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From Frank DiSpigno
Just asking for prayers & good thoughts for Stephen Jurgens who was rushed to the ICU at N.Y. Hospital in Fresh Meadows, Queens this past Monday night. He was transferred to a regular room today (Wed) and is awaiting tests. [ed. - I will keep that dear man in my thoughts until we hear good news.]


Bay Street Theatre is busily working on preparing an exciting 2014 Mainstage Season along with many other projects.  Reliable volunteers are needed to help out to usher, assist in special events, or work in the office or marketing outreach. A volunteer meeting will be held at the theatre on Thurs, April 24 at 5pm for anyone interested in meeting some of the Bay Street Theatre staff and finding out more info.  “So many people say to me, I don’t have money to help,” says Tracy Mitchell Executive Director, “but we have a great option! All you need is to have time and enjoy working in a fun environment. If you’ve got that, I’m sure we’ve got a task you’ll enjoy doing—from ushering at shows, to daytime work with phone calling or putting up posters---there’s lots to get done.”  "If you love and appreciate great theater, become a Bay Street volunteer,” says Barbara Oldak, Volunteer Coordinator. “It is a wonderful way to support the arts in this community."  E-mail Barbara Oldak, Volunteer Coordinator, at if you are interested in volunteering and she’ll find a job that’s fun for you!

Apartment Needed!
After living in the same apartment for 37 years, Gary Eisele and his wife are being evicted due to a building renovation and will not be able to return.  If anyone has or knows of a one bedroom apartment available for a long-term lease (at least 5 years) for no more than $1100 with all utilities included except for cable (heat, hot water, electric) in the LEVITTOWN, E MEADOW, BETHPAGE, PLAINEDGE, N SEAFORD, N WANTAGH or similar areas, call Gary at 516-662-7160. Once we obtain an apartment, my schedule will free up so as to resume working as an independent MUSICAL DIRECTOR / ACCOMPANIST / VOCAL DIRECTOR.

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


Acting On It Productions is seeking males age 16 and up to play the following roles in their upcoming production of Spring Awakening. Rehearsals are Mon, Wed and some Sun. Show runs June 21-29 at the Babylon Citizen's Council on the Arts, Lindenhurst. Contact Alyssa at for more info.
ERNST: A schoolmate of Melchior's. Naive and easily manipulated, which allows him to fall in love with Hanschen.  Range: Ab2 - A4
GEORG: A clumsy schoolmate of Melchoir's. He is overcome with his feelings for his piano teacher. Range: Ab2 - D5
ADULT MAN: Plays a variety of rigid adult roles. Characters include: HERR SONNENSTITCH, the boys' teacher; HEADMASTER KNOCHENBRUCH; HERR NEUMANN, Ilse's father; HERR RILOW, Hanschen's father; HERR STEIFEL, Moritz's father; FATHER KAULBACH; DOCTOR VON BRAUSEPULVER; HERR GABOR, Melchior's father; and SCHMIDT.


321 WEST 44TH ST, SUITE 606, NYC, NY 10036 T: (212) 586-6777 | F: (212) 586-1790
SAT, APRIL 12 - Seeking Principal & Featured Roles: Deloris, Mother Superior, Curtis Jackson, Lt. Eddie Souther, All Principal Nuns, Monsignor, TJ, Joey and Pablo
MON, APRIL 14 - Seeking: Female Ensemble (to play various characters including nuns) & Male Ensemble (to play various characters) All ethnicities, ages 20-60
DELORIS: Bring your best disco diva belt song (a la Donna Summer), should show top of your belt range. Also bring a big, gospel style belt song. BRING SHEET MUSIC.
WOMEN: Bring big, gospel style belt song to show off your range and a song that shows off your legit voice. BRING SHEET MUSIC.
MEN: Bring a song a la Bee Gees/Beach Boys/Four Seasons. Show style and range. BRING SHEET MUSIC.
Bring a hard-copy picture/resume and your music book<Character descriptions can be found on the Cast Calls page>

JABEN, USA, SuperNova Productions and The Josephine Foundation auditions for FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (July performances) on Sat, April 12 from 7-9:30PM & Sun, April 13 from 3-5:30PM at American Martyrs - Sullivan Hall (Bell Blvd & Union Tpke, Bayside) Open Call:  Ladies and Gentlemen parts available for all ages; children's parts available for 11 years old and up. Required Material: 
Head shot and resume (absolute requirement)
Sheet music: 16 bars ballad; 16 bars up tempo
Your calendar for May, June and July
Comfortable clothing; be prepared to move for a group dance audition
All children under 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult.
No one will be seen without these requirements in place.


