JOSH KAUFMAN Performs in the Musical Revival of “PIPPIN”

2014 WINNER OF NBC’S “THE VOICE”

JOSH KAUFMAN

WILL NOW BEGIN PERFORMANCES ON OCTOBER 31 IN

THE TONY-WINNING BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

PIPPIN

FOR A LIMITED ENGAGEMENT

Now Playing on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre

www.PippinTheMusical.com

Josh Kaufman, who in May of 2014 was announced as the winner of Season 6 of NBC’s hit show “The Voice” as a member of Usher’s team, will now make his Broadway debut earlier than previously announced. Kaufman will step into the title role in the Tony Award winning PIPPIN for a limited engagement beginning Friday, October 31 and will play a limited engagement through Sunday, January 4, 2015. Kyle Dean Massey is set to perform the role on Broadway through Wednesday, October 29. PIPPIN is now playing at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street).

 

Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz’s Tony Award winning musical comedy PIPPIN is directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus and features choreography by Tony Award nominee Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse and circus creation by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (also known as 7 Fingers).

 

The current cast also features Carly Hughes as Leading Player, Tony Award nominee John Dossett as Charles, Tony Award nominee Charlotte d’Amboise as Fastrada, Rachel Bay Jones as Catherine and Lucie Arnaz as Berthe. Other members of the company include Mike Schwitter, Eli Tokash, Ashton Woerz, Kristin Allen, Mackenzie Bell, Colin Cunliffe, Ariana DeBose, Andrew Fitch, Lauren Joy Herley, Naël Jammal, Nicolas Jelmoni, Kai Johnson-Peady, Sam Lips, Richard Maguire, Brad Musgrove, Adam Roberts, Masha Terentieva, Kristen Beth Williams, Lara Seibert Young.

 

PIPPIN is the winner of four Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical (Diane Paulus). The show is also the recipient of four Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical (Diane Paulus) and Outstanding Choreography (Chet Walker and Gypsy Snider). The production also led the winners of the Outer Critics Circle Awards with seven wins including Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical (Diane Paulus), Outstanding Choreographer (Chet Walker) and Outstanding Lighting Design (Kenneth Posner). PIPPIN received the Drama League Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical and two Fred and Adele Astaire Awards including Outstanding Choreographer of a Broadway Show (Chet Walker) and Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show (Charlotte d’Amboise).

 

With a book by Roger O. Hirson and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, PIPPIN features music supervision and arrangements by Nadia DiGiallonardo, orchestrations by Tony Award winner Larry Hochman, scenic design by Tony Award winner Scott Pask, costume design by Tony Award nominee Dominique Lemieux, lighting design by Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner, sound design by Tony Award nominees Jonathan Deans and Garth Helm. Casting by Telsey + Company.

 

Barry & Fran Weissler and Howard & Janet Kagan present the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) production of PIPPIN with Lisa Matlin, Kyodo Tokyo, A&A Gordon/Brunish Trinchero, Tom Smedes/Peter Stern, Broadway Across America, Independent Presenters Network, Norton Herrick, Allen Spivak, Rebecca Gold, Joshua Goodman, Steve McManus, David Robbins/Bryan S. Weingarten, Philip Hagemann/Murray Rosenthal, Jim Kierstead/Carlos Arana/Myla Lerner, Hugh Hayes/Jamie Cesa/Jonathan Reinis, Sharon A. Carr/Patricia R. Klausner, Ben Feldman, Square 1 Theatrics, Wendy Federman/Carl Moellenberg, Bruce Robert Harris/Jack W. Batman, Infinity Theatre Company/Michael Rubenstein, Michael A. Alden/Dale Badway/Ken Mahoney.

 

Royal heir Pippin is spurred on by a mysterious group of performers to embark on a death-defying journey to find his “corner of the sky.” The original production of PIPPIN, directed by Bob Fosse, premiered on Broadway in 1972. It won five Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards, and ran for close to 2000 performances before closing in 1977. This production of PIPPIN made its debut at American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, MA, where Diane Paulus serves as Artistic Director; December 5, 2012 to January 20, 2013. PIPPIN is noted for many Broadway standards including “Corner of the Sky,” “Magic To Do,” “Glory,” “No Time at All,” “Morning Glow,” and “Love Song.”

 

PIPPIN is now playing a U.S. National Tour. Productions are also planned for London, Australia and Amsterdam in 2015. The New Broadway Cast Recording for PIPPIN is now available on Ghostlight Records.

 

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for PIPPIN are available through www.telecharge.com/pippin, by calling 212-239-6200, and in person at the Music Box Theatre box office (239 West 45th Street). Tickets range in price from $157.50 to $69 (all prices include a $2.00 facility fee). Premium seating is available.

