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BILLY & RAY, With Vincent Kartheiser and Larry Pine, Opens Off-Broadway TonightBILLY & RAY, With Vincent Kartheiser and Larry Pine, Opens Off-Broadway Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2014

'Mad Men' star Vincent Kartheiser and Broadway's Larry Pine (CASA VALENTINA) play Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler, respectively, in BILLY & RAY, Mike Bencivenga's new play -- directed by the legendary director/writer/producer Garry Marshall -- being given its NY premiere this fall at the Vineyard Theatre (108 E. 15 St.), with an official opening tonight, October 20, 2014. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Stephen Trask Talks HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH, Neil Patrick Harris, Sequel Details, New Musicals & MoreInDepth InterView: Stephen Trask Talks HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH, Neil Patrick Harris, Sequel Details, New Musicals & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 20, 2014

Today we are talking to the gifted composer and lyricist behind the earth-shattering score for Broadway's biggest recent hit, HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH, the versatile and passionate Stephen Trask. Shedding considerable light on the development of the idiosyncratic rock musical, Trask discusses his influences and the organic way in which the outre show developed from humble beginnings at downtown bar Squeezebox in the mid-1990s, to Off-Broadway hit at the turn of the new century all the way to the rapturously received feature film adaptation, and, now, the 2014 Broadway production. Trask also details his affection for Tony Award-winning lead actor Neil Patrick Harris and looks ahead to the new leading man donning the titular wig, Andrew Rannells. Additionally, Trask also shares news on the forthcoming sequel to HEDWIG currently being developed with John Cameron Mitchell and teases some of what we can expect from the hotly anticipated theatrical experience. Furthermore, Trask reflects on his own upbringing and musical influences and how that informed the composition of the score for HEDWIG, as well as his own favorite performers. Plus, Trask reflects on his fruitful career as a movie scorer in Hollywood and comments on his upcoming musical endeavors, including two original stage musicals - JUST THE BLACK KEYS, a real-life inspired original musical potentially involving Peter Askin and Michael Mayer, as well 15 MINUTES, a Studio 54-centric period piece written with Rick Elice - as well as much, much more. (more...)

Theater People Podcast Welcomes Three-Time Tony Nominee Celia Keenan-BolgerTheater People Podcast Welcomes Three-Time Tony Nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger
by Matt Tamanini - Oct 19, 2014

On Monday, October 20th, the Theater People Podcast welcomes three time Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger. Topics discussed include her Broadway debut in the popular 2005 musical THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, her critically acclaimed turns in the Broadway productions of PETER AND THE STAR CATCHER and last year's THE GLASS MENAGERIE. She also talks about taking on the new play THE OLDEST BOY, currently in previews at the Mitzi Newhouse theater at Lincoln Theater, and the exciting experience of working for the first time on a play with two women at the helm--the playwright Sarah Ruhl, and director Rebecca Taichman. (more...)

John Waters to Host Vineyard Theatre's Annual Gala Honoring Margo LionJohn Waters to Host Vineyard Theatre's Annual Gala Honoring Margo Lion
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2014

The Vineyard Theatre today announced that their 2015 Gala will honor Tony Award-winning producer Margo Lion. The annual Gala Fundraiser will take place on Monday, March 30th, 2015, beginning at 6:30pm, at Edison Ballroom (240 West 47th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue). John Waters (Hairspray, Cry Baby) will host the Gala show. (more...)

Michael C. Hall Steps Into HEDWIG's Stilettos Tonight on BroadwayMichael C. Hall Steps Into HEDWIG's Stilettos Tonight on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2014

Golden Globe and Drama Desk Award winner Michael C. Hall stars in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the Tony Award winning Best Musical Revival, starting tonight, October 16 at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street). HEDWIG will mark Hall's first musical theatre role in over a decade having previously made acclaimed runs in the Broadway productions of Cabaret and Chicago. (more...)

Photo Flash: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Says Goodbye to Andrew Rannells Via TwitterPhoto Flash: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Says Goodbye to Andrew Rannells Via Twitter
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2014

Tony nominee Andrew Rannells (THE BOOK OF MORMON) plays his final performance as the title role in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH today, October 12. The official HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Twitter shared a picture of Rannells from the show today. (more...)

Andrew Rannells Plays Final HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Performance TodayAndrew Rannells Plays Final HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Performance Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2014

Tony nominee Andrew Rannells (THE BOOK OF MORMON) will play his final performance as the title role in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH today, October 12. Then Golden Globe and Drama Desk Award winner Michael C. Hall will take over the role starting Thursday, October 16 at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street).HEDWIG will mark Hall's first musical theatre role in over a decade having previously made acclaimed runs in the Broadway productions of Cabaret and Chicago. (more...)

Promo Video For Michael C. Hall In HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCHPromo Video For Michael C. Hall In HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH
by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 10, 2014

Get a glimpse of Michael C. Hall in action in HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH! (more...)

BWW Reviews: YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN at the Chromolume at The Attic Theatre as a Benefit to Free Arts for Abused ChildrenBWW Reviews: YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN at the Chromolume at The Attic Theatre as a Benefit to Free Arts for Abused Children
by Shari Barrett - Oct 10, 2014

Starting with the imaginative small space staging by director Cate Caplin, musical direction by Jeff Bonhiver, and choreography by Samantha Whidby who also stage manages the production, each of the actors lovingly brings all our favorite Peanuts comic strip characters to life. Set to music in a series of vignettes, "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" chronicles an average day in the life of Charlie Brown (Holland Noel) and his friends Linus (Richie Ferris), Lucy (Dorothy Dillingham Blue), Schroeder (John Devereaux), along with his sister Sally (Kristin Towers-Rowles), and of course his loyal dog Snoopy (Matt Steele). This little show is packed with heart and humor, expressed in the pure and honest simple truths of children, performed by a fun-loving and super energetic cast. (more...)