The Long Island Cabaret Theatre, on behalf of Director Gary Dana and Musical Directors Kim Oler and Sid Cherry, is seeking singers for a new production entitled The Power of Love. Call Gary Dana at (516) 946-7207 or e-mail to audition. 

The JC Players auditions for Bye Bye Birdie (book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams, music by Charles Strouse) on Sun, May 4 from 3-6PM and Mon, May 5 from 7-9PM at the Community United Methodist Church, 75-27 Metropolitan Ave, Middle Village. Performances in Aug. For more info email: Director: Barbara Auriemma / Musical Director: Frank Auriemma / Choreographer: Christine Hinz. Men, women, teens, children (10+) needed. Callbacks (if necessary) will be held on Tues, May 6 at 7PM.

BroadHollow Theatre Company is accepting submissions for the comedy Months on End by Craig Pospisil to be performed weekends at Studio Theatre in Lindenhurst from May 31 - June 21. Looking for 3 males late 20's/early 30's; 2 females one early twenties, other late 20's/early 30's. and one male late 50's/early 60s. Submit headshot and resume to Glen at

The Billboard Players of the Community Church of East Williston auditions for its fall production of Clifford Odets' The Big Knife on Tues & Wed, May 6 & 7, and on Thurs, May 15 from 7-10pm in the Parish Hall, 45 East Williston Ave (the continuation of Hillside Ave coming from West to East), between Roslyn Rd and High St.  Entrance is from High St. Production dates are scheduled for Nov 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23.  All roles are open.  Rehearsals begin on Tues, Sept 2 and thereafter will be Mon & Thurs from 7:30-10:30pm.  For further questions, call Louis V. Fucilo, director, at 347-235-0972 or email
Buddy Bliss - he is of humorless sturdiness, an intent and hopeful (or shall we say hopeless?) believer in facts and self-improvement.  He is an eager, grateful and nervous failure; he is dense and stubborn too.  Some would call him "a nice, American boy."
Charlie Castle - the famous movie star, is virile and instant, sensitive and aware, although frequently he is apt to mask his best qualities behind a cynical, guying manner and certain jazzy small talk.  He knows how to use an abruptly disarming charm and he understands the value of candor.  He is a very successful man and this sits on him with a certain relaxed gravity.  He is a "going concern" and he knows and acts it.
Russell - he is the butler who is a simple, sincere man who finds pleasure in everything; he is proud and happy to be working in this home.
Patty Benedict - she is a famous movie columnist who is authoritative, cynical and assured, insolently appraising, and the world of Hollywood is surely her intimidated oyster.
Marion Castle - she is a smart and good-looking accumulation of woman and sensibility.  Frequently her face wears an expression of bemused sadness.  Normally she is an alert, intelligent, feminine woman.
Nat Danziger - is past sixty, with all the qualities of the president of a synagogue.  He is tolerant, sympathetic, reliable and wise in business ways.  He is paternal, really concerned for those he loves.  He is charitable not on principle alone, much of what he says is tinged with sentiment and religiosity.  His confidence and affable authority give him a certain foolish quality.  He wants to do the right thing always.  He speaks fondly with a certain grotesque cheerfulness.  His motto: "I serve!"
Marcus S. Hoff - is a sleek, middle=aged man, full of amour proper, suave, ceremonial and grave, shrewdly pompous, but authoritative and powerful.  He knows how to play a part and how to get his way.  Easy and assured, he is not stupid.  He speaks in a kingly tone.  He is short and pudgy.
Smiley Coy - is tall and slim and is Hoff's perfect tool and factotum.  He is elegant, loose-jointed and deft.  He is completely competent, cynical, calm and courteous.  He has many of the witty and amusing characteristics of the professional Irishman, including a certain atmosphere of loneliness.
Connie Bliss - she is handsome with lissome, fairly uncovered body.  Any dress she wears looks like a bathing suit.  She would be hard were it not for her disposition to please, but this does not mean that she is undetermined.  She minces and coquettes a little, her way of asking for your favor, and she laughs constantly, without effort.  Her washed-out candor covers enough slyness: hers is a nimble, jumping mind.
Hank Teagle - Hank, nearing fifty, limps slightly.  He is smiling, tender and affectionate by nature and experience, his face hides a quiet gaiety and a sharper insight.  He is unpretentious, quiet and mature, with as gift for devotion.  A man with his own tremor, he respects a tremor in another.  He is a civilized man in the sense that he makes you feel guilty or inadequate on no score whatsoever.
Dixie Evans - She is a product of a Boston parochial school, a poor family, several years of work in department stores, and finally four years of Hollywood as an actress.  Frequently helpless and unconsciously pathetic, she has learned to appear bright and competent.  She has shrewd if intuitive flashes of genuine insight.
Dr. Frary - he is an elderly, pale looking man with a quizzical, chaffing manner about him with a steady twinkle coming out of his eyes.


