Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Revisionist opens at the Cherry Lane Theatre

NYC 2-28-13: The Revisionist opens at the Cherry Lane Theatre

Jesse Eisenberg returns to Rattlestick Playwrights Theater as playwright and actor, with Vanessa Redgrave and Daniel Oreskes. Distant cousins forge a tenuous relationship and find their ideas of family tested.

David arrives in Poland with a crippling case of writer’s block and a desire to be left alone. His 75-year-old second cousin Maria welcomes him with a fervent need to connect with her distant American family. As their tenuous relationship develops, she reveals details about her complicated post-war past that test their ideas of what it means to be a family.

All photos © Derek Storm

Daniel Oreskes, Vanessa Redgrave, Jesse Eisenberg, director Kip Fagan

Woody Allen & Soon-Yi Previn

Karen Allen

Joy Behar

Laura Linney

Michael Urie

Remy Auberjonois

Swedish House Mafia hosted by Empire State Building

NYC 2-28-13:  Platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated electronic group Swedish House Mafia, will “flip the switch” and light the Empire State Building’s world-famous lights yellow and blue, the colors of their native Swedish flag, in honor of their Black Tie Rave charity at Hammerstein Ballroom to benefitthe Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund in support of hurricane Sandy relief efforts and Save the Children’s initiative to ensure the safety and well-being of all children in America. 

Swedish House Mafia is one of the biggest electronic acts on the planet, comprised of superstar DJ’s Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso.   They are currently on the last leg of their massive world-wide One Last Tour which hit the U.S. on Feb. 13th in San Francisco. The sell-out arena and stadium tour started in November in Dubai and has made stops throughout India, Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, Asia, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, South Africa, Australia and Mexico before reaching the states. The final show will take place at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival and will mark a significant milestone in the group’s career together as Ultra is where they played their first festival headline show in North America just 3 years ago. Since that momentous show, they have experienced a meteoric rise to become one of the world’s biggest live acts. Their current and farewell single “Don’t You Worry Child” is the biggest song of their career and has become nothing short of a global phenomenon. It is currently #2 on the U.S. Top 40 airplay charts and reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. All photos © Derek Storm
Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso

Monday, February 18, 2013

Phillip Phillips Live From Jet Blue's T5 Concert Series, JFK, NYC

NYC 2-18-13: JetBlue Airways, New York's Hometown Airline, today announces an exclusive live performance by Phillip Phillips on Monday, February 18, 2013. Since his “American Idol” win, Phillip’s single “Home” has remained on top of the charts. He will perform “Home” as well as other selections from his debut CD, “The World From The Side Of The Moon,” at a special Live From T5 concert this President’s Day. JetBlue’s Live From T5 concerts are held post-security at Terminal 5 (T5) at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York and are available exclusively to ticketed customers and contest winners. 

"I spend so much time running through airports,” said Phillip Phillips, singer/songwriter.   “It will be nice to stop and perform and meet some fans at the JetBlue Terminal in New York."   

Phillip Phillips released his debut CD “The World From The Side Of The Moon” (19 Entertainment/Interscope Records) in November. The CD debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and has already reached gold status.  His first single “Home” topped the charts and his second single “Gone Gone Gone” is out now. Phillip first began making music when he was 14.  He soon found himself mastering riffs from classic-rock tracks like Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” and Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train.” Several years later, Phillip formed an acoustic band with his sister and brother-in-law and added singing to his repertoire.  After graduating high school, he began studying industrial systems technology at Albany Technical College in Georgia and continued playing music with his brother-in-law. With encouragement from his family and friends, Phillip took a break from working in his family’s pawn shop and auditioned for “American Idol” in summer 2011- and soon found himself tearing through powerful, full-throated performances of songs by artists like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Otis Redding, and Wilson Pickett on the Idol stage.

All photos © Derek Storm

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Mob Wife Drita D'Avanzo at Splash Bar

NYC 2-16-13: Mob wife Drita D'Avanzo makes an appearance at Splash Bar, hosted by Dougie Meyer. All photos © Derek Storm

Lulu makes her NYC debut at BB Kings

NYC 2-16-13: Lulu makes her NYC debut to a sold out show at BB Kings. Lulu's name is synonymous with rock and a whole lot of soul. She first burst onto the scene in the sixties at the tender age of 15, with the enduring mega-hit Shout. Since then she has topped the charts in every decade (working with everyone from Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash and The Beatles to Elton John, Sting, David Bowie and Paul McCartney) and also become an accomplished actress, in such notable works as the cult classic To Sir With Love and legendary guest appearances on the BBC comedy, Absolutely Fabulous. 

From a young age, Lulu found inspiration in the r&b and soul records made by American artists. She was showcased in the 2003 Mike Figgis/Martin Scorsese documentary "Red, White and Blues" along with other British artists (Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck) who were influenced by the genre. 

When she turned her hand to writing, her song I Don't Wanna Fight became a world-wide number one for Tina Turner and was nominated for both Grammy and Ivor Novello Awards. And who can forget the high-energy duet with Take That, lifting Relight My Fire to new heights and taking it to number 1 in the UK? While mentoring the hopefuls on American Idol, Lulu stopped the show with a powerhouse version of To Sir With Love - arranged by Barry Manilow - to a stunned audience of over 70 million. 

Never one to slow down, Lulu still regularly performs with her band throughout Europe. She enjoyed two successful sold-out tours of her "Here Come The Girls" show which paired her with Anastacia and Chaka Kahn. Now she looks forward to bringing her unique brand of rock n' soul to the United States.

All photos © Derek Storm

James "D-Train" Williams & Lulu

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Barry Manilow Sardi's Caricature Unveiling

NYC 2-14-13: Barry Manilow joins the legendary walls of Sardi's with a caricature unveiling and celebration with American Theatre Wing Executive Director Heather Hitchens and Sardi’s Restaurant owner Max Klimavicius. 

Grammy® Award-winning superstar Barry Manilow’s hometown concert event, MANILOW ON BROADWAY, began performances on January 18, 2013, at the St. James Theatre for a limited Broadway engagement through Saturday, March 2, 2013.

With worldwide sales of more than 80 million records, success is a benchmark in popular music. Rolling Stone crowned him “a giant among entertainers... the showman of our generation." He currently has 49 Top 40 hits. And now, Manilow is returning to the place where it all began, his hometown, New York City, with a new concert series on Broadway – marking his return to The Great White Way for the first time in more than two decades with MANILOW ON BROADWAY. All photos © Derek Storm