April Hightlights

This month’s highlights PLUS: Home Theater and Broadway Box Office

Poison Control

Bret Michaels’s most famous musical outing, the glam hair-band Poison, released its last (and little-heard) major-label album back in 2000. So why is he more popular than ever now? A tumultuous personal life thrust him back into the TV spotlight: He searched for a suitable mate in the train-wreck-style dating show Rock of Love, went on to show off his business acumen by competing on (and eventually winning) the third season of The Celebrity Apprentice, suffered a massive brain hemorrhage, and had a near-miraculous full recovery. No wonder he named his most recent tour the “Life Rocks” tour. See Michaels perform his old hits when the tour rolls into the Tarrytown Music Hall on April 13


Craft Work

You don’t need an excuse to spend the day outside. After a long, snowy winter, you’re ready to hit the streets the minute you see a ray of sunlight. But if you’re lacking in motivation, or have a sluggish friend who hasn’t kicked the hibernating habit yet, we have a great reason for you to stroll Hudson-side and en plein air: Crafts at Lyndhurst. The Gothic Revival mansion is gorgeous in any season, but even more so when its grounds are filled with juried artisans displaying their wares. Walking through the booths, you can find accessories, fashions, furniture, home décor items, and fine art in ceramics, glass, metal, wood, and mixed media. The show takes place April 29 through May 1—just in time for Mother’s Day, so keep an eye out for a little something that Mom might like.

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Supper Book Club

Photo by William O’Donnell

Author David Itzkoff

It may only be April, but it’s never too early to start compiling that summer reading list. Get inspired by hearing selections from three very different books, read by the authors themselves, at this month’s installment of Spoken Interludes on April 12. There, you can see and hear Frank Delaney read about World War II Ireland from The Matchmaker of Kenmare, Elena Gorokhova read about her journey from the Soviet Union from A Mountain of Crumbs, and David Itzkoff read about his father’s struggles with drug abuse from Cocaine’s Son. As always, readings take place at Chutney Masala in Irvington and feature a lovely buffet dinner.

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Lady Luck

The term “Boston Marriage” may conjure up images of couples’ shopping trips in Quincy Market and Sox games at Fenway, but it’s really an old-timey phrase used to describe two women who live together (without the support of a man—think of that). It’s also a David Mamet play, one in which he uses two aging women to showcase his trademark biting wit. In it, a pair of “women of fashion” in the Victorian era live out their lives trading barbs—until something enters their world that puts their future together at risk. The Hudson Stage Company will mount a production of the play at Pace University’s Woodward Hall Theatre. It’ll run from April 29 to May 14—and you can leave your Celtics hat at home.

Treats for Two

Photo by Naki Attaman

Broadway star Christine Andreas and her pianist husband, Martin Silvestri

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Lucy and Desi, George and Gracie, Stiller and Meara, Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter—showbiz has a history of encouraging its talented married couples to perform together. Broadway star Christine Andreas and her pianist husband, Martin Silvestri, are no exception. On April 3 at the Irvington Town Hall Theatre, the two will give a performance titled, “Two for the Road,” featuring Broadway hits, selections from the Great American Songbook, and even a couple of original tunes. Best of all, proceeds from the concert benefit Ability Beyond Disability, a nonprofit headquartered right in Mount Kisco.



Home Theater

What to add to your DVD queue this month
The King’s Speech
DVD Release Date: April 19, The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay Entertainment
Let us count the awards: The King’s Speech won the best film honors from the Producers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America, the Screen Actors Guild, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and, oh yes, the Oscars (one of its 12 nominations). Basically, you have to see it or else you’ll be ostracized from all polite conversation until next awards season.
TRON: Legacy and TRON: The Original Classic
DVD Release Date: April 5, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
What kind of nerd are you: Atari or Xbox? Either way, you can choose a Disney man-gets-digitized-and-zapped-into-video-game-world movie to suit your particular Golden Age of Dorkiness—the original 1982 cult classic, or last year’s high-res reboot. Remember: it’s not about the plot, it’s about watching cool shapes in neon colors flash before your eyes.
I Love You Phillip Morris
DVD Release Date: April 5, Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Because of movie-distribution issues, this film—which has nothing to do with the cigarette company, by the way—went largely overlooked, but many who did see it looked upon it favorably. In it, Jim Carrey plays a happily married, devoutly religious man who is hit by a car, decides to come out as gay, turns into a con man, gets arrested, falls in love in prison, and spends the rest of his life breaking out of prison, living on the lam, and trying to reunite with his jailhouse lover. The amazing thing: it’s a true story.


Broadway Box Office

6 Questions for…Carly Rose Sonenclar, Chloe in Wonderland—A New Alice. A New Musical.

Carly Rose Sonenclar in Wonderland—A New Alice. A New Musical

A new, fast-forward re-imagining of the classic Lewis Carroll tale, Wonderland—A New Alice. A New Muscial follows the title character, a now all-grown-up, soon-to-be-single mom in Manhattan. Opening later this month at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre, the show features a contemporary pop score by the creator of Jekyll & Hyde and fantastical costumes from the designer for Wicked. Originating the part of Chloe, Alice’s tween daughter, is 11-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar of Mamaroneck, a seasoned professional who made her Broadway debut at the tender age of seven as Young Cosette in Les Misérables. Sonenclar also appears as recurring character Gilda Flip in the current season of The Electric Company on PBS.

How does this experience compare to being in Les Mis? Les Mis had been done many times before, so I didn’t have much input into the role. In this, I am originating the role. Also, there is definitely much more homework in sixth grade than there was in second grade when I was in Les Mis.

How would you describe Wonderland? It’s a contemporary retelling of Alice in Wonderland. Alice is a grown woman and a writer. She’s juggling a career and her daughter. And she’s getting a divorce, so she’s kind of stressed. She goes to Wonderland to get away from it all.

How would you describe your character, Chloe? She’s in the middle of the whole divorce, and she’s not happy.

How are you like—and unlike—her? She’s definitely wise beyond her years. I guess people also say that about me. And her mom works a lot and so does mine. But I’m definitely happier than she is.

How is it being the only child in the cast? That’s one of the hardest things. I would love to have other kids to hang out with. But, in some ways, it’s nice, because there is no drama.

What do you hope to be doing ten years from now? I want to keep acting and singing and being on TV—and maybe get into films. I also want to make sure I get a good education.
// Laurie Yarnell

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