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LATE NIGHT AT 54 BELOW

FEATURING BACKSTAGE, AND THE STUDIO

For those craving a show after the show, stop by 54 BELOW, the performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. Loosen your tie and enjoy as Broadway’s nightclub expands its late night series. Joining Tuesday nights' popular “Backstage” with Susie Mosher and more:

LATE NIGHT: BACKSTAGE, July 2 at 10:30PM:

New York: 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 Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies, Mary Poppins), Anastacia McCleskey (Priscilla Queen of the Deset, Hair), 
Nicholas Rodriguez (Tarzan), Adinah Alexander (Kinky Boots), and Jon Patrick Walker (Peter and the Starcatcher). No cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum.

LATE NIGHT: THE STUDIO: SALLY ELDMAN & DAVID ALAN THORNTON, July 3 at 9:30PM:

Two is better than one, and these two singer-songwriters prove it. Each a talent in their own right, Sally Eidman and David Alan Thornton come together to bring out new colors in each other’s work. Sally is no stranger to the music scene in NYC- she packs Rockwood Music Hall and spent New Year’s Eve performing with PHISH at Madison Square Garden. David’s work has been heard from house shows in Brooklyn to the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Now they’re bringing it together for a little rock, a little folk, a little alternative, and a lot of fun. No cover charge. $20 food & beverage minimum.

MORE ABOUT 54 BELOW

54 BELOW, Broadway’s nightclub, is the new performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. A few blocks from the heart of Times Square and just below the legendary Studio 54, 54 BELOW is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style.

In their description of 54 BELOW, The New York Times writes “the club has the intimacy of a large living room with unimpeded views and impeccable sound; there is not a bad seat. Its sultry after-hours ambience is enhanced by brocade-patterned wall panels planted with orange-shaded lanterns. And the atmosphere is warmer and sexier than in Manhattan’s other major supper clubs.” The New York Post calls the venue "a gorgeous new cabaret space. With its heavy lineup of moonlighting Broadway stars, 54 BELOW has the congenial feel of a theater hangout where stars go to unwind and sing the songs that really matter to them. It’s a pleasure to share their joy." Bloomberg News calls 54 Below “the place for Broadway stars past and present to get up close and personal with audiences and material.”

Designed by Tony Award winner John Lee Beatty and architect Richard Lewis, lit by Tony Award winner Ken Billington, and with sound by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski, 54 BELOW features an in-your-living-room intimate relationship between its performers and audiences. Tony Award winner Scott Wittman serves as Creative Consultant and MAC Award Winner Phil Geoffrey Bond serves as Director of Programming. André J. Marrero is the Executive Chef of the new venue, which provides a food and beverage menu from early evening through the wee hours of the morning that is worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage. Bringing together his love of the arts with his passion for cooking and hospitality, Chef André has created a market driven contemporary bistro menu that includes ingredients sourced from all over the world.

54 BELOW is owned and operated by Tony Award winning producers Tom Viertel, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, and Steven Baruch. 54 BELOW features up to three shows nightly and has audio and video recording capabilities. The cover charge ranges from $15-$115.

54 BELOW is located at 254 West 54th Street. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com.

Dee Dee Bridgewater -Lady Day

Final Casting announced for new Billie Holiday Musical

“Lady Day”

Starring Dee Dee Bridgewater

Previews Begin September 19th 

Opening slated for October 3rd
Little Shubert Theatre

New York, June 26: David Ayers (Wicked and SILENCE!) in the role of "Robert," Billie Holiday's Manager along with newcomer Rafael Poueriet in the role of the "Assistant Stage manager" as well as Jim Cammack (veteran bass player for legendary jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal), Ken Hitchcock (NY Saxophone Quartet & Manhattan Jazz Orchestra's acclaimed tenor sax player), Jerome Jennings (performer & drummer for Benny Golson and Sonny Rollins) and Bill Jolly (three-time Emmy Award winning pianist/composer/arranger) in the speaking roles of the onstage musicians complete the acting ensemble for the upcoming Billie Holiday musical “Lady Day” starring Tony and multiple Grammy Award-winner Dee Dee Bridgewater. With an opening set for Thursday, October 3rd (6:30PM) the production will take residence at Times Square’s Little Shubert Theatre (422 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues). Written and directed by Stephen Stahl, the musical will make its New York debut having been produced at the Theatre de Boulogne-Billancourt and Theatre du Gymnase Marie Bell in Paris as well as The Donmar Warehouse and The Piccadilly Theatre in London, where it received critical praise and garnered an Olivier “Best Actress in a Musical” Award nomination for Ms. Bridgewater. Produced by Misty Road Productions the show’s creative team also includes Mr. Jolly, who will also serve as musical director. Preview performances are slated to begin Thursday, September 19th (8PM).

The original play with music on the life of Billie Holiday, “Lady Day” features a cavalcade of Holiday hit songs and tells the inspired and heart-wrenching story of how Billie attempts a final comeback performance. With a new book by Mr. Stahl, “Lady Day” brings the essence and spirit of the late, great Billie Holiday to the stage. Told through onstage triumphs and backstage personal trials, the production features over twenty-five standards including: “Don’t Explain,” “Good Morning Heartache,” “A Foggy Day (In London Town),” “Them There Eyes,” “Strange Fruit,” “My Man,” “God Bless the Child,” and “Mean to Me.”

Dee Dee Bridgewater has received nine Grammy Award nominations and three wins: Best Jazz Vocal Album for “Dear Ella,” Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocal for "Cotton Tail" (from “Dear Ella”), and the 2011 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album for “Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee.” Broadway audiences will remember her role as Glinda, the Good Witch, in “The Wiz”---a performance that won her the Tony Award’s Best Featured Actress in a Musical and showcased her incredible voice, beauty and stage presence. In addition to her concert performances around the world, Ms. Bridgewater serves as UN Goodwill Ambassador for the FAO and is host of NPR’s nationally syndicated radio program “JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater.” No stranger to the stage, she has starred in productions of Sophisticated Ladies, Cosmopolitan Greetings, Black Ballad, Carmen Jazz and Cabaret (the first black actress to star as Sally Bowles).

With over 150 production and directorial credits, Stephen Stahl’s work in theater, film and television have paired him with award-winning talent including Bill Cosby, Patti LaBelle, Clint Holmes, Billy Joel, Mink Stole and Jason Bateman amongst others. Stephen’s 2006 independent feature film “Consequences” won “Best Feature Film" (Thriller) in the Los Angeles International Independent Film and Video Festival and garnered the award for “Best Director of a Feature Film.”

