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Andrew C. McGibbon

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

 

WINNER! THREE 2010 TONY AWARDS

INCLUDING BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

 

TONY AWARD-WINNING LA CAGE AUX FOLLES AUTHOR

HARVEY FIERSTEIN

JOINS THE CAST OF LA CAGE AUX FOLLES AS ALBIN!

 

FIERSTEIN BEGINS PERFORMANCES FEBRUARY 15

AT THE LONGACRE THEATRE FOR 12 WEEKS ONLY

 

Four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein is returning to Broadway, starring as Albin in the 2010 Tony Award-winning revival of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES.  Fierstein won the 1984 Tony Award for writing LA CAGE, but this will be his first time appearing in the show.  He will debut on Tuesday, February 15 at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street) for a limited run of 12 weeks only.    Fierstein’s co-star will be announced soon. 

The current stars of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, five-time Emmy Award-winner Kelsey Grammer as Georges and Olivier and 2010 Tony Award winner Douglas Hodge as Albin, will depart the production on Sunday, February 13.

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. 

 “I’ve loved watching this new production of LA CAGE and think director Terry Johnson and the wonderful company at the Longacre have really mined the material for its humor as well as its heart and humanity,” Fierstein commented.  “I’m thrilled to get the chance to play Albin a mere twenty-five years after creating him. It will be a challenge to follow in the footsteps of all the brilliant actors who have portrayed the role before me. But I do have one secret weapon – I know how to reach the author for rewrites.”

Harvey Fierstein made his professional acting debut at La Mama ETC in 1971 in Andy Warhol’s only play, Pork. He followed that with appearances in more than 60 off off Broadway productions before he began his playwriting career. Early plays like Flatbush Tosca and Cobra Jewels led to his underground hit, Torch Song Trilogy, which transferred Off-Broadway in 1981 and then to Broadway in 1982 where it won the Best Play Tony Award as well as Drama Desk, Obie and Dramatist Guild Awards. Fierstein also won Tony, Drama Desk and Theater World Awards for his portrayal of the lead. Fierstein won his third Tony for the libretto of the musical La Cage aux Folles. His other plays include Safe Sex, A Catered Affair and Legs Diamond.  Fierstein’s starring role as Edna in the musical Hairspray won him his fourth Tony Award as well as another Drama Desk Award, New York Magazine Award and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Performance of the Year. This made him only the second person in history to win Tonys in four different categories.He recently completed a national tour of Fiddler on the Roof, playing Tevye, a role he played for more than a year in the show’s 2005 record-breaking Broadway revival. 

His television work includes “Nurse Jackie,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Family Guy” and “The Simpsons”. He was nominated for an Emmy for his work on the TV classic, “Cheers”.

Films include Mrs. Doubtfire, Independence Day, Death to Smoochy and Bullets Over Broadway. His children’s book, The Sissy Duckling, is published by Simon & Schuster and the HBO film version won him the Humanitas Prize. Fierstein was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2008.  Fierstein is currently writing the books for the stage musicals of Kinky Boots, with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell and Newsies, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman. 

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES made Tony Awards history as the first show to ever win the Tony Award three times for best production. The classic musical comedy 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. 

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES currently 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.  

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.

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 serves as Executive Producer. 

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 - $39.50; Premium $251.50; Table Seating $251.50) are on sale through Telecharge.com at 212-239-6200, online at www.telecharge.com/lacage 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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MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

THE PITMEN PAINTERS

BEGINS FINAL 5 WEEKS OF LIMITED ENGAGEMENT

 

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT TO END AS SCHEDULED

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12

 

“Exciting, in-the-moment theater

as rich and intriguing as art is meant to be.”

Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Manhattan Theatre Club’s American premiere of Tony Award winner Lee Hall’s THE PITMEN PAINTERS begins the final five weeks of its limited engagement tonight.  The play opened in September to glowing reviews from New York critics.  Directed by Max Roberts, THE PITMEN PAINTERS plays at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The play will play its final performance, as scheduled, on Sunday, December 12.

Manhattan Theatre Club, by special arrangement with Bob Boyett, produces the Live Theatre, Newcastle/National Theatre of Great Britain’s co-production of THE PITMEN PAINTERS on Broadway.  THE PITMEN PAINTERS began previews on Tuesday, September 14 and opened on Thursday, September 30. 

The cast, who have been with the production since it premiered at Live Theatre in 2007, includes: Christopher Connel, Michael Hodgson, Ian Kelly, Brian Lonsdale, Lisa McGrillis, Deka Walmsley, David Whitaker and Phillippa Wilson

Inspired by a book by William Feaver, and hailed by New York critics as “a masterpiece” (NY1), “a feel great hit!” (Variety), “ingenious work that shines” (Associated Press), “a remarkable evening of magical theatre” (WOR Radio), “entertaining and intelligent” (Wall Street Journal), the play tells the story of the Ashington Group – miners from Northumberland who became celebrated painters. THE PITMEN PAINTERS was named Best Play at the 2008 Evening Standard Awards.

