“The Music Man” releases new block of tickets today

Hugh Jackman

The producers of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man announced that, beginning today, a new block of tickets will be available for November 8 through November 27 at 5:00 PM ET today.  Starring two-time Tony Award®, Grammy Award®, and Emmy Award®-winning star Hugh Jackman as Professor Harold Hill and two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster as Marian Paroo, The Music Man is directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony Award winner Warren CarlyleThe Music Man is nominated for six 2022 Tony Awards at tonight’s ceremony, including Best Revival of a Musical.

To purchase tickets, please visit Telecharge.com.

The Music Man also stars Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley as Marcellus Washburn, Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays as Mayor Shinn, Tony Award winner Jayne Houdyshell as Mrs. Shinn, and Tony Award winner Marie Mullen as Mrs. Paroo, Remy Auberjonois as Charlie Cowell, Gino Cosculluela as Tommy Djilas, and Emma Crow as Zaneeta Shinn. Joining the cast are Benjamin Pajak as Winthrop, Kayla Teruel as Amaryllis, Garrett Long as Ethel Toffelmier, Linda Mugleston as Alma Hix, Jessica Sheridan as Maud Dunlop, Rema Webb as Mrs. Squires, Phillip Boykin as Olin Britt, Eddie Korbich as Jacey Squires, Daniel Torres as Ewart Dunlop, Nicholas Ward as Oliver Hix, Lance Roberts as Constable Locke, Max Clayton as Standby for Harold Hill, and Nick AlvinoJordan BeallRonnie S. Bowman Jr.Maria BriggsAudrey CardwellJT ChurchKammie CrumAydin EyikanCarlee FlanaganEthen Green-YoungerEmily HoderCurtis HollandEloise KroppEthan LafazanKayla LaVineAndrew MinardSean MontgomeryTanner QuirkDaniel Patrick RussellAnn SandersSherisse SpringerMitchell TobinKathy VoytkoBranch Woodman, and Ryan Worsing rounding out the Ensemble.

The Music Man is making available 10,000 tickets at just $20 each to New York City students, their families, and their teachers to help foster a love and appreciation for the arts by making Broadway more accessible. This broad effort is built around partnerships with the New York City Department of Education and a dozen local youth non-profits including Artists Striving to End Poverty, Art Start, Arts For All, Arthur Miller Foundation, On Broadway Performing Arts Training Program, Young People’s Chorus of NYC, Education Through Music, Rosie’s Theatre Kids, R Evolucion Latina, and Broadway Bridges.

One of the most universally cherished treasures of the American musical theater, The Music Man was an instant smash hit when it premiered on Broadway on December 19, 1957. It went on to win five Tony Awards, including the prize for Best Musical, and ran for 1,375 performances. The Smithsonian Institution ranks The Music Man as one of the “great glories of American popular culture.”

The Music Man creative team includes four-time Tony Award winner Santo Loquasto (Scenic & Costume Design), five-time Tony Award winner Brian MacDevitt (Lighting Design), Tony Award winner Scott Lehrer (Sound Design), Luc Verschueren for Campbell Young and Associates (Hair, Wigs, & Makeup Design), Tony Award winner Jonathan Tunick (Orchestrations), David Chase (Vocal and Dance Arrangements), and Patrick Vaccariello (Musical Director).

Ms. Mullen is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance to this production.

The Music Man is produced by Barry Diller, David GeffenKate Horton and Fictionhouse.

 “Into The Woods” announces additional casting

Into the woods

Jordan Roth, President of Jujamcyn Theaters, announced additional casting today for the hugely acclaimed and completely sold-out New York City Center Encores! production of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s beloved musical, Into the Woods, for the strictly limited, 8-week engagement on Broadway. Performances begin Tuesday, June 28 at the St. James Theatre, ahead of an official opening night on July 10. Into the Woods is directed by Lear deBessonet, music direction by Rob Berman with The Encores! Orchestra, and choreographed by Lorin Latarro. This production is dedicated to the memory of Stephen Sondheim.

Joining the cast are Nancy Opel as Cinderella’s Stepmother, Aymee Garcia as Jack’s Mother, Alysia Velez as Rapunzel, and Delphi BorichFelicia CurryAlexander Joseph GraysonPaul KreppelDiane Phelan, and Lucia Spina as understudies.

Tickets are available via SeatGeek.com/into-the-woods.

As previously announced, the star-studded cast will include  Sara Bareilles as the Baker’s Wife, Brian D’Arcy James as the Baker, Tony Award® winner Patina Miller as the Witch, Phillipa Soo as Cinderella, Tony Award winner Gavin Creel as the Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince, Joshua Henry as Rapunzel’s Prince, Ta’Nika Gibson as Lucinda, Annie Golden as Cinderella’s Mother/Grandmother/Giant’s Wife, Albert Guerzon as Cinderella’s Father, Brooke Ishibashi as Florinda, Kennedy Kanagawa as Milky White, David Patrick Kelly as the Narrator/Mysterious Man, Julia Lester as Little Red Riding Hood, Cole Thompson as Jack, David Turner as the Steward, Jason ForbachMary Kate Moore, and Cameron Johnson.

