Andrew C. McGibbon
TUESDAY NIGHT AT 8 PM
IN MEMORY OF STAGE AND SCREEN ACTRESS
(New York, NY) August 16, 2010 -- The Broadway community mourns the loss of Tony Award-winning actress Patricia Neal, who died on August 8th at the age of 84. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in her memory on Tuesday, August 17th, at exactly 8:00pm for one minute.
Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, commented, “Patricia Neal’s natural talent provided immense joy to audiences over the span of many years, in many mediums. As the last surviving winner from the first Tony Awards ceremony, her presence at subsequent Tony telecasts represented Broadway’s singular history. Our thoughts go out to her friends and family.”
Ms. Neal made her Broadway debut as Regina Hubbard in Lillian Hellman’s Another Part of the Forest, for which she received the 1947 Tony Award as Best Featured Actress in a Play, and a 1947 Theatre World Award. After numerous appearances on screen she returned to Broadway and the work of Hellman, starring in a revival of The Children’s Hour in 1952. In 1955 she starred on Broadway in A Roomful of Roses and played Kate Keller in The Miracle Worker in 1959.
She was also known for her movie roles in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), A Face in the Crowd (1957), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), and Hud (1963), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Ms. Neal was married to children’s author Roald Dahl for 30 years. She is survived by her children Tessa, Ophelia, Theo and Lucy; a brother, Pete Neal; a sister, Margaret Ann VandenNoord; 10 grandchildren and step grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
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THE SEARCH IS OVER!
THE CAST IS READY TO ROCK
IN THE FIRST NATIONAL TOUR OF
IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN….
The producers of the five-time Tony Award® nominated smash-hit musical ROCK OF AGES have announced the cast that will rock the nation in the 60-city, first national tour kicking off at The Bank of America Theatre in Chicago on September 21, 2010.
Coming to you direct from Broadway is previously announced Tony Award® Nominee and “American Idol” finalist, Constantine Maroulis, who will reprise his acclaimed performance as Drew. Maroulis made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award® Nominated 2007 production of Wedding Singer and co-starred in Off Broadway's critically acclaimed production of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.
Other principals joining the party include MiG Ayesa as Stacee Jaxx (Broadway: Burn The Floor; International: We Will Rock You;PBS’s Handel's Messiah Rocks; CBS-TV’s Rockstar INXS), Nick Cordero as Dennis (Off-Broadway: Toxic Avenger), Rebecca Faulkenberry as Sherrie (High School Musical 1 (original cast); High School Musical 2 (original London cast), Patrick Lewallen as Lonny (National Tour: Jesus Christ Superstar), Teresa Stanley as Justice (Broadway: Purlie, Dreamgirls), Casey Tuma as Regina (Broadway/National Tour: Annie - 20th Anniversary), Bret Tuomi as Hertz (Regional: A Christmas Carol) and Travis Walker as Franz (Jeff Award-Winning production of Chess with Theo Ubique Cabaret). Rounding out the cast is Angela Brydon (Broadway: Wicked), Joey Calveri (Tours: Saturday Night Fever, Grease,)Daniel Luis Domenech (National Tour: Rent), Lindsay Janisse (Broadway: Wicked), Sean Jenness (Tour: 25th Anniversary of HAIR), Holly Laurent (National tours: The Wedding Singer and Hairspray), Lauralynn McClelland (Broadway: West Side Story), Rashad Naylor (Broadway: Hairspray), Josh Sassanella (Las Vegas: Mamma Mia!) and Erika Shannon (National Tour: West Side Story).
The music that ignited a generation is heating up Broadway in the smash hit, ROCK OF AGES. The classic rock love story of the decade erupts into Broadway’s best party, all to the sounds of such feel-good, sing-out-loud songs as Every Rose Has Its Thorn, I Wanna Know What Love Is, Here I Go Again, Don’t Stop Believin’ and more. This hilarious five-time Tony Award® nominated musical is nothin’ but a good time.
**********NOTHIN’ BUT A GOOD TIME**********
ROCK OF AGES has partnered with I Love All Access to provide the ultimate VIP experience including premium seats, meet and greets with the cast, pre-show reception, exclusive gifts and more in select cities. For complete tour dates and more information about I Love All Access go to www.iloveallaccess.com.
*************** HEAVEN ISN’T TOO FAR AWAY***************
As on Broadway, the touring production will be directed by Tony Award® Nominee Kristin Hanggi (Bare, Pussycat Dolls on the Sunset Strip) and choreographed by Kelly Devine (Jersey Boys – Associate Choreographer). The book is by Chris D’Arienzo (writer and director of the film Barry Munday), the Music Supervision, Arrangements & Orchestrations are by Ethan Popp (Tarzan; Europe: We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia) and the original arrangements are by David Gibbs (Counting Crows, Film: That Thing You Do).
Scenic design is by Beowulf Boritt (Spelling Bee, LoveMusik), costume design is by Tony Award® Nominee Gregory Gale (Cyrano, The Wedding Singer), lighting design is by Jason Lyons (The Threepenny Opera), sound design is by Tony Award® Nominee Peter Hylenski (Shrek), and projection design is by Zachary Borovay (A Catered Affair).
A New Line Cinema film of ROCK OF AGES will be directed by Adam Shankman (Hairspray), distributed by Warner Bros. is scheduled to be released in 2011.
America is ready to Rock starting in Chicago, Illinois (September 21 – October 3, 2010) as part of the first national tour of ROCK OF AGES. Other venues for the first national tour of the “insanely fun mix-tape musical” (Timeout NY) include: Boston, MA (October 6 - 17, 2010); Minneapolis, MN (October 19 - 24, 2010); Cincinnati, OH (October 26 - Nov 7, 2010); Detroit, MI (November 9 – 21, 2010); Pittsburgh, PA (November 23 - 28, 2010); Baltimore, MD (November 30 - Dec 5, 2010); Columbus, OH (December 7 - 12, 2010); Fort Lauderdale, FL (December 28 - Jan 9, 2011); Orlando, FL (January 11 - 16, 2011); Clearwater, FL (January 18 - 23, 2011); Louisville, KY (January 25 - 30, 2011); Seattle, WA (February 8 - 13, 2011); Los Angeles, CA (February 15 - 27, 2011); Costa Mesa, CA (March 1 - 6, 2011); San Francisco, CA (March 8 – April 10, 2011); Indianapolis, IN (April 12 - 17, 2011); Des Moines, IA (April 19 - 24, 2011); Kansas City, MO (May 3 - 8, 2011); San Antonio, TX (May 10 - 15, 2011); Dallas, TX (May 17 - 29, 2011); Houston, TX (May 31 - June 12, 2011); Denver, CO (June 14 – 26, 2011); Washington, DC (July 12 - 24, 2011) and more to be announced.
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CONSTANTINE MAROULIS (Drew) earned a Tony Award® nomination, Drama League Award nomination, Broadway.com’s Broadway Star of the Year 2009 Award for his performance in Rock of Ages. Broadway: The Wedding Singer. National tour: Rent (Roger). Off-Broadway: Rock of Ages, Jacques Brel. Regional: Williamstown. TV: “American Idol,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “The Tonight Show,” “Conan O’Brien,” “Ellen,” “Regis & Kelly,” “The View,” “The Soup” and contributed/hosted many “Idol”-related programs for FOX. Sold-out tours include Idols Live and his new solo endeavor A Night at the Rock Show, a celebration of the Rock Songbook. Various CDs available at www.constantinemaroulis.com. Training: Boston Conservatory.
MiG AYESA (Stacee Jaxx) Broadway: Burn the Floor. West End London: We Will Rock You, Rent, Thriller: Live!, Buddy. Australia/Asia: Fame, Grease, Rent, Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber, West Side Story. Film: "Queen Of The Damned". TV: "Rockstar: Inxs", "Handel's Messiah Rocks", “So You Think You Can Dance”, "THE FERALS". Self-titled CD through Decca/Universal. Upcoming CD.
NICK CORDERO (Dennis) was last seen Off-Broadway where he created the title character in the Outer Critics Circle Award winning Toxic Avenger Musical. Regional credits include Evita (Che), The Last Five Years (Jaime), Blood Brothers (Sammy). www.nickcordero.com , www.themeansmusic.com
REBECCA FAULKENBERRY (Sherrie) The Bermuda native’s theatre includes: Aunt Dan and Lemon (Royal Court), The Shape of Things (RADA), High School Musical 1 (Hammersmith Apollo) and 2 (Fox Theatre), The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Royal Family, Slow Dance with a Hot Pick Up, Smoke on the Mountain. TV/Film; “Doctors” (BBC1)
PATRICK LEWALLEN (Lonny) A proud Kansas City native and KU graduate, Patrick enjoys home cooking and classic rock music – especially Queen! Patrick should undergo IV therapy for his severe Pepsi addiction. He is an experienced beer-pong player and loves sports – Go Jayhawks, Chiefs and Royals. www.patricklewallen.com
TERESA STANLEY (Justice/Mother) Broadway: Purlie, Into The Woods, Ain’t Misbehaving, Dreamgirls, and The Color Purple.
