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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

 

 

 

GLOBAL LAUNCH FOR ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S LONG-AWAITED NEW PRODUCTION

“LOVE NEVER DIES” TO WORLD PREMIERE IN LONDON AT THE ADELPHI THEATRE ON TUESDAY 9 MARCH 2010 AND   NEW YORK ON THURSDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2010

RAMIN KARIMLOO AND SIERRA BOGGESS TO STAR AS ‘THE PHANTOM’ AND ‘CHRISTINE’ IN LONDON

‘THE PHANTOM’ CONTINUES TO HOLD THE WORLD IN THRALL AS HE RETURNS TO PROVE THAT “LOVE NEVER DIES”

Today, Thursday 8 October, Andrew Lloyd Webber unveils his brand new production “LOVE NEVER DIES” at a global launch in London. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long awaited new show will have its World Premiere in London at the Adelphi Theatre on Tuesday 9 March 2010 followed by New York on Thursday 11 November and in Australia in 2011.

“LOVE NEVER DIES” continues the story of ‘The Phantom’, who has moved from his lair in the Paris Opera House to haunt the fairgrounds of Coney Island, far across the Atlantic.  Set 10 years after the mysterious disappearance of ‘The Phantom’ from Paris, this show is a rollercoaster ride of obsession and intrigue...in which music and memory can play cruel tricks...and ‘The Phantom’ sets out to prove that, indeed, “LOVE NEVER DIES”.

“The Phantom of the Opera”, based on the French novel by Gaston Leroux, has proved a huge success the world over and has been seen by over 100 million people, making it the single most successful entertainment entity in history. The show has been translated into 15 languages and appeared in over 25 different countries including China, Brazil, Poland and Korea.  “The Phantom of the Opera” opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London on 9 October 1986 starring Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford and celebrates its 23rd London birthday tomorrow on 9 October. “The Phantom of the Opera” won a staggering 50 awards worldwide, whilst global album sales currently stand at over 40 million copies.

Ramin Karimloo will create the role of ‘The Phantom’ in “LOVE NEVER DIES”, having already played the role to great acclaim in “The Phantom of the Opera” in London.  Ramin’s other stage credits include starring as ‘Enjolras’ in “Les Misérables” in the West End, ‘Chris’ in the UK tour of “Miss Saigon” and ‘Artie Green’ in the UK tour of “Sunset Boulevard”. Ramin also played ‘Raoul’ in the West End production of “The Phantom of the Opera”, as well as the role of ‘Christine’s Father’ in Joel Schumacher’s film, making him the only actor to play all three of ‘Christine’s’ loves.

Sierra Boggess will create the role of ‘Christine’ in “LOVE NEVER DIES”. Sierra made her Broadway debut creating the lead role of ‘Ariel’ in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”, receiving both Drama League and Drama Desk Award nominations and a Broadway.com Audience Award for ‘Favourite Breakthrough Performance’. She also understudied the role of ‘Cosette’ on the Broadway National Tour of “Les Misérables”. In 2007 Sierra was handpicked by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Hal Prince to originate the role of ‘Christine’ in a brand new production of “Phantom - the Las Vegas Spectacular”. “LOVE NEVER DIES” marks Sierra’s West End debut.

Glenn Slater, lyricist, was nominated for the 2008 Tony and Grammy Awards for Disney’s theatrical production of “The Little Mermaid”.  He is lyricist on the current London production of “Sister Act”.  Bob Crowley, set and costume designer, recently worked on “Phèdre” with Helen Mirren at the National Theatre. His many award-winning productions include “The History Boys”, “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”, Disney’s “Aida”, “Mary Poppins” and “The Year of Magical Thinking”.  Choreographer Jerry Mitchell recently made his directorial debut with “Legally Blonde” on Broadway and also choreographed the award-winning musical productions of “La Cage aux Folles”, “Hairspray” and “The Full Monty”.  Director Jack O’Brien directed the award-winning London production of “Hairspray” and won Tony awards for the Broadway productions of Tom Stoppard’s “The Coast of Utopia”, “Hairspray” and the 2004 production of “Henry IV”.  His other productions include Stoppard’s “The Invention of Love”, “The Full Monty”, “Hapgood”, “Damn Yankees”, “The Little Foxes”, and operas including “Street Scene” at New York City Opera and “Il Triticco” at the Metropolitan Opera later this year.

“LOVE NEVER DIES” is running a unique online campaign alongside its traditional marketing plan.  An online hub www.loveneverdies.com has been created, providing fans with regular production updates and blogs as well as being able to follow ‘The Phantom’ on Twitter and Facebook.  Fans can access all this information and from today, register interest for tickets on the site for the upcoming international productions.

The World Premiere of “LOVE NEVER DIES” will take place in London on 9 March 2010 at the Adelphi Theatre. Previews begin on 20 February.  The show will then premiere in New York on 11 November 2010 and in Australia in 2011.

The “LOVE NEVER DIES” album was completed in September 2009 and will be released on Wednesday, 10 March 2010, the day after the World Premiere in London.

Performances in London at the Adelphi Theatre will be Mondays - Saturdays at 7.30pm, with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets, priced from £25.00 – £67.50 (to include 75p theatre restoration levy and inclusive of booking fees), are available from the Adelphi Theatre Box Office on 0844 412 4651 or online from www.loveneverdies.com.

By seeing the matinee of “The Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre on a Tuesday or Saturday afternoon and “LOVE NEVER DIES” at the Adelphi on a Tuesday or Saturday evening, new and diehard fans can follow the whole ‘Phantom’ story in a single day.

Tickets go on sale and the website goes live on 8 October.

