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CLINT HOLMES & JANE MONHEIT 

Join

FRANK WILDHORN

In "Frank & Friends"

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BIRDLAND

Monday, October 15 at 7pm

SEPT. 6: On Monday, October 15 at 7pm, Broadway at Birdland is proud to present multi-Grammy and Tony nominated composer Frank Wildhorn in his monthly concert series called "Frank & Friends." Joining Frank onstage will be award-winning jazz vocalist Jane Monheit and renowned Las Vegas/Café Carlyle headliner Clint Holmes.

The series of very special one-night-only concerts will celebrate the songs and favorite performers from the composer's wide range of work in popular, jazz, theatrical and classical music. All profits will go to The Actors Fund, a nationwide human services organization that helps all professionals in the performing arts and entertainment. Jason Howland will act as musical director.

Multi-Grammy and Tony Award nominated composer/producer Frank Wildhorn's works span the worlds of popular, theatrical, and classical music. In 1999, Frank became the first American composer in 22 years to have three shows running simultaneously on Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Civil War. Also for Broadway: Dracula, Victor/Victoria, Wonderland, and Bonnie & Clyde (Tony Award nominated for Best Score). Frank produced Harlem Song at the famed Apollo Theatre. International: Cyrano, The Count of Monte Cristo, Carmen, Rudolf, Mitsuko, Never Say Goodbye, Camille Claudel, and Tears of Heaven. Frank served as music director for the Goodwill Games in New York City (1998). He wrote the song "Gold", the opening number for the 2002 Winter Olympics. He received the prestigious Charles Dickens Award from USC, where there is a scholarship under his name. Among the artists who have recorded and performed Frank's works: Whitney Houston (#1 international hit "Where Do Broken Hearts Go?"), Natalie Cole, Kenny Rogers, Sammy Davis, Jr., Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews, Hootie & the Blowfish, The Moody Blues, Johnny Mathis, Linda Eder, Freddie Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Stacy Lattisaw, Molly Hatchet, Blues Traveler, Trace Adkins, Patti LaBelle, Jeffrey Osborne, BeBe Winans, Amy Grant, Anthony Warlow, to name a few

The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps everyone - performers and those behind the scenes - who works in performing arts and entertainment, helping more than 12,000 people directly each year, and hundreds of thousands online. Serving professionals in film, theatre, television, music, opera, radio and dance, The Fund's programs include social services and emergency assistance, health care and insurance, housing, and employment and training services. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Actors Fund has - for nearly 130 years - been a safety net for those in need, crisis or transition.

Frank Wildhorn's "Frank & Friends"
Monday, October 15 at 7pm
Birdland, 315 West 44 Street, NYC
212-581-3080 or BirdlandJazz.com
$35 cover, $10 food/drink minimum

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Tom Ragú At Manhattan's Newest Comedy Club


Webnesday, September 5 - 6:00pm

(And Alternatiing Wednesdays Thereafter)


Greenwich Village Comedy Club
99 MacDougal Street

Tom Ragú & Friends

After five successful years hosting & producing "The Tom Ragú Comedy Revue" (three
of them at the legendary Stonewall Inn,) Tom kicks-off his latest  comedy showcase at NYC's
newest comedy club, The Greenwich Village Comedy Club!

It all hapens on alternating Wednesdays at 6pm. Tom will be introducing you to some of his hilarious
friends, along with up-and-coming talent.

This week: Ellen Karis headlines.  Plus: Mick Diflo, Vicky Kuperman, Lori Sommer & Helene Angley.



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KATHIE LEE GIFFORD

TO HOST BROADWAY ON BROADWAY® 2012

SEPTEMBER 9, 2012

TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK


11:30 AM


Free outdoor concert in the heart of Times Square kicks off the new Broadway season with star performances from new shows and long-running favorites, accompanied by a live orchestra!

PRESENTED BY UNITED AIRLINES
and THE NEW YORK TIMES

PRODUCED BY THE BROADWAY LEAGUE
AND THE TIMES SQUARE ALLIANCE

NYC : August 29: Multi-talented actress, singer, television host, playwright, songwriter and author, KATHIE LEE GIFFORD, will host the 20th Broadway on Broadway® concert. It was announced today by The Broadway League and the Times Square Alliance.

The free outdoor concert in the heart of Times Square will take place on Sunday, September 9th at 11:30am to kick off the 2012-2013 Broadway season with star performances from new shows and long-running favorites, accompanied by a live 30-piece live orchestra.

Gifford is the writer (book and lyrics) of the upcoming new musical Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson that is coming to Broadway in October. She's best known for her 15 years on "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" (11 Emmy nominations), and is currently the three-time Emmy Award-winning co-host of the fourth hour of NBC's "Today" show with Hoda Kotb.

“I am so honored and thrilled to host this year’s Broadway on Broadway concert,” said Kathie Lee Gifford. “Over the past 20 years, Broadway on Broadway has become one of the most exciting and highly-anticipated events of the season, with amazing performances from the best that Broadway has to offer. And I’m looking forward to kicking-off a brand new theater season on September 9 with thousands of Broadway fans in Times Square!”

Gifford made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim's Putting It Together in 2000, then originated the role of Marta Dunhill in Rupert Holmes' Thumbs and played Miss Hannigan in a record-breaking run of Annie at Madison Square Garden. In 2005 her first musical Under the Bridge (book and lyrics) opened Off-Broadway. She contributed three songs to Hats!, the musical, has recorded numerous CDs and is a three-time New York Times best-selling author.

"Kathie Lee Gifford is talented, smart, and feisty, and I can't wait to see what she does on stage at Broadway on Broadway!" says Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League. "She's a Broadway Baby at heart, and a true Broadway fan, so we're extra thrilled that she's coming back this season. She can sing, she can act, she can write, she can host ... so she's the perfect headliner for this year's concert."

“This year’s Broadway on Broadway is a celebration of twenty years of success – and who better to help us celebrate this milestone than one of Broadway’s biggest supporters and longtime stars,” said Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance. “Twenty years after our first Broadway on Broadway, Times Square and Broadway have become the world’s most concentrated live entertainment and theater hub, bringing the best of the stage to millions of New Yorkers and visitors every year.”

