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Alfred Hitchcock's
The 39 Steps

Welcomes CBS News travel journalist

For a special post-show talk back on Wednesday, October 6th

"This delicious deconstruction of Hitchcock's classic film has been happily re-incarnated Off Broadway."
- New York Times

Alfred Hitchcock's THE 39 STEPS announces CBS News travel journalist PETER GREENBERG will host a special post-show talk back with the cast of The 39 Steps on Wednesday, October 6th.  Peter and the cast will discuss the exciting U.K. locales that are explored in The 39 Steps - from the London Paladium to the moors of Scotland. The talkback is open to all ticket holders and will take place immediately following the evening performance.  There are a limited number of $39 tickets available for every Wednesday performance of The 39 Steps.

Alfred Hitchcock's THE 39 STEPS hosts an ongoing talk back series with comedians, novelists, journalists, Hitchcock aficionados and many more.

Alfred Hitchcock's THE 39 STEPS is currently playing at the New World Stages/ Stage 1 (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues).  The long running hit production recently played its 1000th performance in New York City.

THE 39 STEPS features a cast of four actors who, against all odds, breathlessly and hilariously reenact all of the characters, locations and famous scenes in Hitchcock's 1935 film thriller with just a few props and a lot of theatrical ingenuity and split second quick changes.

The cast features John Behlmann as Richard Hannay, Cameron Folmar as Man #2, Jamie Jackson as Man #1 and Kate MacCluggage as Annabella Schmidt/Pamela/Margaret.

Peter Greenberg is America's most recognized, honored and respected front-line travel news journalist. Peter is Travel Editor for CBS News, appearing on The Early Show and across many CBS broadcast platforms. Peter is also host of the nationally syndicated Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio show, broadcast each week from a different remote location around the world. This live, three-hour weekly radio program and a daily short-form travel feature is syndicated by Westwood One and is heard on a combined 400+ stations from different remote locations around the globe. An Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter and producer, Peter is the consummate insider when it comes to reporting the travel business as news. No other journalist brings his extensive level of expertise and experience to the travel process. Travel Weekly recently named Peter one of the most influential people in the travel industry, along with Al Gore, Bill Marriott and Richard Branson. His other current titles include Travel Editor at Large for AARP, contributor to The New Yorker, Parade, and He is also a frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The View, as well as on CNN. Peter was the creator, co-executive producer and host of CNBC's acclaimed ratings-winning prime time specials "Inside American Airlines: A Week in the Life," and "Cruise Inc: Big Money on the High Seas." His investigative work culminated in the one-hour NBC Dateline special entitled "Black Box Mystery: The Crash of the Concorde," which premiered in February 2009, revealing for the first time what really happened when the supersonic aircraft crashed outside of Paris in 2000. An expert in aviation safety and security, Peter is creator and co-executive producer of "Secrets of the Black Box," a special series for the History Channel which investigates the world's most tragic aviation disasters. Peter produces and co-hosts a series of one-hour television specials called "The Royal Tour," which feature personal, one-on-one journeys through various countries with their heads of state, including the King of Jordan, Prime Minister of New Zealand and President of Peru, among others. His latest book, Tough Times, Great Travels, published by Rodale, offers his expert advice and insight on how to travel efficiently - and well - during tough economic times. Peter's other books include the New York Times best-sellers Don't Go There!, The Complete Travel Detective Bible, The Traveler's Diet, Flight Crew Confidential, and Hotel Secrets from the Travel Detective. His Web site,, is one of the fastest growing travel news sites in America.

Adapted by Patrick Barlow and directed by Maria Aitken, THE 39 STEPS is based on an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon and on the book by John Buchan.

Set and costume design is by Peter McKintosh, lighting design is by Kevin Adams and sound design is by Mic Pool.  Original movement was created by Toby Sedgwick.  Additional movement is created by Christopher Bayes.  Production stage manager is M. William Shiner.

Tickets ($89.50 - 69.50) are available through Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or online at  Student rush is available for $26.50.   All prices include a $1.50 facility fee.  Performances are Monday, Wednesday - Saturday at 8:00 PM, Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday at 3:00PM.  39 tickets are available for $39 for both Wednesday performances & Thursday evenings

Ben Brantley of the New York Times recently re-visited the show and raved about it here: NewYorkTimes Review

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Thursday, 30 September 2010 16:25

MAMMA MIA! Announces Seventh Annual ROCKTOBER





CHECK IT OUT STARTING TOMORROW - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1:'s that time of year again!  ROCKTOBER is back - packed with daily news, prizes and ABBA-related trivia about Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA!, now  celebrating 9 years and over 3,700 performances on Broadway.

MAMMA MIA!'s ROCKTOBER calendar format has been re-imagined online with a new design. Every Friday through the month of October, MAMMA MIA! will choose a "winner to take it all!"

Enter once a day by answering a trivia question for your chance to win fABBAlous prizes!

Bookmark and check back regularly for more opportunities to win prizes and experience upcoming video features.

Throughout October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, MAMMA MIA! will continue its year-round support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Seen by over 42 million people around the world, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA!, is celebrating over 3,700 performances in its ninth smash hit year at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre and remains among Broadway's top  selling musicals. The original West End production of MAMMA MIA! is celebrating 10 years and over 4,000 performances in London, an international tour has visited more than 40 foreign cities, and the blockbuster feature film adaptation, produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, is the most successful movie musical of all time grossing $600 million worldwide.

With a worldwide gross of over $2 Billion, MAMMA MIA! is acclaimed by the Associated Press as "quite simply, a phenomenon."

Produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East and Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal, the creative team responsible for bringing MAMMA MIA! to theatrical life includes some of the most gifted and celebrated talents of musical theatre and opera. With music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, MAMMA MIA! is written by Catherine Johnson and directed by Phyllida Lloyd. MAMMA MIA! has choreography by Anthony Van Laast, production design by Mark Thompson, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce and Bobby Aitken, and musical supervision, additional material and arrangements by Martin Koch.

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Thursday, 30 September 2010 15:11

