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Andrew C. McGibbon

 

Andrew C. McGibbon has spent the past thirty years working in live theatre as a stage manager, general manager, producer and leader in the convergence of Broadway and online.

Mr. McGibbon worked as a stage manager and general manager for ten years. In 1994 he created a website devoted to live theatre, BroadwayWorld-Wide.com. The site was subsequently bought by, and became Playbill.com. He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for TonyAwards.com. With the 2008-09 season he finished his ninth year on the show. He has also worked as a webmaster for the Broadway League and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He is presently the Director of Digital Media for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Mr. McGibbon is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Independent Theatre Bloggers Association, AEA and AFTRA.

In addition to his work in the theatrical industry, Mr. McGibbon is also a partner in Simple Solutions Distributing, a manufacturer of filtration equipment for the waste-water industry.

Photo: Elizabeth Leitzell

 

Monday, 13 September 2010 15:31

Broadway's ELF Announces Casting Complete

WHO’S YOUR BUDDY?

SEBASTIAN ARCELUS STARS AS ‘BUDDY’ THE ELF

AND

AMY SPANGER AS ‘JOVIE’

 IN THE NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL ELF

THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

                                                       

PREVIEWS BEGIN NOVEMBER 2ND—OPENING NIGHT NOVEMBER 14TH

AT BROADWAY’S AL HIRSCHFELD THEATRE FOR A LIMITED HOLIDAY ENGAGEMENT OF NINE WEEKS ONLY

 

Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures in association with Unique Features announced today that the new Broadway musical ELF will star Sebastian Arcelus (Jersey Boys, Wicked) as ‘Buddy’ the Elf and Amy Spanger (Rock of Ages, Wedding Singer, Kiss Me Kate) as ‘Jovie.’  Arcelus and Spanger will join the previously announced Tony® Award winner Beth Leavel (Emily), Tony® Award nominee Mark Jacoby (Walter), Matthew Gumley (Michael), Valerie Wright (Deb), Michael McCormick (Mr. Greenway), Michael Mandell (Store Manager) and six-time Emmy® Award winner George Wendt (Santa). 

Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF will feature songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklarand Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone).   ELF will be directed and choreographed by Tony nominee Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone, Monty Python’s Spamalot). 

The company will also include Timothy J. Alex, Callie Carter, Cara Cooper, Lisa Gadja, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Blake Hammond, Emily Hsu, Jenny Hill, Nancy Johnston, Marc Kessler, Matt Loehr, Lee Wilkins, and Kirsten Wyatt.

Scenic design for ELF is by Tony-nominee David Rockwell (Hairspray, Legally Blonde),  costume design is by Tony Award winner Gregg Barnes (The Drowsy Chaperone, Legally Blonde), lighting design is by two-time Tony Award-winner Natasha Katz (Aida, The Coast of Utopia) and sound design is by Tony nominee Peter Hylenski (Rock of Ages, Lend Me a Tenor).  ELF will feature orchestrations by three-time Tony Award-winner Doug Besterman (The Producers, Thoroughly Modern Millie). 

ELF will open on Sunday, November 14th at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street) and previews will begin on Tuesday, November 2nd.  The production will play a limited engagement for the holiday season through Sunday, January 2nd.

ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole.  Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.  With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity.  Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and his step-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.  This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.

Get Tickets

www.ElfMusical.com

BIOS:

SEBASTIAN ARCELUS (Buddy): is currently appearing as Bob Gaudio in the Broadway Company of Jersey Boys.  He also recently starred in Lincoln Center Theater’s Off-Broadway production of Happiness under the direction of Susan Stroman.  His other Broadway credits include Wicked (Fiyero), Rent (Roger), and Good Vibrations (Jan).  Some other tour and regional credits include Wicked (1st National), The Full Monty (NSMT), Hamlet: A Rock Opera (Prague), West Side Story (Latin America), Miss Julie, Floyd Collins, Aida, and The Who’s Tommy.  Some special engagements include the world premiere of William Finn’s Songs of Innocence and Experience in Williamstown, MA, and Barbara Cook’s No One is Alone concert event at Carnegie Hall.  His voice can be heard on numerous television commercials and animated programs, among them the voice of “Papi” on Nickelodeon’s “Go, Diego, Go!”

AMY SPANGER (Jovie): On Broadway, Amy originated the roles of Sherrie in Rock of Ages, Holly in The Wedding Singer (Drama Desk nomination), Bianca/Lois in Kiss Me Kate and appeared as Roxie Hart in Chicago, Hope Caldwell in Urinetown and Betty Schaeffer in Sunset Boulevard. Off Broadway, she originated the role of Susan in Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick…BOOM!. Her tours include Maureen in the first National Tour of RENT and Roxie in Chicago. Most recently, she portrayed the role of Alana O’Dell in the world premiere of Robin and the 7 Hoods, directed by Casey Nicholaw at the Old Globe Theater. Her television credits include “Royal Pains,” “Michael and Michael Have Issues,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Six Feet Under,” “Ed,” “Becker” and “EGG, the arts show” on PBS. Her film credits include Sally in Reefer Madness (Showtime) and Synecdoche, New York. Her recordings include Kiss Me Kate, tick, tick…BOOM!, The Wedding Singer, Reefer Madness and Rock of Ages. www.amyspanger.com

TIME STANDS STILL'S

CHRISTINA RICCI TO APPEAR ON

"LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON" MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

Christina Ricci, who is making her Broadway debut this fall in TIME STANDS STILL, will appear on the  Monday, September 13 episode of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."

"Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" airs in New York on NBC, channel 4, between 12:35AM - 1:30AM. Check local listings for airings outside of New York.


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

TIME STANDS STILL, which enjoyed an extended sold-out run at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre this spring, will resume performances Thursday, September 23, 2010 and open Thursday, October 7 at Broadway's Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street).

When it opened this spring, TIME STANDS STILL was hailed by critics and quickly became Broadway's "hot ticket" (WOR Radio).  The New York Times called the play "handily Margulies' finest play since the Pulitzer Prize winning Dinner With Friends" and USA Today said the production "soars."

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

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

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE FOR TIME STANDS STILL:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.TimeStandsStillonBroadway.com
Follow "Time Stands Still" on Twitter: @TimeStandsBway or on Facebook

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"TOUCHDOWN TUESDAYS" TALKBACK SERIES AT BROADWAY'S LOMBARDI

Starting October 12

GRIDIRON STARS, PRO SPORTS JOURNALISTS AND OTHERS TO PARTICIPATE

Beginning Tuesday October 12, Broadway's new American play LOMBARDI, starring Dan Lauria and Judith Light, will be hosting the Touchdown Tuesdays Talkback Series to which all ticketholders are invited.  They will take place immediately following the 7 PM performance of the 90 minute play at Circle in the Square (50th Street west of Broadway).  Participants include the show's cast, creatives and special guests including the currently scheduled speakers:

October 12 - David Maraniss, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author upon whose book When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi the play is based.

