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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

 

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).

www.lombardibroadway.com
Follow LOMBARDI on Twitter: @LombardiPlay or on Facebook.

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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.

www.lombardibroadway.com
Follow LOMBARDI on Twitter: @LombardiPlay or on Facebook.

TIME STANDS STILL
ANNOUNCES COMPLETE NOVEMBER TALK BACK SCHEDULE

SPECIAL NOVEMBER 30 TALK BACK TO FEATURE
ABC NEWS' BOB WOODRUFF & WIFE LEE WOODRUFF,
PSYCHIATRIST ROBERT JAY LIFTON & MORE MAGAZINE'S LESLEY JANE SEYMOUR

TIME STANDS STILL, the Tony nominated hit play currently playing at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street), announces the complete November schedule for its talk back series. Each TIME STANDS STILL talk back features noted experts from the worlds of journalism, photojournalism, foreign affairs, and leaders in the international fight to protect journalistic freedoms.

A highlight of the series will be the Tuesday, November 30 edition featuring ABC News' Bob Woodruff and his wife Lee Woodruff, co-authors of In an Instant, the book which chronicles the journey to recovery following Bob's roadside bomb injury in Iraq. The Woodruffs will be joined by noted psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton in a discussion that will be moderated by More Magazine editor-in-chief Lesley Jane Seymour.

Below is the complete upcoming TIME STANDS STILL talk back schedule for the month of November:

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 (sponsored by the International Center for Photography): Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Carolyn Cole (Los Angeles Times), award-winning photographer and author Ron Haviv (Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal and Afghanistan: On the Road to Kabul), New York Times staff photographer and Pulitzer Prize finalist Michael Kamber, and Kristen Lubben associate curator at the International Center of Photography. The discussion will be moderated by the International Center for Photography's chief curator and director of exhibitions Brian Wallis.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 (sponsored by Getty Images): Pulitzer Prize-winning Getty Images staff photographer John Moore, Getty news photographer Mario Tama, and Reportage by Getty Images photographer Shaul Schwarz. The talk back will be moderated by Newsweek senior international photo editor James Wellford.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30 (sponsored by More Magazine & The Dart Center): ABC News' Bob Woodruff and wife Lee Woodruff, co-authors of In an Instant, and psychiatrist and author Robert Jay Lifton, known for his studies of the psychological causes and effects of war and political violence. The discussion will be moderated by More Magazine's editor-in-chief Lesley Jane Seymor.

TIME STANDS STILL stars Laura Linney, Brian d'Arcy James, Eric Bogosian, and Christina Ricci. The play is by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies and directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan.

TIME STANDS STILL, follows Sarah and James (Laura Linney and Brian d'Arcy James), a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy.  Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories and together, making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life... and everything changes - in a flash.

Tickets range from $56.50 - $121.50 with premiere seating available from $176.50 - $251.50 with standing room (when available) at $26.50. Tickets include a $1.50 facility fee. Tickets are available through Telecharge.com, by phone at 212-239-6200, or 800-432-7250, online at www.Telecharge.com or at the Cort Theatre Box Office (138 West 48th Street).

BIOGRAPHIES:

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 (Sponsor: International Center for Photography)
Carolyn Cole began her career in 1986 as a staff photographer with the El Paso Herald-Post, a position which she occupied until 1988. She then moved to the San Francisco Examiner for two years, before spending another two years as a freelance photographer in Mexico City, working with newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times, Detroit Free Press, and Business Week. In 1992, Cole returned to being a staff photographer, working for The Sacramento Bee, before moving to the Los Angeles Times in 1994. Cole spent time in Kosovo during the 1999 crisis, and in 2001, spent two months in Afghanistan. In 2002, she received the National Press Photographers Association Newspaper Photographer of the Year award for the first time. In mid-2003, Cole went to Liberia, as rebels surrounded the capital, Monrovia, demanding the resignation of President Charles Taylor. This trip was to earn her the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. In 2004, Cole was also named both NPPA Newspaper Photographer of the Year for a second time, for her work in both Liberia and Iraq, and the Pictures of the Year International Newspaper Photographer by the University of Missouri's Missouri School of Journalism. Cole has also received the Robert Capa Gold Medal from the Overseas Press Club in both 2003 and 2004, and won two World Press Photo awards in 2004.

