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Can Art trump Trump?

 

The fodder spewing from the White House has spawned a new industry “Trump Bashing” for networks and cable alike.

A gag writers’ dream, Saturday Night reclaimed its long lost grown up audience

New careers bloom,

(Whoever heard of Trevor Noah before?)

And theater

long the social commentary of conscience,

has grown its fertile garden of Trump cacti

from Connecticut

where Hartford Stage’s revival of Shaw’s Heartbreak House recast its bully in a yellow comb over wig

to Off Broadway

where Building the Wall had Trump presiding over immigrant concentration camps

to Central Park

where Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar actually murdered Trump onstage

(hear that Kathy Griffin?)

To City Center

where Sondheim’s cautionary tale had audiences squirming

through Assassins

To Broadway

 where George Orwell’s 1984 presented huge portions of its text in a new anti-Trump light

 

And now, the most unabashed of all Trump critics, makes his unlikely Broadway debut in

asking: Can A Broadway Show Bring Down A Sitting President?    

 

Moore doesn’t think he can do it singlehandedly but feels his addition to that thorny crop of pricklers can help

talking to about 1,000 people who have paid as much as $149 a seat”

“Very little of it is written where it won’t change night to night,” said director Michael Mayer, who called Mr. Moore “a natural raconteur.”

What will he do differently?

Find out!

 the limited 12-week engagement began previews at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre (111 W 44th Street) on Friday, July 28, 2017 with an official opening night set for Thursday, August 10, 2017


Thomas Meehan, left, with Mel Brooks in 2001 at a rehearsal of the “The Producers” in Manhattan.CreditSara Krulwich/The New York Times

 

Thomas Meehan, who won Tony Awards for writing the books for three of the most successful Broadway musicals of the past 40 years — “Annie,” “The Producers” and “Hairspray” — died Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 88.

The cause was cancer, said his wife, Carolyn Meehan.

Thomas Edward Meehan was born on Aug. 14, 1929, in Ossining, N.Y., and grew up across the Hudson River in Suffern. He had an ice cream truck in his youth and also worked at a drugstore, his wife said.

After graduating from Hamilton College in 1951, he secured an entry-level editorial job at The New Yorker, where, somewhat bedazzled by his good fortune, he arrived for his first day of work at 9 a.m. only to find that the office was empty.

“He thought maybe the whole thing was a joke,” his wife said. “Of course, everyone wandered in later because nobody got to work at 9 o’clock.”

Given opportunities to write for the magazine, he produced a short story titled “Yma Dream,” which got the attention of Anne Bancroft, Mel Brooks and the lyricist Martin Charnin. They teamed up to work with him on a television adaptation, and the connections would prove fruitful.

In 1972, Mr. Charnin asked Mr. Meehan if he would want to work on a musical. Mr. Meehan said he was game. But then Mr. Charnin told him his idea: to adapt the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie.” Recounting the genesis of the show in an article in The New York Times in 1977, Mr. Meehan wrote that his reaction was swift and succinct: “You’ve got to be kidding,” he told Mr. Charnin.

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Mr. Meehan, left, with Mel Brooks in 2001 after accepting a Tony Award for “The Producers.”CreditSara Krulwich/The New York Times

But he eventually agreed to give it a try, and once he read the comics, he realized that it would be harder than he had thought.

“Although I’d read ‘Little Orphan Annie’ as a child in the 1930’s,” he wrote, “I’d forgotten that it was basically nothing more than a series of totally improbable adventures, in which Annie, for example, was stranded on a desert isle or lost in the jungles of South America or held prisoner in a waterfront warehouse by a Fu Manchulike Oriental madman.

“We’d set out to write a realistic, three-dimensional musical,” he continued, “and what I had to work from was a series of unrealistic, two-dimensional, two-inch squares.”

The musical the men eventually fashioned with Charles Strouse, who wrote the music, took five years to get to Broadway. But once it did, in 1977, it ran for 2,377 performances. Today it is a staple of American musical theater.

Mr. Meehan went on to work with Mr. Brooks on other projects, including the 1987 movie “Spaceballs” and, perhaps most notable, their adaptation of the 1967 Brooks film “The Producers.” The show became a Broadway juggernaut that dominated the 2001 Tony Awards and ran for more than 2,500 performances.

