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Monday, June 25, 2018

BROADWAY'S MEAN GIRLS BREAKS RECORDS AGAIN

Tina Fey



The award-winning hit new Broadway musical Mean Girls, produced by Lorne Michaels, Stuart Thompson, Sonia Friedman, and Paramount Pictures, has broken the August Wilson Theatre box office record for the third time for an eight performance week, grossing $1,578,400.75 for the week ending June 24, 2018. This is the second record-breaking week in a row for the show. Tickets are now on sale through Sunday, July 7, 2019 with group bookings open through November 24, 2019.



Mean Girls features a book by nine-time Emmy Award winner Tina Fey, based on her screenplay for the film, music by three-time Emmy Award winner Jeff Richmond; and lyrics by two-time Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin. Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw directs and choreographs.



Mean Girls is now playing at the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street), where it has played to sold-out houses since beginning previews in March. The show had its world premiere at the National Theatre in Washington D.C., playing a sold-out run October 31 to December 3, 2017. Mean Girls will launch a National Tour in the fall of 2019.


 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

BROADWAY HONORS TONY NOMINATED JAN MAXWELL

Jan Maxwell



A memorial service for beloved five-time Tony Award-nominated actress Jan Maxwell will be held on Monday, June 4 from 3:00-5:00pm at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).



The service will be free and open to the public, and will feature a series of actors, directors, producers, family, and friends remembering Maxwell’s work and legacy, including: Lynne Meadow, Ana Gasteyer, Allan Duncan & Marilynn Scott Murphy, Martin Rabbett, Richard Romagnoli, Marc Kudisch, Jayne Houdyshell & Mary Beth Peil, Tony Shalhoub, Richard Chamberlain, Jackie Sanders, Anthony Giardina, Doug Hughes, Robert Emmet Lunney, William Maxwell-Lunney, and musicians Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf, Cecelia Hobbs Gardner, and Bill Hayes.



Anyone wishing to make charitable donations in Maxwell’s honor are encouraged to participate in “Circles of Six,” an online micro-giving community set up by Maxwell to encourage support of six specific charities: the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), Planned Parenthood, The Trevor Project, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (NAACP LDF). More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/CirclesofSix.



Additional questions can be directed to questions@mtc-nyc.org.



Jan Maxwell was one of the most celebrated and critically acclaimed stage actresses of her time. She was a five-time Tony Award nominee and two-time Drama Desk Award winner. Maxwell made her Broadway debut in 1989, in City of Angels. She received her first Tony nomination in 2005 for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Her other Tony nominations were for Coram Boy in 2007, Lend Me A Tenor and The Royal Family both in 2010, and Follies in 2012. Her nominations in two separate categories in 2010 made her only the fourth actress to achieve that distinction. Her 2012 nomination for Follies made her only the second actress to receive a Tony nomination in all four acting categories. Her other Broadway credits include Dancing at Lughnasa, A Doll’s House, The Sound of Music, The Dinner Party, and To Be Or Not To Be. Her many Off-Broadway credits include three plays by Howard Barker: Scenes From an Execution (Drama Desk nomination), The Castle (Drama Desk nomination), and Victory, all with The Potomac Theatre Project (PTP/NYC); City Of Conversation (Drama Desk nomination/Lincoln Center Theater), A Bad Friend (Drama Desk nomination/LCT); House and Garden (Manhattan Theatre Club); The Bald Soprano (Atlantic); Entertaining Mr. Sloane (Drama Desk nomination/Roundabout). In 2016, Ms. Maxwell starred in the CBS sci-fi comedy “BrainDead.” Other television appearances include “Madame Secretary,” “The Good Wife,” “Gotham,” “Gossip Girl,” “Billy and Billie,” “The Divide,” and “Law & Order.” In 2017, Ms. Maxwell organized Circles of Six, an online charitable, micro-giving community. Search @CirclesOfSix for more information.


 Photo Courtesy Of: Boneau Bryan Brown

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

MTC WORLD PREMIERE OF 'DAN CODY'S YACHT'

DAN CODY'S YACHT




Manhattan Theatre Club’s world premiere of Dan Cody’s Yacht, written by Anthony Giardina and directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes, begins performances tomorrow – Tuesday, May 15 – at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street). The new play will celebrate opening night on Wednesday, June 6.



The cast of Dan Cody’s Yacht features Kristen Bush (Taking Care of Baby at MTC, The City of Conversation), Meredith Forlenza (1984, The Winslow Boy), Laura Kai Chen (Her, “Days of Our Lives”), Rick Holmes (Junk, Peter and the Starcatcher), John Kroft (Dracula), Jordan Lage (Race, Speed-the-Plow), Roxanna Hope Radja (Ruins of Civilization at MTC, Torch Song), and Casey Whyland (Billy Elliot the Musical).



Dan Cody’s Yacht is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award. Support for Dan Cody’s Yacht is provided by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. Dan Cody’s Yacht was commissioned by Manhattan Theatre Club.



In a small Boston suburb, a single schoolteacher is struggling to get by when the wealthy father of one of her students surprises her with a financial proposal that could change her daughter’s life. Suddenly, their worlds collide in ways that open up the question: what truly separates the haves and the have nots? Is it wrong to seize an incredible chance, even if the circumstances seem questionable? Loosely inspired by a passage from “The Great Gatsby,” this timely new play by the author of The City of Conversation probes the troubling relationship of finance to educational opportunity in American life today. Directing is Tony winner Doug Hughes (The Father and Doubt at MTC).



The creative team includes John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Jen Schriever (lighting design), Fitz Patton (original music and sound design), and Ben Furey (dialect coach).



Manhattan Theatre Club, under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past four and a half decades, MTC productions have earned numerous awards including 7 Pulitzer Prizes and 23 Tony Awards. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and two Off-Broadway theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner Cost of Living by Martyna Majok; Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes; August Wilson’s Jitney and The Piano Lesson; Heisenberg by Simon Stephens; The Father by Florian Zeller with translation by Christopher Hampton; Fool For Love by Sam Shepard; Airline Highway by Lisa D’Amour; Casa Valentina by Harvey Fierstein; Outside Mullingar and Doubt by John Patrick Shanley; The Commons of Pensacola by Amanda Peet; Murder Ballad by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash; The Assembled Parties by Richard Greenberg; Wit by Margaret Edson; Venus in Fur by David Ives; Good People and Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire; The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez; Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies; Ruined by Lynn Nottage; Proof by David Auburn; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife by Charles Busch; Love! Valour! Compassion! by Terrence McNally; Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley; and Ain’t Misbehavin’, the Fats Waller musical.