THEATRE THREE, 412 Main St, Pt Jefferson auditions by appt for a strong operatic tenor for Terrence McNally’s MASTER CLASS. Call Jeffrey Sanzel at (631) 928-9202 or e-mail  Will audition until role is filled.  Stipend is $25 per performance. Rehearsals begin in mid-April. Sides and music may be downloaded at Director: Jeffrey Sanzel. Stage Manager: Billy Aberle. Call (631) 928-9202 or visit for further info.    
Anthony Candolino.  Male, 20’s - early 30’s. Tenor. Attractive and flirtatious; confident verging on cocky. Serious about becoming an artist. Performer must be a strong, classically trained operatic tenor or strong singer. Must be able to sing Cavaradossi’s first act aria from Puccini’s Tosca, “Dammi I colori.” 
Sat, June 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 8pm
Sun, June 8, 15 @ 3pm
Fri, June 13, 20, 27 @ 8pm
Wed, June 18 @ 2pm  
Thurs, June 19, 26 @ 8pm
Sun, June 22 @ 7pm

The Gilbert & Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island - On Dec 26, 1871, Gilbert & Sullivan's first collaboration, Thespis, or The Gods Grown Old, premiered in London lasting only 63 performances. With the exception of 3 songs, none of the music was preserved. Now, 12-time Grammy Award Winner, Thomas Z. Shepard, has written brilliant new music to accompany the libretto in a true homage to Sir Arthur Sullivan's legendary orchestrating style. The Gilbert & Sullivan Light Opera Company of LI is proud to present Mr. Shepard's version of Thespis in its world premier with a full 25-piece orchestra! We are still in need of a tenor. 5-6 touring performances in June/early July. Rehearsals currently underway in Merrick. This position is purely voluntary. E-mail with questions/submissions. Sparkeion- Strolling actor. Tenor. Romantic Lead. Age range 20-35. Youthful.

FAME Theatrical Productions Honey's School of Dance
Musical Revue Thriller Dance - Company Auditions
45 Cherry Valley Ave, W Hempstead, Island Garden 2nd Floor
No fee to be in musical revue. Call  for an audition.  E-mail us your resume. Call 516-225-1088 or email us at

The Falls, realistic two-character play about a young man and woman who meet and decide to drive together to Niagara Falls, looking for actor. Initially, just to hear play in cold reading.  Call (W) 631-913-4244/ (Cell) 516-404-2960

Arena Players Repertory Theatre Company is seeking child / young actors for our upcoming Children's productions of Jungle Book and The Wizard of Oz.  In addition, we are currently casting for our Summer Shakespeare Season, which will include A Midsummer Night's Dream, which will be performed in July and Aug at The Vanderbilt Courtyard Theater. Call (516) 293-0674 for more info.

BroadHollow Theatre is accepting submissions for the role of Ted in Murder Among Friends - June 14-29 in BayWay and July 5-20 in Elmont.  Must be 25 - 35 and have leading man good looks. E-mail headshot and resume to director Marian Waller at


Looking for SERIOUS enthusiasts who are interested in forming and collaborating in an a cappella group to sing for holidays (anything from vocalizing Christmas turns to singing at Memorial Day/National Anthem, to pop and oldies) Looking for 2 of each role or more depending on range and ability to have good pitch and understand versatility, style and musicality. You will sing during event receptions, holiday and private parties or special event gigs. Looking for mature-minded professionals who want to work and commit and form something great to earn $$ from Ages from 28-50+. We need Two (2) Sopranos, Two (2) Tenors, and Two (2) Bass singers. If interested contact for more info (include your phone number).


Plaza Theatrical Productions, Inc. seeks backstage personnel including stage managers, deck crew, lighting operators, spot operators, and sound operators for their expanding 2014 season.  There are weekday morning slots and weekend slots open. Per performance stipends are offered.  For those with limited experience, we will train.  For an interview, e-mail resume to producer, Kevin Harrington at or call (516) 599-6870.

SoLuna Studio (659 Old Willets Path, Hauppauge) is looking for an Assistant Director for both the Main Stage & Teen production of RENT the musical. (from May 19 - July 11) (Applicant CANNOT audition for the production). Those who apply should be well organized, assertive, and responsible. MUST be at all rehearsals with limited conflicts; Mon, Tues & Wed evenings from 6-10pm. This is a non-paying position. Great experience for those in HS, College or looking to gain experience during the summer. E-mail (Att: Karen Braun) with cover letter explaining why you would want this position and attach resume with any work/theatre experience. 


