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Andrew C. McGibbon

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, The site was subsequently bought by, and became He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for 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.

Mr. McGibbon is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Independent Theatre Bloggers Association, AEA and AFTRA.

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


Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show”
visits The 39 Steps tomorrow!

Comedy writers Kevin Bleyer & Elliott Kalan to host a special post-show talk back.

Wednesday, September 8th
“This delicious deconstruction of Hitchcock’s classic film has been happily re-incarnated Off Broadway.”

New York Times

On Wednesday, September 8th, comedy writers Kevin Bleyer and Elliott Kalan from Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” will host a special post-show talk back with the cast of THE 39 STEPS.  The talkback is open to all ticket holders and will take place immediately following the evening performance.  39 tickets are available for $39 for tomorrow’s performance.

Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS hosts an ongoing talk back series with comedians, novelists, journalists, Hitchcock aficionados and many more.  In addition to Kevin Bleyer and Elliott Kalan on Wednesday, September 8 author TOM SANTOPIETRO will host on Monday, September 20. 

Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS is currently playing at the New World Stages/ Stage 1 (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues).

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

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


“The Daily Show”

KEVIN BLEYER – September 8

Kevin is an Emmy Award-winning writer for "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  Previously, he was a writer/producer for "Dennis Miller" and "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher."  His book, "Me The People: An Order To Form a More Perfect Union" will be published by Random House in late 2011.

ELLIOTT KALAN – September 8

Elliott is a comedian and Emmy Award-winning writer for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”.  He hosts Closely Watched Films, a monthly classic film screening series at 92YTribeca and co-hosts “The Flophouse”, a biweekly podcast devoted to discussing bad movies.

TOM SANTOPIETRO – September 20

Tom Santopietro is the author of Sinatra in Hollywood, Considering Doris Day (New York Times "Editor's Choice"), and The Importance of Being Barbra. He lectures on all three books around the country and performs "The Best Is Yet To Come", a tribute to Frank Sinatra, with singer/pianist Tony DeSare. A manager of over twenty Broadway shows during the past twenty-five years, he is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is extremely happy not to be practicing law, a state of affairs applauded by the American Bar Association.
Next life: Wimbledon champion.

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

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


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

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

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10:00 AM – 7:00 PM


Theatre and TV stars are coming out to support Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS at the 24TH ANNUAL Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction to be held on Sunday, September 26 from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM in Shubert Alley (Shubert Alley & West 44th Street).

The event will be held outdoors in Shubert Alley and is free and open to the public. From posing with your favorite Broadway and Daytime stars for photos, to buying that lost cast recording, signed show posters and Playbills, rare costume sketches or special gift for a theatre-lover you can’t find anywhere – this year’s Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction promises to offer something for everyone.

The Grand Auction has always been the highlight of the Flea Market event and this year will not disappoint. The following lots are included in the auction and will be up for bidding!

·                     Make your Broadway debut in one of Broadway’s hit shows. Don’t miss the chance to bid on the opportunity to have a walk-on role in The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia!, In The Heights, Rock of Ages & Wicked.

·                     One of the prosthetic headpieces worn by Brian d’Arcy James in Shrek The Musical, signed by the entire original Broadway cast.

·                     “Good Morning Baltimore” musical phrase from Hairspray, handwritten and signed by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

·                     The very last pair of tickets to the sold out New York Times “TimesTalks” featuring Frank Rich and Stephen Sondheim on Monday, November 22nd, with the chance to meet Mr. Rich and Mr. Sondheim afterward.

·                     The chance to conduct the orchestra of The Phantom of the Opera during the exit music at one performance.

·                     “When You’re an Addams” musical phrase from The Addams Family, handwritten and signed by Andrew Lippa.

·                     Dinner with Anthony Rapp.

·                     “Walk Like A Man” musical phrase from Jersey Boys, handwritten and signed by Bob Gaudio and Frankie Valli.

·                     “For Good” musical phrase from Wicked, handwritten and signed by Stephen Schwartz.

·                     The opportunity to have Jonathan Freeman, who voiced the villainous "Jafar" in the Aladdin film, to record your phone message.

·                     Daniel Craig’s tank top that he wore during a performance of A Steady Rain, autographed by Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman.

