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BWW Blog: Christopher Vo of ON THE TOWN - Sitzprobe!
by Christopher Vo - September 17, 2014

I experienced my first Broadway Sitzprobe this past weekend! The nerdy Asian boy in me needs to explain what a sitzprobe is, for those who don't already know. Sitzprobe (pronounced zits-probe) is a German-derived term literally meaning 'seated test or seated trial.' Of course, the sitzprobe process is widely used across the various performing arts. In the musical theater world, it is when the orchestra members and the actors meet for the first time and do a seated run-through rehearsal of the show. Up until Saturday, we had been listening to our rehearsal pianists and drummer. From what I understand, the score is tremendously difficult to play on the piano, as it was written to be performed by a huge orchestra. So here's a shout-out to our talented rehearsal musicians who have been holding down the fort for us during the past several weeks. (more...)

BWW Blog: Jon Drake of DIRTY DANCING National Tour - Playing Mr. Schumacher
by Jon Drake - September 16, 2014

So we have just arrived in Durham, NC. We had our closing week in DC and with understudy rehearsals and a lot of different people being swung on. I made my debut as Mr. Schumacher. I haven't had that much fun in a while. I gotta say the cast, crew, and wardrobe were awesome as they helped direct me and guide me through my shows.Also, We had Alexendra Mateo, Nikki Spencer, and Joshua Keith all having debuts doing new bits in the show and they did great! In all DC was a success. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: NTI Changed My Life - John Krasinski
by National Theater Institute - September 15, 2014

The National Theater Institute includes a vibrant community of over 3,500 alumni. The many talents of these actors, writers, directors, and designers can be seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in films, television, London's West End, and at every major regional theater in the U.S. Today, in an excerpt from The O'Neill: Transformation of Modern American Theater, we hear from actor-writer-director John Krasinski (Promised Land, Away We Go, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Big Miracle, The Office) about why he calls his semester away at NTI "one the most influential moments of [his] life". (more...)

BWW Blog: Christopher Vo of ON THE TOWN - Getting 'Snipered'
by Christopher Vo - September 12, 2014

Things are moving along so quickly as the first preview performance of On The Town (September 20) approaches. We have completed teching almost half of our show. One of my favorite songs in the show is 'Lonely Town', performed by Tony Yazbeck (as the sailor Gabey). Tony's voice is hauntingly gorgeous, and the accompanying duet danced by Kristine Covillo and Stephen Hanna is stunning. On The Town is such a comedic show, so it is a refreshing change of pace when we get to the 'Lonely Town' number. I dressed up my dogs, Hugo and Banjo, in sailor outfits and took pictures of them. Enjoy. I imagine them howling out this tune while they are home alone. (more...)

BWW Blog: Jon Drake of DIRTY DANCING National Tour - Versatility
by Jon Drake - September 10, 2014

Hi guys! Last time we spoke I was headed into Johnny rehearsals, but due to some unforeseen circumstances I will be playing the 80 year old Mr. Schumacher first instead of the leading heartthrob for a few performances. This week, I guess versatility is a must! So to bone up on my more mature character, I've gone straight to our resident "old guys". First, I went to talk to Gary Lynch. This is his second time on tour with Dirty Dancing. I asked him how this show compares to the other US tour and he said it is sharper and more refined. "They've taken out a lot of extraneous material and made it more streamlined." Gary also originally played Moe, my role in the show. He told me how the character had a few more scenes, a song, and a lot more lines, but I sure am glad I don't have to do all that extra work with the insane amount of dancing and understudying I have to do in the show! (more...)

BWW Blog: Meet Christopher Vo of Broadway's ON THE TOWN
by Christopher Vo - September 09, 2014

Along with my Broadway debut in 'On the Town', I'm thrilled to be making my blogging debut. You can expect to hear about all the exciting happenings with our show leading up to our big opening night on October 16th. This has been an incredible journey. An exhilarating three-week whirlwind of rehearsals has led us to our first week of tech! We pretty much attempted our first stop and start run through of our show by the middle of our second week of rehearsals. The remainder of the time, our director John Rando and choreographer Josh Bergasse chipped at the bit, getting the show in tip top shape before we got into the theatre. (more...)

