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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

 

 

 

Friday, 02 October 2009 14:24

Broadway Review: "A Steady Rain"

Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig in A Steady Rain

Hugh Jackman (L) and Daniel Craig star in A Steady Rain
Photo: Greg Williams

If you think the sandwiches at the Carnegie Deli are overstuffed you should see A Steady Rain, the new drama which just opened at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.  Playwright Keith Huff has stuffed this 90-minute piece with enough dramatic shtick to keep you sufficiently confused and on your toes.   The events take place within a few days in the “not-too-distant past” according to the setting in the Playbill. 

The play stars Wolverine mutant Hugh Jackman and the currently reigning James Bond, Daniel Craig.  The 90-minute piece, performed without an intermission tells the story of two Chicago cops who are partners and life-long friends.  It’s a tale of two tortured souls, each with their own demons as they cope with one man’s undoing and the other’s ultimate success at obtaining both a promotion and the other man’s wife.

Denny (Jackman) is a decent guy with a fluid moral sensibility that allows him to justify protecting hookers by shaking them down.  All this is in an attempt to provide for his wife, two children and dog.  He’s the kind of man who refers to women’s ample breasts as “upper frontal superstructures.”    

Hugh Jackman (L) and Daniel Craig star in A Steady Rain
Photo: Greg Williams

Partner Joey (Craig) lives in a one-room rental and refers to his partner’s life-style as “conspicuously exorbitant” while silently envying him.  He’s a loner with a heart whose sole sense of family comes from the time he spends with his partner and his partner’s family.  He is succinctly summed up by his partner Denny when he says he should “be teaching Buddhism to Lutherans.”

Denny is obsessed with protecting his way of life at any cost.  When a pimp retaliates against him, he seeks retribution in ways that ultimately harm himself and his family and result in Denny entering a downward spiral from which he can’t recover.  To say that the character has anger issues is an understatement.

The playwright weaves the two points of view into a story using monologues that meld into dialogue between the two men.  The play is deftly directed by John Crowley (Pillow Man) who takes Huff’s characters and seamlessly choreographs the transitions between monologue and dialogue.  

Not having seen the “X-Men” films, most of my exposure to Hugh Jackman has been watching him while working on the Tony Awards during the three years he hosted the show.  Obviously this character provides a stark contrast to the song-and-dance man.  It is no doubt a testament to Jackman that he is virtually unrecognizable as the flaming Peter Allen he played so adroitly in The Boy from Oz
The scenery by Scott Pask is almost non-existent except for a couple of scenes that have scenery upstage that creates an alley or street.  Otherwise, the stage is a black box the majority of the time.

A day or two before I saw the show, a video was released of Jackman stopping the show when an audience member’s cell phone went off.  Prior to the performance on the night I saw it, the ushers were on anyone with a cell phone, waving flashlights in their face as they texted even before the show began.  And don’t you know, during the middle of the play a cell phone went off.  You could see Jackman tense up but he continued with the performance.  This piece is very intense and it’s not hard to imagine a cell phone completely distracting an actor to the point where he goes up on lines and comes out of character.  Hugh Jackman was completely in his right to do what he did.  What does it take people?

Not that the producers needed to worry about selling tickets to this show, a limited 6-week engagement but the critics seemed unduly harsh towards the play itself.  This is not a terrible play.  It’s packed full and definitely requires some suspension of disbelief,   but you won’t be bored and Jackman's and Craig's performances are outstanding.

Disagree with me?  Scroll down and write your own review.

View production credits at Internet Broadway Database.

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Review Roundup:

Elysa Gardner for USA Today - "The events informing A Steady Rain (* * *½ out of four) would make a heck of an action movie. And the cast of Keith Huff's new drama, which opened Tuesday at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, consists of two superstars who have ample experience in that arena ... Huff's briskly absorbing script has its clichés and contrivances, but Denny and Joey are drawn with such earthy wit and non-patronizing compassion that Rain never rings false or superficial. It's hard to imagine a better vehicle for two actors who clearly don't need larger-than-life characters to deliver grand performances."

Ben Brantley for The New York Times - "'A Steady Rain,' which opened on Tuesday night at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater, is probably best regarded as a small, wobbly pedestal on which two gods of the screen may stand in order to be worshiped."