Direct from a sold-out engagement at London’s National Theatre, this funny and fascinating new play by Tony Award winner Lee Hall (writer of Broadway’s mega-hit Billy Elliot) comes to Broadway with its entire original London cast intact. THE PITMEN PAINTERSis based on the triumphant true story of a group of British miners who discover a new way to express themselves and unexpectedly become art-world sensations! An arresting and hilarious salute to the power of individual expression and the collective spirit, THE PITMEN PAINTERStakes you on an unforgettable journey from the depths of the mine to the heights of fame.

THE PITMEN PAINTERS features scenic and costume design by Gary McCann, lighting design by Douglas Kuhrt, and sound design by Martin Hodgson.

The cast of THE PITMEN PAINTERS is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance of this production.

Tickets are available by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200, online by visiting www.Telecharge.com, or by visiting the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street). Ticket prices are $57 – $121.

For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE FOR THE PITMEN PAINTERS:

Please note THE PITMEN PAINTERS is dark on Mondays:

  • THROUGH SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28 (THANKSGIVING WEEK): Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 PM. Tuesday at 7 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Dark on Thursday.
  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

 

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past three decades, MTC productions have earned a total of 17 Tony Awards and six Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and an Off-Broadway theatre at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include Time Stands Still; The Royal Family; Ruined; The American Plan; Come Back, Little Sheba; Blackbird; Translations; Shining City; Rabbit Hole; Doubt; Proof; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Love! Valour! Compassion!; A Small Family Business; Sylvia; Putting It Together; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain’t Misbehavin.’

 
For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

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Tuesday, 09 November 2010 14:29

Cirque Names New Show for New York

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S MARVELOUS EXPLORATION
OF THE TRULY BIZARRE
AT RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL

Written and Directed by François Girard

PERFORMANCES BEGINS JUNE 9, 2011 

Exclusive Pre-Sale Tickets Available Starting Today
Tickets available to the general public from November 22 

NEW YORKCirque du Soleil announced today that its major new acrobatic spectacle, Zarkana, will begin performances at the legendary Radio City Music Hall in New York City on June 9, 2011 for a limited engagement through September 4, 2011. Proudly presented by iShares, Zarkana is written and directed by acclaimed film and theatre director François Girard (The Red Violin, Silk).

Zarkana is a fantastically bizarre world where we follow the adventures of Zark, a magician who has lost his love and, with her, his powers. As he cries and begs for her return he is plunged into a world inhabited by surreal creatures. The diverse cast of 71 international artists transports the audience into a fantastical and suspenseful world, blurring the boundaries between the real and imaginary.

About The Show Title
The name Zarkana is a fusion of the words “bizarre” and “arcana” (arcana means “mystery” or “secret”). The twisted fictional world of Zarkana is an elusive destination that is fantastic yet bizarre. The name refers to the irresistibly odd and delightfully strange aura of this place and its inhabitants. .

About François Girard
One of Quebec’s most highly regarded creators, François Girard is equally at ease in cinema (Silk, The Red Violin), opera, visual arts and theatre and has earned an enviable international reputation over the years. A keen music lover, he is particularly known for the hybrid worlds he creates in which music plays a predominant role. His works are recognized for their great musicality, both in terms of sound and image. This will be his second creation for Cirque du Soleil, following ZED, the Tokyo resident show.

Ticket Information
Starting today, Zarkana tickets are available exclusively to Cirque Club Members. Tickets range from $47 to $130 with a limited number of premium tickets available for all performances.

Cirque Club membership is free and benefits include access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind the scenes information. To join, go to www.cirqueclub.com.

Starting November 22, tickets will be available to the general public at 1- 866-858-0008 or http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/zarkana.aspx

Special Offer from American Express®: Receive a complimentary gift when you purchase Zarkana tickets using your American Express Card. For Preferred Seating and other American Express Cardmember benefits, please visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/amex.

SECOND STAGE THEATRE

To Present

THE NEW YORK PREMIERE OF

 GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES

 

WRITTEN BY RAJIV JOSEPH

DIRECTED BY SCOTT ELLIS

 

FEATURING

JENNIFER CARPENTER AND PABLO SCHREIBER

 

PREVIEWS BEGIN JANUARY 5, 2011; OPENS JANUARY 31, 2011

 

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Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Founder & Artistic Director; Casey Reitz, Executive Director) will present the New York premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES, featuring Jennifer Carpenter (“Dexter”) and Pablo Schreiber (Tony nominee for Awake and Sing!).  Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph returns to Second Stage Theatre, which premiered his plays All This Intimacy and Animals Out of Paper as part of the company’s Uptown SeriesDirected by Tony nominee Scott Ellis, GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES will begin previews on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 and officially open on Monday, January 31 at 7:00pm at Second Stage Theatre (305 West 43rd street).  For subscription or ticket information, please call the Second Stage Box Office at 212-246-4422 or visit the company’s website, www.2ST.com. 

