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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

 

 

 

Thursday, 15 October 2009 16:00

Burn the Floor Featured on WNBC's TV LX

BURN THE FLOOR
Featured on 
WNBC’S TV “LX”
CLICK HERE TO WATCH
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HIT SHOW EXTENDED TO JAN 3 2010

 

Broadway’s BURN THE FLOOR was featured on WNBC TV’S “LX” during yesterday’s 5 PM  broadcast.  Hosts Sarah Gore and Siafa Lewis took a spin on the dance floor, guided by
BTF stars Trent Whiddon and Gordana Grandosek.   Watch the segment here: http://tinyurl.com/yk3q5d .

BURN THE FLOOR was the first Broadway show of the new season.  After opening in August and breaking box office records at the Longacre Theatre, the show announced its extension to January 3 2010.

The NY Daily News called it “Athletic, sensual and rocket-fueled.”  Bloomberg.com called “Utterly theatrical” and NY 1 TV called it “Hot, hot, hot.  Pulse pounding choreography.  A two hour adrenaline rush featuring some of the best and best-looking ballroom dancers in the world.”

BURN THE FLOOR plays at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre, 220 West 48 Street. The show has broken box office records at the Longacre Theatre and has extended its limited run to January 3 2010.

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A. TAPPAN WILDER
TO HOST TALK-BACK   
FOLLOWING SATURDAY MAT 10/17 PERFORMANCE
WITH THE CAST FROM  THE HIT OFF-BROADWAY PRODUCTION
OF THORNTON WILDER’S
“ O U R   T O W N ”
AT BARROW STREET THEATRE

New York, NY–A. Tappan Wilder, nephew of famed playwright Thornton Wilder and literary executor, and cast members of the critically acclaimed (Lucille Lortel Award-winning) production of’ Thornton Wilder’s Our Town  will host a ‘talk-back’ following the Saturday afternoon performance at 2:30 p.m. on October 17th  at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street).  Mr. Wilder will focus on the themes of  history and culture present in Our Town.

The complete cast includes (in alphabetical order) Jeremy Beiler as Simon Stimson.  Rob Beitzel as Howie Newsome,  Susan Bennett as Mrs. Soames, Kati Brazda as Mrs. Webb, Nathan Dame as Sam Craig, George Demas as Constable Warren,  Jennifer Grace as Emily, Wilbur Edwin Henry as Professor Willard, Adam Hinkle as Joe Crowell, Jacey Powers as Rebecca Gibbs, James McMenamin as George, Ken Marks as Editor Webb, Jake Horowitz as Wally Webb, Lori Myers as Mrs. Gibbs, Jay Russell  as Joe Stoddard, Armand Schultz as Doc Gibbs, and Jason Yachanin as Si Crowell, and Jason Butler Harner as the ‘Stage Manager.’

Our Town is produced by Scott Morfee, Jean Doumanian, Tom Wirtshafter, Ted Snowdon, Eagle Productions, Dena Hammerstein/Pam Pariseau, The Weinstein Company, and Burnt Umber Productions.

The performance schedule for Our Townis as follows: Tuesday – Friday at 7:30 p.m.,  Saturday at 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are priced at $69 & $49.50 and are available through SmartTix (212) 868.4444,  www.smarttix.com, or at the Barrow Street Theatre box office (open at 1 p.m. daily).  Student tickets at $20 are available on the day of performance only at the box office.

Barrow Street Theatre is located at 27 Barrow Street at 7th Avenue South in the heart of Greenwich Village.  Nearby subway stops are the 1 at Christopher Street (walk 1 block South on 7th Avenue to Barrow) and the A, C, E, B, D, F and V at West 4th (walk West on 4th Street, left on Barrow).

ourtownoffbroadway.com
barrowstreettheatre.com
Praise for Our Town:

 

“OUR KIND OF ‘TOWN’!  A WONDERFUL PRODUCTION WITH REVOLUTIONARY STAGING BY DAVID CROMER. IT TRULY ASTOUNDS!”

— Frank Scheck, NY Post

“RIVETING, RELEVENT, ENDURING AND EXCEPTIONAL!  IT STIRS THE IMAGINATION AND SENSES AND SENDS YOU OUT DEEPLY TOUCHED!”

— Joe Dziemianowicz, NY Daily News

 “ASTONISHINGLY REINVENTED BY DIRECTOR DAVID CROMER! AN INTIMATE PRODUCTION THAT BREATHES NEW LIFE INTO ONE OF THE 20th CENTURY’S GREAT PLAYS!”

 — Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press

“DAVID CROMER’S RETHINKING OF THORNTON WILDER’S MASTERPIECE IS A LANDMARK!”

— Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal

 

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NEW YORK’S FIRST & ONLY HALLOWEEN-THEMED
THEATERLAND NIGHTCLUB HAPPENING
“ P U R G A T O R I O ”
BEGINS PERFORMANCES TONIGHT

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT THROUGH OCTOBER 31 ONLY

New York, NY (9/12/2009) – Purgatorio, the newest venture from Simon Hammerstein and Randy Weiner (founding partners of famed downtown hotspot The Box), begins performances tonight at its tri-level space in the heart of Times Square (268 W. 47th Street).  A nightmare fantasyland created especially for Halloween season, Purgatorio features a cast of more than 100 performers and 15,000 square feet of fully-functional theatrical design by acclaimed theatrical scenic designer David Korins.  This limited engagement ends October 31.

By combining the energy and glamour of a world-class nightclub with the spectacle and illusion of the theater to offer guests an interactive Halloween experience unlike anything seen before in New York nightlife, Purgatorio is where nightmare meets nightlife.  Adults 21 and over will be immersed in a multi-level world of macabre fantasy complete with interactive variety acts and installations, all set in a dynamic environment that is at once frightening, erotic and whimsical. 

Purgatorio features production/scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Emilio Sosa, lighting design by Evan Morris and is being presented by CBS Radio’s New York stations.
Regular tickets for Purgatorio range from $39.99 to $59.99.  VIP tickets range from $59.99 to $79.99 and include two complimentary beverages and preferred access.  Tickets can be purchased at http://enterpurgatorio.com or by phone at (212) 352-3101 from New York City or (866) 871-4111 from outside New York City.

About The Box
Under the leadership of managing partners Simon Hammerstein, Richard Kimmel, and Randy Weiner, The Box has become New York City’s premier destination for late-night entertainment and has garnered international renown for its award-winning design, exclusive clientele, extraordinary service, and unique live productions.  Since opening in February 2007, it has presented over five hundred variety shows featuring top local talent and international celebrity guest stars such as Snoop Dogg, Kid Rock, Katy Perry, Queens of the Stone Age, Wu-Tang Clan, Moby, and LL Cool J.  The Box is also a high end, full service event facility. Past events include the launches of Microsoft’s Zune player, Virgin America, Absolut Pear, Ralph Lauren Notorious, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, and Topshop North America along with parties for Janet Jackson, Donna Karan, John McEnroe, Andre Balazs, and Sting.

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ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

BYE BYE BIRDIE’s

Gina Gershon
will be featured on
NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”
Friday, October 16th
Between 12:35AM-1:35AM on channel 4

Bye Bye Birdies star Gina Gershon will appear on NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Friday, October 16th at 12:35AM on channel 4. 

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

Bye Bye Birdie is the inaugural production of the new Henry Miller’s Theatre (124 West 43rd Street) with official opening tonight on Broadway. This will be a limited engagement through January 10th, 2010.

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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MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S
NIGHTINGALE
BEGINS PREVIEWS TONIGHT

NEW PLAY WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY LYNN REDGRAVE
TO OPEN TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3
AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE I

The Manhattan Theatre Club production of NIGHTINGALE, the new play written and performed by Lynn Redgrave and directed by Joseph Hardy, begins previews tonight at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street) in preparation for a Tuesday, November 3 opening night.

Tony Award and Academy Award nominee Lynn Redgrave stars in her new play inspired by her need to create a life for her maternal grandmother, a woman she barely knew. NIGHTINGALE is a play about a promising woman stymied by society and all but erased by history, a touching personal tribute and a resounding song for all those people whose voices we’ve lost, or never known.

Redgrave, who is a longtime cancer survivor, learned that she had a medical condition a week before performances were set to begin which required immediate attention. The side effects of her treatment make it necessary for Redgrave to use her script while performing her play.

The creative team for NIGHTINGALE includes Tobin Ost (Scenic Design), Alejo Vietti (Costume Design), Rui Rita (Lighting Design), and John Gromada (Original Music & Sound Design).

Manhattan Theatre Club’s complete Broadway season at the Samuel J. Friedman includes the new production of George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber’s THE ROYAL FAMILY which recently opened to glowing reviews, the New York premiere of Donald MarguliesTIME STANDS STILL, and the Broadway premiere of MarguliesCOLLECTED STORIES. In addition to NIGHTINGALE, the complete Off-Broadway season includes Bill Cain’s EQUIVOCATION and Polly Stenham’s THAT FACE.

