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.
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
PRISCILLA FINDS HER PALACE!
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL
WILL OPEN MARCH 20, 2011
ON BROADWAY AT THE PALACE THEATRE
PREVIEWS BEGIN FEBRUARY 28, 2011
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 Whatsonstage.com 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 Thomson. Tim 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 Furman; James L. Nederlander; Terry Allen Kramer; Terri and Timothy Childs, Ken Greiner & Chip Meyrelles; Chugg Entertainment; Michael Buckley; Bruce Davey; Stewart F. Lane / Bonnie Comley; Thierry Suc; Robert G. Bartner; Volcano Project; David Mirvish; Paul Boskind and Martian Entertainment / Spirtas-Mauro Productions/MAS Music Arts & Show.
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TONY AWARD-WINNING HIT PRODUCTION
PLAYS FINAL BROADWAY PERFORMANCE
SUNDAY, 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 www.ticketmaster.com (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: www.ntlive.com<http://www.ntlive.com>
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. (www.byexperience.net)
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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."
"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
by Jeffrey Chasting
Arden Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
by Rogelio Martinez
Arden Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
by Michael Hollinger
Arena Stage, Washington, D.C.
Every Tongue Confess
by Marcus Gardley
Arizona Theatre Company, Tucson, AZ
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
by Jeffrey Hatcher & Eric Simonson
Curious, Denver, CO
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
by Ken Weitzman
Goodman, Chicago, IL
by David Hwang
Co-production with the Public Theater
Goodman, Chicago, IL
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
by David Lindsay-Abaire
Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley, CA
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
by Bob Clyman
New Theatre, Coral Gables, FL
by Shirley Lauro
Northlight, Skokie, IL
The Outgoing Tide
by Bruce Graham
Oregon Shakespeare, Ashland, OR
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
by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth
Salt Lake Acting Co., Salt Lake City, UT
The Persian Quarter
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
by Joan Ackerman
Signature Theatre, Arlington, VA
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
by Kirsten Greenidge
For more information on the plays, please visit: http://www.tcg.org/tools/newplays/index.cfm.
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. www.tcg.org.
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J O R D A N R O T H
“BROADWAY TALKS” SERIES
AT 92ND STREET Y
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
SET FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 AT 7:30 P.M.
SUBMIT QUESTIONS VIA TWITTER
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 www.92Y.org/Lectures 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 twitter.com/jordan_roth.
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 www.greenday.com.
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 www.92Y.org.
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 Mormon, Elf, and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.
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TICKETS ON SALE
BRENDAN FRASER AND DENIS O'HARE
WITH JENNIFER COOLIDGE and RICHARD EASTON
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW COMEDY FROM LONDON
DIRECTED BY DOUG HUGHES
BROADWAY'S ETHEL BARRYMORE THEATRE
PREVIEWS BEGIN TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2
OPENING SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21
20 WEEKS ONLY. 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.
"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 Telecharge.com 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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CASTING SOCIETY OF AMERICA
ANNOUNCES NEW YORK NOMINEES
FOR 26TH ANNUAL ARTIOS AWARDS
FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS IN CASTING
2010 HONOREES INCLUDE MARCY CARSEY, ELLEN CHENOWETH,
AND TONY KUSHNER
BI-COASTAL AWARDS CEREMONIES SET FOR NOVEMBER 1ST
IN LOS ANGELES & NEW YORK
Presented yearly for outstanding achievement in casting, awards are given on the criteria of originality, creativity and contribution of casting to the overall quality of a project. The term “Artios” is from the ancient Greek word meaning “perfectly fitted.”
Each year, in addition to the awards presented to casting directors for their achievements in Theatre, Television and Film casting, the Casting Society of America also recognizes Industry notables with a Career Achievement Award, The New York Apple Award and bestows the Hoyt Bowers Award on one of its own. This year’s honorees are: in NY, award-winning playwright Tony Kushner (A Bright Room Called Day; Angels in America, Parts One and Two; Slavs!; Homebody/Kabul; Caroline, or Change), will take home the much coveted New York Apple Award; and in LA, producer Marcy Carsey (“The Cosby Show”,” Roseanne,” “ 3rd Rock From The Sun”,” Grace Under Fire”, “That 70’s Show”) will receive the Career Achievement Award, and casting director Ellen Chenoweth (Terms of Endearment, Good Night & Good Luck, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Michael Clayton, No Country for Old Men, A Serious Man), the Hoyt Bowers Award.