TICKETING INFORMATION


Tickets for Dan Cody’s Yacht can be purchased online at www.nycitycenter.org, by calling CityTix at 212-581-1212, or by visiting the New York City Center box office (131 West 55th Street). New and renewing subscribers can join MTC’s 2017-2018 season by calling The MTC Clubline at 212-399-3050. For more information, please visit www.manhattantheatreclub.com.



To sign up for MTC’s “30 Under 30” program for theatregoers age 30 and under, please visit www.manhattantheatreclub.com/30under30/.

Monday, May 14, 2018

BROADWAY'S HIT 'MEAN GIRLS' NATIONAL TOUR 2019

Mean Girls



Mean Girls, the Tony Award-nominated new musical comedy produced by Lorne Michaels, Stuart Thompson, Sonia Friedman, and Paramount Pictures based on the hilarious hit film, will launch a National Tour in the Fall of 2019. Mean Girls features a book by nine-time Emmy Award winner Tina Fey, based on her screenplay for the film, music by three-time Emmy Award winner Jeff Richmond; and lyrics by two-time Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin. Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw directs and choreographs.



Dates and cities for the tour, along with casting and other information, will be announced at a later date.



“Working with Tina and Jeff to bring Mean Girls to Broadway these past five years has been one of the happiest experiences of my life,” said producer Lorne Michaels. “We’re so proud of the show and thrilled people all over the country will see it.”



Mean Girls on Broadway is now nominated for 12 Tony Awards, including Best Musical; Best Book for Tina Fey; Best Original Score for Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin; Best Direction of a Musical and Best Choreography for Casey Nicholaw. Fey is this year’s Outer Critics Circle Award winner for Outstanding Book of a Musical. The production is also nominated for 10 Drama Desk Awards and 3 Drama League Awards including Best Musical, along with 3 Helen Hayes (Washington D.C.) Awards including Outstanding Visiting Production.



Mean Girls opened on Broadway last month to rave reviews at the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street), where it has played to sold-out houses since beginning previews in March. The show had its world premiere at the National Theatre in Washington D.C., playing a sold-out run October 31 to December 3, 2017.



New York Magazine calls Mean Girls “HILARIOUS! A smart, splashy new musical that delivers with immense energy, a wicked sense of humor and joyful inside-jokery.” Chicago Tribune said “Tina Fey writes FUNNIER, SMARTER, SHARPER satire than anyone else in the business.” People Magazine calls the show “FRESH, FUN AND INFECTIOUS – Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin’s songs keep the laughs coming!” The New York Daily News said Mean Girls “TICKLES THE EARS, EYES AND FUNNY BONE – the direction by Casey Nicholaw packs style, invention and red bull-force energy.” And, Entertainment Weekly calls it “A MARVEL: DAZZLING & HILARIOUS!”



The Broadway cast is led by Erika Henningsen as Cady Heron, Taylor Louderman as Regina George, Ashley Park as Gretchen Wieners, Kate Rockwell as Karen Smith, Barrett Wilbert Weed as Janis Sarkisian, Grey Henson as Damian Hubbard, Kerry Butler as Mrs. Heron / Ms. Norbury / Mrs. George, Kyle Selig as Aaron Samuels, Cheech Manohar as Kevin Gnapoor, Rick Younger as Mr. Duvall. The cast also includes Stephanie Lynn Bissonnette, Tee Boyich, Collins Conley, Ben Cook, DeMarius R. Copes, Kevin Csolak, Devon Hadsell, Curtis Holland, Myles McHale, Chris Medlin, Brittany Nicholas, Becca Petersen, Nikhil Saboo, Jonalyn Saxer, Brendon Stimson, Riza Takahashi, Kamille Upshaw, Zurin Villanueva, Gianna Yanelli, and Iain Young.


Thursday, May 10, 2018

MTC WORLD PREMIERE OF 'SUGAR IN OUR WOUNDS'

Sugar In Our Wounds




Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce full casting for Manhattan Theatre Club’s world premiere of Sugar in Our Wounds, a new play by Donja R. Love, directed by Saheem Ali (Twelfth Night for the Public Theater’s Mobile Unit).



The production, which begins rehearsals tomorrow, will star Stephanie Berry (Drowning Crow, The Hummingbird's Tour) as Aunt Mama, Sheldon Best (Romeo and Juliet) as James, Fern Cozine (Off-Broadway debut) as Isabel, Tiffany Rachelle Stewart (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time) as Mattie, and Chinaza Uche (Sojourners/Her Portmanteau, Nigerian Prince) as Henry.



Sugar in Our Wounds will begin previews Tuesday, June 5, 2018 ahead of a Tuesday, June 19, 2018 opening night at The Studio at Stage II – Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series at New York City Center – Stage II (131 West 55th Street).



On a plantation during the Civil War, a mystical tree stretches toward heaven. It protects James, a young slave, while he reads newspapers about the imminent possibility of freedom, as the battle rages on. When a brooding stranger arrives, James and his makeshift family take the man in. Soon, an unexpected bond leads to a striking romance, and everyone is in uncharted territory. But is love powerful enough to set your true self free? This lyrical and lushly realized play is part of poet, filmmaker and playwright Donja R. Love's exploration of queer love at pivotal moments in Black history.



Sugar in Our Wounds’ creative team includes Arnulfo Maldonado (scenic design), Dede Ayite (costume design), Jason Lyons (lighting design), Palmer Hefferan (sound design), Michael Thurber (original music), Darrell Grand Moultrie (movement), and Cookie Jordan (hair & makeup design).



Special “Sugar” Events:



Next Wednesday, May 16 at 6:30pm, playwright Donja R. Love and Oscar-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney (MTC’s upcoming Broadway premiere of Choir Boy) will participate in the Theater Talks series at Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research on Black Culture, exploring the impact of black queer voices in theater and the power of diverse narratives to propel humanity forward. Registration details can be found HERE.



In addition, to connect with audiences at the intersection of Blackness and Queerness, Bridging Access to Care will be hosting a breakfast and panel discussion with Donja R. Love on Saturday, June 9 from 11am – 1pm at Restoration Plaza in Brooklyn. Further details to come.



