Showing posts with label OFF BROADWAY. Show all posts
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Tuesday, February 03, 2015

NEW YORK OFF BROADWAY PREMIERE FOR CHURCHILL

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Ronald Keaton As Churchill



CHURCHILL, a new play adapted and performed by Ronald Keaton, will receive its Off-Broadway premiere at New World Stages, with performances beginning this Friday, February 6th following an acclaimed 2014 sellout world premiere engagement in Chicago. Under the direction of Kurt Johns, this limited engagement of CHURCHILL is based on the life and writings of one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th Century. The official opening night is set for Wednesday, February 18th.




Experience the man who famously proclaimed, "I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter." Winston Churchill made his mark in history as a Nobel Prize winner, respected politician and one of the greatest leaders the world has seen. But in March of 1946, he has just shockingly been defeated for re-election as Prime Minister, is in forced retirement and everything he has fought for is threatening to slip through his fingers. When he receives an invitation from United States President Harry S. Truman to speak in Fulton, Missouri, he rediscovers his strength in a speech that impacts the world forever.



In this highly charged new play, Churchill discusses his failures and his successes; his love of art, liquor and women; and the bravery of Britain's finest hour.



Over the past four decades, Ronald Keaton has established himself as one of Chicago's most dependable and versatile character actors at the Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace, First Folio Theatre, Theater at the Center, Oak Park Festival Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, and Mercury Theatre, among many others. His regional credits include roles at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Houston's Alley Theatre and the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami. Keaton recently entered the producer’s trade through his new entity SoloChicago Theatre, the only Equity theatre in the country devoted to solo performance.


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

GOING ONCE! LAUGHING TWICE!! TO RING NASDAQ BELL

GOING ONCE! LAUGHING TWICE!!



GOING ONCE! LAUGHING TWICE!!, Off-Broadway’s Auction-Packed Comedy, is set to preside over the opening bell at NASDAQ MarketSite this Friday, December 26th at 9:30 AM. The ceremony will be broadcast live on the 7-story tall NASDAQ video tower looming over Times Square at Broadway & 43rd Street. GOING ONCE! LAUGHING TWICE!! opened on October 15th to rave reviews at St. Luke’s Theatre in the heart of the Theatre District.



Written by Brian Jaffe and directed by Eric Parness, this theatrical event is a hilarious interactive parody of the prestigious world of art auctions. Go behind the scenes at Chump’s Auction House, an unscrupulous world featuring an array of engaging scoundrels. Collect your bidding paddles & fortune in Chump Money at the door and then join in the auction: you can bid, laugh and (possibly) get swindled! The lucky high bidders actually take home the “objets d'artes.”



Featured in the cast of GOING ONCE! LAUGHING TWICE!! are Elaine Baez, Breena Beck, Benjamin DeCamp Cole, Daniel Damiano, Brian Jaffe, Winston Shaw, Susan Slatin, Mark Sypek, Scott Watson, and Shannon Whalen.



GOING ONCE! LAUGHING TWICE!! is performed Thursdays at 7 PM and Fridays at 8 PM at St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46th Street (just west of Eighth Ave.) Tickets are available through www.Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200.



For more information, visit www.GoingOnceLaughingTwice.com.

Photo Courtesy Of: Carol Rosegg

Thursday, December 18, 2014

LISA LOEB IN ATLANTIC THEATER'S CAMP KAPPAWANNA

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NEW YORK'S OFF BROADWAY
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Lisa Loeb



Atlantic for Kids presents the New York premiere of Camp Kappawanna, a new family musical featuring music and lyrics by Grammy Award® nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb, Michelle Lewis and Dan Petty, directed by Atlantic Acting School Artistic Director Alison Beatty, choreographed by MK Lawson (Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money) with musical direction by Nate Weida (Ivy + Bean The Musical).



Camp Kappawanna will play every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. beginning Saturday, March 21, 2015 through Sunday, April 12, 2015, with two weekday performances at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8 and Friday, April 10 at Atlantic Theater Company at The Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20 Street between 8 and 9 Avenues). Running time is approximately one hour with no intermission.



Following the misadventures of 12-year old Jennifer Jenkins, an awkward and adorable 12-year-old kid, Camp Kappawanna portrays the fear and excitement of leaving home for the first time. This lighthearted musical, inspired by Lisa Loeb’s own nostalgic summer camp memories, has an acoustic sound that will take you back to nights spent around the camp fire.



