Andrew C. McGibbon
“For the ninety minutes it takes to perform RED, I was in its thrall.
The show is staged and acted with such fierce conviction and artistry that it never lets you look away.
ALFRED MOLINA is that rare actor who conveys intelligence with visceral intensity.
EDDIE REDMAYNE is a star in the making. MICHAEL GRANDAGE
has sure instincts for the purely theatrical.”
Ben Brantley, NEW YORK TIMES
THE INDEPENDENT, THE GUARDIAN, MAIL ON SUNDAY,
THE TIMES, EVENING STANDARD, SUNDAY EXPRESS
PERFORMANCES BEGIN TOMORROW NIGHT FOR
THE DONMAR WAREHOUSE’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED PRODUCTION OF
ALFRED MOLINA and EDDIE REDMAYNE
A NEW AMERICAN PLAY BY
LIMITED 15-WEEK ENGAGEMENT OPENS THURSDAY, APRIL 1
MORE THAN SIXTY $25 TICKETS AVAILABLE AT EVERY PERFORMANCE
The critically acclaimed Donmar Warehouse production of RED begins performances tomorrow night, Thursday, March 11 at the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street), for a limited 15-week engagement. RED opens on Broadway on Thursday, April 1.
RED, a new American play by John Logan about the twentieth century master of abstract expressionism Mark Rothko, stars Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne, who created their roles in the world premiere this winter at the Donmar. RED is directed by Donmar artistic director Michael Grandage and marks playwright Logan’s Broadway debut.
“Following the wonderful response to Hamlet earlier this season, I am delighted the Donmar will be returning to Broadway to present John Logan's brilliant new play,” commented director Grandage. “With two outstanding performances from Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne, this thrilling 90-minute piece about the great New York artist Mark Rothko now has an opportunity to engage with a wider audience.”
“I am so honored to continue a wonderful partnership with the Donmar, under Michael Grandage’s brilliant leadership,” said producer Arielle Tepper Madover. “This is the fourth Donmar production I’ve moved to Broadway, following Frost/Nixon, Mary Stuart and Hamlet, but it’s a special thrill to be presenting the Donmar’s electrifying production of this great new American play on Broadway.”
Eddie Redmayne is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance to this production.
As part of the Donmar’s commitment to greater accessibility, producer Arielle Tepper Madover has announced that more than 60 tickets priced at $25 will be available at every performance through Telecharge.com and the Golden Theatre box office.
RED is set in 1958 as New York artist Mark Rothko (Alfred Molina) has received the art world’s largest commission to create a series of murals for The Four Seasons restaurant in the new Seagram building on Park Avenue. Under the watchful gaze of his young assistant, Ken (Eddie Redmayne) and the threatening presence of a new generation of artists, Rothko faces his greatest challenge yet: to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting. RED is a moving and compelling account of one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century, whose struggle to accept his growing riches and praise became his ultimate undoing.
RED opened December 8, 2009 at the Donmar to raves for John Logan’s script, the performances of acclaimed stage and screen star Alfred Molina and newcomer Eddie Redmayne and Michael Grandage’s production. “Intense, bitchily witty. A brilliantly acted production. Molina plays Rothko splendidly. Redmayne is thrilling to watch,” wrote Paul Taylor, The Independent. “Michael Grandage’s production is riveting. Audiences will find themselves engrossed and held rapt. Molina and Redmayne's individual strengths are remarkable, but it's the quality of their listening to each other that makes them mesmerizing,” cheered David Benedict, Variety. “It's a measure of the play's success that it makes you want to rush out and renew acquaintance with Rothko's work. Michael Grandage's beautiful production is, as always, actor-driven,” raved Michael Billington, The Guardian. “John Logan’s stunning new play is the most compelling drama I’ve seen all year,” hailed Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune. “Sizzling, intellectually thrilling. Michael Grandage’s production is superb.”
The production is designed by Christopher Oram, with lighting design by Neil Austin. Composer and sound designer is Adam Cork.
Tickets ($116.50-$25) are available through Telecharge.com by phone at 212-239-6200 or online at www.telecharge.com. Performances are Tuesday – Saturday at 8:00 PM with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00, Sunday at 3:00 PM. Beginning the week of April 12, Tuesday performances at 7:00 PM.
