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Broadway News: Lenny Bruce, Roundabout’s 100 Year, Vivian Reed, Miss You Like Hell and Christine Ebersole

Broadway News: Lenny Bruce, Roundabout’s 100 Year, Vivian Reed, Miss You Like Hell and Christine Ebersole
Hot off a sold-out, wildly successful run in Los Angeles, producers Just Words Productions, LLC, in association with Theatre 68, and Lenny Bruce’s daughter, Kitty Bruce, announced today that Joe Mantenga will direct the Off-Broadway premiere of I’m Not A Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce, written by and starring Ronnie Marmo.Performances begin Tuesday, October 23 at The Cutting Room (44 E 32nd St). The official press opening of I’m Not A Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce will be Sunday, November 4. For more information and to purchase tickets, ranging in price from $50-$125, please visit www.LennyBruceOnStage.com. Please note, I’m Not A Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce runs approximately 90-minutes, explores mature themes and includes strong language & nudity.
Joe Mantenga said today, of the unconventional choice of theater for this play, “Walking into the Cutting Room is like stepping back in time. Every inch of the space feels like you’re back in the 60s. It puts the audience right into the environment in which Lenny Bruce worked, which is why we chose it to bring the show to New York. It’s a club that Lenny would’ve definitely played”.
Directed by multi Award-winning actor and director Joe Mantegna, I’m Not A Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce stars Ronnie Marmo brilliantly chronicling the life and death of the most controversial comedian of all time: Lenny Bruce. Busted for obscenity, Lenny fought for freedom of speech all the way to the Supreme Court. He accidentally died of an overdose in 1966, while out on appeal.
An undisputed comic legend, Lenny Bruce was one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. His life and work have had an impact on poetry, politics, music, film and, of course… comedy. Lenny’s tempestuous personal and professional life was marked by great passion and great pain. His unwavering commitment to free speech led to numerous obscenity charges and arrests. Lenny has not yet been surpassed at his particular brand of art, and if he were around today, he would be in as much trouble as when he was alive.
Upon its Los Angeles opening, Ronnie Marmo and I’m Not A Comedian…I’m Lenny Brucereceived rave reviews from critics and celebrities alike. The Los Angeles Times proclaimed it a “Critic’s Choice!” Steve Sunshine, from Extra-TV called the show “Funny and touching.” Billy Crystal concurred, adding, “Beautifully directed by Joe Mantegna with a strong performance by Ronnie Marmo, this funny, fierce and tragic work vividly brings to life the comedian we so miss today.”
A portion of this shows proceeds will go to the Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity. We provide the funds for those who have no insurance or enough money to get treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. For more information please go to www.lennybruce.org. All contributions are tax deductible.
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Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) and American Airlines (Jim Carter, Vice President – Eastern Division Sales for American) are thrilled to celebrate 100 years of the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway, which opened on October 2, 1918 as the Selwyn Theatre on West 42nd Street, with Information Please by Jane Cowl and Jane Murfin.

Through an unprecedented partnership, Roundabout and American Airlines engaged in a $24.5 million expansion and restoration of the Selwyn in 1998, returning the theater to its original neo-renaissance style as part of the 42ndStreet Development Project, thanks to generous support from the City of New York. The American Airlines Theatre opened on July 27, 2000, with a revival of Kaufman and Hart’s The Man Who Came to Dinner, starring Nathan Lane.

“We are so grateful for the partnership and extraordinary support of American Airlines in the restoration of the Selwyn Theatre, and for serving the last 18 years as Roundabout’s official airline,” said Roundabout Artistic Director/CEO Todd Haimes. “American Airlines recognizes the incredible impact of theater on tourism and on New York City’s economic and cultural life. Thanks to their exceptional generosity, we are able to produce new works and enduring classics for audiences year-round at our permanent home on Broadway.”

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Broadway’s newest intimate concert venue The Green Room 42 will present Vivian Reed in an encore performance of her centennial tribute to entertainment icon Lena Horne on Saturday, October 20 at 7:00 PM. The evening is back by popular demand after the first show at the venue on Horne’s birthday this summer. Reed, the two-time Tony Award-nominated, multi-award winning Broadway star and concert artist called “remarkable and ferocious” by The New York Times and “a force of nature” by The New York Post, will offer high-energy, fearless renditions of Lena classics such as “Stormy Weather,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” “A Fine Romance,” “I’ve Grown Accustomed to His Face” and “On A Wonderful Day Like Today.” She is accompanied by conductor James Davis on piano, with Kenny Davis on bass, Don Tipton on guitar and Damon Duewhite on drums.