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Tuesday – Saturday @ 8pm, Wednesday & Saturday @ 2:30pm (note the curtain time), Sunday at 3pm

For more information, visit www.PippinTheMusical.com

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Broadway Musical Gigi Coming Soon

Tony Award-winner Victoria Clark is Mamita Alvarez,

Three-Time Tony Award-nominee Dee Hoty is Aunt Alicia in the

New Broadway Production of Lerner & Loewe’s

Production also stars Vanessa Hudgens,

Howard McGillin, Corey Cott and Steffanie Leigh

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

 

www.GigiOnBroadway.com

 

Complete principal 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. Victoria Clark, who won a Tony Award for her luminous performance in The Light in the Piazza and was also Tony-nominated for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Sister Act, will star as Mamita Alvarez. Dee Hoty, who has starred on Broadway in City of Angels, Me and My Girl and Mamma Mia! and is a three-time Tony Award nominee for The Will Rogers Follies, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public and Footloose, will star as Aunt Alicia.   Gigi also stars Vanessa Hudgens in the title role, 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.

 

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”). Emmy Award-winner 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 for the Kennedy Center engagement are on sale to the general public. Visit www.kennedy-center.org for further details. Gigi will open on Broadway in 2015 following the Kennedy Center engagement.

 

Victoria Clark (Mamita Alvarez) won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for The Light in the Piazza. Her Broadway credits include Cinderella (Tony and Outer Critics Circle nominations), Sister Act (Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle nominations), The Snow Geese at Manhattan Theatre Club, Titanic, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Urinetown, Cabaret, Guys and Dolls, A Grand Night for Singing, Sunday in the Park With George. Encores!: Follies, Juno, Bye Bye Birdie. Off-Broadway: When The Rain Stops Falling (Drama Desk nomination), A Prayer for My Enemy, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, The Agony and the Agony, Marathon Dancing. Follies (LA). Film: Archeology of a Woman, Harvest, The Happening, Tickling Leo, Main Street, Cradle Will Rock. Television: “Law & Order,” “Mercy,” Ma Joad in “The Grapes of Wrath” at Carnegie Hall; frequent appearances with symphony orchestras, including New York Philharmonic. She is a Master Teacher in the US and abroad and is currently Artist-in-Residence for the Musical Theater program at Pace School of the Performing Arts, where she is currently directing The Light in the Piazza, opening October 29 at the Sheen Center. Board member: New York City Center and Kurt Weill Foundation.
Dee Hoty (Aunt Alicia) earned three Tony nominations for starring roles in Footloose, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public and The Will Rogers Follies. She starred on Broadway and in eight major U.S. cities (including at the National) as Donna in Mamma Mia! More Broadway: Bye Bye Birdie (Roundabout), City of Angels (Outer Critics nomination), Me and My Girl, Big River, The Five O’Clock Girl and Shakespeare’s Cabaret. Other highlights: Diana Vreeland in Full Gallop, Polly in Other Desert Cities, tours of 9 to 5 (Violet), Barnum (opposite Stacy Keach), Doctor Dolittle (opposite Tommy Tune), Phyllis in Follies (Paper Mill Playhouse, cast recording), Kay Thompson in Stormy Weather (Barrymore Award, L.A. Ovation Award nomination). Film and TV: “Elementary,” “Smash,” “Law and Order(s),” soaps, commercials, voiceovers, recordings, cabaret work. Most recently, Dee created the role of Eve Walker in Rich Girl at the George Street Playhouse and the Cleveland Play House, as well as Dr. Alexandra Bloomfield in The Preacher and the Shrink at the Beckett Theatre in NYC.     She has discovered that coaching and giving Master Classes bring her the joy of ‘paying it forward.’ She is an Otterbein College graduate/ Honorary Doctorate and a proud Equity member.

 

The cast also features Cameron Adams, Max Clayton, Madeleine Doherty, Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Hannah Florence, Allison Jantzie, Brian Ogilvie, Ian Paget, James Patterson, Justin Prescott, Manuel Stark, Tanairi Sade Vazquez, Amos Wolff and Ashley Yeater.

 

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.

 

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Vanessa Hudgens (Gigi) A California native, Vanessa Hudgens began her career in musical theatre at the age of eight, performing in productions of Evita, Carousel, The Wizard of Oz, The King & I, The Music Man, Cinderella and Damn Yankees. She made her feature film debut in Catherine Hardwick’s Thirteen, starring Holly Hunter and Evan Rachel Wood, and co-starred in the action film, Thunderbirds. She is best known for her role as Gabriella Montez in Disney Channel’s breakaway hit, “High School Musical” and its follow up films, “High School Musical 2” and the theatrical release, High School Musical 3: Senior Year. She followed her “High School Musical” success with the critically acclaimed Bandslam, as well as Beastly and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. Recent credits include Frozen Ground, directed by Scott Walker, Spring Breakers, opposite James Franco and Selena Gomez and directed by Harmony Korine, and Gimme Shelter, directed by Ron Krauss. In 2010, she won the ShoWest Award for “Female Star of Tomorrow” and the Trendsetter Award at the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards.
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/Instagram: @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

