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THE LAST SHIP

to play its final performance on Broadway
Saturday, January 24

Original Broadway Cast Recording Now Available
on Universal Music Classics
Debuted at #1 on Billboard Cast Albums Chart

Named BEST MUSICAL OF 2014 – USA Today

Get The Last Ship Tickets

THE LAST SHIP will play its final performance on Broadway on Saturday, January 24 at 8 p.m., it has been announced by the musical's producers. Named “Best Musical of 2014” by USA Today, THE LAST SHIP began previews on Broadway on September 29 prior to its official opening on October 26, 2014. When the show concludes its 4-month engagement, it will have played 29 preview performances on Broadway and 105 regular performances at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 W. 52 St.) THE LAST SHIP's music will love on with the Original Broadway Cast Recording, which was recently released on Universal Music Classics and debuted at #1 on Billboard's Cast Albums Chart last week.

Prior to its Broadway debut, THE LAST SHIP had a five-week tryout in Chicago last summer, where it played 38 performances and was hailed by the Chicago Sun Times as a “masterwork.”

On December 9, 2014, Sting, who composed THE LAST SHIP's acclaimed score, joined the cast in the role of Jackie White, the foreman of the shipyard who rallies his community to build one last ship meant to sail the world. Of his performance, USA Today wrote, “Sting approaches Jackie with the same graciousness and serious-mindedness he brought to SHIP's music and lyrics.” Sting will continue in the role of Jackie White through the end of the musical's run.

The New York Times said the THE LAST SHIP features “a seductive beauty of a score,” and Time Out New York called it, “a magnificent and rollicking new musical,” adding, “Sting's score is a genuine revelation.” TheAssociated Press heralded The Last Ship as "thrilling with powerful performances, outstanding songs, and real heart.” The New York Observer wrote, “This show lights up the theater season like fresh fireworks. If you want greatness that makes your heart soar with emotion and joy, go to The Last Ship and do it fast.”

THE LAST SHIP has music and lyrics by Sting, the 16-time Grammy Award winning musician, with a book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey, choreography by Steven Hoggett and is directed by Joe Mantello. Musical direction, orchestrations and arrangements are by Emmy Award-winner Rob Mathes.

The musical's original Broadway cast features Michael Esper, Rachel Tucker, Jimmy Nail, Fred Applegate, Aaron Lazar, Sally Ann Triplett and Collin Kelly-Sordelet.

THE LAST SHIP is the unforgettable story of passion and hope about a shipbuilding community that rallies to preserve its way of life by building one last ship meant to sail the world, and of a woman who must choose between the two men she loves.

The Last Ship is produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Seller, Kathryn Schenker, Kevin McCollum, Sander Jacobs, James L. Nederlander, Roy Furman, Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss.

Tickets to The Last Ship on Broadway are available for purchase through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

www.thelastship.com

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andy@theandygram.com (Andrew C. McGibbon) Broadway Tue, 06 Jan 2015 11:08:44 -0500
Broadway's DISGRACED Announces Mar 1 Closing Date http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/Broadway-s-DISGRACED-Announces-Mar-1-Closing-Date.html http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/Broadway-s-DISGRACED-Announces-Mar-1-Closing-Date.html

Final 8 Weeks!
Pulitzer Prize winning

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Will Play Final Broadway Performance
On Sunday, March 1

New York Times Top 10 of 2014!

 “Terrific, turbulent, with fresh currents of dramatic electricity,
Disgraced comes roaring to life on Broadway!
- Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

Get Disgraced Tickets

 “Breathtaking! Raw and blistering, Disgraced packs the punch and power that won it the Pulitzer Prize. - Mark Kennedy, Associated Press

“Get ready to gasp! Riveting, provocative and beautifully acted, this compelling Pulitzer Prize winner makes us think – deeply.” - Roma Torre, NY1

The Pulitzer Prize winning play DISGRACED by Ayad Akhtar will play its final Broadway performance on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at the Lyceum Theatre, 149 West 45th Street. As of that date, it will have played 149 performances and 27 previews. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, DISGRACED received Obie and Joseph Jefferson Awards.

A US Tour is planned to begin in November 2015.

The cast of DISGRACED includes Hari Dhillon, Gretchen Mol, Danny Ashok, Karen Pittman and Josh RadnorKimberly Senior, who helmed the two previous US productions, directs.  The design team includes John Lee Beatty (set), Jennifer von Mayrhauser (costumes), Ken Posner (lighting), and Jill DuBoff (sound). 

DISGRACED is the story of a successful Muslim-American lawyer and his wife -- an artist influenced by Islamic tradition -- enjoying their comfortable and successful life on New York’s Upper East Side.  When a co-worker and her husband come to dinner, what begins as polite table conversation explodes, leaving everyone’s relationships and beliefs about race and identity in shards.  

DISGRACED is produced by The Araca Group, Lincoln Center Theater, Jenifer Evans, Amanda Watkins, Richard Winkler, Rodger Hess, Stephanie P. McClelland, Tulchin/Bartner Productions, Jessica Genick, Jonathan Reinis, Carl Levin/Ashley De Simone/TNTDynaMite Productions, Alden & Bergson/Rachel Weinstein, Greenleaf Production, Darren Deverna/Jere Harris, The Shubert Organization, The David Merrick Arts Foundation.

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets ($37.50-$138) for DISGRACEDare available by calling Telecharge.com at 212-239-6200, online at www.telecharge.com, or at the Lyceum Theatre box office (149 West 45th Street).

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Tuesdays at 7PM, Wednesdays at 2PM and 7PM, Thursdays at 7PM, Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2PM and 8PM, Sundays at 3PM

 

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andy@theandygram.com (Andrew C. McGibbon) Broadway Mon, 05 Jan 2015 19:12:57 -0500
Broadway League Announces Continued Upward Trend as Broadway Audience Grows in 2014 http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/Broadway-League-Announces-Continued-Upward-Trend-as-Broadway-Audience-Grows-in-2014.html http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/Broadway-League-Announces-Continued-Upward-Trend-as-Broadway-Audience-Grows-in-2014.html

BROADWAY CONTINUES UPWARD TREND IN AUDIENCE GROWTH

CALENDAR YEAR 2014 vs CALENDAR YEAR 2013:
BROADWAY ATTENDANCE IS UP 13%

SEASON-TO-DATE, AS OF WEEK 32:
BROADWAY ATTENDANCE IS UP 14%

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BROADWAY HOLIDAY SEASON KICKS OFF A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

BEST ATTENDED AND HIGHEST GROSSING
CHRISTMAS WEEK AND NEW YEAR’S WEEK EVER!
PLUS: ALMOST 20 NEW SHOWS STILL TO OPEN THIS SPRING 

New York, NY – January 5, 2015 – The Broadway League reports robust holiday attendance and grosses and a strong start to 2015. The week ending December 28, 2014 and the week ending January 4, 2015 were the highest attended and highest grossing on Broadway in recorded history.

“For the last 12 months, we’ve seen an exciting increase of 13% in Broadway attendance, demonstrating that our producers are giving audiences a variety of plays and musicals to please many tastes. Season-to-date, attendance is up 14%, following last year’s end-of-season audience increase of 5.6%,” said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League. “With record-breaking holiday weeks including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s – plus seasonal and calendar-year records, it reinforces that there really is a show for everyone. In addition to long-running favorites, audiences are enthusiastic about the new shows too.”

According to the Broadway League, 2014 was the best attended and highest grossing calendar year on Broadway. The total gross was $1.362 billion and total attendance was 13.13 million. This includes the 52 weeks beginning the week ending Sunday, January 5, 2014 through the week ending Sunday, December 28, 2014.  There was a 13% increase in attendance and a 14% increase in grosses over the 2013 calendar year, with 1,631 playing weeks over 1,395 playing weeks.

Week 31 of the current Broadway season (the week ending Sunday, December 28, 2014), was the best attended and highest grossing Christmas week on Broadway in recorded history. Week 32 (the week ending Sunday, January 4, 2015), was the best attended and highest grossing New Year’s week, and the best attended and highest grossing week on Broadway overall to date.

The total attendance for the week ending December 28, 2014 was 318,721 (an increase of 28,335 from last season) and the total gross was $40,993,950 (an increase of $2.2 million from last season). The total attendance for the week ending January 4, 2015 was 346,913 (an increase of 93,183 from last season) and total gross was $42,773,882 (an increase of $11,630,212 from last season).

As of week 32 (week ending Sunday, January 4, 2015), season-to-date attendance is 8,244,043 admissions, a 14% increase from this time last season, and season-to-date gross is $876,873,195, a 14% increase from this time last season.

There were 36 shows playing during this past Christmas week, compared to 30 shows last year during the same week. There were 37 shows playing during New Year’s week, compared to 30 shows during the same week last season.

Calendar year statistics:
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The Broadway League, founded in 1930, is the national trade association for the Broadway industry. The League’s 700-plus members include theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers who present in nearly 200 markets in North America, as well as suppliers of goods and services to the theatre industry. Each year, League members bring Broadway to nearly 30 million people in New York and on tour across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit www.BroadwayLeague.com, or follow The Broadway League on Twitter @TheBwayLeague or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BroadwayLeague. BROADWAY.ORG is the League’s new official on-line headquarters for Broadway in NYC and on tour. Download the free Broadway.org mobile app for iOS or Android, and the free IBDB mobile app for iOS or Android.


The Broadway League annually presents the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards,® one of the most coveted awards in the entertainment industry, with The American Theatre Wing.

Broadway theatres are filled with an exciting array of new and classic musicals and plays, providing the perfect experience for every audience. Great seats are available at every price point and are easy to buy online, by phone, or in person at theatre box offices. It's always the perfect time to see a show. Broadway performs every day of the week at multiple curtain times to accommodate every schedule.

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andy@theandygram.com (Andrew C. McGibbon) Broadway Mon, 05 Jan 2015 18:58:24 -0500
THE ELEPHANT MAN Recoups on Broadway http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/THE-ELEPHANT-MAN-Recoups-on-Broadway.html http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/THE-ELEPHANT-MAN-Recoups-on-Broadway.html

BRADLEY COOPER   PATRICIA CLARKSON   ALESSANDRO NIVOLA

IN

The Elephant man

 

RECOUPS BROADWAY CAPITALIZATION
& BREAKS BOX OFFICE RECORD FOR THIRD TIME

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT THROUGH FEBRUARY 22, 2015
AT BROADWAY’S BOOTH THEATRE

www.ElephantManBroadway.com

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The producers of the critically acclaimed new Broadway production of Bernard Pomerance’s Tony Award-winning classic The Elephant Man, starring two-time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper, Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola, have announced that the show officially recouped its $3.1 million capitalization costs after 6.5 weeks of performances (following the week ending December 21). The production has once again broken the box office record grossing $1,058,547.08 for the week ending December 28, also becoming the first show ever to play the Booth Theatre and gross over $1 million in a single week. Directed by 6-time Tony Award nominee Scott Ellis, The Elephant Man is now playing a limited engagement through Sunday, February 22, 2015.

The cast features Bradley Cooper as John Merrick, Patricia Clarkson as Mrs. Kendal, Alessandro Nivola as Dr. Frederick Treves, Anthony Heald as Ross / Bishop Walsham How, Scott Lowell as Snork / Pinhead Manager / Lord John, Kathryn Meisle as Miss Sandwich / Princess and Henry Stram as Carr Gomm / Conductor. The cast also includes Chris Bannow, Peter Bradbury, Lucas Calhoun, Eric Clem, Amanda Lea Mason, Marguerite Stimpson and Emma Thorne.

This production, also starring Mr. Cooper, Ms. Clarkson and Mr. Nivola under the direction of Mr. Ellis, was first produced and presented in July 2012 in Williamstown, Massachusetts by the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Jenny Gersten, Artistic Director.

Based on the real life of Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man tells the story of a 19th-century British man (Cooper) who became a star of the traveling freak show circuit. When the renowned Dr. Treves (Nivola) takes Merrick under his care, he is astonished by the man’s brilliant intelligence, unshakable faith and, most of all, his resounding desire for love and understanding. He introduces Merrick to the beautiful actress Mrs. Kendal (Clarkson), who is deeply touched by this pure and genuine soul. As a complex friendship blossoms among the three, Treves and Kendal struggle to protect Merrick from a world of questionable intentions… and so begins a story of love as unique as “The Elephant Man” himself.

The Elephant Man features Scenic and Projection Design by Timothy R. Mackabee, Costume Design by Clint Ramos, Lighting Design by Philip S. Rosenberg, Original Music and Sound Design by John Gromada.

The Elephant Man is produced on Broadway by James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Catherine Adler, Roger Berlind, Caiola Productions, Patrick Catullo, Roy Furman, Larry Hirschhorn, Jeffrey Finn Productions, Van Kaplan, Edward M. Kaufmann, Hal Luftig, Arielle Tepper Madover, Peter May, Stephanie P. McClelland, The Shubert Organization, Douglas Smith, Jonathan M. Tisch, WLE MSG, LLC, Scott & Brian Zeilinger.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for The Elephant Man are available through Telecharge.com, by calling 212-239-6200, and in person at the Booth Theatre box office (222 West 45th Street, NYC). Tickets range in price from $99 to $169 (all prices include a $2.00 facility fee). Premium seating is available. Group bookings are currently available at www.NederlanderSalesNY.com or by calling Nederlander Sales & Patron Services at 800-714-8452 or 212-840-3890.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Tuesday & Thursday at 7pm; Wednesday, Friday & Saturday at 8pm; Wednesday & Saturday at 2pm; Sunday at 3pm.

No Performances: Wednesday, December 31; Tuesday, January 13, 2015; Wednesday, January 14, 2015; and, Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

Added Performances:  Monday, December 29 at 8pm; Tuesday, December 30 at 2pm; and Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 7:30pm.

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andy@theandygram.com (Andrew C. McGibbon) Broadway Mon, 29 Dec 2014 19:08:05 -0500
Renée Fleming to Make Broadway Debut in LIVING ON LOVE this Spring http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/Renee-Fleming-to-Make-Broadway-Debut-in-LIVING-ON-LOVE-this-Spring.html http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/Renee-Fleming-to-Make-Broadway-Debut-in-LIVING-ON-LOVE-this-Spring.html

Renée Fleming
To Make Broadway Debut in

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A New Comedy by Joe DiPietro
Based on the play Peccadillo by Garson Kanin

Directed by Kathleen Marshall

Previews Begin April 1, 2015
Opening Night April 20, 2015

On Broadway at the Longacre Theatre

Producers Scott Landis and Philip Morgaman have confirmed that 4-time Grammy Award winner Renée Fleming will make her Broadway debut this spring in the new comedy Living on Love by two-time Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro, based on the play Peccadillo by Garson Kanin, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall. The production begins performances on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 and will open on Monday, April 20, 2015 at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street). Living on Love will play an 18-week engagement through Sunday, August 2, 2015. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, December 29, 2014.

