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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, The site was subsequently bought by, and became He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for 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

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




Run-DMC Musical Is Planned

October 21, 2009

By Dave Itzkoff

They helped bring hip-hop to the mainstream, revitalized the career of Aerosmith and now, Run-DMC could be headed to Broadway.

Paula Wagner, the veteran Hollywood producer, said that her Chestnut Ridge Productions company was working with the rappers Joseph Simmons (known as Run) and Darryl McDaniels (DMC) as well as the estate of Jason Mizell (Jam Master Jay) to produce a stage musical about Run-DMC, the seminal hip-hop group.

“Their work speaks to everybody,” Ms. Wagner said in a telephone interview, “and the story of their rise to fame is innately theatrical.”

Founded by Mr. Simmons, Mr. McDaniels and Mr. Mizell in Hollis, Queens, in the early 1980s, Run-DMC became one of the first rap acts to reach a mass audience, selling millions of copies of albums like “King of Rock” and “Raising Hell,” as well as a ubiquitous 1986 remake of the Aerosmith song “Walk This Way.” The band continued to tour off and on for years, and was on the verge of a reunion in 2002 when Mr. Mizell was shot and killed in his recording studio in Jamaica, Queens.

Ms. Wagner is best known for her long association with Tom Cruise, having worked as his agent, a producer of several of his films (including the “Mission: Impossible” movies and “War of the Worlds”) and the chief executive of his revived United Artists studio. She began her career on stage as a 13-year-old actor at the Youngstown Theater in Ohio. She earned her B.F.A. in theater at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, has published plays of her own and performed at the Yale Repertory Theater.

Ms. Wagner said she was also a lifelong Run-DMC fan. “Their lyrics and their music is infectious,” she said. “It’s vibrant, it’s alive. Who they are and what they did was a culturally defining moment. It embraced everybody.”

Ms. Wagner acknowledged that her film-producing experience was no guarantee that she could execute a stage musical, and she said she was talking to other producers and potential team members to help bring the project to Broadway. “I have a number of good friends,” she said, “and I think I will be turning to all my friends.”

She said that in addition to the original Run-DMC songs that would be featured in the show, Mr. Simmons and Mr. McDaniels might provide new material or that an outside composer might “very possibly” provide songs.

Ms. Wagner said there was no timetable for the Run-DMC project to come to Broadway, and no specific shows that it was seeking to emulate — though she and Mr. Simmons and Mr. McDaniels did take in a performance of “In the Heights” last week.      
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on Wednesday, October 21st at noon!

Tony Award winner Alan Cumming, star of upcoming Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and Cabaret and Kate Baldwin, star of upcoming Finian’s Rainbow

THE BROADWAY LEAGUE and  SIRIUS XM RADIO's weekly radio series, SIRIUS XM Live on Broadway with host Seth Rudetsky. Each week, Broadway artists perform live followed by photos and autograph signings with fans.

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Wednesday, October 21st at 12 noon ET.

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SIRIUS XM Live on Broadway
featuring Alan Cumming and Kate Baldwin will be broadcast on Friday, October 30, starting at 7 pm ET, with encore presentations to air on Sunday, November 1 at 11 pm ET; Tuesday, November 3 at 7 am ET; and Wednesday, November 4 at 12 noon ET.  

Listeners can hear SIRIUS XM Live on Broadway each week on SIRIUS XM’s On Broadway channel every Friday at 7 pm ET, with an encore broadcast on Sundays at 11 pm ET, Tuesdays at 7 am ET and Wednesdays at 12 noon ET. SIRIUS XM listeners will hear the broadcast on SIRIUS XM Radio’s On Broadway, SIRIUS channel 77 and XM channel 75.

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Announces Lottery Ticket Program
For Day Of Performances

Performances Begin This Friday, October 23
The producers of the Broadway revival of RAGTIME have announced a lottery ticket program for the day of performances.

Two hours prior to each performance of RAGTIME, patrons will be invited to enter a lottery drawing at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 West 52nd Street) for a limited number of $26.50 lottery tickets to that day's performance. Names will be drawn at random ninety minutes prior to curtain.  There will be a limit of two tickets per person and tickets may be purchased using cash only.  Winners must be present with valid identification at the time of the drawing to purchase their tickets.

