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.
Photo: Elizabeth Leitzell
Playwrights Horizons opened their 40th anniversary season this evening with Edward Albee’s Me Myself & I, Mr. Albee’s 30th play. It also marks his premiere at Playwrights. Me, Myself & I will leave you chortling with laughter and shaking your head in bewilderment; it leaves you with more questions than it does answers and something tells me that’s just the way Mr. Albee likes it.
IN THE HEIGHTS STAR
GUEST ON NATIONALLY SYNDICATED
“THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW”
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2010
Jordin Sparks, “American Idol” winner and current star of the Tony and Grammy Award winning musical IN THE HEIGHTS,will be a guest on the nationally syndicated “The Wendy Williams Show,” scheduled to air on Monday, September 13. In the tri-state area “The Wendy Williams Show” airs at 10am on Fox channel 5 and at 10pm on WWOR channel 9. It also airs on BET at 12am.
With music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes and conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, IN THE HEIGHTS is directed by Thomas Kail and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler. IN THE HEIGHTS is produced by Kevin McCollum, Jeffrey Seller, Jill Furman, Sander Jacobs, Robyn Goodman/Walt Grossman, Peter Fine and Sonny Everett/Mike Skipper with associate producers Ruth Hendel and Harold Newman.
For more information, please visit us at www.intheheightsthemusical.com
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“ S P I D E R – M A N T u r n O f f T h e D a r k ”
TICKETS GO ON SALE TO GENERAL PUBLIC
New York, NY – Lead producer Michael Cohl announced today that tickets to SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark will go on sale to the general public beginning this Sunday, September 12 at 9:00 a.m., and can be purchased online or by calling (877) 250-2929. Tickets will be available at the box office beginning Monday, September 13 at 10:00 a.m. (Beginning Monday, the box office is open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.)
To celebrate the launch of SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark, star Reeve Carney and his band CARNEY performed the World Broadcast Premiere of a song from the show, “Boy Falls From The Sky,” with music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge, this morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark will begin performances at Broadway’s Foxwoods Theatre (213 West 42nd Street) on Sunday, November 14, with Opening Night set for Tuesday, December 21.
SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark represents the consummate collaboration of cultures by joining the theatrical and cinematic vision of Julie Taymor with the thrilling musicality of Bono and The Edge, and the iconic Spider-Man brand. This project has allowed these artists to create a work specifically designed for a theater environment, one that can’t be produced as a stadium show, and is the natural evolution of three remarkable careers. SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark promises to be the most ambitious production ever undertaken on Broadway.
Featuring music and lyrics by 22-time Grammy® Award-winners Bono and The Edge, direction by Tony® Award-winner Julie Taymor (The Tempest, Across The Universe, The Lion King), a book co-written by Taymor and Glen Berger (Underneath The Lintel) and one of the most iconic title characters of all time, SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark finds astonishingly fresh ways to tell a story inspired by over forty years of Marvel comic books. The show follows the story of teenager Peter Parker, whose unremarkable life is turned upside-down, literally, when he's bitten by a genetically altered spider and wakes up the next morning clinging to his bedroom ceiling. This bullied science-geek suddenly endowed with incredible powers soon learns, however, that with great power comes great responsibility as villains put both his physical strength and strength of character to the test. Forget everything you think you know about Broadway; SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Darkwill hurtle the audience through a thrilling experience in ways never-before-dreamed-possible in live theater.
Currently in rehearsal, the complete cast of SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark includes Reeve Carney as ‘Peter Parker/Spider-Man,’ Tony® Award nominee Jennifer Damiano as ‘Mary Jane Watson,’ Natalie Mendoza, Patrick Page as ‘Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin,’ Michael Mulheren, Ken Marks, Isabel Keating, Jeb Brown, T.V. Carpio, Mat Devine, Gideon Glick, Jonathan Schwartz, Matthew James Thomas, Laura Beth Wells, Matt Caplan, Dwayne Clark, Luther Creek, Gerald Avery, Collin Baja, Marcus Bellamy, Emmanuel Brown, Erin Elliott, Craig Henningsen, Dana Marie Ingraham, Ayo Janeen Jackson, Heather Lang, Ari Loeb, Natalie Lomonte, Kevin Loomis, Kristin Martin, Jodi McFadden, Kristen Oei, America Olivo, Jennifer Perry, Kyle Post, Brandon Rubendall, Sean Samuels, Dollar Tan, and Christopher Tierney.
SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark includes choreography by Daniel Ezralow (Across The Universe),scenic design by George Tsypin (Julie Taymor’s Die Zauberflöte), costume design by Academy Award®-winner Eiko Ishioka (Dracula), lighting design by Tony® Award-winner Donald Holder, sound design by Jonathan Deans, projection design by Kyle Cooper (Across The Universe), mask design by Julie Taymor, hair design by Campbell Young Associates, make-up design by Judy Chin, aerial design by Scott Rogers (Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3), aerial rigging design by Jaque Paquin (Cirque du Soleil), orchestrations and arrangements by David Campbell, musical supervision by Teese Gohl, and music direction by Kimberly Grigsby. Casting is by Telsey + Co.
Tickets are priced from $67.50 - $135 for weekday performances and $67.50 - $140 for weekend performances. Get SPIDER-MAN Tickets
SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark is produced by Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris, Land Line Productions, Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Norton Herrick and Herrick Entertainment, Billy Rovzar and Fernando Rovzar, Jeffrey B. Hecktman, Omneity Entertainment/Richard G. Weinberg, James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, S2BN Entertainment, Jam Theatricals, The Mayerson/Gould/Hauser/Tysoe Group, and Patricia Lambrecht, By Special Arrangement with Marvel Entertainment.
Julie Taymor (Co-Book Writer, Director). In 1998, Taymor became the first woman to win the Tony® Award for Best Direction of a Musical, and also won a Tony® for Best Costumes for her groundbreaking production of The Lion King. The musical has won three Molière Awards including Best Musical and Best Costumes, garnered Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League awards for Taymor’s direction, and myriad awards for her original costume, mask and puppet designs. Taymor made her Broadway debut in 1996 with Juan Darién: A Carnival Mass, nominated for five Tony® Awards. Other theatre work includes The Green Bird, Titus Andronicus, The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew, The Transposed Heads and Liberty’s Taken. Taymor’s feature film directorial debut, Titus, starred Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange and Alan Cumming. In 2002, her biographical film Frida, starring Salma Hayek and Alfred Molina, earned six Academy Award® nominations, winning two. She took on the music of the Beatles, and earned a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, in Across the Universe. Julie’s next film, The Tempest, will have its North American premiere at the 48th New York Film Festival in October 2010, following a world premiere at the 67th Venice International Film Festival. Taymor’s visually exhilarating adaptation of the William Shakespeare play features an all-star cast including Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Djimon Hounsou and Alfred Molina, and will be released by Touchstone Pictures on December 10. Beyond the theatre and screen, Taymor has directed five operas internationally including Oedipus Rex with Jessye Norman, for which she earned the International Classical Music Award for Best Opera Production. A subsequent film version premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won her an Emmy® award. Taymor also directed Salomé, The Flying Dutchman, Die Zauberflöte (which has been in repertory at The Met for six years), The Magic Flute (the abridged English version of Die Zauberflöte, which inaugurated a new PBS series entitled “Great Performances at The Met”) and Elliot Goldenthal’s Grendel. Taymor is a 1991 recipient of the MacArthur “genius” Fellowship.
Bono (Music & Lyrics). The lead singer of U2, Bono was born Paul David Hewson in Dublin. He met The Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton at school, and in 1978 U2 was formed. Acknowledged as one of the best live acts in the world, U2 have sold over 170 million albums and won numerous awards, including 22 Grammys®. Bono and The Edge have also received 4 Golden Globe® nominations including a win for “The Hands that Built America” from Gangs of New York, which was also nominated for an Academy Award®, Best Original Song. In their first year of eligibility, U2 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Bono is a long-time activist in the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty in Africa. He has received a number of awards, including the Legion D'Honneur in 2003, Time Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2005 (alongside Bill & Melinda Gates), and an honorary British knighthood in 2007. Bono lives in Dublin with his wife and children.
