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Friday, November 17, 2017

TODRICK HALL TAKES OVER BILLY FLYNN IN 'CHICAGO'


CHICAGO



The Broadway company of the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical Chicago, which celebrates its 21st Broadway anniversary this week, will welcome YouTube sensation and Broadway star Todrick Hall in the role of “Billy Flynn” for seven weeks only, November 30, 2017 to January 14, 2018, at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St.). Tony Award nominee Tom Hewitt will play his final performance in the role on Sunday, November 26.



Todrick Hall is a singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, choreographer, playwright, costume designer, “American Idol” finalist, star of his own MTV show and viral YouTube sensation (2.7M subscribers, 400M views). Hall recently released his first visual album, Straight Outta Oz, which debuted as the #2 pop album. Broadway: The Color Purple, Memphis, Kinky Boots. Hall has opened “The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards”; been a judge on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “Gay for Play”; choreographed videos for Beyoncé; written and starred in the Virgin America safety video, Fiat commercials and the theme song for the new online version of “Sesame Street.” Upcoming: Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall.



Chicago also currently stars Tony Award nominee Charlotte d’Amboise as Roxie Hart, Olivier Award Winner & Original Cast Member Leigh Zimmerman as Velma Kelly, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton (LaVon Fisher-Wilson returns to the role of “Mama” on Monday, November 20) and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.



With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, Chicago is now the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history.



Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, Chicago is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording.



Directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Tony Award winner Ann Reinking, Chicago features set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by Tony Award winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony Award winner Ken Billington, sound design by Scott Lehrer and casting by Stewart/Whitley.



Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side 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.


TICKET INFORMATION



Tickets for Chicago are available through Telecharge.com, by calling 212-239-6200, and in-person at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St.; New York, NY) box office. Regular box office hours are 10 am to 8 pm Monday through Saturday, and Noon to 7:00 pm Sunday.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

LOTTERY FOR BROADWAY'S 'ONCE ON THIS ISLAND'

Once On This Island




Once On This Island begins preview performances this Thursday, November 9th with an official opening on Sunday, December 3rd at the Circle in the Square Theatre (235 W. 50th street, NYC).



Beginning Thursday, November 9, a limited number of $39.50 same-day tickets will be made available prior to each performance of Once On This Island. Pre-Show Lottery winners will be selected 90 minutes prior to each performance. Entries will be accepted beginning two hours before curtain. Lottery tickets are limited to one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Lottery winners must be present at the time of drawing with valid identification to purchase tickets (cash or credit card). See below for rules and regulations.



Rules and regulations for the Pre-Show Lottery are as follows:



The Pre-Show Lottery will open 2 hours before weekday performances and evening weekend performances and take place 90 minutes before those performances. For Saturday matinee performance, the lottery will open 2 and a half hours prior to curtain and take place 2 hours prior to curtain. For Sunday matinee performances, the lottery will open 90 minutes prior to curtain and take place 60 minutes prior to curtain.


Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner.


Winner must be present at time of drawing and provide valid identification to purchase tickets.


Tickets can be purchased with cash or credit card.


Seat locations and number of tickets awarded by the lottery are subject to availability.


The revival of the Olivier Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated Best Musical will be directed by Tony nominee Michael Arden, and choreographed by the critically-acclaimed Camille A. Brown.



Lea Salonga (Erzulie), Alex Newell (Asaka), Merle Dandridge (Papa Ge), and Quentin Earl Darrington (Agwe) are joined in the cast by newcomer, Hailey Kilgore (Ti Moune) with Phillip Boykin (Tonton Julian), Darlesia Cearcy (Storyteller), Rodrick Covington (Storyteller), Emerson Davis (Little Girl) Alysha Deslorieux (Andrea), Tyler Hardwick (Storyteller), Cassondra James (Storyteller), David Jennings (Armand), Grasan Kingsberry (Storyteller), Loren Lott (Storyteller), Kenita R. Miller (Mama Euralie), Isaac Powell (Daniel), T. Oliver Reid (Storyteller), Aurelia Williams (Storyteller), and Mia Williamson (Little Girl).


Monday, November 06, 2017

'THE PORTUGUESE KID' EXTENDED AT NY CITY CENTER

The Portuguese Kid




Manhattan Theatre Club is pleased to announce a second extension week for its world premiere production of The Portuguese Kid, the new play written and directed by Tony, Pulitzer Prize, and Academy Award winner John Patrick Shanley, at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street). The production will now play through Sunday, December 10; tickets for the extension will go on sale today at noon.



The Portuguese Kid, which opened October 24, stars Tony Award winner Jason Alexander (six-time Emmy Award nominee for “Seinfeld,” Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Merrily We Roll Along), Pico Alexander (Punk Rock, What I Did Last Summer, Home Again), Aimee Carrero ("Young & Hungry," "Elena of Avalor," and the upcoming “American Horror Story”), three-time Tony Award nominee Sherie Rene Scott (The Front Page, Whorl Inside a Loop, Everyday Rapture) and two time Tony nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Mary Testa (The Government Inspector, First Daughter Suite, Queen of the Mist). Performances began on September 19.



The critics said:



“The Portuguese Kid is the funniest new comedy I’ve reviewed since…well, maybe ever. The entire cast is dead-solid perfect, and Mr. Shanley, one of the few playwrights of note who can be trusted to direct his own work, does so to ideal effect. To laugh this hard for that long is downright therapeutic.” – Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal



“Uproarious! Deliciously funny and wildly entertaining, with whip-smart, crackling banter and a cast full of scene-stealing actors.”Isabella Biedenharn, Entertainment Weekly



“Thanks to a first-class production, this one’s a hoot! You will laugh – of that I have no doubt.” Roma Torre, NY1



In Providence, Rhode Island, habitually widowed Atalanta (Sherie Rene Scott) pays a visit to her second-rate lawyer Barry Dragonetti (Jason Alexander). Intending to settle her latest husband's affairs, this larger-than-life Greek tightwad quickly becomes a nightmare for her cheesy, self-aggrandizing attorney. Add Barry's impossible Croatian mother (Mary Testa), a dash of current politics and a couple of opportunistic young lovers, and you have in hand a recipe for comic combustion.



This feisty romantic comedy could only come from John Patrick Shanley, the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the MTC hits Doubt and Outside Mullingar, and the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Moonstruck.



