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PERFORM LIVE WITH THE CAST OF
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
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To see footage of Grammy Award winner Larry Gatlin, the country music legend and head of the band Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, perform with the cast of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, the new Broadway musical sensation, CLICK HERE.
Yesterday during the matinee, Gatlin took the stage of the Nederlander Theatre to join the cast of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET in a special performance of the song "Johnny Cash is Dead and His House Burned Down," a song written in tribute to Cash who was a friend of Gatlin's. In addition, Gatlin wrote songs that were recorded by Cash, Elvis Presley, and Carl Perkins, three of the members of the real Million Dollar Quartet.
On December 4, 1956, an auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley together. The place was Sun Records' storefront studio in Memphis. The man who made it happen was Sam Phillips, the "Father of Rock and Roll," who discovered them all. The four young musicians united for the only time in their careers for an impromptu recording that has come to be known as one of the greatest rock jam sessions of all time.
Inspired by the actual event, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET features a treasure trove of the greatest rock and roll, gospel, R&B and country hits from these musicians, including such iconic songs as "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "Sixteen Tons," "Who Do You Love?," "Great Balls of Fire," "Riders in the Sky," "I Walk the Line," "Folsom Prison Blues," and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On." MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET captures the infectious spirit, freewheeling excitement and thrilling sounds of a singular moment when four of the music industry's most extraordinary talents, all in their creative prime, came together for one of the most memorable nights in music history.
The cast of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET includes Eddie Clendening (Elvis Presley), Lance Guest (Johnny Cash), Tony Award and Outer Critics Award winner Levi Kreis (Jerry Lee Lewis), Robert Britton Lyons (Carl Perkins), Tony Award nominee Hunter Foster (Sam Phillips) and Elizabeth Stanley (Dyanne).
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is directed by Eric Schaeffer and features a book by Tony nominees Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux. The design team for Broadway includes: Derek McLane (scenic design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), Jane Greenwood (costume design), Kai Harada (sound design) and Chuck Mead (musical arrangements and supervision).
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is produced by Relevant Theatricals, John Cossette Productions, American Pop Anthology, Broadway Across America, and James L. Nederlander.
The Chicago production of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET opened in 2008 and is still playing to packed houses at the Apollo Theatre, for information about the Chicago production of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, visit www.MillionDollarQuartetLive.com.
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Tickets for MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET are available online www.TicketMaster.com, by calling 212-307-4100, or by visiting the Nederlander Box Office (208 West 41st Street).
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET's performance schedule is Tuesday at 7PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8PM and Sunday at 7PM. Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2PM and Sunday at 3PM.
LARRY GATLIN was born in 1948 in Seminole, Texas, the son of an oil driller. The oldest of the three Gatlin brothers, he was by age seven, already accompanying younger brothers, Steve and Rudy in singing at family and church events.After high school, Larry went to the University of Houston on a football scholarship. Larry majored in English and developed "a love affair with the English Language" that later served him in his songwriting.
On the strength of his songwriting talents, Larry Gatlin became known throughout Nashville music Industry. While Steve and Rudy were finishing college, Larry was already touring the small club and listening room circuit as a solo act, looking forward to the time when he could afford to expand his live show to include his brothers.
December 1992 marked a farewell to concert touring for the Gatlin brothers. Then came a major turning point in his career. Larry took the lead role in the Tony award winning best musical "The Will Rogers Follies."
Larry is a family man, who shares with his wife Janis, a home in Austin, Texas. They are the proud parents of two children, Josh and Kristin. Josh lives in Nashville, TN and works as Larry's manager. Kristin lives in Austin, with her husband Scott, who is on the coaching staff for the University of Texas football team.
Larry is also a "Papa" to Kristin's daughters, Parker and Campbell.
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It's SINGLES NIGHT at THE 39 STEPS!
The Tony Award winning hit comedy will host a special pre-show party and performance for singles on Wednesday, August 18th at 8:00PM
"This delicious deconstruction of Hitchcock's classic film has been happily re-incarnated Off Broadway."
- New York Times
Alfred Hitchcock's THE 39 STEPS , Off-Broadway's smash-hit comedy thriller based on the beloved Hitchcock film, is hosting a singles night on Wednesday, August 18th. Â The evening will begin at 7pm with a pre-show reception in New World Stages' Time Out Lounge where ticket buyers will receive one complimentary cocktail. Â At 8pm, the hilarious performance begins! Â The tickets prices for singles night range from $39-65.
