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Cabbies said the streets were deserted as New Yorkers huddled at home digesting the election result
What few passengers they had sat in stunned silence unable to speak


Never acquiescent  little  productions are emerging as ways
to protest…er, celebrate the crowning…er, inauguration


Scott Siegel Presents...
The Return of The Great American Protest Song!
Inauguration Day, January 20th, at 7 PM at The Metropolitan Room


And a search of the listings will find moré and more evenings of commentary as theater once again reflects the voice of the people


In the meantime the first half of the theater season has been presented




And two offerings promise to compete for
Best New Musical
at Tony Time so far




Debbie Reynolds dies a day after her daughter Carrie Fisher



It is said that there is no sorrow like the death of a child

And it is surely what broke Debbie Reynolds’s heart and caused her death from a stroke the day after she lost her daughter, Carrie Fisher, to a heart attack. Reynolds was 84, Fisher, 60.

“The last thing she said this morning was that she was very, very sad about losing Carrie and that she would like to be with her again,” her son, Todd Fisher said. “Fifteen minutes later she suffered a severe stroke.”

Debbie Reynolds was the wholesome girl next door of our youth; bright, sunny, spunky, held still closer to our hearts as her picture perfect 1955 marriage to singer/heartthrob Eddie Fisher, dubbed “Americas Sweethearts”,  crumbled in 1959 when he left her for best friend and screen siren Elizabeth Taylor. Carrie was just two.


Dancer/singer/actress Reynolds, whose career was launched when she was just 19 in Singing in the Rain, continued in show business culminating In November 2015 when she received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Ironically, there is also a documentary about her life with her daughter soon to be released.


If Reynolds was the sunshine, Carrie was the dark side.

Her big breakthrough came playing Princess Leia in George Lucas's blockbuster Star Wars (1977). She struggled with alcohol and drug abuse in the 1980s, but came back in 1987 with her hit book Postcards from the Edge, which she adapted into a movie starring Meryl Streep. She went on to play supporting roles in films, and was an author and screenwriter.


There will be much coverage of both their lives but none eclipsing the sorrow of their deaths.

Jeanne Lieberman, Publisher




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Beloved American Character  Actor, George S. Irving Dead at 94



Irving won his Tony winner in 1973 for Best Featured Actor in a Musical in Irene opposite Debbie Reynolds (whose daughter Carrie Fisher died Dec.28).


Born George Irving Shelasky November 1, 1922, in Springfield, Massachusetts, he grew up singing at neighborhood synagogues and churches. In 1942 he was cast in the chorus at the MUNY in St. Louis, and made his Broadway debut in 1943 in Oklahoma!. With 32 Broadway credits, Irving performed in such classics as Gentleman Prefer Blondes, Can-CanBells Are Ringing, the 1981 revival of The Pirates of Penzance, and Me and My Girl, for which he earned a Tony nomination. He was last seen on a Broadway stage for the one-night-only benefit performance A Wonderful Life for The Actors’ Fund.

George S. Irving, Carmen-Alvarey and Janie-Sell inIrene


Irving performed his solo show Project Shaw's A Chekhov and Shaw Comedy Night at Feinstein’s in New York City in 2008 to raves, after which he received the 17th Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre.

His TV credits  include All in the Family, playing Russ DeKuyper. He also appeared on the 1976 sitcom The Dumplings and did commercials for White Owl cigars.

Among hiss notable voice over credits was the Heat Miser in the animated holiday special The Year Without a Santa Claus and also as Mister Gepetto in Pinocchio’s Christmas and the announcer in Bells Are Ringing

His voice is easily recognizable in some familiar Broadway cast recordings:

Irving was married to actor Maria Karnilova who died in  2001 and  is survived by their two children and three grandchildren




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Recent articles:

Savion Glover at the Blue Note
The Present
Gorey The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey
Editor’s notes: The Spring Season ’17
The Mikado
The Band’s Visit
Conversations with Coward
Dear Evan Hansen
A Bronx Tale
Sweet Charity
Finian's Rainbow
In Transit
Tracy Letts at 92nd Street Y
Christmas Inn
Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes 2016
The Babylon Line
Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
Women of a Certain Age
A Taste of Things to Come
Dead Poets Society
Tick, Tick…Boom!
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Two Class Acts
51st Miss Fire Island at the Ice Palace
Anabella Lenzu
The Front Page
Antigone: Lonely Planet
Zora Neal Hurston
A Life
The Cherry Orchard
New York Cabaret Convention: A Salute to Sheldon Harnick and Charles Strouse
Funny Face at The Lion Theatre
The New York Pops: The Musical World of Lerner and Loewe
KISMET KCA ELECTION ‘16: Washington Take Note
Holiday Inn
Oh Hello on Broadway
The Folk Singer
The Encounter
Public Enemy
Hedda (Gabler)
Feds will shoot deer at 2 Maryland Civil War battlefields
On Fire Island, a Scar From Hurricane Sandy Is Seen as a Good Thing
The Trial of an American President
Cirque de Soleil Kurios
Hedda (Gabler)
Dances Patrelle – Macbeth
Nat Turner in Jerusalem
A Taste of Honey
Kim Maresca: It’s My Party and I’ll Belt if I Want to at Feinstein’s/54 Below
Edward Albee…an interview

see you at the theater!!!

Jeanne Lieberman, Publisher


Editor’s notes: The Spring Season ’17
By Jeanne Lieberman on Jan. 09, 2017

…full of divas and diversity, mostly borrowed, seldom new

Editor’s notes: The New Season Fall ‘16
By Jeanne Lieberman on Sept. 22, 2016

After a shaky start the calendar is split between revivals and new shows, plays and musicals,with the BIG shows coming in the Sprng

Editor’s notes: Who will be next year’s HAMILTON?
The race is already on for new musicals (and revivals)

By Jeanne Lieberman on June. 17

Here’s a look at some of next season’s contenders.

Editor’s Notes: June 16: The drama on our national stage would leave most playwrights in the dust!
By Jeanne Lieberman on June. 09

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

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

A Bronx Tale
By Eugene Paul On Dec. 22, 2016

A big, fat, expert musical sure to please, especially if you hearken back to the ‘60s

In Transit
By Julia Polinsky On Dec. 19, 2016

Splendid acapella vocals weave a counterpoint of ambition and disappointment, love, connection and hope in the New York City subway.

Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
By Deirdre Donovan On Dec. 7, 2016

Dave Molloy takes a 70-page sliver of Tolstoy’s War and Peace and morphs it into a total-immersion rock musical.

by Eugene Paul On Nov. 15, 2016

Achingly funny, achingly sad, witty, clever, beautiful, nuts, layers and layers of feeling and meaning. Unmissable.

Holiday Inn, The New Broadway Musical
by Michall Jeffers On Oct. 17, 2016

It’s never too early to celebrate

by Michall Jeffers On Sept. 22, 2016

all in all, the show remains the same, cloying to some, purrrfect to others.

by David Schultz On May.4

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

Fiddler On The Roof
by Eugene Paul On Jan.24

One of the greatest musicals in theatre history and one of the most appealing. Bring tissues.

by Michall Jeffers On Jan.13

Handily combines history and hip hop

Color Purple
by Michall Jeffers On Dec.22

"If God ever listened to a poor colored woman, the world would be a different place" states Cynthia Erivo, the show's breakout star.

School of Rock
by Michall Jeffers On Dec.22

Class is in session, and rocking is the lesson.

On Your Feet
by Eugene Paul on Nov. 12

Gloria’s and Emilio’s greatest hit, fresh, lush, endearing, find the Latin in you, sway those hips and warm the cockles of your heart.

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.

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

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 Present
By Ron Cohen on Jan. 17, 2017
Youthful Chekhov gets a smart updating and a wondrous Cate Blanchett as well for the makings of a theatrical feast.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses
By Julia Polinsky on Nov. 07, 2016
A beautiful, devastating game of oppositions. Light/dark, past/present, innocence/experience in this perfectly postmodern production…a rare treat.

The Front Page
By Eugene Paul on Nov. 03, 2016
Refreshed, reborn, hilarious, a captivating revival of one of the treasures of the American theater.

The Cherry Orchard
By Deirdre Donovan on Oct. 26, 2016
Chekhov’s masterpiece, starring Diane Lane, gets a lukewarm production at the American Airlines Theatre.

By EUGENE PAUL on Oct. 25, 2016
“Are ya havin’ any fun? Whatcha gettin’ outta livin’?” Sometime those old tunes are sooo wise.

Oh, Hello on Broadway
By Ron Cohen on Oct. 17, 2016
The kind of show for which the term “laugh riot” was invented.

The Encounter
By Ron Cohen on Oct. 14, 2016
Simon McBurney recreates an eventful adventure in the Amazon with high-tech sound and vivid acting and fills it with lots of philosophical meaning

The Humans
by Deirdre Donovan on Mar. 28

Stephen Karam’s new play turns a family’s traditional Thanksgiving dinner into a time of reckoning and self-definition.

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

The Mikado
By Deirdre Donovan On Jan. 03, 2017

How does one stage The Mikado without sparking racial controversy today? The company has pulled off a Herculean feat by retooling and turning it into a work that embraces all ethnic groups.

The Band’s Visit
By Deirdre Donovan On Dec. 29, 2016

What happens in this desert place during one solitary night, under the moonlight, is far from ordinary and tinged with the miraculous.

Sweet Charity
By Marc Miller On Dec. 20, 2016

This vest-pocket version assures the joys of a classic Sixties musical survive.

Finian's Rainbow
By Eugene Paul On Dec. 19, 2016

A charming pastiche of whimsical nonsense lightly covering a much darker America, full of glorious song.

Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes 2016
By Rachel Goddard on Dec. 16,2016

With live animals, fireworks and awe-inspiring sets, plus the thirty-eight dazzling dancers nothing is quite as magical.

A Taste of Things to Come
By Julia Polinsky On Nov. 27, 2016

In this delightful new musical, Mid-Century Modern morphs into Girl Power, with song and dance – and cooking.

Tick, Tick…Boom!
By Eugene Paul On Nov. 14, 2016

As much enjoyment as you will find in a great big splashy musical is all right here in this great big splashy little musical.

Funny Face at The Lion Theatre
By Marc Miller On Oct. 25, 2016

The 1927 musical, with a raft of Gershwin standards and a nearly content-free book, is given an appealing airing by Mel Miller’s Musicals Tonight!

The Folk Singer
By Marc Miller On Oct. 17, 2016

An earnest, well-meaning attempt to make folk music relevant again, done in by substandard folk music.

Occupation Dragonslayer
By Nicholas Linnehan On Sept. 22, 2016

Hope is a Miracle.

The Golden Bride
By Eugene Paul On Aug. 17

Lovely, funny, touching, nostalgic, a sweeping entertainment. They don’t make ‘em like this any more.

1776 at New York City Center Encores!
by Julia Polinsky On Apr.6

A possibly boring history lesson became vibrant and alive, dished up with terrific performances in a timely, humorous, poignant musical.

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

Gorey The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey
By David Schultz on Jan. 10, 2017

Whimsical bio-play fuses fact and fiction about the author/ illustrator.

By Ron Cohen on Dec. 15, 2016

Daniel Craig, David Oyelowo and Sam Gold make a potent trio in reshaping Shakespeare’s masterwork.

The Babylon Line
By Ron Cohen on Dec. 09, 2016

A lot of stories are told in this Richard Greenberg play about storytelling, some of them arresting, some of them peculiar, but the overall narrative is puzzling.

Women of a Certain Age
By Deirdre Donovan on Dec. 03, 2016

Richard Nelson returns to the Public Theater with the final installment of his three-play cycle about the Gabriel family.

Dead Poets Society
By Rachel Goddard on Nov. 23, 2016

The Dead Poets are brought back to life on the stage with Jason Sudeikis stepping into the shoes of one Robin William’s most memorable film performances.

By Eugene Paul on Nov. 14, 2016

David Hare’s enigmatic play returns starring lovely Rachel Weisz in an overproduced, undernourished production.

By Eugene Paul on Nov. 11, 2016

A hard headed, light hearted love story and war story, told through Vietnamese eyes and universal heart.

Two Class Acts
By Ron Cohen on Nov. 07, 2016

Two one-acts by a celebrated playwright, pitting students against teachers, fail to make the grade.

Antigone: Lonely Planet
By Deirdre Donovan on Nov. 3, 2016

In Lena Kitsopoulou’s new play, guest skiers on a mock reality TV show dissect Sophocles’ Antigone myth and more.

Zora Neal Hurston
By R. Pikser on Oct. 31, 2016

Not only important history but breathtaking performances.

A Life
By Michall Jeffers on Oct. 31, 2016

I’m just a lonely boy, lonely and blue.

Public Enemy
By Ron Cohen on Oct. 14, 2016

"People who don’t vote should be arrested and charged with evasion of duty."

The Trial of an American President
By Eugene Paul on Oct. 06, 2016

George W. Bush agrees to put himself on trial at the International Criminal Court because he’s innocent. What does a jury say?

Hedda (Gabler)
By Julia Polinsky on Oct. 06, 2016

Wandering Bark Theatre Company slots perfectly into the current TLDNR mindset. If your taste is more for Mean Girls than Emma, you’ll feel right at home.

Nat Turner in Jerusalem
By Ron Cohen on Sept. 30, 2016

A powerful play and a discomfiting depiction of the malaise bred by slavery on the American soul.

A Taste of Honey
By Deirdre Donovan on Sept. 29, 2016

Austin Pendleton stages Shelagh Delaney’s trailblazing play that jolted the theater world back in 1958.

By Michall Jeffers on Sept. 20, 2016

Food, family, and frustration are the ties that bind us.

A Day by the Sea
By Ron Cohen on Aug. 26, 2016

This revival of a 1953 play by the long-ignored English playwright N.C. Hunter is an uneven but worthwhile affair.

By Rachel Goddard on Aug. 26, 2016

With history only enduring in black and white, Gregorian exposes the true colors of the 20th century; and its blood red.

Small Mouth Sounds
By David Schultz on Aug. 25, 2016

Tantalizing, challenging play rewards the observant viewer in unexpected ways.

By Eugene Paul on Aug. 23, 2016

Inspired by a controversial Civil War General,solidly entertaining, an amusing, challenging enlightenment, right out of the back pages of our history.

Troilus and Cressida
By Deirdre Donovan on Aug. 12, 2016

Daniel Sullivan adds another feather to his cap by mounting Shakespeare’s most modern play at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

By David Schultz on Aug. 3, 2016

Interactive performance lecture disguised as a play, works wonders and dazzles the intellect.

Sense and Sensibility
By Deirdre Donovan on August. 12, 2016

Bedlam theater company takes Jane Austen’s classic novel and turns it into a golden theatrical experience.

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.

Off-Broadway - Solo Performance


By Deirdre Donovan on Jan. 09, 2017
Actor-playwright Jack Fry brings back the ghost of a famous theoretical physicist  filled with humor, wit, and humanity.

Conversations with Coward

By Eugene Paul on Dec. 29, 2016
Noel Coward’s wit overshadows his wisdom, but not in Simon Green’s polished, knowing performance.


By Eugene Paul on Sept. 29, 2016
If you love Bernstein, if you don’t, this richly emotional, deeply moving solo drama is unmissable for you.

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.

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 .


Tracy Letts at 92nd Street Y

By Deirdre Donovan on Dec. 19,2016

The actor, playwright, screen-writer stated : “I’m a storyteller.  Writing a play and having a play performed is what I cherish.  These are the things I care about.”

Cirque de Soleil, Kurios

By Nicholas Linnehan on Oct. 06,2016

Captivating. Imaginative. This show soars to new heights with creativity beyond compare!

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

Fyvush Finkel

on Sept. 22, 2016

Dearly Beloved - A Concert Tribute to Purple Rain,
in honor of the late pop star Prince.
to benefit Arts for All.

on Apr. 27

Chita Rivera Receives Distinguished Performance Award
from Drama League at Star Studded Ceremony

By Jeanne Lieberman
photos by John Barrett, Jeanne Lieberman and MLO on May. 14

The most elegant of the many Awards celebrations.

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.


Savion Glover at the Blue Note
By Deirdre Donovan on Jan. 17, 2017
The legendary hoofer elicited "wows" from audience members as he articulated his rough urban footwork on stage.

New York Cabaret Convention:
A Salute to Sheldon Harnick and Charles Strouse

By Marc Miller on Oct. 25, 2016
To quote a predecessor of Harnick's, “Who could ask for anything more?”

The New York Pops:
The Musical World of Lerner and Loewe

By Julia Polinsky on Oct. 21, 2016
How wonderful to hear the sound of a big orchestra playing these familiar songs, and a full-throated chorus, and terrific soloists.

Kim Maresca: It’s My Party and I’ll Belt if I Want to
at Feinstein’s/54 Below

By Ron Cohen on Sept. 23
A cabaret performance replete with abundant Broadway diva-like talent and winning un-diva-like charm.

Vivian Reed Sings “Standards & More” at the Metropolitan Room

By Marc Miller on July. 29
The cabaret veteran’s standards show reveals a lot of sass and an amazing voice, but not a lot of variance in mood.

I Have Confidence: Rodgers After Hammerstein
Lyrics and Lyricists at the 92nd Street Y

By Julia Polinsky on May. 31
In this splendid evening, from flops to smashes, Rodgers’ lovely melodies still get the airing they deserve.

Marilyn Maye at Michael Feinstein's 54 Below
By Marc Miller on May. 16
The cabaret diva's autobiographical "Highlights" set shows her in fine, throaty, effusive form.

NY Pops – 33rd Birthday Gala – Do You Hear The People Sing
By Stewart Schulman on May. 5
One of the best Pops concerts ever…
making this one of the most thrilling in recent memory

Broadway By The Year: The 1950s
By Julia Polinsky on Apr. 4
A short, welcome course in Broadway tidbits enhances a splendid evening of Broadway music.

Soul to Soul
National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene

By R. Pikser on Jan. 23
An uplifting concert in celebration of the Jewish community’s connection to the Black liberation struggle.

A Funny Thing Happened: Songs from the Road to Broadway
By Deirdre Donovan on Jan. 19
Kathleen Marshall hosts the 92 Street Y’s Lyrics and Lyricists series and gives the juice on some of Broadway’s classic songs.

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.


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.


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

A delightful diversion from today’s news.

Million Dollar Quartet
by Ed Lieberman on Aug. 12

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

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

Fire Island Sun Articles


Photos by Bradlee on Nov. 07,2016

51st Miss Fire Island at the Ice Palace

By Jeannie on Nov. 07,2016
it was so hot each and every contestant deserves an award – just for being there.

Always a treat despite competing events

Photo's By Jeannie on Oct. 28,2016


By Jeannie on Oct. 28,2016
Photos by Joanne’s niece, Alexandra Russell

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.

Feds will shoot deer at 2 Maryland Civil War battlefields

By DAVID DISHNEAU - Associated Press on Oct. 04,2016

Our worst fears are coming true
can Fire Island be far behind?

Now that summer is nearly over, some people are wondering if the National Park Service’s plans for Fire Island deer will be implemented this fall.
by Jeannie on Sept. 19, 2016

Taste of Kismet

by Jeannie, Joanne, Bradlee on Sept. 15, 2016

In Memory of Joel Berkowitz December 19, 1944 - September 8, 2012 re-printed to honor his memorial 2016

By Jeannie on Aug. 31

2016 Kismet Guac Off!
Photos by Beverly Koster
Among all this Guac and chips there were margaritas sweet, salty, sour, smoky and STRONG

By Jeannie on Aug. 31

Kismet: A Community Out of Nothing - a belated tribute.

By Cheryl Dunbar Kahlke on Aug. 31

They Came, They were Seen, They conquered! as the bawdiest of the Grove revisited Kismet for the third time.

By Jeannie on Aug. 26

The Arthur Lem Memorial Snapper Tournament

By Bradlee White on Aug. 25
in memory of one of Kismet's most famous early founder/set

11th Annual Kismet Duck Races

By Bradlee White on Aug. 18


By Jeannie on Aug. 11

Return of a Kismet tradition: Pancake Breakfast at Firehouse

By Jeannie on Aug. 4


By Jeannie on Aug. 4
Nothing will stop us!!!

Fire Island Dance Festival
Shatters Fundraising Record with $560,133

Photos By Whitney Brown & Daniel Roberts on July. 20
Presented by and benefiting Dancers Responding to AIDS,
a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Too Many Deer on the Road? Let Cougars Return, Study Says
By JAMES GORMAN on July. 20
“The idea of being killed in a car crash with a deer just doesn’t scare people the way the idea of a cougar leaping on your back in the woods does”

Seabay Annual Potluck July 4th on the beach
Good friends and neighbors, Great food!

photos by Gregg & Bradlee on July. 7

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.

by Jeannie on June. 24

Kismetics enriched their minds (books), wardrobes, kitchens and interior decoration. Knowing it was for a good cause made the event even happier.

by Jeannie on June. 3

Arts Project MC Panzi with new Homecoming Queen 2016 - Logan Hardcore

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

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


Friday              11        Thank you to all our United States Veterans!

Free Tower Tours during regular operating hours to all veterans who served in the military.

Saturday         26        Tree Trimming Event

10 am – 3 pm.  Kick off the holiday season by helping us decorate our holiday tree.  Bring a handmade ornament relating to the sea, nature or the Lighthouse to hang on our tree.  Free hot chocolate and cookies.

Saturday         26        Thanksgiving Weekend Evening Tower Tour

4 pm - Experience the Lighthouse at night while working off some of those holiday calories. Bring a flashlight for your walk back to the parking field.  $15 for FILPS Members/$20 for non-members – Reservations Required.  Sunset 4:29 pm. 


Saturday         10        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 2016 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.

Saturday         10        14th Annual Reenactment of the Flying Santa       

11:30 am to 12:30 pm– Relive this historic event with us.  Santa arrives at the Lighthouse.  Great photo opportunity!  Come early.  Free

Call (631) 661-4876 to make all reservations

The Lighthouse and museum is open all year round.  Fall hours are 10am – 5pm– tower is available to climb from 10am – 5pm weekends and 1pm-4pm weekdays based on volunteer availability.  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 Island, Captree Island, New York 11702  (631) 661-4876     

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