The Into the Woods creative team includes Tony Award winner David Rockwell (Scenic Design), Andrea Hood (Costume Design), Tyler Micoleau (Lighting Design), Tony Award winner Scott Lehrer & Alex Neumann (Co-Sound Designers), James Ortiz (Puppet Design), and Cookie Jordan (Hair, Wigs & Makeup Design). Casting is by Telsey & Co. with Production Supervision by Cody Renard RichardJustin Scribner will serve as the Production Stage Manager.

Into the Woods first premiered on Broadway in 1987, winning three Tony Awards including Best Score and Best Book. It has since been produced throughout the world and was adapted into a major motion picture in 2014. This production will mark its first time on Broadway in 20 years.

Into the Woods is produced by Jujamcyn Theaters; Jordan Roth; New York City Center; Daryl Roth; Hunter Arnold; Concord Theatricals; Nicole Eisenberg; Jessica R. Jenen; Michael Cassel Group; Kevin Ryan; ShowTown Productions; Armstrong, Gold & Ross; Nicole Kastrinos, Executive Producer. 

COME FROM AWAY to play final Broadway performance October 2, 2022

Come From Away

After 1,670 performances and 25 previews on Broadway, Junkyard Dog Productions (Randy Adams,  Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff and Sue Frost) announce the Tony & Olivier Award-winning smash hit musical COME FROM  AWAY will play its final Broadway performance on Sunday, October 2, 2022 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West  45th Street). By the time the company takes its final bow, COME FROM AWAY will be the 49th longest-running production  in Broadway history and the longest-running show in the 105-year history of the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, a milestone  the musical will celebrate on Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Junkyard Dog Productions said, “When we first saw COME FROM AWAY at NAMT, we were profoundly moved by this  life-affirming musical set in the wake of 9/11, and the incredible artistry of Irene & David’s storytelling. We were  passionate to share this work with a wider audience and, throughout its development across North America, we were  continually amazed by the overwhelming audience enthusiasm for this story about the power of human kindness. This  journey, which started 7 years ago, has exceeded every expectation we could have ever had for COME FROM AWAY. We 

are forever inspired by the unfailing generosity of the people of Newfoundland, and so grateful to the entire COME FROM  AWAY Broadway family, onstage and off, many of whom have been with us since our world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse  and Seattle Repertory Theatre.” 

Irene Sankoff & David Hein said, “We are immeasurably grateful for the past five years, to Junkyard Dog Productions,  Chris Ashley, Kelly Devine, Ian Eisendrath and our entire team, for the support of this incredible Broadway community and  for our audiences who embraced and celebrated a story about kindness and being good to one another – a message which  is needed now more than ever. Winning awards around the globe and becoming the most successful Canadian musical is  a testament to this story and the incredible artistry of every member of our Come From Away family. But we’re even more  proud of the good we’ve all been able to do with this show: packing meals for food banks on 9/11, paying it forward with  random acts of kindness and raising millions of dollars for countless charities. The candle is still in the window and the  kettle’s always on at COME FROM AWAY, with the continuation of our North American Tour and West End production,  the return of our productions in Australia and Canada – and returning from a Netherlands production in Dutch to see an  Argentinian production in Spanish, we are amazed how far the incomparable Newfoundland generosity continues to  inspire around the globe. It continues to be an honor to tell this story and an incredible gift we’ll never forget.” 

A “Best Musical” winner all around the world, COME FROM AWAY began performances on Broadway on February 18,  2017, and officially opened to critical acclaim on March 12, 2017, earning 7 Tony Award nominations including Best  Musical and winning the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical (Christopher Ashley). The original musical recouped  its $12 million capitalization in less than 8 months on Broadway. 

Following the Broadway shutdown, COME FROM AWAY reopened on September 21, 2021 after a special free  performance with Ford’s Theatre at Washington D.C.’s National Mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial on Friday,  September 10, 2021 in commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of 9/11. The musical’s road to Broadway also included  two benefit concert performances at the hockey rink in Gander, Newfoundland, the small Canadian town where the  musical takes place. 

There are four global productions of COME FROM AWAY including on Broadway; the four-time Olivier Award-winning,  including Best Musical, production in London’s West End; the North American Tour and the Australian National TourCOME FROM AWAY will return to Toronto following a run at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre in July 2024. 

The Critics’ Choice Award-nominated live filmed version of COME FROM AWAY, captured from the Gerald Schoenfeld  Theatre stage during the shutdown, is streaming globally on Apple TV+

COME FROM AWAY features a book, music and lyrics by Olivier, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award winners and  Grammy and two-time Tony Award nominees Irene Sankoff & David Hein, direction by Tony Award winner and Outer  Critics Circle Award winner Christopher Ashley, musical staging by Olivier Award winner and two-time Tony Award  nominee Kelly Devine, and music supervision by Olivier Award winner and Grammy Award nominee Ian Eisendrath.  

COME FROM AWAY features scenic design by Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Tony Award nominee  Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by two-time Tony Award winner Howell Binkley, sound design by Olivier & Outer Critics  Circle Award winner and Tony Award nominee Gareth Owen, orchestrations by Olivier Award winner and Grammy & Tony  Award nominee August Eriksmoen, and music arrangements by Olivier Award winner and Grammy Award nominee Ian  Eisendrath.  