Michael Kuchwara for Associated Press - "And while both men, particularly Craig, acquit themselves well, they can't turn the 90-minute evening into anything more than a chance to see two big-time movie stars emoting up close in a pulpy, plot-heavy entertainment."

Charles McNulty for The LA Times - "But under John Crowley's spare and precise direction, the actors earn their adulation, magnifying what's most gripping about Huff's writing even when the drama, stretched thin with bang-bang incident, becomes considerably less believable over time. And for those worried about authenticity, fear not: Although Jackman is from Australia and Craig is from England, they slip into the American reality of their characters as if it were a second skin."

BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS
LAUNCHES
NEWLY REDESIGNED WEBSITE
WWW.BROADWAYCARES.ORG

Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS is pleased to announce the launch of their newly redesigned website www.BroadwayCares.org.  

The site, designed by Blackbaud’s NetCommunity, allows visitors easier navigation of the homepage, increased visibility for upcoming events, easy navigation to BC/EFA’s year round fundraising efforts including online auctions, more interactive opportunities, a brand new search mechanism, and embedded video and photo content.

In addition, for visitors who wish to become members, the site offers personalization opportunities that allow them to customize items and events that are of particular interest.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, BC/EFA raises funds for AIDS-related causes and other critical illnesses across the United States. Since its founding in 1988, BC/EFA has raised over $160 million dollars for critically needed services for people with AIDS and other serious illnesses. BC/EFA is the major supporter of seven programs at The Actors’ Fund – including The AIDS Initiative, The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic, The Dancers’ Resource and three supportive housing residences. BC/EFA also awards annual grants to over 400 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide.

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ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

WATCH!
BYE BYE BIRDIE
on
ABC’S GOOD MORNING AMERICA

Live Performance of
“Honestly Sincere”
http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerindex?id=8731988
and
The web exclusive of
“The Telephone Hour”
http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=8727953

 

Roundabout Theatre Company’s Bye Bye Birdie, appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” this morning.

Watch the live performance of “Honestly Sincere”: http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerindex?id=8731988

Watch the web exclusive of “The Telephone Hour”:
http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=8727953

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

www.roundabouttheatre.org

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HAMLET STAR
JUDE LAW
FEATURED TONIGHT ON “THE CHARLIE ROSE SHOW”

HAMLET PLAYS THROUGH DECEMBER 6 ONLY AT THE BROADHURST THEATRE

 

Jude Law, currently starring in the acclaimed Donmar Warehouse production of HAMLET on Broadway, will be a guest on “The Charlie Rose Show” tonight, Friday, October 2.   “The Charlie Rose Show” airs in the New York area on WNET Channel 13 at 11:00 PM.  Check local listings. 

HAMLET, directed by Michael Grandage, is in previews now at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street), where it opens on October 6.  The production comes to Broadway following sold out engagements in London’s West End and at Elsinore in Denmark. 

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 ($116.50 - $25) are available through Telecharge.com at 212-239-6200 or www.telecharge.com.  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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ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
presents
Barbara Cook                      Vanessa Williams
In the new original Broadway musical
SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM
with
Michael Arden            Leslie Kritzer

 

Music & Lyrics
Stephen Sondheim
Conceived & Directed
James Lapine

“Stephen Sondheim is now the greatest and perhaps best-known artist in the
American musical theater.” – Frank Rich, NY Times.

Previews begin March 19th, 2010; Official Opening April 22nd, 2010

on Broadway at Studio 54

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is proud to have Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine return to Studio 54 with Sondheim on Sondheim, a new original Broadway musical starring Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams, Michael Arden & Leslie Kritzer.  Music & lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim, conceived & directed by James Lapine.

Sondheim on Sondheim will begin previews onMarch 19th, 2010 and open officially April 22nd, 2010 at Studio 54 on Broadway (254 West 54th Street).  This will be a limited engagement through Sunday, June 13th, 2010.

He brought us Into The Woods, Company, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, West Side Story and Gypsy (to name a few). By writing songs that reflect the complexity of his characters, he has changed the way we define a great musical. But even though millions of fans know his songs by heart, few know much about Stephen Sondheim himself. Until now. Roundabout presents Sondheim On Sondheim, an intimate portrait of the famed composer in his own words... and music. Through the use of exclusive interview footage, you’ll get an inside look at Sondheim’s personal life and artistic process. An ensemble cast of Broadway’s best will perform brand-new arrangements of over two dozen Sondheim tunes, ranging from the beloved to the obscure. Directed by frequent Sondheim collaborator James Lapine, this unique experience will take you inside the life and mind of an ordinary New Yorker… with an extraordinary talent.

