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The Vendettas @ Bay Street


Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts announced that THE VENDETTAS: ROCK AND ROLL HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR will
be held on Sunday, December 21 at 7 pm.

One of Long Island's favorite Rockabilly bands, The Vendettas, will perform a show that features great rocking holiday hits as well as plenty of Roots Rock and Roll, which The Vendettas are known for. The evening also includes The Holiday Horns, Pianist Mike Ryan and vocalist Erin Doherty, which makes it a great holiday event for the whole family!

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Mike Nichols 1931-2014


The Broadway community mourns the loss of acclaimed director, producer, writer, and performer Mike Nichols, who passed away on Wednesday evening at age 83. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in his memory on Friday, November 21st, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.
Mike Nichols and Diane Sawyer at the 2012 Tony Awards: Photo: Barry GordinMike Nichols and Diane Sawyer at the 2012 Tony Awards: Photo: Barry Gordin


I See You ***1/2

                I  SEE YOU @ The Flea
                 By: Patrick Christiano
The Flea is presenting the World Premiere of I SEE YOU, a smart new romantic comedy by Kate Robin, nicely directed by Flea Artistic Director Jim Simpson Stephen Barker Turner, Danielle SlavickStephen Barker Turner, Danielle Slavickon a simple brightly lit set that revolves, reflecting the banality in our ever turning world. I SEE YOU is an appealing two character study that brings together a stay-at-home dad Jesse, played by Stephen Barker Turner and a neurotic disaster predicting mom Nina, played by Danielle Slavick.


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BAC Family Fundraiser

The Big Apple Circus November 22 Holiday Season Benefit Is a Huge Family Fun Event

                    By: Ellis Nassour

The Big Apple Circus, which has soared back into Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park for its 37th season with its new edition Metamorphosis, running through January 11, has something big planned for Saturday with its annual Big Apple Circus Holiday Season Family Benefit. This event, designed for everyone in the family, is the perfect holiday gift.

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"I See You" Opens @ The Flea

The Flea is presenting the World Premiere of I SEE YOU, a romantic comedy by Kate Robin, directed by FPlaywright Kate Robin, Director Jim SimpsonPlaywright Kate Robin, Director Jim Simpsonlea Artistic Director Jim Simpson. I SEE YOU opened on Sunday November 16 after beginning previews on November 7 for a limited run Off-Broadway through December 21.

The appealing two character study brings together a stay-at-home dad Jesse, played by Stephen Barker Turner, and a neurotic disaster predicting mom Nina, played by Danielle Slavick. Jesse is a totally disengaged parent, who crosses paths with Nina, an over reactive mother. She fears that things are spinning out control and the world, as we know it, is headed for disaster. Everything is dangerous and people today have lost the art of communication with their heads buried in their electronic devices exposing themselves to wireless radiation.

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Jamie deRoy @ Metropolitan

Popular Cabaret Show, Jamie deRoy & friends,  never fails to surprise while winning new devotees.

Jamie deRoyJamie deRoy
The long running Cabaret Show, Jamie deRoy & friends, played a sold out engagement at the Metropolitan Room on November 15, 2014. The highly entertaining evening was full of delightful surprises, especially Daniel Cainer, who reprised songs from his show "The Jewish Chronicles," which recently closed at the SoHo Playhouse.  His smart and funny original songs were one of the evening's highlights along with The Shapiro Sisters, the adorable 12 and 14 year old singers, who are pure dynamite.

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Mountainfilm 2014

You'll Ride Every Bull, Climb Every Mountain at Film Society's Mountainfilm 2014

                         By: Ellis Nassour
Even if you are afraid of heights, there's something for everyone at Film Society of Lincoln Center's Fifth Annual Mountainfilm 2014, November 21-23. The weekend will be filled with some dizzying, high-riding adventure, and high-minded documentaries. A couple border on feature film. Two that were advance-screened are in the don't miss category.

Films will be screened at the FSCLC's Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.

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Drama Desk Meeting 2014

The Drama Desk hosted their first membership meeting of the new season at the Travel Inn near Theater Row. The newly elected President, Charles Wright, a long-time Drama DesIsa Goldberg, Charles WrightIsa Goldberg, Charles Wrightk member and former treasurer, graciously presided over the meeting. William Wolf, a former President, presented a special tribute honoring long time member Margaret Croyden for her years of service and her outstanding coverage of New York theater. The board recognized outgoing President Isa Goldberg, who serviced for the past four years, and Barbara Siegel, the nominating committee chair, gave a report on the nominating committee and presented the members for the season. Gretchen Shugart CEO/TheaterMania was also on hand with updates on the upcoming Drama Desk season.

