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Tony awards nominations 2019: not at all conventional

The usually commercial Tonys have gone rogue this year in so many ways:

The biggest head scratching bombshell was the omission of 2 beloved plays: Aaron Sorkin’s much publicized careful rewriting of the treasured Mockingbird and lavishly praised director Ivo van Hove’s version of Network.
(A colleague suggests that these are not original plays but taken from movies so they do not qualify. But that remains to be seen). Also remarkable that these plays were edged out by the fart joked Gary, the academic What the Constitution Means to Me and joined in competition by the very lightweight Choir Boy, this years boffo Ferryman, and the late entry Ink.
Many Movie stars, usually a sure box office draw, have been similarly overlooked: the sacred anointed Glenda Jackson is overlooked for her yeoman effort as King Lear this year, along with Kerry Washington, Keri Russell, Mercedes Ruehl, John Lithgow and Jonny Lee Miller.
However Laurie Metcalf, Annette Bening, Elaine May, Jeff Daniels, Bryan Cranston and Adam Driver have added their glitter.
Although there were 21 plays and 10 new musicals, the 2 musical revivals are generating much interest; the reverentially updated Kiss Me Kate vs. the iconoclastic (either loved or hated) Oklahoma.   I think this will be yet another generational statement.
Of the new musicals the assumed favorite Tootsie may be upended by the brilliant upstart (10 years incubating) sleeper Hadestown, with Ain’t too Proud The Temptations and Cher show remaining guilty pleasures.
Thankfully King Kong was deservedly recognized  in design categories and won a special award.
Trending: Many teen inspired shows: The Prom, Be More Chill, Beetle Juice (with Mean Girls and Evan Hansen still running strong) and references to the Netherland - The Ferryman, Gary, Hadestown, Beetlejuice another prevalent theme.
Interestingly the Tony announcements were immediately followed by a close knit ad campaign for the best of the past: Aladdin, Phantom of the Opera, Lion King, Jersey Boys and Beautiful reminding all of the great rich fertile phenomenon that is Broadway

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Editor's Notes:

By Jeanne Lieberman on May 14, 2019

And the winners are............
Outer Critics Circle announces it awards
and hopefully sets the tone for future ceremonies


Editor's Notes: AND THE RACE IS ON!!!

By Jeanne Lieberman on May 01, 2019

The nominations are:
OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE opens the gate
DRAMA DESK another early break ………
And the much revered TONYS take the lead


Editor's Notes: New Season Fall '18
Women prevail

By Jeanne Lieberman on September 24, 2018

Move over, Eliza! Miss Vivian is here to herald a season in which women are liberally featured.
By some wonderful coincidence two major British actresses are taking over two major Shakespearean plays and transforming the male leads of both into female. And the all important prom date is lesbian.
'and there are enough Hollywood celebs to make stargazers salivate.

Editor's Notes June 18: THE AWARD SEASON
By Jeanne Lieberman on June 06, 2018

Winners & Wannabes
Drama League, Outer Critics Circle & Drama Desk Winners
Tony Nominations

Race to the Finish

Having cleared the hurdles of the runner up prestigious awards the most coveted, The Tony Award, is upon us Here's a recap of the 2017-2018 season winners so far and the Tony Nominations
Please note the Editor's Picks at each category and match your opinions with mine

Editor’s Notes: April 16: Social Injustice
North Carolina "bathroom" law inspires the entertainment community to protest.

Once again the arts have proved to be first responders to social injustice.

By Jeanne Lieberman on Apr. 29

Editor’s Notes: Immigration:
Broadway Sings while the world Debates

By Jeanne Lieberman on Nov. 23

Broadway - Musicals

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.

Oklahoma!
by Eugene Paul on April, 16, 2019

If you’re the right generation, you’ll be amazed at what has happened to your favorite score.

Kiss Me, Kate
by Deirdre Donovan on March, 28, 2019

Scott Ellis helms a classic musical comedy with a terrific cast of which Cole Porter and even Me,Too-ers would approve.

The Cher Show
by Eugene Paul on December, 31, 2018

The sheer energy of those knockout, toned dancers, those magnificent girls, those magnificent men, is pure Broadway bliss

King Kong
by Eugene Paul on November, 27, 2018

We are children again, captured by irresistible spectacle, captured by story. If that isn't theater what is?

The Prom
by Marc Miller on November, 20, 2018

A new Golden Age musical comedy, or the closest thing we'll get to one.

