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Date of Birth: January 23, 1933 (82)
Birth Place: Washington, DC, USA
Gender: Female
BWW CD Reviews: Broadway Records and Yellow Sound Label's THE VISIT (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Devastatingly BeautifulBWW CD Reviews: Broadway Records and Yellow Sound Label's THE VISIT (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Devastatingly Beautiful
by David Clarke - Aug 3, 2015

Earlier in 2015, the final musical from legendary musical creative team John Kander and Fred Ebb opened at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway. THE VISIT captivated audiences despite its brief run and lack of Tony Award wins. Now, the unique and devastatingly beautiful score is available from Broadway Records and Yellow Sound Label on THE VISIT (Original Broadway Cast Recording). (more...)

Chita Rivera Reveals THE VISIT Is Heading to Beijing, Singapore & More!Chita Rivera Reveals THE VISIT Is Heading to Beijing, Singapore & More!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2015

Kander and Ebb's Tony-nominated musical THE VISIT might have closed on Broadway earlier this summer, but according to leading lady Chita Rivera, the show will have another life overseas. She told MSN that the musical will soon open ináBeijing,áSingapore and ámaybe even London.á Click here to read the full article.á (more...)

BILLY ELLIOT, ACT ONE, Chita Rivera & More Set for PBS This Fall!BILLY ELLIOT, ACT ONE, Chita Rivera & More Set for PBS This Fall!
by TV News Desk - Aug 3, 2015

PBS President Paula Kerger announced at the Television Critics Association Press Tour the full lineup and airdates of PBS' annual arts programming showcase. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 8/3/2015 - BEAUTIFUL at SummerStage!WAKE UP with BWW 8/3/2015 - BEAUTIFUL at SummerStage!
by Jessica Khan - Aug 3, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: The full cast of Broadway's BEAUTIFUL performs a free concert tonight at SummerStage! (more...)

Chita Rivera, BILLY ELLIOT, Kander & Ebb Tribute, and More Lead PBS Arts Fall FestivalChita Rivera, BILLY ELLIOT, Kander & Ebb Tribute, and More Lead PBS Arts Fall Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2015

PBS has announced their lineup for this year's Arts Fall Festival, and theatre fans will be excited. Performances range from SHOW BOAT to ACT ONE, and feature performers such as Chita Rivera, Vanessa Williams, Norm Lewis, Kate Baldwin, and many more familiar Broadway names. (more...)

Twitter Watch: Wild Deer Finds Its Way Onto the Signature Theatre Stage!Twitter Watch: Wild Deer Finds Its Way Onto the Signature Theatre Stage!
by BWW Staff - Jul 29, 2015

On Twitter Watch, Signature Theatre wrote 'Oh deer! Just your average Tuesday when A DEER GETS STUCK IN THE THEATER! #Vote4Bambi (more...)

SOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Classic Roles Ready For Gender-BendingSOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Classic Roles Ready For Gender-Bending
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 29, 2015

Lines are blurring. Gender-bending is seemingly everywhere these days, from high fashion ads to news coverage to I AM CAIT, Queen Latifah as The Wiz and beyond. Furthermore, one of the most provocative and popular stories of last week was the news of a Canadian regional production of A CHORUS LINE casting a male actor in the leading role of Cassie, renamed Casey. With the additional angle of Broadway currently being abuzz with the appearance of stage and screen star Taye Diggs stepping into the iconic high heels of the titular character in the recently multi-Tony Award-winning musical HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH - itself centered on a transsexual character - it seems as though now would be the ideal time to consider some other musical theatre mainstays and how they could be re-purposed and refreshed with a gender-bended twist. Although certain roles seems tailor-made to such treatment, it is illuminating to consider the rich possibilities that could potentially be afforded in the experience of witnessing the right performer of perhaps the perceivably wrong sex tackling a role normally associated with the opposite gender. Who knows, maybe a female Phantom or a make Elphaba are not that wildly spurious or far-fetched to consider given the compelling performances that have been given by unlikely actors in roles traditionally portrayed in a certain way. Theatre is nothing without reinvention and these are my top 10 picks for musicals I would like to see taken on with fresh eyes and a new outlook. (more...)

Roger Rees Memorial Set for September 21 at The New Amsterdam TheatreRoger Rees Memorial Set for September 21 at The New Amsterdam Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2015

A memorial celebration of his life, which will be open to the public, has now been set for Monday, September 21, 2015 at 1pm at The New Amsterdam Theatre, currently home to Disney's ALADDIN.á (more...)

