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As the theater scene in New York remains basically unchanged


we approach the traditional Season’s end on Fire Island




Fire Island erupts in a flurry of events

from the West End, Kismet,

to the exotic East, Cherry Grove:

from Bernhart in the Pines,

a book signing in the Grove,

to Backwards in Heels in Westchester


we have expanded our coverage




A Fashion Gala to Benefit Rosie O’Donnell’s Broadway Kids made it to the Grove


while a musical writer from the Grove made it to Off Broadway



And even one crossover event as Drag Queens from the Grove reverse the usual process and “invade” Kismet


Recent articles:

Kismet’s Annual Arthur Lem Memorial Snapper Tournament
Backwards in High Heels
Fashion On Fire, Benefit For Rosie O’Donnell’s Theater Kids
Amazing Grace
Three Days to See
Scenes From An Execution
My Report to the World: The Story of Jan Karski
Shows For Days
Awake And Sing
Of Good Stock
Broadway Unplugged
Mostly Mozart
Broadway Rising Stars
Breaking Glass Project: Claudia Schreier & Company
La Cage Aux Folles





see you at the theater

Jeanne Lieberman, Publisher


Editors notes: The Tonys - Shock & Awe

By Jeanne Lieberman on July. 10

And many shows have bit the dust or soon will by failing to win the coveted award.

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

By Jeanne Lieberman on June. 5

Broadway - Musicals

Amazing Grace
by Eugene Paul on July. 30

Handsome, splendidly produced musical biography of the man who wrote those magical words.

Mamma Mia
by Michall Jeffers on June. 10

Time to revisit Mama Mia before it closes.

Something Rotten
by Julia Polinsky on May. 5

Delivers the Three S’s of a great musical – Stars, Story, and Songs -- and adds in Silliness, its own special sauce, in spades. How art thou glorious? Let me count the ways.

The King and I
by Michall Jeffers on May. 5

Director Bartlett Sher has once again brought to life a classic of the musical theater. “Shall We Dance”? Absolutely!

Fun Home
by David Schultz on May. 5

Alison Bechdel’s graphic, haunting musical memoir is one of the finest this season. Don’t miss it.

It Shoulda Been You
by Russell Bouthiller on Apr. 24

Affectionately uproarious, this frothy new musical brings the age-old institution of marriage into the modern age.

An American in Paris
by Eugene Paul on Apr. 21

You’ve been waiting and waiting for this simply wonderful show. See it for the first time as soon as you can. You’ll be back.

Finding Neverland
by Russell Bouthiller on Apr. 20

Though the plot holds no surprises, it works magically and proves a pirate’s treasure for the whole family.

Honeymoon In Vegas
by joel Benjamin on Jan. 27

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

Side Show
by Eugene Paul on Nov. 28

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

On The Town
by Eugene Paul on Oct. 28

Bigger and more beautiful, wiser and wittier, funnier and more affectionately satisfying than ever before. Don’t even hesitate..

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

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

by Laura Jo Trexler on May. 8
Though The Newest Revival Is Far From Original Or New, Kander And Ebb’s Cabaret Still Compares To Few.

A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder
By Michall Jeffers on May. 8
Lunacy abounds in a gleeful Gilbert-and-Sullivan-meets-music-hall delight featuring the incomparable Jefferson Mays.

Hedwig And The Angry Inch
By Michall Jeffers on May. 1
Tony presenter Neil Patrick Harris should be up for his own Tony this season. This is not a production for those of delicate sensibilities but definitely has the potential to become another cult musical.

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

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

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

Broadway - Plays

by Eugene Paul on Aug. 20

Director Sam Gold and playwright Annie Baker are the current hottest theatrical team in New York City. See John and wonder why.

An Act Of God
by Michall Jeffers on June. 5

What a blessing to have Jim Parsons back on Broadway .

Hand To God
by David Schultz on Apr. 21

A tour de force work that dazzles with verve and pitch black humor…. It has a limited appeal, but will definitely sate the adventurous theatergoer.

by Deirdre Donovan on Apr. 15

Bill Nighy teams up with Carrie Mulligan and both turn in top-notch performances in a revival of David Hare’s 1995 play.