The dark romantic saga, GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES, explores the cost of wounded friendships. Over the course of 30 years, the lives of Kayleen and Doug intersect at the most bizarre intervals, leading the two childhood friends to compare scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

 

JENNIFER CARPENTER is best known for her performance as Debra Morgan, Dexter’s ambitious sister, in the acclaimed Showtime series, “Dexter.”  She last appeared on the New York stage as Mary Warren in the Broadway production of The Crucible opposite Liam Neeson and Laura Linney.  Other theatre credits include: Lincoln Center Theater: Everett Beekin, Director's Lab(Orphan of Zhao, Shi-Zheng); Actors Theatre of Louisville: Julie Johnson (Humana Festival), Trudy Blue (Humana Festival); O'Neill Playwrights Conference: Lucy and the Conquest (Lucy).  A graduate of the Juilliard School, Jennifer has appeared in the films The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Quarantine, Battle in Seattle, Dog Problem, Lethal Eviction, Nice Guys Sleep Alone, White Chicks, and D.E.B.S., among others.  She can be seen in the upcoming films, The Factory, opposite John Cusack, and Hungry Rabbit Jumps, opposite Nicolas Cage, Guy Pearce, and January Jones. 

 

PABLO SCHREIBER received a Tony Award nomination for his performance in Awake and Sing!  His many other theatre credits include Desire Under the Elms, Reasons to be Pretty (Drama Desk Award), Dying City, Mr. Marmalade, Manuscript, Sin: A Cardinal Deposed, Blood Orange, and Julius Caesar at the New York Shakespeare Festival.  He is well known to TV audiences for his role as Nick Sobotka on HBO’s critically acclaimed series “The Wire.” Schreiber has appeared in many films, including Woody Allen’s Vicky Christina Barcelona, The Lords of Dogtown, Michael Cuesta’s Tell Tale, Nights in Rodanthe, The Manchurian Candidate, Breaking Upwards, Into the Fire, The Mudge Boy, and Invitation to a Suicide.  He will next be seen starring in Josh Radnor’s Happythankyoumoreplease, which won the Audience Award at Sundance in 2010, and on the upcoming FX series “Lights Out.”

RAJIV JOSEPH returns to Second Stage Theatre where his plays Animals Out of Paper (Lortel

nomination for Outstanding Play) and All This Intimacy premiered as part of the Second Stage Theatre Uptown Series.  Rajiv is also one of Second Stage’s Time Warner Commissioned Playwrights and participated in the company’s New Works Festival in 2008.  His play, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, which was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, will be produced on Broadway this spring, starring Robin Williams.  The recipient of the Vineyard Theatre’s Paula Vogel Award, Rajiv’s other productions include: in New York:  The Leopard and the Fox  (adaptation), Alter Ego; Huck & Holden, Cherry Lane Theatre, 2006.  Los Angeles: Huck & Holden, The Black Dahlia Theatre, 2006.  Rajiv is a Founding Member of the New York-based Theatre Company, The Fire Department, and has been a contributing writer on their first two theatrical events, Speakeasy and At War: American Playwrights Respond to the War in Iraq.  He is a former Lark Playwriting Fellow and Dramatist Guild Fellow.  He received his B.A. in Creative Writing from Miami University and his M.F.A. in Playwriting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa.

SCOTT ELLIS returns to Second Stage Theatre where he directed Douglas Carter Beane’s Mr. & Mrs. Fitch last season.  Other Second Stage credits include Good Boys and True, The Little Dog Laughed, The Waverly Gallery with Eileen Heckert, and That Championship Season. Broadway credits include Curtains, Twelve Angry Men (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), Arthur Miller’s The Man Who Had All the Luck with Chris O’Donnell, The Boys From Syracuse, The Rainmaker with Woody Harrelson and Jayne Atkinson, 1776 (Drama Desk, Tony nomination), Picnic (Outer Critics Circle nomination), Company, A Month in the Country with Helen Mirren, Steel Pier (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle awards, Tony nomination), She Loves Me (Drama Desk and Tony Award nominations, Outer Critics Circle Award and Olivier Award for Best Director and Best Revival, London production). Off-Broadway: Entertaining Mr. Sloane with Alec Baldwin; Dark Rapture; And the World Goes’ Round: The Songs of Kander & Ebb (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle awards); among others. NYC Opera: 110 in the Shade, A Little Night Music.  TV: director/co-conceiver of “Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall” and Great Performances’ “My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies,” “30 Rock,” Frasier,” “Hope and Faith,” “Stacked,” and “Out of Practice.” Mr. Ellis is the associate artistic director for the Roundabout Theatre Company.   Mr. Ellis is the Executive Producer/Director of the Showtime series “Weeds.”

 

GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES will have scenic design by Neil Patel; costume design by Jeff Mahshie; and sound design by Ryan Rumery.

ABOUT SECOND STAGE THEATRE

Second Stage Theatre is currently represented on Broadway by the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal.  The company’s current production is Arthur Kopit’s Wings, directed by Tony Award-winner John Doyle and starring Tony nominee Jan Maxwell. 