Lisa Loeb started her career with the platinum selling number one hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” from the motion picture Reality Bites. In 2008, Lisa took her talents to the non-profit sector to launch The Camp Lisa Foundation, to help raise funds to send kids to camp. She enlisted her musician pals Kay Hanley, Jill Sobule, Nina Gordon and Steve Martin to record a companion cd, Camp Lisa, and released it via partnership with Barnes and Noble.



Atlantic for Kids has presented fun, quality children’s theater for the past 12 years. In addition to its weekend performances for families, Atlantic for Kids has welcomed thousands of NYC public school children to see weekday performances. These performances include talk backs with cast members and discussions about the theme of the play.



TICKET INFORMATION: Single tickets to Camp Kappawanna start at $15 for Kids (ages 10 and under) and $20 for Adults. Group tickets are also available. To purchase, please visit atlantictheater.org or call Ovation Tix at (866) 811-4111.



Camp Kappawanna is best suited for ages 7 to 11, while kids and adults of all ages are welcome.



Wednesday, December 03, 2014

GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW @ NEW WORLD STAGES

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The Gazillion Bubble Show



Recently celebrating a major milestone with its 3000th performance in New York City this past October, the GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW, looks forward to celebrating another holiday season audiences of all ages by offering an updated holiday schedule at New World Stages.



In 2007, Fan Yang brought his brand of bubble magic to the Big Apple and has since, wowed hundreds of the thousands people of all ages at New World Stages. A fun-filled family affair, the GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW amazes audiences with mind blowing bubble magic, music and a laser light show, making it the most “unbubblievable” show in the world for the past seven years!



GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW is an interactive bubble world complete with spellbinding lasers, spectacular lighting effects, and jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble artistry including a bubble winter wonderland. It will make you smile, laugh, and feel like a kid all over again! Fantastic, exciting, and downright “unbubblievable,” the GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW will BLOW you away.



The Yangs and the GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW have made their mark in the US with resounding audience and critical acclaim including being called “Enchanting” by the NY Times and “dazzling succession of bubbles in mind-blowing configurations” by Time Out NY, “…earns its claim on the word spectacular” NYTheatre.com, “An unforgettable extravaganza,” City Guide.



Monday, December 01, 2014

'THE ASPHALT CHRISTMAS' OFF BROADWAY PREVIEWS

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Todd Michael With Courtney Cook And Meg Mark



THE ASPHALT CHRISTMAS by Todd Michael, which begins previews December 4th at The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, NYC. The Equity production opens on December 5th at 7:30 PM and continues through December 21st, 2014.



THE ASPHALT CHRISTMAS is a parody of all those wretched 40s and 50s Christmas films you watched as a kid. Author Todd Michael said “THE ASPHALT CHRISTMAS is The Bells of St. Mary’s meets The Exorcist meets Going My Way with The Singing Nun thrown in too, in this insane spoof of Hollywood Christmas films. We tell the story of St. Celestine’s annual holiday pageant, a ‘possessed’ 15 year old girl, her long-lost burlesque queen mother with a heart of gold, a singing priest with a past, and a couple of nuns who must deal with the devil within their convent walls. Betrayal, lust and eggnog – what more could anyone want at Christmas?”



Directed by LAWRENCE LESHER, the cast of THE ASPHALT CHRISTMAS includes TODD MICHAEL (Dixie), CHRIS KATEFF (Father O’Day), DAVID L. ZWIERS (Sister Bernadette), MEG MARK (Veda), TIMOTHY J. COX (Moose/Ziggy/Eddie), MATT HARRIS (Mickey), COURTNEY COOK (Torchy/Sister Joseph/Bubbles/Heloise), and ALEX PAPPAS (Warden/Willard/Joe/Father McLaughlin).



Costume design is by David L. Zwiers with sound and light design by Louis Lopardi.



THE ASPHALT CHRISTMAS performance schedule is:



Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 PM

Saturdays at 4 & 8 PM

Sundays at 2 PM



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ENCORE FOR 'HOW ALFO LEARNED TO LOVE WOMEN'

Robert Funaro



New York – After eight preview performances of Vincent Amelio’s ‘How Alfo Learned To Love Women,’ it has been announced that there will be an encore performance on Thursday, November 6.



