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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, The site was subsequently bought by, and became He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for 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.

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Brian Bedford

Directs & Stars in
a new Broadway production of

By Oscar Wilde

Paxton Whitehead
Santino Fontana, David Furr, Tim MacDonald, Paul O'Brien, Charlotte Parry, Sara Topham
Dana Ivey

Previews begin Friday, December 17th, 2010
Opening night will be Thursday, January 13th, 2011
at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce the full company of the new Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Brian Bedford as "Lady Bracknell," at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd St.). The cast will also feature Dana Ivey as "Miss Prism," Paxton Whitehead as "Reverend Chausible," Santino Fontana as "Algernon Moncrieff," David Furr as "Jack Worthing," Tim MacDonald as "Merriman," Paul O'Brien as "Lane," Charlotte Parry as "Cecily Cardew," and Sara Topham as "Gwendolyn."

The Importance of Being Earnest will begin previews on Friday, December 17th, 2010 and open officially on Thursday, January 13th, 2011. This is a limited engagement through Sunday, March 6th, 2011.

The design team includes Desmond Heeley (Sets & Costumes), Duane Schuler (Lights) and Drew Levy (Sound).

The Stratford Shakespeare Festival presented an acclaimed production of The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Brian Bedford, in 2009

The Importance of Being Earnest is a glorious comedy of mistaken identity, which ridicules codes of propriety and etiquette.  Dashing men-about-town John Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff pursue fair ladies Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew.   Matters are complicated by the imaginary characters invented by both men to cover their on-the-sly activities - not to mention the disapproval of Gwendolen's mother, the formidable Lady Bracknell.

Wilde's classic production premiered in 1895 at the St. James Theatre in London offering a stinging critique of love, sex and social hypocrisy that remains relevant today.

Brian Bedford returns to Roundabout Theatre Company after memorable performances as "Orgon" in Tartuffe, "Sir Harcourt Courtly" in London Assurance and "Sganarelle" in The Molière Comedies<>. Dana Ivey returns to Roundabout after playing "Grace" in the 2003 production of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg and the 2001 production of Major Barbara where she played "Lady Britomart Undershaft."

Theatrical design legend Desmond Heeley made his Broadway debut with the original production of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz & Guildestern Are Dead. His designs won two Tony Awards, one of the few times in the history of the Tony's that a designer has received these coveted awards for the scenic and costume design of the same production. This production marks his first Broadway show in over 20 years.

Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at or at the American Airlines Box Office (227 West 42nd Street).

To become a Roundabout subscriber visit or call Roundabout Ticket Services (212)719-1300.  Ticket prices range from $67.00-117.00.

The Importance of Being Earnest will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM.


BRIAN BEDFORD (Director, Lady Bracknell).  One of the most acclaimed actors of our time, Brian Bedford studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where his classmates included Peter O'Toole, Albert Finney and Alan Bates.  At age 21, he played Hamlet with the Liverpool Repertory Company, which led to highly successful performances in London's West End and at Stratford-upon-Avon, working with, among others, Sir John Gielgud and Peter Brook.  Gielgud's productions of Peter Shaffer's first play, Five Finger Exercise, brought him to Broadway, where he has subsequently starred in over 20 productions, receiving six Tony nominations for Best Actor and winning the award for Moliére's The School for Wives.  Other honours include the Obie, Outer Critics Circle Award, N.Y. Drama Desk Award and the L.A. Drama Critics Award.  Mr. Bedford has directed and acted at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, the John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and, for over 25 seasons, at the Stratford Festival of Canada.  His one-man Shakespeare show, The Lunatic, the Lover and the Poet, has taken him around the world.  Film and television credits include Oliver Stone's Nixon, Grand Prix, the voice of the title character in Walt Disney's Robin Hood, Mr. Saint Nick, Frasier, More Tales of the City, Scarlett and Cheers.  A resident of North America for the past 40 years, Brian Bedford was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.

