Ben Foster to join cast of Broadway’s ORPHANS

Ben Foster

New York: Feb. 21: The producers of the Broadway production of ORPHANS, Lyle Kessler’s play, directed by Daniel Sullivan, announced today that Ben Foster will join the cast immediately in the role of “Treat.”
Producers Frederick Zollo and Robert Cole said, “We are delighted that Ben will join Alec Baldwin and Tom Sturridge when rehearsals commence at ORPHANS tomorrow morning. He is an extraordinarily gifted actor.”

Production dates remain unchanged thus far, with previews beginning March 19 and opening night on April 7 at the Schoenfeld Theatre (236 W. 45th Street).

Tom Sturridge is appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance of this production. Tickets for ORPHANS are now on sale and can be purchased by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or online by visiting BEN FOSTER (Treat) has established himself as one of the most versatile actors of his generation. Having received rave reviews for two diverse performances showcased at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Foster will be making his Broadway debut in Orphans. 

Foster’s two Sundance Films, “Ain’t Them Body Saints” and “Kill Your Darlings”, will be released later this year by IFC Films and Sony Pictures Classics, respectively. The Village Voice noted about both performances that “Foster dazzled as the young William Burroughs on the edges of the Beat true-crime tale “Kill Your Darlings”, then impressed even more as a kindly deputy trying to keep the peace in “Ain’t Them Body Saints”, a performance that evokes the young Gene Hackman in its understated masculine authority.” In a poll of 42 critics conducted by Indiewire, Foster was named Best Supporting Performance for “Ain’t Them Body Saints”. Additionally, Foster stars opposite Mark Wahlberg in Peter Berg’s highly anticipated film “Lone Survivor” chronicling the true story of the June 2005 failed mission of Seal Team 10, which will be released by Universal Pictures this Fall.

In 2009, Foster’s starred opposite Woody Harrelson and Samantha Morton in “The Messenger,” a film by Oren Moverman. The film, a moving portrayal of one soldier's (Foster) journey to re-assimilate into the civilian world after his turn in Iraq, was an official selection at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and won the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay and the Peace Film Award at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival and the Grand Prize at the 2009 Deauville Film Festival. Foster reteamed with Moverman in 2011 to co-star in and produce, “Rampart,” which stars Woody Harrelson as a veteran police officer who gets caught in up a corruption scandal. In the film, Ben portrays a homeless man at the center of the scandal. “Rampart,” part crime drama-part action thriller, is based upon a real LAPD scandal from the 1990’s. The film premiered at both the Toronto and  AFI film festivals as well as the London International Film Festival, and was released by Millennium Entertainment in 2011.

In 2007, his portrayal in James Mangold's “3:10 to Yuma” as outlaw Charlie Prince, a cold blooded killer, earned Foster rave reviews. Of his performance, Todd McCarthy of Variety noted, "Ben Foster puts the kind of indelible imprint on this juicy role that, in earlier eras, allowed such thesps as Lee Marvin, Richard Boone, Dan Duryea, James Coburn, Jack Palance, Lee Van Cleef, Strother Martin, and others to immortalize themselves in the annals of Western villainy. He is a mad delight to watch.” The cast received an SAG Ensemble nomination for their work in the film.

Foster's additional credits include Fernando Meirelles’ “360”; Baltasar Kormakur’s “Contraband”; Braden King’s “Here” ; “The Mechanic”; Nick Cassavetes’ “Alpha Dog”; the blockbuster film "X-Men 3: The Last Stand”; "30 Days of Night"; "Hostage"; and Barry Levinson's "Liberty Heights," which marked his film debut.

On the small screen, Foster shared the SAG Award for Best Ensemble Cast for his work in the 2003 season of HBO's critically acclaimed drama "Six Feet Under," in which he portrayed Russell Corwin for three seasons. He was also a part of the Emmy nominated HBO telefilm "The Laramie Project." He appeared in several episodes of the cult hit "Freaks and Geeks" as the mentally handicapped student ‘Eli,’ and Foster’s lead performance in Showtime's "Bang Bang You're Dead" garnered him a Daytime Emmy.

Foster currently resides in NYC.









Jane Lynch




New York, Feb. 20: JUST ANNOUNCED! Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch, who stars in the hit FOX television show “Glee” as ruthless cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, will take on another great tyrannical role as evil orphanage matron Miss Hannigan in the new Broadway production of ANNIE at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets). Lynch, a stage veteran of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The Second City, will be making her Broadway debut. She will play Miss Hannigan for eight weeks only, from Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, July 14.

Two-time Tony Award-winning actress Katie Finneran, who created the role of Miss Hannigan in the new production of ANNIE, will depart the production at a date to be announced, in order to begin filming a new NBC comedy series with Michael J. Fox.

“Some may say I know a thing or two about playing intimidating authority figures,” Jane Lynch said. “So I am excited and honored to be making my Broadway debut with the wonderful ANNIE company at the Palace Theatre and joining the pantheon of women who have taken on the great and irresistible role of wicked Miss Hannigan.”

“I am forever indebted to the creative team and producers of ANNIE. They made a dream come true for me by giving me the chance to play Miss Hannigan on Broadway. And now they have been unbelievably generous in recognizing what a unique opportunity this television series is for my family and me,” Katie Finneran commented. “I am so grateful to them for making it possible for me to begin filming the series this summer and I can't wait to come back and see the goddess Jane Lynch bring down the house at the Palace.”

