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Theatrical Gems Presents SKYLAR

As Part of the 2018 New York International Fringe Festival

Performing at the new Fringe HUB Theatre, 685 Washington Street, NYC, 

on Tues Oct 16 @ 8:15pm; Sunday, Oct 21 @ 12:00pm; Thursday, Oct 25 @ 7:00pm; 

Saturday, Oct 27 @ 4:00pm; Sunday, Oct 28 @  4:30pm. Tickets are $22, 

with discounts for groups. More info can be found at www.fringenyc.org

SKYLAR, the latest entry in Jonathan G Galvez’s ambitious “Bridge” series of 16 plays, concerns a trans high school student clinging to life after being attacked at a school dance. Their girlfriend, father, and teacher meet in the waiting room and consider the events that led them there.

Led by queer director, Kristen Keim, the cast features Sam Lopresti as David, Skylar’s teacher; Kaitlyn Gill as Pamela, Skylar’s activist girlfriend; Eric Novak as Adam, Skylar’s religious father, Dana Scurlock as the Nurse, Mark Levy as Vice Principal Gonzalez, Ashton Garcia as Scott, a football player, and Eli Denson as the titular Skylar, a trans teen. It should be noted that not only is Skylar portrayed by trans-gender-queer actor, Denson, but also role of Scott, a traditionally cis-gendered (identifying with the sex they were born as) role, being portrayed by trans-masculine actor, Garcia.

Celebrated playwright, Jonathan G Galvez’s, works have received acclaim at the Fringe Festival, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity (mention award), and at William Paterson University, where he was winner of the 10th annual New Jersey Playwrights Contest. For additional information, visit www.TheBridgeSeries.org.

The New York International Fringe Festival has served as host for many of Galvez’s Bridge Series, including Thirty Minutes or Less, The Girl With Her Hands in the Sand, The Call of the Siren, and A Life TBD.

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THE LONG RAIL NORTH

As part of

The New York International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC (a production of The Present Company)

Dates and Tickets

Saturday October 13th – 4:45 pm

Monday October 15th  – 9:30 pm

Saturday October 20th – 7:00 pm

Tuesday October 23rd – 4:45 pm (Talkback directly following)

Saturday October 27th – 12:15

Tickets: $22      For tickets visit www.FringeNYC.org or www.thelongrailnorth.com

 

C.A.G.E. Theatre Company will present – as part of the first fall season of the New York International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC – The Long Rail North, written by award-winning playwright, Michael Hagins, and directed by former Planet Connections Artistic Director, Brock H. Hill.

The Long Rail North centers on Pvt. Thomas Morgan, a black union soldier, who must escape via train with a young southern white girl named Molly Barnes that he rescued from a plantation fire of a nearby Civil War battle. Exhausted, with limited resources and even fewer allies, Morgan (played by Xavier Rodney) continues traveling north getting Molly to safety – despite her racist view of him and his race. Regardless of his good intentions, both union and confederate forces pursue them.

Mr. Rodney is joined by Jordyn Morgan, Rich Wisneski, Anna M. Hogan, and Michael J. Whitten.

The C.A.G.E. (Classical Avant-Garde Experimental) Theatre of New York City begins its 14th season with this world premiere by founder, Michael Hagins. The company – dedicated to bringing classical works to modern audiences in new and fascinating ways have presented works including Two Gentlemen of Verona: A Swashbuckling Comedy! and A 1940’s Comedy of Errors.

Stage Manager: Liza Penney; Technical Director: Melissa Farinelli; Costume Designer: Janet Mervin.

 

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THE LADY IN BLACK RETURNS!

The show returns to Don’t Tell Mama for one night only, Saturday, October 20, at 7 PM at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St (between 8th & 9th Ave), New York, NY, 212-757-0788 (after 4:00PM), info@donttellmamanyc.com

Singer and performance artist, Mary Elizabeth Micari, aka Reverend Mary, returns to the premier cabaret theatre, Don’t Tell Mama, for an encore performance of her acclaimed one-woman show, Lady in Black. The audience follows Rev. Mary on a musical journey spawned from a trip down memory lane thanks to her high school and college journals. Mary sings from her soul with a group of vintage noir-style tunes woven together to reveal the tale of a woman’s journey to find herself.