The Portuguese Kid marks MTC’s 12th collaboration with Shanley, a partnership that spans over three decades.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

ADAM KAPLAN JOINS BROADWAY SHOW 'A BRONX TALE'

A Bronx Tale




A Bronx Tale welcomes Adam Kaplan (Newsies, Show Boat at the New York Philharmonic, Kinky Boots National Tour) to the cast beginning Thursday, November 9 in the role of “Calogero.”



After one year, Bobby Conte Thornton, who originated the role on Broadway, will play his final performance on Sunday, November 5.



ADAM KAPLAN (Calogero). Broadway: Newsies (Jack Kelly u/s), Show Boat (New York Philharmonic). National Tour: Kinky Boots (Charlie Price). Select regional: Flat Rock Playhouse and Music Theatre Wichita. Numerous concerts across the country and Japan, including a performance for the Obamas at the White House. TV: “Deception” (ABC), Live From Lincoln Center (PBS). Proud graduate of Elon University (BFA Music Theatre). @AdamSKaplan



A BRONX TALE also stars Tony Award nominee Nick Cordero (Waitress, Bullets Over Broadway) as Sonny, Richard H. Blake (Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde, Matilda The Musical) as Lorenzo, Bobby Conte Thornton (My Fair Lady at Bay Street Theatre) as Calogero, Lucia Giannetta (Les Misérables – Broadway and 25th Anniversary Tour, A Bronx Tale at Paper Mill Playhouse) as Rosina, Bradley Gibson (Rocky, Chicago national tour) as Tyrone, and Christiani Pitts (Broadway debut) as Jane.



The ensemble features Michelle Aravena, Gilbert L. Bailey II, Joe Barbara, Michael Barra, Brianna-Marie Bell, Jonathan Brody, Ted Brunetti, Brittany Conigatti, Kaleigh Cronin, Sam Edgerly, Charlie Marcus, Janelle McDermoth, Shannon Mullen, Jonah Mussolino as the Young Calogero alternate, Robert Neary, Dominic Nolfi, Brandi Porter, Paul Salvatoriello, Joseph J. Simeone, Joey Sorge, Cary Tedder, Keith White, and Christopher Henry Young.



A BRONX TALE, the new musical featuring a book by Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri, music by Oscar, Grammy, and Tony Award winner Alan Menken, and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Oscar and Tony Award nominee Glenn Slater, co-directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo, is now playing on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street).



Based on the critically acclaimed play that inspired the now classic film, this streetwise musical will take you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s—where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Featuring an original doo-wop score, this is a tale about respect, loyalty, love and above all else: family.



Tickets are on sale to the general public online at www.Telecharge.com, by phone at 212-239-6200, and in person at the Longacre Theatre box office. Group tickets are available through Dodger Group Sales at 1-877-536-3437.



A BRONX TALE’s Original Broadway Cast Album is available on Ghostlight Records.



The show is produced by Tommy Mottola, the Dodgers, Tribeca Productions and Evamere Entertainment.

Monday, October 30, 2017

CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR BROADWAY'S JERSEY BOYS

Jersey Boys





Full casting has been announced for Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award winning musical Jersey Boys, now in rehearsals for performances to begin Wednesday, November 22 at New York City’s New World Stages (340 West 50th Street) Stage 1.



As previously announced, Jersey Boys stars Aaron De Jesus as Frankie Valli, Nicolas Dromard as Tommy DeVito, Mark Edwards as Nick Massi and Cory Jeacoma as Bob Gaudio. The production also includes Stephen Cerf, Andrew Frace, Natalie Gallo, Jon Hacker, Christopher Messina, Austin Owen, John Rochette, Jenna Nicole Schoen, Rachel Schur, Dru Serkes.



Tickets are now on sale at the New World Stages box office or by visiting Telecharge.com. Group sales (ten or more) are available through Dodger Group Sales at 877-536-3437.



Jersey Boys is written by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Des McAnuff and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo. The production includes Music Supervision, Vocal/Dance Arrangements & Incidental Music by Ron Melrose and Orchestrations by Steve Orich.



Jersey Boys is the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story -- a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. The show features all their hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What A Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.”



Jersey Boys opened in New York on November 6, 2005 and by the time it closed over 11 years later on January 15, 2017, it was the 12th longest running show in Broadway history, passing such original Broadway productions as 42nd Street, Grease, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Producers. Winning awards all over the world, Jersey Boys has been seen by over 25 million people.



The design and production team includes Klara Zieglerova (Scenic Design), Jess Goldstein (Costume Design), Howell Binkley (Lighting Design), Steve Canyon Kennedy (Sound Design), Michael Clark (Projection Design), Charles LaPointe (Wig & Hair Design), Steve Rankin (Fight Director), Richard Hester (Production Supervisor), John Miller (Music Coordinator), Tara Rubin Casting / Lindsay Levine, C.S.A.



Jersey Boys is produced at New World Stages by Dodger Theatricals, Joseph J. Grano, Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group, Latitude Link, Tommy Mottola. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

BROADWAY PRODUCTION OF 'ONCE ON THIS ISLAND'

Merle Dandridge




Producers Ken Davenport and Hunter Arnold announced that Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, Alex Newell (“Glee”), Merle Dandridge (“Greenleaf”), and Quentin Earl Darrington (Cats) will join the cast of the new Broadway production of Once On This Island, which will play the Circle in the Square Theatre (235 W. 50th street, NYC) this fall.



Dandridge will play Papa Ge, Darrington will play Agwe, Newell will play Asaka, and Salonga will play Erzulie.



The revival of the Olivier Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated Best Musical will be directed by Tony nominee Michael Arden, and choreographed by the critically-acclaimed Camille A. Brown. The production will begin preview performances on Thursday, November 9, 2017 and officially open on Sunday, December 3.



Director Michael Arden said, “In casting the Gods that inhabit our island, it became imperative for me to break expectations and stretch beyond the bounds in which Gods are traditionally represented. It felt important that young people watching our production see themselves reflected back from the stage at them. The Gods are simply that: Gods. They are not bound by gender, race, sexuality or being human at all. I'm so very pleased to be collaborating with these four artists exploring the important and timely themes of this musical through their unique and incredible abilities.”



Dandridge, Darrington, Newell and Salonga will join the previously announced Phillip Boykin (Tonton Julian), Alysha Deslorieux (Andrea), David Jennings (Armand), Kenita R. Miller (Mama Euralie), and Isaac Powell (Daniel). The Storytellers for this production are Darlesia Cearcy, Rodrick Covington, Cassondra James, David Jennings, Grasan Kingsberry, Tyler Hardwick, Loren Lott, T. Oliver Reid, and Aurelia Williams.



