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Marcus Goldhaber to Kick Off Summer 2015 Residency at Bar Thalia This SaturdayMarcus Goldhaber to Kick Off Summer 2015 Residency at Bar Thalia This Saturday
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2015

As the 'Spring Swing' continues toward his mid-summer headlining debut at 54 Below, acclaimed NYC jazz vocalist-songwriter MARCUS GOLDHABER will be debuting a completely new live event THIS SATURDAY at BAR THALIA @ SYMPHONY SPACE to celebrate the start of his summer residency there. Saturday's performance starts at 9 PM. (more...)

2014-15 Outer Critics Circle Awards Gala Held Tonight at Sardi's; 'CURIOUS INCIDENT' Among Winners2014-15 Outer Critics Circle Awards Gala Held Tonight at Sardi's; 'CURIOUS INCIDENT' Among Winners
by BWW Special Coverage - May 21, 2015

Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators for media covering New York theatre, recognizes itsaward winners for the 2014-15 season in 24 categories today, May 21st at 4PM at the legendary Sardi's Restaurant. (more...)

Tom Cotter Coming to Comedy Works Landmark Village, 6/25-27Tom Cotter Coming to Comedy Works Landmark Village, 6/25-27
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2015

Comedian Tom Cotter has taken the comedy scene by storm since finishing as runner-up and becoming the Breakout Star from Season 7's America's Got Talent. (He lost to a dog act, but don't hold that against him.) Tom was the first comedian ever to be a finalist on the show and was the highest finishing human being on the show that year. In 2013, AGT asked Tom back to perform as a special guest star and then again to host The Season 8 AGT Snapple Viewing Party. (more...)

Photo Coverage: David Letterman Hosts Party at Friars Club as THE LATE SHOW Comes to an EndPhoto Coverage: David Letterman Hosts Party at Friars Club as THE LATE SHOW Comes to an End
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 17, 2015

David Letterman hosted a party at the Friars Club last night for 350 CBS staffers as his 33 year career as a late night talk show host is ending. He made is way through the throngs of well wishers that filled the legendary Friars Club as he hugged as kissed colleagues and associates. Below, check out photos of the event! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Steve Tyrell Honored at Friars ClubPhoto Coverage: Steve Tyrell Honored at Friars Club
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 16, 2015

An Evening With Steve Tyrell was presented by the Friars Club last night and the Grammy and Emmy Award winning artist and producer had a chair named in his honor in the legendary Frank Sinatra Dinning Room. Check out photos from the event below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Magic & Comedy Night at Friars ClubPhoto Coverage: Magic & Comedy Night at Friars Club
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 15, 2015

The Friars is a magical place to spend an evening (or day) but there was some extra special magic in the club last night. Magician Elliot Smith skillfully kept the Friars tricked after dinner, and comedians Stone and Stone kept them laughing. Friar Dave Konig was the MC, and his special trick is always setting the stage for these fun events at the club. (more...)

Jerry Lewis & More Featured in THIRTEEN's Inside Look at the Friars Club, 5/22Jerry Lewis & More Featured in THIRTEEN's Inside Look at the Friars Club, 5/22
by TV News Desk - May 14, 2015

The rich history of entertainment and laughter are revealed in the half-hour documentaryTreasures of New York: Friars Club, premiering onThursday, May 21 at 10 p.m.on WLIW21andFriday, May 22 at 10 p.m.on THIRTEEN. (more...)

EPIX to Present LISA LAMPANELLI: BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD, 6/26EPIX to Present LISA LAMPANELLI: BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD, 6/26
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2015

Premium TV network EPIX showcases the hilariously indelicate stand-up of Comedy's Lovable Queen of Mean Lisa Lampanelli with the World Television Premiere of Lisa Lampanelli: Back to the Drawing Board on Friday, June 26 (more...)

Comedy Show at Gotham to Benefit TADA! Youth Theater Set for 5/8Comedy Show at Gotham to Benefit TADA! Youth Theater Set for 5/8
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2015

Carla Johnston, Ensemble Parent, TADA! supporter and hilarious comedian, will host this special evening of laughs, A Good Laugh, on Friday, May 8 2015 at Gotham Comedy Club. Join Johnston ("Orange is the New Black") and top comics Andy Pitz ("The Tonight Show"), Nancy Witter (Nick at Nite's "Funniest Mom"), Dave Konig (3-time Emmy Award-winner) and Ryan Hamilton (winner of Great Americam Comedy Festival) for a night of laughter, door prizes and fund-raising for TADA! Your entire date night is planned for you: drop your kids off at TADA!, eat dinner at Bastardo Restaurant (10% of your bill is donated to TADA!) and then see a hilarious comedy show at one of NYC's oldest comedy venues! (more...)

Photo Coverage: The Frank Sinatra Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to Marilyn Maye by Friars Club at 54 BelowPhoto Coverage: The Frank Sinatra Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to Marilyn Maye by Friars Club at 54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 30, 2015

It was the 7th performance of Marilyn's 8 show sold out run of "Her Way" A Salute to Frank Sinatra. The dynamics of the evening made it feel more like a Hockey Play Off Game, with Marilyn scoring goal after goal. The crowd rose to it's feet and cheered after her every song hit the mark of musical perfection. Then, as it became apparent that Marilyn Maye had conquered all, she was presented with the Stanley Cup. Friars Club Dean Emeritus Freddie Roman was led to the stage by Friar Laura Slutsky and "Marvelous Marilyn" was given the Friars Club Frank Sinatra Lifetime Achievement Award. The award states: (more...)

