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Young Frankenstein Live! Announced as ABC's Next TV Musical Event

Young Frankenstein Live! Announced as ABC's Next TV Musical Event
Anyone up for a roll in ze hay? ABC has selected Young Frankenstein as its next live musical event, the network announced Wednesday, with an airdate and casting to be revealed later.

“Based on the Broadway stage version of Young Frankenstein, Young Frankenstein Live! will follow Mel Brooks’ and Gene Wilder’s comedic reimagining of the Mary Shelley classic novel,” according to the network. “The live production will feature music from the stage adaptation, originally composed by Brooks.”

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Brian D’Arcy James, Blair Brown To Join Broadway’s ‘The Ferryman’

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Broadway’s Brian d’Arcy James will join the cast of Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman next month, leading a largely new company of replacement players in the primary adult roles beginning Tuesday, Feb. 19.

D’Arcy James will take over the role of Quinn Carney from departing cast member Paddy Considine. The actor is one of 15 new cast members announced by producers Sonia Friedman Productions and Neal Street Productions today.

All of the announced newcomers begin next month except for Orange is the New Black‘s Blair Brown, who takes over the role of Aunt Maggie Far Away from Fionnula Flanagan on Tuesday, April 16.

Others in the February replacement cast are Holley Fain, Emily Bergl, Fred Applegate, Ralph Brown, Sean Delaney, Jack Difalco, Ethan Dubin, Shuler Hensley, Terence Keeley, Collin Kelly-Sordelet, Ann McDonough, Julia Nightingale and Graham Winton.

The production, directed by Sam Mendes, includes 17 main adults, four children, and
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 8/26/16- Sister Act

Today in 2012, Sister Act closed at the Broadway Theatre, where it ran for 561 performances. Sister Act is a musical written by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner with additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane, with lyrics by Glenn Slater and music by Alan Menken. It is based on the hit 1992 film comedy of the same name. Patina Miller, who originated the role of Deloris in the West End production, reprised the role on Broadway, making her Broadway debut. The original cast featured Victoria Clark Mother Superior,Fred Applegate Monsignor, Sarah Bolt Sister Mary Patrick, Chester Gregory Eddie, Kingsley Leggs Curtis, Marla Mindelle Sister Mary Robert and Audrie Neenan Sister Mary Lazarus.
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Bww Interviews: The Last Ship Cast Opens Up About Their Newest Castmate- Sting!

A once-in-a-lifetime Broadway event took place yesterday, December 21, following the matinee performance of The Last Ship when patrons were invited to meet Sting and members of the cast on stage at the Neil Simon Theatre 250 W. 52 St. as they signed copies of the recently released Original Broadway Cast Recording. 16-time Grammy Award winning musician Sting, who now stars in The Last Ship for which he also composed the score, was joined by cast mates Michael Esper, Rachel Tucker,Jimmy Nail,Fred Applegate, Aaron Lazar, Sally Ann Triplett and Collin Kelly-Sordelet.BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was on hand to chat with the company at the special event and you can check out the exclusive interviews below
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Photo Coverage: Sting & The Last Ship Cast Celebrate Album Release!

A once-in-a-lifetime Broadway event took place yesterday, December 21, following the matinee performance of The Last Ship when patrons were invited to meet Sting and members of the cast on stage at the Neil Simon Theatre 250 W. 52 St. as they signed copies of the recently released Original Broadway Cast Recording. 16-time Grammy Award winning musician Sting, who now stars in The Last Ship for which he also composed the score, was joined by cast mates Michael Esper, Rachel Tucker, Jimmy Nail,Fred Applegate, Aaron Lazar, Sally Ann Triplett and Collin Kelly-Sordelet.BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge wa son hand to chat with Sting and the rest of the cast at the special event. Check back later to find out what they had to say and check out photos of him in action below
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Photo Coverage: Sting and The Last Ship Company Sign Cast Albums at the Neil Simon Theatre!

