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One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized, and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered. ~ Michael J. Fox


Congratulations to LI Director/Choreographer/Performer Jessy (Waller) Gill and her husband, LI Performer Brian Gill, who are expecting their first child, a son, in February.
[ed. - Congratulations to Director Marian Waller as well, who will be a first-time Grandma!]


From Mary Ellin Kurtz
I rescued six 4-week-old abandoned kittens in the horrific August rainstorm. I’m fostering them in my home but I can’t keep them since I already have 7 cats. They’re completely adorable, very social and have wonderful purrrrsonalities. Two are spoken for & I’m currently casting for loving families for the others – three darling boys and a very girly girl. Here are their bios & headshots:
Cocoa Puff – a boy, very dark brown, white chin, chest, toes & whiskers. He has a tiny voice & loves playtime & cuddling on laps & necks. Loves his formula and big-boy cat food.
Stormy – a boy, very dark brown, white moustache, chest, toes & whiskers. Very vocal with lots of comments to share, full of energy & fun but loves cuddling on laps & necks.
Squeak – A fluffy black & white boy with a tiny squeaky voice. Very mellow & chill, nothing bothers him. Loves his food & gets as much ON him as in him, and likes curling up in the dry food bowl. Loves cuddles & playing with his sibs & mousie toys.
Sweet Pea – the fluffy black & white girly girl. Goal-oriented & vocal, lets you know what’s on her mind, rassles right along with the boys, loves her formula and nuzzling faces & necks. She really is a sweet pea.
They're now about 6 weeks old and I’m treating them for ringworm, a very common thing. Once that’s done and they’re fully weaned & litter-box trained, they’ll be ready for forever homes, probably in 2-3 weeks. Please email me at or inbox me on facebook- you KNOW you want a sweet keetain or two!  =^..^=

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


Gingersnap, a video production and post production company, which produces videos for advertising agencies is producing a 'spec' commercial for Lipton Ice Tea. If Lipton likes it, they will use it as a commercial on the web with potential to be broadcast.  It will be shot in the director's backyard in Kings Park. The scene is an all American backyard barbecue celebrating Memorial Day and everyone is drinking Lipton.  Need to cast ASAP as we will be shooting Fri, Sept 5 or Sun, Sept 7. Casting in Kings Park on Fri, 8/29 (all day) and Sat, 8/30 (10am-2pm). Call Aubrey Smyth, CEO/Director  Gingersnap 631-375-8103.
Lipton Iced Tea Commercial "Surprise Summer Splash"
Young girl age 7-10 (main character)
Young girl age 7-10 (main character)
Young boy age 9-10 (supporting role)
2 or 3 pairs of Mom & Dad (speaking roles)
Grandma and Grandpa
2-3 Women in 20s
2-3 Men in 20s
Teenagers & Extras
Looking to have all different nationalities.

The Patchogue Theater seeks one male thirty-something actor/singer for a Sept 17 paid performance. Call Howard ASAP at (631) 675-0565 for audition appt. More info about the show is here:

Eastline Productions, 2123 Wantagh Ave, Wantagh is looking for two men to play Michael and Alan in Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage.  40’s—early 50’s. (Each has an 11 year old son).  Performance dates Sept 19, 20, 21 and 26, 27 and 28 at the theater.
Michael (James Gandolfini on B'way) is an entrepreneur, rough around the edges, who sells kitchen and bathroom supplies
Alan (Jeff Daniels on B'way) is a slick corporate attorney for a pharmaceuticals company.
They and their wives (these roles are already cast) meet to discuss a playground incident where one of their sons hit the other with a stick, dislodging several teeth.  Despite good intentions, the discussions degenerate quickly and the two couples wind up fighting to dark comic effect.  For more info or to schedule a reading, email the director, Patrick A. Reilly, at