SoLuna Studio (659 Old Willets Path, Hauppauge) is looking for an Assistant Choreographer for the Main Stage production of BARE the musical. (From May 19 - Aug 8) (Applicant CAN audition for the production). Those who apply should be well organized, assertive, responsible and have dance experience. MUST be at all rehearsals with limited conflicts; Thurs 6-9pm and Sat 3-6pm. This is a non-paying position. Great experience for those in HS, College or looking to gain experience during the summer. E-mail (Att: Karen Braun) with cover letter explaining why you would want this position and attach resume with any work/theatre experience.


CM Performing Arts Center’s 1st Annual Children's Theatre Playwright Competition
The purpose of this contest is to encourage unpublished writers to write for the stage by providing the opportunity for them to collaborate with actors, directors, and others through all stages of production, including rehearsals and performances. The Playwriting Award supports the development of plays and musicals through a variety of benefits, including an opportunity to workshop the show in a slot on our Children's Theatre Stage, a subscription to our mainstage season, a raffle type item to be named later and your name on a plaque in the theater as the winner. Please refer to the Rules and Procedures.
All Entries must be received by June 15
Submissions should be mailed physically to the CM Performing Arts Center, 931 Montauk Hwy, Oakdale, NY 11769 - Attention Playwright Competition or emailed to (please forward to Patrick upon receipt)
The content must be accessible for CM's Children's Theatre stage. It must contain two acts of material and can be up to 2 hours in length. Music, if included, must be either original or be public domain. If of the musical variety, the submission must include sheet music for at least 2/3 of the included music. This contest is only open to amateur, i.e., unpublished playwrights. The contest will be judged by our Artistic Director, Patrick Grossman, and the winner will be chosen and posted by 6/30/14.
The Workshop: The winner will work in conjunction with our resident Artistic Director to cast, direct and produce the selected work for our Sept Children's Theatre slot. There will be 3 performances, on weekends, of the work. At the close of the CM Theatrical Run, the author is free to take the material elsewhere for production and in no way are rights the property of CMPAC. The rehearsal process will consist of 2-3 rehearsals weekly, leading up to the technical week, or week prior to the production opening, and will be the responsibility of the director/ contest winner, along with the Artistic Director, to schedule and maintain. A production staff and budget will be provided to the show and the director/winner may have input on production staff and casting. An opening day reception for the winner, the cast and staff, as well as selected guests of the winner will be provided by CM.

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.

Summer camp counselor needed for a South Shore Theatre Camp. Applicant must be 18 years or older with some theatre experience. Camp runs for 7 weeks June 30 – Aug 15. 
E-mail your resume to

Boat slip for rent on beautiful Crystal Harbor 5 min. from Great South Bay - water & electric - entire season...Debbie 631-669-0506 leave message

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


The Normal Heart @ Stagelight/BaCCA Center 4/12

Ragtime @ Cultural Arts Playhouse 4/13

Yentl @ Heights Players of Brooklyn 4/13


Last of the Red Hot Lovers @ Cow Bay Theatre 4/11 - 13 ONLY

Bingo the Musical @ Theatre Three 4/12

The Drowsy Chaperone @ Broadhollow Bay Way 4/12

Special offers for Deb's Web Readers...

Theatre Three presents Bingo the Musical from 4/12 - 5/24.  Mention Deb's Web at the box office on the date of performance
(except Sat) for $15 performer tickets as available. 631-928-9100


