Peter Gennaro News

Date Of Birth:
November 23, 1919
Date Of Death:
September 28, 2000 (80)
Birth Place:
Metairie, LA, USA
Gender:
Male
Citi Performing Arts Center and MSG Entertainment Present ANNIE, 11/5 - 11/16
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

The Citi Performing Arts Center and MSG Entertainment are pleased to announce that the new U.S. National Tour of ANNIE will play November 5 - 16, 2014 at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre in Boston. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 18th time, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new physical incarnation of the iconic Tony Award®-winning original. (more...)

30 Days Of The 2014 Tony Awards: Day #12 - ANNIE
by Pat Cerasaro - May 28, 2014

Today we continue the 2014 edition of our annual BroadwayWorld feature series spotlighting the very best Tony Awards-related moments of all time with a special focus on one of the most loved family-friendly musicals of all time, ANNIE. (more...)

BRIGADOON TV Edition Set for Special Screening & Q&A at the Paley Center Today
by Pat Cerasaro - May 17, 2014

The rarely-seen 1966 TV adaptation of Golden Age classic BRIGADOON starring Robert Goulet and Sally Ann Howes is set to be seen in a special screening today at the Paley Center. (more...)

BRIGADOON TV Edition Set For Special Screening & Q&A At The Paley Center, 5/17
by Pat Cerasaro - May 14, 2014

The rarely-seen 1956 TV adaptation of Golden Age classic BRIGADOON is set to be seen in a special screening later this week at the Paley Center. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 12th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Mar 12, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Cats,' 'Evita' and 'Joseph' all appear, Broadway In Chicago brings new shows and old friends, the 'Annie' film, 'Rent' and next year at the Paramount, two versions of JRB's first show, and Davenport's dishes out the talent. (more...)

CINDERELLA, NEWSIES, ANNIE & More Set for Broadway In Chicago's Fall 2014 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 03, 2014

Broadway In Chicago has announced the upcoming 2014 fall season line-up. Broadway In Chicago's 2013 fall season will include BUYER & CELLAR, Emerald City Theatre's CHARLOTTE'S WEB, the World Premiere of AMAZING GRACE, the World Premiere of DEE SNIDER'S ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE, ANNIE, NEWSIES and RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Director Marc Robin Thrives on 'Regional Theatre Playground'
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Aug 23, 2013

He has directed and choreographed over three hundred shows on American regional theatres stages from Chicago to Philadelphia to Houston, Kansas City, and Phoenix, been nominated for over seventy awards, won sixteen of fifty-three Joseph Jefferson nominations! He is currently the full time Artistic Director of the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, PA, but that will not stop him in the coming season from staging productions not only in Lancaster, but also in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Brunswick, ME, to name but a few gigs already planned. 'Regional theatres are the places that are focusing on art first and commercial aspects second. Regional is where new works begin today and where quality theatre exists. I love the playground of regional theatre,' the Florida born, fifty-two-year-old Marc Robin exclaims with enthusiasm when I am able to catch up with him shortly after the opening of Maine State Music Theatre's highly acclaimed East coast regional premiere of Mary Poppins. Robin, who also staged Dreamgirls and LES MISERABLES in Brunswick this summer, confides, 'I like to be busy. I don't wind down. I always think I am supposed to be doing something. But that's because my work is my passion.' (more...)

BWW Reviews: MARTHA SWOPE: THE REHEARSAL EXHIBITION By Trudy Garfunkel
by Barnett Serchuk - Jan 03, 2013

For nearly four decades (1957-1994), Martha Swope was America's pre-eminent photographer of theater and dance, her discerning eye chronicling hundreds of classical ballets, modern dance, and Broadway performances and performers. But she also went behind-the-scenes, documenting what audiences never get to experience-the creative collaborations that make the magic on stage possible: rehearsals. (more...)

Ron Tassone Receives Pittsburgh New Works Festival's 'Lifetime Achievement' Award Tonight, 10/7
by BWW News Desk - Oct 07, 2012

The Pittsburgh New Works Festival has named its 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, local choreographer and dancer Ron Tassone. (more...)

Ron Tassone To Receive Pittsburgh New Works Festival's 'Lifetime Achievement' Award
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2012

The Pittsburgh New Works Festival has named its 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, local choreographer and dancer Ron Tassone. (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...)

