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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.” 

www.twitter.com/bbbway 
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2009-2010 DRAMA LEAGUE AWARD NOMINATIONS

2009-2010 DRAMA LEAGUE AWARD NOMINATIONS

Nominations for the 76th annual Drama League Awards, celebrating excellence in Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre, were announced this morning.

AS YOU LIKE IT has been nominated for Distinguished Revival of a Play.
 
A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE
has been nominated for Distinguished Production of a Play, and Distinguished Performance (Christopher Walken).

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS has been nominated for Distinguished Revival of a Play.
 
COLLECTED STORIES has been nominated for Distinguished Revival of a Play and Distinguished Performance (Linda Lavin).
 
FENCES has been nominated for Distinguished Revival of a Play and two Distinguished Performance Awards (Denzel Washington and Viola Davis).  In addition, director Kenny Leon will be honored with the Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing.

THE GLASS MENAGERIE has been nominated for the Distinguished Performance Award (Judith Ivey).

HAMLET has been nominated for the Distinguished Performance Award (Jude Law).
 
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES has been nominated for Distinguished Revival of a Musical and two Distinguished Performance Awards (Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge).
 
LEND ME A TENOR has been nominated for Distinguished Revival of a Play and two Distinguished Performance Awards (Jan Maxwell and Tony Shalhoub).

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC has been nominated for Distinguished Revival of a Musical and two Distinguished Performance Awards (Angela Lansbury and Catherine Zeta-Jones).

LOOPED has been nominated for the Distinguished Performance Award (Valerie Harper).

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET has been nominated for Distinguished Production of a Musical and two Distinguished Performance Awards (Lance Guest and Levi Kreis).

NEXT FALL has been nominated for Distinguished Production of a Play.

PRESENT LAUGHTER has been nominated for the Distinguished Performance Award (Victor Garber).
 
RAGTIME has been nominated for Distinguished Revival of a Musical and Distinguished Performance (Bobby Steggert).
 
RED has been nominated for Distinguished Production of a Play and two Distinguished Performance Awards (Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne).
 
THE ROYAL FAMILY has been nominated for the Distinguished Performance Award (Jan Maxwell). In addition, Rosemary Harris, a previous Distinguished Performance Award winner, will be recognized at the ceremony.
 
SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM has been nominated for Distinguished Production of a Musical and two Distinguished Performance Awards (Barbara Cook and Vanessa Williams).
 
TIME STANDS STILL has been nominated for the Distinguished Performance Award (Laura Linney).
 
THE UNDERSTUDY has been nominated for the Distinguished Performance Award (Mark-Paul Gosselaar).

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE has been nominated for Distinguished Revival of a Play and two Distinguished Performance Awards (Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Hecht).
 
WISHFUL DRINKING has been nominated for the Distinguished Performance Award (Carrie Fisher).
 
Not for profit company nominations:

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY has been honored with a nomination for Stephen Rea, a past recipient of the Distinguished Performance Award who will be honored on the dais for his work this season in AGES OF THE MOON.

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB productions have been honored with four Drama League nominations: two nominations for COLLECTED STORIES, one nomination for THE ROYAL FAMILY and one nomination for TIME STANDS STILL.

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY productions have been honored with seven nominations including three for SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM, one for THE GLASS MENAGERIE, one for PRESENT LAUGHTER, one for THE UNDERSTUDY and one for WISHFUL DRINKING.
 

TO READ THE COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES, VISIT: http://tinyurl.com/y4wwz35 

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Sondheim on NBC Today Show & Vanessa Williams on GMA 4/19

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM

 

Tune in on Monday, April 19th!

NBC’s “Today Show”
Takes an intimate look at Stephen Sondheim’s life & work
NBC, channel 4 between 8:00-9:00AM
 
ABC’s “Good Morning America”
Sits down with star Vanessa Williams live in their studio
ABC, channel 7 between 8:30-9:00AM

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SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM’s Vanessa Williams in Daily News

Roundabout’s SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM begins preview performances this Friday at Studio 54 on Broadway.

Daily News
March 14, 2010 

Vanessa Williams says goodbye to ‘Ugly Betty’ and hello to Broadway’s ‘Sondheim on Sondheim’

By Joe Dziemanowicz <http://www.nydailynews.com/authors/Joe%20Dziemanowicz>  
One door closes, another opens. Or, in Vanessa Williams’ case, a TV comedy sinks, a Broadway revue rises. As she wraps production on “Ugly Betty <http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Ugly+Betty> ,” Williams, 46, begins performances in “Sondheim on Sondheim,” a look at Stephen Sondheim <http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Stephen+Sondheim>  through his music, films and taped interviews. In 2002, the actress snagged a Tony nom playing the witch in “Into the Woods,” so she knows her way around the intricate melodies and lyrics of the composer, who turns 80 on March 22. The show starts Friday at ­Studio 54 <http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Studio+54>  and runs through June 13.
 
