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Noises Off Opening October 16thBack to Broadway 4
Brooks Atkinson Theatre 256 West 47th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue, (212-307-4100) $40-$75. Tue-Sat 8 PM; Wed, Sat 2 PM; Sun 3 PM; This is a story of a touring company's last night on its production of a sexual comedy. Playwright Michael Frayn. Featuring Patti Lupone, Peter Gallagher, and Richard Easton.
The Phantom of the Opera Opened January 26th 1988
Majestic Theater, 247 W. 44th St., Between Broadway and 8th Ave. (212-239-6200). $20 - $85. Mon-Sat 8 PM; Wed, Sat 2 PM; 2 hrs. 30 min. One intermission. Polydor, original London Cast Album. Gaston Leroux's novel, Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical set in 19th century Paris. Romance - novel operetta. 11 years running. Directed by Harold Prince. Howard McGillin - 11th Phantom.
The Producers Opened April 19th 2001
St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St., Between Broadway and 8th Ave. (212-239-6200). $30 - $100. Tue-Fri 8 PM; Sat 2 PM; Sun 2 & 7:30 PM; Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane star in this musical comedy which was a film originally written and produced by Mel Brooks in 1968 (starring Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel). Director and Choreographer: Susan Stroman. Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks. A downtrodden theatrical producer and his accountant scheme to raise extra cash for a Broadway flop and plan to split the difference.
"The Producers" was the winner of 12 TONY Awards in 2001; Most ever since "Hello, Dolly!" (which won 10 TONY Awards in 1964). Most ever TONY Award nominations, 15, since "Company" in 1971. Awards included for 2001 - Best Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor for Nathan Lane, Best Direction of a Musical for Susan Stroman, Best Choreography for a Musical for Susan Stroman (She won that award last year, "Contact", ranking her with Bob Fosse and Tommy Tune for consecutive year choreography winner in the history of Broadway), Best Performance by a Featured Actor for Gary Beach, Best Original Score for Mel Brooks, Best Book for Mel Brooks, Best Scenic Design for Robin Wagner, Best Costumes for William Ivey Long, Best Lighting for Peter Kaczorowski, Best Orchestrations for Doug Bestermen, Best Performance by a Featured Actress for Cady Huffman. Most ever tickets sold the day after it opened on Broadway, 3 Million dollars worth.
Proof Opened October 24th 2000
Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 West 48th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. (212-239-6200). $24 - $69. Tue-Sat 8 PM; Wed, Sat 2 PM; Sun 3 PM; 2 hours 20 minutes; Produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club, Jennifer Jason Leigh plays the lead in a new play about a young woman, her sister, her Father and a new suitor. The grad attempts to find the truth behind a lost mysterious mathematical proof. Directed by Daniel Sullivan. Lighting Pat Collins, Settings John Lee Beatty, Jess Goldstein does the costumes, and the sound by John Gromada. Also starring Patrick Tovatt, Josh Hamilton and Seana Kofoed.
2001 TONY Award for Best Play. Daniel Sullivan won 2001 for TONY Best Direction of a play. Mary-Louise Parker won 2001 TONY for Best leading actress of a play.
Rent Opened April 29th 1996
Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st. St. Between 7th and 8th Ave. (212-307-4100).$20-$80. Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 8 PM; Sat 2, 8 PM. 2 Hours 45 min. One intermission. Dream Works Records cast album. Based on Puccini's La Boheme, rock musical tragedy. Set in Lower East Side. Directed by Michael Greif.
The Rocky Horror Show Opened November 15th 2000-Reopens October 28th 2001; closed since September 25th 2001.
Circle in the Square Theatre, 1633 Broadway at 50th Street. (212-239-6200), $30-$85. Tue-Fri 8 PM, Sat 5 PM and 9:45 PM, Sun 2 and 7 PM. This rock opera originally opened March 10th 1975 at the Belasco Theatre more than 25 years ago on Broadway. This macabre production with an extremely detailed set design involves the desires of transvestites and is a revamp of the movie "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" which established a massive cult following. Featuring "Let's do the Time Warp Again" this musical is directed by Christopher Ashley. Designed by David Rockwell, a first time Broadway Show design, who is known for designing restaurants such as Vong, Tatou and Planet Hollywood. The famous cast includes Dick Cavett, Joan Jett, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Lea De Laria, Jarrod Emick, Raul Esparza, Alice Ripley and Tom Hewitt as "Frank 'N' Furter". Music and Lyrics by Richard O'Brien, Choreographer Jerry Mitchell, Costumes David C. Woolard, Lighting Paul Gallo, Sound by Richard Fitzgerald, Musical Director Henry Aronson and the Orchestra: Doug Katsaros.
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