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Note to our readers

At this time of year I and my staff are usually scrambling for press seats for the always exciting new Fall Season
Instead there is………….. nothing We are told :

New York, NY – October 9, 2020 – The Broadway League announces the continued suspension of all ticket sales for Broadway performances in NYC through May 30, 2021

The Great White Way may be dark, but it is not Out!

The hundreds of thousands of people involved in what we fondly call “show Biz” will not and cannot let it die. Such is the psyche of performers and creators that they will not be denied. These creative energies have gone into countless zoom productions of increasingly innovative technology, enough streaming presentations to make one reach for the Dramamine and exciting reproductions of shows filmed in the past – when theater was live.

There is entertainment offered to satisfy the appetites of theater hungry readers from all areas of time and place; In one week I have enjoyed a full length opera from the Met (closed for the entire season) from better than a front seat, a long postponed visit to a favorite cabaret, plays from as far away as London or China, and/or as near as around the corner, a full length ballet and an intimate solo. And thank goodness for our glorious past which we can visit almost at will. It is exhausting to keep up but that is what Theaterscene will be dedicated to - providing our readers with time, location and links to these offerings weekly. We will not let our hard working, absurdly talented, often underpaid theater community die. So surf along with us as we stay current... until the real thing comes along

Thank you, Jeanne Lieberman
Publisher, Editor
Theaterscene.com


Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Revives Broadway for a Day

Among the things to be thankful for: Turkey is on the menu, your Uncle Charlie is not coming and, after a long absence, Broadway casts will be back onstage.
By Julia Jacobs

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Tony Nominations

Finally!!!

 

By Jeanne Lieberman

History: The Tonys, founded in 1947 and formally called the Antoinette Perry Awards, are presented by the American Theater Wing and the Broadway League. The awards honor plays and musicals that are staged in the 41 Broadway theaters, each of which has at least 500 seats, and most of which are around Times Square.

Nine months after the March shut down of the 2020 theater season (the longest in theater history) and months after their sister awards the Drama Desk were virtually presented June 9th, and Outer Critics Circle awards announced its honorees May 11th, the Tonys have finally delivered their nominations after a long gestation period with no hints at when the actual awards will be decided.

 

I can imagine this is no easy task to corral the 800 plus notoriously lazy Tony Awards voters each of whom must have seen (and remembered) the 3 or 4 shows in each category and will have to research reviews,  photos, summaries and videos (if luckily available) of each show along with performance and production credits to effectively vote in the following categories of each nominated show.

 

This is a lot of homework for this group of voters who must be goaded and sometimes strong armed by press agents into seeing shows other than the ones with which they are associated.

Membership is all industry related so that each member is connected to a show and in the best of times disinterested in productions other than their own when it comes to voting.

It seems doubly hard to get them to vote altogether at this time

other than to gain an honor for their shows which cannot even benefit from a box office bump when shows are shut down, thus questioning the commercial value of winning an award in this theater shut down environment.

 

Click here to see the nominations

Best Play

“Grand Horizons” by “Bess Wohl”
“The Inheritance” by Matthew López
“Sea Wall/A Life” by Simon Stephens & Nick Payne
“Slave Play” by Jeremy O. Harris
“The Sound Inside” by Adam Rapp

Best Musical

“Jagged Little Pill”
“Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
“Tina – The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Revival of a Play

“Betrayal” by Harold Pinter
“Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune” by Terrence McNally
“A Soldier’s Play” by 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” (Christopher Nightingale)
“The Inheritance” (Paul Englishby)
“The Rose Tattoo” (Fitz Patton and Jason Michael Webb)
“Slave Play” (Lindsay Jones)
“The Sound Inside” (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 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 Inheritanc

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a PlayJane 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 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”

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”

That said, this is an extremely truncated season with only 18 of perhaps 36 planned shows eligible.

The early cutoff for nominated productions — Feb. 19 rather than the end of April produced some unique problems:

 the award for best musical revival had to be eliminated; no musical revivals had opened as of the Feb. 19 cutoff. (Not coincidentally, the revival of “West Side Story” opened on Feb. 20.)

 

“Moulin Rouge,” adapted from director Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 cinematic extravaganza, is in the running with only two other entries for best musical: “Jagged Little Pill,” based on the music of Alanis Morissette, and “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.” 

 

 

Another anomaly in the 74th awards: Because none of these shows feature music written expressly for the stage, the five productions vying for best score are — for the first time ever — all plays

 

The best actor in a leading role, a category that had only two possible nominees: Aaron Tveit in “Moulin Rouge” and Chris McCarrell in “The Lightning Thief”? An obscure rule, now forever to be known as the Tveit Exception, all but handed him the award without the pretense of a competition

 

Because three of the four new musicals were ineligible jukebox shows, and the fourth was, once again, “The Lightning Thief,” the nominators chose to acknowledge music written for plays, including “Slave Play,” “The Inheritance” and “The Sound Inside.” Though all very effective, they are hardly in the level of “Carousel” and “Hamilton,” coming off as a feeble gerrymander.