Rev. Mary’s All-Man Band returns with her: jazz pianist, Dan Furman; guitarist Alan Lighty; and drummer John Dinello. The production is produced by Jay Michaels Arts & Entertainment.

Rev. Mary is a specialist in vintage songs made famous between 1910-1950. Some tunes are familiar, some haven’t been heard in a century.

Rev. Mary is preparation a series of cabaret performances to happen during 2018-2019 each specifically-themed but all celebrating lost tunes from bygone eras.

Rev. Mary is the Lady in Black at Don’t Tell Mama: $15.00 cover charge and a 2-drink minimum per person ($10.00 cover charge and a 2-drink minimum per person for MAC and MCenter members). Cash Only.

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GIVE ‘EM HELL, HARRY!

Ego Actus Presents Samuel Gallu’s rousing one-man show about the little president that could!

Stage and film actor, J. Dolan Byrnes takes command of the role from October 18 – 28 (Thursday – Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p,m.) at the Episcopal Actors Guild, 1 East 29th Street, NYC. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.Artfull.y/Ego-Actus.

Production directed by Joan Kane

In these trying times, we need a president who will take command of the nation and lead us to victory and renew the spirit of patriotism … even if its just on stage!

The prolific Ego Actus Theatre Company presents a revival of Samuel Gallu’s one man exploration of the president that got us out of a war and not in one – Harry S. Truman.

In a younger life J. Dolan Byrnes worked as a Congressional Aide for a Member of Congress who stood up to the Reagan administration on a very important moral issue of the time and at great cost to her own career, a very Trumanesque thing to do. Coming from a working-class family with a keen interest in politics and an active involvement in local affairs, Byrnes says “It is the role of a lifetime to be able to portray this giant of a man.  Truman fought for my parents and perhaps yours as well, average Americans working in the factories of post-World War II.  He never forgot his farm roots, never lost his integrity, and always put “the folks” first; not the banks, not big business, not big unions, just “the folks”

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RELENTLESSLY PLEASANT

Tongue in Cheek Theater Productions presents this world premiere comedy written and directed by (Ms.) Jake Lipman

Performing at Theatre 54 @ Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor

October 10-27, 2018 on Wednesday-Saturday nights at 7:30 PM and Sunday matinees at 2:30 PM

$20 tickets: http://www.tictheater.com ($25 on Sat. Oct. 13 performance with reception following)

14 Performances:

Wed. Oct. 10 @ 7:30 PM; Thur. Oct. 11 @ 7:30 PM; Fri. Oct. 12 @ 7:30 PM

Sat. Oct. 13 @ 7:30 PM – with reception following in Shetler’s Penthouse 1 space

Sun. Oct. 14 @ 2:30 PM – matinee

Wed. Oct. 17 @ 7:30 PM; Thur. Oct. 18 @ 7:30 PM; Fri. Oct. 19 @ 7:30 PM; Sat. Oct. 20 @ 7:30 PM

Sun. Oct. 21 @ 2:30 PM – matinee

Wed. Oct. 24 @ 7:30 PM; Thur. Oct. 25 @ 7:30 PM; Fri. Oct. 26 @ 7:30 PM; Sat. Oct. 27 @ 7:30 PM

 

You are cordially invited to the launched of HER(E) SHE, a new all-female co-working space. Co-founders, Alison (Deanna Henson) and Gina (Maria Maloney) and the staff are hard at work, everything is looking great… Until a series of unforeseen calamities threaten to derail the space – from their keynote speaker canceling, to a #MeToo incident. Can these women lean in to the conflicts while maintaining their composure?