COME FROM AWAY currently features Petrina Bromley, De’Lon Grant, Becky Gulsvig, Caesar Samayoa, James Seol, Q.  Smith, Astrid Van Wieren, Emily Walton, Jim Walton, Gene Weygandt, Sharon Wheatley, Paul Whitty, Josh  Breckenridge, John Jellison, Tony LePage, Monette McKay, Happy McPartlin and Julie Reiber. Original Broadway cast  member Jenn Colella will return as ‘Beverley/Annette & others,’ a performance that earned her a 2017 Tony Award  nomination and Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Craig Noel, Helen Hayes and Dora Awards, for a strictly limited  engagement from Tuesday, June 21 through Sunday, August 7, 2022. Sharone Sayegh (The Band’s Visit) will also join the  Broadway company direct from the North American Tour on Tuesday, June 21 as ‘Bonnie & others.’Olivier Award nominee 

Rachel Tucker will return to the role of ‘Beverley/Annette & others’ on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 and original Broadway  cast member Petrina Bromley will return to the role of ‘Bonnie & others’ on Tuesday, September 27, 2022. 

COME FROM AWAY tells the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland  that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night,  and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. On September 11, 2001, the world stopped. On September 12, their stories  moved us all.  

COME FROM AWAY has won the Tony Award for “Best Direction of a Musical” (Christopher Ashley), 4 Olivier Awards  (London) including “Best New Musical,” 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards (NYC) including “Outstanding New Broadway Musical,” 3 Drama Desk Awards (NYC) including “Outstanding Musical,” 4 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards (North  American Tour) including “Best Production,” 4 Helen Hayes Awards (D.C.) including “Outstanding Production of a Musical,”  4 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards (Seattle) including “Excellence in Production of a Musical,” 6 San Diego Critics Circle Awards  including “Outstanding New Musical,” 3 Toronto Theatre Critics Awards including “Best New Musical,” 3 Dora Awards  (Toronto) including “Outstanding New Musical/Opera” and “Outstanding Production,” and the 2017 Jon Kaplan Audience  Choice Award (Toronto).  

Tickets for COME FROM AWAY on Broadway are available at Telecharge.com (212.239.6200) and the Gerald Schoenfeld  Theatre box office, and range from $49 – $177 (including $2 facility fee). A limited number of $38 general rush tickets  (including the $2 facility fee) will be available at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre box office when it opens for that day’s  performance(s). Limited two tickets per person, subject to availability. Cash and major credit cards are accepted.  

The playing schedule for COME FROM AWAY on Broadway is as follows: Tuesday through Friday at 7pm and Saturday at  8pm, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. 

The Grammy Award-nominated original Broadway cast recording of COME FROM AWAY is available digitally and in stores  everywhere. Grammy Award winner David Lai, and Grammy Award nominees Ian Eisendrath, August Eriksmoen, Irene  Sankoff & David Hein served as album producers. 

COME FROM AWAY is produced by Junkyard Dog Productions (Randy Adams, Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff and Sue Frost),  Jerry Frankel, Latitude Link, Smith & Brant Theatricals, Steve & Paula Reynolds, David Mirvish, Michael Rubinoff,  Alhadeff Productions, Michael Alden & Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Sam Levy, Rodney Rigby, Spencer Ross, Richard Winkler,  Yonge Street Theatricals, Sheridan College, Michael & Ellise Coit, Ronald Frankel, Sheri & Les Biller, Richard & Sherry  Belkin, Marlene & Gary Cohen, Allan Detsky & Rena Mendelson, Lauren Doll, Barbara H. Freitag, Wendy Gillespie, Laura  Little Theatricals, Carl & Jennifer Pasbjerg, Radio Mouse Entertainment, The Shubert Organization, Cynthia Stroum,  Tulchin Bartner Productions, Gwen Arment/Molly Morris & Terry McNicholas, Maureen & Joel Benoliel/Marjorie & Ron  Danz, Pamela Cooper/Corey Brunish, Demos Bizar/Square 1 Theatrics, Joshua Goodman/Lauren Stevens, Adam  Blanshay Productions/Judith Ann Abrams Productions, Bill & Linda Potter/Rosemary & Kenneth Willman, and La Jolla  Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre.  

COME FROM AWAY was originally co-produced in 2015 by La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre, and  presented in 2016 by Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC and Mirvish Productions at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto,  CA. COME FROM AWAY (NAMT Festival 2013) was originally developed at the Canadian Music Theatre Project, Michael  Rubinoff Producer, Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Canada and was further developed at Goodspeed Musicals’  Festival of New Artists, in East Haddam, CT. The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, and the Fifth Avenue  Theatre in Seattle WA also provided development support.  

For more information visit: www.ComeFromAway.com.  

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The Shubert Organization is committed to the health and safety of all members of the Broadway community—theatre  employees, production staff, cast, and audience members. View Details and Terms & Conditions. Safety guidelines will  continue to be updated on the official COME FROM AWAY website.

WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING 

“YOU LEAVE THE THEATRE FULL OF HOPE!” – Daily Express 

“A HIT AND A MASTERPIECE! JOYOUS, UPLIFTING AND PENTY OF HUMOR!” – Herald Sun “BEAUTIFULLY GIVES PEOPLE REASON TO COME TO THE THEATER—AND COME TOGETHER.” Chicago Tribune “A MIGHTY MUSICAL THAT REMINDS US OF THE POWER OF HUMAN GOODNESS!” Los Angeles Times 

“EXUBERANT! THE IMPACT IT’S HAVING ON HEARTS AND MINDS IS REMARKABLE. AN EFFERVESCENT MUSICAL  ANTIDOTE FOR WHAT AILS THE AMERICAN SOUL.” The Washington Post 

“THIS STORY TOUCHED THE WORLD AND CELEBRATES THE BEST THAT WE CAN ALL BE. WE NEED IT, ESPECIALLY  RIGHT NOW.” – Tom Brokaw, NBC News 

CRITIC’S PICK! “THE CATHARSIS WE NEED IN THIS AMERICAN MOMENT. IMAGINATIVE AND EMOTIONAL. A  GALE OF GOOD WILL BLOWS OUT OF THIS SMART, ROBUST SHOW.” The New York Times 

“IT DOES WHAT ALL THE BEST MUSICALS DO: IT TAKES YOU TO A PLACE WHERE YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU  WANTED TO GO, AND MAKES YOU NOT WANT TO LEAVE.” Newsweek 

“A GLOBAL PHENOMENON!” – The Guardian 

“THIS MIRACULOUS MASTERPIECE IS TOTALLY, SOUL-FEEDINGLY WONDERFUL.” Time Out  “A MOVING AND THOROUGHLY ENTERTAINING TRIBUTE TO THE INDOMITABLE HUMAN SPIRIT.” – Variety # # #

Operation Mincement, a new musical, extends Riverside Studios run until 23 July 2022

Operation Mincemeat

It was announced today that Operation Mincemeat, a new musical, has extended its run by two weeks until 23rd July at Riverside Studios.


The year is 1943 and we’re losing the war. Luckily, we’re about to gamble all our futures on a stolen corpse. 

After sold-out runs at the New Diorama Theatre in 2019 and Southwark Playhouse in 2020, 2021 and earlier in 2022, Operation Mincemeat is back for a 10-week run in its new home Riverside Studios. Having spent lockdown rewriting the show, weeping and eating biscuits, SpitLip has extended the run of this newer, bigger and (somehow) even better version.

Singin’ in the Rain meets Strangers on a Train, Noel Coward meets Noel Fielding, Operation Mincemeat is the fast-paced, hilarious and unbelievable true story of the twisted secret mission that won us World War II. The question is, how did a well-dressed corpse wrong-foot Hitler? 

Operation Mincemeat won The Stage Debut award for Best Composer/Lyricist, the Off-West End award for Best Company Ensemble and was listed in the Observer’s Top 10 shows of the year.  The show was commissioned by New Diorama Theatre, co-commissioned by The Lowry, and supported by the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat with additional support from Avalon. 

Riverside Studios is a multi-arts venue, situated in a beautiful location on the banks of the Thames in Hammersmith, west London. For over 45 years, it has been the home of an extraordinary mix of theatre, film, comedy, art, dance, music and television. It reopened fully in 2020 after a total redevelopment.

Little Amal visits Birmingham city centre produced by Birmingham Rep

Little Amal

Birmingham Rep have announced that they will be producing Little Amal’s first-ever visit to Birmingham city centre on Thu 23 Jun as she journeys through England on her New Steps, New Friends tour to mark World Refugee Week (19-27 Jun). Her visit will be supported by Birmingham City Council andin partnership with Active Arts.

Since her initial 8,000km journey from Syria, Little Amal, a 3.5 metre puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian girl refugee, has become an international symbol of human rights. She has come to represent the millions of refugee children including those who have been separated from their families.  

One year on from leaving Syria and 5 weeks after her visit to Ukraine, she will mark World Refugee Week by visiting 11 towns and cities across England, including Birmingham, meeting old friends and making new ones. Amal will be sharing a message of resilience and hope with anyone who has been forced to leave their homes. 

In a free event, Little Amal will walk a route through the centre of Birmingham meeting different ‘families’ made up of relatives, friends and community groups. Each of these ‘families’ will pose for a special photo portrait within a giant moveable photoframe, welcoming Amal into their unique group photographs. This theatrical installation celebrates Birmingham’s diverse population and introduces Amal to everything ‘Brummie’. The exact route and timings will be confirmed soon, with details listed at birmingham-rep.co.uk

Rachael Thomas, Executive Director at The Rep said; “We are extremely honoured to be producing Little Amal’s first-ever visit to Birmingham’s city centre, marking World Refugee Week. Little Amal is not only an arresting and beautiful moment for the public to be a part of, but a rousing symbol of human rights that is so relevant in our world right now. We look forward to introducing Amal to the ‘families’ that make up our rich and vibrant city.”