A once-in-a-lifetime Broadway event took place yesterday, December 21, following the matinee performance of The Last Ship when patrons were invited to meet Sting and members of the cast on stage at the Neil Simon Theatre 250 W. 52 St. as they signed copies of the recently released Original Broadway Cast Recording. 16-time Grammy Award winning musician Sting, who now stars in The Last Ship for which he also composed the score, was joined by cast mates Michael Esper, Rachel Tucker, Jimmy Nail,Fred Applegate, Aaron Lazar, Sally Ann Triplett and Collin Kelly-Sordelet.BroadwayWorld was there for the big event and you can catch photo coverage below
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The Last Ship with Sting

Sting has come to Broadway, as both composer of the new musical The Last Ship and, more recently, in an effort to improve the show's struggling box office numbers, one of its stars onstage. The show itself, while having some book and story flaws, ultimately emerges as an engrossing, touching musical, with an impressive and melodic score that serves the story and the characters. It is an often stirring tribute to the human spirit.

The musical, inspired by Sting's own experiences growing up, takes place in the streets and shipyard of Wallsend, in the northeast end of England. The town and its residents are having problems, as the shipyard has been closed down. For reasons that don't entirely make sense, the residents are inspired to build one last ship. The Last Ship deals with familiar themes: father/son relationships, an economically depressed town, the lure of the sea, and the
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Sting and Company of the The Last Ship to Sign Cast Recording This Weekend

A once-in-a-lifetime Broadway event will take place this Sunday, December 21 at 6 p.m. following the matinee performance of The Last Ship when patrons are invited to meet Sting and members of the cast on stage at the Neil Simon Theatre 250 W. 52 St. as they sign copies of the recently released Original Broadway Cast Recording. 16-time Grammy Award winning musician Sting, who now stars in The Last Ship for which he also composed the score, will be joined by cast mates Michael Esper, Rachel Tucker, Jimmy Nail, Fred Applegate, Aaron Lazar, Sally Ann Triplett and Collin Kelly-Sordelet.
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Stage Tube: On This Day 8/26- Sister Act

Today in 2012, Sister Act closed at the Broadway Theatre, where it ran for 561 performances. Sister Act is a musical written by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner with additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane, with lyrics by Glenn Slater and music by Alan Menken. It is based on the hit 1992 film comedy of the same name. Patina Miller, who originated the role of Deloris in the West End production, reprised the role on Broadway, making her Broadway debut. The original cast featured Victoria Clark Mother Superior,Fred Applegate Monsignor, Sarah Bolt Sister Mary Patrick, Chester Gregory Eddie, Kingsley Leggs Curtis, Marla Mindelle Sister Mary Robert and Audrie Neenan Sister Mary Lazarus.
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Photo Flash: Sting and the Cast of The Last Ship Visit Wrigley Field for Chicago Cubs' First Pitch and Performance

16-time Grammy Award winner Sting and The Last Ship cast members Aaron Lazar, Jimmy Nail, Michael Esper and Fred Applegate appeared last night, Monday, June 23 at Wrigley Field for the Ceremonial Chicago Cubs First Pitch. Lazar took the pitch, followed by the Seventh Inning Stretch performance by Sting, accompanied by the cast of the Broadway-bound world premiere musical. Scroll down for a photo
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Tonya Pinkins, Chad Kimball, Max von Essen & More Featured in Roundabout Underground Reading Series

Performances begin tonight for Roundabout Theatre Company's third annual Roundabout Underground Reading Series. The actors involved in the series include Pico Alexander, Fred Applegate, De'Adre Aziza, David Aaron Baker, Cassie Beck, Michael Chernus, Diane Davis, Dashiell Eaves, Ryan Eggold, Lisa Emery, Sue Jean Kim, Chad Kimball, Jessica Love, Lizbeth Mackay, Annie McNamara, Alex Mickiewicz, Aaron Clifton Moten, Olivia Oguma, Tonya Pinkins, Paul Pontrelli, Conrad Ricamora, Reg Rogers, Debra Jo Rupp, Campbell Scott and Max von Essen.
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Principal Cast Announced for the New Musical The Last Ship Featuring an Original Score by Sting

