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Jerry Lee Lewis & Million Dollar Quartet’s Levi Kreis Featured in Today’s New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/10/theater/10jerry.html?_r=1&ref=theater

Playbill.com goes backstage with The 39 Steps!

Alfred Hitchcock’s

THE 39 STEPS

Playbill.com takes an inside look backstage at THE 39 STEPS.

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“This delicious deconstruction of Hitchcock’s classic film has been happily re-incarnated Off Broadway.”

New York Times

Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS is currently playing at New World Stages/ Stage 1 (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues).

THE 39 STEPS features a cast of four actors who, against all odds, breathlessly and hilariously reenact all of the characters, locations and famous scenes in Hitchcock’s 1935 film thriller with just a few props and a lot of theatrical ingenuity and split second quick changes.   Adapted by Patrick Barlow and directed by Maria Aitken, THE 39 STEPS is based on an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon and on the book by John Buchan.

The cast features John Behlmann as Richard Hannay, Cameron Folmar as Man #2, Jamie Jackson as Man #1 and Kate MacCluggage as Annabella Schmidt/Pamela/Margaret.  The production also features Greg Jackson and Jane Pfitsh.

Set and costume design is by Peter McKintosh, lighting design is by Kevin Adams and sound design is by Mic Pool.  Original movement was created by Toby Sedgwick.  Additional movement is created by Christopher Bayes.  Production stage manager is M. William Shiner.

Ben Brantley of the New York Times recently re-visited the show and raved about it here: NewYorkTimesreview

www.39StepsNY.com


Stephen McKinley Henderson of FENCES Featured in the New York Times

THE NEW YORK TIMES
June 9, 2010

A Stalwart in the Club of “Essential” Wise Men

By PATRICK HEALY
He didn’t realize it at the time, but the actor Stephen McKinley Henderson first auditioned for August Wilson on a street corner in Pittsburgh in 1990, seven years before they first worked together on the Wilson play “Jitney.” Mr. Henderson was researching the city’s Hill District for a role in Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” and a chance encounter with one of the playwright’s sisters led to an introduction.

“Before August would talk, though, he wanted to know if I was for real,” Mr. Henderson recalled in an interview last month. Wilson then asked if he knew the firebrand poet Amiri Baraka. “I said I knew Amiri. He said, ‘Do you know some of the poems?’ So I started reciting a poem by Amiri called ‘Black Art,’ and August started nodding, smiling, saying, ‘Oh yeah, man, that’s a good one, that’s a good one.’ Continue reading

NEXT FALL featured in the New York Times

NEW YORK TIMES
March 22, 2010
 
‘Next Fall’: Broadway on a Budget
By PATRICK HEALY
 
Rather than use the costly automated system of some big-budget shows, the crew for the new Broadway play “Next Fall” manually slides pieces of its set into place for different scenes. An actor even helps out, at one point carrying a table across the stage. Expensive scrims were considered but cut, and there has been no all-out advertising blitz of the kind that heralds some new productions.
 
These are some of the steps that the producers of “Next Fall” have taken to keep weekly running costs low, about $150,000, in hopes that ticket sales will climb high enough to cover the show’s nut. After all, “Next Fall” is perhaps the most uncommercial show attempting a commercial run on Broadway this spring, given its cast of little-known actors and a story, involving gay relationships and religion, that is hard to categorize or market easily. So far the show, which began previews last month and opened on March 11, has been grossing about $110,000 a week, with many tickets given away to people who might help build buzz for the show.
 
Theater executives and artists are watching to see if “Next Fall” can succeed in a season in which “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” another play with laughter, tears and no stars, closed after a week. “Next Fall” is also the latest example of a star-free Off Broadway play trying to make a go on Broadway; recent predecessors like “Reasons to Be Pretty,” “The Little Dog Laughed” and “Well” drew strong reviews Off Broadway, as did “Next Fall,” but then failed to recoup their initial investment, let alone turn a profit, on Broadway. “We’ve known for months that a lot has to go right for this little-engine-that-could show,” said Richard Willis, a lead producer of “Next Fall.” “We’ve got the right theater for it, the right team, the right cast, hopefully the right marketing plan, and a beautiful script. But in a Broadway environment that is so competitive for plays, there’s really no room for error.”
 
With many critics in its corner (Ben Brantley of The New York Times called the play “smart, sensitive and utterly contemporary”), the question now is whether publicity efforts and positive word of mouth will yield results.

Read the full article from today’s New York Times at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/22/theater/22nextfall.html

Elton John & David Furnish present
NEXT FALL, a new play by Geoffrey Nauffts, directed by Sheryl Kaller
Now play at the Helen Hayes Theatre (240 West 44th Street).
For more information, visit http://www.NextFallBroadway.com 

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