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At Last! All the shows have opened. All the reviews are in. All the nominations are out
(see article in features section)

Any show that opens now is considered part of next season.

There were 37 or 38 Broadway Productions (is Wolf Hall Part I & II one or two productions?) that made up the 2014-2015 season

and they are all covered here.

Leading the pack according to the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League and Tony nominations




will sweep awards that include Off Broadway


Leaving the pack:




Already there are casualties: Honeymoon in Vegas, Dr. Zhivago, Heidi Chronicles, Living on Love– closed or closing

In Jeopardy: Gigi

The one show, Fish in the Dark, universally trashed by the critics, functioning at 110% capacity, sails into the next season on economic certitude.

Leading to the question: are critics obsolete?


I am pleased to announce the addition of Julia Polinsky, Russell Bouthiller, Nicholas Linnehan and Glenn Giron

to our talented staff of journalists who make this all happen:

Eugene Paul, Dierdre Donovan, Roberta Pikser, Linda Ameil Burns, Michall Jeffers, David Schultz, Stewart Schulman, Dorothy Marci


New shows covered in this issue:

Something Rotten
The King and I
Fun Home
An American in Paris
Doctor Zhivago
Hand to God
Wolf Hall
Dinner With The Boys
From Page to Screen to Stage: A Conversation with the Cast and Creative Team of Broadway’s Doctor Zhivago (92Y Talks)
April is a GREAT Month for Disabled Actors in NYC.
NY Pops 32nd Birthday Gala
92ndY Irving Berlin In Hollywood
A Memorial Celebration for Cabaret Legend Julie Wilson
Pompies Place
NY Pops Lets Be Frank
NY Songs Of The City
West Side Story
Because of Winn-Dixie

see you in the theater!!!


Jeanne Lieberman, Publisher


By Jeanne Lieberman on Jan. 30

Basically no matter how big the pop composer, its never a guarantee on Broadway.

By Jeanne Lieberman on Dec. 31

In the old days matinee idols and chorus girls ruled.
Now? How do you like your freaks; straight, no frills, but served up by a Hollywood movie star or two unknowns in satin and sequins, eye filling production numbers, and glorious music?
Guess who wins!

Editor's Notes: Tributes to Joan Rivers, Marian Seldes, Geoffrey Holder & Mike Nichols
By Jeanne Lieberman on Dec. 29


Editor's Notes: The New Season ’14-‘15
By Jeanne Lieberman on Sept. 18

Star Power on Broadway
Producers have figured out they can recoup their investments quickly and painlessly by casting Hollywood stars in their shows. Actors can also make a quick bundle (and satisfy their acting chops) in limited runs. The result – a celestial jamboree on Broadway for savvy theatergoers who will make sure to get their tickets often and early!

Editor’s Notes: What happened to the Broadway Musical?
by Jeannie Lieberman on Feb. 15

Broadway - Musicals

The Visit
by David Schultz on May. 7

A dazzling dark gem of a show that still seems to be in gestation, co-mingling show-biz razzmatazz, dark cynicism with haunting music.

Something Rotten
by Julia Polinsky on May. 5

Delivers the Three S’s of a great musical – Stars, Story, and Songs -- and adds in Silliness, its own special sauce, in spades. How art thou glorious? Let me count the ways.

The King and I
by Michall Jeffers on May. 5

Director Bartlett Sher has once again brought to life a classic of the musical theater. “Shall We Dance”? Absolutely!

Fun Home
by David Schultz on May. 5

Alison Bechdel’s graphic, haunting musical memoir is one of the finest this season. Don’t miss it.

It Shoulda Been You
by Russell Bouthiller on Apr. 24

Affectionately uproarious, this frothy new musical brings the age-old institution of marriage into the modern age.

An American in Paris
by Eugene Paul on Apr. 21

You’ve been waiting and waiting for this simply wonderful show. See it for the first time as soon as you can. You’ll be back.

Doctor Zhivago
by Eugene Paul on Apr. 21

A huge, sprawling, beautifully appointed production, with two new stars, Tam Mutu and Kelli Barrett, radiant.

by Eugene Paul on Apr. 21

The songs are still marvelous and the story still intrigues but there’s a lot of bubbles missing in the champagne.

