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Broadway News: Nathan Lane, Andrea Martin, Rosemary Harris, Jennifer Simard, Ryan McCartan,Oscar Hammerstein, Kinky Boots, Stephen Schwartz and Tatiana Maslany

Broadway News: Nathan Lane, Andrea Martin, Rosemary Harris, Jennifer Simard, Ryan McCartan,Oscar Hammerstein, Kinky Boots, Stephen Schwartz and Tatiana Maslany

Producer Scott Rudin announced today that three-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane and two-time Tony Award winner Andrea Martin will star this season on Broadway in the world premiere of, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, the new comedy by Pulitzer Prize finalist and MacArthur Fellow, Taylor Mac. Directed by five-time Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe, Gary is set just after the blood-soaked conclusion of William Shakespeare’s first tragedy, Titus Andronicus. Previews will begin at Broadway’s Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street) on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Opening night is set for Thursday, April 11, 2019.

Taylor Mac, (who uses “judy,” lowercase sic, not as a name but as a gender pronoun) is one of the most exciting theater artists of our time.  Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus marks Mac’s highly anticipated Broadway debut.  Mac is the conceiver/author/star of one of the most decorated and talked-about American cultural events in recent memory, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, as well as the author of the acclaimed play, Hir, and a MacArthur Fellow.

In Gary, Taylor Mac’s singular world view intersects with Shakespeare’s first tragedy, Titus Andronicus. In Mac’s extraordinary new play, set during the fall of the Roman Empire, the years of bloody battles are over. The civil war has ended. The country has been stolen by madmen, and there are casualties everywhere. And two very lowly servants – Lane and Martin – are charged with cleaning up the bodies. It’s only 400 B.C. – but it feels like the end of the world.

The creative team includes four-time Tony Award winner Santo Loquasto (Scenic Design), Tony and Academy Award winner Ann Roth (Costume Design), and nine-time Tony Award winner Jules Fisher & three-time Tony Award winner Peggy Eisenhauer (Lighting Design).

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Rosemary Harris steps into the role of Mrs. Higgins in My Fair Lady beginning tonight.

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Ryan McCartan steps into the role of Fiyero in Wicked beginning tonight.

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Jennifer Simard steps into the role of Mrs. Heron/Ms. Norbury/Mrs. George in Mean Girls beginning tonight.

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Encore Rides, a local bicycle tour organizer, announces their “Save the House” Tour, an energizing effort set for Sunday, September 30th, designed to help save Highland Farm, Oscar Hammerstein II’s home in Doylestown, PA.  The tour will lead participants and supporters on a 5-mile tour through the town Oscar called home for 20 years and where he wrote the lyrics to the musical hits Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and the Sound of Music.  After the ride, participants will tour the lyricist’s home, talk with his grandson Will Hammerstein and hear some of Oscar’s best known songs played in Oscar’s living room, performed by acclaimed local pianist Don Tenenblatt and vocalist, actress JaQuinley Kerr.

“We’re very fortunate and grateful, as generous entrepreneurs are getting on board and getting creative on ideas how they can help with the rescue mission for Oscar’s home.  This particular offering by Encore’s Rick James is just super, not only for the funds and awareness it will help raise but it’s a great way to culturally exercise your body and mind too, while being part of a great cause and even meeting new, passionate people”– stated Mandee K. Hammerstein, co-chair of the Friends of Oscar Hammerstein, a local group of over 20 people, dedicated to saving Hammerstein’s home in time for the December 31stdeadline.

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With summer on its last leg,

With summer on its last leg, Sofitel New York, the stylish Midtown hotel with a decidedly French accent, is strutting the best of its end-of-summer-stuff with a Shaken Stiletto cocktail in honor of the wildly successful Kinky Boots on Broadway. Fans of the huge-hearted hit can head to Sofitel’s Gaby Bar for a pre- or post-theater sip of this knockout cocktail, featuring hints of cucumber, mint and raspberry. And a Kinky Boots cocktail wouldn’t be complete without a red glitter sugar rim, would it? Available through the end of September, the Shaken Stiletto is $18.

