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Date of Birth: October 29, 1946 (69)
Birth Place: White Plains, NY, USA
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BWW TV: Watch Highlights from IN THE SECRET SEA; Now Playing at the Beckett TheatreBWW TV: Watch Highlights from IN THE SECRET SEA; Now Playing at the Beckett Theatre
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 26, 2016

In The Secret Sea, a new American play by Cate Ryan (The Picture Box) and directed by Tony Award© winner Martin Charnin (Annie), is now playing in a limited five-week-only engagement through May 21 only at The Beckett Theatre on Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street between 9thand 10th Avenues). The production opened on Thursday, April 21. (more...)

Check Out The Complete Video Playlist For The Hit Concert Series IF IT ONLY EVEN RUNS A MINUTECheck Out The Complete Video Playlist For The Hit Concert Series IF IT ONLY EVEN RUNS A MINUTE
by Michael Dale - Apr 21, 2016

How many of these great songs do you know from underappreciated musicals? (more...)

Photo Coverage: Feinstein's/54 Below Celebrates The Colonial TheatrePhoto Coverage: Feinstein's/54 Below Celebrates The Colonial Theatre
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 21, 2016

Anything Goes. Oklahoma. Follies. La Cage Aux Folles. Those four musicals, plus many others, all got their start at Boston's important Colonial Theatre. Now, as the Colonial is in danger of shutting it doors, Feinstein's/54 Below celebrated the famed venue with an evening of songs and stories last night and BroadwayWorld was there. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at IN THE SECRET SEA, Directed by Martin Charnin at Theatre RowPhoto Flash: First Look at IN THE SECRET SEA, Directed by Martin Charnin at Theatre Row
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

In The Secret Sea, a new American play by Cate Ryan (The Picture Box) and directed by Tony Award winner Martin Charnin (Annie), is currently playing a five-week-only limited engagement at The Beckett Theatre on Theatre Row. Opening night is this Thursday, April 21. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for April 18-24, Featuring Donna McKechnie, Santino Fontana, and More!Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for April 18-24, Featuring Donna McKechnie, Santino Fontana, and More!
by Louisa Brady - Apr 17, 2016

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestras begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Bright Star Sings Jeff Blumenkrantz; The Legend of New York By Salzman & Cunningham Featuring Santino Fontana & Laura Osnes; Donna McKechnie: A Visit with Kander & Ebb; 54 Celebrates The Colonial Theatre; and The Girls in White: Songs from the Show. (more...)

Donna McKechnie, Santino Fontana & Laura Osnes in THE LEGEND OF NEW YORK and More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below Next WeekDonna McKechnie, Santino Fontana & Laura Osnes in THE LEGEND OF NEW YORK and More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Cate Ryan's IN THE SECRET SEA Begins Tonight at The Beckett Theatre on Theatre RowCate Ryan's IN THE SECRET SEA Begins Tonight at The Beckett Theatre on Theatre Row
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

Performances begin tonight for In The Secret Sea, a new American play by Cate Ryan (The Picture Box) and directed by Tony Award© winner Martin Charnin (Annie). The five-week-only limited engagement is set to open Thursday, April 21 at The Beckett Theatre on Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). (more...)

42ND STREET Tour Coming to EJ Thomas Hall, 5/10-1142ND STREET Tour Coming to EJ Thomas Hall, 5/10-11
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

?The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic 42nd STREET will celebrate a limited two-night engagement at E.J. Thomas Hall with a sparkling new production, May 10-11, the final performances of the 2015-16 Broadway in Akron season.  42nd STREET will be directed by co-author Mark Bramble and choreographed by Randy Skinner, the team who staged the 2001 Tony Award winning Best Revival. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

Legendary director Hal Prince, writers Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, and others have contributed anecdotes and memories to be read during  Feinstein's/54 Below star studded tribute to Boston's Colonial Theatre, which will take place on April 19th & 20th, 2016, at 9:30pm. (more...)

VIDEOS: CHICAGO's Jason Danieley Holds A Note For Longer Than It Takes Danny Kaye To Sing TchaikovskyVIDEOS: CHICAGO's Jason Danieley Holds A Note For Longer Than It Takes Danny Kaye To Sing Tchaikovsky
by Michael Dale - Apr 8, 2016

A lot can happen in 35.5 seconds, whether it's one note or an entire song. (more...)

BWW Review: These New DREAMGIRLS in La Mirada Will Make You HappyBWW Review: These New DREAMGIRLS in La Mirada Will Make You Happy
by Michael L. Quintos - Apr 1, 2016

Now playing at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, the new McCoy/Rigby Entertainment production of the Tony Award-winning 1981 Broadway musical DREAMGIRLS is pretty much a faithful carbon-copy of the recent 2009 national touring production---which happens to also be directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom. La Mirada's offering---which continues through April 17---repurposes almost all of the visual and technical aspects of that tour, from the use of moving LED screens that set up different scenes and environments to William Ivey Long's lavishly exquisite costumes. It even taps that tour's original Effie played by the extraordinary Moya Angela, who has since matured wonderfully into the role. When your lead actress incites a boisterous standing ovation after slaying with an incredible performance of the musical's iconic 'And I Am Telling You (I'm Not Going)'---even as the show is still in the midst of that act one ending---you know you've got something great here. (more...)

