Sage Theater

Todays Date: 11/26/22
Last Update: 10/05/09 12:23:07 AM
Address: 711 7th Avenue (btwn 47th & 48th St
New York, NY    10036

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24 Hours with Tomahawk and Friends  | Open: 11/06/09 Close: 11/06/09
 New York City improv group Tomahawk will perform at The Sage Theater in Times Square’s first-ever 24 hour improv show, sharing the stage with a legendary line up of New York City improvisers including: Centralia, Starkey and Grace, Junior Varsity, The Wilhelm, Audience of Two, Handsometown, Knifestorm, Long Division, The Pill and many more.


24 Hours with Tomahawk and Friends begins on Friday, November 6th @ 8pm and ends on Saturday, November 7th at 8pm.  The Sage Theater is located in Times Square at 711 Broadway on the 2nd floor, between 47th and 48th streets.  Admission is $7.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door, or $7.00 at the door with a canned good. Advance tickets can be purchased by credit card by calling The Sage Theater @ 212-302-6665 or emailing  For a complete schedule of the event, go to  


A portion of the proceeds from 24 Hours with Tomahawk and Friends, along with all donated canned goods and non perishable food, will go to City Harvest to help feed New York’s hungry.  There will drink specials throughout the event, including $1.00 Pabst Blue Ribbons from midnight to 2 a.m. and a free breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.  


This event will give voice to a cross section of New York’s improv community. Many of the performers will have the opportunity to work together for the first time.  By performing for 24 hours straight to help feed NYC's hungry, Tomahawk will prove that you don't need a lot of money to bring people together, have a good time and make a difference.  You just have to do something slightly outrageous and extreme.  

The Kong Show: Happy Birthday Chuck E. Baby  | Open: 06/08/09 Close: 06/08/09
An evening of big-time laughs celebrating the 80th birthday of the legendary host of the original Gong Show, Chuck Barris.  The evening features the lion kings of sketch-comedy the LionHearted Players with Andrew Cordle and Lorraine Klimowich; the sketch comedy antics of the critically acclaimed Punch59; and not one but two sets of the stand up comedy magic of Irish Dave Cremin; plus special guest comedienne Mindy Raf and more; for a night of big-time entertainment that would make the great ape, King Kong, himself proud.  “The Kong Show” is vaudeville for the 21st Century live on stage.  It’s more than just sketch, it’s more than just stand up, it’s more than you can imagine!


Arrive early at 6:30pm for an after-work special.  Treat yourself to a drink in the Sage Theater lounge and enjoy a pre-show mini-concert by the international award-winning soloist, Andrew Cordle.

The Kong Show: March Madness  | Open: 03/23/09 Close: 03/23/09

Monday, March 23:  The LionHearted Players Present: “The Kong Show”

The Biggest Little Vaudeville-Style Variety Show in Times Square

Join Powella Productions and the LionHearted Players as they present their latest comedy variety show “The Kong Show: March Madness” on Monday, March 23rd at 7pm, right in the heart of Times Square, at the Sage Theater, located at 711 7th Avenue (between 47th & 48th Street).  Join Powell Leonard (as “Chuck E. Baby”) and Miss Ella and as they host  “The Kong Show: March Madness” for an evening of big-time laughs with the lion kings of sketch-comedy the LionHearted Players featuring Andrew Cordle and Cathy Schramm; the sketch comedy antics of the critically acclaimed Punch59; the amazing close-up magic of magician Dave Cremin; and special guests comedian Ben Lerman and comedienne Margot Leitman; for a night of big-time entertainment that would make the great ape, King Kong, himself proud.  “The Kong Show” is vaudeville for the 21st Century live on stage.  It’s more than just sketch, it’s more than just stand up, it’s more than you can imagine!


Arrive early at 6:30pm for an after-work special.  Treat yourself to a drink in the Sage Theater lounge and enjoy a pre-show mini-concert by the international award-winning soloist, Andrew Cordle.