After the final preview performance this past Saturday night at the National Opera Center in NYC, Amelio said that he’s reached a new sweet spot in his play. “After two weeks of tweaking the script, I think the play is at its optimum performance. Our last two shows we had people literally stacked up at the rear of the theater.”



Directed by Sopranos-actor Robert Funaro, the two-act affair has elicited a bevy of positive notices, including Times Square Gossip which said, “Amelio and Funaro have fashioned a terrific cast for this cleverly-written play (Armen Garo, Christian Thom, Danielle Guldin, Kelli K. Barnett, Gordon Silva) and, Funaro has lovingly and beautifully-directed this presentation, where some of the actors even speak from the floor before arriving on stage. We caught their last performance before their-hiatus and absolutely loved it; definitely coming from Woody Allen-land with scintillating dialogue and a universal theme almost everyone can relate to, we felt it clicked immediately. Gordon Silva as the father was terrific; channeling the best of Jackie Gleason; and, Armen Garo (a big Sorsese-favorite) just off the charts.”


Wednesday, October 01, 2014

OFF BROADWAY'S GOING ONCE! LAUGHING TWICE!!

Brain Jaffe And Elaine Baez



The new Off-Broadway comedy GOING ONCE! LAUGHING TWICE!! is set to open on Wednesday, October 15th. Performances began September 25th at St. Luke’s Theatre in the heart of the Theatre District.



Written by Brian Jaffe and directed by Eric Parness, this theatrical event is a hilarious interactive parody of the prestigious world of art auctions. Go behind the scenes at Chump’s Auction House, an unscrupulous world featuring an array of engaging scoundrels. Collect your bidding paddles & fortune in Chump Money at the door and then join in the auction: you can bid, laugh and (possibly) get swindled! The lucky high bidders actually take home the “objets d'artes.”



Featured in the cast of GOING ONCE! LAUGHING TWICE!! are Marlain Angelides (Lautrec, “Eurovision Song Contest”), Elaine Baez (South Pacific, Cranky Cabaret), Breena Beck (Broadway Backwards), Benjamin DeCamp Cole (The Killer, Top Five), Daniel Damiano (Carb-Loaded: A Culture Dying to Eat), Wes Drummond (Make Me Love You; Kiss Me, Kate), Brian Jaffe (Off the Wall, Skitzofrenia), Winston Shaw (North to Maine, Or the Whale), Susan Slatin (Happy and Gay, On the Other Side), and Scott Watson (“Redrum,” Zombie Apocalypse).



GOING ONCE! LAUGHING TWICE!! is performed Thursdays at 7 PM and Fridays at 8 PM at St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46th Street (just west of Eighth Ave.) Tickets are available through www.Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200.



For more information, visit www.GoingOnceLaughingTwice.com.

Photo Courtesy Of: Carol Rosegg

Friday, August 08, 2014

JAMES WIRT & JULIA STILES AT OPENING OF PHOENIX

James Wirt And Julia Stiles



James Wirt and Julia Stiles were snapped on the red carpet press line after the opening night of Scott Organ's Phoenix at The Leonora in New York City last night.  This is sure to be another Off Broadway hit.



Wednesday, August 06, 2014

CADY HUFFMAN AND KATE SHINDLE OFF BROADWAY

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Kate Shindle And Cady Huffman



Tony Award winner Cady Huffman and Kate Shindle head the cast of the world premiere musical REVOLUTION IN THE ELBOW OF RAGNAR AGNARSSON FURNITURE PAINTER, with book, music & lyrics by Ívar Páll Jónsson, based on a story by Ívar and Gunnlaugur Jónsson. Performances began July 31st and the official Opening Night is set for next Wednesday, August 13th at the Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane (just a few steps from Sixth Ave., one block south of W. 3rd St.)



Under the direction of Bergur Ingólfsson, the cast features Cady Huffman (Tony winner for The Producers, The Will Rogers Follies, The Nance, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Good Wife”), Kate Shindle (Miss America '98, Cabaret, Jekyll & Hyde, Legally Blonde, Capote), Michael Biren (Cinderella, Billy Elliot), Patrick Boll (Mamma Mia!, Death of a Salesman, “Gossip Girl”), Zach Cossman (Blue Man Group, Band Geeks), Karli Dinardo (“Silversun”), Rick Faugno (Jersey Boys, The Will Rogers Follies, Wonderful Town), Danielle Kelsey (Young Frankenstein), Graydon Long (“The Carrie Diaries”), Brad Nacht (The Producers, Billy Elliot, The Addams Family), Marrick Smith (Fun Home, Crossing Swords), and Jesse Wildman (Ghost). Choreography for REVOLUTION IN THE ELBOW OF RAGNAR AGNARSSON FURNITURE PAINTER is by Lee Proud, with music direction by award-winning Icelandic Indie rock musician Stefán Örn Gunnlaugsson.