Interested singles should visit www.BroadwayOffers.com and use the code TNPARTY8, call (212) 947-8844 or visit the New World Stages box office (340 West 50th St.)
THE 39 STEPS features a cast of four actors who, against all odds, breathlessly and hilariously reenact all of the characters, locations and famous scenes in Hitchcock's 1935 film thriller with just a few props and a lot of theatrical ingenuity and split second quick changes. Â Adapted by Patrick Barlow and directed by Maria Aitken, THE 39 STEPS is based on an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon and on the book by John Buchan.
The cast features John Behlmann as Richard Hannay, Cameron Folmar as Man #2, Jamie Jackson as Man #1 and Kate MacCluggage as Annabella Schmidt/Pamela/Margaret. Â The production also features Greg Jackson and Jane Pfitsh.
Set and costume design is by Peter McKintosh, lighting design is by Kevin Adams and sound design is by Mic Pool. Â Original movement was created by Toby Sedgwick. Â Additional movement is created by Christopher Bayes. Â Production stage manager is M. William Shiner.
Ben Brantley of the New York Times recently re-visited the show and raved about it here: NewYorkTimesreview
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IF SO, HAVE WE GOT A DEAL FOR YOU!!!
“DANNY and SYLVIA: The Danny Kaye Musical” announced a special promotion during August, 2010. If you can prove your name is either DANNY or SYLVIA, you will receive two tickets for the price of one. Just bring your proof of ID to the St. Luke’s Box Office at least 30 minutes prior to any performance in August.
Nathaniel, played with Benjamin Linus-like maniacal spookiness by Christopher Davis Carlisle is being taken to Westbrook Academy after setting off fireworks (and consequently a fire) at his school. Zach Bandler is Scott, whose jaw-clenched parents are sending him off to Westbrook after he begins to rebel. The character seems to make an awfully big effort to point out his attraction to women. Honestly, one gets the impression from Mr. Bandler’s performance that he might just be gay. But perhaps it’s just the uptight preppy from Connecticut that makes him so delicate. Jason Edward Cook is the flamboyant Kip whose father is taking him to Westbrook because he’s worried he’s going to be gay. His father might be on to something; Kip’s first inclination upon arriving at bad kid school is to put up his show posters. “Gypsy here, Fiddler over there.” The doe-eyed Clay, poignantly played by Dan Lawler is the boy who arrived at Westbrook at the age of five and liked it so much he never left. His fear of being left alone has led him to establish an unhealthy relationship with a toy boat. It is a replica of the cutter ship Cordova he built as a child; he’s named it Mortimor. He carries it everywhere he goes. The four boys all come from privileged upbringings. But Max Spitulnik is Sam, a poor boy from Pittsburgh who is at Westbrook on scholarship. He’s there because he stole a car. While not exactly getting along initially, each character ultimately discovers that they have more in common than they do differences.
There are two other actors who work overtime playing every father, mother, professor, councilor, headmaster, train conductor and teacher in With Glee, Greg Horton and Erin Jerozal. Mr. Horton lucks out with the more interesting of the two roles and even has a wonderful little song, “If you Want To Be a Vanderberg,” a ditty in the vein of “Modern, Major General” from Pirates of Penzance. Horton delivers a patter worthy of George Rose.
The book, music and lyrics are by John Gregor and were originally presented at the 2007 New York Musical Theatre Festival. It was developed as a thesis project at the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Gregor’s book is smart, funny, and filled with irresistible characters you connect with. His tunes are infectious and distinguishable one from the next with nicely woven harmonies; his lyrics are playful and pithy. Mr. Gregor is someone to watch.
Director, Igor Goldin, has made the most of Jen Price Fick’s utilitarian set. The stage is small but he and choreographer Antoinette DiPietropolo make the most of it. The cute choreography is executed a bit like you might expect a 13 year-old to execute choreography. It’s not all done in perfect unison but it’s done with each character bringing their own je ne sais quoi to it.
This show has such a sense of joy and abandon. You just know these kids are having the time of their life. When Mr. Gregor titled his work With Glee, he was making a promise. He didn’t disappoint, this show has glee.
With Glee is playing at the Kirk Theatre, 410 West 42nd St. Tickets are $50 and $65 and can be purchased in advance by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.Telecharge.com. (Service charges will apply.)