CASEY TUMA (Regina) Broadway/National Tour: Annie - 20th Anniversary. Regional: High School Musical 2 (Atlanta TOTS and North Shore MT), Barefoot in the Park (HSN @ The Kennedy), All Shook Up (Media Theatre), The Music Man (Lenape Regional PAC). PSU MT Alum!
BRET TUOMI (Hertz) Notable credits include Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol with The Goodman Theatre, Macduff in Macbeth with Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival and Leo in Leading Ladies with Montana Repertory Theatre.
TRAVIS WALKER (Franz) is psyched to have his first tour be RoA! An actor out of Chicago, his most recent credits include Sweet and Hot: A Harold Arlen Revue and the Jeff Award-Winning production of Chess with Theo Ubique Cabaret. He’s also worked with AboutFace Theatre and Hubris Productions.
ANGELA BRYDON (Waitress #1, Ensemble) Broadway: Footloose and Wicked. Off Broadway: Fame on 42nd Street. Regional: All Shook Up, Nights on Broadway, Finian's Rainbow, Zorba, Golden Boy. Television: Tony Awards, MTV video music awards, “The View,” “One Life to Live” and “A Dream Come True; Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary Celebration” at Madison Square Garden. Appeared in various commercials, voice over's and industrials.
JOEY CALVERI (Joey Primo/ Ensemble) We Will Rock You Las Vegas (Galileo), Saturday Night Fever (Tony), Trip Of Love (Peter), West Side Story (Action), Grease (Kenickie). Other: Hair (Berger), Annie (Rooster).
DANIEL LUIS DOMENECH (Swing) A Long Island native, he joins the show from Los Angeles, CA where he's been working in TV and film choreography on projects like, Step Brothers, Semi Pro, Tropic Thunder, Fame 2009, the Oscars and the MTV Movie Awards. Wonderland original cast (Knight/Jack u.s.), Sister Act the Musical, original cast (Dinero), Rent, National tour (Paul/Angel u.s.), Altar Boyz (Juan), The Who's Tommy (Tommy), Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas).
LINDSAY JANISSE (Young Groupie) Broadway and Los Angeles: Wicked.
SEAN JENNESS (Ensemble, Male Booth Singer) -- recent theatrical credits include the Southern Captain in The Civil War in Washington DC and Chucky/Adam in the Carnegie Hall production of Jerry Springer:The Opera. Regional: Almost Heaven (world premiere, Hair, American Duet. National tours: Hair (Woof) and Tommy (Pinball Lad). He has fronted some of the most popular (and wildly diverse) bands in the Northeast, including The Doug Flutie Band. www.theseanjenness.com
HOLLY LAURENT (Swing) National tours: The Wedding Singer and Hairspray.
LAURALYNN McCLELLAND (Constance, Ensemble) Broadway: West Side Story, Grease.
RASHAD NAYLOR (Mayor, Ensemble) Broadway: Thad in original company of Hairspray, also played Seaweed and made Broadway history as the only Male Dynamite. Other favorites: Scarecrow in Des McAnuff's The Wiz; Sammy Davis Jr. in Rat Pack Live from Vegas; Barry Belson in Jersey Boys.
JOSH SASSANELLA (Swing) favorite credits: Mamma Mia! (Las Vegas), Smokey Joe's Cafe (Music Theatre Wichita), High School Musical 2 (World Premiere, Fox Theatre Atlanta), and RENT (Forestburgh Theatre).
ERIKA SHANNON (Swing) Tours: West Side Story (Swing), Saturday Night Fever (Swing/Annette) Fame (Serena). Film/TV: It’s Complicated, “30 Rock”, “Ugly Betty”, L’Oreal.
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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 ”
ANNOUNCES COMPLETE CAST
REHEARSALS BEGIN TODAY
New York, NY – Lead producer Michael Cohl today announced the complete cast for SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark, which begins rehearsals this morning. Directed by Julie Taymor and featuring a book by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger, and new music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge, SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark will begin previews at Broadway’s Foxwoods Theatre (213 West 42nd Street) on November 14, with opening night set for December 21.
Joining previously announced stars Reeve Carney, Jennifer Damiano and Patrick Page are Natalie Mendoza, 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, 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.
Drawing from more than 40 years of Marvel comic books for inspiration, SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark spins a new take on the mythic tale of Peter Parker, a teenager whose unremarkable life in Queens is turned upside-down—literally—when he’s bitten by a genetically-altered spider and wakes up the next morning clinging to the ceiling. Bullied by his classmates and tortured by an unrelenting crush on next-door-neighbor Mary Jane Watson, this science geek discovers he has suddenly been endowed with astonishing powers. He soon learns, however, that “with great power comes great responsibility.” Maligned by the media, buffeted by financial woes, and stretched thin by the expectations of the world-at-large, Peter now must struggle to navigate the perilous and peculiar demands of being a web-slinging superhero. With the characters in SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark ranging from old familiar favorites to supervillains never-before imagined, Spider-Man’s battles will hurtle the audience through a story both recognizable and unexpected, culminating in an eye-popping, ultimate test for this iconic figure.
SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark features music and lyrics by 22-time Grammy® Award-winners Bono and The Edge of U2 with direction by Tony® Award-winner Julie Taymor (The Tempest, Across The Universe, The Lion King) and a book by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger (Underneath The Lintel).
The creative team includes Daniel Ezralow (Choreography), George Tsypin (Scenic Design), Academy Award®-winner Eiko Ishioka (Costume Design), Tony® Award-winner Donald Holder (Lighting Design), Jonathan Deans (Sound Design), Kyle Cooper (Projection Design), Julie Taymor (Mask Design), Campbell Young Associates (Hair Design), Judy Chin (Makeup Design), Scott Rogers (Aerial Design), Jaque Paquin (Aerial Rigging Design), David Campbell (Orchestrations & Arrangements), Teese Gohl (Musical Supervision), and Kimberly Grigsby (Music Director). Casting is by Telsey + Co.
SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark is produced by Michael Cohl, Jeremiah J. Harris, Land Line Productions, Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Billy and Fernando Rovzar Diez Barroso, Jeffrey B. Hecktman, Omneity Entertainment/Richard G. Weinberg, Nederlander Organization/James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, S2BN Entertainment, Jam Theatricals, the Mayerson/Gould/Hauser/Tysoe Group, and Patricia Lambrecht, by association with Marvel Entertainment.
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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 and 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.
Michael Mulheren. Broadway: Looped, The Farnsworth Invention, Deuce, La Cage aux Folles, The Boy from Oz, Kiss Me Kate (Tony®, Drama Desk nominations), Titanic, and On the Waterfront. Encores!: Damn Yankees, Do Re Mi, Li’l Abner, Of Thee I Sing. Off-Broadway: Captains Courageous, Floyd Collins, and The Fantasticks. TV: various appearances including the FX series “Rescue Me,” guest stars on “Law & Order,” “The West Wing,” “Lipstick Jungle.” Film: Fool’s Gold, Invincible, Martin Scorcese’s Bringing Out the Dead, and Woody Allen’s The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, among others. Love to Amanda, Conor and Fiona.
Ken Marks. Broadway: Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray, Rock ‘N Roll, Spring Awakening, After The Fall, Mamma Mia! (original Broadway company), Present Laughter, Michael in Dancing At Lughnasa. Off-Broadway: Editor Webb in Our Town (Barrow Street), Stuff Happens (Public Theater – Drama Desk, Best Ensemble), Sir Larry in Orson’s Shadow (Barrow Street), The Internationalist (Vineyard), Little Fish (Second Stage), When They Speak Of Rita (Primary Stages), Henry V (NYSF). Regional: leading roles at the Guthrie, Yale Rep., Long Wharf, ACT, Mark Taper Forum, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. TV: “Law and Order,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Third Watch,” “Life on Mars,” “Royal Pains,” “New Amsterdam.” Film: Henry’s Crime, Step Up 3D, Bad Bride, The Wackness. For Laura, Eleanor, and Clarissa.