Mr. Meehan followed that with “Hairspray,” an adaptation, written with Mark O’Donnell, of John Waters’s 1988 film of the same name. (The music was by Marc Shaiman, the lyrics by Mr. Shaiman and Scott Wittman.) It opened in 2002 and ran for 2,642 performances.

Mr. Meehan, who lived in Greenwich Village, had two children, Joseph and Kate, with his first wife, Karen; their marriage ended in divorce. Besides his wife, Carolyn, whom he married in 1988, he is survived by his children as well as three stepchildren, six grandchildren, and a brother, John.

Carolyn Meehan said her husband had been astounded by his success, especially with “Annie.” After the Tony Awards, she said, the trophy was taken away so that it could be engraved. When he picked his up later, he took it to Sardi’s restaurant and just sat there with it, still in its brown paper wrapper, on the bar.

“To be able to be sitting at Sardi’s with a Tony in a brown paper wrapper was just amazing to him,” she said.

Inside:

 

From the Fire Island Dance Festival in the Pines

To Kismet’s Party on Pine

Kismet Honorees at Red Carpet Event

 

Latest Broadway and Off Broadway shows

The Invasion

And Fair Harbor’s BridgeHenge to come

And so much more

 

….Stay Tuned

 

Jeanne Lieberman, Publisher


For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday
Fucking A
Flood insurance splits GOP, Spurs Bipartisan Deal Making as Deadline Looms
On the Shore of the Wide World
Charolais
Prince of Broadway
The Suitcase under the Bed
Kismet’s Annual Arthur Lem Memorial Snapper Tournament
The Islip Bulletin
Curvy Widow
Michael Moore on Broadway: The Terms of My Surrender
Van Gogh’s Ear
Duck Races ‘17 …the fastest fundraiser in Kismet
Tim Mooney’s Big Daddy & Friends at the INN
Memorial for Kismet’s “Mayor” Brian Crawford
Memorial for Fred “Dutch” Rosenberg
East Lighthouse Walk Second Annual House Beach Luau Party
Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie
July 4th 2017- THE INVASION PATRIOTIC & POLITICAL
Really Rosie at Encores! Off-Center
ANNIE
Lili Marlene
Midsummer Night's Dream
BRIDGEHENGE at FAIR HARBOR
1984
Pine is (still) Fine at Annual Block Party 
Fire Island Dance Festival Brings Weekend of Unforgettable Dance to the Pines
The 2017 annual Maggie Fischer Memorial Great South Bay Cross Bay Swim
Pipeline
The Crusade of Connor Stephens
Encores! Off Center: Assassins
That’s Entertainment: Dietz & Schwartz and Friends
The Cost of Living
Kismet’s 10th annual Burger Cookoff 17
Chris Memorial - Beloved friend and Kismet Inn Bartender
Kismet’s July 4th ‘17 parade
The Traveling Lady
Marvin’s Room
Broadway by the Year: 2007 - 2017
Napoli, Brooklyn
Measure for Measure
In A Word
Kismet’s 15 Minutes of Fame, A Formal Red Carpet Event
Terezin
Zero Hour
From Camelot to California: The Worlds of Lerner and Loewe
Editor's Notes: TONYS 2017 Conquerors and Casualties
Bella: An American Tall Tale
Rioult Dance New York
Julius Caesar
A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka
GROVES NEW HOMECOMING QUEEN - GINGER’S ELECTION A SNAP!
KFD open house
Kismet KCA Spring Meeting ‘17
A Bench for Binnie
The Government Inspector
The Deborah Zall Project:  In the Company of Women
Building the Wall
Antigone
Gently Down the Stream
The Golden Apple
Venus
Editor’s Notes: And the winners are…
Miss Saigon
The Lucky One
Mamma Mia
DERBY DAY at the KISMET INN ‘17
A Dolls House,Part2
Piping Plover in Peril or Fire Island residents?
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Hello, Dolly
Indecent
NY Pops – Something Wonderful
Bandstand
Anastasia
Six Degrees of Separation
The Little Foxes
The American Classical Orchestra: The Ninth Symphony
The Profane
The Play that Goes Wrong
Emperor Jones
Present Laughter
WAR PAINT
Picnic and Come Back, Little Sheba
City Center Encores! The New Yorkers
Church & State
How to Transcend a Happy Marriage
Sweat
Chess Match No. 5
The Price
The Glass Menagerie
Come From Away
If I Forget
Sunday in the Park with George
The Bikinis
Sunset Boulevard
Dear Evan Hansen
A Bronx Tale
Edward Albee…an interview


see you at the theater!!!

