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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




Vintage Interviews with Broadway Luminaries!

Now available on:
and iTunes

(September 29, 2009 – New York, NY) The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing announce today’s launch of “This is Broadway,” short interviews from Broadway notables circa 1977.

Beginning today, September 29,th and continuing into 2010, editions of “This is Broadway” will be released weekly via The League’s IBDB and The Wing’s websites, as well as on iTunes. Interviews can be accessed on IBDB via the orange “Media” tab at the top of the page.

Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, said, “This is Broadway” was a promotional project of the League 32 years ago. It consisted of weekly three-and-a-half minute interviews with Broadway luminaries, hosted by Isobel Robins and Richard Seff, and syndicated to radio stations around the country.  Filled with charm and wit, these short features haven’t been heard since their original broadcast.”

Howard Sherman, Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing, said, “Because theatre is, by its nature, fleeting, the discovery of remnants of Broadway’s past is always cause for celebration.  That’s why the American Theatre Wing is delighted to partner with The Broadway League (its longtime collaborator on The Tony Awards) to make available a time capsule of Broadway from the 1970s. Among 70 programs one can hear some familiar, but now silenced, voices, such as Comden & Green, Cy Coleman, Yul Brynner, Jerry Orbach, Jack Gilford, Hermione Gingold and Richard Kiley.”

Of the 70 programs that will roll out over the coming months, the following will be posted immediately:

HERMIONE GINGOLD, talking about her work with Stephen Sondheim

BETTY COMDEN AND ADOLPH GREEN, on their show A Party with Comden and Green.

Costume designer FLORENCE KLOTZ on Pacific Overtures and A Little Night Music

Composer STEPHEN SCHWARTZ on having Godspell, The Magic Show and Pippin on Broadway simultaneously

Playbill publisher ARTHUR BIRSH on the evolution of Playbill

ROBERT LuPONE on the original A Chorus Line


JOHN KANDER on Liza Minnelli joining the cast of the original Chicago


Host RICHARD SEFF on his peripatetic theatrical career

Future shows to be released include Robert Preston, Yul Brynner, Judd Hirsch, Liv Ullmann, Cy Coleman and Estelle Parsons.

One selection will be added weekly, on Tuesdays, complementing the American Theatre Wing’s existing schedule of "Downstage Center" on Mondays, "Working in the Theatre" on Wednesdays, and SDCF's "Masters of the Stage on Thursdays.

The original hosts, Isobel Robins and Richard Seff, returned to the studio over the summer to add some latter-day material.

Part of the appeal of the program arises from spontaneity. “The most exciting part,” said Isobel Robins, “was that it was ad-libbed and I’d been brought up in improvisational theatre.” Richard Seff echoed that thought, remembering, “I was mostly told, ‘Tomorrow you’re meeting Yul Brynner.’ I was prepared only in that they were usually in something currently.”

When asked about the most surprising experience among the dozens of interviews, Isobel Robins replied, “They were all surprising.  Since we ad-libbed, we found things that even they hadn’t said before.”

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The Broadway League
The Broadway League, founded in 1930, is the national trade association for the Broadway industry.  The League’s 600-plus members include theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers in over 240 North American cities, as well as suppliers of goods and services to the theatre industry.  Each year, League members bring Broadway to nearly 30 million people in New York and on tour across the U.S. and Canada. Visit and, and on Twitter (

The American Theatre Wing
The American Theatre Wing (Theodore S. Chapin, Chairman of the Board of Directors; Howard Sherman, Executive Director) is best known as the creator of the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards®, which it presents annually with The Broadway League. The Wing sponsors many activities, all dedicated to recognizing excellence and supporting education in theatre. These programs include “Downstage Center,” a weekly podcast featuring in-depth interviews with the leading artists and professionals working on stage today; “Working in the Theatre,” a weekly television program on CUNY TV which gathers panels of theater artists to discuss their crafts; “Guides to Careers in the Theatre,” a video series developed for schools and libraries; a grants program for New York City not-for-profit theatre companies, which has awarded nearly $3 million since its inception; the Theatre Intern Group, a career development program for young professionals; SpringboardNYC, a two-week college-to-career boot camp for young performers moving to NYC; and the Jonathan Larson® Grants, given annually to honor emerging composers, lyricists and book writers.  For additional information about all American Theatre Wing programs, go to You can also find the American Theatre Wing on Twitter (



Tuesday, 29 September 2009 11:17

New Tribe Members Join Hair on Broadway

“ H A I R ”



