Ramsey High School in Bergen County leads the list of nominees for the 16th annual Metropolitan High School Theater Awards announced Friday. The awards will be presented June 3 at the newly reopened Paramount Hudson Valley theater in Peekskill. Ramsey’s production of “Crazy for You” racked up an impressive 18… Read More →
A lot of excitement for high-school-musical kids across the Lower Hudson Valley this morning as the nominations for the 2013 Metropolitan High School Theater Awards are just a few hours away. At 4 p.m., producer Danielle Rudess and I will sit down in the rehearsal studio at Helen Hayes Youth… Read More →
Happy to announce that I’ll be joining producer Danielle Rudess at 4 p.m. on Friday in the rehearsal studios of her Helen Hayes Youth Theater in Nyack to announce – live via a lohud.com exclusive webcast – the nominees for the 16th annual Metropolitan High School Theater Awards. There are… Read More →
The 16th annual Metropolitan High School Theater Awards are just around the corner and there’s news to report. Producer Danielle Rudess tells me the evening (June 3 in Peekskill) will be hosted by Westchester’s Broadway star, John Treacy Egan of Larchmont, who is currently in the final weeks playing Chief… Read More →
Jesse Tyler Ferguson sounded like a broken record this morning as he announced the 2013 Tony nominees for best lighting design for a musical. “Kenneth Posner for ‘Kinky Boots,’” the “Modern Family” star read. “Kenneth Posner for ‘Pippin,’” he continued. “Kenneth Posner for “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” Ferguson said, with… Read More →
“Kinky Boots,” the Cyndi Lauper-Harvey Fierstein musical about a man who teams up with a drag queen to exploit a niche in the cobbler’s trade, garnered 13 nominations for the 2013 Tony awards, besting the much-hyped British import “Matilda,” which had a dozen nominations. The Tonys return to Radio City… Read More →
Just got word from producer Danielle Rudess that the Metropolitan High School Theater Awards will return to Peekskill’s Paramount Center for the Arts on June 3. It’s an outcome that was put in doubt last October when the former moviehoise was shuttered abruptly, a $300,000 deficit cited. Since then, the… Read More →
School named a Signature School semifinalist Harrison High School Chior Director Lynn Fusco rehearses a music selection with her ninth-period chorus class. Photo by Matthew Brown/The Journal News. On Feb. 10, the music world focuses on Los Angeles, and the 55th annual Grammy Awards. Meanwhile, 2,800 miles away, from the… Read More →
There is “American Idol” and “The X Factor”—with Mamaroneck’s phenom Carly Rose Sonenclar—but Westchester has its own singing competition: Westchester Teen Idol, held for the Saturday after Thanksgiving at Irvington’s Town Hall Theater. A fundraiser for PMT Productions, a Pleasantville-based community theater, Westchester Teen Idol this year winnowed down a… Read More →
Westchester wunderkind Stephen Ferri won best orchestrations honors for his New York Musical Theatre Festival production of “Foreverman.” Next up for Ferri is WPPAC/Harrison Summer Theater’s “Legally Blonde” next weekend. OMG.
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.
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.
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 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 →
The women in Guido Contini’s life fill the stage, leaving the Italian director at a loss. He follows one after the other, easily distracted, as they serenade him, a big smile on his face. Lucky Guido. But conflicted. As they go their separate ways, leaving him aside his young self… Read More →
Teachers nominate the contenders for technical merit. They submit a portfolio of work that the judges review. Here are the nominees for technical merit. Archbishop Stepinac H.S. – Phantom of the Opera – Peter McCauley & Nicholas Pechin (Stage Managers) Bergen County Academies – The King and I – Claudia… Read More →
The nominees for lobby display are… Academy of the Holy Angels – Footloose – Elizabeth Bilka, Victoria Cavaliere, Ivetty Estepan, Natalie Freay, Grace Fuselier, Alyssa Gentile, Annie Loftus, Katharine Rodriguez, Christina Sirico Edgemont H.S. – Oklahoma! – Jane Anthony, Julia Brody, Ben Howard, Dhruva Krishna Lakeland H.S. – Oklahoma! –... Read More →
The nominees for outstanding acting performance… Blind Brook H.S. – Hello Dolly! – Nora Fisher (Dolly Gallagher Levi) Don Bosco Prep – Will Rogers Follies – Patrick Sweeney (Will Rogers) Pleasantville H.S. – Beauty and the Beast – Emily Ultan (Cogsworth) Saddle River Day School – Gypsy – Skylar Gottlieb… Read More →
The nominees for comic performance are… Archbishop Stepinac H.S. – Phantom of the Opera – Tim Stanson (Firmin) Clarkstown South H.S. – Into the Woods – Jake Catsaros (Cinderella’s Father) Glen Rock H.S. – Grease – Andrew Brancato (Sonny) Hendrick Hudson H.S. – The Pajama Game – Noah Ruff (Hines)... Read More →
The nominees for production number are… Archbishop Stepinac H.S. – Phantom of the Opera – “Masquerade” Bergen County Academies – The King and I – “The Small House of Uncle Thomas” Briarcliff H.S. – Sugar – “The Beauty that Drives Men Mad” Fair Lawn H.S. – Nine – “Follies Bergeres”... Read More →
The nominees for instrumentalist… Briarcliff H.S. – Grace Schulz (Tenor Saxophone/Clarinet) Emerson H.S. – I Love a Piano – Graham Ullman (Violin & Clarinet) Hendrick Hudson H.S. – The Pajama Game – Lee Meadvin (Drums) Pearl River H.S. – Damn Yankees – David Avery (Bass) Rockland Country Day School –... Read More →
Outstanding Vocal Performance Bergen County Academies – The King and I – Alexandra Urquiola (Lady Thiang) Blind Brook H.S. –Hello Dolly! – Lindsay Nuckel (Irene Molloy) Glen Rock H.S. – Grease – Rachel Francavillo (Rizzo) Hackensack H.S. – Grease – Timothy Fischer (Teen Angel) Harrison H.S. – 42ns Street –... Read More →
The nominees for outstanding stage crew… Archbishop Stepinac H.S. – Phantom of the Opera Bergen County Academies – The King and I Blind Brook H.S. – Hello Dolly! Fair Lawn H.S. – Nine Northern Highlands H.S. – The Wedding Singer Rockland Country Day School – Urinetown Rye H.S. – Pippin… Read More →