Journalism

Bridget LeRoy is Managing Editor of The Independent, with offices in East Hampton, NY. Read from a selection of her articles listed below.

 
 

Feature Articles:

 

Intimate look at famed local artists in Water Mill

McDarrah’s Shots Tell A Story

With its soaring ceilings, massive exhibition space, and hushed hallways, the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill has proven its aptitude in bringing to the public installations that might not fit in...

Bridget LeRoy November 6, 2018 Arts

 

The Widower’s Notebook has helped grieving readers feel less alone

Santlofer’s Memoir Chronicles Life After Loss

Best-selling author and artist Jonathan Santlofer — the next guest in the 2018 fall Writers Speak Wednesdays at Stony Brook Southampton — knows all about painful life changes and transitions. Santlofer is...

Bridget LeRoy October 30, 2018

 

HIFF previews HBO doc at Guild Hall

Interview With Jane Fonda: Actress, Activist, Octogenarian

With Jane Fonda, there are no in-betweens. Her life has been lived in the public eye and, popular or unpopular, she has always gone full steam ahead, whether sinking her teeth into...

Bridget LeRoy September 18, 2018 Entertainment

 

Award-winning chef a keynote speaker at The Food Lab on September 15

Colin Ambrose: Food, Connections, And Fish

  There’s an art to fishing. For Colin Ambrose — the highly-successful chef and restaurateur known out here for the original Estia in Amagansett and Estia’s Little Kitchen in Sag Harbor...

Bridget LeRoy September 11, 2018 Arts

 

Billy Joel’s lighting designer has inaugural painting show

Steve Cohen: Shining A Light On His Art

  Directly after lighting his very first Billy Joel concert in Kansas City, using “a rickety lighting board” that he felt wasn’t up to the task, Steve Cohen was naturally a little...

Bridget LeRoy September 4, 2018 Arts

 

Mocked by Trump, Kovaleski says journalists won’t back down

Serge Kovaleski: A Reporter Reflects

Say the name Serge Kovaleski, and you’ll likely get a blank stare from most people, even though he is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has spent a lifetime at the world’s best...

Bridget LeRoy August 29, 2018 Featured

 
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Radio host shares passion for Coney Island, plans for Amazon theme park

Things You Don’t Know About Ed German

If you think of Ed German as the man who brings you John Coltrane, Aretha Franklin, Count Basie, and scores of other jazz and soul legends and deep cuts, five nights a...

Bridget LeRoy August 29, 2018 Arts

 

Tuskegee story comes to Guild Hall for one night

‘Black Angels’ Takes Flight

Take flight with the Southampton African American Museum and the Eastville Community Historical Society on Thursday, August 16, as Black Angels Over Tuskegee, one of the longest-running off-Broadway productions, comes to the...

Bridget LeRoy August 14, 2018 Entertainment

 

Sag Harbor author’s novel adapted for screen stars Elisabeth Moss.

Susan Merrell’s Shirley Begins Filming Upstate

Sag Harbor author Susan Scarf Merrell smiled and slowly shook her head. “It’s surreal. I’m just speechless,” she said. That’s because Merrell has hit a writer’s emotional jackpot — her novel...

Bridget LeRoy August 7, 2018 Arts

 

All told, $20 million has been raised for the iconic theater.

Ninth Year For Apollo In The Hamptons

It would take a book, or several thousand of them, to hip readers to the colorful history and the social importance of the iconic Apollo Theater in Harlem. From a “whites-only” burlesque...

Bridget LeRoy August 7, 2018 Charity

 

“When I was writing these new songs, I was experiencing a personal tsunami.” - Sophie B. Hawkins

Sophie B. Riffs With G.E. At Guild Hall

It’s such a cliché to say that someone “broke the mold,” and it doesn’t even apply to Sophie B. Hawkins — best known for her ‘90s hits “Damn, I Wish I Was...

Bridget LeRoy July 24, 2018 Arts

 

Steve Haweeli of WordHampton discusses art, restaurants, and the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce.

Renaissance Man Steve Haweeli

Meeting with old friend Steve Haweeli of WordHampton for lunch at the new Maison Vivienne in Southampton to discuss art, restaurants, the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce, and, let’s face it, life...