The Edge (Music & Lyrics). Guitarist with U2, The Edge was born David Howell Evans in east London. A year later, he and his family moved to Malahide, Co. Dublin, where he attended Mount Temple School and met Larry Mullen, Bono, and Adam Clayton. In 1978 U2 was formed. Described as one of the most influential guitar players of his generation, Edge's crystalline minimalist guitar playing is the hallmark of U2's music, and one of the most original and distinctive guitar styles in rock and roll history. Acknowledged as one of the best live acts in the world, U2 have toured the globe countless times, have released 14 studio albums and won numerous awards, including 22 Grammys®. One of the principle songwriters of U2, The Edge has also written extensively for other projects, often in collaboration with Bono, including music for movies (Captive, Gangs of New York and GoldenEye); for animation (The “Batman” TV series); and for the stage (A Clockwork Orange by the Royal Shakespeare Company). Marked out by their politics from the beginning, U2 were awarded Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience Award in 2006. In 2005, The Edge co-founded Music Rising, a charity initiative which provides musical instruments for the musicians, schools and churches of the Gulf Region. The Edge lives in Dublin with his wife and children.
Glen Berger (Co-Book Writer). Glen Berger’s plays include Underneath The Lintel (over 450 performances Off-Broadway, 150 productions worldwide); O Lovely Glowworm (Portland "Drammy" Best Script Award) and Great Men of Science, Nos. 21 & 22 (L.A. Weekly Best Play Award). Glen has also collaborated with Frank London (of the Klezmatics) on two new musicals: On Words and Onwards, and Loewe-Award winner A Night In The Old Marketplace. In television, Glen has won two Emmys® (twelve nominations), and has written over 200 episodes for children’s television series including “Arthur," “Curious George,” and “Fetch w/Ruff Ruffman." He is a New Dramatists alumnus.
Daniel Ezralow (Choreographer), hailed by the Chicago Tribune as one of the best American dancer-choreographers now working on an international scale, has created works for theatre, opera, film and television. SPIDER-MAN marks Ezralow’s fourth collaboration with director Julie Taymor (Across the Universe, The Green Bird, The Flying Dutchman). His work can currently be seen onstage in his dance theatre show Why, the touring show Aeros, and The Beatles LOVE with Cirque du Soleil. In television, he created the dance special “Windows” (Bravo), “Josh Groban in Concert” (PBS), and received an Emmy® Award for his work on “Episodes” (PBS). He has received two American Choreography Awards for innovative and outstanding choreography, an NEA Choreographic Fellowship, and the Premio Positano in Italy. Mr. Ezralow has been commissioned to create original works for numerous companies including the Paris Opera Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Batsheva Dance Company of Israel.
George Tsypin (Set Designer) is a sculptor, architect, and designer of opera, film, and video. He won an International Competition of “New and Spontaneous Ideas for the Theater for Future Generations” some twenty years ago. Since then, his opera designs have been seen all over the world, including at the Salzburg Festival, Opera de Bastille in Paris, Covent Garden in London, La Scala in Milan, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The first private gallery showing of his sculpture took place in 1991 at the Twining Gallery in New York. George exhibited his work at the Venice Biennial in 2002. He has worked with director Julie Taymor on many projects, including Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Grendel, and Oedipus Rex. He designed The Little Mermaid on Broadway. His book George Tsypin, Opera Factory: Building in the Black Void, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in October of 2005 (Golden Pen Award.)
Eiko Ishioka(Costume Designer) is a multidisciplinary designer whose internationally acclaimed work has made her one of the premiere visual artists in contemporary world culture. Her awards include an Academy Award® for costume design for Francis Ford Coppola’s film Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the Award for Artistic Contribution at the Cannes Film Festival for her production design of the film Mishima, Outer’s Critic Circle nominations and Tony® nominations for the sets and costumes of the Broadway play M. Butterfly, and a Grammy® Award for the artwork of Miles Davis’ album Tutu. She directed a music video for the singer Bjork and designed costumes for Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai (Drama Desk nomination). Most recently, Ishioka was the director of costume design for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Donald Holder (Lighting Designer). Broadway: South Pacific (2008 Tony® Award, Drama Desk nomination), Les Liasons Dangereuses, A Streetcar Named Desire, Gem Of The Ocean, Movin’ Out, Juan Darien (all Tony®-nominated), The Lion King (Tony®, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards, Paris Moliere Award, London Olivier® nomination), Cyrano de Bergerac, Radio Golf, The Little Dog Laughed, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Little Shop Of Horrors, Prelude to a Kiss, The Boy From Oz, many others. Off-Broadway: Yellowface, Romeo and Juliet (Delacorte), The Pain and the Itch, Almost an Evening, A Man of No Importance, Birdie Blue, Observe the Sons of Ulster (Lortel Award), Jitney, Saturday Night, Three Days of Rain, many others. Opera: The Magic Flute (NY Metropolitan Opera), Grendel (Los Angeles Opera, Lincoln Center Festival, New York), both directed by Julie Taymor.