Ars Nova Announces Lineup for ANT Fest 2010

Ars Nova Announces
ANT Fest 2010
The Third Annual All New Talent Fest
New York, September 30, 2010 – Ars Nova (Jason Eagan, Artistic Director; Jeremy Blocker, Managing Director) proudly announces the lineup for ANT Fest 2010.  This year’s thirty-show lineup features a range of talent, covering everything from sketch comedy to musical theater to ventriloquist rock, all on the Ars Nova stage!  Conceived as a way of offering emerging artists of all kinds a point of entry into the New York arts community, this year’s shows were selected from an open submission process that drew nearly 200 applicants. 
Now in its third year, the festival of All New Talent has quickly established itself as the premier destination to catch an eclectic mix of brand new music, theater and comedy shows. It has also become an important first step in the development process of various projects, such as Seven Minutes in Heaven (ANT Fest 2009; HERE Arts Center Spring 2010), Songs of a Night Owl (ANT Fest 2009, Berkshire Theater Festival Summer 2010 as Pool Boy), Samuel and Alasdair (ANT Fest 2009, 2010 NY Independent Theater Award for Outstanding Production of a Play), and Ithaca (ANT Fest 2008, sold out Joe’s Pub run in 2009).
In addition to the thirty ANT Fest shows, Ars Nova will also be offering its hit variety show, Showgasm, throughout the Fest.  Featuring a mix of current and previous Fest artists, the first installation will be a special ANT Fest Kickoff Showgasm, at 8pm on October 18.  The following two will be late night (10pm) on November 5 and 19.  As always, all Showgasms are FREE, but reservations are encouraged and can be made at
ANT Fest 2010 will run Monday—Saturday at 8pm, October 18—November 20 at Ars Nova (511 W. 54 St.) All tickets are $10 and are available at or (212) 352-3101.
ANT Fest 2010 Full Lineup
Tuesday, October 19
Bandter: The Show
Created & Performed by Jon Friedman, Jon Murray & Andy Stuckey
Less Rock, more talk! Comedian/author Jon Friedman and comedy/music duo Stuckey & Murray are forming a band. They’ve got the banter down...
Wednesday, October 20
What Happened to Bill Viola?
Written by Cory Hinkle; Directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh
Guerilla video, emotional ballad and mindblowingly groundbreaking performance converge in this inquiry into the life of the GREATEST ARTIST EVER.
Thursday, October 21
Rags Parkland
Created & performed by Andrew R. Butler; Directed by Jordan Fein
Interstellar-stowaway and folk singer-songwriter Rags Parkland sings about androids, apocalypse, robots and love in the year 2250.
Friday, October 22
Stir Fry
Performed by Stefan Weiner & Stir Fry
This Brooklyn band concocts their sound from the freshest musical ingredients, including mandolin, omnichord, autoharp, singing saw and old-fashioned guitar.
Saturday, October 23
Maddy Mann’s Bible Storyz - with a Z!
Created & Performed by Ryan Migge, with Andrew Hansen & Brandon Michael Arrington; Directed by Suzanne Agins
Catholic school sophomores Maddy Mann, Lexi Miller and Noah Littlemix pop songs with old testament stories to serve up the most Godtastic, Biblicious, Good Newsical ever!  Bring your heathen friends!  
Monday, October 25
Phenomenal new musical theater, featuring selectionsfrom (if you have to) Close Your EyesMusic by Julia Meinwald, Lyrics by Gordon Leary; and Separate: Battle Songs of YouthMusic and Lyrics by Kyle Ewalt and Michael I. Walker.
Tuesday, October 26
The uniVERSE Project
Created & Performed by Clifton Duncan; Directed by Ethan McSweeny
Rap, dance and storytelling blend into a personal narrative mixtape in this virtuosic performance from theatrical dynamo Clifton Duncan.
Wednesday, October 27
Delilah Dix: Showin' My Business
Created & Performed by Amy Albert; Directed by Peter Michael Marino
Boozy, fading cabaret floozy Delilah Dix dishes up salty tales of her life in show business, the business of show, and showing her business.
Thursday, October 28
Created & Performed by David Cope, Matt Fisher & Justin Tyler
NY’s funniest, rising improv-ers and sketch-ers field personal questions to shape a night of act outs, standup and the occasional nervous breakdown!
Friday, October 29
The Harmonious Pimps of Harmony’s Last Show
Created & Performed by Daniel Hartley, Adam Lerman, Joel Perez
For their final show, these absurdly famous hip-hocapella masters showcase their careers, lives and really sexy futures. Fans expected: 68 billion.
Saturday, October 30
FAIL: Failures
Written by Sarah Burgess; Directed by Andy Donald
Fifteen forms of failure, demonstrated live by two brave actors.
Monday, November 1
Friends in Transient Places
Written by Jonathan Caren; Directed by Kerry Whigham
A handful of passengers end their journeys with new baggage in this wild musical ride through airports and skies.
Tuesday, November 2
Great Dog Almighty
Performed by Great Dog Almighty
Wild backwoods rowdiness and a shot of smooth Southern charm define this Civil War-themed bluegrass collective full of old Appalachian sound.
Wednesday, November 3
Grace McLean Lives In Concert
Created & Performed by Grace McLean; Directed by Timothy Michael Drucker
Somewhere between concert theatre and nirvana, McLean’s soulful voice tackles NYC loving and living in a time of oil spills, volcanoes and Justin Beiber.
Thursday, November 4
Sharon Kenny: My Name Is Sharon
Performed by Sharon Kenny
This indie songstress and piano virtuoso uniquely blends classical, pop and musical theatre to create quirky, witty and unapologetically honest tunes.
Friday, November 5
Radio Star
Written & Performed by Tanya O’Debra; Music by Andrew Mauriello; Directed by Peter James Cook
Watch (but mainly listen) to this radio detective spoof as Miss O’Debra lends her voice to a cast of characters with help from her trusty soundman.
Saturday, November 6
The Continuing Story Of Carla Rhodes
Created & Performed by Carla Rhodes
Rock'n'roll ventriloquist Carla Rhodes’ comedic rock opera features Keith Richards (in puppet form) and live music by The Extravaganzas!
Monday, November 8
I Am Frightened of My Body
Written by Laura Jacqmin; Directed by Laura Savia
As children, our bodies were shiny and new. Then came the odors, acne, orgasms... Comic monologues explore reasons to be very afraid.
Tuesday, November 9
She Wants to Sing!
Created & Performed by Jen Kwok; Directed by Juliet Jeske
Jazz chanteuse, You Tube sensation, Ann Curry and Gaga-esque diva: funny girl Jen Kwok embodies songbirds with dreams of stardom and neuroses to match. 
Wednesday, November 10
Morning Bash
Created & Performed by Dan St. Germain; Written & Performed by Mike Terry
Pop open a bottle of party for an off-roading excursion through laugh country on America’s Favorite Morning Radio Show; it’s the Morning Bash!
Thursday, November 11
I’m From Outer Space
Written by Tim Duncheon; Directed by Ashley Rodbro
Meet Jason.  Born in a wormhole, now on Earth with a promising future, eccentric girlfriend and big dreams.  But what does it all mean?
Friday, November 12
Nuevo Latino – Una Fiesta de Musica
In Conjunction with Latin American Culture Week
La Vie Productions & The Groove Grove present salsa, jazz and rock n’ roll – with a South American flair, starring an electric night of new Latin bands from Nueva York!
Saturday, November 13
Mrs. Smith Presents…
Co-Created & Performed by David Hanbury; Co-Created & Directed by Michael Goldfried
Mrs. Smith Presents a Benefit for the Carlyle Foundation Empowerment School for People and Cats with Severe and Persistent Challenges.
Monday, November 15
ANT FEST Double Bill
A Morning with Michael (or I Am My Own Skin)
Created & Performed by Michael Burbach
She’s Sleep
Created & Performed by Kristine Haruna Lee
First join Michael Burbach as he power mixes through his morning routine in A Morning with Michael.  Then enter the mind of a Japanese girl aspiring to be the perfect Latina ingénue in She’s Sleep.
Tuesday, November 16
Cold Turkey
Created & Performed by Matthew George, Ethan Kuperberg, Will Stephen
When three troubled teens are asked to perform skits, no one expects them to create a musical extravaganza. No one wanted them to, either.
Wednesday, November 17
Love in the Time of Channukah
Written by Joshua Elias Harmon; Directed by Mia Rovegno
College freshman gayboi is celebrating Channukah on his own for the first time. A gay fantasia (sans Kushner) in praise of Beyonce.
Thursday, November 18
We’re Really Happy and Have No Problems
Co-Created & Performed by Lauren Blumenfeld and Lucas Kavner; Co-Created & Directed by Peter James Cook “Vows” videos inspire this comedic look at the projection of perfection, as couples overshare the happiest goddamn day of their lives!
Friday, November 19
Supergood Reality
Created & Performed by Stephen Jackson Taylor
Live sound recording and video projecting; an exploration of the contemplation of our perception of Supergood Reality; a party/show like no other.