For more information log onto: www.ladydaythemusical.com

 
 
 
 

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BETTE DAVIS COMES TO DINNER… AND STAYS IN THE 20th ANNIVERSARY OFF-BROADWAY REVIVAL OF

ME AND JEZEBEL

PREVIEWS BEGIN WEDNESDAY, JULY 17

OFFICIAL OPENING, WEDNESDAY, JULY 24

AT THE SNAPPLE THEATER CENTER

DAVIS’ RARELY SEEN PERSONAL BELONGINGS USED IN THE PLAY AND THE
THEATER’S LOBBY WILL FEATURE FOUR NEVER BEFORE SEEN POEMS
WRITTEN BY THE HOLLYWOOD LEGEND HERSELF

New York, June 25: Drew Friedman, in association with Robert R. Blume (Executive Producer of the Drama Desk Awards) will present the 20th anniversary, off-Broadway revival of Elizabeth Fuller’s international hit comedy ME AND JEZEBEL, a play based on a true story about the irascible queen of Hollywood, Bette Davis. Previews Begin Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 8PM and the official opening is on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 8PM at the Snapple Theater Center (210 West 50th St.), in Manhattan. Mark S. Graham directs.

On May 28, 1985, star-struck Elizabeth Fuller’s dream came true when the legendary Bette Davis came to dinner at her dilapidated New England cottage. Four weeks later, as the hotel strike in New York raged on, she was still there. In one short month she conquered suburbia, took over the Fullers’ home and changed their life forever.

ME and JEZEBEL is a candidly funny day-to-day account of trying to please the irascible queen of Hollywood in so adverse a condition as ordinary life – it’s a look at the explosive, intimidating and demanding Bette Davis that no fan would expect: participating in a séance, berry picking, signing autographs at McDonald’s, and remaining every inch the superstar while riding shotgun in a beat up Toyota!

Also on display in the lobby of the theatre will be three never before seen poems written by Davis herself, who hid them in the Fuller home when she finally left. They are thought to be her first crack at poetry writing. Other personal belongings of Bette Davis are in the show including the stunning sapphire and pearl bracelet that she always wore, one of her cocktail dresses, a pair of pearl earrings, and a kiddy table that she autographed and used at cocktail time.

ME AND JEZEBEL is currently playing around the world. It has run in Prague, Slovakia, Munich, Warsaw, Athens, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Sydney and Melbourne. It is currently running in San Paolo, Brazil.

The cast of ME AND JEZEBEL is comprised of Mr. Kelly Moore and Ms. Elizabeth Fuller. Mr. Moore has received widespread acclaim for his portrayal of Bette Davis, while Ms. Fuller, who wrote the play to tell her life experience, plays herself.

Elizabeth Fuller (Author) is the author of ten published books. She is an Op-Ed contributor to the New York Times and playwright of four Spaghetti Musicals, which ran in outdoor dinner theatre in New Haven, CT for the past four years. However, the project closest to Elizabeth’s heart is Me and Jezebel, which was first written as a book. Director, Mark S. Graham, first read it when it was still in manuscript form, and from that moment on they have worked closely taking it from the written page to a one-person show that toured the country to a two person play that is currently playing around the world. The book has recently been optioned for a major motion picture. Elizabeth is also the inventor of the irreverent board game “Fleece the Flock” which gives TV Evangelists two weeks to get out of town. When the board game first came out Playboy Magazine gave it a free half page ad as their nod of approval.

Mr. Kelly Moore has brought Bette Davis to life for the past 17 years, from Key West to Kansas City, and Connecticut to Sydney. He began his acting career at the age of twelve at the Dallas Theatre Center, and then moved on to Atlanta’s Academy Theatre and Alliance Theatre and the Syracuse Repertory Theatre. He attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and made his Broadway debut in Life With Father. He toured for five years with the Emmy Award-winning Prince Street Players. He was seen in the HB Studios production of Caravaggio. His favorite roles include the Artful Dodger in Oliver, Littlechap in Stop the World, the Boy in The Fantasticks and Jacquot in Carnival. He earned a mention in Variety when at fourteen he played the title role in Peter Pan, one of the few males up to that time to have done so. When not onstage, Kelly lives in a log cabin in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Mark S. Graham (Director) has directed over 100 plays and musicals including the premiere of Elizabeth Fuller's Me and Jezebel at The Actor's Playhouse. Mark worked with Ms. Fuller to develop the play from her book. He has produced and directed Me and Jezebel in productions across the country including a production starring Jim Bailey. Mark directed John O’Hern's Rooster in the Henhouse at Theater Row. At Feinstein’s in NYC, he directed Barbara Schottenfeld’s cabaret act. Mark staged a musical version of Dark of the Moon narrated by Werner Klemperer at The Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. He directed the premiere of Sweetspot, a comedy about golf addiction by John O' Hern. He directed E. Katherine Kerr in Ann Richards, Backwards in High Heels at the Abingdon Theater. At the Theatre for The New City, Mark recently co-directed Renovations, a new play by William Russell. Mark has directed and co-produced Stan Lachow's Harry and Thelma in The Woods in readings with Rue McClanahan and productions at The New Jersey Rep and the Hollywood Playhouse. He is currently developing a play about the life of William Shakespeare, entitled Shakespeare in The Dark by Mary Jane Schaefer, which will be read at the National Arts Club in September. For ten years, Mark was a producing partner with the late Tony Award winning producer Lester Osterman. He began his career as general manager of Lucille Lortel's White Barn Theater. Mark is a founding member of the Downtown Cabaret Theater in Bridgeport, CT. Mark has an MFA in directing from the University of Connecticut. He has served as a board member of Westport Country Playhouse and Playhouse on the Green. In addition, Mark is a thirty-year member of The Theatre Artist's Workshop.

Set and costume design is by Gary Enck, sound design is by PJ Letersky. Laura Heller is the General Manager, Advertising & Marketing is by Katie Rosin at Kampfire PR.

Performances of ME AND JEZEBEL are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8PM and Saturdays at 5PM.

Tickets for ME AND JEZEBEL are $65 and available online at www.ticketmaster.com, by calling the Snapple Theater Center Box Office at 212.921.7862 or in person, at the box office prior to each performance. A limited number of specially priced $45 tickets available only at the box office, in person.

The Snapple Theater Center is located at 210 West 50th St. in New York City.

 

THE CARLYLE ANNOUNCES FALL/WINTER SEASON

AT THE LEGENDARY C A F É   C A R L Y L E

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SUTTON FOSTER, JUDY COLLINS, STEVE TYRELL, CLINT HOLMES, JOHN PIZZARELLI & JESSICA MOLASKEY SET TO APPEAR AT NEW YORK’S LEGENDARY NIGHT SPOT

New York, July 16: - The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel has announced the line-up of performers for the upcoming fall and winter seasons at the legendary Café Carlyle. The Café Carlyle will host Sutton Foster, Clint Holmes, Judy Collins, John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey, and Steve Tyrell for back to back engagements from September into December.

The Café Carlyle is one of the most iconic performance venues in the world. Since opening in 1955, the storied room, located in the legendary Carlyle hotel (35 East 76th Street at Madison Avenue), has provided a singularly intimate New York cabaret experience featuring musical performances by such legendary entertainers as Barbara Cook, Woody Allen, Elaine Stritch, and the incomparable Bobby Short. This New York landmark also maintains the famous wrap around Vertès murals.