Thursday August 12 @ 8:00 pm
Friday August 13 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday August 14 @ 3:00 pm & 8:00pm
Sunday August 15 @ 3:00 pm
Tuesday August 17 @ 7:30 pm
Wednesday August 18 @ 8:00 pm
Thursday August 19 @ 8:00 pm
Friday August 20 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday August 21 @ 3:00 pm & 8:00pm
Sunday August 22 @ 3 pm
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LOMBARDI Box Office Opens
Monday, August 9
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Directed by Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail, LOMBARDI brings the audience into the life and times of legendary Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi, one of America's most inspirational and mercurial personalities. LOMBARDI is written by Academy Award winning playwright Eric Simonson and based on the best-selling biography When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi, by Pulitzer Prize winning author David Maraniss. Previews begin Thursday, September 23 ahead of a Thursday, October 21, 2010 Opening at the Circle in the Square.
Joining producers Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser as special producing partner is the National Football League, marking the organization's first foray on Broadway.
Starring Dan Lauria and Judith Light as Vince and Marie Lombardi, the cast also features Keith Nobbs as Michael McCormick, Bill Dawes as Paul Hornung, Robert Christopher Riley as Dave Robinson and Chris Sullivan as Jim Taylor.
The creative team is David Korins (Set), Paul Tazewell (Costumes), Howell Binkley (Lighting), Acme Sound Partners (Sound), and Zak Borovay (Projections).
Tickets can be purchased online at www.telecharge.com, by phone at 212-239-6200, or in person at the Box Office (250 West 50th Street).
For more on LOMBARDI, log onto www.lombardibroadway.com,
or follow LOMBARDI on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LombardiPlay.
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“ P U P P E T R Y O F T H E P E N I S ”
CELEBRATES A DIFFERENT KIND OF PENIS ARTISTRY
WITH FIRST-EVER PENIS PAINTING COMPETITION
FINALIST ENTRIES TO BE DISPLAYED IN EXHIBITION AT 45 BLEEKER
WINNING SUBMISSION TO BE CHOSEN AT EXHIBITION’S
OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION
AUGUST 24, 2010 AT 6:00 PM
WINNING ARTIST TO RECEIVE CUSTOM PORTRAIT BY
WORLD-RENOWNED PENIS PAINTER
New York (8/5/10) – David J. Foster, producer of the world’s top genital origami attraction, Puppetry of the Penis, announced today that he is holding the world’s first ever “penis painting competition.” Aspiring and experienced penis painters from around the globe are encouraged to submit their best penis painting (a work painted with a penis in lieu of a paintbrush) for a chance to win a priceless, commissioned work by world-famous penis painter Pricasso. Pricasso will review the submissions and choose a handful of finalists, whose works will be included in an exhibition at 45 Bleeker, where Puppetry of the Penis is currently playing. One winning work will be chosen at the exhibition’s opening night reception, at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 24. The grand prize winner will receive a custom painting, of the subject of the winner’s choosing, painted by Pricasso himself.
“At Puppetry of the Penis, we celebrate all kinds of genital artistic expression,” Mr. Foster said in a statement. “By breaking new ground, Pricasso is helping to pave the way for future genital artists. We hope that penis artists, young and old, from all over the world embrace this challenge. We expect competition will be stiff.”
Submitted works should be no larger than 8.5” x 11”. Paintings can be of any subject and in any style, so long as they were painted with a penis (if the artist doesn’t have a penis, the artist is free to use someone else’s). Participants are urged to exercise extreme caution when painting in order to avoid bodily injury. All paints should be patch-tested to ensure they are safe for use on sensitive areas. Submissions must be postmarked no later than Monday, August 16.
Please send submissions to:
“Puppetry of the Penis” Art Competition
c/o O&M Co.
333 West 39th Street
New York, NY 10018
For more information on Pricasso, and his technique, please visit www.pricasso.com.
The new Off-Broadway production of Puppetry of the Penis began performances Tuesday, July 13th at The Green Room Theater at 45 Bleeker. Literally stretching the human body to its absolute limit, genital artists Rich Binning and Gavin Stewart present over forty astonishing, now-iconic penis installations including the Pelican, The Windsurfer, The Eiffel Tower, Loch Ness Monster, and their mind-boggling, signature installation: the Hamburger. A handful of breathtaking new installations, including Yoda, Sombrero, and E.T., are being performed for the first time on a New York stage in this 8-week limited engagement.
