Andrew C. McGibbon
Andrew C. McGibbon has spent the past thirty years working in live theatre as a stage manager, general manager, producer and leader in the convergence of Broadway and online.
Mr. McGibbon worked as a stage manager and general manager for ten years. In 1994 he created a website devoted to live theatre, BroadwayWorld-Wide.com. The site was subsequently bought by, and became Playbill.com. He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for TonyAwards.com. With the 2008-09 season he finished his ninth year on the show. He has also worked as a webmaster for the Broadway League and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He is presently the Director of Digital Media for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
In addition to his work in the theatrical industry, Mr. McGibbon is also a partner in Simple Solutions Distributing, a manufacturer of filtration equipment for the waste-water industry.
Photo: Elizabeth Leitzell
TICKETS ON SALE
BRENDAN FRASER AND DENIS O'HARE
WITH JENNIFER COOLIDGE and RICHARD EASTON
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW COMEDY FROM LONDON
DIRECTED BY DOUG HUGHES
BROADWAY'S ETHEL BARRYMORE THEATRE
PREVIEWS BEGIN TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2
OPENING SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21
20 WEEKS ONLY. THROUGH MARCH 20, 2011
ELLING is based on the popular original novels by Ingvar Ambjørnsen and adapted for the Oscar nominated film and the stage by Axel Hellstenius and Petter Næss, in a new English adaptation by critically hailed writer Simon Bent.
"The most blissfully funny and touching evening I've had in the theatre in ages."
-The Guardian (London)
"Moving and very, very funny. Thoroughly life-affirming."
-The Times (London)
"Works like a dream."
-The Daily Telegraph (London)
Tickets for Broadway's ELLING are on sale today, Wednesday, September 15 exclusively for American Express cardholders and for the general public beginning Monday, September 27. ELLING stars Brendan Fraser (Crash, Gods and Monsters, and critically hailed in the West End's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) and Denis O'Hare (Take Me Out -Tony Award-winner, HBO's "True Blood") with Jennifer Coolidge (Broadway's The Women, American Pie, Best in Show) and Richard Easton (The Invention of Love - Tony Award-winner, The Coast of Utopia, Noises Off). The critically acclaimed new comedy from London, directed by Tony Award-winner Doug Hughes (Doubt, Mrs. Warren's Profession), ELLING will begin performances Tuesday, November 2 and open Sunday, November 21 on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street) and will play a strictly limited engagement through March 20, 2011.
ELLING is based on the popular original novels by Ingvar Ambjørnsen and adapted for the Oscar nominated film and the stage by Axel Hellstenius and Petter Næss, in a new English adaptation by critically hailed writer Simon Bent. ELLING played the West End and was nominated for the Lawrence Olivier Award for Comedy of the Year.
Set in the current day, ELLING is a comedy about a wildly mismatched pair of roommates trying to embrace life, love, friendship, pizza, poetry and women. Denis O'Hare plays obsessive/compulsive Elling. Brendan Fraser, plays the wildly enthusiastic gentle giant Kjell. Jennifer Coolidge plays Reidun, the object of Kjell's considerable affection and Richard Easton plays Alfons, Elling's unlikely poet mentor.
ELLING had a critically acclaimed stage premiere at the Bush Theatre in London and transferred to the West End.
ELLING previews November 2 and opens November 21 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street).
Additional casting and the design team will be announced soon.
Tickets are on sale today, Wednesday, September 15 exclusively for American Express cardholders through September 26. Tickets go on sale for the general public beginning Monday, September 27. All tickets available through Telecharge.com or 212-239-63200. Tickets available in person at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 West 47th Street beginning Tuesday, October 12. Ticket prices range from $46.50 to $126.50 (all prices include $1.50 facilities fee).
The performance schedule is Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. Beginning, Tuesday, November 23, all Tuesday performances will begin at 7pm.
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CASTING SOCIETY OF AMERICA
ANNOUNCES NEW YORK NOMINEES
FOR 26TH ANNUAL ARTIOS AWARDS
FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS IN CASTING
2010 HONOREES INCLUDE MARCY CARSEY, ELLEN CHENOWETH,
AND TONY KUSHNER
BI-COASTAL AWARDS CEREMONIES SET FOR NOVEMBER 1ST
IN LOS ANGELES & NEW YORK
Presented yearly for outstanding achievement in casting, awards are given on the criteria of originality, creativity and contribution of casting to the overall quality of a project. The term “Artios” is from the ancient Greek word meaning “perfectly fitted.”
Each year, in addition to the awards presented to casting directors for their achievements in Theatre, Television and Film casting, the Casting Society of America also recognizes Industry notables with a Career Achievement Award, The New York Apple Award and bestows the Hoyt Bowers Award on one of its own. This year’s honorees are: in NY, award-winning playwright Tony Kushner (A Bright Room Called Day; Angels in America, Parts One and Two; Slavs!; Homebody/Kabul; Caroline, or Change), will take home the much coveted New York Apple Award; and in LA, producer Marcy Carsey (“The Cosby Show”,” Roseanne,” “ 3rd Rock From The Sun”,” Grace Under Fire”, “That 70’s Show”) will receive the Career Achievement Award, and casting director Ellen Chenoweth (Terms of Endearment, Good Night & Good Luck, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Michael Clayton, No Country for Old Men, A Serious Man), the Hoyt Bowers Award.
