NEWS FROM THE PRESS ROOM
Broadway-bound Working Girl announces Christopher Ashley and Britney Carpenter join Cyndi Lauper on creative team
Producers Aged In Wood Productions (Robyn Goodman and Josh Fiedler) andKumiko Yoshii are pleased to announce that Tony Award-winner Christopher Ashley (Come From Away) will direct the Broadway-aimed Working Girl, with music and lyrics by Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winner Cyndi Lauper and book by screenwriter and playwright Bridget Carpenter (“11.22.63” and “Friday Night Lights”).
Ashley and Carpenter previously collaborated on the musical adaptation of Disney’s Freaky Friday. Carpenter replaces the previously announced Kim Rosenstock, who has withdrawn due to scheduling conflicts. Working Girl is based on the Twentieth Century Fox motion picture written by Kevin Wade and is presented by special arrangement with Buena Vista Theatrical.
An out-of-town developmental production is being planned for the 2021-2022 season.
Keone & Mari's Beyond Babel makes New York debut this winter
Hideaway Circus will bring West Coast Urban Dance to the East Coast this winter with the New York premiere of the acclaimed dance theatre production Beyond Babel, co-created by rising theater artists Josh Aviner and Lyndsay Magid Aviner of Hideaway and the award-winning team of Keone and Mari Madrid, who directed, choreographed, and will star in the production.
World-renowned dancers and choreographers, the Madrids’ work has been featured on “So You Think You Can Dance,” “World of Dance” and “Dancing with the Stars.” They have worked with BTS, Billie Eilish, Ed Sheeran, Flying Lotus & Kendrick Lamar, among many others, and also choreographed and starred in Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” video, which has amassed over 1.5 billion views on YouTube.
The production will begin previews on January 21, 2020 and open February 2, 2020 for a 10-week limited engagement through March 29, 2020 Off-Broadway at The Gym at Judson (243 Thompson Street). Tickets are available now at www.BeyondBabelShow.com.
Casting and creative team announced for 3-D Theatricals’ production of the Tony Award-winning Once, The Musical
3-D Theatricals launches its 2019-2020 season with ONCE, The Musical, winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical. The production, directed by Kari Hayter and choreographed by Linda Love Simmons with musical direction and conducting by David Lamoureux, will play October 11-27 at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (18000 Park Plaza Drive, Cerritos, CA). Opening night is Saturday, October 12.
ONCE, The Musical will star Tom Frank as Guy, and Aurora Florence as Girl, with Chuck McLane as Billy, Katherine Washington as Reza,Cynthia Marty as Barushka, Tony Award-winner Scott Waara as Da, original Broadway cast member Andy Taylor as Bank Manager, David Coe Lamoureux as Svec, Andrew Huber as Andrej, Cameron Tagge as Eamon, Erich Schroeder as Emcee, Leota Rhodes as Ex-Girlfriend, and Quinn Copeland as Ivanka.
Vineyard Theatre announces cast for Is This a Room, conceived and directed by Tina Satter
Vineyard Theatre Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern announce dates and casting for Is This A Room, conceived and directed by Tina Satter. Performances will begin at the Vineyard Theatre (108 East 15th Street) Thursday, October 3 with opening night set for Tuesday, October 22.
Is This A Room originated with a limited run in January 2019 at The Kitchen in New York City. The Vineyard production will feature the complete cast from The Kitchen which includes Emily C. Davis (Seagull (Thinking of you)) as Reality Winner, Becca Blackwell (“High Maintenance”) as Unknown Male, Pete Simpson (The Vineyard’s Middletown) as Agent Garrick, and TL Thompson (Straight White Men) as Agent Taylor.
Lesli Margherita & Max von Essen Set for Judy Garland Musical Chasing Rainbows at Paper Mill; Ruby Rakos to Star as Garland
The previously announced Paper Mill Playhouse staging of the Judy Garland bio-musical Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz begins later this fall, and now the production has announced its full cast and creative team. Tony nominee Denis Jones is set to direct and choreograph the production, which will star Broadway vets Lesli Margherita and Max von Essen alongside newcomer Ruby Rakos.
Rakos, who appeared in prior productions of the musical at Goodspeed and Flat Rock Playhouse, will portray Garland when she was just a young vaudeville trouper named Frances Gumm. Margherita, an Olivier winner for Zorro and a Broadway fave of Matilda and Dames at Sea, and American in Paris Tony nominee Max von Essen, will play Garland's parents, Ethel and Frank Gumm.
Rounding out the cast will be former Broadway.com blogger Mike Wartella (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as Mickey Rooney, Karen Mason (Mamma Mia!) as Ma Lawlor/Kay Koverman, Stephen DeRosa (Into the Woods) as Louis B. Mayer and Colin Hanlon (In Transit, Rent) as Roger Edens.
