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Broadway Remembers: In Memoriam Video Honors Stars Lost This Year



The 74th annual Tony Awards update

     Sept 26, 2021

The Tonys are here! the Tonys are here!

It’s an event so long in coming and subjected to so much conjecture.

For most of us the Tonys will be bittersweet as we think of the shows that we were planning to see and never did, and the shows that we did,  never dreaming they would be our last for 18 months.

There was silence after the shut down from the Broadway League and then, as other awards began to emerge regardless of the truncated season, (Drama League and Drama Desk)  the League broke its silence and announced their nominees October 15, 2020 without an actual event date ("when the Theater season reopens").

Well, that reopening is now. And each Broadway opening this season has been nothing short of ecstatic, audiences greeting every number with cheers, the joy flowing back-and-forth between audience and performers, happiness  and gratitude on each side.

Although there are no weekly show grosses available based on many factors, including both the staggered roll-out of returning and new productions, and anticipated variations in performance schedules, so far it is reassuring that opening nights were "packed".

Of course these Tonys present unique impediments:  Tony voters surprised by the sudden closure, had no chance to see shows not yet scheduled in order to fulfill voting requirements of seeing each show nominated in order to vote. The percentage of votes necessary to validate a single nominee in a category. And other technical anomalies. 

The show will be very nostalgic no question, and a long awaited dream come true for all of us.

And although the list of nominees will be abbreviated, compared to the total absence we’ve endured, we shall cherish every moment.

An initial list of Tony Awards performers and presenters has been announced.

Annaleigh Ashford, Kerry Butler, Kristin Chenoweth, André De Shields, Jake Gyllenhaal, Christopher Jackson, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Ruthie Ann Miles, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bebe Neuwirth, Leslie Odom Jr., Kelli O'Hara, Ben Platt, Jeremy Pope, Chita Rivera, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and BD Wong are in this initial announcement; additional names will be confirmed later this week.

The 2020 Tony Award winners will be announced on Sunday, September 26, as part of an ambitious concert airing on CBS, Paramount Plus, and the CBS App. Audra McDonald will host the presentation of the 74th annual Tony Awards, which will air exclusively on the streaming service Paramount Plus at 7pm ET that night. Leslie Odom Jr. will host the Broadway's Back concert at 9pm ET live on CBS, which will feature songs from the nominated shows, as well as the presentation of Best awards. 

                            Tears of joy are permissible ..............

                                                         Jeanne Lieberman, publisher



Broadway and Off-Broadway's current Return Dates

June 22, 2021
Enemy of the People — Park Avenue Armory

July 6, 2021
Merry Wives — Free Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater

September 2, 2021
Hadestown - Walter Kerr Theatre

Sept. 12, 2021
Pass Over at the August Wilson

September 14, 2021
Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Hamilton - Richard Rodgers Theatre
Wicked - Gershwin Theatre
The Lion King - Minskoff Theatre
Lackawanna Blues - Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

September 17, 2021
Six - Brooks Atkinson Theatre
David Byrne's American Utopia

September 21, 2021

Come From Away - Schoenfeld Theatre
Little Shop of Horrors - Westside Theatre

September 24, 2021

Moulin Rouge! The Musical - Al Hirschfeld Theatre

September 28, 2021

Aladdin - New Amsterdam Theatre

September 30, 2021

Beyond Babel - Gym at Judson

October 1, 2021

Thoughts of a Colored Man - Golden Theatre

October 8, 2021

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical - Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
Caroline, or Change - Studio 54

October 12, 2021

Morning Sun - New York City Center — Stage I

October 13, 2021

Girl From the North Country - Belasco Theatre

October 16, 2021

Ain't Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations - Imperial Theatre

October 21, 2021

Mrs. Doubtfire - Stephen Sondheim Theatre
Jagged Little Pill - Broadhurst Theatre

October 22, 2021

The Phantom of the Opera - Majestic Theatre

October 29, 2021

Trouble in Mind - American Airlines Theatre

November 2, 2021

Diana: A True Musical Story - Longacre Theatre

November 4, 2021

Flying Over Sunset - Vivian Beaumont Theatre

November 15, 2021

Jersey Boys - New World Stages

December 6, 2021

MJ - Neil Simon Theatre

December 11, 2021

Dear Evan Hansen - Music Box Theatre

December 20, 2021

Company - Jacobs Theatre
The Music Man - Winter Garden Theatre

January 13, 2022

Intimate Apparel — A New Opera - Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater

March 15, 2022

The Minutes

March 18, 2022

Birthday Candles - American Airlines Theatre

Shows That Were Running in 2020 But Have Not Yet Announced Return Dates

The Book of Mormon
Harry Potter and the Cursed Chiild
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Lehman Trilogy
West Side Story

Shows That Were in Rehearsals in 2020 But Have Not Yet Announced Return Dates

American Buffalo
Plaza Suite
Sing Street

Shows Announced to Open During the 2021-22 Season, But Without Dates

Clyde's - Hayes Theater
Between Riverside and Crazy - Hayes Theater
How I Learned to Drive - Friedman Theatre
Skeleton Crew - Friedman Theatre
Take Me Out - Hayes Theater

Shows That Will Not Reopen

Mean Girls
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?


