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Andrew C. McGibbon

Andrew C. McGibbon

 

Andrew C. McGibbon has spent the past thirty years working in live theatre as a stage manager, general manager, producer and leader in the convergence of Broadway and online.

Mr. McGibbon worked as a stage manager and general manager for ten years. In 1994 he created a website devoted to live theatre, BroadwayWorld-Wide.com. The site was subsequently bought by, and became Playbill.com. He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for TonyAwards.com. With the 2008-09 season he finished his ninth year on the show. He has also worked as a webmaster for the Broadway League and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He is presently the Director of Digital Media for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

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

In addition to his work in the theatrical industry, Mr. McGibbon is also a partner in Simple Solutions Distributing, a manufacturer of filtration equipment for the waste-water industry.

Photo: Elizabeth Leitzell

 

BROADWAY’S

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

TO WELCOME

RAY BENSON

TO NEDERLANDER THEATRE

 

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

TO JOIN BROADWAY CAST ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16

FOR ONE TIME ONLY JAM SESSION

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

TICKET INFORMATION:

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

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

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

BIOGRAPHY

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

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

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Broadway To Dim Its Lights
Tonight At 7 pm


In Memory Of Stage and Screen Star
Jill Clayburgh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UK’S NATIONAL THEATRE

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

HAMLET

Starring Rory Kinnear

Directed by Nicholas Hytner

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

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

WHAT:          

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

WHERE:        

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

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

 

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

Additional broadcasts in the New York City area include: 

● Brooklyn Academy of Music

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

● Cinema 123 (Upper East Side)

Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville

● Fairfield University (CT)

Time and Space, Hudson – also playing December 17th

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

● Kew Gardens Cinema

Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook (CT)

Monmouth University (NJ)

SCHEDULE:

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

 

TICKETS:     

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

ABOUT HAMLET:

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

NEXT:

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

MORE:          

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

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

CONTINUES WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 10th, AT NEW WORLD STAGES

Round 4 Judges Will Be 

Charles Busch and the cast of The Divine Sister!


The Time Out New York Lounge, in association with New World Stages and 21st Century Life, moves on to Week Four of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DRAG ! This sassy elimination competition on Wednesday nights features themed performances, ruthlessly scrutinized by a rotating panel of celebrity judges, at the Time Out New York Lounge at New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street (between Eighth & Ninth Avenues). This week’s judges will the fabulous Charles Busch and the extraordinary cast of The Divine Sister, now playing Off-Broadway at the Soho Playhouse.

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

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

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

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

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

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

CELEBRATES 400th PERFORMANCE ON BROADWAY
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8

AND KICK-OFF OF NATIONAL THEATRE ENGAGEMENT  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BROADWAY'S "LOMBARDI" TO HONOR SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN

WITH SPECIAL DISCOUNT ON VETERANS DAY THIS THURSDAY NOVEMBER 11

$40 tickets for all active duty, reservists, veterans and guests

The producers of Broadway's LOMBARDI  today announced that they will offer a $40 ticket for the Veteran's Day performance, this Thursday November  11 at 8 PM at Circle in the Square (50th Street west of Broadway), to all current and former members with a military ID;  each ID is good for a pair of tickets. They will also have the chance to pose with the actual Lombardi trophy which is being housed in the theatre's lower lobby this week, along with other rare memorabilia. Following the performance lead actor Dan Lauria, himself a former  Marine and longtime supporter of men and women in the military, will acknowledge those members in attendance.

Tickets for this special Veteran's Day performance are available at the special $40 price by visiting BroadwayOffers.com<http://BroadwayOffers.com> and using code "VINCE40" or by calling Telecharge at  (212) 239-6200 or by bringing a military ID to the Circle in the Square Theatre box office on West 50th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue.

LOMBARDI, a new American play from Academy Award-winning playwright Eric Simonson, is based on the best-selling Vince Lombardi biography When Pride Still Mattered, by Pulitzer Prize winning author David Maraniss.  It is directed by Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail.

Mr. Simonson is an Academy-Award winning documentary film maker and an ensemble member of the renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Company as a playwright and director.  Mr. Maraniss is an associate editor at The Washington Post and the author of five critically acclaimed bestselling books about history, sports, and politics. Mr, Kail is the Tony Award nominated director for "In The Heights."

LOMBARDI is produced by Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser, in association with the National Football League.
LOMBARDI opened last month to raves:

"Eric Simonson has given us an extremely well-crafted piece of intelligent middlebrow theater, a regular-guy equivalent of Frost/Nixon. A good one for the guys.  It is both tasty and filling. I know nothing about football and less about the Green Bay Packers, but LOMBARDI  held my attention from start to finish, and when it was over, I went home feeling properly entertained." Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal

"There's a place for LOMBARDI in the Broadway huddle...  It is theatrical catnip for husbands or boyfriends otherwise reluctant to see most Broadway shows: Football! Vince Lombardi! The legendary Packers!" The Associated Press

"Even if you never cared about Lombardi, you will enjoy LOMBARDI. And that really is everything." Mike Vaccaro, New York Post

"I loved LOMBARDI" Fox Five

"A rare Broadway drama that's also a real crowd-pleaser." AOL

"Sports fans will get a huge kick out of the it, but there's plenty for the uninitiated as well. As entertainment, LOMBARDI scores points." Roma Torre, NY1

"With its uniformly good cast, tight direction and frequent flashes of humor, Lombardi is solid playing in every sense of the word." David Cote, Time Out New York


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).

