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Bay Street Theatre is pleased to announce that Josh Grisetti, who played David Kalowitz in last summer’s  ENTER LAUGHING, THE MUSICAL, has been named one of the finalists for the 2011 Clive Barnes Foundation Award. Grisetti’s hilarious and memorable performance received rave reviews and sold out audiences could not get enough of his amazing talent.

The announcement was made November 9 and addresses fall-to-spring seasons. This is the second year for the award, which Barnes’ widow, Valerie Taylor Barnes, oversees. Two top winners, one in theatre and one in dance, will be announced December 5 at the Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center. The not-for-profit Clive Barnes Foundation is named after Barnes, who was a theatre and dance critic with work which was printed in the NEW YORK TIMES, NEW YORK POST and other publications. He died in 2008 at the age of 81.

The celebrated production of ENTER LAUGHING, THE MUSICAL, with direction and musical staging by Stuart Ross and music direction by Phil Reno was produced by special arrangement with Dan Whitten and Tiger Theatricals in Association with Carl Reiner, played a critically-acclaimed run at Off-Broadway’s York Theatre in 2008. After the initial limited Off-Broadway production returned to The York for a second limited engagement, producer Dan Whitten announced that he will bring the show to Broadway. The production played at Bay Street Theatre last summer before continuing on its journey to Broadway.

Posted: November 10, 2011