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

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.

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Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS, Broadway’s longest running comedy, continues its popular “Hitchcock Meets Hilarious” Talkback Tuesday series tonight with LITE-FM host Christine Nagy.

The “Hitchcock Meets Hilarious” Talkbacks are free to anyone attending Tuesday evening performances.

Christine Nagy is currently the co-host of 106.7 Lite-FM's morning show, Bronson and Christine. Christine has been a familiar voice to morning radio in NY for the past 12 years, having been part of morning shows on Z100 and Q104.3. She has also worked nationally in radio for the Martha Stewart Channel on Sirus/XM Satellite Radio. In addition to her love for radio, Christine is passionate about theatre and film. Acting credits include Tina, in the off-Broadway production of Tony and Tina's Wedding and the host of Hookin' Up with Christine Nagy at Carolines on Broadway.

Upcoming guests in October and November include:

October 27 – Comedian Kenny Kramer
Kenny Kramer, the "Real" Kramer, is the model for Cosmo Kramer, the unpredictable and affable bachelor who has trouble staying on his feet.  Prior to serving as Cosmo's model, Kenny had a long career as a stand-up comedian and was the manager of a British reggae band.  For six years Larry David lived across the hall from Kenny. One day Jerry Seinfeld asked Larry for help creating a TV show. Jerry became famous, Larry became George and Kramer became Kramer. For the past ten years, Kenny has been the host of "Kramer's Reality Tour" and "Kramer on Seinfeld." Here Kenny relies on his stand-up experience to entertain people from all over the world with the behind-the-scenes Seinfeld story.

November 10 – Humorist and author Kate Clinton

Kate Clinton is a faith-based, tax-paying, America-loving political humorist and family entertainer who still believes that humor gets us through peacetime, wartime and scoundrel time. This year YES on K8 will tour the US and Canada .

Last presidential year, Kate's show Hilarity Clinton '08 toured nationwide. It followed her 2007 show, Climate Change, a CD of which was released in March, 2008. In 2006, Kate Clinton celebrated her 25th Anniversary of performing with a 50-city It’s Come To This! tour. A documentary DVD of her hilarious performance with extra features of personal moments along the tour route, rare interviews, backstage banter, readings from her book What the L?, and celebrity cameo appearances is now available.

November 24 – Comedian Dave Konig

Comedian Dave Konig won three Emmy Awards for his hilarious "man under the street" interviews on the New York TV show, Subway Q & A”. He hosted his own daily comedy talk show on Sirius radio, and hosted the infamous HBO late night comedy series Hardcore TV”.  He starred on Broadway as the libidinous deejay Vince Fontaine in the hit '90s revival of Grease.  He is generally regarded to be America's Most Beloved Living Entertainer.  Visit Dave Konig at or

Now in its second smash year, the Tony Award-winning quick change comedy version of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film thriller is playing at the Helen Hayes Theatre (240 West 44th Street) through January 10, 2010.  The production has played over 650 performances on Broadway and is the longest running Broadway play of the last seven years. 

THE 39 STEPSis adapted by Patrick Barlow and directed by Maria Aitken.  The production is based on an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon and on the book by John Buchan.  

THE 39 STEPS features a cast of four actors who, against all odds, breathlessly and hilariously attempt to reenact all of the characters, locations and famous scenes in Hitchcock’s 1935 film thriller with just a few props and a lot of theatrical ingenuity and split second quick changes.  

The production stars Arnie Burton (Man #2), Jeffrey Kuhn (Man #1), Sean Mahon (Richard Hannay) and Jill Paice (Annabella Schmidt/Pamela/Margaret).  The company also includes Rob Breckenridge, Cameron Folmar and Nisi Sturgis.

THE 39 STEPS opened to deliriously ecstatic reviews.   Ben Brantley, New York Times, called the production, “Absurdly enjoyable!  This gleefully theatrical riff on Hitchcock’s film is fast and frothy, performed by a cast of four that seems like a cast of thousands.  The actors themselves seem to be having a helluva good time.  As does the audience.”   Clive Barnes, New York Post, pronounced THE 39 STEPS "Inventively astonishing, riotous & marvelous."  Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News, exclaimed, “Hitchcock probably never imagined his thriller had the makings of a hilarious comedy, but this show is a dizzy delight and an ingenious spoof, inventively directed by Maria Aitken. A fast-paced fun ride!”

