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Highlights of 2009-2010 Broadway Season

2009-2010 Broadway Season Officially Ends

HIGHLIGHTS OF A HISTORIC STAR-FILLED YEAR, PACKED WITH SHOWS:

Burn The Floor • Bye Bye Birdie • The Royal Family • Hamlet • After Miss Julie • Wishful Drinking • Ragtime • White Christmas  • A Little Night Music • A View From the Bridge • The Miracle Worker • A Behanding in Spokane •
Times Stands Still • Present Laughter • Next Fall • Looped • Red • Lend Me a Tenor • Million Dollar Quartet • La Cage aux Folles •  Sondheim on Sondheim • Fences • Collected Stories • Everyday Rapture


With the opening last night of Roundabout Theatre Company’s Everyday Rapture, the 2009-2010 Broadway Season officially comes to an end.
 
One of the busiest and exciting Broadway seasons in years included many moments that will make it truly memorable.  
 
Follow along with us on Twitter (@BBBway) as we look back at this electric, star-packed season.  
 
@OfficialBTF:
“Last summer, the Longacre heated up with the dancers of BURN THE FLOOR.  Maks and Karina from DWTS were a special treat for audiences.”
 
@B3onBroadway:
“The new Henry Miller’s Theatre opened in September with the first revival of the famous rock-n-roll musical BYE BYE BIRDIE.  Mayor Bloomberg cut the ribbon!”

@MTC_NYC:
“THE ROYAL FAMILY was so luscious, even the NY Times is still talking about it:   http://tinyurl.com/39yw4vg .”
 
@HamletBway09:
“Jude Law returned to Broadway last fall in the Donmar Warehouse’s mega-hit acclaimed production of HAMLET.”
 
@NightMusicBway:
“Celebrated stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury lit up Broadway this Winter in the first revival of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC.”
 
@RTC_NYC:
“Carrie Fisher had audiences rolling in the aisles as she told her sordid, martini soaked tale in WISHFUL DRINKING.”
 
@BBBWAY:
“The Neil Simon Plays: Brighton Beach Memoirs, directed by David Cromer, earns enthusiastic reviews, but plays briefly at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre.”
 
@RTC_NYC:
“Patrick Marber’s AFTER MISS JULIE brought Sienna Miller & Jonny Lee Miller together in an intoxicating tango.”
 
@SignatureTheatr:
 “Signature Theatre enjoys one of its biggest critical successes with the marathon trilogy production, Horton Foote’s THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE, directed by Michael Wilson.”
 
@RagtimeonBway09:
“The celebrated musical RAGTIME returned to Broadway this Fall, breathing new life into the beloved American epic.”
 
@BBBWAY:
“IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS returned to Broadway at the Marquis Theatre this Winter, making it New York’s newest holiday tradition.”

@VIEWonBroadway:
“The new year began dramatically with Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson in a definitive production of A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE.
 
@RTC_NYC:
“The dashing Victor Garber nailed the classic Noel Coward matinee idol role in a very funny revival of PRESENT LAUGHTER.”
 
@MTC_NYC:
“Donald Margulies’ newest play, TIME STANDS STILL earns rave reviews in its Broadway debut at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.”
 
@MiracleWorkerNY:
“THE MIRACLE WORKER brought Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin to Circle in the Square for her Broadway debut, alongside Tony nominee Alison Pill.”
 
@LoopedBroadway:
“Valerie Harper returned to Broadway in March in a tour-de-force performance as Tallulah Bankhead in LOOPED.”
 
@NextFall:
“Geoffrey Naufft’s new American play NEXT FALL opened in March and was lauded by critics for its humor, compassion and depth.”
 
@BehandingBWAY:
“March roared in like a lion with Chris Walken’s memorable portrayal of a one-handed man in A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE.”
 
@MillionDQuartet:
“In April, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET became Broadway’s newest smash hit musical featuring a treasure trove of beloved rock and roll songs.”
 
@LendTenorNYC:
“Uproarious laughter has filled The Music Box since the April bow of Ken Ludwig’s madcap comedy Lend Me A Tenor, directed by Stanley Tucci.”
 
