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.
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
F R E U D’ S L A S T S E S S I O N
TO RING NASDAQ CLOSING BELL
ON VETERAN'S DAY, NOVEMBER 11
Playwright Mark St. Germain and the cast of the Off-Broadway hit FREUD’S LAST SESSION are set to preside over the closing bell at NASDAQ MarketSite Thursday, November 11th at 4 pm. The ceremony will be broadcast live on the 7-story-tall NASDAQ Tower looming over Times Square at Broadway & 43rd Street. FREUD’S LAST SESSION opened on July 22nd to rave reviews and immediately became a sellout sensation at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater, 10 West 64th Street (at Central Park West). Due to a prior December booking commitment at the theatre, this strictly limited engagement of FREUD’S LAST SESSION must end Sunday, November 28th. The Off-Broadway premiere of FREUD’S LAST SESSION stars Mark H. Dold as C.S. Lewis and Martin Rayner as Sigmund Freud, under the direction of Tyler Marchant.
"Delightful! A brainy fencing match of Olympic caliber!"
– John Simon, Bloomberg News
“Sharp, lively discourse…The humor is plentiful!” – The New York Times
“A juicy intellectual debate…Terrific performances!” – The New York Post
“Lively, provocative and witty!” – Associated Press
“Riveting theater!” – Huffington Post
FREUD’S LAST SESSION had its world premiere at Barrington Stage Company (MA) in June 2009, where it was extended twice and brought back by popular demand for two subsequent encore engagements. It holds the record as the longest-running show in Barrington Stage’s history.
FREUD’S LAST SESSION centers on legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud, who invites the young, rising academic star C.S. Lewis to his home in London. Lewis, expecting to be called on the carpet for satirizing Freud in a recent book, soon realizes Freud has a much more significant agenda. On the day England enters World War II, Freud and Lewis clash on the existence of God, the joy of love, the purpose of sex, and the meaning of life – just a few weeks before Freud's own death. Not just a powerful debate, this is a profound and deeply touching play about two men who boldly addressed the greatest questions of all time.
Mark St. Germain’s celebrated new play was suggested by the bestselling book The Question of God by Harvard’s Dr. Armand M. Nicholi, Jr.
FREUD’S LAST SESSION is presented Off-Broadway by Carolyn Rossi Copeland, Robert Stillman and Jack Thomas.
Performances are Tuesdays at 7pm, Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. There will be no performance on Thanksgiving, November 25th and there will be a special added matinee on Friday, November 26th at 2pm. Tickets are $65 and are available by calling 866-811-4111 or through www.FreudsLastSession.com. A limited number of $20 Student Rush tickets (with valid student ID) are available at the box office beginning three hours prior to each performance.
For more information, visit www.FreudsLastSession.com.
TONY AWARD-WINNING BEST MUSICAL
WELCOMES BACK TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD
ORIGINAL CAST MEMBERS
JOINING LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA FOR FINAL WEEKS ON BROADWAY THROUGH SUNDAY JANUARY 9, 2011
The producers of the 2008 Tony and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical In The Heights are happy to announce that original cast members Christopher Jackson and Seth Stewart will join Lin-Manuel Miranda and return for the musical’s final weeks on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th Street). As previously announced In The Heights will play its final Broadway performance Sunday, January 9, 2011 at 7pm, with Seth Stewart re-joining the cast on Monday, December 6, Christopher Jackson re-joining the cast on Monday, December 20, and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda re-joining the cast on Saturday, December 25, 2010. All three original stars will play through the final performance on Sunday, January 9, 2011.
CHRISTOPHER JACKSON (Benny) has been involved with ITH since 2002. Credits: Free Love Supreme (charter member). Broadway credits include Simba in Disney’s The Lion King. TV: HBO’s “Oz,” “Guiding Light.” Regional: Clay Harris in Comfortable Shoes (Jefferson Award, Black Theater Alliance Award nominations ’03), Happy Mac in Beggar’s Holiday (BATC nomination ’05). Co-music director/head lyricist for “The Electric Company” for PBS. ’09.
SETH STEWART (Graffiti Pete) is excited to be back with In the Heights. His credits include, Sweet Charity on Broadway. Off-Broadway: Red Hot Broadway and In the Heights. Tours: Madonna “ReInvention,” Paula Deanda. Film: Sex and the City, Music and Lyrics. TV/commercial: Hip Hop Honors 2007, Jay-Z, Jennifer Lopez and “SNL.”