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 Miss You Like Hell — Original Cast Recording has been released in digital and streaming formats today, Friday, October 5. A physical CD will be available online and in stores Friday, November 16. The New York premiere production of the timely and emotional new musical was presented by The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) last season. With book and lyrics by Quiara Alegría Hudes, music and lyrics by Erin McKeown, and choreography by Danny Mefford, the show was directed by Public Theater Resident Director and Founder of Public Works Lear deBessonet, and starred Daphne Rubin-Vega and Gizel Jiménez. The recording was produced by Erin McKeown, with Kurt Deutsch serving as executive producer. To order the album, please visit: http://smarturl.it/missyoulikehll

A special video clip of the track “Mothers” — featuring exclusive studio footage — is available HERE.

Joe’s Pub will host an album release concert on Monday, October 8, featuring original cast members Daphne Rubin-Vega, Danny Bolero, Andrew Cristi, Latoya Edwards, Marcus Paul James, and Michael Mulheren, in addition to composer and co-lyricist Erin McKeown. Creative team members librettist and co-lyricist Quiara Alegría Hudes, choreographer Danny Mefford, and director Lear deBessonet will be on hand to help celebrate. The event, also featuring music supervisor Julie McBride and music director Cody Owen Stine, will benefit MADRE (www.madre.org), an organization that works with migrant mothers and families separated by migration. 

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Christine Ebersole, the two-time Tony Award winner and star of “War Paint,” “Grey Gardens,” “42nd Street” and more, will be honored at The Workshop Theater’s fifth annual unGALA on Monday, October 22, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Manhattan Penthouse, 80 Fifth Ave. (17th Floor), NYC.

There will be live jazz, a cocktail supper, an open bar, and both a live and silent auction.  Auction items will include:
* Orchestra seats to “Hamilton,” “My Fair Lady” and more
* Private plane ride for three to Nantucket, Block Island or Martha’s Vineyard
* Golf outing at exclusive Alpine Country Club
* Private tour of the United Nations, including lunch in the U.N. Delegates’ Dining Room
* Art, jewelry, luxurious accessories, Catskills getaways, vocal coaching, Off-Broadway theater subscriptions, acting classes, fine dining certificates and much more

The Workshop Theater, now 25 years old, is devoted to the rigorous development and production of new American plays and musicals that transport, challenge and surprise both artists and audiences.  Notable successes include “The Man who was Peter Pan” by Allan Knee (debuted at Workshop in 2004; basis for the Academy Award nominated film “Finding Neverland” and the Broadway musical of the same name) and “The Navigator” by Eddie Antar (debuted at Workshop in 2012; recipient of two Drama Desk nominations).

Now under the direction of Thomas Coté (Artistic Director), the company maintains a full schedule of writers’ nights, intensives, several readings series, and more. This fall, its Sundays at Six series will offer developmental workshops of “The Red Wine Killer and Other Shorts” by Ben Alexander (October 14), “One Woman’s Story” by Fred Pezzulli (October 21), “The Thorns of Flower Children” by Michael McGovern (October 28) and “Singleton” by Jay Strong (December 2).

Tickets to the unGALA are $200 and can be purchased from The Workshop Theater website, https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.workshoptheater.org&data=02%7C01%7C%7C8dae9bd048664b0316d908d62ade9c56%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636743532918711493&sdata=%2FH1rNJP6MtQUVjOiR8KQ%2B%2FB5qQ3T9AkgNXW8253uRx4%3D&reserved=0.

The Workshop Theater’s Board of Directors are Emma Berry (chair), Alan Annex, Alan Breindel, Chris Jenkins, Lynda Kennedy, Dimitra Kessenides, Tracy Newirth, Kari Swenson Riely, Mahima Santhanam, Gillian Sheehan, Viviane Tubiana and Emily Zacharias. Artistic Director is Thomas Coté and Managing Director is Dana Leslie Goldstein.

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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 and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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