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
NEW YORK MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL
AND GRETCHEN MARGAROLI
“T H E T E N T H F L O O R”
A NEW MUSICAL
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY J. SEBASTIAN FABAL
BOOK BY SARA COOPER
DIRECTED BY IGOR GOLDIN
CHOREOGRAPHY BY SUE DELANO
MUSICAL DIRECTION BY MARK T EVANS
CAST FEATURES FARAH ALVIN, GILBERT L. BAILEY, II, MICHAEL KOSTROFF,
JUSTIN GREGORY LOPEZ, DOREEN MONTALVO, JEFFREY NUNEZ
SIX PERFORMANCES ONLY
SEPTEMBER 27TH – OCTOBER 10TH
AT AMERICAN THEATRE OF ACTORS (CHERNUCHIN)
New York, NY– (September 7, 2010) The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) and Gretchen Margaroli present the new musical The Tenth Floor with music & lyrics by J. Sebastian Fabal and book by Sara Cooper. Directed by Igor Goldin, with music direction by Mark T Evans and choreography by Sue Delano, the cast features Farah Alvin as Georgia Jones, Gilbert L. Bailey, II as Clayton, Micahel Kostroff as Josh, Justin Gregory Lopez as Victor, Doreen Montalvo as Fantasy Mama, and Jeffrey Nunez as Cheche with Judah Gavra, Samantha Gershman, Jordan Grubb, and Rebecca Riker.
The limited 6-performance engagement begins Monday, September 27, 2010 and will continue through Sunday, October 10, 2010 at the American Theatre of Actors (Chernuchin) (314 West 54th Street, 2nd Fl).
Locked inside the Tenth Floor, the Miami-Dade Correctional Facility’s juvenile division, 16-year-old Victor Alvarez escapes into fantasy to escape the harsh realities of prison and his home life. The Tenth Floor, fueled by a contemporary rock, hip hop, and salsa-influenced score, this high-energy musical follows Victor as he struggles to come to terms with both the truth of his present and the ramifications of his past. The Tenth Floor was developed at the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at the Tisch School of the Arts (NYU).
The creative team includes Caite Hevner (Sets), China Lee (Costumes), Cory Pattak (Lights), and Jonathan Russ (Orchestrator) The Production Stage Manager is Emily Ballou.
The Tenth Floor will play the following performance schedule: Monday, September 27th at 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 29th at 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 1st at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, October 3rd at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 9th at 9:00 p.m. and Sunday October 10th at 1:00 p.m.
Now in its seventh year, the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) is the largest annual musical theatre event in America and is widely regarded as the essential source for new material and talent discovery. NYMF provides a launching pad for the next generation of musicals and their creators to ensure the continued vitality of one of America's greatest art forms. Hailed as the "Sundance of Musical Theatre," NYMF discovers, nurtures, and promotes promising musical theatre artists and producers at all stages of development, and inspires a diverse audience through vibrant, accessible, powerful new work.
NYMF is the flagship program of National Music Theater Network, Inc., a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. NYMF 2010 is presented in association with BroadwayWorld.com, Production Resource Group and TheaterMania.com, and is supported by AP-Red.com, Back Stage, BroadwayBox.com, BroadwayInsider.com, Broadway.TV, Clear Channel Spectacolor, DFD-TV, Frank & Camille's Fine Pianos, King Displays, NASDAQ OMX, New World Stages, Next Magazine, PMD Promotions, Queerty.com, Reuters, TheMenEvent.com, Times Square Squared, and Yelp. Major supporters include The ASCAP Foundation, BMI Foundation, Inc., The Broadway League, The BWF Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation with the support and encouragement of Jamie Ariel Phinney, The Charlie & Jane Fink Charitable Fund, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and The Theater League. NYMF is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. NYMF is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
Tickets to individual festival events are now on sale to NYMF Members and the general public. NYMF Memberships, which combine charitable contributions with valuable, flexible ticket packages and perks like early seating, are currently available for purchase at (212) 352-3101 or www.nymf.org.
