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Annette Bening, Tracy Letts and Benjamin Walker Broadways All My Sons

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Warren Beatty, Annette Benning
Tracey Letts

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, CEO/Artistic Director) announces the company and design team for the new Broadway production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons starring Golden Globe winner and Academy, Tony & Emmy nominee Annette Bening as “Kate Keller” and SAG Award nominee & Tony Award winner Tracy Letts as “Joe Keller,” directed by Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien.  Joining Bening and Letts are Benjamin Walker as “Chris Keller,” Francesca Carpanini as “Ann Deever,” Hampton Fluker as “George Deever,” Michael Hayden as “Dr. Jim Bayliss,” Jenni Barber as “Lydia Lubey,” Nehal Joshi as “Frank Lubey,” Chinasa Ogbuagu as “Sue Bayliss.”

Arthur Miller’s All My Sons will begin preview performances on April 4, 2019, and open officially on Monday, April 22, 2019. This is a limited engagement through June 23, 2019 on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street).

Bening, Letts and Walker return to Broadway in the play that launched Arthur Miller as the moral voice of the American Theater. In the aftermath of WWII, the Keller family struggles to stay intact and to fight for their future when a long-hidden secret threatens to emerge—forcing them to reckon with greed, denial, repentance, and post-war disenchantment across generations.

Roundabout is thrilled to welcome back Benjamin Walker who made his Roundabout debut in the 2008 revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Hampton Fluker starred in the 2017 Roundabout Underground premiere of Too Heavy For Your Pocket;Michael Hayden starred in Steven Levenson’s 2008 Roundabout Underground debut The Language of Trees; Nehal Joshi was a swing in Roundabout’s 2006 production of The Threepenny Opera and Chinasa Ogbuagu who was last seen in JT Rogers’ The Overwhelming in 2007.

Roundabout has an extensive history with Arthur Miller, most recently presenting an acclaimed revival of The Price (2017), After the Fall (2004) and The Man Who Had All the Luck (2002) on the American Airlines stage.  Other productions include a Tony nominated production of The Price in 1992 and All My Sons (1974 & 1997), The Crucible (1989), and the Tony winning revival of A View from the Bridge (1997).

Annette Benning (Kate Keller).  Annette Bening is a Tony and Academy Award-nominated actress with a celebrated career across stage and screen. Theater credits include:  King Lear for Public Theater’s 2014 Shakespeare in the Park; Ruth Draper Monologues at Geffen Playhouse; The Cherry Orchard at Mark Taper Forum; Talking Heads at Tiffany Theater; Hedda Gabler at Geffen Playhouse; and Medea at UCLA. Her work as Holly Dancer in Costal Disturbances earned her the 1987 Clarence Derwent Tony Award for Outstanding Debut Performance of the Season. Film credits include: Life Itself; The Seagull; Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (BAFTA Award nomination); Rules Don’t Apply; 20th Century Women (Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award nomination); Danny Collins; The Search; The Face of Love; Girl Most Likely; Ginger & Rosa; Ruby Sparks; The Kids are Alright (Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, Independent Spirit Award nomination and SAG Award nomination); Mother and Child, The Women, Running with Scissors (Golden Globe nomination); Mrs. Harris (Golden Globe nomination); Being Julia (Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Award nomination); Open Range; What Planet Are You From?; American Beauty (Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA Award and SAG Award nomination); In Dreams; The Siege; Mars Attacks!, The American President (Golden Globe nomination); Richard III; Love Affair; Bugsy (Golden Globe nomination); Regarding Henry; Guilty by Suspicion; Postcards for the Edge; The Grifters (Academy Award and BAFTA Award nomination); Valmont; and The Great Outdoors. Her upcoming film credits include: Captain Marvel, Christoph Waltz’s directorial debut Georgetown; and William Nicholson’s Hope Gap opposite Bill Nighy. Bening graduated from San Francisco State University and trained at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco until she joined the acting company.

