Andrew C. McGibbon
WORLD PREMIERE OF MEGAN CONDIT’S
“AND A WAKE-UP”
SET FOR NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL
BEGINS AUGUST 15
AT THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DRAMA AND THEATRE
New York, NY – S&G Productions has announced the world premiere of And a Wake-Up, a slyly dark comedy by Megan Condit, as part of the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival. The limited run will begin on Sunday, August 15 at 4:15 p.m. at The New School for Drama and Theatre (151 Bank Street between Washington and West Streets).
In And a Wake-Up, a soldier and his fiancée try to piece their lives back together after he returns from battle under the most mysterious of circumstances. Sometimes the most brutal battlefield is the one you come home to.
The cast of And a Wake-Up features Alexandria Wailes (Mother Courage and Her Children), Kyle Knauf (Benten Kozo), Jacob Hoffman (The Secret Garden), Lee Roy Rogers (Orson’s Shadow), Lawrence Arancio (The Drawer Boy) and Parker Dixon (Caligula).
The performance schedule is as follows: Sunday, August 15 at 4:15pm, Wednesday, August 18 at 7:15pm, Thursday, August 19 at 9:00pm, Sunday, August 22 at 5:30pm and Monday, August 23 at 7:15pm. General admission tickets are $15 in advance $18 at the door. For more information, or to make reservations visit www.fringenyc.org.
Megan Condit’s (Playwright) plays have been performed in New York, Seattle, Oakland and Los Angeles and been described as “intricate word tapestry” (Eastside Journal) and “reverse origami, revealing something more complex and intricate than expected.”(Backstage West) She was a participant in the Royal Court Residency in New York, a runner-up for the Princess Grace Awards and a semi-finalist to be part of the Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project. Megan’s plays include: And a Wake-up, Mag Mor (LA Weekly's Weekly Pick), The Interview, For Entertainment Purposes Only and Totality. She received her MFA in playwriting from Columbia University and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
Bruce Faulk (Director) was one of the Official Selection 2010 NYC Downtown Short Film Festival for Wally and The Chosen Few, and won the Best Ensemble Award. A graduate of the High School of Performing Arts in NY and Carnegie Mellon for Drama, Bruce also has acting credits to his name, some of which include: Bring In Da Noise/Funk (The Public Theater), Hamlet (Roundabout Theater NY), Defying Gravity (Williamstown Theater Festival),“The Sopranos” (HBO), “Law & Order: Criminal Intent & SVU” (NBC) and “All My Children (ABC).
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JOEL GREY TO DIRECT
ONE-NIGHT-ONLY EVENT ON BROADWAY:
“ T H E N O R M A L H E A R T ”
BY LARRY KRAMER
DARYL ROTH PRESENTS SPECIAL EVENING WITH ALL-STAR CAST
TO BENEFIT THE ACTORS FUND AND FRIENDS IN DEED
MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2010
AT THE WALTER KERR THEATRE
New York, NY – Joel Grey will direct an all-star cast in an historic, 25th anniversary staged reading of Larry Kramer’s seminal drama, The Normal Heart, on Broadway atthe Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street), producer Daryl Roth announced today. The one-night-only event, taking place on Monday, October 18, will benefit The Actors Fund and Friends In Deed.
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 became a cause célèbre and ran for 294 performances. Many of the issues the play addresses – including gay marriage, AIDS, gays in the military, and the healthcare system – are as relevant today as they were 25 years ago.
Among the countless highlights of Joel Grey’s career is his starring role in the original production of The Normal Heart at The Public Theater, in which he followed Brad Davis in the central role of Ned, based semi-autobiographically on Mr. Kramer himself. This experience accords Mr. Grey an incomparable insight into the play, as well as a passionate commitment to the piece and to the issue it revolutionized: the AIDS epidemic.
“Seeing this play in 1985 and acting in it was a life changing experience,” Grey commented. “I’m grateful that Larry Kramer has entrusted me with his masterpiece.”
“I am so honored to be presenting Larry Kramer’s seminal play with Joel Grey at the helm,” Roth said. “Joel’s own history with the piece has given him such profound insight into the text, and it will be a thrill to see his staging. The Actors Fund and Friends In Deed are both very close to our hearts, and I couldn’t be happier that they will benefit from this one-night-only event.”
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."
Casting news and ticket information for this one-night-only event will be announced shortly.
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.
DARYL ROTH TO PRESENT
D A N I E L B E A T Y
IN ACCLAIMED SOLO SHOW
“ T H R O U G H T H E N I G H T ”
DIRECTED BY CHARLES RANDOLPH-WRIGHT
PERFORMANCES BEGIN SEPTEMBER 10, 2010
AT THE UNION SQUARE THEATRE
WITH SUPPORT FROM ARTISTIC AMBASSADORS INCLUDING
BILL COSBY, RUBY DEE, BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL, PHYLICIA RASHAD
OPENING NIGHT SET FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2010
New York (7/19/10) – Producer Daryl Roth today announced that she will present Through the Night, the acclaimed solo show written and performed by Daniel Beaty, in an extended run Off Broadway, beginning performances September 10 at The Union Square Theatre. Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, and fresh from its sold-out run at the Riverside Church, Through the Night will officially open on September 26, 2010. Mr. Beaty’s last New York stage appearance was in 2006, winning an Obie Award for his acclaimed solo show Emergency (formerly Emergence-SEE!) at The Public Theater.
