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LEGENDARY NEGRO ENSEMLBLE COMPANY, INC. PRESENTS

TONY AND EMMY AWARD WINNER LILLIAS WHITE

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“A WOMAN ON LOVE”

A VALENTINE’S DAY (FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14) BENEFIT CONCERT


The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. opens the 47th season of inspirational, innovative and exciting stage productions with a special Valentine’s Day concert” starring the dynamic, award-winning singer/actress Lillias White in two performances of “A Woman On Love” on Friday, February 14, 2014. Ms. White will grace the stage of the Langston Hughes Auditorium at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037-1801 with shows at 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm. There will be a VIP Reception immediately following the second concert.

Tickets for “A Woman On Love” are on sale now at SmartTix; $75.00 General Admission and $100.00 for the concert with the VIP Reception. Go to Smarttix.com for tickets. Early Bird Special now through January 15th only $125 per couple for the concerts only. For discount information and Early Bird Specials, call smarttix at (212) 868-4444 or the NEC office at 212-582-5860.

Lillias White’s amazing voice, powerful delivery and unique song styling has and continues to thrill and delight audiences in productions, including; headlining a talented cast in the Broadway production of The Life, garnering the covetous Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk, and the Friends of New York award; and a powerful performance in FELA for which she received a Tony nomination. Ms. White’s has also received praise for the Broadway productions, Dreamgirls, Barnum, Cats, Rock ‘N Roll! The First 5,000 Years, Once on This Island, Carrie, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Chicago. Her film and TV credits include a regular role on Sesame Street (for which she won an Emmy Award), the role of Bloody Mary in the PBS Great Performances presentation of South Pacific, Pieces of April, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and the voice of the lead muse in the Disney’s animated Hercules. Ms. White also performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic in a concert of works by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, George and Ira Gershwin celebrating the orchestra's 50th anniversary. White has appeared in concert at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and has toured internationally with her one-woman show “From Brooklyn to Broadway.” Additionally, she was featured on the 1990 hit single "Rescue Me" by pop-icon Madonna.

Ms. White, a long-time supporter of The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc., says, “I am pleased and proud to contribute my time and energy to benefit The Negro Ensemble Company. The NEC is an integral part of our community and has produced performing artist who have become world renowned. It is imperative that we all, especially those of us who have benefited from involvement with the NEC stand up and make sure that the work of this organization continues. Our community needs quality theatre. And it’s up to all of us who can to continue this legacy.”

The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. (NEC) (Charles Weldon, Artistic Director; Karen Brown, Executive Director) provides African-American, African and Caribbean professional artists with an opportunity to learn, to work, to grow and to be nurtured in the performing arts.

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ENTIRE ORIGINAL RUN NOW SOLD OUT


** ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE ADDED BY POPULAR DEMAND * *



PAGEANT


THE MUSICAL COMEDY BEAUTY CONTEST



ADDED PERFORMANCE ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24 AT 10:30 PM

 


TICKETS AVAILABLE AT WWW.PAGEANTTHEMUSICAL.COM

BENEFITTING BROADWAY CARES / EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS

 

 

 The producers of PAGEANT – THE MUSICAL COMEDY BEAUTY CONTEST are pleased to announce that all originally scheduled performances on February 10, 17 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. are now completely sold out. Due to popular demand, one additional performance has been added on Monday, February 24 at 10:30 p.m. and tickets are available for purchase at www.PageantTheMusical.com. PAGEANT is playing at the Red Lacquer Club, home of Lucky Cheng’s at 240 West 52nd Street.

The full cast of tiara-crazed beauties includes Nick Cearley (“The Skivvies”), Frankie James Grande (Mamma Mia), Douglas Lyons (Beautiful), Alex Ringler (West Side Story), Marty Thomas (Xanadu), Seth Tucker (Our Kiki) and features Tony nominee Brad Oscar (The Producers; Big Fish) as the host.

Like every beauty pageant you've seen before, PAGEANT features contestants desperately vying for a glittering tiara. With swimsuit, talent, and evening gown competitions – the show includes both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat! Unlike some beauty pageants you've seen before, the female contestants are all played by men. And the audience gets to select the winner each night. Filled with excitement and suspense, but first and foremost, beauty, let the beauty begin!

PAGEANT is written by two-time Tony nominee Bill Russell (Side Show, The Last Smoker in America) and Frank Kelly with music by Albert Evans and based on an original concept by Robert Longbottom. Matt Lenz directs, with choreography by Shea Sullivan, music direction by Mark Hartman, costumes by Stephen Yearick, scenic design by Paul DePoo, lighting by Paul Miller and casting by Duncan Stewart and Company. PAGEANT is produced by SAS Productions in association with Kitty Potapow.

