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August 18, 2014

James L. Nederlander, Estefan Enterprises, Inc and Bernie Yuman are pleased to announce that On Your Feet!a new musical based on the life story of seven-time GRAMMY® winning international superstarGloria Estefan and her husband, legendary producer-musician-entrepreneur Emilio Estefan  will have its Opening Night on Broadway on Thursday, November 5, 2015, with preview performances beginning Monday, October 5, 2015 at the Marquis Theatre in New York City.  The musical, directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Hairspray), will land on Broadway following a five-week World Premiere engagement at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago, from June 2 – July 5, 2015.

Today, the production launches an international casting search, Reach Gloria (#ReachGloria) which offers performers around the world a chance to audition for all roles in the Broadway cast of On Your Feet!by submitting audition videos online atwww.OnYourFeetMusical.com.  The production will also host two OPEN CASTING CALLS next month – one in the Estefans’ home city of Miami, Florida, in Knight Concert Hall of Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday September 21, 2014, and another at Pearl Studios in New York City on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. The open casting calls will be led by members of the show’s creative team, and casting director Justin Huff, CSA of Telsey + Co.

On Your Feet! is the story of two people who—through an unwavering dedication to one another and their pursuit of the American dream—showcased their talent, their music and their heritage to the world in a remarkable rise to global superstardom.  Set to Gloria’s chart-topping, smash hits such as “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,” “1-2-3,” “Mi Tierra,” and “Conga,” in addition to new music penned by the Estefans, the show will be choreographed by four-time Drama Desk nominee Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Memphis) with a book by two-time Drama Desk nominee Alexander Dinelaris (The Bodyguard Musical, Zanna Don’t).

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August 7, 2014

Producers Fox Theatricals (Kristin Caskey, Mike Isaacson) and Barbara Whitman announced today that The Public Theater’s production of the Award-winning American musical Fun Home, following its sold-out, critically acclaimed world premiere, will receive a much-anticipated Broadway premiere this spring.  With music by four-time Tony Award nominee Jeanine Tesori, a book and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Lisa Kron and direction by Drama Desk nominee Sam Gold, Fun Home begins performances at the Circle in the Square Theatre (1633 Broadway, NYC) on Saturday, April 4th, with an official opening night set for Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Fun Homeopened to rave reviews at The Public Theater in October 2013, and was quickly extended four times due to popular demand. It was named Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics Circle, and received the OBIE, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle and Off Broadway Alliance Awards in the 2013-2014 season; the musical was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Pronounced “a beautiful, heartbreaker of a musical” by the New York TimesFun Home is a fresh, bold and original musical based onAlison Bechdel’s autobiographical, best-selling graphic novel. After her father dies unexpectedly, Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires.  Named “Best Musical of the Year” by the New York TimesNew York MagazineDaily News and more, Fun Home is a daring and innovative work about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

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August 6, 2014

The much-talked about dazzling new production of Side Show will open on Broadway this fall at the St. James Theatre, it was announced today in New York City. Directed by Academy Award® and Golden Globe® winner Bill Condon (Chicago, DreamgirlsTwilight: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2, Gods and Monsters) making his Broadway directorial debut, this exciting new staging of Side Show has “the flash and velocity of a Hollywood motion picture” and “puts gripping emotion in the main tent” (Los Angeles Times).  Side Show will beginPreviews on Tuesday, October 28 with an official Opening Night on Monday, November 17.  On sale beginning August 13th atSideShowBroadway.com.

Featuring a score of “supercharged songs” (Charles Isherwood, New York Times), Side Show includes new music by multiple Grammy Award® winner, Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, and Tony Award® nominee Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls), with book and lyrics by Tony Award® nominee Bill Russell, additional book material by Bill Condon. 

It was also announced that, on the heels of their “marvelous” (Charles Isherwood, New York Times) star turn at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Erin Davie and Emily Padgett will reprise their leading roles. 

Bill Condon’s new production reimagines the world of Side Show, set against the backdrop of 1920’s and ‘30’s show business that seamlessly blends the worlds of carnival, vaudeville, and Hollywood glamour.

Side Show is inspired by the remarkable true story of the Hilton twins, Daisy and Violet, who were legends in their time and the highest paid performers on the vaudeville circuit. Side Show is their heartwarming search for first love and acceptance amidst the spectacle of fame and scrutiny under the spotlight. 

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August 4, 2014

Honeymoon In Vegas, the eagerly anticipated new musical with book by Blazing Saddles and Fletch writer Andrew Bergman and score by three-time Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown, is pleased to announce additional casting and creative team for Broadway. In addition, single tickets for the production are on sale to the general public today via Ticketmaster.com.

Joining previously announced stars Tony nominee Rob McClure, Brynn O’Malley, and Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominee Tony Danza, will be David Josefsberg (Motown The Musical), Tony Award nominee Nancy Opel (Urinetown), and Matthew Saldivar (Peter and the Starcatcher). The Broadway premiere of Honeymoon In Vegas reunites all six principal actors who appeared in the acclaimed world premiere of the new musical at Papermill Playhouse. Ensemble casting for Honeymoon In Vegas will be announced in the coming weeks.

Honeymoon In Vegas will play Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street) with previews beginningTuesday, November 18, 2014 for a Thursday, January 15, 2015 opening night.

Broadway.org is The Broadway League’s official on-line headquarters for Broadway information in NYC and across North America.

August 4, 2014

On Tuesday, August 5, Broadway’s Tony Award-winning, record-breaking smash hit musical Chicago will welcome back two-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Fitzgerald in the his second starring role in the production.

Fitzgerald, who made his Chicago debut last October as Roxie Hart’s all-but-invisible husband, “Mister Cellophane” Amos Hart, returns to the company next week as Billy Flynn, “the silver-tongued Prince of the Courtroom.”

With that, he becomes the first actor in the show’s 18-year history to be contracted to perform both starring male roles.

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