“She Loves Me” from THIRTEEN’s “Great Performances” Kicks Off PBS’s Broadway’s Best Lineup

The critically-acclaimed Roundabout Theatre Company production of She Loves Me comes to THIRTEEN‘s Great Performances, Friday, October 20 at 9 p.m. (check local listings) as the opening presentation of PBS’s fall Broadway’s best lineup. Every Friday night, from October through December, PBS will give theater lovers a front-row seat to some of the best-loved Broadway shows, from glorious, feel-good musicals to captivating dramas. All four titles are productions by the theater streaming service BroadwayHD in association with THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET.GP-Logo

She Loves Me joins Present Laughter (November 3), Indecent (November 19), and Holiday Inn (November 24, and also from Roundabout) as part of PBS’s Broadway’s best lineup, directed for television by Emmy Award-winner David Horn, executive producer of both Great Performances and THIRTEEN‘s local Theater Close-Up series.

For over 50 years, PBS has provided audiences locally and across the country with unparalleled access to some of the most exciting and eclectic theater offerings on Broadway and beyond. We’re pleased to continue this great tradition with a diverse mix of recent critically acclaimed productions,” Horn said.

She Loves Me was the first Broadway musical ever to stream live during a performance at Roundabout Theatre Company’s Studio 54. In the musical, Tony Award® winner Laura Benanti and Tony Award® nominee Zachary Levi star as Amalia and Georg, two parfumerie clerks who aren’t quite the best of friends. Constantly bumping heads while on the job, the sparring coworkers can’t seem to find common ground. But little do they know, the anonymous romantic pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other. Will love continue to blossom once their identities are finally revealed?

Critics unanimously embraced this latest production. Mark Kennedy of Associated Press, for one, remarked, “An astounding cast, a nifty story and memorable songs turn this revival into a celebration of classic musical construction.

Marilyn Stasio of Variety raved, “The enchanting Broadway revival is so charming, you kind of wish it would follow you home.”

For BroadwayHD this performance of She Loves Me was produced by Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley and captured by BroadwayHD in June 2016, in association with Ellen M. Krass Productions, Inc. and THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC FOR WNET. It was directed for television by David Horn.

Part of Roundabout’s 50th Anniversary Season, She Loves Me also starred Byron Jennings (Maraczek), Gavin Creel (Kodaly), Tom McGowan (Sipos) and Jane Krakowski (Ilona) with Nicholas Barasch (Arpad) and Peter Bartlett (Head Waiter).

The production was directed by Tony Award® nominee Scott Ellis, choreographed by Warren Carlyle with musical direction by Paul Gemignani. This classic musical comedy features a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock.

This marks the second presentation of She Loves Me on Great Performances which aired a well-remembered British studio version starring Robin (“Poldark”) Ellis and Gemma (“The Slipper and the Rose”) Craven which delighted viewers.

The celebrated score features favorites such as “Vanilla Ice Cream,” “A Romantic Atmosphere,” “Dear Friend,” and “She Loves Me.” The musical is based on a play by Miklos Laszlo, whose well-known romantic story was the basis for the 1940 James Stewart film “The Shop Around the Corner,” the 1949 Judy Garland and Van Johnson musical “In the Good Old Summertime,” and the 1998 Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan film “You’ve Got Mail.

Roundabout’s Associate Artistic Director Scott Ellis previously directed Roundabout’s ten-time Tony-nominated revival of “She Loves Me” in 1993, which marked the first Broadway musical in the company’s history and launched the Musical Theatre Program at Roundabout.

The production started previews on February 19, 2016, and with the official opening on March 17, 2016. The creative team includes David Rockwell (sets), Jeff Mahshie (costumes), Don Holder (Lights), Jon Weston (Sound), Larry Hochman (Orchestrations), David Krane (Dance Arrangements & Incidental Music).

Major support for the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of She Loves Me is provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. The stage production of She Loves Me also benefits from Roundabout’s Musical Theatre Fund with lead gifts from The Howard Gilman Foundation, Perry and Marty Granoff, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and Michael Kors and Lance Le Pere.

The Full Schedule:

GREAT PERFORMANCES: She Loves Me

Friday, October 20, 9 p.m.

