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July 19, 2016

This winter, thirty years after it first premiered at Circle Repertory Company, producers Stacey Mindich and Jessica R. Jenen will present the first-ever Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson’s acclaimed play, Burn This, directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer, and starring Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal. The play will re-open Ambassador Theatre Group’s historic Hudson Theatre (139-141 West 44th St) on Broadway. Performances begin February 2017, with an opening night set for Monday, March 6, 2017.

Mark Cornell, Ambassador Theatre Group’s Chief Executive Officer, said “We are thrilled that Jake will star in the first play at The Hudson Theatre in almost 50 years. We can’t wait to welcome audiences to see Michael Mayer’s new production of Lanford Wilson’s Burn This, and experience ATG’s passion for providing an exceptional customer experience.”

“I am honored to bring Lanford Wilson’s gorgeous and timeless play back to Broadway in a new production starring Jake Gyllenhaal, whose stage work has been exhilarating and who is a dream choice for this role,” Mayer said.  “What a joy to reopen the historic Hudson Theatre. In the midst of an exquisite restoration, the intimate playhouse is the perfect home for this modern American classic.”

One of the essential plays about downtown New York in the raw and gritty 1980s, this combustible, Tony-winning drama explores the spiritual and emotional isolation of Pale and Anna, two iconoclasts who are brought together in the wake of a life-changing event. Heralded for its complexity, humor, sexuality and emotional core, Burn This is a masterwork from one of America’s greatest playwrights.  

One of the essential plays about downtown New York in the raw and gritty 1980s, this combustible, Tony-winning drama explores the spiritual and emotional isolation of Pale and Anna, two iconoclasts who are brought together in the wake of a life-changing event. Heralded for its complexity, humor, sexuality and emotional core, Burn This is a masterwork from one of America’s greatest playwrights.  

June 9, 2016

Producer Scott Rudin has announced the staggering complete cast list for the upcoming production of The Front Page, Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s classic 1928 comedy set in the world of the Chicago newspaper business.

Joining previously announced stars Nathan Lane, John Slattery, John Goodman, Jefferson Mays, and Sherie Rene Scott will beHolland Taylor and Robert Morse, along with Dylan Baker, Patricia Conolly, Halley Feiffer, Dann Florek, John Magaro, Danny Mastrogiorgio, Christopher McDonald, David Pittu, Joey Slotnick, Lewis J. Stadlen, Micah Stock, and Clarke Thorell.

As previously announced, The Front Page will begin previews on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 with an official opening set for October 20. Directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien, the show will play a limited engagement through Sunday, February 5, 2017 at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 W. 44th Street). Tickets now on sale via telecharge.com / (212) 239-6200.

The press room of Chicago’s Criminal Courts Building is buzzing with reporters covering the story of an escaped prisoner. When star reporter Hildy Johnson (Slattery) accidentally discovers the runaway convict, he and his editor Walter Burns (Lane) conspire to hide the man from the other reporters, while they chase the biggest scoop of their careers.

The Front Page premiered on August 14, 1928 at the Times Square Theatre, in a production staged by George S. Kaufman. The play was heralded for its rapid-fire dialogue written by former newspapermen Hecht and MacArthur, and was one of four stunning and unprecedented hits in a row in the early career of its producer, the legendary Jed Harris.

Often cited as the greatest play ever written about the newspaper business, The Front Page has also been a hit on screen. A 1931 film version starred Adolphe Menjou as Walter Burns and Pat O’Brien as Hildy Johnson. The 1940 film adaptation, His Girl Friday, starring Cary Grant as Walter Burns and Rosalind Russell as a now-female Hildy Johnson, is considered one of the classics of the screwball comedy genre, and in 1993 was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry.

June 7, 2016

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce that Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon will star in Manhattan Theatre Club’s new Broadway production of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan.

In a first for Manhattan Theatre Club, Linney and Nixon will alternate in the roles of Regina Hubbard Giddens, and Birdie Hubbard, both members of a strong-willed aristocratic Southern family. The actresses will play the roles in repertory, appearing opposite each other at each performance. The schedule of which actress will play which role at each performance will be announced in Spring 2017.