New York, NY (9/29/09) The producers of HAIR have announced the addition of six new cast members to the Tony Award-winning musical.  Krystal Joy Brown, Heath Calvert, Matt DeAngelis, Rachel Bay Jones, Hannah Shankman and Ryan Watkinson have now joined the “Tribe.” HAIR began preview performances on March 6 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street, NYC) and opened to rave reviews on March 31, 2009.
The HAIR “Tribe” also includes Sasha Allen, Ato Blankson-Wood, Steel Burkhardt, Jackie Burns, Briana Carlson-Goodman, Allison Case, Gavin Creel, Lauren Elder, Allison Guinn, Chasten Harmon, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Kaitlin Kiyan, Andrew Kober, Josh Lamon, Caissie Levy, Nicole Lewis, John Moauro, Darius Nichols, Brandon Pearson, Paris Remillard, Megan Reinking, Bryce Ryness, Michael James Scott, Maya Sharpe, Kacie Sheik, Will Swenson and Tommar Wilson.

The story of a group of young Americans searching for love and peace during the Vietnam era, HAIR is a timeless portrait of a movement that changed the world. Its groundbreaking rock score paved the way for some of the greatest musicals of our time. Now, the "Age of Aquarius" dawns again in this jubilant new production, which is the winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. The Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle also recently honored the production with their 2009 award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical. Directed by Diane Paulus and choreographed by Karole Armitage, HAIR features a book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado and music by Galt MacDermot.

The creative team also includes Scott Pask (scenic design), Michael McDonald (costume design), Kevin Adams (lighting design) and Acme Sound Partners (sound design).

HAIR is presented on Broadway by The Public Theater (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Andrew D. Hamingson, Executive Director) Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Gary Goddard Entertainment, Kathleen K. Johnson, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Fran Kirmser Productions/Jed Bernstein, Marc Frankel, Broadway Across America, Barbara Manocherian/WenCarLar Productions, JK Productions/Terry Schnuck, Andy Sandberg, JAM Theatricals, The Weinstein Company / Norton Herrick, Jujamcyn Theaters, Joey Parnes and by special arrangement with Elizabeth Ireland McCann.

Tickets for HAIR (starting at $37.00) are available via or by calling (212) 239-6200.  The schedule is as follows: Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday at 2:00 & 8:00 p.m., Thursday – Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 & 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00.

The producers of HAIR have also established a pre-performance ticket lottery for box-seat tickets, aptly renamed “BE-IN BOXES.”   Those wishing to purchase these tickets are asked to show up at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre 2 1/2 hours before each performance for a drawing that will take place 2 hours before curtain.  For every performance, a limited number of  lucky audience members will receive $25 “be-in box” tickets, promising to make their experience of the show both affordable and unique.  Limit one entry per person, and two tickets per entry.  Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets.  Tickets can be purchased from the box office in cash only.

Ghostlight Records’ New Broadway Cast Recording of HAIR is currently available in stores and on iTunes.



Krystal Joy Brown is a Sagittarius/Capricorn who believes in dreams and miracles.  She is thankful to her family, friends and agents who are all magical and never stop believing in her.  THANKS MOM!  Fave creds: Mimi (Rent, national tour), Monique (Streetlights, Off-Broadway), Crystal (Little Shop of Horrors).  Currently she is recording an album and is proud to be joining this AMAZING Tribe, making her B’way debut!  Live now!  Equality now!

Heath Calvert is a Capricorn mountain goat that's lived in 9 states and loves all of them for warping him into a meteorite that landed in the Peruvian Amazon. He's feeling very thankful towards his wonderful teachers, friends, unwitting co-conspirators, and this beauteous tribe. He has his own definition of extraordinary rendition that still involves blindfolds, but much less pain and embarrassment. Gracias madre, padre, et ma belle souer. Thanks KSR. All people from other places are precious.

Matt DeAngelis is a true Gemini from Boston Mass.  He is totally stoked to be making his Broadway Debut with this tribe of lovers and artists.  He believes in optimism, true spirituality, equality for all, Actors’ Equity Association, and The Boston Red Sox!  Thank you to Leading Artists, and my loving parents, my amazing sister, and the love of my life Rachel.  He wouldn’t be here today without the loving support of his Dog...Fenway!  Spread Love!!!

Rachel Bay Jones is the Scorpio daughter of a pair of actors-turned-health-food-store-proprietors who always encourage her to be who she is and eat her alfalfa sprouts.  She has a guy named Benim, who has a little girl named Cordelia.  And she is the happy mother of radiant Miranda, who reminds her that love really is all there is.  She is over the moon to be part of this hairy community, and enjoys writing about herself in the third person.  Gratitude to The Mine, and to Dave T.   Solo Album, ShowFolk.