Tracey Letts (Joe Keller) is the only person to win both a Tony Award for acting and a Pulitzer Prize.  He is the author of Killer JoeBug, Man from Nebraska (Pulitzer finalist), August: Osage County (Pulitzer Prize, Tony® Award for Best Play), Superior Donuts, The Scavenger’s DaughterMary Page Marlowe, Linda Vista and The Minutes (Pulitzer finalist).  He also wrote the screenplays for the films Killer JoeBugAugust: Osage County, and, currently in production, The Woman in the Window.  He won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play for his performance as George in the Tony Award-winning revival of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, which premiered at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre. He joined the Steppenwolf ensemble in 2002, where he has appeared in American BuffaloBetrayalThe PillowmanThe Pain and the ItchThe DresserHomebody/KabulThe DazzleGlengarry Glen Ross (also Dublin and Toronto), Three Days of Rain, many others. Other productions include The Realistic Joneses (Broadway) and Orson’s Shadow (Barrow Street Theatre, NY). Film appearances include The Post, Lady Bird, The Lovers, IndignationChristineThe Big ShortElvis and NixonImperiumWiener-DogGuinevere.  TV appearances include The Sinner, Divorce, Homeland, SeinfeldHome Improvement.

Benjamin Walker (Chris Keller).  Benjamin Walker was last seen on Broadway playing the lead role of ‘Patrick Bateman’ in the musical adaptation of American Psycho. His stage work also includes his critically raved about performance as the title character in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and “Brick” in Tennessee Williams’ Cat On A Hot Tin Roof opposite Scarlett Johansson on Broadway. He also appeared on Broadway in Les Liasons Dangereuses directed by Rufus Norris and Inherit the Wind directed by Doug Hughes. On the film side, he can most recently be seen in the independent feature Shimmer Lake, written and directed by Oren Uziel.  He can also be seen as the lead role in the Nicholas Sparks film The Choice, opposite Teresa Palmer as well as Ron Howard’s adaptation of In The Heart of the Sea where he stars alongside Chris Hemsworth. Some of his other previous film credits include: the title role in Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for Fox and producer Tim Burton, the Emmy-nominated “Muhammed Ali’s Greatest Fight” for HBO Films, Clint Eastwood’s “Flags of Our Fathers” for DreamWorks SKG, and the Bill Condon directed “Kinsey” for Fox Searchlight.   Benjamin is a graduate of the Juilliard School.

Francesca Carpinni (Ann Deever) made her Broadway debut in the Tony-nominated revival of The Little Foxes with Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon. While still a student at Juilliard, she starred alongside Sam Waterston in Shakespeare in the Park’s production of The Tempest. Other theatre credits include: Dead Poets Society (Classic Stage Company). TV/Film credits include: The Good Wife and Catching Up

Hampton Flucker (George Deever).  Television credits include arcs on “The Good Wife” and “Major Crimes” along with roles on “The Code”, “Blue Bloods”, “Aquarius” and “Whitney” directed by Angela Bassett. His film credits include Instant Family starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne, Patriots Day starring Mark Wahlberg, The Blind Side starring Sandra Bullock, and the independent features No One Asked Me and The Depths. Fluker also starred in Jiréh Breon’s Too Heavy For Your Pocket at the Roundabout Theatre. Fluker was raised in Atlanta, Georgia and resides in Brooklyn. He is a graduate of Boston University.

Michael Hayden (Dr. Jim Bayliss) was the recipient of the Theatre World and Drama League awards along with the Lawrence Olivier, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations for his portrayal of Billy Bigelow in the Royal National Theatre/Lincoln Center Theatre production of Rodger and Hammerstein’s Carousel, directed by Nicholas Hytner. His Broadway credits include a Tony Award nomination for his portrayal of the German defense attorney Oscar Rolfe, opposite Maximillian Schell, in the National Actor’s Theatre production of Judgment at Nuremberg, Cliff in Cabaret directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall, Anthony Wilding in Enchanted April, Christian in Festen and Prince Hal opposite Kevin Kline as Falstaff in Lincoln Center Theatre’s Production of Henry IV Parts I and II directed by Jack O’Brien. Other New York credits include Chris in All My Sons at the Roundabout Theatre, the Lincoln Center premiers of Pete Gurney’s Far East directed by Daniel Sullivan, and Ahren’s and Flaherty’s Dessa Rose directed by Graciela Daniele, Angelo in Measure for Measure in Central Park and Sam in the acclaimed revival of Edward Albee’s Lady From Dubuque opposite Jane Alexander. London: Carousel, Royal National Theatre/West End, directed by Nicholas Hytner, Cabaret, West End, directed by Rufus Norris.  Michael’s regional credits include the title roles in Henry V and Richard II, performed in repertory, Chance in Sweet Bird of Youth opposite Elizabeth Ashley, all three performed at the Shakespeare Theatre of Washington, DC,  Frank in Merrily We Roll Along, part of the Sondheim Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC., and Benedict in Much Ado About Nothing at The Old Globe Theatre directed by Kathleen Marshall. Film: Michael received an American Film Institute Best Actor Award for his performance as Billy in Charming Billy; Patient 001, to be released in 2019. TV: credits include two seasons as Chris Docnovich on the ABC series “Murder One,” guest appearances on NBC’s “Law and Order,” “Law and Order SVU,” “Law and Order CI,” “Hack,” the PBS Great Performance Series adaptation of “Far East,” the mini-series “Bella Mafia” opposite Vanessa Redgrave, and the Fox movie “Texas Tragedy.”