 

 

The favorites:

Adrienne Warren, the odds-on favorite for best actress in a musical, for her electrifying turn in “Tina”; Mary-Louise Parker, for her tour-de-force work in “The Sound Inside”; Sahr Ngaujah, the Toulouse-Lautrec of “Moulin Rouge”; and Lauren Patten, whose dynamite delivery of “You Oughta Know” is the standout moment of “Jagged Little Pill.”

 

 

The lead acting categories for plays feature some of the more competitive contests: Laura Linney for Rona Munro’s monodrama, “My Name Is Lucy Barton,” vying with Parker, “Slave Play’s” Joaquina Kalukango, and the oft-nominated Audra McDonald for “Frankie and Johnny.”

 

The scrum for best actor in a play is the most crowded, with six contenders: Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge for “Sea Wall/A Life”; Tom Hiddleston for “Betrayal”; Blair Underwood in “A Soldier’s Play”; Andrew Burnap for “The Inheritance”; and Ian Barford, who in Tracy Letts’s “Linda Vista” offered one of the season’s less heralded but most acutely sculpted turns.

 

The earliest possible date they will resume is June 1, 2021 — by a long-shot the lengthiest hiatus in Broadway history. 

Still, the Tonys will go ahead, honoring a truncated season as many of the planned spring shows — “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Six” and “Plaza Suite,” among them — have not opened yet, and some — “West Side Story,” “Girl From The North Country” — opened too late. only a few shows that are in the running have plans to return.

 

The 74th Annual Tony Awards will air on a to-be-announced date on CBS. They have indicated that the ceremony will be virtual, rather than in person, hoping to hold the ceremony in December or January And they expect it to be streamed online, not broadcast on television.

Of course, for lovers of Broadway, even an under-trafficked red carpet in Times Square would represent a welcome mat. With the 2020-2021 Broadway season a washout, we will, it seems, have to wait to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Tonys until 2022.

 

Coming Up……………….



Photo by Keo Oran via unsplash.

American Theatre Critics Association’s 2020 Conference: The Next Normal

What good is sitting alone in your room — when through the magic of Zoom, you can join fellow arts journalists from around the country for a weekend of education, inspiration and commiseration?

ATCA’s first virtual conference will be held Friday-Sunday, Nov. 13-15, 2020! Our theme is “The Next Normal,” and we’ve asked theater leaders from around the country to join us.

You’ll meet some of the top names in the industry, including Oskar Eustis (The Public Theater) interviewed by Pulitzer-nominated critic Soraya Nadia McDonald. You'll hear from playwright/author Richard Wesley (“The Mighty Gents”), “A Strange Loop” creator Michael R. Jackson, and the musical theater duo of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (“Ragtime,” "Anastasia"). Maya Phillips, the New York Times' inaugural arts critic fellow, is set to give our 2020 Perspectives in Criticism address.

In a series of panels and one-on-one conversations, regional artistic directors will discuss the challenges of 2020 and producers will share how their shows are faring while stages are dark. We’ll hear from award-winning playwrights, talk about mental health care for writers and explore what inclusive theater could look like on the other side of COVID-19. We even have some live performances and cabaret-drag trivia in the mix.

Stay tuned to this page and the weekly ATCA UPDATE newsletter for the latest developments

 

Click here to view full Agenda

AGENDA*
(note all times Eastern Standard Time)

FRIDAY | NOVEMBER 13, 2020 

1:00 PM WELCOME to ATCA 2020: The Next Normal

ATCA chair Martha Wade Steketee and conference committee co-chair Lou Harry

SESSION: Conversation with Oskar Eustis and Soraya Nadia McDonald 

2:30 PM SESSION: Arts & Activism: Covering Social Justice Theater 

Kelundra Smith in conversation with:

Murielle Borst-Tarrant, Kuna/ Rappahannock Nations; author and activist.

Snehal Desai, artistic director, East West Players

Rohan Preston, theater critic at the Minneapolis Star Tribune

Diany Rodriguez, co-founder of IDEA ATL

Kinan Valdez, producing artistic director, El Teatro Campesino

4:00 PM SESSION: Musicals Reinventing Form

Michael R. Jackson, playwright, composer, lyricist, "A Strange Loop" with Jiles King

5:00 PM PERSPECTIVES IN CRITICISM: Maya Phillips, arts critic fellow, The New York Times

7:00 PM SCREENING: Horton Foote: The Road to Home

2020 documentary screening followed by director Anne Rapp, daughters Hallie Foote and Daisy Foote, and friend and colleague Michael Wilson in conversation with Michael Barnes. View the trailer here.

LATE NIGHT: post-show chat

SATURDAY | NOVEMBER 14, 2020

12:00 PM GENERAL MEETING ATCA 2020

ATCA Chair Martha Wade Steketee and ATCA leaders welcome old and new members, and report on 2020 member survey, the new website, professional issues, and ATCA future plans.

1:30 PM SESSION: Meeting the Moment: Regional theaters rethink work amid pandemic and push for equity

Elizabeth Kramer in conversation with:

Robert Barry Fleming, artistic director, Actors Theatre of Louisville

Jacob G. Padrón, artistic director, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, Conn.

