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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.

Mr. McGibbon is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Independent Theatre Bloggers Association, AEA and AFTRA.

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

 

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

TO SING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM

AT THE ING NEW YORK CITY MARATHON

THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7 AT 9:30 AM

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, the hit Broadway musical currently playing at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street), will perform the National Anthem to kick off the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 7. The performance will be broadcast live on WNBC (channel 4) between 9:30-9:45 AM. In attendance will be Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and 40,000 runners as they prepare to run 26.2 miles through the city.

On December 4, 1956, an auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley together. The place was Sun Records' storefront studio in Memphis. The man who made it happen was Sam Phillips, the "Father of Rock and Roll," who discovered them all. The four young musicians united for the only time in their careers for an impromptu recording that has come to be known as one of the greatest rock jam sessions of all time.

Inspired by the actual event, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET features a treasure trove of the greatest rock and roll, gospel, R&B and country hits from these musicians, including such iconic songs as "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "Sixteen Tons," "Who Do You Love?," "Great Balls of Fire," "Riders in the Sky," "I Walk the Line," "Folsom Prison Blues," and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On." MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET captures the infectious spirit, freewheeling excitement and thrilling sounds of a singular moment when four of the music industry's most extraordinary talents, all in their creative prime, came together for one of the most memorable nights in music history.

For more information about MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, visit www.MillionDollarQuartetLive.com.

Follow MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET news on Twitter @milliondquartet and on Facebook.

TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets for MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET are available online, by calling 877-250-2929, or by visiting the Nederlander Box Office (208 West 41st Street).

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET's performance schedule is Tuesday at 7PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM. Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2PM and Sunday at 3PM.

NEW REGULAR PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE (BEGINNING MONDAY, JANUARY 3): Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.

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Broadway To Dim Its Lights
Tonight At 8 Pm


In Memory Of Celebrated Composer
Jerry Bock

(New York, NY)  November 4, 2010 -- The Broadway community mourns the loss of Jerry Bock, who passed away yesterday at age 81. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in his memory tonight, November 4, at exactly 8:00pm for one minute.

Paul Libin, Chairman of The Broadway League and Executive Vice President of Jujamcyn Theaters, called Jerry Bock, “one of Broadway's great composers of more than a dozen memorable musicals; he also wrote the book and lyrics for many of his productions.  His work will live forever on Broadway.”

Jerry Bock was an inspired musical composer who wrote the scores to such shows as Fiddler on the Roof and The Apple Tree. Jerrold Lewis Bock was born in New Haven, CT on November 23, 1928. He was raised in Flushing, Queens where he studied piano from a young age and began early compositions. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison where he wrote the musical Big As Life. Mr. Bock made his Broadway debut in 1955 with Catch a Star, a musical revue in which he collaborated on music and lyrics.

Jerry Bock was best known for the memorable and thoughtful score for Fiddler on the Roof, which incorporates Jewish prayer and klezmer music within a musical theater score. He also composed the shows Mr. Wonderful, The Body Beautiful, Fiorello!, Tenderloin, Never Too Late, Man in the Moon, She Loves Me, Baker Street, Generation, and The Rothschilds. He scored another musical hit in 1966 with The Apple Tree which was revived on Broadway in 2006. Mr. Bock collaborated with many notable Broadway writers, but he consistently worked with the late Joseph Stein, who wrote the book to Fiddler on the Roof, and his long-time creative partner lyricist Sheldon Harnick, also of Fiddler on the Roof.

Mr. Bock received the 1965 Tony Award® for writing the music to Fiddler on the Roof, which also won the 1965 Tony Award® for Best Musical. He won his first Tony Award® for his Best Musical Fiorello! in 1960. Fiorello! also won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama that same year.  He was nominated for She Loves Me (1964), The Apple Tree (1967) and The Rothschilds (1971).
Mr. Bock was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972. In 2010, Mr. Bock became an Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Original Song — Children's and Animation category — for "A Fiddler Crab Am I," penned with Larry Hochman and Billy Aronson. It was heard on the series "Wonder Pets."

The Jerry Bock Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre was established in 1997 and continues to provide an annual $2,000 grant presented to a composer and lyricist.

He is survived by his wife, Patti, daughter Portia Bock, son George Bock and granddaughter Edie Mae Bock.

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The Broadway League, founded in 1930, is the national trade association for the Broadway industry.  The League’s 600-plus members include theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers in over 240 North American cities, as well as suppliers of goods and services to the theatre industry. Each year, League members bring Broadway to nearly 30 million people in New York and on tour across the U.S. and Canada. Visit www.BroadwayLeague.com.

