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March 19, 2015

Thirty years after their New York premiere and 40 years after they first started as a team, PENN & TELLER will return this summer for a strictly limited six-week engagement at the Marquis Theatre (46th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue) from July 7 - August 16.  Opening night will be announced. Tickets will go on sale on April 16th.

This will be a rare opportunity for New Yorkers and tourists to see Penn & Teller here; they will immediately return to their record-breaking Las Vegas run at The Rio at the end of the Broadway engagement. The Broadway engagement will include both elements of their Las Vegas show and classics from their repertoire.

About the return to Broadway, Penn Jillette said, “When I was born in Greenfield, Massachusetts, I felt I should have been in NYC, and when I moved there I was home. We loved being on Broadway. We love doing our show in Vegas, but even after all this time in Vegas … well, coming back to Broadway feels like we’re coming home. Our hearts never left. Do they make Elmo costumes in my size?”

March 12, 2015

Producers Lorenzo Thione and Andrew Treagus announced today that Tony Award® winner Lea Salonga and Telly Leung will co-star with George Takei in Allegiance, a new American musical, set to open on Broadway next season at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street). Previews are set to begin on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 with opening night set for Sunday, November 8, 2015. As previously announced, Television and film star George Takei will star in the new musical which had its world premiere in a record-breaking engagement at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. Allegiance has a book by Marc Acito with music and lyrics by Jay Kuo. Helming the production is Olivier Award nominee Stafford Arima.

Allegiance is inspired by Takei’s true childhood experiences. Traversing the lush California heartland, the windswept prairies of Wyoming and the battlefields of war-torn Europe, Allegiance tells the epic multi-generational tale of deep family loyalty, romance, humor, optimism and unparalleled heroism in the face of fear and prejudice against Japanese-Americans during World War II and beyond.

March 10, 2015

Two-time Emmy Award-winner and Golden Globe-nominee Fran Drescher joins the cast of “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” for the Los Angeles engagement of the 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical.  Drescher will reprise the role of the wicked stepmother, Madame, a role she played in 2014, making her Broadway debut.  

From the creators of “South Pacific” and “The Sound of Music,” “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” begins performances on March 17, opens Wednesday, March 18 and continues through April 26, 2015, at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre.

February 25, 2015

Producers Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman, and Ken Davenport announced today that Tony® Award winner Nathan Lane will return to the Broadway’s biggest hit comedy It’s Only a Play in the role of James Wicker on March 31, 2015 and will continue with the production through its scheduled closing date of June 7, 2015.  Lane departed It’s Only A Play on January 4, 2015 due to a previously scheduled commitment with the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) staging of The Iceman Cometh.

Emmy® and Tony® Award winner Martin Short, who stepped into the role of Wicker for a limited run, departs the production on March 29th as previously scheduled.  

February 18, 2015

Darren Criss will return to Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the Tony Award winning Best Musical Revival, for a limited 12-week engagement starting Wednesday, April 29 at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street).

Composer and lyricist Stephen Trask said, “The first time I saw Darren I knew he was a game changer. He’s that good. Then, when we hung out it was like we were old friends. I’m excited to spend the next few months making the show and getting to know each other better. I’m happy that Hedwig can be Darren’s next stop on his way to world domination.”

Book writer John Cameron Mitchell said, “I’ve got a grin plastered on my face that Darren is joining the brotherhood of Hedwigs. I LOVED him in How to Succeed. His stage presence is electrifying, his rock and roll credentials and comic timing impeccable and I’m thrilled to be working with him to create a brand-new Hedwig!”

NY Times