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BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- Keep It FreshBWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- Keep It Fresh
by Guest Blogger: Ben Rappaport - Apr 27, 2016

The orchestra starts the waltz into 'Sunrise, Sunset'. Everyone is in place, Tevye sings, 'Is this the little girl I carried?' Nothing out of the ordinary, here. Then, four male ensemble members and the Rabbi slowly come up the upstage stairs from the trap, moving downstage center, where they slowly get into position with the chuppah (Jewish wedding canopy). One little problem, tonight. There's no chuppah (we later found out it had been broken). I look around the stage at my fellow cast members, who are all slowly registering this and getting that glint in the eye you get when you're about to crack up. Then, it hit me. Samantha Massell and I have a solo coming up in a second where we have to sing the lyric, 'Is there a canopy in store for me?' The irony of this is just too much for me and, no matter how hard I try, I sing this line with the stupidest grin on my face. I mean, you can't ignore it! I absolutely LIVE for moments like this. Happy accidents that keep things fresh, can breathe new life into the show, and remind us all that it's called a 'play' for a reason. It's supposed to be fun! (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - Matt Damon Returns to Iconic Role in JASON BOURNEVIDEO: First Look - Matt Damon Returns to Iconic Role in JASON BOURNE
by Movies News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

Below, check out the official trailer for JASON BOURNE, starring Matt Damon in hs return to the iconic role. The spy thriller hits theaters on July 29th. Jason Bourne - Official Trailer (more...)

BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- Shtetl DietBWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- Shtetl Diet
by Guest Blogger: Ben Rappaport - Apr 20, 2016

I must have been an incredibly naive 12 year old. As my family and I were leaving the Marriott Marquis Theatre after a performance of the revival of Annie Get Your Gun, we passed by the stage door. A hoard of people were crowded behind the barricades, eagerly clutching their playbills, sharpies, and cameras in hopes to snag an autograph or photo with Bernadette Peters and Tom Wopat. We were watching from across the street. A security person was guarding the door, and would escort Bernadette and Tom as they made their way through the crowd, greeting their fans. Once they were done, they each got into the back seats of their respective black Lincoln town cars and rode off into the night. What I couldn't wrap my head around, at the time, was....where do they go? (more...)

Anne Archer to Star in THE TRIAL OF JANE FONDA at Park TheatreAnne Archer to Star in THE TRIAL OF JANE FONDA at Park Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Oscar nominated and Golden Globe winning actress Anne Archer will return to the UK to star as 'Jane Fonda' in a brand new production of THE TRIAL OF JANE FONDA, written by seven-time Emmy award-winner Terry Jastrow, and directed by Joe Harmston, opening at Park Theatre on 13 July until 20 August, with a press night on 14 July. (more...)

BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- They're People. Just Like Us.BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- They're People. Just Like Us.
by Guest Blogger: Ben Rappaport - Apr 13, 2016

I must have been an incredibly naive 12 year old. As my family and I were leaving the Marriott Marquis Theatre after a performance of the revival of Annie Get Your Gun, we passed by the stage door. A hoard of people were crowded behind the barricades, eagerly clutching their playbills, sharpies, and cameras in hopes to snag an autograph or photo with Bernadette Peters and Tom Wopat. We were watching from across the street. A security person was guarding the door, and would escort Bernadette and Tom as they made their way through the crowd, greeting their fans. Once they were done, they each got into the back seats of their respective black Lincoln town cars and rode off into the night. What I couldn't wrap my head around, at the time, was....where do they go? (more...)

Motley Crue's Vince Neil Set for Indian Ranch This SummerMotley Crue's Vince Neil Set for Indian Ranch This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

Celebrating 70 years, Indian Ranch in Webster, MA announced that Vince Neil, the legendary voice of Motley Crue, will be performing live in concert on Sunday August 21 at 2:00 P.M. Tickets go on-sale Friday, April 15th at 10:00 A.M. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

The DC All Access panel at Emerald City Comicon was crashed by none other than Gerard Way, Eisner Award-winning writer of The Umbrella Academy and former vocalist and co-founder of the alternative rock band My Chemical Romance. Way announced that he will be curating DC's Young Animal, a new mature reader pop-up imprint of DC Comics that will consist of four series and feature his creative direction. (more...)

BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- #BeardingBWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- #Bearding
by Guest Blogger: Ben Rappaport - Apr 6, 2016

I've coined this new term. The power of the beard has not only led me to bow before it in awe and reverence, but also offer it the illustrious status of being a verb. To beard is about doing far more than simply growing it. It's about experiencing it and LIVING it. (more...)

BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- A Break From No RoutineBWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- A Break From No Routine
by Guest Blogger: Ben Rappaport - Mar 30, 2016

My trip to visit my girlfriend came to an abrupt halt. I had just gotten off a conference call with my agent and manager, 'Get to the airport as soon as you can. They want to test you for the CBS pilot.' I was sitting on a bench at Lambert-St. Louis Airport next to the check in counters, before you go through security. Anxiously, I clutched my backpack and suitcase waiting for my manager to call and give the green light to check in for my flight to LA. They were negotiating my contract and hadn't reached a deal (when you test for a TV show, your contract has to be signed before the screen test. And if you don't book the job, the contract goes in the shredder). I couldn't board the plane until the deal was closed, and the test was first thing the next morning. After an hour of limbo, I finally got the call. The deal had closed! Time to get the ticket. Of course I had already missed the initial flight, and they had to book me on a later one. This was my first exposure to (what I didn't realize, then) the actor's eternal state of in between-ness. (more...)

BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- Dry? Just Add Water!BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- Dry? Just Add Water!
by Guest Blogger: Ben Rappaport - Mar 23, 2016

In between takes of a scene on 'The Good Wife' a few years ago, I was commiserating with veteran actor Zach Grenier-'Why is it that I'm completely relaxed in every shot EXCEPT my close up?' His response? 'Because this is for the ages. This will exist long after you and I are gone.' That's the weight you carry on your back in TV, film, and in the recording studio that you don't have in the theatre. In a play, there's always tomorrow night. (more...)

BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- For The AgesBWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- For The Ages
by Guest Blogger: Ben Rappaport - Mar 16, 2016

In between takes of a scene on 'The Good Wife' a few years ago, I was commiserating with veteran actor Zach Grenier-'Why is it that I'm completely relaxed in every shot EXCEPT my close up?' His response? 'Because this is for the ages. This will exist long after you and I are gone.' That's the weight you carry on your back in TV, film, and in the recording studio that you don't have in the theatre. In a play, there's always tomorrow night. (more...)

BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- The Old CountryBWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- The Old Country
by Guest Blogger: Ben Rappaport - Mar 9, 2016

'We are Russian Jews', my father would always tell me when I asked where we came from. From a very young age, I was curious about history; where people and things came from, origins, and remnants. Growing up in the US, I was used to the idea of the big melting pot - that a lot people here came from somewhere else for a better life. A lot of us, including myself, have very mixed backgrounds, and it can be overwhelming to piece together the puzzle that is your ancestry. Thankfully, we live in the golden age of the World Wide Web, and our collective curiosity and quest for a sense of identity and meaning has resulted in the creation of wonderful resources like ancestry.com. (more...)

Gloria & Emilio Estefan Honored at The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis' Destination Fashion 2016Gloria & Emilio Estefan Honored at The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis' Destination Fashion 2016
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, celebrated its 30th anniversary in high-style tonight, treating more than 2000 of its friends and supporters to a star-studded extravaganza highlighted by a concert headlined by 'Mr. Worldwide,' the global music icon Pitbull, and the Italian luxury brand Brunello Cucinelli showcasing the company's Spring 2016 Collection thanks to Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour. (more...)

Tovah Feldshuh Returning to Feinstein's at the Nikko with 'AGING IS OPTIONAL,' 4/29-30Tovah Feldshuh Returning to Feinstein's at the Nikko with 'AGING IS OPTIONAL,' 4/29-30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2016

Acclaimed Broadway, film and television star, Tovah Feldshuh - nominated six times for the Tony and Emmy Awards-returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko on Friday, April 29 (8 p.m.) and Saturday, April 30 (7 p.m.) with her one-woman show, Tovah: Aging is Optional. (more...)

BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- My Road To AnatevkaBWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- My Road To Anatevka
by Guest Blogger: Ben Rappaport - Mar 2, 2016

Let's take a trip back in time, shall we? The year was 1993 (or '94, or '95....'96?), I was 7 (or 8, or 9...10?) years old, and my parents took my sister and me to the Three Little Bakers dinner theater in Wilmington, Delaware, where 'Fiddler On The Roof' was playing. Unfortunately, I don't remember much about this experience other than that it was the first time I ever had a Shirley Temple, the waitress made me cry, and the line for the prime rib buffet was very long. This was, however, the first time those famous first strains of Jerry Bock's violin solo entered the back of my brain and psyche, and never left. Over the next several years, Fiddler lightly weaved its way in and out of my life: the occasional off key rendition of 'Sunrise, Sunset' at Jewish Community North, catching the film on AMC, and that community theatre production that my synagogue's men's club brought their families to (ironically enough, the girl playing Hodel ended up being my prom date). While at Juilliard, my best friend, Scott and I saw the 2004 revival together TWICE. Once with Alfred Molina, and another time with Harvey Fierstein and Rosie O'Donnell. For over a decade, it's been part of our rotation of inside jokes to cast Tevye and Golde with obscure and asinine choices of actors, then perform 'Do You Love Me', impersonating said actors (Keanu Reaves as Tevye and Paula Deen as Golde, anyone?). As an American suburban Jewish kid growing up in the late '90s/early 00's, Fiddler was just part of the narrative -- Chinese Food on Christmas. (more...)

BWW Interview: Playwright Deborah Rennard and FOR WORSE at NJ Rep 3/10 TO 4/10BWW Interview: Playwright Deborah Rennard and FOR WORSE at NJ Rep 3/10 TO 4/10
by Marina Kennedy - Feb 17, 2016

Broadwayworld.com interviewed playwright Deborah Rennard about her career and her new play, 'For Worse' at New Jersey Repertory Company. Directed by Evan Bergman, the show will be on the Long Branch Stage from March 10th to April 10th. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - Watch Matt Damon in First Official Trailer for JASON BOURNEVIDEO: First Look - Watch Matt Damon in First Official Trailer for JASON BOURNE
by Movies News Desk - Feb 8, 2016

The first trailer for JASON BOURNE debuted during last night's SUPER BOWL 50. The film hits theaters on July 29, 2016. Get a first look below! (more...)

FOX Taps Christina Milian for Iconic Role of 'Magenta' in THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOWFOX Taps Christina Milian for Iconic Role of 'Magenta' in THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford ('Sylvia,' 'You Can't Take It With You,' 'Masters of Sex') has been cast as COLUMBIA, the castle's feisty live-in groupie, in the two-hour television event THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, airing this fall on FOX. (more...)

Pianist Rich Dworsky to Join Garrison Keillor for Evening of Storytelling & Music at NJPAC, 1/31Pianist Rich Dworsky to Join Garrison Keillor for Evening of Storytelling & Music at NJPAC, 1/31
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2016

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) an evening with Pianist Rich Dworsky and Garrison Keillor. Rich Dworsky will be joining Garrison Keillor as Musical Guest and Accompanist for an evening of storytelling and music on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 7pm. Don't miss the award-winning theatrical storyteller and host of public radio's A Prairie Home Companion as he shares his homespun humor with NJPAC audience. You can still get tickets at NJPAC.org or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722) (more...)

AXS TV Acquires Season 3 of the Reality Series 'EX-WIVES OF ROCK,' Premiering 2/17AXS TV Acquires Season 3 of the Reality Series 'EX-WIVES OF ROCK,' Premiering 2/17
by TV News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

AXS TV presents season three of the popular reality series EX-WIVES OF ROCK, premiering on Wednesday, February 17, with back-to-back episodes at 9:00pE and 9:30pE. (more...)

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