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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

 

KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY 2011
TICKETS ON SALE NOW


Tickets available for matinee + evening shows on:
SUPERBOWL SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2011
With a “kick-off” party at the new
Bowlmor Lanes Times Square!


Tickets available for evening shows on:
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2011
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2011
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2011
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2011

TICKETS ON SALE TODAY
www.KidsNightonBroadway.com


(New York, NY)  November 2, 2010 – Participating shows for The Broadway League’s 15th annual KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY are on sale today, Tuesday, November 2, 2010.

KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY is when kids ages 6 to 18 can see Broadway shows for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. A KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY ticket includes pre-theatre parties, restaurant discounts, parking discounts, special edition Kids’ Playbill provided by Theatre Development Fund, educational programs, and more.

“The Broadway League's Kids' Night on Broadway program continues to evolve in fresh new ways. We just enjoyed a special Kids' Night edition on Halloween, and over the summer the Kids' Night program was included in Harlem Week's festivities. Research proves that theatregoing kids most likely become theatregoing adults, because there is nothing like Broadway to enrich lives and inspire people of all ages," said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League.

The 15th annual KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY kicks off in New York City on February 6, 2011 with a pre-theatre party at the new Bowlmor Lanes Times Square, the ultimate in bowling, dining, and entertainment. Kids’ Night on Broadway ticket holders will experience unique theatre activities as well as the chance to bowl for free! Pre-theatre events will also take place at Madame Tussauds New York on Tuesday, February 8th, with more details on all events to come soon.

Theatregoers can visit KidsNightonBroadway.com to purchase tickets to KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY to find more information, and to view the list of discounted restaurants and parking garages. Tickets can also be purchased via broadwayoffers.com or ticketmaster.com or at the individual theatre box offices. USE CODE KNOB2011.

SUPERBOWL SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2011 (matinee and evening)
Tickets available for evening shows on:

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2011
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2011
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2011
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2011

Participating shows* (to date) include:

The Addams Family
American Idiot
Billy Elliot the Musical
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Chicago
Elling
Jersey Boys
La Cage aux Folles
The Lion King
Mamma Mia!
Mary Poppins
Memphis
Million Dollar Quartet
The Phantom of the Opera
Rock of Ages
The Scottsboro Boys

Wicked

(*Subject to change, and some shows not available for all performances. Check back for additional shows)

KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY will also take place in multiple cities around the country, with different shows and venues putting their own spin on the event, on numerous dates throughout the year. Check kidsnightonbroadway.com for specific dates and locations.

KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY SOUVENIR PLAYBILL: Written entirely by teens, this special educational keepsake takes a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Broadway shows and gives voice to young theatre fans.  Generously provided by Theatre Development Fund, the Playbill is provided free of charge to all kids who attend the theatre on Kids' Night on Broadway, and is available for download at KidsNightonBroadway.com.   It also contains extensive listings of theatre books, websites, and additional educational resources.

KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY is generously presented by The New York Times and is officially sponsored by Bowlmor Lanes Times Square, Madame Tussauds New York, WABC-TV with additional support provided by the Theatre Development Fund, and PLAYBILL.


Be on the lookout for information coming soon regarding the first-ever Broadway Week (January 24 – February 10) in collaboration with NYC & Co., offering two-for-one tickets Broadway’s hottest shows.

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DID YOU KNOW …


        Broadway theatres are filled with an exciting array of new and classic musicals and plays, providing the perfect experience for every audience.

        Great seats are available at every price point and are easy to buy online, by phone, or in person at theatre box offices.

        It's always the perfect time to see a show.  Broadway performs every day of the week at multiple curtain times to accommodate every schedule.


About THE BROADWAY LEAGUE

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.

TIME STANDS STILL
WELCOMES WNYC TALK BACK TOMORROW

POST-PERFORMANCE TALKBACK TO FEATURE
WNYC'S CELESTE HEADLEE, EDUCATOR ROBIN WILLIAMS,
THE VERA INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE'S WAYNE McKENZIE, & JOURNALIST AUDREY ADAMS

TIME STANDS STILL, the Tony nominated hit play at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street), continues its talk back series tomorrow, November 2 following the 7 PM performance with an edition sponsored by WNYC.

The talk back will feature educator Robin Williams, The Vera Institute for Justice's Wayne McKenzie, and "Talk! With Audrey" host Audrey Adams. The talk back will be moderated by Celeste Headlee, host of WNYC's "The Takeaway."

Each TIME STANDS STILL talk back will feature noted experts from the worlds of journalism, photojournalism, foreign affairs, and leaders in the international fight to protect journalistic freedoms. Additional talkback panelists and topics will be announced in the coming weeks.

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

CELESTE HEADLEE is co-host of "The Takeaway" from WNYC and PRI. Previously, she was Midwest correspondent for NPR's "Day to Day." From 2001-2006, she was a reporter at WDET (Detroit). She got her start in radio as the local "Morning Edition" anchor at KNAU (Flagstaff, AZ). Her news reports have aired on NPR, National Native News and PRI, and she has also reported for the Detroit News. Her work has been honored with multiple awards from the Michigan Chapter of the Associated Press, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, and the Metro Detroit Society of Professional Journalists. In addition to her journalistic background, Headlee is a classically trained soprano. She has contributed pieces to Chamber Music magazine, and is the great-granddaughter of "The Dean of African-American Composers," William Grant Still.

ROBIN WILLIAMS has been an educator for 25 years at the elementary and college levels. She has served as a translator for various organizations, as she is fluent in five languages. She is the Immediate Past Eastern Area Chair for Women's Issues of the Links Incorporated. And currently serves as one of the co-chairs for the Greater Hudson Valley Chapter (G.H.V.C.) of the Links, Incorporated's National Trends and Services Facet as well as President of the North Manhattan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Chair of the New York Metropolitan Coordinating Council for Delta, as well. Robin is also one of the Eastern Region Members of the Nominating Committee for Jack and Jill of America, Inc
WAYNE MCKENZIE is the director of the groundbreaking Prosecution & Racial Justice Program at the Vera Institute of Justice. Before joining Vera, he was a prosecutor in the Kings County District Attorney's Office where he held several supervisory positions. He is a board member of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association and a Past President of the National Black Prosecutors Association.