Jane Lynch’s theatrical credits include The Second City, Steppenwolf Theatre and many church basements throughout the Chicagoland area. Recent film credits include A.C.O.D, Three Stooges, Wreck-It Ralph, Julie & Julia, Shrek Forever After, The Post Grad Survival Guide, Paul and Brownie Masters. Past film work includes Christopher Guest’s For Your Consideration, A Mighty Wind and Best in Show, as well as Role Models, The Rocker, Spring Breakdown, the animated film Space Chimps, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Walk Hard, Talladega Nights, The 40 Year old Virgin, Margaret Cho’s Celeste and Bam Bam, Alan Cumming’s Suffering Man’s Charity, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Sleepover and Surviving Eden. She currently stars in the Ryan Murphy television series “Glee” on FOX for which she is an Emmy and Golden Globe winner for portraying the iconic television character, Sue Sylvester. Some of her other recent credits include the STARZ series “Party Down,” “Lovespring,” a Lifetime original series, “Desperate Housewives” and “Weeds” as well as the last season of “The L Word” opposite Cybill Shepherd. She has recurring roles on “Two and a Half Men,” “Criminal Minds” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine”. Jane’s play Oh Sister, My Sister! had runs at the Tamarind Theatre and Bang Theater, garnering the LA Weekly Comedy Ensemble of the Year Award. Jane also authored the autobiography Happy Accidents, which topped several national best sellers list, including the New York Times and Los Angeles Times.

ANNIE features a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin, with all three authors receiving 1977 Tony Awards® for their work. ANNIE is directed by Pulitzer Prize and three-time Tony Award®-winner James Lapine and choreographed by Tony Award®-winner Andy Blankenbuehler. The production is playing at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway, between 46th and 47th Streets).

ANNIE stars two-time Tony Award® winner Katie Finneran as Miss Hannigan, Australian star Anthony Warlow making his Broadway debut as Daddy Warbucks and 11-year-old Lilla Crawford as Annie, with Brynn O’Malley as Grace Farrell, Clarke Thorell as Rooster Hannigan, and J. Elaine Marcos as Lily St. Regis. The Orphans are Madi Rae DiPietro as July, Georgi James as Pepper, Junah Jang as Tessie, Tyrah Skye Odoms as Kate, Taylor Richardson as Duffy, Emily Rosenfeld as Molly, Brooklyn Shuck as standby for Molly, Kate, Tessie, July and Duffy, Sadie Sink as standby for Annie, Tessie, Duffy, July and Kate and Jaidyn Young as standby for Annie, Pepper, Duffy and July. The production also features Ashley Blanchet, Jane Blass, Jeremy Davis, Fred Inkley, Merwin Foard, Joel Hatch, Danette Holden, Amanda Lea LaVergne, Gavin Lodge, Liz McCartney, Desi Oakley, Keven Quillon, David Rossetti, Sarah Solie, Dennis Stowe and Ryan VanDenBoom.

Anthony Warlow is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance with this production.

The original production of ANNIE opened April 21, 1977 at the Alvin Theatre and went on to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the Grammy for Best Cast Show Album and seven Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Best Book (Thomas Meehan) and Best Score (Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin). The show was one of the biggest Broadway musical hits of the 1970s, running for almost six years and playing 2,377 performances.

The score for ANNIE includes “Maybe,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow”.

The creative team includes scenic design by Drama Desk Award-winner David Korins, costume design by Tony Award-winner Susan Hilferty, lighting design by two-time Tony Award-winner Donald Holder and sound design by Tony Award-winner Brian Ronan. Projection design is by Wendall K. Harrington. Music director is Todd Ellison. Orchestrations are by Michael Starobin. Dance music arrangements are by Alex Lacamoire. Musical coordinator is Patrick Vaccariello. Hair and wig design is by Tom Watson. Casting is by Telsey + Company. Animal training is by William Berloni.

In a dual effort to promote dog adoption and provide shelters with resources, PEDIGREE® Food for Dogs and ANNIE have teamed up to help raise $1 million to help dogs find loving homes. For each ANNIE ticket sold through December 31, 2013, PEDIGREE will donate $2, up to $1 million, to PEDIGREE Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping dogs find loving homes. In addition, co-branded merchandise will be available at the theatre and online with 100 percent of the proceeds going to PEDIGREE Foundation. For more information on The PEDIGREE® Adoption Drive and other brand initiatives, visit or

ANNIE is produced on Broadway by Arielle Tepper Madover, Roger Horchow, Sally Horchow, Roger Berlind, Roy Furman, Debbie Bisno, Stacey Mindich, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Jane Bergère/Daryl Roth and Eva Price/Christina Papagjika.

Tickets for ANNIE are available through, by calling 877-250-2929, or in person at the Palace Theatre box office (1564 Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets). Premium seating is available. Tickets are currently on sale through November 17, 2013.

Shia LaBeouf to Exit Broadway’s ORPHANS

Shia LaBeouf

New York, Feb. 20: Due to creative differences, the producers of ORPHANS and Shia LaBeouf will be parting ways and he will not be continuing with the production. An announcement on the replacement for the role of "Treat" will be made shortly.

ORPHANS, by Lyle Kessler and directed by Daniel Sullivan, stars Alec Baldwin and Tom Sturridge. Production dates remain unchanged thus far, with previews beginning March 19 and opening night on April 7 at the Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street).

