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Andrew C. McGibbon

 

 

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

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

Since 2015, Andrew has been working as an architectural photographer and virtual tour photographer known for his photography of theatres such as the Kimmel Center, Tanglewood, Signature Theatre Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, Arena Stage and the Goodspeed Opera House. His photography work can be previewed at https://andrewmcgibbonphotography.com.

Mr. McGibbon is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Independent Theatre Bloggers AssociationActors' Equity Association and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, as well as the American Society of Media Photographers

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

Photo: Elizabeth Leitzell

 

 

 

After Miss Julie
Jonny Lee Miller and Sienna Miller in After Miss Julie
Photo: Joan Marcus

The new Roundabout production of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie adapted by Patrick Marber would make Strindberg proud.   Marber has set this play, written in 1888 in July 1945 at the end of the second world war.   It is the eve of the landslide victory by the British Labour Party over Winston Churchill’s Conservative Party; the workers against the aristocracy.  It tells the tale of a psychotic relationship between two members of different classes.  

John, played by Jonny Lee Miller,  is a servant to Miss Julie’s father, a Lord.  He’s traveled, curious and more learned than your usual man of similar class.  He is betrothed to another servant, one of the cooks, Christine.  Miss Julie is a snotty adult child of privilege.  To her, servants are things to be toyed with and bossed about at will.  Apparently, so was her ex-fiancé who has jilted her after being trifled with one too many times. 

WABC-7 TV PRESENTS

“BROADWAY BACKSTAGE: FALL PREVIEW”

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24 AT 7:30PM-8:00 PM

 

Hosted by BYE BYE BIRDIE’s John Stamos

and WABC-TV’s Lori Stokes

Tune in to WABC on Channel 7 for a sneak peek at

Broadway’s hottest shows including:

 

AFTER MISS JULIE, BURN THE FLOOR, BYE BYE BIRDIE, HAMLET, THE NEIL SIMON PLAYS, RAGTIME, THE ROYAL FAMILY, SHREK THE MUSICAL,
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK, WISHFUL DRINKING

 

From highly anticipated musical revivals, compelling dramas to light hearted comedies, there’s something for everyone on Broadway this fall. WABC-7 will feature cast interviews and a special behind-the-scenes look at the following new Broadway shows and events:

  • AFTER MISS JULIE

WABC sits down with Sienna Miller, Jonny Lee Miller & Marin Ireland to discuss Patrick Marber’s sexy drama, which opens TONIGHT on Broadway.

  • BURN THE FLOOR

Learn how the hottest dancers on Broadway keep moving when three BURN THE FLOOR cast members and the fastest wardrobe department on the street discuss the tricks of the trade.

  • BYE BYE BIRDIE

The stars of this beloved musical talk to WABC during a break from rehearsals.  John Stamos, Gina Gershon, Bill Irwin, Nolan Gerard Funk (and more!) discuss bringing the music of BYE BYE BIRDIE back to Broadway after almost 50 years!

  • HAMLET

HAMLET star Jude Law discusses bringing HAMLET, directed by Michael Grandage to Broadway this fall.  WABC cameras also caught the starry opening night red carpet.

  • THE NEIL SIMON PLAYS

WABC talks to the casts of the first Broadway revivals of Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound, including star Laurie Metcalf

  • RAGTIME

Director-Choreographer Marcia Milgrom Dodge talks to WABC about making her Broadway debut with the anticipated return of the epic American musical RAGTIME. Cast members Stephanie Umoh (Sarah) and Robert Petkoff (Tateh) also share their excitement over bringing this glorious musical back to Broadway.

  • THE ROYAL FAMILY

Ana Gasteyer and John Glover discuss bringing Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of the classic comedy THE ROYAL FAMILY by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber and directed by Doug Hughes back to Broadway.

  • SHREK THE MUSICAL

Tony-nominated actor Christopher Sieber who plays Lord Farquaad in SHREK THE MUSICALtakes WABC cameras behind-the-scenes to show how he drops drastically in height for each performance.

  • SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK

WABC takes a behind the scenes look at a recent open casting call held at The Knitting Factory in New York City for the upcoming show with music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge, direction by Julie Taymor, and book by Taymor and Glen Berger. SPIDER-MAN producers and casting agency Telsey + Co held a casting tour that spanned six cities and thousands of candidates.

  • WISHFUL DRINKING

Hollywood icon Carrie Fisher talks to WABC about bringing her hilarious one-woman show to Broadway.