Now in its third year on Broadway In The Heights began previews on Broadway Thursday, February 14, 2008, after a six-month award-winning 2007 Off-Broadway run. The musical opened on Broadway to critical acclaim Sunday, March 9, 2008, and recouped its $10 million investment in 10 months. In The Heightsis the winner of four 2008 Tony Awards and has a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, is conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, has music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and is directed by Thomas Kail. With music supervision by Alex Lacamoire, Zachary Dietz is music director of In The Heights and music arrangements are by Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman. In The Heights features a scenic design by Anna Louizos, costumes by Paul Tazewell, lighting by Howell Binkley and sound by Acme Sound Partners. In The Heights is produced by Kevin McCollum, Jeffrey Seller, Jill Furman Willis, Sander Jacobs, Robyn Goodman/Walt Grossman, Peter Fine and Sonny Everett/Mike Skipper with associate producers Ruth Hendel and Harold Newman.
In The Heights is about a vibrant and tight-knit community at the top of the island of Manhattan. The music pulses with the hopes and dreams of three generations as they struggle to forge an identity in a neighborhood on the brink of transition.
Tickets for In The Heights range from $41.50 to $131.50, and can be purchased at the Richard Rodgers Box Office or oneline. The playing schedule for In The Heights is as follows: Tuesdays and Sundays at 7pm, Monday, Wednesdays – Saturdays at 8pm, with matinees Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. There will be added performances Wednesday, November 24 at 8pm, Friday, November 26 at 2pm, Wednesday, December 22 at 2pm and 8pm, and Wednesday, December 29 at 2pm and 8pm. There will be no performances Sunday, November 28, Friday, December 24, Saturday, December 25 at 2pm, Friday December 31, and Sunday, January 2 at 7pm. Please check online for special holiday pricing.
Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award Winner
NEXT TO NORMAL
To Play Final Broadway Performance
Sunday, January 16, 2011
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North American Tour Kicks off
November 23 in Los Angeles
Starring Tony Award-winner Alice Ripley
November 9, 2010 – The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical, Next to Normal, will play its final Broadway performance on Sunday, January 16, 2011, announced Producer David Stone. Upon closing, the musical will have played 21 previews and 733 performances. Next to Normal is performed at the Booth Theatre (222 West 45th street).
“Everything about Next to Normal – from its subject matter to its unprecedented route to Broadway – has been unexpected and atypical. If someone had told me over five years ago, when I started working with Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, that this musical would have the life and success it has, I wouldn’t have believed them,” said Producer David Stone. “We are extremely proud of Next to Normal’s Broadway run and we look forward to the show being seen across the country, moving audiences the way it has every night since it opened on Broadway.”
With a thrilling contemporary score, Next to Normal is an emotional powerhouse of a musical about a family trying to take care of themselves and each other. Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and three 2009 Tony Awards, Next to Normalfeatures music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, and direction by Michael Greif.
Tony Award-winner Alice Ripley will headline Next to Normal’s upcoming North American tour, kicking off on November 23 at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre. Following the premiere, the tour will play Denver, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Des Moines, Providence, Hartford, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Chicago, St. Paul, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Charlotte, and Toronto.
Next to Normal currently stars Marin Mazzie, Jason Danieley, Kyle Dean Massey, Meghann Fahy, and original cast members Adam Chanler-Berat and Louis Hobson.
Next to Normal was chosen as “one of the year’s ten best” (2009) by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Time Out New York, New York Daily News, The Bergen Record, and NY1 – more than any other musical from that season.
Ben Brantley of the New York Times calls Next to Normal “a brave, breathtaking musical. A work of muscular grace and power. It is something much more than a feel-good musical; it is a feel-everything musical.” Peter Travers of Rolling Stone raves, “Rock is alive and rolling like thunder in Next to Normal. It is the best musical of the season by a mile. Next time you think the Broadway musical is dead, head off to Next to Normal. It’ll pin you to your seat.” And Peter Marks of The Washington Post calls it “a moving, blisteringly honest, and inordinately powerful new musical. It is stocked with beautiful songs that get to the heart of the story – and simply get to the heart. Next to Normal strikes a blow for the American musical’s future each night.”