Jenni Barber (Lydia Lubey). Broadway credits include Wicked (Glinda), Sunday in the Park with George, The Nance, Annie, The Performers and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. New York and regional credits include By The Way, Meet Vera Stark (Signature Theatre), Sunday in the Park with George (Huntington Theatre Company – Elliot Norton Award), Private Lives (Hartford Stage), As You Like It & The Tempest (Sam Mendes’ The Bridge Project), From Up Here(Manhattan Theatre Club), Paint Your Wagon and A New Brain (Encores!). Television credits include “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Master of None,” “Elementary,” “Smash,” “Law & Order: SVU” and the Emmy Award winning “The Electric Company.” University of Michigan graduate.

Arthur Miller (Playwright).  Miller (1915-2005) was born in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan. October 2015 marked the centenary of his birth. His plays include The Man Who Had All the Luck (1944), All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953), A View from the Bridge and A Memory of Two Mondays (1955), After the Fall (1964), Incident at Vichy (1964), The Price (1968), The Creation of the World and Other Business (1972), The Archbishop’s Ceiling (1977), The American Clock (1980) and Playing for Time (1980). Later plays include The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (1991), The Last Yankee (1993), Broken Glass (1994), Mr. Peters’ Connections (1998), Resurrection Blues (2002), and Finishing the Picture (2004). Other works include Situation Normal, reportage (1944), Focus, a novel (1945), The Misfits, a screenplay and a cinema novel (1961), and the texts for In Russia (1969), In the Country (1977), and Chinese Encounters (1979), three books in collaboration with his wife, photographer Inge Morath. Memoirs include ‘Salesman’ in Beijing (1984), and Timebends, an autobiography (1987). Short fiction includes the collection I Don’t Need You Anymore (1967), the novella, Homely Girl, a Life (1995) and Presence: Stories (2007). Essay collections include The Theater Essays of Arthur Miller (1978) and Echoes Down the Corridor: Collected Essays 1944 – 2000, as well as the individually published On Politics and the Art of Acting (2001). Among other honors, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1949 for Death of a Salesman.

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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Stephen Schwartz To Be Inducted into The Long Island Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame

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Legendary Award Winning Broadway and Movie Music Composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin) will be inducted into the Long Island Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame (LIMEHOF) on Saturday, March 23rd, 2024 at 7pm.

There will also be concert emceed by Musician Paul Shaffer (from the David Letterman Show) who worked with Schwartz early in his career.

Schwartz has won 4 Grammys and 3 Oscars among other awards in his career that spans over 50 years both on Broadway and on the silver screen. Additionally, Schwartz has contributed music and lyrics to several movies such as “Pocahontas” (1995), “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1996), “The Prince of Egypt” (1998), and “Enchanted” (2007).He was also involved with the upcoming feature film adaptation of Wicked to be released in the fall.

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Ani DiFranco and Lola Tung Join Hadestown

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The Tony and Grammy Award®-winning Best Musical Hadestown is currently stars Grammy Award winner Ani DiFranco as Persephone singing “Our Lady Of The Underground”.

 Lola Tung (“The Summer I Turned Pretty”) as Eurydice, Jordan Fisher (Dear Evan Hansen, Grease: Live,) as Orpheus here singing “All I’ve Ever Known”.

Grammy Award nominee Phillip Boykin as Hades, and Tony Award winner Lillias White as Hermes.

They are joined by Belén Moyano, Kay Trinidad, and Brit West as the Fates. The chorus of Workers is played by Emily Afton, Malcolm Armwood, Chibueze Ihuoma, Alex Puette, and Grace Yoo. The cast includes swings Sojourner Brown, Brandon Cameron, Tara Jackson, Max Kumangai, Alex Lugo, and Tanner Ray Wilson.

Hadestown originated as Anaïs Mitchell’s indie theater project that toured Vermont which she then turned into an acclaimed album. With Rachel Chavkin, her artistic collaborator, Hadestown has been transformed into a genre-defying new musical that blends modern American folk music with New Orleans-inspired jazz to reimagine a sweeping ancient tale.