Little Amal will also visit Manchester, Stonehenge, Liverpool, Bradford and Leeds, Bristol, Cheltenham, Canterbury and London. Her journey will end in Kent where she arrived in the UK, standing on the shore in Folkestone remembering the life she left behind and her first days in her new home. 

It takes three puppeteers to operate Little Amal, a stilt walker whose legs become Amal’s and who also animates her face, one puppeteer on each of her arms. There is a team of ten puppeteers, some from refugee backgrounds. The puppet is crafted from moulded cane and carbon fibre.

Little Amal represents the millions of refugee children separated from their families. Her urgent message to the world is “Don’t forget about us”. 

The Walk is produced by David Lan, Tracey Seaward and Stephen Daldry for The Walk Productions in association with the Handspring Puppet Company and led by artistic director Amir Nizar Zuabi.   

New Steps New Friends is supported by Choose Love. 

For more information visit birmingham-rep.co.uk.

New Artistic Director announced for Bristol Old Vic

Nancy Medina

Bristol Old Vic today announces that Nancy Medina is appointed as the company’s new Artistic Director. Medina takes up the role full-time in spring 2023 and follows Tom Morris who is stepping down after 12 years in the role.

As a director, her recent credits include Moreno (Theatre503), Trouble in Mind (National Theatre), Two Trains Running (Royal & Derngate/ETT), Strange Fruit (Bush Theatre), The Half God of Rainfall (Kiln Theatre/Fuel/Birmingham Rep), and Yellowman (Young Vic). Her forthcoming production of the world première of The Darkest Part of the Night by Zodwa Nyoni opens at Kiln Theatre on 14 July.

Nancy Medina said today, “I feel a great sense of awe and excitement to be embarking on a journey that will contribute to the great legacy of leading England’s oldest working theatre. I feel gratitude to be joining the amazing team at Bristol Old Vic and to further the outstanding work that Tom and Charlotte have initiated for excellence in creativity, innovation, artist development and engagement with the wider city of Bristol.

“I have lived in Bristol for 14 years, have grown as a person, as an artist, and I am happily raising my children here. It will be a great honour to listen, reflect, and engage with the people of Bristol and together imagine what the future of theatre and the arts can be in this shining city of the South West.”

Bernard Donoghue, Chair, Bristol Old Vic, commented, “I am absolutely delighted that Nancy Medina will be joining Bristol Old Vic as our next Artistic Director and Joint CEO.

“We were humbled to have had an astonishing calibre of candidates apply for this role, which reflects the strength of Bristol Old Vic, its place in UK and international theatre, and the legacy and achievements of Tom Morris over the last 12 years.

“Nancy is an inspiring visionary, a highly accomplished and award-winning director, and a passionate advocate for Bristol. Her commitment to our ambitions for Bristol Old Vic to be a producing powerhouse, an important civic space for Bristol and the region, and being an accomplice in the work on social justice, diversity, inclusion and equality is clear in everything she does.

“The Board, the executive team, our partners, stakeholders and I look forward to working with her in this next exciting chapter of the theatre’s life.”

Sado Jirde, Vice Chair, Bristol Old Vic, added, “I am delighted that we have appointed Nancy to the role of Artistic Director at Bristol Old Vic. She has worked nationally and internationally to produce plays that engage and enthral audiences from all walks of society. She is passionate about producing accessible and truthful theatre and we are extremely excited to be working with her.

“At a time in which institutions across the country are looking at the challenging legacies of our history, for Bristol Old Vic to appoint a highly talented Black Latinx woman as Artistic Director provides a real opportunity to effect real change in how we express the multiplicity of British identities, experiences, and histories. This is a significant moment in the story of the organisation and of Bristol’s cultural sector and Bristol Old Vic is delighted to be at the forefront of this work.”

Tom Morris, outgoing Artistic Director, Bristol Old Vic, stated, “This is a brilliant appointment made by an outstanding board through a groundbreaking and incisive process. Nancy is a landmark director at the height of her powers and a visionary creative leader. Through her own rehearsal rooms and the extraordinary achievement of setting up the Bristol School of Acting, she has established an unmatched reputation in combining radical change with artistic excellence. This combination is precious and rare.

“To survive and flourish over the next decades, British theatre is going to have to change and that will need outstanding leadership. Through this appointment, Bristol Old Vic has put itself in the best possible position to be in the vanguard of that process.”

Nancy Medina is the recipient of the following awards – 2020/2021 Peter Hall Bursary (National Theatre), 2018 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award (Royal & Derngate/English Touring Theatre), 2017 Genesis Future Director Award (Young Vic) and 2014 Emerging Director’s Prize (Tobacco Factory Theatres).

Her credits include Moreno (Theatre503), Trouble in Mind (National Theatre), The Half God Of Rainfall (Fuel/Birmingham Rep/Kiln Theatre) The Laramie Project (Bristol Old Vic Theatre School), Two Trains Running (Royal & Derngate/ETT/RTST), Strange Fruit (Bush Theatre), Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama), When They Go Low (NT Connections/Sherman Theatre), Yellowman (Young Vic), Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It (GB Theatre), Curried Goat And Fish Fingers (Bristol Old Vic), Dogtag (Theatre West), Strawberry & Chocolate, Dutchman (Tobacco Factory Theatres) and Persistence Of Memory (Rondo Theatre).