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ALFRED MOLINA (Mark Rothko) For the Donmar: Destry Rides Again. Theatre: include Howard Katz (New York), Art (New York), Fiddler on the Roof (New York), Molly Sweeney (New York) The Cherry Orchard (Los Angeles), Night of the Iguana, Speed-the-Plow (National Theatre), Serious Money (Royal Court), Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! (Criterion), Taming of the Shrew (RSC). Film: Silk, The Da Vinci Code, Spider Man 2, Boogie Nights, Anna Karenina, The Perez Family, Enchanted April, Prick Up Your Ears, Frida, Chocolat, Magnolia, As You Like It, The Hoax, Hideaway, Maverick, Raiders of the Lost Ark, An Education, The Tempest.
EDDIE REDMAYNE (Ken) For the Donmar: Hecuba. Theatre: Now or Later (Royal Court), The Goat (Almeida/Apollo) Master Harold & the Boys (Liverpool Everyman), Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe at the Middle Temple Hall). Film: Black Death, The Yellow Handkerchief, Glorious 39, Savage Grace, The Other Boleyn Girl, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Good Shepherd, Like Minds. Television: “The Pillars of the Earth,” “Tess of the D’Urbervilles,” “Elizabeth I”.
JOHN LOGAN (Playwright) has written 14 plays including Never the Sinner, Hauptmann: Speaking in Tongues; Scorched Earth and Riverview. His new adaptation of Ibsen’s The Master Builder appeared on the West End in 2003. He is a member of the Victory Gardens Theatre Playwright Ensemble. Logan’s work as a screenwriter includes Sweeney Todd (Golden Globe award); The Aviator (Oscar, Golden Globe and WGA nominations); Gladiator (Oscar, Golden Globe and WGA nominations); The Last Samurai; Any Given Sunday and RKO 281 (WGA award, Emmy nomination).
MICHAEL GRANDAGE (Director) is Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse. Previous work for the Donmar includes Hamlet, Madame De Sade, Twelfth Night and Ivanov (Donmar West End at the Wyndham’s Theatre – Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Director for Ivanov), The Chalk Garden (Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Director), Othello, John Gabriel Borkman, Don Juan in Soho, Frost/Nixon (also West End and Broadway), The Cut, The Wild Duck (Critics’ Circle Award for Best Director), Guys and Dolls (Donmar in the West End – Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production), Grand Hotel (Evening Standard Award for Best Director, Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production), Henry IV, After Miss Julie, Caligula (Olivier Award for Best Director) and Passion by Peter Nichols. Other West End work includes Evita. He was the Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres 1999 – 2005, where his work included Don Carlos (Evening Standard Award for Best Director).
THE DONMAR WAREHOUSE is one of London's leading producing theatres and has garnered critical acclaim at home and abroad for its unparalleled catalogue of work. Since 1992, Donmar-generated productions have received 35 Olivier Awards, 20 Critics' Circle Awards, 21 Evening Standard Awards and 14 Tony Awards. The Donmar has a long and successful history of presenting its work outside of its home in Covent Garden. Productions in the West End include Ivanov, Twelfth Night, Madame De Sade and Hamlet in the Donmar West End season at the Wyndham's - Piaf, Mary Stuart, Frost/Nixon, A Voyage Round My Father, Guys and Dolls, Design for Living, The Glass Menagerie, Company, The Real Thing and Passion Play. Productions on Broadway include Hamlet, Mary Stuart, Frost/Nixon, Cabaret, Electra, The Blue Room, The Real Thing, True West, Nine and the Public Theater and Donmar collaboration of Take Me Out.
“HAIR” SPREADS THE LOVE!
“LOVE OUT LOUD” AUCTIONS
TO BENEFIT FRESH AIR FUND
New York, NY (3/10/2010) – The Tony Award-winning Broadway production of HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical has partnered with Clear Channel New York to create “Love Out Loud: A Donation of LOVE from HAIR on Broadway,” a series of fundraising auctions benefitting The Fresh Air Fund.
Starting March 11, through May 19, 2010, you can visit hairloveoutloud.com to bid on once-in-a-lifetime prize packages. Each Clear Channel New York radio station (106.7 Lite fm, 103.5 KTU, Q104.3, WALK 97.5 and Z100) will hold a 2 week auction, with the first auction beginning Thursday, March 11, 2010 with a prize that includes dinner with cast-member Diana DeGarmo. Other packages will include a private vocal lesson with Musical Director Nadia DiGiallonardo; a “perfect New York date night” including tickets to HAIR, limousine service and luxury hotel accommodations; a Shakespeare in the Park Opening Night Park VIP package; and a walk-on cameo role in the Broadway production of HAIR. All proceeds from the auctions will go to benefit The Fresh Air Fund, which provides free summer experiences to children from low-income New York City communities.