 

Cameron Adams (Ensemble) Broadway: The Music Man (Zaneeta), Oklahoma!, Hairspray (u/s Amber), Cry-Baby (u/s Allison), Shrek, Promises, Promises (Miss Della Hoya), How To Succeed… (u/s Rosemary), Nice Work If You Can Get It (u/s Billie and Jeannie). Off-Broadway/Regional: Follies, Little Me both at NYCC Encores!, Inventing Mary Martin at The York Theater, The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Maureen) at The DCPA. TV: NBC “The Sound of Music Live!”, ABC/Disney’s “The Music Man” (Zaneeta). Love to my family and my Jeremy. Twitter/Instagram: @CameronAdamsNYC

 

Max Clayton (Ensemble) is excited to be making his Kennedy Center debut! Regional: On The Town (Gabey, Marriott Theatre), Footloose (Ren, Kansas City Starlight), Oklahoma! (Slim, Lyric Opera of Chicago), The MUNY, Pittsburgh CLO, MTWichita, Palace Theatre. BFA, CCM. Endless love and thanks to the Gigi creative team, cast and crew, Mom, Dad, Missy, JennyBenny, the Claytons and Truncies, and CGF Talent. For Mimi and Boopa! Twitter/Instagram: @maxmclayton
Madeleine Doherty (Ensemble) Broadway: The Producers (Original Cast, Hold-Me-Touch-Me), A Christmas Carol (Original Cast), Sister Act (Original Cast, Sister Mary Theresa), Les Miserables (Mme. Thenardier, Dance Captain). Regional: Guthrie Theater, Goodspeed Opera House, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Sacramento Music Circus, Kansas City Starlight, North Shore Music Theater, Hollywood Bowl, York Theater Company and more. National Tours: Flashdance (Hannah), The Pirates Of Penzance (Edith), 25th Anniversary of Stop The World starring Anthony Newley, 101 Dalmatians, and 9 to 5. Madeleine just completed a workshop of an upcoming Broadway musical called Gotta Dance, directed by Jerry Mitchell and written by the late Marvin Hamlisch.

 

Ashley Blair Fitzgerald (Ensemble) from Ellicott City, MD, most recently performed in Smokey Joe’s Cafe at Arena Stage. New York theater includes:The Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Company (New York Philharmonic).  National Tours include: Come Fly Away (2013 Helen Hayes nominee, outstanding actress) A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Fosse. International credits include Come Fly Away, Trip of Love and Fosse. Television/Film credits: “Smash” (NBC Pilot), special guest appearances on the Tony Awards and Company. Over the past two years, Ashley has been reconstructing Bob Fosse’s work for The Verdon Fosse Estate. Ashley sends love to her always supportive family.
Hannah Florence (Ensemble) is delighted to make her Kennedy Center debut in Gigi! Hannah was most recently seen as Meg Giry in The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary North American Tour. Broadway/New York: Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson, Anna Nicole the Opera (NYC Opera/Brooklyn Academy of Music), It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman! (NY City Center Encores!). TV: “One Life to Live”. Huge thanks to Tara Rubin Casting, Nicolosi & Co, Josh Bergasse. WBSS.

 

