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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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Critics rave for Everyday Rapture & Sherie Rene Scott

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

The critics have weighed in and LOVE Broadway’s new musical

EVERYDAY RAPTURE

Starring Sherie Rene Scott


NEW YORK TIMES
“Just as the Broadway theater season is drawing to its close, a smashing little show has arrived to remind us of why so many of us keep going back to Broadway.  I can’t think of another production in recent years that captures and explains so affectingly the essence and allure of musicals, and why they’re such an indispensable part of the New York landscape.  Written by Dick Scanlan and Ms. Scott, and directed with virtuoso efficiency and wit by Michael Mayer.  Ms. Scott performs with the sophistication that a New York audience (or rather an audience of New Yorkers) demands. And there’s no denying that when she sings, from a wildly diverse song list, she’s polished and inventive. Ms. Scott naturally translates life size into bigger than life.  The orchestrations and arrangements for the first-rate onstage band are by Tom Kitt (the composer of Next to Normal). And her director is, remember, Mr. Mayer, the man who staged “Spring Awakening” and this season’s American Idiot.  What Ms. Scott and her team summon here is that strange alchemy of ego, hunger, desperation and mysticism that infuses every great Broadway performance. Ms. Scott has never shined brighter or more illuminatingly.” – Ben Brantley
http://theater.nytimes.com/2010/04/30/theater/reviews/30everyday.html

VARIETY
“In the opening scene of the charmingly frenetic philosophical/autobiographical rumination-with-songs, Everyday Rapture, Sherie Rene Scott classifies herself as “one of Broadway’s biggest, brightest semi-stars.” Not anymore, lady. Here is Scott. She is not merely carrying this enchanting carnival — coauthored by herself — on her more than capable shoulders; she is the show. Scott is a force to be reckoned with. Everyday Rapture has provided an entertaining jolt to the season’s less-than-stellar lineup of new musicals. The show’s assets remain as refreshing as they were last May at Second Stage Theatre: Michael Mayer’s smart direction; Michele Lynch’s fitting choreo-graphy; Tom Kitt’s savvy orchestrations; the performances of the backup ‘Mennonites’ Lindsay Mendez and Betsy Wolfe; and the carryings-on of teenager Eamon Foley (who offers a cartoonishly over-the-top version of Scott).” -Steven Suskin

http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117942662.html?categoryId=33&ref=vertlegit&cs=1

NY1
“What do Jesus, Judy Garland and Mister Rogers have in common? Sherie Rene Scott. And finding that common thread amounts to a wonderful kind of stage magic…the kind of magical synthesis that occurs when a performer marries her tremendous talents with the perfect material to produce a show that is as entertaining as it is artistically satisfying. Marked by a stream of contrasts, this natural entertainer reveals herself to be both humble and narcissistic, spiritual and hedonistic. And both sides are on ample display that she co-wrote with Dick Scanlan highlighting her journey from Kansas to Broadway.  She pulls it off brilliantly thanks to an exquisite set of pipes and sheer force of personality. Under Michael Mayer’s solid direction it remains both a witty parody of confessional shows and an earnest showcase for a gifted diva. Scott makes fun of herself as one of Broadway’s brightest semi-stars, but her glittering performance proves she is a full-fledged star.” – Roma Torre
http://www.ny1.com/1-all-boroughs-news-content/117865/ny1-theater-review—everyday-rapture-

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EVERYDAY RAPTURE raved for in NY Times

NEW YORK TIMES
April 30, 2010
THEATER REVIEW

A Semi-Star Torn Between Two Superstars


By BEN BRANTLEY

Just as the Broadway theater season is drawing to its close, a smashing little show has arrived to remind us of why so many of us keep going back to Broadway, even though it’s broken our heart so many times.

“Everyday Rapture,” which opened on Thursday night at the American Airlines Theater, is by no means a conventional Broadway musical. Yet I can’t think of another production in recent years that captures and explains so affectingly the essence and allure of musicals, and why they’re such an indispensable part of the New York landscape.

