Blake Hammond News

FIRST DATE Announces New Performance Schedule; Beginning 10/8
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2013

FIRST DATE has just annnounced a new performance schedule, beginning Tuesday, October 8, 2013: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7pm, Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm, Sunday at 3pm and 7.30pm. Tickets for FIRST DATE range from $35 to $137, and can be purchased at the Longacre Theatre box office or at Telecharge.com (212.239.6200). Please note that $30 rush tickets may be available the day of the performance. The current performance schedule is as follows: Tuesday at 7pm,Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm and 7pm. Starting October 8, 2013 the performance schedule will be: Tuesdayand Wednesday at 7pm, Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm, and Sunday at 3pm and 7pm. (more...)

Blake Hammond to Lead Friends Always Creating Theatre's LOST BOY Reading, 10/14
by BWW News Desk - Sep 08, 2013

Friends Always Creating Theatre lives-up to its name as they open their 5th season. They are one of the most prolific companies in New York City and will start this season by presenting a One-Night Only Staged Reading of 'The Lost Boy' by the late Ron Paolillo (aka Ron Pallilo) starring Broadway's Blake Hammond and Guiseppe Bausilio. (more...)

Track List Released for FIRST DATE Cast Recording
by BWW News Desk - Sep 05, 2013

The original Broadway cast recording of FIRST DATE, the critically acclaimed new musical comedy starring Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez, with music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, will be released digitally and exclusively available at the Longacre Theatre Tuesday, September 24, 2013, with digital pre-sale beginning today at Amazon.com. Executive produced by Altar Identity Studios the CD, released by Yellow Sound Label, will be available in stores and everywhere music is sold Tuesday, October 15, 2013. With a book by Austin Winsberg, FIRST DATEi s directed by Bill Berry, has a musical staging by Josh Rhodes, with orchestrations by August Eriksmoen and musical supervision, vocal and incidental arrangements by Dominick Amendum. (more...)

Photo Exclusive: Alan Menken Reunites with Zachary Levi at FIRST DATE!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 05, 2013

Just last night, composer Alan Menken stopped by First Date on Broadway to support Zachary Levi, who worked with him on the 2010 animated film 'Tangled.' Below, check out an exclusive photo of Menken with the cast backstage! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: In the Recording Studio with the Cast of FIRST DATE; Album Now Available for Pre-Order
by Stage Tube - Sep 03, 2013

The original Broadway cast recording of FIRST DATE, the critically acclaimed new musical comedy starring Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez, with music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, will be released digitally and exclusively available at the Longacre Theatre Tuesday, September 24, 2013, with digital pre-sale beginning today at Amazon.com. Executive produced by Altar Identity Studios the CD, released by Yellow Sound Label, will be available in stores and everywhere music is sold Tuesday, October 15, 2013. With a book by Austin Winsberg, FIRST DATEi s directed by Bill Berry, has a musical staging by Josh Rhodes, with orchestrations by August Eriksmoen and musical supervision, vocal and incidental arrangements by Dominick Amendum. Check out a brief, first look at the cast in the recording studio below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: In the Recording Studio with Zachary Levi, Krysta Rodriguez & the Cast of FIRST DATE!
by Jessica Gordon - Aug 13, 2013

Just yesterday it was announced that the original Broadway cast of First Date, the critically acclaimed new romantic musical comedy starring Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez, with music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, will be recorded. Executive produced by Altar Identity Studios, the album will be recorded and released by Yellow Sound Label, produced by Michael Croiter and Dominick Amendum and will be available through Amazon, iTunes and everywhere music is sold in the fall of 2013. The cast was in the recording studio yesterday and you can check out photos below! (more...)

In Performance: FIRST DATE's Zachary Levi & Krysta Rodriguez Sing 'First Impressions'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2013

In today's New York Times 'In Performance' video, Zachary Levi, who plays the awkward but sweet Aaron, and Krysta Rodriguez, who takes on the role of edgy and artsy Casey in the new musical FIRST DATE, sing the charming number 'First Impressions.' Check it out here! (more...)

Yellow Sound to Record FIRST DATE Cast Album; Set for Fall 2013 Release
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2013

Monday, August 12, 2013, the original Broadway cast recording of FIRST DATE, the critically acclaimed new romantic musical comedy starring Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez, with music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, will be recorded. Executive produced by Altar Identity Studios, the album will be recorded and released by Yellow Sound Label, produced by Michael Croiter and Dominick Amendum and will be available through Amazon, iTunes and everywhere music is sold in the fall of 2013. Directed by Bill Berry,FIRST DATE has a book by Austin Winsberg, musical staging by Josh Rhodes, with orchestrations by August Eriksmoen and musical supervision, vocal and incidental arrangements by Dominick Amendum. (more...)