The Artios Awards were first given in 1985 to honor excellence in casting and was held at the Crystal Room of the Beverly Hills Hotel attended by 500 industry leaders. The first New York awards were first given in 1988.
The CSA is the premier organization of theatrical casting directors in film, television, and theatre, and is passionately committed to establishing a recognized standard of professionalism in the industry; enhancing the stature of the profession in the industry; freely exchanging information and ideas among members; providing the opportunity to honor the outstanding achievements of its members; and providing members with profession support and resources. CSA members are a united professional society that society that consistently set the level of professionalism in casting on which the entertainment industry has come to rely. With more than 425 members, the CSA has representation not only in the United States, but also Canada, England and Australia. For more information, or to become a member, visit www.castingsociety.com.
2010 Artios Award Nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Casting
Big Budget Feature – Drama
“Avatar,” Margery Simkin & Mali Finn (Initial Casting)
“Inglorious Basterds,” Johanna Ray & Jenny Jue / *
“Nine,” Francine Maisler / *
“Sherlock Holmes,” Reg Poerscout-Edgerton
“Shutter Island,” Ellen Lewis & Carolyn Pickman (Location Casting)
Big Budget Feature – Comedy
“Couples Retreat,” Sarah Halley Finn & Randi Hiller
“Date Night,” Donna Isaacson
“Julie & Julia,” Francine Maisler / *
“The Proposal,” Amanda Mackey Johnson, Cathy Sandrich Gelfond & Angela Peri (Location Casting)
“Valentine’s Day,” Deborah Aquila & Tricia Wood
Feature – Studio or Independent Drama
“Crazy Heart,” Mary Vernieu / * & Jo Edna Boldin (Location Casting)
“A Serious Man,” Ellen Chenoweth & Rachel Tenner
“A Single Man,” Joseph Middleton
“The Hurt Locker,” Mark Bennett / *
“Up in the Air,” Mindy Marin & Joni Tackette (Location Casting)
Feature – Studio or Independent Comedy
“(500) Days of Summer,” Eyde Belasco
“Away We Go,” Ellen Lewis & Debra Zane
“Kick-Ass,” Lucinda Syson & Sarah Halley Finn
“Taking Woodstock,” Avy Kaufman
“The Hangover,” Juel Bestrop & Seth Yanklewitz
Low Budget Feature – Drama/Comedy
“Afterschool,” Susan Shopmaker / *
“Answer Man,” Deborah Aquila & Tricia Wood / *
“The Private Lives of Pippa Lee,” Cindy Tolan
“Mother and Child,” Heidi Levitt
“My Son My Son What Have Ye Done,” Johanna Ray & Jenny Jue
“The Missing Person,” Lois J. Drabkin
“Astro Boy,” Linda Lamontagne
“The Princess and the Frog,” Jen Rudin & Mark Fincannon / *
“Ice Age, Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” Christian Kaplan
“Planet 51,” Ruth Lambert & Robert McGee / *
“Mary Last Seen,” Susan Shopmaker / *
“Not Interested,” Kim Moarefi
“Tell Tale,” Randi Hiller / *
“The Bake Shop Ghost,” Patrick Baca
“The Rise,” Meg Morman & Sunday Bolin
Television Pilot – Drama
“Flash Forward,” Wendy O'Brien
“Justified,” Cami Patton /*, Bonnie Finnegan (NY Casting) & Steven Jacobs (NY Casting)
“Parenthood,” Laura Schiff, Carrie Audino & Nina Henninger (Location Casting)
“The Good Wife,” Mark Saks & Michelle Allen (Location Casting)
“Treme,” Alexa L. Fogel / *
“White Collar,” Bonnie Zane, Gayle Pillsbury & Julie Tucker (Location Casting)
Television Pilot – Comedy
“Bored to Death,” Kim Miscia / *
“Community,” Dava Waite Peaslee
“Hung,” Lisa Beach & Sarah Katzman / *
“Modern Family,” Jeff Greenberg
“Nurse Jackie,” Julie Tucker & Ross Meyerson
Television Series – Drama
“Breaking Bad,” Sharon Bialy & Sherry Thomas / *
“Dexter,” Shawn Dawson
“The Good Wife,” Mark Saks
“Damages,” Julie Tucker & Ross Meyerson
“Mad Men,” Laura Schiff & Carrie Audino /*
Television Series – Comedy
