“HARLEM/HAVANA MUSIC & CULTURAL FESTIVAL”

SET TO BE THE FIRST JOINT ARTS INITIATIVE BETWEEN TWO CELEBRATED CITIES

Havana to Harlem, August 15-21

Harlem to Havana, February 2017

First ever cultural exchange to feature music, visual arts, dance, film, food and

educational initiatives

 

NEW YORK, NY (June 24, 2016)—Governor Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Representative Charles Rangel today announced the first-ever annual Harlem/Havana Music & Cultural Festival, an international visual and performing arts, fashion, education and culinary exchange celebrating the rich artistic connection between iconic cities Harlem, New York and Havana, Cuba.  

The Harlem/Havana Music & Cultural Festival will first bring world-renowned Cuban musicians, visual artists, dancers, film, chefs and educators to the U.S. this summer as part of HARLEM WEEK activities from August 15-21. In February 2017, an American delegation of artists and cultural leaders (to be announced at a later date) will travel to Havana and take part in a number of curated events.

Plans for this unprecedented cultural exchange have been in development for over two years, with efforts led by Congressman Rangel and The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY 5) and the Cuban Deputy Minister of Culture Fernando Rojas. 

“On behalf of the State of New York, I was pleased to have led a State trade mission to Cuba in April of 2015, the first by a sitting U. S. Governor. Our New York global initiative and our trade mission to Cuba are all about opening the door to new economic opportunities. Therefore, I am honored to have been asked by my friends, Congressman Charles Rangel, Congressman Gerald Meeks and The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce to co-chair “Harlem/Havana Music & Cultural Festival” which is our State’s first cultural and educational initiative with Cuba. I have asked State agencies including: SUNY, I Love NY, Empire State Development Corporation and NY State Council on the Arts to partner with this exciting initiative.

said, Gov. Cuomo.

Rojas informed The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce delegation, led by Congressman Rangel in March of this year, that the “Havana/Harlem initiative is magical and is about the Cuban participation in one of the most prestigious cultural events that takes place in the United States.” 

The festival, set to be an annual event, will also bring full circle Rep. Rangel’s tireless efforts for over 20 years to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba.  Since 1993, he haspushed for the Free Trade with Cuba Act to allow all Americans to visit the island, enable Americans and Cubans to conduct business together (H.R.871: Export Freedom to Cuba Act of 2013), and lift restrictions on humanitarian assistance (H.R.873: Promoting American Agricultural and Medical Exports to Cuba Act of 2013)

“I am elated that in my final year in Congress, I can finally see that the goal to remove the barriers between the U.S and Cuba is going to be achieved. It’s been a long road but I and key members of the Congressional Black Caucus were dedicated to officially opening the doors to the Cuban people. The Harlem/Havana Music & Cultural Festival kick off in New York is a wonderful start to this new relationship,” Rangel said.

"As Co-Chairman of the House of Representatives Organization of American States Caucus, I am particularly pleased to serve in a lead role, with my esteemed colleague Hon. Charles B. Rangel, supporting the Harlem/Havana Music & Cultural Festival,” Meeks said. “On behalf of the Congressional Black Caucus I will proudly lead the New York delegation to Havana in February 2017."

This new cultural collaboration reinforces the unique and storied history of Harlem and Havana. Through this new program, we look forward to showcasing the vibrant music, dance, culture and culinary offerings these two iconic places share and further strengthening this incredible bond," said Fred Dixon, president & CEO of NYC & Company, New York City's official destination marketing organization. 

"The value of cultural exchange is undeniable - and the rich artistic traditions of Harlem and Havana make this an incredible opportunity for both learning and entertainment," said Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin. "I thank Lloyd Williams, Governor Cuomo and Congressmen Rangel and Meeks for their leadership and vision to make this unique program a reality."

A U.S. delegation, including members from The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce who were joined by Rangel and Meeks, traveled to Cuba in March, the same week President Obama made his historic visit, and experienced a wide-array of performances by elite Cuban musicians and artists who auditioned for the opportunity to participate in the festival.

“Harlem and Havana have been home to some of this world’s top artistic icons who have brought memorable music and art to the world” said Lloyd Williams, President of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce. “This festival and a new relationship between these two iconic cities can only prove beneficial to the world.”

Among the selected artists are César López, who is considered one of the most important saxophone players in Latin Jazz and leads Habana Ensemble, a super group featuring some of Cuba’s top musicians. Also, Jorge Luis Pacheco, one of the leading pianists of the new generation of jazz in Cuba.  In 2015, Vanity Fair noted him among “sensational, young jazz players.” Contemporary artist, Edward Roca Salazar, also known as Choco, deemed by the New York Times as  one of Cuba’s “most distinguished printmakers,” will also participate.  He is considered a master of “collography.”

"Havana was a Wonderful Life Experience for me.  I hope this relationship with HARLEM/HAVANA opens up to the point of free travel between Cuba and the United States.  I look forward to returning to Havana," said Smokey Robinson, Multi Grammy Award Winner, Singer, and Songwriter.

For more information, please visit http://harlemhavana.nyc/.  

 

Barbara Cook 2015

 

BARBARA COOK THEN AND NOW

Conceived by 3 time Tony Award winner James Lapine
Directed by 10 time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune

Performances Begin Tuesday, April 12

Opening Night Wednesday, May 4

Strictly limited engagement through Sunday, June 26


New World Stages - Stage One

“A transcendent American voice shares the wisdom she has gained in her well-lived years with a tenderness and honesty that could break your heart and mend it all at once.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Time

Rehearsals have begun for Barbara Cook: Then and Now, a candid and intimate evening conceived by 3-time Tony Award winner James Lapine and directed by 10-time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune. The production will begin preview performances Tuesday, April 12, officially open Wednesday, May 4 and play a strictly limited engagement through Sunday, June 26 Off Broadway at New World Stages Stage One (304 West 50 Street).

Hers is a voice that’s become a constant in musical theatre for over 50 years. From the striking ingénue of Broadway’s Golden Age, to the legendary performer of the 21st century, Barbara Cook has sold out theaters and concert halls around the world with her masterful interpretations of music’s most memorable songs. This spring, she shares the best story of all - her own - in what promises to be a unique and intimate evening filled with music and memories to last a lifetime.

