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The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it. ~ John Ruskin


Long Island Actor/Director Richie Applebaum passed away suddenly on Sunday, February 22nd. Richie was an active member of Township Theatre Group, and had also worked with Arena Players, Star Playhouse, Merrick Theatre and Center for The Performing Arts, Bare Bones and Northport Readers Theatre. Funeral services were Thursday, February 26th. Condolences to his brother, Mitch, and family members.


Anyone interested in joining new theater improv group, meeting one evening a month at the Smithtown or Hauppauge library,
email Norman at or Bruce at

House for sale/rent in Yaphank.  Perfect for a working couple (15 min from Ronkonkoma LIRR Sta) or single person. Great starter home. 2 bdrms + sleeping loft, skylighted living room w/wood burning fireplace, oak eat-in kitchen, Kohler bathroom with whirlpool tub, shy 1/2 acre, Trex deck with 7-person hot tub, central air & vacuum, underground sprinklers, all windows updated, vinyl sided, over-sized/detached 1-car garage, enclosed Florida room/porch, gutter helmets...virtually maintenance free exterior, freshly painted interior, oak floors refinished, lots of closets, basement and attic storage.  Price $215K (or best offer).  Would consider rental of $1750 per month + util for the right renter with references. Contact if interested.

Check the cast calls page for complete listings, character descriptions, etc.


John W. Engeman Theater at Northport is need of a male cover for (2) SNOW QUEEN Ed Rep performances. Versatile performer with a big vocal range required. Tues, March 3 and Wed, March 4. Must be able to watch the show this weekend and rehearse early in morning prior to performance. Paid performance and rehearsal. Quick study! Call Jennifer at 631-921-8542

BroadHollow Theatre Company is looking to immediately fill one role for the musical 1776: an actor to play the comic role of Andrew McNair for the Elmont run of 1776.  Performances run March 21 - April 4. immediately contact Glen at if you are interested.

Lantern Theatre urgently seeks actor for Other Desert Cities: Show dates and times: Sat @ 8pm, May 30, June 6 & 13; Sun @ 1:30pm, May 31, June 7 & 14; and a Tues evening (probably either June 2 or 9).  Call Anne at 516 279 8657 or email actanne@
Trip Wyeth - (20's-30's) Brooke's brother. He is a bright, funny man who is caught in the middle here. He has a "let it go, it will be all right" attitude. He appears happy and flippant in his conversation but is actually far less happy than he appears.

Suffolk Theatre Arts & Recreation is in need of two actors (16-25) for their upcoming production of Godspell (2012 Revival)
Nick "We Beseech Thee" soloist
Rehearsals will be every Sun, and late Mon and Wed nights in Nesconset. Performances will be March 27, 28, and 29. Must be available for all shows. Contact Nik at to set up an audition.


John W. Engeman Theatre at Northport holds Open NYC dance auditions for The Producers. Actors will be seen in the order in which they sign-in. Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, book; Mel Brooks, music & lyrics; Richard Dolce, producing artistic director; Igor Goldin, director; James Olmstead, musical director; Antoinette DiPietropolo, choreographer. Reh: 5/11/15; Open: 5/28/15; Close: 7/12/15. All auditionees should bring Tap shoes and Character shoes, and book of music in case you are asked to stay and sing. If Non Union Actors are interested in the character parts (Production Tenor, Hold Me Touch Me, Reject Chorus Girl, Roger’s design team etc.), attend this dance call and note on your resume the role in which you are interested. If unable to attend either date send headshot and resume to Vic DiMonda, Associate Producing Director, c/o The John W. Engeman Theatre at Northport, 250 Main St, Northport 11768, Attn: The Producers, or email:  <Character descriptions can be found on the Cast Calls page>
Tues, March 3 from 10am – 6pm @ NOLA Rehearsal Studios, 250 W 54th St – 5th Fl
Women: 10am–1:30pm  (sign up begins at 9am - list will be pulled by 11am) / Men: 2:30pm-6pm  (sign up begins at 1:30pm - list will be pulled at 3:30pm)

John W. Engeman Theater at Northport holds open auditions for upcoming Youth Theater productions: CINDERELLA and FLAT STANLEY on Wed, March 4 from 5-7pm. Sign up begins at 4:30pm. Auditions will be held at The JWE Theater at 250 Main St, Northport 11768. Visit our website at for casting breakdown, rehearsal and performance schedules. Performers must provide their own transportation and must have daytime/evening availability. Prepare (1) uptempo song and a brief monologue fitting for children's theater. You may be asked to dance. Bring a headshot and resume. No phone calls. If you can not attend the audition, submit your headshot and resume to:

Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts and Smithtown Historical Society auditions for all ages (12 and up) for an original musical comedy presentation, The Spirit of Smithtown, which will be presented May 29, 30, 31, June 5, 6, and 7.  The Spirit of Smithtown is a musical-comedy spectacular celebrating the 350th anniversary of the town. The program will encompass popular songs and dances from the various decades, vaudeville style comedy and dramatic pieces. Auditions will be held between 2–4pm and 7–8pm on March 5 at the Smithtown Historical Society Brush Barn. Call to schedule an audition at 631-654-1888. Rehearsal schedule to be announced. ALL ROLES ARE OPEN. Seeking:
6 strong musical-comedy performers (ages 21 and up)
Prepare 16-32 bars of any traditional standard; these are a Capella auditions.
Sides will be provided for audition.
Email resume and head shot to
Stipends are available for Lead Performers only.
Equity Guest Artist contracts available as needed.
OPEN CALL: Also seeking Ensemble of all ages which will be part of the entire production.
Be aware that the ensemble for this show will be used extensively both vocally and for dance and musically staged numbers. Dancers welcomed.
For add'l info, email or call 631-654-1888. DO NOT CALL THE SMITHTOWN BOX OFFICE. THEY HAVE NO ADD'L INFO.


Township Theatre Group auditions for Run For Your Wife, a comedy by Ray Cooney on. March 12 and 16 at 7:30-9:30pm  at Five Towns College, 305 N LIE Service Rd, Dix Hills. Call 631-213-9832 or visit Roles for 2 women and 6 men.
Plot: The story of a London cab driver John Smith, with two wives and a very precise schedule for juggling them both. Trouble brews when Smith is mugged and ends up in hospital, where both of his addresses surface, causing police to investigate. Having upset his schedule, Smith becomes hopelessly entangled in his attempts to explain his two lives. Age ranges are flexible. Light British accents. Readings from the script.
John Smith 30-50 yrs old. A very likeable guy, despite the fact that he is committing bigamy. Should have great comic timing and be able to handle physical comedy
Barbara Smith 25-45 yrs old. John's wife who is amorous and sexy
Mary Smith 25-45 yrs old. John's other wife who is a caretaker and homemaker. Somewhat uptight
Det. Sgt. Porterhouse and Det. Sgt. Troughton, both 40-60 yrs old. Detectives who investigate the discrepancies in John Smith's story. One official/serious, the other likable & bumbling
Bobby Franklyn 25-40 yrs old. The Smith’s upstairs neighbor, flamboyantly gay but not a caricature
Stanley Gardner 30-50 yrs old. The Smith’s other upstairs neighbor and John’s best friend. Should have great comic timing and an ability to portray physical comedy
Reporter 20-35 yrs old. Eager young reporter. Cameo appearance in one scene

Plaza Theatrical Productions, Inc. is casting the following roles in their production of Man of La ManchaAntonia, The Housekeeper, Duke/Dr. Carrasco and two muleteers (who play multiple roles).  Rehearsals begin on the week of March 8.  Performances April 17-June 20 (approx 20 within that time period including 4 weekday matinees).  No performances are scheduled for Mother’s Day and Memorial Day Weekend.  Per performance stipend offered. For add'l info and/or to make an appt for an audition, call (516) 599-6870 or e-mail

The Minstrel Players of Northport audition for 1 male 20’s by appt only for Kaufman’s & Hart’s The Man Who Came to Dinner. Performances will be on Sat, 4/25 & 5/2 at 8PM and Sun, 4/26 & 5/3 at 3PM, at Houghton Hall Theatre at Trinity Episcopal Church, 130 Main St, Northport Village. Email a resume to For more info, call 631-732-2926 or visit


2 African American actresses needed to play a mother and her teen-aged daughter are needed for a very important play about female genital mutilation for the Northport One-Act Play Festival. There will be two performances on April 18. Rehearsals in Northport will be based on actor availability. Contact or call 631-223-8053.

Minstrel Players of Northport auditions for 1 male 20’s for Kaufman’s & Hart’s The Man Who Came to Dinner by appt only. E-mail a resume to Rehearsals will either be on Sun afternoons, Mon or Tues nights beginning on 2/17. Performances: Sat, 4/25 & 5/2 at 8PM and Sun, 4/26 & 5/3 at 3PM, at Houghton Hall Theatre, Trinity Episcopal Church, 130 Main St, Northport Village.  For more info, call 631-732-2926 or online at


Bottle dancers needed for Patio Players production of Fiddler on the Roof at the Plainview Jewish Center, 95 Floral Dr. Shows are Sat, March 7 & 14 @ 8PM, Sun, March 8 & 15 @3PM. Must make all 4 shows. Contact Rob Cohen 516-551-3206 for more info or just come to rehearsal: Sun at 2pm, Tues and Thurs at 7:30pm.