·                     A poster from Susan Sarandon's Exit The King dressing room that was signed by over 50 celebrities who visited her backstage during the show’s run.

·                     A 2010 Tony Awards poster signed by all of the presenters and nominees.

·                     And autographed items from celebs such as Antonio Banderas, Corbin Bleu, Carol Channing, Kristin Chenoweth, Gavin Creel, Raul Esparza, Green Day, Marvin Hamlisch, Angela Lansbury, Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Daniel Radcliffe, Vanessa Redgrave, Lynn Redgrave, Stephen Sondheim, John Stamos, Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey, Barbra Streisand, Elizabeth Taylor, Doris Eaton Travis, Vanessa Williams and many more.

Celebrities scheduled to appear at the Celebrity Autograph Table and Photo Booth in exchange for donations to BC/EFA include: Kate Baldwin (Finian’s Rainbow), Bryan Batt (TV’s “Mad Men”), Susan Blackwell (title of show), Heidi Blickenstaff (title of show), Mario Cantone (Sex and the City), Kathleen Chalfant (Angels in America), Stephanie D’Abruzzo (Avenue Q), Jason Danieley (Next to Normal), Ana Gasteyer (Wicked & “Saturday Night Live”), Malcolm Gets (The Story of My Life), Mandy Gonzalez (Wicked, In the Heights), Montego Glover (Memphis), Julie Halston (The Divine Sister), Ann Harada (Avenue Q), Jessica Hecht (A View from the Bridge), Matthew Hydzik (West Side Story), Cheyenne Jackson (Xanadu, Finian’s Rainbow), Gregory Jbara (Billy Elliot), Andy Karl (Wicked), Chad Kimball (Memphis), Levi Kreis (Million Dollar Quartet), Dan Lauria (Lombardi), Aaron Lazar (A Little Night Music), Judith Light (Lombardi), Robert Britton Lyons (Million Dollar Quartet), David Andrew MacDonald (“Guiding Light”), Marin Mazzie (Next to Normal), Debra Monk (Curtains), Julia Murney (Wicked), Kelli O'Hara (South Pacific), Patrick Page (Spider-Man), Karine Plantadit (Come Fly Away), Anthony Rapp (Rent), Vanessa Ray (Hair & “As the World Turns”), Alice Ripley (Next to Normal), Chita Rivera (Nine, Kiss of the Spider Woman), Elizabeth Stanley (Million Dollar Quartet), John Tartaglia (Shrek The Musical & Avenue Q), Colleen Zenk (“As the World Turns”) and more to be announced closer to the event. All appearances are subject to change.

Specific items for sale at the Flea Market and packages to be auctioned will be announced and updated at  Check back regularly for the most up-to-date additions.

Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations.  By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised over $175 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States. 

BC/EFA awards annual grants to more than 400 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide and is the major supporter of seven programs at The Actors Fund including The AIDS Initiative, The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic, The Dancers’ Resource and three supportive housing residences. 


The Broadway Flea Market is sponsored by Continental Airlines, the official airline of BC/EFA,
The New York Times, Junior’s, Discovery Times Square Exposition,
A&E Television Networks, Times Square Alliance

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RAIN - A Tribute to The Beatles On Broadway will play a limited 11-week engagement this fall at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 West 52nd Street).  Previews begin Tuesday, October 19 with the official opening scheduled for Tuesday, October 26 at 6:30 PM.  The engagement will run through Sunday, January 2, 2011.  THE BOX OFFICE OPENS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 AT 10AM!  TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW!

As “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!” (Denver Post), RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles' discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. From the early days of their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 through Sgt. Pepper and on to the Abbey Road

years, RAIN performs it all.  The multi-media concert recaptures the era through all phases of The Beatles astounding musical career including Shea Stadium, the psychedelic late 60s and The Beatles

long-haired hippie, hard-rocking rooftop days. A fusion of historical footage and hilarious television commercials lights up video screens and live cameras zoom in for close-ups.


While the music of The Beatles has touched millions of people around the world for the past 45 years, the Fab Four were experienced live in concert by very few.  Their final concert tour was in 1966 long before the release of many of their classic albums such as “Sgt. Pepper,” “The White Album” and “Abbey Road.”  Today, all the songs from that time are now performed live by RAIN.  As the Chicago Tribune cheered “The enraptured audience relives the soundtrack of its life!”

