How’d you like to see Tony-winner Audra McDonald on Broadway and then spend a week in a villa in the south of France—while supporting a great little theater close to home? Penguin Rep Theatre, Rockland County’s professional theatre, holds its sixth annual auction Oct. 9 at the Stony Point Conference… Read More →
Got a note from the folks at City Island Theater Group. Happy to pass it on. The City Island Theater Group is looking for a stage manager for it’s upcoming production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.
Playbill’s reporting that Rockland’s own Tyne Daly is to be inducted in the Theater Hall of Fame. Read the story here.
The doctor will see you — elsewhere — as Mark St. Germain’s hit play “Freud’s Last Session” moves from a Y auditorium on Central Park West to the 199-seat Stage 5 at New World Stages, a stone’s throw from Times Square, on Oct. 7. The official re-opening night will be… Read More →
Had the great good fortune to catch the Schoolhouse Theater’s revival of last season’s “Dancing at Lughnasa” yesterday in a deservedly packed theater in Croton Falls. Moments that will stay with me for a while: + The sweetness in Michael McMonagle’s voice as he plays the 7-year-old Michael.
One of the happiest developments in the past year or so has been the emergence of The Strange Bedfellows, a fund-raising off-shoot of the Palisades-based Childrens Shakespeare Theater. Next weekend, the Bedfellows — a group consisting of CST alums, parents, fans and friends — presents “Much Ado About Nothing, the… Read More →
Tovah Feldshuh isn’t the kind of actress who spends a lot of time looking back. The four-time Tony nominee is too busy for that. But when she looks at her career — in which she has played strong women of conviction, including Yentl (“Yentl”), Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir (“Golda’s… Read More →
Little Radical Theatrics has announced auditions for the Westchester premiere of Andrew Lippa’s “The Wild Party,” directed by LRT artistic director Michael Mirra, with choreography by Jessica Bittner Marcus and musical direction by Kaitlin Carey. Auditions are 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Nov. 8 and 10 at The Music Conservatory… Read More →
Thanks to Jeff Marx, our Web genius, for giving the ol’ blog a fresh coat of paint. You can now use the tabs to click on the categories that interest you. Pretty slick….
Daniel Goldstein calls this “the fall of two babies.” The first is Gracie, his first child, due to his wife, Melissa, at any moment. His other baby is “Godspell,” the first Broadway revival of the Stephen Schwartz musical based on St. Matthew’s Gospel. Goldstein, a Larchmont native, makes his Broadway… Read More →
New Rochelle’s Kara DioGuardi is best known for her two seasons judging “American Idol.” Earlier this month, she made her Broadway debut as the headline-grabbing merry murderess Roxie Hart in the long-running Broadway revival of Kander & Ebb’s “Chicago.” We chatted the morning after her first performance. PK: How did… Read More →
Tony-nominee Kelli O’Hara is about to set out on a new adventure, playing Regan to Sam Waterston’s aging patriarch in “King Lear” at the Public Theater. Directed by James Macdonald, it is scheduled to run Oct. 18 to Nov. 20 at the Public’s Newman Theater. Shakespeare is “one of the… Read More →
Hope springs eternal in the theater community and producers across the Lower Hudson Valley are facing uncertain economic times with no lack of ideas in their fall calendars and beyond.
Had they been able to find jobs in the summer of 1936, there might not be an Antrim Players. But, as luck would have it, a group of college kids, led by Belle Mayer (who would later go on to be a prosecutor in the post-World War II Nuremberg war… Read More →
Tyne Daly still knows nearly all of the words to “H.M.S. Pinafore” and she has the Antrim Players to thank for it. The Tony-winner (“Gypsy”) and multiple Emmy-winner (“Cagney & Lacey”) got her start at Antrim when she was 11, introduced to the venue by schoolmate Donna Gould. “I got… Read More →
Here’s a look at the fall season — and beyond, for those contemplating season subscriptions — at professional theaters across the Lower Hudson Valley. Axial Theatre Company: The Pleasantville-based company of playwrights, actors and directors starts its 13th season with “Taking Off,” an evening of two one-act plays (Ward Riley’s… Read More →
Here’s what community theaters are planning across the Lower Hudson Valley, this fall and beyond. Actors Conservatory Theatre: “Little Shop of Horrors,” directed by Armand Paganelli. Nov. 10-13 and Nov. 18-20. 8 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m., Sundays. $18, $16 seniors. $15 general admission on Nov 10. 20 Buckingham… Read More →
The 2011-12 Broadway season officially began with the most-anticipated show of the 2010-11 season: the $75-million “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” starring White Plains’ own Jennifer Damiano, which opened at the Foxwoods Theater two days after the Tony Awards were handed out in June. Over the summer, Rockland native Tyne… Read More →
While the fall holds the promise of new shows, there are more than a dozen shows already up and running on Broadway. Here’s a look: “Anything Goes” — Cole Porter’s shipboard story with Sutton Foster, Joel Grey. Sondheim. “Billy Elliott” — Amid a miners’ strike, a working-class boy learns to… Read More →
When things go well for Nyack composer Neil Berg and his actress wife Rita Harvey, they hear applause. Some fans might stand and cheer. But at an event Sept. 22 at Neiman Marcus in the Westchester Mall in White Plains, one fan might just howl. That’d be Atka, an Arctic… Read More →
Don’t try to pigeonhole Kelli O’Hara. The Westchester resident is a bona fide Broadway star, a three-time Tony nominee, for “The Light in the Piazza,” “Pajama Game,” “South Pacific.” On Sept. 23, she appears in the season premiere of the CBS drama “Blue Bloods,” playing a woman whose husband is… Read More →
Got an email from the irrepressible John Gwardyak, the director at Eastchester High School who does tons of set work all across the region. He could use some help. He’s working with Mike Limone at Rye H.S. on Rye’s fall production of “Our Town.” John writes: “I’m searching for a… Read More →
Lauren Wagner’s parents have seen plenty of her shows. At Yorktown High School, Wagner was Belle in “Beauty and the Beast,” and the fun-loving Babe O’Day in “Good News.” This summer, she was in “Seussical” at Westchester Broadway Theatre. But the role she plays this weekend — Wendla in the… Read More →
White Plains Performing Arts Center will hold its season-opening celebration at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27. After an hourlong reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres, producing artistic director Jeremy Quinn will kick off the preview of what’s on tap for the mainstage and conservatory theaters this season, with songs from “Spring… Read More →
I’m not a gasper. But when I arrived at Boscobel on Saturday afternoon, as I rounded the big golden mansion to take in the spectacular view of the Hudson Highlands, I gasped audibly when I saw that the majestic oak that was so much a part of summer at Hudson… Read More →
Robi Hager, a member of the original company of “Spring Awakening” who understudied the role of Conrad Birdie in the recent Broadway revival of “Bye Bye, Birdie,” will help to judge this year’s Westchester Teen Idol competition. The Harrison native and Rye Country Day School graduate will return to Westchester… Read More →