Gotham Burlesque Coney Island Spectacular: Coney Island is invading Manhattan's Upper West Side October 6th at 10pm at The Triad. There will be twelve amazing acts from NYC's best burlesque and variety performers, including Bambi the Mermaid, The Great Fredini, Ekaterina, The Great Throwdini, Miss Harvest Moon, Scott Baker, Tigger, Justina Flash, and more! Shelly Watson will host this sultry extravaganza featuring song, dance, tricks, and plenty of treats. Tickets range from $37-$49 and can be purchased here.
The LIT Fund (League of Independent Theater), which launched August 1st, brings together over sixty independent theater companies in New York City to create a new funding source for off-off Broadway shows. The Fund will be used to establish an endowment for independent theater, create an Emergency Fund for independent theaters, companies, and artists, and provide unrestricted grants to participating companies and venues beginning August 1, 2013.
Broadway stalwart Norbert Leo Butz says, “I have done most of my work on Broadway. I have won two Tony awards and been in a total of 8 Broadway shows. So why do I support the LIT fund? ‘Cause I can't afford to go see plays unless I am in them, that's why. I think we are discovering that the economic model for commercial productions above 34th street (and several below) has become, at best, obsolete, and, at worst, unethical. Thank God for our little theatres!!! Who else is gonna provide the city with honest and undiluted theatrical voices? I have to work mostly uptown, but when I want to SEE theatre, I head Off-Off Broadway. Everyone knows that's where the real action is!”
Circle Line is hosting its 4th Annual Rock of Ages '80s Cruise along with New York City Experience on July 18th. Tickets are $50 and include a summer bbq buffet, wine from B. Smith's Restaurant, beef from Heartland Brewery, champagne from 300 Bowling, sangria from Southern Hospitality, and energy drinks from HARD Engergy! To top off the quirky theme, '80s hair and makeup will be provided by Maximus Clark salon at the Oasis Day Spa. With all this and more, you are guaranteed to have Nothing But A Good Time!
Cast members from the Broadway show will be on board and there will also be a Rock of Ages on Broadway Scavenger Hunt, where you can win prizes and tickets to see the show. Dave and Buster's and Warner Bros will have a prize wheel with giveaways all night long and VJ Randy Esulto will be mixing your fave '80s videos!
The cruise goes from 7-10pm and tickets can be purchased here.
With a shining bright smile, a short blonde 9-year-old boy named Luke Spring opened the evening with an impressive tap dance number, riling up the crowd like a smokey cabaret lounge cheering on a young prodigy.
For 30 years, the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards have been honoring the dancers and choreographers that have gone over looked by mainstream recognition.
As producer and welcoming speaker and Patricia Watt puts it, "We're here in the middle of awards season and dancers have yet to be recognized. Well, we're here to change all that."
Ace Young (season 5) and Diana DeGarmo (season 6 runner up) are officially engaged. The singer popped the question to DeGarmo on the season finale of American Idol last night. The cute couple met when they were both starring on Broadway's revival of Hair and became inseparable. They also have collaborated on music together with DeGarmo signed on to Young's indie label Young Brothers Entertainment.
"We have conquered Broadway together, we have created new music together, we have an amazing group of people around us," Young professed right before popping the question.
You might remember Tony Vincent from NBC's The Voice, where he was on Team Cee-Lo and blowing away the audience with his incredible voice and memorable performances. Since the show, Tony has been focusing on writing and recording his own music, and has recently released a single called Starting Over. Joonbug gets the scoop on how it felt to be eliminated, what Tony is up to now, and Tony's secret special talent!
June 4th brings the 30th Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards to NYU at the Skirball Center for Performing Arts at 7:30pm. Liza Minnelli will be honored with its Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award! We all know Liza (who didn't love her in recent endeavour Arrested Development?), winner of four Tony Awards, an Oscar, a special "Legends" Grammy, two Golden Globe Awards, and an Emmy. Now that's impressive. In film, television, and on stage, Liza has won critical acclaim, as well as a following of fans.
Relive your childhood fantasies with a performance of classic The Secret Garden. For a limited time only, from May 5th- 19th, the Astoria Performing Arts Center will fascinate audiences with the tale of Mary and her secret, magical garden.
Taking place in 1906 at a lonely manor, Archibald Craven is saddened by the loss of his wife and his crippled son. All this changes when he must take in young Mary, whose parents passed away. The union will change their lives forever.
Jacques Brel Returns is hosting a special one night only performance with Tony Award nominee Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde, Les Miserables) on January 28th at 7pm. The performance will be held at The Triad and tickets are priced at $30 general admission or $40 for premium seating. Joining Cuccioli in the performance are other big names such as Tamra Hayden, Arlo Hill, Rick Hip-Flores, and Ereni Sevasti.