Through the Night is being presented with the enthusiastic participation of a “Who’s Who” of artists and influencers who will act as Artistic Ambassadors for the production. This select group, who will be actively involved in the production, lending support through audience development, personal appearances, etc., includes Bill Cosby, Ruby Dee, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Phylicia Rashad, among many others.
“When I first saw this extraordinary play, I was incredibly moved by the powerful, entertaining and empowering message that it offers,” Ms. Roth said.
This production marks Ms. Roth’s return to The Union Square Theatre. The 499-seat venue housed the Pulitzer Prize-winning production of W;t, which she produced, from 1998 to 2000.
In Through the Night, Mr. Beaty portrays an entire community of people who experience an unexpected epiphany on the same evening that changes their lives forever. The work is a timely and inspiring story of possibility and hope, weaving together a unique blend of humor, poetry, music, and drama. The New York Times wrote of Through the Night, “Daniel Beaty’s poetic solo show is a thing of beauty, wit, grit and piercing lyricism.”
The creative team of Through the Night includes Alexander V. Nichols (Scenic, Projection, and Lighting Design) and Lindsay Jones (Original Music, Sound Design).
Tickets, priced at $65.00, will be available beginning on July 30 via Ticketmaster.com / (800) 982-2787. Beginning on September 3, tickets will also be available in person at The Union Square Theatre Box Office (100 E. 17th Street, NYC). The Box Office will be open Tuesday-Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Additional news will be announced shortly.
Daniel Beaty (Playwright/Performer) is an award winning actor, singer, writer, and composer. His critically acclaimed solo play Emergency (formerly Emergence-SEE!) directed by Kenny Leon ran off-Broadway to a sold-out, extended run at The Public Theater in the fall of 2006. For this production, he received the 2007 Obie Award for Excellence in Off-Broadway Theater for Writing & Performing and the 2007 AUDELCO Award for Solo Performance. New York Magazine awarded him a 2007 Culture Award for Best in Theater. Daniel has toured Emergency nationally and internationally. He is the recipient of the 2007 Scotsman Fringe First Award for the best new writer at the Edinburgh Festival and was presented with a Lamplighter Award from the Black Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. In February 2008, he received two Helen Hayes Award nominations for the best in theater in Washington, D.C. and in June 2008, he was the winner of the Unique Theatrical Experience Award from the New Jersey Star Ledger for his production at the Crossroads Theater Company in New Brunswick, New Jersey. In the spring of 2008, Emergency had a sold-out seven-week engagement at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. This production was directed by Charles Randolph-Wright and was awarded two 2009 NAACP Theater Awards including Best Actor.
As an actor, singer, and poet, Daniel has worked throughout the U.S., Europe, and Africa performing on television, acting in theatrical productions, singing leading roles in operas, and giving solo concerts of his own work. He has performed at The White House and has graced the stage of The Kennedy Center in tribute to Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis. Daniel is the 2004 Grand Slam Champion at the world famous Nuyorican Poet’s Café and The Fox Networks National Redemption Slam Champion. He has performed on programs with artists such as Jill Scott, Sonia Sanchez, MC Lyte, Mos Def, Tracy Chapman, Deepak Chopra, and Phylicia Rashad.
Daniel was seen on the third and fourth seasons of HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry; as a guest artist on NBC’s Showtime at the Apollo with Rueben Studdard; and on BET’s 106 & Park. He holds a BA with Honors in English & Music from Yale University and an MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT).
As a playwright and composer, Daniel’s work has been performed, staged and work-shopped at the Public Theater, BAM, New York Theater Workshop, La Mama, Arena Stage, Harford Stage, Philadelphia Theater Company, Alliance Theatre, True Colors Theater Company, Crossroads Theater Company, American Conservatory Theater, Yale University, The Geffen Playhouse and various other academic institutions and civic organizations. He was awarded the 2007-08 AETNA American Voices Playwright-in-Residence position at Hartford Stage, and a commission to write a new play. His play Resurrection received its world premiere production at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. in August 2008 (where he was awarded the 2008 Edgerton Foundation’s new American Play Award); followed by engagements at Hartford Stage, the Philadelphia Theatre Company, and ETA Theater in Chicago.
In October 2008, Daniel collaborated with composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain on an orchestral work titled Darwin’s Meditation for the People of Lincoln that premiered at the BAM Next Wave Festival and continues to tour nationally and internationally. His family musical Trippin’ was optioned by Disney and produced by Harlem Stage. Breath & Imagination, Daniel’s new musical about the life of Roland Hayes, the first African-American classical vocalist of world renown, recently received a reading at the York Theater.
In addition to his writing for the stage, Daniel was hired by Showtime to create an original half hour series based on his play Emergency and by Spitfire Pictures to create an original screenplay about the life of George Moses Horton, an African-American poet born into slavery.