BWW TV: Zachary Levi, Krysta Rodriguez & More Celebrate Opening Night of FIRST DATE on Broadway!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 10, 2013

FIRST DATE opened last night on Broadway and BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was there to chat with Zachary Levi, Krysta Rodriguez and the rest of the cast and creative team about the exciting new show. Check out what they had to say below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: FIRST DATE Opening Night Red Carpet
by Jessica Gordon - Aug 09, 2013

FIRST DATE opened last night on Broadway and we've got photos from the red carpet arrivals for the new musical starring Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez. What are you waiting for? Scroll down to check them out! (more...)

Photo Coverage: FIRST DATE Opening Night Curtain Call
by Jessica Gordon - Aug 09, 2013

FIRST DATE opened last night on Broadway and we've got photos from the curtain call for the hot new musical starring Zachary Levi, star of TV's 'Chuck,' Disney's feature film Tangled and Thor: The Dark World, making his Broadway debut opposite Broadway and television ingenue Krysta Rodriguez ('Smash,' The Addams Family). (more...)

Photo Coverage: Party with the Cast of FIRST DATE on Opening Night!
by Linda Lenzi - Aug 09, 2013

FIRST DATE opened last night on Broadway and after the curtain came down, we celebrated with the cast, crew and creative team of the fun, new show. What are you waiting for? Scroll down to check them out! (more...)

Review Roundup: FIRST DATE Opens on Broadway - All the Reviews!
by Review Roundups - Aug 08, 2013

Zachary Levi makes his Broadway debut starring opposite Broadway and television ingenue Krysta Rodriguez in FIRST DATE, opening tonight, August 8, at the Longacre Theatre. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

Review - FIRST DATE Earns A Goodnight Kiss
by Michael Dale - Aug 08, 2013

The funny and frisky new musical comedy sends a welcome blast of cooling hipness into Broadway's summer. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: First Look at Video from FIRST DATE on Broadway Starring Zachary Levi & Krysta Rodriguez!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 08, 2013

FIRST DATE opens tonight on Broadway and we're excited to present an exclusive first look at scenes from the hot new musical starring Zachary Levi, star of TV's 'Chuck,' Disney's feature film Tangled and Thor: The Dark World, making his Broadway debut opposite Broadway and television ingenue Krysta Rodriguez ('Smash,' The Addams Family). Check out a montage below from First Date, Broadway's new romantic musical comedy and then click to buy tickets! (more...)

Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez Lead FIRST DATE on Broadway, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 08, 2013

Tony Award-winning producer Junkyard Dog Productions (Memphis) has just announced that leading man Zachary Levi, star of TV's "Chuck," Disney's feature film Tangled and the upcoming Thor: The Dark World, will make his Broadway debut starring opposite Broadway and television ingenue Krysta Rodriguez ("Smash," The Addams Family) in FIRST DATE, Broadway's new romantic musical comedy. With a book by Austin Winsberg ("Gossip Girl"), music and lyrics byAlan Zachary and Michael Weiner (Secondhand Lions, Twice Charmed) and musical staging by Josh Rhodes (Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella) FIRST DATE is directed by Bill Berry (Producing Director of The 5th Avenue Theatre). Featuring Sara Chase ("Arrested Development," The Toxic Avenger), Kristoffer Cusick (Wicked, Rent), Blake Hammond (Sister Act, Billy Elliot) and Kate Loprest ("Boardwalk Empire," Hairspray), the cast of FIRST DATE also includes Vicki Noon (Wicked, Mamma Mia!). FIRST DATE begins performances Tuesday, July 9, 2013, and opens Today, August 8, 2013, at Broadway's Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street). Additional casting to be announced shortly. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend
by - Aug 04, 2013

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, August 4, 2013 - Sunday, August 4, 2013. (more...)

Photo Coverage: KINKY BOOTS, FIRST DATE, BIG FISH & More Visit BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Aug 04, 2013

Featured this week were the casts of SPIDER-MAN: Turn Off The Dark, Big Fish (Norbert Leo Butz, Kate Baldwin and Zachary Unger), FIRST DATE (Zachary Levi, Krysta Rodriguez, Sara Chase, Kristoffer Cusick, Blake Hammond, Kate Loprest and Bryce Ryness) and Kinky Boots (Timothy Ware, Andy Kelso, Paul Canaan, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Kyle Taylor Parker, Kyle Post, Nathan Peck and Joey Taranto). Check out photos below! (more...)

THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- FIRST DATE's Blake Hammond!
by BWW - Aug 02, 2013

In this week's edition, we caught up with Blake Hammond, who is starring as 'Waiter/Casey's Father/Blaze/Friendly Therapist' in First Date- currently in previews at the Longacre Theatre; opening August 8. (more...)

BWW TV: Zachary Levi, Krysta Rodriguez & FIRST DATE Cast Brave the Rain in Bryant Park!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 01, 2013

Featured this week was the cast of FIRST DATE (Zachary Levi, Krysta Rodriguez, Sara Chase,Kristoffer Cusick, Blake Hammond, Kate Loprest andBryce Ryness) and Kinky Boots (Timothy Ware, Andy Kelso, Paul Canaan, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Kyle TaylorParker, Kyle Post, Nathan Peck and Joey Taranto). Check out highlights below! (more...)

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