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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

 

CHITA RIVERA TO RECEIVE THE LPTW’s 2010
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT DECEMBER 9TH AWARDS PRESENTATION LUNCHEON

The League of Professional Theatre Women is pleased to announce that its 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors women exhibiting exemplary service to the theatre, will be presented to two-time Tony Award®-winning actress/singer/dancer Chita Rivera.  The award will be presented by her daughter, singer/dancer/choreographer Lisa Mordente, at the League’s December 2010 Awards Luncheon.

Ms. Rivera’s electric performance as Anita in the Broadway premiere of West Side Story (1957) brought her stardom, and her career is highlighted by starring roles in Bye Bye Birdie, Chicago, The Rink (Tony Award®), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award®), and Nine, among many others.  In 2009 she was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama, and in 2002 she received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor in Washington, as the first Hispanic ever chosen to receive this award.

Past recipients of the LPTW Lifetime Achievement Award include Dorothy Olim, Betty Comden, Ellen Stewart, Fifi Oscard, Martha Swope, Sylvia Herscher, Rosetta LeNoire and Lucille Lortel, among others. 

The previously announced recipients of The Lee Reynolds Award and The Josephine Abady Award will also be honored at the December 9th luncheon.  The Lee Reynolds Award is given annually to a woman or women active in any aspect of theatre whose work for, in, about, or through the medium of theatre has helped to illuminate the possibilities for social, cultural, or political change.  The 2010 Lee Reynolds Award will be presented to Lynn Nottage, Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist, a 2007 MacArthur Fellow, and the recipient of the 2010 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award.  To honor the memory of member Josephine Abady, the LPTW presents an annual award to an early- or mid-career director or producer of a work of cultural diversity.  The 2010 Josephine Abady Award will be presented to Kamilah Forbes, artistic director of the annual three-week Hip-Hop Theatre Festival

The LPTW 2010 Awards Luncheon will be held on Thursday, December 9, 2010 at Sardi’s (234 West 44th Street) beginning at 12:00 noon.  Tickets are $65 and are available online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/122700 or by phone: 1-800-838-3006 option 1 (use event code 122700). 

CHITA RIVERA

An accomplished and versatile actress/singer/dancer, Chita Rivera has won two Tony Awards as Best Leading Actress in a Musical and received seven additional Tony nominations. She recently starred in the Broadway and touring productions of The Dancer’s Life, a dazzling new musical celebrating her spectacular career, written by Terence McNally and directed by Graciela Daniele.  She recreated her starring role in The Visit, the new Kander/Ebb/McNally musical at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA (originally done at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago in 2001). She also starred in the revival of the Broadway musical Nine with Antonio Banderas. She trained as a ballerina (from age 11) before receiving a scholarship to the American School of Ballet from legendary George Balanchine. Chita’s first appearance (age 17) was in the chorus of Call Me Madam. Her electric performance as Anita in the Broadway premiere of West Side Story (1957) brought her stardom, which she repeated in London. Her career is highlighted by starring roles in Bye Bye Birdie, Chicago, Jerry’s Girls and (original Broadway casts) Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven and Mr. Wonderful.  On tour: Born Yesterday, The Rose Tattoo, Call Me Madam, Threepenny Opera, Sweet Charity, Kiss Me Kate, Zorba, Can-Can with The Rockettes. Chita was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama on August 12, 2009. She received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor in Washington, DC in December, 2002 and is the first Hispanic ever chosen to receive this award.  Chita has recorded and released a new CD entitled And Now I Swing and is on a nationwide concert tour of Chita Rivera: My Broadway. Her most treasured production is her daughter, singer/dancer/choreographer Lisa Mordente.

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The League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW) is a non-profit organization committed to promoting visibility and increasing opportunities for women in the professional theatre.   

