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Andrew C. McGibbon



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

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

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

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

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

Photo: Elizabeth Leitzell





Live Performance of
“Honestly Sincere”

ABC’s “Good Morning America”
Friday, October 2nd
Between 8:00AM-9:00AM on channel 7

Catch the web exclusive performance of
"The Telephone Hour"
following the live performance


Roundabout Theatre Company’s Bye Bye Birdie, will perform live on ABC’s “Good Morning America” between 8AM-9AM on channel 7 this Friday! Tune in to see 28 members of the Bye Bye Birdie company perform “Honestly Sincere.” Immediately following the live performance, visit to watch a web exclusive performance of "The Telephone Hour."

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”! 

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

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

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Due to popular demand, the hit song “I'm a Believer” has been added to the smash Broadway musical, SHREK THE MUSICAL®. Since the musical opened on Broadway last year, an instrumental version of the classic 1960s song was played as patrons left the theatre. Now, beginning with the performance on Friday, October 2nd, the entire company will perform “I’m a Believer.”


Composed by Neil Diamond and recorded by The Monkees in 1966, the original single of “I’m a Believer” hit the number one spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart on December 31, 1966 and remained there for seven weeks, becoming the biggest-selling record for all of 1967, and one of the biggest of all time. The song was covered by other artists over the last 40 years, and was performed by the band Smash Mouth and actor Eddie Murphy on the soundtrack for the first Shrek film in 2001.


SHREK THE MUSICAL® recently announced “SHREKtoberfest,” a month-long festival of “OGRE-SIZED” events leading up to and celebrating the production’s one year anniversary on Broadway on November 8th. Beginning Tuesday, October 6th, 40 performances of SHREK THE MUSICAL® will have a great deal on tickets. In addition, through the first week of November, there will be exciting opportunities for talkbacks with cast members, free giveaways, and special offers on NYC attractions and dining. For more information, visit


SHREK THE MUSICAL® stars Tony Award® nominee Brian d'Arcy James as Shrek, Tony Award® winner Sutton Foster as Princess Fiona, Tony Award® nominee Christopher Sieber as Lord Farquaad, Tony Award® nominee Daniel Breaker as Donkey and Robb Sapp as Pinocchio.


The cast also features Cameron Adams, Tessa Albertson, R?zi Baker, Haven Burton, Bobby Daye, Ryan Duncan, Sarah Jane Everman, Maya Goldman, Justin Greer, Colleen Hawks, Lisa Ho, Chris Hoch, Marty Lawson, Jacob Ming-Trent, Carolyn Ockert-Haythe, Denny Paschall, Keven Quillon, Noah Rivera, Heather Jane Rolff, Jennifer Simard, Rachel Stern, Dennis Stowe, David F.M. Vaughn, Maia Nkenge Wilson, Ryan Worsing, Kirsten Wyatt.


SHREK THE MUSICAL® features a book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize® winner, David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Olivier Award-winner Jeanine Tesori, and is directed by Tony Award® nominee Jason Moore. The production opened at the Broadway Theatre on Sunday, December 14. SHREK THE MUSICAL® will launch a national tour at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre for a limited engagement, July 13 – September 5, 2010.

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


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


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For more information, visit


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

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

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Broadway’s landmark musical event THE LION KING is pleased to welcome ALPHONSO ROMERO JONES II and MARQUIS KOFI RODRIGUEZ as “Young Simba” and SHEREEN PIMENTEL and SHANNON SKYE TAVAREZ as “Young Nala” to the company.  Rodriguez and Pimentel made their Broadway debuts on Tuesday, September 29.  Tavarez will make her Broadway debut on Wednesday evening, September 30 and Jones will make his Broadway debut on Thursday, October 1.  Produced by Thomas Schumacher of Disney Theatrical Productions, THE LION KING is currently playing at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre (200 West 45th Street).  The show officially opened on Broadway on November 13, 1997. 

ALPHONSO ROMERO JONES II, 10, is a native of Trenton, New Jersey.  He made his NY stage debut last year in A Christmas Carol.  He trains with Calvary Dance Academy and is an avid drummer.

MARQUIS KOFI RODRIGUEZ, 11, attends Tompkins Square Middle School in the East Village and maintains straight A’s.  He recently played Young Simba in the national tour of The Lion King (Gazelle company).  Other credits include “Law & Order: SVU” and the upcoming feature film, Phoebe in Wonderland.

SHEREEN PIMENTEL, 10, has attended The Ailey School for dance since the age of four.  Other credits include the Kidz Theater’s productions of Ragtime and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

SHANNON SKYE TAVAREZ, 10, is an honor student at PS 176 in Queens, NY.  Shannon attended the Harlem School of Arts and is currently studying at The American Dance and Drama Studio in Flushing.

The sardonic and deviously cunning “Scar” is played by DEREK SMITH.  NATHANIEL STAMPLEY is the regal lion king “Mufasa.”  TSHIDI MANYE is the wise baboon shaman “Rafiki.”  CAMERON POW portrays the prim and proper hornbilled bird “Zazu.”  BEN LIPITZ is the warm-hearted warthog “Pumbaa” and DANNY RUTIGLIANO is the wisecracking and hyperactive meerkat “Timon.”  Mufasa’s son, “Simba,” is played by DASHAUN YOUNG and TA’REA CAMPBELL is the courageous and loyal lioness “Nala.” 

The three hyenas are played by JAMES BROWN-ORLEANS (“Banzai”), BONITA J. HAMILTON (“Shenzi”) and ENRIQUE SEGURA (“Ed”). 

Now in its 12th year, Disney’s THE LION KING continues to reign as one of the most popular shows on Broadway and around the world.  This landmark musical event recently surpassed the 50 million mark in worldwide attendance, becoming the first American musical to reach that milestone and only the fourth in theater history.  The Broadway production will play its 5000th performance this November and the London company will celebrate its 10th anniversary in October making THE LION KING one of only five musical productions in theatre history to play for ten years or more on both Broadway and the West End.

