This week, Pippin opens on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre. With book by Roger O. Hirson, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Pippin is directed by Diane Paulus. This production 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 choreography is by Chet Walker.
This is the first Broadway revival of Pippin since the Tony Award winning original production directed by Bob Fosse and starring Ben Vereen - which opened in 1972.
The cast features Matthew James Thomas, Patina Miller, Andrea Martin, Rachel Bay Jones, Terrence Mann, and Charlotte d’Amboise.
Tony Award nominee, Charlotte d’Amboise plays Fastrada - her other Broadway credits include Chicago, A Chorus Line, Jerome Robbins Broadway, Sweet Charity, Damn Yankees, Contact, Company, Carrie, Song & Dance, and CATS. She is also the co-founder (with husband Terrence Mann) of a Musical Theatre Intensive called Triple Arts.
The Assembled Parties welcomes us to the world of the Bascovs, an Upper West Side Jewish family in 1980. In a sprawling Central Park West apartment, former movie star Julie Bascov and her sister-in-law Faye bring their families together for their traditional holiday dinner. But tonight, things are not usual. A houseguest has joined the festivities for the first time and he unwittingly - or perhaps by design - insinuates himself into the family drama. Twenty years later, as 2001 approaches, the Bascovs' seemingly picture-perfect life may be about to crumble.
The play is directed by Manhattan Theatre Club’s Artistic Director, Lynne Meadow, and the cast includes Tony and 2-time Emmy winner Judith Light, Tony nominee Jeremy Shamos, and Tony nominee Jessica Hecht.
Jessica Hecht’s other Broadway credits include The Last Night at of Ballyhoo, After the Fall, Julius Ceasar, Brighton Beach Memoirs, A View from the Bridge, and Harvey. Recent television credits include AMC’s Breaking Bad and HBO’s Bored to Death.
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.
Len Cariou will be celebrating fifty years in show business at Helsinki Hudson on March 10th with a recollection of great stories and songs he has sung during his illustrious career on the Great White Way.
Linda Lavin had a huge hit television series as the harried, funny, wise waitress “Alice” for nine years beginning in 1976, and she’s done films and television. But it seems as though her heart, and her voice, belong to Broadway.
As a growing Broadway legend with her numerous starring roles on the Great White Way, Lavin will deliver a powerhouse performance at Club Helsinki on February 10th at 7PM for an 80-minute set of well-chosen songs and lively patter. It is part of the Helsinki on Broadway series presented in association with Showstoppers New York.
In October of 2003, a green phenom named Elphaba took the stage at the Gershwin Theatre in New York City and she’s been defying gravity there ever since.
The multi-award winning musical - based on the Gregory Maguire’s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West- has music and lyrics by the great Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman. The National Tour of Wicked is a Proctors in Schenectady, NY through November 25th and we are joined now by two actors from the company.
On Sunday, September 30th - Helsinki Hudson and Showstoppers New York continue their Helsinki on Broadway cabaret series with “An Evening with Victoria Clark: Stories and Songs from a Real-Life Fairy Tale”.
Christine Ebersole, Betty Buckley, and Michael Feinstein join the Boston Pops on Sunday afternoon at Tanglewood to close out the season. We welcome Christine Ebersole back to the program and speak with her about her recent projects and what she likes about singing with The Pops.http://www.tanglewood.org