Please visit our website for more information:  www.TheatreWomen.org

WABC-7 TV PRESENTS

“BROADWAY BACKSTAGE: FALL PREVIEW”

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23; 7:30 – 8:00 PM

 

Hosted by A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC star Bernadette Peters

& WABC-7 News Anchor Michelle Charlesworth

Tune in to WABC on Channel 7 for a sneak peek at

Broadway’s hottest shows including:

BRIEF ENCOUNTER, ELLING, LOMBARDI, MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION,

THE PITMEN PAINTERS, THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, TIME STANDS STILL 

From highly anticipated new musicals to starry revivals, compelling dramas to light hearted comedies, there’s something for everyone on Broadway this fall. WABC-7 will feature cast interviews and a special behind-the-scenes look at the following new Broadway shows and events:

o   ELLING

Denis O’Hare, star of Broadway’s ELLING, talks to WABC about playing the title role in this new comedy based on the Oscar nominated film of the same name.

o   LOMBARDI

Dan Lauria and Judith Lightstar in this new American play about the iconic Hall of Fame football coach, one of America’s most inspirational and mercurial  personalities. The National Football League makes its Broadway bow as a special producing partner.

  • MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION

Cherry Jones, star of Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway production of MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION, talks to WABC about trading in her nun boots for sexy boots in this Broadway revival.

o   THE PITMEN PAINTERS

Cast members from Lee Hall’s THE PITMEN PAINTERS at Manhattan Theatre Club ruminate on making their Broadway debuts and portraying members of the Ashington Group – miners from Northumberland who became celebrated painters.

o   THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS

Cast members and the creative team for THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS discuss bringing the thrilling final collaboration of legendary songwriting team John Kander and Fred Ebb to Broadway.

  • TIME STANDS STILL

Laura Linney, Brian d’Arcy James, Eric Bogosian and Christina Ricci talk about bringing the hit play TIME STANDS STILL, back to Broadway’s Cort Theatre.

The show can also be seen for 2 weeks following the broadcast at www.7online.com/broadway

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FIVE-TIME EMMY AWARD WINNER
JOHN LARROQUETTE
IN HIS BROADWAY DEBUT

JOINS

DANIEL RADCLIFFE

IN

FRANK LOESSER’S TONY AWARD AND

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING MUSICAL COMEDY

HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS (WITHOUT REALLY TRYING)

Get HOW TO SUCCEED... Tickets

Five-time Emmy Award winner John Larroquette will make his Broadway debut as J.B. Biggley joining multi award-winning international film and stage actor Daniel Radcliffe as J. Pierrepont Finch in a new production of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical comedy HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS (WITHOUT REALLY TRYING).  Opening at Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre JujamcynLogo (302 West 45th Street) Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 5pm, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS (WITHOUT REALLY TRYING) is directed and choreographed by Tony and Emmy Award-winner Rob Ashford,has music and lyrics by Academy Award and Tony Award winner Frank Loesser, and a book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, based on the book by Shepherd Mead.  The 50th Anniversary production of HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS (WITHOUT REALLY TRYING) begins previews Saturday, February 26, 2011, at 8pm, and is produced by Broadway Across America (John Gore, Thomas B. McGrath, Beth Williams), Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Joseph Smith, Michael McCabe, and Candy Spelling.

John Larroquette was last seen in the off-Broadway production of Oliver Parker! written by Elizabeth Meriwether (The Mistakes Madeline Made, Heddatron, Nicky Goes Goth, The True Love Story My Parents, 90 Days). Past stage appearances include Neil Simon’s Oscar and Felix: A New Look At The Odd Couple at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, and Happy Jack written by 2-time BAFTA winner John Godber. Larroquette is a five-time Emmy Award-winning actor, best known as Assistant District Attorney “Dan Fielding” on NBC-TV’s “Night Court,” which earned him four Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.  He also starred in the NBC comedy series “The John Larroquette Show,” was a series regular on “Boston Legal” and won his fifth Emmy Award for a guest-starring role on “The Practice.” He played the title role in Hallmark’s acclaimed crime series “McBride,” and starred on NBC’s sitcom “Happy Family.”  Film credits include Richie Rich, Tune in Tomorrow, Second Sight and Madhouse. 

With the aid of a trusty self-help book "How to Succeed in Business" wily window washer J. Pierrepont Finch enjoys a riotous rise up the corporate ladder.  Will Finch’s unorthodox business practices at the World-Wide Wicket Company get him in hot water with the head honcho J.B. Biggley, and jeopardize his romance with secretary Rosemary Pilkington?  With a beloved score by Frank Loesser, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS (WITHOUT REALLY TRYING) is packed with hit standards such as “I Believe in You,” “Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm,” “The Company Way,” “Been a Long Day,” “Rosemary,” and “Brotherhood of Man.”

