Jacob Burns to screen Sorvino film July 11—days before NYC opening (Mira Sorvino, left, Tammy Blanchard, center, and Nancy Savoca on location for “Union Station.” Photo by Gerardo Somoza.) Before she began shooting her feature film “Union Square,” Nancy Savoca knew that the screenplay she and Mary Tobler had written… Read More →
Mamaroneck venues—one old, one new—join forces (The cast of “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” at the Emelin Theater includes, standing from left: Steven C. Rich, Brandon Lavon Hightower and Steven Charles, holding Derrian Tolden. Photo by Dan Ferrante.) If someone says “Yakety Yak” and you blurt out “don’t talk back,” you know… Read More →
Star-crossed lovers find refuge from the pulsing Verona (Carl Howell and Angela Janas in the title roles of Hudson Valley Shakespeare’s production of “Romeo and Juliet.” Photo by William Marsh.) It is the simplest of things, really: an entrance. But considering who is entering — Romeo — and when he’s… Read More →
“The 39 Steps” goes to summer camp — at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (Gabra Zackman and Richard Ercole in “The 39 Steps.” Photo by William Marsh.) Richard Hannay asked for it. In the first moments of “The 39 Steps,” now settled in for a high-energy summer’s run in repertory at… Read More →
Katonah’s Bryggman shares stage with Parsons (and a pooka) in “Harvey” For 35 years, Katonah’s Larry Bryggman played Dr. John Dixon on the daytime drama “As the World Turns,” winning two Emmys. He earned Tony nominations for 1994’s “Picnic” and 2001’s “Proof.” Now, he’s back on Broadway, in “Harvey,” Mary… Read More →
Penguin Rep’s new play is a study in collaboration and renewal It got plenty of laughs. But after two productions, in his native Massachusetts and New Jersey, Rick Dresser thought his play, “The Last Days of Mickey and Jean” — the story of a mobster on the lam with his… Read More →
My friend, Lou DelBianco, has been entertaining a generation of Port Chester kids with his funny songs. “I love it when a kid listens to one of my CDs and decides, ‘My two favorite artists are Michael Jackson….and Lou Del Bianco,’” he tells me. He comes from a justifiably proud, Italian… Read More →
When Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire wrote “Closer Than Ever,” the Off-Broadway musical revue that won Outer Critics Circle Awards for best score and best musical, things were different. It was 1989. So when Nyack songwriter Neil Berg (who credits the show as a huge influence on his composing)... Read More →
Colt — the Shetland sheepdog who was removed from a filthy Spook Rock Road home, only to be returned before being struck by a car trying to escape again — is back, in the unlikeliest of places: on stage at Antrim Playhouse. In 2008, he was one of 23 dogs… Read More →
Things will be humming under the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival tent in Garrison this week, with two opening nights to kick off the troupe’s 26th season: Thursday’s Hitchcock send-up “The 39 Steps” and Saturday’s “Romeo and Juliet.” In a break from tradition — which in recent years has seen the… Read More →
The guard does not look happy. Then again, if your boss were the Queen of Hearts, how happy would you look? John Nielsen, therefore, is entirely in character, in Lighthouse Youth Theater’s 45-minute production of “Alice in Wonderland” today at 5 and 7 p.m. at Bedford Hills Community House. John,... Read More →
If you missed Jim Breuer when he opened the Levity Live Comedy Club at the Palisades Center in late January, here’s your chance to be at the taping of his latest Comedy Central special. Breuer—famous for his “Goat Boy” and Joe Pesci characters on “Saturday Night Live”—tapes “Mid Life Madness”... Read More →
Stephen Ferri has a thing for song cycles, those bookless-not-quite-musical glimpses into the lives of people who are doing exactly what Neil Patrick Harris suggested in the opening to the Tonys, “What If Like Were More Like Theater?” Watch and learn: OK, back?