Daniel is a proud member of New Dramatists. www.danielbeaty.com
Charles Randolph-Wright (Director) has built a dynamic and diversified career in directing, writing, and producing for theatre, television, and film. Charles most recentlydirected a revival of Sophisticated Ladies at Arena Stage (starring Maurice Hines), which became the most successful production in Arena’s 60 year history. Charles also directed the 75th anniversary international tour of Porgy and Bess, They’re Playing Our Song (in Portuguese) in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil, Emergency (with Daniel Beaty) at the Geffen Theatre in LA, Blood Knot at ACT in San Francisco (featuring music by Tracy Chapman), Brian Stokes Mitchell in his acclaimed solo show Love/Life at Lincoln Center, the smash hit revival of Guys and Dolls (also at Arena, which was selected by the Loesser estate to become a national tour celebrating the musical’s 50th anniversary), the world premieres of Tough Titty by Oni Faida Lampley at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Señor Discretion Himself, (winner of the Helen Hayes Award for Best Musical, the last musical written by Frank Loesser, based on a story by Budd Schulberg, and co-written with Culture Clash.)
Charles’ writing credits include Blue, starring Phylicia Rashad, which broke box office records in its premiere at Arena Stage, the Roundabout Theatre, and the Pasadena Playhouse (also starring Diahann Carroll and Clifton Davis), and has had subsequent productions throughout the country. Charles also wrote Cuttin’ Up (based upon the best selling book by Craig Marberry), which premiered at Arena Stage, followed by productions at the Pasadena Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, and the Alliance Theater in Atlanta. His new play The Night is a Child premiered at Milwaukee Rep and Pasadena Playhouse (starring Jobeth Williams). Charles co-wrote and directed Me and Mrs. Jones (which starred Lou Rawls) at the Prince Music Theatre, The Diva Is Dismissed (starring Jenifer Lewis) at the NYSF Public Theater and the Hudson Theatre (LA), and Homework (starring Kim Coles) in NYC, Crossroads (NJ), and LA. Charles also co-wrote Just Between Friends starring Bea Arthur, which toured internationally, including a Tony nominated run on Broadway.
For film, Charles wrote and directed Mama, I Want to Sing (based on the renowned stage musical) starring Lynn Whitfield, Ciara, Patti LaBelle, Hill Harper, Billy Zane, and Ben Vereen. He also directed Preaching To The Choir, which swept the feature film prizes at the American Black Film Festival, was featured in numerous festivals (including the Pan African Film Fest, Cannes, and London) prior to its theatrical release. Charles has written screenplays for Showtime, HBO, Disney, Castle Rock, and Fox.
For television, Charles’ credits include directing the series “Lincoln Heights” (ABC Family) and “South of Nowhere” (the N Network). Charles was a producer and writer of the critically acclaimed Showtime series “Linc’s,” and began his work in television providing musical staging for “The Golden Girls.” Charles also directed the European “Freestyle” campaign for Nike, featuring the Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho, which won several international commercial awards.
A native of York, South Carolina, Charles is an honor graduate of Duke University where he was an A.B. Duke Scholar and a pre-med student. Charles serves on the Board of Directors of the Roundabout Theatre, the artistic board at Duke University, and is a founding member of the Wright Family Foundation of South Carolina. Charles established the workshop series “Different Voices” at the Roundabout and “Create Carolina,” an arts festival in Carolina. Charles is also the recipient of three NAACP Image Awards, the Creative Spirit Award from the New Professional Theatre, an honorary MFA from ACT, the S.C. Medal of Honor in the Arts, grants from the NEA, Pew Charitable Trusts and TCG, and most recently became a resident playwright of the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage. www.randolph-wright.com
2010-2011 TONY AWARDS®
NOMINATING COMMITTEE ANNOUNCED
New York, NY (July 19, 2010) – The Tony Awards Administration Committee announced today the Nominating Committee for the 2010-2011 Broadway season. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.
The Nominating Committee attends all productions during the Broadway season and meets on the date designated by the Administration Committee to determine, by vote, the Tony Award nominees for that season. The committee of 30 Tony Nominators includes:
*Victoria Bailey – Executive Director, Theatre Development Fund
David Caddick – Music Supervisor
Ben Cameron – Program Director for the Arts – Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Kathleen Chalfant – Actor
Hope Clarke – Stage Director/Choreographer/Actor
Thomas Cott – Producer/Management Consultant
*André De Shields – Actor
Edgar Dobie – Producer/General Manager/Managing Director, Arena Stage Washington, DC
*Gordon Edelstein – Director/Artistic Director of Long Wharf Theatre
*Beverly Emmons – Lighting Designer
*Michael Greif – Director
Paulette Haupt – Director of the Music Theatre Conference at The O’Neill Center
*Mark Hollmann – Composer/Lyricist
Elena K. Holy – Founder – The International Fringe Festival
Robert Kamlot – Retired General Manager
*Moisés Kaufman – Director/Playwright/Artistic Director, Tectonic Theater
Robert Kimball – Author
Pia Lindström – Former Reporter/Theatre Critic
*Todd London – Artistic Director, New Dramatists
Donna McKechnie – Actor/Choreographer
Jon Nakagawa – Producer of Contemporary Programming – Lincoln Center
Alice Playten – Actor
Theresa Rebeck – Playwright
Susan H. Schulman – Director
*Rosemarie Tichler – Theatre Executive, Educator/Casting Director
Tamara Tunie – Actor/Producer
William Tynan – Actor/Reporter
*Kevin Wade – Playwright/Screenwriter
Doug Wright – Playwright/Screenwriter
Andrew Zerman – Retired Casting Director
*New Nominating Committee members
ABOUT THE TONY AWARDS
The 2011 American Theatre Wing’s Tonys Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. At The Broadway League, Paul Libin is Chairman and Charlotte St. Martin is Executive Director. At the American Theatre Wing, Theodore S. Chapin is Chairman and Howard Sherman is Executive Director. For Tony Award Productions, Alan Wasser and Allan Williams of Alan Wasser Associates are the General Managers. Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment are Executive Producers of the 2011 Tony Awards. Mr. Weiss will also serve as Director of the 2011 Tony Awards.
