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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, 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

 

Tuesday, 07 September 2010 13:07

Full Cast Announced for NYMF THE TENTH FLOOR

NEW YORK MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL
 AND GRETCHEN MARGAROLI
PRESENT

“T H E   T E N T H   F L O O R”
A NEW MUSICAL

MUSIC AND LYRICS BY J. SEBASTIAN FABAL

BOOK BY SARA COOPER

DIRECTED BY IGOR GOLDIN
CHOREOGRAPHY BY SUE DELANO
MUSICAL DIRECTION BY MARK T EVANS

CAST FEATURES FARAH ALVIN, GILBERT L. BAILEY, II, MICHAEL KOSTROFF,
JUSTIN GREGORY LOPEZ, DOREEN MONTALVO, JEFFREY NUNEZ

SIX PERFORMANCES ONLY
SEPTEMBER 27TH – OCTOBER 10TH
AT AMERICAN THEATRE OF ACTORS (CHERNUCHIN)

New York, NY–  (September 7, 2010) The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) and Gretchen Margaroli present the new musical The Tenth Floor with music & lyrics by J. Sebastian Fabal and book by Sara Cooper.  Directed by Igor Goldin, with music direction by Mark T Evans and choreography by Sue Delano, the cast features Farah Alvin as Georgia Jones, Gilbert L. Bailey, II as Clayton, Micahel Kostroff as Josh, Justin Gregory Lopez as Victor, Doreen Montalvo as Fantasy Mama, and Jeffrey Nunez as Cheche with Judah Gavra, Samantha Gershman, Jordan Grubb, and Rebecca Riker. 

The limited 6-performance engagement begins Monday, September 27, 2010 and will continue through Sunday, October 10, 2010 at the American Theatre of Actors (Chernuchin)  (314 West 54th Street, 2nd Fl).

Locked inside the Tenth Floor, the Miami-Dade Correctional Facility’s juvenile division, 16-year-old Victor Alvarez escapes into fantasy to escape the harsh realities of prison and his home life. The Tenth Floor, fueled by a contemporary rock, hip hop, and salsa-influenced score, this high-energy musical follows Victor as he struggles to come to terms with both the truth of his present and the ramifications of his past.  The Tenth Floor was developed at the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at the Tisch School of the Arts (NYU).

The creative team includes Caite Hevner (Sets), China Lee (Costumes), Cory Pattak (Lights), and Jonathan Russ (Orchestrator) The Production Stage Manager is Emily Ballou.

The Tenth Floor will play the following performance schedule:  Monday, September 27th at 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 29th at 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 1st at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, October 3rd at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 9th at 9:00 p.m. and Sunday October 10th at 1:00 p.m.

Now in its seventh year, the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) is the largest annual musical theatre event in America and is widely regarded as the essential source for new material and talent discovery. NYMF provides a launching pad for the next generation of musicals and their creators to ensure the continued vitality of one of America's greatest art forms. Hailed as the "Sundance of Musical Theatre," NYMF discovers, nurtures, and promotes promising musical theatre artists and producers at all stages of development, and inspires a diverse audience through vibrant, accessible, powerful new work.

NYMF is the flagship program of National Music Theater Network, Inc., a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. NYMF 2010 is presented in association with BroadwayWorld.com, Production Resource Group and TheaterMania.com, and is supported by AP-Red.com, Back Stage, BroadwayBox.com, BroadwayInsider.com, Broadway.TV, Clear Channel Spectacolor, DFD-TV, Frank & Camille's Fine Pianos, King Displays, NASDAQ OMX, New World Stages, Next Magazine, PMD Promotions, Queerty.com, Reuters, TheMenEvent.com, Times Square Squared, and Yelp. Major supporters include The ASCAP Foundation, BMI Foundation, Inc., The Broadway League, The BWF Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation with the support and encouragement of Jamie Ariel Phinney, The Charlie & Jane Fink Charitable Fund, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and The Theater League.  NYMF is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.  NYMF is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.  

Tickets to individual festival events are now on sale to NYMF Members and the general public.  NYMF Memberships, which combine charitable contributions with valuable, flexible ticket packages and perks like early seating, are currently available for purchase at (212) 352-3101 or www.nymf.org.

