Andrew C. McGibbon
Andrew C. McGibbon has spent the past thirty years working in live theatre as a stage manager, general manager, producer and leader in the convergence of Broadway and online.
Mr. McGibbon worked as a stage manager and general manager for ten years. In 1994 he created a website devoted to live theatre, BroadwayWorld-Wide.com. The site was subsequently bought by, and became Playbill.com. He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for TonyAwards.com. With the 2008-09 season he finished his ninth year on the show. He has also worked as a webmaster for the Broadway League and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He is presently the Director of Digital Media for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
In addition to his work in the theatrical industry, Mr. McGibbon is also a partner in Simple Solutions Distributing, a manufacturer of filtration equipment for the waste-water industry.
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Drama Desk Award-Winning Mint Theater Announces Its 2011 Offerings:
What the Public Wants
by Arnold Bennett, Directed by Matthew Arbour
January 13th through March 13th, 2011
The Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Mint Theater Company today announced its plans for 2011. First up will be Arnold Bennett's comedy, What the Public Wants, beginning January 13th through March 13th at the Mint’s home in the heart of the theater district, at 311 West 43rd Street.
What The Public Wants is Arnold Bennett’s sly satire on tabloid journalism — a lively look at life behind the headlines and proof that the more things change, the more they stay the same. This clever 1909 comedy charts the efforts of media mogul Sir Charles Worgan to boost circulation as well as his social standing. He owns forty different publications and claims to have “revolutionized journalism.” He employs over a thousand people and is worth millions — and yet Worgan wants more — he wants respect from the “superior people” who look down their noses at him. But is he willing to pay the price?
“One of the best comedies of our time,” wrote Max Beerbohm of the play’s London premiere in The Saturday Review. “No one but Bernard Shaw sends up ideas as skyrockets more successfully than Mr. Bennett,” wrote the Chicago Evening Post of the play’s American debut in 1913.
Loosely inspired by the rise of Lord Northcliffe, founder of Britain’s leading tabloid, The Daily Mail, What The Public Wants was first produced by The Stage Society in London in March 1909. “A brilliantly illuminating satire,” declared The London Times, and the play promptly transferred to the West End where it was hailed as “a very amusing and often very witty farce.” What The Public Wants proved so popular it was published in three different editions between 1909 and 1911.
What The Public Wants was first seen in the U.S. in 1913, when the Manchester Repertory Company toured Boston and Chicago. The Boston Globe described the play as a “delightfully clever satire, often of scintillating brilliancy, thoroughly interesting and constantly entertaining,” while the Chicago Tribune praised Bennett’s play as “luminous and watchful, a gem.” In 1922, the Theatre Guild produced the New York premiere.
Bennett’s prescient comedy has been revived numerous times in England; each time critics have commented on how the play never shows its age. “The thing that impresses one most about What The Public Wants is its curious up-to-dateness… Indeed, its purpose is all the more urgent now, since the ills of the Press, which the play diagnoses so well, have grown alarmingly, especially in the last few years,” wrote The Stage. “The satire is as topical, the wit as keen, and the humor as penetrating.” 100 years after it was written, Bennett’s savage wit still hits the target.
There was a time, in the first quarter of the last century when Arnold Bennett was one of the world’s most famous and successful authors. When he was dying, the streets beneath his window were laid with straw to deaden the noise—Bennett was the last person in London to be accorded this honor. When he died on March 27, 1931, it was front-page news in The New York Times. Only 64, he was still “in the full tide of his prodigious literary output, which had brought him more readers and more riches than any other British author.” “More riches” turned out to be literally true: The Times later reported that Bennett “disposed of what is expected to rank as the largest literary fortune in history” ($500,000). Tributes came pouring in from all over the world. Today, even his most famous work “The Old Wives Tale”, “Clayhanger”, “These Twain” has been forgotten.
In the late 1890’s, on the advice of friends, Bennett decided to try playwriting. He began with “curtain raisers,” short one-acts that preceded full-length plays, but it was not until he established himself as a novelist that Bennett’s playwriting career blossomed. In 1908 the Stage Society produced his first full-length play, Cupid and Commonsense, an adaptation of his 1902 novel Anna of the Five Towns. Reviews were strong, and in 1909, they produced Bennett’s second play, What the Public Wants, based on his own journalistic experience.
Mint Theater Company, “that truffle hound of half-buried treasures from the past” (Village Voice), has a celebrated reputation for re-discovering worthy but neglected gems and has brought new vitality to timeless but timely plays since 1992. The Mint was awarded an Obie for “combining the excitement of discovery with the richness of tradition.” Mint was awarded a special Drama Desk Award for “Unearthing, presenting and preserving forgotten plays of merit.”
Next at the Mint will be A Little Journey by Rachel Crothers (May 5 to July 3, 2011), a nominee for the first Pulitzer Prize for Drama and not produced anywhere since 1918. Crothers’ legacy was largely forgotten until the Mint revived Susan and God in 2006. “A voice that remains fresh,” lauded The New York Times, while Terry Teachout wrote in the Wall Street Journal: “It is a major event, a pitch perfect production of a 69-year-old play whose subject matter is so modern in flavor that it could have been written last week.” A Little Journey tells the story of a disillusioned young woman whose money and luck have run out. With no other options, and embittered by her personal and economic failure, she leaves New York, boarding a train at Grand Central Station where she find an unexpected chance at redemption.
