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  Vassar and New York Stage and Film’s first Musical Workshop of this Powerhouse season is a brand-new adaptation of The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd. The production involves a commissioned by The Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City and is directed by Scott Ellis - responsible for Roundabout’s recent productions of She Loves Me and On the Twentieth Century.

The show will keep its original score by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley -- but replace the duo’s book with a new one by Santino Fontana.

Fontana co-stars as Greg on the CW’s musical television comedy, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. He was the voice of Hans in that tiny-little Disney movie, Frozen. Broadway and off-Broadway credits include: The Fantasticks, Sunday in the Park with George, Billy Elliot: The Musical, Brighton Beach Memoirs, A View from the Bridge, The Importance of Being Earnest, Sons of the Prophet, Act One, and Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella.

Gabriel Ebert, Matt Ryan, and Keira Knightley in Roundabout Theatre Company's 'Thérèse Raquin'
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  Tony Award winning scenic designer, Beowulf Boritt received his third Tony nomination last month for his design for the Roundabout Theatre Company production of Thérèse Raquin.


His previous designs for Broadway include Rock of Ages, Sondheim on Sondheim, The Scottsboro Boys, Chaplin, and Act One -- for which he won his Tony Award.

He also designed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and On The Town at Barrington Stage in Pittsfield, moving those designs to Broadway. He’ll return to BSC this summer, designing their production of The Pirates of Penzance.

Roundabout Theatre Company's The Robber Bridegroom - Leslie Kritzer, center
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  Based on the short story by Eudora Welty, The Robber Bridegroom is the Southern-fried Robin Hood tale of Jamie Lockhart, a dangerous, handsome, backwoods rogue who’s a gentleman by day and bandit by night. When he falls for the beautiful daughter of a wealthy planter, his world and code of ethics are turned upside down.

Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City has a rustic romp of a ‘Robber Bridegroom’ running at The Laura Pels Theatre. Director Alex Timbers brings his incomparable imagination to the show with book by Alfred Uhry and music by Robert Waldman.

The show stars Steven Pasquale, Andrew Durand, Evan Harrington, Greg Hildreth, Ahna O’Reilly, Nadia Quinn, Lance Roberts, Devere Rogers, and , our guest, Leslie Kritzer, as Salome.

Leslie made her Broadway debut in Hairspray, following that she was Serena in Legally Blonde, and then Jane Hurley in A Catered Affair. She was In Sondheim on Sondheim and played Jovie in the stage musical adaptation of Elf. In addition to numerous Off-Broadway and regional credits she received critical acclaim, a TimeOut New York Award, and a Special Achievement MAC Award, for Leslie Kritzer Is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches, a re-creation of Patti LuPone’s famed nightclub act. She is currently playing Ray Romano’s wife on the HBO show Vinyl.

Laura Benanti in She Loves Me
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  As part of its 50th Anniversary season, Roundabout Theatre Company is currently presenting a revival of She Loves Me. The musical, with a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock, was the first musical Roundabout ever produced. That production opened in 1993 and was directed by Scott Ellis who returns to helm the show currently sparkling in jewel tones at Studio 54.

The musical is an adaptation of the play Parfumerie by Hungarian playwright Miklos Laszlo. The films The Shop Around the Corner and You’ve Got Mail boast the same source material. The cast includes Zachary Levi, Jane Krakowski, Gavin Creel and, our guest, Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti who plays Amalia Balash.

Laura Benanti won a Tony for her performance as Louise in Gypsy (with Patti LuPone as Rose); and she was nominated for Swing, Into the Woods, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Her television credits include Supergirl, Nashville, Nurse Jackie, Royal Pains, Law & Order: SVU, and Go On.

  Roundabout Theatre Company is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and today we wrap up a week-long series of interviews with Roundabout artists discussing this special season.

Next month, The American Airlines Theatre will become home to a host of backstage antics and slamming doors in Michael Frayn’s superb farce, Noises Off.

Jeremy Herrin directs a cast featuring Andrea Martin, Campbell Scott, Tracee Chimo, Daniel Davis, David Furr, Kate Jennings Grant,Rob McClure, Jeremy Shamos, and Megan Hilty.

Megan Hilty played Glinda in Wicked (on tour and on Broadway) and originated the role of Doralee Rhodes in the musical adaptation of 9 to 5. She has a great and growing concert career and portrayed Ivy Lynn, the upcoming diva that viewers loved to loathe on NBC’s Broadway musical series, Smash. She wil play Brooke Ashton in Noises Off.

