Andrew C. McGibbon
Global Creatures AND BAZMARK ANNOUNCE LIVE STAGE PRODUCTION partnerSHIP
TO BRING STRICTLY BALLROOM TO THE STAGE
Sydney, Australia (September 24, 2010) - Global Creatures (Carmen Pavlovic, CEO) and Bazmark (the multi-media company founded and owned by Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin) have announced a partnership to produce a stage musical adaptation of the first movie of Baz Luhrmann's ground-breaking Red Curtain Trilogy, STRICTLY BALLROOM.
Baz Luhrmann will commence a creative workshop of the book, text, and music in December, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. The full production schedule and location of the premiere will be announced at a later date.
STRICTLY BALLROOM will be produced for Global Creatures by Carmen Pavlovic and Rob Brookman.
STRICTLY BALLROOM was co-written and directed by Luhrmann, based on a stage play he originally conceived, co-wrote and directed as a student at Sydney's National Institute of Dramatic Art. STRICTLY BALLROOM became the surprise hit of the 1992 Cannes Film Festival, winning the Prix de le Jeunesse. Produced for less than $5 million, the film spent many weeks in the number one spot in the UK and Australia and earned more than $80 million at the box office and was loved by audiences around the world. It was nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Picture, Comedy or Musical category and won 3 BAFTA awards. (A history of the evolution of STRICTLY BALLROOM follows at the end of this announcement).
Baz Luhrmann said:
"After years of talk about bringing Strictly Ballroom to the musical stage, I'm energized by the partnership we have made with Global Creatures, an Australian company that has made a giant impression on the world's stages over the last three years."
"Strictly Ballroom has always been very personal to me, the genesis drawn from my childhood experience in the world of ballroom dancing. The creative and life ideals of the story, that being that a life lived in fear is a life half lived; and creativity triumphing over creative oppression, the belief there's always more than just one way (to cha cha cha), are ideals I live and create by to this day."
Producer and CEO of Global Creatures Carmen Pavlovic said:
"Our partnership with Baz is thrilling and I couldn't be more excited to be working with an artist of his caliber. Baz's imagination has literally changed the face of entertainment over the past 20 years, bringing high art and popular culture together with incredible success: Moulin Rouge! helped to launch the modern renaissance of the movie musical, William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet showed that a Shakespeare adaptation can gross over $100 million, and STRICTLY BALLROOM has been credited with the immense popularity of dance competition TV programs like "Dancing with the Stars" in the US and "Strictly Come Dancing" in the UK.
"We are delighted that Baz will direct this production - it brings the journey of his tour de force full circle and leaves it in its rightful place - safe in his hands. Baz is the best person to ensure the integrity and heart of his story will be preserved in its transfer from film back to the stage.
"The relationship with Bazmark also affords us the chance to work with the remarkably talented Catherine Martin, who will be designing STRICTLY BALLROOM for the stage.
"There is a natural fit between our two companies. We share an ambition to create thrilling, ground-breaking experiences for the global stage.
"We're also very excited to hold the worldwide rights to STRICTLY BALLROOM in all theatrical forms so that the show's run in commercial theatres will eventually be followed by productions in pro-am, community and school theatres where new talent - perhaps the future Baz Luhrmanns of the world - may also have their first stage experience.
"This is a major acquisition for Global Creatures and we look forward to the many opportunities our partnership with Baz and his team may bring us."
STRICTLY BALLROOM HISTORY
STRICTLY BALLROOM began as a play conceived, co-written, and directed by Luhrmann while studying at Sydney's National Institute of Dramatic Art. Baz chose the ballroom dancing world he had known from his childhood, and with his collaborators, created a thirty-minute piece, in which he played the part of Doug, Scott Hastings's "could have been" champion father. It was first performed as a devised theatre piece in 1984, on a budget of $50. The play was an immediate hit with audiences who were drawn to it both by the powerful metaphor of the story - that being of the triumph of creativity over oppression - and the innovative direction and staging.
The play had several further incarnations, including an invitation to perform at the Festival of Drama Colleges in pre-glasnost Bratislava, Czechoslovakia in 1986, where the play received a thirty-minute standing ovation and awards for Best Direction and Best Production. Luhrmann explains: "We weren't prepared for the fact that the metaphorical implications of the story (the individual leading a popular revolution against a repressive regime) would strike such a chord with an audience who obviously had their own all-powerful federation to deal with." At the end of the standing ovation, the frenzied audience rushed the stage.
Later productions and further evolutions of the text included a first run during Luhrmann's stint as Artistic Director of his experimental theatre company The Six Years Old Company (for the Sydney Theatre Company) and a further touring production which premiered at the Brisbane World Expo 1988. It was at this time that the play caught the attention of film producers Ted Albert (of the music company Alberts, who amongst their acts had the hard rock superstars AC/DC) and Tristram Miall, of the M&A film company, who proposed a film adaptation to Luhrmann which he went on to co-write and direct.
Luhrmann's first film, STRICTLY BALLROOM was the surprise hit of the 1992 Cannes Film Festival, winning the Prix de le Jeunesse. The film went on to be loved by audiences around the world. Produced for less than $5 million, the film spent many weeks in the number one spot in the UK and Australia, and earned more than $80 million at the box office. It was nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Picture (Comedy or Musical) category and went on to win 3 BAFTA awards.
STRICTLY BALLROOM is directly credited as the inspiration of the UK television show Strictly Come Dancing which, in its American incarnation Dancing with the Stars, is among the top viewed programs in the country.
Baz Luhrmann's work has had a diverse effect on global popular culture through film, theatre, music and a direct influence on fashion, graphics, music, television, and the evolution of style. A diverse and groundbreaking talent, Luhrmann has made some of the most influential contemporary film, theatre, and music of the past twenty years. Luhrmann's films have been nominated for and won clutches of Australian, British and American Academy Awards, as well as countless other accolades from the audiences who love them, to the film festivals that have celebrated them around the world.
His film Moulin Rouge, starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan MacGregor has been consistently voted among the top ten films of the past decade and was recently chosen as the top film of the years 2000-2010 in a poll led by Lovefilm from 150,000 respondents in the UK. The film, widely regarded as the breakthrough in the resurgence in the modern film musical, also gave birth to a hugely successful soundtrack album, selling more than 7 million copies led by the number one hit single Lady Marmalade.
Before this, it was the groundbreaking modern film interpretation of William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes which beat out Titanic at the BAFTAs for best direction, music, and screenplay. The film was celebrated at the Berlin Film Festival where it was recognized with the prized Golden Bear for direction and Silver Bear for DiCaprio's performance.