Ron Haviv is a photojournalist, the author of several photographic collections and the recipient of a number of awards. He also lectures at universities and has appeared on a number of television news shows. His photographs-which have received awards from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year, Overseas Press Club, and the Leica Camera-have been exhibited in The Louvre as well as other museums and galleries and in the United Nations and The Council on Foreign Relations. They have been collected in Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal and Afghanistan: On the Road to Kabul. He is one of seven co-founders of photo agency VII, formed in 2001, along with Alexandra Boulat, Gary Knight, Antonin Kratochvil, Christopher Morris, James Nachtwey and John Stanmeyer. His media appearances have included "The Charlie Rose Show," NPR, "Good Morning America," "ABC World News Tonight," CNN, and MSNBC, as well as the documentaries Freelance in a World of Risk, Vivisect and Eyes of the World.

Michael Kamber has worked as a New York City-based freelance photographer and journalist since the late 1980s. Kamber is currently on the staff of The New York Times. In the United States, Kamber has covered immigration, homelessness, labor issues and the environment. He has also worked extensively in the Caribbean, covering politics, conflict and social issues in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti. In Pakistan and Afghanistan he has focused on the plight of long-term Afghan refugees and the future of a post-Taliban Afghanistan. Kamber spent 2003 photographing for The New York Times in West Africa and the Middle East, covering conflicts in the Ivory Coast, the Congo, Liberia and Iraq. His work has appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers in the U.S. and Europe and is featured in two recent collections of journalism: The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2002 and Brooklyn: A State of Mind. Kamber is a former Revson Fellow at Columbia University. He has been nominated for the World Press Photo award and the Pulitzer Prize in both photography and reporting. He is also the winner of the Mike Berger Award, the Missouri School of Journalism's Lifestyle Award and the Deadline Club Award.

Kristen Lubben, associate curator at the International Center of Photography, has been a member of the curatorial staff since 1998. She has curated numerous exhibitions, including Susan Meiselas: In History; Gerda Taro; Francesc Torres: Dark Is the Room Where We Sleep; Amelia Earhart: Image and Icon; El Salvador: Work of Thirty Photographers; and Dress Codes: The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video with Vince Aletti, Carol Squiers, and Christopher Phillips. Lubben is the author and editor of several publications, including the catalog for the exhibition In History, which received the Kraszna Krausz Either/Or Award (UK) for best photography book of 2009 and best historical photography book from Les Recontres d'Arles. Lubben received her BA in art history and women's studies from the University of California, Irvine, and completed graduate studies in the history of art and archaeology at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

Brian Wallis is chief curator and director of exhibitions at the International Center of Photography. Former curator, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; former senior editor, Art in America. Noted writer and editor. Publications include Art Matters: How the Culture Wars Changed America; Land Art; Constructing Masculinity; Rock My Religion: Writings and Art Projects by Dan Graham, 1965-1990; Democracy: A Project by Group Material; Blasted Allegories: Writings by Contemporary Artists; Art after Modernism: Rethinking Representation. Wallis has curated numerous exhibitions at ICP including Larry Clark, Miroslav Tichy, and the current Cuba in Revolution. Contributor to publications including Artforum, Art in America, Aperture, Washington Post, New York Times, Village Voice. Taught at Yale University, Williams College, New York University, City University of New York. B.A., Colgate University; M.A., University of Virginia, PhD.in American Studies at New York University.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 (Sponsor: Getty Images)
John Moore is a senior staff photographer for Getty Images. Since 2008 he has been based in Denver, Colorado, where he lives with his wife and two children. He had previously been based abroad for 17 years.

Moore grew up Irving, Texas and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Radio-Television-Film. He began working for the Associated Press, first based in Nicaragua, then India, South Africa, Mexico and Egypt, working for the AP for almost 14 years.

Moore joined Getty Images in 2005 and worked throughout South Asia, Africa and the Middle East before moving back to the U.S. For the last decade he has extensively covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, working in the some of the world's most dangerous combat zones.