Isabel Keating is widely acclaimed for her performance in Broadway’s The Boy from Oz opposite Hugh Jackman, for which she garnered Tony® Award, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations, and won the Drama Desk and Theatre World Awards. Also on Broadway, she starred in Enchanted April and the long-running hit Hairspray. Off Broadway, Isabel most recently starred in Cusi Cram’s A Lifetime Burning at Primary Stages, and has appeared with Atlantic Theatre Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Rattlestick, among others. She won the Helen Hayes Award for her turn in Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink at Washington, DC’s Studio Theatre, and has appeared regionally at the Old Globe, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Paper Mill Playhouse, the O’Neill Center, Vassar/Powerhouse, Williamstown, and many others. Her films include The Nanny Diaries and Life Before Her Eyes. For television, she guest starred opposite Stanley Tucci in CBS’s “3 lbs” and opposite Vincent D’Onofrio in NBC Universal’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and provided her voice for the Emmy Award-winning PBS American Masters “Judy Garland: By Myself.”
Jeb Brown. Broadway: Time Stands Still, Grease, High Fidelity, Ring of Fire, Aida, I'm Not Rappaport, Bring Back Birdie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Off-Broadway: Romantic Poetry, Game Show. Regional: Steppenwolf, McCarter, Old Globe, Paper Mill, Dallas Theatre Center, Actor's Theatre Louisville, Kennedy Center, Ford's, Coconut Grove. Film: Salt, The Namesake, Renaissance Man, I'll Do Anything. TV: “Law and Order: SVU,” “Crazy For You” (PBS Great Performances), “Star Trek: DS9,” Conan O'Brien, “One Life To Live.” L.A.'s Evidence Room Theatre Project (founder), Yale University (Whiffenpoof), Elyse and Eleanor (husband/father).
T.V. Carpio. Teresa Victoria Carpio, better known as T.V., grew up in Hong Kong with her mother, Teresa Carpio, a household name as a singer and entertainer in Asia. She danced in music videos for Bruce Springsteen and Whitney Houston, which led to parts on television's “Law and Order” and “The Jury.” Then as an alto soprano she sang with the Hong Kong Philharmonic in her mother's acclaimed Diva concerts. From there she landed the role of Gail in Spike Lee’s She Hate Me, and the role of Angela in Lee's Sucker Free City for Showtime. She auditioned for Julie Taymor’s acclaimed feature film, Across The Universe and was cast as Prudence. This was followed by playing Alexi Darling in Rent on Broadway. Recently she landed the role of Valerie in the upcoming Universal Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper starrer The Dark Fields, directed by Neil Burger.
Mat Devine was born and raised in Connecticut, moving to Chicago to gain a BFA in film from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. There he formed the seminal alternative rock band, Kill Hannah, taking on the roles of lead singer and principle songwriter. Mat signed to Atlantic Records in 2003 at which time the band began touring America, Canada, UK and Europe behind 4 consecutive albums. Over the greater part of 7 years Mat has performed over 1000 concerts on stage, radio and television worldwide. His songs have been featured in numerous films, video games and television shows. Mat also writes the wildly popular blog for Fuse TV known as the Raccoon Society. Although no stranger to the concert stage, SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark is his Broadway debut.
Gideon Glick originated the role of Ernst in the Broadway production of Spring Awakening, appearing also as Ernst in the original Off-Broadway production (Atlantic Theatre). He starred as Howie in the original Roundabout Theatre production of Speech and Debate. Other productions include Population: 8 (Fringe Festival), DC (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Democracy (Naked Angels/Culture Project). Regional: Peter Pan and Wendy, The Snow Queen (Prince Music Theatre), The Three Musketeers (Wilma Theatre); Workshops include Little Miss Sunshine, Sons of the Prophet, and Volleygirls. Film: One Last Thing… Currently an Art History major at New York University.
Jonathan Schwartz is thrilled to be making his Broadway debut in this incredible production! Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks (Matt). A recent winner of the Paper Mill Rising Star Award, and featured on the Ben Folds album University A Cappella, Jonathan is a proud 2010 graduate of Princeton University. He’d like to thank his family and BRS for being so supportive.
Matthew James Thomas, 22, trained at Sylvia Young and Italia Conti London. He is well known in the UK for his lead role in the TV series “Britannia High.” Recently, Matthew filmed roles in TV dramas “Casualty” and “Midsomer Murders” and the lead in independent short film Possession. At 12, he appeared in movies Billy Elliot (as Simon, Billy’s audition rival) and About a Boy, and many TV shows, including “Doctors,” “Bad Girls” and “Wonderful You.” A year later he played the title role in Stephen Poliakoff‘s The Lost Prince, alongside Miranda Richardson and Tom Hollander. Favorite theatre roles include Dorian in 2009’s Dorian Gray at the Leicester Square Theatre; Schlomo in the West End’s Fame revival and Wayne in Popcorn at the Landor Fringe. Other West End credits include Oliver! and the original production of Whistle Down the Wind. Matthew is an accomplished singer, songwriter and musician and hopes to release his debut album shortly.
Laura Beth Wells. Broadway debut! New York: The Rockae (Autonoe), LaChiusa's The Wild Party at Columbia Stages (Madeline True). Recent regional: The Who's Tommy (Mrs. Walker), Cabaret (Sally), and The Odd Couple (Gwendolyn Pigeon). Special thanks to the entire Spider-Man team, Telsey Casting, Cyd LeVin and Assoc., Mom, Dad, family and friends for their endless support--Sing Out, Louise!
Matt Caplan. Broadway: Rent, South Pacific. Film: Across the Universe, Painting Abby Long. Television: "New Amsterdam." Matt is also a songwriter and has released 3 records, the latest of which is entitled "Odd Evensong,” and is available on iTunes.
Dwayne Clark. Broadway: In The Heights (u/s Benny), Cry-Baby (Dupree), Tarzan (Terk), Urinetown: The Musical (u/s Bobby Strong), Smokey Joe's Cafe (u/s Adrian). New York City Opera: Porgy and Bess (Sportin’ Life). First National Tours: Rent (Tom Collins, Benny), Smokey Joe's Cafe (Adrian), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Andre), tick, tick… BOOM! (Michael). Film; Eat Pray Love (feature with Julia Roberts, James Franco). Many voiceovers and commercials. This is for Jada.
Luther Creek is ecstatic. He sang for heart in The Who's Tommy, for peace in Hair, for understanding in Rent, revolution in Urinetown and love as background vocalist for Michael Jackson at the Garden. He tripped with Bono in Across the Universe, was zen in Zoolander, mugged “The Flight of the Conchords” and studied with Marcel Marceau. He makes music, movies and love. Thanks to Julie, Glen, Bono, The Edge, and Tiffany at Telsey and Co. For Mother.
Gerald Avery. Broadway debut! Gerald is a Wisconsin native, a proud graduate of UW – Stevens Point. Recent credits: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Damn Yankees, and Fame. Gerald would like to thank God, his family, and friends for their wonderful support over the years! A special thanks to Julie Seckar, Scott West, Kevin Brooks and his heroes, mom and dad!
Collin Baja is thrilled to be returning to Broadway as a part of this incredible production! After studying at The Interlochen Arts Academy, Collin continued his studies at The Juilliard School where he graduated in 2008. Broadway: Equus Revival (2008-2009). Film: The Producers (directed by Susan Stroman) and Across the Universe (directed by Julie Taymor). Danced for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago as well as toured internationally as a member of Aszure and Artists under the direction of Aszure Barton. He is incredibly grateful to his family for their love and support! Big thank you to Geoff Soffer, Michael Mahan, Cherice Barton, Danny Ezralow, my agents at FORD Models, and to Tiffany Canfield!
Marcus Bellamy. A filmaker, Florida Boy and lover at heart. Trained at The Florida Dance Workshop, Interlochen Arts Academy and The Juilliard School. Loves to create. Thankful for family and friends. Credits: Vices: a Love Story, WHY, Tarzan, West Side Story (Teatro Alla Scala), “AMICI,” Across The Universe, The Wiz. Thank God.
Emmanuel Brown was born and raised in S. Florida and has always had an interest in the arts from an early age. He started out in the martial arts and eventually went on to become a State, National, and World champion by the age of 18. The discipline he achieved in the martial arts helped him to excel in the performing arts throughout his youth and he eventually earned his BFA in Acting from the University of Florida, where he also studied dance. Since moving to NY he has worked professionally as an actor, dancer, martial artist, choreographer and gymnast on stage and screen. He is proud for SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark to be his Broadway debut. He would like to thank God, his family and friends for their continued love and support.