A 2004 poll of members of the Royal Shakespeare Company saw the film honoured as the second best film adaptation of a Shakespeare play (after Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood, a 1957 adaptation of Macbeth). The film is now recognized as a primary instrument in drawing in students of Shakespeare and younger audiences in equal measure, fulfilling one of Luhrmann's original aims which was to bring Shakespeare back to its original, intended accessibility.
Luhrmann also produced the hugely successful soundtrack albums from William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet that went on to sell more than 8 million copies worldwide.
Preceding that was Luhrmann's first film, STRICTLY BALLROOM, based on one of his early stage plays from one of his earlier companies (during which time he was creative director of an experimental opera company and Australia's foremost experimental theatre company). STRICTLY BALLROOM has been responsible for the television phenomena in the UK, Strictly Come Dancing and, in the US, Dancing with the Stars, which is currently the second most-watched program in that country next to American Idol. In 2009, Luhrmann joined as a guest judge on Dancing with the Stars in the United States.
Most recently, Luhrmann's sweeping romantic epic Australia, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, while achieving modest box office in the United States, was hugely successful in Europe, maintaining the number one slot at the box office for many weeks in France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Scandinavia, while in his home country, the film is the second-highest grossing Australian film of all time next to Crocodile Dundee and ahead of Happy Feet.
Besides his work in theatre, opera, and film, Luhrmann and his team have been responsible for other diverse projects including the successful election campaign of Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating; guest editing Vogue Magazine; and conceiving the marketing strategy, then producing and directing No5: The Film for Chanel with Nicole Kidman in 2004.
As a music producer, Luhrmann and his team have been responsible for selling no fewer than 15 million records worldwide and went to Number One in the UK with his global hit single Everybody's free (to wear sunscreen). His Broadway production of Puccini's opera La Boheme (2003) was nominated for six prestigious Tony Awards, winning two.
Recently, while developing his current film and theatre projects Luhrmann has been collaborating with painter Vincent Fantauzzo on visual art projects, including an art initiative which took them to India where they created artworks from the streets of Rajasthan, to the seventeenth century forts. These works were exhibited at the ARTHK Hong Kong Art Fair 2010.
BAZMARK COMPANY PROFILE
Bazmark.Inq is a multi-media production company founded and owned by Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, who have worked in creative partnership for more than twenty years. During this period, Baz Luhrmann (writer, director, producer) and Catherine Martin (production and costume designer) have collaborated on four internationally celebrated films; several successful operas; live theatre; and large scale events. Most notable amongst Luhrmann's stage successes was the defining production of La Boheme for the Australian Opera (1990), which was re-envisaged as La Boheme on Broadway in 2003 to critical acclaim and commercial success, extending to a season in Los Angeles and earning two Tony Awards.
Luhrmann's film (as co-writer, director, producer) Australia (2008), starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, garnered international box office receipts in excess of $210 million and a further $30 million in DVD sales in the US alone. Moulin Rouge (2001), which Luhrmann co-wrote, directed and produced was widely credited as successfully reinventing the modern movie musical, going on to earn eight Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, winning two awards for Catherine Martin's production design and costume design. The film grossed $180 million at the box office and its two soundtrack albums, also produced by Baz Luhrmann, sold in excess of seven million copies and earned a Grammy nomination for best soundtrack.
Between films, Bazmark in 2004 produced the groundbreaking worldwide campaign for Chanel No5, starring Nicole Kidman. It went on to win the U.S Cinema Advertising Council Award for Top National Spot. Luhrmann's concept album Something for Everybody (1997) featured the song Everybody's Free (to wear sunscreen), a seven-minute spoken word hit which drove album sales to more than 1 million copies worldwide, including gold sales in the US. The song entered the UK pop charts at the number one position on its release in 1998. Luhrmann's film William Shakespeare's Romeo+Juliet, a modern day reinterpretation of Shakespeare's play with the original language, grossed over $140 million at the box office, winning numerous awards and earning Catherine Martin her first Oscar nomination. The soundtrack album went triple platinum in the US, and sold more than 8 million copies worldwide.
Luhrmann's first film, STRICTLY BALLROOM was the surprise hit of the 1992 Cannes Film Festival, and went to be loved by audiences around the world. Produced for less than $5 million, the film spent many weeks in the number one spot in the UK and Australia and earned more than $80 million at the box office. STRICTLY BALLROOM evolved from a play that Luhrmann conceived, co-wrote, and directed while studying at Sydney's National Institute of Dramatic Arts.
About Global Creatures Global Creatures is an international entertainment group that develops new and exciting theatrical productions to take to audiences around the world. The animatronics arm, The Creature Technology Company, invents and deploys the latest in animatronic design.
Their hugely successful production Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular, based on the award winning BBC TV series, represents a new entertainment genre all of its own. The production is a spectacle of unprecedented size and quality, which captivates young and old alike. Worldwide, the production has been seen by over 6 million people and grossed in excess of $300 million.
Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular has won the THEA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Touring Event (2007), the Billboard Touring Award for Creative Content (2008), the Pollstar Concert Award for Most Creative Stage Production (2009), Best in Show Award from the International Live Music Conference Arthur Awards and the 2009 Manchester Evening News Awards for Best Family Entertainment Show. In January 2010, Pollstar named Walking with Dinosaurs number 4 in the top 100 worldwide tours of 2009.
Global Creatures has announced a production of King Kong - Live on Stage, which will be produced in co-operation with the estate of "Kong" creator Merian C. Cooper. They have also announced a collaboration with DreamWorks Animation to develop an arena show based on the hugely successful film How to Train Your Dragon.
CARMEN PAVLOVIC - CEO, GLOBAL CREATURES, PRODUCER
Carmen was educated in Melbourne and holds a Bachelor of Arts and an MA in Business Administration. Throughout the 1990s, Carmen's career spanned various theatre companies and in 1998 she joined the Really Useful Company as executive producer of Cats, Grease and Shout! In 2001 she relocated to London as executive producer at Clear Channel Entertainment producing various shows including the UK and international productions of Chicago and Cats. Later, Carmen became the Director of the International Production Department for Stage Entertainment, responsible for establishing new territories (Russia, Italy and France), licensing, programming of 25 theatres across Europe and overseeing all productions in the UK, Germany, Holland, France, Italy, Spain and Russia. For Stage Entertainment, Carmen was also the international executive producer of the European premiere of Dirty Dancing in Germany and subsequently Holland, the Russian speaking productions of Cats and Mamma Mia! (the first open-ended musicals in Moscow); the French speaking productions of Sam Mendes' Cabaret at the prestigious Folies Bergeres and The Lion King at the Theatre Mogador in Paris.
