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 →
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 →
Director Dee O’Brien on stage at Hommocks Middle School, where her Semi-Royal Shakespeare Company presents its 39th season March 7-10. Rehearsing a scene from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” behind O’Brien are, from left: Drew Gallagher, Meg Carroll, Ryan Solomon and Rie Ogasawara. Photo by Tania Savayan/The Journal News. Most after-school… Read More →
Standing Ovation Studio’s presentation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights” has been extended at Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford, it was announced today. Seventeen new performances have been added to the show schedule, which will now end April 7. Prices for performances—Wednesdays through Sunday nights, with a Sunday matinee—are $59,... Read More →
Buy early, buy often for memorable nights at Boscobel Photo by William Marsh: The opening of last summer’s excellent production of “Romeo & Juliet.” Tickets are now on sale for one of the greatest summer traditions in the northern suburbs: The fantastic Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival at Boscobel in Garrison…. Read More →
‘60s icon comes to Suffern’s Lafayette Theatre on Valentine’s Day Singer Darlene Love, who will sing love songs at Suffern’s Lafayette Theatre on Valentine’s Day, poses for a photograph at one of her favorite restaurants: Aldo & Gianni in Montvale, N.J. Photo by Carucha L. Meuse/The Journal News. Darlene Love… Read More →
If you’ve never seen “Our Town,” Thornton Wilder’s achingly beautiful story of life, love and death in New Hampshire, seeing it at a high school is not a bad option. The simplicity of the writing makes a solid production a reachable goal for young actors. The show is made to… Read More →
Songwriters say stars, songs, surprises mark show’s return Jennifer Hudson, as Broadway veteran Veronica Moore, appears in tonight’s season-two premiere of “SMASH” on NBC. Nanuet native Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman know that fans of NBC’s “SMASH” have endured a long wait since last season. So the writers of “Hairspray,”... Read More →
From ‘A Funny Thing…’ to ‘Zombie Prom,’ a slate awaits The cast of “Urinetown” at White Plains High School strikes a pose in a break from rehearsals. White Plains kicks off the musical season with the satirical comedy Feb. 1, 2 and 3. Photo by Tania Savayan/The Journal News As… Read More →
‘Guys and Dolls,’ ‘Sound of Music’ to follow ‘In the Heights’ Bob Funking and Bill Stutler, the men behind nearly 40 years of song and dance at Westchester Broadway Theatre, are going traditional in 2013. Having begun the year with the final weeks of “Fiddler on the Roof,” Funking and… Read More →
Hip-hop musical to take WBT stage, with a Broadway assist Director John Fanelli and actress Arielle Jacobs pose above the Westchester Broadway Theatre lobby last week, as they prepare to begin rehearsals for “In the Heights.” Jacobs played Nina on the national tour and on Broadway. Photo by Joe Larese/The… Read More →
Peter Gallagher leads alums back to Byram Hills (Peter Gallagher as Arthur Campbell in “Covert Affairs.” Photo by Steve Wilkie/USA Network.) Before Peter Gallagher made a name for himself on TV’s “Covert Affairs” and “The O.C,” and on Broadway, he was a theater kid at Armonk’s Byram Hills High School…. Read More →
“Arsenic and Old Lace’ this weekend The new year brings a new production of an old chestnut at New Rochelle’s Theatre Works. “Arsenic and Old Lace” runs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (Jan. 10-12) in the school’s vast Whitney M. Young Auditorium. The wacky story involves two old ladies… Read More →
The show goes on this weekend (From left, Bryant Lo and Sayeel Alam rehearse scenes from Scarsdale High School’s production of Guys and Dolls at Scarsdale High School Auditorium on Nov. 8, 2012. Photo by Carucha L. Meuse/The Journal News.) In theater, the week before the show opens is spent… Read More →
Updated: An earlier post reported the airing date of tomorrow. Then NBC moved the airing to Friday. Set your DVRs for the “Today” Friday morning to catch the Brewster High School band taking part in a surprise wedding proposal. Band director George Viglucci tells me the event was filmed in… Read More →
Just heard from Olivia Sklar at Hudson Stage. With Briarcliff Pace still without power after Superstorm Sandy, they’re pushing back “Stones in His Pockets” a week. “But we’ll extend performances to Nov. 23 and 24 at 8 p.m.,” she writes. Read more about “Stones” here.
