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Andrew C. McGibbon

 

Andrew C. McGibbon has spent the past thirty years working in live theatre as a stage manager, general manager, producer and leader in the convergence of Broadway and online.

Mr. McGibbon worked as a stage manager and general manager for ten years. In 1994 he created a website devoted to live theatre, BroadwayWorld-Wide.com. The site was subsequently bought by, and became Playbill.com. He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for TonyAwards.com. With the 2008-09 season he finished his ninth year on the show. He has also worked as a webmaster for the Broadway League and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He is presently the Director of Digital Media for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

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

 

SEE JERRY LEE LEWIS
PERFORM LIVE WITH THE CAST OF
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

SCROLL DOWN TO SEE VIDEO

Friday evening, Lewis, the last surviving member of the real life 'Million Dollar Quartet,' took the stage of the Nederlander Theatre to join the cast of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET in the special encore.

Special guests in the audience that evening included President Bill Clinton, daughter Chelsea Clinton, and her new husband Marc Mezvinsky.

Lewis' brand new album Mean Old Man was recently released on Verve/Universal Music Enterprises. For the 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 is included in a special limited edition of Mean Old Man that is now available exclusively at the Nederlander Theatre.

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.

The cast of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET includes Eddie Clendening (Elvis Presley), Lance Guest (Johnny Cash), Tony Award and Outer Critics Award winner Levi Kreis (Jerry Lee Lewis), Robert Britton Lyons (Carl Perkins), Tony Award nominee Hunter Foster (Sam Phillips) and Elizabeth Stanley (Dyanne).

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is directed by Eric Schaeffer and features a book by Tony nominees 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.

TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets for MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET are available online with 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.JerryLeeLewis.com


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THE BOOK OF MORMON
A NEW MUSICAL COMEDY FROM THE CREATORS OF "SOUTH PARK,"
WILL OPEN MARCH 24, 2011 ON BROADWAY AT THE EUGENE O'NEILL THEATRE

BOOK, MUSIC AND LYRICS BY
TREY PARKER, ROBERT LOPEZ and MATT STONE

CHOREOGRAPHED BY
CASEY NICHOLAW

DIRECTED BY
CASEY NICHOLAW and TREY PARKER

PREVIEWS BEGIN FEBRUARY 24, 2011

Get THE BOOK OF MORMON Tickets

THE BOOK OF MORMON, a new original musical comedy from "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q composer and co-creator Robert Lopez, will open on Broadway on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street).  The world premiere will be choreographed by three-time Tony Award-nominee Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python's Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and co-directed by Nicholaw and Trey Parker.  Previews will begin on February 24, 2011.

Parker and Stone make their Broadway musical writing debut with THE BOOK OF MORMON.  Parker and Stone have won four Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award for "South Park," the team's controversial, critically acclaimed series, which airs on Comedy Central.   "South Park" recently aired its 200th episode and begins its 15th season in April, 2011.

Parker and Stone's credits also include the critically acclaimed films, South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut and Team America: World Police.

Parker co-wrote the musical numbers for South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut.  The film's accomplished and outrageous score surprised and delighted critics and audiences.  Parker shared an Academy Award nomination for Best Song for the music and lyrics for "Blame Canada" from the film's score.  The New York Film Critics Circle also honored South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut with the organization's first award ever presented for Best Animated Film.

Robert Lopez is co-creator, composer and lyricist for Avenue Q, which won 2004 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score and received a Grammy nomination for its Original Cast Album.   Avenue Q played for six years on Broadway and is currently running Off-Broadway and in London.

Casey Nicholaw received 2006 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Direction and Choreography for The Drowsy Chaperone and 2005 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Choreography for Monty Python's Spamalot, directed by Mike Nichols. His additional New York credits include the Encores! stagings for Follies (direction/choreography), Bye Bye Birdie (choreography) and Can-Can (musical staging); Candide starring Patti LuPone and Kristin Chenoweth at tne New York Philharmonic and South Pacific at Carnegie Hall with Reba McIntyre and Brian Stokes Mitchell (also PBS "Great Performances").