Cow Bay Theatre Company presents Neil Simon's Last of the Red Hot Lovers
Landmark on Main Street, Pt Washington
April 11 @ 8:15PM* • April 12 @ 8PM • April 13 @ 2PM
Elaine Navazio...STEPHANIE HALL
Technical Direction ELIZABETH TROTTA
Stage Manager MEGAN BRUCE
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Broadhollow Theatre Company presents The Drowsy Chaperone
BayWay Arts Center 4/12 - 5/4
Elmont Theatre 5/10 - 25
Cast (In Order of Appearance):
Man in Chair - Stephen Jurgens
Mrs. Tottendale - Cathy Barteld
Underling - Chris Kenyon
Robert Martin - Brian Gill
George - Jim Sluder
Feldzieg - Joseph Morris
Kitty - Maren Fischer
Gangster #1 - Jon Coffin
Gangster #2 - Michael Recchia
Aldolpho - Ed Huether
Janet Van De Graaff - Christina Corsaro
The Drowsy Chaperone - Roe Agnese Gardner
Trix The Aviatrix - Marquez Stewart
Superintendant / Ensemble - Edward Martinez
Ensemble - Kayla Saraneiro & Abigail Dell'Orto
Production Staff:
Director - Jordan Hue
Choreographer - Jessy Gill
Stage Manager - Andrew Wenzel
Musical Director - Mary Ellin Kurtz
Costumes - Jason Allyn
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Theatre Three presents the LI premiere of Bingo:The Winning Musical
April 12 – May 24 on the Mainstage    
412 Main St,  Pt Jefferson 11777
Tickets: $15-$30
Box Office:  (631) 928-9100 / Group Sales:  (631) 928-1130
Bernice    LINDA MAY
Sam/Frank    ED BRENNAN   
Lighting Design  ROBERT W. HENDERSON, JR.
Technical Direction  NEIL CREEDON, Avancy Inc.
Stage Manager  BILLY ABERLE
Choreographed by STEVE McCOY
Musical Direction JACK KOHL
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South Shore Theatre Experience presents SEE Saw Comedy Improv
Fri, April 11 @ 8pm
Tickets $15 Reserve 631-669-0506 or
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Bay Street Theatre presents its Second Annual Steinbeck Festival in Sag Harbor in conjunction with the annual celebration held by the National Steinbeck Center based in Salinas, CA. Activities to honor John Steinbeck’s contributions to our community will feature events including 3 days of films, a VIP waterfront cocktail party where guests will enjoy short boat excursions to view Steinbeck’s home from the water, and the Second Annual “Travels with Charley” Dog Walk on Sun, May 4 at 11am, in partnership with the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation. Jill Rappaport, an award-winning animal advocate and correspondent for NBC News and the TODAY show, will serve as celebrity host at both the cocktail party and the Dog Walk. Proceeds benefit Bay Street Theatre and 10% of the Dog Walk proceeds will go to the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation. The all-inclusive FESTIVAL VIP PASS for the weekend is $150. Participation in the Dog Walk is $35. A film-only pass is available for $30 and individual films are $10 each. Call 631-725-0818 to reserve your all-weekend pass of $150, which includes the Festival’s cocktail reception on Sat, May 4, the film festival, and the Travels with Charley Dog Walk. For a film pass ($30) or dog-walk pledge form, call 631-725-9500 or visit the Box Office.
Steinbeck Film Schedule: 
Thurs, May 1, 8pm – TORTILLA FLAT with Spencer Tracy and Hedy Lamarr
Fri, May 2, 8pm – CANNERY ROW with Nick Nolte and Debra Winger
Sat, May 3, 10am – THE RED PONY with Myrna Loy and Robert Mitchum
Sat, May 3, 11:45am – THE MOON IS DOWN with Cedrick Hardwicke and Henry Travers
Sat, May 3, 2pm – LIFEBOAT with Tallulah Bankhead and William Bendix
Sat, May 3, 3:45pm – OF MICE AND MEN (1992) with John Malkovich and Gary Sinise
Sat, May 3, 5:50pm – EAST OF EDEN with James Dean and Julie Harris
Sat, May 3, 8pm – 75th Anniversary Celebration THE GRAPES OF WRATH with Henry Fonda and John Carradine
For admission to the film portion only, call the Box Office at 631-725-9500 to buy a $30 all-movies pass. Tickets for individual films will be $10 at the door.
VIP Cocktail Reception hosted by Jill Rappaport - Sat, May 3, 5–7pm at a private waterfront estate.  Available with the $150 all-weekend pass ONLY. Weather permitting, boat rides will be provided by Port of Egypt and will take guests out to see the Steinbeck home and writing studio from the water.
Travels with Charlie Dog Walk in partnership with the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation Sun, May 4, 11am-1pm - complimentary with the $150 all-weekend pass. Participation in the Dog Walk only is $35, payable at sign-in on Sun, May 4. Registration/pledge forms are available at or at the Box Office.  Participants are encouraged to pick up the form in advance in order to raise funds from family and friends. Registration begins at 10:30am at the Bay Street Theatre. Dogs and their owners will walk from the Bay Street Theatre to Haven’s Beach and back, finishing at the theatre with a “Bones and Bagels” reception. A Grand Prize -- a swag bag of gifts for dog and owner from Harbor Pets—will include two tickets to one of Bay Street Theatre’s Mainstage shows.
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Synergy Ensemble Theatre Company presents The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
Directed by J. Timothy Conlon
Dramaturgy by Gene Durney
Fri/Sat: April 25, April 26, May 2, May 3 at 8pm
Sun: April 27, May 4 at 2pm
Town of Islip Theater at 401 Main St, (Islip Town Hall West), Islip (across from Islip Movie Theater)
Tickets: Gen adm $15; srs/stud $10
All tickets sold at box office, starting 1hr before showtime (no advance sales)
More info at 631-881-4560, or
Synergy supports Long Island Cares, Inc. -- The Harry Chapin Food Bank.
Please bring a nonperishable food donation to the theater to benefit your neighbors.
Solinus, Duke of Ephesus: Len Klein
Ægeon, a merchant of Syracuse: Dan Roehrig
Twin Brothers, sons to Ægeon and Æmilia:
Antipholus of Ephesus: Kevin Clyne
Antipholus of Syracuse: Bryan Mayer
Twin Brothers, attendants on the two Antipholuses:
Dromio of Ephesus: Mark Santaromita
Dromio of Syracuse: Michael Cerevella
Balthazar, a merchant: Marco Chiriboga
Angelo, a goldsmith: Frank Caliguiri
Merchant, friend to Antipholus of Syracuse: Catherine Clyne
Second Merchant, to whom Angelo is a debtor: Paul Capolino
Pinch, a schoolmaster and a conjurer: John Carey
Æmilia, wife to Ægeon, an abbess at Ephesus: Gina Carey
Adriana, wife to Antipholus of Ephesus: Karen Santaromita
Luciana, her sister: Kate Clifford
Luce, servant to Adriana: Joe Lloyd
Courtesan: Heather Ball
Gaoler/Officer: Joe Lloyd
Servant: Timothy Capolino
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David Houston's Literary Entertainments presents The Manor and Shelter Island for Long Island Reads 2014. Based on a new non-fiction The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island by Mac Griswold, David and an acting partner perform a reading "in the style of radio drama" about a Shelter Island mansion that's been in the same family since 1652 that was for generations a chief owner of African slaves in the North. The schedule, with David's partners:
Fri, April 11, noon - Pt Washington Public Library -- Diana Heinlein
Wed, April 16, 1pm - Hicksville, Public Library -- Melanie Lipton
Tues, April 22, 7pm. - Comsewogue Public Library -- Melanie Lipton
Wed, April 23, 7pm - Uniondale Public Library -- Melanie Lipton
Thurs, April 24, 2:30pm - W Babylon Public Library -- Diana Heinlein
Sun, April 27, 2pm - Cold Spring Harbor Library -- Diana Heinlein
Mon, April 28, 2pm - Elmont Public Library --  Melanie Lipton
Wed, April 30, 2pm - Long Beach Public Library -- Gail Merzer Behrens