Saturday, November 20
Created & Performed by Dylan Dawson; Directed by Stephen Brackett
Writer/performer/ex-Kim’s Video employee Dylan Dawson and friends invite you into mom’s basement for an unforgettable night with a truly forgettable film.
About Ars Nova
Ars Nova is committed to developing and producing theatre, comedy and music artists in the early stages of their professional careers.  Our unique development programs are designed to support outside-the-box thinking and encourage innovative, genre-bending work.  By providing a safe environment where risk-taking and collaboration are paramount, Ars Nova gives voice to a new generation of artists and audiences, pushing the boundaries of live entertainment by nurturing creative ideas into smart, surprising new work.  For more information on Ars Nova's programs, visit  Ars Nova was founded in memory of Gabe Wiener.
Producing credits include: Now Circa Then, Bloodsong of Love, Missed Connections NYC, Sax & Dixon: We Thee Wed, Mel & El: Show & Tell, Two Girls for Five Bucks and the Ten Dollar HeartbreakersPlaylistJollyship the Whiz-BangBoomFrom Up HereDixie’s Tupperware Party, At Least It’s Pink, 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, Holy Cross Sucks!, Freestyle Love Supreme and The Wau Wau Sisters.
OCTOBER 28 & 29, 10PM @ 
Five of Chicago’s most twisted and original writers join five of New York’s most talented actors for two nights of Halloween tales. From getting freaked out to getting their freak on these storytellers tell twisted tales to get you in the Hallows’ Eve mood. On Halloween night, a young hipster gets freaky with a hot DJ and wonders what happens when the costumes come off; a homeless man jams to ‘80s rock with a broomstick; a backpacker finds herself surrounded by freaks in the Red Light District of Amsterdam; and a bike racer dons her superhero cape and rides for her life. These stories are accompanied by a live musical soundscape and are paired with a boozy drink, one that best embodies the theme of each story. 
The production, presented by Bohemian Archaeology Productions will play a limited two-night engagement at Daryl Roth Theatre’s D-Lounge (101 East 15th Street) October 28 & 29 at 10pm. Tickets ($18, $15 students/seniors) are available by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444 or online at A specialty menu of BOOzy drinks chosen expressly for this event will also be available for purchase. 
BOHEMIAN ARCHAEOLOGY PRODUCTIONS is committed to creating effervescent theater by digging into new and established work. Their theater process is like an archaeological dig. They start with a script (the bare bones, so to speak) and extrapolate meaning to create a social, human environment for the script to thrive. By working directly with playwrights and involving them in the rehearsal process, they strive to breathe new life into their work.
Their first production, Beyond Therapy by Christopher Durang, catapulted their company into existence with a wacky, off-the-wall production that played to sold-out houses in May 2006 at the Abingdon Theatre. The critics raved about their next production, Time Flies and Others by Ives by David Ives. Ticket sales exploded when The New York Times posted a rave review. The cabaret setting at the Laurie Beechman Theatre created a cozy, delicious venue for 6 of David Ives’ funniest short plays.  In 2007, they produced Wendy MacLeod’s SIN, a dark comedy about the perils of human nature at the Abingdon Theater, that thrilled New York audiences. In December 2008, they set sail as City Winery’s maiden-voyage event with Holidays Uncorked: An Evening of Original (and twisted) Holiday Stories.  The audience enjoyed a special tasting of 5 wines, one for each story, from City Winery’s vineyards. In the summer of 2010, they developed a new play with Boston playwright Mark Colb called Second Intention that culminated in a staged reading at Roy Arias’s Payan Theatre in August.
“A spirited production by the director Jordana Kritzer...the winning performers throw themselves into their roles, balancing Mr. Ives’s gentle absurdist tone with his Borsht Belt sensibility.” 
Jason Zinoman, The New York Times (Time Flies and Others by Ives)
“Bohemian Archeology’s production doesn’t fail to deliver… I laughed and laughed at the entire evening.” Duncan Pflaster, Broadway World (Time Flies and Others by Ives)
“Bohemian Archeology knows that sin is always in. With its Off-Off Broadway revival of Sin, Wendy MacLeod's 1994 comically cautionary tale, this young company proves that even when sin isn't original, it can still be fun.” Paul Menard, Backstage
“In Sin’s revival, directed by Jordana Kritzer, Bohemian Archaeology has captured the genius of MacLeod’s concept, enthralling theatergoers to the point of voluntary game show-style trivia.”
Nicholas Luckenbaugh,Show Business Weekly
JORDANA KRITZER (Director) is the founder of Bohemian Archaeology Productions and has served as the Artistic Director since it’s inception in 2006. Trained in acting and directing at Washington University in St. Louis, she is the recipient of the Margaret Ewing Excellence in Acting Award in 2002. During her training, Kritzer directed the inaugural university production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues as well as Psycho Beach Party, Death and the Maiden, Midnight Rodeo, Prowlers, and Stars. She toured the Northwest with Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program performing Mozart’s Magic Flute and directed Pirates of Penzance and Oklahoma at Seattle’s Civic Light Opera and Our Town at Youth Theatre Northwest. For Bohemian Archaeology, she has directed Beyond Therapy, Time Flies and Others By Ives, SIN, Holidays Uncorked, and Second Intention. Other favorite projects include BASH (Abingdon Theatre), Animal Farm and A View From the Bridge (Lasting Impressions), The Happy Prince (Minor Latham Playhouse), Project 30 (Another Urban Riff Productions), and Yes This Really Happened to Me (Theatre Seven of Chicago). Kritzer was named “100 Jews You Should Know” in the Entrepreneur category by HEEB Magazine in 2007 for directing critically acclaimed productions during medical school.
EMILY MADISON (Dramaturg) is Bohemian Archaeology’s Literary Manager and resident dramaturg whose credits include The Telephone Plays, Romeo and Juliet, Polis, The Private Life of Inga Snyder, The Seagull, and Big Love at Columbia University, where she is in the MFA Dramaturgy program; Coney Island Avenue (sixdollarsinmypocket productions), and The Constant Wife, His Girl Friday, and The Suspects (Guthrie Theater.) With Bohemian Archaeology Productions, she co-directed Holidays Uncorked and performed in Time Flies and Others by Ives, and served as the dramaturg for SIN and Beyond Therapy. She has also worked with the undergroundzero festival, Playscripts, Goodman Theatre, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and City Theatre in Miami, and Playwrights Horizons.
KIM MORRIS (Writer) is the Director of Story Development at 2nd Story of Chicago. Her work has appeared in journals such as New City, No touching, and Toasted Cheese
MARGOT BORDELON (Writer) is a Chicago based writer, director and performer. She is a founding member of Theatre Seven of Chicago and a company member of Serendipity Theatre Collective. In Chicago, she has also worked with Lookingglass, Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens, Collaboraction, Timeline, Pavement Group, Live Bait, Around the Coyote, Bailiwick and Hell in a Handbag. Before moving to Chicago in 2004, Margot lived in Seattle where she worked with Seattle Repertory Theatre, Empty Space, University of Washington PATP, Live Girls! and Double Shot Productions. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Directing at Yale University.
BOBBY BIEDRZYCKI (Writer) is a writer and performer who is an adjunct faculty of the fiction-writing department at Columbia College Chicago where he teaches classes in both fiction and film.
MOLLY EACH (Writer) covers style and fashion for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Collection Magazine, CS Magazine, Store Adore and Newcity. She's performed at reading series RUI and for WBEZ's Eight-Forty-Eight and her work has appeared in the publications Annalemma Quarterly, Hair Trigger, the Story Week Reader, and on websites and She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College.
DOUG WHIPPO (Writer) teaches reading development, creative writing and English-as-a-Second Language through various schools. Excerpts from his novel, Jelly's Last Dance, appear in Hair Trigger issues 22, 23 and 28, as well as in F Magazine.
All of the writers stem from the critically acclaimed 2nd Story of Chicago
“2nd Story brings together fine writers, fine drinks, and some unpredictable tunes.”Time Out Chicago
“If these young artists represent the future of Off-Loop theatre, we’re in very good hands indeed.” 
The Chicago Reader
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The producers of the smash hit musical ROCK OF AGES announced today that frontman for the 80’s sensation Twisted Sister, Dee Snider, will make his Broadway debut in the role of “Dennis” for an 11-week limited run, October 11- December 24, 2010 at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). 

