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Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is pleased to announce Curtain Up!, Bay Street’s 4th Annual Spring Benefit honoring Patty & Jay Baker and Barbara Slifka at Joe’s Pub in NYC on May 4. The theater’s fourth honors event will be hosted by Artistic Director Scott Schwartz. The benefit will feature a preview of the exciting 2015 summer Mainstage Season, featuring presentations and performances by some of the stars and creators of the new productions, including the World Premiere of THE NEW SINCERITY, a comedy by Alena Smith, to be directed by Bob Balaban; as well as GREY GARDENS, THE MUSICAL, the book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel, lyrics by Michael Korie, and directed by Michael Wilson. The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6pm, followed by the show beginning promptly at 7pm. The program includes a tribute to the honorees as well as a sampling from each of the productions with some of the artists involved.  “Our honorees truly represent the best of what it means to be supporters of the arts,” says Tracy Mitchell, Executive Director, “and we look forward to toasting them at this fun event in NYC.” Tickets $3,000 for VIP Tables to $150 for bar seating. To reserve, contact Kim Fink or Lorien Reese at 631.725.0818 or at

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


The Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island urgently seeks MALE singer/actor ensemble members for its upcoming production of HMS Pinafore. Rehearsals are already in progress.  If interested, email Brenda Santana at

North Fork Community Theatre, 12700 Old Sound Ave, Mattituck 11952 is urgently seeking men for their production of Camelot, now in rehearsal. Men for knights (Dinadan, Sagramore and Lionel, some singing) are sought, as well as an older character actor to play King Pellinore, the bumbling comic relief in the show (no singing.) Rehearsals start immediately and are on Sun-Thurs evenings. Show dates are May 14-31. No pay. Call assistant director Rusty Kransky at (631) 428-6018 if interested.

Second Stage Productions seeks actors for the following roles in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.  Performances are in Merrick from May 8 - 24.  Email Brian at
HYSTERIUM The chief slave in the House of Senex. Comical role for Male, 30-55 yrs old
MILES Captain in the Roman Army.  Male 25 - 40 yrs old
PROTEANS (3)  Do everything/Play everything  Male/Female 18 - 35 yrs old
COURTESANS (4) Courtesans in the House of Lycus - Dance/Comedic Roles Female 18 - 35 yrs old


Broadhollow Theatre Company auditions for a mainstage production of 13 the Musical on Thurs, April 2 from 4-7pm and Sat, April 4 from 11am-2pm at the Broadhollow Theatre, Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke, Elmont.  Seeking performers ages 13-16 and must be at least 13 years of age. Prepare 16 bars, bring sheet music, head shot and resume.  Be prepared to dance.  Performances are Sat, June 6 and Sun, June 7 at the theatre in Elmont.

EastLine Productions auditions on April 6 OR April 9 at 7.30pm, 2123 Wantagh Ave, Wantagh for Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, Tom Stoppard's absurdest tragi-comedy that tells the tale of Hamlet's schoolmates from their perspective. Come take part in a great classic that is not presented as often as it should be. Come ready to read slides from the play. Rehearsals start in late April. Show dates are May 29-31 & June 5-7. Directed by Danny Higgins. If you have any questions, contact us at or 516-749-5047  ALL 16 ROLES OPEN.
ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN - a pair of schoolmates and childhood friends of Hamlet
THE PLAYER - a traveling actor
HAMLET - the Prince of Denmark
TRAGEDIANS - traveling with the Player, including Alfred
KING CLAUDIUS - the King of Denmark, Hamlet's uncle and stepfather
GERTRUDE - the Queen of Denmark, and Hamlet's mother
POLONIUS - Claudius's chief adviser
OPHELIA - Polonius' daughter
HORATIO - a friend and schoolmate of Hamlet
FORTINBRAS - the nephew of the King of Norway

Maggie's Little Theater auditions for Oklahoma! on Thurs, April 9, 7:30-9:30pm & Sat, April 11, noon-4pm at Maggie's Little Theater, St. Margaret Parish School, 66-05 79th Place, Middle Village.  Seeking singers, actors, and dancers. All auditioners should be prepared to sing a show tune of choice, preferably from the score. Sheet music in the correct key is required. Be prepared to learn a dance combination and read a short scene from the show.  Rehearsals begin late April. Performances July 18, 19, 24, 25, 26. Minimum age to audition: 10. For character descriptions & more info:


Need actress 28 - 60 that can do accents for community theater.  Voice impersonations of Joan Rivers, Katherine Hepburn or other famous Hollywood actresses is a plus. Will be doing Monty Python, Firesign Theatre and Saturday Night Live type skits. Our productions are contemporary radio theater that will air on politically liberal radio stations and websites as Mp3s.  April 26 is the production day in the Smithtown area.  Send resume or voice acting samples via Mp3 or on You-Tube.  Contact Mr. Firebird at

