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Cagney Opens @ York ****

New Musical about Hollywood's Tough Guy James Cagney inTap Shoes!
Robert Creighton: Photo: Barry GordinRobert Creighton: Photo: Barry Gordin  
     By: Patrick Christiano

The New York premiere of Cagney, a highly entertaining new musical about the screen's greatest tough-guy, James Cagney, was presened by the York Theatre, where the opening night audience was cheering uproariously after almost every musical number.

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"Cagney" Opening Night

Jeremy Benton, Danette Holden, Robert Creighton, Ellen Zolezzi, Bruce Sabath, Josh WaldenJeremy Benton, Danette Holden, Robert Creighton, Ellen Zolezzi, Bruce Sabath, Josh WaldenCagney, a highly entertaining new musical about the screen's greatest tough-guy, James Cagney, opened at the York Theatre with Broadway's Robert Creighton as the legendary star. The fast paced song and dance biography directed by Bill Castellino begins with Cagney at the SAG Awards, where is being honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Jack Warner, who plucked him from Broadway producing most of his classic movies is there to introducing him at the Gala Celebration. The two, who haven't seen each other in years, had a challenging relationship. Told in a series of flashbacks, the high spirited evening follows the actor's life from his humble beginnings on New York City's Lower East Side through his rise as a vaudeville song-and-dance man to his superstardom in Hollywood.

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Saturday Night Live Exhibition

                         SNL: The Exhibition Opens Saturday

                                         By: Ellis Nassour
A brand-new state-of-the-art special events and exhibition center, Premier Exhibitions Fifth Avenue (417 Fifth Avenue, between 37th and 38th Streets) debuts beginning Saturday with Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition.

Celebrating the 40th anniversary year of NBC's iconic late night show, there'll be "backstage and foundational elements" from the show's history, including photos, video, scripts, and props and set pieces from 30 Rock's Studio 8H fans can interact with to tell fans the story of this pioneering TV show that never lost its cutting-edge and unpredictably - not to mention controversy, which the show seem to constantly stir up.

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Drama Desk Awards

                  2015 Drama Desk Awards Are Sunday at The Town Hall

Laura Benanti: Photo: Barry GordinLaura Benanti: Photo: Barry Gordin           By: Ellis Nassour

The 60th annual Drama Desk Awards, hosted by Laura Benanti, will take place Sunday at 8 P.M. at The  Town Hall, presented by TheaterMania.com. Drama Desk is a critics and theater arts writers organization that honors theater achievement among Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions and in the same categories. This huge field of possible nominations - often exceeding 500 works -more often than not results in some head-scratching and controversy about what doesn't get nominated. This year has certainly been no exception.

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Cagney ***1/2

                                       By: Paulanne Simmons
When most of us remember James Cagney, we think of his iconic roles in gangster movies like "Public Enemy," "Taxi," "Angels with Dirty Faces" and "White Heat." But when Cagney got his start in the entertainment business, it was as a hoofer in vaudeville, singing, dancing and cracking jokes. And it wasn't until he went to work for Warner Brothers that his tough guy persona evolved. With this in mind, Robert Creighton called the show he has been working on for at least six years Cagney: A New Musical about Hollywood's Tough Guy in Tap Shoes.
Danette Holden, Jeremy Benton, Robert Creighton, Ellen Zolezzi,  Josh WaldenDanette Holden, Jeremy Benton, Robert Creighton, Ellen Zolezzi, Josh Walden

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Tony Awards Announcement

The Tony Awards have announced the line-up of stars who will take the stage at the 69th Annual Tony Awards. The 2015 Tony Awards will broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, on CBS, on Sunday, June 7th 8:00 - 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT time delay) and are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

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Broadway Bakes

Schmackary's, New York's uniquely gourmet cookie company, will host its 3rd annual BROADWAY BAKES event May 25-29, 2015. Over twenty of the biggest names on Broadway will join together to work behind the counter at Schmackary's selling delicious, freshly-baked cookies to the public in support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

 