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

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


Marilyn Maye  performance shot



MARCH 5 - 16

New York: 54 BELOW, is proud to announce the appearance of cabaret and theatre legend Marilyn Maye and the debut of her new show “MAYE-DEN Voyage” for a two-week engagement on March 5-7 & 12-14 at 7:00PM and March 8-9 & 15-16 at 8:00PM. To purchase tickets, visit Doors open for dinner at 5:30PM for the 7:00PM show and 6:30PM for the 8:00PM show. $35-$45 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum.

“I am thrilled to be appearing at 54 Below,” says Ms. Maye. “My new show, MAYE-DEN Voyage, will be, as usual a PARTY of great musical stories. We’ll take a trip together to “Broadway and Jazz” in this lovely new club.”

This past January, Maye received the Nightlife Legend Award at the 11th annual New York Nightlife Awards and performance after performance; Ms. Maye receives critical acclaim from the audience and press alike. Stephen Holden of The New York Times calls her “a great pop-jazz belter whose warm booming trumpet of a voice has only gotten stronger over the decades.” Will Friedwald from the Wall Street Journal says, “… she is the living embodiment of two great traditions, a one-woman amalgam combining the punch and personality of Broadway with the swing and high style of jazz… simultaneously belting and swinging a stunning sequence of superior songs.” The Philadelphia Inquirer said, “Calling her a cabaret singer is like calling Pablo Picasso a painter; it’s true all right, but it leaves a lot out!”

From her first appearance in the spotlight as a tiny pre-teen vocalist in a series of amateur contests in Topeka, Kansas to being dubbed “A National Treasure,” Marilyn Maye continues to entertain audiences with her skill of performing. With a Grammy nomination in the mid-Sixties as Best New Artist, a bevy of awards reflecting her showmanship, her illustrious singing career is still going strong after a life-time spent entertaining audiences.

The Smithsonian Institution chose her recording of “Too Late Now” (from her RCA “Lamp Is Low” album) for inclusion in its Best Performers of the Best Compositions of the 20th Century permanent collection, along with such other singing greats as Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland.

Marilyn’s big break arrived in the mid-Fifties when Steve Allen invited her to appear on his television show. When Ed McMahon caught her cabaret act in New York City, he immediately arranged for her to appear on The Tonight Show. In 2006, Marilyn was once again “discovered” when she appeared as a special guest of The Mabel Mercer Society at New York’s renowned Rose Hall at Lincoln Center. As a result of this, Marilyn has never been busier.


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."

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 $5-$85. 54 BELOW is located at 254 West 54th Street.
Tickets and information are available at



Young Berry Gordy, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder

BRYAN TERRELL CLARK will play Marvin Gaye

Bryan Terrell Clark 3

as Berry Gordy and Diana Ross and an Ensemble Cast of 40



New York: Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy are proud to announce additional Broadway casting for the world premiere of MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL, based on the life of iconic Motown founder Berry Gordy.

Following a nationwide casting search for a young super-talent with an Olympic high tenor singing voice, exceptional dance ability and the range to play multiple roles, Motown founder Berry Gordy has discovered not one, but two, aspiring young men to portray his boyhood counterpart and the roles of young stars Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. Raymond Luke Jr. and Jibreel Mawry will both make their Broadway debut charting the rise of three entertainment icons.

Bryan Terrell Clark will also make his Broadway debut portraying another groundbreaking Motown artist Marvin Gaye. Clark is a co-writer on Mary J. Blige’s new album “Irreversible,” and has performed with such music royalty as Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle.

Bryan Terrell Clark - Ladies of Motown

As previously announced, Tony Award® nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (The Color Purple) and Valisia LeKae (The Book of Mormon) will star in the leading roles of Berry Gordy and Diana Ross and Charl Brown (Jersey Boys) will play Smokey Robinson, leading an ensemble cast of 40 featuring Timothy J. Alex, Michael Arnold, Nicholas Christopher, Rebecca E. Covington, Ariana DeBose, Andrea Dora, Preston W. Dugger III, Wilkie Ferguson, Dionne Figgins, Marva Hicks, Tiffany Janene Howard, Sasha Hutchings, Jawan M. Jackson, Lauren Lim Jackson, Morgan James, John Jellison, Crystal Joy, Jamie LaVerdiere, Grasan Kingsberry, Marielys Molina, Sydney Morton, Maurice Murphy, Jarran Muse, Jesse Nager, Milton Craig Nealy, N’Kenge, Dominic Nolfi, Saycon Sengbloh, Ryan Shaw, Jamal Story, Eric LaJuan Summers, Ephraim Sykes, Julius Thomas III, Daniel J. Watts and Donald Webber, Jr.

MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL will begin preview performances March 11 and open on Broadway on April 14, 2013 at The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46 Street).

Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL will feature a book by Berry Gordy and music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalogue.

MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL is the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed our culture forever. This exhilarating show charts Motown Founder Berry Gordy's incredible journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and so many more.

Featuring all the classics you love, MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. The music that shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat finally comes to Broadway in the season's most anticipated world-premiere event.

MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL’s creative team features choreography by Patricia Wilcox (Blues in the Night) and Warren Adams (Toy Story), scenic design by David Korins (Bring It On: The Musical, Annie), costume design by Tony Award® nominee ESosa (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, “Project Runway”), lighting design by Tony Award® winner Natasha Katz (Once, Sister Act), sound design by Tony Award® nominee Peter Hylenski (Rock of Ages, The Scottsboro Boys), projection design by Daniel Brodie (Jekyll and Hyde).

