Joe Carroll Crowned Prince, Victoria Clark Returns & More Cinderella Casting Shake-Ups!

first_img Related Shows Greg Hildreth View All (6) Carroll recently appeared in Broadway’s Romeo and Juliet and Once. His film and TV credits include The Carrie Diaries and All My Children. Clark won a Tony Award for The Light in the Piazza and additional nominations for Sister Act and Cinderella. Her many Broadway credits include The Snow Geese, Cabaret, Titanic, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, A Grand Night For Singing and Guys and Dolls. Buonopane’s Broadway credits include Grease, Chicago and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. His film and TV credits include 30 Rock, Grey’s Anatomy, The producers and Claire’s Cambodia. Gibson’s previously Broadway credits include The Addams Family and Spamalot. Her film and TV appearances include Up All Night, You Must Be Joking, All My Children, As the World Turns and Guiding Light. Victoria Clark Laura Osnes Joe Carroll Star Files Cinderella Santino Fontana The Cinderella kingdom is welcoming some new subjects! On January 28, Joe Carroll will join the Broadway cast as Prince Topher, succeeding original star Santino Fontana, Todd Buonopane will replace original cast member Greg Hildreth as Jean-Michel, and Cinderella ensemble member Stephanie Gibson will succeed Marla Mindelle as stepsister Gabrielle. But wait, there’s more! Original star Victoria Clark will return to her Tony-nominated role of Marie, Ella’s fairy godmother, replacing current star Rebecca Luker on January 21. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 View Comments Marla Mindelle Additionally, new ensemble members Jessica Hershberg, Callan Bergmann, Nathan Lucrezio, Jeff Pew and Kaitlyn Davidson will join the cast in January. The new stars join previously announced pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen (of “Call Me Maybe” fame) as Ella, succeeding Tony nominee and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Laura Osnes. The Nanny favorite Fran Drescher will also join the production as Cinderella’s stepmother, Madame. Both new stars will begin performances February 4 at the Broadway Theatre.last_img read more

This Week, You’ve Got Dates with Tony Danza, Alan Cumming & Jonathan Groff!

first_imgOh, hello spring, we’ve missed you! It’s been a long, hard winter, but it’s finally time to leave your comfy, comfy bed and venture outside. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of theater-centric fare going on in New York City this week to make it totally worth it. We promise. Check out our picks for the week! Spend the Night with Alan CummingApril 10 on NBCAlan Cumming is coming! The actor is currently reprising the Tony-winning role of the Emcee in Cabaret, but if you can’t get to Studio 54, you can see him perform the show’s opening number “Willkommen” on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. We know he’s going to knock it out of the park! Now we’re just hoping his nipple glitter is also making a reprise. Star Files Get Lucky with Tony DanzaApril 7 at 54 BelowLove, lust, gambling and Tony Danza! What more do you need? Get a sneak peek of Jason Robert Brown’s Broadway-bound musical Honeymoon in Vegas, featuring the top-drawer cast from the original Paper Mill Playhouse production. That cast includes Tony nominee Rob McClure, Brynn O’Malley, Nancy Opel and yes, Mr. Danza. We do, we do! Click for tickets! Two Words: Daniel RadcliffeBeginning April 12 at the Cort TheatreThat’s right, DanRad fans: the Harry Potter fave is back on Broadway, and he’s proving again what a versatile performer he really is. Radcliffe is shedding the brightly-colored musical trappings of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, his last Broadway outing, to take on the title role of The Cripple of Inishmaan, a dark Martin McDonagh play that Radcliffe himself has described as “brutally funny.” We. Can’t. Wait. Click for tickets! Hit the Y with Groff & LukerApril 5 through 7 at 92Y UptownBroadway faves Jonathan Groff and Rebecca Luker join forces (and incredible voices) to honor two of Broadway’s true greats: Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. This incarnation of the Lyrics and Lyricists series at 92Y will feature music from their big hits like Oklahoma!, Carousel and The King and I, and a never-before-heard song from South Pacific. This is very literally music to our ears. Click for tickets! View Comments Jonathan Groff See Bullets Fly (But Don’t Speak)Opening April 10 at the St. James TheatreIs it us, or did Broadway just get a little more glamorous? It must be the opening night of Bullets Over Broadway, a heavy-hitter in terms of both story and star power. Zach Braff plays an aspiring playwright forced to cast a no-talent mobster’s girlfriend in his new play, and of course, hilarity ensues. Written by Woody Allen and directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, this splashy new musical comedy is a must-see. Click for tickets!last_img read more

