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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.

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Roundabout Theatre Company

Receives grant award from

New York City Theater Subdistrict Council

To support theater production and audience development.

Grant Funding Is Second Round Facilitated by Theater District Zoning
Sustains New York City’s Unrivaled Concentration of Theatrical Excellence

New York City Theater Subdistrict Council (TSC), City Planning Commissioner Amanda M. Burden and Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin announced Roundabout Theatre Company (Artistic Director, Todd Haimes) is among 15 organizations to receive grants totaling $2.1 million for a range of projects that will encourage audience development and foster the creation of new work. 

The groups are the beneficiaries of a zoning initiative that preserves historic theaters, and helps ensure the long term viability of live theater within New York City’s Theater District, the world-famous area in midtown Manhattan from 40th to 57th Street.

The TSC is a not-for-profit corporation established pursuant to a 1998 zoning rule that allows owners of landmarked Broadway theaters to transfer air rights within the Theater Subdistrict provided the theater is preserved, there is a commitment to use the space for legitimate theater use, and a portion of the proceeds are deposited into a Theater Subdistrict Fund designed to support the theater community. The TSC administers the Theater Subdistrict Fund, to allocate grants with the goal of developing new audiences, promoting the production of new theater work, and showcasing Broadway’s singular role in the history of American theater. As envisioned by the zoning text, a number of development plans resulted in significant contributions to the fund in recent years, which were followed by the appointment of a TSC Directors Council and creation of the grant program.

The TSC consists of the Mayor, three representatives appointed by the Mayor from the performing arts, theatrical and related industries, the Speaker of the Council and her designee, the Manhattan Borough President, and the Director of the Department of City Planning. The TSC is chaired by Commissioner Levin, on behalf of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.  Approximately $5.5 million has been paid into the fund to date. This is the second round of TSC awards, following $1.26 million in grants that were awarded last year. 

Todd Haimes (Artistic Director, Roundabout Theatre Company) said “I’m so proud that the Theater Subdistrict Council has chosen to support our ACCESS Roundabout program. It’s an initiative that we designed to provide inexpensive tickets to all of Roundabout’s productions, which is so important in building the next generation of audiences. We’ve already seen great results from the program, and it is incredibly gratifying to know that the TSC is not only supportive of this effort but is at the forefront of ensuring that we continue the good work being done to build audiences for theatre.”

Commissioner Burden said, “To every aspiring artist, New York is already the greatest stage in the world.  It is gratifying that our zoning continues to sow the seeds for new generations of audiences and theatrical ventures, fulfilling the goal of bolstering the Theater District as a thriving, vibrant center of opportunity for the performing arts.  Enhancing its accessibility to New Yorkers and allure to visitors around the world reinforces New York’s place as an international capital for creativity and theatrical achievement.”

“By supporting the development of new work and diverse voices, and stimulating expanded access to high-quality performance, the Theater Subdistrict Council grants will help build new audiences and reinforce New York City’s identity as a creative center,” said Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said, “The City’s support of the Theater Subdistrict Council ensures innovation and creativity will continue to be the pulse of the Theater District in midtown Manhattan. We are committed to the continued support of our art programs to ensure creativity continues to live and thrive in every neighborhood.”

The Theater Subdistrict covers the area between Sixth and Eighth Avenues from West 40th to West 57th Streets. Theaters to be preserved and receiving sites for new development must be located within the district.  As specified in the zoning, monies have been deposited into the TSC fund in connection with development projects that would result in the preservation of the landmark theaters.  In addition to the contributions to the fund, six theaters have entered into preservation agreements that obligate the facilities to maintain or upgrade the properties such that they are in physically and operationally sound condition: Martin Beck AKA Hirschfield, St. James, Broadhurst, Majestic, Booth and Shubert.

The transferred air rights from the theaters have facilitated the construction of new hotels on West 44th on 8th Avenue (308 West 44th Street) and on West 45th Street between Sixth Avenue and Broadway (131 West 45th Street), and a new residential building on West 46th Street & 8th Avenue (750 8th Avenue). 

The representatives of the theater community on the TSC were appointed by Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn.  The Mayor’s appointees are Jed Bernstein, Ben Cameron, and George C. Wolfe.  The Speaker’s designee is Paige Price.


Roundabout Theatre Company is one of the country’s leading not-for-profit theatres.  The company contributes invaluably to New York's cultural life by staging the highest quality revivals of classic plays and musicals as well as new works by established writers. Roundabout consistently partners great artists with great works to bring a fresh and exciting interpretation that makes each production relevant and important to today’s audiences.  

