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Ira

 

 

 

September 12, 1925 - July 22, 2016

 

Ira J. Bilowit, lifelong New Yorker dedicated to his passion for theater, passed away July 22 at the age of 90. Ira mounted his own musical adaptation of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men with the Nobel Laureate's earnest approval in 1958, its cast including Art Lund, Jo Sullivan and Leo Penn; the New York Times called it "a work of substance and power." An arts journalist for six decades, Ira was a theater critic and editor at Show Business, contributing editor for Backstage, and editor-publisher of his own New York Theatre Review in which many of Ira's insightful interviews appeared with renowned personalities including Tennessee Williams, Eugene Ionesco, David Mamet, Martin Charnin, Howard Korder, Marsha Norman, Lanford Wilson, Hal Prince, Uta Hagen, Ian McKellen, Estelle Parsons, Joan Plowright, Alfred Drake and Rex Harrison. Ira was an active member of the American Theatre Critics Association since 1976, former vice-president of the New York Drama Desk, a member of The Dramatists Guild and the International Association Of Theatre Critics. Survivors include sons Michael and Bill, and his second wife, prominent acting teacher Alice Spivak. His third wife, Debbie Wasserman, preceded him in death.

Editor’s note:

Ira was my colleague and friend for many years. I will miss his ready smile, despite trying medical conditions these past few years, which was in contrast to his often acerbic opinions about theater.

He will be missed by many.


Recent articles:

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
Pancake Breakfast at Firehouse
2ND ANNUAL PINE STREET BLOCK PARTY
Kismet Art Show
Privacy
Sense and Sensibility
The Mushroom Cure
QUIETLY
Vivian Reed Sings “Standards & More” at the Metropolitan Room
Fire Island Dance Festival
Too Many Deer on the Road? Let Cougars Return, Study Says
Two by Tennessee Williams; 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and Kingdom of Earth
Simon Says
Himself and Nora
Good
Seabay Annual Potluck July 4th on the beach
Kismet’s Annual July 4th (3rd) Parade
The 41st Annual Fire Island Invasion!!
Wheelhouse Theater Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet
Memorial For Paul Whitney On Father’s Day
KISMET ANNUAL KLAW FLEA MARKET
The 9th Annual, Kismet Burger Cook Off
Gay Pride in Cherry Grove
CONFUSIONS
Hello Dillie
The Taming of the Shrew
Editor’s notes: Who will be next year’s HAMILTON? The race is already on for new musicals (and revivals)
O'Neill (Unexpected)
Indian Summer
Shining City
Editor's notes: The drama on our national stage would leave most playwrights in the dust!
Editor’s notes Tony’s - The Race is On!
Paramour
I'll Say She Is
CHERRY GROVE HOMECOMING QUEEN 2016
It May Be 2016, But Straight Parents Still Need Advice Raising LGBT Children
A Six-Minute Plan to Rid Clothes of Ticks
Happy Days, A New Musical
The Immigrant
I Have Confidence
Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and Strindberg’s The Father
Daphne’s Dive
Peer Gynt
Tuck Everlasting
Spermhood
Anything Goes
Edward Murrow
Dear Evan Hansen
Marilyn Maye
In The Secret Sea
American Psycho, The Musical
Fully Committed
Bright Star
NY Pops - Do You Hear The People Sing
Waitress
Bright Star
Long Day's Journey Into Night
Ruthless, The Musical
Editor’s Notes: April 16: Social Injustice


see you at the theater!!!

Jeanne Lieberman, Publisher



Columns

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: June 16: Tony’s - The Race is On!
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

Waitress
by David Schultz On May.4

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

She Loves Me
by Eugene Paul On Mar.31

There’s no getting around it. You are going to enjoy the show. Everyone’s determined. So what are you waiting for?

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.

Hamilton
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Fully Committed
by Eugene Paul on May. 9

Jesse Tyler Ferguson is not only a funny man he’s also a charmer, in this whiz of a star vehicle.

