Goldstein, a new musical about family with music and lyrics by Michael Roberts and a book by Charlie Schulman will open Off Broadway on Thursday, April 5th at the Actors Temple Theatre (339 West 47 St -between 8th and 9th Avenues). Previews begin Monday, March 26th. Goldstein is directed by Brad Rouse, with musical staging by Sarah O’Gleby. Tickets are $79 and are available by visiting www.Goldsteinmusical.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.
Louis Goldstein has written a tell-all family memoir. While it is a best-seller, his family claims that it isn’t true. This uplifting and heartwarming, multi-generational musical explores the challenges and triumphs of three generations of an immigrant Jewish American family. This original musical reminds us that families are complicated, the truth is never clear, and forgiveness is our best hope.
Featured in the cast are Megan McGinnis (Daddy Long Legs, Side Show, Little Women)
Julie Benko (Fiddler on the Roof)
Amie Bermowitz (Ruthless)
Blair Alexis Brown (A Scythe Of Time, Adding Machine), Ben Cherry (Indecent, Fiddler on the Roof), Aaron Galligan-Stierle (The Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas), Zal Owen (Fiddler on the Roof), Sarah Beth Pfeifer (The Lightning Thief, Legally Blonde) and Jim Stanek (Fun Home, Gentleman’s Guide…)
The set design is by Alexander Woodward, with costume design by Maureen Freedman, lighting design by Andrew F. Griffin, and sound design by Ray Shilke. Sinai Tabak is the music director with casting by Michael Cassara. C. Renee Alexander and Alex Elmaleh serve as stage managers.
Michael Roberts (Composer/Lyricist) is best known as the author, composer and lyricist of the hit Off-Broadway comedy Golf: The Musical. After its critically acclaimed 2003-2004 Off-Broadway run, productions of Golf followed in over twenty states and seven countries, with two Off-Broadway revivals. Roberts also composed the songs for The Fartiste (winner: Best Musical–2006 NY Fringe), which saw productions in New York and London. He wrote both the book and songs for the Off-Broadway musical Greed at New World Stages (2014). Roberts’s music for film includes Tri-Star’s Love Walked In starring Denis Leary. His television music includes four seasons as a composer for AMC’s Emmy-winning sitcom Remember WENN. Roberts served as music director/pianist for Betty Buckley, Donna Murphy, Rupert Holmes, Lesley Gore, Stephanie Mills, Bobby Sherman, and Joan Rivers. As a conductor and coach, he has worked with directors Hal Prince, Susan Stroman and Kathleen Marshall. Roberts was a nominee for a 2012 Broadway World Award and is a two-time recipient of the ASCAP Plus Award for his work in musical theater.
Charlie Schulman’s (Book) play The Kitchen, was presented at the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in 1998 and is the inspiration for Goldstein. This is his second Off-Broadway collaboration with Michael Roberts. Their first, The Fartiste, (NYC/International Fringe Festival – Outstanding Musical) was based on his original screenplay of the same name, with productions in New York and London. Other Off-Broadway credits include: Angel of Death (American Jewish Theater), The Ground Zero Club (Playwrights Horizons – Young Playwrights Festival), and The Birthday Present (Circle Rep. – YPF). Charlie is a three-time winner of The Avery Hopwood Award in Drama from The University of Michigan, as well as the Charles MacArthur Award for Comedy from The National Playwrights Conference. Schulman wrote for the nationally syndicated sketch-comedy show The Apollo Comedy Hour (Inner City Broadcasting/Tribune Company). His plays are published by The Dramatists Play Service and Dell/Bantam. This spring he produced and performed his one-man quick-change show Natural History X (Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater). Natural History X is part of his new play A Funny Play (For Troubled Times)
Brad Rouse (Director) has directed plays and musicals at the Public Theater (NYC), City Center Encores!, Ahmanson Theater (CTG), Hartford Stage, Juilliard, LaMama, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, New Dramatists, Barrow Group Theatre, and NYU. Last season, he directed Hit The Body Alarm at The Performing Garage and Just One Q (by Ellen Fitzhugh and Ted Shen) as part of Inner Voices. Other credits include world premieres by Billy Porter (Drama League and GLAAD award nominee), Laurence O’Keefe-Nell Benjamin-Julia Jordan (Best Director nominations, Los Angeles and Philadelphia), Winsome Brown, and Cusi Cram, plus workshop presentations of plays by Adam Rapp and Daniel Goldfarb. His work has been featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes II and NPR’s All Things Considered. Recently, he directed Pop! by Maggie-Kate Coleman and Anna K. Jacobs starring Anthony Rapp and choreographed by Billy Porter.
The playing schedule for Goldstein is as follows: Mondays through Thursdays at 7:30PM, Saturdays at 8PM with matinees on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 3PM. Tickets are $79 and are available by visiting www.goldsteinmusical.com or calling (212) 239-6200.
Broadway’s A Doll’s House Meticulously Stunning Revival Soars Like a Birdie Above That Clumsy Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
For a revival to find its footing, it has to have a point of view or a sense of purpose far beyond an actor’s desire to perform a part, whether it suits them or not. It needs to radiate an idea that will make us want to sit up and pay attention. To feel its need to exist. And on one particular day in March, I was blessed with the opportunity to see not just one grande revival, but two. One was a detailed pulled-apart revolutionary revival of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House that astounded. The other, unfortunately, was a clumsy revival of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof that fell lazily from that high-wired peak – not for a lack of trying, but from a formulation that never found its purpose.
