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Just in! Room 53 Announces Huge Expansion

Before Grand Openning ! 

 New York:     Hellzapoppin' in Hell's Kitchen! The juggernaut has started and Hell's Kitchen and the theater district are buzzing. 

 After being open a little more than one month, the exciting new venue Room 53 is expanding it's spacious walls to include the space next door!  Ultimately, this will make Room 53 the largest venue of its kind in Hell's Kitchen and the theater district. The newly expanded venue will be able to hold  200-300 guests in four separate spaces. This will include two spacious upstairs bar-dining areas for a total of four dining rooms (including “The Cave,” a semi-private downstairs brick-walled lair that can accommodate 4 to 40 guests in a dimly lit, quiet dining room.) There will also be an outdoor garden terrace for warm weather.  
 
There will be live entertainment throughout the club regularly. This will include piano bar, cabaret and ongoing special events.   
 
Consequently, as a result of this ambitious expansion, owner Steve Cosh and management have decided to postpone the official Grand Opening until the whole expanded club can be on display. Watch for the announcement. 
 
Room 53 is located at 314 West 53rd Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues.) For dinner reservations and more information, call (646) 675 5341 or check our website, www.room53.us . There is a parking facility across the street.  
 
Currently, the club offers a great restaurant with a truly tantalizing menu, a lively piano bar, open-mic nights, Sunday Brunch with entertainment and much more. It's all in a plush, beautifully decorated ambiance that is thoroughly welcoming – and affordable.  So far, Room 53 has seen a plethora of talented artists from Broadway and cabaret to drag to sing-alongs to a Broadway chorus led by Broadway's Anthony Fett singing tunes from “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Recently, Garth Gates, first season runner-up on Britain's (and Simon Cowell's) “Pop Idol;” (later renamed “The X Factor,”) popped in to sing to the cheering crowds. He liked it so much, he returned two nights later with a large party and delighted his many fans and new friends throughout the night.  And, that's just the tip of the iceberg. Upcoming events will include classy cabaret shows more open-mic nights with new and established artists as well as theatrical screenings in addition to a full roster of singer/pianists rocking the room till closing nightly. The club has state of the art lights and sound as well. A fall-winter lineup of shows  will be announced after the official Grand Opening. 
 
Owner Steve Cosh is a world traveled entrepreneur from, London with a history in business enterprises. Sreve wants everyone to feel welcome at this new bustling venue. “I love making people comfortable and watching them enjoy the many talents on our stage. With the expansion, there will be something for everyone at Room 53. We're still planning as we go. I am overwhelmed by the welcoming reception  and support the club has gotten. There's no place like New York.” 
 
Aside from the irresistible menu, the club serves a wide assortment of imported wines and beers. All credit cards accepted.  
Watch for the announcement of the  Grand Opening Gala filled with performers and personalities and many surprises. 
 
 For  reservations or more information, call 646 675 5341 during business hours.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Marc Shaiman

 

54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents its newest late night event

"The 54 Below Show."

New series launches on Friday, October 17 at 11:30PM

with inaugural host, Tony Award winner Marc Shaiman (Hairspray, Catch Me if You Can).

Before "The Tonight Show," before "Saturday Night Live,"  before "Your Show of Shows" and "The Ed Sullivan Show," variety shows played live in venues across America. Matching the humor, quick pace, and familiar faces of a televised variety show with the intimate, underground feel of a supper club, "The 54 Below Show" brings the live variety show back to its roots with an only-in-New York experience not to be missed.

Serving as the inaugural host of "The 54 Below Show," the one and only Marc Shaiman will kick off the evening and introduce each guest ...and with Marc at the piano, you never know who's going to stop by. Shaiman says "I've gone through my phone book - from legendary performers to my mother - and who knows who will show up, but I assure you it will be entertaining."

To make reservations for "The 54 Below Show," visit www.54below.com.
Cover starts at $20 with a $25 food & beverage minimum.



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ORIGINAL "CHICAGO" REVIVAL STARS AND TONY AWARD WINNERS

ANN REINKING BEBE NEUWIRTH, JAMES NAUGHTON JOEL GREY

TO MAKE CAMEO APPEARANCES
IN THE CELEBRATORY LANDMARK PERFORMANCE

SUNDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 23, 2014


WHEN THE TONY AWARD-WINNING, WORLDWIDE MUSICAL SENSATION

CHICAGO

HITS A SPECTACULAR MILESTONE TO BECOME

THE SECOND LONGEST-RUNNING SHOW
IN BROADWAY HISTORY!

SURPASSING THE ICONIC BROADWAY BLOCKBUSTER
"CATS" WITH 7,486 PERFORMANCES!


NOW IN ITS 18th SMASH YEAR ON BROADWAY
AT THE AMBASSADOR THEATRE

TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT  WWW.CHICAGOTHEMUSICAL.COM

On Sunday evening, November 23 (7 p.m.), in a celebratory landmark performance, the company of Broadway's record-breaking hit musical CHICAGO is pleased to welcome back its four original stars -- Tony Award winners Ann Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth, James Naughton and Joel Grey.


That evening, CHICAGO will surpass the run of iconic Broadway blockbuster "Cats" with a record-breaking 7,486 performances, making it the second longest-running show in Broadway history.

As of that date, in more than 100 years of live Broadway theater, only one show -- "The Phantom of the Opera" -- will have run longer than CHICAGO.

Reinking, Neuwirth, Naughton and Grey -- who originated the acclaimed roles of Roxie Hart, Velma Kelly, Billy Flynn and Amos Hart, respectively -- will each make cameo appearances at various points in the milestone performance.

"What a joy to welcome back all four of the legendary stars who launched this incredibly beautiful production eighteen years ago!" said producer Barry Weissler. "Sometimes, it seems like only yesterday, yet here we are -- just a few weeks away from becoming the second longest-running show in Broadway history. Walter Bobbie and Ann Reinking recreated a musical masterpiece that has withstood the test of time, and it's with great honor that I look forward to sharing their masterpiece with audiences for many more years to come."

Producer Fran Weissler said: "This incredible moment is a testament not only to the unparalleled genius of the CHICAGO creators -- John Kander, Fred Ebb, Bob Fosse -- but to the magnificent contributions from countless actors, musicians, stagehands, dance captains, crew members, advertising and marketing gurus, stage managers, production managers and more who have participated in our show these past 18 years. They continually succeed at being the absolute best in the business!"

Those Two Scintillating Sinners: Tony Award winners
Bebe Neuwirth (l.) and Ann Reinking will make cameo 
reprisals of their roles as Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart in
CHICAGO on Sunday evening, November 23.

In addition to its ongoing Broadway success, CHICAGO is a worldwide stage phenomenon. It has been seen in more than 30 countries and in 12 languages across the globe since 1996.

This October, CHICAGO will launch 
its 16th national touring Broadway production, a 30-city itinerary that includes return engagements to New Orleans, San Francisco, Kansas City, Washington D.C., Baltimore and many more. That touring company will also play a three-week debut engagement in Manila this holiday season -- marking the first time that the Broadway production of CHICAGO
has played in the Philippines.

One of the most popular musicals in Broadway history, the revival of CHICAGO first began in May 1996 with a weekend presentation as part of City Center's acclaimed Encores! series. 

At the time, that brief four-performance engagement of CHICAGO -- helmed by director Walter Bobbie and choreographer Ann Reinking -- was the top-grossing production in the history of Encores!.

Produced by Barry & Fran Weissler, CHICAGO opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on November 14, 1996. It transferred to the Shubert Theatre in February 1997, and played there through January 26, 2003. The revival reopened at its current home -- the Ambassador Theatre -- three days later on January 29, 2003.

With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, CHICAGO received six 1997 Tony Awards for Best Musical Revival, Best Direction of a Musical (Walter Bobbie), Best Choreography (Ann Reinking), Best Lighting Design (Ken Billington), Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Bebe Neuwirth) and Best Leading Actor in a Musical (James Naughton).

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. 