Manhattan Theatre Club, under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past four and a half decades, MTC productions have earned numerous awards including 7 Pulitzer Prizes and 23 Tony Awards. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and two Off-Broadway theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner Cost of Living by Martyna Majok; Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes; August Wilson’s Jitney and The Piano Lesson; Heisenberg by Simon Stephens; The Father by Florian Zeller with translation by Christopher Hampton; Fool For Love by Sam Shepard; Airline Highway by Lisa D’Amour; Casa Valentina by Harvey Fierstein; Outside Mullingar and Doubt by John Patrick Shanley; The Commons of Pensacola by Amanda Peet; Murder Ballad by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash; The Assembled Parties by Richard Greenberg; Wit by Margaret Edson; Venus in Fur by David Ives; Good People and Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire; The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez; Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies; Ruined by Lynn Nottage; Proof by David Auburn; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife by Charles Busch; Love! Valour! Compassion! by Terrence McNally; Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley; and Ain’t Misbehavin’, the Fats Waller musical.



TICKETING INFORMATION


Single tickets are available for purchase online at www.nycitycenter.org, by calling CityTix at 212-581-1212, or by visiting the New York City Center box office (131 West 55th Street). New and renewing subscribers can join MTC’s 2018-2019 season by calling The MTC Clubline at 212-399-3050. For more information, please visit www.manhattantheatreclub.com.



To sign up for MTC’s “30 Under 30” program, offering $30 tickets for theatregoers age 30 and under, visit www.manhattantheatreclub.com/30under30.



Wednesday, May 09, 2018

DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL AFTER PARTY @ BOND 45

SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical



Now you won’t have to stop dancing after the curtain comes down on SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical. Beginning last night Bond 45 in its new location next door to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street), will host an after-party after every performance of SUMMER. The celebration will continue downstairs at Bond 45 with dancing to all of SUMMER’s greatest hits and a themed menu of signature SUMMER cocktails including ‘Hot Stuff,’ ‘Bad Girls,’ and ‘Last Dance.’.


The producers of SUMMER said "Audiences at SUMMER are dancing in the aisles, and this is the perfect way to keep the party going after the show."


"We are thrilled to welcome the cast and audiences of SUMMER to continue the celebration next door at Bond 45 putting our own special spin on the party," Said Shelly Fireman, owner of Bond 45 and President of Fireman Hospitality Group, "We are so thankful to have been embraced so warmly by the Broadway community in our new location, from producers to casts to crew members to theatre audiences from around the world. Hosting the SUMMER after-party is exactly the kind of fun and community we hope to be bringing to the heart of the theatre district."


"If you’re lookin’ for some hot stuff on Broadway, you’ve come to the right place. SUMMER: The ‪Donna Summer Musical delivers the seasonal sunshine....Of course, the music is terrific; ‪Donna Summer isn’t the undisputed Queen of Disco for nothing....This production lives or dies on the shoulders of its three Donnas — and they are incredible. LaChanze, DeBose, and Broadway newcomer Lever all deliver vocal performances that made me sit back in my seat and mouth “whoa." - Entertainment Weekly



Three actresses who play the role of musical icon Donna Summer in SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical are Tony Award winner LaChanze (The Color Purple, Once on This Island) as “Diva Donna,” Ariana DeBose (A Bronx Tale, Hamilton) as “Disco Donna” and Storm Lever (Freaky Friday) as “Duckling Donna.”



A true Broadway establishment in its location on 46th Street, Bond 45 features a newly imagined downstairs bar designed by David Korins (production designer for ‘Hamilton’, Dear Evan Hansen’) with lighting design by Donald Holder (‘The Lion King”, ‘My Fair Lady’). Nestled between the Lunt-Fontane Theater and the Edison Hotel, the restaurant’s two-story, 7,800-square-foot space is complemented by its distinguished menu of exceptional Italian dishes crafted by Executive Chef Brando De Oliveira from Bologna, Italy.



The cast of SUMMER also includes Aaron Krohn (Cabaret) as “Neil Bogart,” Ken Robinson (The Color Purple) as “Andrew Gaines,” and Jared Zirilli (Lysistrata Jones) as “Bruce Sudano.” The ensemble is comprised of Angelica Beliard (On Your Feet), Mackenzie Bell (Sunset Boulevard), Kaleigh Cronin (A Bronx Tale), Kimberly Dodson (Duress film), Anissa Felix (Sunset Boulevard), Drew Wildman Foster (Sunset Boulevard), Kendal Hartse (Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella), Afra Hines (Shuffle Along), Jenny Laroche (“Smash”), Wonu Ogunfowora (A Bronx Tale), Rebecca Riker (An American in Paris), Christina Acosta Robinson (“Dexter”), Jessica Rush (Jersey Boys) and Harris M. Turner (Mamma Mia!). Swings include Aurelia Michael (Legally Blonde), Jody Reynard (Chicago tour) and Kim Steele (Jerry Springer The Opera).



SUMMER features a book by Colman Domingo, Robert Cary and Des McAnuff, with songs by Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Paul Jabara and others and is directed by Des McAnuff and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo, with music supervised by Ron Melrose and scenic design by Robert Brill, costumes by Paul Tazewell, lighting by Howell Binkley, sound by Gareth Owen and projections by Sean Nieuwenhuis.



SUMMER is produced by Tommy Mottola and the Dodgers. Co-Producers are Steven A. and Alexandra Cohen, Thalia Sodi, Courtney Sachs, Ollawood Productions, Lawrence S. Toppall, Rodney Rigby, Morris Goldfarb, James L. Nederlander, Universal Music Group, The John Gore Organization.



Tickets are available through www.Ticketmaster.com online or by phone at 877-250-2929 or in person at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre box office. Box office hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 8:00pm. Group sales (of 12 or more) are available by calling 877-536-3437 or by email at groups@dodger.com.



SUMMER offers a limited number of $40 rush tickets, available at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, beginning when the Box Office opens each day. There is a limit of two tickets per customer. Rush tickets can only be purchased the day of the performance. Tickets are non-transferable, subject to availability and may be partial view.



She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. But what the world didn’t know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era and the inspiration for every music diva who followed. With a score featuring more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff,” this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation.



About Bond 45:



BOND 45 relocated in Fall 2017 to its new home in the heart of the theater district, 221 West 46th Street. Nestled between the Lunt-Fontanne Theater and the Edison Hotel, the restaurant’s new two-story, 7,800-square-foot space seats 268 guests. Complemented by its distinguished menu of exceptional Italian dishes crafted by Executive Chef Brando De Oliveira from Bologna, Italy, the restaurant’s carefully curated new environment honors the classic décor and lively atmosphere of the original BOND 45 on the main floor while offering fresh and exciting new design on its downstairs level, the Bond Bar Below.