SoLuna Studio, 659 Old Willets Path, Hauppauge auditions for its MAIN STAGE production of In the Heights - the Musical on Sat, May 23 from 2-6pm OR Tues, May 26 from 5-10pm (Those auditioning should be prepared for call backs on Wed, May 27 from 5-10pm) YOU MUST CALL TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION TIME 631-761-6602. Prepare 32 bars of a song from the show or of the same musical genre. Also come prepared to move/dance. Seeking Ages 16-59. Rehearsals are Mon, Tues & Wed from 6-10pm (starting June 1). PERFORMANCES: July 10 - 26 ( ALL ROLES OPEN and Seeking diverse cast of all types & ethnicity. 
Cast Breakdown
Usnavi - owner of De La Vega’s Bodega (MUST BE ABLE TO RAP EXTREMELY WELL)
Sonny - Usnavi’s younger cousin; works at bodega
Nina Rosario - freshman at Stanford University; daughter of Kevin and Camilia Rosario
Kevin Rosario - Nina’s father; owner of Rosario’s Car and Limousine
Camila Rosario - Nina’s mother; co-owner of Rosario’s Car and Limousine
Benny - Usnavi’s friend; works at Rosario’s Car and Limousine; African American
Abuela - Claudia – raised Usnavi and Sonny
Daniela - owner of Daniela’s Salon
Carla - hairdresser at Daniela’s Salon
Vanessa - Usnavi’s love interest; works at salon
Piragua Guy - local piragua vendor
Graffiti Pete - local graffiti artist
Ensemble - residents of Washington Heights (strong dancers & vocalists)

SoLuna Studio, 659 Old Willets Path, Hauppauge auditions for its MAIN STAGE production of Green Day's American Idiot - the Musical on Sat, May 23 from 2-6pm OR Tues, May 26 from 5-10pm (Those auditioning should be prepared for call backs on Wed, May 27 from 5-10pm) YOU MUST CALL TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION TIME 631-761-6602. Prepare 32 bars of a song from either production or of the same musical genre. Also come prepared to move/dance. Seeking ages 16 - 39. Rehearsals are Thurs 6-9pm and Sat 3-6pm. Performances July 31 - Aug 16. ( ALL ROLES OPEN
Cast Breakdown
St Jimmy (seeking a female for this production)
Extraordinary Girl
Ensemble (Solo parts for strong vocalists and dancers)

St. Kilian Players audition for Kiss Me Kate on Fri, April 10 and Sun, April 12 from 7:30-9PM in the basement of St. Kilian Church,-485 Conklin St, Farmingdale.  Looking for high school age and above.  Prepare 16 bars of music.  Questions?  Contact us at


ASSUMPTIONS, a new musical by Matthew W. Surico and Meagan Materazo, is having its World Premiere this Aug 12 and 13 at CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale. Rehearsal schedule still unclear. Willing to work around some conflicts. Interested actors may submit headshot and resume to Still looking to cast JARED (lead, Tenor) - high school student, comes out of the closet as the story progresses. Stubborn and hard-headed, Jared learns about the consequences of his actions as his world is turned upside down. Looking for an actor who can convincingly play high school (can be actual high school male or older) and has a fun personality.

Casting Call for a live performance Teaser Trailer Rolling In Water Mill to be performed in Bridgehampton Mother's Day wknd - Fri & Sat night. Auditions by appt. Text Joe 516-852-1528.
Jesus - Son of God
June - Older woman owner of candy Store
Jack - 40-50 farmer 
Edna - 38-50 Lead; religious, must be able to sing a Frank Sinatra song


South Shore Day Camp looking for a Musical Director for summer Theatre Camp production of You're a Good Man Charlie Brown. (6/30-8/15)
Contact Jean-Marie at

Merrick Theatre and Center for The Arts is looking for a Musical Director for The Sound of Music. If interested, call 516-868-6400.

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


Herricks Community Players needs stage crew for Young Frankenstein. No experience necessary- Just a willing attitude and desire to get involved. We need people for Tech week rehearsals ( April 25- May 1) and for all 7 performances May 2, 3, 8, 9, 15,16 & 17. Opportunity to see the show for free! More info - email margostagemanager@

Oceanside Library, 30 Davison Ave 11572 is currently seeking directors to participate in its Script-in-hand Theatre series. We are presenting monthly performances using a rotation of directors. Material is chosen by the director, subject to library approval. Casting by the director: can be open auditions or you can come with a cast. The library  provides rehearsal space, marketing and funding for licenses and scripts. Our season has included/will include Art, Doubt: A Parable and Collected Stories. For more info, contact Tony Iovino, Supervisor of Community Services at

Broadhollow Theatre Company is seeking stage managers for our upcoming summer seasons at our locations in East Islip and Elmont.  Interested parties should forward a resume to  Compensation provided.