Musical Director for Camelot at the North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck. Rehearsals begin March 19.  Show dates are weekends May 14-31, 2015 (12 performances). Some pay involved. Orchestra already in place; Musical Director to play piano and teach the singers the music is urgently needed. Contact director Caroline Ciocchetto at

CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale is looking for musicians of all instruments for their Spring/Summer season. Shows using live music are Jesus Christ Superstar, The Full Monty and South Pacific. Contact Musical Director Matt Surico at to submit resume or for more info.

HUNTINGTON JEWISH CENTER PARK AVENUE PLAYERS seeking musicians to round out the orchestra in KISS ME, KATE. Violin, Cello, Trombone, Drummer. Rehearsals are held Sun from 10am - noon at 510 Park Ave, Huntington. Performances: Sat, Feb 28 & March 7 at 8PM and Sun, March 1 & 8 at 3PM. Also need to be available tech week of Feb 22. Contact Ken Gold, Music Director at or call (516) 526-7531 with any questions or for further info.

Trombone artist needed for the Patio Players' production of Fiddler on the Roof performances March 7, 8, 14 & 15. Musical rehearsals on Sun until performance. High School student ok. Anyone that can play trombone ok.  Call Rob 516 551 3206


South Shore Theatre Experience is now accepting plays for our annual one-act festival. Theme this year: What I Did on My Summer Vacation.  All scripts must be approximately 10 min in length, one set, no more than 6 characters. Deadline for submission is May 1. Performances will be Aug 13 - 15. For more info or to submit


Maggie's Little Theater, Middle Village, Queens, seeks creative staff for its summer production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's immortal Oklahoma!  Seeking a stage director, musical director, choreographer and stage manager.  Rehearsals to begin in late April.  Performances scheduled for late July.  Interviews will be scheduled as soon as possible.  Submit resume to  For more info, see our website at

Minstrel Players of Northport are looking for an assistant director for Kaufman’s & Hart’s The Man Who Came to Dinner – Rehearsals will either be on Sun afternoons, Mon or Tues nights. Performances will be Sat, 4/25 & 5/2 at 8PM and Sun, 4/26 & 5/3 at 3PM, at Houghton Hall Theatre, Trinity Episcopal Church located, 130 Main St, Northport Village. E-mail a resume to Must have experience taking blocking and giving lines. For more info, call 631-732-2926 or visit us online at

THINKBIG! THEATER ARTS SEEKS DIRECTOR FOR NYC FESTIVAL PREMIERE OF ORIGINAL TYA MUSICAL COMEDY - ThinkBIG! Theater Arts seeks a creative, experienced director to lead cast and crew on its world premiere of Sue Ology and the (Possibly) Haunted House, a Theater for Young Audiences musical that mixes comedy and chills as well as science and the (possibly) supernatural.
BASICS: This production is part of the NY Children’s Theater Festival and will take place May 1-3, over 4 matinee performances at The Player’s Theater (Off-B'way venue). Subsequent booking already secured, with more bookings very likely. Reimbursements for NYC travel expenses, along with small stipend. Excellent oppt'y to build resume and to possibly join the SDC.
Qualifications: ThinkBIG! views Theater for Young Audiences as a culturally valuable art form worthy of deep creative consideration; the right director must share that philosophy and have a resume that reflects strong respect for the genre. Experience with puppetry and creative on-stage effects valued but not required. Director must be able to work alongside playwright and lyricist/composer in developing this world premiere.
ABOUT US: ThinkBIG! Theater Arts has already performed the original play “Mythos” as part of the 2014 NYCTF and has taken that production to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Later this year, ThinkBIG! will be working in studio to perform before a live audience as well as in classrooms across the nation via live-streaming as part of the Virtual Arts TV Educational Festival. In short, the creative team behind ThinkBIG! intends to grow the company and the resumes of all who join the team. We have every intention of promoting “Sue Ology” and look forward to seeing where this new adventure will take us.
If you’re as excited about Theater for Young Audiences as we are, contact Producer Heather Van Velsor at To learn more about us, visit No phone calls. You will be contacted to set up an interview.