Friday, March 16, 2018

NEW PRODUCTION OF 'THE MAID'S TRAGEDY' IN TRIBECA


THE MAID’S TRAGEDY




NEW YORK, NY -- Pocket Universe, producer of last summer’s acclaimed Julius Caesar set in an all-girls high school, has announced a new production of Francis Beaumont & John Fletcher’s THE MAID’S TRAGEDY, set in present-day Hollywood. Conceived by Alyssa May Gold (Julius Caesar, Brilliant Traces) and directed by Lucy Gram, it will play from June 13-30, 2018 at the Access Theater (380 Broadway) in TriBeCa. Tickets are on-sale now here.



THE MAID'S TRAGEDY is a Jacobean revenge drama that centers on the hero Melantius, who must challenge the monarchy and reclaim the family’s honor due to despicable conduct by the King. Traditionally portrayed as a male soldier returning home from war, Melantius discovers the King has arranged a marriage between his social-climbing sister Evadne and his best friend Amintor – a power move to protect the King’s personal interests, which in hand also destroys Amintor’s engagement to his long-time love, Aspatia. The Pocket Universe production reimagines the tragedy as a story of two sisters in present-day Hollywood – a now-female Melantius, film producer, and Evadne, actress – whose different attitudes about sex, fame, and honor collide in the wake of their studio-king’s misconduct. Careers are jeopardized and lives are threatened, as everyone contends with one question: when the person in power robs you of yours, how far will you go to get it back?


Pocket Universe is a New York City-based theater and film production company founded by Alyssa May Gold dedicated to reconsidering and reimagining classic stories and conventions. Their 2017 production of Julius Caesar set in an all-girls high school was hailed as “a radical take on the tragedy… with the capacity to take women seriously at the heart of all” by The New York Times and The Village Voice stated the production featured “provocative staging…that would leave the Bechdel test in its dust.” Stage Buddy raved, “You're going to be hard-pressed to find a more unique, inventive staging of Shakespeare's political drama. The all-female cast feels like a breath of fresh air. Julius Caesar has never been so potent, so moving, or so riveting.”

@universepocket



BIOGRAPHIES


Alyssa May Gold (Producer) is the founder/President of Pocket Universe as well as an actress and writer. Her work as a producer includes Pocket Universe’s acclaimed production of Julius Caesar, the web series “You Made It Worse,” (which she wrote and directed), the indie feature Dream Years and a season as the associate producer for BEDLAM. As an actress, her recent credits include Brilliant Traces with Art of Warr productions, the Tony-nominated revival of Arcadia, Middle of the Night and Lemon Sky with Keen Company, and the film Rebel in the Rye. Alyssa holds a multidisciplinary BA from NYU Gallatin and an MA in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB'S SAINT JOAN PRODUCTION

Condola Rashad




Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) in association with Eddie Marks/Ostar are pleased to announce the principal cast for Manhattan Theatre Club’s new Broadway production of Saint Joan written by Nobel Prize in Literature and Academy Award winner Bernard Shaw and directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan (Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes, Proof), starring three-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad (A Doll’s House, Part 2; “Billions”).



Joining Rashad will be Walter Bobbie (marking the theatrical director’s first return to Broadway as an actor in over 20 years), Adam Chanler-Berat (Peter and the Starcatcher), Jack Davenport (“Smash”), John Glover (The Cherry Orchard), Patrick Page (MTC’s Casa Valentina), Daniel Sunjata (MTC’s The Country House), Maurice Jones (MTC’s Linda), Russell G. Jones (MTC’s Ruined), Max Gordon Moore (Indecent), Matthew Saldivar (MTC’s Important Hats of the 20th Century), Robert Stanton (MTC’s Fuddy Meers), Lou Sumrall (Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune).



The design team will include Scott Pask (scenic design), Jane Greenwood (costume design), Justin Townsend (lighting design), Obadiah Eaves (sound design), Christopher Ash (projection design), Tom Watson (hair and wig design), Bill Frisell (original music), Deborah Hecht (dialect coach), and Tommy Kurzman (make-up design).



Saint Joan will begin previews Tuesday, April 3, 2018 ahead of a Wednesday, April 25, 2018 opening night at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).



Three-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad (A Doll’s House, Part 2) will star as one of history’s greatest heroines in a major new production of Bernard Shaw's epic work directed by Daniel Sullivan (Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes). Set in 15th century France, Saint Joan follows a country girl whose mysterious visions propel her into elite circles. When the nation’s rulers become threatened by her popularity and influence, they unite to bring her down and she finds herself on trial for her life. This timeless and powerful play dramatizes the limits of an individual in a society dominated by overwhelming political and religious forces.



Manhattan Theatre Club, under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past four and a half decades, MTC productions have earned numerous awards including six Pulitzer Prizes and 23 Tony Awards. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and two Off-Broadway theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes; August Wilson’s Jitney; Cost of Living by Martyna Majok; Vietgone by Qui Nguyen; Sell/Buy/Date by Sarah Jones; Heisenberg by Simon Stephens; The Father by Florian Zeller with translation by Christopher Hampton; Fool For Love by Sam Shepard; Casa Valentina by Harvey Fierstein; Outside Mullingar and Doubt by John Patrick Shanley; Murder Ballad by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash; The Assembled Parties by Richard Greenberg; Wit by Margaret Edson; Venus in Fur by David Ives; Good People and Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire; The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez; Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies; Ruined by Lynn Nottage; Proof by David Auburn; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife by Charles Busch; Love! Valour! Compassion! by Terrence McNally; The Piano Lesson by August Wilson; Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley; and Ain’t Misbehavin’, the Fats Waller musical. For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.



TICKETING INFORMATION



Tickets are available at Telecharge.com, by calling 212-239-6200, or by visiting The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office at 261 West 47th Street. Ticket prices are $65-$145.



New and renewing subscribers can still join us for the season by calling the MTC Clubline at 212-399-3050.



For more information and to sign up for MTC’s “30 Under 30” program for theatregoers age 30 and under visit www.manhattantheatreclub.com/30under30/.


Monday, January 15, 2018

MTC & EVE ENSLER'S "IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD"

In The Body Of The World



At New York City Center – Stage I

Cynthia Nixon Joins Beyond the Stage Talkback Series



Performances begin tomorrow – Tuesday, January 16 – for Manhattan Theatre Club’s New York premiere of the American Repertory Theater production of In The Body of The World, written and performed by Tony Award winner Eve Ensler and directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus. Opening night is set for Tuesday, February 6 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).