Tickets for HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS (WITHOUT REALLY TRYING) range from $52 - $132, and are available at Telecharge.com (212-239-6200).  The playing schedule is as follows: Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm.  Please note that during previews Tuesday performances are at 8pm. 

Get HOW TO SUCCEED... Tickets

For more information please visit: www.howtosucceedbroadway.com

 

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A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC STAR

ELAINE STRITCH

INTERVIEWED ON THEATER TALK

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22 AT 1:00 AM EST

 

Tony & Emmy Award winner ElaineStritch, currently starring opposite Bernadette Peters inStephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, directed by Trevor Nunn, will be interviewed by Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins on “Theater Talk” this Friday, October 22 at 1:00 AM EST on WNET-TV (Channel 13).

After premiering on Thirteen, Friday, October 22, the Elaine Stritch interview will repeat on CUNY TV: Saturday, Oct. 30 at 8:30 PM; Sunday, Oct. 31 at 12:30 PM, plus Monday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 7:30 PM. It will also air on NYC TV and NJN in New York City.

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is now playing at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street) through Sunday, January 9, 2011A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC stars Bernadette Peters as Desirée Armfeldt, ElaineStritch as Madame Armfeldt, Stephen R. Buntrock as Fredrik Egerman, Bradley Dean as Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm, Erin Davie as Countess Charlotte Malcolm, Leigh Ann Larkin as Petra, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka as Henrik Egerman and Ramona Mallory as Anne Egerman. The cast also includes Ron Bohmer, Ben Davis, Jessica Grové, Gina Lamparella, Katherine McNamara, Jayne Paterson, Kevin David Thomas, Keaton Whittaker, Karen Murphy, Erin Stewart, Kevin Vortmann.

Based on Ingmar Bergman's film Smiles of a Summer Night, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is set in a weekend country house in turn of the century Sweden, bringing together surprising liaisons, long simmering passions and a taste of love’s endless possibilities. Hailed as witty and wildly romantic, the story centers on the elegant actress Desirée Armfeldt and the spider’s web of sensuality, intrigue and desire that surrounds her A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC – featuring a score by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler – originally opened in 1973 at Broadway's Shubert Theatre and ran for 601 performances. Produced and directed by Harold Prince, the production garnered six Tony Awards® including Best Musical and Best Original Score. The Sondheim score features one of the composer's best-known songs, “Send in the Clowns,” as well as “Every Day a Little Death,” “The Miller's Son” and “A Weekend in the Country.”

Trevor Nunn’s production of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC debuted to critical acclaim at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory in November 2008 and subsequently transferred to the West End where it played a successful limited engagement through July 25, 2009 at the Garrick Theatre. The first Broadway revival of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC began performances on November 24, 2009 and officially opened on December 13, 2009 at the Walter Kerr Theatre starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury, who played their final performance on Sunday, June 20, 2010. Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch began performances on Tuesday, July 13, 2010.

The creative team for A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC includes Lynne Page (Choreography), Caroline Humphris (Musical Supervision), David Farley (Set & Costume Design), Hartley T A Kemp (Lighting Design), Dan Moses Schreier and Gareth Owen  (Sound Design), Paul Huntley (Wig Design), Jason Carr (Orchestrations) and Rob Bowman (Musical Direction).

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is produced on Broadway by Tom Viertel, Steven Baruch, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, The Menier Chocolate Factory, Roger Berlind, David Babani, Sonia Friedman Productions, Andrew Fell, Daryl Roth/Jane Bergère, Harvey Weinstein/Raise the Roof 3, Beverly Bartner/Dancap Productions, Inc., Nica Burns/Max Weitzenhoffer, Eric Falkenstein/Anna Czekaj, Jerry Frankel/Ronald Frankel, James D. Stern/Douglas L. Meyer.