WTE THEATRE was founded in 2003 by Fritzie Andrade, Melissa Zygmant and Daisy Rosario, all graduates of New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. They continue to bring together up-and-coming playwrights and actors in an effort to present the highest quality of provocative and engaging theatre to a diverse audience. WTE brought to the Edinburgh Fringe The House of Yes to much acclaim in 2003 and the highly praised (4 stars, The Scotsman) production of Nicky Silver’s The Altruists in 2005. In 2007, WTE co-produced with Drawing Board Arts Project the Edinburgh Fringe production of Stinky Flowers and the Bad Banana, ("Utterly adorable and entrancing!" nytheatre.com). Stinky Flowers then toured to the Indianapolis Fringe in 2008 where it received glowing praise (4.5 stars - NUVO, "the sweetest show ever presented at Indy Fringe"). In 2009, WTE traveled to the Montreal Fringe where they premiered, SportSexDeathPorn, an original dance-theatre, multli-media spectacle conceived and created by the company. Now, WTE brings Stinky Flowers to NYC for a 3 week, equity showcase run!
BARROW STREET THEATRE
“C A P S U L E 33”
CREATED & PERFORMED BY
CO-CREATED WITH TATIANA MALLARINO
MUSIC BY EVENING MAGAZINE
A THEATRICAL EVENT TO RUN ENTIRELY
ON SUSTAINABLE ENERGY
LIMITED ENGAGEMENT BEGINS SEPTEMBER 17TH
AT BARROW STREET THEATRE
New York, NY (September 3, 2010) – Barrow Street Theatre goes ‘green’ this fall with the presentation of CAPSULE 33, a theatrical event to run entirely on sustainable energy, created and performed by Thaddeus Phillips, co-created with Tatiana Mallarino, with music by Evening Magazine. The 4-week limited engagement begins performances Friday, September 17th at 7:30 p.m. and will continue through Saturday evening, October 16th at 7:30 p.m. at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street). Opening Night is set for Thursday evening, September 23rd at 7:30 p.m.
CAPSULE 33 concerns Milo, a resident of the famed Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo, hailed as the world’s first example of “recyclable housing,” which is on the brink of being imploded (both in the play and in real life). Despite the impending destruction of the tower, Milo (along with his rubber ducky, Fumio) refuses to leave. We witness his final day in the tower and take a new look at architecture, human habitat, and a sustainable society.
Powered entirely by sustainable energy, the transformative set is designed and constructed out of recycled materials, and uses no electricity from the power grid to run the show. The performance is lit by LED lights that run on a foot powered ‘WEZA’ generator. These generators are commonly used by organizations like Doctors Without Borders and UNICEF in undeveloped parts of the world to supply power for aid projects as large as hospitals and as small as charging car batteries. Upon entering the theatre, the audience is encouraged to take part by giving the WEZA generator a good pump which will supply the show with the power necessary for that performance.
The workshop production of Capsule 33, originally titled Microworld(s) Part #1, received its world premiere at the Off The Grid Festival in Philadelphia in September 2009 and at Buntport Theater in Denver in October 2009. John Moore of the Denver Post said, “…smart theater for a new generation of theatergoers, a model of efficiency and theatrical ingenuity. It's like a visit to a museum, a lecture from Bill Nye the Science Guy and a super-cool avant-garde film, all in one.”
Thaddeus Phillips, a former Robert Lepage (Geometry of Miracles, BAM, 2000) collaborator, whose 2006 work, ¡EL CONQUISTADOR!, opened Off-Broadway at the New York Theater Workshop was recognized with Lortel and Drama League nominations. That production, about a hapless Colombian doorman, toured internationally to Spain, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Ireland, Scotland and Holland.
The creative team includes James Clotfelter (Lights) and music by the Philadelphia based band, Evening Magazine. The production will be stage managed by Melissa Jernigan and assistant stage managed by Miriam Hyfler.
The performance schedule for CAPSULE 33 is as follows: Tuesdays – Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. General Admission tickets are priced at $35 and are available through SmartTix (212) 868-4444, www.smarttix.com, or at the Barrow Street Theatre box office (open at 1 p.m. daily). Student tickets at $20 are available on the day of performance only at the box office.
Barrow Street Theatre is located at 27 Barrow Street at 7th Avenue South in the heart of Greenwich Village. Nearby subway stops are the 1 at Christopher Street (walk 1 block South on 7th Avenue to Barrow) and the A, C, E, B, D, F and M at West 4th (walk West on 4th Street, left on Barrow).
