Andrew C. McGibbon
EASTER BONNET COMPETITION
RAISES A RECORD
TO BENEFIT BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS
The generosity of theatre fans during six weeks of fundraising by 57 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies helped push the 28th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition to another record high, raising $4,532,129 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
THRILLING NEW WORKS BY
NEIL LABUTE, ROBERT ASKINS,
SIMON STEPHENS & JENNIFER HALEY
New York, NY – MCC THEATER (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive Director) is pleased to announce its four-show 2014-15 Main Stage Season, which runs Fall 2014 through Summer 2015. All productions will be staged at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street). This announcement comes on the heels of one of MCC’s most acclaimed seasons yet, which began in Fall 2013 with the New York premiere of John Pollono’s Small Engine Repair and continued with the Off-Broadway premiere of Robert Askins’ Hand to God. The final production of MCC’s 2013-14 Season, Penelope Skinner’s The Village Bike starring Greta Gerwig and directed by Sam Gold, has its North American debut beginning May 22, 2014. For more information on MCC Theater, please visit www.mcctheater.org.
THE PUBLIC THEATER
THE WINTER’S TALE
FREE PUBLIC WORKS SHAKESPEARE PRODUCTION AT THE DELACORTE
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY TODD ALMOND
CONCEIVED AND DIRECTED BY LEAR DEBESSONET
THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE
WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL BY ITAMAR MOSES, MICHAEL FRIEDMAN
CONCEIVED AND DIRECTED BY DANIEL AUKIN
FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2 & 3)
WORLD PREMIERE BY PUBLIC THEATER MASTER WRITER CHAIR
DIRECTED BY JO BONNEY
STRAIGHT WHITE MEN
NEW YORK PREMIERE WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY YOUNG JEAN LEE
WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL BY LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA
DIRECTED BY THOMAS KAIL
THE TOTAL BENT
WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL BY STEW AND HEIDI RODEWALD
DIRECTED BY JOANNA SETTLE
UNDER THE RADAR FESTIVAL 11th EDITION
WORLD PREMIERE BY LEMON ANDERSEN DIRECTED BY ELISE THORON
BRIDGET EVERETT’S ROCK BOTTOM AT JOE’S PUB
WORLD PREMIERE BY BRIDGET EVERETT, MARC SHAIMAN, SCOTT WITTMAN,
ADAM “AD-ROCK” HOROVITZ & MATT RAY DIRECTED BY SCOTT WITTMAN
HERE LIES LOVE
CONTINUES RETURN ENGAGEMENT IN LUESTHER HALL
MOBILE SHAKESPEARE UNIT TOURS ALL FIVE BOROUGHS
April 21, 2014 – Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham announced the line-up today for The Public’s 2014-15 season, continuing the theater’s nearly six-decade tradition of producing theater that is accessible to all. The Public stages Shakespeare and the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental works in equal measure while engaging a wide range of audiences and artists at its six downtown theaters at Astor Place, including Joe’s Pub, as well as the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Beginning in September, The Public’s 59th season will include three world premiere musicals, a free Public Works musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale at the Delacorte, new plays by Suzan-Lori Parks, Young Jean Lee, and Lemon Andersen, the 11th edition of the acclaimed Under the Radar Festival, the continuation of the Mobile Shakespeare Unit, an exciting Public Forum line-up, New Work Now!, the Emerging Writers Group Spotlight Series, and Public Studio, a new performance series dedicated exclusively to developing the work of emerging writers. The Public Theater’s acclaimed production of Here Lies Love will also continue its commercial Off-Broadway run in the LuEsther Hall where it was conceived.
REHEARSALS BEGAN TODAY
Christopher Jackson Saycon Sengbloh Ben Thompson
John Earl Jelks Joshua Boone Dyllon Burnside
HOLLER IF YA
A new musical inspired by the work of Tupac Shakur
Written by Todd Kreidler
Directed by Kenny Leon
Opens June 19, 2014
Palace Theatre on Broadway
Rehearsals for HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, the new Broadway musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur begin today, Monday, April 21. Written by Todd Kreidler and directed by Kenny Leon, HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME will begin performances on May 29, 2014and open June 19, 2014 at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway at 47th Street).
IS HEADED TO BROADWAY!
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Tony Award Nominated Producer Matthew Weaver
Acquires First-Class Stage Rights to
Groundbreaking Musical Variety Television Show
(New York, NY – April 15, 2014) Tony Award Nominated Producer Matthew Weaver (Rock of Ages) of MediaWeaver Entertainment - a movie, TV and stage production company – has acquired the theatrical stage rights to the beloved, trailblazing musical variety television series Soul Train. Created in 1970 by visionary Don Cornelius, Soul Train famously introduced the world to generations of new music and a whole new series of dance moves and styles on a weekly basis. Weaver acquired the rights from Soul Train Holdings, LLC. Weaver is now in talks with theater and film notables to come on board as the creative team for the Broadway production.
The 2014 Oliver Awards were given out Sunday, April 13 at the Royal Opera House in London. Chimerica led the tally with a total of five awards, including Best New Play, Book of Mormon took four, including Best New Musical, and Once winning two. The real winner of the evening was the Almeda Theater garnering a total of 8 awards for their West End transfers of a new adaptation of Ibsen's Ghosts and Chimerica, a the story of a photojournalist obsessed with an image he had taken during the Tiananmen Square protest. Broadway's own Gavil Creel took home the award for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayel of Elder Price in The Book of Mormon.
NEWS FROM THE O’NEILL
NATIONAL CRITICS INSTITUTE NOW ACCEPTING
APPLICATIONS FOR THE FELLOWS PROGRAM
Waterford, CT - The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center announced today applications are now being accepted for the National Critics Institute’s Fellows Program through Friday, May 16, 2014. The conference begins on the evening of Saturday June 28th and runs through the morning of Saturday July 12th.
WALT DISNEY RECORDS TO RELEASE
ALADDIN ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING
FEATURING EXCLUSIVE BONUS CONTENT
ALADDIN CAST IN NEW YORK CITY STUDIO TODAY
DIGITAL ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE ON MAY 27
PHYSICAL ALBUM AVAILABLE JUNE 17
(NEW YORK, NY – March 31, 2014) The cast of the new Broadway smash, Disney's Aladdin, is currently in the studio laying down tracks for the Original Cast Recording of the show, to be released by Walt Disney Records digitally on Tuesday, May 27th. The physical album is set for release on Tuesday, June 17th and will also be available for purchase in-theater. The Aladdin Original Broadway Cast Recording will be produced by Alan Menken, Michael Kosarin, Frank Filipetti and Chris Montan and executive produced by Kurt Deutsch.
The music from the movie musical Aladdin had a tuneful nature and much of the score you hear on stage at the New Amsterdam Theatre in the new musical based on the film will be familiar to you. There are, however, some pleasant surprises. This eye-popping evening of candy-colored costumes and pyrotechnically enhanced effects also restores some of the original Alan Menken and Howard Ashman tunes that were cut from the original movie. Some songs make more of an impression ("Proud of Your Boy") than others ("Babkak, Omar, Aladdin, Kassim"). One thing is certain, if you take your children, they will be rapt in this production and you parents will get a chuckle or two yourselves.