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From Frank Tangredi
My play God, Sex, and Getting Even will be running for four performances in Manhattan Sept 17-20. I'm excited to have my work presented by an amazing new company of young theatre artists, The Greenhouse Ensemble. Here is a link to reserve tickets: I hope to see you there!

From Robin Sabella
A dear friend of mine, who was an avid opera fanatic, has passed away. His wife wants to give his opera cd's to some or an organization that will appreciate them. 
If interested, please contact me at

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


Excelsior Theatre is looking for males to play the role of Jamie in their production of The Last Five Years. Rehearsals are Tues, Thurs and Sun in Nesconset. Willing to work around conflicts. Each male will have 1 to 2 performances in the role. Performances are Oct 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11. If interested, email Brian at


Gateway Playhouse, 215 S Country Rd, Bellport, holds open casting for its interactive theatrical attraction, Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse on Fri, Aug 28. <17 arrive at 3PM to sign up (will be finished by 5PM). 18+ arrive at 4:30PM to begin sign ups (will be finished by 6:30PM).  Looking for actors to portray characters in this haunt-style production. Bring a headshot and attach a stapled resume. If no resume, bring a list of pertinent info. Come dressed in comfortable clothing. No open-toe shoes. Must be available for Haunt dates: Preview Wknd: Sept 25, 26 Main Haunt: Oct 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27 (TBD), 28, 29, 30, 31, and Nov 1. HOURS 7-10pm weekdays and 7pm-Midnight on Fri/Sat (call times for make-up begin at 4pm for some actors).  Full/part time and paid/volunteer positions available, however, those with more availability will be given first priority. If you are unavailable for auditions or questions e-mail

Second Stage Productions is casting men and women, 18 and older, for 12 Angry Jurors on Aug 28 and 29 at the Backstage Theatre in Merrick.  All roles are open.  Auditions are by appt only.  Email Brian at for an appt and more info.

Second Stage Productions is casting for All Shook Up on Aug 28 & 29 at the Backstage Theatre in Merrick.  All roles are open.  Auditions by appt only.  Email Brian at for an appt and more info.  Check our website for further info.
NATALIE HALLER (Early 20's): a mechanic.
CHAD: a great-lookin', motorcycling, guitar-playing, leather-jacketed roustabout.
JIM HALLER (mid 40's-50's): Natalie's widowed father.
SYLVIA (mid 40's): the no-nonsense, African-American owner of SYLVIA'S HONKY-TONK.
LORRAINE: Sylvia's 16 year-old daughter.
DENNIS: a young, awkward, aspiring dentist.
MISS SANDRA: the beautiful, intellectual caretaker of the town's museum.
MAYOR MATILDA HYDE (mid 40's-50's): the town's conservative mayor.
DEAN HYDE: Matilda's 16 year-old son. He has grown up at a military boarding school.
SHERIFF EARL (mid 40's-50's): the law in town. A man of not many words.

Plaza Theatrical Productions is casting students in grades three through twelve for their upcoming season which includes children’s roles in Annie, Jr., Scrooge, The Wizard of Oz, The Little Mermaid, Jr., Shrek, Shenandoah, and  Camelot on Sat, Aug 29 (10AM –noon) at Plaza Theatrical Productions, 34 Forest Ave, Lynbrook.   Those auditioning should prepare a short song and bring music in the correct key.  An accompanist will provided. Note: These shows are performed by adults. We are only casting young people for the children’s roles.  For add'l info, call (516) 599-6870 or e-mail

JAMES STREET PLAYERS auditions for THE WIZ on Aug, 30 from 1-5pm) & Aug, 31 from 7-10pm at 21 James St, Babylon Village. Rehearsals will be scheduled after auditions. Show Dates: Nov 20, 21, 24, 27, 28, 29. You may sing a song of your choice at the audition. However, you must be prepared to sing some song choices from the show if you are auditioning for a lead role. All leads/and main ensemble players/dancers must be available for all performances. *Age requirements: 16 and over; Directed by Ken Kopolovicz