SoLuna Studio, 659 Old Willets Path, Hauppauge is looking for an Asst Director, Asst Musical Director, Asst Choreographer, Stage Manager, Costumer & Social Media Manager for our summer season of IN THE HEIGHTS (May 23 - July 26 M/T/W) & AMERICAN IDIOT (May 23 - Aug 16 Th/Sat) Those who apply should be well organized, assertive, and responsible. MUST be at all rehearsals with limited conflicts. These are non-paying positions. Great experience for those in HS, College or looking to gain experience during the summer. Email (Att: Karen Braun) with cover letter explaining what show you would like to work on and in which job position. Attach resume with any work/theatre experience.


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

All genres of shows are welcome. If your show has already had a run (in theaters or in other festivals) you can still participate, but only with a completely new cast and crew. Runs from June 15 - Aug 31. For info or to submit go to:

Manhattan Repertory Theatre Summer One Act Play Competition
Seeking fully produced one act plays (cast, directed and ready to perform) 7-20 minutes in length
June 10 - July 1 at Manhattan Rep, 303 W 42nd St
EACH PLAY WILL BE GIVEN A MINIMUM OF 4 PERFORMANCES, (And an add'l 4 performances if the play goes on to the FINALS - June 30 & July 1)
To submit your one act play production: The complete play, a synopsis of the play, the character breakdown, the running time of the play, the set and lighting requirements, the playʼs production history (if it has been produced before and where), your mailing address, and a creative team leader contact email address to: by FRI, May 1 at Midnight. Put “Summer One Act Competition” in the subject heading. We will contact you within a week as to your acceptance. Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis. The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before May 1, if we fill up all available performance slots.  There is no submission fee. NON-EQUITY ONLY. We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights. Once accepted, there will be a $150 participation fee. There will be NO additional security fees or Manhattan Repertory Theatre based production fees. For more info log on to:

16th Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival
Last chance for this Summer's festival of one-acts, known as the MITF Short Subjects, curated in person by Festival executive producer John Chatterton. Short Subjects must be 60 minutes or less and are performed in the same spaces as the full-lengths. Short subjects don't pay an application fee, and the participation fee is only $100. They get most of the same perks as full-lengths, except for free rehearsal time (they can pay for unlimited discounted time) and marketing consultation. Short Subjects are also limited to non-union productions. They receive half the profits from their performances. To develop innovative theatre, the MITF is devoted to keeping costs for participants down, starting with such benefits as 20 hours’ FREE rehearsal space for full-length shows, FREE storage, FREE showcase insurance, and more. For full details, go to

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Smithtown Performing Arts Center is seeking an enthusiastic and energetic person to serve as Vocal Instructor for its Summer Theater Program. Position includes teaching group voice classes to ages 7-18 and serving as vocal director/pianist/conductor for end of session showcases.  Seeking a teaching artist who possesses the ability to work as part of a strong creative team. Applicants should be comfortable working quickly in a demanding environment, while at the same time providing a supportive, nurturing experience for students and should have experience as a voice teacher and also as a theatrical musical director. Strong piano skills required. Program dates are June 29 - Aug 29. Camp runs Mon-Fri 9am-3pm. Instructors are required to be at the theater by 8:30am and should plan on staying until at least 3:30pm daily for planning. Full day trip into NYC to see a B'way show on July 8, July 29 & Aug 19. Sat morning showcases on July 18, Aug 8 & Aug 29. Salary commensurate with experience. Send letter of interest and resume to Cara Brown, Program Director,

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


The Birthday Party @ South Shore Theatre Experience 4/4

18th Annual Festival of One-Acts @ Theatre Three 4/4

1776 @ Broadhollow Elmont Theatre 4/4


My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish, I'm In Therapy @ Theatre Three 4/8