 

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TUNE IN
MAMMA MIA! STAR BETH LEAVEL

ON THE AMERICAN THEATRE WING’S
WORKING IN THE THEATRE
“LEADING LADIES 2009” PANEL

Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 5:00pm
CUNY-TV CHANNEL 75

Tony Award® winner Beth Leavel, now starring in Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! on Broadway, will be featured on the American Theatre Wing’s televised “Working in the Theatre” series on a “Leading Ladies 2009” panel this Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 5:00p on CUNY – TV (Channel 75 in the New York metropolitan area).

For the first episode of the season, the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League teamed up to present a “Leading Ladies” panel also featuring Tony Award® winners Laura Benanti (Gypsy, currently appearing in In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play), Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago, currently appearing in The Addams Family) and Alice Ripley (Next to Normal)

The episode will debut on CUNY TV on Sunday, October 25th at 5:00 p.m. (subsequent airings on Friday, October 30th at 9:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, October 31st  at 11:00 a.m. and Sunday, November 1st  at 5:00 p.m.).  The program will also be available online at americantheatrewing.org/wit/ and iTunes.com beginning Wednesday, October 28th.

Beth Leavel recently starred as “the Witch” in Into the Woods at Pittsburgh CLO, “Miss Hannigan” in Annie at the St. Louis MUNY as well as the world premiere musical Minsky’s at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles and in City Center Encores! production of No, No, Nanette.

She received 2006 Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critic’s Circle and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle awards for her title role performance in The Drowsy Chaperone. She has appeared in the Broadway musicals Young Frankenstein, 42nd Street (original and revival), The Civil War, Showboat and the original company of Crazy for You.

Seen by over 40 million people around the world, MAMMA MIA!, is celebrating over 3,000 performances in its eighth smash hit year at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre and remains among Broadway’s top  selling musicals. The original West End production of MAMMA MIA! is celebrating 10 years and over 4,000 performances in London, an international tour has visited more than 40 foreign cities, and the blockbuster feature film adaptation, produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, is the most successful movie musical of all time grossing $600 million worldwide.

With a worldwide gross of over $2 Billion, MAMMA MIA! is acclaimed by the Associated Press as “quite simply, a phenomenon.”

For tickets, schedule and information about MAMMA MIA! around the world: 
www.mamma-mia.com

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IT’S TIME!

BROADWAY PERFORMANCES BEGIN TOMORROW!

RAGTIME

WATCH THE NEW BEHIND-THE-SCENES SNEAK PEEK VIDEO
FEATURING THE STARS AND CREATIVE TEAM:

http://www.ragtimebroadway.com/media.html


Be the first to get a special behind-the-scenes sneak peek of the new Broadway production of RAGTIME before performances begin this Friday, October 23 at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 West 52 Street).

Go to http://www.ragtimebroadway.com/media.html to view the new teaser trailer video featuring interviews with the cast and creative team and a birds eye view into the New York press rehearsal.

The John F. Kennedy Center’s new production of Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s Tony Award® winning musical RAGTIME, based on the E.L. Doctorow novel, features direction and choreography by Marcia Milgrom Dodge, and a majestic 28-piece orchestra led by musical director James Moore.

RAGTIME features a company of 40, starring Ron Bohmer (Father), Quentin Earl Darrington (Coalhouse Walker Jr.), Christiane Noll (Mother), Robert Petkoff (Tateh), Bobby Steggert (Mother’s Younger Brother), Stephanie Umoh (Sarah), with Christopher Cox (The Little Boy),  Sarah Rosenthal (The Little Girl),   Mark Aldrich (Willie Conklin),  Aaron Galligan-Stierle (Henry Ford),  Jonathan Hammond (Harry Houdini), Dan Manning (Grandfather), Michael X. Martin (J.P. Morgan), Mike McGowan (Stanford White), Donna Migliaccio (Emma Goldman), Josh Walden (Harry K. Thaw), Savannah Wise (Evelyn Nesbit), Eric Jordan Young (Booker T. Washington).

RAGTIME also features Sumayya Ali, Terence Archie, Corey Bradley, Jayden Brockington, Benjamin Cook, Carey Rebecca Brown, Jennifer Evans, Carly Hughes, Lisa Karlin, Valisia Lekae, James Moye, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Mamie Parris, Bryonha Parham, Nicole Powell, Kaylie Rubinaccio, Arbender J. Robinson, Benjamin Schrader, Wallace Smith, Catherine Walker, Jim Weaver, Kylil Christopher Williams.