Jeanne Lieberman, Publisher



Columns

Editor’s notes: TONYS 2017
Conquerors and Casualties

By Jeanne Lieberman on June 15, 2017

It was a long night for some, a memorable night for others.

Editor’s Notes: And the winners are…
By Jeanne Lieberman on May. 23, 2017

Ah! That exciting time when success or failure;
a future on the road or sudden death is determined.

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

Prince of Broadway
By Eugene Paul on September 05, 2017
No one has reveled in the breadth of variety of productions covering a varied palette in taste and temperament, producing and directing for almost 70 years.

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.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Eugene Paul On May. 09 2017

The Candy Man in the person of Christian Borle illuminates the theatre whenever he’s on stage with his assorted wonders.

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.

Bandstand
by Eugene Paul On May. 03 2017

Funny, exciting, moving, realistic yet poetic, with show stopping songs. And chemistry? You gotta go.

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.

War Paint
by Eugene Paul On Apr. 17 2017

A concocted mash up expertly executed for two of today’s greatest luminaries, Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole giving unstinting performances.

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.

Sunset Boulevard
by Eugene Paul On Feb.20

If you love theater, you owe it to yourself to see Glenn Close’s performance.

Paramour
by Eugene Paul On June.7

A lavishly eye popping musical with a great big cliché story wedded to the thrilling, brilliant circus acts that make Cirque du Soleil adored.

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

A Bronx Tale
By Eugene Paul On Dec. 22, 2016

A big, fat, expert musical sure to please, especially if you hearken back to the ‘60s

In Transit
By Julia Polinsky On Dec. 19, 2016

Splendid acapella vocals weave a counterpoint of ambition and disappointment, love, connection and hope in the New York City subway.

Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
By Deirdre Donovan On Dec. 7, 2016

Dave Molloy takes a 70-page sliver of Tolstoy’s War and Peace and morphs it into a total-immersion rock musical.

Falsettos
by Eugene Paul On Nov. 15, 2016

Achingly funny, achingly sad, witty, clever, beautiful, nuts, layers and layers of feeling and meaning. Unmissable.

Cats
by Michall Jeffers On Sept. 22, 2016

all in all, the show remains the same, cloying to some, purrrfect to others.

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.

On Your Feet
by Eugene Paul on Nov. 12

Gloria’s and Emilio’s greatest hit, fresh, lush, endearing, find the Latin in you, sway those hips and warm the cockles of your heart.

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

Michael Moore on Broadway: The Terms of My Surrender
By Julia Polinsky on August 18, 2017
A hugely successful provocateur who can move a despairing audience to be activists.

1984
By Ron Cohen on July. 28, 2017
George Orwell’s seminal novel makes for blistering stage fare, a cautionary political tale with more than a touch of Grand Guignol.

Marvin’s Room
By Ron Cohen on July. 11, 2017
Laughter and sickness cohabit in this Off-Broadway play from the 1990s, now getting a Broadway premiere.

A Doll’s House, Part 2
By Ron Cohen on May. 12, 2017
Nora comes back! Let the talk – entertaining, provocative and stimulating – begin!

Indecent
By Eugene Paul on May. 05, 2017
Yes, go to admire, to enjoy, to be thrilled, most of all to be touched.

Six Degrees of Separation
By Marc Miller on Apr. 28, 2017
John Guare’s meditation on identity and connection in contemporary New York still reverberates, but with a little less urgency.

The Little Foxes
By Ron Cohen on Apr. 24, 2017
Greed has never been more enthralling.

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.

Present Laughter
By Ron Cohen on Apr. 17, 2017
Kevin Kline delivers exactly what the title promises – and a lot more – in this Noël Coward romp.