David Houston's Literary Entertainments presents The Museum of Extraordinary Things - a radio-style performance reading
from the book by Alice Hoffman for Long Island Reads 2015
David's reading partners are Melanie Lipton and Diana Heinlein
Mon, April 6, 7pm (Melanie) — Comsewogue PL, Port Jeff Station
Tues, April 7, 10:30am (Melanie) — Franklin Square Public Library
Wed, April 8, 2pm (Diana) — Jericho Public Library
Thurs, April 9, 2pm (Diana) — Long Beach Public Library
Fri, April 10, 12:15pm (Melanie) — Port Washington Public Library
Mon, April 13, 2pm (Diana) — Great Neck Public Library
Tues, April 14, 12:30pm (Melanie) — East Meadow Public Library
Thurs, April 16, 2pm (Diana) — Manhasset Public Library
Tues, April 21, 1pm (Diana) — Hewlett Woodmere Public Library
Thurs, April 23, 2:30pm (Diana) — West Babylon Public Library
Mon, April 27, 2pm (Melanie) — Elmont Public Library
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Arena Players Repertory Theatre presents The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh
Vanderbilt Estate Carriage House, 180 Little Neck Rd, Centerport 11721
April 17, 19, 24, 25, 26, and May 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10
8pm Fri/Sat and 3pm Sun
Tickets: $20 Fri/Sun; $25 Sat
Reservations/info (516) 293-0674
Mag Folan ………….………Judith Anderson
Maureen Folan…..………..….Mary Caulfield
Ray Dooley...…...………..…….…Joe Lesko
Pato Dooley………...…...Charles Calabrese
This comedy / tragedy centers on the life of Maureen Folan, a 40 year-old spinster who takes care of her selfish and manipulative 70 year-old mother, Mag.  Maureen's sisters have escaped into marriage and family life, but Maureen, with a history of mental illness, is trapped in a seriously dysfunctional relationship with her mother.
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Long Beach Theatre Guild presents Fiddler on the Roof
Temple Emanu-El, 455 Neptune Blvd, Long Beach.
April 18 & 25 at 7:30pm
April 19 & 26 at 3pm
Tickets: $18 Adults; $15 Srs/Youth in advance; $2 add'l charge at the door. or (516)432-2600
Directed by Peter Triolo
Musical Direction by Reagan Stone
Produced by Lisa Simon-Weitz and Nancy Sullivan
Choreographed by Barbara Weiss
Tim Smith as Tevye
Dara Lifschutz as Golde
Ariana Wolfson as Tzeitel
Tommy Larson as Motel
Gabrielle Georgescu as Hodel
Pat McLaughlin as Perchik
Mark Goldman as Lazar Wolf
Nicole Blatt as Chava
Michael Weiss as Fyedka
Pam Madison as Yente
Set in the small village of Anatevka, the story follows Tevye, a poor dairyman, who tries to instill in his five daughters the values and traditions of his close-knit Jewish community in the midst of a changing society and the growing anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia
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Minstrel Players of Northport present Kaufman’s & Hart’s The Man Who Came to Dinner
Houghton Hall Theatre, Trinity Episcopal Church, 130 Main St, Northport Village
Sat: 4/25 & 5/2 at 8PM
Sun: 4/26 & 5/3 at 3PM
Tickets: $20 Adults; $15 Srs/Children; Group rates (10 or more) available
631-732-2926 /
Ralph Carideo…Banjo/Convict
Jim Connors…Mr. Stanley
Evan Donnellan…Bert Jefferson
Brian Hartwig... Beverly/Professor Metz/Expressman
Tricia Ieronimo…Mrs. Stanley
Alicia James... Lorraine Sheldon
Maris Kastan…Nurse Preen
Nicole Levine… Mrs. McCutcheon/Detective
Robert Olivier… John the Butler
Mikal Oltedal… Richard Stanley
Ray Palen… Sheridan Whiteside
Michael Puglisi... Choir
Olivia Puglisi... Choir
Lisa Radgowski... Sarah the Cook (4/25,5-2-5/3)
Violet Radgowski… Choir
Grace Reuschle…Choir
Valerie Rowe… Sarah the Cook (4/26)
Jerold Snyder…Dr. Bradley
Gabriella Stevens… June Stanley
Ceara Lee Taylor... Harriet Stanley
Michelle Torres… Maggie
Production Staff:
Ray Palen…Director
Christina Fink…Asst. Director
Debbie Palen…House Manager
Rob Cashman…Technical Director
Esteban Lopez …Stage Manager
Bernie Caprera…Lights
Daniel Schappert...Crew
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CM Performing Arts Center presents The Full Monty
May 9 - 31
at the Noel S. Ruiz Theatre
Info/ticket prices/show dates-times 631-218-2810 or
*Contains brief male nudity and adult situations and language*
Production Team:
Director and Choreographer - Kristen Digilio
Musical Director - Matthew Surico
Stage Manager - Barbara Tiernan
Brodie Centauro as Jerry Lukowski
Sean Burbige as Dave Bukatinsky
Marc Slomowitz as Tony Giordano/Dave (US)
Andrew Smith as Malcolm MacGregor
Patrick Grossman as Ethan Girard
Van Whitaker as Noah "Horse" T. Simmons
Joseph Morris as Harold Nichols
Zack Buscemi as Buddy "Keno" Walsh
Anthony Pizzuti as Buddy (US)
Corey Martin as Teddy Slaughter/Marty
Joseph Montano as Reg Willoughby
Austin Levine as Nathan Lukowski
Jess Ader as Georgie Bukatinsky
Bidalia Albanese as Vicki Nichols
Heather Van Velsor as Pam Lukowski
Linda Pentz as Jeanette Burmeister
M.E. Junge as Estelle Genovese
Kaylyn Lewis as Susan Hershey
Terry Brennan as Joanie Lish/Molly