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Superior Donuts
Michael McKean and Jon Michael Hill in Superior Donuts
Photo: Robert J. Saferstein
Superior Donuts, the new play by Tracy Letts will have you wondering how  this could possibly be the same Tracy Letts who wrote August: Osage County.  While August was about angst and family drama, Superior Donuts is a comedy/drama about a very unlikely friendship,  the loss of individualism to the corporate machine and the softening of a cynical heart.    With Superior Donuts Mr. Letts has proven he has the range to become the next Arthur Miller or Tennessee Williams. 
Wednesday, 07 October 2009 13:33

"Jersey Boys" Wows Washington DC

JERSEY BOYS
WOWS WASHINGTON, DC

The Washington, DC engagement of JERSEY BOYS opened to rave reviews at the National Theatre Sunday, October 4 where it will play through Saturday evening, December 12.  From there, the national tour will play Detroit from December 17 through January 23, 2010.

WASHINGTON POST
Peter Marks of the Washington Post writes “They wrote that one, too? Aside from being a Garden State trove of earthy delights, JERSEY BOYS is a rock-and-roll jolt of history, a smashing serenade of the muscular harmonies of one of the more remarkable sensations of the ‘60s. And what audiences are treated to at the National Theatre, in the musical’s premiere Washington engagement, is great entertainment. With a keen appreciation for the group members’ salty offstage personalities, Brickman and Elice fashion a slick and lively chronicle of the Four Seasons’ climb to the summit, and the troubles that dogged them once they got there. The story floats on effervescent clouds of pop melody -- nearly three dozen songs by Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe that have the power to turn anyone 17 again. (Those who’ll groove might even include actual 17-year-olds.) If your nerve endings do not send you spontaneous shimmy-and-shake commands during the rendition of, say, “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” maybe it’s time to have your reflexes checked.”  Click here to read the entire review: 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/05/AR2009100503825.html

WASHINGTON TIMES
Jayne Blanchard of the Washington Times gives it 3 ½ stars out of 4.  “If you’re a die-hard Four Seasons fan — and judging from the roaring and cheering from Sunday night’s crowd, there are slews of them — the pitch-perfect renditions of ‘Sherry,’ ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry,’ ‘Walk Like a Man,’ ‘Stay’ and ‘Working My Way Back to You’ will transport you back to a time of transistor radios and beach-blanket bingo. The set, with its Roy Lichtenstein-style pop projections, and Jess Goldstein’s glitzy confectionary costumes complete the vibrant portrait of 1960s America.  Those who may have thought of the Four Seasons as old-school pompadoured bubble-gum rockers will find themselves with a newfound appreciation for their sound and innovations.”  Click here to read the entire review:
http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/oct/06/theater-oh-what-a-night-with-jersey-boys/

BALTIMORE SUN
Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun raves “This isn’t just a nostalgia feast engineered to unleash fuzzy feelings in people of a certain age.  Written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, the affectionate, but unsentimental, show effectively mingles enough biography to produce genuine and interesting characters onstage.  Director Des McAnuff has the action flowing in well-oiled fashion through Klara Zieglerova’s sleek set design, with its metal platforms and a few props, accented by Michael Clark’s nifty projections. And the cast achieves a level of ensemble as tight as the Four Seasons’ harmonies.”  Click here to read the entire review:  http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/arts/bal-ae.artsscene06oct06,0,6551689.story

MIX 107.3 RADIO
Chilli Amar of MIX 107.3fm Radio raves “I had no idea how MUCH I'd LOVE IT!! The cast was PHENOMENAL. I knew almost every song in the show...even though Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons were a hit before I was born.  I was totally engaged in the story from beginning to end. I sang along to some of my favorite songs...and yes, I even danced in my seat!  My boyfriend Don isn't really a big fan of theatre...especially musicals...but even HE loved the show.  Do yourself a favor and buy tickets while they last. I'm sure many performances will sell out once word gets out how TERRIFIC this cast is.”  Click here to read the entire review:  http://www.mix1073fm.com/article.asp?id=1531819&SPID=17372

DRAMAURGE
John F. Glass of Dramaurge writes “Solid Gold.  Effective on many levels - as a comedy, musical performance, dance, light show, and celebration of the human spirit - JERSEY BOYS is supremely entertaining.  Like everyone else at the National Theatre, I rose in applause for ‘A Standing O.’"
http://www.dramaurge.com/

The cast of JERSEY BOYS is lead by Matt Bailey (Tommy DeVito), Joseph Leo Bwarie (Frankie Valli), Josh Franklin (Bob Gaudio), original Broadway cast member Steve Gouveia (Nick Massi), with Jonathan Hadley and Joseph Siravo.

The ensemble of JERSEY BOYS includes Sarah Darling, Christopher DeAngelis, Graham Fenton, John Gardiner, Buck Hujabre, Leo Huppert, Michelle Knight, Renée Marino, Brandon Matthieus, Denise Payne, Nathan Scherich, Brian Silverman, Courter Simmons, Ryan Strand, Kara Tremel and Kevin Worley.

JERSEY BOYS is the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award®, the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, and most recently, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Des McAnuff, JERSEY BOYS is written by Academy Award-winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

JERSEY BOYS opened at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway to critical acclaim on November 6, 2005.  The JERSEY BOYS National Tour opened to rave reviews in San Francisco on December 1, 2006, played a record-breaking run in Los Angeles and is still breaking house records in cities across North America.  There are seven current productions of JERSEY BOYS:  New York, London, Chicago, Las Vegas, Toronto, a US National tour, and Melbourne, Australia. 

JERSEY BOYS is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. It’s a journey of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty.

The Original Broadway Cast Recording of JERSEY BOYS was produced by Bob Gaudio, and was recently certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The cast recording is now available on Rhino Records. JERSEY BOYS: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (Broadway Books) is the official handbook to the smash Broadway hit.

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Tuesday, 06 October 2009 11:30

Jersey Boys Cast Album Certified Platinum

JERSEY BOYS WALK LIKE A MAN TO PLATINUM

Grammy®-Winning Cast Recording Achieves Major Milestone
as the Musical Continues its Stellar Run Reaching Three Continents

 

LOS ANGELES — Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, adds another award to its crowded mantle. The Original Cast Recording has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) commemorating sales of over one million copies in the United States. The album won the Grammy for Best Musical Show Album in 2006 and continues to be a sales juggernaut, repeatedly landing in the Top 25 of Billboard’s Top Catalog Albums chart nearly four years after its release.   This week, the album is #1 on Billboard's Top Cast Albums Chart.