The Fall/Winter 2013 Season :

SUTTON FOSTER

Tuesday, September 10 to Saturday, September 28

Tuesday - Friday at 8:45 p.m., Saturday at 8:45 p.m. & 10:45 p.m.

Tuesday – Thursday, $90 per person / Bar Seating: $50 / Premium Seating: $140

Friday & Saturday, $100 per person / Bar Seating: $60 / Premium Seating: $150

CLINT HOLMES

Tuesday, October 1 to Saturday, October 12

Tuesday – Saturday at 8:45 p.m.

Tuesday – Thursday, $75 per person / Bar Seating: $45 / Premium Seating: $125

Friday & Saturday, $85 per person / Bar Seating: $55 / Premiums Seating: $135

JUDY COLLINS

Tuesday, October 15 to Saturday, October 26

Tuesday - Saturday at 8:45 p.m.

Tuesday – Thursday, $110 per person /Bar Seating: $65 / Premium Seating: $160

Friday & Saturday, $125 per person / Bar Seating: $75 / Premium Seating: $175

JOHN PIZZARELLI & JESSICA MOLASKEY

Tuesday, October 29 to Saturday, November 23

Tuesday - Friday at 8:45 p.m., Saturday at 8:45 p.m. & 10:45 p.m.

Tuesday – Thursday, $100 per person / Bar Seating: $55 / Premium Seating: $150

Friday & Saturday, $110 per person / Bar Seating: $65 / Premium Seating: $160

STEVE TYRELL

Tuesday, November 26 to Saturday, December 31

Tuesday - Thursday at 8:45 p.m., Friday & Saturday at 8:45 p.m. & 10:45 p.m.

Tuesday – Thursday, $110 per person / Bar Seating: $65 / Premium Seating: $160

Friday & Saturday, $135 per person / Bar Seating: $75 / Premium Seating: $185

 

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TONY AWARD-WINNER

L E A  S A L O N G A

RETURNS TO THE CAFÉ CARLYLE DEBUTING HER NEW PROGRAM

“BACK TO BEFORE”

THREE-WEEK ENGAGEMENT:  MAY 21st – JUNE 8TH

New York: The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel is pleased to welcome back Tony Award-Winner Lea Salonga to the Café Carlyle for her highly anticipated three-week engagement. Her new program, “Back to Before,” is a nostalgic repertoire in which she revisits her life as a New Yorker and pays tribute to her favorite ladies—most notably Ella Fitzgerald and her idol, Barbra Streisand. “Back to Before” will be making its debut at the Café Carlyle. Ms. Salonga’s engagement at the Café Carlyle will run from May 21st to June 8th.

Ms. Salonga’s program, “Back to Before,” will devote a section of the 75-minute set to original interpretations of songs by resilient female characters in the American musical theater canon. The program will be directed by Victor Lirio with original arrangements and music direction by Larry Yurman. Ms. Salonga will be joined by Jeff Harris on piano, John Miller on bass, and Jack Cavari on guitar.

Café Carlyle is located in The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel (35 East 76th Street @ Madison Avenue). Lea Salonga will play Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8:45pm, and Saturdays at 10:45pm from May 21st to June 8th. There is a $75 music charge ($45 bar seating) Tuesday through Thursday and a $85 music charge ($50 bar seating) for shows on Friday and Saturday. For additional information, visit www.thecarlyle.com.

Lea Salonga is a singer and actress who is best known for her Tony Award winning role in Miss Saigon. She is recognized for having won, in addition to the Tony, the Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards, in the field of musical theatre. She was also the first Asian to play Eponine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway and returned to the beloved show as Fantine in the 2006 revival.

In the summer of 2011, Lea appeared in the new musical, Allegiance, when it was a workshop in New York City. Developed by legendary actor George Takei, Allegiance tells the story of a Japanese-American family during World War II and the internment years. Last fall, Allegiance appeared in San Francisco at the Old Globe Theater and broke the theater’s box office records. It is set to open on Broadway early in 2014.

Recently she participated in the 25th Anniversary Concert of Les Misérables to sold out crowds at UK’s O2 arena. Universal will release the star-studded concert this spring. She also dazzled as the hauntingly tragic Grizabella in a limited run of CATS in her hometown of Manila.

Honored with an appointment as a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Goodwill Ambassador in October of 2010, Lea vowed to act as advocate for the Youth and United Nations Global Alliance initiative led by the FAO.

Also in 2010, Lea made her debut in the world of Cabaret, performing a sold out, three week engagement at the Café Carlyle in New York City. She returned in June 2011 to delight audiences in another multi-week engagement. Lea also teamed up with legendary Grammy winner, Patti Austin, to perform the concert series, ‘Heart and Soul.’

She delighted fans in Kuala Lumpur with her debut appearance there, ‘An Evening with Lea Salonga.’ She has also held sold-out concerts in both Hong Kong and Bangkok and performed a special Valentine’s Day 2011 concert with the Bangkok Symphony.

In 2005, Lea played her first US concert tour in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlantic City, and Chicago. Concert dates in Washington, D.C. and Norfolk, Virginia followed. Later that year, she performed with a 26-piece ensemble to a sold-out crowd at the Isaac Stern Hall in Carnegie Hall, benefitting the Diverse City Theater Company.

In her 30-year career, Lea has performed for five Philippine presidents (from Ferdinand Marcos to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo), three American Presidents (George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush), and for Diana, Princess of Wales and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

She began her career as a child star in the Philippines, making her professional debut in 1978 at the age of seven in the musical The King and I. She went on to star in productions of Annie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Fiddler on the Roof, The Rose Tattoo, The Sound of Music, The Goodbye Girl, Paper Moon, and The Fantasticks.

Lea began her recording career at the age of ten with her first album, “Small Voice,” which received a gold certification. Her albums that followed include “Lea", released in 1988 , “Inspired” released in 2007, and numerous live concert and Broadway albums.

In addition to performing in musical theater and recordings, she hosted her own musical television show, “Love, Lea,” and also opened for international acts such as Menudo and Stevie Wonder.

Lea's big breakthrough came when she was selected to play Kim in the megahit musical Miss Saigon in 1989. For her performance as Kim, she won the Olivier for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical for the 1989/1990 season. Miss Saigon moved from its original London home, to Broadway in April 1991. Lea subsequently garnered the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and the Theatre World Awards for the same role. In 1999, she was invited back to London to close the musical, and in 2001, at the age of 29 and after doing the Manila run of the musical, she returned to Broadway to close the Broadway production.

Upon completion of her initial stint as Kim on Broadway, Lea played the role of street waif Eponine in the Broadway production of Les Misérables.

In 2002, she returned to Broadway to play the role of a Chinese immigrant in a reinterpretation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song opposite Jose Llana. This was after the reinvented musical had a very successful run at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in 2001, with Lea playing the lead role and the show garnering multiple wins and nominations, including Lead Actress in a Musical for her, from the LA Stage Alliance’s Ovation Awards. The Salonga-led Broadway revival cast album was also a top contender at the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Musical Show Album.