THE LION KING made history on September 24, 2009 when two of its signature costumes, a stylized lion mask and headdress of Simba and costume, custom shoes and hat designed for Rafiki, were inducted into the permanent entertainment collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

The global phenomenon is the winner of more than 70 major awards worldwide, including the 1998 Tony Award® and NY Drama Critics Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album, and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design.  In 1998, Taymor won the Tony Award® for Best Costume Design and Best Direction of a Musical for THE LION KING.  The directing honor made Taymor the first woman in theatrical history to win the coveted award.

The show has been seen by over 50 million people in 13 different countries (US, Canada, UK, Japan, Germany, Holland, France, Mexico, Australia, China, Taiwan, South Africa and Korea).  In addition to Broadway and a North American tour, THE LION KING can also be seen on stage in London, Hamburg, Paris and Tokyo.  On May 2009, a sit-down production of THE LION KING opened at Mandalay Bay Theatre – the first Disney Theatrical Production to be launched in Las Vegas.

THE LION KING began as a 1994 animated feature-length film developed and produced by the Walt Disney Company.  The story, a coming of age parable set among animals indigenous to its setting, the African veldt, tells the tale of Simba, the lion cub who rises to be the King of the jungle.

Julie Taymor, along with designer Michael Curry, has created hundreds of masks and puppets for THE LION KING.  Scenic design is by Richard Hudson; costume design is by Julie Taymor; lighting design is by Donald Holder.  Choreography is by Garth Fagan.  The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed the animated feature and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the screenplay of THE LION KING. 

The score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from the animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice, additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer and music from an album inspired by the animated film, "Rhythm of the Pride Lands," written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer.  The resulting sound of THE LION KING score is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, embracing the Academy Award®-winning “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and the haunting “Shadowlands.”   

THE LION KING ticket prices range from $61.50-$121.50, and are available online at, in-person at the Minskoff Theatre Box Office (200 West 45th Street) and Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling Ticketmaster's Disney on Broadway hotline at 866-870-2717. 

Performance & holiday schedule varies; check online for current schedule (running time is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes).

For more information, visit

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Jude Law, currently starring in the acclaimed Donmar Warehouse production of HAMLET on Broadway, was a guest on Tuesday night’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE SEGMENT.

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 at 212-239-6200 or  A limited number of $35 tickets, subject to availability, will be made available for purchase by students at the Broadhurst Theatre box office on the day of the performance only.  One ticket per valid student ID.  Tickets are subject to availability and the number of student tickets for each performance may vary. 

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“LET YOURSELF GO!” - Irving Berlin




Previews Begin Friday, November 13, 2009
Limited Engagement - 61 Performances Only - through January 3, 2010 

The Tony Award® nominated hit musical IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS, the stage reinvention of the beloved classic film, directed by Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Randy Skinner, with music supervision by Rob Berman, is pleased to announce Broadway principal casting.

James Clow, Melissa Errico, Tony Yazbeck and Mara Davi will star in the Broadway return production also starring Ruth Williamson, Peter Reardon, Remy Auberjonois, Cliff Bemis, Madeleine Yen and David Ogden Stiers, who will lead a cast of 33 in the limited holiday engagement at the Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway).

Every holiday season, audiences of all ages enjoy the uplifting story of White Christmas. Now, the Tony Award® nominated Broadway musical IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS has become New York’s newest holiday tradition.

Previews begin Friday, November 13, 2009 for a limited engagement through Sunday, January 3, 2010.

The musical tells the story of two showbiz buddies who put on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and find their perfect mates in the bargain. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS is a merry and bright theatrical experience for the entire family.

JAMES CLOW will star as song and dance man “Bob Wallace,” the role made famous by Bing Crosby in the classic 1954 film. He starred in the role last season in the Detroit production at the Fox Theater and has appeared in the Broadway musicals Assassins, Wonderful Town, Company, She Loves Me and Blood Brothers.

MELISSA ERRICO will play “Betty Haynes,” one-half of the beautiful and talented sister act that teams up with Bob and Phil. She received Tony®, Drama Desk, Outer Critic’s Circle and Drama League nominations for her starring role in Amour and has also appeared on Broadway in Dracula, My Fair Lady, High Society and Anna Karenina.

TONY YAZBECK will play Mr. Clow’s army buddy, the charismatic ladies’ man “Phil Davis,” a role he played in the 2007 Toronto holiday engagement of the musical. He also appeared on Broadway in the recent revival of Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, A Chorus Line and in On the Town for City Center Encores! 

MARA DAVI will play Betty’s younger sister “Judy Haynes” after starring in the role last season in the St. Paul production at the Ordway Center. She recently starred in the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line, as “Janet Van de Graaff” in The Drowsy Chaperone, and in the title role in No, No Nanette for City Center Encores!

RUTH WILLIAMSON will play “Martha Watson,” General Waverly’s right-hand woman, a role she will return to after first playing it in Los Angeles in 2005 and again in St. Paul in 2006. She recently starred in the Broadway revival of La Cage Aux Folles.

PETER REARDON returns to the role of Bob and Phil’s former Army buddy “Ralph Sheldrake” from last season’s original Broadway company. He has also appeared on Broadway in Urinetown, Passion, Meet Me in St. Louis and La Cage Aux Folles

REMY AUBERJONOIS will make his Irving Berlin’s White Christmas debut in the role of Columbia Inn’s neurotic stage manager “Mike Nulty.” He has appeared on Broadway in Frost/Nixon and The Country Girl.

CLIFF BEMIS appeared in last season’s original Broadway company as the Columbia Inn stage hand “Ezekiel Foster,” a role he originated in the world premiere of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas in 2004.  He also recently starred in the first national tour of The Drowsy Chaperone as “Feldzieg.”

MADELEINE ROSE YEN makes her Broadway debut and returns to the role of General Henry Waverly’s precocious granddaughter “Susan Waverly” following appearing in last season’s Detroit production at the Fox Theater. She plays “Milli” in the upcoming Nickelodeon cartoon series “Umizoomi,” and recently appeared at Carnegie Hall as “Anna” in the concert presentation of the musical Kristina.