In a show the Los Angeles Times calls “a two-hour homage to pop music’s most brilliant gem!” RAIN

performs such beloved songs as “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Yesterday,” “Twist and Shout,” With A Little Help From My friends,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Strawberry Fields,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,”  “Hey Jude,” “When I’m 64,” “I Am The Walrus,” “Revolution,” “Come Together” and much more from their repertoire of over 200 Beatlemaniac favorites.

For the creators of RAIN – the original band - Joey Curatolo (vocals, bass, guitar, piano), Joe Bithorn (vocals, lead guitar, guitar synthesizer), Ralph Castelli (vocals, drums, percussion), Steve Landes (vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica) -- all of whom performed in the touring productions of the Broadway production of Beatlemania – with Mark Beyer (keyboards, percussion) and Mark Lewis (founder/manager/original keyboardist), the music is first and foremost. For more than two decades, RAIN has distinguished itself by focusing on details, always being faithful to The Beatles with the ultimate goal of delivering a perfect note-for-note performance.  All the music is performed live, with no pre-recorded tapes or sequences. RAIN approaches The Beatles music with the same respect a classical musician treats Mozart. They worked hard for many years, studying each song, each note, movement and nuance…both vocally and musically.

Like The Beatles, the onstage members of RAINare not only supreme musicians, but electrifying performers in their own right. In addition to members of the original RAIN band, at certain performances the concert will also feature the talents of Graham Alexander, Mark Beyer, Joe Bologna, Doug Cox, Jim Irizarry, David Leon, Jimmy Pou, Mac Ruffing and Tom Teeley.

RAIN is presented on Broadway by Annerin Productions, Magic Arts & Entertainment/Tix Productions and Nederlander Presentations, Inc.

RAIN begins previews at the Neil Simon Theatre on October 19 with the official opening on October 26. The performance schedule will be Monday at 8PM; Tuesday at 7PM; No shows on Wednesdays; Thursday through Saturday at 8PM with a matinee Saturday at 2pm; Sunday at 3PM and 7PM. Tickets are on sale now and range from $25 to $120 and are available online at, by calling 877-250-2929 or by visiting the Neil Simon Theatre box office.

For more information visit

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The cast of TIME STANDS STILL begin rehearsals today, Tuesday, September 7, in anticipation of performances resuming on Thursday, September 23.  The play will open at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street) on Thursday, October 7.

TIME STANDS STILL, the acclaimed Tony nominated Best Play will return this fall to Broadway’s Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street). The play, by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan, stars Laura Linney, Brian d’Arcy James, Eric Bogosian, and Christina Ricci.

When it opened this spring, TIME STANDS STILL was hailed by critics and quickly became Broadway’s “hot ticket” (WOR Radio).  The New York Times called the play “handily Margulies’ finest play since the Pulitzer Prize winning Dinner With Friends” and USA Today said the production “soars.” TIME STANDS STILL enjoyed an extended sold-out run at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre this spring.

TIME STANDS STILLfollows Sarah and James (Laura Linney and Brian d’Arcy James), a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy.  Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories and together, making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life... and everything changes – in a flash.

Tickets range from $56.50 - $121.50 with premiere seating available from $176.50 - $251.50 with standing room (when available) at $26.50. Tickets include a $1.50 facility fee. Tickets are available through, by phone at 212-239-6200, or 800-432-7250, online at or at the Cort Theatre Box Office (138 West 48th Street) beginning Thursday, September 9.


·         THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 Monday 8PM, Tuesday 7PM, Wednesday 2PM & 8PM, Thursday 8PM, Friday 8PM, Saturday @ 2PM & 8PM

·         MONDAY, OCTOBER 4 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10 Monday, October 4, 8PM, Tuesday October 5, 7PM, Wednesday October 6, 2PM & 8PM , Thursday October 7, OPENING NIGHT, Friday October 8, 8PM , Saturday October 9,2PM & 8PM

·         MONDAY, OCTOBER 11 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Tuesday 7PM, Wednesday 2PM & 8PM, Thursday 8PM, Friday 8PM, Saturday 2PM & 8PM, Sunday 3PM

·         MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Tuesday 7PM, Wednesday 2PM & 8PM,