Chamber of Horrors New York auditions on Fri, Aug 29 @ 7PM & Sat, Aug 30 @ 11AM at Matt Guiliano's Play Like a Pro, 1745 Express Dr N, Hauppauge.  Bring yourself and be prepared to improv with the other actors. This is more of a fun group audition where we can see how you interact with strangers. This is a fun Halloween position for experienced actors (preferred, but not required). We are open every weekend in Oct (starting on Oct 3) and Nov 1 & 2 (Dead of Night Event). *YOU MUST be at least 18 YEARS OF AGE to work this event.* Do not attend the audition if you are not prepared to be in front of your fellow actors at the audition. Do not attend if you do not plan to work every weekend. We need actors who can commit to the entire season and the weekend before Halloween is the busiest weekend. (Actors MAY NOT miss the weekend of Oct 24 - 26…this is not negotiable!)*  Actors must be able to take direction well and be in a loud, dark environment for hours at a time complete with strobe lights, fog and special effects. THIS IS A PAID POSITION (To be discussed at the audition). If you wish to wear a costume, feel free! Freaks welcome! Any questions, contact Ally Antun (Casting Director)


Long Beach Theatre Guild auditions for Woody Allen's Don't Drink The Water on Thurs, Sept 4 at 7:30pm & Sun, Sept 7 at 3PM at Temple Emanu-el, 455 Neptune Blvd, Long Beach. Performances - Sat, Nov 8 & 15 at 7:30PM, Sun, Nov 9 & 16 at 3PM. Directed by Richard Buckley. Call 516.432.2600 or visit our website at  Synopsis: Takes place inside an American embassy behind the Iron Curtain. An American tourist, a caterer by trade, and his wife and daughter rush into the embassy two steps ahead of the police who suspect them of spying and picture taking. It's not much of a refuge. The ambassador is absent and his son, now in charge, has been expelled from a dozen countries and the continent of Africa. Nevertheless, they carefully and frantically plot their escape, and the ambassador's son and the caterer's daughter even have time to fall in love.<Character descriptions can be found on the Cast Calls page>


Star Playhouse auditions for 12 Angry Men on Sun, Oct 19 and Mon, Oct 20 at 7:30PM, with callbacks on Wed, Oct 22 @ 7:30PM. Show dates are Sat: Jan 10 and 24; Sun: Jan 11, 18 and 25. There are 13 men in the cast, ages 21 and up. All roles are open. If you have any questions, contact J. Timothy Conlon - Director, at 631-940=2005, or Cooky and Lenny Klein - Co-Producers, at 631-667-7427.

Northport-E. Northport Community auditions for FIDDLER ON THE ROOF on Tues, Sept 9 - Adults only Wed/Thurs, Sept 10, 11 - Adults & Students.  All Auditions Begin at 7:30pm.  Come prepared to sing 16 measures (bring sheet music) Orchestra (we have a full pit) & Crew volunteers can also sign up these nights. SHOW DATES: Nov 14, 15, 16; 21, 22, 23 (Fri/Sat Curtain @ 8; Sun Curtain at 2) Brosnan Center Auditorium (Northport Schools Admin Bldg), 158 Laurel Ave, Northport. Info, Tickets, Etc. - contact Producer Bette Silver, 631-896-5970, Like us on Facebook @:

Sid Jacobson Community Players auditions for The Sound of Music on Sept 29 or Oct 6, 8-10pm at Sid Jacobson JCC, 300 Forest Dr, Roslyn. Callbacks TBA. Directed by Rich Buckley, Music Directed by Steve Belfer, Choreographed by Lisbeth Wolgel. Performances are Jan 31, Feb 1, 7, 8. Come prepared to sing from classic musical theatre repertoire. For more info, contact Susan Kalman, producer- 516-484-1545, ext. 110,
All Roles Open (except Maria):
Captain von Trapp-male baritone, 40-60 years
Mother Abbess- female soprano, 40-70 years
Max Detweiler- male baritone, 30-55 years
Elsa Schrader-female alto, 30-40 years
Rolf Gruber- male baritone, 16-20 years
Liesl- female mezzo, 15-18 years
Friedrich- male, 13-15 years
Louisa- female,12-14 years
Kurt- male, 8-12 years
Brigitta- female, 8-10 years
Marta-female, 6-9 years
Gretl-female, 5-7 years
Sister Berthe- female mezzo
Sister Sophia- female mezzo
Sister Margaretta- female mezzo
Herr Zeller-spoken
Admiral von Shreiber
Franz, the butler-spoken
Frau Schmidt, the housekeeper- spoken
Ensemble of Nuns, neighbors and friends of Captain von Trapp

Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts auditions for The Wizard of Oz on Sat, Sept 13 from 10AM - 2PM (see time breakdowns below) at 2 E Main St, Smithtown. ALL ROLES ARE OPEN. Performances are Nov 15 - January 25. Visit our web site to see the performance schedule. All those cast must be available for a Thurs Matinee Nov 20. Rehearsals will begin mid-Sept and will be every Mon, Tues, Wed and Thurs afternoon and/or evening and on weekends. We are considering ALL AGES 7+. Stipends available for performers 16 and up – Equity Guest Artist contracts available as needed. For add'l info email ONLY DO NOT CALL THE BOX OFFICE. THEY HAVE NO INFO OTHER THAN WHAT IS POSTED HERE. Director/Choreographer: Melissa Rapelje / Music Director: Francis Lees. Character Breakdown:
Dorothy Gale- Female. Will consider girls of all ages who can convincingly play early teens. Young,  innocent, sweet. A true heart. Can be vulnerable, but very determined, is stronger than she realizes. Excellent vocals with a comfortable G to B flat range.
Aunt Em/Glinda- Female. Aunt Em: Hard-scrabble, prairie stock, no-nonsense farm woman with a big heart. Glinda: Epitome of the mature heroine from which goodness flows unceasingly. Has a twinkling eye. Strong legit vocals with a range from A to D.
Prof. Marvel/Oz- Male. Marvel: Slightly befuddled, very kindly, warm and friendly ‘snake oil salesman’ type. The Great Oz: Befuddled ‘absent minded professor’ with a loving heart. Can be fearsome when in disguise. Ensemble singing.
Elmira/Wicked Witch of the West- Female. Elmira: Severe spinster with a knack for making enemies. Wicked Witch of the West: The quintessential witch complete with cackle, broomstick, and a wicked sense of humor. She loves being bad and is good at it. Ensemble singing.
Zeke/Cowardly Lion- Male. Zeke: Friendly farmhand, always a bit nervous and occasionally the brunt  of a few jokes. Lion: ‘King of the Forest’ fighting hard to be ferocious, when he’s scared of his own shadow. Strong singer/dancer. Comedic ability essential. Baritone.
Hickory/Tin Man- Male. Hickory: Practical joke-loving farmhand. Tin Man: Slightly sad and sentimental man, hopelessly in love with a girl. Strong singer/dancer. Tap dancing a PLUS. Bari/tenor.
Hunk/Scarecrow- Male. Hunk: Happy farm hand that fancies himself a thinker. Scarecrow: Dorothy’s  floppy, fun-loving friend and protector. Empty headed but longs for brains. Strong singer/dancer. Bari/tenor.
Ensemble- Munchkins, Winkies, Ozians, Crows, Winged Monkeys, Winkie Guards, Poppies, etc. We will be casting an Adult Ensemble & a Children’s Ensemble Ages 7+.
Children’s Ensemble. Dance/Voice Auditions. Dance Audition - bring jazz/ballet shoes or sneakers. Anyone in socks or barefoot will not be permitted on stage. All will be asked to sing after the dance call. Be prepared to sing 16-32 bars of a song in the style of the show that showcases your vocal range. An accompanist will be provided; No a cappella singing allowed. Bring Headshot/Resume & sheet music. May be released before NOON.
All Adult Roles & Ensemble. Vocal Auditions. Be prepared to sing 32 bars of a song in the style of the show that showcases your vocal range. Have another contrasting selection ready. An accompanist will be provided; No a cappella singing allowed. Those auditioning for Oz or The Wicked Witch are welcome to prepare a 1 minute monologue in addition to your vocal selection. Bring headshot/Resume & sheet music. Callbacks: Sun, Sept 14 by appt: Adult Roles/Ensemble Only.

Volunteers needed to perform during Edgar Allan Poe Festival - calling all dancers, actors, performers, musicians and all those that enjoy theatrics.  The Riverhead Business Improvement District Management Association needs you to pack the streets donned in your best costume, chill the audience with spooky stories and thrill parades-goers during the first-ever Edgar Allan Poe Festival this Halloween season. During the three-day family-oriented celebration, the streets of downtown Riverhead will be transformed into a dark and mysterious world, inhabited by street performers portraying Mr. Poe himself, as well as many of his infamous literary characters such as Lenore, Roderick Usher, Prince Prospero, Annabelle Lee and more. So practice your vocals and brush off your old Halloween costume. Auditions and volunteer signups are scheduled for Sat, Sept 6 from 3 - 8pm at the Hyatt Place East End, 451 E Main St, Riverhead. Festival runs from Oct 31 thru Nov 2. For add'l info call 631-654-1888. Sal St. George, Creative Director

Merrick Theatre and Center for the Arts to hold auditions for Annie, High School Musical and 101 Dalmations for our Family Theatre on Sept 22 at 7pm.  Needed for Annie are children 6-10yrs old and adults 16yrs & up.  Needed for High School Musical - 16yrs and up. Needed for 101 Dalmations are children 6-10yrs and adults 16yrs and up.  For info, call us 516-868-6400.