Dana Ivey (Miss Prism). Broadway: Butley (Tony Award nomination), The Rivals (Tony Award nomination), Henry IV, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Major Barbara, Heartbreak House (Tony nomination), Last Night of Ballyhoo (Drama Desk Award and Tony Nomination), Sunday in the Park (Tony Nomination), Present Laughter, Pack of Lies, Waiting in the Wings, Marriage of Figaro, Sex and Longing, Indiscretions. Off-Broadway: Driving Miss Daisy (Obie and Outer Critics Circle Awards), Quartermaine's Terms (Obie and Derwant Awards), Mrs. Warren's Profession (Obie Award), The Savannah Disputation, Beggars in the House of Plenty, The Uneasy Chair,  Kindertransport, Tartuffe, Hamlet (Bayfield Award). Regional: The Death of Papa, Antigone, Hedda Gabler, The Miracle Worker, Misalliance, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Kennedy Center/Helen Hayes nomination), Patio/Porch, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, Midsummer-night's Dream. Canada: The Philanderer, Great Catherine, Flea In Her Ear (Shaw Festival), Touch of the Poet, Electra, The Maids, The Homecoming, Total Eclipse, The Innocents, Blithe Spirit, A Doll House, Galileo, Charley's Aunt, Private Lives, Importance of Being Earnest. London: In the Summerhouse (Lyric Hammersmith). Next  (BBC). Television: "Dolley Madison," "The Return Of Jezebel James," "A Lesson Before Dying" (HBO), "Easy Street," "Oz," "Homicide," "Frasier." Films: Ghost Town, Rush Hour 3, A Very Serious Person, Legally Blonde 2, Two Weeks Notice, Disney's The Kid, Addams Family, Addams Family Values, Home Alone 2, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sabrina, Simon Birch, Imposters, Mumford, The Color Purple.

Paxton Whitehead (Reverend Chausible). Paxton Whitehead's numerous Broadway credits include: Absurd Person Singular, My Fair Lady (Helen Hayes Award), Run for Your Wife, Noises Off (Drama Desk Award), Camelot (Tony Award nomination), The Crucifer of Blood, Candida, Beyond the Fringe, and others. London: Heartbreak House. Canada: artistic director, Shaw Festival, 1967-77; artistic director, Vancouver Playhouse, 1971-73.  Regularly works in regional theatre- Shakespeare Theatre (DC), McCarter, Westport, Pittsburgh Public, Huntington, amongst others.  Television credits include "Desperate Housewives," "The West Wing," "Mad About You" and "Friends." Films include "Kate and Leopold" and "Back to School."

Santino Fontana (Algernon  Moncrieff). Broadway: Brighton Beach Memoirs, Billy Elliot, Sunday in the Park With George. Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks (original revival cast), Perfect Harmony. Regional: the title role in Hamlet (Guthrie); Hay Fever (Old Globe); Love's Labor's Lost, On the Verge, 9/11 Project, Once in a Lifetime (Chautauqua Theater Co.); As You Like It, Death of a Salesman, Six Degrees of Separation, A Christmas Carol (Guthrie). International: Death of a Salesman (Gaiety Theatre, Dublin). Film: Fade to White. Television: The Good Wife. Sundance Theatre Lab, 2005; Presidential Scholar in the Arts. BFA, Guthrie/UMN Actor Training Program.

David Furr (Jack Worthing). Broadway:  Accent on Youth, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Cymbeline, King Lear (w/ Christopher Plummer), The Rivals; Natn'l Tour: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?;  Off Broadway: Equivocation (MTC), Golden Prospects, Tim and Scrooge.  David has also appeared extensively at leading regional theatres around the country including Lincoln Center, The McCarter, The Old Globe, The Long Wharf, Denver Theatre Center, Alabama Shakespeare Festival and many others.  He received Ovation and Henry award nominations for his performance in Arthur Miller's All My Sons.  Film & TV: "Law & Order SVU," "The Washingtonienne" (HBO Pilot), "Nurses" (FOX Pilot), "CSI: Miami," the New York soaps, "45 Words," and the role of Ralph Haverford in Focus Features' Evening.

Tim MacDonald (Merriman). Broadway credits include: Timon of Athens, The Government Inspector and Two Shakespearean Actors (Lincoln Center Theater).  At the Stratford Festival: 'King of France' in King Lear, 'Prince of Arragon 'in Merchant of Venice, 'Mark Meddle' in London Assurance, 'Earl of Westmorland/Poet' in Henry IV Part 1, 'Roland Maule' in Present Laughter, 'Constable Dull' in Love's Labour's Lost, 'Parolles' in All's Well That Ends Well, 'Bertram Cates' in Inherit the Wind, 'Damis' in Tartuffe, 'Sir Benjamin Backbite' in The School for Scandal, 'Trinculo' in The Tempest, 'Claudio' in Much Ado About Nothing, 'The Young Shepherd' in The Winter's Tale, 'Leo Hubbard' in The Little Foxes, and 'Lucky' in Waiting for Godot. Other credits include The School for Scandal (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Much Ado About Nothing (City Center, New York City), The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare Theater, Washington D.C.) and Richard II (Old Globe Theatre, San Diego).