 Tickets are available from TeleCharge at 212-239-6200, online at and at the Helen Hayes Theatre box office.  Performances are Tuesday at 7:00 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 PM, with matinees Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 PM.

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ROLEX Presents


Celebrating Our Sparkling Heritage - Broadway, TV & Film

Career Transition For Dancers’ 24th Anniversary Jubilee

Rolex presents AMERICA DANCES! Celebrating Our Sparkling Heritage – Broadway, TV & Film”- Career Transition For Dancers’ 24th  Anniversary Jubilee  on Monday, November 2, 2009 at 7:00 pm at New York City Center, 131 West 55 Street (bet. 7 & 6 Aves) NYC.  Patrick Swayze (1952 – 2009) will be honored posthumously with the 2009 Rolex Dance Award.  The Career Transition For Dancers' Awards for Outstanding Contributions to the World of Dance will be given to Lawrence Herbert and the Lloyd E. Rigler - Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation.  The show will be followed by an “Anniversary Supper with the Stars” at The Grand Ballroom at The Hilton New York. 

AMERICA DANCES! Celebrating Our Sparkling Heritage – Broadway, TV & Filmcelebrates a variety of entertainment that defines our American culture—Past, Present and Future. This eclectic evening is an assimilation and fusion of styles that move from theater to concert dance, to television and film, in a vibrant homage to an array of dance genres. . A film montage will pay tribute to the crazes and evolution of American dance.  Some of the talent for the show will include: Ashley Bouder & Andrew Veyette from New York City Ballet, Laura Benanti, Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, Bulletrun, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, “Dancing with the Stars,” Jacques d’Amboise, Decadancetheatre, Electric Boogaloo’s Mr. Wiggles, Nicole Fosse, Valerie Harper, Lombard Twins, Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company, Kathleen Marshall, Melanie LaPatin and Tony Meredith’s Dance Times Square, Metropolitan Opera’s Samuel Ramey, Rock Steady Crew, John Selya, “So You Think You Can Dance,” Sophisticated Ladies - Tribute to Duke Ellington, Jock Soto, “Step UP 3”, The Street Beats Group, Tap City Youth Ensemble, and Sonya Tayeh Dance with other stars and surprises TBA.  It is produced & directed by Ann Marie DeAngelo.  Artists and program subject to change without notice.

The Jubilee Chair is Michele Herbert and the 24th Anniversary Chairs are Anka K. Palitz and Allen Brill.  Gala Chairs are: Victor Elmaleh, Michele Riggi, James D. Rigler, Susan Fawcett Sosin, and Lisa Niemi Swayze.  The Dinner Chair is Janice Becker; Auction Chairs are Ann Van Ness & Heléne Alexopoulos Warrick; West Coast Chair is Roberta Silbert; Journal Chairs are Richard A. Perdue and Thomas Porter.  Vice Chairs are Gayle Conran, Alexander J. Dubé, Mercedes Ellington, Niko Elmaleh, Christina Rose, and Irene Shen.   The Honorary Chairs are Cynthia Gregory, Angela Lansbury, Donna McKechnie, Sono Osato, Ann Reinking, Chita Rivera, and Tommy Tune.

Career Transition For Dancers with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago has helped over 4,300 professional dancers identify their unique talents in preparation for establishing new careers when dance is no longer an option. Since its founding in 1985, the organization has provided more than 43,000 hours (equivalent to over $4 million) of one-on-one career counseling and program services - at no cost - and has awarded millions of dollars in scholarships for education and entrepreneurial grants. CTFD also provides dancers with specialized services that include transition seminars and workshops, peer support groups, resource centers, a toll-free national career counseling hotline, a website, and a National Career Network.