Lea Salonga, Donna McKechnie, SOMETHING ROTTEN! and More Coming to Feinstein's/54 Below This AprilLea Salonga, Donna McKechnie, SOMETHING ROTTEN! and More Coming to Feinstein's/54 Below This April
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

This April, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. (more...)

Joe Iconis, Jim Brochu & More Join Colonial Theatre Celebration at Feinstein's/54 BelowJoe Iconis, Jim Brochu & More Join Colonial Theatre Celebration at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

Joe Iconis (Be More Chill), Jim Brochu (Zero Hour), Rebecca Eichenberger (The Phantom of the Opera), Andrew Leggieri (The Bandstand), and Ryan Scott Oliver & Lindsay Mendez's Actor's Therapy NYC have joined Feinstein's/54 Below star studded tribute to Boston's Colonial Theatre, which will take place on April 19th & 20th, 2016, at 9:30pm. (more...)

BWW TV: CHICAGO Stars Reunite to Celebrate Two Decades of Razzle Dazzle!BWW TV: CHICAGO Stars Reunite to Celebrate Two Decades of Razzle Dazzle!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 23, 2016

CHICAGO, Broadway's longest running American musical, just held a celebratory cocktail reception yesterday at New York City's The Palm Restaurant West Side location to officially launch the show's 20th anniversary year. Lead producer Barry Weissler addressed the crowd to toast the occasion and announce initiatives taking place over the next year in the lead-up to the official anniversary celebration and performance this November. BroadwayWorld was there for the special celebration and you can check out interviews with CHICAGO stars of past and present below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: CHICAGO Stars of Past and Present Celebrate 20 Razzle Dazzle Years!Photo Coverage: CHICAGO Stars of Past and Present Celebrate 20 Razzle Dazzle Years!
by Jennifer Broski - Mar 23, 2016

CHICAGO, Broadway's longest running American musical, just held a celebratory cocktail reception yesterday at New York City's The Palm Restaurant West Side location to officially launch the show's 20th anniversary year. Lead producer Barry Weissler addressed the crowd to toast the occasion and announce initiatives taking place over the next year in the lead-up to the official anniversary celebration and performance this November. BroadwayWorld was there for the special celebration and you can check out photos from the festivities below! (more...)

Photo Flash: CHICAGO to 'Kill It Worldwide' for 20th Anniversary with New Artwork, Costumes and MorePhoto Flash: CHICAGO to 'Kill It Worldwide' for 20th Anniversary with New Artwork, Costumes and More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

CHICAGO, Broadway's longest running American musical, just held a celebratory cocktail reception today at New York City's The Palm Restaurant West Side location to officially launch the show's 20th anniversary year. Lead producer Barry Weissler addressed the crowd to toast the occasion and announce initiatives taking place over the next year in the lead-up to the official anniversary celebration and performance this November. Check out those initiatives -- plus some killer new promo shots for the show -- below! (more...)

Rehearsal Begins for BARBARA COOK: THEN AND NOW Off-BroadwayRehearsal Begins for BARBARA COOK: THEN AND NOW Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2016

Rehearsal begins today for BARBARA COOK: THEN AND NOW, a candid and intimate evening conceived by three-time Tony Award winner James Lapine and directed by ten-time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune. (more...)

Amanda Green, Clyde Alves & More Will Celebrate the Colonial Theatre at Feinstein's/54 BelowAmanda Green, Clyde Alves & More Will Celebrate the Colonial Theatre at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2016

Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents 54 Celebrates the Colonial Theatre on April 19th & 20th, 2016, at 9:30pm. Having been in operation for over one hundred years, Boston's Colonial Theatre, which was the theatre that first introduced audiences to such musicals as Anything Goes, Oklahoma, Follies, and many others, will be celebrated through song and stories, performed by a diverse group of Broadway talent, all determined to share why the Colonial Theatre must be made a landmark by the city of Boston! (more...)

National Tour of ANNIE Gets Heckled at DC's National TheatreNational Tour of ANNIE Gets Heckled at DC's National Theatre
by Louisa Brady - Mar 19, 2016

According to the Washington Post, the national touring cast of ANNIE got heckled this week at DC's National Theatre. The heckler attended the show Tuesday night, and is said to have yelled, 'That was terrible!' from his seat, following the number 'We'd Like to Thank You Herbert Hoover.' There were no reported reactions from the cast or the other audience members during the incident. (more...)

VIDEO: Celebrate John Kander's Birthday With Kander & Ebb Performing CHICAGO's 'All That Jazz'VIDEO: Celebrate John Kander's Birthday With Kander & Ebb Performing CHICAGO's 'All That Jazz'
by Michael Dale - Mar 18, 2016

The great composer of Cabaret, Chicago and so many beloved Broadway songs turns 89 today. (more...)

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