@RedonBroadway:
“Stage & screen vet Alfred Molina and Broadway newcomer Eddie Redmayne paint NY RED in John Logan’s new play, directed by Michael Grandage.”
 
@LaCageBroadway:
“LA CAGE AUX FOLLES opens to raves for Kelsey Grammer & Douglas Hodge and the ingeniously reinvented production, directed by Terry Johnson.”
 
@RTC_NYC:
“The adoration for Sondheim’s musical genius continued this spring in SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM.  Barbara Cook is a rare treat for Broadway audiences.”
 
@MTC_NYC:
“Donald Margulies’ COLLECTED STORIES premiered on Broadway at MTC, starring Linda Lavin, Sarah Paulson and directed by Lynne Meadow.”
 
@FencesBroadway:
“The first Broadway revival of FENCES, directed by Kenny Leon, opened to a chorus of raves for stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.
 
@RTC_NYC:
“Sherie Rene Scott finished the season off with a bang, wowing critics with her new musical EVERYDAY RAPTURE.” 

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BYE BYE BIRDIE begins final 2 weeks of performances

FINAL TWO WEEKS!


ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

BYE BYE BIRDIE


concludes its limited engagement Sunday, January 24th 2010

“Fifty years on, ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ is still as light, frothy, and irresistible as an egg cream.”
– John Lahr, New Yorker Magazine

“Bye Bye Birdie is as bubbly and sweet as it could possibly be. Just about every production number stops the show! – Scott Brown, New York Magazine

“A show for the kid with you & the kid in you.” – John Simon, Bloomberg


 

On Broadway at the Henry Miller’s Theatre


Roundabout Theatre Company’s (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) limited engagement of Bye Bye Birdie will play its final performance on Sunday, January 24th at 2:00 PM.
 
Bye Bye Birdie stars John Stamos (Albert Peterson), Gina Gershon (Rose Alvarez) & Bill Irwin (Mr. Harry MacAfee) with Jayne Houdyshell (Mrs. Mae Peterson), Dee Hoty (Mrs. MacAfee) & Nolan Gerard Funk (Conrad Birdie).  BYE BYE BIRDIE is directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom with a book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams.
 
Bye Bye Birdie will have played 40 previews and 117 performances; Preview performances began on September 10th, 2009 and officially opened on October 15th, 2009.  
 
Additional cast members include Catherine Blades, Deanna Cipolla, Paula Leggett Chase, Riley Costello, John Treacy Egan, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Todd Gearhart, Patty Goble, Suzanne Grodner, Robert Hager, Nina Hennessey, Natalie Hill, Julia Knitel, Jess LeProtto, David McDonald, JC Montgomery, Jillian Mueller, Paul Pilcz, Daniel Quadrino, Emma Rowley, Timothy Shew, Kevin Shotwell, Allison Strong, Bethany Ann Tesarck, Jim Walton, Brynn Williams, Branch Woodman.

Bye Bye Birdie’s design team includes Andrew Jackness (Sets), Gregg Barnes (Costumes), Ken Billington (Lights), Acme Sound Partners (Sound), Howard Werner (Projections), David Holcenberg (Musical Director), Howard Joines (Musical Coordinator), David Brian Brown (Hair & Wigs), Jonathan Tunick (Orchestrations) and David Chase (Music Supervisor).
 
In Bye Bye Birdie, the exuberant rock n’ roll musical comedy, it’s 1960 and hip-swingin’ teen idol superstar Conrad Birdie (Funk) has been drafted into the army.   Birdie’s manager Albert (Stamos) and his secretary Rosie (Gershon) have cooked up a plan to send him off with a swell new song and one last kiss from a lucky teenage fan… on “The Ed Sullivan Show”!  


TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets are available online at http://www.byebyebirdieonbroadway.com <http://www.byebyebirdieonbroadway.com/> or by phone at (212)239-6200.  
Ticket prices range from $86.50 – $136.50.  To become a Roundabout subscriber visit http://www.roundabouttheatre.org <http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/>  or call Roundabout Ticket Services (212)719-1300.
 
