BROADWAY TODAY: JESSICA HENDY

September 21, 2017

BY: Jim DeBlasi

Jessica made her Broadway debut in 1999 as Grizabella at the Winter Garden and is honored to be back in the junkyard.  Her other Broadway credits include: CATS, AMOUR and AIDA.

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CUE: How did you get started in theatre?

JH:  Ever since I could remember I wanted to sing and act.  My first memory of my desire to do theatre is when I saw ANNIE. I just wanted to be part of the show. My parents bought me the recording and I played “Tomorrow” over and over again. From that point on, I took dance classes and participated in the school plays. When I got to high school, I took theatre more seriously and started voice lessons.

CUE: Was there a particular event that led to your decision to pursue this professionally?

JH: I think when I was in Jr. high school and I don’t believe that my parents realized how serious I was. It was a Sunday night and we were watching the Tony Awards and it was the first time when I saw all these Broadway shows and actors on TV and at that moment, I realized I could do this for a living. Suddenly Broadway was real and the idea of making a living doing this was real.  That was my ah ha moment.

CUE: What was your family’s reaction?

JH: They were all for it. They saw me do plays and they knew this is what I wanted so they have always been my biggest supporters and most loyal fans.

CUE: What has been the biggest obstacle to overcome in pursuing a career?

JH: I would say the biggest obstacle is me getting in my own way and letting fear and worry take over.  You need a thick skin and be able to let go and never lose sight of the bigger picture.  But learning to trust in the path you are on is tough and has been my biggest obstacle.  There have been years where I did not trust in myself but I found that my greatest success has been when I went in and kept my focus and didn’t get discouraged.

CUE: What do you consider your first big break?

JH:  That would be getting the National Tour of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT.  I was cast as the understudy for the narrator and just having the opportunity to audition was mind blowing.  But to get the show and to tour around the country was amazing.  I did eventually take over the role.

CUE: How do you think Broadway has changed?

JH:  I think personally we are in the golden age of Broadway right now.  When I first moved to the City there were so many empty Broadway houses but now all the theatres are full and shows have to wait to actually get an available theatre.  I think that today, theatre has become more in style thanks to the work of other mediums and shows like SMASH and GLEE.  And finally Broadway is more diverse now in regard to the style of shows being offered than ever before.

CUE: Is Broadway too much the measurement of success for an actor?

JH: I always wanted to be on Broadway and I’ve been fortunate enough to be in 4 Broadway shows. Each one has been a dream come true. But I have many talented friends who never came to Broadway.  It’s a great goal to have but I never forget how fortunate I have been.

CUE: How did you get involved with CATS?

JH:  This is my second time with this show. I was in the original production right before it closed at the Winter garden Theatre. I am the only person in this production who also appeared in the original.  I had originally booked the National Tour covering someone’s maternity leave so I was on the road for 9 months. A few months later I received a call asking me to come in to be the standby for Grizabella – I was the youngest actor to play the role. When I heard about the revival, I thought how cool it would be to get involved with the show again. I went in and got cast – this has been a complete circle playing Grizabella once again.  What’s really nice is I get to bring so much more to the role based on my life experiences now.

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CUE: Do you have a favorite moment in the show?

JH:  One of my favorite moments in the show is when Grizabella comes out for the final scene and all the cats are all around and shunning her. Suddenly Old Dueteronomy calms down all the other cats and turns to me and gives me my moment.  I take 2 steps toward him in silence.  It is such an honest moment and so real and I am vulnerable and I look into his eyes and sing Memory.  That one moment between us is so special to me – it is about acceptance, redemption and looking ahead.

CUE: Any aspect of the show more difficult than you anticipated?

JH:  We perform the show on a raked stage so you really need to take care of your body because you are walking and dancing on an angle.  The dancers warm up before the show and then warm down after the show and we all have physical therapy every day with a therapist who comes to the theatre.  The raked stage is definitely tough and forces you to exert muscles in a different way.

CUE: What type of roles interest and attract you?

JH:  I like roles that are more dramatic.  I like a good story with characters that have something to say and with a history.  I enjoy a character that gets to connect with people in the audience and touch them in a certain way.  And of course, as a singer, I am also drawn to shows with great music and songs.

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CUE: What are your thoughts on reviews and reviewers and do you think they still influence the public?

JH:   Oh, absolutely.  Personally, I do read reviews. A lot of my friends don’t read them and I respect that. And I don’t just read my reviews, I read reviews of everything because I am curious.  I think that reviews can be good when they are objective.  If something doesn’t work, I don’t have a problem when it is pointed out in a review.  That goes for when something is working and it gets mentioned.  If properly done, reviews can be beneficial to the actors as well as for the advertising and marketing of the show as well.

CUE: What about chat rooms, any thought on their effect on theatre?

JH:  Well chat rooms are a whole other story. I don’t go near them – ever.  I avoid all the comments and the stories and anything posted in those rooms.  I feel they are dangerous and detrimental to theatre.  People feel empowered to say anything they like when it is anonymous.

CUE: Do you think that Broadway is more of a sacrifice than you had anticipated?

JH:  Broadway is a job and it is a tough job.  It means one day off a week.  In theatre you are in the business of tourism so you are constantly working on holidays.  You don’t get a lot of time off and you find you miss a lot of events and gatherings because you are working.  However, there are thousands of people who would love to trade places with you so for me, I keep that in mind and come to work every day with a sense of gratitude in my heart.

CUE: Do you think it is harder to get to Broadway or to stay on Broadway?

JH:  I think that they are both equally difficult but I suspect it is harder to stay on Broadway.  There are so many variables that come into play including if there is a show with parts that are good for you.

CUE: How do you know when it is time to leave a show?

