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* Provincetown Playhouse needs help! * Passing Strange cast album gets iTunes release. * In The Heights cast album due June 3. * Rufus Sewell in new CBS drama. Read more at *******www.BroadwayBulletin**** The Provincetown Playhouse is set to be demolished by NYU, however, a community of theatre lovers, playwrights, actors and activists are trying to save the theatre. Tomorrow NYU will hold a public hearing to announce its final decision regarding the Playhouse, while community activists hold a protest rally outside. If you'd like to participate, contact the Playhouse at 133 MacDougal before 6 pm. A petition is available to sign at Manhattan Theatre Source 177, MacDougal Street. There is also a petition online at gvshp****. The acclaimed rock musical Passing Strange will be the first-ever Broadway show to get a Digital Exclusive Release from iTunes. The shows Original Cast Recording will be available on the digital iTunes store today, May 27th, with a physical release slated for July. The original cast album of the production was recorded in front of a live audience in a recording studio on stage at the Belasco Theatre. Ghostlight Records is also releasing the original cast recording of In The Heights on June 3. The original Broadway Cast Album contains 23 tracks of Latin, Salsa and Hip-Hop infused music spread out over two CD's. All of the music from the show was conceived and written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. In The Heights has been nominated for 13 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics). Tony Award nominee Rufus Swell (Rock 'n' Roll) will star in The Eleventh Hour, an adaptation of a British series about a government agent who saves people from science. The Eleventh Hour will air on CBS. Read more at *******www.BroadwayBulletin****
28 May 2008
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* Passing Strange celebrates 100th performance * Sundance coming to Brooklyn. * Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation ticket deal. * Frank Langella to star in A Man For All Seasons Read more at BroadwayBulletin**** Passing Strange, which is currently nominated for 7 Tony Awards, recently celebrated its 100th performance at the Belasco Theatre. The show, which is nominated for Best Musical, has also been a celebrity hot spot as of late. Samuel L Jackson, Terrence McNally, Angela Davis (aunt of Passing Strange actress Eisa Davis), Toni Morrison, Rosie O'Donnell, Lauren Bacall and Harry Belafonte have all been spotted at the show. Passing Strange was developed in part by the Sundance Institute. Coincidently, Sundance will be bringing their film festival to Brooklyn for the third year in a row. The showcase will feature 12 documentaries, 10 feature films and 36 short films from the 2008 festival. The Sundance Institute will be in residence at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) through June 8. Check BAM****/Sundance for more details. The Damon Runyan Cancer Research Foundation offers a service where members can purchase premium seats to Broadway shows and support cancer research at the same time. Theaters allocate a handful of their best seats, which the Foundation then sells for double the face value. The difference is a tax deductible donation to the Cancer Research Foundation. The program, which was started by Rodgers and Hammerstein, was closely backed by Bob Hope and Marlene Dietrich in their prime. Go to DamonRunyon**** for more info. Three-time Tony Award winner Frank Langella has signed on to play Sir Thomas More in the first Broadway revival of Robert Bolt's A Man For All Seasons presented by the Roundabout Theatre Company. The production will begin previews September 12 and opens October 7 at the American Airlines Theatre. A Man For All Seasons is directed by Doug Hughes. Read more at BroadwayBulletin****
31 May 2008
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* Passing Strange hits Joe's Pub. * Dirty Dancing coming to the stage. * New TKTS booth coming to Brooklyn. * Broadway League & Actors' Equity Association reach new agreement. Read more at BroadwayBulletin****
11 Jul 2008
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Passing Strange movie trailer 2009 rated PG De'Adre Aziza ... Edwina / Marianna / Sudabey Daniel Breaker ... Youth Eisa Davis ... Mother Colman Domingo ... Mr.Franklin / Joop / Mr. Venus Chad Goodridge ... Rev. Jones / Terry / Christophe / Hugo Rebecca Naomi Jones ... Sherry / Renata / Desi
12 Nov 2009
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7 Aug 2009
