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Broadway’s LOMBARDI on WNYC Radio and Bloomberg TV

Broadway’s LOMBARDI in the News

Stars Dan Lauria & Judith Light on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show

Producer Tony Ponturo on Bloomberg TV

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Broadway’s Lombardi was featured last Friday on WNYC Radio’s Leonard Lopate Show and on Bloomberg TV.

Stars Dan Lauria and Judith Light, who portray Vince and Marie Lombardi, visited Lopate and spoke to him about the show’s success and the recent announcement that tickets are now on sale through June 19.   Also on Friday, producer Tony Ponturo was featured on Bloomberg’s TV’s “Surveillance Midday.”

Join the LOMBARDI cast after the show every Tuesday and Thursday in January for a post-show “talkback.”

Directed by Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail, LOMBARDI is an original play by Academy Award-winning playwright Eric Simonson, based on the best-selling biography When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi by Pulitzer Prize winner David Maraniss.  The production opened in October at Circle in the Square Theatre.

Starring Dan Lauria as the legendary Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi and Judith Light as his wife Marie, LOMBARDI also features Keith Nobbs as Michael McCormick, Bill Dawes as Paul Hornung, Robert Christopher Riley as Dave Robinson and Chris Sullivan as Jim Taylor.  Joining producers Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser as special producing partner is the National Football League, marking the organization’s first foray on Broadway.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.telecharge.com, by phone at 212-239-6200, or in person at the Box Office (50th Street, West of Broadway).

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Broadway’s LOMBARDI on WNYC Radio and Bloomberg TV

Broadway’s LOMBARDI in the News

Stars Dan Lauria & Judith Light on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show

Producer Tony Ponturo on Bloomberg TV

WATCH

 

LISTEN

 

 

Broadway’s Lombardi was featured last Friday on WNYC Radio’s Leonard Lopate Show and on Bloomberg TV.

 

Stars Dan Lauria and Judith Light, who portray Vince and Marie Lombardi, visited Lopate and spoke to him about the show’s success and the recent announcement that tickets are now on sale through June 19.   Also on Friday, producer Tony Ponturo was featured on Bloomberg’s TV’s “Surveillance Midday.”

 

Join the LOMBARDI cast after the show every Tuesday and Thursday in January for a post-show “talkback.”

Directed by Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail, LOMBARDI is an original play by Academy Award-winning playwright Eric Simonson, based on the best-selling biography When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi by Pulitzer Prize winner David Maraniss.  The production opened in October at Circle in the Square Theatre.

 

Starring Dan Lauria as the legendary Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi and Judith Light as his wife Marie, LOMBARDI also features Keith Nobbs as Michael McCormick, Bill Dawes as Paul Hornung, Robert Christopher Riley as Dave Robinson and Chris Sullivan as Jim Taylor.  Joining producers Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser as special producing partner is the National Football League, marking the organization’s first foray on Broadway.

 

Tickets can be purchased online at www.telecharge.com, by phone at 212-239-6200, or in person at the Box Office (50th Street, West of Broadway).

 

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TIME STANDS STILL Begins Final 2 Weeks Tonight

BROADWAY’S BEST REVIEWED NEW PLAY

TIME STANDS STILL

BEGINS FINAL 2 WEEKS OF PERFORMANCES TONIGHT

STARRING RECENT GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER LAURA LINNEY,

BRIAN D’ARCY JAMES, ERIC BOGOSIAN, CHRISTINA RICCI

TIME STANDS STILL, Broadway’s best reviewed new play, begins its final two weeks of performances tonight at 7 PM. The play stars recent Golden Globe Award winner Laura Linney (“The Big C”), Brian d’Arcy James, Eric Bogosian, and Christina Ricci. The production will play its final performance, as previously announced, on Sunday, January 30 at the Cort Theatre (137 West 48th Street). The play is written by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies and directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan.

 

When it returned to Broadway in September, the play was hailed by critics and audiences alike. In his review for the New York Times, Charles Isherwood said, “New plays of substance remain rare on Broadway, and return engagements are almost unheard of, which makes this remounting of TIME STANDS STILL as brave as it is unusual. Thankfully audiences now have a second chance to catch it.”