DAVID OGDEN STIERS will play “General Henry Waverly,” Bob and Phil’s former commanding officer and proprietor of the Vermont inn. The Emmy Award® nominated actor, widely known to television audiences as “Major Charles Winchester“ from the iconic series “M*A*S*H,” returns to the role he played in the 2005 Los Angeles production at the Pantages Theatre, the 2006 St. Paul company at the Ordway Center, and last season’s Detroit company at the Fox Theater. He has appeared on Broadway in the The Magic Show, Ulysses in Nighttown and Scapin.

Additional casting will be announced shortly.

IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS made its celebrated Broadway debut at the Marquis Theatre last season following acclaimed productions around the country. The New York critics stuffed the lavish musical’s stocking full of praise!  The New York Times said “This cozy trip down memory lane should be put on your wish list,” Variety raved “A thrill. Melodious numbers, sparkling visuals and an enchanting snow-biz finale” and NY-1 News proclaimed the musical “The perfect gift! Dazzling choreography and glorious tunes.”

IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS is produced by Kevin McCollum, John Gore, Tom McGrath, Paul Blake, The Producing Office, Dan Markley, Sonny Everett and Broadway Across America in association with Paramount Pictures.

IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS is directed by Tony Award® winner and three-time nominee Walter Bobbie (Chicago, Footloose, A Grand Night for Singing), with a book by David Ives and Paul Blake and choreography by three-time Tony Award® nominee Randy Skinner (Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, 42nd Street, Ain’t Broadway Grand).

Set design is by Tony Award® nominee Anna Louizos (In the Heights, Avenue Q), costumes by Tony Award® nominee Carrie Robbins (Grease!, Over Here), lighting design by Tony Award® winner Ken Billington (Chicago, The Drowsy Chaperone, Annie), sound design by Tony Award® nominee Acme Sound Partners (In the Heights, Spamalot), orchestrations by Tony Award® nominee Larry Blank (Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Drowsy Chaperone), vocal and dance arrangements by Bruce Pomahac, music supervision by Rob Berman, and casting by Jay Binder C.S.A. The stage production is based on the Paramount Pictures film, written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama, and Melvin Frank.

Many Irving Berlin classics are showcased in the new production, including “Count Your Blessings,” “Sisters,” “How Deep is the Ocean” and the unforgettable title song, “White Christmas.”

This production of IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS will also embark on a national tour this holiday season, bringing the spirit of love, charity, and song to Omaha, Nebraska; Cincinnati, Ohio; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; East Lansing, Michigan; St. Louis, Missouri; Louisville, Kentucky and Kansas City, Missouri for all to enjoy.  For tour information visit

IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS made its world premiere stage debut during the 2004 holiday season in San Francisco at the Curran Theater, garnering rave reviews and establishing its status as a don’t-miss holiday show.


JAMES CLOW (Bob Wallace) New York Credits include: Madison Square Garden: Peter Pan, Broadway: Assassins, Wonderful Town, Company, She Loves Me, Blood Brothers. City Center Encores!: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn.  Off-Broadway: Marc Blitzstein’s Juno. National Tours: Les Misérables, Jekyll and Hyde, Oklahoma!, Sunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ Superstar and Into The Woods.  PBS’ “Great Performances – Sondheim a Celebration at Carnegie Hall,” and the 2005 Emmy Award-winning “Live from Lincoln Center -Passion.” BFA from Syracuse University, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and Groundlings Improv in Los Angeles.

MELISSA ERRICO (Betty Haynes) is beyond delighted to return to Broadway where she has starred in Michel Legrand's Amour (2003 Tony Award® nomination, Outer Critics nomination, Drama League Honor), My Fair Lady (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Helen Hayes nominations), High Society (Drama Desk, Outer Critics nominations, Drama League Honor), Christopher Hampton's Dracula, Anna Karenina, Les Misérables (national tour).  She starred in The Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration's Sunday in the Park with George (“Dot/Marie,” Helen Hayes nomination).  Leading roles in Off-Broadway plays include the hit revival of Wally Shawn's Aunt Dan and Lemon (New Group) with Lili Taylor.  As a member of The Irish Repertory Theatre, she starred in The Importance of Being Earnest (Drama Desk nomination), Major Barbara (Drama League Honor) and the runaway hit Finian’s Rainbow (2004 Drama League Honor), a performance that earned her the moniker "the voice of enchantment" from the New York Times.   The production transferred to another hit run at The Westport Country Playhouse, and was recorded for Ghostlight Records.  City Center Encores!: Call Me Madam (with Tyne Daly), and critical acclaim for her portrayal of “the Goddess” in Kurt Weill's One Touch of Venus (Lucille Lortel Award). Williamstown: The Threepenny Opera (with Betty Buckley).  The Hollywood Bowl (2004-2006): My Fair Lady (with John Lithgow and Roger Daltrey), Camelot (with Jeremy Irons) and The Sound of Music (with Marni Nixon/John Schneider).  Film includes Frequency, Life or Something Like It (opposite Angelina Jolie), Loverboy (with Kyra Sedgewick, directed by Kevin Bacon) and Mockingbird Don’t Sing (Lifetime). TV includes “Central Park West,” “Ed,” “Law & Order,” “Miss Match.” Graduate of Yale.  Concert stages include: The London Palladium, Avery Fisher, Wolf Trap, The Kennedy Center Opera House, Feinsteins, Guild Hall. Debut album: Blue Like That (EMI), followed by 2008's acclaimed Lullabies and Wildflowers (Velour/Universal.  Melissa is the proud Mama of three very little girls: three-year-old Victoria and 9-month old twins Diana and Juliette; and lives in NYC with her husband Patrick McEnroe.  She is the founder of The Bowery Babes, a NY=2 0non-profit mothers support group in New York City with over 700 members.

In recent years, Melissa has begun to establish herself as a soloist with symphonies all over the world, having appeared with The Royal Philharmonic in her London debut, The Cleveland Orchestra, The New World Symphony and repeatedly with The National Symphony at The Kennedy Center, and dozens more.  She has had the honor of working with esteemed conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Michel Legrand, Marvin Hamlisch, Don Pippin, John Mauceri and Paul Gemignani. She has shown herself to be an eclectic solo artist, as this career turn follows several years of working with her jazz-based band at such venues as Birdland, Joes Pub, The Living Room, Dizzy's at Lincoln Center, The Oak Room at the Algonquin and The Cafe Carlyle, and the release of two pop-jazz-folk recordings: "Blue Like That" produced by the legendary Arif Mardin, and "Lullabies and Wildflowers," produced by Rob Mathes (2008).  Her third cd is recorded and in final mixing stages: a CD arranged, conducted and conceived by Michel Legrand and produced by Phil Ramone, with a 100-piece symphony in Brussels and featuring Legrand's Oscar-winning songs and new material written for Melissa by Legrand and Alan/Marilyn Bergman.