Tickets: $15 at door day of the show/ $12 in advance. Call Powella Productions: 718-482-8790

Advance Tickets available on-line at:

Directions: SUBWAY: N/R to 49th St., 1/9 to 50th St., F/V or B/D to 47th-50th St. 

“Suffering from a case of the Mondays?  Laugh your blues away at the Sage Theater featuring a slew of hip vaudeville and variety acts sure to keep you in stitches.  Don't miss the LionHearted Players best known for their sold-out variety spoof "American Midol," (now presenting Powell Leonard as Chuck E. Baby in “The Kong Show”) . . . as well as the sketch comic troupe PUNCH 59 and Magician Dave Cremin.”

     ~ Daily News  

THE LIONHEARTED PLAYERS is a Queens-based comedy troupe that began as an actor’s workshop in the Lower East Side’s Planet One Café in 2001.  Since then, producers (and spouses) Powell Leonard and Miss Ella have produced variety, music, and comedy shows featuring some of New York's most talented singers and comedians.  Powella Productions' The LionHearted Players have performed to packed houses all over New York City including Don't Tell Mama's, Danny's Skylight, the Broadway Comedy Club, and the Undercroft Performance Space.


ANDREW CORDLE has appeared throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and South America as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral performer.  He has won many prizes and awards internationally, for which he has received the highest critical acclaim.  After an absence of many seasons from the stage as an actor, Mr. Cordle performed with STAR, the Senior Theatre Acting Repertory in 2008 as Willie in Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys.”  He is the LionHearted Player’s newest member being featured as both a musician and actor.


CATHY SCHRAMM is appearing once again with the LionHearted Players.  In her debut performance she was a pill popping, hard drinking, chain smoking, cheerleader mom.  And now, she has once again been type cast, this time she is appearing as the mischievous, the insane, Alice Osborne a.k.a. the Devil!


MAGICIAN DAVE CREMIN puts a twisted spin on old tricks, combining stand-up with magic, illusion, and sleight of hand.  You may want to leave the kids - and your larger bills - at home. This ain't your kids' birthday party magic show!  Dave Cremin has performed professionally in the magic arena for more than 15 years.  Skilled with a diverse array of presentations, his magic is suitable, not only for private parties and weddings, but also trade shows and sales seminars, and pretty much anything else in between.  Dave's recipe is simple--combine magic and comedy, add a generous helping of charm and personality, give it a good stir, and you've got an act that's sure to please.  Past performances include, Don't Tell Mama, The Broadway Comedy Club, The Sage Theatre, and PA TV along with several independent film productions.  Dave's love for magic dates back to his teen years but, only when he came to New York in the mid eighties, did he realize that he had an aptitude and a passion for performing the art.  Always striving for perfection, Dave polishes new material several nights a week as a Magical Bartender at Cronin and Phelan's Bar & Restaurant in Astoria, Queens.


PUNCH 59 Sketch Comedy has performed at the Broadway Comedy Club, Under St. Marks, Gene Frankel Underground, Laugh Factory, and of course, at the Sage with the "KONG SHOW".  They take pride in staging irreverent, intelligent sketch comedy in the grand tradition of those who came before (SNL, Kids In The Hall). PUNCH 59 (along with Jen Ryan and Rik Sansone as the Rev. Bill and Betty Holland) are always performing live in NYC and posting original sketches on their website --- visit for upcoming show dates and more! 


BEN LERMAN is a NYC singer-songwriter and comedian making his TV debut in March on HereTV.  Ben has toured nationally, is a regular guest on the Frank DeCaro Show on Sirius Radio, and hosts a monthly live version of the Match Game at the Bowery Poetry Club.  He founded the band the Isotoners in 2003, and the band played the gay comedy rock circuit until 2005 when they discovered that there was no gay comedy rock band circuit.  Ben has been playing solo in rock and comedy clubs, theaters, and festivals since 2006.


