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July 6, 2015

American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland will make her Broadway debut as ‘Ivy Smith’ in On The Town this summer for 12 performances only from August 25 - September 6. Tickets for On The Town are available now at Ticketmaster.com.

Copeland was recently promoted to principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre, making her the first African-American woman to be named a principal in the company’s history. She has graced the cover of Time Magazine, as one of 2015’s “100 Most Influential People” and starred in ABT’s production of Swan Lake in their just-concluded season at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Copeland will be performing from August 25 - September 6 at the Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evening shows and the Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday matinees.  The show will also have a Saturday and Sunday evening performance during those weeks. 

July 1, 2015

Producers Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, and Jam Theatricals are thrilled to announce that Tony nominee Jessica Hecht (A View From the Bridge, “Breaking Bad,” The Last Night of Ballyhoo) and Adam Kantor (The Last Five Years, Next to Normal, Rent) will join the cast of Fiddler on the Roof. Hecht will play the role of Golde and Kantor will play the role of Motel. Further casting will be announced soon.

Performances will begin on Thursday, November 12, 2015, with an opening night scheduled for Thursday, December 17, 2015, at The Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway). Rehearsals will start on Monday, September 28, 2015. Tickets are now on sale via Telecharge.com or by phone at (212) 239-6200.

July 1, 2015

Republic Records announces the Finding Neverland: Original Broadway Cast Album available in stores and at all online retailers on July 17, 2015. The digital pre-order goes live today. Get it HERE! Those who pre-order will receive an immediate download of “When Your Feet Don’t Touch The Ground”.  The official music video for “When Your Feet Don’t Touch The Ground” premieres today on Yahoo!, watch it HERE.

The 21-track album features the music from the acclaimed 2015 Broadway production of Finding Neverland, composed by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy, performed by the original Broadway cast. The album was produced by Kennedy and David Chase which captures the magic between the all-star ensemble of Matthew Morrison (“Glee,” South Pacific), Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier,” La Cage aux Folles), Laura Michelle Kelly (Mary Poppins), Teal Wicks (Wicked) and Carolee Carmello (Parade), among others. It’s the best way to relive the evening again and again.

The Finding Neverland: Original Broadway Cast Album follows the successful release of Finding Neverland The Album, which hit stores earlier this month and saw music’s top stars reimagine the show’s songs.

The full tracklisting for the cast album is revealed below and check out more at www.FindingNeverlandTheMusical.com/music.

Based on the Academy Award-winning motion picture by David Magee, and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee, Finding Neverland follows the relationship between playwright J. M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up – one of the most beloved stories of all time.  Starring Matthew Morrison (“Glee,” South Pacific), Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier,” La Cage aux Folles) and Laura Michelle Kelly (Mary Poppins), the production is directed by Tony®-winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Hair) with book by Olivier Award®-nominee James Graham, music and lyrics by multi-award winning singer songwriter ‎Gary Barlow (Take That) and Grammy Award®-winner Eliot Kennedy, choreography by Emmy Award®-winner Mia Michaels (“So You Think You Can Dance,” Cirque du Soleil’s Delirium), this new musical, packed with mesmerizing visuals, irresistible songs and plenty of laughs, is a timeless story about the power of imagination… and spectacular proof that you never really have to grow up.  For more information, please visit www.FindingNeverlandTheMusical.com.

Finding Neverland: Original Broadway Cast Album Tracklisting:

ACT 1

1.    Prologue

2.    If The World Turned Upside Down

3.    All Of London Is Here Tonight

4.    The Pirates of Kensington

5.    Believe

6.    We Own The Night

7.    All That Matters

8.    Sylvia’s Lullaby

9.    Neverland

10.  Circus Of Your Mind

11.  Live By The Hook

12.  Stronger

ACT 2    

13.  The World Is Upside Down

14.  What You Mean To Me

15.  Play

16.  We’re All Made Of Stars

17.  When Your Feet Don’t Touch The Ground

18.  Something About This Night

19.  Neverland (Reprise)

20.  Finale

21.  Bonus Track: Play (Ensemble Version)

June 17, 2015

Producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing announced today that Abby Mueller has nabbed the title role in the First National Tour of Beautiful—The Carole King Musical, the smash hit musical about the early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter. Mueller’s sister, Jessie Mueller, won the Tony® Award in 2014 Best Actress in a Musical her portrayal of King in the show’s Broadway production.

Beautiful will launch its First National Tour this September at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Rhode Island (September 15-20) before hitting cities that include Washington D.C. (Kennedy Center, October 2015), Boston (Boston Opera House, November 2015), Chicago (Oriental Theatre, December 2015 – February 2016)and more.  The show is currently playing on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre and in London at the Aldwych Theatre.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Abby into the Beautiful family,” producer Paul Blake said. “The moment she walked into the audition, we knew we found the perfect Carole to head our amazing cast.   Abby’s been wowing Chicago and Broadway audiences for years, and we can’t wait for people across the country to get to see what she can do when she puts her own stamp on this iconic role.”

May 15, 2015

Michael Harrison, David Ian and Nederlander Presentations, Inc. are delighted to announce the North American tour of the hit musical The Bodyguard. Directed by Thea Sharrock, the tour will launch in the fall of 2016.

Grammy® Award-nominated, multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist and actress Deborah Cox will star as Rachel Marron.  Additional casting and tour cities will be announced at a later date.

Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar-nominated Warner Bros. film of the same name starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, and adapted for the stage by Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), The Bodyguard had its world premiere on December 5, 2012 at London’s Adelphi Theatre. The Bodyguard was nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical and Best Set Design, and won Best New Musical at the Whatsonstage Awards. The musical concluded its smash hit West End run on August 29, 2014 and is currently touring the UK and Ireland.

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