TONY YAZBECK (Phil Davis) recently completed his run as “Tulsa” in Gypsy on Broadway receiving an Outer Critics Circle nomination for his performance.  He also recently starred as “Gabey” in On the Town at City Center Encores!  Other Broadway credits include “Al” in A Chorus Line, Never Gonna Dance, Oklahoma!, and Gypsy with Tyne Daly.  Off-Broadway credits include “Charles” in Fanny Hill at the York and the City Center Encores! productions of Pardon My English, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Apple Tree, and Gypsy.  Tony has toured nationally with Thoroughly Modern Millie, Annie Get Your Gun, and Doctor Doolittle.  Tony starred as “Phil Davis” in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas in Toronto.  Other regional theatre includes “Wally Winston/M. Doucet” in Animal Crackers at The Goodman Theatre, “Tony” in West Side Story at Trinity Rep., “Bobby” in Crazy For You at Maine State, and “Tony” in Copacabana at Pittsburgh CLO.  He has appeared on television in “All My Children” and “As the World Turns” and is presently in the feature film documentary Every Little Step.

MARA DAVI (Judy Haynes). Broadway: The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet Van de Graaff), A Chorus Line (Maggie Winslow, Original Revival Cast).  New York:  No, No Nanette  (Nanette) and Of Thee I Sing (Miss Emily Benson) both at City Center Encores!   Regional: Animal Crackers (Arabella Rittenhouse/Mrs. Whitehead) Goodman Theatre, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie Dillmount) Sacramento Music Circus, Irving Berlin's White Christmas  at The Ordway, St. Paul, Originated the role of Gabrielle Gerard in Dancing in the Dark  (The Old Globe Theatre, San Diego), Tour:  42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer), Japan and North America.  Workshop:  The Bandwagon (Gabrielle Gerard), Mara has performed her solo concerts for Birdland, Ars Nova and with The Lyrica Chamber Orchestra.  Website:

RUTH WILLIAMSON (Martha Watson) appeared in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas in Los Angeles in 2005 and the 2006 St. Paul holiday engagement. Broadway: La Cage Aux Folles, The Music Man (Outer Critics Circle nomination), Epic Proportions, Little Me, Guys and Dolls, Smile, Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Annie. Off-Broadway: MTC’s The Green Heart (Drama Desk nomination), MCC’s The English Teachers, Queen Amarantha, The Good Times Are Killing Me, The Leonard Bernstein Revue, DuBarry Was a Lady (City Center Encores!). Film: Legally Blonde II; Easy Six; Family Man; Malcolm X; Foreign Student; Die Mommie, Die (singing VO); Psycho Beach Party; Double Parked; Italian Movie. TV: "The O.C.," "The Practice," "Kingpin," "ER," "What I Like About You," "Enterprise," "Law & Order," "Wonderland," "Chestnut Hill"(NBC pilot) and recurs as Mrs. Grubman on "Nip/Tuck."

PETER REARDON (Ralph Sheldrake) played the same role in last season’s original Broadway company. He has also appeared on Broadway in Urinetown, Passion, Meet Me in St. Louis and La Cage Aux Folles.  National Tours: Ragtime, Falsettos, Company. Film: An Englishman in New York, Never Again. Television: “Sex and the City,” “Miracle's Boys,” “All My Children,” “Another World.” Recently played “Lorenzo de Ponte” in Lorenzo at NYMF and “The Padre” in Man of La Mancha at Sacramento Music Circus.

REMY AUBERJONOIS (Mike Nulty). Broadway: Frost/Nixon, The Country Girl.  New York: Atlantic Theater, the Public, Primary Stages, Studio Dante, Rattlestick, Soho Rep, EST, HERE and others. Regional: Williamstown Festival, Yale Rep, the Old Globe, McCarter, Dallas Theater Center, the Taper and more. TV includes “Law & Order,” “Weeds,” “Mad Men,” “Criminal Intent,” “SVU,” “The Sopranos,” “Sex and the City,” “ER.” Film: Michael Clayton and others.

CLIFF BEMIS (Ezekial Foster) appeared in last season’s original Broadway company in the role which he also originated in the world premiere of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas in 2004.  He starred in the first National tour of The Drowsy Chaperone as “Feldzieg,” and can be seen on the big screen as Dr. Mordecai Ham in Billy, The Early Years.  Proud member of Actor's Equity since 1968. 

MADELEINE ROSE YEN (Susan Waverly). Struck by the theater bug when she made her debut in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at age 8, Madeleine has also appeared as Jessie in Annie Get Your Gun,Peter Pan in Peter Pan and Beauty and  the Beast. She plays “Milli” in the upcoming Nickelodeon cartoon series “Umizoomi,” and recently appeared at Carnegie Hall as “Anna” in the concert presentation of the musical Kristina.

DAVID OGDEN STIERS (General Henry Waverly). Disney Voices: Lilo and Stitch, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame; Spirited Away TV: Six years on M*A*S*H as Major Winchester (two Emmy nominations), NBC Miniseries First Modern Olympics (Emmy nomination); USA Cable Series The Dead Zone, Stargate: Atlantis, North and South, The Final Days, Star Trek: The Next Generation. Film: The Majestic; The Curse of the Jade Scorpion; Better Off Dead; The Accidental Tourist; Doc Hollywood; Bad Company; Mighty Aphrodite; Together Again for the First Time. Broadway: Ulysses in Nighttown (with Zero Mostel), The Magic Show, Beauty and the Beast Mr. Stiers has conducted numerous symphony orchestras including San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago. He is the Associate Conductor of the Newport Symphony Orchestra and the Ernest Bloch Music Festival in Newport, OR.