The Audience
by Eugene Paul on Mar. 17

Helen Mirren is in residence on Broadway as the Queen. It behooves you to make haste to be in her presence.

Fish in the Dark
by David Schultz on Mar. 17

To hell with the fish. I am in the dark that this undercooked wisp of a play ever made it to Broadway.

by Joel Benjamin on Jan. 20

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

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
By Eugene Paul on Oct. 21

Be prepared for jolt after jolt in one of the most inventive, immersive, exciting evenings you will spend in the theatre.

It’s Only A Play
by Michall Jeffers on Oct. 16

Both self-referential and self-reverential this smash hit is playing to full houses chocked with appreciative theater goers.

Off-Broadway - Musicals

New York City Center Encores!
Paint Your Wagon

by Joel Benjamin on Mar. 25

This Wagon was painted in golden light from beginning to end—a rich, melodic staging of a long neglected classic.

by Glenn Giron on July. 16

A laugh at the “standards” of the American Musical Comedy!

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

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

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

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

by Deirdre Donovan on Feb. 27

Lin-Manuel Miranda creates a trailblazing new musical about one of our founding fathers and steps into the titular lead at the Public Theater.

Lady, Be Good!
New York City Center Encores!
by Joel Benjamin on Feb. 16

Encores! has taken a silly period piece and turned it into an entertaining, if slight, confection. Tommy Tune a plus!

Here Lies Love
by Stewart Schulman on May. 30
An energetic “immersive” theatrical experience with a great cast and a great true story, unfortunately mostly untold.

Off-Broadway - Plays

by Michall Jeffers on Aug. 12

Thank heaven we get to spend the evening under the stars with a superbly professional company

Three Days to See
by Eugene Paul on Aug. 11

A potentially fascinating retelling of the life of extraordinary Helen Keller.

by Glenn Giron on July. 24

Packs sex, feminism, social and sexual equality, and politics all under one exciting and funny roof.

Scenes From An Execution
by Deirdre Donovan on July. 23

Jan Maxwell brilliantly leads the cast in The Potomac Theatre Project’s revival of Howard Baker’s play.

My Report to the World: The Story of Jan Karski
by Eugene Paul on July. 22

6,000,000 human beings were slaughtered. Jan Karski tried to tell the world. The world did not listen. David Strathairn stars in an unfinished task.

Shows For Days
by David Schultz on July. 21

There is less than meets the eye in the new Douglas Carter Beane comedy, a sporadically amusing bon-bon to community theater folk.

Awake And Sing!
by Eugene Paul on July. 21

In their “acclaimed” production, NAATCO, underscores the universality in the continuing vitality of Awake and Sing!

Of Good Stock
by Eugene Paul on July. 16

A beautiful company, a beautiful production, lovingly directed, a new play by a new playwright, a summer diversion.

Significant Other
by David Schultz on July. 2

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

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

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

The Spoils
by David Schultz on June. 24

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

The Tempest
by Michall Jeffers on June. 23

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

Doctor Faustus
by Deirdre Donovan on June. 23

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

The Qualms
by Eugene Paul on June. 18

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

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

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

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

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

Don Juan
by Deirdre Donovan on June. 2

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

Fashions for Men
by Joel Benjamin on Mar. 4

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

John & Jen
by Joel Benjamin on Mar. 3

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

Between Riverside and Crazy
by Joel Benjamin on Feb. 25

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

Off-Broadway - Solo Performance


By Deirdre Donovan on May. 14
Dael Orlandersmith returns to the New York Theatre Workshop with her new, gripping, semi-autobiographical show.

Application Pending

By Deirdre Donovan on Mar. 24
Christina Bianco impersonates 40 personas in the behind-the-scenes world of kindergarten admissions at a fictive private Manhattan school.

The Bullpen

By Eric Grunin on Feb. 16
Gives you more truths about the justice system in an hour than any cable drama gives you in a whole season.The Central Park Five, the group falsely arrested in 1989, spoke after the performance .


By Eugene Paul on Nov. 17
Actor/playwright Tom Dugan gives a remarkable performance as remarkable Simon Wiesenthal, unexpectedly warm, uplifting, insightful.

Off-Broadway - Multimedia

A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa
Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre
By Joel Benjamin on Dec. 18
A gleefully messy version of the Dickens classic, complete with arch comments, music, period costumes and expert puppetry.


