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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

 

Abingdon Theatre Company Presents

THE 4th ANNUAL AB*IE AWARDS
Hosted by Lucie Arnaz (star of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" & "They're
Playing Our Song")

Monday, September 13 at 6:30pm
at Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex's June Havoc Theatre

FREE, open to the public, no reservations required; pre- and post-show
receptions included.

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Abingdon Theatre Company – set to begin its upcoming 18th Season in October with the New York premiere of Reggie Cheong-Leen's THE NANJING
RACE – honors its 2009-2010 Season with the presentation of THE 4th ANNUAL AB*IE AWARDS to be held Monday, September 13, beginning at 6:30pm, at Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex's June Havoc Theatre (312 West 36th Street) in Manhattan. Hosted by acclaimed actress Lucie Arnaz, the awards ceremony and pre- and post-show receptions are FREE and open to the public.

The AB*IE Awards will be presented to the favorite production, director, cast members and designers from Abingdon Theatre Company's recently concluded 17th Season. Abingdon theatergoers, who voted at the end of the season, determined the winners in each category. Productions eligible for THE 4th ANNUAL AB*IE AWARDS include Robert Cary and Benjamin Feldman's INVENTING AVI, directed by Mark Waldrop; Jan Buttram's PHANTOM KILLER, directed by Jules Ochoa; John Morogiello's ENGAGING SHAW, directed by Jakob G. Hoffman; and Stephen Swift's SISTER MYOTIS'S BIBLE CAMP, directed by Jerre Dye.

Previous AB*IE Award winners have included John Epperson's MY DEAH; Nancy Opel for her performance in MY DEAH; Robert Brustein's THE ENGLISH CHANNEL; and Austin Pendleton for his performances in both Bruce Robinson's ANOTHER VERMEER (also a favorite play winner) and
Romulus Linney's LOVE DRUNK.

Lucie Arnaz has been an Honorary Board Member at Abingdon Theatre Company for over 5 years and was a dear friend of Abingdon's main stage theatre namesake, June Havoc. Most recently, she appeared on Broadway in DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS. Other theatre credits include THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG, LOST IN YONKERS, MASTER CLASS, THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK, and ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. She earned a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe nomination for her work in THE JAZZ SINGER, opposite Neil Diamond and Laurence Olivier; and she won an Emmy Award for LUCY AND DESI: A HOME MOVIE, her documentary about her parents, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.

In addition to THE NANJING RACE, directed by Brian Tom O’Connor, which runs October 29-November 21, Abingdon Theatre Company's upcoming 18th season of American plays also includes the New York premieres of Joel Field's HOW I FELL IN LOVE, winner of the 2009 Christopher Brian Wolk Award, directed by Jules Ochoa (January 21-February 13, 2011); and Al Letson's SUMMER IN SANCTUARY, directed by Rob Urbinati (March 25-April 17, 2011).

Since 1993, Abingdon Theatre Company has developed and produced new plays by American playwrights exclusively. Actors, directors, designers, producers and dramaturgs have collaborated with more than 200 playwrights to develop original plays. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Jan Buttram and Managing Director Sam Bellinger, the company provides a safe home in which playwrights collaborate with other theatre artists and receive audience feedback through the utilization of a four-step development process: Page 2 Stage, Staged Readings, and Workout Labs, which culminate in Studio and Mainstage Productions.

THE 4th ANNUAL AB*IE AWARDS are to be presented Monday, September 13 at Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex's June Havoc Theatre (312 West 36th Street). Doors open at 6:30pm. The awards ceremony and pre- and post-show receptions are FREE and open to the public. No reservations
are required.

For more information, call 212-868-2055 or visit www.abingdontheatre.org.

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"MAMMA MIA!'s"

HEIDI GODT

PERFORMS LIVE ON "GOOD DAY NEW YORK"

TOMORROW MORNING - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

Tune in to WNYW Fox 5's "Good Day New York" tomorrow morning, Friday, September 10 at 9:50am to watch MAMMA MIA! star Heidi Godt perform "The Winner Takes it All" live in studio followed by an interview with morning anchors Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly.

"Good Day New York" airs weekday mornings from 7a - 10p in the New York metropolitan area on WNYW Channel 5.

Seen by over 42 million people around the world, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA!, is celebrating over 3,700 performances in its ninth smash hit year at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre and remains among Broadway's top  selling musicals. The original West End production of MAMMA MIA! is celebrating 10 years and over 4,000 performances in London, an international tour has visited more than 40 foreign cities, and the blockbuster feature film adaptation, produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, is the most successful movie musical of all time grossing $600 million worldwide.