Tickets prices are $66.50, $91.50 and $126.50 (including $1.50 facility fee), and are available by calling Ticketmaster at 212-307-4100 or online at A date will be announced for the Marquis Theatre box office (1535 Broadway) opening. For group sales details and pricing call The Group Sales Box Office at 800-223-7565 or visit

Beginning Friday, November 13th, 2009, IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS will play the following unique performance schedule per week:

Week of November 9th, 2009:
Friday & Saturday at 8p, Sunday evening at 7p
Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2p.

Week of November 16th, 2009:
Thursday – Saturday at 8p, Tuesday & Sunday evenings at 7p
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2p

Week of November 23rd, 2009:
Tuesday at 7p, Wednesday – Saturday at 8p
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2p

Week of November 30th, 2009:
Thursday – Saturday at 8p, Tuesday & Sunday evenings at 7p
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2p

Weeks of December 7th and December 14th, 2009:
Tuesday at 7p, Thursday – Saturday at 8p
Wednesday & Friday – Sunday matinees at 2p

Week of December 21st, 2009:
Monday, Wednesday & Saturday at 8p, Tuesday & Sunday evenings at 7p
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2p
Dark on Christmas Day – Friday, December 25

Week of December 28th, 2009:
Monday, Wednesday & Saturday at 8p, Tuesday at 7p
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2p
Dark on New Year’s Eve & Day – Thursday, December 31 & Friday, January 1
FINAL PERFORMANCE - Sunday, January 3, 2010

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– The Los Angeles Times, 2009

Emmy Award winner MONTEL WILLIAMS,
New York Post columnist MICHAEL RIEDEL,
“Law & Order: Criminal Intent” star KATHRYN ERBE,
former NY Knicks Sr. Vice President ANUCHA BROWNE SANDERS,
3-time Tony Award nominee MARC KUDISCH,
NYC Commissioner KATE D. LEVIN & Attorney NED H. BASSEN

(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.  Beginning with tonight’s first preview, the ongoing event will take place on-stage after every preview performance (September 29 – October 10) at The Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street).

New panelists confirmed include Emmy-winning TV talk show host Montel Williams, New York Post theater columnist Michael Riedel, “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; 3-time Tony nominee Marc Kudisch, NYC Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs Kate D. Levin and attorney Ned H. Bassen.  They join a roster that includes the previously-announced former New York City mayor David Dinkins; NYC Deputy Mayor of Education and Community Development Dennis Walcott; FOX News Channel legal analyst Lis Wiehl; Partner of Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C. Anne C. Vladeck; Dean of the Tisch School of the Arts Mary Schmidt Campbell; Lies My Mother Never Told Me author Kaylie Jones; Founding and Managing Partner of Outten & Golden LLP Wayne N. Outten; Legal Partner of Proskauer Rose LLP Kathleen M. McKenna; 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 20-30 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.  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). 

The first talk-back in the series, will be held after the first preview tonight, Tuesday evening, September 29 at 8PM.  It will feature moderator Judith Kaye and panelists Lis Wiehl, legal analyst for FOX News Channel and attorney Kathleen M. McKenna, partner in Proskauer Rose LLP, who is an expert in litigating employment disputes, including sexual harassment.

This week’s schedule also includes:

Wednesday matinee, September 30, 2PM
Moderator Judith Kaye, JD

Wednesday evening, September 30, 8PM
Moderator Judith Kaye, JD, panelists NYU/Tisch Dean Mary Schmidt Campbell and 3-time Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch

Thursday evening, October 1, 8PM
Moderator Cynthia Tornquist, panelist NYU Professor of Urban Policy and Planning Mitchell Moss

Friday evening, October 2, 8PM
Moderator Cynthia Tornquist, panelist New York City Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott

Saturday matinee, October 3, 2PM
Moderator, Cynthia Tornquist, panelist New York Post columnist Michael Riedel

Saturday evening, October 3, 8PM
Moderator Cynthia Tornquist, panelists Lies My Mother Never Told Me author Kaylie Jones and New York City Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs Kate D. Levin

Details on future dates will be announced in the coming days.

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, 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.



Judith Kaye, JD (Talk-Back Moderator), President of Judith Kaye Training & Consulting, is a facilitator, lawyer and consultant with over 15 years' experience in the human relations field.  She designs and implements programs for large and small businesses, governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations that want to increase their effectiveness with today's diverse workforce and consumer base.  Her presentations and workshops are regularly offered for professional development credit to judges, social workers, educators and health care providers.  A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, Ms. Kaye is based in Providence, RI, and can be reached through her web site at

Cynthia Tornquist (Talk-Back Moderator), President of Tornquist Productions LLC, has 20-plus years experience in the TV industry. She produces celebrity event coverage, electronic press kits, video news releases, and website content for broadcast, the internet and corporate sales and marketing departments. Her clients include ET Canada, Disney Theatrical Productions, Boneau/Bryan-Brown Public Relations, Broadway League, TDF and the Country Music Association. Before she formed her company in 2004, Cynthia worked at CNN from 1985 to 2001, beginning as a production assistant and advancing to correspondent in 1989. She also has reported for News 12 NJ, UPI Radio and WWOR Radio. Cynthia lives in New York City. You can contact her through her website


Ned H. Bassen (Panelist) is a management labor and employment attorney at the law firm of Hughes Hubbard & Redd LLP, where he is Co-Chair of the firm’s labor and employment practice, and has specialized in labor and employment law for more than 25 years. Mr. Bassen has had numerous speaking engagements around the world, including such topics as employment and labor strategy for Japanese owned companies, employment practices liability, affirmative action and the status of disparate impact after the Civil Rights Act of 1991. He has published articles on the effect of strikes upon vacations, state laws regulating employment of the handicapped, sexual harassment and EEO compensation issues for government contractors. He is an Editorial Advisory Board member of Litigating Sexual Harassment & Sex Discrimination Cases. He is a member of the Industrial Relations Research Association, the Employment Disputes Committee of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, the Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity Law of the Labor Law Section of the NY State Bar Association and the Committee on Development of the Law Under the National Labor Relations Act of the Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association.

