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The September Play Project Set for The Delancey, 9/13-14
by BWW News Desk - Sep 02, 2014

The September Play Project, or #SPP, launches its inaugural year with a series of new works on the rooftop space of The Delancey, 168 Delancey Street, New York, NY 10002 on September 13th and 14, 2014. Both performances will be at 5 PM. The plays are all 6 minutes in length and set outdoors. The series was conceived by co­producers Jenny Gomez and Jessica Mazo. The aim of the Project is to provide a diverse set of artists with a comfortable platform where they can create, with full production support. 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales will be split evenly between all the playwrights, actors, and directors that have volunteered their time and talent for the project. (more...)

Musical Theatre Factory to Present UNCOOL: THE PARTY Workshop, 7/10-14
by BWW News Desk - Jul 08, 2014

Uncool: The Party is back! Come party with some of Broadway's best as we celebrate all of the hilarious things that make us the weirdos we pretend so desperately not to be! There will be SPIKED PUNCH, brand spankin' new rock 'n roll theater tunes, games, stories and dancing! Uncool: The Party promises to be a night you won't forget... unless you drink too much of that punch! (more...)

Rhinebeck Writers Retreat Announces 26 Writers of 9 New Musicals Selected for This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2014

Kathy Evans, Founding Executive Director, announced the nine musicals and twenty-six writers selected for the 2014 Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, its fourth year of providing working retreats for musical theatre writers. For nine consecutive weeks beginning June 29th, each writing team will have an individual weeklong residency in Rhinebeck, New York to write their musical. They are provided with a private home, transportation, food, and a stipend. All costs are fully funded by donors including The ASCAP Foundation, The Dramatists Guild Fund, and The Noel Coward Foundation. Writers participating this year include Broadway's Mindi Dickstein (Little Women), this year's Kleban Prize winner Nathan Tysen (Burnt Part Boys), and Peter Mills, past winner of the Kleban, Fred Ebb Award, and Richard Rodgers prize. The musicals' subjects cover 19th century nautical mysteries, 20th century fairy tales, a 1970's gay bar, and modern-day meth addicts. Every score is original and styles include 16th century Renaissance, big band, folk, rock, and electronic music. (more...)

Coleavens Industries to Present LIES WE TELL OUR SELVES (WHEN FLAMETHROWERS AREN'T ENOGH) at FringeNYC, Begin. Today
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2013

Coleavens Industries will present Lies We Tell Ourselves (when flamethrowers aren't enough) as part of the 17th annual New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC. Premiering at FringeNYC, Lies We Tell Ourselves will be presented at The Players Theatre (115 Macdougal Street, Fringe venue #17). (more...)

Coleavens Industries to Present LIES WE TELL OUR SELVES (WHEN FLAMETHROWERS AREN'T ENOGH) at FringeNYC, Begin. 8/10
by BWW News Desk - Aug 01, 2013

Coleavens Industries will present Lies We Tell Ourselves (when flamethrowers aren't enough) as part of the 17th annual New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC. Premiering at FringeNYC, Lies We Tell Ourselves will be presented at The Players Theatre (115 Macdougal Street, Fringe venue #17). (more...)

The Management's THE HOUSE OF VON MACRAME Plays The Bushwick Starr, 1/22-2/9
by BWW News Desk - Feb 08, 2013

The Flea Theater's spookiest serialized play is now a full-length musical. The Management (MilkMilkLemonade by Joshua Conkel, Cut by Crystal Skillman) team up with The Bushwick Starr to bring The House of Von Macramé to gory, glamorous life. Performances run January 23 - February 9, Wednesdays - Todays at 8pm. Preview performance: Tuesday, January 22nd at 8pm. (more...)

The Management's THE HOUSE OF VON MACRAME Plays The Bushwick Starr, Now thru 2/9
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2013

The Flea Theater's spookiest serialized play is now a full-length musical. The Management (MilkMilkLemonade by Joshua Conkel, Cut by Crystal Skillman) team up with The Bushwick Starr to bring The House of Von Macramé to gory, glamorous life. Performances run January 23 - February 9, Wednesdays - Saturdays at 8pm. Preview performance: tonight, January 22nd at 8pm. (more...)

The Management's THE HOUSE OF VON MACRAME Plays The Bushwick Starr, 1/22-2/9
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2012

The Flea Theater's spookiest serialized play is now a full-length musical. The Management (MilkMilkLemonade by Joshua Conkel, Cut by Crystal Skillman) team up with The Bushwick Starr to bring The House of Von Macramé to gory, glamorous life. Performances run January 23 - February 9, Wednesdays - Saturdays at 8pm. Preview performance: Tuesday, January 22nd at 8pm. (more...)