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

WTE THEATRE was founded in 2003 by Fritzie Andrade, Melissa Zygmant and Daisy Rosario, all graduates of New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. They continue to bring together up-and-coming playwrights and actors in an effort to present the highest quality of provocative and engaging theatre to a diverse audience. WTE brought to the Edinburgh Fringe The House of Yes to much acclaim in 2003 and the highly praised (4 stars, The Scotsman) production of Nicky Silver’s The Altruists in 2005. In 2007, WTE co-produced with Drawing Board Arts Project the Edinburgh Fringe production of Stinky Flowers and the Bad Banana, ("Utterly adorable and entrancing!" nytheatre.com).  Stinky Flowers then toured to the Indianapolis Fringe in 2008 where it received glowing praise (4.5 stars - NUVO, "the sweetest show ever presented at Indy Fringe"). In 2009, WTE traveled to the Montreal Fringe where they premiered, SportSexDeathPorn, an original dance-theatre, multli-media spectacle conceived and created by the company. Now, WTE brings Stinky Flowers to NYC for a 3 week, equity showcase run!
 
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BARROW STREET THEATRE

GOES ‘GREEN’

WITH

 “C A P S U L E   33”

CREATED & PERFORMED BY

THADDEUS PHILLIPS

CO-CREATED WITH TATIANA MALLARINO

MUSIC BY EVENING MAGAZINE

 

A THEATRICAL EVENT TO RUN ENTIRELY
ON SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT BEGINS SEPTEMBER 17TH
AT BARROW STREET THEATRE

New York, NY (September 3, 2010) – Barrow Street Theatre goes ‘green’ this fall with the presentation of CAPSULE 33, a theatrical event to run entirely on sustainable energy, created and performed by Thaddeus Phillips, co-created with Tatiana Mallarino, with music by Evening Magazine.  The 4-week limited engagement begins performances Friday, September 17th at 7:30 p.m. and will continue through Saturday evening, October 16th at 7:30 p.m. at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street).  Opening Night is set for Thursday evening, September 23rd at 7:30 p.m.

CAPSULE 33 concerns Milo, a resident of the famed Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo, hailed as the world’s first example of “recyclable housing,” which is on the brink of being imploded (both in the play and in real life).  Despite the impending destruction of the tower, Milo (along with his rubber ducky, Fumio) refuses to leave.  We witness his final day in the tower and take a new look at architecture, human habitat, and a sustainable society.

Powered entirely by sustainable energy, the transformative set is designed and constructed out of recycled materials, and uses no electricity from the power grid to run the show.  The performance is lit by LED lights that run on a foot powered ‘WEZA’ generator.  These generators are commonly used by organizations like Doctors Without Borders and UNICEF in undeveloped parts of the world to supply power for aid projects as large as hospitals and as small as charging car batteries.  Upon entering the theatre, the audience is encouraged to take part by giving the WEZA generator a good pump which will supply the show with the power necessary for that performance.

The workshop production of Capsule 33, originally titled Microworld(s) Part #1, received its world premiere at the Off The Grid Festival in Philadelphia in September 2009 and at Buntport Theater in Denver in October 2009.  John Moore of the Denver Post said, “…smart theater for a new generation of theatergoers, a model of efficiency and theatrical ingenuity. It's like a visit to a museum, a lecture from Bill Nye the Science Guy and a super-cool avant-garde film, all in one.”

Thaddeus Phillips, a former Robert Lepage (Geometry of Miracles, BAM, 2000) collaborator, whose 2006 work, ¡EL CONQUISTADOR!, opened Off-Broadway at the New York Theater Workshop was recognized with Lortel and Drama League nominations. That production, about a hapless Colombian doorman, toured internationally to Spain, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Ireland, Scotland and Holland.

The creative team includes James Clotfelter (Lights) and music by the Philadelphia based band, Evening Magazine.  The production will be stage managed by Melissa Jernigan and assistant stage managed by Miriam Hyfler. 

The performance schedule for CAPSULE 33 is as follows: Tuesdays – Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.  General Admission tickets are priced at $35 and are available through SmartTix (212) 868-4444, www.smarttix.com, or at the Barrow Street Theatre box office (open at 1 p.m. daily).  Student tickets at $20 are available on the day of performance only at the box office.

Barrow Street Theatre is located at 27 Barrow Street at 7th Avenue South in the heart of Greenwich Village.  Nearby subway stops are the 1 at Christopher Street (walk 1 block South on 7th Avenue to Barrow) and the A, C, E, B, D, F and M at West 4th (walk West on 4th Street, left on Barrow).