MOTOWN:THE MUSICAL will feature arrangements and orchestrations by Ethan Popp (Rock of Ages), who will supervise the 18 piece orchestra and reproduce the classic “Sound of Young America” for the Broadway stage, with co-orchestrations and additional arrangements by Bryan Crook (“Smash”), dance arrangements by Zane Mark (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and music direction by Joseph Joubert (Nice Work If You Can Get It).

MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL will play the following performance schedule during preview performances:
March 11 – March 24: Mon – Sat at 8pm; Sat at 2pm; Dark Sun (no Wed matinee)

March 25 – April 7: Mon – Sat at 8pm; Wed and Sat at 2pm; Dark Sun
April 8 – April 14: Tues – Sat at 8pm; Wed and Sat at 2pm; Sun at 6:30pm (Opening Night); Dark Mon

Beginning April 15: Tues at 7pm; Wed – Sat at 8pm; Wed and Sat at 2pm; Sun at 3pm; Dark Mon.

Tickets are available by calling Ticketmaster at 877-250-2929 or visiting


The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel



John Lloyd Young 4

"My Turn"



New York: The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel, is pleased to welcome Tony Award-Winner John Lloyd Young for his Café Carlyle debut where he will perform his program “My Turn.” Mr. Young opens at the Café Carlyle on February 12th and will play through February 23rd where he will be joined by GLEE music producer Tommy Faragher as his music director with a seven piece band including Mr. Faragher on piano/keyboards, John Putnam on guitar, Paul Socolow on bass, Eric Kalb on drums, Goke Erem on violin, Eddy Malave on viola, and Leigh Stuart on Cello.

Mr. Young’s program “My Turn” will include songs from his debut album of the same name and will feature hits from the Four Seasons' era that brought Mr. Young to Jersey Boys fame, as well as other classics from the 60s era including favorites such as “Hurt So Bad,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Unchained Melody,” and “You Belong To Me.”

Café Carlyle is located in The Carlyle Hotel (35 East 76th Street @ Madison Avenue). John Lloyd Young will play Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8:45PM. There is a $65 music charge ($45 bar seating) Tuesday through Thursday and a $75 music charge ($45 bar seating) for shows on Friday and Saturday. Every Monday night at 8:45PM (until June 17th), Woody Allen appears with the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band. There is a $145 music charge ($100 bar seating). For additional information, visit

Tony Award winner John Lloyd Young originated the role of "Frankie Valli" in Broadway's Tony Award winning Best Musical, Jersey Boys. As Valli, Young garnered unprecedented accolades from New York and national media, including one of the most exciting New York Times reviews ever written for an actor making a Broadway debut. Mr. Young went on to win the Lead Actor Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards, becoming the only American actor in history to win all four leading actor awards for a Broadway debut. Mr. Young sings lead vocals on the Platinum, Grammy Award-winning Jersey Boys Original Cast Album. Young's other honors for Jersey Boys include a caricature at the world-famous Sardi's Restaurant, being named Person of the Week by ABC World News Tonight, and being chosen for prestigious "Best of " lists by Entertainment Weekly, Reader's Digest and The New York Times.

Now a resident of Los Angeles, Young played to sold-out crowds of 17,000-plus as "Marius" in Les Miserables at the Hollywood Bowl, was the first-ever guest star invited to appear on Fox-TV's Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning hit, GLEE, and guest stars on CBS' new hit drama, VEGAS.

Before Jersey Boys, Young was a New York theatre actor in plays including the New York-area premiere of Michael Healey's The Drawer Boy, with Frasier's John Mahoney; and he was named one of the Best Featured Actors in a Play by the NJ Star-Ledger as "Danny Saunders" in Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok's dramatic adaptation of The Chosen, opposite Theodore Bikel, directed by David Ellenstein. New York Theatre: "Charlie" in Julia Jordan's The Summer of the Swans for director Joe Calarco (Lucille Lortel Theatre), "Moritz" in the Douglas Langworthy translation of Wedekind’s Spring Awakening; and nail-biting number theorist "Claudio" in Rinne Groff’s The Five Hysterical Girls Theorem, for Obie-winning Target Margin Theatre, directed by David Herskovits.

Mr. Young has played Carnegie Hall, the White House, Lincoln Center, New Year's Eve in Times Square, Radio City Music Hall, the New York City Marathon, Yankee Stadium, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, McCarter Theatre Center, New York's Town Hall, and the Hollywood Bowl. Young performed for our returning troops at Washington, D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts with country star Lorrie Morgan, The Beach Boys and the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marvin Hamlisch; and he frequently sings the "National Anthem" at L.A.'s Staples Center for the 2012 Stanley Cup Hockey Champions, the L.A. Kings.

Television: CBS's VEGAS, FOX's GLEE, NBC’s LAW & ORDER, and appearances on CBS TV's Late Show with David Letterman, ABC's Live with Regis and Kelly, A&E's Breakfast with the Arts, Entertainment Tonight, Celebrity Jeopardy, and several times on NBC's Today Show (including Katie Couric's highly-rated farewell). Member: William Inge Festival National Advisory Board. Co-chair: Actors Fund of America National Advisory Board. Graduate: Brown University.