RAGTIME is produced by Kevin McCollum, Roy Furman, Scott Delman, Roger Berlind, Max Cooper, Tom Kirdahy/Devlin Elliott, Jeffrey A. Sine, Stephanie McClelland, Roy Miller, LAMS Productions, Jana Robbins, Sharon Karmazin, Eric Falkenstein/Morris Berchard, Wendy Federman, Jamie deRoy, Sheila Steinberg, Lauren Stevens, Independent Presenters Network, Held-Haffner Productions, HRH Foundation and Emanuel Azenberg in association with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Marcia Milgrom Dodge’s production debuted at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater on April 18 and played a sold out limited engagement through May 17, 2009. Variety called the re-imagined musical “Simply stunning.” The Washington Post raved "Nothing short of heavenly. Looks and sounds so good. Glorious!," while Bloomberg News said "Explosive and thrilling! Theater-shaking intensity…a vibrant production."

At the dawn of the century, everything is changing…and anything is possible. Based on E.L. Doctorow's celebrated epic novel and set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, RAGTIMEweaves together three distinctly American tales -- that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician -- united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Their personal journeys come alive as historic figures offer guidance and diversion - among them escape artist Harry Houdini, auto tycoon Henry Ford, educator Booker T. Washington and infamous entertainer Evelyn Nesbit. Together, their stories celebrate the struggle between tradition and independence all in pursuit of the American dream.

The celebrated production team includes scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Santo Loquasto, lighting design by Donald Holder, sound design by Acme Sound Partners, hair and wig design by Edward J. Wilson and orchestrations by William David Brohn.

RAGTIME originally opened on Broadway on January 18, 1998 at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts. The musical garnered four Tony Awards® including Best Book, Original Score and Best Orchestrations. The beloved Ahrens and Flaherty score features some of the award-winning team’s best-known songs including the title song, “Make Them Hear You” and the anthem “The Wheels of a Dream.” 

RAGTIME tickets prices are $46.50, $86.50 and $126.50 (including $1.50 facility fee) and available by calling Ticketmaster at 212-307-4100 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com.

RAGTIME begins previews October 23rd, 2009 and officially opens on November 15th, 2009 at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 West 52nd Street). RAGTIME will play the following preview schedule from October 23 - November 14: Tues., Thurs., Fri. and Sat. eve at 8p, Sun eve at 7:30p. Wed., Sat. and Sun. mat. at 2p. Dark Mon. Opening night November 15, 2009 and onward: Tues. eve. at 7p; Wed., Thurs., Fri. and Sat. eve at 8p, Wed. and Sat. mat. at 2p; Sun. mat. at 3p. Dark Mon.

www.RagtimeBroadway.com

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ERIC BOGOSIAN
JOINS CAST OF MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S
TIME STANDS STILL

BOGOSIAN JOINS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED CAST OF
LAURA LINNEY, BRIAN D’ARCY JAMES, & ALICIA SILVERSTONE

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce that acclaimed actor and playwright Eric Bogosian (Talk Radio, “Law & Order: CI”) has joined the cast of Manhattan Theatre Club’s upcoming Broadway production of Donald MarguliesTIME STANDS STILL directed by Daniel Sullivan.

TIME STANDS STILL will mark Bogosian’s Broadway debut as an actor. He is best known for his work in Talk Radio which he wrote and starred in Off-Broadway. Talk Radio was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and was subsequently turned into an acclaimed film directed by Oliver Stone. His many acting credits include the long-running television series “Law & Order: CI” and Off-Broadway in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ play The Last Days of Judas Iscariot directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman.

In TIME STANDS STILL, Bogosian will play ‘Richard’ the photo editor of photographer ‘Sarah,’ played by Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Laura Linney.

Bogosian completes the cast which, in addition to Linney, includes Tony Award nominee Brian d’Arcy James and Golden Globe nominee Alicia Silverstone.

The limited engagement of TIME STANDS STILL will begin previews at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 in preparation for a Thursday, January 28, 2010 opening night.

Sarah and James, a photographer and a journalist (Laura Linney and Brian d’Arcy James), have been together for nine years and share a passion for documenting the realities of war. But when injuries force them to return home to New York, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life. This timely and intelligent play marks the fourth collaboration for Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies and Tony Award-winning director Daniel Sullivan.

Special thanks to the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting new American plays at Manhattan Theatre Club.

For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR TIME STANDS STILL

  • Single tickets to TIME STANDS STILL are available via www.Telecharge.com; by telephone at (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250 if outside the NY metro area; and at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office (261 West 47th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue).
  • TIME STANDS STILL tickets range in price from $57.00-$97.00. 

BIOGRAPHY
ERIC BOGOSIAN (Richard) is the author of three novels, several films and numerous award-winning works for the theater. As an actor he has starred onstage as well as on film and television.