ROB BROOKMAN - PRODUCER
Rob Brookman is a leading Australian theatre producer, festival director, cultural programmer and arts administrator. He has held key positions in a number of the Australasia's foremost performing arts organisations including the Adelaide Festival (Administrator, Associate Director, Artistic Director), Adelaide Festival Centre (Programming Director, Producer, Artistic Director), National Festival of Australian Theatre (Artistic Director), New Zealand International Festival of Arts (Artistic Director), Arts Projects Australia (Founding Co-Director) and Sydney Theatre Company (STC) (General Manager). In 1992 he founded Australia's leading world music festival WOMADelaide and remained as Artistic Director and/or Artistic Advisor until 2007.
Major musical theatre credits as Producer and/or Executive Producer during Rob's time at the Adelaide Festival Centre included The King and I which became the first Australian production to win a Tony Award on Broadway, South Pacific (including tours to Hong Kong and Thailand), Me & My Girl, Crazy For You and Hello, Dolly! all of which undertook national tours. Other major projects and productions include national tours of The Royal National Theatre's An Inspector Calls and The History Boys, the Royal Shakespeare Company's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the creation, national and international tour of Philippe Genty's Stowaways, and international tours including Belvoir's Cloudstreet (Zurich, London and Dublin) and STC's Hedda Gabler (New York) and A Streetcar Named Desire (Washington, New York) - both featuring Cate Blanchett. Amongst significant achievements during his eleven year stewardship of STC were the 2004 Opening of the Sydney Theatre and Greening The Wharf - the most comprehensive environmental program developed by any theatre company in the world which incorporates the second largest building-mounted solar power station in Australia.
In addition to his work with Global Creatures as Co-Producer of the long-awaited live production of Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom, Rob is collaborating with Arts Projects Australia on the development of Earth Station - a new WOMAD festival bringing together sustainability concerns and world music.
STORIES ON 5 STORIES
THE COMPANY’S POPULAR, ONE-NIGHT-ONLY EVENT RETURNS
FEATURING NEW WORKS FROM ALUMNI WRITERS
ON MONDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 1
ACCLAIMED ARTISTS WRITING
NEW WORKS FOR THIS YEAR’S EVENT WILL BE
MICHAEL CYRIL CREIGHTON, KATE FODOR, MELISSA JAMES GIBSON, JACK HERRICK, JAMES LAPINE, MARLANE MEYER & PETER PARNELL
participating actors to be announced in the coming weeks
Acclaimed theater company Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director) has announced it will present its popular benefit evening STORIES ON 5 STORIES Monday, November 1. The event will feature new works by six of the theater’s alumni writers and one rising star and PH staffer: Michael Cyril Creighton (PH debut; writer, creator and star of the hit online sitcom “Jack in a Box”), Kate Fodor (100 Saints You Should Know at PH; Hannah and Martin), Obie Award winner Melissa James Gibson (This at PH; [sic], Suitcase), Tony-Award-winning composer Jack Herrick (Wilder at PH; Broadway’s Fool Moon), Tony-Award-winning director/librettist James Lapine (Sunday in the Park with George, March of the Falsettos, Falsettoland and Fran’s Bed all at PH; Into the Woods), Marlane Meyer (Moe’s Lucky Seven and The Chemistry of Change at PH; “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”) and Peter Parnell (An Imaginary Life, The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket, Romance Language all at PH). The event will take place at Playwrights Horizons’ home at 416 West 42nd Street, and will benefit the company’s annual programs and productions.
This year’s theme for STORIES ON 5 STORIES is The Devil You Know. Promotional materials state: “How many devils do you know? Seven of Playwrights Horizons’ favorite writers will tackle the devils they know and flirt with the devils they don’t at our one-night-only, one-of-a-kind fundraiser, STORIES ON 5 STORIES. New York’s finest actors perform short plays in unique locations throughout our five-story building; be one of 200 guests to watch a drama unfold in the costume shop or share a comedic moment in a stairwell. A guaranteed devilishly delightful evening.”
Participating performers will be announced in the coming weeks. Past STORIES actors have included Reed Birney, Judith Blazer, Veanne Cox, Brian Dennehy, Rosemarie DeWitt, Linda Emond, Ana Gasteyer, Annie Golden, Jessica Hecht, Andrea Martin, Debra Monk, Kelli O’Hara, Annette O’Toole, Alison Pill, Carrie Preston, Jamie Lynn Siegler, Phyllis Sommerville, Mary Testa, Christopher Evan Welch, Dianne Wiest and Chip Zien.
Event Board Chair is Amy McIntosh. Patron Co-Chairs are Evan Hoffman and Eugene Paceleo. Generation PH Chair is Marisa Sechrest. Generation PH is a new group of young supporters aged 40 and under.
“STORIES ON 5 STORIES is truly a unique event, one that I look forward to every year for its unparalleled originality and for the sense of community it inspires in all who attend: patrons and artists alike,” said Artistic Director Tim Sanford. “I’m thrilled to invite this outstanding and eclectic group of artists to write pieces that, whether they take place in the box office or a dressing room, will celebrate our beautiful building, the inherent creativity of theater, and the legacy of Playwrights Horizons. And the after party can’t be beat.”
The schedule for STORIES ON 5 STORIES will be as follows:
6:00 PM – Pre-show dinner (optional) at Chez Josephine (414 West 42 Street), attended by Playwrights Horizons staff and Board members, as well as some of the evening’s playwrights.
8:00 PM – Event and performances begin.
9:00 PM – After party with participating artists.
Tickets are priced at $175 (“The Devil Made Me Do It” ticket – a single ticket to the shows and after party) and $325 (“Dinner with the Devil” ticket – a single ticket for the pre-event dinner, shows and after party). Tickets will go on sale to the General Public on Wednesday, September 22.
The event is strictly limited to 200 people, and it is anticipated that tickets will sell quickly. All net proceeds from the event will benefit the theater’s 2010-2011 programs and productions.
Playwrights Horizons gratefully acknowledges Cabana Cachaça for generously providing authentic Brasilian Cabana Cachaça cocktails for this event.