 

Below is a sampling of what other critics had to say about the production: “intensely moving” (Entertainment Weekly), “smart, funny, touching and very wise” (Bergen Record), “Under Daniel Sullivan’s sure-handed direction, the cast is uniformly excellent. A perfectly-pitched quartet.” (The Daily News), “The performances of Laura Linney and Brian d’Arcy James are intensely felt – and intensely fine. They are superb.” (The New York Times), “The cast is shamelessly watchable.” (Newsday), “Christina Ricci makes a highly impressive debut.” (Hollywood Reporter), “Eric Bogosian is excellent.” (NY1), “The cast has gotten even better.” (The Hollywood Reporter), “Dan Sullivan’s direction is incisive.” (Newsday) and “Donald Margulies outstanding play is even more satisfying on second viewing.” (Bloomberg News).

 

TIME STANDS STILL follows Sarah and James (Laura Linney and Brian d’Arcy James), a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy.  Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories and together, making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life… and everything changes – in a flash.

Before re-opening at the Cort, TIME STANDS STILL enjoyed an extended sold-out run at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The production was honored with Tony and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play and Laura Linney was recognized with nominations for Best Actress by the Tony Awards, the Drama Desk Awards, The Outer Critics Circle Awards, and the Drama League.

 

Tickets range from $26.50 – $121.50 with premiere seating available from $176.50 – $251.50 with standing room (when available) at $26.50. Tickets include a $1.50 facility fee. Tickets are available through Telecharge.com, by phone at 212-239-6200, or 800-432-7250, online at www.Telecharge.com or at the Cort Theatre Box Office (138 West 48th Street).

 

TIME STANDS STILL is produced by Manhattan Theatre Club Productions; Inc. (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove Executive Producer); Nelle Nugent; Bud Martin; Ted Snowdon; Wendy Federman; Max Cooper; Susanne Adamski; Mari Nakachi; Jack M. Dalgleish; Joseph Sirola; Elisabeth Morten; Kenneth Teaton; and Sharon A. Carr.

 

The creative team includes John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Rita Ryack (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Darron L West (sound design), Peter Golub (original music), and Thomas Schall (fight direction).

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE FOR TIME STANDS STILL:

  • NOW THROUGH SUNDAY, JANUARY 30: Tuesday 7PM, Wednesday 2PM & 8PM, Thursday 7PM, Friday 8PM, Saturday 2PM & 8PM, Sunday 3PM.

 

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SCKBSTD Begins Performances Tonight at Virginia Stage Company & is Featured in Virginia Press

SCKBSTD

BEGINS PERFORMANCES AT VIRGINIA STAGE COMPANY TONIGHT

JANUARY 18, 2011

PRODUCTION RECENTLY FEATURED IN THE LOCAL VIRGINIA PRESS

NORFOLK, VA – SCKBSTD – A New Musical by Bruce Hornsby takes the stage at The Wells Theatre beginning tonight – Tuesday, January 18. This world premiere production features music and lyrics by Williamsburg native and Grammy Winner Bruce Hornsby, lyrics by Chip deMatteo and book by Clay McLeod Chapman. The show is based on an original story by Bruce Hornsby.

 

The production’s official opening is Friday, January 21 and it will run through February 6, 2011. SCKBSTD is produced by VSC by special arrangement with Michael Rafael and David Riemer of Spiral Staircase LLC, New York. BB&T is the sponsoring presenter of SCKBSTD.

 

Hornsby’s piano-based melodies and rousing dance tell the story of a close-knit small town rocked with rumor and paranoia when a stranger moves in and cruises the streets in his Dodge.

 

SCKBSTD is a very relatable story about a family — a couple running a business together, sandwiched between caring for their children and an aging parent. Then a stranger comes to town and the resulting fears and rumors turn their daily lives upside down. Most rock musicals are about teenage angst. This is a rock musical about middle-age angst. There are light-hearted, funny moments, touching moments… ultimately it’s a story of redemption and love,” said co-producer Mike Rafael.

 

“I’ve enjoyed pushing the boundaries with the music. There’s a broad range of styles here, musically and vocally… it took a lot of colors to paint this story,” said Hornsby. “The whole reason for being here is in creating something that moves people, something soulful that makes a connection.”

 

SCKBSTD’s cast of Broadway veterans includes Robert Cuccioli, William Parry, Marcus Lovett, Jill Paice, Kevin Mambo, Eugene Barry-Hill, Kenneth Cavett, Riley Costello, Rosa Curry, Charles Franklin, Garrett Long, Jayne Paterson, Karl Warden and Brynn Williams. The SCKBSTD creative team is led by Director John Rando (Tony Award-winning director of Broadway’s Urinetown) and Choreographer Scott Wise (Tony Award winner for Jerome Robbins’ Broadway).