Stephanie Ybarra, artistic director, Baltimore Center Stage 

3:00 PM SESSION: The Future of Broadway: Producers on what's next for shuttered shows

Frank Rizzo in conversation with: 

Mara Isaacs, producer, "Hadestown"

Brian Moreland, producer, "The Lifespan of a Fact," "Blue" at the Apollo Theater

Jeffrey Seller, producer, "RENT," "Hamilton" 

4:30 PM SESSION: Prize-winning playwrights

Kerry Reid in conversation with:

Lee Edward Colston II, “The First Deep Breath”

Chandler Hubbard, “Animal Control”

E.M. Lewis, “How the Light Gets In”

Dan McCabe, “The Purists”

Stephanie Alison Walker, “The Madres”

6:00 PM DINNER BREAK: Conference Cocktails with Brian Bartels and Lindsay Christians

7:00 PM Theater Trivia with Beneva Fruitville

SUNDAY | NOVEMBER 15, 2020

12:00 PM SESSION: Animals on Stage with Bill Berloni and Frank Rizzo

1:00 PM Q&A: Self-care for Journalists with Laura DeSantis, licensed psychotherapist

2:00 PM SESSION: Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens 

Jay Handelman talks with composers of “Ragtime” and “Anastasia” about openings overseas, working through the pandemic and the state of theater 

3:15 PM SESSION: New Book Hour

Misha Berson in conversation with:

Michael Reidel, "Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway"

Howard Sherman, "Another Day's Begun: Thornton Wilder's Our Town in the 21st Century"

Richard Wesley, "It's Always Loud in the Balcony: A Life in Black Theater, From Harlem to Hollywood and Back"

4:30 PM FAREWELL to ATCA 2020: The Next Normal

Lou Harry hosts special guest [to be announced]

* All sessions conducted via Zoom. Subject to change and availability of invited guests.


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

by BY RYAN MCPHEE
SEP 23, 2020

DON'T WORRY! ENTERTAINMENT IS BUT A LINK AWAY

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

by Jeanne Lieberman

plus more entertainment links

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

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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


Former Drama Desk President William Wolf Passes Away

by Broadway World News Desk  (3/31/2020)

 

Broadway World is saddened to report that William Wolf, former President of the Drama Desk, passed away from virus complications on Saturday, March 28. He is survived by his wife, Lillian Kramer Wolf.

Photos by Ed Rubin

William Wolf, critic, author, educator and lecturer, served two years as Chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle and was a member of the National Society of Film Critics, the New York Film Critics Online, the Online Film Critics Society, P. E. N., the American Theatre Critics Association, the International Association of Theatre Critics, and the American Association of University Professors.
 

He served as President of the Drama Desk, an organization of critics and writers on the theater, and previously served for two years on its nominating committee for the Drama Desk Awards and is on the Drama Desk Executive Board.

 

In 1998 he founded and began publishing the Wolf Entertainment Guide on the Internet

At New York University, he was an Adjunct Professor and taught Film as Literature in the English Department and Cinema and Literature in the French Department.

Wolf was for many years film critic and film editor for Cue Magazine (1964-1980), and when Cue was merged into New York Magazine, he became a critic and contributing editor, writing the magazine's On Film column (1980-1983).

He subsequently became the syndicated film critic and columnist for the Gannett newspaper chain (1984-1988).

 

Wolf's articles have appeared in newspapers throughout the United States, publications abroad, and various national and international magazines and prestigious annuals.

Wolf is the author of Landmark Films: The Cinema and Our Century , which he wrote in collaboration with his wife, Lillian Kramer Wolf, and of The Marx Brothers. He has contributed chapters on "Easy Rider" and "Duck Soup" to "The A List: 100 Essential Films" a collection of reviews by members of the National Society of Film Critics, and "The Eroticism of Words" and "Kinsey" chapters in the National Society's sequel, "The X List."


As yet, no funeral or memorial plans are being announced, and Bill’s family hasn’t designated a preferred recipient or recipients of memorial gifts.

 

Editor's note: Wherever a Drama Desk function or on press nights I always shared time with Bill and Lillian, They were inseparable and my heart goes out to Lillian. I used to call Bill "Mr. President".  He was the ultimate nice guy, clever caring and coherent.

I am deeply shocked and saddened at the sudden loss.

He shall be greatly missed.

                                             Jeanne Lieberman, Publisher



Columns

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

Internet - Musicals

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

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

Outstanding.

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.

Tootsie
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.

Beetlejuice
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.

Anastasia
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

Waitress
by David Schultz On May.4, 2016

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

Hamilton
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

Aladdin
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

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.

The Great Society
        by Deirdre Donovan on December 16, 2019

Robert Schenkkan’s companion piece to All the Way settles in with a star-studded cast and a ton of testosterone.

The Inheritance
        by David Schultz on December 08, 2019

A modern gay intergenerational riff on Howard’s End, operatic in scope.

The Rose Tattoo
        by Fern Siegel on October 24, 2019

Set in 1950 along the Gulf Coast, tells the story of Serafina Delle Rose, a bereft but lusty Sicilian woman.