It has been over 37 years since Barbara Cook appeared in a Broadway musical.  Ms. Cook won the 1958 Tony Award® for her portrayal of “Marian Paroo” in The Music Man.  She has been called one of the greatest interpreters of the work of Mr. Sondheim and received a Tony Award® nomination for Best Theatrical Event for her solo, limited engagement concert Mostly Sondheim in 2002.

Vanessa Williams received a 2002 Tony Award® nomination for her performance of the “Witch” in Into the Woods and made her Broadway debut in 1994 in Kiss of the Spider Woman.

Additional cast members will be announced shortly.

Sondheim on Sondheim’s design team includes Beowulf Boritt (Sets), Susan Hilferty (Costumes), Ken Billington (Lights), Dan Moses Schreier (Sound), Peter Flaherty (Projections), David Loud (Musical Director).

Roundabout has a long relationship with Stephen Sondheim having produced five Tony Award® nominated Sondheim revivals including Company (1995), Follies (2001), Tony Award® winning Assassins (2004), Pacific Overtures (2004) and Sunday in the Park with George (2008).  This production of Sondheim on Sondheim marks the fourth Sondheim musical produced by Roundabout Theatre Company at Studio 54, where Assassins, Pacific Overtures and Sunday in the Park with George all played.  In 2009 Roundabout presented a one-night only gala concert reading of A Little Night Music at Studio 54 starring Natasha Richardson, Victor Garber and Vanessa Redgrave.  In 2005, Roundabout honored Sondheim with the Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre for theindelible impact hislife’s work has made on the theatre world.

James Lapine also returns to Roundabout Theatre Company and Studio 54 after the 2008 Tony Award® nominated production of Sunday in the Park with George starring Daniel Evans and Jenna Russell.
                         
Major support provided by The Shen Family Foundation, Perry and Marty Granoff, Tom and Diane Tuft, and First Service Williams.

TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets will be available in December 2009 by phone at (212) 719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the Studio 54 Box Office (254 West 54th Street).  To become a Roundabout subscriber visit www.roundabouttheatre.org or call Roundabout Ticket Services (212)719-1300.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Sondheim on Sondheim willplay Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2:00PM. 

 

2010 SPRING GALA: SONDHEIM 80.
Stephen Sondheim turns 80 on Monday, March 22nd, 2010 and Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) will celebrate this landmark with a star-studded tribute at the 2010 Spring Gala: Sondheim 80. Roundabout will celebrate this incredible artist whose six decades on Broadway has changed the face of musical theatre.  Guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner and enjoy performances by some of Broadway’s greatest talent.  The Gala chairs are Michael T. Cohen, Martin & Perry Granoff and Tom & Diane Tuft.  All proceeds from this event will benefit Roundabout Theatre Company’s Musical Theatre Fund.  For more information, please contact Steve Schaeffer, Director of Special Events, at 212-719-9393 x312 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Biographies:
STEPHEN SONDHEIM (Music and Lyrics)  - draft for approval - wrote the music and lyrics for Passion (1994), Assassins (1991), Into the Woods (1987), Sunday in the Park with George (1984), Merrily We Roll Along (1981), Sweeney Todd (1979), Pacific Overtures (1976), The Frogs (1974), A Little Night Music (1973), Follies (1971; revised in London, 1987), Company (1970), Anyone Can Whistle (1964) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), as well as the lyrics for West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959), Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965) and additional lyrics for Candide (1973). Side by Side by Sondheim (1976), Marry Me a Little (1981), You're Gonna Love Tomorrow (1983) and Putting It Together (1993/99) are anthologies of his work. He composed the film scores of Stavisky (1974) and Reds (1981) and songs for Dick Tracy (Academy Award, 1990). He also wrote songs for the television production "Evening Primrose" (1966), co-authored, with Anthony Perkins, the film The Last of Sheila (1973) and, with George Furth, the play Getting Away with Murder (1996), and provided incidental music for the plays The Girls of Summer (1956), Invitation to a March (1961) and Twigs (1971). He won Tony Awards for Best Score for a Musical for Passion, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Follies and Company. All of these shows won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, as did Pacific Overtures and Sunday in the Park with George, the latter also receiving the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Saturday Night (1954), his first professional musical, finally had its New York premiere in 1999 at Second Stage Theatre.