While perhaps best known as the lead singer of 80's sensation, Twisted Sister, Dee Snider can also claim credit as the writer of their hits 'I Wanna Rock' and 'We're Not Gonna Take It', both of which are featured in ROCK OF AGES.  His film acting credits include the cult horror movie classic StrangeLand, which he also wrote, and VH1's “Warning: Parental Advisory,” with Jason Priestley and Mariel Hemingway.  Amongst his many television appearances, he starred in CMT's hit reality show “Gone Country” and this summer saw the launch of his own A&E reality show “Growing Up Twisted.”  Dee has been doing radio in various forms for well over a decade now and his nationally syndicated radio show 'House of Hair' is heard on more than 200 stations in North America.  

Beginning on Tuesday, October 19, 2010, Dee Snider will host post-show “Rock Senate Hearings,” which will occur every Tuesday night and feature Q & A’s with special guests and ROA stars.  Mick Jones, founder of the rock band Foreigner and author of the smash hit song, ‘I Want to Know What Love Is,’ which is featured in ROCK OF AGES, will kick off the “Hearings” with Snider on October 19.  Special guests will be announced on ROA’s social media sites each week.

The music that ignited a generation is heating up Broadway in the smash hit, ROCK OF AGES. The classic rock love story of the decade erupts into Broadway’s best party, all to the sounds of such feel-good, sing-out-loud songs as Every Rose Has Its Thorn, I Wanna Know What Love Is, Here I Go Again, Don’t Stop Believin’ and more. Get your tickets to this hilarious five-time Tony nominated musical—and get ready to have nothin’ but a good time.

The show is written by Chris D’Arienzo (writer and director of the upcoming film Barry Munday), directed by Kristin Hanggi (Bare, Pussycat Dolls on the Sunset Strip) and choreographed by Kelly Devine (Jersey Boys – Associate Choreographer). Scenic design is by Beowulf Boritt, costume design is by Tony Nominee Gregory Gale, lighting design is by Jason Lyons, sound design is by Peter Hylenski, and projection design is by Zachary Borovay.

Dee Snider will join current ROCK OF AGES stars Joey Taranto, Emily Padgett, Mitchell Jarvis, Jay Klaitz, Michele Mais, Josephine Rose Roberts, Paul Schoeffler, Derek St. Pierre, Jenifer Foote, Ericka Hunter, Michael Minarik, Julie Nelson, Justin Matthew Sargent, Matthew Stocke, Sarrah Strimel, Andre Ward, Katie Webber and Jeremy Woodard.                             

Rockin’ in the on-stage band, ARSENAL, are Music Director/ keyboardist Henry Aronson, lead guitarist Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger), drummer Jon Weber, bassist Winston Roye and guitar player Tommy Kessler.  The Music Supervision, Arrangements & Orchestrations are by Ethan Popp, with Original Arrangements by David Gibbs.

ROCK OF AGES opened to rave reviews in Canada on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 where it is currently playing the legendary Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto and recently launched its first National Tour starring Constantine Maroulis and will be hitting the following cities in the next few weeks: Boston, MA (October 6 - 17, 2010); Minneapolis, MN (October 19 - 24, 2010); and Cincinnati, OH (October 26 - Nov 7, 2010).  ROCK OF AGESwill also head down under and open at the Comedy Theatre, Melbourne, Australia in April 2011.

Tickets can be purchased via 877-250-2929 or in person at The Brooks Atkinson Box Office (256 W. 47th Street).

The performance schedule is Monday at 8pm, Tuesday at 7pm, Thursday at 8pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 3pm & 7:30pm.

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Announces Joel Grey Will Return To Broadway
as "Moonface Martin"!
Tickets Go On-Sale
American Express Exclusive Pre-Sale begins October 4th, 2010
Public On-Sale begins October 10th, 2010

Sutton Foster
Joel Grey
To star
In a new Broadway production of


Music & Lyrics by
Cole Porter

Original book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton
and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse

New book by Timothy Crouse & John Weidman

Directed & Choreographed by
Kathleen Marshall

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

Previews begin March 10th, 2011;
Official Opening April 7th, 2011
on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) announces Tony® and Academy® Award winner Joel Grey will return to Broadway to join the cast of the new Broadway production of Anything Goes, starring Tony® Award winner Sutton Foster as "Reno Sweeney."  Anything Goes will mark Mr. Grey's seventh Broadway production.

Directed & choreographed by Tony® Award winner Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes will begin performances March 10th, 2011 and officially open on April 7th, 2011 on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre (124 West 43rd Street).

Beginning Monday, October 4th, 2010, tickets will be available exclusively to American Express® cardmembers by calling (212) 239-6200 or at  Beginning Friday, October 8th, tickets will be available to members of Roundabout's Email Club (  Beginning Sunday, October 10th at 12AM, tickets go on-sale to the public.  Tickets will be available by calling (212) 239-6200 or at

The Stephen Sondheim Theatre Box Office (124 W. 43rd St) will open in Winter 2011, at a date to be announced.