Roundabout Theatre Company currently produces at three permanent homes each of which is designed specifically to enhance the needs of the Roundabout's mission.  Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics.  Roundabout's Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions.  Together these three distinctive venues serve to enhance the work on each of its stages.  Roundabout also programs the Stephen Sondheim Theatre which is the first new Broadway theatre built in over a decade and set new standards for environmentally sustainable design and construction of performing arts venues.

American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Flatotel is the official hotel of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties; the New York Department of State; the New York State Department of Education; and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation among many private foundations, corporations, individuals, and patrons.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2010-2011 season features George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Professionstarring Cherry Jones & Sally Hawkins, directed by Doug Hughes; Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter, adapted and directed by Emma Rice; Kim Rosenstock’s Tigers Be Still, directed by Sam Gold; Julia Cho’s The Language Archive, directed by Mark Brokaw; Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, starring and directed by Brian Bedford; Tennessee Williams’ The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymorestarring Olympia Dukakis, directed by Michael Wilson; Anything Goes starring Sutton Foster, directed & choreographed by Kathleen Marshall; David West Read’s The Dream of Burning Boy, directed by Evan Cabnet.  The 39 Steps made its third transfer to the New World Stages after a successful Broadway run at three Broadway theatres.

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MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, Broadway’s new hit musical, is pleased to announce that Lesley Gore will join the cast of the Tony nominated Best Musical for a special performance during the finale of the Friday evening, September 24 performance at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street).

Gore is a singer/songwriter with over two dozen hits to her name including such iconic songs as “Judy’s Turn To Cry,” “She’s A Fool,” “That’s the Way Boys Are,” “Maybe I Know,” “You Don’t Own Me” and her classic smash hit, “It’s My Party.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Tickets for MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET are available online, 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.


LESLEY GORE. With over two dozen chart hits to her credit, Lesley Gore created the soundtrack to the Sixties with hits like, “Judy’s Turn To Cry,” “She’s A Fool,” “That’s the Way Boys Are,” “Maybe I Know,” “You Don’t Own Me” and her classic smash hit, “It’s My Party” – the record that skyrocketed her to fame in 1963 at the age of 16.  Lesley still sings those songs “as if I first heard them yesterday,” but it’s no exercise in nostalgia.  Having expanded her career into songwriting and lecturing, in addition to her club and concert appearances, Lesley is celebrating the best years of her life. “I am currently working on my memoirs and a musical based on my life and career." 

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The producers of PROMISES, PROMISES announced today that the smash hit, Tony Award-winning revival will play its final performance on Broadway on Sunday, January 2, 2011, having played 30 preview and 291 regular performances.  The show’s stars Sean Hayes, Kristin Chenoweth, Tony Goldwyn, Dick Latessa and Molly Shannon have all extended their contracts for an additional week to ring in the New Year.  PROMISES, PROMISES is expected to recoup its investment in the coming weeks with complete details to be announced at that time.  In addition the producers are excited to announce that discussions have begun for a possible tour of this new production of PROMISES, PROMISES, with more details to follow.  PROMISES, PROMISES, directed and choreographed by Tony and Emmy Award winner Rob Ashford with Neil Simon’s funny and touching book and Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s hit-packed score, began previews at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway) Saturday, March 27, 2010, and since it opened Sunday, April 25, 2010, has been one of Broadway’s top grossing shows week after week. 

“We’ve had an amazing journey with Rob Ashford’s vision of this legendary show and we are thrilled to end this party on a high note, ringing in the New Year with our dream cast.  This has been a perfect experience from start to finish.” said producer Beth Williams.

PROMISES, PROMISES currently stars Sean Hayes as Chuck Baxter, Kristin Chenoweth as Fran Kubelik, Tony Goldwyn as J.D. Sheldrake, 2010 Tony Award winner Katie Finneran as Marge MacDougall and Dick Latessa as Dr. Dreyfuss.  They lead a cast of 27 that includes Brooks Ashmanskas as Mr. Dobitch, Helen Anker as Miss Olson, Peter Benson as Mr. Kirkeby, Seán Martin Hingston as Mr. Eichelberger, Ken Land as Jesse Vanderhof, and features Cameron Adams, Ashley Amber, Wendi Bergamini, Nikki Renee Daniels, Simone De La Rue, Sarah Jane Everman, Chelsea Krombach, Keith Kuhl, Marty Lawson, Ian Liberto, Matt Loehr, Mayumi Miguel, Brian O'Brien, Sarah O'Gleby, Adam Perry, Megan Sikora, Matt Wall, Ryan Watkinson and Kristen Beth Williams.  On Tuesday, October 12, Molly Shannon will make her Broadway debut as Marge MacDougall.