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Thursday, 04 November 2010 10:38

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Delays Press Opening

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

To Delay Press Opening

 

Opening Night Celebration and Performance

Still Scheduled For

Sunday, November 7 at 6:45 PM

November 3, 2010 – The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Andrew D. Hamingson), Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel announced today that Lily Rabe, who plays Portia in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, will be out of the show for the next several performances due to personal family reasons and as a result, the official press opening will be delayed by at least a week. The opening night celebration and party on Sunday, November 7 at 6:45 PM will continue as scheduled.

Directed by Daniel Sullivan, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE is currently in previews at The Broadhurst Theatre (235 W. 44th Street) and is scheduled to run through Sunday, January 9.

Al Pacino (Shylock), Lily Rabe (Portia), Byron Jennings (Antonio), Jesse L. Martin (Gratiano), Gerry Bamman (Duke of Venice), Heather Lind (Jessica), Matthew Rauch (Solanio), and Richard Topol (Tubal) reprise their roles in this acclaimed production.

New cast members joining the Broadway company include Marsha Stephanie Blake (Nerissa), Christopher Fitzgerald (Launcelot Gobbo),David Harbour (Bassanio), Peter Francis James (Salerio), Isaiah Johnson (Prince of Morocco), Charles Kimbrough (Prince of Arragon), and Seth Numrich (Lorenzo).

The company also features Happy Anderson, Liza J. Bennett, Glenn Fleshler, Luke Forbes, Herb Foster, Bryce Gill, Thomas Michael Hammond, Jade Hawk, Bethany Heinrich, Curt Hostetter, Tia James, Kelsey Kurz, Brian Keith Macdonald, Dorien Makhloghi, Kim Martin-Cotten, and Baylen Thomas.

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE is one of Shakespeare’s most thrilling and controversial plays, rich with love and betrayal, forgiveness and revenge.  The Jewish moneylender Shylock makes a loan to Antonio, a Christian merchant.  Their loan contract, steeped in prejudice and centered on the play's infamous “pound of flesh,” sweeps the two men and everyone in their worlds into chaos.  Only the insightful Portia can imagine a way forward, but for her and those she loves, even "the quality of mercy" has its limits.

The design team for THE MERCHANT OF VENICE features scenic design by Mark Wendland; costume design by Jess Goldstein; lighting design by Kenneth Posner; sound design by Acme Sound Partners; and original music by Dan Moses Schreier.

Tickets are on sale now for this limited engagement at Tele-Charge at 212-239-6200 or www.telecharge.com.

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TICKET INFORMATION

The performance schedule for THE MERCHANT OF VENICE is Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 7 p.m.; Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m; and Sundays at 2 p.m.

There will be no performances November 14 – 17; Thursday, November 25; December 13-16; Saturday, December 25; Friday, December 31. There will be a 2 p.m. performance on Friday, November 26; a 7 p.m. performance on Monday, December 20; a 2 p.m. performance on Friday, December 24; an 8 p.m. performance on Sunday, December 26; and a 7 p.m. performance on Monday, December 27.

Tickets for THE MERCHANT OF VENICE are $131.50 to $141.50. Tickets are on sale now through Tele-Charge at (212) 293-6200 or www.telecharge.com.

The Broadhurst Theatre is located at 235 W. 44th Street.

 

 

WINNER! THREE 2010 TONY AWARDS

INCLUDING BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL – DOUGLAS HODGE
BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL – TERRY JOHNSON

 

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES

STARS KELSEY GRAMMER AND DOUGLAS HODGE

TO SIGN SHOW’S ACCLAIMED CAST RECORDING AT

LORD & TAYLOR, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4

Five-time Emmy Award-winner Kelsey Grammer and Tony and Olivier Award-winner Douglas Hodge, the stars of the Tony Award-winning revival of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, will sign copies of the show’s critically acclaimed new Broadway cast recording from PS Classics on Thursday, November 4 at Lord & Taylor. 


The signing will be from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM at Lord & Taylor’s flagship store at 424 Fifth Avenue, Main Floor.  

Lord & Taylor customers will receive a complimentary copy of the LA CAGE AUX FOLLES cast recording with a $50 cosmetic or fragrance purchase*.  Customers may also receive two complimentary tickets with any $300 cosmetic or fragrance purchase* and a complimentary LA CAGE AUX FOLLES- inspired Holiday Collection Makeup Palette* with any $75 purchase.  (*One per customer; while supplies last).

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES features music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Harvey Fierstein, based on the play by Jean Poiret.  This production is choreographed by Lynne Page and directed by Terry Johnson, who won a 2010 Tony Award for his direction of the freshly reconceived production. 