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Live From The Edison Hotel Times Square Chronicles Presents Goes Live With Bonnie Comley and Stewart F. Lane

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Photo of Bonnie Comley, Stewart F. Lane and Suzanna Bowling

“Live From The Edison Hotel Times Square Chronicles Presents”, is a new show that is filmed live every Wednesday from 5 – 6 in the lobby of the iconic Hotel Edison, before a live audience. We will run the video on our site every Thursday and then it moves onto the podcast networks.

In this episode T2C’s publisher and owner Suzanna Bowling talks with Broadway royalty and longtime married couple Bonnie Comley and Stewart F. Lane. We talk about the Palace Theatre, Broadway HD and so much more.

We were also so excited because the show and our guests are now featured on the TV screens in the lobby and the hotel rooms.

I am so grateful to my guests Bonnie and Stewart for joining me. Thank-you Magda Katz for videoing and creating the content to go live, the audience who showed up to support us, Rommel Gopez and The Edison Hotel for their kindness and hospitality.

We hope to see you there on February 21st for our guests the creator of Times Square and Hampton Fashion Week Dee Rivera, Celebrity hairstylist Samantha Smoker and Fashion Designer Shani Grosz.

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Live From The Edison Hotel Times Square Chronicles Presents Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley

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I am so pleased to announce our guests for Valentine’s Day are Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley, the founders of BroadwayHD.com, an online streaming service on a mission to promote and preserve live theatre, extending the reach of Broadway and Broadway-caliber shows to anyone, anywhere. BroadwayHD currently has a catalog of over 300 full-length stage plays and musicals available for streaming on demand, so when you can’t get to Broadway, go to BroadwayHD on your tv, phone, or tablet!

Mr. Lane and Ms. Comley have collectively produced over 40 films and 45 Broadway shows, garnering nine Tony Awards and another 14 Tony nominations. They have also won Olivier Awards, Drama Desk, Drama
League, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for their stage productions. Lane has co-owned Broadway’s famous Palace Theater for almost 40 years.

The theater community has honored the couple for their philanthropic work, including The Actors Fund Medal of Honor, The Drama League Special Contribution to the Theater Award, The Paul Newman Award from Arts Horizons, and The Theater Museum Distinguished Service Award. The stage at Boston University’s new theater center is named in their honor, as is the Music Theater Program. The Musical Theater Society Room bears their name at Emerson College, and the 500-seat theater at the University
of Massachusetts Lowell is known as the Comley Lane Theater. Lane is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award at Boston University, and Comley is Distinguished Alumni of both Emerson College and UMass Lowell.

Mr. Lane is a theater historian and playwright and has written the critically acclaimed “Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way” (Square One Publishers), “Jews on Broadway” (McFarland Publishers), “Let’s Put on a Show” (Working Arts Library), and the plays “In The Wings (published in spring 2008 by Hal Leonard), “If It Was Easy” (published by Performing Books and nominated for Best New Play by the American Theatre Critics Association), and the musical “Back Home Again” (with music
and lyrics by John Denver) which he was awarded The 2011 John Denver Spirit Award for his work.

“Live From The Edison Hotel Times Square Chronicles Presents”, is a new show that will be filmed live every Wednesday from 5 – 6 in the lobby of the iconic Hotel Edison, before a live audience. To see our first episode click here.

Originally our guest was Maury Yeston, but he had to reschedule. He will be our guest at a later date, however Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley, our guests for Valentine’s Day could not be more perfect. They are the epitome or Love and Broadway.

See you at The Edison Hotel.

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Chita Will Be Honored As Lights Dim

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Broadway will dim its marquee lights to honor the two-time Tony-winning star of the original West Side Story Chita Rivera. This iconic star died January 30 at the age of 91.

The dimming of Broadway marquees will occur for the traditional one minute on Saturday, February 17 at 7:45 p.m./ET.

“Chita Rivera was Broadway royalty, and we will miss her with all our hearts,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League. “For nearly seven decades she enthralled generations of audiences with her spellbinding performances and iconic roles. The triple threat actor, singer, and dancer leaves behind an incredible legacy of work for which she was honored with a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.”

Rivera’s Broadway career began in 1950 with Guys and Dolls. Her signature role came in 1957 when she played the original “Anita” in West Side Story. Other Broadway credits include Bye Bye Birdie, Chicago, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, The Visit and The Rink. She was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, winning for The Rink in 1984 and Kiss of the Spider Woman in 1993. She received the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2018.

We give you the talented Ken Fallin’s drawing of Chita in The Visit.

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