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Doctor Faustus **1/2 ------------- Guards at the Taj ****

                      By: David Sheward
Chris Noth, Zach Grenier: "Doctor Faustus"Chris Noth, Zach Grenier: "Doctor Faustus"The devils have all the fun and the angels are pretty dull in Andrei Belgrader's production of Doctor Faustus, adapted by Belgrader and David Bridel from Christopher Marlowe's play now at Classic Stage Company. Derived from a German legend, this late 16th century morality tale concerns the bargain the titular scholar strikes with Mephistopheles, first lieutenant of Lucifer. Faustus gets infinite power and wisdom while he is alive, but after death Satan gets his soul and he's condemned to eternal damnation.

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The Third Man

Post- WWII Film Noir Masterpiece The Third Man, at Film Forum, Finally Complete and in 4K Restoration

                    By: Ellis Nassour
Run, don't walk to the Film Forum to catch legendary director Carol Reed's acclaimed film noir post- WWII masterpiece The Third Man (Rialto/British Lion/Selznick Pictures, 1949; 104 minutes), starring Joseph Cotten, the great Italian beauty (Alida) Valli, Trevor Howard, Vienna locations, Anton Karas' haunting zither score, and, oh, yes, Orson Welles, will run at Film Forum through July 9 in a stunning 4K restoration by France's Studio Canal.

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2015 Apple Awards

Broadway League Announces 2015 Educator Apple Awards on June 29

               By: Ellis Nassour
The Broadway League, the co-presenter of the Tony Awards and the national trade organization for the commercial theatre industry, has revealed the recipients of the 2015 League Educator Apple Awards, which acknowledge teachers and advocates who support Broadway or touring Broadway programs.

They are: Cristina Gutierrez-Brewster, program manager, Academy Prep Center of Tampa (nominated by Straz Center for the Performing Arts); Rosa Rocha, board president, Friends of Down Syndrome, Houston (nominated by Theatre Under the Stars); and Bradley Wingate, arts academy specialist, Greenville County [SC] Schools (nominated by the Peace Center for the Performing Arts).

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Colin Quinn @ Bay Street

Bay Street Theater is pleased to announce public workshop presentations of a new work-in-progress, COLIN QUINN THE NEW YORK STORY, directed by Jerry Seinfeld. The performances will feature Colin Quinn presenting the full show with the focus on the text and performer. The performances will be June 30, July 2, and July 3 all at 4 pm. Tickets are available online at www.baystreet.org or by stopping by or calling the Box Office at 631-725-9500.
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Take Home Broadway!

Take Home Broadway! - Even Tony Winners; and What about Sir John Gielgud and Bette Davis

                   By Ellis Nassour
The Tony and Drama Desk Awards have come and gone, there've been winners and not-winners in the Musical categories. It was a season of great scores - one for the books with 10 musicals opening. Being avid theatergoers, you no doubt have seen all the shows. Now, you can take a few cast albums home to rekindle memories again and again. All are quite reasonably-priced, with a SRP of less than $20.

In addition, there are Off Broadway cast albums and reissues of two long-out-print classics by two giants of the entertainment world - and news of more to come.

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KulturfestNYC

                                   By: Paulanne Simmons

After a week of music, theater, dance, and lectures celebrating Jewish and particularly Yiddish culture, KulturfestNYC closed on June 21 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, with the New York premiere of the film "In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem."
Theodore BikelTheodore Bikel

The film, directed by John Lollos, is both a biography of the great Yiddish dramatist and the story of the artistic journey actor and singer Theodore Bikel took with him. It is narrated by Emmy-winning actor Alan Alda and features interviews with the great star of Yiddish theater, Fyvush Finkel and sex therapist Ruth Westheimer, amongst others.

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Larry Kramer Documentary

     Pride Weekend: Larry Kramer Documentary In Love & Anger June 29
                      
                              By: Ellis Nassour

Post Pride Weekend, HBO will air Jean Carlomusto's Larry Kramer in Love & Anger on June 29 at 9 P.M. The 82-minute documentary features the trailblazing, often controversial and contentious gay rights political firebrand and AIDS activist, author, and acclaimed playwright in "an intimate look at the inspiring and sometimes devastating measures taken by him that ultimately saved the lives of millions affected by HIV and AIDS." The telecast almost coincides with Kramer's June 25 80th birthday.