October 19 - Sean Landeta and Bob Papa.  Landeta is a two-time Super Bowl champion who played with both the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers during his 22 year pro-football career.  Papa is the legendary radio voice of the New York Giants.

October 26 - Steve Sabol and Merril Hoge. Sabol is the president of NFL Films.  Hoge is a former running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Bears, and is currently a commentator for ESPN.

November 2 - New York Times sports writer Richard Sandomir.

November 16 - Tim Layden and Kenny Albert.  Layden is a senior NFL writer at Sports Illustrated and is the author of Blood, Sweat and Chalk. Albert is a play-by-play commentator at Fox Sports.

November 23 - Jeremy Schaap, Emmy Award-winning journalist and the author of the best-selling Cinderella Man: James J. Braddock, Max Baer, and the Greatest Upset in Boxing History and Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics.

November 30 - Phil Hanrahan, author of Life After Favre.

December 7 - Jimmy Pittaro, the president of Yahoo Sports and Entertainment and a longtime Vince Lombardi enthusiast.

Producers Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser will present LOMBARDI at Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre. It is written by Academy Award-winning playwright Eric Simonson and directed by Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail. Joining Ponturo and Kirmser as special producing partner is the National Football League, marking the organization's first foray on Broadway. LOMBARDI, a new American play, is based on the best-selling biography When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi, by Pulitzer Prize winner David Maraniss. The cast features Keith Nobbs as Michael McCormick, Bill Dawes as Paul Hornung, Robert Christopher Riley as Dave Robinson and Chris Sullivan as Jim Taylor.  Previews will begin Thursday, September 23, and it will open on Thursday, October 21, 2010.

Get Tickets

www.lombardibroadway.com
Follow LOMBARDI on Twitter: @LombardiPlay or on Facebook.



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The Public Theater
Announces
Second Extension For
Critically Acclaimed

GATZ

GATZ Begins Performances
Sunday, September 26
And Will Run An Additional Two Weeks
Through Sunday, November 28

By Elevator Repair Service
Text: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Directed by John Collins

Extension Tickets Now On Sale To Public Theater Members
On Sale To General Public September 21 

September 13, 2010 – The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Andrew D. Hamingson) announced a second extension today for the highly anticipated GATZ, the critically acclaimed theatrical adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Created by Elevator Repair Service and directed by John Collins, GATZ will begin performances on Sunday, September 26 and will now run an additional two weeks through Sunday, November 28, with an official press opening on Wednesday, October 6. Single tickets for the new extension are on sale now to Public Theater Members and will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, September 21.

One morning in the office of a mysterious small business, an employee finds a copy of The Great Gatsby in the clutter of his desk. He starts to read it out loud, and doesn’t stop.  At first his coworkers hardly notice. But after a series of strange coincidences, it’s no longer clear whether he’s reading the book or the book is transforming him. GATZ is a theatrical and literary tour de force, not a retelling of the Gatsby story but an enactment of the novel itself.  Over the course of a single 6 1/2 hour production, Fitzgerald’s American masterpiece is delivered word for word, startlingly brought to life by a low-rent office staff in the midst of their inscrutable business operations.

“The appetite for this remarkable show has surprised even those of us who have long loved it,” said Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. “I hope those who love theater and literature will buy up their tickets soon—clearly, they won’t last.”

GATZ was created and developed by its ensemble, under the direction of John Collins (Director) and Steve Bodow (Associate Director). The ensemble includes Laurena Allan (Myrtle), Jim Fletcher (Jim), Ross Fletcher (Henry C. Gatz), Mike Iveson (Ewing), Vin Knight (Chester), Aaron Landsman (George), Annie McNamara (Catherine), Kate Scelsa (Lucille), Scott Shepherd (Nick), Susie Sokol (Jordan), Victoria Vazquez (Daisy), Ben Williams (Michaelis), and Gary Wilmes (Tom).

GATZ features scenic design by Louisa Thompson, costume design by Colleen Werthmann, lighting design by Mark Barton, and sound design by Ben Williams.

JOHN COLLINS (Director) founded Elevator Repair Service (ERS) in 1991 at Nada on Ludlow Street with his first New York production, Mr. Antipyrine, Fire Extinguisher. In the 19 years since, he has directed or co-directed all of the company's shows. John is the recipient of a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship in Drama and Performance Art and recently received The Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director for Gatz at The American Repertory Theater. Recent ERS credits include The Sound and the Fury at New York Theatre Workshop, The Sun Also Rises (The Select) at The Edinburgh International Festival and The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and No Great Society at P.S. 122. From 1993 to 2006, John worked as a sound designer for The Wooster Group where he created sound for To You The Birde, The Hairy Ape, House/Lights and several other productions. John was born in North Carolina and raised in Vidalia, Georgia. He holds a B.A. in English and Theater Studies from Yale.  

STEVE BODOW (Associate Director) is an ERS co-founder. Along with John Collins, Steve was Artistic Director of the company from 1996 - 2004, co-directing pieces including Cab Legs, Total Fictional Lie, Language Instruction, Highway to Tomorrow, and Room Tone. Since 2002, Steve has been on staff at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where he is currently Head Writer and Supervising Producer, and recently won his seventh Emmy. He is also a principal writer and editor of TDS's just-released Earth (The Book).

LAURENA ALLAN (Myrtle). US and European tours: Gatz (with ERS)and House (writer/director Richard Maxwell). Off-Broadway: Hello School (Lower East Side Tenement Museum); The Fabulous Johnny Cash Show, Bicker and Gravel’s Spine (Ontological); Laguna Beach (HERE); Vincent 1979 (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Pericles (Workhouse Theatre); Laurena’s Pancake Party (creator and performer). Film: Silent Love of the Fish. Executive Producer: Whereabouts Unknown by Mojo Nixon.

JIM FLETCHER (Jim) has worked with Richard Maxwell and the New York City Players for more than ten years (most recently in Das Maedchen (Bonn) and People Without History (NYC)).  This year he has also worked with Tim Etchells of Forced Entertainment (Sight is the Sense That a Dying Person Tends to Lose First) and appears in the feature film Bass Ackwards, directed by Linas Phillips, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

ROSS FLETCHER (Henry C. Gatz). Dr. Ross Fletcher is the Chief of Staff of Washington DC’s VA Medical Center. He has played the role of Henry C. Gatz for the last five years with ERS.

