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Date of Birth: February 19, 1923
Date of Death: August 25, 1998 (75)
Birth Place: New York, NY, USA
Gender: Male
BWW Review: Michael Feinstein and Marilyn Maye Give a Master Class in 'Summertime Swing' at Feinstein's/54 BelowBWW Review: Michael Feinstein and Marilyn Maye Give a Master Class in 'Summertime Swing' at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Amy Oestreicher - Sep 6, 2016

Summertime brings to mind nighttime fireflies, lemonade that makes your lips pucker, rocking chairs creaking on the front porch, and, like the famous Porgy and Bess tune of the same name, melodies that trickle into the night. Summertime Swing is the latest masterpiece and collaboration at its finest by the legendary Michael Feinstein and Marilyn Maye, evoking a sultry, steamy love letter to the fleeting season and a prime example of craft, art, and passion. The moment I walked into the dining room at Feinstein's/54 Below, where Summertime Swing played through September 1 a fashionably dressed gentleman greeted me with, 'It's a fantastic show.' The packed house was already alive with thrilling enthusiasm as they eagerly waited for the show to start. When you attend a show headlined by a golden age cabaret great and a prolific 'music revivalist' who happens to have the venue named for him, you come expecting to be no less than entertained. Summertime Swing elevated the art of summer entertainment tenfold--- a tribute to anything we could hope for in the last days of summer. (more...)

Explore Cole Porter's World with Michael Feinstein and the Pasadena POPSExplore Cole Porter's World with Michael Feinstein and the Pasadena POPS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

Michael Feinstein and the Pasadena POPS heat up the Los Angeles County Arboretum on August 20th with an evening solely devoted to one of America's most beloved musical icons for Cole Porter Night. (more...)

ONCE UPON A MATTRESS Opens Wednesday at Hackmatack PlayhouseONCE UPON A MATTRESS Opens Wednesday at Hackmatack Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

Lisa Joyce of Dedham, Mass, as Princess Winnifred, and Drew Masse of Lewiston as Prince Dauntless keep the theater in stitches in Once Upon A Mattress playing Wednesdays to Saturdays at Hackmatack Playhouse through Aug. 13. For tickets or information, call 207-698-1807Call: 207-698-1807 or go to www.hackmatack.org. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/11/16- ONCE UPON A MATTRESSSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/11/16- ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
by Stage Tube - May 11, 2016

Today in 1959, Once Upon a Mattress opened at the Phoenix Theatre, where it ran for 244 performances. Once Upon a Mattress is a musical comedy with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer. The play was written as an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Princess and the Pea. Once Upon A Mattress marked the Broadway debut of later stage and TV legend Carol Burnett, who originated the role of Princess Winnifred. Also featured were Joseph Bova, Allen Case, Jack Gilford and Matt Mattox. Jane White played the role of Queen Aggravain, becoming the first African-American actress to portray a white character on the Broadway stage. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/10/2016Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/10/2016
by BWW - Apr 10, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/10/2016 for Chicago (more...)

BJ Ward to Sing the Music of Marshall Barer at The Crazy Coqs, March 21BJ Ward to Sing the Music of Marshall Barer at The Crazy Coqs, March 21
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2016

Vocalist BJ Ward and pianist Simon Wallace return to London's The Crazy Coqs on March 21st 2016 at 8pm to perform the music of the late Marshall Barer. (more...)

BWW Review: The First Annual International Cabaret Festival's Hall of Fame Inductions Pack New York's Metropolitan RoomBWW Review: The First Annual International Cabaret Festival's Hall of Fame Inductions Pack New York's Metropolitan Room
by Alix Cohen - Feb 20, 2016

The brainchild of Metropolitan Room managing partner Bernie Furshpan, his General Manager Joseph Macchia, and Cabaret Scenes Magazine Publisher Peter Leavy, New York's first International Cabaret Festival (February 17-21) debuted Wednesday night at the Met Room with performances and inductions into the newly established Cabaret Hall of Fame (an actual location for Hall and its memorabilia to be determined at a later date). Clubs hosting this year's festival include The Metropolitan Room, Don't Tell Mama, The Duplex, Feinstein's/54 Below, Iridium, Joe's Pub, and Stage 72 (formerly The Triad). (more...)