Vineyard Theatre completes 2019-2020 season with Dana H., by Lucas Hnath, directed by Les Waters
Vineyard Theatre Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern announce the company’s winter production, completing its upcoming 2019-2020 season. Dana H., by Lucas Hnath, adapted from interviews with Dana Higginbotham conducted by Steve Cosson, and directed by Les Waters, will make its New York premiere, featuring Deirdre O’Connell in the title role, in the winter of 2020 following its engagements at Center Theatre Group and Goodman Theatre. Dana H. is a co-production of Vineyard Theatre, Goodman Theatre, and Center Theatre Group.
Broadway Press Agent Shane Marshall Brown Will Take Over Hamilton & More Upon Sam Rudy's Retirement
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, theatrical press rep extraordinaire Sam Rudy recently announced his retirement from the Broadway scene. Rudy began his Broadway career as a press assistant for the 1979 play Strider. Since then, his Sam Rudy Media Relations has represented thirteen Broadway shows and many more off-Broadway productions, including Avenue Q and Hamilton.
BroadwayWorld has now learned that upon Rudy's retirement (officially beginning July 31, 2019), his longtime associate and co-founder of The Press Room, Shane Marshall Brown will take over work on Hamilton, the Vineyard Theatre,, and Rosie’s Theater Kids.
The Book of Mormon Becomes the 14th Longest-Running Broadway Show
With the July 27 matinee, its 3,487th performance,The Book of Mormon becomes the 14th longest-running Broadway show in history, surpassing 42nd Street.
To celebrate, cast members filmed a special, tap-heavy homage to the earlier hit. Watch the video below.
Rosie’s Theater Kids returns to Vineyard Arts Project in Edgartown, MA, August 11-17
One of the country’s most dynamic and successful programs for the performing arts – Rosie’s Theater Kids, located on West 45th Street in Manhattan – will make its 6th annual trip to Martha’s Vineyard from August 11-17, it has been announced by Lori Klinger, Artistic and Executive Director of Rosie’s Theater Kids (RTKids). The Summer Celebration fundraiser will take place at the home of board members Marty and Joanne Homlish in Edgartown, MA., on Tuesday, August 13. Beginning at 6pm, the evening will feature cocktails, performances by RTKids and Tony Award-winning Broadway actress Jessie Mueller (Beautiful), and a live auction.
Theatre Row’s Kitchen Sink Residency to launch in Fall 2019
Theatre Row, a program of Building for the Arts, has long provided a home in the Theater District to nonprofit theaters without a home of their own. To support the next generation of artists, Theatre Row is launching its most ambitious initiative yet: the Kitchen Sink Residency, designed to nurture smaller, emerging performing arts companies.
Casting announced for 3-D Theatricals’ production of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy, Shrek The Musical, at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, August 9-25, 2019
3-D Theatricals concludes its 10th Anniversary season with the Tony Award®-winning musical comedy, SHREK The Musical, directed and choreographed by David F.M. Vaughn. SHREK The Musical, featuring music by Tony Award-winner Jeanine Tesori, and book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire, will play August 9-25, 2019 at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (18000 Park Plaza Drive, Cerritos, CA). Opening night is Saturday, August 10.
Tickets on sale for Only Human, starring Gary Busey as God
Tickets are on sale for Only Human, a new pop rock musical, starring Academy Award-nominated and BAFTA Award-winning actor Gary Busey, in the role of God. The production will play Off-Broadway at Theatre at St. Clements (423 West 46th Street), beginning previews on October 8 and opening October 21 for a limited engagement through January 5, 2020 only.
Theatre Row announces new leadership team
Wendy Rowden, President of Building for the Arts, is pleased to announce new leadership at Off-Broadway’s Theatre Row: Sarah Hughes as the Director of Artistic Programming, Stephanie Rolland as Director of Theatre Operations, Emma Montoya Hills as Associate General Manager, and Josh Landay as Building for the Arts’ Chief of Staff.
NY Classical’s The Importance of Being Earnest: Two Ways to play in 3 New York City parks, May 28-June 3
New York Classical Theatre, New York City’s all-free Off-Broadway equity theatre company, will bring back its critically acclaimed production of Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest: Two Ways for a tour of three New York City parks. The production will play in Central Park from May 28-June 16, Brooklyn Bridge Park from June 18-23, and Carl Schurz Park from June 25-30, as the perfect summer entertainment for Pride Month in New York City.
Hunter Theater Project presents Isabella Rossellini in Link Link Circus at the Frederick Loewe Theatre
Hunter College president Jennifer J. Rabb announced that Hunter Theater Project will present Golden Globe Award-winning actress-filmmaker Isabella Rossellini in her one-woman, one-dog theatrical evening, Link Link Circus. The production, a comedic and scientifically informed look at the link between humans and animals, will play April 18 through May 3 at the Frederick Loewe Theatre at Hunter College, East 68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues.