MIKE IVESON (Ewing). Off-Broadway: The Sound and The Fury (April 7, 1928), (ERS/New York Theater Workshop); Crime Or Emergency (Soho Rep, P.S. 122); Dot (Clubbed Thumb/Ohio Theatre). Regional/National tours: The Sun Also Rises (The Select), (ERS/Edinburgh International Festival); plus tours with Sarah Michelson, New York City Players, Dancenoise and many others. B.A. in theater from Oberlin College. 

VIN KNIGHT (Chester) is a member of Elevator Repair Service and has appeared in the U.S. and internationally in its productions of The Sun Also Rises, The Sound and the Fury, No Great Society and Gatz.  Other NY credits include The Temperamentals, over two dozen productions with the adobe theater company and performances at Clubbed Thumb, Andhow!; Soho Rep, HERE, New Georges and Theatreworks/USA.  Films include Robot Stories, Love God and Dumped! The Musical.  Graduate of Yale University.

AARON LANDSMAN (George). With ERS: The Sound and The Fury (April Seventh, 1928), NYTW, Adelaide Festival (Australia); RedCat (LA); Gatz (European and US tours). Off-Broadway: American Treasure (13P); Florida Project (P.S.122); Cowboys & Indians (Soho Rep). Original works created: Appointment (Oslo and NYU); Open House (Foundry Theatre); What You’ve Done (DiverseWorks, Houston); Love Story (FuseBox Festival, Austin); Desk (Chashama, HERE). Current Artist-in-Residence, HERE Art Center.

ANNIE MCNAMARA (Catherine). Off-Broadway: That Pretty Pretty (Rattlestick); The Sound and The Fury (April Seventh, 1928), (NYTW); God’s Ear (New Georges); A Perfect Couple (DR2); Port Authority Throw Down; Girl Blog (Culture Project); Novel (SPF); Waterborn (EST); Clubbed Thumb Affiliated Artist: Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake); Design Your Kitchen and U.S. Drag.  Regional and tours: Gatz (ERS); Proof (WHAT); The Hot_L Baltimore (SFGT); Off the Page (HBO’s USCAF).  Education: Brown, M.A.; Maggie Flanigan.

KATE SCELSA (Lucille) has been a member of ERS since 2002. Credits with ERS: The Sun Also Rises (The Select), The Sound and the Fury (April Seventh, 1928), Gatz, Show of Shows. Regional credits: Kick the Can, Macbeth, Waiting for Godot, Behind the Scenes at the Museum (Luna Stage, Montclair). Kate also writes fiction for young adult and teen readers.

SCOTT SHEPHERD (Nick). The Public: Hamlet. Elevator Repair Service: McGurk: A Cautionary TaleShut Up I Tell You (I Said Shut Up I Tell You)Cab LegsTotal Fictional LieNo Great Society. The Wooster Group: The Hairy Ape; North Atlantic; To You, The Birdie!; Brace Up!; Poor Theater (Bessie & Obie awards); The Emperor Jones; La DidoneVieux Carré.

SUSIE SOKOL (Jordan) is a second-grade teacher at St. Ann’s School in Brooklyn where she has taught for fourteen years. Susie began performing with ERS in 1992.  Since then, she has appeared in all ERS productions.  She has also worked with theater artists Katherine Profeta and Sibyl Kempson.

VICTORIA VAZQUEZ (Daisy). Off-Broadway: The Sound and the Fury (April 7, 1928), (NYTW). Additional credits with Elevator Repair Service: Cab Legs, Total Fictional Lie (PS122). Other credits include Das Maedchen (Theater Bonn), People Without History (dir. Brian Mendes, The Performing Garage) and Caveman (Soho Rep) with Richard Maxwell and the NYC Players; Pullman, WA (Young Jean Lee, P.S. 122); The Voices (Forced Entertainment/Riverside Studios); Wrench (Phil Soltanoff, WTF). Film & TV: Nuovomundo, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.”

BEN WILLIAMS (Michaelis) has worked for ERS as an actor, sound designer, technical director and production manager since 2004. Credits with ERS: The Sun Also Rises (The Select); The Sound and the Fury (April Seventh, 1928) and No Great Society. Recent projects include: Vieux Carre with The Wooster Group, Walse-Fantasie with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Chain City, a video installation by Elizabeth Diller for the Venice Biennale; American Treasure by Julia Jarcho for 13P; Crime or Emergency with Sibyl Kempson.

GARY WILMES (Tom). Off-Broadway: Red Light Winter by Adam Rapp; Brace Up!, with The Wooster Group; More Lies About Jerzy at the Vineyard Theatre; House and Boxing 2000 with Richard Maxwell; Bad Boy Neitzsche and Paradise Hotel with Richard Foreman. National: August: Osage County with Steppenwolf at The Sydney Theatre Company. Film: A Mighty Heart, Afterschool, Salt. TV: “Nurse Jackie,” “Mercy,” “Num3ers.” Awards: Obie award for Red Light Winter, Alvin Goldfarb Award.

ELEVATOR REPAIR SERVICE, a theater ensemble, was founded by director John Collins and a group of actors in 1991. Since that time, ERS has built a body of highly acclaimed work and has appeared on stages in downtown New York and across the U.S. and Europe. ERS shows are built around a broad range of subject matter including literary, dramatic and cinematic forms. They combine elements of hi-tech and lo-tech design, vaudeville, both literary and found text, found objects and discarded furniture, and the group’s own highly developed style of choreography. The company has generated a repertoire that includes 14 original full-length pieces and several short pieces and workshop productions. Their newest piece, The Sun Also Rises (The Select) had its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2010, its US premiere at the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival in September 2010, and will be seen at New York Theatre Workshop next year.

Since its 2006 premiere at the Kunsten Festival des Arts in Brussels, GATZ has been seen on 18 stages, including at the American Repertory Theater (Boston, 2010), Sydney Opera House (2009), Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (2008), Vienna Festival (2007), The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, 2006), and The Holland Festival (2006). Awards include Zürcher Theater Spektakel ZKB-Acknowledgement Prize (2006), and Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Visiting Production, Outstanding Director - John Collins, and Outstanding Actor - Scott Shepherd (2010).

THE PUBLIC THEATER (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Andrew D. Hamingson, Executive Director)was founded by Joseph Papp in 1954 and is now one of the nation’s preeminent cultural institutions, producing new plays, musicals, and productions of classics at its downtown and at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The Public’s mandate to create a theater for all New Yorkers continues to this day onstage and through extensive outreach and education programs. Each year, over 250,000 people attend Public Theater-related productions and events at six downtown stages, including Joe’s Pub, and Shakespeare in the Park. The Public has won 42 Tony Awards, 151 Obies, 41 Drama Desk Awards and four Pulitzer Prizes. The Public has brought 54 shows to Broadway, including Sticks and Bones; That Championship Season; A Chorus Line; The Pirates of Penzance; The Tempest; Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk; On the Town; The Ride Down Mt. Morgan; Topdog/Underdog; Elaine Stritch at Liberty; Take Me Out; Caroline, or Change; Well; Passing Strange; the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair;and this fall,the rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and the 2010 Shakespeare in the Park production of The Merchant of Venice. Visit www.publictheater.org.