Founded in 1979 under the leadership of Artistic Director Carole Rothman, SECOND STAGE THEATRE produces a diverse range of premieres and new interpretations of America’s best contemporary theatre, including Tiny Alice and Peter and Jerry by Edward Albee; The Good Times Are Killing Me by Lynda Barry; The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane; Little Murders by Jules Feiffer; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin; A Soldier’s Play by Charles Fuller; Afterbirth: Kathy & Mo’s Greatest Hits by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy; Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo; Painting Churches and Coastal Disturbances by Tina Howe; Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants and On the Stem by Ricky Jay; Next to Normal by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey; Living Out by Lisa Loomer; This Is Our Youth and The Waverly Gallery by Kenneth Lonergan; Some Men by Terrence McNally; eurydice by Sarah Ruhl; Everyday Rapture by Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott; Let Me Down Easy by Anna Deavere Smith; Saturday Night by Stephen Sondheim; Crowns by Regina Taylor; Uncommon Women and Others by Wendy Wasserstein; Spoils of War by Michael Weller; Before It Hits Home, Jar the Floor and Birdie Blue by Cheryl L. West; Jitney by August Wilson; Lemon Sky, Serenading Louie and Sympathetic Magic by Lanford Wilson; and Metamorphoses and The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci by Mary Zimmerman. 

The company’s more than 130 citations include the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Next to Normal, the 2009 Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Orchestrations, and Best Actress in a Musical (Alice Ripley) for Next to Normal, the 2007 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play (Julie White, The Little Dog Laughed), 2005 Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical (Rachel Sheinkin, ...Spelling Bee) and Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Dan Fogler, ...Spelling Bee), 2002 Tony Award for Best Director of a Play (Mary Zimmerman for Metamorphoses), the 2002 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work, 26 Obie Awards, six Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Clarence Derwent Awards, 12 Drama Desk Awards, nine Theatre World Awards, 11 Lucille Lortel Awards, the Drama Critics Circle Award and 15 AUDELCO Awards.

 

In 1999, Second Stage Theatre opened its state-of-the-art, 296-seat theatre, designed by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.  In 2002, Second Stage launched “Second Stage Theatre Uptown” series to showcase the work of up and coming artists at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre.  The Theatre supports artists through several programs that include residencies, fellowships and commissions, and engages students and community members through education and outreach programs.

SECOND STAGE THEATRE AT THE HELEN HAYES

 

Second Stage Theatre has acquired the right to purchase the historic Helen Hayes Theatre, located at 240 W. 44th Street.  With this new home, Second Stage will be the only theatre company on Broadway dedicated exclusively to the development and presentation of contemporary American theatrical productions.  Second Stage will also become one of only four non-profit theatre companies that own and operate theatres on Broadway.  The company will continue to lease and operate their original theatres on the city’s Upper West Side and in Midtown Manhattan.

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GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES will be performed through February 20 on the following schedule: Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday – Saturday at 8pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm.

The following exceptions will be made to the regular performance schedule:

Wednesday, January 5 – no 2pm performance

Sunday, January 9 – 2pm and 7pm performances

Wednesday, January 12 – no 2pm performance

Sunday, January 16 – 2pm and 7pm performances

Monday, January 31 – 7pm performance (opening night)

Tuesday, February 1 – no performance

All evening performances Tuesday – Friday the week of February 1st will begin at 7pm.

Tickets are $75 and may be purchased by phoning 212-246-4422 or 800-766-6048 or online at www.2ST.com.

$30 UNDER 30 YOUTH ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE - patrons age 30 and under may purchase a limited number of specially-priced $30 tickets in advance.  Proof of age must be shown at the box office.

A limited number of student rush tickets are $18 and are available one hour prior to curtain. 

Group tickets are available by phoning 212-246-4422.  Box-office hours are Monday, 10:00am – 6:00pm, Tuesday 10:00am – 7:00pm, Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00am to 8:00pm, and Sunday, 10:00am to 3:00pm.

For more information, please visit www.2ST.com.

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BROADWAY’S

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

TO WELCOME

RAY BENSON

TO NEDERLANDER THEATRE

 

ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL FRONTMAN & NINE-TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNER

TO JOIN BROADWAY CAST ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16

FOR ONE TIME ONLY JAM SESSION

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, Broadway’s new hit musical, is pleased to announce that Ray Benson, front man for the Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel and nine-time GRAMMY™ Award winner, will join the cast of the Tony nominated Best Musical for a special performance during the finale of the Tuesday evening, November 16 performance at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street).

Benson has been a dominant figure in music for 40 years as the front man for Asleep at the Wheel, the world-renowned Western swing band. Benson has released more than 25 albums and won nine GRAMMY Awards. His latest album It’s A Good Day with famed Texas Playboy Leon Rausch has earned critical acclaim and legions of new fans.

