Ken Davenport News

BWW Reviews: NYMF's BAYONETS OF ANGST is Raucous Revelry
by David Clarke - Jul 17, 2014

Set in the present day on the porch of a swamp house in Mississippi, BAYONETS OF ANGST introduces audiences to a handful of old codgers who are partaking in their annual reunion. In fact, this is their 149th gathering, and each year the shrinking group gets together to relive their experiences during the American Civil War. As an audience, we are told to forget what we learned in history because these men were there. Over the next two hours, we are treated to a dizzying array of madcap, behind-the-scenes hilarity that turns history on its head. (more...)

KINKY BOOTS is Coming to Charlotte, 3/17-22
by BWW News Desk - Jul 01, 2014

Kinky Boots, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony Award-winner for Best Score for Kinky Boots), is playing in Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, March 17-22, 2015. (more...)

Mary-Ellen Ashley to Lead Staged Reading of THE HOUSE OF NUNZIO in NYC, Nov 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jul 01, 2014

The House of Nunzio was named a semi-finalist in both the 2003 Mill Mountain Theatre New Play Competition and the Twenty-Sixth Annual Mildred and Albert Panowski Playwriting Award. It was given a Workshop Production at ManhattanTheatreSource and was under production consideration by three regional theaters in the past decade. It now has interest from several Broadway Producers and investors and Producer Barbara Bemelmans in association with On PAR Productions, LLC will present an AEA 29 Hour Staged Reading at one of Ken Davenport's theaters this November. (more...)

Late Night Smash Comedy MY FIRST TIME Returns to Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

BROKEN NOSE THEATER is proud to announce the return of MY FIRST TIME - the Chicago and Off-Broadway late-night hit that tells real people's stories about their first sexual encounters - at the GREENHOUSE THEATER CENTER beginning July 11. Written by Ken Davenport and Real People Just Like You, and directed by Benjamin Brownson. MY FIRST TIME runs Friday nights at 11 p.m. Press Opening is Friday, July 18 at 11 p.m. (more...)

IT'S ONLY A PLAY Adds Performances; First Preview Moved to 8/28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

Producers Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman, and Ken Davenport have announced a new start date for the star-studded Broadway production of 4-time Tony® Award winner Terrence McNally's uproarious comedy, It's Only A Play. Previously on sale for performances beginning September 4, 2014, the first preview of It's Only A Play is now set for Thursday, August 28, 2014 due to overwhelming popular demand. Tickets are now on sale for the added week. It's Only a Play will play a limited 18-week engagement at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street) with an opening night set for Thursday, October 9. Tickets are available by visiting Telecharge.com. For groups of 20 or more, call 855-329-2932. Tickets will be available at the Schoenfeld Box Office (236 West 45th Street) starting July 31. For more information, visit www.ItsOnlyAPlay.com. (more...)

KINKY BOOTS Comes to Seattle, Tickets on Sale August 1
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

Kinky Boots, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony Award-winner for Best Score for Kinky Boots) is on its way to Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre. (more...)

KINKY BOOTS, Starring Kyle Taylor Parker, Steven Booth and Lindsay Nicole Chambers, to Return to Chicago, July 14-26, 2015
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce Kinky Boots, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony Award-winner for Best Score for Kinky Boots), returns to Chicago for a limited two-week engagement at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 West Randolph) July 14 - 26, 2015. (more...)

Constantine Maroulis and Marilu Henner Lead Readings of New Musical GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

Today, June 24, Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages) and stage and screen icon Marilu Henner (The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Chicago) will headline private industry readings of the new Broadway-bound musical GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER in midtown Manhattan. (more...)

Smash-Hit Musical KINKY BOOTS Kicks off National Tour at The Smith Center, 9/4-14
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

Kinky Boots, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy® Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony Award-winner for Best Score for Kinky Boots), opens at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Sept. 4-14. The 11-day run marks the launch of the musical's national tour. A hit on Broadway, the highly popular show has created much anticipation for a touring production. Kinky Boots will be the first Broadway show to launch a national tour in Las Vegas, which is a dazzling fit. (more...)

Kyle Taylor Parker, Steven Booth & Lindsay Nicole Chambers to Lead KINKY BOOTS National Tour; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2014

Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig, lead producers of Kinky Boots, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony Award-winner for Best Score for Kinky Boots), have announced casting for the upcoming first national tour. (more...)

Dare to Defy Productions to Present ALTAR BOYZ,
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2014

Altar Boyz introduces a struggling Christian boy band from Greenville, Ohio, who are on the last night of their 'Raise the Praise' U.S. tour and determined to make the big time. The Boyz - Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham (he's Jewish) - are intent on saving souls and raising spirits. (more...)

