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TONYS 2017


Kevin Spacey Tonys


Casualties & Conquerors


The verdict: who will survive and who will dive,
came quick and sudden
with few surprises, some good, some not so much; 
some steals and some saves
3 shows have already bit the dust: Sweat, Indecent, Six Degrees
Evan Hansen has become immortal (as long as Ben Platt is in it), Dolly will go on forever (as long as Bette is at the helm)
Bandstand got a well deserved surprising new lease on life
Other front runners: Doll’s House, Comet, Groundhog Day,
Went home close to empty


It is tragic in a way that the fate, the dreams and the futures of these shows depends on a few industry oriented man and women
in the TONY voting pool
1/3 of the voters are regional theater owners who see the shows through an accountant’s eye for production values: i.e. if it’s a small cast, or a minimalist set you have a better chance than (perhaps) a more deserving mega production.


That said; see editor’s notes for a complete rundown of winners, losers and some salient comments.



Let us not mourn or ponder

The new season is already on its way


with the new play 1984


and revival of Marvin’s Room


this very month!!!


And Cherry Grove has a new Homecoming Queen


See you at the theater…………


 Jeanne Lieberman, Publisher



  Recent articles:

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
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
Gently Down the Stream
The Golden Apple
Editor’s Notes: And the winners are…
Miss Saigon
The Lucky One
Mamma Mia
A Dolls House,Part2
Piping Plover in Peril or Fire Island residents?
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Hello, Dolly
NY Pops – Something Wonderful
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
Picnic and Come Back, Little Sheba
City Center Encores! The New Yorkers
Church & State
How to Transcend a Happy Marriage
Chess Match No. 5
The Price
The Glass Menagerie
Come From Away
Wakey, Wakey
The Light Years
Significant Other
Marty's Shadow
The New York Pops: “Life is a Cabaret: The Songs of Kander and Ebb”
The Gravedigger’s Lullaby
The Penitent
Man From Nebraska
Let's Misbehave
Evening at the Talk House
If I Forget
Sunday in the Park with George
The Bikinis
Sunset Boulevard
The Object Lesson
Jonah and Otto
KISMET UPDATE: Winter Wonderland
Mother of Invention
Yours Unfaithfully
The Beauty Queen of Leenane
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
Savion Glover at the Blue Note
The Present
Gorey The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey
Editor’s notes: The Spring Season ’17
The Mikado
The Band’s Visit
Conversations with Coward
Dear Evan Hansen
A Bronx Tale
Sweet Charity
Finian's Rainbow
In Transit
Tracy Letts at 92nd Street Y
Christmas Inn
Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes 2016
The Babylon Line
Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
Women of a Certain Age
A Taste of Things to Come
Dead Poets Society
Tick, Tick…Boom!
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
The Front Page
Antigone: Lonely Planet
Zora Neal Hurston
A Life
Edward Albee…an interview

see you at the theater!!!

Jeanne Lieberman, Publisher


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: Who will be next year’s HAMILTON?
The race is already on for new musicals (and revivals)

By Jeanne Lieberman on June. 17

Here’s a look at some of next season’s contenders.

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

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.

by Eugene Paul On May. 03 2017

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

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.

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.

by Eugene Paul On Nov. 15, 2016

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

Holiday Inn, The New Broadway Musical
by Michall Jeffers On Oct. 17, 2016

It’s never too early to celebrate

by Michall Jeffers On Sept. 22, 2016

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

by David Schultz On May.4

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

The Glass Menagerie
By Deirdre Donovan on Mar. 23, 2017
The most unsentimental, stripped-down, and provocative interpretation of the classic ever.

By Ron Cohen on Jan. 24, 2017
The last of August Wilson’s 10-play Pittsburgh Cycle makes it to Broadway, again validating the playwright’s genius.

The Front Page
By Eugene Paul on Nov. 03, 2016
Refreshed, reborn, hilarious, a captivating revival of one of the treasures of the American theater.

The Cherry Orchard
By Deirdre Donovan on Oct. 26, 2016
Chekhov’s masterpiece, starring Diane Lane, gets a lukewarm production at the American Airlines Theatre.