MARGOT LEITMAN Standing 5ft 6 by fourth grade, Margot developed a thick skin and a sharp sense of humor instead of learning how to play basketball.  Measuring 5ft10 today, Margot’s off beat, brutally honest, fearless comedy has earned her two ECNY “Best Female Stand Up” nominations and the “Joke of the Week” in Time Out New York.  Margot appeared as various characters on "Late Night With Conan O' Brien," in addition to appearances on VH1's "Best Week Ever," ESPN's "Cheap Seats," AMC, the Style Network, E!, Comedy Central, MTV  and NBC Broadband.  Most recently she can be heard as the voice of "Fox" on the new Spike TV cartoon "The Team," as a featured comedian on Comedy’s “Weekly Evil,” and dancing in the current Mohegan Sun ad campaign.  Every month she and Giulia Rozzi co-host the wildly popular, storytelling show "Stripped Stories".  Margot has been featured in Glamour Magazine, and the books “Fifty Dates Worse Than Yours" and "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jokes."  She has written online for the Lifetime Network, College, and in print for Playgirl Magazine.  Her stories will appear in three different anthologies slated for publication in 2008/2009.  She currently teaches storytelling through the UCB Theatre.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown  | Open: 01/03/09 Close: 01/04/09
Good grief!" The quirky cast of "Peanuts" is at it again! Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC) is excited to announce a special charity production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, on January 3 and January 4 at The Sage Theater, 711 Seventh Avenue, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10036 (between 47th & 48th Streets). Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 212-244.5560 x2000. All proceeds benefit QSAC.

The View From Here  | Open: 11/11/08 Close: 11/16/08
Set in Kentucky, "The View From Here" is a comedy about four "kooky and unique" people trying to pick up the pieces of their rapidly falling apart lives. The play centers around Fern, an agoraphobic, trying to find a reason and the courage to step out of her front door. Ultimately "The View From Here" is a play about healing, allowing yourself to love, and the pain that hope carries with it.
The Spitfire Grill  | Open: 09/04/08 Close: 09/13/08
WAKE UP MARCONI! is pleased to announce the production of THE SPITFIRE GRILL, directed by Robert Francis Perillo. THE SPITFIRE GRILL will play a limited engagement at Off-Broadway's Sage Theatre (Sage Theater, 711 7th Avenue between 47 and 48 Street, 2nd Floor). Performances begin Thursday, September 4 and continue Saturday, September 13. Opening Night is Saturday, September 6 (8 p.m.).

A feisty parolee follows her dreams, based on a page from an old travel book, to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah's Spitfire Grill. It is for sale but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full and things are definitely cookin' at the Spitfire Grill.

The production features scenic design by Dave Gonzalez, costume design by M'arion Talan, and lighting design by Karl Chmielewski. Audrey Marshall is the stage manager.

All of Me  | Open: 07/31/08 Close: 08/02/08
The comedic one woman show is inspired by the writer/performer's life as an African American Woman struggling to fit in to preset notions of what an African American Woman should be. In 45 minutes, the audience meets 5 characters and journeys through 10 years of growth and finally acceptance, as Tanesha deftly weaves comedy with disturbing truths in this exciting and thought provoking show. All of Me includes poignant and hilarious characters such as Bonnie Ree, the 64 year mother who sits on the front porch making running commentaries on the decline of her neighborhood, and to Tanesha's own "experience" as a first-time member of the Support Group, "Welcome B.L.A.C.C" (Black League Against Caucasoid Characteristics). As America sits on the precipice of a monumental new feat with its first African American Presidential Nominee, the story of a little Black girl who just wants to be white becomes even more impactful.
God Loves My People Best  | Open: 06/06/08 Close: 07/12/08
God has had it! He's tried everything - famine, pestilence, Dr. Phil. What will it take to get mankind's attention? What will it take for them to get along? about a show? This is his last idea - he traps six world leaders in one room and tells them they have to create a Broadway musical. You know, teamwork, looking out for each other, seeing other points of view, having fun? It's hilarious, it's tragic - it's a musical! Come be part of creating world peace, one rimshot at a time.
AMERICAN MIDOL: April Fools THIS!  | Open: 03/31/08 Close: 03/31/08
The LionHearted Players and Punch 59 Sketch Comedy Present:


An Evening of Outrageous Comedy, Music, Magic and Madness!
Monday, March 31 at 7pm

Featuring Out of this World Magic w/

Magician Dave Cremin

A Vaudeville-Style Variety Show
at The Sage Theater
711 7th Avenue (btwn 47th & 48th Street)

Directions: SUBWAY: N/R to 49th St., 1/9 to 50th St., F/V or B/D to 47th-50th St.