Directed by Diane Paulus and choreographed by Karole Armitage, HAIR features a book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado and music by Galt MacDermot. HAIR began preview performances on March 6 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre and opened to rave reviews on March 31, 2009. The story of a group of young Americans searching for love and peace during the Vietnam era, HAIR is a timeless portrait of a movement that changed the world. Its groundbreaking rock score paved the way for some of the greatest musicals of our time. Now, the "Age of Aquarius" dawns again in this jubilant production, which is the winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. The Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle also honored the production with their 2009 award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical.
HAIR is presented on Broadway by The Public Theater (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Andrew D. Hamingson, Executive Director) Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Gary Goddard Entertainment, Kathleen K. Johnson, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Fran Kirmser Productions/Jed Bernstein, Marc Frankel, Broadway Across America, Barbara Manocherian/WenCarLar Productions, JK Productions/Terry Schnuck, Andy Sandberg, JAM Theatricals, The Weinstein Company / Norton Herrick, Jujamcyn Theaters, Joey Parnes and by special arrangement with Elizabeth Ireland McCann.
Tickets for HAIR are available via Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200. The schedule is as follows: Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday at 2:00 & 8:00 p.m., Thursday – Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 & 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00.
Ghostlight Records’ New Broadway Cast Recording of HAIR (2010 Grammy Award nominee) has just been released as a limited edition re-mastered vinyl LP. HAIRrecently launched the “HAIR eParty,” an unprecedented digital initiative designed to give audience members exciting new ways to share and relive the HAIR experience. At each performance, the show’s famous finale, when audience members are invited onstage for a massive communal dance party, will be digitally recorded at each performance. The video footage will then be posted on HAIR’s official website (www.HairBroadway.com) and audience members will have the opportunity to find and tag themselves, and share the video with friends and family via e-mail or social networking outlets like Facebook and Twitter.
Clear Channel Radio New York comprises WAXQ-FM 104.3, WHTZ-FM 100.3, WKTU-FM 103.5, WLTW-FM 106.7, WWPR-FM 105.1, as well as WALK-FM 97.5 and WALK-AM 1370 in Long Island. Clear Channel Radio New York is part of Clear Channel Radio, a leading radio company focused on serving local communities across the U.S. with more than 110 million listeners choosing Clear Channel Radio programming each week. The company's content can be heard on AM/FM stations, HD digital radio channels, on the Internet, via iPods and cell phones and used via navigation systems from BMW, Volvo, TomTom, Garmin and others. The company's operations include radio broadcasting, syndication and independent media representation. Clear Channel Radio is a division of Clear Channel Communications, Inc. (OTCBB:CCMO), a leading global media and entertainment company.
The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Each year, thousands of children visit volunteer host families in 13 states and Canada or attend one of five Fresh Air Fund camps in Fishkill, NY. In 2010, nearly 10,000 New York City children will participate in Fund programs.
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LOVE NEVER DIES has suffered a rocky journey to the stage.
First, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s cat Otto clambered into his synthesiser and wiped out everything that had been written. Now the show has been lambasted on the internet by dedicated “phans” of his earlier show, Phantom of The Opera. They scream, like the “phanatics” they are, that this sequel is a travesty and should be called Paint Never Dries.
They are grievously wrong. Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Glen Slater, has written a charming and moving operetta that takes the Phantom story a decade further to 1907, complete with the original characters.
Following his disappearance from the Paris opera, the Phantom – half his face deformed and still covered with a white mask – is to be found in New York’s Coney Island, then the world’s entertainment playground.
Christine, his love now married to the testy drunk Raoul and with a gentle son, Gustave, is lured from France to America to sing by a mysterious impresario – the Phantom still yearning for her. Some of the songs are lush and romantic. ’Til I Hear You Sing, poignantly sung by the Phantom, is elegantly phrased and expresses perfectly his longing for Christine.
There is the eye-catching burlesque number Bathing Beauty – a real showstopper – complete with dancing girls and leering trombones.
The title song, Love Never Dies, appears once towards the end. But again, Lloyd Webber has produced a luscious melody that lingers in the mind. (But do the first couple of bars not bear a resemblance to the Rachmaninoff-type scene from Billy Wilder’s comedy The Apartment?)