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

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

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

City Center Encores! The New Yorkers
By Deirdre Donovan On Apr. 04, 2017

In Cole Porter’s collision of the underworld and café society, the action is saturatedwith gin, punctuated with bullets, and peppered with romance.

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
By Ron Cohen On Jan. 24, 2017

Is Hell really next door to a Costco parking lot?

The Mikado
By Deirdre Donovan On Jan. 03, 2017

How does one stage The Mikado without sparking racial controversy today? The company has pulled off a Herculean feat by retooling and turning it into a work that embraces all ethnic groups.

The Band’s Visit
By Deirdre Donovan On Dec. 29, 2016

What happens in this desert place during one solitary night, under the moonlight, is far from ordinary and tinged with the miraculous.

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

by Ron Cohen On June 20 2017

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

Julius Caesar
by Arney Rosenblatt 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.

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.

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.

By David Schultz on Mar. 21, 2017

Existential ruminations run rampant in playwright Will Eno’s latest thought provoking play.

The Light Years
By Eugene Paul on Mar. 20, 2017

Captivating. Go with the flow as it carries you along, start to finish.

Marty's Shadow
By Julia Polinsky on Mar. 16, 2017

A great performance brightens Swedish family psychodrama.

The Gravedigger’s Lullaby
By Ron Cohen on Mar. 13, 2017

A laborer’s struggle to provide for his family…pertinent and poetic.

By Eugene Paul on Mar. 07, 2017

Everything old is ghoulishly new again, Everyman is now Everybody and the sting remains.

By Eugene Paul on Mar. 06, 2017

British star Janie Dee is Linda, stunning, successful, now 55. She wants it to mean something.

The Penitent
By Ron Cohen on Mar. 04, 2017

David Mamet asks you to put on your thinking cap rather than pull out your hankie in this tale of a troubled psychiatrist who won’t testify on behalf of his murderous patient.

If I Forget
By Ron Cohen on Feb. 27, 2017

Health crises, finances and conflicting ideologies on Israel consume an American Jewish family …and there are laughs, too.

Man From Nebraska
By Deirdre Donovan on Mar. 02, 2017

Tracy Letts offers theatergoers a glimpse into the soul of a middle-aged Midwestern man who has lost his faith.

Evening at the Talk House
By Ron Cohen on Feb. 27, 2017

When happenings in the outside world invade the conversation, a gathering of theater folk becomes unsettling

Jonah and Otto
By Eugene Paul on Feb. 16, 2017

Things get entertainingly strange when an upper class cleric encounters a lower class hustler. And a baby. And magic tricks.

The Object Lesson
By Ron Cohen on Feb. 16, 2017

Piles of props and a nimble raconteur make for a telling journey through the debris of living.

Yours Unfaithfully
By David Schultz on Feb. 2, 2017

The world premiere of Miles Malleson’s 1933 play is both modern and musty, but a worthwhile addition nonetheless.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane
By Deirdre Donovan on Jan. 25, 2017

Remains a powerful cautionary tale, drawing attention to the poison that can take root in a family.

Gorey The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey
By David Schultz on Jan. 10, 2017

Whimsical bio-play fuses fact and fiction about the author/ illustrator.

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 Rosenblatt on June 15, 2017

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

A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka
By Julia Polinsky on June 14, 2017

Interesting, uneven, overall admirable, Sinking Ship’s production layers Kafka’s cynical gloom with lots of intriguing theater artistry.

The Mother of Invention
By Ron Cohen on Feb. 10, 2017

This dark comedy could use less invention and more cohesion.


By Deirdre Donovan on Jan. 09, 2017
Actor-playwright Jack Fry brings back the ghost of a famous theoretical physicist  filled with humor, wit, and humanity.

Conversations with Coward

By Eugene Paul on Dec. 29, 2016
Noel Coward’s wit overshadows his wisdom, but not in Simon Green’s polished, knowing performance.


By Eugene Paul on Sept. 29, 2016
If you love Bernstein, if you don’t, this richly emotional, deeply moving solo drama is unmissable for you.

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 .


