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Date Of Birth:
May 24, 1953 (61)
Birth Place:
Syracuse, New York, USA
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@rja_tkydky - 3/26/15 12:49pm Polly Bergen remembered today. http://t.co/ftvxVawkfW


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Photo Coverage: Inside the After Party of  A TRIBUTE TO POLLY BERGENPhoto Coverage: Inside the After Party of A TRIBUTE TO POLLY BERGEN
by Stephen Sorokoff - Mar 27, 2015

Show business' brightest stars memorialized one of their own yesterday, at A Tribute to Polly Bergen, at the American Airlines Theatre (227 W. 42nd Street). An Emmy Award-winning actress and singer, Ms. Bergen's career spanned more than six decades in films, TV, Broadway musicals and concerts. She passed away from natural causes September 20 at age 84. A Tribute to Polly Bergen, produced by Rex Reed and Michael Alden with creative consultant Deborah Grace Winer, celebrated her life and career with a star studded lineup of participants. They included Christine Andreas, Harry Belafonte, Arlene Dahl, Raul Esparza, Michael Feinstein, Gregory Harrison, Judith Ivey, Chris Matthews, Phyllis Newman, Kelli O'Hara and cast members from the 2001 revival of Follies. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Richard Jay-Alexander Remembers Polly Bergen with Memories & Never Before Seen Personal PhotosBWW Exclusive: Richard Jay-Alexander Remembers Polly Bergen with Memories & Never Before Seen Personal Photos
by Richard Jay-Alexander - Mar 26, 2015

Today at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre - family, friends, industry professionals and fans will gather to pay tribute and honor the memory of the late, great Polly Bergen. Because I could not be there today, I reached out to Rob Diamond at BroadwayWorld and asked if I could pay tribute and share my highest respect and love for this extraordinary woman, via the site. Happily, he said yes. (more...)

Well-Strung Loves Their Broadway in New Orleans & BeyondWell-Strung Loves Their Broadway in New Orleans & Beyond
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2015

Well-Strung has been establishing a growing presence amongst Broadway fans. The all-male, singing string quartet whose members are Chris Marchant, Daniel Shevlin, Trevor Wadleigh and Edmund Bagnell, was the brainchild of Manager Mark Cortale and Marchant. They first came on to BroadwayWorld's radar when they appeared onstage for the Opening Gala of the Walt Disney Theater in Orlando, part of the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The gala was directed by Richard Jay-Alexander and conducted by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, with members of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. But check out who they shared the stage with: Sierra Boggess, Deborah Voigt, Chris Mann, Norm Lewis & more. We then saw them at the Hirschfeld Theatre in another stellar line-up that included Rob McClure, Julie Haltson, Tituss Burgess, Lena Hall, Florence Henderson, Norm Lewis, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Lillias White, Lily Tomlin and more Broadway favorites for Broadway Backwards, on March 9th, directed by Robert Bartley with musical supervision by Mary-Mitchell Campbell and conducted by Tim Rosser. The guys definitely impressed. (more...)

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER Continues in April with Billy Porter & Norm LewisLIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER Continues in April with Billy Porter & Norm Lewis
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

Live From Lincoln Center - the pioneering, award-winning performing arts series - continues its 40th anniversary season with two outstanding concerts form Lincoln Center's American Songbook series, featuringBilly Porter (April 3) and Norm Lewis (April 10). Six-time Tony Award-winning actress and singer Audra McDonald will host each broadcast. Details follow below. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Go Backstage at the 10th Annual BROADWAY BACKWARDS!Photo Coverage: Go Backstage at the 10th Annual BROADWAY BACKWARDS!
by Linda Lenzi - Mar 10, 2015

This year's 10th Anniversary edition of Broadway Backwards (#bwaybackwards), which was held last night at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street), featured some of the most memorable numbers from previous years. Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and benefitting BC/EFA and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of New York, the event was hosted by Honeymoon in Vegas star Rob McClure and Julie Halston. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you photos from behind the scenes of the big night! (more...)

One Night Only Report & Photos: Deborah Voigt in VOIGT LESSONS at the 92nd Street YOne Night Only Report & Photos: Deborah Voigt in VOIGT LESSONS at the 92nd Street Y
by BWW Special Coverage - Feb 28, 2015

There was a seismic event and emotional roller coaster onstage Thursday night at the 92nd Street Y, in the Kaufmann Concert Hall theatre. Her name is DEBBIE ..... DEBORAH VOIT. It was the first performance in New York City of a piece called VOIGT LESSONS. The piece was co-created by Voight, Terrence McNally and Francesca Zambello, years ago, at Glimmerglass and the diva told us that it has been performed 'very few times, let alone in New York City.' The crowd proceeded to go crazy. The piece- so simple, yet brilliantly calibrated. (more...)