Due to a vacation week and prior commitments, Kristin Chenoweth will not be performing in PROMISES, PROMISES from Friday, October 15, through the matinee Wednesday, October 27.  Ms Chenoweth will return to the show at the 8pm performance on Wednesday, October 27.  During the final week she will not perform Wednesday, December 29 at 8pm, Thursday, December 30 at 2 and 8pm and Saturday, January 1 at 8pm but will return for the final performance on Sunday, January 2 at 3pm. 

PROMISES, PROMISES features scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Bruce Pask, lighting design by Donald Holder, sound design by Brian Ronan and hair and wig design by Tom Watson.  Orchestrations are by Jonathan Tunick, with music direction by Phil Reno, and dance music arrangements by David Chase.

PROMISES, PROMISES is produced by Broadway Across America (John Gore, Thomas B. McGrath, Beth Williams), Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, The Weinstein Company/Terry Allen Kramer, Candy Spelling, Pat Addiss, Bernie Abrams/Michael Speyer, Takonkiet Viravan/Scenario Thailand, Norton Herrick/Barry & Fran Weissler/TBS Service/Laurel Oztemel in association with Michael McCabe/Joseph Smith and Stage Ventures 2009 No. 2 Limited PartnershipBeth Williams is the executive producer of PROMISES, PROMISES.

Based on the 1960 Academy Award-winning Billy Wilder film The Apartment that starred Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, PROMISES, PROMISEStells the story of the Consolidated Life Insurance Company and Chuck Baxter, one of its charming young employees. In an effort to advance his career, Chuck lends executives his apartment for their extramarital romantic trysts. But things become slightly complicated when Chuck discovers Fran Kubelik, the object of his affection, is involved with one of the executives. 

The playing schedule for PROMISES, PROMISESis as follows: Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm.  Please note there will be added performances Monday, December 20 at 8pm, Sunday, December 26 at 2pm (early curtain time) and 8pm, Monday, December 27 at 8pm, and Thursday, December 30 at 2pm, and no performances Friday, December 24 at 8pm, Saturday, December 25 at 2pm, Friday, December 31 at 8pm, or Saturday, January 1 at 2pm.  Tickets range from $146.50 - $56.50 and are available at (212-239-6200).      

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(Minneapolis/St. Paul) The Broadway bound production of THE SCOTTSBORO BOYSwill conclude its run at the Guthrie Theater on September 25, 2010, following an eight-week engagement that has played to full houses and standing ovations every night. Lauded by critics and audiences as a daring and wildly entertaining musical that explores a fascinating chapter in American history with brilliant originality, this thrilling final collaboration by musical theater giants JOHN KANDER and FRED EBB continues to spark community conversation well beyond the final bows.

“We’ve been enormously gratified by the reaction to this remarkable musical by both audiences and critics,” said Guthrie Artistic Director JOE DOWLING. “We’re quite proud that the Guthrie Theater was able to bring this provocative new work to our audiences and thrilled by the response.”

Minneapolis critics have been captivated by the production, calling it “AN ASTONISHING MUSICAL ACCOMPLISHMENT” (Star Tribune), “DAZZLING ENTERTAINMENT” (St. Paul Pioneer Press), “OUTLANDISH BRILLIANCE” (Mpls.St.Paul Magazine) and “SHOWS A STARTLING LEVEL OF INTELLECTUAL AND SPIRITUAL COMPLEXITY” (CityPages).

Guthrie audiences have also embraced the discussion of race, examining and thinking about the piece in ways well beyond the normal play going experience. “This powerful and inventive musical reminds us of the corrosive effects of prejudice on individual lives and on society as a whole,” said Dowling. “It has sparked conversations and feedback from our audiences that is unlike almost any other show I’ve experienced.”  

“The HUGELY TALENTED TRIPLE-THREAT CAST of this show embodies the principle that some subjects can only be approached through the lens of music and humor, lest they become unbearable. We laugh through the tears and remember, remember, remember--even if we never experienced the original events on which this great show was based.”
-- William, Minneapolis

I FEEL HONORED, HUMBLED, AND FORTUNATE TO HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE IT before it becomes the huge hit on Broadway that it deserves.”
-- Carole, Sioux City, Iowa

"The Scottsboro Boys was A SUPREMELY SATISFYING THEATRE EXPERIENCE which takes one of the more benighted events in Jim Crow South and turns it on its head, humanizing the "boys" and addressing the multi-issued event with skill and poignancy."
-- Jack, Minneapolis


-- Shelby, Chicago

“The Scottsboro Boys was ONE OF THE MOST FULFILLING & THRILLING NIGHTS IN THEATRE IN YEARS. We had read the story synopsis well in advance of the performance, and pretty much knew it would be a challenging subject matter, but were not prepared for the incredible spectacle we saw before us.”
-- Joe, Minneapolis

“This show was so MAGNIFICENT AND TRANSCENDENT to me. It was just powerful how all the different aspects came together to represent our struggle over this whole entire time.”
-- Veanne, St. Paul

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THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS began performances at the Guthrie Theater on July 31, kicking off an eight-week engagement that concludes September 25, 2010. The critically-acclaimed production, directed by five-time Tony Award-winner SUSAN STROMAN and featuring a book by DAVID THOMPSON, comes to the Guthrie following a sold-out Off-Broadway run at the Vineyard Theatre earlier this year. Immediately following its Guthrie run, the production will move to Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre, where it will begin performances on October 7 in advance of its official October 31, 2010, opening.

