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Date of Birth: May 30, 1962 (53)
Birth Place: Chicago, IL, USA
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Photo Coverage: THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY Celebrates Opening NightPhoto Coverage: THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY Celebrates Opening Night
by Walter McBride - Jul 28, 2015

Following a sold-out run at Dixon Place, the limited 12- week engagement of the critically-acclaimed new play The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey officially opened last night, July 27, 2015, at theWestside Theatre (407 West 43 Street). THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY, the much talked-about new play written and performed by James Lecesne, will have scenic design by Jo Winiarski, lighting design by Matt Richards, sound design by Christian Frederickson, projection design by Aaron Rhyne, original animation & photography by Matthew Sandager, and costumes by Paul Marlow. BroadwayWorld was there for opening night and you can check out photos below! (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK's Lea DelariaThe Theater People Podcast Welcomes ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK's Lea Delaria
by Matt Tamanini - Jul 16, 2015

On Thursday, July 16, the Theater People Podcast welcomes Broadway vet and ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK star Lea Delaria. On the episode, DeLaria shares stories from her nearly 35-year career as a stand-up comic, jazz musician, Broadway leading lady, and film and television actor. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Jason Tam, Lauren Marcus, A.J. Shively and More in MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at Sharon PlayhousePhoto Flash: First Look at Jason Tam, Lauren Marcus, A.J. Shively and More in MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at Sharon Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

Sharon Playhouse, under the leadership of Artistic DirectorJohn Simpkins and Managing Director Justin Ball, presents a rare staging of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Merrily We Roll Along from July 15 through 19.  Check out a first look below! (more...)

Sharon Playhouse's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, Starring Jason Tam & More, Begins TonightSharon Playhouse's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, Starring Jason Tam & More, Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

Sharon Playhouse, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Simpkins and Managing Director Justin Ball, presents a rare staging of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Merrily We Roll Along from tonight, July 15, through July 19. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Jason Tam, Lauren Marcus, A.J. Shively and More in MERRILY WE ROLL ALONGPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at Jason Tam, Lauren Marcus, A.J. Shively and More in MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

Sharon Playhouse, under the leadership of Artistic DirectorJohn Simpkins and Managing Director Justin Ball, presents a rare staging of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Merrily We Roll Along from July 15 through 19.   Check out a sneak peek below! (more...)

SOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Elegant Solutions For A New Norma Desmond In SUNSET BOULEVARDSOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Elegant Solutions For A New Norma Desmond In SUNSET BOULEVARD
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 15, 2015

With breaking news arising late last week of Glenn Close being considered for a return to her Tony Award-winning role in Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton's Tony Award-winning Best Musical SUNSET BOULEVARD as well as the show's anniversary of its original West End world premiere opening on July 12, now is an absolutely opportune time to turn back the clock to 1993 and see what precisely makes SUNSET BOULEVARD so spectacular - and muse on some of the major talent that could bring the type of big-time attention that would warrant a major revival of the musical, whether on Broadway, the West End or even the silver screen. Given that the original Billy Wilder film was penned with Gloria Swanson in mind and ultimately became a roman a clef of sorts for the unique star as well as considering the sordid history of original lead Patti LuPone and her odyssey in starring in the show, not to mention the victorious and memorable highs achieved by the leading ladies who have headlined the show - which, post-Close, included Betty Buckley, Rita Moreno, Diahann Carroll, Elaine Paige and more - the role is ripe for a star of epic proportions to introduce one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's most acclaimed musicals to a new generation. And, the time is now. The possibilities are virtually endless, but here are some particularly delectable ideas as we begin to consider who would be absolutely ideal for a new Norma Desmond fit for 2015. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes Two-Time Tony Winner Michael CerverisThe Theater People Podcast Welcomes Two-Time Tony Winner Michael Cerveris
by Matt Tamanini - Jul 6, 2015

On Monday, June 6th the Theater People Podcast welcomes two-time Tony winner Michael Cerveris. The star of stage and screen won his second Tony Award last month for his turn as Bruce Bechdel in FUN HOME. Cerveris shares stories of his over two-year journey with the show, which won this year's Tony for Best New Musical. He discusses his decision not to read the graphic memoir on which the show is based, and his experience of visiting the real life Bechdel home where most of the show takes place.  (more...)

Justin Vivian Bond Appears on Justin Sayre's SPARKLE & CIRCULATE PodcastJustin Vivian Bond Appears on Justin Sayre's SPARKLE & CIRCULATE Podcast
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2015

SPARKLE & CIRCULATE with JUSTIN SAYRE - the official monthly podcast of the International Order of Sodomites - has posted the eighth episode, which features an in-depth conversation with Justin Vivian Bond. The show is available on iTunes here. (more...)

Stephen Stahl to Join Downtown Performing Arts Center for Summer ClassesStephen Stahl to Join Downtown Performing Arts Center for Summer Classes
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

Lambertville, New Jersey's Downtown Performing Arts Center has announced a 6-week summer class schedule focusing on Teen and Adult Acting, Tap, Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary Dance. Classes will take place on Tuesday evenings between 5 pm and 8 pm from July 7 through August 11 at the Downtown Performing Arts Studios located at 54 Mt. Airy Village Rd. in Lambertville. (more...)

Culture Project, Rosie O'Donnell to Debut MOTHERSTRUCK, Directed by Cynthia Nixon, This FallCulture Project, Rosie O'Donnell to Debut MOTHERSTRUCK, Directed by Cynthia Nixon, This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

From the producers of NIRBHAYA, The Exonerated, Guantanamo and Sarah Jones' Bridge & Tunnel, Culture Project along with Rosie O'Donnell will present the world premiere of MotherStruck written and performed by Staceyann Chin and directed by Cynthia Nixon, beginning Thursday, September 24th, 2015 at Culture Project's Lynn Redgrave Theater.   Opening Night is set for Wednesday, October 7th. (more...)