Long Day’s Journey Into Night
by Michall Jeffers on May. 4

Excellent performances make a trip to hell worth taking.

The Crucible
by Rachel Goddard on Apr. 7

Arthur Miller’s 1953 historical drama comes back to Broadway in this spine-chilling re-telling directed by the genius Ivo van Hove.

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.

A View From The Bridge
by Eugene Paul on Dec. 15

Director Van Hove has distilled the ingredients of Arthur Miller’s play to an emotional simplicity which is so complex, we are never at ease.

Constellations
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.

Off-Broadway - Musicals

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.

Himself And Nora
By Eugene Paul On July. 13

Charming, romantic, "The greatest love story never told."

Hello, Dillie
By Eugene Paul On June. 22

Pull up a chair and stay awhile.

Dear Evan Hansen
by Rachel Goddard On May. 16

Pasek and Paul’s latest musical follows an accidental high school hero as he traverses the messy road to self-acceptance.

Ruthless, The Musical
by Edward Rubin On May.2

Lying, deceit, hidden identities, along with murder, mystery, and mayhem, all served up with song, dance, and a great many laughs.

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.

Trip of Love
by Michall Jeffers on Nov. 4

Meant for sheer entertainment, it’s also reflects on the tempestuous time period. As the saying goes, if you remember the ‘60s, you weren’t really there.

Daddy Long Legs
by Michall Jeffers on Oct. 7

A beautiful duet for two talented performers

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

Butler
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.

Privacy
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.

The Mushroom Cure
By Nicholas Linnehan on July. 29, 2016

“I love you but I hate your mental illness!” The harsh stigma around mental illness still plagues us today.

Quietly
By Eugene Paul on July. 29, 2016

The Abbey, the national theater of Ireland, is presenting one of its outstanding productions in the handsomely refurbished Irish Rep.

Simon Says
By Eugene Paul on July. 19,2016

Simon, an other worldly entity, is summoned up in a séance to explain away a death that should not have happened.

Two by Tennessee Williams; 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and Kingdom of Earth
By Ron Cohen on July. 19,2016

A pair of Tennessee Williams one-acts survive a mixed bag of performances.

Good
By Julia Polinsky on July. 13,2016

Good? Not so good

Wheelhouse Theater Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet
By Nicholas Linnehan on July. 1,2016

With its beautiful set and strong ensemble, it’s a shame this production only has limited success!

Confusions
By Eugene Paul on June. 22

Alan Ayckbourn, extraordinary man of the theater, does it again and again. His company of actors is marvelous.

The Taming of the Shrew
by Deirdre Donovan on June. 22

There's nothing tame about Phyllida Lloyd's all-female production of Shakespeare’s early comedy at the Public’s Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

O’Neill (Unexpected)
By Marc Miller on June. 15

These two one-acts, showing the playwright in early, uncertain form, explore themes he later touched on with greater assurance.

Indian Summer
By Michall Jeffers on June. 14

Sand, soulfulness, and summer love

Shining City
By Ron Cohen on June. 9

Matthew Broderick brings laid-back charm and a beguiling Irish brogue to Conor McPherson’s drama, making it a rather friendly ghost story.

I’ll Say She Is
By Marc Miller on June. 7

There’s life in the old musical model yet.

Daphne’s Dive
by Ron Cohen on May. 31

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes stocks a neighborhood bar in North Philadelphia with an assortment of compellingly alive people.

Peer Gynt
by Ron Cohen on May. 31

Actor Gabriel Ebert and director John Doyle shape Ibsen’s unwieldly epic into absorbing theater.

Murrow
by Nicholas Linnehan on May. 19

In The Secret Sea
by Julia Polinsky on May. 16

New play by Cate Ryan explores family, fear, faith, and failure, but falls flat.

The School For Scandal
by Deirdre Donovan on Apr. 29

A wickedly delicious revival of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s classic comedy is staged by the Red Bull Theater Company.