JAMES LAPINE (Conceived, Director) – draft for approval - also collaborated with Stephen Sondheim on Into the Woods, Passion, and directed a revised version of Merrily We Roll Along at the La Jolla Playhouse.  With William Finn he collaborated on the musicals March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, later presented together on Broadway as Falsettos.  He has recently directed Finn’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, currently running on Broadway.  He is the author of five plays:  Table SettingsTwelve DreamsLuck, Pluck and VirtueThe Moment When;  and Fran’s Bed.  On Broadway he has also directed The Diary of Anne Frank, Golden Child by David Henry Hwang and Dirty Blonde by Claudia Shear, Amour by Michel Legrand and Jeremy Sams, as well as the films Impromptu, Life with Mikey, and Earthly Possessions.

BARBARA COOK’s silvery soprano, purity of tone, and warm presence have delighted audiences around the world for more than 50 years. Considered “Broadway’s favorite ingenue” during the heyday of the Broadway musical, Miss Cook then launched a second career as a concert and recording artist soaring from one professional peak to another.  Ms. Cook’s most recent New York appearances include an appearance with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, a reprise of her three sold out 80th Birthday concerts in 2007, and a critically acclaimed new show “Here’s To Life” at Feinstein’s at the Regency. In the past few years Ms. Cook also returned to Carnegie Hall, where she made her legendary solo concert debut over 30 years ago, for her sixth solo concert and made an historic solo concert debut at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, where she became the first female solo pop singer to be presented in concert by the MET.  Miss Cook won a NY Drama Critics Circle Award and was nominated for a Drama Desk award for her concert Barbara Cook’s Broadway and was nominated for Tony and Drama Desk Awards for her previous concert, Mostly Sondheim.  Her many Broadway credits include the creation of three classic roles in the American musical theatre: Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, Marian the Librarian in Meredith Willson’s The Music Man (Tony Award) and Amalia in Bock and Harnick’s She Loves Me (Drama Desk Award). In 1975 she made her Carnegie Hall debut which was preserved as the live recording, Barbara Cook at Carnegie Hall.  She then embarked on a second career as a concert and recording artist performing in most of the country’s major concert halls and cabarets. In 1987 she won a Drama Desk Award for her Broadway show, A Concert for the Theatre. Her many London appearances include: her Gala 1997 Birthday Concert with the Royal Philharmonic at the Royal Albert Hall; appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican; engagements at the Donmar Warehouse Theatre, and Sadler’s Wells; and Olivier Award-nominated appearances at the Albery Theatre,  at the Lyric Theatre with Mostly Sondheim, two engagements of Barbara Cook’s Broadway, and most recently an appearance with the English National Ballet in an all-Gershwin evening at the Royal Albert Hall.  A Grammy Award winner, her recordings include eight original Broadway cast albums, two Ben Bagley albums of songs by Jerome Kern and George Gershwin, an album entitled Songs of Perfect Propriety, featuring poems by Dorothy Parker set to music by Seymour Barab, As Of Today (Columbia) and The Disney Album (MCA). Her more recent recordings for DRG Records include: Close as Pages in a Book, Barbara Cook: Live From London, Oscar Winners: The Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein, All I Ask Of You, The Champion Season: A Salute to Gower Champion, Mostly Sondheim, Barbara Cook’s Broadway, the Grammy nominated Count Your Blessings,  Tribute, the live performance cd, Barbara Cook at the Met, No One Is Aloneand Rainbow ’Round My Shoulder.  Next month, DRG Records will release a boxed set of her recordings under the title The Essential Barbara Cook.