Together with a little help from her multiple Tony Award-winning friends, director Tommy Tune and playwright James Lapine, she returns to the stage in Barbara Cook: Then and Now, a poignant one-woman performance that takes you on a vibrant and candid journey through her remarkable life. Discover the people and the moments, the challenges and the triumphs that shaped her life - in a one-of-a-kind musical memoir you will never forget. 

Barbara Cook: Then and Now’s celebrated Tony Award winning design team will feature scenic design by Robin Wagner and lighting design by Ken Billington and music direction by Emmy Award winner Lee Musiker. Additional creative team to be announced.

Barbara Cook’s anticipated autobiography bearing the same title, Barbara Cook: Then and Now, will be released by HarperCollins Publishers in June.

“As I began to write my upcoming memoir, I was surprised by how moved I was in revisiting my early years and later my alcoholic years,” Barbara Cook said, “I’ve always felt that the narrative of my life came through many of the songs I sing, both tunes I’ve introduced and favorites that have spoken to me through different chapters of my life. I’m hoping this evening will be a live companion piece to the book that taught me more about my own life than I ever would have expected.”

of the United States, and he has been honored with his own star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted into The Theater Hall of Fame by Gwen Verdon. In 2009 the New York Landmarks Conservancy designated Mr. Tune as a Living Landmark. In early 2015 Tune received rave reviews for his tap dancing and singing role in the Encores! production of Lady, Be Good! at New York City Center. He is currently touring the country in his one-man show, Tommy Tune, Tonight! 

Barbara Cook: Then and Now will play Off-Broadway at New World Stages Stage One (340 West 50 Street) Wednesday – Saturday and Monday at 8:00pm; Sunday at 3pm; Dark Tuesday.
Ticket prices are $110.00, with premium tickets available at $135.00 and are available by calling Telecharge at 800-447-7400 or visiting www.telecharge.com.

 

 

THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY

WINTER 2016 “MUSICALS IN MUFTI” SERIES
CONCLUDES WITH “STARTING HERE, STARTING NOW”

MUSIC BY DAVID SHIRE
LYRICS AND DIRECTION BY RICHARD MALTBY, JR.
MUSIC DIRECTION BY KEVIN STITESFEATURING

KRYSTAL JOY BROWN, CHARLOTTE MALTBY, AND BOBBY CONTE THORTON10 PERFORMANCES ONLY!
MARCH 12 -20, 2016


THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY AT SAINT PETER’S: The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Interim Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and the preservation of musical gems from the past, celebrates musical revues with the announcement of complete casting for the final show of the Winter 2016 Musicals in Mufti Series: Starting Here, Starting Now, with music by David Shire and lyrics and direction by Richard Maltby, Jr. With music direction by Kevin Stites, the three-member cast will feature Krystal Joy Brown (Motown, The Musical), Charlotte Maltby (Empire), and Bobby Conte Thornton (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum).The limited engagement of Starting Here, Starting Now will play 10 performances only March 12 - 20, 2016 at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). Opening Night is set for Sunday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m.From first kiss to painful breakup, romantic relationships come full circle in this thrilling and touching intimate revue by the team that brought you Big, Baby, and York’s recent award-winning runaway hit, Closer Than Ever. This bold, extroverted revue takes a journey through the maze of modern relationships with its heart firmly on its sleeve. From tender ballads to hysterical husband-hunting laments, from wry comments on trendy marriages to ecstatic shouting-from-the-rooftop celebration, Starting Here, Starting Now has an appealing freshness as relevant today as it was when it premiered in 1976.The performance schedule for Starting Here, Starting Now is Saturday, March 12 at 2:30 p.m.* & 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 13 at 2:30 p.m.* and 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 17 and Friday, March 18 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, March 19 at 2:30 p.m.* & 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 20 at 2:30 p.m. (*audience discussions follow these matinee performances). 

The York Theatre Company’s acclaimed Musicals in Mufti series of musical theatre gems, performed in a simply-staged, book-in-hand concert format, celebrates its twenty-first historic year with the 103rd presentation of shows from the past. Mufti means “in street clothes, without the trappings associated with a full production.”Single tickets for Starting Here, Starting Nw are priced at $45 and available online at www.yorktheatre.org, by calling (212) 935-5820, or in person at the box office at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), Monday through Friday (12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.).York Theatre Company Members save even more. The Membership Package, priced at $54, includes exclusive savings on all York Theatre Company performances, VIP Member-Only Receptions, priority access to special events and programming, discounts on lobby concessions and merchandise, and special ticket exchange privileges. For additional information, please visit www.yorktheatre.org.The York Theatre Company is the only theater in New York City—and one of very few in the world—dedicated to developing and fully producing new musicals and preserving neglected, notable shows from the past. For over four decades, York’s intimate, imaginative style of producing both original and classic musicals has resulted in critical acclaim and recognition from artists and audiences alike. Under the guidance of Producing Artistic Director James Morgan since 1997, the York has focused on new musicals in its Mainstage Series—most of them world, American, or New York premieres—by some of the field’s most esteemed creators, and has also helped launch the careers of many talented new writers. Over 35 cast recordings from York Theatre Company productions are now available on CD, including its acclaimed revival of Closer Than Ever (2013 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival); commercial transfers of such York premieres as The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), Souvenir (Tony Award Nomination for actress Judy Kaye), and Jolson & Company, and revivals of Pacific Overtures and Sweeney Todd (four Tony Nominations including Best Revival) have all showcased the importance of the York and its programs.

Recent hits have included Rothschild and Sons, Plaid Tidings, Cagney, starring Robert Creighton as James Cagney and the original York Cast, which is scheduled to begin performances at the Westside Theatre on March 16, 2016, and York’s recent award-winning runaway hit, Closer Than Ever.

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 BROADWAY’S 41st THEATER ANNOUNCED

AMBASSADOR THEATRE GROUP TO REOPEN BROADWAY’S HISTORIC HUDSON THEATRE

RESTORING IT IN ASSOCIATION WITH MILLENNIUM & COPTHORNE HOTELSCURTAIN TO RISE AGAIN FOR 112-YEAR OLD BROADWAY PLAYHOUSE THE HUDSON THEATRE IS THE SECOND BROADWAY HOUSE IN ATG’S PORTFOLIO OF 46THEATRICAL VENUES WORLDWIDE

New York: December 16, 2015: Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) – the world’s number one live-theater company – will reopen and operate Broadway’s historic Hudson Theatre, ATG’s Joint CEO’s, Sir Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire OBE announced today.


