Broadway Star, Composer and Author Ed Dixon Comes to Signature Theatre Tonight, Aug 27
Signature Theatre will be hosting a special one-night performance and book-signing featuring Broadway star and Helen Hayes Award winner Ed Dixon (Signature's Sunset Boulevard). Tonight, August 27 at 8:00PM, Mr. Dixon will be performing original compositions as well narrate behind-the-scenes stories from his recent memoir Secrets of A Life On Stage…And Off. Copies of the book will be available to purchase, and a book-signing will take place following the performance, which will take place in Signature's intimate ARK Theatre. All tickets are $20 and on sale now at the Signature Box Office and at www.ticketmaster.com.
The memoir Secrets of A Life On Stage...And Off is the story of Mr. Dixon's remarkable 42-year career on Broadway including more than a dozen Broadway shows. Along the way he has worked with Ruby Keeler, Busby Berkeley, Leonard Bernstein, Alvin Ailey, Stephen Schwartz, Ben Vereen, Bob Fosse, Ann-Margret, Kevin Spacey, Tony Danza, Kathie Lee Gifford, Bebe Neuwirth, Christine Ebersole, Christine Baranski, Stephen Sondheim and a host of others. At the halfway mark of his many-decade career, Mr. Dixon suffered a debilitating drug addiction which nearly killed him. He then went on to put his life back together and have an even larger and more successful career than he had before. It is an amazing saga of hope and despair, destruction and redemption.
His act, which bears the same name as his book, includes personal stories punctuated by songs from the many musicals he has written plus original material composed specifically for the evening. Secrets of A Life On Stage...And Off is available at on Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com in hard copy and e-book format.
Eric Schaeffer, Signature's Artistic Director stated, "Ed Dixon has had a much accomplished and fascinating stage career for many decades. A true renaissance man, Ed is a talented composer, librettist, actor, and author. He has been in the trenches and has seen it all, on stage and off. His book, Secrets of A Life On Stage...And Off is a remarkable read filled with compelling and inspiring stories. We are thrilled to have him back on the Signature stage sharing pieces of himself and showing off his wonderful baritone."
All tickets are $20 general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office, by calling Ticketmaster (703-573-SEAT) or by visiting the Signature website at www.signature-theatre.org.
Ed Dixon has been featured on Broadway in Anything Goes, Mary Poppins, Sunday in the Park with George, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Gore Vidal's The Best Man, The Iceman Cometh, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Les Miserables, Cyrano, The Three Musketeers, King of Schnorrers, No, No, Nanette and Bernstein's Mass. Drama Desk nomination for Shylock which he adapted and composed and Helen Hayes Award for the role of Max in Sunset Boulevard at Signature Theatre. Ed is the author/composer of Cather County (Leon Rabin Award), Richard Cory (NYMF festival and audience prize), Fanny Hill (Drama Desk nomination), Whodunit…The Musical and Cloak and Dagger.
Recipient of the 2009 Regional Theatre Tony Award, Signature Theatre is a non-profit professional theater company in Arlington, Virginia dedicated to producing contemporary musicals and plays, reinventing classic musicals, and developing new work. Under the leadership of co-founder and Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer and Managing Director Maggie Boland, Signature has presented 38 world premiere productions and is renowned for combining Broadway-quality productions with intimate playing spaces.
In addition to hosting the finest talent from the DC metropolitan area and New York, Signature has been home to such theatre luminaries as Chita Rivera, George Hearn, Hunter Foster, Emily Skinner, Ann Reinking, Marc Kudisch, Judy Kuhn, John Kander and Fred Ebb, Cameron Mackintosh, Terrence McNally, and the company's signature composer, Stephen Sondheim. Since its founding in 1989, Signature has won 77 Helen Hayes Awards for excellence in the Washington, DC region's professional theater and has been honored with 305 nominations.