Moore has won top photography awards over the years from many of the world's major photographic organizations. As a Getty staffer in 2008 he was awarded both Magazine Photographer of the Year from Pictures of the Year International and Photographer of the Year from the National Press Photographers Association. His exclusive photography of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto earned him top awards from World Press Photo and the Robert Capa Gold Medal for courage in photojournalism given by the Overseas Press Club. He was also a member of the 2005 AP team which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography, for coverage of the Iraq War.

Mario Tama. As a news photographer for Getty Images, Mario Tama has captured powerful imagery from the  most current and vital events happening in the world around us, including the earthquake in Haiti, the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, September 11th and the funeral of Pope John Paul II. His unforgettable photographs from Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath, which were featured in National Geographic, Newsweek, various newspapers and other media around the world, earned him the prestigious Cliff Edom's New America Award at the NPPA Best of Photojournalism Awards. Tama has received numerous honors and accolades, including: Pictures of the Year International, White House News Photographers Association, NPPA's Best of Photojournalism, UNICEF Photo of the Year, Care International Award for Humanitarian Reportage, China International Press Photo Contest, and Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards. Tama was nominated for an Emmy for his documentary work on Coney Island, and his work on Baghdad's orphans was exhibited at Visa Pour L'Image in Perpignan. He studied photography at Rochester Institute of Technology and freelanced in Washington, DC for the Washington Post and Agence France-Presse before joining Getty Images in 2001.

Shaul Schwarz was born in Israel in 1974. He started his photographic career in the Israeli Air Force. After finishing his service he moved on to cover news in Israel and in the West Bank before relocating to New York in 1999.

Today he is still based in New York and works as a freelance photographer represented by Reportage by Getty Images. Shaul's work has appeared in major international publications such National Geographic Magazine, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times Magazine, Geo, Paris Match, Stern, El Pais Magazine, GQ, and Marie Claire among others. His coverage of the conflict in Haiti in 2004 received two World Press Awards. In 2005 Schwarz won the highly acclaimed Visa D'or in Perpignan for his work on Settlers from the Gaza Strip. Most recently he was honored with the 2008 Robert Capa Award given out by the Overseas Press Club. A full list of recognitions appears below.

OPC Robert Capa Gold Medal Award 2008, POY 3rd place Magazine Story of the Year 2008, PDN Photo Annual 2008, POY 3rd place Magazine News Stories 2007, American Photography 2007, Communication Arts 2007,
Visa D'or News 2005 (received at 2006 festival), Time Magazine Year in Pictures 2006, PDN 30 to watch for 2006, POY 2006 1st place Magazine news story, American Photography 2006, World Press Photo 2005 2nd place spot new, World Press Photo 2005 3rd place people in the news, POY 1st place Magazine news stories 2005, POY 1st place spot news singles 2005, American Photography 2005, NPPA 2005 2nd place Magazine news, Time Magazine Year in Pictures 2004, Communication Arts 2004, American Photography 2004, PDN Photo Annual 2004,Time Magazine Year in Pictures 2003, Communication Arts 2003

James Wellford was born in Richmond, Virginia. He graduated from Brown University. He has been the senior international photo editor at Newsweek in New York City since 2000 where he has collaborated on a number of award winning stories recognized by the Overseas Press Club, the World Press Awards, and Pictures of the Year competitions. He is a founding member of Fovea Editions as well as a curator and co-founder of SeenUnseen, a program of projections by leading photojournalists that brings to light consequential issues around the world. Among his multimedia projects produced for SeenUnseen are those on Afghanistan in 2007, the Israeli-Lebanon war of 2006, the 2004 Indonesian Tsunami, 2005's Hurricane Katrina, and in 2009 American Interlude. The list of exhibitions James has curated includes "Tsunami," a warehouse projection in New York City, "Interlude," at the Alice Austen House Museum, Brent Stirton's "The Last Gorillas of the Congo" at Fovea Exhibitions, Seamus Murphy's "Afghanistan. A Darkness Visible" at VII Gallery in Brooklyn, and in 2010 "Projections of Reality,  Encounters with the (un)Familiar" in Moscow, Russia. In 2009 he co-edited Issue #17 of the photographic magazine OjodePez. Prior to his Newsweek post, he edited the historical archives of the New York Daily News and worked as an editor at Gamma, SIPA, and Black Star agencies.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30 (Sponsors: More Magazine & The Dart Center)
Lesley Jane Seymour was named editor-in-chief of More Magazine in January of 2008 where she led the magazine to a 2009 National Magazine Award nomination for personal service for an investigative piece called "The Endangered Uterus", and to a nomination for General Excellence in 2010.  Under her guidance, the magazine was named to Mediaweek's 2010 Hot List, and dubbed "The Vanity Fair for Women" by marketers. Seymour was also ranked 4th on Forbes' Most Powerful Fashion Magazine Editors list in 2009.