Tony Awards Set For Broadway’s Reopening; Voting Begins In March


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Tony Awards Set For Broadway’s Reopening; Voting Begins In March

By Greg Evans

Greg Evans Associate Editor/Broadway Critic


The curtain’s inching up on the Tony Awards: A ceremony will be held on an as-yet-undetermined date in coordination with Broadway’s eventual reopening, but voters will finally be able to make their selections beginning March 1

Nominees for the 74th Annual Tony Awards were announced last October, with the 18 eligible productions reflecting the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season (the count usually numbers in the 30s). The 2020 Tony ceremony and CBS broadcast had originally been set for June 7 at New York’s Radio City Musical Hall, but of course was scuttled due to the Covid shutdown.

The voting period will run from March 1 to March 15. Although Broadway remains officially closed until June, most insiders don’t expect any stagings before fall at the earliest, with timing contingent on widespread Covid-19 vaccinations.

The March 12 theater closure preceded the official end of the Broadway season and the traditional late-April/early-May announcement of nominees, leaving open the question of whether the 18 productions that opened pre-pandemic would get their own awards ceremony or be melded into the following season’s nominations. In October, the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing announced the standalone roster of 2019-20 nominations (see the complete list below).

Nominated for Best Play are Slave Play, Sea Wall/A Life, Grand Horizons, The Inheritance and The Sound Inside, with Moulin Rouge!, Jagged Little Pill and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical up for Best Musical. In the Best Revival of a Play category, Betrayal will compete with Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune and A Soldier’s Play.

The abbreviated season also resulted in one of the odder nominations in Tony history: Aaron Tveit of Moulin Rouge! The Musical  is the sole entry in the Leading Actor in a Musical category.

When theaters went dark, three productions – the musicals Six, West Side Story and Girl from the North Country – had already begun performances but were not around long enough to accommodate the required number of Tony voters.

Among the scheduled productions that had not officially opened prior to the shutdown, and so are not eligible this year, were Tracy Letts’ The Minutes; the musical adaptation of Mrs. Doubtfire; director Sam Mendes’ The Lehman Trilogy; the Princess Di musical DianaCompany, the gender-switched revival of the classic Sondheim musical starring Katrina Lenk and Patti LuPone; Plaza Suite starring Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker; How I Learned To Drive, the Paula Vogel play starring Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse; David Mamet’s American Buffalo starring Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell and Darren Criss; the Off Broadway transfer of New York Theatre Workshop’s musical Sing Street; the revival of Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jesse Williams and Patrick J. Adams; the revival of the Jeanine Tesori-Tony Kushner musical Caroline, or Change; Birthday Candles, the Noah Haidle play starring Debra Messing; Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? starring Laurie Metcalf and Rupert Everett.

Some of the scuttled shows were subsequently postponed, some canceled and some remain up in the air.

Two of the season’s most popular productions, Freestyle Love Supreme and David Byrne’s American Utopia, chose not to invite Tony voters, though both could be eligible for special awards.

The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

Nominations for the 2020 American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards:

Best Play

Grand Horizons
Author: Bess Wohl
Producers: Second Stage Theater, Carole Rothman, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Mandy Greenfield

The Inheritance
Author: Matthew López

Sea Wall/A Life
Author: Simon Stephens & Nick Payne

Slave Play
Author: Jeremy O. Harris

The Sound Inside
Author: Adam Rapp

Best Musical

Jagged Little Pill

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

Best Revival of a Play


Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
Author: Terrence McNally

A Soldier’s Play
Author: Charles Fuller

Best Book of a Musical

Jagged Little Pill
Diablo Cody

Moulin Rouge! The Musical
John Logan

Tina – The Tina Turner Musical
Katori Hall, Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

A Christmas Carol
Music: Christopher Nightingale

The Inheritance
Music: Paul Englishby

The Rose Tattoo
Music: Fitz Patton and Jason Michael Webb

Slave Play
Music: Lindsay Jones

The Sound Inside
Music: Daniel Kluger

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Ian Barford, Linda Vista
Andrew Burnap, The Inheritance
Jake Gyllenhaal, Sea Wall/A Life
Tom Hiddleston, Betrayal
Tom Sturridge, Sea Wall/A Life
Blair Underwood, A Soldier’s Play

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Joaquina Kalukango, Slave Play
Laura Linney, My Name is Lucy Barton
Audra McDonald, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
Mary-Louise Parker, The Sound Inside

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Aaron Tveit, Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Karen Olivo, Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Elizabeth Stanley, Jagged Little Pill
Adrienne Warren, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Ato Blankson-Wood, Slave Play
James Cusati-Moyer, Slave Play
David Alan Grier, A Soldier’s Play
John Benjamin Hickey, The Inheritance
Paul Hilton, The Inheritance

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Jane Alexander, Grand Horizons
Chalia La Tour, Slave Play
Annie McNamara, Slave Play
Lois Smith, The Inheritance
Cora Vander Broek, Linda Vista