Erin Elliott is a choreographer, dancer, actress, and stunt woman. She has worked with Julie Taymor on the opera Grendel and the film Across the Universe. Erin also helped create Cirque de Soleil's "KA," directed by Robert Lepage, and “Love," directed by Dominic Champagne. She has worked with choreographer Daniel Ezralow on many projects including Across the Universe, Why B, Amici, and Tosca with Lucio Dalla. Recently, she created and performed "Outlined in Black" for Drop Dance Co. and received rave reviews at the Edinburg Festival. She has been creating and performing an ongoing cabaret, "Pardon Monsieur," with the Collin Bickley Band. Before moving to LA, Erin performed in the musical Notre Dame de Paris, directed by Gilles Maheu, and was a soloist with MOMIX for many years. She helped create the popular evening-length works Passion, Baseball and Momix in Orbit, in which she choreographed and performed "Orbit."
Dana Marie Ingraham began her training under Bernice Johnson in New York. She subsequently trained at La Guardia HS of Performing Arts, the Ailey School, Jacob's Pillow, and SMU (BFA Dance; BA Sociology). Companies: Armitage Gone! Dance, Philadanco. Broadway: Hot Feet. National Tours: The Lion King; The Color Purple (u/s "Squeak"). Awards: U.S. Presidential Scholar of the Arts. Proud AEA member.
Ayo Janeen Jackson received her B.F.A. from the North Carolina School of the Arts. She is a former member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Ballet Preljocaj. Ms. Jackson received a Princess Grace Award in 2004 and a Princess Grace Foundation Special Project Grant in 2006. She worked with Ms. Julie Taymor on the movie titled Across the Universe and the opera Grendel. Ayo wants to thank Fran, Rudy, Nichole, Donna Faye, and SGI.
Heather Lang is ecstatic to be making her Broadway debut! Theatre Credits: Radio City Rockette (NYC), Nights on Broadway II, Eliot Feld’s The Spaghetti Ballet (Joyce). Regional: Cats (Cassandra), Gypsy, Cabaret. Workshops: The Addams Family, Dangerous Beauty, Up Here. Opera: Grendel (LA Opera), The Damnation of Faust (Met Opera). Film: I Am Legend, Smurfs, Across the Universe, The Great Observer. TV: “Rescue Me,” “VH1’s Fashion Rocks,” “MTV: Wannabe.” Heather has also acted in numerous TV commercials. She has a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Last year, Heather and her pal Eleanor wrote a two woman show, The Heather Lang show by Eleanor Bauer and Vice Versus, performed in Berlin. Lots of love and thanks to her Mom, Dad, Bro, Ryan, her boos and her rock, Matty - love you!
Ari Loeb is from Los Angeles, 1980. He has worked extensively with Momix, Pilobolus, and Cirque du Soleil. Ari has performed in over three hundred cities around the world. Ari loves music and wildlife. Ari also loves his family, and he thanks his mother.
Natalie Lomonte is a native Texan who began dancing in the womb. After her studies at Marymount Manhattan College, she toured extensively with Momix, Pilobolus and Parsons Dance. Most recently she performed with Liza Minnelli in the movie Sex and the City 2. Natalie is thrilled and very proud to be making her Broadway debut in this incredible production.
Kevin C. Loomis. Broadway: Inherit The Wind. Off-Broadway: Dust. National Tours: The 101 Dalmatians Musical. Regional Theatre: Seattle Repertory Theatre, A.C.T., The Fifth Avenue Musical Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Pioneer Theatre, Portland Repertory Theatre, Montana Repertory Theatre, Seattle Childrens Theatre, The Empty Space Theatre. Television: Guest and Co-star roles on “Law And Order: Criminal Intent,” “The Practice,” “Frasier,” “The X- Files,” “An American Family,” Lifetime Television Movie. National and regional commercials. Favorite roles: Max in The Producers, Falstaff in Henry IV, Part Two, Eddie/Dr. Scott in The Rocky Horror Show, The Colonel (Sheepdog) in The 101 Dalmatians Musical, Capulet In Romeo and Juliet, Yvan in Art, Angus in The Drawer Boy
Kristen Martin. Broadway debut! Previous credits: 1st National tour of A Chorus Line (Val). 42nd Street - Goodspeed Opera House (Peggy Sawyer). Dames At Sea - Bay Street Theatre (Ruby). Cats - National tour (Demeter). 42nd Street - Asia tour (Peggy Sawyer). Hong Kong Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Belle). Big thanks to mom, dad, sissy Jem, and charlie love.
Jodi McFadden. Broadway debut! Theatre credits: North American Premiere of Dirty Dancing (u/s Johnny’s seductress; Vivian and Baby’s mom; Marjorie), Stratford Shakespeare Festival: Into the Woods (Florinda), Hello, Dolly!, Anything Goes (Virtue), Romeo and Juliet (Rosalind), Guys and Dolls, Pericles (u/s The Bawd/Goddess Diana). Other credits: The Producers, Cabaret, Evita, Joseph…. Film and TV: Oscar Award-winning movie Chicago, “So You Think You Can Dance” (asst. choreographer), Bollywood/Hollywood.
Kristen Faith Oei feels so blessed to be 'turning off the dark' for her Broadway debut! A native Californian, now in New York, after having most recently been the dance captain in the sit down company of Wicked in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Credits include Wicked first national tour; Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida first national tour (Amneris cover); We Will Rock You Las Vegas; West Side Story European tour; Fame - The Musical national tour; "The Suite Life on Deck;" the Country Music Awards with the Dixie Chicks. All my love and thankfulness to my family, my friends, my amazing mentors and teachers, my Wicked family, Telsey casting, CTG, my Grandma, Mom and Dad, and most of all, God, from whom ALL blessings flow.
America Olivo. With a degree in Operatic Theatre from The Juilliard School, America Olivo formed the music group Soluna. Their DreamWorks Records hits “For All Time” and “Bring It To Me” topped the charts. They opened for Enrique Iglesias and Marc Anthony on tours through the United States and Latin America at Radio City, Madison Square Garden, and the Staples Center. America has performed with Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, No Doubt, Elton John, Shakira, Nelly, Destiny’s Child, Alanis Morisette, and Stevie Wonder. America starred in Paramount Television’s “Soluna” pilot, and on “How I Met Your Mother,” “Jake in Progress,” “The Brothers Garcia,” “Cuts,” “General Hospital,” and “House.” Her film credits include The Thirst, Blood Wars, Love Shack, The Last Resort, Friday the 13th, Transformers 2, Bitch Slap, and Neighbor. She has appeared on the covers of Playboy, CMD Magazine, Latino Future, People en Español and in Maxim UK and Español.
Jennifer Perry. Graduate from Chicago Academy for the Arts and S.U.N.Y. Purchase. Notable Credits: Donald Byrd company member, Celine Dion "A New Day" 5 years, assistant to Mia Michaels “So You Think You Can Dance,” Warner Brothers Film Spring Breakdown, “Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles,” Soft Bank Commercial (Cameron Diaz double). This is Jennifer's Broadway debut.
Kyle Post previously appeared on Broadway in the final cast of RENT. Regional: Jesus Christ Superstar (KC Starlight), Hair (Berger), Falsettoland (Whizzer), Much Ado About Nothing (Claudio). Kyle recently finished the "Best Social Media Job in the World," 67 Days of Smiles in Orlando, Florida. Graduate of Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music.
Brandon Rubendall. Broadway Debut! Tours/Regional: Hairspray (Fender, u/s Link), West Side Story (NCT), Altar Boyz, 42nd Street (Walnut Street), Crazy For You (Maine State), Radio City Xmas Spectacular. Commercials: C&A (Brazil) featuring Beyoncé, Nike Fall 2010, Lord & Taylor. Thanks to my loving family and friends. www.BrandonRubendall.com
Sean Samuels, a native New Yorker, is honored to be a part of the original cast of SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark. Broadway: Tarzan, Curtains. Regional: High School Musical at the Paper Mill Playhouse (Zeke). Don't be afraid to dream even bigger.
Dollar Tan. Broadway début. Dollar is very honored and thrilled to be working on such an amazing show with so many talented people involved. Film/TV appearances: Bring It On: Fight to the Finish, “Glee,” “Eli Stone,” Jackass Number Two, “Mad TV,” “Art of War 3,” “Hannah Montana,” Minority Report. Performed as the Blue/Red Power Ranger in national and international tours. Featured in numerous commercials and print work and has worked with many major recording artists. Special thanks to his parents, sisters, and all his wonderful friends. Miss B and Orange bear as well.