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Wednesday, 20 October 2010 14:57

LOMBARDI Begins Opens Tomorrow, Oct 21

LOMBARDI

OPENS ON BROADWAY TOMORROW OCTOBER 21
FOOTBALL ROYALTY AND THEATRE STARS ATTENDING
SEE AND HEAR THE STARS ON TV AND RADIO THIS WEEK

CLICK HERE TO CATCH A SNEAK PEEK OF LOMBARDI

The new Broadway play LOMBARDI, starring Dan Lauria as the legendary Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi and Judith Light as his wife Marie,  opens tomorrow Thursday October 21 at the Circle in the Square Theatre, (50th, west of Broadway). 

The audience on opening night will include NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Green Bay Packers CEO Mark Murphy, New York Giants Co-Owners John Mara and Jonathan Tisch, Bob Costas, former New York Yankee Lee Mazzilli, Vince’s daughter Susan Lombardi, and former Green Bay Packers Chuck Mercein and Jerry Kramer; as well as Paul Hornung, Dave Robinson, and Jim Taylor who are featured as characters in the play. 

Other celebrities attending include Kate Mara, Max Minghella, Rachel Dratch, Michael Urie, Sarah Paulson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Katie Finneran, Wendie Malick, Memphis writer Joe DiPietro, Tyne Daly, The Sopranos’ Dan Grimaldi, Jack Klugman, and Regis Philbin.

See and hear the show’s stars on these news outlets this week:

Thursday October 21:

·         Dan Lauria, Judith Light and Chris Sullivan will be interviewed on “Good Day New York”  at 6:50 AM,  9:45 AM and on the 5 PM news.  Channel 5 in New York.

·         Judith Light will be a guest on “Live with Regis & Kelly” (WABC TV at 9 AM)

·         Judith Light will be a guest on WOR Radio’s Joan Hamburg show at Noon (770 AM)

Friday October 22:

·         Dan Lauria will be interviewed on WABC TV by Sandy Kenyon at 6:22AM and 5:22 PM.  Catch it in NYC cabs beginning this Friday as well.

Directed by Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail, LOMBARDIis an original play written by Academy Award winner Eric Simonson and based on the best-selling biography When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss.  Joining producers Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser as special producing partner is the National Football League, marking the organization’s first foray on Broadway. The cast also features Keith Nobbs as Michael McCormick, Bill Dawes as Paul Hornung, Robert Christopher Riley as Dave Robinson and Chris Sullivan as Jim Taylor.

Get LOMBARDI Tickets

www.lombardibroadway.com

Follow LOMBARDI on Twitter: @LombardiPlay or on Facebook.

 

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DANCE COMPANY PERFORMANCES ANNOUNCED

ROLEX Presents Career Transition For Dancers’

25th ANNIVERSARY SILVER JUBILEE A STAR-STUDDED RETROSPECTIVE

Monday, November 8, 2010 at 7:00pm  New York CITY CENTER

 

Rolex presents Career Transition For Dancers’ 25th ANNIVERSARY SILVER JUBILEE:A STAR-STUDDED RETROSPECTIVEon Monday, November 8, 2010 at 7:00 pm at New York City Center, 131 West 55 Street (btwn. 6th and 7th  Ave) NYC.  It will be followed by an Anniversary Supper with the Stars at the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton New York.  Hosted by Angela Lansbury, the five-time Tony Award-winning actress, and legendary star of musicals, films and television icon; the spectacular evening will highlight magical moments from past glittering galas.

Artists from some of America’s greatest dance companies will be performing these numbers: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - SINNER MAN from Revelations (Micheal Francos McBride, Jermaine Terry, Marcus Jarrell Willis); American Ballet TheatreDON QUIXTO Act III pas de deux (Yuriko Kajiya & Danil Simkin);, The Joffrey BalletLIGHT RAIN pas de deux (Fabrice Calmels & Valerie Robin);  MOMIXMILLENIUM SKIVA (Todd Burnsed & Yasmine Lee); National Dance InstituteSHALL WE DANCEfromThe King and I” ; and Parsons DanceCAUGHT (Miguel Quinones).