With a worldwide gross of over $2 Billion, MAMMA MIA! is acclaimed by the Associated Press as "quite simply, a phenomenon."

Click here for tickets, schedule and information about MAMMA MIA!

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Horse Trade Theater Group presents
a GiGi La Femme & Doc Wasabassco Production:
REVEALED BURLESQUE
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 @ 10PM
UNDER ST. MARKS $20 

REVEALED is a burlesque show unlike any other. It's a seduction, a tease, an epiphany, a dare, a conspiracy of pleasure. Hosted by devilishly charming master of ceremonies Bastard Keith, each show stars pin-up queen GiGi La Femme and a rotating ensemble of the most beloved burlesque performers in New York. Fresh editions of Revealed feature new performer debuts, surprise guests from around the world and innovative performances representing the state of the art in risqué entertainment. Come out and experience an evening of salacious striptease and skin, where the climax of each number leaves everything…Revealed.
Wednesday, September 15 will feature sensational performances by Miss Coney Island 2010 GiGi La Femme, The Borg Queen of Burlesque Kobayashi Maru, A Mastermind of Bizarre Extravaganza Darlinda Just Darlinda, The Dark Diamond of Burlesque Marlo Marquise, The Shining Jewel of Burlesque Sapphire Jones, and in her Revealed debut, The Asian SEX-sation, Calamity Chang! Hosted by the charmingly inebriated Bastard Keith and his Sensational Stage Kitten Sidekick, The Girl Who Fell to Earth, Madame Rosebud! 
 
Revealed Burlesque is on the third Wednesday of every month at 10pm at UNDER St. Marks  (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Ave and Ave A). Tickets ($20) are available by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444 or online at www.horseTRADE.info.
"Worth considerably more than the paltry $20 admission fee it demands, the neo-burlesque show Revealed offers up a substantial helping of coquetry, comedy and camp, along with other, pinker, softer words beginning with the letter C." Anna King, New York Press

“Yes, there's full nudity, and I for one approve, but the best part of the fun is in the gaudy creativity on display.” Jon Sobel, Blogcritics Magazine

“An ideal date night for the decadent.” Not For Tourists Guide

"You can't go wrong at Revealed if you're looking for a night of escapist fun and classic entertainment. And you can drink in the theater. Doesn't get much better than that." Larry Litt, New York Theatre Wire

“Doc Wasabassco and GiGi La Femme have created a show that not only gets art and sex together onstage, but adds a healthy dose of talent and fun.” Byrne Harrison, Stagebuzz

“A cheeky joke shared between performer and audience… my favorite New York City burlesque experience.” Cherry Belle, Burlesque Magazine

DOC WASABASSCO. In addition to Revealed, Doc Wasabassco, ’The Kingpin of Burlesque’, is the producer of Wasabassco Burlesque, with monthly shows at Brooklyn venues Union Hall and The Bell House, as well as The Palace of Wonders in Washington D.C.. Wasabassco also performes feature events throughout New York and New England. Wasabassco Burlesque is sponsored by Wasabassco Hot Sauce, a delicious blend of wasabi, hot peppers, and spices. Lots of hot sauces are hot, but Wasabassco is bursting with spicy flavor! www.wasabassco.com
GIGI LA FEMME is one of New York City’s sultriest striptease stars and co-producer of the monthly show Revealed Burlesque at the Under St. Mark’s Theater. A Golden Pastie Award winner for Best Booty Shaker 2009 and Miss Coney Island 2010, the multi-talented bump ‘n’ grinder, go-go girl and chanteuse has traveled the nation performing signature acts such as "Spanking", "Princess Leia" and "Sweet Leaf". She is also the host of Wasabassco Burlesque at venues around New York, New England and Washington DC! www.gigilafemme.com  www.myspace.com/gigilafemme

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work, it has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater.  Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent Theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. 

 

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www.revealedburlesque.com
www.horseTRADE.info

The Public Theater

Announces

2010-2011 Public LAB Line-Up

 

Fourth Season Features Premieres

By Richard Nelson,

Emerging Writer Alumna Mona Mansour,

and Jonathan Marc Sherman

Tickets are $15

To All Public LAB Shows

September 9, 2010 – The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Andrew D. Hamingson) announced the line-up today for the 2010-2011 Public LAB season.  Beginning in October, the fourth season will include a world premiere by Richard Nelson, a world premiere by Public Theater Emerging Writer alumna Mona Mansour, and a New York premiere by Jonathan Marc Sherman. This year, Public LAB will move from the 99-seat Shiva Theater to the 275-seat Anspacher Theater. Tickets are $15 to all Public LAB shows.