 

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www.barrowstreettheatre.com

Sunday, 05 September 2010 12:49

Off-Broadway Review: IT MUST BE HIM

Watching It Must Be Him the new off-Broadway comedy/musical by Kenny Solms was like watching the Opelika Dinner Theatre production of Two and a Half Men - the Musical.  Even a cast of 12 experienced actors with legitimate performance experience can’t save this only mildly amusing sitcom as theatre hybrid.  The dialogue is bland and pedestrian.  

Wednesday, 01 September 2010 16:43

Catch a Sneak-Peek of Patti LaBelle in FELA!

CATCH A SNEAK-PEEK OF GRAMMY AWARD-WINNER
PATTI LaBELLE 
IN THE AWARD-WINNING BROADWAY MUSICAL
FELA! 
SEPTEMBER 8 & 9
 BEFORE OFFICIALLY STEPPING INTO THE SHOW ON SEPTEMBER 14 
ALSO – NEW PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE 
 
Audiences will have the opportunity to grab a sneak-peek of the legendary multi-platinum recording artist Patti LaBelle in the Award-winning Broadway musical Fela! on Wednesday, September 8 and Thursday, September 9, both at 8pm.  Ms. LaBelle’s run with the show (playing Fela’s mother, Funmilayo) officially begins on September 14, as previously announced.  Fela! received three 2010 Tony Awards, including Best ChoreographyBest Costume Design and Best Sound Design. The show is currently playing at Broadway’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street) where it opened to rave reviews on November 23, 2009. Tickets for Fela! on Broadway are available through Telecharge.com, or by calling (212) 239-6200 or in-person at The Eugene O’Neill Box Office, located at 230 West 49th Street.
 
 PLEASE NOTE – NEW PEFORMANCE SCHEDULE BEGINS SEPTEMBER 7: Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday – Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday at 2pm & 7:30pm.
 
  "I am both thrilled and honored to be joining the cast of Fela! on Broadway.  After seeing the show, I was struck by the choreography and work of Bill T. Jones, and the passion and joy that overflows from the stage. Fela’s mother, Funmilayo, was a strong, truly inspiring woman and I am so privileged to be able to pay tribute to her on the Broadway stage."  
  –Patti LaBelle
 
As previously announced, while the Broadway production of Fela! continues its run at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre, The Royal National Theatre in London will simultaneously present a limited run of the show –in repertory with Hamlet – beginning November 6.  This marks the first time ever that the National Theatre has produced a show that is simultaneously running on Broadway.  An international tour of Fela! is currently being booked byMargaret Selby of CAMI Spectrum and Gary McAvay of CAMI Theatricals.  Dates to be announced shortly.
  
Fela! is directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Bill T. Jones, with a book by Jim Lewis and Bill T. JonesSahr Ngaujah (2010 Tony Award-nominee for Best Actor in a Musical) and Kevin Mambo play the title character at alternate performances, while the world renowned Antibalas and other members of the NYC Afrobeat community, under the direction of Aaron Johnson, perform Kuti’s rousing music live onstage. Fela! was conceived by Bill T. JonesJim Lewis and Stephen Hendel
 
 Fela!, the true story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation, is a triumphant tale of courage, passion and love, featuring Kuti’s captivating music and the visionary direction and choreography of Tony Award-winner Bill T. Jones.  Inspired by his mother, a civil rights champion, Kuti defied a corrupt and oppressive military government and devoted his life and music to the struggle for freedom and human dignity. 
 
PATTI LaBELLE (Funmilayo Anikulapo-Kuti).  Beautiful, simply does not describe the incomparable force known to the world as Patti LaBelle. As time continues to evolve, the soulful songbird’s name has become synonymous with grace, style, elegance and class.  Belting out classic rhythm and blues renditions, pop standards and spiritual sonnets have created the unique platform of versatility that Ms. Patti is known and revered for.Last year, she reunited with Sarah Dash and Nona Hendryx for the first time in 30 years for the critically acclaimed Labelle reunion album, Back to Now.  It’s a small wonder that Patti has time for anything else in between recording and touring, but she makes time and the world is oh so happy that she does!  
 