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Watching It Must Be Him the new off-Broadway comedy/musical by Kenny Solms was like watching the Opelika Dinner Theatre production of Two and a Half Men - the Musical. Even a cast of 12 experienced actors with legitimate performance experience can’t save this only mildly amusing sitcom as theatre hybrid. The dialogue is bland and pedestrian.
Through September 5: Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday at 2pm & 8pm; Thursday – Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday at 3pm.
September 7 – October 24: Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday – Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday at 2pm & 7:30pm.
October 26 – October 31: Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday at 2pm & 8pm; Thursday – Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm;Sunday at 3pm.
November 2 – November 21: Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday – Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday at 2pm & 7:30pm.
November 23 – November 28: Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday at 2pm & 8pm; Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sundayat 3pm. (No Performance on Thursday, November 25.)
November 30 – December 19: Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday – Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday at 2pm & 7:30pm.
December 21 – December 26: Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday at 2pm & 8pm; Thursday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday at 2pm & 7:30pm. (No Performance on Friday, December 24.)
Fela Ransome Kuti was born in Abeokuta, Nigeria, north of Lagos in 1938. His father was a Christian schoolmaster, minister and master pianist and his mother was a world-recognized feminist leader, who was very active in the anti-colonial Nigerian women's movement during the struggle for independence.
Fela was educated in Nigeria amongst the indigenous elite. Ironically, many of his classmates in his Nigerian school would become the very military leaders he so vociferously opposed.
With medical aspirations for their offspring (Fela’s older brother, Koye, was to become a Deputy Director of the World Health Organization and his younger brother, Beko, President of the Nigerian Medical Association) in 1958 Fela's parents sent him to London for a medical education. Instead, he registered at Trinity College's school of music where he studied composition and chose the trumpet as his instrument. Quickly tiring of European composers, Fela, struck by Miles Davis and Frank Sinatra, formed the Koola Lobitos in 1961, and his band became a fixture in London's club scene. Two years later, Fela returned to Nigeria, restarted the Koola Lobitos, and became influenced by James Brown. Trying to find an authentic musical voice, he added elements of traditional Yoruba, high life and jazz, and "Afrobeat" was born. In 1969, Fela's Koola Lobitos traveled to Los Angeles to tour and record. During his eight months in the US, with LA as a home base, Fela befriended Sandra Isidore, who introduced him to the writings and politics of Malcolm X, Eldridge Cleaver and other proponents of Black nationalism and Afrocentrism.
With this new politically explicit and critical worldview, Fela reformed the Koola Lobitos as Nigeria 70 and returned to Lagos. He founded a commune/recording studio called the Kalakuta Republic, complete with his own private nightclub, The Shrine, and Fela dropped his given middle name "Ransome," and replaced it with a Yoruba name "Anikulapo" (meaning "he who carries death in his pouch"). Playing constantly and recording at a ferocious pace, Fela and band (who were now called Africa 70) became huge stars in West Africa and beyond. His music served as a rallying cry for the disenfranchised, critiquing the military government, and made Fela not only a pop star but thrust him into political life. People took to the streets singing his songs and the military responded by viciously harassing Fela, jailing him and nearly killing him on several occasions.
In 1977, during a government-sanctioned attack on his Kalakuta Republic commune, Fela and other members of his commune were arrested; Fela himself suffered a fractured skull as well as other broken bones; a number of women living at Kalakuta were beaten and raped; and his 82-year old mother was thrown from an upstairs window, inflicting injuries that would later prove fatal. The soldiers set fire to the compound and prevented fire fighters from reaching the area. Fela's recording studio, all his master tapes and musical instruments and the only known copy of his self-financed film Black President were destroyed.
After the Kalakuta tragedy, Fela briefly lived in exile in Ghana, returning to Nigeria in 1978. A year later, he formed his own political party, MOP (Movement of the People) and ran for president in two elections, although his campaigning was consistently blocked by the military. As the '80s ended, Fela recorded blistering attacks against Nigeria's corrupt military government.