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Contemporary French Photographer Jean-Francois Rauzier Debuts New Series of Hyperphotos at Waterhouse & Dodd New York

Waterhouse & Dodd, founded by international art dealers Ray Waterhouse and Jonathan Dodd in 1987, is pleased to announce the solo exhibition of French photographer, Jean-Francois Rauzier, featuring the artist’s new ‘Hyperphotos’ opening October 26th (through November 18), at the gallery’s temporary pop-up space 1070 Madison Avenue in New York City.

Babel Kircher, New York, C-Print 2015

Babel Kircher, New York, C-Print 2015

Jean-Francois Rauzier (b. 1952) is an internationally acclaimed photographer, who has exhibited in museums and art fairs worldwide. Depicting fantastical versions of landscapes and iconic architecture is central to Rauzier’s artistic exploration and mastery as a photographer. His work transforms reality; fascinating us with its scale, and taking the viewer on a journey through the visible world. Thousands of high-resolution close-ups views are stitched together into his large compositions, maintaining the focus of the smallest detail. Each work is carefully composed of images collected over many years – working in some ways more like a painter than a photographer, Rauzier creates his own supernatural man-made world. Using digital technology, he creates buildings, gardens, animals, and many other objects as he strives to transform the world according to his dreams and anxieties and to recreate the magic and secrecy of ancient legends and stories using 21st-century media.

Cuba Veduta [Detail], C-Print 2017

Cuba Veduta [Detail], C-Print 2017

In this new body of work, Jean-Francois Rauzier: Hyperphotos, Rauzier continues in his signature style combining iconic cities such as New York into compositions referencing art historical imagery. This show debuts a selection of works Rauzier has just completed on Cuban themes. In these ‘Hyperphotos’, he uses the stunning architectural and historical landscapes of Cuba, combined with his extensive knowledge of art and cultural history, literature, and humor, to create unique and unforgettable images. Continue reading

Celebrity Cruises to Offer Legal Same-Sex Marriages Onboard

The Historic First For The Brand Was Made Possible Following A Monumental Vote In The Fleet’s Country Of Registry

Celebrity Cruises is proud to announce that same-sex marriages performed onboard are now legally recognized, marking a historic first for the modern luxury brand.

Celebrity Cruises Logo

Celebrity Cruises Logo

The motion follows a transformative vote in Malta, where a majority of the Celebrity fleet is registered, which passed the country’s parliament 66-1. The long-awaited referendum opens the door for Celebrity to legally recognize same-sex marriages performed onboard, and have the fleet’s captains officiate the ceremonies.

Celebrity Cruises has a long history of supporting the LGBTQ+ community, and I cannot think of a more important time in our history than right now to do all we can to support inclusion. I am absolutely thrilled to announce that starting today, we welcome same-sex couples to marry on our ships while in international waters,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. “This is one for the history books!

The Celebrity Weddings program offers onboard ceremonies and destination weddings for lovebirds. The Nautical Nuptials at Sea package includes a Captain-led ceremony, an event coordinator’s services, live music, one hour of photography, cake for two, bottle of Champagne, a bouquet and boutonniere, plus additional romantic turndown amenities post-ceremony.

Celebrity Weddings has already hosted many same-sex weddings in the U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean, where legal,” said Barbara Whitehall, Managing Director, The Wedding Experience. “We are ecstatic that this new Malta ruling opens up marriage equality for anyone and everyone sailing with Celebrity Cruises while in international waters.

To learn more about the Celebrity Weddings program and The Wedding Experience, visit www.celebrityweddings.eweddingcalendar.com.

Elton John AIDS Foundation Announces Bold New Funding Initiatives To Combat HIV Epidemics in the U.S. and in Eastern Europe/Central Asia

The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) today announced new funding initiatives to increase advocacy and service delivery for people living with and at-risk for HIV and hepatitis C.

In the U.S., EJAF will be launching a new funding initiative to address HIV in Black gay men and transgender individuals, building on our years of experience and support in fighting AIDS in these communities. In Eastern Europe, EJAF will launch the Key Populations Fund for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA KP Fund), focused on prevention and treatment of HIV and hepatitis C for individuals most vulnerable to the HIV epidemic in the region: people who use drugs, sex workers, and gay and bisexual men in the region.