Young debuted his visual art in a show at Grammy-winning songwriter Allee Willis's home, Willis Wonderland, in May 2010. The show, "Food for Thought" acted as a fundraiser for AIDS Project Los Angeles, was a popular success, and was covered by the Los Angeles Times. Mr. Young's art is now represented by the Hamilton-Selway Fine Art Gallery in Hollywood, CA and on the East Coast at Boca Raton, FL's Elaine Baker Gallery. His first art commission was for the famed Beverly Hills, CA restaurant, Spago.

Mr. Young's debut album, "My Turn..." went on pre-sale July 3, 2012 at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre, home of Jersey Boys, to coincide with his limited-engagement return to the role of "Frankie Valli." The entirely-acoustic album of other artists' hits from the Four Seasons' era, sought to re-create in the recording studio these classic songs in much the same way they were originally recorded, before the advent of sampling and Autotune. The album is Executive Produced by Dona R. Miller and Mr. Young's Under the Skyway Productions, and produced by London producer Arthur Baker and by Tommy Faragher of Fox's hit show, GLEE, whose cover of "Teenage Dream" was the first song from the hit show to reach #1 on the Billboard Charts.

Young proudly and actively supports charities including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, amfAR, Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang, AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) and the Actors Fund of America.


Julie Halston

Photo: Bradford Noble


Returns to Birdland In A Month-Long Run Of

“Classical Julie”

Mondays, March 4, 11, 18, & 25 at 7pm

 New York: The Broadway at Birdland concert series is thrilled to announce the return of Broadway actress/comedienne JULIE HALSTON to the stage in “Classical Julie” on Mondays, March 4, 11, 18 & 25 at 7pm. 

“Classical Julie” debuted this past July, and was such a smashing success that Birdland invited Ms. Halston back for a month-long run of Mondays.  The show combines classic Halston rants with brand new material, including her inimitable take on Ibsen and other highly literate writers. 

Julie Halston is one of the theatre’s busiest and most well-known actresses.  She recently appeared in the Tony-Award winning Broadway musical, Anything Goes as the hilarious Evangeline Harcourt.  Last season she received a Drama Desk Nomination for her acclaimed performance in Charles Busch’s hit play The Divine Sister.  Her resume includes Broadway musicals such as Gypsy, Hairspray, and  The Boys from Syracuse as well as hit revivals such as On the Twentieth Century (co-starring Anne Heche and Alec Baldwin), The Women and  The Butter and Egg Man.

Primarily known as a comedic actress, she nonetheless has garnered kudos for her work in the plays The Vagina Monologues, Love, Loss and What I Wore and Olive and The Bitter Herbs.  Miss Halston is a three-time Drama Desk Nominee, a two-time Outer Critics Nominee and a two-time Drama League Nominee.  Her theatrical life originated when she and renowned playwright, Charles Busch helped found the now-legendary Off-Broadway company, Theatre-in Limbo, where they co-starred in many of the productions, including Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Red Scare on Sunset, The Lady in Question and Shanghai Moon.  Both she and Mr. Busch were among the first recipients to receive the designation “Legend of Off-Broadway” from the Off- Broadway Theatre Alliance and an Excellence in the Theatre Award from The Abington Theatre Company.

 In addition to her prestigious theatrical career, she is known to television audiences as Bitsy Von Muffling on “Sex and The City,” Tina Carmello on “The Class” and Antigone Carruthers on the updated PBS children’s show “The Electric Company.”  Miss Halston is also known for her award-winning comedic solo shows, which she has performed all over the country.  In New York, her solo shows have been extended five times at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club due to her popularity.  If not busy enough, she co-authored (with Donna Daley) the book, “Monologues for Show-Offs,” which is now being used by colleges, casting agents and performers for audition material in all media.  They are currently adapting their success with this book into a play.

Miss Halston lives in New York with her husband, Ralph Howard, the anchorman for Howard Stern’s “Howard 100 News Department.”  She is devoted to the non-profit organization, The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, which helped her husband enormously after his own diagnosis and successful lung transplant.

JULIE HALSTON in “Classical Julie”
Monday, March 4, 11, 18 & 25 at 7pm
Birdland, 315 West 44 Street (Between 8th & 9th Avenues)
$25 or $30 cover, $10 food/drink minimum per person




Jamie deRoy & friends

Jamie deRoy - Photo - Terry deRoy Gruber

presents an evening at



Lewis Cleale * Larry Gatlin * Daisy Jopling *

Cory Kahaney * Tonya Pinkins

Monday, March 4th at 7PM

New York: Join celebrated cabaret performer Jamie deRoy when she hosts an evening of her Multi MAC Award-Winning Variety Show, Jamie deRoy & friends, on Monday, March 4th (7PM) at Manhattan’s newest Broadway nightclub, “Broadway’s living room,” 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street ~ btw. 7th & 8th Avenues).

Joining Jamie this evening will be: Lewis Cleale (Book Of Mormon); actor, Grammy Award-winning songwriter & country music star Larry Gatlin (The Will Rogers Follies); international classical/rock violinist, Daisy Jopling; MAC Award-winning comedian Cory Kahaney; and Tony Award-winner Tonya Pinkins (Caroline, Or Change, Jelly’s Last Jam). Ron Abel will serve as musical director and Barry Kleinbort will direct. Tom Hubbard joins Jamie on Bass.

Kicking off its 23rd year, the colorful cabaret series has been thrilling New York City audiences and serves as the basis for deRoy's award-winning cable television show also entitled, “Jamie deRoy & friends.” Jamie has pioneered a distinctive show format that spotlights a wide variety of well-known entertainers and newcomers lighting up the cabaret, theater, and comedy worlds.