Toast
by Rachel Goddard on Apr. 29

Joining 59E59 Theater’s, “Brits Off-Broadway” Richard Bean’s Toast engrosses audiences following the night shift of seven men working in a bread factory.

A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing
by Eugene Paul on Apr. 26

Extraordinary actress Aoife Duffin brings harrowing insight to the inner life of a much abused Irish girl.

Nathan the Wise
by Deirdre Donovan on Apr. 20

F. Murray Abraham shines in Gotthold Ephraim Lessing’s timely 1787 dramatic poem involving Muslims, Christians, and Jews and religious toleration.

Richard II
by Judd Hollander on Apr. 11

Shakespeare´s Great Cycle of Kings off to a rousing and very impressive start.

Antlia Pneumatica
by Michall Jeffers on Apr. 7

Is there a ghost of a chance that these friends can come to terms with the mysteries in their lives?

Dry Powder
by Ron Cohen on Apr. 6

Bickering colleagues played by a starry cast make for an engrossing look at the world of high finance.

Ideation
by Eugene Paul on Apr. 6

Hannah’s team has to come up with ideas on how to dispose of 2.000.000 bodies. Is this a test? Or is it real?

Red Speedo
by Rachel Goddard on Apr. 4

Olympic-bound swimmer wrestles with questions of competitive ethics at the risk of his most important relationships.

The Effect
by Deirdre Donovan on Mar. 31

Lucy Prebble’s provocative new play is a brain-teaser with a heart.

The Royale
by Ron Cohen on Mar. 28

A taut, sometimes harrowing depiction of racism in America circa 1900, directed with élan and acted with incandescent fury.

Familiar
by Michall Jeffers on Mar. 7

Tradition is at odds with assimilation in a Zimbabwean-American family.

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

Spermhood

By Nicholas Linnehan on May. 23
A frank and unapologetic foray into this process which becomes both funny and poignant.

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 .

FEATURES

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

on Apr. 27

The Czechoslovak American Marionette Theatre
Dvorák in America

By R. Pikser on Mar. 28

The well crafted Czech marionettes and the music of Dvorák is not mirrored by the production supposedly featuring them.

L’immédiat
By R. Pikser on Mar. 16

Imminent catastrophe threatens our lives every day. May we deal with it with half the grace and excellent execution shown by these performers.

An Evening On Parade
By Rachel Goddard on Mar. 11

A night of story and song proved that theatre can bring a historical story, about the 1915 trial of Leo Frank, the only man of Jewish faith to be lynched unjustly for murder, back to life in the most emotionally gripping way.

92Y Talks: Gloria and Emilio Estefan in Conversation with Rita Moreno
By Dierdre Donovan on Nov. 9

They recounted anecdotes from their personal and public lives besides the opening of the bio-musical On Your Feet

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.

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.

“FINDING NEVERLAND” PRODUCER HARVEY WEINSTEIN WINS “RIEDEL CHALLENGE” NEW YORK POST COLUMNIST MICHAEL RIEDEL ADMITS DEFEAT AFTER “FINDING NEVERLAND” EARNS THE LOVE OF 96% OF ITS AUDIENCE

Cabaret/Concerts/Opera's

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.

Jason Graae: Opera New York at the Metropolitan Room
By Marc Miller on Mar. 11
An odd melding of high and low blends just fine, with antics amid a surfeit of Puccini and Bizet.

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.

Dance

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

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.



September 2 7PM

Feinstein's/54 Below at 254 West 54th Street, NYC
For questions about reservations, please call 646.476.3551.

a special night of tribute to the great people of Ireland who brought their passion, their talent, and their music to Broadway
.

