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The journey to the heart of fabulous is about to begin!!

COMPLETE CASTING ANNOUNCED

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE TORONTO FALL 2010

BROADWAY SPRING 2011

Complete casting has been announced for the pre-Broadway North American company of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical, written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott and directed by Simon Phillips.

Olivier Award nominee Tony Sheldon ("Bernadette"), Tony Award® nominee Will Swenson ("Tick"/ "Mitzi") and Nick Adams ("Adam"/"Felicia") star as the trio of friends on a heart-warming, uplifting adventure who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed.

Ashley Spencer ("Diva"), Mike McGowan ("Frank"), Christopher Gurr, Ellyn Marie Marsh and Jeff Metzler complete the cast of the spectacular new stage musical that will begin performances at The Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto for a twelve-week only, pre-Broadway engagement beginning October 12, 2010 and officially opening October 26.

With a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and featuring a score of dance-floor classics, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL is a sensational journey to the heart of fabulous.

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical will open on Broadway in Spring 2011 at a theater to be announced.

Earlier this year PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL won the Best Musical Award, voted for by Whatsonstage.com readers.

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical will also feature C. David Johnson ("Bob"), James Brown III ("Jimmy"), Nathan Lee Graham ("Miss Understanding"), J. Elaine Marcos ("Cynthia"), Jessica Phillips ("Marion"), Steve Schepis ("Farrah"), Keala Settle ("Shirley"), "Divas" Jacqueline Arnold and Anastacia McCleskey and Thom Allison, Kyle Brown, Bryan West, Tad Wilson, Joshua Buscher, Susan Dunstan, David Lopez and Eric Sciotto.

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL, adapted from the Academy Award® winning film "The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert," starring Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce, is written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott.  Direction is by Simon Phillips, choreography is by Ross Coleman, musical supervision and arrangements are by Stephen 'Spud' Murphy and set design is by Brian Thomson. Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner have re-created their Academy Award® winning costume designs, which were originally designed for the film.  Lighting is designed by Nick Schlieper and sound design is by Jonathan Deans. BAFTA Award winning make up design is recreated by Cassie Hanlon.
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL had its world premiere in Sydney in October 2006 and has subsequently wowed audiences and critics alike in Melbourne and New Zealand, becoming the most successful Australian musical of all time.  Following a return Sydney season last year due to popular demand, the London production recently celebrated its first year in the West End at the Palace Theatre.  Along with Toronto and Broadway, further international dates are also in discussion for productions in Brazil, Scandinavia and Germany.
Along with winning the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Costume Design for Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner, the musical was also nominated for Best New Musical and Tony Sheldon was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical.The Evening Standard raved that Priscilla "Takes you out of yourself and into daring places your wildest fantasies might never have dreamed of visiting," and The Daily Telegraph, The Times, Evening Standard, and London Paper all gave the production "Four Stars!"

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL is produced by Liz Koops and Garry McQuinn for Back Row Productions, Michael Hamlyn for Specific Films, Allan Scott Productions, David Mirvish, Roy Furman, Terry Allen Kramer, James L. Nederlander, Terri and Timothy Childs / Ken Greiner / Chip Meyrelles, Bartner Group LLC, Chugg Entertainment, Bruce Davy, Michael Buckley, Stewart F. Lane / Bonnie Comley, Thierry Suc and Volcano Project /TS3.


BIOGRAPHIES

ASHLEY SPENCER (Diva). Broadway credits include Grease "Sandy Dumbrowski" and Hairspray "Amber Von Tussle." Regional - at Pittsburgh CLO: "Ulla" in The Producers, "Nikki Harris" in Curtains, "Eponine" in Les Miserables; at the MUNY: "Amber" in Hairspray. Ashley was a finalist on the reality TV series "Grease You're the One that I Want!"

MIKE McGOWAN (Frank). Broadway:  Ragtime, Grease, The Apple Tree, The Producers. New York: Bernstein's Mass, soloist (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Naxos recording), Thou Swell (Lincoln Center and London's Coliseum), The Body Beautiful (York Theater, recording), Grey Gardens (Playwrights' Horizons), Ringling Bros. (Ringmaster, Madison Square Garden), Macbeth (Macbeth). Regional: Kiss Me Kate at Paper Mill Playhouse-NJ Outstanding Actor in a Musical-and Music Theater of Wichita), Carnival (Goodspeed), Candide (5th Avenue), Master Class (Paper Mill), Jekyll & Hyde (Jekyll/Hyde, Sacramento Music Circus), Wonderful Life, A Little Night Music, Tommy, MUD, Life's a Dream, Cabaret. Film: The Producers.  Television: "The New Electric Company," "Delocated," "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

CHRISTOPHER GURR (Ensemble) recently appeared in the North American tour of Monty Python's Spamalot. Regional performing credits include: Copenhagen, 1776, The Lion in Winter, Twelve Angry Men, Measure for Measure, Ostrovsky's A Family Affair, Candida, Trask & Fenn and The Boys Next Door. Regional directing credits include: Camelot, Die Fledermaus, Guys & Dolls: In Concert with Jeff Tyzik and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Billy Bishop Goes To War, Wesley Middleton's Tomato Plant Girl (director/composer), James Still's Meet Me Incognito (director/composer) and the world premier of José Cruz Gonzáles' Earth Songs. He has been an artistic associate with Geva Theatre in Rochester, NY, The Theatre Building in Chicago, and Metro Theater Company in St. Louis.

ELLYN MARIE MARSH (Ensemble). Broadway, national tours, and regional credits include: Enron, West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Urinetown, Cabaret, Damn Yankees, Grease. 2010 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle award for best Choreography for Tommy.  www.ellynmarsh.com.

JEFF METZLER (Ensemble) made his Broadway debut in 2007 in Mary Poppins. He has also been seen touring across the U.S. with 42nd Street, Fosse and with the Rockettes in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular.  Other credits include North Shore Music Theatre (Camelot, Singin' in the Rain), Walnut St. Theatre (Hello, Dolly!), Gateway Playhouse (42nd Street), Merry Go Round Playhouse and Broadway Theatre Project.  Film: David in The Big Gay Musical.


For tickets, schedule and performance information on the West End and Toronto productions visit:
priscillathemusical.com

It's SINGLES NIGHT at THE 39 STEPS!

The Tony Award winning hit comedy will host a special pre-show party and performance for singles tonight Wednesday, August 18th at 8:00PM

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

Alfred Hitchcock's THE 39 STEPS , Off-Broadway's smash-hit comedy thriller based on the beloved Hitchcock film, is hosting a singles night TONIGHT Wednesday, August 18th.  The evening begins at 7pm with a pre-show reception in New World Stages' Time Out Lounge where ticket buyers will receive one complimentary cocktail.  At 8pm, the hilarious performance begins!  The tickets prices for singles night range from $39-65.

