Brand New On Your Desk!
Additional Casting Announced for the New Production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s “Gigi”
Vanessa Hudgens is joined byTwo-time Tony Award-nominee Howard McGillin as Honore Lachaille, Corey Cott as Gaston Lachaille, and Steffanie Leigh as Liane d’Exelmans
Tickets on sale tomorrow for the Pre-Broadway Engagement
at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
in Washington, D.C., at the Eisenhower Theater,
January 16-February 12, 2015
Re-envisioned production adapted by Heidi Thomas
Choreography by Joshua Bergasse
Directed by Eric Schaeffer
Additional casting has been announced for the new Broadway production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s beloved Oscar and Tony Award-winning film and stage musical, Gigi. Joining the previously announced Vanessa Hudgens in the title role will be two-time Tony Award-nominee Howard McGillin (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anything Goes, The Phantom of the Opera) as Honore Lachaille, Corey Cott (Newsies) as Gaston Lachaille and Steffanie Leigh (Mary Poppins) as Liane d’Exelmans. Casting for the roles of Madame Alvarez and Aunt Alicia will be announced soon.
Gigi will be directed by Eric Schaeffer (Follies, Million Dollar Quartet), in a re-envisioned adaptation by British playwright and BAFTA-winning and Emmy-nominated screenwriter Heidi Thomas (“Call the Midwife,” “Cranford,” “Upstairs, Downstairs”). Joshua Bergasse (On the Town, “Smash”) will choreograph the production.
Gigi will play a pre-Broadway engagement in the Eisenhower Theater at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (David M. Rubenstein, chairman, Deborah F. Rutter, president) in Washington, D.C. from January 16-February 12, 2015. Opening night is January 29, 2015.
Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, October 1 at 10:00 AM to the general public. Visit www.kennedy-center.org for further details. Gigi will open on Broadway in 2015 following the Kennedy Center engagement.
|Howard McGillin (Honore Lachaille) Broadway: The Phantom Of The Opera, Kiss of the Spider Woman, She Loves Me, The Secret Garden, Anything Goes (Tony, Drama Desk Award nominations), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Tony, Drama Desk nominations; Theatre World Award), Sunday in the Park with George. London: Mack and Mabel, Anything Goes. Off-Broadway: It’s a Wonderful Life, I Remember Mama, High Spirits, As Thousands Cheer, La Boheme (Drama Desk Award nomination). National Tour: Peter Pan. Regional: Damn Yankees, It Shoulda Been You (George Street Playhouse), The 39 Steps (Cape Playhouse), Stephen Sondheim’s Bounce (Goodman Theatre, Chicago and Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. – Helen Hayes Award nomination). Films: South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut, The Swan Princess. Concerts: Ragtime, Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. Solo CD: Howard McGillin: Where Time Stands Still, available online.
|Corey Cott (Gaston Lachaille) Immediately following graduation from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, Corey Cott made his professional debut starring on Broadway for two years as Jack Kelly in Newsies. His other stage credits include university productions of Suddenly Last Summer, Assassins, Sweeney Todd and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Recently Corey has been involved in the development of several new musicals including Anastasia (McNally/Ahrens & Flaherty), Father of the Bride (Disney) and the Untitled Radio City Project. He will make his television debut this fall in “Madam Secretary” on CBS. A native of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Corey made his solo concert debut in 2013 at the Kennedy Center as part of the ASCAP Centennial Celebration. He is represented by Gersh, Soffer/Namoff Entertainment and attorney Michael Mahan. Twitter: @NapOnACott
|Steffanie Leigh (Liane d’Exelmans) Broadway/National Tour: Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins,) NYC/Regional: Dani Girl (Exit Pursued by a Bear), Venus in Fur (Singapore Repertory Theatre), Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Alliance Theatre), Into the Woods, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera). TV: “The Good Wife,” “Members Only.” Film: PROGRESS And Unrelated Things, They’re Out of the Business. BFA Acting/Musical Theatre: Carnegie Mellon. www.steffanieleigh.com
The cast also features Cameron Adams, Madeleine Doherty, Hannah Florence, Jenifer Foote, Allison Jantzie, Sam Lips, Ian Paget, James Patterson, Justin Prescott, Manuel Stark, Tanairi Vazquez and Ashley Yeater, with additional casting to be announced.