This modern workplace comedy was written by Ms. Jake Lipman, founder and artistic director of Tongue in Cheek Theater: “I wanted to create a feminist piece about women and work, and I wanted it to be funny. I started with two sources of inspiration. Sheryl Sandberg’s book “Lean In” talks about women lacking the confidence to sit at the head of a table in meetings, and A.R. Gurney’s play The Dining Room offers a series of comedic interactions set entirely around a dining room table. By setting my piece around a conference room table in a new female-only co-working space, the table becomes both an impediment and a soap box for the characters’ ambitions.”

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MASSIVE by Maura Campbell

A staged reading of the play will be October 29, 2018 at 7PM on Theatre Row, 416 West 42nd Street, New York, NY.

Egg & Spoon Theatre Collective presents a staged reading of Massive, a dark comedy by Maura Campbell and directed by Robert Moss. Massive concerns George, a British actor who endures intensive radiation and chemotherapy for a massive throat tumor caused by the HPV virus. Thanks to the morphine treatments, George thinks he’s dead – or at least his life is starting to look that way. Left alone with his mother-in-law (who’s addicted to online shopping), a pet Beetle named Prince Hal, and the ghost of his dead brother when his wife is rushed to the hospital herself, George confronts the massive upheaval that is the stage show of his life: the roles he’s played, the disease, the treatment, his debilitating tracheotomy, and those poor souls in the chemo ward who never made it out, alive. All the while an omnipresent Kafkaesque Creature teaches George that grotesqueness and beauty co-exist in every moment and how to live in the world we create for ourselves.

Massive features Stephen Bergman (this play is semi-autobiographical of Mr. Bergman’s ordeal and recovery), Christopher Denham (New York, China Doll, TV, Billions), Marylouise Burke (New York, Kimberly Akimbo, Film, Sideways).

A staged reading of the play will be October 29, 2018 at 7PM on Theatre Row, 416 West 42nd Street, New York, NY.

DIVINATION

Written by Dorian Palumbo

Directed by Ken Coughlin

Wed., October 31st – Sat., November 4th @ 8 PM, Sunday November 5th @ 3 PM

Wed., November 7th– Sat., November 10th @ 8 PM, Sunday November 11th @ 3 PM

Another world premiere at the legendary American theatre of actors, 314 W. 54th Street, NYC

Six women of vastly different upbringings and backgrounds sign-up for a class in “Mediumship and Divination.” Each at a crossroads in their lives, each in search of something that’s missing. Will they find it among the spirits? Divination examines that inevitable point in a woman’s life – whatever age it may come – that past isn’t always prologue and the fortune shouldn’t always be foretold.

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Regeneration Theatre returns with a classic by a classic writer:

SMALL CRAFT WARNING BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

Thursday – Saturday: November 1-3 at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 4 at 2:00 p.m.

Special showing, Monday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday – Saturday: November 8-10 at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 10 & Sunday, November 11 at 2:00 p.m.

Thirteenth Street Playhouse

50 West 13th street, NYC

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3609319

Regeneration – acclaimed for finding forgotten stage gems and giving them a new life – having taken on As Is, Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, and Kennedy’s Children – now brings Small Craft Warnings by Tennessee Williams back to the stage. An expansion of an earlier one-act play, Confessional, (not unlike Streetcar starting as Moony’s Kid), this play centers on a motley group of people gathered in a seedy coastal bar in Southern California. The guests read like a list of Williams’ favorite types: lusty Leona Dawson, an embittered middle-aged woman; her ne’er-do-well live-in lover Bill McCorkle; Doc, an alcoholic who lost his license to practice medicine (but still does); Violet, who has eyes for Bill regardless of Leona; Steve, a depressed middle-aged short order cook; two gay men – Quentin, a washed-up screenwriter, and Bobby, a young man Quentin picked up on the road… and Monk, the obligatory bartender running a place of refuge for the vulnerable and the lost. Williams himself said of this play: “It is the responsibility of the writer to put his experience as a being into work that refines it and elevates it, to make an audience feel the truth of that work.” One feels a bit of Williams in each character.

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“HANSEL & GRETEL CHRISTMAS” BY JACK DYVILLE

Join This Famous Brother & Sister @ During the Holiday Season in 21st Century New York City!