The Artios Awards were first given in 1985 to honor excellence in casting and was held at the Crystal Room of the Beverly Hills Hotel attended by 500 industry leaders. The first New York awards were first given in 1988.
The CSA is the premier organization of theatrical casting directors in film, television, and theatre, and is passionately committed to establishing a recognized standard of professionalism in the industry; enhancing the stature of the profession in the industry; freely exchanging information and ideas among members; providing the opportunity to honor the outstanding achievements of its members; and providing members with profession support and resources. CSA members are a united professional society that society that consistently set the level of professionalism in casting on which the entertainment industry has come to rely. With more than 425 members, the CSA has representation not only in the United States, but also Canada, England and Australia. For more information, or to become a member, visit www.castingsociety.com.
2010 Artios Award Nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Casting
Big Budget Feature – Drama
“Avatar,” Margery Simkin & Mali Finn (Initial Casting)
“Inglorious Basterds,” Johanna Ray & Jenny Jue / *
“Nine,” Francine Maisler / *
“Sherlock Holmes,” Reg Poerscout-Edgerton
“Shutter Island,” Ellen Lewis & Carolyn Pickman (Location Casting)
Big Budget Feature – Comedy
“Couples Retreat,” Sarah Halley Finn & Randi Hiller
“Date Night,” Donna Isaacson
“Julie & Julia,” Francine Maisler / *
“The Proposal,” Amanda Mackey Johnson, Cathy Sandrich Gelfond & Angela Peri (Location Casting)
“Valentine’s Day,” Deborah Aquila & Tricia Wood
Feature – Studio or Independent Drama
“Crazy Heart,” Mary Vernieu / * & Jo Edna Boldin (Location Casting)
“A Serious Man,” Ellen Chenoweth & Rachel Tenner
“A Single Man,” Joseph Middleton
“The Hurt Locker,” Mark Bennett / *
“Up in the Air,” Mindy Marin & Joni Tackette (Location Casting)
Feature – Studio or Independent Comedy
“(500) Days of Summer,” Eyde Belasco
“Away We Go,” Ellen Lewis & Debra Zane
“Kick-Ass,” Lucinda Syson & Sarah Halley Finn
“Taking Woodstock,” Avy Kaufman
“The Hangover,” Juel Bestrop & Seth Yanklewitz
Low Budget Feature – Drama/Comedy
“Afterschool,” Susan Shopmaker / *
“Answer Man,” Deborah Aquila & Tricia Wood / *
“The Private Lives of Pippa Lee,” Cindy Tolan
“Mother and Child,” Heidi Levitt
“My Son My Son What Have Ye Done,” Johanna Ray & Jenny Jue
“The Missing Person,” Lois J. Drabkin
“Astro Boy,” Linda Lamontagne
“The Princess and the Frog,” Jen Rudin & Mark Fincannon / *
“Ice Age, Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” Christian Kaplan
“Planet 51,” Ruth Lambert & Robert McGee / *
“Mary Last Seen,” Susan Shopmaker / *
“Not Interested,” Kim Moarefi
“Tell Tale,” Randi Hiller / *
“The Bake Shop Ghost,” Patrick Baca
“The Rise,” Meg Morman & Sunday Bolin
Television Pilot – Drama
“Flash Forward,” Wendy O'Brien
“Justified,” Cami Patton /*, Bonnie Finnegan (NY Casting) & Steven Jacobs (NY Casting)
“Parenthood,” Laura Schiff, Carrie Audino & Nina Henninger (Location Casting)
“The Good Wife,” Mark Saks & Michelle Allen (Location Casting)
“Treme,” Alexa L. Fogel / *
“White Collar,” Bonnie Zane, Gayle Pillsbury & Julie Tucker (Location Casting)
Television Pilot – Comedy
“Bored to Death,” Kim Miscia / *
“Community,” Dava Waite Peaslee
“Hung,” Lisa Beach & Sarah Katzman / *
“Modern Family,” Jeff Greenberg
“Nurse Jackie,” Julie Tucker & Ross Meyerson
Television Series – Drama
“Breaking Bad,” Sharon Bialy & Sherry Thomas / *
“Dexter,” Shawn Dawson
“The Good Wife,” Mark Saks
“Damages,” Julie Tucker & Ross Meyerson
“Mad Men,” Laura Schiff & Carrie Audino /*
Television Series – Comedy
“Californication,” Felicia Fasano
“Glee,” Robert J. Ulrich, Eric Dawson & Carol Kritzer
“Modern Family,” Jeff Greenberg
“Nurse Jackie,” Julie Tucker & Ross Meyerson
“United States of Tara,” Cami Patton & Jennifer Lare
Television Movie / Mini Series
“Georgia O’Keeffe,” David Rubin & Richard Hicks / *
“Temple Grandin,” David Rubin & Richard Hicks / *
“You Don’t Know Jack,” Ellen Chenoweth
“The Pacific,” Meg Liberman, Cami Patton, Christine King & Jennifer Euston (NY Casting) / *
“The Special Relationship,” Nina Gold
Children’s Series Programming
“Big Time Rush,” Geralyn Flood, Sharon Lieblein, Howard Meltzer, Carol Goldwasser, & Tara-Anne Johnson / *
“Hannah Montana,” Howard Meltzer & Carol Goldwasser,
“iCarly,” Krisha Bullock
“True Jackson, VP,” Harriet Greenspan
“Wizards of Waverly Place,” Ruth Lambert & Robert McGee
Animation TV Programming
“American Dad,” Linda Lamontagne