Playwrights Horizons, celebrating its 40th Anniversary Season, is a writer’s theater dedicated to the support and development of contemporary American playwrights, composers and lyricists and to the production of their new work. Under the leadership of artistic director Tim Sanford and managing director Leslie Marcus, the theater company continues to encourage the new work of veteran writers while nurturing an emerging generation of theater artists. In its 40 years, Playwrights Horizons has presented the work of more than 375 writers and has received numerous awards and honors, including a special 2008 Drama Desk Award for “ongoing support to generations of theater artists and undiminished commitment to producing new work.” Notable productions include four Pulitzer Prize winners: Doug Wright’s I Am My Own Wife (2004 Tony Award, Best Play), Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles (1989 Tony Award, Best Play), Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy and Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Sunday in the Park with George, as well as Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation (three 2010 Obie Awards including Best New American Play), Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park, Melissa James Gibson’s This (2010 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist), Doug Wright, Scott Frankel and Michael Korie’s Grey Gardens (three 2007 Tony Awards), Craig Lucas’s Prayer For My Enemy and Small Tragedy (2004 Obie Award, Best American Play), Adam Rapp’s Kindness, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins, Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Bruce Norris’s The Pain and the Itch, Lynn Nottage’s Fabulation (2005 Obie Award for Playwriting), Kenneth Lonergan’s Lobby Hero, David Greenspan’s She Stoops to Comedy (2003 Obie Award), Kirsten Childs’s The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (2000 Obie Award), Richard Nelson and Shaun Davey’s James Joyce’s The Dead, William Finn’s March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, Christopher Durang’s Betty’s Summer Vacation and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, Richard Nelson’s Goodnight Children Everywhere and Franny’s Way, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s Once on This Island, Jon Robin Baitz’s The Substance of Fire, Scott McPherson’s Marvin’s Room, A.R. Gurney’s Later Life, Adam Guettel and Tina Landau’s Floyd Collins and Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley’s Violet.
Tickets for STORIES ON 5 STORIES can be reserved beginning September 22 by visiting the Playwrights Horizons website www.playwrightshorizons.org or by calling Michelle Kiefel at (212) 564-1235, extension 3143.
For subscription and ticket information to all Playwrights Horizons productions, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, Noon to 8 pm daily, or purchase online at the Playwrights Horizons website at www.playwrightshorizons.org.
THE EVENING’S WRITERS
Michael Cyril Creightonis the writer/creator/star of the popular online sitcom “Jack in a Box,” which is an Official Selection of the 2010 New York Television Festival. Like its main character, he is also a box office manager, at Playwrights Horizons. He was recently seen in The Debate Society's BUDDY COP 2 at The Ontological-Hysteric Theater. Other theatre includes: The Debate Society's You're Welcome at The Brick, Joshua Conkel's MilkMilkLemonade (NY Press's Best Off-Off Show of 2009), The Debate Society's CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT (PS 122), the New York City premiere of Christopher Durang's The Vietnamization of New Jersey (Off-Broadway), Delaney Britt Brewer's An Octopus Love Story, Rachel Shukert's Sequins for Satan, 365 Days/365 Plays (Public Theater), RIP ME OPEN (co-written with Desiree Burch and OBIE Award Winner Kyle Jarrow) and co-wrote and performed the solo show The Hermitage Of An Exiled Chain Smoker (Fringe NYC).
Kate Fodor’s plays have been produced by Playwrights Horizons (100 Saints You Should Know), Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Epic Theatre Ensemble, San Jose Repertory Theatre, London’s Courtyard Theatre and Chicago’s TimeLine Theatre, among others. 100 Saints You Should Know was a top-10 pick of the year in Entertainment Weekly and Time Out NY. She is a recipient ofthe Kennedy Center’s Roger L. Stevens Award, the National Theatre Conference’s Stavis Award, a Joseph Jefferson Citation, an After Dark Award and a finalist position for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She has taught playwriting at the University of Pennsylvania and is a proud member of New Dramatists.
Melissa James Gibson’s plays include This (2010 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist), [sic] (Obie Award for playwriting, Kesselring Prize, The Best Plays of 2001-2002); Suitcase or, those that resemble flies from a distance (NEA/TCG Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights, Rockefeller Foundation’s Multi-Arts Production Fund); Brooklyn Bridge, with a song by Barbara Brousal (AT&T Onstage award); All Is Not (New York State Council on the Arts Theatre Artist Commission); and Current Nobody, a loose adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey (2005 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist; 2006 Sundance Theatre Lab). Gibson’s work has been produced at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Soho Rep, La Jolla Playhouse and The Children’s Theatre Company, as well as many other theaters, regionally and internationally. Gibson is a graduate of Yale School of Drama and New Dramatists and the recipient of a 2006 Lucille Lortel Foundation Playwrights’ Fellowship and a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship.
Jack Herrick is the Artistic Director for, and performer with the Red Clay Ramblers, touring internationally. He and the band have recorded and produced numerous studio albums, soundtracks, and movie scores, as well as appeared on shows ranging from “A Prairie Home Companion” to “The Tonight Show.”As a composer and lyricist, he’s co-created the musicals Wilder (Playwrights Horizons), Kudzu, Ear Rings, Cool Spring, Tar Heel Voices, Glory Bound, Lonestar Love, A Child’s Christmas in Wales and Pericles;children’s musicals Rip Van Winkle and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Johnny and the Apple Tree and Bah! Humbug! (2006 Kevin Kline Award). Plays with music include Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind and Fool Moon (1999 Tony Award). Most recent projects include composing and performing the score for Hamlet (Folger Shakespeare Library). He and Ramblers partner Bland Simpson are currently working on Famous Creoles, a musical about William Faulkner and his publisher Horace Liveright, set in New Orleans in the 1920’s.
James Lapine has been associated with Playwrights Horizons since 1979. His plays and musicals produced at Playwrights Horizons include Table Settings; March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland with William Finn; with Stephen Sondheim the workshops of Sunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods; The Moment When; and Fran’s Bed. Additional works include Passion (with Sondheim); A New Brain, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and the upcoming Little Miss Sunshine (all with Finn); The Diary of Anne Frank, Golden Child and Amour (all as director). He has also penned the plays Twelve Dreams; Luck, Pluck & Virtue; The Moment When; and Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing.
Marlane Meyer’s plays include Moe Lucky Seven, The Chemistry of Change (Playwrights Horizons ); Etta Jenks; The Geography of Luck; Kingfish; and The Mystery of Attraction. She has also written for the television show “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”
Peter Parnell’s plays produced by Playwrights Horizons include The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket, Romance Language, Hyde in Hollywood, Flaubert’s Latest and An Imaginary Life. His other plays, including Trumpery, QED, The Cider House Rules and Sorrows of Stephen,were originally produced by The Atlantic Theater, Lincoln Center Theater Company, The Public Theater, Seattle Rep and the Mark Taper Forum. For television, Parnell was a co-producer for “The West Wing” and a producer for “The Guardian,” “Inconceivable” and “Six Degrees.” His children’s book, And Tango Makes Three (Simon & Schuster), co-authored with Justin Richardson, was an American Library Association Notable Book and won the Henry Bergh Award, Gustavus Meyer Award, and Living the Dream Book Award.Parnell is current Vice President of the Dramatists Guild.