The production has recently been featured in the local Virginia press.


Bruce Hornsby’s Broadway-bound Musical Debuts at Wells Theater

By Jim Newsom

VEER MAGAZINE

January 17, 2011

 

When SCKBSTD opens its three-week run at the Virginia Stage Company, much of the buzz will focus on the production being Bruce Hornsby’s first theatrical foray. In fact, he and co-creator Chip deMatteo began their career as playwrights in high school in the early ‘70s.

 

“We were co-presidents of Zappo Productions from 8th grade to 12th grade,” Hornsby told me a couple of weeks before Christmas, “kids just trying to see what we could get away with. We sold worthless stock; we booked terrible bands for dances and changed their names. We wrote a couple of plays back then, when it was popular to name bands after cities. We named our first play Schenectady and finagled our way into having it produced as the Drama Club production at Hampton Roads Academy, where Chip went to school. Then we wrote a sequel called Son of Schenectady that was produced once at the local youth center here where they used to have sock hops.”

 

It’s a long road from the Williamsburg youth center to the Virginia Stage Company. In the intervening years, Bruce Hornsby became one of the biggest stars in popular music, winning three Grammy awards and selling millions of recordings. Chip deMatteo followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, becoming a silversmith (his dad was the Master Silversmith for Colonial Williamsburg), owning Hand & Hammer Silversmiths in Woodbridge since 1979.

 

The play itself has been several years in development and has gone through numerous permutations. The idea for Bruce to create a Broadway-style musical actually came from Broadway.
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For new musical, Bruce Hornsby pushes actors to drop the glee, boost the soul

By Sam McDonald

DAILY PRESS

January 14, 2011

 

Bruce Hornsby, Williamsburg’s own pop music champion, gave himself a tough assignment when he stepped into the unfamiliar world of big-time theater music.

 

He wanted to create a Broadway-style musical that doesn’t sound too much like a Broadway-style musical. The result of five years of effort, “SCKBSTD,” debuts Tuesday at Wells Theatre in Norfolk.

 

Hornsby and his childhood friend and co-lyricist Chip deMatteo penned songs covering a range of emotions as well as musical styles. Gospel, rock, New Orleans boogie-woogie — even polka — show up in the 19 tunes featured in the play, whose title is pronounced “Sick Bastard.”

 

While the range of music is somewhat unusual for Broadway, Hornsby said the singing style he wants has little to do with what’s expected on the Great White Way.

 

Click here to read the full feature.

 

Norfolk Perspectives

 

Television interview with Author Clay McLeod Chapman and Robert Cuccioli.

Click here to watch the interview.

 

Tickets for SCKBSTD may be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling 800-982-2787 or at any Ticketmaster outlet, at the VSC box office, or online at www.vastage.com. Group discounts are available by calling 757-627-6988 ext. 358. Regular performances run Tuesdays at 7:00pm, Wed./Thur./Fri. at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 4:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm through February 6. Tickets range from $15 to $50. A special event with VSC’s Young Professionals, EnterAct, will take place on January 28, featuring two show tickets and a catered reception for $45.

 

An Electronic Press Kit featuring interviews with Composer Bruce Hornsby, Author Clay McLeod Chapman and Director John Rando video is available at http://www.vastage.com/news/video. Additional broadcast-quality video is also available.

 

Now in its 32nd season, Virginia Stage Company is Hampton Roads’ only fully professional resident theater company, serving an annual audience close to 90,000. Since its founding, Virginia Stage Company has made significant contributions to the quality of life in Hampton Roads: presenting more than 185 plays through more than 3,700 performances; revitalizing and renovating the historic Wells Theatre; providing educational programs for students of all ages; and preserving the legacy of live theatre for future generations. Seasonal support for VSC’s 32nd Season is provided by Norfolk Southern.

 

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Tickets for THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT Go On Sale Tomorrow, January 19

TICKETS GO ON-SALE TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19

FOR THIS LIMITED ENGAGEMENT

BOBBY CANNAVALE, CHRIS ROCK, ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ,

ANNABELLA SCIORRA, YUL VÁZQUEZ

TO STAR IN THE WORLD PREMIERE OF

STEPHEN ADLY GUIRGIS’ NEW PLAY

THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT

DIRECTED BY ANNA D. SHAPIRO

PRODUCTION OPENS APRIL 11, 2011 AT THE GERALD SCHOENFELD THEATRE

PREVIEWS BEGIN MARCH 15, 2011

 

Tickets go on-sale to the general public tomorrow morning, Wednesday, January 19 for the world premiere of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ new play THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT, starring Bobby Cannavale, Chris Rock, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Annabella Sciorra and Yul Vázquez. Directed by Anna D. Shapiro, the production will open on Monday, April 11, 2011 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street, New York City). The strictly limited 15-week engagement will begin previews on Tuesday, March 15, 2011.