Paul O'Brien (Lane). New York Theater; Is Life Worth Living (Mint Theater), Equus (Broadhurst Theater), Cymbeline, King Lear, Twelfth Night, (Lincoln Center), Democracy (Brooks Atkinson Theater), The Crucible ( Virginia Theater), Death Defying Acts ( Variety Arts), 3 Birds Alighting on a Field (MTC), The Seagull ( Second Stage), Widow's Blind Date (Circle in the Square), Unexpected Tenderness (WPA Theater), A Moon for the Misbegotten (Pearl Theater): Los Angeles Theater;  Cripple of Inishman (Geffen Theater), The Lonesome West (South Coast Rep), Art ( Ahmanson/Dolittle): Regional; Playmakers Rep, Guthrie Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival, Actor's Theater of Louisville, Long Wharf, Trinity Reb, Huntington Theater, Charles Playhouse, Vineyard Playhouse, Gloucester Stage: Film; Henry's Crime, Redacted, What's the Worst That Could Happen?, The Devil's Own, Hip! Edgy! Quirky!, Soul Man, Second Sight: Television; "Law & Order: Criminal Intent", " The Sopranos", " The Practice", "Providence", "ER", "Star Trek Voyager", "Case of Deadly Force", "Angel", "Law and Order", "Late Night with Conan O'Brian", "One Life to Live".

Charlotte Parry (Cecily Cardew) was a member of the inaugural year of Sam Mendes' Bridge Project, performing The Cherry Orchard and The Winters Tale at BAM, in the West End and Internationally.  Broadway: Coram Boy, The Real Thing. Off Broadway: Equivocation (MTC), Howard Katz (Roundabout), The Master Builder (Irish Rep), Rainbow Kiss (The Play Company), The Lover (Directorfest). For Sir Peter Hall Company at BAM, Centre Theater Group and London: As You Like It. Regional: World Premiere of John Patrick Shanley's Pirate at New York Stage and Film, World Premiere of Albee's Me Myself and I, and The Birthday Party (McCarter Theatre), The Turn of the Screw (Westport Country Playhouse), Cymbeline and Private Lives (NJ Shakespeare). In the UK - West End: The Real Thing, The Cherry Orchard, The Winters Tale, Regional and National tours: Charley's Aunt, Amadeus, The Blue Room, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Titus Andronicus, As You Like It, Northanger Abbey, Les Liasisons Dangereuses, The Seagull, Three Sisters, Godspell, Follies, Whislte Down the Wind. TV: "The Safe House" (ITV), "Extreme Ghost Stories" (ITV). Film: "The Park Bench." Charlotte has narrated over 30 audiobooks in America and the UK.

Sara Topham (Gwendolyn). Theater; Peter Pan , Dangerous Liaisons, A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, The Importance of Being Ernest, Fuente Ovejuna, The Music Man, King Lear, The Ideal Husband, The Merchant of Venice, London Assurance (Stratford), The Turn of The Screw (The Belfry Theater), Don Juan, Glass Menagerie, As You Like It, The Tempest, Noises Off, Henry VIII, Agamemnon, Electra, The Flies, The Swanne, All's Well That Ends Well, The Scarlet Pimpernel, King Lear, The Three Musketeers, Henry V, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, The Diary of Anne Frank, Fiddler on the Roof (Stratford Festival), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Neptune Theatre),Annie, It's A Wonderful Life (The Grand Theater), Robin Hood, Cinderella (Elgin Theater),  Tony and Tina's Wedding (The Second City), Cinderella (The Theater Aquarius), L'Italiana In Algieri (Pacific Opera Victoria), The Tempest, Orpheus in the Underworld, The Taming of The Shrew, Maupassant!, Fallen Angels, Merrily We Roll Along, Eleemosynary, Nunsense (Phoenix Theater), Romeo and Juliet (Victoria Shakespeare Festival), Pygmalion (Langham Court): Television; "Eloise At Christmastime" and "Dying To Dance."

Roundabout Theatre Company is a not-for-profit theatre dedicated to providing a nurturing artistic home for theatre artists at all stages of their careers where the widest possible audience can experience their work at affordable prices. Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the revival of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established playwrights and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate loyal audiences.

Roundabout Theatre Company currently produces at three permanent homes each of which is designed specifically to enhance the needs of the Roundabout's mission.  Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics.  Roundabout's Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions.  Together these three distinctive venues serve to enhance the work on each of its stages.

American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties; and the City of New York Theater Subdistrict Council, LDC and the City of New York.