REVOLUTION IN THE ELBOW OF RAGNAR AGNARSSON FURNITURE PAINTER is a surreal and philosophical story of a small and somewhat naïve nation located in the elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson and their desire for greatness. Roiled by passion and great ambition what will this once-idyllic community find... riches, ruin or redemption?



The heart of REVOLUTION IN THE ELBOW OF RAGNAR AGNARSSON FURNITURE PAINTER lies in its songs, which were written over the course of several years by Ívar Páll Jónsson — a gifted Icelandic songwriter who pursued fronting a rock band several years ago and released an album, but felt confined in the spotlight. He worked as a journalist but kept writing songs, and ultimately, with the encouragement of his younger brother Gunnlaugur, found his comfort zone behind the curtain. He wrote the entire score and, with his brother, the book for the musical.



The songs, which can be heard on the musical’s new concept recording, evoke influences from David Bowie, Radiohead, Grizzly Bear, the Pixies, Sufjan Stevens, and more. The album is performed by singers from an array of Icelandic bands, as well as Liam McCormick from The Family Crest.



Creator Ívar Páll Jónsson is an Icelandic songwriter whose collaborations with other acclaimed Icelandic artists have culminated in the concept album for REVOLUTION IN THE ELBOW OF RAGNAR AGNARSSON FURNITURE PAINTER and this world premiere production. Ívar is thrilled to bring his first major musical to New York City.



Director Bergur Ingólfsson directed the Disney/Cameron Mackintosh production of Mary Poppins at the Reykjavík City Theater. Mary Poppins is Iceland’s highest-grossing theater production of all time. Following the opening of REVOLUTION IN THE ELBOW OF RAGNAR AGNARSSON FURNITURE PAINTER, Bergur is set to direct Billy Elliot at the RCT.



Lee Proud was resident choreographer for the West End production of Billy Elliot and his other UK choreography credits include Carousel, Hairspray, Victor Victoria, Mack & Mabel, and Guys and Dolls.


HORIZON THEATRE REP'S CULTURE SHOCK 1911-1922

Will Hardyman



As the world reflects on the centennial of World War I, Horizon Theatre Rep presents "Culture Shock 1911-1922," an evening of German Expressionist plays that were born of the age that gave birth to it. The production, conceived and directed by Rafael De Mussa, includes "Sancta Susanna" (1911) by August Stramm, translated by Henry Marx; "The Guardian of the Tomb" (1916) by Franz Kafka (Kafka's only play), translated by J. M. Ritchie; "The Transfiguration" (1919) by Ernst Toller, translated by Edward Crankshaw; "Ithaka" (1914) by Gottfried Benn, translated by J.M. Ritchie and "Crucifixion" (1920) by Lothar Schreyer, translated by Mel Gordon. Performances will be September 4 to 21 (opens September 7) at Access Theater, 380 Broadway in TriBeCa.



The production adopts the conceit of a group of soldiers, cooped up together in a bunker, who find the plays in books and manuscripts and begin reading them aloud, which leads to the plays being acted as if they were "bunker theater." The stage action is accompanied from time to time with period images and video, which serve to ground the plays in history and to illustrate unfamiliar terminology. There is music from the period including compositions by Ligetti and Holst and even an ancient Hebrew song, "King David," which is played on a lyre.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

JESSIE MUELLER & JARROD SPECTOR TO PLAY NJPAC

Jessie Mueller



The Victoria Theater at NJPAC presents Broadway’s hottest stars Jessie Mueller and Jarrod Spector performing live together! See Jessie Mueller, the 2014 Tony Award Winner for Best Actress in a Musical: (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) and Jarrod Spector as they perform together in a new concert on Sunday, March 1st and Monday, March 2nd at 8PM. Tickets for this exclusive performance goes on sale on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 10AM. Get your tickets now at NJPAC.org or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722)



The two stars from the Tony nominated hit Broadway Musical, “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” will share the stage In Concert, sharing solo’s and duets and stories from their careers.