JH:  Well, I always found one way is getting your closing notice.  For me personally, I would never leave a show unless I had something else lined up – another job.  It is a very individual and personal decision.  However, if you are so unhappy and can’t find the joy in performing the show any longer, then it is time to say goodbye.

CUE: What has been the best career advice that you’ve been given?

JH:  The best career advice I’ve been given is what I also give to people when they ask – it is simply to be yourself.  It took me a very long time to understand what that meant.  You are the best you and no one else on the planet can be you and that alone makes you special.  The worst thing is trying to be someone else or someone you think others want you to be.  When you strive to be someone else, you are bound to be disappointed.

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SELECTED SHORTS

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MAYBE NEXT TIME! Turning Down a Role

August 17, 2017

By Jim DeBlasi

 

It is no surprise that even on the community theatre level, competition is stiff and rejection is a very valid part of the process. For many performers, auditioning is almost automatic. There are those actors that go from show to show, part-to-part, group-to-group.  But as an actor, what, if any, criteria do you use to evaluate whether or not you should accept a role?  You read right – just because you struggle and prepare and land victorious in the audition process you do not necessarily need to accept every part you are offered.

In some circumstances, perhaps it might be more beneficial and rewarding to not accept that role in a production that is earmarked for trouble and disappointment.  When do shows help and when do they hurt your reputation?  Is it more advantageous for you to be a standout in a bad production or a part of the entire cast in a wonderful show?  Saying yes to a role, a show or working in a group that you just don’t feel good or positive about allows you to set the bar lower for yourself and for what you might otherwise have accepted.

During certain times of the years when activity is at its lowest, actors may feel compelled to accept any role or participate in any show due to the lack of options – and besides, isn’t it better to act in something than to not act in anything at all? Truly committed actors will act at any given chance by virtue of their deep love of the craft, right?  No!

We have all participated in, witnessed and or attended shows that were less than stellar. Whether it had to do with miscasting, or bad to no production values, there are plenty of productions that miss the mark. How often do you want to be associated with these shows? Acting is fun and it starts when you work on a production that you find to be fun, be it due to the cast, the directors or the production staff. When there is no joy in the experience, there is no fun and no true reward.

Now this does not mean that everything you do needs to be so polished that it could move to Broadway the following day but it does give us pause to stop and pay a little more attention to the groups and the shows we commit to. It suggests that we do our homework when auditioning in a new group or with new directors.  Just as the directorial staff evaluates an actors skill and ability, the performer should do some research and homework themselves on the company they are looking to work in.  Be certain you visit different theatres you are interested in and see the level of work they produce.  What level of talent do they attract?

If you are unhappy with the quality of the production, you will not be able to do your best, nor will you be willing to honestly support the production, sell tickets and encourage attendance. Your level of enthusiasm will dwindle, your positive attitude will wane and overall you will anxiously await closing night to put the experience behind you.  Of course, actors can’t be snobs either and expect local companies to have the budgets, manpower or wherewithal to put on Broadway quality productions but just being certain that careful consideration and attention is given to all the production areas starting with casting.

Even in community theatre you still need to give careful consideration to the projects that you attach your name to, the roles you agree to play and the ways that you allow yourself to be portrayed. As John Proctor recited in Arthur Miller’s THE CRUCIBLE, “Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life!”

MUSICALS VERSUS PLAYS – WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE!

August 17, 2017

BY Jim DeBlasi

 

In theatre, actors oftentimes make conscious choices whether to pursue roles in a play or in a musical. Other times, preconceived ideas of an actor’s capabilities cause the industry to typecast a performer into one category or the other—being either a “musical theatre” performer or an “actor” (although, this line of demarcation is slowly fading away). Straight plays and musicals do introduce different worlds to an audience. However, performing in either style requires the same creative approach and technical skill set.

The techniques used to sing a song – breath, diaphragm control, and voice placement – are the same techniques utilized to produce a strong speaking voice on stage. Vocal techniques, coupled with connection of and comprehension to the text are just some basic tools of a successfully delivered performance.

When tackling a song, the performer should concentrate on presenting the piece from an overall performance perspective.

Focus should be put just as equally on emoting the feeling of the song, not just singing it well.  There certainly are individuals whose vocal techniques can handle music more adeptly than others; however, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they can emote their feeling in song or transport the audience into the heightened world being created.        Quite often we witness performers who are so consumed about their vocal technique that the communication of the lyrics gets muddy or lost altogether.  The first approach in a musical should be to learn the lyrics so securely that they are part of you and of the character in that scene.  Explore the piece in its profundity.  Learning the value in the dialogue’s simplicity and trusting the words to express what they are supposed to say are so equally important.  If you can convey the lyrics with intelligence and insight, you will certainly succeed.

Active listening also plays another key role in a successful performance.  We’ve all heard the adage “acting is reacting” before. The need to listen to the others on stage during a non-musical piece is obvious enough. Performing a musical piece requires listening for various reasons.  In addition to listening for the purpose of being “in the moment,” you must be active in listening musically as well.

For example, when performing a solo, you need to listen to your accompaniment, for the sake of your pitch and rhythm.  When performing a duet, you need sing in tandem to the person with whom you are singing.

Not only is “musical” listening important, but shifting from dialogue to song and back to dialogue can be complex. When a musical character breaks out into song, it is because emotions become so heightened in a scene, the characters express their feelings in song.

Once music enters the scene, you’re introducing another world that requires greater imagination. However, the singing should be a stone’s throw away from the shift from dialogue.  The leap that takes you from dialogue to a lyrical conversation could be nothing shy of embarrassing if it is not seamless.

