Village Playwrights Presents Ulterior Motives 1/27, 1/28by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2009
Ulterior Motives will showcase seven short plays about less-than-straightforward characters, written and produced by members of the Village Playwrights, New York's Lesbian and Gay playwrights collective.
In Kevin Berry's 'TWENTY-FIVE' Joe and Jenny invite themselves to a surprise birthday party for their younger brother-only to find they are the ones who are surprised. (more...)
Star-Studded 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' Benefit Concert Soars at Gershwin 2/23by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2009
On Monday evening, February 23 at 8:00pm, the Broadway community (and beyond) is coming together for one of the most important events of the year - Defying Inequality: The Broadway Concert -- A Celebrity Benefit for Equal Rights, a one-night only concert event at the Gershwin Theatre
(222 W. 51st Street). The special star-studded evening will feature performers from stage & screen - from Saturday Night Live to Spring Awakening - all to benefit Family Equality Council, Empire State Pride Agenda, Equality California, Garden State Equality, and The Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force. 100% of the profits from this spectacular event will be donated directly to Family Equality Council, Empire State Pride Agenda, Equality California, Garden State Equality, and The Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force, five charitable organizations working to promote equality and protect civil rights for the gay and lesbian community. Defying Inequality: The Broadway Concert, A Celebrity Benefit for Equal Rights, is produced by 4Good Productions, the same presenters of the 2005 event Broadway's Celebrity Benefit for Hurricane Relief at the Gershwin Theatre. Featuring over 200 Broadway performers, the 2005 event raised more than $200,000 in just one night. Special thanks to the producers of Wicked and the Nederlander Organization for generously donating the Gershwin Theatre for the evening.For tickets and information, please contact Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4100 and visit www.defyinginequality.com. (more...)
BC/EFA's Broadway Bears XII to be Held on Sunday, February 15th at B.B. Kingsby BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2009
Broadway's cuddliest friends kick off a new year with the 12th annual BROADWAY BEARS auction on Sunday, February 15, 2009 at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill (237 West 42 St.), in support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Sure to out-do last year's collection, 40 one-of-a-kind BROADWAY BEARS - each dressed in original, handmade costumes representing some of the theater?s most legendary performers and/or performances ? will be put up for auction.
Once again this year's BROADWAY BEARS will be hosted by Bryan Batt ('Mad Men,' La Cage Aux Folles, Beauty and the Beast, Jeffrey) with long-time Sotheby's auctioneer, Lorna Kelly. (more...)
Myers And Evans To Headline HELLO, DOLLY! In Concert 2/14by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2009
Theatre Jacksonville presents Happily Red 2009 Hello, Dolly! In Concert
With Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman, Book by Michael Stewart. Based on the Play 'The Matchmaker' by Thornton Wilder with Original Production Directed and Choreographed by Gower Champion.
Produced for the Broadway Stage by David Merrick and Champion-Five, Inc.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2009 8:00PM
Sponsored by Pacer International
Starring Pamela Myers and Harvey Evans and featuring Sarah Boone, Michael Lipp, Juan Unzueta
Directed by Jean Tait
Musical Director: Eugene Gwozdz
Choral Director: Rachel Clifton
At Theatre Jacksonville's Harold K. Smith Playhouse
2032 San Marco Boulevard Jacksonville, FL 32207
BOX OFFICE: 904.396.4425
Tickets: $60 (includes Champagne and Valentine treats at Intermission)
VIP Tickets: $100 (includes 6 PM pre-show cocktail reception at Stellers Gallery) (more...)
Broadway Blogs - Hedda Gabler Review Roundup and More...by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2009
Today's Broadway Blogs on BroadwayWorld.com from Monday, January 26, 2009.
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG Holds Childrens Auditions On 2/1by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2009
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, the most fantasmagorical Broadway musical in the history of everything, is searching for six children in the Houston area to make their stage debut with CHITTY at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts when she arrives on February 24th for a 15-performance engagement through March 7th!
Based on the timeless novel by famed James Bond author and creator, Ian Fleming, the production features the music and lyrics by the legendary Sherman brothers, composers of Mary Poppins. The national tour also features an original script and fresh adaptation directed by Ray Roderick. CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG boasts a beloved score, including memorable classics such as 'Truly Scrumptious,' 'Toot Sweets,' 'Hushabye Mountain' and the Oscar?-nominated title song, 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.'