Jonathan Deans (Sound Designer) was born in England and has been living in America for the past 18 years. His work spans the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden through to The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil with over 100 productions in between. His Broadway designs include Fosse, Young Frankenstein, and Ragtime. Jonathan is known for his unique and immersive sound designs. It is his experience of standing in the midst of a 60 plus-piece orchestra during live concerts and the many rehearsals that continually resonate inside him. This has a great influence on his design approach for the audience and the focus of the staged performance.
Kyle Cooper (Projections Designer). Emmy® Award winner Kyle Cooper has directed and produced over 150 feature film title sequences, including SE7EN, all three Spider-Man movies, and the Marvel logo animation. Details magazine credits Cooper with "almost single-handedly revitalizing the main title sequence as an art form." Kyle has collaborated with Julie Taymor on innovative visual effects sequences for Titus Andronicus, Across the Universe and The Tempest. He has a master’s degree from the Yale School of Art, and holds the title of Royal Designer for Industry from the Royal Society of Arts in London.
Campbell Young Associates (Hair Designers). Campbell Young, Luc Verschueren and their team (Campbell Young Associates) design hair, wigs and make-up for many theatres including Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera and Opera North. Their work was seen in Prima Donna (Manchester International Festival), Tosca, Peter Grimes and Partenope (ENO), Der Freischütz (Baden-Baden), Tristan und Isolde (La Scala, Milan), From the House of the Dead (Vienna Festival), Un Ballo in Maschera and La Bohème (Bregenz Festival), The Ring Cycle (New National Theatre, Tokyo), and many London musicals including Love Never Dies, Annie Get Your Gun (Young Vic), Oliver! and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Also Les Misérables (25th Anniversary Tour) Lord of the Rings (London and Toronto) and Billy Elliot (Broadway and Chicago). Plays include Un Tramway (Paris), Breakfast at Tiffany's (London), Mary Stuart (Broadway), Rock 'n' Roll (London and Broadway) and An Inspector Calls (London). Films include Nutcracker and the Rat King and Les Aventures Extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec. Other projects include the recreation of Princess Sithathorynet’s ceremonial wig for the Department of Egyptian Art and wig design for the Liaisons Dangereuses exhibition, both at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Jaque Paquin (Aerial Rigging Designer) was born in the province of Quebec. He has been working in the entertainment industry for over 30 years, with the last 20 years dedicated to designing systems for hanging and flying performers and equipment. His design contribution to Cirque du Soleil helped create such masterpieces as KÀ, O, Zumanity, and Varekai, among others. A talented multidisciplinary artist, he is credited for having strong imagination and skills on both the artistic and technical aspects of his work. Having worked in theater, movies, television and live entertainment, his wide experience allows him to maximize the performance presented to an audience while always concentrating on the safety of the performers. In 2005 he was presented the CITT award for professional achievement for his contribution to the show industry and, more specifically, to the field of acrobatic rigging. He is regarded by his peers as a mentor and a leader of his trade.
David Campbell (Orchestrations and Arrangements). For Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark, David Campbell created song arrangements, dance arrangements, underscoring, orchestrations(for 19 musicians) and vocal/choral arrangements. You may have heard his arrangements on any of 425 gold or platinum albums, from artists such as Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Radiohead, Elton John, Leonard Cohen, Beck, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Beyonce, Avril Lavigne, Metallica, The Mars Volta, Evanescence, Will Smith, Ricky Martin, Faith Hill, Manhattan Transfer, Macy Gray and Maroon 5. Some of the well-known songs include “Time of Your Life”(Green Day), “Iris”(Goo Goo Dolls), “Uninvited”(Alanis Morissette), “Because of You”(Kelly Clarkson), “A 100 Years”(Five for Fighting) and “The Rose”(Bette Midler). Film credits as arranger/conductor include the scores of Dream Girls, Rent, Brokeback Mountain(Oscar for Best Score), Tarzan(Oscar for Best Song), Spider-Man 2, Austin Powers, City of Angels, Dead Man Walking, and Cradle Will Rock. Campbell has composed music for Sony, IBM and Panasonic TV commercials and several feature films. He has guest conducted the LA Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic and the Dallas, Baltimore, Nashville and Melbourne Symphonies. Recent projects include Josh Groban, Adele, Adam Lambert and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. David is married to theatrical composer Raven Kane. More details at davidmusic.com.