The cast of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET features Eddie Clendening (Elvis Presley), Lance Guest (Johnny Cash), Tony Award®  winner Levi Kreis (Jerry Lee Lewis), Robert Britton Lyons (Carl Perkins), Tony Award® nominee Hunter Foster (Little Shop of Horrors, Urinetown) and Elizabeth Stanley (Cry-Baby).

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.

 

In addition, to Kreis’ Tony® for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET received Tony nominations for Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical (Colin Escott & Floyd Mutrux). The show received an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Levi Kreis), a Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Musical Revue and three Drama League Nominations including Distinguished Production of a Musical and Distinguished Performance (Lance Guest & Levi Kreis).      

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is directed by Eric Schaeffer and features a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux. The design team for Broadway includes: Derek McLane (scenic design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), Jane Greenwood (costume design), Kai Harada (sound design) and Chuck Mead (musical arrangements and supervision).

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is produced by Relevant Theatricals, John Cossette Productions, American Pop Anthology, Broadway Across America, and James L. Nederlander.

The Chicago production of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET opened in 2008 and is still playing to packed houses at the Apollo Theatre, for information about the Chicago production of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, visit wwwithMillionDollarQuartetLive.com.

 

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets for MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET are available online or by calling 212-307-4100, or by visiting the Nederlander Box Office (208 West 41st Street).

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET’s performance schedule is Tuesday at 7PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8PM and Sunday at 7PM. 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.

BIOGRAPHY

RAY BENSON. At a towering 6’7”, the Philadelphia-born Ray Benson is considered a giant in the industry. However, it’s his contributions to music history, not his height, that have made him a dominant figure on the music scene since 1970. Ray Benson is the front man and founder of the world-renowned Western swing band – Asleep at the Wheel. For 40 years, Ray has been the driving force behind “The Wheel” and has overseen the release of more than 25 albums, countless tours, and has won nine GRAMMY™ Awards. Last year’s CD release of Willie & The Wheel with collaborator Willie Nelson garnered another Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album. This year’s It’s a Good Day with famed Texas Playboy Leon Rausch is earning critical acclaim and legions of new fans for the genre.

Ray’s honors include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association, the TEC Les Paul Award and, in 2004 the official Texas State Musician. He stars in a play he co-wrote, "A Ride with Bob: The Bob Wills Musical," to commemorate the legend’s 100th birthday. A sought-after producer, he has worked with such artists as Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Carolyn Wonderland and Suzy Bogguss. Additionally, Benson is the founder of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, an organization that supports aging R&B artists from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s that have reaped little financial benefit from their music.

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Broadway To Dim Its Lights
Tonight At 7 pm


In Memory Of Stage and Screen Star
Jill Clayburgh

(New York, NY)  November 9, 2010 -- The Broadway community mourns the loss of Jill Clayburgh, who passed away November 5th at age 66. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in her memory tonight, November 9, at exactly 7:00 p.m. for one minute.

Paul Libin, Chairman of The Broadway League and Executive Vice President of Jujamcyn Theaters, said, “Jill Clayburgh was a versatile and talented actress. I had the distinct pleasure of working with her in Noel Coward's Design for Living at my Circle in the Square Theatre. Her performances on Broadway and in film and television will be missed by many of us who have been fans of hers for many years. The Broadway community mourns her loss and extends our sympathies to her family."

Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, continued, "Thanks to the talents of Ms. Clayburgh, her husband David Rabe and daughter Lily Rabe, this family has had significant impact on Broadway, both past and present. We are grateful for the memories of her performances, and our thoughts are with her family and friends."

Jill Clayburgh was an iconic actress who starred in such notable projects as Broadway’s Pippin and the film An Unmarried Woman. Ms. Clayburgh was born in New York City in 1944, attended Sarah Lawrence College, and made her Broadway debut with The Sudden & Accidental Re-education of Horse Johnson in 1968.

On Broadway, Miss Clayburgh appeared in a revival of Noel Coward's Design for Living, the original production of Tom Stoppard's Jumpers, and was the leading lady of Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock’s Tony Award® nominated The Rothschilds in 1970 and Stephen Schwartz’s Tony Award nominated Pippin in 1972. After appearing in Jumpers, Ms. Clayburgh began her film career with a performance that defined an era in 1978 with Paul Mazursky's An Unmarried Woman. Ms. Clayburgh went on to receive acclaim for her film, television and stage work including the film Starting Over. Most recently, she appeared on Broadway in Richard Greenberg's A Naked Girl on the Appian Way and the 2006 Broadway revival of Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park.  

Ms. Clayburgh is survived by her husband, playwright David Rabe, son Michael Rabe, stepson Jason Rabe, and daughter Lily Rabe who is currently starring on Broadway in The Merchant of Venice.

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UK’S NATIONAL THEATRE

On December 9th, National Theatre Live will broadcast acclaimed production of

HAMLET

Starring Rory Kinnear

Directed by Nicholas Hytner

The broadcasts will be shown on screens across NY City & throughout the U.S.           

