Karen Ziemba News

Date of Birth: November 12, 1957 (57)
Birth Place: St. Joseph, MI, USA
Gender: Female
SOUND OFF Special Edition: CHICAGO's Roxie Is The Name On Everybody's Lips! Who Should Be Given A Shot Next?SOUND OFF Special Edition: CHICAGO's Roxie Is The Name On Everybody's Lips! Who Should Be Given A Shot Next?
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 12, 2015

The replacement star. One of the trickiest and most problematic facets of any production facing an enterprising producer and director is casting a fitting replacement, particularly for a star role. Of course, John Kander and Fred Ebb's vaudeville-based performance opportunity extravaganza CHICAGO allows for a copious amount of star turns, so the likely candidates for filling the famous shoes of the roles of Roxie, Velma, Billy Flynn and Matron Mama Morton are nearly overwhelming to consider. Furthermore, August 8 marked the momentous day in Broadway history when legendary Broadway and Hollywood superstar Liza Minnelli famously stepped in for an ailing Gwen Verdon in the original Bob Fosse production of CHICAGO on Broadway. Now, with notable pop star Brandy Norwood as the current Roxie and reality competition show standout Rumer Willis poised to take over in early September giving a slew of fresh buzz to one of Broadway's longest-running musicals of all time, the 1996 revival of CHICAGO, now is an ideal time to consider some familiar faces who have excelled in the role in the past and could continue the tradition and keep the momentum going for a production that has now played nearly 8,000 performances on the Great White Way. Time may have marched on, but these ladies certainly still have the stuff! (more...)

Michael Arden, Karen Ziemba & More Set for IF IT ONLY EVEN RUNS A MINUTE 15 at 54 BelowMichael Arden, Karen Ziemba & More Set for IF IT ONLY EVEN RUNS A MINUTE 15 at 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2015

If It Only Even Runs A Minute 15is the fifteenth edition of the Bistro Award-winning series of rare songs, behind-the-scenes tales, and inspiring photos from underappreciated Broadway and off-Broadway musicals. (more...)

BWW Previews: 2015 Fall Cleveland Theater ScheduleBWW Previews: 2015 Fall Cleveland Theater Schedule
by Roy Berko - Aug 10, 2015

Though the weather is still warm, soon the leaves will be turning and the Fall 2015 theatre season will be upon us. Here's a list of some of the offerings from September through December. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: WBT's BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELSSTAGE TUBE: WBT's BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 5, 2015

The journey from the 21st Century back to Hollywood's glamourous golden age is an inspiring one when your "tour guides" are the legendary Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire - portrayed by Darien Crago and Jeremy Benton in Westchester Broadway Theatre's production of Lynnette Barkley and Christopher McGovern's Backwards in High Heels: The Ginger Musical, running August 13-September 20. (more...)

Music, Dance, Silent Films and More Slated for Schimmel Center's 2015-16 SeasonMusic, Dance, Silent Films and More Slated for Schimmel Center's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2015

Schimmel Center at Pace University is proud to announce the 2015 | 2016 season at The Schimmel Center at Pace University, located at 3 Spruce Street between Park Row and Gold Street in downtown Manhattan, adjacent to City Hall and the Brooklyn Bridge. Schimmel Center is a world-class performing arts and culture series with an emphasis on showcasing the globe's greatest talents in the areas of theatre, music, cabaret, dance, film and family entertainment. (more...)

Photo Coverage: BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS at Westchester Broadway TheatrePhoto Coverage: BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS at Westchester Broadway Theatre
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 3, 2015

Westchester Broadway Theatre is taking audiences back to the glory days of Hollywood's Golden Age with its upcoming production of Lynnette Barkley and Christopher McGovern's Backwards in High Heels: The Ginger Musical, running August 13-September 20. As the cast, under the leadership of director/choreographer Jeremy Benton, got into the serious business of rehearsals, photographer Jake Primmerman was on hand to commemorate the work that goes into bringing the world of the 1930s movie musical to life onstage at WBT. (more...)

Darien Crago to Star in BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS at WBT, 8/13-9/20Darien Crago to Star in BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS at WBT, 8/13-9/20
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2015

Westchester Broadway Theatre topresentBACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS, conceived and developed byLynnette Barkley and Christopher McGovern, with book/musical arrangements/original songs by Christopher McGovern. Directed and choreographed by Jeremy Benton, with musical direction by Jose Simbulan, the show runsAugust 13- September 20, 2015, starringDarien Cragoas Ginger Rogers. (more...)

Photo Exclusive! Mathew Shepard, Karen Ziemba, Darien Crago and Nicolas Dromard at Opening Night of 42ND STREETPhoto Exclusive! Mathew Shepard, Karen Ziemba, Darien Crago and Nicolas Dromard at Opening Night of 42ND STREET
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2015

The brand-new Lexington Theatre Company opened its inaugural production of42ndStreeton Thursday, July 23.Tony Award-Winner Karen Ziemba, plays Dorothy Brock, alongside other Broadway veterans and up-and-coming actors.42nd Streetis presented by Variety Live at The Opera House with Co-Producing Sponsor Kentucky One Health, and runs July 23-26 at the Lexington Opera House. Check out an exclusive shot from opening night below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Karen Ziemba, Nicolas Dromard and More in 42ND STREET at Lexington TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at Karen Ziemba, Nicolas Dromard and More in 42ND STREET at Lexington Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2015