Just a short walk from Manhattan’s Great White Way in the heart of the Theater District, Sofitel New York – a model of drama and sophistication in its own right – provides easy access to Broadway’s top performing artists, longest running musicals and the hottest new shows 24/7. And, with its ongoing partnership with Broadway.com, guests can purchase tickets directly from the hotel website. Add a room with a view of the city skyline and pre- or post-theater dinner at Sofitel’s Gaby Brasserie Française, and you’ve got an end-of-summer experience that any Broadway buff would give a standing ovation.

. Fans of the huge-hearted hit can head to Sofitel’s Gaby Bar for a pre- or post-theater sip of this knockout cocktail, featuring hints of cucumber, mint and raspberry. And a Kinky Boots cocktail wouldn’t be complete without a red glitter sugar rim, would it? Available through the end of September, the Shaken Stiletto is $18.

Just a short walk from Manhattan’s Great White Way in the heart of the Theater District, Sofitel New York – a model of drama and sophistication in its own right – provides easy access to Broadway’s top performing artists, longest running musicals and the hottest new shows 24/7. And, with its ongoing partnership with Broadway.com, guests can purchase tickets directly from the hotel website. Add a room with a view of the city skyline and pre- or post-theater dinner at Sofitel’s Gaby Brasserie Française, and you’ve got an end-of-summer experience that any Broadway buff would give a standing ovation.

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DEFYING GRAVITY: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked by Carol de Giere (Applause Books Trade Paperback; $29.99; October 16, 2018) offers an unprecedented look at the life, times, and making of American musical icon, Stephen Schwartz. Author de Giere takes readers behind-the-scenes, from Schwartz’s writing Godspell’s score at age 23 through the making of the megahit Wicked, which will celebrate the 15th anniversary of its Broadway debut this October.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In DEFYING GRAVITY, de Giere also offers additional “Creativity Notes,” a popular feature of the first edition, with comments from Schwartz about overcoming creative blocks, collaboration, and the artistic life.

This revised and updated second edition begins with a foreword by Schwartz’s four-time Disney collaborator, Alan Menken, with whom he recently worked on the stage production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Menken reveals the inside story of their creative efforts for the stage and movie versions of this production, as well as the movie versions of Pocahontas and Enchanted.

Also, unique to this edition, the author delves into Schwartz’s fascinating work with translators on international productions of Wicked and his creative process for his new projects, like the stage adaptation of The Prince of Egypt movie. De Giere provides additional insights on Schwartz’s early work with Leonard Bernstein.

The most extensive behind-the-scenes coverage in DEFYING GRAVITY is for Wicked. The author was granted interviews with Schwartz and his collaborators during the musical’s development process, and DEFYING GRAVITY includes quotations from them that are not available in other sources. Overall, de Giere draws from over 100 hours of interviews with Schwartz and his colleagues, friends and family. The book also includes photographs and handwritten notes, many from Schwartz’s private archives.

If you’re a fan of Broadway, musical theater, or film, you won’t want to miss this landmark celebration of the phenomenal Stephen Schwartz!

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Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe nominated Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black,” Mary Page Marlowe) will join Tony, Olivier, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Bryan Cranston (All The Way, “Breaking Bad”) in Network, now set to open at the Belasco Theatre (111 W 44th Street). Network was previously scheduled to play the Cort Theatre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tatiana Maslany will make her Broadway debut in the role of “Diana Christensen.” Maslany recently made her New York stage debut in the Second Stage Theater production of Tracy Letts’s Mary Page Marlowe Off-Broadway. Her starring role in the hit BBC America series “Orphan Black” has earned her three Emmy Nominations and her first Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award nomination and a Critic’s Choice Award. She can be seen in the upcoming film Destroyer opposite Nicole Kidman, currently premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, with a theatrical release date set for December 25, 2018.

Network is directed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Ivo van Hove (The Damned), adapted by Tony and Olivier Award winner Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) and based on the Academy Award-winning film by Paddy Chayefsky.

NETWORK will begin performances on Saturday, November 10, 2018 and officially open on Thursday, December 6, 2018.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, September 14 at 10AM (EST).

For more information visit www.NetworkBroadway.com.

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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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