Also appearing on the Not-To-Be-Missed program are Tony Award Winners: Marvin Hamlisch, Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, Chita Rivera, Karen Ziemba and Charlotte d”Amboise and Edward Villella.  Artists from some of America’s greatest dance companies: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, The Joffrey Ballet, MOMIX, National Dance Institute, and Parsons Dance, will perform at the entertainment/dance event of the new season.  There will be show-stopping Broadway numbers and more! The 2010 Rolex Dance Award will be presented to Twyla Tharp.  The Career Transition For Dancers’ Awards for Outstanding Contributions to the World of Dance will be presented to the organization’s four union founders:  Actors’ Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, American Guild of Musical Artists, Screen Actors Guild; as well as an award each to The Barth Family and to the CTFD President Cynthia G. Fischer.  Also at the gala the Capezio Ballet Makers Dance Foundation will present Trisha Brown with the 59th annual Capezio Dance Award.  Artists & program subject to change without notice.

Career Transition For Dancers (CTFD), with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago, has helped over 4,600 professional dancers in 47 states identify their unique talents in preparation for establishing new careers when dance is no longer an option. Since its founding in 1985, the organization has provided more than 46,000 hours (equivalent to over $4 million) of one-on-one career counseling and program services - at no cost - and has awarded millions of dollars in scholarships for education, entrepreneurial grants, and certification programs. CTFD also provides dancers with specialized services that include transition seminars and workshops, peer support groups, resource centers, a toll-free national career counseling hotline, a website, and a National Career Network.   The Caroline & Theodore Newhouse Center for Dancers is located at 165 West 46th Street Suite 701 (at Broadway – the Actors’ Equity Building) NYC 10036; tel. (212) 764-0172 and fax (212) 764-0343.  In Los Angeles: 5757 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 455, LA, CA 90036; tel. (323) 549-6660 and fax (323) 549-6810. In Chicago: at Hubbard Street Dance Center, 1147 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607; tel. (312) 666-0234 and fax (312) 455-8240.     www.careertransition.orgThe 25th Anniversary Chairs are Michele Herbert, Anka K. Palitz, Nicole Sexton and Allen Brill.  Gala Chairs are Victor Elmaleh, Michele Riggi, James D. Rigler and Susan Fawcett Sosin.  The Dinner Chair is Janice Becker; Auction Chairs are Ann Van Ness and Heléne Alexopoulos Warrick; West Coast Chair is Roberta Silbert; and the Journal Chair is Craig Dix.  Vice Chairs are Gayle Conran, Alexander J. Dubé, Mercedes Ellington, Niko Elmaleh, Christina Rose and Irene Shen.  Produced and directed by Ann Marie DeAngelo.  Honorary Chairs are Cynthia Gregory, Bebe Neuwirth, Sono Osato, Ann Reinking, Chita Rivera, Lisa Niemi Swayze and Tommy Tune.

Patron tickets are $600, $750 and $1,200 each. Tables for 10 start at $7,500. Patron tickets and tables include premium performance seating, post-performance Anniversary Supper with the Stars, dancing and a live auction at the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton New York. For gala tickets please call Marjorie Horne, McEvoy & Assocs. at (212) 228-7446 x33. For group sales call (718) 499-9691.  Show only tickets are also available at $45, $55, $75 & $130 on sale at the Box Office and through CityTix 212 581-1212.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010 21:30

Broadway Review: A LIFE IN THE THEATRE

If you didn’t know who wrote A Life in the Theatre, you might be hard-pressed to guess that it was David Mamet.  A Life in the Theatre was one of his first works and it’s fun and silly, not exactly words you usually associate with Mamet.  It was originally written in 1974 and produced at the Goodman Theatre in February of 1977 and off-Broadway in October of the same year.  It follows two actors, one younger, one older, as they work together in a repertory company.  

DONNY & MARIE RETURN TO BROADWAY
TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME

SPEND THE HOLIDAYS WITH
 AMERICA’S FAVORITE BROTHER AND SISTER TEAM

 12 PERFORMANCES ONLY

 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9 THROUGH SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19 AT
BROADWAY’S MARRIOTT MARQUIS THEATRE

TICKETS ON SALE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20 at 10AM

Donny & Marie - A Broadway Christmas, a new holiday production starring America’s favorite sibling entertainers, will play a limited engagement of 12 performances Thursday, December 9, through Sunday, December 19, 2010, at Broadway’s Marriott Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway at 46th Street).