Tickets: $12 in Advance/ $15 at door

Buy Tickets online at:

Call Powella Productions for more info: 718-482-8790

"American Midol cures your ills!"~

"Excellent Show! They were truly nuts . . . and the one who put it over the top was the magician

(Dave Cremin). He was very funny. I can't remember when I laughed so hard."
~ Sue Hucko, Freelance Writer, Crossroads Theatre Guild

Fresh from their sold-out standing-room-only variety show "American Midol," the Lion Kings of Comedy are back with another ferociously funny variety show featuring sketch comedy by PUNCH 59, Out of this World Magic with Magician Dave Cremin; and the comedic singing of Mark Douglas, formerly of the Rob and Mark Show. Join the Lionhearted Players for an evening of magic, merriment and music with some of the best talent New York City has to offer!

Readings from the less often produced full-length plays of Tennessee Williams. Spend 97 minutes as we celebrate the 97th birthday of "the poet of the American stage" Tennessee Williams. With Broadway Stars Tandy Cronyn, Donna McKechnie, Jeremy Lawrence and Joel Vig. Also featuring Blue Roses Company Members.
Inspired by the minimalism of Lars Von Trier's "Dogville" and the comedic realism of Christopher Guest, Character Dogville explores pre-developed characters and their developing relationships within two imaginary American towns using improvisation, costumes and makeup, live music, and lighting/sound effects.

The actors of each ensemble have developed three consistent characters in rehearsal ahead of time and may present any of the three on the night of the performance. The dialogue and musical accompaniment is completely improvised and the show structure unique, guaranteeing the show's individuality and freshness. Throughout the run, each performance reserves a wildcard slot for each town to introduce a new character - perhaps a wandering visitor or a previously unexplored dimension to town life.

Now That You've Seen Me Naked  | Open: 10/19/07 Close: 11/24/07
A hilarious romp through the ridiculous questions about relationships like, "Can men and women exist in the same bathroom?", "Can a Date Doctor Help?", "Can Love be Performance Art?" and "Should one take romantic advice from a pair of Brooklyn construction workers?". Whether you're in or out of love, this will be the most fun you can have with your clothes on.
Mother Load  | Open: 04/21/07 Close: 06/16/07
MOTHER LOAD is a hilarious exposé of the cutthroat world of competitive parenting. Moms everywhere feel the pressure to be perfect, but in New York City, that pressure is turned up to 11.

Nothing could have prepared Amy Wilson for the high-pressure environment of Manhattan motherhood, where a toddler's birthday party must be catered, a stroller costs eight hundred dollars, and nursery school applications require thoughtful essay writing. From prenatal yoga to preschool interviews, actress and writer Wilson struggles to throw off the "Mother Load" of unrealistic

expectations, ignore the competitive "sanctimommies" lurking in every playgroup, and somehow find the time to enjoy her kids.

Anyone who has fed their kids dinosaur chicken nuggets three times this week will identify with Amy's guilt, and cheer as she frees herself from it. You'll love MOTHER LOAD whether you are a mom-- or just have one!

