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Roundabout Theatre Company Announces Jim Dale in JUST JIM DALE

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ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
Announces
Tony Award® winner, Grammy & Academy Award® nominee

JIM DALE

To star in
JUST JIM DALE

Written & Performed by Jim Dale

Directed by Tony winner Richard Maltby, Jr.

Performances will begin May 15, 2014 and open officially on June 12, 2014
At the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce that Tony Award® winner, two-time Grammy Award winner and two-time Academy Award® nominee Jim Dale will star in his solo show, Just Jim Dale, directed by Tony Award winner Richard Maltby, Jr.

 

Just Jim Dale will begin performances on Thursday, May 15 and open officially on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 46th Street).  This will be a limited engagement.

In Just Jim Dale, Jim recounts an unequaled lifetime in the theater and myriad irresistible showbiz tales – from a childhood performing on the British Music Hall stage, through his many Broadway triumphs in Scapino, Barnum and Me and My Girl, to his uproarious experiences narrating all seven Harry Potter audiobooks. Candid and intimate, Just Jim Dale is an unforgettable collection of stories from Jim’s breadth of theatrical work and beloved songs, including “The Colors of My Life,” “The Lambeth Walk” and “Georgy Girl.”

Roundabout has a long relationship with Jim, including Privates on Parade, the 1985 Tony Award winning production of Joe Egg, The Threepenny Opera and most recently, The Road to Mecca.  Join Roundabout this Spring for an evening in the company of Just Jim Dale.

The previously announced production of Cutie & Bear, by Bekah Brunsetter, has been postponed.

The creative team for Just Jim Dale will also feature Mark York (pianist and co-arranger), Aaron Gandy (music direction by co-arranger), Anna Louizos (sets), Rui Rita (lights) and Carl Casella (sound).

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets for all productions are 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 call 212-719-1300 for more information, or to sign up for email notification when tickets go on sale to the public.

A Note to Subscribers:

Subscribers will keep their great seats for Just Jim Dale which replaces the postponed Cutie & Bear in the current subscription package.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Just Jim Dale will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 7:30PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM

BIOGRAPHIES:

JIM DALE. As a Broadway stage actor, Jim has won a Tony Award (Barnum), five Tony nominations (Candide, Scapino, Joe Egg, Barnum, Threepenny Opera), four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Awards and the Lucille Lortel Award.  He was nominated for an Academy Award for writing the lyrics for the song “Georgy Girl.”  He was nominated for a BAFTA Academy Award (Best Newcomer) for Adolph Hitler – My Part in His Downfall.  As an audiobook  narrator, he has won two Grammy Awards, seven Grammy nominations, and a record ten Audie Awards including Narrator of the Year (2001, 2005, 2007, 2008) and Audio Book of the Year 2004.   He has narrated all seven Harry Potter books and been awarded two Guinness World Records; One for creating 146 different character voices for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and a second for occupying the first six places in the Top Ten Audiobooks of America.  He was the first inductee into the Audio Hall of Fame and recently was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.  In 2003 Queen Elizabeth II honored Jim with the Member of the Order of the British Empire.

RICHARD MALTBY JR. (Director). Broadway: Conceived and directed two Tony Award winning musicals: Ain't Misbehavin' (1978: Tony, N.Y. Drama Critics, Outer Critics, Drama Desk Awards -- also Tony Award for Best Director.) Fosse (1999: Tony, Outer Critics, Drama Desk Awards); and RING OF FIRE, The Johnny Cash Musical Show, (2006). With composer David Shire, director/lyricist: Baby, (1983, book by Sybille Pearson; seven Tony Award nominations); lyricist: Big, (1996, book by John Weidman; Tony nomination: Best Score); lyricist/conceiver, TAKE FLIGHT (book by John Weidman), world premiere 2007 at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, also produced in Japan 2007, American premiere in 2010 at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey. With Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, co-lyricist: Miss Saigon (Evening Standard Award 1990; Tony nomination: Best Score, 1991); co-bookwriter/lyricist: THE PIRATE QUEEN (2007). Director, The Story of my Life (2009). Director/co-lyricist: American version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song & Dance, (1986 Tony Award for star, Bernadette Peters.) OFF-BROADWAY: director/lyricist Starting Here, Starting Now, (1977, Grammy nomination) and Closer Than Ever, (1989, two Outer Critics Circle Awards: Best Musical, Best Score), both written with composer David Shire. REGIONAL: director, A MOST DANGEROUS WOMAN (2013 Shakespeare Theatre of NJ)’ director, THE STORY OF MY LIFE (2008, Goodspeed Opera House); director, MASK (2008, Pasadena Playhouse); director, THE 60'S PROJECT (2006, Goodspeed). FILM: Screenplay, MISS POTTER, (2007) about Beatrix Potter, starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor (Christopher Award, best screenplay). Thirty year association with The Manhattan Theatre Club. Contributes devilish crossword puzzles to Harpers Magazine. Son of well-known orchestra leader; Five children: Nicholas, David, Jordan, Emily and Charlotte.    