Patti has her own wig line, The Patti LaBelle Collection, and in November 2008, she released her fifth book and third cookbook, Recipes for The Good Life, and an instructional cooking DVD, In the Kitchen with Miss Patti. The cookbook features recipes and anecdotes that reflect Patti's philosophy that good cooking and the love of entertaining come from the heart.  More recently, Patti introduced a line of signature sauces and marinades called Lady Marmalade and launched a designer bedding collection with Macy’s, Patti LaBelle Home.  In addition to her amazing career as an entertainer and entrepreneurial success, Ms. LaBelle’s work as a humanitarian is just as legendary. She remains an advocate for adoption, foster care, Big Sisters and the United Negro College Fund, among many other initiatives.  While Ms. LaBelle's celebrated career is respected world-wide, she has also endured and survived personal strife. Within a 10-year period, she lost her mother, three sisters and best friend to diabetes and cancer. In 1994, LaBelle was diagnosed with diabetes and shortly thereafter became a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association.  The same motivation that had Patricia Louise Holte blossom from a choir member to lead vocalist for Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles and later Labelle, to a solo artist is the same energy that keeps her fire burning at sixty-six years young. “Each year I grow, and that’s a blessing from God.  I do what I can do.  I do what I feel God has given me the energy to do, so I just go out there and I do it…It’s not about making money because I don’t need money, but I need to sing.  With a voice or without, I’ve got to get on that stage.”  And the world is thankful that Ms. Patti’s voice sounds so good to our ears.
 
Shawn “Jay-Z” CarterWill & Jada Pinkett Smith, Ruth & Stephen Hendel, Roy Gabay, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Edward Tyler Nahem, Slava Smolokowski, Chip Meyrelles/Ken Greiner, Douglas G. Smith, Steve Semlitz/Cathy Glazer, Daryl Roth/True Love Productions, Susan Dietz/Mort Swinsky and Knitting Factory Entertainment, in association with Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson present Fela!, a new musical, based on the life of groundbreaking African composer, performer and activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre(230 West 49th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue). 
 
FELA! Performance Schedule

Through September 5: Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday at 2pm & 8pm; Thursday – Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday at 3pm. 

September 7 – October 24: Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday – Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday at 2pm & 7:30pm.

October 26 – October 31: Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday at 2pm & 8pm; Thursday – Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm;Sunday at 3pm. 

November 2 – November 21: Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday – Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday at 2pm & 7:30pm.

November 23 – November 28: Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday at 2pm & 8pm; Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sundayat 3pm.  (No Performance on Thursday, November 25.)

November 30 – December 19: Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday – Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday at 2pm & 7:30pm.

December 21 – December 26: Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday at 2pm & 8pm; Thursday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday at 2pm & 7:30pm.  (No Performance on Friday, December 24.)

December 28 – January 2: Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday at 2pm & 8pm; Thursday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday at 2pm & 7:30pm.  (No Performance on Friday, December 31.)
 
Tickets range from $27 - $127 (prices include a $2 Jujamcyn Theatre facility fee) and can be purchased online atwww.Telecharge.com, by phone (212) 239-6200 or in-person at The Eugene O’Neill Box Office, located at 230 West 49th Street.  For more information about Fela! please visit www.FelaOnBroadway.com.
 
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti

Fela Ransome Kuti was born in Abeokuta, Nigeria, north of Lagos in 1938. His father was a Christian schoolmaster, minister and master pianist and his mother was a world-recognized feminist leader, who was very active in the anti-colonial Nigerian women's movement during the struggle for independence. 

Fela was educated in Nigeria amongst the indigenous elite.  Ironically, many of his classmates in his Nigerian school would become the very military leaders he so vociferously opposed. 

With medical aspirations for their offspring (Fela’s older brother, Koye, was to become a Deputy Director of the World Health Organization and his younger brother, Beko, President of the Nigerian Medical Association) in 1958 Fela's parents sent him to London for a medical education. Instead, he registered at Trinity College's school of music where he studied composition and chose the trumpet as his instrument. Quickly tiring of European composers, Fela, struck by Miles Davis and Frank Sinatra, formed the Koola Lobitos in 1961, and his band became a fixture in London's club scene. Two years later, Fela returned to Nigeria, restarted the Koola Lobitos, and became influenced by James Brown. Trying to find an authentic musical voice, he added elements of traditional Yoruba, high life and jazz, and "Afrobeat" was born. In 1969, Fela's Koola Lobitos traveled to Los Angeles to tour and record. During his eight months in the US, with LA as a home base, Fela befriended Sandra Isidore, who introduced him to the writings and politics of Malcolm X, Eldridge Cleaver and other proponents of Black nationalism and Afrocentrism.