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES stars Kelsey Grammer as Georges; Douglas Hodge as Albin; Fred Applegate as M. Dindon/M. Renaud; Alyce Beasley as Mme. Dindon/Mme. Renaud; Chris Hoch as Francis; Elena Shaddow as Anne; A.J. Shively as Jean-Michel; Christine Andreas as Jacqueline; Robin De Jesús as Jacob; Heather Lindell as Colette; Bill Nolte as Tabarro and David Nathan Perlow as Etienne.  

Also starring as the notorious and dangerous Cagelles are Matt Anctil as Angelique, Nicholas Cunningham as Hanna, Sean Patrick Doyle as Chantal, Yurel Echezarreta as Phaedra, Logan Keslar as Bitelle and Terry Lavell as Mercedes.   The production also features Christophe Caballero, Todd Lattimore, Dale Hensley, Caitlin Mundth and Cheryl Stern.  

Douglas Hodge and Nicholas Cunningham are appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance to this production.

PS Classics, the label dedicated to the heritage of Broadway and American popular song, released the New Broadway Cast Recording for LA CAGE AUX FOLLES on September 28.   The recording is produced by PS Classics co-founder Tommy KraskerPS Classics co-founder Philip Chaffin will serve as Executive Producer.  The album is currently available for pre-orders at www.psclassics.com 

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES recently made Tony Awards history as the first show to ever win the Tony Award three times for best production.   The classic musical comedy by Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein originally won six Tony Awards in 1984, including Best Musical.  A Broadway revival won two 2005 Tony Awards including the Best Revival of a Musical prize.  LA CAGE won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, as well as Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Musical (Douglas Hodge) and Best Director of a Musical (Terry Johnson). 

LA CAGE is also the winner of three Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Douglas Hodge) and Outstanding Costume Design (Matthew Wright), four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Douglas Hodge), Outstanding Director of a Musical (Terry Johnson) and Outstanding Costume Design (Matthew Wright) and the Drama League Award for Distinguished Revival of a Musical. 

Georges (Kelsey Grammer) is the suave owner of a glitzy drag club on the French Riviera. Partnered romantically with his high-strung star performer, Albin (Douglas Hodge), the pair live a charmed life—until Georges’ son announces his engagement to the daughter of a conservative right-wing politician who’s coming to dinner.

The original production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES was one of Broadway’s biggest hits of the 1980s.  It opened August 21, 1983 at the Palace Theatre, where it played for over four years and 1,761 performances.  The show won six Tony Awards in 1984, including Best Musical, Best Score (Jerry Herman) and Best Book (Harvey Fierstein).       

The new production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES played from November 23, 2007 to March 8, 2008 at the Menier Chocolate Factory, earning across the board raves and moving to the West End’s Playhouse Theatre on October 30, 2008, where it was nominated for seven 2009 Olivier Awards, winning for Best Musical Revival and Best Actor in a Musical for Douglas Hodge and won the 2009 Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Musical.   The Broadway production opened at the Longacre Theatre on April 18, 2010. 

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES features set design by Tim Shortall, costume design by Matthew Wright, lighting design by Nick Richings, sound design by Jonathan Deans and wig and makeup design by Richard Mawbey.   Musical supervision, orchestrations and dance arrangements are by Jason Carr.  Musical director is Todd Ellison. 

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, David Babani, Fran and Barry Weissler and Edwin W. Schloss, Bartner/Tulchin, Broadway Across America, Matthew Mitchell, Raise the Roof 4 Richard Winkler/Bensinger Taylor/Laudenslager Bergère, Arlene Scanlan/John O’Boyle, Independent Presenters Network, Olympus Theatricals, Allen Spivak, Jerry Frankel/Bat-Barry Productions, Nederlander Presentations, Inc/Harvey Weinstein. 

Tickets ($132.50 - $36.50; Premium $251.50; Table Seating $251.50) are on sale through Telecharge.com at 212-239-6200, online at www.telecharge.com and at the Longacre Theatre box office (220 West 48th Street).  Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 PM, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30 PM, Sunday at 3:00 PM. 

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Wednesday, 03 November 2010 14:18

FORTUNE SOCIETY to Honor Producer Eric Krebs

FORTUNE SOCIETY to Honor Eric Krebs for His Off-Broadway Production, THE CASTLE

 
The Fortune Society, the not for profit organization that assists in issues of criminal justice and prisoner re-entry, will honor theatrical producer Eric Krebs at its annual Fortune Society Benefit on November 15th. The event will be held at the Laura Pels Theater, 111 West 46th Street.
 
Krebs will receive the "Corporate Leader for Change Award" for his production of THE CASTLE.  Also to be honored will be Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, NJ, who will receive the David Rothenberg Achievement Award. The Award is named for Rothenberg  who founded  the Fortune Society in 1967 after producing the play Fortune and Men's Eyes Off-Broadway.
 