Hannah Shankman is a true Aries who believes in EQUALITY for ALL!  She is thankful that the stars aligned so she could make her Broadway debut with this magical Tribe.  Fight for good, care for others, and spread compassion.  Endless gratitude, love and thanks to her friends.  WTF loves, teachers, parents for their faith in her, brother Johnny and sister Sarah: you are beauty.  As Buddha said, “Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love.”  PEACE!

Ryan Watkinson hails from the cosmopolitan borough of Rockville, Maryland and has only smiles about joining this beautiful company of true artists. He is an intense optimist and a true believer in karma, and is so glad you're here. Ryan has been seen on this glorious avenue dancing to Billy Joel and disco-roller-skating in a dress. Love to my incredible family, friends, and KGA. And, as always, BBF and AEM.




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Monday, 28 September 2009 16:06

23rd Annual BC/EFA Flea Market Raises $403,929


RAISES $403,929
The 23rd Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction held yesterday Sunday, September 27 raised a grand total of $403,929 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA).

Since its debut in 1987, which then raised $12,000, the 23 editions of The Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction have raised a grand total of $8,161,752 for BC/EFA.

The Flea Market and Grand Auction is an annual fair in which Broadway, Off-Broadway and other members of the theatrical community donate and sell their wares to benefit BC/EFA.  The event also included the Celebrity Table, where celebrities gathered throughout the day to sign autographs and pose for photos in exchange for donations.  The climax of the day was the Grand Auction in which truly unique and priceless items are auctioned off live to the highest bidder.

The event is typically held outdoors in Shubert Alley, though due to weather conditions this year’s event was held at Roseland Ballroom on 52nd Street. “The 23rd Annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction was a testament to the unique enthusiasm and great heart of the theatre community and its loyal fans,” said Tom Viola, executive director for BC/EFA. “Changing venues from outdoors in Shubert Alley to indoors at Roseland over 24 hours was both necessary and extremely crazy, but ultimately a success, making a day that surely would have been cancelled, truly unforgettable. My hat is off to the intrepid BC/EFA staff and extraordinary volunteers, as well as to the entire theatrical community for their good will and extraordinary generosity of spirit. But next year, please: Let the Sunshine In!”

This year, there were 64 tables which raised a collective $192,429. The booth that raised the most money this year was the booth hosted by “Broadway Beat” which raised $12,640. The show booth that raised the most money was Wicked which raised $9,663.

Broadway and daytime stars made appearances at the Autograph Table and Celebrity Photo Booths, which was emceed by Scott Nevins and Michael Lee Scott and raised $14,770. Dozens of stars donated their time and support to the tables including: John Stamos, Alex Cole, Alice Ripley, Anthony Rapp, Bernadette Peters, Beth Leavel, Billy Magnussen, Bobbie Eakes, Bobby Steggert, Bonnie Dennison, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Bryan Batt, Cady McClain, Caitlin Van Zandt, Carole Shelley, Chad Kimball, Chita Rivera, Chrishell Stause, Christiane Noll, Christopher Sieber, Colleen Zenk Pinter, Constantine Maroulis, Dana Ivey, Danny Burstein, David Andrew MacDonald, Dee Roscioli, Diana DeGarmo, Dominic Nolfi, Elizabeth Ashley, Ellen Dolan, Eric William Morris, Erin Mackey, Ewa da Cruz, Gavin Creel, Gregory Jbara, Haydn Gwynne, James Carpinello, Jason Danieley, Jessica Hecht, Jessica Leccia, John Glover, Jonathan Groff, Judith Ivey, Julie Pinson, Kate Baldwin, Kathleen Chalfant, Kerry Butler, Kevin Chamberlin, Loretta Ables Sayre, Mandy Gonzalez, Marian Seldes, Marin Mazzie, Marj Dusay, Marnie Schulenburg, Matt Cavenaugh, Mo Rocca, Montego Glover, P.J. Benjamin, Priscilla Lopez, Quentin Earl Darrington, Rachelle Rak, Rebecca Luker, Robert Newman, Rondi Reed, Rosemary Harris, Stephanie J. Block, Stephanie Umoh, Susan Blackwell, Thomas Sadoski, Tovah Feldshuh, Van Hansis, Vanessa Ray, Victoria Clark, Will Chase.