The Last Ship, with an original score by 16-time Grammy Award® winner Sting, will open on Broadway in the fall of 2014 following its World Premiere at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre from June 10th through July 13th. An epic yet intimate tale inspired by Sting’s own childhood experiences, the production features direction by two-time Tony Award® winner Joe Mantello (Wicked), a book by Tony Award® winner John Logan (Red) and Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal) and choreography by Olivier Award winner and Tony Award® Nominee Steven Hoggett (Once). Michael Esper, Rachel Tucker, Jimmy Nail, Aaron Lazar, Sally Ann Triplett, Collin Kelly-Sordelet and Fred Applegate will make up the principle cast. Additional casting will be announced at a later date. Life in...
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Stage Tube: On This Day 8/26- Sister Act

Today in 2012, Sister Act closed at the Broadway Theatre, where it ran for 561 performances. Sister Act is a musical written by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner with additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane, with lyrics by Glenn Slater and music by Alan Menken. It is based on the hit 1992 film comedy of the same name. Patina Miller, who originated the role of Deloris in the West End production, reprised the role on Broadway, making her Broadway debut. The original cast featured Victoria Clark Mother Superior,Fred Applegate Monsignor, Sarah Bolt Sister Mary Patrick, Chester Gregory Eddie, Kingsley Leggs Curtis, Marla Mindelle Sister Mary Robert and Audrie Neenan Sister Mary Lazarus.
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Stage Tube: Jeremy Jordan Sings 'The Wheel' from Tuck Everlasting!

The world premiere production of the new musical Tuck Everlasting will play at Boston's Citi Performing Arts Center Emerson Colonial Theatre 106 Boylston Street from July 28-August 18, 2013. The pre-Broadway production will feature in alphabetical order Fred Applegate Sister Act as 'Constable Joe,'Marylouise Burke Fuddy Meers as 'Nana,' Tony Award nominee Carolee Carmello Scandalous as 'Ma Tuck,' David Garrison Titanic as 'The Man In The Yellow Suit,' Andrew Keenan-Bolger Newsies as 'Jesse Tuck,' Daytime Emmy Award Winner Michael Park How To Succeed... as 'Pa Tuck,' Michael Wartella The Kid as 'Hugo,' and Valerie Wright Elf as 'Mother,' and will introduce Sadie Sink in the role of 'Winnie.'In the video below, watch Jeremy Jordan sing 'The Wheel' from the new musical
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Stage Tube: Behind the Scenes of Broadway-Bound Tuck Everlasting!

The world premiere production of the new musical Tuck Everlasting will play at Boston's Citi Performing Arts Center Emerson Colonial Theatre 106 Boylston Street from July 28-August 18, 2013. The pre-Broadway production will feature in alphabetical order Fred Applegate Sister Act as 'Constable Joe,' Marylouise Burke Fuddy Meers as 'Nana,' Tony Award nominee Carolee Carmello Scandalous as 'Ma Tuck,' David Garrison Titanic as 'The Man In The Yellow Suit,' Andrew Keenan-Bolger Newsies as 'Jesse Tuck,' Daytime Emmy Award Winner Michael Park How To Succeed... as 'Pa Tuck,' Michael Wartella The Kid as 'Hugo,' and Valerie Wright Elf as 'Mother,' and will introduce Sadie Sink in the role of 'Winnie.'In the video below, go behind the scenes of the making of the new musical
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Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Carolee Carmello, David Garrison and More Set for Pre-Broadway Tuck Everlasting at Boston's Citi Performing Arts Center

Producers Broadway Across America Beth Williams, Howard amp Janet Kagan and Barry Brown just announced casting for the world premiere production of the new musical Tuck Everlasting at Boston's Citi Performing Arts Center Emerson Colonial Theatre 106 Boylston Street from July 28-August 18, 2013. The pre-Broadway production will feature in alphabetical order Fred Applegate Sister Act as Constable Joe,' Marylouise Burke Fuddy Meers as Nana,' Tony Award nominee Carolee Carmello Scandalous as Ma Tuck,' David Garrison Titanic as The Man In The Yellow Suit,' Andrew Keenan-Bolger Newsies as Jesse Tuck,' Daytime Emmy Award Winner Michael Park How To Succeed as Pa Tuck,' Michael Wartella The Kid as Hugo,' and Valerie Wright Elf as Mother,' and will introduce Sadie Sink in the role of Winnie.'
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Erich Bergen, Joyce Chittick, Alex Finke Join Cast of Anything Goes Tour