World-renowned soprano Renée Fleming takes to the stage as celebrated diva Raquel De Angelis. When Vito, her larger-than-life maestro husband, becomes enamored with the lovely young lady hired to ghostwrite his largely fictional autobiography, Raquel retaliates by hiring her own handsome, young scribe to chronicle her life as an opera star. Sparks fly, silverware is thrown, and romance blossoms in the most unexpected ways in this brand new hilarious comedy.

This production, which also starred Ms. Fleming and was directed by Ms. Marshall, was first produced and presented in July 2014 in Williamstown Massachusetts by the Williamstown Theatre Festival (Jenny Gersten, Artistic Director) by special arrangement with Scott Landis, Philip Morgaman, Bob Bartner, Roger Berlind, Just For Laughs Theatricals, Glass Half Full Productions, and TNT DynaMite Productions.

Additional cast and creative team to be announced.

BIOGRAPHIES

RENÉE FLEMING (Raquel De Angelis) is one of the most acclaimed singers of our time. In 2013, the President awarded her America's highest honor for an individual artist, the National Medal of Arts. In February she became the first classical singer ever to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl. Winner of the 2013 Best Classical Vocal Grammy Award, she has sung at momentous occasions around the world– from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. In 2008, she was the first woman in the 125-year history of The Metropolitan Opera to solo headline an opening night gala. Earlier this month, she sang at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Renée returns to The Metropolitan Opera on New Year’s Eve in a new production of The Merry Widow. She has appeared in virtually all of the world’s greatest opera houses and concert halls. Winner of four Grammy Awards, she released her first-ever holiday album, Christmas in New York, this fall. With a multimedia profile rare among contemporary opera singers, Renée has recorded a wide range of music, from opera and lieder to jazz and indie rock, as well as the soundtrack of the film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Known for bringing new audiences to classical music and opera, Renée has sung not only with Luciano Pavarotti and Plácido Domingo but also with Elton John, Lou Reed, Josh Groban, Joan Baez and even the Muppets. Among her awards are the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, and numerous honorary doctorates, including one from The Juilliard School. In 2010, she was named the first-ever creative consultant at Lyric Opera of Chicago. www.reneefleming.com.

JOE DiPIETRO (Playwright) has won two Tony Awards, a Drama Desk Award and 2 Outer Critics Awards.  His new play, The Second Mrs. Wilson, debuts at The Long Wharf Theatre in May. His new musical, “Ernest Shackleton Loves Me opens at George Street Playhouse in April. Broadway: Nice Work If You Can Get It, Memphis, All Shook Up. Off-Broadway: The Toxic Avenger; The Thing About Men; Over the River and Through the Woods; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Regional: Chasing the Song (La Jolla Playhouse), Clever Little Lies (George Street Playhouse), The Last Romance (Old Globe), Creating Claire (George Street Playhouse). His musical, Memphis is currently playing in the West End and recently received 10 WhatsOnStage Award nominations. He sits on the board of Only Make Believe, a charity dedicated to bringing interactive, therapeutic theatre to chronically ill children.

KATHLEEN MARSHALL (Director). Broadway: Nice Work If You Can Get It; Anything Goes; The Pajama Game; Wonderful Town; Grease; Little Shop of Horrors; Follies; Seussical; Kiss Me, Kate; 1776; Swinging on a Star. Off-Broadway: New York Shakespeare Festival: Two Gentlemen of Verona; Second Stage: Saturday Night; Playwrights Horizons: Violet; Drama Dept.: As Thousands Cheer. City Center Encores!: The Band Wagon, I’m Getting My Act Together…, Bells Are Ringing, Applause, Carnival, Hair, Babes in Arms, among others; Artistic Director for four seasons. Regional: Signature Theatre: Diner; Williamstown Theatre Festival: Living on Love; Denver Center Theatre: The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Film: My Week with Marilyn (Choreographer). TV: ABC/Disney: Once Upon a Mattress, The Music Man (Emmy nomination). Awards: Three Tony Awards (out of nine nominations), three Drama Desk Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Astaire Award, the George Abbott Award, the Richard Rodgers Award and the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for the Arts. Associate Artist, Roundabout Theatre Company.

GARSON KANIN (1912-1999) was an esteemed theater and film director as well as a prolific writer.  His early films include A Man to Remember and My Favorite Wife.  While serving in the military during World War II, he co-directed with Carol Reed the documentary The True Glory which won an Academy Award in 1945.  He followed this success by writing and directing Born Yesterday.  Over the next four decades he wrote 20 plays, including Peccadillo, Remembering Mr. Maugham, The Rat Race, and The Smile of the World.  He also wrote the English libretto of Fledermaus, for the Metropolitan Opera.  With Ruth Gordon, whom he married in 1942, he wrote the Academy-Award nominated screenplays A Double Life, Adam’s Rib and Pat and Mike. His books include Smash, Hollywood, and Tracy and Hepburn.  

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andy@theandygram.com (Andrew C. McGibbon) Broadway Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:41:01 -0500
SCHOOL OF ROCK, THE MUSICAL to Have Broadway Premiere Fall 2015 http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/SCHOOL-OF-ROCK-THE-MUSICAL-to-Have-Broadway-Premiere-Fall-2015.html http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/SCHOOL-OF-ROCK-THE-MUSICAL-to-Have-Broadway-Premiere-Fall-2015.html

SCHOOL OF ROCK
THE MUSICAL

TO HAVE WORLD PREMIERE ON BROADWAY

CLASS BEGINS NOVEMBER 2, 2015
AT THE WINTER GARDEN THEATRE

New York (December 18, 2014) –  The Really Useful Group, Warner Music Group & Access Industries, The Shubert Organization, and The Nederlander Organization announced today that School of Rock—The Musical, will have its World Premiere on Broadway.  Previews will begin on Monday, November 2, 2015 at the Winter Garden Theatre, with an opening set for Sunday, December 6.  Based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same title, School of Rock will feature music from the movie, as well as new music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, with a book by Julian FellowesSchool of Rock—The Musical will be directed by Laurence Connor (currently represented on Broadway by Les Miserables). 

Produced by Paramount Pictures, the 2003 film was directed by Richard Linklater and starred Jack Black in a career-defining performance. The film received universal critical acclaim and was hailed by The New York Times as an “irresistible comic postscript to the rock revolution.”  The film went on to gross more than $130 million worldwide. 

In School of Rock—The Musical, down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star Dewey Finn poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to make ends meet. When he discovers his students’ musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands.

Three-time Grammy Award-winner Rob Cavallo also joins the creative team.  Cavallo is one of the top-selling record producers in the world, has been involved in albums that have sold more than 150 million units and has worked with Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Goo Goo Dolls, Phil Collins, Cary Clark Jr., among others.  

Cavallo said "School of Rock is a wonderful film, a rock and roll story that transcends the genre with passion and heart. To be able to creatively collaborate with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Glenn Slater, Julian Fellowes and the rest of the team is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I can't wait to see School of Rock take on a whole new life."

Co-producers The Shubert Organization and The Nederlander Organization issued a joint statement: “This partnership is an extension of a longstanding and productive relationship between our two organizations, and it gives us the exciting opportunity to work with Andrew again.  We are thrilled to be on the producing team with The Really Useful Group and Warner Music Group to bring School of Rock – The Musical to Broadway.”

“I am excited to be working on bringing Jack Black and Mike White's iconic movie to the stage,” said Andrew Lloyd Webber.  “It is a joy for me to return to my Jesus Christ Superstar roots – when Deep Purple's Ian Gillan was recording Jesus for Tim Rice and me at London's Olympic Studios, Led Zeppelin was recording next door and a glimpse of a Stone or two was routine!  School Of Rock is hugely about how music can empower kids.  Tim Rice and my first performed piece, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, was written for a school.  Ever since then I and my Art Foundation have been actively involved in music education back home in Britain. It will be a joy to discover and work with talented musical kids in the USA and, who knows, maybe discover a rock star or three of the next generation.”

School of Rock will feature Choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter, Scenic and Costume Design by Anna Louizos, Lighting Design by Natasha Katz, and Sound Design by Mick Potter. Nina Lannan serves as Executive Producer.

Casting for the show will begin in January in cities across the country, including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. 

Additional information, including performance schedule and ticketing information, will be announced in January. 

Biographies________________________________________________________________

Andrew Lloyd Webber (Composer) is the composer of some of the world’s best known musicals including Cats, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera and  Sunset Boulevard . As theatre producer he has presented not only his own shows but others, including the Olivier award-winning La Bete and Daisy Pulls It Off.  As composer he has received many awards including seven Tonys,  seven Oliviers, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, two International Emmys, the Praemium Imperiale, the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre, a BASCA Fellowship, the Kennedy Center Honor and a Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for Requiem, his setting of the Latin Requiem mass which contains one of his best known compositions, “Pie Jesu.”  He owns six London theatres including the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and the London Palladium.  He was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 1992 and created an honorary member of the House of Lords in 1997.  The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has become one of Britain’s leading charities supporting the arts and music.    For information about the pioneering music in education work supported by the Foundation in the UK please visit: www.andrewlloydwebberfoundation.com

Glenn Slater (Lyrics) co-created Disney’s 2010 worldwide smash Tangled (2011 Grammy Winner, 2010 Oscar and Golden Globe nominee), as well as the Broadway and international hit musicals Sister Act (2011 Tony nominee – Best Score) and The Little Mermaid (2008 Tony nominee – Best Score, Grammy nominee – Best Cast Album).   With longtime collaborator Alan Menken he has also written songs for the Disney animated film Home On The Range (2004) and Broadway musical Leap of Faith (Tony nominee – Best Musical, 2012), as well as acting as both songwriters and executive producers of the medieval musical comedy television series  “Galavant,” premiering January 2015 on ABC-TV. In the West End, Glenn provided both book and lyrics for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies (2010 Olivier nominee – Best Musical), the sequel to Phantom of the Opera. Other work includes an Emmy-nominated song for the ABC-TV comedy “The Neighbors” (2013), and the stage revue Newyorkers at The Manhattan Theatre Club (Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations). Glenn is the recipient of the prestigious Kleban Award for Lyrics, the ASCAP/Richard Rogers New Horizons Award, and the Jonathan Larson Award.  He is an alumnus of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, and a member of both ASCAP and the Dramatists’ Guild.   Glenn lives in New York City with composer/lyricist/wife Wendy Leigh Wilf and sons Benjamin and Daniel.

Julian Fellowes (Book) is a prolific actor, writer, director, and producer.  As an actor, he is probably best known for the BBC series, “Aristocrats,” and for his portrayal of Lord Kilwillie in the BBC’s popular series, “Monarch of the Glen.” On the big screen, he has been seen in many films, including Shadowlands, Damage, Place Vendôme, Fellow Traveller, and Tomorrow Never Dies. As a writer for television, he produced the scripts of “Little Lord Fauntleroy” (winner of an International EMMY, 1995) and “The Prince and the Pauper” (nominated for a BAFTA, 1997) which he also produced.  His first screenplay was Gosford Park, directed by Robert Altman, which won him several prizes, including the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.  He wrote the book of the stage musical of Mary Poppins for Cameron Mackintosh and Disney. His debut as a film director, Separate Lies, which he adapted himself from Nigel Balchin’s novel, received critical acclaim in both America and the UK, winning the award for the Best Directorial Debut from the National Board of Review in New York. His second feature, From Time to Time, adapted by him from the novel by L. M. Boston, premiered in 2009 and went on to win Best Picture at the Chicago Children’s Film Festival, the Youth Jury Award at the Seattle International Film Festival, Best Picture at the Fiuggi Family Festival in Rome, and the Young Jury Award at Cinemagic in Belfast. Julian wrote the screenplay of The Young Victoria, released in 2009 and was a writer on The Tourist, starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. His television series, “Downton Abbey,” has enjoyed tremendous success since its premiere in 2010.  In 2011, the show won 6 Emmy Awards, as well as a Golden Globe, the Producer’s Guild Award and the prize for Best Drama at the National Television Awards.  It was nominated for 16 Emmys for the second season, and this year was nominated for 12.  The fifth series of if “Downton Abbey” will air in the U.S. in early 2015, and its sixth series will premiere in the UK in September 2015.  He is working on a stage version of The Wind in the Willows, as well as a three part mini-series of his own book, Snobs.  He has also written an adaptation of The Chaperone.  His novel, Snobs, 2004, has been an international best seller. His second novel, Past Imperfect, a Sunday Times bestseller, was published in 2008.  Also in 2008, he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Dorset. In January 2011, he was awarded a peerage and became Lord Fellowes of West Stafford. 

Laurence Connor (Director).  Laurence's directorial credits include: Les Miserables (Broadway), Miss Saigon (London), Jesus Christ Superstar (UK and Australian Arena Tour and released for DVD), the entirely new stage production of The Phantom of the Opera (US and UK), Oliver! (UK Tour) and Miss Saigon (UK Tour and Worldwide), which received critical acclaim for two years and won the Manchester Evening News Award for Best Touring Musical, Best New Foreign Production (Korea), Best Ensemble in a Musical (Korea) and the Green Room Award for Best Director of a Musical (Australia). Laurence is also the Co-Director of the new version of Les Miserables which has enjoyed worldwide success including Broadway, UK and US Tours and won awards including Best Musical at the prestigious Manchester Evening News Awards and Best Director of a Musical in Korea.  Laurence directed the 25th anniversary concert of The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall and the 25th Anniversary concert of Les Miserables at the O2 in London both of which were simultaneously broadcast in cinemas worldwide and subsequently released on DVD. Laurence has also been associated with the London productions of The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty's Theatre), Oliver! (Drury Lane), The King and I (London Palladium) and A Slice of Saturday Night (Liverpool Empire). Cinema and Television: Jesus Christ Superstar (Cinema Streaming Worldwide and DVD), Phantom of the Opera (Cinema Streaming Worldwide and DVD), Les Miserables at the O2 London (Cinema Streaming Worldwide and DVD) Current projects include: The Sound of Music Live for ITV.