Fishing For Wives Opens Off-Broadway

first_img Fishing For Wives It’s 1913, Hawaii and two immigrant fishermen, Nishi and Aoki, are lonely and bored with only catching fish. Nishi sends for a picture bride from Japan, but sneaks a photo of his handsome friend in his place. The brides arrive and fall in love—with the wrong man—setting off a comedy of errors with mistaken identity, tragic drowning, seeming betrayal and a final surprise turn of events, colorfully visualized with mime and movement. View Comments Fishing For Wives will run through April 27 at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row. Edward Sakamoto’s Fishing For Wives opens officially off-Broadway on April 10. The play is directed by Ron Nakahara and stars Bobby Foley, Viet Vo, Akiko Hiroshima, Allison Hiroto, Rebecca Lee Lerman and Kiyo Takami. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 27, 2014last_img read more

Tickets Now Available for Bedbugs!!! Off-Broadway

first_imgCheck your sheets, because Bedbugs!!! is coming off-Broadway. Tickets are now on sale for the sci-fi rock comedy. Performances will begin on September 9 at the ArcLight Theatre, where it will run through October 26. Opening night is set for September 14. Robert Bartley directs and choreographs. The cast includes Chris Hall, Grace McLean, Nicholas Park, Brian Charles Rooney, Danny Bolero, Tracey Conyer Lee, Barry Shafrin, Gretchen Wylder, Courtney Bassett and Colin Scott Cahill. Featuring music by Paul Leschen and a book and lyrics by Fred Sauter, Bedbugs!!! follows Carly, an exterminator, who is hell-bent on avenging her mother’s bedbug-related death. In an effort to permanently rid the city of its infestation, she accidentally mutates the pests into an army of human-size, intelligent, carnal creatures out for blood and world domination. The tuner premiered at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2008. Bedbugs!!! features costumes by Philip Heckman, scenic design by Adam Demerath, lighting design by Kirk Fitzgerald and sound design by Ed Chapman. View Commentscenter_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 2, 2014 Bedbugs!!!last_img read more

Casting Set for David Ives’ Lives of the Saints Off-Broadway

first_img Burton’s Broadway credits include The 39 Steps, Machinal, A Free Man of Color and Amadeus. Elrod has appeared in Reckless and Noises Off on Broadway. Holmes’ Great White Way credits include Spamalot, The Pillowman, Cabaret and Major Barbara. Additionally, Burton, Elrod and Holmes all appeared together in Peter and the Starcatcher on Broadway. Hutchinson’s credits include Desire Under the Elms, Major Barbara and Macbeth. This marks Rooth’s third play by Ives; she appeared in Venus in Fur on Broadway and regionally and All in the Timing off-Broadway. Lives of the Saints View Comments The Primary Stages mounting will feature scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costumes by Anita Yavich, lighting design by Jason Lyons and sound design and original music by John Gromada. Related Shows Casting is now set for Lives of the Saints, a collection of short plays, including three new pieces, by David Ives. The comedy will star Arnie Burton, Carson Elrod, Rick Holmes, Kelly Hutchinson and Liv Rooth. Tony winner John Rando directs the off-Broadway production. Performances will begin on February 3, 2015 at The Duke on 42nd Street, where it will run through March 27. Opening night is set for February 24. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 27, 2015last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Cameron Diaz Is a Foul-Mouthed Hannigan & More

