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BWW Blog: Christopher Vo of ON THE TOWN - Sitzprobe!
by Guest Blogger: Christopher Vo - Sep 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...)

Marty Thomas and Industry Bar's Second BE A DIVA Singing Competition Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

Marty Thomas Presents DIVA features NYCs finest female vocalists paying tribute to the greatest icons throughout history! The show performs weekly in midtown Manhattan hotspot, Industry Bar. It has also been seen around the country, as well as on Off Broadway and Broadway stages. In its fourth year, the show has featured such acts as Shoshana Bean, Shayna Steele, Rachel Potter, Alysha Umphress, Lena Hall, Eden Espinosa, The Glamazons, The Skivvies, Ramona Keller, N'Kenge, Saycon Sengbloh, Kate Rockwell and many many more. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Coming Soon to New York, New York - Meet the Cast of Broadway's ON THE TOWN!
by Jennifer Broski - Sep 05, 2014

This fall, one of America's classic musical comedies is back on Broadway - On The Town, featuringTony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alves. ON THE TOWN, the classic musical comedy love letter to New York City, will return to Broadway this fall in a critically acclaimed production directed by John Rando (Tony AwardŽ for Urinetown) and choreographed byJoshua Bergasse. Bergasse makes his Broadway debut as a choreographer with the production. On The Town will begin previews on Saturday, September 20, 2014 and officially open on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Broadway's Lyric Theatre (213 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036). Tickets for the new Broadway revival of On The Town are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com. The cast just met the press and below, you can check out photos from their special performance preview! (more...)

BWW TV: It's a Helluva Town! Watch a Sneak Peek of Broadway-Bound ON THE TOWN
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 03, 2014

This fall, one of America's classic musical comedies is back on Broadway - On The Town, featuringTony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alves. ON THE TOWN, the classic musical comedy love letter to New York City, will return to Broadway this fall in a critically acclaimed production directed by John Rando (Tony AwardŽ for Urinetown) and choreographed byJoshua Bergasse. Bergasse makes his Broadway debut as a choreographer with the production. On The Town will begin previews on Saturday, September 20, 2014 and officially open on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Broadway's Lyric Theatre (213 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036). Tickets for the new Broadway revival of On The Town are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com. The cast just met the press today and BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was there to chat with the full gang about the production. Check out what they had to say and watch a performance sneak peek below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Rachel Potter and More at Marty Thomas Presents DIVA's 2014 GLITTER BALL
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

Last night, Monday, August 25, Industry Bar in midtown Manhattan celebrated the birthday of Marty Thomas (Xanadu, Wicked, The Secret Garden). Scroll down for photos from this year's GLITTER BALL! (more...)

Marty Thomas Present Diva Hosts Glitter Ball with Guest Rachel Potter Tonoght
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

Tonight, August 25, Industry Bar in midtown Manhattan celebrates the birthday of Marty Thomas (Xanadu, Wicked, The Secret Garden). (more...)

Up on the Marquee: ON THE TOWN at the Newly Named Lyric Theatre
by Walter McBride - Aug 21, 2014

This fall, one of America's classic musical comedies is back on Broadway - On The Town, featuring Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alves. ON THE TOWN, the classic musical comedy love letter to New York City, will return to Broadway this fall in a critically acclaimed production directed by John Rando (Tony AwardŽ for Urinetown) and choreographed byJoshua Bergasse. Bergasse makes his Broadway debut as a choreographer with the production. On The Town will begin previews on Saturday, September 20, 2014 and officially open on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Broadway's Lyric Theatre (213 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036). Tickets for the new Broadway revival of On The Town are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com. Check out photos of the marquee at the newly named Lyric below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: MATILDA, MOTOWN, ON THE TOWN & More Conclude BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK's 2014 Season
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Aug 15, 2014

This week's event featured performances from the casts of MATILDA (Paige Brady, Gabby Pizzolo, Ripley Sobo, Ava Ulloa and Marisa Kennedy, Jennifer Bowles, Heather Tepe, Sean Montgomery, Alex Brightman, Geoff Packard, John Arthur Greene, Timothy Cao, Grace Capeless, Ava DeMary, Jonah Halperin, Alexa Shae Niziak, Sofia Roma Rubino, Analise Scarpaci, Mitchell Sink, Chris Sumpter, Beatrice Tulchin and TEd Wilson), ON THE TOWN (Brandon Leffler, Tony Yazbeck, Cody Williams and Alysha Umphress), MAMMA MIA! (Felicia Finley, Judy McLane, Stacia Fernandez , Traci Victoria, Thomasina E. Gross, Jacob Pinion, Albert Guerzon, Deanna Aguinaga, Sydni Beaudoin, Allyson Carr, Felicity Claire, Mark Dancewicz, Corey Greenan, Bryan Scott Johnson, Corinne MeIancon, Christopher Hudson Myers, Jennifer Noth, Ashley Park, Tera-Lee Pollin, Gerard Salvador, Neil Starkenberg and Victor Wallace) and MOTOWN THE MUSICAL (Josh Tower, Krystal Joy Brown, Dwayne Cooper, Nathaniel Cullors, Justin Prescott, Jaquez Andre Sims and Nik Walker). Check out photos below! (more...)

BWW TV: ON THE TOWN Cast Hails 'New York, New York' at Bryant Park!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 14, 2014

This week's event featured performances from the cast of On The Town, including Tony Yazbeck, Brandon Leffler and Cody Williams as the sailors, plus Alysha Umphress. Below, watch them perform 'New York, New York' and more! (more...)

