Performers Announced For Bradshaw Smith Memorial Celebration 

Applause Video and Broadway Beat Founder

To Be Held Monday, July 9 at 4pm

Pershing Square Signature Center

Bradshaw Smith

July 2:      A memorial celebration to honor the life and career of Bradshaw Smith (Founder & Executive Producer of “Broadway Beat” and Applause Video) has been scheduled for Monday, July 9 at 4PM. Some of the performers and speakers taking part will include: Jared Bortz, Mario Cantone, Dan Daly, Jamie deRoy, Julie Halston, Jeff Harnar, Linda Harris, Karen Mason, Susie Mosher, Sidney Myer,  Lee Roy Reams, Richard Ridge, Steven Skeels and Todd Stockman. The memorial will take place at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues). A reception will follow in the Signature Theatre’s Café and Bar.

            Bradshaw Smith died on January 16, 2012, at age 57, following a sudden and severe stroke. A native of Ansonia, CT, Brad moved to New York City in the mid 70’s. As a cabaret performer he won the first Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC) Award for Best Male Vocalist and later also won a Back Stage Bistro Award. In 1990, he received the MAC Board of Directors Award for his cable television show Cabaret Beat.

            Robert Simonson wrote in his obituary of Bradshaw Smith at Playbill.com: “as the videographer of Broadway Beat, he indefatigably chronicled the New York theatre scene and shot close to three decades of New York theatre events from openings to press events to concerts and award ceremonies. With his colleague, interviewer Richard Ridge, he was a fixture on Broadway’s red carpet.” Broadway Beat aired on Manhattan Neighborhood Network cable and also on the web at BroadwayWorld.com.

            Applause Video was one of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) first and longtime major donors. The company’s table at the annual Broadway Flea Market was always a top earner. Bradshaw’s brother, Robert Smith, stated that donations in Bradshaw Smith’s name may be sent to Broadway Cares in his brother’s honor. The address for BC/EFA is 165 West 46th Street, Suite 1600, New York, NY 10036.

 

With The Jazz Singer and the words, "you ain’t heard nothin’ yet!," Warner Bros. invented the movie musical.

Rex Reed celebrates the studio that churned out hits for decades like 42nd Street, Yankee Doodle Dandy, A Star is Born and My Fair Lady

Christine Andreas Tom Wopat

Rex Reed, artistic director & host
Mike Renzi, music director & piano
Charles Repole, co-stage director
Patricia Wilcox, co-stage director

Christine Andreas, vocals
Polly Bergen
, vocals
Jason Graae, vocals
Sue Raney, vocals
Tom Wopat, vocals

TBA, bass
Dave Ratajczak, drums

Sat, June 2, 8 pm
Sun, June 3, 2 & 7 pm
Mon, June 4, 2 & 8 pm

Sat, Jun 2, 2012, 8 pm

Kaufmann Concert Hall
Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street



May 9,2012

It has been formally announced that Barbra Streisand will perform a concert at the soon-to-be-opened Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, New York at 8pm on October 11. Further details are still to be announced.

Babra Sreisand

Streisand appeared on Broadway in I Can Get It For You Wholesale and Funny Girl, for which she received Tony Award nominations, and later received a special Tony Award. She won the Academy Award for Funny Girl (in a tie with Katharine Hepburn,) and some of her other films include Funny Lady, The Way We Were, The Owl and the Pussycat, Nuts,and Yentl. She has also won numerous Grammy and Emmy Awards and is a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honor. She has not performed solo in Brooklyn since her pre- Erasmus Hall High School days at the Orthodox yeshiva she was attending – when she was seven years old.

Streisand, now 70, rarely performs and has not given a major concert since her European tour in 2007, will be one of the major attractions at the new Barclays Center. This is the 19,000-seat sports arena that will be part of the Atlantic Yards housing and entertainment complex which will include concerts by major name artists. The complex is rising at the juncture of four of the borough’s increasingly genteel neighborhoods: Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Fort Greene and Boerum Hill.

She told Joseph Berger of the New York Times, Brooklyn to me means the Loew’s Kings, Erasmus, the yeshiva I went to, the Dodgers, Prospect Park and great Chinese food. Ms. Streisand also said in a statement announcing the concert, which is set for October 11. I’m so glad I came from Brooklyn — it’s down to earth. I guess you can come home again.

Bruce Ratner, developer of Barclay's Center, said that two years ago he received a phone call from Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn’s borough president, urging him to call Martin Erlichman, Ms. Streisand’s longtime manager, about arranging a Brooklyn concert. "He said, ‘This is possible but I have to discuss it with Barbra,’ ” Mr. Ratner recalled of his conversation with Mr. Erlichman.