first_img View Comments Cameron Diaz Owes Quvenzhane Wallis $$$ …Or vice versa? When the new Miss Hannigan stopped by Late Night earlier this week, she seemed a little too into yelling at kids…and cursing. “They are in an adult situation,” she told Seth Meyers of the youngins playing the foster kids. “If you don’t like how adults talk, don’t be in an adult situation. That’s how I do.” Apparently, she also tried a really backwards version of the swear jar, in which those who don’t drop f-bombs have to put in money. So remember, kids: You’re never fully dressed without a f*cking smile. Ghosts Haunt the McKittrick The McKittrick Hotel, home of the ever-spooky Sleep No More, will play host to another show next month. Ghost Quartet, a song cycle by Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 composer Dave Malloy, will play the Chelsea hotspot for eight performances only beginning January 5, 2015. Joining him are Natasha, Pierre… alums Brittain Ashford, Gelsey Bell and cellist Brent Arnold. Annie Tippe will direct the tuner, which weaves four eerie narratives spanning seven centuries. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.center_img The Lion Will Roar…Again The Lion, an autobiographical musical written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer, will play off-Broadway’s Lynn Redgrave Theater beginning February 3, 2015. The show, which follows Scheuer’s journey through love, loss, family loyalty and the redemptive power of music, was presented by Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center earlier this year, and had previously played Lincoln Center and London’s St. James Theatre. Opening night for the latest incarnation is set for February 8, and the show will run through March 29. New Look at Golden Globe-Nominated Into the Woods The film adaptation of Into the Woods received three Golden Globe nominations on December 11 for Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep and Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical. If that were enough to make you happy now and happy hence, kick of the weekend with this brand new TV spot, boasting the flick’s latest award nods. The spot includes some new footage, including a super-glam Meryl Streep and a rather suave Chris Pine. Is it Christmas yet?last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Idina Menzel’s New Album & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Idina Menzel’s New AlbumBroadway supernova Idina Menzel has some big news! According to Billboard, the Tony winner recently revealed: “I’ve been working on a new album.” The record is still in the early stages, with Menzel going on to admit that “there’s not much to say other than that I feel creative and I’m sort of putting my heart out there and exploring different sounds and things like that. I’m not limiting myself.” It’s time to see what she can do, test the limits and break through…! OK, yes we admit that we know all the words to Menzel’s Frozen anthem “Let It Go”—doesn’t everyone?!Annaleigh Ashford & More Set for Drama DeskAnnaleigh Ashford, Andrew Rannells, Christian Borle, John Cariani, Sydney Lucas, Jessie Mueller and more will present or perform at the 2015 Drama Desk Awards. The previously reported event will take place on May 31 at The Town Hall, hosted by Tony winner Laura Benanti for the second consecutive year. Off-Broadway hit Hamilton, which will begin performances on Broadway in July, garnered the most nominations, with 13.Liza Minnelli Books Stage ReturnThe legendary Liza Minnelli is heading back to the London Palladium for the fifth time! The Tony and Oscar winner will appear in An Intimate Evening with Liza Minnelli at the venue on September 20. Minnelli will be interviewed for 90 minutes live on stage talking about her extraordinary career, from growing up in Hollywood to the present day, ending with a performance of a few intimate songs. She first appeared on the Palladium’s stage with her mom, Judy Garland, in 1964. The show will also play in Sheffield and Glasgow on September 22 and September 24, respectively.Off-Broadway SwitcheroosAn off-Broadway update. Due to his previously reported injuries, Sahr Ngaujah will now not return to Signature Theatre’s production of Athol Fugard’s The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek. Kevin Mambo will perform the role through May 31; from June 2 through the end of the run on June 14, the role of Jonathan will be played by Yaegel T. Welch. Meanwhile, over at of A.R. Gurney’s What I Did Last Summer Izzie Steele will join the company in the role of Elsie, also beginning June 2; she steps in for Kate McGonigle.Lloyd Webber’s Special School of Rock ConsultantAndrew Lloyd Webber famously loves his cats. Indeed his musical Cats ran at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre for 18 years. Now his latest show, School of Rock, will start performances there in November and he recently proudly emailed out a picture of his cat Mika deciding what the front of house at the venue will look like. Incidentally, a Cats revival is Broadway-bound in 2016. And on that meta note, have a lovely weekend! Star Filescenter_img Idina Menzellast_img read more