Merrick Theatre, 2222 Hewlett Ave, Merrick (516) 868 6400 auditions for A Christmas Carol, The Musical (Ahrens/Menken Version) on Mon, Aug 31 and Wed, Sept 2 at 7:30pm at the theatre. Directed by Tarmo Kirsimae. Show runs Nov 21-Dec 12. Fri/Sat 8pm and Sun 3pm. <Character descriptions can be found on the Cast Calls page>

Theatre Box, 35 Verbena Ave, Floral Park 11001 auditions for DAMN YANKEES on Aug 31 & Sept 2 at 7:30PM, potential callbacks Sept 4 at 7:30PM in the auditorium. Rehearsals start Sept 14 on Mon/Thurs eve, with occasional Sun rehearsals. Performance dates: Nov 13, 14, 15 & 20, 21, 22.  All roles open. Sides will be provided. If you have a head-shot and/or resume, provide a copy. Come prepared for dance/movement. If singing something not from the show, you MUST provide sheet music. Call 516-900-2031 or email with any questions. Check us out online at

Star Playhouse's La Cage aux Folles is still seeking Cagelles - Male singer/dancers over 16, who are the drag performers in the club. Seeking a variety of types and characters. Must be able to kick.  Audition on Tues, Sept 1 at 6:30PM at the Suffolk Y JCC.  For directions, check our website at  Director: Sue Jeffares, Choreographer, Katie Andre, Music Director: Steve Altinel

Bayswater Players audition for GREASE on Tues, Sept 1 from 7-9pm at Bayswater Jewish Center, 2355 Healy Ave, Far Rockaway 11691. (Use entrance on Dickens St) CASTING ALL PARTS Especially looking for actors who can pass for teenager/young adult. Casting ALL PARTS. Especially looking for a great Danny Zuko. Come with a song prepared to sing. Performances: Nov 12 Dec on Thurs & Sat nights and Sun Matinee. Call Michael for more info: 718 208 9687 Visit

Township Theatre Group auditions for It’s a Wonderful Life on Sept 3 & 9 at 7:30-9:30 pm, Five Towns College, 305 N LIE Service Road, Dix Hills.  Performed as a live radio play with actors playing multiple roles.  Casting women and men age range 20-65 years, one boy and one girl 8-12 years.  Also auditioning for a quartet that sings music of the 1940's between the radio scenes.  Quartet auditioners will sing a cappella on 9/3 & 9/9.  Add'l music auditions and call backs with music director on Sept 12 at noon-3pm.  Performances Nov 14-22 at Helen Butler Hall Theatre, Dominican Village, Amityville and Dec 5-6 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington.   Director Patrick Sherrard.   Contact 631-213-9832 or or visit 


BroadHollow Theatre Company is casting the musical Dreamgirls that will run Jan 2 - 17 at our theatre in E Islip and Feb 6 - 28 at our theatre in Elmont.  All roles open.  Auditions by appt.  Email headshot and resume to   


Project the Night is casting actors for the shadow cast production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  Interested actors and crew members can contact us at to receive more info. Performances are once a month with our first show on Sat, Oct 31.
Characters: Janet Weiss, Magenta, Eddie, Dr. Scott, The Criminologist, Transylvanians
The Show:  A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. A science fiction musical extravaganza.

Broadhollow Theater at Elmont will be holding auditions for the musical In The Heights for actors ages 8 - 18 .Performances will be the weekend of Dec 12. Rehearsals begin in Oct and will be Mon & Wed from 5-7 pm depending on scene schedule . There will be a production fee involved.To schedule an audition, email Debi Dubin-Kaufman @

FAME Theatrical Productions is seeking Miss Piggy and Kemit the Frog for The Christmas Toy. Looking for ages between 15-20 years old. Must be able to sing, dance and act.  Send your resume and headshot. If interested, call 516-225-1088 or email us at musicalgrl2003@gmails.