[See below for other air dates.]

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WHBPAC Golf Benefit

                          13th Annual Golf Tournament Supports
                     Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.

The gray skies and inclement weather didn't dampen the spirits at WHBPAC's 13th Annual Golf Tournament hosted by the Westhampton Country Club. The annual fundraiser is a great opportunity for the community to support WHBPAC's exciting programs with a day of golf and festive activities that began with a 9 am breakfast and a slightly later than planned tee off due to the weather.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream****

                   By: David Sheward
High-definition screenings of theatrical events are not just coming from London's National Theatre or the Stratford festivals in Canada and England. Off-Broadway's Theatre for a New Audience has filmed genius-level director Julie Taymor's imaginative production of A Midsummer Night's Dream to be shown on screens nationwide on June 22 (There was a brief controversy about distribution and payments resulting in a lawsuit, but the case has been withdrawn.) The staging opened TFANA's Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn in 2013 and was Taymor's first production after her Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark debacle.

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Broadway Bares 2015

Broadway Bares, the unrivaled evening of sexy striptease that benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will celebrate its 25th spectacular edition with Broadway Bares: Top Bottoms of Burlesque, a show inspired by the golden age of Broadway on Sunay June 21 The show will welcome back to the director's chair Jerry Mitchell, Bares' two time Tony Award-winning creator and executive producer. The 2015 edition will fill NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on Sunday, June 21.

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Karen Mason

Karen Mason Returns to Don't Tell Mama for "Master Class" On the Ups and Downs of Cabaret

           By: Ellis Nassour

Award-winning actress/singer Karen Mason returns to Don't Tell Mama Sundays and Monday, June 21 and 22 and 28 and 29 at 7 P.M. to encore her acclaimed autobiographical Mason at Mama's in March, a reminiscence-filled romp through the songs and stories of her pre-theater career coming up the ranks of cabaret. The show was dubbed by one critic as "a master class on how an act should work." She's in good hands in that department, with director Barry Kleinbord and musical director Christopher Denny.

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Broadway by the Year

Broadway by the Year June 22 Star-Studded Lineup to Feature
Highlights from a Quarter Century of Musicals: 1991-2015                 

                            By: Ellis Nassour


The finale of Season 15 of the popular and acclaimed series Broadway by the Year will be June 22 at 8 P.M. at Town Hall and feature tunes from the last quarter century of Broadway [from 1991]. Headlining the cast of 25 will be special guest Tony Danza, two-time DD nominee and YouTube sensation Christina Bianco, Grammy-winning country legend Larry Gatlin, Tony and Drama Desk winner Randy Graff; and DD nominees Lisa Howard and Josh Grisetti (It Shoulda Been You). Scott Siegel is creator, host, and writer.

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Wyonna @WHBPAC

Wynona & The Big Noise  Sunday July 19
       Chart-Topping Country Storyteller
For over three decades, Wynonna has employed her rich, commanding voice and unflinching honesty to craft an extraordinary career as America's preeminent storyteller. Wynonna is a five-time Grammy Award winner and a New York Times best-selling author with a remarkable twenty #1 hit country singles. Do not miss Wynonna at WHBPAC as she performs her biggest hits and favorite covers backed by her full band, The Big Noise. "The greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline" - Rolling Stone Magazine www.wynonna.com TICKETS: $175, $150, $95 *****Follow Us On Facebook and Twitter*****

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Deja Vu on Broadway

Jessica Lange will star in Long Day's Journey Into Night on Broadway in 2015-16           
                  By:David Sheward
Jessica LangeJessica Lange
I recently saw the first show of the 2015-16 Broadway season, An Act of God, and from here on it's looking like deja vu all over again. (After the refreshing new show Fun Home took all the Tonys, you would have thought we'd get some exciting different shows, but oh no.) Not only are we getting the usual amount of revivals--seven of the announced shows--but three of them were revived just a little over ten years ago. Fiddler on the Roof will be directed by Barlett Sher for its sixth Broadway run, but the last one was in 2004. Long Day's Journey Into Night will be getting its sixth incarnation, the most recent was in 2003.