Christopher Tierney. Born in Madrid, Spain and raised in Portsmouth, NH, Christopher has been dancing around the world for 2 decades. He has performed and been featured with such renowned companies as Houston Ballet, Ballet New England, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Les ballet jazz du Montreal. Also working with such great choreographers as Ohad Naharin, Jiri Kylian, Christopher Bruce, Lar Lubovitch, Aszure Barton, Twyla Tharp and Daniel Ezralow. His stage credits include the Broadway tour of Movin’ Out, and the original North American cast of Dirty Dancing. He was part of the core creative dance crew on his first project with Julie Taymor, Across the Universe, where he also landed a featured role as a dorm buddy singing "A Little Help From My Friends." He has worked with Daniel Ezralow on many projects since and is truly honored to be part of this new collaboration with the Across team. All his love and thanks to his family for their support.
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Their 10th Anniversary Season Celebrating the Work of
Michael Frayn:Featuring the US Premiere of ALPHABETICAL ORDER
And the 25th Anniversary of BENEFACTORS
Full Cast Announced for Alphabetical Order
Previews Begin September 14th/Opening Night Set for September 26th
Benefactors Begins Performances March 22nd
The Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Keen Company (Carl Forsman, Artistic Director/Wayne Kelton, Executive Director) today announced their 10th anniversary season celebrating the work of Michael Frayn, author of such acclaimed hits as Noises Off and Copenhagen. First will be the US premiere of Alphabetical Order, based on the revised version performed at the Hampstead Theater for their 2009 revival. Mr. Forsman will direct. This will be followed by the 25th Anniversary production of Benefactors this spring.
Performances for this limited Off-Broadway engagement of Alphabetical Order at The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street), will begin September 14th and continue through October 26th only, with opening night set for September 26th. Featured in the cast are Brad Bellamy, William Connell, John Windsor Cunningham, Margaret Daly, Paul Molnar, Angela Reed, and Audrey Lynn Weston. Design team includes Josh Bradford, Jill Du Boff, Nathan Heverin, and Jennifer Paar.
Alphabetical Order was first produced at Hampstead in 1975. It subsequently transferred to the West End and won the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy. This early version was seen in the US at the Long Wharf Theater in 1976. Set in a provincial newspaper office in the 1970s, where it’s just another day of chaos in the cuttings library: files all over the floor, phones ringing, but where is Lucy the librarian? Her life (when she finally arrives), and the lives of the journalists who take refuge in her muddled retreat, turn out to be as confused as the library itself. Into this comfortable little world steps Lesley, Lucy's new assistant. She's young, bright, and she wants system and order. Things are about to change.
“Keen Company has a long tradition of finding plays the theater has forgotten and giving them new life, like The Breadwinner by Somerset Maugham or I Never Sang For My Father by Robert Anderson. This year we are thrilled to present these two plays which both speak powerfully to the challenges of living a life of generosity and compassion. These works display Mr. Frayn’s enormous range as a dramatist – both the brilliant comic writer known for the greatest farce of the 20th Century, and the master observer of the human condition in the tradition of Chekhov,” said Forsman.
Keen Company produces sincere plays. We believe that theater is at its most powerful when texts and productions are generous in spirit and provoke identification. Inspired by the works of early 20th Century American playwrights, Keen Company demonstrates that an earnest intent can still be sophisticated. We are unafraid of emotional candor, vulnerability, and optimism. Keen Company seeks to create a culture of artists, technicians, administrators and audiences who share a desire to invigorate the theater with productions that connect us through humor, heart and hope.
Michael Frayn began his career as a reporter on The Guardian, then became a columnist on that paper from 1959 to 1962, and for The Observer from 1962 to 1968. He has published ten novels - Spies, Headlong, Tin Men, The Russian Interpreter, Towards The End Of Morning, A Very Private Life, Sweet Dreams, The Trick Of It, A Landing On The Sun, and Now You Know, together with two philosophical works, Constructions and The Human Touch. He has written a number of plays for television and for the stage including The Two Of Us, Alphabetical Order, Donkeys' Years, Clouds, Balmoral (Liberty Hall), Make and Break, Noises Off, Benefactors, Look Look and Here. Alphabetical Order, Make and Break and Noises Off all received Best Comedy of the Year Awards, while Benefactors was named Best Play of the Year. He has translated four of Chekhov's full-length plays - The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters, The Seagull and Uncle Vanya and adapted Chekhov's first, untitled play as Wild Honey. He has also translated four of his one-act plays - The Evils Of Tobacco, Swan Song, The Bear and The Proposal and adapted five short stories Drama, The Alien Corn, The Sneeze, The Inspector General, Swan Song and Plots for the stage. These, with the exception of Plots, were staged collectively as The Sneeze. He has also translated Tolstoy's Fruits Of Enlightenment, Yuri Trifonov's Exchange and Anouilh's Number One. Clockwise, his first film, was released in 1986 starring John Cleese. His second film, First and Last, won an International Emmy Award in 1990. Disney produced the film of Noises Off. Alphabetical Order, Donkeys' Years, Make And Break and Benefactors have all been filmed for U.K. television and A Landing On The Sun was filmed and broadcast (on BBC) in 1994. Michael adapted his novel, Now You Know, which opened at the Hampstead Theatre in 1995 and subsequently toured the country. New plays followed: Copenhagen opened at the National Theatre in 1998 and transferred to the Duchess Theatre. It won Best Play at both the Evening Standard Awards and the London Critics' Circle Awards and has been presented around the world in many languages. Democracy had its world premiere at the National Theatre in 2003 and transferred to Broadway in 2004. His most recent play, Afterlife, about impresario Max Reinhardt premiered at the National Theatre.
Carl Forsman (Director) is the founder and Artistic Director of Keen Company. Recent work includes Love Child at New World Stages and Primary Stages, A Few Good Men at the Asolo, Tina Howe’s new translations of Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano & The Lesson for the Atlantic Theater, and Sin by Michael Murphy for The New Group. He was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Best Director for his work on Keen Company’s revival of The Voice Of The Turtle, which transferred to an extended run off-Broadway. His direction of the American premiere of Conor McPherson’s The Good Thief earned an OBIE Award for Brian d’Arcy James and Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Solo Performance. Other directions for Keen Company include Gerald Sibleyras’ Heroes, John Belluso’s Pyretown, Thornton Wilder’s The Happy Journey, David Hay’s The Maddening Truth, Michael Murphy’s The Conscientious Objector, Beasley’s Christmas Party, David Auburn’s adaptation of The Journals Of Mihail Sebastian, P.G. Wodehouse’s Good Morning, Bill, Keith Reddin’s Can’t Let Go, Tina Howe’s Museum, Gertrude Tonkonogy’s Three-Cornered Moon, and S.N. Behrman’s The Second Man. Other work in New York includes Courtney Baron’s In The Widows’ Garden and Eric Winick’s Rearviewmirror (Reverie Productions), Keith Reddin’s David and Bathseba (Chekhov Now Festival) and Julia Jordan’s Paul Westerberg (Soho Rep Summercamp). He has taught at NYU/Atlantic, FSU/Asolo, and SMU and is a graduate of Middlebury College.
Performances for both productions will be at The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues) and will play Tuesdays at 7pm; Wednesday through Friday at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm; and Sunday matinees at 3pm.
Tickets will be $57.50 for each show, but a subscription package for both shows is only $68. For subscriptions, call the Subscriber Toll-Free Hotline at 800/664-8857. To purchase individual tickets, or for more information, call Telecharge.com at 212/239-6200 or visit www.keencompany.org.
BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
ANNOUNCES BOX OFFICE OPENING
ON MONDAY, AUGUST 23RD;
TICKETS TO THE FIRST PREVIEW ON SALE FOR THE PRICE OF AN
The Public Theater, Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel, producers of BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON are pleased to announce that in celebration of the box office opening on Monday, August 23rd they will be offering tickets for the first preview (Monday, September 20th at 7:00) for the cost of an ‘Andrew Jackson’ ($20). This special ticket offer can only be purchased in person at the box office and is available on August 23rd only. Two per customer. The box office opens at 10:00 am.
Following its successful run at The Public Theater, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON will begin performances on Broadway at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre (242 W. 45th Street) on September 20, 2010 and officially open on October 13, 2010.
Tickets are now available on Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200. The show will play: Monday at 7, Tuesday at 7, Thursday at 7, Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 & 8, and Sunday at 2 & 7.