Halloween classic has new sound and look Visitors to The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze have called it “absolutely amazing,” “awesome,” “the greatest Halloween treat ever” and “one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.” In just eight years, it has become one of the region’s most-anticipated events, circled on calendars… Read More →
Eight years ago, Garrison artist Michael Anthony Natiello dreamed up The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, which opens next weekend and runs into mid-November. It is, simply put, one of the great things about living where we live: Nine acres of carved jack-o-lantern creations in all sorts of intricate installations—including a… Read More →
Sternhagen, Cunningham to read comic miscues at The Osborn (John Cunningham and Frances Sternhagen talk about “Comic Miscommunications,” the one-night-only show they’ll perform at The Osborn retirement community in Rye on Sept. 27. Photo by Tania Savayan/The Journal News.) She won one of her two Tony Awards for “The Good… Read More →
Fans of “Les Miserables,” the film starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Ann Hathaway, will have to wait a bit longer. Variety reports that the Dec. 14 release date has been changed to Christmas Day. Until then, here’s the trailer to whet your appetite….
A newspaper’s archives are a wonderful thing. As Carly Rose Sonenclar’s hometown paper, we’ve watched “The X Factor” star grow up, following her growth as a performer and gracing our pages with her face. Here are some photos from along the way.
Mamaroneck’s Carly Rose Sonenclar, who took “The X Factor” by storm when her audition aired last week, is getting more airtime. Her mom tells me Carly will be on NBC’s “Access Hollywood Live” this morning, between 11 and noon, and on Extra at 7 p.m., so set those DVR’s. As… Read More →
Sternhagen, Cunningham to read comic miscues (John Cunningham and Frances Sternhagen talk about “Comic Miscommunications,” the one-night-only show they’ll perform at The Osborn retirement community in Rye on Sept. 27. Photos by Tania Savayan/The Journal News.) I chatted with two charming local actors the other day, one of whom you… Read More →
Westchester Broadway Theatre this morning announced its 2013 season, a mix of new and classic musicals. Now on stage is “Can Can,” the Cole Porter musical about, well, dirty dancing of its age. Next is “Fiddler on the Roof,”(starring Bill Nolte) running Oct. 10 to Nov. 25, then Jan. 3… Read More →
Broadway revival has Holmes recalling audition for Papp “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” an audience-participation musical, is preparing its first Broadway revival. When the audience enters the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Studio 54 space this fall, they’ll be entering The Music Hall Royale for a show; a cast of Victorian actors… Read More →
Writer has three shows opening this fall Thomas Meehan’s fall sounds like it could be the start of a great joke: An orphan, an elf and a little tramp meet on Broadway … The words of the 83-year-old Suffern native and three-time Tony-winner (“Annie,” “The Producers,” “Hairspray”) will ring across… Read More →
‘Today’ host spent years on musical about radio evangelist (Carolee Carmello in “Scandalous.”) “If you put Oprah with Madonna and Lady Gaga, you still wouldn’t have what Aimee was for her time,” says Kathie Lee Gifford, speaking about the subject of the Broadway musical the “Today” show host has written.
Holiday favorites to light up the Theater District (John Bolton plays The Old Man, with his “major prize” in last season’s national tour of “A Christmas Story: The Musical.”) Stage adaptations of three Christmas classics will compete for box-office on Broadway this holiday season, while a fourth holiday favorite marks… Read More →
5 must-see local events for theatergoers (Michael Benz is the doomed Dane in the Shakespeare’s Globe production of “Hamlet.”)
Broadway welcomes its share of stars of screens large and small this fall, appearing alongside bona fide luminaries of the American stage.