In July 2011, as promised, Mint will return to the work of Teresa Deevy (Wife to James Whelan) with Temporal Powers. Winner of the Abbey Playwrighting competition in 1932, Deevy’s drama ran for seven performances in 1932. The Irish Times greeted it’s initial performance with the claim that it was “one of the most thoughtful works seen for some time at the Abbey,” giving evidence of Deevy’s “deep thought and fine powers of observation.” The last line of the Time’s entirely favorable review predicted that the play “should have a successful future in the Abbey repertoire.” Temporal Powers was revived once, for six performances in 1937 and then disappeared entirely. Mint will present the American Premiere.
Performances for What the Public Wants will be Tuesday through Thursday at 7 PM, Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM, and Sunday at 2 PM. Tickets are $40 (January 13th – 30th only) and $55 thereafter. All performances will take place on the Third Floor of 311 West 43rd Street. Advance tickets are available by calling the Mint box office at 212/315-0231 or go to www.minttheater.org.
And, introducing a new inexpensive way to discover Mint productions - CHEAP TIX:Everyone appreciates a bargain, especially these days. Mint Theater Company is now offering a limited number of seats for every performance at half-price ($27.50).
The Time Out New York Lounge, in association with New World Stages and 21st Century Life, moves on to Week Three of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DRAG! This sassy elimination competition spanning six Wednesdays 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 next set of judges will be Frank DiLella of the NY1 "On Stage" and Les Cagelles Broadway’s La Cage Aux Folles. Among the judges in upcoming weeks will be Charles Busch, Brandon Voss (The Advocate), John Tartaglia, Everett Quinton, and cast members from Divine Sister, among others.
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DRAG is hosted by Paige Turner, who has been working the NYC boards for the past several years. A cross between Debra Messing and Elle Woods, with a little retro flair and a whole lot of musical theater, she has headlined at Splash, Therapy, Pieces, The Ritz, among others. She has hosted bingo and karaoke more times than she'd like to admit. Paige and her gal pal Eve Starr hosted the well received Glitz Crackers in midtown for over a year, showcasing Broadway's hottest newcomers. Paige hailed by critics: "this showbiz spitfire is not to be missed and continues to amaze!"
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!
For more information, visit www.timeoutnylounge.com/soyouthinkyoucandrag
FROM THE PEOPLE WHO BROUGHT YOU THE OFF-BROADWAY SMASH HIT
GIRLS NIGHT: THE MUSICAL COMES
GIRL TALK: THE MUSICAL
Performances Begin November 3 at The Times Square Arts Center
“The lively musical Girl Talk follows in the hilarious footsteps of Girls Night!”
-- The Wilmington News Journal
“It’s Sex and the City meets Chelsea Lately!”
-- The Advocate
Following the Off-Broadway smash Girls Night: The Musical, comes a new show that continues the party! Entertainment Events announced today that GIRL TALK: THE MUSICAL will make its Off-Broadway debut, beginning performances tonight, November 3rd at the Times Square Arts Center, 303 West 42nd Street (across from Port Authority at 8th Avenue) Opening night is Sunday, November 14th. GIRL TALK: THE MUSICAL is fun, fabulous and everything female. This latest Girls Night musical experience was conceived by Tim Flaherty and is written by Louise Roche (author of Girls Night: The Musical), Tim Flaherty (producer) and Sonya Carter (director).
Bound to get the ladies on their feet and dancing in the aisles, GIRL TALK: THE MUSICAL features hit songs from some of today’s leading female recording artists including Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood, and Gretchen Wilson, to name a few. Featured in the cast are Sonya Carter, Renee Colvert, Priscilla Fernandez, and Berty Jay.
This latest Girls Night musical incarnation is another raucous celebration of everything that is female. After 10 years, “Girl Talk” must end and the girls are going out in style! Over the course of the final broadcast the two sparing hosts, their favorite sex therapist guest and the shows neurotic producer learn that men and jobs can come and go, but girlfriends are forever!
British playwright, author and television producer, Louise Roche has written and produced six other plays including Girls Night (UK Tours 2003, ‘04,’06), Bobby and Johnny (UK Tour 2005), Girls Behind (UK Tour 2005), Checkout Girls (Milton Keynes 2005), Lucky Balls (Milton Keynes 2002), and Milton Keynes The Musical (2002). Her novel, Glutton for Punishment is published in paperback, and her television writing includes “Where the Heart Is,” and “Doctors.”
Producer/creator/co-writer/co-director Tim Flaherty is the President and CEO of Entertainment Events, Inc. based in New York City. EEI productions have been produced and presented in all 50 states as well as in Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia. Since 1999 EEI has produced; Late Nite Catechism: The Series, Maybe Baby, It’s You, The Yiddish Are Coming, The Yiddish Are Coming!, Shout! The Mod Musical, Tony N Tina’s Wedding, Defending the Caveman, We’re Still Hot! The Musical and are former producers of Jeanie Linders' Menopause The Musical. EEI is currently producing Girls Night: The Musical, Late Nite Catechism, Sister Strikes Again!: Late Nite Catechism 2, ’Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism 3, Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold, Sister’s Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go To Heaven?, The Santa Class and Girl Talk: The Musical.