Scenic design is by Tony Award-winner Derek McLane, costume design is by five-time Tony Award winner Catherine Zuber, lighting design is by four-time Tony Award winner Natasha Katz and sound design is by Tony Award nominee Kai Harada. Hair design is by David Brian Brown. Musical director is James Moore. Orchestrations are by August Eriksmoen. Vocal and incidental music arrangement is by Matt Aument. Dance music arrangements are by Sam Davis.
Based on the 1944 novel by Colette, Gigi was first adapted for the Broadway stage in 1951 by Anita Loos, with an unknown Audrey Hepburn in the title role; then, following their success with My Fair Lady, the team of Alan Jay Lerner (screenplay and lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music) adapted the material for the 1958 movie musical, winner of nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The film, directed by Vincente Minnelli, is widely considered the last great MGM movie musical, and is beloved for its wit, charm and sumptuous costume and production design. GIGI includes such numbers as “Thank Heaven for Little Girls,” “I Remember It Well” “The Night They Invented Champagne” and the Oscar-winning title song, “Gigi”. Gigi also won the Tony Award for Best Score in 1974.
This new adaptation of Gigi will feature all of the songs from the movie, including two songs, “The Parisians” and “Say a Prayer for Me Tonight,” which were dropped from the previous stage version. The production also includes four songs written and added to the score by Lerner and Loewe in 1973, “Paris is Paris Again,” “I Never Want to Go Home Again,” “The Contract,” and “In This Wide, Wide World.”
Gigi is produced by Jenna Segal. General management is by Foresight Theatrical.
Jim Doherty and Eileen Morehouse have recently accepted positions on the Board of Directors with Renaissance City Theatre, Inc. (RCTI). RCTI is the non-profit producing entity of the Granite Theatre in Westerly.
Mr. Doherty is a veteran of the health care industry having, during the past 30 years, held business development executive and non-executive management positions with various medical device and pharmaceutical research organizations. Mr. Doherty is a founding member of the folk/pop band 20 AFTER and has been involved in the performing arts most of his life. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and currently resides in Stonington with his wife and daughter.
Eileen Morehouse has been owner and operator of Mason’s Island Marina in Mystic, Connecticut for the past 28 years following a career in real estate. This has enabled her to combine her business experience with her love of boating and the sea. She is a member of the Connecticut Marine Trades Association and The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce. She is a lifelong resident of Lord’s Point in Stonington. Eileen is an avid supporter of the arts and looks forward to being an active member of the RCTI Board of Directors.
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Willimantic, Conn. – The ECSU Foundation, Inc. was awarded a $9,983 Connecticut Humanities (CTH) Planning Grant to create a script that will be performed in Eastern Connecticut State University’s Fine Arts Instructional Center in spring 2017. The Connecticut Humanities website indicates, the play is “about the role Connecticut played in World War I, writing from a military dog’s point of view to explore several themes about the effect of the war on Connecticut’s citizens and the world. This whimsical approach is intended to teach audiences about the logistics of the war as well as less-concrete themes of patriotism and loyalty.”
Four Eastern professors are teaming up to create the upcoming production: Barbara Tucker, director of the Center for Connecticut Studies; Edmond Chibeau, professor of communication; Leslie Ricklin, professor of education; and Ellen Faith Brodie, director of the theatre program. Chibeau, who will be writing the script, discussed his intention of having the play performed from a canine’s perspective. “The dog is a perfect theatrical coupe in that he can appear in all sorts of places and offer a dog’s perspective on the politics, emotions, horrors and absurdity of ‘The War to End All Wars.’ The characters in the play cannot understand the dog but the audience and Robert Conroy, his owner can. This gives us the chance to write humor, insight, exposition and plot for the dog.”
After the show is performed at Eastern, it is planned to be staged at middle and high schools around Connecticut. Chibeau states, “I believe that middle school and high school students are capable of beginning to understand the relationships between politics, sociology and war. Although the script will deal with the realities of war, the ideas expressed and the vocabulary used to express them will hopefully be uplifting and insightful. Students will learn a lot about American history from this production.”
The Season Begins with Beethoven’s Fifth!
Beethoven & The Don
Thursday, October 2 at 7:30pm – Woolsey Hall
Spend Opening Night with a Latin lover, a true romantic, and a tortured genius in a program featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Strauss’ Don Juan, and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Led by NHSO Music Director William Boughton, the concert will include a special guest performance by American-Russian violinist Yevgeny Kutik.
Take the #B5 Challenge!