Casting two actors in 15-minute play, Cellar Door by Hofstra Alum Christine Ondris, part of Manhattan Repertory Theater's Fall One-Act Play Competition. Performance dates are evenings of Sept 17 – 20, with possible add'l performances Sept 29 & 30. Dress rehearsal Wed, Sept 16 from 8:30-11pm.
JOHN: male in his mid-30s
ANNA: female in her mid-20s who has recently finished graduate school.
The two characters meet in the cellar of Anna’s house at her going-away party. Their conversation covers several different topics, until they eventually land on their former romantic relationship.
Rehearsals will be held on LI in the Franklin Square area and the performances will be held at the Manhattan Repertory Theater, 42nd St and 8th Ave. No compensation offered at present, but if the play wins the competition, there is a substantial monetary prize, which would be shared with the actors. Non-union only.
Interested actors, contact the playwright & director: Director: Amanda Pagano, / Playwright: Christine Ondris, (530) 340-1606

Don’t Dress for Dinner at Lantern Theatre, 91 N Bayview Ave, Freeport.  Production runs Nov 7 – 29: Sat at 8pm & Sun at 1:30pm.  For info, audition arrangements and a copy of script, email the director, Kathy Becker at or call 516-785-7340.
BIG George The Brute (25-45) physically imposing. (small but important part - good way to get your feet wet)

Living History Productions - Actors are encouraged to audition for a wide range of roles. Our productions encompass dramatic programs, musical comedy presentations and more. Our Signature Series are original stage productions depicting the lives of American Icons such as Bob Hope, Nat King Cole, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bobby Darin, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Lucille Ball.
Production Dates: Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 on LI
Musicals, Theater, Drama, Cabaret & Variety. Nonunion. Car Necessary.
Send Headshot and Resume to:
Special Instructions: In your cover letter, note your availability from Nov 2015 – Feb 2016.
Auditions by Appt Only. If you sing, be prepared with a standard or Broadway song.
For more info, call 631-654-1888.


Huntington Cabaret is auditioning for upcoming Broadway Showcases with Award-Winning NYC Music Director at Major NYC club. Adults, HS and JHS singers through Sept 15. Audition and rehearsals will be in Huntington. Must have extensive performing experience and be able to sing harmony very well. All cast members will sing solos throughout the show and solo parts in the group finale. There will be two private sessions with the director and music director to create arrangements for each song, one private session with the director and one finale rehearsal with the cast. Publicity for each cast member will be sent out. A professional CD of the show will be recorded. We are asking for video submissions as a pre-audition. Sing an uptempo song all the way through and a ballad. Include head shot and resume. Send submissions to: Director Linda Ray at: In-person auditions will be by app.  Show dates will be set according to cast's availability in late fall. For more info, call Linda Ray at 631 673-5577.

Do you love to sing? Do you want to perform classical and popular music with a dedicated group of Long Island voices? The Bel Canto Chorale, under the direction of Greg Mercer, is auditioning all voice parts for the 2015-16 season! We are a four-part mixed choir that rehearses on Sun from 7pm-9pm at the Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church, 1845 Wantagh Ave, Wantagh. Come to our first rehearsal on Sun, Sept 13. We will be performing The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins. Our Winter Concert will be on Dec 12 at 8pm. Membership dues are $60 per individual($105 per couple) per semester, to be paid by the third rehearsal of each semester, plus purchase of 2 tickets at $15 per ticket. Need-based scholarships are available on a case-by-case basis.  For more info, contact us at


Shining Studios (Port Washington), an LI theatre school, is seeking a MUSICAL DIRECTOR for IMMEDIATE HIRE for its upcoming Fall season.  We are looking for someone dynamic and fun-loving with a passion for working with actors of all ages (especially children.)  Pay is based upon experience. Forward resume (with references and links to previous shows you have musical directed) to  No phone calls.

Cultural Arts Playhouse is seeking musical directors for their upcoming year. We are looking for class instructors for Mon - Fri from 4-7pm. This a part time, paid position. Email Tony at for more info.

Experienced Director and Musical Director wanted for production of Bye Bye Birdie for The Community Synagogue of Port Washington Theatre Group. Interviews will be held during  Aug.  Auditions on Sun, Sept 27, Tues, Sept 29 and Wed, Sept 30. Rehearsals will begin in Oct 3x a week (2 evenings TBD and Sun afternoons). Performances at the Landmark Theatre, Port Washington on Sun, Jan 31 at 3pm, Thurs, Feb 4 at 7pm and Sat, Feb 6 at 8pm. To submit a resume, email Melissa Halpern at