AUDREY ADAMS is taking the digital media world by storm as an executive producer, host and publisher. After highly successful careers in magazine publishing, public relations, high fashion modeling and entrepreneurship, the Audrey Adams brand was born. Adams' weekly interviews with experts from a myriad of lifestyle industries capture the finesse with which she expertly combines the use of digital and traditional media platforms. Media properties include, "Talk! With Audrey" radio and television: broadcast in New York (WHCR) and in California (KDEE) and "The Adams Report."

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE FOR TIME STANDS STILL:

*         THROUGH SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7: Tuesday 7PM, Wednesday 2PM & 8PM, Thursday 8PM, Friday 8PM, Saturday 2PM & 8PM, Sunday 3PM

*         MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14: Tuesday 7PM, Wednesday 2PM & 8PM, Thursday 7 PM, Friday 8PM, Saturday 8PM, Sunday 3PM & 7PM

*         MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22 - SUNDAY, NOVMEBER 28: Tuesday 7PM, Wednesday 2PM & 8PM, Thursday No show, Friday 2PM & 8PM, Saturday 2PM & 8PM, Sunday 3PM

*         MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19: Tuesday 7PM, Wednesday 2PM & 8PM, Thursday 7PM, Friday 8PM, Saturday 2PM & 8PM, Sunday 3PM

*         MONDAY, DECEMBER 20 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26: Sunday, December 26 at 3PM & 7PM. There will only be two performances this week.

*         MONDAY, DECEMBER 27 - SUNDAY, JANUARY 2: Tuesday 7PM, Wednesday 2PM & 8PM, Thursday 2PM & 7PM, Saturday 2PM & 8PM, Sunday 3PM.

*         MONDAY, JANUARY 3 - SUNDAY, JANUARY 23: Tuesday 7PM, Wednesday 2PM & 8PM, Thursday 7PM, Friday 8PM, Saturday 2PM & 8PM, Sunday 3PM

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SHE’S FABULOUS, BABY!!

 

Olivier Award Nominee

PATINA MILLER

To Reprise Her

Critically-Acclaimed Performance in

SISTER ACT

At The Broadway Theatre this Spring

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 November 1, 2010 – Producers Whoopi Goldberg and Stage Entertainment announced today that Olivier Award nominee PATINA MILLER will reprise the starring role of Deloris Van Cartier, which she originated in the West End production of SISTER ACT, when it premieres on Broadway this spring at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway).  Preview performances will begin on March 24, 2011.  Opening night is confirmed for Wednesday, April 20, 2011.  Further casting will be announced shortly. Tickets for SISTER ACT will go on sale exclusively to American Express Cardmembers on Wednesday, November 3, and will go on sale to the general public on Sunday, November 21.

PATINA MILLER took London by storm and became an overnight West End sensation when she originated the leading role of Deloris Van Cartier in the West End production of SISTER ACT.   Here’s a sample of what the critics had to say:

“PATINA MILLER is the real deal, a genuine new star, oozing confidence and sex appeal like it was going out of fashion.  She is a shimmering sheen of Diana Ross meets

Barbra Streisand and she transmits enough electricity

to power the whole of Regent Street for a year.”

-  Michael Coveney, The Independent

 

“PATINA MILLER belts it out with enough energy to fire a canon.  This American singer with the soul of gospel in her voice shines in the part and has every foot in the theatre tapping along to her infectious energy!”

-  Paul Callan, The Daily Express

 

“PATINA MILLER fills the stage with so many bundles of star quality that another dressing room will surely have to be found for them all. 

She might have been unknown last night, but today all that will have changed.”

-  Fiona Mountford, The Evening Standard

 

PATINA MILLER was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical and won the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers Choice Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Deloris Van Cartier in the West End production of SISTER ACT. Previously in New York she played Dionne in The Public Theatre’s 2008 production of Hair at the Delacorte Theatre. Ms. Miller also appeared on the ABC daytime television program “All My Children.” She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University.

SISTER ACT features an original score with music by multi-Academy, Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning composer Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Enchanted), lyrics by Tony Award-nominee Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid), and a book by multi-Emmy Award winners Cheri and Bill Steinkellner (“Cheers”). Directed on Broadway by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks (Guys and Dolls, A Funny Thing…Forum, Smokey Joe’s Café), the production features choreography by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Anthony Van Laast (Mamma Mia, Bombay Dreams) and is based on the Touchstone Pictures motion picture Sister Act written by Joseph Howard.

SISTER ACT has broken the record for the highest grossing single performance (December 2009) and highest weekly gross (August 2010) for any musical ever at the London Palladium. The hit show began previews there on May 7, 2009 and opened June 2 to rave notices, remaining a runaway favorite with audiences ever since. 

The record-breaking production has been seen by over a million people and was nominated for four Olivier Awards, including Best Musical, as well as seven Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers Choice Awards, winning two.  The show's Original Cast Recording is also a big favorite with fans, recently reaching Number 1 on the iTunes Soundtrack chart. A German production will open in Hamburg in December 2010, followed by productions in Australia, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Italy, France and Spain soon after.

When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place cops are sure she won't be found - a convent!  Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and an uptight Mother Superior.  Using her fabulous disco-ness and killer voice to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community, but in doing so blows her cover.  Soon it’s nun-on-the-run time but she finds salvation in the heavenly power of her newly found sisterhood.  Based on the mega-hit feature film, SISTER ACT features an original Alan Menken/Glenn Slater score with a vast inspiration of musical styles from Motown, soul and funk to great big disco anthems and Barry White inspired musical comedy.   

SISTER ACT features scenery by Klara Zieglerova, costumes by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Natasha Katz, and sound by Mick Potter.  The music department includes Musical Supervisor Michael Kosarin and Orchestrations by Doug Besterman.