Despite a slow start, the musical soon proceeds thrillingly along. This is much to do with the often exquisite singing of both Ramin Karimloo as the Phantom and Sierra Boggess as Christine.
What Karimloo – Iranian-born but Canadian raised – may lack in stature, he makes up for with a finely tuned, polished and highly melodic voice.
Similarly the American-born Miss Boggess, making her West end debut, has a delightfully musical voice that reaches the high notes with noticeable ease and polish. She brings a lingering emotion to the show’s title song Love Never Dies. Her voice has a silvery quality and is so clear that it is possible to hear every word.
Summer Strallen, as the jealous Meg, brings considerable power to a part that demands some delicate handling. Director Jack O’Brien keeps a firm hand on this fast-moving show. And the special effects – they include singing Medusa heads and a skeleton with live legs pushing a hand cart are exciting and original.
This is an elegant and clever sequel to Phantom and deserves to have the old Adelphi Theatre filled every night with Lloyd Webber’s core, usually middle-class, audiences. It is a great night out.
See the review here:
BROADWAY’S HOTTEST NIGHT RETURNS
SUNDAY, JUNE 20: 9:30 PM & MIDNIGHT
BROADWAY BARES XX
PRODUCED BY BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER JERRY MITCHELL
PRESENTED BY M·A·C VIVA GLAM
IN ADDITION, BROADWAY BARES: SOLO STRIPS
RETURNS WITH THREE NEW EDITIONS THIS SPRING
BROADWAY BARES XX: “STRIP-OPOLY” will be held on Sunday, June 20 with two performances only (9:30 PM & Midnight) at Roseland Ballroom (239 West 52nd Street). BROADWAY BARES XX: “STRIP-OPOLY” is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
The theme was officially announced and ticket sales were formally kicked off last night at Next Magazine’s monthly “NextWorks” event at famed NYC bar Splash where BROADWAY BARES debuted in 1992.
Grab your favorite piece (Dog? Ship? Boot? Thimble?), roll the dice, and get ready to put money into the community chest to help BROADWAY BARES XX: “STRIP-OPOLY” reach their $1 million fundraising goal to benefit BC/EFA. This year’s BROADWAY BARES will bring a whole new definition to the phrase “game night” when over 200 of Broadway’s sexiest dancers come together for the hottest burlesque show this side of Park Place.
BROADWAY BARES XX: “STRIP-OPOLY” is produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Executive Produced by Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Love Never Dies, Catch Me If You Can, Legally Blonde), and will be directed by Josh Rhodes (The Drowsy Chaperone, Fosse).
In addition, following its smashing success earlier this year, BC/EFA announces the return of BROADWAY BARES: SOLO STRIPS, the new event featuring some of the hottest dancers on and off Broadway. BC/EFA has scheduled upcoming editions of SOLO STRIPS to be held at Splash (50 West 17th Street): Sunday, April 11; Sunday, May 16; and Sunday, June 6. Further information and ticket sales will be available on broadwaybares.com.
The first Broadway Bares in 1992 featured seven dancers stripping on a bar and raised over $8,000. Since then, the 18 previous editions of BROADWAY BARES have collectively raised over $5.5 million to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and grown to a full-fledged production featuring over 200 of Broadway’s sexiest dancers.
TICKETING INFORMATION FOR BROADWAY BARES XX: “STRIP-OPOLY”:
Tickets can be purchased online at www.BroadwayCares.org or by calling (212) 840-0770 x 268.
9:30 PM SHOW: $650 Benefactor - includes reserved seat at a cocktail table and open bar before the show; $250 VIP - includes non-reserved standing ticket in VIP area closest to stage or VIP Mezzanine with open bar before the show; $100 Priority - includes non-reserved standing ticket in Priority Viewing area close to the stage; $55 General Admission -non-reserved standing ticket.
MIDNIGHT SHOW: $650 Benefactor - includes reserved seat at a cocktail table and open bar before the show; $250 VIP - includes non-reserved standing ticket in VIP mezzanine with open bar before the show; $55 General Admission - non-reserved standing ticket.
