You’ve heard of the Tonys, Emmys and Oscars, but have you ever heard of the Jimmy Awards? If you are performer in high school, you know exactly what the awards are all about.
Each year, theater owner James Nederlander sponsors a nationwide competition, the National High School Musical Theater Awards, that begins with 50,000 students from 1,000 schools. The process takes months to narrow down the competition, but the semi-finalists wind up in New York City at the Minskoff Theatre.
This year, there were a total of 62 students, 31 boys and 31 girls, who participated in a five-day theatre workshop held at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. The week consists of getting feedback on their solos and learning groups numbers for the final performance. Read more
The annual Playbill Broadway Yearbook is out and like every year, I’m glued to it.
Covering all 72 shows that have appeared on Broadway from June 1st, 2011 through May 31st of this year, this edition is chock full of features, pictures and memorabilia that any Broadway lover will eat up.
You get every single Playbill for each show that opened (and some that quickly closed) throughout the year, complete with cast bio’s & headshots and show synopses.
This years shows include Clybourne Park, Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway, Newsies, Once, One Man, Two Guvnors and old favorites like The Book of Mormon, Wicked and Mamma Mia! When I get to New York, I try and see as many shows as I can, so I particularly like to check out the shows I missed that I really wanted to see, which this year were The Columnist, Death of a Salesman and Follies. Read more
Broadway on Broadway, a free outdoor concert in Times Square featuring performances from some great Broadway shows, is happening this weekend!
On Sunday, September 9th at 11:30am, head on over to Times Square to kick off the 2012-2013 Broadway season with performances from new and long-running shows. Read more
Interview: La Cage aux Folles’ Christopher Sieber on Playing Albin/Zaza, Touring and Tripping on Set Pieces
Christopher Sieber, the two-time Tony Nominee (Spamalot, Shrek) is currently on tour as Albin in La Cage aux Folles and if he’s not perfect in the role, I’m not sure who could be. I saw him in the show and his performance alone is worth the price of admission; he’s quick, funny, sings the hell out of Jerry Herman‘s songs and will make your heart sag at some points. If the show is coming to your town, definitely grab some tickets.
Christopher isn’t new to La Cage, he actually starred in the Broadway run as Georges, the role that the great George Hamilton is performing on the tour. He told me that even though playing Albin/Zaza is showier and exhausting, the part is “just so much fun.” And you can tell when he’s on stage that he’s having a blast doing it.
Christopher and I talked about the tour, working with George Hamilton, his Tony Nominations and being thrust into the Broadway run of La Cage with only 7 days of rehearsal. You’ll definitely want to check this interview out!
La Cage aux Folles is now playing in San Diego. Next up: Las Vegas, Kansas City, Denver. For Tickets and more tour dates, click here
Once was the big winner in last night’s Tony Awards with a big 8 wins. And for me, they were the big winner in acceptance speeches with Steve Kazee‘s moving speech for Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical. I’ll post that in a few minutes.
The show, my absolute favorite of all the awards shows, wasn’t as fun for me as the past couple of years. I thought Neil Patrick Harris was spot-on as usual but something just didn’t keep me as attentive as I would have liked to have been.
There were some great moments though. As mentioned above, Kazee’s speech as we all Audra McDonald‘s (Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess), the Once performance and James Cordon‘s… monologue (?). I also loved the Godspell performance just because I thought Corbin Bleu was singing amazingly off-key.
And, if you missed the show last night or just want to re-watch it again, CBS has it streaming on their website: CBS.com
Check out the list of winners below! Read more
My favorite of all the award shows, the Tony Awards, are coming up this Sunday on CBS at 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. Delayed on the West Coast…. Thanks CBS!
Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, the show will have appearances by Ellen Barkin, Candice Bergen, Jessica Chastain, Sheryl Crow, Nick Jonas, Angela Lansbury, James Marsden, Jim Parsons, Mandy Patinkin, Tyler Perry, Bernadette Peters, Christopher Plummer, Paul Rudd, Amanda Seyfried, Trey Parker and Matt Stone among others.
As for the performances, the absolute best part of the show, they are as follows: Read more
First of all, congratulations to all the 2012 Tony Award nominees!
The Tony Awards are my absolute favorite of all the award shows so getting up this morning to see who had been nominated was the very first thing I did. What, you didn’t think I’d actually get up at 5:30am LA time, did you?
Since I didn’t make my regular April trek to New York to see the shows, I can only rely on what I saw this past December, my love of the actors in the shows and all the buzz surrounding them. Will I know what the hell I’m talking about?