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Roundabout Theatre Company
in association with Tracy Aron

Announces

Two Time Tony* Award Winner

Donna Murphy

will star in the new Broadway musical

The People in the Picture

Book & Lyrics by Iris Rainer Dart
Music by Mike Stoller and Artie Butler
Musical Direction by Paul Gemignani

Musical Staging by Andy Blankenbuehler

Directed by Leonard Foglia

Click here for a Q&A with Artistic Director Todd Haimes about the production.

Previews begin April 1st, 2011 with the official opening set for Thursday, April 28th, 2011
on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre

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Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director), in association with

Tracy Aron, is thrilled to announce two time Tony® Award-winner Donna Murphy will star in the new Broadway musical THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE, directed by Leonard Foglia.  THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE features book & lyrics by Iris Rainer Dart and music by Mike Stoller and Artie Butler.

Performances of THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE will begin on Friday, April 1st, 2011 on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd Street) with the official opening set for Thursday, April 28th, 2011. The limited engagement is scheduled to run through June 19th, 2011.
This New York premiere production comes from the author of the international best seller Beaches, Iris Rainer Dart, with a glorious score by Mike Stoller (Smokey Joe's Café) and Artie Butler (Louis Amstrong's "What a Wonderful World").

Once the darling of the Yiddish Theatre in pre-war Poland, now a grandmother in New York City, Bubbie has had quite a life. But what will it all mean if she can't pass on her stories to the next generation? Though her granddaughter is enchanted by her tales, her daughter Red will do anything to keep from looking back. A fiercely funny and deeply moving new musical that spans three generations, THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE celebrates the importance of learning from our past, and the power of laughter.

The creative team includes Paul Gemignani (Musical Direction), Andy Blankenbuehler (Musical Staging), Riccardo Hernandez (Sets), Ann Hould-Ward (Costumes), Howell Binkley (Lights), Dan Moses Schreier (Sound), Elaine J. McCarthy (Projections) & Paul Huntley (Hair & Wigs).

Additional creative team members and the full company will be announced shortly.

Ticket Information:
Only Roundabout subscribers have first access to tickets!  To join Roundabout visit www.roundabouttheatre.org or call Roundabout Ticket Services (212) 719-9393.

Tickets go on sale to the general public January 2011.  Tickets range from $72.00 - $122.00.

Performance Schedule Information:

THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2:00PM.

Biographies

DONNA MURPHY (Raisel/Bubbie).  Award winning actress-singer Donna Murphy has been building a career of striking range and diversity in the theater and on the large and small screens. This "seductive actress of major transformative powers" (New York Times) has impressed both critics and audiences with her depth and skill. This year she treads new ground in her first animated film, voicing one of the leading characters, Mother Gothel, in Disney's Tangled, also starring Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi, with a score by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. The film opens on Nov. 24, 2010. Currently filming a leading role in award winning filmmaker Todd Solondz' Dark Horse, also starring Christopher Walken, Mia Farrow and Selma Blair, she recently completed work in the highly anticipated directorial debut of Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga, Higher Ground. Ms. Murphy received the first of two Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Musical, along with the Drama Desk and Drama League Awards, for her spellbinding creation of Fosca in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Passion, garnering critical acclaim when it was broadcast on PBS's American Playhouse. She was awarded her second Tony and Drama League Awards, as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for her elegant and distinctive performance as Anna Leonowans in the 1996 Tony Award winning revival of The King and I. In 2004, she was honored with the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Astaire Awards, the Drama League Outstanding Achievement Award for her work in Musical Theater, as well as another Tony nomination, for her hilarious tour de force as Ruth Sherwood in the Broadway Revival of Wonderful Town, a role she originated at City Center's Encores! Series. In 2007 she returned to Broadway at Manhattan Theater Club's Biltmore Theater as the legendary actress singer Lotte Lenya, in the world premiere of LoveMusik, directed by Harold Prince.  She received her third Drama Desk Award, and second Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Musical, as well as a Drama League Award and a Tony nomination for this mesmerizing performance. Earlier that season Murphy received raves for her portrayal of Phyllis Stone in City Center's Encores!' production of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's Follies. That summer, Variety named her one of three "Legit Luminaries" in their Women's Impact Issue.  This past April, she lit up the stage at City Center Encores again, with her performance as Mayoress Cora Hooper in Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents' Anyone Can Whistle, once again thrilling theatergoers and critics, prompting Ben Brantley of the NY Times to call her "perhaps the most sophisticated practitioner of musical comedy alive today." Ms. Murphy studied with the legendary Stella Adler, and at the Lee Strasberg Institute, and attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.  She made her professional debut, after being cast from an open call, in Neil Simon's hit They're Playing Our Song, and went on to create memorable characters in comedies, dramas and musicals on and off Broadway, and in theaters across the country.  These credits include Edwin Drood in the Broadway production of Rupert Holmes Drood, James Lapine's Twelve Dreams, and  Michael John LaChiusa's Hello Again at Lincoln Center Theater (Drama Desk nominations), Song of Singapore (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), Peter Nichol's Privates of Parade at the Roundabout Theater Co., Strindberg's Miss Julie (McCarter Theater),  and the title character of Tony Kushner's production of Ellen MacLaughlin's Helen, for the New York Shakespeare Festival (Drama League Award). She also starred in the World Premiere of Pamela's First Musical, by Wendy Wasserstein, Cy Coleman and David Zippel, at Town Hall, benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids and Theater Development Fund's OPEN DOORS Program. Ms. Murphy's film credits include: The Nanny Diaries, World Trade Center, The Fountain, Spiderman 2, The Door in the Floor, Center Stage, Star Trek: Insurrection, The Astronaut's Wife, and Jade . Ms. Murphy's first television film, HBO's Someone Had to be Benny, earned her a Cable Ace Award as Best Actress in a Drama Special or Series, as well as a Daytime Emmy. Other TV work includes : TNT's Trust Me,  ABC's What About Joan, Showtime's political drama The Last Debate , Mary Todd Lincoln in The Day Lincoln Was Shot (TNT), Francesca Cross on Stephen Bochco's Murder One (ABC), Leonard Bernstein's New York and Abigail Adams in Liberty! for PBS, the 2000 and 2002 Kennedy Center Honors (CBS) and guest appearances on Ugly Betty ,Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order SVU, Damages, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, CSI, Law & Order, The Practice, Ally McBeal, This November, she is featured in the PBS Broadcast of Sondheim: The Birthday Concert, filmed live this past March.  A versatile singer, she can be heard on a number of recordings including Lovemusik  (Ghostlight), Wall to Wall Sondheim (Symphony Space), Wonderful Town (DRG), Leonard Bernstein's New York (Nonesuch), Hello Again (RCA Victor), The King and I (Varese Sarabande) and the Grammy Award winning Passion (Angel). For her contribution to the Arts, Culture and Public life, she's received special honors from New York Magazine, Symphony Space, Greenwich Village's Caring Community, the Women's Project, The Little Orchestra Society, Irish America Magazine, the Breukelein Institute and Emerson College. Ms. Murphy donates her time and efforts to a number of organizations, including the Worldwide Orphan's Foundation, the All Stars Project providing Arts education and programs for inner city youth, Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS, and The Actors Fund.

