CLOSED (11-16-14)”THE LOVE NOTE MUSICAL” Previews Begin September 10th, 2014

THE LOVE NOTE MUSICAL begin previews Sept 10 at Actors Temple Theatre

​Previews – ​Wednesday – September 10 / Opening – Sunday September 14  – 10AM

Performance Schedule – Wednesday – 11AM / Sunday- 10AM

Appropriate 6+  Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Contact Telecharge for Tickets or call (212) 239-6200
FINAL PERFORMANCE- Sunday, November 16th

How far would we go to make friends at a new school? Even when those friends are ruthless bullies? In a world of outrageous tweens we watch Jessie and her trusty friend Airy try to answer that question. THE LOVE NOTE MUSICAL is a spirited journey that evokes the humor and hardships of modern adolescence, and the timeless survival techniques that we remember into adulthood. 

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THE LOVE NOTE MUSICAL is the tale of young Jessie’s arrival at a new and outlandish school where there is a colorful and zany cast of characters.   The ruthless bullies rule the cafeteria, the unique Bookworms stick together behind their books, and the watchful Lunch Lady wields a mean soup ladle.   Meanwhile there is a cute boy named Peter who looks Jessie’s way during math class.  Jessie sits alone in her new school cafeteria, but gains some comfort from the tiny pink love note that her mother packs into her lunch bag.  As soon as the head bully Brittany steals her love note and bites into her tasty sandwich, Jessie knows she is in trouble!

( Pictures from current and previous productions at http://www.thelovenote.com )​

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Contact Telecharge for Tickets or call (212) 239-6200

Website – http://www.thelovenote.com/

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CLOSED (11-15-14) WORLD PREMIERE of ” HARLEM RENS” Begins Previews 10-02-14

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 “The Greatest Basketball Team You’ve Never Heard” 

Inspired by the true story of eight men who overcame adversity to win more than 2,000 games while barnstorming throughout segregated parts of the country in the 1930’s despite never being officially accepted professionally or socially. Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheHarlemRens
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Written and directed by Layon Gray, writer of the Off-Broadway hit play Black Angels Over Tuskegee.

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Produced by The Layon Gray American Theatre Company and Edmund Gaynes

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       LIMITED RUN
PREVIEWS START: Sat, October 2 – 8pm
OPENS: Thurs, October 16 – 7pm 
RUNS THROUGH NOV 15th
Performance Schedule:  Sat – 8PM / Sun – 3pm 
Official Website: www.TheHarlemRens.com

CLOSED 1-25-15 – ‘Soul Doctor’ Actors Temple Theatre

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BROADWAY MUSICAL SOUL DOCTOR RETURNS OFF-BROADWAY

PREVIEWS STARTED NOVEMBER 28, 2014
OPENED SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2014
FINAL PERFORMANCE – January 25, 2015

ACTORS TEMPLE THEATRE
(339 W 47TH STREET)

524a56_598c0fe42b244751b90fb59b9f18e62b.jpg_srz_p_973_192_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzThe producers of the new Broadway musical Soul Doctor, the musical about the guitar-strumming, folksong-composing rabbi, Shlomo Carlebach, and his unlikely friendship with Nina Simone, that had a brief Broadway run at Circle in the Square in 2013, will return in an off-Broadway production at the Actors Temple Theater with previews began November 28, 2014 and opened, Sunday, December 14. This production is produced by Jeremy Chess.

The show uses adaptations of Carlebach’s music and has a book by Daniel S. Wise and new lyrics by David Schechter and offers a sweeping overview of the rabbi’s life with particular attention to his long relationship with the jazz singer, Nina Simone. He fled the Nazis as a teenager, moved to New York, started congregations in San Francisco and Israel and died in 1994.