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Actor's Temple Benefit

Broadway-bound Musical Song of Solomon Has One-Night-Only Preview to Benefit Actor's Temple

        By: Ellis Nassour
Andrew Beall and Neil Van Leeuwen's Broadway-bound musical,"Song of Solomon, an epic romance based on the biblical tale set in ancient Israel, will have a one-night-only preview November 17 at 7:45 P.M. to benefit the historic Actors' Temple [339 West 47th Street].

Drama Desk winner and Tony nominee Robert Cuccioli (upcoming revival Elf, original Jekyll & Hyde, Spider- Man: Turn Off the Dark) has captured the lead role of king of Israel, with Ann McCormack as Almah [the young love of his life], Jesse Manocherian (Parade) as Ruben and the Narrator. The musical takes place over seven years from the court of Solomon to the new temple.


Sticks and Bones *** Lips Together, Teeth Apart **

                       By: David Sheward
A pair of Off-Broadway revivals offers American theater's response to two of the most difficult moments in our recent history: the Vietnam War and the AIDS crisis. Both cataclysmic events forced average Holly Hunter, Bill PullmanHolly Hunter, Bill PullmanAmericans to confront the "other." In the early 1970s, a brutal foreign war was being fought in our living rooms and veterans were bringing home its traumas. Twenty years later, a ravaging plague decimated a largely ignored segment of the population and gay activists were demanding attention be paid.

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"Blue Nights"

Vanessa Redgrave Honors Friend Joan Didion November 17
with Reading from Author's Memoir

           By: Ellis Nassour
Vanessa Redgrave: Photo: Barry GordinVanessa Redgrave: Photo: Barry Gordin
The celebrated Olivier,Tony, and Drama Desk-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave will read from from Blue Nights, an evocative memoir by acclaimed author and her close friend, Joan Didion. The one-night-only performance is November 17 @ 8 P.M. at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Avenue). The program will feature music from 2012 National Endowment for the Arts jazz master Jimmy Owens on trumpet and flugelhorn. The reading will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Cathedral Community Cares.


Decades Apart ****

Decades Apart: Reflections of Three Gay Men ****
By: Paulanne Simmons

In Decades Apart: Reflections of Three Gay Men, the talented writer/performer Rick Pulos portrays three very different men: Bob, a carefree soul living it up in 1970s San Francisco; Patrick, a Republican retreating from the gay scene in 1980s New York City; and Danny, a club kid dancing his life away in 1990s Los Angeles. 


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Brent Barrett

Brent Barrett Debuts Life Is: The Songs of Kander and Ebb at Metropolitan Room

     By: Ellis Nassour

One of Broadway's favorite song and dance artists and Olivier Award nominee Brent Barrett is debuting, Life Is: The Songs of Kander and Ebb, his new cabaret act at the Metropolitan Room for three performances November 10 @ 9:30, November12 @ 7, November 13 @ 9:30. .

Directed by Barry Kleinbort, with musical direction by Christopher Denny, Life Is is a musical celebration of Broadway's award-winning songwriting team.

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Mikhailovsky Ballet

Acclaimed Mikhailovsky Ballet of St. Petersburg Plays Two Week Engagement

                                                       By: Ellis Nassour

A ballet-lover's dream and certainly destined to be one of the prime highlights of the dance season, the Mikhailovsky Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia, helping celebrate its 80th Anniversary with their first visit to the U.S., will do four classic programs over two weeks, November 11 - 23, at the David Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center. All programs begin a 7:30 P. M., except where noted. The Mikhailovsky is being presented by Ardani Artists and with support from the Russian Ministry of Culture. Programs will feature world class dancers and choreographers and be accompanied by a live orchestra. There'll be eye-popping, colorful costumes and imposing set design.

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Broadway Holiday Shuffle

                                      By: David Sheward
As the holidays loom, Broadway vultures are circling ailing shows in the hopes of plucking up the theaters they vacate. No sooner does Pippin announce it's throwing in the towel on Jan. 4 than The Heidi Chronicles
"It's Only a Play will move to the Jacobs.""It's Only a Play will move to the Jacobs."dives in and snaps up its home the Music Box. The only unclaimed house was the Jacobs which would have been be vacant when Once shutters on the same day as Pippin. But instead of a new show opening there, the fabulously hot It's Only a Play will move there from the Schoenfeld which is promised to The Audience with Helen Mirren. Nathan Lane, the star of It's Only a Play and the best thing about it, is committed to play The Iceman Cometh at BAM.