Gala tickets are $600, $750 & $1,200 each, which include the performance and a post-performance “Anniversary Supper with the Stars”, live auction and dancing at The Grand Ballroom at The Hilton New York (1335 Avenue of the Americas @ 54th St). Sponsorships and tables are also available as well as Jubilee Journal ads.  For gala tickets please call Marjorie Horne, McEvoy & Assocs. at 212 228-7446 x33 and for Group Sales please call 718 499-9691.  Show only tickets are $130, $75, $55, and $45 at the Box Office, through CityTix 212 581-1212, and at    


Rolex is the Presenting Sponsor   
24th Anniversary Jubilee Sponsor: Dance Magazine and Pointe;  Michele and Lawrence Herbert;  Lloyd E. Rigler - Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation; Anita Jaffe.
Beni Di Batasiolo is the official wine sponsor.   


B R O A D W A Y    K I D S    C A R E


WEDNESDAY, October 21st


New York, NY (10/19/09) – Broadway Kids Care (BKC), the organization of theater kids for kids (and others), will host its 3rd annual Bake Sale.   Kids from such Broadway shows as Mary Poppins, South Pacific, The Lion King, Billy Elliott and more, will sell baked goods, and for the first time will also sell pet treats and theatre memorabilia in Fireman’s Park (48th Street between Broadway and 8th Ave.) on Wednesday, October 21st between their matinee and evening performances (4:00 – 7:00 p.m.).  Proceeds from the Bake Sale will benefit UNICEF.

Broadway Kids Care was founded by Kelly Gonda in 2007 as a way to bring children together from current and past Broadway shows and offer them the opportunity to perform community service. Since its beginning, BKC has hosted Holiday Events and assembled packages for the children of Freedom House. Broadway Kids Care also entertains the residents of the Lillian Booth Actor’s Home with a holiday concert and handmade gifts.  In the past they have knit scarves, sent care packages to the Troops in Iraq, decorated hats and bandannas for children undergoing chemo at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, and raised money for the UNICEF/Pampers One Pack=One Vaccine program. 

BKC’s dream is to become a nationwide organization.


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HAMLET, starring Jude Law, joined Broadway’s top 10 highest grossing shows for the week ending October 18.  The production, directed by Michael Grandage, earned $904,914, its best week yet at the box office.  HAMLET opened October 6 and plays through December 6 at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street).

The cast features Ross Armstrong (Cornelius), Harry Attwell (Guildenstern), Ron Cook (Polonius, 1st Gravedigger), Ian Drysdale (Osric), Peter Eyre (Ghost of Hamlet’s Father, Player King), Jenny Funnell (Player Queen), Michael Hadley (Barnardo, Priest, Captain), Colin Haigh (Member of the Court), Sean Jackson (Reynaldo), Geraldine James (Gertrude),  Jude Law (Hamlet), Gwilym Lee (Laertes), James Le Feuvre (Member of the Court), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Ophelia), John MacMillan (Rosencrantz), Kevin R. McNally (Claudius), Henry Pettigrew (Marcellus, 3rd Player, 2nd Gravedigger,), Matt Ryan (Horatio), Alan Turkington (Francisco, Fortinbras, 4th Player) and Faye Winter (Member of the Court).

Award-winning actor Jude Law returns to Broadway for the first time since 1995 when he made his Tony Award-nominated debut in Jean Cocteau’s Indiscretions (Les Parents Terribles).   Other theatre credits include Les Parents Terribles (National Theatre), Dr. Faustus, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Young Vic) and Death of a Salesman (West Yorkshire Playhouse).  Upcoming films include Dr. Watson in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, being released on December 25 and Tony in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, being released on September 24 and Repossession Mambo.  Other films include The Talented Mr Ripley (BAFTA Film Award), Wilde (Evening Standard British Film Award), Cold Mountain, Road to Perdition, Closer, Alfie, The Aviator and Sleuth, among others.

The company of HAMLET is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance to this production.
In Shakespeare’s definitive tragedy, the King of Denmark is dead. Consumed with grief, Prince Hamlet (Jude Law) determines to avenge his father’s death with devastating consequences for his family and the kingdom.

The production is designed by Christopher Oram, with lighting design by Neil Austin.  Composer and sound designer is Adam Cork. 