Emily Dowdell as Joanie/Molly (US)
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Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts presents the 2nd Annual New Works Festival
curated by Scott Schwartz, Artistic Director and Will Pomerantz, Associate Artistic Director
Complimentary with a donation requested
Panel discussion and cocktail reception $10 - Tickets at or 631-725-9500, Tue-Sat 11am-5pm
The three-day festival will include readings of plays in development by some of New York’s most exciting emerging playwrights and a new version of a musical that originally premiered in 1997. The purpose of the festival is to give the playwrights a chance to hear their works in development in front of an audience and to give the audience at Bay Street and East End Community a chance to experience cutting edge voices in the theater. Each play will be read by professional actors in its entirety. This year, the Festival will be focused around the theme of “rediscovery.” Two of the three works to be presented have had initial productions, but they are still in the process of development as the writers continue to revise and rediscover their work. Each reading will be followed by a talkback with time for the playwrights and the audience to ask questions of each other and share their reactions to the play. The plays in the festival will be A Delicate Ship by Anna Ziegler, The Green Heart, A Musical with book by Charles Busch and music and lyrics by Rusty Magee, and Plane Play by Julia Brownell.
There will also be an Artist Interact – a Panel Discussion moderated by Tony Award winning producer Ken Davenport and featuring the creators of The Green Heart about the process of developing new musicals and rediscovering and reshaping musicals over the course of years and multiple productions. The panel, to be held at 7 pm on Saturday, April 25, will be followed by a cocktail reception at Bay Street where the audience can meet the writers and other artists involved with the readings.
APRIL 24 7pm Reading 1 – A DELICATE SHIP by Anna Ziegler
A DELICATE SHIP had its world premiere in March-April 2014 at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Sarah and Sam are lovers happily discovering each other. Sarah and Nate have been best friends since childhood and maybe something more. But when Nate shows up unannounced on Sarah’s doorstep, she’s left questioning what and who she wants in this humorous and heartbreaking look at love, memory and the decisions that alter the course of our lives. 
APRIL 25 3pm Reading 2 – THE GREEN HEART by Charles Busch and Rusty Magee
               7pm Panel Discussion followed by cocktail reception
THE GREEN HEART is a dark comic musical based on a short story by Jack Ritchie. Originally presented in the late 1990’s, this presentation features a revised libretto by Charles Busch and previously unheard music and lyrics by the late Rusty Magee. The reading will be directed by Carl Andress with musical direction by Paul Masse. The musical revolves around William Graham, a selfish, egotistical millionaire, who discovers to his dismay that he has run through his entire inheritance! He is flat broke. So, along with his glamorous, Teutonic mistress, Uta, he gets a brainstorm that he will marry an older, wealthy woman who will unwittingly support them both. Bill subsequently latches onto Henrietta, a hopelessly eccentric Professor of Botany and the heiress to a large fortune. Bill marries Henrietta and moves into her mansion. But as he extricates her from the exploitive clutches of her corrupt lawyer, Adam McPherson, and her sinister housekeeper, Mrs.Tragger, Bill finds to his amazement, that he is falling in love with his wife. Uta, McPherson and Tragger then scheme and double-cross each other to gain control of Henrietta’s fortune in an ingenious plot that is married to a delightful and funny score!
APRIL 26 3pm Reading 3 – PLANE PLAY by Julia Brownell
PLANE PLAY will have its first public reading as part of The Festival. When his wife skips town with her yoga instructor, Josh suddenly finds himself navigating life as a single dad of a newborn and his 17-year old stepson. Luckily, Josh's mom Jane has chosen this moment to fly into town... except she arrives with more than just her carry-on, hauling a lifetime of alcoholic, narcissistic baggage that has severely damaged their relationship. Determined to make up for the past, Jane bombards her aimless, grieving son and his kids with the full force of her riotous sense of humor and relentless cheer in this hilarious and moving new play about a family at their very worst, trying their very best.
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The Comedy Club @ Theatre Three
Sat, April 4 @ 8PM
An evening with Keith Anthony
Direct from the NYC comedy scene; Showtime, A&E, National headliner
Plus Special guest comedians including
Maria Walsh - America's Naughtiest Mommy
TICKETS $30 631-928-9100



