Fran Weissler News

Photo Coverage: In Just No Time at All- PIPPIN Celebrates One Year on Broadway!
by Walter McBride - Mar 27, 2014

Pippin, now playing at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street), is directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus and features choreography by Tony Award nominee Chet Walker in the style ofBob Fosse and circus creation by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (also known as 7 Fingers). The Tony-winning production just marked its first year at the Music Box and below you can check out full photo coverage of the cast celebrating onstage! (more...)

Roundabout's VIOLET with Sutton Foster Begins Performances on Broadway Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Violet, starring Sutton Foster, Colin Donnell, Alexander Gemignani and Joshua Henry, begins previews tomorrow, March 28, 2014 at 8:00PM. (more...)

CHICAGO National Tour with John O'Hurley Plays Buell Theatre, Now thru 3/23
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

The national tour of the Broadway musical CHICAGO returns to Denver at The Buell Theatre tonight, March 18 through 23 only. Producers Barry and Fran Weissler announce that John O'Hurley, the suave, debonair, award-winning actor and star of stage, TV & film will reprise the role of Billy Flynn. (more...)

CHICAGO National Tour with John O'Hurley Plays Buell Theatre, 3/18-23
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2014

The national tour of the Broadway musical CHICAGO returns to Denver at The Buell Theatre March 18 through 23 only. Producers Barry and Fran Weissler announce that John O'Hurley, the suave, debonair, award-winning actor and star of stage, TV & film will reprise the role of Billy Flynn. Tickets are on sale now at Denvercenter.org. (more...)

Photo Coverage: They Are On Their Way... to Broadway! Inside VIOLET'S Sneak Peek Concert
by Walter McBride - Mar 08, 2014

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) will soon present two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster in a Broadway production of Violet, directed by Leigh Silverman. Based on the short story 'The Ugliest Pilgrim' by Doris Betts, Violet features music by Jeanine Tesori and book & lyrics by Brian Crawley. Violet will be produced in association with Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, David Mirvish, Barry and Fran Weissler, Elizabeth Armstrong, and Mary Jo and Ted Shen. The company met the press last night and you can check out photos from the concert sneak peek below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside VIOLET's Sneak Peek Party with Sutton Foster & More!
by Walter McBride - Mar 05, 2014

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) will soon present two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster in a Broadway production of Violet, directed by Leigh Silverman. Based on the short story 'The Ugliest Pilgrim' by Doris Betts, Violet features music by Jeanine Tesori and book & lyrics by Brian Crawley. Violet will be produced in association with Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, David Mirvish, Barry and Fran Weissler, Elizabeth Armstrong, and Mary Jo and Ted Shen. The company met the press last night and you can check out photos from inside the celebration below! (more...)

BWW TV: Sutton Foster, Colin Donnell, Joshua Henry & More Sing VIOLET!- Meet the Broadway Cast!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 05, 2014

The company met the press last night, and BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was on hand to chat with the whole gang. Check out what they had to say about the musical and watch a performance sneak peek below! (more...)

FREEZE FRAME: Cast of Broadway's VIOLET Meets the Press!
by Walter McBride - Mar 05, 2014

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) will soon present two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster in a Broadway production of Violet, directed by Leigh Silverman. Based on the short story 'The Ugliest Pilgrim' by Doris Betts, Violet features music by Jeanine Tesori and book & lyrics by Brian Crawley. Violet will be produced in association with Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, David Mirvish, Barry and Fran Weissler, Elizabeth Armstrong, and Mary Jo and Ted Shen. The company met the press last night, and below, you can check out a photo preview from the special event. Check back later for full coverage! (more...)

CHICAGO with Elvis Stojko, Bianca Marroquin to Run 3/26-30 at Princess of Wales Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 04, 2014

Toronto loves CHICAGO. Originally staged in 1998, a second time in 1999, a third time in 2003, and a fourth time in 2006, CHICAGO now returns for an unprecedented fifth encore engagement, for one week only, March 26 - 30, 2014, at the Princess of Wales Theatre. (more...)

Bebe Neuwirth Plays Final Performance in Broadway's CHICAGO this Weekend; Roz Ryan Will Return, 3/10
by BWW News Desk - Mar 03, 2014

This week, two-time Tony and Emmy Award winner Bebe Neuwirth will play her final eight performances as Matron 'Mama' Morton in Broadway's record-breaking smash-hit musical Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St.) Neuwirth, who won a 1997 Tony Award for her acclaimed portrayal of jazz-age killer Velma Kelly and returned ten years later as merry murderess Roxie Hart, concludes her history-making eight-week engagement as Matron 'Mama' Morton -- her third starring role in the production's 18-year run -- on Sunday, March 9. Beginning Monday, March 10, one of the Chicago family's most celebrated performers, stage and screen veteran Roz Ryan, returns to the role of Matron 'Mama' Morton. (more...)