THE CASTLE, a play based on the first-person life stories of four ex-convicts with a total of 70 years in prison, was produced Off-Broadway at New World Stages for 14 months in 2008-2009.  It continues to tour to colleges, prisons and religious institutions.  A full-length documentary film of THE CASTLE is currently in production.
 
What started out as an modest reading  conceived and directed by former theatrical press agent David Rothenberg, has played over 200 performances. "I first saw THE CASTLE in a little community room at the Fortune Society residence," commented Krebs.  "After 10 minutes, I knew that I had to produce this as an Off-Broadway play.  It was powerful, relevant and most dramatic." 
 
Also featured at the Fortune Society benefit will be the film documentary Bring Your A Game. 
Tickets for the gala may be purchased at fortunesociety.org.  For further information call 347/510-3683. 

Upcoming performances of THE CASTLE include Rutgers University on November 18 and Attica Maximum Security Prison on December 3. For further information on the production of THE CASTLE,  visit www.thecastletheplay.org. or call 212/967-7079.   


Wednesday, 03 November 2010 11:29

Mint Theater Company Announces 2011 Offerings

Drama Desk Award-Winning Mint Theater Announces Its 2011 Offerings:

 

What the Public Wants
by Arnold Bennett, Directed by Matthew Arbour
January 13th through March 13th, 2011

The Little Journey
by Rachel Crothers, Directed by Jackson Gay
Begins Performances in May
 
And Coming In July:
The Next Installment of the Acclaimed Teresa Deevy Project:
Temporal Powers,
Directed by Jonathan Bank


The Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Mint Theater Company today announced its plans for 2011.  First up will be Arnold Bennett's comedy, What the Public Wants, beginning January 13th through March 13th at the Mint’s home in the heart of the theater district, at 311 West 43rd Street. 

What The Public Wants is Arnold Bennett’s sly satire on tabloid journalism — a lively look at life behind the headlines and proof that the more things change, the more they stay the same. This clever 1909 comedy charts the efforts of media mogul Sir Charles Worgan to boost circulation as well as his social standing. He owns forty different publications and claims to have “revolutionized journalism.” He employs over a thousand people and is worth millions — and yet Worgan wants more — he wants respect from the “superior people” who look down their noses at him. But is he willing to pay the price?

“One of the best comedies of our time,” wrote Max Beerbohm of the play’s London premiere in The Saturday Review. “No one but Bernard Shaw sends up ideas as skyrockets more successfully than Mr. Bennett,” wrote the Chicago Evening Post of the play’s American debut in 1913.

Loosely inspired by the rise of Lord Northcliffe, founder of Britain’s leading tabloid, The Daily Mail, What The Public Wants was first produced by The Stage Society in London in March 1909. “A brilliantly illuminating satire,” declared The London Times, and the play promptly transferred to the West End where it was hailed as “a very amusing and often very witty farce.” What The Public Wants proved so popular it was published in three different editions between 1909 and 1911.

What The Public Wants was first seen in the U.S. in 1913, when the Manchester Repertory Company toured Boston and Chicago. The Boston Globe described the play as a “delightfully clever satire, often of scintillating brilliancy, thoroughly interesting and constantly entertaining,” while the Chicago Tribune praised Bennett’s play as “luminous and watchful, a gem.” In 1922, the Theatre Guild produced the New York premiere.

Bennett’s prescient comedy has been revived numerous times in England; each time critics have commented on how the play never shows its age. “The thing that impresses one most about What The Public Wants is its curious up-to-dateness… Indeed, its purpose is all the more urgent now, since the ills of the Press, which the play diagnoses so well, have grown alarmingly, especially in the last few years,” wrote The Stage. “The satire is as topical, the wit as keen, and the humor as penetrating.” 100 years after it was written, Bennett’s savage wit still hits the target.

There was a time, in the first quarter of the last century when Arnold Bennett was one of the world’s most famous and successful authors. When he was dying, the streets beneath his window were laid with straw to deaden the noise—Bennett was the last person in London to be accorded this honor.  When he died on March 27, 1931, it was front-page news in The New York Times.  Only 64, he was still “in the full tide of his prodigious literary output, which had brought him more readers and more riches than any other British author.” “More riches” turned out to be literally true: The Times later reported that Bennett “disposed of what is expected to rank as the largest literary fortune in history” ($500,000). Tributes came pouring in from all over the world.  Today, even his most famous work “The Old Wives Tale”, “Clayhanger”, “These Twain” has been forgotten.

In the late 1890’s, on the advice of friends, Bennett decided to try playwriting. He began with “curtain raisers,” short one-acts that preceded full-length plays, but it was not until he established himself as a novelist that Bennett’s playwriting career blossomed. In 1908 the Stage Society produced his first full-length play, Cupid and Commonsense, an adaptation of his 1902 novel Anna of the Five Towns. Reviews were strong, and in 1909, they produced Bennett’s second play, What the Public Wants, based on his own journalistic experience. 