Fifty percent of ticket sales benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $250 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.

Broadway Cares awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide and is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic.

Tickets for PAGEANT are available through www.PageantTheMusical.com. General admission is $25, with preferred seating available for $45 and VIP packages (including a photo op and meet-and-greet with the cast) available for $100. All levels of admission require a two-drink minimum on top of the cover charge.

Link www.PageantTheMusical.com
 

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CAST ANNOUNCED FOR GERARD ALESSANDRINI'S

FORBIDDEN BROADWAY



WHICH RETURNS TO NEW YORK ON FEBRUARY 22ND

at the new

DAVENPORT THEATRE

354 W.45th Street

 
The cast has been announced for Gerard Alessandrini's FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, one of NYC's best-loved and highly anticipated productions, which happily returns to New York with FORBIDDEN BROADWAY; Alive and STILL Kicking on February 22nd at the newly refurbished Davenport Theatre (354 W. 45thStreet, Between 8 th and 9th Avenues). ERICA DORFLER (Book of Mormon, Memphis), CARTER CALVERT (Ain't Nothin' But The Blues, Smokey Joe's Cafe) and join SCOTT RICHARD FOSTER and MARCUS STEVENS, who starred in last year's edition. FORBIDDEN BROADWAY; Alive and STILL Kicking features brand new takes on the shows that opened in Forbidden Broadway's absence: Pippin, Kinky Boots, Matilda and Motown along with highlights from last season's acclaimed and very popular edition: Once, Evita, Newsies, Book of Mormon, among others. Over the course of the spring, Alessandrini will continue to add new material to reflect the season's openings, and unveil the new edition around the time of the Tony(R) Awards.

In a statement, Gerard Alessandrini said: "When we heard Les Miz was coming back for its third Broadway run, it was a wake-up call that it was time for us to resume. We just couldn't rest in peace. So we're picking up where we left off last April. And now feels like the perfect time to be back in New York: right in between seasons. There's everything we didn't get the chance to spoof last year, and a new avalanche of shows waiting to crash down on us. We'll start with Pippin, Kinky Boots, Matilda and Motown, and as the season unfolds, we'll add Rocky, Cabaret, Bridges of Madison County, Bullets Over Broadway, Aladdin, etc. Then we can officially open the new edition around Awards Season."

The edition is created and written by Gerard Alessandrini, and directed by Phillip George and Mr. Alessandrini, with musical direction by David Caldwell and lighting by Mark T. Simpson .The show is produced by John Freedson, Harriet Yellin and Paul Bartz, in association with Paul G. Rice, Carol Ostrow, Paxton Quigley and Robert Driemeyer, Jamie DeRoy, Lawrence Poster and Tweiss Productions.

FORBIDDEN BROADWAY has been an unstoppable force in theatre since 1982, when Gerard Alessandrini created the first edition that lampooned the Broadway shows and stars of the day. It has been a favorite among theatre lovers, as well as the Broadway stars themselves (Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury, Patti Lupone, Stephen Sondheim, Raul Esparza, Tyne Daly, Christine Ebersole, Bernadette Peters, Whoopi Goldberg, Mike Nichols, and Hal Prince, to name a few) who often stop by to laugh at themselves alongside the public. FORBIDDEN BROADWAY has won numerous awards in its history including a Special Tony(R) Award as well as Drama Critics' Circle, Obie, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and Lucille Lortel Awards. Last season's edition was named to Time Magazine's 10 Best of the Year, and received a Drama Desk nomination for Best Musical Revue. A theatrical institution, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY has received national and international notoriety having performed in over 200 US cities as well as engagements in Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney and London's Menier Chocolate Factory.

GERARD ALESSANDRINI (Creator, Writer & Director) is best known for writing and directing all the editions of Forbidden Broadway and Forbidden Hollywood in New York, Los Angeles, and London and around the world. He was also a member of the original cast of Forbidden Broadway. Gerard is from Needham, Massachusetts and the Boston area, where he graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music. In 1982, he created Forbidden Broadway, which has spawned 21 editions, 9 cast albums and a record-breaking 32-year- run in New York. Television credits include writing comedy specials for Bob Hope and Angela Lansbury on NBC, Carol Burnett on CBS and "Masterpiece Tonight," a satirical revue saluting "Masterpiece Theatre" on PBS. He can be heard on four of the eight FB cast albums and on the soundtracks of Disney's Aladdin & Pocahontas. Directing credits include many corporate industrials and regional musicals, including a production of Maury Yeston's musical In the Beginning. Gerard also co-directed a revival of Irving Berlin's final musical Mr. President, which he updated & "politically corrected." Gerard is the recipient of an Obie Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, two Lucille Lortel Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Drama League and three Drama Desk Awards for Best Lyrics for Forbidden Broadway. He received the 2006 Tony(R) Honor for Excellence in the Theatre. Most recently his Madame X: The Musical won acclaim and multiple awards at the 2011 NYMF Festival; his holiday extravaganza The Nutcracker and I, written with Peter Brash was a smash at the George Street Theatre, and he is currently collaborating with Paul Mazursky and Bill Conti on a musical version of Mr. Mazursky's film Moon Over Parador.