ATG, through its subsidiary, Hudson Theatre LLC, has entered a long-term lease for The Hudson Theatre, its second theater on Broadway, from a subsidiary of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc (M&C). M&C and ATG will be, in a multi-million dollar project, restoring the landmark venue to its former glory as a Broadway playhouse.

M&C’s Chairman Kwek Leng Beng, said,

“The Hudson Theatre is one of the great historic landmarks in New York City and we have always been proud to have it in the Millennium & Copthorne family. We have proudly owned and maintained the theater as a cherished conference venue within our New York hotel estate since we acquired the Millennium Broadway Hotel New York in 1994.  It was time for The Hudson to again become a destination where New Yorkers and visitors from around the world will experience great theater and entertainment. We are so pleased to have Ambassador Theatre Group partner with us on this new journey for The Hudson Theatre.”

In a joint statement, ATG’s Joint CEO’s, Sir Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire OBE, said,

“As one of the oldest and most beautiful theaters on Broadway, we are thrilled to restore and operate the iconic Hudson Theatre. It presents us with enormous opportunities to present and produce even more productions in New York and in North America and will be the perfect companion to our larger Broadway musical house, The Lyric. It is a source of constant delight to see ATG continue to go from strength to strength, and make its mark on the global stage. A second Broadway theater is another landmark achievement for the company we co-founded 23years ago and we couldn’t be happier.” 
ATG’s Executive Director, David Lazar, said “It’s a rare opportunity to give new life to a Broadway venue which helped establish Broadway as we know it. We thank Chairman Kwek for his great vision to return The Hudson Theatre to its rightful place on Broadway in partnership with ATG.”

The venue will receive significant front-of-house improvements to better serve its patrons including all new state-of-the-art seating, Ambassador Lounge premium lounge service, and increased and improved ladies’ washrooms. In addition, significant backstage and technical upgrades, including new and expanded dressing rooms and new fly systems will transform The Hudson into a leading legitimate Broadway theater and destination for producers, directors, actors and creative teams. The anticipated re-launch of the theater is slated for the 2016/2017 Broadway Season.

In September 2015, ATG completed the acquisition of ACE Theatrical Group; a company which specialises in the operation, design, development and construction of world class, live performance venues throughout North America. ACE’s impressive portfolio of large-scale theatrical venues comprises theKings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York; the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, Louisiana; the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts in New Orleans, Louisiana; the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, Texas; and the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre in San Antonio, Texas.

In 2013, ATG acquired its first Broadway theater, The Lyric, which is the largest theater on Broadway. ATG’s newly refurbished Lyric Theatre re-opened its doors in 2014 in dramatic style and welcomed audiences to the acclaimed Broadway revival of On the Town.  The Lyric will be the home of Cirque du Soleil’s first every Broadway production, Paramour, which will begin performances in April 2016.

An active award winning producer on Broadway, London’s West End, and globally, ATG and its partner company, Sonia Friedman Productions, have co-produced the following recent productions on Broadway:King Charles III, Constellations (starring JakeGyllenhaal & Ruth Wilson), The River (starring Hugh Jackman), Twelfth Night/Richard III (starring Mark Rylance), The Mountaintop (starring Samuel L. Jackson & Angela Bassett), Exit the King (starring Geoffrey Rush & Susan Sarandon), JerusalemArcadiaLa Bete,La Cage aux Folles, and Sweeney Todd (John Doyle dir.) to name a few.

Already a huge hit in New York, ATG’s co-venture of Lincoln Center Theater’s production of The King and Icollected four Tony Awards in 2015 including Best Revival of a Musical.Situated just off Times Square in New York on 44th Street, between Millennium Broadway Hotel and The Premier Hotel, The Hudson Theatre opened on October 19, 1903 with a production of Cousin Katestarring Ethel Barrymore. Built by Henry B. Harris, a famous Broadway producer of that period, The Hudson Theatre is one of New York City’s oldest Broadway showplaces. The 100-foot long lobby was the largest ever seen on Broadway at that time. Among the stars that have graced the Hudson’s stage are Douglas Fairbanks, William Holden, Helen Hayes, Edward G. Robinson and Dorothy Gish. Barbara Stanwyck and Judith Anderson both made their debuts on its stage. On September 27, 1956 the first nationwide broadcast of “The Tonight Show” starring Steve Allen originated from The Hudson Theatre. It was granted landmark status for both its internal and external features in 1987.

 

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

In association with Ryan Murphy

Announces 

JESSICA LANGE (Academy Award, Golden Globe winner & Tony nominee)


GABRIEL BYRNE (Tony Award Winner)


JOHN GALLAGHER JR.

Return To Broadway In


LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT

by EUGENE O’NEILL


Directed by JONATHAN KENT

 

Jessica LangeGabriel Byrne

 

Previews begin March 31, 2016

Official opening April 19, 2016

Limited engagement on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre

 

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director), in association with Ryan Murphy, is thrilled to announce the return to Broadway of Academy and Emmy Award winner Jessica Lange, Golden Globe winner and Tony Award nominee Gabriel Byrne and Tony Award winner John Gallagher Jr. in Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Jonathan Kent as part of Roundabout Theatre Company’s 50th anniversary season.

Long Day’s Journey Into Night will begin preview performances on Thursday, March 31, 2016, and open officially on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street).Long Day’s Journey Into Night will mark the fifth Broadway production in Roundabout’s 50th Anniversary season, which also includes Old Times and Noises Off at the American Airlines Theatre, and Thérèse Raquin and She Loves Me at Studio 54.


Two-time Academy Award winner and three-time Emmy Award winner Jessica Lange will play “Mary Tyrone,” following her critically acclaimed, Olivier Award-nominated performance in the role in the West End in 2000.Golden Globe winner and Tony Award nominee Gabriel Byrne will play “James Tyrone.” He last appeared on Broadway in Roundabout’s production of Eugene O’Neill’s A Touch of the Poet (2005).Tony Award winner John Gallagher Jr. will play “Edmond Tyrone.” He returns to Broadway following Jerusalem (2011), American Idiot (2010), Spring Awakening (2006) and Rabbit Hole (2006).


