Friday, April 27, 2012




New York, NY (April 24, 2012) – The Drama League (Executive Director, Gabriel Shanks) has announced the 2011-2012 Drama League Nominees for Distinguished Play, Distinguished Revival of a Play, Distinguished Best Musical, Distinguished Revival of a Musical, and Distinguished Performance Awardat a ceremony hosted by Megan Hilty (9 to 5, Smash”), Justin Long (Seminar) and Raven- Symoné this morning at Sardi’s Restaurant which were streamed live online at

The Drama League Awards honor distinguished productions, performances, and exemplary career achievements in musical theatre and directing.  First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honors in America. They are the only major theatergoer awards chosen by audience members — specifically, by the thousands of Drama League members nationwide who attend Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.  2012 Nominees were selected from over 170 productions.

The nominations announcement begins a month long celebration leading up to the 78th Annual Drama League Awards, which will be held at the Marriott Marquis Times Square (1535 Broadway) on Friday, May 18, 2012 at noon.  Tickets for The Drama League Awards, which includes pre-event cocktails and the star-studded afternoon luncheon ceremony hosted by Stockard Channing (Other Desert Cities) and John Larroquette (Gore Vidal's The Best Man), are available by calling (212) 244-9494 or  by

The Drama League Awards Eligibility Committee recently determined that productions transferring from Off-Broadway to Broadway, or vice versa, in successive years are now eligible for consideration in both seasons. 

For more information about the Drama League Awards, please call (212) 244-9494 ext 27, or, or visit the website at



Clybourne Park
Walter Kerr Theatre
Jujamcyn Theatres, Jane Bergere, Roger Berlind/Quintet Productions, Eric Falkenstein/Dan Frishwasser, Ruth Hendel/Harris Karma Productions, JTG Theatricals, Daryl Roth, Jon B. Platt, Center Theatre Group, producers

The Columinst
Manhattan Theatre Club
Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer

The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism
and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures
Signature Theatre Company and The Public Theater
James Houghton, Founding Artistic Director, Signature Theatre Company; Erika Mallin, Executive Director
Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director, The Public Theater; Patrick Willingham, Executive Director)

The Lyons
Vineyard Theatre/Cort Theatre
Kathleen K. Johnson, producer; Vineyard Theater, producer; Jonathan Tessero, Associate Producer

One Man, Two Guvnors
Music Box Theatre
Bob Boyett, The National Theatre of Great Britain, National Angels, Chris Harper, Tim Levy, Scott Rudin, Roger Berlind, Harriet Newman Leve, Stephanie P. McClelland, Broadway Across America, Daryl Roth, Jam Theatricals, Sonia Friedman, Harris Karma Productions, Deborah Taylor, Richard Willis, producers

Other Desert Cities
Lincoln Center Theatre
Andre Bishop, Artistic Director; Bernard Gersten, Executive Producer

Peter and The Starcatcher
Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes, Disney Theatrical Productions, Suzan & Ken Wirth/DeBartola Miggs, Catherine Scheiber/Daveed Frazier & Mark Thompson, Jack Lane, Jane Dubin, Allan S. Gordon/Adam S. Gordon, Baer & Casserly/Nathan Vernon, Rich Affannato/Peter Stern, Brunish & Trinchero/Laura Little Productions, Larry Hirschhorn/Hummel & Greene, Jamie deRoy & Probe Prods./Radio Mouse Ent., Hugh Hysell/Freedberg & Dale, New York Theatre Workshop, producers

Barrow Street Theatre
Jean Doumanian, Tom Wirtshafter, and Scott Morfee, producers

John Golden Theatre
Jeffrey Finn, Jill Furman, John N. Hart, Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Roy Furman, David Ivan, David Mirvish, Amy Nauiokas and James Spry, producers

Septimus and Clarissa
Ripe Time/Baruch Performing Arts Center
Rachel Dickstein, Artistic Director; Wesley Middleton, Producing Director

Venus in Fur
Manhattan Theatre Club/Lyceum Theatre
Jon B. Platt, Scott Landis, Manhattan Theatre Club, Jessica R. Jenen, Scott M. Delman and Classic Stage Company, producers