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Ed. Callaghan at CM Performing Arts Center
I saw the most amazing production of Godspell at CM in Oakdale this weekend.  What makes this show stand out are the harmonies created by music director Matthew Surico and brought to life by this amazing cast.  Special shout outs to the talented Brianne Boyd, Tommy Castelli and Marielle Greguski.  You have got to hear these people sing. Kayla Dowdell brought me to tears with her By My Side, and I could listen to Danny Amy quote scripture all day.  This entire show was filled with Love, from the heart of Terry Brennan.  Brava to all.

ed. at Theatre Three
John and I attended the first of three dress rehearsals of Bingo the Winning Musical tonight (Wed).  I faced the stairs with trepidation, but John got me up (and down) them.  I didn't want to go when there was a regular audience as I am still fearful of large crowds and the dangers they present.  So, although this was the first dress rehearsal, I can tell that this extremely talented cast (just check the cast list above) are going to have a great opening night.  The story of this "small" musical revolves around the BINGO players, the Bingo hall manager and the Caller.  The characters are funny, daffy, silly, etc. The plot is predictable, but entertaining and the audience gets to really play BINGO with the cast.  It's "fluffy" fun and I always like to see something new.  It opens this Saturday and you can get BOGO tixs at 631-928-9100.



ed. asks...
Who is the only man to win the Academy Award for best actor two years in a row?  Bonus*: Name the films.

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Last Week's Stumper
What was the only thing shown in color in Francis Ford Coppola's Rumble Fish (be specific)?
Answer:  Mickey Rourke's Siamese fighting fish
Winner(s): Peter Morrison


Peter Morrison asks...
A female member of the ensemble in Sondheim's A Little Night Music (Shubert/Majestic, 2/25/73-8/3/74, 601 perf.) starred in the first revival of one of Sondheim's most popular musicals?  Name the actor and the revival. Bonus*: Who played the male lead in the revival?