Tracy Letts at 92nd Street Y

By Deirdre Donovan on Dec. 19,2016

The actor, playwright, screen-writer stated : “I’m a storyteller.  Writing a play and having a play performed is what I cherish.  These are the things I care about.”

Cirque de Soleil, Kurios

By Nicholas Linnehan on Oct. 06,2016

Captivating. Imaginative. This show soars to new heights with creativity beyond compare!

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.


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.

Let’s Misbehave

By Deirdre Donovan on Mar. 01, 2017
Cole Porter was resurrected at the 92 Street Y with some “de-lovely” tunes from The American Songbook.

Savion Glover at the Blue Note
By Deirdre Donovan on Jan. 17, 2017
The legendary hoofer elicited "wows" from audience members as he articulated his rough urban footwork on stage.

New York Cabaret Convention:
A Salute to Sheldon Harnick and Charles Strouse

By Marc Miller on Oct. 25, 2016
To quote a predecessor of Harnick's, “Who could ask for anything more?”

The New York Pops:
The Musical World of Lerner and Loewe

By Julia Polinsky on Oct. 21, 2016
How wonderful to hear the sound of a big orchestra playing these familiar songs, and a full-throated chorus, and terrific soloists.

Vivian Reed Sings “Standards & More” at the Metropolitan Room

By Marc Miller on July. 29
The cabaret veteran’s standards show reveals a lot of sass and an amazing voice, but not a lot of variance in mood.

Broadway By The Year: The 1950s
By Julia Polinsky on Apr. 4
A short, welcome course in Broadway tidbits enhances a splendid evening of Broadway music.

Soul to Soul
National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene

By R. Pikser on Jan. 23
An uplifting concert in celebration of the Jewish community’s connection to the Black liberation struggle.

A Funny Thing Happened: Songs from the Road to Broadway
By Deirdre Donovan on Jan. 19
Kathleen Marshall hosts the 92 Street Y’s Lyrics and Lyricists series and gives the juice on some of Broadway’s classic songs.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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

A delightful diversion from today’s news.

Million Dollar Quartet
by Ed Lieberman on Aug. 12

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

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

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Fire Island Sun Articles


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”

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

Fire Island Deer Dodge The Bullet
…for now

By Jeannie Lieberman on Feb. 12,2017


By Marija Beqaj on Jan. 31,2017

Provides the perception that it is now acceptable to kill animals with lethal weapons including crossbows.


Photos by Bradlee on Nov. 07,2016

51st Miss Fire Island at the Ice Palace

By Jeannie on Nov. 07,2016
it was so hot each and every contestant deserves an award – just for being there.

Always a treat despite competing events

Photo's By Jeannie on Oct. 28,2016


By Jeannie on Oct. 28,2016
Photos by Joanne’s niece, Alexandra Russell

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.

Feds will shoot deer at 2 Maryland Civil War battlefields

By DAVID DISHNEAU - Associated Press on Oct. 04,2016

Our worst fears are coming true
can Fire Island be far behind?

Now that summer is nearly over, some people are wondering if the National Park Service’s plans for Fire Island deer will be implemented this fall.
by Jeannie on Sept. 19, 2016

Taste of Kismet

by Jeannie, Joanne, Bradlee on Sept. 15, 2016

In Memory of Joel Berkowitz December 19, 1944 - September 8, 2012 re-printed to honor his memorial 2016

By Jeannie on Aug. 31

2016 Kismet Guac Off!
Photos by Beverly Koster
Among all this Guac and chips there were margaritas sweet, salty, sour, smoky and STRONG

By Jeannie on Aug. 31

Kismet: A Community Out of Nothing - a belated tribute.

By Cheryl Dunbar Kahlke on Aug. 31

They Came, They were Seen, They conquered! as the bawdiest of the Grove revisited Kismet for the third time.

By Jeannie on Aug. 26

The Arthur Lem Memorial Snapper Tournament

By Bradlee White on Aug. 25
in memory of one of Kismet's most famous early founder/set

11th Annual Kismet Duck Races

By Bradlee White on Aug. 18


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Return of a Kismet tradition: Pancake Breakfast at Firehouse

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Nothing will stop us!!!