Additional casting has been announced for the upcoming national tour of Roundabout Theatre Companys Anything Goes, the new Broadway revival of Cole Porters timeless classic musical theatre masterpiece, which will make its Cleveland premiere October 2, 2012 at PlayhouseSquare as part of the KeyBank Broadway Series. Previously announced actress Rachel York will star as Reno Sweeney and Fred Applegate will star as Moonface Martin. The principal cast also includes Erich Bergen as Billy Crocker, Jeff Brooks as Purser, Joyce Chittick as Erma, Alex Finke as Hope Harcourt, Dennis Kelly as Elisha Whitney, Vincent Rodriguez III as Luke, Marcus Shane as John, Sandra Shipley as Mrs. Evangeline Harcourt, Edward Staudenmayer as Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, and Chuck Wagner as Captain.
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Sister Act To Add Weekday Matinees This Spring

The hit Broadway musical, Sister Act, is adding 3 weekday matinee performances to its spring schedule to accommodate ticket demand. The added performances will be on Thursday, March 22 at 2pm Friday, April 13 at 2pm and Thursday, May 17 at 2pm. Currently in its ninth smash month, Sister Act is performed at the Broadway Theatre 1681 Broadway. This winter, from January 2, 2012 through March 4, 2012, Sister Act will be performed on the following schedule Monday at 7pm, Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday at 2pm and 8pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm.Beginning March 5, 2012, the performance schedule will be as follows Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday at 2pm and 8pm, Thursday at 8pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm. The following changes will also be incorporated into the shows spring scheduleWednesday, January 11 2pm performance onlySunday, January 15 2pm and 730pmWednesday, February 15 2pm performance onlySunday, February 19 2pm and 730pmWednesday,
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Hodge Wins Over Critics With La Cage Aux Folles

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Hodge Wins Over Critics With La Cage Aux Folles
British actor Douglas Hodge has won over critics with his Broadway debut opposite Kelsey Grammer in a revival of musical comedy La Cage Aux Folles.

The Harvey Fierstein song and dance show about a camp gay couple first appeared on Broadway in 1983, and was revived in 2004, opening to rave reviews.

Hodge originally played the role of drag queen Albin on the London stage in 2008, winning a Laurence Olivier award for his performance - and he impressed theatre critics once again when the show opened in New York on Sunday.

A critic from the New York Times called Hodge's performance "a bravura Broadway debut", adding that he and Grammer were "equally disarming" on stage.

However, Grammer's performance as nightclub owner Georges, Albin's partner of 20 years, was met with mixed reactions.

A reviewer from the New York Post writes, "Olivier-winning star Douglas Hodge in action, we'll take it. Kelsey Grammer may be the draw for local audiences, but the show is Hodge's alone... (Grammer) looks more stiff than necessary."

Overall, the actors and their "uniformly excellent" supporting cast - including Fred Applegate, Veanne Cox, Chris Hoch, Elena Shaddow, A. J. Shively, Christine Andreas and Robin de Jesus - proved to be a hit with reviewers.

A critic from industry trade publication Daily Variety praised the cast and crew, calling director Terry Johnson's production "tenderly affecting".

Character Traits

Dear Michael:i am a 30-year-old actor who's often told he looks 25. I started in this business some nine years ago because of a fascination with musical theater. Over the years, having matured and become more open-minded, I've expanded my interests and training to other areas, and I'm now hoping to have a career that encompasses anything from Shakespeare to "All My Children" to "Dolly." I must admit, I'm realizing that my chances of succeeding in musical theater are slim, because I don't have the look that seems to so inevitably go with it. I am what you'd call a character man. I'm not overweight, but I'm not a square-jawed hunk either. I take care of how I look and what I eat, but still don't look like I've come out of Vogue.You might ask, "Why do you feel that way? There are character types in musicals." Certainly, but it
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