Actors Gabriel Ebert, Matt Ryan, and Keira Knightley on stage in a small rowboat. The boat is in a pool of water upstage which makes it look like they are in a boat on a river.
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  The Roundabout Theatre Company is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and this week we’re exploring its season with a series of interviews about current and shortly upcoming shows.

Matt Ryan plays Laurent in Thérèse Raquin which is currently running at Studio 54. The play is adapted by Helen Edmundson from the novel of the same title by Emile Zola. Evan Cabnet directs a cast that in addition to Matt Ryan features Tony Award winners Judith Light and Gabriel Ebert, and Keira Knightley making her Broadway debut.

  The Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City -- the largest not-for-profit theatre company in America -- is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this season. This week we’re highlighting some of their work.

Early next year, Roundabout will open a revival of She Loves Me. With a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock, She Loves Me is an adaptation of the Hungarian play, Parfumerie. The films The Shop Around the Corner and You’ve Got Mail used the same source material as this musical, which was first produced on Broadway in 1963.

In 1993, She Loves Me was the first musical Roundabout ever produced. It was directed by Scott Ellis and earned a Tony Award for Boyd Gaines and a Drama Desk Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Scott Ellis returns to helm this new production boasting a cast that includes Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, Rene Auberjonois, Jane Krakowski, and Gavin Creel.

Creel originated the role of Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which he earned a Tony nomination. He played Claude in the 2009 revival of Hair, earning another Tony Nomination. He is currently playing Elder Price in The Book of Mormon and he’ll play Stephen Kodaly in She Loves Me.

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  The Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year and we are highlighting its work this week.

Roundabout produces work both on and Off-Broadway and at its Off-Broadway theater, The Laura Pels, Roundabout is currently presenting The Humans, a new play by Stephen Karam. Directed by Joe Mantello the show has announced a move from off to on Broadway next Spring -- with its current ensemble cast intact.

In the play, we join The Blakes - a solid Scranton family - as they celebrate Thanksgiving in their youngest daughter’s apartment in New York City. The family dynamic is strained and real. Karam’s writing is crisp, emotional, flip, and funny. The matriarch and patriarch of the family are played by Jane Houdyshell and Reed Birney, respectively.

  The Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. The largest non-for-profit theatre company in America, Roundabout has grown from a small 150-seat theatre in a converted supermarket basement to operating five stages on and off Broadway. It reaches 700,000 theatergoers, students, educators and artists across the country and around the world every year.

This week, we’ve teamed up with Roundabout for a series of interviews about its 50th Anniversary Season. We begin today with Todd Haimes, the company’s Artistic Director.

Haimes joined Roundabout in 1983 working as Executive Director until 1990 when he became Artistic Director. We speak with him here about hits, misses, longevity, and legacy.

  In Joshua Harmon’s new play, Significant Other, Jordan Berman would love to be in love, but until he meets Mr. Right, he wards off lonely nights with his trio of close-knit girlfriends. But as singles’ nights turn into bachelorette parties, Jordan finds that supporting the ones you love can be just as impossible as finding love itself. The play takes an often funny and alternately heartbreaking look at what it’s like to be single when all of your close friends are marrying themselves off (and even worse than that - sometimes having destination weddings that you attend, even though it destroys your budget).

The Roundabout Theatre Company production of Significant Other, directed by Trip Cullman, has been in previews for a few weeks and officially opens at The Laura Pels Theatre in New York City this coming Thursday night.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s relationship with Joshua Harmon began when his play Bad Jews was selected for the inaugural Roundabout Underground Reading Series for Emerging Playwrights in February 2012. The play then premiered at Roundabout Underground’s Black Box in Fall 2012, in a sold-out extended run and then moved upstairs to the 420-seat Laura Pels Theatre - where Significant Other is performed now.

We spoke with Joshua Harmon and Trip Cullman recently about Roundabout, the play, and working together.

  On the Twentieth Century is a luxurious madcap musical with book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Cy Coleman - The Roundabout Theatre Company production of which is currently running at The American Airlines Theatre in New York City starring Kristin Chenoweth, Peter Gallagher, Mark Lin Baker, Michael McGrath, Mary Louise Wilson, and our guest, Andy Karl. The new Broadway cast recording was released this week on P.S. Classics.

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  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.

His  12-week off-Broadway run with the Roundabout Theatre Company at the Laura Pels Theatre in NYC wraps up on August 10th.

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  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. 

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  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.