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Roundabout’s EVERYDAY RAPTURE opens tomorrow

OPENS TOMORROW THURSDAY, APRIL 29th!

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

SHERIE RENE SCOTT

Starring in

Second Stage Theatre Production of

EVERYDAY RAPTURE


by Dick Scanlan & Sherie Rene Scott

Directed by Michael Mayer

“Sherie Rene Scott is putting on the kind of sensational show this city hasn’t seen since Bette Midler last played Radio City Musical Hall. Everyday Rapture qualifies as one of the year’s most extravagantly entertaining new musicals.” – NY Times, Ben Brantley

Opens on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre

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EVERYDAY RAPTURE’s Sherie Rene Scott in the NY Times

Roundabout’s EVERYDAY RAPTURE opens this Thursday, April 29th at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway.

The New York Times
April 25, 2010
Arts & Leisure

Broadway, Now Firmly in Her Grasp

Multimedia feature:
Listen to an excerpt from “Got a Thing on My Mind” from the original cast recording of Sherie Rene Scott’s musical “Everyday Rapture.” (Courtesy of Ghostlight Records): Got A Thing On My Mind

By PATRICK HEALY
THE last few days of March were the most nerve-racking of Sherie Rene Scott’s acting career. After trying unsuccessfully through the fall and winter to move her critically acclaimed Off Broadway musical, “Everyday Rapture,” to Broadway, she was emotionally raw and awash in self-doubt when, out of the blue, she learned that Roundabout Theater Company was considering her show as a last-minute replacement for its scuttled Broadway production of “Lips Together, Teeth Apart.”

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Roundabout’s EVERYDAY RAPTURE starts previews 4/19 on Broadway

Roundabout Theatre Company
 
PREVIEWS BEGIN MONDAY, APRIL 19th

SHERIE RENE SCOTT

Starring in

Second Stage Theatre Production of

EVERYDAY RAPTURE

A New Broadway Musical

by Dick Scanlan & Sherie Rene Scott

Directed by Michael Mayer

Sherie Rene Scott is putting on the kind of sensational show this city hasn’t seen since Bette Midler last played Radio City Musical Hall.

 Everyday Rapture qualifies as one of the year’s most extravagantly entertaining new musicals.” – NY Times, Ben Brantley

On Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre

Previews begin on Monday, April 19th for Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway production of Everyday Rapture, the critically acclaimed new musical starring Sherie Rene Scott, by Dick Scanlan & Sherie Rene Scott and directed by Michael Mayer.

Everyday Rapture will open officially on April 29th, 2010 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement through July 11th, 2010.

Everyday Rapture is the story of a young woman’s psycho-sexual-spiritual journey on the rocky path that separates her mostly Mennonite past from her mostly Manhattan future. Her life takes her from the cornfields of Kansas to the clover fields of New York (with a disturbing detour through YouTube). Everyday Rapture also features songs made famous by David Byrne, Roberta Flack, Mister Rogers, The Supremes, Elton John, Tom Waits, U2 and Judy Garland.

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“WABC 7’s Broadway Backstage: Spring Preview” Airs Sat April 17 a@ 7:30 PM; on www.7online.com/broadway for a week following

WABC-7 TV PRESENTS
“BROADWAY BACKSTAGE: SPRING PREVIEW”
Tomorrow Saturday April 17 from 7:30-8:00 PM

BROADCAST ON WABC TV AND AVAILABLE ON  7online.com/broadway

Hosted by LEND ME A TENOR’S Tony Shalhoub
and WABC-TV’s Michelle Charlesworth

Join LEND ME A TENOR’S Tony Shalhoub and WABC-TV’s Michelle Charlesworth tomorrow night Saturday April 17th at 7:30 PM as they co-host Broadway Backstage: Spring Preview on WABC TV/Channel 7.  
 
For the first time, this semi-annual theatre special will be available to a global audience: for a week after broadcast it can be seen at www.7online.com/broadway.

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