Jessie Mueller, currently portraying Carole King in the hit Broadway musical, makes her concert debut in this evening, offering some of her favorite songs and numbers from her recent musical theater career, including starring roles in “Nice Work If You Can Get It” opposite Matthew Broderick and her Tony nominated performance in “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever” opposite Harry Connick Jr.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

JALEEL WHITE VISITS NYC BROADWAY SHOW ILUMINATE

Jaleel White



The cast of iLUMINATE received a special backstage visit from Jaleel White after their July 18th performance. White, who shot to superstardom as Steve Urkel on ABC’s long-running “Family Matters,” was so overwhelmed by the show that he felt compelled to share his heartfelt enthusiasm with the entire company.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

RICK FAUGNO JOINS OFF BROADWAY'S REVOLUTION

Rick Faugno



Rick Faugno has joined the cast of the world premiere of REVOLUTION IN THE ELBOW OF RAGNAR AGNARSSON FURNITURE PAINTER, a new musical with book, music & lyrics by Ívar Páll Jónsson, based on a story by Ívar and Gunnlaugur Jónsson. Performances will begin July 31st, with the official Opening Night on Wednesday, August 13th at the Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane (just a few steps from Sixth Ave., one block south of W. 3rd St.)



Rick Faugno originated the role of Frankie Valli in the Las Vegas production of Jersey Boys, now in its seventh smash year. He has appeared on Broadway in The Will Rogers Follies (as Will Rogers, Jr.), Wonderful Town, Conversations With My Father, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Rick also played Bobby Van Husen in The Boy Friend, directed by Julie Andrews. His film and TV credits include “The Newsroom,” “The Adventures of Pete & Pete,” Every Little Step, and Virgin Alexander.


Kate Shindle
Under the direction of Bergur Ingólfsson, the cast also features Cady Huffman (Tony winner for The Producers, The Will Rogers Follies, The Nance, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Good Wife”), Kate Shindle (Miss America '98, Legally Blonde, Cabaret, Jekyll & Hyde, Capote), Michael Biren (Billy Elliot), Patrick Boll (Mamma Mia!, Death of a Salesman, “Gossip Girl”), Zach Cossman (Band Geeks), Karli Dinardo (“Silversun”), Danielle Kelsey (Young Frankenstein), Graydon Long (“The Carrie Diaries”), Brad Nacht (Billy Elliot, The Addams Family), Marrick Smith (Crossing Swords, Uncovering Eden), and Jesse Wildman (Ghost). Choreography for REVOLUTION IN THE ELBOW OF RAGNAR AGNARSSON FURNITURE PAINTER is by Lee Proud, with music direction by award-winning Icelandic Indie rock musician Stefán Örn Gunnlaugsson.


OFF BROADWAY'S ILUMINATE CELEBRATES ONE YEAR

iLUMINATE




iLUMINATE, the Off-Broadway smash spectacle (formerly titled ARTIST OF LIGHT), celebrates its one-year anniversary this Friday, July 18th at New World Stages. iLuminate wowed the nation with their groundbreaking light suits and innovative dance moves on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” where the dance-in-the-dark sensation was selected as one of the hit show’s top finalists after judge Piers Morgan called them “The Best New Act in America!”



Music, art, dance, and the technological magic of iLuminate brings this extraordinary spectacle to the New York stage, combining mythical elements with adventure and romance, told through dance styles which include contemporary, hip-hop, Latin, and breaking, all using the power of light.



iLUMINATE follows the fantastical journey of Jacob, a talented young artist who struggles to connect with the real world. He takes comfort in his magical paintbrush, which grants him the power to turn the characters of his imagination into living, breathing creatures. When a jealous townsperson steals the paintbrush and turns his endearing creations into horrifying monsters, Jacob must face this danger without the help of his miraculous instrument. He fights to save his town and friends, even as he knows that the paintbrush which brought him so much joy is now a weapon in the hands of a malevolent villain bent on destruction.



The creative team for iLUMINATE includes Miral Kotb (Director, Choreographer, Author), Athena Sunga (Co-Author), Justin “Kanobby” Keitt (Composer/Musical Director), Christopher Tignor (Composer), John “JRock” Nelson (Choreographer, Scenic & Costume Designer), Dario Mejia (Choreographer), Marcus Allan Cobb (Choreographer, Costume Designer), Dean Hopkins (Technical Director), Rick Sordelet & Christian Kelly-Sordelet (Fight Directors), and Franzblau Media, Inc. (Executive Producer).