Roundabout Theatre Company's 2010-2011 season features George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession starring Cherry Jones & Sally Hawkins, directed by Doug Hughes; Noël Coward's Brief Encounter, adapted and directed by Emma Rice; Kim Rosenstock's Tigers Be Still, directed by Sam Gold; Julia Cho's The Language Archive, directed by Mark Brokaw; Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, starring and directed by Brian Bedford; Tennessee Williams' The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore starring Olympia Dukakis, directed by Michael Wilson; Anything Goes starring Sutton Foster & Joel Grey, directed & choreographed by Kathleen Marshall; David West Read's The Dream of the Burning Boy, directed by Evan Cabnet.  Roundabout's sold out production of The 39 Steps made its third transfer to the New World Stages after a successful Broadway run at three Broadway theatres.
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(New York, NY)  The smash-hit, Tony Award-winning musical AMERICAN IDIOT has partnered with the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square, 1501 Broadway, to host a pre-show Halloween costume contest for anyone who has tickets to the 10pm show on Friday, October 29 and is ready to dress like an “Idiot,” or their best interpretation of an “Idiot.”  The winning “Idiot,” selected by a panel of AMERICAN IDIOTcast members will receive a front row seat upgrade for two for the 10pm performance that evening, a $100 gift certificate to the Hard Rock Cafe, and an AMERICAN IDIOTgift package.  

The “Idiot” costume contest will take place on Friday, October 29 from 8-9:30pm at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square, 1501 Broadway.  Special “Idiot” drink specials and a full menu selection will be available. 

AMERICAN IDIOT will be playing two performances on Friday, October 29 at 6:30pm & 10pm.  A special Halloween discount is available for both performances on Friday, October 29 with the code AIOCT29.  To redeem the code visit, call 212-947-8844, or go to the St. James Theatre, 246 West 44th Street.

Proof of ticket purchase for the 10pm show on Friday, October 29 must be shown in order to be eligible for contest prizing.  Tickets and email confirmation are acceptable forms of proof.

The playing schedule for AMERICAN IDIOT during Halloween week is Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday 8pm, Thursday at 8pm, Friday at 6:30pm & 10pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 3pm.


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Nominees for the Clive Barnes Awards Announced
Nine New York Actors and Dancers Celebrated
Awards set for November 9, 2010 at Lincoln Center 's Walter Reade Theatre.

The Clive Barnes Foundation and its Selection Committee have agreed on an impressive list of talented young nominees for the first Clive Barnes Awards:  Four finalists in theater and five in Dance.

Theater finalists:  Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur), Jon Michael Hill (Superior Donuts), Kendrick Jones (Scottsboro Boys) and Noah Robbins (Secrets of the Trade).

Dance Finalists:  Aaron Carr (Keigwin + Company), Ghrai DeVore (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Chase Finlay ( New York City Ballet), Hee Seo (American Ballet Theatre) and Leann Underwood (American Ballet Theatre).

The winner of the Clive Barnes Award for Theater will be announced by Cherry Jones and the Award for Dance by Fredric Franklin at the ceremony on  Tuesday November 9th at 2:30 p.m., at Lincoln Center 's Walter Reade Theatre, 165 W. 65th St. (between Broadway and Amsterdam).  Admission to the ceremony is free.

The Clive Barnes Awards Selection Committee includes Edward Albee, Howard Kissel, Patrick Pacheco, Gwin Joh Chin, George Dorris, Jacques le Sourd, Richard Chen See, Valerie Taylor-Barnes, Damian Woetzel and Craig Wright.

Clive Barnes was an influential dance, theater and opera critic for over 40 years in New York, the last 30 years of his career as the chief critic for the New York Post. The Clive Barnes Foundation was established by Valerie Taylor-Barnes in 2009, one year after her husband's death, mainly to form the Clive Barnes Awards and to continue his lifelong spirit of artistic support for young talents.





In an upcoming episode of “The Apprentice” airing on Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 10pm/9pm central, contestants will be given the challenge of holding a backers audition for two new Broadway musicals on stage at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre, home to the 2010 Tony Award-winning Best Musical MEMPHIS.  “The Apprentice” executive producer and host Donald Trump, along with MEMPHIS producer John Yonover, Broadway producer Daryl Roth and Promises, Promises star Kristin Chenoweth will judge which team has what it takes to bring a musical to the Great White Way.

Critically acclaimed MEMPHIS won four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score (David Bryan and Joe DiPietro), Best Book (Joe DiPietro), and Best Orchestrations (David Bryan and Daryl Waters).

MEMPHIS won four Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Performance by an Actress (Montego Glover), Outstanding Music (David Bryan) and Outstanding Orchestration (David Bryan and Daryl Waters).  MEMPHIS has also won four Outer Critic Circle Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Score (David Bryan & Joe DiPietro), Outstanding Actress (Montego Glover) and Outstanding Choreography (Sergio Trujillo).