THE TATTOOED ANGEL...LOOKING FOR A SEASONED DIRECTOR FOR OUR NEXT NYC show.  Initial meetings in March...and production whenever we are ready...spring/summer 2015. Contact (with bio):

Pendragon Theatre, a small professional theatre located in the Adirondack mountains, is seeking a Technical Director for its summer season.
This season, entitled Tributes, includes the following shows:
Snow Queen adapted from Hans Christian Andersen story.
Tintypes. A musical conceived by Mary Kyte with Mel Marvin and Gary Pearle
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang
Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
The Seagull by Anton Chekhov. New adaptation by Anya Reiss.
The Technical Director will be expected to build sets for all summer shows, orchestrate load in and load out of sets, as well as striking of sets. The TD will attend all tech rehearsals and all tours of summer shows. General maintenance for and help with renovations on the theatre and the theatre-owned apartment building also expected. Dates: Memorial Day - Labor Day. Salary: $350 per week, housing provided. Send resume and references to Tara Palen at and Karen Kirkham at

Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts is seeking Experienced Stage Managers for its upcoming productions of Hounds of the Baskervilles and Violet. Qualified candidates should send their resume to Salary commensurate with experience.

Douglaston Community Theater (DCT) is seeking a set builder and lighting/sound technician for our Spring show and future productions. Stipend offered. Show is in April/May. The theater is close to the Douglaston LIRR station in Queens. Call Michael Wolf at 718 347-5732, or e-mail resumes to

Deb's Web presents ads as a service to educators & performers in the LI Theater Community.  In no way should they be construed as an endorsement.  Be sure to research each offering thoroughly as Deb's Web will not be held responsible/liable in any way. For a full listing of services click here.

John Engeman Theater in Northport is seeking a part time employee for the box office. This customer service position requires excellent phone skills, computer knowledge and the ability to work with others in a fast paced environment. Flexibility in your schedule is a plus! Applicant should be reliable and able to multi-task. The hours for the position are as follows Tues 10-6, Sat 11-8, and Sun 10-5. Email resume and availability to No phone calls.

Take A Bow in Plainview is looking for a VOICE TEACHER on Weds from 4-6pm for students ages 6-8 years. Applicants must be ready to work in a non-competitive, fun-filled environment, come with a smile and love working with children.  Send resume ASAP to:

For phone numbers to contact the following venues for tickets/info, check out


Shrek @ Plaza Traveling Productions/Showplace @ Bellmore Movie Theatre 2/28

Bluebirds @ John Drew Theatre Guild Hall 3/1

Running Scared, Running Free @ WMHO Cultural Center, Stony Brook 3/2


1776 @ Broadhollow's Bay Way Theatre 2/28

Finnegan’s Farewell @ Township Theatre Group 2/28 - 3/8

I Love You. You're Perfect, Now Change @ Theatre Three 2/28

Legally Blonde Jr. @ Rockaway Theatre Company 2/28

Kiss Me, Kate @ Park Avenue Players 2/28 - 3/8

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Township Theatre Group presents Finnegan’s Farewell an interactive comedy
by Kevin Alexander and Chuck Santoro, the co-creators of Tony n' Tina's Wedding
Father Seamus presides at an unconventional Irish wake complete with eulogies, sing-alongs, lively Irish music, dancing and a surprise twist of the tale!
Feb 28 & March 7 at 8pm; March 1, 7 & 8 at 2pm
Helen Butler Hall @ Dominican Village, 565 Albany Ave, Amityville
Tickets $25, $20 sr/stud
Call 631-213-9832 or visit
FR. SEAMUS McMURPHY … Peter Kilcommons
JIMMY GILBOY … Chris Baker
BRIAN FINNEGAN … Andrew Benjamin
BROOKE LEWIS … Justine Stefanelli
MAX GOLDSTEIN … Akiva Wharton
Production Team
DIRECTOR  … Patrick Sherrard
PRODUCER … Susan Emro
STAGE MANAGER … Denise Hagen
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Theatre Three presents I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
Book and Lyrics by JOE DiPIETRO / Music by JIMMY ROBERTS
412 Main St, Port Jefferson 11777
Box Office: (631) 928-9100 / Group Sales: (631) 928-1130
Feb 28 – March 28 on the Mainstage
Tickets: $15-$30
Lighting Design ROBERT W. HENDERSON, JR.
Stage Manager PETER CASDIA
Musical Direction by JACK KOHL
Directed & Choreographed by STEVE McCOY
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Clare Rose Playhouse presents The Retreat from Moscow
Feb 27, 28 March 1, 6, 7, 8
Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 3pm
Tickets: 631-654-0199.
Directed by Sister Grace Rowland
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BroadHollow Theatre Company presents 1776
BayWay Arts Centre - 265 E Main St, E Islip
Sat, Feb 28, March 7 & 14 at 8pm
Sun, March 1, 8 & 15 at 2:30pm
Fri, March 6 & 13 at 8pm
Wed, March 11 at 2pm
Tickets: $22 adults, $20 srs (over 65) and stud, $14 <12 in advance. All tickets $27 at the door
Info/reservations (631) 581-2700 or
Elmont Theater - 700 Hempstead Tpke, Elmont
Sat, Mar 21, 28 & April 4 at 8pm
Sun, Mar 22 & 29 at 2:30pm
Fri, Mar 27 at 8pm
Wed, Apr. 1 at 2pm & 8pm
Tickets: $25 adults, $23 srs (over 65), $18 stud, $14 <12 in advance. All tickets $28 at the door
Info/reservations (516) 775-4420 or (631) 581-2700 or
The Cast:
Jerry Burke, John Hudson, Tony Davino, Michael Buscemi, Drew Lubeck, Matt Senese, Bob Rabbitt, Kevin H. Keep, Bill Dambra, Rick Grossman*, T. Gregg McClain, Alex Schirling,
Angelo DiBiase, Joe Slater, Daniel Higgins, Lloyd Baum, Scott Earle, Bryan Elsesser, A,J, Sammartino, Jeremy Hudson, Jim Black, James Carey, Brendan Bitler, Hans Hendrickson,
Annie Pasqua, Laurel Brierly, Jenna Wolf
*Appears courtesy of AEA
Witness the birth of a nation as our forefathers struggle to craft the Declaration of Independence. 1776 puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty and ultimately noble figures determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation.
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The Minstrel Players of Northport present Showcase IV
Houghton Hall Theatre at Trinity Episcopal Church, 130 Main St, Northport Village
Sat, March 7 at 8PM
$10 for all seats
631-732-2926 or visit us online at or join us on Facebook. See scenes performed by our child & adult students.
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Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts presents The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Adapted for the Stage By David Pichette and R. Hamilton Wright 
2 E Main St, Smithtown 1787
631-724-3700 /
March 7 - 29
Director...WILLIAM B. KAHN
Sir Charles Baskerville/Mr. Frankland...MICHAEL NEWMAN
Mr. Sherlock Holmes...MARK T. CAHILL
Dr. John Watson...FRANK RUSSO
Dr. James Mortimer...EUGENE DAILEY
Sir Henry Baskerville...JOSEPH J. CAVAGNET
Mrs. Barrymore/Mrs. Hudson...STACI ROSENBERG-SIMONS
Jack Stapleton...JORDAN HUE
Beryl Stapleton...TRACYLYNN CONNER
Tells the story of an attempted murder inspired by the legend of a fearsome, diabolical hound of supernatural origin.
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Hampton Theatre Company presents Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris
Quogue Community Hall
March 12 - 29
Thurs & Fri 7, Sat at 8 and Sun at 2:30
Reservations orl OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111
Special dinner/theater packages in collaboration with the Southampton, Westhampton Beach, Hampton Bays and Quogue libraries. Info available at or through the libraries.
Matt Conlon
Joe Pallister
Ben Schnickel
Rebecca Edana
Juanita Frederick
Shonn McCloud
Anette Michelle Sanders
Production staff:
Sarah Hunnewell directs
Set design by Peter-Tolin Baker
Lighting design by Sebastian Paczynski
Costumes by Teresa LeBrun 
A wickedly funny and provocative play about how the different faces and shades of racism can make a straightforward real estate transaction anything but. The two acts are in fact two separate plays set 50 years apart and spinning off Lorraine Hansberry’s landmark drama, A Raisin in the Sun. With a cast of seven taking on different roles in the play’s two halves, act one is set in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act II is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to stand fast against the onslaught of gentrification.
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Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center presents HARBORFROST ALL STAR COMEDY SHOW
hosted by Joseph Vecsey
Sat, Feb 28 at 8pm
Tickets $20 at or 631-725-9500, Tues-Sat 11am-5pm
Corinne Fisher (Guys We F*****)
Regina DeCicco (Gotham AXS TV)
Chris Clarke (BET Comic View)



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TRIVIA DEPARTMENT  [ed. - is there anyone out there?  should I discontinue the trivia dept.?]


ed. asks...
What famous comedian played the Tin Woodsman in the 1925 silent-movie version of The Wizard of Oz?

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Last Week's Stumper
In the film Niagara, what famous song is being played by the carillon bells while Marilyn Monroe is browsing greeting cards?  Bonus*:  For whom was the song first written and for what film? Super Bonus*: Who were the lyricist and composer?
Answer:  Be My Love
Bonus*:  Mario Lanza; The Toast of New Orleans (1950)
Super Bonus*: lyrics by Sammy Cahn and music by Nicholas Brodzsky
Winner(s): ;- (


Peter Morrison asks...
A famous singing duo starred in a sixties musical adapted from a fifties play about a young man allowed to run wild in a Miami hotel until new guardians take over.  Name the duo, the musical, and the play on which the musical is based.  Bonus*: Who starred in the film adaptation of the play?