LEONARD FOGLIA (Director). Broadway: Thurgood also Kennedy Center and Geffen Playhouse, LA; On Golden Pond also Kennedy Center and National tour; Wait Until Dark; Master Class, also Kennedy Center, National Tour, London's West End. Opera: Moby Dick (Dallas Opera); Dead Man Walking (NYC Opera, Opera Pacific, Cincinnati, Detroit, etc.); The End of the Affair (Houston Grand, Seattle and Madison Opera). Three Decembers (Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Chicago Opera Theater). Off Broadway:  Let Me Down Easy (Second Stage); The Stendhal Syndrome (Primary Stages) One Touch of Venus (City Center) If Memory Serves (Promenade, Pasadena Playhouse); By the Sea (MTC, Bay Street); Lonely Planet (Circle Rep). Regional: Let Me Down Easy (Zack Theater), Unusual Acts of Devotion (Philadelphia Theater Company), Distracted (Mark Taper), Things Being What They Are (Bay Street) Paper Doll, The Secret Letters of Jackie and Marilyn (Pittsburgh Public), Thurgood (Westport Playhouse), The Subject Was Roses (Kennedy Center), Southern Comforts (Coconut Grove), Seascape, A Coffin in Egypt, The Woman in Black (Bay Street), God's Man in Texas, Dinner with Friends (The Old Globe Theatre), Dreamland (Sharon Stage) Revelers (NYS&F). He is co-author, with David Richards, of the mystery novels 1 Ragged Ridge Road, Face Down in the Dark, El Sudario - and its sequel: La Sangre Del Sudario.

IRIS RAINER DART (Book & Lyrics). Iris Rainer Dart is a best-selling novelist of nine novels, notably Beaches, which was made into a film starring Bette Midler.  She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where her father was a social worker at the Irene Kaufman Settlement in the Hill District. Iris appeared as a child on the stage of the Curtaineers, the first inter-racial theater group at the Settlement house. She went on to attend classes at the Pittsburgh Playhouse from the time she was six, and was a child actress at both the Pittsburgh Playhouse and The White Barn Theater.  Iris received her degree in theater from the drama department at Carnegie Mellon University, where she won the BMI awards for the libretto and lyrics she wrote for the varsity musical with composer Stephen Schwartz.  After moving to Los Angeles, Iris was a member of the Columbia Pictures contract workshop. In the 70s, Producer George Schlatter hired her to be the first woman writer on "The Sonny and Cher Show." She went on to work in both situation comedy, and long-form television before she turned to writing novels. Iris was a Governor's appointee to the California Arts Council on which she served for eight years. She was also the commencement speaker at her alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University.  It says in the Talmud that "A man is known by his laughter." Iris's own childhood, imbued with the humor of the Yiddish culture, was what inspired her to write The People in the Picture.

MIKE STOLLER (Music). Mike Stoller is one-half of the legendary songwriting team of Leiber & Stoller. Together with Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller has been writing songs for almost sixty years. Not content to be confined to one musical style, they have created enduring classics in a variety of genres including Rhythm & Blues, Pop, Country, Jazz, Cabaret, and - perhaps most notably - Rock & Roll. If Elvis Presley was the king of Rock & Roll, then Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were certainly two of the most important powers behind that throne. It's impossible to think of Elvis without thinking of "Hound Dog," "Loving You," or "Jailhouse Rock" - all creations from the pen and piano of Leiber and Stoller. To carry the analogy a step further, the court jesters of the Rock & Roll kingdom would have to be The Coasters. Leiber and Stoller wrote and produced all of The Coasters' hits, including "Searchin'," "Young Blood," "Yakety Yak," "Charlie Brown," "Along Came Jones," "Poison Ivy," and "Little Egypt." But Elvis and The Coasters are only two of the acts whose careers skyrocketed because of Leiber and Stoller's creative partnership. Mike and Jerry began their partnership in 1950 at the age of 17 when they discovered that they had a mutual passion for Boogie Woogie and the Blues. By the time they were 20, Leiber and Stoller had seen their earliest songs recorded by such artists as Jimmy Witherspoon, Little Esther, Amos Milburn, Charles Brown, Little Willie Littlefield, Bull Moose Jackson, Linda Hopkins, Ray Charles, and Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton. Leiber and Stoller's series of hits as both songwriters and record producers began with Big Mama Thornton's recording of "Hound Dog" in 1953. This record and others produced by them caught the attention of executives from Atlantic Records. In 1955, Atlantic signed Leiber and Stoller to the first independent production deal, forever changing the course of the record industry. Leiber and Stoller's songs and productions were constantly on the charts during the next decade. Aside from The Coasters' many hits, there were Ben E. King's "Stand By Me," and "I (Who Have Nothing)"; The Drifters' "There Goes My Baby," "Dance With Me," and "On Broadway"; as well as La Vern Baker's recording of "Saved" and Ruth Brown's "Lucky Lips." During this same period, while Leiber and Stoller were producing The Clovers ("Love Potion # 9"), Jay and the Americans ("Only In America"), and Chuck Jackson ("I Keep Forgettin'"), other artists were having hits with Leiber and Stoller compositions.  There was Wilbert Harrison with "Kansas City," The Drifters with "Ruby Baby" and "Fools Fall In Love," Peggy Lee with "I'm A Woman," and Edith Piaf with "L'Homme a la Moto." Elvis Presley recorded more than twenty songs written by Leiber and Stoller, including "Hound Dog," "Love Me," "Loving You," "Jailhouse Rock," "Treat Me Nice," "Don't," "(You're So Square) Baby, I Don't Care," "Bossa Nova Baby," "Santa Claus Is Back In Town," and "Trouble." In 1969, the team produced the Peggy Lee recording of their composition "Is That All There Is?" According to music critic Robert Palmer, "Is That All There Is?" was the song that "...clearly pointed to the direction their new work would take."  It was this change in the creative style of Leiber and Stoller that prompted Palmer to write "...the Golden Age of Rock & Roll had come to an end." Leiber and Stoller have been the recipients of many awards and honors, including the following: 1985 - Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame; 1987 - Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; 1994 - Their star placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame & their handprints imbedded into the Hollywood Rockwalk; 1995 - Grammy Award for Best Original Cast Album, Smokey Joe's Café; 2000 - Johnny Mercer Award (National Academy of Popular Music); 2000 - Ivor Novello International Songwriters Award; 2005 - World Soundtrack Award, Flanders International Film Festival. In March of 1995, Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller opened on Broadway at the Virginia Theatre. Comprised of forty songs by L&S, the show was nominated for seven Tony Awards. Smokey Joe's Cafe would remain at the Virginia Theatre for over five years, becoming the longest-running musical revue in Broadway history. The show also played London's West End for two years, and has toured around the world. In 2009, Hound Dog: The Leiber and Stoller Autobiography was published by Simon & Schuster. In 2010, Leiber and Stoller will celebrate their 60th anniversary as a songwriting team.