Bogosian’s best known work is Talk Radio in which he starred Off-Broadway and in the Oliver Stone film of the same name. In 2006, the play was brought to Broadway, garnering Tony nominations for the play and for Liev Schreiber, who starred. For the original stage version, Bogosian was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and for the film he received the prestigious Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear. In addition to Talk Radio, Bogosian is the author of several plays, including subUrbia, which was produced by Lincoln Center Theater in 1994. The play was adapted to the screen by Richard Linklater and revived Off-Broadway by Second Stage with an updated script in 2006. His most recent play, 1+1 was produced by New York Stage & Film in 2008. Bogosian is also well-known for the six Off-Broadway solos he wrote for himself between 1980 and 2000. For these he was awarded three OBIE awards as well as the Drama Desk. The solos, including Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll and Pounding Nails in the Floor with Forehead are produced around the world and have become a mainstay of the American theater repertory.

Bogosian is also the author of three novels and a novella. His latest, Perforated Heart was published in the spring of 2009 by Simon & Schuster. His first novel, Mall is currently being adapted as a film.

Beyond performing in his own solos and plays, Bogosian most recently starred in Stephen Adly Guirgis’s The Last Days of Judas Iscariot directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman at LAByrinth Theater. Onscreen, Bogosian has been featured in films by Paul Schrader, Woody Allen, Oliver Stone, Robert Altman, Taylor Hackford, Atom Egoyan and Mike Judge. He is best known on film for his starring roles in his own Talk Radio, as well as the action film, Under Siege II and Wonderland. On television, he recently co-starred as Captain Danny Ross in the long-running series, “Law & Order: CI”.

Bogosian has generated a wide range of work over the past 30 years. As the producer and founder of the dance series Dancing in the Kitchen he introduced such choreographers as Bill T. Jones and Karole Armitage to New York audiences. In 1986 Bogosian collaborated with Frank Zappa to produce the album, Blood on the Canvas. Bogosian created the television series, “High Incident” with Stephen Spielberg for ABC television and supervised the production of the film Bringing Back Balanchine for the New York City Ballet. With composer Elliot Sharp, he created the full-length duet, This is Now! which was produced at Merkin Hall.

Bogosian lives in New York City with director Jo Bonney.

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ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

BYE BYE BIRDIE

Star John Stamos

 

FEATURED IN THE CURRENT ISSUE OF
PEOPLE MAGAZINE

On stands now!

John Stamos, star of the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway production of BYE BYE BIRDIE, is featured in this week’s People Magazine. John Stamos talks to writer Mark Dagostino about his career and his return to Broadway in this classic musical. The magazine is on stands now. 

“The elastic John Stamos, a worthy successor to Dick Van Dyke.”
- John Simon, Bloomberg

“A riot of candy color and teenage hormones. The score is still catchy, with a bunch of tuneful songs.” -David Rooney, Variety 

This is the inaugural production of the new Henry Miller’s Theatre on Broadway.

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) presents the first new Broadway production of Bye Bye Birdie, after a 48 year absence, as the inaugural production of the new Henry Miller’s Theatre (124 West 43rd Street).  This is a limited engagement through April 25th, 2010.

Bye Bye Birdie stars John Stamos (Albert Peterson), Gina Gershon (Rose Alvarez) & Bill Irwin (Mr. Harry MacAfee) with Jayne Houdyshell (Mrs. Mae Peterson) & Dee Hoty (Mrs. MacAfee).  The cast will also feature Matt Doyle (Hugo Peabody), Jake Evan Schwencke (Randolph MacAfee), Allie Trimm (Kim MacAfee) and Nolan Gerard Funk as “Conrad Birdie.”  Robert Longbottom directs and choreographs Bye Bye Birdie with a book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams.

In Bye Bye Birdie, the exuberant rock n’ roll musical comedy, it’s 1960 and hip-swingin’ teen idol superstar Conrad Birdie (Funk) has been drafted into the army.   Birdie's manager Albert (Stamos) and his secretary Rosie (Gershon) have cooked up a plan to send him off with a swell new song and one last kiss from a lucky teenage fan… on “The Ed Sullivan Show”! 

TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets are available online at www.byebyebirdieonbroadway.com or by phone at (212)239-6200.  Ticket prices range from $86.50 - $136.50.  To become a Roundabout subscriber visit www.roundabouttheatre.org or call Roundabout Ticket Services (212)719-1300.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Bye Bye Birdie plays Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM. 