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Danny Burstein, Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Derek Klena, Jagged Little Pill
Sean Allan Krill, Jagged Little Pill
Sahr Ngaujah, Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Daniel J. Watts, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Kathryn Gallagher, Jagged Little Pill
Celia Rose Gooding, Jagged Little Pill
Robyn Hurder, Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Lauren Patten, Jagged Little Pill
Myra Lucretia Taylor, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Bob Crowley, The Inheritance
Soutra Gilmour, Betrayal
Rob Howell, A Christmas Carol
Derek McLane, A Soldier’s Play
Clint Ramos, Slave Play

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Riccardo Hernández and Lucy Mackinnon, Jagged Little Pill
Derek McLane, Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Mark Thompson and Jeff Sugg, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

Best Costume Design of a Play

Dede Ayite, Slave Play
Dede Ayite, A Soldier’s Play
Bob Crowley, The Inheritance
Rob Howell, A Christmas Carol
Clint Ramos, The Rose Tattoo

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Emily Rebholz, Jagged Little Pill
Mark Thompson, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical
Catherine Zuber, Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Jiyoun Chang, Slave Play
Jon Clark, The Inheritance
Heather Gilbert, The Sound Inside
Allen Lee Hughes, A Soldier’s Play
Hugh Vanstone, A Christmas Carol

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Bruno Poet, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical
Justin Townsend, Jagged Little Pill
Justin Townsend, Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Best Sound Design of a Play

Paul Arditti & Christopher Reid, The Inheritance
Simon Baker, A Christmas Carol
Lindsay Jones, Slave Play
Daniel Kluger, Sea Wall/A Life
Daniel Kluger, The Sound Inside

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Jonathan Deans, Jagged Little Pill
Peter Hylenski, Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Nevin Steinberg, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

Best Direction of a Play

David Cromer, The Sound Inside
Stephen Daldry, The Inheritance
Kenny Leon, A Soldier’s Play
Jamie Lloyd, Betrayal
Robert O’Hara, Slave Play

Best Direction of a Musical

Phyllida Lloyd, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical
Diane Paulus, Jagged Little Pill
Alex Timbers, Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Best Choreography

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Jagged Little Pill
Sonya Tayeh, Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Anthony Van Laast, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

Best Orchestrations

Tom Kitt, Jagged Little Pill
Katie Kresek, Charlie Rosen, Matt Stine and Justin Levine, Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Ethan Popp, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

Cultural critic Terry Teachout is remembered as 'unafraid of being human in public'

by Nela Ulaby for NPR's Arts Desk

Critic Terry Teachout in 2014 in New York.

Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage/Getty Images 

One of the great cultural critics of the past half-century has died. Terry Teachout was an acclaimed author, a jazz connoisseur, a dance scholar and a drama critic for theWall Street Journal. The paper reported that Teachout died on Thursday at a friend's home in Smithtown, N.Y. He was 65 years old.

A genial, cosmopolitan writer with a learned but accessible style, Teachout was born and raised near Missouri's bootheel, in the southeast part of the state. He remembered growing up as the musical-theater-loving son of a hardware salesman in his 1991 memoir, City Limits: Memories of a Small-Town Boy.

Sailing off to the East Coast to begin his liberal arts education, Teachout soon found undergraduate life at St. John's College in Annapolis, Md., too stressful and himself, in his own words, too immature. He returned "to do the rest of my growing up under the watchful gaze of comforting, certain, all-knowing midwestern eyes," he wrote. He graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., in 1970, and scraped together a living as a bank teller in Kansas City, gigging as a jazz bassist and beginning to write jazz reviews.

Once Teachout finally made it to Manhattan, he enjoyed the status of both an insider and an outsider. He was both an editor at Harper'smagazine and the founder of a salon for New York conservatives called Vile Body. And he steadily begin accruing bylines in the New York Daily News,Commentary and The Washington Post and NPR,and writing acclaimed biographies of H.L. Mencken, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and George Balanchine.

Nate Chinen, who writes about jazz for NPR, says he was dazzled by Teachout's breadth. "So many critics are specialists, and that's where they get their authority," he told NPR. "[Teachout] was able to write with authority, insight and perceptiveness about so many art styles, forms and disciplines. And he did so with a real clarity of opinion."

"There was nobody around who also covered jazz, rock, pop, classical music, dance, ballet, film, books and any other medium that came along the way Terry did," Washington Post music critic Tim Page added in an email to NPR. "His tastes tended conservative but he could often be convinced and nobody was more cheerful about changing his mind. Above all, he was the sort of friend with whom you could have an argument that remained always within the bounds of love."

Teachout's more conservative opinions were not always popular among his fellow arts critics. "But he brought a real palpable genuine enthusiasm," Chinen recalls with affection. "And when you did disagree with Terry Teachout, he welcomed the exchange, the dialogue. Especially in our social media age, disagreement feels like combat, but Terry kept alive the spirit of critical discourse in an old Algonquin Round Table way. He really thrived on an exchange of ideas."