Additional casting will be announced at a later date. 



Once On This Island is written by the Tony Award-winning team of Lynn Ahrens (Book and Lyrics) and Stephen Flaherty (Music), and based on the novel “My Love, My Love” by Rosa Guy. This production will feature new orchestrations by original orchestrator Michael Starobin who is joined by AnnMarie Milazzo.



The creative team also includes Dane Laffrey (Scenic Design), Clint Ramos (Costume Design), Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer (Lighting Designers), Peter Hylenski (Sound Designer), Chris Fenwick (Music Supervisor), Alvin Hough, Jr (Music Director), David Perlow (Associate Director), Nikki M. James (Assistant Director), and Telsey + Co / Craig Burns, CSA (Casting Agent).



Additional producers include Carl Daikeler, Richard Hopper & WitzEnd Productions. The associate producers are Kayla Greenspan and Valerie Novakoff.



Once On This Island is the Broadway musical celebration that sweeps us across the sea to a small village—where, in the aftermath of a great storm, a joyous new life begins. It is the tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl who falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of the island. When their divided cultures threaten to keep them apart, Ti Moune, guided by the island gods, sets out on a remarkable quest to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.



Bursting with Caribbean colors, rhythms and dance, the story comes to vibrant life through the score by Tony Award® winners Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Anastasia, Ragtime). The striking production by Tony Award-nominated director Michael Arden (Spring Awakening revival) transforms the reality of a tropical village devastated by a storm into a fantastical world alive with hope.



Tickets for Once On This Island are on sale through Telecharge. Group tickets are available at www.YourBroadwayGenius.com or by calling 855-329-2932.



Once On This Island premiered at Playwrights Horizons in May of 1990. The Broadway production opened in October of that year and ran for 469 performances garnering eight Tony nominations including Best Featured Actress (LaChanze), Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical and Best Musical. The 1994 West End production won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

MTC PRESENTS LILLIAN HERMAN'S 'THE LITTLE FOXES'

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Cynthia Nixon



Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce full casting for Manhattan Theatre Club’s new Broadway production of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes, which begins rehearsals today under the direction of Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan.



As previously announced, Laura Linney (Time Stands Still, Sight Unseen) and Cynthia Nixon (Rabbit Hole, Wit), will alternate playing the roles of Regina and Birdie, appearing opposite each other at every performance.



Linney and Nixon are joined by Darren Goldstein (The Madrid at MTC, “The Affair"), Michael McKean (All The Way, “Better Call Saul”), Richard Thomas (An Enemy of the People at MTC, “The Americans”), David Alford (Broadway debut, “Nashville”), Michael Benz (The Importance of Being Earnest in the West End, “Downton Abbey”), Caroline Stefanie Clay (Doubt, The Royal Family at MTC), Lyla Porter-Follows (Broadway debut, Netflix’s “Frontier”), and Charles Turner (The Trip to Bountiful, Orphans Home Cycle).



The limited engagement of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes will begin previews on Wednesday, March 29 and open Wednesday, April 19 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

Laura Linney




Two extraordinary actresses return to Manhattan Theatre Club in a vibrant new production of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes. In a thrilling coup, MTC will present three-time Tony Award nominee Laura Linney (Time Stands Still, Sight Unseen) and Tony winner Cynthia Nixon (Rabbit Hole, Wit), who will alternate playing the roles of Regina and Birdie, appearing opposite each other at each performance. Lillian Hellman’s legendary play about greed and ambition is set in Alabama in 1900, and follows Regina Giddens and her ruthless clan, including her sister-in-law Birdie, as they clash in often brutal ways in an effort to strike the deal of their lives. Far from a sentimental look at a bygone era, the play has a surprisingly timely resonance with important issues facing our country today. Tony winner Daniel Sullivan (Proof, Rabbit Hole) will direct.



Sullivan, a frequent MTC collaborator, has directed Linney to Tony nominations in both MTC’s Broadway premiere of Sight Unseen and MTC’s New York premiere of Time Stands Still. Sullivan directed Nixon to a Tony Award in MTC’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Rabbit Hole.



The creative team for Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes includes: Scott Pask (scenic design), Jane Greenwood (costume design), Justin Townsend (lighting design), Fitz Patton (sound design), Tom Watson (hair and wig design), Tommy Kurzman (make-up design), Thomas Schall (fight director), Deborah Hecht (dialect coach).



The schedule for Linney and Nixon alternating in the two roles will be announced shortly.



TICKETING INFORMATION 


Tickets are available to purchase by calling 212-239-6200 or visiting www.Telecharge.com, or by visiting the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street). Ticket prices are $70-$150.



PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE


Note: The schedule for Linney and Nixon alternating in the two roles of Regina Hubbard Giddens and Birdie Hubbard will be announced at a later date.

· WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29 – SUNDAY, APRIL 2 (6 PERFORMANCES): Wednesday and Sunday at 7 PM; Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinee on Sunday at 2 PM. There will be no Saturday matinee this week.

· MONDAY, APRIL 3 – SUNDAY, APRIL 9 (7 PERFORMANCES): Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday at 7 PM; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinee on Sunday at 2 PM. There will be no Saturday matinee this week.

· MONDAY, APRIL 10 – SUNDAY, APRIL 16: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM; Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

· MONDAY, APRIL 17 – SUNDAY, APRIL 23 (WEEK OF OPENING): Tuesday and Sunday at 7 PM; Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. The Wednesday, April 19 opening night curtain time will be announced at a later date.

· MONDAY, APRIL 24 – SUNDAY, APRIL 30: Tuesday at 7 PM; Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. There are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.

· MONDAY, MAY 1 – SUNDAY, JUNE 18: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM; Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.



BIOGRAPHIES:


LILLIAN HELLMAN (Playwright) was born in New Orleans, grew up in New Orleans and New York City, and attended New York University and Columbia. Her career as a playwright began in 1934 with The Children’s Hour, the first of several plays that would bring her international attention and praise; among them The Little Foxes, Watch On The Rhine, Another Part Of The Forest, The Autumn Garden, and Toys In The Attic. Hellman was twice the recipient of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for the Best Play (for Watch On The Rhine and Toys In The Attic). She was also awarded the Gold Medal for Drama from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. In 1972, a definitive edition of all her work for the theatre was published as The Collected Plays. Hellman received the National Book Award for An Unfinished Woman in 1969. She subsequently wrote two additional volumes of autobiography, Pentimento, and Scoundrel Time. In the decades before her death in 1984, Hellman divided her time between New York and Martha’s Vineyard.