Dance Teacher Needed ASAP for upcoming show. Must have at least 2 years dance teacher experience in a dance school, must be able to teach all elements of dance, must be good with kids, teens, adults. Must be dependable and must able to start right away. Must be available. Mon-Wed from 4-8pm and Sat from 10am-1pm. Classes already in place you can teach. Pay is between $15-$30 based on experience. Call us at 516-225-1088 or email your name and phone number to

Looking for Dancers- M/F for Artist Jenna Rose and others
Intermed-Advanced - Must be willing 2 travel & sign contract agreement
No Pay but Industry Experience 631-560-9793


Five Towns College is seeking to fill a design/builder/teaching position.  Candidate would design approx 6 shows a year and have the ability to build and teach the stagecraft, set design and play production classes with the potential for others. This is not considered a full time or tenure track position. Looking for someone who is willing to help us possibly expand and further develop a tech program that would likely turn into full time. Need to be available to run the crews (play production classes) which run Mon-Thurs from 4:30-6:30pm and build outside of the class time. Contact James Beneduce at or call 631-463-1703.

Merrick Theatre is looking for Theatre Arts Teachers for our upcoming Fall Program.  If interested, call JoAnne or Tommy at 516-665-3127. Must have experience in teaching children and knowledge in theatre arts.

Merrick Theatre is looking for Stage Managers for their upcoming productions.  If interested, call Joe or JoAnne at 516-868-6400 or 516-665-3127

Minstrel Players of Northport are seeking an Asst Tech Director, House Manager and Stage Manager with various duties in stage construction, painting, lighting, sound, props, front-of-house and backstage. Must be available most Sun afternoons & many Mon and Tues evenings for 2 months prior to performance dates. "Handy" a plus, will train anyone willing to learn the craft. Valuable community experience - students welcome. For more info, call 516-557-1207 or visit us online at

John W. Engeman Theater is seeking a full-time Wardrobe Supervisor. Responsibilities include maintaining costume quality throughout the run of performances, costume preparations, laundry, assisting actors with costume changes, maintaining and cleaning costumes, striking show at closing and creating all wardrobe paperwork. Wig maintenance helpful but not required. Ideal candidate will have strong people and organizational skills, as well as experience with sewing, costume crafts, and some wig and makeup skills. Must have own transportation. Position to begin in early Sept. Submit resume and cover letter to


VENUS ADONIS THEATER FESTIVAL/COMPETITION SEEKS Submissions - Accepted from everywhere in the US. Shows from outside NY and NJ can only run if the entire cast and crew are from NYC. Submissions must be 30 - 90 min.  The winner of Best Play will receive $2,500. Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director will receive $500 each. Best Original play will receive $200, Best Musical $300. All genres 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. Festival runs 1/4 - 3/10. Submissions by 12/15. Click here for info or to submit.

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.

Taught by Brittany Lauda
Wed, 7:30 – 9pm
Sept 9 – Nov 18 (no class Nov 11)
Tuition : $350
Simple Gifts Productions Performing Arts Studio, 90B Washington Drive Centerport 11721
(631) 561-9522 /
Do you get told you have a nice voice? Do you like to act? Well, look at you! Why not try voice over acting? Local voice actress and casting director Brittany is here to unveil the secrets of the world of Voice Over. Brittany has provided her voice to anime like Pokemon XY, YuGiOh Arc V, Ladies versus Butlers, Queen's Blade. She also does voice over for games and apps like My Little Pony, Huniepop, Strife, YIIK, Wasteland 2, and many more. Brittany works as a casting director for both games and anime. In this 10 week class Brittany will give you an intro to voice over acting and teach you the technique behind becoming a voice actor. You will learn about the industry, character acting, video games, animation, and even a taste of commercials and narration. You will learn audition technique and what she looks for in auditions. You will even work with some real audition material and get the opportunity to perform a mock audition and get real feedback on your audition technique and work. At the end of the class, she will work with students to create their very own characters that they will record on her professional equipment and get to take home.