 

www.byebyebirdieonbroadway.com

www.roundabouttheatre.org

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AMERICAN THEATRE WING
ANNOUNCES RETURN OF
“WORKING IN THE THEATRE”

“LEADING LADIES”
PANEL LAUNCHES 31ST SEASON
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25 ON CUNY TV

New York, NY (10/22/09)The American Theatre Wing has announced the return of its “Working in the Theatre,beginning its 31st season on Sunday, October 25.  For the first episode of the season, the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League teamed up to present a “Leading Ladies” panel, featuring Tony® Award-winners Laura Benanti (Tony® Award-winner for Gypsy, currently appearing in In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play),Beth Leavel (Tony® Award-winner for The Drowsy Chaperone, currently appearing in Mamma Mia!), Bebe Neuwirth (Tony® Award-winner forChicago, currently appearing in The Addams Family) and Alice Ripley (Tony® Award-winner for Next to Normal).  The episode will debut on CUNY TV on Sunday, October 25th at 5:00 p.m. (with subsequent airings on Friday, October 30th at 9:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, October 31st at 11:oo a.m. and Sunday, November 1st at 5:00 p.m.).  The program will also be available online at americantheatrewing.org/wit/ and iTunes.com beginning Wednesday, October 28th.

In this episode, Benanti, Leavel, Neuwirth and Ripley discuss performances they’ve seen that have made a lasting impact on them; the moment when they realized that a life in the theatre was what they wanted; what it’s like originating a role, playing a character in a revival and replacing someone in a show; the roles they never seem to get cast in; their relationship with the audience during a show and after at the stage door; and their thoughts on the audition process.  The discussion was filmed in front of a live audience as the final event of The Broadway League’s Back2Broadway month in September.  ATW Executive Director Howard Sherman moderates.

Bringing together performers, directors, playwrights, designers, choreographers, producers and behind-the-scenes personnel from the American and international theatre, “Working in the Theatre” offers a rare opportunity for audiences to see the people who create theatre engaged in thoughtful conversation with one another.  With more than 900 past guests, "Working in the Theatre" has become an unequalled archive of theatrical talk, a chance to hear from the people behind the characters, stories and productions that draw us to the theatre.  Click americantheatrewing.org/wit/ to subscribe, listen or watch videos.

The American Theatre Wing (Theodore S. Chapin, Chairman of the Board of Directors; Howard Sherman, Executive Director) is best known as the creator of the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards®, which it presents annually with The Broadway League. In addition to “Working in the Theatre,” the Wing sponsors many activities, all dedicated to recognizing excellence and supporting education in theatre.  These programs include “In the Wings,” a new web series that spotlights theatre’s behind-the-scenes talents; “Downstage Center,” a weekly podcast featuring in-depth interviews with the leading artists and professionals working on stage today; “Guides to Careers in the Theatre,” a video series developed for schools and libraries; a grants program for New York City not-for-profit theatre companies, which has awarded nearly $3 million since its inception; the Theatre Intern Group, a career development program for young professionals; SpringboardNYC, a two-week college-to-career boot camp for young performers moving to NYC; and the Jonathan Larson® Grants, given annually to honor emerging composers, lyricists and book writers.  The expanded offerings of the American Theatre Wing website include “Masters of the Stage” with the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and “This is Broadway” with The Broadway League.  All ATW media is available on americantheatrewing.org and on iTunes.

For additional information about all American Theatre Wing programs, go to americantheatrewing.org. You can also find the American Theatre Wing on Twitter (twitter.com/TheWing).

 

Bios________________________________________________________

BEBE NEUWIRTH is currently in Chicago in the pre-Broadway engagement of The Addams Family.  She most recently appeared on Broadway as Roxie in Chicago, the same production for which she won a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and an Astaire Award for her turn as Velma, making her the only triple-threat to play both leading lady roles on Broadway. She also received a Tony Award for her role as Nickie in Sweet Charity. Her other Broadway credits include Fosse, Damn Yankees, Dancin’, Little Me and A Chorus Line. In addition, she has performed leading roles in numerous Regional theater productions including West Side Story for the Cleveland Opera, the title role in Kiss of the Spider Woman on London’s West End, The Threepenny Opera at A.C.T., and Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew at Williamstown Theater Festival. In the summer of 2004, Ms. Neuwirth completed a successful run of Here Lies Jenny at the Zipper Theater in New York. The show played the next year in San Francisco to rave reviews. Comprised of music by Kurt Weill, the show was created by Leslie Stifelman, Roger Rees, Ann Reinking, and Ms. Neuwirth.  Ms Neuwirth has been crossing the country with Bebe Sings Weill and Kander & Ebb for the past two years, working with such venerable symphonies as the Seattle Symphony and the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. Recent concert performances include a piano/cabaret show, Stories With Piano, which opened at Feinstein’s in NYC to rave reviews.  On television she is well known for her role of Lilith Sternin on “Cheers,” for which she won two Emmy Awards. Other television appearances include her Emmy nominated portrayal of Dorothy Parker in “Dash and Lily” and guest work on “Frasier” and “Star Trek, the Next Generation.”  Ms. Neuwirth is a recipient of the 2007 Dance Magazine Award, the 2007 CTFD Rolex Dance Award and in 1997 became an Honorary Ziegfeld Girl. She is a vice-president of The Actors’ Fund, for whom she recently founded The Dancers’ Resource.

