THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS NOW ON BROADWAY AT THE RICHARD RODGERS THEATRE

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Porgy and Bess New York

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The Gershwins’ PORGY AND BESS, which began previews on Saturday, December 17th, opens tonight, Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th Street, between 8th Avenue and Broadway). Tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 877-250-2929 or by clicking the link below

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The cast includes Audra McDonald as Bess, Norm Lewis as Porgy, David Alan Grier as Sporting Life, Phillip Boykin as Crown, Nikki Renée Daniels as Clara, Joshua Henry as Jake, Christopher Innvar as Detective, Bryonha Marie Parham as Serena and NaTasha Yvette Williams as Mariah, as well as Allison Blackwell, Roosevelt André Credit, Trevon Davis, Joseph Dellger, Wilkie Ferguson, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Heather Hill, David Hughey, Andrea Jones-Sojola, Alicia Hall Moran, Cedric Neal, Phumzile Sojola, Nathaniel Stampley, Julius Thomas III, J.D. Webster and Lisa Nicole Wilkerson

The Gershwins’ PORGY AND BESS comes to Broadway in a stunning and stirring new staging, featuring such legendary songs as “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing,” plus a remarkable cast led by four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Ragtime, “Private Practice”), Drama Desk nominee Norm Lewis (Les Misérables, Sondheim on Sondheim) and two-time Tony nominee David Alan Grier (Race, “In Living Color”). The classic story by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward is set in Charleston’s fabled Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the crippled but courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess’ relationship evolves into a deep romance that triumphs as one of theater’s most exhilarating love storiesPorgy and Bess New York

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UPCOMING THEATER HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2011-2012 SEASON

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*Current as of September 7, 2011

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SEPTEMBER 2011

Broadway

FOLLIES

Now Playing

Opens: September 12, 2011

Limited Engagement

Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway)

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JANE AUSTEN’S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

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The New York Musical Theatre Festival and J&B Productions
present Donna Lynne Champlin (“Billy Elliot,” “Sweeney Todd”) in

JANE AUSTEN'S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, a musical

JANE AUSTEN’S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
A story of "First Impressions" and second chances…
Book, Music, and Lyrics by
Lindsay Warren Baker and Amanda Jacobs
Directed by Igor Goldin (“YANK!”)
Presented as part of the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival
September 29 – October 11
Signature Theatre’s Peter Norton Space (555 West 42nd St)

The New York Musical Theatre Festival and J&B Productions present the musical JANE AUSTEN’S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, a musical – a story of “First Impressions” and second chances – with music, lyrics and book by Lindsay Warren Baker and Amanda Jacobs, directed by Igor Goldin (“YANK!”), and starring, in the title role of Jane Austen, Donna Lynne Champlin (“Sweeney Todd,” “Billy Elliot”). JANE AUSTEN’S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, a musical is presented as part of the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival and will play at Signature Theatre’s Peter Norton Space (555 West 42nd Street) in Manhattan beginning September 29 – with only 6 performances available.

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Four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein and six-time Emmy Award nominee Jeffrey Tambor are the new stars of the Tony Award-winning revival of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES.

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WINNER! THREE 2010 TONY AWARDS

INCLUDING BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL!

BEST OF 2010!
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Four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein and six-time Emmy Award nominee Jeffrey Tambor are the new stars of the Tony Award-winning revival of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES.  Tambor and Fierstein begin performances tomorrow night at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street). 

Also joining the cast tomorrow night are Mike McShane as M. Dindon/M. Renaud and Tony Award-winner Wilson Jermaine Heredia (Rent) as Jacob.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES features music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Harvey Fierstein, based on the play by Jean Poiret.  This production is choreographed by Lynne Page and directed by Terry Johnson, who won a 2010 Tony Award for his direction. 

Harvey Fierstein (Albin and Author) is a four-time Tony Award and Drama Desk Award-winning writer and actor.  His plays include Torch Song Trilogy, A Catered Affair, Legs Diamond and Spookhouse.  He won the Humanitas Award for his HBO animated special, “The Sissy Duckling,” which is also available as a children’s book.  His acting film and TV credits include Mrs. Doubtfire, Independence Day, “Nurse Jackie,” “Cheers”.  On Broadway he’s starred in Hairspray, Fiddler on the Roof, Torch Song Trilogy and Safe Sex.   Mr. Fierstein was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2008.  When asked to take over the role of Zaza he’d written back in 1982 he said, “Be careful what you do in your youth. It may come back to bite you in the end!” He dedicates his performance to all the ZAZAs who have come before him.