Since its 2005 debut, Jersey Boys has become one of Broadway’s biggest success stories in recent memory, playing to constantly sold-out crowds and garnering remarkable reviews. The musical also won the Tony® Award for Best Musical in 2006 and the Olivier® Award for Best New Musical in 2009. Jersey Boys tells the story behind the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, following the unlikely rags-to-riches rise of four blue-collar kids who worked their way from the streets of Newark to the heights of stardom.

Produced by Bob Gaudio, an original member of The Four Seasons, the show features the cast performing the group’s biggest hits, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “December 1963 (Oh What A Night),” “Walk Like A Man,” “Dawn (Go Away)” and more.

Nearing the four-year anniversary of its Broadway debut, the production is still playing to record-setting crowds across the country including extended runs in Chicago and Las Vegas. Jersey Boys is also playing to packed houses internationally. The musical made its London and Toronto debuts last year and opened this summer at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne, Australia

www.JerseyBoysInfo.com

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“YOU CAN’T ARGUE WITH A PLAY THAT RETAINS THE POWER TO GET
THEATERGOERS ARGUING WITH EACH OTHER AS THEY HEAD HOME. 
OLEANNA HASN’T LOST ITS POWER TO RILE AN AUDIENCE!”
– The Los Angeles Times, 2009

 “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” star STEPHANIE MARCH,
Air America Media host LIONEL, FOX-5 reporter ANNE CRAIG,
Emmy-winning TV reporter and Sirius XM’s PIA LINDSTROM,
high-profile criminal defense attorney BENJAMIN BRAFMAN,
4-time Tony Award nominee TOVAH FELDSHUH,
professional mediator SUSAN SANGILLO BELLIFEMINE,
FOX News pundit LEONARD JACOBS & stage legend MARIAN SELDES
CONFIRMED AS
ADDITIONAL PANELISTS FOR
TAKE A SIDE: THE OLEANNA TALK-BACK SERIES
DURING PREVIEW PERFORMANCES OF
OLE-0011M-BWLOGO_2
THE FIRST-EVER BROADWAY PRODUCTION OF
THE PROVOCATIVE DRAMA BY DAVID MAMET

(New York) – Producer Jeffrey Finn announced today additional panelists for the TAKE A SIDE: THE OLEANNA TALK-BACK SERIES, the special post-show series for audiences during previews of the first-ever Broadway production of  OLEANNA, the provocative drama by Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles.  The ongoing event takes place after every preview performance (September 29 – October 10) at The Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street).

New panelists confirmed include “Law & Order: SVU” actress Stephanie March; Air America Media morning drive host Lionel; FOX-5 feature reporter Anne Craig; 2-time Emmy-winning TV reporter and Sirius XM Satellite Radio personality Pia Lindstrom; high-profile criminal defense attorney Benjamin Brafman; 4-time Tony Award nominee Tovah Feldshuh; FOX News’ Strategy Room political pundit and editor of The Clyde Fitch Report Leonard Jacobs; professional mediator Susan Sangillo Bellifemine and Theater Hall of Fame stage legend Marian Seldes.

They join a roster that includes the previously-announced Emmy-winning TV talk show host Montel Williams, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” star and Tony nominee Kathryn Erbe; former NY Knicks Senior Vice President Anucha Browne Sanders, who won a headline-grabbing  2006 sexual harassment suit against Madison Square Garden; New York Post theater columnist Michael Riedel; 3-time Tony nominee Marc Kudisch; attorney Ned H. Bassen; NYC Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs Kate D. Levin; former New York City mayor David Dinkins; NYC Deputy Mayor of Education and Community Development Dennis Walcott; FOX News Channel legal analyst Lis Wiehl; legal partner Anne C. Vladeck, who represented Anucha Brown Sanders against Madison Square Garden; Dean of the Tisch School of the Arts Mary Schmidt Campbell; Founding and Managing Partner of Outten & Golden LLP  Wayne N. Outten; Legal Partner of Proskauer Rose LLP Kathleen M. McKenna; discrimination litigation attorney Debra L. Raskin; NYU Professor of Urban Policy and Planning Mitchell Moss; and NYU/Tisch Associate Arts Professor and Laurence Maslon, with more to be announced.

Since its instantly incendiary debut in 1992, OLEANNA has consistently been a provocative and stimulating experience for audiences that incites conversation, discussion and intellectual conflict.  The TAKE A SIDE: THE OLEANNA TALK-BACK SERIES is being produced to offer a lively forum for each audience to collectively discuss, debate and comment on the controversial themes of the play with a direct correlation to today’s current issues.  Regarded as one of the most provocative dramas of our time, OLEANNA has always divided audiences into heated, post-show debates often compelling them to fiercely side with either character.  Critics weighing in on this new production during its pre-Broadway, Los Angeles engagement at The Mark Taper Forum confirm that the play hasn’t lost any of its bite, power or relevance, noting the intense post-show conversations that erupt nightly.

With the OLEANNA Talk-Back Series, for 20 minutes following each preview performance, distinguished celebrities from the worlds of media, entertainment, politics, law and education will discuss and debate the issues brought up by this production, as well as take questions.  The group of panelists has been specifically chosen to contribute their specialized expertise and further stimulate spirited debate. 

Alternating moderators for the series will be Judith Kaye, JD (Juris Doctor from Harvard and President of Judith Kaye Training & Consulting) and Cynthia Tornquist (President of Tornquist Productions LLC and former CNN correspondent). 

A complete schedule with all moderators and panelist, as well as their bios, is attached separately.

Please note: Schedule subject to change.

Directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt), OLEANNA is a gripping account of a power struggle between a male university professor (Pullman) and one of his female students (Stiles).  Opening Night is set for Sunday, October 11 at 6:30 PM.