CHICAGO now stars Bianca Marroquin as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, two-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Fitzgerald as Billy Flynn, Paul C. Vogt as Amos Hart, Carmen Ruby Floyd as Matron "Mama" Morton (beginning September 29) and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.

The CHICAGO ensemble includes Donna Marie Asbury, Nicole Bridgewater, David Bushman, Jennifer Dunne, Adam Jepsen, J. Loeffelholz, Melissa Rae Mahon, Sharon Moore, Brian O'Brien, Alfie Parker Jr., Denny Paschall, Stephanie Pope, Angel Reda, Jason Patrick Sands, Michael Scirrotto, Brian Spitulnik, Tonya Wathen and Adam Zotovich.

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, musical supervision by Rob Fisher and musical direction by Leslie Stifelman. 

Visit www.ChicagoTheMusical.com for more information.

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TWO ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES ADDED FOR

CAROL BURNETT & BRIAN DENNEHY

IN A.R. GURNEY’S

LOVE LETTERS 

BROOKS ATKINSON THEATRE BOX OFFICE NOW OPEN
PERFORMANCES BEGIN SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2014

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR OPENING NIGHT
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2014, AT 7PM

FEATURING CASTS OF AWARD WINNING STARS OF THE STAGE & SCREEN
IN STRICTLY LIMITED ENGAGEMENTS INCLUDING

ALAN ALDA, CANDICE BERGEN, MIA FARROW, ANJELICA HUSTON,
STACY KEACH, DIANA RIGG and MARTIN SHEEN

DIRECTED BY TWO-TIME TONY AWARD WINNER GREGORY MOSHER

The strictly limited engagement of Carol Burnett & Brian Dennehy in the Broadway production of LOVE LETTERS at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street) will be extended for two additional performances: Saturday, November 8 at 2pm and 8pm. LOVE LETTERS begins performance Saturday, September 13, at 8pm, and tickets are now on sale at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre box office for the first Broadway revival of A.R. Gurney’s enduring romance about first loves and second chances. A limited number of tickets for the Thursday, September 18, opening performance at 7pm, are available for purchase.

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, A.R. Gurney’s LOVE LETTERS became an instant smash hit that was performed all over the country. The universality of the piece quickly led to the play being translated into 24 languages. In the last 26 years, productions of LOVE LETTERS have played in over 40 countries around the world. 

Directed by Gregory Mosher, LOVE LETTERS will star Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow in a strictly limited engagement. The Dennehy/Farrow cast of LOVE LETTERS will be followed by limited engagements of casts that will include Carol Burnett & Brian Dennehy, Alan Alda & Candice Bergen, Stacy Keach & Diana Rigg and Anjelica Huston & Martin Sheen. Diana Rigg is appearing with the support of Actors' Equity Association. LOVE LETTERS is produced by Nelle Nugent, Barbara Broccoli, Frederick Zollo, Olympus Theatricals, Colleen Camp and Kenneth Teaton in association with Lou Spisto, Daniel Frishwasser, Jon Bierman and Scott Lane.

CAST SCHEDULE
Saturday, September 13, 2014, through Friday, October 10, 2014
Brian Dennehy & Mia Farrow

Saturday, October 11, 2014, through Saturday, November 8, 2014
Carol Burnett & Brian Dennehy

Sunday, November 9, 2014 through Friday, December 5, 2014
Alan Alda & Candice Bergen

Saturday, December 6, 2014, through Friday, January 9, 2015
Stacy Keach & Diana Rigg

Saturday, January 10, 2015, through Sunday, February 15, 2015
Anjelica Huston & Martin Sheen

LOVE LETTERS has scenic design by two-time Tony Award winner John Lee Beatty, costume design by Tony Award winner Jane Greenwood, lighting design by Tony Award winner Peter Kaczorowski and casting by Telsey + Company (William Cantler, CSA and Andrew Femenella, CSA).

LOVE LETTERS is a disarmingly funny and unforgettably emotional portrait about the powerful connection of love. Two friends, rebellious Melissa Gardner and straight-arrow Andrew Makepeace Ladd III have exchanged notes, cards and letters with each other for over 50 years. From second grade, through summer vacations, to college, and well into adulthood, they have spent a lifetime discussing their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, and victories and defeats. But long after the letters are done, the real question remains: Have they made the right choices or is the love of their life only a letter away? 

TICKET INFORMATION
For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com (877-250-2929) or the Brooks Atkinson Theatre box office
For more information on LOVE LETTERS, please visit: www.LoveLettersBroadway.com

Courtesy New York Post

Shuberts intend to build a brand-new theater

 

August 22, 2014 | 6:21am


Shuberts intend to build a brand-new theater
The Shubert Theatre and the marquee for "Memphis" are seen in New York, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. Photo: AP

The Shubert Organization, Broadway’s biggest and most powerful landlord, is expanding its Times Square empire.

The company recently made a bid for New World Stages, the complex of underground off-Broadway theaters on West 50th Street. Now comes word the Shuberts plan to build a state-of-the-art, 1,500-seat Broadway theater between West 45th and 46th streets — sandwiched between Frankie & Johnnie’s steakhouse and the Shuberts’ Imperial Theatre.

The proposed site is now partly filled with tents selling trinkets to tourists. The Shuberts can build there because they own the lot. The company declined to discuss its plans in detail, saying only that it is “in negotiations.”

Sources put the cost at $150 million. As far as I can tell, this will be the first new Broadway theater built from scratch since the Marquis Theatre went up in 1986.

Even though Livent, the company founded by disgraced impresario Garth Drabinsky, created the Lyric (formerly called the Foxwoods) in 1998, the building incorporated landmarked elements from the original Lyric (1903) and Apollo theaters (1920) that stood on that 42nd Street site, and was not built from the ground up. Similarly, the Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theater (2000) was originally the Selwyn (1918), and its Stephen Sondheim Theatre (2010) is the refurbished Henry Miller’s (1918).

If the boom times continue, Times Square can certainly use another house. Shows like “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Wicked,” “The Lion King,” “Chicago” and “The Book of Mormon” seem destined to run for years, taking off the market the Majestic, the Gershwin, the Minskoff, the Ambassador and the Eugene O’Neill.

The Shuberts haven’t built a theater since 2002: off-Broadway’s Little Shubert, which has struggled to find tenants ever since. But in the early 20th century, founders Lee and J.J. Shubert were prolific builders. The geography of Broadway today is very much the result of their building spree, which included all the theaters along West 44th and 45th streets, plus the Winter Garden and the Broadway several blocks north.

Now let’s play a fun game: What should the Shuberts call their new theater? I thought maybe the Bob Wankel Center for the Performing Arts, after the company’s current president, but that might be a little too cheeky.

There should probably be a Tennessee Williams Theater or a Cole Porter or an Oscar Hammerstein II. What about the Ethel Merman? The Marian Seldes?

A Clive Barnes Theater would be nice. Nor would I object to a Michael Riedel Theater — after all, Mark Hellinger, whose theater is now the Times Square Church, was one of the first Broadway columnists.

E-mail me your suggestions, and I’ll pass them along to the powers that be at the Shuberts.

 

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Broadway great Elaine Stritch has passed away on Thursday morning At 89 

 

 She was the definitive Broadway Baby!


July 17: Though the five-time Tony nominee is perhaps best known for her stage presence (Bus Stop, Sail Away, Company), her TV and film resume is also quite impressive.

From 2008-2013, she was nominated for an Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Primetime Emmy for her role as Colleen Donaghy, the mother of Alec Baldwin's character Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock. In 1993, she won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for Law & Order.

She's also appeared in two Woody Allen movies, September (1987) and Small Time Crooks (2000). Her other more recent film credits include Monster In Law (2005), Autumn In New York (2000), Screwed (2000) and Out to Sea (1997).

As far as her musical background, Stritch has starred in No No Nanette, The King and I and I Married an Angel. She was also nominated for a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best Spoken Word Album for Children for The Best Halloween Ever. The actress was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1995.

Stritch was married to John Bay in 1973. He passed away in 1982.