In his blog, About Last Night, on the website, and on his lively Twitter feed, Teachout kept that exchange going. Not only did Teachout write about literature, opera, politics and his unexpected fandom of Steely Dan and avant-garde composer John Cage, he chronicled his pain over the 2020 death of his wife Hilary, and his shouting joy in a new relationship. Arts Twitter erupted in mourning upon news of his death.


He was "unafraid of being human in public," Chinen said. "That's why so many people are responding to his loss."




Editor’s Notes:

ImageThe long-delayed Tony Awards finally have a date — Sept. 26


Editor’s Notes:

ImageThe organization honored digital theatre, audio plays, virtual concerts, and more in its 87th annual ceremony


Editor’s Notes:

ImageThe State of Broadway: February 2021


Editor’s Notes:

ImageBroadway Hails 'Save Our Stages Act,' Included in Stimulus Deal


Editor’s Notes:

ImageTony Awards Voting Starts Now. And It’s Going to Be Weird.
By Michael PaulsonMarch 1, 2021

No shows are playing, and no one knows when they will come back. Here are answers to six questions about a process even more idiosyncratic than usual.


Editor’s Notes:

ImageTony Nominations, Finally!!!
By Jeannie Lieberman


Editor’s Notes: Grappling with the virus, “social distancing” has become a buzzword of these strange times

ImageThe fashionable history of social distancing
By Einav Rabinovitch-Fox
Visiting Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University

Editor’s Notes: Pandemic!!!
Greek Tales
Plagues follow bad leadership in ancient Greek tales

by Joel Christensen, Associate Professor of Classical Studies, Brandeis University

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


Cicely Tyson Dies at Age 96
By Tanay Hudson

Tony and Oscar Winner Christopher Plummer, Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Dies at 91

Tony Winner Hal Holbrook Dies at 95
FEB 02, 2021

Broadway star Rebecca Luker dead at 59 after battle with ALS

ANN REINKING, Tony Award Winning dancer, choreographer, actress, director, dead at 71.

Former Drama Desk President William Wolf Passes Away Saturday March 28


By Marc Miller on July 31, 2021

Tiny Beautiiful Things
(Other People’s Problems)

by Edward Rubin June 7, 2021

A collection of Strayed’s columns beautifully brought to life by actress Laiona Michelle

Fatal Weakness
by Marc Miller May 28, 2021

Examination of the consequences of adultery among the mid-century gentry provides a bright setting for that invaluable preserver of fallen-by-the-wayside theater history, the Mint Theater Company.

John Cullum: An Accidental Star
by Marc Miller April 13, 2021

The Broadway actor-singer has some swell stories to tell about his 60-years-plus career, but maybe he should have gone easier on the vocalizing.

Katie Roche
by Marc Miller March 05, 2021

Teresa Deevy’s little-remembered comedy-drama is a reminder of why the Mint Theater is indispensable.

The Melancholy Soul of ‘Tchaikovsky’: A Cinematic Journey
by Edward Rubin February 23, 2021

Canadian born Hershey Felder, writer, actor, playwright, composer, and musician is known for creating historically accurate, and exquisitely nuanced portrayals of world-famous composers.

Little Wars
by Deirdre Donovan February 11, 2021

An imaginative dinner party with six exceptional women in the French Alps at the brink of World War II.

Have an Online Mint
by Marc Miller January 28, 2021

Till we’re all in theaters again, the Mint is helping us cross the desert with a string of compelling past productions.

Meet Me in St. Louis
by Deirdre Donovan January 6, 2021

The Irish Repertory Theatre helped theatergoers shed their pandemic holiday blues with a virtual production, deftly adapted and directed by the company’s Artistic Director and Co-founder Charlotte Moore

A Zoom Chat with New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ Executive Producer David Wannen and Creative Producer David Macaluso about their New Musical Film Cox and Box.

by Deirdre Donovan January 3, 2021

Virtual Impossibilities

Eric Walton is supposed to be a mentalist, but perhaps he really is a wizard.

by R. Pikser December 23, 2020

Metropolitan Opera delivers death blow to hopes for theater return 20/21 season

SEP 23, 2020


Broadway's June 7 Reopening Postponed
Broadway openings possibly not till September

by Jeanne Lieberman

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Confinement, from Sophocles to Sartre
Dramatists have long focused on the agonies and irritations of self-imposed or enforced isolation

By Michael Billington on April 08, 2020

Nai-Ni Chen’s Unbroken Thread
       by R. Pikser on December 8th, 2020

This very focused presentation is a most appropriate piece for this time when we are all especially aware of our mortality.

Bette Davis Ain't For Sissies
       by Ed Rubin on December 6th, 2020

Jessica Sheer's wildly exciting, action-packed recounting of Bette Davis' life as a young aspiring actress.

Hershey Felder, as Claude Debussy, A Paris Love Story
       by Deirdre Donovan on November, 20nd, 2020

Maestro Felder does triple duty as playwright, performer, and pianist as he brilliantly brings to life the Impressionist composer. One Performance Only, Sunday November 22nd, 2020

(Plus one additional week of On-Demand viewing)

Broadway - Musicals


by Marc Miller on January, 10, 2021

James Lapine’s excursion into hallucinogens among the mid-’50s Hollywood elite doesn’t always make sense, but it’s an aural and visual wonder.