The season will kick off in the fall with THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING,written and directed by Richard Nelson (October 26 to November 14). In the spring, Public LAB will present URGE FOR GOING by Mona Mansour, directed by Hal Brooks (March 25 to April 17) and KNICKERBOCKER by Jonathan Marc Sherman, directed by Pippin Parker (May 6 to May 29). An additional Public LAB show, opening this winter, will be announced at a later date.

Tickets for the first Public LAB production, THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING, will go on sale on Tuesday, September 28.

Public LAB, conceived in association with LAByrinth Theater Company, is an annual series of new plays that lets New Yorkers see more of the work they love from The Public in scaled-down productions. Public LAB allows The Public to support more artists, and gives audiences immediate access to new plays in development.  The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supported Public LAB with one of the largest grants ever received by the Public Theater.

In its first three years, Public LAB has produced a diverse range of works by emerging and established playwrights, including Mom, How Did You Meet The Beatles? by Adrienne Kennedy, The Poor Itch by John Belluso, Paris Commune by Steven Cosson and Michael Friedman, The Fever Chart by Naomi Wallace, The Good Negro by Tracey Scott Wilson, Penalties and Interest by Rebecca Cohen, Sweet Storm by Scott Hudson, Philip Roth in Khartoum by David Bar Katz, Tales of an Urban Indian by Darrell Dennis, Knives and Other Sharp Objects by Raúl Castillo, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson by Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman; Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 8 & 9) by Suzan-Lori Parks; Juan and John by Roger Guenveur Smith; and Neighbors by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.

“Nelson, Sherman and up-and-comer Mona Mansour bring us three distinct yet equally powerful plays that will entertain and challenge,” said Associate Artistic Director Mandy Hackett. “We are thrilled to share the work of three singular and enormously talented writers with our audiences in Public LAB.”

THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING (World Premiere)

Written and Directed by Richard Nelson

October 26 – November 14

Press opening: November 2

“A year later, I gotta ask the supporters of all that: How's that hopey changey thing workin’ for ya?” —Sarah Palin, February 6, 2010.

Election day, November 2, 2010.  Uncle Benjamin’s dog has died and his nieces and nephew have gathered for dinner in Rhinebeck, New York, to surprise him with a new one.  As they anxiously wait for the polls to close, the Apple family discusses memory, manners, and politics. Richard Nelson (Conversations in Tusculum at The Public, James Joyce’s The Dead) returns to The Public with a timely new play that examines the state of the nation at this pivotal moment in our history.

URGE FOR GOING (World Premiere)

By Mona Mansour

Directed by Hal Brooks

March 25 – April 17, 2011

Jamila, a 17-year-old Palestinian girl growing up in a Lebanese refugee camp, is desperate to escape the small and impoverished world she calls home but her greatest source of inspiration may also prove to be her biggest obstacle. Mona Mansour, a member of The Public’s Emerging Writers Group making her major debut with this production, fuses global politics with the intimacy of family life in this searing new play.

KNICKERBOCKER (New York Premiere)

By Jonathan Marc Sherman

Directed by Pippin Parker

May 6 – May 29, 2011

"Are you ready?" Jerry confronts this question from the womb of his favorite restaurant booth while the months pass by and the son he and his wife Pauline are expecting grows from the size of a peach to the size of...a baby. As the due date approaches, can friends and family members help Jerry feel prepared, or just feel worse, like some un-anonymous sperm donor terrified of making the transition from being the son of a father to being the father of a son? Staged just blocks from the titular restaurant where it is set, the latest play by Jonathan Marc Sherman (Things We Want, Sophistry) is sharp, funny, and deeply felt.

RICHARD NELSON (Playwright and Director) is the recipient of a Tony Award, two other Tony nominations, an Olivier Award for Best Play, another Olivier nomination for Best Comedy, two Obie Awards, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, a Lortel Award, Time Out/London Award for Best Play, An Academy Award from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, the PEN/Laura Pels 'Master Playwright' Award and others.  His plays includes Conversations In Tusculum, Frank’s Home, Rodney’s Wife, Franny’s Way, Madame Melville, Goodnight Children Everywhere, The General From America, Left, New England, Misha’s Party (with Alexander Gelman),  Columbus and The Discovery of Japan, Two Shakespearean Actors, Some Americans Abroad, Principia Scriptoraie, The Vennia Notes, among many others.