Many fans of all ages recognize Lea as the singing voice of Princess Jasmine from Aladdin and Fa Mulan for Mulan and Mulan II.

Orphans

 

THE TONY AWARD-NOMINATED PLAY

ORPHANS

WILL PLAY ITS FINAL PERFORMANCE ON BROADWAY

SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2013



New York, May 6: The producers of the Tony Award-nominated play ORPHANS have announced that the Broadway production will play its final performance on SUNDAY, MAY 19 after 27 previews and 37 regular performances at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street). The production began performances on March 26 and opened on April 18. The Broadway production of Lyle Kessler’s ORPHANS stars Alec Baldwin, Ben Foster and Tom Sturridge and is directed by Daniel Sullivan.

In ORPHANS, two orphaned brothers are living in a decrepit North Philadelphia row house. Treat, the eldest, (Foster), supports his damaged younger sibling Phillip (Sturridge) by petty thievery, and makes the house a virtual prison for the seemingly simple-minded Phillip. One night he kidnaps a rich older man, Harold (Baldwin), who turns out to have his own motives and becomes the father figure the boys have always yearned for.

ORPHANS premiered in 1983 at The Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles where it won the Drama-Logue Award. Following its 1985 engagement at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, the play had a successful run at New York’s Westside Arts Theatre and was subsequently produced in London. A film version was also produced. It has been an international success in almost every country in the world since its initial production at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Other plays by Kessler include The Watering Place, Possession, Robbers and Unlisted. Collision had its world premiere at the Rattlestick Theatre Co. this season. Films include Orphans, Gladiator, The Saint of Fort Washington and Touched, in which he co-starred. Mr. Kessler served as the director of the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab and was moderator of the playwright/directors unit of the Actors Studio West. He is a member of The Actors Studio and The Labyrinth Theater Co. He and his wife, actress Margaret Ladd, founded the “Imagination Workshop,” the longest running arts and mental health organization in the country.

Tom Sturridge is appearing with the support of Actors' Equity Association. The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors' Equity Association for its assistance of this production.

ORPHANS has received several accolades including Tony Nominations for Best Leading Actor Tom Sturridge and Best Revival of a Play. Additionally Sturridge has been nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Drama League Award. Alec Baldwin has been nominated for a Drama League Award and the production was also nominated for Outstanding Revival of a Play by the Outer Critics Circle.

ORPHANS is produced by Frederick Zollo, Robert Cole, The Shubert Organization, Orin Wolf, Lucky VIII, Scott M. Delman, James P. MacGilvray and StylesFour Productions.

Tickets for ORPHANS are now on sale and can be purchased by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or online by visiting www.Telecharge.com.

www.orphansonbroadway.com

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JONATHAN WHITTON BRINGS “BLACK SHEEP CARNIVAL”


TO DON’T TELL MAMA ONCE A MONTH THROUGH 2013


New York, May 2:   Jonathan Whitton (Bistro & MAC Award Winner, HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH) continues his critically lauded concert residency with guitarist Aaron Jones at Don’t Tell Mama. BLACK SHEEP CARNIVAL will play once a month through 2013 with initial dates scheduled for Friday, May 3 & June 7 @ 7:30PM and Monday, July 8 & August 5 @ 7:30PM. Tickets are $10 plus a two-drink minimum.

Celebrated for headlining both the Highline Ballroom & BB King Blues Club as Hedwig in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, Jonathan Whitton follows up his award-winning 2007 NYC solo-concert debut in collaboration with indie-musician/guitarist Aaron Jones. Times Square Chronicle recently proclaimed Whitton, “a 21st Century troubadour.” BLACK SHEEP CARNIVAL is billed as a “monthly evolving freak folk alt-cabaret” drawing on song selections from his critically acclaimed, sold-out 2012 concert series, THE FREE RESIDENCY, plus new material which will change monthly throughout the residency.

Whitton has been seen recently in NYC productions of EVEN FOR ONE NIGHT (Dixon Place), RAZIA’S SHADOW (Joe’s Pub), THE DISNEY DIARIES (dir. Michele Pawk, Laurie Beechman), SEPARATE: BATTLE SONGS OF YOUTH (Ars Nova), & THE YELLOW WOOD (dir. Brian Yorkey, New World Stages). Regionally, he has starred in productions of THE LAST FIVE YEARS, HEDWIG, CABARET, & SANTALAND DIARIES. He has also been seen onstage at such NYC venues as Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, Ars Nova, Highline Ballroom, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, and Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.

Musical selections for BLACK SHEEP CARNIVAL include songs from an eclectic group of contemporary musicians: Kate Bush, Michael Callen, Amy Correia, Kate McGarrigle, Patty Griffin, Sufjan Stevens, John Vanderslice, & Rufus Wainwright, amongst others.

NYU Musical Theatre Writing Program Graduate Aaron Jones serves as Music Director.

Backstage Magazine proclaims, “Whitton exudes talent and taste,” and Cabaret Scenes heralds, “Whitton is built to last. He’ll be around for the long run: performing, growing, daring.”

Whitton’s Debut Album, JONATHAN WHITTON: LIVE AT THE LAURIE BEECHMAN, is available on iTunes.

BLACK SHEEP CARNIVAL runs Friday, May 3 & June 7 and Monday, July 8 & August 5. All Performances begin at 7:30PM. Future dates through December 2013 to be announced. Don’t Tell Mama is located at 343 W. 46th St. (btw 8th & 9th Avenues). There is a $10 cover. All performances have a 2-Drink Minimum. Cash only. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 212-757-0788 or by visiting http://www.donttellmamanyc.com

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PERFORMANCES BEGIN APRIL 29TH

THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY
PRESENTS

" I'M  A  S T R A N G E R  H E R E  M Y S E L F ”

A NEW SOLO MUSICAL

WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY MARK NADLER

DIRECTED BY DAVID SCHWEIZER

3-WEEK LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
AT YORK THEATRE COMPANY AT SAINT PETER’S

OPENING NIGHT IS MAY 2ND

New York, April 29:  York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Andrew Levine, Executive Director) presents a 3-week limited engagement of its newest mainstage production, the musical I’m a Stranger Here Myself, written and performed by Mark Nadler with Franca Vercelloni on accordion (who has replaced previously announced William Schimmel) and Jessica Wright on violin and directed by David Schweizer.

Performances begin Monday, April 29, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. and for a limited engagement through Sunday, May 19, 2013 at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (Entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).

Opening Night is Thursday, May 2, 2013.

In his most personal and gripping show, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, internationally acclaimed and multi-award winning entertainer Mark Nadler explores the depths of the European expatriate experience. Using songs by German and French artists - Kurt Weill, Friedrich Hollaender, Lotte Lenya and Marlene Dietrich (to name a few) - who, through their music, express the declarations of identity, the resistance in the face of terror and the hopes for survival. Nadler examines the lives of these artists as well as those of ordinary German citizens caught up in one of the most intriguing periods of the Twentieth Century.