DANIEL SULLIVAN is currently directing If I Forget at Roundabout and most recently directed Sylvia on Broadway. His previous productions for Manhattan Theatre Club on Broadway include The Country House, The Snow Geese, The Columnist, Good People, Time Stands Still, Accent on Youth, Rabbit Hole, After the Night and the Music, Brooklyn Boy, Sight Unseen, and Proof. Sullivan’s other Broadway credits include Glengarry Glen Ross, Orphans, The Merchant of Venice, The Homecoming, Prelude to a Kiss, Julius Caesar, I’m Not Rappaport, Morning’s at Seven, the 2000 production of A Moon for the Misbegotten, Ah, Wilderness!, The Sisters Rosensweig, Conversations with my Father, and The Heidi Chronicles. Among his Off-Broadway credits are Lost Lake (MTC), In Real Life (MTC), Third, Ten Unknowns, The Night Watcher, Intimate Apparel, Far East, Spinning into Butter, Dinner with Friends, Stuff Happens, and The Substance of Fire. For NYSF, Sullivan directed Cymbeline, King Lear, Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, All’s Well That Ends Well, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Stuff Happens and The Merry Wives of Windsor. From 1981 to 1997, he served as artistic director of Seattle Repertory Theatre. Sullivan is the Swanlund Professor of Theatre at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.



LAURA LINNEY (alternating in the roles of Regina and Birdie) is an American actress who works in film, television and theatre.



Linney can most recently be seen in The Dinner, directed by Oren Moverman with Richard Gere, Steve Coogan, and Rebecca Hall. The Dinner premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 10 and will premiere in the U.S. on May 5. She will also be seen in “Ozark,” a Netflix original series where she plays Wendy Byrde opposite Jason Bateman and Julia Garner, slated to debut in 2017.



Her recent film work includes Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, where she played Anne Sutton – Amy Adams’ mother. While Linney’s performance lasts only three minutes and 15 seconds, it was deemed “a one-scene wonder” by Entertainment Weekly. Other recent film credits include Sully, Genius, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, You Can Count On Me, Kinsey, The Savages, The Fifth Estate, Hyde Park On Hudson, The Squid And The Whale, Mystic River, Absolute Power, The Truman Show, Primal Fear, The Mothman Prophecies, Love Actually, P.S., The House Of Mirth, The Details, and Congo, among many others.



Linney starred in and produced the Showtime Series “The Big C” for four seasons for which she won a few awards. She also won multiple awards for her portrayal of Abigail Adams in the HBO miniseries “John Adams” directed by Tom Hooper. Early in her career, she starred as Mary Ann Singleton in Armistead Maupin’s “Tales Of The City” series, a job for which she continues to be most grateful and proud. She appeared as Kelsey Grammer’s final girlfriend in the last six episodes of “Frasier,” was directed by Stanley Donen in “Love Letters,” and starred opposite Joanne Woodward in “Blind Spot.”



She has also appeared in many Broadway productions, most notably Time Stands Still and Sight Unseen, both directed by Daniel Sullivan and written by Donald Margulies. Additional credits include Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, directed by Richard Eyre opposite Liam Neeson; Six Degrees of Separation; Honour; Uncle Vanya; Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Holiday; and The Seagull.



Linney has been nominated three times for an Academy Award, three times for a Tony Award, once for a BAFTA Award, and five times for a Golden Globe. She has won a SAG Award, one National Board of Review Award, two Golden Globes, and four Emmy Awards. She holds two honorary doctorates from her alma maters, Brown University and The Julliard School.



CYNTHIA NIXON (alternating in the roles of Regina and Birdie), Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award-winner, made her film debut at 12 in Little Darlings, and her Broadway debut at 14 in The Philadelphia Story, for which she won a Theatre World Award.



She was last seen starring in the film adaptation of Bill O’Reilly’s book Killing Reagan for National Geographic Channel, which premiered in October 2016. Nixon plays First Lady Nancy Reagan opposite Tim Matheson as President Ronald Reagan. Nixon’s performance earned her a Critics’ Choice Award nomination.

In April 2017, she will be seen in Terence Davies’ Emily Dickinson biopic A Quiet Passion, where she stars as the legendary reclusive poet herself. The film had its world debut at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival, for which she garnered critical acclaim for her role. Richard Brody from The New Yorker stated that “while the entire cast moves and speaks with a sense of inner purpose, Nixon’s performance is special,” adding that he would “eat the pixels” if she is not nominated next awards season for this performance. The film had its North American premiere at The Toronto International Film Festival and its UK premiere at The London Film Festival.



Nixon recently wrapped production of Stephen Moyer’s film The Parting Glass opposite Anna Paquin, Ed Asner, Rhys Ifans, Melissa Leo and Dennis O’Hare. The dark comedy follows a family reeling with their sister’s death. In embarking on a journey to collect the remnants of her life, the family members delve into past memories to piece together a portrait of the woman they lost.



On television, Nixon recently guest-starred on Showtime’s hit “The Affair” opposite Dominic West and Maura Tierney, as well as in the third season of Comedy Central’s hit show “Broad City,” alongside stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, in the season’s most standout episode, as it also featured presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.



In November 2015, Nixon co-starred in Josh Mond's James White opposite Christopher Abbott, a film that won The Best of Next Audience Award at Sundance 2015 and earned Nixon an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her portrayal as a mother dying of cancer. In his review for The New York Times, Stephen Holden stated that, “Ms. Nixon gives one of the year’s most heart-rending screen performances.” Other recent film credits include Pamala Romanowsky’s The Adderall Diaries, opposite James Franco, and Richard Loncraine’s 5 Flights Up, opposite Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton.



Nixon also starred in Nikole Beckwith’s Stockholm, Pennsylvania, a drama bought by Lifetime out of Sundance in 2014. For this project, Cynthia received a Critics’ Choice Television Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Limited Series.


Last year, Nixon had a run of simultaneously directing two New York City plays. The first was New Group’s Steve, which made its world premiere in late November, starring Mario Cantone. Steve, follows Steven, a failed Broadway chorus boy turned stay-at-home dad. The other show was MotherStruck!, a one woman play starring Staceyann Chin at The Culture Project. MotherStruck! set forth Chin’s personal journey to motherhood as a single gay woman with limited resources who was herself abandoned at birth by both of her parents. 