SWAN LAKE 3D Special Interview: Nina Goldman
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 19, 2012

Today we are continuing BroadwayWorld's exclusive three-part series on SWAN LAKE 3D - an unprecedented movie theater presentation of Matthew Bourne's Tony Award-winning new 3D film adaptation of Tchaikovsky's legendary fairy tale ballet in Fathom-equipped movie theaters for one night only on March 20 - with prima ballerina and Broadway standout star Nina Goldman. (more...)

Musical Theatre West Announces FIORELLO Reading For 3/11
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2012

FIORELLO!, the next staged reading of MUSICAL THEATRE WEST'S REINER READING SERIES will take place on March 11, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the University Theater on the CSU Long Beach campus at the 7th Street entrance. (more...)

Musical Theatre West Announces FIORELLO Reading For 3/11
by BWW News Desk - Mar 01, 2012

FIORELLO!, the next staged reading of MUSICAL THEATRE WEST'S REINER READING SERIES will take place on March 11, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the University Theater on the CSU Long Beach campus at the 7th Street entrance. (more...)

Chita Rivera to Co-Host Column Awards, 2/27
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2012

The COLUMN AWARDS Board of Directors and the Executive Director/Producer announced today that Tony Award winner and Kennedy Center Honoree Chita Rivera will be the Co-host for the 13th Annual COLUMN AWARDS Gala. (more...)

Chita Rivera to Co-Host Column Awards, 2/27
by BWW News Desk - Feb 07, 2012

The COLUMN AWARDS Board of Directors and the Executive Director/Producer announced today that Tony Award winner and Kennedy Center Honoree Chita Rivera will be the Co-host for the 13th Annual COLUMN AWARDS Gala. (more...)

BWW EXCLUSIVE: THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN Revival Gets New Life with New Reading; Sutton Foster & Marc Kudisch Star
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2011

As first reported back in the Spring of 2010, Sutton Foster and her ANYTHING GOES director Kathleen Marshall had teamed up on a reading presentation of THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN, which could be gunning for a Broadway revival in the near future. In 2010, Foster starred alongside Craig Bierko in the role of James Joseph 'J.J.' Brown. Michael Riedel had reported in the New York Post at the time that Reba McEntire was being courted for the famous role of 'Molly'. (more...)

SOUND OFF: WEST SIDE STORY On Blu-ray - Pow!
by Pat Cerasaro - Nov 13, 2011

WEST SIDE STORY is definitely back in a big way - in the last two weeks alone it has had its very own tribute episode on GLEE featuring four of the show's most famous songs, and, also, Fathom re-released the new HD remastering of the film in movie theaters nationwide for a one-night-only showing - so, given its 50th anniversary, the time has definitely come to pay tribute to one of the finest American movie musicals ever manufactured, which itself was based on one of the most innovative, controversial and progressive Broadway shows in history. From "A Boy Like That" to "Tonight" to "Somewhere" and beyond, this is a score that has enraptured two or three entire generations - with very, very good reason; these songs are simply musical and lyrical magic. Truly, this is as good as musical theatre gets, and, furthermore, the 1960 film version by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise is just as good. The combination of the two? Transcendent. No, never before has WEST SIDE STORY presented the power, potency, prescience and put forth the plosive overall "pow!" to the system - heart, mind and body - than it does, here, now, on the absolutely sensational new 3-disc 50th Anniversary Blu-ray edition, which will be released on Tuesday. I was lucky enough to get a copy early and I was simply blown away in every single imaginable way. A red, hot and blue all-American movie masterpiece given its full, magnificent, ecstatic due on Blu-ray. Be prepared to be blown away. Bam! (more...)

TheatreZone Founders On Broadway For Gwen Verdon: I'm Not Lola Tribute
by Beau Higgins - Jul 20, 2011

Gwen Verdon, one of Broadway's biggest stars during its golden era and beyond, and winner of four Tony Awards, was recently honored by the Dancers Over 40 organization in New York at the star-studded tribute 'Gwen Verdon: I'm not Lola.' (more...)

BWW Reviews: WEST SIDE STORY National Tour at Bushnell Has it Both Ways
by Jacques Lamarre - May 25, 2011

Book writer Laurents' final revival of this classic musical manages to be faithful and flawed. (more...)

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