And God Created Great Whales
The Culture Project
Allan Buchman, Artistic Director; Nan Richardson, Executive Director

Death of a Salesman
Ethel Barrymore Theatre
Scott Rudin, Stuart Thompson, Jon B. Platt, Columbia Pictures, Jean Doumanian, Merritt Forrest Baer, Roger Berlind, Scott M. Delman, Sonia Friedman Productions, Ruth Hendel, Carl Moellenberg, Scott and Brian Zerlinger, Eli Bush, producers

Gore Vidal’s The Best Man
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Infinity Stages, Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Barbara Manocherian/Michael Palitz, The Broadway Consortium/Ken Mahoney, Kathleen K. Johnson, Andy Sandberg, Fifty Church Street Productions, Larry Hirschhorn/Bennu Productions, Patty Baker, Paul Boskind and Martian Entertainment, Wendy Federman, Mark S. Golub and David S. Golub, Cricket Hooper Jiranek, Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley, Carl Moellenberg, Harold Thau, Will Trice, producers

How I Learned To Drive
Second Stage Theatre
Carole Rothman, Artistic Director; Casey Reitz, Executive Director

Look Back in Anger
Roundabout Theatre Company
Todd Haimes, Artistic Director; Julia C. Levy, Executive Director

The Maids
Red Bull Theater
Jesse Berger, Artistic Director; Wendy Anderson, Director of Artistic/Strategic Development

Manhattan Theatre Club
Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer


Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
Colin Ingram, Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle, Donovan Mannato, MJE Productions, Patricia Lambrecht, Adam Silberman, producers

Leap of Faith
St. James Theatre
Michael Manheim, James D. Stern, Douglas L. Meyer, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel, Steven Baruch, Annette Niemtzow, Daryl Roth, Robert G. Bartner, Steven and Shannon Silva, Endgame Entertainment, Patricia Monaco, Debi Coleman, Dancecap Productions, Inc., Steve Kaplan, Relativity Media LLC, Rich/Caudwell, Center Theatre Group, Jujamcyn Theatres, producers

Mission Drift
The TEAM/P.S. 122/Connelly Theatre
Rachel Chavkin, Founding Artistic Director

Nederlander Theatre
Disney Theatrical Productions: Thomas Schumacher, Director

Nice Work If You Can Get It
Imperial Theatre
Scott Landis, Roger Berlind, Sonia Friedman Productions, Roy Furman, Standing CO Vation, Candy Spelling, Freddy DeMann, Ronald Frankel, Harold Newman, Jon B. Platt, Raise The Roof 8, Takonkiet Viravan, William Berlind/Ed Burke, Carole L. Haber/Susan Carusi, Buddy and Barbara Freitag/Sanford Robertson, Jim Herbert/Under The Wire, Emanuel Azenberg, The Shubert Organization, producers

New York Theatre Workshop/Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo, Brian Carmody, Michael G. Wilson, Orin Wolf, The Shubert Organization, Robert Cole, New York Theatre Workshop, producers

Queen of The Mist
The Transport Group
Jack Cummings III, Artistic Director; Lori Fineman, Executive Director


MCC Theater
William Cantler, Robert LuPone and Bernard Telsey, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive Director

Marquis Theatre
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Nederlander Presentations Inc., Adrienne Arsht, HRH Foundation, Allan Williams, producers

Marquis Theatre
Hal Luftig, Scott Sanders Productions, Roy Furman, Yasuhiro Kawana, Allan S. Gordon/Adam S. Gordon, James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Gutterman Fuld Chernoff/Pittsburgh CLO, Thousand Stars Productions, Adam Blanshay, Adam Zotovich, Robert Ahrens, Stephanie P. McClelland, Carole L. Haber, Richard Hornos, Carol Fineman, Brian Smith, Warren and Jale Trepp, producers