ARTIE BUTLER (Music). Artie Butler was born in Brooklyn, NY. As a teenager he was discovered by the legendary songwriting and producing team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. He was hired to replace a pianist for a recording session and as they say... "the rest is history." Artie has been involved in every phase of the music industry, arranging, composing, producing, supervising, and playing. He has arranged over seventy-five hit records and played on many other recordings as well. He has been awarded over fifty gold and platinum records. His featured piano work and arrangement on the recording of "Feelin' Alright" by Joe Cocker remains a true classic in American pop music and rock and roll. Artie's song "Here's To Life" has become a standard. In 1990 it was recorded by Shirley Horn and was on the jazz charts for one year. In 2009 it was recorded by "Barbra Streisand on her #1 CD "Love Is The Answer." He received a Grammy nomination for his arrangement of "I Know I"ll Never Love This Way Again" for Dionne Warwick. He is a three time Emmy nominee, including his nomination for his outstanding work as composer/arranger, and music supervisor on the CBS mini-series "Sinatra" based on the life of Frank Sinatra. A small sampling of Artie's associations includes such classic recordings as "Copacabana," "Even Now," and "Can't Smile Without You" by Barry Manilow, "Feelin' Alright" by Joe Cocker, "Sally Go 'Round The Roses" by the Jaynets, "Solitary Man" and "Cherry Cherry" by Neil Diamond, "I Know I'll Never Love This Way Again" by Dionne Warwick, "Neither One Of Us Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye" by Gladys Knight & The Pips, "The Boy From New York City" by The Ad-libs, "Laughter In The Rain" by Neil Sedaka, "You And Me Against The World" by Helen Reddy, "Indian Reservation" by Paul Revere and The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay, "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia" by Vicki Lawrence, "Society's Child" by Janis Ian, "Arizona" by Mark Lindsay, etc. Artie has worked with the best of the best - Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Bernadette Peters, Bette Midler, Barry Manilow, Liza Minelli, Louis Armstrong, Peggy Lee, B.B. King, Count Basie & His Orchestra, Joe Cocker, Neil Diamond, Sammy Davis Jr., Natalie Cole, Neil Sedaka, The Fifth Dimension, Lou Rawls, Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Johnny Mathis, Billy Preston, Julio Iglesias, Bobby Darin, Dinah Washington, Shirley Bassey, Engelbert Humperdinck, Tony Orlando, Tom Jones, Nancy Wilson, Andy Williams, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Eartha Kitt, O.C. Smith, Carol Burnett, Anne Murray, Dusty Springfield, Stephen Bishop, Al Hirt, Joe Williams, Errol Garner, Roger Williams, Van Morrison, Rita Coolidge, Stan Getz and many others. Some of his work for film includes "What's Up Doc?" with Barbra Streisand for Warner Brothers "The Rescuers" - Animated Feature - Walt Disney Pictures "For Pete's Sake" - Barbra Streisand - Columbia Pictures. He has worked extensively with the great artists of the Golden Era of Rock 'n' Roll - the 50's and 60's. Paul Anka, Ben E King, The Shangri-Las, Jackie Wilson, Connie Francis, Jay & The Americans, Dion & The Belmonts, Chubby Checker, The Coasters, The Drifters, The Shirelles, The Tokens, The Exciters, Solomon Burke, The Crystals, The Platters, The Ronnettes, etc. He is also extremely well known for his wonderful sense of humor. Like many musical talents from New York, Artie Butler started in the famous Brill Building. He has made some of the most significant contributions to that fabled and historic time in American pop music.

TRACY ARON.  Broadway: Spring Awakening, Lovemusik, Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life.  Prior devoted herself to humanitarian work including addressing the genocide in Kosova.  Devotes each summer to co-running the Diller-Quaille Summer music program which has provided a rich musical experience for countless children in Harlem.

Roundabout Theatre Company is a not-for-profit theatre dedicated to providing a nurturing artistic home for theatre artists at all stages of their careers where the widest possible audience can experience their work at affordable prices. Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the revival of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established playwrights and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate loyal audiences.