By Jeanne Lieberman on June. 4

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

Chita Rivera Receives Distinguished Performance Award
from Drama League at Star Studded Ceremony

By Jeanne Lieberman
photos by John Barrett, Jeanne Lieberman and MLO on May. 14

The most elegant of the many Awards celebrations.

Words on Dance: Ballet to Broadway
By R. Pikser on May. 14

Christopher Wheeldon’s generous and intelligent soul was gently brought into view by a no less generous Rita Moreno.

From Page to Screen to Stage: A Conversation with the Cast and Creative Team of Broadway’s Doctor Zhivago (92Y Talks)
By Deirdre Donovan on May. 7

The creative team and actors from Doctor Zhivago, reveal how the musical evolved from page to screen to stage.

April is a GREAT Month for Disabled Actors in NYC.

By Nicholas Linnehan on Apr. 27

Three main theater companies worked with this under-represented group.

Everybody Rise! A celebration of Elaine Stritch

By Jeanne Lieberman on Nov. 24

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

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

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



Broadway Unplugged

By Deirdre Donovan on July. 31

Scott Siegel’s show at Town Hall was a sizzler to remember.

Mostly Mozart

By Michall Jeffers on July. 31

There’s nothing quite like it in the world; when you’re listening to these performances, you’re hearing the best.

Broadway’s Rising Stars

By Linda Amiel Burns on July. 17
photos by Maryann Lopinto

Scott Siegel’s Broadway Rising Stars 9th Edition at Town Hall featured 19 “Stars of Tomorrow” showcasing their performing talents.

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

By Linda Amiel Burns on June. 2

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

Zorba! At City Center Encores!
By Julia Polinsky on May. 15

Handsomely staged but with no center, this dark revival tries hard to charm.

The Road of Promise
By Deirdre Donovan on May. 15

Kurt Weill’s 1937 opera-oratorio Eternal Road gets reimagined and makes its U. S. debut at Carnegie Hall.

NY Pops – 32nd Birthday Gala – The New Golden Age
By Stewart Schulman on May. 8

An evening of showstoppers had the appreciative, black tie crowd roaring their approval throughout.

“All Dancing! All Singing! Irving Berlin In Hollywood” at the 92nd St Y’s Lyrics & Lyricist Series
By Linda Amiel Burns on May. 7

Choreographer Randy Skinner focused on the dance and silver screen numbers with a dynamic cast.

Pompie’s Place
By Barry Bassis on Apr. 20

Arthur Pomposello, aka Pompie, is back with talent galore at new blues club.

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.


Breaking Glass Project: Claudia Schreier & Company
By R. Pikser on Aug. 13

Ms. Schreier is clearly talented and her intellect is impressive.

Roschman Dance
By R. Pikser on June. 30

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

LUV: American Style
By R. Pikser on May. 15

Dr. Rennie Harris has put together a work that, in one hour, covers everything we want in a theatrical experience, and more.

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.


Backwards in High Heels
by Eugene Paul on Aug. 26

Wonderful songs, wonderful dancing, a great summer time evening out.

La Cage Aux Folles
at the Goodspeed Opera House
by Ed Lieberman on July. 29

The first Broadway show about a gay couple, opened the day the Supreme Court rendered its decision legalizing gay marriage

Westchester Broadway Theatre by Ed Lieberman on July. 21

A nostalgic look at religion and morality from the flower-power generation.

Ever After
by David Schultz on June. 17

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

Time Stands Still
by Ed Lieberman on June. 11

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

Guys and Dolls
by Ed Lieberman on May. 14

All phases of musical theater come together in this production in almost perfect harmony; a valentine to a New York “the way you wished it was.

West Side Story
by Ed Lieberman on May. 1

This is a Broadway-worthy enterprise, one of the best productions ever at the 40 year old Westchester Broadway Theatre.

Fire Island Sun Articles

Kismet’s Annual Arthur Lem Memorial Snapper Tournament
Photos & text by Bradlee White on Aug. 27

The children had one of the most exciting fishing adventures in years.

Photos by Bradlee White & Joanne Padavano on Aug. 27

The venerable Fire Department fundraiser remains a crowd favorite for both moms and dads and their kids.