The Alumni Association of Dowling College, 150 Idle Hour Blvd, Oakdale is hosting their first ever Night of the Arts Fundraiser on Sat, Nov 1 in the Performing Arts Center from 5-9pm as a Cabaret-style performance. This fundraiser will be raising money for our association to hold add'l exciting alumni events for the college. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF THE DOWLING COMMUNITY TO AUDITION. We are seeking different acts from song to dance to acting to poetry to comedy and any other various talents you may have to offer! We are seeking singers, dancers, musicians, actors, et. for this cabaret performance. Audition with the piece you would like to perform in the show. Music accompaniment on piano will be provided. Bring sheet music. If you audition with a CD or ipod, YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN PLAYER. One will not be provided. There will be 2- 3 group numbers that have yet to be determined, and are optional to participate in. Rehearsal dates will be discussed as per the audition meeting. Email Meg Pascal at or Jim Rhodes at for any questions regarding the show/rehearsal/auditions. Produced by Jim Rhodes / Directed by Meg Pascal / Musical Direction by Ron Armanini
Audition on Fri, Sept 19 from 5pm - 9pm,  Alumni Office Racanelli 317A.


Plaza Theatrical Productions, Inc. is casting the leading role of Trevor Graydon in their upcoming production of Thoroughly Modern Millie running Oct 10 through Nov 23 (approx 25 performances within that time period.  For an audition appt, call (516) 599-6870 or e-mail plaza  Per performance stipend offered. 

The Long Island Cabaret Theatre, on behalf of Director Gary Dana and Musical Director Sid Cherry, is seeking singers and dancers for a new all-live production entitled The Music of Our Lives, featuring the best of Broadway and popular music.  Nicolina Sciascia will choreograph. Call or text Gary Dana at (516) 946-7207 or e-mail to audition.


Casting adult male and female dancers to perform live in the Party Scene of the Adjkun Ballet Theatre’s production of Nutcracker, Dec 2014. Choreographer: Martha Merideth. Rehearsals will be held 31 Ira Rd, Syosset. There will be 8 performances at Manhattan theatre venues and 2 performances in New Rochelle. Call (516) 921-2912 for private interview and tryout.


Major motion picture shooting in Nass Co, looking for 6-10 interns for immediate placement. Excellent experience, no pay. Send resume to asap for consideration.

TBT Jr. Players seeks a musical director for our production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. Auditions are Mon and Tues, Sept 8 and 9  from 7-9pm. Rehearsals are Suns  from 12:30-3:30 and Mon and Tues from 7:30-9pm. Performance dates are Sat,  Dec 6 and 13 at 7:30pm and Sun, Dec 7 and 14 at 4:30pm. If interested, call Louise at (516) 521-4505.

Douglaston Community Theater (DCT) is seeking a stage manager for The Gingerbread Lady. Some pay involved.  Show is in Oct/Nov. The theater is close to the Douglaston LIRR station in Queens. Call Barbara Mavro at 718 631-2768. 

Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale is seeking a vocal director for their annual fall musical.  You will be required for 2 days the week of Sept 9, and for vocal callbacks on Sept 16.  Tech Rehearsal is Sat, Nov 15.  Tech/dress rehearsal is from 3:30-7:30 Nov 17-19.  Performances are Nov 21, 22 at 8:15 and Nov 23 at 2pm.  PIANO SKILLS A MUST.  Contact Denis Murphy at or at 516-526-4250.  Rehearsals begin Sept 18, Mon - Fri 3:20-5:10.  You will be needed 2-4 times a week.

