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Matthew Broderick to Star in Terrence McNally’s, “It’s Only a Play”
Matthew Broderick, who along with his long term stage partner, Nathan Lane, played to packed houses on Broadway in the stage adaptation of Mel Brook’s classic comedy “The Producers ” is looking likely to be returning there this autumn once again in the company of Nathan Lane in Terrence McNally’s 1986 comedy entitled “It’s Only a Play”, once again about life in the theater.

The story line is based around the opening night of a fictional Broadway musical “The Golden Egg”, with the story taking place at one of the producer’s houses, where the director, the show’s leading lady, the playwright (played by Broderick), one of the show’s actors (played by Lane), as well as other cast members and sundry characters await the early press containing the show’s opening reviews.

Broderick was born in Manhattan, New York to Patricia, a playwright, actress, and painter, and James Joseph Broderick III, an actor and World War II veteran. His mother was Jewish, a descendant of immigrants from Germany and Poland. Growing up, Broderick attended high school at a defunct private school in Manhattan with a strong drama program.

 

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider to Be Honored For Philanthropic Work
The Music Business Association (Music Biz) celebrated the philanthropic work of Twisted Sister’s frontman Dee Snider, at the Music Biz 2014 Awards Luncheon this week in Los Angeles. Sponsored by YouTube, the event will feature the presentation of the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award to Snider.

Snider will be honored for his extensive philanthropic work, including efforts on behalf of Long Island Cares Inc., for which he organizes the annual Dee Snider’s Ride motorcycle event; the Jam For Autism, which he organized in 2012 to benefit the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center’s special needs program; the March Of Dimes, where he served for several years as the Grand Marshal of the famed Bikers For Babies ride and donated his earnings from “The Celebrity Apprentice”; and the Gibson Girl Foundation and Station Family Fund, for which he performed at benefit concerts.

Born in Queens, New York, Snider graduated from Baldwin Senior High School in 1973. His father, Bob, is a retired New York State Trooper and Nassau County court clerk, and his mother, Marguerite, is a retired art teacher. His father was Jewish and his mother was from a Catholic family of Swiss descent. As a child; he sang in choir, several school choruses and the Baldwin HS Concert Choir. Snider was also selected for the All-State Chorus for singing.