Interested singles should visit www.BroadwayOffers.com and use the code TNPARTY8, call (212) 947-8844 or visit the New World Stages box office (340 West 50th St.)

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.   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.

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.  The production also features Greg Jackson and Jane Pfitsh.

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.

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

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www.39StepsNY.com

BROADWAY'S

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

TO WELCOME ROCK & ROLL ICON

JERRY LEE LEWIS

TO NEDERLANDER THEATRE FRIDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 10

FOR ONE TIME ONLY JAM SESSION

WITH THE CAST OF MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

SPECIAL EDITION OF LEWIS' NEW ALBUM MEAN OLD MAN

TO FEATURE DUET WITH TONY AWARD WINNER LEVI KREIS

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, Broadway's new musical sensation, is thrilled to announce that music legend Jerry Lee Lewis, the last surviving member of the real 'Million Dollar Quartet,' will join the cast of the Tony nominated Best Musical for a special encore during the Friday evening, September 10 performance.

Lewis' brand new album Mean Old Man will be released on September 7 on Verve/Universal Music Enterprises. For the upcoming album, Lewis and MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET's Levi Kreis, who received a 2010 Tony Award(r) for his portrayal of Lewis, have recorded a duet of the classic 1959 song "Money (That's What I Want)." The duet will be included in special limited edition of Mean Old Man that will be sold exclusively at the Nederlander Theatre.

The cast of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET features Eddie Clendening (Elvis Presley), Lance Guest (Johnny Cash), Tony Award(r)  winner Levi Kreis (Jerry Lee Lewis), Robert Britton Lyons (Carl Perkins), Tony Award(r) nominee Hunter Foster (Little Shop of Horrors, Urinetown) and Elizabeth Stanley (Cry-Baby).

On December 4, 1956, an auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley together. The place was Sun Records' storefront studio in Memphis. The man who made it happen was Sam Phillips, the "Father of Rock and Roll," who discovered them all. The four young musicians united for the only time in their careers for an impromptu recording that has come to be known as one of the greatest rock jam sessions of all time.

Inspired by the actual event, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET features a treasure trove of the greatest rock and roll, gospel, R&B and country hits from these musicians, including such iconic songs as "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "Sixteen Tons," "Who Do You Love?," "Great Balls of Fire," "Riders in the Sky," "I Walk the Line," "Folsom Prison Blues," and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On." MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET captures the infectious spirit, freewheeling excitement and thrilling sounds of a singular moment when four of the music industry's most extraordinary talents, all in their creative prime, came together for one of the most memorable nights in music history.

In addition, to Kreis' Tony(r) for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET received Tony nominations for Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical (Colin Escott & Floyd Mutrux). The show received an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Levi Kreis), a Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Musical Revue and three Drama League Nominations including Distinguished Production of a Musical and Distinguished Performance (Lance Guest & Levi Kreis).

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is directed by Eric Schaeffer and features a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux. The design team for Broadway includes: Derek McLane (scenic design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), Jane Greenwood (costume design), Kai Harada (sound design) and Chuck Mead (musical arrangements and supervision).

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is produced by Relevant Theatricals, John Cossette Productions, American Pop Anthology, Broadway Across America, and James L. Nederlander.

The Chicago production of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET opened in 2008 and is still playing to packed houses at the Apollo Theatre, for information about the Chicago production of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, visit www.MillionDollarQuartetLive.com.

TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets for MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET are available online www.TicketMaster.com, by calling 212-307-4100, or by visiting the Nederlander Box Office (208 West 41st Street).

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET's performance schedule is Tuesday at 7PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8PM and Sunday at 7PM. Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2PM and Sunday at 3PM.

BIOGRAPHY
JERRY LEE LEWIS was born to the poor family of Elmo and Mamie Lewis in Ferriday, LA on September 29, 1935; his parents mortgaged the farm when he was 8 to buy him a piano. Jerry Lee Lewis, who is completely self-taught, developed his own ferocious approach to the piano by the age of 10, synthesizing the boogie-woogie sounds he heard on the radio with the Southern-fried R&B emanating from Haney's Big House, a local juke joint owned by his uncle.

After enrolling in, and promptly being expelled from Southwestern Bible College in Waxahatchie, Texas, the siren call of music continued to pull Jerry Lee onto a trajectory that would change the world. Bringing together elements of R&B, boogie-woogie, gospel and country into a sound uniquely his own, Jerry Lee Lewis became an integral part of the emerging rock 'n' roll scene that was usurping and supplanting the big band sounds of popular music.

By 1956, Jerry Lee had found his way into Sam Phillips' fabled Sun Studios, where he cut his first charting single, a revved-up rendition of Ray Price's "Crazy Arms," and worked as an in-house session musician. One day, while playing piano for some Carl Perkins sessions, Jerry Lee became part of an impromptu jam session that included Perkins, Johnny Cash, and a young Elvis Presley. The engineer rolled the tape and that session became the lone recording of the fabled "Million Dollar Quartet."

With the release of Jerry Lee Lewis's "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and "Great Balls of Fire" in 1957, the flamboyant young performer crossed over onto the pop, R&B and country charts and landed on-screen performance roles in the films "High School Confidential" and "Jamboree." When Elvis saw Jerry Lee Lewis perform, he said that, if he could play piano like that, he'd stop singing.

Beginning in 1958, Jerry Lee Lewis's career was plagued by a series of scandals and stories; many well-documented as rock history and legend in books including Nick Tosches' 1982 biography, "Hellfire."  By the mid-1960s, Jerry Lee Lewis had crossed over as a country artist, with 1968's "Another Place, Another Time," becoming a country chart-topper.

Described by Roy Orbison as the best raw performer in the history of rock 'n' roll music, Jerry Lee Lewis became one of the very first inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.  That same year, Jerry Lee went back to Sun Studios in Memphis to record the album "Class of '55" with Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins. "Interviews from the Class of '55 Recording Sessions" earned the 1987 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album. In February 2005, Jerry Lee Lewis was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS). In 2009, Jerry Lee opened two star-studded Madison Square Garden concerts celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The resulting HBO special currently has five Emmy nominations and will be available on DVD later in the year.

Over the course of his career, Jerry Lee Lewis has never stopped touring and is still the incandescent performer who makes every gig a transformative experience.

ABOUT LEWIS' NEW ALBUM MEAN OLD MAN
Mean Old Man is produced by Jim Keltner and Steve Bing; Phoebe Lewis, Jerry Lee's daughter and manager, is the CD's Executive Producer. Mean Old Man will be released by Verve/Universal Music Enterprises on September 7.