Subscriptions to MTC’s 2009-2010 season are currently available by calling (212) 399-3050, Monday - Friday, noon - 10 PM, Saturday 2 PM – 6 PM with a major credit card. Subscriptions are also available online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. MTC productions have earned a total of 16 Tony Awards and six Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. MTC has their Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and an Off-Broadway theatre at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include Ruined; The American Plan; Top Girls; Come Back, Little Sheba; Blackbird; Translations; Shining City; Rabbit Hole; Doubt; Proof; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Love! Valour! Compassion!; A Small Family Business; Sylvia; Putting It Together; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain’t Misbehavin’.
 
For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR NIGHTINGALE

  • Tickets for NIGHTINGALE are available via New York City Center Box Office (131 West 55th Street), CityTix® (212-581-1212) and www.nycitycenter.org.
  • Tickets for NIGHTINGALE are $75.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Please note NIGHTINGALE is dark on Mondays
·        THROUGH SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18: Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Sunday at 2 and 7 PM. No matinee on Saturday.
·        MONDAY, OCTOBER 19 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8: Tuesday at 7 PM. Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
·        MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22: Tuesday at 7 PM. Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
·        MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29 (THANKSGIVING WEEK): Tuesday at 7 PM. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
·        MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13: Tuesday at 7 PM. Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

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Thursday, 15 October 2009 10:42

The Understudy's Justin Kirk in the News

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

THE UNDERSTUDY’s

JUSTIN KIRK
In the news

NEW YORK MAGAZINE’s
“21 Questions”
NEWYORKMAGAZINE

BROADWAY.COM’s
“What’s Up?”
BROADWAY.COM

The Understudy will open officially on Thursday, November 5, 2009
Off-Broadway at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre

 

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is proud to present the New York premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s new comedy The Understudy, directed by Scott Ellis featuring Mark-Paul Gosselaar (TNT’s “Raising the Bar”) as “Jake”,  Justin Kirk (Showtime’s “Weeds”) as “Harry” and Tony® Award winner Julie White as “Roxanne”.

The Understudy opens officially on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street).  This is a limited engagement through Sunday, January 3rd, 2010.

The design team includes Alexander Dodge (Sets), Tom Broecker (Costumes), Kenneth Posner (Lights), Obadiah Eaves (Original Music & Sound).

Box office heroes and washed-up has-beens take heed: the play's almost the thing. In this bitingly witty and entertaining comedy by Theresa Rebeck (Mauritius), the lights of Broadway cast an affectionate glow over this look at one of the most notorious roles in the theatre: the understudy.

TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre box office (111 West 46 Street).  Ticket prices range from $70.00-$80.00.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
The Understudy plays Tuesday through Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. 

www.roundabouttheatre.org
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Oleanna
Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles in
Oleanna
Photo: Craig Schwartz

David Mamet’s Oleanna is a riveting play.  Interestingly, between the passage of time from when the play first premiered (1992) and now,  and the performance given by our leading man, this play appears to be about something altogether different than Mamet originally intended. 

A college professor played by Bill Pullman meets with a young, seemingly naïve student played by Julia Stiles.  She doesn’t understand the course he is teaching.  During the first scene it is hard to make heads or tails of what the student wants or expects from the professor.    She only completes about fifty percent of the sentences she starts (as does he for that matter).  She comes off as suffering from some type of post-traumatic stress disorder.   

SUPERIOR DONUTS
now on sale thru
MARCH 28th, 2010

 

Tickets for the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Steppenwolf’s SUPERIOR DONUTS will now be on sale through MARCH 28th, 2010.

SUPERIOR DONUTS, under the direction of TINA LANDAU,continues to star JANE ALDERMAN, KATE BUDDEKE, CLIFF CHAMBERLAIN, MICHAEL GARVEY, JON MICHAEL HILL, MICHAEL McKEAN, ROBERT MAFFIA, JAMES VINCENT MEREDITH, and YASEN PEYANKOV.

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Here’s what critics have had to say about SUPERIOR DONUTS:

“A warm bath of a play that will leave Broadway audiences with satisfied smiles. Tracy Letts has a finely honed sense of comic rhythms, as he displayed in August: Osage County.”

                                                                                                -The New York Times

“Tender and Honest, Superior Donuts, is beautifully written, acted, and directed. A timely reminder of the heady pleasure ace actors and ace storytelling can bring.”