EVERY SUNDAY in NOVEMBER (4th, 11th, 18th, 25th) @ 1:00pm

SUNDAYS in December (2nd, 9th, 16th) @ 1:00pm

MANHATTAN REPERTORY THEATRE, NYC

17 West 45th Street, Elevators to 3rd Floor

This season – their 10th anniversary – is dedicated to him and will be called THE DAVID GILLAM FULLER SEASON. Learn how you can make a difference and be a friend always creating theatre: FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK AT F.A.C.T. (Friends Always Creating Theatre)

What’ll they think of Macys??!!

Celebrated author and producer, Jack Dyville, revives his widely popular children’s story with a modern twist as a special dedication to F.A.C.T.’s co-founder/producer, David Gilliam Fuller. Together, they created one of the most visible and respected children’s theatres in New York featuring new and engaging works to both entertain and enlighten.

“Hansel & Gretel Christmas” leads the list as the two wandering waifs end up in NYC at Christmas. Aside from uproarious humor and clever dialogue, the piece talks of love and family; understanding and encouragement; and is a perfect vehicle to share with the whole family.

Dyville and his cast and crew organize immersive fun, keeping the kids in the audience on their toes what with some special prizes and making them part of the play.“The most gratifying thing a children’s theatre production can do is make a show that an adult will appreciate! It’s clever and fun!” (William Kozy, TheatreMania)

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Theater Resources Unlimited announces The 2018 TRU Love Benefit,

“THE POWER OF COMMUNITY” HONORING BAAYORK LEE AND JOHN CHATTERTON

Sunday, November 4, 2018 from 12pm-4pm

Caroline’s on Broadway

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the 2018 TRU Love Benefit, “The Power of Community: Bringing People Together Through the Arts.” The event will honor legendary A Chorus Line co-star and co-founder of the National Asian Artists Project Baayork Lee, who will receive the TRU Spirit of Theater Award for a lifetime of creating opportunities for Asian artists; and off-off-Broadway maverick, creator of the former OOBR Awards and the Midtown International Theatre Festival, John Chatterton who will receive the TRU Entrepreneur Award for providing 17 years of developmental opportunities for a range of independent theater artists. It all takes place on Sunday, November 4, 2018 from 12pm-4pm at Caroline’s on Broadway, 1626 Broadway, NYC. Tickets are now on sale at https://truonline.org/events/tru-love-2018/. Tickets start at $50 for the performance only.

Performance and award show will be directed by Jonathan Cerullo, Broadway/NYC choreography consultant for Say, Goodnight Gracie; assistant director and/or choreographer for Band in Berlin, Anna Karenina, The Three Musketeers, original cast of Legs Diamond; and choreographer for Big Apple Circus’ Carnivale! & Picturesque @ Lincoln Center. Appearances will include original A Chorus Line co-stars Donna McKechnie and Priscilla Lopez, PS124 Theatre Cub Kids, NAAP co-founders Nina Zoie Lam and Steven Eng, as well as selections from MITF musicals Thrill Me!Sistas (the long-run off-Broadway hit) and more! Adding excitement to the event is a live auction featuring a 7 night/8 day Uniworld European River Cruise for two including transfers, shore excursions and well, practically everything (brochure price starts at $6,000 for two), as well as a pair of rare Yankees Legend Suite tickets.

The illustrious benefit committee assembled to support the honorees includes: Pat Flicker Addiss, producer (Desperate Measures, A Christmas StoryPromises Promises, The Fantasticks, Spring Awakening); Katrin Hilbe, director, former artistic director of the Midtown International Theatre Festival and artistic director of ManyTracks); Jim Kierstead, producer (Tony awards for Kinky Boots and Pippin revival, The Visit, Side Show, Yank!, Thrill Me – the Leopold and Loeb Story)Priscilla Lopez, actress (A Chorus Line, Henry Sweet Henry, Tony Award for Hollywood/Ukraine, Anna in the Tropics, In the Heights); Donna McKechnie, actress (Tony Award for A Chorus Line, Promises Promises, Company, State Fair, Jerry Herman’s Showtune, Annie Warbucks, Follies at Paper Mill Playhouse); Jay Michaels, executive director of Jay Michaels Arts & Entertainment; Emileena Pedigo of The Show Goes in Productions, former general manager of the Midtown International Theatre Festival; and Gerald vanHeerden, director, and former artistic director of the Midtown International Theatre Festival.