Some of the greatest group of sidemen and women ever assembled join Lewis on the Mean Old Man 18-track deluxe and 10-track standard CDs. The following is a list of the tracks and the guest artists on each:

10-track standard
1. "Mean Old Man" with Ronnie Wood (written by Kris Kristofferson)
2. "You Can Have Her" with Eric Clapton/James Burton
3. "Sweet Virginia" with Keith Richards
4. "Rockin My Life Away" with Kid Rock/Slash
5. "Roll Over Beethoven" with Ringo Starr/John Mayer/Jon Brion
6. "Bad Moon Rising" with John Fogerty
7. "Dead Flowers" with Mick Jagger
8. "You Are My Sunshine" with Sheryl Crow/Jon Brion
9. "Whiskey River" with Willie Nelson
10. "Middle Age Crazy" with Tim McGraw/Jon Brion
**Bonus track available at "Million Dollar Quartet" Only: "Money" with Levi Kreis

18-track deluxe
1. "Mean Old Man" with Ronnie Wood (written by Kris Kristofferson)
2. "You Can Have Her" with Eric Clapton/James Burton
3. "Dead Flowers" with Mick Jagger
4. "Middle Age Crazy" with Tim McGraw/Jon Brion
5. "Rockin' My Life Away" with Kid Rock/Slash
6. "You Are My Sunshine" with Sheryl Crow/Jon Brion
7. "Swinging Doors" with Merle Haggard/James Burton
8. "Hold You In My Heart" with Shelby Lynne
9. "I Really Don't Want To Know" with Gillian Welch
10. "Railroad to Heaven" with Solomon Burke
11. "Sweet Virginia" with Keith Richards
12. "Roll Over Beethoven" with Ringo Starr/John Mayer/Jon Brion
13. "Bad Moon Rising" with John Fogerty
14. "Please Release Me" with Gillian Welch
15. "Whiskey River" with Willie Nelson
16. "Sunday Morning Coming Down"
17. "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" with Mavis Staples/Robbie Robertson/Nils Lofgren
18. "Miss The Mississippi and You"

iTunes Bonus track:
"Here Comes That Rainbow" with Shelby Lynne

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www.MillionDollarQuartetLive.com
www.JerryLeeLewis.com

LEAGUE OF PROFESSIONAL THEATRE WOMEN (LPTW)
KICKS OFF THE 2010-2011 SEASON WITH THE FOLLOWING
FALL EVENTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

UPCOMING EVENTS

OCTOBER 4TH CELEBRATES ORAL HISTORY

This fall, the LPTW celebrates Oral History, a project made possible by generous grants from the Edith Meiser Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.  The ongoing Edith Meiser Oral History Project chronicles and documents the contributions of significant theatre women in many fields.  Interviews with such outstanding women are videotaped and housed in the Theatre on Film and Tape Archives at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

On Monday, October 4th at 6pm, producer Elizabeth Ireland McCann will interview Kathleen Turner at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 65th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. Admission is free; reservations are recommended through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. '; document.write(''); document.write(addy_text30763); document.write('<\/a>'); //-->\n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone 888-297-3117.  Past Oral History Projects have featured interviews with Carole Shelley, Marge Champion, Frances Sternhagen, Mary Rodgers, Susan Hilferty, Jennifer von Mayrhauser, Elaine Stritch, Betty Comden, Estelle Parsons, Zoe Caldwell, Jane Alexander, Ruby Dee and Kitty Carlisle Hart.

OCTOBER 18TH MILLY BARRANGER ON CHERYL CRAWFORD

League member and author Milly Barranger has been invited to present her recently published book, A Gamblers Instinct: The Story of Broadway Producer Cheryl Crawford, as part of “Life Upon the Wicked Stage: New Books in the Performing Arts,” a series sponsored by the New York Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.  Ms. Barranger will draw upon the Library’s archive to illustrate her talk on Cheryl Crawford’s adventures in producing – from Tennessee Williams to Lerner and Loewe.

The event is free, and first come, first served on Monday, October 18th at 6 p.m. in the Library’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, 111 Amsterdam Avenue near 65th Street.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9TH AWARDS PRESENTATION LUNCHEON
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, JOSEPHINE ABADY AWARD,
AND LEE REYNOLDS AWARD

The LPTW’s Lifetime Achievement Award honors women exhibiting exemplary service to the theatre.  Past recipients include Dorothy Olim, Betty Comden, Ellen Stewart, Fifi Oscard, Martha Swope, Sylvia Herscher, Rosetta LeNoire and Lucille Lortel, among others.

The Josephine Abady Award honors an emerging director or producer of a work of cultural diversity, who has worked professionally in the theatre for a period of at least five years.  Past recipients of this award include Evelyn Collins, founder and director of the Harlem Ensemble Company; Debra Ann Byrd, founder and producing artistic director of Take Wing and Soar Productions, Inc.; and directors Gisela Cardenas and Tamilla Woodard.

The Lee Reynolds Award annually honors women active in any aspect of theatre whose work for, in, about or through the medium of theatre has helped illuminate the possibilities for social, cultural or political change.  Karen Finley, Caridad Svich, Emily Mann, Estelle Parsons, Lynne Meadow, Marlo Thomas, Ruby Dee, Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford, Betty Corwin and Harriet Slaughter are past recipients.

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

ABOUT THE LPTW

In the early 1980’s several professional theatre women emerged from a meeting of The American Theatre Conference (ACT) in San Diego dismayed by the lack of opportunities for women in the theatre, especially in the commercial New York theatre world.  These commercial artists assembled a 10-woman steering committee, comprised of professional designers, directors, managers, producers, and press agents, which in 1982 became the first Board of Trustees of the League of Professional Theatre Women. Incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1986, today the League boasts a national and international membership numbering in the hundreds and comprised of both established professionals and those just starting out in their theatrical careers.

The League’s original goals were, as they remain today, to promote women in all areas of professional theatre, to create industry related opportunities for women, and to provide an ongoing forum for ideas, methods, and issues of concern to the theatrical community and its audiences.  These goals are accomplished through the offering of seminars, educational programs, social events, awards and festivals.  These, as well as various League publications, continue to serve as links between professionals in every variety of theatrical pursuit, including university and community theatre wherever it exists.