And with that, let’s begin! Read more
Author: Bruce Norris
Producers: Jujamcyn Theaters, Jane Bergère, Roger Berlind/Quintet Productions, Eric Falkenstein/Dan Frishwasser, Ruth Hendel/Harris Karma Productions, JTG Theatricals, Daryl Roth, Jon B. Platt, Center Theatre Group, Lincoln Center Theater, Playwrights Horizons
Other Desert Cities
Author: Jon Robin Baitz
Producers: Lincoln Center Theater, André Bishop, Bernard Gersten, Bob Boyett
Peter and the Starcatcher
Author: Rick Elice
Producers: Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes, Disney Theatrical Productions, Suzan & Ken Wirth/DeBartolo Miggs, Catherine Schreiber/Daveed Frazier & Mark Thompson, Jack Lane, Jane Dubin, Allan S. Gordon/Adam S. Gordon, Baer & Casserly/Nathan Vernon, Rich Affanato/Peter Stern, Brunish & Trinchero/Laura Little Productions, Larry Hirschhorn/Hummel & Greene, Jamie deRoy & Probo Prods./Radio Mouse Ent., Hugh Hysell/Freedberg & Dale, New York Theatre Workshop
Venus in Fur
Author: David Ives
Producers: Manhattan Theatre Club, Lynne Meadow, Barry Grove, Jon B. Platt, Scott Landis, Classic Stage Company Read more
It used to be that a Broadway show would be a hit on stage, then be made as a movie. But as anyone who has followed Broadway in the last twenty years knows, with the success of Disney Theatrical Group and the the success of Mel Brooks‘ The Producers at the turn of the twenty-first century, that trend has been mostly reversed — hit movies are now becoming Broadway shows, with a significant amount of Broadway shows of the last dozen years being based on popular movies.
This trend is more evident than ever, with Newsies, Once, Leap of Faith, Ghost: The Musical, Sister Act and Priscilla Queen of the Desert all currently on the Great White Way. And in the works are Broadway shows based on movies that one would likely never suspect of making a good musical: Rocky, Back to the Future, and Animal House. Read more
OPEN CALL AUDITIONS FOR THE UPCOMING BROADWAY REVIVAL OF THE LANDMARK ROCK MUSICAL SET FOR THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2011
AT THE ACTORS CHAPEL, 239 WEST 49TH STREET
10 A.M. TO 5 P.M.
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PREVIEW PERFORMANCES BEGIN THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011
AT BROADWAY’S CIRCLE IN THE SQUARE THEATRE;
OPENING NIGHT IS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7
GROUP TICKETS (10+) ON SALE NOW!
CALL TOLL FREE 1-855-DAY-BY-DAY
SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE BEGINNING MONDAY, JULY 11
Think you’ve got what it takes to perform in a great big Broadway show? Here’s your chance!
On Thursday, July 7, 2011, open call auditions for the first-ever Broadway revival ofStephen Schwartz‘s landmark rock musical GODSPELL are set to begin at 10 a.m. at The Actors Chapel in midtown Manhattan (239 West 49th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Auditions will continue until 5 p.m.
Telsey + Company, the casting office for GODSPELL, is seeking musical theatre perfomers with strong singing voices and comedic ability, ages 16-30. All ethnicities and types are welcome.
All auditionees should prepare 16 bars of a pop song of contemporary musical theatre song, to be sung a capella. Bring a photo and resume stapled together.
“GODSPELL has an incredible tradition of launching the careers of tomorrow’s stars,” said producer Ken Davenport. “Martin Short, Victor Garber, Gilda Radner, Jeremy Irons and Geoffrey Rush all appeared in Godspell early in their careers. The upcoming Broadway production of GODSPELL will without a doubt launch the next generation of stars, and I want to make sure that everyone who has ever had a dream of being on Broadway has the chance to be seen.”
For more information on the Thursday, July 7 open call auditions, please visit www.godspell.com.
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Directed by Daniel Goldstein and choreographed by Tony Award nominee Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific), GODSPELL is scheduled to begin preview performances onThursday, October 13, 2011 at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre (1633 Broadway at 50th Street). Opening Night is Monday, November 7 (7 p.m.).
GODSPELL reunites Daniel Goldstein — making his Broadway directorial debut — and the designers of their critically-acclaimed 2006 Paper Mill Playhouse conception in a new production that has been completely re-imagined for the Circle in the Square, one of Broadway’s most intimate, unique and versatile houses.