The Weimar Republic was the first democratically elected parliamentary government in German History, and lasted from the end of World War I until Hitler’s rise to power. The music from this period reflects the unprecedented artistic and sexual freedom of this emotionally charged era. Mr. Nadler’s multilingual performances of songs that speak of yearning for deliverance are especially pungent in their evocation of European Jews and homosexuals, the luckiest of whom found refuge in America.

The creative team will include James Morgan (Set Design), Mary Jo Dondlinger (Lighting Design), Kimothy Cruse (Production Stage Manager) and Meg Friedman (Assistant Stage Manager).

I’m a Stranger Here Myself will play the following performance schedule:

April 29 – May 4: Monday & Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday – Friday at 8:00 p.m., and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. & 8:00pm.

Beginning May 7 through May 19: Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday through Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

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

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

Mark Nadler (Writer/Performer) is a multi-award winning entertainer, arranger and director. Specializing in the popular music of the first half of the 20th Century, this pianist/singer/tap dancer has appeared regularly at New York's famed Algonquin Hotel and as a soloist with the New York Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, as well as with many prominent Symphony Orchestras around the world. Mark has played principal roles on Broadway and has made numerous guest television appearances. Recordings, videos and more information on Mark can be obtained by going to www.MarkNadler.com.

David Schweizer (Director) has been directing and developing new theater, performance and opera work for forty years in New York, nationwide and internationally. He emerged from Yale Drama School to direct for Joseph Papp at Lincoln Center a radical version of Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida and decades later he triumped at Lincoln Center again with his staging of Richard Rodney Bennett's opera The Mines of Sulphur at New York City Opera. In his early career, he directed world premiere productions Off-Broadway, and at regional theaters, of plays by Sam Shepard, Michael Weller, Albert Innaurato, Maria Irene Fornes, Jules Fieffer, Thomas Babe, Ronald Tavel, Tom Eyen, Len Jenkin, Murray Mednick, to name a few. Most recently his New York premieres have included White Chocolate by William Hamilton (Century Playhouse), Wintertime by Charles Mee, Mark Campbell's Songs From an Unmade Bed by Mark Campbell (New York Theater Workshop), My Price Point By Mike Albo (PS 122), and Los Big Names by Marga Gomez. He has collaborated with writer, composer Rinde Eckert on the revival of OBIE- award winning, And God Created Great Whales, that received critical acclaim last season, and Horizon (both at the New York Theater Workshop). He has directed at Arena Stage, Yale Rep, the Mark Taper Forum, Geffen Playhouse, Trinity Rep, and countless regional theaters, and has enjoyed extended international residencies at national theaters in Hamburg, Budapest, Warsaw, Sarajevo, Toga Village Japan, London, and points beyond. His collaborations with experimental theater companies include It’s a Man’s World at Mabou Mines, A History of Sexuality at Theatre X. and Plato’s Symposium at his own Modern Artists Company. Last season, he staged another the world premiere of Tennessee Williams' last lost play, In Masks Outrageous and Austere in a memorable staging at Culture Project. He is pleased to return to the York Theatre Company where some years ago he directed Austin Pendleton's drama Booth starring Frank Langella.

www.yorktheatre.org

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63rd Annual Awards

Outer Critics Circle Announce

2012-13 Season Nominees

“Pippin” Heads the List with 11 Nominations!

Followed by “Kinky Boots” with 9 Nominations

“Chaplin: The Musical” & “Cinderella” with 8 Nominations!

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

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, 2013) its nominees for the 2012-13 season in 24 categories. Broadway stars Robert Cuccioli (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) and Laila Robins (Dance of Death) presided over the (11AM) announcement ceremony at Manhattan’s Friars Club.

Based on a recommendation by the OCC Executive Committee, a Special Achievement Award will be given to Irish Repertory Theatre (Charlotte Moore, Artistic Director and Ciarán O’Reilly, Producing Director) in recognition of 25 years of producing outstanding theatre.

Celebrating its 63rd 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 13th and the annual awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 23rd (4PM) at the legendary Sardi’s Restaurant.

Outer Critics Circle

2012-2013 Award Nominations

OUTSTANDING NEW BROAD WAY PLAY

Grace

Lucky Guy

The Nance

The Testament of Mary

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL

Chaplin: The Musical

A Christmas Story

Hands on a Hardbody

Kinky Boots

Matilda the Musical

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY

Bad Jews

Cock

My Name is Asher Lev

Really Really

The Whale

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

February House

Dogfight

Giant

Here Lies Love

Murder Ballad

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Cinderella

Chaplin: The Musical

Dogfight

Kinky Boots

Matilda the Musical

OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Chaplin: The Musical

Dogfight

Hands on a Hardbody

Here Lies Love

Kinky Boots

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Golden Boy

Orphans

The Piano Lesson

The Trip to Bountiful

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Annie

Cinderella

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Passion

Pippin

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY

Pam MacKinnon Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Nicholas Martin Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Jack O’Brien The Nance

Bartlett Sher Golden Boy

Michael Wilson The Trip to Bountiful

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL

Warren Carlyle Chaplin: The Musical

Scott Ellis The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Jerry Mitchell Kinky Boots

Diane Paulus Pippin

Alex Timbers Here Lies Love

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER

Warren Carlyle Chaplin: The Musical

Peter Darling Matilda the Musical

Jerry Mitchell Kinky Boots

Josh Rhodes Cinderella

Chet Walker Pippin

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

John Lee Beatty The Nance

Rob Howell Matilda the Musical

David Korins Here Lies Love

Scott Pask Pippin

Michael Yeargan Golden Boy

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

Amy Clark & Martin Pakledinaz Chaplin: The Musical

Gregg Barnes Kinky Boots

Dominique Lemieux Pippin

William Ivey Long Cinderella

William Ivey Long The Mystery of Edwin Drood

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN

(Play or Musical)
Ken Billington Chaplin: The Musical

Paul Gallo Dogfight

Donald Holder Golden Boy

Kenneth Posner Cinderella

Kenneth Posner Pippin

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY

Tom Hanks Lucky Guy

Shuler Hensley The Whale

Nathan Lane The Nance

Tracy Letts Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

David Hyde Pierce Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Tracee Chimo Bad Jews

Amy Morton Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Vanessa Redgrave The Revisionist

Joely Richardson Ivanov

Cicely Tyson The Trip to Bountiful

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Bertie Carvel Matilda the Musical

Santino Fontana Cinderella

Rob McClure Chaplin: The Musical

Billy Porter Kinky Boots

Matthew James Thomas Pippin

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Lilla Crawford Annie

Valisia LeKae Motown: The Musical

Lindsay Mendez Dogfight

Patina Miller Pippin

Laura Osnes Cinderella

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY

Danny Burstein Golden Boy

Richard Kind The Big Knife

Jonny Orsini The Nance

Tony Shalhoub Golden Boy

Tom Sturridge Orphans

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Cady Huffman The Nance

Judith Ivey The Heiress

Judith Light The Assembled Parties

Kristine Nielsen Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Vanessa Williams The Trip to Bountiful