Created by Simon Morley and David Friend in 1996, Puppetry of the Penis introduced the world to the ancient Australian art of genital origami. It has been experienced by over 1 million people (including the likes of Hugh Grant, Naomi Campbell, Posh Spice, Christina Aguilera, Nicole Richie, Bono and Elton John) in over 14 countries (including the U.S., Great Britain, Australia, Holland, Germany, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, Belgium, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal). It has been translated into three languages, had a “how to” book published, been featured on HBO’s “Real Sex” since 2002, and had DVD releases throughout the world.
The performance schedule for Puppetry of the Penis is Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 PM.
Tickets are $49.50 (regular seats) and $79.50 (premium seats) and are now on sale via Telecharge.com/(212) 239-6200 or at the Box Office at 45 Bleecker Street (Hours: Monday: Noon - 5pm - 8pm / Tuesday - Friday: 12:30pm - curtain / Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am – curtain).
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The new American play LOMBARDI, starring Dan Lauria and Judith Light, goes into rehearsal later this month for its Broadway engagement at the Circle in the Square Theatre. The production will begin previews on Thursday, September 23, 2010 and officially open on Thursday, October 21.
Wall Street Journal sports writer Scott Cacciola recently spoke with director Thomas Kail from Great Barrington, Massachusetts, where the production just completed a well-received out-of-town run.
A Playbook of a Legend's Life
The Director of a Broadway-Bound Play About Vince Lombardi Becomes His Own Kind Of Coach
Wall Street Journal
By Scott Cacciola
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. - Thomas Kail, the director of the new play "Lombardi," paid a recent visit to Sonny Jurgensen, the Hall of Fame quarterback. It was part of Mr. Kail's laborious research into the life of Vince Lombardi, the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers.
Mr. Jurgensen played for Lombardi in 1969, when the coach spent his final season in the NFL with the Washington Redskins, and he told Mr. Kail that there was a seminal moment when Lombardi pulled the quarterback aside and said something important: "I just want you to be the best version of yourself. Don't be anybody else. I want you to be you."
The story resonated with Mr. Kail, who said he has grown to admire the way that Lombardi-sometimes gruff, sometimes misunderstood-sought to communicate and connect with his players. Mr. Kail said he views his job in much the same way, even if his methods are different.
"I've never raised my voice in rehearsal room," Mr. Kail said last week before the final workshop production of "Lombardi" at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center here in the Berkshires. "That's just not the way I relate to actors. But he had a very specific dynamic and relationship with every single person on the team, and he had this ability to find the right words at the right moment for each person. And I think timing is so much what directing is about."
The play, which the league will help to market, is based on the book "When Pride Still Matters-A Life of Vince Lombardi," by David Maraniss. The intimate, 90-minute-long play, written by Eric Simonson, tells the story of Lombardi through flashbacks and other devices. Dan Lauria, best known for playing the father role in the ABC series "The Wonder Years," plays Lombardi, who died in 1970 at age 57. Veteran actress Judith Light plays his wife.
The play, which has a total of just six actors, is scheduled to begin previews at Broadway's Circle in the Square Theater on Sept. 23 before opening Oct. 21.
The 32-year-old Mr. Kail, who was nominated for a Tony Award in 2008 for his direction of "In the Heights," said he was drawn to the project from the start, thanks in large part to his background in sports.
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Written by Academy Award winner Eric Simonson, LOMBARDI is based on the best-selling biography When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi, by Pulitzer Prize winning author David Maraniss. Joining producers Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser as special producing partner is the National Football League, marking the organization's first foray on Broadway.
The cast features Dan Lauria and Judith Light as Vince and Marie Lombardi, Keith Nobbs as Michael McCormick, Bill Dawes as Paul Hornung, Robert Christopher Riley as Dave Robinson and Chris Sullivan as Jim Taylor.
For more on LOMBARDI, log onto www.lombardibroadway.com,
or follow LOMBARDI on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LombardiPlay.
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BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
WILL NOW BEGIN PREVIEWS
ON MON, SEPT. 20TH
OPENING NIGHT SET FOR WEDS OCT. 13TH
Following its successful run at The Public Theater, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON will now begin performances on Broadway at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre (242 W. 45th Street) on Monday, September 20, 2010 and officially open on Wednesday, October 13, 2010.
Tickets will be available for purchase on Telecharge.com or at 212-239-6200. The playing schedule is as follows: Monday at 7, Tuesday at 7, Thursday at 7, Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 & 8 and Sunday at 2 & 7. There are no performances on Wednesdays.