TICKET INFORMATION

Marathon performance tickets for GATZ begin at $140. Single tickets for the extension are on sale now to members and will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, September 21. Tickets can be ordered by calling (212) 967-7555 or in person at The Public Theater box office. GATZ begins performances on Sunday, September 26 and has been extended through Sunday, November 28.

GATZ will be presented as a marathon theatrical event, with two intermissions and a dinner break, four times per week. Performances begin with Acts 1 & 2 (Chapters 1-5) on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.; they resume after a dinner break with Acts 3 & 4 (Chapters 6-9) on Wednesday, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m.

There is no performance on Wednesday, October 13 and an added performance on Monday, October 11, beginning at 3 p.m. and resuming at 8 p.m.

The Public Theater launched the Anniversary Membership Campaign this year in honor of The Public Theater’s 55th Anniversary Season. For an annual tax-deductible donation of $55, patrons can purchase tickets to shows throughout the season for the low member price of $40 or less. GATZ Marathon pricing for Members is $80. Member tickets are on sale now.

The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street. For more information, visit www.publictheater.org.


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

The Public’s 2010-2011 downtown season is made possible with the generous support of both The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation and The Ian Madover and Arielle Tepper Madover Family Foundation.  Time Warner is the Supporting Sponsor of The Public’s 2010-2011 season.

Bank of America is the proud Season Sponsor of Shakespeare in the Park.

Major support for The Public Theater is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Shubert Foundation, the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Susan Stein Shiva Foundation, the George T. Delacorte Fund at the New York Community Trust—Fund for Performances at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, and by Warren Spector and Margaret Whitton.

Additional generous support is provided by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Shen Family Foundation, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

New York Magazine is the official print and online sponsor of The Public Theater’s 2010-2011 downtown season.

Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; and the National Endowment for the Arts, an independent federal agency.

Special thanks to Continental Airlines, the official airline of The Public Theater.

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ATTEND “IDIOT U”

WITH PROFESSORS BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG,

MICHAEL MAYER AND MORE

at

AMERICAN IDIOT

 

SEPTEMBER 14-19, 2010
FIVE FREE POST-SHOW Q & A’s

(New York, NY) For 5 performances only (Tuesday, September 14 – Friday, September 17 and Sunday, September 19), audience members at the hit musical American Idiotwill get the chance to attend Idiot University, a post-show Q & A hosted by Green Day’s lead singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, the show’s director/ co-book writer Michael Mayer, cast members and additional creative team members.   The Q & A’s will be moderated by Time Out New York’s David Cote.  An allotment of $27.00 Student Tickets (with valid student ID) to those performances will be available starting this weekend for purchase at http://www.americanidiotonbroadway.com/IdiotU/. Full price tickets are also still available for those performances via telecharge.com (212-239-6200) or at The St. James Box Office.

 

IDIOT U will take place immediately following the performances on:

Tuesday, September 14th @ 7pm
Wednesday, September 15th @ 8pm
Thursday, September 16th @ 8pm
Friday, September 17th @ 8pm
Sunday, September 19th @ 3pm

 The smash-hit, Tony Award-winning musical American Idiot tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their quest for true meaning in a post 9-11 world leads them on the most exhilarating journey of the Broadway season.

Based on the Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, American Idiot boldly takes the American musical where it hasn’t gone before.  The result is an experience Charles Isherwood of The New York Times declares “thrilling, emotionally charged, and as moving as any Broadway musical I’ve seen this year!”  

The playing schedule is Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday 8pm, Thursday at 8pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 3pm and 7:30pm. Tickets range from $127.00 - $49.00 and can be purchased at The St. James Box Office or via telecharge.com (212-239-6200).      www.AmericanIdiotonBroadway.com

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THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY ANNOUNCES
KEEP YOUR BAGGAGE WITH YOU (at all times)
EXTENDS THROUGH TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
FOLLOWING CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED, SOLD-OUT RUN
 
WRITTEN BY JONATHAN BLITSTEIN
DIRECTED BY DANIEL TALBOTT
PLAY ORIGINALLY PRESENTED
AS PART OF THE DreamUp NEW PLAYS FESTIVAL
Theater for the New City has announced that following its sold-out, critically-acclaimed run as part of the DreamUp New Plays Festival, Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times), written by Jonathan Blitstein and directed by Daniel Talbott, will return for an extension beginning Thursday, September 16 at 7pm and running through Tuesday, September 28.  Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times) plays at Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets.

Told in seven scenes taking place over several years Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times) traces the devolution of a friendship between two young New York men whose bonds are compromised by the stresses of career, family, relationships, and 21st century sexual mores in a complex digital age in which we ask too many questions, but don't have enough answers.

Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times) played at Theater for the New City from August 8 – 14 and received rave notices:
“To find a play about twentysomethings that features recognizable characters is a rare commodity.  To find an Off-Off-Broadway play about recognizable twentysomethings that involves a surplus of talent is the Holy Grail of adventurous theatergoing.  Unlikely though it may be, that Holy Grail is now at Theater for the New City, being performed under the title Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times).”
-  Mark Peikert, New York Press
 
“Thrillingly austere and provocatively perplexing.”
-  Brandon Voss, The Advocate
 
“Blitstein's writing recalls Neil LaBute's both in its directness and its exploration of male insecurity and panic. The conversation feels sharp and true, especially as directed here by Talbott with a split-second timing that feels entirely organic, like something you'd overhear or be part of yourself in a bar or restaurant. The talk is sexually frank, the way intimate friends sometimes really do talk, which makes it feel from the audience like serious eavesdropping.”
- Martin Denton, nytheatre.com
 
“Engaging.”
- Dan Bacalzo TheaterMania
 
 “All of the people involved in this look at the mutability of relationships, including director Daniel Talbott, playwright Jonathan Blitstein, and an able cast, clearly know what they are doing.  Blitstein has genuine gift for authentic dialogue.
 -     Doug Strassler, Show Business Weekly

The cast of Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times) is Dan Abeles, Jessica Dickey, Nate Miller, and Laura Ramadei.

A Chicagoan, Jonathan Blitstein began performing with local Apple Tree Theater as a kid actor, singer and dancer.  He graduated NYU Film School in 2004.  After pouring many coffees for people like Christine Vachon, Catherine Zeta Jones, and Aaron Eckhart, at 23 years old he was one of the youngest film school grads ever to write/produce/direct and edit a 35mm feature length film.  It was made possible with donated negative from Kodak and maxed-out credit cards.  It became the 2008 indie film Let Them Chirp Awhile starring Brendan Sexton, Justin Rice and Laura Breckenridge (Finalist NYU Richard Vague Award, Winner - East Lansing Film Festival, Opening Night Woodstock Film Festival).  This past year he sold two original screenplays.  Jonathan studied acting and writing at The Second City, The Piven Theater, LAByrinth and Primary Stages. Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times) is his first play to be produced in New York.