Bridget LeRoy July 10, 2018 Entertainment

 

Aida Turturro — who will perform in Monica Bauer’s one-act as part of The Neo-Political Cowgirls’ “Andromeda’s Sisters” on Thursday, June 28 — is best known for her twice Emmy-nominated role as Janice Soprano in “The Sopranos,” the blockbuster HBO show about a Mafia crime family, and, well, a family.

Aida Turturro: Family First

Aida Turturro — who will perform in Monica Bauer’s one-act as part of The Neo-Political Cowgirls’ “Andromeda’s Sisters” on Thursday, June 28 at Guild Hall in East Hampton — is best known...

Bridget LeRoy June 26, 2018 Arts

 

If you’re listening to 88.3 WPPB FM’s “Afternoon Ramble” with Brian Cosgrove, you’ve probably got your trigger finger on the Shazam button.

Brian Cosgrove: Off The Charts

If you’re driving around between 1 and 5 PM, Monday through Saturday, and you’re listening to 88.3 WPPB FM’s “Afternoon Ramble” with Brian Cosgrove, you’ve probably got your trigger finger on the...

Bridget LeRoy June 19, 2018 Arts

 

David Broza, the multi-platinum Israeli superstar, will perform at Guild Hall in East Hampton on July 7.

Broza Comes To Guild Hall

It would have been enough for David Broza, the multi-platinum Israeli superstar who will perform at Guild Hall in East Hampton on July 7, to rest on his laurels, even in his...

Bridget LeRoy June 12, 2018 Arts

 

Daisy Goodwin, writer and creator of the smash-hit PBS series “Victoria” — starring Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes — talks to Indy.

Daisy Goodwin: Channeling Victoria’s Strength

Say “Queen Victoria” and most people will immediately picture the aged monarch, paunchy and sullen, dressed in black with a lace doily on her head: an Alfred Hitchcock in drag. And Prince...

Bridget LeRoy May 22, 2018 Arts

 

Reviews:

 

Peter Morgan’s powerhouse drama Frost/Nixon is now at Bay Street Theater, featuring Daniel Gerroll as David Frost and Harris Yulin as former President Richard Nixon.

Frost/Nixon: No Holds Barred

Peter Morgan’s powerhouse drama Frost/Nixon — which enjoyed a successful West End and Broadway run, and was turned into an equally successful film version — is now at Bay Street Theater, featuring...

Bridget LeRoy July 3, 2018 Arts

 

Page At 63 Main in Sag Harbor offers one of the most delightful spots to dine in all of the Hamptons, if you like to people watch.

Page At 63 Main: ‘Seed to table’

Page At 63 Main in Sag Harbor offers one of the most delightful spots to dine in all of the Hamptons, if you like to people watch. Also, for privacy, is a...

Bridget LeRoy July 3, 2018 Dining

 

It is a powerful production that captures the paranoia rampant in Hollywood during the House Un-American Activities Committee’s hearings.

Miller, Monroe, Kazan In Strong Debut

Jack Canfora’s world premiere play, Fellow Travelers, directed by Michael Wilson, kicked off Bay Street Theater’s summer season on Saturday with a punch to the gut. It is a powerful production that...

Bridget LeRoy June 5, 2018 Arts

 

Tap: An Evening of Rhythm will hold performances at Guild Hall this weekend.

Our Fabulous Variety Show On Tap

I’ll admit it, this was my first Our Fabulous Variety Show experience, and with the title Tap: An Evening of Rhythm, coupled with pre-show sightings of little girls in leotards and heavy...

Bridget LeRoy May 1, 2018 Arts

 

Obituaries:

 

“I’ve made a little hideout of this place in the dunes. I come here to write. I feel safe in this spot, sheltered, even though there’s no roof here anymore.”

Joe Pintauro, Sag Harbor Playwright, Dies at 87

The first line from Joe Pintauro’s world premiere of Men’s Lives was the first line spoken on the Bay Street stage when the theater opened its doors to the public on July...

Bridget LeRoy June 1, 2018 Featured