Teese Gohl (Music Supervisor). Born and raised in Winterthur, Swizterland, Matthias Gohl studied at Berklee College in Boston, MA. Theater music/sound design credits include A.R.T. (Cambridge, MA), Trinity Repertory Theater (Providence, RI), and Theater For a New Audience (New York, NY). Film score production with Elliot Goldenthal includes Interview With A Vampire, Michael Collins, Heat, two Batman features, Titus, Across the Universe, The Iron Giant, Butcher Boy, Public Enemies, and Oscar®-winning scores for John Corigliano’s The Red Violin and Julie Taymor’s Frida. In addition to documentary film composition, jazz performance, and opera/theater pit performance, Teese is proud of his collaborations with Carly Simon, Nana Vasconcelos, and Dave Stewart.
Reeve Carney (Peter Parker) stars as the young prince Ferdinand in Julie Taymor’s upcoming film adaptation of The Tempest and also starred in the film version of the acclaimed novel Snow Falling on Cedars. A veteran of the music world, Reeve recorded an album with Peter, Paul and Mary at the age of 8 and was asked a few years later by Michael Jackson to sing on one of the tracks of HIStory. Now, Reeve is the lead singer and lead guitarist of CARNEY, the up and coming rock band that recently toured North America. In CARNEY, Reeve is accompanied by his brother Zane who shares lead guitar in the band, Aiden Moore on bass, and Jon Epcar on the drums. CARNEY’s newest single “Love Me Chase Me” was released this summer and the band’s first full length album, entitled “Mr. Green Vol. 1,” was released in May 2010 on DAS Label/Interscope. For more information on CARNEY, please visit www.CarneyTheBand.com.
Jennifer Damiano (Mary Jane Watson). Jennifer Damiano received a Tony® Award nomination in 2009 for her performance in the critically-acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway production Next to Normal. She also performed in the show's previous productions off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre and regionally at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. which earned her a Helen Hayes nomination. Jennifer has been working professionally in New York since she was 12. When she was 15, she made her Broadway debut in Spring Awakening as the youngest member of the original cast. Additionally, she has appeared on the CW television series “Gossip Girl.”
Natalie Mendoza. TV and film includes: the cult hit feature The Descent (and its sequel), The Great Raid, Code 46, Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge, the hit BBC series “Hotel Babylon” and more. Mendoza made her stage debut at the Sydney Opera House as a girl in Romeo and Juliet. She was discovered by Cameron Mackintosh and asked to play ‘Eponine’ in Les Miserables and later went on to star in many other musicals and plays, including multiple seasons with The Melbourne Theatre Company, workshops of Matthew Warchus' Lord of the Rings,and the stage adaptation of the film Ghost. She signed as a teenager internationally to Virgin Records with her pop punk band Jackson Mendoza and had several hits that led them onto stadium tours. She is currently recording her first solo album as well as a Jazz project called “The Eddy,” produced by Glen Ballard. Natalie's also created a comic book/multi platform project with Simon Bisley, which is scheduled to be released at next year’s Comic-Con.
Patrick Page (Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin). Broadway: A Man For All Seasons (Henry III); The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (The Grinch); The Lion King (Scar); Julius Caesar (Decius Brutus); Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere); A Christmas Carol; Kentucky Cycle. Off-Broadway: Rex; Richard II; Duchess of Malfi. Regional: 25 years—including Associate Artist of The Old Globe Theatre and The Shakespeare Theatre Company. Recently: Cyrano (Craig Noel Award) at The Old Globe and Iago (Helen Hayes Award) at STC. TV and Film: “Law & Order: SVU,” “One Life to Live,” “All My Children,” Substance of Fire. www.patrickpageonline.com
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LOMBARDI's DAN LAURIA
On WCBS TV This Sunday September 12
The new American play LOMBARDI makes it Broadway bow later this month and this Sunday September 12, you can see star Dan Lauria on WCBS TV's Sunday morning news broadcast between 7 - 8 AM (Channel 2 in the tri-state area), when he and The Broadway League's Charlotte St. Martin are interviewed by anchor Maurice DuBois. They'll also be talking about "Broadway on Broadway" which takes place later that day in the heart of Times Square. Dan Lauria and co-star Judith Light will be part of the annual event that attracts thousands of theatre enthusiasts.