 

Cole Porter’s Lost Show Unearthed

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Cole Porter wrote 19 songs for “The Ambassador Revue.” Credit Cole Porter Estate
The bandleader Vince Giordano said that when he dialed the number, he figured it was little more than a Hail Mary pass. But that simple phone call solved the mystery.

The mystery was what had happened to the music for “La Revue des Ambassadeurs,” a lost Cole Porter show that was staged in Paris in mid-1928 with singers, dancers, the bandleader Fred Waring, a cast that included Clifton Webb and Morton Downey and, remarkably, George Gershwin at the piano on opening night.

“La Revue” was a frothy nightclub concoction that was soon forgotten, eclipsed by Porter’s first Broadway hit a few months later. Porter scholars had long assumed that the orchestra parts from “La Revue” had disappeared, and that the show would never be heard again.

But the missing music has been found, along with a previously unknown number, “Rippling Stream.” The show, retitled “The Ambassador Revue,” will be staged for the first time in this country on Friday at 8 p.m. at Town Hall with Mr. Giordano and his Nighthawks and a cast that includes Amy Burton, Anita Gillette, Jason Graae, Ted Levy, Catherine Russell and Tom Wopat. The choreography will be by Randy Skinner.

On the bill are the 19 numbers that Porter wrote for “La Revue,” including four that were not included in a piano-and-voice reduction issued in France soon after the Paris run. Robert Kimball’s authoritative anthology “The Complete Lyrics of Cole Porter” (Vintage, 1983) described three of the four with the phrase “no music survives.” “Rippling Stream” was not even listed, and another was reworked later by Porter under another title.

“Very few people to my knowledge have performed these songs,” Mr. Kimball said in a recent interview, noting that since the publication of his 501-page book in 1983, fewer than six unknown Porter songs had surfaced before these. “It’s an unknown score. It’s never really been heard since then.”

Peter Filichia, a musical theater historian, said “La Revue” was “something that we heard about, but we didn’t think we’d hear.” Bobby Short recorded one song from “La Revue” in the 1970s: “Pilot Me,” about romance in a newfangled “aeroplane.” But Mr. Filichia said it was not surprising that the numbers in “La Revue” remained unknown outside the fairly small circle of Porter experts.

“If Broadway shows can disappear after their first and only production, why would a nightclub show have any afterlife?” he asked. “And back in 1928, Cole Porter was nothing. He was lucky he got the job. This turned out to be a significant steppingstone in the history of Cole Porter. He might not have had a career if this had not come along.”

“La Revue” was staged in Paris, where Porter was living, while his musical “Paris” was being staged in out-of-town tryouts in this country on its way to becoming his first Broadway hit. As such, said Ken Bloom, who is directing the Town Hall production, “La Revue” was “early Porter on his way to becoming Cole Porter in capital letters.”

“You see all of the slyness, the humor, the double entendres, the playfulness, the wit,” he said. “You see it there in a nascent form. You can visualize what he would become.”

The sleuthing that is now bringing the show to life took place on both sides of the Atlantic. In preparation for the Town Hall performance, Mr. Giordano faced the prospect of having to orchestrate the piano-and-voice arrangements (as had been done for a 2012 performance in Paris, but those parts were unavailable for the New York staging).

Mr. Giordano knew that Mr. Bloom had already checked with Waring’s archive in University Park, Pa., and had been told that nothing from “The Ambassador Revue” had been found in the thousands of orchestra parts that Waring had saved over his long career.

Still, Mr. Giordano decided to double-check. He wrote out a list of the songs known to have been performed in “La Revue” and called the Waring archive himself. “They called back and said, ‘We have all the numbers you listed here, and more,’ ” Mr. Giordano recalled. He called Mr. Bloom and told him: “You’re never going to believe this. I hope you’re sitting down. They found the actual arrangements that were used in the show.”

The find included the music for the show’s opening number, “Keep Moving.” Mr. Kimball’s book said that music was not extant.

Porter wrote two other numbers for Frances Gershwin, who was in the original cast and appeared on opening night with her famous brother George as accompanist. One was an introduction:

If you’re prepared for an orgy

Of music written by Georgie,

I’ll try to sing you some fav’rites of

The man I love.

And then there was a number titled “Rippling Stream.” It was not mentioned at all in Mr. Kimball’s book.

“We don’t have any words for it,” Mr. Giordano said. “We’re just going to play it as an instrumental.”

The find astonished Mr. Bloom, himself a musical theater historian who wrote “Broadway Musicals: The 101 Greatest Shows of All Time” with Frank Vlastnik (Black Dog & Leventhal, 2004). “You just don’t come across a lost score like this,” he said. “If we don’t have complete scores for an early Gershwin show or an early Kern show, at least we know the songs. This, we don’t even know the songs.” 

The path to staging the show began with a lesser discovery in an antiquarian book-and-poster shop in SoHo in 2011. Ms. Burton, browsing, spotted a bound copy of the piano-and-voice reduction. Mr. Kimball had already sent her photocopies of some of the songs, and she had called Mr. Bloom and Barry Kleinbort, a composer and lyricist.

“I felt we were sitting on something important, like an early Mozart opera,” Ms. Burton said. “Nobody knew about it here. It struck me as very French, what he wrote.”

They wondered about the missing songs and called Christophe Mirambeau, a songwriter and music historian in Paris. As it happened, he had done some sleuthing in a warehouse that had belonged to Porter’s French publisher. Deep in a stack of sheet music that was about to be discarded, he found “Boulevard Break,” a second number written for Frances Gershwin. It, too, was listed in “The Complete Lyrics” as lacking music.

And the book with the voice-and-piano reductions that Ms. Burton bought for $35 in SoHo?

“I put it away somewhere safe,” she said. “I can’t even find it.”

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BROADWAY BARKS ANNOUNCES CELEBRITY PARTICIPANTS FOR ITS SWEET 16!

A STAR-STUDDED DOG AND CAT ADOPTION EVENT
FOUNDED BY MARY TYLER MOORE AND BERNADETTE PETERS

PRODUCED BY BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS
+
SPONSORED BY THE ASPCA®
with additional sponsorship from
THE SHUBERT ORGANIZATION, JUJAMCYN THEATERS,
DARYL ROTH, CLARENCE NEDERLANDER, MICHAEL DAVID,
MARTY AND PERRY GRANOFF, MARY JO AND TED SHEN
AND THE NEW YORK TIMES

SHUBERT ALLEY – SATURDAY, JULY 12, 2014
3:00p.m. – 6:30p.m.
(Celebrity presentations from 5:00p.m. – 6:30p.m.)

BROADWAY BARKS announces their 16th annual star-studded dog and cat adoption event featuring celebrities from the hottest shows on Broadway to benefit New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies. Founded by Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters, the event, produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will take place on Saturday, July 12 in Shubert Alley (located between 44th and 45th Streets, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue). The festivities begin at 3:00 p.m. where you can meet all the adoptable dogs and cats; celebrity presentations of pets from animal shelters citywide will take place between 5-6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Marking its 16th anniversary of the organization, BROADWAY BARKS will again help hundreds of New York City’s shelter animals find permanent homes by informing New Yorkers about the plight of the thousands of homeless dogs and cats in the metropolitan area. This year’s sponsors include the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®,) the Shubert Organization, Jujamcyn Theaters, Daryl Roth, Clarence Nederlander, Michael David of The Dodgers, Marty and Perry Granoff, Mary Jo and Ted Shen and The New York Times

Celebrity participants include:


Brooks Ashmanskas (Bullets Over Broadway)
Sierra Boggess (The Phantom of the Opera)
Paige Brady (Matilda The Musical)
Zach Braff (Bullets Over Broadway)
Krystal Joy Brown (Motown The Musical)
Danny Burstein (Cabaret)
Jane Carr (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder)
Victoria Clark (Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella)
Lauren Cohn (Mamma Mia!)
Jenn Colella (If/Then)
Nick Cordero (Bullets Over Broadway)
Colin Donnell (Violet)
John Dossett (Newsies)
Christine Dwyer (Wicked)
Linda Emond (Cabaret)
Felicia Finley (Mamma Mia!)
Jessie Fisher (Once)
Alexander Gemignani (Violet)
Sarah Greene (The Cripple of Inishmaan)
Justin Guarini (Wicked)
Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch)
Matt Harrington (Matilda The Musical)
Samantha Hill (Les Misérables)
Jackie Hoffman (The Addams Family)
James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin)
Rachel Bay Jones (Pippin)
Andy Karl (Rocky)
Anika Larsen (Beautiful – The Carole King Musical)
Adriane Lenox (After Midnight)
Lesli Margherita (Matilda The Musical)
Kyle Dean Massey (Pippin)
Marin Mazzie (Bullets Over Broadway)
Audra McDonald (Lady Day at Emerson Bar & Grill)
Judy McLane (Mamma Mia!)
Andy Mientus (Les Misérables)
Bebe Neuwirth (Blue Bloods)
Jim Norton (Of Mice and Men)
Jill Paice (Matilda The Musical)
Vincent Pastore (Bullets Over Broadway)
Gabriella Pizzolo (Matilda The Musical)
Karine Plantadit (After Midnight)
Courtney Reed (Aladdin)
Ciara Renee (Pippin)
Cliff Saunders (Les Misérables)
Margo Seibert (Rocky)
Christopher Sieber (Matilda The Musical)
Ripley Sobo (Matilda The Musical)
Jarrod Spector (Beautiful – The Carole King Musical)
Will Swenson (Les Misérables)
Mary Testa (Wicked)
Ava Ulloa (Matilda The Musical)
Betsy Wolfe (Bullets Over Broadway)
Lenny Wolpe (Bullets Over Broadway)
Heléne Yorke (Bullets Over Broadway)
Karen Ziemba (Bullets Over Broadway)


“First, we love animals at BC/EFA and most especially those furry and four-footed pals who at one time or another needed a forever home,” said BC/EFA’s executive director Tom Viola. “Second, we also love Bernadette Peters, one of our earliest and now long time champions. In appreciation of the theatre community’s unprecedented commitment to more than 26 years of fundraising, BC/EFA is happy to join Bernadette, Mary Tyler Moore and a host of Broadway’s best each summer for BROADWAY BARKS. It’s one of the happiest days of our annual event calendar.”

“Since 2003, the lives of more than 250,000 dogs and cats have been saved through the combined efforts of the Alliance Participating Organizations, many of which, including Animal Care & Control of NYC, have participated in Broadway Barks over the years," says Jane Hoffman, president of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. “This spirit of a collaborative community, manifested so clearly in BROADWAY BARKS, is moving us closer to the day when no New York City dog or cat of reasonable health and temperament will be killed simply because we do not have a home for them. We congratulate Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore for 16 brilliant years of saving lives through BROADWAY BARKS.”

BARKS will feature adoptable animals from the following New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies including: ASPCA®, Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue, Adopt a Boxer Rescue, Animal Care and Control of NYC (AC&C), Animal Haven, Anjellicle Cats Rescue, Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF), BARC (Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition), Bideawee, Bobbi & the Strays, City Critters, Humane Society of New York (HSNY), Husky House, KittyKind, Loving Touch Animal Center, Manhattan Valley Cat Rescue, Metropolitan Maltese Rescue, Mid Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League, NY Pet-I-Care, PetResQ, P.L.U.T.O. Rescue (Pet Lovers United Together As One), Posh Pets Rescue, Russell Refuge, Save Kitty Foundation, Sean Casey Animal Rescue, Stray from the Heart, Tigger Foundation and Urban Cat League.

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The Phantom of the Opera’s

NORM LEWIS

TO HOST

FREE OUTDOOR BROADWAY CONCERT
#StarsInTheAlley

FEATURING MUSICAL PERFORMANCES
FROM OVER 20 BROADWAY SHOWS
IN LEGENDARY SHUBERT ALLEY

WEDNESDAY MAY 21 -  11:00am-12:30pm
RAIN OR SHINE!

PRODUCED BY THE BROADWAY LEAGUE
WITH MUSIC SUPERVISION BY ALEX LACAMOIRE

SPONSORED BY UNITED AIRLINES

STARS IN THE ALLEY, presented by United Airlines, will be hosted by star of stage and screen Norm Lewis, who takes over the legendary title role in Broadway’s record-breaking The Phantom of the Opera beginning May 12th.

Stars in the Alley will take place on Wednesday, May 21st from 11:00am-12:30pm in Shubert Alley, between Broadway and 8th Avenue and 44th and 45th Streets. To add to the festivities leading up to the Tony Awards, the free outdoor concert in the heart of the Theatre District will celebrate Broadway with star appearances and exciting performances from over 20 new shows and long-running favorites, accompanied by a live 12-piece orchestra.

Norm Lewis was last seen as Senator Edison Davis on the ABC drama “Scandal.” He recently received Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle award nominations for his performance as Porgy in the Broadway production of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.

Other Broadway credits include Sondheim on Sondheim, The Little Mermaid, Les Misérables, Chicago, Amour, The Wild Party, Side Show, Miss Saigon and The Who’s Tommy. In London’s West End he has appeared in Les Misérables and Les Misérables: The 25th Anniversary Concert, which aired on PBS. Off-Broadway, Mr. Lewis has appeared in The Tempest (Public Theater), Dessa Rose (Drama Desk nomination, AUDELCO Award), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Drama League nomination), Captains Courageous and A New Brain, as well as Ragtime with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall. His regional credits include Porgy in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (A.R.T.), Ragtime, Dreamgirls (with Jennifer Holliday), First You Dream, Sweeney Todd and The Fantasticks. On film, he has appeared in Winter’s Tale, Sex and the City 2, Confidences and Preaching to the Choir. His additional television credits include “Blue Bloods,” “Winter’s Tale,” “Mystery Woman,” “All My Children,” “As the World Turns,” “Cosby” and “Strong Medicine.” He has released the solo recording Norm Lewis: This Is the Life! Learn more at normlewis.com.

“Hearing Norm Lewis sing and watching him perform is always an extraordinary experience, and I’m looking forward to seeing him host Broadway’s favorite block party in Shubert Alley!” says Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League. “Stars in the Alley is a festive way for the Broadway community and fans to enjoy the magic of Broadway as the calendar counts down to the eagerly anticipated Tony Awards ceremony in June.”


PARTICIPATING MUSICALS* INCLUDE:

After Midnight
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
Aladdin
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
The Bridges of Madison County
Bullets Over Broadway
Cabaret
Chicago
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
If / Then
Kinky Boots
Les Misérables
The Lion King
Mamma Mia!
Motown The Musical
Newsies
Once
The Phantom of the Opera
Pippin
Rock of Ages
Rocky
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Violet
Wicked

WITH ADDITIONAL APPEARANCES* FROM:

Act One
All the Way
Casa Valentina
Holler if Ya Hear Me
Mothers and Sons
Of Mice and Men
On the Town

*subject to change

More shows still to be announced!

Additional information can be found at StarsInTheAlley.com. 


The Tony Awards, hosted by Hugh Jackman, will be broadcast in a live three-hour ceremony from Radio City Music Hall, on the CBS television network on Sunday, June 8, 2014. For more information on the Tony Awards, please visit TonyAwards.com.





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NEW YORK DRAMA CRITICS’ CIRCLE NAMES

THE NIGHT ALIVE

BEST PLAY OF 2013-14

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BEST AMERICAN PLAY AWARD TO ALL THE WAY

BEST MUSICAL AWARD TO FUN HOME

SPECIAL CITATIONS AWARDED TO
THE SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE PRODUCTIONS OF
TWELFTH NIGHT & RICHARD III
AND
RICHARD NELSON & THE COMPANY OF
THE APPLE FAMILY PLAYS

 

New York, May 5, 2014:  The Night Alive, written by Conor McPherson, today won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award (NYDCC) for Best Play of the 2012-2013 season. All the Way, written by Robert Schenkkan received the award for Best American Play. A Fun Home received the award for Best Musical. The selections were made at the 79th annual voting meeting of the organization today at the offices of Time Out New York in Manhattan.