Music & lyrics by Cole Porter; original book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse; New book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman.

Tony® and Academy® Award winner Joel Grey returns to Broadway as "Moonface Martin."  In a career that was launched in the early 1950's, Joel Grey has created indelible stage roles including the iconic M.C. in Cabaret (Tony® Award), as song and dance man George M. Cohan in George M! (Tony® nomination), as Charley VII in Goodtime Charlie (Tony® nomination), as Jacobowsky in The Grand Tour (Tony® nomination), as Olim in New York City Opera's Silverlake, as Amos Hart in the landmark revival of Chicago and as the Wonderful Wizard of Oz in Wicked.

The creative team includes Rob Fisher (Music Supervisor).  The design team includes Derek McLane (Sets), Martin Pakledinaz (Costumes) and Peter Kaczorowski (Lights).  Additional design team and cast members will be announced shortly.

ALL ABOARD for this saucy and splendid new production of Cole Porter's musical romp across the Atlantic.  When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love... proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Peppering this hilariously bumpy ride are some of musical theater's most memorable standards, including "You're the Top," "Blow, Gabriel, Blow," "It's De-Lovely," "I Get A Kick Out of You," and "Anything Goes."

Two-time Tony® Award winner Kathleen Marshall returns to the Roundabout, where she directed and choreographed the Tony® Award winning musical The Pajama Game starring Harry Connick Jr. and Kelli O'Hara.  Her history with Roundabout began in 1993 when she was the Associate Choreographer to her brother Rob Marshall in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of She Loves Me.  Kathleen also choreographed Roundabout's productions of Follies and 1776 and won a 2004 Tony® Award for her choreography of Wonderful Town.

The musical Anything Goes, premiered on Broadway on November 21, 1934 at the Alvin Theatre, starring Ethel Merman. The first Broadway revival of Anything Goes premiered on Broadway on October 19, 1987 at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre and received the Tony® Award for best revival.

Major support for Anything Goes provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

Anything Goes benefits from Roundabout's Musical Theatre Fund with gifts from Peter and Leni May and The Kaplen Foundation.

Beginning Monday, October 4th, 2010, tickets will be available exclusively to American Express® cardmembers by calling (212) 239-6200 or at

Beginning Friday, October 8th, tickets will be available to members of Roundabout's Email Club.
Visit by October 8th to join the Email Club and receive purchase information.

Beginning Sunday, October 10th at 12AM, tickets go on-sale to the public.
Tickets will be available by calling (212) 239-6200 or at

The Stephen Sondheim Theatre Box Office (124 W. 43rd St) will open in Winter 2011, at a date to be announced.

To become a Roundabout subscriber visit or call Roundabout Ticket Services (212)719-1300.  Ticket prices range from $87-$137.

Anything Goes will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2:00PM.

SUTTON FOSTER (Reno Sweeney) recently starred on Broadway as Princess Fiona in Shrek: The Musical, for which she was honored with Tony and Drama Desk nominations, and the Outer Critics Circle Award.  Prior to that, Sutton was Inga in the Mel Brooks musical, Young Frankenstein, Janet Van De Graaff in The Drowsy Chaperone (2006 Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations, LA Ovation Award) and Jo March in Little Women: The Musical (2005 Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations).  She is the recipient of the 2002 Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Astaire Awards for her performance as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie, a role she created in the 2000 La Jolla Playhouse premiere.  Other Broadway credits include Les Miserables, Annie, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Grease!.  Regional productions include What the World Needs Now (Old Globe), Dorian (Goodspeed), The Three Musketeers (San Jose Musical Theater), Nellie Forbush in South Pacific and Sally in Me and My Girl (both at Pittsburgh CLO).  She has toured nationally in The Will Rogers Follies, Les Miserables, and Grease!.  She has appeared as Svetlana in Chess in Concert and as the "I'm the Greatest Star" Fanny Brice in Funny Girl in Concert, both Actors Fund of America benefits.  On television, Sutton recently guest starred on "Law & Order: SVU."  Other appearances include the Disney Channel's "Johnny and the Sprites" and several episodes of the HBO series, "The Flight of the Conchords."  Sutton has performed in concert at Lincoln Center's American Songbook series, with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, at Feinstein's, Joe's Pub, and at concert halls and theaters across the country.  Recordings include The Maury Yeston Songbook (PS Classics), Jule Styne in Hollywood, and the original cast recordings of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Little Women, The Drowsy Chaperone, Young Frankenstein and Shrek.  Her debut solo CD, Wish (Ghostlight Records), was recently released to critical acclaim and is now available in stores.  She has just completed a sold-out limited run of the highly-anticipated City Center Encores! production of Stephen Sondheim's Anyone Can Whistle, starring as Nurse Fay Apple.  She is a proud teacher at New York University and Ball State University. Visit her website:

JOEL GREY (Moonface Martin).  In a career that was launched in the early 1950's, Joel Grey has created indelible stage roles each decade since: as the iconic M.C. in Cabaret (1966, Tony Award), as song and dance man George M. Cohan in George M! (1967, Tony nomination), as Charley VII in Goodtime Charlie (1975, Tony nomination), as Jacobowsky in The Grand Tour (1979, Tony nomination), as Olim in New York City Opera's Silverlake (1981), as Amos Hart in the landmark revival of Chicago (1996), and as the Wonderful Wizard of Oz in Wicked (2004).   Joel's non-musical stage roles include John Guare's Marco Polo Sings a Solo (1975) at the Public Theatre; the title role in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Chekhov's Platonov (1978); Larry Kramer's seminal The Normal Heart (1986) at the Public Theatre; the American Repertory Theatre's production of Ibsen's When We Dead Awaken (1991) at the Sao Paulo Biennale, directed by Robert Wilson; Herringbone at the Hartford Stage (1992); John Patrick Shanley's A Fool and Her Fortune (NY Stage and Film, 1992); and in the Roundabout Theatre production of Brian Friel's Give Me Your Answer, Do! (1999), for which he received a Drama Desk Award nomination.  Grey's film credits include Cabaret (Academy Award), Frank Perry's Man on A Swing (1974), Robert Altman's Buffalo Bill and the Indians (1976); Herbert Ross' The Seven Percent Solution (1976); Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985, Golden Globe Nomination); Steven Soderbergh's Kafka (1991); Altman's The Player (1992); Phillip Haas' The Music of Chance (1993); Michael Ritchie's adaptation of The Fantasticks (2000); Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark (2000) with Bjork and Catherine Deneuve; and Clark Gregg's Choke, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.  Joel's recent television credits include "Alias," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Brooklyn Bridge,"  (Emmy Award-nomination), "Oz," "Law and Order: Criminal Intent," "House," "Brothers & Sisters," "Private Practice," and "Grey's Anatomy."  In April 2010, The Paley Center for Media in New York presented "An Evening with Joel Grey," celebrating Joel's remarkable, multi-decade career in television.  Joel is also an internationally exhibited, acclaimed photographer.  He has had three photography books published: Pictures I Had to Take (2003), Looking Hard at Unexamined Things (2006), and 1.3: Images from My Phone (2009).  Joel Grey is one of only eight actors to have won both the Tony and Academy award for the same role.  In 1984, he was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame and has received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  He is also the recipient of the Distinguished Artist Award from the Los Angeles Music Center.  In 1993, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis presented Joel with the Municipal Arts Society medal naming him a Living New York Landmark.  In October 2009, Grey performed at Carnegie Hall, alongside Lady Gaga, Bono, Rufus Wainwright and more to benefit (RED) and help stop AIDS in Africa.  He is currently directing an all-star, one-night only staged reading of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart on Broadway to benefit The Actors Fund and Friends in Deed.