THE BOOK OF MORMON will be produced by Scott Rudin and Anne Garefino.

Cast and additional creative team will be announced at a later date.

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MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

THE PITMEN PAINTERS

STARTS PREVIEWS TOMORROW

 

BROADWAY PREMIERE OF LEE HALL’S ACCLAIMED PLAY,

OPENS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 AT MTC’S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE

 

“A glorious instant classic that is tragic, funny and illuminating in one fell swoop of energy.”

-Evening Standard

 

Manhattan Theatre Club’s (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) American premiere of Tony Award winner Lee Hall’s THE PITMEN PAINTERS begins previews tomorrow, Tuesday, September 14 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The play will celebrate a September 30 opening night.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE FOR THE PITMEN PAINTERS:

Please note THE PITMEN PAINTERS is dark on Mondays:

  • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3: Tuesday at 7PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 7PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2PM.
  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 5 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28 (THANKSGIVING WEEK): Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 PM. Tuesday at 7 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Dark on Thursday.
  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

 

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

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past three decades, MTC productions have earned a total of 17 Tony Awards and six Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and an Off-Broadway theatre at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include Time Stands Still; The Royal Family; Ruined; The American Plan; Come Back, Little Sheba; Blackbird; Translations; Shining City; Rabbit Hole; Doubt; Proof; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Love! Valour! Compassion!; A Small Family Business; Sylvia; Putting It Together; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain’t Misbehavin.’

 
For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

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PANDEMONIUM: THE LOST AND FOUND ORCHESTRA
NEW SHOW FROM STOMP CREATORS

U.S.  DEBUT THIS THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 16 IN MIAMI

ADDITIONAL CITIES AND VENUES ANNOUNCED

MIAMI HERALD  FEATURES SHOW

After the global success of their unique take on rhythm and physical theatre, STOMP co-creators Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, have taken their concept to a new level with  PANDEMONIUM: THE LOST AND FOUND ORCHESTRA which will makes its U.S. debut this Thursday
September 16 in Miami, marking the start of its U.S. tour.

Confirmed below for the first time are other dates cities and dates on the tour.  More cities will be announced:
September 16-26:                  Miami FL              Ziff Opera House/Arsht Center
September 28 - October 3:    Raleigh NC           Memorial Auditorium
October 5-10:                        Washington DC    National Theatre
October 12 -17:                     Chicago IL            Bank of America Theatre
October 21-24:                      Boston MA           Wang Center

The Miami Herald wrote about the show yesterday:
'Pandemonium' to break out at Arsht
"British showmen Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas have long understood a truth known to every kid who sits on a kitchen floor banging pot lids together: There is music to be found in everyday objects.  The pals from Brighton took that lesson and ran with it, all the way to the bank, when they created Stomp in 1991. That gloriously theatrical demonstration of the percussive possibilities of brooms and garbage cans has played all over the world, including an Off-Broadway run that began in 1994 and continues today.

Their long collaboration as directors and composers has led Cresswell and McNicholas into the worlds of film, commercials and television.  "We got a reputation,'' McNicholas says from Brighton, ``as people you'd go to if you wanted a soundtrack made from unusual sounds.''  One day in a London studio, McNicholas says, the two had a thought: ``Wouldn't it be great to do this live, with an orchestra?''

Pandemonium: The Lost and Found Orchestra is the result of more than four years of experimentation, creativity and an investment that dwarfs (by a couple of million) the $24,000 the guys spent putting together Stomp. And on Thursday, a show that has had just four previous engagements -- its premiere celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Brighton Festival in 2006, with subsequent runs in Sydney, Amsterdam and London -- begins a 10-week U.S. tour at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts."  For the feature in its entirety, READ HERE.

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Monday, 13 September 2010 15:31

Broadway's ELF Announces Casting Complete

WHO’S YOUR BUDDY?