TICKETS ON SALE TOMORROW
TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
FOR THE BROADWAY PREMIERE OF
“ D R I V I N G M I S S D A I S Y ”
BY ALFRED UHRY
JAMES EARL JONES AND VANESSA REDGRAVE
ON STAGE TOGETHER FOR 16 WEEKS ONLY!
New York, NY (7/16/10) – As producers Jed Bernstein and Adam Zotovich previously announced, tickets for the Broadway Premiere of Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Driving Miss Daisy, will go on sale to the general public beginning tomorrow (Saturday, July 17) at 12:01 a.m., and can be purchased at Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200.
Tony Award-winners James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave star in this classic American play, which begins previews October 7, 2010 at the John Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street), 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 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. (From October 7 – 25, Tuesday performances begin at 8:00 p.m.) Tickets ($65 - $125) will be available via Telecharge.com and, beginning September 9, will also be available at the box office of the Golden Theatre.
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“ I T M U S T B E H I M ”
A NEW COMEDY
BY KENNY SOLMS
TO PREMIERE AT OFF-BROADWAY’S
PETER J. SHARP THEATRE
STARRING PETER SCOLARI AND LIZ TORRES
WITH PATRICK CUMMINGS, STEPHANIE D’ABRUZZO, HARRIS DORAN,
RYAN DUNCAN, JOHN TREACY EGAN, JONATHAN C. KAPLAN, DAVID MARGULIES,
ALICE PLAYTEN, EDWARD STAUDENMAYER & JESSICA TYLER WRIGHT
DIRECTED BY DANIEL KUTNER
PERFORMANCES BEGIN TUESDAY, AUGUST 24
OPENING NIGHT SET FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
New York (7/15/10) – Producer Orin Wolf and Off the Aisle Productions have announced that It Must Be Him, a new comedy by Kenny Solms, co-creator and writer of the legendary, Emmy® Award-winning “Carol Burnett Show,” will premiere this summer at the Peter J. Sharp Theatre (416 West 42nd Street). Directed by Daniel Kutner, It Must Be Him will begin performances on Tuesday, August 24, and officially open on Wednesday, September 1. The limited engagement ends Sunday, September 26.
The cast of It Must Be Him features 3-time Emmy® Award nominee Peter Scolari and Emmy® Award and Golden Globe® Award nominee Liz Torres, along with Patrick Cummings (Happiness), Tony® Award nominee Stephanie D’Abruzzo (Avenue Q), Harris Doran (Love Jerry), Ryan Duncan (Altar Boyz), John Treacy Egan (The Producers), Tony® Award nominee Jonathan C. Kaplan (Falsettos), David Margulies (45 Seconds From Broadway), Tony® Award nominee Alice Playten (Henry, Sweet Henry), Edward Staudenmayer (Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me) and Jessica Tyler Wright (Sweeney Todd).
In It Must Be Him, Louie Wexler (Scolari), a whiz kid comedy writer from the heyday of variety television, is now down on his luck. With his devoted agent (Egan), and his considerably less devoted housekeeper (Torres) by his side, Louie finds himself broke, lonely, and on the wrong side of middle age. Desperate to rekindle his fading career, save his posh Beverly Hills home and find the man of his dreams, Louie searches high and low for one last shot at his own real-life happy ending.
Special musical material is written by Larry Grossman (music) and Ryan Cunningham (lyrics). The creative team features Wendy Seyb (choreography), Court Watson (scenic design), Laurie Churba (costume design), Joel Silver (lighting design) and Duncan Edwards (sound design).
The preview performance schedule is as follows: Tuesday, 8/24 at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, 8/25 at 7:00 PM, Thursday, 8/26 at 7:00 PM, Friday, 8/27 at 7:00 PM, Saturday, 8/28 at 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM, Sunday, 8/29 at 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM, Monday, 8/30 at 7:00 PM, and Tuesday 8/31 at 7:00 PM. Beginning on Friday, September 3, the performance schedule is as follows Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 7:00 PM, with 3:00 PM matinees on Saturday and Sunday. (Please note: there is an added 7:00 PM performance on Wednesday, 9/8, as there will be no performance on Monday, 9/6.)