Auditions will be held at the Hobby Center (800 Bagby Houston, TX 77002) on February 1st at 10am. Auditioning children are to arrive no later than 9:30am accompanied by a parent or guardian to check in. Auditions will begin promptly at 10am. Each child will be asked to sing a cappella 16 bars from one up-tempo song of choice. Children should be prepared to learn and execute simple choreography as part of the audition process. No decisions will be announced during the auditions.
Six children will be selected for the ensemble, and they will appear as orphans in Act 2 of every performance. Two alternates will also be chosen. Approximate ages should be between 8 and 12 years old - and have the appearance of children, NOT young adults. Some rehearsals will be required, and information on scheduling for rehearsals and performances will be given out once the six children have been chosen. Professional experience and headshots are not required. (more...)
THE AFTER PARTY Welcomes Jesse Nager & Natalie Douglas 1/23by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2009
Tonight, Friday, January 23rd, THE AFTER PARTY is thrilled to welcome Broadway's JESSE NAGER and Seven-time MAC Award Winner NATALIE DOUGLAS.
JESSE NAGER's Broadway credits include Mary Poppins, MAMMA MIA, and GOOD VIBRATIONS. Off-Broadway: FAME ON 42ND ST. Regional: Stephen Sondheim's BEING ALIVE, Frank Wildhorn's WAITING FOR THE MOON, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND as Daniel (Reprise!), and shows at North Shore Music Theater, Pittsburgh CLO, The MUNY, and many more. Jesse has been seen onstage singing with Mariah Carey, Shania Twain, and Jason Mraz. He is a member of the Broadway Inspirational Voices. Jesse is also the founder and member of the Broadway Boys, a collection of the hottest NY tenors adding elements of funk, gospel, pop, and rock to traditional showtunes. 'If you like musical theater, you need to see the Broadway Boys. If you don't like musical theater, you NEED to see the Broadway Boys' -Orlando Sentinel. Info at www.bwayboys.com. The Broadway Boys are currently in the studio recording their first album. Jesse is a 2003 graduate of the University of Michigan.
NATALIE DOUGLAS' theatre credits include The People vs. Mona at Abingdon Stages, TheAtrainplays (5-22) at The Neighborhood Playhouse and Off-Broadway at New
World Stages, A Hillside in Hell at 13th Street Rep. and Children of Eden at Riverside Church for York Theatre. Seven-time MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) award winner. 2008 Nightlife Award Winner. Concerts: Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Jazz at Lincoln Center (NYC), Greenwich Theatre (London) & Birdland (NYC). Recordings: Not That Different and To Nina...Live At Birdland, a tribute to Dr. Nina Simone. On April 14th at Birdland, Natalie will debut her new show, Cafe Society, a tribute to the songs, the people, the spirit and thes tyle that were all a part of the legendary Greenwich Village nightspot of the 30's and 40's, Caf? Society. (more...)
Rick Elice's PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS Opens At La Jollaby BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2009
La Jolla Playhouse welcomes back Rick Elice, co-writer of the Tony Award-winning Jersey Boys, as the playwright of Peter and the Starcatchers. Alex Timbers and Roger Rees are set to direct with choreography by Kelly Devine and music by Wayne Barker. Peter and the Starcatchers will be playing at the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre at La Jolla Playhouse February 13 -March 8, 2009.
Based on the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Starcatchers dares to tell the real story of precisely how a desperate orphan in Victorian England became The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up. It's a tale that travels halfway round the world and straight up to the stars. It's a comedy that takes aim at social injustice. It's a romance of young heroes who risk everything for the sake of doing right. It's an expos? of extravagant villains possessed of a single-minded ferocity from which no good shall ever spring. In short, it's an awfully big adventure. La Jolla Playhouse will present Peter and the Starcatchers, a new play, as a part of its Page To Stage program, by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions.
Adam Green has been cast in the role of Peter. He has appeared in Off-Broadway productions such as Election Day, All This Intimacy and None of the Above. Molly will be played by Celia Keenan-Bolger who most recently appeared on Broadway in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, for which she earned a Tony Award nomination. She also appeared in Saved. Lost boy Prentiss will be played by Carson Elrod, who appeared in the La Jolla Playhouse production of Our Town. Elrod has also appeared on Broadway in Reckless and Noises Off. David Rossmer is cast as the ever - peckish lost boy Teddy. His Broadway credits include Fiddler on the Roof and Titanic.