Broadway on Broadway is presented by United Airlines and The New York Times. The annual free outdoor concert at the crossroads of the world brings together stars and performances from current and upcoming Broadway productions to celebrate the beginning of the new Broadway season. Times Square will be a big block party with thousands of attendees between 46th & 47th streets between Broadway and Seventh Avenue.

A complete list of shows performing will be announced soon and additional information can be found on www.BroadwayonBroadway.com.

The Music Performance Fund is an Official Supporter. WCBD-FM 101.1 and Fresh 102.7 FM and Clear Channel Spectacolor are Official Media Partners. Additional Support is provided by Theatre Development Fund. Broadway on Broadway is co-produced by The Broadway League and The Times Square Alliance. The live event is produced by IMG Media.

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FEINSTEIN'S AT LOEWS REGENCY
PRESENTS
THE NEW YORK DEBUT DUET ENGAGEMENT OF
TWO-TIME EMMY AND FIVE-TIME GRAMMY NOMINATED ENTERTAINER

MICHAEL FEINSTEIN

AND GRAMMY-NOMINATED VOCALIST

MARILYN MAYE

SEPTEMBER 4 - 22

FEINSTEIN'S AT LOEWS REGENCY, the nightclub proclaimed "Best of New York" by
New York Magazine and "an invaluable New York institution" by The New York
Post will open its Fall 2012 season with the first joint engagement of the
club's founder, two time Emmy and five-time Grammy nominated entertainer
MICHAEL FEINSTEIN and acclaimed Grammy Award nominated singer, MARILYN MAYE.
The two powerhouse entertainers share the nightclub stage for the first time
in an evening of dynamic entertainment including pop standards, boogie
woogie classics and audience favorites. For this special engagement, tickets
will be $60 with no minimum. The show will run Tuesday through Saturday from
September 4 to 22 at the Loews Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue at 61st
Street).

MICHAEL FEINSTEIN, the multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time
Grammy Award-nominated entertainer dubbed "The Ambassador of the Great
American Songbook," is considered one of the premier interpreters of
American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at
Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the
White House and Buckingham Palace. In 2007, he founded the Michael Feinstein
Great American Songbook Initiative, dedicated to celebrating the art form
and preserving it through educational programs, Master Classes, and the
annual High School Vocal Academy and Competition, which awards scholarships
and prizes to students across the country. Michael serves on the Library of
Congress' National Recording Preservation Board, an organization dedicated
to ensuring the survival, conservation and increased public availability of
America's sound recording heritage.

Feinstein's earned his fifth Grammy Award nomination for The Sinatra
Project, his Concord Records CD celebrating the music of "Ol' Blue Eyes."
The Sinatra Project, Volume II: The Good Life was released last year. His
Emmy nominated TV special, Michael Feinstein - The Sinatra Legacy, which was
taped live at the Palladium in Carmel, IN, is currently airing across the
country. His PBS series "Michael Feinstein's American Songbook" was the
recipient of the ASCAP Deems-Taylor Television Broadcast Award. The first
two seasons are now available on DVD and the third season will air in 2013.
For his nationally syndicated public radio program "Song Travels," Michael
interview and performs alongside of music luminaries such as Bette Midler,
Neil Sedaka, Liza Minnelli, Moby, Rickie Lee Jones, David Hyde Pierce and
more.

His new book The Gershwins and Me, which is combined with a new CD of
Gershwin standards performed with Cyrus Chestnut at the piano, will be
published by Simon & Schuster on October 16, 2012. Feinstein serves as
Artistic Director of the Palladium Center for the Performing Arts, a $170
million, three-theatre venue in Carmel, Indiana, which opened in January
2011. The theater is home to an annual international Great American Arts
festival, diverse live programming and a museum for his rare memorabilia and
manuscripts. Starting in 2010, he became the director of the Jazz and
Popular Song Series at New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center. In 2013, he will
replace the late Marvin Hamlisch as the lead conductor of the Pasadena Pops.
More information is at www.MichaelFeinstein.com.

MARILYN MAYE - dubbed "Super Singer" by the late Johnny Carson - has been
heralded for her amazing vocal dexterity, the sheer excitement, boundless
energy and authenticity of her performances, as well as the unique party
atmosphere she creates wherever she appears. Stephen Holden, in another
recent New York Times review, declared "As Marilyn Maye threaded her way
from the stage through a packed house of cheering admirers; I overheard
comparisons to Judy Garland's 1961 concert at Carnegie Hall.  You can sense
a similar electric connection between singer and audience." In a 2010 Wall
Street Journal profile, Will Friedwald raved "Marilyn Maye is pretty much
every singer you ever wanted to hear:  She has the rhythm and the
musicianship of a great jazz singer, the projection and personality of a
heavyweight Broadway diva and creates the intimate bond with her audiences
that we demand from a cabaret artist."

Marilyn was originally discovered by Steve Allen, who invited her to appear
on his primetime television show.  Soon after, Marilyn signed a recording
contract with RCA which resulted in seven albums and 34 singles. In 1966,
after Ed McMahon heard her at the Living Room in New York, she began
appearing on "The Tonight Show," starring Johnny Carson. Her recording of
the song "Too Late Now" - from her RCA album The Lamp Is Low - was chosen by
the Smithsonian Institute and included in its 20th Century permanent
collection. Add  her 76 appearances on "The Tonight Show," multiple
appearances on national prime-time television shows, such as Ed Sullivan,
Hollywood Palace, Jackie Gleason, Dick Cavett and more, a Grammy Award
nomination as "Best New Artist," a bevy of awards reflecting her
showmanship, and you have an illustrious singing career that is still going
strong after a lifetime spent entertaining audiences.

After a fourteen-year absence from New York, though she never stopped
working in other parts of the country, Ms. Maye returned to appear as a
special guest of the annual Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention at Lincoln
Center. A series of glowingly-reviewed New York performances was followed by
more concerts. As a result of this resurgence in New York, Maye has never
been busier. She has  performed twice with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops,
with Michael Feinstein at Zankel Hall, with Doc Severinsen and the Phoenix
Symphony, the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, Catalina's Jazz Club in Hollywood,
the Rrazz Room in San Francisco, Dakota's in Minneapolis, as well as other
major symphonies, clubs and theater concerts around the country. Marilyn is
the winner of the coveted Jazz Heritage Award, the 2008 and 2009 Nightlife
Critics Award as "Outstanding Vocalist", the Back Stage Bistro "Lifetime
Achievement Award" and the MAC "Celebrity of the Year" award for four
consecutive years from 2009 to 2012. In November 2010 at Carnegie Hall,
Marilyn sang with the New York Pops for the celebration of Stephen
Sondheim's 80th Birthday.  Her performance of "I'm Still Here" received a
show-stopping standing ovation.  More information is available at
www.MarilynMaye.com.