Linda Vista
        by Eugene Paul on October 22, 2019

Playwright Tracy Letts and the Steppenwolf Company at their scathing best.

The Height Of The Storm
        by Ron Cohen on October 03, 2019

Majestic performances illuminate the interplay of love, death and memory.

Betrayal
        by Ron Cohen on September 12, 2019

A trio of terrific actors and little else make for potent Pinter.

Sea Wall/A Life
        by Fern Siegel on August 15, 2019

A searing look at life and death.

Frankie & Johnny In The Clair De Lune
        by Eugene Paul on June 13, 2019

Audra McDonald. Michael Shannon. Terrence McNally. Arin Arbus. Pure gold.

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

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

The Ferryman
By Eugene Paul on November 14, 2018

One of the outstanding bounties of this or any other season.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 and 2
By Julia Polinsky on May 4, 2018

Enough theater magic to fill the eyes, story to satisfy the mind, and character to touch the heart.

The Play that Goes Wrong
By Eugene Paul on Apr. 20, 2017
Sometimes you just plain need a mad, crude, hysterically funny whirlwind to blow away the cobwebs. This is it.

Constellations
by Joel Benjamin on Jan. 20

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

Off-Broadway - Musicals

The 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.

Evita New York City Center Annual Gala Presentation
By Deirdre Donovan on November 27, 2019

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s 1979 rock-opera about politics, passion, and glamour gives new psychological depths to the eponymous character.

Cyrano - A New Group Musical Starring Peter Dinklage
By Arney Rosenblat on November 19, 2019

A worthwhile addition to the cache of Cyrano de Bergerac adaptations.

Little Shop of Horrors
By David Schultz on November 11, 2019

Returning to its roots, this joyfully demented revival thrills.

Fifty Million Frenchmen
By Rachel Pacelli on October 14, 2019

A showcase of Cole Porter’s hits - is as light and frothy as a French meringue

Love, Noel: The Songs and Letters of Noel Coward
By Deirdre Donovan on September 03, 2019

A portrait of Coward with his feet up and wit intact

Bat Out of Hell
By Arney Rosenblat on August 22, 2019

"If you don't go over the top, how are you going to see what's on the other side?"

The Secret Life of Bees
By Fern Siegel on July 17, 2019

The musical adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd’s novel is beautifully realized, championing female empowerment.

Working: The Musical
By Deirdre Donovan on July 10, 2019

Encores! Off-Center 's poignant and sensitive update of Studs Terkel’s 1974 classic becomes a timely homage to immigrants and New York City Center itself.

An Evening with Gavin Creel
By Deirdre Donovan on June 28, 2019

An emigree from the Buckeye State regales an audience at the 92nd Street Y with classics from the American Songbook and backstage stories from Broadway.

Enter Laughing
By Deirdre Donovan on June 20, 2019

The York Theatre Company looks into their past and excavates a musical theater gem for their 50th anniversary year.

Encores! High Button Shoes
By David Schultz & Jeanne Lieberman on June 13, 2019

Few experiences can generate the pure unadulterated joy of this 1947 musical. That 10 minute ballet is sheer musical nirvana.

Sondheim: Wordplay
By Deirdre Donovan on April 12, 2019

The 92nd Street Y’s Lyrics & Lyricists series takes a closer look at Sondheim’s preternatural gift for wordplay.

I Married an Angel
Encores! At New York City Center

By Julia Polinsky on March 29, 2019

Encores! Does a terrific job, the dancing is magnificent, but the story falls short, in Rodgers and Hart’s I Married an Angel at City Center.

The Other Josh Cohen
By Julia Polinsky on March 26, 2019

Fun songs, frenetic pacing, and a terrific cast tell the tale of a pathetic-but-charming shlub who wins out in the end.

Yes I Can: The Sammy Davis, Jr. Songbook
By Deirdre Donovan on March 05, 2019

The 92nd Street Y’s “Lyrics & Lyricists” series celebrates Black History Month with the genius of Sammy Davis, Jr.

Clueless, The Musical
By Edward Rubin on January 07, 2019

Clueless is back, this time as a two and a half hour, acrobatically dance-heavy, in-your-face, over the top, teenage hormonal-exploding, fun-filled, six-piece band-backed musical.

All is Calm
By Jeanne Lieberman on December 18, 2018

“For one day, no man's land became everyman's land.”
This should be a perennial for Christmas, Easter and/or anytime your faith in humanity needs healing

Midnight at the Never Get
by Deirdre Donovan on October 22, 2018

The new musical at the York Theatre about a young gay couple in the 60s has some good moments but lacks magic.

Smokey Joe's Café
by Jeanne Lieberman on August 03, 2018

Is it alright to enjoy a musical without message? Yes!!!

The Sting
by Jeannie Lieberman on April 20, 2018

Brace yourself Broadway! A Big Brawny Musical may be heading your way led by Harry Connick, Jr. and a tireless troupe of terpsichorean tap dancers.

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

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Incantata

        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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Look Back in Anger

        by R. Pikser on February 26 2020

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

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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.