MainStage Irving-Las Colinas' CURTAINS Begins TonightMainStage Irving-Las Colinas' CURTAINS Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2015

MainStage Irving-Las Colinas closes its 2014-15 Curtain Up! season with the musical mystery, CURTAINS (book by Rupert Holmes and music by John Kander & Fred Ebb). The production opens tonight,áJuly 24 and runs through August 8 at the Irving Arts Center's Dupree Theater (3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX 75062). Tickets range from $21-26 and are on sale now at the Irving Arts Center Box Office (972.252.2787/ www.irvingartscenter.com). Ticket discounts are available for seniors and students. (more...)

Details Revealed for Chita Rivera's Upcoming PBS SpecialDetails Revealed for Chita Rivera's Upcoming PBS Special
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2015

Chita Rivera's GREAT PERFORMANCES special, subtitled 'A LOT OF LIVIN' TO DO', will air as part of PBS's Fall Arts Festival 2015. (more...)

THE VISIT's Michelle Veintimilla to Star in FIREFACE at The BrickTHE VISIT's Michelle Veintimilla to Star in FIREFACE at The Brick
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2015

Third Space is thrilled to announce the New York premiere of Marius von Mayenburg's Fireface this August at The Brick. (more...)

Broadway's THE VISIT Recording Hits No. 1 on Billboard Cast Album ChartBroadway's THE VISIT Recording Hits No. 1 on Billboard Cast Album Chart
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2015

THE VISIT Original Broadway Cast Recording, out on July 10th via Broadway Records, just hit No. 1 on Billboard's Cast Albums Chart, followed by WICKED and THE BOOK OF MORMON in slotsá2 and 3. (more...)

THE VISIT Original Broadway Cast Recording Debuts At #1 On Billboard Cast Albums ChartTHE VISIT Original Broadway Cast Recording Debuts At #1 On Billboard Cast Albums Chart
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 21, 2015

THE VISIT makes a big impression on record! (more...)

Roslyn Kind to Make Art House Debut, 7/31-8/1Roslyn Kind to Make Art House Debut, 7/31-8/1
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2015

Mark Cortale, Producing Artistic Director of The Art House in Provincetown, MA has announced that cabaret star Roslyn Kind will join the critically acclaimed Broadway @ The Art House series for two shows only on July 31 and August 1 at 7:00 PM. The production is directed by Richard Jay-Alexander who has directed productions for Barbra Streisand (who is also Ms. Kind's big sister), as well as for Kristin Chenoweth, Il Divo, Bette Midler and Well-Strung. Musical Direction is by Alex Rybeck, with Jered Egan on bass and Dan Gross on Drums.á For tickets and information visit www.ptownarthouse.com áor call 800-838-3006. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Debut of the Month - AN AMERICAN IN PARIS' Leanne CopeBWW Interviews: Debut of the Month - AN AMERICAN IN PARIS' Leanne Cope
by Caryn Robbins - Jul 20, 2015

Today, the triple threat speaks to BWW about her memorable meeting with her film counterpart, her dream musical theater role and her Broadway debut, which she calls a magical evening that will probably never be topped! (more...)

Photos and Footage: In Memoriam... Broadway Dims Its Marquees for Roger ReesPhotos and Footage: In Memoriam... Broadway Dims Its Marquees for Roger Rees
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

The Broadway community mourned the loss of Tony Award-winning actor and Tony-nominated director, Roger Rees, who passed away last Friday at age 71, by dimming the Great White Way's theater marquees in his memory tonight, July 15th, at 7:45 p.m. for one minute. Scroll down for footage and photos of the special moment to honor the one-of-a-kind star. (more...)

Toni-Leslie James Talks Costume Design For AMAZING GRACE In New Video FeaturetteToni-Leslie James Talks Costume Design For AMAZING GRACE In New Video Featurette
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 15, 2015

Go inside the amazing new AMAZING GRACE TV spot! (more...)

THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW Box Set Featuring Musicals, Broadway Stars & More Available To Pre-Order, Out 8/10THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW Box Set Featuring Musicals, Broadway Stars & More Available To Pre-Order, Out 8/10
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 15, 2015

A treasure trove of classic TV! (more...)

THEATER TALK to Re-Air 2012 Interview with Roger Rees This WeekTHEATER TALK to Re-Air 2012 Interview with Roger Rees This Week
by TV News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

THEATER TALK honors the late actor/director Roger Rees with an encore presentation of its 2012 interview featuring Rees and his husband, Rick Elice, discussing their three decades as life-partners, as well as their collaboration with Alex Timbers on the multi-Tony« winning play, Peter and the Starcatcher. (more...)

Broadway Lights Will Dim Tonight in Memory of Roger ReesBroadway Lights Will Dim Tonight in Memory of Roger Rees
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

The Broadway community mourns the loss of Tony Awardá- winning actor and Tony Award - nominated director, Roger Rees, who passed away last Friday at age 71. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in his memory tonight, July 15th, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute. (more...)

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