“Family Guy,” Linda Lamontagne
“SpongeBob SquarePants – Truth or Square” Sarah Noonan
“The Life and Times of Tim,” Ruth Lambert & Robert McGee
“The Penguins of Madagascar,” Meredith Layne
“Days of Our Lives,” Marnie Saitta
“General Hospital,” Mark Teschner
“The Young and the Restless,” Camille St. Cyr
Los Angeles Theatre
“Forgiveness,” Liz Dean
“Guys and Dolls,” Margery Simkin & Michael Donovan
“How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” Amy Lieberman
“The Pee Wee Herman Show,” Bruce H. Newberg
“Why Torture is Wrong and The People Who Love Them,” Scott David
Broadway Theatre – Drama
“A View From the Bridge,” Cindy Tolan
“Enron,” Bernard Telsey
“Fences,” Mele Nagler & David Caparelliotis
“Next Fall,” Howie Cherpakov
“Race,” Will Cantler & Bernard Telsey
“Time Stands Still,” Nancy Piccione
NY Broadway Theatre – Comedy
“A Behanding in Spokane,” Jim Carnahan
“Brighton Beach Memoirs,” Jay Binder & Jack Bowdan
“The Royal Family,” David Caparelliotis
“Lend Me A Tenor,” David Caparelliotis & Mele Nagler
“In The Next Room Or The Vibrator Play,” Daniel Swee
NY Broadway Theatre – Musical
“ A Little Night Music,” Tara Rubin, Eric Woodall, Laura Schtuzel & Merri Sugarman / *
“The Addams Family,” Bernard Telsey /*
“Fela,” Arnold J. Mugioli
“American Idiot,” Jim Carnahan & Carrie Gardner
“Promises, Promises,” Merri Sugarman, Eric Woodall, Laura Schtuzel, & Tara Rubin /*
NY Off-Broadway – Comedy/Musical
“Circle Mirror Transformation,” Alaine Alldaffer
“Clybourne Park,” Allaine Alldaffer
“The Scottsboro Boys,” Jim Carnahan/*
“Graceland,” Daniel Swee
“Love Loss and What I Wore,” Tara Rubin, Merri Sugarman, Eric Woodall, & Laura Schtuzel /*
NY Off-Broadway – Drama
“A Lie of The Mind,” Judy Henderson
“The Bridge Project,” Nancy Piccione / *
“Family Week,” Will Cantler & Bernard Telsey
“The Pride,” Bernard Telsey &Will Cantler
“Still Life,” Will Cantler & Bernard Telsey
Regional Theatre East
“A Doll’s House,” James Calleri
“Compulsion,” Tara Rubin, Laura Schutzel, Eric Woodall, & Merri Sugarman /*
“Fences,” Alaine Alldaffer
“Fetch Clay Make Man,” Laura Stanczyk
“Three Sisters,” Will Cantler, Tiffany Little Canfield & Bernard Telsey
Regional Theatre West
“The 39 Steps,”Jay Binder & Jack Bowdan
“Creditors,” Will Cantler & Bernard Telsey
“Lost in Yonkers,” Samantha Barrie
“The Night is a Child,” Michael Donovan
“Parade,” Erika Sellin
“The Wake,” Bonnie Grisan & Erika Sellin /*
CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
HOYT BOWERS AWARD
THE NEW YORK APPLE AWARD
*Shared Credit with Non-CSA Casting Director (s)
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PRINCIPAL CAST ANNOUNCED for
“SHINE! The Horatio Alger Musical” at the Theatre at St. Clements
SHINE! The Horatio Alger Musical with a Book by Richard Seff; Music by Roger Dean Anderson and Lyrics by Lee Goldsmith is being presented by Other Side Productions (Peter Mercurio, Chuck Blasius – Co-Artistic Directors) as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival at The Theater at St. Clements, 423 West 46th Street. The director is Peter Flynn and the choreographer is Devanand Janki. Michael Bottari & Ronald Case are the set and costume designers. Greg Anthony is the music supervisor, arranger, orchestrator; Annbritt duChateau is the music director and the associate musical directors are Danny Percefull and Sue Anschultz. With a highly melodic, hummable and bouncy score with bright lyrics, “SHINE the Horatio Alger Musical”, has tons of period atmosphere, nostalgic charm, comedy and entertainment. A multi-talented cast of 18 makes this one of the largest of the festival productions. Performances will be: Thurs. 10/7 at 8pm; Sat. 10/9 at 5pm; Mon. 10/11, at 9pm; Fri. 10/15, at 1pm; Sat. 10/16, at 9pm and Sun. 10/17 at 3pm. www.shinethemusical.com
The principals for the show are: Andy Mientus (Richard Hunter) is making his NYC debut. He has appeared in the original tour of “Spring Awakening” (Hanschen), “Academy” in South Korea, and as Huck in “Big River”. Michael Halling (Luke Gerrish) has been on Broadway in: “A Tale of Two Cities” (Gaspard); “The Pajama Game” (Cyrus; u/s Harry Connick Jr.); “The Boy From Oz” (Standby for Hugh Jackman); “In My Life”); “The Scarlet Pimpernel”. NYC Opera’s “Candide”. National Tours are: “Les Miserables” (Enjolras); “The Full Monty”). Meggie Cansler (Stacia Jane Hauser) has been seen on Broadway in “The Apple Tree”, “Finian's Rainbow”, and “Wicked”. She was also the Galinda understudy for the first national tour. Jimmy Ray Bennett is a founding member of the national “cult hit” The Nuclear Family. NYC theatre includes “White’s Lies” w/ Betty