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Win Free Tickets to the Best of Off-Broadway

March 31st, 2014 Comments off

How do you satisfy your theater fix without breaking the bank? The Broadway Blog has the perfect solution… enter to win free tickets to one of these hot shows:

Christopher J. Hanke in "Buyer and Celler" (photo:buyerandcellar.com) via The Broadway Blog.

Christopher J. Hanke in “Buyer and Celler” (photo:buyerandcellar.com) via The Broadway Blog.

Buyer and Cellar
Alex More has a story to tell. A struggling actor in L.A., Alex takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a beloved megastar. One day, the Lady Herself (aka Barbra Streisand) comes downstairs to play. It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs? Buyer & Cellar is an outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs. Now starring Christopher J. Hanke.

Jonathan Tolins’s plays include The Twilight of the Golds (Booth Theater), If Memory Serves (Promenade Theater), The Last Sunday in June (Rattlestick and Century Center), and Secrets of the Trade (Primary Stages).  Jon co-wrote the films The Twilight of the Golds and Martian Child.  He was a consulting producer on the recent CBS comedy Partners and was a co-producer on the first season of Queer As Folk on Showtime.  He has written for the Academy Awards and the Tony Awards, and co-wrote Bette Midler’sDivine Miss Millennium Tour and The Showgirl Must Go On in Las Vegas.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog and find out how to win!

THEATER BUFF: Steven Wenslawski of ‘Nothing But Trash’

March 13th, 2014 Comments off
Steven Wenslawski. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia for Next.

Steven Wenslawski. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia for Next.

Name: Steven Wenslawski

Hometown: Clayton, CA

Current Show/Role: Nothing But Trashroles - Johnny/Falcon

The best part of the show I’m in now is: The fun cast I get to work with!

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: Probably my pre-equity apprenticeship at the Barn Theater in Augusta, Michigan. A typical hour of the day would find you rehearsing for a show, mowing a lawn, and cleaning a toilet. All between frequent applications of bug spray.

If I wasn’t a performer, I would be: In the orchestra pit, pounding the keys.

Places, intermission or curtain call? Curtain call. The sense of well-being that warms you after a performance free of mishaps.

The best pre-show dinner and post-shot cocktail in town are at: Best pre-show dinner for me is Chez Steven, because I do enjoy my own cooking. Post show I may take a nip at places like Industry or Flaming Saddles.

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Debra Monk’s B-Day Celebration Raises $140k for BC/EFA!

February 27th, 2014 Comments off

Tony Award winner Debra Monk turned her 65th birthday into an all-star party with her closest friends on Monday, February 24, 2014, delivering a non-stop evening of rock, pop and laughter produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The concert, billed as “Totally Hot and a Little Dirty,” raised $140,355.

Debra Monk (photo: Monica Simoes) via The Broadway Blog.

Debra Monk (photo: Monica Simoes) via The Broadway Blog.

Debra Monk Birthday Bash (#debrabday) featured the beloved stage and screen star singing, dancing and even playing drums on a musical journey that included everything from Van Morrison to Prince and Elton John, as well as two encores by the legendary Broadway songwriting team of Kander and Ebb. The one-night-only performance lived up to its promise with an exciting mix of rock ‘n’ roll, country and even gospel, interspersed with a stream of Monk’s favorite dirty jokes.

Joining Monk for the special evening were her close friends Charlotte d’Amboise, Brandon Victor Dixon,Scott Ellis, Victor Garber, Andrea Martin, Jim Newman and Ron Rifkin, with a surprise appearance by David Hyde Pierce.

Monk conceived and wrote the 90-minute show, especially for the night. “I wanted to make my 65th birthday something truly special and a benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS was the perfect answer,” Monk said. “By singing some great songs, sharing a few jokes and having fun with my closest friends, I hope I at least helped make a small difference for an organization so near and dear to my heart.”

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THEATER BUFF: Andrew Brewer of ‘Sex Tips…’

February 19th, 2014 Comments off
Andrew Brewer. Image via Andrew Brewer.

Andrew Brewer. Image via Andrew Brewer.

Name: Andrew Brewer

Show/Role: Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man / Stefan

The best part of the show I’m working on now is: Getting to share the stage with two incredible actors. Jason and Lindsay are just the best and it’s a blast to be up there every night with them.

If I wasn’t an actor, I would be: A teacher. I wanted to go to school for math education before I got into acting so I would probably try for that.

Places, Intermission or Curtain Call? Places. There’s something about that moment as the lights are going dark and the show is starting that just sends every fear and doubt about acting or being in a show to the forefront of my mind. Then one step onto that stage and it all goes away.

Keep reading over at our sister site The Broadway Blog…

Cocktail Music: Our Favorite Broadway Love Songs!

February 14th, 2014 Comments off
Image via Passport.

Image via Passport.

There’s nothing more romantic (besides diamonds, a trip to Paris or a home cooked meal) than a Broadway love song. Here are our top picks for beautiful belters, dulcid duets and passionate patter songs.

No matter your style, there’s a wee bit of musical theater that can tell your story better than you.

From Kerrigan-Lowdermilk Live at last year’s New York Musical Theater Festival, Jeremy Jordan sings one of  the songwriting team’s signature tunes, “Run Away With Me.” And we’d like to do just that.