BC/EFA is pleased to announce the return of the “VIP BACKSTAGE PASS” PACKAGE ($10,000). You and a guest will be escorted into Roseland for a sneak peek of the dress rehearsal, and meet Jerry Mitchell and a guest celebrity. Enjoy dinner and drinks at a private cocktail party with Jerry and Broadway stars. Come back to Roseland and join the entire company backstage for a short visit before you are escorted to your table in the VIP lounge and stay for both shows. After the Midnight show, you will join the cast as VIP guests at the post-show cast-party. This package is extremely limited in availability.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, BC/EFA raises funds for AIDS-related causes and other critical illnesses across the United States. Since its founding in 1988, BC/EFA has raised over $175 million dollars for critically needed services for people with AIDS and other serious illnesses. BC/EFA is the major supporter of seven programs at The Actors’ Fund – including The AIDS Initiative, The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic, The Dancers’ Resource and three supportive housing residences. BC/EFA also awards annual grants to over 400 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide.
For more information, call (212) 840-0770 x 268 or visit www.broadwaybares.com.
Additional sponsors include
Absolut Vodka; AussieBum; Continental Airlines, Club H Fitness,
NEXT Magazine; Showtime, 1-800 Postcards
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A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
RECOUPS ENTIRE INVESTMENT
FINAL 4 WEEKS TO SEE
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED PRODUCTION
LIMITED RUN MUST CLOSE SUNDAY, APRIL 4
The critically-acclaimed Broadway production of Arthur Miller’s A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE starring Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson directed by Gregory Mosher recouped its entire investment as of Monday, March 8. The limited run has only 4 weeks left before it must end on Sunday, April 4. The 14-week engagement began performances December 28, 2009 and opened January 24, 2010 at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street).
Schreiber and Johansson are joined by Jessica Hecht, Michael Cristofer, Morgan Spector, Corey Stoll, Alex Cendese, Anthony DeSando, Antoinette LaVecchia, Mark Morettini, Joe Ricci, Robert Turano and Marco Verna.
In A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, Miller's most passionate drama, Schreiber plays Eddie Carbone, a Brooklyn longshoreman obsessed with his 17-year-old niece Catherine, played by Scarlett Johansson. When Catherine falls in love with a newly arrived immigrant, Eddie's jealousy erupts in a rage that consumes him, his family, and his world.
A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE is produced by Stuart Thompson and The Araca Group. Additional producers include Jeffrey Finn, Broadway Across America, Olympus Theatricals, Marisa Sechrest, The Weinstein Company, Jon B. Platt, Sonia Friedman/Robert G. Bartner, Swinsky/Deitch, Adam Zotovich/Ruth Hendel/Orin Wolf, and The Shubert Organization.
The creative team for A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE includes John Lee Beatty (Scenic Design), Jane Greenwood (Costume Design), Peter Kaczorowski (Lighting Design), and Scott Lehrer (Sound Design).
Tickets range from $61.50 - $131.50 and are available through Telecharge.com, by phone at 212-239-6200, or 800-432-7250, online at www.Telecharge.com General rush tickets are available beginning at 10:00AM Monday-Saturday and 12:00PM on Sunday on first come, first served basis at the Schoenfeld Theatre box office. Rush tickets are $26.50 and subject to availability. Mezzanine standing room only tickets are also available on the day of performance at the box office.
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Roundabout Theatre Company
A public online auction in conjunction with the
2010 SPRING GALA
Stephen Sondheim turns 80 on Monday, March 22nd, 2010 and he will celebrate this landmark event with Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) at a special performance of Sondheim on Sondheim and star-studded tribute at Roundabout's 2010 Spring Gala: Sondheim 80.
As part of Sondheim 80, Roundabout will also host a public online auction, featuring several rare and unique items including theatre and sporting tickets as well as exclusive Roundabout memorabilia. All proceeds will go to Roundabout’s Music Theatre Fund. The auction is now open and will continue until 9:00pm on Sunday, March 28, 2010. Bids can be placed at www.biddingforgood.com/roundabouttheatre/sondheim80.
The gala celebration on March 22nd will begin with an early 6:15PM performance of Sondheim on Sondheim at Studio 54, a brand-new musical retrospective of Sondheim’s groundbreaking career. Sondheim on Sondheim stars Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams and Tom Wopat. Music & lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim and the production is conceived & directed by James Lapine. Next, guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner and a very personal star-studded musical tribute.
The tribute will include an array of original songs composed by Broadway’s current crop of musical theatre writers. Artists participating include Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal), Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party), Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family), Robert Lopez (Avenue Q) &Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda (In The Heights), Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening), Stew & Heidi Rodewald (Passing Strange) and Jeanine Tesori & David Lindsay-Abaire (Shrek). Their original compositions will be sung by some of Broadway's biggest talents such as Berndadette Peters in front of an audience that will include friends and artists from his six decades on Broadway such as Elaine Stritch, Lauren Bacall, Donna Murphy, Kelli O’Hara, Lynn Redgrave, Sam Mendes, Frank Rich, Michael Cerveris, La Chanze and more.