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Last Week's Stumper
Which musical is set mainly in a place called The Last Chance Saloon?  Who were the male and female stars?
Bonus*: Who directed and choreographed the show?
Answer: Destry Rides Again (Imperial, 4/23/59-6/18/60, 472 perf.); Andy Griffith and Dolores Gray
Bonus*:  Michael Kidd
Winner(s): Frank Tangredi*, Rick Grossman*


Frank Tangredi asks...
What title character is the daughter of Andrew Undershaft? Who wrote this classic play?
Bonus*: What were the professions of these two characters?

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Last Week's Stumper
Identify the two plays that won the Tony Award for Best Play, and were later adapted into films that won the Oscar for Best Picture?
Bonus*: Which actor won both a Tony and Oscar for his performance in one of these two plays?
Answer: A Man For All Seasons and Amadeus
Bonus*: Paul Scofield
Winner(s): ;- (


April 13, 1961 - "Carnival!" opens with Anna Maria Alberghetti, Kaye Ballard, Jerry Orbach and Anita Gillette.

April 14, 1960 - Gower Champion directs as "Bye Bye Birdie" opens with Dick Van Dyke, Chita Rivera, Paul Lynde, Kay Medford, Dick Gautier, Susan Watson and Charles Nelson Reilly.

April 16, 1985 - Ben Vereen and Stubby Kaye are the big names in "Grind."

April 17, 1977 - "I Love My Wife" opens with Lenny Baker, Ilene Graff, James Naughton, and Joanna Gleason.


ed. asks...
Which of TV's card-carrying private eyes was an indirect namesake of Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade?

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Last Week's Stumper
What was the first American TV series acquired for screening in the then Soviet Union?
Answer: Fraggle Rock
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ed. asks...
Gangster Al Capone enjoyed the 1932 film Scarface so much he gave the director a gift.  Who was the director? Bonus*: What was the gift?

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Last week's stumper:
Where did Jim Backus' radio character Hubert Updyke III claim his ancestors landed when they arrived in America?
Bonus*: Which Jim Backus TV character was based on this early radio persona?
Answer: on Cadillac Rock
Bonus*: Thurston Howell III on Gilligan's Island
Winner(s): ;- (

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

A prep student caretaker plays a practical joke on a blind retired military man and sets him up with the prime minister of Israel.

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

BORN 4/11
Producer Howard W. Koch born 1916
Actor Joel Grey (Cabaret, George M!) is 82
Actress Louise Lasser (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) is 75
Actor Peter Riegert (Animal House) is 67
Actor Meshach Taylor (Designing Women) is 54
DIED 4/11
Actor/Comedian Jonathan Winters (…Mad Mad World) – 2013
Actor Roscoe Lee Browne – 2007 – Cancer
Singer June Pointer (The Pointer Sisters) – 2006 – Cancer
Sir Harry Secombe (Oliver!) - 2001 - Prostate cancer
Actor Liam Dunn (Blazing Saddles) - 1976 - Emphysema

BORN 4/12
Larry Saperstein
Actress/Dancer Ann Miller (Sugar Babies) born 1923
Actress Jane Withers (Giant) is 88
Singer Tiny Tim (Herbert Woodruff) born 1932
Opera singer Montserrat Caballe is 81
Actor Charles Napier (The Critic, Rambo) born 1936
Playwright Alan Ayckbourn (The Norman Conquests) is 75
Musician Herbie Hancock is 74
Playwright Charles Ludlam (The Mystery of Irma Vep) born 1943
Actor Ed O'Neill (Married…with Children, Modern Family) is 68
Actor Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years, Lombardi) is 67
David Letterman is 67
Actor/Singer David Cassidy (The Partridge Family) is 54
Actor Andy Garcia (The Untouchables) is 58
Actress Suzanne Douglass (Tap) is 57
Actress Shannon Doherty (Beverly Hills 90210) is 43
Actress Claire Danes (My So-Called Life) is 35
DIED 4/12
Actress Marilyn Chambers – 2009 – Cerebral hemorrhage
Actor Sydney Lassick (…Cuckoo’s Nest) – 2003 – Diabetes
Sugar Ray Robinson - 1989
Actor Lenny Baker (I Love My Wife) - 1982 - Cancer
Actor Paul Ford (The Music Man) - 1976
Entertainer Josephine Baker - 1975 - Cerebral hemorrhage
Producer Arthur Freed (Singin’ in the Rain) - 1973 - Heart attack