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

The Public Theater

Extends

The Critically Acclaimed

GATZ

By Elevator Repair Service

Text: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Directed by John Collins

Performances Begin Sunday, September 26
With A Two Week Extension Through
Sunday, November 14

Single Tickets For This Theatrical Event
Go On Sale Tuesday, August 24

August 17, 2010 – The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Andrew D. Hamingson) announced today that it would extend GATZ, the critically acclaimed theatrical adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, by two weeks due to extraordinary demand. Performances haven’t even begun yet for this highly-anticipated show created by Elevator Repair Service and directed by John CollinsGATZ will begin previews on Sunday, September 26 and run through Sunday, November 14 with an official press opening on Wednesday, October 6. Single tickets go on sale on Tuesday, August 24.

One morning in the office of a mysterious small business, an employee finds a copy of The Great Gatsby in the clutter of his desk. He starts to read it out loud, and doesn’t stop.  At first his coworkers hardly notice. But after a series of strange coincidences, it’s no longer clear whether he’s reading the book or the book is transforming him. GATZ is a theatrical and literary tour de force, not a retelling of the Gatsby story but an enactment of the novel itself.  Over the course of a single 6 1/2 hour production, Fitzgerald’s American masterpiece is delivered word for word, startlingly brought to life by a low-rent office staff in the midst of their inscrutable business operations.

“Elevator Repair Service is one of our most brilliant and imaginative American theater companies, and GATZ is a miraculous creation,” said Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis.The Public is proud to be presenting this extraordinary theatrical experience, a thrilling meditation on the American dream. This is one of the landmark productions of the last decade; we will be talking about it for decades to come.”

GATZ was created and developed by its ensemble, which includes Laurena Allan (Myrtle), Jim Fletcher (Jim), Ross Fletcher (Henry C. Gatz), Mike Iveson (Ewing), Vin Knight (Chester), Aaron Landsman (George), Annie McNamara (Catherine), Kate Scelsa (Lucille), Scott Shepherd (Nick), Susie Sokol (Jordan), Victoria Vazquez (Daisy), Ben Williams (Michaelis), and Gary Wilmes (Tom).

GATZ features scenic design by Louisa Thompson, costume design by Colleen Werthmann, lighting design by Mark Barton, and sound design by Ben Williams.

JOHN COLLINS (Director) founded Elevator Repair Service with his first production, Mr. Antipyrine, Fire Extinguisher. In the 18 years since, he has directed or co-directed all of the company’s shows. From 1993 to 2006 he worked for The Wooster Group as a sound designer, receiving two Drama Desk nominations and two Bessie Awards. As a lighting designer, he won a Bessie Award for his design of Elevator Repair Service’s Room Tone.

LAURENA ALLAN (Myrtle) has performed extensively in downtown New York.  She performed internationally as Wife in Richard Maxwell’s House and is the creator of “Laurena’s Pancake Party.”

JIM FLETCHER (Jim) performed in Elevator Repair Service’s The Sound and the Fury (tour). He has performed in many Richard Maxwell productions and with the New York City Players. He also works with the English theater group Forced Entertainment.

ROSS FLETCHER (Henry C. Gatz) is the Chief of Staff of Washington, D.C.’s VA Medical Center. Gatz is his first show with Elevator Repair Service.

MIKE IVESON (Ewing) previously appeared in the Elevator Repair Service productions of The Sun Also Rises and The Sound and the Fury. His other credits include Richard Maxwell’s Ode to the Man Who Kneels, Sarah Michelson’s Dover Beach, Sibyl Kempson’s Crime or Emergency, and Erin Courtney’s Black Cat Lost.

VIN KNIGHT (Chester) appeared in the Elevator Repair Service productions of The Sun Also Rises, The Sound and the Fury, and No Great Society. His other credits include The Temperamentals, The Butcherhouse Chronicles, Go-Go Kitty, GO!, and Ted Kaczynski Killed People With Bombs.

AARON LANDSMAN (George) has been a member of Elevator Repair Service since 2004 and previously appeared in their production of The Sound and the Fury. He has also been seen in New York in American Treasure, Cowboys & Indians, and The Florida Project.

ANNIE MCNAMARA (Catherine) appeared in Elevator Repair Service’s The Sound and the Fury. Her recent credits in New York include That Pretty Pretty, or, The Rape Play; Port Authority Throw Down; and God’s Ear.

KATE SCELSA (Lucille) appeared in Elevator Repair Service’s The Sun Also Rises, The Sound and the Fury, and Show of Shows. Her New York stage appearances include Can I Help You (Chashama), and Say Uncle! at the Soho Playhouse.

SCOTT SHEPHERD (Nick) returns to The Public, where he played the title role in The Wooster Group’s Hamlet. His credits with Elevator Repair Service include McGurk: A Cautionary Tale, Shut Up I Tell You (I Said Shut Up I Tell You), Cab Legs, Total Fictional Lie, No Great Society, and The Sun Also Rises. He won Bessie and OBIE awards for his performance in The Wooster Group’s Poor Theater.

SUSIE SOKOL (Jordan) has been a member of Elevator Repair Service since 1992 and has appeared in all ERS productions since 1993. She has also collaborated with theater artists Katherine Profeta and Sibyl Kempson.

VICTORIA VAZQUEZ (Daisy) has been a member of ERS since 1996 and has appeared in The Sound and the Fury, Total Fictional Lie, and Cab Legs. Other credits include: Richard Maxwell’s Caveman, People Without History, Das Maedchen and Young Jean Lee’s, PULLMAN, WA.

BEN WILLIAMS (Michaelis) appeared in Elevator Repair Service’s The Sun Also Rises, The Sound and the Fury, and No Great Society. His other recent projects include Walse-Fantasie with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Julia Jarcho’s American Treasure.

GARY WILMES (Tom) won an Obie for his performance in Adam Rapp’s Red Light Winter. His other New York credits include Henry IV, Part 1; Boxing 2000; House; Brace Up!; Bad Boy Nietzsche; and Hotel Fuck.

ELEVATOR REPAIR SERVICE, a theater ensemble, was founded by director John Collins and a group of actors in 1991. Since that time, ERS has built a body of highly acclaimed work and has appeared on stages in downtown New York and across the U.S. and Europe. ERS shows are built around a broad range of subject matter including literary, dramatic and cinematic forms. They combine elements of hi-tech and lo-tech design, vaudeville, both literary and found text, found objects and discarded furniture, and the group’s own highly developed style of choreography. The company has generated a repertoire that includes 14 original full-length pieces and several short pieces and workshop productions. Their newest piece, The Sun Also Rises (The Select) had its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2010, its US premiere at the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival in September 2010, and will be seen at New York Theatre Workshop next year.