Roundabout has a long relationship with Stephen Sondheim having produced five Tony Award® nominated Sondheim revivals including Company (1995), Follies (2001), Tony Award® winning Assassins (2004), Pacific Overtures (2004) and Sunday in the Park with George (2008). In 2005, Roundabout honored Sondheim with the Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre for theindelible impact hislife’s work has made on the theatre world. In 2009, Roundabout produced a gala concert reading of A Little Night Music starring Natasha Richardson, Victor Garber and Vanessa Redgrave at Studio 54.
The Honorary Chairs of the Gala are Barry Diller & Diane von Furstenberg and Bernadette Peters. The Gala chairs are Michael T. Cohen, Martin & Perry Granoff and Tom & Diane Tuft. The Vice-chairs are Edward & Betsy Cohen, Mike & Pilar de Graffenried, Ted & Mary Jo Shen, Mark R. Fetting & Georgia D. Smith.
The tribute concert is directed by Paul Gemignani, Mr. Sondheim’s longtime musical director.
All proceeds from this event will benefit Roundabout Theatre Company’s Musical Theatre Fund.
TICKETS & SCHEDULE FOR MARCH 22:
The performance of Sondheim on Sondheim will begin at 6:15PM at Roundabout’s Studio 54. Underwriter and above ticket buyers are also invited to a private VIP Cocktail Party before the show begins. Immediately following the performance the dinner & Birthday tribute will commence at the Sheraton New York.
Support Levels: Gala Sponsorship at $100,000
Producer’s Circle Table(s) at $50,000
Celebrity Circle Table(s) at $35,000
Underwriter Table(s) at $25,000
Benefactor Table(s) at $15,000*
The non-deductible portion of tables is $2,500 or *$2,000.
Producer’s Circle Ticket(s) at $5,000
Celebrity Circle Ticket(s) at $3,500
Underwriter Ticket(s) at $2,500
Benefactor Ticket(s) at $1,500*
Patron Ticket(s) at $1,250* (almost sold out)
The non-deductible portion of tickets is $250 or *$200.
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 plays 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 new Henry Miller’s 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. Roundabout productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts; and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2009-2010 season includes Noël Coward’s Present Laughter starring Victor Garber, directed by Nicholas Martin; Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Sondheim on Sondheim starring Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams and Tom Wopat; Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, directed by Gordon Edelstein; Terrence McNally’s Lips Together, Teeth Apart, starring Megan Mullally, Patton Oswalt and Lili Taylor, directed by Joe Mantello. The 2010-2011 season will include Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, starring and directed by Brian Bedford. Roundabout’s sold out production of 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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ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER'S "LOVE NEVER DIES"
ON NPR's MORNING EDITION
TOMORROW TUESDAY MARCH 9
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WORLD PREMIERE TOMORROW NIGHT IN LONDON
Tune in tomorrow, Tuesday March 9, when National Public Radio's Morning Edition covers the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's LOVE NEVER DIES. Reporter Jeff Lunden is in London to speak with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tony Award winning director Jack O'Brien, and leading lady Sierra Boggess. LOVE NEVER DIES opens Tuesday night at London's Adelphi Theatre. The report will include excerpts of the about-to-be-released cast recording. Visit www.npr.org for photos, links and podcast, as well as air times and stations. Morning Edition airs on WNYC FM (93.9) from 5- 9 AM. In New York it is scheduled to air at 7:50 AM, though that is subject to change.
LOVE NEVER DIES continues the story of 'The Phantom', who has moved from his lair in the Paris Opera House to haunt the fairgrounds of Coney Island, far across the Atlantic. Set 10 years after the mysterious disappearance of 'The Phantom' from Paris, this show is a rollercoaster ride of obsession and intrigue...in which music and memory can play cruel tricks...and 'The Phantom' sets out to prove that, indeed, LOVE NEVER DIES.
LOVE NEVER DIES began previews on February 22. It will open on Broadway this autumn.
The cast album will be released on Wednesday March 10.
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PREVIEWS BEGIN TONIGHT AT 8 P.M.!!
NATHAN LANE BEBE NEUWIRTH
NOW ON BROADWAY AT THE LUNT-FONTANNE THEATRE,
OPENING NIGHT IS THURSDAY, APRIL 8
Previews begin tonight at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre for the much-anticipated new Broadway musical THE ADDAMS FAMILY.