 

THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT is a new high-octane, verbal cage match about love, fidelity, and misplaced haberdashery from playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis. Jackie (Cannavale) and Veronica (Rodriguez) have been in love since the 8th grade. But now, Jackie is on parole and living clean and sober under the guidance of his sponsor, Ralph D (Rock), while still living and loving with his volatile soul mate Veronica (Sciorra) who is fiercely loving, but far from sober. Still, their love is pure. And true. Nothing can come between them – except a hat.

 

The creative team includes scenic design by Todd Rosenthal, costume design by Mimi O’Donnell and lighting design by Donald Holder.

 

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets for THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT will be available beginning Wednesday, January 19 through Telecharge.com by phone at 212-239-6200, or 800-432-7250, or online at www.Telecharge.com. Group tickets are also available through Telecharge.com. Tickets will be available in person beginning Tuesday, February 22 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street). Box office hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

Tickets on Monday through Thursday evenings and Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees range in price from $66.50 to $121.50. Tickets on Friday and Saturday evenings range in price from $76.50 to $131.50

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

March 15 – April 9: Monday through Saturday at 8:00 pm & Saturday at 2:00 pm.

 

Beginning April 12: Tuesdays at 7:00pm, Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00 pm, Sunday at 3:00 pm.

 

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Wonderland featured in the Associated Press

 

 

WONDERLAND

A New Alice.  A New Musical.

FEATURED IN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

OPENS ON BROADWAY

AT THE MARQUIS THEATRE

APRIL 17, 2011

PREVIEWS BEGIN MARCH 21

Broadway’s WONDERLAND – A New Alice.  A New Musical is featured in the Associated Press:

Tampa project creating original works for Broadway

By KELLI KENNEDY

 

TAMPA, Fla. — Something in the final scenes of Broadway-bound “Wonderland – A New Alice. A New Musical” was off.

Producers felt the dialogue didn’t fully capture Alice’s feelings about returning home after tumbling down the rabbit hole. They penned changes the next morning and tested it with the audience that night.

It’s a rare but valuable luxury to retool a show outside the harsh spotlight of Broadway critics and blogging theater junkies. While headlines of injuries and cast changes have plagued the previews of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” Wonderland has evolved with little fanfare.

The $15 million musical is the first offering of the Broadway Genesis Project, born of Tampa’s Straz Center for the Performing Arts, in a quest to create original material for Broadway. “Wonderland,” which features a 25-member cast, the music of Tony-nominee Frank Wildhorn and costumes by Tony-winner Susan Hilferty, opens April 17 at New York City’s Marquis Theatre.

“We started this initiative so we could become an incubator for important new work,” said Judy Lisi, CEO of Straz Center. “We hope this can begin the process of Florida, Tampa, the Straz Center getting known, as a place where these new shows begin.”

Click here to read the full story

http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/01/16/2018597/tampa-project-creating-original.html#ixzz1BPYuxGnG

WONDERLAND just completed a return engagement at The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts (Judy Lisi, President and CEO) in Tampa, Florida January 5 through January 16, 2011, and will open on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway between 45th & 46th Streets) April 17; previews begin March 21.

 

WONDERLAND stars Janet Dacal (In The Heights) as Alice, Darren Ritchie (Little Shop of Horrors, Thoroughly Modern Millie) as White Knight, E. Clayton Cornelious (The Scottsboro Boys, A Chorus Line) as Caterpillar, Jose Llana (Spelling Bee, Flower Drum Song) as El Gato, Karen Mason (Hairspray, Mamma Mia!) as Queen of Hearts, Kate Shindle (Legally Blonde, Cabaret, Jekyll and Hyde) as Mad Hatter, Carly Rose Sonenclar (Les Miserables, Little House on the Prairie) as Chloe, Edward Staudenmayer (Spamalot, Martin Short:  Fame Becomes Me) as White Rabbit and Danny Stiles (Regional productions of Guys and Dolls and Sister Act:  The Musical) as Morris.  The book is by Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy, lyrics by Jack Murphy, music by Frank Wildhorn, choreography by Marguerite Derricks and direction by Gregory Boyd, WONDERLAND.