Elton John AIDS Foundation Logo

Elton John AIDS Foundation logo (PRNewsFoto/Elton John AIDS Foundation)

Although Black gay and bisexual men account for one in 500 people living in the U.S., they make up nearly one in four new HIV infections and one in six Americans living with HIV. One in four Black gay and bisexual men are already infected with HIV by the time they reach age 25, and one in two will become HIV-positive in their lifetimes. An estimated overall 21% of transgender individuals are infected with HIV in the U.S. and that number is approximately three times higher among Black transgender people.

Over the past three years, EJAF-US has invested more than $6.6 million in organizations working to change the course of the epidemic in Black communities of gay and bisexual men and transgender individuals. Through this new initiative, EJAF’s goal will be a more intensive focus to support community mobilization to develop programs and advocacy to:

  • Reduce new infection rates through support for innovative community-based programs to increase access to and use of HIV prevention and testing services.
  • Reduce AIDS-related illness and death through support for advocacy and community-based service delivery to improve engagement in health care and earlier access to HIV treatment and care.
  • Confront racism, homophobia, and transphobia as key drivers of HIV infection and disease.

The U.S. program will reach an anticipated 5,000 HIV-positive Black gay men and transgender individuals to learn about their HIV status and get linked to health care, social services, and treatment. Another estimated 10,000 will receive HIV prevention services including access to PrEP. Support for advocacy will seek increased coverage for PrEP through Medicaid and ADAP programs and expansion of state Medicaid programs to provide HIV treatment to thousands of Black gay men and transgender individuals across the U.S. One key aspect of this new initiative will be to engage leadership from Black gay and transgender communities to help set priorities and strategies for this funding and to support community mobilization through the funding process as well as through the grants themselves. This will be the largest private funding initiative specifically supporting Black gay and transgender communities in history.

The EECA KP Fund will address the needs of key populations in the region. Over three years, the Fund will reach an estimated 20,000 people with HIV prevention, testing, and treatment. Mirroring a current Fund that EJAF runs for LGBT populations in countries in Africa where homosexuality is criminalized, the EECA KP Fund will also include a Rapid Response element to address emergencies, including the physical safety of people living with HIV. The EECA Key Populations Fund will also develop “Lighthouse” grants that support HIV and hepatitis C care within the public health system.

Funding for the new initiatives will be supported by EJAF and include financial contributions from Gilead Sciences. Gilead will also provide a donation of hepatitis C products to the EECA Fund to help cure 5,000 patients – a critical contribution in a region where up to 97% of people living with HIV are co-infected with hepatitis C.

Our new funding initiative in the U.S. has the potential to substantially change the course of the HIV epidemic among Black gay men and transgender individuals by supporting the leadership and organizations within those communities,” said Scott Campbell, Executive Director of EJAF-US.

In Eastern Europe and Central Asia, over 1.5 million people are living with HIV. New HIV infections in the region have increased by over 50% since 2010. People who inject drugs, sex workers, and gay men make up over 96% of those infected. Over 75% of people living with HIV in EECA are not on treatment. Co-infections with hepatitis C are also widespread with an estimated 60 – 97% of people living with HIV who inject drugs co-infected with hepatitis C, depending on the country.

The HIV epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, particularly in Russia and Ukraine, remains the fastest growing in the world,” said Anne Aslett, Executive Director of EJAF-UK. “As other donors have withdrawn from the region, EJAF remains committed to supporting people who use drugs, men who have sex with men, and sex workers throughout the region to improve their health and protect their human rights. The EECA KP Fund is the first initiative of its kind. It aims not only to save the lives of thousands of very vulnerable people but to introduce new ways of addressing and scaling up response to the region’s expanding epidemic.”

EJAF Founder Sir Elton John said. “These investments will make a measurable difference at a pivotal moment by connecting people most vulnerable to HIV to the care they need and the compassion they deserve.”

QVC and FFANY Welcome 12 New Footwear Brands for Annual Charitable Shoe Sale

QVC Takes A Stylish Stand Against Breast Cancer

Help make cancer a part of the past with QVC’s annual shoe shopping bash. Leading multiplatform retailer QVC is set to join forces with the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY) to help conquer cancer with its annual QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale” broadcast event, scheduled to air Thursday, October 12 from 6 to 9 PM (ET). As part of QVC’s ongoing commitment to support charitable causes that promote the success and wellness of women through the power of relationships, QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale” has generated more than $53 million, benefitting various breast cancer research and education institutions.