Alison Jantzie (Swing) On the Town (Marriott Theatre), Mary Poppins (MUNY), Fiorello! (Encores! at City Center), Aida (Starlight Theatre), Cats (Theatre Calgary), The Drowsy Chaperone (Manitoba Theatre Centre), High School Musical (Drayton Entertainment), as well as one season at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Alison has also been a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall for three seasons.
Brian Ogilvie (Ensemble) is so excited to make his Kennedy Center debut. He was a member of the Broadway company of Mary Poppins, where he was a dancing statue, dancing chimney sweep, dancing bunny and understudy for Bert and Robertson Ay. Other credits include the title character in Tarzan (Arvada), Zach in A Chorus Line (Maltz Jupiter), Eddie in Funny Girl (Vero Beach Riverside), Buzz in South Pacific (Paper Mill) and regional productions of Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone, Thoroughly Modern Millie and 42nd Street. Brian also appeared in HBO’s “True Blood”. All my love to my wife Dana and our beautiful son Shane.
Ian Paget (Swing) is stoked to be making his Kennedy Center debut with Gigi! Broadway: Soul Doctor, Leap of Faith, Mamma Mia! West End: West Side Story. Regional: “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” at La Jolla Playhouse (Director Des McAnuff) Film/TV: Rock of Ages, Step Up Revolution, “Mozart in the Jungle,” “One Life to Live,” “America’s Got Talent,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and “Saturday Night Live” with Miley Cyrus and Anna Kendrick. Endless love to Dad, Mom, Sacha and Alyssa! Twitter/Instagram: @ijpaget
James Patterson (Ensemble) has been seen on Broadway and in National Tours including Mary Poppins, The Drowsy Chaperone, Beauty and the Beast, Cats, State Fair and Off-Broadway in The Chocolate Show!, Sail Away, Stairway to Paradise and The Iron Curtain. Other recent favorites include Ragtime (Henry Ford/Milwaukee Rep), Chamberlain (Joshua Chamberlain/ MSMT), Le Comte Ory (The Metropolitan Opera), the tour of Backwards in High Heels, What a Glorious Feeling (Gene Kelly), 42nd Street (Sacramento), Bye Bye Birdie (Albert Peterson/North Shore) and Mame (Kennedy Center). Thanks to the great folks at Henderson/Hogan and my family, especially BJH…you are my heaven.
Justin Prescott (Ensemble) A native of Houston, TX, Justin received his BFA in Dance (Cum Laude) from SUNY Purchase College. Shortly thereafter, he made his Broadway debut in the energetic and revolutionary Broadway hit Fela! Other credits include Broadway/Off Broadway: After Midnight, Motown, Lost in the Stars (City Center Encores!). Tour: Fela!, Memphis. Regional: The Scottsboro Boys (Ahmanson Theater), TV: NBC’s “Smash,” New York Theatre Workshop: Bacha Bazi. Justin gives all thanks to his Creator and loving family!
Manuel Stark (Ensemble) Broadway: West Side Story at the Palace Theatre (Chino); Off-Broadway: Venice at the Public TheatreTV: “Smash” on NBC (14 Episodes);  Regional: Footloose at Pittsburgh CLO (Ren), A Chorus Line at Paper Mill Playhouse (Paul), Aladdin at 5th Avenue Theatre (Prince Abdullah), West Side Story at Ogunquit Playhouse (Bernardo), Bull Durham at the Alliance Theatre (Kevin); City Center’s Encores!: Applause, It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman, Little Me, The Most Happy Fella, and Irma la Douce. Thanks to Mom and John for all their support!
Tanairi Sade Vasquez (Ensemble) is excited to be performing at the Kennedy Center and to be part of this production of Gigi. Broadway credits: Wonderland, West Side Story 2009 Revival Cast (u/s Consuela). Tours: 1st National Tour of Come Fly Away 2011-2012, choreographed by Twyla Tharp (u/s Babe, Slim), Asian and European tour of West Side Story. Off Broadway: Christmas Spectacular at Radio City, Flashdance and Fly, Gigi and On Your Feet workshops, On the Town Dance Lab, The Capeman at the Delacorte Theater. Film/TV: “Orange is The New Black” (season 3) recurring role Annie Valdez, “America’s Got Talent” Season 9 dancer/choir, “Smash” Season 2 dancer, Lucille Roberts Commercial, “Dancing with the Stars,” “Good Morning America”. So much love to my family and friends for their support and my agents!
Amos Wolff (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back at The Kennedy Center having performed there in 2011 in Follies and the Lincoln Center touring production of South Pacific. Broadway/National Tours: Chicago, A Chorus Line. Other New York: Piece of My Heart (Signature), Guys and Dolls (Carnegie Hall), Little Me and Where’s Charley? (Encores!), First Wives Club (NYC workshop). Amos holds a BFA in Musical Theater from The University of Michigan, Shakespeare Intensive Training through RADA, London and is a recent teacher-training-graduate from Laughing Lotus Yoga Studio in NYC. A million thanks to Eric, Jim and Josh for reuniting me with the good time guys. www.amoswolff.com
Ashley Yeater (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back performing at the Kennedy Center. Broadway/NYC: Pippin, Big Fish, Follies, On The Town (Encores!), The Producers. National Tours:  A Chorus Line, Chicago, The Producers. Love and thanks to my amazing parents, H/H, and Rikki for your constant support.
Alan Jay Lerner (Book, Lyrics) wrote these plays with Frederick Loewe: Life of the Party, What’s Up, The Day Before Spring, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, My Fair Lady, Camelot, Gigi. He also wrote Love Life with Kurt Weill, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and Carmelina with Burton Lane, Coco with Andre Previn, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with Leonard Bernstein and Dance a Little Closer with Charles Strouse. He wrote the libretto and/or lyrics for the following films: An American in Paris, Gigi, The Little Prince, The Royal Wedding and film versions of his plays. He wrote two books – On the Street Where I Live and The Musical Theatre: A Celebration. Mr. Lerner died in 1986.
Frederick Loewe (Music), an Austrian-born musical prodigy at age four, was the youngest piano soloist to play with the Berlin Philharmonic when he made his debut at 13.  He came to the United States in 1924.  In 1942, Loewe approached Alan Jay Lerner in New York to say he would like to collaborate with him on a musical show.  The two went on to enjoy an extraordinary partnership resulting in the stage musicals My Fair Lady, Camelot, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon and The Day Before Spring, the films Gigi and The Little Prince and the stage version of Gigi.  Loewe died in Palm Springs on February 14, 1988 at 88, the winner of numerous Tony, Academy and Golden Globe awards.
Heidi Thomas (Adaptation) is one of the UK’s top dramatists and her acclaimed career in stage, film and television drama spans 25 years. Her award-winning theatrical work has been produced by the Liverpool Playhouse, Almeida, Royal Court and Chichester Festival Theatres and by the National Theatre Studio and the Royal Shakespeare Company.  Her classic adaptations for the large and small screen include “Cranford,” “Return to Cranford,” “Madame Bovary,” “Ballet Shoes” and “I Capture The Castle”.   Other credits include the revived “Upstairs Downstairs,” and her hit BBC show “Call the Midwife,” which is seen in 197 countries worldwide. Heidi’s work has been acknowledged and awarded by the Emmys, BAFTA, the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain, the Arts Council of Great Britain, the Christopher Society, the Broadcasting Press Guild and the Royal Television Society.
Eric Schaeffer (Director) On Broadway, his productions include Putting It Together starring Carol Burnett, Glory Days, Million Dollar Quartet and the Tony Award nominated Follies.  In the West End/London, he has directed The Witches of Eastwick and Million Dollar Quartet.  He is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA.   Signature is an award-winning theatre that produces world premiere plays and musicals as well as reinvents new interpretations of the American musical.  Signature was awarded the 2009 Regional Theatre Tony Award for excellence in the theatre.  Signature Theatre has been awarded 90 Helen Hayes Awards along with 340 nominations for artistic excellence.  Schaeffer has received six Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Direction along with 28 nominations.  He also received a Drama Desk nomination for Follies.  Schaeffer has directed over 80 productions at Signature and served as the Artistic Director of the Sondheim Celebration at The Kennedy Center, where he directed Sunday in the Park with George and Passion.  He also directed Mame, First You Dream and Follies at The Kennedy Center. He has also directed at the Mark Taper Forum, Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage and Disneyland.  He holds a B.F.A. and Honorary Doctorate from Kutztown University and Honorary Doctor of Arts from Shenandoah University.
Joshua Bergasse (Choreography) won the Emmy Award for NBC’s “Smash”. Theatre credits include On the Town (Broadway), Little Me and It’s A Bird…It’s A Plane… It’s Superman (Encores!), Guys And Dolls and The Sound Of Music (Carnegie Hall), the Off-Broadway productions of Bomb-Itty Of Errors and Captain Louie, national & international tours of Fame The Musical, NERDS (Philadelphia Theatre Company, Barrymore Nomination), Secondhand Lions (Fifth Avenue Theatre), West Side Story (Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Barrington Stage Company), On The Town, Guys And Dolls, Carousel and The World Goes Round (Barrington Stage).   Also for television, Bergasse choreographed for Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” Upcoming: Bull Durham (Broadway), Up Here (La Jolla Playhouse), The Honeymooners (Goodspeed).