The creative team includes Mark Wendland (set design), Jeff Mahshie (costume design), Kevin Adams (lighting design), and Brian Ronan (sound design). Musical direction is by Charlie Alterman, orchestrations are by Michael Starobin and Tom Kitt, and vocal arrangements by AnnMarie Milazzo. Musical Staging is by Sergio Trujillo.
Next to Normal is produced by David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo, and Second Stage Theatre.
SCHEDULE AND PRICING
Next to Normal is performed at the Booth Theatre (222 West 45th street) on the following schedule: Monday at 8pm, Tuesday at 7pm, Thursday at 8pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm & 7:30pm. Tickets, priced $25.00 - $120.00, are available at www.Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200.
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FIRST BROADWAY CAST ANNOUNCEMENT
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
TONY AWARD WINNER
NORBERT LEO BUTZ
AS CARL HANRATTY
AS FRANK ABAGNALE, JR.
TONY AWARD NOMINEE TOM WOPAT
AS FRANK ABAGNALE, SR.
TONY AWARD NOMINEE KERRY BUTLER
AS BRENDA STRONG
PREVIEWS BEGIN MARCH 7, 2011
OPENING NIGHT IS SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2011
AT THE NEIL SIMON THEATRE
(New York, NY – November 10, 2010) Today, lead producers Margo Lion and Hal Luftig announced the complete cast for the new Broadway musical CATCH ME IF YOU CAN. Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz will star as Carl Hanratty and Aaron Tveit will star as Frank Abagnale, Jr. alongside Tony Nominee Tom Wopat as Frank Abagnale, Sr. and Tony Nominee Kerry Butler as Brenda Strong. CATCH ME IF YOU CAN will open on Broadway on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at The Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd Street. This new musical, created by a team of Tony winners, features a book by Terrence McNally, music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, choreography by Jerry Mitchell and is directed by Jack O’Brien. Previews begin March 7, 2011.
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN is based on the book and hit 2002 DreamWorks film of the same name directed by Stephen Spielberg with screenplay by Jeff Nathanson and book by Frank Abagnale, Jr.
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN captures the astonishing true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr., a world-class con artist who passed himself off as a doctor, a lawyer, and a jet pilot—all before the age of 21. With straight-arrow FBI agent Carl Hanratty on Frank's trail, we're off on a jet-setting, cat-and-mouse chase, as a jazzy, swinging-sixties score keeps this adventure in constant motion. In the end, Agent Hanratty learns he and Frank aren't so very different after all, and Frank finds out what happens when love catches up to a man on the run.
The cast will also feature Rachel De Benedet as Paula Abagnale, Linda Hart as Carol Strong, Nick Wyman as Roger Strong, Joe Cassidy, Timothy McCuen Piggee, Brandon Wardell, Jennifer Frankel, Lisa Gajda, Bob Gaynor, Kearran Giovanni, Nick Kenkel, Grasan Kingsberry, Aleks Pevec, Kristin Piro, Rachelle Rak, Joe Aaron Reid, Angie Schworer, Sabrina Sloan, Sarrah Strimel and Katie Webber.
Scenic design for CATCH ME IF YOU CAN is by David Rockwell (Hairspray), costume design is by five-time Tony Award winner William Ivey Long (The Producers), lighting design is by Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner (Wicked) and sound design is by Drama Desk winner Steve Kennedy (Jersey Boys).
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN opened at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre for a limited engagement from July 23 – August 14, 2009.
Tickets for CATCH ME IF YOU CAN will go on sale exclusively to American Express Cardmembers on Wednesday, November 10, and will go on sale to the general public on Sunday, November 28, 2010 via Ticketmaster.com/ 877-250-2929.
NORBERT LEO BUTZ (Carl Hanratty). Broadway: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony Award, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Astaire and Drama League Award winner, Best Actor, Musical), Enron, Speed-the-Plow, Is He Dead?, Wicked (original Cast, Fiyero), Thou Shalt Not (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics nominations), Rent (original cast, Broadway debut). Off-Broadway: Fifty Words, Buicks (Drama Desk nomination), The Last Five Years (Drama Desk, Lortel nominations, Drama League Award), Juno and the Paycock, Saved. National tour: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Cabaret (Helen Hayes, Jefferson, Dora and Ovation Awards). Regional: Catch Me If You Can (5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle), Alabama Shakespeare Festival (four seasons), Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Film: Fair Game, Higher Ground, Dan in Real Life. Television: "The Miraculous Year” (HBO), “The Good Wife," "CSI" (CBS), “The Deep End” (ABC), "Law & Order Criminal Intent" (NBC), “Playing Chicken” (FOX), “Comanche Moon” (CBS miniseries). BFA, Webster University; MFA, Alabama Shakespeare Theatre.