SEBASTIAN ARCELUS STARS AS ‘BUDDY’ THE ELF

AND

AMY SPANGER AS ‘JOVIE’

 IN THE NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL ELF

THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

                                                       

PREVIEWS BEGIN NOVEMBER 2ND—OPENING NIGHT NOVEMBER 14TH

AT BROADWAY’S AL HIRSCHFELD THEATRE FOR A LIMITED HOLIDAY ENGAGEMENT OF NINE WEEKS ONLY

 

Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures in association with Unique Features announced today that the new Broadway musical ELF will star Sebastian Arcelus (Jersey Boys, Wicked) as ‘Buddy’ the Elf and Amy Spanger (Rock of Ages, Wedding Singer, Kiss Me Kate) as ‘Jovie.’  Arcelus and Spanger will join the previously announced Tony® Award winner Beth Leavel (Emily), Tony® Award nominee Mark Jacoby (Walter), Matthew Gumley (Michael), Valerie Wright (Deb), Michael McCormick (Mr. Greenway), Michael Mandell (Store Manager) and six-time Emmy® Award winner George Wendt (Santa). 

Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF will feature songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklarand Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone).   ELF will be directed and choreographed by Tony nominee Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone, Monty Python’s Spamalot). 

The company will also include Timothy J. Alex, Callie Carter, Cara Cooper, Lisa Gadja, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Blake Hammond, Emily Hsu, Jenny Hill, Nancy Johnston, Marc Kessler, Matt Loehr, Lee Wilkins, and Kirsten Wyatt.

Scenic design for ELF is by Tony-nominee David Rockwell (Hairspray, Legally Blonde),  costume design is by Tony Award winner Gregg Barnes (The Drowsy Chaperone, Legally Blonde), lighting design is by two-time Tony Award-winner Natasha Katz (Aida, The Coast of Utopia) and sound design is by Tony nominee Peter Hylenski (Rock of Ages, Lend Me a Tenor).  ELF will feature orchestrations by three-time Tony Award-winner Doug Besterman (The Producers, Thoroughly Modern Millie). 

ELF will open on Sunday, November 14th at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street) and previews will begin on Tuesday, November 2nd.  The production will play a limited engagement for the holiday season through Sunday, January 2nd.

ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole.  Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.  With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity.  Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and his step-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.  This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.

Get Tickets

www.ElfMusical.com

BIOS:

SEBASTIAN ARCELUS (Buddy): is currently appearing as Bob Gaudio in the Broadway Company of Jersey Boys.  He also recently starred in Lincoln Center Theater’s Off-Broadway production of Happiness under the direction of Susan Stroman.  His other Broadway credits include Wicked (Fiyero), Rent (Roger), and Good Vibrations (Jan).  Some other tour and regional credits include Wicked (1st National), The Full Monty (NSMT), Hamlet: A Rock Opera (Prague), West Side Story (Latin America), Miss Julie, Floyd Collins, Aida, and The Who’s Tommy.  Some special engagements include the world premiere of William Finn’s Songs of Innocence and Experience in Williamstown, MA, and Barbara Cook’s No One is Alone concert event at Carnegie Hall.  His voice can be heard on numerous television commercials and animated programs, among them the voice of “Papi” on Nickelodeon’s “Go, Diego, Go!”

AMY SPANGER (Jovie): On Broadway, Amy originated the roles of Sherrie in Rock of Ages, Holly in The Wedding Singer (Drama Desk nomination), Bianca/Lois in Kiss Me Kate and appeared as Roxie Hart in Chicago, Hope Caldwell in Urinetown and Betty Schaeffer in Sunset Boulevard. Off Broadway, she originated the role of Susan in Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick…BOOM!. Her tours include Maureen in the first National Tour of RENT and Roxie in Chicago. Most recently, she portrayed the role of Alana O’Dell in the world premiere of Robin and the 7 Hoods, directed by Casey Nicholaw at the Old Globe Theater. Her television credits include “Royal Pains,” “Michael and Michael Have Issues,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Six Feet Under,” “Ed,” “Becker” and “EGG, the arts show” on PBS. Her film credits include Sally in Reefer Madness (Showtime) and Synecdoche, New York. Her recordings include Kiss Me Kate, tick, tick…BOOM!, The Wedding Singer, Reefer Madness and Rock of Ages. www.amyspanger.com

TIME STANDS STILL'S

CHRISTINA RICCI TO APPEAR ON

"LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON" MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

Christina Ricci, who is making her Broadway debut this fall in TIME STANDS STILL, will appear on the  Monday, September 13 episode of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."

"Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" airs in New York on NBC, channel 4, between 12:35AM - 1:30AM. Check local listings for airings outside of New York.


TIME STANDS STILL, the acclaimed Tony nominated Best 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.

TIME STANDS STILL, which enjoyed an extended sold-out run at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre this spring, will resume performances Thursday, September 23, 2010 and open Thursday, October 7 at Broadway's Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street).

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 follows 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 Telecharge.com, by phone at 212-239-6200, or 800-432-7250, online at www.Telecharge.com or at the Cort Theatre Box Office (138 West 48th Street).

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE FOR TIME STANDS STILL:

*         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

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"TOUCHDOWN TUESDAYS" TALKBACK SERIES AT BROADWAY'S LOMBARDI

Starting October 12

GRIDIRON STARS, PRO SPORTS JOURNALISTS AND OTHERS TO PARTICIPATE

Beginning Tuesday October 12, Broadway's new American play LOMBARDI, starring Dan Lauria and Judith Light, will be hosting the Touchdown Tuesdays Talkback Series to which all ticketholders are invited.  They will take place immediately following the 7 PM performance of the 90 minute play at Circle in the Square (50th Street west of Broadway).  Participants include the show's cast, creatives and special guests including the currently scheduled speakers:

October 12 - David Maraniss, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author upon whose book When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi the play is based.

October 19 - Sean Landeta and Bob Papa.  Landeta is a two-time Super Bowl champion who played with both the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers during his 22 year pro-football career.  Papa is the legendary radio voice of the New York Giants.

October 26 - Steve Sabol and Merril Hoge. Sabol is the president of NFL Films.  Hoge is a former running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Bears, and is currently a commentator for ESPN.

November 2 - New York Times sports writer Richard Sandomir.

November 16 - Tim Layden and Kenny Albert.  Layden is a senior NFL writer at Sports Illustrated and is the author of Blood, Sweat and Chalk. Albert is a play-by-play commentator at Fox Sports.

November 23 - Jeremy Schaap, Emmy Award-winning journalist and the author of the best-selling Cinderella Man: James J. Braddock, Max Baer, and the Greatest Upset in Boxing History and Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics.

November 30 - Phil Hanrahan, author of Life After Favre.

December 7 - Jimmy Pittaro, the president of Yahoo Sports and Entertainment and a longtime Vince Lombardi enthusiast.

Producers Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser will present LOMBARDI at Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre. It is written by Academy Award-winning playwright Eric Simonson and directed by Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail. Joining Ponturo and Kirmser as special producing partner is the National Football League, marking the organization's first foray on Broadway. LOMBARDI, a new American play, is based on the best-selling biography When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi, by Pulitzer Prize winner David Maraniss. The cast features Keith Nobbs as Michael McCormick, Bill Dawes as Paul Hornung, Robert Christopher Riley as Dave Robinson and Chris Sullivan as Jim Taylor.  Previews will begin Thursday, September 23, and it will open on Thursday, October 21, 2010.

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The Public Theater
Announces
Second Extension For
Critically Acclaimed

GATZ

GATZ Begins Performances
Sunday, September 26
And Will Run An Additional Two Weeks
Through Sunday, November 28

By Elevator Repair Service
Text: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Directed by John Collins

Extension Tickets Now On Sale To Public Theater Members
On Sale To General Public September 21 

September 13, 2010 – The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Andrew D. Hamingson) announced a second extension today for the highly anticipated GATZ, the critically acclaimed theatrical adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Created by Elevator Repair Service and directed by John Collins, GATZ will begin performances on Sunday, September 26 and will now run an additional two weeks through Sunday, November 28, with an official press opening on Wednesday, October 6. Single tickets for the new extension are on sale now to Public Theater Members and will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, September 21.