Co-director/co-writer Sonya Carter has been with EEI for 3 years in many roles both on and off stage. She originally performed the role of Liza in the US premiere of Girls Night: The Musical in Scottsdale, AZ in May of 2007. After her premiere in Girls Night: The Musical EEI brought Sonya Carter and her 12 years of International Risk Management experience from American Express on board as its production supervisor. In that capacity she manages all production aspects from casting to closing night for all EEI productions. In addition she continues to perform in Girls Night: The Musical performing three of five roles in the show and has amassed over 250 performances on tour and Off-Broadway. Sonya has also directed several of the touring companies of Girls Night: The Musical and originated the role of co-host Janice and directed the world premiere of Girl Talk: The Musical at the DuPont Theater in Wilmington, DE in June. Sonya will be directing and performing the role of Janice in the Off-Broadway premiere of Girl Talk: the Musical.
Performances of GIRL TALK: THE MUSICAL will be Wednesday through Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 5 & 8 PM, and Sunday at 3 PM. Tickets are $55. To purchase tickets or more information, visit www.entertainmentevents.com.
BROADWAY CARES/ EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS, BROADWAY.COM, & BROADWAY IMPACT
BROADWAY'S "IT GETS BETTER" VIDEO
CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO CREATED BY SUSAN BLACKWELL, HUNTER BELL, & MATT VOGEL,
FEATURING OVER 60 ACTORS, WRITERS, DIRECTORS,
& OTHER NOTABLE NEW YORK THEATRE PROFESSIONALS SHARING THEIR STORIES
BC/EFA MAKES $25,000 DONATION TO THE TREVOR PROJECT
IN THE NAME OF THE BROADWAY COMMUNITY
Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway.com, and Broadway Impact present Broadway's "It Gets Better" video featuring 63 members of the New York theatrical community speaking to LGBTQ youth.
The video is part of the It Gets Better Project, which was founded by noted writer Dan Savage in response to LGBTQ teenagers who in recent months have taken their own lives after being bullied in school. The project is a video archive where people can share their stories of overcoming bullying and finding happiness and letting young people know "It Gets Better."
To see the video, which includes actors, writers, directors, producers, designers, technicians, and other notable members of the New York theatre community, CLICK HERE or visit: www.youtube.com/BroadwayItGetsBetter. The video can also be seen at BroadwayCares.org, Broadway.com, BroadwayImpact.org, and TheTrevorProject.org.
In a joint statement, Susan Blackwell, Hunter Bell and Matt Vogel, the video's creators, said, "Inspired by Dan Savage's It Gets Better Project and the videos created by our Broadway colleagues, we were moved to rally additional members of the New York theatrical community to add their voices to this crusade. Our intent with this video is to provide young people with a message of hope and support, and to encourage adults to not only support these organizations financially, but to consistently set an example by teaching acceptance, kindness and respect and intervening when homophobia, bigotry and bullying occurs. We are proud to stand up with the Broadway community, who has once again demonstrated that when there is a crisis, it will show up and channel its voice, creative energy and money toward positive change and inspiring activism."
In addition, BC/EFA has made a $25,000 donation to The Trevor Project, the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, in the name of the Broadway community. To make a personal donation to The Trevor Project CLICK HERE, or visit www.TheTrevorProject.org.
Broadway's "It Gets Better" video was created by Susan Blackwell, Hunter Bell, and Matt Vogel in partnership with BC/EFA (Tom Viola, Michael Graziano), Broadway.com (Paul Wontorek), and Broadway Impact (Rory O'Malley, Jenny Kanelos).
The video features (in alphabetical order): George Akram (West Side Story), Local 1 production carpenter Jack Anderson, Bryan Batt ("Mad Men"), Hunter Bell ([title of show]), Susan Blackwell ([title of show]), Heidi Blickenstaff ([title of show]), publicist Chris Boneau, production manager Kevin Broomell, Danny Burstein (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), Charles Busch (The Divine Sister), Kevin Chamberlain (The Addams Family), Tony Chiroldes (In The Heights), John Ellison Conlee (The Constant Wife), actor Josh Cruz, Wilson Cruz ("My So Called Life"), Robin De Jesus (La Cage Aux Folles), Colman Domingo (The Scottsboro Boys), Saidah Arrika Ekulona (Ruined), Joanna Gleason (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Judy Gold (Love, Loss, and What I Wore), producer Robyn Goodman, BC/EFA producing director Michael Graziano, Ann Harada (Avenue Q), director Richard Jay-Alexander, Cherry Jones (Mrs. Warren's Profession), director/playwright Moisés Kaufman, Zoe Kazan (Angels in America), Celia Keenan-Bolger (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), producer Thomas Kirdahy, Nathan Lane (The Addams Family), composer Andrew Lippa, Jose Llana (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), designer Anna Louizos, Melissa Rae Mahon (Chicago), Tyler Maynard (Altar Boyz), Audra McDonald ("Private Practice"), Michael McElroy (Big River), playwright Terrence McNally, Ray Mercer (The Lion King), Lin-Manuel Miranda (In The Heights), director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell, Julia Murney (Wicked), Denis O'Hare (Elling), Broadway Impact's Rory O'Malley, Karen Olivo (West Side Story), Sarah Paulson (Collected Stories), Corrie Pond (The Phantom Tollbooth), Billy Porter (Angels in America), Anika Noni Rose (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Broadway personality Seth Rudetsky, Thomas Sadoski (Reasons To Be Pretty), Luis Salgado (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), Chris Sarandon (The Light in the Piazza), producer Thomas Schumacher, composer/lyricist Marc Shaiman, Christopher Sieber (Shrek The Musical), J. Robert Spencer (Next to Normal), musical director Leslie Stifelman, Jason Tam (A Chorus Line), John Tartaglia (John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean), playwright Lucy Thurber, Alexandria Wailes (Big River), director/lyricist Scott Wittman, and Garrett Matthew Zuercher (Big River).
