Chip Zien News

Date Of Birth:
March 20, 1947 (67)
Birth Place:
Milwaukee, WI, USA
Gender:
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Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for September 15-21
by BWW Special Coverage - Sep 14, 2014

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestra's begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven- o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: An Evening of Song Benefiting 'Art Attack', The Songs of Miller & Tysen: Tuck Everlasting & More, Natalie Douglas in 'Hello Dolly...The Music of Dolly Parton', Sondheim Unplugged, and @Actor_Friend @54Below. (more...)

New Cover For INTO THE WOODS Original Broadway Production Blu-ray
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 13, 2014

The original Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's beloved fairy tale musical INTO THE WOODS is set to be released on Blu-ray for the very first time later this year to coincide with the release of the hotly anticipated feature film version opening this Christmas according to a new listing and a special cover has been designed for the release. (more...)

They're Going Back to the Woods! Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine Set for INTO THE WOODS Reunion at Segerstrom Center
by BWW News Desk - Sep 09, 2014

Audiences have an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to journey back into the woods and American musical theater history with the creators and original Broadway cast of the award-winning musical Into the Woods on Sunday, November 9 at 6 p.m. in Segerstrom Hall. Part conversation, part musical selections, this one-night-only reunion celebration is being written and produced by Eileen Roberts in association with Segerstrom Center for the Arts. It features special guests composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim and author and director James Lapine, along with original Broadway cast members Bernadette Peters (The Witch), Joanna Gleason (The Baker's Wife), Chip Zien (The Baker), Robert Westenberg (Cinderella's Prince and Wolf), Kim Crosby (Cinderella), Danielle Ferland (Little Red Riding Hood) and Ben Wright (Jack). Mo Rocca is the moderator; Tedd Firth is the musical director. (more...)

INTO THE WOODS Original Broadway Production Set For Blu-ray Debut, 12/2
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 06, 2014

The original Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's beloved fairy tale musical INTO THE WOODS is set to be released on Blu-ray later this year to coincide with the release of the hotly anticipated feature film version opening this Christmas. (more...)

Christine Ebersole, Jeremy Jordan, Sierra Boggess & More Set for 54 Below in Coming Months
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

This September and October 54 BELOW presents a lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54thStreet. For a detailed schedule of upcoming performances at 54 Below and to purchase tickets, visit www.54Below.com. (more...)

Barrington Stage Company to Present CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF WILLIAM FINN, 8/29-30
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, and Tristan Wilson, Managing Director, presents Celebrating the Music of William Finn on August 29 and 30 at 8pm at the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage Stage, 30 Union Street, Pittsfield. (more...)

Barrington Stage Company to Present CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF WILLIAM FINN, 8/29-30
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, and Tristan Wilson, Managing Director, presents Celebrating the Music of William Finn on August 29 and 30 at 8pm at the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage Stage, 30 Union Street, Pittsfield. (more...)

Ben Platt, Tony Yazbeck, NYC Cabaret Festival & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: First Midnight! INTO THE WOODS Casts A Spell Onstage & Onscreen
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 01, 2014

Today we are celebrating the lineage of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's family-friendly fairy tale musical INTO THE WOODS now that we have gotten our very first glimpse of the new big screen edition starring Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp late this week via an attention-grabbing new teaser trailer and production photos. (more...)

Patti LuPone, The Skivvies, Ben Platt and More Will Play 54 Below, Aug-Sept 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

This August and September 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. (more...)

Photo Flash: FALSETTOS Original Cast Visits TriArts Sharon Playhouse, Plus Production Shots!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

TriArts Sharon Playhouse, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Simpkins and Managing Director Justin Ball, presents William Finn and James Lapine's Tony-winning musical FALSETTOS, running now through July 20. FALSETTOS Original Broadway cast members Michael Rupert, Stephen Bogardus, Chip Zien, Jonathan C. Kaplan, and Heather MacRae attended the Saturday, July 12 performance of 'Falsettos' with a talkback afterwards. Scroll down for production photos and pictures of the Broadway cast! (more...)