Finding Neverland
by Russell Bouthiller on Apr. 20

Though the plot holds no surprises, it works magically and proves a pirate’s treasure for the whole family.

On the Twentieth Century
by Eugene Paul on Mar. 24

If you like your musicals to give you a non-stop boost of oxygen, this is the booster. Besides, nothing beats Kristin Chenoweth

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.

On The Town
by Eugene Paul on Oct. 28

Bigger and more beautiful, wiser and wittier, funnier and more affectionately satisfying than ever before. Don’t even hesitate..

‘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.

by Laura Jo Trexler on May. 8
Though The Newest Revival Is Far From Original Or New, Kander And Ebb’s Cabaret Still Compares To Few.

A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder
By Michall Jeffers on May. 8
Lunacy abounds in a gleeful Gilbert-and-Sullivan-meets-music-hall delight featuring the incomparable Jefferson Mays.

Hedwig And The Angry Inch
By Michall Jeffers on May. 1
Tony presenter Neil Patrick Harris should be up for his own Tony this season. This is not a production for those of delicate sensibilities but definitely has the potential to become another cult musical.

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

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

Airline Highway
by Russell Bouthiller on May. 5

Directed by Tony-winner Joe Montello, Lisa D'Amour’s play offers a cast of motley colored characters who take a look at life from the wrong side of the street.

Living On Love
by Russell Bouthiller on Apr. 24

Opera sensation Renée Fleming stars in this Joe DiPietro screwball comedy about love among the upper registers

Hand To God
by David Schultz on Apr. 21

A tour de force work that dazzles with verve and pitch black humor…. It has a limited appeal, but will definitely sate the adventurous theatergoer.

by Deirdre Donovan on Apr. 15

Bill Nighy teams up with Carrie Mulligan and both turn in top-notch performances in a revival of David Hare’s 1995 play.

Wolf Hall
by Eugene Paul on Apr. 14

A huge, lavish, compelling retelling of the seething times of Henry VIII, how lust overcame religious duty.

The Heidi Chronicles
by David Schultz on Mar. 24

Wendy Wasserstein’s award-winning play still packs a punch, but is more muted and wistful than it needs to be.

The Audience
by Eugene Paul on Mar. 17

Helen Mirren is in residence on Broadway as the Queen. It behooves you to make haste to be in her presence.

Fish in the Dark
by David Schultz on Mar. 17

To hell with the fish. I am in the dark that this undercooked wisp of a play ever made it to Broadway.

by Joel Benjamin on Jan. 20

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

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
By Eugene Paul on Oct. 21

Be prepared for jolt after jolt in one of the most inventive, immersive, exciting evenings you will spend in the theatre.

It’s Only A Play
by Michall Jeffers on Oct. 16

Both self-referential and self-reverential this smash hit is playing to full houses chocked with appreciative theater goers.

Off-Broadway - Musicals

New York City Center Encores!
Paint Your Wagon

by Joel Benjamin on Mar. 25

This Wagon was painted in golden light from beginning to end—a rich, melodic staging of a long neglected classic.

StreetSinger – Celebrating The Life Of Edith Piaf
by R. Pikser on May. 22

The 90 minute evening was enthralling and the energy of all the performers was infectious. It was also a privilege to see Christine Andreas work.

The Gondoliers
by Deirdre Donovan on May. 19

Gilbert & Sullivan’s 1889 opera that abolishes class distinction returns with delicious verve to NYU’s Skirball Center.

Into The Woods
by David Schultz on Mar. 11

A downsized cast of ten tackles Sondheim, this excessively cute rendition grates on the nerves, yet charms simultaneously. These Woods are showing their age.

by Deirdre Donovan on Feb. 27

Lin-Manuel Miranda creates a trailblazing new musical about one of our founding fathers and steps into the titular lead at the Public Theater.

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!

Here Lies Love
by Stewart Schulman on May. 30
An energetic “immersive” theatrical experience with a great cast and a great true story, unfortunately mostly untold.

Off-Broadway - Plays

Cool Hand Luke
by Russell Bouthiller on May. 18

Godlight Theatre's adaptation of the novel offers a gritty atmosphere, sound performances and a hard story to tell.