10313716_898976826793258_1316843015821431547_nSoul Doctor is an exhilarating musical journey through the triumphs and tribulations of a cultural phenomenon. It tells the fascinating story of the father of popular Jewish music, Shlomo Carlebach. A modern-day troubadour, Shlomo ignited the spirit of millions around the world with his soul-stirring melodies, transformative story-telling and boundless love. After his escape from Nazi Germany, the young Rabbi befriended the legendary jazz singer, Nina Simone, who introduced him to soul and gospel music. With the “High Priestess of Soul” as his inspiration, Shlomo created a joyous new sound with melodies that fused his roots with American popular music. With his meteoric rise as a “Rock Star Rabbi” he struggled to harmonize his traditional beliefs with the “free love” generation of the 1960s. Today, his uplifting music and message help to define America’s most defiant era.

Following a successful Off-Broadway run in 2012 , and a sold-out engagement in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Soul Doctor began previews at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre on July 17 and had its official opening on Thursday, August 15, 2013. The first international production of Soul Doctor, performed in Yiddish and presented by the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre, is currently running at the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Soul Doctor has music by Shlomo Carlebach, book by Daniel S. Wise, lyrics by David Schechter.

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CLOSED: Layon Gray’s “THE GIRLS OF SUMMER” Opened April 9th, 2014 at Actors Temple Theatre

(CLOSED June 21, 2014)

Layon Gray’s “THE GIRLS OF SUMMER ‘, winner 2006 NAACP Award for Best Play and 2011 National Black Theatre Festival Mainstage Selection, returns to New York April 2014!

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   WINNER 2006 NAACP AWARD FOR  BEST PLAY

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  2011 National Black Theatre Festival Mainstage Selection

 “In 1945 Chicago, a group of Negro women are assembled to play an exhibition game against the all white reigning champions Rockford Peaches. Two weeks into the training the coach of the All-Negro female baseball team is found dead. Racism, deceit, betrayal are brought to light as this powerful drama unveils the hidden story beneath the surface.” Written and directed by Layon Gray, writer of the Off-Broadway hit play “Black Angels Over Tuskegee”, THE GIRLS OF SUMMER is produced by The Layon Gray Experience, LLC opens at the Actors Temple Theatre.

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THE GIRLS OF SUMMER opens April 9th through May 28, 2014 , playing Wednesdays at 8PM.

In the Cast :  Steve Quimby, Yanil Molina, Chantal Maurice, Shahla Khanna, Stephanie Williams, Lamar K. Cheston, Teniece Divya Johnson, Ann Flanigan, Camille St. James, Massiel Armengot, Craig Colasanti, Danea Robinson and Yohanna Florentino.
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Officical Website: www.TheGirlsOfSummer.org

CLOSED: Girls Night: The Musical is back in NYC! Opens Feb 13th

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“Girls Night: The Musical” has been thrilling audiences and earning raves from critics throughout North America since it began touring after its sensational Off-Broadway debut.

This touching and hilarious ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ musical takes audiences on a journey into the lives of a group of female friends.

Audience members can’t help but laugh, cry and even sing and dance in the aisles to some the most popular hit songs of the 80s and 90s!

Follow five friends as they re-live their past, celebrate their present, and look to the future on a wild and hilarious night out … and you’ll recognize a bit of yourselves in each one of them!

Described as “Desperate Housewives meets Mamma Mia” (Applause Magazine) and “As funny and outrageous as Sex & the City!” (The Advocate). “Girls Night” is packed with hits “Lady Marmalade,” “It’s Raining Men,” “Man I Feel Like A Woman,” “I Will Survive,” “We are Family” and many more!


More Past Shows (10) from Actors Temple Theatre (2006 to 2011)

“The Big Voice: God or Merman”  2006-07  (Closed May 13, 2007)

Producers Murphy Cross, Paul Kreppel and Edmund Gaynes premiered the new musical The Big Voice: God or Merman — which began performances Nov. 25, 2006 at The Actors Temple Theatre — with co-stars and co-creators Jim Brochu and Steve Schalchlin. The Big Voice: God or Merman? played its final performance May 13, 2007 at The Actors Temple Theatre after  125 performances.
“There’s no business like show business–especially for two guys who meet in the Bermuda Triangle, fall in love, work in the theater…and live to tell about it! This high-energy, razzle-dazzle show chronicles the lives of a Baptist from Arkansas and a Catholic from Brooklyn who find eternal salvation in the temple of musical theatre.”