ALICE RIPLEY received the 2009 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for Next to Normal.  She also received the Helen Hayes Award as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations.  Original Broadway cast:  Side Show (Drama Desk, Tony Award nominations), The Rocky Horror Show, James Joyce’s The Dead, Sunset Boulevard, The Who’s Tommy.  She also appeared on Broadway and on National tour in Les Misérables.  Off-Broadway/ regional theatre: Next to Normal, Five Flights, James Joyce’s The Dead, The Vagina Monologues, Tell Me on a Sunday (Helen Hayes nomination), Shakespeare in Hollywood (Helen Hayes nomination), Company (Helen Hayes nomination). Recordings: Next to Normal; Little Fish; Skinner/Ripley: Raw at Town Hall; Sondheim: The Stephen Sondheim Album; Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens; The Rocky Horror Show; The Stephen Schwartz Album; Duets; Unsuspecting Hearts; Side Show; The Who’s Tommy. With her band RIPLEY, Alice has written and produced the albums Everything’s Fine, Ripley EP and Outtasite. Currently, Ms. Ripley is writing lyrics along-side composer Michael Roth for a work entitled Landscape the Tar Roof Tree, a performance piece for eight singer/actors.

 
BETH LEAVEL is starring as "Donna Sheridan" in Broadway's hit musical Mamma Mia!.  She most recently starred as "the Witch" in Into the Woods at Pittsburgh CLO, "Miss Hannigan" in Annie at the St. Louis MUNY and in the world premiere musical Minsky's at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Susan Birkenhead and a book by Bob Martin. She received 2006 Tony®, Drama Desk, Outer Critic's Circle and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle awards for her performance in the title role in the acclaimed world premiere musical The Drowsy Chaperone. Other Broadway roles include "Frau Blucher" in Young Frankenstein, "Dorothy Brock" in the revival of 42nd Street, "Tess" in the original company of Crazy for You and "Mrs. Bixby" in The Civil War, "Ellie" in Hal Prince's Show Boat. She made her Broadway debut as "Anytime Annie" in the original production of 42nd Street. Ms. Leavel was recently seen in New York in the City Center Encores! production of No, No, Nanette. New York/Off-Broadway: "Mrs. Ford" in Lone Star Love, "Mary" in The Jazz Singer, "Beth" in An Unfinished Song. Regional: "Miss Hannigan" in Annie, "Countess" in A Little Night Music, "Vera" in Mame. Television: "Ryan's Hope," Nickelodeon, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." She recently appeared as "Amy Taylor" on the final episode of the landmark series "ER" and can be seen in the new ABC series "The Unusuals." 
LAURA BENANTI is currently appearing at The Lyceum Theatre in Lincoln Center Theatre’s production of In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play. Her Broadway credits include Gypsy (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards), Nine (Outer Critics Circle nom.), Into the Woods (Tony, Drama Desk, L.A. Ovation noms.), Swing (Tony nom.), Maria in The Sound of Music, The Wedding Singer. Off-Broadway: Christopher Durang's Why Torture is Wrong (Public), Wonderful Town, Gypsy (both at Encores!), Time and Again (MTC). Regional: A Little Night Music (L.A. Opera), A Winter’s Tale (Williamstown), Jane Eyre and Man of La Mancha (Papermill Playhouse). Film: Meskada, Falling for Grace, Take the Lead. TV: "Starved" (Fox), "Eli Stone" and "Life on Mars" (ABC). Many cast albums and recordings.

WIT Leading Ladies 1

L to R: Alice Ripley, Bebe Neuwirth, Beth Leavel and Laura Benanti
Photo Credit: Greg Weiner

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SHREK THE MUSICAL ®
TO PLAY FINAL PERFORMANCE ON BROADWAY
ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 3, 2010

TOUR LAUNCHES IN CHICAGO, JULY 2010

www.ShrekTheMusical.com

SHREK THE MUSICAL®, the Tony Award®-winning production, will play its final performance on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway) on Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. following 441 performances and 37 previews. SHREK THE MUSICAL® will launch a national tour at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre for a limited engagement, July 13 – September 5, 2010.