Head Over Heels
by Deirdre Donovan on August, 16, 2018

The Elizabethan and contemporary world collide in this new jukebox musical that is fueled by the Go Go's songs and spiced by Peppermint.

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
by Julia Polinsky on April, 30, 2018

Like watching a glitzy, glossy Vegas tribute. But it's got a beat, and you can dance to it. (People do. And sing along.)

Mean Girls The Musical
By Deirdre Donovan on April 25, 2018
Tina Fey's a fond look back at the tribal rites of high school.

Carousel
By Marc Miller on April 16, 2018
What happens when you tamper with a classic.

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.

Once On This Island
By Julia Polinsky on December 11, 2017
life, death, gods, peasants; family, community; faith, hope, despair; color and the transformative power of love.

The Band's Visit
By Eugene Paul on November 17, 2017
Shining new star Katrina Lenk and shining stellar Tony Shalhoub head a brilliant cast in a brilliant, loving new show.

Miss Saigon
by Deirdre Donovan On May. 19 2017

This old musical that is best-known for its famous helicopter returns to Broadway as fresh as an orange blossom.

Hello, Dolly
by Eugene Paul On May. 06 2017

Bette Midler is a phenomenon as a performer but it's her winning warmth that clinches you in this great, musical classic.

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.

Sunday in the Park with George
by Jeanne Lieberman On Feb. 23 2017

Gyllenhaal Soars on Sondheim Score, a wave of art and artistry.

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

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

Hamilton
by Michall Jeffers On Jan.13

Handily combines history and hip hop

School of Rock
by Michall Jeffers On Dec.22

Class is in session, and rocking is the lesson.

Honeymoon In Vegas
by joel Benjamin on Jan. 27

A totally delightful escapist old-fashioned musical with a witty book, funny songs and an energetic cast of oddball characters.

Side Show
by Eugene Paul on Nov. 28

You’ll be happy you saw the show and better yet, you’ll be happier you’re you.

‘Phantom of the Opera’
Welcomes Norm Lewis as its First Black Lead on Broadway

by Jeanne Lieberman on June. 18
Lewis brings a sexually intense, almost menacing persona, overpowering in this version and every indication the magic of this opus still works.

After Midnight!
By Jeanne Lieberman on May. 1
The performances are a series of gems that shine brightly alone but blaze in unison until your heartbeat echoes the music’s rhythm, cardiologists take note! Artistic director Wynton Marsalis, and his Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars, launch you on a magical musical carpet ride that will eventually carry you on out to the street

Aladdin
by Jeannie Lieberman on Mar. 26
A true Disney magic carpet ride of opulent costumes, dazzling sets, creative choreography, savvy showbiz shtick and a Genie for all time.

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
by Jeannie Lieberman on Jan. 29
A feel good evening of special delight to her fans and all those who just want a slick, nostalgic, music-packed evening.

Broadway - Plays

Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
        by Ron Cohen on May 06, 2019

Slaughter, gore and a barrel or two of laughs.

Ink
        by Fern Siegel on May 02, 2019

A fast-paced chronicle of ambition and anger captures the intensity of a long-gone newspaper world.

All My Sons
        by Fern Siegel on April 29, 2019

a powerhouse of moral indignation in a post-war era struggling with trauma and guilt.

Hillary and Clinton
        by Fern Siegel on April 22, 2019

A behind-the-scenes look at the 2008 election, and the twisted dynamic between Hillary and Bill Clinton.

Burn This
        by Ron Cohen on April 19, 2019

Adam Driver and Keri Russell supply more than sufficient heat for this Lanford Wilson revival.

True West
        by Fern Siegel on February 08, 2019

Two brothers fight for survival in their mother’s California home, a stand-in for the frontier.

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

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

Choir Boy
        by Ron Cohen on January 18, 2019

A masterful work exploring young blacks moving into manhood at a prep school and especially, the gay and exceptional fellow student in their midst.

The Waverly Gallery
By Deirdre Donovan on December 28, 2018

The legendary Elaine May is making waves on Broadway in Kenneth Lonergan's 1999 play about a gutsy left-wing grandmother suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Network
By Fern Siegel on December 14, 2018

We're "mad as hell" and we're not going to take it anymore!

The Lifespan Of A Fact
By Eugene Paul on December 05, 2018

There's a reason or two everyone's talking about this play. See for yourself.

The Ferryman
By Eugene Paul on November 14, 2018

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

American Son
By Eugene Paul on November 12, 2018

You'll be glad you saw it as you discuss the play all the way home.