There are a few differences in performance of the two art forms, most notably where time and pacing are concerned.  In a play, the pacing of the dialogue is based on the interpretation of the material by the actors.  Musicals are a much more confining art expression.  When singing a song, most likely there is a conductor with whom you need to stay in tempo with or else fall apart.

When preparing for a musical, the energy that rises is contagious to the musicians, dancers, singers, all preparing for the performance.   Preparing for a five character play creates a much more intimate and self-created environment.  However, the rewards and sense of accomplishment from working in both genres are unequalled.

So acting is all about using your well-honed speaking voice to produce written text.  Singing is not just about vocalizing your lyrics, but rather playing a scene in the song.  Even though these abilities are exchangeable between the types of performance material you may work on, there still remains an unofficial prejudice that musical actors can’t act as compared to “legitimate” actors, and “legitimate” actors may have difficulty with musical material because of vocal technique. These misconceptions can stifle a performer’s growth and opportunity to pursue other roles.

 

CASTING CALL: AUGUST 2017

August 3, 2017

ACTORS CONSERVATORY THEATRE

THE FULL MONTY

AUGUST 27 & 28 FR 7-10PM

BY APPOINTMENT

20 BUCKINGHAM RD, YONKERS

BRYN MAWR HALL

WWW.ACTSHOWS.ORG

APAG7153@AOL.COM

917/ 417-0242

 

ARC STAGES

COMPANY

SEPT 7 @ 6:30PM

SEPT 9 FROM NOON-4PM

147 WHEELER AVE.    PLEASANTVILLE, NY

WWW.ARCSTAGES.ORG

914/ 747-6202

 

BERGEN COUNTY PLAYERS

CINDERELLA

AUGUST 14, 16, 21 @ 7:30PM

OTHER DESERT CITIES

SEPT 25, 27, OCT. 2 @ 7:30PM

298 KINDERKAMACK RD    ORADELL, NJ

WWW.BCPLAYERS.ORG

201/261-4200

 

BREWSTER THEATRE COMPANY

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU

AUG 26 & 27 FR 2-6PM

DREW METHODIST CHURCH

28 GLENEIDA AVE,   CARMEL, NY

WWW.BREWSTERTHEATERCOMPANY.ORG

845/ 232-0739

 

BROOKFIELD THEATRE ARTS

NOISES OFF – SCOTT BRILL

AUGUST 6 & 7 @ 7PM

CHRISTMAS LETTERS

SEPT 10 & 11

184 WHISCONIER RD    BROOKFIELD, CT

WWW.BROOKFIELDTHEATRE.ORG

203/ 775-0023

 

CITY ISLAND THEATER GROUP

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE

AUGUST 18 @ 7:30PM AUGUST 19 @ 2PM

GRACE HALL

116 CITY ISLAND AVE, BRONX

PERF: NOV. 10-19

AUDITIONS@CITYISLANDTHEATERGROUP.COM

718/ 885-3066

 

CARRIAGE HOUSE THEATRE

THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK XMAS MUSICAL

AUGUST 8 FR: 7:30-10:30PM

CRANBERRY PARK

390 GRUMMAN AVE., NORWALK, CT

PERF: SEPT 15-30

WWW.CARRIAGEHOUSEARTSCENTER.ORG

203/ 354-9715

 

COUNTY PLAYERS WAPPINGERS FALLS

WAIT UNTIL DARK

AUG 27 & 28 @ 7PM

CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

OCT. 8 & 9 @ 7PM

FALLS THEATRE

2681 MAIN ST     WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY

WWW.COUNTYPLAYERS.ORG

845/ 298-1491

 

CREATIVE THEATRE MUDDY WATER PLAYERS

COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

AUG 12 & 13 FR 1-3PM

1010 ROUTE 17M    MONROE, NY

WWW.CTMWP.ORG

845/ 294-9465

 

CURTAIN CALL

THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE

AUG 28 & 29 FR 7-10PM

SISTER ACT

SEPT 18 & 19 FR 7-10PM

KWESKIN THEATRE

1349 NEWFIELD AVE.   STAMFORD, CT

WWW.CURTAINCALLINC.COM /

  1. 329-8207

 

ELMWOOD PLAYHOUSE

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY

AUG 23 & 24 @ 7:30PM

10 PARK ST  NYACK, NY

PERF: Nov 10 – DEC 9

WWW.ELMWOODPLAYHOUSE.COM

845/ 353-1313

 

HARRISON PLAYERS

THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER

SEPT 7 @ 7:30PM SEPT 10 @ 2PM

VETERANS MEMORIAL BUILDING

210 HALSTEAD AVE, HARRISON

WWW.HARRISONPLAYERS.ORG

 

TOWN PLAYERS NEW CANAAN

PLAY ON

AUG 21 & 22 @ 7PM

POWERHOUSE THEATRE, WAVENY PARK

677 SO AVE., NEW CANAAN, CT

203/ 966-7371

 

TOWN PLAYERS NEWTOWN

A TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL

SEPT 17 & 18 FR: 7-9PM

18 ORCHARD HILL RD    NEWTOWN, CT

WWW.NEWTOWNPLAYERS.ORG

203/ 270-9144

WILTON PLAYSHOP

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

AUG 20 & 21 @ 7PM

15 LOVERS LANE    WILTON, CT

WWW.WILTONPLAYSHOP.ORG

203/ 655-8683

 

YCP THEATREWORKS

DIMINISHED CAPACITY

AUG 14 & 16 @ 7PM

JOHN C HART LIBRARY

1130 MAIN ST. SHRUB OAK, NY

WWW.YCPT.ORG

 

 