Two extraordinary actresses return to Manhattan Theatre Club in a vibrant new production of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes. In a thrilling coup, MTC will present three-time Tony Award® nominee Laura Linney (Time Stands Still, Sight Unseen) and Tony winner Cynthia Nixon (Rabbit Hole, Wit), who will alternate playing the roles of Regina and Birdie in Lillian Hellman’s legendary play about greed and ambition. Set in Alabama in 1900, The Little Foxes follows Regina Giddens and her ruthless clan, including her sister-in-law Birdie, as they clash in often brutal ways in an effort to strike the deal of their lives. Far from a sentimental look at a bygone era, the play has a surprisingly timely resonance with important issues facing our country today. Tony winner Daniel Sullivan (Proof,Rabbit Hole) will direct.

Additional casting, creative team, additional listings information, and performance schedule for The Little Foxes will be announced at a later date. The schedule for Linney and Nixon alternating in the two roles will be announced in Spring 2017.

June 1, 2016

The Tony Awards announced today that the Excellence in Theatre Education Award, presented by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), will be presented to Marilyn McCormick, drama teacher at Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Mich.  

This annual honor recognizes 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 selected the winner and two finalists from more than 1,100 entries.

McCormick’s students, present and past, along with colleagues at Cass Technical High School submitted heartfelt letters, tributes and videos through the application process.   To celebrate her hard work and valuable contribution to theatre education, McCormick will receive a $10,000 grant for her theatre program and a trip to New York City to be recognized during the live CBS broadcast of the 70th Annual Tony Awards on June 12, 2016.

McCormick and the Cass Tech students were informed of her selection by a surprise visit to McCormick’s classroom by Renée Elise Goldsberry, a 2016 Tony Award nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for her starring role in Broadway’s “Hamilton.” Goldsberry is a CMU alum and served on this year’s judge’s panel.

“To think that my students recommended me for this award … that’s an honor,” said McCormick, who is retiring in June. “I am overwhelmed to be receiving this recognition, and I can’t wait to go to the Tony Awards. I have always told my students, ‘Good, better, best; never let it rest, until your good gets better and your better is best.’ Well, this is certainly the best!”

McCormick is the drama instructor within the Performing Arts curriculum at Cass Technical High School. She teaches courses such as Children’s Theatre – an introductory theatre course geared toward teaching the basics of theatre etiquette and technique. Students in this class perform two plays per year for invited middle and elementary school guests. Readers Theatre – a more experienced ensemble of young artists who have decided to pursue theatre/acting as a profession – perform two productions per year for invited high school peers. They travel around the city and the country performing original plays. The students are introduced to Misner, Stanislavski and some Alexander Technique. Part of the course work is applying for colleges as well as preparing and rehearsing audition materials. McCormick travels with students to either Unified College Auditions or directly to the college campuses to help guide and support her students in their efforts. McCormick directs one play and one musical each year. In addition, she supervises the Performing Arts Guild, which is a troop of comic actors who perform comedy sketch/variety shows to raise money for the Performing Arts department, which is all self-funded.

“Marilyn is a shining example of a theatre educator who not only provides her students with the fundamentals to be successful performers, but also the guidance and confidence to thrive after they graduate. Her dedication, commitment and passion for not only the arts but for her students was evident in the heartfelt applications – videos and letters that we received on her behalf. We are inspired by her and honored to present the Excellence in Theatre Education Award to her,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing.

“It is a great honor to present the Excellence in Theatre Education Award with the Tony Awards, especially because we value arts education as an integral part of students’ curriculum, whether the arts are their major course of study or not,” said Dan J. Martin, dean, Carnegie Mellon University College of Fine Arts. “We are thrilled to give it to a deserving educator like Marilyn McCormick, who truly cares about and influences her students’ lives.”

This year, the Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon also recognize the work of Kevin G. Coleman, Director of Education at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Maine, and Sarah Crowell, Artistic Director at Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, Calif. Coleman and Crowell were selected as 2016 Excellence in Theatre Education Award finalists.

