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January 14, 2015

The 2014 Tony® Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, will open its National Tour at  Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre (18 W Monroe) in September 2015, it was announced today by producer Joey Parnes and Broadway In Chicago.  The show will play two weeks in Chicago September 29 – October 11, 2015 as the start of its 44-week National Tour.  

“We’ve loved how much Broadway audiences have embraced Gentleman’s Guide, and enthusiasm for this show has reached far beyond New York,” said Joey Parnes.  “From the production’s world premiere in Hartford to its run in San Diego, it has already delighted crowds on both coasts.  We’ve been dying to bring it to the rest of the country so they, too, can see what all the fuss – and laughter – is about.” 

Gentleman’s Guide tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary. All the while, he’s got to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.

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January 12, 2015

 Today, inspirational theatre educators across the United States have a first-ever chance at the Tony spotlight. The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have announced that nominations are now open for the inaugural “Excellence in Theatre Education Award.” 

Now through March 31, nominations are being accepted online for K-12 theatre educators. Anyone—from students and school administrators, to friends, neighbors and family—can submit a worthy teacher for consideration.

Nominees must be current teachers at an accredited K-12 institution or recognized community theatre organization anywhere in the United States. He or she must be a teacher whose position is dedicated to and/or includes aspects of theatre education. To learn more about the award criteria and to nominate a teacher, please visit tonyawards.com/educatoraward.

“This new award underscores our longstanding commitment to theatre education,” said Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing, and Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League. “Innumerable Tony Award winners have thanked their teachers during acceptance speeches. Starting this year, we’re putting educators and their essential roles at center stage.” 

Some of those stars, such as Christian Borle, Sutton Foster and Cherry Jones, are featured in a new video reel released today by the Tony Awards. To see the video, please visit http://youtu.be/n5SJcV653Yk

This annual award will recognize a K-12 theatre educator in the U.S. who has demonstrated monumental impact on the lives of students and who embodies the highest standards of the profession. A panel of judges comprised of the American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League, Carnegie Mellon University and other leaders from the theatre industry will select the finalists and winner. 

“At Carnegie Mellon, I have the privilege of seeing education transform the lives of talented young people every day, and then I watch as those students transform the world,” said Dan Martin, dean of the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon, the first, exclusive higher education partner of the Tony Awards. 

Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama is the oldest drama degree-granting program in the United States and celebrated its centennial in 2014. In the past century, CMU has produced hundreds of Tony nominees and its alumni have won 39 awards to date. During last year’s live Tony Awards telecast, CMU alumni Zachary Quinto and Matt Bomer announced the upcoming educator award initiative.

The award finalists will be announced in the spring and each will receive an honorarium. A single winner will be selected to receive the Excellence in Theatre Education Award on stage at Radio City Music Hall during the 69thAnnual Tony Awards telecast on CBS at 8 p.m. (Eastern Time), Sunday, June 7.

January 8, 2015

Producer Kevin McCollum is proud to announce that Broadway favorite leading men and “Smash” costars, two time Tony Award® nominee Brian d’Arcy James (ShrekSweet Smell of Success) and Tony Award® winner Christian Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher)  will return to the stage to star in Something Rotten!, a completely original new musical comedy directed and choreographed by Tony Award® winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award® winner Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award® nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O’Farrell.

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January 8, 2015

Producers Tom Kirdahy, Tom Smedes, Hugh Hayes and Judith Ann Abramsannounced today that John Kander and Fred Ebb’s final Broadway musical, The Visit, featuring a book by four-time Tony Award® winning playwright Terrence McNally, will open on Broadway this Spring, starring two-time Tony Award®winning Broadway legend Chita Rivera and Tony Award® winner Roger Rees.  Helmed by Tony Award® winning directorJohn Doyle and choreographed by Tony Award® nominee Graciela Daniele, The Visit will begin performances at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street) on Thursday, March 26 with an Opening Night set for Thursday, April 23.

"In The Visit, Chita Rivera shows the world what becomes a legend most,” Kirdahy says.  “Kander and Ebb’s final musical is a masterwork.  Fascinating, visceral and haunting, The Visit entertains and challenges in ways that can only be described as thrilling.   We cannot wait for The Visit to visit Broadway.”

Based on the satirical play by Friedrich Dürrenmatt as adapted by Maurice Valency, The Visit is about greed, love, and one woman’s carefully plotted revenge. The oft-widowed Claire Zachanassian (Chita Rivera), richest woman in the world, returns to the hardship-stricken town of her birth.  The locals pray that her wealth will bring them a new lease on life, but her arrival carries a dreadful price. Tony Award® winner Roger Rees co-stars as Anton Schell, the man who scorned Claire years ago.  Sardonic and morally complex, The Visit asks “What can your heart afford? 

Complete cast, creative, and additional information for The Visit will be announced shortly.

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December 29, 2014

The producers of Peter Morgan’s Broadway-bound The Audience, starring Academy Award winner Helen Mirren and directed by Stephen Daldry, announced today that two additional previews have been added to the limited engagement at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street) which will now begin performances on February 14.The official opening night remains March 8. The production runs through June 28, 2015.

The Audience cast is Helen Mirren (Queen Elizabeth II), Dylan Baker (John Major), Geoffrey Beevers (The Queen’s Equerry), Michael Elwyn (Sir Anthony Eden), Judith Ivey (Margaret Thatcher), Dakin Matthews (Winston Churchill), Richard McCabe (Harold Wilson), Rod McLachlan (Gordon Brown), Rufus Wright (David Cameron), Anthony Cochrane (Cecil Beaton / Detective / Bishop), Graydon Long (Footman / Beefeater), Jason Loughlin (Footman / Beefeater), Michael Rudko (Ensemble), Henny Russell(Queen’s Secretary), Tracy Sallows (Bobo McDonald), Elizabeth Teeter (Young Elizabeth), and Tony Ward (Ensemble).

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