MEMPHIS features a Tony-winning score with music by Bon Jovi’s founding member/keyboardist David Bryan and lyrics by Bryan and Tony-winner Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change), who also pens the musical’s book. MEMPHIS is based on a concept by the late George W. George (producer of the Tony nominated Bedroom Farce and the film My Dinner With Andre), with direction by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu) and choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys).

MEMPHIS takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50’s, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun (Chad Kimball) fell in love with everything he shouldn’t:  rock and roll and an electrifying black singer (Montego Glover).  MEMPHIS is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever.


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The League of Professional Theatre Women is pleased to announce that its 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors women exhibiting exemplary service to the theatre, will be presented to two-time Tony Award®-winning actress/singer/dancer Chita Rivera.  The award will be presented by her daughter, singer/dancer/choreographer Lisa Mordente, at the League’s December 2010 Awards Luncheon.

Ms. Rivera’s electric performance as Anita in the Broadway premiere of West Side Story (1957) brought her stardom, and her career is highlighted by starring roles in Bye Bye Birdie, Chicago, The Rink (Tony Award®), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award®), and Nine, among many others.  In 2009 she was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama, and in 2002 she received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor in Washington, as the first Hispanic ever chosen to receive this award.

Past recipients of the LPTW Lifetime Achievement Award include Dorothy Olim, Betty Comden, Ellen Stewart, Fifi Oscard, Martha Swope, Sylvia Herscher, Rosetta LeNoire and Lucille Lortel, among others. 

The previously announced recipients of The Lee Reynolds Award and The Josephine Abady Award will also be honored at the December 9th luncheon.  The Lee Reynolds Award is given annually to a woman or women active in any aspect of theatre whose work for, in, about, or through the medium of theatre has helped to illuminate the possibilities for social, cultural, or political change.  The 2010 Lee Reynolds Award will be presented to Lynn Nottage, Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist, a 2007 MacArthur Fellow, and the recipient of the 2010 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award.  To honor the memory of member Josephine Abady, the LPTW presents an annual award to an early- or mid-career director or producer of a work of cultural diversity.  The 2010 Josephine Abady Award will be presented to Kamilah Forbes, artistic director of the annual three-week Hip-Hop Theatre Festival

The LPTW 2010 Awards Luncheon will be held on Thursday, December 9, 2010 at Sardi’s (234 West 44th Street) beginning at 12:00 noon.  Tickets are $65 and are available online at or by phone: 1-800-838-3006 option 1 (use event code 122700). 


An accomplished and versatile actress/singer/dancer, Chita Rivera has won two Tony Awards as Best Leading Actress in a Musical and received seven additional Tony nominations. She recently starred in the Broadway and touring productions of The Dancer’s Life, a dazzling new musical celebrating her spectacular career, written by Terence McNally and directed by Graciela Daniele.  She recreated her starring role in The Visit, the new Kander/Ebb/McNally musical at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA (originally done at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago in 2001). She also starred in the revival of the Broadway musical Nine with Antonio Banderas. She trained as a ballerina (from age 11) before receiving a scholarship to the American School of Ballet from legendary George Balanchine. Chita’s first appearance (age 17) was in the chorus of Call Me Madam. Her electric performance as Anita in the Broadway premiere of West Side Story (1957) brought her stardom, which she repeated in London. Her career is highlighted by starring roles in Bye Bye Birdie, Chicago, Jerry’s Girls and (original Broadway casts) Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven and Mr. Wonderful.  On tour: Born Yesterday, The Rose Tattoo, Call Me Madam, Threepenny Opera, Sweet Charity, Kiss Me Kate, Zorba, Can-Can with The Rockettes. Chita was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama on August 12, 2009. She received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor in Washington, DC in December, 2002 and is the first Hispanic ever chosen to receive this award.  Chita has recorded and released a new CD entitled And Now I Swing and is on a nationwide concert tour of Chita Rivera: My Broadway. Her most treasured production is her daughter, singer/dancer/choreographer Lisa Mordente.

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The League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW) is a non-profit organization committed to promoting visibility and increasing opportunities for women in the professional theatre.   

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23; 7:30 – 8:00 PM


Hosted by A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC star Bernadette Peters

& WABC-7 News Anchor Michelle Charlesworth

Tune in to WABC on Channel 7 for a sneak peek at

Broadway’s hottest shows including:



From highly anticipated new musicals to starry revivals, compelling dramas to light hearted comedies, there’s something for everyone on Broadway this fall. WABC-7 will feature cast interviews and a special behind-the-scenes look at the following new Broadway shows and events:


Denis O’Hare, star of Broadway’s ELLING, talks to WABC about playing the title role in this new comedy based on the Oscar nominated film of the same name.