 

Derek McLane (Set Design) Credits include: Beautiful; Anything Goes; How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying; Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo; Ragtime; Million Dollar Quartet; 33 Variations; The Pajama Game; Grease; The Threepenny Opera; Little Women; I Am My Own Wife; The Women; Present Laughter; Holiday; Ruined; Lie of the Mind; Becky Shaw; Rafta, Rafta; 10 Million Miles; Things We Want; The Voysey Inheritance; Two Trains Running; Hurlyburly; Abigail’s Party. Awards: 1997 and 2004 Obie Awards; 2004, 2005, 2007 Lucille Lortel Awards; 2011 Drama Desk Award; 2009 Tony Award.

 

Catherine Zuber (Costume Design) Broadway: Golden Boy; How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying; Born Yesterday; Edward Albee’s Seascape; Dinner At Eight; Twelfth Night (Tony Nominations); The Royal Family, South Pacific, The Coast of Utopia, The Light in the Piazza, Awake and Sing! (Tony Awards); The Bridges of Madison County, Outside Mullingar, Macbeth, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone; Women on the Verge . . .; Doubt, among others. Upcoming: The King & I (Lincoln Center). Off-Broadway: BAM, The Bridge Project 2009/10/11. Television: “The Sound of Music,” “Peter Pan,” NBC/Universal. Graduate: Yale School of Drama.
Natasha Katz (Lighting Design) Broadway: The Glass Menagerie (Tony Award), Once (Tony Award), The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award), Aida (Tony Award), Aladdin, Motown, Follies, Hedda Gabler, Sister Act, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, Sweet Smell of Success, The Capeman, Beauty and the Beast and Gypsy. Extensive designs Off-Broadway, at American regional theatres, concerts and permanent installations. Opera and dance include Royal Opera House, Dutch National Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Metropolitan Opera and NYC Opera.   Awards: Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Hewes Award, Whatsonstage, Joseph Jefferson Award, Ruth Morely Design Award, National Broadway Theatre Award.