“Californication,” Felicia Fasano
“Glee,” Robert J. Ulrich, Eric Dawson & Carol Kritzer
“Modern Family,” Jeff Greenberg
“Nurse Jackie,” Julie Tucker & Ross Meyerson
“United States of Tara,” Cami Patton & Jennifer Lare
Television Movie / Mini Series
“Georgia O’Keeffe,” David Rubin & Richard Hicks / *
“Temple Grandin,” David Rubin & Richard Hicks / *
“You Don’t Know Jack,” Ellen Chenoweth
“The Pacific,” Meg Liberman, Cami Patton, Christine King & Jennifer Euston (NY Casting) / *
“The Special Relationship,” Nina Gold
Children’s Series Programming
“Big Time Rush,” Geralyn Flood, Sharon Lieblein, Howard Meltzer, Carol Goldwasser, & Tara-Anne Johnson / *
“Hannah Montana,” Howard Meltzer & Carol Goldwasser,
“iCarly,” Krisha Bullock
“True Jackson, VP,” Harriet Greenspan
“Wizards of Waverly Place,” Ruth Lambert & Robert McGee
Animation TV Programming
“American Dad,” Linda Lamontagne
“Family Guy,” Linda Lamontagne
“SpongeBob SquarePants – Truth or Square” Sarah Noonan
“The Life and Times of Tim,” Ruth Lambert & Robert McGee
“The Penguins of Madagascar,” Meredith Layne
“Days of Our Lives,” Marnie Saitta
“General Hospital,” Mark Teschner
“The Young and the Restless,” Camille St. Cyr
Los Angeles Theatre
“Forgiveness,” Liz Dean
“Guys and Dolls,” Margery Simkin & Michael Donovan
“How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” Amy Lieberman
“The Pee Wee Herman Show,” Bruce H. Newberg
“Why Torture is Wrong and The People Who Love Them,” Scott David
Broadway Theatre – Drama
“A View From the Bridge,” Cindy Tolan
“Enron,” Bernard Telsey
“Fences,” Mele Nagler & David Caparelliotis
“Next Fall,” Howie Cherpakov
“Race,” Will Cantler & Bernard Telsey
“Time Stands Still,” Nancy Piccione
NY Broadway Theatre – Comedy
“A Behanding in Spokane,” Jim Carnahan
“Brighton Beach Memoirs,” Jay Binder & Jack Bowdan
“The Royal Family,” David Caparelliotis
“Lend Me A Tenor,” David Caparelliotis & Mele Nagler
“In The Next Room Or The Vibrator Play,” Daniel Swee
NY Broadway Theatre – Musical
“ A Little Night Music,” Tara Rubin, Eric Woodall, Laura Schtuzel & Merri Sugarman / *
“The Addams Family,” Bernard Telsey /*
“Fela,” Arnold J. Mugioli
“American Idiot,” Jim Carnahan & Carrie Gardner
“Promises, Promises,” Merri Sugarman, Eric Woodall, Laura Schtuzel, & Tara Rubin /*
NY Off-Broadway – Comedy/Musical
“Circle Mirror Transformation,” Alaine Alldaffer
“Clybourne Park,” Allaine Alldaffer
“The Scottsboro Boys,” Jim Carnahan/*
“Graceland,” Daniel Swee
“Love Loss and What I Wore,” Tara Rubin, Merri Sugarman, Eric Woodall, & Laura Schtuzel /*
NY Off-Broadway – Drama
“A Lie of The Mind,” Judy Henderson
“The Bridge Project,” Nancy Piccione / *
“Family Week,” Will Cantler & Bernard Telsey
“The Pride,” Bernard Telsey &Will Cantler
“Still Life,” Will Cantler & Bernard Telsey
Regional Theatre East
“A Doll’s House,” James Calleri
“Compulsion,” Tara Rubin, Laura Schutzel, Eric Woodall, & Merri Sugarman /*
“Fences,” Alaine Alldaffer
“Fetch Clay Make Man,” Laura Stanczyk
“Three Sisters,” Will Cantler, Tiffany Little Canfield & Bernard Telsey
Regional Theatre West
“The 39 Steps,”Jay Binder & Jack Bowdan
“Creditors,” Will Cantler & Bernard Telsey
“Lost in Yonkers,” Samantha Barrie
“The Night is a Child,” Michael Donovan
“Parade,” Erika Sellin
“The Wake,” Bonnie Grisan & Erika Sellin /*
CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
HOYT BOWERS AWARD
THE NEW YORK APPLE AWARD
*Shared Credit with Non-CSA Casting Director (s)
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PRINCIPAL CAST ANNOUNCED for
“SHINE! The Horatio Alger Musical” at the Theatre at St. Clements