Daniel Talbott’s most recent work as an actor includes the Theatre for One project in Times Square and around NYC, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis), Master Builder (Irish Rep), Rocket City (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Tartuffe (McCarter Theatre/Yale Rep), Marat/Sade (Classical Theatre of Harlem) and the feature film Pretty Bird and The Big C on Showtime. Recent directing work includes Footprint by Mac Rogers (part of +30NYC for Red Fern Theatre), Afterclap by Daniel Reitz, Birthday and Nobody, both by Crystal Skillman (Rising Phoenix Rep at the Seventh Street Small Stage at Jimmy’s No. 43), The Umbrella Plays (the teacup company-FringeNYC, Overall Excellence Award: Outstanding Play), Fall Forward (Sitelines/River to River Festival produced by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council), and The Reaching (Rising Phoenix Rep).  His play Slipping was produced at Rattlestick last summer with Piece by Piece Productions (named one of the top ten plays of 2009 by The Advocate), premiered in Chicago at The Side Project in Chicago, was part of the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, and will be published this year by Dramatists Play Service.  His play What Happened When was produced at HERE Arts Center and The Side Project and was published as part of the Plays and Playwrights 2008 anthology.  He received a 2007 New York Innovative Theatre Award for directing, a Drama-Logue Award, two Dean Goodman Choice Awards and a Judy Award for acting, and was also named one of the 15 People of the Year 2006 by nytheatre.com.  He is a member of this year’s 24Seven Lab, a graduate of Juilliard and of Solano College Theatre’s ATP, and a teacher at the Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA).  He is one of the literary managers of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and is the artistic director of Rising Phoenix Rep (recipient of the 2007 NYIT Caffe Cino Fellowship Award).

The set and prop design for Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times) is by Eugenia Furneaux-Arends; costume design is by Tristan Raines; lighting design is by Benjamin Tevelow; sound design is by Janie Bullard.  It is produced by Brian Miskell.

 Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times) performs at Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets, at the following times: Thursday, September 16 at 7pm; Friday, September 17 at 7pm; Saturday, September 18 at 2pm; Sunday, September 18 at 2pm; Wednesday, Sept 22 at 7pm; Thursday, Sept 23 at 7pm; Friday, Monday, September 27 at 7pm; Tuesday, and September 28 at 7pm.  Tickets are $15 ($12 for students) and may be purchased at https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/758485.  The running time is 72 minutes.  For more information about Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times) and the DreamUp Festival, visit www.dreamupfestival.org or www.theaterforthenewcity.net.

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CHARLES BUSCH'S

THE DIVINE SISTER

STARTS PREVIEWS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

AT THE SOHO PLAYHOUSE

THE DIVINE SISTER, the new comedy written by and starring Charles Busch, directed by Carl Andress (The Third Story; Die, Mommie, Die!), begins previews Sunday, September 12 at SoHo Playhouse (15 Vandam Street.) The play will celebrate a Wednesday, September 22 opening night.

In addition to Busch as 'Mother Superior' the cast features, Julie Halston, Alison Fraser, Amy Rutberg, Jennifer Van Dyck, and Jonathan Walker.

THE DIVINE SISTER is Charles Busch's outrageous comic homage to nearly every Hollywood film involving nuns: The Song of Bernadette, The Bells of St. Mary's, The Singing Nun and Agnes of God.   THE DIVINE SISTER tells the story of St. Veronica's indomitable Mother Superior (played by Charles Busch).  Come join this madcap trip through Tinseltown religiosity from the creator of Die Mommie Die, Psycho Beach Party and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.

The creative team includes:  Scenic and Graphic Design by B.T. Whitehill, Costume Design by Fabio Toblini, Lighting Design by Kirk Bookman, Sound Design by Jill BC DuBoff, Wig Design by Katherine Carr, and Original Music by Lewis Flinn.

THE DIVINE SISTER is presented by Daryl Roth and Bob Boyett.

For more information on THE DIVINE SISTER, to get exclusive offers, and to follow the cast and creative team as they prepare to make the move to Soho Playhouse, join the Facebook fan group: www.facebook.com/divinesisteronstage or visit www.DivineSisterOnstage.com.

Tickets for THE DIVINE SISTER are on sale now via www.Ovationtix.com, by calling 212-691-1555, or at the SoHo Playhouse box office (15 Vandam Street between Sixth Avenue and Varick Street). Tickets are $65.00.

For directions to the SoHo Playhouse and other information about the venue, please visit: www.SoHoPlayhouse.com.

Performance schedule for THE DIVINE SISTER is:

PREVIEW PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

*   SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12: 3 PM
*   MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19: Monday through Thursday at 8 PM, Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 3 PM (6 performances).

*   MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26: Monday through Wednesday at 8 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3 PM.

REGULAR PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE (STARTING MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27)

*   Tuesday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3 PM.

HOLIDAY PERFORMANCE SCHEDULES

*   THANKSGIVING WEEK: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28: Monday through Wednesday at 8 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3 PM.
*   CHRISTMAS WEEK: MONDAY, DECEMBER 20 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26: Tuesday through Friday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinee on Sunday at 3 PM (6 performances).
*   NEW YEAR'S WEEK: MONDAY, DECEMBER 27 - SUNDAY, JANUARY 2: Monday through Thursday at 8 PM, Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3 PM.

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Playwrights Horizons opened their 40th anniversary season this evening with Edward Albee’s Me Myself & I, Mr. Albee’s 30th play.  It also marks his premiere at Playwrights.  Me, Myself & I  will leave you chortling with laughter and shaking your head in bewilderment; it leaves you with more questions than it does answers and something tells me that’s just the way Mr. Albee likes it.

IN THE HEIGHTS STAR

JORDIN SPARKS

GUEST ON NATIONALLY SYNDICATED 

“THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW”

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2010 

Jordin Sparks, “American Idol” winner and current star of the Tony and Grammy Award winning musical IN THE HEIGHTS,will be a guest on the nationally syndicated “The Wendy Williams Show,” scheduled to air on Monday, September 13.   In the tri-state area “The Wendy Williams Show” airs at 10am on Fox channel 5 and at 10pm on WWOR channel 9.  It also airs on BET at 12am.