PHILLIP GEORGE (Director) is a director and writer. As director Off-Broadway: Shout!, The Road to Qatar (York Theatre Company), Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab, Forbidden Broadway SVU, Forbidden Hollywood, Whoop-Dee-Doo (Drama Desk Award, Best Musical Revue), Forbidden Broadway Twentieth Anniversary Edition, and many other editions of this infamous revue series. Along the way, Forbidden Broadway was also honored with a special Tony for long time achievement. He has also directed musicals in London, Los Angeles, Toronto, Boston, etc., with Forbidden Broadway transferring to the West End. With his longstanding collaborator Peter Morris, Phill also wrote Frankly Scarlett, which played at the Kings Head Theatre in London. In addition to his directing assignments, he is also one of the writers of High Hair and Jalapenos, which skewers all things Texas and is currently preparing for the fifth edition. When not directing and writing, Phill is on the staff of the American Musical and Dramatics Academy where he passes on some of the wisdom he acquired along the way.

DAVID CALDWELL (Music Director) has been the music director of Forbidden Broadway since 2004. He composed music and lyrics for All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten and Uh-Oh Here Comes Christmas, both based on the writing of Robert Fulghum. He also composed music for Fulghum's novel Third Wish. He conducted the American premiere of Stephen Schwartz's Children of Eden. He recently music-directed two shows in China, with Inner Mongolian authors and casts. He arranged and orchestrated Marvin Hamlisch's new song "I'm Really Dancing" for Career Transitions for Dancers' 25th Anniversary Gala, featuring Angela Lansbury, Chita Rivera and Bebe Neuwirth. His new show, Gotta Getta Girl, was featured in the NYMF Reading Series. He is interviewed at length in Oliver Sacks' book about music and the brain, Musicophilia.

Under the new ownership and management of Davenport Theatrical Enterprises, The Davenport Theatre (formerly the 45th Street Theatre and re-named in memory of producer Delbert Essex Davenport), recently underwent major renovations to better serve the needs of the Off-Broadway producing and theatergoing community featuring two new theatres.

The playing schedule for FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: Alive And STILL Kicking will be as follows: Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays at 7PM, Friday and Saturdays at 8pm, with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2pm and Sundays at 3PM. Tickets are $79. Premium Tickets are available at $99. The box office opens on February 10th, two hours prior to each performance. Tickets can be purchased by calling Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com.

www.forbiddenbroadway.com

 January 28, 2014,

'King Kong" Will Stomp Onto Broadway In December, Producer Says

 

By PATRICK HEALY

 
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The next big-budget musical heading to Broadway, “King Kong,” featuring a 20-foot-tall puppet in the title role, will open at the Foxwoods Theater in December, according to the chairman of the Australian production company mounting the show.

“Kong,” which is running in Melbourne in a $30 million production, will take over the cavernous Foxwoods from another special-effects-laden show, the $75 million “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” which closed earlier this month.

“I was in New York recently and went to the theater, and so, they’re getting ready — ‘Spider-Man’s closed there at the Foxwoods and we’ll be opening on December 12 this year,” the executive, Gerry Ryan of Global Creatures, said in an interview on Friday with a leading Melbourne radio station, 3AW.

Global Creatures has not officially announced dates for the production, only saying that they were aiming to open “Kong” on Broadway during the 2014-15 theater season at a suitably large theater.

No estimate for the show’s New York budget has been disclosed, but it is widely expected to be expensive, given the elaborate technical effects and puppetry; suspended from the theater ceiling, Kong bounds across the stage with the use of robotic technology and about 10 artists with circus training who manipulate his limbs.

Most Broadway musicals cost around $10 million to mount; “Spider-Man” set a record with $75 million, more than twice as much as any previous musical, and had historic losses as well of $60 million.

Based on the classic film ape who ends up on top of the Empire State Building, “King Kong” opened in Melbourne in June to strong reviews for its special effects and more mixed notices for the script (by Tony Award nominee Craig Lucas) and score, a mix of original and contemporary songs. The story and music are undergoing some revisions for New York, Mr. Ryan said during the interview on “Breakfast with Ross and John,” a popular program on the station, 3AW693.