Roundabout Theatre Company currently produces at three permanent homes each of which is designed specifically to enhance the needs of the Roundabout's mission.  Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics.  Roundabout's Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions.  Together these three distinctive venues serve to enhance the work on each of its stages.
American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties; and the City of New York Theater Subdistrict Council, LDC and the City of New York.

Roundabout Theatre Company's 2010-2011 season features George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession starring Cherry Jones & Sally Hawkins, directed by Doug Hughes; Noël Coward's Brief Encounter, adapted and directed by Emma Rice; Kim Rosenstock's Tigers Be Still, directed by Sam Gold; Julia Cho's The Language Archive, directed by Mark Brokaw; Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, starring and directed by Brian Bedford; Tennessee Williams' The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore starring Olympia Dukakis, directed by Michael Wilson; Anything Goes starring Sutton Foster & Joel Grey, directed & choreographed by Kathleen Marshall; David West Read's The Dream of the Burning Boy, directed by Evan Cabnet and Stoller, Butler & Dart's The People in the Picture, starring Donna Murphy, directed by Leonard Foglia.  Roundabout's sold out production of The 39 Steps made its third transfer to the New World Stages after a successful Broadway run at three Broadway theatres.

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WINNER! LORTEL AWARD - BEST NEW MUSICAL
WINNER! OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD - BEST OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS

OPENS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31 AT THE LYCEUM THEATRE

Music and lyrics by JOHN KANDER and FRED EBB
Book by DAVID THOMPSON
Direction and Choreography by SUSAN STROMAN

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, the exhilarating new Kander & Ebb musical, opens Sunday, October 31 at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street).  Previews began on October 7.

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS stars John Cullum as Interlocutor, Joshua Henry as Haywood Patterson, Colman Domingo as Mr. Bones, Forrest McClendon as Mr. Tambo, Sharon Washington as The Lady, Josh Breckenridge as Olen Montgomery, Derrick Cobey as Andy Wright, Jeremy Gumbs as Eugene Williams, Rodney Hicks as Clarence Norris, Kendrick Jones as Willie Roberson, James T. Lane as Ozie Powell and Ruby Bates, Julius Thomas III as Roy Wright, and Christian Dante White as Charles Weems and Victoria Price.   The production also features E. Clayton Cornelious, JC Montgomery, Clinton Roane and Robin S. Walker.

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS is the thrilling final collaboration by musical theatre giants John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret). Based on the notorious "Scottsboro" case in the 1930s (in which nine African-American men were unjustly accused of a terrible crime) this daring and wildly entertaining musical explores a fascinating chapter in American history with brilliant originality. This critically-acclaimed production, directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (The Producers) and featuring a book by David Thompson (who adapted the script for Chicago's record-breaking revival), comes to Broadway following a sold-out run at the Vineyard Theatre.

The production is the winner of the 2010 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and the 2010 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical and a 2010 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics.   The show has also been nominated for four AUDELCO Awards for Excellence in Black Theatre, including Outstanding Musical Production.

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS had its world premiere earlier this year at the Vineyard Theatre.

The show was further developed this summer in a critically acclaimed production at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis (Joe Dowling, Director), where it played from July 31 through September 25 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage.

Set design is by Beowulf Boritt, costume design is by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design is Ken Billington and sound design is by Peter Hylenski.  Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman, with musical arrangements by Glen Kelly.  Music direction is by David Loud.

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS is produced on Broadway by Barry and Fran Weissler, Jacki Barlia Florin, Janet Pailet/Sharon A. Carr/Patricia R. Klausner, Nederlander Presentations Inc./The Shubert Organization Inc., Beechwood Entertainment, Broadway Across America, Mark Zimmerman, Adam Blanshay/R2D2 Productions, Rick Danzansky/Barry Tatelman, Bruce Robert Harris/Jack W. Batman, Allen Spivak/Jerry Frankel, Bard Theatricals/Probo Productions/Randy Donaldson, Catherine Schreiber/Michael Palitz/Patti Laskawy, Vineyard Theatre.

Tickets ($39.50 - $131.50; Premium $251.50) are available by calling Telecharge.com at 212-239-6200, online at www.telecharge.com and at the Lyceum Theatre box office (149 West 45th Street).   Performances are Tuesday through Sunday at 8:00 PM, with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 PM.

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Friday, 29 October 2010 21:45

Broadway Review: LA BÊTE

La Bête first appeared on Broadway in the winter of 1991 and ran a mere 25 performances.  More recently it had a hit production in London starring Mark Rylance, Joanna Lumley and David Hyde Pierce.  That production has just opened on Broadway.  In London it won two Laurence Olivier Awards, one for best comedy and one for Mr. Rylance’s performance.  Several seasons back Rylance won a Tony Award for Boeing, Boeing and Mr. Pierce one for Curtains.


BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON OFFERS
“JACKSON FOR A GRANT”
SPECIAL $50 TICKETS FOR THIS NOVEMBER’S ELECTION SEASON ONLY;
OTHER ELECTION DAY PROMOTIONS ANNOUNCED



In the spirit of the upcoming election, the producers of BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON are happy to announce that the show will celebrate the election season with a number of exciting initiatives.  

During the month of November, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON will be offering special “JACKSON FOR A GRANT” tickets.

Beginning Saturday, October 30th, audiences will be able to purchase $50 (“Grants”) seats for all performances between Saturday October 30th and Wednesday, November 24th.  This offer is available at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre box office (242 W. 45th Street), by calling 212-947-8844, or by going online to www.BroadwayOffers.com and using the code BBJVOTE. Blackout dates and seating may apply.   

The show plays: Monday at 7, Tuesday at 7, Thursday at 7, Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 & 8, and Sunday at 2 and 7.

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Additionally, BENJAMIN WALKER, the critically acclaimed star of BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON  is re-launching his show, FIND THE FUNNY – which he created and hosts, with a special free Election Eve performance that will feature a line-up of comics and performers from clubs and colleges around the country, as well as performers from BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON.

FIND THE FUNNY will take place at The Tank (354 West 45th Street, between 8th and 9th Aves.) at 9:30 pm on Tuesday, November 2nd.   No tickets are necessary. Drinks and T-shirts will be sold.  