Christian Borle, who will be playing the ravenous Black Stache, received acclaim for his roles in Spamalot. He also received a 2007 Tony Award nomination for his role in the Broadway production of Legally Blonde. Andrew McGinn is set to play Slank. His New York credits include Coast of Utopia and The Invention of Love. Playing Lord Aster is John G. Preston, who recently appeared as Cameron Parker in the Off-Broadway production of Taboos. Greg Hildreth, playing the good hearted Alf, recently appeared in Dance Dance Revolution and Gentlemen of Verona. Teddy Bergman will be playing Fighting Prawn. His New York theater credits include Dance Dance Revolution and Nobody Likes the Mormons. (more...)
MARY POPPINS 45th Anniversary DVD with Stage Related Extras Released 1/27by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2009
Disney Theatrical Productions (DTP) today announced that The Walt Disney Studios will celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the 1964 classic film, Mary Poppins, with a 2-disc special edition DVD featuring brand new bonus materials from the hit stage production based on the popular film starring Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke and on the P.L. Travers books.
To be released on January 27, 2009, the DVD set will feature a new 45-minute documentary, 'Mary Poppins: From Page to Stage' that takes audiences behind the scenes for a close look at the creation of the stage musical produced by DTP and Cameron Mackintosh. Filmed in the UK, France and the United States, the documentary is a series of intimate conversations with many of the stage versions' creators including producers Cameron Macintosh and Thomas Schumacher, composers George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, Richard Sherman, who co-wrote music and lyrics for the original film and set and costume designer Bob Crowley. The documentary also features a roundtable discussion at the world-famous Sardi's restaurant in New York City between Schumacher and actors Ashley Brown and Gavin Lee, who originated the roles of Mary Poppins and Bert in the Broadway production. Another extra from the stage version is the musical number 'Step In Time' shot in its entirety onstage at the New Amsterdam Theatre, the show's Broadway home since 2006. The number showcases showstopping technical effects, as Bert and his chimneysweeps dance with Mary and the Banks children over the rooftops of London. The performance features Brown, Lee and the full Broadway company performing the never-before-filmed popular number from the show, also downloadable as an MP3 audio file. (more...)
Photo Coverage: Thomas Schumacher at Atlanta's Junior Theater Festivalby BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2009
In conjunction with the second edition of his hit book How Does the Show Go On?, Broadway producer Thomas Schumacher gave the keynote address at the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta. The national festival dedicated to groups working with elementary and middle school aged young people, ran from January 16 -18, 2009. Schumacher's presentation (on Sunday, January 18), much like his book, enlightened more than 1,500 theater lovers about what goes into putting on a Broadway show. Child actor Henry Hodges, who starred as ?Michael Banks' in the original Broadway cast of Disney & Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins joined Schumacher. Schumacher's much heralded book, How Does the Show Go On?, was originally released in 2007 and went on to sell over 50,000 copies. A second edition was released in late 2008 and has been updated to include Broadway's The Little Mermaid and the stage production of the mega-hit High School Musical. A library edition of How Does the Show Go On? is also available. The book, written with Jeff Kurtti, gives readers the opportunity to meet the cast of characters who work onstage and behind the scenes to deliver unforgettable performances, and explore the inner workings of the theater building itself. (more...)
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG Flies into Raleigh Beginning March 31by Shane Hudson - Jan 20, 2009
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, the most fantasmagorical Broadway musical in the history of everything, flies into Raleigh?s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts beginning March 31 for 8 performances only! (more...)
Cameron Mackintosh Honored At The South Bank Show Awardsby BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2009
Cameron Mackintosh has been honoured for his contribution to musical theatre at this year's South Bank Show awards.
The Awards other big winners included:
This Is England
Gavin and Stacey (BBC Three)
The Mark of Cain (Channel 4)
Saint Joan at the National Theatre
Arctic Monkeys: Favourite Worst Nightmare
Mohsin Hamid: The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Traced Overhead: The Musical World of Thomas Ades at the Barbican
Andy Goldsworthy at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park
The Turn of The Screw at the ENO
Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company: Programmes 1 and 2 at Sadler's Wells
Mohsin Hamid: The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Arts Council England - decibel Award
Daljit Nagra: Look We Have Coming To Dover
Outstanding Achievement Award
JK Rowling (more...)