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

MICKY DOLENZ TO STAR IN NEW 'COMEDY IS HARD'

Micky Dolenz



Actor, writer, director, performer MICKY DOLENZ (of The Monkees) has been confirmed for the lead role in Mike Reiss’ new play Comedy Is Hard! , premiering Wednesday, September 24, at The Ivoryton Playhouse in Ivoryton, Connecticut.


Dolenz, who just began a tour with The Monkees last week, has delighted audiences with his performances in such theatrical productions as the Elton John/Tim Rice production of Aida; Grease; Pippin’; A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum; and, most recently Hairspray in the West End playing Wilbur Turnblad. 


Reiss’ play is set in a home for retired actors and the play takes an affectionate look at the relationship and rivalry between a retired stand-up comedian and a classical actress.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

CADY HUFFMAN AND KATE SHINDLE OFF BROADWAY

Cady Huffman




Tony Award winner Cady Huffman and Kate Shindle are set to head the cast of the world premiere of REVOLUTION IN THE ELBOW OF RAGNAR AGNARSSON FURNITURE PAINTER, a new musical with book, music & lyrics by Ívar Páll Jónsson, based on a story by Ívar and Gunnlaugur Jónsson. Performances will begin July 28th, with the official Opening Night on Wednesday, August 13th at the Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane (just a few steps from Sixth Ave., one block south of W. 3rd St.)



Under the direction of Bergur Þór Ingólfsson, the cast features Cady Huffman (Tony winner for The Producers, The Will Rogers Follies, The Nance, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Good Wife”), Kate Shindle (Cabaret, Jekyll & Hyde, Legally Blonde, Capote), Michael Biren (Billy Elliot), Patrick Boll (Mamma Mia!, Death of a Salesman, “Gossip Girl”), Zach Cossman (Band Geeks), Karli DiNardo (“Silversun”), Danielle Kelsey (Young Frankenstein), Graydon Long (“The Carrie Diaries”), Brad Nacht (Billy Elliot, The Addams Family), Josh Sassanella (Rock of Ages, Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark), Marrick Smith (Crossing Swords, Uncovering Eden), and Jesse Wildman (Ghost). Choreography for REVOLUTION IN THE ELBOW OF RAGNAR AGNARSSON FURNITURE PAINTER is by Lee Proud, with music direction by award-winning Icelandic Indie rock musician Stefán Örn Gunnlaugsson.



REVOLUTION IN THE ELBOW OF RAGNAR AGNARSSON FURNITURE PAINTER is a sonic journey through the rise and fall of Elbowville (a small community within Ragnar Agnarsson’s body), where a love triangle develops, shaking Elbowville to its core. The creation of a “prosperity machine” ultimately contributes to shattering the peace in the sweet little community. How does the pragmatic, highly sexual (and possibly slightly evil) Mayor Manuela (Cady Huffman) deal with the crisis? The prosperity machine does indeed create wealth for the Elbowvillians, but can the good times last and at what cost?


Thursday, May 01, 2014

OFF BROADWAY'S 'THEY CALL ME Q' PLAYS ST. LUKE'S

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Qurrat Ann Kadwani



The award-winning play THEY CALL ME Q is set to make its Off-Broadway premiere this spring at St. Luke’s Theatre in the heart of the Theatre District. Written and performed by Qurrat Ann Kadwani, THEY CALL ME Q will begin performances May 19th with the official Opening Night on Wednesday, June 4th.




THEY CALL ME Q is the story of an Indian girl growing up in the Boogie Down Bronx who gracefully seeks balance between the cultural pressures brought forth by her traditional parents and wanting acceptance into her new culture. Along the journey, Qurrat Ann Kadwani transforms into 13 characters that have shaped her life including her parents, Caucasian teachers, Puerto Rican classmates, and African-American friends. Laden with heart and abundant humor, THEY CALL ME Q speaks to the universal search for identity experienced by immigrants of all nationalities.