Mrs. Doubtfire
by Julia Polinsky on December, 21, 2021

Part farce, part sweet family drama, part down-market imitation of Robin Williams’s genius, Mrs. Doubtfire works damn hard to make you like it, and succeeds.


        by Fern Siegel on December 20 2021

The revival of Sondheim’s Company boasts the same great score, but by switching the lead’s gender, the societal focus goes off-key. 


Diana - The Musical
by Deirdre Donovan on December, 13, 2021

The much-anticipated bio-musical about an iconic British Princess, though artistically flawed, may well leave you in tears.


Caroline, or Change/Lackawana Blues
by Julia Polinsky on November, 09, 2021

Caroline, or Change and Lackawanna Blues. Two shows with music about strong Black women; one with all the Broadway razzle dazzle you could desire; one with all the heart you can use.

West Side Story
by Fern Siegel on March, 08, 2020

Director Ivo van Hove has re-imagined West Side Story for a 2020 audience. Tribalism is gone, but the electric score remains.

Jagged Little Pill
by Eugene Paul on December, 19, 2019


The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
by Rachel Pacelli on November, 08, 2019

Lightning doesn’t strike twice in this musical adaptation of a beloved series.

Moulin Rouge!
by Eugene Paul on August, 22, 2019

An outrageously overstuffed feast of spectacle and song.

by Marc Miller on May, 07, 2019

A big, funny old-new musical comedy, with a breakout turn by Santino Fontana and a loose thread or two.

by David Schultz on May, 03, 2019

Wildly inventive, overly caffeinated reboot is strictly for the fanbase.

Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations
by Deirdre Donovan on April, 18, 2019

Literally puts the soul back into the jukebox genre, and that’s no easy accomplishment, in telling the story of a Motown group who beat a path to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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

by Marc Miller On May. 01 2017

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

Come From Away
by Eugene Paul On Mar. 21 2017

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

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

by David Schultz On May.4, 2016

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

by Michall Jeffers On Jan.13, 2016

Handily combines history and hip hop

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.

After Midnight!
By Jeanne Lieberman on May. 1, 2014
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, 2016
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, 2014
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 Lehman Trilogy
by Deirdre Donovan on December, 03, 2021

Stefano Massini’s epic play about western capitalism is seen through the lens of one immigrant family who traveled to America in search of their dream.

Trouble In Mind

Trouble In Mind
by Julia Polinsky on December, 02, 2021

Alice Childress’ Trouble in Mind is a thought provoking, uncomfortable, challenging, look at how racism in the theatre has changed in 60 years -- or hasn’t.


by Julia Polinsky on December, 02, 2021

Lynn Nottage’s Clyde’s is laugh-out-loud funny, with a hefty serving of anger and manipulation and a side of redemption.


Chicken & Biscuits
by Deirdre Donovan on November, 17, 2021

Douglas Lyons’ comedy, though overly long, is a theatrical dish that’s uproariously funny and downright delicious.


Caroline, or Change/Lackawana Blues
by Julia Polinsky on November, 09, 2021

Caroline, or Change and Lackawanna Blues. Two shows with music about strong Black women; one with all the Broadway razzle dazzle you could desire; one with all the heart you can use.

by Fern Siegel on October, 13, 2021

The pop reality show Six gives the wives of Henry VIII a royal sendoff.

Pass Over
        by Deirdre Donovan on September 20, 2021

speaks to anybody who has ever been outraged by injustice in our world today

Coastal Elites
        by Edward Rubin on November 09, 2020

HBO's riveting COVID19 offering, written and directed by Paul Rudnick, is peppered with condemnation of Trump and the current administration intriguingly told through five diverse monologues. Bette's best!

Grand Horizons
        by Eugene Paul on February 25, 2020

One of the brightest delights in town, hilarious, shocking, touching.

A Soldier's Play
        by Eugene Paul on February 25, 2020

Top notch performances, top notch production, riveting and relevant.

My Name Is Lucy Barton
        by Fern Siegel on January 20, 2020

The adaptation of Elizabeth Strout’s acclaimed novel explores the practicality of suffering in a mesmerizing way.

To Kill a Mockingbird
        by Ron Cohen on January 23, 2019

Harper Lee can rest peacefully, knowing that her Mockingbird sings beautifully on Broadway.

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


Disney's Winnie the Pooh
by Deirdre Donovan on January 19, 2022

This new Off Broadway musical “bears” its heart to kids of all ages.


The Streets of New York
by Deirdre Donovan on January 18, 2022

Irish Rep’s artistic director Charlotte Moore musicalizes Dion Boucicault’s 19th Century melodrama and the results are delicious.

The Unsinkable Molly Brown
by Eugene Paul on March 12, 2020

Beth Malone is the wonderful warm heart at the center of Molly Brown’s saga, bumpkin to grande dame.