Special Citations were awarded to the Shakespeare's Globe productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III and Richard Nelson and the company of The Apple Family Plays.

The awards will be presented at a cocktail reception to be held on Friday, May 16, at 54 Below.
The award for best play carries a cash prize of $2,500. The prize is made possible by a grant from the Lucille Lortel Foundation.

The Night Alive, written and directed by Conor McPherson, had its world premiere at the Donmar Warehouse in London on June 13, 2013. It made its United States premiere with the Atlantic Theater Company at the Linda Gross Theater on November 30, 2013, with an opening on December 12.

All the Way is written by Robert Schenkkan and directed by Bill Rauch, Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where the play premiered in 2012. It then went on to play an acclaimed run at A.R.T in September of 2013. All the Way opened at the Neil Simon Theatre on March 6, 2014 where it is currently playing.

Fun Home (directed by Sam Gold, music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, and based on a book by Alison Bechdel) had its world premiere at the Public Theater on September 30, 2014 with an October 22nd opening.

A Special Citation has been awarded to the Shakespeare's Globe's productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III. The acclaimed all-male Shakespeare's Globe productions began performances at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London in Fall of 2012 and successfully transferred to London's West End in early 2013. The productions starred Mark Rylance, Stephen Fry, Samuel Barnett and were directed by Tim Carroll, designed by Jenny Tiramani with music by Claire van Kampen. In addition to Rylance, Fry and Barnett, the 19-member cast included Paul Chahidi, John Paul Connolly, Peter Hamilton Dyer, Colin Hurley, Angus Wright, Terry McGinity, Kurt Egyiawan, Matt Harrington, Matthew Schechter, Hayden Signoretti, Josheph Timms, Dominic Brewer, Dylan Clark Marshall, and Tony Ward. Twelfth Night and Richard III began previews on Broadway's Belasco Theatre on October 15, 2013, opening night was November 10 and the productions finished their limited engagement ending on February 16, 2014.

A Special Citation has also been awarded to playwright Richard Nelson and the company of The Apple Family Plays. Each year since 2010, Richard Nelson has premiered a new play about the fictional, liberal Apple family of Rhinebeck, New York. Each of these plays originally premiered on the night on which it is set. In That Hopey Changey Thing, the Apples reflect on the state of their family and discuss memory, manners and politics as polls close on mid-term election night 2010 and a groundswell of conservative sentiment flips Congress on its head. In Sweet and Sad, a family brunch stirs up discussions of loss, remembrance and a decade of change. Sorry, which premiered fall of 2012, finds the Apples sorting through family anxieties and confusion on the day of electing the President. The final work, Regular Singing opened on the day in which it was set, the 50th anniversary of the assasination of President John F. Kennedy and premiered at the Public Theatre in November of 2013. The Apple Family Plays began previews at The Public Theater began October 22, 2013 and ran through December 16. The cast featured Maryann Plunkett, Jay O. Sanders, Laila Robins, Jon Devries, Stephen Kunken and Sally Murphy.

For more information on the New York Drama Critics’ Circle and details of this year’s voting, visit www.dramacritics.org. In keeping with NYDCC’s tradition of openness, a full breakdown of the vote will be posted on the website.

The New York Drama Critics’ Circle comprises 22 drama critics from daily newspapers, magazines, wire services and websites based in the New York metropolitan area. The New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, which has been awarded every year since 1936 to the best new play of the season (with optional awards for foreign or American plays, musicals and performers), is the nation's second-oldest theater award, after the Pulitzer Prize for drama.

Adam Feldman, theater critic for Time Out New York, has served as president of the NYDCC since 2005. Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post serves as vice president; Joe Dziemianowicz of the Daily News is treasurer.

In addition to Feldman, Vincentelli, and Dziemianowicz, the members of the New York Drama Critics' Circle are: Hilton Als, The New Yorker; Melissa Rose Bernardo, Entertainment Weekly; David Cote, Time Out New York; Michael Feingold, TheaterMania; Robert Feldberg, Bergen Record; Elysa Gardner, USA Today; Adam Green Vogue; Jesse Green, New York; Mark Kennedy, Associated Press; Jesse Oxfeld, New York Observer; David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter; Frank Scheck, New York Post; David Sheward, ArtsinNYC; John Simon, Yonkers Tribune; Marilyn Stasio, Variety; Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal; Matt Windman, amNewYork; Linda Winer, Newsday; and Richard Zoglin, Time. Emeritus members include David Finkle, Brian Scott Lipton Michael Sommers and Steven Suskin.

 


 

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THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
FINAL PERFORMANCE MAY 18, 2014;
TOUR WILL HIT THE ROAD IN 2015

The Bridges of Madison County, the new Broadway musical by Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize-winning team Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman, starring five-time Tony Award-nominee Kelli O’Hara, and star of screen & stage and 2014 Drama Desk nominee Steven Pasquale, will play its final performance on Sunday, May 18, 2014, having played 137 performances.

The producers of The Bridges of Madison County, which released its original cast recording digitally on April 15th debuting as the #1 Cast Recording on the Billboard chart, are thrilled to announce that the production will embark on a tour in the fall of 2015, directed by Bartlett Sher.

The Bridges of Madison County has been nominated for two Outer Critic Circle Awards, nine Drama Desk Awards including Best New Musical, and four Tony Awards including Best Actress (Kelli O’Hara), Best Original Score (Jason Robert Brown), Best Orchestrations (Jason Robert Brown), and Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Donald Holder).

“GORGEOUS, POWERFUL and RAPTUROUS!”
New York Magazine

“Kelli O’Hara confirms her position
as one of the most exquisitely expressive stars in Musical Theater.
The New York Times, Ben Brantley

“BRIDGES IS TERRIFIC! When O’Hara and Pasquale sing it’s magic!”
NPR

“JASON ROBERT BROWN delivers
one of the best Broadway score in the last decade!”
New York Daily News

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The Bridges of Madison County is based on the best selling novel by Robert James Waller.

The design team includes Michael Yeargan (scenic design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Donald Holder (lighting design), and Jon Weston (sound design). Casting was by Telsey + Company, Abbie Brady-Dalton, CSA.

Tickets can be purchased at the box office of the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting telecharge.com.

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**THE LEGENDS COME OUT -- "AFTER MIDNIGHT"  THIS SUMMER

PATTI LABELLE 

GLADYS KNIGHT 


AND

NATALIE COLE

JOIN THE COMPANY OF  THE TONY® AWARD-NOMINATED

BEST MUSICAL “AFTER MIDNIGHT”

AS “SPECIAL GUEST STAR”


In the glow of its seven Tony® Award nominations, including one for Best Musical, producers Scott Sanders and Wynton Marsalis announced today that a trio of true music legends will make their way to Broadway this summer in After Midnight. Multi-award winning icons Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole (making her Broadway debut) are set to join the illustrious roster of "Special Guest Star" vocalists in the red hot Broadway musical.

Combined, this trio of legends boasts 22 platinum and gold records, 18 Grammy Awards, and almost 300 million albums sold worldwide. Ms. LaBelle will play performances from June 10 - 29, Ms. Knight July 8 - August 3, and Ms. Cole August 5 - 31 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 W 47th Street). Conceived by Jack Viertel, and directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, After Midnight began preview performances on Friday, October 18, 2013, and opened to the best reviews of any new musical this season on Sunday, November 3, 2013.

On Tuesday, the production garnered seven Tony® Award nominations, including Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical (Warren Carlyle), Best Choreography (Warren Carlyle), Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical (Adriane Lenox), Best Costume Design of a Musical (Isabel Toledo), Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Howell Binkley) and Best Sound Design of a Musical (Peter Hylenski). Last week, After Midnight received five Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for Outstanding New Broadway Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical (Warren Carlyle), Outstanding Choreographer (Warren Carlyle), Outstanding Costume Design (Isabel Toledo), and Outstanding Lighting Design (Howell Binkley), as well as Drama League nominations for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off Broadway Musical and the Distinguished Performance Award (Adriane Lenox), and three Drama Desk nominations including Outstanding Revue, Outstanding Choreography (Warren Carlyle) and Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Adriane Lenox).