Sharon Playhouse's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, Starring Jason Tam & More, Begins Next MonthSharon Playhouse's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, Starring Jason Tam & More, Begins Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

Sharon Playhouse, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Simpkins and Managing Director Justin Ball, presents a rare staging of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Merrily We Roll Along from July 15 through 19.  (more...)

The Theatre People Podcast Welcomes Tony Nominee Kerry ButlerThe Theatre People Podcast Welcomes Tony Nominee Kerry Butler
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2015

On Monday June 22, 2015 Theater People Podcast welcomes Tony nominee Kerry Butler. Currently starring as Hillary Clinton in CLINTON THE MUSICAL at New World Stages, Butler made her Broadway debut in BLOOD BROTHERS before replacing as Belle in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. (more...)

THE MEETING, Hosted by Justin Sayre, to Return to OASIS, 8/1THE MEETING, Hosted by Justin Sayre, to Return to OASIS, 8/1
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2015

The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show, will return to OASIS (298 Eleventh Street, San Francisco CA) on Saturday, August 1 at 7:00 PM after a sold out debut show in April. (more...)

Jesse Eisenberg's THE SPOILS Opens Off-BroadwayJesse Eisenberg's THE SPOILS Opens Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2015

The New Group presents the world premiere production of The Spoils, a new play written by and featuring Jesse Eisenberg, directed by Scott Elliott. This production will feature Erin Darke, Annapurna Sriram and Michael Zegen, and as previously announced, Jesse Eisenberg and Kunal Nayyar. The show opens tonight, June 2, for a limited Off-Broadway engagement slated through June 28 at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street). (more...)

5th Annual NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS Tributes Judy Garland Tonight5th Annual NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS Tributes Judy Garland Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2015

Michael Feinstein, Melissa Errico, Liz Callaway, The Skivvies, Michael McElroy, Lauren Worsham, Cyrille Aimee, Rachel York, Adam Kantor, Randy Graff, Kim David Smith, Danielle Grabianowski, Jonah Verdon, Julie Hill, Molly Pope, Josh Sharp, Aaron Jackson and Brendan Maclean headline the fifth annual 'Night Of A Thousand Judys' - presented by The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre - tonight, June 1. (more...)

HAMILTON and More Win Big at 60th Annual Drama Desk Awards- ALL the Winners!HAMILTON and More Win Big at 60th Annual Drama Desk Awards- ALL the Winners!
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2015

For the first time since 1983 with LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, an Off-Broadway musical, HAMILTON, has won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical! Check out all the winners below! (more...)

Australian Singer-Songwriter Brendan MacLean Joins NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS, 6/1Australian Singer-Songwriter Brendan MacLean Joins NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS, 6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2015

Brendan Maclean - the acclaimed Australian singer/songwriter - will join Michael Feinstein, Melissa Errico, Liz Callaway, The Skivvies, Michael McElroy, Lauren Worsham, Cyrille Aimee, Rachel York, Adam Kantor, Randy Graff, Kim David Smith, Danielle Grabianowski, Jonah Verdon, Julie Hill, Molly Pope, Josh Sharp and Aaron Jackson to headline the fifth annual 'Night Of A Thousand Judys' - presented by The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre - on Monday, June 1. (more...)

NY Public Library for the Performing Arts Curator Doug Reside on Musical Numbers at The Tony AwardsNY Public Library for the Performing Arts Curator Doug Reside on Musical Numbers at The Tony Awards
by NYPL for the Performing Arts - May 29, 2015

BroadwayWorld.com continues our exclusive content series, in collaboration with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, which delves into the library's unparalleled archives, and resources. Below, check out a piece by Doug Reside (Lewis and Dorothy Cullman Curator for the Billy Rose Theatre Division) on Shakespeare + Musical Theater: (more...)

Michael Feinstein, Molly Pope & More Join NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS LINEUPMichael Feinstein, Molly Pope & More Join NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS LINEUP
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2015

Michael Feinstein, Molly Pope, John Early and Jonah Verdon will join the previously announced headliners Melissa Errico, Liz Callaway, The Skivvies, Michael McElroy, Lauren Worsham, Cyrille Aimee, Rachel  York, Adam Kantor, Randy Graff, Kim David Smith, Danielle Grabianowski, Julie Hill, Josh Sharp and Aaron Jackson to headline the fifth annual "Night Of A Thousand Judys" - presented by The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre - on Monday, June 1. The Pride concert to benefit The Ali Forney Center will take place at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center (129 West 67th Street in Manhattan). Called "a rambunctious, uproarious, unpredictable all-star concert" by The Wall Street Journal, "Night Of A Thousand Judys" will honor the iconic Judy Garland with special skits, tributes and songs from her legendary career as movie star, recording artist and stage performer. There will be a pre-show VIP reception at 6:30 PM and the performance at 8:00 PM. (more...)

Original Cast, Creatives Reunite for 10th Anniversary of NYTW's SONGS FROM AN UNMADE BED Tonight at SubCultureOriginal Cast, Creatives Reunite for 10th Anniversary of NYTW's SONGS FROM AN UNMADE BED Tonight at SubCulture
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2015

Original ensemble members, Michael Winther, Kimberly Grigsby, Shane Shanahan are joined by cellist, Peter Sachon as they reunite with Pulitzer prize-winning lyricist, Mark Campbell and many of the composers for a special one-night-only concert event, celebrating the ten year anniversary of Songs from an Unmade Bed, the critically acclaimed, theatrical song cycle originally produced off-Broadway by New York Theatre Workshop in 2005. (more...)

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