KATHLEEN MARSHALL (Director/Choreographer). Kathleen Marshall directed and choreographed the most recent Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Grease, The Pajama Game (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Awards for Best Choreography and nominations for direction) starring Harry Connick, Jr. and Wonderful Town (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Astaire Awards for Best Choreography and nominations for direction).  She directed and choreographed the Disney/ABC tele-pic, Once Upon A Mattress, starring Tracey Ullman and Carol Burnett, and choreographed their previous tele-pic, The Music Man, starring Matthew Broderick (Emmy nomination). She choreographed the Broadway productions of Boeing Boeing, Little Shop Of Horrors, Follies (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), Seussical, Kiss Me, Kate (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Astaire Award nominations), Ring Round The Moon (Lincoln Center Theater), 1776 (Roundabout) and Swinging On A Star (Drama Desk nomination), as well as the West End revival of Kiss Me, Kate (Olivier Award nomination).  She is an Artistic Associate of City Center Encores!, where she was the Artistic Director for four seasons.  For Encores!, she directed and choreographed Applause, 70 Girls 70, House Of Flowers, Carnival, Hair, Wonderful Town and Babes In Arms and co-conceived and staged the Broadway Bash concert.  She also choreographed the Encores! productions of L'il Abner, The Boys From Syracuse, Dubarry Was A Lady and Call Me Madam.  For the New York Shakespeare Festival, she directed and choreographed Two Gentlemen Of Verona and for Second Stage Theatre, she directed and choreographed Saturday Night, the New York premiere of Stephen Sondheim's first musical. Her national tours include Kiss Me, Kate, Sunset Boulevard starring Petula Clark and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Music Of The Night.  Other credits include Violet (Playwrights Horizons), As Thousands Cheer (Drama Dept.) and Time And Again (Old Globe Theatre).  For the Library of Congress, she directed a 70th Birthday Celebration for Stephen Sondheim and she has staged tributes to Jason Robards, Angela Lansbury and Steve Martin for the Kennedy Center Honors.  She served as assistant choreographer to her brother, Rob Marshall, on the Broadway productions of Kiss Of The Spider Woman, She Loves Me and Damn Yankees.  She is the Vice President of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and is an Associate Artist of the Roundabout Theatre Company.

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. Flatotel is the official hotel 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; the New York Department of State; the New York State Department of Education; and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Anything Goes benefits from Roundabout's Musical Theatre Fund with gifts from Marty and Perry Granoff, HRH Foundation, Ted and Mary Jo Shen, Peter and Leni May, Tom and Diane Tuft, The Kaplen Foundation, and one anonymous donor.

Major support for Anything Goes is provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

Roundabout Theatre Company's 2010-2011 season features George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession starring Cherry Jones, 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, directed & choreographed by Kathleen Marshall; David West Read's The Dream of Burning Boy, directed by Evan Cabnet.  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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(September 29, 2010 – New York, NY)  Lead producers Margo Lion and Hal Luftig announced today that the new musical CATCH ME IF YOU CAN will open on Broadway at The Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd Street, on Sunday, April 10, 2011.  Preview performances begin Monday, March 7, 2011.  This new musical, created by a team of Tony winners, features a book by Terrence McNally, music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, choreography by Jerry Mitchell and is directed by Jack O’Brien.  Casting and additional design team will be announced shortly.

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN is based on the book and hit 2002 DreamWorks film of the same name directed by Stephen Spielberg with screenplay by Jeff Nathanson and book by Frank Abagnale, Jr. 

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN captures the astonishing true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr., a world-class con artist who passed himself off as a doctor, a lawyer, and a jet pilot—all before the age of 21.  With straight-arrow FBI agent Carl Hanratty on Frank's trail, we're off on a jet-setting, cat-and-mouse chase, as a jazzy, swinging-sixties score keeps this adventure in constant motion.  In the end, Agent Hanratty learns he and Frank aren't so very different after all,  and Frank finds out what happens when love catches up to a man on the run.

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN opened at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre for a limited engagement from July 23 – August 14, 2009.

Ticket information, including on sale date and point of purchase, will be announced at a later date.




After winning the Festival Favorite Award at the 2010 FRIGID New York Festival, an award-winning, sold-out run at the 2009 San Francisco Fringe Festival, and their most recent run as part of the New York Clown Theatre Festival at The Brick in Williamsburg, LEGS AND ALL returns to Horse Trade Theater Group for a limited engagement, October 2-16 at The Kraine Theater.

A man in an attic meets a woman in a box. As they lure one another into their worlds, their curiosity unfolds to expose a hilarious, mind-bending, innovative allegory for the classic man-meets-woman story. Rooted in physical comedy and drenched in imaginative stage illusion, LEGS & ALL is an inventive exploration of human loneliness set to an evocative tango-meets-bluegrass score.

LEGS AND ALL will play a special limited engagement on Saturday, October 2 at 2pm, Sunday, October 10 at 2pm, Thursday, October 14 at 8pm, Friday, October 15 at 8pm, and Saturday, October 16 at 3pm & 8pm at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery). Tickets ($20 / $15 for Students & Seniors) may be purchased online at or by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444.

POST-SHOW INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS following the 2pm matinee performances on October 2 &10 Summer Shapiro and Peter Musante will hold a brief Q&A and then lead participants through a fun, hands-on exploration of physical comedy basics, as seen in LEGS AND ALL. Appropriate for all ages!

DEVISING PHYSICAL THEATER WORKSHOP In addition to their main stage performance Summer Shapiro and Peter Musante will teach a three-hour workshop on the creation of physical theater. Structured around their devising methods for creating LEGS AND ALL, the workshop will help participants identify a creative spark and propose techniques to help extract its theatrical possibilities. Participants will leave the workshop inspired and empowered to create their own work. This exclusive workshop will be held at The Red Room (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery) on Sunday, October 17 from 1pm-4pm. The class fee is $50, which includes a $12 discount code to LEGS AND ALL. Visit to register. Class size is limited, so book your spot now!