Michael Rupert, Allison Guinn, Phillip Boykin & Stephen DeRosa Join ON THE TOWN Broadway Revival; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Aug 04, 2014

Producers Howard and Janet Kagan have announced complete casting for the new revival of ON THE TOWN, the musical-comedy love letter to New York City opening on Broadway this fall. Directed by John Rando (Tony Award for Urinetown) and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse (Emmy Award winner for 'Smash') ON THE TOWN is set to begin previews on Saturday, September 20, 2014 and officially opens on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Broadway's Lyric Theatre (213 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036). Tickets for the new Broadway revival of ON THE TOWN are on sale now and available at Ticketmaster.com. (more...)

Jackie Hoffman Joins Cast of ON THE TOWN Broadway Revival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

Producers Howard & Janet Kagan have announced that Jackie Hoffman will join the upcoming Broadway revival of ON THE TOWN as "Madame Dilly." Directed by John Rando (Tony Award for Urinetown) and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse (Emmy Award winner for 'Smash') ON THE TOWN is set to begin previews on Saturday, September 20, 2014 and officially opens on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Broadway's Lyric Theatre (213 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036). Tickets for the new Broadway revival of ON THE TOWN are on sale now and available at Ticketmaster.com. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ALYSHA UMPHRESS Ignites Signature Theatre in Solo Cabaret
by Jennifer Perry - Jul 13, 2014

Alysha Umphress returned to Signature to wow local audiences again with her powerful voice, but this time in a solo cabaret as part of the ongoing Sizzlin' Summer Nights cabaret series. (more...)

VIDEO: Watch Stars of Broadway-Bound ON THE TOWN in New Promo!
by Stage Tube - Jul 10, 2014

This fall, one of America's classic musical comedies is back on Broadway - ON THE TOWN! Below, check out a promo for the show filmed throughout New York City. (more...)

VIDEO: FOX's SYTYCD Opens with Iconic Number from Broadway's ON THE TOWN
by TV News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

On The Town choreographer Joshua Bergasse choreographed a performance of the show's iconic opening number, 'New York, New York,' featuring the Top 20 finalists. (more...)

Broadway's ON THE TOWN to Offer Role to Winner of FOX's SYTYCD Season 11!
by TV News Desk - Jul 03, 2014

Broadway's ON THE TOWN and FOX's 'SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE' are teaming up to offer the winner of Season 11 a role in this fall's highly anticipated Broadway revival, marking an exciting new addition to the TV series' prize. (more...)

The Ensemblist Releases Audio from 1st Anniversary Birdland Show with Ariana Debose, Alysha Umphress & Daniel Watts
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

On June 16, The Ensemblist, the only podcast that shows you Broadway from the inside out, celebrated its first anniversary with a live show at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club. The audio from the first half of the live show is now available free to download at theensemblist.com, as well as on iTunes, Stitcher and TuneIn. (more...)

Photo Flash: ON THE TOWN Stars Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Clyde Alves Go Overboard in NYC
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

ON THE TOWN, the musical comedy love letter to New York City, is set to begin previews on Saturday, September 20, 2014 and officially open on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Broadway's Lyric Theatre (213 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036). The show's star trio Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alves has disembarked in New York City and took to the streets today in uniform -- check out photos (via Instagram) of their tour of the city below! (more...)

Drew Gasparini, Alysha Umphress, Caitlin Kinnunen and More Star in LUDO'S BROKEN BRIDE: A ROCK OPERA Tonight at The Cutting Room
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

LUDO'S BROKEN BRIDE: A ROCK OPERA, starring Drew Gasparini (John Lennon Songwriting Award), Alysha Umphress (American Idiot) and Caitlin Kinnunen (Bridges of Madison County) will make its world premiere tonight to a sold out audience at The Cutting Room. The concert will also star Randy Blair (Fat Camp) and Brian Charles Rooney (The Threepenny Opera) with Nate Begle (John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean), Aymee Garcia (Shrek, Avenue Q), Maddy Jarmon (), Dan Kohler (Flashdance), Brendan Malafronte (John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean), Anthea Neri (NAA's Oliver), Azudi Onyejekwe (Violet), and Kate Steinberg. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 6/20/14 - JERSEY BOYS on the Big Screen, Powerhouse Kicks Off, BROADWAY BARES & More!
by Jessica Showers - Jun 20, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: JERSEY BOYS serenade us on the big screen -- the movie opens wide today; the cast of ALADDIN appears at Barnes & Noble; tickets to King & Mellencamp's 'GHOST BROTHERS' tour go on sale; and BROADWAY BARES: ROCK HARD! hits the stage this Sunday! (more...)

Megan Fairchild, Alysha Umphress and Elizabeth Stanley Join Cast of Broadway-Bound ON THE TOWN!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2014

The producers of ON THE TOWN announced today that Megan Fairchild(New York City Ballet Principal Dancer), Alysha Umphress (American Idiot) and Elizabeth Stanley (Company) will join the critically-acclaimed Broadway revival of ON THE TOWN, directed by John Rando (Tony AwardŽ for Urinetown) and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse (Emmy Award winner for 'Smash'). Fairchild, a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, will make her Broadway debut playing 'Ivy Smith'. Umphress will play 'Hildy' and Stanley will play 'Claire', both reprising their performances from last summer's acclaimed Barrington Stage production. (more...)

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