“We’re having to tweak it a little bit, a little bit more music, and polish up the script,” said Mr. Ryan, whose company has produced other stage extravaganzas like “Walking with Dinosaurs” and “How to Train Your Dragon.” “We did get a script doctor, try and tighten the show up, for the audience to follow the story a little bit easier.”

Mr. Ryan said he was happy with the show’s run in Melbourne and thrilled to bring it to Broadway.

“It is the theater capital of the world and, you know, ‘Kong’ is a natural fit in New York,” he said of the show. “They’re very excited to see the big monkey coming to town.”

The New York spokesman for the “King Kong” producers was traveling in Australia on Tuesday and not immediately available to comment on Mr. Ryan’s remarks or provide further details about the show. A spokesman for the owners of the Foxwoods said he had no immediate comment on Tuesday morning.

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2014 MAC Awards Celebrate 31 Years of Bedazzled Advocacy for Nightclub Performing


Special Honors for Marilyn Maye, Linda Lavin

Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) will celebrate its annual Gala on March 27, 2014 at BB King’s Blues Club in Times Square, hosted by the vivacious singer, band leader, and multiple MAC Award winner, Terese Genecco. The gala will be produced by Julie Miller and directed by Lennie Watts, the current MAC President. The MAC Awards Gala is open to the public. Ticket information is available at: http://macnyc.com

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Two Lifetime Achievement awards will be given this year: one to Tony Award winning actress, television star and singer, Linda Lavin, who returned triumphantly to the cabaret stage recently at Metropolitan Room and 54 Below with her Musical Director, Billy Stritch, and husband/drummer, Steve Bakunas, in tow; the other will be presented to the powerhouse 85 year old, Marilyn Maye, who has been club-hopping to sold out crowds all over New York City since her star turn at the Mabel Mercer Foundation Cabaret Convention in 2006. Marilyn Maye has the distinction of having appeared 76 times on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Her recording of “Too Late Now” is included in the Smithsonian Institution’s Best Performers of the Best Compositions of the 20th Century permanent collection, an honor she shares with legends such as Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland.

The Board of Directors Award will be given to the Eugene O’Neill Cabaret and Performance Conference for their dedication to the art of cabaret. In addition, MAC will continue its tradition of awarding a scholarship to a teen (who will perform at the awards show!) through WINGSPAN, providing a year of after school music education.

“We’re gratified that nightclub performing is alive in New York City,” says Lennie Watts, current MAC president, “and our special honorees reflect an enduring commitment to its relevance and preservation.”

Nominees in 20 categories are voted anonymously by the general membership. Final nominees are announced in early March, but the winners are completely secret until the ballot is opened on stage at the awards gala, where several of the winners will perform after receiving their award. Award categories include Male/Female Vocalist, Celebrity Artist, Benefit Series (THE RUTH KURTZMAN AWARD), Recurring Series, Musical Director, Recording (LAMOTT FRIEDMAN RECORDING AWARD)
and Major Recording among others.

The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC) was founded in 1983, primarily as an organization for cabaret owners, managers, and booking agents to meet and exchange ideas. The organization started accepting performers in 1985. MAC’s mission is to advance the art and business of live entertainment, heighten public awareness of the field’s contributions and vitality, to honor its creativity, to build its current and future audiences, and to speak out as an influential voice on behalf of MAC members and the industry at large.
Members of MAC include cabaret, comedy and jazz artists and directors, technicians, management, club owners and personnel, members of the journalism and PR professions and a wide variety of supporters of live entertainment.

The MAC Awards Gala is Thursday March 27, 2014 at BB King’s Blues Club and Grill, 237 W. 42 St between 7th and 8th Avenues. Tickets start at $50.00.

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PATRICIA CLARKSON, BRADLEY COOPER, ALESSANDRO NIVOLA

TO STAR ON BROADWAY IN BERNARD POMERANCE’S

THE ELEPHANT MAN

FALL 2014

Producer James L. Nederlander has confirmed that Patricia Clarkson, Bradley Cooper and Alessandro Nivola will star in Bernard Pomerance’s Tony Award-winning play THE ELEPHANT MAN, directed by Scott Ellis, this fall on Broadway at a Shubert theatre to be announced. Clarkson (as Mrs. Kendal), Cooper (as John Merrick) and Nivola (as Dr. Fredrik Treves) all appeared together in the 2012 Williamstown Theater Festival production of the play, also directed by Scott Ellis.