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Bye Bye Birdie
plays Tuesday evening at 7:00PM, Wed-Sat evening at 8:00PM with Wed, Sat & Sun matinees at 2:00PM

http://www.roundabouttheatre.org <http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/>

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BYE BYE BIRDIE’s Stamos on “The Howard Stern Show” 12/3

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

BYE BYE BIRDIE’s

John Stamos

will appear live on

 “The Howard Stern Show”

Thursday, December 3rd

Between 8:30AM-9:15AM on Sirius XM

Channel 100 & 101

“The elastic John Stamos is a worthy successor to Dick Van Dyke.”

– John Simon, Bloomberg

Tomorrow, Thursday, December 3rd, Bye Bye Birdie’s John Stamos will appear live on Sirius XM’s “The Howard Stern Show.”

Bye Bye Birdie stars John Stamos (Albert Peterson), Gina Gershon (Rose Alvarez), Bill Irwin (Mr. Harry MacAfee) and Nolan Gerard Funk as “Conrad Birdie.”  The cast also features Jayne Houdyshell (Mrs. Mae Peterson), Dee Hoty (Mrs. MacAfee), Matt Doyle (Hugo Peabody), Neil McCaffrey (Randolph MacAfee) & Allie Trimm (Kim MacAfee). Robert Longbottom directs and choreographs Bye Bye Birdie with a book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams. 

Bye Bye Birdie is the inaugural production of the new Henry Miller’s Theatre (124 West 43rd Street) it will open officially on Thursday, October 15th, 2009.  This will be a limited engagement through January 24th, 2010.

In Bye Bye Birdie, the exuberant rock n’ roll musical comedy, it’s 1960 and hip-swingin’ teen idol superstar Conrad Birdie (Funk) has been drafted into the army.   Birdie’s manager Albert (Stamos) and his secretary Rosie (Gershon) have cooked up a plan to send him off with a swell new song and one last kiss from a lucky teenage fan… on “The Ed Sullivan Show”! 

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets are available online at www.byebyebirdieonbroadway.com or by phone at (212)239-6200.  Ticket prices range from $86.50 – $136.50.  To become a Roundabout subscriber visit www.roundabouttheatre.org or call Roundabout Ticket Services (212)719-1300.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Bye Bye Birdie plays Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM. 

www.byebyebirdieonbroadway.com

www.roundabouttheatre.org

 

BYE BYE BIRDIE to play through Jan. 24, 2010 on Broadway

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

Announces

BYE BYE BIRDIE

Will play through January 24, 2009

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) has announced that Bye Bye Birdie now playing at the Henry Miller’s Theatre (124 West 43rd Street) on Broadway will give a final performance on January 24th, 2010.

Initially scheduled as a limited engagement through January 10th, 2010, Bye Bye Birdie will run through January 24th, when the leading actors’ contracts end.

The production has sold at over 90% capacity each week throughout the run of the production.

Quote from Todd Haimes: “We had hoped to keep the show running into the Spring, however sales are not strong enough after the departure of our principal actors.  We made a decision to end the production on a high note.  I am happy that we have been able to extend the production two weeks beyond the initial run.”

After a 48 year absence, Bye Bye Birdie, was the inaugural production of the new Henry Miller’s Theatre (124 West 43rd Street).  The revitalization of Henry Miller’s Theatre is consistent with Roundabout’s history of bringing dilapidated, lost theatres back to life and programming the venues as viable, live performance spaces for the benefit of theater artists and audiences and managing them efficiently.

Bye Bye Birdie will have played 40 previews and 117 performances; Preview performances began on September 10th, 2009 and officially opened on October 15th, 2009. 

Bye Bye Birdie received the 1961 Tony Award® for Best Musical and features such beloved songs as “Put on A Happy Face,” “Kids,” “Spanish Rose,” “The Telephone Hour” and “A Lot of Livin’ To Do.” 

Bye Bye Birdie stars John Stamos (Albert Peterson), Gina Gershon (Rose Alvarez) & Bill Irwin (Mr. Harry MacAfee) with Jayne Houdyshell (Mrs. Mae Peterson), Dee Hoty (Mrs. MacAfee) & Nolan Gerard Funk (Conrad Birdie).  BYE BYE BIRDIE is directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom with a book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams.