Complete casting announced for The Real Thing
by Roundabout Theatre Company - September 09, 2014

We are pleased to announce the complete cast for The Real Thing, starring Ewan McGregor as 'Henry,' Maggie Gyllenhaalas 'Annie,' Cynthia Nixon as 'Charlotte' and Josh Hamilton as 'Max.' (more...)

Interview with Playwright Tom Stoppard
by Roundabout Theatre Company - September 09, 2014

Ted Sod, Education Dramaturg sat down with playwright Tom Stoppard and discussedIndian Ink. (more...)

Interview with Actor Firdous Bamji
by Roundabout Theatre Company - September 09, 2014

Actor Firdous Bamji spoke with Education Dramaturg Ted Sod about his role in Indian Ink. (more...)

Interview with Actor Rosemary Harris
by Roundabout Theatre Company - September 09, 2014


Indian Ink: Read, Watch, Listen, Look
by Roundabout Theatre Company - September 09, 2014

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

BWW Exclusive: National Music Theater Institute - Training Beyond the Triple Threat
by National Theater Institute - September 08, 2014

The National Music Theater Institute (NMTI) is the newest credit-earning, semester-long intensive from the National Theater Institute. Utilizing the O'Neill's experience and excellence in training young theater artists and history of developing new musicals (including Nine, Avenue Q, In The Heights, [title of show], and Violet), NMTI offers broad-based training in all areas of musical theater: acting, singing, directing, writing, dance, composition, and choreography. (more...)

BWW Blog: Paige Davis - Life's Dancing Lessons
by Paige Davis - September 05, 2014

I had intended this to be the blog entry I'd post immediately following the closing of Dancing Lessons, the play I just finished at Barrington Stage Company, but then the #IceBucketChallenge kind of took the spotlight on that day. Hard to top that moment! But now I can circle back. (more...)

BWW Blog: Meet Jon Drake of DIRTY DANCING National Tour - Getting Dirty
by Jon Drake - September 03, 2014

Finally, we are in beautiful Washington DC. The team just finished up our tech and first previews in York, PA. We are so close to our official opening (Tuesday, Sept.2) of "Dirty Dancing". What a whirlwind it has been. There has been a lot to work on with a whole new set, blocking, and musical arrangements for the show… but when the going got tough, the cast and crew got dirty! Tons of costume changes, and some last minute revisions have made us stay on our toes.To add to this I start "Johnny" rehearsal this week! I am so excited to put on the black tank, sunshades, and leather jacket. Not to mention working with this gal. (more...)

BWW Blog: NYNW Theater Festival Finalist Advises 'Write What You Know'
by Caryn Robbins - September 02, 2014

When it comes to writing, there's a well-known adage that advises, 'write what you know.' Three years ago, I embraced that age-old wisdom and set out to write my first play. (more...)

BWW Blog: Libby Servais of Transcendence Theatre Company's 'Broadway Under the Stars' - Gala Celebration Week
by Libby Servais - September 02, 2014

As usual, this past week with the Transcendence Theatre Company has been yet another vivaciously exuberant one. Once again, we connected with tremendous sold out and full of life, audiences...but our final performance of "Music of the Night" was unlike any performance I've ever been a part of. Here in Sonoma, California, we had an intense earthquake (6.2 rating) at 3:23 A.M. on August 24th (the early morning of that show).This was the first earthquake I've ever experienced and it truly shook me to the core. In fact, I've never been so deeply terrified in my twenty some years of life. Our entire house was rocking back and forth, paintings were falling off the walls, large bookshelves were tipping over and of course the power went out. The only light I could see came from the terrifying explosions of electrical boxes bursting outside my bedroom windows. I could feel my heart racing and literally thumping out of my chest. The earthquake only lasted about 45 seconds but felt like 45 hours to me. In that short amount of time, I actually saw my entire life flash before me. In tears, I sat trembling and adrenalized, clutching my dog child, Pearl and boyfriend Stephan Stubbins and I realized how we cannot take a single moment on this Earth for granted. Life is so precious. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Introducing The National Theater Institute's Complete Theater Training
by National Theater Institute - September 01, 2014

The National Theater Institute is excited to partner with BroadwayWorld to give an inside look at the undergraduate training program that has launched the careers of thousands of actors, directors, dancers, composers, designers, and playwrights since 1970. (more...)