GODSPELL features scenic design by David Korins (Passing Strange, Bridge and Tunnel), costume design by Miranda Hoffman (Well), lighting design by Ben Stanton(Angels in America) and orchestrations by Michael Holland (Hurricane).
Conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelakwith music and new lyrics by Academy and Grammy Award winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin),GODSPELL has continued to electrify audiences throughout the country since its original New York premiere in May 1971.
GODSPELL‘s Tony-nominated score features instantly recognizable hits including “Day by Day,” “Turn Back, O Man,” “Learn Your Lessons Well, “Prepare Ye the Way,” “Light of the World” and many more.
One of the most popular musicals in the world, GODSPELL originally ran for more than 2,600 performances in New York and spawned successful touring productions in major U.S. cities, a 1973 motion picture adaptation and countless international engagements for the past 40 years.
The new Broadway revival of GODSPELL is produced by Ken Davenport and The People of Godspell. Complete casting will be announced soon.
For more information and updates, visit www.Godspell.com.
TICKETING AND PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE *
GODSPELL will play Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre (1633 Broadway at 50thSt.). Beginning Thursday, October 13, the weekly preview performance schedule is as follows:
Tuesday through Friday evenings at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Beginning Tuesday, November 15, the regular performance schedule is as follows:
Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m.
Wednesday matinees at 2 p.m.
Thursday and Friday evenings at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $125.00 for all performances except Saturday evenings, which are $135.00 (all prices include a $2.00 facility fee) and are available by calling Telecharge.com at 212-239-6200 beginning Monday, July 11.
Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Circle in the Square Theatre Box Office beginning Monday, September 19. Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (closed on Sundays).
Group sales (10+ tickets) are now available by calling toll-free 1-855-DAY-BY-DAY (1-855-329-2932).
[* Performance schedule and pricing are subject to change at any time.]
STEPHEN SCHWARTZ (Music and New Lyrics) has contributed music and/or lyrics to Godspell, Pippin, The Magic Show, The Baker’s Wife, Working (which he also adapted and directed), Rags, Children of Eden and the current Broadway hit, Wicked. He collaborated with Leonard Bernstein on the English texts for Bernstein’s Mass and wrote the title song for the play and movie Butterflies Are Free. For children, he has written songs for two musicals, Captain Louieand My Son Pinocchio. For films, he collaborated with Alan Menken on the songs for Disney’sEnchanted as well as the animated features Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dameand wrote the songs for the DreamWorks animated feature The Prince of Egypt. His first opera, Séance on a Wet Afternoon, premiered with Opera Santa Barbara in the fall of 2009 and was recently presented by New York City Opera. A book about his career, “Defying Gravity,” has recently been released by Applause Books. Under the auspices of the ASCAP Foundation, he runs musical theatre workshops in New York and Los Angeles, and is currently the President of the Dramatists’ Guild. Mr. Schwartz has recently been given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Other awards include three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and a tiny handful of tennis trophies. Those interested can find more information at www.stephenschwartz.com.
JOHN-MICHAEL TEBELAK (Concept and Original Direction) was 22 years old when Godspell hit New York. It was his first brush with the New York theatre, but by no means his first venture into theatrics. His theatrical career started when he “walked into a theatre at the age of nine and stayed there.” Mr. Tebelak originally conceived of Godspell as his Master’s Thesis project at Carnegie-Mellon University in 1970. All of the original cast members contributed to the playful script that evolved under John-Michael’s direction. Subsequently, he directed productions of Godspell at La MaMa Theatre in February of 1971, the Cherry Lane Theatre (opening May 17, 1971), the Promenade Theatre, and on Broadway. Tebelak co-authored the screenplay for Godspell (1973) for Columbia Pictures with David Greene. Mr. Tebelak was dramaturge forthe Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City, and wrote and staged liturgical drama there. He died of a heart attack at the age of 36 in April 1985.