In Performance: Bebe Neuwirth Performs 'Nowadays' from CHICAGO
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2014

In today's New York Times In Performance video, the talented star performs the number "Nowadays," which she describes as "archetypical Kander and Ebb." (more...)

They've Got Magic to Do! Kyle Dean Massey and Ciara Renée to Join Cast of PIPPIN on April 1
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2014

The producers of the Tony Award winning PIPPIN just announced that Kyle Dean Massey (Next to Normal, Wicked) and Ciara Renee (Big Fish) will assume the roles of "Pippin" and "Leading Player" (respectively) in the production beginning Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Matthew James Thomas and Tony Award winner Patina Miller will play their final performance on Sunday, March 30, 2014. PIPPIN is now playing at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street). (more...)

Alexander Gemignani, Ben Davis & More Join Sutton Foster in VIOLET on Broadway- Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2014

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) just announced the full cast of VIOLET. The musical will star two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster (Violet), Colin Donnell (Monty), Alexander Gemignani (Father) and Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry (Flick), and will feature Ben Davis (Preacher), Annie Golden (Hotel Singer/Old Lady), Emerson Steele (Young Violet) and Austin Lesch, Anastasia McCleskey, Charlie Pollock, Jacob Keith Watson, Rema Webb and Virginia Ann Woodruff. (more...)

John O'Hurley Comes to Florida as Billy Flynn in CHICAGO, 3/4-5
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2014

Limited showings of Chicago will feature the much loved star, John O'Hurley in select cities, Sarasota being one of them! Producers Barry and Fran Weissler announced that the suave, debonair, award-winning actor and star of stage, TV & film will return to the road to reprise the role of Billy Flynn in Chicago, at the Van Wezel on March 4, 2014 at 8PM and March 5, 2014 at 2PM and 8PM. (more...)

CHICAGO National Tour Adds 3/5 Matinee to Van Wezel Run
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2014

Due to popular demand, the critically acclaimed, longest running American musical in Broadway history, Chicago has added a 2pm matinee to their March 5, 2014 date at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Both the Tuesday and Wednesday evening performances have nearly sold out, therefore adding the Wednesday afternoon matinee will allow another full house to enjoy the glitz and glam of the decadent 1920's and the tale of the murderous nightclub dancer, Roxie Hart. Winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording, Chicago continues to leave audiences singing 'All That Jazz!' (more...)

VIDEO: Kris Jenner Wants to Appear on Broadway in CHICAGO
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2014

Kris Jenner, star of Keeping Up With the Kardashians on E!, admitted on Sunday to friend Jonathan Cheban and her daughter Kim Kardashian that she loves the song 'All That Jazz' and has been taking singing and dancing lessons in hopes of starring on Broadway in Chicago. Check out the clip below! (more...)

Breaking News: Colin Donnell & Joshua Henry Join Sutton Foster in VIOLET on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2014

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) just announced that Colin Donnell (Anything Goes) and Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry (The Scottsboro Boys) will join two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster in a Broadway production of VIOLET, directed by Leigh Silverman. (more...)

Brent Barrett Will Return to Broadway's CHICAGO as 'Billy Flynn' Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2014

On Monday, January 20, the company of Broadway's Tony Award-winning musical smash Chicago is pleased to welcome back Olivier Award nominee Brent Barrett in a new return engagement to the starring role of 'that silver-tongued Prince of the Courtroom,' Billy Flynn. (more...)

Breaking News: TITANIC to Sail Back to Broadway in Fall 2014; Toronto Run Begins July 22!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2014

Producers David Mirvish and Barry & Fran Weissler just announced that the Tony Award-winning Best Musical TITANIC, with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and book by Peter Stone, will finally have its Canadian premiere in a brand new production directed by Thom Southerland. TITANIC will play a six-week engagement at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, from July 22 through August 31. TITANIC will then berth on Broadway in the Fall of 2014. (more...)

John O'Hurley Will Play 'Billy Flynn' During CHICAGO National Tour's Stop at Bank of America Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2014

Broadway In Chicago and producers Barry and Fran Weissler have announced that John O'Hurley, award-winning actor and star of stage, TV & film, will reprise the role of Billy Flynn in Chicago. CHICAGO will play the Bank of America Theatre (18 W Monroe) February 25 through March 2, 2014. (more...)

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