Bob Woodruff joined ABC News in 1996 and has covered major stories throughout the country and around the world for the network. He was named co-anchor of ABC's "World News Tonight" in December 2005. On January 29, 2006, while reporting on U.S. and Iraqi security forces, Woodruff was seriously injured by a roadside bomb that struck his vehicle near Taji, Iraq. In February 2007, just thirteen months after being wounded in Iraq, Mr. Woodruff returned to ABC News with his first on-air report, "To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports." The hour-long, primetime documentary chronicled his traumatic brain injury (TBI), his painstaking recovery, and the plight of thousands of service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with similar injuries. Woodruff continues to cover traumatic brain injuries for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms and was honored with a Peabody Award in 2008 for his reporting on the subject.

Lee Woodruff. As co-author of the best-selling In an Instant, Lee Woodruff garnered critical acclaim for the compelling and humorous chronicle of her family's journey to recovery following her husband Bob's roadside bomb injury in Iraq. Appearing together on national television and radio, the couple has helped put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury among returning Iraq war veterans. Woodruff is currently a contributor for ABC's "Good Morning America," reporting on a variety of home and family related topics. Her second book, Perfectly Imperfect, a Life in Progress, was published in the spring of 2009.

Robert Jay Lifton is currently Lecturer in Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge Health Alliance. Until recently, he was Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, The City University of New York, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the Graduate School and University Center, and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine as well as Director of the Center on Violence and Human Survival at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He had previously held the Foundations' Fund Research Professorship of Psychiatry at Yale University for more than two decades. He has been particularly interested in the relationship between individual psychology and historical change and in problems surrounding the extreme historical situations of our era.  He has taken an active part in the formation of the new field of psychohistory. Lifton's psychological research on apocalyptic violence began in mid-1995 with a focus on Aum Shinrikyo, the extremist Japanese cult that released poison gas in Tokyo subways. From September 11, 2001, he has been studying Islamist apocalyptic violence and American responses to 9/11, including their own apocalyptic tendencies. In 1966, together with Erik Erikson, he organized the Wellfleet Psychohistory Group. He has continued to host and moderate it as a working group since that time. Its participants have included innovative scholars who have contributed much to contemporary psychological and social thought. He has been an active member of Physicians for Social Responsibility since 1962, serving on its Board of Directors from 1981 to 1982 and 1984 to 1987. He is a founding member of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (from 1980), which was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.

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SIGNATURE THEATRE COMPANY
20th ANNIVERSARY GALA CELEBRATES PLAYWRIGHT-IN-RESIDENCE
TONY KUSHNER

Monday, NOVEMBER 8 at Espace

Signature Theatre Company (James Houghton, Founding Artistic Director; Erika Mallin, Executive Director) will celebrate its 2010-2011 playwright-in-residence Tony Kushner at its 20th anniversary gala on Monday, November 8 at Espace (635 West 42nd Street).

Cocktails will begin at 6:30pm with dinner at 7:30 PM and performances and tribute to Mr. Kushner to follow.   Participants in the gala include Stephen Spinella, Linda Emond, Mike Nichols, Edward Norton and Frank Rich.