With this new politically explicit and critical worldview, Fela reformed the Koola Lobitos as Nigeria 70 and returned to Lagos. He founded a commune/recording studio called the Kalakuta Republic, complete with his own private nightclub, The Shrine, and Fela dropped his given middle name "Ransome," and replaced it with a Yoruba name "Anikulapo" (meaning "he who carries death in his pouch"). Playing constantly and recording at a ferocious pace, Fela and band (who were now called Africa 70) became huge stars in West Africa and beyond. His music served as a rallying cry for the disenfranchised, critiquing the military government, and made Fela not only a pop star but thrust him into political life. People took to the streets singing his songs and the military responded by viciously harassing Fela, jailing him and nearly killing him on several occasions.

In 1977, during a government-sanctioned attack on his Kalakuta Republic commune, Fela and other members of his commune were arrested; Fela himself suffered a fractured skull as well as other broken bones; a number of women living at Kalakuta were beaten and raped; and his 82-year old mother was thrown from an upstairs window, inflicting injuries that would later prove fatal. The soldiers set fire to the compound and prevented fire fighters from reaching the area. Fela's recording studio, all his master tapes and musical instruments and the only known copy of his self-financed film Black President were destroyed.

After the Kalakuta tragedy, Fela briefly lived in exile in Ghana, returning to Nigeria in 1978. A year later, he formed his own political party, MOP (Movement of the People) and ran for president in two elections, although his campaigning was consistently blocked by the military. As the '80s ended, Fela recorded blistering attacks against Nigeria's corrupt military government.

Fela Anikulapo-Kuti was arrested more than two hundred times in his life, and charged with almost every conceivable crime, although only serving one eighteen month sentence in jail for a currency violation. Despite this constant harassment he continued to live in Nigeria even though, as an icon in the international world of rock and roll, soul, jazz and hip-hop, he could have at any point abandoned Nigeria and led the life of an international music superstar.  His death on August 3, 1997 of complications from AIDS deeply affected musicians and fans internationally, as a unique and ineffable musical and sociopolitical voice was lost. In Nigeria one million people attended his funeral. His incredible body of work, almost 70 albums, is now available, through public demand, all over the world.

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THE GOETHE-INSTITUT NEW YORK AND
PERFORMANCE SPACE 122
PROUDLY PRESENT
DOMINIC HUBER’S
HOTEL SAVOY

A BLENDWERK PRODUCTION
BASED ON JOSEPH ROTH’S 1924 NOVEL

 

 Performance Space 122 kicks off their 30th Anniversary Season with the World Premiere of a truly singular theatrical experience, transforming each audience member into a hotel guest on a private journey through the fabled Goethe-Institut New York at 1014 5th Avenue.
Access to the Goethe-Institut New York’s uptown location, a lavish, six-floor Beaux-arts townhouse built in the early 20th century, has been extremely restricted due to revised German fire code regulations. But now, with Dominic Huber’s Hotel Savoy, a theatrical experience based on the novel by Joseph Roth, new life inhabits 1014 5th Avenue.

Thursday, September 30th - Sunday, October 31st, Performance Space 122 kicks off their 30th Anniversary Season with the World Premiere of HOTEL SAVOY, commissioned by The Goethe-Institut New York.  Imaginative sets, atmospheric light- and sound-scapes, and stunning architecture combine into a rich framework that houses the overlapping  realities of the novel, the building, its history, its lingering “employees”, as well as each person who enters. 

Hotel Savoy is experienced singly – that is to say, by an audience of one.  Visitors enter one-by-one and begin their personal journey through the hotel.  Inside they will encounter five real people:  the elevator operator, the young maid, the hotel barber, the concierge, and the bartender.   These inhabitants, each with their own anecdotes and relationship to the building, act as intermediaries and gatekeepers.  They gently guide each audience member into remote corners of the space; and at the same time, they create a customized story and experience for each audience member.

To be sure, this is not a performance predicated on traditional audience participation – there is no pressure for visitors to perform, there is no stage to be thrust upon – rather, audience members can just relax and be themselves as they delight in exploring this peculiar hotel and engaging with the slightly unconventional staff.  Each audience member becomes a guest in the Hotel Savoy and in so doing, becomes the main character in an amazing reality that reveals itself exclusively to them.  