Voice and Dance teachers needed for the 2015-16 school year (and possible longer) at Take A Bow in Plainview. Must be organized, responsible, and love working with children ages 3-12. Prior teaching experience is a plus. Classes run Mon-Fri after 4pm and Sat mornings. Add'l info on our website:  Email cover letter and resume to

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


Othello @ Arena Repertory Players 8/30

Grey Gardens @ Bay Street Theatre 8/30

I Do! I Do! @ Broadhollow Bay Way 8/30

West Side Story @ Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts 8/30


Year of the Iguana @ Studio Theatre 8/29 ONLY!

Fifth of July @ BaCCA  Arts  Center Theater/StageLight Entertainment 8/28 - 30 ONLY!


Stagelight Entertainment presents Fifth of July by Lanford Wilson
Directed by Tiana Christoforidis
Sat, Aug 29 at 8pm
Sun, Aug 30 at 3pm
Fri, Sept 4 at 8pm
Sat, Sept 5 at 8pm
Tickets $15 Adults, $12 Stud/Sr
Franklyn P Butler
Jessie Maldonado
Kevin Hansen
Miranda Cooper
Phillip Martinez
Amy Weinstein
Rosemary Flanagan
Anthony Bertuglia
Ken Talley, a Vietnam vet who lost his legs in combat, lives in a farmhouse in rural Missouri with his lover, Jed. Traumatized and bitter, Ken struggles to find meaning in his life. As he contemplates selling the farmhouse, old friends and family members descend for a vacation. A bittersweet portrait of the rock n roll generation at the precise moment they realize the fireworks ended yesterday.
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Bay Street Theater is offering premium seats, a boxed picnic supper from Topping Rose House, a beverage (cocktail, wine, beer (21 and over), or soda, water and a Bay Street Theater hat during the run of GREY GARDENS, which stars Rachel York and Betty Buckley, with book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel, and lyrics by Michael Korie. Michael Wilson directs. For the premium ticket package, or for regular tickets, call the Box Office at 631-725-9500 or online at
Enjoy your meal in Bay Street's beautiful courtyard or lobby. A set menu is available and no substitutions will be possible. Check dates and menu offerings below. Meals will be available prior to the show, starting at 5:30pm for a 7pm curtain and 6:30pm for an 8pm curtain.
Aug 25-30: House Made Mozzarella & Sun Dried Tomato, Rosemary Olive Bread, Marinated Mushrooms, Basil Pesto
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Blue Box Theatre Company presents Lee Blessing's Down the Road
Performing Arts Studio of NY, 224 E Main St,  Port Jefferson 11777
(631) 928-6529
Aug  28, 29, Sept 4, 5 @ 8pm
Aug  30 Sept 6 @ 7pm
Tickets : Student - $13 / General - $19
*Artists Appreciation discount for LI performers - if you buy a gen adm ticket online, type in the promo code INNER CIRCLE to receive $6 off your ticket or say the words "INNER CIRCLE" at door on performance night you wish to attend and PAY $13 for general admission.
Bryon Azoulay as Dan Henniman
Marquez Stewart as Iris Henniman
James D. Schultz as Bill Reach
Tom Moolayil as Detective
Directed by David Morrisey Jr.
Produced by James D Schultz, David Morrissey Jr., Joe Rubino and Andrew J. Beck
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The Textile Co. presents Year of the Iguana by Claude Solnik a staged reading of a new play
Studio Theatre Long Island, 141 S Wellwood Ave, Lindenhurst
Aug 29 @ 8pm
Tix $15 @
Info (516) 404-2960 or (631) 226-8400.
About Tennessee Williams' life and relationship with his sister Rose, the role model for many of his greatest characters.  The play debuts almost 19 years to the day (nearly 20 years) since Rose died Sept 6, 1996, after becoming a key figure in literature without writing a word.
Daniel Higgins directs
Annalise Abar ... Rose as a girl
Karin Weibert ... Rose as a woman
Paul Wallace ... Tennessee as a  boy
Michael Carlin ... Tennessee as an older man
Lisa Meckes ... their mother, Edwina
Jim Bradley ... their father, Cornelius
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Bare Bones Theater presents The Waiting Room by Lisa Loomer
57 Main St, Northport
Sept 10, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 at 8PM
Sept 13, 27 at 3PM
Sept 20 at 7:30PM
Tickets $25:; 800-838-3006
Victoria/Woman Lawyer....KEIRA FINNELL
Douglas....KYLE GRANT
Forgiveness from Heaven....JEANNIE POWERS
A dark comedy about the timeless quest for beauty—and its cost. Three women from different centuries meet in a modern doctor's waiting room. Forgiveness From Heaven is an eighteenth-century Chinese woman whose bound feet are causing her to lose her toes. Victoria is a nineteenth-century tightly corsetted English woman suffering from what is commonly known as "hysteria." Then there is Wanda, a modern gal from New Jersey who is having problems with her silicone breasts. Husbands, doctors, Freud, the drug industry and the FDA all come under examination. The play is a wild ride through medical and sexual politics, including the politics of the ever-present battle with breast cancer.
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South Shore Theatre Experience presents the LI Premiere of The  Realistic Joneses By Will Eno
315 W Montauk Hwy (Walnut St entrance), Lindenhurst 11757 631-669-0506
Sept 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 @ 8pm
Sept 13 @ 3pm
All tickets $15
Directed by  Mary Ann Cafiero
Deborah Cascio Plezia
Susan Dorsey-Nelson
Christopher Hackert
Ted Plezia
Bob Jones and his wife Jennifer meet their new next-door neighbors, John and Pony Jones. They discuss their lives, giving an "inside look at the people who live next door, the truths we think we know and the secrets we never imagined we all might share." Eno said that he wrote The Realistic Joneses because he "wanted to really just write a naturalistic and realistic play."
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Theatre Three Summer Comedy Show
CALL 631-928-9100
Fri, Aug 28 & Sat, Aug 29 @ 8pm Long Island Comedy Festival