New Rochelle native Alan Menken is happy to be off the schneid. With last night’s best-score win for “Newsies” (an honor he shared with lyricist Jack Feldman) the four-time Tony-nominee is now a Tony-winner. It’s not that he lacks for hardware: His northern Westchester studio holds eight Oscars. But Broadway’s… Read More →
Got a call just now from newly minted Tony-winner Jeff Croiter, the Eastchester native who won for his lighting design of the play “Peter and the Starcatcher” last night. His whirlwind night started early, at 5:40 p.m., Sunday, and didn’t end till 4:30 this morning. Why so early? The press… Read More →
When Broadway bestows the 66th annual Tony Awards at the Beacon Theater tonight, the Lower Hudson Valley will be well represented. (Audra McDonald and Norm Nixon in “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. Photo by Joan Marcus.) Audra McDonald and Kelli O’Hara, nominees for best actress in a musical (for “The… Read More →
This year’s Tony nominees come from all over, but at least three of them came through the same Westchester place: Purchase College’s School of the Arts. In fact, Purchase is the alma mater of three of the four nominees for best lighting design of a play: Brian MacDevitt (“Arthur Miller’s… Read More →
I saw and loved the first season of “Submissions Only,” the wickedly funny and smart look at the life of a New York actress (Kate Wetherhead) and her casting-director friend (Colin Hanlon), but for some reason missed season 2, which is on www.broadwayworld.com.
Here are the nominees for Sunday’s 66th annual Antoinette Perry Awards, to be bestowed at the Beacon Theatre tomorrow night, in a ceremony hosted by Neil Patrick Harris on CBS from 8 to 11 p.m.
Summer Shakespeare fills stages with Montagues and Capulets This is the season of star-crossed lovers. Carl Howell and Angela Janas play the star-crossed lovers in ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ directed Christopher Edwards at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Garrison. Photo by William Marsh Starting this weekend, the Lower Hudson Valley will… Read More →
Rockland playwright Angelo Parra’s musical play, “The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith,” started life at Penguin Rep and went on to win raves Off-Broadway, where it is still running and where its star, Miche Braden, was just up for a Drama Desk Award. Then the playwright… Read More →
There’s something brewing at White Plains Performing Arts Center, where Curt Stewart’s C&K Productions—in conjunction with something called the Multi-Cultural Arts Initiative— has announced auditions for aspiring actors, directors and playwrights. The auditions— from 4 to 6 p.m. June 9 and 12—will be held at WPPAC, the theater next to… Read More →
Look to the right and you’ll see a photo gallery link from last night’s awards show at the Paramount. Seth Harrison got some great photos of performances and speeches. Give it a look.
Thought you’d like to hear from two of last night’s honorees who didn’t go to the Paramount expecting to be honored. But there they were—Rye Neck’s Pat Rinello and Woodlands’ John MacLean—being recognized for decades of hard work and dedication to their students and their schools.
Here are the winners of the 14th annual Metropolitan High School Theater Awards, given out in a ceremony at Peekskill’s Paramount Center for the Arts on Monday night:
Archbishop Stepinac High School’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” earned the top honor — best overall production — at Monday’s 14th annual Metropolitan High School Theater Awards at Peekskill’s Paramount Center for the Arts. “Phantom,” at the all-boys Catholic high school in White Plains, was… Read More →
The evening’s final award, the big one, is for outstanding overall production. The nominees are… Archhbishop Stepinac H.S. – Phantom of the Opera Bergen County Academies – The King and I Briarcliff H.S. – Sugar Fair Lawn H.S. – Nine Northern Highlands H.S. – The Wedding Singer Pleasantville H.S. –... Read More →
The nominees for outstanding actor in a leading role are… Academy of the Holy Angels – Footloose – Brendan Rooney (Ren McCormack) Archbishop Stepinac H.S. –Phantom of the Opera – Albert Stanaj (Phantom) Bergen County Academies –The King and I – Phillip Chen (The King) Fair Lawn H.S. –Nine –... Read More →
The nominees for outstanding duet are… Archbishop Stepinac H.S. – Phantom of the Opera – “All I Ask of You” – Nicole Heney/Chris Guzman (Christine/Raoul) Briarcliff H.S. – Sugar – “Sugar” – Dan Levine/John Alecci (Jerry/Daphne, Joe/ Josephine) Clarkstown South H.S. – Into the Woods – “Hello Little Girl” –... Read More →
The nominees for outstanding choreography are… Bergen County Academies – The King and I – Laurie Crochet Glen Rock H.S. – Grease – Kendall Stagaard Harrison H.S. – 42nd Street – Deborah Toteda Northern Highlands H.S. – The Wedding Singer – Danielle Brennan Ossining H.S. – Aida – Melinda Irizarry… Read More →