Some of the biggest names on Broadway will work behind the counter each day from 3-7pm. Half the proceeds from cookies sales and 100-percent of the tips generated while the Broadway stars are working at Schmackary's will go directly to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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Movie Blockbuster Season

Summer Movie Blockbuster Season Is Upon Us: Look for One Almost Every Weekend

                By: Ellis Nassour
Memorial Day weekend signals the onslaught of summer blockbuster hopefuls. Some will be huge audience favs; others, even some that are highly anticipated, won't exactly cause the earth to quake [the way it'll quake this weekend with the opening of San Andreas, [Warner Bros./Village Roadshow], when pumped up Dwayne Johnson and that massive quake hits L.A. in 3-D this weekend.

But this year summer began quite a bit earlier with blockbusters Furious 7, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Mad Max: Fury Road .

Kicking off the weekend and the official start of summer are Tomorrowland and the remake of Poltergeist.

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Paula Poundstone ... Bay Street

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Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor presented MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND with PAULA POUNDSTONE. The comedian, considered by many to be one of the great humorists of our time, flew in from Santa Monica, CA for the Saturday evening gig. Pounstone held court to a sold out house on the Mainstage regaling the audience for almost two hours with her distinctive brand of dry, smart and witty humor. She kept the packed house in stitches throughout with her spontaneous interactions with them and several members in particular, who she chatted with at length, pulling them into the conversation of her s how. You can hear as a regular panelist on NPR's weekly news quiz show, the popular Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me. She tours regularly, performing standup comedy across the country.

 

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Tulla Booth Opening

Tulla Booth Gallery hosted an opening reception of WATER 2015 "Ode to the Sea"  A Photography Exhibition with artists: Daniel JTulla BoothTulla Boothones, Roberto Dutesco, Blair Seagra,Tulla Booth,Herb Friedman,Burt Glinn and Stephen Wilkes.Tulla Booth is showing new and classic work by these photographers,

The Tulla Booth Gallery features established and emerging contemporary photographers and offers authentic and beautiful photography in black and white and color. Photographs in the following subjects: landscapes, seascapes, still-life, flora, fauna, exotic travel, lifestyle, celebrity, and documentary. It is their goal to present iconic images that transcend their subject making the images timeless and collectable.

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Megan Hilty @ Cafe Carlyle

     Megan Hilty Still Smashing                            By: Sandi Durell
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Motherhood definitely agrees with the former star of Broadway's Wicked (Glinda), better known for her smashing role as Marilyn on the TV series Smash. Last season she was six months pregnant when she performed at Café Carlyle and now with eight month old Viola keeping her sleep-deprived, Hilty and her guitarist husband Brian Gallagher were surely wide awake delivering an evening of Great American Standards and familiar Smash hits.

 

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Man and Superman ****

                      NT Live          By: David Sheward
When Ralph Fiennes makes his first entrance in the National Theatre's production of George Bernard Shaw's epic comedy Man and Superman, he's talking a mile a minute and constantly in motion. He remains that way for the show's marathon running time of three hours and 40 minutes wTim McMullan, Indira Varma, Ralph Fiennes, Nicholas Le PrevostTim McMullan, Indira Varma, Ralph Fiennes, Nicholas Le Prevosthich includes the usually-excised "Don Juan in Hell" dream sequence. It's an athletic endurance test for both actor and audience as Fiennes bounds about Christopher Oram's stark, sterile set and precisely spouts Shaw's brilliant arguments for the destruction of conventional morality.