Anucha Browne Sanders (Panelist) made headlines when she won a sexual harassment lawsuit that she filed in 2006 against New York Knicks general manager Isiah Thomas and Madison Square Garden.  She was initially hired by the Knicks in 2000 as a marketing executive.  In 2002 she was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Operations by the franchise, making her one of the most powerful female black executives in pro sports in the U.S.  Prior to her professional career, she had been a collegiate star basketball player. While playing for Northwestern University, she was selected to the all-Big Ten team three times, and Big Ten Player of the Year twice; she also holds the all-time conference records for scoring and rebounds. Prior to working for the Knicks, she worked for IBM as a program manager in the company’s Worldwide Sports Office, where she saw oversaw sports-related marketing activities, including at the Olympic Games in 1996, 1998 and 2000. Since 2006, she has been Senior Associate Athletics Director for Marketing and Senior Woman Administrator at the University at Buffalo.

Kathryn Erbe (Panelist) is well-known to TV audiences as Detective Alexandra Eames on NBC’s long-running drama “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”  She began her career on the stage.  A member of the Steppenwolf Theater Company, she has appeared in many of their productions, including Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire as Stella, Curse of the Starving Class and My Thing of Love. She earned a Tony Award nomination in 1991 for her portrayal of Mary in The Speed of Darkness.  Film credits include Speaking of Sex with Lara Flynn Boyle and Bill Murray, Stir of Echoes opposite Kevin Bacon and Dream with the Fishes with David Arquette, plus Entropy, Kiss of Death, Mighty Ducks 2, Rich in Love and What About Bob?. Her additional television credits include playing the infamous death row inmate Shirley Bellenger on the HBO series “Oz,” NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street,” the miniseries “George Wallace,” Showtime’s original production of “Naked City: Justice with a Bullet,” NBC’s “Another World,” and the television movie “Breathing Lessons.”

Marc Kudisch (Panelist) for the past 18 years has been one of the busiest actors in New York City.  Last season he earned his third Tony and fourth Drama Desk nominations as sexist boss Franklin Hart in the musical 9 to 5. His other Broadway credits include The Apple Tree, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Tony, Outer Critics Circle nominations), Assassins (Drama Desk nomination), Bells Are Ringing, The Wild Party, The Scarlet Pimpernel, High Society, Beauty and the Beast, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Off-Broadway credits include The Glorious Ones, See What I Wanna See (Drama Desk nomination), The Thing About Men and No Strings, plus The Pirates of Penzance (New York City Opera) and  A Little Night Music (NYCO and Los Angeles Opera). His many concert appearances include Portland Symphony, Ravinia Festival, the Philadelphia Philharmonic and the popular Broadway By the Year concert series at Town Hall, where Marc has been a constant performer and director for over 5 years.

Kate Levin (Panelist)is the Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs for the City of New York. Prior to her appointment, she was an Assistant Professor of English and Theater at the City College of New York CUNY and Associate Director of the Simon H. Rifkind Center for Humanities and the Arts CCNY. Levin received a BA from Harvard University and a PhD in English from the University of California at Berkley.

Michael Riedel (Panelist)is the Theater columnist and reporter for The New York Post.  He has covered Broadway for 20 years, 10 of them for The Post. He is also the co-host of “Theater Talk” on PBS and CUNY-TV. He graduated from Columbia University with a BA in history.

Montel Williams (Panelist) is the name behind one of the longest-running talk shows in the history of television. An Emmy Award-winning host and the Executive Producer of The Montel Williams Show, Williams reached households across America presenting them with challenging social issues for 17 years. In September of 2009, the show completed its final season, but can still be seen around the world in a Best of Montel series. Williams has since signed a multi-year deal with radio syndicator Air America for a daily 3-hour talk radio program entitled Montel Across America. This marks Williams’ debut as a radio personality tackling social, political and economic issues daily along with providing health and wellness information for his listeners. Battling Multiple Sclerosis and depression daily, Williams has built the Living Well with Montel brand, by incorporating life experience and the information he has accumulated through personal account and professional opinions. Living Well is focused on products that can help consumers live better physically, emotionally, financially and spiritually. An accomplished author, Williams has published eight books to date, four of which were New York Times Bestsellers, including his latest release Living Well Emotionally.


Kaylie Jones (Panelist) is the author of the recently-released Lies My Mother Never Told Me (William Morrow), her memoir about the painful truth about growing up as the daughter of literary royalty (James Jones, From Here to Eternity) and the consequences of a mother-daughter relationship torn apart by miscommunication and alcoholism.  Lies My Mother Never Told Me is a Featured Alternate Selection of Book-of-the-Month Club, Quality Paperback Book Club and BOMC2.  Kaylie is also the author of the novels As Soon As It Rains (her debut), the semiautobiographical A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, which was adapted into a film starring Kris Kristofferson, Barbara Hershey, and Leelee Sobieski, Celeste Ascending, Speak Now and Quite the Other Way. In between novels, she writes short stories and screenplays. Committed to nurturing the careers of aspiring writers, she has taught for years, both at the university level and in classes for “at risk” New York City teenagers. She also chairs the James Jones First Novel Fellowship.

Laurence Maslon (Panelist) is an Associate Arts Professor at the Graduate Acting Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, with an affiliation in Drama and the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.  His most recent book is Some Like It Hot: The Official 50th Anniversary Companion as well as The South Pacific Companion and The Sound of Music Companion.  With Michael Kantor, he has co-written the six-part PBS series Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America, as well as the companion volume.   He and Kantor were nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Writing of a Non-Fiction Series for this show.  He also co-wrote two episodes of the Emmy-winning Broadway: The American Musical with Kantor and the companion volume.   He wrote the acclaimed “American Masters” documentary Richard Rodgers: The Sweetest Sounds and is the editor of Kaufman & Co., the Library of America edition of George S. Kaufman’s plays, as well as his official website,   In 2005, he wrote “Better When It’s Banned,” Jane Krakowski’s debut concert for Jazz at Lincoln Center.  