                                                                                                -New York Post

“3 ½ Stars! Tasty, Warm, and Fulfilling!”
                       
                                                                                                -NY Daily News

“An evening of fine entertainment. We are hooked!”

                                                                                                -Associated Press

“A soulful play, full of humor and humanity. Tracy Letts continues to surprise. His words are so alive with poignancy and wit that they take hold of you”

                                                                                                -Variety

“3 ½ stars. Tremendously entertaining. A sweet, warm comedic confection.”

                                                                                                -USA Today

 

SUPERIOR DONUTS makes its Broadway premiere direct from a sold-out engagement at Steppenwolf Theatre Company where it had its world premiere in the summer of 2008.  TINA LANDAU makes her Broadway straight play directing debut with this production which she directed at Steppenwolf. 

Arthur Przybyszewski owns a decrepit donut shop in the uptown neighborhood of Chicago.  Franco Wicks, a black teenager who is his only employee, wants to change the shop for the better.  This comedy-drama, set in the heart of one of Chicago’s most diverse communities, explores the challenges of embracing the past and the redemptive power of friendship.

The design team includes: Scenic Design by James Schuette, costume design by Ana Kuzmanic, Lighting Design by Christopher Akerlind, and sound design by Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen.

The Steppenwolf production of Superior Donuts will be produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jean Doumanian, Jerry Frankel, Awaken Entertainment, Debra Black, Chase Mishkin, Karmichelle Productions/Robert G. Bartner, Carole & Barry Kaye/Irv Welzer, Andrew Asnes, Rebecca Gold, Kathleen K. Johnson, George Kaufman, Charlie McAteer, Terry Schnuck, Michael Gardner/David Jaroslowicz, Roy Gottlieb/Raise The Roof Two, Dena Hammerstein/Pam Pariseau, and Stewart F. Lane/Bonnie Comley.

Tickets are currently on sale through Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200.

Superior Donuts will perform at The Music Box Theatre, 239 West 45th Street, Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday thru Saturday at 8pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2 pm, and Sunday at 3pm.

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Wednesday, 14 October 2009 16:10

Bye Bye Birdie Opens Tomorrow Oct 15

OPENING NIGHT TOMORROW THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15th!

 

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
Presents

John Stamos                  Gina Gershon
&
Bill Irwin 
in
Bye Bye Birdie
Book by                                              Music by                                        Lyrics by
MICHAEL STEWART         CHARLES STROUSE              LEE ADAMS

with
Jayne Houdyshell Dee Hoty
Matt Doyle Jake Evan Schwencke    Allie Trimm

&
Nolan Gerard Funk
As “Conrad Birdie”

Directed and Choreographed by ROBERT LONGBOTTOM

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

 

Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway production of Bye Bye Birdie officially opens tomorrow, Thursday, October 15th. 

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

Bye Bye Birdie is the inaugural production of the new Henry Miller’s Theatre (124 West 43rd Street).  This will be a limited engagement through January 10th, 2010.

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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CAST ANNOUNCED FOR NEW CIRQUE DU SOLEIL PRODUCTION
BANANA SHPEEL
STARS FROM BROADWAY’S JERSEY BOYS AND WICKED
JOIN INTERNATIONAL COMEDIC AND DANCE TALENT

Tickets on Sale Now for Performances at The Beacon Theatre
From February 4 through April 30, 2010
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New York, October 8, 2009 – Stars from Broadway’s Jersey Boys and Wicked will join the distinctive cast of comedic and dance talent in the brand new theatrical production, Banana Shpeel, presented by Cirque du Soleil and MSG Entertainment. Banana Shpeel will perform at The Beacon Theatre for a limited engagement from February 4 through April 30, 2010. Tickets are available now for all performances at www.cirquedusoleil.com or www.beacontheatre.com.

Michael Longoria, who starred as Frankie Valli in the Broadway production of Jersey Boys, will portray Emmett, an innocent and romantic young actor, while Annaleigh Ashford, who starred as Glinda in Wicked on Broadway and in Chicago, portrays his love interest Katie, and Remo Airaldi, a prolific resident company member of Boston’s acclaimed American Repertory Theater, portrays Schmelky, a cruel and irritable theater producer. Joining them is an international crew of comedic actors: Claudio Carneiro (Brazil), Daniel Passer (U.S.), Patrick de Valette (France), Gordon White (Canada), and Wayne Wilson (U.S.). In keeping with Cirque du Soleil’s unique and diverse performers, global talents showcased in Banana Shpeel include Russian hand balancer Dmitry Bulkin, Vietnamese juggler Tuan Le, Spanish foot juggler Vanessa Alvarez, and the American sister-brother tap dance duo, Joseph and Josette Wiggan. Completing the cast is a talented ensemble comprised of 10 “triple threats”: singer-actor-dancers Robyn Baltzer, Alex Ellis, Adrienne Jean Fisher, DeWitt Fleming Jr., Luke Hawkins, Kathleen Hennessey, Adrienne Reid, Anthony J. Russo, Melissa Schott, and Steven T. Williams.