KINKY BOOTS Celebrates 500 Performances on Broadway With Social Media Contest, 6/19
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

Producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig announced today that the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots will celebrate its 500th Performance on Thursday, June 19th with a social media contest for fans. Beginning today, fans can enter to win tickets to the 500th Performance by using a Do-It-Yourself Kinky Boots Card to add the show's iconic red boots to their photos, and sharing those photos online using hashtag #Kinky500.. On Tuesday, June 17th, the five most creative photos will be selected, and the winners will be given a pair of tickets to celebrate with the cast on June 19th at the Hirschfeld Theatre. (more...)

Tickets Are Now On Sale for the Star-Studded Broadway Production of McNally's IT'S ONLY A PLAY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

Producers Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman, and Ken Davenport announced today that tickets are now on sale to the general public for the star-studded Broadway production of Terrence McNally's uproarious comedy, It's Only A Play. (more...)

Constantine Maroulis & Marilu Henner to Lead Industry Readings of New Musical GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER, 6/24
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

On Tuesday, June 24, Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages) and stage and screen icon Marilu Henner (The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Chicago) will headline private industry readings of the new Broadway-bound musical GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER in midtown Manhattan. (more...)

Davenport Theatrical Announces 3rd Annual 10-Minute Play Contest; Submission Deadline 7/6
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2014

Broadway Producer Ken Davenport (author of the popular blog, The Producer's Perspective) announces The 3rd Annual 10 Minute Play Contest! 10 original plays will be selected from submissions to be featured in a presentation evening and vie for the title of 'Best Play' as chosen by a panel of industry professionals. Finalists will receive a cash prize of $50 and the grand prize winner will receive $500. (more...)

F. Murray Abraham and Stockard Channing Join Megan Mullally & More in Broadway-Bound IT'S ONLY A PLAY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 04, 2014

Producers Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman, and Ken Davenport announced today that Academy Award® winner F. Murray Abraham, Tony Award® winner Matthew Broderick, Tony Award® winner Stockard Channing, Tony Award®winner Nathan Lane, Emmy Award® winner Megan Mullally, and Micah Stock will star on Broadway in a newly revised version of Terrence McNally's uproarious comedy, It's Only a Play, which first premiered in New York in 1986 at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Tony Award® winner Jack O'Brien will direct. Additional casting will be announced shortly. The production will play a strictly limited 17-week engagement at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street) beginning this fall, 2014, with an opening night set for Thursday, October 9. (more...)

J. Robert Spencer to Play Abraham Lincoln in BAYONETS OF ANGST at 2014 NYMF, 7/9-16
by BWW News Desk - Jun 03, 2014

J. Robert Spencer (Tony nominee "Next to Normal," original Broadway company "Jersey Boys") is set to play the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, in the world-premiere 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) production of BAYONETS OF ANGST - an original musical comedy set to a bluegrass soundtrack and narrated by the last remaining veterans of the American Civil War - Book by Rick Kunzi & Justin Zeppa, Music by Rick Kunzi & Adam Barnosky, Lyrics by Rick Kunzi, and Directed by Michael Lluberes. General Management Team for BAYONETS OF ANGST is Suellen Vance and Good People Management Group. (more...)

BroadwaySpotted's Next Big Star Competition Finalists Sing Live at Davenport Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2014

After a national online search, the votes have been tallied and the top 10 finalists for BroadwaySpotted's Next Big Star have been announced. The 10 finalists will compete for the title of BroadwaySpotted's Next Big Star live at The Davenport Theatre (354 West 45 Street New York, NY 10036) tonight, May 22nd, 2014 at 7PM. The winner will be determined by a panel of industry judges and popular audience vote. Industry judges include Tony Award winning Producer Ken Davenport (Kinky Boots, Godspell), casting director Cesar Rocha (C.S.A, Telsey + Company), composer/lyricist Georgia Stitt (This Ordinary Today), and acclaimed NYC voice teacher Robert Sussuma; rock audition guru Sheri Sanders (Rock The Audition) will host the evening. (more...)

Cissy Houston to be Honored at Benefit Gala for Harlem's Mama Foundation for the Arts, 6/16
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2014

Harlem's Mama Foundation for the Arts will celebrate its 15th Anniversary at its second annual Gala, which will take place at St. Martin's Cathedral (230 Lenox Avenue at 122nd Street) on Monday, June 16th from 6 - 9 PM. The special evening of food and entertainment -- which benefits Gospel for Teens, a program of the Mama Foundation for the Arts' School for Gospel, Jazz, and R&B Arts -- is graciously underwritten by Larry Scott and Lawrence Scott Events. Tickets for the Gala are $250.00 and $500 (VIP) and are now available by calling the Mama Foundation for the Arts at (212) 280-1045. (more...)

THE AWESOME 80s PROM Returns to NYC at 42West Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2014

The long-running Off-Broadway interactive show THE AWESOME 80s PROM has a new place to cut footloose this spring and summer! The production will return for five Saturday evening performances only -- today, May 17 through September 20 -- at New York's hottest new club 42West, located at the bottom of The OUT Hotel on West 42nd Street. (more...)

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