This year’s Silent Auction, which was hosted by Michael Goddard and Felicia Finley, included 103 items and raised $36,590. The top item sold was a Les Misérables “I Dreamed a Dream” musical phrase, handwritten and signed by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil that went for $2,450. Other top earners were an A Chorus Line “What I Did for Love” musical phrase, handwritten and signed by Marvin Hamlisch that went for $1,475, and a Jersey Boys “Big Girls Don’t Cry” musical phrase, handwritten and signed by “Jersey Boys” Bob Gaudio and Frankie Valli that went for $1,150.

This year’s grand auction which featured longtime BC/EFA auctioneer Lorna Kelly and actor Bryan Batt (TV’s “Mad Men”) featured 64 “lots” which raised $175,000. The top-selling lot was a set of VIP tickets to A Steady Rain, with a backstage meet-and-greet with Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig, for $7,500. Other top earners were a walk-on in Wicked for $6,000 and a special “Celebrate the Tony Awards” ticket package for $5,500.

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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For more information, please visit BC/EFA online at
The Broadway Flea Market is sponsored by Continental Airlines, the official airline of BC/EFA,

The New York Times, Junior’s, Discovery Times Square Exposition, PMD Promotion and Next Magazine 



Manhattan Theatre Club’s new Broadway production of the classic comedy THE ROYAL FAMILY has recently been featured in The New York Times, The Daily News, Bloomberg, The Village Voice, Playbill Magazine, and by columnist Cindy Adams.

Currently in previews, George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber’s THE ROYAL FAMILY will open Thursday, October 8 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The production is directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes.

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! 

Below is information about each of these press breaks:

In Sunday’s Arts & Leisure section, critic Charles Isherwood wrote an essay on THE ROYAL FAMILY co-writer George S. Kaufman. In the essay, tagged on the cover of the section as “Funny Then, Funny Now,” Isherwood says, “Kaufman’s writing retains its energy and force today because, aside from its clear virtues as expertly wrought comedy, much of it seems to prefigure, predict and lampoon cultural developments that have gained force in the decades since the years of his influence.”


In Sunday’s Daily News, reporter Joe Dziemianowicz wrote about a sword fight that opens the top of the second act of THE ROYAL FAMILY. The fight, choreographed by Rick Sordelet, is an extended fight between cast members Reg Rogers and Rufus Collins. Dziemianowicz spoke to Rogers who said he watched DVDs of Captain Blood and The Princess Bride to help prepare for the moment.


Bloomberg’s Zinta Lundborg sat down with actress Rosemary Harris to discuss the current production and reminisce about the 1975 production which also featured Harris, but in the role of ‘Julie Cavendish,’ a part played in the MTC production by Jan Maxwell.


The Voice’s Alexis Soloski spoke to Doug Hughes about the challenges and rewards of directing the comedy which features an ensemble cast of 16 actors.


Playbill Magazine’s Harry Haun spoke to Rosemary Harris and Jan Maxwell about appearing in MTC’s new production of THE ROYAL FAMILY.


Columnist Cindy Adams has twice featured THE ROYAL FAMILY in recent editions of her column. Earlier this month, she wrote about Rosemary Harris and last week’s headline and lead item featured Ana Gasteyer.




  • Single tickets to THE ROYAL FAMILY are available via; 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. 

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Monday, 28 September 2009 14:26

"Burn the Floor" Continues Talkback Series


Due to the popularity of the first few post-show “Talkbacks” with the cast and creators of Broadway’s BURN THE FLOOR, the producers have announced that they will extend the event into a weekly series for the foreseeable future.  Immediately following each Tuesday night 7 PM performance, producer Harley Medcalf and/or director/choreographer Jason Gilkison will be joined on stage by the cast for a post-show discussion with the audience.

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

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

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

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September 28, 2009 – Broadway’s perfectly magical musical MARY POPPINS is pleased to welcome the West End’s original ‘Mary’, Olivier Award winner LAURA MICHELLE KELLY, and Tony® Award nominee CHRISTIAN BORLE (Broadway’s Legally Blonde) beginning Monday, October 12 at 7pm.  Produced by Thomas Schumacher of Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Mackintosh, MARY POPPINS will celebrate its three-year anniversary at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 West 42nd Street) on Monday, November 16
Laura Michelle Kelly returns to Broadway after earning rave reviews and garnering the Olivier Award for her performance as the original Mary Poppins in the 2004 West End premiere of the show (she played the role for more than 400 performances in the UK until October 2005).  Kelly made her Broadway debut as one of Tevye’s daughters in the 2004 revival of Fiddler on the Roof with Alfred Molina.  She made her feature film debut as Lucy Barker opposite Johnny Depp in the musical Sweeney Todd, directed by Tim Burton (2007).  Last year, Kelly starred opposite Kevin Spacey and Jeff Goldblum in the Old Vic’s acclaimed production of Speed-the-Plow.  Other West End credits include Eliza in My Fair Lady, Galadrial in Lord of the Rings, Sophie in Mamma Mia, Swallow in Whistle Down the Wind, Eponine in Les Miserables, Wendy in Peter Pan and an 'enchanted object' in Disney's Beauty and the Beast at age 17.  Kelly will appear with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).  The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance of this production.