Theatre News: Smash, I Need That, Good Night, Oscar, Funny Girl, This Beautiful Lady and In The Trenches: A Parenting Musical
The NBC television series Smash is coming to Broadway for the 2024-2025 season. Robert Greenblatt, Neil Meron and Steven Spielberg will produce. The musical will feature a book co-written by three-time Tony Award nominee Rick Elice and Tony winner Bob Martin. Tony and Grammy winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Some Like It Hot). The team earned three Emmy nominations for their songs from the “Smash” series will pen the score, which will feature numbers from the TV show.
Five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman (New York, New York) will direct and Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse will choreograph.
The series was created by Theresa Rebeck and Spielberg, launch the series. Spielberg is also one of the co-producers of Good Night, Oscar, which begins performances at the Belasco Theatre on April 7.
Official dates, theater, creative team and casting for the “Smash” stage musical will be announced at a later date.
Speaking of the Pulitzer Prize finalist playwright Theresa Rebeck, Danny DeVito and Lucy DeVito are set to star in her new play I Need That at the Roundabout. The new comedy will be directed by Tony nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel which will open at the American Airlines Theatre in October. The cast will also include Ray Anthony Thomas. … Also newly announced for Roundabout’s new Broadway season is a spring 2024 revival of Samm-Art Williams’ 1980 Tony-nominated play “Home.” Tony winner Kenny Leon will direct
Speaking of Good Night, Oscar, Doug Wright’s play was named finalist for 2023 new play award by The American Theatre Critics Association. The other six finalists for the 2023 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award include: Born With Teeth by Liz Duffy Adams, the ripple, the wave that carried me home by Christina Anderson, Sally & Tom by Suzan-Lori Parks, Spay by Madison Fiedler and
Swing State by Rebecca Gilman.
Paolo Montalban and Anne L. Nathan are joining Lea Michele in Funny Girl as Florenz Ziegfield and Mrs. Strakosh. Montalban and Nathan will replace original cast members Peter Francis James and Toni DiBuono, who take their final bows on March 26th.
Elizabeth Swados’ This Beautiful Lady will play at La MaMa this May. Previews will begin May 5 for the Off-Broadway run ahead of the May 8 press opening, with performances set through May 28 in the Ellen Stewart Theatre.
In The Trenches: A Parenting Musical, with book, music, and lyrics by Graham & Kristina Fuller, will receive industry readings on Friday, March 24th at 11am & 3pm at Ripley Grier Studios. The readings will be directed by Jen Wineman (Dog Man: The Musical) and will feature music direction by Rebekah Bruce (Mean Girls) and arrangements by Dan Graeber, Graham & Kristina Fuller.
The cast of In The Trenches features Amanda Jane Cooper (Wicked), Jelani Remy (The Lion King, Ain’t Too Proud), Christine Dwyer (Wicked), Caesar Samayoa (Come From Away), Max Crumm (Grease, Disaster!), and Vidushi Goyal.Join two bleary-eyed young parents as they trudge through the trenches and discover their new post-baby identities. In an evening of new-parent greatest hits, a foul-mouthed toddler zeroes in on “the most dangerous thing in the room”, tap dancing towards bleach, knives, and tide pods; a chronically-overlooked younger sibling sings the “second child blues”; a mom trio celebrates yoga pants in an R&B love song to the “official mom uniform”; dad discovers he’s not the “ice-cream and movie-night cool parent” but rather the “do your homework real parent” amid a kiddo sugar-crash; and mom retrieves a sticky, hair-covered pacifier from the floor of a LaGuardia bathroom while her baby screams bloody murder and her flight boards without her.
Jason Robert Brown, Chuck Cooper, Janet Dacal, Sutton Foster, Lillias White and More To Perform at TheaterWorksUSA Spring Gala
TheaterWorksUSA, currently presenting the hit family show Dog Man The Musical at New World Stages, will host its annual Spring Gala on Monday, April 24 (cocktails begin at 6 PM) at The Current at Chelsea Piers.
100% of the net proceeds from the event will support our mission to create exceptional, transformative theatrical experiences that are accessible to young and family audiences in diverse communities across New York City and North America.
This year TWUSA will honor Lisa Chanel (TWUSA Board Chair 2019-2022), Andréa Burns (Award-winning Broadway actress & educator), Peter Flynn (TWUSA alumnus and award-winning director, writer, and educator), and Holly McGhee (Founder and Creator of Pippin Properties, New York Times best selling author). The event will feature appearances by some of Broadway’s biggest stars, including Jason Robert Brown, Chuck Cooper, Janet Dacal, Kevin Del Aguila, Sutton Foster, Lillias White and more.
On behalf of TheaterWorksUSA’s Board of Directors, we are thrilled to celebrate the people who have generously supported our mission, making it possible for us to bring high-quality theater to young audiences of all backgrounds throughout the country. We look forward to recognizing Lisa, Andréa, Peter, and Holly publicly at this very special event. – Tracy A. Stein, Board Chair
It’s a privilege to honor these individuals for playing such an important role in the work we do. Their vision, creativity, and ongoing commitment to our mission is truly something to celebrate. They are very much a part of our TheaterworksUSA family.- Barbara Pasternack, Artistic Director
TheaterWorksUSA (Barbara Pasternack, Artistic Director; Michael Harrington, Executive Director) has led the Theater for Young and Family Audiences movement in New York City and across North America for over half a century. At TWUSA, we believe that access to art—and theater, in particular—is vital for our youth. Since 1961, the 501(c)3 not-for-profit has captured the imaginations of 100 million new and veteran theatergoers with an award-winning repertoire of over 140 original plays and musicals. Acclaimed alumni include Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (Disney’s Frozen), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent), Jerry Zaks (The Music Man), Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dear Evan Hansen), Miguel Cervantes (Hamilton), Kathleen Chalfant (Angels in America), and Chuck Cooper (Tony award-winning actor, The Life). WWW.TWUSA.ORG
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