LOMBARDI will begin previews at the Circle in the Square Theatre (50th street west of Broadway) on Thursday, September 23, 2010 and officially open on Thursday, October 21.
Starring Dan Lauria and Judith Light as Vince and Marie Lombardi, LOMBARDI is written by Academy Award winning playwright Eric Simonson and directed by Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail. LOMBARDI is based on the best-selling biography When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi, by Pulitzer Prize winning author David Maraniss.
Joining producers Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser as special producing partner is the National Football League, marking the organization's first foray on Broadway.
TONY, OLIVIER & GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING
HITS 2,000 PERFORMANCES ON BROADWAY
JERSEY BOYS, the Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical, will play its 2,000th Broadway performance on Saturday, September 11 at 2pm at the August Wilson Theatre. JERSEY BOYS opened on Broadway to critical acclaim on November 6, 2005. The show is currently playing in New York; Las Vegas; London; Sydney, Australia; and in cities across the U.S. on a National Tour.
The Broadway cast of JERSEY BOYS is led by Sebastian Arcelus (Bob Gaudio), Matt Bogart (Nick Massi), Dominic Nolfi (Tommy DeVito) and Jarrod Spector (Frankie Valli) as The Four Seasons; with Peter Gregus and Mark Lotito. The cast also includes Miles Aubrey, Erik Bates, Bridget Berger, Scott J. Campbell, Kris Coleman, Ken Dow, Russell Fischer, Cory Grant, John Hickman, Katie O'Toole, Joe Payne, Jessica Rush, Sara Schmidt, Taylor Sternberg.
JERSEY BOYS is written by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, and is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Des McAnuff and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo.
JERSEY BOYS is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi, about a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks who became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty. The show features all their hits including "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Oh What A Night," "Walk Like A Man," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and "Working My Way Back To You."
JERSEY BOYS is the recipient of the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 2009 Olivier Award for Best Musical. The Original Broadway Cast Recording, produced by Bob Gaudio, received the 2006 Grammy Award(r) for Best Musical Show Album and has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The Broadway production also won the 2006 Outer Critics Circle & Drama League Awards for Best Musical. The London production also won the 2009 UK People's Choice and What's on Stage Awards for Best New Musical. The Toronto production is the winner of three Dora Awards, including the Audience Choice Award for Outstanding Production. The Australian production is 2010 recipient of the Helpmann Award for Australia's Best Musical and seven Victorian Green Room Awards.
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ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
Previews begin tonight, Friday, September 10th!
TIGERS BE STILL
A New Play by Kim Rosenstock
Directed by Sam Gold
Reed Birney, Halley Feiffer, Natasha Lyonne, John Magaro
Opens officially on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
Roundabout Underground is an initiative launched in 2007 to introduce and cultivate artists in a 62-seat Black Box Theatre within the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.
Previews begin tonight for Roundabout Theatre Company's (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) Tigers Be Still, a new play by Kim Rosenstock, directed by Sam Gold. Tigers Be Still features Reed Birney (Joseph), Halley Feiffer (Sherry), Natasha Lyonne (Grace), John Magaro (Zack).
Tigers Be Still begins previews performances on Friday, September 10th, 2010 and will officially open on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010. This will be a limited engagement through Sunday, November 21st.
All tickets for Roundabout Underground productions are $20.
Tigers Be Still creative team includes Dane Laffrey (Sets & Costumes), Japhy Weideman (Lighting) & Fitz Patton (Sound).
Tigers Be Still is a comedy that follows the story of Sherry Wickman, a young woman who expects the perfect career and life to fall into place immediately upon earning her masters degree in art therapy. Instead, Sherry finds herself unemployed, overwhelmed and back at home hiding out in her twin-sized childhood bed. But when Sherry gets hired as a substitute art teacher, things begin to brighten up. Now if only her mother would come downstairs, her sister would get off the couch, her very first therapy patient would do just one of his take-home assignments, her new boss would leave his gun at home, and someone would catch the tiger that escaped from the local zoo, everything would be just perfect.
Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at www.roundaboutunderground.org<http://www.roundaboutunderground.org/> or at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre box office (111 West 46 Street). The ticket price is $20.00 for all seats. All tickets for Tigers Be Still will be issued as General Admission passes for first-come, first-served seating on the show date.