FEINSTEIN'S AT LOEWS REGENCY will present MICHAEL FEINSTEIN and MARILYN MAYE
from September 4 to 22 with the following schedule: Tuesday through Saturday
at 8:00 PM with additional 10:30 PM shows on Friday and Saturday. PLEASE
NOTE: Michael Feinstein will perform solo on Tuesday, September 18. All
performances have a $60.00 cover with no minimum. Jackets are suggested but
not required. The club is located at 540 Park Avenue at 61st Street in New
York City. For ticket reservations and club information, please call (212)
339-4095 or visit us online at Feinsteinsatloewsregency.com and
TicketWeb.com.

Billie Roe

BILLIE ROE ROCKS THE BOAT, WINS METROSTAR!
TOMMY DOSE AND ELISABETH CERNADAS ARE METROPOLITAN ROOM'S "METROSTAR TALENT CHALLENGE" RUNNER UPS

Billie Roe sailed into the winner's circle of the 2012 MetroStar Talent Challenge last night at the Metropolitan Room in front of a packed house.

Roe, who had already started to make waves this year when she won a Bistro Award for her recent comeback show that broke a 30-year hiatus from performing in New York, made a decisive comeback during the competition itself, earning top scores from a majority of judges in the last two weeks to edge out Tommy Dose (the first runner-up) and second runner-up Elisabeth Cernadas. The two other finalists in the seven-week competition that began on July 9 were Altovise and Eva Kantor.

As the competition revved up to its exciting five-finalist finale, Roe was something of an underdog, but a sure-fire audience favorite. When she came out on top, winning the fifth annual "MetroStar Talent Challenge," the Metropolitan Room crowd erupted, rising to its feet. Also making strong finishes were the youthful Don't Tell Mama's barroom singer Tommy Dose, (the first runner-up) and the highly innovative Elisabeth Cernadas, whose daring flashes of brilliance often pushed the envelope, if not a few buttons.

Roe, who was exhorted by the judges to step up her performances to lay bare her straightforward charm and intelligence thanked the judges for "pushing all of us, for giving us major inspiration."

Before the results were announced the audience was treated to special performances by two previous MetroStar winners -- 2010 MetroStar T. Oliver Reid, and the reigning MetroStar Marissa Mulder. The evening also featured an appearance by Eric Michael Gillett, the contest's new permanent judge, whose heartfelt and insightful comments throughout the competition often drew applause from the audience. "This has been one of the best, strongest groups," Tom Gamblin, the contest's genial host, declared about the top five.

The night's guest jurists included Time Out's Adam Feldman, the Huffington Post's David Finkle, the producer and critic Scott Siegel, and the producer-entertainer Jamie deRoy. The contest's permanent jury was anchored, as it has from the beginning, by the critic Roy Sander (the chairman), and critic Rob Lester. These two were joined by the Metropolitan Room's departing booking manager Tanya Holt, and Gillett. Tracy Stark served as the contest's resident music director.

The top five were the last ones standing from an initial pool of 48 solo singers. Roe's career-boosting package of prizes and professional encouragements (worth over $10,000) includes a fully-produced, prime-time major engagement at the club, plus a professional multi-track, unmastered live recording of the new show. Dose and Cernadas will open for Roe on alternating nights during the run, and receive demo recordings of their appearances.

Open to performers of all ages and backgrounds who have not played a major engagement at The Metropolitan Room, "MetroStar" encourages singers to present well-rounded stage performances in which creativity, innovation and authenticity are prized over vocal fireworks.

For all the latest "MetroStar Talent Challenge" information, consult the club's Web site at www.metropolitanroom.com Sited as "the best of New York's smaller clubs" by The New York Times, the Nightlife and Bistro Award-winning Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street, celebrated its fifth anniversary in May. For reservations call 212/206-0440.




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PRIMARY STAGES ANNUAL GALA TO HONOR

TYNE DALY, JAMIE DEROY and TED SNOWDON

NOVEMBER 14 AT THE EDISON BALLROOM

Primary Stages (Casey Childs, Founder & Executive Producer; Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director; Elliot Fox, Managing Director) have announced that their annual Gala will take place Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at The Edison Ballroom (240 W. 47th Street). The event will honor Tony Award winner Tyne Daly (Master Class, Rabbit Hole, Gypsy), and producers and Primary Stages board members Jamie deRoy, and Ted Snowdon. The Gala Chair is Tom Kirdahy.

“Primary Stages created the Commitment to New Plays Award to spotlight individuals who have made it a major focus of their careers to champion new plays and new playwrights,” says Casey Childs. “Since its inception, we have honored such luminaries of the American theater as Terrence McNally, Stephen Sondheim, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Harvey Fierstein, and A.R. Gurney, among others.”

Jamie deRoy and Ted Snowdon have been longtime Board members of Primary Stages and they have helped to produce numerous productions of new American plays on Broadway, at Primary Stages and other Off Broadway venues. Jamie has been a major supporter of the cabaret world as well.

Tyne Daly has spent a good deal of her theater career focused on new plays and new play development on Broadway, Off Broadway and in regional theater. As a starring leading lady, she has appeared in such plays as Rabbit Hole on Broadway, It Should Have Been You at George Street Playhouse, as well as the recent revival of Terrence McNally’s Master Class. She has been a great friend to playwrights.

For more information or to purchase, call Joe Sonenshein at 212-840-9705 or visit primarystages.org/gala. Premier Sponsor Tables are $25,000; Platinum Tables are $15,000; Gold Tables are $10,000; Silver Tables are $7,500; Bronze Tickets are $1,000; and Individual tickets are $500.