A year ago, he again talked with Mr. Erlichman, at a restaurant at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, and then at the Fresco by Scotto restaurant in midtown Manhattan. The final negotiations were handled by Brett Yormark, the arena’s chief executive.

In his article, Mr. Berger also reported that due to Ms. Streisand’s identification with Brooklyn, the Streisand concert is a feather in the cap of the promoters of the arena, which will hold 220 entertainment events a year. Concerts by Jay-Z, Leonard Cohen and Andrea Bocelli are scheduled, as well as the roughly 40 home games of the newly christened Brooklyn Nets basketball team. The developers have been fighting neighborhood critics who say the crowds and traffic will overwhelm quiet small-scale neighborhoods. News of the concert was first mentioned on a blog that tracks the issue, Atlantic Yards Report.

More information of ticket sales and prices is expected shortly.

Marilyn Lovell Matz  Marilynn Lovell Matz, widow of the late, great arranger/musician Peter Matz died in Los Angeles this week after a 30-year battle with multiple sclerosis. Refusing to allow her illness to define her life, Marilyn, an accomp[lished and respectd actress/singer went on to become a highly regard therapist dealing mostly with AIDS patients and their caregivers.

 Marilyn was simply one of those  special people you never forget. She was a singer,and a mainstay on television in the 1950s (a regular on "The Liberace Show" and in the 1960s,  she starred in Broadway musical specials such as and "Hello, Dolly - 'Round the World, " which chronicled her tour playing Mrs. Molloy to Mary Martin's Dolly Levi. 

   As mentioned, aside from her talents and persuing a career in show business, she would also go on  to become a renowned and respected psychotherapist in Los Angeles - especially focusing on AIDS patients and their caregivers. She and her brilliant musician husband Peter found time to work up an act and continued to sing throughout  the 1980s and 1990s in an eclectic,  polished  show they performed from living rooms to concert halls to cabarets (she had several highly successful engagements at Eighty Eight's - thanks to her dear friend and co-owner Erv Raible) and at many  benefits for numerous AIDS charities. She was always a highlight of the many benefits in L.A. raising funds  for a variety of charities. Whatever she did and whenever she could, like their album title, Marilyn said it with music. Knowing her was a gift. Her caring spirit and thoughtfulness of others will never be forgotten.

    Through it all, she fought her ongoing  battle with multiple sclerosis for more than three decades. Her  tireless fundraising efforts helped that cause greatly as well.  She passed away peacefully earlier this week as a result of MS.

 More about the carer of Marilyn Lovell Matz
 
Throughout her career, Marilyn Lovell Matz was  a versatile singer and actress,. She was at home in all media, Ms. Lovell's work in film included features roles in "Ghosts of Mississippi" (directed by Rob Reiner), "The Gifted," and "Through A Glass Darkly. "She consistently delighted viewers on major television talk shows, including The Today Show, The Tonight Show, The Dick Cavett Show, The Steve Allen Show, The Mike Douglas Show, and The Merv Griffin Show.

In theater, Ms. Lovell garnered high praise for her portrayals of Mrs. Molloy in the international company of Hello Dolly!, starring Mary Martin, and of Mrs. Peachum in The Threepenny Opera (Reprise! Broadway in concert series, UCLA). She also triumphed in leading and featured roles in: Screen Test (Skylight Theater); Kiss Me Kate (Sacramento Music Circus); Pal Joey (Northwestern University); The Kitchen (L.A. Actor's Theater); The Hairy Ape (L.A. Actor's Theater); Journey to the Day (Melrose Theater); among other productions.

An ardent supporter of causes in which she believed, she sang at concerts for UNICEF and regularly performed benefit concerts for AIDS Project Los Angeles (including the S.T.A.G.E galas) and Shanti Foundation. She was a spokesperson for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and is the recipient of their Champion of the Arts Award (New York, 1998) and their Hope for

Marilyn  Peter Matz

MS Award (Los Angeles). A psychology major at UCLA, Ms. Lovell maintained her career as a psychotherapist until a few years ago.

Their house on Mulholland Drive was always hosting and mixing the very famous and the struggling. Marilyn and Peter Matz were a match made in heaven ... and now they are.

Marilyn's favorite quote was from William Saroyan. It says it all about the lady: Seek goodness everywhere; and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding place and let it be free - and unashamed.

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS RETURNS TO HOST
66th ANNUAL TONY AWARDS


Neil Patrick Harris


CBS TO BROADCAST LIVE FROM BEACON THEATRE ON SUNDAY JUNE 10th


Golden Globe-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actor, Neil Patrick Harris, will return as host of the 2012 Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards® on Sunday, June 10th, live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City. This will be the third time that Harris has hosted the telecast, previously serving as host for both the 63rd Annual Tony Awards in 2009, and the 65th Annual Tony Awards in 2011. The Tony Awards will air live on CBS from 8:00-11:00PM (ET/PT time delay). The American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

I'm thrilled to be a part of this year's Tony Awards, said Neil Patrick Harris. Not only will I be shining a spotlight on the best that Broadway has to offer, but hopefully I'll score some free house seats to a show or 5.