SHREK THE MUSICAL® features a book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize® winner, David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Olivier Award-winner Jeanine Tesori, and is directed by Tony Award® nominee Jason Moore. Following a pre-Broadway engagement at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, SHREK THE MUSICAL® opened at the Broadway Theatre on Sunday, December 14, 2008. SHREK THE MUSICAL® holds the house record for weekly gross sales at the Broadway Theatre taking $1,260,282 for the week ending December 28, 2008.

Bill Damaschke, President of DreamWorks Theatricals, said, “Bringing SHREK THE MUSICAL® to Broadway has been a joyous and thrilling adventure, and we couldn’t be more proud of our first Broadway show. We now look forward to taking the production to audiences on tour in the US and beyond.”

SHREK THE MUSICAL® is an entirely new musical based on the story and characters from William Steig's book Shrek!, as well as the DreamWorks Animation film Shrek, the first chapter of the Shrek movie series. The musical is produced by DreamWorks Theatricals (Bill Damaschke, President) and Neal Street Productions, Ltd (principals Sam Mendes and Caro Newling).

SHREK THE MUSICAL® received eight 2009 Tony Award® nominations including Best Musical, winning Best Costume Design of a Musical (Tim Hatley). The show also received three Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Brian d'Arcy James), Outstanding Set & Costume Design of a Musical (Tim Hatley); and four Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Brian d'Arcy James), Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Sutton Foster), Outstanding Set & Costume Design (Tim Hatley).

SHREK THE MUSICAL® tells the story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his land. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess and learns that real friendship and true love aren’t only found in fairy tales.

Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, said “While we were hopeful that the show would have had a longer run on Broadway we believe it will continue to create financial value for the company and deliver profits beyond our initial investment.”

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CHASE is the official card of SHREK THE MUSICAL®.

For more information, visit www.shrekthemusical.com

TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets for SHREK THE MUSICAL® are available by calling Telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200, (800) 432-7250 outside the NY metro area, online at Telecharge.com, or in person at The Broadway Theatre box office (1681 Broadway @ 53rd St). Group sales are available by contacting Telecharge Group Sales at 212-239-6262, or 800-432-7780.

Tickets on Tuesdays through Thursdays range in price from $41.50 to $121.50, and tickets on Fridays through Sundays range in price from $51.50 to $126.50. All tickets include a $1.50 facility fee.

 

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OPENING NIGHT TOMORROW THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22nd!

 

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
in association with Sonia Friedman Productions and Ostar Productions
presents

 Sienna Miller         Jonny Lee Miller
Marin Ireland
in the American premiere production of
AFTER MISS JULIE
A version of Strindberg’s Miss Julie

By Patrick Marber

Directed by Mark Brokaw

 

Opens on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway production of After Miss Julie officially opens tomorrow, Thursday, October 22nd. 

After Miss Julie stars Sienna Miller as “Miss Julie”, Jonny Lee Miller as “John” and Marin Ireland as “Christine” in the American premiere of playwright Patrick Marber’s drama After Miss Julie, a version of Strindberg’s Miss Julie, directed by Mark Brokaw

After Miss Julie is playing at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement through December 6th, 2009.

After Miss Julie transposes August Strindberg’s 1888 play about sex and class to an English country house on the eve of Labour’s historic landslide in 1945. 

TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the American Airlines Box Office (227 West 42nd Street).   Ticket prices range from $66.50 to $111.50. 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
After Miss Julieplays Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. 

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More stars added: Art Garfunkel, Gerry Vichi, Lauren Kennedy, Alan Campbell, with Elmo and Abby Cadabby making their Broadway debuts!
Chance and Chemistry: A Centennial Celebration of Frank Loesser, a concert to benefit The Actors Fund
Celebration co-chaired by Jo Sullivan Loesser and Sir Paul McCartney
Hosted by Annette Bening, Kevin McCollum and Jonathan Tisch
at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre on Monday, October 26, 2009

(October 19, 2009, NYC)  Art Garfunkel, Gerry Vichi, Lauren Kennedy, Alan Campbell, with Elmo and Abby Cadabby (making their Broadway debuts) have joined Chance and Chemistry: A Centennial Celebration of Frank Loesser, a concert to benefit The Actors Fund taking place at the Minskoff Theatre on Monday, October 26, 2009 at 7:30PM.

Some tickets are still available through Ticketmaster.com or by calling call 212 307- 4100. National Arts Ticketmaster - Outside tri-state area at 800 982-2787. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Contact The Actors Fund at (212) 221-7300 Extension 133. For updates, please visit www.actorsfund.org

The event will be co-chaired by Jo Sullivan Loesser and Sir Paul McCartney, and hosted by Annette Bening, Kevin McCollum and Jonathan Tisch.

Jo Sullivan Loesser, co-chair for the concert event, said "I'm so honored that so many wonderful stars are paying tribute to Frank at this special evening."