Theatre Box of Floral Park - Come on kids!  Let's put on a show!!
As theater is all about working together, there are lots of positions necessary to put on a successful show.  The following is a list of the positions and a brief description. If you are interested in becoming involved, even if you have no experience, email us to find out more!
Light Technician: Help create the mood of the shows, work the light board, and maybe even hang some lights!
Sound Technician: Add that special something by giving the play depth, work the sound board and help the actors find that motivation!
Back-Stage-Hands: Be behind the scenes, working with the Stage Manager to get those sets and props where they need to be!
Stage Manager: Work closely with the director, attend every rehearsal, and be organized, organized, organized!
Box Office: our first line to the public, you should be good with making change, and handling lines of people!
Refreshments: our second line to the public, you should be personable, accommodating, and friendly!
Contact us if you are interested in any of these volunteer jobs, and remember, you don't have to have any experience!!  Contact us at, or find out more at

Playcrafters of Bellport
How would you like to be part of one of our productions? As theater is such a collaborative art, there are lots of critical tasks necessary to put on a successful show. You could be part of one of our productions.
Below is a list of the positions and a brief description of what they entail. If you are interested in becoming involved, even if you have no experience, give me a call. Let’s talk about it.
PRODUCER: If you are organized and are good at paying attention to details (and what mother or father isn't?), this is the title for you. The Producer coordinates all the other activities and keeps in touch with the director to make sure everything is proceeding smoothly.
COSTUMES: Do you have a sense of fashion and like to put clothes together? You would work with the Director to interpret each character’s role through what they are wearing. Being able to sew is a plus.
SET DESIGN & DECORATION: Do you like interior design and have a good sense of color? Are you an artist? By working with the Director, you would help decide what color the walls are, what kind of furniture is needed and generally create an environment.
SET CONSTRUCTION: Do you like to work with your hands and do "projects?" Do you like to work with wood or paint? We need you, whether you have tools or not.
LIGHTING: Do you want to learn something new? Lighting is the art of “painting” with light to create mood and texture for the play.
SOUND: You would be working with the Director to choose the music and sound effects needed to set the right mood for different parts of the play.
MAKE-UP: You would work with the actors to create the proper “look” they need for their characters.
PROPS: Are you the type of person who likes to go to yard sales or to search for odd pieces of “stuff?” You would help to find those perfect things that the actors use to make the play “real.”
STAGE MANAGER: Are you organized and like to work with people? The Stage Manager works closely with the Director and the actors to keep things flowing during rehearsals and the show.
If you are interested in any of these volunteer jobs, you don't have to have any experience. We will teach you by having you work with one of our experienced people. If you are not sure if this is for you, let’s talk. Call me. I can fill you in and answer questions. BOB KAPLAN, Member of the Board 631-929-3042 or

Lantern Theatre is presenting Visit to a Small Planet by Gore Vidal on Sat - Nov 1, 8, 15, Sun at 1:30pm – Nov 2, 9, 16, and 30. Add'l performance – Tues night during the run - TBD.  Full rehearsals with Tech on Oct 20-23, 27-30. If you are interested or have questions - contact Director: Kathy Home phone: 516 785-7340 Work: M-F 9:30am-12:30pm at 516 623-4200.  As this play is filled with special effects (levitating vases and rifles, space ship landings, exploding earth globes, talking cats, to name a few) and 27 sound cues, we will need an extra special stage manager, lighting technician and quick fingered sound engineer and as always, help building the set. I look forward to engaging in a fun, open environment where the cast and crew can create their best work.

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John W. Engeman Theater is seeking a Wardrobe Assistant for their 2014-15 Season which is already underway. Wardrobe Assistant must have prior experience in dressing a quick change, alterations, and costume maintenance . Any wig training is also a plus.  Candidates must be able to facilitate quick changes during performances as well as handle minor alterations and repairs, laundry, pressing and steaming of costumes. Must possess quick problem solving skills, great organizational ability and must work well in a team environment.  Candidates must provide their own transportation to the theater in Northport and must be available for daytime and evening hours. Schedule will vary depending on the production. Submit resume and cover letter to No phone calls.

Bare Bones Theater Company -
"Advanced acting skill is something we all possess by virtue of being human."~The guiding principle of The Bare Bones Theater Company's Acting School for Adults.
Discover and cultivate your skill. Registration is now underway for the Fall 2014 Semester. Classes begin the week of Sept 8 and meet at 57 Main St, Northport.  Each class meets ten times on a weekly basis followed by a Showcase.
Acting I Instructor: Lynn Antunovich
Intro to Improv; Improv II; Improv III Instructor: John Dorcic
Registration is by interview with the instructor.
Click here for registration procedure, info about class content, schedules, fees and instructor profiles.

