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Movin' Out Opened October 24th 2002Back to Broadway 4 - Forward to Broadway 6
Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 West 46th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue; 212-307-4100; $40-$95; Mon - Sat 8 PM; Wed, Sat 2 PM; A new musical conceived, choreographed, and directed by Twyla Tharp. It is based on the songs of Billy Joel. A story of 6 lifelong friends over 20 years with 24 Billy Joel songs. Starring John Selya, Elizabeth Parkinson, Keith Roberts, Ashley Tuttle, Scott Wise, Benjamin G. Bowman, and Michael Cavanaugh in a cast of 27. Costumes by Suzy Benzinger.
Nine Previews March 21st 2003, Opens April 10th 2003-June 29th 2003
Eugene O'Neill Theatre, Tickets 230 West 49th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue; $40-$100; Tue-Sat 8 PM; Wed, Sat, Sun 2 PM; This Roundabout Theatre Company Production of this 1982 Musical Revival is a story of an Italian film director, Guido Contini, who is under contract to write and direct a film for which he cannot find a suitable plot. On the verge of a breakdown, he examines his failures in life with many women and tries to act his age of 40, instead of Nine. He is the sole male actor in this musical. Antonio Banderas in his Broadway debut as Guido Contini, Laura Benanti as Claudia, Jane Krakowski as Carla, Mary Stuart Masterson as Luisa, and Chita Rivera as Liliane La Fleur are all featured in this musical revival. With Nell Campbell as Lina Darling, Deidre Goodwin as Our Lady of the Spa, Mary Beth Peil as Guido's Mother, Saundra Santiago as Stephanie Necrophorous, and Myra Lucretia Taylor as Sarraghina. Directed by David Leveaux, Book: Arthur Kopit; Composer and Lyrics Maury Yeston (Italian adapted by Mario Fratti); Jonathan Butterell is choreographer. "Nine" originally opened at the 46th Street, Richard Rodgers Theatre on May 9th 1982.
Observe The Sons Of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme Opened February 6th 2003 through April 13th 2003
Lincoln Center Theatre Mitzi Newhouse, Tickets Broadway at 66th Street; $60; Tue-Sat 8 PM; Wed, Sat 2 PM; Sun 3 PM; A new play by Frank McGuinness taking place in Ulster, Ireland and France in 1915 which is about 8 volunteer soldiers from Protestant Northern Ireland as they prepare to go into one of the bloodiest battles during WW1. Directed by Nicholas Martin; Featuring Richard Easton, Dashiell Eaves, Christopher Fitzgerald, David Barry Gray, Jason Butler Harner, Rod MacLachlan, Jeremy Shamos, Justin Theroux, and Scott Wolf. Artistic Director: Andre Bishop; Executive Producer: Bernard Gersten.
The Phantom of the Opera Opened January 26th 1988
Majestic Theater, Tickets 247 W. 44th St., Between Broadway and 8th Ave. $20-$90. 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. Directed by Harold Prince.
The Play What I Wrote Previews March 7th; Opens March 30th 2003
Lyceum Theatre, Tickets 149 West 45th Street between 6th and 7th Avenue. $45-$80; Tue-Sat 8 PM; Wed-Sat 2 PM; Sun 3 PM; "The Play What I Wrote" is a new comedy by Hamish McColl, Sean Foley, and Eddie Braben. This play revolves around Hamish who doesn't want to be a part of his comedy act with Sean. He would rather see his own play on Broadway entitled "A Tight Squeeze For The Scarlet Pimple". Directed: Kenneth Branagh; Choreography: Irving Davies; Settings and Costumes: Alice Powers; Lighting: Timothy Mitchell; With Hamish McColl, Sean Foley, and Toby Jones - plus a celebrity guest star at each performance!
The Producers Opened April 19th 2001
St. James Theatre, Tickets 246 W. 44th St., Between Broadway and 8th Ave. $30-$100. Tue-Fri 8 PM; Sat 2 PM; Sun 3 PM; 2 Hours 55 Minutes; One Intermission; Brad Oscar and Steven Weber 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.
Rent Opened April 29th 1996
Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st. St. Between 7th and 8th Avenue; 212-307-4100; $35-$90. Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 8 PM; Sat 2, 8 PM; Sun 2, 7 PM. 2 Hours 45 min. One intermission. Dream Works Records cast album. Based on Puccini's La Boheme, rock musical tragedy. Set in New York's Lower East Side. Directed by Michael Greif.
Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam on Broadway Opened 11/14/02
Longacre Theatre, Tickets 220 West 48th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue; $25-$65; Tue-Fri 8 PM; Sat 5 & 9 PM; Sun 3 & 7 PM; 9 poets give a contemporary, entertaining performance about life, specifically, the who, and what we are today. It is a 2 hour drama with music directed by Stan Lathan, and is produced by The Def Poetry, LLC.
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