HAPPENINGS

CONCERTS – THEATER – CABARET – BENEFITS – AUCTIONS

If you’d like to experience a more traditional Christmas holiday season, enjoy Clint Edwards Music – uninterrupted. Clint is a one of today’s major forces as a composer and sought after musical director/arranger. And he offers many year-round musical programs about the Great American Songbook. www.clintedwardsmusic.com

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Pittsfield, MA. in the heart of the Berkshires, and under the leadership of Founder/Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, will present BSC’s Holiday Getaway, a virtual concert starring Alan H. Green (BSC’s The Hills Are Alive with Rodgers & Hammerstein, Broadway’s School of Rock), Alysha Umphress (BSC’s The Hills Are Alive with Rodgers & Hammerstein; Broadway/BSC’s On the Town) and Joel Waggoner (Composer: BSC’s Presto Change-O; Performer: Broadway’s School of Rock). The concert will be filmed in advance at BSC’s Boyd-Quinson Mainstage and will be streamed from Friday, December 18 at 7:30 pm ET through Wednesday, December 23 at 7:30 pm ET. BSC’s Holiday Getaway will be available for a donation of $25 or more at the following link on Ovation Tix.

Audra McDonald concert via www.NYcitycenter.org has been extended thru January 3. An hour of classic songs from Broadway’s Golden Age!

Penguin Rep Theatre today announced that the Stony Point-based professional theatre will present a special online benefit reading of Lucas Hnath’s A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 starring Ann Dowd, Emmy Award-winning actress, and directed by founding artistic director Joe Brancato. The recorded reading will premiere Saturday, December 26 at 8 p.m. and is available for viewing through Wednesday, December 30 at 8 p.m.

Tickets are available by making a tax-deductible donation at www.penguinrep.org/dh2. Net proceeds will benefit Penguin Rep and People to People, Rockland County’s largest food pantry.

Out of the Box Theatrics (OOTB) (Elizabeth Flemming, Founder and Producing Artistic Director; Ethan Paulini, Associate Artistic Director) announce its 2021 Season, including the previously announced virtual production of The Last Five Years and the long-awaited return of the company’s site-specific production of Baby, as well as a virtual benefit for Black History Month, a residency in partnership with New Hampshire’s Weathervane Theatre, and a new work festival. VIRTUAL BENEFIT
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 7:30 PM www.ootbtheatrics.com

New Federal Theatre will hold a 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration as a virtual event January 17, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.  The Gala will be accessible from the theater’s website, www.newfederaltheatre.com, and will honor Cliff Frazier, Ron Himes, S. Epatha Merkerson, Ed Pitt, Phylicia Rashad, Oz Scott, Beth Turner, Glynn Turman and Douglas Turner Ward.  The celebration is written by Bill Harris, directed by Dean Irby and co-hosted by Ted Lange.

Honorary Committee for the event includes Richard Abrons, Debbie Allen, Harry Belafonte, Vin Diesel, Toni Fay, Danny Glover, Samuel L. Jackson and La Tanya Richardson Jackson, Sidney Poitier, Phylicia Rashad, Lamman Rucker, Glynn Turman, Mfundi Vundla and Lynn Whitfield. Many VIP’s are expected in the virtual audience. To reserve, go to https://newfederaltheatre.com or send an email to rsvp@newfederaltheatre.com.  


Michael C. Hall and Sophia Anne Caruso will stream in Lazarus to mark David Bowie’s Birthday premiering January 8 to 10.

The Broadway community seeks new financial outlets during this shutdown –

Jeremy O’Harris is launching a new venture . . . a 20-piece, gender-neutral clothing collection. Expect to see it with Canadian e-commerce site SSENSE.

Robert Fairchild launched a floral arrangement company –  Boo.kay out of his 4th floor walk-up on the Upper West Side.


The 76th Theatre World Awards will be postponed until Live Theater returns in 2021/2022.


Jenn Colella’s Capt.Jacket/Hat in Come From Away

Now’s your chance to bid on costumes worn by Hugh Jackman, Bernadette Peters and many others in a Holiday Auction Benefit thru the Costume Industry Coalition and the FIT Foundation. There will be two installments of the benefit. The first items are already available to bid on through December 21. They include the shoes Bernadette Peters‘ wore in Into the WoodsErika Henningsen‘s shirt and Barrett Wilbert Weed‘s hand-painted denim jacket from Mean GirlsLaura Osnes‘ shoes from CinderellaJenn Colella‘s captain’s jacket and hat from Come From Away, Laura Bell Bundy’s Juicy Couture pink velour tracksuit from Legally Blonde and more.

Theater fans can begin bidding on the second installment on December 18 and continue through December 28. These items include Hugh Jackman‘s pineapple shirt from The Boy from Oz, Bob Mackie’s framed, signed costume sketches and cast photo from The Cher Show, Bernadette Peters’ coat from Gypsy and more. Head here to see the items.


A Virtual Telethon to save one of cabaret’s most treasured locations WEST BANK CAFÉ. There will be a free stream beginning at noon on December 25 www.savewestbankcafe.com They need to pay rent and monthly bills. Go HERE to this GoFundMe page. The Telethon will feature many wonderful talents including Betty Buckley, Debra Messing, Martha Plimpton, Alice Ripley, Joe Iconic, Lewis Black, Telly Leung, Nick Adams, Dylan Baker and many more.


The Brill Building, with its beautiful Art Deco facade at 1619 Broadway, originally constructed around 1931 and designated a landmark in 2010 will undergo renovation and hopefully maintain the historical integrity of the Brill.


Mary Poppins is scheduled to return to the West End in May 2021. It began performances on Oct. 23, 2019.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is scheduled to return to the Princess Theatre in Sydney, Au. On February 25.

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