Fire Island Dance Festival
Shatters Fundraising Record with $560,133

Photos By Whitney Brown & Daniel Roberts on July. 20
Presented by and benefiting Dancers Responding to AIDS,
a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Too Many Deer on the Road? Let Cougars Return, Study Says
By JAMES GORMAN on July. 20
“The idea of being killed in a car crash with a deer just doesn’t scare people the way the idea of a cougar leaping on your back in the woods does”

Seabay Annual Potluck July 4th on the beach
Good friends and neighbors, Great food!

photos by Gregg & Bradlee on July. 7

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.

by Jeannie on June. 24

Kismetics enriched their minds (books), wardrobes, kitchens and interior decoration. Knowing it was for a good cause made the event even happier.

by Jeannie on June. 3

Arts Project MC Panzi with new Homecoming Queen 2016 - Logan Hardcore

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

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


Fire Island Dance Festival
Returns to Fire Island Pines
on July 14-16, 2017

Produced by and Benefiting
Dancers Responding to AIDS,
a Program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Press Release

Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society




Saturday         10         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         10        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         17        Path Through History

                                    “A Day in the life of a Lighthouse Keeper”

1pm-meet in front of the Keeper’s Quarters-Free

Take a walk through history at the Fire Island Lighthouse with a Lighthouse Keeper.  Visit the Keeper’s Quarters, Historic boathouse and Fresnel Lens Building from a Keeper’s perspective.  Tower tours reduced for those on the walk.


Wednesday    21         Evening Tower Tour

8 pm- Experience the sunset on the first day of summer.  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.



Friday              23        16th Annual Benefit Art Show-through July 16

Local artists display their nautical artwork in the Keepers Quarters at the Lighthouse.  Opening reception will be held on June 22- 6pm9pm (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.



All Saturdays              Lighthouse is open late – 8 pm

Enjoy the early evening at the Lighthouse.  Beat the parking fee after 6pm. Tower tours are available until 7:30 pm at regular fee. Weather permitting please call ahead (631) 661-4876.   Every Saturday in July.


Wednesday    5          Family Seaside Adventure

10am to noon-Meet at the Lighthouse.  Tower Tour and make a painting on snow fence.   Call 631-661-4876 to register.  Children must be accompanied by adult.  $5 per child.


Wednesday    12        Family Seaside Adventure

10am to noon- meet at the Lighthouse.  Learn about the USLSS, tour of the Lens Building and the Boat House.  Paint a wooden fish to bring home.  Call 631-661-4876 to register.  Children must be accompanied by adult.  $5 per child.


Wednesday    19        Family Seaside Adventure

10am to noon- meet at the Lighthouse.  Seining in the bay and paint a clam shell.  (Wear bathing suits and water shoes.  Bring a towel.)   Call 631-661-4876 to register.  Children must be accompanied by adult.  $5 per child.


Wednesday    26        Family Seaside Adventure

10am to noon- meet at the Lighthouse. Nature walk and fish printing. (Please bring a plain tee shirt and/or tote bag.)  Call 631-661-4876 to register.  Children must be accompanied by adult.  $5 per child.



Wednesday    2          Seaside Story Time

10am to 11:30am- Book reading and activity for children ages 5-8.  Meet on the front terrace of the Keepers Quarters.  Free.



Monday          7          National Lighthouse Day

                                    Reduced tower tour fees—all day!


Wednesday    9          Seaside Story Time-National Book Lovers Day

10am to 11:30am- Book reading and activity for children ages 5-8.  Meet on the front terrace of the Keepers Quarters. Free.


Saturday         12        31st Annual “Barefoot Black Tie Dinner Dance”

6:30 – 11 pm.  Enjoy a catered dinner and dance to the sounds of the live band, Tradewinds. Open bar and silent auction.  A great romantic evening on the Lighthouse terrace – $150 per person if purchased by July 22nd.  $175 per person afterwards -Tickets are very limited; call (631)321-7028 for tickets.


Wednesday    16        Seaside Story Time

10am to 11:30am- Book reading and activity for children ages 5-8.  Meet on the front terrace of the Keepers Quarters. 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  (631) 661-4876     
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