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Paradise Lost

        by Eugene Paul on February 19 2020

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The Journey

        by Eugene Paul on February 13 2020

A shaggy dog story, rambling, episodic, somewhat like an ayahuascan experience, its central theme.

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Woman in Black

        by David Schultz on February 11 2020

Aughhh! Eek!! Hohum...

Halfway Bitches Go Straight To Heaven

Medea

        by David Schultz on February 10 2020

A clinical modern reboot of Euripides Greek Tragedy softens the horror.

Halfway Bitches Go Straight To Heaven

The Confession of Lily Dare

        by Marc Miller on February 04 2020

Charles Busch’s mockup of a distinct pre-Code genre is a wall-to-wall smile, but the better you know the genre, the more you’ll smile.

Halfway Bitches Go Straight To Heaven

Halfway Bitches Go Straight To Heaven

        by David Schultz on January 22 2020

Pulitzer Prize Winner Stephen Adly Guirgis creates a harrowing theatrical experience in his inimitable style once again.

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London Assurance

        by Eugene Paul on January 03 2020

A treat for the holidays, buoyant, infectious, in fact a treat for any time.

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One in Two

        by Ron Cohen on December 31 2019

Urgent, courageous and meaningful theatre.

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Judgment Day

        by Arney Rosenblat on December 29, 2019

A stark parable on guilt and the dangers of mob mentality set in a time when the concept of truth is under assault.

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Is This A Room

        by Julia Polinsky on December 28, 2019

A brilliant, soul-scouring performance by Emily Davis makes Is This A Room deeply rewarding -- and challenging -- to watch.

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Young Man From Atlanta

        by Fern Siegel on December 23, 2019

Deception and defeat dog the grieving Kidder family.

Greater Clements

        by Marc Miller on December 19, 2019

Anomie in the hinterlands, and so drawn out that we’re made to feel it too. But a blazing turn by Edmund Donovan.

The Thin Place

        by Eugene Paul on December 16, 2019

Don’t you just love a good spooky story? What’s your spook tolerance?

Harry Townsend’s Last Stand

        by Ron Cohen on December 13, 2019

Fine performances yield laughs and some tears as father and son debate aging with naturalistic craftsmanship and genuine sentiments.

MsTRIAL

        by Julia Polinsky on December 11, 2019

Deals with men, women, power, and rape. A terrible subject that this play somehow has made tedious..

Seared

        by Arney Rosenblat on December 03, 2019

There's a sizeable sizzle for both Foodies and non-Foodies to enjoy in the new Theresa Rebeck play.

The Sound Inside

        by Eugene Paul on November 27, 2019

One of the brightest gems of the season, a strong awards contender.

Einstein’s Dreams

        by Eugene Paul on November 27, 2019

In many ways, a beauty.

Bella Bella

        by Julia Polinsky on November 19, 2019

Harvey Fierstein’s magnificent presence, impeccable timing, simmering anger delivers pithy commentary and harsh humor.

Macbeth

        by Ron Cohen on November 14, 2019

The hurly-burly boils over thoughtfully, moodily and briskly in this production of one of Shakespeare's most popular tragedies.

Dublin Carol

        by Barry Bassis on November 04, 2019

Tears in the Whiskey.

The Hope Hypothesis

        by Julia Polinsky on November 04, 2019

Asks more questions than it answers, including: what’s the solution? Horrifying? Humorous? It may be both.

Fern Hill

        by Barry Bassis on October 24, 2019

A Commune for Aging Baby Boomers.

(A)loft Modulation

        by Barry Bassis on October 22, 2019

All that jazz is the best part.

How I Found an Affordable Apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan without Really Trying

        by Deirdre Donovan on October 18, 2019

Charles Gross’ new one-man play, delicious as a fresh bagel with a schmear of laughter, wit, and romance

Caesar and Cleopatra

        by Ron Cohen on September 25, 2019

A Shaw classic get a classy revival.

Only Yesterday

        by Ron Cohen on September 16, 2019

The music is missing but the spirit is there in this tale of two Beatles waiting out a storm in a Florida motel room.

Coriolanus

        by Arney Rosenblat on August 15, 2019

In these unsettling political times an exploration of democracy slipping off the rails has become increasingly relevant.

Rinse, Repeat

        by Ron Cohen on August 13, 2019

A young woman’s battle with anorexia compelling explored through the lens of a family drama.

Little Gem

        by Ron Cohen on August 13, 2019

Resilience and ribaldry as a trio of Dublin women have their say about life and love.

Summer Shorts: A Festival of New American Plays
HERE I LIE by Courtney Baron; directed by Maria Mileaf
INTERIOR by Nick Payne, based on the Maurice Maeterlinck play; directed by Rory McGregor
THE BRIDGE PLAY by Danielle Trzcinski; directed by Sarah Cronk

        by Julia Polinsky on July 29, 2019

The three plays of Series A look at death from outside (Interior), inside (Here I Lie), and almost as an aside (Bridge Play).

Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow
        by Ron Cohen on July 25, 2019

The language is coarse but the humanity compelling in this Chekhov adaptation.