The Guthrie Theater production of THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS is presented by special arrangement with BARRY and FRAN WEISSLER and JACKI BARLIA FLORIN.

The GUTHRIE THEATER (Joe Dowling, Director)was founded by Sir Tyrone Guthrie in 1963 and is an American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training. The Tony Award-winning Guthrie Theater is dedicated to producing the great works of dramatic literature, developing the work of contemporary playwrights and cultivating the next generation of theater artists. With annual attendance of nearly 500,000 people, the Guthrie Theater presents a mix of classic plays and contemporary work on its three stages. Under the artistic leadership of Joe Dowling since 1995, the Guthrie continues to set a national standard for excellence in theatrical production and performance. In 2006, the Guthrie opened its new home on the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the Guthrie Theater houses three state-of-the-art stages, production facilities, classrooms and dramatic public lobbies.

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Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical, written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott and directed by Simon Phillips, will open on Broadway on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway). Previews will begin on Monday, February 28, 2011.

The spectacular new stage musical will make its pre-Broadway, North American debut this fall when it begins performances at The Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto for a twelve-week only engagement beginning October 12, 2010 and officially opening October 26.

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

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

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

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical will also feature C. David Johnson (“Bob”), James Brown III (“Jimmy”), Nathan Lee Graham (“Miss Understanding”), Mike McGowan (“Frank”), J. Elaine Marcos (“Cynthia”), Jessica Phillips (“Marion”), Steve Schepis (“Farrah”), Keala Settle (“Shirley”), “Divas” Jacqueline Arnold, Anastacia McCleskey and Ashley Spencer and Thom Allison, Kyle Brown, Bryan West, Tad Wilson, Joshua Buscher, Susan Dunstan, Gavin Lodge, David Lopez, Ellyn Marie Marsh, Jeff Metzler and Eric Sciotto.

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL, adapted from the Academy Award® winning film “The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert,” starring Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce, is written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott.  Direction is by Simon Phillips, choreography is by Ross Coleman, musical supervision and arrangements are by Stephen ‘Spud’ Murphy and set design is by Brian ThomsonTim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner have re-created their Academy Award® winning costume designs, which were originally designed for the film.  Lighting is designed by Nick Schlieper and sound design is by Jonathan Deans. BAFTA Award winning make up design is recreated by Cassie Hanlon.  

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL had its world premiere in Sydney in 2006 and has subsequently wowed audiences and critics alike in Melbourne and New Zealand, becoming the most successful Australian musical of all time. The London production is now in its second smash hit year in the West End at the Palace Theatre.  Beyond Toronto and Broadway, further international dates are also in discussion for productions in Brazil, Scandinavia and Germany.

Beyond Toronto and Broadway, further international dates are also in discussion for productions in Brazil, Scandinavia and Germany.

Along with winning the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Costume Design for Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner, the musical was also nominated forBest New Musical and Tony Sheldon was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical.The Evening Standard raved that Priscilla “Takes you out of yourself and into daring places your wildest fantasies might never have dreamed of visiting,” and The Daily Telegraph, The Times, Evening Standard, and London Paper allgave the production “Four Stars!”

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL is produced by Liz Koops and Garry McQuinn; Specific Films; Allan Scott Productions; Roy FurmanJames L. NederlanderTerry Allen KramerTerri and Timothy Childs, Ken Greiner & Chip MeyrellesChugg Entertainment; Michael BuckleyBruce DaveyStewart F. Lane / Bonnie ComleyThierry Suc; Robert G. Bartner; Volcano Project; David Mirvish; Paul Boskind and Martian Entertainment / Spirtas-Mauro Productions/MAS Music Arts & Show.


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Wednesday, 15 September 2010 17:20

WEST SIDE STORY Closing January 2, 2011




The hit revival of WEST SIDE STORY, directed by its two-time Tony Award winning librettist Arthur Laurents with the original Jerome Robbins choreography restaged by Tony Award nominee Joey McKneely, will play its final performance on Broadway on Sunday, January 2, 2011, having played 27 preview and 748 regular performances.