Broadway Blog - Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 1/18 & Algonquin Round Table Quote of the Weekby BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2009
Today's Broadway Blogs on BroadwayWorld.com from Tuesday, January 20, 2009.
Broadway in Chicago Celebrates Inauguration with $44 Ticketsby BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2009
Broadway In Chicago is celebrating the inauguration of the 44th U.S. President, Chicagoan Barack Obama, by offering theatre patrons an opportunity to purchase $44 tickets all day on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009, to select performances of productions including Jersey Boys, Mary Poppins, Xanadu, Monty Python's Spamalot, Chicago: The Musical, Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles, A Bronx Tale, and Rent.
All day on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 patrons may use the promo code PRESIDENT for designated performances to purchase any seat in the theatre for only $44. For complete details and a list of valid performances, visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com/President. Participating productions have several performance date and time options available with this special offer. (more...)
Jibson, Yazbeck And More Perform At Metropolitain Room 1/18by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2009
Carly Jibson (Cry Baby, Hairspray), Tony Yazbeck (Gypsy, On the Town, A Chorus Line) Sally Wilfert (Assassins, Make Me a Song), and Jonathan Rayson (Little Shop of Horrors, I Love You, You're Perfect...) will perform highlights from the songbook of the composing team David Dabbon and Tom Bruett at Manhattan's Metropolitan Room Sunday January 18th. (more...)
Village Playwrights to Present Ulterior Motives at the Wings Theater.by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2009
Ulterior Motives will showcase six short plays about less-than-straightforward characters, written and produced by members of the Village Playwrights, New York's Lesbian and Gay playwrights collective.
An undergrad seeking advice about how to break up with her boyfriend stumbles into new complications in 'THE BREAK UP' by K.S. Stevens.
Discontented movie extras mix bad food and sharp barbs while 'coaching' a closeted gay star in George Bistransin's farcical 'JUMBO SHRIMP.'
'NOW WHAT?' by Andrew Velez is a glimpse into a married couple's bedroom on a seemingly ordinary evening that turns incendiary. (more...)
Schumacher Delivers Keynote Speech At Jr Theater Festivalby BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2009
In conjunction with the second edition of his hit book How Does the Show Go On?, Broadway producer Thomas Schumacher will give the keynote address at the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta. The national festival dedicated togroups working with elementary and middle school aged young people, runs January 16 -18, 2009.Schumacher's presentation (on Sunday, January 18) will, much like his book, enlightenmore than 1,500 theater lovers about what goes into putting on a Broadway show. (more...)
MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT Opens At Ahmanson Theater 7/7by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2009
'Monty Python's Spamalot,' the popular musical lovingly ripped-off from the internationally famous comedy team's most popular motion picture, 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail,' will open Center Theatre Group's 2009-2010 at the Ahmanson Theatre of the Los Angeles Music Center, July 7 through September 6, 2009, it was announced today by CTG Artistic Director Michael Ritchie.
The Ahmanson production marks the first time the international hit comedy will be presented in Los Angeles.
John O'Hurley will star as King Arthur.
Directed by Mike Nichols, 'Monty Python's Spamalot' features a book by Eric Idle, based on the screenplay of 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' by Monty Python creators Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, with music and lyrics by the Grammy Award-winning team of Idle and John Du Prez. Casey Nicholaw is the choreographer.
'Monty Python's Spamalot' is the winner of three 2005 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Director, as well as the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical. The original cast recording of 'Monty Python's Spamalot' won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. (more...)
'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' Bustby Charles Shubow - Jan 13, 2009
There's a flying car and not much more. (more...)
Broadway In Chicago Celebrates Inauguration, Offer $44 Tix by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2009
Broadway In Chicago is celebrating the inauguration of the 44th U.S. President, Chicagoan Barack Obama, by offering theatre patrons an opportunity to purchase $44 tickets all day on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009, to select performances of productions including Jersey Boys, Mary Poppins, Xanadu, Monty Python's Spamalot, Chicago: The Musical, Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles, A Bronx Tale, and Rent. (more...)
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