Gettysburg Community Theatre to Present ONCE UPON A MATTRESSGettysburg Community Theatre to Present ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2016

Gettysburg Community Theatre, the non-profit 501c3 organization located in the original Elks Lodge building at 49 York Street within the first block of Lincoln Square in historic downtown Gettysburg, opens its second production of their 8th season with the zany musical Once Upon a Mattress. The production will perform at GCT at 7pm on February 26, March 11, 12, 18 and 19, and also at 2pm on February 27, 28, March 6 and 13. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 12/19/15- ONCE UPON A MATTRESSSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 12/19/15- ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
by Stage Tube - Dec 19, 2015

Today in 1996, the first Broadway revival of Once Upon a Mattress opened at the Broadhurst Theatre, where it ran for188 performances. Once Upon a Mattress is a musical comedy with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer. The play was written as an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Princess and the Pea. Once Upon A Mattress marked the Broadway debut of later stage and TV legend Carol Burnett, who originated the role of Princess Winnifred. (more...)

BWW Review: Jackie Hoffman Shines In The Star's Spotlight In ONCE UPON A MATTRESSBWW Review: Jackie Hoffman Shines In The Star's Spotlight In ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
by Michael Dale - Dec 13, 2015

Transport Group's revival may be the best reason to venture down to the Lower East Side since Yonah Schimmel learned how to make a knish. (more...)

BWW Interview: Hilarious Supporting Player Jackie Hoffman Finally Nabs The Lead in ONCE UPON A MATTRESSBWW Interview: Hilarious Supporting Player Jackie Hoffman Finally Nabs The Lead in ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
by Michael Dale - Dec 8, 2015

She's famous for being one of Broadway's funniest supporting players, but now she takes on a classic leading role. (more...)

BWW Feature: Countdown to THE WIZ LIVE! A Brief History of Live TV Musicals From The Golden AgeBWW Feature: Countdown to THE WIZ LIVE! A Brief History of Live TV Musicals From The Golden Age
by Jeffrey Walker - Dec 3, 2015

Relive the Golden Age of Broadway and the magical moments from TV's past with Ethel Merman, Mary Martin, Frank Sinatra, Julie Andrews,Carol Burnett and many more as we look at the history of live TV musicals. (more...)

BWW Review: Conjuring Cabaret's Heyday, Andrea Marcovicci Warmly Shares Some of Her Favorite Songs at Feinstein's/54 BelowBWW Review: Conjuring Cabaret's Heyday, Andrea Marcovicci Warmly Shares Some of Her Favorite Songs at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Alix Cohen - Nov 21, 2015

These are timeless: Manners, elegance, wit, sincerity, lively intelligence; the ability to make it feel as if a vocalist inhabits a lyric, and as if she/he sees and is singing to you. Andrea Marcovicci, who brightened the heyday of stylish cabaret, remains undiminished in these qualities. Those who shone when the city was filled with sophisticated boites/clubs, and all fine hotels had cabaret rooms, tend to make the rest of the world look shabbier today. (more...)

TWITTER BREAK: Ten Terrific Tweets From ONCE UPON A MATTRESS' Jackie HoffmanTWITTER BREAK: Ten Terrific Tweets From ONCE UPON A MATTRESS' Jackie Hoffman
by Michael Dale - Nov 9, 2015

The outrageous Broadway clown tweets about rehearsing ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, seeing ALLEGIANCE and more. (more...)

VIDEO PROFILE: ONCE UPON A MATTRESS' John 'Lypsinka' Epperson's Three Decades of Mouthing OffVIDEO PROFILE: ONCE UPON A MATTRESS' John 'Lypsinka' Epperson's Three Decades of Mouthing Off
by Michael Dale - Oct 27, 2015

The actor's glamorous alter-ego is an expression of individuality he was told to keep hidden while growing up. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Go Inside the First Day Rehearsals for the Jackie Hoffman-Led ONCE UPON A MATTRESSPhoto Coverage: Go Inside the First Day Rehearsals for the Jackie Hoffman-Led ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
by Walter McBride - Oct 26, 2015

Transport Group will soon present Once Upon a Mattress, starring Jackie Hoffman (On the Town, Difficult People, Hairspray) as Princess Winnifred and John 'Lypsinka'Epperson (Lypsinka's The Boxed Set, The Passion of the Crawford) as Queen Aggravain. The production, which is directed by five-time Drama Desk Award nominee Jack Cummings III, features Jessica Fontana (Cinderella) as Lady Larken, David Greenspan (The Patsy) as The King,Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music) as The Minstrel, Cory Lingner(On the Town) as The Jester, Zak Resnick(Piece of My Heart) as Sir Harry, Jay Rogers (Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly) as The Wizard, and Jason SweetTooth Williams(Things to Ruin) as Prince Dauntless, with Vivienne Cleary,Richard Costa, Michael De Souza,Tim Dolan, Jack Donahue,Amy Griffin, Sarah Killough, Kristen Michelle, Ali Reed,and Doug Shapiro. (more...)

