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GYPSY OF THE MONTH: Heather Tepe of 'Matilda'
by Adrienne Onofri - Apr 29, 2013

Heather has grown up on Broadway, going from Baby June to Little Who to Ballet Girl to a partly adult role now. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Anita Gillette Talks BYE BYE BIRDIE, 30 ROCK, Birdland, Golden Age & A Career Retrospective
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 12, 2012

Today we are talking to a celebrated comedienne and actress known for her decades-spanning career on screens and stages large and small - from making her Broadway debut in the original Jerome Robbins production of GYPSY on Broadway in 1960 to her many musical roles throughout the 60s to her countless game show and variety show appearances following that all the way to creating an unforgettable character in MOONSTRUCK in the 1980s, as well as her subsequent oft-Neil Simon stage work; now, playing Tina Fey's sweet and daffy mom on NBC's 30 ROCK and, most recently, appearing in Nora & Celia Ephron's LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE and the Playwright's Horizons premiere production of THE BIG MEAL in the new millennium - the one of a kind Anita Gillette. Analyzing her nearly sixty-year career and sharing candid stories of her brushes with some of Broadway and Hollywood's brightest talents - Jule Styne to Ethel Merman to Irving Berlin to Burt Lancaster and beyond - Gillette paints a vivid portrait of the tail end of the Golden Age of Broadway and the heady game show days of TV in the 1960s and 70s to her lauded stage work with Neil Simon and many of the great comedy and musical writers in the years since. Additionally, Gillette and I discuss her current essaying of the role of Mae Peterson in the new Regal Music Theatre production of Charles Strouse and Lee Adams's BYE BYE BIRDIE in Massachusetts as she looks towards opening night tomorrow and relates her joy in participating in a production that has some behind-the-scenes help by her loving granddaughter (while another attends their summer camp). Plus, Gillette's observations on sharing a soundstage with Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Elaine Stritch and Buck Henry for a recent 30 ROCK shoot, reflections on her fondest and most celebrated comedy roles, hilarious memories of appearing in some short-running flops (JIMMY, SKYSKRAPER) as well as in some big hits (GYPSY), her upcoming series of master classes titled "Life In The Business", her return to Birdland with her concert show, AFTER ALL, her role in an upcoming Ed Burns film and maybe even a role in a new Alexander Payne film - all of that, all about attending the Diamond Jubilee celebration in the United Kingdom and much, much more! (more...)

Photo Flash: COMPANY OBC 'Reunion'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 03, 2012

Last night, Jason Graae 'stumbled upon' a reunion party, thrown by Ron Raines for his wife Dona D. Vaughn with a few members of the original Broadway cast of COMPANY. When we saw the photo, we just had to ask for permission to run it- check it out below! (more...)

SOUND OFF: Sondheim Palooza Part 4
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 22, 2010

Today we are taking a listen to Stephen Sondheim's musicals of the 1980s, each a striking artistic achievement attempting to do something never done before in Broadway history and improving the very genre of musical theatre itself with his work on these three very different shows. MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE and INTO THE WOODS... (more...)

SONDHEIM WEEK: Sondheim Trivia
by Charlie Piane - Apr 19, 2010

BroadwayWorld is proud to present a look at the extensive work of Stephen Sondheim on Broadway! Check out these Sondheim on Broadway facts! (more...)

Photo Coverage: 'Bernadette Peters: A Special Concert' - In Performance at the Minskoff Theatre
by Peter James Zielinski - Nov 11, 2009

'Bernadette Peters: A Special Concert for Broadway Barks Because Broadway Cares' was an astounding success on Monday evening, raising $615,000 to benefit Broadway Barks and Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS. Tony, Grammy and Golden Globe Award winning actress, and long-time BC/EFA friend and Trustee Bernadette Peters performed the special one night only concert at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre, produced by BC/EFA. BroadwayWorld.com's cameras were there for the very special evening of song. (more...)

Bernadette Peters Concert Raises $615,000 to Benefit Broadway Barks and BC/EFA
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2009

'Bernadette Peters: A Special Concert for Broadway Barks Because Broadway Cares' was an astounding success raising $615,000 to benefit Broadway Barks and Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS. Tony, Grammy and Golden Globe Award winning actress, and long-time BC/EFA friend and Trustee Bernadette Peters performed the special one night only concert last night at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre, produced by BC/EFA. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Abingdon Theatre Company's MARATHON '33 Benefit Celebration
by Monica Simoes - Oct 22, 2009

Abingdon Theatre Company's Marathon '33 was a star-studded celebration and special presentation of a new stage show inspired by June Havoc's 1963 play of the same title for one night only on Monday, October 19th at Webster Hall. BroadwayWorld.com's Monica Simoes, a true artist, documented the evening in her expert fashion. (more...)

Ziemba and Bradbury Lead Abingdon Theatre's MARATHON '33, 10/19
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2009

Abingdon Theatre Company's Marathon '33 is a star-studded celebration and special presentation of a new stage show inspired by June Havoc's 1963 play of the same title for one night only on Monday, October 19, beginning at 6:30pm at Webster Hall. (more...)