YANGTZA REPERTORY PRESENTS 'STORY OF YU-HUAN'

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Zhang ChunZhi And Ashley Liang





Alexander Reed
Yu-Huan, of the House of Yang, has been an undiminished subject of literature and fine arts throughout thirteen centuries. Her death marked the end of 130 years of unprecedented prosperity in China's Middle Kingdom and a golden age of artistic outpourings. Her life story is the subject of "The Story of Yu-Huan" by Joanna Chan, to be presented by Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America May 30 to June 22 at Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (at E. 10th St.), directed by the author and choreographed by Ashley Liang. This production will be Joanna Chan's final directing project for Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America. Chan, whose theatrical career spans over four decades, co-founded Yangtze Rep and led it as Artistic Director for 22 years. She will hand over leadership of the company on July 1 to the three-man team of K. K. Wong and Wayne Chang as Co-Artistic Directors and Jason HaoWen Wang as Executive Director, with Chan as Emeritus Director. She will continue writing for the theater, tend to publishing her 40 manuscripts, and resume painting.



Written by Chan in 1998, "The Story of Yu-Huan" centers on a woman who was born of royal lineage during the Tang Dynasty and trained as an artist, as were other women of her station. She lived in an era when extraordinary women, cultured and literate, played dominant roles in public affairs. At 15, she married Prince Shou, a son of Emperor Xuan Zong who, at a chance encounter, fell in love with his daughter-in-law and took her for his own. Unlike many of the women in the royal circle, Yu-Huan harbored no personal ambition and was submissive to her fate. In the tumultuous and desperate hour of General An Lu-Shan's rebellion, toward the end of the reign of Emperor Xuan Zong, she was made to bear the brunt of the people's rage and ordered to take her own life.



Sunday, April 13, 2014

IRA ALDRIDGE "A 19TH CENTURY BLACK ACTOR"

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OFF BROADWAY PICKS
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James Earl Jones





Remembering Ira Aldridge, a 19th-Century Black Actor is a sure bet on New York's Broadway.


James Earl Jones was there, so was Mike Nichols who directed the play's star Adrian Lester in the film Primary Colors.



The play was originally staged at the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn ,NW London in 2012 and re-staged there this year. Written by Lolita Chakrabarti and directed by the Tricycle's artistic director Indhu Rubasingham.


Anna Wintour is a big fan and has been encouraging all her friends to go see the show. Harvey Weinstein is also a big supporter of the play and sent his execs to see it in both London and Brooklyn.


The show Runs at St Ann's till April 20th. Be sure to get your tickets now!




ABOUT IRA ALDRIDGE




Ira Aldridge was a 19th century African-American actor who became a renowned interpreter of Shakespearean tragedy on the European stage.



Born on July 24, 1807, in New York City, Ira Aldridge acted with the African Grove Theatre before making his 1833 London debut as Othello. Other Shakespearean roles followed, and Aldridge became a renowned thespian, touring countries like Austria and Russia and earning the nickname "African Roscius." He also used his fame to call for slavery's end. He died on August 7, 1867, while in Poland.



Born on July 24, 1807, in New York City, Ira Frederick Aldridge was an African-American actor known for his stage work. He was the son of a straw vendor and lay preacher. Remarkably for the times, Aldridge received an education. He attended at the African Free School.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

CHARLOTTE'S SONG PLAYS THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY

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Celeste Hastings



"Charlotte's Song" by Nancy Ferragallo is a performance-based experimental work that explores a daughter's reality of growing up with her schizophrenic mother and how that impacted her life and healing process. It is a poetic collective of monologues, dialogue scenes and movement theater in the style of the Tanz Theater of Pina Bausch. The work is co-directed by Andreas Robertz and Mario Golden and co-choreographed by Nancy Ferragallo and Celeste Hastings.



A Cocteauvian story is told through the lens of fragmented narratives and movement sequences. A mother (Carol Beaugard) and her daughter (Yvette Quintero) are so alienated from one another that they communicate primarily by letters. A dancer (Celeste Hastings) dances the mother's inner life. As the play progresses, the daughter explores issues of betrayal and abandonment and comes to an ultimate understanding of her mother's behavior. All is played out in the presence of a doll, designed by Maria Hupfield, who bears witness to the daily life of both women.



In shifting auditory landscapes, we hear the language of disconnect that announces the underlying fragility of the mother: both her physical and mental collapse. Rendered in movement sequences, a clothing ritual speaks for her recurrent psychotic episodes. The play was born out of Nancy Ferragallo's experiences with her own mother, who died when Nancy was 37. Ferragallo reports that the idea for this play "tugged at her and waited decades to be born."