Wolf Hall ****

         Wolf Hall. Parts One and Two                     By: David Sheward
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King Henry VIII's divorce from Katharine of Aragon in order to marry Anne Boelyn and produce a male heir for the British throne has been told in plays, film, and TV from many points of view. Robert Bolt's A Man for All Seasons cast the event as a matter of conscious for Sir Thomas More, Henry's chancellor, who resisted the separation and lost his head. Anne of a Thousand Days, The Other Boelyn Girl, and Showtime's The Tudors emphasized the romantic aspect. In all of these iterations, Thomas Cromwell, More's successor as Henry's chief advisor, is seen as a Machiavellian villain coldly engineering Katharine's downfall and then Anne's when she also fails to give her king a son.

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Little Shop of Horrors

Jake Gyllenhaal, Chuck Cooper and Taran Killam will join the previously announced Ellen Greene in the Encores! Off-Center concert production of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's Little Shop of Horrors, running July 1-2, 2015. NOTE: A third performance has been added at 2pm on Thursday, July 2 in order to meet ticket demand. The production will be directed by Dick Scanlan, with choreography by Patricia Wilcox. Jeanine Tesori is the Artistic Director of Encores! Off-Center, and Chris Fenwick is Music Director. The show will mark the musical theater debuts of both Gyllenhaal and Killam.
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Skylight ***1/2

                                     By: David Sheward
When playgoers walk into the Golden for the new revival of Skylight, David Hare's intimate 1996 drama, they might think they're Bill Nighy, Carey MulliganBill Nighy, Carey Mulliganwalking into a squalid flat rather than a theater. Designer Bob Crowley's set is so suggestively detailed and close to the audience, it feels as if we are eavesdropping on the characters-Kyra and Tom, a pair of mismatched lovers coming together after several years apart.


Iowa ***

The Resulting Chaos That Gallops in When Dreams Are Allowed to Die
                                      By: Lauren Yarger
Iowa. It's the pinnacle of the American Dream. Somewhere out there in the heart of the country is a land of good, honest people with values who work hard to keep those plains fruited. The fulfilment of dreams waits there. Or does it?

Playwrights Horizon's world premiere of the play Iowa by Jenny Schwartz with music by Todd Almond makes us wonder.

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Monte Cristo Awards

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Nathan Lane was honored last night at The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's 15th Annual Monte Cristo Awards at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. Lane received the Monte Cristo Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contributions to the American theater.

The evening featured tributes to Lane from Matthew Broderick, Brian Dennehy and Susan Stroman as well as performances by Jason Simon, Tim Shew, Bobby Creighton, Patrick Page, Carson Elrod, puppeteer Tyler Bunch and Jenni Barber.Additional attendees included Joe Grifasi, Marin Ireland and Hal Prince.

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Rock Le Cabaret

International Concert Star ADRIENNE HAAN guest stars at Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks performance at Iguana in New York to promote April 18th Cutting Room show, Rock Le Cabaret!

Matt Dillon, Adrienne HaanMatt Dillon, Adrienne HaanA sold out VIP filled Iguana, which included Hollywood Actor Matt Dillon, UN Ambassadors Harald Braun of Germany and Simona Miculescu of Romania, welcomed Adrienne who performed musical selections from her forthcoming show ROCK LE CABARET! at The Cutting Room on April 18th with shows at 4pm and 7:30pm. Those shows will also feature a live appearance by acclaimed French Artist, Philippe Valy and an exhibition of his work! Among his many and varied collectors are former President Bill Clinton and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

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Marvin Hamlisch Tribute

Marvin Hamlisch: Photo: Barry GordinMarvin Hamlisch: Photo: Barry GordinBroadway favorites, including three-time Tony nominee Marc Kudisch as JJ Hunsecker (Hand to God) and Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan as Sidney Falcone (Newsies), will perform staged concert selections from the musical Sweet Smell of Success on May 4 to benefit the American Cancer Society. Titled A Spring Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch, the event will be at the Hudson Theatre (at the Millennium Broadway Hotel) in New York City.

In addition to Kudisch and Jordan, the concert will feature Adam Jacobs as Dallas (Aladdin), Lindsay Mendez as Rita (Wicked), Marissa McGowan as Susan (A Little Night Music), Bernard Dotson (Sweet Smell of Success), Steven Brindberg, Peter Dugan and Charles Yang.

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Benanti to Host Drama Desk

          Laura Benanti will host 60th Annual Drama Desk Laura Benanti: Photo: Barry GordinLaura Benanti: Photo: Barry GordinAwards

Tony Award, and two time Drama Desk winner Laura Benanti, who stars on ABC's "Nashville," and can be seen in a recurring role on CBS's "The Good Wife." will return as host of the 60th Annual Drama Desk Awards on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 8:00 PM at The Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd Street.

The announcement was made by Gretchen Shugart, CEO of TheaterMania.com, and Charles Wright, Drama Desk President.