Christian Borle will star as Bert.  He earned Tony®, Drama Desk and Drama League nominations for his performance as Emmett Forrest in the Broadway premiere of Legally Blonde.  In 2005, he earned a Drama Desk nomination for his performance as Prince Herbert in Monty Python’s Spamalot.  Earlier this year, Borle appeared in a workshop production of Peter and the Starcatchers, part of the La Jolla Playhouse Page To Stage program, by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions.  Borle made his Broadway debut in Footloose (1999) and starred as Jimmy in the Tony Award®-winning musical Thoroughly Modern Millie (2003).

Current stars SCARLETT STRALLEN (Mary) and ADAM FIORENTINO (Bert) will play their final performance on Sunday, October 11

Kelly and Borle will be joined by new cast members JEFF BINDER (‘Zazu’ in The Lion King) as Mr. Banks, JENNY GALLOWAY (reprising her role from the West End production) as Mrs. Brill and MICHAEL McCARTY as Admiral Boom, returning to the role he created on Broadway.

REBECCA LUKER continues to star as Mrs. Banks alongside ANN ARVIA as Bird Woman, MARK PRICE as Robertson Ay and RUTH GOTTSCHALL as Miss Andrew.


Consistently among the top-grossing shows on Broadway, MARY POPPINS has played over 1000 performances – a milestone reached by only a rare few number of shows in Broadway history.  The production has been seen by more than 1.9 million theatergoers and grossed over $­154 million to date.

The MARY POPPINS national tour, headlined by original Broadway stars Ashley Brown and Gavin Lee, premiered in Chicago on March 11, 2009, opening to critical praise from the city’s top theatrical critics.  The national tour continues its high-flying success with enormous box office grosses and an itinerary that includes 2009 engagements at the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas and the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston.  In November, the national tour flies ‘Mary’ home to Hollywood with an extended 13-week engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles (performing through February 2010).  Future engagements in 2010 to be announced.

Simultaneously, the show’s popularity grows around the globe.  Following a successful three year run (December 2004 - January 2008) at the Prince Edward Theatre on London's West End, a U.K. tour of MARY POPPINS commenced in summer 2008 and concluded its acclaimed run in April 2009.  The Australian production of MARY POPPINS will premiere in July 2010 at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne.

An open-ended run of MARY POPPINS will take residence at the Circus Theatre, opening in April 2010 in Scheveningen, Holland, outside of Amsterdam.  MARY POPPINS will be produced in Holland by Stage Entertainment, in association with Disney and Cameron Mackintosh.

LAURA MICHELLE KELLY (Mary Poppins).  Theatre: Karen, Speed-the-Plow with Kevin Spacey and Jeff Goldblum (dir. Matthew Warchus, The Old Vic London); originated the role of Mary Poppins in the West End (Olivier Award); Eliza, My Fair Lady; Eponine, Les Miserables; Galadrial, Lord of the Rings; Sophie, Mamma Mia!; Hodel, Fiddler on the Roof (Broadway debut).  Film:  Tim Burton's musical Sweeney Todd

CHRISTIAN BORLE (Bert) received the 2007 Tony®, Drama Desk and Drama League Award nominations for his work in Legally Blonde.  Broadway: Spamalot (Clarence Derwent Award, Drama Desk nomination), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Amour, Footloose, Jesus Christ Superstar.  Off-Broadway: Elegies: A Song Cycle by William Finn at Lincoln Center.  Regional:  Peter and the Starcatchers at La Jolla Playhouse, Just So at North Shore, The Three Musketeers at AMT of San Jose.  Film: The Bounty.

A co-production by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, this stage production is based on P.L. Travers' cherished stories and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film and includes the film’s Academy Award®-winning music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.  The stage production was created, in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh, by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes, who wrote the book; Olivier Award-winning director Richard Eyre; and the Olivier Award-winning team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, who composed new songs and additional music and lyrics.