Don't Touch the Foot  | Open: 06/14/07 Close: 06/14/07
The top young stand-up comics in New York perform their unique acts, while veterans from shows such as "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and "Last Comic Standing" headline.
Now That You've Seen Me Naked  | Open: 02/13/07 Close: 04/07/07
Sage Theater presents "NOW THAT YOU'VE SEEN ME NAKED," a sketch & musical comedy in 16 acts that uncovers the humor in the differences between men and women and how they deal with lust, love, sex, and communicating with each other. What would happen if you brought a therapist along on your first date to point out potential problems? What happens to the fairytale when Snow White and Prince Charming actually get to know each other? What if you could actually hear what your significant other was thinking? Whether you're in or out of a relationship, this will be the most fun 90 minutes you've had with your clothes on!
In celebration of his 96th birthday, Blue Rose Productions will present a reading of Plays Inspired by the Poems of Tennessee Williams, directed by the company's Artistic Director, Erma Duricko and Tim Brown. The evening will consist of new short plays by Blue Roses playwrights Kara Corthron, John Yearley, Tom Wolfe, and Gary Giovannetti with a special guest appearance by actress Tandy Cronyn. Sun Burst, a short unpublished play by Tennessee Williams, will also be presented in the evening as a co-production with the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. The reading is scheduled to take place Monday, March 26th at 7:30 pm
The Ticket  | Open: 11/07/06 Close: 11/26/06
Diane Johnson seems to have the race for governor all sewn up. Intelligent and experienced, Diane is from a respected political family. She's paid her dues and knows how to manage the mud-slinging and back-door deal making that mark any election. Her opponent, Blake Sullivan, is a nice guy...but he's so boring people might forget to vote for him. When former baseball star Spider Brown jumps into the race at the last minute, though, it's a whole different ball game. Then there's Diane's mother, Victoria, throwing obstacles in her path; her campaign manager and ex-husband, Trent Gainsforth, foul-mouthed and abrasive, but he knows how to win; and trash-TV sex-pot Nancy Reynolds, using all her best tricks to dig up dirt for her info-tainment show "The Ticket," and suddenly, Diane's got her hands full, and she's fighting like never before.

The Ticket parodies the cynical rituals of an American election. It lampoons the spin, the media, and the surreal thinking that make stereotypes more important than issues. It's a sophisticated musical, with Broadway show tunes, jazz, funk and reggae layered and interwoven to amplify the dramatic tension as the story unfolds. Most of all, The Ticket is the story of a real person, her vision, her struggles, and her personal growth, transcending the sound bite to tell the story from the perspective of one who lives it.

Humor, passion, betrayal, fear, manipulation, compromise and triumph mark their respective journeys toward the first Tuesday in November.

Amnesia Wars presents Reese's Pieces  | Open: 10/10/06 Close: 10/18/06
Join our intrepid future anthropologists as they present scenes from a society obsessed with wordplay, boobs, the Roman Legion, boobs, and why society's dad is such a dick! Not bad for scientists whose only historical record is the battered hard drive of ancient comedy writer Rob Reese.

Starring: Shane Breaux, Sean Dillon, Laura Dillman, Elizabeth Kennedy, and Dave McKeel.
Written & Directed by Rob Reese.
Costume Design by Jacci Fredenburg.
Set & Props Design by Casey Smith.
Lighting by Morgan Avery
Special Musical Guests at each performance.

The Amnesia Wars company has performed in festivals and tours throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Amnesia Wars' Keanu Reeves Saves the Universe performed to wildly enthusiastic sold-out crowds through '04 & '05. Survivor: Vietnam! was published in Plays And Playwrights 2004, and the company's dramatic adaptation of Frankenstein is appearing in this year's anthology Playing With Cannons: Explosive New Works from Great Literature by America's Indie Playwrights.

Gutenberg! The Musical  | Open: 09/22/06 Close: 09/30/06
In the two-man musical spoof, a pair of aspiring playwrights, Bud Davenport and Doug Simon, perform a backers' audition for their new project - a great big musical about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg. They hope that one of the producers in the audience will give them a Broadway contract - fulfilling their ill-advised dreams. With an unending supply of charm, enthusiasm and idiocy, and accompanied by Larry, their pianist, Bud and Doug sing all the songs and play all the parts in their crass historical epic, using only baseball caps to differentiate between the show's 30 characters.

Musical Direction: Matt Castle

Unmasked!  | Open: 09/06/06 Close: 09/10/06
Life in the theatre becomes perilous when a famous acting duo spars on Broadway.