Into The Woods ***1/2

                                         By: Patrick Christiano
The acclaimed Tony Award-winning musical "Into The Woods" by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine is being presented in a pleasantly stripped down production for the Roundabout Theatre Company at the Laura Pels Theater. The timeless classic about what is on the other side of the fairy tale dazzles with just 11 wildly theatrical actors playing all the roles, doing narration and also playing musical instruments along with the lone piano. The songs like "Children Will Listen" and "Giants in the Sky" are driven with boundless imagination.


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The Biscuit Club" Opens

                  Canine comedy opens at The Cell in Chelsea
                                   By: Patrick Christiano
The World Premiere of Marianne Driscoll's canine comedy THE BISCUIT CLUB Directed by Kira Simring took place on Thursday April 9 at The Cell in Chelsea, followed by intimate party at The Cell.

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Easter Bonnet Competition

BC/EFA Presents 29th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition April 20 and 21
          By: Ellis Nassour

It's that time of year: Spring's here, or will be soon; the end of another blockbuster theater season is roaring to a close; the Drama Desk and Tony Awards are already the buzz; and that other never-miss event: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition is right around the corner. The 29th edition of this always eagerly-looked-forward-to two-day spectacular is April 20 4:30 P.M., and April 21 at 2 P.M.


Fish in the Dark **1/2 --------- Hand To God ****

                                   By: David Sheward
Two new Broadway comedies feature obnoxious main characters. Ironically, the one made of fabric with sewnSteven Boyer: "Hand To God"Steven Boyer: "Hand To God"-on eyes is more complex than the flesh and blood one. Tyrone, the demonic sock puppet of Hand to God, Robert Askins' dark and scary examination of the souls in a tiny Texas town, exhibits a lot more depth than Norman Drexel, the latest iteration of Larry David's misanthropic TV persona in the star-writer's first work for the theater, Fish in the Dark.


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Sequence 8 @ City Center

      Montreal's Les 7 Doigts Premieres Nouveau Cirque Séquence 8
                                    at City Center    April 16-26.

           By: Ellis Nassour

City Center will New York premiere Montreal-based Les 7 Doigts de la Main [The 7 Fingers] internationally-celebrated nouveau and "spellbindingly inventive" cirque spectacular Séquence 8 April 16-26. Since its 2012 premiere, this family entertainment is a theatrical blend of daredevilry, hip-hop, comedy, and music that explores human emotions "so intense that they explode into highflying acrobatics," has won acclaim in 15 countries.



Broadway Update 2015-16

                   By; David Sheward
Groundhog Day (with Bill Murray and friend) will be made into a Broadway musical for 2016-17Groundhog Day (with Bill Murray and friend) will be made into a Broadway musical for 2016-17
April is here and that means a mad das
h of Broadway openings just before the April 23rd cut-off date for the Tony nominations. There are 14 Broadway openings this month--15 if you count both parts of Wolf Hall as two shows. But as we race towards the end of 2014-15, the next season 2015-16 has already begun to take shape.

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Rattlestick Opening

                     "The Undeniable Sound of Right Now"
                     Opens at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater                         
                                    By: Patrick Christiano
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and Women's Project Theater are presenting the world premiere of The Undeniable Sound of Right Now by Laura Eason. The play smartly Directed by Kristin Kelly opened at Rattlestick Playwrights TheatMargo Seibert, Jeb BrownMargo Seibert, Jeb Browner, 224 Waverly Place on Thursday April 2.

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Tony Awards Announcement

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The Tony Awards® Administration Committee has announced nine-time Tony Award winner and Broadway icon Tommy Tune as this year's recipient for the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

The Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre will be presented at the 2015 Tony Awards on Sunday, June 7th. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

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Seth Sikes @ 54 Below


Seth Sikes, who is returning for a third time to 54 Below, after two sold-out concerts, will welcome popular actress/singer Nellie McKay for a selection of songs during his show Seth Sikes Is Still Singing Judy Garland. Seth's performance celebrates some of Judy Garland's most celebrated songs - some of which he will sings in her key. Best known in the theater as an Assistant Director (on shows like The Nance, Tribes, and Pageant), Sikes gets on the stage this time with a seven-piece band to recount how Garland captivated him as a young boy in Paris, TX, and to sing some of her greatest hits.
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Gene Saks


The Broadway community mourns the loss of acclaimed director and performer Gene Saks, who passed away on Saturday at age 93. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in his memory on Wednesday, April 1st, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.

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Spring Spectacular

Warren Carlyle Scratches Another Goal from His Bucket List: Working with the Rockettes
                                        By: Ellis Nassour

British-born director/choreographer Warren Carlyle says, "Every day I pinch myself. It's a wonder I'm not black and blue. I still can't believe it's not the dream I spent my life dreaming."



                     Let's Go to the Movies: A Dazzling Cinderella
            By: Ellis Nassour

It's another great year for Disney. There've been Oscars for Best Animated Film two years in a row: the world-wide phenomenon Frozen [with a soon all-but-certain Broadway adaptation from Disney Theatricals] and Big Hero 6. With Sir Kenneth Branagh's colorful reintroduction to the timeless fairytale Cinderella by way of a live retelling for a 21st-Century audience, they might as well keep room on the shelves for a few more.