TEL: 914/ 476-6508

EMAIL: CUEGRAM99@AOL.COM

BLOG: WWW.THECUE.WORDPRESS.COM

SHOWTIME: AUGUST 2017

August 3, 2017

ARC STAGES

COMMUNITY CABARET

AUGUST 4 & 5 @ 8PM

147 WHEELER AVE.    PLEASANTVILLE, NY

WWW.ARCSTAGES.ORG

914/ 747-6206

 

BABBLING BROOK PLAYERS

TAMING OF THE SHREW

AUG 4-6@ 6:30PM

MONTEBELLO VILLAGE HALL

1 MONTEBVELLO  RD

 

BERGEN COUNTY PLAYERS

SPAMALOT

SEPT 16 – OCT 14    (NO PERF SEPT 29 & 30)

298 KINDERKAMACK RD.

ORADELL, NJ

WWW.BCPLAYERS.ORG

  1. 261-4200

 

BREWSTER THEATER COMPANY

URINETOWN

AUG 3-5, 10-12 @ 7:30PM

AUG  6, 12 @ 2PM

DREW UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

28 GLENEIDA AVE, CARMEL

WWW.BREWSTERTHEATERCOMPANY.ORG

 

BROOKFIELD THEATRE ARTS

DAMN YANKEES

AUG 4 & 5 @ 8PM   AUG 6 @ 2PM

FROST / NIXON

SEPT 8 – 23

184 WHISCONIER RD,   BROOKFIELD, CT

203/ 775-0023

 

CARRIAGE HOUSE THEATRE

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

(ALL FEMALE CAST)

AUGUST 4-12

BITCHES – STAGED READING

AUGUST 17 & 18

CRANBERRY PARK

390 GRUMMAN AVE, NORWALK, CT

WWW.CARRIAGEHOUSEARTSCENTER.ORG

203/ 354-9715

 

CREATIVE THEATRE MUDDY WATER PLAYERS

THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD

SEPT 9, 15, 16, 21-23 @ 8PM

SEPT 10, 17, 23 & 24 @ 3PM

1010 ROUTE 17M,  MONROE, NY

WWW.CTMWP.ORG

845/ 294-9465

 

COUNTY PLAYERS WAPPINGERS FALLS

BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE

SEPT 8, 9, 15-17, 22 & 23

2681 W. MAIN ST   WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY

WWW.COUNTYPLAYERS.ORG

845/ 298-1491

 

CURTAIN CALL

GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER

SEPT 7-24

DRESSING ROOM THEATRE

DAMN YANKEES

SEPT 15-OCT 14

KWESKIN THEATRE

1349 NEWFIELD AVE.   STAMFORD, CT

WWW.CURTAINCALLINC.COM /

  1. 329-8207

 

DOWNTOWN CABARET THEATRE

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

SEPT 22 – OCT 15

263 GOLDEN HILL ST.,   BRIDGEPORT, CT

WWW.DTCAB.COM

  1. 576-1636
 

ELMWOOD PLAYHOUSE

ON GOLDEN  POND

THRU  AUG 5

THE ODD COUPLE

SEPT 8-OCT 7

FRI & SAT @ 8PM SUN @ 2PM

10 PARK STREET,   NYACK

WWW.ELMWOODPLAYHOUSE.COM

845/ 353-1313

 

4TH WALL THEATRE

RAGTIME (CONCERT)

SEPT 22-24

WESTMINSTER ART CENTER

449 FRANKLIN ST., BLOOMFIELD, NJ

WWW.4THWALLTHEATRE.ORG

973/ 996-8484

 

GOODSPEED MUSICALS

OKLAHOMA

THRU SEPT 23

6 MAIN STREET        EAST HADDAM, CT

WWW.GOODSPEED.ORG

860/ 873-8668

 

HUDSON VALLEY SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

THE BOOK OF WILL, PRIDE & PREJUDICE, TWELFTH NIGHT,

THE GENERAL FROM AMERICA, LABOUR’S LOVE LOST

THRU SEPT 4

CHECK SITE FOR ROTATING DATES

BOSCOBEL GROUNDS

WWW.HVSHAKESPEARE.ORG

845/ 809-5750

 

IVORYTON PLAYHOUSE

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER

AUG 9 – SEPT 3

I HATE MUSICALS, THE MUSICAL

SEPT 27 – OCT 15

WED THRU @ 7:30PM / FRI SAT @ 8PM

WED & SUN @ 2PM

103 MAIN ST, IVORYTON, CT

WWW.IVORYTONPLAYHOUSE.ORG

860/ 767-7318

 

LOCAL CELEBRITY THEATRE

SUMMER CABARET – SERIES 2

AUGUST 10 & 11  8PM

MORRIS PARK COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

1824 BRONXDALE AVE.

 

NUTLEY  LITTLE THEATRE

A NEW BRAIN

SEPT 8-10, 14-17, 22 & 23

FRI & SAT @ 8PM SUN @ 2PM

47 ERIE PLACE      NUTLEY, NJ

WWW.NUTLEYLITTLETHEATRE.COM

  1. 667-0374

 

OLD LIBRARY THEATRE

PIPPIN

AUG 4 & 5 @ 8PM  AUG 6 @ 2PM

CHILDREN OF EDEN

SEPT 15, 16, 22, 23 @ 8PM

SEPT 17 & 24 @ 2PM

FAIR LAWN  REC CENTER

10-10 20TH ST. FAIR LAWN NJ

WWW.OLDLIBRARYTHEATRE.NET

973/ OLT-4420

PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE

THE HONEYMOONERS

SEPT 28 – OCT 29

ANNIE

NOV 22 – DEC 31

22 BROOKSIDE DR,          MILLBURN, NJ

WWW.PAPERMILL.ORG

973/ 376-4343

 