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Tony Awards Line-Up

           Tony Awards Tony Entertainment Line-Up Announced

                                   By: Ellis Nassour
2015 Tony Awards executive producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss [White
Cherry Entertainment] announced a portion of the line-up of performances for the 69th Annual Tony Awards. Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming will co-host the live three-hour telecast from Radio City Music Hall June 7 from 8 -11 P.M. (ET/PT time delay) on CBS. The Awards are presented by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

 

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The Obie Awards

The American Theatre Wing and the Village Voice announced the winners of the 60th Annual OBIE Awards. The Public Theater's Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda (includiLin-Manuel MirandaLin-Manuel Mirandang special citations for Andy Blankenbuehler, Thomas Kail, and Alex Lacamoire) received the OBIE Award for Best New American Theatre Work, which is accompanied by a $1,000 check. The Signature Theatre's Founding Artistic Director James Houghton received the OBIE Award for Sustained Achievement. The Awards were hosted by OBIE Award-winning actress Lea DeLaria ("Orange is the New Black").
A complete list of awards is given below:

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Adrienne Haan "Sparkles"

ADRIENNE HAAN - "SPARKLES" IN WASHINGTON DC AND NEW YORK CITY

While performing her triumphant musical tour of the United States, European Cabaret artist Adrienne Haan followed up her recent critically acclaimed engagements at The Actors Temple and The Cutting Room in New York by dazzling audiences with her performances at the prestigious Embassy Series in Washington DC and sold out show at the Neue Galerie's Café Sabarsky in New York City.

 

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Jamie deRoy & friends

       Jamie deRoy & friends Celebrate Tony Awards at Birdland


The colorful cabaret series, Jamie deRoy & friends marked the countdown to the Tony Awards with a celebration of Tony
Award winning performers and musicals Sunday May 17 at Birdland on West 44th Street. Award winning cabaret performer Jamie deRoy toasted Tony with a roster of major talent on her Variety Show at the famed New York jazz hot-spot. Proceeds from the evening will benefit The Actors Fund's new program, The Jamie deRoy & friends Cabaret Initiative. The program has been created to assist people working in the cabaret industry who seek help for medical needs and concerns made available through the comprehensive services and programs at The Actors Fund.

 

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Drama League Awards

                Chita Rivera Wins Distinguished Performance Award

                                    By: Patrick Christiano
The 81st Annual Drama League Awards were announced at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in a star-studded luncheon ceremony hosted by Hand to God's Stephen Boyer. Broadway Legend, the incomparable Chita Rivera, was presented with the Distinguished PerforChita Rivera "The Distinguished Performance Award"Chita Rivera "The Distinguished Performance Award"mance of the Year Award by last year's winner Neil Patrick Harris for her role as the aging and very wealthy Claire Zachanassian, who returns to her hometown after years away amassing a fortune, to garin revenge on a childhood lover that spurned her.

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Jarring****

                                          By: Paulanne Simmons
"Canning" is the word we use when we preserve food by sealing it in an airtight container. This assumes we are putting the food in a metal container, usually shaped like a cylinder. But suppose we preserve that food in a glass container, such as the one invented in 1858 by John Landis Mason?
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One might come up with "jarring," but this word has an entirely different meaning, the one Tracy Weller undoubtedly had in mind when she used "Jarring" as the title of the new solo show she wrote and now performs at Mason Holdings‘ theater at 225 E. Houston Street.

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The Drama League Awards

The Drama League Awards were presented at a star-studded luncheon ceremony hosted by Hand to God's Stephen Boyer at the Marriott Marquis Times Square, where Tony®, and Oscar® Award winner Joel Grey was honored with the Distinguished AchiSteven Boyer "Hand to God"Steven Boyer "Hand to God"evement in Musical Theater Award.

The winners of the 81st Annual Drama League Awards were: Distinguished Production of a Musical, An American in Paris; Distinguished Play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; Distinguished Revival of a Musical, The King and I; Distinguished Revival of a Play, You Can't Take It With You; and Distinguished Performance, Chita Rivera.

Photography: Barry Gordin    

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Barb Jungr: Hard Rain

        City of London Festival
The UK’s finest interpreter of song, Barb Jungr returns to the songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen with her album Hard Rain. Barb has been taking this wonderful collection of material on the road since February 2014. Over the past few years the British chanteuse has been wowing critics and audiences alike at home and abroad with her insightful, intelligent interpretations of well-loved songs combined with her powerful and often witty performance style. Barb’s shows in NYC have now reached legendary status, with her latest season there completely selling out – don’t miss one of Britain’s best kept secrets live on her home turf.