Since its 2006 premiere at the Kunsten Festival des Arts in Brussels, GATZ has been seen on 18 stages, including at the American Repertory Theater (Boston, 2010), Sydney Opera House (2009), Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (2008), Vienna Festival (2007), The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, 2006), and The Holland Festival (2006). Awards include Zürcher Theater Spektakel ZKB-Acknowledgement Prize (2006), and Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Visiting Production, Outstanding Director - John Collins, and Outstanding Actor - Scott Shepherd (2010).

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

TICKET INFORMATION

Marathon performance tickets for GATZ begin at $150. Single tickets go on sale Tuesday, August 24 at (212) 967-7555, www.publictheater.org, or in person at The Public Theater box office. GATZ begins performances on Sunday, September 26 and has been extended to Sunday, November 14.

GATZ will be presented as a marathon theatrical event, with two intermissions and a dinner break, four times per week. Performances begin with Acts 1 & 2 (Chapters 1-5) on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.; they resume after a dinner break with Acts 3 & 4 (Chapters 6-9) on Wednesday, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m.

There is no performance on Wednesday, October 13 and an added performance on Monday, October 11, beginning at 3 p.m. and resuming at 8 p.m.

The Public Theater launched the Anniversary Membership Campaign this year in honor of The Public Theater’s 55th Anniversary Season. For an annual tax-deductible donation of $55, patrons can purchase tickets to shows throughout the season for the low member price of $40 or less. Member tickets are on sale now.

The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street. For more information, visit www.publictheater.org.

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The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for

The Public Theater’s year-round activities.

The Public’s 2010-2011 downtown season is made possible with the generous support of both The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation and The Ian Madover and Arielle Tepper Madover Family Foundation.

Time Warner is the Supporting Sponsor of The Public’s 2010-2011 season.

Bank of America is the proud Season Sponsor of Shakespeare in the Park.

Major support for The Public Theater is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Shubert Foundation, the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Susan Stein Shiva Foundation, the George T. Delacorte Fund at the New York Community Trust—Fund for Performances at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, and by Warren Spector and Margaret Whitton.

Additional generous support is provided by Apollo Management, the Horace W.

Goldsmith Foundation, The Shen Family Foundation, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

New York Magazine is the official print and online sponsor of The Public Theater’s 2010-2011 downtown season.

Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; and the National Endowment for the Arts, an independent federal agency.

Special thanks to Continental Airlines, the official airline of The Public Theater.

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P

PRINCIPAL CAST CHANGES ANNOUNCED FOR
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

THE LONGEST-RUNNING SHOW IN BROADWAY HISTORY
HUGH PANARO
TO RETURN AS BROADWAY’S
“MAN BEHIND THE MASK”
&
SARA JEAN FORD
TO TAKE OVER THE ROLE OF CHRISTINE
BOTH BEGINNING TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

Broadway’s Box Office Phenomenon now in its 23rd Yearwith over 9,300 Performances and no end in sight

Principal cast changes have been announced for the Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, the longest-running show in Broadway history.  Produced by Cameron Mackintosh/Really Useful Group, Inc. and directed by Harold Prince, the musical is in its phenomenal 23rd year in New York, playing at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street).

Broadway favorite Hugh Panaro will return to the title role starting Tuesday evening, September 7. Mr. Panaro has a long association with PHANTOM and is one of the few actors to have been cast as both The Phantom and Raoul in the Broadway production. He first joined the New York cast in December 1990 as Raoul, a role he would play for over two years and more than 900 performances.  In February 1999 he was invited to take over the title role, which he played to rave reviews.  With over 1,000 performances as The Phantom, he’s so far performed in over 2,000 performances of the Broadway production.

Former PHANTOM National Tour star Sara Jean Ford will take over the leading role of Christine in the Broadway production, also beginning performances Tuesday evening, September 7.  Ms. Ford originally made her PHANTOM (and Broadway) debut with the New York Company in March 2007 as the Mirror Bride and covering the role of Christine.  In September 2007 she took over the role of Christine on the National Tour, playing it for nearly a year.

Mr. Panaro was the tenth of the twelve men cast as Broadway’s “Man Behind the Mask.”  Ms. Ford is the fourteeth actress to be cast as Christine in the New York production.

A long-time romantic lead on Broadway, Hugh Panaro’s other credits include the title role in Lestat, Buddy in Side Show, Gaylord Ravenal in Harold Prince’s production of Showboat, Julian in The Red Shoes, Marius in the original production of Les Misérables and the title role in the American premiere of the Cameron Mackintosh production of Martin Guerre.  An in-demand performer with symphony orchestras around the world (including touring Europe with Barbara Streisand), he’s also worked in Regional productions across the country.  His work at Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre won him a Barrymore Award for his starring performance as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables and a second nomination for his performance as Fagin in Oliver!.

Sara Jean Ford’s other Broadway credits include the current Broadway revival of A Little Night Music as Mrs. Anderson (Anne/Petra cover) and Finian’s Rainbow as Arlene (Sharon cover). Off-Broadway, she starred as Louisa in the new production of The Fantasticks and can be heard on the original revival cast recording. She’s appeared in Wicked inChicago (Glinda/Nessarosecover), as June in Anyone Can Whistle at City Center for Encores! and originated the role of Nellie Oleson in the national tour of Little House on the Prairie–The Musical.

Mr. Panaro and Ms. Ford succeed two acclaimed, veteran PHANTOM stars:

Mr. Panaro succeeds John Cudia, who also boasts a long history with the musical.  He first joined the National Tour in December 1999 and quickly took over the role of Raoul (two years on tour and two and a half years on Broadway), a role that on many occasions in New York he played opposite Mr. Panaro’s Phantom. Mr. Cudia would go on to establish himself as a critically-acclaimed Phantom, first with the National Tour (over 900 performances) and then on Broadway (over 450 performances).

Ms. Ford succeeds Jennifer Hope Wills, who’s played Christine both on Broadway and with the National Tour.  She first joined the New York Company in April 2006 as the Christine Alternate.  That summer she was invited to play Christine on tour before taking over as the Broadway production’s leading lady in December 2006.  Since that time, the popular performer has gone on to play the role over 850 times for New York audiences.

Mr. Cudia and Ms. Wills will together play their final performance on Saturday evening, September 4.

Continuing in their roles with the New York Company are Ryan Silverman (Raoul), George Lee Andrews (Monsieur André), David Cryer (Monsieur Firmin), Patricia Phillips (Carlotta), Cristin J. Hubbard (Madame Giry), Evan Harrington (Piangi) and Heather McFadden (Meg Giry). At certain performances, Marni Raab plays Christine.  Mr. Andrews is an original Broadway cast member of PHANTOM and in 2006 was recognized by Guinness World Records as the inaugural record-holder for the performer with the longest time in the same Broadway show – a record he still holds and continues to add to with each performance.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA became the longest-running show in Broadway history on January 9, 2006, when it played performance #7486, surpassing the record run of Cats.  Incredibly, since breaking that record, the production has played both an additional 4½ years and an additional 1,900 performances.  During this time, it’s also become the first and only show in Broadway history to play milestone performances 8,000 and 9,000 and celebrate its 18th through 22nd Anniversaries.