Sweat
By Marc Miller on Apr. 03, 2017
Lynn Nottage’s Rust Belt elegy is an old-fashioned great American play.

The Price
By Deirdre Donovan on Mar. 28, 2017
Penetrating in its portraits of family members, investing each with a deep humanity.

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

Curvy Widow
By Julia Polinsky On August 22, 2017

If you’re looking for something lighthearted and different join this merry widow’s search to reclaim her life in an enjoyable, sweetly sexual musical.

Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie
By Deirdre Donovan On August 16, 2017

The best way to move forward is to take a look back at those who have given us hope in dark times.

Really Rosie at Encores! Off-Center
By Julia Polinsky On August 09, 2017

Charm. Charm galore. Even more charm. And confidence. And dreams. Really Rosie has all of that, in spades. You’d have to be a Grinch to dislike it.

Lili Marlene
By Julia Polinsky On August 03, 2017

Love in Berlin between the wars, politics, family drama, all set to music. Sounds good (and familiar), yes? Alas, not good enough, and too familiar.

Encores! Off Center: Assassins
By Deirdre Donovan On June 21, 2017

In Stephen Sondheim’s 1990 vaudeville musical good taste is eschewed and the bad boys and girls of American history get thrust into the spotlight to criticize Uncle Sam

Bella: An American Tall Tale
By Julia Polinsky On June 14, 2017

Even with terrific songs and magnificent performances, a charming, entertaining mess.

1776 at New York City Center Encores!
by Julia Polinsky On Apr.6

A possibly boring history lesson became vibrant and alive, dished up with terrific performances in a timely, humorous, poignant musical.

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

For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday
by Edward Medina On September 20, 2017

No amount of pixie dust can make this emotionally laden Peter Pan take flight.

Fucking A
by Ron Cohen On September 19, 2017

Suzan-Lori Parks' storytelling is a heady brew of Brecht, Greed tragedy and – oh, yes – Nathaniel Hawthorne

On the Shore of the Wide World
by Ron Cohen On September 18, 2017

Three generations of an English family, viewed under a compassionate microscope

Charolais
by Marc Miller On September 11, 2017

A man. A woman. A cow. Count the possibilities.

The Suitcase under the Bed
by Marc Miller On September 01, 2017

The Mint continues championing Teresa Deevy with four one-acts, most of them frustratingly slight and passive.

Van Gogh’s Ear
by Ron Cohen On August 17, 2017

Become gloriously immersed in Van Gogh, from psyche to canvas, with great chamber music a bonus.

Midsummer Night's Dream
by Arney Rosenblat On August 2, 2017

The diverse cast of chosen actors are incandescent in their roles making this a must see evening.

Pipeline
by Ron Cohen On July 21, 2017

Dominique Morisseau’s words come at you like machine-gun fire and they are piercing, powerful and well-aimed.

The Crusade of Connor Stephens
by Deirdre Donovan On July 21, 2017

Texan playwright Dewey Moss brings his melodrama about gun violence to Off Broadway but it has nothing particularly new to say on the topic.

The Cost of Living
by Deirdre Donovan On July 19, 2017

Martyna Majok pushes the artistic envelope with her new play that centers on two physically-disabled persons.

The Traveling lady
by Arney Rosenblat On July 11, 2017

A poignant story of longing and remorse set in a rural 1950's Texas town.

Napoli, Brooklyn
by Ron Cohen On June 30 2017

An explosive tragedy lifts a passionate but intimate drama of an Italian-American family.

Measure for Measure
by Eugene Paul On June 30 2017

Director Godwin picks his cues from the Bard and ratchets them up, pleasant or unpleasant, decadence amplified, as today, of course.

In A Word
by Julia Polinsky On June 30 2017

Deeply engrossing, a surprise in a play so short.

Terezin
by Ron Cohen On June 20 2017

An overcomplicated plot but a wrenching depiction of concentration camp evil.

Julius Caesar
by Arney Rosenblat On June 14 2017

A cautionary contemporary parable for a troubled political age that dramatically illustrates how fragile democracy is.

Building the Wall
by Ron Cohen On May. 26 2017

Trump’s anti-immigration policies get a really dark and angered response from a prize-winning playwright.