The 2012 Tony Awards will be executive produced by Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment. In 2010, Kirshner and Weiss, along with host Neil Patrick Harris, earned an Emmy Award on behalf of the 63rd Annual Tony Awards in the category of Outstanding Special Class Program.

We're excited to be working once again with the extremely talented Neil Patrick Harris, said Kirshner and Weiss. Last year's show was such a success and we can't wait to bring it to new heights this year!

Kirshner and Weiss previously won the Emmy Award in the Outstanding Special Class Programs category in 2011 for the 64th Annual Tony Awards; in 2008 for the 61st Annual Tony Awards; in 2007 for the 60th Annual Tony Awards; and in 2005 for the 58th Annual Tony Awards.
The June 2010 broadcast of the 64th Annual Tony Awards was also honored with an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special. Weiss was also the recipient of the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program in 2003 for the 56th Annual Tony Awards. Kirshner and Weiss have acted as executive producers of the Tony Awards telecast for the past seven years. Together Kirshner and Weiss have now won Emmys for the 59th, 60th, 61st, 63rd, and 64th Tony Award Telecasts.


Tony Awards- ogo


 

The Antoinette Perry "Tony" Award, which was founded by the American Theatre Wing in 1947, is bestowed annually on theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway. The Tony is one of the most coveted awards in the entertainment industry and the annual telecast - the night America watches Broadway - is considered one of the most prestigious programs on television.


Neil Patrick Harris also served as host and producer of the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Equally successful on stage and screen, Harris currently stars as Barney Stinson on the hit CBS sitcom, "How I Met Your Mother," a role which has garnered him multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations, as well as a People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actor, and a Critics' Choice Award for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. A veteran of the theater, Harris recently tackled the role of Bobby in the New York Philharmonic's production of Stephen Sondheim's
Company at Lincoln Center. Harris made his Broadway debut in the Pulitzer-Prize winning drama, Proof, and subsequently starred on the Great White Way as the Emcee in Cabaret, and as The Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald in the Tony Award-winning musical revival production of Assassins. His additional theatrical credits include roles in All My Sons, Tick, Tick...Boom, The Paris Letter, Sweeney Todd, Rent, and Romeo and Juliet. Harris made his theatrical directorial debut with I Am Grock at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. Additionally, he directed a production of Jonathan Larson's Rent at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, and more recently he helmed a production of The Expert at the Card Table at the Broad Stage Theater. On screen, Harris most recently starred in the third installment of the comedy franchise, A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas, and the live-action/animated feature, The Smurfs. Among his additional film credits include roles in Beastly, The Best and the Brightest, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Undercover Brother, The Next Best Thing, The Proposition, Starship Troopers, and Clara's Heart (Golden Globe nom.). On television, Harris gained notoriety as the beloved title character in "Doogie Howser, M.D." (People's Choice Award, Golden Globe nom.). Furthermore, he recently won an Emmy Award for his guest-starring turn in "Glee." Among Harris' additional television credits include a series regular role on "Stark Raving Mad," as well as guest-starring roles in "Numb3rs", "Law & Order: Criminal Intent", "Will & Grace", and "Boomtown."


 ABOUT THE TONY AWARDS
The American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. At The Broadway League, Nick Scandalios is Chairman and Charlotte St. Martin is Executive Director. At the American Theatre Wing, Theodore S. Chapin is Chairman and Heather Hitchens is Executive Director. For Tony Award Productions, Alan Wasser and Allan Williams of Alan Wasser Associates are the General Managers. Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment are the Executive Producers of the 2012 Tony Awards. Mr. Weiss will also serve as Director of the 2012 Tony Awards.

 

 

 

 

 

REVIEW PERFORMANCES OF
E N D O F T H E R A I N B O W
BEGIN AT BROADWAY’S BELASCO THEATRE

OPENING NIGHT SET FOR MONDAY, APRIL 2

End of Rainbow 3

 There are moments in the theatre when you lean forward in your seat with shivers racing down the spine,

and realize there is nowhere on God’s earth you’d rather be. End of the Rainbow is one such occasion.

She stays all night and she sings them all.

Preview performances of the Broadway premiere of End of the Rainbow, the acclaimed new play with music by Peter Quilter, began on Monday, March 19, at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre. Two-time Olivier Award-winner Tracie Bennett stars as Judy Garland, leading a cast that features Michael Cumpsty, Tom Pelphrey and Jay Russell. Directed by Tony® Award winner Terry Johnson, End of the Rainbow officially opens on Monday, April 2.