Now in its unprecedented 23rd Year, the Broadway production remains a box office camp and continues to play with no end in sight.

In addition to its longevity records, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is also the most successful stage musical of all time, with worldwide grosses to date estimated in excess of $5 billion (far surpassing the highest-grossing film of all time, Avatar, which has grossed $2.7 billion worldwide).  The winner of 7 1988 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the New York production has played over 9,300 performances, been seen by nearly 14 million people and grossed over $780 million.

Worldwide, over 65,000 performances have been seen by 100 million people in 27 countries and 144 cities.  There are currently seven productions around the world: London, New York, Budapest (Hungary), Nagoya (Japan), Seoul (Korea), the U.S. National Tour (which concludes its record-breaking run in November 2010) and a revised production in Las Vegas at The Venetian.  The original cast-recording, with over 40 million copies sold worldwide, is the best-selling cast recording of all time.

Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it.  He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is directed by Harold Prince.  Lyrics are by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe) and the book is by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber.  THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has production design by the late Maria Björnson, lighting by Andrew Bridge and sound design by Mick Potter with original sound by Martin Levan.  Musical staging and choreography is by Gillian Lynne.  Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The performance schedule for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is Monday evenings at 8PM, Tuesday evenings at 7PM, Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8PM, with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2PM.  Ticket prices range from $26.50 - $121.50 with Premium Tickets also available.  To order tickets visit telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200.

www.thephantomoftheopera.com

www.phantombroadway.com

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PLATINUM

A NEW VERSION OF THE 1978 BROADWAY MUSICAL

AT THE

NY INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL

BEGINS PERFORMANCES TODAY

 

The new developmental production of Platinum (www.PlatinumTheMusical.com) starring Donna Bullock (Ragtime, City of Angels, A Class Act) will play the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street) as part of the 2010 NY International Fringe Festival. UnsungMusicalsCo. Inc. presents the musical, which will play the following times:

 

-Tuesday, August 17 at 5 PM

-Wednesday, August 18 at 7:15 PM

-Thursday, August 19 at 11:30 PM

-Friday, August 20 at 2 PM

-Saturday, August 21 at 9:15 PM

 

Sarah Litzsinger (Beauty and the Beast, Amour), Bruce Sabath (Company), Wayne Wilcox (Coram Boy) and Jay Wilkison (Rent) complete the cast.

 

With book by Tony Award nominee Will Holt and Emmy Award winner Bruce Vilanch, music by Tony Award nominee Gary William Friedman and lyrics by Mr. Holt, this new version features revisions and direction by Ben West (How Now, Dow Jones).

 

An electrifying story of ambition and survival, Platinum follows Lila Halliday (Bullock), a dazzling Hollywood legend trying to make a comeback in the explosive music industry of the 1970s. Determined to reignite her career, she turns to rock star Dan Riley (Wilkison) and finds herself falling for him as they both fight to stay in the game.

 

Tickets for Platinum are available via www.FringeNYC.org or by calling 866-468-7619. For more information, visit: www.PlatinumTheMusical.com.

 

This new one-act version of Platinum will be performed by a cast of five and feature two new songs (“This One’s for Me”, “Moments”), with four other musical numbers and eight characters having been eliminated. The production is choreographed by Rommy Sandhu (How Now, Dow Jones, Mary Poppins) with musical arrangements by Mr. Friedman (“The Electric Company”) and musical direction by Fran Minarik (Sessions, The J.A.P. Show).

 

Said director Ben West: "Platinum is an extraordinary project on which I began working four years ago. In addition to focusing the story, we have redefined the musical language of the show by eliminating four songs and adding two new numbers, one which was cut prior to and another which was written after the original run. The time has also shifted to 1976, the year in which the Recording Industry began issuing platinum certifications. With its unique concept and its exhilarating original material, I am thrilled to be further developing this project as part of the New York International Fringe Festival and look forward to returning Platinum to the stage."

 

The original Broadway production of Platinum opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on November 12, 1978 starring Alexis Smith under the direction of Joe Layton. The production played 33 performances and received two Tony Award nominations for Smith and co-star Richard Cox. It has not been seen since. An earlier version titled Sunset was directed and choreographed by Tommy Tune at the Studio Arena Theatre in 1977. The authors, Holt and Friedman, revisited their original Sunset in 1983 at the Village Gate. The cabaret production starred Tammy Grimes.

 

 

DONNA BULLOCK most recently played Leanne in Jeffrey Sweet’s “Flyovers” and Essie in Take Me Along at the Irish Rep. On Broadway she played Mother in Ragtime (Jefferson Award - Chicago production), Lucy in A Class Act (Ovation Nomination - L.A. production) and Bobbie/Gabby in City of Angels. Some other random theatrical favorites include “Rabbit Hole” at the Huntington in Boston, “Foxfire” with Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, “Sweet Bird of Youth” with Lauren Bacall (both at the Ahmanson in L.A.), “Terra Nova” - Mark Taper Forum), “Me and My Girl” opposite Tim Curry (1st Nat. tour), “Top Girls” at the Public Theater (Obie Award), “Portrait Of Jennie,” Julie Taymor’s “Liberty’s Taken” and Beatrice to her husband, Sherman Howard’s, Benedick in “Much Ado About Nothing” at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. In addition to numerous television appearances (“Monk,” “Medium,” “Six Feet Under,” “Smallville,” “Frasier,” “Touched by an Angel” to name a few), Donna starred in the brief but critically acclaimed NBC series, "Against the Grain." She was also featured in Wolfgang Peterson's “Air Force One” and “Girl Next Door.”

 

SARAH LITZSINGER is Broadway's longest running Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Other Broadway credits include Marilyn: An American Fable, Oliver!, Les Miserables and Amour. Sarah also played Eva Peron in the 25th anniversary tour of Evita and starred as the Narrator opposite Donny Osmond in Joseph.... Some of her other favorite roles are: Cathy in The Last 5 Years, Susan in Tick, Tick...Boom! and Cordelia in Falsettos (George Street Playhouse). Sarah is also the recipient of the 2007 Breakout Award at the HBO Aspen comedy Festival (for her comedy act she wrote and starred in with partner, Kate Reinders). She also performed this act at the TBS Comedy Festival at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas in 2008.