Elegant in its simplicity yet limitless in its scope, Long Day’s Journey Into Night is the tale of an ordinary summer’s day with extraordinary consequences. Drawing so heavily from the author’s personal history that it could only be produced posthumously, the story of the Tyrone family and their battle to unearth—and conceal—a lifetime of secrets continues to reveal itself to audiences as one of the most profound and powerful plays ever brought to the stage.Roundabout’s history with Eugene O’Neill, one of America’s most celebrated playwrights, dates back to 1983 with John Stix’s production of Ah, Wilderness, starring Philip Bosco, followed by Desire Under the Elms, directed by Terry Schreiber (1984), the Tony Award-winning revival of Anna Christie, directed by David Leveaux, starring Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson (1993), and A Touch of the Poet, directed by Doug Hughes, starring Gabriel Byrne (2005).The full cast and design team will be announced shortly.

 

Full cast TBA 

BELOVED CABARET/THEATER LEGEND JULIE WILSON HAS DIED AT 90

 

Julie Wilson - classic profile

Cabaret's brightest light has been dimmed. Beloved cabaret icon and Tony Award nominee Julie Wilson passed on April 6th. She died of natural causes at Lenox Hill Hospital after suffering a stroke on March 26, followed by a second cerebral incident. She was 90 years old. At the time she fell ill, she was preparing to attend the MAC Awards at B.B. King's bringing flowers to her close friends, Baby Jane Dexter and Steve Ross, who were being honored that night. Two weeks before her passing, she flew to California to celebrate with her old friend and respected actress Patricia Morrison on her 100th birthday. She was surrounded by close friends and family when she passed away peacefully. 

Julie Wilson was one of the most beloved artists and humanitarians. She was feted with special events leading up to and including on her 90th birthday. There was a special evening at Iridium Jazz Club where she was celebrated by a star-studded lineup of her peers in June 2013. That same year, she appeared as a special guest at Stage 72 at The Triad Cabaret Theatre with Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano in their show. There was a special evening devoted to her at Jazz At Lincoln Center presented by The Mabel Mercer Foundation in October 2014 on her birthday as part of the Cabaret Convention. This was a program of mostly new faces. Julie was a relentless champion of new and rising artists' in cabaret. For decades, she inspired artists' and audiences alike with her commitment to excellence, raw honesty, bravery, self depricating laughs as well as generosity and sheer brilliance at her craft. As a master teacher at the O'Neill Symposium at Yale and later the International Cabaret Conference At Yale, she graciously shared her professional experience and instinctive knowledge with countless students who were inspired by her unparalleled encouragement and performance advice. Ms. Wilson was frequently in the audience cheering new and old friends on including some of the brightest rising lights in the genre over the last six decades. Her radiant smile and occasional encouraging shout-outs from the audience became another endowment as she glowed with enthusiasm. A great beauty, for years, she performed regularly at the Oak Room at The Algonquin as well as La Maisonette at The St. Regis, Michael's Pub, Freddie's, Rainbow & Stars, and in every major club room in the country including London and Paris. She brought American cabaret to Moscow in 1989.

Her last solo show in New York was at the Metropolitan Room with her brilliant and supportive musical partner Christopher Denny in 2008. Writing in the New York Times, Stephen Holden said:This is singing as great acting. Ms. Wilson communicates in short, ferocious bursts of speech-song that hit you with directness and intensity, as if she were the Oracle at Delphi. If she didn’t draw so freely from her reservoirs of joy and humor, you might feel beaten up by her eruptions of self-lacerating honesty. But she always laughs at herself. She is every woman of every age who remembers having been a fool for love while knowing better.

Ms. Wilson also appeared in movies and starred on the London stage as well as forays in musical theate productions. Over the last 30+ years, she was widely known and respected for her work in nightclubs where she epitomized the glamorous chanteuse usually with a flowing feather boa, opera gloves and her trademark gardenia in her hair. That gardenia was a personal tribute to her friend and mentor Billie Holiday. 

Throughout her career, Julie Wilson also appeared and co-starred in several films. In 1988, she received that Tony nomination for her show-stopping performance in Legs Diamond stoppingthe show nightly singing, "The Music Went Out of My Life." She also starred in Kiss Me Kate in London's West End as well as touring in several musicals in the United States.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Julie Wilson first found a musical outlet as the girl singer with a local group called Hank's Hepcats. She moved to New York City during the World War II years and performed in two of Manhattan's leading nightclubs, Lou Walter's Latin Quarter and the fabled Copacabana. She made her official Broadway stage debut in the 1946 revue, Three to Make Ready. In 1951, she moved to London to star in the West End production of Kiss Me, Kate and remained there for four years, appearing in shows such as South Pacific and Bells Are Ringing while studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. She returned to New York to replace Joan Diener in Kismet. Additional Broadway credits include: The Pajama Game (1954), Jimmy (1969), Park (1970), and Legs Diamond in 1988 (Tony nomination as Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.) She toured in Show Boat, Panama Hattie, Silk Stockings, Company, A Little Night Music and Follies.

In 1957, she sang with Ray Anthony and his Orchestra, contributing vocals to a number of songs on the soundtrack of the film This Could Be The Night. Ms. Wilson also had an acting role in the film, as singer Ivy Corlane. Her television credits included regular roles on the daytime soap opera The Secret Storm. She also appeared in a Hallmark Hall of Fame telecast of Kiss Me, Kate and numerous episodes of The Ed Sullivan Show.

With her second husband, actor/producer Michael McAloney, Julie Wilson had two sons, Holt and Michael, Jr., who attended boarding school in Ireland while their parents worked in New York City. When her marriage ended, Ms. Wilson, who was working steadily, sent the boys to live with her parents in Omaha. When they reached their teens, she stopped performing and joined them and also cared for her ailing parents.

By 1983, her sons grown and her parents deceased, she found her niche and forged a stellar reputation as the definitive cabaret performer known primarily for her dramatic delivery on torch songs and show tunes. She balanced it all with carefully crafted risque songs showing her great flare for blue comedy through red-hot mama tunes. Her acclaimed recordings include: My Old Flame, Live From the Russian Tea Room, Julie Wilson At the St. Regis and collections devoted to the songbooks of Cole Porter, Kurt Weill, Harold Arlen, Cy Coleman, George and Ira Gershwin and Stephen Sondheim. These recordings are considered collector's items today due to her consummate interpretations, dramatic delivery and singing skills as well as a natural instinct for the songwriter's intent with a lyric. She had no peers when it came to baring her soul and casting a spell over audiences. Julie Wilson set the bar high and received a plethoroa of honors for her work in cabaret. 