 

The ensemble includes April Berry, Grady Bowman, Sae La Chin, Dan Domenech, Mallauri Esquibel, Derek Ferguson, Wilkie Ferguson, Laura Hall, Natalie Hill, Lauren Lim Jackson, Morgan James, Ryan Link, Kate Loprest, Renee Marino, Heather Parcells, Stefan Raulston, Julius Anthony Rubio, and Tanairi Vasquez.

 

The design team is comprised of Neil Patel (set), Susan Hilferty (costume), Paul Gallo (lighting), Peter Hylenski (sound) and Sven Ortel (video and projection).

 

WONDERLAND is the first production of the Broadway Genesis Project, an initiative by the Straz Center for the Performing Arts to develop and prepare new musical theater for Broadway. From a show’s inception to final staging, the Project provides a safe and nourishing environment in a state-of-the-art complex with artistic, technical and administrative resources.

 

WONDERLAND was optioned by Judy Lisi, CEO of the Straz Center, and was subsequently produced as its world premiere at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, FL in December, 2009.  In association with the Alley Theatre in Houston, TX, in January of 2010, the show was transferred for further development, becoming one of the highest grossing shows in that theater’s history.

 

A new spin on the classic story of Alice and her Looking-Glass world, WONDERLAND is about a modern-day woman who goes on a life-changing adventure far below the streets of New York City, where a colorful cast of strange but familiar characters help her rediscover what’s really important. Featuring a fresh, contemporary pop score from the creator of Jekyll and Hyde, WONDERLAND arrives on Broadway this spring following two sold-out national stage premieres.

 

WONDERLAND is produced on Broadway by the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts (Judy Lisi, President and CEO), William Franzblau and Nederlander Presentations, Inc.

 

Broadway ticket Information:

Tickets to WONDERLAND – A New Alice.  A New Musical are now available through www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 877-250-2929.

 

For more information about the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and its upcoming events, please visit www.strazcenter.org

 

The WONDERLAND Concept CD is available through ITUNES from SONY Masterworks.

 

For more information, log on to www.WonderlandOnBroadway.com

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NY Times, Arts & Leisure features Arena Stage D.C. & plans for new play development

(Washington, D.C.) Arena Stage (Artistic Director Molly Smith) recently began their 60th season filled with award-winning artists and projects to celebrate the grand opening of Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Arena Stage begins the 2010/2011 season as a national center for production, presentation, development and study of American theater.

NEW YORK TIMES, Arts & Leisure

January 16, 2011

Leaving the Light On for Playwrights

By Patrick Healy

WASHINGTON

WHEN Molly Smith began envisioning a third theater space here for Arena Stage, as part of the recent $135 million transformation that she led as artistic director, she grappled with how to distill her ideas into a clear form. Then one day she found herself staring at her hands. “I cupped them together, and there it was, that was our theater,” Ms. Smith recalled. “When you look inside two cupped hands, you have a cradle. That’s what I wanted: a small, enveloping cradle where we could nurture and stage newly birthed American plays.”

Cradle is not a word typically associated with playwriting. Many writers do not look to theaters for care and feeding, let alone a security blanket. What you often hear about instead is crummy pay, no health insurance, not enough time for rehearsals, and enormous frustrations in persuading major regional houses like Arena Stage to mount the second or third production of a new play, given how many artistic directors prize world premieres. And those artistic directors are no pollyannas. Staying afloat is tough business, they say, with theaters like Intiman in Seattle, the Pasadena Playhouse and others that have endured financial struggles in this era of diminished donations. Producing largely unknown plays is usually a riskier bet at the box office than a revival of a classic. (Paging Willy Loman!)

So it is an act of some theatrical audacity, really, that Arena Stage has christened its new 200-seat space as the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle (named for benefactors who donated $7.5 million) and endowed it with the mission “of developing new American plays and cradling artistic risk.” But the Cradle is itself part of an audacious act: Arena Stage’s effort to brand itself as a national center for producing, presenting, developing and studying American theater. At a time of great competition for grant and foundation money among nonprofit theaters Arena is seeking to stand out among the 75 or so major regional theaters by building on its 60-year-old roots in Washington, stressing the word “American” in its messages to audience members and convening events to focus on the craft of playwriting and careers of playwrights.

To read the rest of the story, click the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/16/theater/16arena.html?_r=1&ref=arts

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