MONA MANSOUR (Playwright). Her play Urge For Going was read at The Public Theater’s New Work Now! series, Theater J in Washington, DC, and at the 2010 Ojai Playwrights Conference. She completed a year in the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group, where her play The Hour of Feeling was read in The Public’s Spotlight Series. As an actor, Mona was a member of the Sunday Show at L.A.’s famed Groundlings Theater. Her first play, Me and the S.L.A., focused on her ongoing obsession with Patricia Hearst and the Symbionese Liberation Army and was performed at the Groundlings and Seattle Fringe Festival.Girl Scouts of America (co-written with Andrea Berloff) was read at NYTW, The Public's New Work Now! series, and was produced in NYC Fringe 2006. Television writing credits: “Dead Like Me” (Showtime) and “Queens Supreme” (CBS). Mansour was named One of 50 to Watch by the Dramatists Guild.

HAL BROOKS (Director for Urge For Going) is a Brooklyn-based freelance director and the Associate Artistic Director the Ojai Playwrights Conference. He directed the Obie-winning No Child… by Nilaja Sun as well as the world premiere of Will Eno's Pulitzer Prize finalist Thom Pain (based on nothing). His recent projects include Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Two River), Sam Hunter’s The Whale (PlayPenn) and Mona Mansour’s Urge For Going (Ojai Playwrights Conference). A Drama League Fellow, Brooks is also a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, SDC and a recipient of the 2007-09 NEA TCG Career Development Program for Directors.

JONATHAN MARC SHERMAN (Playwright) is the author of plays including Serendipity and Serenity, Women and Wallace, Jesus on the Oil Tank, Veins and Thumbtacks, Sophistry, Sons and Fathers, Wonderful Time, Evolution, and Things We Want.

PIPPIN PARKER (Director for Knickerbocker) is a founding member and former artistic director of Naked Angels Theater Company, where he'll be directing Bekah Brunstetter's new play A Long and Happy Life in 2011. He recently directed George Packer’s critically acclaimed play Betrayed at The Culture Project and a new version of References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot by Jose Rivera for ABroad Stage Company.   He has written numerous works, including radio plays for NPR and episodes of the animated series “The Tick.”  He is currently the chair of the graduate Playwriting Department at the New School for Drama at the New School University.

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 Venicewww.publictheater.org.

The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street. The performance schedule for each show varies and may be obtained at www.publictheater.org.

All tickets for Public LAB are $15. Tickets for the first Public LAB show, THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING, can be purchased, beginning on Tuesday, September 28 at (212) 967-7555, by visiting www.publictheater.org, or in person at The Public Theater box office.

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The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.

Public LAB is made possible with the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

Additional support is provided by The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.

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Thursday, 09 September 2010 13:17

TIME STANDS STILL Box Office Opens Today

CORT THEATRE BOX OFFICE OPENS TODAY

FOR TICKETS TO

TIME STANDS STILL

CLICK HERE TO SEE CHRISTINA RICCI'S COVER
OF GOTHAM MAGAZINE SPECIAL FASHION WEEK ISSUE


The Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street) box office is now open for tickets to TIME STANDS STILL, the acclaimed Tony nominated play that resumes performances Thursday, September 23. Tickets for the production are also on sale via www.Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.

In addition, Christina Ricci, who will be making her Broadway debut in the production, is currently featured on the cover of the special Fashion Week issue of Gotham Magazine which is now available. To see the cover image, CLICK HERE.

TIME STANDS STILL, by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan, stars Laura Linney, Brian d'Arcy James, Eric Bogosian, and Ricci.

When it opened this spring, TIME STANDS STILL was hailed by critics and quickly became Broadway's "hot ticket" (WOR Radio).  The New York Times called the play "handily Margulies' finest play since the Pulitzer Prize winning Dinner With Friends" and USA Today said the production "soars." TIME STANDS STILL enjoyed an extended sold-out run at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre this spring.

TIME STANDS STILL follows Sarah and James (Laura Linney and Brian d'Arcy James), a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy.  Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories and together, making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life... and everything changes - in a flash.