VANESSA WILLIAMS is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in entertainment today.  She has conquered the musical charts, Broadway, music videos, television and motion pictures.  She has sold over four million albums worldwide and her skills as an actress on stage, in film and on television have earned critical praise.  Performing – and music in particular – has always played an important role in Vanessa’s life.  Born in Millwood, New York, Vanessa’s early years were spent surrounded by music.  Her parents were music teachers who recognized her musical gifts early on and encouraged her to pursue her love of the arts.  When she was young, she acted, danced, played piano and French horn in her high school orchestra, concert band and marching band and she sang in the concert choir and chorus.  Her early interest in performing led to a passion for musical theatre.  She won an NFAA scholarship was a finalist for a Presidential Scholarship in acting in 1981 and chose to continue her education at Syracuse University, where she majored in musical theatre.  While at college in 1983, Vanessa was sought after by local talent scouts who invited her to participate in the Miss Greater Syracuse Pageant.  Three months later, Vanessa won the 1983 Miss America title and the $30,000 scholarship that accompanied it.  The controversy that followed only left Vanessa stronger and more empowered in her commitment to a career in the world of entertainment.  Vanessa launched her recording career in 1988 with her first album, “The Right Stuff,” which went gold and earned her first three Grammy Award nominations.  Her 1991 multi-million selling follow-up, “The Comfort Zone,” which featured the unforgettable “Save the Best For Last,” and her third album, “The Sweetest Days,” each yielded multiple hits and Grammy nominations.  She was nominated for yet another Grammy for her hit single “Colors of the Wind,” from Disney’s “Pocahontas,” which went on to win an Academy Award, Golden Globe and the Grammy for Best Song in a Motion Picture.  Her numerous recordings also include two holiday albums, “Star Bright” and “Silver & Gold;” “Vanessa Williams Greatest Hits: The First Ten Years;” “Our Favorite Things,” with Tony Bennett, Placido Domingo and Charlotte Church and “Everlasting Love,” a collection of her favorite love songs from the 1970’s.  Concord Records released Vanessa’s newest album, “The Real Thing,” in June.  In 1994, Vanessa realized a life-long dream, taking Broadway by storm when she replaced Chita Rivera in Kiss of the Spider Woman.  Her performance won critics over and was a box-office sensation, firmly establishing Vanessa as a multi-talented triple-threat.  Vanessa also garnered rave reviews and was nominated for a Tony Award in the 2002 revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, taking a brief break from the production to headline a limited special engagement of the classic, Carmen Jones, at the Kennedy Center, playing to sold-out houses and achieving glowing notices.  Previously, Vanessa captivated theatre-goers off-Broadway in One Man Band and in the Los Angeles production of Ron Milner’s Checkmates. She also starred in the Encore! Series staged concert production of St. Louis Woman, which was also released as a cast recording.  Vanessa made her film debut in 1986 in Under the Gun and she appeared in the films The Pick-Up Artist, Another You (with Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder) and Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (with Mickey Rourke). She starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in Warner Bros.’ action thriller, Eraser, followed by a leading role opposite Laurence Fishburne and Andy Garcia in Hoodlum and an NAACP Image Award winning performance with the box-office hit, Soul Food.  She has starred in the romantic dance-musical Dance With Me, Light It Up, The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland and Shaft, opposite Samuel L. Jackson.  She co-starred in Johnson Family Vacation with Cedric the Entertainer and Steve Harvey.  She starred recently in the independent features, My Brother and Somebody Like You and co-starred in Disney’s feature film, Hannah Montana: The Movie.  Vanessa has also played diverse roles on television, in such productions as “Stompin’ at the Savoy,” “The Boy Who Loved Christmas” and “The Jacksons: An American Dream,” for which she won an NAACP Image Award.  She commanded rave reviews for her performance in ABC’s revival of “Bye, Bye Birdie” and starred in the mini-series “Nothing Lasts Forever” and the Emmy-nominated “The Odyssey,” which also garnered impressive ratings and an Image Award nomination for Vanessa.  Vanessa starred opposite John Lithgow in TNT’s “Don Quixote” and she executive produced and starred in “The Courage to Love” for Lifetime Television.  She starred in the VH1 Original Movie, “A Diva’s Christmas Carol,” which was the highest rated movie ever for VH1, their second highest rated telecast overall of in 2000 and their fourth highest rated telecast of all time.  She co-starred in the Showtime movie “Keep the Faith, Baby”and the UPN drama, “South Beach” and garnered rave reviews for hosting the 2009 Daytime Emmy Awards.  She currently stars in ABC’s critically-acclaimed hit series, “Ugly Betty,” for which she has been nominated three times for the Emmy Award for her role and she and her co-stars and the show have won or been nominated for numerous individual and ensemble awards, including the Emmy, SAG Award, Golden Globe and NAACP Image Awards.  Among Vanessa’s many awards and honors, she was honored in 1996 with the coveted Lena Horne Career Achievement Award at the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards.  In 2007, she achieved a career pinnacle, with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her accomplishments as a performer.  Vanessa’s charitable contributions are many and varied, embracing and supporting such issues as education, homelessness, abuse, women’s issues and health concerns, AIDS and anything having to do with children.  Specifically, she is actively involved with such organizations as Green Chimneys, a working farm in Westchester County that provides educational and residential programs to help troubled inner-city adolescents; The Open Door, which provides walk-in medical care for homeless families; The Cottage School for displaced young women and the Special Olympics, among many others.