Inspired by the NHSO opening night program, music director William Boughton has issued the “Beethoven Five Challenge” on Facebook to raise awareness for music education in this community. After singing the opening notes of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Boughton challenged prominent community members to record their own performance and challenge their friends to do so as well. Participation is growing and has included video posts by the new NHSO principal pops conductor, board members, and members of the media.
Click here to view the videos and to learn more about issuing a #B5Challenge.
Introducing Chelsea Tipton, Principal Pops Conductor
Maestro Tipton Opens the Pops Oct 11 & 12
Join Chelsea Tipton for his debut as Principal Pops Conductor at “Best of Broadway” October 11 & 12. Featuring Broadway stars Carol Dusdieker and Nat Chandler and music from My Fair Lady, Carousel, Phantom of the Opera, Sound of Music and more, we hope you will join us in welcoming Maestro Tipton to the greater New Haven community at this Pops Series kickoff!
Fun themed family Weekends Starting October 18
Mystic, Conn. – An annual tradition continues at Mystic Aquarium with Fall-o-ween weekend celebrations beginning on October 18. Amid festive décor, the Aquarium takes on the look and feel of Fall. The ever-present excitement of hands-on exhibits like Scales & Tails, live shows in the Marine Theater and, of course, the animals, make Fall-o-ween a must-visit for families.Fall-o-ween Weekend Activities include:
- Saturday & Sunday, October 18&19 Pumpkin Fest: The weekend activities are highlighted by renowned pumpkin carver, Sean Fitzpatrick of Fitzy Snowman Sculpting, who will transform a giant pumpkin into a larger-than-life sculpture. Fitzpatrick and his team have been featured on the Today Show, CBS Television’s The Couch and more. Hands-on activities will include arts and crafts, and pumpkin-themed games.
- Saturday & Sunday, October 25&26 Princess & Pirates Weekend: Guests are invited to don their favorite princess or pirate costume or simply come as they are to participate in the interactive treasure hunt for kids with great prizes. There are also prizes for the best princess and pirate costumes. Plus, meet the Snow Queen and Captain Jack and enjoy themed arts and crafts.
- Saturday, November 1 Costume Day: Extend the Halloween festivities with the Aquarium’s Costume Day. Children ages 12 and under arriving in costume will receive FREE admission (one per paid Adult admission) and are eligible for the costume contest. Throughout the day, families will enjoy fun games and underwater pumpkin carving.Each weekend of Fall-o-ween, the Foxwoods Marine Theater will feature a special Sea Lion Show.All Fall-o-ween activities are free for members and are included with general admission.About Mystic AquariumMystic Aquarium is a division of Sea Research Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, and is counted among the nation’s leading aquariums with more than 300 species and an extensive collection of marine mammals, including New England’s only beluga whales. Mystic Aquarium has been a pioneer in offering guests a variety of up close encounters with a wide range of marine animals. The mission of Sea Research is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through education, research and exploration. Sea Research receives major support from United Technologies Corporation, The Coca-Cola Company and Foxwoods Resort Casino. Learn more at mysticaquarium.org or searesearch.org
Global Superstar FERGIE Returns With Brand-New Single “L.A.LOVE (la la)”
“L.A.LOVE (la la)” GOES TO RADIO TODAY AND IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR DIGITAL PURCHASE AND STREAMING
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Global pop icon FERGIE returns to the music spotlight with a new single “L.A.LOVE (la la),” on will.i.am music / Interscope Records, which goes to radio today and is now available for digital download HERE and streaming on digital subscription services. Listen to “L.A.LOVE (la la)” HERE.
“L.A.LOVE (la la),” which the eight-time Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum solo artist and The Black Eyed Peas vocalist co-wrote with its producer DJ Mustard (YG, T-Pain, Trey Songz), “picks up where her debut album The Dutchess left off, complete with breathy raps and an instantly catchy chorus,” said the New York Post.
“L.A.LOVE (la la)” is FERGIE‘s first new music since “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody,” which appeared on the platinum soundtrack to the 2013 film The Great Gatsby and has sold over 1 million copies worldwide. She also co-wrote and performed on Kanye West’s 2011 track “All of the Lights,” for which she received two Grammy Awards. Recently FERGIE announced that she has been in the studio working on the follow-up to her 2006 solo album The Dutchess, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 and spent 94 weeks on the chart. The Dutchess went on to sell 6.2 million copies and 28.5 million tracks worldwide and spawned three No. 1 hits on the Hot 100: “London Bridge,” “Glamorous,” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” as well as the Top 5 singles “Fergalicious” and “Clumsy,” while her videos have over 300 million YouTube / VEVO views.