On Monday, December 20, 2010, this Tony Award-winning production of WEST SIDE STORY will become the longest running incarnation of the groundbreaking musical, surpassing the original production which held the record having played 732 Performances on Broadway.    This production of WEST SIDE STORY recouped its $14 million investment after running only 30 weeks (247 performances), Karen Olivo won a 2009 Tony Award for her performance as Anita, and this production’s original cast recording won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.  A national touring production launches in Detroit on September 30, 2010, going on to cross the country visiting cities including Los Angeles, Orlando, Houston and Atlanta.

2009 Tony Award nominee Josefina Scaglione will play her final performance as Maria, Sunday, September 19, at 3pm, and Sarah Amengual will be Broadway’s new Maria beginning Tuesday, September 21, 2010.  Natalie Cortez will continue in the role of Anita for the remainder of the Broadway run (Karen Olivo will not return per doctor’s orders) and Matt Shingledecker will play the role of Tony on Wednesday evenings and Sunday matinees beginning October 13th.  WEST SIDE STORY currently stars, Matthew Hydzik, Josefina Scaglione, Natalie Cortez, John Arthur Greene, George Akram and Jeremy Jordan leading a cast of 48. 

Tickets for WEST SIDE STORY at Broadway’s Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway) are on sale at (212-307-4100) or at the Palace Theatre box office and range from $121.50 - $46.50.  The updated playing schedule for WEST SIDE STORY is Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday - Saturday at 8 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.



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National Theatre Live’s special encore broadcast of
Starring Academy Award Winner Helen Mirren

The broadcasts are shown on screens across New York City and throughout the U.S., beginning Thursday, September 23, 2010.

National Theatre Live is an initiative by the UK’s National Theatre to broadcast live performances onto cinema screens around the world.  The first season launched in 2009 with the acclaimed broadcast of Phèdre, by Jean Racine in a version by Ted Hughes starring Helen Mirren (The Queen) and Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia! film), directed by Nicholas Hytner.  Phèdre has been added as a special encore broadcast to herald the second season of National Theatre Live on Thursday, September 23rd.

In the New York City area, screenings continue at Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYU’s Skirball Center, City Cinema 123, Kew Gardens Cinema, Fairfield University (CT) & the Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC).

The broadcast will also be shown on screens across the United States including the Mann Theatre in Hollywood, the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, NM, the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Boston, MA, and many more.  Several venues have been added in the U.S. to National Theatre Live. Starting with Phèdre the series will be featured at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in La Mirada, CA, the Shalin Liu Performing Arts Center in Rockport, MA, the Hopkins Center for the Arts on the campus of Dartmouth University and others.

WHEN: Thursday, September 23rd
Additional broadcasts in the New York City area include:
● Brooklyn Academy of Music
● NYU Skirball Center for the Arts
● Cinema 123 (Upper East Side)
● Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville
● Fairfield University, CT
● Time and Space, Hudson – additional broadcast on Saturday, October 2nd
● Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC)
● Kew Gardens Cinema
● Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook (CT)

For a complete list of U.S. dates, times & locations, please check:<>

Ticket prices vary by venue.  The average ticket price is $20.  Contact local venues for ticket information.

Consumed by an uncontrollable passion for her young stepson and believing Theseus, her absent husband, to be dead, Phèdre (Mirren) confesses her darkest desires and enters the world of nightmare. When Theseus returns, alive and well, Phèdre, fearing exposure, accuses her stepson of rape. The result is carnage.

NT Live is distributed by New York-based BY Experience, Inc. (

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Theatre Communications Group Announces Thirty-Eight
2010 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Awards Totaling $924,000

"Rehearsing a world premiere, every moment is precious. Every question regarding the production has never been answered before. The Edgerton grant will provide us with an apt opportunity to experiment with the tone, pacing and momentum of this exhilarating new play."

Robert Kelley, Artistic, Director, TheatreWorks

NEW YORK, NY - Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, is pleased to announce the 38 Edgerton Foundation New American Play awards granted to theatres across the U.S. in 2010.  The awards, which total $924,000, provide additional rehearsal and development time for the entire creative team on the new play, including the playwright. Over the last 4 years, 111 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Awards have been granted, totaling $3.2 million.

"It is vital that new play development exist in communities across the country - and that our audiences are invited to participate in the scary, messy, exhilarating process of bringing a new work to life," said Anita Stewart, executive and artistic director of Portland Stage. "Support from the Edgerton Foundation allows Portland Stage and our audiences to be involved in the process of creating something new and unique that can continue to live for years to come."

The goal of the Edgerton Foundation New American Play awards is to utilize up-front development time to help extend the future life of the plays. The plays have also received Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award recognition. Next to Normal won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the following were finalists, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety,  Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo and  In the Next Room (or the vibrator play).