“Hytner’s modern take on Hamlet is tremendous.  Kinnear’s performance is superb *****”  - London Times

WHAT:          

National Theatre Live continues its season with the National’s acclaimed production of HAMLET, starring Rory Kinnear & directed by Nicholas Hytner.National Theatre Live is an initiative by the UK’s National Theatre to broadcast live performances onto cinema screens around the world.

WHERE:        

In the New York City area, screenings continue at Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYU’s Skirball Center, City Cinema 123, Kew Gardens Cinema, Fairfield University (CT), the Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC) and more.

The broadcast will also be shown on screens across the United States including the Mann Theatre in Hollywood, Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, NM, Coolidge Corner Theatre in Boston, MA, Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in La Mirada, CA, Shalin Liu Performing Arts Center in Rockport, MA, Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth University and many more.

 

WHEN: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9th OR ENCORE DATES LISTED BELOW.

Additional broadcasts in the New York City area include: 

● Brooklyn Academy of Music

● NYU Skirball Center for the Arts – playing December 13th

● Cinema 123 (Upper East Side)

Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville

● Fairfield University (CT)

Time and Space, Hudson – also playing December 17th

● Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC) – playing December 27th 

● Kew Gardens Cinema

Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook (CT)

Monmouth University (NJ)

SCHEDULE:

For a complete list of U.S. dates, times & locations, please check:  www.ntlive.com 

 

TICKETS:     

Ticket prices vary by venue.  The average ticket price is $20.  Contact local venues for ticket information.

ABOUT HAMLET:

Shakespeare’s HAMLET, directed by Nicholas Hytner, will be broadcast from the National’s Olivier Theatre.  Following his celebrated performances at the National in Burnt by the Sun, The Revenger's Tragedy, Philistines and The Man of Mode, Rory Kinnear plays Hamlet; the cast also includes Clare Higgins (Gertrude), Patrick Malahide (Claudius), David Calder (Polonius), James Laurenson (Ghost/Player King) and Ruth Negga (Ophelia). Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, sees his father’s ghost. Tormented with loathing and consumed by grief, he must avenge his father's murder. What he cannot foresee is the destruction that ensues.

NEXT:

Following Hamlet, season two will continue on January 13, 2011 with the Tony Award winning musical, FELA! about Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti starring original cast member and 2010 Tony nominee Sahr Ngaujah.

MORE:          

NT Live is distributed by New York-based BY Experience, Inc. (www.byexperience.net)

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

CONTINUES WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 10th, AT NEW WORLD STAGES

Round 4 Judges Will Be 

Charles Busch and the cast of The Divine Sister!


The Time Out New York Lounge, in association with New World Stages and 21st Century Life, moves on to Week Four of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DRAG ! This sassy elimination competition on Wednesday nights features 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). This week’s judges will the fabulous Charles Busch and the extraordinary cast of The Divine Sister, now playing Off-Broadway at the Soho Playhouse.

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!"

Next week at the Judge’s Table will be Brandon Voss (The Advocate), Everett Quinton (Devil Boys From Beyond), and John Tartaglia (Shrek the Musical, Avenue Q)!

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

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP
PRESENTS 
RADIOTHEATRE
IN
H.G. WELLS’ THE TIME MACHINE
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY DAN BIANCHI
 
LIMITED ENGAGEMENT!
DECEMBER 12-29 @ THE RED ROOM
 
Blast off with the Drama Desk nominated Radiotheatre and their new live stage version of the most influential science fiction story of all time…H.G.Wells’ THE TIME MACHINE! Complete with a great cast of storytellers, an elaborate soundscape, and an original orchestral score!  
“IN SHORT, IF YOU LOVE WELLS, SCI-FI and HORROR genres, this dramatization will prove enjoyable...so program your time machines and BLAST OFF for an evening!"   Off Off Online
“STUNNING!” Sci Fi Channel
“Brings to mind Vincent Price and Victorian Era Full moons!” New York Times
“Spooky, Shocking, Horrific!” Time Out NY
“A Sound Extravaganza!” Variety
“Elegant and Vivid Storytelling” nytheatre.com
“A Ton of Fun!” The Villager
“Dan Bianchi’s sound design is Marvelous!” The Village Voice
“Ominous, Eerie, Monster Movie sound effects!” Backstage
“Radiotheatre is a vibrant force for NYC stage shows!” Hy Reviews
“Creepy!” American Theatre Magazine
“Horrific! Evocative! Rousing! Engaging! Chilling!” Off Off Online
“A Sound Spectacular!  A real Gem!” NYC.Com
“An evening of spine chilling, goose bump rising, fun filled entertainment!” 
Retrovision Media
THE TIME MACHINE will feature Frank Zilinyi and Aleksandra Sczczepanowska with Original Music and Sound Design by Dan Bianchi and Sound Engineering by Wes Shippee. 
The production, presented by Horse Trade Theater Group and Radiotheatre will play at The Red Room (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery), December 14-19, 21 & 22, and 28 & 29 at 8pm with matinee performances December 12 & 19 at 3pm. Tickets ($20/$15 students & seniors) are available by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444 or online at www.horseTRADE.info
DAN BIANCHI (Writer & Director) has spent over 35 yrs in theater, film and fine arts. Awards include: 3 time BEST DIRECTOR Off Broadway; Billy Rose Musical Theater Award; ASCAP Musical Theater Award; National Endowment Grant; MacDowell Fellowship, The Beckett Prize (twice), The National Writers Guild Screenwriting Award. He's founded four international theater companies, written/directed over 60 plays/musicals, worked as screenwriter in Hollywood, directed 7 motion pictures with members of the Royal Shakespeare Co..  In 2002/3 he founded and ran VIDEOTHEATRE, NYC's only DV dedicated venue screening independent features and shorts. Dan is also a Fine Artist who has exhibited his works at MOMA NYC; MOMA Australia; Brazil; Germany; Museum of Non Conformist Art-Russia, etc. Dan founded RADIOTHEATRE in 2004 and has since produced over 40 live shows and over 240 performances at NYC venues. Since 2004, Dan has been nominated for a 2010 Drama Desk Award and won 2 NY Innovative Theater Awards for Best Sound and Best Music. Radiotheatre has also been nominated for 13 NYIT Awards including Best Performance Group five years in a row.  
 