She is a visiting director at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and Joint Artistic Director of the Bristol School of Acting.

JEREMY JORDAN Live In London at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

JEREMY JORDAN

Fourth Wall has announced that Broadway star JEREMY JORDAN will be performing a solo show live in London at Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Monday 29 August 2022. Pre-sale sign up is open now. www.fw-live.com/jeremy

This marks Jeremy’s fourth solo engagement in London after three previous sold-out runs as well as the sold-out Bonnie and Clyde in Concert at Theatre Royal Drury Lane in January of this year. The show is an opportunity for Jeremy to celebrate the some of music he is most loved for performing as well as personal favourites both old and new.

JEREMY JORDAN is a Broadway performer who is best known for Newsies (Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk nominations), Bonnie and Clyde (Theatre World Award), American Son, Little Shop of Horrors, West Side Story, Waitress and Rock of Ages. On television he has appeared as a series regular on Supergirl, Smash, and Disney’s Tangled. His film credits include The Last 5 Years, Joyful Noise, American Son, Newsies. He will soon star as the tenacious record industry giant, Neil Bogart, in the upcoming feature film, Spinning Gold. Jeremy is also a singer-songwriter whose concerts and cabaret shows have won awards and acclaim worldwide.

BENJAMIN RAUHALA is one of the Broadway community’s most trusted music directors and collaborators. He is the Music Supervisor and co-creator of Disney Princess – The Concert, touring over 90 cities in North America throughout 2022. He was named Best Musical Director at the 2020 Broadway World Cabaret Awards. He has toured the world as the music director for Jeremy Jordan, the Tony-nominated star of Broadway’s Newsies and The CW’s Supergirl. He is also the music director for Academy Award Winner Ariana DeBose, Halstonstar Krysta Rodriguez, Tony nominees Derek Klena, Jennifer Damiano, Kathryn Gallagher, Nashvillestar Kyle Dean Massey, and Frozenstars Caroline Bowman and Austin Colby. He was the Associate Music Director for the world premiere of The Secret Life of Bees at the Atlantic Theater, directed by Sam Gold, with music by Duncan Sheik. He worked on the music team for both Bartlett Sher’s Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof and the Broadway production of Duncan Sheik’s American Psycho simultaneously during the 2016 season. His Off-Broadway credits include David Byrne’s Joan of Arc: Into The Fire at The Public Theater and The Marvelous Wonderettes at Theater Row. He previously served as music director for Hit List, the meta-musical from the NBC television show SMASHand is an Original Programming Producer at Feinstein’s/54 Below, where he has created dozens of sold-out concerts, including the Broadway Loves Series, that has famously honoured Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Celine Dion and many more beloved pop icons.

Fourth Wall Live (FWL) is a live entertainment company that produces events, concerts and on-stage shows. This January FWL presented Bonnie & Clyde the musical in concert for two nights to a sold-out audience at Theatre Royal Drury Lane starring Broadway favourite Jeremy Jordan. This concert broke Drury Lane box office records selling out a 2-night run in less than 6 minutes.

FWL regularly brings Broadway artists to the UK, previous concerts include Broadway and TV regulars Chita Rivera, Keala Settle, Laura Benanti, Sierra Boggess, Kelli O’Hara, Laura Michelle Kelly, Megan Hilty, Tituss Burgess, Jeremy Jordan, Matthew Morrison, Erich Bergen, Eden Espinosa, Julia Murney and Cynthia Erivo. Other concerts include West End and UK Stars solo concerts including Michael Ball, Matt Cardle, Kerry Ellis, Oliver Tompsett, Hannah Waddingham, Sharon D Clarke, Bonnie Langford and Jenna Russell. 

Tori Amos’s musical The Light Princess was presented to critical acclaim, as a special one-off concert in the summer of 2018. Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Zorro The Musical were presented with musical-all-star-casts in 2019 and 2020 respectively to sold out audiences.

Fourth Wall Live also regularly partners with the Hippodrome Casino, in November-December 2020 they produced 25 nights of socially distanced entertainment, proudly being the first live concert event post lockdown in the UK.  Season two at the Hippodrome concerts ran from September 2021 to December 2021 and featured 20 nights of musical entertainment from the world of musical theatre and pop cross over.

MRS. DOUBTFIRE to End Broadway Run at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on May 29, 2022

Mrs Doubtfire

Mrs. Doubtfire, the new musical, will end a third Broadway engagement on May 29, 2022, at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre(124 W 43rd St, NYC).

After breaking box office records at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre over the holidays in 2019, Mrs. Doubtfire began preview performances on March 9, 2020 before being shut down three days later by government order in response to the COVID pandemic.  Performances of Mrs. Doubtfireresumed on October 21, 2021 and stopped again on January 9, 2022. The third engagement, which began on April 14, 2022 will end on May 29, 2022.

When Mrs. Doubtfire first officially opened on December 5, 2021, the Chicago Tribune said, “This lovable, big-hearted musical comedy delivers a good time for all ages. The best choice for families on Broadway” and The Star-Ledger proclaimed “Glorious! The return to Broadway we need!”

