Andrew C. McGibbon
Andrew C. McGibbon has spent the past thirty years working in live theatre as a stage manager, general manager, producer and leader in the convergence of Broadway and online.
Mr. McGibbon worked as a stage manager and general manager for ten years. In 1994 he created a website devoted to live theatre, BroadwayWorld-Wide.com. The site was subsequently bought by, and became Playbill.com. He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for TonyAwards.com. With the 2008-09 season he finished his ninth year on the show. He has also worked as a webmaster for the Broadway League and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He is presently the Director of Digital Media for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
In addition to his work in the theatrical industry, Mr. McGibbon is also a partner in Simple Solutions Distributing, a manufacturer of filtration equipment for the waste-water industry.
Photo: Elizabeth Leitzell
Dear friends: The Roundabout Theatre Company revival of She Loves Me is a sheer delight that must be seen.
Hughie is a mere wisp of a play by Eugene O’Neill, clocking in just under 65 minutes. The action takes place in 1928 in a run-down, formerly glorious hotel near Manhattan’s theatre district. As the audience enters, the stage is dimly bathed in Neil Austin’s moody lighting design. A desk clerk sits behind the desk, his hand resting gently on it, unmoving. You could be forgiven for thinking he was a wax figure.
The Humans by Stephen Karam is a dark and moving familial comedy. Set in Manhattan’s Chinatown in a newly rented duplex, the tenants are a young couple starting out in the world. Brigid (Sarah Steele) is an undiscovered composer with mountains of student debt. Her boyfriend, Richard (Arian Moayed) is working on completing his masters in social work.
It’s hard to imagine that when Harold Prince first presented backers auditions for the original Broadway production of Bock, Harnick, Stein and Robbin’s Fiddler on the Roof, it came with a warning. Despite the first act ending with a pogrom and the second act ending with the exile of the Jewish community from Anetevka, he told them “there’s gonna be a lotta humor in this show, too, and we’re gonna have Zero Mostel.” He still had to convince them that it held appeal beyond just the Jewish community.
Director John Doyle’s revival of the musical The Color Purple is beyond moving and uplifting. It has been streamlined into a svelte and simple production that allows the actors to focus on character without having the audience’s attention pulled away by extraneous props and intricate scenery. The theme of hope and endurance overcoming loss and despair drives the musical forward.