Interview with Director Carey Perloff
by Roundabout Theatre Company - August 29, 2014

TED SOD: Tell us about yourself: Where were you born and educated? When did you realize you wanted to be a director? (more...)

The Real Thing: more cast members announced
by Roundabout Theatre Company - August 28, 2014

It is my pleasure to announce that Alex Breaux and Madeline Weinsteinhave joined the cast of The Real Thing. Alex, playing 'Brodie,' and Madeline, playing 'Debbie,' will both make their Broadway debuts at the American Airlines Theatre. (more...)

BWW Blog: Paige Davis - The Gold Stage Door
by Paige Davis - August 28, 2014

When I was 10 years old, I had the life altering good fortune to see A CHORUS LINE on Broadway. It was playing at the Shubert Theater and it offered a gift of magic that stayed with me from curtain up to curtain down, and beyond. I had been transported by the dancers and their stories; so when the show ended, I pleaded with my parents to let me wait at the stage door in Shubert Alley for the dancers to emerge. I didn't have lofty goals of meeting them or asking for their autographs, I just wanted to catch a reassuring glimpse that such creatures were real. (more...)

In the rehearsal room of Indian Ink: first run-through
by Roundabout Theatre Company - August 27, 2014

In the second installment of weekly updates from the Indian Ink rehearsal room, Director Carey Perloff describes the first run-through in the rehearsal room and finding the 'rasa' of the play. (more...)

BWW Blog: Rommy Sandhu of THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN - To Understand the Present, Learn from the Past
by Rommy Sandhu - August 26, 2014

There's an old adage that goes something like this, if you really want to know a person…walk a mile in their shoes. (more...)

You Can't Take It With You: Designer Statements
by Roundabout Theatre Company - August 25, 2014

Central to the comic plot of You Can't Take It with You are the eccentricities of the Sycamore family. The entire three-act play takes place in the house where this extended family lives in upper Manhattan. We wanted the audience to get the sense that this family doesn't quite conform to their surroundings from the moment they enter the theater, so, rather than a standard show curtain, they see the front porch of a fully three dimensional, faintly Victorian, turn-of-the-century house, flanked on each side by renderings of two relatively modern apartment buildings from the 1930s. Inspired by architectural 'holdouts' that are sprinkled throughout New York City, this image creates a stark contrast between the Sycamore house and the prevailing aesthetic of the rest of the neighborhood -- playfully hinting at the quirky family that the audience is about to meet. (more...)

BWW Blog: Libby Servais of Transcendence Theatre Company's 'Broadway Under the Stars' - WITNESS UGANDA and Community Events
by Libby Servais - August 22, 2014

Along with the wonderful Broadway Under the Stars concerts that we have at TTC, we also had a tremendous week of other special events including our third Guest Artist concert, Inspiration Initiative Day and our final Skits Under the Stars night. All of these events happened on our days off from the Music of the Night concerts and I feel tremendously inspired by it all. Looking at my calendar this past week made me slightly nervous that I wouldn't have enough time to fit everything in but actually it was all accomplished and enjoyed at the same time. For me, this was an excellent reminder that we are all capable of taking on SO much more than our minds might normally think. There is not a single second to waste with all of life's beauty at our fingertips. That's truly how every delicious day is at TTC. Satisfyingly full. (more...)

Message from Todd Haimes about You Can't Take It With You
by Roundabout Theatre Company - August 22, 2014