How do you juggle “UB” and “SoS”?
I’m very organized. I have everything in my BlackBerry <http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/BlackBerry+Mobile+Devices> , so as soon as I have a break I go and find out: Do I have a fitting here? or Where do I need to be? The bottom line is that everyone’s been completely understanding and accommodating, and it’s been seamless going back and forth between the two shows.
 
I’m told “Good Thing Going” and “Losing My Mind” are two of your big numbers. What else are you singing?
Another solo is “Smile, Girls,” which was cut from “Gypsy,” and I’m doing “The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me” as a duet with Tom Wopat <http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Tom+Wopat> . I’m singing “Every Day a Little Death” with the ladies in the cast. We all do a lot of singing. There’s a lot of company numbers.
 
Are you a happy camper being onstage?
It’s great to be back home. I love it. The first day, we were sitting around at our music stands learning new music, and I felt like I was back in high school and college. You know, when you get new material for a new show, there’s a sense of excitement that’s like nothing else. It’s similar to reading a new script and not knowing what to expect.
 
In addition to the ex-“Dukes of Hazzard” hunk, you’re in good company with rising stars Leslie Kritzer <http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Leslie+Kritzer>  and Euan Morton <http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Euan+Morton> . And the great Barbara Cook <http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Barbara+Cook> .
Barbara is legendary and such a doll. She’s 82 years old and doing eight shows a week. Her work ethic is amazing. I hope I can follow in her footsteps.

Click here to read the full feature:
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/2010/03/14/2010-03-14_vanessa_williams_says_goodbye_to_ugly_betty_and_hello_to_broadways_sondheim_on_s.html

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SONDHEIM on SONDHEIM star Vanessa Williams to co-host The View 3/8

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
 
SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM
Star
VANESSA WILLIAMS
To co-host ABC’s “The View”
Monday, March 8th
11:00AM-12:00PM

Sondheim on Sondheim begins previews begin March 19th, 2010 on Broadway at Studio 54

On Monday, March 8th, Vanessa Williams, one of the stars of Broadway’s Sondheim on Sondheim, will co-host ABC’s “The View” from 11:00AM-12:00PM.  

Williams is currently in rehearsals for Roundabout Theatre Company’s upcoming Broadway production of Sondheim on Sondheim, also starring Barbara Cook, Tom Wopat, Leslie Kritzer, Norm Lewis, Euan Morton, Erin Mackey & Matthew Scott.  Music & lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim and the production is conceived & directed by James Lapine.

Sondheim on Sondheim will begin previews on March 19th, 2010 and open officially April 22nd, 2010 at Studio 54 on Broadway (254 West 54th Street).  This will be a limited engagement through Sunday, June 13th, 2010.
 
Sondheim brought us Into The Woods, Company, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, West Side Story and Gypsy (to name a few). By writing songs that reflect the complexity of his characters, he has changed the way we define a great musical. But even though millions of fans know his songs by heart, few know much about Stephen Sondheim himself. Until now. Roundabout presents Sondheim On Sondheim, an intimate portrait of the famed composer in his own words… and music. Through the use of exclusive interview footage, you’ll get an inside look at Sondheim’s personal life and artistic process. An ensemble cast of Broadway’s best will perform brand-new arrangements of over two dozen Sondheim tunes, ranging from the beloved to the obscure. Directed by frequent Sondheim collaborator James Lapine, this unique experience will take you inside the life and mind of an ordinary New Yorker… with an extraordinary talent.

Sondheim on Sondheim creative team includes David Loud (Music Direction & Arrangements) and Dan Knechtges (Musical Staging).  The design team includes Beowulf Boritt (Sets), Susan Hilferty (Costumes), Ken Billington (Lights), Dan Moses Schreier (Sound) and Peter Flaherty (Projections).

TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at http://www.roundabouttheatre.org <http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/> or at the Studio 54 Box Office (254 West 54th Street).  To become a Roundabout subscriber visit http://www.roundabouttheatre.org <http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/> or call Roundabout Ticket Services (212)719-1300.  Ticket prices range from $36.50-$126.50.
 
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Sondheim on Sondheim
will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2:00PM.  

http://www.roundabouttheatre.org 
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