Dinner With The Boys
by Nicholas Linnehan on May. 5

What happens when The Sopranos meet The Odd Couple? It's anyone's guess.

by Barry Bassis on Apr. 23

The cast deserves better on this long slog.

39 Steps
by Dorothy Marcic on Apr. 21

A fun and satirical portrayal of spy movies and film noir.

by Deirdre Donovan on Mar. 24

One can’t help but feel this 16th century figure become palpable in the flesh and blood in this rarely staged Strindberg historical drama.

Fashions for Men
by Joel Benjamin on Mar. 4

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

Rasheeda Speaking
by David Schultz on Mar. 4

A scintillating cat and mouse treatise combines office politics and race into a frothy mix. Cunningly directed, makes for must see viewing.

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.

The Iceman Cometh
by Eric Grunin on Feb. 26

A magnificent and essential production of an American masterpiece.

Between Riverside and Crazy
by Joel Benjamin on Feb. 25

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

Off-Broadway - Solo Performance


By Deirdre Donovan on May. 14
Dael Orlandersmith returns to the New York Theatre Workshop with her new, gripping, semi-autobiographical show.

Application Pending

By Deirdre Donovan on Mar. 24
Christina Bianco impersonates 40 personas in the behind-the-scenes world of kindergarten admissions at a fictive private Manhattan school.

The Bullpen

By Eric Grunin on Feb. 16
Gives you more truths about the justice system in an hour than any cable drama gives you in a whole season.The Central Park Five, the group falsely arrested in 1989, spoke after the performance .


By Eugene Paul on Nov. 17
Actor/playwright Tom Dugan gives a remarkable performance as remarkable Simon Wiesenthal, unexpectedly warm, uplifting, insightful.

Off-Broadway - Multimedia

The Flatiron Hex
By Glenn Giron on May. 21
James Godwin and Tom Burnett created an inventive and outlandish play full of laughs and stunning puppets

A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa
Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre
By Joel Benjamin on Dec. 18
A gleefully messy version of the Dickens classic, complete with arch comments, music, period costumes and expert puppetry.

The Dancing Fox: Wisdom Tales of the Middle East
By R. Pikser on Sept. 18
Chosen from both Arab and Jewish traditions, these tales illustrate how people behave and about how they might behave better.


Words on Dance: Ballet to Broadway
By R. Pikser on May. 14

Christopher Wheeldon’s generous and intelligent soul was gently brought into view by a no less generous Rita Moreno.

From Page to Screen to Stage: A Conversation with the Cast and Creative Team of Broadway’s Doctor Zhivago (92Y Talks)
By Deirdre Donovan on May. 7

The creative team and actors from Doctor Zhivago, reveal how the musical evolved from page to screen to stage.

April is a GREAT Month for Disabled Actors in NYC.

By Nicholas Linnehan on Apr. 27

Three main theater companies worked with this under-represented group.

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.



Zorba! At City Center Encores!
By Julia Polinsky on May. 15

Handsomely staged but with no center, this dark revival tries hard to charm.

The Road of Promise
By Deirdre Donovan on May. 15

Kurt Weill’s 1937 opera-oratorio Eternal Road gets reimagined and makes its U. S. debut at Carnegie Hall.

NY Pops – 32nd Birthday Gala – The New Golden Age
By Stewart Schulman on May. 8

An evening of showstoppers had the appreciative, black tie crowd roaring their approval throughout.

“All Dancing! All Singing! Irving Berlin In Hollywood” at the 92nd St Y’s Lyrics & Lyricist Series
By Linda Amiel Burns on May. 7

Choreographer Randy Skinner focused on the dance and silver screen numbers with a dynamic cast.

A Memorial Celebration for Cabaret Legend Julie Wilson
By Linda Amiel Burns, Julie Wilson on Apr. 30

The Town Hall was packed to the rafters with adoring friends and fans.

Pompie’s Place
By Barry Bassis on Apr. 20

Arthur Pomposello, aka Pompie, is back with talent galore at new blues club.

New York Pops – Let’s Be Frank
By Stewart Schulman on Apr. 15

Frank Sinatra might have been 100 years old this year, but his music still rocks the house, and it is most certainly as young at heart, as ever.

92nd Street Y – Lyrics & Lyricists
New York: Songs of the City

By Linda Amiel Burns on Apr. 6

The production caught the mood, frustrations and love that we all have for our city.