DANIEL GOLDSTEIN (Director) is the director of The Unauthorized Biography of Sarah Brown(Goodspeed/Broadway Across America) and Artificial Fellow Traveler with Ethan Sandler, as well as an upcoming production of God of Carnage at Huntington Theater Company next year. As a writer, his musical Unknown Soldier (written with Michael Friedman) will be at the O’Neill National Musical Theater Conference, summer 2011. Recent projects include The Ride (NYC commercial), Golden Boy (Juilliard), Annie (St. Louis MUNY), Clear (O’Neill National Musical Theater Conference), True West (Williamstown Theater Festival), Miss Margarida’s Way (Bay Street Theater, with Julie Halston), A New Brian at the Toho Theater in Tokyo, Mary’s Weddingat the Two Rivers Theater, a highly praised revival of Godspell at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Sinan Unel’s The Cry of the Reed at the Huntington Theatre Company, Beau Willimon’s Lower Ninth at the Flea and SPF, the Off-Broadway commercial production of the hit Fringe Festival musical Walmartopia, Kenny Finkle’s Indoor/Outdoor at the DR2 and SPF, Falsettos and Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the Huntington Theatre Company, But I’m a Cheerleader at the New York Musical Theater Festival and Bathsheba Doran’s Living Room in Africa at Gloucester Stage. He has served as the Associate Director for All Shook Up! and Fully Committed and the Resident Director for the First National Tour of Mamma Mia!. He is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Performance Studies.
CHRISTOPHER GATTELLI (Choreographer). Broadway: South Pacific (Tony and Outer Critics Circle nominations), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Sunday in the Park with George, The Ritz, Martin Short – Fame Becomes Me, 13, High Fidelity and the upcoming revival ofFunny Girl. Off-Broadway: Altar Boyz (Lucille Lortel Award, Joe Callaway Award, Helen Hayes Award, Drama Desk Nom.); Bat Boy: The Musical (Lucille Lortel Award); 10 Million Miles; Adrift in Macao; tick, tick…BOOM!; I Love You Because; How To Save the World…. West End: South Pacific; Sunday in the Park with George; tick, tick…BOOM! National/International Tours: Altar Boyz, Godspell, Grease, Pooh’s Perfect Day (World Premiere) Disney Theatricals. Regional: Little Miss Sunshine (La Jolla Playhouse), Kander and Ebb’s All About Us (Westport Playhouse), The Baker’s Wife (Paper Mill Playhouse), Me and My Girl (Goodspeed Opera House), Tom Jones – World Premiere (North Shore Music Theater), O. Henry’s Lover (Goodspeed-at-Chester). As director: world premiere of Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas at Goodspeed Opera House;Chance and Chemistry: A Tribute to Frank Loesser at The Minskoff Theater starring Sir Paul McCartney, Jo Sullivan Loesser, Art Garfunkel, Hugh Jackman, Chita Rivera, Audra McDonald, Judy Kuhn, and more, including Elmo from “Sesame Street;” Radio Girl at Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theater; Departure Lounge at The Public for SPF’s Summer Series. Other favorites include: Broadway concerts of Hair with Jennifer Hudson, and Chess with Josh Groban, choreographed for “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” for three seasons, and the opening number for the 2000 Tony Awards. Upcoming: Silence! The Musical at Theater 80 on St. Marks, World Premiere of Disney’s Newsies at Paper Mill Playhouse and the new revival of Funny Girl.
KEN DAVENPORT (Producer). Broadway productions include Oleanna starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, Speed-the-Plow, Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America, Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury and 13. He also recently released These Magnificent Miles: On the Long Road with Red Wanting Blue, a documentary on one of the top unsigned rock bands in the country. Ken is the only independent producer to have had three shows running simultaneously Off-Broadway-Altar Boyz, The Awesome 80s Prom and My First Time. He was featured on a national commercial for Apple’s iPhone, named one of Crain’s “Forty Under 40,” and was dubbed the “P.T. Barnum of Off-Broadway” by The New York Times. Ken created and developed a smartphone app called AT THE BOOTH™, which gives a listing of available shows at the famed TKTS® booth in Times Square. AT THE BOOTH™ has been featured on Entertainment Weekly‘s Must List and called “Ingenious! The best thing to happen to New York theater since, well, the introduction of the TKTS® booth!” Combined, Ken’s productions have grossed more than $100 million worldwide and are being produced internationally in over 25 countries including Germany, Mexico, France and Korea. Current projects include bringing the first ever revivals of both Godspell and A Few Good Men to Broadway, adapting the novel and film Somewhere in Time into a Broadway musical, and his latest creative collaboration MissAbigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage!. He also runs a number of theatrical websites including Broadway’s #1 social networking site, BroadwaySpace.com, which has just launched the Broadway board game Be A Broadway Star, recently seen on the Today Show. His blog,TheProducersPerspective.com, has been featured in Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, The Gothamist and more. He has written articles for Forbes, Mashable, Imedia and others. For more information, visit www.DavenportTheatrical.com.