The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Andrew D. Hamingson) is teaming with Hair producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel, alongside producers Scott M. Delman, Stewart F. Lane, Bonnie Comely, and Susan Gallin/Mary Lu Roffe to bring this critically acclaimed rock musical in the fall.
Benjamin Walker, critically acclaimed for his portrayal of Andrew Jackson, will reprise his performance for the Broadway run.
A co-production with Center Theatre Group and in association with Les Freres Corbusier, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON is written and directed by Alex Timbers and features music and lyrics by Michael Friedman. Complete casting will be announced at a later date.
“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson would certainly be my choice for the season’s best musical.”
--Ben Brantley, New York Times
“If Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson wants to start a revolution in musical theater, count me in.”
--Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“An intriguing, often outrageous look at American history, filtered through the satiric eye
of Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman’s pulsating rock score.”
—Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press
“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is a goofy, clever, hard-rocking show that chronicles the life
and time of our seventh president through emo rock and gags worthy of ‘South Park’.”
—David Cote, New York One
Following a sold-out run at Public LAB in 2009, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON returned to The Public for a full main stage production and opened to acclaimed reviews on April 6. It received an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical, a Drama Desk Award for Best Book of a Musical and a Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite Off-Broadway Musical. When the show closed on June 27 after three extensions, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON was the second highest grossing show in The Public Theater’s downtown history.
A complete original cast album from Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records, produced by Kurt Deutsch and Dean Sharenow, will be released on September 21st ; the album will include hits like “Populism, Yea, Yea,” “Rock Star,” “I’m Not That Guy,” and “The Hunters of Kentucky.”
The Public will transfer BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON to Broadway with co-producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel who partnered with The Public on the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair on Broadway, London’s West End and the upcoming national tour of Hair beginning in October in Washington, DC.
“BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON just can't be stopped. The voracious audience demand for this extraordinary show is forcing us to kick it up a notch and take it to Broadway,” said Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. “Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman have created an extraordinary event--a rocking, hilarious, sparkling entertainment that is also one of the smartest critiques of America ever seen on a stage. This is what The Public Theater is all about—and I couldn't be prouder of all the artists involved."
BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, an audacious mix of historical fact and invention, uses the story of America’s controversial seventh president—the man who invented the Democratic Party, doubled the size of our nation and signed the Indian Removal Acts that started the Trail of Tears — to investigate the attraction and terrors of American populism, using a raucous blend of outrageous comedy, anarchic theatricality and infectious emo rock.
The design teamfor BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON will againfeature scenic design by Donyale Werle, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Justin Townsend, sound design by Bart Fasbender, and choreography by Danny Mefford.
ALEX TIMBERS (Writer/Director) is Artistic Director of Les Freres Corbusier. Recent Directing: The Pee-wee Herman Show (Club Nokia), Hell House (also adaptation; Drama Desk nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience), Gutenberg! The Musical! (Drama Desk nomination for Best Director of a Musical), A Very Merry Unauthorized… (also conceiver; OBIE Award; Garland Award-Best Director), Peter and the Starcatchers (Disney Theatricals/La Jolla), The Language of Trees (Roundabout), Heddatron, Boozy, Dance Dance Revolution (writer of latter two, all Les Freres),and Beyond Therapy (Williamstown/Bay Street).
MICHAEL FRIEDMAN (Music and Lyrics) is an Associate Artist with the Civilians and has composed music and lyrics for the company's This Beautiful City, [I Am] Nobody's Lunch, Gone Missing and Canard, Canard, Goose?; as well as Saved, In the Bubble,The Brand New Kid,God's Ear and The Blue Demon. With Steve Cosson, he co-authored the 2008 Public LAB production Paris Commune. He has been a MacDowell fellow, a Hodder Fellow, and is an Artistic Associate at New York Theatre Workshop. He received an Obie award for sustained achievement.
BENJAMIN WALKER (Andrew Jackson) received rave reviews for his portrayal of Andrew Jackson in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at The Public Theater. He has appeared on Broadway in Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Inherit the Wind. His off-Broadway credits include workshops of Bye Bye Birdie and Threepenny Opera for Roundabout, Spring Awakening for Lincoln Center, and Arrangements at the Atlantic. He appeared in Romeo and Juliet and Lady Windermere’s Fan at the Williamstown Theater Festival, and in the films The War Boys, Flags of Our Fathers, The Notorious Bettie Page, and Kinsey.