Thursday 8PM, Friday 8PM, Saturday 8PM, Sunday 3PM & 7PM

·         MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22 – SUNDAY, NOVMEBER 28 Tuesday 7PM, Wednesday 2PM & 8PM, Thursday No show, Friday 2PM & 8PM, Saturday 2PM & 8PM, Sunday 3PM

·         MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19 Tuesday 7PM, Wednesday 2PM & 8PM, Thursday 8PM, Friday 8PM, Saturday 2PM & 8PM, Sunday 3PM

·         MONDAY, DECEMBER 20 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26 Sunday, December 26 @ 3PM & 7PM

·         MONDAY, DECEMBER 27 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 2 Tuesday 7PM, Wednesday 2PM & 8PM, Thursday 2PM & 8PM,  Saturday 2PM & 8PM, Sunday 3PM

Follow “Time Stands Still” on Twitter: @TimeStandsBway or on Facebook




“H A L L O W H O A!”






New York, NY (9/7/10) – Manhattan Youth is proud to present Story Pirates (Lee Overtree, Artistic Director, Benjamin Salka, CEO) and its latest creation: HalloWHOA!, a new genre-busting, kid-friendly, mind-blowing Halloween haunted house that will keep you guessing - and laughing - harder than you thought possible.  The 30 minute show is designed for all ages with special performances for kids under 5 – don’t want to scare them too much -- and adults only – to really scare the pants off everyone!

Performances begin Friday, October 15th for a limited engagement through Sunday, October 31st at the Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center (120 Warren Street).   Special preview performances are set for Monday, October 11th.  The 3rd Annual After School Special: A Halloween Festival to Benefit the Story Pirates will take place Saturday, October 30th with performances, a costume contest, Halloween games and more scheduled throughout the day.

General admission is $40 with special packages available at $60 & $100.  Tickets may be purchased at  or by calling (347) 8-STORY-8. 

What do secret passages, mind-bending puzzles and ballet-dancing Frankenstein’s have in common? They're all part of a new interactive haunted house brought to you by the Story Pirates!

HalloWHOA! is a haunted house influenced by you and your kids! Will the wolfman howl at the moon and gnash his teeth, or will he pour everyone tea and tell a story about his grandma? And how will you ever get out of this room? It’s up to you and your kids to solve puzzles that move you through the house and decide just how silly or spooky it should be!

In their typical child-centric fashion, the Story Pirates let your kids call the shots, and the result is an interactive Halloween mystery that's never too scary and always hilarious. With all proceeds benefiting Story Pirates' literacy programs in low-income schools, there's no reason to stay home this October. Expand your brain and tickle your fancy at the Story Pirates house of intrigue that's so silly, it's scary!

The Story Pirates mission is to promote literacy as a vital part of childhood education, and to preserve the spark of youthful creativity often lost in the transition to adulthood. The cornerstone of the company is the Play/Write Program, a series of creative writing and drama workshops that lead to a musical sketch comedy show acted by adults and comprised entirely of stories written by kids.  For six years, the Play/Write program has brought high quality arts programs to tens of thousands of students who need it most.


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Tony, Grammy & Golden Globe Award winner Bernadette Peters and Tony & Emmy Award winner ElaineStritch, both  currently starring in Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Tony Award–winning masterpiece A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at the Walter Kerr Theatre,were recently interviewed by Roma Torre for NY1’s “On Stage.” Click here to watch to the interview.

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, directed by Tony Award-winner Trevor Nunn, stars Bernadette Peters as Desirée Armfeldt, ElaineStritch as Madame Armfeldt, Alexander Hanson as Fredrik Egerman, Bradley Dean as Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm, Erin Davie as Countess Charlotte Malcolm, Leigh Ann Larkin as Petra, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka as Henrik Egerman and Ramona Mallory as Anne Egerman. The cast also includes Stephen R. Buntrock, Ben Davis, Jessica Grové, Katherine McNamara, Betsy Morgan, Jayne Paterson, Kevin David Thomas, Keaton Whittaker, Karen Murphy, Erin Stewart, Kevin Vortmann.

Alexander Hanson is appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance to this production.