Dan Lauria and Judith Lightstar in this new American play about the iconic Hall of Fame football coach, one of America’s most inspirational and mercurial  personalities. The National Football League makes its Broadway bow as a special producing partner.


Cherry Jones, star of Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway production of MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION, talks to WABC about trading in her nun boots for sexy boots in this Broadway revival.


Cast members from Lee Hall’s THE PITMEN PAINTERS at Manhattan Theatre Club ruminate on making their Broadway debuts and portraying members of the Ashington Group – miners from Northumberland who became celebrated painters.


Cast members and the creative team for THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS discuss bringing the thrilling final collaboration of legendary songwriting team John Kander and Fred Ebb to Broadway.


Laura Linney, Brian d’Arcy James, Eric Bogosian and Christina Ricci talk about bringing the hit play TIME STANDS STILL, back to Broadway’s Cort Theatre.

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Five-time Emmy Award winner John Larroquette will make his Broadway debut as J.B. Biggley joining multi award-winning international film and stage actor Daniel Radcliffe as J. Pierrepont Finch in a new production of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical comedy HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS (WITHOUT REALLY TRYING).  Opening at Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre JujamcynLogo (302 West 45th Street) Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 5pm, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS (WITHOUT REALLY TRYING) is directed and choreographed by Tony and Emmy Award-winner Rob Ashford,has music and lyrics by Academy Award and Tony Award winner Frank Loesser, and a book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, based on the book by Shepherd Mead.  The 50th Anniversary production of HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS (WITHOUT REALLY TRYING) begins previews Saturday, February 26, 2011, at 8pm, and is produced by Broadway Across America (John Gore, Thomas B. McGrath, Beth Williams), Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Joseph Smith, Michael McCabe, and Candy Spelling.

John Larroquette was last seen in the off-Broadway production of Oliver Parker! written by Elizabeth Meriwether (The Mistakes Madeline Made, Heddatron, Nicky Goes Goth, The True Love Story My Parents, 90 Days). Past stage appearances include Neil Simon’s Oscar and Felix: A New Look At The Odd Couple at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, and Happy Jack written by 2-time BAFTA winner John Godber. Larroquette is a five-time Emmy Award-winning actor, best known as Assistant District Attorney “Dan Fielding” on NBC-TV’s “Night Court,” which earned him four Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.  He also starred in the NBC comedy series “The John Larroquette Show,” was a series regular on “Boston Legal” and won his fifth Emmy Award for a guest-starring role on “The Practice.” He played the title role in Hallmark’s acclaimed crime series “McBride,” and starred on NBC’s sitcom “Happy Family.”  Film credits include Richie Rich, Tune in Tomorrow, Second Sight and Madhouse. 

With the aid of a trusty self-help book "How to Succeed in Business" wily window washer J. Pierrepont Finch enjoys a riotous rise up the corporate ladder.  Will Finch’s unorthodox business practices at the World-Wide Wicket Company get him in hot water with the head honcho J.B. Biggley, and jeopardize his romance with secretary Rosemary Pilkington?  With a beloved score by Frank Loesser, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS (WITHOUT REALLY TRYING) is packed with hit standards such as “I Believe in You,” “Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm,” “The Company Way,” “Been a Long Day,” “Rosemary,” and “Brotherhood of Man.”

Tickets for HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS (WITHOUT REALLY TRYING) range from $52 - $132, and are available at (212-239-6200).  The playing schedule is as follows: Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm.  Please note that during previews Tuesday performances are at 8pm. 

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Tony & Emmy Award winner ElaineStritch, currently starring opposite Bernadette Peters inStephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, directed by Trevor Nunn, will be interviewed by Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins on “Theater Talk” this Friday, October 22 at 1:00 AM EST on WNET-TV (Channel 13).

After premiering on Thirteen, Friday, October 22, the Elaine Stritch interview will repeat on CUNY TV: Saturday, Oct. 30 at 8:30 PM; Sunday, Oct. 31 at 12:30 PM, plus Monday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 7:30 PM. It will also air on NYC TV and NJN in New York City.