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ed. asks...
In what film did Dorothy Lamour first don a sarong?

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Last Week's Stumper
We all know that Mel Brook wrote and directed Blazing Saddles, but who co-wrote the 1974 film?
Answer: Richard Pryor 
Winner(s): Jeff Pangburn, Michael McAuliffe, Rick Grossman


Peter Morrison asks...
Which famous playwright wrote book and lyrics for a musical about the relationship between a housemaid and a young boy?  What was the title of the show?
Bonus*:  What is the playwright's major nonmusical work?

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Last Week's Stumper
In the 1940's there took place on Broadway an experimental genre which was referred to by later historians as "opera on Broadway", original operas by American composers, some of which have endured the test of time, i.e. been revived or, at least, recorded with new casts. (One such opera is Giancarlo Menotti's The Saint of Bleecker Street.)  Which of these operas was based on a play by Lillian Hellman?  On which play is it based?  Who wrote the music?  Bonus*:  One of the dancers in the opera went on to become a famous Broadway choreographer?  Who is she, and which was the first musical she choreographed?
Answer:  Regina (46th Street, 10/31/49-12/16/49, 56 perfs.); based on Hellman's The Little Foxes;  Marc Blitzstein
Bonus*:  Onna White; Carmen Jones
Winner(s): Michael Manuelian*, Frank Tangredi, Lloyd Baum*


Frank Tangredi asks...
What was the only play by an Asian American writer to win the Tony Award for Best Play? Who wrote it?
Bonus*: What actor won a Tony for his role in this play?

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Last Week's Stumper
[ed. - there was no non-musical question last week.]


April 4, 1964 - Angela Lansbury, Lee Remick & Harry Guardino star in Stephen Sondheim's "Anyone Can Whistle," which only gives 9 performances at the Majestic Theatre.

April 4, 1971 - Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" opens at the Winter Garden Theatre. Dorothy Collins, Alexis Smith and Yvonne De Carlo stars for 522 performances.

April 5, 1962 - Jason Robards Jr. and Sandy Dennis star in "A Thousand Clowns."

April 6, 1995 - The two-character play "Having Our Say" based on Sarah Delany's book about herself and her sister opens.

April 7, 1964 - Beatrice Lillie makes her final Broadway appearance in "High Spirits."

April 8, 1990 - Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Aspects of Love" gives it a go.

April 8, 1992 - "Five Guys Named Moe" celebrates the music of Louis Jordan.

April 9, 1972 - The Jule Styne-Bob Merrill musical "Sugar," which is based on the movie "Some Like It Hot," opens with Tony Roberts, Robert Morse and Elaine Joyce.


ed. asks...
Name the actor who played the four-foot-tall, hairy Cousin Itt on TV's The Addams Family?

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Last Week's Stumper
What TV show featured the radio station KBHR?  Bonus*: What TV show featured the radio station KJCM?
Answer:  Northern Exposure
Bonus*:  Midnight Caller
Winner(s): Lloyd Baum*


ed. asks...
Who sang the theme song on TV's The Love Boat?

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Last Week's Stumper
Half-way through the run of this 1950's musical, the female star succumbed to cancer.  On her deathbed, she requested that her male co-star's name be given top billing, a request which the producers honored.  Name the musical, the female star, and the male co-star. Bonus*: Can you name the TV talk show which the male co-star directed before he became a Broadway star?
Answer: The King and I, Gertrude Lawrence, Yul Brynner
Bonus*: We Take Your Word
Winner(s):  Lloyd Baum*, Rick Grossman

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

Admiral Halsey quickly defeats the Japanese in battle, then purposely maims his hand to get a medical discharge, return to his vaudeville roots and play the Palace.