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Jurassic World

Raptorous Box Office for Jurassic World As Dinos Take Half Billion Bite Of Audiences' Wallets

               By: Ellis Nassour

Another weekend and another blockbuster! But Jurassic World (Universal) became the summer's blockbuster buster. It's the event everyone was eagerly anticipating and no one wanted to miss. Call this The Summer of the Dinos!

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"All My Sons" Opens

                                Opening Night @ Guild Hall
Alec Baldwin and Laurie Metcalf star in a gripping production of "All My Sons" at Guild Hall directed by Stephen Hami
Hilaria Baldwin, Joan Copeland, Alec Baldwin, Emma Walton Hamilton, Julie AndrewsHilaria Baldwin, Joan Copeland, Alec Baldwin, Emma Walton Hamilton, Julie Andrewslton.

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ACA Galleries Opening

          RAW BEAUTY: Bradley Theodore and Antoine Verglas

Close to 400 people attended the opening reception of RAW BEAUTY, an exciting exhibiton curated by Casey Bergen at ACA Galleries, 529 West 20th Street in the Gallery District. The focus of RAW BEAUTY, curated by Bergen is a collaborative series between celebrated artist Bradley Theodore and renowned photographer Antoine Verglas that combines the excitement of street art with the sensuality of fashion photography. The canvasses for the project are internationally acclaimed models painted by Theodore and then captured on camera by Verglas. In addition to the collaboration series the exhibition at ACA Galleries will feature individual paintings by Theodore and photographs by Verglas.
Casey Bergen, Bradley TheodoreCasey Bergen, Bradley Theodore

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Garden of Dreams

Show Business and Sports Who's Who Support MSG's Garden of Dreams Thursday at Radio City

            By: Ellis Nassour

MSG Entertainment, the Garden of Dreams Foundation and icons of the entertainment and sports world will celebrate the Garden of Dreams talent show, "Musical Dreams," on the great stage at Radio City Music Hall Thursday at 7 P.M. [red carpet arrivals, 6 P.M.]. The event is free and open to the public [See ticket distribution information below.]

MSG Networks' Jill Martin and Al Trautwig will host the concert showcasing 22 performances from more than 100 children from GOD Foundation partner organizations. Each child will grace the stage with his/her talent - ranging from singers and dancers to jugglers and guitarists.

Reviews

Devil and the Deep **

                                     By: Sam Affoumado
Presented by Theatre East, Devil and the Deep, is the world premiere of a
new musical re-imagining of Robert Louis Stevenson's much-adapted
classic, Treasure Island.
Ethan Gabriel Riordan Raissa Katona Bennett, Lisha McKoy, Eric ColesEthan Gabriel Riordan Raissa Katona Bennett, Lisha McKoy, Eric Coles

When young Jim Hawkins (Ethan Gabriel Riordan) finds himself in
possession of a treasure map, he is launched into one of the greatest life-
changing adventures of all time. This 18th century coming-of-age tale of
danger and heroism on the high seas, introduces us to some of the most
colorful characters in literature.

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Actors Fund Benefit

      Divas Sing the Broadway Songbook June 16 to Benefit Actors Fund
                         By Beau Jared
The Actors Fund will benefit from the June 16 concert Showstopper Divas Sing the Broadway Songbook at 7 P.M. at Stage 72/Triad [158 West 72nd Street, between Broadway and Columbus Avenue]. The singers are Ivy Austin, Edna Kaufmann, Jennifer Sheehan, and Corinna Sowers-Adler. Also featured will be Susan Vardy, the winner of the recent Tomatoes Got Talent contest and finalists: Judith Ann Graham, Angela Leone, Phyllis Mollen, and Jayne Magdalen Traver.

Musical director is Paul Chamlin. Producing and hosting is Randie Levine-Miller.