Michael Mayer & Rick Miramontez to be Honored at New York Stage And Film's Annual Gala, 11/16Michael Mayer & Rick Miramontez to be Honored at New York Stage And Film's Annual Gala, 11/16
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2014

New York Stage and Film has announced that its Annual Winter Gala, to be held this year on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at The Plaza Hotel (770 Fifth Avenue, New York City), will honor Tony Award winner Michael Mayer and veteran theatrical press agent Rick Miramontez. (more...)

Drama League Will Honor James Earl Jones at 2015 Gala- MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF BROADWAYDrama League Will Honor James Earl Jones at 2015 Gala- MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF BROADWAY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2014

The Drama League (Executive Director Gabriel Shanks; Artistic Director Roger T. Danforth) announced today they will honor the legendary Emmy®, Grammy®, Oscar® and Tony® Award (EGOT) winner James Earl Jones at the 31st Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway, to be held onMonday evening, February 2, 2015 at the famed Pierre Hotel (2 East 61st Street). The black-tie gala, which features dozens of stars from Hollywood and Broadway in a one-night-only musical tribute inspired by Mr. Jones' career in theater, film and television, supports The Drama League's educational initiatives for promising young artists. Tickets are available by calling (212) 244-9494. (more...)

Photo Flash: Try and Tear Him Down- First Look at Michael C. Hall in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH!Photo Flash: Try and Tear Him Down- First Look at Michael C. Hall in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2014

Golden Globe and Drama Desk Award winner Michael C. Hall will star in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the Tony Award winning Best Musical Revival, starting Thursday, October 16 at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street). HEDWIG will mark Hall's first musical theatre role in over a decade having previously made acclaimed runs in the Broadway productions of Cabaret and Chicago. Michael C. Hall's limited engagement in HEDWIG is through Sunday, January 4, 2015. Andrew Rannells, who is currently playing the role of Hedwig, will play the final performance of his limited engagement on Sunday, October 12. Below, check out a first look at Hall in character! (more...)

Theater People Podcast Welcomes Tony-Winner Lin-Manuel MirandaTheater People Podcast Welcomes Tony-Winner Lin-Manuel Miranda
by Matt Tamanini - Oct 5, 2014

On Monday, October 6th the Theater People Podcast welcomes Tony, Emmy, Drama Desk, Obie winner and Pulitzer Prize nominee Lin-Manuel Miranda. Topics discussed include Miranda's upcoming new musical HAMILTON--which makes it's world premiere at the Public Theater in January, the Tony winning IN THE HEIGHTS, BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL, AND 21 CHUMP STREET--The short musical Miranda wrote for NPR's 'This American Life.' (more...)

STAGE TUBE: John Cameron Mitchell Sings from HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH in London!STAGE TUBE: John Cameron Mitchell Sings from HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH in London!
by Stage Tube - Oct 2, 2014

Golden Globe and Drama Desk Award winner Michael C. Hall might be the next star in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway, but creator John Cameron Mitchell is back at it in London. Below, check out his performance of 'The Origin of Love' at MATTACHINE Bethnal Green Working Men's Club. (more...)

Twitter Watch: Michael C. Hall Begins HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Rehearsals!Twitter Watch: Michael C. Hall Begins HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Rehearsals!
by BWW Staff - Sep 29, 2014

On Twitter Watch, Hedwig and the Angry Inch wrote 'gangs reunited to get our newest girl ready! Here comes MICHAEL C. HALL as #HEDWIG!' #rehearsal #MCH begins 10/16 (more...)

VIDEO: Andrew Rannells on Taking Over Lead Role in HEDWIG: 'It Was Intimidating!'VIDEO: Andrew Rannells on Taking Over Lead Role in HEDWIG: 'It Was Intimidating!'
by TV News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

The actor stopped by this morning's TODAY to talk to hosts Kathi Lee and Hoda about taking over the lead role in HEDWIG. (more...)

In Performance Video: Andrew Rannells, Stephen Trask Perform HEDWIG's 'Midnight Radio'In Performance Video: Andrew Rannells, Stephen Trask Perform HEDWIG's 'Midnight Radio'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

This week's New York Times In Performance video features Andrew Rannells performing the number 'Midnight Radio' from the Broadway hit musical 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch.' Stephen Trask, the show's composer accompanies on guitar. (more...)

Theater People Podcast Welcomes GODSPELL, GLEE Star Telly LeungTheater People Podcast Welcomes GODSPELL, GLEE Star Telly Leung
by Matt Tamanini - Sep 21, 2014

On Monday, September 22 the Theater People Podcast welcomes the multi-talented Telly Leung. Topics discussed include his work on the musical TV show GLEE, his work on Broadway including FLOWER DRUM SONG, the groundbreaking 2004 revival of Stephen Sondheim' PACIFIC OVERTURES, RENT, and GODSPELL, and his new role as a producer on the rock musical short film GRIND starring Anthony Rapp. (more...)

3 Weeks Only - Save on HEDWIG Tickets3 Weeks Only - Save on HEDWIG Tickets
by Contests - Broadway - Sep 19, 2014

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Neil Patrick Harris Opens Up About Life After HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCHNeil Patrick Harris Opens Up About Life After HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris played his final performance in Broadway's HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH last month, in which he was replaced by stage and screen star Andrew Rannells. In a recent interview with Vulture, he opens up about life after Hedwig. He revealed: 'It's so funny - I thought when the show was over that I'd get to sleep in and have my life back, but as it turns out, this week, I'm getting up earlier because I don't get to sleep in to protect my voice. And all the things I haven't been able to schedule because I've been doing the show, now I have to actually do them!' (more...)

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