Based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, THE ADDAMS FAMILY will officially open Thursday, April 8, 2010.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY has a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (librettists of the 2006 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Jersey Boys), music and lyrics by Drama Desk Award winner Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), direction and design by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter, The Metropolitan Opera's Satyagraha) and choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Next to Normal, Jersey Boys).
Starring two-time Tony Award winners Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth as Gomez and Morticia, THE ADDAMS FAMILY features two-time Tony Award nominee Terrence Mann as Mal Beineke, two-time Tony Award nominee Carolee Carmello as Alice Beineke, two-time Tony Award nominee Kevin Chamberlin as Uncle Fester, Jackie Hoffman as Grandma, Zachary James as Lurch, Adam Riegler as Pugsley, Wesley Taylor as Lucas Beineke and Krysta Rodriguez as Wednesday.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY features lighting design by two-time Tony Award winner Natasha Katz (The Coast of Utopia, Aida), sound design by Acme Sound Partners (Tony nomination for In the Heights) and puppetry by acclaimed Obie Award-winning puppeteer Basil Twist (Arias with a Twist).
The production also features music direction by Mary-Mitchell Campbell (the revivals of Sweeney Todd and Company), orchestrations by Larry Hochman (Monty Python's Spamalot), dance arrangements by August Eriksmoen (Memphis), hair design by Tom Watson (Wicked), make-up design by Angelina Avallone (The Little Mermaid) and special effects design by Greg Meeh (Monty Python's Spamalot).
THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story. It's every parent's nightmare. Your little girl has suddenly become a young woman, and what's worse, has fallen deliriously in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. Yes, Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has a "normal" boyfriend, and for parents Gomez and Morticia, it's a shocking development that turns the Addams house upside down when they are forced to host a dinner for the young man and his parents.
In a prolific career spanning six decades, Charles Addams created several thousand cartoons, sketches and drawings, many of which were published in The New Yorker. But it was his creation of characters that came to be known as The Addams Family that brought Addams his greatest acclaim. With a unique style that combined the twisted, macabre and just plain weird with charm, wit and enchantment, Addams' drawings have entertained millions worldwide and served as the inspiration for multiple television series and motion pictures.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY is produced by Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt, Five Cent Productions, Stephen Schuler, Decca Theatricals, Scott M. Delman, Stuart Ditsky, Terry Allen Kramer, Stephanie P. McClelland, James L. Nederlander, Eva Price, Jam Theatricals/Mary Lu Roffe, Pittsburgh CLO/Gutterman-Swinsky, Vivek Tiwary/Gary Kaplan, The Weinstein Company/Clarence LLC and Adam Zotovich/Tribe Theatricals, by Special Arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical.
The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre is located at 205 West 46th Street. Regular box office hours are 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Ticket prices range from $51.50 to $136.50.
Tickets are also available online at Tickmaster.com or by calling 877-250-BWAY (2929).
For more information, please visit www.theaddamsfamilymusical.com.
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The cast of Broadway's THE ADDAMS FAMILY.
Photo by Matt Hoyle.
Broadway Legend “Fraver” Explains It All For You
See him explain his design for Broadway’s “LOOPED” poster art
Watch as Fraver, the legendary designer of Broadway show posters, explains the step-by-step process through which he arrived at the final design for the new Broadway comedy, LOOPED, starring Valerie Harper as Tallulah Bankhead. Frank Verlizzo, his actual name, reflects on his unique career in the TDF-produced piece. Watch here: http://www.tdf.org/TDF_Article.aspx?id=369&do=v
Matthew Lombardo’s LOOPED is directed by Rob Ruggiero. It is playing at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street). Opening night is Sunday March 14.
LOOPED tells the story of Tallulah Bankhead, the internationally celebrated actress, being called into a sound studio in 1965 to re-record (or "loop") one line of dialogue for what would be her last film -- the dreadful “Die, Die My Darling.” Southern, but by no means a belle, Ms. Bankhead was known for her wild partying and convention-defying exploits that surpassed even today's celebrity bad girls. Given her inebriated state and inability to loop the line properly, what ensues is an uproarious showdown between an uptight film editor and the outrageous legend.
Brian Hutchison and Michael Mulheren complete the company.