TriArts Sharon Playhouse Opens FALSETTOS Tonight; Original Broadway Cast Comes to Tomorrow's Talkback
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

TriArts Sharon Playhouse, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Simpkins and Managing Director Justin Ball, presents William Finn and James Lapine's Tony-winning musical Falsettos, tongiht, July 11 through the 20th. (more...)

TriArts Sharon Playhouse to Present FALSETTOS, 7/11-20; Original Broadway Cast Talkback on 7/12
by BWW News Desk - Jul 01, 2014

TriArts Sharon Playhouse, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Simpkins and Managing Director Justin Ball, has announced casting for William Finn and James Lapine's Tony-winning musical Falsettos, July 11-20. (more...)

Jane Lynch, Tamara Tunie, Vivian Reed & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2014

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

7 Days Of THE LORD & THE MASTER: Day #4 - INTO THE WOODS
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 13, 2014

Today we continue a special spotlight series highlighting the spectacular entertainment set to be presented this coming Monday, June 16, at Joe's Pub, THE LORD & THE MASTER: BROADWAYWORLD.COM SINGS THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER & STEPHEN SONDHEIM with a tribute to INTO THE WOODS. (more...)

Jane Lynch, Alice Ripley, Justin Guarini, Marilyn Maye and More Set for 54 Below, June-Aug 2014
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2014

This June, July and August, 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. (more...)

Matt Doyle, Songs from SUBMISSIONS ONLY & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2014

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Klea Blackhurst, Brian Cali, Jonathan Kaplan & More Set for TriArts Sharon Playhouse's 25th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2014

TriArts Sharon Playhouse, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Simpkins and Managing Director Justin Ball, has announced initial casting for its 25th Anniversary Season with the musicals LES MISERABLES, Falsettos, and Disney's The Little Mermaidon the Mainstage. Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie and the new musical Nine Wives (by Douglas J. Cohen and Dan Elish) will play Stage 2 in the Bok Gallery. The Youth Theatre will present the Tony-winning Spring Awakening. (more...)

Met Opera Rising Stars, POTTED POTTER, Audra McDonald, Bela Fleck and More Set for NJPAC's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

John Schreiber, NJPAC's President and CEO, and David Rodriguez, Executive Producer of the Arts Center, announced today a 2014-15 season packed with new, NJPAC- created, season-long series', collaborations with renowned artists and companies, an expansion of diverse programming, further integration of NJPAC's arts education programs within mainstage performances, and a continuation of the Arts Center's 17-year tradition of presenting world-class artists. With over 100 performances and special events announced for the acoustically superb 2,800- seat Prudential Hall, intimate 514-seat Victoria Theater, 250-seat Chase Room, and outdoors in Theater Square, by artists ranging from Patti LaBelle to The Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars; from Chris Botti to Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience; from Golda's Balcony with Tovah Feldshuh to the Brick City Jazz Orchestra; from Bela Fleck to Lula Washington Dance Theatre; from Beres Hammond to Audra McDonald; and from The Second City to Dinosaur Train Live!, NJPAC's new season has something for everyone. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: The Power of the 'Pan' and Catch-Up Show Reviews from a Long Cabaret Winter
by Stephen Hanks - May 12, 2014

If you are even a semi-regular reader of this column of reviews, you know that about every three or four months, I post a compilation of observations of shows from the previous quarter of the year. This cabaret critiquing mash up happens for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that I admittedly see too many cabaret shows for the amount of time I have to promptly review them (and then, of course, the usual writer's procrastination sets in). So I have to prioritize the timeliness of the reviews based on the prestige of the performer, the length of a show run, the strength (or lack thereof) of the performance, etc. The quality of the shows in these compilations—which can range from a half dozen to a dozen reviews in one shot—are usually a mixed bag of outright raves, qualified positives, and constructive pans (I'm not a fan of the word “negative” in the reviewer lexicon). With that in mind here are a collection of cabaret show reviews going back to the start of a very harsh winter. (more...)

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