Ilene Kristen News

Photo Coverage: Fran Drescher, Christopher Sieber & More Celebrate Reopening of Tavern on the Green
by Walter McBride - May 13, 2014

The newly restored Tavern on the Green, located in Central Park just west of the Sheep Meadow near 67th Street, just celebrated its historic re-opening last night, May 12. The new Tavern on the Green, with executive chef Katy Sparks at the helm, serves Contemporary American cuisine with global influences offering a new take on a Park dining establishment serving all New Yorkers and visitors to Central Park. BroadwayWorld takes you inside the historic event below! (more...)

TAINTED DREAMS Scores Two Independent Series Award Nominations
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2014

NYC Brand Production's first scripted series, Tainted Dreams garners two Independent Series Award nominations for: 'Best Ensemble Cast' and 'Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama' for Alicia Minshew best known for her role as 'Erica Kane's' daughter, 'Kendall Hart' on All My Children. Tainted Dreams' ensemble cast boasts eight of Off-Broadway's funniest folks. Stars of the Off-Broadway comedy hits, 'My Big Gay Italian Wedding,' now celebrating its 10thAnniversary Off-Broadway, and its sequel 'My Big Gay Italian Funeral' including Anthony Wilkinson (creator and executive producer of 'Wedding' and 'Funeral', Debra Toscano, Paul Moon, Brian Patrick Murphy, Brett Douglas, Erik Ransom, Meagan Robar and Marissa Perry, all moonlight as part of the Independent Series Award-nominated 'Best Ensemble Cast' from Tainted Dreams. (more...)

Mark Baker, Katherine & Kimberly Corp and More Set for HDSA's 2013 CURTAIN'S UP FOR A CURE, 12/9
by BWW News Desk - Dec 03, 2013

The Huntington's Disease Society of America ~ Greater New York Chapter (HDSA) will host its seventh annual CURTAIN'S UP FOR A CURE: A Broadway Holiday Concert, a celebration of life featuring songs by Broadway's greatest songwriters as well as holiday favorites, on Monday, December 9,2013. (more...)

'Real Housewives' Star Dina Manzo Begins Filming TAINTED DREAMS
by Movies News Desk - Aug 08, 2013

“Real Housewives of New Jersey,” star Dina Manzo will film her first scenes August 8 as a member of the cast of NYC Brand Production's first, scripted dramedy, 'Tainted Dreams.” (more...)

Ilene Kristen and Mark Nadler Set for 'The Concerts for City Greens' Upcoming Show, Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2013

The 6th Season of The Concerts for City Greens, free outdoor concert series, continues on Wednesday, June 26th at 6:30 pm (Rain date: Today, June 27th at 6:30pm.) at Tudor City Greens, with 'Summer Sambas, Showmen & Sirens ,' and will feature professional performers from Broadway and the New York City cabaret, jazz, and classical scene. All performers donate their time and talent to benefit MUSIC AND ART FOR GREEN. The concert will be hosted by Tudor City resident, Broadway and cabaret veteran Raissa Katona Bennett. (more...)

Ilene Kristen and Mark Nadler Set for 'The Concerts for City Greens' Upcoming Show, 6/27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2013

The 6th Season of The Concerts for City Greens, free outdoor concert series, continues on Wednesday, June 26th at 6:30 pm (Rain date: Thursday, June 27th at 6:30pm.) at Tudor City Greens, with 'Summer Sambas, Showmen & Sirens ,' and will feature professional performers from Broadway and the New York City cabaret, jazz, and classical scene. All performers donate their time and talent to benefit MUSIC AND ART FOR GREEN. The concert will be hosted by Tudor City resident, Broadway and cabaret veteran Raissa Katona Bennett. (more...)

Ilene Kristen and Lea DeLaria Set for MIX AND MINGLE WITH ROXY AND DELPHINA in NYC Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2013

Soap Opera Socialite Productions has announced its next event, Mix & Mingle with Roxy and Delphina in New York City. Tonight, February 16th, join One Life to Live's Ilene Kristen (Roxy Balsom; Broadway: Grease, Off-Broadway: My Big Gay Italian Wedding) and Lea DeLaria (Mme. Delphina; Broadway: On the Town, The Rocky Horror Show, Off-Broadway: The Vagina Monologues, Happy Days) for an afternoon cocktail party at the Upper West Side's famed bar and restaurant, Prohibition, from noon to 3 pm. Additional special guests will be announced in the coming days. (more...)

Former Mayor Ed Koch Dies; Inspiration for Off-B'Way Musical
by BWW News Desk - Feb 01, 2013

Fox News reports that former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, known for his trademark question, 'How'm I doing?, died early this morning, Friday, February 1st. His 1984 memoir, 'Mayor,' was a best seller that was turned into the off-Broadway musical by the same name. (more...)

Ilene Kristen and Lea DeLaria Set for MIX AND MINGLE WITH ROXY AND DELPHINA in NYC, 2/16
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2013

Soap Opera Socialite Productions has announced its next event, Mix & Mingle with Roxy and Delphina in New York City. On February 16th, join One Life to Live's Ilene Kristen (Roxy Balsom; Broadway: Grease, Off-Broadway: My Big Gay Italian Wedding) and Lea DeLaria (Mme. Delphina; Broadway: On the Town, The Rocky Horror Show, Off-Broadway: The Vagina Monologues, Happy Days) for an afternoon cocktail party at the Upper West Side's famed bar and restaurant, Prohibition, from noon to 3 pm. Additional special guests will be announced in the coming days. (more...)

