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Highlights of 2009-2010 Broadway Season

2009-2010 Broadway Season Officially Ends


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.  
“Last summer, the Longacre heated up with the dancers of BURN THE FLOOR.  Maks and Karina from DWTS were a special treat for audiences.”
“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!”

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

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




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”!  

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.
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/>


Short Takes with BYE BYE BIRDIE’s Allie Trimm

Allie Trimm is currently appearing as ‘Kim MacAfee’ in Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of BYE BYE BIRDIE at Henry Miller’s Theater. Here are some questions we posed to her along with a few extras of our own.
1.)  Favorite Musical and/or T.V show of all time : 
Favorite musical:  There are too many.  So I’ll say, still love “13”… 
Jason Robert Brown is my hero. 
Favorite TV show:  I’m addicted to “House”, “Medium,” “Glee,” and “Ghost Whisperer”
2.)  What musical theatre character would you most like to be stranded with on a desert island?
The genie from Aladdin because he would grant me wishes and make me laugh all day.  Can he be eligible?
3.)  If you could nominate anyone to be President of the United States, who would it be?
Well…I’m a 15-year-old theater kid.  I nominate Alice Ripley. I’ll nominate her for everything!
4.)  What’s the last song you downloaded?
 Lady Gaga, the entire CD. She’s amazing.
5.) What’s your favorite NY restaurant?
 That’s easy!  Natsumi on West 50th and Broadway. They have the best sushi in town!

Bye Bye Birdie is a limited engagement through January 24th, 2010.

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. 



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BYE BYE BIRDIE in the news




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



Hollywood Reporter

John Stamos receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame



OUT Magazine

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



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”! 




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.



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







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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


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.

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2009-2010 Season 

Click here to find out about all the

stars and new shows coming to Broadway this season:


New Stars Added! 

New stars and shows have been announced for this season!

Joining previously announced productions are A Little Night Music, Million Dollar Quartet, Next Fall and Sondheim on Sondheim.

Here are some of the amazing stars who are performing this season on the Great White Way:

Dennis Boutsikaris (Brighton Beach Memoirs; Broadway Bound), Barbara Cook (Sondheim on Sondheim), Alan Cumming (SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark), Anya Garnis & Pasha Kovalev of “So You Think You Can Dance” (Burn The Floor), Mara Davi (Irving Berlin’s White Christmas), Melissa Errico (Irving Berlin’s White Christmas), Carrie Fisher (Wishful Drinking), Nolan Gerard Funk (Bye Bye Birdie),  Victor Garber (Present Laughter), Ana Gasteyer (The Royal Family), Gina Gershon (Bye Bye Birdie), John Glover (The Royal Family), Alexander Hanson (A Little Night Music), (Rosemary Harris (The Royal Family), Douglas Hodge (La Cage aux Folles), Dee Hoty (Bye Bye Birdie), Jayne Houdyshell (Bye Bye Birdie), Bill Irwin (Bye Bye Birdie), Linda Lavin (Collected Stories), Angela Lansbury (A Little Night Music), Jude Law (Hamlet), Laura Linney (Time Stands Still), Jan Maxwell (The Royal Family), Laurie Metcalf (Brighton Beach Memoirs; Broadway Bound), Sienna Miller (After Miss Julie), Jonny Lee Miller (After Miss Julie), Christiane Noll (Ragtime), Larry Pine (The Royal Family), Tony Roberts (The Royal Family), Reg Rogers (The Royal Family), Alicia Silverstone (Time Stands Still), John Stamos (Bye Bye Birdie), Evan Rachel Wood (SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark), Vanessa Williams (Sondheim on Sondheim), Tony Yazbeck (Irving Berlin’s White Christmas), Catherine Zeta Jones (A Little Night Music).



                                                        FIRST PREVIEW                      OPENING NIGHT

BURN THE FLOOR                   July 25, 2009                                       August 2, 2009

WISHFUL DRINKING              September 22, 2009                             October 4, 2009

HAMLET                                     September 12, 2009                             October 6, 2009

THE ROYAL FAMILY               September 15, 2009                             October 8, 2009

BYE BYE BIRDIE                      September 10, 2009                             October 15, 2009

AFTER MISS JULIE                September 18, 2009                             October 22, 2009

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS October 2, 2009                                October 25, 2009

RAGTIME                                October 23, 2009                                November 15, 2009

WHITE CHRISTMAS           November 13, 2009                             November 13, 2009

BROADWAY BOUND            November 18, 2009                             December 10, 2009

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC           TBA                                                     December TBA

PRESENT LAUGHTER            January 2, 2010                                    January 21, 2010

TIME STANDS STILL             January 5, 2010                                    January 28, 2010

A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE        TBA                                                     March 4, 2010

NEXT FALL                                        TBA                                                    March 11, 2010

SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM          March 19, 2010                                 April 22, 2010

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES                   March 2010                                         April 18, 2010

SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK     February 25, 2010                               TBA

COLLECTED STORIES                   April 6, 2010                                        April 28, 2010

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET                  TBA                                                    TBA

Boneau/Bryan-Brown Kicks Off “Theatre Thursday”




FOLLOW BBB AT www.twitter.com/bbbway


Boneau/Bryan-Brown is kicking off “Theatre Thursday” on Twitter, the micro-blogging website that is revolutionizing media and information distribution.

To be a part of “Theatre Thursday,” use the hashtag: #theatrethursday.

Below are links and information on the Twitter presence for Boneau/Bryan-Brown and our clients:

Boneau/Bryan-Brown:                         www.twitter.com/BBBway

The 39 Steps                                        www.twitter.com/39StepsBroadway

A Behanding in Spokane                       www.twitter.com/BehandingBway

Atlantic Theater Company: Oohrah!, Two Unrelated Plays By David Mamet: Keep Your Pantheon and School, Ages of the Moon, Gabriel


BC/EFA                                               www.twitter.com/BCEFA

Burn The Floor                                     www.twitter.com/OfficialBTF

Bye Bye Birdie                                     www.twitter.com/B3OnBroadway

God of Carnage                                    www.twitter.com/GodofCarnageBWY

Guthrie Theater                                     www.twitter.com/GuthrieTheater

Hamlet                                                 www.twitter.com/HamletBway09

Jersey Boys                                          www.twitter.com/JerseyBoysInfo

La Cage Aux Folles                              www.twitter.com/LaCageBroadway

Mamma Mia!                                       www.twitter.com/MammaMiaMusical

Manhattan Theatre Club: The Royal Family, Time Stands Still, Collected Stories, Nightingale, Equivocation, That Face


The Neil Simon Plays                            www.twitter.com/NeilSimonPlays

Ragtime                                                www.twitter.com/RagtimeOnBway09

Roundabout Theatre Company: After Miss Julie, Wishful Drinking, The Understudy, Ordinary Days, Present Laughter, The Glass Menagerie


Shrek The Musical                                www.twitter.com/ShreksterOnline

Signature Theatre Company: The Orphans’ Home Cycle


Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark            www.twitter.com/SpideyOnBway

Stomp                                                  www.twitter.com/StompNYC