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ed. asks...
What movie of 1942 cast 4 Jews, an Irishman & a German as California Mexicans? Bonus*: Name each actor and ethnic background.

Know the answer? Click here to reply:

Last Week's Stumper
What film played a NYC neighborhood theatre in the early 1950’s whose marquee read: Starring Bernard Schwartz and Rosetta Jacobs?
Bonus*: I'm sure everyone knows that Bernie Schwartz was Tony Curtis' real name, but who was Rosetta Jacobs?
Answer:  The Prince who was a Thief. Both were local Jews, born on the lower Eastside of NY, and well known in that neighborhood by their real names.
Bonus*:  Piper Laurie
Winner(s): ;- (


Peter Morrison asks...
Which Broadway show in the nineties dealt with African-American history through music and tap dance?
Bonus*: One of its stars was a young and famous singer/dancer/choreographer.  Can you name him?

Know the answer(s)? Click here to reply:

Last Week's Stumper
In the mid-Eighties there was a musical about an NYC mayor.  Which mayor?  What was the title and who played the mayor? Bonus*: Who wrote music and lyrics?
Answer: Mayor Edward Koch; Mayor (Latin Quarter, 10/23/85-1/5/86, 70 perfs.); Lenny Wolpe
Bonus*:  Charles Strouse
Winner(s): Michael Manuelian*, Michael McAuliffe*, Frank Tangredi


Frank Tangredi asks...
On February 26, 1930, Richard Berry Harrison – the son of fugitive slaves – made his debut (and only) appearance on Broadway. He was 65. By the time he died, five years later, he had played the role more than 1600 times. What was the play and what was Harrison’s TRULY iconic role?  Bonus*: The play itself won a Pulitzer Prize. Name the author.

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Last Week's Stumper
What director holds the record for having staged more Neil Simon plays on Broadway than any other (a total of eight)? Bonus*: Name any two of the eight Simon productions he helmed.
Answer: Gene Saks. (For the record, Mike Nichols directed five.)
Bonus*: California Suite, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, Broadway Bound, Jake’s Women, Rumors, Lost in Yonkers, plus the female version of The Odd Couple
Winner(s): Michael Manuelian*, Lloyd Baum*


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...
Who portrayed the first openly homosexual character on a nationally televised broadcast?

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Last Week's Stumper
What TV star, a comedian, allegedly hung one of his young writers out of an 18th floor window until he agreed that a joke was funny? Bonus*: Who was the writer?
Answer:  Sid Caeser
Bonus*:  Mel Brooks
Winner(s): Lloyd Baum*, Frank Tangredi*, Michael McAuliffe*, Len DeLorenzo*


ed. asks...
What question did TV Quiz Show contestant Herb Stempel answer incorrectly to set the stage for Charles Van Doren's reign as champion on Twenty One?
Bonus*: What did Stempel give as an answer?  Extra Bonus**: What was the correct answer?