Buckley, Sohovik in the Encores’ revival of “Damn Yankees” w/ Sean Hayes and Jane Krakowski. William Ryall (Silas Snobden) some of his numerous Broadway shows are: “Guys and Dolls”, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, “Seussical”, “High Society”, “How To Succeed…”, “Grand Hotel”, “Me and My Girl”, “Amadeus”, “Chess” (in concert). NYC Opera: “The Most Happy Fella”. Stanton Nash (Higgins) was in: “Wicked”; “Huck Finn” (Steppenwolf); “The Wood Demon”, and “Madame X”. Regional credits include: “Take Flight” (McCarter Theatre); “The Cherry Orchard”, “A Streetcar Named Desire” to name a few. Philip Chaffin (Allen Carlisle) made his Broadway debut in the premiere of Alan Menken and Tim Rice’s “King David”, and has since appeared in dozens of New York concerts, including Encores! and Lyrics & Lyricists. He has also released three albums. Tyler Merna (Rob Carlisle) some of his NYC credits include “Afterlight”, “Tusk! Tusk!”. On television he played the role of Joan Rivers grandson on ZRock. Dan Lawler (Foswell) was recently seen Off-Broadwayi n “With Glee”, “Pinkalicious, The Musical”. Some of hisregional credits are “Sweeney Todd”), “The Odyssey: An Epic Musical”. Evan Jay Newman (Mickey Maguire) shows on Broadway are : “Les Miserables”; Paul Simon's “The Capeman”; “A Christmas Carol” and the tours of “Beauty and the Beast”, and “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”. And Kathy McGrath is Mrs. Mooney.
“SHINE! The Horatio Alger Musical” follows the tale of Ragged Dick (Horatio Alger’s first best-selling hero) in lower Manhattan (1876) as he rises from penniless bootblack to budding Wall Street entrepreneur. Dick’s adventures with a little bit of luck, some charm and a whole lot of hard work bring him face to face with scheming ex-convicts, vicious comic villains, kind benefactors, and a world of colorful street characters in this charming rags-to-riches romp for everyone.
Richard Seff (Book) has spent a lifetime in the theatre as actor, playwright, columnist, critic, agent, librettist, investor and now memoirist. He first acted professionally in 1946 and took a 22 year leave of absence from the stage to become an agent representing artists in the musical theatre on Broadway. Roger Dean Anderson (Composer) has been fortunate to collaborate with such legendary talents, Michael Smuin, Joe Layton, Wally Harper, Tony Walton, Vivian Matalon and Hal Prince. In 1979 he was paired with lyricist Lee Goldsmith, more than 30 years his senior; later composing the award-winning “Chaplin”, followed by “Quality Street”. Recent projects include “Ladykiller”; “Flying Tigers” and “Abe”. Lee Goldsmith (Lyricist) enjoyed an early career with National Comics scripting stories for The Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and The Flash. He adapted several projects for the stage, writing book and lyrics: “Come Back Little Sheba”, “Golddiggers of 1633” and his ground-breaking Broadway musical “Sextet”.
Peter Flynn (Director) is Artistic Director of The Hangar Theatre and staged the star-studded Broadway concerts of "On the Twentieth Century" (Douglas Sills, Marin Mazzie, & Joanne Worley); “Chess” (Josh Groban); and “Funny Girl” (Whoopi Goldberg, Bebe Neuwirth, & Peter Gallagher, among others). Devanand Janki (Choreographer): directed & choreographed the award-winning hit “Zanna, Don’t”! and “Junie B. Jones”, “Cupid & Psyche”, “Henry & Mudge” and John Patrick Shanley’s “Romantic Poetry” (MTC). Broadway concerts: director of “Hair” (all-star cast, featuring Jennifer Hudson), choreographer of “Funny Girl” (16 Fanny Brices, including Whoopi Goldberg, Bebe Neuwirth, & Jane Krakowski).
In the play Zero Hour, the titanic actor Zero Mostel regales an (unseen) interviewer with stories from his life, while trying to browbeat and insult the hapless journalist at the same time. By contrast, this interviewer was treated very nicely by the play’s author and solo performer, Jim Brochu. The burly actor/writer, who has received rave reviews and multiple accolades for his uncanny portrait of Mostel, was interviewed in his West 42nd Street apartment in Manhattan last month. Zero Hour is directed by Piper Laurie and recently reached the 200th performance mark at the Actor’s Temple Theater, Off- Broadway.
BROADWAY'S JERSEY BOYS
TO THE COMPANY
Ryan Jesse will step into the role of Bob Gaudio in the Broadway cast of JERSEY BOYS, the Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning smash hit musical, on Tuesday, October 12, 2010. Sebastian Arcelus, who currently plays the role of Bob Gaudio, will play his final performance on Sunday, October 10, 2010.