 

Kai Harada (Sound Design) Designs include On the Town, Follies (Drama Desk & Tony Award nominations); Fun Home (Drama Desk nomination); First Date (Broadway); Million Dollar Quartet; Zorro (Moscow, Atlanta); Hinterm Horizont (Berlin); The Pirates of Penzance (Portland Opera); She Loves Me (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); First You Dream (Kennedy Center); Rent (5th Avenue Theatre) and Barbie Live! Associate design credits to Tony Meola include A Christmas Carol; Disney’s Der Glöckner von Notre Dame; Kiss Me, Kate; Man of La Mancha and Wicked. Audio Consultant for Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway. Education: Yale University.

 

David Brian Brown (Wig/Hair Design) Broadway highlights: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, If/Then, Bridges of Madison County,   Macbeth, The Nance, The Invention Of Love, Romeo and Juliet, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Death of a Salesman, Follies, Sister Act, Arcadia, A Steady Rain, Shrek, The Country Girl, The Little Mermaid, Legally Blonde, Spamalot, Butley, Tarzan, Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, The Odd Couple, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Fiddler on the Roof, Nine, Gypsy, Flower Drum Song, Sweet Smell of Success, Aida, The Iceman Cometh, Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago, Side Show, Steel Pier. Off-Broadway: Far From Heaven, Giant. Film credits: “The Sound of Music Live,” It’s Complicated, “Angels In America” (Emmy Nominated), To Wong Foo…

 

James Moore (Musical Director) Broadway: On the Town, Follies (revival), South Pacific (Lincoln Center), Ragtime (revival), Steel Pier, Company. National Tours: The Producers, Kiss Me, Kate, Crazy for You, The World Goes ‘Round – The Songs of Kander and Ebb. Mr. Moore has a long relationship with The Kennedy Center, where in addition to conducting Follies and Ragtime, he has also helmed Mame (starring Christine Baranski) and concert versions of My Fair Lady (starring Jonathan Pryce) and Camelot featuring Brian Stokes Mitchell and the National Symphony Orchestra. Regional: Ford’s Theatre, Signature Theatre, The MUNY. James holds Master and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

 

August Eriksmoen (Orchestrator) has worked on the Broadway productions of First Date (orchestrations), Hugh Jackman, Back On Broadway (additional orchestrations), The Addams Family (dance arrangements), Memphis (dance arrangements), Million Dollar Quartet (associate music supervisor), Ring of Fire (associate music director), All Shook Up (music director) and Rent (associate conductor). His Off-Broadway credits include Bare (orchestrations), Romantic Poetry (orchestrations), Walmartopia (orchestrations/supervision) and Imperfect Chemistry (orchestrations/supervision). His television orchestrations credits include the 2011 Billboard Music Awards and 2014 Tony Awards. He has created orchestrations for the touring and regional productions of I Am Harvey Milk, Bright Star, Bull Durham, Kristin Chenoweth (in concert), Chita Rivera (in concert), Brother Russia, James and the Giant Peach and All Shook Up (first national tour, dance arrangements/additional orchestrations). His other orchestration credits include Universal Orlando’s “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Always…Patsy Cline, Honky Tonk Angels, and Winnie the Pooh (Disney Junior).

 

Sam Davis (Dance Music Arranger) Broadway: An American in Paris, Side Show, Big Fish, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Scandalous, Curtains and The Apple Tree. Musical supervisor for Dreamgirls (Apollo, national tour, Korea and South Africa), orchestrator for The Trumpet of the Swan (Kennedy Center). As composer: Red Eye of Love (AMAS Theatre), Bunnicula (DR2 Theatre), Love and Real Estate (59E59) and the album Love on a Summer Afternoon (P.S. Classics). Winner of the Jonathan Larson Award and graduate of the University of Michigan.

 

Matt Aument (Vocal and Incidental Music Arranger) is a New York-based orchestrator and music director focused on new musicals.  Recent productions include Tamar of the River (Prospect Theatre Company), Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), new orchestrations for Camelot (Drury Lane Theatre) and several editions of The 24 Hour Musicals.  He has arranged and played for Kristin Chenoweth, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Tonya Pinkins and enjoys frequent collaboration with composer Sam Willmott.

onStage at Connecticut College presents ‘TEA FOR THREE’

NEW LONDON, Conn. – onStage at Connecticut College presents “TEA FOR THREE: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty,” a behind-the-scenes look at three influential U.S. First Ladies, on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center.