PENGUIN REP THEATRE

SYNCOPATION

AUG 11- SEPT 3

FALL RIVER

OCT 13-NOV 5

7 CRICKETTOWN RD

STONEYPOINT, NY

WWW.PENGUINREP.ORG

845/ 786-2873

 

PLAYERS GUILD OF LEONIA

GUYS & DOLLS

OCT. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 @ 8PM

OCT 8, 15, 22 @ 3PM

130 GRAND AVE., LEONIA, NJ

WWW.LEONIAPLAYERS.ORG

201/ 947-9606

 

RIDGEFIELD THEATRE BARN

FENCES:

SEPT 8-30

FRI & SAT 8PM

SEPT 17 & 24 @ 5PM

37 HALPIN LANE,     RIDGEFIELD, CT

WWW.RIDGEFIELDTHEATERBARN.ORG

203/ 431-9850

 

 

SHERMAN PLAYHOUSE

AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHTS READING:

A DELICATE BALANCE:    AUGUST 13 @ 2PM

A DELICATE BALANCE

SEPT 22-OCT 15

THRUS-SAT @ 8PM SUN @ 2PM

5 ROUTE 39N  SHERMAN, CT

WWW.SHERMANPLAYERS.ORG

860/ 354-3622

 

SMALL TOWN THEATRE COMPANY

SUMMER CONCERTS:

B’WAY CLASSICS – AUG 5 @ 8PM

NEW ROCHELLE OPERA: AUG 19 @ 8PM

WAMPUS BROOK PARK

26 MAPLE AVE, ARMONK

WWW.SMALLTOWNTHEATRE.COM

914/ 273-0300

 

ST BART’S PLAYERS

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

OCT 19-29

THURS-SAT @ 7:30PM SAT & SUN @ 2PM

HUDSON GUILD THEATRE

441 WEST 26TH STREET, NYC

WWW.STBARTSPLAYERS.ORG

212/ 378-0248

 

TOWN PLAYERS NEW CANAAN

JOHN LOVES MARY

THRU  AUG 12

PLAY ON

OCT 27-NOV 4

POWERHOUSE THEATRE,   WAVENY PARK

677 SO. AVE,    NEW CANAAN, CT

203/ 966-7371

 

THEATREWORKS, HARTFORD

RAGING SKILLET

THRU  AUG 27

FRI SAT @ 8P SAT & SUN @ 2:30P

233 PEARL ST.  HARTFORD, CT

WWW.THEATREWORKSHARTFORD.ORG

  1. 527-7838

THEATREWORKS NEW MILFORD

ZOMBIE PROM

AUG 4 & 5

I DO, I DO

SEPT 22-OCT 22

5 BROOKSIDE AVE.. NEW MILFORD, CT

WWW.THEATREWORKS.US

  1. 350-6863

 

TOWN PLAYERS NEWTOWN

THE VEIL:       THRU AUG 5

OVER THE RIVER THROUGH THE WOODS

AUG 18-26

FRI & SAT @ 8PM  AUG 20 @ 2PM

18 ORCHARD HILL RD, NEWTOWN  CT

WWW.NEWTOWNPLAYERS.ORG

203/ 270-9144

 

WESTCHESTER BROADWAY THEATRE

ANNIE

THRU SEPT 10

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN

SEPT 14-NOV 26

1 BROADWAY PLAZA,       ELMSFORD, NY

WWW.BROADWAYTHEATRE.COM

914/ 592-2222

 

WESTCHESTER COLLABORATIVE THEATRE

AUGUST MONOLOGUE READINGS:

BAREFOOT IN THE BOX  ( 9 NEW WORKS)

AUG 11, 12 @ 8PM

AUG 12 @ 2PM  AUG 13 @ 3PM

23 WATER STREET  OSSINING, NY

WWW.WCTHEATER.ORG

 

WESTCHESTER SANDBOX THEATRE

WEIRD ROMANCE

AUG 11-13

BENDHEIM ART CENTER

SCARSDALE, NY

WWW.BWAYJAY@HOTMAIL.COM

 

WESTPORT COMMUNITY THEATRE

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE

SEPT 15 – OCT 1

FRI & SAT @ 8PM SUN @ 2PM

TOWN HALL   110 MYRTLE AVE, WESTPORT

WWW.WESTPORTCOMMUNITYTHEATRE.COM

  1. 226-1983

 

WESTPORT COUNTRY  PLAYHOUSE

APPROPRIATE

AUG 15-SEPT 2

SEX WITH STRANGERS

SEPT 26-OCT 14

25 POWERS COURT, WESTPORT, CT

WWW.WESTPORTPLAYHOUSE.ORG

203/ 227-4177

 

WHITE PLAINS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

WEST SIDE STORY

THRU  AUG 6

GHOST THE MUSICAL

OCT 13-29

FRI SAT @ 8PM SUN @ 2PM

11 CITY PLACE   WHITE PLAINS, NY

WWW.WPPAC.COM

914/ 328-1600 X 18

 

YORKTOWN STAGE

GREASE

AUG 5 @ 7:30PM

AUG 6 @ 1PM

1974 COMMERCE STREET

YORKTOWNHEIGHTS, NY

WWW.YORKTOWNSTAGE.ORG

914/ 962-0606

 

 

BLOG: THECUE.WORDPRESS.COM

TEL: 914/ 476-6508

EMAIL: CUEGRAM99@AOL.COM

SEPT. DEADLINE AUG  23

Westchester Broadway Theatre’s: ANNIE

July 19, 2017

Although “Annie” has been performed numerous times for over forty years, it never loses its charm and appeal because it is a story of hope and promise. It is so heartwarming that one cannot tire of watching it unfold over and over again.