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Last Week's Stumper
What Jewish performer was the best ventriloquist of his time and helped create the first artificial heart? Bonus*: Who was the most famous (though not the best) ventriloquist at the time?
Answer:  Paul Winchell (born Wilchinsky)
Bonus*:  Edgar Bergen
Winner(s):  Lloyd Baum*, Frank Tangredi*

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

Fatherless David, guided by his guardian Micawber, aspires to build a cricket field in the English countryside, but is almost undone by swindler Uriah Heep.  David manages to build it, and they come.

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

BORN 8/28
Actor Charles Boyer (Gaslight) born 1897
Actor Simon Oakland (The Sand Pebbles) born 1915
Actress Nancy Kulp (The Beverly Hillbillies) born 1921
Actor Donald O'Connor (Singin' in the Rain) born 1925
Actress Roxie Roker (The Jeffersons) born 1929
Actor Ben Gazzara born 1930
Actress Elizabeth Seal (Irma La Douce) is 82
Actor Kevin Colson (Aspects of Love) is 78
Actor Peter Bartlett (The New Century) is 73
Actor David Soul (Starsky & Hutch) is 72
Actor Charles Rocket (SNL) born 1949
Actor Daniel Stern (City Slickers) is 58
Actress Emma Samms (Dynasty) is 55
Singer Shania Twain is 50
Singer Lee Ann Rimes is 33
DIED 8/28
Actress Miyoshi Umeki (Flower Drum Song, Sayonara) - 2007
Director John Huston (The African Queen, Prizzi's Honor) - 1987 - Emphysema
Actress Ruth Gordon (Harold & Maude, Rosemary's Baby) - 1985 - Stroke
Actress Jan Clayton (Carousel) - 1983 - Cancer
Actor Robert Shaw (Jaws) - 1978 - Heart attack
Actress Anissa Jones (Family Affair) - 1976 – Suicide

BORN 8/29
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 80
Actor Elliot Gould (M*A*S*H) is 77
Director Joel Schumacher (The Lost Boys) is 76
TV Personality Robin Leach (Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous) is 74
Actress Deborah Van Valkenburgh (Too Close for Comfort) is 63
Actor Ben Harney (Dreamgirls) is 63
Singer Michael Jackson (Thriller, Beat It, etc.) born 1958
Actress Rebecca De Mornay (Risky Business, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle) is 56
Actress Carla Gugino (After the Fall) is 44
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 76
Actress Peggy Lipton (The Mod Squad) is 68
Actor Timothy Bottoms (The Paper Chase) is 64
Actor David Paymer (Mr. Saturday Night) is 61
Actor Michael Chiklis (The Commish) is 52
Actress Cameron Diaz (There's Something About Mary) is 43
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 77
Actor Jack Thompson (The Sum of Us) is 74
Violinist Itzhak Perlman is 70
Singer Van Morrison (Moondance) is 70
Actor Richard Gere (American Gigolo, Pretty Woman) is 66
Singer Deborah Gibson (Out of the Blue) is 44
Actor Chris Tucker (Rush Hour) is 42
Actress Sara Ramirez (Grey’s Anatomy, Spamalot) is 40
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 87
Actor Ron O'Neal (Superfly) born 1937
Actress/Comedienne Lily Tomlin (9 to 5, The Search for Signs...) is 76
Actor Scott Speedman (Felicity) is 40
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 96
Actor Mark Harmon (St. Elsewhere) is 64
Actress Linda Purl (Happy Days, NCIS) is 60
Actor Keanu Reeves (Speed, The Matrix) is 51
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 89
Actress Irene Pappas is 86
Actress Eileen Brennan (Private Benjamin) born 1935
Actress Pauline Collins (Shirley Valentine) is 75
Musician Al Jardine (Beach Boys) is 73
Actress Valerie Perrine (Lenny) is 71
Actor Charlie Sheen (Anger Management) is 50
Actor Costas Mandylor (Picket Fences) is 50
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
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