Beginning Tuesday, October 12th, the cast of JERSEY BOYS will be led by Matt Bogart (Nick Massi), Ryan Jesse (Bob Gaudio), Dominic Nolfi (Tommy DeVito) and Jarrod Spector (Frankie Valli) as The Four Seasons; with Peter Gregus and Mark Lotito. The cast also includes Miles Aubrey, Erik Bates, Bridget Berger, Scott J. Campbell, Kris Coleman, Ken Dow, Russell Fischer, John Hickman, Katie O'Toole, Joe Payne, Jessica Rush, Dominic Scaglione Jr., Sara Schmidt, Taylor Sternberg.
JERSEY BOYS opened on Broadway to critical acclaim on November 6, 2005. The show is currently playing in New York; Las Vegas; London; Sydney, Australia; and in cities across the U.S. on a National Tour.
JERSEY BOYS is written by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, and is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Des McAnuff and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo.
JERSEY BOYS is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi, about a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks who became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty. The show features all their hits including "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Oh What A Night," "Walk Like A Man," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and "Working My Way Back To You."
JERSEY BOYS is the recipient of the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 2009 Olivier Award for Best Musical. The Original Broadway Cast Recording, produced by Bob Gaudio, received the 2006 Grammy Award(r) for Best Musical Show Album and has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The Broadway production also won the 2006 Outer Critics Circle & Drama League Awards for Best Musical. The London production also won the 2009 UK People's Choice and What's on Stage Awards for Best New Musical. The Toronto production is the winner of three Dora Awards, including the Audience Choice Award for Outstanding Production. The Australian production is 2010 recipient of the Helpmann Award for Australia's Best Musical and seven Victorian Green Room Awards.
RYAN JESSE (Bob Gaudio). Direct from the Jersey Boys national tour, this is Ryan's Broadway debut. Originally from Gilbert, AZ, Ryan holds a B.A. in Musical Theatre from University of Northern Colorado. Int'l Tour: Cinderella starring Lea Salonga (Prince u/s); Regional: Grey Gardens (Joe Kennedy, Jr. /Jerry) at Portland Center Stage; New York Musical Theatre Festival: The Last Starfighter (Blake/Zur).
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THE SHOW THAT TIME MAGAZINE NAMED
THE BEST MUSICAL OF THE DECADE
Billy Elliot The Musical
HOSTS OPEN CALL FOR BALLET GIRLS
AT THE BROADHURST THEATRE
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 18, 2010
On Saturday, September 18th Billy Elliot the Musical will hold an open call for Ballet Girls at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 W 44th St). Sign up begins at 10am. Billy Elliot is on the lookout for dancers with strong tap skills from 8-12 years old to shine as Billy Elliot’s Ballet Girls. The production is seeking a variety of shapes and sizes (tiny, chubby, lanky, quirky, etc) with expressive character and lots of personality - not your traditional ballerina - to be cast in all North American Billy Elliot productions. For more information about the audition please visit www.BeBilly.com
Billy Elliot the Musical winner of ten 2009 Tony Awards including Best Musical features music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreography by Peter Darling and direction by Stephen Daldry.
Billy Elliot is the joyous celebration of one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising talent that inspires his family and his whole community and changes his life forever.
Tickets for Billy Elliot the Musical range from $41.50 to $141.50, and can be purchased at the Imperial Theatre Box Office (240 West 45th Street) or by calling Telecharge.com at 212-239-6200 or visiting www.Telecharge.com. The playing schedule for Billy Elliot through Labor Day is as follows: Wednesday – Saturday at 8pm, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm and Sunday at 7:30pm.
Billy Elliot the Musical is produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jon Finn and Sally Greene. Angela Morrison and David Furnish are Executive Producers. The production features scenic design by Ian MacNeil, the associate director is Julian Webber, costume design by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by Paul Arditti. Musical supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Koch.
For tickets and information visit www.BillyElliotBroadway.com
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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
TO PREMIERE A MAJOR NEW SPECTACLE
AT RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL IN SUMMER 2011
Directed by François Girard
Montreal, September 14, 2010 - Cirque du Soleil announced today that it will debut a major new acrobatic spectacle next summer at the legendary Radio City Music Hall in New York. Proudly presented by iShares®, the new show, whose name will be announced in the coming weeks, will be directed by acclaimed film and theatre director François Girard (The Red Violin, Silk). Created especially for the landmark theater, previews will begin for the new production in June 2011, with the premiere date to be confirmed shortly.
Directed by François Girard, the new showtakes place in an abandoned theatre and follows a magician who has lost his love and with her, his magic has disappeared. As he cries and begs the Gods for her return he is plunged into a world inhabited by surreal creatures. The diverse cast of 71 international artists transports the audience into a fantastical and suspenseful world, blurring the boundaries between the real and imaginary.
Along with François Girard, the creative team consists of 12 creators under the artistic guidance of Cirque du Soleil Founder Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix:
François Girard – Writer and Director
One of Quebec’s most highly-regarded creators, François Girard is equally at ease in cinema (Silk, The Red Violin), opera, visual arts and theatre and has earned an enviable international reputation over the years. A keen music lover, he is particularly known for the hybrid worlds he creates in which music plays a predominant role. His works are recognized for their great musicality, both in terms of sound and image. This will be his second creation for Cirque du Soleil, following ZED, the Tokyo resident show.