With music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes and conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, IN THE HEIGHTS is directed by Thomas Kail and choreographed by Andy BlankenbuehlerIN THE HEIGHTS is produced by Kevin McCollum, Jeffrey Seller, Jill Furman, Sander Jacobs, Robyn Goodman/Walt Grossman, Peter Fine and Sonny Everett/Mike Skipper with associate producers Ruth Hendel and Harold Newman

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“ S P I D E R – M A N   T u r n   O f f   T h e   D a r k ”

TICKETS GO ON SALE TO GENERAL PUBLIC

THIS SUNDAY!

Get SPIDER-MAN Tickets

New York, NY – Lead producer Michael Cohl announced today that tickets to SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark will go on sale to the general public beginning this Sunday, September 12 at 9:00 a.m., and can be purchased online or by calling (877) 250-2929. Tickets will be available at the box office beginning Monday, September 13 at 10:00 a.m. (Beginning Monday, the box office is open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.)

To celebrate the launch of SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark, star Reeve Carney and his band CARNEY performed the World Broadcast Premiere of a song from the show, “Boy Falls From The Sky,” with music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge, this morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark will begin performances at Broadway’s Foxwoods Theatre (213 West 42nd Street) on Sunday, November 14, with Opening Night set for Tuesday, December 21.

SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark represents the consummate collaboration of cultures by joining the theatrical and cinematic vision of Julie Taymor with the thrilling musicality of Bono and The Edge, and the iconic Spider-Man brand.  This project has allowed these artists to create a work specifically designed for a theater environment, one that can’t be produced as a stadium show, and is the natural evolution of three remarkable careers.  SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark promises to be the most ambitious production ever undertaken on Broadway.

Featuring music and lyrics by 22-time Grammy® Award-winners Bono and The Edge, direction by Tony® Award-winner Julie Taymor (The Tempest, Across The Universe, The Lion King), a book co-written by Taymor and Glen Berger (Underneath The Lintel) and one of the most iconic title characters of all time, SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark finds astonishingly fresh ways to tell a story inspired by over forty years of Marvel comic books. The show follows the story of teenager Peter Parker, whose unremarkable life is turned upside-down, literally, when he's bitten by a genetically altered spider and wakes up the next morning clinging to his bedroom ceiling. This bullied science-geek suddenly endowed with incredible powers soon learns, however, that with great power comes great responsibility as villains put both his physical strength and strength of character to the test.  Forget everything you think you know about Broadway; SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Darkwill hurtle the audience through a thrilling experience in ways never-before-dreamed-possible in live theater.

Currently in rehearsal, the complete cast of SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark includes Reeve Carney as ‘Peter Parker/Spider-Man,’ Tony® Award nominee Jennifer Damiano as ‘Mary Jane Watson,’ Natalie Mendoza, Patrick Page as ‘Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin,’ Michael Mulheren, Ken Marks, Isabel Keating, Jeb Brown, T.V. Carpio, Mat Devine, Gideon Glick, Jonathan Schwartz, Matthew James Thomas, Laura Beth Wells, Matt Caplan, Dwayne Clark, Luther Creek, Gerald Avery, Collin Baja, Marcus Bellamy, Emmanuel Brown, Erin Elliott, Craig Henningsen, Dana Marie Ingraham, Ayo Janeen Jackson, Heather Lang, Ari Loeb, Natalie Lomonte, Kevin Loomis, Kristin Martin, Jodi McFadden, Kristen Oei, America Olivo, Jennifer Perry, Kyle Post, Brandon Rubendall, Sean Samuels, Dollar Tan, and Christopher Tierney.

SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark includes choreography by Daniel Ezralow (Across The Universe),scenic design by George Tsypin (Julie Taymor’s Die Zauberflöte), costume design by Academy Award®-winner Eiko Ishioka (Dracula), lighting design by Tony® Award-winner Donald Holder, sound design by Jonathan Deans, projection design by Kyle Cooper (Across The Universe), mask design by Julie Taymor, hair design by Campbell Young Associates, make-up design by Judy Chin, aerial design by Scott Rogers (Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3), aerial rigging design by Jaque Paquin (Cirque du Soleil), orchestrations and arrangements by David Campbell, musical supervision by Teese Gohl, and music direction by Kimberly Grigsby.  Casting is by Telsey + Co.

Tickets are priced from $67.50 - $135 for weekday performances and $67.50 - $140 for weekend performances. Get SPIDER-MAN Tickets

SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark is produced by Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris,        Land Line Productions, Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Norton Herrick and Herrick Entertainment, Billy Rovzar and Fernando Rovzar, Jeffrey B. Hecktman, Omneity Entertainment/Richard G. Weinberg, James L.  Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, S2BN Entertainment, Jam Theatricals, The Mayerson/Gould/Hauser/Tysoe Group, and Patricia Lambrecht, By Special Arrangement with Marvel Entertainment.

Bios                                                                                                                                                   

Julie Taymor (Co-Book Writer, Director).  In 1998, Taymor became the first woman to win the Tony® Award for Best Direction of a Musical, and also won a Tony® for Best Costumes for her groundbreaking production of The Lion King. The musical has won three Molière Awards including Best Musical and Best Costumes, garnered Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League awards for Taymor’s direction, and myriad awards for her original costume, mask and puppet designs. Taymor made her Broadway debut in 1996 with Juan Darién: A Carnival Mass, nominated for five Tony® Awards. Other theatre work includes The Green BirdTitus AndronicusThe TempestThe Taming of the ShrewThe Transposed Heads and Liberty’s Taken. Taymor’s feature film directorial debut, Titus, starred Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange and Alan Cumming. In 2002, her biographical film Frida, starring Salma Hayek and Alfred Molina, earned six Academy Award® nominations, winning two. She took on the music of the Beatles, and earned a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, in Across the Universe.  Julie’s next film, The Tempest, will have its North American premiere at the 48th New York Film Festival in October 2010, following a world premiere at the 67th Venice International Film Festival.  Taymor’s visually exhilarating adaptation of the William Shakespeare play features an all-star cast including Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Djimon Hounsou and Alfred Molina, and will be released by Touchstone Pictures on December 10. Beyond the theatre and screen, Taymor has directed five operas internationally including Oedipus Rex with Jessye Norman, for which she earned the International Classical Music Award for Best Opera Production.  A subsequent film version premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won her an Emmy® award.  Taymor also directed SaloméThe Flying DutchmanDie Zauberflöte  (which has been in repertory at The Met for six years), The Magic Flute (the abridged English version of Die Zauberflöte, which inaugurated a new PBS series entitled “Great Performances at The Met”) and Elliot Goldenthal’s Grendel. Taymor is a 1991 recipient of the MacArthur “genius” Fellowship.