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KCRW’s LEFT, RIGHT & CENTER

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 • 8:00pm

Town Hall is thrilled and honored to serve as host of this event. 

The Town Hall is located at 123 West 43rd Street ((between 6th Ave and Broadway), NYC, http://thetownhall.org.   

 

KCRW is bringing Left, Right & Center to Broadway’s Town Hall on Wednesday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m. – just in time for the 2018 midterm elections. 

You know, the ones that will decide which party controls Congress.

Left, Right & Center is a weekly political showdown that invites prominent thinkers to talk through the most important issues stymieing our government.

The show delves in policy and pop culture, always with an eye to elevating the conversation. In addition to over 1 million listeners online,

LRC airs at 6AM and 6PM Saturdays on WNYC AM820 in New York as well as airings in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The show is available at KCRW.com, KCRW’s smartphone app, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Josh Barro, Rich Lowry, Ana Marie Cox, and a host of luminaries from across the political spectrum with be here – right in the heart of the theater district – for

a rollicking examination of the issues confounding our country.

Imagine the most intensive, in-depth political analysis you’ve ever experienced – but with laughs!

 

LRC Live – because you have decisions to make.

 

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FORT DICKS, A NEW MUSICAL

Friday and Saturday November 9 & 10; 16 & 17 @ 8:00 p.m.

Sunday matinées: November 11 & 18 @ 2:00 p.m.

American Theatre of Actors, 314 W 54th St, New York City

Jail time never was this much fun! Based a true story, Jeffrey Milstein, a prolific author both in NYC and regionally, “lampooning to the tooning of Brooks, Reiner, and Simon” in telling the story of a low-level prison in the famed military installation … and then sets the whole things to music! The dark social commentary is played like a Marx Brothers movie complete with sight-gags and prat falls. And just like any old movie musical – Marx Brothers notwithstanding – it has a cast of thousands. “I draw inspiration and patterns in my work from the comedic geniuses of Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, and Carl Reiner. It’s their kind of ‘laugh till you think’ philosophy that I put into my work,” says the ambitious, actor/producer/director/playwright.

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AUDRA MCDONALD JOINS SETH RUDETSKY FOR THE LAUNCH OF BROADWAY @ THE TOWN HALL CONCERT SERIES 2018-19 SEASON IN NEW YORK CITY

 

(New York City) The internationally acclaimed Broadway @ concert series, hosted and music directed by Sirius XM Radio Star, Seth Rudetsky, is landing where it belongs – on Broadway … Broadway’s Town Hall to be exact!

 

Producer Mark Cortale will bring the inaugural NYC season to the landmark performance space starting November 12 with legendary six-time Tony Award winner, Audra McDonald. The superstar lineup continues with Kelli O’Hara. The six-time Tony nominee and Tony Award winner for the revival of “The King And I” will appear on January 14, 2019. The season concludes on March 11, 2019, with Jeremy Jordan, Tony Award nominee for “Newsies” and star of “Supergirl” & “Smash.”  The Broadway @ Series with Seth Rudetsky was first launched at Provincetown’s Art House Theater in 2011 by Cortale and Rudetsky and now makes its home in more than a dozen major venues worldwide.  For tickets and information, including member seating, subscriptions and individual tickets (on sale as of October 9) visit www.thetownhall.org or call (212) 997-6661.