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Will Chase The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Dan Lauria A Christmas Story

Raymond Luke Motown: The Musical

Terrence Mann Pippin

Daniel Stewart Sherman Kinky Boots

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Annaleigh Ashford Kinky Boots

Victoria Clark Cinderella

Charlotte d’Amboise Pippin

Andrea Martin Pippin

Keala Settle Hands on a Hardbody

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE

Bette Midler I’ll Eat You Last

Martin Moran All the Rage

Fiona Shaw The Testament of Mary

Holland Taylor Ann

Michael Urie Buyer & Cellar

JOHN GASSNER AWARD

(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)

Ayad Akhtar Disgraced

Paul Downs Colaizzo Really Really

Joshua Harmon Bad Jews

Samuel D. Hunter The Whale

Aaron Posner My Name is Asher Lev

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Irish Repertory Theatre

Charlotte Moore, Artistic Director and Ciarán O’Reilly, Producing Director

in recognition of 25 years of producing outstanding theatre

Nominations Talley for 3 or more:

11 – Pippin; 9 – Kinky Boots; 8 – Chaplin: The Musical, Cinderella; 6- Golden Boy, The Nance; 5- Dogfight, Matilda the Musical; 4- Here Lies Love, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Trip to Bountiful, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; 3- Bad Jews, Hands on a Hardbody, The Whale

NOTE: The Nominating Committee attended all of this season’s Broadway productions prior to the OCC Award cut-off date. “The Other Place” was considered and nominated last season when it was produced Off Broadway.

2012-13 Outer Critics Circle Executive / Nominating Committee

Simon Saltzman (President)

Mario Fratti (Vice-President) Patrick Hoffman (Corresponding Secretary)

Stanley L. Cohen (Treasurer) Glenn Loney (Historian & Member-at-Large)

Rosalind Friedman (Recording Secretary) and

Aubrey Reuben, Thomás Gentile & Harry Haun (Members-at-Large)

 

 

 

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INTERNATIONAL FILM STAR ORLANDO BLOOM

AND

TONY AWARD NOMINEE CONDOLA RASHAD

TO PLAY STAR-CROSSED LOVERS

IN SHAKESPEARE’S TIMELESS LOVE STORY

ROMEO AND JULIET

AT BROADWAY’S RICHARD RODGERS THEATRE

PREVIEWS BEGIN SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2013

OPENING NIGHT THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013

DIRECTED BY FIVE-TIME TONY NOMINEE DAVID LEVEAUX

ALSO STARRING
TONY AWARD NOMINEE JAYNE HOUDYSHELL
AND TONY AWARD NOMINEE JOE MORTON

New York, April 1: International film star Orlando Bloom will make his Broadway debut alongside Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad, as Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers in a new Broadway production of the timeless love story ROMEO AND JULIET, directed by five-time Tony Award nominee David Leveaux. The show will open on Broadway on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, following preview performances from Saturday, August 24, 2013. The production will also star two-time Tony Award nominee Jayne Houdyshell as the Nurse and Tony Award nominee Joe Morton as Lord Capulet.

While ROMEO AND JULIET is the most famous love story of all time, this production will mark the first time in 36 years that the play will be produced for Broadway. This version of the classic tale will retain Shakespeare’s original language but have a modern setting in which members of the contentious Montague and Capulet families will be of differing ethnicities.

One of Shakespeare’s best known and most beloved plays, ROMEO AND JULIET belongs to a tradition of tragic-romances dating back over 500 years. The famous youthful lovers first appeared in Italian novella in the 1500’s and gained popularity in England after being adapted and translated into English by Arthur Brooke in 1562. As described in Brooke’s poem, “The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet” – on which Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” is based – while the Montagues and Capulets are from different “races” or “stocks” their deadly feud is not based on their race, but rather on the “grudging envy” of men of “equal state.” In this new production, the members of the Montague household will be white, and the blood relatives of the Capulet family will be black. While race defines the family lineages, the original cause of the ‘ancient quarrel’, passed down by successive generations to their young, has been lost to time. Shakespeare’s dramatization of the original poem sets the two young lovers in a context of prejudice, authoritarian parents, and a never ending cycle of ‘revenge.’ Against this background, the strength of their love changes the world.

“Shakespeare did not only write of his world – he imagined ours,” said Leveaux. “The very improbability that two young people might, through their imaginations and their courage, change the world by overcoming the cynical tyranny of division handed down to them by their elders, is the best and happily most improbable reason I can imagine to bring this story to the Broadway stage today.”

The last time ROMEO AND JULIET was produced on Broadway was the 1977 Circle in the Square production featuring Paul Ryan Rudd and Pamela Payton-Wright. Other notable New York productions include: the Public Theater’s 2012 gala staged-reading at the Delacorte Theater starring Kevin Kline and Meryl Streep; the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2011 production at the Park Avenue Armory starring Sam Troughton and Mariah Gale; the Public Theater’s 2007 Shakespeare in the Park production starring Oscar Isaac and Lauren Ambrose; the 1986 Shakespeare on Broadway for the Schools repertory production starring Geoffrey Owens and Regina Taylor; The Old Vic Company’s 1956 production at the Winter Garden Theater starring John Neville and Claire Bloom; as well as the 1940 Broadway production starring Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.

Tickets are available exclusively to Audience Rewards (www.audiencerewards.com) members beginning today, Monday, April 1, 2013 at NOON and will go on sale to the general public on Monday, April 8, 2013 via Ticketmaster.com (1-800-745-3000) for performances through Sunday, November 24, 2013. In order to make this production accessible to all, 100 tickets per performance will be set aside at $20 for purchase by students and educators.

Further casting and additional creative team members will be announced at a later date. Orlando Bloom is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association.

ORLANDO BLOOM (Romeo) had his breakthrough roles in 2001 as the elf-prince "Legolas" in The Lord of the Rings and in 2003 as blacksmith "Will Turner" in the "Pirates of The Caribbean" film series. He subsequently established himself as a leading man in Hollywood films, including Cameron Crowe's "Elizabethtown" and Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven." His other notable films include "Black Hawk Down;" "Troy;" "Haven; New York," "I Love You;" "Sympathy For Delicious;" "The Three Musketeers" and "The Good Doctor." He recently reprised his role as Legolas in "The Hobbit" trilogy and just completed filming "Zulu" with Forest Whitaker. Bloom, who was a member of the National Youth Theatre, earned a scholarship to study with the British American Drama Academy, attended the Guild Hall School of Music and Drama in London, and made his professional stage debut in the West End's In Celebration at the Duke of York's Theatre in 2007. In 2011, Orlando returned to the stage in a collection of Shakespearean texts for world-renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In October 2009, Bloom was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and has worked with the organization in Nepal, Madagascar and Cape Town to advocate on behalf of the rights of children, including access to quality education and clean water.