AARON TVEIT (Frank Abagnale, Jr.) originated the role of Gabe in Next to Normal and received the 2009 Clarence Derwent and the Helen Hayes awards for his performance. Broadway: Wicked (Fiyero), Hairspray (Link). Tours: Rent, Hairspray. Regional: Catch Me If You Can (Frank) and the 2010 Hollywood Bowl Production of Rent (Roger). Film: Premium Rush, Girl Walks Into A Bar , Howl, Ghost Town. Television: Guest starring roles in "Body of Proof" (ABC), "Ugly Betty" (ABC), Law & Order – SVU (NBC), and two seasons as Trip Van der Bilt on the CW series "Gossip Girl.
TOM WOPAT (Frank Abagnale, Sr.). Broadway: A Catered Affair (Tony, Drama Desk and Drama League nominations), 42nd Street, Chicago, Glengarry Glen Ross (Drama Desk Award, Tony for Best Revival), 42nd Street, Annie Get Your Gun (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Guys and Dolls, City of Angels, I Love My Wife. Off-B’way: The Guys, The Best of the Boys. Regional: The Robber Bridegroom (Ford’s Theatre), Carousel (Kennedy Center). Perhaps best known for his seven-season run in the TV phenomenon “The Dukes of Hazzard,” other TV includes “Smallville,” “All My Children,” “100 Centre Street,” “Home Improvement,” “Cybill,” “Christmas Comes to Willow Creek.” Tom’s recent film credits include Main Street, Jonah Hex, The Understudy and Bonneville. He has released several critically acclaimed collections of jazz and pop standards, the most recent being Consider It Swung, and has performed with his trio and orchestras across the country.
KERRY BUTLER (Brenda Strong). Broadway: Rock of Ages, Xanadu (Tony Award nomination, Drama League Award nomination), Hairspray (Clarence Derwant Award, Drama Desk Award nomination and Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), Little Shop of Horrors (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), Beauty and The Beast, Les Misérables, Blood Brothers. Off-Broadway: Bat Boy: The Musical, Miracle Brothers, Prodigal, The Opposite of Sex. TV/Film: “Blue Bloods,” “30 Rock,” “Cupid,” “Lipstick Jungle,” Second Honeymoon, Twins, “Another World,” “Sesame Street,” “Hometown” and as Claudia Reston in “One Life to Live.” She originated the role of Brenda in the Seattle world premiere of Catch Me If You Can. Her solo CD Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust is currently available on PS Classics.
RACHEL DE BENEDET (Paula Abagnale). Broadway: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Muriel), Nine (Diana), The Sound of Music. Off-B’way: Adrift in Macao (Barrymore Award, original Philadelphia production), The Second Tosca. National tours: Camelot (Guenevere), The Sound of Music (Elsa). RacheldeBenedet.com
LINDA HART (Carol Strong). Hairspray (originated the role of Velma Von Tussel), Anything Goes (Lincoln Center, Theatre World Award); Sid Caesar on Broadway; Divine Madness and Detour (both with Bette Midler); Surviving Grace (Union Sq.); Gemini (Second Stage); Livin' Dolls (MTC & L.A. Coast Theatre, Best Actress Award); Light Up the Sky (Drama-Logue Award); Paper Moon (Paper Mill). Film: The Insider; Tin Cup and A Perfect World (both opposite Kevin Costner); Beautiful; Get Shorty; Stella; Showtime; The First $20 Million. TV: Mazeppa in “Gypsy,” “Queen,” “Texas Justice,” “Pretty Girls in Little Boxes,” “The Practice,” “Touched by an Angel” and “Garry Shandling Show.” Eleven gospel albums
with Grammy Award-winning family, The Harts.
