The Taming of the Shrew **1/2 The Total Bent *** Himself and Nora **

By: David Sheward
With its celebration of Elizabethan-era sexism, The Taming of the Shrew has always been a challenging production for modern audiences. In bringing the rebellious Katherina to heel, the chauvinistic Petruchio employs starvation, abuse, and possibly even rape, and is rewarded with an obedient spouse and riches from his father-in-law who essentially sells the contentious bride to be rid of her. taming-of-the-shrew_w529_h352_2xThe Taming of the Shrew

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WHBPAC Golf Tournament/Party

Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center held its 14th  Annual Golf Tournament at the Westhampton Beach County Club on a glorious day. The tournament was followed by a sumptuous  cocktail Party fundraiser at the club, where supporters gathered to celebrate the winners, and honored James N. Hulme, Esq., and The Honorable Robert A. Kelly. Jr. Esq for their devoted love and support of the Theater and WHBPAC’s mission. 


Michael, Amy, Whitney, Karen, Kurt **1/2

By:Paulanne Simmons
The first thing most people must have noticed when they heard the title of the cabaret show that played at The Duplex in early June, Michael. Amy. Whitney. Karen. Kurt, is that all these singers are no longer alive. In fact, it soon becomes apparent, when the singers greet each other that they are in some sphere of the afterlife, be it heaven or hell.

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New York Music Festival

New York Musical Festival Promises a Summer of Theater with the Stars                
By: Ellis Nassour
The line-up of A-list stars for the Drama Desk-winning New York Musical Theatre Festival of musicals, readings, and concerts, July 11 - August 7, is beyond impressive. NYMF_
Among those onboard for NYMP 2016,the13th annual series, are Tony nominees American Psycho’s Jennifer Damiano (for Next to Normal), Once’s Elizabeth A. Davis, Priscilla…’s Tony Sheldon; and Fun Home’s Emily Skeggs. 


ARF Garden Tour

DSC03465The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons 30th Anniversary Garden Tour was hosted by Barbara Slifka and Mark Fichlandler  on a picture perfect day on June 18

 The ARF  tour featured six beautiful gardens: Rosalind and Ken Landis, Susan Calhoun and Charlie Moss, The Madoo Conseranvy, Gillian Spreckels Fuller, Bettysue and Jeffrey Hughes and Nancy Corzine in Bridgehampton, Sagaponack, and Wainscott.
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ARF Garden Tour Party

The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons 30th Anniversary Garden Tour
Barbara Slifka hosted a cocktail party at her stunning oceanfront gardens in Sagaponack to celebrate the generous supporters of the ARF 30th- Anniversary Garden tour. The tour highlighting six beautiful gardens in Bridgehampton, Sagaponack, and Wainscott is Saturday, June 18 from 11:00am until 5:00pm. For more information about ARF or the garden tour call 631-537-0400
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Up on the Roof ****

By: Paulanne Simmons
Cabaret performer Barbara Porteus, who grew up in a small house outside Hartford Connecticut, says she never got the opportunity to go up on the roof until she moved to New York City in 1975. Nevertheless, Up on the Roof is the title of the show she premiered at Don’t Tell Mama and brought back to the Metropolitan Room as the June installment of Stephen Hanks’ monthly series, New York Cabaret’s Greatest Hits.

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2016-17 Broadway Preview

2016-17 Broadway Preview: Big Stars Blasts from the Past
By: David Sheward

With the broadcast of the Tony Awards, the 2015-16 Broadway theater season is now officially over. It was one of the most exciting and original ones in recent memory. Hamilton transferred to the Richard Rodgers from the Public and totally transformed America's relationship to the stage, making it cool to go the theater again.


A Funny Thing Happened ****

A Funny Thing Happened: Songs From the Road to Broadway
         By: Iris Wiener        AFunnyThingHappened_1960x1100_acf_cropped-1024x575

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Red Carpet @ Tony Awards

Photos from the RedCarpet at the 70th Annual Tony Awards that were presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing on Sunday, June 13, 2016 at The Beacon Theater in NYC hosted by James Corden on CBS. The Tony Awards honor theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway.

