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BWW Blog: Libby Servais of Transcendence Theatre Company's 'Broadway Under the Stars' - More Fantastical Family Night
by Libby Servais - July 31, 2014

"I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time." - Jack London (more...)


Alan Cumming's Opening Night Inspiration, Otto Dix
by Roundabout Theatre Company - July 30, 2014

Following the opening night performance of Cabaret, actor Alan Cumming (Emcee) surprised and awed the guests of the opening night bash. Inspired by German artist Otto Dix, Cumming emerged from his dressing room as the subject of one of Dix's most famous paintings, Portrait of the Journalist Sylvia von Harden (1926). Brandishing a red-checkered jumpsuit, a monocle fixed over his right eye, a cigarette holder and slicked-back hair, the Cabaret star looked almost identical to the 1926 painting. In an interview with NPR, Alan explained, ' I decided that I would do my own thing and have a modern interpretation of an image that is very much an inspiration for the production. We have those images of Otto Dix all over the walls, and [George] Grosz and all those painters. ... I'm going to go as that painting.' The portrait, a mixed media work on wood, is currently housed at the Musee National d'Art Moderne in Paris. At the time of its creation, Dix had just been discharged from service in World War I and was working in Dresden during the Weimar Republicof Germany. (more...)


BWW Blog: Jesse Swimm of Goodspeed's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - A Trip to the Library and a Night at the Sea Shanty
by Jesse Swimm - July 29, 2014

A trip to the library and a night at the Sea Shanty.... (more...)


BWW Blog: Libby Servais of Transcendence Theatre Company's 'Broadway Under the Stars' - Fantastical Family Night
by Libby Servais - July 26, 2014

As Transcendence Theatre Company prepares to open "Fantastical Family Night" of the Broadway Under the Stars concert series, I wanted to let you in on some of the fun that we've been having. Along with leading an incredibly special Broadway Kids Camp that was more inspiring than I could ever have imagined (see previous blog), I've loved every second of making magic with this uniquely amazing group of TTC artists. (more...)


BWW Blog: Jesse Swimm of Goodspeed's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - Kayaks, TV Spots, Swing Ons, and Talk Backs
by Jesse Swimm - July 25, 2014

Kayaks, TV Spots, Swing Ons, and Talk Backs (more...)


BWW Blog: Libby Servais of Transcendence Theatre Company's 'Broadway Under the Stars' - Broadway Kids Camp
by Libby Servais - July 24, 2014

Broadway kids camp is well under way with Transcendence Theatre Company. The campers are an inspiring bunch of kids (ages 8-18) that are creating absolute magic together. Watching them discover and fly with their own artistic freedom is really special. They've been rehearsing choreography and music that they'll be performing with the adult TTC artist's this weekend in "Fantastical Family Night" of TTC's Broadway Under The Stars series. To start each day of camp we all gather and hold hands in a gigantic circle. One of our TTC artists leads us in a group activity to make sure everyone is aligned and ready for the day! (more...)


Michelle Williams Extends Role Through November 9
by Roundabout Theatre Company - July 22, 2014

We are pleased to announce that 3-time Academy Award nominee & Golden Globe winner, Michelle Williams has extended her acclaimed run as 'Sally Bowles' in Cabaret on Broadway through November 9, 2014. (more...)


BWW Blog: Jesse Swimm of Goodspeed's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - The Day Off
by Jesse Swimm - July 22, 2014

Boy have I been looking forward to this one all week long, lol. This was an especially tough week for a lot of us as we not only had our normal 8 show week, we also had some understudy rehearsal on Thursday and Friday to be ready if the chance arose when we would have to go on. Don't get me wrong, I really do appreciate being able to work on the material in a different way and it is always a treat when you get to hear different interpretations of the story. However, with all that said and done I was still extremely exhausted at the amount of work we had been doing. So the prospect of two days off was a spectacular one. It started out rather a bit intense and not necessarily what one would think would be a relaxing morning. However getting to the gym is something important and actually was the perfect way for us to gear up for our epic day off. Since I have started this job, and a bit before, I have been trying to keep up with a regular routine of gym as well as eating a much more strict diet. So far it has been going well, but there are definitely those times where I would love a large pizza and some beer, ha!!! (more...)


Germany at the Time of Cabaret
by Roundabout Theatre Company - July 18, 2014

Cabaret is set in 1930s Berlin, just around the time the Nazi Party began rising to power in Germany. The Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage at the Kit Kat Klub nightly to tantalize the crowd, and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, the club, a metaphor for the threatening state of the late Weimar Germany begins to fall apart. (more...)


BWW Blog: Jesse Swimm of Goodspeed's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - It's Opening Night
by Jesse Swimm - July 17, 2014

It's opening night… (more...)


History of Physical Comedy
by Roundabout Theatre Company - July 16, 2014

Jim Dale got his big break at an audition after getting a big laugh from a big fall. From that moment on, he would use his physicality for laughs, making him part of a long line of artists unafraid of falling down on the job. (more...)


Josh Hamilton joins the cast of The Real Thing
by Roundabout Theatre Company - July 15, 2014

We are pleased to announce that Josh Hamilton will play 'Max' opposite Ewan McGregor ('Henry'), Maggie Gyllenhaal('Annie') and Cynthia Nixon ('Charlotte') inTom Stoppard's Tony® Award-winning playThe Real Thing, directed by Sam Gold. (more...)