The event will feature: Summer & Eve, Little Francis Puddle, Josh Fadem, Helen Hong, Hannibal Buress, and Sean Patton alongside Justin Levine and the BLOODY BLOODY BAND.


A free event dedicated to providing performance opportunities to new and innovative comics, writers, and performers, FIND THE FUNNY is a monthly show that began downtown and has moved from venue to venue as it expanded and matured. Finally it has found a home at The Tank, conveniently located around the corner from the Jacob's theater.  

Presented by BenRo Service and Inspire Entertainment, FIND THE FUNNY will take place on the first Tuesday of every month—this is the first show in the “re-launched” larger venue.  Visit www.thetanknyc.org for more information.

Information on the previous incarnation can be found at: http://www.newyorker.com/talk/2010/05/24/100524ta_talk_

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Lastly, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON will be holding a special FACEBOOK contest.    Beginning today, the profile picture on the BLOODY BLOODY ANREW JACKSONFacebook fan page will be changed to a special Election-themed image.   Fans of the page who copy and upload this image as their own profile picture, change their status to “Voting Just Got All Sexypants!”, and comment on the BLOODY BLOODY page will automatically be entered to win a pair of free tickets, a backstage tour and exclusive merchandise.


Fore more information about how to enter the contest, please visit:
http://www.facebook.com/bloodybloodyandrewjackson <http://www.facebook.com/bloodybloodyandrewjackson> .

Winners will be chosen after Election Day, so the picture/status must remain active until then to qualify.

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BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON opened on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Wednesday, October 13, 2010.  Tickets are currently available on Telecharge.com or by phone 212-239-6200.  

The show is written and directed by Drama Desk and Obie Award winner ALEX TIMBERS and with music and lyrics by Obie Award winner MICHAEL FRIEDMAN.

BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
stars BENJAMIN WALKER as Andrew Jackson and features:  KRISTINE NIELSEN, JAMES BARRY, DARREN GOLDSTEIN, GREG HILDRETH, JEFF HILLER, LUCAS NEAR-VERBRUGGHE, CAMERON OCASIO, BRYCE PINKHAM, NADIA QUINN, MARIA ELENA RAMIREZ, KATE CULLEN ROBERTS, BEN STEINFELD, and EMILY YOUNG.

The show features scenic design by Hewes Award winner Donyale Werle, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Justin Townsend, sound design by Bart Fasbender, and choreography by Danny Mefford.

BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
is produced by The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Andrew D. Hamingson), Jeffrey Richards,  Jerry Frankel, Norton Herrick & Herrick Entertainment, Stewart Lane & Bonnie Comley, Susan Gallin/Mary Lu Roffe/Jennifer Manocherian, Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Nancy C. Paduano/Harold Thau, Toula C. Phillips, Joey Parnes, executive producer and Center Theatre Group and was developed in association with Les Freres Corbusier.

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In BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON,  BENJAMIN WALKER stars as America's first political maverick. A.J. kicked British butt, shafted the Indians and smacked down the Spaniards all in the name of these United States—who cares if he didn’t have permission? An exhilarating and white-knuckled look at one of our nation’s founding rock stars, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON recreates and reinvents the life of “Old Hickory,” from his humble beginnings on the Tennessee frontier to his days as our seventh Commander-in-Chief. It also asks the question, is wanting to have a beer with someone reason enough to elect him? What if he’s really, really hot?


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Brendan Fraser and Denis O'Hare star in
new Broadway comedy ELLING
Previews November 2 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre
CLICK HERE TO WATCH A SNEAK PEEK

Performances begin Tuesday, November 2 for ELLING starring Brendan Fraser and Denis O'Hare, with Jennifer Coolidge, Richard Easton and Jeremy Shamos.  The critically acclaimed new comedy from London, directed by Tony Award-winner Doug Hughes, ELLING will open Sunday, November 21 on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street) and will play a strictly limited engagement through March 20, 2011.

ELLING is based on the popular original novels by Ingvar Ambjørnsen and adapted for the Oscar nominated film and the stage by Axel Hellstenius and Petter Næss, in a new English adaptation by critically hailed writer Simon Bent.  ELLING played the West End and was nominated for the Lawrence Olivier Award for Comedy of the Year.

Set in the current day, ELLING is a comedy about a wildly mismatched pair of roommates trying to embrace life, love, friendship, pizza, poetry and women.  Denis O'Hare plays obsessive/compulsive Elling.  Brendan Fraser, plays the wildly enthusiastic gentle giant Kjell. Jennifer Coolidge plays Reidun, the object of Kjell's considerable affection, Richard Easton plays Alfons, Elling's unlikely poet mentor and Jeremy Shamos plays Frank, an inquisitive social worker.

The design team is comprised of Scott Pask (set), Kenneth Posner (lighting), Catherine Zuber (costumes) and David Van Tieghem (composer/sound designer).

ELLING had a critically acclaimed stage premiere at the Bush Theatre in London and transferred to the West End.

ELLING previews November 2 and opens November 21 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street).  Tickets are available through Telecharge.com or 212-239-6200, or in person at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 West 47th Street.  Ticket prices range from $46.50 to $126.50 (all prices include $1.50 facilities fee).

The performance schedule is Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm.  No matinee performance Wednesday, November 3.  Beginning, Tuesday, November 23, all Tuesday performances will begin at 7pm.  Thanksgiving week, there will be no performance on Thursday, November 25 and, an additional performance on Monday, November 22 at 7pm.

"Moving and very, very funny.  Thoroughly life-affirming."
-The Times (London)

"Works like a dream."
-The Daily Telegraph (London)

Get Elling Tickets

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PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL
ON BROADWAY

FOLLOWING SMASH REVIEWS IN TORONTO
TICKETS ON SALE SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30

"A grand, glorious and gorgeous piece of musical theatre that will fill the heart of anyone who has ever loved - or wanted to be loved."  - Toronto Star

"Infectious, giddy entertainment!" - Toronto Globe & Mail

"Hits all the high notes! Priscilla turns theatrical convention into theatrical confection - a show that gives you a good time!" - Toronto Sun

"Priscilla is a visual knockout, a real crowd-pleaser and, ultimately, a great heart-tugger as well." - Variety

Tickets for the upcoming Broadway production of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL, go on full public sale tomorrow, Saturday, October 30, following the musical's smash hit North American debut in Toronto this week.