The Rolling Stone
        by Fern Siegel on July 23, 2019

Sex and religion meet on a deadly playing field in Uganda.

Toni Stone
        by Ron Cohen on June 25, 2019

You won’t need peanuts and Crackerjack. This show is a vivifying as a hit-filled day at the ballpark.

The Mountains Look Different
        by Marc Miller on June 25, 2019

The Mint does its usual splendid work resurrecting a forgotten play, and a darn solid one at that, by the unsung Micheal mac Liammoir.

Much Ado About Nothing
        by Barry Bassis on June 24, 2019

Black and Beautiful, a strong directorial debut for Kenny Leon at the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park.

Octet
        by Eugene Paul on June 13, 2019

Possibly the most brilliant theatrical work of the year.

Long Lost
        by Ron Cohen on June 11, 2019

A well-crafted if somewhat muted drama examines the strains and strengths of familial ties and obligation.

Socrates
        by Arney Rosenblat on June 03, 2019

Brilliant prescient play question the strengths and weaknesses inherent in democratic rule .

Hans Christian Andersen: Tales Real & Imagined
        by Arney Rosenblat on May 29, 2019

The saddest fairy tale of all, the life that Andersen lived.

Postings To The Moon
        by Fern Siegel on May 22, 2019

A portrait of a bygone era and an enduring love story.

Electronic City
        by R. Pikser on April 29, 2019

An intriguingly stylized critique of what our lives have become, carried to extremes .

Juno and the Paycock
        by Fern Siegel on April 22, 2019

Revolution — political and familial — is in the air as the Boyle family battles economic and social unrest.

The Lehman Trilogy
        by Arney Rosenblat on April 16, 2019

A mesmerizing odyssey of how an American Dream can devolve into an American Debacle

Do You Feel Anger?
        by Fern Siegel on April 12, 2019

Harassing women is an issue that should be confronted on stage. But the template is drama, not a sexist swing at absurdity.

Nantucket Sleigh Ride
        by Eugene Paul on April 10, 2019

Quite beyond being amused, Guare’s tour de force wrapped in director Zaks’s showbiz trappings is a feast become fast food.

The Cradle Will Rock
        by Eugene Paul on April 10, 2019

The Cool, attractive, more an homage than a fiery presentation of Blitzstein’s original fury.

The Mother
        by David Schultz on April 08, 2019

Acclaimed actress Isabelle Huppert is the reason, and Only reason to see this overwrought drama.

Smart Blonde
        by Ron Cohen on March 29, 2019

A brisk, sympathetic and cluttered journey through the life of a memorable star, Judy Holliday.

Vilna
        by Julia Polinsky on March 28, 2019

The huge, terrible story of the 1930s mass execution of 80,000 Jewish residents, pregnant with horror and rage, somehow does not deliver the drama.

Surely Goodness and Mercy
        by Ron Cohen on March 18, 2019

A play of such buoyant spirit, it may well move you deeply and happily.

“Daddy” A Melodrama
        by David Schultz on March 15, 2019

This phantasmagoric treatise on fame, art, daddy issues, sex, and desire is a heady mix. More a mashup

Seawall/A Life
        by Arney Rosenblat on March 15, 2019

Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllennhaal in two haunting visual memories explore life, death and their often random intersection

The Cake
        by Ron Cohen on March 11, 2019

The frosting is piled high on this mix of problem play and heart-warming comedy.

LOOKING FOR LEROY
        by R. Pikser on March 08, 2019

This tribute to the late Imamu Amiri Baraka, Black theater icon, poses problems that all thinking people must confront.

Waiting for Godot in Yiddish
        by Julia Polinsky on January 10, 2019

the most likable Waiting for Godot imaginable

Life X 3
By Eugene Paul on November 27, 2018

Handsomely mounted, directed, acted, insightfully clever, incitefully mean.

WELCOME TO PASSION NATION
By Jeannie Lieberman on November 20, 2018

One of a kind immersive dinner/theater experience.

Fashions for Men
by Joel Benjamin on Mar. 4

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

John & Jen
by Joel Benjamin on Mar. 3

A small show with big emotions, illuminated through the writing of Lippa and Greenwald and given life by Conor Ryan and Kate Baldwin.

Between Riverside and Crazy
by Joel Benjamin on Feb. 25

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

Solo Performance

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.

FEATURES

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 Cake...it’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.

Cabaret/Concerts/Opera's

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.

Rigoletto

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.

Dance

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.

The Dancing Crane company
By R. Pikser on November 19, 2019

Remind us why people dance and why people go to see dance as they maintaining song and dance of Georgia in its new land.

Kathryn Posin Dance
By R. Pikser on September 19, 2019

Posin continues to exploit her admirable intelligence and to experiment with it.

Lori Belilove
The Isadora Duncan Dance Company

By R. Pikser on April 12, 2019

A warm and inspiring exposure to one of the great dance revolutionaries of the 20th century.

Ballet Contemporáneo de Camagüey
By R. Pikser on March 18, 2019

Excellent technique and easy execution of demanding choreography mark this Cuban company which should be welcomed to the U.S.

Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company: Intersections
By R. Pikser on March 05, 2019

A retrospective that offered some imaginative moments and an opportunity for an experienced and a younger dancer to move us profoundly.

Asase Yaa
Drum Love

By R. Pikser on February 13, 2019

A living reminder of the vitality of music, dance, and the power of community.

Ballet Inc. THE SERIES: Vol. 1
By Roberta Pikser on Aug. 27

Two evening samplers, comprising 34 choreographers, demonstrate the necessity for clarity in organization and in creativity and performance.

Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games
By Julia Polinsky on Dec. 11

Big, bold, spectacle wrapped around a simple storyline in Michael Flatley’s fabulous flambuoyant farewell tour

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
By Joel Benjamin on Dec. 30

Three new works expand the techniques and expressive power of this exciting troupe’s dancers.

Regionals

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.

FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE
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.

Chasing Rainbows The Road To Oz
By David Schultz on October 14, 2019

Wistful Tuner delves into the early years of Frances Gumm AKA Judy Garland

On Your Feet
By Edward Lieberman on June 30, 2019

For its summer production WBT is cranking up the heat!

Newsies
By Edward Lieberman on May 12, 2019

An exuberant and energetic re-telling of a true story that will inspire, entertain and educate a youthful audience at the same time!

The Bodyguard: The Musical
By Edward Lieberman on May 09, 2019

Benny & Joon
By David Schultz on April 18, 2019

This film to musical incarnation is infused with whimsy, heartfelt emotion and a graceful warmth. Going crazy never looked so good.

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.

Menopause The Musical
by Edward Lieberman on March 18, 2019

BEWARE THE CHANGE! That’s the message of the current production at the Westchester Broadway Theatre

The Foreigner
by Edward and Jeanne Lieberman on December 06, 2018

The Armonk Players' current production of The Foreigner features an outstanding cast in a madcap comedy that is arguably more timely today than when it was first written in 1984.

Holiday Inn
by David Schultz on November 29, 2018

The holidays are gloriously brought back to life with the invigorating revival at The Paper Mill Playhouse

Anything Goes
by Edward Lieberman on July 26, 2018

Fascination with opulence and celebrity provides a welcome diversion from the news of today, as it did when it opened during the depths of the Depression!

Clever Little Lies
by Eugene Paul on July 03, 2018

Playwright Joe Di Pietro's frothy summer lite comedy has a kicker. Watch out.

Halftime
by David Schultz on June 20, 2018

Hip-hop dancing seniors move to center court in this Broadway Bound tuner.

Will Rogers Follies: Goodspeed Opera House
by Edward Lieberman on June 15, 2018

Goodspeed theatergoers are fortunate to have the great Will portrayed by the equally great David M. Lutken, well worth the price of admission all by himself!

The Sting
by Jeannie Lieberman on April, 20, 2018

Brace yourself Broadway! A Big Brawny Musical may be heading your way led by Harry Connick, Jr. and a tireless troupe of terpsichorean tap dancers.


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Congratulations to our
2020 HOMECOMING QUEEN
IKEA!


We want to especially thank the other contestants,

Levonia Jenkins and Davida Jones
for their exceptional presentation!
It was a difficult decision for sure as all three
were perfect candidates to represent the Community!!!!

We also want to thank our loyal and generous members who have come out to support The Arts Project during these difficult times!

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By Patricia Kitchen patricia.kitchen@newsday.com @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

TRIUMVIRATE TRIUMPHS IN PURCHASE OF BOATEL

By Jeanne Lieberman

KISMET UPDATE 2:
ELECTED & ENGAGED

KISMET UPDATE:
NOT OVER YET

KISMET'S KLAW FUNDRAISER at Carolines
photos AZ
text Jeannie

KISMET UPDATE:
THE SUMMER THAT WASN’T

KISMET UPDATE:
LIFE & DEATH & VOTING RIGHTS

KISMET CREATIVITY GOES FROM CUTE TO COSMIC
for JULY 4 CELEBRATION

KISMET'S NEW ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

KISMET'S NEW FASHION STATEMENT

Grace's design melding Grateful Dead with KFD Logos


LETTER OF REMEMBRANCE
Memorial Day
Cherry Grove
May 25, 2020


KISMET UPDATE: MAY 15th
BEACHES,MARINA OPEN


photos by Dennis & Wendy

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

by Jon Levine

Bill Poindexter tribute

by Jeannie

LATEST ON FIRE ISLAND DEER HUNT

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         



        

INTERVIEW: FINS SUPERINTENDENT ALEXCY ROMERO

        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

MOONEY MAGIC at the INN

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

RECOLLECTIONS OF WOODSTOCK + 50

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

KISMET FESTIVAL by the BAY
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

KFD SALTAIRE DRILL June 7 '19

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

CHERRY GROVE'S ARTS PROJECT 2019
Busy schedule includes lots of cabaret divas,
a show about sex, and ends with a Stonewall Riot!!
(take a look)

KISMET’S DERBY WINNERS (no replay) HERE:
DERBY HATS GRACE THE RACE

Carol Thomas, citizen of Kismet

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

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!