Photography: Barry Gordin 

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Inside the Winners Circle

The Winners of the 70th annual Tony Awards posed with their Trophies in the Media Room after winning their Tony on Sunday, June 12, 2016. Congratulations to all of the 2016 Tony Award Honorees.
Cynthia Erivo: Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical The Color Purple
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2016 Tony Awards Winners

No Surprises at the 70th Annual Tony Awards.

By Patrick Christiano
Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop musical about America’s first Secretary of the Treasury, was the big winner at The American Theatre Wing’s 20015-2016 annual Tony Awards taking home 11 Tonys including the evening highest honor Best Musical, and winning in every category the musical was nominated except Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading role in a Musical.
Lin-Manuel Miranda Hamilton

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Perlman Music Celebration


By Janet Lehr

The Perlman Music Program (PMP)  20th anniversary celebration was held at the Jewish Center of the Hamptons on Shavout 5776.   It was a celebration of "Toby's Dream" of  bringing Concerts, Master Classes, Open Rehearsals, and Family Events to worthy musicians and the public, begun 20 years ago.  The Perlman Music program (PMP) was founded by Toby Perlman in 1996.



Look Back @TonyAwards Part 2

On the 70th Anniversary of the Tony Awards: A Look Back – 
Part Two; What to Expect on Sunday on the Tonys



Look Back @TonyAwards Part 1

On the 70th Anniversary of the Tony Awards: A Look Back –
Part One

By: Ellis Nassour

The 70th annual Tony Awards, named in honor of the 30s and 40s actress/producer/director and co-presented by the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League, will telecast live from the Beacon Theatre on CBS from 8 – 11 P.M. There’ll be the traditional red carpet arrivals, and an additional hour, not telecast, for honorary and design awards.

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Paulanne Simmons Unscripted

Hamilton 101 for the Mathematically Challenged

All those who suspected Hamilton, with it’s scarcity of tickets and huge prices for those who are lucky enough to get a ticket, is not exactly a show of the people, can now lay aside their fears. The show’s producers, in an effort to beat the scalpers at their own game, have kindly raised the box office price to a record $849 for premium seating to meet the price of those nefarious crooks. 

But there’s more good news.


Tony Award Celebration

As the Tonys Celebrate Their 70th Anniversary: Memories of Award Namesake Antoinette Perry 

By: Ellis Nassour
The Tony Award is Broadway’s most coveted prize. But who’s this Tony? The awards, presented by the American Theatre Wing and Broadway League, got their moniker by honoring an indefatigable actress who segued to top producer and director—Antoinette Perry. In a Broadway season of amazing diversity, especially among women creatives, it’s an apt time to remember her contributions at an era when theater was male-dominated.


Incognito **** Paramour ***

By: David Sheward
Athleticism of the body and brain are on display in a pair of new productions on and Off-Broadway. Cirque du Soleil, the ubiquitous international circus troupe, makes its first attempt at a plot-driven musical with traditional songs and book, with Paramour while Manhattan Theater Club presents Incognito, Nick Payne’s multilayered exploration of neurological phenomena.
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Red Carpet @ DD Awards

Photos from the RedCarpet at the 61st Annual Drama Desk Awards that were presented by TheaterMania on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at The Town Hall in NYC hosted by Michael Urie
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Photography: Barry Gordin

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Tony Nominees @ Empire State

Tony Award Nominees Pascale Armand, Alex Brightman, Danielle Brooks, Cynthia Erivo, Christopher Fitzgerald, David Furr, Christopher Jackson, Andrea Martin, Saycon Sengbloh, Phillipa Soo, Jennifer Simard, Brandon Victor Dixon, Adrienne Warren and Zachary Levi alongwith Charlotte St. Martin (President of The Broadway League) and Heather Hitchens (President of the American Theatre Wing) gathered to light the iconic Empire State Building.