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Date of Birth: December 07, 1932 (83)
Birth Place: USA
Gender: Female
BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- Tony AftermathBWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- Tony Aftermath
by Guest Blogger: Ben Rappaport - May 4, 2016

'Twas the night before the Tony nominations, when all through midtown pretty much everyone was stirring. Especially that mouse (at least in pre-war buildings above restaurants). The iphones were charging on bedside tables with care in hopes that when the nomination list came out at 8:30, your name would be there. (more...)

BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- Keep It FreshBWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- Keep It Fresh
by Guest Blogger: Ben Rappaport - Apr 27, 2016

The orchestra starts the waltz into 'Sunrise, Sunset'. Everyone is in place, Tevye sings, 'Is this the little girl I carried?' Nothing out of the ordinary, here. Then, four male ensemble members and the Rabbi slowly come up the upstage stairs from the trap, moving downstage center, where they slowly get into position with the chuppah (Jewish wedding canopy). One little problem, tonight. There's no chuppah (we later found out it had been broken). I look around the stage at my fellow cast members, who are all slowly registering this and getting that glint in the eye you get when you're about to crack up. Then, it hit me. Samantha Massell and I have a solo coming up in a second where we have to sing the lyric, 'Is there a canopy in store for me?' The irony of this is just too much for me and, no matter how hard I try, I sing this line with the stupidest grin on my face. I mean, you can't ignore it! I absolutely LIVE for moments like this. Happy accidents that keep things fresh, can breathe new life into the show, and remind us all that it's called a 'play' for a reason. It's supposed to be fun! (more...)

BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- Shtetl DietBWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- Shtetl Diet
by Guest Blogger: Ben Rappaport - Apr 20, 2016

I must have been an incredibly naive 12 year old. As my family and I were leaving the Marriott Marquis Theatre after a performance of the revival of Annie Get Your Gun, we passed by the stage door. A hoard of people were crowded behind the barricades, eagerly clutching their playbills, sharpies, and cameras in hopes to snag an autograph or photo with Bernadette Peters and Tom Wopat. We were watching from across the street. A security person was guarding the door, and would escort Bernadette and Tom as they made their way through the crowd, greeting their fans. Once they were done, they each got into the back seats of their respective black Lincoln town cars and rode off into the night. What I couldn't wrap my head around, at the time, was....where do they go? (more...)

BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- They're People. Just Like Us.BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- They're People. Just Like Us.
by Guest Blogger: Ben Rappaport - Apr 13, 2016

I must have been an incredibly naive 12 year old. As my family and I were leaving the Marriott Marquis Theatre after a performance of the revival of Annie Get Your Gun, we passed by the stage door. A hoard of people were crowded behind the barricades, eagerly clutching their playbills, sharpies, and cameras in hopes to snag an autograph or photo with Bernadette Peters and Tom Wopat. We were watching from across the street. A security person was guarding the door, and would escort Bernadette and Tom as they made their way through the crowd, greeting their fans. Once they were done, they each got into the back seats of their respective black Lincoln town cars and rode off into the night. What I couldn't wrap my head around, at the time, was....where do they go? (more...)

Photo Flash: Stephen Adly Guirgis Reads, Signs Plays at The Drama Book Shop with Bobby Cannavale and MorePhoto Flash: Stephen Adly Guirgis Reads, Signs Plays at The Drama Book Shop with Bobby Cannavale and More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

On Tuesday, April 5th, Theatre Communications Group (TCG) presented 'An Evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis,' author of the hit Broadway play The Motherf***er with the Hat, which featured a reading of excerpts from several of his plays, a discussion, and signing of his newly published play, Between Riverside and Crazy, for which he received the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, at the Drama Book Shop in New York, now celebrating its 99th year. Scroll down for photos from the event! (more...)

BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- #BeardingBWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- #Bearding
by Guest Blogger: Ben Rappaport - Apr 6, 2016

I've coined this new term. The power of the beard has not only led me to bow before it in awe and reverence, but also offer it the illustrious status of being a verb. To beard is about doing far more than simply growing it. It's about experiencing it and LIVING it. (more...)