From a desperate existence in a Victorian freak show to his days as the toast of London high society, the life of John Merrick, the Elephant Man, has fascinated the world for well over a century. Though his disfigurement brought notoriety, it was his unblemished inner humanity that most astonished those around him, compelling examinations of their own prejudices and beliefs. Shattering our illusions of normalcy, THE ELEPHANT MAN by Bernard Pomerance weaves Merrick’s tale into a parable on beauty, innocence, and human dignity.

Marta Sanders

The Laurie Beechman Theatre presents

Marta Sanders

Be My Valentine

Feb. 15 & 16

MAC & Bistro Award-winning vocalist MARTA SANDERS will return to the Laurie Beechman Theatre with a special Valentine show for two performances, Saturday, February 15 at 7pm & Sunday, February 16 at 1pm. She will be accompanied by Musical Director John McMahon on the piano. This show is staged & directed by Debra Zalkind.

In addition to her Broadway turn as an original cast member of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, MARTA SANDERS has been a fixture on the New York music scene, performing at some of NYC's top venues including Les Mouches, Rainbow & Stars, The Ballroom, Metropolitan Room, Sardi's, Upstairs at Greene Street, The Triad & Carnegie Hall. She has also performed internationally, from Russia to South America to the Caribbean. Her latest CD, Panache was named one of 2012's top ten CDs, alongside such luminaries as Barbara Cook.

Not just another pretty face with a voice, Marta is celebrating her 20th anniversary as one of NYC's top tour guides, leading tourists from Battery Park to the Harlem, from theatres to monuments. Her "Welcome to New York" presentations include well known New York & Broadway songs, as she uses her humor & entertaining charisma to personally welcome guests to her beloved city.

What the critics say about Marta Sanders…

"Marta Sanders has such an easy presence that she can even make a throwaway song seem important!"
The New York Times

"A true entertainer…ready, willing & able to please, tease & seize every opportunity to dazzle & delight, Marta Sanders succeeds on all levels!"
Rob Lester, Cabaret Scenes

"Sanders remains a cabaret star of the highest rank & connects with her audience like few others who attempt to entertain. She's old time razzle-dazzle entertainment with a vaudevillian's panache!"
John Hoglund, TheatreScene.net

"Sanders has never lacked for elegance, finesse or vocal richness…more than this, though, is the feeling that Sanders has somehow aged like a fine wine!"
Andrew Martin: NiteLife.com

"Every time you see her you have a good time!"
Scott & Barbara Siegel, TheatreMania.com

"A diva, a singer & a happy housewife, you can almost always count on Marta Sanders for something cool . . . and raunchy…'Hunk on the Bus'…hmmm, delectable!"
Sandi Durell, NYTheaterExaminer.com

Show information:

DATES: Saturday, February 15th @ 7pm &
Sunday, February 16th @ 1pm (Brunch)

Laurie Beechman Theatre ~ 407 West 42nd St.
PRICE: $25 Music Charge/$15 food/drink minimum
RESERVATIONS: (212)695-6909
www.LaurieBeechmanTheatre.com www.martanyc.com

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LATE NIGHT AT 54 BELOW
FEATURING BACKSTAGE,
DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB AND MORE

Craving a show after the show?
54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, is expanding its popular late-night series with fresh faces and hot new performances to keep the party buzzing into the wee hours. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th St., 54 BELOW welcomes you to loosen your tie and embrace the night at its upcoming events, featuring no cover charges and low minimums:


LATE NIGHT: BACKSTAGE, December 17 at 11:00PM:

Each week, Broadway cast members and audiences alike gather to mix and mingle at 54 Below, Broadway's most intimate haunt, located in the heart of the theatre district. Musical Director Brad Simmons keeps the house jumping from the piano, while host Susie Mosher (the love child of Joanne Worley & Paul Lynde) guides the crowd through an evening of music, mayhem and full throttle belting, with special guests from Broadway and beyond dropping in to perform. NPR had this to say: "The best thing happening right now might just be the weekly Backstage. Hosted by the ridiculously funny Susie Mosher and pianist Brad Simmons who clearly is the man, it's two feel-good hours among New York's theater people, who seem like they're having a really fine time. Can't recommend it highly enough!" At this week's Backstage is The Chalks (Bluegrass Divas), Chondra Profit (The Lion King), Nick Gaswirth (A Christmas Story, The Musical), Daniel Quadrino (Newsies), and Northwestern Undertones (Collegiate Acapella Singers). No cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

GREGORY JACOBS-ROSEMAN WITH LESLIE KRITZER AND MORE, December 18 at 11:30PM:

Ever the lonely Jew on Christmas, composer-lyricist Gregory Jacobs-Roseman brings friends together at 54 Below for this holiday cabaret! With a cast of Broadway and off-Broadway singers, the night will feature world-premiere performances from his new musical Letters To Santa, as well as songs from the musical wedding comedy Save The Date, which won a 2013 New York International Fringe Festival Overall Excellence Award for a Musical, and much more. Come raise a glass of eggnog at this evening of music and holiday merriment! CAST LIST: Victoria Britt (Save The Date), Kristine Reese (Wicked, Les Miserables), Jed Resnick (Avenue Q, Rent), Maya Sharpe (Hair), DeAnne Stewart , Jason "Sweettooth" Williams (Bloodsong of Love), and Noah Zachary (Dear Edwina). Special Guest: Leslie Kritzer (Hairspray, Legally Blonde, A Catered Affair, Sondheim on Sondheim, Elf). $10 cover charge. Two drink minimum.

DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB, December 19 at 11:30PM:

DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB is BACK at Broadway's hottest spot! DON'T QUIT is the critically acclaimed late night happening of music, comedy and offbeat performances. This hit variety show returns, hosted by Steve Rosen, Sarah Saltzberg and music director Dan Lipton with a visit from David Rossmer, plus DJs Andrew Andrew. As always, expect an astounding array of special guests each month. DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB - where Broadway and improv meet... and make out! Proceeds benefit Open Doors, TDF's theatre arts mentoring program for high school students. $20 general admission, $50 premium seating. $20 food & beverage minimum.

SPREAD THE CHEER, LET'S GIVE THIS YEAR, December 22 at 11:30PM:

A concert to benefit the American Red Cross and disaster relief in the Phillipines. Come on out and hear some of your favorite holiday tunes and much more by Past American Idiots, New York's Indie Rock Band Hey Guy, Montclair State Musical theater Alumni, and more up and coming New York Artists! $20 cover charge. Two drink minimum.

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Broadway Bares Kicks Off 2014

with Calendar Girl edition of

Winter Burlesque

PRODUCED BY AND BENEFITING  BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS

8 PM & 10 PM

MONDAY, JANUARY 26

XL NIGHTCLUB (512 WEST 42nd STREET, NYC)

The calendar may say January, but the show on stage will be as hot as summer when Broadway Bares: Winter Burlesque kicks off the 24th season of Broadway Bares (#bwaybares) with two sizzling performances on Sunday, January 26,  at XL Nightclub (512 West 42nd Street. The evening is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

This year's Winter Burlesque show, dubbed Calendar Girl, will be based on last summer's Fire Island Pines sensation and inspired by 1999’s Broadway Bares IX: Calendar Girl. More than two dozen of New York theatre's sexiest dancers will take the stage in a stimulating strip-a-month journey through the calendar. There will be two performances of Calendar Girl: 8 PM and 10 PM.

Tickets, which start at $25, go on sale today. A limited number of VIP tables and reserved seating are available. For more information, go to broadwaybares.com or broadwaycares.org/winterburlesque.

Winter Burlesque starts a steamy Bares season that also will include Broadway Bares: Solo Strips in May and Broadway Bares 24 in June. Dates and other details about those shows will be announced next year.

Broadway Bares: Winter Burlesque will be directed by Michael Lee Scott. Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots) is executive producer and creator of Broadway Bares.

Broadway Bares is presented by M·A·C VIVA GLAM and generously sponsored by United Airlines.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $250 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.

Broadway Cares awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide and is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic.

For more information, please visit Broadway Cares online at broadwaycares.org

broadwaycares.org/winterburlesquevideo

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“M O T H E R S    A N D    S O N S”

 

FINDS ITS BROADWAY HOME!

FOUR-TIME TONY® WINNER TERRENCE McNALLY’S

20th BROADWAY SHOW TO PLAY THE JOHN GOLDEN THEATRE

 

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OPENING NIGHT SET FOR MARCH 24

 

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New York, (December 2, 2013) : Producers Tom Kirdahy, Paula Wagner & Debbie Bisno, Barbara Freitag & Loraine Alterman Boyle, and Roy Furman announced today that Mothers and Sons, the new play by 4-time Tony Award®-winning playwright Terrence McNally, will play Broadway's John Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street). Preview performances have been set to begin Sunday, February 23, 2014, and the opening night has been announced for Monday, March 24, 2014.  Mothers and Sons marks Mr. McNally's 20th Broadway show.  An exclusive Audience Rewards pre-sale is currently available at BroadwayOffers.com through December 8, 2013.  Tickets go on sale to the general public at Telecharge.com on December 9, 2013.  For more information, visit www.MothersAndSonsBroadway.com.

From one of America’s most acclaimed playwrights, 4-time Tony Award® winner Terrence McNally comes Mothers and Sons, a powerful new Broadway play that explores the truths of who we are and who we love.