MICHAEL ARDEN.  Broadway: Big River at Roundabout Theatre Company and Times They are A Changin’.  Off-Broadway/LA/Regional:Bare, Swimming in the Shallows, It’s Only Life, Encores Bash, JUNO, Pippin (LA Drama Critics Circle nominee for Best Actor), Ace, God of Vengeance, Where’s Charley, Once in a Lifetime, Harold & Maude. Film: Bride Wars, Underground.  Television: “Bones,” “The Closer,” “Kings,” “The Return of Jezebel James,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” Michael sang alongside Barbra Streisand on her first ever European tour and appears in concerts in both NewYork and Los Angeles.  Training: The Juilliard School,Interlochen Arts Academy, Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

LESLIE KRITZER.  Broadway credits include A Catered Affair (Drama Desk Nomination), Legally Blonde (Clerence Derwent Award for Most Promising Performer) and Hairspray. She received critical acclaim and a Time Out New York award for her sold-out Joe's Pub run of Leslie Kritzer Is Patti LuPone At Les Mouches (a performance she repeated at The Plush Room in San Francisco). Off-Broadway and regional credits include Rooms, On The Town (Encores!), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Drama Desk Nomination), Bat Boy, Godspell, Broadway: Three Generations (Kennedy Center), Cabaret, Born Yesterday, the world premiere of Vanities, Urinetown (National Tour), Evita and an acclaimed “Fanny Brice” in Funny Girl. She has performed at London’s Royal Albert Hall as a guest soloist honoring Tim Rice and Alan Menken and can be heard on several cast recordings. Film credits include 17 Photos Of Isabel. Television credits include “3LBS” (CBS) and “Jason and Jessica” (HBO).

 

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 Mark Saltzman, Irving Berlin & Scott Joplin’s The Tin Pan Alley Rag, directed by Stafford Arima; 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 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.

www.roundabouttheatre.org

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Friday, 02 October 2009 10:00

Broadway is Starrier Than Ever

Broadway is STARRIER THAN EVER!
2009-2010 Season

Click here to find out about all the
stars and new shows coming to Broadway this season:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXwpX3Z2NU4

New Stars Added!

New stars and shows have been announced for this season!
Joining previously announced productions are A Little Night Music, Million Dollar Quartet, Next Fall and Sondheim on Sondheim.

Here are some of the amazing stars who are performing this season on the Great White Way :

Dennis Boutsikaris (Brighton Beach Memoirs; Broadway Bound), Barbara Cook (Sondheim on Sondheim), Alan Cumming (SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark), Anya Garnis & Pasha Kovalev of “So You Think You Can Dance” (Burn The Floor), Mara Davi (Irving Berlin’s White Christmas), Melissa Errico (Irving Berlin’s White Christmas), Carrie Fisher (Wishful Drinking), Nolan Gerard Funk (Bye Bye Birdie),  Victor Garber (Present Laughter), Ana Gasteyer (The Royal Family), Gina Gershon (Bye Bye Birdie), John Glover (The Royal Family), Alexander Hanson (A Little Night Music), (Rosemary Harris (The Royal Family), Douglas Hodge (La Cage aux Folles), Dee Hoty (Bye Bye Birdie), Jayne Houdyshell (Bye Bye Birdie), Bill Irwin (Bye Bye Birdie), Linda Lavin (Collected Stories), Angela Lansbury (A Little Night Music), Jude Law (Hamlet), Laura Linney (Time Stands Still), Jan Maxwell (The Royal Family), Laurie Metcalf (Brighton Beach Memoirs; Broadway Bound), Sienna Miller (After Miss Julie), Jonny Lee Miller (After Miss Julie), Christiane Noll (Ragtime), Larry Pine (The Royal Family), Tony Roberts (The Royal Family), Reg Rogers (The Royal Family), Alicia Silverstone (Time Stands Still), John Stamos (Bye Bye Birdie), Evan Rachel Wood (SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark), Vanessa Williams (Sondheim on Sondheim), Tony Yazbeck (Irving Berlin’s White Christmas), Catherine Zeta Jones (A Little Night Music).