Tickets range from $56.50 - $121.50 with premiere seating available from $176.50 - $251.50 with standing room (when available) at $26.50. Tickets include a $1.50 facility fee. Tickets are available through Telecharge.com, by phone at 212-239-6200, or 800-432-7250, online at www.Telecharge.com or at the Cort Theatre Box Office (138 West 48th Street).

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE FOR TIME STANDS STILL:

*         THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 Monday 8PM, Tuesday 7PM, Wednesday 2PM & 8PM, Thursday 8PM, Friday 8PM, Saturday @ 2PM & 8PM

*         MONDAY, OCTOBER 4 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10 Monday, October 4, 8PM, Tuesday October 5, 7PM, Wednesday October 6, 2PM & 8PM , Thursday October 7, OPENING NIGHT, Friday October 8, 8PM , Saturday October 9,2PM & 8PM

*         MONDAY, OCTOBER 11 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Tuesday 7PM, Wednesday 2PM & 8PM, Thursday 8PM, Friday 8PM, Saturday 2PM & 8PM, Sunday 3PM

*         MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Tuesday 7PM, Wednesday 2PM & 8PM,

Thursday 8PM, Friday 8PM, Saturday 8PM, Sunday 3PM & 7PM

*         MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22 - SUNDAY, NOVMEBER 28 Tuesday 7PM, Wednesday 2PM & 8PM, Thursday No show, Friday 2PM & 8PM, Saturday 2PM & 8PM, Sunday 3PM

*         MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19 Tuesday 7PM, Wednesday 2PM & 8PM, Thursday 8PM, Friday 8PM, Saturday 2PM & 8PM, Sunday 3PM

*         MONDAY, DECEMBER 20 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26 Sunday, December 26 @ 3PM & 7PM

*         MONDAY, DECEMBER 27 - SUNDAY, JANUARY 2 Tuesday 7PM, Wednesday 2PM & 8PM, Thursday 2PM & 8PM,  Saturday 2PM & 8PM, Sunday 3PM

www.TimeStandsStillonBroadway.com

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Follow Time Stands Still on Twitter: @TimeStandsBway or on Facebook

FIRST CAST MEMBERS ANNOUNCED FOR
25th ANNIVERSARY STAGED READING OF
LARRY KRAMER’S

“ T H E   N O R M A L   H E A R T ”

IN NEW YORK CITY

DIRECTED BY JOEL GREY
PRESENTED BY DARYL ROTH

VICTOR GARBER, JASON BUTLER HARNER, JOHN BENJAMIN HICKEY,
JOE MANTELLO, MICHAEL STUHLBARG & PATRICK WILSON
SET TO STAR IN ONE-NIGHT-ONLY EVENT ON BROADWAY
TO BENEFIT THE ACTORS FUND AND FRIENDS IN DEED

MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2010
AT THE WALTER KERR THEATRE 

ADDITIONAL CASTING WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY

New York, NY (September 9, 2010)  – Producer Daryl Roth announced today that the first cast members are in place for the Joel Grey-directed, 25th anniversary staged reading of Larry Kramer’s ground-breaking play, The Normal Heart, atthe Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street) on Monday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m.  Victor Garber, Jason Butler Harner, John Benjamin Hickey, Joe Mantello, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Patrick Wilson are set to star in the one-night-only event on Broadway that will benefit The Actors Fund and Friends In Deed.  Additional casting news will be announced shortly. This reading comes on the heels of the sold-out, acclaimed reading of The Normal Heart at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse in September, which was also directed by Mr. Grey

Playing the central role of Ned Weeks, Mr. Mantello will be making his first stage appearance since he starred in Angels in America on Broadway in 1994. 

The Normal Heart focuses on the terrifying early years of the AIDS epidemic in New York and the criminal silence of official America in dealing with it. First produced by Joseph Papp and directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg for New York’s Public Theater, the play was a critical sensation and ran for 294 performances.

Having been a part of the original production of The Normal Heart at The Public Theater, in which he played the role of Ned Weeks, Mr. Grey has special insight into the play, as well as a passionate commitment to the piece and to the issue it revolutionized: the AIDS epidemic.  

Regular tickets range from $75 t0 $150.  VIP tickets, which include premium seating, an invitation to a private after-party with the cast and a special listing in the souvenir program, range from $500 to $1000.  Tickets can be purchased by phone at 212.221.7300, ext 133.