Producer Kevin McCollum said, “Even though New York City is getting stronger every day and ticket sales are slowly improving, theatre-going tourists and, especially for our show, family audiences have not returned as soon as we anticipated.  Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to run the show without those sales, especially when capitalizing with Broadway economics on three separate occasions.”  

“I would like to express my profound and unending admiration for our extraordinary Broadway cast, crew, orchestra, creative team, and entire company who brought the show to the stage. They have risen to every challenge thrown at them over the last two years with a remarkable amount of resilience, good humor, passion, and love for one another.  I hope audiences will come to the Sondheim over the 20 showsto see and celebrate their remarkable performances.” 

“Looking to the future, I am thrilled to say that a British engagement of Mrs. Doubtfire will play from September 2 – October 1in Manchester, England and the National Tour will open in October 2023.”

Mrs. Doubtfire received six 2022 Outer Critics Circle Nominations including Outstanding New Broadway Musical; Outstanding Actor in a Musical, Rob McClure; Outstanding Director of a Musical, Jerry Zaks; Outstanding Book of a Musical, Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell; Outstanding Score, Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick and Outstanding Costume Design, Catherine Zuber.

Mrs. Doubtfire received a Drama League Nomination for Outstanding Production of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway) and a Distinguished Performance Award Nomination for Rob McClure.

The cast of Mrs. Doubtfire is led by 2022 Tony Award Nominee Rob McClure, Jenn Gambatese, Peter Bartlett, Charity Angél Dawson, Mark Evans, J. Harrison Ghee, Analise Scarpaci, Titus Landegger, Tyler Wladis, Austin Elle Fisher, Ava Gail Prince and Brad Oscar as well as Cameron Adams, Calvin L. Cooper, Kaleigh Cronin, Maria Dalanno, Casey Garvin, David Hibbard, KJ Hippensteel, Aaron Kaburick, Jodi Kimura, Erica Mansfield, Brian Martin, Alexandra Matteo, LaQuet Sharnell Pringle, Renée Reid, Jaquez André Sims, Travis Waldschmidt and Aléna Watters.

Helmed by four time-Tony Award winning director Jerry Zaks, the new musical comedy features a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell and music and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick, the Tony Award- nominated team behind Something Rotten!  The creative is rounded out by choreographer Lorin Latarro; Music Supervisor, Arranger and Orchestrator Ethan Popp; Scenic Designer David Korins; Costume Designer Catherine Zuber; Lighting Designer, Philip S. Rosenberg; Sound Designer Brian Ronan; Hair & Wig Designer David Brian Brown; and Make-up & Prosthetics Designer Tommy Kurzman.

Tickets for Mrs. Doubtfire are on sale now through May 29 at Telecharge.com

The Mrs. Doubtfire Cast Recording with the complete original cast will be released next month.

Each day beginning at 9:00am, a limited amount of rush tickets for Mrs. Doubtfire will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Rush tickets will be sold exclusively by Today Tix for $35. To gain access to rush tickets, ticket-buyers must download the Today Tix app and unlock the functionality by sharing on their Facebook or Twitter pages. Mobile rush concludes when inventory has sold out or two hours before the performance.

Daniel Hillard, a struggling, out-of-work actor, will do anything for his kids. After losing custody in a messy divorce, he creates the kindly alter ego of Scottish nanny Euphegenia Doubtfire in a desperate attempt to stay in their lives. As his new character takes on a life of its own, Mrs. Doubtfire teaches Daniel more than he bargained for about how to be a father. A hysterical and heartfelt story about holding onto your loved ones against all odds, Mrs. Doubtfire is the musical comedy we need right now — one that proves we’re better together.

Mrs. Doubtfire is presented by special arrangement with Buena Vista Theatrical. Though it is being performed at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, Mrs. Doubtfire is not a Roundabout Theatre Company production.

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£400 tickets for West End Cock? No thanks.

Well….

The cynic, as Oscar Wilde put it, knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. For commentators, that switches into reverse: indifferent to price, we are expected to deliberate value. 

Full disclosure, I am privileged to not have to usually pay for tickets. Occasionally, though, I despair. I feel there is no place for the working class in theatre. This is by no means my first rodeo, either.

This week, premium tickets for Mike Bartlett’s play Cock – starring Jonathan Bailey and Joel Harper-Jackson – were put on sale with ticket prices that had been spiked to £400.

If you thought that was bad, though, add the additional burden of ATG’s booking fees, the total came to £460. £460!  A sorry state of affairs.

Let’s do a brief summary: Cock is directed by Marianne Elliott and made headlines after understudy Harper-Jackson stepped into replace Taron Egerton who left suddenly due to ‘personal reasons’ having fainted during the first preview.

A spokesperson for the 90-minute play defended the unprecedented ticket prices as the result of “supply and demand.” That’s showbiz, honey. However, following backlash producers Elliott & Harper subsequently reduced the cost of the seats significantly.