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Reggie Watts, Julie Atlas Muz, Jenn Harris, Erin Markey, Adrienne Truscott, The Kitty Litter, Myles Kane, Corn Mo, Amber Martin
An all-star, raucous and particularly fabulous cast of downtown heavyweights enrolls for the Back-to-School edition of PS122’s interdisciplinary festival.
TWO NIGHTS ONLY!
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Avant-Garde-Arama! gets an Our Hit Parade infusion as Bridget Everett and Kenny Mellman come aboard as guest curators and hosts for what is Performance Space 122’s longest running interdisciplinary festival! Bridget and Kenny have outdone themselves with bringing in an all-star rockstar line-up of downtown heavyweights to populate these two fantastic evenings, so fasten your seatbelts and plan on coming both nights:
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1:MCs: Bridget Everett & Kenny Mellman Performance Shorts by: Erin Markey, Jenn Harris, Julie Atlas Muz, The Kitty Litter and Corn MoBand: TBA
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2:MCs: Bridget Everett & Kenny Mellman Performance Shorts by: Reggie Watts, Erin Markey, Amber Martin, Adrienne Truscott, The Kitty Litter and Myles KaneBand: TBA
More about AGA:
In the spirit of the Back-to-School theme that Bridget and Kenny have draped around the evening, let’s review what “Avant-Garde-Arama!” is, shall we? Each evening features a different bento box of performance shorts – each seven minutes or less. AGA is PS122’s longest-running interdisciplinary mini-festival.
And each evening features a phenomenon known as “Forty-Second Street” where the audience can sign up to take the stage for – you guessed it – 40 seconds during which they can do anything they please in between (or around) the vaunted pillars of the upstairs theater at PS122.
And each evening is capped off with a band and rabble-rousing party, so plan on staying late and dancing.
On top of all that, “Avant-Garde-Arama! Our Hit Parade” is destined to throw open wide the doors of PS122’s building and is the on-site kick off of PS122’s 30th Anniversary Season (following the off-site season opening of Hotel Savoy on September 30).
Julie Atlas Muz presents an excerpt from a brand new piece, “The Cleaning Lady Has Something to Say (Part 1)”. After cleaning 15 years worth of decadent living, eyelashes, empty bottles of champagne, full ashtrays, used condoms, spilt nail polish bottles and broken chandeliers, one of Ms. Muz's alter egos has had enough of living in the background. The Cleaning Lady is a brutal, tough, formal and clean
perspective. Nothing messy. Full-frontal dance. Nothing dirty. Artists performing include: Lauri Hogan, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Dirty Martini, Ede Thurell, Bunny Love, Kenball Zwerin, Antonio Ramos, Saori Tsukada and Jeremy X. Halpern.
Bridget Everetthas been dubbed "Wynona Judd meets Melissa Etheridge, via the local bar floozy, on a rocket ship out of Twin Peaks" by The Village Voice's Michael Musto. Having grown up in Manhattan, Kansas, Bridget received her degree in vocal performance at Arizona State University. Soon after, she promptly abandoned it all to move to New York, sing karaoke and work as a waitress. Bridget played Lynn Chenney in Taylor Mac's Red Tide Blooming at PS122. She is the co-host of Automatic Vaudeville at Ars Nova, has performed on “The Murray Hill Show” at Mo Pitkins, sung with the Isotoners, with Jim Andralis and Larry Krone, and plays R. Kelly's sister in the show “Neal Medlyn Plus Kenny Mellman Equals R. Kelly”. You can also catch her wearing gold lame in Times Square alongside the Varsity Interpretive Dance Squad in Moby's music video "new york, new york."
Tony-nominated Kenny Mellman was the co-creator and "Herb" half of the internationally acclaimed duo Kiki and Herb. His solo show "Kenny Mellman is Grace Jones" has played in New York, London, Portland, Philadelphia, and both Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. “At Least It's Pink”, the show he co-wrote with Bridget Everett and Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City) was one of Time Out New York’s top 10 Cabaret shows of 2006. He is an Obie, Bessie, Glammy, Glaad Media and MAC award-winning performer. He wrote a children's musical for the Soho Theatre in London and in 2008 wrote and performed a workshop of his musical "Say Seaboy, You Sissyboy?" at Dixon Place as one of their Mondo Cane Commissions. With Bridget Everett, Neal Medlyn, Brendan Kennedy and Ada Calhoun, he created “Our Hit Parade”, which was named one of the best cabaret shows of 2008 and continues as a monthly show at Joe’s Pub. He wrote the music and lyrics and played the score for Jennifer Miller’s “Cracked Ice” at PS122. Recently, he was named one of Time Out New York’s 40 favorite people in NYC.
Performance Space 122 is one of New York's ultimate destinations for cutting-edge theatre, dance, music, live art and multi-media and celebrating its 30th Season Anniversary! PS122 is dedicated to supporting and presenting artists who explore innovative form and provocative content and who rigorously challenge the boundaries of contemporary performance. PS122 is committed to a steadfast search for pioneering artists from a diversity of cultures, nations and beliefs. www.ps122.org
"AVANT-GARDE-ARAMA! OUR HIT PARARDE” runs Friday, October 1st at 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 2nd at 8 p.m. Refreshments available.
Tickets: $20 and $15 (students/seniors), $11 (with a PS122 Passport). Tickets and P.S. 122 Passports are now on sale and available at www.ps122.org by calling TheaterMania at 212-352-3101, and at the Box Office in Performance Space 122.
Performance Space 122 is located at 150 First Avenue @ East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009
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BROADWAY’S SMASH HIT MAMMA MIA!
ANNOUNCES NEW PRINCIPAL CASTING
LISA BRESCIA as “Donna Sheridan”
LIANA HUNT and COREY GREENAN
as “Sophie Sheridan” and “Sky”
CLARKE THORELL as “Harry Bright”
BEGINNING PERFORMANCES OCTOBER 22, 2010
Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! will welcome new principals Lisa Brescia, Liana Hunt, Corey Greenan and Clarke Thorell to the Winter Garden Theatre (1634 Broadway) on Friday, October 22, 2010.
