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October 6, 2015

Producer Kevin McCollum announced today that comedy and television icon Bob Saget will step into the role of ‘Pastor Greg’ in the Tony® Award-nominated comedyHand to God beginning November 3, 2015 through the production’s previously announced closing onJanuary 3, 2016.  Saget returns to Broadway after making his Broadway debut in 2007 in the Tony®winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone.  He will join current Hand to God cast members Steven Boyer, Geneva Carr, Sarah Stiles, and Michael Oberholtzer.  3-time Tony® nominee Marc Kudisch, who originated the role of ‘Pastor Greg’, exits the production on November 1st to begin production on Baritones Unbound.  Hand to God plays at the Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street) through January 3, 2016 before immediately transferring to London’s West End, with performances beginning on February 5, 2016 at the famed Vaudeville Theatre.  More info at www.HandToGodBroadway.com.

October 6, 2015

Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig, lead producers of Kinky Boots, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy® Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony® Award-winner for Best Score for Kinky Boots), have announced casting for the second year of the first national tour. J. Harrison Ghee is kicking up his heels as Lola. Ghee understudied the role of Lola during the first year of the tour and was the Assistant Dance Captain. Adam Kaplan (Newsies, Showboat) stars as shoe factory owner Charlie Price. Ghee and Kaplan are joined by Tiffany Engen (Legally Blonde) as Lauren, Aaron Walpole (Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar) as Don, Charissa Hogeland (Heathers The Musical) as Nicola, Jim J. Bullock (Hairspray, “Too Close for Comfort”) as George and E. Clayton Cornelius (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) as the Standby for Lola. 

Rounding out the ensemble are Zach Adkins, Joe Beauregard, Meryn Beckett, Joseph Anthony Byrd, Damien Brett, Sam Dowling, Annie Edgerton, Shawna M. Hamic, Nicholas Aaron Jenkins, Jeff Kuhr, Patty Lohr, Mike Longo, Maggie McDowell, Michael Milkanin, Jennifer Noble, Anthony Picarello, Griffin Reese, Jomil Elijah Robinson, Horace V. Rogers, Sam Rohloff, Ricky Schroeder, Tom Souhrada, Juan Torres-Falcon and Sam Zeller.

The new casting takes effect in Austin, TX, on November 10, 2015 at Bass Concert Hall. The full tour route can be found at www.kinkybootsthemusical.com.

September 28, 2015

Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams will return to Broadway this season to star in David Harrower’s Olivier Award-winning drama Blackbird.  The production, to be directed by Joe Mantello, will begin previews Friday, February 5, and open on Thursday, March 10, at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street).  Blackbird will play an 18-week limited engagement through June 12, 2016.

        Blackbird tells the story of Una and Ray.  Fifteen years earlier they had a relationship and haven’t set eyes on each other since.  Now she’s found him again.

           Blackbird premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival before moving on to London’s West End where it won the Olivier Award for Best New Play in a production directed by Peter Stein.  The drama was subsequently produced in New York by Manhattan Theatre Club in a production starring Jeff Daniels and Allison Pill, directed by Joe Mantello.

London’s Daily Telegraph hailed Blackbird as “a shattering play,” adding, “I have rarely seen an audience watch a new work with such rapt attention. An extraordinary, no-holds-barred drama that both chills and thrills.”  The Guardian agreed, describing Blackbird as “A searing theatrical experience. A riveting study in sexual obsession that leaves one both shaken and stirred.” And Scotland’s Sunday Herald said that “Harrower’s drama positively explodes with unresolved, and possibly irresolvable, concerns …  one of the most daring new plays of recent years.”

           Blackbird will have scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, and lighting design by Brian MacDevitt.

          Blackbird will be produced on Broadway by Scott Rudin.

September 23, 2015

Following an acclaimed sold-out run in London, Live Nation and Michael Flatley present the Broadway and New York premiere of Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games, created, directed by and starring international sensation Michael Flatley in what will serve as his swan song as a performer, celebrating his Broadway debut with the 20th Anniversary of Flatley’s Lord of the Dance global enterprise.

The limited 8-week engagement begins Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.and will play through Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at The Lyric Theatre (213 West 42ndStreet).  Opening Night is set for Tuesday, November 10, 2015.

September 17, 2015

TUCK EVERLASTING, the new musical based on Natalie Babbitt’s beloved best-selling novel of the same name, is proud to announce principal casting for the Broadway production.

TUCK EVERLASTING will star three-time Tony Nominee Carolee Carmello as “Mae Tuck” (Finding Neverland), Outer Critics Circle nominee Andrew Keenan-Bolger as “Jesse Tuck” (Newsies), two-time Emmy Award winner Michael Park as “Angus Tuck” (How To Succeed…), three-time Tony Nominee Terrence Mann as “The Man in the Yellow Suit” (Pippin), Fred Applegate as “Constable Joe” (The Last Ship), Robert Lenzi as “Miles Tuck” (South Pacific), Michael Wartella as “Hugo” (Wicked), Valerie Wright as “Betsy Foster” (Elf The Musical), and introducing 11-year-old Sarah Charles Lewis as “Winnie Foster”.

TUCK EVERLASTING, is brought to life in a sweeping production which features a book by Tony Award® nominee Claudia Shear (Dirty Blonde), music by Chris Miller (The Burnt Part Boys), lyrics by Nathan Tysen (The Burnt Part Boys), and direction and choreography by Tony Award® winner Casey Nicholaw (Something Rotten!, Aladdin, The Book of Mormon). TUCK EVERLASTING, which debuted earlier this year in a record-breaking engagement at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, will now begin previews on Broadway on Thursday, March 31, 2016, with a new opening night date set for Tuesday, April 26, 2016at Broadway’s Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street).