Bono (Music & Lyrics).  The lead singer of U2, Bono was born Paul David Hewson in Dublin.  He met The Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton at school, and in 1978 U2 was formed.  Acknowledged as one of the best live acts in the world, U2 have sold over 170 million albums and won numerous awards, including 22 Grammys®.  Bono and The Edge have also received 4 Golden Globe® nominations including a win for “The Hands that Built America” from Gangs of New York, which was also nominated for an Academy Award®, Best Original Song.  In their first year of eligibility, U2 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Bono is a long-time activist in the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty in Africa.  He has received a number of awards, including the Legion D'Honneur in 2003, Time Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2005 (alongside Bill & Melinda Gates), and an honorary British knighthood in 2007.  Bono lives in Dublin with his wife and children.

The Edge (Music & Lyrics).  Guitarist with U2, The Edge was born David Howell Evans in east London.  A year later, he and his family moved to Malahide, Co. Dublin, where he attended Mount Temple School and met Larry Mullen, Bono, and Adam Clayton.  In 1978 U2 was formed.  Described as one of the most influential guitar players of his generation, Edge's crystalline minimalist guitar playing is the hallmark of U2's music, and one of the most original and distinctive guitar styles in rock and roll history.  Acknowledged as one of the best live acts in the world, U2 have toured the globe countless times, have released 14 studio albums and won numerous awards, including 22 Grammys®.  One of the principle songwriters of U2, The Edge has also written extensively for other projects, often in collaboration with Bono, including music for movies (Captive, Gangs of New York and GoldenEye); for animation (The “Batman” TV series); and for the stage (A Clockwork Orange by the Royal Shakespeare Company).  Marked out by their politics from the beginning, U2 were awarded Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience Award in 2006.  In 2005, The Edge co-founded Music Rising, a charity initiative which provides musical instruments for the musicians, schools and churches of the Gulf Region.  The Edge lives in Dublin with his wife and children.

Glen Berger (Co-Book Writer).  Glen Berger’s plays include Underneath The Lintel (over 450 performances Off-Broadway, 150 productions worldwide); O Lovely Glowworm (Portland "Drammy" Best Script Award) and Great Men of Science, Nos. 21 & 22 (L.A. Weekly Best Play Award). Glen has also collaborated with Frank London (of the Klezmatics) on two new musicals:  On Words and Onwards, and Loewe-Award winner A Night In The Old Marketplace.  In television, Glen has won two Emmys® (twelve nominations), and has written over 200 episodes for children’s television series including “Arthur,"  “Curious George,” and “Fetch w/Ruff Ruffman."  He is a New Dramatists alumnus.

Daniel Ezralow (Choreographer), hailed by the Chicago Tribune as one of the best American dancer-choreographers now working on an international scale, has created works for theatre, opera, film and television. SPIDER-MAN marks Ezralow’s fourth collaboration with director Julie Taymor (Across the Universe, The Green Bird, The Flying Dutchman). His work can currently be seen onstage in his dance theatre show Why, the touring show Aeros, and The Beatles LOVE with Cirque du Soleil. In television, he created the dance special “Windows” (Bravo), “Josh Groban in Concert” (PBS), and received an Emmy® Award for his work on “Episodes” (PBS). He has received two American Choreography Awards for innovative and outstanding choreography, an NEA Choreographic Fellowship, and the Premio Positano in Italy. Mr. Ezralow has been commissioned to create original works for numerous companies including the Paris Opera Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Batsheva Dance Company of Israel.

George Tsypin (Set Designer) is a sculptor, architect, and designer of opera, film, and video. He won an International Competition of “New and Spontaneous Ideas for the Theater for Future Generations” some twenty years ago. Since then, his opera designs have been seen all over the world, including at the Salzburg Festival, Opera de Bastille in Paris, Covent Garden in London, La Scala in Milan, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The first private gallery showing of his sculpture took place in 1991 at the Twining Gallery in New York. George exhibited his work at the Venice Biennial in 2002. He has worked with director Julie Taymor on many projects, including Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Grendel, and Oedipus Rex. He designed The Little Mermaid on Broadway. His book George Tsypin, Opera Factory: Building in the Black Void, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in October of 2005 (Golden Pen Award.)

Eiko Ishioka(Costume Designer) is a multidisciplinary designer whose internationally acclaimed work has made her one of the premiere visual artists in contemporary world culture. Her awards include an Academy Award® for costume design for Francis Ford Coppola’s film Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the Award for Artistic Contribution at the Cannes Film Festival for her production design of the film Mishima, Outer’s Critic Circle nominations and Tony® nominations for the sets and costumes of the Broadway play M. Butterfly, and a Grammy® Award for the artwork of Miles Davis’ album Tutu. She directed a music video for the singer Bjork and designed costumes for Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai (Drama Desk nomination). Most recently, Ishioka was the director of costume design for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Donald Holder (Lighting Designer). Broadway: South Pacific (2008 Tony® Award, Drama Desk nomination), Les Liasons Dangereuses, A Streetcar Named Desire, Gem Of The Ocean, Movin’ Out, Juan Darien (all Tony®-nominated), The Lion King (Tony®, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards, Paris Moliere Award, London Olivier® nomination), Cyrano de Bergerac, Radio Golf, The Little Dog Laughed, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Little Shop Of Horrors, Prelude to a Kiss, The Boy From Oz, many others. Off-Broadway: Yellowface, Romeo and Juliet (Delacorte), The Pain and the Itch, Almost an Evening, A Man of No Importance, Birdie Blue, Observe the Sons of Ulster (Lortel Award), Jitney, Saturday Night, Three Days of Rain, many others. Opera: The Magic Flute (NY Metropolitan Opera), Grendel (Los Angeles Opera, Lincoln Center Festival, New York), both directed by Julie Taymor.

Jonathan Deans (Sound Designer) was born in England and has been living in America for the past 18 years. His work spans the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden through to The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil with over 100 productions in between. His Broadway designs include Fosse, Young Frankenstein, and Ragtime. Jonathan is known for his unique and immersive sound designs. It is his experience of standing in the midst of a 60 plus-piece orchestra during live concerts and the many rehearsals that continually resonate inside him. This has a great influence on his design approach for the audience and the focus of the staged performance.

Kyle Cooper (Projections Designer). Emmy® Award winner Kyle Cooper has directed and produced over 150 feature film title sequences, including SE7EN, all three Spider-Man movies, and the Marvel logo animation.  Details magazine credits Cooper with "almost single-handedly revitalizing the main title sequence as an art form."  Kyle has collaborated with Julie Taymor on innovative visual effects sequences for Titus Andronicus, Across the Universe and The Tempest.  He has a master’s degree from the Yale School of Art, and holds the title of Royal Designer for Industry from the Royal Society of Arts in London.

