Tony Yazbeck News

BROADWAY BACKWARDS Hits New Record With Over $423,000 Raised for BC/EFA and The Center
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2014

Broadway's best filled a sold-out Al Hirschfeld Theatre with laughter, tears and cheers during the unforgettable ninth annual edition of Broadway Backwards on Monday, March 24, 2014, raising a record-breaking $423,182 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside the Ninth Annual BROADWAY BACKWARDS Benefit!
by Linda Lenzi - Mar 25, 2014

The ninth annual edition of Broadway Backwards, a one-night-only performance produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and benefiting BC/EFA and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of New York, took place last night. This year's special event featured the talents of Michael Berresse (Kiss Me, Kate; A Chorus Line), Tony winner Beth Leavel (Elf, The Drowsy Chaperone), Tony winner Debra Monk (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, TV's 'Girls'), Ken Page (Ain't Misbehavin', Cats), Tony winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots), Tony nominee Andrew Rannells(The Book of Mormon, TV's 'Girls'), Tony nominee John Tartaglia (Avenue Q, TV's 'Johnny and the Sprites.'), and more This year's edition of Broadway Backwards (#bwaybackwards) was held at Broadway's Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 W 45th Street, NYC), current home to the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Kinky Boots. BroadwayWorld was there for the after party festivities and you can check out photo coverage below! (more...)

BROADWAY BACKWARDS at Al Hirschfeld Theatre to Offer Day-Of Rush Tickets, 3/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2014

A limited number of $40 rush tickets for the much-anticipated ninth annual edition of Broadway Backwards will be released for sale at 6:30 PM Monday, March 24, 2014. The rush tickets will be sold outside the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street). They will not be available at the box office. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, cash only and are limited to two tickets per person. The show begins at 8 PM. (more...)

Norm Lewis, Rachel York, Roger Rees, Julie White & More Added to BROADWAY BACKWARDS Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

The roster of stars continues to expand for Broadway Backwards with today's additions of Norm Lewis (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, TV's 'Scandal'), Roger Rees (co-director of Peter and the Starcatcher, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby), Julie White (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Little Dog Laughed), and Rachel York (Encores! Little Me, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels). (more...)

Andrew Rannells, Billy Porter, Debra Monk, Beth Leavel & More Added to BROADWAY BACKWARDS Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2014

Five more of Broadway's most talented men and two of its leading ladies will join the already star-studded lineup of legendary performers for the ninth annual edition of Broadway Backwards, a one-night-only performance produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and benefiting BC/EFA and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of New York. (more...)

Broadway's Finest Gather To Raise Funds And Awareness For The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2014

NEW YORK, Feb. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ For the fourth consecutive year Broadway's best vocal talent appeared Monday night to raise funds for the rare disease, pulmonary fibrosis (PF), and honor the memory of Associated Press theater critic, Michael Kuchwara. Hosted by award-winning actress and devoted Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) advocate Julie Halston, Broadway Belts for PFF! returned to Birdland in New York City starring a full marquee of Tony and Emmy award winning performers and recording artists. This year the event raised almost $110,000 to benefit the PFF. (more...)

Broadway's Finest Gather To Raise Funds And Awareness For The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2014

NEW YORK, Feb. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ For the fourth consecutive year Broadway's best vocal talent appeared Monday night to raise funds for the rare disease, pulmonary fibrosis (PF), and honor the memory of Associated Press theater critic, Michael Kuchwara. Hosted by award-winning actress and devoted Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) advocate Julie Halston, Broadway Belts for PFF! returned to Birdland in New York City starring a full marquee of Tony and Emmy award winning performers and recording artists. This year the event raised almost $110,000 to benefit the PFF. (more...)

HARMONY Begins Rehearsals Tomorrow at the Ahmanson in LA
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2014

Rehearsals begin tomorrow, February 11, 2014, for Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman's 'Harmony,' A New Musical, which opens March 12, 2014, at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre and plays through April 13. (Previews begin March 4.) (more...)

Photo Coverage: Christian Borle, Rachel York & More Wrap Up LITTLE ME at Closing Night After Party
by Walter McBride - Feb 10, 2014

Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's Little Me, the opening production of New York City Center's 2014 Encores! season, just concluded its seven performance run, directed by John Rando with music direction by Rob Berman and choreography by Joshua Bergasse. Below, BroadwayyWorld brings you photos from the closing night after party! (more...)