St. Luke Theatre's ZELDA AT THE OASIS Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 04, 2012

P. H. Lin's new drama, ZELDA AT THE OASIS, directed by Andy Sandberg (The Last Smoker in America), began previews on Friday, November 16th at 5 pm at St. Luke's Theatre, 308 West 46th Street, (west of 8th Avenue), with the official opening tonight, December 4th at 7 PM. ZELDA AT THE OASIS, which features Edwin Cahill and Gardner Reed, is an open-ended Equity production. (more...)

St. Luke Theatre's ZELDA AT THE OASIS Begins Previews Tonight, 11/16
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2012

P. H. Lin's new drama, ZELDA AT THE OASIS, directed by Andy Sandberg (The Last Smoker in America), will begin previews tonight, November 16th at 5 pm at St. Luke's Theatre, 308 West 46th Street, (west of 8th Avenue), with the official opening on Tuesday, December 4th at 7 PM. ZELDA AT THE OASIS, which features Edwin Cahill and Gardner Reed, is an open-ended Equity production. (more...)

St. Luke Theatre's ZELDA AT THE OASIS To Begin Previews 11/16 And Open 12/4
by BWW News Desk - Nov 09, 2012

P. H. Lin's new drama, ZELDA AT THE OASIS, directed by Andy Sandberg (The Last Smoker in America), will begin previews on Friday, November 16th at 5 pm at St. Luke's Theatre, 308 West 46th Street, (west of 8th Avenue), with the official opening on Tuesday, December 4th at 7 PM. ZELDA AT THE OASIS, which features Edwin Cahill and Gardner Reed, is an open-ended Equity production. (more...)

ZELDA AT THE OASIS Begins 11/16 at St. Luke's
by BWW News Desk - Nov 01, 2012

Zelda at the Oasis, a new play by P. H. Lin, directed by Andy Sandberg (The Last Smoker in America), will celebrate its New York Premiere on Friday, November 16th when it begins previews at St. Luke's Theatre, 308 West 46th Street, in the heart of Times Square. The official opening is Tuesday, December 4th at 7 PM. Zelda at the Oasis, which features Edwin Cahill and Gardner Reed, is an open-ended engagement. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Anita Gillette Talks Birdland Solo Show, THE FITZGERALD FAMILY CHRISTMAS, Broadway, Hollywood & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 23, 2012

Sometimes once is just not enough, so, today, we have a super-special encore conversation with a recent InDepth InterView participant who shares even more candid tales from her impossibly colorful, genre-spanning career on Broadway and in Hollywood - star of properties as diverse as the Broadway musicals MR. PRESIDENT, KELLY and THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG, to movies like MOONSTRUCK and SHALL WE DANCE to her numerous TV appearances on everything from MATCH GAME to QUINCY to 30 ROCK - chameleon-like comedienne and actress Anita Gillette. Discussing some of the more ribald and hilarious stories from her idiosyncratic showbiz career - such as the riotous backstage goings-on out of town at the tryout of one of Broadway biggest bombs, KELLY - as well as spine-tingling "you had to be there"-type memories of the Golden Age - like Irving Berlin stopping by the Winter Garden every Wednesday just to see her Act One showstopper in ALL AMERICAN - Gillette paints a vivid picture of an era gone by, and, also, looks ahead to exciting future endeavors - especially the upcoming Ed Burns-directed feature film, THE FITZGERALD FAMILY CHRISTMAS, opening wide later this year. Of course, Gillette returns to the NYC stage the next two Mondays - September 24 and October 1 - with her new Birdland show, AFTER ALL, so in this all-encompassing conversation we also discuss the themes, style, songs and stories we can anticipate from that intimate solo piece, as well, and she generously shares her recollections of working with some of the men who penned many of the sensational songs she will be performing and figure in to some of the tales she will tell - Charles Strouse, Marvin Hamlisch, Jule Styne, Neil Simon, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks and the aforementioned Irving Berlin included. All of that and much, much more! (more...)

Daniel Melnick, Hollywood Producing Maverick, Dead at 77
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2009

The Los Angeles Times reports that Emmy Award-winning Hollywood producing maverick Daniel Melnick has passed away after battling lung cancer. Melnick was 77. (more...)

Photo Coverage: 'All That Jazz' L.A. Screening
by James Sims - May 09, 2007

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences screened the 1979 Best Picture nominee and Bob Fosse film 'All That Jazz' May 7 as part of the 'Great To Be Nominated' series. Cast and crew members including actors Deborah Geffner, John Lithgow and Kathryn Dody and associate producer-assistant director Wolfgang Glattes, who joined in on a post-screening discussion... (more...)

Peter Melnick: Drifting from Macao to Off-Broadway
by Maya Cantu - Feb 10, 2007

The characters and conventions of film noir get flamboyantly comical facelifts in Adrift in Macao, a new musical by Peter Melnick and Christopher Durang that, as presented by Primary Stages, will open at 59E59 Theaters on February 13th. Melnick has previously written musicals and has scored many films and TV shows, and Adrift in Macao is the talented composer's most high-profile project to date. (more...)