The Broadway production features scenic design by Neil Patel, costume design by four-time Tony Award winner Catherine Zuber, lighting design by two-time Tony Award winner Donald Holder and fight direction by Rick Sordelet.  Production Stage Manager is Charles Means.  The Broadway production is produced by Jeffrey Finn, Arlene Scanlan, Jed Bernstein, Ken Davenport, Carla Emil, Ergo Entertainment, Harbor Entertainment, Elie Hirschfeld, Rachel Hirschfeld, HOP Theatricals, Brian Fenty/Martha H. Jones and Center Theatre Group.

Direct from a smash hit summer engagement in Los Angeles, this new production of OLEANNA was an instant hit with critics and audiences alike, premiering to rave reviews at The Mark Taper Forum.

In The Los Angeles Times, Charles McNulty called this new production “AN 80-MINUTE PRIZE FIGHT! You can’t argue with a play that retains the power to get theatergoers arguing with each other as they head home.  OLEANNA hasn’t lost its power to rile an audience.”

In The Hollywood Reporter, Jay Reiner proclaimed it, “DYNAMITE THEATER! Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles are RIVETING together under Doug Hughes’ taut direction.  Mamet’s dialogue flies between the two characters like a shattered pane of glass, each fragment finding its mark and leaving a speck of blood.” 

In Variety, Bob Verini cheered, “BRILLIANT ACTING and Doug Hughes’ canny helming fully animate David Mamet’s GALVANIC play.  Stiles is SUPERB, achieving increasing majesty with each uppercut.  Pullman is a REVELATION.  His horrified stagger is ONE OF THE SPELLBINDING EMOTIONAL EXHIBITIONS OF THIS THEATRICAL YEAR.” 

In The Wall Street Journal, Terry Teachout raved, calling it, “ENTHRALLING!  OLEANNA PACKS A KNOCKDOWN PUNCH!

And Ben Brantley of The New York Times in this season’s Fall Preview calls OLEANNA “THE ULTIMATE HE-SAID / SHE-SAID DRAMA!”

Tickets, $116.50 to $76.50, are available for purchase through visiting www.telecharge.com, calling (212) 239-6200 or visiting The Golden Theatre box office (252 West 45th Street).  The performance schedule for OLEANNA will be Tuesday at 7PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2PM and Sunday at 3PM.  During previews, Tuesdays are at 8PM.

www.OleannaOnBroadway.com

ARTISTIC BIOGRAPHIES

Bill Pullman (John) returns to the Broadway stage for the first time since he received a 2002 Drama Desk Award nomination starring opposite Mercedes Ruehl in Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?.  Other recent stage work includes a second Drama Desk nomination for his appearance in Albee’s Peter and Jerry in 2007 at Second Stage and the 2006 Kennedy Center production of The Subject Was Roses (Helen Hayes Award nomination).  With a major career in stage, film and television, Pullman is perhaps best known for his roles in the films Independence Day, Lost Highway, Sleepless in Seattle, Ruthless People, While You Were Sleeping, The Grudge, Spaceballs, Scary Movie 4, and the recent Bottle Shock, Noble Son and Surveillance.

Julia Stiles (Carol) earned great acclaim for her performance in a previous production of Oleanna in London’s West End in 2004. Having begun her career in the Theater at a young age in New York City, her additional stage credits include the 2002 Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night as Viola, James Lapine’s Fran’s Bed at Playwrights Horizons and The Vagina Monologues. Oleanna will mark her Broadway debut.  She made her cinematic debut at age 15 in I Love You, I Love You Not with Claire Danes.  She followed this with many films, most notably, 10 Things I Hate About You, Save the Last Dance,  Mona Lisa Smiles,two David Mamet films State and Main and Edmond and the three Bourne movies – The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum.

David Mamet (Playwright) is the acclaimed and award-winning author of numerous plays including Glengarry Glen Ross (1984 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award, 2005 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play), American Buffalo, Boston Marriage, November, Speed-The-Plow and The Cryptogram. His new play Race will debut on Broadway this fall and he’ll also be represented Off-Broadway with a double bill of one acts at The Atlantic Theatre Company, of which he is a Founding Member. He has written the screenplays for such films as The Verdict, The Untouchables, Wag the Dog and his own adaptation of Oleanna, and has twice been nominated for an Academy Award. He has written and directed 10 films including Homicide, The Spanish Prisoner, State and Main, House of Games, Spartan and Redbelt and he’s also directed for the Theater. 

Doug Hughes (Director) won the 2005 Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lortel and Callaway awards for his direction of John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Doubt.  His other Broadway credits include A Man for All Seasons, Mauritius, Inherit the Wind, A Touch of the Poet, A Naked Girl on the Appian Way and Frozen (Tony nomination). His many Off-Broadway productions include The Grey Zone (Obie Award), Flesh and Blood (Callaway Award), Farragut North, Howard Katz and The Paris Letter, and he’s also directed numerous production for most of the nation’s leading theatre companies.  He’s Resident Director of New York’s Roundabout Theatre Company and in 2005 he won an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence. This fall he’s also directing a Broadway revival of The Royal Family for MTC.

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Roundabout Theatre Company
Announces the full company!

 Victor Garber
Stars in a new Broadway production of
PRESENT LAUGHTER

By Noël Coward

with
Brooks Ashmanskas
Lisa Banes, Nancy E. Carroll, Alice Duffy, Holley Fain, Pamela Jane Gray, James Joseph O’Neil,
Richard Poe, Marc Vietor
and
Harriet Harris

Directed by Nicholas Martin

Preview performances will begin on January 2nd, 2010
Opening night is January 21st, 2010
On Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is proud to announce the full company for the new Broadway production of Noël Coward’s comedy Present Laughter, starring Victor Garber as “Garry Essendine”, directed by Nicholas Martin

Present Laughter will begin preview performances on January 2nd, 2010 and open officially on January 21st, 2010 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement through March 21, 2010.

The cast will also include Harriet Harris (Monica Reed), Brooks Ashmanskas (Roland Maule), Lisa Banes (Liz Essendine), Nancy E. Carroll (Miss Erickson), Alice Duffy (Lady Saltburn), Holley Fain (Daphne Stillington), Pamela Jane Gray (Joanna Lypiatt), James Joseph O’Neil (Fred), Richard Poe (Henry Lypiatt), Marc Vietor (Morris Dixon).