Ms. Wilson beamed with pride over her son Holt McCallany's impressive accomplishments and success as a movie and television actor. Her son Michael McAloney Jr., died in 1989. Aside from Holt, she is also survived by a granddaughter. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

(Note: Some portions of the information were obtained from Wikipedia.) 

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(Photo: Stephen Sorokoff) 

DON’T TELL MAMA INTRODUCES POP-UP BLUES SUPPER CLUB CONCEPT
 
“POMPIE’S PLACE” PREMIERES APRIL 12

LEZLIE HARRISON, HILARY GARDNER AND BRIANNA THOMAS CO-STAR
 
 "Pompie's Place," a unique pop-up blues supper-club is taking up residence at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, in April. Produced by Arthur Pomposello, “Pompie’s Place” is an immersive nightclub experience transporting audiences to a mythic blues room of another time and place, in which the food is hot and the music even hotter!The five scheduled performances are Sunday & Monday April 12 & 13, both at 7pmSunday May 10 (Mother’s Day) at 1pmMonday May 11 at 7pm, and Thursday May 28 at 7pm. Tickets are $65, which includes a three-course Cajun meal.“Pompie’s Place” stars three of New York’s most distinguished blues and jazz singers… Lezlie Harrison, Brianna Thomas and Hilary Gardner.  Fanning the flames is music director Ehud Asherie, who leads a quartet that includes such standouts as Ken Peplowski (reeds), Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet) and Jackie Williams (drums).  The show marks the highly anticipated return to cabaret of Pomposello, the former long-time host and booking manager of the famous Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel.Featuring a daring mix of blues of many stripes, from as far away as the Delta to Broadway, with detours to Chicago and Memphis, “Pompie’s Place” is a hybrid of nightclub and theatre, in which audiences are treated not just to a spicy Cajun meal, but to the deep-dish travails of the club’s three tempestuous headliners, and the smooth ministrations of the club’s philandering host.This is the first of several new programming initiatives from Mama’s, New York’s one-of-a-kind triple threat entertainment Mecca, which is equal parts raucous piano bar, casual cabaret music venue, and deliciously-priced Restaurant Row newcomer. Don’t Tell Mama added its A-rated restaurant in 2012.“New York has been thirsting for a reasonably-priced supper-club experience,” says Pomposello, the show’s titular host and impresario.  “These kinds of places turned up everywhere in New York, but they virtually don’t exist anymore.  Our show features first-class blues, dinner and cocktails and a high-energy ensemble of dazzling young musicians.  We’re thrilled to launch the concept at the legendary Don’t Tell Mama where we hope to make our mark and our home.”

A unique pop-up nightclub experience, “Pompie’s Place” leverages Pomposello’s many years as a host and booker (and food and beverage manager) of the famous Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel.

Under his aegis, the Oak Room was recognized for presenting not just the legends of cabaret (Julie Wilson, Andrea Marcovicci) but also a roster of new talent who experienced their breakout major stardom there: Diana Krall, Jane Monheit, John Pizzarelli, Eric Comstock and the show “Our Sinatra” all were introduced by Pomposello, their success adding to the cultural prestige of The Algonquin Hotel.The world premiere of “Pompie’s Place” runs from April 12 through May 28 at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street.  The five scheduled performances are Sunday & Monday April 12 & 13, both at 7pmSunday May 10 (Mother’s Day) at 1pmMonday May 11 at 7pm, and Thursday May 28 at 7pm. Tickets are $65, which includes a three-course Cajun meal (drinks and gratuities are separate; a two-drink minimum applies.)  To order in advance call 866-811-4111, or visit www.pompiesplace.com Total running time is 2:30.

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KANDER AND EBB'S FINAL MUSICAL

STARRING  C H I T A  R I V E R A

COMING TO BROADWAY !

"T H E  V I S I T"


THE FINAL MUSICAL OF THE SEASON TO OPEN AT THE LYCEUM THEATRE

PREVIEWS BEGIN THURSDAY, MARCH 26

OPENING NIGHT SET FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 23


New York (January 8, 2015) – Producers Tom Kirdahy, Tom Smedes, Hugh Hayes and Judith Ann Abrams announced today that John Kander and Fred Ebb's final Broadway musical, The Visit, featuring a book by four-time Tony Award® winning playwright Terrence McNally, will open on Broadway this Spring, starring two-time Tony Award® winning Broadway legend Chita Rivera and Tony Award® winner Roger Rees. Helmed by Tony Award® winning director John Doyle and choreographed by Tony Award® nominee Graciela Daniele,

The Visit
will begin performances at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street) on Thursday, March 26 with an Opening Night set for Thursday, April 23.

"In The Visit, Chita Rivera shows the world what becomes a legend most," Kirdahy says. "Kander and Ebb's final musical is a masterwork. Fascinating, visceral and haunting, The Visit entertains and challenges in ways that can only be described as thrilling. We cannot wait for The Visit to visit Broadway."

Based on the satirical play by Friedrich Dürrenmatt as adapted by Maurice Valency, The Visit is about greed, love, and one woman's carefully plotted revenge. The oft-widowed Claire Zachanassian (Chita Rivera), richest woman in the world, returns to the hardship-stricken town of her birth. The locals pray that her wealth will bring them a new lease on life, but her arrival carries a dreadful price. Tony Award® winner Roger Rees co-stars as Anton Schell, the man who scorned Claire years ago. Sardonic and morally complex, The Visit asks "What can your heart afford?"

Complete cast, creative, and additional information for The Visit will be announced shortly.

 

 

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AMERICAN THEATRE WING TO HONOR

J A M E S   E A R L   J O N E S

AT ANNUAL GALA

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2015

THE PLAZA HOTEL

December 9, 2014:  The American Theatre Wing is pleased to announce that its annual Gala, to be held on Monday, September 28, 2015 at The Plaza Hotel (Fifth Avenue at Central Park South), will honor legendary actor James Earl Jones. Mr. Jones is a two-time Tony Award® winner, two-time Obie Award® winner and alumnus of the American Theatre Wing Professional School. CeCe Black, Anki Leeds, and Marva Smalls will serve as Gala Chairs.

“From his humble beginnings in Michigan through his extensive career in New York and Los Angeles, James Earl Jones has continually championed the American theatre with his memorable performances and advocacy on behalf of the Wing,” said Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing. “He embodies the definition of a working actor, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to honor and pay tribute to all that he has done to elevate the art form.”