RADIOTHEATRE Now in it’s 7th Season…RadioTheatre combines the artistry created during the Golden years of Radio when Sound was king and Story Telling, along with great voices, music and sound effects…as well as, the individual imaginations of its audiences…were the primary ingredients used to provide a memorable, live, theatrical experience.   Of course, we do like to add some 21st Century touches…such as cinematic scripts,  fully scored orchestral sound tracks which you won‘t hear anywhere else, a plethora of aural effects and, sometimes, a few visuals, too…creating a unique production with non-traditional, modern, innovative stage presentation!
 
Recent RADIOTHEATRE shows includeTHE TIME MACHINE; THE HAUNTING OF 85 EAST 4th STREET; FRANKENSTEIN; THE OBLONG BOX; ANNABEL LEE; WILLIAM WILSON; THE TELL TALE HEART; THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM; THE BLACK CAT; THE OVAL PORTRAIT: THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO; THE RAVEN; THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER; THE MASQUE OF RED DEATH; THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE; HOP FROG; MORELLA; LIGEIA; BERENICE; THE PREMATURE BURIAL; THE SPHINX; THE SYSTEM OF DR.TARR AND PROF.FETHER; THE CASE OF M.VALDEMAR; DRACULA; DRACULA'S GUEST; THE MOLE PEOPLE; KING KONG 08; THE ISLAND OF DR.MOREAU 07; THE TIME MACHINE 07; THE INVISIBLE MAN; THE WAR OF THE WORLDS 07; THE ISLAND OF DR.MOREAU 06; THE HAUNTING OF 85 East 4th STREET 06; THE PIGMAN OF DELANCEY STREET; KING KONG 05; THE WAR OF THE WORLDS 04; HARDBOILED 2; HARDBOILED 1; MADHOUSE.  
 
HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work, it has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater.  Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent Theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. 
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FELA!
RECIPIENT OF THREE 2010 TONY® AWARDS 

CELEBRATES 400th PERFORMANCE ON BROADWAY
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8

AND KICK-OFF OF NATIONAL THEATRE ENGAGEMENT  

Fela!, recipient of three 2010 Tony® Awards including Best Choreography, will celebrate its 400th performance on Tuesday, November 8 @ 7pm.  This follows the November 6 kick-off of the limited run of Fela! at London's Royal National Theatre.  Produced by Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, this critically acclaimed show now starring Patti LaBelle is based on the life and music of groundbreaking African composer, performer and activist Fela KutiFela! began performances at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street) on October 19 of 2009 and opened to rave reviews on November 23, 2009.  The final performance will be January 2, 2011.  Tickets for Fela! on Broadway are available through www.Telecharge.com, by calling (212) 239-6200 or at The Eugene O’Neill Box Office.

While the Broadway production of Fela! continues its run at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre, The Royal National Theatre in London will simultaneously present a limited run of the show – in repertory with HamletFela! is currently being booked by Margaret Selby of CAMI Spectrum and Gary McAvay of CAMI Theatricals.  Dates to be announced shortly. – which began performances on November 6.  This marks the first time ever that the National Theatre has produced a show that’s simultaneously running on Broadway.  An international tour of

Fela! is directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Bill T. Jones, with a book by Jim Lewis and Bill T. JonesKevin Mambo (Emmy Award-winning star of “Guiding Light” and “One Life to Live”) plays the title character at alternate performances, while the world renowned Antibalas and other members of the NYC Afrobeat community, under the direction of Aaron Johnson, perform Kuti’s rousing music live onstage.  Fela! was conceived by Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis and Stephen Hendel

Fela!, the true story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation, is a triumphant tale of courage, passion and love, featuring Kuti’s captivating music and the visionary direction and choreography of Tony Award-winner Bill T. Jones.  Inspired by his mother, a civil rights champion, Kuti defied a corrupt and oppressive military government and devoted his life and music to the struggle for freedom and human dignity. 

Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, Ruth & Stephen Hendel, Roy Gabay, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Edward Tyler Nahem, Slava Smolokowski, Chip Meyrelles/Ken Greiner, Douglas G. Smith, Steve Semlitz/Cathy Glazer, Daryl Roth/True Love Productions, Susan Dietz/Mort Swinsky and Knitting Factory Entertainment, in association with Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson present Fela!, a new musical, based on the life of groundbreaking African composer, performer and activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue). 

FELA! Performance Schedule
Now through November 21: Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday – Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday at 2pm & 7:30pm. 
November 23 – November 28: Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday at 2pm & 8pm; Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday at 3pm.  (No Performance on Thursday, November 25.) 
November 30 – December 19: Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday – Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday at 2pm & 7:30pm.
December 21 – December 26: Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday at 2pm & 8pm; Thursday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday at 2pm & 7:30pm.  (No Performance on Friday, December 24.)
December 28 – January 2: Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday at 2pm & 8pm; Thursday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday at 2pm & 7:30pm.  (No Performance on Friday, December 31.)

Tickets range from $27 - $127 (prices include a $2 Jujamcyn Theatre facility fee) and can be purchased online at www.Telecharge.com, by phone (212) 239-6200 or in-person at The Eugene O’Neill Box Office, located at 230 West 49th Street.  For more information about Fela! please visit www.FelaOnBroadway.com.

Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
Fela Ransome Kuti was born in Abeokuta, Nigeria, north of Lagos in 1938. His father was a Christian schoolmaster, minister and master pianist and his mother was a world-recognized feminist leader, who was very active in the anti-colonial Nigerian women's movement during the struggle for independence. 

Fela was educated in Nigeria amongst the indigenous elite.  Ironically, many of his classmates in his Nigerian school would become the very military leaders he so vociferously opposed. 

With medical aspirations for their offspring (Fela’s older brother, Koye, was to become a Deputy Director of the World Health Organization and his younger brother, Beko, President of the Nigerian Medical Association) in 1958 Fela's parents sent him to London for a medical education. Instead, he registered at Trinity College's school of music where he studied composition and chose the trumpet as his instrument. Quickly tiring of European composers, Fela, struck by Miles Davis and Frank Sinatra, formed the Koola Lobitos in 1961, and his band became a fixture in London's club scene. Two years later, Fela returned to Nigeria, restarted the Koola Lobitos, and became influenced by James Brown. Trying to find an authentic musical voice, he added elements of traditional Yoruba, high life and jazz, and "Afrobeat" was born. In 1969, Fela's Koola Lobitos traveled to Los Angeles to tour and record. During his eight months in the US, with LA as a home base, Fela befriended Sandra Isidore, who introduced him to the writings and politics of Malcolm X, Eldridge Cleaver and other proponents of Black nationalism and Afrocentrism.

With this new politically explicit and critical worldview, Fela reformed the Koola Lobitos as Nigeria 70 and returned to Lagos. He founded a commune/recording studio called the Kalakuta Republic, complete with his own private nightclub, The Shrine, and Fela dropped his given middle name "Ransome," and replaced it with a Yoruba name "Anikulapo" (meaning "he who carries death in his pouch"). Playing constantly and recording at a ferocious pace, Fela and band (who were now called Africa 70) became huge stars in West Africa and beyond. His music served as a rallying cry for the disenfranchised, critiquing the military government, and made Fela not only a pop star but thrust him into political life. People took to the streets singing his songs and the military responded by viciously harassing Fela, jailing him and nearly killing him on several occasions.

In 1977, during a government-sanctioned attack on his Kalakuta Republic commune, Fela and other members of his commune were arrested; Fela himself suffered a fractured skull as well as other broken bones; a number of women living at Kalakuta were beaten and raped; and his 82-year old mother was thrown from an upstairs window, inflicting injuries that would later prove fatal. The soldiers set fire to the compound and prevented fire fighters from reaching the area. Fela's recording studio, all his master tapes and musical instruments and the only known copy of his self-financed film Black President were destroyed.

After the Kalakuta tragedy, Fela briefly lived in exile in Ghana, returning to Nigeria in 1978. A year later, he formed his own political party, MOP (Movement of the People) and ran for president in two elections, although his campaigning was consistently blocked by the military. As the '80s ended, Fela recorded blistering attacks against Nigeria's corrupt military government.

Fela Anikulapo-Kuti was arrested more than two hundred times in his life, and charged with almost every conceivable crime, although only serving one eighteen month sentence in jail for a currency violation. Despite this constant harassment he continued to live in Nigeria even though, as an icon in the international world of rock and roll, soul, jazz and hip-hop, he could have at any point abandoned Nigeria and led the life of an international music superstar.  His death on August 3, 1997 of complications from AIDS deeply affected musicians and fans internationally, as a unique and ineffable musical and sociopolitical voice was lost. In Nigeria one million people attended his funeral. His incredible body of work, almost 70 albums, is now available, through public demand, all over the world.

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