Primary Stages is an Off-Broadway theater company dedicated to inspiring, supporting, and sharing the art of playwriting. We operate on the strongly held belief that the future of American theater relies on nurturing playwrights and giving them the artistic support needed to create new work. Since our founding in 1984, we have produced more than 100 new plays, including Kate Fodor’s Rx; Charles Busch’s Olive and the Bitter Herbs; A.R. Gurney’s Black Tie; Horton Foote’s Dividing the Estate (two Tony Award® nominations); Brooke Berman’s Hunting and Gathering; Terrence McNally’s Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams (starring Nathan Lane and Marian Seldes) and The Stendhal Syndrome (featuring Isabella Rossellini and Richard Thomas); Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter’s In the Continuum (which went on to tour the U.S., Africa and Scotland); David Ives’ All in the Timing; and Conor McPherson’s St. Nicholas (which marked the playwright’s U.S. debut). Primary Stages was honored with the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work, which encompasses much more than the plays we produce for the stage. Primary Stages supports playwrights and develops new works through commissions, workshops, readings and our two flagship programs—The Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group and the Marvin and Anne Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA). Through these programs, Primary Stages advocates for our artists, helping them make important—and often transformative—connections within the theater community.

www.primarystages.com



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ROUNDABOUT  THEATRE COMPANY
 
Announces a one-night only reunion Benefit performance of
 
Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s

ASSASSINS

Monday, December 3 at Studio 54

Starring the original cast of the 2004 Tony® Award winning production:BECKY ANN BAKER, JAMES BARBOUR, MARIO CANTONE, MICHAEL CERVERIS, MARY CATHERINE GARRISON, ALEXANDER GEMIGNANI, NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, MARC KUDISCH, JEFFREY KUHN, DENIS O’HARE
 
Music Direction by Paul GemignaniDirected by Joe Mantello
 

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes Artistic Director) is pleased to announce a special Benefit performance of ASSASSINS with music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Joh Weidman, with Joe Mantello reprising his Tony Award winnin direction.

Reuniting for one night only are the stars of the 2004 Tony Award winning production: Becky Ann Baker (Sara Jan Moore), James Barbour (Leon Czolgosz), Mario Cantone (Samue Byck), Michael Cerveris (John Wilkes Booth), Mary Catherine Garriso (Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme), Alexander Gemignani (John Hinckley), Nei Patrick Harris (Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald), Marc Kudisc (Proprietor), Jeffrey Kuhn (Giuseppe Zangara) and Denis O’Hare (Charle Guiteau).

The Benefit Concert Reading will take place on Monday, December 3, 2012 a 7:30PM at Studio 54, on the same Broadway stage that Assassin thrilled audiences in 2004. The evening will feature musical direction by Paul Gemignani.

QUOTE FROM TODD HAIMES:  “Roundabout’s ongoing relationship with Stephen Sondheim has meant so much to this theatre over the years. Assassins wa an incredibly proud moment for all of us, and I know that it will be thrilling to revisit Joe Mantello’s brilliant production, especially with the origina cast. We are so grateful to Mary Jo and Ted Shen, whose lead support allows us to present this reunion concert reading of Assassins and to raise important funds for Roundabout’s Musical Theatre Program.”

The company will also include ensemble cast members from the original 2004 production: Merwin Foard, Eamon Foley, Ken Krugman, Anne L. Nathan, Chri Peluso, Brandon Wardell, Sally Wilfert.

ASSASSINS is the show that gives new meaning to the phrase “killer musical.” With a stylish Stephen Sondheim score and a provocative book by John Weidman, Assassin brings to the stage a (shooting) gallery of some of history’s most notoriou players – the men and women who attempted to kill American Presidents. This striking work looks at the lives, loves and lunacy of nine American assassins including John Wilkes Booth, John Hinckley, Lee Harvey Oswald and Lynett “Squeaky” Fromme.  Both serious and satirical, the musical asks what hunger drove these people to their actions and what binds them all together. Is that drive what makes them quintessentially American?

ASSASSINS first appeared off-Broadway in 1991. Roundabout’ 2004 revival, under the direction of Joe Mantello, was the show’s Broadwa debut and received huge critical acclaim, winning five Tony Awards®, includin Best Revival of a Musical, Best Director for Mantello, and Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Michael Cerveris as John Wilkes Booth.  That year, ASSASSINS also won four Drama Desk Awards, two Outer Critics Circle Awards, a Theatre World Award and a Drama League Award for Distinguished Production of a Reviva - Musical.

Roundabout has a long relationship with Stephen Sondheim having produced five Tony Awar nominated Sondheim revivals including Company (1995), Follies (2001), Tony Award winning Assassins (2004), Pacific Overtures (2004) and Sunday in the Park with George (2008).  In 2005 Roundabout honored Sondheim with the Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre for the indelible impact his life’s work has made to the theatre world and in 2010, the Stephen Sondheim Theatre was named in his honor. This special performance of Assassins marks the fourth Sondheim musical produced by Roundabout Theatre Company at Studio 54, where Assassins, Pacific Overtures and Sunday in the Park with George all played. 

VIP Premium, and Benefit tickets include admission to an exclusive cast party following the performance with all proceeds to benefit not-for-profi Roundabout Theatre Company and all its programs and activities.

TICKET INFORMATION: Beginning August 21, tax-deductible benefit tickets will be available by calling Roundabout's Development Office at (212)719-9393. 

VIP Tickets at $5,000 (Limited Availability) - The VIP experience includes the very best house seats for the performance complimentary cocktail at intermission, post-show cast party with reserved VIP seating, a limited edition poster, plus two seats to the opening night of an upcoming Roundabout production. ($4,700 tax-deductible.)

Premium Tickets at $2,500 - Includes premium center orchestra seating complimentary cocktail at intermission, post-show cast party and limited edition show poster. ($2,200 tax-deductible.)

Benefit Tickets at $1,000 - Includes premium orchestra seats complimentary cocktail at intermission and post-show cast party. ($70 tax-deductible) Selec orchestra and mezzanine tickets ($150-$500) will also be available to the general public by calling Roundabout Audience Services at (212) 719-1300 or online: www.roundabouttheatre.org[Links to http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/]. 

Roundabout Theatre Company is a not-for-profit theatre dedicated to providing a nurturing artistic home for theatre artists at al stages of their careers where the widest possible audience can experience thei work at affordable prices. Roundabout fulfills its mission each season throug the revival of classic plays and musicals; development and production of ne works by established playwrights and emerging writers; educational initiative that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model an audience outreach programs that cultivate loyal audiences. 

www.roundabouttheatre.org

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THE ONE.  THE ONLY.  THE ORIGINAL.