Performances are Tuesday at 7:00 PM, Wednesday at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM, Thursday and Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturday at 2:00 and 8:00 PM, Sunday at 3:00 PM.  Tickets are available through at 212-239-6200 or  A limited number of $35 tickets, subject to availability, will be made available for purchase by students at the Broadhurst Theatre box office on the day of the performance only.  One ticket per valid student ID.  Tickets are subject to availability and the number of student tickets for each performance may vary. 

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In just one week!

Further Broadway stars announced for The Actors Fund Frank Loesser

Chance and Chemistry: A Centennial Celebration of Frank Loesser


John Bolton, Judy Kuhn, Liz Larsen and Patrick Wilson join stars previously announced

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) John Bolton, who appeared in the 1995 production of "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying;" three-time Tony Award nominee Judy Kuhn; and, Liz Larsen, Tony Award-nominee for the 1992 production of Frank Loesser's "Most Happy Fella," and two-time Tony nominee Patrick Wilson, 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 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

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, Ana Gasteyer, Debbie Gravitte, Hugh Jackman, 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 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




The Dramatist Guild of America will present this season’s first DuoLogues Seminar, “A CONVERSATION WITH CAROL HALL and PETER MILLS”,
on Tuesday October 27th at 5:30pm.
 The event will take place at the Guild’s New York Office which is located at 1501 Broadway (between 43rd & 44th Streets).
For reservations and further information please call  212-398-9366  (ext. 20)

The first song Carol Hall ever wrote for a child was Jenny Rebecca a gift for a friend who had just had a baby. It was immediately recorded by
a young up-and-coming singer named Barbra Streisand.  For the next ten years Hall was a mainstay contributor to SESAME STREET, and
was a major contributor to Marlo Thomas' landmark children's classic FREE TO BE... YOU AND ME (Emmy and gold album), and to its
sequel FREE TO BE... A FAMILY.  She also contributed to Thomas' recent book and Grammy award-winning CD, THANKS & GIVING/ALL YEAR LONG
and created songs for Disney's “DUMBO II.”  In 2003 she won the MAC SONG OF THE YEAR AWARD for I Dream In Technicolor.  
One of the few theater people to write both music and lyrics, Carol Hall received two Drama Desk Awards for her score to the popular
Broadway hit “THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS,” a Grammy nomination for the cast album, and an ASCAP Most
Performed Country Song Award for Dolly Parton's recording of Hard Candy Christmas from the film.   Other stage work includes the
Off-Broadway musical “TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN,” individual songs for “A MY NAME IS ALICE,” “A MY NAME IS STILL ALICE,”
the recently premiered musical, “HATS” and the highly acclaimed Theatreworks production of the musical ‘MAX & RUBY.”  Hall has received
three BACKSTAGE BISTRO AWARDS, MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets) awards and the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award, given for
her contribution to American popular song.  Besides Streisand, other artists who have performed her songs are Olivia Newton-John, Tony Bennett,
Barbara Cook, Ann-Margret, Chita Rivera, RuPaul, Frederica von Stade and Big Bird.  Carol’s most recent CD, Hallways, The Songs of Carol Hall,
which has been recently released nationally by LML Music to much critical acclaim, is now in its second printing and has most recently received the
BISTRO AWARD for Outstanding CD of 2008-2009.  The CD also won the prestigious Special Material MAC AWARD for the album’s highly
praised song ‘This is My Birthday’.