JAMIE deROY has won eight MAC Awards, four Back Stage Bistro Awards, ten Telly Awards and CaB Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her extensive work on both stage and screen. Jamie has appeared onstage with Joan Rivers and has headlined at many of New York’s major clubs. She has produced nine CDs in the Jamie deRoy & friends series on Harbinger and PS Classics labels. Her theatre producing credits include this spring’s Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella on Broadway as well as All in the Timing, Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking and My Name is Asher Lev Off Broadway. Other credits include: Nice Work If You Can Get It, Peter and the Starcatcher, Mother F**ker with a Hat, Catch Me If You Can, The Addams Family, Lend Me A Tenor, Finian's Rainbow, Ragtime, Enron, A Behanding In Spokane, The Norman Conquests (TONY, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards winner for Best Play Revival), Desire Under the Elms, All About Me, Blithe Spirit, Impressionism, Speed-the-Plow, Arthur Miller's All My Sons, The Seagull, George Steven Jr.'s Thurgood, Clifford Odets' The Country Girl, David Mamet’s November, Jay Johnson: The Two and Only, Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, and Say Goodnight Gracie; Off-Broadway: Forbidden Broadway – Alive and Kicking; Harrison, TX (Primary Stages), Beebo Brinker Chronicles, Make Me A Song: The Music of William Finn, Dividing The Estate (Outer Critics Circle Award), Opus, Spalding Gray: Stories Left To Tell, Athol Fugard’s Exits and Entrances, Christopher Durang’s Adrift in Macao, A.R. Gurney's Black Tie, Buffalo Gal and Indian Blood (Outer Critics Circle Award), Terrence McNally’s Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Her London credits include: Marguerite, Make Me a Song and The King’s Speech. Other TV and film producing credits include the Emmy-nominated "The Biggest Little Operas in Town" for Channel 13 and Rick McKay’s documentary Broadway: The Golden Age. Her acting credits include appearances on the television shows “Alice,” “Spiderman” and “Knight Rider,” and in the films GoodFellas, Raging Bull, See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Married to It. Onstage, Jamie appeared with Rene Auberjonois in The Threepenny Opera, as well as in The Drunkard with musical direction by Barry Manilow.

Jamie deRoy & friends at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street ~ btw. 7th & 8th Avenues) on Monday, March 4th (7PM) has a $35 cover charge plus a $25 food & beverage minimum. For reservations, please call 866-777-8932 or visit


John Miller





New York: THE JOHN MILLER QUARTET PLUS 2 will debut at The Cutting Room on Friday, February 1 for two shows after an unprecedented 21 week-run at the New York nightclub 54 Below. There will be performances at 10:00 PM and 11:30 PM. John Miller – the music and theater industry veteran best known as a bassist and music coordinator – brings together an all-star group of Broadway musicians who get together after the curtain falls to play their deep-groove favorites. In addition to Miller on bass, the show will feature Larry Saltzman on Guitar (Simon and Garfunkel, Carole King, Bette Midler, Chris Botti), John Korba on Piano (Hall & Oates, Phoebe Snow, Carly Simon, John Waite), Clint DeGanon on Drums (Stuff, Kid Rock, Elvis Costello, Saturday Night Live Band), David Mann on Tenor Sax (Tower of Power, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder), and Joe Passaro on Percussion (Aretha Franklin, Manhattan Transfer, Nina Simone, Donald Fagen).
The Cutting Room is located at 44 East 32nd Street between Madison and Park Avenues.

As Music Coordinator for over one hundred Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals – ranging from recent hits like "Once," "Rock of Ages" and "Newsies" to long-running smashes like “Jersey Boys” and “The Producers”; to classic revivals like "Follies," "The Music Man" and "Sweet Charity"  Miller has helped shape the sound of the Great White Way for the last thirty years.  As one of the busiest freelance bass players in New York, he has played and recorded with an unbelievable cast of characters including P. Diddy, Leonard Cohen, Michael Jackson, Smashing Pumpkins, Frank Sinatra, Madonna, Art Garfunkel, Aerosmith, Bette Midler, Bob Dylan, Celine Dion, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Carly Simon, Tony Bennett, Luther Vandross, Diana Ross, Pete Seeger, Tommy Flannigan and the New York Philharmonic.

“Stage Door Johnny” – his debut CD on the PS Classics label – slyly reinvents a dozen Broadway standards in a variety of genres, from the laidback James Taylor charm of “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?,” to the smooth Latin “Real Live Girl,” on which he channels Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto. “Secret Love” from “Calamity Jane,” the sole track from a film score, sizzles with a jazz and funk-inspired arrangement. “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning” – accompanied by a lush string orchestra – is further enhanced by crystalline country harmony. For “Fugue for Tinhorns,” Miller is joined on vocals by legendary jazz singer/songwriter Bob Dorough and The Manhattan Transfer’s Janis Siegel.

More information is at

THE JOHN MILLER QUARTET PLUS 2 will debut at The Cutting Room on Friday, February 1 with two shows at 10:00 PM and 11:30 PM. There is a $10 cover per person, per show. The Cutting Room is located at 44 East 32nd Street between Madison and Park Avenues. More information is at
To purchase tickets, please visit:



Cicely Tyson

To Begin Previews on March 30,


Academy Award Nominee and Emmy Award Winner

Academy Award Winner

Tony and Emmy Award Nominee

Tony Award Nominee

14-Week Limited Engagement

At Broadway’s Stephen Sondheim Theatre

Opening Night is April 23, 2013

New York: The upcoming Broadway revival of Horton Foote’s beloved classic, THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL, will begin preview performances on Saturday, March 30 at 8pm, one day earlier than the previously announced March 31st, at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre (124 W 43rd St). Opening night remains Tuesday, April 23. Tickets are available at or by calling 212-239-6200.