The Nap
By Ron Cohen on October 10, 2018

Lots of snooker and lots of laughs make for a happy combination.

Bernhardt/Hamlet
By Ron Cohen on October 01, 2018

Rebeck, McTeer, Shakespeare and Bernhardt: It's a love letter to theater and a feminist manifesto.

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

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.

Merrily We Roll Along
By David Schultz on March 05, 2019

Fiasco Theater’s shortened One Act is neither a fiasco nor a hit, its somewhere in-between.

Encores! Call Me Madam
By Arney Rosenblat on February 20, 2019

City Center celebrates its 75th Anniversary Season.

Betty and the Belrays
By Julia Polinsky on February 14, 2019

Sometimes a fun show is just a fun show. And sometimes, it’s got a Message and is Making A Point. This comes with all three: message, point, and fun.

Frankenstein: A New Musical
By Deirdre Donovan on Janurary 29, 2018

Mary Shelley’s classic horror novel is now humming a ghoulish tune at St. Luke’s Theatre.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
by Arney Rosenblat on January 02, 2018

An ambitious, visually beautiful attempt to transport an audience to another time and place.

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 and Edward 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

A Chorus Line
by Julia Polinsky on November 20, 2018

It's still singular. And it's still a sensation.

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.

Girl From The North Country
by Fern Siegel on October 16, 2018

Bob Dylan's wistful tunes embrace an elegiac musical that captures the melancholy of Depression-era Midwesterners.

Oklahoma!
by Julia Polinsky on October 10, 2018

This is not your mother's Oklahoma! It's a brilliant theatrical re-imagining of the show you think you know, with a staggering impact.

Fiddler on the Roof
by Fern Siegel on September 25, 2018

Tevye, Golde and the residents of Anetevka are back ? and more authentic than ever.

Neurosis
by Fern Siegel on September 05, 2018

Mental illness strictly for and about the worried well employs wordplay and the occasionally zingy one-liner.

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.

Encores! Hey, Look Me Over
By Jeanne Lieberman On February 16, 2018

Bouncy Box of Musical Bon Bons, Some tastier than others but ultimately satisfying.

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

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.

Twelfth Night: Frog and Peach
        by R. Pikser on March 05, 2019

A wonderful romp, this production reminds us how wonderful Shakespeare is.

The Price of Thomas Scott
        by Marc Miller on February 25, 2019

The Mint Theater Company does well by Elizabeth Baker’s antique, but it’s hard not to feel you’re being lectured to.

Switzerland
        by Julia Polinsky on February 25, 2019

Cat and mouse, suspense, turning the tables: Switzerland makes this old-fashioned scenario really interesting and surprising.

God Shows Up
        by Deirdre Donovan on February 15, 2019

Notable journalist-playwright Peter Filichia has penned a comedy that gives us a fresh new take on God in the new millennial.

Two Strindbergs in Repertory: The Dance of Death & Mies Julie
        by Deirdre Donovan on February 10, 2019

The Classic Stage Company gives these provocative classics fresh definition and bite.

On Blueberry Hill
        by Ron Cohen on January 24, 2019

An absorbing tale, brilliantly related by two supreme actors, makes this Irish drama a mesmerizer.

Maestro Ensemble for the Romantic Century
        by Julia Polinsky on January 18, 2019

The music, passion, and personality of conductor Arturo Toscanini, his mistress, and his resistance to fascism.

Blue Ridge
        by Ron Cohen on January 15, 2019

The inmates of a half-way house interact, climaxed by an eruption of furious emotion

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

the most likable Waiting for Godot imaginable

Tevye Served Raw, Garnished with Jews
    From the writings of Sholem Aleichem

        by Julia Polinsky on July 19, 2018

Terrific performances by wonderful actors, and funny, touching stories from Sholem Aleichem. Do yourself a favor. Don’t miss it.

Thom Pain (based on nothing)
By Deirdre Donovan on December 12, 2018

Michael C. Hall does a star turn in an Off-Broadway revival of Will Eno's one-man play.

Downstairs
By Fern Siegel on December 05, 2018

The basement hides all sorts of family secrets.

Two by Friel
By Ron Cohen on December 03, 2018

Two romantic and fateful dramas are movingly mounted by Irish Repertory Theatre.

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.

Eve's Song
By Ron Cohen on November 20, 2018

A domestic drama with poetic overtones throws a piercing spotlight on the violence, inequities and indignities faced by black women ? straight and gay ? in America today.