FRANKIE VALLI AND THE FOUR SEASONS

ON BROADWAY

FRANKIE VALLI AND THE FOUR SEASONS CELEBRATE
50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH FIRST BROADWAY CONCERT

LIMITED 7 PERFORMANCE ENGAGEMENT
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19 THROUGH SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27

AT THE BROADWAY THEATRE

EXCLUSIVE CITI CARDMEMBERS PRESALE
SUNDAY, AUGUST 19 AT 10AM, THROUGH
THURSDAY, AUGUST 23 AT 10PM

TICKETS ON SALE TO GENERAL PUBLIC
THURSDAY, AUGUST 23 AT 10PM


A Broadway Concert Event (Robert Ahrens, Eva Price and Manny Kladitis) and Live Nation (Jason Stone) are proud to present for the first time in concert on the Great White Way, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons On Broadway. After years of playing thousands of venues from San Francisco to Savannah to Sydney, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will celebrate the their 50th anniversary at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway) in an all new concert production for a limited 7 performance engagement from Friday, October 19 through Saturday, October 27, 2012.

“I am honored to have been able to spend my life doing what I love to do,” said Frankie Valli, “I’ve performed around the world in every size theater imaginable, but it has always been my dream to play Broadway.”

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons On Broadway will feature all of their greatest hits and Mr. Valli’s solo hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don't Cry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Dawn (Go Away),” “Rag Doll,” “Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby Goodbye),” “Let's Hang On!” “Working My Way Back To You,” “Can't Take My Eyes Off You,” “Grease,” "My Eyes Adored You," “Who Loves You” and “December ‘63 (Oh What A Night),” along with a variety of musical surprises.

Citi® is the official credit card of FRANKIE VALLI AND THE FOUR SEASONS ON BROADWAY. Citi® cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Sunday, August 19 at 10am through Thursday, August 23 at 10pm through Citi's Private Pass® Program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Tickets for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons On Broadway go on sale to the general public at 10pm on Thursday, August 23, 2012, through www.telecharge.com (212-239-6200).

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons scored 30 Billboard Top 40 hits, and Frankie Valli scored 9 Billboard Top 40 hits as a solo artist. In 1990 Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Born Francis Stephen Castelluccio in Newark, New Jersey, Frankie Valli began his career as a solo singer recording under the names Frank Valley and Frank Valley and the Travelers. He joined the Variatones in 1954, and they made their first records as the Four Lovers and scored their first hit in 1962 when they became the Four Seasons. Valli embarked on a successful solo recording career, starting with “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore)” and “(You’re Gonna) Hurt Yourself” in 1965. As an actor Valli had a recurring role on HBO’s “The Sopranos,” and in 2007 Valli released his latest studio album, Romancing The ’60s. Valli has never stopped performing and continues to tour internationally.

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LESLIE KRITZER

TO JOIN THE CAST OF

THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY’S

“C L O S E R T H A N  E V E R”


TICKETS ON SALE THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30TH

AT THE YORK THEATRE AT SAINT PETER’S CHURCH


The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director) in association with Edward Negley, Neil Berg and Adam Friedson, has announced a new addition to one of the best reviewed Off-Broadway shows of the year, Closer Than Ever with Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Music by David Shire: Broadway veteran Leslie Kritzer (A Catered Affair, Sondheim on Sondheim, Legally Blonde, The Musical) beginning August 28, 2012. Ms. Kritzer will step in for Julia Murney who departs the cast on August 25th.

With direction by Mr. Maltby, associate direction and choreography by Kurt Stamm and music direction by Andrew Gerle, the cast also features Jacquelyn Piro Donovan (Miss Saigon, Les Misérables), George Dvorsky (The Scarlet Pimpernel) and Sal Viviano (The Full Monty). Now in performance through September 30th at The York Theatre at Saint Peter’s (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).

Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire's musical treasure Closer Than Ever reopened in June at the York Theatre Company with an exciting new cast and fresh additions to the timeless score. An intimate musical about love, friendship, security, happiness – and holding onto those essentials in a world that pulls us in a hundred directions at once – Closer Than Ever at the York isn't merely a revival, it's the homecoming of an Off-Broadway classic. “An absolutely exquisite and exhilarating theatrical experience. 4 out of 4 Stars!” exclaimed Matt Windman, AM NY. “A truly magical, satisfying experience! Wonderful! Exhilaratingly comical. Sung with flair, compassion and wit!” declared Jennifer Farrar, Associated Press

The creative team includes James Morgan (sets), Nicole Wee (costumes), and Kirk Bookman (lights). The Production Stage Manager is Bernita Robinson.

Closer Than Ever plays the following performance schedule through September 1: Mondays & Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m., Wednesdays through Fridays at 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.

Beginning September 4: The performance schedule will change to Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m., Wednesdays through Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m, and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are priced at $67.50 and are available online at www.yorktheatre.org, by calling (212) 935-5820, or in person at the box office at the York Theatre at Saint Peter’s (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), Monday through Friday (12:00 -6:00 p.m.).

For additional information, please visit the website at www.yorktheatre.org.

Anita Gillett

Broadway and Television Star ANITA GILLETTE

Returns to Birdland In  “After All”

Monday, September 24 & Monday, October 1 at 7pm

 The Broadway at Birdland concert series is thrilled to announce that Tony Award Nominated actress and singer Anita Gillette will be presenting two wonderful evenings of music and memories while taking an intimate, touching and hilarious look behind the scenes from Broadway to Hollywood in her new autobiographical one-woman show “After All.”  The events will take place on Monday, September 24 & Monday, October 1 at 7pm at Birdland (315 West 44 Street, NYC).

“After All” takes audiences backstage with Gillette as a young showgirl starting out in the original cast of Gypsy with Ethel Merman, and into the worlds of David Merrick and Gower Champion in Carnival.  Gillette also reminisces through a career that includes a Tony nominated performance in the Neil Simon comedy Chapter Two.  In major feature films, she’s played roles such as Ms. Mona in “Moonstruck,” and on TV shows, including “30 Rock,” in which she plays Tina Fey’s mother! 