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is now playing at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street) through Sunday, January 9, 2011A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC stars Bernadette Peters as Desirée Armfeldt, ElaineStritch as Madame Armfeldt, Stephen R. Buntrock as Fredrik Egerman, Bradley Dean as Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm, Erin Davie as Countess Charlotte Malcolm, Leigh Ann Larkin as Petra, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka as Henrik Egerman and Ramona Mallory as Anne Egerman. The cast also includes Ron Bohmer, Ben Davis, Jessica Grové, Gina Lamparella, Katherine McNamara, Jayne Paterson, Kevin David Thomas, Keaton Whittaker, Karen Murphy, Erin Stewart, Kevin Vortmann.

Based on Ingmar Bergman's film Smiles of a Summer Night, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is set in a weekend country house in turn of the century Sweden, bringing together surprising liaisons, long simmering passions and a taste of love’s endless possibilities. Hailed as witty and wildly romantic, the story centers on the elegant actress Desirée Armfeldt and the spider’s web of sensuality, intrigue and desire that surrounds her A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC – featuring a score by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler – originally opened in 1973 at Broadway's Shubert Theatre and ran for 601 performances. Produced and directed by Harold Prince, the production garnered six Tony Awards® including Best Musical and Best Original Score. The Sondheim score features one of the composer's best-known songs, “Send in the Clowns,” as well as “Every Day a Little Death,” “The Miller's Son” and “A Weekend in the Country.”

Trevor Nunn’s production of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC debuted to critical acclaim at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory in November 2008 and subsequently transferred to the West End where it played a successful limited engagement through July 25, 2009 at the Garrick Theatre. The first Broadway revival of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC began performances on November 24, 2009 and officially opened on December 13, 2009 at the Walter Kerr Theatre starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury, who played their final performance on Sunday, June 20, 2010. Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch began performances on Tuesday, July 13, 2010.

The creative team for A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC includes Lynne Page (Choreography), Caroline Humphris (Musical Supervision), David Farley (Set & Costume Design), Hartley T A Kemp (Lighting Design), Dan Moses Schreier and Gareth Owen  (Sound Design), Paul Huntley (Wig Design), Jason Carr (Orchestrations) and Rob Bowman (Musical Direction).

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is produced on Broadway by Tom Viertel, Steven Baruch, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, The Menier Chocolate Factory, Roger Berlind, David Babani, Sonia Friedman Productions, Andrew Fell, Daryl Roth/Jane Bergère, Harvey Weinstein/Raise the Roof 3, Beverly Bartner/Dancap Productions, Inc., Nica Burns/Max Weitzenhoffer, Eric Falkenstein/Anna Czekaj, Jerry Frankel/Ronald Frankel, James D. Stern/Douglas L. Meyer.

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Wednesday, 20 October 2010 14:57

LOMBARDI Begins Opens Tomorrow, Oct 21




The new Broadway play LOMBARDI, starring Dan Lauria as the legendary Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi and Judith Light as his wife Marie,  opens tomorrow Thursday October 21 at the Circle in the Square Theatre, (50th, west of Broadway). 

The audience on opening night will include NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Green Bay Packers CEO Mark Murphy, New York Giants Co-Owners John Mara and Jonathan Tisch, Bob Costas, former New York Yankee Lee Mazzilli, Vince’s daughter Susan Lombardi, and former Green Bay Packers Chuck Mercein and Jerry Kramer; as well as Paul Hornung, Dave Robinson, and Jim Taylor who are featured as characters in the play. 

Other celebrities attending include Kate Mara, Max Minghella, Rachel Dratch, Michael Urie, Sarah Paulson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Katie Finneran, Wendie Malick, Memphis writer Joe DiPietro, Tyne Daly, The Sopranos’ Dan Grimaldi, Jack Klugman, and Regis Philbin.

See and hear the show’s stars on these news outlets this week:

Thursday October 21:

·         Dan Lauria, Judith Light and Chris Sullivan will be interviewed on “Good Day New York”  at 6:50 AM,  9:45 AM and on the 5 PM news.  Channel 5 in New York.

·         Judith Light will be a guest on “Live with Regis & Kelly” (WABC TV at 9 AM)

·         Judith Light will be a guest on WOR Radio’s Joan Hamburg show at Noon (770 AM)

Friday October 22:

·         Dan Lauria will be interviewed on WABC TV by Sandy Kenyon at 6:22AM and 5:22 PM.  Catch it in NYC cabs beginning this Friday as well.

Directed by Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail, LOMBARDIis an original play written by Academy Award winner Eric Simonson and based on the best-selling biography When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss.  Joining producers Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser as special producing partner is the National Football League, marking the organization’s first foray on Broadway. The cast also features Keith Nobbs as Michael McCormick, Bill Dawes as Paul Hornung, Robert Christopher Riley as Dave Robinson and Chris Sullivan as Jim Taylor.