FREEZE FRAME: Meet the Cast of Transport Group's ONCE UPON A MATTRESSFREEZE FRAME: Meet the Cast of Transport Group's ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
by Walter McBride - Oct 26, 2015

Transport Group will soon present Once Upon a Mattress, starring Jackie Hoffman (On the Town, Difficult People, Hairspray) as Princess Winnifred and John 'Lypsinka'Epperson (Lypsinka's The Boxed Set, The Passion of the Crawford) as Queen Aggravain. The production, which is directed by five-time Drama Desk Award nominee Jack Cummings III, features Jessica Fontana (Cinderella) as Lady Larken, David Greenspan (The Patsy) as The King, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music) as The Minstrel, Cory Lingner(On the Town) as The Jester, Zak Resnick (Piece of My Heart) as Sir Harry, Jay Rogers (Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly) as The Wizard, and Jason SweetTooth Williams(Things to Ruin) as Prince Dauntless, with Vivienne Cleary,Richard Costa, Michael De Souza, Tim Dolan, Jack Donahue,Amy Griffin, Sarah Killough, Kristen Michelle, Ali Reed,and Doug Shapiro. The company just met the press and you can check out a photo preview from the special day below! (more...)

Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Jessica Fontana, David Greenspan, Zak Resnick & More Join Transport Group's ONCE UPON A MATTRESSHunter Ryan Herdlicka, Jessica Fontana, David Greenspan, Zak Resnick & More Join Transport Group's ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2015

Transport Group has announced that casting has been completed for its upcoming revival of Once Upon a Mattress, which stars Jackie Hoffman (On the Town, Difficult People, Hairspray) as Princess Winnifred and John "Lypsinka"Epperson (Lypsinka's The Boxed Set, The Passion of the Crawford) as Queen Aggravain.  The production, which is directed by five-time Drama Desk Award nominee Jack Cummings III, features Jessica Fontana (Cinderella) as Lady Larken, David Greenspan (The Patsy) as The King, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music) as The Minstrel, Cory Lingner(On the Town) as The Jester, Zak Resnick (Piece of My Heart) as Sir Harry, Jay Rogers (Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly) as The Wizard, and Jason SweetTooth Williams (Things to Ruin) as Prince Dauntless, with Vivienne Cleary, Richard Costa, Michael De Souza, Tim Dolan, Jack Donahue, Amy Griffin, Sarah Killough, Kristen Michelle, Ali Reed,and Doug Shapiro. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2015

Transport Group, the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and OBIE Award-winning theatre company, by special arrangement with Tony Award winning producer Larry Hirschhorn, will give a private developmental lab presentation of Benny & Joon, a new musical. Based on the 1993 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture starring Aidan Quinn, Johnny Depp, and Mary Stuart Masterson, written by Barry Berman and Leslie McNeil, Benny & Joon features a book by Kirsten Guenther (Breaking Through), music by Nolan Gasser (chief musicologist of pandora.com), and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein (Little Women). Under the direction of Transport Group Artistic Director and five-time Drama Desk nominee Jack Cummings III, the cast features Andrew Samonsky as 'Benny' (Queen of the Mist), Hannah Elless as 'Joon' (Bright Star),Colin Hanlon (Submissions Only), Mamie Parris (See Rock City & Other Destinations), Zak Resnick (Piece of My Heart), Tally Sessions (House of Blue Leaves), Natalie Toro (A Tale of Two Cities), and Jason SweetTooth Williams (Things to Ruin). John DiPinto will music direct. (more...)

Tickets Go on Sale for ONCE UPON A MATTRESS with Jackie Hoffman and John 'Lypsinka' EppersonTickets Go on Sale for ONCE UPON A MATTRESS with Jackie Hoffman and John 'Lypsinka' Epperson
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2015

Tickets are now on sale for Transport Group's revival of the classic musical ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, starring Jackie Hoffman as Princess Winnifred and John 'Lypsinka' Epperson as Queen Aggravain, running November 23 - January 3, 2016 at Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street. (more...)

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