Mint Theater Company, “that truffle hound of half-buried treasures from the past” (Village Voice), has a celebrated reputation for re-discovering worthy but neglected gems and has brought new vitality to timeless but timely plays since 1992. The Mint was awarded an Obie for “combining the excitement of discovery with the richness of tradition.”  Mint was awarded a special Drama Desk Award for “Unearthing, presenting and preserving forgotten plays of merit.”

Next at the Mint will be A Little Journey by Rachel Crothers (May 5 to July 3, 2011), a nominee for the first Pulitzer Prize for Drama and not produced anywhere since 1918.  Crothers’ legacy was largely forgotten until the Mint revived Susan and God in 2006.  “A voice that remains fresh,” lauded The New York Times, while Terry Teachout  wrote in the Wall Street Journal: “It is a major event, a pitch perfect production of a 69-year-old play whose subject matter is so modern in flavor that it could have been written last week.”  A Little Journey tells the story of a disillusioned young woman whose money and luck have run out. With no other options, and embittered by her personal and economic failure, she leaves New York, boarding a train at Grand Central Station where she find an unexpected chance at redemption.

In July 2011, as promised, Mint will return to the work of Teresa Deevy (Wife to James Whelan) with Temporal Powers.  Winner of the Abbey Playwrighting competition in 1932, Deevy’s drama ran for seven performances in 1932.  The Irish Times greeted it’s initial performance with the claim that it was “one of the most thoughtful works seen for some time at the Abbey,” giving evidence of Deevy’s “deep thought and fine powers of observation.”  The last line of the Time’s entirely favorable review predicted that the play “should have a successful future in the Abbey repertoire.”  Temporal Powers was revived once, for six performances in 1937 and then disappeared entirely.  Mint will present the American Premiere.

Performances for What the Public Wants will be Tuesday through Thursday at 7 PM, Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM, and Sunday at 2 PM. Tickets are $40 (January 13th – 30th only) and $55 thereafter.  All performances will take place on the Third Floor of 311 West 43rd Street. Advance tickets are available by calling the Mint box office at 212/315-0231 or go to www.minttheater.org.

And, introducing a new inexpensive way to discover Mint productions - CHEAP TIX:Everyone appreciates a bargain, especially these days. Mint Theater Company is now offering a limited number of seats for every performance at half-price ($27.50).

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DRAG!
SIX-WEEK COMPETION TO CROWN THE FIERCEST DRAG QUEEN OF THEM ALL

CONTINUES TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 3rd, AT NEW WORLD STAGES

Round 3 Judges Will Be Les Cagelles from the cast of La Cage Aux Folles and NY1's Frank DiLella

The Time Out New York Lounge, in association with New World Stages and 21st Century Life, moves on to Week Three of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DRAG!  This sassy elimination competition spanning six Wednesdays will feature themed performances, ruthlessly scrutinized by a rotating panel of celebrity judges, at the Time Out New York Lounge at New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street (between Eighth & Ninth Avenues). 

The next set of judges will be Frank DiLella of the NY1 "On Stage" and Les Cagelles Broadway’s La Cage Aux Folles.  Among the judges in upcoming weeks will be Charles Busch, Brandon Voss (The Advocate), John Tartaglia, Everett Quinton, and cast members from Divine Sister, among others.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DRAG is hosted by Paige Turner, who has been working the NYC boards for the past several years. A cross between Debra Messing and Elle Woods, with a little retro flair and a whole lot of musical theater, she has headlined at Splash, Therapy, Pieces, The Ritz, among others. She has hosted bingo and karaoke more times than she'd like to admit. Paige and her gal pal Eve Starr hosted the well received Glitz Crackers in midtown for over a year, showcasing Broadway's hottest newcomers. Paige hailed by critics: "this showbiz spitfire is not to be missed and continues to amaze!"

New contestants are accepted each week for the chance to win cash and prizes awarded to the most fabulous of the week.  The Grand Finale, filled with the favorites from previous weeks, will be on Wednesday, December 1st.  Audience votes determine the fiercest queen of them all, who will receive a cash prize and the opportunity to host a drag night at the Time Out New York Lounge at New World Stages!

Those who think they have what it takes to win this competition that's strictly not for sissies should waste no time in sending a headshot and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Type DRAG COMPETITION in the subject line of the email.

