August Darnell’s Cherchez La Femme an Explosion of Disco, Calypso

August Darnell personified ’80s pop culture, as larger-than-life Calypso bon vivant “Kid Creole,” leader of the band Kid Creole & The Coconuts. The 1980’s were so grand, colorful, and over-the-top they were dubbed “The Big ’80s.” Now that era is set to return in the musical Cherchez La Femme at the iconic La Mama Theater in East Greenwich Village. August, brother Stony Browder, brassy lead singer Cory Daye, percussionist Andy Hernandez, and Micky Sevilla were nominated for a Grammy Award as Best New Artist. ... Read More...

‘Sopranos’ Vet Robert Funaro Steps Up as Director of Amelio Play

Robert Funaro, best known for his role as a mobster in the hit HBO show “The Sopranos,” is turning his attention to directing How Alfo Learned to Love Women, a Vincent Amelio play about love, lust and family. Funaro, 55, has directed plays in the past, but this is his most ambitious effort behind-the-scenes on stage. The cast includes Martin Scorsese favorite Armen Garo, Danielle Guldin, Kelli K. Barnett, Gordon Silva and Christian Thom as Alfo.... Read More...

James Franco Makes Directing Debut Off-Broadway

James Franco is adding some marquee glitter to Rattlestick Theater’s 20th Anniversary season. He’ll make his Off-Broadway directorial debut this summer helming the premiere of new play. Franco will direct playwright Robert Boswell’s world premiere of his work The Long Shrift. Hollywood screenwriter, director and actress Jennifer DeLia will be directing Scott Organ’s play Phoenix. ... Read More...
Former Monkee Micky Dolenz

Micky Dolenz Eyed for New Musical ‘Garage Band’

Former Monkee Micky Dolenz, who dazzled in London’s Hairspray” is rehearsing a potential new Off-Broadway musical. Garage Band is part Jersey Boys and part American Graffiti. Dolenz was recently at New York City’s Ha! Comedy Club for the reading. Ken Davenport is directing with book by The Grundleshotz and music and lyrics by Mark Allen.... Read More...
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