Dominic Huber is an architect of theatre – that is, he builds spaces that hover between dream and actuality, and creates worlds where fiction, history, and contemporary lives co-mingle.  In the 1924 novel Hotel Savoy by Joseph Roth, the hotel is a metaphor for a world out of joint; within the hotel’s convolutions a kaleidoscope of itinerant figures is caught between war and former opulence, Old Europe and the New World, nostalgia and thoughts of revolution.  Huber’s Hotel Savoy transforms and evolves with each guest who enters the rarely-visited Goethe-Institut New York at 1014 5th Avenue. 

The building that is The Goethe-Institut New York at 1014 5th Avenue in New York City constitutes a sounding board for American-German relations throughout the 20th Century to the present.  1014 5th Avenue is home to a history rich in cultural and international relations, from housing Ambassadors to displaying great works of art to acting as a bridge between the United States and Germany.  Against the surreal background of this one-time through-station for German-exiles, visitors are faced with questions about their own heritage in these restless and unanchored times.  The Goethe-Institut New York, Performance Space 122 and Dominic Huber welcome audiences to join this history and make an imprint in the majestic spaces of 1014 5th Avenue.

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Dominic Huber began working in the theatre while studying architecture at ETH in Zürich. In 2000 he founded the company blendwerk with lighting designer Christa Wenger. In collaboration with the director Bernhard Mikeska, Huber conceptualized and produced a series of scenographically and technically complex performances (Rashomon, Ghosts, Marienbad) under the rubric mikeska:plus:blendwerk which were invited for guest performances by numerous theatrical venues, including Impulse and the Fajr Festival in Teheran. Along with his work as a set designer, Dominic has developed a series of installations and exhibitions.  His first large projects took him from Zürich to Theater Basel, and then on to Berlin for numerous jobs at, among others, the Maxim Gorki Theater, where in 2002 he presented a piece he directed, Koppstoff, based on the book by Feridun Zaimoglu. Along with Berlin’s Hebbel am Ufer, other venues included Theater Aachen, Theatre de Vidy-Lausanne, the Munich Kammerspiele and the Schauspielhaus in Zürich. He has created spaces for, among others, Susanne-Marie Wrage, Simone Aughterlony, and PeterLicht.  Since 2008 he has worked in an ongoing collaboration with Stefan Kaegi und Lola Arias. In 2008 he received a three-month stipend from the city of Zürich for a working stay in New York. Dominic Huber lives in Zürich und Berlin. http://www.blendwerk.ch/
The Goethe-Institut New York is a branch of the Federal Republic of Germany’s global cultural institute, established to promote the study of German and German culture abroad, encourage international cultural exchange, and provide information on Germany’s culture, society, and politics. Through the network of Goethe-Institutes, Goethe Centres, cultural societies and reading rooms, alongside examination and language learning centres, the Goethe-Institut performs the principal tasks of cultural and educational policy abroad. The Goethe-Institut works in partnership with public and private cultural bodies, the German federal states and municipalities, and the corporate sector. www.goethe.de/newyork

Performance Space 122 is one of New York's ultimate destinations for cutting-edge theatre, dance, music, live art and multi-media. PS122 is dedicated to supporting and presenting artists who explore innovative form and provocative content and who rigorously challenge the boundaries of contemporary performance; PS122 is committed to a steadfast search for pioneering artists from a diversity of cultures, nations and beliefs.  

For thirty years, Performance Space 122 has been a hub for contemporary performance and an active member of the East Village, as well as the wider cultural community in N.Y.C. and across the globe.  In just the past 5 years, under the curatorial vision of Artistic Director Vallejo Gantner, PS122 has opened the curtain on more than 2,500 performances, welcomed more than 125,000 visitors, and supported the work of more than 2,100 artists, performers, choreographers, playwrights, directors and designers.

Performance Space 122 passionately advocates for U.S. artists in New York and across globe. Our organization and the artists we present are reclaiming their relevance to wider social discourse by engaging artists, audiences and other community leaders in cultural, economic, and environmental debates about what it means to live in contemporary society.
www.ps122.org

On Twitter: @PS122
Dominic Huber:  Director, Set-Designer, Co-Producer blendwerk; Anne Hoelck: Artistic Collaboration, Dramaturg;  Knut Jensen: Sound Design;  Lara Koerte: Coaching, Collaboration Script
Dominic Huber’s HOTEL SAVOY runs Thursday, September 30 – Sunday, October 31 on the following schedule:
Wednesday – Sunday 5:30pm – 9:45pm

 

Timed-entry tickets available for the following intervals: 5:30, 5:45, 6:00, 6:15, 6:30, 6:45, 7, 7:15, 8, 8:15, 8:30, 8:45, 9, 9:15, 9:30, 9:45
SPECIAL EVENT: Thursday Night Social on September 30

Your personal journey through the Hotel Savoy will last approximately 60 minutes.

