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Norbert Leo Butz, Kate Baldwin, Zachary Levi & More Set for BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK This Thursday
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2013

This Thursday, August 1, Michael Urie, star of Buyer and Cellar (and formerly on "Ugly Betty" & "Partners"), will be co-hosting the fourth week of 106.7 LITE FM's Broadway in Bryant Park. The event will also feature perfermances from the casts of LET IT BE, 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). (more...)

EXCLUSIVE Photo Coverage: Krysta Rodriguez Celebrates Birthday with FIRST DATE Cast!
by Walter McBride - Jul 24, 2013

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, currently in previews at the Longacre Theatre. Rodriguez just celebrated her birthday with her FIRST DATE castmates after last night's show, and BroadwayWorld brings you exclusive photo coverage below! (more...)

VIDEO: Zachary Levi Chats FIRST DATE on Leno
by TV News Desk - Jul 18, 2013

Zachary Levi stopped by THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO last night to chat about his starring role in the new Broadway musical 'First Date.' Check out his appearance below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Zachary Levi, Krysta Rodriguez & More in FIRST DATE on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2013

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, currently in previews at the Longacre Theatre. 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). BroadwayWorld is excited to debut production shots for the new musical below! (more...)

Up on the Marquee: FIRST DATE
by Walter McBride - Jul 15, 2013

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. 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 opens Thursday, August 8, 2013, at Broadway's Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street). The check out the full marquee at the Longacre Theatre below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Eric Ankrim, Krysta Rodriquez, Zachary Levi Perform FIRST DATE Standby Rap!
by Stage Tube - Jul 15, 2013

In the video below, standby Eric Ankrim teams with Krysta Rodriquez, Zachary Levi and the rest of the cast to rap about filling in for Levi, who will be out of the show to attend Comic-Con in San Diego. (more...)

Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez Lead FIRST DATE, Beginning Tonight on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jul 09, 2013

Leading man Zachary Levi, star of TV's 'Chuck,' Disney's feature film Tangled and the upcoming Thor: The Dark World, makes 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 by Alan 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 tonight, July 9, 2013, and opens Thursday, August 8, 2013, at Broadway's Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street). (more...)

FIRST DATE Announces $25 Student Rush Policy
by BWW News Desk - Jul 08, 2013

To make Broadway an experience affordable for all, FIRST DATE has instituted $25 student rush tickets and $35 balcony seats. A limited number of student rush tickets priced at an inexpensive $25 can be purchased with a valid student ID at the box office (one ticket per ID) on the date of the performance. In addition $35 balcony level seats are available in advance for all performances at the Longacre Theatre box office or at www.Telecharge.com (212.239.6200). FIRST DATE,Broadway's new romantic musical comedy, begins performances Tuesday, July 9, 2013, and opens Thursday, August 8, 2013, at Broadway's Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street). (more...)

Krysta Rodriguez and Zachary Levi Talk FIRST DATE on NPR
by BWW News Desk - Jul 07, 2013

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. Click HERE to listen to the pair talk about the musical on NPR's 'All Things Considered' this weekend with Rebecca Sheir! (more...)

FIRST DATE's Zachary Levi Makes Appearance at 'Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular' Today
by BWW News Desk - Jul 03, 2013

Zachary Levi ('Chuck,' Tangled, Thor: The Dark World) will be interview about making his Broadway debut in First Date live during NBC's broadcast of 'Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular' airing tonight, July 4, at 8pm EST. First Date,Broadway's new romantic musical comedy, begins performances Tuesday, July 9, 2013, and opens Thursday, August 8, 2013, at Broadway's LongacreTheatre (220 West 48th Street). (more...)

Photos and Video: Meet the Cast of Broadway-Bound FIRST DATE- Zachary Levi, Krysta Rodriguez & More!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2013

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 musicalcomedy. 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 Dateis directed by Bill Berry (Producing Director of The 5th Avenue Theatre). BroadwayWorld brings you clips of the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW TV: Behind the Scenes of FIRST DATE's Broadway Photo Shoot!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 12, 2013

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 musicalcomedy. 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 Dateis directed by Bill Berry (Producing Director of The 5th Avenue Theatre). In the video below, meet the cast of the Broadway-bound show and go behind the scenes of their Broadway photo shoot! (more...)

Bryce Ryness, Eric Ankrim & More Join FIRST DATE; Box Office to Open 6/10
by BWW News Desk - Jun 07, 2013

Tony Award-winning producer Junkyard Dog Productions (Memphis) is proud to announce that Bryce Ryness, Eric Ankrim, Kevin Kern and Sydney Shepherd will join stars Zachary Levi ('Chuck,' Tangled,Thor: The Dark World) and Krysta Rodriguez ('Smash,' The Addams Family) in FIRST DATE, Broadway's new romantic musical comedy. FIRST DATE begins performances Tuesday, July 9, 2013, and opens Thursday, August 8, 2013, at Broadway's LongacreTheatre (220 West 48th Street). (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Krysta Rodriguez Performs Song from FIRST DATE
by Stage Tube - Jun 02, 2013

SMASH's Krysta Rodriguez sings a song from the upcoming new Broadway musical FIRST DATE during Broadway Rocks, a concert supporting St. Mary's Kids, also featuring Rodriguez's co-star Zachary Levi. Click below to watch her performance! (more...)

Up on the Marquee: FIRST DATE
by Jennifer Broski - May 21, 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 by Alan 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 Thursday, August 8, 2013, at Broadway's Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street). Additional casting to be announced shortly. The marquee just went up at the Longacre theatre and you can check it out below! (more...)

CHUCK Star Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez Set to Lead FIRST DATE on Broadway; Opens August 8
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 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 ingénue 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 Thursday, August 8, 2013, at Broadway's Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street). Additional casting to be announced shortly. (more...)

2012 BWW Seattle Awards Winners Announced!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 14, 2013

Votes are cast, polls are closed, and results have been tabulated! This was our BIGGEST year yet! After a record number of voters in over 30 regions worldwide, BroadwayWorld is VERY excited to announce the 2012 Seattle Winners! Thanks to all who voted and HUGE congrats to all the winners! (more...)

2012 BWW Seattle Awards - Last Chance to Vote!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 31, 2012

Voting is now underway for the Seattle Awards and continues until December 31, 2012. Winners will be announced in early January. (more...)

THE ADDAMS FAMILY, Starring Douglas Sills and Sara Gettelfinger, Creeps into Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 12/18-30
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2012

Full casting has been announced for the upcoming national tour of THE ADDAMS FAMILY, a new musical based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, which will make its Orange County premiere December 18 - 30 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Tony Award nominee Douglas Sills and Sara Gettelfinger will star as Gomez and Morticia in a principal cast that also includes Tony Award nominee Martin Vidnovic as Mal Beineke, Gaelen Gilliland as Alice Beineke, Blake Hammond as Uncle Fester, Pippa Pearthree as Grandma, Tom Corbeil as Lurch, Patrick D. Kennedy as Pugsley, Curtis Holbrook as Lucas Beineke and Cortney Wolfson as Wednesday. (more...)

BWW Reviews: O.C. Hosts Contrasting Pair of 'Family' Musicals for the Holidays
by Michael L. Quintos - Dec 28, 2012

This holiday season, Orange County found itself playing host to two very different families that couldn't be more disparate from one another--well, at least on the surface. On this corner... LITTLE WOMEN: The Musical. In the other... THE ADDAMS FAMILY: The Musical. What do they have in common? A daughter willing to risk it all for a chance to fulfill her dreams. (more...)

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