The Tony Award-winning author, performer and activist Eve Ensler, whose The Vagina Monologues is an international sensation, comes to MTC with a powerful new play based on her critically acclaimed memoir. While working with women suffering from the ravages of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ensler was stunned by a life-threatening diagnosis. Told with her signature brand of humor, Ensler’s personal journey uncovers surprising connections between her body and the earth and how illness can be both transformative and transcendent. Directing this bold, unflinching and inspiring piece is Tony award winner Diane Paulus (Waitress, Pippin).


Following select performances of In The Body of The World, audience members are invited to attend ‘Beyond the Stage’, a series of curated post-show discussions led by a group of artists, medical professionals, scholars and activists in support of the play. Special Guest Speakers include Cynthia Nixon (Tony Award-winning Actress, Activist), Christine “Mama C” Schuler Deschryver (Director of City of Joy and V-Day Congo), Mayo Clinic Oncologists, Valisia LeKae (Broadway Performer, Motown The Musical), and more. The discussions are free of charge and are open to anyone attending that performance. The schedule, which is subject to change, can be found at www.BodyoftheWorldplay.com. MTC thanks Jan Warner, who is supporting the Beyond the Stage talkback series in memory of her husband, Arthur Warner.


The creative team for In The Body of The World includes Myung Hee Cho (scenic and costume design), Jen Schriever (lighting design), M.L. Dogg and Sam Lerner (sound design), Finn Ross (projections), and Jill Johnson (movement).


Manhattan Theatre Club, under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past four and a half decades, MTC productions have earned numerous awards including six Pulitzer Prizes and 23 Tony Awards. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and two Off-Broadway theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include Prince of Broadway; Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes; August Wilson’s Jitney; Heisenberg by Simon Stephens; The Father by Florian Zeller with translation by Christopher Hampton; Fool For Love by Sam Shepard; Airline Highway by Lisa D’Amour; Casa Valentina by Harvey Fierstein; Outside Mullingar and Doubt by John Patrick Shanley; The Commons of Pensacola by Amanda Peet; Murder Ballad by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash; Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney; The Assembled Parties by Richard Greenberg; Wit by Margaret Edson; Venus in Fur by David Ives; Good People and Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire; The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez; Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies; Ruined by Lynn Nottage; Proof by David Auburn; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife by Charles Busch; Love! Valour! Compassion! by Terrence McNally; The Piano Lesson by August Wilson; Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley; and Ain’t Misbehavin’, the Fats Waller musical. For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.



TICKETING INFORMATION


Tickets for In The Body of The World can be purchased online at www.nycitycenter.org, by calling CityTix at 212-581-1212, or by visiting the New York City Center box office (131 West 55th Street). New and renewing subscribers can join MTC’s 2017-2018 season by calling The MTC Clubline at 212-399-3050.


To sign up for MTC’s “30 Under 30” program for theatregoers age 30 and under, please visit www.manhattantheatreclub.com/30under30/.


Tuesday, January 02, 2018

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD ON BROADWAY

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child




Producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender announced today that the next release of tickets for the Broadway premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will take place in February 2018.



On February 7, 2018 beginning at 11:00 AM ET, tickets at all price points for performances from March 16, 2018 to March 9, 2019 will be made available in a pre-sale via Ticketmaster Verified Fan®, a process that seeks to verify that ticket buyers are not bots or scalpers. Further tickets will be released as and when available from February 8, 2018 through the official website www.HarryPotterThePlay.com and Ticketmaster.com.



The Verified Fan® registration period for the pre-sale will be announced soon. Those who completed the registration process for the first ticket release in October will need to register again in order to be eligible to receive an Access Code.



All those who register and are identified as genuine ticket buyers, not bots or scalpers, will be equally eligible to be randomly selected to receive an Access Code. The selection process is randomized to ensure access to tickets is as fair as possible and is in no way influenced by a patron’s Ticketmaster purchase history. Those who receive an Access Code will have the opportunity to purchase tickets on a first-come, first-served basis on February 7, 2018.



“We are eager to make more tickets available for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway as soon as possible,” said producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender. “As previously announced, there are over 300 seats throughout the theater at each performance priced at $40 or under per part, including 150 seats at $20 per part. As such, we’re working with the Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan® system to ensure as many tickets at all price points get directly into the hands of genuine theatregoers, rather than bots or scalpers who will resell at inflated prices. As producers, we want to do everything possible within current New York state law to protect our tickets and ticketbuyers – especially since we have an unusually large amount of tickets at exceptionally low prices. We also recognize a need for flexibility to allow for traditional sales outside of the registration process, and so this next Verified Fan release will be followed by a general release of tickets from February 8.”



Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will begin preview performances on March 16, 2018 and officially open on April 22, 2018 in New York at the fully renovated Lyric Theatre (214 West 43rd Street, NYC).



Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne, directed by John Tiffany. The production is one play presented in two parts. Both parts are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings, or each part can be seen separately.



Visit www.HarryPotterThePlay.com for more information and sign up for the mailing list to stay up to date with future ticket releases and the latest news and updates.



Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The critically acclaimed production received its world premiere in July 2016 at the Palace Theatre in London where it continues to play to sold out houses.



Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has won 22 major theatre awards in the UK and is the most awarded production in the history of Britain’s Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking nine awards earlier this year including Best New Play and Best Director.



It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and the father of three school-age children.



While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.



Seven members of the award-winning Original West End Company will reunite on stage for the Broadway premiere: Jamie Parker (Harry Potter), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger) and Paul Thornley (Ron Weasley) with Poppy Miller (Ginny Potter), Sam Clemmett (Albus Potter), Alex Price (Draco Malfoy) and Anthony Boyle (Scorpius Malfoy). They will be joined by David Abeles, Brian Abraham, Shirine Babb, Jess Barbagallo, Stephen Bradbury, Lauren Nicole Cipoletti, Joshua De Jesus, Jessie Fisher, Richard Gallagher, Susan Heyward, Geraldine Hughes, Edward James Hyland, Byron Jennings, Katie Kreisler, Joey LaBrasca, Andrew Long, Kathryn Meisle, Angela Reed, Dave Register, Adeola Role, James Romney, Malika Samuel, Alanna Saunders, David St. Louis, Stuart Ward, Madeline Weinstein, Alex Weisman and Benjamin Wheelwright playing a variety of characters. The cast will also include four children who will alternate two roles.



Mr. Parker, Ms. Dumezweni, Mr. Thornley, Ms. Miller, Mr. Clemmett, Mr. Price and Mr. Boyle are appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance to this production.