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.

“The appetite for this remarkable show has surprised even those of us who have long loved it,” said Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. “I hope those who love theater and literature will buy up their tickets soon—clearly, they won’t last.”

GATZ was created and developed by its ensemble, under the direction of John Collins (Director) and Steve Bodow (Associate Director). The ensemble 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 (ERS) in 1991 at Nada on Ludlow Street with his first New York production, Mr. Antipyrine, Fire Extinguisher. In the 19 years since, he has directed or co-directed all of the company's shows. John is the recipient of a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship in Drama and Performance Art and recently received The Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director for Gatz at The American Repertory Theater. Recent ERS credits include The Sound and the Fury at New York Theatre Workshop, The Sun Also Rises (The Select) at The Edinburgh International Festival and The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and No Great Society at P.S. 122. From 1993 to 2006, John worked as a sound designer for The Wooster Group where he created sound for To You The Birde, The Hairy Ape, House/Lights and several other productions. John was born in North Carolina and raised in Vidalia, Georgia. He holds a B.A. in English and Theater Studies from Yale.  

STEVE BODOW (Associate Director) is an ERS co-founder. Along with John Collins, Steve was Artistic Director of the company from 1996 - 2004, co-directing pieces including Cab Legs, Total Fictional Lie, Language Instruction, Highway to Tomorrow, and Room Tone. Since 2002, Steve has been on staff at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where he is currently Head Writer and Supervising Producer, and recently won his seventh Emmy. He is also a principal writer and editor of TDS's just-released Earth (The Book).

LAURENA ALLAN (Myrtle). US and European tours: Gatz (with ERS)and House (writer/director Richard Maxwell). Off-Broadway: Hello School (Lower East Side Tenement Museum); The Fabulous Johnny Cash Show, Bicker and Gravel’s Spine (Ontological); Laguna Beach (HERE); Vincent 1979 (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Pericles (Workhouse Theatre); Laurena’s Pancake Party (creator and performer). Film: Silent Love of the Fish. Executive Producer: Whereabouts Unknown by Mojo Nixon.

JIM FLETCHER (Jim) has worked with Richard Maxwell and the New York City Players for more than ten years (most recently in Das Maedchen (Bonn) and People Without History (NYC)).  This year he has also worked with Tim Etchells of Forced Entertainment (Sight is the Sense That a Dying Person Tends to Lose First) and appears in the feature film Bass Ackwards, directed by Linas Phillips, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

ROSS FLETCHER (Henry C. Gatz). Dr. Ross Fletcher is the Chief of Staff of Washington DC’s VA Medical Center. He has played the role of Henry C. Gatz for the last five years with ERS.

MIKE IVESON (Ewing). Off-Broadway: The Sound and The Fury (April 7, 1928), (ERS/New York Theater Workshop); Crime Or Emergency (Soho Rep, P.S. 122); Dot (Clubbed Thumb/Ohio Theatre). Regional/National tours: The Sun Also Rises (The Select), (ERS/Edinburgh International Festival); plus tours with Sarah Michelson, New York City Players, Dancenoise and many others. B.A. in theater from Oberlin College. 

VIN KNIGHT (Chester) is a member of Elevator Repair Service and has appeared in the U.S. and internationally in its productions of The Sun Also Rises, The Sound and the Fury, No Great Society and Gatz.  Other NY credits include The Temperamentals, over two dozen productions with the adobe theater company and performances at Clubbed Thumb, Andhow!; Soho Rep, HERE, New Georges and Theatreworks/USA.  Films include Robot Stories, Love God and Dumped! The Musical.  Graduate of Yale University.