JoAnn M. Hunter (Choreography) has recently been in development of a new rock musical about the life of Genya Raven, Cheesecake Girl.  Other recent credits include Harmony by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman at the Ahmanson Theatre, LA,  and the world premiere of Marvin Hamlisch and Rupert Holmes’ The Nutty Professor directed by Jerry Lewis.  Broadway credits include: On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, She Loves Me (Roundabout Gala), and Broadway Bound.  Off Broadway credits include: Dedalus Lounge and The Twelve (workshop). National Tour/Regional credits include: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Grease (PMP), Oliver (PMP), and Curtains (PMP/TUTS). She directed Debra Monk in her one woman show in February of 2014 with special guests Ron Rifkin, Andrea Martin, Victor Garber, Charlotte D’Amboise, Jimmy Newman, Brandon Victor Dixon and David Hyde Pierce.  She also choreographed The Drama League Galas honoring Angela Lansbury, Kristen Chenoweth and Neil Patrick Harris.  She served as Associate Broadway Choreographer for Spring Awakening, Curtains, The Wedding Singer, and All Shook Up.

Anna Louizos (Scenic and Costume Design) received Tony Award nominations for The Mystery of Edwin Drood, In the Heights, and High Fidelity. Other Broadway designs include Honeymoon in Vegas; Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (and US tour); Avenue Q (also US tour, Paris, London & Las Vegas); The Performers; Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (US &UK tours); Curtains; Baby It’s You; All About Me; To Be Or Not To Be; Steel Magnolias; Golda’s Balcony. Many notable Off-Broadway/regional theatres including Roundabout Theatre;  Second Stage; 5th Avenue Theatre; Ahmanson; Dallas Theater Center; Stratford; world premier productions of tick. Tick…BOOM and Altar Boyz. Art Direction film/TV: “Sex and the City” (HBO).

Natasha Katz (Lighting Design) has designed extensively for the theatre, opera and dance.   Recent Broadway credits include The Glass Menagerie (Tony Award), Once  (Tony Award), Aladdin, Motown, Follies, Sister Act, Coast of Utopia: Salvage (Tony Award),  Aida  (Tony Award),and Beauty and the Beast. She has designed shows Off-Broadway, at American regional theatres, concerts, Las Vegas and permanent installations. Her work with opera and ballet companies include: The Royal Ballet, The Metropolitan Opera, NYC Opera, American Ballet Theatre, and City Ballet.Awards: Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Hewes Award, Whatsonstage, Joseph Jefferson Award, Ruth Morely Design Award, National Broadway Theatre Award. Upcoming Broadway: An American in Paris and Skylight.

Mick Potter (Sound Design).  Mick has designed over 100 productions worldwide including the West End and Broadway musicals Saturday Night Fever, Bombay Dreams, The Woman in White, Evita, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Love Never Dies, and Miss Saigon. Awards include an Olivier for The Woman in White (London 2005), Parnelli Award for The Phantom of the Opera (Las Vegas 2006), Helpmann Award nominee and Green Room Award for Love Never Dies (Australia 2011) and a Tony nomination for Les Miserables (Broadway 2014).

The Really Useful Group (Producer) is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s theatre producing and rights licensing company that controls the theatrical rights for all of his works, including The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Sunset Boulevard.  The Really Useful Group reached over 20 million people across the globe last year from live theatre and concert audiences, cinema goers, television viewers and music fans, to social media and art lovers.  2014 sees The Really Useful Group continue to work across film, television and theatre as it produces and develops new projects and partnerships worldwide alongside its ongoing work in education, amateur licensing and music publishing. 

Warner Music Group (Producer).  With its broad roster of new stars and legendary artists, Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Asylum, Atlantic, Big Beat, East West, Elektra, Fueled By Ramen, Nonesuch,  Parlophone, Reprise, Rhino, Roadrunner, Rykodisc, Sire, Warner Bros., Warner Classics, Warner Music Nashville and Word, as well as Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world's leading music publishers, with a catalog of more than one million copyrights worldwide. 

The Shubert Organization (Producer) has been at the forefront of the American theatre since the start of the 20th century. The Organization currently owns and operates seventeen Broadway theatres.  Under the leadership of Philip J. Smith, Chairman and Robert E. Wankel, President, the firm continues to be involved in the presentation of distinguished theatrical presentations. Notable Shubert productions and co-productions include Cats, Sunday in the Park with GeorgeDreamgirlsThe Heidi ChroniclesJerome Robbins' BroadwayAmadeus, Children of a Lesser God, The Grapes of Wrath, Ain’t Misbehavin’, A Few Good Men, God of Carnage, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Lucky Guy, Nice Work if You Can Get It,  and Spamalot.

The Nederlander Organization (Producer) is a family owned business founded in 1912. The company is one of the largest and most experienced managers of legitimate venues and entertainment properties in the world today.  Under the leadership of James M. and James L. Nederlander, the company oversees an enterprise that encompasses the ownership and/or management of nine Broadway theaters and venues across the country, as well as theatrical producing, concert presentation and patron services. The Nederlanders’ are prolific producers of over 100 distinguished, award-winning musicals and plays. Notable productions currently include The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper; The Last Ship, and Kinky Boots.  Their long list of credits include:  I'll Eat You Last with Bette Midler;  Annie; Evita; Fiddler on the Roof; Grease; La Cage aux Folles; Movin’ Out; Noises Off;  The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby; West Side Story; Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?; Next to Normal; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Les Liaisons Dangereuses; as well as many others. Currently working on the production of My Fair Lady and On Your Feet the Gloria and Emilio Estefan Story.  The Nederlanders’ are also co-founders of The National High School Musical Award, named “The Jimmy Award,” a national program that celebrates outstanding student performances in high school musical productions across the United States.

Nina Lannan (Executive Producer).  Nina Lannan’s career spans more than 50 major shows on Broadway and includes two years as Chair of The Broadway League where she was the first female to occupy that position in the organization’s 80-year history.  She is delighted to renew her association with Andrew Lloyd Webber and The Really Useful Company which began in 1980 and includes the shows CATS, Song and Dance, Starlight Express, Sunset Boulevard, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Whistle Down The Wind.  She is the founding partner of Bespoke Theatricals and a board member of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.

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andy@theandygram.com (Andrew C. McGibbon) Broadway Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:44:20 -0500
MATILDA Recoups On Broadway http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/MATILDA-Recoups-On-Broadway.html http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/MATILDA-Recoups-On-Broadway.html

Matilda
Recoups on Broadway

Grossing $1.4M last week, Matilda The Musical
is now a profitable hit on Broadway

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Matilda The Musical has paid back its $16 million investment on Broadway, making the show a rare hit simultaneously on Broadway and in London’s West End.

Matilda The Musical, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Dodgers, opened in April, 2013 at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre, receiving rapturous and popular critical acclaim. The New York Times said, “Rejoice. It’s even more glorious than promised. Rush now to the Shubert Theatre.” TIME Magazine called it “the Best Musical since The Lion King.” The New York Post said, “Once in a blue moon, a show comes out blazing and restores your faith in Broadway. Matilda The Musical is that show.”

Celebrated on 10 “Top Ten” lists last year, the Broadway production has received four Tony Awards® and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater for each of the four girls who originated and shared the title role, two Outer Critics Circle Awards, five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical.

The London production of Matilda The Musical received seven 2012 Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical, securing its place in the Guinness Book of World records for Most Olivier Award wins by any show, ever.

Matilda The Musicalwill make its Australian Premiere at Sydney Lyric Theatre in August 2015.

The Matilda The Musical North American Tour will commence in May 2015. After technical rehearsals and performances at New Haven’s Shubert Theater, the tour officially opens at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles and includes the SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre and Dallas’ AT&T Performing Arts Center among others in the first season. Full touring schedule and casting will be announced at a later date.

The original Broadway cast recording is produced by Broadway Records/Yellow Sound Label and is now available digitally and at the Shubert Theatre. It can be ordered at www.BroadwayRecords.com.

The four girls currently sharing the title role are Tori Feinstein, Eliza Holland Madore, Brooklyn Shuck, and Fina Strazza. The principal cast also features Karen Aldridge (Mrs. Phelps), Matt Harrington (Mr. Wormwood), Alison Luff (Miss Honey), Lesli Margherita (Mrs. Wormwood), and Christopher Sieber (Miss Trunchbull).

Winner of a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards including Best Musical, Matilda The Musical is based on the beloved novel by best-selling author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox). Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

Matilda The Musical is directed by Tony Award® winner Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage), who helms this production with a book by Tony Award®-winning playwright Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin.

The production has sets and costumes by Tony Award® winner Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Tony Award® winner Hugh Vanstone, and sound by Simon Baker.

Tickets are available at www.telecharge.com (212-239-6200) or in person at the Shubert Theatre Box Office (225 West 44th Street).

The RSC Literary Department is generously supported by THE DRUE HEINZ TRUST.

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andy@theandygram.com (Andrew C. McGibbon) Broadway Fri, 05 Dec 2014 19:53:07 -0500
Lincoln Center Theater Announces Additional Casting for Revival of THE KING AND I http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/Lincoln-Center-Theater-Announces-Additional-Casting-for-Revival-of-THE-KING-AND-I.html http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/Lincoln-Center-Theater-Announces-Additional-Casting-for-Revival-of-THE-KING-AND-I.html

RUTHIE ANN MILES, ASHLEY PARK, CONRAD RICAMORA
EDWARD BAKER-DULY, JON VIKTOR CORPUZ, MURPHY GUYER
JAKE LUCAS, PAUL NAKAUCHI, MARC OKA

TO JOIN

KELLI O’HARA and KEN WATANABE

in

LINCOLN CENTER THEATER’S
UPCOMING PRODUCTON OF
RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S

THE KING AND I

directed by BARTLETT SHER

ENSEMBLE TO FEATURE:

AARON ALBANO, ADRIANA BRAGANZA, AMAYA BRAGANZA,
BILLY BUSTAMANTE, LaMAE CAPARAS, HSIN-PING CHANG,
ANDREW CHENG, LYNN MASAKO CHENG, OLIVIA CHUN,
ALI EWOLDT, ETHAN HALFORD HOLDER, COLE HORIBE,
MARYANN HU, JAMES IGNACIO, CHRISTIE KIM, KELVIN MOON LOH,
SUMIE MAEDA, PAUL HeeSANG MILLER, ROMMEL PIERRE O’CHOA,
KRISTEN FAITH OEI, AUTUMN OGAWA, YUKI OZEKI, STEPHANIE JAE PARK, DIANE PHELAN,
SAM POON, WILLIAM POON, BRIAN RIVERA, BENNYROYCE ROYON, LAINIE SAKAKURA, ANN SANDERS,
IAN SARACENI, ATSUHISA SHINOMIYA, MICHIKO TAKEMASA, KEI TSURUHARATANI,
CHRISTOPHER VO, ROCCO WU, TIMOTHY YANG

PREVIEWS BEGIN THURSDAY, MARCH 12
OPENING NIGHT IS THURSDAY, APRIL 16
AT THE VIVIAN BEAUMONT THEATER

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            Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of André Bishop, Producing Artistic Director) has announced that Ruthie Ann Miles (as Lady Thiang), Ashley Park (as Tuptim), Conrad Ricamora (as Lun Tha), Edward Baker-Duly (as Sir Edward Ramsey), Jon Viktor Corpuz (as Prince Chulalongkorn), Murphy Guyer (as Captain Orton), Jake Lucas (as Louis), Paul Nakauchi (as Kralahome), and Marc Oka (as Phra Alack) will be featured in its upcoming production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I.  The production, which will feature a cast lead by Kelli O’Hara (as Anna Leonowens) and Ken Watanabe (as the King of Siam), will be directed by Bartlett Sher, and will begin previews Thursday, March 12 and open on Thursday, April 16 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street).

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as Getting To Know You, Hello Young Lovers, Shall We DanceI Have Dreamed,and Something Wonderful. Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musicaltells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the imperious King brings to Siam to tutor his many wives and children. 

Featured in the ensemble of the 51-member cast are Aaron Albano, Adriana Braganza, Amaya Braganza, Billy Bustamante, LaMae Caparas, Hsin-Ping Chang, Andrew Cheng, Lynn Masako Cheng, Olivia Chun, Ali Ewoldt, Ethan Halford Holder, Cole Horibe, MaryAnn Hu, James Ignacio, Christie Kim, Kelvin Moon Loh, Sumie Maeda, Paul HeeSang Miller, Rommel Pierre O’Choa, Kristen Faith Oei, Autumn Ogawa, Yuki Ozeki, Stephanie Jae Park, Diane Phelan, Sam Poon, William Poon, Brian Rivera, Bennyroyce Royon, Lainie Sakakura, Ann Sanders, Ian Saraceni, Atsuhisa Shinomiya, Michiko Takemasa, Kei Tsuruharatani, Christopher Vo, Rocco Wu, and Timothy Yang.

Lincoln Center Theater’s production of THE KING AND I will feature choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.

            THE KING AND I will have sets by Michael Yeargan; costumes by Catherine Zuber; lights by Donald Holder; sound by Scott Lehrer; and casting by Telsey + Company/Abbie Brady-Dalton, CSA. The production will feature the musical’s original 1951 orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett with dance and incidental music arranged by Trude Rittmann.  Music director Ted Sperling will conduct a 29-piece orchestra.

BARTLETT SHER, Resident Director of Lincoln Center Theater, won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics’ Circle Awards for his direction of LCT’s production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific.  His other LCT productions include Golden BoyBlood & GiftsWomen on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Joe Turner’s Come and GoneAwake and Sing!,and The Light in the Piazza. His other Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include The Bridges of Madison County, Prayer for My Enemy, The Butterfly CollectionCymbelineWasteDon Juan,and Pericles.  He directed the operas Il Barbiere di SivigliaLes Contes d’HoffmannLe Comte Ory, L’Elisir d’Amore (Metropolitan Opera); Romeo et Juliette (Salzburg Festival and La Scala); Mourning Becomes Electra(Seattle Opera and New York City Opera); and Two Boys (Met and ENO).  He was the Artistic Director of Seattle’s Intiman Theatre and was also a Resident Director of Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater.