After Midnight takes the sexy, smoky glamour of the original Jazz Age and catapults it into a whole new era of heart-pounding, mind-blowing entertainment for modern Broadway audiences. Refracted through a contemporary lens, After Midnight celebrates Duke Ellington’s years at the Cotton Club using his original arrangements and performed by a world-class big band of 17 musicians hand-picked by living jazz legend, Wynton Marsalis. The timeless tunes set against a narrative of Langston Hughes poetry provide an authentic backdrop for an array of cutting-edge performances by 25 sensational vocalists and dancers, including special guest stars, whose interpretations shatter everything you think you know about music, nightlife and Broadway.

In its heyday, the Cotton Club featured a cavalcade of guest stars each week, known then as “Celebrity Nights.” After Midnight reintroduces this exciting tradition by presenting stars of today in limited engagement appearances throughout the musical’s run. Currently starring multi-platinum recording artist and actress Vanessa Williams through May 11, 2014, Grammy Award-winning recording artist Fantasia began the tradition (10/18/13 – 2/9/14), followed by four-time Grammy Award-winning icon k.d. lang (2/11/14 - 3/9/14) and Grammy Award-winners Toni Braxton & Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds (3/17/14 - 3/30/14). Fantasia will be returning to After Midnight for a four-week return engagement (5/13/14 - 6/8/14) leading up to the Tony Awards on June 9, 2014.

After Midnight features musical direction by Wynton Marsalis, musical supervision by Daryl Waters and direction and choreography by Warren Carlyle. The design team for After Midnight includes prolific design couple Isabel Toledo (costumes) and Ruben Toledo, Tony Award-winners John Lee Beatty (set design) and Howell Binkley (lighting design) and Peter Hylenski (sound).

After Midnight is produced by Scott Sanders Productions, and Wynton Marsalis, in association with Marks-Moore-Turnbull Group; Stephen and Ruth Hendel; Tom Kirdahy.

The performance schedule for After Midnight is as follows: Tuesdays – Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm, and matinee performances on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:00 pm and Sundays at 3 pm. Tickets range from $60.00 to $142.00 (premium tickets are $199) and are available via TicketMaster and in persona at the Brooks Atkinson box office. Tickets for groups of 12 or more can be purchased by calling 212-239-6262 or 800-432-7780 or by visiting http://www.ticketmaster.com/.

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THE DRAMA LEAGUE  ANNOUNCES 2014 AWARD NOMINEES

FOR 80th ANNUAL AWARDS

CEREMONY ON FRIDAY, MAY 16th  AT THE MARRIOTT MARQUIS TIMES SQUARE

HOSTED BY JESSE TYLER FERGUSON

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New York, April 23:   The Drama League (Executive Director, Gabriel Shanks) has announced the 2014 Drama League Awards Nominees for Distinguished Play, Distinguished Revival of a Play, Distinguished Musical, Distinguished Revival of a Musical, and Distinguished Performance Award. The nominations were announced at a ceremony hosted by Judith Light and Christopher Sieber this morning at Sardi’s Restaurant and streamed live at www.BroadwayWorld.com.

The nominations announcement begins the month of celebrations leading up to the 80th Annual Drama League Awards, which will be held at the Marriott Marquis Times Square (1535 Broadway) on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 11:30am. Tickets for The Drama League Awards, which includes pre-event cocktails and the star-studded afternoon luncheon ceremony hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson, are available by calling (212) 244-9494 or visiting www.dramaleague.org.

First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honors in America. GenSpring Family Offices, National Life Group and Financier Patisserie are the 2014 Sponsors of The 80th Annual Drama League Awards.

For more information about the Drama League Awards, please call (212) 244-9494 ext 101, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit the website at www.dramaleague.org.

2014 DRAMA LEAGUE AWARDS NOMINATIONS

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY PLAY

All That Fall

59 East 59 Theatres

By Samuel Beckett - Directed by Trevor Nunn

59E59 Theaters, Richard Darbourne Limited, Jermyn Street Theatre, producers

All The Way

Neil Simon Theatre

By Robert Schenkkan - Directed by Bill Rauch

Jeffrey Richards, Louise Gund, Jerry Frankel, Stephanie P. McClelland, Double Gemini Productions, Rebecca Gold, Scott M. Delman, Barbara H. Freitag, Harvey Weinstein, Gene Korf, William Berlind, Caiola Productions, Gutterman Chernoff, Jam Theatricals, Gabrielle Palitz, Cheryl Wiesenfeld, Will Trice, producers

Casa Valentina

Manhattan Theatre Club/Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

By Harvey Fierstein - Directed by Joe Mantello

Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer

By special arrangement with Colin Callender, Robert Cole, Frederick M. Zollo, The Shubert Organization, producers

Domesticated

Lincoln Center Theater/Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater

By Bruce Norris - Directed by Anna D. Shapiro

Andre Bishop, Artistic Director; Adam Siegel, Managing Director; Hattie K. Jutagir, Executive Director of Development and Planning

Mothers and Sons

Golden Theatre

By Terrence McNally - Directed by Sheryl Kaller

Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman, Paula Wagner and Debbie Bisno, Barbara Freitag and Loraine Alterman Boyle, Hunter Arnold, Paul Boskind, Ken Davenport, LAMS Productions, Mark Lee and Ed Filipowski, Roberta Pereira/Brunish-Trinchero, Sanford Robertson, Tom Smedes & Peter Stern, Jack Thomas/Susan Dietz, producers

Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play

Playwrights Horizons

By Anne Washburn - Directed by Steve Cosson

Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director; Carol Fishman, General Manager

The Open House

Signature Theatre Company

By Will Eno - Directed by Oliver Butler

James Houghton, Founding Artistic Director; Erika Mallin, Executive Director

The Realistic Joneses

Lyceum Theatre

By Will Eno - Directed by Sam Gold

Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jam Theatricals, Stacey Mindich, Susan Gallin, Mary Lu Roffe, Andy Sandberg, Scott M. Delman, William Berlind, Caiola Productions, CandyWendyJamie Productions, Amy Danis & Mark Johannes, Finn Moellenberg Productions, Angelina Fiordellisi, Jay Franke, Gesso Productions, Grimaldi Astrachan Hello Entertainment, Meg Herman, Mara Smigel Rutter Productions, KM-R&D, Will Trice, in association with Yale Repertory Theatre

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

After Midnight

Brooks Atkinson Theatre

Conceived by Jack Viertel

Directed by Warren Carlyle

Scott Sanders Productions, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Furman, Candy Spelling, Starry Night Entertainment, Hal Newman, Allan S. Gordon/Adam S. Gordon, James L. Nederlander, Robert K. Kraft, Catherine and Fred Adler, Robert Appel, Jeffrey Bolton, Scott M. Delman, James Fantaci, Ted Liebowitz, Stephanie P. McClelland, Sandy Block, Carol Fineman, producers in association with Marks-Moore-Turnbull Group, Stephen and Ruth Hendel, and Tom Kirdahy

Aladdin

New Amsterdam Theatre

Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, Book and Additional Lyrics by Chad Beguelin

Directed by Casey Nicholaw - Disney Theatrical Productions, Thomas Schumacher, Director

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Stephen Sondheim Theatre

Book by Douglas McGrath, Music by Barry Mann and Carole King, Lyrics by Cynthia Weil and Gerry Goffin - Directed by Marc Bruni

Paul Blake, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Jeffrey A. Sine, Richard A. Smith, Mike Bosner, Harriet N. Leve/Elaine Krauss, Terry Schnuck, Orin Wolf, Patty Baker/Good Productions, Roger Faxon, Larry Magid, Kit Seidel, Lawrence S. Toppall, Fakston Productions/Mary Solomon, William Court Cohen, John Gore, BarLor Productions, Matthew C. Blank, Tim Hogue, Joel Hyatt, Marianne Mills, Michael J. Moritz, Jr., StylesFour Productions, Brunish & Trinchero, Jeremiah J. Harris, producers