Photograph: Brinkhoff-Moegenburg

The world may be shifting, but we must remind commercial producers – especially those recently in receipt of three rounds of significant Culture Recovery Funds – the value of accessible and affordable tickets, and a sense of the very real dangers should they discard it.

The risk of knowing the price of everything is that you can end up forgetting about its value.

Nevertheless, 15% of tickets sold have been at £20 and there is a daily lottery with tickets at this price point. Ambassadors Theatre is also a small house with only 444 seats. But most of these £20 tickets require a degree of flexibility not compatible with most people’s lives.

Still, the West End is a supply-and-demand business – and if there is escalating demand, there will be little pressure for a ceiling on what producers and theatre owners will seek to earn from. Even so, accessible tickets equal sustainability, as fair ticket prices encourage theatre-going generally and are key to the creative industries survival.

Data collected by the Society of London Theatre for 2019 found that the average ticket price for its member venues, which include all of the commercial West End and London’s major subsidised theatres, was £52.17. 

Anyway, Cock briefly became the most expensive play in West End history, thanks to dynamic pricing. First developed for the retail sector, dynamic pricing software uses algorithms to tell a theatre what they can get away with charging. It felt like a tipping point.

Photograph: Brinkhoff-Moegenburg

Top-price Cock premium seats are now £175. Ones that had been greedily priced at £350 are now £150, additionally £300 tickets are now on sale at £125 plus booking fees. Quite frankly, still absurd for a 90-minute play.

In reality, however, inflated ticket prices – particularly West End ticket prices – risk alienating an entire generation of future audiences as increasingly unaffordable tickets further limits audiences to very rich white people – whose wealth largely surged during the pandemic.

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) have predicted the UK will fall into recession this year. What’s more, an estimated 1.5 million households across the UK will struggle to pay food and energy bills, as rising prices, and higher taxes squeeze budgets. This, coupled with the ongoing decimation of cultural education in our state schools, is a theatre time bomb. Potential audience members now face the choice between heating and eating, rather than whether to have an interval ice cream.

Yet the ever more pressing wider issue is that theatre’s future, and indeed recovery, rests entirely on the next generation of theatre-goers. Price them out at your peril. Habits are changing fast; with disrupted education, rising rents and low wages.

Photograph: Brinkhoff-Moegenburg

Producers Elliott & Harper have stated that they will not be commenting further, but this outcome speaks for itself.

This U-turn was not just a people-power social media victory: this was direct action. A historic watershed.

That is all.

Cock is at the Ambassadors theatre, London, until 4 June

Denzel Westley-Sanderson, winner of the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award 2021, to direct The Importance of Being Earnest

Denzel Westley -Sanderson

It was announced yesterday at a special Royal Theatrical Support Trust (RTST) ceremony that the winner of the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award 2021, Denzel Westley-Sanderson, will direct a new production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest – in a co-production between English Touring Theatre (ETT), Leeds Playhouse and Rose Theatre.

Oscar Wilde’sgenius humour meets contemporary culture in this theatrical rollercoaster packed with chart-toppers, shade, wit, and plenty of gags.

Award-winner Denzel Westley-Sanderson breathes fresh new life into Wilde’s sharpest and most outrageous comedy: The Importance of Being Earnest.  

This vibrant retelling brings warmth, relevance, and unique insight to this classic satire about dysfunctional families, class, gender, and sexuality.

Denzel Westley-Sanderson’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest will tour in Autumn 2022, with dates and venues to be announced.

Richard Twyman, Artistic Director of ETT and Holly Gladwell, Executive Producer (Maternity Cover) of ETT, commented, “We’re extremely excited to begin work on Denzel Westley-Sanderson’s RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award-winning production this Autumn. This is ETT’s fourth year collaborating with the Royal Theatrical Support Trust; an award which opens up national stages to a director at a crucial point in their career, giving them the opportunity to share work with audiences across the country. This is a unique award which has led to some of the most thrilling work we’ve made at ETT, and we’re delighted to be working with Denzel on his production, in partnership with Leeds Playhouse and the Rose Theatre. He’s an intuitive, playful, and visionary director and we can’t wait to see what he will do with this iconic text.”

Denzel Westley-Sanderson commented, “I’m honoured to have received the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award. Touring is such a vital part of the theatre industry, and I’m excited to be a part of that, and to open the season at Leeds Playhouse with The Importance of Being Earnest. Expect all the sass, shade, and wit this play has to offer.”

Denzel Westley-Sanderson is a Theatre Director and workshop facilitator based in London; Denzel trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts on the MA theatre directing course graduating in 2017.  After graduating, Denzel was a part of the Resident Directors’ pool at the Almeida Theatre in 2017-2018.

Denzel has worked across several different genres and styles of performance, working with new writing, musicals, opera, devising and dance theatre, working alongside the CTC Dance Company as the company’s director. In 2019, Denzel directed the show Identity, which won the award for ‘Exciting New Work’ at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Denzel has previously worked with the participation team at the Donmar Warehouse on a number of schools project across London. In 2020, Denzel co-directed Jesus Christ Superstar – The Concert at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. In December 2020, Denzel was the Associate Director on Dick Whittington at the National Theatre and in 2022 he was Associate Director on Small Island, also at the National Theatre.