AARON LANDSMAN (George). With ERS: The Sound and The Fury (April Seventh, 1928), NYTW, Adelaide Festival (Australia); RedCat (LA); Gatz (European and US tours). Off-Broadway: American Treasure (13P); Florida Project (P.S.122); Cowboys & Indians (Soho Rep). Original works created: Appointment (Oslo and NYU); Open House (Foundry Theatre); What You’ve Done (DiverseWorks, Houston); Love Story (FuseBox Festival, Austin); Desk (Chashama, HERE). Current Artist-in-Residence, HERE Art Center.

ANNIE MCNAMARA (Catherine). Off-Broadway: That Pretty Pretty (Rattlestick); The Sound and The Fury (April Seventh, 1928), (NYTW); God’s Ear (New Georges); A Perfect Couple (DR2); Port Authority Throw Down; Girl Blog (Culture Project); Novel (SPF); Waterborn (EST); Clubbed Thumb Affiliated Artist: Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake); Design Your Kitchen and U.S. Drag.  Regional and tours: Gatz (ERS); Proof (WHAT); The Hot_L Baltimore (SFGT); Off the Page (HBO’s USCAF).  Education: Brown, M.A.; Maggie Flanigan.

KATE SCELSA (Lucille) has been a member of ERS since 2002. Credits with ERS: The Sun Also Rises (The Select), The Sound and the Fury (April Seventh, 1928), Gatz, Show of Shows. Regional credits: Kick the Can, Macbeth, Waiting for Godot, Behind the Scenes at the Museum (Luna Stage, Montclair). Kate also writes fiction for young adult and teen readers.

SCOTT SHEPHERD (Nick). The Public: Hamlet. Elevator Repair Service: McGurk: A Cautionary TaleShut Up I Tell You (I Said Shut Up I Tell You)Cab LegsTotal Fictional LieNo Great Society. The Wooster Group: The Hairy Ape; North Atlantic; To You, The Birdie!; Brace Up!; Poor Theater (Bessie & Obie awards); The Emperor Jones; La DidoneVieux Carré.

SUSIE SOKOL (Jordan) is a second-grade teacher at St. Ann’s School in Brooklyn where she has taught for fourteen years. Susie began performing with ERS in 1992.  Since then, she has appeared in all ERS productions.  She has also worked with theater artists Katherine Profeta and Sibyl Kempson.

VICTORIA VAZQUEZ (Daisy). Off-Broadway: The Sound and the Fury (April 7, 1928), (NYTW). Additional credits with Elevator Repair Service: Cab Legs, Total Fictional Lie (PS122). Other credits include Das Maedchen (Theater Bonn), People Without History (dir. Brian Mendes, The Performing Garage) and Caveman (Soho Rep) with Richard Maxwell and the NYC Players; Pullman, WA (Young Jean Lee, P.S. 122); The Voices (Forced Entertainment/Riverside Studios); Wrench (Phil Soltanoff, WTF). Film & TV: Nuovomundo, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.”

BEN WILLIAMS (Michaelis) has worked for ERS as an actor, sound designer, technical director and production manager since 2004. Credits with ERS: The Sun Also Rises (The Select); The Sound and the Fury (April Seventh, 1928) and No Great Society. Recent projects include: Vieux Carre with The Wooster Group, Walse-Fantasie with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Chain City, a video installation by Elizabeth Diller for the Venice Biennale; American Treasure by Julia Jarcho for 13P; Crime or Emergency with Sibyl Kempson.

GARY WILMES (Tom). Off-Broadway: Red Light Winter by Adam Rapp; Brace Up!, with The Wooster Group; More Lies About Jerzy at the Vineyard Theatre; House and Boxing 2000 with Richard Maxwell; Bad Boy Neitzsche and Paradise Hotel with Richard Foreman. National: August: Osage County with Steppenwolf at The Sydney Theatre Company. Film: A Mighty Heart, Afterschool, Salt. TV: “Nurse Jackie,” “Mercy,” “Num3ers.” Awards: Obie award for Red Light Winter, Alvin Goldfarb Award.