The Bridges of Madison County

Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

Book by Marsha Norman, Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown - Directed by Bartlett Sher

Jeffrey Richards, Stacey Mindich, Jerry Frankel, Gutterman Chernoff, Hunter Arnold, Ken Davenport, Carl Daikeler, Michael DeSantis, Aaron Priest, Libby Adler Mages/Mari Glick Stuart, Scott M. Delman, Independent Presenters Network, Red Mountain Theatre Company, Caiola Productions, Remmel T. Dickinson, Ken Greiner, David Lancaster, Bellanca Smigel Rutter, Mark S. Golub & David S. Golub, Will Trice, producers with Warner Bros Theatre Ventures and The Shubert Organization in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival

Bullets Over Broadway

St. James Theatre

Book by Woody Allen, Music Adaptation and Additional Lyrics by Glen Kelly - Directed by Susan Stroman

Letty Aronson, Julian Schlossberg, Edward Walson, Leroy Schector, Roy Furman, Broadway Across America, Just For Laughs Theatricals/Jacki Barlia Florin, Harold Newman and Jujamcyn Theaters, producers

Fun Home

The Public Theater

Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron - Directed by Sam Gold

Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Patrick Willingham, Executive Director

A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder

Walter Kerr Theatre

Book and Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman, Music and Lyrics by Steven Lutvak - Directed by Darko Tresnjak

Joey Parnes, S.D. Wagner, John Johnson, 50 Church Street Productions, Joan Raffe and Jhett Tolentino, Jay Alix and Una Jackman, Catherine and Fred Adler, Rhoda Herrick, Kathleen K. Johnson, Megan Savage, Shadowcatcher Entertainment, Ron Simons, True Love Productions, Jamie deRoy, Four Ladies & One Gent, John Arthur Pinckard, Greg Nobile, Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley, Exeter Capital/Ted Snowdon, Ryan Hugh Mackey, Cricket-CTM Media/Mano-Horn Productions, Dennis Grimaldi/Margot Astrachan, Hello Entertainment/Jamie Bendell, Michael T. Cohen/Joe Strola, Joseph and Carson Gleberman/William Megevick, Green State Productions, Robert Greenblatt, producers in association with Hartford Stage and The Old Globe

Murder For Two

Second Stage Theatre/New World Stages

Book and Music by Joe Kinosian, Book and Lyrics by Kellan Blair - Directed by Scott Schwartz

Second Stage Theatre, Carole Rothman, Artistic Director; Casey Reitz, Executive Director; Christopher Burney, Associate Artistic Director; Jayson Raitt, Barbara Whitman, Steven Chaikelson, producers

Rocky

Winter Garden Theatre

Book by Thomas Meehan and Sylvester Stallone, Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens - Directed by Alex Timbers

Stage Entertainment USA and Sylvester Stallone, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, The Shubert Organization, Kevin King-Templeton, James L. Nederlander and Terry Allen Kramer, Roy Furman, Cheryl Wiesenfeld, Zane Tankel, Lucky Champions, Scott Delman, JFL Theatricals/Judith Ann Abrams, Latitude Link, Waxman/Shin/Bergère, Lauren Stevens/Josh Goodman, producers


OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY PLAY

The Cripple of Inishmaan

Cort Theatre

By Martin McDonagh - Directed by Michael Grandage

Michael Grandage Company, Arielle Tepper Madover, L.T.D. Productions, Stacey Mindich, Starry Night Entertainment, Scott M. Delman, Martin McCallum, Stephanie P. McClelland, Zeilinger Productions and The Shubert Organization, producers

The Glass Menagerie

Booth Theatre

By Tennessee Williams - Directed by John Tiffany

Jeffrey Richards, John N. Hart Jr., Jerry Frankel, Lou Spisto/Lucky VIII, Infinity Stages, Scott M. Delman, Jam Theatricals, Mauro Taylor, Rebecca Gold, Michael Palitz, Charles E. Stone, Will Trice, Gfour Productions, producers

Good Person of Szechwan

The Public Theater

By Bertolt Brecht, translated by John Willett - Directed by Lear deBessonet

Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Patrick Willingham, Executive Director; The Foundry Theatre

The Mutilated

The New Ohio Theatre

By Tennessee Williams - Directed by Cosmin Chivu

Beth Bartley Productions, Thomas Keith and New Ohio Theatre, Robert Lyons, Artistic Director

Of Mice and Men

Longacre Theatre

By John Steinbeck - Directed by Anna D. Shapiro

David Binder, Kate Lear, Darren Bagert, Adam Zotovich, Latitude Link/Piedmont Productions, Raise The Roof, Paula Marie Black, Marc Turtletaub, Ruth Hendel/Barbara Whitman, Marianne Mills/Jayne Baron Sherman, Martin Massman, Judy Kent/Wendy Knudsen, Kevin Niu, Michael Watt, and The Shubert Organization, producers

A Raisin in the Sun

Ethel Barrymore Theatre

By Lorraine Hansberry - Directed by Kenny Leon

Scott Rudin, Roger Berlind, Eli Bush, Jon B. Platt, Scott M. Delman, Roy Furman, Stephanie P. McClelland, Ruth Hendel, Sonia Friedman/Tulchin Bartner, The Araca Group, Heni Koenigsberg, Daryl Roth, Joan Raffe and Jhett Tolentino, Joey Parnes, S.D. Wagner, John Johnson, producers

Twelfth Night, or What You Will

Belasco Theatre

By William Shakespeare - Directed by Tim Carroll

Sonia Friedman Productions, Scott Landis, Roger Berlind, Glass Half Full Productions/Just For Laughs Theatricals, 1001 Nights Productions, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Jane Bergère, Paula Marie Black, Rupert Gavin, Stephanie P. McClelland, Shakespeare’s Globe Centre USA, Max Cooper, Tanya Link Productions and Shakespeare Road, producers

Waiting For Godot

Cort Theatre

By Samuel Beckett - Directed by Sean Mathias

Stuart Thompson, Nomango Productions, Jon B. Platt, Elizabeth Williams/Jack M. Dalgleish, producers


OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Belasco Theatre

Book by John Cameron Mitchell, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Trask - Directed by Michael Mayer

David Binder, Jayne Baron Sherman, Barbara Whitman, Latitude Link, Patrick Catullo, Raise The Roof, Paula Marie Black, Colin Callender, Ruth Hendel, Saron Karmazin, Martian Entertainment, Stacey Mindich, Eric Schnall and The Shubert Organization, producers

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

Circle in the Square Theatre

By Lanie Robertson - Directed by Lonny Price

Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jessica Genick, Will Trice, Ronald Frankel, Rebecca Gold, Roger Berlind, Ken Grenier, Gabrielle Palitz, Irene Gandy, Gfour Productions, producers

Les Misérables

Imperial Theatre

Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer

Original French Text by Alain Boubilil and Jean-Marc Natel - Directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell

Cameron Mackintosh, producer

Violet

Roundabout Theatre Company/American Airlines Theatre

Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book and Lyrics by Brian Crawley - Directed by Leigh Silverman

Todd Haimes, Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert, Managing Director; Julia Levy, Executive Director

PLEASE NOTE: The Roundabout Theatre Company production of Cabaret received The Drama League’s Outstanding Revival of a Musical Award in 1998, during its original engagement. Therefore, it is ineligible for a production nomination this season. However, it was determined that the cast of the production would be eligible for consideration.


DISTINGUISHED PERFORMANCE AWARD

One winner is selected from this category. The recipient can only receive the award once during his or her career.