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Last Week's Stumper
This actor, now in his late forties, was cast as a comic character in a still-running musical.  One of his early roles was on TV, as the best friend of a young man who has been on Broadway recently.  Name the actor, the musical, and the character he played in it.  Bonus*: Who was his TV best friend, and in what show was his most recent Broadway role?
Answer: Max Casella, The Lion King (Minskoff/New Amsterdam, 11/13/97- ); Timon.
Bonus*:   Neil Patrick Harris; Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Belasco, 4/22/14 - 8/17/14)
Winner(s): ;- (


Frank Tangredi asks...
In 1953, a hit play dealing with a controversial subject became a big hit on Broadway. The male and female leads were played by two unrelated actors with the same last name (which they pronounced differently.) Name the play, the author, and the actors.  Bonus*: What is the often quoted (and parodied) curtain line of the play?

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Last Week's Stumper
Husband and wife TONY Award winners:
He won a TONY for featured actor in a play.  She won three TONYs  for best actress in a play.  Name the couple and the plays for which they won their awards. 
Answer: Hume Cronyn won for Hamlet (1964)
             Jessica Tandy won for A Streetcar Named Desire (1948), The Gin Game (1978) and Foxfire 1983
Winner(s): :- (


Feb. 27, 1964 - Robert Alda and Steve Lawrence open in the musical "What Makes Sammy Run?" at the 54th Street Theatre. It runs for 540 performances.

Feb. 28, 1955 - Bea Arthur, Dody Goodman, Arte Johnson and Chita Rivera ar eamong the stars opening in "Shoestring Revue."

March 2, 1976 - "Bubbling Brown Sugar" brings back the music of Harlem in the '20s and '30s.

March 2, 1995 - The hits of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller are celebrated in "Smokey Joe's Café."

March 3, 1994 - "Damn Yankees" gets revived with Victor Garber (later replaced by Jerry Lewis) and Bebe Neuwirth.

March 5, 1978 - Carol Channing revives "Hello, Dolly!"


ed. asks...
What was Laverne DeFazio's favorite drink on Laverne & Shirley?

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Last Week's Stumper
Which actress won the top prize on the TV quiz show The $64,000 Question?  Bonus*:  What was the subject of the questions?
Answer: Barbara Feldon
Bonus*: Shakespeare
Winner(s): ;- (


ed. asks...
What famous performer first appeared on stage as Earl Knight? Bonus*:Under what circumstances did he use this name? Super Bonus**: What was his real name?
Know the answer(s)? Click here to reply:

Last Week's Stumper
What entertainer, upset at the high level of decibel level of the commercials shown during the TV premiere of one of the entertainer's films, called NBC and ordered an engineer to lower the volume? Bonus*: Name the movie.
Answer:  Barbra Streisand
Bonus*: Prince of Tides
Winner(s):  ;- (

HUMOR submitted by Rich McDermott
Merges:  Combinations of two (or more) show biz titles and the resulting plot.

After getting Katherine Heigl pregnant during a one night stand, deadbeat George Clooney travels the country firing people.

LI birthday/anniversary info by Mary Ellin Kurtz at Send in your birthday/anniversary to get a mention in Deb's Web!
Celebrity births/deaths by Gary Tifeld
Happy Birthday/Anniversary to all you LI Theater Folks

BORN 2/27
Mike & Linda Merritt
Actress Dame Ellen Terry born 1848
Opera singer Enrico Caruso born 1873
Singer Marian Anderson born 1897
Writer John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath) born 1902
Singer Elisabeth Welch born 1904
Actor Franchot Tone born 1905
Actress Joan Bennett (Dark Shadows) born 1910
Musician Dexter Gordon (Round Midnight) born 1923
Actress Joanne Woodward (Rachel, Rachel) is 85
Writer Peter Stone (1776) born 1930
Actress Elizabeth Taylor (National Velvet, …Virginia Woolf, etc.) born 1932
Opera singer Mirella Freni is 80
Actor Howard Hesseman (WKRP in Cincinatti) is 75
Actress Mary Frann (Newhart) born 1943
Actor Carl Anderson (Jesus Christ Superstar) born 1945
Actress Debra Monk (Curtains) is 66
Actor Timothy Spall (Harry Potter…, The King’s Speech) is 58
Actor Grant Shaud (Murphy Brown) is 54
Actor Grant Show (Melrose Place) is 53
Actor Adam Baldwin (My Bodyguard) is 53
Actor Donal Logue (Grounded For Life) is 49
DIED 2/27
Musician Van Cliburn – 2013 – Brain cancer
Actor Dale Robertson (Death Valley Days) – 2013 – Lung cancer
Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood) – 2003 – Stomach cancer
Actor J.T. Walsh (Pleasantville) – 1998 – Heart attack
Actress Lillian Gish – 1993 – Heart attack
Actor Joe Silver – 1989 – Liver cancer
Composer Gene de Paul (Li’l Abner) – 1988
Actor David Huffman – 1985 – Homicide
Actor J. Pat O’Malley – 1985 – Heart condition
Actor Joseph Buloff – 1985