Fashion On Fire, Benefit For Rosie O’Donnell’s Theater Kids
at The Ice Palace

by Jeannie on Aug. 27
Photos by Parker Sargent

by Parker Sargent on Aug. 21

Barebones first run of this energetic and endearing story of love is proof that David Auxier’s new musical is destined for a bigger stage.

by Jeannie on Aug. 21

Introducing a New Drag Queen and the simultaneous execution of three perfect splits made show history.

by Parker Sargent on Aug. 20

Her ability to effortlessly take you on the twisting journey through her mind makes you feel safe that she is at the wheel.


Dear Friends,
Recently, we were all saddened by the news that BILL PEREZ had passed away. Bill was a fellow Grovite for many, many years and quite the performer on the Community House Stage. I am sure you can all remember him sitting on the dock, taking in all the sights, with comment of course!

A Tribute to “Brooklyn” Phil
by Jeanne Lieberman on Aug. 14

Everybody liked him."He had no enemies”, more than one person said.

by Jeanne Lieberman on Aug. 13

A festive event on the beach, astounding in the creativity and fervor to enter, compete, eat, drink and judge.

Margaret Cho at Ice Palace: The Psycho Tour
by Jeanne Lieberman on Aug. 13

Covering the territory from lesbians to fag hags to gays each group responded with roars of recognition.

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

by Parker Sargent on Aug. 13

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

Hedda Lettuce: Big Queen Small Throne
by Parker Sargent on Aug. 13

From the moment the show starts until the very end, she captivates the crowd.

by Jeannie on July. 24
photos by Jeannie, Myrna, Wendy, Bradlee

Tim: Kismet was starved for a good old fashioned block party and that's exactly what we got.

Cherry Grove is on Fire
by Parker Sargent on July. 17
Photos by Sean P Hargrove

Benefit for the Cherry Grove Fire Department paid off in talent…and money!

by Jeannie on July. 17
Photo by Sean Hargrove

In a benefit performance for APGC the prodigal Grovite proved to a delighted audience she has only improved with age!

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

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

Parade, Sam’s tribute slide show, the houses, Seabay Annual Potluck dinner

on July. 10
Photos by Bradlee

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

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

By Stacey Sager on July. 10

These sad stories raise many questions

on July. 10

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

on July. 10

by Jeannie Lieberman on June. 25

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

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

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

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

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

by Jeannie Lieberman on June. 12

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

by Jeannie Lieberman on June. 1

Demi Tasse an overwhelming favorite

The SCAA would like to welcome everyone back to Saltaire!  After the winter in the Northeast, it is time to enjoy the beach. 
*Save the Date for more 2015 SCAA Activities,
   we look forward to seeing you at them!

July 25th  - Saltaire House and Garden Tour
Aug. 1st    - Music and Arts Festival
Aug. 15th - Jogathon Registration
Aug. 16th - Jogathon
Aug. 29th - Sandcastle Contest
Oct. 17th - Halloween Party



Press Release

Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society



Wednesday    12        Family Seaside Adventure

10am to noon- meet in the Fresnel Lens Building.  Tour of Lens building and Fish painting on tee shirts.  Bring a clean plain tee shirt.  Call 631-661-4876 to register.  Children must be accompanied by adult.  $5 per child.


Saturday &     15-16   Amateur Radio Lighthouse Weekend

Sunday                       The Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club set up their radios to communicate with other radio operators around the world.


Saturday         29        Evening Tower Tour-Full Moon

6:45pm- Experience the sunset from a new perspective.  View the night sky from the top of the Lighthouse. Bring a flashlight for your walk back to the parking field. - $15 for FILPS Members/$20 for non-members, Reservations Required.  Sunset 7:32 pm.


Call (631) 661-4876 to make all reservations


The Lighthouse and museum is open all year round.  Summer hours are 10am – 6pm daily  – tower closes at 5pm.    All parking is in Field #5 of the Robert Moses State Park. Tower tours are $7 adults, $4 seniors & Children under 12 (children must be 42” tall to climb).  Foot ware is required to climb.      `                                     

The Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society

4640 Captree Island, Captree Island, New York 11702  (631) 661-4876     

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 **Programs and times are subject to change.  Please visit our web site for updated information.** 



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