In the holiday tradition of the “Osmond Family Christmas” television specials, Donny & Marie invite you and your family to join them to celebrate the joy of the season in true Osmond fashion, in person, as the pair share a Broadway stage for the first time.   With their trademark show-stopping Christmas production numbers, Donny & Marie - A Broadway Christmas features your favorite hits mixed with the irresistible chemistry that made them international stars.  Donny & Marie - A Broadway Christmas is produced by Greg Young, Jon B. Platt and Magic Arts & Entertainment in association with Eric Gardner and Greg Sperry.

Donny Osmond began his career in entertainment at the age of 5, and by 13 had already collected 18 gold records, eventually earning a grand total of 33 throughout his career, with sales of over 80 million albums.  He recently released “Love Songs of the 70s", which shipped gold in the UK, and is currently working on his 60th album with producer Todd Rundgren.  He starred in Andrew Lloyd Weber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for a record breaking 6 year run of 2000 performances.  During his 40+ year career, Donny has been a singer, actor, triple threat television series host (talk show, game show, variety show), best-selling author, commercial spokesman, motivational speaker, and even a race car driver.  His web site, donny.com, receives 120 million-plus hits annually. In 2007 he starred on Broadway as Gaston in Beauty & The Beast, hosted two television series on British network television, was a special correspondent for Entertainment Tonight’s coverage of “Dancing With The Stars” featuring his sister Marie, and performed at “The Concert For Diana,” seen worldwide by 2 billion viewers.  2008 was the 50th anniversary of the Osmonds as a performing family – after a historic appearance on “Oprah” which set a daytime ratings record, PBS broadcast a pledge drive concert special celebrating the milestone, and the seven performing Osmonds toured the UK, Australia and Asia for the first time in 27 years, to sellout crowds.  Donny & Marie then announced they were reuniting for what was intended to be a six month run headlining the legendary Flamingo Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.  Donny & Marie opened in September 2008, and after only 5 weeks, the engagement was extended for two years, and was extended yet again through the end of 2011.  Donny was the “Dancing With The Stars” champion in the fall of 2009, and is the erstwhile co-host of “The Insider”, and continues as a special correspondent for ”Entertainment Tonight”. Donny currently also hosts two daily nationally syndicated radio shows, and this spring he and Marie are releasing their first studio album in over two decades.  Donny and Debbie, his wife of more than 30 years, have 5 children and 3 grandchildren.

Marie Osmond is happy to return to Broadway as she celebrates five decades in entertainment. Ms. Osmond’s Broadway debut in 1997 as Anna in The King and I earned her critical raves, following a hugely successful national and international tour as Maria in The Sound of Music (1994-1997).  She first appeared on “The Andy Williams Show” at age 3, going on to star on the award winning “Donny and Marie” musical-variety series at age 15, which ran for four seasons, guest-starred the biggest names in entertainment, and was dubbed into 17 languages.  The “Donny & Marie” talk show (1998-2000) received Emmy nods for the popular hosts. Along with many other TV appearances, Ms. Osmond starred in the TV movies “Gift of Love,” “Side by Side,” and “I Married Wyatt Earp.”  Ms. Osmond performed in the closing ceremonies of the 2002 Olympics and her 2003 Superbowl commercial with Ozzy Osbourne was ranked # 1 in the industry.  25 million viewers watched her as a finalist on “Dancing With the Stars” (season 5).  Ms. Osmond has recorded numerous albums, with scores of chart-topping songs and gold records, beginning with her debut #1 Billboard single at age 13, “Paper Roses,” followed by a string of hit duet songs with Donny and her own hit songs “No Stoppin’ Your Heart,” “Read My Lips” and the Country Music Association’s award winning song “Meet Me in Montana.”  Ms. Osmond’s newly released inspirational album, I Can Do This, showcases her range from Country to Opera.  Her proceeds from album sales goes to her charity, Children’s Miracle Network, founded in 1982, (4 billion dollars raised to date with 100% going to the kids), to help more than 17 million sick and injured children every year.  Author of two New York Times best-selling books, Behind the Smile and Might As Well Laugh About it Now, Marie has designed the award-winning “Marie Osmond Collectible Dolls,” celebrating its 20th year.  Currently performing to sold-out shows at the Flamingo Showroom (Las Vegas) with her brother, this is the first time the duo has performed live on stage in over 28 years.  Above every other accomplishment, Ms. Osmond is the proud mother of eight beautiful children, her greatest treasures.