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PERFORMANCES BEGIN THIS WEEK For

“THE LAST CASTRATO”

A Gender Bending Tale of Musical Intrigue

OFF BROADWAY at the CONNELLY THEATRE

Previews Friday, November 12th and the Opening is TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16th

 

Gap in the Wall Productions presents “The Last Castrato” by Guy Fredrick Glass, Off Broadway at the Connelly Theater, 220 East 4th Street (Bet Avenue A & Avenue B; subway: F to 2nd Ave.;6 to Astor).  Inspired by true events, the play is directed by John Henry Davis with scenic design by Andreea Mincic, costumes design by Brenda Abbandandolo, lighting design by Mark T. Simpson.  Lewis R Baratz is the music director, production stage manager is Michael Alifanz and the production manager is Josh Iacovelli.  Joseph Hill is the singer.  Previews begin this Friday, November 12th and the Opening is Tuesday, November 16th.       Photos are available please let me know if you need

The cast includes: Frank Anderson (Mustafa) is the recipient of the 2010 NY Innovative Theatre Award as Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role for The Return of Peter Grimm and some national tours are Fiddler on the Roof and Show Boat.  Bethe B. Austin (Mrs. Bristed) made her Broadway debut in Sly Fox, followed by Whoopee  and others, as well as Noises Off (Drama Desk Award 'Best Ensemble').  Abe Goldfarb (Swiss Guard/Fred) is the co-founder of the Royal Circus; some favorite roles include Ben Frankllin in We the People: America Rocks!, and the Frontman in Hostage Song.  Doug Kreeger (Cesari) won Fringe Award in Veritas,for Outstanding Ensemble and in Swimming Upstream for Outstanding Actor; Off-Broadway, he created the lead role in Rooms: A Rock RomanceMelissa Miller (Lillie)  was in "I Never Sang for My Father" with the Keen Co, starring Marsha Mason and Keir Dullea; also recently played Lady Anne in "Richard III" with NY Classical Theatre.  Jacob Pinion (Moreschi) returns from London where he was a member of the T.S. Eliot Exchange with The Public and The Old Vic Theaters, favorite credits are Night and her Stars, Metamorphoses, and Kiss Me, Kate.  Jonathan Tindle (Perosi) is a recipient of a SAG Peer Award, a Theatre Lobby Award, three Helen Hayes Award nominations, and an NEA Artist Fellowship grant for ' significant contribution to the arts.'  Liam Torres (Sarto)  was seen at 59E59 Theater’s Summer Shorts Festival as Walter in Fit, by Neil Koenigsberg some other NYC credits are Tom in Havana Journal and  King Claudius in Hamlet.

"The Last Castrato" tells the story of Alessandro Moreschi, the last of that unique, almost forgotten group --the castrati-- who were damaged at a young age by forces beyond their control.  The play is set at a Vatican that has been uneasily thrust into the twentieth century, as Moreschi becomes the only member of his line to preserve his voice for the newly-invented phonograph.  Through his personal journey, as he battles bureaucracy, homophobia, and raw political ambition, he grapples with his sexual identity to find out who he really is.  Told with humor, passion, and the music of the castrati, "The Last Castrato" is a celebration of the triumph of the human spirit over oppression.  www.lastcastrato.com.

Guy Fredrick Glass has had performances and readings of his plays in New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Washington DC, England, and Japan.  Healing and The Therapeutic Hour were published by Smith and Kraus in their 2007 Best Ten Minute Plays series.  Dr. Glass is also a psychiatrist who practices in Manhattan and New Jersey.  He was for many years Newsletter Editor for the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists, and has spoken at national and international conferences on topics related to gay and lesbian mental health.  John Henry Davis (Director) of theatre, film, and television in New York and across the country, and he has directed at Playwrights Horizons, Mark Taper Forum, Kennedy Center, and Dallas Theatre Center, working with writers and composers such as Beth Henley, Tom Babe, Ossie Davis, and Jason Robert Brown. In television and film, he has directed Oz (HBO), The Sarah Jones Show (Bravo), and was director of the award winning feature film Ordinary Sinner. He also directed the premieres of the plays Papa and Mountain, bothstarring Len Cariou for tour and Off-Broadway and Daughters at the Westside Arts. 

Performances are Thursday–Sunday at 8pm.  There are special performances: Tuesday 11/16 at 8pm, matinees at 3pm on Saturday 11/20 & Sunday 11/28; and at 8pm Wednesday 12/1.  There is no performance Thanksgiving week on Thursday 11/25 & Sunday 11/28 at 8pm.  Tickets are only $18Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets - Phone: 1.800.838.3006 (ask for Event Number 125160) or online by clicking here:  Buy tickets for The Last Castrato.  

Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles, the new “musical” that opened on Broadway this past week is not exactly what I would call a musical.  Honestly, the most theatrical thing about it are some costume and lighting changes. There is not the slightest conceit of actual characters.  This is strictly a Beatles tribute band.  Thankfully the cast are all wonderful musicians who do a remarkable job with the Beatle's music.

See the Super Bowl Trophy In-Person at LOMBARDI

Take your picture with a legend!  The Vince Lombardi Super Bowl trophy, named for the iconic Hall of Fame football coach and title character of the Broadway play LOMBARDI, will be on display in the lower lobby of the Circle in the Square Theatre from Tuesday, November 9 to Sunday November 14 for anyone holding tickets to that day's performance.

Directed by Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail, LOMBARDI is an original play by Academy Award-winning playwright Eric Simonson, based on the best-selling biography When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi by Pulitzer Prize winner 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.

Starring Dan Lauria as Vince Lombardi and Judith Light as his wife Marie, 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).

LOMBARDI plays Tuesdays at 7 PM, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2pm, and Sunday matinees at 3pm.

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