Be among the first to purchase Broadway tickets by visiting: http://www.ticketmaster.com/Priscilla-Queen-of-the-Desert-tickets/artist/1061975?list_view=1

The spectacular new stage musical is now playing a pre-Broadway engagement at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, Canada through January 2, 2011 prior to beginning performances at Broadway's Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway) on February 28, and opening on March 20.

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The MusicaL stars Olivier Award nominee Tony Sheldon ("Bernadette"), Tony Award(r) nominee Will Swenson ("Tick"/ "Mitzi") and Nick Adams ("Adam"/"Felicia") as the trio of friends on a heart-warming, uplifting adventure who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed.
Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical will also feature C. David Johnson ("Bob"), James Brown III ("Jimmy"), Nathan Lee Graham ("Miss Understanding"), Mike McGowan ("Frank"), J. Elaine Marcos ("Cynthia"), Jessica Phillips ("Marion"), Steve Schepis ("Farrah"), Keala Settle ("Shirley"), "Divas" Jacqueline Arnold, Anastacia McCleskey and Ashley Spencer and Thom Allison, Kyle Brown, Bryan West, Tad Wilson, Joshua Buscher, Susan Dunstan, Gavin Lodge, David Lopez, Ellyn Marie Marsh, Jeff Metzler and Eric Sciotto.
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL, adapted from the Academy Award(r) winning film "The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert," starring Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce, is written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott.  Direction is by Simon Phillips, choreography is by Ross Coleman, musical supervision and arrangements are by Stephen 'Spud' Murphy and set design is by Brian Thomson. Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner have re-created their Academy Award(r) winning costume designs, which were originally designed for the film.  Lighting is designed by Nick Schlieper and sound design is by Jonathan Deans. BAFTA Award winning make up design is recreated by Cassie Hanlon.
With a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and featuring a score of dance-floor classics, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL is a sensational journey to the heart of fabulous.
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL had its world premiere in Sydney in 2006 and has subsequently wowed audiences and critics alike in Melbourne and New Zealand, becoming the most successful Australian musical of all time. The London production is now in its second smash hit year in the West End at the Palace Theatre.  Beyond Toronto and Broadway, further international dates are also in discussion for productions in Brazil, Scandinavia and Germany.
Along with winning the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Costume Design for Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner, the musical was also nominated for Best New Musical and Tony Sheldon was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical.The Evening Standard raved that Priscilla "Takes you out of yourself and into daring places your wildest fantasies might never have dreamed of visiting," and The Daily Telegraph, The Times, Evening Standard, and London Paper all gave the production "Four Stars!"
Earlier this year PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL won the Best Musical Award in London, voted for by Whatsonstage.com readers.
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL is produced by Bette Midler; James L. Nederlander; Garry McQuinn, Liz Koops; Michael Hamlyn; Allan Scott Productions; Richard Willis/Roy Furman;  Terry Allen Kramer; Terri and Timothy Childs, Ken Greiner, Ruth Hendel; Robert G. Bartner; Chugg Entertainment; Michael Buckley; Stewart F. Lane / Bonnie Comley; Bruce Davey; Thierry Suc/TS3; The Volcano Project; Paul Boskind and Martian Entertainment / Spirtas-Mauro Productions/MAS Music Arts & Show; and David Mirvish.

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Friday, 29 October 2010 16:29

WICKED Welcomes New Members to Oz

WICKED
WELCOMES NEW CITIZENS OF OZ!

 

ETAI BENSHLOMO AND TOM FLYNN
BEGIN PERFORMANCES

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2

 

Beginning performances on Tuesday, November 2, ETAI BENSHLOMO will assume the role of Boq and TOM FLYNN will assume the role of Dr. Dillamond in the musical blockbuster WICKED.  They join a cast which includes Mandy Gonzalez as Elphaba, Katie Rose Clarke as Glinda, Kathy Fitzgerald as Madame Morrible, P.J. Benjamin as The Wizard, Andy Karl as Fiyero, and Jenny Fellner as Nessarose. Alex Brightman and Timothy Britten Parker will play their final performances as Boq and Dr. Dillamond, respectively, on Sunday, October 31 at 3:00pm.

ETAI BENSHLOMO is making his Broadway debut in Wicked. His previous credits include: Wicked (San Francisco, first national tour), the MUNY (High School Musical, Annie, Gypsy, Les Misérables, etc.) and Kansas City Starlight (Fiddler on the Roof). Etai has appeared in the workshops of Little Miss Sunshine by William Finn and James Lapine (Sundance Institute) and On a Glorious Day (Snapple Theatre). He holds a BFA from the University of Michigan.

TOM FLYNN’s Broadway credits include Juan Darien (Julie Taymor, dir.), How to Succeed…, Tommy (Des McAnuff, dir.). Touring credits include: Terrence McNally’s The Lisbon Traviata (starring Nathan Lane), Les Misérables (John Caird/Trevor Nunn dirs.), Evita, Chess, Wicked. Regionally he has had leading roles at Mark Taper Forum, Huntington Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Center Stage, O’Neill Center, Studio Arena, SCR.

ABOUT WICKED

Winner of 35 major awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, WICKED is the untold story of the witches of Oz.  Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz.  One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood.  The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular.  WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

Declared “A Cultural Phenomenon” by Variety and “The Best Musical of the Decade” by Entertainment Weekly, WICKED currently has productions in New York, London, Osaka, Oberhausen, and on two North American tours.  Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and a book by Winnie Holzman.  The production is directed by Joe Mantello with musical staging by Wayne Cilento.  WICKED is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.com/wicked.  For more information, visit www.wickedthemusical.comWICKED is performed at the Gershwin Theatre, 222 West 51st Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue.

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