Eric Ankrim News

FIRST DATE Vocal Selections Now Available!
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

Vocal Selections are now available for First Date, which features 10 songs: 'First Impressions,' 'I'd Order Love', 'The One', 'Safer', 'Something That Will Last', 'The Things I Never Said' and more. Click here to order now! (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE TUTOR at Village Theatre Abandons Itself
by Jay Irwin - Mar 27, 2014

You're a cute little new musical that has workshopped itself at Village in their Village Originals program twice before. You have an interesting storyline and a fun little gimmick. You start off a little weak but there are sparks of potential. So why would you completely abandon that cute storyline and gimmick by Act Two and then proceed to beat your audience over the head with a tired message of letting time work things out? (A message that made no sense for what preceded by the way.) Unfortunately this is the question I found myself asking at Village Theatre's "The Tutor". Sure the performers shine but they shine in a show that has no idea what it wants to be or where it wants to go. (more...)

BWW Flashback: FIRST DATE with Zachary Levi & Krysta Rodriguez Wraps Broadway Run Tonight
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 05, 2014

FIRST DATE, which opened on August 8, 2013 at Broadway's Longacre Theatre, plays its final performance today, Sunday, January 5, 2014, at 3pm, having played 34 previews and 174 regular performances. First Date, starring Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez, began performances on Broadway on July 9, 2013, and has a book by Austin Winsberg, music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, direction by Bill Berry, musical staging by Josh Rhodes, orchestrations by August Eriksmoen, and musical supervision, vocal and incidental arrangements by Dominick Amendum. (more...)

13 in 30: Video Highlights from 2013- FIRST DATE
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 26, 2013

2014 is upon us, which means that it's time to look back on all of the highs and lows that this past theatre season has brought. BroadwayWorld is wrapping up the year by tributing our favorite moments of 2013, and in this series, we're highlighting 13 of our favorite musical moments on stage in just 30 seconds. Below, check out a 30 second clip from one of our favorite musicals of the year- First Date. (more...)

Exclusive Photo Flash: Betsy Brandt Visits FIRST DATE!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2013

Over the weekend, Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad, The Michael J Fox Show) travelled to the Longacre Theatre to check out Broadway's FIRST DATE. BroadwayWorld brings you exclusive photos from backstage below! (more...)

Understudies from BIG FISH, CINDERELLA & More Set for HALF HOUR 4 Concert at Laurie Beechman, 11/24
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2013

On November 24th at 9:30pm, BroadwayUnderstudies.com has once again invited some of Broadway's most talented understudies to the stage of the Laurie Beechman Theatre to share their rare talent-the ability to perform at a second's notice. They'll be thrown into the fire in 'Half Hour 4: A Last Minute Concert,' a show where even they don't know what they'll be singing before they step up to the microphone. The audience will get to vote on what song each performer will sing. (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: November 2-8
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 08, 2013

Highlights from this week include a first look into A BED AND A CHAIR, FIRST DATE's recording for CAROL FOR A CURE, as well as pictures from opening night of AFTER MIDNIGHT! (more...)

Exclusive Photo Flash: Cast of FIRST DATE Visits A TIME TO KILL on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 07, 2013

The cast of FIRST DATE went on a field trip earlier this week, traveling to the Longacre Theatre to check out the cast of A TIME TO KILL in action. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you an exclusive look at the backstage festivities after the show! (more...)

FIRST DATE to Close on Broadway January 5, 2014
by BWW News Desk - Nov 06, 2013

It's just been announced that FIRST DATE, which opened on August 8, 2013 at Broadway's Longacre Theatre (220 W. 48th Street), will play its final performance on Sunday, January 5, 2014, at 3pm, having played 34 previews and 174 regular performances. FIRST DATE began performances on Broadway on July 9, 2013, and has a book by Austin Winsberg, music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner,direction by Bill Berry, musical staging by Josh Rhodes, orchestrations by August Eriksmoen, and musical supervision, vocal and incidental arrangements by Dominick Amendum. (more...)

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Zachary Levi & FIRST DATE Cast Tell It on the Mountain for Carols for a Cure
by Jennifer Broski - Nov 06, 2013

Stars and casts from the current Broadway line-up have been busy in the studio, recording for the 2013 Broadway's Carols for a Cure, Volume 15. Singing traditional and original holiday songs, this annual holiday music CD benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA), one of the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you exclusive photos from First Date's recording session for 'Go Tell It on the Mountain' with castmembers Zachary Levi, Kristoffer Cusick, Sara Chase, Kate Loprest, Eric Ankrim, and Blake Hammond. (more...)