"Our Edgerton grant for Wanamaker's Pursuit is crucial to its development," said Amy Murphy, managing director of Arden Theatre Company.  "We know from our talks and experience with playwright Rogelio Martinez that he makes extensive use of early rehearsals to revise and clarify. Set in the art world of 1911 Paris, with fashion designer Paul Poiret as one of the major characters, Wanamaker's Pursuit also affords remarkable opportunities for our design team. The extended development process will allow the designers more time to collaborate with Martinez to create a world that captures this most remarkable time and place."

Theatres with a strong and consistent track record of producing new work are invited to submit letters of inquiry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A panel of readers reviews the plays and one-time grants (ranging from $5,000 - $75,000) are awarded.

"The Edgerton Foundation's commitment to enabling theaters like MCC to give additional time and resources to playwrights like Neil LaBute and the teams of artists who really shape a new work in its world premiere production is incredible," said Blake West, executive director of MCC Theater. "It makes better work, better artists.  It has a huge impact not just on our institution or production, but on the whole landscape for new plays."

The 2010 Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards were presented to:

Actor's Express, Atlanta, GA
by Marco Ramirez

Alabama Shakespeare, Montgomery, AL
Blood Divided
by Jeffrey Chasting

Arden Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
Wanamaker's Pursuit
by Rogelio Martinez

Arden Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
Ghost Writer
by Michael Hollinger

Arena Stage, Washington, D.C.
Every Tongue Confess
by Marcus Gardley

Arizona Theatre Company, Tucson, AZ
Ten Chimneys
by Jeffrey Hatcher

Borderlands, Tucson, AZ
Arizona: No Roosters in the Desert
by Kara Hartzel
Co-production with El Circulo Teatral and Prop Thtr

City Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
Louder Faster
by Jeffrey Hatcher & Eric Simonson

Curious, Denver, CO
Astronomical Sunset
by Robert Vaughan

Dallas Theater Center, Dallas, TX
The Trinity River Plays
by Regina Taylor
Co-production with Goodman Theatre

Denver Center Theatre Co., Denver, CO
Map of Heaven
by Michelle Lowe

Denver Center Theatre Co., Denver, CO
The Catch
by Ken Weitzman

Goodman, Chicago, IL
by David Hwang
Co-production with the Public Theater

Goodman, Chicago, IL
Stage Kiss
by Sarah Ruhl

Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN
Master Butchers Singing Club
by Marsha Norman

Kitchen Dog Theater, Dallas, TX
by Elaine Romero

Lincoln Center Theater, New York, NY
A Free Man of Color
by John Guare

Lookingglass, Chicago, IL
The Last Act of Lilka Kadison
by David Kersnar

Manhattan Theatre Club, New York, NY
Good People
by David Lindsay-Abaire

Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley, CA
Nine Circles
by Bill Cain

MCC Theater, New York, NY
Break of Noon
by Neil LaBute
Co-production with Geffen Playhouse

McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton, NJ
The How and The Why
by Sarah Treem

Merrimack Repertory, Lowell, MA
The Exceptionals
by Bob Clyman

New Theatre, Coral Gables, FL
by Shirley Lauro

Northlight, Skokie, IL
The Outgoing Tide
by Bruce Graham

Oregon Shakespeare, Ashland, OR
Ghost Light
by Jonathan Moscone and Tony Taccone
Co-production with Berkeley Repertory

Playwrights Horizons, New York, NY
by Bathsheba Doran

Portland Stage, Portland, OR
Center of Gravity
by Gregory Hischak

Primary Stages, New York, NY
In Transit
by Kristen Anderson-Lopez,  James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth

Salt Lake Acting Co., Salt Lake City, UT
The Persian Quarter
Kathleen Cahill

San Jose Rep, San Jose, CA
Love in American Times
by Philip Gotanda

Second Stage, New York, NY
By The Way, Meet Vera Stark
by Lynn Nottage

Shakespeare & Co, Lenox, MA
The Taster
by Joan Ackerman

Signature Theatre, Arlington, VA
Wheatley's Folly
By Michael Slade, Joseph Thalken and Mark Campbell

South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, CA
by Itamar Moses

Theatreworks, Palo Alto, CA
The North Pool
by Rajiv Joseph

Theatreworks, Palo Alto, CA
Auctioning the Ainsleys
by Laura Schellhardt

Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT
Bossa Nova
by Kirsten Greenidge

For more information on the plays, please visit:

The Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Program, directed by Brad and Louise Edgerton, was piloted in 2006 with the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles by offering two musicals in development an extended rehearsal period for the entire creative team, including the playwrights.  The Edgertons launched the program nationally in 2007 and have funded 111 plays to date. Fifty plays have been scheduled to have subsequent productions following their world premieres in productions across the country and the globe in almost forty regional companies, five repertory companies and an international festival in Ireland. Six plays have made it to Broadway, including Curtains, 13, Next To Normal, 33 Variations, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), and Time Stands Still.  Five others have had off Broadway productions of plays first staged in regional theatres: Back, Back, Back, Equivocation, Restoration, The Brother/Sister Plays and The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety.