3-D Theatricals’ The Secret Garden plays May 3-19 at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
3-D Theatricals celebrates its 10th Anniversary season with a lavish new production of the Tony Award®-winning musical, The Secret Garden, directed by 3-D Theatricals’ producer and artistic director T.J. Dawson. The Secret Garden, featuring music by Lucy Simon, and book and lyrics by Marsha Norman, will play a strictly limited engagement from May 3-May 19 only. Opening night is Saturday, May 4 at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts,Cerritos, CA).
The Wooster Group’s spring benefit to be held on April 2 at The Performing Garage
The Wooster Group will hold a spring benefit on Tuesday, April 2 at the company’s home, The Performing Garage (33 Wooster Street). The event will be hosted by Sam Gold, with Frances McDormand and Joel Coen, Cindy Sherman, and Maura Tierney, and will feature a musical performance by Suzzy Roche, Lucy Wainwright Roche, and Loudon Wainwright III.
Over 2,200 Students Have Attended Gloria: A Life through the Hope-aholics Donor Program
Over 2,200 students have seen Gloria: A Life, the groundbreaking play about activist and icon Gloria Steinem, thanks to the generosity of Hope-aholics. Named for Steinem, who coined the phrase, the Hope-aholics initiative allows donors to underwrite student tickets so that the next generation of activists can take inspiration from her story. The program has raised over $66,000 in donations in five months.
Previews begin tonight for the world premiere of The Convent by Jessica Dickey, directed by Daniel Talbott
Previews begin tonight for the world premiere of The Convent, a new play by critically acclaimed playwright Jessica Dickey, directed by Daniel Talbott. Presented by Weathervane Productions, Rising Phoenix Repertory, in association with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, the production opens January 24, 2019 at the Mezzanine Theatre at A.R.T./New York Theatres.
Hershey Felder, A Paris Love Story to have its world premiere in April 2019
Award-winning actor, author and piano virtuoso Hershey Felder will present the world premiere of his newest work, Hershey Felder, A Paris Love Story, featuring the music of the great Impressionist composer Claude Debussy, in April 2019. The production is the final work in Felder’s “Great Composer Series” of one-man shows, which have included George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Irving Berlin, Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Hershey Felder, A Paris Love Story, written and performed by Felder, directed by Trevor Hay, will premiere at TheatreWorks, Silicon Valley, in Mountain View, CA., running April 3-May 5.
Original Broadway Cast Recording for Indecent to be released on January 25
The original cast of Broadway’s Indecent reunited to record the music for the Tony Award-winning production. The recording, which will be released on January 25 by Yellow Sound Label, preserves the haunting and evocative original music for the show, composed by Lisa Gutkin and Aaron Halva. The recording features original cast members Mimi Lieber, Katrina Lenk, Max Gordon Moore, Tom Nelis, Steven Rattazzi, Richard Topol and Adina Verson, and musicians Matt Darriau, Lisa Gutkin and Aaron Halva. Katrina Lenk is also featured on viola The recording will be available on January 25 on iTunes and Amazon.
Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz to have New York City industry presentation on January 10
Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz, a new Broadway-bound musical about the early life of Judy Garland, from her vaudeville sister act through her rise at MGM to win the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, will have an industry presentation January 10 in New York City. Using the Sony Music/Feist Robbins catalog, Chasing Rainbows brings contemporary life to songs introduced by or associated with Garland, including “Over the Rainbow,” “You Made Me Love You,” and “Dear Mr. Gable.” Chasing Rainbows is the first stage, film or television property about the life of Judy Garland to receive the endorsement of the Garland Estate.
Final extension through November 18 for Hunter Theater Project’s production of Uncle Vanya
Hunter Theater Project’s ecstatically reviewed production of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya that left Ben Brantley, The New York Times, feeling “shivery, teary-eyed and stunned,” with a “career-high performance” from Jay O. Sanders, announced a final extension through November 18. The New York premiere of a new translation by Richard Nelson, Richard Pevear, and Larissa Volokhonsky, directed by Nelson, Uncle Vanya is “as sublime as I’ve ever seen Chekhov performed,” says Peter Marks, Washington Post.
A Remarkable Company of Women, Unprecedented On or Off-Broadway, Stage Gloria: A Life
Gloria: A Life, a new play about Gloria Steinem, honors her gender equality activism with a company comprised almost entirely of women – cast, creative team, designers, production staff, and producers. Women are represented across every department of the production and occupy nearly all of the highest positions throughout the company. Even in a theatre industry often regarded as an equality leader in the entertainment world, this extraordinary group of women is unprecedented either on or Off-Broadway.
Observer’s PR Power List: The Most Powerful Entertainment and Media PR Firms of 2018
They only launched in October—so why is The Press Room here? Check out its current clients list: ubiquitous Elaine May vehicle The Waverly Gallery, Steinem bio-play Gloria: A Life, The Wooster Group, Shakespeare’s Globe, and The Book of Mormon. Formerly with Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Press Room’s co-founder is Jim Byk (more recently, he toiled alongside Press Room co-founder Shane Marshall Brown at Sam Rudy’s Broadway shop). If this is what they’ve built in three months, we can’t wait for act two in 2019.