The production team for the video includes: Susan Blackwell, Hunter Bell, Matt Vogel, Michael Graziano, Meagan Grund, Colyn Fiendel, Josh Blye, Heidi Blickenstaff, and Rory O'Malley with close captioning by James Wesley and Tiffany Grant.
The creators would like to give special thanks to Dan Savage and Terry Miller, Laura McGinnis and Charles Robbins of The Trevor Project, Donna Alesia of Chromavision, Kelly Vogel and Steve White.
For anyone in crisis or needing assistance:
The Trevor Project's Trevor Lifeline: 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386)
Toll free, confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For information and support to help teens and young adults facing tough times, visit Reach Out: www.reachout.com
For more information:
The Trevor Project: www.TheTrevorProject.org
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS: www.BroadwayCares.org
Broadway Impact: www.BroadwayImpact.org
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PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL
"IT GETS BETTER" VIDEO FEATURE
SUPORRTING THE TREVOR PROJECT
Watch the video now:
The cast of the Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical, which opened its smash hit North American debut engagement at The Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto to rave reviews last week, have joined forces in support of The Trevor Project's "It Gets Better" campaign with a specially produced video sharing their experiences with bullying and being gay.
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its free and confidential helpline, in-school workshops, educational materials, online resources and advocacy. The organization was founded in 1998 by three filmmakers whose film, "Trevor," a comedy/drama about a gay teenager who attempts suicide, received the 1994 Academy Award(r) for Best Short Film (Live Action). For more information, visit www.TheTrevorProject.org.
The spectacular new stage musical will play its limited engagement in Toronto through January 2, 2011 prior to performances beginning at The Palace Theatre on Broadway on February 28, and officially opening March 20.
The Toronto Star raved "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." Globe & Mail called the musical "Infectious, giddy entertainment!" while The Toronto Sun said "Hits all the high notes! Priscilla turns theatrical convention into theatrical confection - a show that gives you a good time!," and Variety declared "Priscilla is a visual knockout, a real crowd-pleaser and ultimately a great heart-tugger as well."
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 also features 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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EMMY AWARD WINNER ANDRE BRAUGHER
TO APPEAR IN MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB'S
THE WHIPPING MAN
BY MATTHEW LOPEZ
DIRECTED BY DOUG HUGHES
LIMITED ENGAGEMENT TO BEGIN THURSDAY, JANUARY 13;
PRODUCTION TO OPEN TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 at MTC AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER - STAGE I
Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) announce that two-time Emmy Award winner Andre Braugher will appear in Manhattan Theatre Club's upcoming New York premiere of the critically acclaimed historical drama THE WHIPPING MAN by Matthew Lopez, directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes.
This new production will begin performances Thursday, January 13 and open Tuesday February 1 at MTC at New York City Center - Stage I (131 West 55th Street).
Braugher is one of the most admired actors working today, having earned two Emmy Awards: in 1998 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama for his fiery performance in "Homicide: Life on the Streets" and in 2006 for his starring role in the miniseries "Thief." In 2010, he received his sixth Emmy nomination for the hit series "Men of a Certain Age" which will return for its second season December 6 on TNT. On stage, Braugher received an Obie Award for his performance in the 1996 Shakespeare in the Park production of Henry V. Other New York stage credits include: Hamlet, The Tragedy of Richard II, Measure for Measure, and Twelfth Night.
April, 1865: the Civil War has ended. Caleb DeLeon, a Jewish Confederate soldier, returns wounded from the battlefield to find his family home in ruins, abandoned by everyone except Simon (Braugher) and John -two former slaves, who were raised as Jews in the DeLeon home. As the three men reunite to celebrate Passover, and recall the exodus from Egypt in light of their own new liberties, they uncover a tangle of secrets... ties that bind them together and that, ultimately, might cost each man his freedom.
Manhattan Theatre Club's New York debut of this acclaimed historical drama is a tale of loyalty, deceit and deliverance, and a fascinating portrayal of three men, and this country, at a crossroads.
Additional casting and other listings information for this limited engagement will be announced in the coming weeks.
The creative team for THE WHIPPING MAN features: John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), Jill BC DuBoff (sound design), and J. David Brimmer (fight direction).
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country's most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past three decades, MTC productions have earned a total of 17 Tony Awards and six Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and an Off-Broadway theatre at New York City Center - Stage I (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include Time Stands Still; The Royal Family; Ruined; The American Plan; Come Back, Little Sheba; Blackbird; Translations; Shining City; Rabbit Hole; Doubt; Proof; The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; Love! Valour! Compassion!; A Small Family Business; Sylvia; Putting It Together; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain't Misbehavin.'