NICK WYMAN (Roger Strong). Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera (original cast), My Fair Lady with Rex Harrison (not the original cast), Les Misérables (six years), Sly Fox, A Tale of Two Cities, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Film: Die Hard With a Vengeance; Maid in Manhattan, Synecdoche, NY; etc.TV: “One Life to Live,” “Queens Supreme,” “The Chappelle Show,” “Murder of Mary Phagan,” etc. Off-Broadway: The Misanthrope (with Uma Thurman), Breaking Legs, Desperate Measures, The Fartiste, etc. Regional: Guthrie, Arena Stage, Goodman, Hartford Stage, etc.
JOE CASSIDY (FBI Agent Todd Branton). Broadway: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, 1776, Show Boat, Les Misérables. Off Broadway: Bloomer Girl, Dearest Enemy, A Christmas Carol. Regional: Caraboo, Dracula.
TIMOTHY MCCUEN PIGGEE (FBI Agent Bill Cod). Broadway debut. Credits include: 5th Avenue Theatre’s Candide, Wonderful Town, Mame and the film Men of Honor.
BRANDON WARDELL (FBI Agent Johnny Dollar). Original Broadway casts: Assassins, Good Vibrations, Thoroughly Modern Millie, James Joyce’s the Dead. Regional: Goodspeed, Charlotte Rep, Golden PAC. Television: “All My Children,” “Guiding Light.” www.brandonwardell.com
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THE 65TH ANNUAL TONY® AWARDS TO BE BROADCAST LIVE FROM THE BEACON THEATRE IN NEW YORK CITY
SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2011 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK
New York, NY (November 10, 2010) – The American Theatre Wing’s 65th Annual Tony Awards will air on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 12, 2011 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT), live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The awards show, which honors theater professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978. This will be the first year that the show will be broadcast live from The Beacon Theatre, which is part of the Madison Square Garden portfolio of venues.
The official eligibility cut-off date will be Thursday, April 28, 2011, for all Broadway productions opening in the 2010-2011 season. Productions which meet all other eligibility requirements and open on or before the eligibility date are considered eligible for 2011 Tony Award nominations. The Tony Awards are presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League.
“We’re excited to bring the Tony Awards to the Beacon Theatre. We very much look forward to taking this amazing evening honoring the very best in theatre, and presenting it to America and the world, from a new venue - completely invigorated with a fresh feel, new set and a clean palette to create from,” said Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner of White Cherry Entertainment, executive producers for the telecast. “In a year that is already shaping up to have some great nominations and television moments to remember, we anticipate this year's Tonys to be a very exciting evening, which we are thrilled to stage at the Beacon Theatre.”
“What do the Rolling Stones, the Dalai Lama and Madame Butterfly all have in common? They all played The Beacon,” said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment. “We’re proud to now be adding the Tony Awards on CBS to that iconic list and bring one of the great annual events of theater and TV to one of the truly great historical landmarks of NYC.”
The June 2009 broadcast of the 63rd Annual Tony Awards was recently honored with 2 Primetime Emmy Awards, in the categories of Outstanding Special Class Programs and Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special.
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About the Tony Awards
The American Theatre Wing’s Tonys Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. At The Broadway League, Paul Libin is Chairman and Charlotte St. Martin is Executive Director. At the American Theatre Wing, Theodore S. Chapin is Chairman and Howard Sherman is Executive Director. For Tony Award Productions, Alan Wasser and Allan Williams of Alan Wasser Associates are the General Managers. Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment are the Executive Producers of the 2011 Tony Awards. Mr. Weiss will also serve as Director of the 2011 Tony Awards.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR “SOUTH PARK” FANS!
GENERAL ON SALE STARTS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19!
A NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL
FROM THE CREATORS OF
OPENING NIGHT MARCH 24 AT THE EUGENE O’NEILL THEATRE
PREVIEWS BEGIN FEBRUARY 24
Tickets for THE BOOK OF MORMON, the first Broadway musical comedy from the creators of “South Park,” are currently on sale exclusively for “South Park” fans at SouthParkStudios.com and will go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 19 at 10:00 AM EST.
THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of Comedy Central’s landmark animated series, “South Park”. Tony Award-winner Lopez is composer and co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q. The world premiere production is choreographed by three-time Tony Award-nominee Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and directed by Nicholaw and Parker.
Opening night is Thursday, March 24, 2011 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street). Previews begin on February 24, 2011. The 22-member cast will be announced shortly.
Authors Parker and Stone make their Broadway debut with THE BOOK OF MORMON. Parker and Stone have won four Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award for “South Park,” the team’s controversial, critically acclaimed series, which airs on Comedy Central. “South Park” recently aired its 200th episode and begins its 15th season in April, 2011.