Tigers Be Still will play Tuesday through Sunday evenings at 7:00PM with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:30PM.
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TRACEE CHIMO AND JOHN EARL JELKS
JOIN CAST OF MCC THEATER’S
WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION OF
“ T H E B R E A K O F N O O N ”
BY NEIL LaBUTE
CASTING NOW COMPLETE FOR THE NEW YORK RUN OF
CO-PRODUCTION WITH GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE
INDIVIDUAL TICKETS ON-SALE TODAY…AT NOON
New York, NY – MCC Theater (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, Artistic Directors; William Cantler, Associate Artistic Director; Blake West, Executive Director) today announced that Tracee Chimo (Circle Mirror Transformation) and Tony Award-Nominee John Earl Jelks (Radio Golf) have joined the cast of the world premiere of The Break of Noon byNeil LaBute. Chimo and Jelks join the previously announced David Duchovny and Amanda Peet, completing casting for the New York run of the production. Performances begin at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NYC) on October 28, 2010 and continue through December 12, 2010. An official opening night is set for Monday, November 22, 2010. The Break of Noon is a co-production with the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles (Gil Cates, Producing Director; Randall Arney, Artistic Director; Ken Novice, Managing Director). Individual tickets for this hotly anticipated production are on-sale today at noon through TicketCentral by visiting www.ticketcentral.com or calling 212-279-4200.
The Break of Noon is Neil LaBute’s seventh collaboration with MCC Theater as Playwright-in-Residence, following the 2009 Tony Award-nominated Best Play, Reasons to be Pretty. Renowned for his darkly-comic morality plays (The Shape of Things, In a Dark Dark House), he teams up again with longtime collaborator, director Jo Bonney (Some Girl(s), Fat Pig), for this exploration of the daunting, sometimes harrowing process of “finding religion.” David Duchovny (“Californication,” “The X-Files”) will star as John Smith, a man who, amidst the chaos and horror of the worst office shooting in American history, sees the face of God. His modern-day revelation creates a maelstrom of disbelief among everyone he knows. A newcomer to faith, John urgently searches for a modern response to the age-old question: at what cost salvation?
Subscriptions for the 2010-2011 season are on-sale now and are priced as low as $99 for the 3-play season. For more information visit www.mcctheater.org or to purchase packages, contact TicketCentral directly at www.ticketcentral.com or call 212-279-4200.
MCC Theater is one of New York City's leading Off Broadway theater companies, committed to presenting New York and world premieres each season. When MCC Theater was founded in 1986, its mission was simple: to bring new theatrical voices to theater-going audiences. MCC Theater continues to accomplish this yearly through presentation of its mainstage works; its Literary Program, which actively seeks and develops new and emerging writers and its Education & Outreach Program, allowing more than 1,200 students yearly to experience theater, increase literacy and discover their own voices in the arts. Notable MCC Theater highlights include: the 2008 Tony Award-nominated Reasons to be Pretty by Neil LaBute, last season’s Fifty Words, the 2004 Tony-winning production of Bryony Lavery’s Frozen; Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig;Rebecca Gilman’s The Glory of Living; Marsha Norman’s Trudy Blue; Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit; Tim Blake Nelson’s The Grey Zone and Alan Bowne’s Beirut. Over the years, the dedication to the work of new and emerging artists has earned MCC Theater a variety of awards. For a complete production history, visit www.mcctheater.org.
The Geffen Playhouse has been a hub of the Los Angeles theater scene since opening its doors in 1995. Noted for its intimacy and celebrated for its world-renowned mix of classic and contemporary plays, provocative new works and musicals, the Geffen Playhouse continues to present a body of work that has garnered national recognition. Named in honor of entertainment mogul and philanthropist David Geffen, who made the initial donation to the theater, the company is helmed by Producing Director and President of the Board Gilbert Cates, Artistic Director Randall Arney, Managing Director Ken Novice and Chairman of the Board Frank Mancuso. Proudly associated with UCLA, the Geffen Playhouse welcomes an audience of more than 130,000 each year, and maintains an extensive education and outreach program, designed to engage young people and the community at large in the arts. For more information, visit www.geffenplayhouse.com.