THE PUBLIC THEATER (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Andrew D. Hamingson, Executive Director)was founded by Joseph Papp in 1954 and is now one of the nation’s preeminent cultural institutions, producing new plays, musicals, and productions of classics at its downtown headquarters and at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The Public’s mandate to create a theater for all New Yorkers continues to this day onstage and through extensive outreach and education programs. Each year, over 250,000 people attend Public Theater-related productions and events at six downtown stages, including Joe’s Pub, and Shakespeare in the Park. The Public has won 42 Tony Awards, 151 Obies, 41 Drama Desk Awards and four Pulitzer Prizes. The Public has brought 54 shows to Broadway, including Sticks and Bones; That Championship Season; A Chorus Line; The Pirates of Penzance; The Tempest; Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk; On the Town; The Ride Down Mt. Morgan; Topdog/Underdog; Elaine Stritch at Liberty; Take Me Out; Caroline, or Change; Well; Passing Strange; the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair;and, this fall, the rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and the 2010 Shakespeare in the Park production of The Merchant of Venice. www.publictheater.org.
JEFFREY RICHARDS is celebrating his 10th year as a Broadway producer, having presented “Gore Vidal’s The Best Man” in the fall of 2000. Among the plays and musicals which he has presented with his partner Jerry Frankel are “Hair”, “August: Osage County,” “The Homecoming,” “Race”, “Speed-the-Plow”, “Glengarry Glen Ross”, “Radio Golf”, “Blithe Spirit”, Will Ferrell’s “You’re Welcome America”, “Talk Radio,” “reasons to be pretty”, “November” and “Enron.” Upcoming: David Mamet’s “A Life in the Theatre” starring Patrick Stewart and T.R. Knight, directed by Neil Pepe and William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” starring Al Pacino directed by Daniel Sullivan.
JERRY FRANKEL has received Tony Awards for producing Hair, August: Osage County, Spring Awakening, Glengarry Glen Ross and Death of a Salesman. Other Broadway: Tracy Letts’ Superior Donuts; David Mamet’s Race; Neil LaBute’s Reasons to Be Pretty; Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America…; Blithe Spirit; Enron; All About Me; November; The Homecoming; Talk Radio; Radio Golf (New York Drama Critics Circle Award); Enchanted April (Outer Critics Circle Award); Gore Vidal’s The Best Man (Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards, Outstanding Revival of a Play); Jekyll & Hyde; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Drama Desk Award). Regional: numerous productions at the Park Cities Playhouse in Dallas, including Love Letters with Charlton Heston. Film: Slap Shot with Paul Newman, Eye of the Needle with Donald Sutherland, The Big Easy and Fastbreak.
Ghostlight to Release Original Cast Recording of ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,’ to Coincide with First Preview on Broadway
ROLLING STONE: “The Best Original Musical of the Theater Season”
Pre-Sales Now Online, Release Date is 9/21
Ghostlight Records is proud to confirm a September 21st release date for their Original Cast Recording of The Public Theater’s Production of BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON. The show, which has been hailed by Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers as “The best original musical of the theater season,” by The New York Times’ Ben Brantley as "The most entertaining and most perceptive political theater of the season," and by Time Out NY’s David Cote as “a new breed of rock musical,” will soon move to Broadway (The CD will be released to coincide with previews, which begin September 20 at The Bernard B Jacobs Theatre.)
With music & lyrics by Michael Friedman, and as written and directed by Alex Timbers, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson stars Benjamin Walker in a bravura performance as the former President of the United States. Get pre-order details and learn more about the Ghostlight OCR, which was produced by Kurt Deutsch and Dean Sharenow, here: http://sh-k-boom.com/bloodybloodyandrewjackson.shtml
Of the music, Rolling Stone Magazine’s Peter Travers wrote “zap this killer score into your iPod and let it blow your mind. If Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson wants to start a revolution in musical theater, count me in”. Here’s what he had to say about the show: 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson': The Best Original Musical of the Theater Season
“…Now can we talk about the show that really is the best original musical of the season? That would be Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, written and directed by Alex Timbers with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman. This is not your history teacher's view of the seventh President of the United States (elected in 1829). But then again this knockout of a show isn't the traditional view of anything. It uses its emo-punk score to put the hormones back into history.