Neva Small: Not Quite an Ingenue” (Closed Sept. 30, 2007)

Broadway and film actress Neva Small (“Chava” in the film version of “Fiddler on the Roof”) starred in a musical show that whimsically traced the highlights of her life and career, offering some comfortable memories and more than a few surprises. 

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A devoted wife and mother, Neva shares the challenges and rewards of balancing a life in music with real life. The result is an entertainment that offers some comfortable memories and more than a few surprises, all delivered with the intimacy and joy of a seasoned performer. Musical Direction by Don Rebic Special Material by Jay Kerr Directed by Pamela Hall. It played Actors Temple Theatre from August 16, 2007 through September 30, 2007 .

The J.A.P Show ( Closed Oct. 15, 2007)

The J.A.P. Show, Jewish American Princesses of Comedy , starred Cory Kahaney, Jackie Hoffman, Cathy Ladman and Jessica Kirson  at the Actors Temple Theatre. It premiered April 4, 2007  and CLOSED on October 15, 2007.
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About the show:  These four brassy and ballsy female comics give nachus to their female predecessors, demonstrating through their own zany stories and stand-up why the Jewish female comics of yore are treasured pioneers. Written by Kahaney and directed by Dan Fields, The J.A.P. Show includes vintage film and video clips of the original queens of comedy.
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BABALU-CY: The Art of Desi Arnaz” [Closed Nov. 16, 2008]

BABALU-CY: The Art of Desi Arnaz”- the popular new musical starred Greg Purnhagen as Desi Arnaz, and resumed performances at The Actors Temple Theatre on Saturday, November 1st, 2008 . The musical, subtitled “The Art of Desi Arnaz,” began previews on August 23rd, 2008  and opened official on September 8, 2008. It CLOSED on November 16, 2008.
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Directed and choreographed by Gene Castle,BABALU-CY: The Art of Desi Arnaz” featured Emily Anne Smith as Lucy plus a seven piece Latin band under the direction of Roy Dunlap with musical arrangements by David Cook. [CLOSED]
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Don’t Leave it All to the Children (Nov. 22, 2009)

A new musical comedy revue, “DON’T LEAVE IT ALL TO YOUR CHILDREN!”, written and directed by SAUL ILSON, Musical numbers staged by Rudy Tronto  and starring Barbara Minkus (“Picon Pie”), Marcia Rodd (“The Last of the Red Hot Lovers”), Steve Rossi (of Allen & Rossi) and  Ronnie Schell (Gomer Pyle) made its New York debut on Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 at the Actors Temple Theatre. and closed on November 22, 2009
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  Hebrew School Dropout, Or: How I Converted from Judaism to Catholicism and Back to Judaism AND Lost Those Stubborn Last 10 Pounds! ( Closed June 17, 2010

“Hebrew School Dropout, Or: How I Converted from Judaism to Catholicism and Back to Judaism AND Lost Those Stubborn Last 10 Pounds! “began previews at Actors Temple Theatre on April 24, 2010 and opened officially on May 19, 2010. It closed June 17, 2010
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In April of 2010, Emmy Award winner Dave Konig brought his new show Hebrew School Dropout, …. to the Actors Temple Theatre, a biographical piece that was a journey of faith in which Konig explored being a Jew who doesn’t fit in.
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On Broadway, Konig appeared in Grease. On television, he hosted the late-night HBO comedy series Hardcore TV, wrote, produced, and starred in the talk show parody The Dave Konig Show on USA Network, and won his Emmys for his Konig Underground segments on Metro (NY) TV’s Subway Q & A.