Under the direction and choreography of Mary Jane Houdina and musical direction of William Stanley, Westchester Broadway Theatre’s production was pure perfection, captivating the audience from the moment the lights went up, eliciting laughter and tears throughout the show and brought the audience to its feet at the finale.

Haylie Shea Christiano, Tahlie Ellie, Maureen Henshaw, Ruby Griffin, Anike Bobra and Ella Stanley as the orphans and Peyton Ella as Annie open the the show with a rousing “It’s A Hard Knock Life”. The antics of show stealer, Susann Fletcher as Miss Hannigan and her song, “Little Girls” were priceless.

On her travels Annie meets her dog, Sandy, played by Sunny, who was rescued from an animal shelter and trained by Bill Berloni. She comforts the dog and promises better days with the signature song, “Tomorrow”, which she sang to perfection.

Michael DeVries and Celeste Hudson were perfectly cast as Daddy Warbucks and Grace Farrell and performed their roles and musical numbers flawlessly. The scenes with Miss Hannigan, her brother, Rooster (Adam Roberts) and his girl, Lily St. Regis (Aubry Sinn) were witty and fast paced. Their musical number, “Easy Street”, was done to perfection and one of my personal favorites.

The sizable ensemble was musically outstanding and were believable in their various roles putting the finishing touch on an excellent production. This was one of the finest versions, if not the finest, I have ever seen. Don’t miss it. The show continues through September 10th. For reservations call (914) 592-2222.

Camille Kaiser

CASTING CALL – July 2017

July 5, 2017

ARC STAGES

COMMUNITY CABARET

JULY 6 FR: 6:30-9:30PM

JULY 9 FR: 4-7PM

147 WHEELER AVE, PLEASANTVILLE

PERF: AUGUST 4 & 5

WWW.ARCSTAGES.ORG

914/ 747-6206

 

BERGEN COUNTY PLAYERS

HARVEY

JULY 24 @ 10:30AM

JULY 25 & 27 @ 7:30PM

298 KINDERKAMACK RD

ORADELL, NJ

WWW.BCPLAYERS.ORG

201/261-4200

 

BREWSTER THEATRE COMPANY

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU

AUG 26 & 27 FR 2-6PM

DREW METHODIST CHURCH

28 GLENEIDA AVE

CARMEL, NY

WWW.BREWSTERTHEATERCOMPANY.ORG

845/ 232-0739

 

CARRIAGE HOUSE THEATRE

LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE

JULY 24 & 25 @ 7:30PM

CRANBERRY PARK

390 GRUMMAN AVE., NORWALK, CT

PERF: SEPT 15-30

WWW.CARRIAGEHOUSEARTSCENTER.ORG

203/ 354-9715

 

COUNTY PLAYERS WAPPINGERS FALLS

WAIT UNTIL DARK

AUG 27 & 28 @ 7PM

FALLS THEATRE

2681 MAIN ST

WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY

PERF: NOV 3-18

WWW.COUNTYPLAYERS.ORG

845/ 298-1491

 

CREATIVE THEATRE MUDDY WATER PLAYERS

COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

AUG 12 & 13

1010 ROUTE 17M    MONROE, NY

WWW.CTMWP.ORG

845/ 294-9465

 

CURTAIN CALL

THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE

AUG 28 & 29 FR 7-10PM

SISTER ACT

SEPT 18 & 19 FR 7-10PM

KWESKIN THEATRE

1349 NEWFIELD AVE.   STAMFORD, CT

WWW.CURTAINCALLINC.COM /

  1. 329-8207

 

ELMWOOD PLAYHOUSE

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY

AUG 23 & 24 @ 7:30PM

10 PARK ST  NYACK, NY

PERF: Nov 10 – DEC 9

WWW.ELMWOODPLAYHOUSE.COM

845/ 353-1313

 

4TH WALL TEHATRE

RAGTIME IN CONCERT

JULY 17 & 18 FR 7-10PM

WESTMINSTER ARTS CENTER

449 FRANKLIN ST, BLOOMFIELD, NJ

WWW.4THWALLTHEATRE.ORG

973 / 996-8484

 

LOCAL CELEBRITY THEATRE

CRY BABY

JULY – DATES TBD

OUR LADY OF ASSUMPTION

1617 PARKVIEW AVE. BRONX

 

OLD LIBRARY THEATRE

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

JULY 31 & AUG 1

FAIR LAWN REC CENTER

10-10 20TH STREET    FAIR LAWN, NJ

WWW.OLDLIBRARYTHEATRE.NET

973/ OLT-4420

 

SHERMAN PLAYHOUSE

DARK OF THE MOON

JULY 10 & 11 FR 6:30-8:30PM

5 ROUTE 39N, SHERMAN, CT

PERF: SEPT 22- OCT 15

WWW.SHERMANPLAYHOUSE.ORG

860/354-3622

 

TOWN PLAYERS NEW CANAAN

PLAY ON

AUG 21 & 22 @ 7PM

POWERHOUSE THEATRE, WAVENY PARK

677 SO AVE., NEW CANAAN, CT

203/ 966-7371

 

TOWN PLAYERS NEWTOWN

OFF OFF OFF BROADWAY

JULY 23 & 24 FR 7-9PM

18 ORCHARD HILL RD    NEWTOWN, CT

WWW.NEWTOWNPLAYERS.ORG

203/ 270-9144

WILTON PLAYSHOP

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

AUG 20 & 21 @ 7PM

15 LOVERS LANE    WILTON, CT

WWW.WILTONPLAYSHOP.ORG

203/ 655-8683

 

YCP THEATREWORKS

DIMINISHED CAPACITY

AUG 14 & 16 @ 7PM

JOHN C HART LIBRARY

1130 MAIN ST. SHRUB OAK, NY

WWW.YCPT.ORG

 