The playing schedule for Donny & Marie - A Broadway Christmas is as follows: Monday at 7pm, Tuesday at 6:30pm, Thursday through Saturday at 8pm, with matinees Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm.  Tickets for Donny & Marie- A Broadway Christmas go on sale Wednesday, October 20, at 10am, ranging from $136.50 - $51.50 (including facility fees), and are available at www.TicketMaster.com (877-250-2929). 

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

BEGINS TOMORROW, OCTOBER 20th, AT NEW WORLD STAGES

First Round Judges Will Be Michael Musto, Stephen Guarino and Emily McNamara

The Time Out New York Lounge, in association with New World Stages and 21st Century Life, kicks off Week One of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DRAG!  This sassy elimination competition spanning six Wednesdays beginning October 20th will feature themed performances, ruthlessly scrutinized by a rotating panel of celebrity judges, at the Time Out New York Lounge at New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street (between Eighth & Ninth Avenues).  The first judges will be Michael Musto of the Village Voice, Stephen Guarino of  LOGO’s “Big Gay Sketch Show,” and Emily McNamara who hosts the popular “Curtain Call” at Splash.  Among the judges in upcoming weeks will be Charles Busch, Tituss Burgess, the casts of La Cage Aux Folles and Divine Sister, among others.

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

Audience votes determine the fiercest queen of them all, who will receive a cash prize and the opportunity to host a drag night at the Time Out New York Lounge at New World Stages!

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

Previews Begin
Tuesday, October 26

 For

The World Premiere Of

That Hopey Changey Thing

Cast Features Jon DeVries, Shuler Hensley,
Maryann Plunkett, Laila Robins,
Jay O. Sanders, J. Smith-Cameron

Written and Directed by Richard Nelson

$15 Public LAB Tickets Are On Sale Now

October 19, 2010 – The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Andrew D. Hamingson) will begin previews Tuesday, October 26 for the world premiere of THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING, written and directed by Richard Nelson. THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING, the first play of the 2010-2011 Public LAB season, will run October 26 through November 14 in The Public’s Anspacher Theater, with an official press opening on Tuesday, November 2. Tickets are on sale now.  All tickets for Public LAB productions are $15.

THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING is set on election day, November 2, 2010.  Uncle Benjamin’s dog has died and his nieces and nephew have gathered for dinner in Rhinebeck, New York, to surprise him with a new one.  While the polls close, the Apple family discusses memory, manners, and politics. Richard Nelson (Conversations in Tusculum at The Public, James Joyce’s The Dead) returns to The Public with a timely new play that examines the state of the nation at this pivotal moment in our history.

The cast for THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING will feature Jon DeVries (Benjamin Apple), Shuler Hensley (Tim Andrews), Maryann Plunkett (Barbara Apple), Laila Robins (Marian Apple Platt), Jay O. Sanders (Richard Apple) and J. Smith-Cameron (Jane Apple Halls).

THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING will feature scenic and costume design by Susan Hilferty; lighting design by Jennifer Tipton; and sound design by Scott Lehrer.

The 2010-2011 Public LAB season will continue this spring with URGE FOR GOING by Mona Mansour, directed by Hal Brooks (March 25 to April 17) and KNICKERBOCKER by Jonathan Marc Sherman, directed by Pippin Parker (May 6 to May 29). An additional Public LAB show, opening this winter, will be announced at a later date.

Public LAB, conceived in association with LAByrinth Theater Company, is an annual series of new plays that lets New Yorkers see more of the work they love from The Public in scaled-down productions. Public LAB allows The Public to support more artists, and gives audiences immediate access to new plays in development.  The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supported Public LAB with one of the largest grants ever received by the Public Theater.

JON DEVRIES (Benjamin Apple) recently appeared in the national tour of August: Osage County. He has been seen off-Broadway in The Accomplices, Richard II, Hamlet, The General From America, Patient A, and Goodnight Children Everywhere. His film credits include American Gangster, The International, Che, Part One, Evening, Fat Man and Little Boy, The Baxter, Invasion U.S.A., City of Hope, Sarah, Plain and Tall, and The First Deadly Sin.