Tickets, priced at $65.00, will be available beginning on Tuesday, July 20 via www.ticketcentral.com /(212) 279-4200, or in person at the Peter J. Sharp Theatre Box Office (416 West 42nd Street).
Kenny Solms (Playwright). If variety is the spice of life, Kenny Solms has tasted great success. He began his career in New York, where he teamed up with New York University classmate Gail Parent to create revue material for Leonard Sillman’s last Broadway revue New Faces and for New York’s famed Upstairs at the Downstairs. His association with Ms. Parent subsequently became one of the most successful and celebrated comedy partnerships.
Following the runaway success of three comedy albums (including the hilarious spoof of the Luci Baines Johnson Wedding, Our Wedding Album), and a season of Steve Allen’s “Comedy Hour,” Solms co-created and wrote the classic Emmy® Award winning “Carol Burnett Show,” for which he also received the Writer’s Guild of America Award.
He wrote numerous specials, including those for Julie Andrews, Ann-Margret, Danny Thomas, The Osmonds, Mary Tyler Moore, Bing Crosby, Second City, Lily Tomlin, Dick Van Dyke, Anne Bancroft, Bill Cosby, Sills and Burnett at the Met, which won him the Peabody Award, “Burnett Discovers Domingo,” a CBS special starring Carol Burnett and Placido Domingo which won the Montreaux Prize, and the Emmy Award winning Neil Diamond Special, “Hello Again.” Solms also wrote and produced “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” the critically acclaimed “3 Girls 3” and Home Box Office’s first two original comedy specials starring Carol Burnett and Martin Mull.
Television, however, has never been Solms’ sole domain. Lorelei, starring Carol Channing, lured Kenny back to Broadway to write the new book for the Jule Styne / Comden & Green musical based on “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” During Lorelei’s two year run, he collaborated with Gail Parent again on the screenplay for her novel Sheila Levine is Dead and Living in New York starring Roy Scheider and Jeannie Berlin.
Solms also conceived and wrote Perfectly Frank, a Frank Loesser revue which enjoyed a successful run at the Westwood playhouse in Los Angeles before its Broadway run. A year later, he produced it for Showtime starring Cloris Leachman. He wrote the book for What the World Needs Now, the songs of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, which had its world premiere at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, and has workshopped Ain’t that a Kick in the Head, based on the songs of Sammy Cahn, as a musical for Broadway.
Kenny has been head writer and producer for numerous television variety specials, including “Texaco Star Theatre’s Salute to Broadway,” “Disneyland’s 30th Anniversary Special,” “Live and In Person,” “The Homemade Comedy Special,” “Disneyland’s Summer Vacation Party” and “Showtime’s Joan Rivers’ Salute to Heidi Abromowitz.” He served as executive producer on “Bruce Willis: the Return of Bruno,” produced and wrote four “This Is Your Life” specials for NBC and his first directorial assignment was an original production of “Plaza Suite” for ABC which he also produced and which starred Carol Burnett, Dabney Coleman, Richard Crenna and Hal Holbrook. His first foray for Fox Broadcasting was headwriting “The 43rd Annual Emmy Awards,” giving Fox its highest rating ever for a special. He served as a comedy consultant on King World’s “New Candid Camera,” and produced and wrote “The Original Amateur Hour,” a series for the Family Channel, “Carol Burnett…a Reunion” for CBS, “Legend to Legend” for NBC, two more “This Is Your Life” specials for NBC, “Kelsey Grammer Salutes Jack Benny” for NBC, and episodes for the highly rated “Touched by an Angel,” one starring his mentor, Carol Burnett.
Daniel Kutner (Director) is currently the full-time associate director to Broadway legend Harold Prince. Projects with Mr. Prince include Lovemusik by Alfred Uhry at Manhattan Theatre Club's Biltmore Theatre on Broadway and the recent Paradise Found, a new musical by Richard Nelson, Ellen Fitzhugh, & Jonathan Tunick which premiered at London's Menier Chocolate Factory this past spring. Dan directed the world premiere, Drama Desk nominated, Off-Broadway hit musical, I Love You Because at the Village Theater, having directed it previously at the National Alliance of Musical Theater. Most recently, Dan co-conceived and directed Lea Salonga's sold-out debut at the famed Cafe Carlyle, Lea Sal0nga: The Journey So Far. Other credits include a new version of Kander and Ebb's And The World Goes Round which inaugurated the Gettysburg Arts Festival in Pennsylvania and subsequently played the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia. Dan has also helmed Manhattan Theatre Club's 2008 Spring Musical Gala at The Hilton Grand Ballroom, and the 2009 Gala at Cipriani's. New work includes readings of Doug Parker & Denver Cassado's musical, Life On The Mississippi at The York Theatre starring Ashley Brown and Charlie Schulman and Michael Roberts' musical, My American Family, starring Stephanie J. Block, which will receive a production later this year.