The opening number, "Populism, Yea, Yea!," sets the tone just like "America, Fuck Yeah" did for Team America: World Police from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Jackson's scandalous history as a frontier kid, brutal soldier, husband to a woman who was still married and racist Indian fighter are all grist for this wild, surreal ride of a show.
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson will finish up its run at Manhattan's Public Theater on June 27th, with (fingers crossed) a Broadway run in its future. The show's dynamo of a star Benjamin Walker plays the hot-headed and hot-blooded Jackson with such a rock-star hard-on that you don't want to miss him. "You're so hot," he tells the audience at the top of the show, "I want to put it in you."
Luckily, you can hear Walker's hormonal take on Bloody Andrew on the original cast album, out soon on the Sh-K-Boom & Ghostlight Records label (Kurt Deutsch and Dean Sharenow produced the hell out of it). These songs show you what a musical can do when you plug in a livewire and use the past to illustrate how we got so fucked-up in the present. To hear Jackson sing, "I'm Not That Guy" and then "I'm So That Guy" is a lesson in political compromise as timely as today's headlines. Andrew and his wife cut each other and puke to feel something. Just give a listen to "Illness As Metaphor" (can't wait till the Glee cast tackles that one).
Timbers (artistic director of Les Freres Corbusier) and Friedman (house composer of The Civilians ) are social satirists working at a creative fever pitch. And boy do we need them now. My advice is: zap this killer score into your iPod and let it blow your mind. If Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson wants to start a revolution in musical theater, count me in.
BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON OCR LINER NOTES & CREDITS:
Recorded April 26th 2010 at MSR Studios NYC
Mixed at Chaparral, NYC, by Dean Sharenow
Produced by Kurt Deutsch and Dean Sharenow
The album features BENJAMIN WALKER as Andrew Jackson, as well as THE PUBLIC THEATER CAST, in alphabetical order: RIVER AGUIRRE, JAMES BARRY, MICHAEL CRANE, MICHAEL DUNN, GREG HILDRETH, JEFF HILLER, LUCAS NEAR-VERBRUGGHE, MARIA ELENA RAMIREZ, KATE CULLEN ROBERTS, BEN STEINFELD, , COLLEEN WERTHMANN, EMILY YOUNG,
JUSTIN LEVINE – M U S I C D I R E C T O R ,
P I A N O & G U I TA R , V O C A L S
KEVIN GARCIA – D R U M S
CHARLIE ROSEN – B A S S , V O C A L S
BEN STEINFELD – A D D I T I O N A L G U I TA R S
JAMES BARRY – T E L E C A S T E R O N “ R O C K S TA R ”
& D O B R O O N “ C R I S I S A D V E R T E D ”
1. POPULISM YEA YEA
2. I’M NOT THAT GUY
3. ILLNESS AS METAPHOR
4. I’M SO THAT GUY
5. TEN LITTLE INDIANS
6. THE CORRUPT BARGAIN
7. ROCK STAR
8. THE GREAT COMPROMISE
9. PUBLIC LIFE
10. CRISIS AVERTED
11. THE SADDEST SONG
12. SECOND NATURE
13. THE HUNTERS OF KENTUCKY
PRESS QUOTES FROM PUBLIC THEATER PRODUCTION:
NEW YORK TIMES CRITICS' PICK! "The most entertaining and most perceptive political theater of the season." -Ben Brantley, The New York Times
CLICK HERE to read the full NY Times review.