CONDOLA RASHAD (Juliet) received a 2012 Tony Nomination for her performance in "Stick Fly," produced by Alicia Keys and Nelle Nugent and directed by Kenny Leon. Previously, she received rave reviews for her performance in Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, "Ruined," for which she received a Theatre World Award as well as a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nomination. Her other theater credits include "Tambourines To Glory" at the Alliance Theatre, directed by Kenny Leon, and "Pearl" at the Kennedy Center, directed by Debbie Allen. Rashad’s film and TV credits include "30 Beats" opposite Justin Kirk and Lee Pace, "Sex and the City 2," "Law and Order:Criminal Intent," "Smash,""Georgetown," and "The Good Wife." Rashad recently starred opposite Queen Latifah and Alfre Woodard in Lifetime’s “Steel Magnolias” and appears on Broadway this season in The Trip to Bountiful with Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams and Cuba Gooding, Jr. Ms. Rashad is branching out into music with a forthcoming solo album.

JAYNE HOUDYSHELL (Nurse) was most recently seen on Broadway in Theresa Rebeck's "Dead Accounts." Ms. Houdyshell is a two time Tony Nominee earning her first in Lisa Kron’s play Well, and her second for delivering the Sondheim showstopper “Broadway Baby” in "Follies." Other Broadway credits include "Wicked," "Bye Bye Birdie" and "The Importance of Being Earnest." Houdyshell has appeared off-Broadway in "The Language Archive," "Coraline," "The Receptionist, The New Century," "The Pain and the Itch" and "Much Ado About Nothing." Film and television credits include "Lucky Stiff," "Everybody’s Fine," "Morning Glory," "Trust the Man" and "Garden State," as well as guest appearances on “Law & Order,”, "Law & Order: SVU", “Conviction,” and “Third Watch.”

JOE MORTON (Lord Capulet) was nominated for a Best Actor Tony Award for his performance as Walter Lee Younger in the musical Raisin, and has also starred on Broadway in "Art" (as Serge), and "Two Gentlemen of Verona" (as Valentine), "Hair" (as both Hud and Claude), and portrayed Colin Powell in David Hare's, "Stuff Happens" at The National Theatre in London. He directed the original American Touring Company of "Jesus Christ Superstar" and recently, "Robert Johnson at 100" at the Apollo Theatre in addition to several off-Broadway productions. He has appeared in over 70 movies, including John Sayles' "Brother From Another Planet" (as the Brother), "Terminator 2:" "Judgment Day" (as Dr. Miles Bennett Dyson), "Speed" (as Capt. McMahon) and "Blues Brothers 2000" (as Cabel "Cab" Chamberlain, based upon the late Cab Calloway). He played several leading men and made many notable TV guest appearances, including Dr. Steven Hamilton in "Smallville," Daniel Golden in "The Good Wife," defense attorney Leon Chiles on "Law & Order,"  "Equal Justice," "Under One Roof," "E-Ring," "X-Files," "Tribeca, House," and "Boston Legal." Recently, Mr. Morton was a series regular as the jack-of-all-trades scientist, Henry Deacon, on Syfy's "Eureka," for which he also directed. He is currently portraying a recurring character (Rowan) on ABC's "Scandal."

DAVID LEVEAUX (Director) Five Tony Award nominations for Best Director, including for the musical "Nine" starring Antonio Banderas; Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing{ with Stephen Dillane and Jennifer Ehle, and Jumpers with Simon Russell Beale and Essie Davis; and Eugene O'Neill's {Anna Christie{ starring Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson, and "A Moon For the Misbegotten" starring Kate Nelligan. Other Broadway credits include: Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia," "Cyrano de Bergerac" starring Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner, "The Glass Menagerie" starring Jessica Lange, "Fiddler on the Roof" with Alfred Molina and subsequently Harvey Fierstein, "Betrayal" with Liev Schrieber, Juliette Binoche and John Slattery, and "Electra" starring Zoe Wanamaker; and, for the Atlantic Theater Company: "Through a Glass Darkly" starring Carey Mulligan, and "CQ/CX." London theater includes: the upcoming revival of Peter Nichols' "Passion Play" with Zoe Wanamaker, also "Backbeat," "Arcadia," "The Late Middle Classes," "Sinatra Live at the London Palladium," "Electra," "The Father," "No Man's Land," "Moonlight," "Betrayal," "The Distance From Here," "Tis Pity She's a Whore," "A Moon for the Misbegotten," and "The Marriage of Figaro" and "Salome" at the English National Opera.

 

THE CARLYLE ANNOUNCES UPCOMING SPRING AND SUMMER ACTS

AT LEGENDARY CAFÉ CARLYLE

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JOHN PIZZARELLI QUARTET, PAUL WILLIAMS, STEVE TYRELL, LEA SALONGA,

ROSSANO SPORTIELLO, JOHN LLOYD YOUNG

SET TO APPEAR AT NEW YORK’S LEGENDARY NIGHT SPOT

 

New York, March 18:     Joining the just announced Elaine Stritch, who will be playing her final Cafe'Carlyle engagement, April 2-6, The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel, has announced the remaining line-up of performers for the upcoming season at the legendary Café Carlyle. Following Debby Boone’s engagement from March 19-30th, the Café Carlyle will host the John Pizzarelli Quartet with special guest Bucky Pizzarelli, Paul Williams, Steve Tyrell, Lea Salonga, Rossano Sportiello, and John Lloyd Young for back to back engagements into June. Woody Allen & the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band will continue with their Monday night spot until June 17th.

The Café Carlyle is one of the most iconic performance venues in the world. Since opening in 1955, the storied room, located in the legendary Carlyle hotel (35 East 76th Street at Madison Avenue), has provided a singularly intimate New York cabaret experience featuring musical performances by such legendary entertainers as Barbara Cook, Woody Allen, Elaine Stritch, Judy Collins and the incomparable Bobby Short. This New York landmark also maintains the famous wrap around Vertès murals. For additional information, visit www.thecarlyle.com.

The Upcoming 2013 Season:

JOHN PIZZARELLI QUARTET WITH SPECIAL GUEST BUCKY PIZZARELLI

Tuesday, April 9 to Saturday, April 20

PAUL WILLIAMS

Tuesday, April 23 to Saturday, May 4

STEVE TYRELL

Tuesday, May 7 to Saturday, May 18

LEA SALONGA

Tuesday, May 21 to Saturday, June 8

ROSSANO SPORTIELLO

Tuesday, June 11 to Saturday, June 22

JOHN LLOYD YOUNG

**One Week ONLY, Encore Performance**

Tuesday, June 25 to Saturday, June 29


WOODY ALLEN & THE EDDY DAVIS NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND

Monday, January 14 – Monday, June 17

 

THE CARLYLE HOTEL’S MOST FAMOUS RESIDENT

E L A I N E    S T R I T C H

 

Elaine Stritch

 

WILL PLAY HER FINAL ENGAGEMENT AT THE LEGENDARY CAFÉ  CARLYLE

E L A I N E   S T R I T C H   A T   T H E  C A R L Y L E:  M O V I N ’  O V E R  A N D   O U T ”

APRIL 2-6, 2013

New York: -- The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel is pleased to announce the return of its most famous resident, Elaine Stritch, to the Café Carlyle for her final engagement.  Her new show, Elaine Stritch at the Carlyle: Movin’ Over and Out, a freeform evening of story and song, will play for one week only.  This will be the final chance to see Ms. Stritch – who has been dubbed the Carlyle’s own “Octogenarian Eloise” – give one of her now-legendary performances at her home venue, before she leaves the Carlyle Hotel and the city of New York for good.  (Ms. Stritch will be relocating to her home state of Michigan.)  Elaine Stritch has played 4 sold-out engagements at the Café Carlyle over the past 7 years.