Frank Rich in the New York Times wrote of the original production, “The stage seethes with the conflict of impassioned, literally life-and-death argument.” In his Newsweek review, Jack Kroll called it, “Extraordinary ... a fierce and moving human drama.” Other responses included Liz Smith in the New York Daily News: "An astounding drama . . . a damning indictment of a nation in the middle of an epidemic with its head in the sand. It will make your hair stand on end even as the tears spurt from your eyes;" while legendary director Harold Prince stated, "I haven't been this involved - upset - in too damn long. Kramer honors us with this stormy, articulate theatrical work."

The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps everyone – performers and those behind the scenes – who works in performing arts and entertainment, helping nearly 12,000 people directly each year, and hundreds of thousands online. Serving professionals in film, theatre, television, music, opera, radio and dance, The Fund’s programs include social services and emergency assistance, health care and insurance, housing, and employment and training services. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Actors Fund has – for over 125 years – been a safety net for those in need, crisis or transition.

Founded by Mike Nichols and Cynthia O’Neal in 1991, Friends In Deed -- The Crisis Center for Life-Threatening Illness -- has helped transform many thousands of lives through a wide array of free programs and services. Friends In Deed provides emotional and spiritual support for anyone diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening physical illnesses. Support is also available for family, friends, and caregivers of those who are ill, and anyone dealing with grief and bereavement.  All services are free of charge.

www.actorsfund.org
www.friendsindeed.org

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Thursday, 09 September 2010 11:16

DRIVING MISS DAISY Box Office Opens Today

“ D R I V I N G    M I S S     D A I S Y ”

BOX OFFICE OPENS TODAY!

 

VANESSA REDGRAVE AND JAMES EARL JONES

ON STAGE TOGETHER FOR 16 WEEKS ONLY

IN BROADWAY PREMIERE OF ALFRED UHRY’S

PULITZER-PRIZE WINNING PLAY

New York, NYThe box office for the Broadway premiere of Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Driving Miss Daisy, opens today, Thursday, September 9, 2010.  Tickets are now available at the John Golden Theater (252 West 45th Street) and can also be purchased at Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200. 

Tony Award-winners James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave and Boyd Gaines star in this classic American play, which begins previews October 7, 2010 at the John Golden Theatre, with an official opening night set for Monday, October 25.  Directed by David Esbjornson (The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?), this 16-week limited engagement will run through Saturday, January 29, 2011.

Mr. Uhry’s classic play is a timeless, searing, funny, and ultimately hopeful meditation on race relations in America, told through the complex relationship between two of popular culture’s most enduring characters.  When Daisy Werthan, a widowed, 72-year-old Jewish woman living in midcentury Atlanta, is deemed too old to drive, her son hires Hoke Colburn, an African American man, to serve as her chauffeur.  What begins as a troubled and hostile pairing, soon blossoms into a profound, life-altering friendship that transcends all the societal boundaries placed between them.  

From its landmark Off-Broadway production in 1987 to the remarkable success of the Oscar-winning film version (4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture), Driving Miss Daisy has become one of the most beloved American stories of the late twentieth century.

Driving Miss Daisy is produced on Broadway by Jed Bernstein, Adam Zotovich, Elizabeth Ireland McCann, Roger Berlind, Beth Kloiber, Albert Nocciolino, Jon Platt, StylesFour Productions, Ruth Hendel/Shawn Emamjomeh, Larry Hirschhorn/Spring Sirkin, Carl Moellenberg/Wendy Federman, Daryl Roth/Jane Bergere, in association with Michael Filerman.

Driving Miss Daisy will play the following performance schedule: Monday, Wednesday - Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00 p.m.  (On October 12 and 19, Tuesday performances begin at 8:00 p.m.)  Tickets ($65 - $125) are available via Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200 and are also available at the box office of the Golden Theatre.

www.DaisyonBroadway.com

 

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MATTHEW BOURNE'S SWAN LAKE

EXCLUSIVE BROADWAY WORLD VIDEO SERIES

CLICK HERE


TONY AWARD(r) WINNING PRODUCTION RETURNS TO NEW YORK

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT OCTOBER 13 - NOVEMBER 7, 2010

AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER

Directed and Choreographed by Matthew Bourne

MATTHEW BOURNE'S SWAN LAKE is featured on Broadway World with an exclusive multi-part video series that debuts with new performance footage of the Tony Award(r) winning production.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW PART ONE OF THE SERIES.