City Center Encores! Mack & Mabel
by Jeanne Lieberman and David Schultz on March 04, 2020

Back in town after 46 years, this time it very well may become the fully-fledged classic that eluded Jerry Herman in his lifetime.

E.Y. “Yip” Harburg: Follow the Fellow Who Follows a Dream
By Deirdre Donovan on Feruary 03, 2020

The 92nd Street Y’s “Lyrics & Lyricists” honors a lyricist whose iconic songs still make us laugh, cry, and think.

Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation!
By Julia Polinsky on January 22, 2020

There’s too much terrific to list, so just go see it. It’s among the best 90 minutes/no intermission in town.

Off-Broadway - Plays


Autumn Royal
        by Deirdre Donovan on January 07, 2022

Kevin Barry’s first stage work re-opens the doors of the Irish Repertory Theatre.


Morning Sun
        by Fern Siegel on December 16, 2021

An ordinary life is given its sad due in Morning Sun, thanks to an extraordinary trio.

Mornings at Seven

        by Marc Miller on November 16, 2021

Paul Osborn’s gentle 1939 comedy is comfort food—honest, familiar, and satisfying, and it sticks to your bones.


Tammany Hall
        by Fern Siegel on November 09, 2021

It’s the end of the Roaring Twenties and celebrity Mayor J.J Walker revels in showgirls, backroom deals and Prohibition booze.


Mrs. Warren’s Profession
        by Deirdre Donovan on November 01, 2021

George Bernard Shaw’s classic play resurfaces at Theater Row’s Theatre 2 with two fine actresses inhabiting the mother-daughter roles.

Repluse the Monkey

Repulsing the Monkey
        by Marc Miller on September 23, 2021

An imperfect meditation on trendiness and family, lifted considerably by being performed in a 380-year-old tavern.

The Book of Moron
by Deirdre Donovan on August 24, 2021

Robert Dubac’s biting satire can put you back in touch with your inner truth-seeker.


Fruma-Sarah (Waiting In The Wings)

        by Edward Rubin on July 28 2021

a series of wit and wisdom monologues, many of which rely heavily for their effectiveness, on Hoffman’s sure-fire delivery


Tennessee Rising: The Dawn of Tennessee Williams

        by Edward Rubin on June 30 2021

This heavily fact-filled script gifts us with Williams’ innermost feelings and thoughts, his friendships and love affairs, the people and books that influenced him and his relationship with his parents, and his beloved Glass Menagerie spawning sister Rose



        by Eugene Paul on March 12 2020

Stanley Townsend is magnificent in Sam Yate’s vivid production surrounding the great Paul Muldoon’s famous elegy.


Cambodian Rock Band

        by Eugene Paul on March 09 2020

A surging, horribly funny, flintly beautiful, expertly performed dive into the carefully forgotten Far East cauldron.


The Hot Wing King

        by Julia Polinsky on March 09 2020

Those tears in your eyes might be from the heat of some Suicide Flats, or from the heart of this tale of ambition, love, family, and Pili-Pili powder.


Blues for an Alabama Sky

        by Julia Polinsky on March 04 2020

A knockout performance from Alfie Fuller is the best thing about Keen Company’s presentation.

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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

        by Eugene Paul on February 28 2020

The issue is: what do two hetero couples do in one bed? Make a fun show?


Look Back in Anger

        by R. Pikser on February 26 2020

Still relevant and provocative and should be performed and thought about more often.


Chekhov/Tolstoy: Love Stories 

        by Arney Rosenblat on February 19 2020

an interesting tug of war between social reformer and artist historic in lesser known works of two of the world's greatest writers.

Between Riverside and Crazy
by Joel Benjamin on Feb. 25

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

Solo Performance

The Book of Moron
by Deirdre Donovan on August 24, 2021

Robert Dubac’s biting satire can put you back in touch with your inner truth-seeker.

The Miracle of Long Johns
By Edward Rubin on December 4, 2017

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


We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert
By Jeannie Lieberman on August 24, 2021
photos by Phil McAuliffe

And so as the battle against the virus continues,  we hope the concert will eventually.

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” Van Gogh
By Jeannie Lieberman on June 14, 2021

The Immersive Van Gogh exhibit at pier 36 a carefully thought out respectful audio/visual extravaganza, an homage assuring that Van Gogh's legacy lives on for the many young people and races at the exhibit

Confinement, from Sophocles to Sartre
Dramatists have long focused on the agonies and irritations of self-imposed or
enforced isolation

By Michael Billington on April 08, 2020

Interview with Ted Sperling, Artistic Director, conductor, orchestrator
The Gershwin’s Let ‘Em Eat Cake At Carnegie Hall
By Rachel Pacelli on November 19, 2019

"Don’t wait for the next production of Let ‘Em Eat’s been 30 years, it might be another 30 before it comes back."

Eddie Izzard: Wunderbar
By David Schultz on May 21, 2019

Run don’t walk, to see Eddie before he enters the political arena. Might be your last chance for the foreseeable future.

Cirque Du Soleil’s Luzia
By Eugene Paul on March 15, 2019

One of the best of the Cirque du Soleil offerings.