 Anita Gillette in “After All”  on Monday, September 24 & Monday, October 1 at 7pm

Birdland, 315 West 44 Street

$25 Cover, $10 Foord/Drink Minimum per person

212-581-3080

www.BirdlandJazz.com


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DRAMA DESK AWARD-WINNING
CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY
RETURNS TO THE TRIAD THEATER WITH
THE NEXT CHAPTER
MONDAY, AUGUST 20
CAST INCLUDES: VANESSA BAYER OF “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE,” MARIO CANTONE,
TONY DANZA, EUGENE PACK, DAYLE REYFEL, AND ALAN ZWEIBEL

 

The Drama Desk Award-winning Celebrity Autobiography returns with its new edition Celebrity Autobiography: The Next Chapter, Monday, August 20 at 7pm. Celebrity Autobiography: The Next Chapter performs at the Triad Theater, 158 West 72 Street.

The cast is scheduled to include Vanessa Bayer (from “Saturday Night Live”), Mario Cantone, Tony Danza, Eugene Pack, Dayle Reyfel, and Alan Zweibel.

Celebrity Autobiography: The Next Chapter features selections from books by Justin Bieber, "The Situation," Madonna, Tiger Woods, Susan Lucci, David Hasselhoff, Geraldo Rivera, Melissa Gilbert, Patti LuPone, Kenny Loggins, Destiny's Child, The Jonas Brothers, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Diana Ross, David Cassidy, Britney Spears, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eminem, and Vanna White.

Celebrity Autobiography: The Next Chapter also includes special ‘celebrity mash-ups’—Cher, Barbra Streisand, Neil Sedaka, Dolly Parton, and Celine Dion all expressing their passion for food; Sylvester Stallone and Tommy Lee on working out and working ‘it’ out; LL Cool J, Miley Cyrus, and Ricky Martin addressing who they "really are;” Tallulah Bankhead, Kathleen Turner, and Ethel Merman sharing the secrets of ‘diva-dom;” and Lauren Bacall and Carol Channing recreating the suspense of Tony night.

No version of Celebrity Autobiography would be complete without some returning classics, including the infamous memoirs of Elizabeth Taylor, Eddie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds, which are edited together to create a Rashomon-esque playlet, and the hilarious Burt Reynolds-Loni Anderson he said/she said saga.

Celebrity Autobiography and Celebrity Autobiography: The Next Chapter, created by Eugene Pack and developed by Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel, feature a line-up of rotating performers who read—in both solo and ensemble pieces— the actual words and stories written by the famous and the infamous in their autobiographies.

Celebrity Autobiography has recently toured nationally and internationally with acclaimed performances in Pittsburgh, New Orleans, San Francisco, Chicago, Arizona, Austin, Miami, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Boston, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Sydney Opera House, as well as an ongoing production at Los Angeles’s Broad Stage. The show also plays at London’s Leicester Square Theatre to critical and popular acclaim.

The original Celebrity Autobiography has played to sell-out audiences and rave reviews in New York since its opening in September 2008 when Charles Isherwood of The New York Times called the show “big-yuks entertainment” and a “merry compendium of the witlessness and wisdom of the rich and famous.” Joe Dziemianowicz of the Daily News called it a “potent comic cocktail…you weep with laughter.” The New Yorker called it “inspired.” Sam Thielman of Variety wrote, “Audience members hyperventilate. It should lead a long and happy life.” Michael Riedel of the New York Post called it “the funniest show in town, hands down.” And Entertainment Weekly said that Celebrity Autobiography is “one of New York’s most buzzed-about shows” while New York magazine called it “brilliant.” The show has been featured by numerous media outlets, including ABC’s “The View” and “Nightline,” NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly,” CBS’s “Sunday Morning,” NPR’s “Morning Edition,” CNN’S “American Morning,” New York 1, WNBC’S “News for New York” at 11pm, and Bravo’s “A-List Awards.”

Tickets for Celebrity Autobiography: The Next Chapter at the Triad Theater are $35 - $45 and may be purchased by contacting Smarttix at 212 868-4444 or www.smarttix.com, or by visiting www.celebrityautobiography.com. For group sales phone 718 631-0438. Please note that the Triad Theater has a two-drink minimum and is a cash-only venue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

The New Colony and John Arthur Pinckard Present
5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE
Chicago's award-winning theater brings it’s hit play to FringeNYC beginning August 10

John Arthur Pinckard, the Tony Award-Winning Producer of Yeast Nation and Clybourne Park, has joined with The New Colony, Chicago’s 2011 Broadway In Chicago Emerging Theater Award-recipient, to announce the New York Premiere of the critically-acclaimed 5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE. Written by Andrew Hobgood and Evan Linder and directed by Sarah Gitenstein, performances will run August 10 -16 at The New York International Fringe Festival. Since the close of last summer’s wildly successful Chicago run, 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche has enjoyed regional premieres by theater companies in Omaha, Nebraska, Boulder, Colorado, Charleston, South Carolina and San Francisco, California.

5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE is set in 1956. The Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein is meeting for their annual quiche breakfast. However, this year there is an unexpected agenda item – the dropping of atom bombs on their fair city. This normally idyllic gathering is upended when the Society’s matriarchs; Ginny Cadbury (Caitlin Chuckta), Lulie Stanwyck (Rachel Farmer), Wren Robin (Megan Johns), Veronica “Vern” Schultz (Thea Lux) and Dale Prist (Maari Suorsa) must confront some startling revelations made by the Sisterhood while meeting the fallout from the Red Menace head on.

5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE runs Friday, August 10, 5pm; Saturday, August 11, 8pm; Wednesday, August 15, 10:30pm; Thursday, August 16, 4pm, Friday, August 17, 7:30pm at The Living Theater (21 Clinton Street just below Houston Street). Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. For tix and info, visit www.fringenyc.org

Henry WinklerCheyenne Jackson

 

HENRY WINKLER, CHEYENNE JACKSON,
ARI GRAYNOR, DANIEL BREAKER and JENNI BARBER
Set to star in David West Read's new comedy

THE PERFORMERS

on Broadway

World-premiere set to begin previews Oct. 23
prior to opening November 14 on Broadway at Longacre Theatre

Evan Cabnet to direct

Robyn Goodman, Scott M. Delman and Amanda Lipitz will produce


June 26: THE PERFORMERS -- a new comedy by David West Read (THE DREAM OF THE BURNING BOY) -- will open on Broadway this fall with a cast starring Cheyenne Jackson, Ari Graynor, Daniel Breaker, Jenni Barber and Henry Winkler, it has been announced by the play's producers Robyn Goodman, Scott M. Delman and Amanda Lipitz.