Based on Ingmar Bergman's film Smiles of a Summer Night, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is set in a weekend country house in turn of the century Sweden, bringing together surprising liaisons, long simmering passions and a taste of love’s endless possibilities. Hailed as witty and wildly romantic, the story centers on the elegant actress Desirée Armfeldt and the spider’s web of sensuality, intrigue and desire that surrounds her.

The creative team for A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC includes Lynne Page (Choreography), Caroline Humphris (Musical Supervision), David Farley (Set & Costume Design), Hartley T A Kemp (Lighting Design), Dan Moses Schreier and Gareth Owen  (Sound Design), Paul Huntley (Wig Design), Jason Carr (Orchestrations) and Rob Bowman (Musical Direction).

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is produced on Broadway by Tom Viertel, Steven Baruch, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, The Menier Chocolate Factory, Roger Berlind, David Babani, Sonia Friedman Productions, Andrew Fell, Daryl Roth/Jane Bergère, Harvey Weinstein/Raise the Roof 3, Beverly Bartner/Dancap Productions, Inc., Nica Burns/Max Weitzenhoffer, Eric Falkenstein/Anna Czekaj, Jerry Frankel/Ronald Frankel, James D. Stern/Douglas L. Meyer.


Tickets for A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC are available by calling at (212) 239-6200, (800) 432-7250 outside the NY metro area, online at or in person at the Walter Kerr Theatre box office (219 West 48th Street). For A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC group sales, contact Theatre Direct International at 212-541-8457 x 2, or outside the NY metro area at 1-800-BROADWAY x 2.

Tickets range in price from $57 to $137. Tickets for Wednesday matinees range in price from $52 to $132.


Tuesday & Thursday at 7pm; Wednesday, Friday & Saturday at 8pm; Wednesday & Saturday at 2pm; Sunday at 3pm

Follow A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC on Twitter: @NightMusicBway or on Facebook

Tuesday, 07 September 2010 13:07

Full Cast Announced for NYMF THE TENTH FLOOR


“T H E   T E N T H   F L O O R”






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, Production Resource Group and, and is supported by, Back Stage,,, Broadway.TV, Clear Channel Spectacolor, DFD-TV, Frank & Camille's Fine Pianos, King Displays, NASDAQ OMX, New World Stages, Next Magazine, PMD Promotions,, Reuters,, 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