TEL: 914/ 476-6508

EMAIL: CUEGRAM99@AOL.COM

BLOG: WWW.THECUE.WORDPRESS.COM

SHOWTIME – July 2017

July 5, 2017

BABBLING BROOK PLAYERS

TAMING OF THE SHREW

JULY 28-30 @ 6:30PM

CLARK REC CENTER

59 CAMPBELL AVE, SUFFERN

AUG 4-6@ 6:30PM

MONTEBELLO VILLAGE HALL

1 MONTEBVELLO RD

 

BEDFORD COMMUNITY THEATRE

1776

JULY 7 & 8 @ 7:30PM / JULY 9 @ 5PM

JOHN JAY HOMESTEAD

400 JAY STREET, KATONAH

WWW.BEDFORDCOMMUNITYTHEATRE.ORG

 

BERGEN COUNTY PLAYERS

SPAMALOT

SEPT 16 – OCT 14

(NO PERF SEPT 29 & 30)

298 KINDERKAMACK RD.

ORADELL, NJ

WWW.BCPLAYERS.ORG

  1. 261-4200

 

BREWSTER THEATER COMPANY

URINETOWN

AUG 3-5, 10-12 @ 7:30PM

AUG 5, 6, 12 @ 2PM

DREW UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

28 GLENEDIA AVE, CARMEL

WWW.BREWSTERTHEATERCOMPANY.ORG

 

BROOKFIELD THEATRE ARTS

DAMN YANKEES

JULY 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, AUG 4 & 5 @ 8PM

JULY 23, 30 & AUG 6 @ 2PM

184 WHISCONIER RD,   BROOKFIELD, CT

203/ 775-0023

 

CARRIAGE HOUSE THEATRE

PERFECT: A CABARET

JULY 14 & 15

LES LIAISONS DANGERUESE

JULY 21 & 22

CRANBERRY PARK

390 GRUMMAN AVE, NORWALK, CT

WWW.CARRIAGEHOUSEARTSCENTER.ORG

203/ 354-9715

 

CREATIVE THEATRE MUDDY WATER PLAYERS

BEDROOM  FARCE

JULY 8, 14, 15, 20-22 @ 8PM

JULY 9, 16, 23 @ 3PM

1010 ROUTE 17M,  MONROE, NY

WWW.CTMWP.ORG

845/ 294-9465

 

COUNTY PLAYERS WAPPINGERS FALLS

BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE

SEPT 8, 9, 15-17, 22 & 23

2681 W. MAIN ST

WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY

WWW.COUNTYPLAYERS.ORG

845/ 298-1491

 

CURTAIN CALL

SHAKESPEARE ON THE GREEN:

JULIUS CAESAR

JULY 6-9, 14-16 @ 7:30PM

1349 NEWFIELD AVE.   STAMFORD, CT

WWW.CURTAINCALLINC.COM /

  1. 329-8207

 

DOWNTOWN CABARET THEATRE

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

SEPT 22 – OCT 15

263 GOLDEN HILL ST.,   BRIDGEPORT, CT

WWW.DTCAB.COM

  1. 576-1636
 

ELMWOOD PLAYHOUSE

ON GOLDEN  POND

JULY 14- AUG 5

FRI & SAT @ 8PM SUN @ 2PM

10 PARK STREET,   NYACK

WWW.ELMWOODPLAYHOUSE.COM

845/ 353-1313

 

4TH WALL THEATRE

RAGTIME (CONCERT)

SEPT 22-24

WESTMINSTER ART CENTER

449 FRANKLIN ST., BLOOMFIELD, NJ

WWW.4THWALLTHEATRE.ORG

973/ 996-8484

 

GOODSPEED MUSICALS

OKLAHOMA!:       JULY 14 – SEPT 23

6 MAIN STREET        EAST HADDAM, CT

WWW.GOODSPEED.ORG

860/ 873-8668

 

HUDSON VALLEY SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

THE BOOK OF WILL, PRIDE & PREJUDICE, TWELFTH NIGHT,THE GENERAL FROM AMERICA, LABOUR’S LOVE LOST

THRU SEPT 4

CJHECK SITE FOR ROTATING DATES

BOSCOBEL GROUNDS

WWW.HVSHAKESPEARE.ORG

845/ 809-5750

 

KJK PRODUCTIONS

BEAUTY & THE BEAST

JULY 22 @ 11AM & 3PM

PUTNAM VALLEY ART CENTER

146 PEEKSKILL HOLLOW RD

WWW.KJKPRODUCTIONS.ORG

 

IVORYTON PLAYHOUSE

WEST SIDE STORY

JULY 5 – 30

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER

AUG 9 – SEPT 3

WED THRU @ 7:30PM / FRI SAT @ 8PM

WED & SUN @ 2PM

103 MAIN ST, IVORYTON, CT

WWW.IVORYTONPLAYHOUSE.ORG

860/ 767-7318

 

LITTLE RADICAL THEATRICS

THE SECRET GARDEN

JULY 21-23

GRINTON WILL LIBRARY

CENTRAL PARK AVE, YONKERS

800/ 838-3006.