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Richard Rodgers Theatre
Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Rebecca Gold, Howard Kagan, Cheryl Wiesenfeld/Brunish Trinchero/Meredith Lucio TBC, Joseph and Matthew Deitch, Mark S. Golub and David S. Golub, Terry Shnuck, Freitag Productions/Koenigsberg Filerman, The Leonore S. Gershwin 1987 Trust, Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Ken Mahoney, Judith Resnick, Tulchin/Bartner/ATG, Paper Boy Productions, Alden Badway, Broadway Across America, Christopher Hart, Irene Gandy, Will Trice, producers

Jesus Christ Superstar
Neil Simon Theatre
The Dodgers and The Really Useful Group, Latitude Link, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group, Waxman-Dokton, Joe Corcoran, Detsky/Sokolowski/Kassie, Florin-Blanshay-Fan/Broadway Across America, Rich/Caudwell, Shin/Coleman, TheatreDreams North America LLC, producers

One winner is selected from this category for which the recipient can only receive the award once during his or her career. 
Jane AlexanderThe Lady From Dubuque
Nina Arianda, Venus In Fur
Annaleigh Ashford, Rent
Angela Bassett, The Mountaintop
Simon Russell Beale, Bluebird
Tracie Bennett, End of the Rainbow
Christian Borle, Peter and the Starcatcher
Matthew Broderick, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Kim Cattrall, Private Lives
Heather Christian, Mission Drift
James Corden, One Man, Two Guvnors
Michael Cristofer, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism
and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures
Tyne Daly, Master Class
Jesse Eisenberg, Asuncion
Linda Emond, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism
and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures
Raúl Esparza, Leap of Faith
Santino Fontana, Sons of the Prophet
Andrew Garfield, Death of a Salesman
Russell Harvard, Tribes
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Death of a Salesman
Samuel L. Jackson, The Mountaintop
Jeremy JordanNewsies, Bonnie and Clyde
Steve Kazee, Once
Celia Keenan-Bolger, Peter and the Starcatcher
Christine Lahti, Dreams of Flying, Dreams of Falling
Angela Lansbury, Gore Vidal's The Best Man
John Larroquette, Gore Vidal's The Best Man
Linda Lavin, The Lyons
Norm Lewis, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Judith LightOther Desert Cities
Ricky Martin, Evita
Jan Maxwell, Follies
Jefferson Mays, Blood and Gifts
Marin Mazzie, Carrie
Audra McDonald, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Ellen McLaughlin, Septimus and Clarissa
Cristin Milioti, Once
Jessie Mueller, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever
Carey Mulligan, Through A Glass Darkly
Cynthia Nixon, Wit
Leslie Odom, Jr., Leap of Faith
Kelli O'Hara, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Denis O'Hare, An Iliad
Lily Rabe, Seminar
Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Ghost
Molly Ranson, Carrie
Condola Rashad, Stick Fly
Matthew Rhys, Look Back In Anger
Alan Rickman, Seminar
Elena Roger, Evita
Jeremy Shamos, Clybourne Park
Kevin Spacey, Richard III
Stephen Spinella, An Iliad
Mary Testa, Queen of the Mist
Blair Underwood, A Streetcar Named Desire
Mary Louise Wilson, 4,000 Miles

The Drama League wishes to recognize the superb contributions to the season of its previous Distinguished Performance Award winners including:

Norbert Leo ButzHow I Learned To Drive
Zoe CaldwellElective Affinities
Kathleen ChalfantPainting Churches
Stockard ChanningOther Desert Cities
Rosemary HarrisThe Road To Mecca
Hugh JackmanHugh Jackman: Back On Broadway
Sir Derek JacobiKing Lear
James Earl Jones, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man
Frank LangellaMan and Boy
John LithgowThe Columnist
Patti LuPoneAn Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin
Bebe NeuwirthA Midsummer Night’s Dream
Bernadette PetersFollies
Sam WaterstonKing Lear

Alan Menken

Rosie O’Donnell

Diane Paulus

BEA Streaming Live and others will be posted shortly after taking place

We're looking forward to a great event and are excited about our new STREAMING initiative that will promote authors and titles at BEA in a dynamic new way to generate more excitement and buzz to a much larger audience beyond the physical event in NYC.