Merrick Theatre and Center for The Arts is looking for teachers for our after-school theatre arts program. Must have experience in theatre arts. If interested, call Tommy or JoAnne at 516-665-3127.

John Shorter - or call me at 516-459-0106.
Make props the least of your show challenges. Teachers - we have added Spamalot, The Addams Family and many other shows to the website drop down menu of productions. New York, New York is a Wonderful Town! Michael and I had a busy summer building folders of VINTAGE AND THEMATIC PROPS.Go to Check us out on Instagram and Pinterest Warehouse Address: 2184 Pond Rd - Unit A3, Ronkonkoma 11779

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


The Elephant Man @ Studio Theatre 8/30

My Life is a Musical @ Bay Street Theatre 8/31

The Normal Heart @ EastLine Productions 8/31


Play it Again, Sam @ Broadhollow Elmont Theatre 8/30

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Broadhollow at Elmont presents Play It Again, Sam by Woody Allen
8/30 - 9/14
Directed by Frank DiSpigno
Allan Felix. GARY TIFELD
Linda Christie. CATHY CHIMENTI
Dream Sharon/Sharon Lake/Vanessa/Club Dancer/Intellectual Girl/Barbara...ERIN SFORZA
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Port Washington Play Troupe & WCWP (88.1 FM) present The Philadelphia Story - A Radio Drama Presentation with Songs from the Era
Recording live from Hillwood Recital Hall, Tilles Center at LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd, Greenvale 11548
Sat, Sept 27 at 1pm
Studio Audience Tickets $10
Brown Paper Tickets: or 1-800-838-3006
Questions: or 516-500-2012
Directed by Anne DeAcetis
Musical Direction by Jake Glickman & Solomon Hoffman
Pat Lyons as the Announcer & George Kittredge
DAVE FRANKLIN as C.K. Dexter Haven
GINA FARASCIANO as Liz Imbrie & the Librarian
CHRISTINE DeACETIS as the Foley Artist & Secretary
CLYDE LOCKE as Sydney Kidd, Edward & Mack
DIANA vonROESCHLAUB as Dinah & Mrs. Brown
BERNIE GENZER as Mr. Lord & Library Patron
JOSEPH MCPARTLIN as a Featured Vocalist
KAREN SANTAROMITA as a Featured Vocalist
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Theatre Three Summer Concert Series
Solid Gold - A Tribute to Motown Fri, Aug 29, 8pm $30
The ABBA Experience - A Tribute to ABBA Sat, Aug 30, 8pm
Lloyd Price - Rhythm & Blues "Mr. Personality" at, Sept 13, 8pm ($50 Pre-Sale Price)
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Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts presents HARBORFEST All Star Comedy Show
Sat, Sept 13 at 8pm
Tickets: $25 - online at, at the Box Office, or 631-725-9500.
Host Joseph Vecsey - The Call Back Podcast
Marina Franklin, Showtime’s Woman Who Kill, Inside Amy Schumer, Late Night Show with Craig Ferguson
Akaash Singh, MTV’s Wild ‘N Out
Giulio Gallarotti, MTV’s Girl Code
Music for the show by Nicky K



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ed. asks...
The PATSY Award was first given in 1951.  Who won it? Bonus*: What does the acronym stand for?

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Last Week's Stumper
Movie mogul Sam Goldwyn spent $20,000 to re-shoot a scene in his first all-talking film.  Name the film.  Bonus*: Why did he re-shoot the scene and what was the word in question?
Answer: Bulldog Drummond
Bonus*: He couldn't understand the word "din" -  he had it changed to noise
Winner(s): ;- (


Peter Morrison asks...
Back to George M. Cohan.  With which musical team did his career intersect in 1937-1938?  What was the occasion?
Bonus*: What was Cohan's feeling about working with them?