THE PERFORMERS will begin preview performances October 23 prior to its official opening night November 14 at the Longacre Theatre (220 W. 48 St.) in New York City.

THE PERFORMERS will be directed by Evan Cabnet, who also directed David West Read's play THE DREAM OF THE BURNING BOY, a critical and popular hit when it debuted in March 2011 at Roundabout Theatre's Underground Series, produced by Robyn Goodman.

THE PERFORMERS is a romantic comedy about two high school friends (Cheyenne Jackson and Daniel Breaker) -- and the women in their lives (Ari Graynor and an actress to be announced) -- who reconnect at the Adult Film Awards in Las Vegas. When the night takes an unexpected turn and relationships are threatened, Chuck Wood (Henry Winkler), the hardest-working man in the business, steps in to lend a hand. Sex, love and Barry Manilow intersect in this comedy about the ups and downs and ins and outs of love.

In addition to THE PERFORMERS and THE DREAM OF THE BURNING BOY, Mr. Read is the author of the play HAPPY FACE, presented at South Coast Rep in 2010.

The PERFORMERS will have set design by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, costume design by Jessica Wegener Shay and sound design by Nevin Steinberg.

THE PERFORMERS marks the return of Henry Winkler to Broadway, where he last appeared in 2000 in Neil Simon's THE DINNER PARTY. Known to millions as The Fonz on the TV series "Happy Days" (two Golden Globe Awards), Mr. Winkler has enjoyed a career that spans 40 years as an actor, director, producer and author. His newest film "Here Comes the Boom," in which he stars with Kevin James and Salma Hayek, opens October 2012. His many films include "The Lords of Flatbush," "Heroes," "Night Shift," "The Waterboy" and “Click.” Mr. Winkler co-stars on the USA Network series "Royal Pains" and on Cartoon Network's "Children's Hospital." He earned an Emmy nomination for his guest-role on "The Practice" and won an Emmy for the animated show "Clifford: The Puppy Years." He had recurring roles on "Arrested Development," "Numb3rs," "Third Watch" and "Crossing Jordan." His credits as producer include "MacGyver," "Sightings," "Scandal Sheet" with Burt Lancaster, and the ABC documentary "Who Are the DeBolts and Where Did They Get 19 Kids?" (Humanitas Prize). He directed "Memories of Me" starring Billy Crystal and Alan King and "Cop and a Half" starring Burt Reynolds. He is the author of 21 children's books (with his collaborator Lin Oliver), including the "Hank Zipzer" series and "Ghost Buddy" series and together they have sold over four million books. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition for his services to children who are educationally challenged.

Cheyenne Jackson last appeared on Broadway in the revival of Finian's Rainbow, for which he received a Drama Desk nomination. He previously starred on Broadway in Xanadu (Drama Desk & Drama League Award nominations), All Shook Up (Theatre World Award, Outer Critics Circle & Drama League nominations), Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Aida. His Off-Broadway credits include Damn Yankees (Encores!), The Agony & The Agony, and Altar Boyz. Cheyenne also starred alongside an all-star cast in the recent benefit reading of Dustin Lance Black's 8 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. On television, Cheyenne can be seen in the recurring role of Danny Baker on the hit NBC series, "30 Rock." He has appeared in guest-starring roles in "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Glee," "Law & Order," "Ugly Betty," "Life on Mars," and "Lipstick Jungle," among others, and he recently completed production on the pilot for the forthcoming Bryan Fuller NBC series, "Mockingbird Lane." On film, Cheyenne portrayed the 9/11 hero Mark Bingham in the award-winning “United 93.” Among his other film credits include “Lola Versus, Price Check,” “The Green,” “Hysteria” and the upcoming “Mutual Friends.” Cheyenne is currently in production on the highly-anticipated HBO film, “Behind the Candelabra,” co-starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. Most recently, Jackson signed a publishing deal with SONY/ATV, and has released his first two self-penned singles, "Drive" and "Before You," (which reached the Top 40 on the Hot 100 AC chart) from his forthcoming album, collaborating with Grammy-winning producer Steve Mostyn, Thomas “Tawgs” Salter, and including four songs co-written with platinum-selling artist and friend Sia Furler.
Ari Graynor was seen last season on Broadway in RELATIVELY SPEAKING, and previously starred in Douglas Carter Beane's THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED and Donald Margulies's BROOKLYN BOY, for which she received the Clarence Derwent Award. Her Off-Broadway credits include TRUST and DOG SEES GOD. Ari's many films include the upcoming "For a Good Time, Call…" (opening late summer 2012), "Celeste and Jesse Forever," the recent "The Sitter," "Conviction," "What's Your Number?" as well as standout roles in "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist," "Youth in Revolt" and her film debut in "Mystic River." Ms. Graynor's TV credits include her debut recurring role on HBO's THE SOPRANOS and a recurring role on FRINGE.

Daniel Breaker starred on Broadway in the musical PASSING STRANGE, receiving Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations and winning the Village Voice Obie Award. Last seen on Broadway as Donkey in SHREK: THE MUSICAL, Mr. Breaker's other Broadway appearances include Lisa Kron's WELL and CYMBELINE at Lincoln Center. His film credits include having starred in Spike Lee's filmed version of PASSING STRANGE.

Jenni Barber previously performed on Broadway in THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE. She appeared in the Bridge Project productions of AS YOU LIKE IT and THE TEMPEST, both directed by Sam Mendes at Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Off-Broadway in THE CACTUS FLOWER and FROM UP HERE at Manhattan Theatre Club.

Tickets to THE PERFORMERS will be available through Tele-Charge at 212 239 6200 or online at www.telecharge.com.