Find out which ones we chose over at The Broadway Blog…

‘The Boy From Oz’ Hugh Jackman to Return as Tony Host

February 12th, 2014 Comments off
Hugh Jackman via Featureflash

Hugh Jackman via Featureflash

The Tony Awards don’t want Neil Patrick Harris to have the only fun, as the award show has announced today that Hugh Jackman will return as host. This will be Jackman’s fourth time hosting the celebration—matching NPH’s times center stage. This year, Broadway’s biggest night will mark 68 years at Radio City Music Hall on June 8. Jackman, known for his wit and multi-talented opening act number, did such a good job from 2003-2005 he scored an Emmy for his 2004 hosting job and received a nomination in 2005. “We are thrilled to have Hugh Jackman return to host the Tony Awards,” said Jack Sussman,executive vp specials, music and live events at CBS Entertainment. “Hugh is the ultimate performer — actor, singer and dancer — he does it all, second to none. He is a consummate entertainer and the one you want out there hosting your live television event.”

Be sure to check The Broadway Blog on April 29th when the nominations will be announced.

 

 

Interview: Leslie Jordan—Melodramatic and Highly Pragmatic

February 4th, 2014 Comments off
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Image via Jordan

“What amazes me,” says Leslie Jordan, who will spin bawdy biographical yarns in Fruit Fly at Feinstein’s at the Nikko in San Francisco this Friday night. “Is that there are gay kids now who don’t remember Will & Grace.”

“I met a boy on a plane last summer, 16 years old, gay as a goose. He said ‘I think my mom watched that’. I thought ‘Whaaaaaat?!!’ But it’s true, I won my Emmy for that in 2006, so he was only nine years old then.”

Jordan, 58, who will spin bawdy biographical yarns in Fruit Fly at Feinstein’s at the Nikko this Friday night, admits that he once hoped his sitcom fame from playing Will & Grace’s Beverley Leslie would assure him a steady stream of lucrative television and movie roles.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

Divas are Doin’ It Right in New York City

January 31st, 2014 Comments off

 

Image via Divine Divas

Image via Divine Divas

It was with a sad heart that we said goodbye to ProBar in Atlantic City and its floor-mate Divas Do AC. But just as fast as the curtains closed on that AC stage, another set flung open at Stage 48 in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen. And while a booze-filled limo didn’t manage to chauffeur all the girls to this new endeavor, ring leader Jason CoZmo (Liza Minelli and Dolly Parton) wrangled Gary Dee (Joan Rivers) to make a brand-new start of it in New York at a new show, Diva Royale. Funnily enough, the show opens with New York, New York, as sung by Liza (who is better at being Liza than even Liza is). “Come on come through, New York, New York,” Minelli ‘belts’ to the crowd. Don’t worry, divas, with a show like this there is no way you won’t make it here.

Located at Stage 48 in the Divine Restaurant and Lounge, the show does it old school with a three-course meal. The intimate room requires reservations, but you’ll jump at the chance to book when you realize that you can get a two three-course meals for $49 and you get a show. (You can spend that much on five Bud Lights at FairyTale Lounge down the street.)  Skeptical foodies can relax, as the show serves just-the-kind-I-want-right-now food. No one cares that you followed your truffle mac n’ cheese with a cheesburger in the dark!

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Broadway Celebrities Get Together to Protest Russia’s Anti-Gay Propaganda Laws

January 24th, 2014 Comments off
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Andrew Rannells. Image via YouTube.

 

New York’s broadway-lebrities came together to produce a fake musical to protest Russia’s anti-gay laws. The premise: Russia’s fictional Broadway community. Stars like Jonathan Groff and Jeremy Jordan played two Olympians, with Laura Benanti and Stephanie J. Block as lesbian astronauts, and Michael Urie “giving his best Chorus Line,” and Harvey Fierstein as a director. “If we can help bring joy, inspire, and call people on bullsh–, that’s a night of theater,” the narrator says. 

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Interview: Sam Harris and ‘Ham: Slices of Life’

January 21st, 2014 Comments off

Contributor Jim Gladstone chats with vocalist and author Sam Harris about his new book, Ham: Slices of Life.

Sam Harris (photo: Ray Garcia)

Sam Harris
(photo: Ray Garcia)

Before there was American Idol, X Factor or The Voice, there was Star Search and a tuxedo-clad belting tenor who won America’s hearts.

“I found a formula that worked for me back then,” says Sam Harris, who first came to national fame 31 years ago, belting ‘Over the Rainbow’ as Grand Champion of the Ed McMahon-hosted TV talent show, Star Search. “But I started to feel boxed in by it. I always wanted to explore different areas.”

“It would have been very easy for me to build a career as a pop torch singer who does a big dramatic key change at the end of each song like his head is going to blow off. But my taste in music is eclectic. And my interests are eclectic, too.”

Instead of allowing himself to be wedged into a simplified persona and packaged as Brand Sam, Harris—who will present a theatrical blend of songs and stories at Feinstein’s at the Nikko January 24 and 25—has chosen “for my happiness, for my creative soul” to follow a wandering path.

He’s performed in Broadway and touring musicals (The Life, The Producers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Hair), written for—and acted in—television sit-coms, headlined concerts and cabarets, been an interviewer for television’s EXTRA, and most recently, written a book, Ham: Slices of a Life.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…