As previously announced, Tony and Emmy Award®-winner Tyne Daly stars in Mothers and Sons, a play about a mother who pays a surprise visit to the New York apartment of her late son’s ex-partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son.  Challenged to face how society has changed around her—without her—she is finally able to see the rich life her son might have led. 

Strikingly timely and deeply compassionate, Mothers and Sons is about the evolving definition of family and the healing power of forgiveness.  Tony nominee Sheryl Kaller (Next Fall) directs.  Additional casting will be announced shortly.

Mothers and Sons had its world premiere production at Bucks County Playhouse (Jed Bernstein, Producing Director) on June 13, 2013. 


 

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J O E  A L L E N  ANNOUNCES

HALF OF DAY'S PROCEEDS FROM 3 RESTAURANTS

TO BE DONATED TO  S A V E T H E  C H I L D R E N

FOR TYPHOOD HAIYAN RELIEF IN THE PHILIPPINES


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8TH

 

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New York:   On Sunday, December 8, Joe Allen, owner of Joe Allen Restaurant, Orso Restaurant, and Bar Centrale (W. 46th Street, NYC) will be donating 50% of the entire day's proceeds from all three restaurants to Save the Children for the organization's Typhoon Haiyan Children's Relief Fund to benefit children affected by the super typhoon in the Philippines.

Save the Children gives children in the United States and around the world what every child deserves – a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When disaster strikes, they put children's needs first. Save the Children's Typhoon Haiyan emergency teams are working around the clock on humanitarian relief for Filipino children and families. Thanks to a tremendous outpouring of support from generous donors, Save the Children has mounted a massive response in the Philippines. The response focuses on delivering the critical assistance children desperately need in the aftermath of a disaster of this catastrophic scale. Overcoming very difficult conditions, Save the Children has started to deliver aid to the most vulnerable, already reaching thousands of people.
For more information on the Typhoon Haiyan Children's Relief Fund, visit: http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.8856103/ .


For reservations at: Joe Allen, please call (212) 581-6464, Orso, please call (212) 489-7212, and Bar Centrale, please call (212) 581-3130.

Joe Allen has been dutifully nourishing theatergoers and theater professionals for 57 years at his eponymous eatery on West 46th Street. Starting out, they catered mostly to “chorus kids with bad knees” but quickly became the place where the worlds of theater stars and theatergoers converge. For millions of people, a meal at Joe Allen is as much a part of the Broadway experience as the shows themselves. Perhaps his biggest gift to the theatrical community was turning the terrible indignity of being associated with a failed show into an honor (albeit a dubious one) with the restaurant’s famous “flop wall.”

www.joeallenrestaurant.com

www.orsorestaurant.com

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David Binder Announces

JAMES FRANCO - CHRIS O'DOWD
In
OF MICE AND MEN


By John Steinbeck
Directed by Anna D. Shapiro

Performances Begin March 19, 2014
Officially opening April 16, 2014


Limited Engagement To Open On Broadway at the Longacre Theatre

Producer David Binder officially announces Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner
James Franco & Chris O'Dowd will make their Broadway debuts in Of Mice and Men, a new production directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro.

Of Mice and Men, one of the greatest and most enduring American classics, has not been seen on Broadway in 40 years.

Performances begin March 19, 2014 and officially opens April 16, 2014 at the
Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street, NYC). Tickets go on sale beginning January 11, 2014.
This is a strictly limited engagement through July 27, 2014.

David Binder is producing Of Mice and Men on Broadway with Kate Lear, Darren Bagert, Adam Zotovich, Barbara Whitman and Latitude Link. 101 Productions, Ltd are the executive producers.

James Franco (George) is an actor, director, screenwriter, producer, teacher and author. He began his career on the cult television program "Freaks and Geeks" and received a Golden Globe Award for playing the title character in the TV biographical film "James Dean." Notable film credits include playing Oz the Great and Powerful, Spring Breakers, "Harry Osborn" in the Spider-Man trilogy, Milk and 127 Hours for which he received an Academy Award, SAG and Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor.

Chris O'Dowd (Lennie) was most recently seen starring in award winning feature film The Sapphires, to be released in the US on March 22nd, and is well known for his starring role in Bridesmaids and the HBO/BBC series "Family Tree." His theatre credits include the critically acclaimed and sold out Druid production of The Playboy of the Western World directed by Garry Hynes and Under the Blue Sky at Duke of York's Theatre in the West End.

ANNA D. SHAPIRO (Director) returns to Broadway following her acclaimed productions of August: Osage County (Tony Award winner for Best Direction) and The Motherfucker with the Hat (Tony Award nomination for Best Direction). Her production of Bruce Norris' Domesticated is currently playing at Lincoln Center Theatre.