Hot Shot! Treasury Secretary Jack Lew Heads to Hamilton

first_img from $149.00 Related Shows View Comments Hamilton It takes one to know one! On August 26, Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda welcomed a special guest backstage: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. If that seems a little less exciting than J.Lo, Zachary Quinto, Stephen Colbert or even the Veep, you might be missing an important fact. Secretary Lew probably wouldn’t have his current job without Alexander Hamilton. After all, the 10-dollar Founding Father was the very first Secretary of the Treasury. Now that the government honcho has seen the hip-hop musical celebrating his predecessor, perhaps he’ll rethink that redesign. last_img

The Public’s Sweat & Party People Extend

first_img View Comments Off-Broadway’s Sweat and Party People have been extended at the Public Theater! Lynn Nottage’s Sweat will now run an additional week through December 4, while Party People is scheduled to play through December 11.Sweat begins previews on October 18, with an opening night set for November 3. The drama stars Tony nominee Johanna Day and Younger favorite Miriam Shor. Directed by Kate Whoriskey, Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets and laughs while working together on the line of a factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in the hard fight to stay afloat.Scheduled to start performances on November 1, Party People will open on November 14. Helmed by Eclipsed director Liesl Tommy, old wounds and generational divides collide in this multi-media theatrical event about the price of being a revolutionary, and what it means for those who come after. Public Theaterlast_img read more

Warming up Blueberries

first_imgIn the early ’90s, NeSmith and Krewer developed a spray program for applying G.A.to blueberries with consistent results. By 1995, their efforts had helped Georgiablueberry production grow from 3.5 million pounds per year to 13 million pounds. Georgia’s unpredictable winters and late freezes can prove deadly to blueberries and themore than 200 Georgia farmers who depend on them. Blueberry plants flower in late February to March. That’s usually past south Georgia’sfreeze-danger point, said Scott NeSmith, a University of Georgia horticulturist. Based on the growers’ reports, NeSmith and Krewer began testing the benefits of usingG.A. on freeze-damaged flowers. Using growth chambers, they subjected plants to lowtemperatures during flowering periods. Then they applied G.A. “Natural pollination declines at these temperatures,” NeSmith said. “But G.A. can takeover and set fruit from freeze-damaged flowers. But below 24 degrees, we know thatnot even G.A. would help.” “Before we knew everything we wanted to, we had to tell people to use it,” NeSmithsaid. “We had to take the chance. We just decided whatever we get, we get. It had tobe better than losing the entire crop.” “We needed to find out the lowest temperature limit at which G.A. will work,”NeSmith said. After a late freeze last winter, though, NeSmith and UGA extension scientist GerardKrewer showed growers something that can let them rest a little easier this year. They found out G.A. works when applied after freezes from 25 to 31 degrees. “Blueberries are like peaches,” he said. “You can’t cry and do it over. If they don’tbear fruit, you just end up with a pretty green plant and zero income until next year.” They told growers to use a growth regulator called gibberellic acid on theirfreeze-damaged blueberry flowers. As a result, nearly 4 million pounds of blueberriessurvived the late freeze. G.A. is a natural plant hormone first used in the early ’60s to improve fruit set. In 1993, farmers reported they’d saved fruit from a late frost after applying G.A. In thepast, blueberry growers had little hope of saving their crops after a late freeze. “But in one out of every eight or 10 years, there will be a late freeze that causessignificant damage,” NeSmith said. Before studies were complete, the 1996 late freeze hit. NeSmith and Krewer wereforced to make a decision. “The drawback to G.A. is that it’s inconsistent,” NeSmith said. “It had basically beensitting on the shelf for 30 years because everyone viewed it as unreliable.” It was. Most south Georgia blueberry growers credit NeSmith, Krewer and gibberellicacid for saving 3.5 million to 4 million pounds of berries with a value of $5 million.last_img read more