MARY POPPINS ticket prices range from $31.50 - $121.50, and are available online at, in-person at the New Amsterdam Theatre Box Office (214 West 42nd Street) and all Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling Ticketmaster's Disney on Broadway hotline at 866-870-2717 (NOTE:  Holiday pricing ranges from $31.50 - $131.50 at select performances). 
Running time is approximately 2 hours, 40 minutes. 

SEPTEMBER 28, 2009 - NOVEMBER 22, 2009:
Mon 7pm, Tue DARK, Wed 7pm, Thu 8pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm, Sat 8pm, Sun 1pm & 6:30pm

Mon DARK, Tue 7pm, Wed 2pm, Wed 8pm, Thu DARK, Fri 2pm, Fri 8pm,
Sat 2pm, Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm

NOVEMBER 30, 2009 - DECEMBER 20, 2009:
Mon 7pm, Tue DARK, Wed 7pm, Thu 8pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm, Sat 8pm, Sun 1pm & 6:30pm

Mon 7pm, Tue DARK, Wed 2pm, Wed 8pm, Thu 2pm, Fri DARK Sat 2pm, Sat 8pm, Sun 1pm & 6:30pm

NEW YEAR’S WEEK:  DECEMBER 28, 2009 - JANUARY 3, 2010:
Mon 7pm, Tue 7pm, Wed 2pm, Wed 8pm, Thu 2pm, Fri DARK, Sat 2pm, Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm

ROSELAND BALLROOM (239 W. 52nd Street)
10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS has announced that, in anticipation of weather conditions tomorrow, the 23RD ANNUAL Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction will continue as planned and will now be held on Sunday, September 27 at Roseland Ballroom (239 W 52nd Street, between Broadway & 8th Avenue). The Flea Market & Grand Auction is produced by and benefits BC/EFA.

“We’ve weathered gray skies, been sprinkled on or even covered up for a few minutes of downpour, but never in the history of the Broadway Flea Market have we had such dire weather predictions,” said Tom Viola, BC/EFA Executive Director. “Our main concern is the safety, health and comfort of BC/EFA’s many friends participating in the Flea Market and Grand Auction and, of course, that of thousands of supporters and theatre fans. I hope you will join us at Roseland.”

Previously planned to be held in Shubert Alley, the event will now take place indoors at Roseland and is free and open to the public. From posing with your favorite Broadway and Daytime stars for photos, to buying that lost cast recording, signed show posters and Playbills, rare costume sketches or special gift for a theatre-lover you can’t find anywhere – this year’s Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction promises to offer something for everyone.

Celebrities scheduled to appear at the Celebrity Autograph Table and Photo Booth in exchange for donations to BC/EFA include: Sebastian Arcelus (Jersey Boys), Elizabeth Ashley (Dividing The Estate), Kate Baldwin (Finian's Rainbow), Bryan Batt (“Mad Men”), P.J. Benjamin (Wicked), Susan Blackwell ([title of show]), Stephanie J. Block (9 to 5), Danny Burstein (South Pacific), Kerry Butler (Rock of Ages), James Carpinello (Rock of Ages), Michael Cerveris (Road Show, Sweeney Todd), Kathleen Chalfant, Kevin Chamberlin (The Addams Family), Alexandra Chando (“As the World Turns”), Will Chase ( Billy Elliot: The Musical), Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza), Alex Cole (“As the World Turns”), Gavin Creel (Hair), Ewa da Cruz (“As the World Turns”), Jason Danieley (Curtains), Quentin Earl Darrington (Ragtime), Diana DeGarmo (The Toxic Avenger), Bonnie Dennison (“Guiding Light”), Ellen Dolan (“As the World Turns”), Marj Dusay (“Guiding Light”), Bobbie Eakes (“All My Children”), Tovah Feldshuh (Irena’s Vow), Harvey Fierstein, John Glover (The Royal Family), Montego Glover (Memphis), Mandy Gonzalez (In the Heights), Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening), Haydn Gwynne (Billy Elliot: The Musical), Van Hansis (“As the World Turns”), Rosemary Harris (The Royal Family), Jessica Hecht (The Neil Simon Plays), Dana Ivey (Butley), Judith Ivey (Vanities), Cheyenne Jackson (Finian's Rainbow), Greg Jbara (Billy Elliot: The Musical), Chad Kimball (Memphis), Beth Leavel (Mamma Mia!), Jessica Leccia (“Guiding Light”), Priscilla Lopez (In The Heights), Rebecca Luker (Mary Poppins), David Andrew MacDonald (“The Guiding Light”), Billy Magnussen (“As the World Turns”), Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages), Marin Mazzie (Spamalot), Cady McClain (“As the World Turns”), Brian Stokes Mitchell, Eric William Morris (Mamma Mia!, “As the World Turns”), Javier Munoz (In the Heights), Phyllis Newman, Robert Newman (“Guiding Light”), Dominic Nolfi (Jersey Boys), Christiane Noll (Ragtime), Karen Olivo (West Side Story), Steven Pasquale (reasons to be pretty), Bernadette Peters, Julie Pinson (“As the World Turns”), Colleen Zenk Pinter (“As the World Turns”), Rachelle Rak, Anthony Rapp (Rent), Vanessa Ray (“As the World Turns”), Rondi Reed (August: Osage County), Alice Ripley (Next to Normal), Chita Rivera, Mo Rocca (“CBS Sunday Morning,” “The Daily Show”), Thomas Sadoski (reasons to be pretty), Loretta Ables Sayre (South Pacific), Marian Seldes, Marnie Schulenburg (“As the World Turns”), Carole Shelley (Billy Elliot: The Musical), Christopher Sieber (Shrek The Musical), Will Swenson (Hair), Chrishell Stause (“All My Children”), Robin Strasser (“One Life to Live”), Bobby Steggert (Ragtime), Stephanie Umoh (Ragtime), Julie White (The Understudy), Caitlin Van Zandt (“Guiding Light”).