Harry Potter and the Cursed Child features movement by Steven Hoggett, set by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, music & arrangements by Imogen Heap, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, illusions & magic by Jamie Harrison, music supervision & arrangements by Martin Lowe. US Casting by Jim Carnahan, CSA. UK Casting by Julia Horan, CDG.



Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.



BOOKING INFORMATION



Booking Period


On February 7, 2018 beginning at 11:00 AM ET, tickets at all price points for performances from March 16, 2018 to March 9, 2019 will be made available in a pre-sale via Ticketmaster Verified Fan®, a process that seeks to verify that ticket buyers are not bots or scalpers. Further tickets will be released as and when available from February 8, 2018 through the official website.



If prospective ticket-buyers are unsuccessful in securing tickets, there will be regular opportunities to purchase tickets in the future including late release and returned tickets which will regularly become available. Details of further ticket releases will be announced via the official Harry Potter and the Cursed Child website, social media channels and the official newsletter.



How To See The Play



Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one play presented in two parts. There are three options presented for how to see the play:

· Parts One and Two together on the same day or consecutive evenings (recommended)

· Parts One and Two separately for non-consecutive performances

· Part One or Part Two only



Ticket Prices


For every performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, there will be 300 seats priced at $40 or less per part, and 150 of these seats will be priced at $20 per part.



Standard pricing is $20, $40, $80, $130, $165 and $199 per part. During previews (March 16 to April 21, 2018), select price points are reduced and tickets are priced at $20, $40, $70, $120, $155 and $189 per part. Premium tickets are also available for all performances. Standard Ticketmaster service fees apply.


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

BROADWAY'S HIT SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS ON GMA

Steven Tyler Wrote Songs



SpongeBob SquarePants on Broadway will perform live on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 during the 8:00am hour.


Reimagining the beloved Nickelodeon series, SpongeBob SquarePants on Broadway was recently hailed by The New York Times as “brilliant” and “effervescent candy-for-the-spirit” by New York Magazine. This new musical earned its place on 2017’s “Best of Broadway” lists including Broadway.com, BuzzFeed, Chicago Tribune, The Daily Beast, Deadline, ET Online, Forbes, Time Out New York and Variety.


SpongeBob SquarePants, now playing at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway at West 47th Street), explodes with energy and features an original pop and rock-infused score by a legendary roster of Grammy® Award-winning songwriters. Led and conceived by visionary director Tina Landau and a Tony Award®-winning design team, the production brings the spirit of SpongeBob to life with humanity, heart, and pure theatricality. SpongeBob SquarePants features a book by Kyle Jarrow, music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Tom Kitt and choreography by Christopher Gattelli.


The stakes are higher than ever as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage.


The SpongeBob SquarePants cast includes Ethan Slater as SpongeBob SquarePants, Gavin Lee as Squidward Q. Tentacles, Lilli Cooper as Sandy Cheeks, Brian Ray Norris as Eugene Krabs, Danny Skinner as Patrick Star and Wesley Taylor as Sheldon Plankton.


The ensemble includes Alex Gibson, Gaelen Gilliland, Juliane Godfrey, Kyle Matthew Hamilton, Curtis Holbrook, Stephanie Hsu, Jesse JP Johnson, L’ogan J’ones, Jai’len Christine Li Josey, Kelvin Moon Loh, Lauralyn McClelland, Vasthy Mompoint, Oneika Phillips, Jon Rua, JC Schuster, Abby C. Smith, Robert Taylor Jr., Allan K. Washington, Brynn Williams, Matt Wood and Tom Kenny as the French Narrator.


SpongeBob SquarePants is a one-of-a-kind musical event with original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and T.I., and a song by David Bowie and by Tom Kenny and Andy Paley. Additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton. Additional music by Tom Kitt.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

THE MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB PRESENTS 'ACTUALLY'


Actually




Manhattan Theatre Club’s New York premiere of Actually, the new play by Anna Ziegler (The Last Match, Photograph 51), directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz (Pipeline) and presented in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival, Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director, began performances yesterday – Tuesday, October 31 – at The Studio at Stage II – The Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series. Opening night is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14.



Joshua Boone (Holler If Ya Hear Me, Mother Courage & Her Children at CSC, Fan Girl) and Alexandra Socha (Amazon’s “Red Oaks”, Fun Home, Spring Awakening) will reprise their roles from the play’s acclaimed Williamstown production this past summer.



At a raucous party during their freshman year at Princeton, Tom (Joshua Boone) and Amber (Alexandra Socha) connect in ways that seem innocent enough at first. But as things progress, they find themselves in murky territory, with ramifications that could affect the rest of their lives. What actually happened between them? Tackling the highly charged topic of sexual consent, this hit production direct from Williamstown Theatre Festival explores the intersection of gender and race on campus today, offering “a portrait of a generation” (The Boston Globe). This deeply felt, funny and thought-provoking play comes from fast-rising playwright Anna Ziegler (Photograph 51) and is directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz (Pipeline).



The co-world premiere of Actually was produced by Geffen Playhouse and Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2017.



The creative team for Actually is Adam Rigg (scenic design), Paloma Young (costume design), Yi Zhao (lighting design), and Jane Shaw (sound design).



Manhattan Theatre Club, under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past four and a half decades, MTC productions have earned numerous awards including six Pulitzer Prizes and 23 Tony Awards. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and two Off-Broadway theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include Prince of Broadway; Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes; August Wilson’s Jitney; Heisenberg by Simon Stephens; The Father by Florian Zeller with translation by Christopher Hampton; Fool For Love by Sam Shepard; Airline Highway by Lisa D’Amour; Casa Valentina by Harvey Fierstein; Outside Mullingar and Doubt by John Patrick Shanley; The Commons of Pensacola by Amanda Peet; Murder Ballad by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash; Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney; The Assembled Parties by Richard Greenberg; Wit by Margaret Edson; Venus in Fur by David Ives; Good People and Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire; The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez; Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies; Ruined by Lynn Nottage; Proof by David Auburn; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife by Charles Busch; Love! Valour! Compassion! by Terrence McNally; The Piano Lesson by August Wilson; Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley; and Ain’t Misbehavin’, the Fats Waller musical. For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.



The Studio at Stage II is Manhattan Theatre Club’s initiative at New York City Center – Stage II (131 West 55th Street). The initiative launched in 2012 with the sold out, critically acclaimed world premiere of Murder Ballad, the rock musical by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash and has continued with the critically acclaimed premieres of Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Taking Care of Baby by Dennis Kelly, The Lion by Benjamin Scheuer, By The Water by Sharyn Rothstein, Heisenberg by Simon Stephens, Important Hats of the Twentieth Century by Nick Jones, The Ruins of Civilization by Penelope Skinner, and Sell/Buy/Date by Sarah Jones.