SHINE! The Horatio Alger Musical with a Book by Richard Seff; Music by Roger Dean Anderson and Lyrics by Lee Goldsmith is being presented by Other Side Productions (Peter Mercurio, Chuck Blasius – Co-Artistic Directors) as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival at The Theater at St. Clements, 423 West 46th Street. The director is Peter Flynn and the choreographer is Devanand Janki. Michael Bottari & Ronald Case are the set and costume designers. Greg Anthony is the music supervisor, arranger, orchestrator; Annbritt duChateau is the music director and the associate musical directors are Danny Percefull and Sue Anschultz. With a highly melodic, hummable and bouncy score with bright lyrics, “SHINE the Horatio Alger Musical”, has tons of period atmosphere, nostalgic charm, comedy and entertainment. A multi-talented cast of 18 makes this one of the largest of the festival productions. Performances will be: Thurs. 10/7 at 8pm; Sat. 10/9 at 5pm; Mon. 10/11, at 9pm; Fri. 10/15, at 1pm; Sat. 10/16, at 9pm and Sun. 10/17 at 3pm. www.shinethemusical.com
The principals for the show are: Andy Mientus (Richard Hunter) is making his NYC debut. He has appeared in the original tour of “Spring Awakening” (Hanschen), “Academy” in South Korea, and as Huck in “Big River”. Michael Halling (Luke Gerrish) has been on Broadway in: “A Tale of Two Cities” (Gaspard); “The Pajama Game” (Cyrus; u/s Harry Connick Jr.); “The Boy From Oz” (Standby for Hugh Jackman); “In My Life”); “The Scarlet Pimpernel”. NYC Opera’s “Candide”. National Tours are: “Les Miserables” (Enjolras); “The Full Monty”). Meggie Cansler (Stacia Jane Hauser) has been seen on Broadway in “The Apple Tree”, “Finian's Rainbow”, and “Wicked”. She was also the Galinda understudy for the first national tour. Jimmy Ray Bennett is a founding member of the national “cult hit” The Nuclear Family. NYC theatre includes “White’s Lies” w/ Betty Buckley, Sohovik in the Encores’ revival of “Damn Yankees” w/ Sean Hayes and Jane Krakowski. William Ryall (Silas Snobden) some of his numerous Broadway shows are: “Guys and Dolls”, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, “Seussical”, “High Society”, “How To Succeed…”, “Grand Hotel”, “Me and My Girl”, “Amadeus”, “Chess” (in concert). NYC Opera: “The Most Happy Fella”. Stanton Nash (Higgins) was in: “Wicked”; “Huck Finn” (Steppenwolf); “The Wood Demon”, and “Madame X”. Regional credits include: “Take Flight” (McCarter Theatre); “The Cherry Orchard”, “A Streetcar Named Desire” to name a few. Philip Chaffin (Allen Carlisle) made his Broadway debut in the premiere of Alan Menken and Tim Rice’s “King David”, and has since appeared in dozens of New York concerts, including Encores! and Lyrics & Lyricists. He has also released three albums. Tyler Merna (Rob Carlisle) some of his NYC credits include “Afterlight”, “Tusk! Tusk!”. On television he played the role of Joan Rivers grandson on ZRock. Dan Lawler (Foswell) was recently seen Off-Broadwayi n “With Glee”, “Pinkalicious, The Musical”. Some of hisregional credits are “Sweeney Todd”), “The Odyssey: An Epic Musical”. Evan Jay Newman (Mickey Maguire) shows on Broadway are : “Les Miserables”; Paul Simon's “The Capeman”; “A Christmas Carol” and the tours of “Beauty and the Beast”, and “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”. And Kathy McGrath is Mrs. Mooney.
“SHINE! The Horatio Alger Musical” follows the tale of Ragged Dick (Horatio Alger’s first best-selling hero) in lower Manhattan (1876) as he rises from penniless bootblack to budding Wall Street entrepreneur. Dick’s adventures with a little bit of luck, some charm and a whole lot of hard work bring him face to face with scheming ex-convicts, vicious comic villains, kind benefactors, and a world of colorful street characters in this charming rags-to-riches romp for everyone.