A Temple University graduate and a Philadelphia native, Dan was named the Inaugural Directing Fellow at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, having worked alongside Mary B. Robinson, Tony® winner Anna D. Shapiro, David Warren and Pam MacKinnon. In New York, Dan has been the Robert Moss Directing Resident at Playwrights Horizons having worked with Richard Nelson on the world premiere musical, My Life with Albertine (starring Brent Carver & Kelli O'Hara), and John Benjamin Hickey on Theresa Rebeck's world premiere Bad Dates, starring Julie White. Upcoming projects: Garbo Returns, a new play by Kristof Bathory starring Tovah Feldshuh, and Deep Cover, a new musical by Michael Wolk with Gorgeous Entertainment.
Off The Aisle Productions, founded by Orin Wolf and David F. Schwartz, recently produced A View From the Bridge (Tony® nominated), Groundswell (The New Group), and Assume the Position with Robert Wuhl. Other productions include: Irving Berlin’s I Love a Piano, History of the Word, and 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother Starring Judy Gold. Orin and David are founders of the theatrical booking agency OBB/Off Broadway Booking, which currently represents numerous titles (www.obbnyc.com). Orin conceived History of the Word, which was presented at Crossroads and the Vineyard Theatre, and was awarded the T-Fellowship for Creative Producing at Columbia University in conjunction with Hal Prince. A partner with the boutique entertainment law firm Feldshon & Schwartz, David represents Broadway and Off-Broadway producers, talent and creatives, NYMF and clients in other fields including film, television, music and art. Orin and David are graduates of the Commercial Theatre Institute.
AMERICAN THEATRE WING
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR
2011 JONATHAN LARSON® GRANTS
SEPTEMBER 1, 2010
New York, NY – The American Theatre Wing announced today that applications are now being accepted for the 2011 Jonathan Larson® Grants. The grants, given annually to honor emerging composers, lyricists and book writers, help to continue Tony® Award-winning composer Jonathan Larson’s dream of infusing musical theatre with a contemporary, joyful, urban vitality.
Applications must be post marked by September 1, 2010. Recipients will be announced in January 2011. The grants will be presented and recipients’ work will be showcased for an invited industry audience in late winter, 2011.
For 2011, all applications must include book, music, and lyrics from one or more works of musical theatre. Individuals may apply for support of their work if it includes all three disciplines. Regular collaborators are encouraged to apply as a team and submit one application. Applicants may only apply once per grant cycle. For complete guidelines and application materials, visit www.americantheatrewing.org/larsongrants.
Originally administered by the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation (from 1997-2008), the Jonathan Larson Grants became a part of The Wing in 2009, adding to the organization’s storied history of programs designed to support theatre professionals at the beginning of their careers. Under the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation and now the American Theatre Wing, more than 80 composers, lyricists and book writers were recognized at the start of their careers.
Past recipients of Jonathan Larson Grants include Mark Allen, Nell Benjamin, John Bucchino, Kirsten Childs, Ricky Ian Gordon, Amanda Green, Joe Iconis, Michael Korie, Dave Malloy, Thomas Mizer, Curtis Moore and Ryan Scott Oliver. Last year’s recipients were Peter Lerman, Daniel Maté, and songwriting team Michael Kooman (music) and Christopher Dimond (book & lyrics).
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an error of the moon
JEALOUSY, MADNESS AND
THE BROTHERS BOOTH...A SPECULATION
By Luigi Creatore
Off-Broadway Performances Begin August 13.
Opening Night is August 30
At Theatre Row’s Beckett Theatre.
AN ERROR OF THE MOON, a speculation of jealousy, madness and the brothers Booth, will begin Off-Broadway performances August 13th at The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street. The new play by Luigi Creatore will officially open on Monday, August 30th for a limited engagement through October 10th. Under the direction of Kim Weild, the cast of AN ERROR OF THE MOON features Margaret Copeland, Erik Heger, Andrew Veenstra, and Brian Wallace.
AN ERROR OF THE MOON is a fictional portrait of the brothers Edwin and John Wilkes Booth, the rock star actors of their day. Edwin tells his tale of a man consumed by jealousy, of bitter sibling rivalry, and the mad obsession that sparked the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Margaret Copeland performed her one woman show My Fake IDs around the country and Off-Broadway at the Lamb’s Theatre. She also performs stand up comedy in clubs throughout New York City. Erik Heger appeared Off-Broadway in MTC’s Based on a Totally True Story and his films include Upside Out and A Perfect Match. Andrew Veenstra has numerous regional credits including Romeo and Juliet at Pioneer Theatre Co. and A Christmas Carol at Geva Theatre. Brian Wallace appeared in the Obie-winning The Good Negro at the Public and The Germans in Paris with Anjelica Torn at the Verse Theater.
Playwright Luigi Creatore has enjoyed an extensive career as a record producer along with partner Hugo Peretti. The team of Hugo and Luigi chalked up dozens of gold records with such artists as Sarah Vaughan, Jimmie Rodgers, Perry Como, Sam Cooke, Della Reese, etc. As a songwriter with partners Hugo Peretti and George David Weiss, he wrote a number of hit songs, of which two megahits were "Can't Help Falling in Love" for Elvis Presley and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." In 1968, the team was represented on Broadway with Maggie Flynn starring Shirley Jones and Jack Cassidy, and Off-Broadway with Smile, Smile, Smile. Since retiring to Florida, Luigi has also been represented Off-Broadway with the play Flamingo Court.