The Studio at Stage II has been partially underwritten with a major grant from The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.



TICKETING INFORMATION



Tickets for Actually can be purchased online at www.nycitycenter.org, by calling CityTix at 212-581-1212, or by visiting the New York City Center box office (131 West 55th Street). New and renewing subscribers can join MTC’s 2017-2018 season by calling The MTC Clubline at 212-399-3050. For more information, please visit www.manhattantheatreclub.com.



In order to ensure that tickets to Actually are affordable to the widest and most diverse audiences possible, MTC will price all tickets during the show’s initial five-week run at $30.


Friday, June 16, 2017

DOUG VARONE AND DANCERS TO PLAY 42ND STREET

Doug Varone and Dancers




New York City's famed Doug Varone and Dancers will perform Lux in 2017 Victory Dance, presented by The New 42nd Street and The New Victory Theater, on Thursdays, July 13 & 20, 2017 at 7pm at The Duke on 42nd Street (229 West 42nd Street). Tickets for public performances of Victory Dance are $10 and are available online (NewVictory.org) and by telephone (646.223.3010).



Celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year, Doug Varone and Dancer presents Lux, a vibrant, life-affirming dance set to Philip Glass's "The Light" performed by eight members of the Bessie Award-winning company. Commissioned by the Vapnek Family Fund, the dance has been a mainstay in the Company's repertory since its premiere in 2006.



This July, The New Victory Theater will present its fourth season of VICTORY DANCE, the theater's initiative to provide FREE dance performances to kids in New York City day camps, school and youth programs over the summer. For four weeks from July 10 - August 4, 2017, VICTORY DANCE will feature a cross-section of highly accomplished and internationally recognized New York-based dance companies who perform a range of movement styles including hip-hop, contemporary, Indian classical dance and traditional African dance. Like The New Victory Theater, each company hopes to inspire young people to embrace the art form.



VICTORY DANCE consists of two unique programs which, this year, will include the following dance companies or soloists: Bill Shannon, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Decadancetheatre, Doug Varone and Dancers, Heidi Latsky Dance, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, and Preeti Vasudevan's Thresh with New York City Ballet's Amar Ramasar.



Every performance will feature a 90-minute program including a Talk-Back led by a NEW VICTORY Teaching Artist. Also, between each dance, a Teaching Artist will share more about the company, choreographer or the dance, providing insight into each work. Through the post-show discussions, New York City kids will have the opportunity to engage with choreographers and dancers, and the creators will also learn more about how their work affects young people.



VICTORY DANCE is designed to serve New York City students enrolled in NYC Department of Education summer school enrichment programs, such as Summer Arts Institute, subsidized day camps and social service agencies. These students attend daytime performances free of charge and also receive free dance-related workshops led by professional Teaching Artists before and after their visit to the theater. Summer school instructors also receive free NEW VICTORY School Tool® Resource Guides, which encourage further exploration of the art form in the students' day-to-day curriculum.



This summertime program, which reaches more than 3,500 NYC kids, mirrors the education programs The New Victory Theater provides to nearly 36,000 students throughout each school year. The New Victory Theater looks forward to sharing live performances on stage, exploring the art form in classrooms and building relationships that will have an impact on NYC kids from summer to summer.



DOUG VARONE, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR



Award-winning choreographer and director Doug Varone works in dance, theatre, opera, film, and fashion. He is a passionate educator and articulate advocate for dance. His work is known for its emotional range, kinetic breadth and the diversity of genres in which he works. His New York City-based Doug Varone and Dancers has been commissioned and presented to critical acclaim by leading international venues for three decades. In the concert dance world, Varone has created a body of works globally. Commissions include the Limón Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Rambert Dance Company (London), Martha Graham Dance Company, Dancemakers (Canada), Batsheva Dance Company (Israel), Bern Ballet (Switzerland) and An Creative (Japan), among others. In addition, his dances have been staged on more than 75 college and university programs around the country. In opera, Doug Varone is in demand as both a director and choreographer. Among his four productions at The Metropolitan Opera are Salome, the world premiere of Tobias Picker's An American Tragedy, and Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps, designed by David Hockney. His Met Opera production of Hector Berloiz's Les Troyens was broadcast worldwide in HD. He has directed multiple premieres for Minnesota Opera, Opera Colorado, Washington Opera, New York City Opera, and Boston Lyric Opera, among others. His numerous theatre credits include choreography for Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatres across the country. His choreography for 2012's musical Murder Ballad at Manhattan Theatre Club earned him a Lortel Award nomination. Film credits include choreography for the Patrick Swayze film, One Last Dance. In 2008, Varone's Bottomland, set in the Mammoth Caves of Kentucky, was the subject of PBS's Dance in America: Wolf Trap's Face of America. Last season, he directed and choreographed MasterVoices' production of Dido and Aeneas at New York City Center, starring Tony Award winners Kelli O'Hara and Victoria Clark, alongside the Company. Most recently, he directed the staging of Julia Wolfe's Pulitzer Prize winning oratorio, Anthracite Fields for the Westminster Choir and the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Varone received his BFA from Purchase College where he was awarded the President's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007. Numerous honors and awards include a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, an OBIE Award (for Lincoln Center's Orpheus and Eurydice), the Jerome Robbins Fellowship at the Boglaisco Institute in Italy, two individual Bessie Awards, two American Dance Festival Doris Duke Awards for New Work, and four National Dance Project Awards. In 2015, Varone was awarded both a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Dance Guild. Varone teaches workshops and master classes around the world for dancers, musicians and actors. He is currently on the faculty at Purchase College, teaching composition and choreography.



Friday, January 13, 2017

'THE PRESENT' ON BROADWAY @ BARRYMORE THEATRE

Cate Blanchett




The Sydney Theatre Company production of THE PRESENT opens Sunday, January 8. Andrew Upton’s new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s first play, Platonov, THE PRESENT is directed by John Crowley at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street) for a limited engagement through Sunday, March 19, 2017.



THE PRESENT features the Sydney Theatre Company cast of 13, each making their Broadway debut, including Cate Blanchett (Anna) and Richard Roxburgh (Mikhail), as well as Anna Bamford (Maria), Andrew Buchanan (Osip), David Downer (Yegor), Eamon Farren (Kirill), Martin Jacobs (Alexei), Brandon McClelland (Dimitri), Jacqueline McKenzie (Sophia), Marshall Napier (Ivan), Susan Prior (Sasha), Chris Ryan (Sergei) and Toby Schmitz (Nikolai).