“The Public has always been about making the theater accessible to all, and we’re kicking off BBAJ with a dramatic offer – Jackson for a Jackson,” said Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis.
The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Andrew D. Hamingson), is teaming with Hair producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel, alongside producers Scott M. Delman, Stewart F. Lane, Bonnie Comely, and Susan Gallin/Mary Lu Roffe to bring this critically acclaimed rock musical to Broadway.
A co-production with Center Theatre Group and in association with Les Freres Corbusier, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON is written and directed by Alex Timbers and features music & lyrics by Michael Friedman. Benjamin Walker, critically acclaimed for his portrayal of Andrew Jackson, will reprise his performance for the Broadway run. Complete casting to be announced soon.
“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson would certainly be my
choice for the season’s best musical.”
--Ben Brantley, New York Times
“If Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson wants to start a revolution in
musical theater, count me in.”
--Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“An intriguing, often outrageous look at American history, filtered through the satiric eye
of Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman’s pulsating rock score.”
—Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press
“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is a goofy, clever, hard-rocking show that chronicles the life and time of our seventh president through emo rock and
gags worthy of ‘South Park’.”
—David Cote, New York One
Following a sold-out run at Public LAB in 2009, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON returned to The Public for a full main stage production and opened to acclaimed reviews on April 6. It received an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical, a Drama Desk Award for Best Book of a Musical and a Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite Off-Broadway Musical. When the show closed on June 27 after three extensions, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON was the second highest grossing show in The Public Theater’s downtown history.
A complete original cast album from Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records, produced by Kurt Deutsch and Dean Sharenow, will be released September 21st. The album will include hits like “Populism, Yea, Yea,” “Rock Star,” “I’m Not That Guy,” and “The Hunters of Kentucky.”
The Public will transfer BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON to Broadway with co-producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel who partnered with The Public on the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair on Broadway, London’s West End and the upcoming national tour of Hair beginning in October in Washington, DC.
BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, an audacious mix of historical fact and invention, uses the story of America’s controversial seventh president—the man who invented the Democratic Party, doubled the size of our nation and signed the Indian Removal Acts that started the Trail of Tears — to investigate the attraction and terrors of American populism, using a raucous blend of outrageous comedy, anarchic theatricality and infectious rock.
The design teamfor BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON will againfeature scenic design by Donyale Werle, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Justin Townsend, sound design by Bart Fasbender, and choreography by Danny Mefford.
ALEX TIMBERS (Writer/Director) is Artistic Director of Les Freres Corbusier. Recent Directing: The Pee-wee Herman Show (Club Nokia), Hell House (also adaptation; Drama Desk nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience), Gutenberg! The Musical! (Drama Desk nomination for Best Director of a Musical), A Very Merry Unauthorized… (also conceiver; OBIE Award; Garland Award-Best Director), Peter and the Starcatchers (Disney Theatricals/La Jolla), The Language of Trees (Roundabout), Heddatron, Boozy, Dance Dance Revolution (writer of latter two, all Les Freres),and Beyond Therapy (Williamstown/Bay Street).
MICHAEL FRIEDMAN (Music and Lyrics) is an Associate Artist with the Civilians and has composed music and lyrics for the company's This Beautiful City, [I Am] Nobody's Lunch, Gone Missing and Canard, Canard, Goose?; as well as Saved, In the Bubble,The Brand New Kid,God's Ear and The Blue Demon. With Steve Cosson, he co-authored the 2008 Public LAB production Paris Commune. He has been a MacDowell fellow, a Hodder Fellow, and is an Artistic Associate at New York Theatre Workshop. He received an Obie award for sustained achievement.
BENJAMIN WALKER (Andrew Jackson) received rave reviews for his portrayal of Andrew Jackson in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at The Public Theater. He has appeared on Broadway in Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Inherit the Wind. His off-Broadway credits include workshops of Bye Bye Birdie and Threepenny Opera for Roundabout, Spring Awakening for Lincoln Center, and Arrangements at the Atlantic. He appeared in Romeo and Juliet and Lady Windermere’s Fan at the Williamstown Theater Festival, and in the films The War Boys, Flags of Our Fathers, The Notorious Bettie Page, and Kinsey.
THE PUBLIC THEATER (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Andrew D. Hamingson, Executive Director)was founded by Joseph Papp in 1954 and is now one of the nation’s preeminent cultural institutions, producing new plays, musicals, and productions of classics at its downtown headquarters and at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The Public’s mandate to create a theater for all New Yorkers continues to this day onstage and through extensive outreach and education programs. Each year, over 250,000 people attend Public Theater-related productions and events at six downtown stages, including Joe’s Pub, and Shakespeare in the Park. The Public has won 42 Tony Awards, 151 Obies, 41 Drama Desk Awards and four Pulitzer Prizes. The Public has brought 54 shows to Broadway, including Sticks and Bones; That Championship Season; A Chorus Line; The Pirates of Penzance; The Tempest; Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk; On the Town; The Ride Down Mt. Morgan; Topdog/Underdog; Elaine Stritch at Liberty; Take Me Out; Caroline, or Change; Well; Passing Strange; the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair;and, this fall, the rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and the 2010 Shakespeare in the Park production of The Merchant of Venice. www.publictheater.org.
JEFFREY RICHARDS is celebrating his 10th year as a Broadway producer, having presented “Gore Vidal’s The Best Man” in the fall of 2000. Among the plays and musicals which he has presented with his partner Jerry Frankel are “Hair”, “August: Osage County,” “The Homecoming,” “Race”, “Speed-the-Plow”, “Glengarry Glen Ross”, “Radio Golf”, “Blithe Spirit”, Will Ferrell’s “You’re Welcome America”, “Talk Radio,” “reasons to be pretty”, “November” and “Enron.” Upcoming: David Mamet’s “A Life in the Theatre” starring Patrick Stewart and T.R. Knight, directed by Neil Pepe and William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” starring Al Pacino directed by Daniel Sullivan.
JERRY FRANKEL has received Tony Awards for producing Hair, August: Osage County, Spring Awakening, Glengarry Glen Ross and Death of a Salesman. Other Broadway: Tracy Letts’ Superior Donuts; David Mamet’s Race; Neil LaBute’s Reasons to Be Pretty; Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America…; Blithe Spirit; Enron; All About Me; November; The Homecoming; Talk Radio; Radio Golf (New York Drama Critics Circle Award); Enchanted April (Outer Critics Circle Award); Gore Vidal’s The Best Man (Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards, Outstanding Revival of a Play); Jekyll & Hyde; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Drama Desk Award). Regional: numerous productions at the Park Cities Playhouse in Dallas, including Love Letters with Charlton Heston. Film: Slap Shot with Paul Newman, Eye of the Needle with Donald Sutherland, The Big Easy and Fastbreak.
PERFORMANCES BEGIN OCTOBER 21, 2010
OFFICIAL OPENING SET FOR NOVEMBER 10
(115 MACDOUGAL STREET AT MINETTA LANE)
The New York premiere of PLAY DEAD, a new Off-Broadway thriller co-written and directed by Teller (of Penn & Teller) and co-written & performed by Todd Robbins, will begin performances at Off-Broadway’s Players Theater (115 MacDougal Street at Minetta Lane) on Thursday, October 21 for an open-ended run. The official press opening is slated for Wednesday, November 10.
Teller and Todd Robbins invite Death out to play in PLAY DEAD, a new spirit-shaking Off-Broadway show that explores themes of death, darkness and deception. As the guide for the evening, Todd Robbins draws audiences into an unknown haunted world full of frightful surprises and diabolical laughter. Although very much a theatrical work, it is hardly a typical “play,” but rather a dramatic, unnerving thriller – here and now in an “abandoned" theater, illuminated by a single ghostlight – in which audiences test their nerves and face their fears as they are surrounded by ethereal sights, sounds and even touches of the returning dead – all achieved by wry, suspenseful storytelling and uncanny stage illusions. PLAY DEAD features scenic design by David Korins, lighting design by Thom Weaver and sound design by Leon Rothberg. Original music is by Gary Stockdale and the Associate Director is Jim Millan.