KISMET COMMUNITY DAY A HUGE $UCCE$$
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

CYNTHIA NIXON at CLUB CUMMING, CHERRY GROVE
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'

THE 43RD ANNUAL CHERRY GROVE/PINES INVASION

by Jeannie on July 12, 2018

MOONEY MADNESS AT THE INN

by Jeannie on July 12, 2018

THE WOMEN OF CLUB CUMMING:
A PUNGENT POTPOURRI OF PERFORMERS

HOSTED BY ALAN CUMMING
by Jeannie on July 12, 2018

KISMET's JULY 4 PARADE '18

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

KISMET KOMEDY KLUB a KNOCKOUT SUCCESS A FIREHOUSE FULL OF SURPRISES.



by Jeannie on June 29, 2018

PAWS PAUSE for a CAUSE



by Jeannie on June 22, 2018

A MOVING TRIBUTE TO PAIGE KEELY

'She was truly a child of Fire Island'

by Jeannie on June 21, 2018

AMY'S AUCTION ROCKS THE OUT

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.

MUGS FOR MUGSY

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

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

Jeannie

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

MOONEY'S MAGIC AGAIN MANUFACTURES MIDWEEK MUSICAL MERRIMENT AT THE INN

Posted on February 08, 2018

CARTOON ALLEY END OF SEASON
BLACK & WHITE PARTY


Posted on February 08, 2018

Memorial for Kismet's "Mayor" Brian Crawford



Memorial for Fred "Dutch" Rosenberg






Press Release

Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society
Aug. 22, 2019

 

 

September    
Sunday 1 Art Workshop
11 am – 3 pm with artist David Adams
Collage on fabric and paper with abstracts.
     
Sunday 8 Grandparents Day
Spend the day with your grandchildren at the Lighthouse.  Grandparents climb the Tower for free.  Children must be 42” tall to climb.
     
Saturday 14 Light Keepers Behind the Scenes Tour
9 am – Follow one of our present day Lighthouse Keepers on his rounds.  This bottom to top tour takes you from the auxiliary generator and the Light Keepers workshop in the basement of the Keeper’s Quarters to the beacon in the lantern room of the lighthouse tower. Learn how Lighthouse Keepers in the 1860’s to 2019 maintained the light.  Includes a tour of the Lens Building, which houses our original first order Fresnel Lens, and the Boat House.  Tour takes approximately 2 ½ hours.    $15 for FILPS Members/$20 for non-members – Reservations required. Limit 12 people.
     
Saturday 14 Evening Tower Tour
6:30 pm- Experience the sunset from a new perspective.  View the sunset and the Strawberry Moon 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 7:06 pm.
     
October    
Saturday 12 Light Keepers Behind the Scenes Tour
9 am – Follow one of our present day Lighthouse Keepers on his rounds.  This bottom to top tour takes you from the auxiliary generator and the Light Keepers workshop in the basement of the Keeper’s Quarters to the beacon in the lantern room of the lighthouse tower. Learn how Lighthouse Keepers in the 1860’s to 2019 maintained the light.  Includes a tour of the Lens Building, which houses our original first order Fresnel Lens, and the Boat House.  Tour takes approximately 2 ½ hours.    $15 for FILPS Members/$20 for non-members – Reservations required. Limit 12 people.
Saturday 12 Lantern Light Tour- “Path through History”
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm (tours leave at 15 minute intervals)-Meet in Field #5 RMSP.  Enjoy an escorted lantern light walk along the beach & through the swale as stationed interpreters unfold the stories of the United States Life Saving Service & Fire Island Light Station.  $10 per person – Reservations required.  Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight for your walk back to the parking field.  The Tower will remain open until 9 pm at regular fees.
Sunday 13 Evening Tower Tour
5:45 pm- Experience the sunset from a new perspective.  View the sunset and the Hunters Moon 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 6:18 pm.
     
November    
Monday 11 Thank you to all our United States Veterans!
Free Tower Tours during regular operating hours to all veterans who served in the military.
Tuesday 12 Evening Tower Tour
4 pm- Experience the sunset from a new perspective.  View the sunset and the Beaver Moon 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 4:39 pm.
Saturday 30 Tree Trimming Event
10 am – 3 pm.  Kick off the holiday season by helping us decorate our holiday tree.  Bring a handmade ornament relating to the sea, nature or the Lighthouse to hang on our tree.  Free hot chocolate and cookies.
Saturday 30 Thanksgiving Weekend Evening Tower Tour
4 pm - Experience the Lighthouse at night while working off some of those holiday calories. Bring a flashlight for your walk back to the parking field.  $15 for FILPS Members/$20 for non-members – Reservations Required.  Sunset 4:27 pm.

Call (631) 661-4876 to make all reservations

  

The Lighthouse and museum is open all year round.  Winter hours are 10am - 4pm daily until December 15-then 10 am to 4pm weekdays and 11am to 4pm weekends.  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. Call for tower availability.


The Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society

4640 Captree Island, Captree Island, New York 11702
 www.fireislandlighthouse.com  (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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