Campbell Young Associates (Hair Designers). Campbell Young, Luc Verschueren and their team (Campbell Young Associates) design hair, wigs and make-up for many theatres including Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera and Opera North. Their work was seen in Prima Donna (Manchester International Festival), Tosca, Peter Grimes and Partenope (ENO), Der Freischütz (Baden-Baden), Tristan und Isolde (La Scala, Milan), From the House of the Dead (Vienna Festival), Un Ballo in Maschera and La Bohème (Bregenz Festival), The Ring Cycle (New National Theatre, Tokyo), and many London musicals including Love Never Dies, Annie Get Your Gun (Young Vic), Oliver! and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Also Les Misérables (25th Anniversary Tour) Lord of the Rings (London and Toronto) and Billy Elliot (Broadway and Chicago). Plays include Un Tramway (Paris), Breakfast at Tiffany's (London), Mary Stuart (Broadway), Rock 'n' Roll (London and Broadway) and An Inspector Calls (London). Films include Nutcracker and the Rat King and Les Aventures Extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec. Other projects include the recreation of Princess Sithathorynet’s ceremonial wig for the Department of Egyptian Art and wig design for the Liaisons Dangereuses exhibition, both at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Jaque Paquin (Aerial Rigging Designer) was born in the province of Quebec. He has been working in the entertainment industry for over 30 years, with the last 20 years dedicated to designing systems for hanging and flying performers and equipment. His design contribution to Cirque du Soleil helped create such masterpieces as , O, Zumanity, and Varekai, among others. A talented multidisciplinary artist, he is credited for having strong imagination and skills on both the artistic and technical aspects of his work.  Having worked in theater, movies, television and live entertainment, his wide experience allows him to maximize the performance presented to an audience while always concentrating on the safety of the performers. In 2005 he was presented the CITT award for professional achievement for his contribution to the show industry and, more specifically, to the field of acrobatic rigging. He is regarded by his peers as a mentor and a leader of his trade.

David Campbell (Orchestrations and Arrangements). For Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark, David Campbell created song arrangements, dance arrangements, underscoring, orchestrations(for 19 musicians) and vocal/choral arrangements.  You may have heard his arrangements on any of 425 gold or platinum albums, from artists such as Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Radiohead, Elton John,  Leonard Cohen, Beck, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Beyonce, Avril Lavigne, Metallica, The Mars Volta, Evanescence, Will Smith, Ricky Martin, Faith Hill, Manhattan Transfer, Macy Gray and Maroon 5. Some of the well-known songs include “Time of Your Life”(Green Day), “Iris”(Goo Goo Dolls), “Uninvited”(Alanis Morissette), “Because of You”(Kelly Clarkson), “A 100 Years”(Five for Fighting) and “The Rose”(Bette Midler). Film credits as arranger/conductor include the scores of Dream Girls, Rent, Brokeback Mountain(Oscar for Best Score), Tarzan(Oscar for Best Song), Spider-Man 2, Austin Powers, City of Angels, Dead Man Walking, and Cradle Will Rock. Campbell has composed music for Sony, IBM and Panasonic TV commercials and several feature films. He has guest conducted the LA Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic and the Dallas, Baltimore, Nashville and Melbourne Symphonies. Recent projects include Josh Groban, Adele, Adam Lambert and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. David is married to theatrical composer Raven Kane. More details at davidmusic.com.

Teese Gohl (Music Supervisor). Born and raised in Winterthur, Swizterland, Matthias Gohl studied at Berklee College in Boston, MA. Theater music/sound design credits include A.R.T. (Cambridge, MA), Trinity Repertory Theater (Providence, RI), and Theater For a New Audience (New York, NY). Film score production with Elliot Goldenthal includes Interview With A Vampire, Michael Collins, Heat, two Batman features, Titus, Across the Universe, The Iron Giant, Butcher Boy, Public Enemies, and Oscar®-winning scores for John Corigliano’s The Red Violin and Julie Taymor’s Frida. In addition to documentary film composition, jazz performance, and opera/theater pit performance, Teese is proud of his collaborations with Carly Simon, Nana Vasconcelos, and Dave Stewart.

Reeve Carney (Peter Parker) stars as the young prince Ferdinand in Julie Taymor’s upcoming film adaptation of The Tempest and also starred in the film version of the acclaimed novel Snow Falling on Cedars.   A veteran of the music world, Reeve recorded an album with Peter, Paul and Mary at the age of 8 and was asked a few years later by Michael Jackson to sing on one of the tracks of HIStory.   Now, Reeve is the lead singer and lead guitarist of CARNEY, the up and coming rock band that recently toured North America. In CARNEY, Reeve is accompanied by his brother Zane who shares lead guitar in the band, Aiden Moore on bass, and Jon Epcar on the drums. CARNEY’s newest single “Love Me Chase Me” was released this summer and the band’s first full length album, entitled “Mr. Green Vol. 1,” was released in May 2010 on DAS Label/Interscope.  For more information on CARNEY, please visit www.CarneyTheBand.com.

Jennifer Damiano (Mary Jane Watson). Jennifer Damiano received a Tony® Award nomination in 2009 for her performance in the critically-acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway production Next to Normal. She also performed in the show's previous productions off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre and regionally at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. which earned her a Helen Hayes nomination. Jennifer has been working professionally in New York since she was 12. When she was 15, she made her Broadway debut in Spring Awakening as the youngest member of the original cast. Additionally, she has appeared on the CW television series “Gossip Girl.”

Natalie Mendoza.  TV and film includes: the cult hit feature The Descent (and its sequel), The Great Raid, Code 46, Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge, the hit BBC series “Hotel Babylon” and more.  Mendoza made her stage debut at the Sydney Opera House as a girl in Romeo and Juliet. She was discovered by Cameron Mackintosh and asked to play ‘Eponine’ in Les Miserables and later went on to star in many other musicals and plays, including multiple seasons with The Melbourne Theatre Company, workshops of Matthew Warchus' Lord of the Rings,and the stage adaptation of the film Ghost.  She signed as a teenager internationally to Virgin Records with her pop punk band Jackson Mendoza and had several hits that led them onto stadium tours.  She is currently recording her first solo album as well as a Jazz project called “The Eddy,” produced by Glen Ballard. Natalie's also created a comic book/multi platform project with Simon Bisley, which is scheduled to be released at next year’s Comic-Con.

Patrick Page (Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin). Broadway: A Man For All Seasons (Henry III); The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (The Grinch); The Lion King (Scar); Julius Caesar (Decius Brutus); Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere); A Christmas Carol; Kentucky Cycle. Off-Broadway: Rex; Richard II; Duchess of Malfi. Regional: 25 years—including Associate Artist of The Old Globe Theatre and The Shakespeare Theatre Company. Recently: Cyrano (Craig Noel Award) at The Old Globe and Iago (Helen Hayes Award) at STC. TV and Film: “Law & Order: SVU,” “One Life to Live,” “All My Children,”   Substance of Fire. www.patrickpageonline.com 

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