The Government Inspector
by Ron Cohen On June. 02 2017

Gogol’s comic classic of bureaucracy and corruption loses none of is pertinence and keeps all of it laughs.

Antigone
by R. Pikser On May. 24 2017

Paul Goodwin Groen’s Creon reminds us that excellence in performance transcends everything.

Gently Down the Stream
by Deirdre Donovan On May. 24 2017

The one-and-only Harvey Fierstein returns to the stage in Martin Sherman’s play that speaks of the “love that cannot say its name.”

The Golden Apple
by Deirdre Donovan On May. 23 2017

New York City Center’s Encores! series revives a cult classic that breezes through The Iliad and The Odyssey at Olympian speed.

Venus
by Ron Cohen On May. 23 2017

Racism, sexism and theatricality mix for a powerful and disturbing cocktail of a play.

The Lucky One Review
By Ron Cohen on May 19, 2017

The creator of Winnie the Pooh shows off his adult playwriting skills in this tale of sibling rivalry from the 1920s.

The Profane
By Eugene Paul on Apr. 20, 2017

Two Muslim families, one secular, the other devout, have to face each other when their children fall in love. A big, topical, controversy filled, heaving, seething knot of subjects.

Emperor Jones
By Julia Polinsky on Apr. 18, 2017

Can be tough to watch, but a knockout performance and superb staging make this journey into the heart of darkness into riveting theater.

Picnic and Come Back, Little Sheba
By Ron Cohen on Apr. 17, 2017

William Inge gets his due in this side-by-side helping of two of his major plays.

Church & State
By Marc Miller on Apr. 03, 2017

Jason Odell Williams's "serious comedy" is reasonably serious, reasonably comedic, and vigorously staged, but it might have ventured a little deeper.

How to Transcend a Happy Marriage
By Marc Miller on Apr. 03, 2017

Ruhl, as she frequently does, pours too much into the mix.

Chess Match No 5
By Eugene Paul on Mar. 28, 2017

Intrigues, exquisitely unfolded by superb performers.

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

Zero Hour
By Arney Rosenblat on June 15, 2017

A complex man that used humor both as a piercing weapon and a protective wall.

The Miracle of Long Johns

By Edward Rubin on Dec. 4
A dizzying array of dance, song, double-entendres, and vaudevillian-type jokes from every conceivable angle—political, social, cultural, sexual, and otherwise.

The Bullpen

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

FEATURES

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

That’s Entertainment: Dietz & Schwartz and Friends

By Deirdre Donovan on July 19, 2017
The Mabel Mercer Foundation resurrected the crème de la crème ofthis famed duo -plus a little help from their friends.

Broadway by the Year: 2007 - 2017

By Deirdre Donovan on July 11, 2017
Scott Siegel returned to Town Hall hosting a next-to-perfect evening of Broadway songs performed by some of Broadway’s Big Names.

From Camelot to California: The Worlds of Lerner and Loewe

By Deirdre Donovan on June 15, 2017
A fitting tribute to Lerner and Loewe, who continually wove fantasy, myth, and romance into their art.

NY Pops – Something Wonderful

By Stewart Schulman on May. 03, 2017
An evening celebrating creative collaboration—with a whole lot of heart.

The American Classical Orchestra: The Ninth Symphony (Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125)

By Deirdre Donovan on Apr. 20, 2017
This period presentation offered authenticity that harkened back to its first performance, Vienna, 1824.

The New York Pops: "Life is a Cabaret: The Songs of Kander and Ebb"

By Deirdre Donovan and Jeanne Lieberman on Mar. 13, 2017
The celebrated orchestra created some magical razzle-dazzle under the enthusiastic baton of Steven Reineke at Carnegie Hall.

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

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

ANNIE
by Ed Lieberman on August. 03, 2017

Bring the family to see the perfect summer entertainment for adults and (as they used to say at the circus) children of all ages!

Mamma Mia
by Ed Lieberman on May. 15, 2017

The Westchester Broadway Theater has its mojo back!

The Bikinis
by Ed Lieberman on Feb. 20, 2017

Jukebox musical an antidote for winter.

John
by David Schultz on Feb. 10, 2017

Mesmerizing production of playwright Annie Baker’s haunted tale perfectly rendered.