Coleman is the creator and director of multiple programs through Shakespeare & Company’s education department, including The Fall Festival of Shakespeare, a nine-week residency program at 12 public high schools in western Massachusetts and New York where 600 students are lead through a language-based exploration of a Shakespeare play, culminating in full-scale productions performed non-competitively over one weekend at the Tina Packer Playhouse for the public; The Shakespeare in the Courts Project, which allows adjudicated juvenile offenders to work with Shakespeare & Company artists and participate in classes, rehearsals, and performances of scenes from Shakespeare as an alternative to incarceration; and the theatre program at The Austen Riggs Center, a world-renowned mental health center for treatment-resistant patients, which includes classes and performances that explore in-depth experience of the actor’s craft: movement, voice training and exploration of text. Coleman also teaches professional development workshops for teachers across the country to help reinvent Shakespeare in the classroom and on stage.

Crowell has led the youth performances at Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company (DAYPC) for nearly a quarter century. Through this program, 20 teens engage in a nine-month process that culminates in an original performance that brings the social issues affecting teens’ lives and communities to a professional stage. By the end of the season, the young performers have spent approximately 200 hours collaborating and performing with peers and professional artists in a dramatic and powerful form that connects audiences with society’s deepest questions, including rape, HIV, poverty, and alienation.

From January to March 2016, more than 1,100 submissions were sent online for K-12 theatre educators at an accredited institution or recognized community theatre organization. Anyone—from students and school administrators, to friends, neighbors and family—could submit a worthy teacher for consideration. Teachers were required to hold a position dedicated to and/or includes aspects of theatre education in order to be submitted.

Carnegie Mellon University is the exclusive higher education partner of the Tony Awards. Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama is the first degree-granting drama school in America. Together with the Tony Awards, Carnegie Mellon University presents the Excellence in Theater Education Award.  Last year’s inaugural Award honored Corey Mitchell, theatre arts teacher at the Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte, N.C. Mitchell was recognized at the Tony Awards ceremony on June 7, 2015, at Radio City Music Hall during a pre-televised awards ceremony and during the live broadcast by CMU alumnus and actor Joe Manganiello.

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 more than 40 awards to date. In the 2014 live Tony Awards telecast, CMU alumni Zachary Quinto and Matt Bomer introduced the 2015 educator award initiative.

The Tony Awards will be broadcast in a live three-hour ceremony from the Beacon Theatre on the CBS television network on Sunday, June 12, 2016. For more information on the Tony Awards, visit TonyAwards.com and Facebook.com/TheTonyAwards and follow @TheTonyAwards on Instagram and Twitter.

June 1, 2016

Producer Kevin McCollum is pleased to announce Something Rotten!, the ten-time Tony-Award nominated smash hit 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, will launch a national tour at the Boston Opera House January 17-29, 2017, following a preview period at Proctors in Schenectady, NY. The New York production recently celebrated its one-year anniversary on Broadway and continues performances at the St. James Theatre.

The announced tour route includes Schenectady (preview performances): January 10-15, 2017;Boston: January 17-29, 2017; Pittsburgh: January 31-February 5, 2017; St. Louis: February 7-19, 2017; Cincinnati: February 21-March 5, 2017; Tampa: March 7-12, 2017; Naples: March 14-19, 2017; Ft. Lauderdale: March 21-April 2, 2017; Durham: April 4-9, 2017; Greenville: April 11-16, 2017; Baltimore: April 18-23, 2017; Cleveland: April 25-May 14, 2017; Omaha: May 16-21, 2017;Tulsa: May 23-28, 2017; Austin: May 30-June 4, 2017; Houston: June 6-11, 2017; Dallas: June 13-25, 2017; and Nashville: June 27-July 2, 2017. Additional dates and casting to be announced at a later date.

From the director of Aladdin and co-director of The Book of Mormon and the producer of RentAvenue Q and In the Heights, this hilarious new musical comedy tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar Will Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells the next big thing in theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! With the most singing, the most dancing and the most gut-busting laughs on Broadway, it’s something wonderful… something for everyone… It’s Something Rotten!