The design team includes Alexander Dodge (Sets), Jane Greenwood (Costumes), Rui Rita (Lights) &
Drew Levy (Sound).

In Noël Coward’s classic comedy, matinee idol Garry Essendine (Garber) sits at the center of his own universe.  While Garry struggles to plan his upcoming trip to Africa, his elegant London flat is invaded by a love struck ingenue, an adulterous producer and a married seductress, not to mention Garry’s estranged wife and a crazed young playwright. Just before Garry escapes, the full extent of his misdemeanors is discovered and all hell breaks loose.

The Huntington Theatre Company produced a production of Present Laughter in 2007 directed by Nicholas Martin. 

Roundabout Theatre Company welcomes Victor Garber following his performance in their gala concert of A Little Night Music, also starring Natasha Richardson & Vanessa Redgrave.  Garber also won the 1973 Theatre World Award for his performance in Roundabout’s production of Ghosts.  Brooks Ashmanskas & Harriet Harris return to the Roundabout stage, following their recent respective roles in the Broadway productions of The Ritz and Old Acquaintance.

Lead support for Present Laughter provided by Roundabout’s Play Production Fund partners: Beth and Ravenel Curry, Steven and Liz Goldstone, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Mary and David Solomon.

 

TICKET INFORMATION:
Beginning November 2009, tickets will be 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 $116.50.  Through ACCESS Roundabout, 100 tickets are available for the first four preview performances beginning January 2 for only $10 each. 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Present Laughter will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. 

 

BIOGRAPHIES:
VICTOR GARBER (Garry Essendine).  Victor Garber is one of the most respected and talented actors of his generation.  With six Emmy and four Tony nominations to his credit, he has been seen in some of the most memorable works of film, television and stage. Most recently, Garber portrayed San Francisco mayor George Moscone in Gus Van Sant’s Academy Award©-nominated film Milk.  Additional film credits include The First Wives Club, Sleepless in Seattle, Legally Blonde and the highest-grossing film of all-time: Titanic. For his work on television, Garber has been nominated for six Emmy Awards, including three for the ABC drama, “Alias, ” two for comedic guest-star roles on “Frasier” and “Will & Grace;” and a nomination for his portrayal of Sid Luft in the television movie “Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows.”  He most recently appeared in ABC’s “Eli Stone,” FOX’s “Justice,” “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” “Meredith Willson’s The Music Man,” ABC’s musical version of “Annie,” and in “The Wonderful World of Disney” film “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.” Garber also appeared in the miniseries “Dieppe” and the TV movie “First Circle.”  Garber’s earned four Tony nominations for his work in Damn Yankees, Lend Me A Tenor, Deathtrap and Little Me. He performed in the workshop of Sondheim’s Wiseguys, and in the Tony Award-winning play Art.  His stage credits also include the original Broadway casts of Arcadia, The Devil’s Disciple, Noises Off and Sweeney Todd.  Additionally, Victor garnered rave reviews in Sondheim’s Follies for City Center Encores! And Present Laughter, directed by Nicholas Martin at the Huntington Theatre.

HARRIET HARRIS (Monica Reed) is the recipient of the 2002 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance of Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie.  She appeared on Broadway last season in Cry Baby: The Musical.  Previously at the Roundabout: Old Acquaintance, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Crucible, and Man and Superman.  Other New York credits include Jeffrey (Drama Desk nomination), Bella, Belle of Byelorussia (Drama Desk nomination), Innocents’ Crusade, Christmas on Mars, Rude Entertainment, and Hamlet.  Recent regional appearances include Dotty in Noises Off at N.J Shakespeare Festival, Unusual Acts of Devotion at La Jolla, Pippin at the Mark Taper, Not Waving at Williamstown, Amanda in The Glass Menagerie at the Guthrie, Vera in Mame at the Kennedy Center, On the Town (2006 L.A. Stage Alliance Award), Tartuffe, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Month in the Country, and Hedda Gabler.  Film credits include Memento, Monster-in-Law, Nurse Betty, and Addams Family Values.  TV credits include “Desperate Housewives” (recurring as Felicia Tillman), “Frasier” (recurring as agent Bebe Glazer), “Six Feet Under”, “The X-Files”, “It’s All Relative” (series regular), “Union Square” (series regular), and “The Five Mrs. Buchanans” (series regular).  Member of the Acting Company, AEA.

BROOKS ASHMANSKAS (Roland Maule).  Broadway: The Ritz (Joe Mantello, dir.), Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me (Scott Wittman, dir.; also CD; Tony and Drama Desk nominations), The Producers (Susan Stroman, dir.), Gypsy (Sam Mendes, dir.; also CD), Little Me (Rob Marshall, dir.; also CD), Dream (Wayne Cilento, dir.), How to Succeed… (Des McAnuff, dir.), On the Twentieth Century (Peter Flynn, dir.). Off-Broadway: Wise Guys (Sam Mendes, dir.), Labor Day (Jack O’Brien, dir.), Songs for a New World (Daisy Prince, dir.; also CD), London Suite (Daniel Sullivan, dir.), It Changes Every Year (Nicholas Martin, dir.). Regional: Kennedy Center, Huntington, Hartford, Williamstown, Old Globe, Arena, Paper Mill, etc. Tours: Cinderella, Noises Off. Graduate: Bennington College.