New York Pops: Sutton Foster “One Night Only”
By Elliot Rush on Mar. 20

The multi-talented star celebrated her 40th Birthday onstage and the 2800 seat theater spontaneously burst into the birthday song as the love over-flowed back and forth.

By R. Pikser on Mar. 17

An overtly sexy staging offers some brilliant visuals yet lacks some level of fulfillment.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra : Mozart & Mendelssohn
By Deirdre Donovan on Mar. 2

Maestro Johannes Debus breezed into the New Jersey Performing Arts Center with three works from the classical repertoire, and wrapped up with the “Scottish” Symphony.

Lyrics & Lyricists, 92st Y
Here’s To the Girls! Hollywood’s Leading Ladies

By Linda Amile Burns on Feb. 26

Charles Busch hosted a dazzling celebration of The Leading Ladies of Hollywood’s from the great film musicals to open the 2015 season.

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?

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Winter Festival: Lacombe Conducts Romeo and Juliet
By Deirdre Donovan on Jan. 19

The trio of Shakespeare-themed works underscored that the Bard can break out of his literary tradition-- and sound the better for it.

Konstantin Soukhovetski at the Lyric Chamber Music Society
by Deirdre Donovan on Oct. 28

The Rock Star Pianist of the classical music world made old classics sound new.

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.


LUV: American Style
By R. Pikser on May. 15

Dr. Rennie Harris has put together a work that, in one hour, covers everything we want in a theatrical experience, and more.

National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica
By R. Pikser on Mar. 22

The energy of the late Rex Nettleford is still present in the performance of the company he founded.

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.


Guys and Dolls
by Ed Lieberman on May. 14

All phases of musical theater come together in this production in almost perfect harmony; a valentine to a New York “the way you wished it was.

West Side Story
by Ed Lieberman on May. 1

This is a Broadway-worthy enterprise, one of the best productions ever at the 40 year old Westchester Broadway Theatre.

Because of Winn-Dixie
by David Schultz on Apr. 27

This sweet, tender tale of a girl and her dog is perfect fodder for the young and young at heart.

Westchester Broadway Theatre: Camelot
by Edward Lieberman on Feb. 27

Go see this updated production, “a Camelot for the 21st Century!”

South Pacific
by Eugene Paul on Oct. 6

A beloved American classic whose songs are as fresh as ever.

Fire Island Sun Reviews

The SCAA would like to welcome everyone back to Saltaire!  After the winter in the Northeast, it is time to enjoy the beach. 
 *Three Candidates for Two Trustee Positions

The Village of Saltaire 2015 election for two trustee positions will be held on Friday, May 22 from 12 noon to 9 PM.
The three candidates are Alex Chefetz, Ann Connolly and Hugh O'Brien They have provided statements that may be seen on the Saltaire Citizens Advisory Association website.
 Click here to learn more about them and their views before it is time to vote!

The SCAA is sponsoring a Candidates Forum on Saturday May 16th at 1 pm in the Saltaire Library. This is an opportunity to hear from each candidate and have an opportunity to raise questions. 
*Save the Date for more 2015 SCAA Activities,
   we look forward to seeing you at them!

July 25th  - Saltaire House and Garden Tour
Aug. 1st    - Music and Arts Festival
Aug. 15th - Jogathon Registration
Aug. 16th - Jogathon
Aug. 29th - Sandcastle Contest
Oct. 17th - Halloween Party


You're invited to our Kismet KLAW Flea Market

Sat/Sun June 20-21

10-4 at the Kismet Fire House


It's that time again --
Time for the great annual Kismet Flea Market to benefit Kismet League for Animal Welfare.



Bargains galore!

Silent Auction!

Wagon of Cheer!


Donations Welcome:  Call Bradlee 631-583-9215

  (Please no clothes, Furniture, TVs, used Linens)


Pines Party 2015: The Emerald City

Saturday, July 25 at 10:00pm

Fire Island Pines, New York in Fire Island Pines, New York










$150 EARLY BIRD THROUGH 5/25! $170 starting 5/26; $200 day of event and at the door. Dance under the stars, on the beach, Fire Island Pines, 10:00 PM to Dawn Music by: Pagano (London) Steven Redan...