Jeffrey Tambor (Georges) made his New York theatre debut in Sly Fox, with George C. Scott, appeared in Measure For Measure (NY Shakespeare Festival), and returned to Broadway in 2005 with Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony for Best Revival of a Play, Drama Desk for Outstanding Ensemble). His film career spans And Justice For All, Meet Joe Black, Pollock, The Hangover and Tangled. His television credits include “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Arrested Development,” “Max Headroom and Entourage.”

Mike McShane (M. Dindon/M. Renaud). “Whose Line is it Anyway UK,” “ER” and “Seinfeld.” Mike has performed on the West End in Little Shop of Horrors and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Films include Prince of Thieves, Office Space, Tom & Huck and Big Trouble.  He is a member of the Antaeus Theater Company.

Wilson Jermaine Heredia (Jacob). Broadway/West End: Rent, (1996 Tony Award Best Featured Actor in a Musical, 1999 Olivier Nomination). Film: Rent 2005 (Critics Choice Award Nomination), Descent, Flawless, Girl From The Naked Eye, I Am Bad, Nailed (Producer), Johnny Was, Went to Coney Island On A Mission From God, Imurders. Television: “Without A Trace,” “Medium,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Spin City.”

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES made Tony Awards history last year as the first show to ever win the Tony Award three times for best production. The classic musical comedy won six Tony Awards in 1984, including Best Musical. A Broadway revival won two 2005 Tony Awards including the Best Revival of a Musical prize. LA CAGE won three 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Director of a Musical (Terry Johnson).  
LA CAGE is also the winner of three Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Musical and Outstanding Costume Design (Matthew Wright), four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical (Terry Johnson) and Outstanding Costume Design (Matthew Wright) and the Drama League Award for Distinguished Revival of a Musical.

The production has also been cited as one of the Top 10 productions of 2010 by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, NY1 and Time Out New York.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES stars Harvey Fierstein as Albin, Jeffrey Tambor as Georges; Mike McShane as M. Dindon/M. Renaud; Alyce Beasley as Mme. Dindon/Mme. Renaud; Chris Hoch as Francis; Elena Shaddow as Anne; A.J. Shively as Jean-Michel; Christine Andreas as Jacqueline; Wilson Jermaine Heredia as Jacob; Heather Lindell as Colette; Michael Lowney as Etienne and Bruce Winant as Tabarro.  

Also starring as the notorious and dangerous Cagelles are Matt Anctil as Angelique, Nicholas Cunningham as Hanna, Sean Patrick Doyle as Chantal, Yurel Echezarreta as Phaedra, Logan Keslar as Bitelle and Terry Lavell as Mercedes.   The production also features Christophe Caballero, Todd Lattimore, Dale Hensley, Caitlin Mundth and Cheryl Stern.  

Georges (Jeffrey Tambor) is the suave owner of a glitzy drag club on the French Riviera. Partnered romantically with his high-strung star performer, Albin (Harvey Fierstein), the pair live a charmed life—until Georges’ son announces his engagement to the daughter of a conservative right-wing politician who’s coming to dinner.

Nicholas Cunningham is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance to this production.

PS Classics, the label dedicated to the heritage of Broadway and American popular song, released the New Broadway Cast Recording for LA CAGE AUX FOLLES on September 28. The recording is produced by PS Classics co-founder Tommy KraskerPS Classics co-founder Philip Chaffin serves as Executive Producer. 

The original production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES was one of Broadway’s biggest hits of the 1980s.  It opened August 21, 1983 at the Palace Theatre, where it played for over four years and 1,761 performances.  The show won six Tony Awards in 1984, including Best Musical, Best Score (Jerry Herman) and Best Book (Harvey Fierstein).       