All proceeds from the evening will benefit the theatre education and artist development programs of the American Theatre Wing, which include SpringboardNYC, the Theatre Intern Network, the National Theatre Company Grants and the Jonathan Larson® Grants, and will also support free access for students, aspiring professionals, and the general public to programming on AmericanTheatreWing.org, including the long running show “Working in the Theatre.”

The evening includes cocktails, dinner and performances. Tickets will go on sale Spring 2015. For more information, please contact Jeremiah Hernandez by calling (212) 765-0606.


Born in Mississippi and raised in Michigan, James Earl Jones moved to New York City after graduating from the University of Michigan and serving in the military. Supporting himself by working as a janitor, he struggled to make it as an actor and made his Broadway debut in 1957.

Renowned Broadway producer, Joseph Papp gave Jones one of his first major breakthroughs, casting him as Michael Williams in Shakespeare’s Henry V. A true visionary, Papp was credited with injecting a “dash of social conscience” into the performance by casting an African-American in the role. This marked the beginning of Jones’s long affiliation with the New York Shakespeare Festival, eventually counting the title roles of Othello, Macbeth, and King Lear among his many distinguished performances for the company.

In 1969, Jones won a Tony Award® for his breakthrough role as boxer Jack Johnson in the Broadway hit, The Great White Hope (which also garnered him an Oscar® nomination for the 1970 film adaptation). He won a second Tony Award® in 1987 for August Wilson's Fences, in which he played a former baseball player who finds it difficult to communicate with his son.

In the spring of 2005, James Earl Jones starred on Broadway a critically acclaimed revival of On Golden Pond for which he was nominated for a Tony Award®.  In 2006, he also starred as Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in the production of Thurgood at the Westport County Playhouse and in spring of 2008 portrayed “Big Daddy” in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway with cast members Terrence Howard, Anika Noni Rose and Phylicia Rashad, followed by a second run of Cat on Hot Tin Roof on stage in London with Adrian Lester, Sanaa Lathan, and again Phylicia Rashad. The production won an Olivier Award for “Best Revival” and Mr. Jones was nominated for an Olivier in the Best Actor category.  In 2011, Mr. Jones starred in the Broadway and London productions of Driving Miss Daisy with Vanessa Redgrave and Boyd Gaines and in 2012, starred in the Broadway production of The Best Man, for which he received a Tony® nomination.  In 2013 Mr. Jones enjoyed a six-month tour of Driving Miss Daisy in Australia starring Angela Lansbury and Boyd Gaines.  He is currently starring in You Can’t Take It With You.

In addition to the many awards he has received as an actor– two Tonys®, three Emmys®, a Golden Globe®, two Cable ACEs, two OBIEs, five Drama Desks, and a Grammy®– Jones has been honored with the National Medal of Arts in 1992 and the John F. Kennedy Center Honor in December 2002.  He also was honored by the Screen Actors Guild with the Lifetime Achievement Award in January of 2009.  In November 2011, The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented Mr. Jones with an Honorary Oscar® in recognition of his long and distinguished career.

The American Theatre Wing (William Ivey Long, Chairman, Board of Trustees; Heather Hitchens, President) is dedicated to advancing artistic excellence and nurturing theatre’s next generation: on stage, behind the scenes, and in the audience.

For nearly a century, the Wing has pursued this mission with programs that span the nation to invest in the growth and evolution of American Theatre. Traditionally, the Wing has encouraged members of the theatre community to share their off-stage time and talent directly with the theatre audience at large--whether it was singing for the troops in the Stage Door Canteen of the 1940's, or sharing their stories on a podcast today. 

As the founders of The Tony Awards®, the American Theatre Wing has developed the foremost national platform for the recognition of theatrical achievement on Broadway. Yet the Wing's reach extends beyond Broadway and beyond New York. The Wing develops the next generation of theatre professionals through the SpringboardNYC and Theatre Intern Group programs, incubates innovative theatre across the country through the National Theatre Company Grants, fosters the song of American theatre through the Jonathan Larson Grants, and illuminates the creative process through the “Working in the Theatre” program and media archive.

Visitors to americantheatrewing.org can get inspired and gain insight into the artistic process through the Wing’s extensive media collection, and learn more about its programming for students, aspiring and working professionals, and audiences.


 

Joy Behar- Mouth

Cherry Lane Theatre
38 Commerce Street (Near Bleecker Street & Sixth Avenue)
Ticket information: (212) 352 3101 or (866) 811 4111

Opens: November 23
Closes: December 21

Me, My Mouth & I written and performed by Joy Behar

 

A world premiere presented by Cherry Lane Theatre, Angelina Fiordellisi, Artistic Director and Steve Janowitz

With more than 30 years as a beloved figure on stage and screen, Behar takes her audiences on a journey in ME, MY MOUTH & I -- from her rollicking childhood in Brooklyn to center stage as one of America's premier talk show hosts and comediennes. About the play, Behar notes, "This is a good time to take stock of my shenanigans."

About Joy Behar

Best known as one of the original hosts of ABC-TV's hit daytime talk show "THE VIEW," Behar was one of the show's most popular hosts for 17 years, ending her run earlier this year. Along with her fellow panelists Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Elizabeth Hasselbeck, Behar won the 2009 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host.
Ms. Behar began her stage career in stand-up at such celebrated NY clubs as Caroline's and Catch a Rising Star, winning three MAC Awards and a CableACE Award.

On TV, she starred in her own HBO special and was a regular on the series "BABY BOOM." Other appearances include "THE TONIGHT SHOW with Jay Leno," "THE DAILY SHOW" with Jon Stewart, "LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY," "THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN" and "LAST COMIC STANDING."

Ms. Behar hosted a popular call-in radio show for WABC. Her film appearances include "COOKIE" with Peter Falk, "THIS IS MY LIFE" directed by Nora Ephron and Woody Allen's "MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY."
In theater she appeared in Nicky Silver's play "THE FOOD CHAIN" off-Broadway, earning rave reviews in the starring role, and also starred in the critically-acclaimed "VAGINA MONOLOGUES." She writes a monthly column for GOOD HOUSEKEEPING entitled "Talk to Me," and has authored the book "JOY SCHTICK: or WHAT IS THE EXISTENTIAL VACUUM AND DOES IT COME WITH ATTACHMENTS?"

