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BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- Keep It FreshBWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- Keep It Fresh
by Guest Blogger: Ben Rappaport - Apr 27, 2016

The orchestra starts the waltz into 'Sunrise, Sunset'. Everyone is in place, Tevye sings, 'Is this the little girl I carried?' Nothing out of the ordinary, here. Then, four male ensemble members and the Rabbi slowly come up the upstage stairs from the trap, moving downstage center, where they slowly get into position with the chuppah (Jewish wedding canopy). One little problem, tonight. There's no chuppah (we later found out it had been broken). I look around the stage at my fellow cast members, who are all slowly registering this and getting that glint in the eye you get when you're about to crack up. Then, it hit me. Samantha Massell and I have a solo coming up in a second where we have to sing the lyric, 'Is there a canopy in store for me?' The irony of this is just too much for me and, no matter how hard I try, I sing this line with the stupidest grin on my face. I mean, you can't ignore it! I absolutely LIVE for moments like this. Happy accidents that keep things fresh, can breathe new life into the show, and remind us all that it's called a 'play' for a reason. It's supposed to be fun! (more...)

USA Sets MR. ROBOT Season Two Premiere DateUSA Sets MR. ROBOT Season Two Premiere Date
by TV News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

USA Network today announced the highly-anticipated season two return of the award-winning series MR. ROBOT. The 10-episode season will premiere on Wednesday, July 13 at 10/9c. (more...)

BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- Shtetl DietBWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- Shtetl Diet
by Guest Blogger: Ben Rappaport - Apr 20, 2016

I must have been an incredibly naive 12 year old. As my family and I were leaving the Marriott Marquis Theatre after a performance of the revival of Annie Get Your Gun, we passed by the stage door. A hoard of people were crowded behind the barricades, eagerly clutching their playbills, sharpies, and cameras in hopes to snag an autograph or photo with Bernadette Peters and Tom Wopat. We were watching from across the street. A security person was guarding the door, and would escort Bernadette and Tom as they made their way through the crowd, greeting their fans. Once they were done, they each got into the back seats of their respective black Lincoln town cars and rode off into the night. What I couldn't wrap my head around, at the time, was....where do they go? (more...)

Donna McKechnie, Santino Fontana & Laura Osnes in THE LEGEND OF NEW YORK and More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below Next WeekDonna McKechnie, Santino Fontana & Laura Osnes in THE LEGEND OF NEW YORK and More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- They're People. Just Like Us.BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- They're People. Just Like Us.
by Guest Blogger: Ben Rappaport - Apr 13, 2016

I must have been an incredibly naive 12 year old. As my family and I were leaving the Marriott Marquis Theatre after a performance of the revival of Annie Get Your Gun, we passed by the stage door. A hoard of people were crowded behind the barricades, eagerly clutching their playbills, sharpies, and cameras in hopes to snag an autograph or photo with Bernadette Peters and Tom Wopat. We were watching from across the street. A security person was guarding the door, and would escort Bernadette and Tom as they made their way through the crowd, greeting their fans. Once they were done, they each got into the back seats of their respective black Lincoln town cars and rode off into the night. What I couldn't wrap my head around, at the time, was....where do they go? (more...)

BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- #BeardingBWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- #Bearding
by Guest Blogger: Ben Rappaport - Apr 6, 2016

I've coined this new term. The power of the beard has not only led me to bow before it in awe and reverence, but also offer it the illustrious status of being a verb. To beard is about doing far more than simply growing it. It's about experiencing it and LIVING it. (more...)

Lea Salonga, Donna McKechnie, SOMETHING ROTTEN! and More Coming to Feinstein's/54 Below This AprilLea Salonga, Donna McKechnie, SOMETHING ROTTEN! and More Coming to Feinstein's/54 Below This April
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

This April, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. (more...)

BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- A Break From No RoutineBWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- A Break From No Routine
by Guest Blogger: Ben Rappaport - Mar 30, 2016

My trip to visit my girlfriend came to an abrupt halt. I had just gotten off a conference call with my agent and manager, 'Get to the airport as soon as you can. They want to test you for the CBS pilot.' I was sitting on a bench at Lambert-St. Louis Airport next to the check in counters, before you go through security. Anxiously, I clutched my backpack and suitcase waiting for my manager to call and give the green light to check in for my flight to LA. They were negotiating my contract and hadn't reached a deal (when you test for a TV show, your contract has to be signed before the screen test. And if you don't book the job, the contract goes in the shredder). I couldn't board the plane until the deal was closed, and the test was first thing the next morning. After an hour of limbo, I finally got the call. The deal had closed! Time to get the ticket. Of course I had already missed the initial flight, and they had to book me on a later one. This was my first exposure to (what I didn't realize, then) the actor's eternal state of in between-ness. (more...)

BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- Dry? Just Add Water!BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- Dry? Just Add Water!
by Guest Blogger: Ben Rappaport - Mar 23, 2016

In between takes of a scene on 'The Good Wife' a few years ago, I was commiserating with veteran actor Zach Grenier-'Why is it that I'm completely relaxed in every shot EXCEPT my close up?' His response? 'Because this is for the ages. This will exist long after you and I are gone.' That's the weight you carry on your back in TV, film, and in the recording studio that you don't have in the theatre. In a play, there's always tomorrow night. (more...)

VIDEO: Join FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Matzo Ballerz and Learn The Traditions of The Broadway Bowling LeagueVIDEO: Join FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Matzo Ballerz and Learn The Traditions of The Broadway Bowling League
by Michael Dale - Mar 21, 2016

Thursday nights are Broadway's bowling nights during the winter months. (more...)

Roundup: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Jessica Vosk Channels HAMILTON and Seven Other Things We Learned This WeekendRoundup: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Jessica Vosk Channels HAMILTON and Seven Other Things We Learned This Weekend
by Alan Henry - Mar 21, 2016

This weekend Jessica Vosk who plays Fruma Sarah in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF on Broadway took over our @BroadwayWorld Twitter account to give our readers a backstage look at a day in the life of a Broadway star! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Broadway's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Celebrates Cast Recording at Barnes & NoblePhoto Coverage: Broadway's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Celebrates Cast Recording at Barnes & Noble
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - Mar 19, 2016

Cast members from Fiddler on the Roof visited the Barnes & Noble on the Upper East Side (150 East 86th Street) yesterday, Friday, March 18th in celebration of the New 2016 Broadway Cast Album being released worldwide by Broadway Records. BroadwayWorld was there for the performance and CD signing, and you can check out photos below! (more...)

BroadwayWorld Heads to Anatevka with Jessica Vosk During a Twitter Takeover Today!BroadwayWorld Heads to Anatevka with Jessica Vosk During a Twitter Takeover Today!
by Alan Henry - Mar 19, 2016

BroadwayWorld is heading to Anatevka on Saturday, March 19th when Jessica Vosk who plays Fruma Sarah in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF takes over our Twitter account @BroadwayWorld! Live from inside the Broadway Theatre, Jessica will be tweeting photos, videos, and fun facts all about the iconic Broadway show. (more...)

Bid To Meet FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Danny Burstein and Support Epic Theatre EnsembleBid To Meet FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Danny Burstein and Support Epic Theatre Ensemble
by Michael Dale - Mar 18, 2016

Charitybuzz's new online auction offers two tickets for the hit revival and a post-performance meet and greet. (more...)

Mazel Tov! Broadway's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF to Celebrate 100th Performance This FridayMazel Tov! Broadway's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF to Celebrate 100th Performance This Friday
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2016

A giant Mazel tov to Broadway's Fiddler on the Roof, which will play its 100th performance this Friday, March 18th at 8 pm! The same day, the 2016 New Broadway Cast Album will be released worldwide by Broadway Records. (more...)

BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- For The AgesBWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- For The Ages
by Guest Blogger: Ben Rappaport - Mar 16, 2016

In between takes of a scene on 'The Good Wife' a few years ago, I was commiserating with veteran actor Zach Grenier-'Why is it that I'm completely relaxed in every shot EXCEPT my close up?' His response? 'Because this is for the ages. This will exist long after you and I are gone.' That's the weight you carry on your back in TV, film, and in the recording studio that you don't have in the theatre. In a play, there's always tomorrow night. (more...)

BroadwayWorld Heads to Anatevka with Jessica Vosk During a Twitter Takeover 3/19!BroadwayWorld Heads to Anatevka with Jessica Vosk During a Twitter Takeover 3/19!
by Alan Henry - Mar 11, 2016

BroadwayWorld is heading to Anatevka on Saturday, March 19th when Jessica Vosk who plays Fruma Sarah in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF takes over our Twitter account @BroadwayWorld! Live from inside the Broadway Theatre, Jessica will be tweeting photos, videos, and fun facts all about the iconic Broadway show. (more...)

BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- The Old CountryBWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- The Old Country
by Guest Blogger: Ben Rappaport - Mar 9, 2016

'We are Russian Jews', my father would always tell me when I asked where we came from. From a very young age, I was curious about history; where people and things came from, origins, and remnants. Growing up in the US, I was used to the idea of the big melting pot - that a lot people here came from somewhere else for a better life. A lot of us, including myself, have very mixed backgrounds, and it can be overwhelming to piece together the puzzle that is your ancestry. Thankfully, we live in the golden age of the World Wide Web, and our collective curiosity and quest for a sense of identity and meaning has resulted in the creation of wonderful resources like ancestry.com. (more...)

Broadway's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF to Celebrate Cast Album Release at Barnes & NobleBroadway's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF to Celebrate Cast Album Release at Barnes & Noble
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

Cast members from Fiddler on the Roof will perform and sign CDS at the Barnes & Noble on the Upper East Side (150 East 86th Street) on Friday, March 18th at 4:30 p.m. in celebration of the New 2016 Broadway Cast Album being released worldwide that same day by Broadway Records, it was announced today. (more...)

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