BORN 2/28
Candis Alek
Writer Ben Hecht (The Front Page) born 1894
Director Vincente Minnelli (Gigi) born 1903
Actress Billie Bird (Dear John) born 1908
Actor Zero Mostel (Fiddler on the Roof) born 1915
Actor Charles Durning (Dog Day Afternoon, Tootsie) born 1923
Actor Tom Aldredge (Into the Woods) born 1928
Actor Gavin MacLeod (MTM Show, Love Boat) is 85
Director/Choreographer Tommy Tune (“Nine”) is 76
Actor Frank Bonner (WKRP in Cincinatti) is 73
Actress Kelly Bishop (A Chorus Line, Gilmore Girls) is 71
Actress Stephanie Beacham (Dynasty) is 68
Director Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) is 67
Actress Bernadette Peters (Song & Dance, Into the Woods) is 67
Actress Mercedes Ruehl (Lost in Yonkers, The Fisher King) is 67
Actress Ilene Graff (Mr. Belvedere) is 66
Actor/Comedian Gilbert Gottfried (Aladdin) is 60
Composer William Finn (Falsettos) is 63
Actor John Turturro (Quiz Show) is 58
Actor Brent Barrett (Closer Than Ever) is 58
Actress Marcia Mitzman-Gaven (Tommy, Chess) is 56
Actress Rae Dawn Chong (Quest For Fire) is 54
Actor Robert Sean Leonard (Dead Poet’s Society) is 46
DIED 2/28
Actress Jane Russell (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) – 2011 – Respiratory disease
Actor Todd Duncan (Porgy & Bess) – 1998
Actress/Dancer Ruby Keeler (42nd Street) – 1993 – Cancer
Dancer/Producer Nora Kaye (The Turning Point) – 1987 – Cancer
Actress Zara Cully (The Jeffersons) – 1978 – Cancer
Actor Eddie “Rochester” Anderson (Cabin in the Sky) – 1977 – Heart Ailment
Actor Cecil Kellaway (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner) – 1973
Actress Doretta Morrow (Kismet) – 1968 – Cancer
Actress/Singer Juanita Hall (South Pacific) – 1968 – Diabetes

BORN 3/1
Composer Frederic Chopin born 1810
Actor Robert Clary (Hogan’s Heroes) born 1926
Singer Harry Belafonte is 88
Actress Joan Hackett (Only When I Laugh) born 1934
Actor Robert Conrad (Baa Baa Black Sheep) is 80
Musician/Actor Roger Daltrey (Tommy) is 71
Actor Dirk Benedict (The A-Team) is 70
Actor Alan Thicke (Growing Pains) is 68
Actor/Director Ron Howard (Happy Days, Splash) is 61
Actress Catherine Bach (Dukes of Hazzard) is 61
Actor Timothy Daly (Wings) is 59
Actor Keith McDaniel (NYPD Blue) is 59
Actor Bryan Batt (Mad Men) is 52
Actor Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Skyfall) is 46
Actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Saved by the Bell) is 39
DIED 3/1
Actress Bonnie Franklin (One Day at a Time) – 2013 – Pancreatic cancer
Actress Peggy Hewett (Hollywood/Ukraine) – 2002 – Leukemia
Actor Jackie Coogan (The Addams Family) – 1984 – Heart attack

BORN 3/2
Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel) born 1904
Composer Marc Blitzstein (The Cradle Will Rock) born 1905
Director Martin Ritt (Norma Rae) born 1914
Desi Arnaz (I Love Lucy) born 1917
Actress Jennifer Jones (Song of Bernadette) born 1919
Actor John Cullum (Shenandoah) is 85
Actor Al Waxman (Cagney & Lacey) born 1935
Actress Barbara Luna (One Life To Live) is 76
Actor Jon Finch (Frenzy) born 1941
Producer Peter Guber (Batman, Flashdance) is 73
Singer Lou Reed is 73
Actress Gates McFadden (Star Trek: The Next Generation) is 66
Actor Matthew Laurance (Duet) is 63
Actor Mitchell Laurance (Not Necessarily the News) is 63
Singer Karen Carpenter (Close To You) born 1950
Actress Laraine Newman (SNL) is 63
Singer Jon Bon Jovi is 53
Actor Rober Iler (The Sopranos) is 30
DIED 3/2
Actor Jack Wild (Oliver!) – 2006 – Tongue & throat cancer
Actress Mercedes McCambridge (All the King’s Men) – 2004 – Natural causes
Singer Dusty Springfield (The White Queen of Soul) – 1999 – Breast cancer
Actress Anita Morris (“Nine”) – 1994 – Cancer
Actress Sandy Dennis (Up the Down Staircase) – 1992 – Ovarian cancer
Actor Randolph Scott (The Last of the Mohicans) – 1987