 

The unique format of the series offers up a seamless mix of intimate and fascinating behind-the-scenes stories prompted by Rudetsky’s insightful, funny and revealing questions and the music from the artists’ stellar careers. The result is spontaneous evenings of show-stopping songs and hilarity. The roll-call of stars who have graced the Broadway @ series’ reads like a Tony Awards Who’s Who: Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth, Chita Rivera, Sutton Foster, Christine Ebersole, Kelli O’Hara, Neil Patrick Harris, Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rosie O’Donnell, Vanessa Williams, Jessie Mueller, Megan Hilty, Faith Prince, Megan Mullally, Cheyenne Jackson, Gavin Creel, Matthew Morrison, Darren Criss, Jane Krakowski, Beth Malone, Melissa Errico, Joanna Gleason, Michael Cerveris, Norm Lewis, Laura Osnes, Ana Gasteyer, Andrea Martin, Adam Pascal, Kerry Butler, Jackie Hoffman, Sam Harris, John Barrowman, Will Swenson, Alice Ripley, Emily Skinner, Judy Kuhn, Charles Busch, Betty Buckley, and many other leading artists of today.

 

Town Hall is thrilled and honored to serve as host of the series. The Town Hall is located at 123 West 43rd Street ((between 6th Ave and Broadway), NYC, http://thetownhall.org.  This series will be raising funds for Sandy Hook Promise. For more info visit sandyhookpromise.org

 

Town Hall – located in the heart of the Broadway theater district – has played an integral part itself in electrifying the cultural fabric of New York City for nearly a century by providing educational opportunities and quality entertainment at accessible prices for audiences of all types to enjoy. This season, Town Hall honors its location with another season of Broadway By the Year featuring Scott Siegel and the inaugural season of Broadway @ Town Hall with musical director and host, Seth Rudetsky.

 

The stunning theater and beautiful building were designed by renowned architects, McKim, Mead & White, and served as a hub for The League for Political Education to bring together people of all walks of life to discuss important issues of the day. The design of the building – eliminating box seats and obstructed views – gave birth to the term “Not a bad seat in the house.” During completion of the building, the 19th Amendment was passed (women’s right to vote), and on January 12, 1921 The Town Hall opened its doors fostering a new, more optimistic climate.

 

Monday, November 12 @ 8:00 PM

Audra McDonald

with Music Director and Host, Seth Rudetsky

For tickets and information, please visit http://thetownhall.org/event/broadway-audra-mcdonald or call (212) 997-6661. Individual tickets go on sale October 9.

 

Audra McDonald (performing November 12 at The Town Hall) holds the record for more Tony Best Performance wins than any other actor in history, and is the only person to win all four acting categories. She became a three-time Tony Award winner by the age of 28 for her performances in “Carousel,” “Master Class,” and “Ragtime,” placing her alongside Shirley Booth, Gwen Verdon and Zero Mostel by accomplishing this feat within five years. She won her fourth in 2004 for her role in “A Raisin in the Sun”, a role she reprised for a 2008 television adaptation, earning her a second Emmy Award nomination. On June 10, 2012, McDonald scored her fifth Tony Award win for her portrayal of Bess in Broadway’s “The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess” thus tying a record held by Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris for most Tony Awards won by an actor. In the 2014 Broadway season, she made history by winning her sixth Tony Award for her role as Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.” She also maintains her ties to classical repertoire with an active concert and recording career, performing song cycles and operas as well as concerts throughout the US. Audra’s many television appearances include four seasons as Naomi Bennett in “Private Practice,” as well as “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Having Our Say,” “Mister Sterling,” “The Bedford Diaries,” “Kidnapped,” the TV remake of the musical “Annie,” and HBO’s “Wit” with Emma Thompson and more recently as a cast member of “The Good Wife.” In December 2013 Audra won critical acclaim for her performance as the Mother Abbess in NBC’s live telecast of “The Sound of Music” with Carrie Underwood. As the host of the PBS series “Live From Lincoln Center,” she won her first Primetime Emmy Award in 2015. That same year she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2015 and received a 2015 National Medal of Arts – America’s highest honor for achievement in the arts – from President Barack Obama. In 2018, she joins the cast of “The Good Fight” for the second season of the CBS All Access original drama series. Her film roles include “Cradle Will Rock,” “Object of My Affection,” “It Runs in the Family,” “Best Thief in the World,” and “Seven Servants.” Ms. McDonald returned to the Broadway stage in 2016 with director George C. Wolfe and dancer/choreographer Savion Glover in the musical “Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed,” a new retelling of an original musical by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award. On the concert stage, she has sung with virtually every major American orchestra, and internationally with Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, as well as with the London Symphony Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic. Of Audra McDonald’s many roles, she notes that her favorites are the ones performed offstage: passionate advocate for equal rights and homeless youth, wife to actor Will Swenson, and mother to her children.

