Kander and Ebb’s classic Tony Award winning musical drama, Cabaret, is currently in previews in New York City - directed by Sam Mendes and co-directed and choreographed by Rob Marshall, the production stars Alan Cumming as the Emcee of the Kit-Kat Klub. Those of you who are particularly Broadway savvy may think I’m introducing a segment from 1998 - when those three men worked together with Roundabout on the same show - which ran until 2004.
But no - we’ve not figured out how to go back in time to see the critically acclaimed and much lauded production again - Roundabout is re-mounting the show at Studio 54. The official opening date is April 24th … 2014.
In addition to Mr. Cumming donning his suspenders and blood-red lipstick again, this revival stars Michelle Williams as Sally Bowles, Bill Heck as Cliff, Linda Emond as Frau Schnieder, and Danny Burstein as Herr Shultz.
Actor, Paul Nolan has returned to Broadway as the “Guy” in the musical, Once. Based on the 2006 movie of the same name, Once has a script by Enda Walsh, music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, was directed for the stage by John Tiffany and won 8 statuettes (including won for Best New Musical) at the 2012 Tony Awards.
Tony Award winner, two-time Grammy Award winner and two-time Academy Award nominee Jim Dale has a brand new one-man show. Just Jim Dale has him doing what he does best – presenting an evening of song and stories.
Dale will recount a lifetime of showbiz tales—from his start on the famed British Music Hall stage, through his Broadway triumphs in Scapino, Barnum, and Me and My Girl, to his experiences narrating all seven “Harry Potter” audio-books and having his voice star in television’s Pushing Daisies.
He will perform Just Jim Dale at Helsinki Hudson as part of their Helsinki on Broadway series this Sunday - April 6th - at 7PM, prior to his 12-week off-Broadway run with the Roundabout Theatre Company at the Laura Pels Theatre in NYC beginning May 15th.
Violet, begins previews at The American Airlines in New York City tonight. The Roundabout Theatre Company production marks the Broadway debut of the musical, following the acclaimed concert performance at City Center Encores! Off-Center last year. Winner of the Drama Critics’ Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical when it premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in 1997, Violet features music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Brian Crawley.
The Roundabout production is directed by Leigh Silverman and stars two-time Tony Award winner, Sutton Foster in the title role. The stellar cast of Broadway regulars also contains Colin Donnell, Alexander Gemignani, and Joshua Henry.
Gypsy: A Music Fable features classic Broadway belt-ables like “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “Some People,” and “Rose's Turn.” The show opened on Broadway in 1959 and features a book by the late Arthur Laurents, music by the late Jule Styne, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. This production at CapRep runs through Sunday, April 13th.
Mary Callanan plays Mama Rose. She recently appeared in Annie on Broadway and has performed in tours of Mamma Mia!, The Sound of Music, Big, Damn Yankees, and Cinderella.
Popular actress, Annie Potts, played - and this is really cherry-picking from her numerous credits - Mary Jo Shively for sevens season on the CBS series, Designing Women and Janine Melnitz in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II. She received a Golden Globe nod for her work in Corvette Summer and voiced the memorable Bo Peep in Pixar’s Toy Story I and II.
Potts is currently playing Berthe in The Tony Award Winning Broadway Revival of Pippin at The Music Box Theatre.
Pippin has a book by Roger O. Hirson and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. This revival is directed by Diane Paulus and features sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and breathtaking acrobatics by Les 7 Doigts de la Main. Gypsy Snider helmed the Circus Creation and the choreography is by Chet Walker.
Two-time Tony Award winner Judy Kaye performs a solo cabaret act at Helsinki Hudson next Saturday on March 22nd in an event entitled: An Evening With Lenny & Steve – featuring the music of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.
Kaye recently performed on Broadway in Nice Work If You Can Get It. Her previous Broadway credits include The Phantom of the Opera, Grease, Ragtime and Souvenir. Her stage experience also includes leading opera roles with companies such as The Santa Fe Opera.
The hit musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda is currently running on Broadway at The Shubert Theatre. The show, which was first staged and is still running in London, features a book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.
Matilda is the story of an extraordinary young girl whose voracious reading habits help her to dream of a better life - as her current life is full of bullies and disregard for her well being - starting from the moment she’s born when her mother, Mrs. Wormwood played by Lesli Margherita, declares: "This the worst day of my life!"
There is an astoundingly riveting production of Samuel Becket’s existential absurdist classic, Waiting for Godot running at The Cort Theatre on West 48th Street in New York City. That is, on the nights that an unbelievably tense and masterful production of Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Landisn’t running in that same space.