THE KING AND I will be performed Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, with matinees Wednesday andSaturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm.  Beginning April 21, all Tuesday evening performances will begin at 7pm.  Tickets, priced from $87 to $162, are now available at the Lincoln Center Theater box office (150 West 65 Street), at telecharge.com, or by visiting KingandIBroadway.com.  A limited number of tickets priced at $32 are available at every performance through LincTix, LCT’s program for 21 to 35 year olds.  For information and to enroll, visit LincTix.org.

Lincoln Center Theater is grateful to the Stacey and Eric Mindich Fund for Musical Theater at LCT for their leading support of this production.  American Express and The Jerome L. Greene Foundation are the major sponsors of THE KING AND I. Generous support is also provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Florence and Robert Kaufman, and The New York Community Trust-Mary P. Oenslager Foundation Fund.

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KELLI O’HARA (Anna Leonowens) returns to Lincoln Center Theater where she was nominated for Tony Awards for her performances in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza.  Her Broadway credits include The Bridges of Madison County (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Nice Work if You Can Get It (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), The Pajama Game (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), The Sweet Smell of Success, FolliesDracula, and Jekyll & Hyde.  Off-Broadway: Far From HeavenKing LearBells Are RingingMy Life With Albertine.  Film/TV:  Sex and the City 2,Scorsese’s The Key to Reserva,Blood Brothers, Alexander Hamilton,and “Numb3rs.”Her recordings include Always and Wonders of the World on Ghostlight Records.

 

KEN WATANABE (the King of Siam) will make his American stage debut in Rodgers & Hammerstein The King and I. His Japanese theatre credits include Dialogue with HorowitzHamletShitayamannen-cho monogatariThe Lion in Winter, and The Royal Hunt of the Sun.  For his work in film, Watanabe received Oscar, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award nominations for The Last Samurai.  His motion picture credits also include InceptionLetters from Iwo JimaMemoirs of a GeishaBatman Begins, and Godzilla.   Watanabe most recently filmed a role in Gus Van Sant’s Sea of Trees.

RUTHIE ANN MILES (Lady Thiang) recently starred as Imelda Marcos in the critically acclaimed musical Here Lies Love at the Public Theater.  Her previous Off-Broadway credits include Avenue QLove’s Labour’s Lost (Public Theater); Two by Two; The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd (York Theatre).  She toured as Pirelli in Sweeney Todd and in the production of Anniedirected by Martin Charnin.  Her film credits include Michael and Grand Street.

ASHLEY PARK (Tuptim) appeared on Broadway in Mamma Mia!, Off-Broadway at Ars Nova in K-Pop,  and regionally in productions of Jekyll and Hyde, Jesus Christ Superstar, Miss SaigonThe Sound of Music,and Love Changes Everything  at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.

CONRAD RICAMORA (Lun Tha) won a Theatre World Award for his performance in Here Lies Love.  His many regional theater credits include productions at Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre, Prince Music Theater, Plays & Players, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival.  He can currently be seen in a recurring role on the TV series “How To Get Away With Murder” and was featured opposite Will Ferrell in the film Talladega Nights.

EDWARD BAKER-DULY (Sir Edward Ramsey) appeared Off-Broadway in Peter and the Starcatcher.  His extensive London theater credits include productions with the RSC, the Royal National Theatre, the Menier Chocolate Factory, and on the West End.  His many film and TV credits include “Downton Abbey,” “The Blacklist,” “Royal Pains,” “Yes, Prime Minister,” “Upstairs, Downstairs,” and De-Lovely.

JON VIKTOR CORPUZ (Prince Chulalongkorn) appeared in Julie Taymor’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Theatre for a New Audience and in the recent Broadway revival of Godspell.

MURPHY GUYER (Captain Orton) returns to LCT where he appeared in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific and in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.  His many Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Glengarry Glen Ross,The Caine Mutiny Court Martial,and The Graduate,as well as productions at Second Stage Theatre, CSC, and Manhattan Theatre Club.  His recent TV appearances include “Elementary,” “Person of Interest,” “House of Cards,” “Blue Bloods,” “White Collar,” and “24.”

JAKE LUCAS’ (Louis) theater credits include Newsies on Broadway, Far From Heaven Off-Broadway, and the national tour of A Christmas Story.  He’s performed at the Metropolitan Opera in their productions of Billy Budd, Tosca, and Hansel & Gretel,and has sung with the New York Boychoir (of which he is a founding member) and the Connecticut Choral Society.

PAUL NAKAUCHI (Kralahome) appeared on Broadway in The King and I and Chu Chem.  His TV credits include the series “The Legend of Korra,” “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “e.r.,” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”

MARC OKA’s (Phra Alack) appeared in LCT’s production of Anything Goes and on Broadway in Flower Drum Song, Bells Are Ringing, Fosse, and Shogun: The Musical,and in the City Center Encores! production of The Pajama Game.    His film and TV credits include The MuppetsAn American Carol,“Melissa and Joey,” “Mirrors,” and “Cougar Town.”

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andy@theandygram.com (Andrew C. McGibbon) Broadway Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:51:03 -0500
Disney Theatrical Productions Announces First of Its Kind Ticket Exchange Program http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/Disney-Theatrical-Productions-Announces-First-of-Its-Kind-Ticket-Exchange-Program.html http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/Disney-Theatrical-Productions-Announces-First-of-Its-Kind-Ticket-Exchange-Program.html

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DISNEY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCES
TICKET EXCHANGE POLICY UNPRECEDENTED IN
COMMERCIAL BROADWAY THEATRE

Permanent, Year-Round Exchange Policy Now Available for
Disney’s Broadway Productions of ALADDIN and THE LION KING

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Disney Theatrical Productions is proud to announce a revolutionary ticket exchange program for its Broadway musicals Aladdinand The Lion King, representing a breakthrough unprecedented in commercial Broadway theatre for its flexibility, scale and duration.  The policy allows ticketholders for Disney’s Broadway shows – in advance and for any reason whatsoever – to change the date they see the show at any time up until two hours in advance of their scheduled performance.  There is no limit to the number of times the tickets may be exchanged.  Tickets must be exchanged at the original point of purchase via the Disney on Broadway Hotline, Ticketmaster (phone and web) or in-person at the respective show box offices (New Amsterdam and Minskoff Theatres), and a modest exchange fee applies.  This service is available only to guests of Disney’s New York City productions of Aladdin and The Lion King, and the exchange may be made only for another performance of the production originally purchased.  Specific terms and conditions follow.

“Attending a Broadway show is about escaping, so ticket-buying should accommodate people’s hectic, unpredictable schedules.  Our aim is to empower guests with an unprecedented level of flexibility so that they can make their plans in advance knowing there are options if they need to change their schedule,” said David Schrader, executive vice president and managing director of Disney Theatrical Productions. 

Under Disney’s ticket exchange program, the following additional terms and conditions will apply:

·       Exchange must be made no later than two hours prior to the performance for which they are holding tickets.

·       A $12 per ticket exchange fee will be charged for this service unless the exchange is made within 24 hours of ticket purchase.

·       Tickets may be exchanged for any other single performance on sale at the time the exchange is made, subject to blackout dates. Tickets may not be exchanged for another seat or differently-priced ticket for the same performance.

·       For groups sales, ticket exchanges will be made only through the original Group Sales Agent that originally transacted the sale.  Group minimums still apply for any performance in which the tickets are used.

·       Exchanges for tickets purchased via 3rd parties are subject to the exchange policies of the original 3rd party provider.

·       Exchanges will be valued at the same price as the original face value of the ticket purchased.  Additional payment applies if a guest chooses a performance or section that costs more than their original ticket or exchanges an originally discounted ticket into a performance with no discounted or only lesser-discounted tickets remaining. A guest may receive a partial refund if the original face value of the original ticket is higher than the face value of the new ticket.

·       New special offer, discount and promotion codes may not be applied to exchanged tickets.

·       Full refunds are not allowed.

About ALADDIN

Aladdin, Disney’s Tony Award®-winning new musical comedy, opened to critical acclaim on March 20th, 2014 and went on to receive 24 major theatrical award nominations, with Entertainment Weekly naming Aladdin “Broadway’s biggest new hit!”  Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, the showfeatures music by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the BeastThe Little Mermaid), three-time Tony Award and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (EvitaAida) and four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Beguelin, and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon). 

Adapted from the Disney film and centuries-old folktales including “One Thousand and One Nights,” Aladdin is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical.  Aladdin’s journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance.  This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage. 

For more information on Aladdin, visit AladdinTheMusical.com. 

About THE LION KING

In its 18th year, The Lion King remains ascendant.  Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 22 global productions have been seen by more than 75 million people and, cumulatively, run a staggering 112 years.  Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, The Lion King is only the second show in history to generate five productions worldwide running 10 or more years.  Translated into seven different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese), productions of The Lion King can currently be seen on Broadway,  London’s West End, Hamburg, Tokyo, Madrid, Sao Paulo, Sydney, Australia  and on tour across North America, the U.K., and Japan.  The Australian production marks the tenth concurrent worldwide production of The Lion King, the highest number of productions running at any one time in the show’s history.  Having played 19 countries on every continent except Antarctica, THE LION KING’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any entertainment title in box office history.  

For more information worldwide, visit LionKing.com.

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TONY AWARDS ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE MEETS
FOR THE FIRST TIME DURING THE 2014-2015 SEASON
TO DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY

New York, NY (November 13, 2014) – The Tony Awards Administration Committee met today for the first time this season to determine the eligibility of seven Broadway productions for the 2015 American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards®, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. The Tony Awards Administration Committee will meet a total of four times throughout the 2014-2015 season to decide the eligibility for the 69th Annual Tony Awards.

The seven productions discussed include: Holler If Ya Hear Me, This Is Our Youth, Love Letters, You Can’t Take It With You, The Country House, It’s Only a Play and On the Town.

The committee made the following determinations:

Saul Williams will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical category for Holler If Ya Hear Me.

This Is Our Youth will be considered eligible in the Best Revival of a Play category.

Tavi Gevinson will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play category for This Is Our Youth.

James Earl Jones, Byron Jennings, Patrick Kerr, Fran Kranz, Mark Linn-Baker and Reg Rogers will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play category for You Can’t Take It With You.

Rose Byrne, Annaleigh Ashford, Johanna Day, Julie Halston, Kristine Nielsen and Elizabeth Ashley will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play category for You Can’t Take It With You.

Blythe Danner will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play category forThe Country House.

It’s Only a Play will be considered eligible in the Best Revival of a Play category.

F. Murray Abraham, Matthew Broderick, Rupert Grint and Micah Stock will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play category for It’s Only a Play.

Stockard Channing and Megan Mullally will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play category for It’s Only a Play.

Tony Yazbeck will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical category for On the Town.

All other eligibility determinations were consistent with the show’s opening night credits.

The 2015 Tony Awards will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, on Sunday, June 7th, 2015 (8:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET/PT time delay) on the CBS Television Network, live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The Tony Awards, which honors theater professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. 

The official eligibility cut-off date will be Thursday, April 23, 2015, for all Broadway productions opening in the 2014-2015 season. Productions which meet all other eligibility requirements and open on or before the eligibility date are considered eligible for 2015 Tony Award nominations. 

The Nominations for the 2015 Tony Awards will be announced live on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, from New York City.

A limited number of tickets to the 2015 Tony Awards will be made available to the general public. Tickets will be available atwww.TonyAwards.com starting on April 28, 2015.  

The 2013 Tony Awards telecast was recently honored with three Primetime Emmy Awards – in the categories of Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special, Outstanding Special Class Program and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for “Bigger!”.

Visit TonyAwards.com for more information. For up-to-the-minute news follow The Tony Awards on Facebook.com/TheTonyAwards or Twitter.com/TheTonyAwards.

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About the Tony Awards

The American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. At The Broadway League, Nick Scandalios is Chairman and Charlotte St. Martin is Executive Director. At the American Theatre Wing, William Ivey Long is Chairman and Heather Hitchens is Executive Director. Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment are the Executive Producers of the 2015 Tony Awards. Mr. Weiss will also serve as Director of the 2015 Tony Awards.

IBM, the official information technology partner of the Tony Awards, develops, designs, and hosts the official Tony Awards website,www.TonyAwards.com across digital platforms. Carnegie Mellon University is the first-ever, exclusive higher education partner of the Tony Awards.  Audemars Piguet is the presenting sponsor of the Tony Awards Red Carpet.  United Airlines is the official airline of the Tony Awards. Paramount Hotel is the official hotel partner of the Tonys.  

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andy@theandygram.com (Andrew C. McGibbon) Broadway Thu, 13 Nov 2014 22:21:12 -0500
Matthew Broderick Extends in IT'S ONLY A PLAY http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/Matthew-Broderick-Extends-in-IT-S-ONLY-A-PLAY.html http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/Matthew-Broderick-Extends-in-IT-S-ONLY-A-PLAY.html

TONY® AWARD WINNER

M A T T H E W   B R O D E R I C K

EXTENDS IN 
BROADWAY’S SMASH HIT

IT’S ONLY A PLAY

Get It's Only a Play Tickets

New York, NY (November 13, 2014) – Producers Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman, and Ken Davenport announced today that Tony® Award winner Matthew Broderick has extended his contract with Broadway’s smash hit It’s Only A Play.  Originally scheduled to appear in the production through its original closing date of January 4th, Broderick will continue to star in the production through its new end date on March 29, 2015.  Broderick currently stars in the production opposite Nathan Lane, who exits on January 4th for a previously scheduled professional commitment.  Beginning January 7th, Broderick will headline It’s Only A Play opposite the previously-announced Martin Short.

 

In a brief statement, Broderick said: “It’s been my great joy to return to Broadway with Nathan—but now that he’s headed to Brooklyn, I can think of no greater scene partner than my friend and colleague Martin Short.  To celebrate his arrival at It’s Only A Play, we thought it would be best to move to the theater next door and start the play all over again.”

Previously scheduled as a limited engagement through January 4th, the record-breaking It's Only a Play will extend at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre through January 18, 2015 and then transfer to its sibling Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45th Street) starting January 23, 2015 and currently scheduled through March 29, 2015.  Tickets are now on sale for all performances through March 29th.

The biggest hit of the new season, It's Only A Play, is now in performances and celebrated its opening night on Thursday, October 9, 2014. Academy Award® winner F. Murray Abraham, Tony® Award winner Matthew Broderick, Emmy® and Tony® Award winner Stockard Channing, international film sensation Rupert Grint, Tony® Award winner Nathan Lane, Emmy® Award winner Megan Mullally, and newcomer Micah Stock star. 3-time Tony® Award winner Jack O’Brien directs.  For more informationplease visit www.ItsOnlyAPlay.com.  