Teller has been the smaller, quieter half of Penn & Teller since 1975. Their critically acclaimed stage show spent several years both on and Off-Broadway, earning Teller an Obie and the Drama Critics Circle award and has played to several sold out national tours and now enjoys a full-time home at The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The Showtime series “Penn & Teller: Bullshit!” now in its eighth season, is the network’s longest-running series. Nominated for 11 Emmy awards and the recipient of the 2005 Writer’s Guild Award for Outstanding Comedy/Variety Series, and nominated for the same award in 2008, the show exposes the fakes and frauds behind such sacred cows as bottled water, feng shui and talking to the dead. On the big screen Teller has appeared in the motion pictures Penn & Teller Get Killed, Long Gone, Walt Disney’s Fantasia 2000, The Fantasticks and The Aristocrats. Stage credits include the 2001 Broadway cast of the “The Rocky Horror Show.” Teller’s latest book, HOUSE OF MYSTERY: THE MAGIC SCIENCE OF DAVID P. ABBOTT, examines the art and psychology of one of the early 20th Century’s greatest parlor magicians. Teller is also the co-author of several books with Penn. Teller’s articles and stories have been published in The New Yorker, GQ, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times and The Washington Post. He co-authored “Staired in Horror,” an episode of HBO's “Tales From The Crypt,” and is a frequent contributor to NPR's “All Things Considered.” In 2008, Teller conceived and co-directed the critically acclaimed bloody, supernatural thriller-inspired stage version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth at the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Several years ago Todd Robbins’s show Dark Deceptions was a hit at the New York International Fringe Festival. Recently he presented The Charlatan’s Séance at the Two River Theatre Company in Red Bank, NJ, and this past April saw him conduct a séance at the Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT on the hundredth anniversary of the author’s death. Todd has been seen on more than 100 TV shows including the late night talkfests of Letterman, Leno and Conan O’Brien and the NBC special, “Extreme Variety.” He has often been called upon to speak as an authority on all things unusual. Recent appearances include discussing sword swallowing and swallowing disorders on Spike TV’s “1000 Ways to Die” and the History Channel’s “Wild West Tech,” where he expounded upon Dime Museums, traveling sideshows, Spiritualism, narcotics and prostitution in the Old West. Todd has also been a consultant on numerous TV shows and movies, including several episodes of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and several seasons of Criss Angel’s “Mind Freak” on A&E. Todd created the award-winning Off-Broadway show, Carnival Knowledge, is one of the producers of NY’s longest running magic show, Monday Night Magic, and is a partner in the parent company, Magical Night Inc., NY’s preeminent source of magical entertainment for corporate and private events. The company also produces Magical Nights at Feinstein’s every Sunday at the Loews Regency Hotel in New York City. Additionally Robbins has been the host of the Ripley’s Live! stage show.
Co-written by Teller and Todd Robbins, directed by Teller and performed by Todd Robbins, PLAY DEAD will begin performances at The Players Theater (115 MacDougal Street at Minetta Lane) on Thursday, October 21. Tickets for the first week of performances (October 21 – October 24) will be $29.50; Tickets from October 26 – November 10 will be $39.50-$49.50; Tickets after November 10 will be $39.50-$59.50. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000. There will be a limited number of same-day rush tickets on sale at the box office only ($20 from October 21 – November 10; $25 after November 10). PLAY DEAD is produced by Alan Schuster, Cheryl Wiesenfeld, Frank & Jono Gero, Pat Blake, Debbie Bisno and Ethan Silverman.
ENTIRE RUN IS SOLD OUT – The ONLY Fringe Show
SRO Before Start of the Fringe Festival
“VERITAS” Harvard's "Secret Court": a gay witch-hunt
The entire run & the ONLY show that was Sold Out as of late last Thursday evening (8/12) prior to even the start of the 14th New York International Fringe Festival–FringeNYC. Perkins 28 Productions are presenting “Veritas” by Stan Richardson at HERE Arts Center Mainstage Theater, 145 6th Avenue (enter on Dominick, 1 blk south of Spring). Inspired by true events, “Veritas” is the story of a group of young men at Harvard in 1920 whose promising futures fell prey to Harvard's "Secret Court": a gay witch-hunt conducted by school administration to purge Harvard of all homosexuality. The extremely talented cast includes Justin Blanchard, Paul Downs Colaizzo, Mitch Dean, Morgan Karr, Doug Kreeger, Eric Nelsen, Matt Steiner, Jesse Swenson, Sam Underwood, and Joseph Yeargain. It is directed by Ryan J Davis, with costumes by Matthew Pachtman, lighting by Brian Tovar. Nathan Vernon is the associate producer, with casting by Daryl Eisenberg; assistant director is Alex Jensen and Adam J. Thompson is the dramaturg. The stage manager is Corey Phillips and Maria de Cesare is the website designer. Performances are: this coming Fri 8/20 @ 7pm; Sun 8/22 @ 8pm; Tue 8/24 @ 4:15pm; Fri 8/27 @ 5:15pm; and Sat 8/28 @ 8pm. This may be a first for the Fringe Festival that an entire run of a production has been completely Sold Out prior to the start of the Festival and over a week before the first performance of the show. 1hr 40mins www.VeritasThePlay.com
May 13, 1920: Cyril Wilcox, Class of 1922, on temporary withdrawal from Harvard due to nervous illness, is found dead from asphyxiation by gas in his childhood bedroom in Fall River, Massachusetts. His family discovers letters from friends, including Ernest Weeks Roberts, also Class of ‘22 and the son of a prominent former MA congressman, implicating Cyril in an underground homosexual community at Harvard. A week later Cyril’s older brother, George Lester Wilcox (’14), tracks down Harry Dreyfus, the owner Café Dreyfus and a recent lover of Cyril’s, and violently extracts from him the names of known homosexuals at Harvard. He then visits Acting Dean of the College with these letters and names, demanding that Harvard take some action. The following day, Dean Greenough and President A. Lawrence Lowell, along with three other deans, covertly form “The Court.” May 26–June 2: The proctor of Perkins Hall delivers to The Court a list of frequent attendees at “bitch parties” held in room 28 of Ernest Weeks Roberts. The first round of trials begins, including Roberts, Kenneth Day, a track star and Cyril’s former roommate, Eugene Cummings, a dentistry student and family friend of the Wilcoxes, and Joseph Lumbard, speaking in defense of his effeminate roommate Edward Say who had been much named in the letters and interrogations. June 3–10: An informal conversation between the Asst. Dean and med student Nathaniel Wollf (’23) triggers a second wave of trials. Among those interrogated are Wollf, his sometime-lover Keith Smerage (’21), a newly-minted member of the Harvard Dramatic Club, Stanley Gilkey (23), who admitted an interest in homosexuality, but solely through the lens of criminology. The next day Cummings commits suicide by poison at the Infirmary just before The Court hands down its verdicts. The “guilty”—including Roberts, Day, Say, Cummings, Wollf and Smerage et al—are forced to leave Cambridge immediately. March-June, 2002: A box marked “Secret Court” is found in the University Archives. After much bureaucratic wrangling, the University releases to the Harvard Crimson a redacted version of the records.
Stan Richardson is a playwright and director. His plays are “The Tale of the Good Whistleblower of Chaillot’s Caucasian Mother and Her Other Children of a Lesser Marriage Chalk Circle” (with composer Rachel Peters), “The Children” (New York Musical Theatre Festival; with composer Hal Goldberg), “wHormone” and “All the World’s Problems”, have received workshops and readings at such venues as Second Stage, Ars Nova, Classic Stage Company, Dixon Place, PS122, The Brick Theatre. His play, “Another Brief Encounter”, was published in Plays & Playwrights 2007. An alumnus of NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, the Upright Citizens Brigade, and Edward Albee’s Playwrights’ Workshop, and a former resident of Albee’s “Barn,” Stan is a contributor to nytheatre.com and a member of The Dramatists Guild of America.
Ryan J. Davis is the creator & associate producer of the Broadway-bound musical “White Noise”. For the last four years, he has directed & co-produced “The Broadway Beauty Pageant,” a benefit for The Ali Forney Center. He has directed at The New York Musical Theatre Festival (White Noise and Street Lights) and The New York International Fringe Festival (Vote!, Grace Falls, Genius Famous). Other favorites include “Hedwig & The Angry Inch” and “My Life on the Craigslist”. He is a member of the executive board of Brooklyn’s Lambda Independent Democrats and the board of The Deconstructive Theatre Project and has consulted on the campaigns of Howard Dean, Mark Green, Norman Siegel, and others. He blogs for The Huffington Post & host a new podcast titled “Gay History: Uncut.” ryanjdavis.blogspot.com.
“Broadway: The American Musical,” the companion book to the 2004 PBS six-part series has finally been released in an updated paperback edition. The series and the book are certainly one of the definitive encyclopedias of the American musical theatre. In 1866 a Germanic melodrama called The Black Crook merged a french ballet company into their own show because the dance company’s theatre had burned down. This fusion of dance, music and drama is what many theatre historians consider the first American musical comedy.