GREASE, NINE and GRAND HOTEL Cast Members Set for 1/14 Actor's Fund Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Jan 04, 2013

A once in a lifetime event will take place on January 14th, 2013 at 7:00 pm when original Broadway cast members and creators from the landmark musicals GREASE, NINE and GRAND HOTEL reunite to help one of their own in KATHI MOSS' RAMA-LAMA-DING DONG REUNION! The Actor's Fund Benefit will be at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street. (more...)

GREASE, NINE, GRAND HOTEL Casts to Gather for RAMA-LAMA-DING DONG REUNION, 1/14
by BWW News Desk - Jan 03, 2013

Original Broadway cast members and creators from the landmark musicals GREASE, NINE and GRAND HOTEL will reunite on January 14th for "KATHI MOSS' RAMA-LAMA-DING DONG REUNION!" - a one-night-only benefit for The Actors Fund. (more...)

Broadway's Original 'Sandy' Carole Demas Set for Benefit Tonight
by TV News Desk - Dec 02, 2012

ITHT has announced the triumphant return of the incredibly gifted actress and singer, Carole Demas in a concert created to benefit Irvington Town Hall Theater. Star of Broadway, television, cabaret, concerts and more, Ms. Demas, best known as the originator of 'Sandy' in Broadway's Grease, was Luisa in NYC's The Fantasticks, introduced the title role in Stephen Schwartz's The Baker's Wife and starred in TV's iconic Magic Garden, PBS's Great Performances and other shows. (more...)

ITHT Welcomes Carole Demas: In Concert, Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 01, 2012

ITHT is has announced the triumphant return of the incredibly gifted actress and singer, Carole Demas in a concert created to benefit Irvington Town Hall Theater. Star of Broadway, television, cabaret, concerts and more, Ms. Demas, best known as the originator of 'Sandy' in Broadway's Grease, was Luisa in NYC's The Fantasticks, introduced the title role in Stephen Schwartz's The Baker's Wife and starred in TV's iconic Magic Garden, PBS's Great Performances and other shows. (more...)

ITHT Welcomes Carole Demas: In Concert, 12/2
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2012

ITHT is has announced the triumphant return of the incredibly gifted actress and singer, Carole Demas in a concert created to benefit Irvington Town Hall Theater. Star of Broadway, television, cabaret, concerts and more, Ms. Demas, best known as the originator of 'Sandy' in Broadway's Grease, was Luisa in NYC's The Fantasticks, introduced the title role in Stephen Schwartz's The Baker's Wife and starred in TV's iconic Magic Garden, PBS's Great Performances and other shows. (more...)

Broadway's Original 'Sandy' Carole Demas Set for Benefit, 12/2
by TV News Desk - Nov 19, 2012

ITHT is proud to announce the triumphant return of the incredibly gifted actress and singer, Carole Demas in a concert created to benefit Irvington Town Hall Theater. Star of Broadway, television, cabaret, concerts and more, Ms. Demas, best known as the originator of 'Sandy' in Broadway's Grease, was Luisa in NYC's The Fantasticks, introduced the title role in Stephen Schwartz's The Baker's Wife and starred in TV's iconic Magic Garden, PBS's Great Performances and other shows. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Perez Hilton Opens in NEWSical The Musical
by Walter McBride - Sep 18, 2012

BroadwayWorld.com was there to capture the opening night fun on Monday, September 17th - check it out! (more...)

Photo Flash: NAKED BOYS SINGING! Opens at Theatre Row's Kirk Theatre!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 08, 2012

Naked Boys Singing!, the outrageous musical comedy that ran off Broadway for thirteen years before closing five weeks ago, is back - bigger and better than ever! New staging, new boys, same costumes. Based on the successful long-running Provincetown production, from Drama Desk nominee Tom D'Angora (NEWSical The Musical) and Michael D'Angora, the show is an hour of non-stop comedy, nudity, dancing, and as the title says, singing! Naked Boys Singing! opened on April 5th at Theatre Row's Kirk Theatre. Check out the photos of the opening night arrivals below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Night of 1000 Gowns Red Carpet!
by Linda Lenzi - Apr 01, 2012

The Night of a Thousand Gowns celebrating the LGBT community - the colorful cross-dressing segment of that community -took place on Saturday, March 31 in New York City. In its twenty-six year history, the Court has donated over a million dollars to worthy LGBT, HIV/AIDS and youth enrichment related causes. This year the Night of a Thousand Gowns raised important funds to benefit PFLAG NYC and New Alternatives. BWW was there to cover this event. Check out the red carpet photos below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside the BROADWAY BEARS XV Grand Finale!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Mar 20, 2012

The 15th and grand finale edition of THE BROADWAY BEARS, the annual auction of handmade, one-of-a-kind, theatrically costumed teddy bears, raised a record-setting $198,300 on Sunday, benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Broadway lovers and teddy bear collectors came together yesterday, March 18 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill (237 West 42nd Street) for one last time to bid on - and bid adieu to - museum-quality bears representing legendary theatrical characters and autographed by the stars who made those characters famous. The cumulative fundraising total for the 15 editions of THE BROADWAY BEARS auctions is a remarkable $2,048,427. The previous fund-raising record was $170,000 set in 2002. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Laura Osnes, Nick Adams, et al. at BROADWAY BEARS XV
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Mar 20, 2012

Broadway lovers and teddy bear collectors came together on March 18 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill (237 West 42nd Street) for one last time to bid on - and bid adieu to - museum-quality bears representing legendary theatrical characters and autographed by the stars who made those characters famous. The cumulative fundraising total for the 15 editions of THE BROADWAY BEARS auctions is a remarkable $2,048,427. The previous fund-raising record was $170,000 set in 2002. (more...)

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