We'll be streaming a number of marquee events via the Web—some will be streamed live and others will be posted shortly after taking place. Live streamed events will include: Author Breakfasts, Buzz Panels, and appearances from the Downtown Author Stage, sponsored by Innodata 

Will post the player as it becomes available.

The 2012 BALLERINA ASSOLUTA: Gala Tribute Honoring the Legendary NATALIA MAKAROVA will take place on April 28, 2012 at 7:00pm at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.

The 2012 BALLERINA ASSOLUTA: Gala Tribute Honoring the Legendary NATALIA MAKAROVA will celebrate Ms. Makarova’s contribution to the art of ballet by presenting some of her most memorable roles performed by today’s leading dancers.

The legendary ballerina herself will share fascinating insights into the world of ballet throughout the evening.

The 2012 BALLERINA ASSOLUTA: Gala Tribute Honoring the Legendary NATALIA MAKAROVA will take place on April 28, 2012 at 7:00pm at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. 

This year's Gala will honor Natalia Makarova and will feature:
  • Alicia Amatriain (Stuttgart Ballet)
  • Tyler Angle (New York City Ballet)
  • Matthew Golding (YAGP Alumnus, Dutch National Ballet)
  • Marcelo Gomes (American Ballet Theatre)
  • Maria Kowroski (New York City Ballet)
  • Denis Matvienko (Mariinsky Ballet)
  • Gillian Murphy (American Ballet Theatre)
  • Natalia Osipova (American Ballet Theatre/Mikhailovsky Theatre St. Petersburg)
  • Sergei Polunin (YAGP Alumnus, The Royal Ballet)
  • Tamara Rojo (The Royal Ballet)
  • Damian Smith (San Francisco Ballet)
  • Yuan Yuan Tan (San Francisco Ballet)
  • Ivan Vasiliev (American Ballet Theatre/Mikhailovsky Theatre St. Petersburg)
  • Diana Vishneva (American Ballet Theatre/Mariinsky Ballet)
  • Friedemann Vogel NY Debut (Stuttgart Ballet)


    Dream Deferred, the Award Winning Play on Gentrification in Harlem
    Runs through April 29, 2012
     at the 133rd Street Arts Center

    New York, NY, April 23, 2012 – Two-time AUDELCO Award winner Johnnie
    Mae stars in Dream Deferred, the award winning play on gentrification in
    Harlem.  Johnnie Mae, well-known as Louanne, the notorious housemaid in the
    HBO television drama Boardwalk Empire, is a seasoned stage actress who has
    performed with the Classical Theatre of Harlem, New Federal Theatre,
    National Black Theatre, and New Haarlem Arts Theatre.  Dream Deferred
    marks her debut with the emerging theatre company NuAFrikan Theatre.
    Johnnie Mae won an AUDELCO Award for Best Supporting Actress in Why Old
    Ladies Cry at Weddings and What Would Jesus Do?, and shared the OOBR
    Award for best ensemble cast for Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery.  She was last
    seen on stage in the New Haarlem Arts Theatre production of Blues for Mister
    Charlie, and is frequently on television with appearances on The Big C, 30 Rock,
    Louie, and all three incarnations of Law & Order.
    In Dream Deferred, Johnnie Mae burns with the fervent fire of the Holy Ghost as
    Mother Esther Jackson, and gives us the “tea” on her neighbors as the gossipy
    Mrs. Thompson.  “Working on Dream Deferred has been an educating &
    empowering experience,” says Johnnie Mae.  “I enjoy telling these wonderful,
    rich narratives that are about Harlem. The stories are written so well; you will
    feel a part of the story.”
    Written and directed by the award-winning playwright Marcus Dargan, Dream
    Deferred puts a spotlight on racial tensions and social action, as African American residents of an apartment building in Harlem struggle against the looming commercial dominance of a newly built condominium, just across the street.
    Marcus Dargan is a recipient of the Jacob A. Weiser Playwright Award and
    was last seen in the role created by Ken Page in Ain’t Misbehavin’ with the
    Harlem Repertory Theatre, garnering five AUDELCO Award nominations.
    Dargan is the author of the play Antichrist Lament, which received workshop
    performances at the Manhattan Theatre Source PlayGround Development
    Series, Nuyorican Poet's Cafe, and NuAFrikan Theatre NuWorks series

    Slide 1

    Dream Deferred continues its run through
    April 29, 2012 at the 133rd Street
    Arts Center located at 308 West 133rd Street, Harlem, New York.