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Honors Melissa ManchesterPhoto Coverage: Friars Club Honors Melissa Manchester
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 28, 2015

The Friars were laughing and crying out loud last night as they saluted Melissa Manchester. (more...)

Bryan Batt Looks Back At Broadway & MAD MENBryan Batt Looks Back At Broadway & MAD MEN
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 27, 2015

Sal talks smoking and showgirls! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Fyvush Finkel & His Sons Presented by Friars Club at Yiddish NightPhoto Coverage: Fyvush Finkel & His Sons Presented by Friars Club at Yiddish Night
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 22, 2015

?The Emmy Award winning actor Fyvesh Finkel jokes, 'I'm 92, but looking at this audience I realize that's no big deal.' Fyvesh was the star of Yiddish Night at the Friars Club last night, although his co-stars were his sons Elliot, Ian, and the special menu of traditional Jewish favorites prepared by the staff. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Bernadette Peters, Danny Aiello, Mayor David Dinkins & Others Celebrate Irv Welzer at the FriarsPhoto Coverage: Bernadette Peters, Danny Aiello, Mayor David Dinkins & Others Celebrate Irv Welzer at the Friars
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 21, 2015

If you are a Friar you receive an "Opening Act" email that introduces you to a new member. Sadly, you also get a "Final Curtain" email when a member leaves the stage. In true theater tradition an "After Party" was held for one of the clubs esteemed members in the Frank Sinatra Dining Room last night. It was organized by Actors Fund President and CEO Joseph Benincasa to remember Irv Welzer, a beloved member of the club. With song and story a few of Irv's fellow Friars reminisced. Mayor David Dinkins, Danny Aiello, Bernadette Peters, Dominic Chianese, Mark Simone, Robert Creighton,Carol Skarimbas,Will & Anthony Nunziata, and Stewie Stone all participated in this party, which celebrated a much loved member of the theatre community. (more...)

First Award Noms of the Year! 2014-15 Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations Announced and SOMETHING ROTTEN! Leads the Pack!First Award Noms of the Year! 2014-15 Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations Announced and SOMETHING ROTTEN! Leads the Pack!
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 20, 2015

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 2014-15 season. The first major Broadway/Off-Broadway award nominees of the New York theater season, the organization is celebrating its 64th season of bestowing awards of excellence in the field of theater. The Outer Critics Circle is an association with members affiliated with more than ninety newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, Internet, and theatre publications in America and abroad. (more...)

Raul Esparza & Katie Finneran Announce 2015 Outer Critics Circle Nominations TodayRaul Esparza & Katie Finneran Announce 2015 Outer Critics Circle Nominations Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2015

The Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers covering New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway, has announced that multi-award-winning stars Raul Esparza and Katie Finneran will announce the nominees for the 2014-15 season today April 20th (11 AM) at The Friars Club (57 East 55th Street- between Park and Madison Avenues.) (more...)

BroadwayWorld's 2015 Theater Awards Season Calendar - All You Need to Know!BroadwayWorld's 2015 Theater Awards Season Calendar - All You Need to Know!
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 16, 2015

The 2015 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...)

Photo Coverage: Dominic Chianese Performs at Italian Night at The Friars ClubPhoto Coverage: Dominic Chianese Performs at Italian Night at The Friars Club
by Stephen Sorokoff - Mar 26, 2015

The show started off with a bang as Steven Maglio was "requested" by Dominic Chianese to introduce the evening. Dominic Chianese, the multi talented actor who is best known for his role as "Junior" in The Sopranos, can also sing (not as in FBI). There were a lot of "family" present for this yearly event at the Friars Club. Good food and good entertainment by fellow Friars were the specials of the day as General Manager Michael Caputo and Food & Beverage Director Giuseppe Tarillo expertly guided the evening. Even Chazz Palminteri (A Bronx Tale) luckily gave a thumbs up! (more...)

BWW Interviews: Chris Lemmon of JACK LEMMON RETURNS (Part One)BWW Interviews: Chris Lemmon of JACK LEMMON RETURNS (Part One)
by Cary Ginell - Mar 25, 2015

After last Sunday's matinee performance of Jack Lemmon Returns, we met his son Chris Lemmon in the green room at the Rubicon Theatre Company to talk about the show, his father, and his memories of growing up with a legend. This is the first of a two-part article. (more...)

Raul Esparza & Katie Finneran to Announce Outer Critics Circle Nominations Next MonthRaul Esparza & Katie Finneran to Announce Outer Critics Circle Nominations Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2015

The Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers covering New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway, has announced that multi-award-winning stars Raul Esparza and Katie Finneran will announce the nominees for the 2014-15 season on Monday April 20th (11 AM) at The Friars Club (57 East 55th Street- between Park and Madison Avenues.) Outer Critics Circle will post award nominations in 24 categories and are the first major Broadway/Off-Broadway award nominees of the New York theater season. (more...)

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