 

BRUCE SABATH Broadway: Larry in Company (2007 Tony® Award - Best Revival). New York: Jerusalem Syndrome (NYMF, American Musical Award), Prince Hal (title role, OOBR Award), The Tempest (Storm Theatre), Fleet Week (Best Musical, FringeNYC), Titanic: The Musical in Concert. Regional/Tour: Frost/Nixon (as Nixon. Caldwell Theatre, Southeast regional premiere), Company (Cincinnati Playhouse), Brookyn Boy (Florida Studio Theatre, Handy® Award), Imaginary Invalid, Lost in Yonkers (Schoolhouse Theater), Cabaret (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), Gypsy (Forestburgh Playhouse), Chicago, Jekyll & Hyde, 1776 (WV Public), Victor/Victoria National Tour. Graduate of Harvard, Wharton and the William Esper Studio. www.BruceSabath.com.

 

WAYNE WILCOX Broadway/New York Theater: Coram Boy, Suddenly, Last Summer (Roundabout Theater), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (New World Stages), A Man Of No Importance (Lincoln Center Theater). Theater Favorites: The Importance of Being Earnest (Paper Mill Playhouse), The Full Monty (Paper Mill Playhouse, Best Actor in a Lead Role-Musical, Award), The Last Five Years (Philadelphia Theater Company), The Sisters Rosensweig (George Street Playhouse).  Film/TV: Rent, Interview, “The Gilmore Girls”, “Law and Order”.

 

JAY WILKISON Broadway - Rent (Roger), National Tour - Rent; TV/FILM - Rabbit Hole, Perfect Stranger, “Nurse Jackie”, “Rescue Me”, “Law & Order”, “One Life To Live” (Riley Colson) & Rent (Filmed Live On Broadway).

 

WILL HOLT Broadway: Come Summer (Agnes de Mille, Ray Bolger), The Me Nobody Knows (Gary William Friedman; Tony nomination, Drama Desk and Obie Awards), Over Here! (The Andrews Sisters; Tony nomination, Best Musical), Me and Bessie (Linda Hopkins), Music Is (George Abbott), Platinum (Alexis Smith). Off-Broadway: Taking My Turn (Outer Critics’ Circle Award; PBS Great Performances Series), Signs Along the Cynic Route, That Five A.M. Jazz, A Kurt Weill Cabaret. Other work: A Walk on the Wild Side (L.A. Dramalogue Award), Jack (Goodspeed Theater). Mr. Holt is a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild.

 

BRUCE VILANCH has written for the Oscars, the Emmys, the Tonys and the Grammys, winning six Emmy Awards in the process. He has starred on Broadway in Hairspray and has graced the cover of his book, Bruce! My Adventures in the Skin Trade and Other Essays, and his documentary, Get Bruce! He is also appeared on “Hollywood Squares” for four seasons and in his one-man show as well as “It Nearly Wasn't Christmas”, “The Morning After”, “Bosom Buddies”, “The Ice Pirates” and “Call Me Claus”. He devotes endless hours working with such charitable organizations as the Anti-Defamation League, National Foundation for Jewish Culture and numerous AIDS organizations.

 

GARY WILLIAM FRIEDMAN is the composer of the Tony nominated, Obie Award winning musical The Me Nobody Knows. Other musical theater credits include the Outer Critics’ Circle Award winning musical Taking My Turn (presented on PBS Television's Great Performances Series). Friedman’s symphonic works have been commissioned and performed by orchestras and festivals nationwide. Colloquy, a debut CD of his classical works, was released last fall. Friedman’s music also spans the genres of film scoring and television, where he served as Music Director for T.V.'s "The Electric Company", writing many songs including the popular "Spider Man Theme Song". He has written the arrangements for, and co-produced several critically-acclaimed jazz recordings by vocalist Stevie Holland.

 

BEN WEST NY Int’l Fringe Festival: How Now, Dow Jones, Minetta Lane Theatre (FringeNYC Excellence Award). Readings: Trav’lin, York Theatre Company. Other NY: Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter, Triad Theatre. Broadway: Old Acquaintance, assistant director and dramaturg; August: Osage County and The Homecoming, assistant producer. Assistant directing credits include the Ravinia Festival production of Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, Gunmetal Blues starring Alison Fraser and the premieres of David Grimm’s Chick: The Great Osram, Neil Sedaka’s Breaking Up is Hard to Do and Mary Pat Gleason’s Stopping Traffic. He is the artistic director of UnsungMusicalsCo. Inc.

 

ROMMY SANDHU has been choreographing and performing across the country for over 15 years. Recent choreography: How Now, Dow Jones (FringeNYC), Encores! Applause (Assoc. to K. Marshall), ...Tom Sawyer (Assoc. to D. Marquez), The Ark (Assoc. to R. Roderick), Breaking Up is Hard to Do (Assoc. to L. Shriver), Ragtime, The Pajama Game, NYC 2012 (Asst. to K. Marshall), Fascinatin’ Rhythm (Assoc. to D. Marquez), Maury Yeston’s Hans Christian Anderson (Assoc. to G. Thacher); pre-Broadway workshops: Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Billy Joel Songbook Musical. Performing: Dance Captain for S. Stroman, K. Marshall and M. Bourne appearing on Broadway in Mary Poppins, Bombay Dreams, Oklahoma!, among others.

 

FRAN MINARIK has appeared on-stage accompanying Jackie Hoffman in The J.A.P. Show. His music has recently been heard in the documentaries The Making of “The Boys in the Band” and When Ocean Meets Sky and in the short film The Rub. His recent Musical Direction/Conducting credits include the Broadway production of In My Life (Associate Conductor), How Now, Dow Jones, Sessions, My Way and Smokey Joe’s Cafe at the Lyric Theatre and 1776 at Ford’s Theatre. He orchestrated the opening for Broadway Bares XII: A Comic Strip and appeared with Susan Lucci on “All My Children”.

 

UNSUNGMUSICALSCO. INC. (Ben West, Artistic Director) is a not-for-profit production company dedicated to the preservation of musical theatre through the presentation of infrequently performed works. Focusing primarily on overlooked projects from the Golden Age, both hits and substantive misses, UMC treats each property as a new musical thereby providing a unique collaboration between the artists of today and those of the past. Current projects include new productions of Platinum, Lend an Ear and the critically acclaimed How Now, Dow Jones, the new version of which is available for licensing through Samuel French, Inc.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010 12:07

Broadway Theatre Listings

Mint Theater’s EnrichMINT Events Series Featuring Professor Christopher Morash of the National University of Ireland

The Drama Desk, Lortel and Obie Award-winning Mint Theater Company is pleased to announce the newest entries in its lineup of EnrichMINT Events, an exciting series of post and pre-show discussions throughout the Mint's current US premiere of Teresa Deevy’s Wife To James Whelan.  All of the EnrichMINT Events are free and open to the public. The new EnrichMINT Events are hosted by Professor Christopher Morash and include:

Thursday, August 19th (following the 7 PM performance)

“NO USE FOR MY WORK”: DEEVY AND IRELAND’S ABBEY THEATRE

Deevy had a very fruitful relationship with the Abbey, up until the time they declined to produce Wife to James Whelan. This discussion will explore that relationship, and it’s ending.