 

M & M PRODUCTIONS

BEN FRANKLIN & THE GREAT AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

JULY 9 @ 2PM

JOHN C HART LIBRARY

1130 MAIN ST, SHRUB OAK

WWW.YORKTOWNLIBRARY.ORG

 

NUTLEY  LITTLE THEATRE

A NEW BRAIN

SEPT 8-10, 14-17, 22 & 23

FRI & SAT @ 8PM SUN @ 2PM

47 ERIE PLACE

NUTLEY, NJ

WWW.NUTLEYLITTLETHEATRE.COM

  1. 667-0374

 

OLD LIBRARY THEATRE

PIPPIN

JULY 28, 29, AUG 4 & 5 @ 8PM

JULY 30 & AUG 6 @ 2PM

FAIR LAWN  REC CENTER

10-10 20TH ST. FAIR LAWN NJ

WWW.OLDLIBRARYTHEATRE.NET

973/ OLT-4420

PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE

NEW VOICES 2017

JULY 28 & 29 @ 7:30PM JULY 29 @ 1:30PM

THE HONEYMOONERS

SEPT 28 – OCT 29

22 BROOKSIDE DR,          MILLBURN, NJ

WWW.PAPERMILL.ORG

973/ 376-4343

 

PENGUIN REP THEATRE

COBB

JUN 30 – JULY 23

7 CRICKETTOWN RD

STONEYPOINT, NY

WWW.PENGUINREP.ORG

845/ 786-2873

 

RIDGEFIELD THEATRE BARN

AN EVENINGOF ONE-ACTS

THRU JULY 15

FRI & SAT 8PM JULY 9 @ 5PM

FENCES:

SEPT 8-30

37 HALPIN LANE,     RIDGEFIELD, CT

WWW.RIDGEFIELDTHEATERBARN.ORG

203/ 431-9850

 

SHERMAN PLAYHOUSE

HAIR

JUN 30, JULY 1, 7-9, 13-15, 21-23, 27-29

THRUS-SAT @ 8PM SUN @ 2PM

5 ROUTE 39N  SHERMAN, CT

WWW.SHERMANPLAYERS.ORG

860/ 354-3622

 

SMALL TOWN THEATRE COMPANY

SUMMER CONCERTS:

THE SWINGEROOS_ JULY 8 @ 8PM

CHARLIE LAGONE JULY 22 @ 8PM

B’WAY CLASSICS – AUG 5 @ 8PM

WAMPUS BROOK PARK

26 MAPLE AVE, ARMONK

WWW.SMALLTOWNTHEATRE.COM

914/ 273-0300

 

ST BART’S PLAYERS

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

OCT 19-29

THRUS-SAT @ 7:30PM SAT & SUN @ 2PM

HUDSON GUILD THEATRE

441 WEST 26TH STREET, NYC

WWW.STBARTSPLAYERS.ORG

212/ 378-0248

 

TOWN PLAYERS NEW CANAAN

JOHN LOVES MARY

JULY 28 – AUG 12

POWERHOUSE THEATRE,   WAVENY PARK

677 SO. AVE,    NEW CANAAN, CT

203/ 966-7371

 

THEATREWORKS, HARTFORD

RAGING SKILLET

JULY 20 – AUG 27

FRI SAT @ 8P SAT & SUN @ 2:30P

233 PEARL ST.  HARTFORD, CT

WWW.THEATREWORKSHARTFORD.ORG

  1. 527-7838
 

THEATREWORKS NEW MILFORD

ZOMBIE PROM

JULY 14, 15, 20-22, 28-30, AUG 4 & 5

5 BROOKSIDE AVE.. NEW MILFORD, CT

WWW.THEATREWORKS.US

  1. 350-6863

 

TOWN PLAYERS NEWTOWN

THEVEIL

JULY 14 – AUG 5

FRI SAT @ 8PM JULY 23 & 30 @ 2PM

18 ORCHARD HILL RD, NEWTOWN  CT

WWW.NEWTOWNPLAYERS.ORG

203/ 270-9144

 

TRINITY  PLAYERS

RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN

JUN 30, JULY 1, 2, 7-9

TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

6 SOUTH CROSS SRS

LAGRANGEVILLE, NY

WWW.TRINITYPLAYERS.ORG

845/ 592-8385

WESTCHESTER BROADWAY THEATRE

ANNIE

THRU SEPT 10

PET ADOPTION DAY

JULY 22 FROM 10:30 – 4:30PM

1 BROADWAY PLAZA,       ELMSFORD, NY

WWW.BROADWAYTHEATRE.COM

914/ 592-2222

 

WESTCHESTER COLLABORATIVE THEATRE

PLAY READING SERIES:PRS2

JULY 21-23

FRI SAT @ 8PM / SUN @ 3PM

23 WATER STREET  OSSINING, NY

WWW.WCTHEATER.ORG

 

WESTCHESTER SANDBOX THEATRE

WEIRD ROMANCE

AUG 11-13

BENDHEIM ART CENTER

SCARSDALE, NY

WWW.BWAYJAY@HOTMAIL.COM

 

WESTPORT COMMUNITY THEATRE

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE

SEPT 15 – OCT 1

FRI & SAT @ 8PM SUN @ 2PM

TOWN HALL   110 MYRTLE AVE, WESTPORT

WWW.WESTPORTCOMMUNITYTHEATRE.COM

  1. 226-1983

 

WESTPORT COUNTRY  PLAYHOUSE

GROUNDED

JULY 11-29

APPROPRIATE

AUG 15-SEPT 2

25 POWERS COURT, WESTPORT, CT

WWW.WESTPORTPLAYHOUSE.ORG

203/ 227-4177

 

WHITE PLAINS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

WEST SIDE STORY

JULY 28 – AUG 6

FRI SAT @ 8PM SUN @ 2PM

11 CITY PLACE   WHITE PLAINS, NY

WWW.WPPAC.COM

914/ 328-1600 X 18

 

YORKTOWN STAGE

GREASE

JULY 29 & AUG 5 @ 7:30PM

JULY 30 & AUG 6 @ 1PM

SAT 11 & 2PM SUN NOON & 3PM

1974 COMMERCE STREET

YORKTOWNHEIGHTS, NY

WWW.YORKTOWNSTAGE.ORG

914/ 962-0606

 

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