The rest of the cast and design team will be announced shortly.

Adapted from his own classic novel, John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is an essential adventure, an inspirational portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship.

Of Mice and Men tells the story of George (James Franco) and Lennie (Chris O'Dowd), an unlikely pair of friends drifting from job to job across the farms and fields of California, holding fast to their dream of one day having an acre of land they can call their own.

Of Mice and Men is one of the most read books in schools across the country despite appearing on the American Library Association's list of Most Challenged Books of the 21st Century

Of Mice and Men began as a novella published in 1937 by Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck.

www.ofmiceandmenonbroadway.com

 

 

 

 

 

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LATE NIGHT AT 54 BELOW

FEATURING BACKSTAGE AND THE CALLBACK

DUE TO THE HOLIDAY SCHEDULE LATE NIGHT AT 54 BELOW,
WILL BE BACK TO IT'S FULL SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK

Craving a show after the show? 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, is expanding its popular late-night series with fresh faces and hot new performances to keep the party buzzing into the wee hours. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th St., 54 BELOW welcomes you to loosen your tie and embrace the night at its upcoming events, featuring no cover charges and low minimums:

LATE NIGHT: THE CALLBACK, November 25 at 11:30PM:

Your favorite THE CALLBACK contestants are back for one last chance to progress to Finals! Join host EMILY MCNAMARA and accompanist BENJAMIN RAUHALA as we take a quick break from the regular competition to relax, celebrate and watch DEBORAH BERENSON, SAMANTHA PARRISH, CHELSIE NECTOW, DANIEL MULLEN, ERIN RUBICO, SHIRA AVERBUCH, SARAH NAUGHTON, TYLER BARANSKI, DANIELLE GAINES, and BRITTANY BIGELOW perform for their lives at 54 Below's "Wildcard Night!" No cover charge. Two drink minimum.

LATE NIGHT: BACKSTAGE, November 26 at 10:45PM:

Susie Mosher at 54 Below
  Each week, Broadway cast members and audiences alike gather to mix and mingle at 54 Below, Broadway's most intimate haunt, located in the heart of the theatre district. Musical Director Brad Simmons keeps the house jumping from the piano, while host Susie Mosher (the love child of Joanne Worley & Paul Lynde) guides the crowd through an evening of music, mayhem and full throttle belting, with special guests from Broadway and beyond dropping in to perform. NPR had this to say: "The best thing happening right now might just be the weekly Backstage. Hosted by the ridiculously funny Susie Mosher and pianist Brad Simmons who clearly is the man, it's two feel-good hours among New York's theater people, who seem like they're having a really fine time. Can't recommend it highly enough!" At this week's Backstage is Kate Loprest (HairspraFirst Date), Jeanette Bayardelle (Shida, The Color Purple), Roe Hartrampf (Nobody Loves You), and Sarah Rice (Original Johanna in Sweeney Todd). No cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

 

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Respected Musical Director Stephen Bocchino Has Died At 62

 

Stephen Bocchino, 62, passed away Tuesday, November 19, 2013 in his Upper West Side apartment of cardiac arrest.  Bocchino, a native New Yorker originally from Staten Island, had been in the forefront of the East Coast cabaret scene for the past three decades.  He served as musical director for such performers as Julie Wilson, Wayland Flowers and Louise DuArt.  He worked as a successful vocal coach and in many local piano bars, including the Upper East Side’s Brandy’s and The Townhouse.  Stephen performed in most of the top cabaret rooms in New York, as well as on stages around the country.  He served as musical director for the New York run of Boobs! The Music of Ruth Wallis, which ran Off-Broadway for over a year.  Stephen also worked on the long-running musical When Pigs Fly and toured with Always Patsy Cline.  He spent five years music directing The Brandy Singers, who performed exclusively for Target, appearing at events from Broadway to Los Angeles.  Over the last 15 years Stephen also traveled internationally with award- winning vocalist Craig Pomranz.  Pomranz recalled, “Stephen Bocchino and I traveled the world performing for the past 15 years, and it was a deeply satisfying collaboration.  When you worked with Steve, it was like having an orchestra behind you.  He supported me musically as a gifted musician who could masterfully play all genres -- as an accompanist, his talent for listening was matchless.  More importantly, he supported me as a loyal and constant friend.”  Mr. Bocchino was also an avid Mets fan.

He is survived by his partner David Weincek, parents Rose and Ed Bocchino of Wesley Chapel, Florida, brothers Edward and David, loving nieces and nephews and many bereft friends and music fans around the world. 

A celebration of his life is planned for Spring 2014.