The Celebrity Autograph table will be hosted by Scott Nevins and Michael Lee Scott.

In addition, John Stamos (Bye Bye Birdie) will participate in this year’s Celebrity Photo Booth from 11:30AM – 12:00PM. As in previous years, Broadway and daytime fans will have the opportunity to get their photo taken with various celebrities at the Celebrity Photo Booths. Additional names will be announced shortly.

This year’s Live Auction begins at 5:00 PM and will feature auction lots that allow bidders unprecedented access to some of Broadway’s and television’s hottest shows. In addition, from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM, the Silent Auction allows fans the chance to win theatre memorabilia as well as one of a kind souvenirs from the entertainment world.

This year’s live auction will be hosted by Bryan Batt and Lorna Kelly.  The Silent Auction will be hosted by Michael Goddard and Felicia Finley.

Fans can preview auction items which are updated every few days and submit pre-bid now, by visiting

For a complete preview the items for the Grand Auction and Silent Auction and to submit a pre-bid, CLICK HERE.

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.


For more information, please visit BC/EFA online at
The Broadway Flea Market is sponsored by Continental Airlines, the official airline of BC/EFA,

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Yes…it's that time of year again!  ROCKTOBER is back - packed with news about Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA!,  celebrating 8 years and over 3,000 performances on Broadway, and other ABBA-related news and trivia!

MAMMA MIA!’s traditional ROCKTOBER calendar format has been re-imagined online with a new design. Every Friday for the month of October, MAMMA MIA! will choose a “winner to take it all!” Enter once a day by answering a trivia question for your chance to win fABBAlous prizes!

Bookmark and check back regularly for more opportunities to win prizes and experience upcoming video features.

Throughout October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, MAMMA MIA! will continue its year-round support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Seen by over 40 million people around the world, MAMMA MIA!, is celebrating over 3,000 performances in its eighth smash hit year at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre and remains among Broadway’s top  selling musicals. The original West End production of MAMMA MIA! is celebrating 10 years and over 4,000 performances in London, an international tour has visited more than 40 foreign cities, and the blockbuster feature film adaptation, produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, is the most successful movie musical of all time grossing $600 million worldwide.

With a worldwide gross of over $2 Billion, MAMMA MIA! is acclaimed by the Associated Press as “quite simply, a phenomenon.”

Inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs, writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale of family and friendship unfolds on a tiny Greek island.  On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.  Songs including “Dancing Queen”; “The Winner Takes It All”; “Money, Money, Money” and “Take A Chance on Me” are all featured in this feel-good night of fun and laughter.

For tickets, schedule and information about MAMMA MIA! around the world:

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Brent BarrettOn Monday, October 5, Broadway's Tony Award-winning, razzle-dazzle hit musical CHICAGO will welcome back Broadway favorite Brent Barrett as Billy Flynn for an eight-week return engagement (through Sunday, November 29).
Brent Barrett is no stranger to the stages of Broadway, the West End, concert halls, recording studios and television. Most recently, he starred as the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular at The Venetian Hotel and Casino.
He received an Olivier Award nomination for his starring role in the London premiere of the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate. His acclaimed performance was recorded for broadcast on PBS and is available on DVD. 