Married Couple Dylan & Becky Ann Baker Join Cast of John Doyle-Helmed PEER GYNT at CSCMarried Couple Dylan & Becky Ann Baker Join Cast of John Doyle-Helmed PEER GYNT at CSC
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

Classic Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Brian Kulick and Managing Director Jeff Griffin, today announced that acclaimed actors (and married couple) Becky Ann Baker (currently featured on "Girls") and Dylan Baker (currently featured on "The Americans") have joined the cast of its upcoming production of Henrik Ibsen's PEER GYNT, directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, who becomes the company's new Artistic Director in July.  (more...)

BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- A Break From No RoutineBWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- A Break From No Routine
by Guest Blogger: Ben Rappaport - Mar 30, 2016

My trip to visit my girlfriend came to an abrupt halt. I had just gotten off a conference call with my agent and manager, 'Get to the airport as soon as you can. They want to test you for the CBS pilot.' I was sitting on a bench at Lambert-St. Louis Airport next to the check in counters, before you go through security. Anxiously, I clutched my backpack and suitcase waiting for my manager to call and give the green light to check in for my flight to LA. They were negotiating my contract and hadn't reached a deal (when you test for a TV show, your contract has to be signed before the screen test. And if you don't book the job, the contract goes in the shredder). I couldn't board the plane until the deal was closed, and the test was first thing the next morning. After an hour of limbo, I finally got the call. The deal had closed! Time to get the ticket. Of course I had already missed the initial flight, and they had to book me on a later one. This was my first exposure to (what I didn't realize, then) the actor's eternal state of in between-ness. (more...)

BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- Dry? Just Add Water!BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- Dry? Just Add Water!
by Guest Blogger: Ben Rappaport - Mar 23, 2016

In between takes of a scene on 'The Good Wife' a few years ago, I was commiserating with veteran actor Zach Grenier-'Why is it that I'm completely relaxed in every shot EXCEPT my close up?' His response? 'Because this is for the ages. This will exist long after you and I are gone.' That's the weight you carry on your back in TV, film, and in the recording studio that you don't have in the theatre. In a play, there's always tomorrow night. (more...)

BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- For The AgesBWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- For The Ages
by Guest Blogger: Ben Rappaport - Mar 16, 2016

In between takes of a scene on 'The Good Wife' a few years ago, I was commiserating with veteran actor Zach Grenier-'Why is it that I'm completely relaxed in every shot EXCEPT my close up?' His response? 'Because this is for the ages. This will exist long after you and I are gone.' That's the weight you carry on your back in TV, film, and in the recording studio that you don't have in the theatre. In a play, there's always tomorrow night. (more...)


by - Mar 11, 2016

Ellen Burstyn is the most recent addition to the award-winning Netflix phenomenon, "House Of Cards." The award-winning actresss joins TODAY to talk about the incredibly successful series. (more...)

BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- The Old CountryBWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- The Old Country
by Guest Blogger: Ben Rappaport - Mar 9, 2016

'We are Russian Jews', my father would always tell me when I asked where we came from. From a very young age, I was curious about history; where people and things came from, origins, and remnants. Growing up in the US, I was used to the idea of the big melting pot - that a lot people here came from somewhere else for a better life. A lot of us, including myself, have very mixed backgrounds, and it can be overwhelming to piece together the puzzle that is your ancestry. Thankfully, we live in the golden age of the World Wide Web, and our collective curiosity and quest for a sense of identity and meaning has resulted in the creation of wonderful resources like ancestry.com. (more...)

Tovah Feldshuh Returning to Feinstein's at the Nikko with 'AGING IS OPTIONAL,' 4/29-30Tovah Feldshuh Returning to Feinstein's at the Nikko with 'AGING IS OPTIONAL,' 4/29-30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2016

Acclaimed Broadway, film and television star, Tovah Feldshuh - nominated six times for the Tony and Emmy Awards-returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko on Friday, April 29 (8 p.m.) and Saturday, April 30 (7 p.m.) with her one-woman show, Tovah: Aging is Optional. (more...)