For more information, visit www.timeoutnylounge.com/soyouthinkyoucandrag

FROM THE PEOPLE WHO BROUGHT YOU THE OFF-BROADWAY SMASH HIT

GIRLS NIGHT: THE MUSICAL COMES 

GIRL TALK: THE MUSICAL

Performances Begin November 3 at The Times Square Arts Center

“The lively musical Girl Talk follows in the hilarious footsteps of Girls Night!
-- The Wilmington News Journal

“It’s
Sex and the City meets Chelsea Lately!
-- The Advocate

Following the Off-Broadway smash Girls Night: The Musical, comes a new show that continues the party!  Entertainment Events announced today that GIRL TALK: THE MUSICAL will make its Off-Broadway debut, beginning performances tonight, November 3rd at the Times Square Arts Center, 303 West 42nd Street (across from Port Authority at 8th Avenue)  Opening night is Sunday, November 14th.  GIRL TALK: THE MUSICAL is fun, fabulous and everything female. This latest Girls Night musical experience was conceived by Tim Flaherty and is written by Louise Roche (author of Girls Night: The Musical), Tim Flaherty (producer) and Sonya Carter (director).

Bound to get the ladies on their feet and dancing in the aisles, GIRL TALK: THE MUSICAL features hit songs from some of today’s leading female recording artists including Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood, and Gretchen Wilson, to name a few. Featured in the cast are Sonya Carter, Renee Colvert, Priscilla Fernandez, and Berty Jay.

This latest Girls Night musical incarnation is another raucous celebration of everything that is female. After 10 years, “Girl Talk” must end and the girls are going out in style!  Over the course of the final broadcast the two sparing hosts, their favorite sex therapist guest and the shows neurotic producer learn that men and jobs can come and go, but girlfriends are forever!

British playwright, author and television producer, Louise Roche has written and produced six other plays including Girls Night (UK Tours 2003, ‘04,’06), Bobby and Johnny (UK Tour 2005), Girls Behind (UK Tour 2005), Checkout Girls (Milton Keynes 2005), Lucky Balls (Milton Keynes 2002), and Milton Keynes The Musical (2002).  Her novel, Glutton for Punishment is published in paperback, and her television writing includes “Where the Heart Is,” and “Doctors.”

Producer/creator/co-writer/co-director Tim Flaherty is the President and CEO of Entertainment Events, Inc. based in New York City.   EEI productions have been produced and presented in all 50 states as well as in Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia. Since 1999 EEI has produced; Late Nite Catechism: The Series, Maybe Baby, It’s You, The Yiddish Are Coming, The Yiddish Are Coming!, Shout! The Mod Musical, Tony N Tina’s Wedding, Defending the Caveman, We’re Still Hot! The Musical and are former producers of Jeanie Linders' Menopause The Musical. EEI is currently producing Girls Night: The Musical, Late Nite Catechism, Sister Strikes Again!: Late Nite Catechism 2, ’Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism 3, Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold, Sister’s Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go To Heaven?, The Santa Class and Girl Talk: The Musical.

Co-director/co-writer Sonya Carter has been with EEI for 3 years in many roles both on and off stage. She originally performed the role of Liza in the US premiere of Girls Night: The Musical in Scottsdale, AZ in May of 2007.  After her premiere in Girls Night: The Musical EEI brought Sonya Carter and her 12 years of International Risk Management experience from American Express on board as its production supervisor. In that capacity she manages all production aspects from casting to closing night for all EEI productions. In addition she continues to perform in Girls Night: The Musical performing three of five roles in the show and has amassed over 250 performances on tour and Off-Broadway. Sonya has also directed several of the touring companies of Girls Night: The Musical and originated the role of co-host Janice and directed the world premiere of Girl Talk: The Musical at the DuPont Theater in Wilmington, DE in June. Sonya will be directing and performing the role of Janice in the Off-Broadway premiere of Girl Talk: the Musical.

Performances of GIRL TALK: THE MUSICAL will be Wednesday through Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 5 & 8 PM, and Sunday at 3 PM.  Tickets are $55.  To purchase tickets or more information, visit www.entertainmentevents.com

Wednesday, 03 November 2010 10:53

Broadway's IT GETS BETTER Video Released

BROADWAY CARES/ EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS, BROADWAY.COM, & BROADWAY IMPACT

PRESENT

BROADWAY'S "IT GETS BETTER" VIDEO

CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO CREATED BY SUSAN BLACKWELL, HUNTER BELL, & MATT VOGEL,
FEATURING OVER 60 ACTORS, WRITERS, DIRECTORS,
& OTHER NOTABLE NEW YORK THEATRE PROFESSIONALS SHARING THEIR STORIES

BC/EFA MAKES $25,000 DONATION TO THE TREVOR PROJECT
IN THE NAME OF THE BROADWAY COMMUNITY

Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway.com, and Broadway Impact present Broadway's "It Gets Better" video featuring 63 members of the New York theatrical community speaking to LGBTQ youth.