In Fall 2014 she appeared on Broadway in Sam Gold's production of The Real Thing playing the mother of the character she created on Broadway thirty years ago. In Winter 2014, Cynthia made her directorial debut at The New Group with Joel Johnson's Rasheeda Speaking at The New Group. Rasheeda Speaking received Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations and cast member Tonya Pinkins won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play and Musical. Rasheeda Speaking was chosen to be broadcast on Channel Thirteen as part of their Theatre Close Up series.


In 1984 she famously juggled two roles on Broadway - in the first act of David Rabe's Hurlyburly and in the second act of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, both directed by Mike Nichols. Also around that time, she appeared as Mozart's terrified maid-turned-informant in the Oscar-winning film Amadeus.


Nixon has appeared in plays and films by such varied and distinguished directors as Sidney Lumet, Alan J Pakula, Milos Forman and Robert Altman. Beginning in 1998, Cynthia starred as Miranda Hobbes in HBO's celebrated series “Sex And The City,” a role that garnered her the first of her two Emmy Awards. She then went on to co-star in the two wildly successful “Sex And The City” films.


Nixon earned her first of her three Tony Award nominations for her work in Indiscretions in 1995. She has appeared in over 40 plays, 10 on Broadway. Roles include Harper in Tony Kushner's Angels in America, Mary Haines in the Roundabout's revival of The Women (directed by Scott Elliott) and Becca in David Lindsay-Abaire's Rabbit Hole, for which she won a Tony Award. In 2012 she played John Donne scholar Vivian Bearing in Margaret Edson's Wit, for which she was again Tony-nominated. Cynthia was awarded the 2009 Best Spoken Word Grammy for her recording of Al Gore's “An Inconvenient Truth.”


Nixon currently resides in New York City, with her wife, Christine Marinoni. They have three children: Sam, Charlie and Max.



DARREN GOLDSTEIN (Oscar). Broadway: Bloody, Bloody, Andrew Jackson. Off-Broadway: The Madrid (Manhattan Theatre Club); Rasheeda Speaking, The Good Mother, Abigail's Party for which he received a Lortel nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, Mouth to Mouth, Terrorism (all at The New Group); Oohrah! (Atlantic Theater); Mary Rose (The Vineyard); Gutenberg! The Musical (Actor's Playhouse); An Upset (EST '08 Marathon); and Creature (New Georges/P73 Prod.); Bad Jazz (Play Company). Regional: The Forgotten Woman (Bay Street. Theater), Beyond Therapy (Williamstown/Bay Street Theatre). Film: The Girl on the Train, Limitless, All is Bright. Television: Oscar Hodges on “The Affair,” “American Odyssey,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Nurse Jackie,” "Blue Bloods," "Damages,” “Person of Interest." MFA from NYU's Graduate Acting Program.



MICHAEL McKEAN (Ben) is a multitalented actor, writer, and director associated with some of pop culture’s most iconic films and television shows of the last three decades. He has appeared in hundreds of movies and television shows.



McKean studied acting at Carnegie Mellon University and at NYU (with Olympia Dukakis) before heading out to LA, where he joined Harry Shearer and David L. Lander in the satirical squad the Credibility Gap. In 1976, McKean and Lander became notorious as Lenny and Squiggy of the TV series “Laverne & Shirley.”



McKean’s film credits include Steven Spielberg’s 1941, Used Cars, Young Doctors in Love, and Rob Reiner’s This is Spinal Tap, on which McKean shared starring,​screenwriting, and composing credits. Other films include: Clue, Light of Day, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Coneheads, The Brady Bunch Movie, Jack, True Crime, and about 70 others, including Christopher Guest’s The Big Picture (also co-wrote), Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration, Whatever Works, and The Meddler.



McKean has appeared as a series ​regular on “Saturday Night Live,” “Dream On,” “Sessions,” “Family Tree,” “​Tracey Takes On,” Martin Short’s “Primetime Glick,” “Family Tree,” and currently on “Better Call Saul” (AMC).



His many television guest appearances include: “Friends,” “Murphy Brown,” “The Simpsons,” “The X-Files,” “Law & Order,” “Smallville,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Unit,” “Off the Map,” “Homeland,” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and many others.​



In 1999, McKean had the good sense to marry actress Annette O’Toole, with whom he wrote the Oscar-nominated song, “A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow” for A Mighty Wind. He also collaborated with Guest and Eugene Levy on the title song (“A Mighty Wind”) of the eponymous film, which won a Grammy Award.



McKean made his Broadway debut in 1990 with Rupert Holmes’ Accomplice, which netted him a Theater World Award. After this, McKean made his Broadway musical debut in Hairspray, followed by Woody Allen’s original stage production A Secondhand Memory, and a Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Tom Stoppard’s On the Razzle. McKean then appeared in the successful Broadway revival of The Pajama Game before starring on London’s West End in a new comedy, Love Song. McKean originated​ the role of Arthur Przybyszewski in Tracy Letts’ Superior Donuts at Chicago’s famed Steppenwolf Theatre and he later went on to Broadway. McKean starred in the Barrow Street Theatre production of Our Town; Randy Newman's musical Harps and Angels at LA’s Mark Taper Forum; and Yes, Prime Minister at L.A.’s Geffen Playhouse.



Most recently, McKean starred on Broadway in Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, and appeared in the Tony Award–winning Broadway production of All the Way with Bryan Cranston, and the L.A. production of Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts I, II & III. ​



For the past two seasons, Michael has explored age-old adages, fascinating food mysteries, and myths baked inside everything we eat as the host of Cooking Channel's “Food: Fact or Fiction?” as well as starting work on Season 3 of “Better Call Saul.”



RICHARD THOMAS (Horace) entered the public’s heart starring in “The Waltons,” for which he won an Emmy Award for Best Actor in a dramatic series.



His stage career began in 1958’s Sunrise at Campobello, on Broadway and has continued with such shows as Fifth of July, The Seagull, The Front Page, Tiny Alice, Peer Gynt, Richard II, Richard III, Hamlet, and The Stendhal Syndrome. Recent credits include the Broadway production of David Mamet's Race, the Public Theater’s production of Timon of Athens, Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, the MTC Broadway revival of An Enemy of the People, the Broadway revival of You Can’t Take It with You, and the Signature Theatre’s production of Incident at Vichy, for which he received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play.