Director Kim Weild most recently directed Off-Broadway’s Fêtes de la Nuit (2010 Drama Desk nomination). She has worked extensively as Associate Director to Michael Blakemore, including on the Broadway revival of Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury, Deuce starring Angela Lansbury and Marian Seldes, and Is He Dead? She has also associate directed for Tina Landau on Wig Out! at The Vineyard and Charles Mee's Iphigenia 2.0 at Signature Theatre. Kim is the recipient of a Kennedy Center Directing Fellowship, Shubert Fellow, 2006 Williamstown Theatre Festival Foeller Fellow, and is a Women's Project alumna.
Scenic design for AN ERROR OF THE MOON is by Steven Capone, with costume design by Alixandra Englund, lighting design by Charles Foster, and sound design by Christian Frederickson. Fight direction is by Rick Sordelet. AN ERROR OF THE MOON is being presented Off-Broadway by Theater 21 and CRC Productions.
The playing schedule for AN ERROR OF THE MOON will be Tuesdays at 7 pm, Wednesdays through Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm & 8 pm, and Sundays at 3 pm. Tickets are $50 and are available through www.Telecharge.com 212-239-6200. A limited number of $20 Student Rush tickets (2 ticket limit) will be available day of performance at the Theatre Row box office. Valid ID is required.
For more information, visit www.AnErrorOfTheMoon.com.
MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB ANNOUNCES
TO JOIN FRANCES McDORMAND
IN DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE'S
WORLD PREMIERE PLAY TO PREVIEW TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8;
OPENING NIGHT SET FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 3
Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce that acclaimed stage and screen actor Tate Donovan will return to Broadway in Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere production of GOOD PEOPLE, the new play by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire to be directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan.
Donovan is an acclaimed actor, known for his performances on "Damages," and "The O.C." Donovan returns to MTC having made his Off-Broadway debut in the original 1990 production of Richard Greenberg's The American Plan. Other notable theatrical credits include: David Lindsay-Abaire's Rabbit Hole at the Geffen Playhouse, on Broadway in Amy's View, opposite Judi Dench, and Off-Broadway in Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero.
GOOD PEOPLE will play at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). Previews for the limited engagement will begin on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 with an opening night of Thursday, March 3. Donovan joins previously announced Frances McDormand.
Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire, along with Rabbit Hole director and Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan, return to MTC to premiere his newest work, the timely and powerful GOOD PEOPLE.
Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo... where this month's paycheck covers last month's bills... and where Margie Walsh (McDormand) has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling (Donovan) who has made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out.
With his signature humorous glow, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.
Together, playwright David Lindsay-Abaire and MTC have brought four outstanding new plays to the New York stage. Their most recent collaboration, Rabbit Hole, earned a Tony Award and garnered Lindsay-Abaire the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
GOOD PEOPLE was commissioned through MTC's Bank of America Commissioning Program.
Special funding for GOOD PEOPLE was provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.
Additional casting and creative team for GOOD PEOPLE as well as other listings information will be announced in the coming weeks.
Subscriptions to MTC's 2010-2011 season are available online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com
Single tickets to all of MTC's 2010-2011 productions will be available at a later date. UPDATE: Get GOOD PEOPLE Tickets Now
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country's most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past three decades, MTC productions have earned a total of 17 Tony Awards and six Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and an Off-Broadway theatre at New York City Center - Stage I (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include Time Stands Still; The Royal Family; Ruined; The American Plan; Come Back, Little Sheba; Blackbird; Translations; Shining City; Rabbit Hole; Doubt; Proof; The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; Love! Valour! Compassion!; A Small Family Business; Sylvia; Putting It Together; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain't Misbehavin.'
For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.
TATE DONOVAN (Mike). Broadway: Amy's View; Picnic (Roundabout). Off-Broadway: Lobby Hero (Playwrights Horizons); The American Plan (MTC). Other theatre includes: Rabbit Hole (Geffen); Under the Blue Sky; Once in a Lifetime and The Glass Menagerie (Williamstown); Ruffian on the Stair (Long Wharf); The Rhythm of Torn Stars (Pacific Theater Ensemble); Bent (Coast Playhouse); The Trill (Mark Taper Forum). Film credits include: Below the Belt; American Primitive; Shooter; Neal Cassady; Nancy Drew: The Mystery in Hollywood Hills; Good Night, and Good Luck (SAG Award Nomination, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture); The Lather Effect; Pacifier; Swordfish; Get Well Soon; G-Men; Drop Back Ten; Murder at 1600; Holy Matrimony; Hercules; The Only Thrill; Ethan Frome; Equinox; Inside Monkey Zetterland (Independent Spirit Award Nomination, Best Supporting Actor); Love Potion #9; Little Noises; Memphis Belle; Dead Bang; Clean and Sober; Space Camp; No Small Affair. Television credits include: "Weeds;" "No Ordinary Family;" "Medium;" "Nip/Tuck;" "Damages;" "Law & Order: CI;" "Painkiller Jane;" "Silver Bells;" "The O.C.;" "Trinity;" "Friends;" "Ally McBeal;" "Partners;" "America's Dream: The Long Black Song;" "Rising Son;" "Vietnam War Stories" (ACE Award Nominee, Best Actor in a Dramatic Series); "Nutcracker;" "A Case of Deadly Force;" "Into Thin Air." Directing credits include: "Weeds;" "Medium;" "Nip/Tuck;" "Damages;" "The O.C."