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Celebrity births/deaths by Gary Tifeld
Happy Birthday/Anniversary to all you LI Theater Folks

BORN 4/3
Lori Beth Belkin
Michael Davis
Timmy Kenyon
Composer Sherman Edwards (1776) born 1919
Actor Marlon Brando (A Streetcar Named Desire) born 1924
Actress/singer Doris Day (Que Sera Sera) is 91
Actress Miyoshi Umeki (Flower Drum Song) born 1929
Singer Jan Berry (Jan and Dean) born 1941
Actor Eric Braeden (The Young and the Restless) is 74
Actress Marsha Mason (The Goodbye Girl) is 73
Singer Wayne Newton is 73
Singer Tony Orlando (Tie a Yellow Ribbon…) is 71
Actor Perry King (The Lords of Flatbush) is 67
Actress Anne DeSalvo (Gemini, Arthur) is 66
Actor Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) is 57
Actor David Hyde-Pierce (Frasier, Curtains) is 56
Comedian-actor Eddie Murphy (Beverly Hills Cop, SNL) is 54
Actress Jennie Garth (Beverly Hills 90210) is 43
Actor Aries Spears (Mad TV) is 40
DIED 4/3
Screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (A Room With a View) – 2013 – Pulmonary complications
Singer Sarah Vaughan – 1990 – Lung cancer
Composer Kurt Weill (Threepenny Opera) – 1950 – Heart attack

BORN 4/4
Actress Ben Benaderet (The Flintstones, Petticoat Junction) born 1906
Actress Elizabeth Wilson (9 to 5) is 94
Composer Elmer Bernstein (The Magnificent Seven) born 1922
Author-poet Maya Angelou born 1928
Actress Estelle Harris (Seinfeld) is 83
Actor Anthony Perkins (Psycho) born 1932
Actress/Dancer Susan Luckey (The Music Man, Carousel) born 1938
Actor Walter Charles (A Christmas Carol) is 70
Actress Caroline McWilliams (Benson) born 1945
Actor Craig T. Nelson (Coach, Poltergeist) is 69
Actress Christine Lahti (Chicago Hope) is 65
Actress Cherie Lunghi (Excalibur) is 63
Actress/Singer Laurie Beechman (Joseph…Dreamcoat) born 1954
Writer/Producer David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, The Practice) is 59
Actor Phil Morris (Seinfeld) is 56
Actor Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, Priscilla…) is 55
Actor Robert Downey Jr. (Chaplin, Iron Man) is 50
Actress Nancy McKeon (The Facts of Life, The Division) is 49
Actor Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan) is 45
Actress Natasha Lyonne (Slums of Beverly Hills) is 36
Actor Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight, Brokeback Mountain) born 1979
DIED 4/4
Film critic Roger Ebert (At the Movies) – 2013 – cancer
Director Bob Clark (A Christmas Story, Porky’s) – 2007 – Car accident
Actress Gloria Swanson (Sunset Boulevard) – 1983 – Natural causes
Actor Edgar Buchanan (Petticoat Junction) – 1979 – Stroke

BORN 4/5
The Late Andy Squazzo
Actor Spencer Tracy (Inherit the Wind) born 1900
Actor Melvyn Douglas (Being There) born 1901
Actress Bette Davis (All About Eve, Jezebel) born 1908
Producer Albert R. Broccoli (James Bond series) born 1909
Actor Gregory Peck (To Kill A Mockingbird) born 1916
Novelist Arthur Hailey (Airport) born 1920
Actress Gale Storm (My Little Margie) born 1922
Actor Christopher Hewett (The Producers, Mr. Belvedere) born 1922
Actor/Playwright Michael V. Gazzo (The Godfather) born 1923
Movie producer Roger Corman (Little Shop of Horrors) is 89
Actor Nigel Hawthorne (Madness of King George) born 1929
Impressionist-actor Frank Gorshin (Say Goodnight Gracie) born 1933
Actor Michael Moriarty (Law & Order) is 74
Writer-director Peter Greenaway (Prospero’s Books) is 73
Actor Max Gail (Barney Miller) is 72
Actress Tasia Valenza (All My Children) is 47
DIED 4/5
Actor Charlton Heston (Planet of the Apes, Ben-Hur, etc.) – 2008 - Alzheimer’s disease
Singer Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) – 1994 – Suicide
Actress Molly Picon (Come Blow Your Horn) – 1992 – Alzheimer’s disease