Most recently, Thomas was seen on the first four seasons of the hit FX series “The Americans.” His other starring performances on series were on "Just Cause," "It's a Miracle," and the British series, "Swiss Family Robinson."



Thomas’s film credits include “The Wonder Boys,” “Battle Beyond the Stars,” “The Todd Killings,” “Last Summer,” “Winning,” "Red Sky at Morning," “Taking Woodstock,” and “Anesthesia.”



DAVID ALFORD (Mr. Marshall) attended Austin Peay State University and the Juilliard School for Drama. For the last four seasons he has appeared in the recurring role of Bucky Dawes in the ABC Television series “Nashville.” Other screen credits include The Second Chance, The Last Castle, “A Death in the Family,” Blue Like Jazz, and Stoker. Recent stage credits include Othello (for Arkansas Shakespeare, which he also directed), God Of Carnage, and the title role in the regional premiere of David Auburn’s The Columnist (both for Tennessee Rep), and A Christmas Memory. Most recently he played Billy in the workshop production of Donald Margulies’ Long Lost, directed by Daniel Sullivan at the Illinois Theatre.



Other projects include writing and directing the plays Spirit: The Authentic Story of the Bell Witch of Tennessee, his musical Smoke, and the documentary theatre piece Boycott: Pulaski, Tennessee and the Legacy of the Ku Klux Klan. Screenwriting credits include On Music Row (MTV Networks), and the independent releases Prisoner, Adrenaline, and Deadbox.



David has directed for numerous organizations such as The Arkansas Shakespeare Festival, The Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, and others. He and his wife Kahle now split their time living and working in Nashville and New York City.



MICHAEL BENZ (Leo) Broadway debut. West End credits include The Importance of Being Earnest with David Suchet, The Tempest with Ralph Fiennes, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. London and regional credits include the title role in Hamlet (Shakespeare’s Globe), Twelfth Night (Sheffield Theatre/ETT), As You Like It, and The Winter's Tale (Shakespeare's Globe), and Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company). Television and film credits include “Downton Abbey” (ITV/PBS), “Time After Time” (ABC), Oliver Stone’s Snowden, and The Wife with Glenn Close. He is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London.



CAROLINE STEFANIE CLAY (Addie). MTC: The Little Foxes; The Royal Family; Doubt; Come Back, Little Sheba; and Drowning Crow. Broadway and Off-Broadway: Doubt (Broadway and the National Tour) Winner of Helen Hayes: Best Supporting Actress 2007, Signature Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Atlantic Theatre Regional: La Jolla, Yale Rep, McCarter, Goodman, Long Wharf Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Folger Theatre. Film and television: “Law & Order” (“SVU” and “Criminal Intent”), “House of Cards,” “The Knick,” Morning Glory, and The Heights.



LYLA PORTER-FOLLOWS (Alexandra) was born into a family of actors, writers, and directors. Her mother is well known actor Megan Follows and her father is cinematographer Christopher Porter. Lyla grew up acting with her family in the film Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story starring her mother and on stage in The Originals written by her aunt, directed by her uncle, and starring her grandparents Dawn Greenhalgh and Ted Follows. This lineage, and these early experiences instilled in her a natural inclination towards performance and creation. After modeling for Elite in L.A. from the age of 14 to 17, Lyla decided to attend Vassar, from which she recently graduated with honors. While at Vassar, Lyla co-founded the Britomartis Devised Theatre Ensemble where she performed in, wrote and directed six original plays. She acted in productions such as: Jean Genet’s The Maids (Solange); Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie (Laura); Henrik Ibsen’s Little Eyolf (Rita) and David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow (Karen). Well traveled and having studied abroad, Lyla speaks conversational French and is fluent in Spanish. She has studied modern dance and enjoys teaching scene work, dance, and improvisation to middle and high school aged kids. Following in the footsteps of her family, and currently based in L.A., Lyla is now working in film and television. Returning to the highly-anticipated adventure drama, “Frontier,” from the Discovery Network and Netflix; Lyla also recurs on The CW’s hit “Reign;” and will be seen in the upcoming controversial series from Global, “Mary Kills People.” Lyla is currently shooting the second season of “Frontier,” on location in St. John’s Newfoundland.



CHARLES TURNER (Cal). A native of Harlem and the Bronx, is appearing in his tenth Broadway show. Most recently, he was understudy to James Earl Jones in The Gin Game and You Can't Take it With You. Others include The Trip to Bountiful; Dividing the Estate (Michael Wilson, Director), On Golden Pond with Leslie Uggams; Twelfth Night (LCT). Off-Broadway: Played The Man opposite Marian Seldes in The Play About the Baby; The epic H. Foote's, Orphans Home Cycle (Signature) - Drama Desk Award). Regional and Abroad: King Lear(Yale Rep); Fences (Long Wharf); The Oedipus Plays (DC Shakespeare and Athens Festival/ Michael Kahn, Director). He has directed at the NYSF, Long Wharf and headed the SUNY -Old Westbury Theatre Dept , taught on faculty at NYU Tisch and has done his one man show on Frederick Douglas and Scott Joplin in Europe. On television: “The Dave Chapelle Show,” “Law & Order” and recently on “Madame Secretary.” He has an MFA from Yale School of Drama, studied at RADA and dedicates work to sisters Deborah and Nancy and Mary Tahmin. Happy to be working with Lynne and Dan again. 


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.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

HAMILTON'S BRANDON VICTOR DIXON ON PENCE



Hamilton's Brandon Victor Dixon




Hamilton's Brandon Victor Dixon Talks Decision To Address Vice President-elect

"It was important for us to take the stage and to let our message be heard," Dixon said of the cast.


Dixon Responds To Critics Of Message To VP-elect Pence

The star of the Broadway hit responded to critics: "If people are coming to see Hamilton to leave their politics behind, they came to the wrong show.”


Hot Topics: Co-Hosts React To Hamilton Cast's Speech To Vice President-elect

"I didn't mind the statement, but I minded the way it was done," Jedediah Bila said. "Mike Pence didn't show up there as [Vice] President-elect; he showed up with his daughter to see a play."