Fire Island Sun Articles

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

KISMET FIRE DEPARTMENT HONES SKILLS
IN 2 SIMULTANEOUS SURPRISE DRILLS

By Jeannie on Aug. 11

Return of a Kismet tradition: Pancake Breakfast at Firehouse

By Jeannie on Aug. 4

2ND ANNUAL PINE STREET BLOCK PARTY

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

Kismet Art Show

By Bradlee on Aug. 3
It was a hot day for the 2016 "Art Crawl

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.

KISMET ANNUAL KLAW FLEA MARKET
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.

CHERRY GROVE HOMECOING QUEEN 2016
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

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


ONCE ON THIS ISLAND!

Performances at 8PM
Friday, September 2
Saturday, September 3
Sunday, September 4

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
A Musical
Book and Lyrics By LYNN AHRENS
Music By STEPHEN FLAHERTY
Based Upon The Novel ” My Love, My Love ” By Rosa Guy”

Our Labor Day Community Show – This year we will be presenting ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, a musical with book & lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty (RAGTIME, SEUSSICAL). Based on the 1985 novel, My Love, My Love, the musical concerns an orphan who uses the power of love to bring together people of different social classes on an Island in the distance past.

TICKET INFORMATION
All Tickets $70

TICKETS AVAILABLE IN THE HARBOR BEGINNING ON AUGUST 20


miss fire island 2016


 

Fire Island Sun 2015 Articles

ANATOMY OF A DUNE
by Jeannie on Dec. 31

A series of photos from beginning to end

A Farewell to Paul Whitney
by Jeannie on Dec. 29

It is with sadness and regret that we have learned Paul Whitney passed away on November 10th. He was 82 years young. Paul had "landmark" standing in this community. He was the proprietor of the Kismet Market for many decades and his son, Andy, succeeded him.

Halloween at the Kismet INN
A great send off to a great summer!
by Jeannie on Nov. 24

See you next year…

KISMET’S BEST LOVED POST SEASON TRADITION
LIVES UP TO THE MARK

by Jeannie on Oct. 22

Bravi to Joanne and her culinary team: Carrie, Helen, Pam, et al for this truly “Gemütlichkeit“ affair.

Fire Island Sun publisher featured in Newsday Article
30% PENALTY FOR SANDY VICTIMS

by EMILY C. DOOLEY on Oct. 11
Photos by Steve Pfost


La Cage Aux Folles, a perfect fit for Pines Art Project’s grand finale for the season!
by Jeannie on Oct. 6
Photos by Parker Sargent


Cherry Grove (APCG) end-of-season gala ball: Return to Studio 54
by Jeannie on Oct. 6
Photos By James Belzer & Jerry Jakson


Panzi was very much the Grande Dame as she welcomed 100 plus revelers to the Gala.

Legends VI: A Musical Celebration of Cherry Grove’s Homecoming Queens: Hullabaloo: A ’60s Musical Flashback
by Jeannie on Oct. 6
Photos by Ray Bagnuolo


What the Grove does best is its spectacular array of Drag Queen as a fitting send off of the season.

Lorraine Michels book signing:
“The Invasion of The Pines, 40 years of Fun, Frolic and Fantasy”

by Parker Sargent on Aug. 13


Captures the drama of drag, the passion of performance and the electricity of the Invasion.

INVASION ’15: 40 & Fabulous!
by Jeannie Lieberman on July. 10
Photos by Just Lorraine & Joyce Rogers


The record breaking crowd an astounding welcome befitting this momentous 40th anniversary of the Invasion.

JULY 4th WEEKEND IN KISMET
Parade, Sam’s tribute slide show, the houses, Seabay Annual Potluck dinner

on July. 10
Photos by Bradlee


Seabay Annual Holiday Potluck Dinner
Text and photos by Bradlee on July. 10


3 stung on Fire Island by Portuguese man-of-wars

By Stacey Sager on July. 10


TO THE BEACH???
If sharks, whales, and stingrays were not enough –
6 More Hazards to Beware of at Long Island Beaches This Summer

on July. 10


KISMET’S ANNUAL KLAW FLEA MARKET
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.

 

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