The brand-new Lexington Theatre Company presents its inaugural production of 42nd Street. Tony Award WinnerKaren Ziemba, will play Dorothy Brock, alongside other Broadway veterans and up-and-coming actors. 42nd Street is presented by Variety Live at The Opera House with Co-Producing Sponsor Kentucky One Health, and runs July 23, through July 26 at the Lexington Opera House. Check out a first lookbelow! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Karen Ziemba, Nicolas Dromard and More in Rehearsals of 42ND STREET at Lexington TheatreSTAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Karen Ziemba, Nicolas Dromard and More in Rehearsals of 42ND STREET at Lexington Theatre
by Stage Tube - Jul 23, 2015

The brand-new Lexington Theatre Company presents its inaugural production of 42nd Street. Tony Award Winner Karen Ziemba, will play Dorothy Brock, alongside other Broadway veterans and up-and-coming actors. 42nd Street is presented by Variety Live at The Opera House with Co-Producing Sponsor Kentucky One Health, and runs July 23, through July 26 at the Lexington Opera House. Check out a sneak peek at rehearsals below! (more...)

Musical Theatre Historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper Shares 30 Brilliant Reasons to be Excited to See an UnderstudyMusical Theatre Historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper Shares 30 Brilliant Reasons to be Excited to See an Understudy
by Tyler Peterson - Jul 9, 2015

As usual, Jennifer Ashley Tepper puts the history of musical theatre into perfect perspective. (more...)

Tony Winner Karen Ziemba to Star in Lexington Theatre Company's 42ND STREET Next MonthTony Winner Karen Ziemba to Star in Lexington Theatre Company's 42ND STREET Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

The brand-new Lexington Theatre Company is thrilled to announce that casting is complete for its inaugural production of 42nd Street.Tony Award Winner Karen Ziemba, will play Dorothy Brock, alongside other Broadway veterans and up-and-coming actors.42nd Street is presented by Variety Live at The Opera House with Co-Producing Sponsor Kentucky One Health, and runs July 23-26 at the Lexington Opera House. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Stunning Creative Choices and Broadway Cast Lead ACT's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSICBWW Reviews: Stunning Creative Choices and Broadway Cast Lead ACT's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
by Harmony Wheeler - May 29, 2015

Taking his inspiration from the summer solstice and a turn of the twentieth century Sweden setting, director Mark Lamos gives Sondheim's A Little Night Music an "erotic" staging at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre . A Little Night Music features breathtaking scenic design from Riccardo Hernandez and stunning costumes designed by Candice Donnelly. Audiences leave with plenty of material worthy of hours of discussion. (more...)

Patrick Cassidy, Emily Skinner, Karen Ziemba and More Lead A.C.T.'s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, Opening TonightPatrick Cassidy, Emily Skinner, Karen Ziemba and More Lead A.C.T.'s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2015

Due to popular demand, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) has announced the extension of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's rapturous and seductive musical, A Little Night Music. Tickets are now on sale through Sunday, June 21.The show opens tonight, May 27, 2015. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Patrick Cassidy, Dana Ivey, Emily Skinner, Karen Ziemba and More in A.C.T.'s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSICPhoto Flash: First Look at Patrick Cassidy, Dana Ivey, Emily Skinner, Karen Ziemba and More in A.C.T.'s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2015

Due to popular demand, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) has announced the extension of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's rapturous and seductive musical, A Little Night Music. Tickets are now on sale through Sunday, June 21. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

A.C.T. Extends A LITTLE NIGHT MUSICA.C.T. Extends A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2015

Due to popular demand, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) has announced the extension of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's rapturous and seductive musical, A Little Night Music. Tickets are now on sale through Sunday, June 21. (more...)

American Theater Company Artistic Director PJ Paparelli Dies at 40American Theater Company Artistic Director PJ Paparelli Dies at 40
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

The Chicago Tribune writes that PJ Paparelli, artistic director of Chicago's American Theater Company for seven years, died today, May 21, 2015 following a car accident while on vacation in Scotland earlier this week. He was 40. (more...)

Penguin Rep Theatre's 2015 Season to Open With SMALL WORLD, 5/15Penguin Rep Theatre's 2015 Season to Open With SMALL WORLD, 5/15
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2015

Penguin Rep Theatre's 2015 season officially begins May 15, 2015, with the New York premiere of Small World by Frederick Stroppel, directed by artistic director Joe Brancato. (more...)

Mandy Gonzalez, Telly Leung & More Set for BROADWAY SHOWSTOPPERS at Cabaret at Theater SquareMandy Gonzalez, Telly Leung & More Set for BROADWAY SHOWSTOPPERS at Cabaret at Theater Square
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces a one night only performance of Broadway Showstoppers featuring award-winning performing artists Mandy Gonzalez, Cady Huffman, Telly Leung and Alton Fitzgerald White will take place on Monday, May 4, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, in Pittsburgh's Cultural District. The TRUST Cabaret Series is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and provides a unique and intimate opportunity for audiences to experience the finest cabaret acts in the entertainment industry. The evening will include these four talented Broadway stars singing songs on their repertoire from shows in which they have performed. Stephen DeAngelis is the creator, producer and host of Broadway Showstoppers, with musical direction and accompaniment by Eugene Gwozdz. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: A Look Back at Ben Rimalower's Celebrity Visits! BAD WITH MONEY and PATTI ISSUES Close in San Fran TonightBWW Exclusive: A Look Back at Ben Rimalower's Celebrity Visits! BAD WITH MONEY and PATTI ISSUES Close in San Fran Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2015

To celebrate Ben Rimalower's final night at Oasis in San Francisco tonight performing 'Bad with Money' and 'Patti Issues', take a look back at all the celebrities who came to see him in New York over the last year. After tonight, he continues both shows at The Duplex through April 29. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

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