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 $140. Single tickets for the extension are on sale now to members and will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, September 21. Tickets can be ordered by calling (212) 967-7555 or in person at The Public Theater box office. GATZ begins performances on Sunday, September 26 and has been extended through Sunday, November 28.

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. GATZ Marathon pricing for Members is $80. 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 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 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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ATTEND “IDIOT U”

WITH PROFESSORS BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG,

MICHAEL MAYER AND MORE

at

AMERICAN IDIOT

 

SEPTEMBER 14-19, 2010
FIVE FREE POST-SHOW Q & A’s

(New York, NY) For 5 performances only (Tuesday, September 14 – Friday, September 17 and Sunday, September 19), audience members at the hit musical American Idiotwill get the chance to attend Idiot University, a post-show Q & A hosted by Green Day’s lead singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, the show’s director/ co-book writer Michael Mayer, cast members and additional creative team members.   The Q & A’s will be moderated by Time Out New York’s David Cote.  An allotment of $27.00 Student Tickets (with valid student ID) to those performances will be available starting this weekend for purchase at http://www.americanidiotonbroadway.com/IdiotU/. Full price tickets are also still available for those performances via telecharge.com (212-239-6200) or at The St. James Box Office.

 

IDIOT U will take place immediately following the performances on:

Tuesday, September 14th @ 7pm
Wednesday, September 15th @ 8pm
Thursday, September 16th @ 8pm
Friday, September 17th @ 8pm
Sunday, September 19th @ 3pm

 The smash-hit, Tony Award-winning musical American Idiot tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their quest for true meaning in a post 9-11 world leads them on the most exhilarating journey of the Broadway season.

Based on the Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, American Idiot boldly takes the American musical where it hasn’t gone before.  The result is an experience Charles Isherwood of The New York Times declares “thrilling, emotionally charged, and as moving as any Broadway musical I’ve seen this year!”  

The playing schedule is Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday 8pm, Thursday at 8pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 3pm and 7:30pm. Tickets range from $127.00 - $49.00 and can be purchased at The St. James Box Office or via telecharge.com (212-239-6200).      www.AmericanIdiotonBroadway.com

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THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY ANNOUNCES
KEEP YOUR BAGGAGE WITH YOU (at all times)
EXTENDS THROUGH TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
FOLLOWING CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED, SOLD-OUT RUN
 
WRITTEN BY JONATHAN BLITSTEIN
DIRECTED BY DANIEL TALBOTT
PLAY ORIGINALLY PRESENTED
AS PART OF THE DreamUp NEW PLAYS FESTIVAL
Theater for the New City has announced that following its sold-out, critically-acclaimed run as part of the DreamUp New Plays Festival, Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times), written by Jonathan Blitstein and directed by Daniel Talbott, will return for an extension beginning Thursday, September 16 at 7pm and running through Tuesday, September 28.  Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times) plays at Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets.

Told in seven scenes taking place over several years Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times) traces the devolution of a friendship between two young New York men whose bonds are compromised by the stresses of career, family, relationships, and 21st century sexual mores in a complex digital age in which we ask too many questions, but don't have enough answers.

Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times) played at Theater for the New City from August 8 – 14 and received rave notices:
“To find a play about twentysomethings that features recognizable characters is a rare commodity.  To find an Off-Off-Broadway play about recognizable twentysomethings that involves a surplus of talent is the Holy Grail of adventurous theatergoing.  Unlikely though it may be, that Holy Grail is now at Theater for the New City, being performed under the title Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times).”
-  Mark Peikert, New York Press
 
“Thrillingly austere and provocatively perplexing.”
-  Brandon Voss, The Advocate
 
“Blitstein's writing recalls Neil LaBute's both in its directness and its exploration of male insecurity and panic. The conversation feels sharp and true, especially as directed here by Talbott with a split-second timing that feels entirely organic, like something you'd overhear or be part of yourself in a bar or restaurant. The talk is sexually frank, the way intimate friends sometimes really do talk, which makes it feel from the audience like serious eavesdropping.”
- Martin Denton, nytheatre.com
 