The production, directed by Michael Wilson, will feature Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress CICELY TYSON, Academy Award winner CUBA GOODING, JR, (Jerry Maguire, Red Tails), Emmy Award nominee and recording star VANESSA WILLIAMS (Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives), and Tony Award nominee CONDOLA RASHAD (Lifetime’s Steel Magnolias, Broadway’s Stick Fly).

The inspiring American classic, THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL, tells the story of Carrie Watts (Tyson), an elderly woman who dreams of returning to her small hometown of Bountiful, TX one last time, against the wishes of her overprotective son (Gooding) and domineering daughter-in-law (Williams). Her journey becomes a heartbreaking but ultimately life-affirming tale that examines the fragility of memory and celebrates the enduring power of hope and faith.

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).

THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL will be performed on the following schedule from March 30 – April 23: Tuesday – Saturday at 8:00pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00pm, Sunday at 3:00pm.

Beginning Thursday, April 25, the production schedule will be: Tuesday – Thursday at 7:00pm, Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00pm, Sunday at 3:00pm.

Please note the following exceptions to the schedule:

Monday, April 22 Added 8:00pm performance

Tuesday, April 23 6:30pm curtain time (Opening Night)

Wednesday, April 24 No performances

Thursday, April 25 Added 2:00pm performance

Tickets, priced $37 - $142, are available at or by calling 212-239-6200. The ticket price includes a $2 facility fee. For more information please visit

"Not as Cute as Picture" (GLAAD-Awa​rd Nominated)

J.D. Cerna’s Solo Tour De Force, hailed by Washington Post as "... a triumphant cry of victory,”
finds new home at legendary cabaret for Feb and March 2013


 J.D.Cerna 2


 “Not as Cute as Picture” made such an impact during its January 2013 performances at The Duplex (packed houses, standing ovations)
that it’s been invited back for more dates (Feb 8th and 22nd/March 8th and 22nd, all 9:30 pm).

“Hilarious” raves the Washington Blade. “It’s the honesty with which Cerna writes that makes his show so great.” - Patrick Folliard

The play is written and performed by J.D. Cerna, currently the voice of “Beau Handsome” on the Emmy-Winning animated “WordGirl” on PBS. Cerna was also the lead role opposite Mary Beth Hurt in “Alkali, Iowa”, a multiple-award winning film featured in the “Boys Life 2” Anthology of gay shorts.

The semi-autobiographical “Not as Cute”, which had a run in Washington, D.C. (earning a GLAAD-Media Award Nomination for Outstanding Theater: Washington DC) has been re-staged by the visionary Nick Demos (director of Oklahoma! with Kelli O’Hara and partner in Demos/Bizar Entertainment, producer of Tony-Award Winning “Memphis”).

Jolene Munch, lead theatre critic for The Washington Examiner, writes “Not as Cute presents a real-life journey of sorts, via segments of one gay actor’s dream of becoming a movie star. Cerna’s brilliantly developed impersonations prove his extreme talent as a performer.”

The Washington Post writes: “Increasingly demoralizing jobs as hot-spot bartender, cruise ship chorus boy and gay-porn editor followed Cerna’s elusive dreams of cinematic stardom, providing abundant fodder for ‘Not as Cute’.” -Dan Via

The play is set in 1994, a time when young gay men’s pursuit of purpose was often obstructed by the crashing reality of AIDS. However, as Jolene Munch writes, “Although the play masks itself as a “gay-themed” story, the odyssey itself is remarkably similar in shape and dynamics to the journey each of us takes - gay, straight, bisexual, biased, black, white, Christian, Jewish or maybe most of all -- alive.”

Performance Dates and Showtimes:  Friday Feb 8th / Friday Feb 22nd 9:30 pm

Friday March 8th / Friday March 22nd 9:30 pm

The Duplex 61 Christopher Street (212) 255-5438

Barry Manilow 3

Press Announcement:

24 Jan 2013

He's only human. Due to a serious case of bronchitis, Barry Manilow has been forced to rest through the weekend.

The Jan. 24-26 performances of "Manilow On Broadway" have been postponed to February. The concert, featuring his pop hits and more will resume at the St. James Theatre on Jan. 29.

Manilow and his team were hopeful that the scheduled Thursday, Jan. 24 official opening night would still take place following the Tuesday and Wednesday cancellations. However, "on doctors' orders," according to a Thursday statement, "Manilow On Broadway was forced to reschedule last night's opening along with the remainder of this weekend's performances. It turns out the only thing worse than hell and high water is bronchitis. Barry is deeply sorry to disappoint his fans and is doing everything he can to ensure a speedy recovery."

Critics invitations are being adjusted in the coming week. The Jan. 24 opening party at  (where else)  The Copacabana in midtown was canceled. A new opening night will be announced, after which reviews will appear. The Thursday, Jan. 24 show will be rescheduled to Thursday, Feb. 28 at 8 PM.

The Friday, Jan. 25 show will be rescheduled to Friday, March 1 at 8 PM.