Kathleen M. McKenna (Panelist) is a partner in Proskauer Rose’s Labor & Employment Law Department. With a formidable track record for success in major employment matters, she has extensive experience litigating employment disputes of all types, including defending employers against claims alleging all forms of discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, wages and hour claims and breach of contract.  Her clients include major multi-national businesses, such as television networks, pharmaceutical companies, international retailers and law firms. Named among the “Top 50 Female” lawyers in New York byNew York Super Lawyers 2006 and 2007, and recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers 2007 and  The Best Lawyers in America 2007, Kathleen is an elected member of the prestigious College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.  She has served as a featured guest commentator on “ABC World News This Morning,” addressing various employment topics.  Kathleen also regularly publishes and frequently lectures on labor and employment issues.

Mitchell Moss (Panelist) is the Henry Hart Rice Professor Urban Policy and Planning at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He served as Director of NYU's Taub Urban Research Center from 1987 to 2003, where he directed research projects for the National Science Foundation, Charles Revson Foundation, U.S. Department of Commerce, New York State Economic Development Corporation and leading private corporations. Professor Moss has been on the faculty of NYU since 1973 and served as Chairman of The Interactive Telecommunications Program in the Tisch School of the Arts from 1981-83. He was voted "Best Teacher of the Year" by Wagner School students in 2002. Moss's essays have been published in The New York Times, New York Post, Daily News, Newsday, and The New York Observer. He has appeared on “ABC World News Tonight,” “The Today Show,” “Hardball” and the “NBC Nightly News.” In 2001, he served as an advisor to the mayoral campaign of Michael R. Bloomberg.

Wayne N. Outten (Panelist) is the founding and managing partner of Outten & Golden LLP. His practice focuses exclusively on representing individuals in all areas of employment law. Mr. Outten has lectured extensively on employment law, especially on negotiation, mediation, and arbitration of employment disputes, on employment and severance agreements, and on retaliation and whistleblower claims. He is a widely published author whose work is frequently found in legal and popular publications. He is a founding member of the Executive Board of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and served on its Board for more than 11 years.  For almost 20 years, he was a member of the Board of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Mr. Outten’s notable cases include a recovery of $12 million in a gender discrimination/retaliation case against Morgan Stanley in federal court and (with partner Larry Moy) $18.9 million arbitration award in a breach of contract case against Deutsche Bank – one of the largest arbitration awards in an employment case. He is a member of the bars of New York, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Anne C. Vladeck (Panelist) is a partner at Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C. where she focuses her practice on employment matters, including discrimination, sexual harassment, defamation, union-side labor law, and litigation. In addition to being an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University Law School and Fordham Law School, Ms. Vladeck is a past President of the Federal Bar Council Inn of Court, a trustee of the Federal Bar Foundation, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a member of the Professional Discipline Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Ms. Vladeck received her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, and J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. She has previously served as an adjunct faculty member at Cardozo Law School. She regularly speaks on employment law and related topics at the Practicing law Institute, ALI/ABA, ABA, NYSBA, and N.Y.U. Conference, among others.

Dennis Walcott (Panelist) is the Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development. In that capacity, he oversees and coordinates the operations of the Department of Education and the Department of Youth and Community Development, as well as maintains liaison with and reviews the activities of the New York City School Construction Authority, City University of New York, City University Construction Fund and the New York City Housing Authority. Walcott is also responsible for maintaining liaison with community-based organizations citywide and coordinating policies concerning youth programs and adult education. He serves as Co-Chair of the Mayors Commission for Construction Opportunity. A product of the New York City public school system, Walcott received a Masters of Social Work from Fordham University and a Masters of Education from the University of Bridgeport.

Lis Wiehl (Panelist) joined FOX News Channel (FNC) as a legal analyst in October 2001. Currently an associate professor of law at the University of Washington School of Law, Wiehl also serves as a legal commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Prior to joining FNC, Wiehl served as a legal analyst for KIRO-TV (CBS). From November 2000-February 2001, she provided legal analysis for NBC News. Before that, Wiehl held the position of principal deputy chief minority investigative counsel for the United States House of Representatives, Committee on Judiciary. Additionally, from 1990-1995, she served as an executive assistant at the United States Attorney’s office. Wiehl began her career as a litigation associate for Perkins Coie law firm. She earned her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1987. She is also the author of The 51% Minority: How Women Still Are Not Equal and What You Can Do About It.

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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Jude Law, currently starring in the acclaimed Donmar Warehouse production of HAMLET on Broadway, will be a guest on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” tonight, Tuesday, September 29.   “Late Night” airs in the New York area on WNBC-TV Channel 4 at 12:35 AM.  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 at 212-239-6200 or  A limited number of $35 tickets, subject to availability, will be made available for purchase by students at the Broadhurst Theatre box office on the day of the performance only.  One ticket per valid student ID.  Tickets are subject to availability and the number of student tickets for each performance may vary. 

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Creator & Star 
Carrie Fisher
will be featured on

ABC’S “The View”

Thursday, October 1st at 11:00AM  
on Channel 7

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

Carrie Fisher, star of Roundabout Theatre Company’s Wishful Drinking, will conduct a live interview, Thursday, October 1st on ABC’s “The View” at 11:00AM on channel 7.

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.

Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300 and online at
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.


The National Theatre presents a live web chat “Directed For Stage / Directed For Screen”
following the worldwide NT Live broadcast of All’s Well That Ends Well  

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On JOSHUA BELL’s new album, AT HOME WITH FRIENDS, the Grammy Award-winning violinist fulfills a life-long career dream of recording a CD of instrumental and vocal duets with a diverse roster of musicians including Chris Botti, Sting, Josh Groban, Kristin Chenoweth, Regina Spektor, Anoushka Shankar, Marvin Hamlisch, Tiempo Libre, among others.  AT HOME WITH FRIENDS (Sony Classical) will be available on September 29.  

The concept of AT HOME WITH FRIENDS was inspired by Bell’s long-time practice of holding ‘musical soirées’ at his New York residence – eclectic gatherings of musicians, actors, comics, literary figures and others who convene for the sheer joy of sharing their art in an informal setting.  With this in mind, Bell has spent the past four years designing and building his home in Manhattan to accommodate the ideal ‘stay-at-home’ venue.