Behar has been developing the play through workshop presentations at Bucks County Playhouse, in NYC and Connecticut in recent months

 

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Mathew Morrison

 

MATTHEW MORRISON WILL RETURN TO BROADWAY

TO STAR IN “FINDING NEVERLAND”

PREVIEWS BEGIN SUNDAY, MARCH 15 AT LUNT- FONTANNE THEATRE



OPENING SET FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15

 

Producer Harvey Weinstein has announced that Tony®, Emmy®, and two-time Golden Globe® Award Nominee Matthew Morrison will return to Broadway to star in Finding Neverland as J.M. Barrie. Morrison created the role of Barrie in early workshops of the Broadway-bound musical. Finding Neverland will begin previews on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street), and will now open on Wednesday, April 15.“We couldn’t be more thrilled to see Matthew returning to his Broadway roots and back to the role he created in our workshop,” Mr. Weinstein said. “He is wildly talented and a true leading man.”

Mr. Morrison has previously starred on Broadway in Hairspray, South Pacific, and The Light in the Piazza (for which he was nominated for a 2005 Tony® Award). He is known to television audiences for his Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated role as Will Schuester on the hit Fox show, “Glee.” Morrison has also released two studio albums since 2011, with the most recent being Where It All Began – a collection of standards, many first made famous in Broadway musicals.Based on the Miramax motion picture by David Magee and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee,

Finding Neverland follows the relationship between playwright J. M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up – one of the most beloved stories of all time. Directed by Tony Award®-winner Diane Paulus (Pippin) with book by Olivier Award®-nominee James Graham, music and lyrics by U.K. pop sensation Gary Barlow (Take That) and Grammy Award®-winner Eliot Kennedy, choreography by Emmy Award®-winner Mia Michaels (So You Think You Can Dance), this new musical explores the power of imagination to open up new worlds, and the pressures put upon those worlds by the inevitability of growing up.In its sold-out, world-premiere engagement at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, Finding Neverland played a total of 75 performances at the Loeb Drama Center on – all of which played to capacity crowds, making it the highest attended and highest grossing production in A.R.T.’s 34-year history.
 Additional casting information will be announced shortly.

Bridget Everett- Rock Bottom

 

THE PUBLIC THEATERBRINGS BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

BRIDGET EVERETT’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED

 

ROCK BOTTOM


JANUARY 6 – FEBRUARY 20


Created By Bridget Everett 

Music & Lyrics by Bridget Everett, 

Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman 


with Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz & Matt Ray

Directed by Scott Wittman, 18 PERFORMANCES ONLY FOR RETURN ENGAGEMENT: 

 Due to popular demand and a recent sold-out run at Joe’s Pub, The Public Theater announced today it will bring back Bridget Everett’s

 

ROCK BOTTOM for 18 additional performances, January 6-February 20, 2015.
Created by Bridget Everett, with Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Matt Ray, and directed by Scott Wittman, this shockingly funny and moving show was originally commissioned as part of the Joe’s Pub 2013 New York Voices series and became a downtown hit when it opened to critical acclaim in September and was extended until its limited engagement ended on October 16.“How could we, a mere theater, resist the unstoppable force that is Bridget Everett?” said Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. “Resistance was futile – and not really as fun as bringing her back.”“It has been absolutely thrilling to watch how New York has embraced and exalted Rock Bottom and Bridget,” said Director of Joe’s Pub Shanta Thake. “We are delighted to be able to offer another dose of this phenomenal artist!”ROCK BOTTOM is what happens when you are too passionate to give up, and too big to fail. The ferociously talented Bridget Everett wrote the show, a chardonnay-soaked journey through the highs and lows of her life, with the Tony Award-winning songwriting duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Longtime collaborators and friends Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Matt Ray contributed music as well. In it, Everett shares intensely personal moments next to wildly hilarious ones, baring her heart and much more to her audiences. ROCK BOTTOM features new original songs written with Shaiman, Wittman, Ray and Horovitz, plus favorites from Everett’s monthly sold-out show with the Tender Moments.“Who says the city no longer produces artists who challenge, provoke and even, on occasion, dare to disgust?... Everett can rock hard and does, using her mighty belt to whip the audience into a lather.”

 

Charles Isherwood, New York Times“It was all flavors of crazy, and I loved every second.”—David Cote, Time Out New YorkFeaturing Bridget Everett, the complete company of ROCK BOTTOM is to be announced. Everett’s lavish costumes are by Larry Krone for House of Larréon. Tickets for this return engagement are available now by calling (212) 967-7555, www.publictheater.org, or in person at The Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street. Member tickets are priced at $30 and single tickets are $40. Joe’s Pub at The Public serves food nightly but there is no food or drink minimum for ROCK BOTTOM. The Library at The Public is open nightly for food and drinks, beginning at 5:30 p.m.BRIDGET EVERETT has been called the Most Exciting Performer in New York City by the Village Voice, and one of the Funniest People in New York by Time Out. Her film, theater and television credits include “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Two Broke Girls,” Sex And The City, “Bridget and Neal are F*cking and Adam Is Watching,” At Least It’s Pink, and most recently a guest spot at Carnegie Hall performing with the legendary Patti LuPone. Everett has appeared at Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival, HBO's Aspen United States Comedy Arts Festival, The Adelaide International Cabaret Festival, The San Francisco Sketchfest, and Bonnaroo. Everett and her band, The Tender Moments, perform regularly to sold-out crowds and have welcomed special guests as varied as Fred Armisen, Patti LuPone, Flea, Dan Finnerty (The Dan Band), Tonya Pinkins, Marc Shaiman, Erin Markey, Peaches, Neal Medlyn and Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters). Their album, POUND IT, is available now on iTunes.MARC SHAIMAN along with Scott Wittman, was recently honored by The NY Pops at Carnegie Hall. Shaiman is a Tony, Grammy, Emmy winning and Oscar-nominated composer/lyricist, producer, arranger and orchestrator. His Broadway credits include Hairspray, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me and Catch Me If You Can. His West End credits include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Television credits include “Saturday Night Live” ("The Sweeney Sisters"), Johnny Carson's final “Tonight Show” with Bette Midler, multiple Billy Crystal and Neil Patrick Harris Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award numbers and most recently NBC musical drama “Smash.” Film credits include When Harry Met Sally; Beaches; Misery; The Addams Family; City Slickers; A Few Good Men; Sister Act; Sleepless in Seattle; The First Wives Club; Patch Adams; South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut; Hairspray; The Bucket List; and Parental Guidance. Recording credits include Bette Midler, Harry Connick Jr. and Mariah Carey. He wrote music and lyrics for Prop 8:The Musical for Funny or Die. His concert and cabaret credits include Christine Ebersole, Patti LuPone, Darlene Love, Jenifer Lewis, Andrea Martin, Barbra Streisand and Luther Vandross.