For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com
ANDRE BRAUGHER (Simon). One of Hollywood's most respected actors Emmy Award-winner Andre Braugher finds he is able to cross over from television to film to theatre with ease.
Braugher currently stars on the TNT series "Men of a Certain Age" alongside Ray Romano and Scott Bakula. Braugher received an Emmy Award nomination for his role in the show which returns for the second season on December 6.
Most recently Braugher co-starred in the feature film Salt opposite Angelina Jolie for director Phillip Noyce. Prior to that he co-starred in Passengers opposite Anne Hathaway; in the Frank Darabont film The Mist based on the novel by Stephen King and in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. He was also seen starring in the sci-fi mini-series "The Andromeda Strain" alongside Benjamin Bratt and Eric McCormack for A&E.
Perhaps best known for his riveting Emmy Award-winning portrayal of Detective Frank Pembleton, Braugher won a second Emmy(r) Award in 2006 for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Mini-Series for his starring role in mini-series "Thief," which aired on FX.
In 2004, Braugher starred in the TNT original four-hour mini-series "Salem's Lot" based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King. Prior to that film, he starred in the Showtime Original Film "A Soldier's Girl."
In 2002, he starred in the critically acclaimed CBS series "Hack" opposite David Morse and in the Showtime Original Film "10,000 Black Men Named George" with Charles Dutton and Mario Van Peebles for director Robert Townsend. Braugher served as Executive Producer on this film and he received an NAACP Award nomination for his role as A. Philip Randolph.
In 2000-2001, Braugher starred in the critically acclaimed ABC drama series "Gideon's Crossing," which was created by Paul Attanasio also one of the creators of "Homicide: Life on the Street." Braugher received an Emmy(r) Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Dr. Ben Gideon.
In 1999 Braugher made his directorial debut with one vignette of the Showtime trilogy "Love Songs," in which he also starred, and he starred in the TNT telefilm "Passing Glory" (1999), for director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) garnering critical acclaim for his performance.
In addition to Braugher's success on the small screen, audiences have seen him star in a variety of feature film roles. Most recently he co-starred in Poseidon (2006); in Duets (2000) opposite Gwyneth Paltrow for director Bruce Paltrow; in the independent feature A Better Way to Die (2000); and alongside Dennis Quaid in the critically praised film Frequency (2000). Before that he starred with Alec Baldwin in the independent film Thick As Thieves (1999), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and later aired on HBO; he was a part of an ensemble cast, which included Jeff Daniels, Gary Sinise, Joan Allen and Anna Paquin, in director Jim Stern's All The Rage (1999); and starred in City of Angels (1998) with Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan, and Dennis Franz.
Braugher's other notable feature film credits include Primal Fear (1996) with Richard Gere, which marked his first collaboration with Frequency director Gregory Hoblit; Spike Lee's Get on the Bus (1996); and Glory (1989), the Oscar-winning story of America's first unit of black soldiers during the Civil War.
Braugher's work on television continues to be recognized by his critics, audiences and his peers. In 2006, he received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Mini-Series and a Golden Globe Award nomination for his role as Nick Atwater in mini-series "Thief." In 2001, he received an Emmy Award nomination and a Golden Globe Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Dr. Ben Gideon in "Gideon's Crossing." In 1998 he received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for portrayal of Detective Frank Pembleton on "Homicide: Life on the Street." In 1996 he received two Emmy Award nominations - one for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role in "Homicide: Life on the Street" and one for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Mini-Series for his work in the Peabody Award-winning HBO production "The Tuskeegee Airmen."
His other television credits include him reprising his Emmy Award-winning role of Detective Frank Pembleton in the two-hour NBC Special "Homicide: The Movie" (2000); the title role in "The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson" (1990), HBO's "Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture" (1990) and NBC's "Murder in Mississippi" (1990). He began his television career as the late Telly Savalas' sidekick in television movies based on the original "Kojak" series.
A most versatile performer, Braugher has appeared on stage with the New York Shakespeare Festival in Measure for Measure and Twelfth Night and most recently, in the title role of Henry V, which earned him an Obie Award. At Joseph Papp's Public Theater, Braugher preformed in The Way of the World, and Shakespeare's Richard II and Coriolanus. He played Iago in the Folger Shakespeare Festival production of Othello and performed the title role in Macbeth for the Philadelphia Drama Guild.
Braugher, who was born and raised in Chicago, earned a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.F.A. from Juilliard.
The Breakout Hit Of The 2010 New York Musical Theatre Festival
What do you get when a straight white male from Canada discovers that his mother's a lesbian? A hilarious and heartfelt story that celebrates love in all its forms! The hit of the 2009 Toronto Fringe, MY MOTHER'S LESBIAN JEWISH WICCAN WEDDING is based on a true story that will make you laugh, cry and realize that nothing's impossible. David Hein wrote the title song as a gift to his mother about her real life wedding. Convinced the story of his mother's journey would make a good theatrical work, David and his wife, Irene Sankoff, stitched together the stories that everyone asks them to tell: what life is like with two moms, including the seven parents at their wedding; the "facts of life" talk that Irene received from her in-laws; and how David's mom first came out to him.