 


Lilias White

Bay Street Theatre, Martin Richards and The Gilead Company
present  the World Premiere  of
BIG MAYBELLE: Soul of the Blues
A New Musical in Two Acts
About One of the Greatest Blues Singers in the World

Written & Directed by Award-Winning Paul Levine

Starring Tony Award Winning Lillias White

Featuring Eric Brown & Kiku Collins

THE BAY STREET THEATRE

PREVIEWS BEGIN AUGUST 7

WORLD PREMIERE AUGUST 11

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2

In the Fall of 2010, multiple award-winning author/director PAUL LEVINE produced a workshop of BIG MAYBELLE: Soul of the Blues in association with the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and Amas Musical Theatre. The results caused an uproar of interest and electrifying word-of-mouth. Lillias White’s performance was heralded by multiple standing ovations and by the theatrical community. American Express immediately came aboard in an unprecedented Off-Broadway marketing-based partnership.

This August BAY STREET THEATRE, Academy Award/multiple Tony Award winning MARTIN RICHARDS and THE GILEAD COMPANY will present the World Premiere of the white-hot new musical for a limited run at the historic Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor where it will run through September 2.

Starring LILLIAS WHITE, BIG MAYBELLE: Soul of the Blues will begin Preview Performances on TUESDAY, AUGUST 2.

The World Premiere will take place on SATURDAY, AUGUST 11.

The musical is aiming for a Winter 2013 New York City Opening.

Written and directed by Paul Levine, BIG MAYBELLE: Soul of the Blues features 31 iconic Blues songs from the last five decades including ‘Candy,’ Big Maybelle’s 1956 hit single which received the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999 as well as songs from her acclaimed album, The Okeh Sessions which won the 1983 W. C. Handy Award for Vintage/Reissue Album of the Year.

Michael Mitchell is the Musical Director.

Orchestrations are by Musical Supervisor Kenny Seymour.

The designs are by John Arnone (Scenery), Paul Miller (Lighting), Emilio Sosa (Costumes), Tony Melfa (Sound), Michael Clark (Projections) and Kathy Fabian (Props).

Brian Meister is the Production Stage Manager.

The band includes Eric Brown (Drums), Kiku Collins (Trumpet), George Farmer (Bass), Jason Marshall (Saxaphone) and Kevin Ramessan (Guitar).

Eric Brown and Kiku Collins are also featured in the roles of ‘Sully’ and ‘Loretta.’


ABOUT
BIG MAYBELLE: Soul of the Blues

BIG MAYBELLE: Soul of the Blues is an uplifting, musically exhilarating, change-the-world story about one of the greatest Blues singers that ever lived.

Set in a Cleveland, Ohio psychiatric hospital/rehab facility where she spent the last years of her life, BIG MAYBELLE tells the audience the story of her breathtaking rise to world renown against odds almost impossible to believe. The exchange between Maybelle and the audience is spellbinding.

She was the essence of the original American art form. Her hypnotic phrasing of the most enthralling Blues songs ever written came to her naturally; it was her life and she had the emotional scars to prove it.

Mabel Louise Smith was born in Jackson, Tennessee on May 1, 1924, the grandchild of a slave and daughter of a father that deserted the family days after her birth. Forty-five years later she was booked at Carnegie Hall and is included among Blues greats W.C. Handy, Charlie Barton, Papa Charlie Jackson, Ledbelly, Blind Lemon, Ma Rainey, Robert Johnson and Bessie Smith.

There was no one like her.

She once opened for Billie Holliday, who stormed out the back door of the theatre while the audience was giving Big Maybelle her fourth standing-ovation-curtain-call.

While overcoming the cruel prejudice against her weight and her race she also overcame a substance abuse problem and a series of insincere men who realized she was more generous with her money when she was in love.

And while she fought off the racism, the enablers and the consequences of her weight , she recorded 21 albums for the King, Okeh, Savoy, Epic, Brunswick, Scepter, Chess, Port, Rojac and Encore Record Labels.

Her first performance at the Apollo was legendary. She was unanimously acclaimed after both her appearances at the Newport Jazz Festival. She constantly sold out Birdland and The Baby Grand in New York. She discovered John Coltrane and immediately put him in her band. And gave Jerry Lee Lewis his biggest earth-shattering hit when he heard her recording of ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On’ produced by Quincy Jones.

She died alone in a rehab facility in Cleveland, Ohio in a diabetic coma on January 23, 1972.

She was 47 years old.

She had been singing since the Sanctified Church Choir back in Jackson, Tennessee.

We’re still listening to her today.

THE SONGS

ACT I

Up Above My Head, Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On, Oh Lord What Are You Doing To Me, Comin’ Home Baby, Blues Early Early, Say It Isn’t So, One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show, A Good Man Is Hard To Find, Until The Real Thing Comes Along, Hair Dressin’ Women, Gabbin’ Blues, Mean To Me, If I Could Be With You, What A Difference A Day Makes, That’s A Pretty Good Love. There, I’ve Said It Again, I’ve Got A Feeling I’m Falling, What More Can A Woman Do, The Masquerade Is Over

ACT II
Rockhouse, Same Old Story, You’ll Be Sorry, Candy, I Cried For You, It’s A Man’s World, Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying, Gloomy Sunday, I Ain’t Got Nobody, Pitiful, Maybelle’s Blues, Oh Lord What Are You Doin’ To Me, My Mother’s Eyes, Goodnight, Wherever You Are, I’m Getting’ Along Alright

Bay Street Theatre
(Corner of Bay and Main Streets, Sag Harbor, NY)

SCHEDULE
August 7 – September 2

Tuesdays – Saturdays at 8:00pm
Wednesdays at 2:00pm
Saturdays at 4:00pm
Sundays at 7:00pm

TICKETS
$66 and $76

631-725-9500 www.baystreet.org

Lillias White received Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance as Sonia in Cy Coleman’s “The Life.” Most recently, she received a Tony nomination for her role as Funmilayo in “Fela.” Other Broadway credits include: “Barnum,” “Dreamgirls,” “Cats,” “Once on This Island,” “How to Succeed…” and “Chicago.” Lillias received an Emmy Award for her performance on “Sesame Street,” and TV roles also include “PBS’ Performance at the White House,” Great Performance’s “South Pacific,” Disney’s “Hercules,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “NYPD Blue,” and “The Jury.” Film roles include “Pieces of April,” “Game 6,” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Her Off-Broadway credits include: William Finn’s “Romance in Hard Times” (Obie Award), “Crowns” (AUDELCO Award), “The Best is Yet to Come” (2009 L.A. Ovation Award nomination) and as Dinah Washington in “Dinah Was.” Her recordings include “Dreamgirls in Concert” and “From Brooklyn to Broadway.”