LISA BANES (Liz Essendine).  Appeared on Broadway in Rumors, Arcadia, Accent on Youth and High Society.  Off Broadway credits include Look Back in Anger (Theatre World Award) A Call from the East, My Sister in this House (OBIE Award), Three Sisters, Antigone, Isn’t It Romantic (Drama Desk nomination), Ten by Tennessee, The Cradle Will Rock, On the Verge, Fighting International Fat and Emily.  Regionally she has appeared in Present Laughter (The Huntington Theatre), Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Berkshire Theatre Festival),The Admirable Crichton and Progress (Long Wharf Theatre), A Doll House (Yale Repertory Theatre), Much Ado about Nothing and King Lear (The Old Globe) Money and Friends (Ahmanson Theatre) and Julius Caesar (Mark Taper Forum).  Ms. Banes’ film appearances include The Hotel New Hampshire Marie, Young Guns, Cocktail, Without Limits, The Jackal, Dragonfly, Pumpkin, The Brothel, Legally Blondes and Freedom Writers.  Television series credits include “The Trials of Rosie O’Neil”, “Son of the Beach,” “Girls Club” and recurring roles on “Footwork,” “China Beach,” “The King of Queens,” “Six Feet Under” and “Saved.”  Television films include “Hemingway”, “Kane and Able”, “The Doris Duke Story” and the immortal “Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?”  Guest star roles include “The Equalizer,” “Spenser:  For Hire,” “Life Goes On,” Rosanne” “Frasier,” “Murder She Wrote,” “Murder One,” “L.A. Law,” “The Practice,” “Boston Legal,” “NYPD Blue,” “The Unit,” “It’s All Relative,” “Out of Practice” and “Desperate Housewives,” and her best pilot “Gloria Vane.”  Ms. Banes is an alumna of The Acting Company and a graduate of The Juilliard School. 

NANCY E. CARROLL (Miss Erickson).  Regional credits include Ms. Erickson in Present Laughter, The Strega in The Rose Tattoo, Mrs. Martin in Dead End and the Woman in Brendan  (Huntington Theatre Company). Sister Aloysius Beauvier in Doubt, Winnie in Happy Days, Ruth Steiner in Collected Stories, and Mathilde Giffard in My Old Lady (Gloucester Stage Company); Joan in Year of Magical Thinking, Amanda in The Glass Menagerie (Lyric Stage Company); Virginia in The Clean House, Nancy in Frozen, Evelyn in Kindertransport, and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd (New Repertory Theatre); Homebody in Homebody/Kabul (Boston Theatre Works); Nancy Blake in The Women and Joanne in Company (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Lily in A Man of No Importance (SpeakEasy Stage Company and The Súgán Theatre Company co-production); Mommo in Bailegangaire (The Súgan Theatre Company); Halie in Buried Child and The Woman in The Unexpected Man (Nora Theatre Company); the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet (North Shore Music Theatre); Delores in’ The Order of Things (Centastage); Gertrude in Hamlet and Paulina in The Winter’s Tale (Publick Theatre); and Kate in Dancing at Lughnasa (Foothills Theatre Company). She received the IRNE Award for Outstanding Actress for Mrs. Lovett in SWEENEY TODD at the New Repertory Theatre and has received Elliott Norton Awards for Outstanding Actress for Mommo in BAILEGANGAIRE at the Sugan Theatre and for Brendan and Present Laughter at the Huntington.

ALICE DUFFY (Lady Saltburn).  Alice Duffy was last seen at the Huntington as Madame de Rosemonde in Les Liaisons Dangereuses. She has also appeared in Dead End, Heartbreak House and A Month in the Country, for which she received the 2002 IRNE for Best Supporting Actress. Most recently, she has appeared in The Women at the Speakeasy Stage Company. Other regional credits include Shear Madness, Kindertransport (New Repertory Theatre), Pygmalion and Morning’s at Seven (Lyric Stage Company). Film credits include Housesitter and School Ties.

HOLLEY FAIN (Daphne Stillington).  Off-Broadway: Frank’s Home (Playwrights Horizons); Measure for Measure (The Pearl Theatre Co.). Regional: Present Laughter (Huntington Theatre); As You Like It and Julius Caesar (North Carolina Shakespeare); The Merry Wives of Windsor (The Shakes Theatre of NJ); The Glass Menagerie, The Rivals and The Merchant of Venice (Texas Shakespeare Fest). Film: Blinders, One Night.  TV: “Gossip Girl,” “Lipstick Jungle.”

PAMELA JANE GRAY (Joanna Lypiatt).  Recent favorites: Nicholas Martin’s production of Dead End at the Ahmanson; the NY premiere of Orange Flower Water by Craig Wright directed by Caroline Cantor. Broadway: Butley (Nicholas Martin, dir.), Night Must Fall (John Tillinger, dir.) NY: Second Stage, Manhattan Theatre Club, the Edge, the National Theatre, Julia Miles Theatre, Actors Studio Theatre, Theatre for a New Audience. Regional: South Coast Rep, Center Stage, Old Globe, Arena Stage, New Jersey Shakespeare, Huntington, Portland Stage, Dallas Theater Center. Film and TV: Michael Clayton, Corn, I’ll Take You There, The Devil’s Advocate, Fish in the Bathtub, The ‘M’ Word, Commandments, Dogs, The Stranger, "St. Maybe," "Sex and the City," "Law & Order," "L&O: Criminal Intent."

JAMES JOSEPH O’NEIL (Fred).  Off Broadway: Look Back in Anger- CSC, The Hired Man- 47th Street TheatreRegional: The House of Blue Leaves (Nicholas Martin) & iWitness - Mark Taper Forum, Doubt- South Coast Rep, Present Laughter (Nicholas Martin), A Month in the Country (Nicholas Martin) & Heartbreak House- Huntington Theatre Co. King Lear & She Stoops to Conquer- Baltimore Center Stage, Anthony & Cleopatra, As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth (Nicholas Martin), The Taming of the Shrew, Henry IV Parts 1&2 (Jack O’Brien), Dancing at Lughnasa & Mister Roberts- Old Globe, Bus Stop & West Side Story- American Stage Festival, Anna Christie-Long Wharf .  Film: Fair Game (Doug Liman), Zodiac (David Fincher), Acts of Worship (Rosemary Rodriquez), Redemption (Jon Cassar) TV: “Law & Order:CI”, “24”, “Veronica Mars”, “Numb3rs”, “Charmed”, “Law & Order: SVU”, “Sex & the City” (Allen Coulter), “Third Watch”, “Law & Order”.  Training:  MFA – The Old Globe – USD

RICHARD POE (Henry Lypiatt). Broadway: Cry-Baby; M. Butterfly; The Pajama Game; Journey’s End; 1776; Our Country’s Good; The Dinner Party; Execution of Justice; Tom Sawyer; Moon Over Buffalo, Fiddler On The Roof. Girl Crazy.  TV:“Star Trek”; “Frasier”; “Law and Order”; “Ed”; “Queen”; “The Prosecutors”.  Film: Transamerica; Burn After Reading; Born On The Fourth of July; Peacemaker; The Jackal; Presumed Innocent; The Night We Never Met.  Over 80 recorded book narrations.