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BROADWAY SEASON ALREADY ANNOUNCED
FIRST PREVIEW                            OPENING NIGHT
BURN THE FLOOR                                       July 25, 2009                                       August 2, 2009
WISHFUL DRINKING                                  September 22, 2009                             October 4, 2009
HAMLET                                                        September 12, 2009                             October 6, 2009
THE ROYAL FAMILY                                   September 15, 2009                             October 8, 2009
BYE BYE BIRDIE                                           September 10, 2009                             October 15, 2009
AFTER MISS JULIE                                       September 18, 2009                             October 22, 2009
BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS                   October 2, 2009                                  October 25, 2009
RAGTIME                                                       October 23, 2009                                November 15, 2009
IRVING BERLIN’S
WHITE CHRISTMAS                                     November 13, 2009                             November 13, 2009
BROADWAY BOUND                                  November 18, 2009                             December 10, 2009
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC                             TBA                                                     December TBA
PRESENT LAUGHTER                                  January 2, 2010                                    January 21, 2010
TIME STANDS STILL                                   January 5, 2010                                    January 28, 2010
A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE                      TBA                                                     March 4, 2010
NEXT FALL                                                  TBA                                                    March 11, 2010
SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM                     March 19, 2010                                 April 22, 2010
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES                               March 2010                                         April 18, 2010
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK        February 25, 2010                               TBA
COLLECTED STORIES                                 April 6, 2010                                        April 28, 2010
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET                  TBA                                                    TBA

 

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MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB
ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF
THE ROYAL FAMILY

TICKETS NOW ON SALE THROUGH SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29

NEW PRODUCTION OF CLASSIC COMEDY TO OPEN THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8
AT MTC’S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are delighted to announce, due to popular demand, the Manhattan Theatre Club production of George S. Kaufman’s and Edna Ferber’s THE ROYAL FAMILY has been extended. Tickets for the production, directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt, Mauritius), are now on sale through Sunday, November 29.

MTC’s new production of the classic comedy THE ROYAL FAMILY is currently in previews and will open on Thursday, October 8 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

Follow a famous family of stage stars as they go about the drama of the day: choosing scripts, dashing off to performances, stealing kisses from handsome beaus. But what’s this business about the youngest diva wanting to quit the stage for domestic bliss? Never, darling! 

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR THE ROYAL FAMILY

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

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Please note: For all weeks except Thanksgiving Week, THE ROYAL FAMILY is dark on Mondays.

  • THROUGH SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4: Tuesday and Sunday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 5 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note there are only 7 performances on sale to the general public this week.
  • 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.
  • *EXTENSION WEEK* MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29 (THANKSGIVING WEEK): Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 PM. Tuesday at 7 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Dark on Thursday.

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PREVIEWS BEGIN TOMORROW NIGHT FOR
THE NEIL SIMON PLAYS
BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS
DIRECTED BY DAVID CROMER
AT THE NEDERLANDER THEATRE

THE NEIL SIMON PLAYS begin performances tomorrow night at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street) with the first preview of Brighton Beach Memoirs.  The production, directed by David Cromer (Our Town), will open October 25. 

THE NEIL SIMON PLAYS are the first Broadway revivals of two of Neil Simon’s beloved Eugene Morris Jerome plays, Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway BoundBroadway Bound begins previews on Wednesday, November 18 and opens Thursday, December 10.    Starting on November 18, the two plays will be performed in repertory on a varied schedule. 

Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound were two of the longest running Broadway plays of the 1980s.  The works ushered in a new era of appreciation for Neil Simon, with praise for the playwright’s hilarious and poignant account of his adolescence, early career and family life in New York in the 1930s and 1940s.