One actress portrays all three women in the show: Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford. Elaine Bromka came up with the idea for “TEA FOR THREE” while she was starring as eight First Ladies opposite Rich Little in the PBS and stage show “The Presidents.” Audience members will recognize the Emmy-winning Bromka from numerous appearances on film, television and the stage, including “Girls,” “E.R.,” “The Sopranos,” “Law and Order,” “Playing for Time,” “The Rose Tattoo,” “Macbeth” and “Uncle Buck.”

In an interview about “TEA FOR THREE,” which she co-wrote with Eric H. Weinberger, Bromka said, “These were women of intelligence and grit who suddenly found themselves in a fishbowl. I realized I wanted to tell the story from their point of view.”

The result is a heartwarming look at the evolving role of women during challenging, dynamic moments in history. And it is for those reasons that Director of Arts Programming Rob Richter ’82 deliberately slated the “TEA FOR THREE” performance to follow the midterm elections.

“The heavy-handed campaigning that goes on during election season can make us forget that, despite outward signs in some cases, politicians and their families are human,” he said. “Elaine Bromka’s skills as an actress, plus a great script, humanizes these three iconic women who have what Pat Nixon called ‘the hardest unpaid job in the world.’”

Tickets are $18, $16 for seniors and $9 for students. For tickets and information, call 860-439-2787 or visit onstage.conncoll.edu.

ABOUT CONNECTICUT COLLEGE

Situated on the coast of southern New England, Connecticut College is a highly selective private liberal arts college with 1900 students from all across the country and throughout the world. On the college’s 750-acre arboretum campus overlooking Long Island Sound, students and faculty create a vibrant social, cultural and intellectual community enriched by diverse perspectives. The college, founded in 1911, is known for its unique combination of interdisciplinary studies, international programs, funded internships, student-faculty research and service learning. For more information, visit www.connecticutcollege.edu.

Pop, Rock & Doo Wopp, Live at the Warner Theatre

Torrington, CT – Join us at the Warner Theatre Saturday, November 15 at 8 pm, for an evening of classic hits from the 50’s and 60’s with Pop, Rock & Doo Wopp, Live!

Pop, Rock & Doo Wopp, Live! stars Bobby Rydell, one of the most popular rock and roll teen idols of the 50’s and 60’s known for his hits, “Wild One,” “Volare,” and “We Got Love,” and popular 60’s group Jay and the Americans with memorable songs like, “This Magic Moment,” “Come a Little Bit Closer,” and “Walkin’ In The Rain.” Special guests include Charlie Thomas’s Drifters (“Under The Boardwalk” and “Up On The Roof”) and Emil Stucchio & The Classics (“Till Then”). A limited number of VIP tickets is available and includes a post meet and greet with the stars. All artists feature original members. Presented by Praia Entertainment Group.
Tickets are $34-75 and are available by calling the Warner Theatre Box Office at (860) 489-7180 or online at www.warnertheatre.org

About the Warner
THE WARNER THEATRE

Built by Warner Brothers Studios and opened in 1931 as a movie palace (1,772 seats), the Warner Theatre was described then as “Connecticut’s Most Beautiful Theatre.” Damaged extensively in a flood, the Warner was slated for demolition in the early 1980s until the non-profit Northwest Connecticut Association for the Arts (NCAA) was founded and purchased the theatre. The Warner reopened as a performing arts center in 1983, and restoration of the main lobbies and auditorium was completed in November 2002. In 2008, the new 50,000 square foot Carole and Ray Neag Performing Arts Center, which houses a 300 seat studio theatre, 200 seat restaurant and expansive school for the arts, was completed. Today, the Warner is in operation year-round with more than 160 performances and 100,000 patrons passing through its doors each season. Over 10,000 students, pre K-adult, participate in arts education programs and classes. Together, with the support of the community, the Warner has raised close to $17 million to revitalize its facilities. NCAA’s mission is to preserve the Warner Theatre as an historic landmark, enhance its reputation as a center of artistic excellence and a focal point of community involvement, and satisfy the diverse cultural needs of the region. To learn more about the Warner Theatre, visit our website: www.warnertheatre.org.

New “theaterworks” Production

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“Heartbreakingly vulnerable and poignant…
breathtakingly real and touching.”
“The actors, under Rob Ruggiero’s sensitive and well-modulated directing, are outstanding, with Rupp’s superb
dry comic timing saying more with a look and a pause …
as they bicker, banter and spar.”

 

“Bogazianos nails the pride, ego and rebel spirit of his character.”

 

- The Hartford Courant -
Get your tickets today
860.527.7838
Now through November 9

Additional Casting Announced for the New Production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s “Gigi”

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

 

www.GigiOnBroadway.com

 

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.

 

Two New Members Added to the Board of Directors for Renaissance City Theatre, Inc. of the Granite Theatre

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.

Upcoming Spring 2017 Production – World War I from Canine’s Perspective

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.”