The video is part of the It Gets Better Project, which was founded by noted writer Dan Savage in response to LGBTQ teenagers who in recent months have taken their own lives after being bullied in school. The project is a video archive where people can share their stories of overcoming bullying and finding happiness and letting young people know "It Gets Better."
To see the video, which includes actors, writers, directors, producers, designers, technicians, and other notable members of the New York theatre community, CLICK HERE or visit: www.youtube.com/BroadwayItGetsBetter. The video can also be seen at BroadwayCares.org, Broadway.com, BroadwayImpact.org, and TheTrevorProject.org.

In a joint statement, Susan Blackwell, Hunter Bell and Matt Vogel, the video's creators, said, "Inspired by Dan Savage's It Gets Better Project and the videos created by our Broadway colleagues, we were moved to rally additional members of the New York theatrical community to add their voices to this crusade.  Our intent with this video is to provide young people with a message of hope and support, and to encourage adults to not only support these organizations financially, but to consistently set an example by teaching acceptance, kindness and respect and intervening when homophobia, bigotry and bullying occurs. We are proud to stand up with the Broadway community, who has once again demonstrated that when there is a crisis, it will show up and channel its voice, creative energy and money toward positive change and inspiring activism."

In addition, BC/EFA has made a $25,000 donation to The Trevor Project, the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, in the name of the Broadway community. To make a personal donation to The Trevor Project CLICK HERE, or visit www.TheTrevorProject.org.

Broadway's "It Gets Better" video was created by Susan Blackwell, Hunter Bell, and Matt Vogel in partnership with BC/EFA (Tom Viola, Michael Graziano), Broadway.com (Paul Wontorek), and Broadway Impact (Rory O'Malley, Jenny Kanelos).

The video features (in alphabetical order): George Akram (West Side Story), Local 1 production carpenter Jack Anderson, Bryan Batt ("Mad Men"), Hunter Bell ([title of show]), Susan Blackwell ([title of show]), Heidi Blickenstaff ([title of show]), publicist Chris Boneau, production manager Kevin Broomell, Danny Burstein (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), Charles Busch (The Divine Sister), Kevin Chamberlain (The Addams Family), Tony Chiroldes (In The Heights), John Ellison Conlee (The Constant Wife), actor Josh Cruz, Wilson Cruz ("My So Called Life"), Robin De Jesus (La Cage Aux Folles), Colman Domingo (The Scottsboro Boys), Saidah Arrika Ekulona (Ruined), Joanna Gleason (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Judy Gold (Love, Loss, and What I Wore), producer Robyn Goodman, BC/EFA producing director Michael Graziano, Ann Harada (Avenue Q), director Richard Jay-Alexander, Cherry Jones (Mrs. Warren's Profession), director/playwright Moisés Kaufman, Zoe Kazan (Angels in America), Celia Keenan-Bolger (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), producer Thomas Kirdahy, Nathan Lane (The Addams Family), composer Andrew Lippa, Jose Llana (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), designer Anna Louizos, Melissa Rae Mahon (Chicago), Tyler Maynard (Altar Boyz), Audra McDonald ("Private Practice"), Michael McElroy (Big River), playwright Terrence McNally, Ray Mercer (The Lion King), Lin-Manuel Miranda (In The Heights), director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell, Julia Murney (Wicked), Denis O'Hare (Elling), Broadway Impact's Rory O'Malley, Karen Olivo (West Side Story), Sarah Paulson (Collected Stories), Corrie Pond (The Phantom Tollbooth), Billy Porter (Angels in America), Anika Noni Rose (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Broadway personality Seth Rudetsky, Thomas Sadoski (Reasons To Be Pretty), Luis Salgado (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), Chris Sarandon (The Light in the Piazza), producer Thomas Schumacher, composer/lyricist Marc Shaiman, Christopher Sieber (Shrek The Musical), J. Robert Spencer (Next to Normal), musical director Leslie Stifelman, Jason Tam (A Chorus Line), John Tartaglia (John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean), playwright Lucy Thurber, Alexandria Wailes (Big River), director/lyricist Scott Wittman, and Garrett Matthew Zuercher (Big River).

The production team for the video includes: Susan Blackwell, Hunter Bell, Matt Vogel, Michael Graziano, Meagan Grund, Colyn Fiendel, Josh Blye, Heidi Blickenstaff, and Rory O'Malley with close captioning by James Wesley and Tiffany Grant.
The creators would like to give special thanks to Dan Savage and Terry Miller, Laura McGinnis and Charles Robbins of The Trevor Project, Donna Alesia of Chromavision, Kelly Vogel and Steve White.