 SHULER HENSLEY (Tim Andrews) won Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Olivier Awards for his performance in Trevor Nunn’s 2002 revival of Oklahoma! His other New York theater credits include Les Miserables, Tarzan, and Young Frankenstein (Drama Desk nomination) on Broadway, and The Great American Trailer Park Musical off-Broadway at New World Stages.

MARYANN PLUNKETT (Barbara Apple) is making her Public Theater debut. Her Broadway credits include A Man For All Seasons, Saint Joan, The Seagull, The Crucible, Me and My Girl (Tony Award), Sunday in the Park With George, and Agnes of God. Her Off-Broadway credits include Rodney’s Wife, an oak tree, Aristocrats, and Jayson.

LAILA ROBINS (Marian Apple Platt) has appeared at The Public in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2007) and The Merchant of Venice (1995). Her Broadway credits include Heartbreak House, Frozen, The Herbal Bed, and The Real Thing, and she has been seen off-Broadway in That Face, Antony and Cleopatra, Sore Throats, Tiny Alice, Mrs. Klein and many more. She is the recipient of Callaway, Acclaim, and two Jefferson Awards, a Helen Hayes nomination, and two Lucille Lortel nominations.

JAY O. SANDERS (Richard Apple) has appeared at The Public in Twelfth Night, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Stuff Happens,Taming of the Shrew, King John, Henry V, and Measure for Measure. His Broadway credits include Pygmalion, Saint Joan, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, and Loose Ends, and some of his many off-Broadway credits are The Argument, Lone Star Love, The Exonerated, and Buried Child.

J. SMITH-CAMERON (Jane Apple Halls) appeared this summer in a recurring role on HBO’s “True Blood.” Her Broadway credits include After the Night and the Music, Tartuffe, Night Must Fall, The Play’s the Thing, The Real Inspector Hound and the Fifteen Minute Hamlet, Our Country’s Good (Tony nomination), Lend Me A Tenor, Wild Honey, and Crimes of the Heart. Her numerous off-Broadway credits include Tartuffe (The Public), The Starry Messenger, Good Boys and True, Pen, God of Hell, Sarah, Sarah, Fuddy Meers, As Bees In Honey Drown, and The Naked Truth. She is an OBIE winner, two-time Outer Critics nominee, and three-time Drama Desk nominee.

THE PUBLIC THEATER (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Andrew D. Hamingson, Executive Director)was founded by Joseph Papp in 1954 and is now one of the nation’s preeminent cultural institutions, producing new plays, musicals, and productions of classics at its downtown headquarters and at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The Public’s mandate to create a theater for all New Yorkers continues to this day onstage and through extensive outreach and education programs. Each year, over 250,000 people attend Public Theater-related productions and events at six downtown stages, including Joe’s Pub, and Shakespeare in the Park. The Public has won 42 Tony Awards, 151 Obies, 41 Drama Desk Awards and four Pulitzer Prizes. The Public has brought 54 shows to Broadway, including Sticks and Bones; That Championship Season; A Chorus Line; The Pirates of Penzance; The Tempest; Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk; On the Town; The Ride Down Mt. Morgan; Topdog/Underdog; Elaine Stritch at Liberty; Take Me Out; Caroline, or Change; Well; Passing Strange; the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair;and this fall, the rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and the 2010 Shakespeare in the Park production of The Merchant of Venicewww.publictheater.org.

 

THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING begins performances on Tuesday, October 26 and continues through Sunday, November 14 with an official press opening on Tuesday, November 2 at 7 p.m.

The performance schedule is Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. There will be no matinee performance on Saturday, October 30, no evening performance on Sunday, October 31, and no performance on Wednesday, November 3. There is an added performance on Monday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. and a special 7 p.m. curtain for the performance on Tuesday, November 2.

All tickets for Public LAB are $15. Tickets for THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING go on sale Tuesday, September 28 and can be purchased by calling (212) 967-7555, by visiting www.publictheater.org, or in person at The Public Theater box office. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street. 

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