Dinner Theater “A Face On The Barroom Floor”

Dinner Theater “A Face On The Barroom Floor” by special arrangement of Samuel French, directed by Mary Norris at The Preston Congregational Church, Rt 164 in Preston at 6pm on Fri, Oct 10 and on Sat, Oct 11 and Sun, Oct 19 at 2 pm.  For ticket and dinner information call the church at 860-887-4249.
Then at Christ Episcopal Church, 78 Washington St., Norwich at 6 pm on Fri, Oct 17 and Sat, Oct 18 and Sun, Oct 19 at 2pm.  Ticket $20pp.  For more info call church at 860-887-4249.

HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TO OPEN 2014-2015 SEASON WITH PORGY AND BESS, OCTOBER 16-19

HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TO OPEN 2014-2015 SEASON WITH PORGY AND BESS, OCTOBER 16-19


Music Director Carolyn Kuan will lead program featuring the Harford Chorale, the First Cathedral Praises of Zion Choir, and soloists

HARTFORD, September 22, 2014 –The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will begin its 71st performance season with the Masterworks Opening Nights concerts on Thursday, October 16 through Sunday, October 19 in Belding Theater at The Bushnell in Hartford.  The season opener includes Porgy and Bess – “arguably the most important piece of American music written in the 20th century,” – The New York Times.

“The theme of the new HSO season is ‘Music Brings Us Together’ and in these opening concerts we will take our audiences on a monumental journey commemorating struggle, bravery and hope,” says HSO Music Director and Conductor Carolyn Kuan.  “Together, we will explore passionate anthems of independence – from the Star Spangled Banner and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture – to Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess featuring a massive chorus of Greater Hartford voices.  Plus, we’ll present a concerto for koto, which is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument.”

Porgy and Bess: A Concert of Songs was composed as an opera by George Gershwin in 1934-35 and arranged by Robert Russell Bennett in 1956 to include soloists and a chorus performing many of the scores’ most memorable selections.  The HSO’s performance will feature soprano Jonita Lattimore and bass-baritone Kevin Deas, along with the Hartford Chorale and the First Cathedral Praises of Zion Choir of Bloomfield.

Tori No Yoni (“Flying like a Bird”) for Koto and Orchestra was composed by Tadao Sawai in 1985, and this will be the HSO’s premiere performance of this work.  The traditional Japanese koto is a long, slender wooden instrument with 13 strings. Sawai’s compositions often take their inspiration from the natural world of flora, fauna, wind and water.  Koto soloist Masayo Ishigure performed on the Grammy Award-Winning soundtrack from the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha” by John Williams, alongside Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and others.  She currently teaches at Columbia University.
Calendar Listing:
Masterworks Series

OPENING NIGHTS: PORGY AND BESS

Thursday – Sunday, October 16-19, 2014

Belding Theater at The Bushnell

Thursday 7:30pm│Friday & Saturday 8pm│Sunday 3pm

Carolyn Kuan conductor

Masayo Ishigure koto

Jonita Lattimore soprano

Kevin Deas bass-baritone

Hartford Chorale

Richard Coffey, music director

First Cathedral Praises of Zion Choir

James “J.J.” Hairston director of music ministry

Smith Star Spangled Banner

Tchaikovsky 1812, Overture Solennelle, Op. 49

Sawai Tori No Yoni (Flying Like a Bird)

Gershwin arr. Bennett Porgy and Bess: A Concert of Songs

 

Ticket Information: Tickets to this concert range in price from $35.50-$67.50. Student tickets are $10. On Saturday, October 18, $25 tickets are available for patrons age 40 and under. To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact HSO ticket services at (860) 987-5900 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org.

Additional HSO concerts in October 2014

Pops! Series

BRUBECK BROTHERS QUARTET

Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 7:30pm

Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell

Tickets starting at $20.00; $10.00 for students with ID

860-987-5900 or www.hartfordsymphony.org

Experience the legacy of jazz giant Dave Brubeck.  His sons – Dan on drums and Chris on bass and trombone – will join forces with guitarist Mike DeMicco, pianist Chuck Lamb and the HSO for a dynamic performance of “melody, rhythm, culture and the spontaneous spirit of jazz.” – Philadelphia Inquirer.

Sunday Serenades Series

MOZART & MATRIX

Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 2pm

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Tickets $30 each; $25 for HSO subscribers and Atheneum members

860-987-5900 or www.hartfordsymphony.org

The visual narrative of MATRIX 170 artist Frohawk Two Feathers imagines an historical union of France and England merged as a huge colonial empire. Frengland’s complex international saga of exploration, colonization, and world domination is documented by Two Feathers in an ongoing project that begins in 1658 and will one day conclude in 1880. The soundscape for this concert includes Henry Purcell’s “golden Sonata,” François Couperin’s Les Nations: “L’Impériale,” and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Quintet, K. 452.