Hot Ticket - Deborah Voigt's NY Premiere of VOIGT LESSONS, Thursday 2/26Hot Ticket - Deborah Voigt's NY Premiere of VOIGT LESSONS, Thursday 2/26
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2015

92Y presents the New York City premiere of Voigt Lessons, starring internationally beloved opera starDeborah Voigt, on Thursday, February 26. In this one-woman show – co-created with Tony® Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally and acclaimed opera and theater director Francesca Zambello – Voigt performs arias, pop songs, standards and spirituals of deep personal significance, along with anecdotes and backstage stories describing her astonishing rise to operatic heights, despite her private challenges. Voigt Lessons, an evening imbued with Voigt's trademark warmth, candor and sense of humor, premiered at Glimmerglass in 2011 to rave reviews. The New York Times hailed it as “chatty, witty, and sometimes painfully poignant,” andToronto's Globe and Mail called it “an absolute gem.” (more...)

Well-Strung Bringing POPSSICAL to 54 Below, 3/27Well-Strung Bringing POPSSICAL to 54 Below, 3/27
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2015

Now in the midst of their second international concert tour, Well-Strung, The Singing String Quartet, will return to New York's 54 Below with their latest production, 'POPssical' on Friday, March 27 at 9:30 PM for one show only. The group had also recently been featured at the club last October in Tony-winner Joanna Gleason's critically acclaimed new show. Please visit 54 Below's ticket page for more information. (more...)

Well-Strung Returning to Cafe Istanbul, 3/18Well-Strung Returning to Cafe Istanbul, 3/18
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2015

?Now in the midst of their second international concert tour, Well-Strung, The Singing String Quartet, will return to New Orleans with their latest production, “POPssical” at Cafe Istanbul on March 18 at 8:00 PM for one show only. (more...)

MSO to Perform Musical Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch, 2/14MSO to Perform Musical Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch, 2/14
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2015

MILWAUKEE, WIS. 02/02/2015 – The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Pops presents One Singular Sensation: A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch on February 14, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. The performance celebrates four decades of his magnificent contributions to music. Hamlisch, who wrote timeless music for both Broadway and film, won three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, three Golden Globes, and a Tony in his lifetime. The concert features conductor Larry Blank with vocalists Donna McKechnie, Jodi Benson, and Doug LaBrecque. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: First Look at Jonathan Larson's RENT in Havana, Cuba!STAGE TUBE: First Look at Jonathan Larson's RENT in Havana, Cuba!
by Stage Tube - Feb 2, 2015

BroadwayWorld.com prides itself on monitoring the Internet 24/7 for things of interest to our audience. On the 29th of January, Miami's local ABC affiliate interviewed Andy Señor Jr. and his production of RENT while covering the change of United States policy meetings in Havana. We were very excited to find this, and we hope you will look forward to BroadwayWorld.com's upcoming SPECIAL FEATURE (Dreams Do Come True, Richard Jay-Alexander Talks to Andy Señor Jr., about CUBA and RENT). Richard sat down with Andy after his return from the opening, in Havana. Richard & Andy are both of Cuban descent and the in-depth interview will also have exclusive content. (more...)

Photos & Exclusive Special Report: Norm Lewis at Lincoln Center's American SongbookPhotos & Exclusive Special Report: Norm Lewis at Lincoln Center's American Songbook
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2015

This season's Lincoln Center's American Songbook, curated by John Nakagawa and Charles Cermele, busted out of the gate with a 'B' (as in Broadway...) with an opening night featuring Billy Porter and, last night, a star who we saw in a whole new light, Norm Lewis. Lewis did what he does best, and knocked it out of the ballpark with a fantastic program, entitled WHO AM I?, in which he proved, via one of the strongest American Songbooks ever seen, that 'you are, indeed, what you sing.' (more...)