    The ensemble cast includes Bisa Dawes, Shannon Harris, Donald Paul, Eddie K.
    Robinson, and Curtis Williams, and features Richard Mays and Johnnie
    Mae.  Performances are at 7:00 PM on Tuesday – Saturday evenings, with a
    matinee performance on Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00 PM, and Sunday at
    3:00 PM.  General tickets are $20 at the door and are available
     at the 133rd Street Arts Center box office one hour before curtain or by calling the box office
    at 347-855-7281.

     Advance online tickets are $18 for adults, and $15 for seniors,
    students, and artists at
    For complete ticket and schedule information, visit

    Monday, April 23, 2012

    IBS Show: Hair & Beauty Trends Revealed RUSK Celebrity Hair Stylist, Naz Kupelian Reveals the Latest Hair Trends at International Beauty Show in New York City

    IBS Show: Hair and Beauty Trends Revealed
    RUSK Celebrity Hair Stylist, Naz Kupelian Reveals the Latest Hair Trends at International Beauty Show in New York City

    (New York, NY) – Get caught up on the latest looks and trends while stocking up on the best beauty products at the International Beauty Show (IBS) in New York City. From from Sunday April 22nd to Tuesday April 24th, 2012, the International Beauty Show will invade the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and provide an exclusive sneak peek into the newest hair and beauty trends, tools and technology emerging in the industry. The International Beauty Show brings together thousands of beautyprofessionals and enthusiasts in New York to see world-renowned platform artists such as Celebrity Hair Stylist Naz Kupelian of the greater Boston area, take the stage to educate on the latest trends and techniques in the industry.

    On behalf of the elitedesign team for Rusk©, Naz Kupelian will educate on RUSK's latest trends on hair coloring, cutting and styling techniques. Naz will inspire other hair stylists through live demonstrations using models off the streets of New York City. The models will be transformed into hair styles from the new RUSK Rebel Chic Collection inspired by strong woman throughout the decades including Joan of Arc, Cleopatra and Lady Gaga.

    “The IBS show is very popular show and important in introducing a fresh start to designers for the spring... new hair styles and techniques will be introduced at this event to inspire hair artists from all over the world” – Naz Kupelian, Celebrity Hair Stylist

    According to Kupelian, new trends for this season include strong geometric perimeters such as short blunt bangs, solid bold and vibrant colors using coloring techniques such as “Eye Candy” and “Ombre” and the short yet chic bob.

    The RUSK presentation at the IBS show will include runaway shows, new beauty products, tools and tutorials by some of the most talented artists in the hair and beauty industry. Show attendees and participants will be the first to see Naz Kupelian’s newest visions of hair trends for the season!

    Where: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center | 655 West 34th Street | New York, NY 10001

    When: Sunday April 22nd to Tuesday April 24th 2012.

    Cost: For show schedule, pricing and registration please visit


    About Naz Kupelian:
    Naz has forever been dedicated to the evolution of the craft and to the art of hairdressing. Over the years he has evolved to become an outstanding hair stylist and colorist. Naz has been trained by the legendary Irvine and Louise Rusk. Today, as a platform artist and with the Rusk Design Team, Naz brings with him over a decade of experience.
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    Naz Kupelian opened The Naz Kupelian Salon in the 2000 with the vision of offering clients the finest salon services possible, along with paramount client service, in an elegant and comfortable space. His determination to redefine the salon experience has allowed him to bring together a staff of highly skilled professionals who will provide you with the newest treatments and techniques, the finest products and a wide selection of services. The salon is located at 311 Woburn Street, Lexington, MA 02420. The salon is open 7 days a week: Mon-Wed-Fri 9:00am to 6:00pm Tuesday to Thursday 9:00am to 7:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00pm. For more information please call 781-676-7791 or visit
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