Hein and Sankoff began writing the show together in February of 2009. In July they presented it as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival. It immediately sold out, received rave reviews, was invited to become part of the "Best of the Fringe" and was picked up for a November remount at the 700 seat Panasonic Theatre in Toronto by Mirvish Productions. MY MOTHER'S LESBIAN JEWISH WICCAN WEDDING was extended five times and has played to over 50,000 people.
CenterStage is located at 1200 Edgewood Avenue in Rochester. Performances will be Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays at 2 PM. Tickets are $24 ($16 for students) and are available at 585/461-200 or www.jccrochester.org.
JASON MILLER'S TONY AND PULITZER PRIZE WINNING PLAY
THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON
BRIAN COX, JIM GAFFIGAN, CHRIS NOTH,
JASON PATRIC AND KIEFER SUTHERLAND
DIRECTED BY GREGORY MOSHER
TO OPEN ON BROADWAY IN MARCH 2011
IN ITS FIRST BROADWAY REVIVAL
STRICLY LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
Gregory Mosher will direct a revival of Jason Miller's Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON on Broadway at a Shubert Theatre to be announced in March 2011. The play will star Brian Cox as "Coach," Jim Gaffigan as "George Sikowski," Chris Noth as "Phil Romano," Jason Patric as "Tom Daley" and Kiefer Sutherland as "James Daley."
Preview and opening night dates will be announced shortly.
THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON will be produced by Robert Cole, Frederick Zollo and the Shubert Organization who produced last season's A STEADY RAIN.
THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON made its debut at the Public Theater in May 1972 before moving to Broadway's Booth Theatre where it went on to win the Pulitzer Prize, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play and the Tony Award for Best Play for the 1973 season. It played a total of 944 performances on and off Broadway.
On the anniversary of their victory in the Pennsylvania state championship game, four members of the starting lineup of a small-town Catholic high school basketball team gather with their coach to re-live their youthful glory. As the night progresses, the long buried grudges and secrets of the once-confident players surface, threatening not just their solidarity, but the meaning of their victory. With savage humor, THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON probes the darkest aspects of the American dream of success at all costs. In his original review of the play in the New York Times, Clive Barnes wrote, "Wow! This is precisely the kind of relevant and hard-hitting play that Broadway should be doing if it has any chance of survival. That Championship Season is Broadway theatre at its finest."
Brian Cox (Coach) is an award-winning actor of the stage, screen and television. He has appeared in dozens of plays on the stages of London, New York and Scotland. Cox won two Olivier Awards for his performances in Rat in the Skull and Titus Andronicus; British Theatre Association Drama Awards for Best Actor for his work in The Taming of the Shrew and Strange Interlude; and the Lucille Lortel Award, as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations, for St. Nicholas. He spent eight months in London's West End, starring as Max in Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n Roll, a role he reprised on Broadway. Cox has helmed stage productions of I Love My Life, Mrs. Warren's Profession, The Philanderer, The Master Builder and Richard III. A veteran of more than 50 feature films, he recently wrapped production on Rise of the Apes and Red with Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren. Cox earned AFI and Independent Spirit Award nominations for his work in the critically hailed independent film L.I.E.. His list of film credits include The Good Heart, Tell-Tale, The Escapist, Troy, X2, Zodiac, 25th Hour, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Ring, The Rookie, The Affair of the Necklace, For the Love of the Game, Rushmore, Desperate Measures, The Boxer, Kiss the Girls, Braveheart, Rob Roy, Manhunter, Hidden Agenda, and Nicholas and Alexandra. In 2003, Cox's contributions to the arts were honored by Queen Elizabeth II, who named him a Commander of the British Empire. In 2006, Empire Magazine (UK) honored his film achievements with the Empire Icon Award. In 2007, the UK Film Council named him one of the Top 10 powerful British film stars in Hollywood today.
Jim Gaffigan (George Sikowski) is a true comedic triple threat, having achieved major milestones in stand-up, acting, and writing. His clever and quiet style has earned him a spot in the top five most successful touring comedians in the country today. His 2006 Comedy Central Special "Beyond the Pale" was certified Platinum. After "My Boys," Gaffigan has become a mainstay on the big screen and will have two films out this fall. Films include: Going the Distance, Away We Go, It's Kind of a Funny Story, 17 Again, The Love Guru, 13 Going on 30, Super Troopers, 17, Three Kings, the independent film The Living Wake, and The Great New Wonderful, upcoming Salvation Boulevard. In 2008, Gaffigan finished his most recent Comedy Central Live Tour, "Jim Gaffigan: The Sexy Tour," the tour culminated at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX where he filmed another Comedy Central special, "King Baby." Gaffigan's talent has earned him an unprecedented number of appearances on both CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman" and NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." Scripted television guest appearances include HBO's cult hit "Flight of the Concords," "That 70's Show," "Ed," "Sex and the City," "The Ellen Show," "Third Watch" and all three of the "Law & Order" show variations. Gaffigan is the creative force, co-writer, and the voice of all the characters in "Pale Force," the superhero crime-fighting duo he created with Conan O'Brien for NBC.com. The 40-episode online series was nominated for a Broadband Emmy and a Webby Award. Commercial campaigns include: EBAY, Sierra Mist, ESPN, Saturn, and Rolling Rock. His commercial presence earned him BusinessWeek's 1999 "Salesman of the Year" honor.