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As part of QVC’s ongoing commitment to support charitable causes that promote the success and wellness of women through the power of relationships, QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale” has generated more than $53 million, benefitting various breast cancer research and education institutions.

Each October, the entire QVC community looks forward to uniting with the Fashion Footwear Association of New York as we continue our crusade against breast cancer,” said Mike George, President, and CEO of QVC. “This event is truly a shining moment for us as we leverage the power of relationships to address an issue of paramount concern not only to our customers but to our team members and surrounding communities as well. I am incredibly proud of the impact we have made in the field of breast cancer research and education, and I look forward to building upon that momentum and bringing us one step closer to eradicating this deadly disease once and for all.”

During the event, shoe aficionados will be offered a chic selection of approximately 140 donated shoe styles from more than 80 brands, including 12 newcomers like Imagine by Vince Camuto, Marc Fisher LTD, Eric Javits and 1.State, among others. All shoes will be offered at HALF the manufacturer’s suggested retail price* with a minimum of 80 percent of the purchase price** benefitting various breast cancer research and education institutions, including:

  • Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center
  • Breast Cancer Research Foundation
  • Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute
  • The Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Michigan Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Breast Oncology Program
  • UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute
  • Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
  • The Margie and Robert E. Petersen Breast Cancer Research Program at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center.

The success of this event is contingent upon the generous donations of so many brands. This year, four footwear companies have been designated as Special Pink Benefactors for contributing more than $500,000 in shoe donations each. Nine West Holdings, Inc., which boasts such brands as Anne Klein, Bandolino and Nine West; Caleres, offering items from Bzees, Carlos by Carlos Santana, Dr. Scholl’s Footwear, Fergie Footwear, Franco Sarto, Lifestride, Naturalizer, Rykä, Sam Edelman and Via Spiga; Camuto Group, whose donation includes styles from 1. State, ED Ellen DeGeneres, Imagine by Vince Camuto, Jessica Simpson, Lucky Brand and Vince Camuto; and Marc Fisher Footwear, with styles from Guess, Indigo Rd., Kendall and Kylie, Marc Fisher, Marc Fisher LTD, Tommy Hilfiger and Tretorn.

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QVC, Inc. is the world’s leading video and e-commerce retailer, committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products.

This year, QVC and the Special Pink Benefactors are encouraging shoppers to share photos explaining why and for whom they are shopping. Select photos will be featured on-air during the QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale” broadcast. QVC is also collaborating with influencers who will post “shoefies” of their favorite styles from this year’s event using #shoes4acure and encourage their followers to do the same.

In addition to the broadcast event, shoe lovers can shop the Shoe of the Day, a special style unveiled each weekday between 7 and 9 AM (ET) on QVC during the month of October. Additional styles can be found in the online collection offered on QVC.com. Shoes will be available through QVC.com, the QVC apps or by calling 800.345.1515.

The Fashion Footwear Charitable Foundation was created to support ongoing research and education programs in the fight against breast cancer and is supported by members of the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY). Donated footwear is sold on live television through QVC during the Fashion Footwear Charitable Foundation‘s annual charity benefit, QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale.” Funds are distributed to leading breast cancer research and education institutions across the United States, including beneficiaries for the 2017 event. The Fashion Footwear Charitable Foundation makes its home at 274 Madison Avenue, Suite 1701, New York, NY 10016, www.FFANY.org.

*The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is based on supplier’s representation of value. No sales may have been made at this price.

**Purchase price excludes shipping, handling and tax.

New York City Gay Men’s Chorus Announces Their 2017/18 Season Of Performances And Fundraisers

The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus (NYCGMC) has announced their 2017/18 season schedule of concerts featuring special guest stars, a ten-year anniversary celebration of the beloved sing-along sensation, Big Gay Sing X, and important fundraising events.