BORN 4/13
Author Eudora Welty born 1909
Actor Howard Keel (Kiss Me Kate, Seven Brides…) born 1919
Director Stanley Donen (Singin’ in the Rain, Seven Brides…, etc.) is 90
Actor Don Adams (Get Smart) born 1923
Actor Lyle Waggoner (The Carol Burnett Show) is 79
Actor Edward Fox is 77
Playwright Lanford Wilson (Fifth of July) born 1937
Actor Paul Sorvino (Mambo Italiano) is 75
Movie and TV composer Bill Conti (Rocky) is 72
Actor Tony Dow (Leave it to Beaver) is 69
Actor Ron Perlman (Beauty and the Beast) is 64
Comedian Gary Kroeger (SNL) is 57
Actress Saundra Santiago (Miami Vice) is 57
Actress Liz Callaway (Baby) is 53
Actress/Comedienne Caroline Rhea (Sabrina the Teenage Witch) is 50
Actor Rick Schroder (Silver Spoons, NYPD Blue) is 44
Actor Jonathan Brandis (Seaquest) born 1986
DIED 4/13
Actor Frank Bank (Leave it to Beaver) – 2013
Actor Jonathan Frid (Dark Shadows) – 2012
Actress Josephine Premice (Bubbling Brown Sugar) – 2001 – Emphysema

BORN 4/14
Ed Breese
Tara Palen
Max Bennett
Actor Rod Steiger (In the Heat of the Night) born 1925
Actor Bradford Dillman (The Way We Were) is 84
Actor Jay Robinson is 83
Country singer Loretta Lynn is 79
Actress Julie Christie (Shampoo) is 72
Actor John Shea (Lois and Clark) is 66
Actor Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond) is 54
Actor Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty, Once Upon a Time) is 53
Actor Anthony Michael Hall (Sixteen Candles) is 46
Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy…) is 37
DIED 4/14
Actor Trevor Bannister (Are You Being Served?) – 2011 – Heart attack
Singer Don Ho (Tiny Bubbles) – 2007 – Heart attack
Actor/Singer Anthony Newly (Stop the World…) – 1999 – Renal cancer
Actress Ellen Corby (The Waltons) – 1999 – Natural causes
Actor/Singer Burl Ives (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) – 1995 – Mouth cancer

BORN 4/15
Birgitta Millard
Actor Michael Ansara (I Dream of Jeannie) born 1922
Country singer Roy Clark (Hee-Haw) is 81
Actress Claudia Cardinale is 77
Actress Lois Chiles (Moonraker) is 67
TV producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (Designing Women) is 67
Actor Michael Tucci (Grease) is 64
Actress-screenwriter Emma Thompson (Howard’s End) is 55
Actress Amy Wright (Fifth of July) is 54
DIED 4/15
Musician Joey Ramone (The Ramones) – 2001 – Lymphatic cancer
Actor Tim McIntire (American Hot Wax) – 1986 – Congestive heart failure
Playwright Jean-Paul Sartre (No Exit) – 1980

BORN 4/16
Edward Courtenay
Actor Charlie Chaplin (The Little Tramp) born 1889
Actor-comedian Spike Milligan born 1918
Actor Barry Nelson born 1917
Actor-director-author Peter Ustinov born 1921
Actress-singer Edie Adams (Li’l Abner) born 1927
Singer Bobby Vinton is 79
Actor David Graf (Police Academy) born 1950
Actor Jay O. Sanders is 61
Actress Ellen Barkin (The Big Easy) is 60
Singer Jimmy Osmond is 51
Actor-comedian Martin Lawrence (Big Momma’s House) is 49
Actor Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men) is 49
Actor Peter Billingsley (A Christmas Story) is 42
Actor Lukas Haas (Mars Attacks) is 38
DIED 4/16
Actor Graham Jarvis (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) – 2003 – Multiple myeloma
Actor Robert Urich (Vega$) – 2002 – Cancer
Director Michael Ritchie (The Bad News Bears) – 2001 – Prostate cancer
Actress Lucille Bremer (Meet Me in St. Louis) – 1996 – Heart attack
Actor Neville Brand (Birdman of Alcatraz) – 1992 – Emphysema
Director David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia) – 1991 – Cancer
Actor John Reardon (Do Re Mi) – 1988 – AIDS
Actor Scott Brady – 1985 – Emphysema
Actress Fay Bainter (Jezebel) – 1968 – Pneumonia
Writer Edna Ferber (Showboat) – 1968 – Cancer

BORN 4/17
Rock promoter Don Kirshner born 1934
Composer-musician Jan Hammer is 66
Actress Olivia Hussey (Romeo & Juliet) is 63
Actress Teri Austin is 55
Actress Lela Rochon (Waiting to Exhale) is 50
DIED 4/17
Actress Kitty Carlisle-Hart – 2007
Actor Michael Sarrazin (They Shoot Horses…) – 2011 – Cancer
Actor Henderson Forsythe (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) – 2006
Actor Dick Shawn (The Producers, …Mad Mad World) – 1987 – Heart attack
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