannie on May. 15,2017

Piping Plover in Peril or Fire Island residents'

By Nicole Allegrezza on May. 12,2017
Long Island Advance

FWS must relax regulations so that beach goers can enjoy a less-limited season

KISMET UPDATE: Winter Wonderland

By Jeannie Lieberman on Feb. 12,2017

ANOTHER YEAR FOR THE DEER
Fire Island Deer Dodge The Bullet
- for now

By Jeannie Lieberman on Feb. 12,2017

KISMET KCA ELECTION '16: Washington Take Note

By Jeannie on Oct. 18,2016

On Fire Island, a Scar From Hurricane Sandy Is Seen as a Good Thing

By LISA W. FODERARO on Oct. 03,2016

The breach that cuts through is increasingly, seen as something of a good thing.

KISMET FIRE DEPARTMENT HONES SKILLS
IN 2 SIMULTANEOUS SURPRISE DRILLS

By Jeannie on Aug. 11

Kismet's Annual July 4th (3rd) Parade
A merry mix of military and madcap creativity

Photos by Bradlee and Jeannie on July. 7

The 41st Annual Fire Island Invasion!!
an ecstatic melding of the Grove and Pines "sisterhood"

by Jeannie on July. 7

Gay Pride in Cherry Grove
an extraordinary day of Remembrance and Celebration

photos by James Belzer, Jerry Ferreira and Just Lorraine
text by Jeannie on June. 24


"Hate will never win, together we celebrate that principle".

The 9th Annual, Kismet Burger Cook Off
by Gregg Weisser on June. 24

Everyone who was there were winners because what's better than getting friends together having burgers on the beach.

Memorial For Paul Whitney On Father's Day
A Fitting Tribute To One Kismet's Favorite Fathers

by Jeannie on June. 24

Paul would have enjoyed the tribute; short, sentimental but not too mushy, with smiles instead of tears.

It May Be 2016, But Straight Parents Still Need Advice
Raising LGBT Children

by Wesley C. Davidson & Jonathan L. Tobkes, M.D. on June. 3

A Six-Minute Plan to Rid Clothes of Ticks
By ANN LUKITS on June. 1

New study alters old protocol

STOP THE SLAUGHTER
by Jeannie on Jan. 3

Fire Island National Seashore has announced their plan to shoot Fire Island’s deer They are giving us 30 days to try to change their minds




Press Release

Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society

 

 

   

 

August    
Sunday 5

Art Workshop

11am to 3 pm- Join us for an afternoon in the Art Studio with Fire Island’s own David Adams. “Photo Painting” is today’s medium. Free. All ages.

Saturday 11

32nd Annual "Barefoot Black Tie Dinner Dance"

6:30 – 11 pm. Enjoy a catered dinner and dance to the sounds of the live band, Tradewinds. Open bar and silent auction. A great romantic evening on the Lighthouse terrace – $125 per person if purchased by June 16th, $150 per person if purchased by July 31st and $175 per person if purchased in August -Tickets are very limited; log onto www.fireislandlighthouseevents.com for tickets.

Call (631) 661-4876 to make all reservations

  

The Lighthouse and museum is open all year round.  Winter hours are 10am - 4pm daily until December 15-then 10 am to 4pm weekdays and 11am to 4pm weekends.  All parking is in Field #5 of the Robert Moses State Park. Tower tours are $7 adults, $4 seniors & Children under 12 (children must be 42" tall to climb).  Foot ware is required to climb. Call for tower availability.


The Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society

4640 Captree Island, Captree Island, New York 11702
 www.fireislandlighthouse.com  (631) 661-4876     
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**Programs and times are subject to change.  Please visit our web site for updated information.**

 

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