The Saturday, Jan. 26 show will be rescheduled to Saturday, March 2 at 8 PM.

As previously reported, a makeup performance has been added on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 PM to accommodate Jan. 23 ticketholders. A makeup performance for the Jan. 22 show was announced to play Feb. 26, three days after the announced original closing date of the limited engagement.

The cancellation of these performances of the concert event boasting "the songs that make the whole world sing," as his lyric goes, has frustrated the singer, but he's only human — despite his legendary pop status. New Yorkers in recent weeks have been struggling with cold and flu viruses, to say nothing of bitter cold temperatures. At noon on Jan. 23, it was 16 degrees in New York City.

A quick posting at Jan. 22 stated, "With deep apologies, and due to a sudden case of bronchitis, tonight's show will be postponed until February 26th. Mr. Manilow can be found on the Brooklyn Bridge, getting ready to jump."

Previews for Manilow On Broadway began Jan. 18 at Broadway's St. James Theatre. He plays a five-performance week, Tuesday-Saturday, now through March 2.

On the morning of Jan. 22, in cold weather, Manilow was present for an outdoor unveiling of the ceremonial street sign for Barry Manilow Way on West 44th Street, where the St. James is located. 

Manolow On Broadway




Michael Musto






New York:  The mirror ball has relocated to the cellar with MICHAEL MUSTO'S 70s DISCO EXTRAVAGANZA at 54 BELOW. Sunday, February 17, starting at 9:30PM, join downtown legend, disco diva, and Village Voice columnist Michael Musto with his glittery sidekicks Snooky and Tish as he performs live with disco cover band The Elektrik Company. Michael’s special guest star for the evening will be Orfeh (Legally Blonde, Saturday Night Fever). We are pushing tables and chairs aside to make way for the dance floor, so grab a cocktail and shake your groove thing into the wee hours as the 54 Below returns to its fabulous roots.

Disco ball

“I was at the original Studio 54 -- every night -- so it'll be refreshing for me to recreate the disco classics of my youth, this time for people who are only on prescription drugs,” says Musto. “This won't be my professional debut, by the way. I fronted a cover band for five years and while I might not exactly keep the spirit of Donna Summer alive with my vocals, I do a mean Peaches and Herb.”

All tickets are $20. For Banquet seating there is a $50 minimum per person required. To obtain those seats you must call 54 Below at 646-476-3551.

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 $5-$85.

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







“ M A N I L O W  O N  B R O A D W A Y “


Barry Manilow




New York: The City of New York has honored Grammy® Award-winning superstar (and Brooklyn native) Barry Manilow with his very own street. In a ceremony performed earlier today, Todd Asher, Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (and self-professed “Fanilow”), unveiled a new street sign dubbing the West 44th Street at 7th Avenue “MANILOW WAY.” The corner is mere steps from the St. James Theatre (246 West 44th Street) where Manilow began a special Broadway concert series, MANILOW ON BROADWAY, last Friday, January 18. The limited Broadway engagement was recently extended and will now play through Saturday, February 23, 2013.

“On behalf of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City of New York, I want to welcome Brooklyn-born music icon Barry Manilow back home to the greatest city in the world!,” said Deputy Commissioner Asher. “In honor of his concert series, MANILOW ON BROADWAY, playing just up the street at the St. James Theatre, we have renamed West 44th Street at 7th Avenue MANILOW WAY!”

Fans had lined the street beginning in the early morning. By the time Mr. Manilow arrived, a large crowd of fans and photographers were waiting.

With worldwide sales of more than 80 million records, success is a benchmark in popular music. Rolling Stone crowned him “a giant among entertainers… the showman of our generation,” and Frank Sinatra summed up Manilow best when Ol’ Blue Eyes told the British press, “He’s next.” He currently has 50 Top 40 hits. And now, Manilow is returning to the place where it all began, his hometown, New York City, with a new concert series on Broadway – marking his return to The Great White Way for the first time in more than two decades with MANILOW ON BROADWAY.

Manilow’s roots remain in his native Brooklyn, where music was an integral part of his life. By the age of seven, he was taking accordion lessons and playing on a neighbor’s piano. Choosing a career in music while still in his teens, he attended New York College of Music and the Juilliard School of Music while working in the mailroom at CBS. He subsequently became musical director for a CBS show named “Callback” (the predecessor to “American Idol”) which led to a lucrative sideline on New York’s advertising jingle circuit.

Since then, Manilow has been ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time, according to R&R (Radio & Records), with no less than 25 consecutive Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1975 and 1983. The list includes all-time favorites that Manilow still sings today: “Mandy,” “It’s A Miracle,” “Could It Be Magic,” “I Write the Songs,” “Tryin’ To Get the Feeling Again,” “This One’s For You,” “Weekend In New England,” “Looks Like We Made It,” “Can’t Smile Without You,” “Even Now,” and the Grammy Award-winning “Copacabana (At the Copa).” Manilow’s Broadway show is destined to be as legendary as the man himself.

Tickets, ranging in price from $50 to $350, are now on sale. For tickets, please visit or call (212) 239-6200 / (800) 432-7250. Barry Manilow Fan Club tickets are available now at and by calling (310) 957-5788. Citi® cardmembers will have access to preferred tickets and exclusive VIP packages through Citi’s Private Pass® program (details at

MANILOW ON BROADWAY will play the following weekly performance schedule: Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.,Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., Thursday at 8:00 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

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