In It's Only A Play, it’s opening night of Peter Austin's (Matthew Broderick) new play as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big First Night with his best friend, a television star (Nathan Lane), his fledgling producer (Megan Mullally), his erratic leading lady (Stockard Channing), his wunderkind director (Rupert Grint), an infamous drama critic (F. Murray Abraham), and a fresh-off-the-bus coat check attendant (Micah Stock) on his first night in Manhattan. It’s alternately raucous, ridiculous and tender — and proves that sometimes the biggest laughs happen offstage.

Mr. McNally—a four-time Tony® Award winning playwright—recently celebrated the premiere of his 20th Broadway production,Mothers and Sons, which marks his 50th year on Broadway.  Mothers and Sons, which was nominated for Best Play at the 2014 Tony® Awards, ended its celebrated Broadway run June 22, 2014 at the Golden Theatre and will be seen in more than twenty countries next year. 

The design team for It’s Only A Play includes scenic design by Tony® winner Scott Pask, costume design by Academy Award® and Tony® winner Ann Rothlighting design by Philip Rosenbergand sound design by Fitz Patton.

Tickets are available by visiting the Schoenfeld Theatre box office Monday – Saturday, 10am – 8:30pmSunday, 12 – 6pm; by visiting the Jacobs Theatre box office Monday – Saturday, 10am – 8:30pmSunday, 12 - 6pm; or online at Telecharge.com. For groups of 20 or more, call 855-329-2932.

It’s Only A Play is produced on Broadway by Tom Kirdahy, Roy FurmanKen Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Morris Berchard and Susan Dietz, Caiola Productions, Carl Daikeler, Jim Fantaci, Wendy Federman, Barbara Freitag and Loraine Alterman Boyle, Hugh Hayes, Jim Herbert, Ricardo F. Hornos, Stephanie Kramer, LAMS Productions, Scott Landis, Mark Lee and Ed Filipowski, Harold Newman, Roy Putrino, Sanford Robertson, Tom Smedes and Peter Stern, and Brian Cromwell Smith.

“Deliriously Dishy. It’s Only a Play is a hit!”
-Ben Brantley, New York Times

“Hilarious! The hottest ticket in town – and rightly so”
-Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal

“Wickedly funny. A pure hoot, a rollicking comedy with perfect casting
and deft direction by Jack O’Brien that gleefully dissects modern Broadway.
You won’t want the night to end”
-Mark Kennedy, Associated Press

“Terrence McNally’s It’s Only a Play is that rare Broadway comedy
that’s as smart as it is funny”
-Linda Winer, Newsday

“A fierce, uproarious new play”
-Elysa Gardner, USA Today

“The funniest play on Broadway in years!”
-Rob Shuter, VH1


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andy@theandygram.com (Andrew C. McGibbon) Broadway Thu, 13 Nov 2014 22:13:37 -0500
THE LION KING Celebrates 17 Years on Broadway http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/THE-LION-KING-Celebrates-17-Years-on-Broadway.html http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/THE-LION-KING-Celebrates-17-Years-on-Broadway.html Aaron Nelson, Nteliseng Nkhela, Chantel Riley, Alton Fitzgerald White (l-r)

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CELEBRATES 17TH ANNIVERSARY ON BROADWAY NOVEMBER 13TH

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(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Wednesday, November 12th, 2014) THE LION KING, the award-winning best musical, celebrates its 17th anniversary on Broadway Thursday, November 13th, 2014 at the Minskoff Theatre (200 West 45th Street).

As it enters its 18th year, THE LION KING remains ascendant.   It was the first show in Broadway history to pass $1 billion in cumulative gross, a threshold also crossed by the North American tour and most recently the Hamburg production.  The Broadway production is routinely the #1 Broadway show in a given week, a feat previously unimaginable for a show at this stage in its life.

Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 22 global productions have been seen by more than 75 million people and, cumulatively, run a staggering 112 years.  Having played 19 countries on every continent except Antarctica, THE LION KING’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any entertainment title in box office history.  

Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), THE LION KING is only the second show in history to generate five productions worldwide running 10 or more years.  Translated into seven different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese), productions of THE LION KING can currently be seen on Broadway,  London’s West End, Hamburg, Tokyo, Madrid, Sao Paulo, Sydney, Australia  and on tour across North America, the U.K., and Japan.  The Australian production marks the tenth concurrent worldwide production of THE LION KING, the highest number of productions running at any one time in the show’s history. 

THE LION KING is playing at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre (200 West 45th Street). For tickets, show information and performance schedule, call Ticketmaster's Disney on Broadway hotline at 866-870-2717 or visit online, LionKing.com. 

ABOUT THE LION KING

The pre-Broadway engagement of THE LION KING had its world premiere on July 13, 1997 in Minneapolis at the historic Orpheum Theatre.  The pre-Broadway engagement ran for eight weeks, closing on August 31, 1997.  The show officially opened on Broadway on November 13, 1997.

THE LION KING moved in its entirety, including all 52 cast members and the entire 24-member orchestra, from the New Amsterdam Theatre on June 4, 2006, and began performances nine days later at its new home in the Minskoff Theatre on June 13, 2006. 

THE LION KING won six 1998 Tony Awards®:  Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical.  THE LION KING has also earned more than 70 major arts awards including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design. 

The show’s director, costume designer and mask co-designer Julie Taymor continues to play an integral part in the show’s ongoing success.  The first woman to win a Tony Award for Direction of a Musical, Taymor has in recent years supervised new productions of the show around the world.

The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from The Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from "Rhythm of the Pride Lands," an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer.  The resulting sound of THE LION KING is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award®-winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” to the haunting ballad “Shadowland.” 

The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed The Lion King animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay.  Other members of the creative team include:  Michael Curry, who designed the masks and puppets with Taymor, Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), John Stefaniuk (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor) and Doc Zorthian (production supervisor). Anne Quart serves as associate producer.

BROADWAY CAST

 “Scar” is played by GARETH SAXE.  ALTON FITZGERALD WHITE is “Mufasa,” NTELISENG NKHELA is the baboon shaman “Rafiki,” JEFFREY KUHN portrays the hornbilled bird “Zazu,” BEN JEFFREY is the warthog “Pumbaa” and FRED BERMAN is the meerkat “Timon.”  Mufasa’s son, “Simba,” the lion prince born to be king, is played by AARON NELSON, and CHANTEL RILEY is the lioness “Nala.” 

The show also features JAMES BROWN-ORLEANS (“Banzai”), BONITA J. HAMILTON (“Shenzi”) and ENRIQUE SEGURA (“Ed”).  The role of “Young Simba” is alternated between NATHANIEL LOGAN McINTYRE and ISAIAH D. NEGRON and the role of “Young Nala” is alternated between K’LYNN JACKMAN and SHAHADI WRIGHT JOSEPH.

For more information worldwide, visit LionKing.com.

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andy@theandygram.com (Andrew C. McGibbon) Broadway Thu, 13 Nov 2014 21:57:15 -0500
Kelsey Grammer Joins the Cast of FINDING NEVERLAND http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/Kelsey-Grammer-Joins-the-Cast-of-FINDING-NEVERLAND.html http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/Kelsey-Grammer-Joins-the-Cast-of-FINDING-NEVERLAND.html

TONY® AWARD NOMINEE AND FIVE-TIME EMMY® AWARD WINNER
KELSEY GRAMMER
WILL RETURN TO BROADWAY IN

F I N D I N G   N E V E R L A N D

PREVIEWS BEGIN
SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2015
AT BROADWAY’S LUNT-FONTANNE THEATRE
OPENING SET FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15

New York – As was announced live earlier this morning on NBC’s “Today Show,” Tony® Award Nominee and five-time Emmy®Award winner Kelsey Grammer will return to Broadway in Finding Neverland as Charles Frohman (J.M. Barrie's theatrical producer).  Grammer appeared on the national morning television program alongside Matthew Morrison, who will be playing the role of Barrie, as was announced earlier this week.  Finding Neverland will begin previews on Sunday, March 15, 2015, at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street), and will open on Wednesday, April 15.

"I couldn't be more thrilled that Kelsey is joining our cast as Charles Frohman, J.M Barrie's producer” said Harvey Weinstein.   “He might be the best theater producer on Broadway this season!  I was an investor in La Cage when Kelsey did it and he was sensational as audiences and critics will attest. This is an absolute coup for this show.”

Based on the Miramax motion picture by David Magee and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan KneeFinding Neverland follows the relationship between playwright J. M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up – one of the most beloved stories of all time. 

Directed by Tony Award®-winner Diane Paulus (Pippin) with book by Olivier Award®-nominee James Graham, music and lyrics by U.K. pop sensation Gary Barlow (Take That) and Grammy Award®-winner Eliot Kennedy, choreography by Emmy Award®-winner Mia Michaels (So You Think You Can Dance), this new musical explores the power of imagination to open up new worlds, and the pressures put upon those worlds by the inevitability of growing up.

In its sold-out, world-premiere engagement at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, Finding Neverland played a total of 75 performances at the Loeb Drama Center on – all of which played to capacity crowds, making it the highest attended and highest grossing production in A.R.T.’s 34-year history.  

The production boasts scenic design by Tony Award®-winner Scott Pask (PippinBook of Mormon), lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Kenneth Posner (PippinThe Coast of Utopia), costume design by Suttirat Larlarb (Of Mice and Men), and sound design by Tony Award®-nominee Jonathan Deans (PippinLa Cage aux Folles).

Additional casting information will be announced shortly.

Biography_________________________________________________________________

Kelsey Grammer has excelled at the highest level in theatre, television and film as an actor, producer and director.  An initial role as Dr. Frasier Crane on "Cheers" developed into the cornerstone of the Juilliard-trained actor’s career.  Grammer played the celebrated character in three different television series (“Cheers,” "Wings" and "Frasier") over a span of 20 years, tying the record for longest-running television character.  Grammer has won five Emmys, three Golden Globes and a SAG Award and has received an unparalleled 16 Emmy nominations, eight Golden Globe nominations, 16 SAG nominations and one Tony nomination.  In 2012 Grammer was honored with his most recent Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Mayor Tom Kane in the Starz drama “Boss,” in which he starred and was executive producer.   In the spring and summer of 2014, Grammer appeared in four films: Paramount’s fourth installment of the Transformers film series, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Twentieth Century Fox’ X-Men: Days of Future Past, Lionsgate’s The Expendables 3 and  Screen Gems’ Think Like a Man Too. In spring 2014, he was also heardlending his voice to the iconic Tin Man in Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, which was nominated for Best Feature at the 2013 Annecy International Animated Film Festival, prior to its 2014 release.  Upcoming films include New Redemption Pictures’ Reach Me, Director Vadim Jean’s comedy Breaking the Bank and Writer and Director Brian Klugsman’s romantic drama Baby, Baby, Baby. In 2016 he will be heard lending his voice to the adventurous and comedic animated film “Bunyan and Babe.”  Recent television includes FX Network’s comedic series “Partners,” in which Grammer co-stared with Martin Lawrence.  In 2010 Grammer starred in La Cage aux Folleson Broadway for which he received rave reviews. His performance earned him a Tony® nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.  Grammer created Grammnet NH Productions, a TV production company which has produced such hit television shows as the Emmy-winning “Medium,” for NBC, and “The Game” and “Girlfriends,” for CW. Other Grammnet producing credits include the NBC productions “The Innocent,” “Kelsey Grammer Salutes Jack Benny,” “Fired Up,” “In Laws” and “Gary the Rat.” For PAX, he produced “World Cup Comedy.”  For FOX, he starred in and produced “Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show.”  Grammer has directed single episodes of “Everybody Hates Chris,” “My Ex Life” and “Out of Practice.” He has also directed several episodes of “Frasier”, one of which earned him a DGA nomination.  Grammer also starred and served as executive producer of the ABC comedy “Hank.”  Also accomplished as a voice-over artist, Grammer plays the character Sideshow Bob on “The Simpsons,” for which he won an Emmy in 2006.  He has also lent his voice to the feature films Toy Story 2Anastasia and Teacher’s Pet, to the television series “Father of the Pride” and “Gary the Rat,” and to the Emmy-nominated “Animal Farm” for TNT.  Grammer’s other acting credits include The Weinstein Company’s I Don’t Know How She Does It,  MGM’s remake of Fame, Paramount Pictures’ Middle Men, Vivendi Universal’s An American Carol, Disney’s Swing Vote, FOX’s blockbuster hit X-Men: The Last Stand, FOX’s Back To You in which he also served as executive producer, “A Christmas Carol” for NBC, “Benedict Arnold” for A&E, “Mr. St. Nick” for ABC’s Hallmark Hall of Fame, Fifteen Minutes for New Line Cinema, Down Periscope for 20th Century Fox and Even Money for Yari Film Group.  Grammer began acting in plays at Pine Crest Preparatory School in Fort Lauderdale, where his teenage stage success inspired him to apply to Juilliard.  He developed an interest in Shakespeare and began his professional acting career at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. He continued in regional theatre, and finally made his way to New York with roles in the off-Broadway productions Sunday in the Park with GeorgeA Month in the Country and the Obie Award-winning Quartermaine's Terms.  He scored on Broadway in Macbeth andOthello.  Before long he appeared in two TV miniseries: first as Stephen Smith in “Kennedy” (NBC, 1983), and next as Lieutenant Stewart in “George Washington” (CBS, 1984). Grammer then landed the role of Dr. Frasier Crane in “Cheers,” after which he would return to the stage and receive critical acclaim as Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady. He also performed the title role in Richard II and Lucio in Measure for Measure at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

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andy@theandygram.com (Andrew C. McGibbon) Broadway Thu, 13 Nov 2014 21:40:45 -0500
Matthew Morrison to Return to Broadway in FINDING NEVERLAND http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/Matthew-Morrison-to-Return-to-Broadway-in-FINDING-NEVERLAND.html http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/Matthew-Morrison-to-Return-to-Broadway-in-FINDING-NEVERLAND.html

TONY®, EMMY®, AND GOLDEN GLOBE® AWARD NOMINEE
MATTHEW MORRISON
WILL RETURN TO BROADWAY
TO STAR IN

FINDING NEVERLAND

PREVIEWS BEGIN
SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2015

AT BROADWAY’S LUNT-FONTANNE THEATRE
OPENING NOW SET FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15

New York– Producer Harvey Weinstein announced today that Tony®, Emmy®, and two-time Golden Globe® Award NomineeMatthew Morrison will return to Broadway to star in Finding Neverland as J.M. Barrie.  Morrison created the role of Barrie in early workshops of the Broadway-bound musical.  Finding Neverland will begin previews on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street), and will now open on Wednesday, April 15.