Chris Noth (Phil Romano) performed in Beau Willimon's Farragut North originating at New York's Atlantic Theater Company and then again at the Geffen Theater in Los Angeles. He received the 2001 Theater World Award for his performance in the Broadway revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man, and appeared in Christopher Shinn's What Didn't Happen at New York's Playwright's Horizons. He received rave reviews as 'Teach' in American Buffalo at the Berkshire Theater Festival and completed a successful Broadway run of the revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man. Noth received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama. He is currently co-starring with Julianna Marguilies in the hit CBS drama "The Good Wife" as the errant politician husband. He recently reprised his Golden Globe nominated role as 'Mr. Big' in the box office feature Sex and the City 2, based upon the Award-winning HBO Comedy series as well as starred alongside Renee Zellweger and Kevin Bacon in My One and Only. He played the role of 'Detective Mike Logan' on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," a character which he originated on "Law & Order" and portrayed on that show for five seasons.
Jason Patric (Tom Daley). Film debut came in 1987 when he appeared in the comedy-thriller The Lost Boys. He then starred in the war drama The Beast. After Dark My Sweet and Rush which earned Patric critical acclaim. Patric next starred in Geronimo: An American Legend , The Journey of August King. Sleepers and in Your Friends and Neighbors, which was the first feature Patric produced for his production company, Fleece. Patric starred in the drama Narc and The Alamo for Director John Lee Hancock. He starred in Downloading Nancy, Expired, My Sister's Keeper and The Losers. Patric starred as 'Brick' in the Broadway production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Some of his other theatre credits include Neil LaBute's Bash, Beirut, Out of Gas on Lover's Leap, The Tempest, Henry V and Love's Labor Lost. Jason Patric is the son of playwright Jason Miller.
Kiefer Sutherland (James Daley), best known for his role on Fox's "24," for which he won a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy Award and two SAG Awards, for Best Actor in a Drama Series. The show has also won an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Drama. Sutherland started acting at the age of 15 at various youth theatres in Toronto. In 1997, Sutherland returned to the stage with his mother, actress Shirley Douglas, to star in a production of Tennessee William's play The Glass Menagerie at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Sutherland has also had a vast film career with such hits as A Few Good Men, Phone Booth, and The Sentinel.
Gregory Mosher (Director) directed last season's Tony Award nominated Broadway revival of A View from the Bridge starring Scarlet Johansson and Liev Schreiber. Mosher has produced and or directed nearly 200 plays on Broadway and in the West End, and at the Goodman and Lincoln Center theatres, both of which he headed. He is a two-time Tony award-winner.
Jason Miller (Playwright 1939-2001) was an American actor and playwright. He received the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for That Championship Season, and was widely recognized for his role as Father Damien Karras in the 1973 Academy Award Nominated film "The Exorcist." "The Exorcist" received ten Academy Award nominations including Miller's own nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He later became Artistic Director of the Scranton Public Theatre in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where That Championship Season was set.
Additional information about venue, performance schedule, ticket information and creative team will be announced shortly.
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F R E U D’ S L A S T S E S S I O N
THE NEW HIT PLAY BY MARK ST. GERMAIN
TO END LIMITED ENGAGEMENT NOVEMBER 28
AT THE MARJORIE S. DEANE LITTLE THEATER
FREUD’S LAST SESSION, the new hit play by Mark St. Germain, opened July 22nd to rave reviews and immediately became a sellout sensation at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater, 10 West 64th Street (at Central Park West). Due to a prior December booking commitment at the theatre, this strictly limited engagement of FREUD’S LAST SESSION must end Sunday, November 28th. The Off-Broadway premiere of FREUD’S LAST SESSION stars Mark H. Dold as C.S. Lewis and Martin Rayner as Sigmund Freud, under the direction of Tyler Marchant.
"Delightful! A brainy fencing match of Olympic caliber!"
– John Simon, Bloomberg News
“Sharp, lively discourse…The humor is plentiful!”
– The New York Times
“A juicy intellectual debate…Terrific performances!”
– The New York Post
“Lively, provocative and witty!” – Associated Press
“Riveting theater!” – Huffington Post
FREUD’S LAST SESSION had its world premiere at Barrington Stage Company (MA) in June 2009, where it was extended twice and brought back by popular demand for two subsequent encore engagements. It holds the record as the longest-running show in Barrington Stage’s history.
FREUD’S LAST SESSION centers on legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud, who invites the young, rising academic star C.S. Lewis to his home in London. Lewis, expecting to be called on the carpet for satirizing Freud in a recent book, soon realizes Freud has a much more significant agenda. On the day England enters World War II, Freud and Lewis clash on the existence of God, the joy of love, the purpose of sex, and the meaning of life – just a few weeks before Freud's own death. Not just a powerful debate, this is a profound and deeply touching play about two men who boldly addressed the greatest questions of all time.
Mark St. Germain’s celebrated new play was suggested by the bestselling book The Question of God by Harvard’s Dr. Armand M. Nicholi, Jr.