Saturday, August 21st, 11:30 – 12:45 PM (before the matinee)

“ON THE OUTSIDE: TERESA DEEVY AND IRISH THEATRE”

A special pre-show EnrichMint Event: Enhance your enjoyment of the play by attending Dr. Morash’s pre-show talk. Dr. Morash will also take questions after the performance.

Sunday, August 22nd (following the 2 PM matinee)

“OH, YOU’RE A WILD CREATURE”: TERESA DEEVY’S WOMEN

Deevy created some of the most remarkable female characters in the Irish Drama: in Katie Roche, King of Spain’s Daughter and In Search of Valour. This talk will explore their “wild” behavior!

Professor Christopher Morash is the Head of the School of English, Drama and Media Studies at National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He is the author of A History of Irish Theatre 1601- 2000, winner of the 2002 Theater Book Prize. Chris recently published A History of the Media in Ireland, commissioned by Cambridge University Press.

The US premiere of Teresa Deevy’s Wife To James Whelan is the first play of the Mint Theater Company’s 2010-‘11 season.  Mint Artistic Director Jonathan Bank directs a cast that includes Rosie Benton (Accent on Youth), Janie Brookshire (The Philanthropist), Shawn Fagan, Jon Fletcher, Jeremy S. Holm, Thomas Matthew Kelley, Aidan Redmond and Liv Rooth (Is He Dead?). Wife To James Whelan has scenic design by Vicki R. Davis, costume design by Martha Halley, lighting design by Nicole Pearce and sound design by Jane Shaw. This Off-Broadway engagement began July 29th and will continue through September 26th with Opening Night set for August 23rd (8pm). Wife To James Whelan will be the first of two plays by Deevy produced by the Mint over the next two years — phase one of Mint’s ambitious “Teresa Deevy Project” which will also include readings, recordings and publications.  Deevy’s prize-winning play Temporal Powers will follow in 2012.

Performances for Wife to James Whelan are Tuesday through Thursday at 7 PM, Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM, and Sunday at 2 PM. Tickets are $55.  All performances take place on the Third Floor of 311 West 43rd Street. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 212/315-0231 or visit www.minttheater.org.



Colby Day in Association with Burton T. Frey Jr. presents

Ghost of Dracula


Directed by Daniel Johnsen

Written by Kenneth Molloy, based on characters created by Bram Stoker
Assistant Director: Zealan Salemi
Composer: Sydney Matthews
Lighting Designer: T. Rick Hayashi
Costume Designer: Meagan Kensil
Fight Choreographer: Seth Bridges
Featuring
Michael Donaldson - Renfield
Eric J. Krueger - Van Helsing
Keilly McQuail - Mina Lucy
Alex Mills - Ghost of Dracula
Eric Williams - Jonathan Harker
JR Yussuf - Various Video Roles
Photo Credit - Jesse Dittmar
Design Credit - Colby Day

The bastard child of "Dracula" and "The Breakfast Club," with a lot more blood, and music. There's sex, rocket propelled grenades, and piss made of holy water. There's also a ghost vampire, or vampire ghost. Interchangeable terms? I don't know.
Fans of horror and teen comedies will see a raucous and laugh out loud pairing of the genres in Ghost of Dracula. With a unique young voice at its helm (age 21), the show makes even school yard death threats and hard drug addictions hilarious. It opens Friday the 13th for a reason!
The Ghost of Dracula lives, rising from the ashes of his demise like a phoenix. That is, if a phoenix were the most heinously evil force to ever set foot on God’s Earth, determined to take over the world one Transylvanian High School at a time. Nytheatre.com says the show "deserves an award for most appropriate use of multimedia and funniest incarnation of Dracula yet." New York theater goers are screaming, “Yes please!” for Ghost of Dracula.
The New York International Fringe Festival

The Connelly Theatre  (Fringe Venue #2)
220 E. 4th Street. (Avenues A and B)
L train to 1st Avenue. F train to 2nd Avenue

August 2010 Show Schedule


Friday 13th 7:30 pm
Saturday 14th 5:15 pm
Wednesday 18th 10:45 pm
Tuesday 24th 8:30 pm
Sunday 29th 2 pm

Tickets online $15.00, $18.00 at The Connelly Box Office
All Dates http://www.fringenyc.org/basic_page.php?ltr=G#Ghosto
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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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More... Cinderella, Rodgers and Hammerstein's    

Cinderella, Rodgers and Hammerstein's

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…

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More... A Night with Janice Joplin    

A Night with Janice Joplin

  Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin (Mary Bridget Davies) exploded onto the music scene in 1967 for three incredible years, reigning as the…

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Pippin

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,…

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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…

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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…

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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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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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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…

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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…

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Mothers and Sons

Tackling national themes in the most intimate of settings, Mothers and Sons is Terrence McNally at his most uncompromising, compassionate and revealing. Twenty years after her son's death, a mother…

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More... Newsies    

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…

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More... Waiting for Godot    

Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett’s most popular play worldwide, follows two consecutive days in the lives of Vladimir (Patrick Stewart) and Estragon (Ian McKellen), who divert themselves by clowning around,…

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More... After Midnight    

After Midnight

The evocative new musical After Midnight will take the sexy, smoky glamour of the original Jazz Age and catapult it into a whole new era of heart-pounding, mind-blowing entertainment for…

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Violet

Two-time Tony Award® winner Sutton Foster returns to Roundabout in the highly anticipated Broadway debut of the musical Violet, following the acclaimed concert performance at City Center Encores! Off-Center. Winner…

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More... Rocky    

Rocky

Somewhere in downtown Philadelphia, a down-and-out fighter named Rocky Balboa struggles to stay on his feet. But when the chance of a lifetime comes along, he takes his best shot…

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More... If / Then    

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…

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Cabaret

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…

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More... A Raisin in the Sun    

A Raisin in the Sun

Set on Chicago’s South Side, A Raisin in the Sun revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee (Denzel Washington), his…

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More... Lion King    

Lion King

Julie Taymor's acclaimed staging of the Disney animated film has been hailed as a Broadway landmark. The story focuses on a young lion cub's personal journey toward his destiny as…

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