"I was very happy to be asked to attend this special evening," said Sir Paul McCartney, continuing, "As a tribute to a man whose work I greatly admire, I will be singing one of his songs and I'm looking forward to it."

The list of participants at this time includes Laura Benanti, John Bolton, Ashley Brown, Charles Busch, Liz Callaway, Alan Campbell, Elmo and Aby Cadaby, Art Garfunkel, Ana Gasteyer, Debbie Gravitte, Hugh Jackman, Lauren Kennedy, Judy Kuhn, Liz Larson, Michele Lee, Emily Loesser, Jo Sullivan Loesser, Sir Paul McCartney, Audra McDonald, John McMartin, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Julia Murney, Phyllis Newman, Steven Pasquale, Noah Racey, Chita Rivera, Christopher Sieber, John Stamos, Nia Vardalos, Gerry Vichi and Patrick Wilson.

The evening will be directed and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific, Sunday in the Park with George, Altar Boyz) with musical direction by Brad Haak (Mary Poppins).
FRANK LOESSER has been called the most versatile of all Broadway composers, having supplied both music and lyrics for such varied works as Guys & Dolls, Where's Charley?, The Most Happy Fella and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying,

Born June 29, 1910, in New York City, Frank wrote his first song at the age of six. In 1931, he teamed with William Schuman (future President of Juilliard), resulting in Frank's first published song, "In Love with a Memory of You." In 1936, Loesser and composer Irving Actman contributed five songs to "The Illustrator's Show." It closed after five performances, but landed them a Hollywood contract. There Loesser provided lyrics for the music of such greats as Jule Styne, Hoagy Carmichael, and Burton Lane, producing hits such as "I Don't Want to Walk Without You," "Heart and Soul", "Two Sleepy People," and the 1948 Academy Award winner, "Baby, It's Cold Outside," for which he also supplied the music.

In 1948, producers Cy Feuer and Ernest Martin convinced Loesser to create the score for Where's Charley?, which became his first Broadway hit, and introduced the song, "Once In Love With Amy." He followed that with one of the masterworks of musical theatre, Guys and Dolls, opening November 24, 1950, and winning the Tony Award for Best Musical.

Frank wrote the score and the book for his next show, which he called an "extended musical comedy," The Most Happy Fella". "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying" opened October 14, 1961, winning the Pulitzer Prize and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

In the midst of his stage work, Frank returned to Hollywood and created one of his best loved scores for the film Hans Christian Andersen, which featured "Wonderful Copenhagen," "Anywhere I Wander," "The Inch Worm" and "Thumbelina."

Since Loesser's untimely death in 1969, The Most Happy Fella has been revived on Broadway and at the New York City Opera (where it has become part of the permanent repertory); How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying returned in 1995, starring Matthew Broderick, and becoming a long running hit. Guys and Dolls won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Revival, and returned in 2009 for its fourth run on Broadway. In 1999, Frank Loesser was honored by the U.S. Postal Service with a postage stamp bearing his likeness.

In New York City, The Actors Fund has produced a string of successful one-night-only benefits including the acclaimed 20th Anniversary concert of Dreamgirls with Audra McDonald, Heather Headley and Lillias White (recorded on Nonesuch Records), Funny Girl with Sutton Foster, Jane Krakowski and Kristin Chenoweth, Chess with Josh Groban, Hair with Jennifer Hudson (recorded on Ghostlight Records, Grammy nomination) On the Twentieth Century with Douglas Sills and Marin Mazzie, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas with Emily Skinner and Terrence Mann, Brian Stokes Mitchell at Carnegie Hall and last year's all star reading of All About Eve with Annette Bening and Keri Russell.

In Los Angeles, The Actors Fund has produced a successful string of musical events including a concert of William Finn's Falsettos starring Jason Alexander and Malcolm Gets. The Fund also presented a series of musical tributes that celebrated the great Broadway composers including Tap Your Troubles Away; A Salute to Jerry Herman, Everything's Coming up Roses: A Jule Styne Tribute and Say Yes; The Songs of John Kander and Fred Ebb. Additionally, the "Screenplays on Stage" series has showcased such talents as Stockard Channing, Calista Flockhart, Anjelica Huston, Christian Slater and Anne Heche.
THE ACTORS FUND is a national human services organization that helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment. The Fund, which supports actors and performers and everyone behind the scenes who works in theatre, film, TV, music, dance, radio and opera, is a safety net, providing social services and emergency assistance, health services, employment and training programs and housing support for those who are in need, crisis or transition. Learn more about The Actors Fund at www.actorsfund.org

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