BWW Blog: Jesse Swimm of Goodspeed's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - Countdown to Opening Night
by Jesse Swimm - July 15, 2014

So this Wednesday, the 16th of July, is going to be our official press opening for Fiddler on the Roof. Goodspeed has a wonderful opportunity for actors to run the show for a few weeks as if it were previews and then officially open it at a later date. It really gives the company, at least I feel, the opportunity to really sit into the piece, experience, play, and work on all the little nuances so that it is ready for the critics and audiences alike. For the most part regional theatres don't have this luxury and this is where I really think that Goodspeed excels when it comes to putting on a show. They take the time to truly craft the most exceptional piece of theatre that they can by giving the appropriate amount of time to live with a show before it is ready for the press. With this coming it gave us the opportunity to work some new moments as well as really tighten choreography. Now with Parker gone that duty falls to our dance captain, Curtis Schroeger, to maintain and assess what needs to be looked at before the show has it's press opening. So for the past few days along with our director, Rob, we took the time to really invest in what was happening on our stage, to make it the best possible show we could give. Again it was truly great to be able to take the time to really examine each breath and each beat. The beauty of Fiddler is how truthful it is in its story. It isn't just a piece of fluff. It really has stood the test of time where a lot of musicals have been forgotten by the way side. (more...)


BWW Blog: Libby Servais of Transcendence Theatre Company's 'Broadway Under the Stars' - Rehearsals
by Libby Servais - July 14, 2014

Today, we start rehearsals for our next concert of Transcendence Theatre Company's, Broadway Under the Stars season. I'm so excited to see all of the performers that arrived last night from NYC and LA!!! I have some close friends coming out to perform in this concert and and am of course excited for the new friends I'll be meeting! This concert will be our "Fantastical Family Night." It will also include the kids from our Broadway Kids camp….which I am SO EXCITED ABOUT! Needless to say, a lot has been going on here since our closing night of our first concert, "One Singular Sensation." (more...)


Cabaret: Read, Watch, Listen
by Roundabout Theatre Company - July 11, 2014

Immerse yourself in the world of Cabaret with our recommended reading, watching and listening lists! WHAT TO READ (more...)


Jim Dale at Roundabout
by Roundabout Theatre Company - July 10, 2014

Veteran actor Jim Dale has a long history with Roundabout Theatre Company. Starting with one of Roundabout's earliest successes, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Jim Dale has performed in five Roundabout productions over the last 30 years. In his brand new solo show, Just Jim Daleunder the direction of Tony winner Richard Maltby, Jr. (Fosse, Ain't Misbehavin'), Dale shares his passion for the stage as he recounts a lifetime of irresistible showbiz tales. We look back at some of his great roles at Roundabout below. (more...)


BWW Blog: Jesse Swimm of Goodspeed's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - 4th of July, Birthdays, and Backstage Life
by Jesse Swimm - July 10, 2014

Yes I know it's a pretty long title for this weeks blog, but a lot can happen in a few days when working away from home, lol. Such was the case this week as we got to celebrate the 4th; our Fiddler, Max Chucker's Birthday, as well as some much needed time off from the show. (more...)


The Life of Studio 54
by Roundabout Theatre Company - July 08, 2014

Studio 54 was known for two things before Roundabout purchased this historic theatre: being a famous club and being a cursed theatre, with shows sometimes opening and closing in the same night. However, Roundabout turned Studio 54's luck around with successful productions likeSunday in the Park with George, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and, of course, Cabaret. (more...)


BWW Blog: Libby Servais of Transcendence Theatre Company's 'Broadway Under the Stars' - Magic Land
by Libby Servais - July 08, 2014

And so my summer in Magic Land begins…. (more...)


BWW Blog: Jesse Swimm of Goodspeed's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - Ah, 5, 6, 7, 8...
by Jesse Swimm - July 07, 2014

Ah 5, 6, 7, 8… (more...)


BWW Blog: James Beaman of Cape Playhouse's 1776 - Meet the Congress!
by James Beaman - July 03, 2014

One of the reasons I became enamored of acting as a child was the opportunity to put on period costumes and to imagine I was going back in time. It's one of the giddy pleasures of being an actor-dress up! And there are few periods that are quite as distinctive and fun as the 18th century. In this week's vlog post, I have my first fitting for my John Adams costume with designer Gail Baldoni. (more...)


BWW Blog: Welcome Back Jesse Swimm of Goodspeed Musical's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
by Jesse Swimm - July 02, 2014

'Who Day and Night Must Scramble For A Living.....Tradition!!!' (more...)


Weimar Republic: The Cabaret
by Roundabout Theatre Company - July 02, 2014

The end of World War I in 1918 brought radical change to a defeated, disillusioned Germany. The entire population had experienced hunger, death, and violence. In October of that year, as the Americans brought renewed vigor to the fighting on the Western front, a largely communist revolt against the Kaiser and the war spread across Germany. Top military leaders showed no confidence in the monarchy. In early November, the Kaiser abdicated, and a leading socialist party declared a republic, thus bringing the Weimar Republic to power. The November 11 armistice was signed soon after. The war with the world had ended, but Germany's internal war was just beginning. (more...)


Shakespearean Clowns
by Roundabout Theatre Company - July 02, 2014

Jim Dale's career as an actor grew out of his success as a music hall performer and musician. He put those music hall skills as a wit, singer, musician, and physical comedian to work in performances of William Shakespeare's many clowns and fools. (more...)


BWW Blog: James Beaman of Cape Playhouse's 1776 - Clothes Make the Man!
by James Beaman - June 30, 2014

One of the reasons I became enamored of acting as a child was the opportunity to put on period costumes and to imagine I was going back in time. It's one of the giddy pleasures of being an actor-dress up! And there are few periods that are quite as distinctive and fun as the 18th century. In this week's vlog post, I have my first fitting for my John Adams costume with designer Gail Baldoni. (more...)