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
By Ron Cohen on November 16, 2018

Let Raúl Esparza scare the hell out of you. You'll enjoy it and be instructed as well.

I'm Not a Comedian. . . I'm Lenny Bruce
By Deirdre Donovan on November 12, 2018

Ronnie Marmo writes and performs at the Cutting Room in Murray Hill.

Apologia

By Deirdre Donovan on November 05, 2018

The sublime Stockard Channing returns to the New York boards in Alexi Kaye Campbell's new play that stirs up old memories and creates new ones.

Gloria - A Life

By Fern Siegel on November 05, 2018

Chronicles the life and times of feminist icon Gloria Steinem and the movement she championed.

Emma and Max

By David Schultz on November 05, 2018

Filmmaker Todd Solondz makes a mild splash with this morbid, moribund work.

Mother of the Maid

By Ron Cohen on October 30, 2018

Glenn Close takes us deep into the soul of the mother of Joan of Arc. It's a wrenching but uplifting journey.

Travisville

By Edward Medina on October 30, 2018

A dynamic play that reminds us of Civil Rights lessons we have yet to learn.

Fireflies

By Fern Siegel on October 30, 2018

This powerful two-hander reveals the searing story of civil-rights activists and the desires that consume them.

The Winning Side

By Ron Cohen on October 18, 2018

A searing examination of the moral conundrum behind Wernher Von Braun and his role in America's space program.

Final Follies

By Ron Cohen on October 16, 2018

A collection of three one-act plays by the late A.R. Gurney travels a bumpy road from slight to satisfying.

Uncle Vanya: Scenes from Country Life in Four Acts

By Arney Rosenblat on October 16, 2018

The initial offering of the Hunter Theater Project, and a Richard Nelson imprint production, brings Chekhov to life for contemporary audiences.

Kurt Vonnegut's Mother Night

By Julia Polinsky on October 16, 2018

A sad and terrible commentary on how we betray ourselves, better on the page than on the stage.

What the Constitution Means to Me

By Ron Cohen on October 12, 2018

The U.S. Constitution ? warts and all -- gets it closeup in this smart, entertaining and all-too-pertinent piece of theater.

Popcorn Falls

by Julia Polinsky on October 10, 2018

A mile-a-minute silly experiment in loopy absurdity, with some laughs, some wincing, and the hardest working two-man cast ever.

Spin Off

by R. Pikser on October 01, 2018

An interesting idea about whether we can fight the limits that our reality seems to impose.

I was Most Alive With You

by David Schultz on September 28, 2018

Electrifying modern riff on The Book of Job proves a devastating evening of theater.

The True

by Ron Cohen on September 24, 2018

Eddie Falco illuminates Sharr White's sometimes awkward mix of the machinery of politics and the ways of the heart.

Heartbreak House

by Deirdre Donovan on September 24, 2018

The Gingold Theatrical Group gives new legs to George Bernard Shaw's classic with an original framing device.

Agnes

by Barry Bassis on September 17, 2018

Informative with a highly talented cast, though the script needs more work

Private Peaceful

by Ron Cohen on September 11, 2018

A compelling depiction of the brutality of World War I as seen through the eyes of a young English soldier.

Days to Come

by Marc Miller on September 06, 2018

Lillian Hellman's flop labor drama, while no hidden masterpiece, gets an exemplary dusting off by the Mint.

Be More Chill

by Eugene Paul on August 17, 2018

Wanna see a Broadway show before it becomes a Broadway show? Right this way.

Tevye Served Raw, Garnished with Jews
    From the writings of Sholem Aleichem

        by Julia Polinsky on July 19, 2018

Terrific performances by wonderful actors, and funny, touching stories from Sholem Aleichem. Do yourself a favor. Don't miss it.

The Stone Witch
By Arney Rosenblat on April 25, 2018

Through a stunningly rendered production and compelling performances, The Stone Witch movingly explores the price of greatness.

Prurience
By Edward Medina On March 23, 2018

Everything you wanted to know about porn addiction but were afraid to ask: a confused attempt to entertain ultimately proves flaccid.

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

I'm Not a Comedian. . . I'm Lenny Bruce
By Deirdre Donovan on November 12, 2018

Ronnie Marmo writes and performs at the Cutting Room in Murray Hill.

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

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

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.

We'll Have Manhattan: Rodgers & Hart in New York

By Julia Polinsky on February 04, 2019
The quality, simplicity, and charm of Lorenz Hart's lyrics can touch your heart.