Since The Dutchess’ release, FERGIE has also released two multi-platinum albums, The E.N.D. and The Beginning, with The Black Eyed Peas, with whom she has sold 31 million albums and 58 million singles worldwide. The Black Eyed Peas’ videos have been viewed over 1.8 billion times.
Quini Optimizes Wine App Experience with Elasticsearch
Vancouver, BC – September 26, 2014 –Quini, an interactive wine tasting, rating and recommendations application and enterprise level market intelligence data solution (www.quiniwine.com) today announced that it has deployed Elasticsearch (www.elasticsearch.com), the leading open source search and data analytics solution, to serve content to its growing community of wine enthusiasts and industry professionals, at the highest imaginable speed.
The implementation further improves user experience for wine listings search and content delivery on Quiniwine.com and the Quini wine app. It also enables the company to deploy and scale additional key capabilities over the long run, effortlessly, seamlessly and cost effectively.
“Elasticsearch gives us the scalability and reliability we need to deliver and maintain unsurpassed user experience as our user base continues to grow,” said Quini’s CEO, Roger Noujeim. “Being able to search and deliver wine listings content in milliseconds makes using Quini in business or for learning about one’s palate, wine likes and dislikes, even more rewarding and enjoyable.”
Users can now experience Elasticsearch by searching wines and wine enthusiast reviews on Quini’s website or through the Quini mobile app.
Quini is an interactive wine tasting, rating and recommendations application and market intelligence data solution. In enterprise, Quini is used to access wine tasting market trends and analytics in real-time, streamline wine tasting data collection, aggregation and access, and to enhance wine education and staff wine training programs. Headquartered in Vancouver, BC, Quini is co-funded by the CMF (Canada Media Fund). Quini is available as a mobile application in English and French for iPhone and iPad, and for desktop, laptop and tablet computers at https://Quiniwine.com.
More information about Quini can be obtained at:
Youtube: Quini video
The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will present the first concert in its 2014-2015 Sunday Serenades series on Sunday, October 26 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford. The season opener “Mozart & MATRIX” will feature Mozart’s Piano Quintet, K. 452 performed in context with the current MATRIX gallery exhibition of contemporary artist Frohawk Two Feathers entitled “On Errythang (On Everything).”
Sunday Serenades chamber music concerts are presented by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with the Wadsworth Atheneum as a musical counterpart to special exhibitions and permanent collections of visual art. Concerts take place in the museum galleries and feature HSO Concertmaster Leonid Sigal and HSO musicians.
The visual narrative of MATRIX 170 artist Frohawk Two Feathers imagines an historical union of France and England merged as a huge colonial empire. The fictitious “Frengland” is documented by Two Feathers as a complex international saga of exploration, colonization, and world domination that took place between 1658 and 1880. A Pre-Concert Talk will be held at 1:00 p.m., prior to the 2:00 p.m. concert.
The soundscape for this concert chosen by Sunday Serenades artistic director Leonid Sigal includes Purcell’s “Golden Sonata,” Couperin’s Les Nations: “L’Impériale,” and Mozart’s Piano Quintet, K. 452. Featured performers are Leonid Sigal, violin; Lisa Rautenberg, violin; Michael Wheeler, viola; Eric Dahlin, cello; Margreet Francis, harpsichord & piano.
Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Sunday Serenades Series
MOZART & MATRIX
Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 2pm
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Leonid Sigal, artistic director and violin
Lisa Rautenberg, violin
Michael Wheeler, viola
Eric Dahlin cello
Margreet Francis, harpsichord & piano
Purcell: “Golden Sonata”
Couperin: Les Nations: “L’Impériale”
Mozart: Piano Quintet, K. 452
Ticket Information: Tickets to this concert are $30 each; $25 for HSO subscribers and Atheneum members. To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact HSO ticket services at (860) 987-5900 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org.
Season Sponsor: Travelers
The Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series is made possible, in part, by the Helen M.
Saunders Charitable Foundation Music endowment at the Wadsworth Atheneum.
Masterworks Series Sponsors:
MetLife Foundation and The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation
Pops! Series Presenting Sponsor: United Technologies
HSO programs are funded in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.