Of his inspiration for the album concept Bell says “Some of my most precious memories of childhood recall the  ‘family musicales’ in my home – my sisters, my parents, my cousins all playing music together and for each other during the holidays.  Since then I went on to have many thrilling experiences in concert halls, but I still enjoy the experience of making music with my friends and family in a small, intimate setting. There’s nothing like sitting on a pillow by the piano surrounded by passionate artists, not quite sure who’s going to get up next to perform. It’s my hope that this recording figuratively transports listeners into the room with us.”

AT HOME WITH FRIENDS covers a world of music - genres from classical to pop, bluegrass to Broadway, jazz and ethnic World Music of every stripe.  The repertoire ranges from a 16th Century love song (performed by Bell and Sting) to pure violin-piano duets – with Marvin Hamlisch (on Richard Rodgers’ “I’ll Take Manhattan”), with Dave Grusin (on Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Chovendo Na Roseira”), and with Las Vegas musician Frankie Moreno (on the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby”).  It also includes full-scale ensembles with Chris Botti (on the Gershwins’ “I Loves You Porgy” from Porgy And Bess) and Josh Groban (introducing his lyrics for film composer Ennio Morricone’s title theme from Cinema Paradiso) and unexpected partnerships with the likes of Regina Spektor (in a Spektor penned piece “Left Hand Song”), Anoushka Shankar (in a piece written for her and Joshua by her father, the legendary Ravi Shankar), the Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth (in “My Funny Valentine”), and Rachmaninoff himself on the piano in Grieg’s violin sonata (thanks to an astounding new recording technology).

Sting’s 2007 album, The Journey and the Labyrinth is the source for “Come Again,” one of two tracks on AT HOME WITH FRIENDS that is arranged by Bell and J.A.C. Redford.  The other is the title theme of the 1995 film Il Postino, in which Bell joins award-winning tango aficionado Carel Kraayenhof on bandoneon.  In turn, Bell, Kraayenhof and the same rhythm section breathe new fire into “Oblivion,” composed by all-time revolutionary Argentine nuevo tango master Ástor Piazzolla.  Bell continues with the Latin flavor on “Para Tí,” composed by Jorge Gomez, founder and pianist of two-time Grammy-nominated Cuban band Tiempo Libre.

Ten years after their 1999 collaboration Short Trip Home (Sony Classical) and their subsequent appearance on the Grammy’s telecast, Bell is reunited with his Indiana University school-mate Edgar Meyer on the double-bass, along with buddies Sam Bush on mandolin, and guitarist Mike Marshall in “Maybe So.”  The concept of Bluegrass/Classical fusion is taken to yet another level on “Look Away,” a new work composed by Meyer and mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile.  These two join Bell in this first-time collaboration.

In another first-time collaboration, Soviet-born American singer songwriter Regina Spektor joins Bell to record a song that she has often performed in concert, but never recorded. Fans commonly referred to the tune as “The Meatball Song” and “A Lesson In How Fleeing Preservation Is.” Its official title is “Left Hand Song,” aptly named as Spektor wrote it using her left hand.
In another ‘hometown connection’  Bell joins Indiana-born Baritone Nathan Gunn and I.U. graduate and long-time recital partner Jeremy Denk in  “O, Cease Thy Singing, Maiden Fair”, a Russian poem by Alexander Pushkin, set to music by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

AT HOME WITH FRIENDS also celebrates the holidays with Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” presented by Bell and Chris Botti with a full rhythm section as well as Kristin Chenoweth and Bell on “O Holy Night.” These songs will be available as retail exclusives.

With more than 30 original albums to his credit, Bell has captured the public’s attention like no other classical violinist of his time, enchanting audiences worldwide with his breathtaking playing and tone of rare beauty, as performed on his legendary Stradivarius violin made in 1713. Equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra leader, Bell has earned countless awards and honors for his work as a concert stage performer and recording artist.  He has won multiple Grammy awards and was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize. His 2004 album Romance of the Violin was named the “Classical CD of the Year” by Billboard Magazine, with Bell named “Classical Artist of the Year.”  In the national spotlight since age 14 (when he made his acclaimed orchestral debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra), and a recording artist since age 18, Bell has been an exclusive Sony Music artist for more than a decade. Acclaimed for the wide range of music he has chosen to record, Bell’s output ranges from mainstream classical concertos by Sibelius and Beethoven, a live recording with the Berlin Philharmonic (Tchaikovsky concerto), the bluegrass inspired Short Trip Home - from the jazz influenced Gershwin Fantasy, to the Bernstein-inspired West Side Story Suite and many others. His interest in film is particularly notable, having performed all the violin solos in The Red Violin, helping the film win an Oscar for the “Best Original Score” (written by John Corigliano). He has received recognition beyond his awards that are not common to most classical artists, having been the first musician to have a classical music video played on VH1, to appearing as himself on Sesame Street and alongside Meryl Streep in Music of the Heart.

Track Listing

  1. I Loves You Porgy – featuring Chris Botti, trumpet
  2. Come Again - featuring Sting, vocals
  3. Oblivion - featuring Carel Kraayenhof, bandoneon
  4. Cinema Paradiso - featuring Josh Groban, vocals
  5. Para Tí - featuring Tiempo Libre, various
  6. My Funny Valentine -  featuring Kristin Chenoweth, vocals
  7. Maybe So - featuring Edgar Meyer, Double-bass, Sam Bush, Mandolin and Mike Marshall Guitar
  8. Grieg: Sonata No. 3 – featuring Sergei Rachmaninoff (Zenph re-performance)
  9. Eleanor Rigby  - featuring Frankie Moreno, piano & vocals
  10. O, Cease Thy Maiden Fair  - Nathan Gunn, baritone
  11. Il Postino - featuring Carel Kraayenhof, bandoneon
  12. Left Hand Song – featuring Regina Spektor, piano & vocals
  13. Chovendo Na Roseira - featuring Dave Grusin,  piano
  14. Look Away - featuring Edgar Meyer, bass and Chris Thile, mandolin
  15. Variant Moods: Duet for Sitar & Violin (abridged version)  - featuring Anoushka Shankar, sitar
  16. I'll Take Manhattan - featuring Marvin Hamlisch, piano

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