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets are available online at www.byebyebirdieonbroadway.com or by phone at (212)239-6200. 

Ticket prices range from $86.50 – $136.50.  To become a Roundabout subscriber visit www.roundabouttheatre.org or call Roundabout Ticket Services (212)719-1300.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Bye Bye Birdie plays Tues-Sat evenings at 8:00PM with Wed, Sat & Sun matinees at 2:00PM.  Beginning January 12, Bye Bye Birdie will play Tuesday evening at 7:00PM, Wed-Sat evening at 8:00PM with Wed, Sat & Sun matinees at 2:00PM

www.byebyebirdieonbroadway.com

www.roundabouttheatre.org

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Broadway Celebrates Thanksgiving on NBC & CBS THURS, NOV 27

BROADWAY CELEBRATES THANKSGIVING

CHECK OUT THE NBC & CBS THANKSGIVING PARADES

ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH

Featuring Broadway’s Bye Bye Birdie, God of Carnage,

Ragtime & Shrek The Musical

 

Wake up this Thanksgiving holiday morning and catch Broadway shows featured during the NBC and CBS broadcast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

 

BYE BYE BIRDIE star John Stamos and the Conrad Birdie Fan Club Girls will perform “Put on a Happy Face” live during the NBC “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.”

For more information on BYE BYE BIRDIE, visit www.ByeByeBirdieonBroadway.com

 

GOD OF CARNAGE stars Christine Lahti and Jimmy Smits will be interviewed live from Times Square on the CBS “Thanksgiving Day Parade.”

For more information on GOD OF CARNAGE, visit www.GodofCarnage.com

 

On the CBS “Thanksgiving Day Parade,” the 40 member cast of the new Broadway production of RAGTIME will appropriately celebrate America on Thanksgiving when they perform “The Wheels of a Dream” and “Ragtime” in Battery Park against the backdrop of the historic landmarks that inspired the story – The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

For more information on RAGTIME, visit www.RagtimeBroadway.com.

 

The cast of SHREK THE MUSICAL will perform “I’m a Believer” live from Macy’s during the NBC “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” SHREK THE MUSICAL plays through January 3, 2010 at the Broadway Theatre prior to the launch of a national tour in Chicago in July 2010.

For more information on SHREK THE MUSICAL, visit www.ShrekTheMusical.com

 

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BYE BYE BIRDIE in the news

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

 

BYE BYE BIRDIE

Featured in  

The New York Times, Hollywood Reporter & OUT Magazine

 

 

Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway production of Bye Bye Birdie has been recently featured in the news.

 

Click on the links below to learn more.

 

The New York Times

Birdie hosts a “Glee” party

BIRDIEGleeParty

 

Hollywood Reporter

John Stamos receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

StamosHollywoodStar

 

OUT Magazine

Director & Choreographer voted “Most Graceful” in OUT 100 Issue

LongbottomOUT100 

 

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) presents the first new Broadway production of Bye Bye Birdie, after a 48 year absence, as the inaugural production of the new Henry Miller’s Theatre (124 West 43rd Street).  This is a limited engagement through April 25th, 2010.

 

Bye Bye Birdie stars John Stamos (Albert Peterson), Gina Gershon (Rose Alvarez) & Bill Irwin (Mr. Harry MacAfee) with Jayne Houdyshell (Mrs. Mae Peterson), Dee Hoty (Mrs. MacAfee) and Nolan Gerard Funk as “Conrad Birdie”.   The cast also features Matt Doyle (Hugo Peabody), Neil McCaffrey (Randolph MacAfee), Allie Trimm (Kim MacAfee).  Bye Bye Birdie is directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom with a book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams.

 

In Bye Bye Birdie, the exuberant rock n’ roll musical comedy, it’s 1960 and hip-swingin’ teen idol superstar Conrad Birdie (Funk) has been drafted into the army.   Birdie’s manager Albert (Stamos) and his secretary Rosie (Gershon) have cooked up a plan to send him off with a swell new song and one last kiss from a lucky teenage fan… on “The Ed Sullivan Show”! 