Thursday, January 21, 2016

OFF BROADWAY'S 'RUTHLESS' WINS ODYSSEY AWARD

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THE BEST OF NEW YORK CITY
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Joel Paley With Paul Pecorino And Marvin Laird



Odyssey New York Magazine presented the 2015 Odyssey Nightlife Awards at a star-studded gala this past Friday, January 15th at XL New York. RUTHLESS! The Musical received the coveted Best Off Broadway Show award and its star, Paul Pecorino, was honored for Best Breakthrough Off Broadway Performance. Due to overwhelming demand, the producers of RUTHLESS! recently put a new block of seats on sale through April 2nd. RUTHLESS! opened Off-Broadway July 13, 2015 to unanimous rave reviews led by Entertainment Weekly which called the show, “Uproarious! A mash-up of THE BAD SEED, GYPSY, ALL ABOUT EVE, plus the films of Douglas Sirk and John Waters!” Book and lyrics are by Joel Paley with music by Marvin Laird. Paley also directed the original production of RUTHLESS! as well as productions in L.A., South Beach and the record-breaking concert event starring Bernadette Peters. He once again serves as director of the new production, with Marvin Laird on board as music supervisor as well.



When THE BAD SEED meets GYPSY, it’s fun for the whole dysfunctional family! Tina Denmark is a pretty, charming and diabolical eight-year-old who "was born to entertain." With the encouragement of slick and overbearing potential agent Sylvia St. Croix, Tina will do anything to play the lead in her school play. The question is, where does such remarkable talent and unstoppable ambition come from? The answer is shocking in this award-winning Stage Mother of all musicals.



RUTHLESS! first appeared Off-Broadway 24 years ago at the Players Theatre, winning both the Drama Desk Award for Best Lyrics and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. Most notably, the production featured a few young girls in the role of Tina including Britney Spears, Natalie Portman and Laura Bell Bundy. The show continues to be a favorite among regional theaters and productions are continually being staged around the globe.



But make no mistake – this is not your mother's RUTHLESS! This is no mere revival, but a newly imagined meditation on narcissism, talented tykes and stage mothers in a world that has since been introduced to such gems as “Toddlers & Tiaras” and 'Honey Boo Boo.'



Featured in the cast of RUTHLESS! are Kim Maresca (Westport’s TWELFTH NIGHT), Paul Pecorino (DEVIL BOYS FROM BEYOND, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW), Rita McKenzie (ETHEL MERMAN’S BROADWAY, RUTHLESS! L.A.), Andrea McCullough (URINETOWN, GREASE), Jennifer Diamond (INTO THE WOODS, JEKYLL & HYDE), and introducing Tori Murray (Paper Mill’s NEW VOICES OF 2014: OH, WHAT A NIGHT!)



RUTHLESS! is produced Off-Broadway by Maxine Paul, Evan Sacks and Ken Schur. The playing schedule is Mondays and Fridays at 8 PM and Saturdays at 2 PM at St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46 Street (just west of Eighth Ave.) Tickets are available through www.RuthlessTheMusical.com or by calling 212-239-6200.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

ALBERTO BASSETTI'S 'DEALERS IN SOULS' @ NEW CITY

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OFF BROADWAY
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Vito LaBella Examines The Deed



NEW YORK -- In Italy, theaters are under real estate pressure; their precious locations and spacious buildings are eagerly sought by developers who try to convert valued cultural assets into commercial buildings. This clash of artistic idealism and commercial opportunism has been dramatized by Italian playwright Alberto Bassetti in "Dealers of Souls," a new play whose American premiere will be presented November 12 to 29 by Theater for the New City in collaboration with Kairos Italy Theatre. It's a supernatural drama in which two men are negotiating the sale of an old theater. The buyer, a clearly corrupt theater entrepreneur, promises to restore it but actually, he intends to turn it into a supermarket. Can his intrigues be stymied by a strange actress who squats in the building, who seems to be part hobo and part phantom of the theater? Can she save the day?

Bassetti's three-character drama, written in 2001, received a staged reading in 2013 at Casa Italiana as part of Kairos Italy Theatre's In Scena! Italian Theater Festival. Now newly translated by Carlotta Brentan, it will be directed as a full production at TNC by Laura Caparrotti, Artistic Director of Kairos Italy Theatre, who also plays the actress.

Ms. Caparrotti writes that the play presents a situation that Theater for the New City narrowly avoided in real life. "In January 2013 I was at the Theater for the New City when Crystal Field burned the mortgage declaring the Theater for the New City completely paid off and therefore safe. That meant safe from becoming a supermarket or a condos; safe to remain a theater… maybe even forever! In June 2013 we presented the first reading of the translation of 'Dealers of Souls' and I couldn't help to think that this play, so much about the necessity of theaters staying theaters, was somehow telling the story of TNC. Of course, it was also the story of many other theaters: some who survived and some which unfortunately we have lost."

She adds, "According to Alberto Bassetti, theater is necessary to look inside ourselves. Theater gives us courage to face our fears and doubts; to make ourselves better people. And 'Dealers of Souls' is also about the choices we make, who we are and what we do with our lives."

Alberto Bassetti is an award-winning and much-produced playwright in Italy, Spain, France, Czech Republic, Croatia, Venezuela, Chile and Austria. His "The Burrow" has been staged in Italy and in Spain (1997 Grec Festival in Barcellona and tour) and France (Theatre Nationale de la Colline in Paris, Italian festival). "Dealers in Souls" has been presented at the Teatro di Roma, at the National Drama of Croatia, and in Prague at Narodni Divadlo in 2005, in both Italian and Czech versions. In 2012 his "The Cage" was selected by Burgtheater Kasino in Wien for the "Fine settimana italiano." His works have been featured in Festivals in Chile (Festival of European Drama) and Venezuela. In September 2005, his first movie, "Above and Under the Bridge" (based on his own Giuseppe Fava Prize winning play) opened at the World Film Festival of Montreal. He has directed documentaries for the Italian national TV RAI. In 2012, his plays "Two Sisters" and "Two Brothers" were presented in New York at Theater for the New City.