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    The play Dinner with Friends by Donald Margulies won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2000. The currently running Roundabout Theatre Company production of the show is directed Pam MacKinnon - the Tony Award WInning director of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Clybourne Park and stars Jeremy Shamos, Darren Pettie, Heather Burns, and Marin Hinkle.

Marin Hinkle’s Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include Electra, A Thousand Clowns, The Tempest, Graceland, Miss Julie, Blue Window, Jayson with a Y, and Wonderful Time. She’s appeared on television on The Sarah Silverman Program, Brothers and Sisters, Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23, and played Judith, Jake's mother, on the CBS comedy series, Two and a Half Men.

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  Following the death of her husband, Rose locks herself in her bedroom for the better part of a year, leaving her daughter Emma to care for her through the closed door. When the church sends a pastor to help coax Rose out of her room, he soon finds that Rose is not the only one using barriers to hide her true feelings.

This is the plot of Too Much, Too Much, Too Many - a new play by Meghan Kennedy that is currently being produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Roundabout Underground - a program that showcases new plays that will either allow an experienced director to go back to their creative roots or give a debut production to an emerging writer or director.

Too Much, Too Much, Too Many is directed by Sheryl Kaller, the Tony nominated director of the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts. She has directed at many theaters including Primary Stages, Williamstown Theater Festival, and New York Stage and Film. She has directed and developed new plays and musicals with writers including Christopher Durang, David Henry Hwang, Nick Blaemire, Billy Porter, Alan Menken, and many others.

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The Roundabout Theatre Company’s Roundabout Underground program gives productions to emerging playwrights. Last year, they had a hit with Bad Jews - a play by Joshua Harmon, directed by Daniel Aukin.

The show did so well in their 62-seat Black Box Theatre, in fact, that they brought it back to run in the Laura Pels Theatre (their bigger-small space) as part of their season this year - where it continues to earn excellent reviews and enthusiastic response from audiences.

In the play a young Jewish woman, Diana (played by Tracee Chimo, she prefers to be called by her Hebrew name, Daphna) fights with her cousin, Liam, to get a religious relic left behind by their recently deceased grandfather - who had kept it safe during his years in a concentration camp by holding it beneath his tongue. Liam’s brother (Jonah, played by Philip Ettinger) and girlfriend (Melody, played by Molly Ranson) observe and reluctantly weigh-in as Daphna and Liam argue and insult-sling as only family can.

Michael Zegen plays Liam in Bad Jews. Zegen attended Skidmore College and his other Off-Broadway credits include Liz Meriwether’s Oliver Parker! and Greg Moss’ punkplay. On television he’s been featured in recurring roles on The Walking Dead, Boardwalk Empire, How to Make It in America, Rescue Me, and he’ll appear in the upcoming season of the HBO hit, Girls. His film credits include Adventureland, Taking Woodstock, and Frances Ha.

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    British actor, Michael Cumpsty, is currently portraying Desmond Curry in The Roundabout Theatre Company production of Terence Rattigan’s The Winslow Boy - which The New York Times called “A stirring, moving and resonant drama that touches a deep chord." The play is running at the American Airlines Theater on 42nd St. in New York City through December 1st.

He will also perform in Roundabout’s next production at The American Airlines, Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal, which begins previews on December 20th.

Michael Cumpsty’s more than 16 Broadway credits include La Bête, Timon of Athens, Enchanted April and the musical revivals 1776, 42nd Street, and Sunday in the Park with George. His film credits include The Ice Storm, The Visitor, and Eat Pray Love; and on television he played Frank Kittredge on L.A. Law; Alan Singer on All My Children, and Fr. Brennan on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.

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    Roundabout Theatre Company presents an electrifying new production of Clifford Odets’ classic, The Big Knife, at The American Airlines Theatre on West 42nd St in New York City. The show is currently in previews and officially opens on Tuesday, April 16th.

This is the first revival of the 1949 play - which was adapted for the screen in 1955 - produced and directed there by Robert Aldrich.

In the play, directed by Tony Award® winner, Doug Hughes, Bobby Cannavale is Charlie Castle, a film super-star stuck in the studio-system of the 1940s. In the golden age of Hollywood cinema, actors may have all the glory, but studio execs have all the power. It’s a classic tale about keeping your integrity in the face of success. Richard Kind plays Marcus Hoff, the fast talking pressure-heavy head of the studio and Chip Zien plays Nat Danziger, Charlie’s loyal agent.

Chip Zien’s previous Broadway credits include - but are not limited to - Falsettos, The Boys from Syracuse, Grand Hotel, and he played The Baker in the original production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods.