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This weekend the nation will be watching for horse racing’s Triple Crown

and New York, Hollywood and even London will be watching another race,

 the Tony’s, to see to see if there are any triple crowns winners there

 (winners of Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League awards)


 Despite the opening of 37 productions during the 2014-2015 season which included 15 musicals (10 new, 5 revivals), 20 plays (11 new, 9 revivals), and 2 specials, what should have been wide open is now distilled down to mostly predictable results



(See Editor’s note and pick your winner)


By the time most of you read this both races will be over,

 leaving an emotional void.

But be consoled, the new season has already begun

with a new hit,

Jim Parsons in An Act if God.




And the winner of the most awards,

Off Broadway’s innovative musical Hamilton,




And a new musical, Amazing Grace




 opening this summer


Along with the traditional, free

Shakespeare in the Park




 Leaving our stalwart staff little time to rest:

Julia Polinsky, Nicholas Linnehan, Glenn Giron

Eugene Paul, Dierdre Donovan, Roberta Pikser, Linda Ameil Burns,

Michall Jeffers, David Schultz, Stewart Schulman, Dorothy Marci


 Covered in this issue:

Guys and Dolls
LUV: American Style
“All Dancing! All Singing! Irving Berlin In Hollywood” at the 92nd St Y’s Lyrics & Lyricist Series
NY Pops – 32nd Birthday Gala – The New Golden Age
The Road of Promise
Zorba! At City Center Encores!
“To Life! Celebrating 50 years of Fiddler on the Roof“ with Sheldon Harnick” at 92 Y Lyrics & Lyricists
Words on Dance: Ballet to Broadway
Chita Rivera Receives Distinguished Performance Award from Drama League at Star Studded Ceremony
The Flatiron Hex
Cool Hand Luke
Don Juan
The Gondoliers
StreetSinger – Celebrating The Life Of Edith Piaf
An Act Of God
Editor’s notes: Tony Nominees Who I think will win Who I think should win

see you in the theater!!!


Jeanne Lieberman, Publisher


Editor’s notes: Tony Nominees
Who I think will win
Who I think should win

By Jeanne Lieberman on June. 5

Broadway - Musicals

Mamma Mia
by Michall Jeffers on June. 10

Time to revisit Mama Mia before it closes.

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.

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

An Act Of God
by Michall Jeffers on June. 5

What a blessing to have Jim Parsons back on Broadway .

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.

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 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.

Broadway By The Year: 1991 to the present day
by Deirdre Donovan on July. 2

Scott Siegel wraps up his signature concert series with top-notch talent and contemporary Broadway tunes at Town Hall.

A New Brain, at Encores! Off-Center
by Julia Polonsky on June. 30

Revival of William Finn and James Lapine’s 1998 musical, dishes up tuneful, witty, and clever, with a side of self-knowledge and a scoop of heart.

by John Ruesch on June. 5

This show is bursting at the seams with talent and irresistible spirit which begs for a larger space. See it now before it gets even more successful.

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.

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

Significant Other
by David Schultz on July. 2

Joshua Harmon’s follow-up to “Bad Jews” proves delightful. A neurotic, gay twenty-something man finds finding Mr. Right to be a Sisyphean feat.

In Our Own Voice: Women Veterans Tell Their Story
by Julia Polinsky on July. 2

A theater project that focuses on women in the military could be important. Although worth seeing, needs work.

The Spoils
by David Schultz on June. 24

Narcissistic black comedy hits a few raw nerves mixing deplorable neurotic characters with snarky dialogue.

The Tempest
by Michall Jeffers on June. 23

Prepare for thunder and lightning as The Tempest storms into Shakespeare in the Park.

Doctor Faustus
by Deirdre Donovan on June. 23

Christopher Marlowe’s warhorse at the Classic Stage Company gets new legs and a comic bite.

The Qualms
by Eugene Paul on June. 18

If you’re looking for your red hot palpitating sex on stage, this is pink. And very well done.

Soho Rep’s 10 out of 12
by Glenn Giron on June. 12

A beautiful send up of life in the theatre. Anne Washburn has written the audience in as a true fly on the wall.

The Way We Get By
by David Schultz on June. 10

The usually caustic Neil LaBute has lost his bite in his latest treatise on relationships gone awry.

Don Juan
by Deirdre Donovan on June. 2

Moliere’s play about the legendary lover plays well with Justin Adams as the nominal character.

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.

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 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 Mar Vista
By R. Pikser on June. 17
This premiere has some promising moments, but is, as the program notes state, “fragmented,” and in need of development.

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.


By Jeanne Lieberman on June. 4

Lucky fans got chance to see Broadway stars in a free concert

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.

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.



“To Life! Celebrating 50 years of Fiddler on the Roof“
with Sheldon Harnick” at 92 Y Lyrics & Lyricists

By Linda Amiel Burns on June. 2

The legendary lyricist discussing the creative process and how Fiddler on the Roof took shape 50 years ago.

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.

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.


Roschman Dance
By R. Pikser on June. 30

Sean Roschman is to be congratulated for trying to make contact with his audience by making his dances be about something.

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.


Ever After
by David Schultz on June. 17

Charming revisionist take on the Cinderella fairy tale overflows with Broadway talent at the Paper Mill Playhouse.

Time Stands Still
by Ed Lieberman on June. 11

Donald Margulies play will stay with the audience long after the final curtain.

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.

Fire Island Sun Articles

by Jeannie Lieberman on June. 25

The good news, it was a rainy weekend! The bad news, it was a rainy weekend!

Grove Remembers Lois McIntosh in Touching Tribute
by Jeannie Lieberman on June. 25

In the midst of a busy day there was a genuine moment of truth and emotion for a beloved Grove Icon, Lois McIntosh.

Kismet Fire Department Installation Dinner June, 2015
by Jeannie Lieberman on June. 19

The prestigious but peripatetic tradition has traveled from The Out, to a party boat, to the bay area of the Firehouse and now to the Out Courtyard.

by Jeannie Lieberman on June. 12

Despite somewhat less than the 90 people expected co-chair Bobbi Baker was very happy about the $22,780 netted before expenses.

by Jeannie Lieberman on June. 1

Demi Tasse an overwhelming favorite

The SCAA would like to welcome everyone back to Saltaire!  After the winter in the Northeast, it is time to enjoy the beach. 
*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





  It’s the 43rd annual Pine Walk Fair, scheduled for Saturday, July 4th (rain date Sunday, July 5th).  The fair snakes all over our “downtown area” – from the east side of the firehouse, then along the Bay and all the way down the dock. 


This event is our large annual fundraiser and it enables us to pay for both normal and emergency purposes.  The actual fair,  plus its partner - Fair Harbor’s Amazing Online Auction, raises most of the money for assorted community needs – e.g. paying the insurance premium for the insurance for the Bay lifeguards). The Pine Walk Fair also gives an annual donation to The Fresh Air Fund.


You’ll find a lot of unique merchandise at the fair.  Yes, of course

your favorite vendors will be back,  but we’ve got several interesting surprises for you.  There are new and exciting participants offering

fantastic and varied goods for sale that include fused glass, mosaics, stained glass, paintings (oil, water colors, acrylics, digital,) a self-contained system of growing vegetables and plants, and board shorts made out of a material from recycled water bottles -  (please believe me;  there is no way that I could make this up).


And of course there will be several types of jewelry (beaded, gold, silver, pearls, macramé, antique), children’s quilts and clothing, vintage eyeglasses, t-shirts, pareos, hats, small stuffed animals that wear a wardrobe of inventive garments, soaps, notecards, and maps

of everywhere you’ve ever wanted to be. 


Many of our vendors have nationwide reputations;  we are so pleased to have them at our fair.  And - please note the beautiful 2015 Pine Walk Fair Posters hanging all over Fair Harbor;  the artwork was contributed by vendors Jane Sklar and Max Cartagena who just won first prize in the mixed media category at the Washington Square Spring Outdoor Art Show!


Still more to see:  check out the tables in front of the firehouse.  There are  new books, hardcover and paperback, offered at deeply discounted prices.  And the reason we call them the “miscellaneous tables?  You’ll find merchandise for sale ranging from teakettles to beach tops to stationery to insulated water bottles to children’s toys, etc.  In addition,  many of our generous vendors have given us a sample of their wares to sell at this table for the benefit of the

Fair Harbor Community Association.


Patrick and Melissa Adams of The Dock will once again be offering all kinds of interesting edibles for sale at the fair.  So – SHOP, EAT, SHOP and then continue shopping without going home for lunch.


As usual, volunteers are needed to man the miscellaneous merchandise

table in front of the firehouse at the Pine Walk Fair.  There is a signup sheet with hourly time slots posted in the Pioneer Market;  choose the time that’s best for you.  It’s a lot of fun, and a happy place to work.


Please – let me appeal to everyone in Fair Harbor.   This event is a ONE DAY, ONE SHOT deal.  NO NEXT DAY, NO NEXT WEEK!

Come down early – and throughout the day.  Bring your holiday weekend company; tell your friends in the neighboring communities to join us.   We are all looking forward to another great Pine Walk Fair!



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



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.** 



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