Tracee Chimo was last seen as Regan in The Bachelorette. Broadway: Irena's Vow. Off Broadway: Circle Mirror Transformation (Lucille Lortel nom, Drama Desk award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance), Vendetta Chrome, Guilty, Bushwhackin', Vamp. Regional: Sundance '08, Humana Festival/Actor's Theatre of Louisville, The Cleveland Playhouse and Philadelphia Theatre Company. TV: Guest-star in the FX series “Louie,” “Guiding Light.” Film: Evening, What Would Jesus Do?, Daughters of Liberty and Wasted Time. Last year Tracee was honored by actress Marian Seldes and The O'Neill Studio, where she studied, with the Eugene O'Neill Award for her work in Irena's Vow.
John Earl Jelks was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as “Sterling” in August Wilson’s Radio Golf, which he also toured to the McCarter, Goodman, Center Stage, Seattle Rep., Mark Taper and Yale Repertory theaters. Jelks also appeared with Phylicia Rashad on Broadway in August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean as “Citizen” (after runs at the Goodman, Huntington, and Mark Taper theaters, where he won an NAACP Theater Award and an L.A. Ovation Award). In 2008, Jelks won an AUDELCO Award for his work in the Off Broadway revival of The First Breeze of Summer. Regional theater credits include Fetch Clay, Make Man at the McCarter Theatre, the world stage premiere of the Shawshank Redemption at the Gaiety Theatre in Ireland, Magnolia at the Goodman Theater, Joe Turner's Come and Gone at the Penumbra Theatre Company and the Missouri Repertory Theatre, The Piano Lesson at the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre and Diary of a Black Man at the Union Square Theatre and the Shaw Theatre in London, England. Recently, Jelks appeared in Spike Lee's film Miracle at St. Anna.
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ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
PREVIEWS BEGIN TONIGHT, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th!
Adapted and Directed by Emma Rice
Joseph Alessi, Dorothy Atkinson, Damon Daunno, Gabriel Ebert, Edward Jay, Annette McLaughlin, Adam Pleeth, Tristan Sturrock, Hannah Yelland
"By the show's end I felt enlivened, enlightened and seriously moved." - Ben Brantley, NY Times.
Opening night is September 28th, 2010
On Broadway at Studio 54
Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) in association with David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and Cineworld is pleased to present Kneehigh Theatre's production of Noël Coward's Brief Encounter, adapted and directed by Emma Rice.
The cast includes Joseph Alessi (Albert/Fred), Dorothy Atkinson (Beryl), Damon Daunno (Bill/Bobbie), Gabriel Ebert (Stanley), Edward Jay (Musician), Annette McLaughlin (Myrtle), Adam Pleeth (Musician), Tristan Sturrock (Alec), Hannah Yelland (Laura).
Brief Encounter will begin previews on Friday, September 10th, 2010 and open officially Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 at Studio 54 on Broadway (254 West 54th Street). This will be a limited engagement through December 5, 2010.
Brief Encounter is an imaginative new work that combines elements of Noël Coward's beloved screenplay, and the one act play on which it was based, with song, dance and Technicolor displays of emotion.
The design team includes Neil Murray (Sets & Costumes), Malcolm Rippeth (Lights), Simon Baker (Sound) and Gemma Carrington & Jon Driscoll (Projection).
Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the Studio 54 Box Office (254 West 54th Street).
Ticket prices range from $37.00-127.00.
Brief Encounter will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2:00PM.
Below is a feature from today's New York Times where, for the first time, Lewis met Levi Kreis, who won a Tony Award for portraying Lewis in the production.
Rock 'n' Roll's Killer Meets Broadway's
By DAVE ITZKOFF
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Published: September 9, 2010
FRESH off a matinee performance of "Million Dollar Quartet," Levi Kreis ran a nervous hand through his pompadour as he stood in the living room of a hotel suite high above Times Square on Wednesday. Mr. Kreis, the actor and musician who plays Jerry Lee Lewis in that Broadway musical, seemed unsure of how to comport himself when the suite's primary occupant arrived. First he propped himself between two chairs, like a sprinter waiting for a starting pistol. Then, half-reverently and half-jokingly, he got down on one knee, which was the position he was found in when the real-life Mr. Lewis entered the room.
This is how the two performers were introduced, and Mr. Kreis had to laugh at the circumstances. "I'm bowing before you, sir," he said.
Mr. Lewis replied in a voice that rumbled like dry gravel. "How you doing?" he said. "It's a pleasure to meet you."
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