Richard Seff (Book) has spent a lifetime in the theatre as actor, playwright, columnist, critic, agent, librettist, investor and now memoirist. He first acted professionally in 1946 and took a 22 year leave of absence from the stage to become an agent representing artists in the musical theatre on Broadway. Roger Dean Anderson (Composer) has been fortunate to collaborate with such legendary talents, Michael Smuin, Joe Layton, Wally Harper, Tony Walton, Vivian Matalon and Hal Prince. In 1979 he was paired with lyricist Lee Goldsmith, more than 30 years his senior; later composing the award-winning “Chaplin”, followed by “Quality Street”. Recent projects include “Ladykiller”; “Flying Tigers” and “Abe”. Lee Goldsmith (Lyricist) enjoyed an early career with National Comics scripting stories for The Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and The Flash. He adapted several projects for the stage, writing book and lyrics: “Come Back Little Sheba”, “Golddiggers of 1633” and his ground-breaking Broadway musical “Sextet”.
Peter Flynn (Director) is Artistic Director of The Hangar Theatre and staged the star-studded Broadway concerts of "On the Twentieth Century" (Douglas Sills, Marin Mazzie, & Joanne Worley); “Chess” (Josh Groban); and “Funny Girl” (Whoopi Goldberg, Bebe Neuwirth, & Peter Gallagher, among others). Devanand Janki (Choreographer): directed & choreographed the award-winning hit “Zanna, Don’t”! and “Junie B. Jones”, “Cupid & Psyche”, “Henry & Mudge” and John Patrick Shanley’s “Romantic Poetry” (MTC). Broadway concerts: director of “Hair” (all-star cast, featuring Jennifer Hudson), choreographer of “Funny Girl” (16 Fanny Brices, including Whoopi Goldberg, Bebe Neuwirth, & Jane Krakowski).
In the play Zero Hour, the titanic actor Zero Mostel regales an (unseen) interviewer with stories from his life, while trying to browbeat and insult the hapless journalist at the same time. By contrast, this interviewer was treated very nicely by the play’s author and solo performer, Jim Brochu. The burly actor/writer, who has received rave reviews and multiple accolades for his uncanny portrait of Mostel, was interviewed in his West 42nd Street apartment in Manhattan last month. Zero Hour is directed by Piper Laurie and recently reached the 200th performance mark at the Actor’s Temple Theater, Off- Broadway.
BROADWAY'S JERSEY BOYS
TO THE COMPANY
Ryan Jesse will step into the role of Bob Gaudio in the Broadway cast of JERSEY BOYS, the Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning smash hit musical, on Tuesday, October 12, 2010. Sebastian Arcelus, who currently plays the role of Bob Gaudio, will play his final performance on Sunday, October 10, 2010.
Beginning Tuesday, October 12th, the cast of JERSEY BOYS will be led by Matt Bogart (Nick Massi), Ryan Jesse (Bob Gaudio), Dominic Nolfi (Tommy DeVito) and Jarrod Spector (Frankie Valli) as The Four Seasons; with Peter Gregus and Mark Lotito. The cast also includes Miles Aubrey, Erik Bates, Bridget Berger, Scott J. Campbell, Kris Coleman, Ken Dow, Russell Fischer, John Hickman, Katie O'Toole, Joe Payne, Jessica Rush, Dominic Scaglione Jr., Sara Schmidt, Taylor Sternberg.
JERSEY BOYS opened on Broadway to critical acclaim on November 6, 2005. The show is currently playing in New York; Las Vegas; London; Sydney, Australia; and in cities across the U.S. on a National Tour.
JERSEY BOYS is written by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, and is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Des McAnuff and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo.
JERSEY BOYS is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi, about a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks who became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty. The show features all their hits including "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Oh What A Night," "Walk Like A Man," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and "Working My Way Back To You."
JERSEY BOYS is the recipient of the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 2009 Olivier Award for Best Musical. The Original Broadway Cast Recording, produced by Bob Gaudio, received the 2006 Grammy Award(r) for Best Musical Show Album and has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The Broadway production also won the 2006 Outer Critics Circle & Drama League Awards for Best Musical. The London production also won the 2009 UK People's Choice and What's on Stage Awards for Best New Musical. The Toronto production is the winner of three Dora Awards, including the Audience Choice Award for Outstanding Production. The Australian production is 2010 recipient of the Helpmann Award for Australia's Best Musical and seven Victorian Green Room Awards.
RYAN JESSE (Bob Gaudio). Direct from the Jersey Boys national tour, this is Ryan's Broadway debut. Originally from Gilbert, AZ, Ryan holds a B.A. in Musical Theatre from University of Northern Colorado. Int'l Tour: Cinderella starring Lea Salonga (Prince u/s); Regional: Grey Gardens (Joe Kennedy, Jr. /Jerry) at Portland Center Stage; New York Musical Theatre Festival: The Last Starfighter (Blake/Zur).
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