Tony Kushner's original plays and adaptations are courageous in their scope and variety, exploring themes such as politics, history, community, faith, and love. These plays include A Bright Room Called Day; Angels in America, Parts One and Two; Slavs!; Homebody/Kabul; Caroline, or Change, a musical with composer Jeanine Tesori; and The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide To Capitalism And Socialism With A Key To The Scriptures. Mr. Kushner has adapted and translated Pierre Corneille's The Illusion, S.Y. Ansky's The Dybbuk, Bertolt Brecht's The Good Person of Sezuan and Mother Courage and Her Children; and the English-language libretto for the opera Brundibár by Hans Krasa. He also wrote the screenplays for Mike Nichols' film of Angels in America, and Steven Spielberg's Munich. His books include Brundibar, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak; The Art of Maurice Sendak, 1980 to the Present; and Wrestling With Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict, co-edited with Alisa Solomon. Mr. Kushner is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, two Evening Standard Awards, an Olivier Award, an Emmy Award and an Oscar nomination, among other honors. In 2008, he was the first recipient of the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award. He lives in Manhattan with his husband, Mark Harris.

For more information, please contact Jordan Dyniewski at 212-967-1913, extension 28 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Signature Theatre Company, founded in 1991 by James Houghton, exists to honor and celebrate the playwright. Signature makes an extended commitment to a playwright's body of work, and during this journey, the writer is engaged in every aspect of the creative process. Signature is the first theatre company to devote an entire season to the work of a single playwright, including re-examinations of past writings as well as New York and world premieres. By championing in-depth explorations of a living playwright's body of work, the Company delivers an intimate and immersive journey into the playwright's singular vision. Signature remains deeply committed to season-long residencies, and during the company's tenth and fifteenth anniversaries, Signature introduced the Legacy Program. The Legacy Program invites past Playwrights-in-Residence back to Signature through two series: the Signature Series, which presents "signature," or more well-known works; and the Premiere Series, which presents New York and world premieres. Since 2005, Signature has been committed to presenting world-class theatre at an affordable price through The Signature Ticket Initiative, which will offer subsidized $20 tickets through the Company's twentieth anniversary season in 2011.

In October of 2008, Signature announced the creation of the SIGNATURE CENTER, a permanent home to open in early 2012. Designed by Frank Gehry Architects, the Center will be comprised of three theatres, two rehearsal studios, a café, bookstore, and offices all on one level - a configuration that allows the company not only the space to expand its programming, but also the proximity for natural interaction between artists and audiences of the different programs. In its new home, Signature will continue its Master Playwrights Residency and expand the Legacy Program. Signature will also introduce an Emerging Playwrights Residency that will feature early- and mid-career playwrights and guarantee them three full productions over the course of a multi-year residency. This groundbreaking facility will offer a vital presence on West 42nd Street and will make it possible for Signature to collaborate with playwrights throughout
the entire trajectory of their careers.

Signature is currently presenting the critically acclaimed first New York revival of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning ANGELS IN AMERICA: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes at The Peter Norton Space (555 West 42nd Street).  The production, directed by Michael Greif, was originally slated to play through December 19, but has been extended two times by popular demand and will play through February 20.

Signature Theatre Company's 20th Anniversary season also features the New York premiere of iHo: THE INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUAL'S GUIDE TO CAPITALISM AND SOCIALISM WITH A KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES, also directed by Michael Greif and co-produced with The Public Theater in association with The Guthrie Theater; and THE ILLUSION, Kushner's freely adapted version of Pierre Corneille's L'Illusion Comique, directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Mayer.

The season will also include readings of selected other plays from Tony Kushner's body of work. Plays under consideration include A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY, TINY KUSHNER (A NEW COLLECTION OF ONE ACTS), IT'S AN UNDOING WORLD, OR WHY SHOULD IT BE EASY WHEN IT CAN BE HARD?, THE HENRY BOX BROWN PLAY, HYDRIOTAPHIA, OR THE DEATH OF DR. BROWNE and HOMEBODY/KABUL.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit signaturetheatre.org or call (212) 244-PLAY (7529).

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WONDERLAND
A New Alice.  A New Musical.