“Legs and All is everything that makes clown theatre great. It's funny, clever, conceptual, and innovative. Shapiro and Musante raise the craft of clowning to new levels. This is a beautiful piece that should not be missed.” Richard Hinojosa,

“Legs and All is a spellbinding 50 minutes of theater, an innovative work that captures the ups and downs of human relationships with childlike energy and perfect comic timing.”
Lucy Butcher, Show Business Weekly

“A relentlessly charming, overwhelmingly beautiful piece of art.”
Aaron Riccio, What Sounds Cool

"Their wonderful hour long play (in my opinion, the best of the festival) is a kinetic poem about...the delicious vertigo one feels when your personal space crashes into someone else’s."
Will Kenton, Cultural Capitol

"An inspired bit of performance art created and executed splendidly by two world-class physical comedians" Los Angeles Entertainment Today

“Deft physical comedy… Legs offers a swift all-ages kick in the funny groin.”
San Francisco Bay Guardian

"A brilliant translation of the details of conversant life as we know it, taking these details a few steps beyond Harold Pinter and flinging them with utmost precision into kinetic comedy."
San Francisco Bay Times

WINNER of the 2010 FRIGID New York "Festival Favorite Award"
Best of The Best in 2009 Bay Area Theatre - SF Bay Times
2009 Ticketholder Award for Best Special Event/Performance – Entertainment Today
Top 5 Best Original Works of 2009 -Chloe Veltman*, lies like truth ArtsJournal

Summer Shapiro – Creator/Performer – Physical Actor & Comedienne
Summer Shapiro has written, performed and produced three original physical comedy shows, touring to San Francisco, Hawaii and New York since 2008 and will be attending the NY Clown Theatre Festival for the third time in a row. In San Francisco, she premiered her original solo show In The Boudoir sharing the bill with Cirque Du Soleil veteran, John Gilkey. The show continued on to headline at the San Francisco WOW Festival, in 2009. Shapiro’s PANTS! The Best Show Ever, sold out in the 2008 New York and San Francisco Clown Theater Festival’s in 2008 and she was in a trapeze clown duo in Angry Gods and Lost Marbles showcasing at the Magic Theater in October, 2007. Shapiro was an assistant director and performer with The Medea Project: Theatre for Incarcerated Women, directed by Rhodessa Jones in 2006. Shapiro has trained, performed and taught her craft in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Ireland and holds a B.A. in acting from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.

Peter Musante – Creator/Performer – Physical Actor & Comedian
Peter Musante is a Brooklyn-based actor/musician currently performing Off-Broadway in Blue Man Group. As a Blue Man, he’s worked in Chicago, Boston, Orlando, Bogotá, Colombia and can be seen in ad campaigns all over Las Vegas and Brazil. Out of blue, he has taught improvisation to kids, improvised in drag at Universal Studios Hollywood, crooned cowboy tunes in Tokyo, worked as a standardized patient for medical students and most recently, developed workshops for children with autism. After graduating from UCLA’s School of Theater in 2005, he played Huck Finn in Big River at Vista, California’s Moonlight Amphitheater and won the San Diego Theater Critic’s Circle Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

Summer Shapiro and Peter Musante began their artistic collaborations together as fellow students at UCLA’s School of Theater. During this they began to uncover an uncanny chemistry and a world of play. Now after almost a decade apart the team has reunited, and since April 2009 have been traveling between New York and San Francisco for rehearsals, having script writing sessions on the telephone and even live Skype showings of new material while Peter gigs in Brazil for Blue Man Group. LEGS AND ALL is their first production together and the team is beginning to make plans for their next project in 2011.

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work, it has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent Theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City.

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“SHINE! The Horatio Alger Musical” at the Theatre at St. Clements

SHINE! The Horatio Alger Musical  with a Book by Richard Seff; Music by Roger Dean Anderson and Lyrics by Lee Goldsmith is being presented by Other Side Productions (Peter Mercurio, Chuck Blasius – Co-Artistic Directors) as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival at The Theater at St. Clements, 423  West 46th Street. The director is Peter Flynn and the choreographer is Devanand Janki. Michael Bottari & Ronald Case are the set and costume designers and the lighting designer is Jeff Croiter. Greg Anthony is the music supervisor, arranger, orchestrator; Annbritt duChateau is the music director and the associate musical directors are Danny Percefull and Sue Anschultz.

With a highly melodic, hummable and bouncy score with bright lyrics, “SHINE the Horatio Alger Musical, has tons of period atmosphere, nostalgic charm, comedy and entertainment.  A multi-talented cast of 19 makes this one of the largest of the festival productions. Tickets are $20.  Performances are: Thurs. 10/7 at 8pm; Sat. 10/9 at 5pm; Mon. 10/11, at 9pm; Fri. 10/15, at 1pm; Sat. 10/16, at 9pm and Sun. 10/17 at 3pm.   

The principals for the show are: Andy Mientus (Richard Hunter); Michael Halling (Luke Gerrish); Meggie Cansler (Stacia Jane Hauser); Jimmy Ray Bennett (Gideon Chapin); William Ryall (Silas Snobden); Stanton Nash (Higgins); Philip Chaffin (Allen Carlisle); Tyler Merna (Rob Carlisle); Dan Lawler (Foswell); Evan Jay Newman (Mickey Maguire) and Katherine McGrath (Mrs. Mooney).  The Ensemble includes: Jason Mills, Cheo Bourne, Todd Horman, Robert Mintz, Rachell Coloff, Jessica Vosk, Joy Hermalyn and Melissa Rain Anderson

            “SHINE! The Horatio Alger Musical” follows the tale of Ragged Dick (Horatio Alger’s first best-selling hero) in lower Manhattan (1876) as he rises from penniless bootblack to budding Wall Street entrepreneur. Dick’s adventures with a little bit of luck, some charm and a whole lot of hard work bring him face to face with scheming ex-convicts, vicious comic villains, kind benefactors, and a world of colorful street characters in this charming rags-to-riches romp for everyone.

Richard Seff (Book) has spent a lifetime in the theatre as actor, playwright, columnist, critic, agent, librettist, investor and now memoirist. He first acted professionally in 1946 and took a 22 year leave of absence from the stage to become an agent representing artists in the musical theatre on Broadway.  Roger Dean Anderson (Composer) has been fortunate to collaborate with such legendary talents, Michael Smuin, Joe Layton, Wally Harper, Tony Walton, Vivian Matalon and Hal Prince. In 1979 he was paired with lyricist Lee Goldsmith, more than 30 years his senior; later composing the award-winning “Chaplin”, followed by “Quality Street”. Recent projects include “Ladykiller”;Flying Tigers” and “Abe”Lee Goldsmith (Lyricist) enjoyed an early career with National Comics scripting stories for The Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and The Flash. He adapted several projects for the stage, writing book and lyrics: “Come Back Little Sheba”, “Golddiggers of 1633” and his ground-breaking Broadway musical “Sextet”.