 

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to see Matthew returning to his Broadway roots and back to the role he created in our workshop,” Mr. Weinstein said. “He is wildly talented and a true leading man.”

Mr. Morrison has previously starred on Broadway in HairspraySouth Pacific, and The Light in the Piazza (for which he was nominated for a 2005 Tony® Award).  He is known to television audiences for his Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated role as Will Schuester on the hit Fox show, “Glee.” Morrison has also released two studio albums since 2011, with the most recent being Where It All Began – a collection of standards, many first made famous in Broadway musicals.

Based on the Miramax motion picture by David Magee and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan KneeFinding Neverland follows the relationship between playwright J. M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up – one of the most beloved stories of all time. 

Directed by Tony Award®-winner Diane Paulus (Pippin) with book by Olivier Award®-nominee James Graham, music and lyrics by U.K. pop sensation Gary Barlow (Take That) and Grammy Award®-winner Eliot Kennedy, choreography by Emmy Award®-winner Mia Michaels (So You Think You Can Dance), this new musical explores the power of imagination to open up new worlds, and the pressures put upon those worlds by the inevitability of growing up.

In its sold-out, world-premiere engagement at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, Finding Neverland played a total of 75 performances at the Loeb Drama Center on – all of which played to capacity crowds, making it the highest attended and highest grossing production in A.R.T.’s 34-year history.  

Additional casting information will be announced shortly.

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andy@theandygram.com (Andrew C. McGibbon) Broadway Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:51:57 -0500
BC/EFA Announces GYPSY OF THE YEAR Competition for Dec 8 and 9 http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/BC/EFA-Announces-GYPSY-OF-THE-YEAR-Competition-for-Dec-8-and-9.html http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/BC/EFA-Announces-GYPSY-OF-THE-YEAR-Competition-for-Dec-8-and-9.html

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26TH ANNUAL

GYPSY OF THE YEAR

TO BE HELD

MONDAY, DECEMBER 8
& TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9

TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY
AT THE NEW AMSTERDAM THEATRE (214 WEST 42nd STREET)

PRODUCED BY AND BENEFITING BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS

Watch and share special video at broadwaycares.org/gypsy2014video

Broadway's best and brightest will dance, sing and celebrate six weeks of intensive fundraising as Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS presents the 26th AnnualGypsy of the YearCompetition on Monday, December 8 (4:30 PM) and Tuesday, December 9 (2 PM) at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 West 42nd Street, NYC). The event, produced by and benefitingBroadway Cares, is the culminating chapter of fall fundraising efforts by Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies.

Gypsy of the Year(#gypsyoftheyear) honors the tireless work of theatre's ensemble singers and dancers, known as "gypsies." For two afternoons, more than 200 of New York's most talented gypsies and their special guests will perform original skits, songs and dances. Awards are presented to the top fundraisers and for the best presentation during the two performances.

The six weeks of fundraising for BC/EFA begins today as casts, crews and dozens of volunteers give of their time to take their places at theatre exits, accepting donations in Broadway Cares' famous red buckets. Many shows also are offering autographed Playbills, posters and unique experiences in exchange for a donation. Watch and share a special video about the start of this fall's collections featuring Tony Award-winner Alan Cumming: broadwaycares.org/gypsy2014video

Popular Broadway personality and longtime Broadway Cares friend Seth Rudetsky, afternoon host of SiriusXM Satellite Radio's "On Broadway" channel, will return for the seventh year to host.

The 25 editions thus far of Gypsy of the Year have raised more than $57.2 million. Last year, 51 participating shows raised $4,343,234.

Advance tickets to Gypsy of the Year can now be purchased online at broadwaycares.org or by calling 212.840.0770, ext. 268. VIP and Priority tickets are $375 and $250, respectively, and other tickets are available at $130, $50 and $30.

Gypsy of the Yearis sponsored by The New York Times and United Airlines.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $250 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.

Broadway Cares awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states and is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic.

For more information, please visit Broadway Cares online at broadwaycares.org, on Facebook at facebook.com/BCEFA, on Twitter at twitter.com/BCEFA, on YouTube atyoutube.com/BCEFAtv and on Instagram at instagram.com/BCEFA.

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andy@theandygram.com (Andrew C. McGibbon) Broadway Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:47:58 -0400
Roundabout Announces Broadway Dates for NOISES OFF starring Andrea Martin http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/Roundabout-Announces-Broadway-Dates-for-NOISES-OFF-starring-Andrea-Martin.html http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/Roundabout-Announces-Broadway-Dates-for-NOISES-OFF-starring-Andrea-Martin.html

50TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON
ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

Announces Dates for

NOISES OFF

A comedy by Michael Frayn

Directed by Jeremy Herrin

Starring Tony® and Emmy® Award winner

ANDREA MARTIN

Previews begin December 17, 2015
Official opening January 14, 2016

Limited Engagement On Broadway

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce dates for Michael Frayn’s comedy Noises Off, starring Tony® and Emmy® Award winner Andrea Martin as “Dotty.”Jeremy Herrin will direct the new Broadway production as part of Roundabout Theatre Company’s 50th anniversary season.

Noises Off will begin previews on Thursday, December 17, 2015 and open officially on Thursday, January 14, 2016 on Broadway. This will be a limited engagement.

Director Jeremy Herrin makes his Roundabout Theatre Company debut with Noise Off, following a string of acclaimed productions in London, including the smash-hit Royal Shakespeare Company production of Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two (coming to Broadway in Spring 2015) and This House by James Graham at the National Theatre (Olivier Award nomination for Best Director).

The full cast and creative team will be announced soon.


Full of shocking surprises and gut-busting humor, Noises Off is the classic show-within-a-show. The Opening Night performance of the farce Nothing On is just hours away, and as the cast stumbles through their final dress rehearsal, things couldn't be going any worse. With lines being forgotten, love triangles unraveling and sardines flying everywhere, it’s complete pandemonium…and we haven’t even reached intermission! Can the cast pull their act together on the stage even if they can't behind the scenes?

Noises Off premiered on Broadway in 1983 and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play. The original production ran more than 550 performances and was lauded as “the funniest show on Broadway” (The New York Times).

TICKET INFORMATION:

Noises Off is first made available to subscribers and donors. Whether you are interested in the best value or VIP experiences, Roundabout has a package option for you. Visit roundabouttheatre.org or call212-719-1300 for more info. Sign up for Roundabout’s email club at roundabouttheatre.org to be notified when tickets go on sale to the public in Summer 2015.

A Note to Roundabout Subscribers:

Noises Off will be part of the 2015-16 Season, which will go on sale for subscription renewal in early 2015. New subscribers may include this production as part of a “Choose Your Own” package, and will receive tickets once full-season subscription seating is completed in Summer 2015.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Noises Off will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM with WednesdaySaturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM.

BIOGRAPHIES

ANDREA MARTIN (Dotty). Andrea Martin will next be seen starring in the half-hour single-camera television comedy, “Working the Engels”, produced by Halfire-CORE Entertainment for Shaw Media and NBC. A veteran of television, stage and film, Andrea Martin won Tony®, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Awards for her performance in the current Broadway revival of Pippin. Her theatre credits include the Lincoln Center Theater adaptation of Moss Hart’s Act OneMy Favorite Year, for which she received Tony, Drama Desk and Theatre World Awards; the recent revival of Fiddler on the Roof; Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein (Tony, Drama Desk Award nominations); Exit the King (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations); Oklahoma! (Tony, Drama Desk Award nominations); Candide (Tony, Drama Desk Award nominations); and the legendary Toronto production of Godspell in which she co-starred with future collaborators and SCTV alumni Martin Short, Eugene Levy, and Dave Thomas. On SCTV, Martin not only earned two Emmy Awards for her writing, but also created some of television’s most indelible sketch comedy characters. Martin has done extensive voice work in television and film (The Simpsons,Anastasia, The Rugrats Movie) and made memorable guest appearances on hit shows such as “30 Rock” and “Nurse Jackie.” Her film appearances include The ProducersWag the DogHedwig and the Angry Inch and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. She will next be seen on screen in the forthcoming feature film, Night at the Museum 3. Martin was born in Portland, Maine and splits her time between Toronto and New York.

MICHAEL FRAYN (Playwright). Michael Frayn has written sixteen plays, and several of them have been produced in New York, including Noises Off, CopenhagenBenefactors, and Democracy. Noises Off, first produced on Broadway in 1983, was revived in 2001. Copenhagen, in 2000, won a Tony, together with Tony Awards for Best Director (Michael Blakemore) and Best Featured Actress (Blair Brown). He has also translated for the theatre, mostly Chekhov and other plays from the Russian, and adapted Chekhov’s first, untitled play as Wild Honey. He has written a number of screenplays, including Clockwise, starring John Cleese, and First and Last, which won an International Emmy. His books are published in New York by Holt Metropolitan. His eleven novels include The Tin MenTowards the End of the Morning, HeadlongSpies, and most recently Skios. He has also published two works of philosophy, Constructions and The Human Touch; and a memoir, My Father’s Fortune.

JEREMY HERRIN (Director) studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He trained at both the National Theatre and Royal Court, where he became Deputy Artistic Director in 2009 until 2012.Between 2000 and 2008 he was Associate Director at Live Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne. Jeremy's first production for Headlong was the European Premiere of Jennifer Haley's Susan Smith Blackburn Prize winning play, The Nether, at the Royal Court. Jeremy has also recently directed the world premiere of Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies in two parts for the RSC, which transferred to the West End in May 2014 and will appear on Broadway in spring 2015. Jeremy has directed several productions at the Royal Court including That Face by Polly Stenham, which transferred to the Duke of York’s Theatre in the West End. He was nominated for an Evening Standard Best Director Award for Stenham’s second play Tusk Tusk in 2009. Other work at the Court includes Stenham’s No Quarter, E V Crowe’s Hero and Kin, Richard Bean’s The Heretic, Michael Wynne’s The Priory, which won an Olivier award for Best Comedy and David Hare’sThe Vertical Hour. Other theatre directing credits include Another Country (Chichester/West End), the critically acclaimed This House by James Graham at the National Theatre, for which he was nominated for an Olivier award for Best Director, The Tempest  at the Globe, David Hare’s South Downs at Chichester Festival Theatre subsequently transferring to the Harold Pinter Theatre, Uncle Vanya with Roger Allam at Chichester, Absent Friends at the Harold Pinter and Much Ado About Nothing with Eve Best and Charles Edwards at the Globe. Jeremy was also named as one of the Stage top 100 in 2014.

Roundabout Theatre Company is committed to producing the highest quality theatre with the finest artists, sharing stories that endure, and providing accessibility to all audiences. A not-for-profit company, Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the production of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate and engage all audiences.

Roundabout Theatre Company presents a variety of plays, musicals, and new works on its five stages, each of which is specifically designed to enhance the needs of Roundabout’s mission. Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design, is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics. Roundabout’s Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions. The Stephen Sondheim Theatre offers a state of the art LEED certified Broadway theatre in which to stage major large-scale musical revivals. Together these distinctive homes serve to enhance Roundabout’s work on each of its stages.

American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

Roundabout’s 2014-2015 season includes Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing starring Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Cynthia Nixon & Josh Hamilton, directed by Sam Gold; Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink starring Rosemary Harris & directed by Carey Perloff; Coleman, Comden & Green’s On The Twentieth Century starring Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher, directed by Scott Ellis and Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine’s Into the Woods.

The 2014-2015 Roundabout Underground production will be Little Children Dream of God, a new play by Jeff Augustin, directed by Giovanna Sardelli.

Roundabout’s production of Masteroff, Kander & Ebb’s Cabaret, starring Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams, directed by Sam Mendes & Rob Marshall (co-director/choreographer), is playing at Studio 54. Emma Stone will join the cast beginning November 11, 2014.

Roundabout’s 50th anniversary season in 2015-2016 includes: Thérèse Raquin by Helen Edmundson, based upon the novel by Émile Zola, directed by Evan Cabnet, and starring Keira Knightley; Noises Off by Michael Frayn, directed by Jeremy Herrin; and Stephen Karam’s The Humans, directed by Joe Mantello.

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andy@theandygram.com (Andrew C. McGibbon) Broadway Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:03:11 -0400
Andy Karl, Mark Linn-Baker, Michael McGrath & Mary Louise Wilson Join Cast of ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/Andy-Karl-Mark-Linn-Baker-Michael-McGrath-Mary-Louise-Wilson-Join-Cast-of-ON-THE-TWENTIETH-CENTURY.html http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/Andy-Karl-Mark-Linn-Baker-Michael-McGrath-Mary-Louise-Wilson-Join-Cast-of-ON-THE-TWENTIETH-CENTURY.html

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

Announces

KRISTIN CHENOWETH & PETER GALLAGHER

Will Be Joined By

ANDY KARL, MARK LINN-BAKERMICHAEL McGRATH MARY LOUISE WILSON

In

ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

Book & Lyrics by                                                                               Music by            
BETTY COMDEN & ADOLPH GREEN       CY COLEMAN

Choreographed by WARREN CARLYLE

Directed by SCOTT ELLIS

Previews begin February 12, 2015

Official opening March 12, 2015

Limited engagement on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce that the new Broadway production of the classic musical ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY starring Tony® & Emmy® Award winner Kristin Chenoweth as “Lily Garland” and Golden Globe & SAG Award winner & Tony® nominee Peter Gallagher as “Oscar Jaffee,” will feature Tony® nominee Andy Karl as “Bruce Granit,” Mark Linn-Baker as “Oliver Webb,” Tony® Award winner Michael McGrath as “Owen O'Malley” and Tony® Award winner Mary Louise Wilson as “Letitia Primrose.” On The Twentieth Century will be choreographed by Tony® Award winner Warren Carlyle and directed by six-time Tony® nominee Scott Ellis, and features music by Cy Coleman and book & lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph GreenOn The Twentieth Century is based on plays by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur & Bruce Mullholland. The original Broadway production was directed by Harold Prince.

ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY will play a 20-week limited engagement through July 5, 2015, beginning previews on February 12, 2015 and opening officially on March 12, 2015 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street).

Roundabout Theatre Company welcomes back Tony Award nominee Andy Karl (Rocky) following Roundabout’s critically acclaimed 2012 production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Mark Linn-Baker, who currently appears on Broadway in You Can’t Take It With You returns to Roundabout following the 2001 production of A Flea In Her Ear.

Tony Award winner Michael McGrath (Nice Work If You Can Get It) is back on stage at Roundabout after the 1998 production of Little Me.

Film, television and Broadway veteran Mary Louise Wilson (Grey Gardens) returns to Roundabout after last appearing in the 1998 production of Cabaret and the 2001 production of The Women.

The full cast will be announced shortly.

The creative team includes David Rockwell (Sets), William Ivey Long (Costumes), Donald Holder (Lights), Jon Weston (Sound), Kevin Stites (Musical Director), Larry Hochman (Orchestrations) and David Krane (Dance Arrangements & Incidental Music).

It’s nonstop laughs aboard the Twentieth Century, a luxury coach travelling from Chicago to New York City. Luck, love and mischief collide when the bankrupt theater producer Oscar Jaffee (Gallagher) embarks on a madcap mission to cajole glamorous Hollywood starlet Lily Garland (Chenoweth) into playing the lead in his new, non-existent epic drama. But is the train ride long enough to reignite the spark between these former lovers, create a play from scratch, and find the money to get it all the way to Broadway?

ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY premiered on Broadway in 1978, and won Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical.

On the Twentieth Century benefits from Roundabout’s Musical Theatre Fund with lead gifts from The Howard Gilman Foundation and Perry and Marty Granoff.

Major support for On the Twentieth Century provided by Edward M. Kaufmann and The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

Musicals at Roundabout are supported with generous gifts from: The Bok Family Foundation and Cynthia Wainwright and Stephen Berger.

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets forOn the Twentieth Century are currently on sale. Whether you are interested in the best value or VIP experiences, Roundabout has a package option for you. To purchase tickets and for more information on subscriptions and VIP seats please visit roundabouttheatre.org or call 212-719-1300.

Single tickets for regular performances of On the Twentieth Century range in price from $67-$147.

BIOGRAPHIES:

KRISTIN CHENOWETH (Lily Garland). Emmy® and Tony® Award winner and Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductee, Kristin Chenoweth effortlessly transitions between stage, television, film and an accomplished singing career. In 2009, she received an Emmy® Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in “Pushing Daises.” In 1999, she won a Tony® Award for You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and she was also nominated for her original role of Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked in 2004Chenoweth has been nominated for two Emmy® Awards and for a People’s Choice Award for her role on “Glee.” In 2009, she wrote an uplifting candid, comedic chronicle of her life so far, A Little Bit Wicked, which debuted on the New York Times Hardcover Non Fiction Best Seller List. Chenoweth recently performed to sold-out audiences at Carnegie Hall and Royal Albert Hall. This fall, Chenoweth is hosting the PBS Arts Fall Festival, which will include her own concert performance, “Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home,” where she will perform a career-spanning concert in her hometown of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.  The concert will be filmed for a PBS television special that will air on November 28, 2014 and will be released as a live CD and DVD. Chenoweth will return to Broadway in 2015, playing the glamorous film star, Lily Garland, in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s On the Twentieth CenturyUpcoming film and television projects include: “The Boy Next Door,” “Opposite Sex,” “Hard Sell” and the Disney Channel’s live-action original movie “Descendants.” Chenoweth is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a Master’s degree in Opera Performance. This year, she formed a new charity partnership with the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center (BA PAC) Foundation in her home state of Oklahoma. Kristin is also a passionate supporter of charities that dedicate their time and efforts to helping those in need, such as: the Kristin Chenoweth Art & Education Fund, The Red Cross, Broadway Cares EFA, The Point Foundation, ASTEP, breast cancer awareness, adoption advocacy and organizations supporting animal welfare. TV: The West Wing,” “The Good Wife,” “G.C.B.,” “Glee,” “The Lifetime Original Movie The Twelve Men of Christmas,” “Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man,” “Rob Marshall’s Annie,directed by Rob Marshall, Sesame Street,” “Kristin,” “Sit Down, Shut Up” and “Ugly Betty.” FilmRio 2Family WeekendHit and RunYou AgainDeck the HallsRVBewitchedRunning with ScissorsThe Pink PantherStranger Than FictionSpace Chimps and Into Temptation. Theater: Roundabout Theatre Company’s The Apple TreePromises, PromisesMusic in the AirStairway to ParadiseEpic Proportions and Steel Pier (Theatre World Award), Roundabout Theatre’s Moliere’s Scapin and Nora Ephron’s Love Loss and What I Wore. Also, commemorating the centennial anniversary of the first Ziegfeld Follies, Chenoweth concluded New York City Center’s 2007 season with beloved Broadway numbers from the early 20th century.

PETER GALLAGHER (Oscar Jaffee). Born in New York City, Peter Gallagher is an award winning actor at home on stage, film and TV. He last appeared on Broadway in 2008 in Mike Nichols’ production of The Country Girl co-starring with Frances McDormand and Morgan Freeman. Previously he has starred in The Royal National Theatre’s hit revival of Noises Off, the 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls as Sky Masterson (Drama Desk Nomination), Long Day’s Journey Into Night opposite Jack Lemmon (Tony Award nomination), Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing also directed by Mike Nichols (Clarence Derwent Award), The Corn is Green starring with Cicely Tyson (Theatre World Award), and Harold Prince’s production of the Comden and Green musical, A Doll’s Life. Gallagher made his Broadway debut in the first revival of Hair and then joined the original Broadway production of Grease in the role of Danny Zuko. In film, Gallagher made his debut in Taylor Hackford’s The Idolmaker and has done over 50 films since then, including sex, lies & videotape and The Underneath for Steven Soderberghand The Player and Short Cuts(Golden Globe Award) for Robert Altman. Gallagher received a Screen Actors Guild Award for his role as Buddy Kane in the Academy Award® winning American Beauty. Other films include DreamchildHigh Spirits , Watch it, The Hudsucker Proxy, While You Were Sleeping, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, The Man Who Knew Too Little, Center Stage, Mr. Deeds, Burlesque, ConvictionAdam and Step Up Revolution. On television, Gallagher will be returning this summer for the fifth season as Arthur Campbell in the international spy drama Covert Affairs. He has also just completed a recurring role in the first season of Mark and Jay Duplass’ new comedy for HBO,Togetherness. Previously, Gallagher starred as Sandy Cohen on, “The OC,”as Dean Koons opposite David Duchovny on “Californication,” Father Phil on Denis Leary’s “Rescue Me”and as Whitney’s father, Vince, on “Whitney” as well as roles on “How I Met Your Mother” and “The Nick Kroll Show” for Comedy Central.Gallagher’s other television work includes the Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning miniseries “The Murder of Mary Phagan,” “Terrible Joe Moran,” “The Caine Mutiny Court Martial” for Robert Altman, “Fallen Angels” for Steven Soderbergh, “The Big Knife,” and “Path to Paradise.”As a singer, Gallagher recorded an album, 7 Days in Memphis, for Epic Records and is featured on the soundtracks for Pal JoeyGuys and DollsA Doll’s Life and others. He continuesto perform his one-man show, How’d All You People Get in My Room? all over the countryGallagher was honored with a Light onthe Hill Award and a Jumbo Award fromTufts University. He also received the Steve ChaseHumanitarian Award from The Desert AIDSProject. He serves on the National AdvisoryCouncil of the Alzheimer’s Association, and is presently co-chair of the National Board ofAdvisors for the Actor’s Fund.

ANDY KARL (Bruce Granit) was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League awards this past season for his critically acclaimed performance as “Rocky Balboa” in the Broadway musical Rocky. Karl previously starred in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Drama Desk nomination), 9 to 5, Legally Blonde (ACCA Award), The Wedding Singer, Saturday Night Fever, Altar Boyz (OCC Award), Slut, Saturday NightRomeo and Bernadette (Carbonell nomination). Film credits include: And So It Goes, directed by Rob Reiner, Joyful Noise, “Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods,” and New York, I Love You.

MARK LINN-BAKER (Oliver Webb) can currently be seen on Broadway in the revival of You Can’t Take It With You under the direction of Scott Ellis. Other Broadway credits include Relatively SpeakingLosing LouieA Year With Frog And ToadA Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Drama League nomination), Laughter on the 23rd FloorFace Value and Doonesbury.City Centre Encores! credits include: The Pajama Game. Mark has also appeared in Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival in: All's Well That Ends WellOthelloVon RichthofenThe Laundry Hour and Alice In Concert (with Meryl Streep). Off-Broadway he has appeared in Almost An Evening,Chesapeake (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations), A Flea In Her Ear (Drama League Honor), The Miss Fire Cracker ContestMaybe I'm Doing It Wrong; as well as productions at EST, LaMama, West Bank Theater and Phoenix Theater, among others. Regional credits include: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Yale Rep, ART Cambridge (founding company member), Arena Stage and Center Stage. On film Mark has appeared in: Manhattan,My Favorite YearNoises Off and How Do You Know. Television credits include: “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” “The Good Wife,” “Ally McBeal,” “Law and Order,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” “Full House,” “Cooper,” “Miami Vice,” “Moonlighting,” eight seasons as Larry Appleton on ABC's “Perfect Strangers,” and opposite Melanie Griffith on WB's “Twins”. Mark is a co-founder/co-director of New York Stage and Film.

MICHAEL McGRATH (Owen O'Malley) won a Tony Award for his performance in Nice Work If You Can Get It on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include Born YesterdayMemphisIs He Dead?Spamalot (Tony nomination),Wonderful TownLittle MeSwinging On A Star (Theatre World Award), The Goodbye Girl and My Favorite Year. Michael also appeared in the City Center Encores! productions of FolliesThe Boys from Syracuse and DuBarry Was A Lady. His Off-Broadway credits include: The CoconutsThe Butter And Egg ManGame ShowLouisiana Purchase and Forbidden Broadway. Michael has appeared on television in The Martin Short Show. His film credits include: The InterpreterChanging Lanes and Ira and Abby.

MARY LOUISE WILSON (Letitia Primrose) has appeared on Broadway as “Big Edie” in Grey Gardens (Tony Award), “Fraulein Schneider” in Roundabout Theatre Company’s 1998 Broadway revival of Cabaret (Tony Nomination), and “Mrs. Morehouse” in Roundabout’s The Women. She also appeared in Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles at Lincoln Center (Obie Award) and portrayed fashion icon Diana Vreeland in Full Gallop,which she co-wrote with Mark Hampton (Obie, Drama Desk awards). Other recent Off-Broadway plays include Love, Loss and What I Wore; Bosoms and Neglect at Signature Theatre; and Beard of Avon at New York Theatre Workshop (Drama Desk nomination). Recent television appearances include: “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Devious Maids,” “The Sopranos,” “Louie C.K.,” and “Nurse Jackie.” Film work includes: NebraskaThe HumblingStep MomKluteGreen CardShe-DevilPet SemetaryZelig, and Money Pit.

BETTY COMDEN (Book & Lyrics) appeared in the films Garbo Talks and Slaves Of New York, and authored a collection of essays published under the title Off Stage. Ms. Comden is survived by her daughter, Susanna Kyle.

ADOLPH GREEN (Book & Lyrics) appeared in the films SimonMy Favorite YearLily In LoveI Want To Go Home, and The Substance of Fire, and as Dr. Pangloss in the television broadcast of Candide, conducted by Leonard Bernstein. Mr. Green is survived by his wife, Phyllis Newman, and their children, Adam and Amanda. Highlights of Mr. Green's 2014 Centenary Celebration have included the announcements of Broadway revivals of On the Town and On the Twentieth Century and a live NBC broadcast of Peter Pan.

In a partnership spanning nearly 60 years, Betty Comden and Adolph Green received Tony Awards for their lyrics and/or librettos for ApplauseWonderful TownHallelujah Baby!On The Twentieth Century and The Will Rogers Follies. Other Broadway credits: On the TownPeter PanBells Are RingingDo Re MiSubways Are For Sleeping and A Doll's Life. They wrote the screenplays and/or lyrics for the motion pictures Good NewsOn the Town,Singin' In The RainThe Band Wagon, It's Always Fair Weather (Academy Award nomination) and Auntie Mame, among others. They were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and received the Kennedy Center Honors Award in 1991.

CY COLEMAN (Music) (1929 – 2004) was born Seymour Kaufman in New York City to Eastern European Jewish parents, and was raised in the Bronx. A child prodigy, Coleman gave piano recitals at Steinway Hall, Town Hall, and Carnegie Hall between the ages of six and nine. His educational background included classical training in piano composition and orchestration at New York City’s High School for the Performing Arts and NY College of Music. Despite early success in the classical and jazz genres, Coleman decided to build a career in popular music. He changed his name at age 16 in time to use it on his first compositions with lyricist Joe A. McCarthy. The two collaborated on the classics “Why Try to Change Me Now,” The Riviera,” and “I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life.” He also penned, "Playboy's Theme," which became the signature music of the regular TV shows and specials presented by Playboy. Coleman’s most successful early partnership was with Carolyn Leigh. The pair wrote many pop hits, including “Witchcraft,” for Frank Sinatra and “The Best Is Yet To Come” originally for Tony Bennett. Coleman's winning streak as a Broadway composer began when the team of Coleman/Leigh collaborated on the musical Wildcat (1960), which marked the Broadway debut of comedienne Lucille Ball. The score included the hit tune "Hey Look Me Over.” Up next for the two was Little Me, with a book by Neil Simon based on the novel by Patrick Dennis (Auntie Mame). The show introduced “Real Live Girl” and “I've Got Your Number,” which became popular standards. In 1965, Coleman began collaborating with Dorothy Fields. Their first project was the Broadway smash Sweet Charity, again with a book by Neil Simon, and starring Gwen Verdon. The show was a major success and spawned the showstoppers “Big Spender” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now.” The Peggy Lee pop recording of the song “Big Spender” also created additional buzz for the Broadway play after it became a mammoth hit and spent several weeks at the top of the charts in tandem with the play’s Broadway run. Sweet Charity also went on to grace the silver screen in a film starring Shirley MacLaine that was Directed and Choreographed by Bob Fosse. After Sweet Charity the team of Coleman/Fields worked on the Broadway show Seesaw, which reached Broadway in 1973 and their partnership was cut short by Fields' death in 1974. Coleman remained prolific throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He composed the score for I Love My Wife (1977) with lyrics by Michael Stewart, and then On The Twentieth Century (1978) with Betty Comden and Adolph Green. In 1980, Coleman served as producer and composer for the circus-themed Barnum, which introduced theatergoers to Jim Dale and Glenn Close. Later in the decade, he collaborated on Welcome to the Club (1988) with A.E. Hotchner and City of Angels (1989) with David Zippel with book by Larry Gelbart. In the latter, inspired by the hard-boiled detective film noir of the 1930s and '40s, he returned to his jazz roots, and the show was a critical and commercial success.