Billy Porter, Norm Lewis and More Continue LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER's 2015 LineupBilly Porter, Norm Lewis and More Continue LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER's 2015 Lineup
by TV News Desk - Jan 19, 2015

Live From Lincoln Center - the pioneering, award-winning performing arts series - today unveiled programming for the second half of its 40th anniversary season on PBS. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Nine-Year-Old Brooke Besikof Performs with Kristin ChenowethSTAGE TUBE: Nine-Year-Old Brooke Besikof Performs with Kristin Chenoweth
by Stage Tube - Jan 2, 2015

Brooke Besikof, 9, sings with Kristin Chenoweth at Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa to standing ovation and amazing sweet compliments from Ms Chenoweth herself. A little girls dream come true!! (more...)

VIDEO: BWW's 12 Days of Christmas with Guest Editor Richard Jay-Alexander; It's KWANZAA! & ELMO Dances!VIDEO: BWW's 12 Days of Christmas with Guest Editor Richard Jay-Alexander; It's KWANZAA! & ELMO Dances!
by Stage Tube - Dec 26, 2014

Today is the first day of KWANZAA. Many people don't know what, exactly, Kwanzaa is or how it is celebrated. Leave it to SESAME STREET to 'break it down' for us. These two videos are 'must-see' viewing. The first is beautifully informational and the second one is ELMO ... dancing! (more...)

VIDEO: BWW's 12 Days of Christmas with Guest Editor Richard Jay-Alexander; CHRISTMAS BONUS - Never Before Seen Natalie Toro as 'Googie Gomez' & Her Boys!VIDEO: BWW's 12 Days of Christmas with Guest Editor Richard Jay-Alexander; CHRISTMAS BONUS - Never Before Seen Natalie Toro as 'Googie Gomez' & Her Boys!
by Richard Jay-Alexander - Dec 25, 2014

Well, as promised ... we have a CHRISTMAS DAY (night) BONUS to our 12 Days of Christmas 'video' features series that ended yesterday. And SPECIAL it is. Once again, we dove into the VAULTS of BroadwayWorld.com on ICE, a benefit we did, back in 2006, with proceeds going to BC/EFA. (more...)

VIDEO: BWW's 12 Days of Christmas with Guest Editor Richard Jay-Alexander; Day 12 - Never Before Seen Jill Eikenberry & Michael Tucker - PROMISES, PROMISES!VIDEO: BWW's 12 Days of Christmas with Guest Editor Richard Jay-Alexander; Day 12 - Never Before Seen Jill Eikenberry & Michael Tucker - PROMISES, PROMISES!
by Richard Jay-Alexander - Dec 24, 2014

We did it! Welcome to Day #12 of BroadwayWorld's 12 Days Of Christmas 'video' features. It has been really fun being your 'Guest Editor' for these 12 days and today, on this Christmas Eve, we, once again, have something really special for you, which had us, yet again, digging into the VAULTS. (more...)

VIDEO: BWW's 12 Days of Christmas with Guest Editor Richard Jay-Alexander; Day 11 - Michael Crawford!VIDEO: BWW's 12 Days of Christmas with Guest Editor Richard Jay-Alexander; Day 11 - Michael Crawford!
by Richard Jay-Alexander - Dec 23, 2014

While Rob and I were talking, we started chatting about the year in theatre and in life and BroadwayWorld.com's 10th Year in business and how it all began with his Dad taking him to see THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, and how it led him down the path of becoming a fan of Michael Crawford. There's a story in there, that you may or may not know, but, it's a pretty safe bet that if that 'theatrical moment' hadn't occurred, this website might not be in existence. So ... today, I offer you MICHAEL CRAWFORD singing one of the most beloved traditional and holy songs of the season. (more...)

VIDEO: BWW's 12 Days of Christmas with Guest Editor Richard Jay-Alexander; Day 10 - The Original Broadway ANNIE with Andrea McArdleVIDEO: BWW's 12 Days of Christmas with Guest Editor Richard Jay-Alexander; Day 10 - The Original Broadway ANNIE with Andrea McArdle
by Richard Jay-Alexander - Dec 22, 2014

Today we bring you something rare and fun. Via Andrea McArdle and the Original Broadway Cast of ANNIE, is a clip from an Television Special that aired on NBC, in 1977, the year the musical opened on Broadway at the ALVIN Theatre and became a bonafide SMASH! THE ANNIE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL was not particularly good, but was capitalizing on the name of the show that suddenly everyone was talking about. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 12/20-12/21/2014Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 12/20-12/21/2014
by - Dec 21, 2014

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, December 21, 2014 - Sunday, December 21, 2014. (more...)

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