FIRST DATE to Raise Funds for Operation Smile Via Online Auction
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2013

Broadway's FIRST DATE, the critically acclaimed new musical comedy starring Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez, will hold an online auction to raise funds for Operation Smile through FirstDateAuction.com. (more...)

FIRST DATE Celebrates Cast Album Release with Benefit Show at 54 Below Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2013

The cast of Broadway's First Date, the critically acclaimed new musical comedy starring Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez, celebrates the release of their Original Broadway Cast Album with a one night only cabaret at Broadway's nightclub, 54 BELOW, tonight, October 15, 2013 at 9:30 PM. (more...)

FIRST DATE Cast to Celebrate Album Release with Cabaret Show at 54 Below, Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2013

The cast of Broadway's FIRST DATE, the critically acclaimed new musical comedy starring Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez, will celebrate the release of their Original Broadway Cast Album one week from today with a one night only cabaret at Broadway's nightclub, 54 BELOW. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Operation Smile. Zachary Levi is a longtime supporter and Smile Ambassador for the organization, which provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe. Though the cabaret is nearly sold out, tickets are $35 each and can be purchased at 54BELOW.com. (more...)

Cast of FIRST DATE, Joanna Gleason & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2013

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, the performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond: (more...)

Eric Ankrim, Michelle Dawson, Andy Jones and More Set for Musicals Tonight!'s AT THIS PERFORMANCE Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2013

Musicals Tonight! continues its ongoing salute to Broadway and Off-Broadway Standbys, Understudies and Alternates with its next edition of At This Performance... tonight, Monday, October 14th at The Lion Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street at 7 PM. (more...)

Eric Ankrim, Michelle Dawson, Andy Jones and More Set for Musicals Tonight!'s AT THIS PERFORMANCE, 10/14
by BWW News Desk - Oct 09, 2013

Musicals Tonight! continues its ongoing salute to Broadway and Off-Broadway Standbys, Understudies and Alternates with its next edition of At This Performance... to be held on Monday, October 14th at The Lion Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street at 7 PM. (more...)

FIRST DATE Cast to Celebrate Album Release with Cabaret Show at 54 Below, 10/15
by BWW News Desk - Oct 08, 2013

The cast of Broadway's FIRST DATE, the critically acclaimed new musical comedy starring Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez, will celebrate the release of their Original Broadway Cast Album one week from today with a one night only cabaret at Broadway's nightclub, 54 BELOW. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Operation Smile. Zachary Levi is a longtime supporter and Smile Ambassador for the organization, which provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe. Though the cabaret is nearly sold out, tickets are $35 each and can be purchased at 54BELOW.com. (more...)

FIRST DATE Cast Recording Now Available
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2013

The original Broadway cast recording of FIRST DATE, the critically acclaimed new musical comedy starring Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez, with music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, will be released digitally and exclusively available at the Longacre Theatre today, September 24, 2013. Executive produced by Altar Identity Studios the CD, released by Yellow Sound Label, will be available in stores and everywhere music is sold Tuesday, October 15, 2013. With a book by Austin Winsberg, FIRST DATE is directed by Bill Berry, has a musical staging by Josh Rhodes, with orchestrations by August Eriksmoen and musical supervision, vocal and incidental arrangements by Dominick Amendum. The album debuted at number 1 on the iTunes soundtrack chart. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: In the Recording Studio with the Cast of FIRST DATE!
by Stage Tube - Sep 18, 2013

The original Broadway cast recording of First Date, the critically acclaimed new musical comedy starring Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez, with music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, will be released digitally and exclusively available at the Longacre Theatre Tuesday, September 24, 2013. Executive produced by Altar Identity Studios the CD, released by Yellow Sound Label, will be available in stores and everywhere music is sold Tuesday, October 15, 2013. With a book by Austin Winsberg, First Datei s directed by Bill Berry, has a musical staging by Josh Rhodes, with orchestrations byAugust Eriksmoen and musical supervision, vocal and incidental arrangements by Dominick Amendum. Click here to pre-order. Below, go inside the recording studio with the cast as they record the show's opener- 'The One.' (more...)

FIRST DATE to Celebrate Cast Album Release with Benefit Show at 54 Below, 10/15
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2013

The cast of Broadway's FIRST DATE, the critically acclaimed new musical comedy starring Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez, will celebrate the release of their Original Broadway Cast Album with a one night only cabaret at Broadway's nightclub, 54 BELOW, on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 9:30 PM. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Operation Smile. Zachary Levi is a longtime supporter and Smile Ambassador for the organization, which provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe. (more...)

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