Parker and Stone’s credits also include the critically acclaimed films, South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut and Team America: World Police.
Parker co-wrote the musical numbers for South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut. The film’s accomplished and outrageous score surprised and delighted critics and audiences. Parker shared an Academy Award nomination for Best Song for the music and lyrics for “Blame Canada” from the film’s score. The New York Film Critics Circle also honored South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut with the organization’s first award ever presented for Best Animated Film.
Robert Lopez is co-creator, composer and lyricist for Avenue Q, which won 2004 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score and received a Grammy nomination for its Original Cast Album. Avenue Q played for six years on Broadway and is currently running Off-Broadway. With wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, he wrote Finding Nemo: The Musical (playing Orlando since 2006), the Broadway-bound original musical Up Here (La Jolla Playhouse, 2011) and songs for Winnie The Pooh (Disney Feature Animation, 2011). He shared two Emmy Awards for his music for “The Wonder Pets,” and an Emmy nomination for the “Scrubs” musical episode.
Casey Nicholaw received 2006 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Direction and Choreography for The Drowsy Chaperone and 2005 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Choreography for Monty Python’s Spamalot, directed by Mike Nichols. His additional New York credits include Elf: The Musical, the Encores! stagings for Anyone Can Whistle and Follies (direction/choreography), Bye Bye Birdie (choreography) and Can-Can (musical staging); Candide starring Patti LuPone and Kristin Chenoweth at the New York Philharmonic and South Pacific at Carnegie Hall with Reba McIntyre and Brian Stokes Mitchell (also PBS “Great Performances”). He directed and choreographed the world premieres of Minsky's at Center Theater Group and Robin and the 7 Hoods at the Old Globe.
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TO PERFORM IN OPENING NUMBER OF
BROADWAY CARES/ EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS’
22ND ANNUAL GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION
TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY
MONDAY, DECEMBER 6 AT 4:30 PM & TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7 AT 2 PM
AT THE NEW AMSTERDAM THEATRE (214 West 42nd Street)
Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS is pleased to announce that the legendary Carol Channing will perform in the opening number of the 22ND ANNUAL GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION. Tickets are on sale now for this year’s GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION which will be held on Monday, December 6 (4:30 PM) and Tuesday, December 7 (2 PM) at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 West 42nd Street).
Channing, a three time Tony Award winner, is a star of international acclaim having made iconic Broadway appearances as ‘Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi’ in Hello, Dolly! and ‘Lorelei Lee’ in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Her last run on Broadway was in the 1995 revival of Hello, Dolly! That same year, she was honored with the Tony Lifetime Achievement Award.
This year’s GYPSY OF THE YEAR opening number will feature some of Channing’s most beloved songs. The number will be staged by choreographers Melissa Rae Mahon and Sean McKnight with musical direction by Ben Cohn, special lyrics by Rob Krausz and costumes by Brian Hemesath.
Cited as “possibly the season’s most dazzling talent show,” the GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION, the all-singing, all-dancing, all-dishing extravaganza, is easily the biggest party in town! Organizers of the event are expecting performers from Broadway and Off-Broadway’s biggest and most lavish productions.
THE GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION is the culmination of six weeks of fund raising when shows on and Off-Broadway engage in a friendly competition to see which show can raise the most money for the organization. Awards are presented to the companies that raise the most money and for the winning presentation.
TO BUY TICKETS TO GYPSY OF THE YEAR: VIP and Priority tickets ($350 and $200) and other tickets ($110/$40/$20) can be purchased online at www.BroadwayCares.org, in person at BC/EFA (165 West 46th Street, Suite 1300), by phone at (212) 840-0770, or at the door the day of the event.
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 $195 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.
BC/EFA also 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 HIV/AIDS Initiative, The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic and more.
THE GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION is sponsored by:
Continental Airlines, the official airline of BC/EFA and The New York Times
For more information, visit: www.BroadwayCares.org
Follow BC/EFA on Twitter: @BCEFA
Find BC/EFA on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BCEFA
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WINNER! THREE 2010 TONY AWARDS
INCLUDING BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
TONY AWARD-WINNING LA CAGE AUX FOLLES AUTHOR
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 Krasker. PS 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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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 YORK – Cirque 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.
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.