Line Tremblay – Director of Creation
Line Tremblay has worked in many capacities for Cirque du Soleil since the company was founded in 1984. Starting in 1992 she worked as the assistant to the director for the creation of the shows Mystère, Alegría, Quidam, “O” and La Nouba. Line also contributed her talent to Quidam as Artistic Director and was Director of Creation for the Corteo and ZED.
Stéphane Roy – Set and Props Designer
Stéphane Roy has worked as both a set designer and artistic director on over 100 productions in Montreal and abroad. While primarily active in theatre and dance, he has also worked in film, television, advertising and variety shows. Stéphane designed the sets for the Cirque du Soleilshows Dralion, Varekai, Zumanity and KOOZA.
Alan Hranitelj – Costume Designer
Alan Hranitelj has participated in many group exhibitions and fashion shows both in Slovenia, where he's been living for the past 25 years, and abroad. In 1991, he designed haute couture collections in Milan, but he soon quit catwalks and returned to his first love, stage. He mostly designs for drama, opera and film. This is his first show for Cirque du Soleil.
Nick Littlemore – Composer and Musical Director
Nick Littlemore is an Australian musician and producer, known as frontman of acclaimed electronic act Pnau (with Peter Mayes) and one part of electro pop-duo Empire of the Sun (with Luke Steele). He is also a member of art-rock band Teenager (with Pip Brown a.k.a Ladyhawke). As a producer he has worked with Sir Elton John, Groove Armada, Ellie Goulding, Robbie Williams, Flora Purim and many others. This new production will be his first collaboration with Cirque du Soleil.
Sir Elton John will be guiding his protégé Nick Littlemore through the creative process of this new production.
Debra Brown – Choreographer
Dancer and choreographer Debra Brown is internationally-renowned for her unique body of work blending acrobatics and dance. Ever keen to diversify and reinvent, Debra has forged her impressive and unconventional creative path, working with artists and groups from a wide variety of disciplines. She worked with François Girard on ZED and this new production will be her eleventh production with Cirque du Soleil.
Elena Kolyadenko – Choreographer
Elena Kolyadenko has been active in the artistic world in Ukraine and Russia for many years. For the past seven years, she has created and has been managing the Ukraine dance group FreedomBallet. She has worked on a number of productions on many capacities: casting, staging, musical orchestration, and costume design. Moreover, she has been a ballet coach for the Shchepkin Theater (Ukraine), as well as manager and choreographer for the Art Classic Ballet. This will be her first collaboration with Cirque du Soleil.
Alain Lortie – Lighting Designer
More than 25 years ago, Alain Lortie began working with multi-talented Quebec artists such as Michel Lemieux, Marie Chouinard and Edward Lock, and has since collaborated on many variety, opera and music shows both in Quebec and Europe. He also designed the lighting for several productions in Asia. Alain has worked with many Quebec stage directors including Robert Lepage and François Girard. He created the lighting design for the Cirque du Soleil shows Soleil de Minuit and DELIRIUM.
Raymond St-Jean – Image Content Designer
Director, video designer, writer and Editor Raymond Saint-Jean began his career directing music videos and short films. Since then, he has turned to dramas, documentaries and films about the performing arts. Raymond has made his talents as a “video set designer” available to a number of artists and companies in the arts world across North America. Raymond previously worked on the Cirque du Soleil show, ZAIA, the resident show in Macau.
Steven Dubuc – Sound Designer
A self-taught creator with an adventurous mind, Steve Dubuc worked on a large number of artistic projects across the globe as a sound engineer, chief sound engineer and sound technician. He has worked as a technical director on various Cirque du Soleil shows. This will be his second Cirque du Soleil show as sound designer, following ZAIA.
Florence Pot – Acrobatic Performance Designer
With her university training in physical education and sports psychology, Florence Pot took on many projects in the world of gymnastics as a trainer and choreographer prior to joining Cirque du Soleil as an acrobatic scout and, later, chief scout. In 2006 she accepted the invitation to become Acrobatic Performance Designer on the Cirque du Soleil resident show ZED in Tokyo—a role she reprised on the big top show TOTEM.
Danny Zen – Rigging and Acrobatic Equipment Designer
Danny Zen first arrived at Cirque du Soleil in 1990 to work as a welder in the company’s workshops, and then worked as mechanic, head usher and tent technician before becoming head rigger on Quidam in 1996. Danny also worked at Montreal’s National Circus School and later participated in the development of aerial acrobatic elements at Cirque du Soleil. Danny was on the creation team for the big top shows Corteo and KOOZA.
Eleni Uranis – Makeup Designer
Eleni Uranis joined Cirque du Soleil in 1989 as assistant to costume designer Dominique Lemieux. This led to many other projects and in 2004 Eleni’s career took a new direction with the Cirque du Soleil makeup department, creating designs for the touring show Dralion. She has also designed the make-up for the Tokyo resident show ZED and the New York seasonal holiday show Wintuk.
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Cirque du Soleil
From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,200 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.
Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in nearly 300 cities on five continents.
For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.
To find out more about the One Drop Foundation, visit www.onedrop.org.