The setting is December 1968, and Judy Garland is about to make her comeback… again. In a London hotel room preparing for a series of concerts, with both her new young fiancé and her adoring accompanist, Garland struggles to get beyond the rainbow with her signature cocktail of talent, tenacity, and razor-sharp wit.  This savagely funny drama offers unique insight into the inner conflict that inspired and consumed one of the most beloved figures in American popular culture. End of the Rainbow features some of Garland’s most memorable songs, performed with the show-stopping gusto for which she will always be remembered.

Tickets, ranging from $31.50 to $121.50, are available via telecharge.com, by calling (212) 239-6200, or in person at the Belasco Theatre Box Office (111 West 44th Street). A limited number of general rush tickets will be sold for each performance, on the day of the show only, when the box office opens (Monday-Saturday at 10:00 a.m.; Sunday at 12:00 p.m.). Rush tickets are priced at $31.50 and can be purchased by cash or charge at the box office. On 2-show days, rush tickets for both shows will be sold at the time of the box office opening. Seat locations for rush tickets will be at the theatre's discretion. Each patron in line may purchase a maximum of two (2) rush tickets.

End of the Rainbow currently plays the following performance schedule: Monday-Saturday at 8:00 p.m., with 2:00 p.m. matinees on Wednesday and Saturday. Beginning April 9, the schedule will change to Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Thursday at 7:00 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

End of the Rainbow is produced on Broadway by Lee Dean, Laurence Myers, Joey Parnes, Ellis Goodman, Shadowcatcher Entertainment/Alhadeff Productions, National Angels U.S. Inc., Charles Diamond/Jenny Topper, Myla Lerner/Andrew Bryan, Spring Sirkin/Candy Gold, Hilary Williams, and S.D. Wagner, John Johnson, in association with Guthrie Theatre.

On Thursday, March 29, the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs is pleased to announce that Lucie Arnaz and Phil Ramone have been added to the list of popular presenters at the upcoming 26th Annual MAC Awards Show on Thursday, March 29th. Lucie and Phil join previously announced performers and presenters, including Scott Barbarino, Kenny Bell, Anna Bergman, Liz Lark Brown, Mary Foster Conklin, Scott Coulter, Baby Jane Dexter, Natalie Douglas, Kevin Dozier, Bernie Furshpan, Terese Genecco, Kim Grogg, Sean Harkness, Thomas Honeck, Karen Mason, Sharon McNight, Julie Miller, Sidney Myer, Mark Nadler, Christine Pedi, Don Rebic, Julie Reyburn, Sarah Rice, Ricky Ritzel, Johnny Rodgers, Billy Stritch, KT Sullivan, Steven Ray Watkins, Lennie Watts, and Amy Wolk. Jason Graae is the host for the evening.

Receiving special honors this year are Ervin Drake and David Friedman, who will receive Lifetime Achievement awards, and Francesca Blumenthal, John Bucchino and Julie Gold, who will receive Board of Directors awards. Rosemary Loar will receive the Hanson award.

Tickets are available at www.BrownPaperTickets.com/219945

For more information, and to see a complete list of nominees, please visit www.MACnyc.com

The MAC Awards Show is produced by Julie Miller and directed by Lennie Watts.

 

CHARLES BUSCH TO RETURN TO
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY IN HIS NEW COMEDY


JUDITH OF BETHULIA

Judith Of Bethulia

WRITTEN BY AND STARRING CHARLES BUSCH
DIRECTED BY CARL ANDRESS

24 PERFORMANCES ONLY AT THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY

(155 FIRST AVENUE)

PREMIERE SHOWCASE ENGAGEMENT STARTS FRIDAY, MARCH 30

ALSO STARRING
DAVE AUGUST, CHRISTOPHER BORG,
LARRY BULLOCK, KENDAL SPARKS,
MARY TESTA, JENNIFER VAN DYCK,
JONATHAN WALKER, BILLY WHEELAN

Read more: Charles Busch in Judith of Bethulia: Mar 30

BROADWAY BARES 22

Bares22

SUNDAY,JUNE 17
AT ROSELAND BALLROOM

TICKETS ON SALE TODAY

 

PRODUCED BY ANDBENEFITING Broadway Cares/Equity FightsAIDS
EXECUTIVEPRODUCER JERRY MITCHELL

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PRODUCERS OF SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK
DEFEND LAWSUIT BROUGHT BY JULIE TAYMOR OVER BOOK

spiderman


COUNTERSUIT SEEKS DAMAGES FOR TAYMOR'S FAILURE
TO PERFORM HER DUTIES AS CO-BOOKWRITER AND COLLABORATOR

Read more: Spinning Spider-Man Lawsuits

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