            Peter Flynn (Director) is Artistic Director of The Hangar Theatre and staged the star-studded Broadway concerts of "On the Twentieth Century" (Douglas Sills, Marin Mazzie, & Joanne Worley); “Chess” (Josh Groban); and “Funny Girl” (Whoopi Goldberg, Bebe Neuwirth, & Peter Gallagher, among others). Devanand Janki (Choreographer): directed & choreographed the award-winning hit “Zanna, Don’t”! and “Junie B. Jones”, “Cupid & Psyche”, “Henry & Mudge” and John Patrick Shanley’s “Romantic Poetry” (MTC). Broadway concerts: director of “Hair” (all-star cast, featuring Jennifer Hudson), choreographer of “Funny Girl” (16 Fanny Brices, including Whoopi Goldberg, Bebe Neuwirth, & Jane Krakowski). Michael Bottari & Ronald Case (Set and Costume Design) won: Lucille Lortel Award (Drama Desk nomination) for "Shanghai Moon" costumes and again for "Die Mommie Die" (Drama Desk, Outer Critics, & American Theatre Wing nominations). On Broadway: “State Fair”, “Prince Of Central Park”, and Marc Shaiman's “Prop 8, The Musical”.





"A glorious instant classic that is tragic, funny and illuminating in one fell swoop of energy."
-Evening Standard

Manhattan Theatre Club's (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) American premiere of Tony Award winner Lee Hall's THE PITMEN PAINTERS opens tomorrow, Thursday, September 30 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The play began previews on Tuesday, September 14.

Manhattan Theatre Club, by special arrangement with Bob Boyett, produces the Live Theatre, Newcastle/National Theatre of Great Britain's co-production of THE PITMEN PAINTERS on Broadway.

The cast, who have been with the production since it premiered at Live Theatre in 2007, includes: Christopher Connel, Michael Hodgson, Ian Kelly, Brian Lonsdale, Lisa McGrillis, Deka Walmsley, David Whitaker and Phillippa Wilson.  Max Roberts directs.

Inspired by a book by William Feaver, and hailed by London critics as "a glorious instant classic" (Evening Standard), "a wonderful piece of theatre" (Financial Times) "a beautiful work of art that everybody should see" (The Times of London), and "a superb piece of work; warm, funny, sad, and thought-provoking" (The Daily Telegraph), the play tells the story of the Ashington Group - miners from Northumberland who became celebrated painters. THE PITMEN PAINTERS was named Best Play at the 2008 Evening Standard Awards.

Direct from a sold-out engagement at London's National Theatre, this funny and fascinating new play by Tony Award winner Lee Hall (writer of Broadway's mega-hit Billy Elliot) comes to Broadway with its entire original London cast intact. THE PITMEN PAINTERS is based on the triumphant true story of a group of British miners who discover a new way to express themselves and unexpectedly become art-world sensations! An arresting and hilarious salute to the power of individual expression and the collective spirit, THE PITMEN PAINTERS takes you on an unforgettable journey from the depths of the mine to the heights of fame.

THE PITMEN PAINTERS features scenic and costume design by Gary McCann, lighting design by Douglas Kuhrt, and sound design by Martin Hodgson.

The cast of THE PITMEN PAINTERS is appearing with the permission of Actors' Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors' Equity Association for its assistance of this production.

Tickets are available by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200, online by visiting, or by visiting the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street). Ticket prices are $57 - $116.

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Please note THE PITMEN PAINTERS is dark on Mondays:

*   THROUGH SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3: Tuesday at 7PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 7PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2PM.
*   MONDAY, OCTOBER 5 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
*   MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28 (THANKSGIVING WEEK): Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 PM. Tuesday at 7 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Dark on Thursday.
*   MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

Manhattan Theatre Club's 2010-2011 Broadway season at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre will feature the American premiere of Lee Hall's THE PITMEN PAINTERS, inspired by a book by William Feaver, and the world premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire's GOOD PEOPLE. The Off-Broadway season will include the world premiere of Beau Willimon's SPIRIT CONTROL, the New York premiere of Matthew Lopez's THE WHIPPING MAN, and the world premiere of Alfred Uhry's CARL'S SISTER, based on the book Apples and Oranges by Marie Brenner. A third Broadway production will be announced in the coming weeks.

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.

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Rodgers & Hammerstein classic television production premieres on Broadway this spring.  It adds songs from the duo's catalog and adds a new twist to an old tale! Songs include “In…

More... A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder    

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

When Monty Navarro, a disinherited relative of the rich and powerful D’Ysquith clan, learns he’s ninth in line to inherit the earldom, he sets out to secure his future by,…

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Based on Christopher Isherwood's The Berlin Stories, the musical is the story of Cliff, an American writer who comes to Berlin at the dawn of the Hitler era. He falls…

More... Rock of Ages (at Helen Hayes)    

Rock of Ages (at Helen Hayes)

In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small-town girl met a big-city rocker, and in L.A.’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the…

More... Kinky Boots    

Kinky Boots

Charlie Price has suddenly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie…

More... All the Way    

All the Way

1963. An assassin’s bullet catapults Lyndon Baines Johnson into the presidency. A Shakespearean figure of towering ambition and appetite, the charismatic, conflicted Texan hurls himself into Civil Rights legislation, throwing…

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Royal heir Pippin is spurred on by a mysterious group of performers to embark on a death-defying journey to find his “corner of the sky.”  The original production of PIPPIN,…

More... Realistic Joneses, The    

Realistic Joneses, The

What do you really know about your neighbors? Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts and Marisa Tomei invite you to find out. Hailed by the New York Times as…

More... Chicago    


Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, CHICAGO is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her lover after he threatens to walk out…

More... No Man's Land    

No Man's Land

In Harold Pinter’s No Man's Land we wonder if two writers, Hirst (Patrick Stewart) and Spooner (Ian McKellen) really know each other, or are they performing an elaborate charade? The…

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If / Then

On the verge of turning 40, Elizabeth moves back to New York City, the ultimate city of possibility, intent on a fresh start - new home, new friends, and hopes…

More... Bridges of Madison County, The    

Bridges of Madison County, The

The Bridges of Madison County takes us deep into the heart of our country and tells the very moving story of a beautiful young woman leaving Italy and suddenly living…

More... Newsies    


Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged…

More... Wicked    


Wicked tells the incredible untold story of anunlikely friendship between two girls who first meet as Sorcery Students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood…

More... Jersey Boys    

Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys tells the rags-to-riches story of one of the greatest successes in pop music history. Go behind the music of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, and meet four…

More... Book of Mormon, The    

Book of Mormon, The

The Book of Mormon tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries sent off to spread the word in a dangerous part of Uganda. Their tale is told alongside the…

More... Matilda The Musical    

Matilda The Musical

MATILDA is the story of an extraordinary little girl who decides that despite a bad beginning filled with rotten parents, a terrifying school and a vicious head mistress, her story is…

More... Beautiful - The Carole King Musical    

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom from being part of a chart-topping songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with…

More... Once    


On the streets of Dublin, an Irish musician (Guy) and a Czech immigrant (Girl) are drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week,…

More... Motown: The Musical    

Motown: The Musical

Motown: The Musical is the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed our culture forever. This exhilarating show charts Motown Founder Berry Gordy's…

More... Phantom of the Opera, The    

Phantom of the Opera, The

Andrew Lloyd Webber's smash musicalization of the Gaston Leroux novel won the 1988 Tony Award for Best Musical and is now the longest-running show in Broadway history.

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