Broadway musical veteran Lisa Brescia (Wicked, Aida, The Woman in White) will star as “Donna Sheridan.”
Liana Hunt will play bride-to-be “Sophie Sheridan,” making her Broadway debut direct from starring in the role on the U.S. national tour. Current Broadway cast member Corey Greenan graduates from the ensemble to play the principal role of her fiancé “Sky.”
Clarke Thorell (Hairspray, Lone Star Love) joins the company as “Harry Bright.” Tony Award® nominee John Dossett (Gypsy) and Patrick Boll (Faith Healer) continue as “Sam Carmichael” and “Bill Austin,” rounding out the trio of men from Donna’s past who are Sophie’s three possible dads.
Judy McLane (Chess, Kiss of the Spiderwoman) and Gina Ferrall (Beauty and the Beast, Big River) continue as “Tanya” and “Rosie,” Donna’s best friends and former back-up band known as “Donna and the Dynamos” who reunite on a Greek island for the wedding of Donna’s daughter, Sophie.
Seen by over 42 million people around the world, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA!, is celebrating over 3,700 performances in its ninth smash hit year at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre and remains among Broadway’s top selling musicals. The original West End production of MAMMA MIA! is celebrating 10 years and over 4,000 performances in London, an international tour has visited more than 40 foreign cities, and the blockbuster feature film adaptation, produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, is the most successful movie musical of all time grossing $600 million worldwide.
With a worldwide gross of over $2 Billion, MAMMA MIA! is acclaimed by the Associated Press as “quite simply, a phenomenon.”
Inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs, writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale of family and friendship unfolds on a tiny Greek island. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. Songs including “Dancing Queen”; “The Winner Takes It All”; “Money, Money, Money” and “Take A Chance on Me” are all featured in this feel-good night of fun and laughter.
Produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East and Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal, the creative team responsible for bringing MAMMA MIA! to theatrical life includes some of the most gifted and celebrated talents of musical theatre and opera. With music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, MAMMA MIA! is written by Catherine Johnson and directed by Phyllida Lloyd. MAMMA MIA! has choreography by Anthony Van Laast, production design by Mark Thompson, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce and Bobby Aitken, and musical supervision, additional material and arrangements by Martin Koch.
LISA BRESCIA (Donna Sheridan) has appeared on Broadway as “Elphaba” in Wicked, “Amneris” in Aida, “Cleo” in Twyla Tharp’s The Times They Are A-Changin’ and “Marion Halcombe” in The Woman in White, when she stepped in for British star Maria Friedman. Regional credits include the Kennedy Center’s Side Show (“Violet”), Chicago’s Wicked (“Elphaba”), the premiere of The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown (“Mom”), Evita (“Eva”), The Last 5 Years (“Cathy”), and Goodspeed’s A Little Night Music (“Petra”) and Brigadoon (“Meg”). For five years, Lisa toured internationally with The Mamas and The Papas with original members John Phillips and Denny Doherty. She graduated with honors from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and was a member of the esteemed AADA Rep Company. The past year has been highlighted by the role of “Claire” in Roundabout’s Ordinary Days and the recent release of the show’s cast album, a thrilling summer with the Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab, culminating with the role of “Helena” in All’s Well That Ends Well and marriage to longtime partner, songwriter Craig Carnelia.
LIANA HUNT (Sophie Sheridan) makes her Broadway debut direct from playing “Sophie Sheridan” on the U.S. national tour. Recent roles: “Eponine” in Les Miserables, “Hope” in Urinetown, “Belle” in Beauty and the Beast. Recent graduate of New York University’s CAP21.
COREY GREENAN (Sky). National Tour: Mamma Mia! (“Sky”). New York/Regional: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (“Adult Who,” u/s “Young Max”), Old Globe Theatre; Evita (“Che”), Int’l Tour; Under My Apron, MITF; 42nd Street (“Billy Lawlor”); Damn Yankees (“Joe Hardy”); Sweeney Todd (“Tobias Ragg”); West Side Story (“Tony”); Much Ado About Nothing (“Claudio”); Art (“Yvan”), Director Jeff Lee. Graduate Pepperdine University.
CLARKE THORELL (Harry Bright). Broadway: Hairspray (original cast, “Corny Collins”); Sinatra...His Way (“Host,” Radio City); Titanic (original cast, “Farrell,” “Barrett”); The Who's Tommy. Off-Broadway: Juno “Charlie Bentham” (City Center Encores!), Satellites (Public), Sondheim's Saturday Night, Wise Guys (Sam Mendes, director), Lone Star Love (“Fenton”). Other: Catch Me If You Can (Seattle, 5th Avenue Theatre); Twelfth Night, “Orsino” (Jack O'Brien, director); Floyd Collins, “Homer” (Tina Landau, director); Palm Beach (Des McAnuff, director); School for Scandal (McCarter). Clarke is a member of Michael McElroy's Broadway Inspirational Voices and has performed as a vocalist with artists including Dave Brubeck, ABBA, Liza Minnelli, Pete Townshend and John Pizzarelli. Television: “Kings”(“Grey Suit Hale”), “Rescue Me,” “Law & Order,”“Strong Medicine,” “Ed,”“Sopranos” and the television movie “Far East.” Clarke can be seen in the recent Lionsgate film The Winning Season with Sam Rockwell and as "Clarke" in the new smash hit web-series “The Stay-At-Home Dad”on atom.com.
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MEET THE CAST OF LOMBARDI
ON LINE AND IN PERSON
You can meet the company of the new Broadway play LOMBARDI on line at the above link or in person this Sunday September 26 when stars Dan Lauria (Vince Lombardi) and Judith Light (Marie Lombardi) sign autographs at the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Flea Market in Shubert Alley from 11 AM-12:15 PM.
Previews for this new American play by Eric Simonson begin tonight at the Circle in the Square Theatre, ahead of an October 21 opening night. Directed by Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail, LOMBARDI is 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.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.telecharge.com, by phone at 212-239-6200, or in person at the Box Office (50th Street, West of Broadway).
SAVE THE DATE for the5th YEAR SMASH Year!