TO AMERICAN EXPRESS CARDHOLDERS

JANET DACAL, DARREN RITCHIE,
TITUSS BURGESS, JOSE LLANA, KAREN MASON, KATE SHINDLE, EDWARD STAUDENMAYER

TO OPEN ON BROADWAY
AT THE MARQUIS THEATRE
APRIL 17, 2011
PREVIEWS BEGIN MARCH 21

Tickets are now on sale to WONDERLAND - A New Alice.  A New Musical exclusively for American Express cardholders through www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 877-250-2929.  Tickets will be available to the general public the week of November 22.  WONDERLAND will star Janet Dacal (In The Heights) as Alice, Darren Ritchie (Little Shop of Horrors, Thoroughly Modern Millie) as White Knight, Tituss Burgess (Jersey Boys, Little Mermaid) as Caterpillar, Jose Llana (Spelling Bee, Flower Drum Song) as El Gato, Karen Mason (Hairspray, Mamma Mia!) as Queen of Hearts, Kate Shindle (Legally Blonde, Cabaret, Jekyll and Hyde) as Mad Hatter and Edward Staudenmayer (Spamalot, Martin Short:  Fame Becomes Me) as White Rabbit).  With a book by Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy, lyrics by Jack Murphy, music by Frank Wildhorn, choreography by Marguerite Derricks and direction by Gregory Boyd, WONDERLAND will open at Broadway's Marquis Theatre on Sunday, April 17, 2011, and performances will begin Monday, March 21.

WONDERLAND - A New Alice.  A New Musical will play a pre-Broadway engagement at the Ferguson Hall at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts (Judy Lisi, President and CEO) in Tampa, Florida January 4 through January 16, 2011.

The ensemble includes April Berry, Sae La Chin, Dan Domenech, Mallauri Esquibel, Derek Ferguson, Lauren Lim Jackson, Morgan James, Stefan Raulston, Julius Anthony Rubio and Danny Stiles.

The design team is comprised of Neil Patel (set), Susan Hilferty (costume), Paul Gallo (lighting) and Sven Ortel (video and projection).

WONDERLAND is the first production of the Broadway Genesis Project, an initiative by the Straz Center for the Performing Arts to develop and prepare new musical theater for Broadway. From a show's inception to final staging, the Project provides a safe and nourishing environment in a state-of-the-art complex with artistic, technical and administrative resources.

WONDERLAND was optioned by Judy Lisi, CEO of the Straz Center, and was subsequently produced as its world premiere at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, FL this past December.  In association with the Alley Theatre in Houston, TX, in January of 2010, the show was transferred for further development, becoming one of the highest grossing shows in that theater's history.

A new spin on the classic story of Alice and her Looking-Glass world, WONDERLAND is about a modern-day woman who goes on a life-changing adventure far below the streets of New York City, where a colorful cast of strange but familiar characters help her rediscover what's really important. Featuring a fresh, contemporary pop score from the creator of Jekyll and Hyde, WONDERLAND arrives on Broadway this spring following two sold-out national stage premieres.
WONDERLAND will be produced on Broadway by the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts (Judy Lisi, President and CEO), William Franzblau and Nederlander Presentations, Inc.

Broadway ticket Information:
Tickets are now on sale for WONDERLAND - A New Alice.  A New Musical exclusively to American Express cardholders through www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 877-250-2929.  Tickets will be available to general public the week of November 22.

Tampa Ticket Information:
Tickets for WONDERLAND - A New Alice.  A New Musical may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at www.strazcenter.org

For more information about the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and its upcoming events, please visit www.strazcenter.org

The WONDERLAND Concept CD is available through ITUNES from SONY Masterworks.


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Thursday, 04 November 2010 23:34

Broadway Review: LOMBARDI

There is definitely an audience for the new play, Lombardi and I don’t mean that pejoratively in the least.  Eric Simonson’s script is a fine vehicle to tell the story of Vince Lombardi... the football coach.

Lombardi is based on an amalgam of two projects by W. C. Heinz who was originally commissioned to write a biography about Vince Lombardi.  He found Lombardi a tough nut to crack and the project never went forward.  After rethinking the idea from a different angle, Heinz decided to follow Lombardi for a week leading up to a big game and wrote the book “Run to Daylight” about that experience.  The problem with Lombardi is that we learn about Vince Lombardi the football coach but we don’t learn much about Vince Lombardi the person.  Lombardi’s elusiveness is just as much of a problem here as it was to Heinz when trying to write the biography.