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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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Short Takes (Holiday Edition) with IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS Cast Member Madeleine Rose Yen


Madeleine Rose Yen is currently appearing as ‘Susan Waverly’ in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, which is currently playing at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre. BBB asked Madeleine a few questions about how she spends her holidays. Here are some of her answers along with a few other bits of our own.







1. What’s your favorite holiday movie? 

My favorite holiday movie would have to be “A Christmas Story” or “Home Alone.” 

2. What’s the one thing you most hope to find under the tree this year?

Well I love to design clothes and there are these kits from Project Runway where you spin the wheel to a clothing challenge and you have to design it.  And there’s a make up kit where you can use real make up on paper mannequins to design their make up.

[BBB note: Here’s the link to the design kit on Amazon.com]












3. What NYC attraction is your favorite during the holidays? 

Ice skating outside. 


4. Do you own any Christmas/Holiday Albums? 

Elvis!  I love Elvis Presley!

5. What singer would you most like to see record a Holiday Album?

Emily Osment


6. What Holiday traditions does your family have?

We do fondue on Christmas Eve…my favorites are cheese and chocolate and we get to open one present and it’s always new pajamas!

[BBB Note: here’s a link to Swizz, a Midtown fondue restaurant we’ve visited]













7. What’s your favorite Christmas song?

“The Christmas Song” (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) the Nat King Cole original.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, featuring Madeleine is currently playing at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre through January 3, 2010.

Catch the “First Look” at Irving Berlin’s White Christmas – Performances Begin Tonight!

“LET YOURSELF GO!” – Irving Berlin






The Tony Award® nominated musical IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS begins performances tonight on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway) for a limited Holiday engagement ending January 3, 2010. IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS returns to Broadway again this holiday season for 64 performances only – guaranteeing New York another white Christmas!

James Clow (Bob Wallace), Melissa Errico (Betty Haynes), Tony Yazbeck (Phil Davis), Mara Davi (Judy Haynes), David Ogden Stiers (General Henry Waverly), and Ruth Williamson (Martha Watson) lead a cast of 33, including Peter Reardon (Ralph Sheldrake), Remy Auberjonois (Mike Nulty), Cliff Bemis (Ezekiel Foster), and Madeleine Rose Yen (Susan Waverly), Kelli Barclay, Abby Church, Sara Edwards, Mary Giattino, Chad Harlow, Tori Heinlein, Leah Horowitz, Drew Humphrey, Matthew J. Kilgore, Matthew LaBanca, Jason Luks, Joseph Medeiros, Taryn Molnar, Beth Johnson Nicely, Denise Nolin, Dennis O’Bannion, Con O’Shea-Creal, Kristyn Pope, Kiira Schmidt, Kelly Sheehan, Anna Aimee White, Ryan Worsing, and Richard Riaz Yoder.

The stage reinvention of the beloved classic film, IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS is produced by Kevin McCollum, John Gore, Tom McGrath, Paul Blake, The Producing Office, Dan Markley, Sonny Everett and Broadway Across America in association with Paramount Pictures.

Every holiday season, audiences of all ages enjoy the uplifting story of White Christmas. Now, the Tony Award® nominated Broadway musical IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS has become New York’s newest holiday tradition.

The musical tells the story of two showbiz buddies who put on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and find their perfect mates in the bargain. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS is a merry and bright theatrical experience for the entire family.

IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS made its celebrated Broadway debut at the Marquis Theatre last season following acclaimed productions around the country. The New York critics stuffed the lavish musical’s stocking full of praise!  The New York Times said “This cozy trip down memory lane should be put on your wish list,” Variety raved “A thrill. Melodious numbers, sparkling visuals and an enchanting snow-biz finale” and NY-1 News proclaimed the musical “The perfect gift! Dazzling choreography and glorious tunes.”

IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS is produced by Kevin McCollum, John Gore, Tom McGrath, Paul Blake, The Producing Office, Dan Markley, Sonny Everett and Broadway Across America in association with Paramount Pictures.

IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS is directed by Tony Award® winner and three-time nominee Walter Bobbie (Chicago, Footloose, A Grand Night for Singing), with a book by David Ives and Paul Blake and choreography by three-time Tony Award® nominee Randy Skinner (Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, 42nd Street, Ain’t Broadway Grand).

Set design is by Tony Award® nominee Anna Louizos (In the Heights, Avenue Q), costumes by Tony Award® nominee Carrie Robbins (Grease!, Over Here), lighting design by Tony Award® winner Ken Billington (Chicago, The Drowsy Chaperone, Annie), sound design by Tony Award® nominee Acme Sound Partners (In the Heights, Spamalot), orchestrations by Tony Award® nominee Larry Blank (Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Drowsy Chaperone), vocal and dance arrangements by Bruce Pomahac, music supervision by Rob Berman, and casting by Jay Binder C.S.A. The stage production is based on the Paramount Pictures film, written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama, and Melvin Frank.


Tickets prices are $66.50, $91.50 and $121.50 (including $1.50 facility fee), and available by calling Ticketmaster at 212-307-4100 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

For group sales details and pricing call The Group Sales Box Office at 800-223-7565 or visit www.bestofbroadway.com.


Beginning Friday, November 13th, 2009, IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS will play the following unique performance schedule per week:

Week of November 9th, 2009:

Friday & Saturday at 8p, Sunday evening at 7p

Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2p.

Week of November 16th, 2009:

Thursday – Saturday at 8p, Tuesday & Sunday evenings at 7p

Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2p

Week of November 23rd, 2009:

Tuesday at 7p, Wednesday – Saturday at 8p

Wednesday & Friday – Sunday matinees at 2p

Week of November 30th, 2009:

Thursday – Saturday at 8p, Tuesday & Sunday evenings at 7p

Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2p

Weeks of December 7th and December 14th, 2009:

Tuesday at 7p, Wednesday – Saturday at 8p

Wednesday & Friday – Sunday matinees at 2p

Week of December 21st, 2009:

Monday, Wednesday & Saturday at 8p, Tuesday & Sunday evenings at 7p

Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2p

Dark on Christmas Day – Friday, December 25

Week of December 28th, 2009:

Monday, Wednesday & Saturday at 8p, Tuesday at 7p

Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2p

Dark on New Year’s Eve & Day – Thursday, December 31 & Friday, January 1

FINAL PERFORMANCE – Sunday, January 3, 2010




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