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THE LOST AND FOUND ORCHESTRA
A NEW PRODUCTION FROM THE CREATORS OF STOMP
TO TOUR NORTH AMERICA THIS FALL
After the global success of their unique take on rhythm and physical theatre, STOMP co-creators Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, have taken their concept to a new level with PANDEMONIUM: THE LOST AND FOUND ORCHESTRA which will begin a North American tour on September 16 in Miami. Current tour information follows at the end of the release.
Where STOMP creates rhythm with everyday objects, PANDEMONIUM transforms everyday objects into a plethora of invented instruments. Performed by the LFO (Lost and Found Orchestra), PANDEMONIUM recreates every section of a symphony orchestra, using musical saws, bottles, whirly toys and traffic cones. Out of chaos is found an orchestra.
Reworked for 2010 with a dazzling array of homemade instruments, a 25-member mix of veteran STOMP performers, classical musicians, physical comedians and aerialists, PANDEMONIUM climaxes with the human voice being added to the mix: what begins with simple melodies plucked, blown, thumped and brushed into life ends in a complex symphonic and choral celebration. In each city a 30 member local choir will contribute vocals. Luke Cresswell serves as onstage conductor of the 50+ member company and will perform in PANDEMONIUM.
Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas were approached by The Brighton Festival (UK) commissioning a new work for its 40th anniversary. In only six months, instruments had to be invented and reinvented from scratch, and an entire score composed. With the help of a crew made up of experienced STOMP personnel, expert instrument designer Paul Marshall advising, and with UK musicians who were prepared to abandon their instruments and learn how to play saws and hosepipes, LFO premiered there in May 2006. Since then LFO has broken box office records at Sydney Opera House, and played extended runs at London's Royal Festival Hall and Amsterdam's Carre Theatre.
Critics have raved:
"Exhilarating and strangely beautiful, unpretentious, infectious and great fun" - The Guardian
"A celebration of energy, rhythm and inventiveness" - The Independent
"Utterly amazing and not to be missed" - Sunday Express
"A joyful celebration of the power of noise and human invention" - Daily Telegraph
"What hit me hardest is its sheer poetry, but nobody could miss the entertainment value here, and its world premiere was greeted with a full throated ovation." Financial Times
STOMP bio: Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the first Stomp production; it
has been running in New York for 16 years and in London for eight years. STOMP has
toured the globe almost continuously for 15 years and has been seen by over 15 million people in 48 countries on five continents. It is the winner of numerous awards including an Olivier Award for Best Choreography (London's Tony Award); an Obie Award; and a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatre Experience. Cresswell and McNicholas have received an Academy Award nomination for the short film Brooms, four Emmy nominations and one Emmy Award for their acclaimed HBO special Stomp Out Loud, a Grammy nomination, and their IMAX films have garnered numerous awards internationally. STOMP has been seen in on shows ranging from The Academy Awards (produced by Quincy Jones) to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, and in venues including The Acropolis in Athens, Greece. STOMP has parodied on Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons, and been an answer on Jeopardy!
CITIES: PANDEMONIUM: THE LOST AND FOUND ORCHESTRA will play the following cities beginning September 16, with more dates and cities to be announced: Miami, Chicago, LA (Costa Mesa), Toronto, Hartford, Boston, Philadelphia.
LUKE CRESSWELL is a self-taught percussionist from Brighton, UK. His session work as a drummer and rhythm programmer includes Beats International, Bette Midler, Elvis Costello and Bryan Ferry. After working for several years as a street musician and performer, he first created STOMP in 1991. His work as a performer in Stomp includes the Oscars, the Emmys and Quincy Jones' album, Q's Jook Joint. He has directed, with Steve McNicholas, several award-winning commercials and short films. He received an Oscar nomination for the film BROOMS, an Emmy nomination for STOMP OUT LOUD and co-directed the award winning giant-screen films, Pulse: a STOMP Odyssey and Wild Ocean 3D as well as the STOMP inspired feature VACUUMS. He has also received a special achievement award from the Chicago Human Rhythm Project.
STEVE MCNICHOLAS, from Yorkshire in the UK, has worked as an actor, singer, musician, and writer with various theatrical and musical groups, starting out with the Bradford Theatre Group in 1973. Through the eighties he worked with Cliff Hanger, Covent Garden Community Theatre and Pookiesnackenburger. Despite also being an original member of the a capella group, the Flying Pickets and a final appearance in Mr. Bean, Steve no longer performs. He shares directorial credits with Luke Cresswell on STOMP based films and commercials. With Luke, he composed the soundtrack to the Showtime movie, RIOT, and shares the Oscar and Emmy nominations for his work on BROOMS and STOMP OUT LOUD and co directed the award winning giant-screen films, Pulse: a STOMP Odyssey and Wild Ocean 3D. Luke and Steve are currently in production for two new 3D movies, THE LAST REEF and GREAT WHITE SHARK 3D.