The new production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES played from November 23, 2007 to March 8, 2008 at the Menier Chocolate Factory, earning across the board raves and moving to the West End’s Playhouse Theatre on October 30, 2008, where it was nominated for seven 2009 Olivier Awards, winning for Best Musical Revival and Best Actor in a Musical for Douglas Hodge and won the 2009 Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Musical.   The Broadway production opened at the Longacre Theatre on April 18, 2010. 

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES features set design by Tim Shortall, costume design by Matthew Wright, lighting design by Nick Richings, sound design by Jonathan Deans and wig and makeup design by Richard Mawbey.   Musical supervision, orchestrations and dance arrangements are by Jason Carr.  Musical director is Todd Ellison. 

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, David Babani, Fran and Barry Weissler and Edwin W. Schloss, Bartner/Tulchin, Broadway Across America, Matthew Mitchell, Raise the Roof 4 Richard Winkler/Bensinger Taylor/Laudenslager Bergère, Arlene Scanlan/John O’Boyle, Independent Presenters Network, Olympus Theatricals, Allen Spivak, Jerry Frankel/Bat-Barry Productions, Nederlander Presentations, Inc/Harvey Weinstein. 

Tickets ($140.00- $39.50; Premium $251.50; Table Seating $251.50) are on sale through Telecharge.com at 212-239-6200, online at www.telecharge.com/lacage and at the Longacre Theatre box office (220 West 48th Street).  Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 PM, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30 PM, Sunday at 3:00 PM. 

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KATHLEEN TURNER Returns to Broadway in HIGH A new play by MATTHEW LOMBARDO Directed by ROB RUGGIERO

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HIGH will begin previews on March 25 and open April 19, 2011

at the Booth Theatre on Broadway (222 W. 45th Street)

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Producers Leonard Soloway, Chase Mishkin, Terry Schnuck, Ann Cady Scott, Timothy J. Hampton, James & Catherine Berges, The Shubert Organization and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis announce two-time Golden Globe® winner, Academy Award® & Tony Award® nominee Kathleen Turner will return to Broadway this spring in Matthew Lombardo’s new play HIGH, directed by Rob RuggieroHIGH will begin previews on Friday, March 25 and open officially on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at the Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street).

The cast includes Kathleen Turner as “Sister Jamison Connelly”, Tony Award® nominee Stephen Kunken (Enron) as “Father Michael Delpapp” and Evan Jonigkeit making his Broadway debut as “Cody Randall”.

The design team for HIGH includes Tony Award® winners David Gallo (Sets) & Jess Goldstein (Costumes), John Lasiter (Lights) and Vincent Olivieri (Sound & Original Compositions).

HIGH explores the universal themes of truth, forgiveness, redemption and human fallibility.  When Sister Jamison Connolly (Turner) agrees to sponsor a 19 year-old drug user in an effort to help him combat his addiction, her own faith is ultimately tested. Struggling between the knowledge she possesses as a rehabilitation counselor and a woman of religious conviction, she begins to question her belief in miracles and whether people can find the courage to change.

Kathleen Turner returns to Broadway following her Tony® nominated performance as “Martha” in the 2005 Tony Award® winning revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

This Broadway premiere follows a noteworthy collaboration of three American regional theaters.  In July 2010, the play premiered at TheaterWorks in Hartford, Connecticut, followed by the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in September 2010 and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in October 2010.

TICKETS:

Tickets will be available beginning Monday, January 24 online at Telecharge.com or by phone at (212)239-6200.  The Booth Theatre Box Office (222 W. 45th St) will open on Friday, March 4th.  Ticket prices range from $61.50-$111.50 with a special preview price of $61.50-$91.50 for performances March 25-April 18.

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LYSISTRATA

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The world-premiere adaptation of LYSISTRATA by
the renowned puppet artist, writer and director Theodora Skipitares –
which mixes Aristophanes’ ancient comic tale about a group of Greek
women who withhold sex from their husbands and lovers with video and
newsreel footage of actual modern-day international sex strikes – being
presented by La MaMa ETC in association with Skysaver Productions, with
an opening set for Sunday, February 6 at the Ellen Stewart Theatre (66
E. 4 St.) in Manhattan.