The Band
Under the direction of Band Leader Robert Cookman, the Banana Shpeel original score is performed live on stage by Roland Barber (trombone), Bobby Brennan (bass), James Campagnola (multi-instrumental), Iohann Laliberté (drums), Jean-François Ouellet (saxophone), Peter Sachon (cello) and Scott Steen (trumpet).

The Show
Banana Shpeel is a roller-coaster mix of styles that blends comedy with tap, hip hop, eccentric dance and slapstick, all linked by a narrative that ignites a succession of wacky adventures. This is not circus, or a musical or a variety show, or even vaudeville. It is Banana Shpeel!


Propelled by crazy humor and intense choreography, Banana Shpeel plunges us into the world of Schmelky, who dangles fame and fortune in front of Emmett, who has come to audition for him. Emmett soon finds himself trapped in a flamboyant, anarchic world where Schmelky sows terror and reigns supreme. Emmett falls in love with the beautiful Katie and meets a bunch of absurd characters, including the strange Banana Man. But who is this mysterious Banana Man and how can Emmett escape the clutches of Schmelky and his henchmen?

The Creative Team
The Banana Shpeel Creative Team includes: Artistic Guides Guy Laliberté (Cirque du Soleil Founder) and Gilles Ste-Croix; Writer and Director David Shiner; Director of Creation Serge Roy; Composer and Musical Director Jean-François Côté; Comic Act Designer Stefan Haves; Choreographer Jared Grimes; Costume Designer Dominique Lemieux; Set Designer and Props Co-Designer Patricia Ruel; Props Co-Designer Jasmine Catudal; Lighting Designer Bruno Rafie; Sound Designer Harvey Robitaille; and Make-up Designer Eleni Uranis.

Banana Shpeel Writer and Director David Shiner started out as a mime in Paris. His career took off in 1984 when he was discovered at the renowned circus festival Cirque de Demain. Shiner later teamed up with Bill Irwin to create the wordless two-man show Fool Moon, which played from 1992 to 1999, including three Broadway runs. Fool Moon picked up numerous prizes, including a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award. In 2007, Shiner directed his first Cirque du Soleil production, the big top touring show KOOZA.

Performance Schedule
Banana Shpeel will perform for a limited engagement from February 4 through April 30, 2010 at The Beacon Theatre.

Tuesdays          8pm
Wednesdays    2pm & 8pm
Thursdays         8pm
Fridays             8pm
Saturdays         4pm & 8pm
Sundays           3pm & 7pm


Ticket Information
Tickets are available now for performances from February 4 through April 30, 2010. Tickets range from $45 to $120 with a limited number of premium tickets available for all performances. To purchase tickets, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com or www.beacontheatre.com.

Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2009. From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has more than 4,000 employees from over 40 different countries, including 1,000 performing artists.

Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to almost 90 million spectators in over 200 cities on five continents. In 2009, Cirque will present 20 shows simultaneously throughout the world. Cirque du Soleil International Headquarters are in Montreal, Canada. For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.

MSG Entertainment
MSG Entertainment (MSGE), the live entertainment arm of Cablevision Systems Corporations, is a worldwide entertainment company recognized for its signature combination of event production and entertainment marketing. In addition to the nearly 700 entertainment concerts and events that take place each year at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, The Beacon Theatre and The Chicago Theatre, MSGE has an exclusive co-booking agreement with Boston’s Citi Performing Arts Center/Wang Theatre. MSG Entertainment’s live events include The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, which includes the national arena tour and the theatrical tour and has played to more than 43 different cities across North America. Additionally, MSGE has an ongoing partnership with Cirque du Soleil to create new content and productions for its venues. Wintuk, which premiered in 2007, was built exclusively for The Theater at Madison Square Garden and runs every holiday season. More than six million people attend MSG Entertainment branded events annually including concerts, special events, and family attractions. For information about The Beacon Theatre, visit www.beacontheatre.com.