“All American Girls” ( Closed October 28, 2010)

Layon Gray’s  “All American Girls” premiered Off-Broadway at the Actors Temple Theatre on August 29, 2010 at Actors Temple Theatre and CLOSED October 28, 2010 . OB-JS102_baseba_E_20100826112724-335x223
About The Play: “It is about a fictional World War II-era baseball team of young African-American women, the Red Diamonds, assembled for a Chicago exhibition game against a team of white women, the Rockford Peaches.”
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“Zero Hour” 2010-11 (Closed Jan. 9, 2011)

Starting June 12, 2010, Kurt Peterson and Edmund Gaynes, who produced in association with The Peccadillo Theater Company, transferred Jim Brochu’s Zero Hour to the Actors Temple Theater where it continued its Off-Broadway run (Wednesdays at 3 PM, Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.) Brochu’s tribute to the late stage legend Zero Mostel premiered Off-Broadway on November 14, 2009 at Theatre at Saint Clement’s, transferred to  DR2 Theatre Feb. 23, 2010 and continued its Off-Broadway run at the Actors Temple Theatre as of June 12, 2010 ( where it played until January 9, 2011).
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“Zero Hour is set in theatre legend Zero Mostel’s painting studio on West 28th Street, a naïve reporter attempts to interview the famously volatile artist, prompting an explosion of memory, humor, outrage and juicy backstage lore. Mostel is remembered for his comedic genius and his definitive roles, but in the 1950′s he was equally known for his place on the infamous Hollywood blacklist. Directed by three time Oscar-nominated film star Piper Laurie, Jim Brochu’s striking portrayal brings all of Mostel’s swagger, ferocity, intelligence and fantastic wit back to the stage in this volcanic tour-de-force.”
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Sam’s Romance ( 2011)

sams-romance-big-150x150Sam’s Romance, a new play by award winning playwright Paul Manual Kane, opened June 5, 2011 at Actors Temple Theatre  and closed July 31, 2011. It was described as “an edgy comedy about connections. He’s Jewish, She’s Black, He’s 50, She’s 20, It’s 1953.

1248728-SamsRomance_CarolRosegg_large.jpg.300x207_q100An edgy comedy about connections. People who make the wrong connection. People who don’t connect no matter how they try. And, people who never connect but go on living with great expectations of connecting. People who make the wrong connection. People who don’t connect no matter how they try. And people who never connect but go on living with great expectations of connecting. The production featured a  set and lighting design by Josh Iacovelli; the cast that included Oni Brown, Lee Anne Hutchison, Ed Kershen, Todd Licea and Neva Small.

“Diary of a Catholic School Dropout” (2010-11) – Closed July 2011

Layon Gray’s “Diary of a Catholic School Drop Out”  Is an Abstract Choreo-play with motown music, dance, poetry, and lost love.
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 It premiered Off-Broadway at Actors Temple Theatre on November 17, 2010 and CLOSED July 2011.
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About the Play: “In two hours, at the age of 23, Alice Williams will be executed for the murder of her father. With little time on her side, she searches her soul for inner peace as her mind wanders back down the road that put her in this current predicament. This “choreoplay” by author/director Layon Gray sets out to memorialize a group of female reform school students.”

Closed March 9, 2014 : “It’s Just Sex”

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It’s Just Sex depicts the lives of three typical couples, each experiencing the trials and tribulations of married life, during one fateful evening. With the kids away at camp, they gather for a routine cocktail party. But as the liquor flows, secrets, truths and resentments are revealed culminating in a surprising and wildly hilarious ‘partner swap’. After which, all involved are forced to deal with the resulting effects on their lives and marriages, and views of honesty, monogamy and relationship. This provocative and side-splitting original comedy has been the most successful play in the histories of each theater where it has played.

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“Convulsively funny. A true crowd pleaser.” – Variety

“A comic home run. Unapologetically commercial.

Its thoughtful naughtiness rocks the house.” – Los Angeles Times

“Go! Provocative and surprisingly enlightening. Sharp, funny and concise.”
– LA Weekly