Mark H. Dold appeared on Broadway in Absurd Person Singular, and his Off-Broadway credits include Shockheaded Peter, Comic Potential, Race, The Winter’s Tale, Othello, The Seagull, Romeo and Juliet, Spread Eagle, and Timon of Athens. Regionally, Mark has appeared at the Mark Taper Forum, Old Globe (San Diego Critics Circle Award), Chicago Shakespeare, Shakespeare DC, Long Wharf (Connecticut Critics Circle Award), Trinity Rep, and Yale Rep.
Martin Rayner’s Broadway credits include The Invention of Love and Sixteen Wounded. His Off-Broadway appearances include Travels with My Aunt, Gates of Gold, Henry V, and Kit Marlowe. Martin’s favorite regional roles were at Yale Rep: Underground and You Never Can Tell; McCarter: Loot; American Repertory Theater: King Lear and When We Dead Awaken; Wilma: The Invention of Love and The Magic Fire. TV credits include Dr. Chaotica on Star Trek: Voyager, Frasier and Benjamin Franklin.
Playwright Mark St. Germain has written the plays Camping with Henry and Tom (Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards), Out of Gas on Lover’s Leap and Forgiving Typhoid Mary (Time Magazine’s “Year’s Ten Best”). With Randy Courts, he has written the musicals The Gifts of the Magi, Johnny Pye and the Foolkiller (winner of an AT&T “New Plays for the Nineties Award”) and Jack’s Holiday at Playwrights Horizons. TV credits include Writer and Creative Consultant for The Cosby Show. Mark co-wrote the screenplay for the acclaimed film Duma, and he directed and co-produced the documentary My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story featuring Richard Gere, Glenn Close and Edward Albee, among many others.
Director Tyler Marchant recently directed the world premieres of 40 Days by Laura Eason and the musical Anne of Green Gables at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. For six years, Tyler served as Associate Artistic Director at Primary Stages. He is currently nominated for a 2010 Joe A. Callaway Award for his direction of FREUD’S LAST SESSION.
Scenic design for FREUD’S LAST SESSION is by Brian Prather, with costume design by Mark Mariani, lighting design by Clifton Taylor, and sound design by Beth Lake.
FREUD’S LAST SESSION is presented Off-Broadway by Carolyn Rossi Copeland, Robert Stillman and Jack Thomas.
Performances are Tuesdays at 7pm, Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $65 and are available by calling 866-811-4111 or through www.FreudsLastSession.com. There will be no performance on Thanksgiving, November 25th and there will be a special added matinee on Friday, November 26th at 2pm. A limited number of $20 Student Rush tickets (with valid student ID) are available at the box office beginning three hours prior to each performance.
For more information, visit www.FreudsLastSession.com.
Bishop and Emmy Award Winning Actor,
Joins the Cast of
BLACK NATIVITY NOW
Two-time Emmy Award winning actor and ordained Bishop, Nikkieli DeMone, has joined the cast of Alfred Preisser and Tracy Jack’s BLACK NATIVITY NOW.
BLACK NATIVITY NOWwill be performed December 3, 2010 – January 2, 2011 Off-Broadway at the Theatre at St. Clement’s, 423 West 46th Street in New York City.
BLACK NATIVITY NOWis a holiday gospel pageant for our time and for all people, with an original score and musical direction by Kelvyn Bell, choreography by Tracy Jack and direction by Alfred Preisser. Set inside a fabulous show-biz church in the midst of the famed and scabrous landscape of Times Square, BLACK NATIVITY NOW tells the story of the birth of Christ. This setting provides a colorful world of seekers, hustlers, and lost souls, providing the perfect jump off for an evening of exuberant music and dance that celebrates humanity’s need for hope and grace.
Presided over by a pastor heavily influenced by the likes of James Brown and supported by a choir of singers and dancers who perform musical sets infused with gospel, pop, funk, and soul, BLACK NATIVITY NOW is the universal journey of our search for salvation and “peace on earth.”
Nikkieli DeMone has appeared on stage in Miss Saigon, Rent, Ragtime, Jesus Christ Superstar, Ain't Misbehavin, Once On This Island, Crowns, The Best Of Both Worlds, Memphis Soul and Sideshow , among many others. On the screen, Nikkieli has appeared in The Women Of Brewster Place (with Oprah Winfrey), Amen (with Sherman Hemsley and Clifton Davis), Bad Street (Emmy Award: Best Supporting Actor in a Drama), and In The Eyes Of God (Emmy Award: Best Actor in a Documentary Short. Directed by Spike Lee).
In addition to his award-winning career as an actor, Nikkieli DeMone is also an ordained Bishop who attended Union Theological Seminary in NYC, Chicago Theological Seminary and Howard University School of Divinity in Washington D.C. He has been blessed to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ all over the world, and has ministered for the likes of Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., Bishop Paul Morton, Bishop Charles Blake, Rev. Dr. Floyd Flake, Rev. Dr. Ray Allen Berryhill, Pastor Donnie McClurkin and Bishop Charles Brown. He is currently working on his first CD entitled Sacred Songs.
BOX OFFICE & PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: www.BlackNativityOffBroadway.com
TICKETS: $47.50 - $67.50 | Student and group rates available
Theatre at St. Clement’s is located at 423 West 46th Street between 9th & 10th Avenues
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