Christmas Inn
by Ed Lieberman on Dec. 19, 2016

A pleasant Holiday diversion, complete with repast!

Bye Bye Birdie
by Ed Lieberman on Aug. 18, 2016

A delightful diversion from today’s news.

Million Dollar Quartet
by Ed Lieberman on Aug. 12, 2016

A nostalgic visit to a seminal event in the history of music, involving major talents who were to become legends of rock ‘n’ roll.

Happy Days, A New Musical
by Ed Lieberman on May. 31, 2016

Happy Days, A New Musical . . . a spirited but rare miss at WBT.


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“Justin Vivian Bond Shows Up in Cherry Grove,”
A Night of Musing and Music


by Jeanne Lieberman on September 07,2017

“I am yours, you are mine, no matter what you are”

Kismet’s Annual Arthur Lem Memorial Snapper Tournament

Photos & text by Bradlee White on September 01,2017

The Islip Bulletin
Crossover detour

By RICK CHALIFOUX on Aug 17,2017

Big Moments in Saltaire History
The Road that Never Made It Off the Drawing Boards

By Jeannie on Aug 24,2017

Duck Races ‘17
…the fastest fundraiser in Kismet

By Bradlee, Patti & Jeannie on Aug 17,2017

Tim Mooney’s Big Daddy & Friends at the INN



Memorial for Kismet’s “Mayor” Brian Crawford



Memorial for Fred “Dutch” Rosenberg



East Lighthouse Walk Second Annual House Beach Luau Party

By Jeannie on Aug 17,2017

July 4th 2017-THE INVASION PATRIOTIC & POLITICAL

By Jeannie
Photos by Joyce Rogers and Anna Barantsavich on Aug 10,2017

It is a grand event. Creativity abounds in startling and beautiful ways.

BRIDGEHENGE at FAIR HARBOR

By DJ Jaffe on July 28,2017

Pine is (still) Fine at Annual Block Party

Text and photos by Jeannie and Kevin and Wendy on July 28,2017

Fire Island Dance Festival Brings Weekend of
Unforgettable Dance to the Pines

July 21,2017

Festival’s 23rd edition raises a record $585,045
Annual event produced by and benefiting Dancers Responding to AIDS,
a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

The 2017 annual Maggie Fischer Memorial
Great South Bay Cross Bay Swim

By Jeff Schou, Photos by Dana Deruvo-Hanner on July 21,2017

Kismet’s 10th annual Burger Cookoff 17

Photos & text by Bradlee and Chef John on July 12,2017

a great night of burgers, friends and laughs to showcase what it is to be a community.

Chris Memorial

By Andrea Wikso and Erin Wahlberg on July 12,2017

Beloved friend and Kismet Inn Bartender

Kismet’s July 4th ‘17 parade

text and photos by Bradlee on July 12,2017

The 52nd Kismet 4th of July Parade, dedicated to Joyce Cole, and led by the Kismet Fire Department Color Guard, kicked off Sunday at 11 a.m.

Kismet’s 15 Minutes of Fame, A Formal Red Carpet Event


photos and text by Bradlee on June. 29,2017

GROVE'S NEW HOMECOMING QUEEN
GINGER’S ELECTION A SNAP!


By Jeannie on June. 08,2017

KFD open house

By Bradlee on June. 08,2017

Kismet KCA Spring Meeting ‘17

By Jeannie on June. 08,2017

Even a larger space at the Firehouse overflowed.

A Bench for Binnie

By Jeannie on June. 08,2017

Kismet’s best friend and Fair Harbor’s cherished citizen, known as “Binnie”

DERBY DAY at the KISMET INN ‘17
old friends, new season


Photos by Myrna and Jeannie on May. 15,2017

Piping Plover in Peril or Fire Island residents?

By Nicole Allegrezza on May. 12,2017
Long Island Advance

FWS must relax regulations so that beach goers can enjoy a less-limited season

KISMET UPDATE: Winter Wonderland

By Jeannie Lieberman on Feb. 12,2017

ANOTHER YEAR FOR THE DEER
Fire Island Deer Dodge The Bullet
…for now

By Jeannie Lieberman on Feb. 12,2017

KISMET KCA ELECTION ‘16: Washington Take Note

By Jeannie on Oct. 18,2016

On Fire Island, a Scar From Hurricane Sandy Is Seen as a Good Thing

By LISA W. FODERARO on Oct. 03,2016

The breach that cuts through is increasingly, seen as something of a good thing.