MARC VIETOR (Morris Dixon).  Marc Vietor is an actor, born in La Jolla, California and now living in New York.  He acted most recently in Nicholas Martin's production of She Loves Me at The Huntington Theatre Company and at The Williamstown Theatre Festival.  He is a graduate of the Drama Division of the Juilliard School and Yale College.  In New York he has appeared in productions for The Roundabout Theatre Company (The Moliere Comedies), The Public Theatre (Two Gentlemen Of Verona), Theatre For A New Audience (The Merchant Of Venice, The Jew Of Malta, King John), The Red Bull Theatre (The Revenger's Tragedy, Edward The Second), and Playwrights Horizons (Grey Gardens).  He has also appeared outside of New York in the European tour of West Side Story, at The Old Globe Theatre, The Humana Festival, The Kennedy Center, The O'neill Theater Center, The New York Theatre Workshop at Dartmouth, The Long Wharf Theatre, The South Coast Repertory Theatre, The Hartford Stage, The Sundance Theatre Lab, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Huntington Theatre Company and The Virginia Stage Company.  He has also appeared on "Law And Order" and will be in the upcoming feature film, The Asylum Seekers.  Marc has worked as an Associate Director of Tony Randall's National Actors Theatre on Broadway, variously assisting on four productions. On Broadway he also worked as an adaptor (The Government Inspector) and musical supervisor (Waiting In The Wings) and was one of the producers of Full Gallop with Mary Louise Wilson as well as The Beauty Queen Of Lenane (The Atlantic Theater Company on Broadway).  At the Flea Theater he produced Chere Maitre starring Irene Worth and Peter Eyre. 

NOËL COWARD (Playwright). Nöel, actor, author, composer, and director, was born December 16, 1899. He had his first outstanding success with The Vortex in 1924, and went on to become one of the greatest and certainly most versatile theatrical figures of our time. He was the author of numerous plays, mostly sophisticated comedies, several of which he adapted to the screen. Some of his comedies, including Private Lives, Blithe Spirit, and Hay Fever, have become classics. His operettas and musical plays include Bitter Sweet, Cavalcade, Conversation Piece, Operette, and Sail Away. Nöel Coward appeared in several films, including Our Man in Havana, Surprise Package, Bunny Lake Is Missing, and Boom! In 1942 he received a special Academy Award "for his outstanding production achievement" on In Which We Serve, a magnificent WWII sea saga that he produced, co-directed (with David Lean), scored, and in which he starred. In 1960, his first novel, Pomp and Circumstance, was on the best-sellers list in the United States for 16 weeks. He was the author of two autobiographical books, Present Indicative and Future Indefinite, and several volumes of short stories, as well as a book of poems entitled Not Yet the Dodo. Sir Nöel made rare but brilliantly successful appearances in cabarets on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1966, he made a triumphant return to the London stage in his new trilogy of plays, Suite In Three Keys, in which he played the leading role in each play. Nöel Coward died at Blue Harbour, Port Maria, Jamaica in the British West Indies on March 26, 1973. He was knighted in 1970.

NICHOLAS MARTIN (Director).  Broadway: Butley, Match, Hedda Gabler, The Rehearsal. Off Broadway: Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them (Public); Saturn Returns, The New Century, Observe the Sons of Ulster… (Drama Desk nom.), The Time of the Cuckoo, and Chaucer in Rome (Lincoln Center Theater); Fully Committed (Vineyard and Cherry Lane); Full Gallop (MTC and West Side Arts); You Never Can Tell (Roundabout); Betty’s Summer Vacation (Obie Award, Drama Desk nom.) and Sophistry (Playwrights Horizons); Bosoms and Neglect (Signature Theatre). Regional: The House of Blue Leaves (Mark Taper Forum); Dead End (Ahmanson); Macbeth (Old Globe), and the West Coast and London productions of Full Gallop. Mr. Martin is the Artistic Director of Williamstown Theatre Festival where his directing credits include Knickerbocker, She Loves Me, The Corn is Green, Where’s Charley?, Camino Real, Dead End, and The Royal Family among others. He is Artistic Director Emeritus of Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company.  Upcoming: Noel Coward's Present Laughter with Victor Garber on Broadway.

Roundabout Theatre Company is one of the country’s leading not-for-profit theatres.  The company contributes invaluably to New York's cultural life by staging the highest quality revivals of classic plays and musicals as well as new plays by established writers. Roundabout consistently partners great artists with great works to bring a fresh and exciting interpretation that makes each production relevant and important to today’s audiences.

Roundabout Theatre Company currently produces at three permanent homes each of which is designed specifically to enhance the needs of the Roundabout's mission.  Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics.  Roundabout's Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions.  Together these three distinctive venues serve to enhance the work on each of its stages.

American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company.  Roundabout productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts; and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. 

Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2009-2010 season includes Patrick Marber’s After Miss Julie, starring Sienna Miller & Jonny Lee Miller, directed by Mark Brokaw; Michael Stewart, Lee Adams and Charles Strouse’s Bye Bye Birdie, starring John Stamos, Gina Gershon, Bill Irwin & Nolan Gerard Funk, directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom; Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking, directed by Tony Taccone; Theresa Rebeck’s The Understudy, with Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Justin Kirk and Julie White, directed by Scott Ellis; Adam Gwon’s Ordinary Days, directed by Marc Bruni; Noël Coward’s Present Laughter starring Victor Garber, directed by Nicholas Martin; Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Sondheim on Sondheim starring Barbara Cook and Vanessa Williams, and Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, directed by Gordon Edelstein. Roundabout’s sold out production of The 39 Steps made its second Broadway transfer to the Helen Hayes Theatre on January 21, 2009.