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* Countdown to the Tony Awards * Kerry Butler releases album * Outer Critics Circle announces awards. * Charles Busch to guest star in Debra & Mary's Night on the Town. Read more at *******www.BroadwayBulletin**** This past Sunday a concert was taped at Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center which featured a pool of Tony Award contenders. Performers from Xanadu, In the Heights, South Pacific, Gypsy, Cry Baby, Passing Strange, Sunday in the Park with George, A Catered Affair, Little Mermaid, and Grease performed numbers for the invitation only audience. The concert will air in NY on June 7th on CBS. Check local listings for broadcast times. Kerry Butler recently released her debut record. Composed of Kerry's interpretations of Disney classics, Faith Trust and Pixie Dust is a unique collection of songs. Kerry will perform selections from the album tomorrow night, May 15th, at 5:30 at the Barnes and Noble on 66th and Broadway. A portion of the proceeds will benefit World Vision. The Outer Critics Circle just announced it's award winners for the 2007-09 season. August: Osage County took home Outstanding New Broadway Play, while Outstanding New Broadway Musical was a tie between Xanadu and Young Frankenstein. Harold Pinter's The Homecoming took the Outstanding Revival of a Play and South Pacific received the Outstanding Revival of a Musical award. An awards ceremony is scheduled for Thursday May 22nd at Sardi's. Debra and Mary's Night on the Town will feature the multi-talented playwrite/actor/singer Charles Busch as a special guest on May 19th at 8:30 at the Cornelia Street Cafe. Call 212-989-9319 for reservations. Read more at *******www.BroadwayBulletin****
20 May 2009
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* Tony nominations announced. * In The Heights gets 13 nominations. * Sondheim to be honored. * Theatreworks USA announces summer shows. * Someone's got a new portrait at Tony's! Read more at *******www.BroadwayBulletin**** The Tony Award nominations are out and here is the rundown. In The Heights tops the list with 13 nominations, while the revival of South Pacific picked up 11. Tracy Letts' August: Osage County received the most for best new play with 7 nods. As for other musicals, Passing Strange, Xanadu and Cry Baby were all nominated for best new musical. In other Tony news, Stephen Sondheim will receive a special achievement award at this years awards ceremony. Theaterworks USA has announced their free summer theatre program. The production will be The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks by Joe Iconis. Performances begin Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher St.) and runs through Friday, August 22. Just a reminder, more than 20,000 FREE tickets will be distributed to The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks this summer. The fine people at Tonys' saw fit to honor me with my very own portrait. I am really really touched by this. Come on out and see me in the bright red suit with the huge smile, somewhere between Alan Cumming and Cyndi Lauper. Read more at *******www.BroadwayBulletin****
20 May 2008
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* Drama Desk Awards handed out. * August: Osage County wins Best Play. * Passing Strange took home Best Musical. * Jesse Tyler Ferguson to star in Do Not Disturb. * Outer Critics Circle Awards presented tomorrow. Read more at *******www.BroadwayBulletin**** The Drama Desk Awards took place this past weekend and South Pacific led the way with five awards. Best Musical went to Passing Strange, while Best Play went to August: Osage County. August: Osage County, Passing Strange, and Gypsy each garnered three awards. The Drama Desk also presented a special, lifetime achievement awards to Edward Albee and James Earl Jones. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, last seen on Broadway in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, will make the transition to the small screen to star in the new Fox comedy Do Not Disturb. The show is about a wacky local inn and co-stars Radio Golf's Harry Lennox. The Drama Desk Awards aren't the only Broadway awards show this week, as tomorrow, May 22, The Outer Circle Critics Awards will be handed out at the famous Sardi's. The winners were announced May 12 and included Young Frankenstein and Xanadu in a tie for Best Musical. August: Osage County took home Outstanding New Broadway Play and South Pacific took home four awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Musical. Young Frankenstein and Xanadu weren't the only co-winners, as Adding Machine and Next to Normal were each awarded the Outstanding New Score award. Read more at *******www.BroadwayBulletin****
22 May 2008
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