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ROLEX Presents Career Transition For Dancers’


Monday, November 8, 2010 at 7:00pm  New York CITY CENTER


Rolex presents Career Transition For Dancers’ 25th ANNIVERSARY SILVER JUBILEE:A STAR-STUDDED RETROSPECTIVEon Monday, November 8, 2010 at 7:00 pm at New York City Center, 131 West 55 Street (btwn. 6th and 7th  Ave) NYC.  It will be followed by an Anniversary Supper with the Stars at the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton New York.  Hosted by Angela Lansbury, the five-time Tony Award-winning actress, and legendary star of musicals, films and television icon; the spectacular evening will highlight magical moments from past glittering galas.

Artists from some of America’s greatest dance companies will be performing these numbers: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - SINNER MAN from Revelations (Micheal Francos McBride, Jermaine Terry, Marcus Jarrell Willis); American Ballet TheatreDON QUIXTO Act III pas de deux (Yuriko Kajiya & Danil Simkin);, The Joffrey BalletLIGHT RAIN pas de deux (Fabrice Calmels & Valerie Robin);  MOMIXMILLENIUM SKIVA (Todd Burnsed & Yasmine Lee); National Dance InstituteSHALL WE DANCEfromThe King and I” ; and Parsons DanceCAUGHT (Miguel Quinones).

Also appearing on the Not-To-Be-Missed program are Tony Award Winners: Marvin Hamlisch, Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, Chita Rivera, Karen Ziemba and Charlotte d”Amboise and Edward Villella.  Artists from some of America’s greatest dance companies: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, The Joffrey Ballet, MOMIX, National Dance Institute, and Parsons Dance, will perform at the entertainment/dance event of the new season.  There will be show-stopping Broadway numbers and more! The 2010 Rolex Dance Award will be presented to Twyla Tharp.  The Career Transition For Dancers’ Awards for Outstanding Contributions to the World of Dance will be presented to the organization’s four union founders:  Actors’ Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, American Guild of Musical Artists, Screen Actors Guild; as well as an award each to The Barth Family and to the CTFD President Cynthia G. Fischer.  Also at the gala the Capezio Ballet Makers Dance Foundation will present Trisha Brown with the 59th annual Capezio Dance Award.  Artists & program subject to change without notice.

Career Transition For Dancers (CTFD), with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago, has helped over 4,600 professional dancers in 47 states identify their unique talents in preparation for establishing new careers when dance is no longer an option. Since its founding in 1985, the organization has provided more than 46,000 hours (equivalent to over $4 million) of one-on-one career counseling and program services - at no cost - and has awarded millions of dollars in scholarships for education, entrepreneurial grants, and certification programs. CTFD also provides dancers with specialized services that include transition seminars and workshops, peer support groups, resource centers, a toll-free national career counseling hotline, a website, and a National Career Network.   The Caroline & Theodore Newhouse Center for Dancers is located at 165 West 46th Street Suite 701 (at Broadway – the Actors’ Equity Building) NYC 10036; tel. (212) 764-0172 and fax (212) 764-0343.  In Los Angeles: 5757 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 455, LA, CA 90036; tel. (323) 549-6660 and fax (323) 549-6810. In Chicago: at Hubbard Street Dance Center, 1147 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607; tel. (312) 666-0234 and fax (312) 455-8240.     www.careertransition.orgThe 25th Anniversary Chairs are Michele Herbert, Anka K. Palitz, Nicole Sexton and Allen Brill.  Gala Chairs are Victor Elmaleh, Michele Riggi, James D. Rigler and Susan Fawcett Sosin.  The Dinner Chair is Janice Becker; Auction Chairs are Ann Van Ness and Heléne Alexopoulos Warrick; West Coast Chair is Roberta Silbert; and the Journal Chair is Craig Dix.  Vice Chairs are Gayle Conran, Alexander J. Dubé, Mercedes Ellington, Niko Elmaleh, Christina Rose and Irene Shen.  Produced and directed by Ann Marie DeAngelo.  Honorary Chairs are Cynthia Gregory, Bebe Neuwirth, Sono Osato, Ann Reinking, Chita Rivera, Lisa Niemi Swayze and Tommy Tune.

Patron tickets are $600, $750 and $1,200 each. Tables for 10 start at $7,500. Patron tickets and tables include premium performance seating, post-performance Anniversary Supper with the Stars, dancing and a live auction at the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton New York. For gala tickets please call Marjorie Horne, McEvoy & Assocs. at (212) 228-7446 x33. For group sales call (718) 499-9691.  Show only tickets are also available at $45, $55, $75 & $130 on sale at the Box Office and through CityTix 212 581-1212.

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