”DANCING THROUGH COLLEGE AND BEYOND”
FREE EVENT – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3rd
The Juilliard School (Lincoln Center) NYC
“Dancing Through College and Beyond” will be held on Sunday, October 3, 2010. Registration begins at 9am and the sessions begin at 10am; the conference ends at 5pm. To be held at The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Plaza, 155 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023, this day is for students, parents and teachers to explore dance opportunities beyond high school. It is presented by Career Transition For Dancers, Dancewave, Dance/NYC and Pentacle with space generously provided by the Juilliard School. This is event is a part of Dance/NYC’s College 4 Dancers and Dancewave’s Kids Cafe Festival Goes to College. This special event is FREE but it does require pre-registration at http://dancingthroughcollege.eventbrite.com/.
This is a full day of networking, information and panels to help high school students, teachers, and parents of students navigate dancing in college from applications through graduation. Free for all participants, the panels will bring together over 20 college admissions representatives, college professors, career counselors, alumni and even parents of dance program alums to give you their expert advice on how to get into the program that's right for you; make the most of all that the school has to offer and prepare for a successful career post-graduation.
Some of the confirmed participating schools include: The Ailey School / Fordham University; American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA); The Boston Conservatory; California Institute of the Arts; Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts; Hofstra University; Hollins University; The Juilliard School; Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus; Marymount Manhattan College; Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University; Montclair State University; Princeton University; Sarah Lawrence College; University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); The University of Massachusetts, Amherst and additional schools will be added upon registration.
Career Transition For Dancers’ mission is to enable dancers to define their career possibilities and develop the skills necessary to excel in a variety of disciplines. For more information, visit www.careertransition.org. Dance/NYC’s mission is to strengthen professional dance in the five boroughs of New York City and to serve as spokesperson on behalf of the field to the media, to the nonprofit sector, to local and state government, and to the field itself. This is accomplished through three focus areas: advocacy, communications, and services to the field. Dance/NYC prides itself on supporting and nurturing the future of dance. For more information, visit www.dancenyc.org. Dancewave, Inc. is a nonprofit arts organization that offers unique exposure to world-class, pre-professional performing arts training to New York City youth. For more information, visit www.dancewave.org. Pentacle is a leading voice and resource for some of today’s most exciting contemporary dance and performance artists. For over 35 years, our exemplary services and projects have empowered artists to do what they do best…create works of art. For more information, visit www.pentacle.org. Now going into its 59th season, the Juilliard Dance Division is a groundbreaking conservatory dance program whose faculty and alumni have changed the face of dance around the world. For more information, visit www.juilliard.edu.
Roundabout Theatre Company
The Broadway community will gather to honor Stephen Sondheim
as the marquee is unveiled on the newly dedicated
Stephen Sondheim Theatre
Wednesday, September 15th
The Stephen Sondheim Theatre is located at 124 West 43rd St.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 15th at 6:30PM, the Broadway community will gather alongside Stephen Sondheim as the lights of the newly dedicated Stephen Sondheim Theatre marquee are lit for the first time.
Roundabout Theatre Company will host the event to honor the most celebrated artist in American musical theatre. The participants in the event will include his longtime collaborators Patti LuPone, Nathan Lane & John Weidman as well as Tom Tuft, Chairman of Roundabout Theatre Company's Board of Directors and Mr. Sondheim himself.
The event will take place directly in front of the theatre's marquee at 124 West 43rd Street, beginning at 6:30PM. The first 50 people in line for the event, beginning at 6pm, will receive a complimentary copy of the recently released Original Broadway Cast Recording of Sondheim on Sondheim, donated by PS Classics.
In order to facilitate this dedication, a small group of Stephen Sondheim devotees initiated a generous contribution to the renaming dedication of the theatre to support Roundabout's Musical Theatre Fund. The Musical Theatre Fund was established in 2003 by Roundabout's Board of Directors to sustain this important art form and insure that Roundabout can continue its mission to produce musical revivals as well as developing new musicals by both established and emerging composers.
Roundabout has a long relationship with Stephen Sondheim having produced five Tony Award® nominated Sondheim revivals including Company (1995), Follies (2001), Tony Award® winning Assassins (2004), Pacific Overtures (2004), Sunday in the Park with George (2008) & the recent acclaimed production of Sondheim on Sondheim. In 2009 Roundabout presented a one-night only gala concert reading of A Little Night Music at Studio 54 starring Natasha Richardson, Victor Garber and Vanessa Redgrave. In 2005, Roundabout honored Sondheim with the Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre for the indelible impact his life's work has made on the theatre world.
ABOUT STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Stephen Sondheim is widely acknowledged as the most innovative, most influential, and most important composer and lyricist in modern Broadway history. He is the winner of an Academy Award, numerous Tony Awards*, multiple Grammy Awards and a Pulitzer Prize. Some of his other accolades include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center Honors (1993), the National Medal of Arts (1996), the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Gold Medal for Music (2006) and a special Tony Award*for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre (2008).
His extensive body of work has revolutionized the musical theatre canon and has made him perhaps the greatest stage composer of the last 100 years. Sondheim's musical sophistication, which combines intricate vocal lines and inventive harmonies with intelligent lyrics and subject matter, is an ability that is unmatched by many of his musical theatre peers. Simply put, he is a legend.
Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics for Road Show (2008), Passion (1994), Assassins (1991), Into the Woods (1987), Sunday in the Park with George (1984), Merrily We Roll Along (1981), Sweeney Todd (1979), Pacific Overtures (1976), The Frogs (1974), A Little Night Music (1973), Follies (1971; revised in London, 1987), Company (1970), Anyone Can Whistle (1964) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), as well as the lyrics for West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959), Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965) and additional lyrics for Candide (1973). Side by Side by Sondheim (1976), Marry Me a Little (1981), You're Gonna Love Tomorrow (1983) and Putting It Together (1993/99) are anthologies of his work, as is the new musical Sondheim on Sondheim. He composed the film scores of Stavisky (1974) and Reds (1981) and songs for Dick Tracy (Academy Award, 1990). He also wrote songs for the television production "Evening Primrose" (1966), co-authored, with Anthony Perkins, the film The Last of Sheila (1973) and, with George Furth, the play Getting Away with Murder (1996), and provided incidental music for the plays The Girls of Summer (1956), Invitation to a March (1961) and Twigs (1971). He won Tony Awards for Best Score for a Musical for Passion, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Follies and Company. All of these shows won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, as did Pacific Overtures and Sunday in the Park with George, the latter also receiving the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Saturday Night (1954), his first professional musical, finally had its New York premiere in 1999 at Second Stage Theatre.
ABOUT THE STEPHEN SONDHEIM (FORMERLY HENRY MILLER'S) THEATRE
The Durst Organization and Bank of America completed construction and restoration of the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on West 43rd Street in Times Square in May 2009. The Stephen Sondheim Theatre is the first new Broadway theatre built in over a decade and sets new standards for environmentally sustainable design and construction of performing arts venues. The Stephen Sondheim Theatre sits behind the preserved and restored neo-Georgian façade of the original 1918 theatre.
By 1969, after being used as a Broadway theatre for 51 years the Stephen Sondheim Theatre was abandoned as a legitimate theater. In 1998, Roundabout Theatre Company transformed, reopened and operated the venue as a Broadway theatre with their Tony award winning production of Kander & Ebb's Cabaret. Cabaret ran for nine months, closed because of a construction accident at an adjacent building, re-opened briefly, and transferred to Studio 54 for a five-year run.
Based on Roundabout's proven track record of successfully revitalizing and managing theatres, a unique opportunity was presented to Roundabout by The Durst Organization, New York's leading developer of eco-friendly buildings. In September 2009, Roundabout Theatre Company became the curator of the new state-of-the-art, 1,055-seat Broadway theatre, New York's first LEED rated theatre, built as part of the Bank of America at One Bryant Park project.
The revitalization of the Stephen Sondheim Theatre is consistent with Roundabout's history of bringing dilapidated, lost theatres back to life and programming the venues as viable, live performance spaces for the benefit of theatre artists and audiences and managing them efficiently.
The Stephen Sondheim Theatre serves the company's mission by providing more opportunities for artists as well as audiences. With the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, Roundabout will create 80-100 new jobs each year for artists and theatre staff through its activities.
With the Stephen Sondheim Theatre and as a result of the overwhelming response to Roundabout's audience development programs, Roundabout expanded Access Roundabout offering even more discounted tickets during the 2009-2010 season. A total of 34,000 tickets at $10-$20 was allotted to underserved audiences, which is an increase of 12,000 tickets over the past season.
The beautifully revitalized theatre is used for Roundabout productions. Ensuring year-round occupancy of first-rate Broadway productions, the theatre will also be rented to commercial producers and other not-for-profit theatres. The Pee Wee Herman Show will play a limited run in the theatre this fall.
ABOUT ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
Roundabout Theatre Company is one of the country's leading not-for-profit theatres. The company contributes invaluably to New York's cultural life by staging the highest quality revivals of classic plays and musicals as well as new works by established writers. Roundabout consistently partners great artists with great works to bring a fresh and exciting interpretation that makes each production relevant and important to today's audiences.
Roundabout Theatre Company currently produces at three permanent homes each of which is designed specifically to enhance the needs of the Roundabout's mission. Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics. Roundabout's Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions. Together these three distinctive venues serve to enhance the work on each of its stages. Roundabout also programs the Stephen Sondheim Theatre which is the first new Broadway theatre built in over a decade and set new standards for environmentally sustainable design and construction of performing arts venues.
American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Flatotel is the official hotel of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties; the New York Department of State; the New York State Department of Education; and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation among many private foundations, corporations, individuals, and patrons.
Roundabout Theatre Company's 2010-2011 season features George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession starring Cherry Jones & Sally Hawkins, directed by Doug Hughes; Noël Coward's Brief Encounter, adapted and directed by Emma Rice; Kim Rosenstock's Tigers Be Still, directed by Sam Gold; Julia Cho's The Language Archive, directed by Mark Brokaw; Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, starring and directed by Brian Bedford; Tennessee Williams' The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore starring Olympia Dukakis, directed by Michael Wilson; Anything Goes starring Sutton Foster, directed & choreographed by Kathleen Marshall; David West Read's The Dream of Burning Boy, directed by Evan Cabnet. The 39 Steps made its third transfer to the New World Stages after a successful Broadway run at three Broadway theatres.