He also starred in the City Center Encores! production of The Pajama Game and as King Arthur in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Camelot.
In addition to CHICAGO's Billy Flynn, his other Broadway roles include Frank Butler in the Broadway revival of Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun at the Marquis Theatre opposite Reba McEntire, Charles Castleton in the Alan Jay Lerner musical Dance a Little Closer, Baron Felix Von Gaigern in Grand Hotel and Maximillon in the revival of Candide.
His Off-Broadway credits include Closer Than Ever, March of the Falsettos, The Death of Von Richtofen, The Time Of Cuckoo and a musical version of Portrait of Jenny.
Brent has received critical acclaim when he performed as a soloist with the Boston Pops, Minnesota Opera, Opera Pacific, Michigan Opera, Kentucky Opera, with the New York Festival of Song at Carnegie Hall, with the London Sinfonetta at Royal Festival Hall and with the Birmingham Symphony. 
His film and television credits include The Producers, Hercules, Longtime Companion, "All My Children," "Another World" and "Guiding Light."
Brent has recorded two solo albums: The Alan Jay Lerner Album on Fynsworth Alley Records and The Kander and Ebb Album on on Varese Sarabande Records. 
This November, he will release his third solo recording, a Christmas CD titled Simple Gifts, produced by Bruce Kimmel on Kritzerland Records.
With arrangements and musical director by Christopher Denny, Simple Gifts features a collection of holiday standards plus two new Christmas songs, including "A Star To Guide Me" written by Barrett himself.
In CHICAGO, Barrett will join Bonnie Langford as Roxie Hart, Deidre Goodwin as Velma Kelly, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart and Kecia Lewis-Evans as Matron "Mama" Morton.


Now celebrating more than twelve glorious years of girls, glitz and glamour on the Great White Way, the record-breaking smash hit musical CHICAGO is now the seventh longest-running production in Broadway history ... and shows no sign of ever slowing down!
CHICAGO features a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, and is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording.
Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, CHICAGO is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago's slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today's tabloids.
Directed by Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Ann Reinking, CHICAGO features set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington and sound design by Scott Lehrer
Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, CHICAGO has become a worldwide phenomenon with productions in 24 countries and 11 languages since 1996.
The record-breaking London production of CHICAGO continues to hold the record as the longest-running American musical in West End history.  CHICAGO is also on tour throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as international tours in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Visit for more information.



CHICAGO plays on Broadway at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St.). The regular performance schedule is as follows:
     Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings at 8 p.m.
     Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
     Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets are available by calling at 212-239-6200.  Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Ambassador Theatre Box Office.  Regular Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.


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Shrek the Musical to Celebrate SHREKtoberfest

Celebrate Shrek’s one-year anniversary on Broadway
with one of the most exciting OGRE-SIZED events in town!

SHREK THE MUSICAL® is excited to announce “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 tickets that can be purchased for 40% off. 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.

After each Wednesday matinee through November 4th, SHREK THE MUSICAL® will offer talk backs with cast members from the show. Don’t miss an opportunity to ask your favorite SHREK star the questions you’ve always wanted to have answered. At every performance, don’t miss your chance to win free prizes at the theatre.

Below is the schedule for talk backs:
The week of October 6th is “Lord Farquaad Week”
Lord Farquaad himself, Christopher Sieber, will give a talk back after the Wednesday, October 7th matinee

The week of October 13th is “Fiona Week”
Tony-winner Sutton Foster, who plays Princess Fiona, will give a talk back after the Wednesday, October 14th matinee.

The week of October 20th is “Fairytale Creature Week”
Meet some of the cast member who play Fairytale creatures and have your questions answered after the Wednesday, October 21st matinee.

The week of October 27th is “Donkey Week”
Shrek’s Donkey, Daniel Breaker, will give a talk back after the Wednesday, October 28th matinee.

The week of November 3rd is “Shrek Week”
Ben Crawford, who will take on the title role on November 10th, will give a talk back after the Wednesday, November 4th matinee.

Participating partners are Planet Hollywood, Mars 2112, Madame Tussauds, Circle Line Sightseeing, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Brasserie Cognac, and Crumbs Bake Shop.

To learn more and watch behind-the-scenes videos, 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, Frankie Paparone, Denny Paschall, Keven Quillon, 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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CHASE is the official card of SHREK THE MUSICAL®.

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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