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Thanks to Borough President Mark Levine, and City Council Member Erik Bottcher and everyone else who worked to make this happen at the August Wilson Theater today. And our next job is to get West 47th Street, where Raisin in the Sun was performed at the Ethel Barrymore Theater, co-named after Lloyd Richards as a permanent marker of his contribution to Broadway, NYC, and American Theater.

Ask Me Why

Monday Morning, a most unusual cover of a lesser known, but great early Beatles song. The guy who does this is really interesting–go to his channel and look at the variety of covers he does, all very well produced. I have no idea what his real name is, but he’s quite talented.

More at dreamerjazz352

Compared to What

The Eugene McDaniels jazz classic, this time performed by Brian Auger and Alex Ligertwood

Brian Auger: Hammond B3; Karma Auger: drums; Alex Ligertwood: vocals; Leslie King: bass; Yarone Levy guitar

Thanks to YouTuber bluesWhm

Lloyd Richards Day Details!

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!!UPDATE: The event will happen under the marquee of the beautiful August Wilson Theater on West 52nd Street at 12 noon, June 29th!!

We are so happy to announce the details about the public ceremony for Lloyd Richards Day. The public ceremony will happen in Times Square, Thursday, June 29th, 12 noon. We anticipate some Tony and Emmy Award winning theatrical colleagues of Lloyd to be there. You’re all invited! Feel free to share this notice.

To learn more about what Lloyd Richards has given to Broadway, New York City, and American Theater, see this post.

Lloyd Richards Day

The City of New York is proclaiming June 29th, 2023 as Lloyd Richards Day!

This is personal for me. First let me tell you about Lloyd.

Lloyd Richards was a fabled theatrical director, acting teacher, and theatrical artistic director; in addition to directing the groundbreaking Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun in 1959, starring Sidney Poitier, he won a Tony award for best direction of the play Fences starring James Earl Jones by August Wilson. In fact, it was Lloyd Richards who discovered August Wilson at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, of which Lloyd was the Artistic Director for many years. There is much more I can say about him, including his work as the Dean of the Yale School of Drama and Artistic Director of the Yale Repertory company, and of his students, including Sidney Poitier, Cicely Tyson, Steven McKinley Henderson, Kate Burton, Courtney Vance, Angela Bassett, and on and on.

He also taught at Hunter College when I was a student there back in the 1970s. I was extraordinarily lucky to have wandered as an undergrad into taking acting and directing classes with Lloyd.

He was the finest teacher of anything that I have ever had. He was a master pedagogue. I was also cast in a play he directed at the college. Though I didn’t go on to act professionally, his teaching profoundly affected me and my outlook on art and life. It was the same with literally thousands of his students. He was a deeply generous, unassuming, brilliantly perceptive and modest man.

Some forty-five years after taking class with Lloyd, I met up with some alums from Hunter who I had not seen since then. How that happened is a story for another time! But we decided it was high time the City of New York honored Lloyd in one way or another. After all, he had been awarded the National Medal of Arts by the Clinton White House, yet the City of New York had never officially honored him. We were determined that we would work to make more of the public aware of Lloyd’s essential and enormous contribution to American theater and Broadway.

And so, after two years of forming the Committee to Celebrate Lloyd Richards 6.29 and working to make this happen, we were thrilled when Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine and City Councilmember Erik Bottcher agreed to proclaim June 29th–the day that Lloyd Richards was born, and the day that he passed–as “Lloyd Richards Day.”

More to follow!

Left to Right: Julius Hollingworth and Sharron Cannon of the Committee to Celebrate Lloyd Richards 6.29, New York City Councilmember Erik Bottcher, Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, and myself. (Click to enlarge)

Jack And Rick’s Radio Shack!

Yes, it’s yet another episode of our ersatz Bob & Ray comedy segment with yours truly and Rick Tuman. In this new episode, we hear from the CEO of the Neighborly Rent-a Robot Company and also from a master of the denizens of the deep, the Shark Whisperer.

Click on the triangle or mp3 link above to hear the segment as broadcast today on the Arts Express radio program heard on WBAI FM NYC and Pacifica stations across the nation.

That’s Entertainment

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View from the Central Park Reservoir

Famous residents of the San Remo apartments included Diane Arbus, Harold Arlen, John Barrymore, Bono, Eddie Cantor, Glenn Close, Jack Dempsey, Rita Hayworth, Dustin Hoffman, Mick Jagger, Barry Manilow, Steve Martin, Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, Mary Tyler Moore, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Spielberg, Isaac Stern, and Tiger Woods.

I wonder if any other private residential building housed so many different celebrated people.

June Jottings

Happy June! Here’s the latest installment of the magazine we put together every month

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** Actor/Singer Leslie Uggams talks about her new film, Dotty and Soul

** Artist Cécile Houel in Conversation with Peter Wise

** Dennis Broe on the Demise of Streaming TV and its effect on the industry, including striking writers

and more!

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