Press Release

Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society

May 8, 2015




Friday &          15-16   Plein Air Art Show

Saturday                                 Artists from Wet Paints Studio Group will be painting on site in the Lighthouse area.  All art work will be on display until June 8th and for sale with 30% of the proceeds being donated to the Preservation Society by the Artist.


Saturday         16        Evening Tower Tour & Sky Viewing

7:15pm- Experience the sunset from a new perspective.  View the sunset on the first whole day of spring from the top of the Lighthouse. Followed by a star gazing opportunity on the terrace of the Lens Building. Bring a flashlight for your walk back to the parking field. - $15 for FILPS members/$20 for non-members. Reservations Required.  Sunset 8:03 pm.



Sunday           17        Lecture Series

2pm in the Lens Building-Free

The history of the Surf Hotel.  Join our VIP Frank Konop for a discussion on the world cholera epidemic in the late 1800’s that led to the demise of the Surf Hotel.  This luxury hotel, adjacent to our lighthouse, hosted 3 presidents and was the largest, most prestigious hotel on Fire Island.  It ultimately became Long Island’s first state park.



Saturday         30        Horseshoe Crab Program

7 pm – Learn about Horseshoe Crabs and watch them come ashore to lay their eggs while reveling in the beauty of the evening on a May beach. $4 per person -Free for FILPS members. Reservations required. 



Saturday         13        Light Keepers Behind the Scenes Tour

9 am – Follow one of our present day Lighthouse Keepers on his rounds.  This bottom to top tour takes you from the auxiliary generator and the Light Keepers workshop in the basement of the Keeper’s Quarters to the beacon in the lantern room of the lighthouse tower. Learn how lighthouse Keepers in the 1860’s to 2015 maintained the light.  Includes a tour of the Lens Building which houses our original first order Fresnel Lens.  $15 for FILPS Members/$20 for non-members – Reservations required. Limit 12 people.



Sunday           14        Lecture Series

                                    2pm in the Lens Building-Free

Join our VIP Angela Reich for a discussion on an early Light Keeper.

Learn about an early keeper of the original light, his family, and his role in the shaping of Maritime history. 




& Sunday        20-21   Path Through History

                                    “Living History at the Fire Island Lighthouse”

                                    1pm-meet in front of the Keeper’s Quarters-Free

Take a walk through history at the Fire Island Lighthouse with a Lighthouse Keeper.  Visit the Keeper’s Quarters, Historic boathouse and Fresnel Lens Building from a Keeper’s perspective. Tower tours reduced for those on the walk.



Friday              26        14th Annual Benefit Art Show-through July 19

Local artists display their nautical artwork in the Keepers Quarters at the Lighthouse.  Opening reception will be held on June 25- 6pm – 9pm (take a shuttle bus from Field #5 RMSP).  All artwork is for sale with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Lighthouse by the artist. Admission free.



All Saturdays              Lighthouse is open late – 8 pm

Enjoy the early evening at the Lighthouse.  Beat the parking fee after 6pm. Tower tours are available until 7:30 pm at regular fee. Weather permitting please call ahead

 (631) 661-4876.   Every Saturday in July.


Wednesdays               Family Seaside Adventures

This six week program is designed for parents and children to work together learning about the natural and cultural maritime history of Fire Island.  The program will meet at the Lighthouse at 10 am on Wednesday mornings beginning July 8 through August 12.  Activities will range from seining for marine life in the Great South Bay, exploring the old boathouse, and various maritime crafts.  There will be a nominal fee for each program.  Please call ahead (631-661-4876) so we can plan accordingly.


Friday              31        Evening Tower Tour-Blue Moon

7:30pm- Experience the sunset from a new perspective.  View the night sky from the top of the Lighthouse. Bring a flashlight for your walk back to the parking field. - $15 for FILPS Members/$20 for non-members, Reservations Required.  Sunset 8:10 pm.




Call (631) 661-4876 to make all reservations


The Lighthouse and museum is open all year round.  Spring hours are 10am – 5pm daily  – tower closes at 4pm.    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.            `                                     

The Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society

4640 Captree IslandCaptree Island, New York 11702  (631) 661-4876     

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 **Programs and times are subject to change.  Please visit our web site for updated information.**