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BURN THE FLOOR'S  ANYA AND PASHA ON
GOOD DAY NEW YORK
http://tinyurl.com/yegfyv2 

Anya Garnis and Pasha Kovalev of Broadway's BURN THE FLOOR, appeared on FOX TV's "Good Day New York" last Friday morning performing the sexy number "Burn for You."    See the appearance here: http://tinyurl.com/yegfyv2 

Best known from  TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance," both Anya and Pasha are making their Broadway debuts in the show, now playing at the Longacre Theatre, 220 West 48 Street.  Both Anya and Pasha are frequent riders on SYTYCD’s “Hot Tamale Train” – one of the show’s highest honors. Anya has also been a guest dancer on “Dancing with the Stars,” “Superstars of Dance” and “The Academy Awards.”  She was born in Latvia and has been a superstar of the ballroom world for 10 years.  

Created, directed and choreographed by Jason Gilkison, BURN THE FLOOR is Ballroom dance with a sexy, 21st century edge.  The cast of award-winning international dancers hails from Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Russia, Australia, Sweden, the Philippines and the U.S. - and includes Australian Ballroom and World Latin American champions. Since opening on August 2, BURN THE FLOOR has been called “hot, hot, hot.  Pulse pounding choreography.  A two hour adrenaline rush featuring some of the best and best-looking ballroom dancers in the world” (NY-1 News).  Bloomberg.com called it “utterly theatrical,” and it received four stars from the NY Daily News, which called it “Athletic, sensual and rocket-fueled.” 

BURN THE FLOOR is produced by Harley Medcalf, Joe Watson, Richard Levi, Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel, Steven Baruch, Marc Routh, Raise the Roof One, Toppall/Stevens/Mills, Benigno/Klein, Caldwell/Allen, Carrpailet/Danzansky, Bud Martin, The Production Studio, Schaffert/Schnuck, and Carrie Ann Inaba by special arrangement with Dance Partner Inc. 

BURN THE FLOOR has broken box office records at the Longacre Theatre and has extended its limited run to January 3, 2010.  Tickets are available through www.telecharge.com, or by phone at 212 239 6200.

www.burnthefloor.com 

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ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

BYE BYE BIRDIE’s

John Stamos
will appear on
ABC’s “Live with Regis and Kelly”
Tuesday, October 6th
Between 9:00AM-10:00AM on channel 7

 

Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 6th, Bye Bye Birdie’s John Stamos will appear on ABC’s “Live with Regis and Kelly.” Tune in to watch John discuss his lovable role as Albert Peterson in the first ever revival of Bye Bye Birdie on Broadway.
   
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) it will open officially on Thursday, October 15th, 2009.  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

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GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR
THE 39 STEPS
“HITCHCOCK MEETS HILARIOUS” TALKBACK TUESDAY SERIES
FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER

POST-SHOW DISCUSSIONS WITH CAST MEMBERS
FROM THE HIT BROADWAY COMEDY JOINED BY
COMEDIANS AND PROMINENT HITCHCOCK AFICIONADOS

 

Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS, Broadway’s longest running comedy, is pleased to announce the guests for “Hitchcock Meets Hilarious” Talkback Tuesday series for the months of October and November.  

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

Line-up of guests include:
October 6 – Radio personality Valerie Smaldone
Valerie Smaldone, a five-time Billboard Magazine Award winner, is perhaps best known for her unprecedented success holding the #1 position in the New York radio market as the midday host of New York’s 106.7 FM.  In addition, she was the co-creator, writer, producer and host of 'Spotlight On,' a nationally syndicated program that featured in-depth interviews with top recording artists such as Paul McCartney, Elton John, Sting and Celine Dion, to name a few.

www.valeriesmaldone.com
www.valeriesmaldone.blogspot.com

October 13 – Comedians Stone & Stone

The Stone twins, Adam and Todd, created their two man comedy act called "Stone and Stone" during their sophomore year at college, where they graduated in 2005.  In 2008, they were featured in a national Verizon FiOS commercial, and also appeared on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” where they made it to the semi-final round in Las Vegas.  They have performed at comedy clubs and theaters throughout New York City, including Gotham Comedy Club, Carolines, Comix, Stand-Up NY, the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and The PIT and they also brought their show overseas to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

October 20 – Radio host and actor Christine Nagy
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.

www.christinenagy.com

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.

www.krameronseinfeld.com

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.

www.kateclinton.com

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 www.davekonig.com or www.facebook.com/davekonig1.

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 www.telecharge.com 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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JERSEY BOYS STAR JARROD SPECTOR
TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM
AT NEW JERSEY DEVILS GAME
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3

Jarrod Spector, who stars as Frankie Valli in the Broadway production of the Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier® Award-winning hit musical JERSEY BOYS, will perform our National Anthem prior to the New Jersey Devils season-opening game vs. the Philadelphia Flyers tomorrow, October 3, at Prudential Center at 7:00 PM.

As a six-year-old, Spector sang the National Anthem prior to Devils’ home games during the team’s run to its 1988 Patrick Division Playoff Championship.

JERSEY BOYS is the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award®, the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, and most recently, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Des McAnuff, JERSEY BOYS is written by Academy Award-winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

JERSEY BOYS opened on Broadway on November 6, 2005 to critical acclaim at the August Wilson Theatre where it continues to break box office records three years later.  There are seven current productions of JERSEY BOYS:  New York, London, Chicago, Las Vegas, Toronto, a US National tour, and Melbourne, Australia. 

JERSEY BOYS is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. It’s a journey of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty.

The Original Broadway Cast Recording of JERSEY BOYS was produced by Bob Gaudio, and was recently certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The cast recording is now available on Rhino Records. JERSEY BOYS: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (Broadway Books) is the official handbook to the smash Broadway hit.

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