New York Cabaret Convention:
You and the Night and the Music
The Night They Invented Champagne: The Lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner


By Barry Bassis on October 24, 2018
Stars of cabaret sing the Great American Songbook

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

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.

Gravity and Other Myths:
A Simple Space

By R. Pikser on February 14, 2019

A living example of the beauty that cooperative effort, on the part of creators and performers, can produce.

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.

SKIN
By Julia Polinsky on January 29, 2019

Broken Box Mime Theater has crafted an evening of terrific stories out of nothing but their bodies, their mime-mask faces, and a couple of boxes.

Shadows
By R. Pikser on December 11, 2018

A provocative idea with problems, but dancing that catches your throat.

The Red Shoes
By Edward Medina on November 08, 2017

Without a single word, with only powerful grace, one can truly believe in the transformative powers of a pair of crimson slippers.

Rioult Dance New York
By R. Pikser on June 14, 2017

Two ballets, one old, one new, contrast in how they deal with the forks in life's road.

The Deborah Zall Project:  In the Company of Women
By R. Pikser on May. 31, 2017

A look back at where we have come from helps us understand where we might go.

Kodo
By R. Pikser on Mar. 08, 2017

An hour and a half of drumming could just be a lot of noise, but the 14 young men of Kodo bring the audience into a meditative space.

Anabella Lenzu
By R. Pikser on Nov. 07, 2016

The Argentinian of Italian extraction brings us back to dance charged with emotion.

Dances Patrelle Macbeth
By Roberta Pikser on Sept. 29, 2016

This reinterpretation of Macbeth could do with a bit more power, but had some interesting moments.

Thorns of the Crown
By Roberta Pikser on Sept. 22, 2016

Takes Shakespeare as its inspiration, but needs to learn something about specificity from the poet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regionals

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

Ain’t Misbehavin’
The Fats Waller Musical Show

by Julia Polinsky on February 14, 2019

The songs are the thing, here, the band gets a real chance to shine.

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

PHANTOM at Westchester Broadway Theatre
by Edward Lieberman on October 18, 2018

A worthy counterpoint to Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera by Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit illuminating the character's back stories and motivations.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies
by David Schultz on October 16, 2018

Extravagant production values give this wan sequel a lift as it ends its North American tour.

Oliver!
by Edward Lieberman on August 22, 2018

Goodspeed's "joyous" version of Dickens' "Oliver Twist," with a classic score and outstanding performances.

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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CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED

THE ARGYLE THEATRE
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BOOK BY COLIN ESCOTT AND FLOYD MUTRUX
ORIGINAL CONCEPT BY FLOYD MUTRUX
INSPIRED BY ELVIS PRESLEY, JOHNNY CASH,
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DIRECTED AND CHOREOGRAPHED BY ADAM PELTY

FEATURING
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FOR A LIMITED ENGAGEMENT THROUGH JUNE 23, 2019
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OPENING NIGHT IS SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019


Fire Island Sun Articles

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

 

 

May 2019    
Saturday 5 Trees, Bees and Butterflies
Celebrate Arbor Day in the Art Studio (Follow the boardwalk to the east  of the Lighthouse) Learn how our actions impact the butterflies and bees.  Learn about Milkweed, create a butterfly and get seeds to take home and plant. Crafts: some free/some at a minimal cost.  11am to 3pm
     
Friday & Saturday 25-26 Plein Air Art Show
Artists from Wet Paints Studio Group will be painting on site in the Lighthouse area.  All art work will be on display until June 11th and for sale with 30% of the proceeds being donated to the Preservation Society by the Artist.
     
June 2019    
Saturday 2 Horseshoe Crab Program
7 pm – Learn about Horseshoe Crabs and watch them come ashore to lay their eggs while reveling in the beauty of the evening on a June beach. Suggested donation $2 per person.
     
Saturday 9 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 2018 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.
     
Friday 22 17th Annual Benefit Art Show-through July 15
Local artists display their nautical artwork in the Keepers Quarters at the Lighthouse.  Opening reception will be held on June 21- 6pm8 pm (take a shuttle bus from Field #5 RMSP).  All artwork is for sale with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Lighthouse by the artist.  Admission free.
     
Saturday 30 Evening Tower Tour
8 pm- Experience the sunset from a new perspective.  View the sunset from the top of the Lighthouse.  Bring a flashlight for your walk back to the parking field. - $15 for FILPS members/$20 for non-members. Reservations Required.  Sunset 8:28 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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