Broadway World will release additional video segments featuring the production's stars in the weeks leading up to production returning to New York for its anticipated limited engagement.

MATTHEW BOURNE'S SWAN LAKE, the triumphant modern re-interpretation of the legendary ballet, turned tradition upside down and took both the theater and dance worlds by storm when it arrived on Broadway in 1998 and went on to win three Tony Awards(r) and five Drama Desk Awards.

Produced by New York City Center, Sadler's Wells Theater London and Back Row Productions, the groundbreaking and multi-award-winning international hit production will return to New York for a strictly limited run October 13 - November 7, 2010 at New York City Center (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues).

Matthew Bourne blends dance, humor and spectacle with extravagant, award-winning set and costume designs by Lez Brotherston and lighting design by Rick Fisher, to create a provocative and powerful Swan Lake for our times.  Now firmly crowned as a modern-day classic, this iconic production is perhaps best known for replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble.

Collecting over 30 international theater awards, MATTHEW BOURNE'S SWAN LAKE has been acclaimed as a landmark achievement on the international stage. It has become the longest running ballet in the West End and on Broadway and enjoyed four hugely successful tours in the UK and thrilled audiences all over the world.

MATTHEW BOURNE'S SWAN LAKE stars a mix of established New Adventures performers and newcomers. The company includes Richard Winsor and Jonathan Ollivier returning to the role of "The Swan" following their 2009 debuts. Dominic North and Simon Williams will share the role of "The Prince," and original Broadway cast member Nina Goldman will return as "The Queen." Madelaine Brennan will also appear as "The Queen" and "The Girlfriend," a role she'll share with Shelby Williams. "The Private Secretary" will be danced by Steve Kirkham and Ashley Bain.

Ticket prices are $25, $50, $85, $110 and are available at the New York City Center Box Office, through CityTix at 212-581-1212, or online at www.nycitycenter.org/events.

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BRIEF ENCOUNTER
Director Emma Rice in Time Out New York
September 8, 2010

http://newyork.timeout.com/articles/theater/88756/brief-encounter-and-the-red-shoes-emma-rice-interview

Theater
Kneehigh Theatre
The inventive U.K. troupe brings two shows to New York this fall.

By Helen Shaw

Considering that a founding principle of the English physical-theater troupe Kneehigh is deliberate isolation in rugged, far-off Cornwall, it sure does get out a lot. This fall, the group will see its Brief Encounter open at Studio 54, in a coproduction with Roundabout Theatre Company, then its revival of the award-winning The Red Shoes waltzes into St. Ann's Warehouse in November. Blanketing the city in Kneehigh wasn't exactly the plan, says joint artistic director and ebullient spirit Emma Rice, but, she notes, "there will be some amazing parties."

Rice, who directs both productions, seems unfazed by the looming workload. A radiantly cheerful woman, white-blond hair running slightly amok, Rice charges up and down stairs backstage at Studio 54, hugging actresses and reveling in the legendary venue's atmosphere. It's lucky that Rice has so much energy, since a lot depends on her. When asked about the aesthetic through line in Kneehigh's current repertory, she replies: "It's me. The work is incredibly personal." These two pieces do form a sort of parentheses for her: The Red Shoes, devised ten years ago, was Rice's first fully realized work as a director.

When Brief Encounter played St. Ann's last December, rapturous reviews (TONY's own David Cote invoked stage titans Complicite and Improbable) helped turn it into an A-list holiday attraction. Audiences got so drunk on the come-party-with-us vibe, they had to be literally shooed from the building. Based on Noël Coward's 1936 one-act Still Life and David Lean's film of the same, Brief Encounter relates the star-crossed tale of a couple who fall in love, despite being married to other people. In Kneehigh's version, full of swooning cinematic visuals, Rice's trademark insouciance lightens the atmosphere. The flexible, musical company is constantly swinging into upbeat numbers, even pursuing the audience into the lobby to play time-warped covers of modern songs. ("Destiny's Child on ukulele!" crows Rice. "There is nothing better!")

Despite the interdisciplinary sleight-of-hand, the adaptation is lovingly sincere. Rice seems firmly anti-irony, and over time the show has become even more intimately connected to its creator. "The play is like a lifetime in five acts," Rice notes. "Now, I have got a faulty valve when it comes to love. I've been married and...I'm not married now. I find myself aging through the piece. When I see it now, I say, 'Oh! I've finally moved on to Act IV!'?"