Reed Birney, Casa Valentina

Steven Boyer, Hand to God

Zach Braff, Bullets over Broadway

Arnie Burton, The Mystery of Irma Vep

Michael Cerveris, Fun Home

Nick Cordero, Bullets over Broadway

Bryan Cranston, All the Way

Alan Cumming, Cabaret

Tyne Daly, Mothers and Sons

Mary Bridget Davies, A Night With Janis Joplin

Gabriel Ebert, Casa Valentina

Carson Elrod, The Heir Apparent

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, The Comedy of Errors

Sutton Foster, Violet

James Franco, Of Mice and Men

Peter Friedman, The Open House

Michael C. Hall, The Realistic Joneses

Lena Hall, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Joshua Henry, Violet

James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin

LaTanya Richardson Jackson, A Raisin in the Sun

Ramin Karimloo, Les Misérables

Andy Karl, Rocky

Adriane Lenox, After Midnight

Tracy Letts, The Realistic Joneses

Zachary Levi, First Date

Sydney Lucas, Fun Home

Taylor Mac, Good Person of Szechwan

Jefferson Mays, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Idina Menzel, If/Then

Laurie Metcalf, Domesticated

Jessie Mueller, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Chris O'Dowd, Of Mice and Men

Kelli O'Hara, The Bridges of Madison County

Estelle Parsons, The Velocity of Autumn

Steven Pasquale, The Bridges of Madison County

Jeremy Pope, Choir Boy

Zachary Quinto, The Glass Menagerie

Daniel Radcliffe, The Cripple of Inishmaan

Ruben Santiago-Hudson, How I Learned What I Learned

Margo Seibert, Rocky

Robert Sella, The Mystery of Irma Vep

Tony Shalhoub, Act One

Jennifer Simard, Disaster!

Brian J. Smith, The Glass Menagerie

Patrick Stewart, Waiting for Godot

John Douglas Thompson, Satchmo at the Waldorf

Denzel Washington, A Raisin in the Sun

Michelle Williams, Cabaret


The Drama League also wishes to acknowledge the previous recipients of the Distinguished Performance Award who appeared in New York productions this season. As the Award can only be won once in a performer’s lifetime, they are ineligible this season. Their exemplary work, however, is recognized and applauded.

Eileen Atkins, All That Fall

Norbert Leo Butz, Big Fish

Kathleen Chalfant, Somewhere Fun/Tales From Red Vienna

Cherry Jones, The Glass Menagerie

Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

Ian McKellen, Waiting For Godot/No Man’s Land

Frank Langella, King Lear

Mary-Louise Parker, The Snow Geese

Mark Rylance, Twelfth Night, Or What You Will/Richard III

The Drama League recently announced the 2014 recipients for Distinguished Contributions and Achievements in the Theatre, as follows: Kennedy Center Honoree, Tony®, and Grammy® Award nominee, Barbara Cook will receive the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award in recognition of her contribution to the musical theatre; Key Brand Entertainment/Broadway Across America: John Gore will receive the Unique Contribution to the Theatre Award for their vital work of bringing New York productions to theaters across America; and Tony®, Drama Desk and OBIE Award-winner John Tiffany will receive The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing.

Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre: Barbara Cook

Unique Contribution to the Theatre: Key Brand Entertainment/Broadway Across America

Founders Award for Excellence in Directing: John Tiffany

The 80th Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony and Luncheon includes a nominees cocktail reception, luncheon, and awards presentation and will be held at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in the Broadway Ballroom (1535 Broadway) on Friday, May 16, 2014 beginning at 11:30am.

www.Dramaleague.org

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The First Broadway/Off-Broadway Award Nominees of the Season!

“A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder” Heads the List with 11 Nominations! 

Followed by 8 for “Aladdin,” 7 for “Fun Home” & 6 for “Rocky”

 

New York, April 22:  Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators covering New York theater for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway, announced today (April 22, 2014) its nominees for the 2013-14 season in 24 categories. Stage and screen stars Cecily Tyson and Vanessa Williams presided over the (11AM) announcement ceremony at Manhattan’s Friars Club.

Celebrating its 64th season of bestowing awards of excellence in the field of theater, the Outer Critics Circle is an association with members affiliated with more than ninety newspapers, magazines, websites, radio and television stations, and theatre publications in America and abroad. The winners of the following categories will be announced on Monday, May 12th and the annual awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 22nd (4PM) at the legendary Sardi’s Restaurant.

Nominations" Outer Critics Circle 2013-2014 Award Nominations

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY
Act One
All the Way
Casa Valentina
Outside Mullingar
The Realistic Joneses

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL
After Midnight
Aladdin
Beautiful The Carole King Musical
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
Rocky

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
Appropriate
Choir Boy
The Explorer’s Club
The Heir Apparent
Stage Kiss

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
Far From Heaven
Fun Home
Murder For Two
Storyville
What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Aladdin
Beautiful The Carole King Musical
Fun Home
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
Rocky

OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Aladdin
The Bridges of Madison County
Fun Home
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
If / Then


OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
The Cripple of Inishmaan
The Glass Menagerie
Machinal
Twelfth Night
The Winslow Boy

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Cabaret
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
Les Misérables
Violet

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Tim Carroll Twelfth Night
Michael Grandage The Cripple of Inishmaan
Lindsay Posner The Winslow Boy
Bill Rauch All the Way
Lyndsey Turner Machinal

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Warren Carlyle After Midnight
Laurence Connor & James Powell Les Misérables
Sam Gold Fun Home
Alex Timbers Rocky
Darko Tresnjak A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER
Warren Carlyle After Midnight
Peggy Hickey A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
Steven Hoggett & Kelly Devine Rocky
Casey Nicholaw Aladdin
Susan Stroman Bullets Over Broadway

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Christopher Barreca Rocky
Beowulf Boritt Act One
Bob Crowley Aladdin
Es Devlin Machinal
Alexander Dodge A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Gregg Barnes Aladdin
Linda Cho A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
William Ivey Long Bullets Over Broadway
Jenny Tiramani Twelfth Night
Isabel Toledo After Midnight


OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Kevin Adams Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Howell Binkley After Midnight
Paule Constable Les Misérables
Natasha Katz Aladdin
Philip S. Rosenberg A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Bryan Cranston All the Way
Ian McKellen No Man’s Land
Brían F. O’Byrne Outside Mullingar
Mark Rylance Twelfth Night
Tony Shaloub Act One

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Tyne Daly Mothers and Sons
Rebecca Hall Machinal
Jessica Hecht Stage Kiss
Cherry Jones The Glass Menagerie
Estelle Parsons The Velocity of Autumn

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Michael Cerveris Fun Home
Neil Patrick Harris Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Andy Karl Rocky
Jefferson Mays A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
Bryce Pinkham A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Sutton Foster Violet
Audra McDonald Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
Jessie Mueller Beautiful The Carole King Musical
Kelli O’Hara The Bridges of Madison County
Michelle Williams Cabaret

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Paul Chahidi Twelfth Night
Michael Cyril Creighton Stage Kiss
John McMartin All the Way
Alessandro Nivola The Winslow Boy
Brian J. Smith The Glass Menagerie

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Barbara Barrie I Remember Mama
Andrea Martin Act One
Sophie Okonedo A Raisin in the Sun
Anika Noni Rose A Raisin in the Sun
Mare Winningham Casa Valentina

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Danny Burstein Cabaret
Nick Cordero Bullets Over Broadway
Joshua Henry Violet
James Monroe Iglehart Aladdin
Jarrod Specter Beautiful The Carole King Musical

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Judy Kuhn Fun Home
Anika Larsen Beautiful The Carole King Musical
Sydney Lucas Fun Home
Marin Mazzie Bullets Over Broadway
Lisa O’Hare A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
Jim Brochu Character Man
Debra Jo Rupp Becoming Dr. Ruth
Ruben Santiago-Hudson How I Learned What I Learned
Alexandra Silber Arlington
John Douglas Thompson Satchmo at the Waldorf

JOHN GASSNER AWARD
(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
Scott Z. Burns The Library
Eric Dufault Year of the Rooster
Madeleine George The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence
Steven Levenson The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin
Lauren Yee The Hatmaker’s Wife


Nominations Talley for 3 or more:

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder 11; Aladdin 8; Fun Home 7; Rocky 6; After Midnight 5; Beautiful 5;
Twelfth Night 5; Act One 4; All the Way 4; Bullets Over Broadway 4; Machinal 4; Cabaret 3; The Glass Menagerie 3; Hedwig and the Angry Inch 3; Les Miserables 3; Stage Kiss 3; Violet 3; The Winslow Boy 3

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