The roots of the American musical are an amalgam of many of the smaller ethnic communities that had their own style of performing, the Irish, the Jewish, the Blacks. “Broadway: The American Musical” looks at all of these and shows their combined effect on what has been, is, and will someday be the various incarnations of the Broadway musical. As Walter Winchell is quoted in the book, “Broadway is a mosaic contrived of living fragments.” Michael Kantor and Laurence Maslon have undertaken a Herculean task in putting this book together. It is exhaustive and lovingly rendered.
The book includes archives of articles written on the topic of the Broadway musical and its cast of characters. There is Abe Burrows’s obituary of Frank Loesser which was published in the NY Times, Cole Porter with notes on the morning after an opening night, Michael Bennett on A Chorus Line, Eddie Cantor on Al Jolson and Lorenz Hart on Richard Rodgers. There is also a Who’s Who of the Broadway musical stars by decade and includes everyone from George M. Cohan to Fanny Brice to Al Jolson to Anglela Lansbury to Joel Grey to Matthew Morrison and the cast of “Glee,” the television series centered on a high-school glee club which prominently features such Broadway vets as Matthew Morrison, Kristen Chenoweth and Idina Menzel.
The book is full of classic Broadway stories: David Merrick soliciting people from the phonebook who had the same name as some of the major critics to get them to endorse fawning praise for his musical Subways are for Sleeping after inviting them to see it; Jerome Robbins instructing the cast members who played the Jets and the Sharks in West Side Story to not associate with each other off-stage as well as on, to foster the called-for animosity between the two groups; the death on opening morning of Gower Champion, the director of 42nd Street, its announcement dramatically held until it was announced that evening from the stage by David Merrick immediately following the curtain call; the dramatic and premature demise of Jonathan Larson the night of the final dress rehearsal for the smash, hit musical Rent.
One encouraging through-line of this book, the American musical is a fluid and evolving entity that looks nothing like it did when it began in 1866. Its chameleon-like ability to change with the times is what makes the American musical so resilient. Theatre caricaturist/historian Al Hirshfeld on the resilience of the Broadway musical: “I’ve been hearing about Broadway disappearing ever since I put on long pants. The form changes, and that’s difficult for a lot of people to accept.”
This book is beautifully designed. It blends a combination of production photos, window cards, historical and candid photos and even Hirshfeld drawings to tell the story. This book is Musical Theatre 101 and 201 rolled into one gorgeous coffee-table book. If you love someone who loves the Broadway musical, give them this book.
“Broadway: The American Musical” by Laurence Maslon and Michael Kantor. Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. 497 pp.
IT’S CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST AT FringeNYC!
There’s nothing like New York City during the holiday season…especially when it’s 90 degrees outside!
PIGEONS, KNISHES and ROCKETTES, the new play by DIANA RISSETTO, will make its world premiere at the NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL, under the direction of ILANA BECKER
PIGEONS, KNISHES and ROCKETTES stars JULIA ARAZI*, CARL HOWELL, KRISTIN MURI and MATTHEW WATERSON*.
A heartwarming, New York love story, PIGEONS, KNISHES, AND ROCKETTES tells the story of Eve Natale (ARAZI) an insecure, goofy, yet well-meaning actress, who instantly falls for Peter Martinelli (HOWELL), an up-and-coming jazz singer, after hearing him sing Christmas songs (even though he doesn’t like Christmas at all!). Journeying alongside her two quirky best friends, Georgia (MURI) a leggy, (and extraordinarily cynical) Rockette, and Cherokee (WATERSON), their clueless, model-handsome sidekick, Eve’s very unique Christmas tale promises to be a zany holiday romance for all ages.
PIGEONS, KNISHES and ROCKETTES will play at THE CHERRY PIT THEATER (155 Bank Street). Tickets are $15 and are currently on sale through www.FRINGENYC.org.
Saturday, August 14th at 8:00
Monday, August 16th at 9:45 PM
Wednesday, August 18th at 3:45 PM
Friday, August 20th at 2:00 PM
Tuesday, August 24th at 4:30 PM
DIANA RISSETTO (Playwright) Productions include Frankly Yours (The Producers’ Club), Bookstories (Hyperion Theatre Group and Ten Grand Productions), Margot Frank: The Diary of the Other Young Girl (co-bookwriter and lyricist, winner of the New Jersey Playwrights’ Competition.) PIGEONS, KNISHES and ROCKETTES marks her full-length NYC debut. She has been working as a publicist for Jeffrey Richards, Tony-award winning producer, since 2007. Graduate of Monmouth University. www.dianagolightly.blogspot.com
ILANA BECKER (Director) Previous direction includes Young Playwrights Festival at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Samuel French OOB Festival, Daniel Maté's The Longing and the Short of It (Disney/ASCAP Workshop), Becca Hackett & Katherine Randle's Series 6.2: Paint on Canvas (FringeNYC ‘09), Jekyll & Hyde in Concert to benefit the NY Society of Ethical Culture, Samurai Sword… with Crosstown Playwrights, Erik Christian Hanson’sSweetheart, Rumana Habib’s YAABA and several staged readings, workshops and cabarets. Ilana has served as assistant director to Terry Kinney(reasons to be pretty, Broadway & MCC), Jonathan Silverstein (I Never Sang for My Father, Keen Company), Randy White and Nick Corley. Dramaturgical work includes Tribute to Anne Jackson and Eli Wallach (Symphony Space, Nick Corley, dir.), “Character Studies” (PBS), 45 Blows(Prospect Theater Dark Nights; Donald Butchko, dir.), and The Cradle Will Rock (Emerson Stage). www.ilanabecker.com
JULIA ARAZI (Julia Arazi) New York credits include Three Sisters (OVNV, directed by Eve Best), Therapy Rocks!, Orestes 2.0 and Mosheh, a VideOpera (both hERE ARTS). Favorite regionals and tours include HAIR, Dames at Sea, Big River and If You Give a Pig a Pancake. Julia is a graduate of Tufts University and has trained at Manhattan School of Music and the National Theater Institute. Million thanks to Ilana, a long-time favorite collaborator.
CARL HOWELL (Peter) Theatre credits include Off-Broadway: Twelfth Night (The Pearl). Regional: Twelfth Night, Cymbeline, A Midsummer Night's Dream (all with Hudson Valley Shakespeare). With Shelby Company: Say Say Oh Playmate (performer & director - New Orleans Fringe), New Beulah (Planet Connections Festivity, Outstanding Ensemble), We Men of Science (The Network), Uncle Shelby's Traveling Treasure Trunk (director - Minneapolis Fringe). Old Vic New Voices member. B.F.A. NYU. Thank you to two parents, one sister, three grandmoms, one manager, and bruce springsteen.
KRISTIN MURI (Georgia) is just a small town girl from Altoona, making big town moves in The Big Apple. Attending Point Park University and then The School for Film & Television, Kristin hit the ground running soon after graduating, landing roles on “All My Children” as Nurse Kris, “Six Degrees,” “As the World Turns” and as a crazy intern on a “Monster Hunter” spot for FUSE-TV. She has recently been cast as the femme fatale in the feature …and in the Flesh. Kristin is thrilled to be making her New York City stage debut in Pigeons, Knishes & Rockettes and wishes to thank everyone who has supported her on this adventure, especially her parents. She is represented by About Artists and The Gasser Group for personal management
MATTHEW WATERSON (Cherokee) Theater: So Help Me God! (Mint Theater), The Importance of Being Earnest (Portland Center Stage), Grasmere (59E59, Edinburgh Festival), Our God’s Brother, Ross (Storm Theater NY), R+J, Twelfth Night, Gentleman Dancing Master, Second Maidens Tragedy (LAMDA). Readings for: Young Playwrights Inc, Old Vic New Voices. TV: “My Wife and Kids”, “Benson”. BA Tufts. Theater conservatory LAMDA. Raised in the US and UK with one parent of each persuasion and one passport of each color, he spends the 4th of July in a fit of confusion and self-loathing.
*Appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association (AEA)
The Fall 2010 Broadway season is shaping up to be an exciting one. It includes works from such classic playwrights as William Shakespeare, Noel Coward, George S. Kaufman, Moss Hart and George Bernard Shaw. There's also work from more contemporary playwrights like David Mamet, Donald Margulies, Alred Uhry, and John Guare. The season includes a Beatles tribute concert, a show about an elf (two if you include Pee-Wee Herman), one super-hero, several women on the verge of a nervous breakdown and the National Football League's first foray into producing on Broadway. Check back frequently as this article will be updated with new and changing information.