Come From Away: A Broadway 2nd Anniversary Celebration
By Deirdre Donovan on March 08, 2019

A rare opportunity at the 92Y to get up-close and personal with the creators and performers of this award winning musical.

Funny Girl: Trafalgar's Preview Screening of West End production
By Deirdre Donovan on October 22, 2018

Michael Mayer's new West End production released in cinemas on October 24th coincides with the 50th anniversary of the film that catapulted Barbra Streisand to stardom.

Big Apple Circus

By Edward Medina on November 09, 2017

Our circus has returned in glorious fashion.

Edward Albee'an interview

By David Schultz on Sept. 30,2016

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

Ira Biloiwt

on Sept. 22, 2016

Everybody Rise! A celebration of Elaine Stritch

By Jeanne Lieberman on Nov. 24

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

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

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


Sutton Foster in Conversation with Amy Sherman-Palladino
Hooked: How Crafting Saved My Life

By Deirdre Donovan on October 20, 2021
Two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster chatted with Amy Sherman-Palladino at the 92nd Street Y about her new memoir that explains how crafting has been a true life-saver for her.

92Y Lyrics & Lyricists: Jerry Herman, You I Like
By Deirdre Donovan on March 04, 2020
An aural feast celebrating a legendary lyricist-composer who was an eternal optimist in spite of our troubled times.

Richard Tucker Gala at Carnegie Hall
By Barry Bassis on November 07, 2019
Opera Stars Come Out for this prestigious annual concert.

Trio da Paz

By Barry Bassis on August 29, 2019
Brazilian Jazz comes to Dizzy’s Club.

The Django Reinhardt NY Festival Makes a Triumphant Return to Birdland

By Barry Bassis on July 29, 2019
Gypsy jazz will put a smile on your face.

John Bayless – One Hand One Heart – My Life and My Music

By Mary L Smith on May 07, 2019
This unique theatrical experience will inspire everyone to fulfill their destiny whatever it may be.


By Barry Bassis on May 06, 2019
What’s the Duke of Mantua doing in Las Vegas in the Metropolitan Opera’s production? Chasing chicks.

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

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

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.


Twyla Now

Twyla Now
By Deirdre Donovan on November 23, 2021

Twyla Tharp is still going strong at 80—and her four-part show at New York City Center proves that an expansive attitude trumps advancing age

Nederlands Dans Theater
By R. Pikser on March 10, 2020

Three choreographers offer critiques of the modern world in ultra-theatrical settings.

Women in Motion: Gilbey Dance Theater
By R. Pikser on February 19, 2020

Gibney Dance is doing extremely supportive work for the dance community and this program is an example of that support.


Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber
By David Schultz on March 13, 2020

A musical cornucopia of new interpretations of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s massive catalog.

By Edward Lieberman on February 14, 2020

an ode to the music of famed composer and saxophonist Louis Jordan, whose up tempo rhythm and blues creations are widely considered to be forerunners of rock ‘n roll and rap.

Lend Me A Tenor At the Westchester Broadway Theatre
By Eugene Paul on January 22, 2020

No subtleties, no holding back, just bright, brash, hilarious farce. Pure entertainment.

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Community once again United

God bless America!

God bless Kismet!!!


The Kismet crew of lifeguards for the handicapped:

By Jeannie

What they have in common is the desire to be helpful no matter how heavy the cart or how hot the sand and you cannot tip them to show your appreciation and so I am writing this article to thank them

thank you guys, thank you Kismet!


Joy and Sorrow
Under one roof

By Jeannie
On a nasty night Dive was faced with a challenge.


Kerry Canava:
New Star in the Kismet Galaxy

Tender, open and honest memoir of the impact on her life of her younger brother's suicide.


Arthur Lem Snapper Derby

One of the purist, most joyous, wholesome and equitable, gender neutral annual events in Kismet. Welcome Back!!

By Jeanne Lieberman

photos by Bradlee and Jeannie


Over The Piano

an evening of hope and optimism with the return of the Broadway Musical just weeks away

By Jeanne Lieberman


Over The Moon With Mooney

they give new meaning to " blow the roof off (or tent in this case)”

By Jeanne

The Dive Owner

Kismet Salutes July 4th

the marching band came alive with their insistent drum beat and hearts beat quicker spirits soared, and all were reminded of why they were here.

God Bless America

By Jeannie

The Dive Owner

Bartenders Admit Which Drinks They Can't Stand To See People Order

By Alicia Therese

The Dive Owner

Pizza Place to reopen as
under new ownership of Brian Mahoney

by Jeanne Lieberman

The Dive Owner



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Plethora of Pulchritudinous Pumpkins
At Jakes Carving Contest
Kismet’s got Talent

80 years later, vivid memories of historic Long Island Express hurricane

By Patricia Kitchen @patriciakitchen Updated September 21, 2018 10:34 AM

First Annual Kismet Surf Casting Contest

by Mark Ketcham

KISMET UPDATE: Life Goes On.......