For anyone in crisis or needing assistance:

The Trevor Project's Trevor Lifeline: 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386)
Toll free, confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For information and support to help teens and young adults facing tough times, visit Reach Out:  www.reachout.com

For more information:

www.ItGetsBetterProject.com
The Trevor Project: www.TheTrevorProject.org
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS: www.BroadwayCares.org
Broadway Impact: www.BroadwayImpact.org

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PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL

"IT GETS BETTER" VIDEO FEATURE

SUPORRTING THE TREVOR PROJECT

Watch the video now:

http://tinyurl.com/39hbvzc

The cast of the Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical, which opened its smash hit North American debut engagement at The Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto to rave reviews last week, have joined forces in support of The Trevor Project's "It Gets Better" campaign with a specially produced video sharing their experiences with bullying and being gay.

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its free and confidential helpline, in-school workshops, educational materials, online resources and advocacy. The organization was founded in 1998 by three filmmakers whose film, "Trevor," a comedy/drama about a gay teenager who attempts suicide, received the 1994 Academy Award(r) for Best Short Film (Live Action). For more information, visit www.TheTrevorProject.org.

The spectacular new stage musical will play its limited engagement in Toronto through January 2, 2011 prior to performances beginning at The Palace Theatre on Broadway on February 28, and officially opening March 20.

The Toronto Star raved "A grand, glorious and gorgeous piece of musical theatre that will fill the heart of anyone who has ever loved - or wanted to be loved."  Globe & Mail called the musical "Infectious, giddy entertainment!" while The Toronto Sun said "Hits all the high notes! Priscilla turns theatrical convention into theatrical confection - a show that gives you a good time!," and Variety declared "Priscilla is a visual knockout, a real crowd-pleaser and ultimately a great heart-tugger as well."

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The MusicaL stars Olivier Award nominee Tony Sheldon ("Bernadette"), Tony Award(r) nominee Will Swenson ("Tick"/ "Mitzi") and Nick Adams ("Adam"/"Felicia") as the trio of friends on a heart-warming, uplifting adventure who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed.

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical also features C. David Johnson ("Bob"), James Brown III ("Jimmy"), Nathan Lee Graham ("Miss Understanding"), Mike McGowan ("Frank"), J. Elaine Marcos ("Cynthia"), Jessica Phillips ("Marion"), Steve Schepis ("Farrah"), Keala Settle ("Shirley"), "Divas" Jacqueline Arnold, Anastacia McCleskey and Ashley Spencer and Thom Allison, Kyle Brown, Bryan West, Tad Wilson, Joshua Buscher, Susan Dunstan, Gavin Lodge, David Lopez, Ellyn Marie Marsh, Jeff Metzler and Eric Sciotto.

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL, adapted from the Academy Award(r) winning film "The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert," starring Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce, is written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott.  Direction is by Simon Phillips, choreography is by Ross Coleman, musical supervision and arrangements are by Stephen 'Spud' Murphy and set design is by Brian Thomson. Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner have re-created their Academy Award(r) winning costume designs, which were originally designed for the film.  Lighting is designed by Nick Schlieper and sound design is by Jonathan Deans. BAFTA Award winning make up design is recreated by Cassie Hanlon.

With a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and featuring a score of dance-floor classics, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL is a sensational journey to the heart of fabulous.

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL had its world premiere in Sydney in 2006 and has subsequently wowed audiences and critics alike in Melbourne and New Zealand, becoming the most successful Australian musical of all time. The London production is now in its second smash hit year in the West End at the Palace Theatre.  Beyond Toronto and Broadway, further international dates are also in discussion for productions in Brazil, Scandinavia and Germany.

Along with winning the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Costume Design for Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner, the musical was also nominated for Best New Musical and Tony Sheldon was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical.The Evening Standard raved that Priscilla "Takes you out of yourself and into daring places your wildest fantasies might never have dreamed of visiting," and The Daily Telegraph, The Times, Evening Standard, and London Paper all gave the production "Four Stars!"

Earlier this year PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL won the Best Musical Award in London, voted for by Whatsonstage.com readers.

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL is produced by Bette Midler; James L. Nederlander; Garry McQuinn, Liz Koops; Michael Hamlyn; Allan Scott Productions; Richard Willis/Roy Furman;  Terry Allen Kramer; Terri and Timothy Childs, Ken Greiner, Ruth Hendel; Robert G. Bartner; Chugg Entertainment; Michael Buckley; Stewart F. Lane / Bonnie Comley; Bruce Davey; Thierry Suc/TS3; The Volcano Project; Paul Boskind and Martian Entertainment / Spirtas-Mauro Productions/MAS Music Arts & Show; and David Mirvish.


Tickets for the upcoming Broadway production are now on sale to the general public. Be among the first to purchase Broadway tickets by visiting:
http://www.ticketmaster.com/Priscilla-Queen-of-the-Desert-tickets/artist/1061975?list_view=1

For more information visit:
priscillaonbroadway.com


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