OCTOBER 7-24 @ 
Sinclair, Sam, and Stu discover the audience in their attic. Clearly, these quiet strangers are going to eat them, so they distract the hungry savages by telling them their grandfather's original fairytales. With these vivid, multi-media stories the siblings discover the answer to, “are we still loved after the person who loved us is gone?”. Warning: Monkeys! Enchanted Lakes! And Ravenous Savages! Free cookies after the show! 
STINKY FLOWERS AND THE BAD BANANA was developed out of short fairytales playwright Croft Vaughn created through The Field’s “Fieldwork” program. The first incarnation of Stinky Flowers was a solo play performed by Croft Vaughn, presented as part of Six Figures Theatre Company's Artists of Tomorrow Festival at the Westside Theatre in December 2006. In 2007 WTE and Drawing Board Arts Project co-produced the Edinburgh Fringe Festival production of Stinky Flowers and the Bad Banana and in 2008 WTE brought Stinky Flowers to the Indianapolis Fringe Festival. The new 5-person version of the play was presented in 2008 as part of The Management’s Salon Reading Series. This will be the first fully staged production of the ensemble version of Stinky Flowers and the Bad Banana
“An endearing and enchanting meander through the excitable mind of one exceptional child” 
Ishah Janssen-Faith, (East to Edinburgh)
“This is storytelling at its best, and suitable for all ages – the children in the audience were mesmerized, as were the adults. And to top it off, you get a home-baked cookie at the end.” 
Indianapolis Nuvo (IndyFringe)
“Evokes the humor and angst of being a third grader in a world that isn’t always like a fairy tale.” 
Amy Stark, Smaller Indiana (IndyFringe)
STINKY FLOWERS AND THE BAD BANANA will feature Dorothy Abrahams, Chuck Blasius, Michael J. Conolly*, Robert James Grimm lll, and Lauren Sowa*. 
The creative team will include Lightning Design by Kate Ashton, Original Animation by Matt Burnett, Costume Design by Bradley Erickson, Sound and Music Design by Alana McNail and Set Design by Jennifer Varbalow. The production will be Stage Managed by Barbara Dente*.  
*Appearing courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association
The production, presented by WTE Theatre will play at UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Ave and Ave A) October 7-24, Thursday through Saturday at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets ($18, $15 students/seniors, $10 for kids) are available by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444 or online at
CROFT VAUGHN (Playwright) is a Company Member of Wasted Theatre Education, (WTE) which specializes in bringing new shows to International and National Fringe Festivals. WTE recently created the Multi-Media Dance- Theatre Play, SportSexDeathPorn, which premiered at the Montreal Fringe Festival. He Co-Produced and starred in Nicky Silver’s The Altruists, in the European Premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2005, to 4 and 5 star reviews. Other original works include Shepherd a classical hero myth and gay love story, Glauce or Without Fear From the Abyss, a dance theater piece inspired by the Medea myth and the Chernobyl disaster, and Flight Light a dance meditation on the paradox of a kite’s string. He wrote and directed They Want Us Dead, We Can’t Stay Here! which saw a sold out performance in the Hot! Festival at Dixon Place. His performance venues range from P.S.122, The Duplex Cabaret, and 59 E. 59 Theaters, to Dance Space Center, Dixon Place, Blue Heron Arts Center, Galapagos, and throughout the U.S. He toured with WTE Theatre to Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival in 2003. He performed at P.S 122 in Twas the Night Before the Twelve Days of a Nutcracker Christmas Carol, directed by Ken Nintzel. singled him out as “gloomy perfection” for his role of Fritz/Ignorance. Croft is on the Advisory Board for Skybetter and Associates, the contemporary dance company helmed by Sydney Skybetter. He has worked with downtown performance artists Ken Nintzel, David Neuman, Stacey Dawson, Penny Arcade, Synaesthetic Theatre, the T.E.A.M, and Jonathan Adam Ross. Croft was the Assistant Director for the Snoopy! Benefit Concert at Symphony Space starring Broadway’s Sutton Foster. Croft earned his first off-Broadway credit as Assistant Director for Joy, at the Actor’s Playhouse, with Ben Rimalower Directing. Other Assistant Director credits include the Unity Concert for Cover the Uninsured Week,’s Benefit Concert for Broadway Cares, Equity Fights Aids, and numerous staged readings at Manhattan Theater Club, Second Stage, and others. Croft studied Clowning with Giovanni Fusetti, Chris Bayes, and Orlando Pabatoy, Commedia with The Flying Machine, and Street Theater with Steve Wangh. He enjoyed a four-month performance- internship with Big Dance Theatre, where he assisted in the creation of Plan-B, and performed the work in progress at Jacob’s Pillow. He is a proud member of The Manhattan Prairie Dogs, NYC’s Premier LGBT Country-Western Dance Performance Troupe for 2 years running. He has performed with them across the US. Croft is a graduate of NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing at Tisch School of the Arts.
DAVID A. MILLER (Director) most recently devised and directed Brooklyn Underground: Theatrical stories from the Green-Wood Cemetery with The Artful Conspirators.  Other recent and past directing: The Book of Liz (Piper Theatre), Gutenberg! The Musical! (Amphibian Productions, Fort Worth, TX; Company Member), Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Wagner Theatre; faculty member), Prospect Theater Company, Dixon Place, The New Acting Company, Vital Theatre Company, Annex Theatre (Seattle), Seattle Children’s Theatre.  Upcoming projects include directing a reading of All This Intimacy by Rajiv Joseph with Amphibian Productions and the reading of The Restoration of Sight by Richard Hirsch, winner of the Stanley Drama Award at Wagner College, and The Identity Project, a devised play at Wagner College dealing with issues of identity and diversity.  As an educator, actor and administrator David has worked with Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Festival, Wooden O Theatre, Printer's Devil Theater, George Street Playhouse, McCarter Theater, Syracuse Stage and The Kennedy Center and Roundabout Theatre Company.  David is currently Artistic Director of The Artful Conspirators (, a Brooklyn-based theatre company dedicated to new works, which involve the audience as a participant in the theatre making process. MFA Directing, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Drama League Directors Project Alumni.

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!"  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!
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 “C A P S U L E   33”








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,, 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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Sunday, 05 September 2010 12:49

Off-Broadway Review: IT MUST BE HIM

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.  

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