The creative team for LOOPED includes set designer Adrian W. Jones, costume designer William Ivey Long, wig designer Charles LaPointe, lighting designer Ken Billington, and sound designer Michael Hooker /Peter Fitzgerald.
LOOPED will play Tue at 7, Wed-Fri at 8, Wed at 2, Sat at 2 & 8, and Sun. at 3 PM. Tickets are available through www.telecharge.com, or by calling 212 239 6200.
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BRIAN D’ARCY JAMES, KERRY BUTLER, AND CAST MEMBERS
FROM “MEMPHIS” TO PERFORM AT
AMERICAN THEATRE WING’S
2010 JONATHAN LARSON® GRANTS PRESENTATION
TO BE HELD TUESDAY, MARCH 9
NEW ONLINE EDITIONS OF
“WORKING IN THE THEATRE”, “DOWNSTAGE CENTER” & “IN THE WINGS”
New York, NY – The American Theatre Wing announced today that the 2010 Jonathan Larson® Grants will be presented on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at the American Airlines Theatre (227 W 42nd Street, 5th Floor) in New York City. This year, Peter Lerman, Daniel Maté, and songwriting team Michael Kooman (music) and Christopher Dimond (book & lyrics) were selected to receive the prestigious grants, totaling $10,000. The evening will include special performances of the recipients’ work by Brian d’Arcy James, Kerry Butler and Brad Bass, John Eric Parker, and Ephraim Sykes from Memphis will perform a rarely heard Jonathan Larson song.
The grants, given annually to honor emerging composers, lyricists and book writers, help to continue Tony Award®-winning composer Jonathan Larson’s dream of infusing musical theatre with a contemporary, joyful, urban vitality. This year’s recipients were selected by an expert panel consisting of Robyn Goodman (Tony® Award-winning Producer, In the Heights), Tom Kitt (Tony® Award-winning Composer, Next to Normal), Kathleen Marshall (Tony® Award-winning Choreographer, The Pajama Game) and Stephen Schwartz (Tony® Award-winning Composer-lyricist, Wicked).
Dedicated to celebrating excellence and supporting theatre, the American Theatre Wing awards the Larson Grants to artists to recognize and showcase their work with no strings attached - except to put it to the best use possible to help further the artist's creative endeavors.
Past recipients of the Larson Grants include Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal), Chad Beguelin & Matthew Sklar (The Wedding Singer), John Bucchino (A Catered Affair), Laurence O’Keefe (Bat Boy: The Musical) and Michael Korie (Grey Gardens).
As the home for America’s largest free online archive of media focused on how theatre is made, in the words of the very people who make it, in the past month, ATW has released a slew of new content, including:
A new online episode of the television program “Working in the Theatre”:
- The Play That Changed My Life with Tina Howe (Coastal Disturbances) and Diana Son (Stop Kiss), moderated by Howard Sherman.
Five new editions of the podcast “Downstage Center,” have made their debut:
- Andre De Shields, two-time Tony nominated actor, writer and director
- Christine Lahti, seen recently in God of Carnage
- John Lee Beatty, Scenic Designer of A View From The Bridge & Time Stands Still
- Gregory Mosher, Director of A View From the Bridge
- Howard Sherman, Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing, interviewed by guest host Richard Thomas
Two editions of the new backstage video podcast, “In The Wings”:
- “Aerial Choreographer” featuring Paul Rubin of Wicked, Peter Pan and Curtains
- “Stage Automation Engineer” featuring Chuck Adomanis of The Lion King, Billy Elliott and West Side Story
ATW also added to its collection:
- Conversations from the SDCF “Masters of the Stage” series, including programs with Andre Bishop and Vinnette Carroll
- Classic editions of The Broadway League’s “This is Broadway” with Richard Kiley, Martin Charnin, Peter Yates, Constance Towers, Tom Courtenay and Liv Ullman
The American Theatre Wing (Theodore S. Chapin, Chairman, Board of Directors; Howard Sherman, Executive Director) is a not-for-profit organization best known as the creator of the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards®, which it presents annually with The Broadway League. In addition to “Downstage Center,” “In The Wings,” “Working in the Theatre,” and a host of other online resources, The Wing sponsors many activities, all dedicated to recognizing excellence and supporting education in theatre. Visitors to americantheatrewing.org can listen to, watch or download from ATW’s extensive media collection, and learn more about all of its programming for students, aspiring and working professionals, and audiences who want to learn more about the making of theatre. Follow ATW on Facebook.com/TheAmericanTheatreWing and Twitter.com/TheWing.