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Last Week's Stumper
One critic referred to this mid-Sixties musical comedy as an opportunity to learn "the ABC's of comedy".  The ABC's, in this case, refer to the first initials of the last names of the producer, the female, and the male stars.  Name the show and the people behind the initials.  Hint: It is one of many Hollywood spoofs. Bonuses*: Who wrote music and lyrics?  The show got mostly favorable reviews, but a misfortune was blamed for its relatively short run. What misfortune?
Answer: Fade Out-Fade In (Mark Hellinger, 5/26/64-4/17/65,  271 perfs.); George Abbot, Carol Burnett, Jack Cassidy
Bonus*:  Jule Styne wrote the music, Betty Comden and Adolph Green wrote book and lyrics; a taxi cab accident and whiplash caused Carol Burnett to miss over two dozen performances.
             When she returned, the show's audiences decreased progressively.
Winner(s): Lloyd Baum*, Michael McAuliffe*, Frank Tangredi*


Frank Tangredi asks...
Three plays by African American women have won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. Name the three plays and the two playwrights.
Bonus*: Which of these three plays also won the Pulitzer Prize?

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Last Week's Stumper
Unlikely as it seems, the careers of Eugene O’Neill and George M. Cohan intersected in 1934. How?
Answers: Cohan played the lead role of the father in the original Broadway production of O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness!
Winner(s): Lloyd Baum, Macey Levin, Peter Morrison, Melanie Lipton


Aug. 31, 1966 - The NY Times appoints Walter Kerr as its drama critic. He succeeded Stanley Kaufman after spending 15 years at The New York Herald Tribune.


ed. asks...
Helen Hunt appeared on an extremely popular TV sitcom when she was 7 years old as the daughter of one of the main characters.  Name the show. 
Bonus*: Name the character and the actor.

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Last Week's Stumper
What was the name of the newspaper started by Corporal Max Klinger?
Answer:  M*A*S*H Notes
Winner(s): ;- (


ed. asks...
Where did the Warner Brothers get the 99 chairs they used to open their first theater, in 1903 in Newcastle, PA?
Bonus*:Why was this so inconvenient?  Extra Bonus**: Name the four Warner Brothers.

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Last week's stumper:
Mayor La Trivia, Wallace Wimple and Myrt, the telephone operator were characters on what famous old radio show?
Answer: Fibber McGee and Molly
Winner(s): Lloyd Baum, Frank Tangredi, Doreen Meinberg

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

An ex-cop is hired by an old friend to find the secret his wife's been keeping from him.  He discovers that she's been training underage boys to be pickpockets.

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Emily Buch
Actor Barry Sullivan (The Tall Man) born 1912
Actress Ingrid Bergman (Casablanca) born 1915 (also died – see below)
Actress Isabel Sanford (The Jeffersons) born 1917
Actor/Director Sir Richard Attenborough (Gandhi) born 1923
Director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection) is 79
Actor Elliot Gould (M*A*S*H) is 76
Director Joel Schumacher (The Lost Boys) is 75
TV Personality Robin Leach (Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous) is 73
Actress Deborah Van Valkenburgh (Too Close for Comfort) is 62
Actor Ben Harney (Dreamgirls) is 62
Singer Michael Jackson (Thriller, Beat It, etc.) born 1958
Actress Rebecca De Mornay (Risky Business, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle) is 55
Actress Carla Gugino (After the Fall) is 43
DIED 8/29
Actress Ingrid Bergman – 1982 – complications following breast cancer surgery
Actress Jean Hagen (Singin' in the Rain) - 1977 - Cancer
Actor Lee Marvin (Cat Ballou) - 1987 - Heart attack

BORN 8/30
Author Mary Shelley (Frankenstein) born 1797
Actress Shirley Booth (Come Back Little Sheba, Hazel) born 1898
Actress Joan Blondell born 1906
Actor Fred MacMurray (My Three Sons) born 1908
Actress Elizabeth Ashley (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Agnes of God) is 75
Actress Peggy Lipton (The Mod Squad) is 67
Actor Timothy Bottoms (The Paper Chase) is 63
Actor David Paymer (Mr. Saturday Night) is 60
Actor Michael Chiklis (The Commish) is 51
Actress Cameron Diaz (There's Something About Mary) is 42
DIED 8/30
Actor Glenn Ford (Concrete Jungle) – 2006 – Multiple strokes
Actress Vera-Ellen (On the Town) - 1981
Actor Charles Coburn (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) – 1961