BORN 3/3
Flo Federman
Actress Jean Harlow (Dinner at Eight) born 1911
Writer Jay Presson Allen (Prime of Miss Jean Brodie) born 1922
Actor Edwin Bordo (Annie) is 84
Actor Bobby Driscoll born 1937
Actress Hattie Winston (Becker) is 70
Singer Jennifer Warnes (Up Where We Belong) is 68
Actor Tim Kazurinsky (SNL) is 65
Actress Miranda Richardson (The Crying Game) is 57
Actress Mary Page Keller (Duet) is 54
Former Miss America Suzette Charles is 52
Dancer Nicole Fosse (A Chorus Line) is 52
Actor David Faustino (Married With Children) is 41
Actor Jared Rushton (Big) is 41
Actor Danny Masterson (That 70s Show) is 39
DIED 3/3
Actress Maria Schneider (Last Tango in Paris) – 2011 – Cancer
Actor Horst Bucholz (The Magnificent Seven) – 2003 – Pneumonia
Actor Louis Edmonds (All My Children, Dark Shadows) – 2001 – Respiratory failure
Actor Danny Kaye (The Court Jester) – 1987 – Heart attack
Actress Barbara Ruick (Carousel) – 1974 – Cerebral hemorrhage
Actor William Frawley (I Love Lucy) – 1966 – Heart attack
Actress Alice Pearce (Bewitched) – 1966 - Cancer
Comedian Lou Costello – 1959 – Heart attack

BORN 3/4
Tiffany Morales
Actor Thayer David (Dark Shadows) born 1927
Actor Larry Keith (Titanic) born 1931
Actress Anne Haney (Mrs. Doubtfire) born 1934
Actress Paula Prentiss (The Stepford Wives) is 76
Director Adrian Lyne (Fatal Attraction) is 74
Actress Kay Lenz (Rich Man, Poor Man) is 62
Actress Catherine O’Hara (SCTV, Beetlejuice) is 61
Actor Adrian Zmed (TJ Hooker, Grease 2) is 61
Actress Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond, The Middle) is 57
Actor Mykelti Williamson (Forrest Gump) is 55
Actor Steven Weber (Wings) is 54
Actor Daniel Roebuck (River’s Edge) is 52
Actress Patsy Kensit (Twenty-One) is 47
Chaz Bono is 46
Actor Shaver Ross (Family Matters) is 44
Actress Andrea Bowen (Desperate Housewives) is 25
DIED 3/4
Playwright Horton Foote (The Trip to Bountiful) – 2009 – Natural causes
Grand Ole Opry star Minnie Pearl – 1996 – Stroke
Actor John Candy (Planes, Trains, & Automobiles) – 1994 – Heart attack
Lyricist E.Y. (Yip) Harburg (Finian’s Rainbow) – 1981 – Car accident
Actor Timmy Everett – 1977 – Heart attack

BORN 3/5
Actor Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady) born 1908
Actress Rachel Gurney (Upstairs, Downstairs) born 1920
Actor Jack Cassidy (She Loves Me) born 1927
Actor Ray MacDonnell (All My Children) is 87
Actor James Sikking (Hill Street Blues) is 81
Actor Paul Sand is 80
Actor Dean Stockwell (Quantum Leap) is 79
Actor John Paul Pitoc (Trick) is 41
Actor Jake Lloyd (Star Wars – Episode I: The Phantom Menace) is 26
DIED 3/5
Songwriter Robert B. Sherman (Mary Poppins) – 2012
Actress Peggy Rea (Grace Under Fire) – 2011 – Congestive heart failure
Actor Richard Kiley (Man of LaMancha) – 1999 – Bone marrow disease
Actor Gary Merrill (All About Eve) – 1990 – Lung cancer
Producer Alfred De Liagre Jr. – 1987
Actor William Powell (The Thin Man) – 1984 – Cardiac arrest
Actor John Belushi (Animal House) – 1982 – Overdose
Actor Billy De Wolfe (The Doris Day Show) – 1974 – Cancer
Singer Patsy Cline (Sweet Dreams) – 1963 – Plane crash
Sid Grauman (Built Grauman’s Chinse Theatre on Hollywood Blvd) – 1950 – Coronary

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