“Engaging.”
- Dan Bacalzo TheaterMania
 
 “All of the people involved in this look at the mutability of relationships, including director Daniel Talbott, playwright Jonathan Blitstein, and an able cast, clearly know what they are doing.  Blitstein has genuine gift for authentic dialogue.
 -     Doug Strassler, Show Business Weekly

The cast of Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times) is Dan Abeles, Jessica Dickey, Nate Miller, and Laura Ramadei.

A Chicagoan, Jonathan Blitstein began performing with local Apple Tree Theater as a kid actor, singer and dancer.  He graduated NYU Film School in 2004.  After pouring many coffees for people like Christine Vachon, Catherine Zeta Jones, and Aaron Eckhart, at 23 years old he was one of the youngest film school grads ever to write/produce/direct and edit a 35mm feature length film.  It was made possible with donated negative from Kodak and maxed-out credit cards.  It became the 2008 indie film Let Them Chirp Awhile starring Brendan Sexton, Justin Rice and Laura Breckenridge (Finalist NYU Richard Vague Award, Winner - East Lansing Film Festival, Opening Night Woodstock Film Festival).  This past year he sold two original screenplays.  Jonathan studied acting and writing at The Second City, The Piven Theater, LAByrinth and Primary Stages. Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times) is his first play to be produced in New York.

Daniel Talbott’s most recent work as an actor includes the Theatre for One project in Times Square and around NYC, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis), Master Builder (Irish Rep), Rocket City (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Tartuffe (McCarter Theatre/Yale Rep), Marat/Sade (Classical Theatre of Harlem) and the feature film Pretty Bird and The Big C on Showtime. Recent directing work includes Footprint by Mac Rogers (part of +30NYC for Red Fern Theatre), Afterclap by Daniel Reitz, Birthday and Nobody, both by Crystal Skillman (Rising Phoenix Rep at the Seventh Street Small Stage at Jimmy’s No. 43), The Umbrella Plays (the teacup company-FringeNYC, Overall Excellence Award: Outstanding Play), Fall Forward (Sitelines/River to River Festival produced by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council), and The Reaching (Rising Phoenix Rep).  His play Slipping was produced at Rattlestick last summer with Piece by Piece Productions (named one of the top ten plays of 2009 by The Advocate), premiered in Chicago at The Side Project in Chicago, was part of the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, and will be published this year by Dramatists Play Service.  His play What Happened When was produced at HERE Arts Center and The Side Project and was published as part of the Plays and Playwrights 2008 anthology.  He received a 2007 New York Innovative Theatre Award for directing, a Drama-Logue Award, two Dean Goodman Choice Awards and a Judy Award for acting, and was also named one of the 15 People of the Year 2006 by nytheatre.com.  He is a member of this year’s 24Seven Lab, a graduate of Juilliard and of Solano College Theatre’s ATP, and a teacher at the Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA).  He is one of the literary managers of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and is the artistic director of Rising Phoenix Rep (recipient of the 2007 NYIT Caffe Cino Fellowship Award).

The set and prop design for Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times) is by Eugenia Furneaux-Arends; costume design is by Tristan Raines; lighting design is by Benjamin Tevelow; sound design is by Janie Bullard.  It is produced by Brian Miskell.

 Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times) performs at Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets, at the following times: Thursday, September 16 at 7pm; Friday, September 17 at 7pm; Saturday, September 18 at 2pm; Sunday, September 18 at 2pm; Wednesday, Sept 22 at 7pm; Thursday, Sept 23 at 7pm; Friday, Monday, September 27 at 7pm; Tuesday, and September 28 at 7pm.  Tickets are $15 ($12 for students) and may be purchased at https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/758485.  The running time is 72 minutes.  For more information about Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times) and the DreamUp Festival, visit www.dreamupfestival.org or www.theaterforthenewcity.net.

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