Set and costume design for THE PRESENT is by Alice Babidge, with lighting design by Nick Schlieper. Stefan Gregory is Sound Designer and Composer.



THE PRESENT is produced on Broadway by Stuart Thompson, Sydney Theatre Company, Jon B. Platt, Scott M. Delman, Ruth Hendel, The Shubert Organization, Robert G. Bartner, John Gore and Jimter Productions LLC.



Variously known as Platonov, Wild Honey, Fatherlessness and The Disinherited, Anton Chekhov’s first play was not discovered until 1920, some 16 years after the playwright’s death. Andrew Upton’s adaptation is set post-Perestroika in the mid-1990s at an old country house where friends gather to celebrate the birthday of the independent but compromised widow Anna Petrovna (Blanchett). At the center is the acerbic and witty Platonov (Roxburgh) with his wife, his former students and friends and their partners. They may appear comfortable, but boiling away inside is a mess of unfinished, unresolved relationships, fuelled by twenty years of denial, regret and thwarted desire.



Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh previously appeared together on the New York stage in Sydney Theatre Company’s acclaimed production of Andrew Upton’s adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Additionally, Cate Blanchett appeared in New York in Sydney Theatre Company’s productions of Hedda Gabler, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Maids.



Andrew Upton was at the creative helm of Sydney Theatre Company (STC) for eight years from 2008-2015, the first five as co-Artistic Director alongside Cate Blanchett. During the Upton/Blanchett years, STC’s international touring profile increased with tours of Waiting for Godot to the UK, Gross und Klein (Big and Small) to the UK, France, Austria and Germany, both A Streetcar Named Desire and Uncle Vanya to Washington and New York and The Maids to New York. A History of Everything, commissioned by STC as a co-production with Belgian theatre company Onteroend Goed, has also had seasons in Chicago and in Belgium, Holland and the UK while Long Day's Journey into Night played in Portland, Oregon.



Australian critical reception for

 THE PRESENT.



“If you are lucky enough to be in Sydney, this is a night of theatre you can’t afford to miss,” noted Nancy Groves in The Guardian of “Andrew Upton’s masterful adaptation of Chekhov’s novice play. Their (Blanchett and Roxburgh) chemistry is electrifying as ever. Masterfully choreographed by director John Crowley.”


Sunday, January 08, 2017

SIGNATURE THEATRE'S PREMIERE OF 'EVERYBODY'

EVERYBODY




Casting is confirmed and tickets are now on sale for the world premiere Signature Theatre (Paige Evans, Artistic Director; Erika Mallin, Executive Director; James Houghton, Founder) production of Everybody, written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and directed by Lila Neugebauer.



Everybody runs January 31 – March 12, 2017 with a Tuesday, February 21 opening night on The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). All tickets for the initial run of the production are $30 as part of the Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access. To purchase tickets for all Signature productions, call Ticket Services at 212-244-7529 (Tues. – Sun., 11am – 6pm) or visit www.SignatureTheatre.org.



The cast includes Jocelyn Bioh (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), Obie Award-winner Brooke Bloom (Cloud Nine), Michael Braun (The Crucible), Obie Award-winner Marylouise Burke (Sideways), Louis Cancelmi (Blasted), Lilyana Tiare Cornell (Les Misérables), Obie Award-winner David Patrick Kelly (Thérèse Raquin), Lakisha Michelle May (“Boardwalk Empire”), Chris Perfetti (Cloud Nine).



The creative team includes Laura Jellinek (Scenic Design), Gabriel Berry (Costume Design), Matt Frey (Lighting Design), Brandon Wolcott (Sound Design). Amanda Spooner is the Production Stage Manager. Casting by Telsey + Company.



Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, who The New York Times calls “one of this country’s most original and illuminating writers,” comes back to Signature for the second production of his residency with the world premiere of Everybody. Directed by Lila Neugebauer, this modern riff on the 15th Century morality play Everyman follows Everybody (chosen from amongst the cast by lottery at each performance) as he or she travels down a road toward life's greatest mystery.



Tickets to the initial runs of all Signature productions at The Pershing Square Signature Center are $30, part of the groundbreaking Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access, a program that guarantees affordable tickets to every Signature production through 2031. Serving as a model for theatres and performing arts organizations across the country, the Initiative was founded in 2005 and is made possible by lead partner The Pershing Square Foundation. Additional support provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Margot Adams, Rhoda Herrick and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.



2016-17 SEASON OVERVIEW



RESIDENCY ONE

The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World AKA the Negro Book of the Dead

By Suzan-Lori Parks

Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz

Final performance played on Sunday, December 18 in The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre



Venus

By Suzan-Lori Parks

Directed by Lear deBessonet

Begins April 25, 2017 | The Irene Diamond Stage



Traveling from her home in southern Africa for what she hoped would be a better life, Saartjie Baartman became an unfortunate star on the 19th Century London freak show circuit. This Obie Award-winning play gives vibrant life to the story of Baartman’s journey to London, her rise to fame as the “Hottentot Venus,” and her eventual relationship with a French scientist. Inspired by the true story of Baartman, Venus is a tragic-carnival, an intense and devastating journey honoring the life of Baartman and examining the way we live and love today.



The Red Letter Plays: In the Blood and Fucking A

By Suzan-Lori Parks

Directed by Jo Bonney

Theatre & Dates TBA

This production will be presented as part of the 2017–18 Signature season.



Remixing The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s seminal masterpiece, The Red Letter Plays tear open notions of gender and hypocrisy with poetic honesty and exhilarating wit. In the Blood’s Hester La Negrita is a penniless mother of five condemned by the very men who loved her. Fucking A’s Hester Smith is an abortionist, forced to ply her trade to save her own son. Performed together for the first time, the two plays form a thrilling and powerful indictment of the way we live now.



LEGACY PROGRAM

"Master Harold"... and the boys

Written and Directed by Athol Fugard

Final performance played on Sunday, December 11 in The Irene Diamond Stage



RESIDENCY FIVE

Everybody
(World Premiere)

By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Lila Neugebauer
Begins January 31, 2017 | The Irene Diamond Stage



Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, who The New York Times calls “one of this country’s most original and illuminating writers,” comes back to Signature for the second production of his residency with the world premiere of Everybody. Directed by Lila Neugebauer, this modern riff on the 15th Century morality play Everyman follows Everybody (chosen from amongst the cast by lottery at each performance) as he or she travels down a road toward life's greatest mystery.



Everybody is generously supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.