MARK YORK (Pianist & Co-Arranger) is Executive Producer and Founder of The Ziegfeld Society.  He is Music Coordinator for Jerry Herman and Jim Dale’s personal pianist.  They will be seen at Roundabout Theatre for a twelve week run this summer of their show, Just Jim Dale. Mark is also the Arranger/Pianist and Musical Director for I’ve Got A Little Twist, the new hit Gilbert & Sullivan revue.  He was Music Assistant to Cy Coleman.  NY credits: Arranger/Pianist - Busker Alley starring Jim Dale and Glenn Close directed by Tony Walton, Arranger/MD - Conversation Piece and The Happy Hypocrite directed by Tony Walton, Directed/MD - George White Scandals starring Julie Wilson, Helen Gallagher, Penny Fuller, Joel Higgins, Jane Summerhays, Sarah Rice, Meg Bussert and Martin Vidnovic and Producer/Director - Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic of 2007 and Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic of 2008 starring Helen Gallagher, Jane Summerhays and Anita Gillette, Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic of 2010 starring Anita Gillette and Sarah Rice, The First Marilyn….Marilyn Miller starring Merrill Grant and 2005 Revival of Sweet Charity starring Christina Applegate.  Mark started playing the piano in his father’s church in Oklahoma at age 9.  His own musicals include: Rest In Peace directed-choreographed by Baayork Lee; A Midsummer Night, The Odd Ducklings, Apple Annie, a musical version of Damon Runyon’s short story Madame La Gimp with lyricist/librettist Don Loftus and Lillian Lorraine, a musical about the Life of Lillian Lorraine, the Ziegfeld Follies Star and 11 children’s musicals including Alice In Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, Matchgirl, The Toy Shoppe, Treasure Island, Puff’s Magic Tail, Pinocchio and Heidi.  His newest musical, Galveston! opened for a sold out run July 2003 in Galveston, Texas at The Strand Theatre and again sold out in Sept. 2011 at the Hobby Center in downtown Houston, TX.  Mark is a native New Yorker from Oklahoma.

AARON GANDY (Music Director & Co-Arranger). NYC credits include The Lion King, Urinetown, The Shaggs at Playwrights Horizons, Dora the Explorer Live! at Radio City Music Hall, and Busker Alley starring Jim Dale. Concert appearances include The New York Tenors’ current international tour (including Carnegie Hall on December 19), and The Jetsetters Live.  Upcoming projects include Pulse directed by Jeff Calhoun and Vincent Youmans’ Hit The Deck directed and choreographed by Noah RaceyWorkshops/readings of new musicals include Hungarian Nights (NYMF), Sherlock Holmes: The Early Years (NYMF), Civil War Voices (York Theater) and The Legend of the Word (O’Neill).  His producing credits include A Band Called Honalee: a Tribute to Peter, Paul & Mary, and Frank Loesser: From Hollywood to Broadway for Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival.  He concertizes frequently with the Library of Congress, most recently Life Begins at 8:40 starring Faith Prince, Brad Oscar and Kate Baldwin, which was recorded by PS Classics.  Other recordings on that label include Through The Years (premiere recording), Jule Styne In Hollywood, Fine and Dandy, and the upcoming The Musicality of Vincent Youmans on Jay Records. A specialist in restoring vintage musicals, his current restorations include Harold Arlen & Yip Harburg’s Hooray for What, Vincent Youmans’ Great Day and Walk With Music by Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer.  He has concertized with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Paley Center for Media, Chicago Humanities Festival and Symphony Space.  Mr. Gandy is a graduate of Florida State University’s School of Music.  Visit www.aarongandy.com.

The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre opened in March 2004 with an acclaimed premiere of Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel starring Viola Davis, directed by Dan Sullivan.  In the ten years since that landmark production, the center has expanded beyond the Laura Pels Theatre to include the Black Box Theatre and now a new education center.  The Steinberg Center continues to reflect Roundabout’s commitment to produce new works by established and emerging writers as well as revivals of classic plays. This state-of-the-art off-Broadway theatre and education complex is made possible by a major gift from The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. The Trust was created in 1986 by Harold Steinberg to promote and advance American Theatre as a vital part of our culture by supporting playwrights, encouraging the development and production of new work, and providing financial assistance to not-for-profit theatre companies across the country. Since its inception, the Trust has awarded over $70 million to more than 125 theatre organizations.

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 and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Roundabout’s 2013-2014 season includes Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal, starring Rebecca Hall and directed by Lyndsey Turner; Donald Margulies’ Dinner with Friends, directed by Pam MacKinnon; Masteroff, Kander & Ebb’s Cabaret, starring Alan Cumming, Michelle Williams, directed by Sam Mendes & Rob Marshall (co-director/choreographer); Tesori & Crawley’s Violet, starring Sutton Foster, directed by Leigh Silverman; and Just Jim Dale, starring Jim Dale, directed by Richard Maltby Jr.

Roundabout’s 2014-2015 season includes Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing starring Ewan McGregor, directed by Sam Gold; Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink, directed by Carey Perloff; and Michael Frayn’s Noises Off, directed by Jeremy Herrin.

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