 

 

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets are available online at www.byebyebirdieonbroadway.com or by phone at (212)239-6200.  Ticket prices range from $86.50 – $136.50.  To become a Roundabout subscriber visit www.roundabouttheatre.org or call Roundabout Ticket Services (212)719-1300.

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Bye Bye Birdie plays Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM. 

 

 

www.byebyebirdieonbroadway.com

 

www.roundabouttheatre.org

 

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WISHFUL DRINKING & BYE BYE BIRDIE in Wall St. Journal

The Wall Street Journal

November 6, 2009

 

A Dressing Room of One’s Own

For stars like Carrie Fisher and Gina Gershon, the backstage getaway gets a makeover

By ELLEN GAMERMAN

Never mind the star on the door. Actors on Broadway are getting something even better with their dressing rooms: their own interior designer.

 

With celebrities continuing their steady march to Broadway, the drafty dressing room with exposed pipes and worn carpet is getting an upgrade. Productions are helping provide their star performers with lush, professionally created backstage getaways. The dressing-room makeover serves several purposes: a perk for the actor, exposure for the show and a marketing opportunity for interior designers who are trying to build a brand.

This season, the press office for the Roundabout Theatre Company’s “Wishful Drinking” brought in HGTV interior designer and architect John Gidding to personalize a space for actress, author and “Star Wars” icon Carrie Fisher during her current one-woman show at Studio 54.

Ms. Fisher relaxes backstage amid candy-colored stripes on the walls, an electrified neon strip in the bathroom (a nod to the theater’s disco past) and “Star Wars” kitsch scattered around, including a painting of a white poodle with Princess Leia buns. Mr. Gidding recalls Ms. Fisher telling him she has pictures of funny-looking kids in her Los Angeles home, so he also hung up a photo of a child with big ears. “It’s someone’s baby that someone I know knows,” he says, adding that the parents don’t know their child’s face has been repurposed as dressing-room décor.

 

“He took a room that looked like an emergency room and made it into a playroom, with emergency room overtones,” Ms. Fisher said in an email. “A place where I have room to grow.”

Unlike a trailer on a movie set—often just a locker room between takes—theater dressing rooms can be second homes, personal spaces about as big as the New York apartments of many aspiring actors. In these rooms, actors entertain, get into character, eat and nap between eight performances a week. When Marléne Danielle left her dressing room after 18 years in “Cats”—the only cat to last the full run—she found the move emotionally wrenching.

“It was … a very, very comforting, secure place,” Ms. Danielle says of the dressing room she shared with more than a dozen other women. “You may come to work feeling horrible—’Oh my God, I don’t want to perform today.’ You have a chance to speak to someone who will get you through whatever you’re going through: breakups, deaths, marriages, sicknesses, you name it.”

Gina Gershon, who stars in “Bye Bye Birdie,” felt claustrophobic in her dressing room below street level at Henry Miller’s Theatre. She was horrified by the harsh fluorescent lighting and gray walls. “It literally looked like a prison cell,” she says. So she worked with interior-designer and artist friends to brighten the room, including placing a movable window frame over a large photo of the ocean to create an “ocean view.” She added a machine that plays sounds of seagulls and crashing waves. “It’s like a psychological thing,” she says. “It helps me feel calm instead of feeling like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t breathe.'”

“Birdie” co-star John Stamos favored an “old Broadway look” for his dressing room, whose makeover was occasioned by a segment on the “Rachael Ray Show.” HGTV host and interior designer Carter Oosterhouse turned the drab room into a red-and-black lair, then added a framed Playbill from the 1960 Broadway production signed by original cast members Dick Van Dyke and Chita Rivera. (On “Rachel Ray,” Mr. Stamos vowed to kiss the picture of Ms. Rivera before every show.) Mr. Oosterhouse was able to collect about $10,000 in mostly donated furnishings for the project, and in turn he promoted West Elm products in the segment.

Click here to read the full article:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703574604574501690415706508.html