BORN 4/6
Composer/Lyricist Leo Robin (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) born 1900
Actor Phil Leeds born 1916
Actor Gordon Chater born 1922
Actor/Singer Sergio Franchi (Do I Hear A Waltz?) born 1926
Musician Gerry Mulligan born 1927
Actor Ivan Dixon (Hogan’s Heroes) born 1931
Actor Helmut Griem (Cabaret) born 1932
Actor Billy Dee Williams (Empire Strikes Back) is 78
Singer Merle Haggard (Okie From Muskogee) is 78
Actor Roy Thinnes (X-Files) is 77
Director Barry Levinson (Diner) is 73
Actor John Ratzenberger (Cheers) is 68
Actress Patrika Darbo (In the Line of Fire) is 67
Actress Marilu Henner (Taxi) is 63
Actor Michael Rooker (JFK) is 60
Musician John Pizzarelli is 55
Actor Ken Hudson Campbell (Armageddon) is 52
Actress Ari Meyers (Kate & Allie) is 46
Actor Paul Rudd (Clueless, Anchorman) is 46
Actor Jason Hervey (The Wonder Years) is 43
Actor Zach Braff (Scrubs, Garden State) is 40
DIED 4/6
Actor Mickey Rooney (Sugar Babies, Andy Hardy, etc.) – 2014 – Natural causes)
Actress Mary Anderson (Gone With the Wind) – 2014 – Stroke
Actor Corin Redgrave – 2010
Writer/Producer Stan Daniels (Cheers, The MTM Show) – 2007 – Heart failure
Singer Tammy Wynette (Stand By Your Man) - 1998 - Blood clot
Punk rocker Wendy O. Williams (The Plasmatics) - 1998 - Suicide
Actress Greer Garson (Mrs. Miniver) - 1996 - Heart failure

BORN 4/7
Pauline Gough
Matt Robins
Musician Percy Faith born 1908
Singer Billie Holiday born 1915
Actor R.G. Armstrong (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) born 1917
Director Alan J. Pakula (Sophie's Choice) born 1928
Actor James Garner (The Rockford Files) born 1928
Actor Andrew Sachs (Fawlty Towers) is 85
Actor Wayne Rogers (M*A*S*H) is 82
Actor Ian Richardson (Marat/Sade) born 1934
Talk Show Host David Frost born 1939
Director Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather) is 76
Singer Janis Ian is 64
Actor Jackie Chan (Rush Hour) is 61
Actor Russell Crowe (Gladiator, Les Miserables) is 51
Actor Matt Servitto (The Sopranos) is 50
DIED 4/7
Newscaster Mike Wallace (60 Minutes) – 2012 – Natural causes
Actor Barry Nelson (Airport) – 2007
Actor Victor Argo (Anna in the Tropics) – 2004 – Lung cancer
Actor David Graf (Police Academy) - 2001 - Cardiac arrest
Actress Beatrice Straight (Network) - 2001 - Pneumonia
Actress Theda Bara (Cleopatra) - 1955 - Abdominal cancer
P.T. Barnum - 1891 - Heart failure

BORN 4/8
Actress Mary Pickford born 1892
Lyricist E.Y. (Yip) Harburg (Finian's Rainbow) born 1896
Actress Ilka Chase (Cinderella) born 1905
Singer Carmen McRae born 1922
Actor Edward Mulhare (The Ghost & Mrs. Muir) born 1923
Comedian Shecky Greene is 89
Actor John Gavin (Psycho) is 87
Lyricist Fred Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago) born 1928
Actor Jack O'Halloran (Superman) is 72
Actor Stuart Pankin (Dinosaurs) is 69
Actor/Comedian Tim Thomerson is 69
Actor Jim Piddock (Mad About You, Noises Off) is 59
Actor John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard) is 55
Actor Richard Hatch (Battlestar Gallactica) is 54
Singer Julian Lennon (Valotte) is 52
Actress Robin Wright (The Princess Bride) is 49
Actress Patricia Arquette (Medium, Boyhood) is 47
Actor Taran Noah Smith (Home Improvement) is 31
DIED 4/8
Actress Annette Funicello – 2013 – Multiple sclerosis
Actor Stanley Kamel (Monk) – 2008 – Heart attack
Actress Claire Trevor (Key Largo) - 2000 - Respiratory ailments
Singer Laura Nyro - 1997 - Ovarian cancer
Actor Ben Johnson (The Last Picture Show) - 1996 - Heart attack
Singer Marian Anderson - 1993 - Congestive heart failure
Writer Burt Shevelove (…Forum) – 1982

BORN 4/9
Mark & Linda Warner
Actor/Dancer Robert Helpmann (The Red Shoes) born 1909
Actor Jean-Paul Belmondo is 82
Comedian Avery Schreiber born 1935
Actress Michael Learned (The Waltons) is 76
Screenwriter Ted Tally (Silence of the Lambs) is 63
Actor Dennis Quaid (The Big Easy, Far From Heaven) is 61
Actress Cynthia Nixon (Sex & the City, Wit) is 49
Actress Keshia Knight-Pulliam (The Cosby Show) is 36
DIED 4/9
Director Sidney Lumet (Network, 12 Angry Men, etc.) – 2011 – Lymphoma
Actor Mienhardt Raabe (The Wizard of Oz) – 2010 – Car accident
Writer Helene Hanff (84 Charing Cross Road) - 1997 - Pneumonia
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