The 1990s brought two more new hit Cy Coleman musicals to Broadway: The Will Rogers Follies (1991), again with Comden and Green, and The Life (1997) with lyricist Ira Gasman. A hit revival followed in 1999 with Little Me(Roundabout), starring Martin Short. Shortly before his death in 2004, Coleman returned to his jazz roots re-forming the popular Cy Coleman Trio performing to sold-out audiences throughout New York City. Coleman's film scores include Father GooseThe Art of LoveGarbo Talks and Family Business. In addition, he composed scores for memorable television specials for Shirley MacLaine, Bob Hope, and Peggy Lee. Cy Coleman has received numerous awards including: Grammy's (3 wins, 13 nominations), Tony's (3 wins, 11 nominations), Emmy's (3 wins, 5 nominations), Oscar (one Nomination for Sweet Charity), Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Johnny Mercer Award (Songwriter's Hall Of Fame), and the Richard Rogers Award for Lifetime Achievement in American Musical Theater (ASCAP).

WARREN CARLYLE. Broadway: director/choreographer of After Midnight (Tony® Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Astaire Award Winner for Outstanding Choreography 2014, Tony® Nomination Best Director 2014), ChaplinHugh Jackman, Back on BroadwayFinian’s Rainbow (two Drama Desk nominations) and A Tale of Two Cities; choreographer of Follies (Drama Desk nomination), The Mystery of Edwin Drood and A Christmas Story The Musical (Drama Desk nomination). Off-Broadway: Carousel (New York Philharmonic, Emmy nomination), On Your Toes (City Center Encores!), Cotton Club Parade (Jazz at Lincoln Center and City Center), Girl CrazyOn The TownFinian’s RainbowJuno and Stairway to Paradise (all Encores! at City Center).

SCOTT ELLIS (Director) is currently represented on Broadway with You Can’t Take It With You. Prior to that he directed The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Tony nomination, Best Direction of a Musical; Tony nomination, Best Revival of a Musical), the critically acclaimed production of Harvey starring Jim Parsons, the Kander and Ebb musical Curtains starring David Hyde Pierce (Tony Nomination, Best Direction of a Musical), The Little Dog Laughed (Lucille Lortel Award Nomination), Twelve Angry Men (Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations), Arthur Miller’s The Man Who Had All The Luck starring Chris O’Donnell, The Rainmaker starring Woody Harrelson, 1776 (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Tony Award nominations), Company, Steel Pier (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Tony Award nominations), She Loves Me (Drama Desk and Tony Award nominations, Outer Critics Circle Award, Olivier Award for Best Director London Production), Picnic, A Month In The Country Starring Helen Mirren. Off-Broadway Credits Include Gruesome Playground Injuries, The Understudy, Streamers, Mr. And Mrs. Fitch, Good Boys And True, The Waverly Gallery, The Dog Problem, Flora, The Red Menace, Dark Rapture, That Championship Season, and The World Goes ‘Round…The Songs Of Kander And Ebb (Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle nomination). For television, the Executive Producer on Showtime’s “Weeds” for the three years. Other credits include “The Michael J. Fox Show,” “30 Rock” (Emmy Nomination, Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series), “Modern Family,” “Nurse Jackie,” “The Good Wife”, “Hung,” and “The Closer”. A graduate of Chicago Goodman School of Drama and is the Associate Artistic Director of the Roundabout Theatre Company. Upcoming: The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper on Broadway.

Roundabout Theatre Company is committed to producing the highest quality theatre with the finest artists, sharing stories that endure, and providing accessibility to all audiences. A not-for-profit company, Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the production of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate and engage all audiences.

Roundabout Theatre Company presents a variety of plays, musicals, and new works on its five stages. Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design, is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics. Roundabout’s Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions. The Stephen Sondheim Theatre offers a state of the art LEED certified Broadway theatre in which to stage major large-scale musical revivals. Together these distinctive homes serve to enhance Roundabout’s work on each of its stages.

American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

Roundabout’s 2014-2015 season includes Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing starring Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Josh Hamilton & Cynthia Nixon, directed by Sam Gold; Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink starring Rosemary Harris & directed by Carey Perloff; Coleman, Comden & Green’s On The Twentieth Century starring Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher, directed by Scott Ellis and Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine’s Into the Woods.

The 2014-2015 Roundabout Underground production will be Little Children Dream of God, a new play by Jeff Augustin, directed by Giovanna Sardelli.

Roundabout’s production of Masteroff, Kander & Ebb’s Cabaret, starring Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams, directed by Sam Mendes & Rob Marshall (co-director/choreographer), is playing at Studio 54.

Roundabout’s 50th anniversary season in 2015-2016 includes; Noises Off by Michael Frayn, directed by Jeremy Herrin; and Stephen Karam’s The Humans, directed by Joe Mantello.

www.roundabouttheatre.org

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andy@theandygram.com (Andrew C. McGibbon) Broadway Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:04:15 -0400
Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey to Write New Broadway Bound Musical THE VISITOR http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/Tom-Kitt-and-Brian-Yorkey-to-Write-New-Broadway-Bound-Musical-THE-VISITOR.html http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/Tom-Kitt-and-Brian-Yorkey-to-Write-New-Broadway-Bound-Musical-THE-VISITOR.html

TONY AWARD AND PULITZER PRIZE WINNERS
TOM KITT & BRIAN YORKEY TO WRITE
NEW BROADWAY BOUND MUSICAL

T H E   V I S I T O R

New York, NY (October 20, 2014) – Producer Aaron Harnick announced today that The Visitorbased on the 2007 Oscar-nominated dramatic film of the same name, will get the musical treatment from Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning team Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey.   The Broadway-bound musical will have a private industry reading this December.

The Visitor is the poignant and urgent story of Walter, a lost soul who gets a new lease on life with the arrival of Terek, an undocumented immigrant who challenges Walter's capacity for acceptance, change, and even intimacy in the wake of his wife's passing.  In it, Walter connects with Terek over a shared appreciation of music, a bond that slowly builds into a soul-stirring, unexpected friendship.  Set in a culturally-divided post-9/11 New York City, The Visitorsuggests that the ties that bind us--music, passion, love--are far more powerful tools for healing than the things that tear us apart.  

Thomas McCarthy's film The Visitoremerged as one of the true breakout independent films of the last decade, premiering to rave reviews at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival and Sundance in 2008 before winning the 2008 Independent Spirit Award for Best Director and receiving an Academy Award nomination for leading actor Richard Jenkins in a stunning performance that would come to redefine the actor's entire career.  

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andy@theandygram.com (Andrew C. McGibbon) Broadway Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:53:30 -0400
Tony Winner and Legendary Stage Actress Marian Seldes Has Died http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/Tony-Winner-and-Legendary-Stage-Actress-Marian-Seldes-Has-Died.html http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/Tony-Winner-and-Legendary-Stage-Actress-Marian-Seldes-Has-Died.html
TONY WINNER AND PREMIER STAGE ACTRESS MARIAN SELDES HAS DIED
 
NEW YORK, NY October 6, 2014 —Tony winner and premier actress of the American stage Marian Seldes, 86, died peacefully at her home today after an extended illness. Her brother Timothy Seldes made the announcement.
In a statement, Mr. Seldes said, “It is with deep sadness that I share the news that my dear sister Marian Seldes has died. She was an extraordinary woman whose great love of the theater, teaching and acting was surpassed only by her deep love for her family.”
 
With a career that spanned 60 years, Seldes was the consummate actress and was happiest in the theater. She was honored to be in the theater and her focus and hard work resulted in extraordinary performances that became touchstones for those who worked with her and saw her on stage. She made her Broadway debut in 1948 in the Robinson Jeffers adaptation of MEDEA directed by John Gielgud and starring Judith Anderson in the title role. She won her first Tony (she was nominated for five) for her supporting role in A DELICATE BALANCE by Edward Albee. Seldes has a long association with the playwright, appearing in THE PLAY ABOUT THE BABY, TINY ALICE, COUNTING THE WAYS (as part of Beckett/Albee plays) and THREE TALL WOMEN, a tour de force for the actress. She entered the Guinness Book of World Records for her appearance in Ira Levin’s DEATHTRAP (Tony nomination)when she didn't miss a performance of the play’s four-year run. Other stage credits include EQUUS, PAINTING CHURCHES, THE MILK TRAIN DOESN’T STOP HERE ANYMORE, THE CHALK GARDEN, RING ROUND THE MOON (Tony nomination), and DINNER AT EIGHT (Tony nomination). Her last appearance on Broadway was in 2007 in Terrence McNally’s DEUCE.
 
In 2010, Seldes received a Tony Lifetime Achievement Award honoring her contribution to the theater and her extraordinary talent. Her acceptance of the award became a legendary moment in Tony history when she stepped onto the stage, placed her hand over her heart and looked at the audience of theater luminaries and then exited without a word. She later explained, “They said to keep it short, so I decided I would just say nothing.”
 
Ms. Seldes also had an extensive career in movies, television and radio. She appeared in more than 18 films, including TRUMAN (as Eleanor Roosevelt), LEATHERHEADS, THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD, HOME ALONE 3 and MONA LISA SMILE. On the small screen, she appeared as Emily Bronte in the television movie “Our Sister Emily,” in “Murphy Brown” as the title character’s eccentric aunt and as Mr. Big’s mother in the popular series “Sex and the City.” As a radio actress she appeared on the CBS Radio Mystery Theater for eight years.
 
One of her greatest joys was found in the classroom. Seldes taught for many years at The Juilliard School and later as an adjunct professor at Fordham University. She loved working with her students and her generosity and support of her fellow actors was demonstrated in her teaching. She became for many of them an important friend as well. Among her students were Kevin Kline, Laura Linney, William Hurt, Kelsey Grammar, Christopher Reeve, Kevin Spacey, Patti Lupone, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Christine Baranski, Viola Davis and Robin Williams.
 
Born and raised in Manhattan, Seldes was the daughter of Gilbert Seldes, an American writer and cultural critic, and Alice Wadhams Hall, a socialite. Her uncle was the investigative journalist and media critic George Seldes. She attended the Dalton School and studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse under Sandford Meisner. Seldes also studied dance with Martha Graham and her mentor was Katharine Cornell. Seldes authored two books, “The Bright Lights” a memoir, and a novel “Time Together.”
 
Ms. Seldes is survived by her daughter Katharine Claman Andres (Clay); grandsons Timo, Guthrie and Wells Andres; her bother Timothy Seldes (Susan); nephew Gilbert Seldes; niece Elizabeth Seldes Annacone (Paul); and grandnephew Emmett Carnahan. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Garson Kanin whom she married in 1990. Her first marriage, to Julian Claman, ended in divorce.
 
In accordance with her wishes, there will not be a funeral or memorial service for Ms. Seldes. Donations may be made to the Marian Seldes Drama Scholarship at The Juilliard School.
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andy@theandygram.com (Andrew C. McGibbon) Broadway Tue, 07 Oct 2014 00:59:37 -0400
FINDING NEVERLAND Will Open on Broadway at the Lunt-fontanne Theatre on Apr 8, 2015 http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/FINDING-NEVERLAND-Will-Open-on-Broadway-at-the-Lunt-fontanne-Theatre-on-Apr-8-2015.html http://theandygram.com/broadway-press-release-retweet/2014-15-season-press-releases/broadway/FINDING-NEVERLAND-Will-Open-on-Broadway-at-the-Lunt-fontanne-Theatre-on-Apr-8-2015.html

F I N D I N G   N E V E R L A N D

WILL OPEN ON BROADWAY
AT THE LUNT-FONTANNE THEATRE
ON APRIL 8, 2015

WORLD-PREMIERE ENGAGEMENT
ENDED YESTERDAY AS
THE MOST ATTENDED PRODUCTION
IN THE HISTORY OF
THE AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER

New York, NY — Producer Harvey Weinstein and director Diane Paulus announced today that Finding Neverland will open on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 8, 2015.  This announcement comes on the heels of Finding Neverland’s sold-out, world-premiere engagement at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, which ended yesterday.   The production began previews at the Loeb Drama Center onWednesday, July 23, and ran for a total of 75 performances – all of which played to capacity crowds, making it the highest attended and highest grossing production in A.R.T.’s 34-year history.   Finding Neverland will begin preview performances on Broadway in March, 2015.  Casting will be announced shortly.

“I am so grateful to A.R.T. and its audiences for providing the perfect environment to incubate this new musical,” Mr. Weinstein said.  “We are excited to continue the work and bring the musical to Broadway audiences this spring.  I know that the Lunt-Fontanne, which has housed so many memorable productions, will be the ideal home for Finding Neverland.”

Based on the Miramax motion picture by David Magee and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan KneeFinding Neverland follows the relationship between playwright J. M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up – one of the most beloved stories of all time. 

Directed by Tony Award®-winner Diane Paulus (Pippin) with book by Olivier Award®-nominee James Graham, music and lyrics by U.K. pop sensation Gary Barlow (Take That) and Grammy Award®-winner Eliot Kennedy, choreography by Emmy Award®-winner Mia Michaels (So You Think You Can Dance), this new musical explores the power of imagination to open up new worlds, and the pressures put upon those worlds by the inevitability of growing up.

The production boasts scenic design by Tony Award®-winner Scott Pask (PippinBook of Mormon), lighting design by Phillip S. Rosenberg (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), costume design by Suttirat Larlarb(Of Mice and Men), and sound design by Tony Award®-nominee Jonathan Deans (PippinLa Cage aux Folles).

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andy@theandygram.com (Andrew C. McGibbon) Broadway Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:55:41 -0400