“A NEW BREED OF ROCK MUSICAL. This fist-pumping historical travesty has something for every disenfranchised groupie.” -David Cote, Time Out New York
"An intriguing, often outrageous look at American history, filtered through the satiric eye of ALEX TIMBERS and MICHAEL FRIEDMAN’s pulsating rock score." - Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press
“BENJAMIN WALKER is a sexy bundle of narcissism and fury. The energetic young cast play multiple roles with fearless verve. A rocking and roaring staging by Alex Timbers.” -David Sheward, Backstage
“Benjamin Walker has tons of rockstar sex appeal! Friedman’s score bursts with energized, instantly catchy pop tunes.” – David Cote, NY
More about Ghostlight Records:
Ghostlight was created by and for the Broadway community. The label has since emerged as the standard bearer on the Broadway music scene. Their releases of the OCRs for Tony winners In The Heights and Passing Strange, as well as their single release featuring the winner of MTV's Legally Blonde The Musical competition, have brought them acclaim for their innovative marketing techniques and their efforts to reach the next generation of Broadway music fans via iTunes, music videos and more. The label (and President Kurt Deutsch) recently earned their first ever GRAMMY AWARD for In The Heights. Coverage has ranged from Rolling Stone to USA TODAY to The New York Times, from Blender Magazine to Playbill to Billboard, from AP Radio to Entertainment Weekly, from New York Magazine to Variety to NY-1 TV, from Time Out NY to Paper Magazine to The Advocate and much more. Other current releases include the double CD collector's edition of 'Reefer Madness' and ‘Patti LuPone at Les Mouches,’ which received expansive and wildly favorable media overage. Their release of Sutton Foster’s solo CD, ‘Wish’, garnered coverage including two USA TODAY ‘Listen Up Music Picks’, an appearance on NBC-TV Weekend Today Show, and a debut on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart. Their releases of ‘HAIR,’ ‘Next to Normal’ and ‘Everyday Rapture’ garnered national coverage as well. President Kurt Deutsch was interviewed by PLAYBILL, regarding the label's embrace of 'Broadway's Digital Age': http://www.playbill.com/features/article/118331.html. The label celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year.
MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO EXPLORES JOHN KANDER’S
“MOST IMPORTANT THEATRICAL PIECE”
Minnesota Public Radio’s Euan Kerr talks to John Kander
>> Listen to the radio interview<<
(Minneapolis/St. Paul) The Scottsboro Boys began preview performances this past weekend at the Guthrie Theater, kicking off an eight-week engagement through September 25. The critically-acclaimed production, directed by five-time Tony Award-winner Susan Stroman and featuring a book by David Thompson, comes to the Guthrie following a sold-out Off-Broadway run at the Vineyard Theatre earlier this year. Immediately following its Guthrie run, the production will move to Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre, where it will begin performances on October 7 in advance of its official October 31, 2010, opening.
CIVIL RIGHTS HISTORY TAKES STAGE AT GUTHRIE
by Euan Kerr
Minnesota Public Radio (August , 2010)
St. Paul, Minn. — John Kander, half of the Kander and Ebb team which wrote the musicals "Cabaret," and "Chicago," is in Minnesota working on a new show. He says it's possibly his most important theatrical piece.
"The Scottsboro Boys," which opens Friday at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, tells the story of a pivotal civil rights case.
Kander was born in 1928, three years before the Scottsboro incident. He remembers reading about it as a boy.
"There would be a Scottsboro story in the paper at least once a week," he says.
In March 1931, police took nine African Americans off a freight train in Scottsboro, Ala. after a fight with a group of white youths. The officers were surprised to find two women, in the same car.
The women, both white, accused the Scottsboro boys of rape.
Word spread quickly and a lynch mob of thousands assembled. The authorities stopped the mob by promising a speedy trial, conviction and execution for the defendants. Twelve days later, the Scottsboro boys trials began. All but one, who was a minor, were convicted and sentenced to death.
The trials were deeply flawed, with tainted witnesses, all-white juries, and an unprepared defense. A new lawyer launched a series of appeals, and in the years following the cases went repeatedly to the U.S. Supreme court. Eventually the courts vindicated and released all of the Scottsboro Boys. It was an early victory for what was to become the civil rights movement.
Then, Kander, says something else happened.
"I'm old enough to remember when this story was forgotten," he says wryly.
[Continue to the full Minnesota Public Radio story]
The Scottsboro Boys began preview performances in Minneapolis on July 31. The production opens August 6 and continues through September 25, 2010, on the McGuire Proscenium Stage. Single tickets start at $29 and are now on sale through the Guthrie Box Office at 612.377.2224, toll-free 877.44.STAGE, 612.225.6244 (Group Sales) and online at www.guthrietheater.org.
The GUTHRIE THEATER (Joe Dowling, Director) was founded by Sir Tyrone Guthrie in 1963 and is an American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training. The Tony Award-winning Guthrie Theater is dedicated to producing the great works of dramatic literature, developing the work of contemporary playwrights and cultivating the next generation of theater artists. With annual attendance of nearly 500,000 people, the Guthrie Theater presents a mix of classic plays and contemporary work on its three stages. Under the artistic leadership of Joe Dowling since 1995, the Guthrie continues to set a national standard for excellence in theatrical production and performance. In 2006, the Guthrie opened its new home on the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the Guthrie Theater ouses three state-of-the-art stages, production facilities, classrooms and dramatic public lobbies.
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