While Rice waxes philosophical, Roundabout artistic director Todd Haimes had a more levelheaded response to the show. He wanted to get something "more creative" in the Roundabout's tradition-heavy rotation, and he had a singular venue to fill. "We're putting tables back into Studio 54," he notes proudly, referring to the production's enveloping, environmental cabaret design. Although St. Ann's plays no part in the transfer, Susan Feldman-the Dumbo venue's founder-sounds thrilled about the move. "Studio 54 is an inspired choice, with its history of transgression and wildness," Feldman remarks. Mostly, she quickly admits, "I'm just so happy they're all back in town!" Her fondness for the company led to her snapping up The Red Shoes after catching it this summer at the company's Cornish headquarters.

Where Brief Encounter fuses daffy holiday pantomime with the three-hanky weepie, The Red Shoes works its magic with darker, Brechtian motifs. Rice describes her vaudevillian retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale as "the folktale for an artist, because it's how you live your life once you've named your obsessions." Forget Moira Shearer, wafting through the 1948 film. This time, the bewitched girl is a clog dancer, who consults with a butcher when her feet won't give her a rest. (This one is, as the company says, "for adults and brave children.")

Click here to read the full feature:
http://newyork.timeout.com/articles/theater/88756/brief-encounter-and-the-red-shoes-emma-rice-interview

“SUPERSTAR”

MOLLY SHANNON

 MAKES BROADWAY DEBUT AS MARGE MACDOUGALL IN TONY AWARD-WINNING PRODUCTION OF

PROMISES, PROMISES

11 WEEKS ONLY

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010 THROUGH

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2010

The producers of PROMISES, PROMISES are thrilled to announce that “Saturday Night Live” alumnus and “Superstar” Molly Shannon will make her Broadway debut in the smash hit musical comedy as Marge MacDougall for a limited 11 week run from Tuesday, October 12, 2010 through Sunday, December 26, 2010.  This new production of PROMISES, PROMISES, directed and choreographed by Tony and Emmy Award winner Rob Ashford with Neil Simon’s funny and touching book and Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s hit-packed score, began previews at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway) Saturday, March 27, 2010, and opened on Sunday, April 25, 2010.  

Molly Shannon spent six seasons as a member of the repertory company on “Saturday Night Live,” primarily known for the eclectic characters she created, such as Mary Katherine Gallagher and Sally O’Malley, and her parodies of Courtney Love, Liza Minnelli, Monica Lewinsky, and Meredith Vieira. In 2000 she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.  Prior to joining “SNL,” Shannon appeared at The Up Front Comedy Theater in Los Angeles in The Rob and Molly Show, an improvisational show she co-wrote with Rob Muir.  This year Shannon was featured as a recurring guest star on FOX’s smash-hit series “Glee” where she traded barbs with Jane Lynch’s prickly Sue Sylvester.  Shannon was also included in the “all-star” group of female “SNL” alumnae who came back this year for Betty White’s Emmy-winning hosting gig where Shannon reprised her classic character Terry Rialto of public radio’s “Delicious Dish.”  Next year Shannon will be seen on the big screen in director Jake Kasdan’s new comedy Bad Teacher alongside Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel and Justin Timberlake.  Shannon's other film credits include Superstar portraying everybody's favorite Catholic schoolgirl Mary Katherine Gallagher; Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette; Year of the Dog; Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby; Evan Almighty; Igor; Keenen Ivory Wayans' Little Man; Scary Movie 4; Ron Howard's How the Grinch Stole Christmas; A Night at the Roxbury; Analyze This; Happiness; Never Been Kissed; The Good Boy!; Serendipity; Osmosis Jones; The Santa Clause 2 and the cult comedy classic Wet Hot American Summer.  On television, Shannon has been seen in the U.S. version of the popular Australian sitcom “Kath and Kim,” as well as “Cracking Up,” “Will & Grace” with Sean Hayes, “Sex and the City,” “Seinfeld,” “Pushing Daisies” with Kristin Chenoweth and “30 Rock” among many others.  Shannon’s television movies include “More of Me,” “12 Days of Christmas Eve,” and “The Music Man” with Kristin Chenoweth produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.  Born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Molly earned a BFA in drama from New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts.

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

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

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

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

The playing schedule for PROMISES, PROMISESis as follows: Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm.  Tickets range from $136.50 - $56.50 and are available at telecharge.com (212-239-6200).      

For more information please visit: www.promisespromisesbroadway.com

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