Ms. Stritch will be joined by her longtime musical collaborator, Rob Bowman, at the piano.

The Café Carlyle is one of the most iconic performance venues in the world. Since opening in 1955, the storied room, located in the legendary Carlyle Hotel, has provided a singularly intimate New York cabaret experience featuring musical performances by such legendary entertainers as Barbara Cook, Woody Allen, Judy Collins and the incomparable Bobby Short. This New York landmark also maintains the famous wrap around Vertès murals.

Café Carlyle is located in The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel (35 East 76th Street @ Madison Avenue). Elaine Stritch will play Tuesday, April 2 through Saturday, April 6 at 8:45PM. There is a $125 cover charge per person and $85 bar seating per person. For additional information, visit www.thecarlyle.com.

Ricky Ritzel Sings Elaine Stritch

Ricky Ritzel

March 15, 22, & 29 

Cover charge: $20 – $30 / Food & Beverage Minimum $25

Fri, March 15 11:00 pm Doors 10:00pm  
Fri, March 22 11:00 pm Doors 10:00pm  
Fri, March 29 11:00 pm Doors 10:00pm  

 

New York:  Cabaret warhorse Rick Ritzel pays homage to Broadway legend Elaine Stritch in a hilarious and poignant
evening of nonstop fun.
From Angel in the Wings to A Little Night Music, Elaine Stitch has introduced and covered some of the greatest songs of the
20th Century. Now, Mr. Ritzel puts his unique spin on them in this loving tribute to one of Broadway’s greatest treasures.

 

 

 

 

COMPLETE CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR

THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL

Two-Time Tony Award Nominee

TOM WOPAT

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Joins the Previously Announced
CICELY TYSON, CUBA GOODING JR,
VANESSA WILLIAMS and CONDOLA RASHAD

DEVON ABNER, CURTIS BILLINGS, PAT BOWIE,
LEON ADDISON BROWN, ARTHUR FRENCH,
SUSAN HEYWARD, BILL KUX,
LINDA POWELL and CHARLES TURNER
Complete the Company

14-Week Limited Engagement Begins March 30, 2013
At Broadway’s Stephen Sondheim Theatre

Opening Night is April 23, 2013

New York, Feb. 25:  Broadway veteran and two-time Tony Award nominee TOM WOPAT will join the company of the upcoming Broadway revival of HORTON FOOTE’S beloved classic, THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL, starring the previously announced CICELY TYSON, CUBA GOODING, JR, VANESSA WILLIAMS, and CONDOLA RASHAD.

Directed by MICHAEL WILSON, THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL will also feature DEVON ABNER, CURTIS BILLINGS, PAT BOWIE, LEON ADDISON BROWN, ARTHUR FRENCH, SUSAN HEYWARD, BILL KUX, LINDA POWELL and CHARLES TURNER.

THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL will play a 14-week limited engagement, beginning previews on Saturday, March 30th at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre (124 W 43rd St). Opening night is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23rd. Tickets are available at www.Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200.

TOM WOPAT has appeared on Broadway in Catch Me if You Can (Drama Desk nomination), Sondheim on Sondheim, A Catered Affair (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League nominations), Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Revival), Chicago, 42nd Street, Annie Get Your Gun (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), Guys and Dolls, City of Angels, and I Love My Wife. His many Off-Broadway credits include Olympus On My Mind, The Guys, Last of the Boys. He has been seen on television in "The Dukes of Hazzard," "Cybill," "Home Improvement," "Taking Chance" (HBO), “A Gifted Man,” “Longmire.” Film: Django Unchained, Bonneville, Jonah Hex, Main Street. Jazz Standard Albums: I’ve Got Your Number, The Still of The Night, Dissertation on the State of Bliss, Consider It Swung.

The inspiring American classic, THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL, tells the story of Carrie Watts (Cicely Tyson), who is trapped in a cramped Houston apartment with her soft-spoken son (Cuba Gooding Jr) and out-spoken daughter-in-law (Vanessa Williams), dreaming of a return to her home in the small Gulf Coast town of Bountiful, where she grew up and raised her family. Fearing that she’s an imposition and chafing under her daughter-in-law’s watchful eye, she steals away with her latest pension check and heads home in the journey of a lifetime. The result is an unforgettable play about the idea of home and its power to sustain us.

Horton Foote’s THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL premiered as a teleplay on NBC in 1953, starring Lillian Gish as Carrie Watts. The play had its Broadway premiere later that year with the same cast, which also included Eva Marie Saint. The play was adapted by Mr. Foote into an acclaimed 1985 film starring Geraldine Page, for which she won the Academy Award. In 2005, Signature Theatre produced the play Off-Broadway starring Lois Smith, for which she won Lortel, Obie, Outer Critics and Drama Desk Awards.
THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL’s award winning creative team has interpreted a number of plays and films by Horton Foote: Jeff Cowie (scenery), Van Broughton Ramsey (costumes), Rui Rita (lighting), and John Gromada (original music and sound design).
For more information please visit
www.TheTripToBountifulBroadway.com

www.TheTripToBountifulBroadway.com

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  11. J.D.Cerna's Solo Tour de Force & GLAAD Nominated "Not As Cute As Picture" Returns To The Duplex: Feb.8, 22 & March 8 & 22
  12. Manilow On Broadway Jan. 24 Opening Night Canceled. Weekend Dark. New Opening Night To Be Announced
  13. HOT Ticket! Michael Musto's 70's Disco Extravaganza At 54 Below: Sunday, Feb. 17
  14. City Renames West 44th Street "Manilow Way" In Honor Of Barry Manilow's Return To Broadway
  15. Lorna Luft Makes Birdland Debut: Feb. 11 & 18 At 7 p.m.
  16. Michael J. Nelson Memorial Tribute: Sat., Jan. 19 at Etcetera, Etcetera At 8pm
  17. Tickets Now On Sale For "Broadway Backwards" To Benefit BC/EFA: On March 18 At Palace Theatre
  18. Bette Midler Returns To Broadway After 30 Years To Star In One Woman Show: "I'll Eat You Last": Opens April 24
  19. Pippin Returns To Broadway This Spring; Opens April 25 At Music Box
  20. Howard McGillen, Rebecca Luker Kick Off Spring Season At Cafe' Carlyle, Jan. 15-26