BORN 8/31
Caroline Hoffman
Ed Brennan
Frank McGeeney
J. Timothy Conlon
Actor/Comedian Buddy Hackett (...Mad, Mad World) born 1924
Actor James Coburn (In Like Flint, Affliction) born 1928
Actor Warren Berlinger (Come Blow Your Horn) is 76
Actor Jack Thompson (The Sum of Us) is 73
Violinist Itzhak Perlman is 69
Singer Van Morrison (Moondance) is 69
Actor Richard Gere (Chicago) is 65
Singer Deborah Gibson (Out of the Blue) is 43
Actor Chris Tucker (Rush Hour) is 41
Actress Sara Ramirez (Grey’s Anatomy, Spamalot) is 39
DIED 8/31
TV Journalist David Frost – 2013 – Heart attack
Actress Carmen Matthews (Dear World) - 1995
Fan dancer Sally Rand - 1979 - Congestive heart failure
Director John Ford (How Green Was My Valley) - 1973 - Stomach cancer

BORN 9/1
Debbie Starker
Fred Richards
Jane Ann Wolter Rumble
Carol Nelson
Writer Edgar Rice Burroughs (Tarzan) born 1875
Actor Richard Farnsworth (The Straight Story) born 1920
Actress Yvonne De Carlo (The Munsters) born 1922
Actor George Maharis (Route 66) is 86
Actor Ron O'Neal (Superfly) born 1937
Actress/Comedienne Lily Tomlin (9 to 5, The Search for Signs...) is 75
Actor Scott Speedman (Felicity) is 39
DIED 9/1
Lyricist Hal David (Promises Promises, Alfie) – 2012 – Stroke
Voice-over actor Don LaFontaine – 2008 – Collapsed lung
Actor/Director Michael Pate (Tim) – 2008 – Pneumonia
Actor/Singer Jerry Reed (Smokey & the Bandit) – 2008 – Emphysema
Actor Murray Hamilton (Jaws, The Graduate - 1986
Actress Ethel Waters (Cabin in the Sky) - 1977

BORN 9/2
Carolyn Droscoski
Lisa Berman
Actress Marge Champion (Showboat) is 95
Actor Mark Harmon (St. Elsewhere) is 63
Actress Linda Purl (Happy Days, NCIS) is 59
Actor Keanu Reeves (Speed, The Matrix) is 50
DIED 9/2
Actor Bob Denver (Gilligan’s Island) – 2005 – Throat cancer
Actor Troy Donahue (A Summer Place) - 2001 - Heart attack
Author J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings) - 1973 - Bleeding ulcer

BORN 9/3
Rebecca Kienzle
Actress Kitty Carlisle Hart born 1910
Actor Alan Ladd (Shane) born 1913
Actress Anne Jackson (Lovers and Other Strangers) is 88
Actress Irene Pappas is 85
Actress Eileen Brennan (Private Benjamin) born 1935
Actress Pauline Collins (Shirley Valentine) is 74
Musician Al Jardine (Beach Boys) is 72
Actress Valerie Perrine (Lenny) is 70
Actor Charlie Sheen (????) is 49
Actor Costas Mandylor (Picket Fences) is 49
DIED 9/3
Actor Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile) – 2012 – Heart attack
Actor Ted Ross (The Wiz, Arthur) - 2002 - Complications from a stroke
Film critic Pauline Kael - 2001 - Parkinson's disease
Director Frank Capra (It's A Wonderful Life) - 1991

BORN 9/4
Actor-comedian Howard Morris (Your Show of Shows) born 1919
Actor Dick York (Bewitched) born 1928
Actress Mitzi Gaynor (South Pacific) is 84
Actress Jennifer Salt (Soap) is 70
Singer Freddie Mercury (Queen) born 1946
Actress Judith Ivey (Designing Women, Hurlyburly) is 63
Actor Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (Welcome Back Kotter) is 61
Actress Khandi Alexander (NewsRadio, Scandal) is 57
Actor-comedian Damon Wayans (My Wife and Kids) is 54
Actress Ione Skye (Say Anything) is 43
Actor Wes Bentley (American Beauty) is 36
DIED 9/4
Actor /Author Tom Tryon (The Other) - 1991 - Stomach cancer
Actress Irene Dunne (I Remember Mama) - 1990 - Heart failure
Director Richard Marquand (Return of the Jedi) - 1987 - Heart attack
Composer Edvard Grieg (Song of Norway) – 1907
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