“The BROADWAY BEAUTY PAGEANT”
Special Event / Benefit
MONDAY, MARCH 21st, 2011 at 8:00 pm
At Peter Norton Symphony Space
On Monday, March 21st, 2011 at 8:00 PM, for the 5th Smash Year, will be The Broadway Beauty Pageant, which is a benefit for The Ali Forney Center NYC's primary emergency housing resource for homeless LGBT youth. The annual event will again be at the Peter Norton Symphony Space. 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street). Conceived by Jeffery Self and directed by Ryan J. Davis, The Broadway Beauty Pageant is musically directed by Christopher Denny. The evening is produced by Wil Fisher, Ryan J. Davis, Jeffrey Self and Matthew Oberstein. The event ahead will be Bigger and Better than Ever! Mark you calendars Now for the Not-to-Be-Missed Special EVENT! http://aliforneycenter.org/beauty/
The previous winners have been: Charlie Williams (Mr. Memphis 2010), Anthony Hollock (Mr. Hair 2009), Marty Thomas (Mr. Xanadu 2008), Frankie James Grande (Mr. Mamma Mia 2007). The past judges have included: Charles Busch (acclaimed award-winning actor, playwright), Christine Ebersole (Tony and multiple award winner actress, cabaret star), Ana Gasteyer (Saturday Night Live, “Wicked”), Beth Leavel (Tony Award winner “The Drowsy Chaperone”, “Young Frankenstein”), Michael Musto (Village Voice), Scott Nevins (host, TV/radio personality, comedian, interviewer), Seth Rudetsky (“Rhapsody in Seth”, Chatterbox, “The Ritz”), “title of show” stars & creators: Susan Blackwell, Hunter Bell, and Jeff Bowen. Past hosts have been Tovah Feldshuh and Anthony Rapp
The Ali Forney Center (AFC) was started in June 2002 in response to the lack of safe shelter for LGBT youth in New York City. They have grown quickly to become the nation's largest and most comprehensive organization dedicated to homeless LGBT youth. They are committed to providing LGBT youth with safe, dignified, nurturing environments where their needs can be met and where they can begin to put their lives back together. The center provides short and long term housing, plus free medical care, HIV testing, mental health services, showers, food, computer access and job training and placement at its drop-in centers in Chelsea and Brooklyn. The Ali Forney Center main headquarters is at 224 West 35th St., Suite 1102 New York, NY 10001 (212) 222-3427 and the fax is (212) 222-5861. www.aliforneycenter.org
Ali Forney was a homeless queer teen who was forced to live on the streets of New York during the 1990s. Ali was dedicated to the safety of other homeless queer youth; he was a committed HIV prevention worker, and aggressively advocated that the NYPD investigate a series of murders of the homeless queer youth he had befriended. Ali was an inspiration to those who knew him.
In December of 1997, Ali was murdered on the streets. His tragic death called attention to the atrocious conditions for homeless LGBT youth in New York. Ali's murderer has never been identified.
Honorary Board Members are Sandra Bernhard, Tovah Feldshuh, Tim Gunn, Carson Kressley, Keith Olbermann, Ally Sheedy, Rufus Wainwright, and BD Wong.
IT'S CLEVER. IT'S DEEP. IT COULD NOT BE BETTER.
YOU'LL NEVER SEE ANYTHING LIKE IT AGAIN.”
– The Times of London
Tony and Olivier Award Winner Tony and Emmy Award Winner
MARK RYLANCE DAVID HYDE PIERCE
BAFTA Award Winner
in the Olivier Award-Winning Comedy
By DAVID HIRSON
Directed By Tony Award Winner MATTHEW WARCHUS
ARRIVES ON BROADWAY TOMORROW
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2010
AT THE MUSIC BOX THEATRE
The first major revival of David Hirson’s Olivier Award-winning comedy LA BÊTE starring Tony and Olivier Award winner Mark Rylance, Tony and Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce, and BAFTA Award winner (and star of “Absolutely Fabulous”) Joanna Lumley will begin previews tomorrow, Thursday, September 23rd at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street) following an engagement at the Comedy Theatre in London’s West End. Opening night is set for Thursday, October 14, 2010.
A popular street performer and a classical writer square off in American playwright David Hirson's thoughtful comedy LA BÊTE. The Olivier Award-winning Best Play, written in 1990, pits high-brow against low-brow in 17th Century France when two artists vie for a royal endorsement. In our age of sensationalism and reality television, what begins as a rollicking comedy soon challenges audiences to decide for themselves: can culture be populist?
The Sunday Express calls LA BÊTE “An instant must-see!” and “a wittily audacious contemporary comedy” while Paul Levy of The Wall Street Journal raves that LA BÊTE is “Incredible! I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.” The Financial Times says “You should all see this play”and Variety writes “The audience is helpless with laughter.” The Independent calls LA BÊTE “A virtuoso triumph for Mark Rylance” and says David Hyde Pierce is “A comic genius!” while BBC Radio raves “Joanna Lumley is brilliant. She commands the stage.”
Joining Rylance, Pierce, and Lumley in both London and New York are Stephen Ouimette, Lisa Joyce, Greta Lee, Robert Lonsdale, Michael Milligan, Liza Sadovy, Sally Wingert, Deanne Lorette and Steve Routman.
The Independent is calling Mark Rylance “our greatest living actor” for his award-winning turns in Boeing-Boeing (Tony Award), Much Ado About Nothing (Olivier Award), and most recently, Jerusalem, for which he won the Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Best Actor awards for his performance. David Hyde Pierce won four Emmy Awards for the role of ‘Niles’ on TV’s “Frasier” and the 2007 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for Broadway’s Curtains.Acclaimed comedienne and actress Joanna Lumley is best known for playing ‘Patsy Stone’ in the award-winning BBC television series, “Absolutely Fabulous” for which she won two BAFTA TV awards. Lumley was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 1995.
Tickets range from $126.50 - $76.50 and are available at www.telecharge.com and via phone at 212-239-6200.
LA BÊTE is produced by Scott Landis & Sonia Friedman Productions, Roger Berlind, Robert G. Bartner/Norman Tulchin, Bob Boyett/Tim Levy, Roy Furman, Max Cooper, Dan Frishwasser, Bud Martin, Philip Morgaman/Frankie J. Grande, and Stephanie P. McClelland/Hagemann-Rosenthal in association with 1001 Nights and Richard Winkler, and designed by Mark Thompson, with lighting by Hugh Vanstone, music by Claire van Kampen, and sound by Simon Baker.
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ADDITIONAL AUCTION ITEMS & CELEBS ANNOUNCED
BROADWAY'S BRIGHTEST STARS!
SIGNED TREASURES!!! ONE-OF-A-KIND EXPERIENCES!!
THE 24TH ANNUAL
BROADWAY FLEA MARKET
BROADWAY CARES / EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
SHUBERT ALLEY & WEST 44TH STREET
Theatre and TV stars are coming out to support Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS at the 24TH ANNUAL Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction to be held on Sunday, September 26 from 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM in Shubert Alley (Shubert Alley & West 44th Street).