Scoop: TODAY - 3/7 - 3/18 on NBC - Friday, March 4, 2016Scoop: TODAY - 3/7 - 3/18 on NBC - Friday, March 4, 2016
by TV Scoop - Mar 4, 2016

Get all the scoop on TODAY - 3/7 - 3/18, airing on NBC on Friday, March 4, 2016! (more...)

BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- My Road To AnatevkaBWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- My Road To Anatevka
by Guest Blogger: Ben Rappaport - Mar 2, 2016

Let's take a trip back in time, shall we? The year was 1993 (or '94, or '95....'96?), I was 7 (or 8, or 9...10?) years old, and my parents took my sister and me to the Three Little Bakers dinner theater in Wilmington, Delaware, where 'Fiddler On The Roof' was playing. Unfortunately, I don't remember much about this experience other than that it was the first time I ever had a Shirley Temple, the waitress made me cry, and the line for the prime rib buffet was very long. This was, however, the first time those famous first strains of Jerry Bock's violin solo entered the back of my brain and psyche, and never left. Over the next several years, Fiddler lightly weaved its way in and out of my life: the occasional off key rendition of 'Sunrise, Sunset' at Jewish Community North, catching the film on AMC, and that community theatre production that my synagogue's men's club brought their families to (ironically enough, the girl playing Hodel ended up being my prom date). While at Juilliard, my best friend, Scott and I saw the 2004 revival together TWICE. Once with Alfred Molina, and another time with Harvey Fierstein and Rosie O'Donnell. For over a decade, it's been part of our rotation of inside jokes to cast Tevye and Golde with obscure and asinine choices of actors, then perform 'Do You Love Me', impersonating said actors (Keanu Reaves as Tevye and Paula Deen as Golde, anyone?). As an American suburban Jewish kid growing up in the late '90s/early 00's, Fiddler was just part of the narrative -- Chinese Food on Christmas. (more...)

Breaking News: John Doyle to Direct DEAD POETS SOCIETY Premiere & PACIFIC OVERTURES as Part of Classic Stage's 2016-17 SeasonBreaking News: John Doyle to Direct DEAD POETS SOCIETY Premiere & PACIFIC OVERTURES as Part of Classic Stage's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 29, 2016

Off-Broadway's acclaimed Classic Stage Company today announced plans for its 2016-17 season, led by incoming Artistic Director John Doyle and Managing Director Jeff Griffin. Doyle, a Tony Award winner for Sweeney Todd and the director of Broadway's highly-praised new production of The Color Purple, assumes the artistic leadership of CSC beginning in July, succeeding Brian Kulick, who has led the company since 2003. For CSC, Doyle has directed Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Passion and Rodgers & Hammerstein's Allegro, and later this season will direct Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt. (more...)

Melissa James Gibson, Frank Pugliese Named New HOUSE OF CARDS ShowrunnersMelissa James Gibson, Frank Pugliese Named New HOUSE OF CARDS Showrunners
by TV News Desk - Feb 26, 2016

Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese, two senior writers who have been with HOUSE OF CARDS since 2014, have been promoted to showrunners of the award-winning Netflix original series, from Media Rights Capital. (more...)

Scoop: TODAY 2/29 - 3/11 on NBCScoop: TODAY 2/29 - 3/11 on NBC
by TV Scoop - Feb 26, 2016

Get all the scoop on TODAY 2/29 - 3/11, airing on NBC (more...)


by TV News Desk - Feb 23, 2016

A major new portrait of Kevin Spacey in his role as HOUSE OF CARDS' President Francis J. Underwood was unveiled this evening at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. (more...)

VIDEO: Watch All-New HOUSE OF CARDS Season 4 Trailer!VIDEO: Watch All-New HOUSE OF CARDS Season 4 Trailer!
by - Feb 11, 2016

Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright return in the new season of HOUSE OF CARDS, premiering Friday, March 4 on the Netflix streaming service. Watch an all-new season 4 trailer below! (more...)

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