 

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SPIT&VIGOR BRINGS THE BRUTES TO THE NEW OHIO THEATRE

critically-acclaimed and nominated for seven Planet Awards, spit&vigor presents this story of three brothers – Junius, Edwin and John Wilkes Booth

New York City — spit&vigor announces the return of THE BRUTES, written by Casey Wimpee (2x Samuel French Short Play Finalist and NYIT Outstanding Original Short Script nominee). After a powerful run at Planet Connections 2018 Theatre Festivity, the production moves to the New Ohio Theatre, 154 Chrsistopher Street. Sara Fellini (2018 Planet Award Outstanding Direction nominee) returns as director. Performances are November 23 — December 9 (Thursdays and Fridays at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm). Tickets are $30. For advance reservations, please visit https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/999133.

 

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SHADOWS

TWO-TIME TONY AWARD NOMINEE, JOEY MCKNEELY, TEAMS WITH AWARD-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT, RANDALL DAVID COOK, TO BRING YOU A NEW DANCE MUSICAL WITH MUSIC AND LYRICS BY EDISON WOODS, MAXIM MOSTON AND KAREN BISHKO.

 

Opening November 29 at the Connelly Theater, 220 East 4th Street, NYC

Performing November 29 & 30 at 8:00 p.m.

December 1 at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.

December 4 – 7 at 8:00 p.m.

December 8 at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.

December 11 – 14 at 8:00 p.m.

December 15 at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.

Learn More at www.ShadowsDanceMusical.com

 

Twyla Tharp meets Next to Normal peppered with Stephen King!

In Shadows, a mesmerizing new dance musical directed and choreographed by Broadway notable, Joey McKneely, haunting melodies by pop band, Edison Woods; composer, Maxim Moston; and British singer/songwriter, Karen Bishko,

enfold around a eerie and erotic story  by Randall David Cook, who scored kudos, Off-Broadway, with the premiere of Sake with the Haiku Geisha and Fate’s Imagination.

This gothic ghost love story whispers how far one must go to keep the one you love … even to another world.

Stage and film professional, Joey McKneely, is a two-time Tony Nominated Broadway Choreographer (Smokey Joe’s Cafe and in 1997 for The Life) and the international Director and Choreographer of West Side Story. Other Broadway credentials include Twelfth Night, The Wild Party, The Boy From OZ and the West Side Story revival. He directed/choreographed the U.S. National Tours of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Annie Get Your Gun, Crazy For You and Smokey Joe’s Café. Internationally, he directed/choreographed the world premieres of Love U Theresa, Ah, Kuling! And Jiu Gan Tang Mai Wu In China; The Beautiful Game, Thoroughly Modern Millie, West Side Story in Japan; Evita and Dusty in London. On film, McKneely is known for his work on Zoolander, The In Crowd, and Far East.

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Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE IT to New York for the upcoming holiday season starting November 30 – December 8 (Friday/Saturday at 7:00 p.m.) at downtown’s historic Players Theater, 115 MacDougal Street, between West 3rd and Bleecker Streets, in NYC.

As You Like It follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution to find safety and, eventually, love, in the Forest of Arden. Ms. Issacman is setting her version in the Midwest in 1968, where we meet a recently homeless Orlando and Rosalind. Living in the woods out of necessity, they meet a merry band of “hippies” heralding the change that is in the air for all of them … and our country. “This production shows us America’s most pivotal time through the eyes of a group of homeless. When you have nothing, it’s amazing what you see” says Isaacman, a stage director and indie filmmaker. Using theatre techniques as old as the material, this As You Like It, will be a history lesson, power-packed parable, and enjoyable evening.

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