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti was arrested more than two hundred times in his life, and charged with almost every conceivable crime, although only serving one eighteen month sentence in jail for a currency violation. Despite this constant harassment he continued to live in Nigeria even though, as an icon in the international world of rock and roll, soul, jazz and hip-hop, he could have at any point abandoned Nigeria and led the life of an international music superstar. His death on August 3, 1997 of complications from AIDS deeply affected musicians and fans internationally, as a unique and ineffable musical and sociopolitical voice was lost. In Nigeria one million people attended his funeral. His incredible body of work, almost 70 albums, is now available, through public demand, all over the world.
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A BLENDWERK PRODUCTION
BASED ON JOSEPH ROTH’S 1924 NOVEL
Thursday, September 30th - Sunday, October 31st, Performance Space 122 kicks off their 30th Anniversary Season with the World Premiere of HOTEL SAVOY, commissioned by The Goethe-Institut New York. Imaginative sets, atmospheric light- and sound-scapes, and stunning architecture combine into a rich framework that houses the overlapping realities of the novel, the building, its history, its lingering “employees”, as well as each person who enters.
Hotel Savoy is experienced singly – that is to say, by an audience of one. Visitors enter one-by-one and begin their personal journey through the hotel. Inside they will encounter five real people: the elevator operator, the young maid, the hotel barber, the concierge, and the bartender. These inhabitants, each with their own anecdotes and relationship to the building, act as intermediaries and gatekeepers. They gently guide each audience member into remote corners of the space; and at the same time, they create a customized story and experience for each audience member.
To be sure, this is not a performance predicated on traditional audience participation – there is no pressure for visitors to perform, there is no stage to be thrust upon – rather, audience members can just relax and be themselves as they delight in exploring this peculiar hotel and engaging with the slightly unconventional staff. Each audience member becomes a guest in the Hotel Savoy and in so doing, becomes the main character in an amazing reality that reveals itself exclusively to them.
Dominic Huber is an architect of theatre – that is, he builds spaces that hover between dream and actuality, and creates worlds where fiction, history, and contemporary lives co-mingle. In the 1924 novel Hotel Savoy by Joseph Roth, the hotel is a metaphor for a world out of joint; within the hotel’s convolutions a kaleidoscope of itinerant figures is caught between war and former opulence, Old Europe and the New World, nostalgia and thoughts of revolution. Huber’s Hotel Savoy transforms and evolves with each guest who enters the rarely-visited Goethe-Institut New York at 1014 5th Avenue.
The building that is The Goethe-Institut New York at 1014 5th Avenue in New York City constitutes a sounding board for American-German relations throughout the 20th Century to the present. 1014 5th Avenue is home to a history rich in cultural and international relations, from housing Ambassadors to displaying great works of art to acting as a bridge between the United States and Germany. Against the surreal background of this one-time through-station for German-exiles, visitors are faced with questions about their own heritage in these restless and unanchored times. The Goethe-Institut New York, Performance Space 122 and Dominic Huber welcome audiences to join this history and make an imprint in the majestic spaces of 1014 5th Avenue.
Performance Space 122 is one of New York's ultimate destinations for cutting-edge theatre, dance, music, live art and multi-media. PS122 is dedicated to supporting and presenting artists who explore innovative form and provocative content and who rigorously challenge the boundaries of contemporary performance; PS122 is committed to a steadfast search for pioneering artists from a diversity of cultures, nations and beliefs.
For thirty years, Performance Space 122 has been a hub for contemporary performance and an active member of the East Village, as well as the wider cultural community in N.Y.C. and across the globe. In just the past 5 years, under the curatorial vision of Artistic Director Vallejo Gantner, PS122 has opened the curtain on more than 2,500 performances, welcomed more than 125,000 visitors, and supported the work of more than 2,100 artists, performers, choreographers, playwrights, directors and designers.
Performance Space 122 passionately advocates for U.S. artists in New York and across globe. Our organization and the artists we present are reclaiming their relevance to wider social discourse by engaging artists, audiences and other community leaders in cultural, economic, and environmental debates about what it means to live in contemporary society. www.ps122.org
Your personal journey through the Hotel Savoy will last approximately 60 minutes.
All performances HOTEL SAVOY will take place at the uptown site of the Goethe-Institut, 1014 5th Avenue, NYC, NY 10028.