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, exists to strengthen, nurture and promote the professional not-for-profit American theatre.  Founded in 1961, TCG's constituency has grown from a handful of groundbreaking theatres to nearly 700 member theatres and affiliate organizations and more than 12,000 individuals nationwide.  TCG offers its members networking and knowledge-building opportunities through conferences, events, research and communications; awards grants, approximately $2 million per year, to theatre companies and individual artists; advocates on the federal level; and serves as the US Center of the International Theatre Institute, connecting its constituents to the global theatre community.  TCG is the nation's largest independent publisher of dramatic literature, with 11 Pulitzer Prizes for Best Play on the TCG booklist. It also publishes the award-winning AMERICAN THEATRE magazine and ARTSEARCH(r), the essential source for a career in the arts.  In all of its endeavors, TCG seeks to increase the organizational efficiency of its member theatres, cultivate and celebrate the artistic talent and achievements of the field and promote a larger public understanding of, and appreciation for, the theatre.

In 2005, TCG received the Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre in recognition of its impact on the national field.  TCG and its member theatres are major contributors to the American theatre sector, which employs nearly 130,000 people, produces more than 187,000 performances each year and contributes $1.9 billion to the US economy annually.  A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, TCG is led by executive director Teresa Eyring and governed by a national board of directors representing the theatre field.

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J O R D A N   R O T H

B I L L I E  J O E  A R M S T R O N G  &  M I C H A E L  M A Y E R


New York, NY – 92nd Street Y has announced that Jordan Roth, President of Jujamcyn Theaters, will embark on a new season of his multi-evening conversation series, “Broadway Talks,” with Grammy Award-winning vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and Tony Award-winning Director Michael Mayer.  Among other topics, Roth, Armstrong and Mayer will discuss the current Broadway production of American Idiot, the new musical based on the landmark Green Day recording, at 92nd Street Y (1395 Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street).  Tickets are $29 and are available at  or by calling 212.415.5500. 

A presentation of 92nd Street Y, Jordan Roth’s “Broadway Talks” series features illuminating one-on-one discussions between Mr. Roth and current Broadway stars.  Previous conversations have featured Liev Schreiber (Tony Award nominee, A View from the Bridge), Laura Linney (Tony Award nominee, Time Stands Still), Sean Hayes (Tony Award nominee, Promises, Promises) and Nathan Lane (The Addams Family).

The current “Broadway Talks” schedule is as follows:

         Billie Joe Armstrong                Sunday, September 19th, 7:30 pm, Lexington Ave. @ 92nd Street                                      & Michael Mayer         David Hyde Pierce                     Sunday, October 24th, 7:30 pm, Lexington Ave. @ 92nd Street
         Elaine Stritch                                Monday, December 6th, 8:00 pm, Lexington Ave. @ 92nd Street


An audience Q&A will follow the conversation. Questions for Mr. Armstrong and Mr. Mayer can be submitted prior to the event to Mr. Roth via twitter at

Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool – were kids from working-class backgrounds who came of age in the underground punk scene in Berkeley.  Even though they had previously released two records (1039/Smooth Out Slappy Hours and Kerplunk), they announced their arrival with 1994’s Dookie, a dynamic blast of exuberant punk-pop that spoke to bored teenagers everywhere. The album eventually sold 15 million copies, earned the band its first Grammy Award and inspired a raft of imitators. Over the years, Green Day continued to top the charts with their subsequent studio albums Insomniac, Nimrod and Warning, while entertaining millions of fans with their frenetic live shows. But it was their landmark 2004 album American Idiot that launched Green Day into the stratosphere. “Jesus of Suburbia” set the tone by telling a tale of the choice between self destruction and redemption that resonated with listeners of all ages, nationalities and political persuasions. American Idiot debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart, spawned five hit singles, earned seven Grammy® nominations (winning two, including Best Rock Album) and raised the bar for modern rock and roll. Last year, Green Day released its new album 21st Century Breakdown, which was nominated for three 2010 Grammy Awards and won Best Rock Album. It also spawned two hit singles: the gold “Know Your Enemy,” which was the first song ever to top Billboard’s Rock, Alternative and Mainstream Rock charts simultaneously; and the platinum “21 Guns,” which earned them three 2009 MTV Video Music Awards including Best Rock Video. Green Day also took home an American Music Award for Favorite Alternative Rock Music Artist. For more about the band, visit

