Friars Club News

HEREAFTER MUSICAL From CBS Exec to Open Off-Broadway this Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

Hereafter Musical, a thought provoking new musical by Vinnie Favale and Frankie Keane about the age old human desire to communicate with our loved ones who have passed, told from the perspectives of both the living and the departed, is slated for an open-ended run, Off-Broadway, at the Snapple Theater Center (1627 Broadway) with previews beginning on Saturday, September 13, 2014. Co-Author's Favale and Keane draw from their own personal losses in the inspiring look at the beyond, which will have its official opening on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 4:45PM. (more...)

Screenwriter Dean Ward Partners with Choreographer Michael Rooney on 'Freed Unit' Movie Musical
by Movies News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

Screenwriter Dean Ward (currently a writer on Chelsea Handler's latenight talk show 'Chelsea Lately') idolized Gene Kelly as a kid and even learned to tap dance, eventually taking lessons from legendary hoofers including Gregory Hines, Savion Glover and Charles 'Honi' Coles. Now he is teaming with choreographer Michael Rooney ('500 Days of Summer,' 'The Muppets') to produce an original film musical in the style and tradition of MGM's legendary Freed Unit, named for unparalleled movie musical producer Arthur Freed ('Singin' In The Rain,' 'The Bandwagon,' 'An American In Paris'). Coincidentally, and very appropriately, Michael Rooney is the son of Freed Unit icon Mickey Rooney. (more...)

Duke Ellington Center for the Arts to Present Jazz Showcases, 7/31-8/17
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

The Duke Ellington Center of the Arts will present 'Ellington, New York and the Essence of Jazz,' a discussion led by composer and jazz scholar Edward Green on July 31 at 6pm, and 'Summer Serenade with Bobby Sanabria,' a concert by Sanabria on August 17 at 2:30pm. (more...)

Advertising and Marketing Industry Veteran Joins Keek Board of Directors
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

NEW YORK, NY - Keek Inc. (TSX VENTURE: KEK) (OTCQX: KEEKF) announced today that Matt Scheckner has been appointed to its Board of Directors. Scheckner is President and CEO of Stillwell Partners, a boutique consultancy. Stillwell is best known as the producer of Advertising Week, the world's largest advertising, marketing and media industry summit. The Week is conducted in New York City and London home of Advertising Week Europe. Under Scheckner's leadership, which dates back to 2004, the B-to-B event has evolved into a vibrant, vital platform that advances the industry. The event is supported and attended by the world's premier players in creative, marketing, media and technology.  (more...)

Don Rickles Set for Orleans Showroom, 8/16-17
by BWW News Desk - Jul 07, 2014

Continuing his record-breaking 55th consecutive year as a Las Vegas headliner, internationally renowned comedian, actor and entertainer Don Rickles is set to perform at The Orleans Showroom August 16 and 17. (more...)

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents AN EVENING WITH ERVIN DRAKE
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 12, 2014

Ervin Drake has had many birthday tributes recently and one of the most interesting ones was held at the legendary Friars Club. Host and well known interviewer Bill Boggs, together with music critic/historian/author Will Friedwald traced the life of the 95 year old music icon. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Remembers Music Publisher Frank Military
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 10, 2014

Frank Military the legendary music publisher whose imprint was on many of the hit songs over the last 45 years was memorialized by his son at the Friars Club yesterday. It was an emotional afternoon as many of the icons of the music world attended. (more...)

VIDEO: Jerry Lewis on Joan Rivers: 'She Set the Jews Back 1,000 Years'
by Movies News Desk - Jun 06, 2014

Legendary comedian, actor, director, and screenwriter Jerry Lewis answered fan questions during an intimate Q&A session with an audience of SiriusXM listeners and host Maria Menounos (more...)

SiriusXM to Broadcast Exclusive Town Hall Event with Legendary Comedian Jerry Lewis
by BWW News Desk - Jun 05, 2014

SiriusXM announced today that legendary comedian, actor, director, and screenwriter Jerry Lewis will answer fan questions during an intimate Q&A session with an audience of SiriusXM listeners (more...)

Deborah Grausman, Corinna Sowers-Adler and More Set for SHOWSTOPPER DIVAS -- THE BROADWAY SONGBOOK at Stage 72, 6/16
by BWW News Desk - Jun 04, 2014

On Monday, June 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM, Randie Levine-Miller will present and host Showstopper Divas --'The Broadway Songbook' at Stage 72/Triad (158 West 72nd Street) to benefit The National Multiple Sclerosis Society*. Critically acclaimed theater and cabaret 'divas', Deborah Grausman, Corinna Sowers-Adler, Christianne Tisdale and Deborah Tranelli will star. (more...)

Dark Comedy FEEDING MR. BALDWIN Coming to VOD Today
by Movies News Desk - May 27, 2014

Mitch Cartwright Productions is proud to announce the VOD release of the award-winning new dark comedy, Feeding Mr. Baldwin, through Devolver Digital Films. (more...)