 

Scott Wittman along with Marc Shaiman, was recently honored by the NY Pops at Carnegie Hall. Together, they co-wrote the lyrics for the Olivier Award-winning musical Hairspray, for which the pair received Tony and Grammy Awards. He also served as an executive producer on the hit film starring John Travolta. They teamed up again on Broadway for Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, which he also directed; and Catch Me If You Can, which received a Tony nomination for Best Musical. For their original songs on NBC’s musical drama “Smash,” Wittman and Shaiman were nominated for two Emmy Awards, a Grammy and a Golden Globe. On “Smash” they have composed songs for Jennifer Hudson, Uma Thurman, Bernadette Peters, and Liza Minnelli. Their original score for the Marilyn Monroe musical Bombshell was released on Sony Records. Wittman co-wrote the lyrics to Charlie and The Chocolate Factory directed by Sam Mendes, which recently playing to sold out houses at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London’s West End. For Patti LuPone, Scott has created and directed two Broadway shows, three recordings and three sold-out Carnegie Hall concerts. At LaMaMa, Wittman conceived and directed Jukebox Jackie starring Justin Vivian Bond, Cole Escola, Steel Burkhardt and Bridget Everett.ADAM “AD-ROCK” HOROVITZ is best known as one third of the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame-inducted Beastie Boys. He is also the bass player for Bridget Everett and The Tender Moments. MATT RAY a pianist and songwriter, performs in New York's best venues nightly either fronting his own band, or accompanying some of the city's most dynamic performers. Recent work includes leading a nine-piece band at Lincoln Center with Taylor Mac, performing at Carnegie Hall with Kat Edmonson, music directing The Billie Holiday Project at the Apollo Theater, string and piano arrangements for the fifth season finale of Showtime's “Nurse Jackie,” Joey Arias’s shows at Joe’s Pub, performing in Paris with Mx. Justin Vivian Bond, and monthly gigs with Bridget Everett and the Tender Moments. He has also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe with Lady Rizo and toured with Taylor Mac's A 20th Century History of Popular Music. Ray music directed and played piano in Mac's Obie Award-winning play The Lily's Revenge at HERE Arts Center. Ray has released two jazz albums: We Got It! (2001) and Lost In New York (2006); and an album of original pop/folk material called Songs For the Anonymous (2013).

 

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ROOM 53 GRAND OPENING THIS FRIDAY

 

It's a big party and you're invited ...

Room 53 owner Steve Cosh has announced that the extensive expansion is complete! And, the official Grand Opening of this huge, 6000 square foot hot-spot that has just doubled its size, is on for Friday, October 24. This means double the music and double the fun at this unique piano-lounge-restaurant with the irresistible new menu, fun cocktails, imported wines and beers (upstairs and downstairs) that have all of Hell's Kitchen and the theater district buzzing. It begins at 5:00 till closing. Ongoing, live entertainment will fill the club throughout the night with invited and guest performers and endless talents at the open-mic or behind the piano.  No cover. No minimum.

Room 53 is located at 314 West 53rd Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues.)
For additional information, call: 646 875-5341 or visit www.room53.us .

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Just in! Room 53 Announces Huge Expansion

Before Grand Openning ! 

 New York:     Hellzapoppin' in Hell's Kitchen! The juggernaut has started and Hell's Kitchen and the theater district are buzzing. 

 After being open a little more than one month, the exciting new venue Room 53 is expanding it's spacious walls to include the space next door!  Ultimately, this will make Room 53 the largest venue of its kind in Hell's Kitchen and the theater district. The newly expanded venue will be able to hold  200-300 guests in four separate spaces. This will include two spacious upstairs bar-dining areas for a total of four dining rooms (including “The Cave,” a semi-private downstairs brick-walled lair that can accommodate 4 to 40 guests in a dimly lit, quiet dining room.) There will also be an outdoor garden terrace for warm weather.  
 
There will be live entertainment throughout the club regularly. This will include piano bar, cabaret and ongoing special events.   
 
Consequently, as a result of this ambitious expansion, owner Steve Cosh and management have decided to postpone the official Grand Opening until the whole expanded club can be on display. Watch for the announcement. 
 
Room 53 is located at 314 West 53rd Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues.) For dinner reservations and more information, call (646) 675 5341 or check our website, www.room53.us . There is a parking facility across the street.  
 
Currently, the club offers a great restaurant with a truly tantalizing menu, a lively piano bar, open-mic nights, Sunday Brunch with entertainment and much more. It's all in a plush, beautifully decorated ambiance that is thoroughly welcoming – and affordable.  So far, Room 53 has seen a plethora of talented artists from Broadway and cabaret to drag to sing-alongs to a Broadway chorus led by Broadway's Anthony Fett singing tunes from “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Recently, Garth Gates, first season runner-up on Britain's (and Simon Cowell's) “Pop Idol;” (later renamed “The X Factor,”) popped in to sing to the cheering crowds. He liked it so much, he returned two nights later with a large party and delighted his many fans and new friends throughout the night.  And, that's just the tip of the iceberg. Upcoming events will include classy cabaret shows more open-mic nights with new and established artists as well as theatrical screenings in addition to a full roster of singer/pianists rocking the room till closing nightly. The club has state of the art lights and sound as well. A fall-winter lineup of shows  will be announced after the official Grand Opening. 
 
Owner Steve Cosh is a world traveled entrepreneur from, London with a history in business enterprises. Sreve wants everyone to feel welcome at this new bustling venue. “I love making people comfortable and watching them enjoy the many talents on our stage. With the expansion, there will be something for everyone at Room 53. We're still planning as we go. I am overwhelmed by the welcoming reception  and support the club has gotten. There's no place like New York.” 
 
Aside from the irresistible menu, the club serves a wide assortment of imported wines and beers. All credit cards accepted.  
Watch for the announcement of the  Grand Opening Gala filled with performers and personalities and many surprises. 
 
 For  reservations or more information, call 646 675 5341 during business hours.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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