Michael Mayer is represented on Broadway this season with American Idiot and the recent Everyday Rapture. He received the 2007 Tony Award, as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, for his production of Spring Awakening, which also played in London, Vienna, Tokyo, and Seoul. His other Broadway credits include Side Man (Tony Award/Best Play); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award/Best Musical); A View From the Bridge (Tony Award/Best Revival); Uncle Vanya; 'night Mother; After the Fall; You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; and Triumph of Love.  In addition to Spring Awakening at the Atlantic Theater Company, his Off-Broadway credits include Everyday Rapture, Our House, 10 Million Miles, Antigone in New York, Baby Anger, The Credeaux Canvas, and Stupid Kids. Michael also directed the national tours of Spring Awakening, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Angels In America, winner of Jefferson and Carbonell Awards. Regional work includes plays at Berkeley Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Center Stage, and Yale Rep. Michael directed the films A Home at the End of the World and Flicka.

About 92nd Street Y: Founded in 1874 by a group of visionary Jewish leaders, 92nd Street Y’s mission is to enrich lives, create community and elevate humanity.  The organization serves about 300,000 people of all ages, races, faiths and backgrounds annually through its local programs, and reaches many more through its satellite, television, radio and Internet broadcasts.  92nd Street Y awards nearly $1 million in scholarships annually and reaches out to thousands of public school children through subsidized arts and science education programs. 92Y’s new downtown venue, 92YTribeca, opened in October 2008, and features a wide range of programming including music, film, comedy and talks.  For more information, please visit

Jordan Roth is the President of Jujamcyn Theaters, whose current Broadway productions include American Idiot, Fela!, Jersey Boys, A Little Night Music and the upcoming The Book of MormonElf, and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.

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Wednesday, 15 September 2010 11:49

Tickets to Broadway's ELLING Go On Sale Today






ELLING is based on the popular original novels by Ingvar Ambjørnsen and adapted for the Oscar nominated film and the stage by Axel Hellstenius and Petter Næss, in a new English adaptation by critically hailed writer Simon Bent.

"The most blissfully funny and touching evening I've had in the theatre in ages."
-The Guardian (London)

"Moving and very, very funny.  Thoroughly life-affirming."
-The Times (London)

"Works like a dream."
-The Daily Telegraph (London)

Tickets for Broadway's ELLING are on sale today, Wednesday, September 15 exclusively for American Express cardholders and for the general public beginning Monday, September 27.  ELLING stars Brendan Fraser (Crash, Gods and Monsters, and critically hailed in the West End's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) and Denis O'Hare (Take Me Out -Tony Award-winner, HBO's "True Blood") with Jennifer Coolidge (Broadway's The Women, American Pie, Best in Show) and Richard Easton  (The Invention of Love - Tony Award-winner, The Coast of Utopia, Noises Off).  The critically acclaimed new comedy from London, directed by Tony Award-winner Doug Hughes (Doubt, Mrs. Warren's Profession), ELLING will begin performances Tuesday, November 2 and open Sunday, November 21 on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street) and will play a strictly limited engagement through March 20, 2011.

ELLING is based on the popular original novels by Ingvar Ambjørnsen and adapted for the Oscar nominated film and the stage by Axel Hellstenius and Petter Næss, in a new English adaptation by critically hailed writer Simon Bent.  ELLING played the West End and was nominated for the Lawrence Olivier Award for Comedy of the Year.

Set in the current day, ELLING is a comedy about a wildly mismatched pair of roommates trying to embrace life, love, friendship, pizza, poetry and women.  Denis O'Hare plays obsessive/compulsive Elling.  Brendan Fraser, plays the wildly enthusiastic gentle giant Kjell. Jennifer Coolidge plays Reidun, the object of Kjell's considerable affection and Richard Easton plays Alfons, Elling's unlikely poet mentor.

ELLING had a critically acclaimed stage premiere at the Bush Theatre in London and transferred to the West End.

ELLING previews November 2 and opens November 21 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street).

Additional casting and the design team will be announced soon.

Tickets are on sale today, Wednesday, September 15 exclusively for American Express cardholders through September 26.  Tickets go on sale for the general public beginning Monday, September 27.  All tickets available through or 212-239-63200.  Tickets available in person at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 West 47th Street beginning Tuesday, October 12.  Ticket prices range from $46.50 to $126.50 (all prices include $1.50 facilities fee).

The performance schedule is Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm.  Beginning, Tuesday, November 23, all Tuesday performances will begin at 7pm.

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