New York City Gay Men's Chorus (NYCGMC) logo

New York City Gay Men’s Chorus (NYCGMC) logo

YOUTH PRIDE CHORUS
MAINSTAGE PERFORMANCES BY LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, GENDER NON-BINARY, AND STRAIGHT YOUNG PEOPLE AGES 13-22
December 9, 2017, and April 21, 2018, The Center, 208 West 13th Street

NYCGMC HOLIDAY SLAY
BEARS, TWINKS, AND SUGAR PLUM FAIRIES, Featuring the NYC-based dance company, The Bang Group
December 14, 15, and 16 | 2017, NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place

HARMONY: VALENTINE’S DAY EDITION
LOVE WILL FILL THE AIR FOR THIS YEAR’S ANNUAL BIG APPLE PERFORMING ARTS GALA
February 14 | 2018, Current, Pier 59

BIG GAY SING X
CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF BIG GAY SINGALONGS IN THE GAYEST WAY KNOWN TO MAN
March 9, 10, and 11 | 2018, NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place

QUEER GENIUS: DAVID BOWIE AND BEYOND
A CELEBRATION OF NON-CONFORMITY FEATURING SPECIAL GUESTS ANGEL CITY CHORALE FROM LOS ANGELES
May 19 | 2018, NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place

LILY GARDEN 2018
LILY PUTIAN’S ANNUAL GARDEN PARTY BENEFITING NYCGMC
July 31 | 2018

After a year of rallies and marches, NYCGMC and YPC are bringing you a collection of concerts that address the wrongs of the world with music that celebrates what’s right in all of us,” said Charlie Beale, Artistic Director for NYCGMC. “Our aim is to ease your mind, get you to your feet, get you dancing in the aisles and back out to the streets with a newfound energy to support equality and human rights,” Charlie added. Continue reading

The Complete Paul McCartney Archive Collection To Be Re-Released Via Mpl/Capitol/Ume

Eight Titles Featuring Paul McCartney: McCartney, McCartney II, Tug Of War, Pipes Of Peace, Paul and Linda McCartney: Ram, Paul McCartney and Wings: Band On The Run, Wings: Venus And Mars, At The Speed Of Sound

Paul McCartney’s critically acclaimed and multiple Grammy Award-winning Archive Collection will offer fans another chance to complete their collections on November 17, 2017. That date will see the MPL/Capitol/UMe reissues of the first eight Archive Collection titles in affordable single CD digipak and 180gram black vinyl single LP formats—as well as limited edition 180gram color vinyl pressings.

Universal Music Enterprises McCartney Archive Collection

Complete Your Collection! The Paul Mccartney Archive Collection–Eight Titles (Paul McCartney: McCartney, McCartney II, Tug Of War, Pipes Of Peace, Paul and Linda McCartney: Ram, Paul McCartney and Wings: Band On The Run Wings: Venus And Mars, At The Speed Of Sound) To Be Re-Released Via Mpl/Capitol/Ume, November 17, 2017 Featuring Limited Edition 180g Color Vinyl Pressings.

Every release in the ongoing Paul McCartney Archive Collection is supervised by Paul McCartney himself, who oversees all aspects of each and every title from remastering to the curation of lost tracks, outtakes, artwork, photographs and video from his personal vaults, and much more. The result is one of the most ambitious and personal undertakings of its kind, one that encompasses more than 40 years of cherished, classic material from the most successful songwriter and recording artist in music history.

All vinyl LPs in the Archive Collection will feature a download card and fully restored artwork. The titles and corresponding limited edition vinyl colors are as follows:

Paul McCartney: McCartney – RED

Paul McCartney: McCartney II – CLEAR

Paul McCartney: Tug Of War – BLUE

Paul McCartney: Pipes Of Peace – SILVER

Paul and Linda McCartney: Ram – YELLOW

Paul McCartney and Wings: Band On The Run – WHITE

Wings: Venus And Mars – RED & YELLOW

Wings: At The Speed Of Sound – ORANGE

The Paul McCartney Archive Collection debuted on November 2, 2010 re-release of Paul McCartney & Wings‘ 1973 milestone Band on the Run, which won the 2010 Grammy® Award for Best Historical Album, while the Archive Collection’s Deluxe Edition Box Set of the 1976 classic Wings Over America took the 2013 Grammy® for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package. The most recent installment was this year’s reissue of Paul’s eighth studio album Flowers In The Dirt, which Rolling Stone called “spectacular… an extraordinary document,” and The Observer hailed as “perhaps the greatest record to emerge from the world of AOR in 1989… an absolute pleasure to rediscover today.”