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The producers of Bandstand are pleased to announce that the new musical will open on Broadway this Spring on April 26, 2017 at a Shubert Theatre to be announced starring Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes (Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella) and Corey Cott (Gigi).
Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, In the Heights), Bandstand features music by RichardOberacker and a book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker.
First performance date, additional casting and creative team will be announced shortly.
Set in the smoke filled, swing fueled night clubs of 1945, Bandstand brings the against-all-odds story of singer/songwriter Donny Novitski (Cott) and his band of mismatched fellow WWII veterans to the stage.
When a national radio contest to find America’s next big swing band offers a chance at instant fame and Hollywood fortune, Donny must whip his wise-cracking gang of jazzers into fighting shape. Teaming up with the beautiful young war widow Julia (Osnes) as their singer, they struggle to confront the lingering effects and secrets of the battlefield that threaten to tear them apart.
Playing for every voiceless underdog in a world that has left them behind, they risk everything in the final live broadcast to redefine the meaning of victory. With an explosive original score and choreography inspired by the high energy swing rhythms of the era, Bandstand is a truly American story of love, loss, triumph and the everyday men and women whose personal bravery defined a nation.
Producer Scott Rudin announced today that, beginning Tuesday, June 13, two-time Tony Award®-winner and one of Broadway’s most treasured stars, Donna Murphy, will step into the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi for Tuesday evening performances of the upcoming Broadway revival of Michael Stewart’s (book) and Jerry Herman’s (music and lyrics) Hello, Dolly!, starring the legendary Bette Midler. (Ms. Murphy will also take over the role during Ms. Midler’s vacations.)
An award-winning star of stage and screen, Ms. Murphy has captivated audiences and critics alike with the depth and range of her work, including Tony Award-winning performances in Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s Passion and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, Tony nominated performances in Wonderful Town, LoveMusik and The People in the Picture, and The Witch in The Public Theater’s acclaimed production of Into The Woods. Ms. Murphy earned a Daytime Emmy for her work in HBO’s “Someone Had to Benny,” and her many TV credits include the PBS period drama Mercy Street, ABC’s Resurrection,VH1’s Hindsight, The Good Wife, and Royal Pains. On the big screen, Ms. Murphy was last seen in The Bourne Legacy, Todd Solondz’ Dark Horse and Vera Farmiga’s Higher Ground. Her other memorable film performances include The Nanny Diaries, Center Stage, Star Trek: Insurrection, and the voice of Mother Gothel in Disney’s hit animated feature Tangled.
This news ends months of speculation about the casting of an alternate Dolly, which led to the creation of the Twitter account @MatineeDolly and hashtag #matineedolly.
The acclaimed new musical War Paint , starring two-time Tony Award winners Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole, will arrive on Broadway this spring, beginning previews March 7, 2017 and opening April 6 at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street). The musical played a sold-out run in Chicago this summer where it became the most successful show in Goodman Theatre’s history. War Paint charts the extraordinary lives of two legendary, trailblazing women – cosmetics entrepreneurs Helena Rubinstein (LuPone) and Elizabeth Arden (Ebersole).
War Paint will also feature Tony Award nominees John Dossett and Douglas Sills, who are reprising their roles from the Chicago world premiere production. Dossett will portray Tommy Lewis, Miss Arden’s husband and chief marketing officer, and Sills will portray the ambitious Harry Fleming, Madame Rubinstein’s clubby confidante and faithful ally.
War Paint tells the remarkable story of cosmetics titans Helena Rubinstein (LuPone) and Elizabeth Arden (Ebersole), who defined beauty standards for the first half of the 20th Century. Brilliant innovators with humble roots, both women were masters of self-invention who sacrificed everything to become the country’s first major female entrepreneurs. They were also fierce competitors, whose 50-year tug-of-war would give birth to an industry that would forever change the face of America. From Fifth Avenue society to the halls of Congress, their intense rivalry was ruthless, relentless and legendary—pushing both women to build international empires in a world dominated by men.
War Paint will be produced by David Stone and Marc Platt.
Additional casting and on-sale ticket information will be announced shortly.
Producer Scott Rudin today announced that Lucas Hnath’s new play, A Doll’s House, Part 2, will come to Broadway next spring in a production directed by Tony Award®-winner Sam Gold. A wildly inventive new American play that picks up after Henrik Ibsen’s most cherished work concludes, A Doll’s House, Part 2 will boast an all-star cast that features three-time Emmy Award-winner and three-time Tony Award®-nominee Laurie Metcalf, Academy Award-winner Chris Cooper, Tony Award®-winner Jayne Houdyshell and two-time Tony Award®-nominee Condola Rashad. Beginning preview performances at Broadway’s John Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street) on Saturday, April 1, 2017, this 16-week engagement will officially open on Thursday, April 27.
In the final scene of Ibsen’s 1879 ground-breaking masterwork, Nora Helmer makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children, and begin a life on her own. This climactic event — when Nora slams the door on everything in her life — instantly propelled world drama into the modern age. In A Doll’s House, Part 2, many years have passed since Nora’s exit. Now, there’s a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. But why? And what will it mean for those she left behind?
The design team includes Evening Standard Award-winner Miriam Buether (Scenic Design) and Tony Award® winner David Zinn (Costume Design).
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking Broadway musical, CATS will make history once again when internet sensation, Grumpy Cat becomes the first genuine feline to join the cast. Grumpy Cat, the media personality, performer and New York Times best-selling author, will make her Broadway debut alongside the cast on stage at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 W 52nd Street) on Friday, September 30, 2016.
“Being selected as the first real cat to perform in CATS on Broadway is an honor. I hate it,” said Grumpy Cat about her impending Broadway debut. “If I’m really being honest, I’d prefer to play the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera.”
Grumpy Cat is the most famous (and grouchiest) cat on the internet. She rocketed to fame on September 22, 2012 when her photo was posted on Reddit. In a short amount of time Grumpy Cat has become a legitimate pop culture sensation with over 12 million followers. In addition to being the official spokescat for Friskies, Grumpy has appeared on numerous TV shows, a range of merchandise, four best-selling books, and her very own Lifetime Christmas movie. When Grumpy Cat is at home, she enjoys a normal life as a kitty, playing with her brother Pokey and eating all the treats she can.“