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BOX OFFICE NOW OPEN
AT MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB'S
SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE
TICKETS ON SALE AT BOX OFFICE
FOR MTC'S UPCOMING BROADWAY PRODUCTIONS OF
THE PITMEN PAINTERS & GOOD PEOPLE
The box office of Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) is now open for the 2010-2011 Broadway season. Single tickets to MTC's upcoming Broadway productions of THE PITMEN PAINTERS and GOOD PEOPLE are available for purchase at the box office.
Tickets for these productions are also on sale via Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200. UPDATE: Get GOOD PEOPLE Tickets
Single tickets to the MTC's 2010-2011 Off-Broadway productions of SPIRIT CONTROL, THE WHIPPING MAN, and CARL'S SISTER will go on sale starting Tuesday, September 7 at New York City Center - Stage I (131 West 55th Street) or at www.NYCityCenter.org or by calling Citytix(r) at (212) 581-1212.
Subscriptions to MTC's 2010-2011 season are currently available by calling (212) 399-3050, Monday - Friday, noon - 10 PM, Saturday 2 PM - 6 PM with a major credit card. Subscriptions are also available online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.
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.
In addition, Donald Margulies' Tony nominated play TIME STANDS STILL, which enjoyed a sold out run at MTC in the spring, will return to Broadway's Cort Theatre this fall.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country's most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past three decades, MTC productions have earned a total of 17 Tony Awards and six Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and an Off-Broadway theatre at New York City Center - Stage I (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include Time Stands Still; The Royal Family; Ruined; The American Plan; Come Back, Little Sheba; Blackbird; Translations; Shining City; Rabbit Hole; Doubt; Proof; The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; Love! Valour! Compassion!; A Small Family Business; Sylvia; Putting It Together; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain't Misbehavin.'
For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com
MAKING HER BROADWAY DEBUT AS “MARIA” BEGINNING TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2010
JOSEFINA SCAGLIONE PLAYS FINAL PERFORMANCE AS “MARIA” SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2010
The producers of the smash hit revival of WEST SIDE STORY announced today that Broadway newcomer Sarah Amengual will be Broadway’s “Maria” beginning Tuesday, September 21, 2010. 2009 Tony Award nominee Josefina Scaglione will play her final performance as “Maria” on Sunday, September 19, 2010. Ms. Amengual follows in this production’s tradition of brining fresh new talent to the role of “Maria.”
Sarah Amengual is making her Broadway debut in WEST SIDE STORY having just graduated from University of Miami with a BFA in Acting, with regional credits that include Les Miserables (Eponine), Parade (Mary Phagan), Ruthless (Tina) and Rent (Mimi).
WEST SIDE STORY currently stars, Matthew Hydzik, Josefina Scaglione, Natalie Cortez, John Arthur Greene, George Akram and Jeremy Jordan, with Steve Bassett, Kyle Brenn, Mike Cannon, Kyle Coffman, Sara Dobbs, Wes Hart, Michael Kleeman, Ron Piretti, Colt Prattes, Manuel Santos, Lee Sellars, Ryan Steele, Greg Vinkler, Mikey Winslow, Mark Zimmerman, Deanna Aguinaga, Shawn Burgess, Isaac Calpito, Haley Carlucci, Jace Coronado, Kristine Covillo, Desirée Davar, Stephen Diaz, Lindsay Dunn, Michael D. Jablonski, Marina Lazzaretto, Renée Marino, Matthew Marks, Mileyka Mateo, Skye Mattox, Kaitlin Mesh, Shina Ann Morris, Angelina Mullins, Kat Nejat, Patrick Ortiz, Pamela Otterson, Waldemar Quinones-Villanueva, Alex Ringler, Sam Rogers, Brendon Stimson, Tanairi Sade Vazquez and Michael Williams.
WEST SIDE STORY is directed by its two-time Tony Award winning librettist Arthur Laurents with the original Jerome Robbins choreography restaged by Tony Award nominee Joey McKneely, and won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. WEST SIDE STORY recouped its $14 million investment after running only 30 weeks (247 performances), and a national touring production launches in Detroit in September 2010, crossing the country to cities including Los Angeles, Orlando, Houston and Atlanta.
Tickets for WEST SIDE STORY at Broadway’s Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway) are on sale at www.ticketmaster.com (212-307-4100) or at the Palace Theatre box office and range from $121.50 - $46.50. WEST SIDE STORY plays Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday - Saturday at 8 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
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