The event will be held outdoors in Shubert Alley and is free and open to the public. From posing with your favorite Broadway and Daytime stars for photos, to buying that lost cast recording, signed show posters and Playbills, rare costume sketches or special gift for a theatre-lover you can't find anywhere - this year's Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction promises to offer something for everyone.
The Grand Auction has always been the highlight of the Flea Market event and this year will not disappoint. The following new lots are included in the auction and will be up for bidding!
· Attend the opening nights on Broadway for La Bête, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Importance of Being Earnest, Elling, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Driving Miss Daisy, The Scottsboro Boys and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
· Go backstage after a performance and meet Bebe Neuwirth, Nathan Lane, Vanessa Redgrave, Cherry Jones, Elaine Stritch and Bernadette Peters.
· "Soon" musical phrase from A Little Night Music, handwritten and signed by Stephen Sondheim.
· Attend the impossible-to-get-tickets-to opening night party for the Signature Theatre's revival of Angels in America and take in Part 1 & 2 in one day on a subsequent date.
· Musical Phrases from American Idiot handwritten and signed by Billy Joe Amrstrong.
· Ozian Backstage Experience - From wardrobe call to final curtain, experience the various backstage workings of this blockbuster musical during an actual performance of Wicked.
· Set visits at "NCIS" and "Modern Family" in Los Angeles.
· A package to go to Las Vegas and see a Cirque du Solei show.
The following previously announced lots will also be available for bidding:
· Make your Broadway debut in one of Broadway's hit shows. Don't miss the chance to bid on the opportunity to have a walk-on role in Chicago, In The Heights, Jersey Boys, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, The Phantom of the Opera, Promises Promises & Rock of Ages.
· One of the prosthetic headpieces worn by Brian d'Arcy James in Shrek The Musical, signed by the entire original Broadway cast.
· "Good Morning Baltimore" musical phrase from Hairspray, handwritten and signed by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
· The very last pair of tickets to the sold out New York Times "TimesTalks" featuring Frank Rich and Stephen Sondheim on Monday, November 22nd, with the chance to meet Mr. Rich and Mr. Sondheim afterward.
· The chance to conduct the orchestra of The Phantom of the Opera during the exit music at one performance.
· "When You're an Addams" musical phrase from The Addams Family, handwritten and signed by Andrew Lippa.
· Dinner with Anthony Rapp.
· "Walk Like A Man" musical phrase from Jersey Boys, handwritten and signed by Bob Gaudio and Frankie Valli.
· "For Good" musical phrase from Wicked, handwritten and signed by Stephen Schwartz.
· The opportunity to have Jonathan Freeman, who voiced the villainous "Jafar" in the Aladdin film, to record your phone message.
· Daniel Craig's tank top that he wore during a performance of A Steady Rain, autographed by Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman.
· A poster from Susan Sarandon's Exit The King dressing room that was signed by over 50 celebrities who visited her backstage during the show's run.
· A 2010 Tony Awards poster signed by all of the presenters and nominees.
· And autographed items from celebs such as Antonio Banderas, Corbin Bleu, Carol Channing, Kristin Chenoweth, Gavin Creel, Raul Esparza, Green Day, Marvin Hamlisch, Angela Lansbury, Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Daniel Radcliffe, Vanessa Redgrave, Lynn Redgrave, Stephen Sondheim, John Stamos, Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey, Barbra Streisand, Elizabeth Taylor, Doris Eaton Travis, Vanessa Williams and many more.
"Day of" Flea Market specials will be announced throughout the day on Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare.
Celebrities currently scheduled to appear at the Celebrity Autograph Table and Photo Booth in exchange for donations to BC/EFA include: Kate Baldwin (Finian's Rainbow), Bryan Batt (TV's "Mad Men"), PJ Benjamin (Wicked), Susan Blackwell (title of show), Heidi Blickenstaff (title of show), Mario Cantone (Sex and the City), Kathleen Chalfant (Angels in America), Kristin Chenoweth (Promises Promises), Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza), Terri Colombino ("As the World Turns"), Stephanie D'Abruzzo (Avenue Q), Jason Danieley (Next to Normal), Ellen Dolan ("Guiding Light," "As the World Turns"), Richard Easton (Elling), Malcolm Gets (The Story of My Life), Mandy Gonzalez (Wicked, In the Heights), Montego Glover (Memphis), Julie Halston (The Divine Sister), Ann Harada (Avenue Q), Sean Hayes (Promises Promises), Jessica Hecht (A View from the Bridge), Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music), Matthew Hydzik (West Side Story), Gregory Jbara (Billy Elliot), Cherry Jones ("24," Miss Warren's Profession), Andy Karl (Wicked), Chad Kimball (Memphis), Levi Kreis (Million Dollar Quartet), Dan Lauria (Lombardi), Aaron Lazar (A Little Night Music), Judith Light (Lombardi), Robert Britton Lyons (Million Dollar Quartet), Lorna Luft, David Andrew MacDonald ("Guiding Light"), Andrea McArdle (Broadway's original Annie), Marin Mazzie (Next to Normal), director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell, Julia Murney (Wicked), Donna Murphy (Lovemusik, Wonderful Town), Bebe Neuwirth (The Addams Family), Phyllis Newman, Kelli O'Hara (South Pacific), Denis O'Hare ("True Blood," Elling), Orfeh (Legally Blonde), Patrick Page (Spider-Man), Austin Peck ("As the World Turns"), Anthony Rapp (Rent), Vanessa Ray (Hair & "As the World Turns"), Alice Ripley (Next to Normal), Chita Rivera (Nine, Kiss of the Spider Woman), Elizabeth Stanley (Million Dollar Quartet), Bobby Steggert (Yank!, Ragtime), John Tartaglia (Shrek The Musical & Avenue Q), Patrick Wilson (The Full Monty, All My Sons), Julie White (The Little Dog Laughed), Colleen Zenk ("As the World Turns") and more to be announced closer to the event. All appearances are subject to change.
Specific items for sale at the Flea Market and packages to be auctioned will be announced and updated at www.BroadwayCares.org. Check back regularly for the most up-to-date additions.
Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised over $175 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.
BC/EFA awards annual grants to more than 400 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide and is the major supporter of seven programs at The Actors Fund including The AIDS Initiative, The Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative, The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic, The Dancers' Resource and three supportive housing residences.
The Broadway Flea Market is sponsored by Continental Airlines, the official airline of BC/EFA,
The New York Times, Junior's, Discovery Times Square Exposition,
A&E Television Networks, Times Square Alliance