The three actors are a mix of Italians and Italian Americans. Vito LaBella (Old Man) began his professional theater career at age 12 when he played the paperboy in "Our Town." More recently, he has played Caesar in "Julius Caesar," Creon in "Antigone" and the lead in a short play contest on Theater Row in the semi finalist play, "Labor Pains." He’s worked regional, stock and dinner theatre throughout the country,as well as in store fronts and lofts throughout the city. Francesco Andolfi (younger man) is an Italian actor who's been working in NYC for more than five years. He has been classically trained at the Stella Adler Studio of acting. His roles include the title role in "The Picture of Dorian Gray", Ferdinand in "The Tempest" and Orestes in "Iphigenia in Tauris." He recently performed his own play at the Fringe Festival in Italy, and its success brought him the chance to become a bi-continental actor. Laura Caparrotti (Ghost, director) has a Masters degree in Performing Arts, Cinema and Theatre History from the University La Sapienza in Rome. She also studied independently with Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo and Annie Girardot. After ten years of professional theater in Italy, she relocated to New York, where she has directed or performed at The Kitchen, The Fringe Festival, The Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, the cell, the Flea and Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimo', among other venues. She was Assistant to the Director of the Off Broadway production of Eduardo De Filippo's "Souls of Naples" featuring John Turturro. She is world-wide representative of the De Curtis Family and curator of "Excerpts of a Prince Named Totò," the official traveling exhibition on the Italian iconic actor Totò. She is also a playwright, journalist, teacher, lecturer, consultant, dialect coach ("Boardwalk Empire"), curator and panelist for NYSCA. She belongs to the Director’s Lab at Lincoln Center, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and League of Professional Theater Women. She is Founding Artistic Director of Kairos Italy Theater (KIT), an Italian Theater Company in NY that is in residence at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU. In 2013, she started KIT's annual In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, which takes place in all five boroughs.

KIT- Kairos Italy Theater was founded in 2000 in New York to spread Italian Culture and create an Italian Cultural Network in order to support and further increase the knowledge of Italy in the States. KIT has produced more than 40 performances and events over the years, collaborating with organizations including The Kitchen, The Fringe Festival, the Abrons Art Center, Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimo’ at NYU, Italian Academy at Columbia University, Film Society at Lincoln Center, Dahesh Museum of Art, NY Hall of Science, the Flea Theatre, Theater for the New City, Montclair State University, Suffolk County Community College, the Bernie West Theater at Baruch College, the cell theatre and many others. Works never translated before by Ennio Flaiano, Franca Valeri, Eduardo De Filippo, and Pier Paolo Pasolini have been presented to the US audience, which has grown in appreciation and in number. Since May 2003, KIT has presented the Double Theatre Experience: one act performed first in English and then in Italian. The organization has curated "Fellini-Flaiano: a different take," "Caricatures from Tolentino" and "Fellini and The Myth of I Vitelloni in Italian Cinema." KIT organizes classes of Italian and Theatre for children and adults in NY and NJ. In 2012, KIT created Teatro Italiano Network, a theater consulting agency, and the YoungKIT, a youth division, with which it began the series ItalianClassics@KIT. Recent productions include "Decameron" by Giovanni Boccaccio (performed in NYC, Baltimore, Washington DC and in NY state), "The Mandrake Root" by Nicolo' Machiavelli and "The Cloven Viscount" by Italo Calvino (produced with the Eastman School of Music in Rochester). In 2013, KIT began the In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, an annual Italian theater festival taking place in all the five boroughs and is the resident theater company at NYU's Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo'.

Lighting design is by Alexander Bartenieff. Assistant director is Ilaria Amadasi.


PECCADILLO THEATER COMPANY'S A WILDER CHRISTMAS

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OFF BROADWAY
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James Beaman



This holiday season, the award-winning Peccadillo Theater Company will present A WILDER CHRISTMAS, an evening of two rarely seen Thornton Wilder one-acts: THE LONG CHRISTMAS DINNER and PULLMAN CAR HIAWATHA. Performances are set to begin December 3rd, with the Opening on Tuesday, December 8th at Theatre at St. Clement’s, 423 West 46 Street (between Ninth & Tenth Aves.)



THE LONG CHRISTMAS DINNER traverses 90 years in the life of a single American family as they gather around the dining room table for a holiday celebration. As generations appear, have children, wither and depart, the patterns of behavior within this comically extended family are revealed as well as the essential values in every generation.



PULLMAN CAR HIAWATHA follows a diverse band of characters bound for Chicago during the 1930 holiday season. No ordinary train, this Pullman car allows us to eavesdrop on the thoughts and feelings of its many passengers, creating a cacophony of self-absorbed humanity. Notable for its use of the “Stage Manager” character several years before Our Town, conventional time is suspended in this free-wheeling comedy in which people of all ages, classes and backgrounds are brought together for one unforgettable train ride.



Under the direction of Obie Award-winner Dan Wackerman, the cast of A WILDER CHRISTMAS features James Beaman, Victoria Blankenship, Brad Fryman, Michael Sean McGuinness, Kristin Parker, John Pasha, Jeremy Russial, Gael Schaefer, Anna Marie Sell, Rafe Terrizzi, Barbra Wengerd, Giselle Wolf, Merissa Czyz, LaMar Giles, Lawanda Hopkins, and Barbara Salant.



Thornton Wilder was a legendary American playwright and novelist. Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner for the plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth as well as the novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Wilder’s other plays include The Matchmaker and The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden. For Alfred Hitchcock, he penned the screenplay to the classic thriller Shadow of a Doubt. In 1968, Wilder received a U.S. National Book Award for his longest novel The Eighth Day.



Scenic and lighting design for A WILDER CHRISTMAS is by Harry Feiner, costume design by Marianne Custer, sound design by Quentin Chiappetta, and choreography by Shea Sullivan.



Founded in 1994, The Peccadillo Theater Company is devoted to the "lost classics" of the American theater - plays of obvious literary and theatrical merit which, for whatever reason, have fallen off the radar. Beginning with Eugene O'Neill, generally considered the starting point of modern American theater, Peccadillo concentrates on the era of the so-called well-made play, a period of sparkling wit and sophistication in comedy as well as deepening realism in the drama. It encompasses such diverse and little-known dramas as Clifford Odets' Rocket to the Moon, William Inge's A Loss of Roses, Elmer Rice’s Counsellor-at-Law, as well as the neglected plays of celebrated authors like Dorothy Parker and John O'Hara. Taken as a whole, this work represents nothing less than the American experience itself in all its contradictions and screwball energy. Peccadillo’s mission is to restore these buried gems to their rightful owner - the American theatergoer.



A WILDER CHRISTMAS will play a limited Off-Broadway engagement through January 3rd. The performance schedule will be Mondays and Wednesdays at 7 pm, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 pm, with matinees Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets are $25 and are available through www.ThePeccadillo.com or by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111.