Photo Coverage: LITTLE ME Cast Takes Final Encores! Bow
by Walter McBride - Feb 10, 2014

Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's Little Me, the opening production of New York City Center's 2014 Encores! season, just concluded its seven performance run, directed by John Rando with music direction by Rob Berman and choreography by Joshua Bergasse. Below, BroadwayyWorld brings you photos from the closing night curtain call! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Encores! Kicks the 'Improvements' Out of LITTLE ME
by Michael Dale - Feb 09, 2014

The hilarious Neil Simon/Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh musical gets a sharp concert revival by going back to the original Broadway script. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Watch Highlights from Encores! LITTLE ME
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 05, 2014

Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's Little Me, the opening production of New York City Center's 2014 Encores! season, runs for seven performances, February 5 - 9. The show is directed by John Rando with music direction by Rob Berman and choreography by Joshua Bergasse.Little Me, Neil Simon's first musical, is the story of the glamorous Belle Poitrine (Rachel York as young Belle, Judy Kaye as older Belle), a self-invented celebrity who has spent her life in pursuit of wealth, culture and social position. Tony Award-winner Christian Borle will play all six of Belle's oddball lovers, who range from an innocent college boy to an octogenarian lecher to the dying king of a tiny European country that doesn't seem to exist. BroadwayWorld brings you and exclusive sneak peek of the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Christian Borle, Rachel York & More in Encores! LITTLE ME
by BWW News Desk - Feb 05, 2014

Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's Little Me, the opening production of New York City Center's 2014 Encores! season, runs for seven performances, February 5 - 9. The show is directed by John Rando with music direction by Rob Berman and choreography by Joshua Bergasse.Little Me, Neil Simon's first musical, is the story of the glamorous Belle Poitrine (Rachel York as young Belle, Judy Kaye as older Belle), a self-invented celebrity who has spent her life in pursuit of wealth, culture and social position. Tony Award-winner Christian Borle will play all six of Belle's oddball lovers, who range from an innocent college boy to an octogenarian lecher to the dying king of a tiny European country that doesn't seem to exist. BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Jessie Mueller, Jonathan Groff, Stephanie J. Block & More Set for BROADWAY BACKWARDS on 3/24
by BWW News Desk - Feb 04, 2014

Broadway's hottest young stars will join legendary performers of the Great White Way for the ninth annual edition of Broadway Backwards, a one-night-only performance produced byBroadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and benefiting BC/EFA and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of New York. (more...)

BWW TV: Watch a Sneak Peek of Encores! LITTLE ME with Rachel York, Christian Borle & More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 29, 2014

Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's Little Me, the opening production of New York City Center's 2014 Encores! season, runs for seven performances, February 5 - 9. The show is directed by John Rando with music direction by Rob Berman and choreography by Joshua Bergasse.Little Me, Neil Simon's first musical, is the story of the glamorous Belle Poitrine (Rachel York as young Belle, Judy Kaye as older Belle), a self-invented celebrity who has spent her life in pursuit of wealth, culture and social position. Tony Award-winner Christian Borle will play all six of Belle's oddball lovers, who range from an innocent college boy to an octogenarian lecher to the dying king of a tiny European country that doesn't seem to exist. The company met the press yesterday and BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was there to chat with them about the production. Check out what they had to say and watch a performance preview below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Encores! LITTLE ME- Christian Borle, Rachel York & More!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2014

Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's Little Me, the opening production of New York City Center's 2014 Encores! season, runs for seven performances, February 5 - 9. The show is directed by John Rando with music direction by Rob Berman and choreography by Joshua Bergasse.Little Me, Neil Simon's first musical, is the story of the glamorous Belle Poitrine (Rachel York as young Belle, Judy Kaye as older Belle), a self-invented celebrity who has spent her life in pursuit of wealth, culture and social position. Tony Award-winner Christian Borle will play all six of Belle's oddball lovers, who range from an innocent college boy to an octogenarian lecher to the dying king of a tiny European country that doesn't seem to exist. The company met the press yesterday and you can check out the first photos of the whole gang below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Idina Menzel, Kerry Butler and More Perform for LIVING FOR TODAY!
by Kevin Thomas Garcia - Jan 22, 2014

Now in its sixth year, LIVING FOR TODAY is an annual concert featuring Broadway's brightest stars to benefit Gilana's Fund. The latest concert, held on Sunday, January 19 at Joe's Pub, featured the talents of La Chanze, Alice Ripley, Eric Anderson, Tituss Burgess, Julia Murney and more! BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the event below! (more...)

ENCORES! OFF-CENTER Will Return to New York City Center in Summer 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jan 09, 2014

New York City Center's 2013-14 season continues with a lineup of dance, theater and music, featuring Tony Award-winning actors, world-class dance, and world premiere theater. (more...)

Harriet Harris, Judy Kaye, David Garrison, Rachel York & More Join Christian Borle in Encores! LITTLE ME; Runs 2/5-9
by BWW News Desk - Jan 07, 2014

Robert Creighton, David Garrison, Harriet Harris, Judy Kaye, Lewis J. Stadlen, Lee Wilkof, Tony Yazbeck and Rachel York will join Christian Borle in Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leighıs Little Me, the opening production of New York City Centerıs 2014 Encores! season, running for seven performances, February 5 - 9. The show will be directed by John Rando with music direction by Rob Berman and choreography by Joshua Bergasse. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at HARMONY, Coming to the Ahmanson
by BWW News Desk - Jan 06, 2014

'Harmony', a new musical with music by Barry Manilow Book and lyrics by Bruce Sussman, is being directed by Tony Speciale in a co-production with the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta. The show will begin previews at Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre on March 4, 2014, with an opening night slated for March 12. The show will run through April 13. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in action below! (more...)

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