Most recently, Peter wrote music and lyrics for GOLDEN BOY OF THE BLUE RIDGE, a critically-acclaimed
bluegrass adaptation of J.M. Synge's Playboy of the Western World set in 1930s Appalachia. Peter received
the 2007 Fred Ebb Award for emerging songwriters, 2006 Drama Desk Award nominations for his show
THE PURSUIT OF PERSEPHONE (Best Music and Best Orchestrations), the 2003 Richard Rodgers
New Horizons Award from the ASCAP Foundation, and a 2002 grant from the Jonathan Larson Performing
Arts Foundation. He supplied lyrics for IRON CURTAIN, (book by Susan DiLallo, music by Stephen Weiner),
which received the 2006 IT Award for Best Musical and was selected for the 2008 Eugene O'Neill Musical
Theatre Conference.  The show returns this fall as part of the 2009 NAMT Festival. ILLYRIA, a musical
adaptation of Twelfth Night, had its regional premiere at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Fall 2004,
with a cast album released in April 2005. The show is now licensed by Theatrical Rights Worldwide.   And Peter's
first full-length show, THE TAXI CABARET, was published by Samuel French in Fall 2004. With Cara Reichel,
he wrote THE FLOOD, which was selected for the 2001 ASCAP Musical Theater Workshop.
MARCO POLO, written with composer Deborah Abramson, was selected for the ASCAP Musical
Theater Workshop in 2000, and Peter and Deborah were chosen as 2000-01 Dramatists Guild Fellows. As composer/lyricist, other shows include THE ALCHEMISTS, LONELY RHYMES, THE ROCKAE, and HONOR. Peter holds an M.F.A. in Musical Theater Writing from New York University's Tisch School for the Arts
and a degree in English/Dramatic Literature from Princeton University. He is a founding member of
Prospect Theater Company.

The Dramatists Guild of America was established over eighty years ago, and is the only professional association
which advances the interests of playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists writing for the living stage.
The Guild has over 6,000 members nationwide, from beginning writers to the most prominent authors represented
on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theaters.   The Guild is governed by a Board of Directors elected
from its membership, and which currently includes such writers as Stephen Sondheim (West Side Story, Gypsy, Into the Woods),
Edward Albee (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, A Delicate Balance), Marsha Norman (‘night, mother), Tony Kushner
(Angels In America), John Patrick Shanley (Doubt), John Guare (Six Degrees of Separation), Lynn Nottage (Intimate Apparel)
and Rebecca Gilman (Spinning Into Butter). The current president of the Guild is John Weidman (Contact, Assassins, Pacific Overtures).
Past presidents have included Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, Moss Hart, Alan Jay Lerner, Robert Sherwood, Robert Anderson,
Frank Gilroy, and Peter Stone.  Past Guild members have included Eugene O’Neill, George S. Kaufman, Arthur Miller, Lillian Hellman,
Frank Loesser, Frederick Loewe, and Tennessee Williams. The Dramatists Guild of America was established for the purpose of
aiding dramatists in protecting both the artistic and economic integrity of their work. The Guild believes that a vibrant, vital and
provocative theater is an essential element of the ongoing cultural debate which informs the citizens of a free society. The Guild
believes that if such a theater is to survive, the unique, idiosyncratic voices of both men and women who write for it must be
cultivated and protected. To that end, the Guild maintains model contracts for all levels of productions, (including Broadway,
regional and smaller theaters) and encourages its members to use these contracts when negotiating with producers. These contracts
embody the Guild’s over­arching objectives of protecting the dramatist’s control over the content of his work, and ensuring that the
dramatist is compensated for each use of his work in a way which will encourage him to continue writing for the living stage.
In addition to its contract services, the Guild acts as an aggressive public advocate for dramatists’ interests and assists dramatists’
 in developing both their artistic and business skills through its publications, which are distributed nationally, and the educational
programs which it sponsors around the country. Through a variety of activities, the Dramatists Guild of America works to ensure
that theater in America will continue to flourish and that the voices which give it life will continue to reflect and celebrate the
richness and diversity of the American experience.


THROUGH APRIL 25th, 2010

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) announces a new block of tickets are now on-sale through April 25th for the first new Broadway production of Bye Bye Birdie.  This is the inaugural production of the new Henry Miller’s Theatre (124 West 43rd St).

Bye Bye Birdie received the 1961 Tony Award® for Best Musical and features such beloved songs as “Put on A Happy Face,” “Kids,” “Spanish Rose,” “The Telephone Hour” and “A Lot of Livin’ To Do.” 

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.”  BYE BYE BIRDIE is directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom with a book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams.

Bye Bye Birdie’s design team includes Andrew Jackness (Sets), Gregg Barnes (Costumes), Ken Billington (Lights), Acme Sound Partners (Sound), Howard Werner (Projections), David Holcenberg (Musical Director), Howard Joines (Musical Coordinator), David Brian Brown (Hair & Wigs), Jonathan Tunick (Orchestrations) and David Chase (Music Supervisor).

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

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

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