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COMMUTE THIS %@#! Reveals Mass Transit Passengers' Rudeness
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2015

'Throughout the years, we have encountered voluminous situations that highlight the frustrations and humor of the commuting experience,' say authors Joe Stables and Ken Adams. With their book, they chronicle a wide variety of these incidents for readers' amusement and enlightenment, all while telling the guilty parties who have earned their ire to go 'Commute This!%@#!' (published by Xlibris). (more...)

BWW Review: Traveling Through Time With BIG EXPECTATIONS
by Amanda Finn - Nov 3, 2015

Will you look back on your life fondly or regretfully? For Stoogie Lucotch or "Stuart Lucas" it's a dilemma for the ages. Combining personal reflections with Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, Ray Olderman's Big Expectations (first performed in 1983) at Broom Street Theater examines the correlation between happiness and success. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Benjamin Grier Receives 13th Street Rep's Matthew Nardozzi Award
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2015

Benjamin Grier--currently co-starring in, and serving as dance captain for Chip Deffaa's musical comedy 'Mad About the Boy' at the 13th Street Repertory Theater--has won the theater's 'Matthew Nardozzi Award,' which recognizes professionalism, a strong work ethic,  and reliability, as well as talent. Nardozzi flew up from Florida to present Grier with the honor.  ASCAP  Award-winner Deffaa, the theater's most widely produced playwright, emceed the award ceremony, the first of several award ceremonies to be held at the theater this year.   (more...)

Jon Peterson Marks 10th Anniversary Starring in GEORGE M. COHAN TONIGHT!; Script Released Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

Jon Peterson has a lot to celebrate right now. Peterson, who won numerous honors when he starred in Chip Deffaa's Off-Broadway musical play 'George M. Cohan Tonight!' at the Irish Repertory Theater, will celebrate today his tenth year of starring in the show, which--since its debut in New York--has taken him all across the country. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Jon Peterson to Mark 10th Anniversary Starring in GEORGE M. COHAN TONIGHT!; Script Set for Release Friday
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2015

Jon Peterson has a lot to celebrate right now. Peterson, who won numerous honors when he starred in Chip Deffaa's Off-Broadway musical play 'George M. Cohan Tonight!' at the Irish Repertory Theater, will celebrate on Friday his tenth year of starring in the show, which--since its debut in New York--has taken him all across the country. (more...)

13th Street Rep to Hold 'Teach-In' on Gay Theater After MAD ABOUT THE BOY, 4/26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2015

The 13th Street Repertory Theater will present a teach-in on the history of gay musical theater, and gay songs in pop music, following the performances next Sunday (April 26th) at 2 pm and 7 pm of its current hit musical 'Mad About the Boy.' The presentation will be moderated by ASCAP Award-winning writer/director Chip Deffaa (creator of 'Mad About the Boy'), and will feature members of the cast, joined by a special surprise guest. (more...)

Exclusive: 13th Street Theater to Celebrate Bessie Smith This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

The 13th Street Repertory Theater will honor the woman widely considered to be the world's greatest blues singer by making Sunday, April 19th, 'Bessie Smith Day.' The theater will be offering free admission to its new hit show, 'Mad About the Boy' (which includes a tribute to Smith) to anyone who can sing a chorus of a song recorded by Smith. ASCAP award-winning playwright/director Chip Deffaa, who's created and produced 'Mad About the Boy,' will also award prizes to those who do the best job of singing Smith's songs. Deffaa--who profiled Smith in the book 'Harlem Speaks: A Living History of the Harlem Renaissance' (Sourcebooks, Inc.) and has lectured on her (most recently at the University of Idaho)--will be the judge, assisted by members of his theater company. (more...)

MAD ABOUT THE BOY to Hold Talkbacks
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2015

ASCAP award-winning playwright/director Chip Deffaa will host talkback sessions--in which audience members can ask any questions they wish of the cast or creative team--after the following performances of his new musical comedy 'Mad About the Boy' at the 13th Street Repertory Theater (50 W. 13th Street, NYC). (more...)

Casting Announced for MAD ABOUT THE BOY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2015

Casting has been announced for ASCAP Award-winning writer/director Chip Deffaaa€s next musical production, a€oeMad About the Boy,a€ which is set to open April 12th at the 13th Street Repertory Theater, 50 W. 13th Street. (more...)

13th Street Repertory Theater to Host IRVING BERLIN TEACH-IN, 11/23
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2014

The 13th Street Repertory Theater will present an 'Irving Berlin Teach-In,' immediately following the Sunday (November 23rd) matinee performance of Chip Deffaa's 'The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue.' The 'Ragtime Revue,' which has been selling out at the theater, will begin at 3 pm. The teach-in is expected to begin at 4:30 pm. Michael Townsend Wright, who previously co-starred at the theater with Giuseppe Bausilio in 'Irving Berlin's America' (as seen in the photo) will be one of the special guests at the teach-in, singing a rare Berlin ballad as well as sharing recollections and insights. (Wright may also be heard on the cast album for 'Irving Berlin's America,' which includes some never-before-recorded material.) Surprise guests with ties to Berlin and his world will be joining Wright, the cast of 'The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue,' pianist Richard Danley, and playwright Chip Deffaa in the teach-in. (more...)

'IRVING BERLIN RAGTIME REVUE to Record Cast Album
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2014

ASCAP Award-winning writer/director Chip Deffaa's 'The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue'-currently playing at the 13th Street Theater in repertory with Deffaa's long-running 'One Night with Fanny Brice'--is to receive a cast recording. The cast album will feature all of the singing actors currently appearing in the show: Rayna Hirt, Ken Adams, Michael Cyzz, Maite Uzal, Michael Kasper, Jonah Barricklo, Emily Bordonaro, Missy Dreier, K.W. Andersson; Andrew Lanctot, Ann Marie Calabro, Brandon Pollinger, and Timmy Thompson, with musical direction by Richard Danley. Deffaa will produce the album; Slau Halatyn will be the recording engineer; with production to begin later this month at Be-Sharp Studios in Astoria. The album will be released in the United States on the Original Cast Records label. It will be the sixth show of Deffaa's to get a cast album. (more...)

Carolyn Montgomery-Forant to Guest Star in 13th Street Rep's THE IRVING BERLIN RAGTIME REVUE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2014

Award-winning cabaret, theater, and concert star Carolyn Montgomery-Forant will be a special guest at select performances of 'The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue' at the 13th Street Repertory Theater (50 W. 13th Street, NYC). Montgomery-Forant-who has won the MAC Award, the Bistro Award, and the New York Nightlife Award--will take time out from her own concert schedule to make guest appearances in the revue at the following performances: Sunday, November 16th at 3 pm and 7 pm, and Sunday November 23rd at 3 p.m. (more...)

13th Street Rep to Welcome Special Guests for Talkbacks
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2014

ASCAP Award-winning writer/director Chip Deffaa will be joined by special guests, including noted showbiz biographer Herb Goldman, writer/entertainer Brian Gari, and actor Michael Townsend Wright, for special audience 'talkback' sessions, following select performances of Deffaa's shows 'One Night with Fanny Brice' and 'The Irving Berlin Ragtime Revue,' which are playing in repertory this fall at the 13th Street Theater (50 W. 13th Street, NYC). (more...)

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