KISMET FIRE DEPARTMENT HONES SKILLS
IN 2 SIMULTANEOUS SURPRISE DRILLS

By Jeannie on Aug. 11

Kismet’s Annual July 4th (3rd) Parade
A merry mix of military and madcap creativity

Photos by Bradlee and Jeannie on July. 7

The 41st Annual Fire Island Invasion!!
an ecstatic melding of the Grove and Pines "sisterhood"

by Jeannie on July. 7

Gay Pride in Cherry Grove
an extraordinary day of Remembrance and Celebration

photos by James Belzer, Jerry Ferreira and Just Lorraine
text by Jeannie on June. 24


“Hate will never win, together we celebrate that principle”.

The 9th Annual, Kismet Burger Cook Off
by Gregg Weisser on June. 24

Everyone who was there were winners because what's better than getting friends together having burgers on the beach.

Memorial For Paul Whitney On Father’s Day
A Fitting Tribute To One Kismet’s Favorite Fathers

by Jeannie on June. 24

Paul would have enjoyed the tribute; short, sentimental but not too mushy, with smiles instead of tears.

It May Be 2016, But Straight Parents Still Need Advice
Raising LGBT Children

by Wesley C. Davidson & Jonathan L. Tobkes, M.D. on June. 3

A Six-Minute Plan to Rid Clothes of Ticks
By ANN LUKITS on June. 1

New study alters old protocol

STOP THE SLAUGHTER
by Jeannie on Jan. 3

Fire Island National Seashore has announced their plan to shoot Fire Island’s deer They are giving us 30 days to try to change their minds




52nd Annual Miss Fire Island Pageant

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Musto Duets!

Once again the multi-talented, astonishingly fabulous, columnist Michael Musto will be flaunting his captivating flair for song on Saturday September 23 at Club Cumming. Michael will be joyfully singing duets with the following confirmed artists: Tommy Femia, Alexis Michelle, Molly Pope, Brini Maxwell,Vivian Reed, Aaron Weinstein, Dina Martina, Rain Pryor, Rob Roth, Kenyon Phillips, with more to be added. Songs to be sung include thus far: Dont Rain on My Parade, Maybe This Time, I Got You Babe, and Anything You Can Do.
Plus "I Am What I Am" with Mickey Boardman, Tym Moss, Christian Freedom, and Frankie C.
A portion of the proceeds to go to Sage.

HERE

 

Press Release

Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society

 

 

September

 

Sunday 17

Coastal Clean-up day

A Fire Island National Seashore event.  Visit www.nps.gov or call
631-687-4772 for details.

October  

 

Saturday 7

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. 

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 2017 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 28

Legends of Fire Island

7pm—On the Lighthouse Terrace.  Listen to tales of Fire Island happenings.  Dress warmly; bring blankets and flashlights.  Free.
Tower Tours will be available from 4 pm – 6 pm at the regular fee.

November  

 

Saturday 4

Happy 159th Birthday!

The Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society invites you to celebrate the 159th anniversary of the Fire Island Lighthouse with a “Conversation with Augustin Fresnel.”  The creator of the Fresnel lens that revolutionized lighthouses.  Historian Joseph Smith will present as Augustin Fresnel and speak about his lens and their applications. Free.

Saturday 4

Evening Tower Tour

5:15 pm- 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 5:47 pm.

Saturday 11

Thank you to all our United States Veterans!

Free Tower Tours during regular operating hours to all veterans who served in the military.

Saturday 25

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 25

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 4:29 pm. 

December

 

 

Sunday 3

Evening Tower Tour

4 pm- Experience the sunset on the first day of winter.  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 4:26 pm.

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 2017 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 9

15th Annual Reenactment of the Flying Santa

11:30 am to 12:30 pm– Relive this historic event with us.  Santa arrives at the Lighthouse.  Great photo opportunity!  Come early.  Free

 

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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