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BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- Monday MondayBWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- Monday Monday
by Guest Blogger: Ben Rappaport - May 19, 2016

I'm amazed at how many things I keep learning from doing this show every day. Yesterday, during the matinee, as we were performing the sons' section of 'Tradition', I discovered that I was holding my breath during certain pieces of choreography, which obviously inhibited my singing. I mean, you're reading that thinking, 'well duh, Ben'. You're right. Absolutely 'duh', but it took me six whole months to realize that. That's the odd phenomenon of this almost zen practice of eight shows a week in a long run. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Broadway Celebrates Manhattan Theatre Club at Spring Gala!Photo Coverage: Broadway Celebrates Manhattan Theatre Club at Spring Gala!
by Jennifer Broski - May 17, 2016

Manhattan Theatre Club just hosted its annual Spring Gala last night, May 16 at Cipriani 42nd Street (110 East 42nd Street) honoring Marie T. Gallagher, Senior Vice President, PepsiCo, Inc. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the special night and you can check out photos below! (more...)

Stars of SHUFFLE ALONG, WAITRESS, THE COLOR PURPLE & More Take the Stage at MTC's Spring Gala TonightStars of SHUFFLE ALONG, WAITRESS, THE COLOR PURPLE & More Take the Stage at MTC's Spring Gala Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Manhattan Theatre Club hosts its annual Spring Gala tonight, May 16 at Cipriani 42nd Street (110 East 42nd Street) honoring Marie T. Gallagher, Senior Vice President, PepsiCo, Inc. (more...)

BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- Back To School In a Harnick and Bock WayBWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- Back To School In a Harnick and Bock Way
by Guest Blogger: Ben Rappaport - May 13, 2016

'God, Ben. We get it, we get it. Arts in school blah blah blah.' I know, I know, but I have to piggyback on last week and tell you about what I got to witness this week. (more...)

Stars of SHUFFLE ALONG, WAITRESS, THE COLOR PURPLE & More Will Take the Stage at MTC's Spring Gala!Stars of SHUFFLE ALONG, WAITRESS, THE COLOR PURPLE & More Will Take the Stage at MTC's Spring Gala!
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

Manhattan Theatre Club will host its annual Spring Gala on Monday, May 16 at Cipriani 42nd Street (110 East 42nd Street) honoring Marie T. Gallagher, Senior Vice President, PepsiCo, Inc. (more...)

BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- Tony AftermathBWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- Tony Aftermath
by Guest Blogger: Ben Rappaport - May 4, 2016

'Twas the night before the Tony nominations, when all through midtown pretty much everyone was stirring. Especially that mouse (at least in pre-war buildings above restaurants). The iphones were charging on bedside tables with care in hopes that when the nomination list came out at 8:30, your name would be there. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Backstage with the Winners and Presenters of the 2016 Lucille Lortel Awards!Photo Coverage: Backstage with the Winners and Presenters of the 2016 Lucille Lortel Awards!
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - May 2, 2016

The 2016 Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway were handed out last night to recipients in 18 categories, with two special awards and two honorary awards also bestowed. The Lortel Awards were distributed in a ceremony at NYU Skirball Center hosted byZachary Levi, star of Broadway's She Loves Me. This year's event was once again a benefit for The Actors Fund. BroadwayWorld is taking to backstage with the evening's winners and presenters below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Off Broadway Unites on the Lucille Lortel Awards Red Carpet!Photo Coverage: Off Broadway Unites on the Lucille Lortel Awards Red Carpet!
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - May 2, 2016

The 2016 Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway were handed out last night to recipients in 18 categories, with two special awards and two honorary awards also bestowed. The Lortel Awards were distributed in a ceremony at NYU Skirball Center hosted by Zachary Levi, star of Broadway's She Loves Me. This year's event was once again a benefit for The Actors Fund. BroadwayWorld is taking you to the red carpet below! (more...)

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...)

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