The following performances are offered for review:
Friday, February 4 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 5 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 6 at 2:30 pm
RUNNING TIME: I hour
Directed and adapted by Theodora Skipitares, LYSISTRATA has an original
score written and performed by circus composer Sxip Shirey. Choregraphy
for LYSISTRATA is by Angela Harriell, director/choreographer of The Love
Show, the dance company that bills itself as “a little cabaret, a little
ballet and a whole lot of rock and roll.” The Love Show most recently
debuted NUTCRACKER: RATED R.
Ms. Skipitares applies a variety of theatrical and multi-media twists to
the 2500-year-old tale of LYSISTRATA and her fellow Greek women’s ploy
to convince the men of ancient Greece to find a peaceful end to war by
withholding sexual privileges: from various forms of puppetry to music,
choreography, burlesque, a Greek chorus attired in masks and costumes
inspired by the ancient Roman Circus and – by way of contrast between
the fanciful and the serious – newsreel and video of several sex strikes
that have taken place in recent years around the globe, including “The
Strike of the Crossed-Legs” conducted by the girlfriends of gang lords
in Colombia, a strike in Kenya in the wake of a deadly, corrupt
election, and an ongoing naked protest by farmers in Mexico City in
retaliation for government appropriation of land.
LYSISTRATA features a cast that includes Antonevia Ocho Coltes (in the
title role of Lysistrata), Daniel Irizzary (as the Magistrate and
Cinesias), Minna Taylor (as Myrrhine), Raquel Cion (Calonice) and
others. Puppet design is by Cathy Shaw, Theodora Skipitares and Cecilia
Schiller, lighting design is by Jesse Belsky, and costume design is by
Lara de Bruijn. Andrea Balis is dramaturg.
As well, LYSISTRATA reunites Ms. Skipitares with circus composer Sxip
Shirey, who has written original music and lyrics as he did previously
for Ms. Skipitares’ THE TRAVELING PLAYERS PRESENT THE WOMEN OF TROY in
2009.

In its review, The New York Times called THE TRAVELING PLAYERS PRESENT
THE WOMEN OF TROY “an inspirational play…a dark gem.” “This
collaborative work packs a thought-provoking and emotional impact in a
brief space of time,” wrote Show Business Weekly. And nytheatre.com
called WOMEN OF TROY “a unique experience…it combines its elements very
well and creates an atmosphere of inspiration.”
Theodora Skipitares has been creating large-scale theatre works with
puppets for more than 25 years, making her La MaMa debut with
UNDERGROUND in 1992. Ms. Skipitares recently presented TRILOGY about
which The New York Times wrote: "With abundant ingenuity, Theodora
Skipitares makes the Trojan War, a central saga of Greek tragedy, a
puppet spectacular." Other credits include THE AGE OF INVENTION,
DEFENDERS OF THE CODE, UNDER THE KNIFE and A HARLOT’S PROGRESS. Her
works have been produced throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. She has
received numerous grants and awards, including Guggenheim and
Rockefeller Fellowships, six NEA grants, and a UNIMA Citation for
Excellence in Puppetry. In 2005, Ms. Skipitares’ adaptation of
Euripides’ IPHIGENIA won two New York Innovative Theatre Awards. In
2000, she received the American Theatre Wing Design Award for A HARLOT’S
PROGRESS and in 2004, she won the Helen Merrill Distinguished
Playwriting Award. In 2000, Ms. Skipitares was a Fulbright Fellow in
India where she created two original works.
Sxip Shirey has played the exploding circus organ for the pyro-technic
clowns of the Daredevil Opera Company at the Sydney Opera House and the
Kennedy Center, industrial flutes for acrobats on mechanical jumping
boots at The New Victory Theater in New York, tamponophone with The
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus at Bonaroo, hillbilly music for gypsies in
Transylvania and gypsy music for hillbillies in West Virginia with The
Luminescent Orchestrii. Shirey has performed at Boston’s First Night as
support act for Dresden Dolls US tour; at The Round House in London; at
Joe’s Pub, The Knitting Factory and CBGB’s in New York; at TED in
Monterey, California; at the Big Ears Festival, Edinburgh Fringe
Festival; and at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia. Shirey
worked with Chorographer Heidi Lasky and disabled dancers on
"GIMP,"which had a Boston Premiere at The Institute of Contemporary Art;
and composed for the feature film “Hotel Gramercy Park” by director
Douglas Keeve (Unzipped).

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