Kismet Coastal Clean up

Notes from organizer Sam Wood


By Jeanne Lieberman



photos AZ
text Jeannie






Grace's design melding Grateful Dead with KFD Logos

Memorial Day
Cherry Grove
May 25, 2020


photos by Dennis & Wendy

Fire Island dredging halted for ‘emergency’ beach project near Mar-a-Lago

by Jon Levine

Bill Poindexter tribute

by Jeannie


by Marija Beqaj, Pat Hackett

Appeals court upholds plan to cull white-tailed deer population on Fire Island

by Vera Chinese

Kismet Historical Society Fundraiser

by Cheryl Dunbar Kahlke

Nat Halpern, Susan Welt         

Though separated by time, gender, and circumstance, what unites both Susan and Nat is that everyone loved them and they always left good feelings in their wake.


International Coastal Clean up: Keep Kismet Clean Day

We were the first community on the west end of FI to participate in this international coastal clean up         

Lydon & Kai's great adventure         



        by Laura Schmidt (FIN) - August 17, 2019

East Lighthouse Walk Annual Luau

East Lighthouse and guests had a good showing and many people stayed well into the night socializing and playing corn hole by cell phone light!!


Suzanne Westenhoefer

"Fearless, Bold, Unapologetic—and Freaking Hilarious"

        by Jeannie


This is but a taste of what Mooney nights are about
 Two more chances to experience them
        at the INN Aug 22 and AUG 29th

Comedy Night
Turns Firehouse into a Naughty Nightclub
by Jeannie

Laughter filled the street during the hilarious show and smiles lasted long afterward


by Tom Licari

Fifty years later we still fondly look back at the Woodstock experience
... the most memorable time of my life.

Maggie Fischer Memorial Cross Bay Swim

pictures and text by Wendy Schou

Kismet Festival Results

thrives in the heat!!!

Recently Sam Woods was featured in a TV Ad

Now Tim Mooney is on the cover of a trade publication

LICA Road Warriors Magazine

who's next for stardom?

Invasion 19

           by Jeannie

KLAW Digs for the Dough!

The often beleaguered Kismet Animal Welfare organization once again tantalized and delighted customers with incredible bargains, from cookware to chotchke's. One person's discards are another's interior design.
At supremely bargain prices everyone walks away happy - if not you'll see it for sale next year!

          pix by Jeannie


Early on a Friday morning the combined fire departments of Kismet
and Saltaire met at the old firehouse for their annual
Mutual Aid drill, where they practiced search and rescue, ladder drills,
EMS and radio coordination.
Pictures by Ken show it is potentially grueling. We thank them all.

Piro Propels Paws Applause
in stunning return to Cherry Grove Stage

pix & text by Jeannie on June 08, 2019

Kismet Homeowners Meeting June '19
Pedi Cabs, Port o Potties & Puddles

Busy schedule includes lots of cabaret divas,
a show about sex, and ends with a Stonewall Riot!!
(take a look)


Carol Thomas, citizen of Kismet

a “tough cookie”
the end came with surprising and merciful swiftness
A shock to us all

Study says going to the beach is good for your mental well-being
By POSITIVE OUTLOOKS on April 25, 2019

The Producers
By Karen Wahlberg and Denise Gibson on March 26, 2019

Opening Night in Babylon’s new Argyle theater was a non-stop laugh-fest.

Kismet Halloween, '18
A hallowed Halloween tradition hampered by a storm
Pix by Wendy on November 21, 2018

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

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

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

Remembering Joel
December 19, 1944 - September 8, 2012

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

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

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

By Jeannie on August 24, 2018

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

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

The packed Community House rocked with laughter

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

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

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

Pine Walk did it up!

by Jeannie on July 26, 2018

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

All About the Monarchs

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

Introduced by Alan Cumming at the Community House July 8
by Jeannie on July 12, 2018

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


by Jeannie on July 12, 2018


by Jeannie on July 12, 2018


by Jeannie on July 12, 2018


by Jeannie on July 10, 2018

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


by Jeannie on June 29, 2018


by Jeannie on June 22, 2018


'She was truly a child of Fire Island'

by Jeannie on June 21, 2018


The KCA returned to its time honored fundraising tradition.

by Jeannie on June 21, 2018

Kismet's Annual KLAW Auction & Flea market

proved some 'fleas' are good

by Jeannie on June 21, 2018

Annual Spring KCA (Kismet Community Association) Meeting

by Jeannie on June 06, 2018

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


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

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


New Jersey Governor signs bill preventing Offshore Drilling
Cuomo lags behind

by Reuters Staff on April 25, 2018

Remains of old Tappan Zee Bridge will be made into reef

by Shari Logan & Max Jaeger on April 19, 2018

Kismet Halloween17

by Jeanne Lieberman on March 07, 2018

Kismet Kandids - A look back Summer 17

by Jeanne Lieberman on March 07, 2018

Fed plan to drill for oil off LI draws bipartisan protest

Posted on March 03, 2018


Posted on February 08, 2018


Posted on February 08, 2018

Memorial for Kismet's "Mayor" Brian Crawford

Memorial for Fred "Dutch" Rosenberg



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