Karen Ziemba Performs at Abingdon's MARATHON '33 10/19
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2009

Tony Award-winner Karen Ziemba, star of Broadway's CURTAINS, CONTACT, STEEL PIER and NEVER GONNA DANCE, is set to participate in the Abingdon Theatre Company's MARATHON '33 -- a star-studded celebration and special presentation of a new stage show inspired by June Havoc's 1963 play of the same title -- for one night only on Monday, October 19, beginning at 6:30pm at Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street). (more...)

Ziemba and Bradbury Lead Abingdon Theatre's MARATHON '33, 10/19
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2009

Abingdon Theatre Company's Marathon '33 is a star-studded celebration and special presentation of a new stage show inspired by June Havoc's 1963 play of the same title for one night only on Monday, October 19, beginning at 6:30pm at Webster Hall. (more...)

Karen Ziemba Performs at Abingdon's MARATHON '33 10/19
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2009

Tony Award-winner Karen Ziemba, star of Broadway's CURTAINS, CONTACT, STEEL PIER and NEVER GONNA DANCE, is set to participate in the Abingdon Theatre Company's MARATHON '33 -- a star-studded celebration and special presentation of a new stage show inspired by June Havoc's 1963 play of the same title -- for one night only on Monday, October 19, beginning at 6:30pm at Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street). (more...)

Pittsburgh CLO Presents INTO THE WOODS 8/4-8/9 At The Benedum Center
by BWW News Desk - Aug 09, 2009

Find out what happens after 'happily ever after' when Pittsburgh CLO presents Into the Woods. Once Upon a Time, a Baker and his wife embarked on a quest to break a witch's spell. On their journey 'into the woods' they cross paths with Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and a host of other hysterically flawed fairy tale characters. (more...)

Pittsburgh CLO Presents INTO THE WOODS 8/4-8/9 At The Benedum Center
by BWW News Desk - Aug 04, 2009

Find out what happens after 'happily ever after' when Pittsburgh CLO presents Into the Woods. Once Upon a Time, a Baker and his wife embarked on a quest to break a witch's spell. On their journey 'into the woods' they cross paths with Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and a host of other hysterically flawed fairy tale characters. (more...)

Pittsburgh CLO Presents INTO THE WOODS 8/4-8/9 At The Benedum Center
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2009

Find out what happens after 'happily ever after' when Pittsburgh CLO presents Into the Woods. Once Upon a Time, a Baker and his wife embarked on a quest to break a witch's spell. On their journey 'into the woods' they cross paths with Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and a host of other hysterically flawed fairy tale characters. (more...)

BILLY ELLIOT Plays Special Actor's Fund Performance 1/25
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2009

A hit in London and one of the most highly anticipated shows of the season, Billy Elliot officially opened at Broadway's Imperial Theatre on Thursday, November 13th. The show will play a special Actor's Fund performance on Sunday, January 25th at 8pm. For tickets call 212-221-7300 ext. 133, email at 'tickets@actorsfund.com. (more...)

Actors Fund Hosts A BILLY ELLIOT Special Performance 1/25
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2009

The Actors Fund will host a Special Performance of Billy Elliot which is this Sunday, January 25th at 8 pm at The Imperial Theatre. People can purchase tickets through the box office and telecharge at 212-239-6200. They can purchase premium tickets through The Actors Fund at 212-221-7300 ext. 133. A hit in London and one of the most highly anticipated shows of the season, Billy Elliot officially opened at Broadway's Imperial Theatre last night, Thursday, November 13th. The show will play a special Actor's Fund performance on Sunday, January 25th at 8pm. For tickets call 212-221-7300 ext. 133, email at 'tickets@actorsfund.com. With music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall and directed by Stephen Daldry, this joyful musical lit up Broadway as Elton John joined the cast for the Opening Night bows. BroadwayWorld's cameras caught the exciting moments as the curtain came down on a triumphant evening. Directed by Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot has played over 1,300 performances and recently celebrated its 3rd anniversary in London. Billy Elliot the Musical opened at London's Victoria Palace in May 2005 to unanimous critical acclaim. The production went on to sweep London's nine awards for Best Musical, including the Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics' Circle Theatre Awards. In London, Billy Elliot has now been seen by over 1.5 million people and has grossed over ?65 million. The musical opened to equal acclaim at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney, Australia in December 2007. The two current productions have played to over 2.3 million people. (more...)

BILLY ELLIOT Plays Special Actor's Fund Performance 1/25
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2008

A hit in London and one of the most highly anticipated shows of the season, Billy Elliot officially opened at Broadway's Imperial Theatre last night, Thursday, November 13th. The show will play a special Actor's Fund performance on Sunday, January 25th at 8pm. For tickets call 212-221-7300 ext. 133, email at 'tickets@actorsfund.com. (more...)

DVR Alert: World Premiere Of 'FINDING BILLY' Airs On Ch. Thirteen Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 01, 2008

Tune in to Thirteen (WNET/Ch. 13) on Monday, December 1st at 8pm for the world premiere of 'Finding Billy,' a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the nationwide search for the three actors who play the lead role in Billy Elliot the Musical on Broadway. During the broadcast, stars David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, Kiril Kulish and Carole Shelley will be present in the Thirteen studio to talk about the show. (more...)

Billy Elliot Headed BACK to the Big Screen... Eventually
by BWW News Desk - Dec 01, 2008

Baz Bamigboye in the UK Daily Mail spoke with the creative team of BILLY ELLIOT at the show's NY premiere and asked each about the prospect of the film-based stage show going BACK to the big screen. (more...)

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