Brighton Beach Memoirs stars Laurie Metcalf (Kate Jerome) and Dennis Boutsikaris (Jack Jerome) with Santino Fontana (Stanley Jerome), Jessica Hecht (Blanche), Gracie Bea Lawrence (Laurie), Noah Robbins (Eugene Jerome) and Alexandra Socha (Nora).
Brighton Beach Memoirs originally opened on March 27, 1983 at the Alvin Theatre and played for 1,299 performances.  (During the run of Brighton Beach Memoirs, the Alvin Theatre was renamed The Neil Simon Theatre).  

Brighton Beach Memoirs centers on young Jewish teen Eugene Morris Jerome and his extended family living in a crowded home in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn in 1937: his overworked father, Jack; overbearing mother, Kate; his older brother Stanley; Kate’s widowed sister Blanche and her daughters, Nora and Laurie.  As Eugene spends his time daydreaming about a baseball career, he must also cope with his family’s troubles, his awkward discovery of the opposite sex and his developing identity as a writer.   

Scenic design is by John Lee Beatty, costume design is by Jane Greenwood, lighting design is by Brian MacDevitt and sound design is by Josh Schmidt and Fitz Patton.   Hair and wig design is by Tom Watson. 

THE NEIL SIMON PLAYS are produced by Ira Pittelman, Max Cooper, Jeffrey Sine, Scott Delman, Ruth Hendel, Roy Furman, Ben Sprecher/Wendy Federman, Scott Landis and Emanuel Azenberg

THE NEIL SIMON PLAYS will be performed in repertory on a varied schedule.  Tickets are available at www.TicketMaster.com or 212-307-4100.  

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Thursday, 01 October 2009 13:35

"Bye Bye Birdie" In the News

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

BYE BYE BIRDIE


Featured on “Good Morning America”  
and Associated Press, Broadway.com,
IN New York and Paper Magazine.

Opening night is Thursday, October 15th, 2009
This is the inaugural production of the new Henry Miller’s Theatre on Broadway.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway production of Bye Bye Birdie has been recently featured in the news.

Click on the links below to learn more.

ABC’s “Good Morning America”
John Stamos interviewed by Diane Sawyer

Broadway.com
Q & A with Gina Gershon

Broadway.com
“Fresh Face” with Nolan Gerard Funk

Associated Press
Feature on John Stamos & Gina Gershon

ON STANDS NOW
IN NY Magazine
John Stamos cover story

Paper Magazine
Original portrait and feature on Nolan Gerard Funk

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) presents the first new Broadway production of Bye Bye Birdie, after a 48 year absence, as the inaugural production of the new Henry Miller’s Theatre (124 West 43rd Street) with an official opening on Thursday, October 15th, 2009.  This will be a limited engagement through January 10th, 2010.

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

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

 

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

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

 

www.byebyebirdieonbroadway.com

www.roundabouttheatre.org

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ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
WISHFUL DRINKING

Creator & Star 
Carrie Fisher
in the news

 Live appearance on NBC’s "Today Show”
Watch Here

Broadway.com video interview 
Watch Here

Daily News “Behind The Scenery”
Read the Story

Wishful Drinking opens on Broadway on October 4, 2009 at Studio 54  



Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director), in association with Jonathan Reinis, Jamie Cesa, Eva Price & Berkeley Repertory Theatre, is proud to present the Broadway premiere production of Wishful Drinking, created and performed by Carrie Fisher and directed by Tony Taccone at Studio 54 on Broadway (254 West 54th St).  

Wishful Drinking will open officially on Sunday, October 4th, 2009. This is a limited engagement through January 3rd, 2010.

In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher recounts the true and intoxicating tale of her life as a Hollywood legend, told with the same wry wit she poured into bestsellers like Postcards from the Edge. The daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher became a cultural icon when she starred as “Princess Leia” in the first Star Wars trilogy at 19 years old. Forever changed, Carrie’s life did not stay picture perfect.  Fisher is the life of the party in this uproarious and sobering look at her Hollywood hangover.

TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300 and online at www.roundabouttheatre.org.
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PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Wishful Drinking plays Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2:00PM.  Prices range from $31.50-$111.50.

www.roundabouttheatre.org

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