Dark Comedy FEEDING MR. BALDWIN Coming to VOD 5/27
by Movies News Desk - May 23, 2014

Mitch Cartwright Productions is proud to announce the VOD release of the award-winning new dark comedy, Feeding Mr. Baldwin, through Devolver Digital Films. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Vanessa Williams and Cicely Tyson Announce Outer Critics Circle Nominees
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 22, 2014

The Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers covering New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway announced the nominees this morning for the 2013-14 season. Click here for a full list of nominees. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the big announcement below! (more...)

BroadwayWorld's 2014 Theater Awards Season Calendar - All You Need to Know!
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 16, 2014

The 2014 theatre awards season is quickly approaching, and keeping track of all of the important dates for the many ceremonies and their corresponding nomination announcements is no easy feat. Stay up to date on all the need-to-know facts with BroadwayWorld's Awards Season Calendar below! (more...)

THE MEETING* Hosted by JUSTIN SAYRE to Play The Rrazz Room with Colleen McHugh, 4/17
by BWW News Desk - Apr 01, 2014

The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show, will make its premiere performance at THE RRAZZ ROOM on Thursday, April 17 at 8:00 PM. After extended runs at 54 Below and Joe's Pub in New York, the show will make its Pennsylvania debut with this show. The Meeting* has been called 'delicious and delightfully droll' by The New York Post, and 'hilarious and sardonic' by The Village Voice. A recent story for Slate.com called the evening 'so deliciously icy that it left me shivering with fear and delight.' The show will feature special guests Colleen McHugh. (more...)

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Pays Tribute to Mickey Freeman
by Stephen Sorokoff - Mar 27, 2014

The Friars Club was full of laughter last night as Friar Mickey Freeman was remembered by a group of comics who dubbed themselves Mickey's Kids. Comics Mike Fine and Bob Greenberg produced the event and along with Dave Konig assembled these “kids” to recreate the humor and pay respect to one of the legends in the world of comedy. Mickey Freeman also gained fame as a character actor who appeared as a regular on The Phil Silvers TV Show (Sgt. Bilko). He also appeared on episodes of Naked City, the Lloyd Bridges Show and The Equalizer, in addition to his travels as a stand- up comic. Performers at the event were, Larry Stevens, Mike Fine, Jerry Coe, Dave Konig, Jake Ehrenreich, Bob Greenberg, Marc Eliot, Joe Franklin, Paul and Goldie Dver, and 99 year old Prof. Irwin Corey. (more...)

NJPAC to Celebrat Governor Brendan T. Byrne's 90th Birthday with a Celebrity Comedy Roast Benefit, 4/1
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2014

NJPAC will celebrate Governor Brendan T. Byrne's 90th birthday on Tuesday, April 1 at 5:30pm with a Roast and toast of the former Governor by his predecessors in the New Jersey governor's office, celebrity comedians and other New Jersey politicians. Held in NJPAC's intimate Chase Room and benefiting the Arts Center's education initiatives, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will act as Roastmaster and lead Tom Kean, James Florio, Donald DiFrancesco, Jim McGreevey, and Richard Codey, as well as Assemblyman Jon Bramnick in saluting New Jersey's 47th Governor. Joining the politicians onstage to roast Governor Byrne will be acclaimed 'Saturday Night Live' alumnus Joe Piscopo, comedian and former talk show host Joy Behar, Vice President of New York Friars Club, Stewie Stone, and New Jersey judge turned comedian Vince August. World renowned jazz singer and guitarist John Pizzarelli will provide musical accompaniment for the evening. Additional celebrity guests and politicians may be added to the lineup. (more...)

Don Rickles Returns to Las Vegas at The Orleans Showroom, 8/16-17; On Sale 5/3
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2014

Returning to Las Vegas for a record-smashing 55th consecutive year, internationally renowned comedian, actor and entertainer Don Rickles is set for The Orleans Showroom in 2014. The upcoming March 22-23 dates for Don Rickles at The Orleans Hotel and Casino have been postponed to August 16-17. Tickets for the August dates will go on sale May 3. Mr. Rickles' previously announced October 11-12 dates at The Orleans remain intact and on schedule. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Honors Nicole Henry
by Stephen Sorokoff - Feb 17, 2014

Many show business greats have been honored by the Friars Club, and have performed before an audience of entertainment savvy members at the club house on 55th street. Nicole Henry was the latest addition to that list on Feb. 10. This great tradition was continued in the Frank Sinatra Dining Room with an event produced by Friar Historian Bruce Charet and co-produced by Friar Jeff Leibowitz. Singer/pianist Loston Harris was also on the bill. Rosario Dawson hosted the evening of great dining and great music. (more...)

Nicolas King to Play Ocean State Theatre, 3/2
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2014

Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), currently celebrating its first full season in its new state-of-the-art theatre in Warwick, will present Rhode Island's own Nicolas King in concert for a one-night-only event on Sunday, March 2 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

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