All performances HOTEL SAVOY will take place at the uptown site of the Goethe-Institut, 1014 5th Avenue, NYC, NY 10028.

 

Tickets $25, $15 (students/seniors), $11 (with the PS122 Passport - limited availability!)
Available at www.ps122.org , 212-352-3101 and at the Box Office.

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The box office of Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) is now open for the 2010-2011 Broadway season. Single tickets to MTC's upcoming Broadway productions of THE PITMEN PAINTERS and GOOD PEOPLE are available for purchase at the box office.

Tickets for these productions are also on sale via Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200. UPDATE: Get GOOD PEOPLE Tickets

Single tickets to the MTC's 2010-2011 Off-Broadway productions of SPIRIT CONTROL, THE WHIPPING MAN, and CARL'S SISTER will go on sale starting Tuesday, September 7 at New York City Center - Stage I (131 West 55th Street) or at www.NYCityCenter.org or by calling Citytix(r) at (212) 581-1212.

Subscriptions to MTC's 2010-2011 season are currently available by calling (212) 399-3050, Monday - Friday, noon - 10 PM, Saturday 2 PM - 6 PM with a major credit card. Subscriptions are also available online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

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.

In addition, Donald Margulies' Tony nominated play TIME STANDS STILL, which enjoyed a sold out run at MTC in the spring, will return to Broadway's Cort Theatre this fall.

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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INTRODUCING

SARAH AMENGUAL

MAKING HER BROADWAY DEBUT AS “MARIA” BEGINNING TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2010

JOSEFINA SCAGLIONE PLAYS FINAL PERFORMANCE AS “MARIA” SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2010

The producers of the smash hit revival of WEST SIDE STORY announced today that Broadway newcomer Sarah Amengual will be Broadway’s “Maria” beginning Tuesday, September 21, 2010.  2009 Tony Award nominee Josefina Scaglione will play her final performance as “Maria” on Sunday, September 19, 2010.  Ms. Amengual follows in this production’s tradition of brining fresh new talent to the role of “Maria.” 

Sarah Amengual is making her Broadway debut in WEST SIDE STORY having just graduated from University of Miami with a BFA in Acting, with regional credits that include Les Miserables (Eponine), Parade (Mary Phagan), Ruthless (Tina) and Rent (Mimi). 

WEST SIDE STORY currently stars, Matthew Hydzik, Josefina Scaglione, Natalie Cortez, John Arthur Greene, George Akram and Jeremy Jordan, with Steve Bassett, Kyle Brenn, Mike Cannon, Kyle Coffman, Sara Dobbs, Wes Hart, Michael Kleeman, Ron Piretti, Colt Prattes, Manuel Santos, Lee Sellars, Ryan Steele, Greg Vinkler, Mikey Winslow, Mark Zimmerman, Deanna Aguinaga, Shawn Burgess, Isaac Calpito, Haley Carlucci, Jace Coronado, Kristine Covillo, Desirée Davar, Stephen Diaz, Lindsay Dunn, Michael D. Jablonski, Marina Lazzaretto, Renée Marino, Matthew Marks, Mileyka Mateo, Skye Mattox, Kaitlin Mesh, Shina Ann Morris, Angelina Mullins, Kat Nejat, Patrick Ortiz, Pamela Otterson, Waldemar Quinones-Villanueva, Alex Ringler, Sam Rogers, Brendon Stimson, Tanairi Sade Vazquez and Michael Williams.

WEST SIDE STORY is directed by its two-time Tony Award winning librettist Arthur Laurents with the original Jerome Robbins choreography restaged by Tony Award nominee Joey McKneely, and won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.  WEST SIDE STORY recouped its $14 million investment after running only 30 weeks (247 performances), and a national touring production launches in Detroit in September 2010, crossing the country to cities including Los Angeles, Orlando, Houston and Atlanta.

Tickets for WEST SIDE STORY at Broadway’s Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway) are on sale at www.ticketmaster.com (212-307-4100) or at the Palace Theatre box office and range from $121.50 - $46.50.  WEST SIDE STORY plays Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday - Saturday at 8 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT:

www.broadwaywestsidestory.com

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