Friday, November 26, 2010


As most of you are aware I perform several nights a wig in different shows I have created as my alter ego diva self. Well I recently was fired from one of these gigs for guessed diva and saying things on stage i shouldn't have said.
i now know what the great Patti LuPone felt like when Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber gave her the boot.
well...she was making alot more money and was on the west end...i was at a dive gay sorta the same.
either way this has put me onto a Patti kick and I came across this video.

best line she says "i do not audition anymore..." it kills me!

she is true grace and fabulousness

Bernie & Mandy

so last night PBS decided to air Sondheim's 80th Bday celebration filmed at Lincoln Center.
This night was packed with every diva ever on one stage singing for the father of musical theatre.
below is the fabulous bernadette peters and mandy patinkin...grab onto your seats kids cause this is one brilliant performance.


I was just told from a friend of mine that my idol Stockard Channing and my mother Liza Minnelli will be performing for FREE in Washington Sq Park on World AIDS Day, December 1st.
Strap on the depends cause there will be alot of gays peeing with joy at this event!

From - Liza Minnelli, Stockard Channing, designer Kenneth Cole, model Tyson Beckford and "30 Rock" star Keith Powell will be joined by the Broadway Inspirational Voices choir for a special commemoration of World AIDS Day in Washington Square Park, Dec. 1 from 5:30-6:30 PM.

The event is part of the Light for Rights campaign, a global initiative organized by UNAIDS; amfAR; Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS; and the World AIDS Campaign. The campaign, in its second year, showcases the importance of fundamental human rights in the worldwide fight against AIDS.

The lights of the park will be turned off to remember those who have died of AIDS, as part of a similar ceremony that will take place at other landmarks throughout the city. The park lights will be extinguished and then re-lighted, after which the speakers will discuss the importance of fundamental human rights in the fight against AIDS.

Other New York landmarks that will participate include the Brooklyn Bridge; the New York Stock Exchange; the Plaza Hotel; Madison Square Garden; Carnegie Hall; Museum of Modern Art; Washington Square Park Arch; the Beacon Theatre; Madison Square Park’s art installation Scattered Light; Radio City Music Hall; the Apollo Theater; and 35 Broadway theatres.

2nd Annual A Very MARY Holiday

Monday, July 19, 2010

Roundabout Theatre Company Announces Mrs. Warren's Profession

Announces the full company and opening night date!

Cherry Jones Sally Hawkins
In a new Broadway production of
George Bernard Shaw's

Adam Driver, Mark Harelik, Edward Hibbert, Michael Siberry

Directed by Doug Hughes

Previews begin Friday, September 3rd, 2010
Opening night will be Sunday, October 3rd, 2010
at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce the full company of the new Broadway production of George Bernard Shaw's play Mrs. Warren's Profession, starring Tony® Award winner Cherry Jones as "Kitty Warren" & Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins making her Broadway debut as "Vivie Warren", directed by Tony® Award winner Doug Hughes at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd St). The cast will also feature Adam Driver as "Frank Gardner", Mark Harelik as "Sir George Crofts", Edward Hibbert as "Mr. Praed" & Michael Siberry as "Reverend Samuel Gardner".

Mrs. Warren's Profession will begin previews on Friday, September 3rd, 2010 and open officially on Sunday, October 3rd, 2010. This is a limited engagement through Sunday, November 21st, 2010.

The design team includes Scott Pask (Sets), Catherine Zuber (Costumes), Kenneth Posner (Lights) & David Van Tieghem (Sound).

George Bernard Shaw's scorching tour de force Mrs. Warren's Profession tells the story of Kitty Warren (Jones), a mother who makes a terrible sacrifice for her daughter Vivie's (Hawkins) independence. The clash of these two strong-willed but culturally constrained women is the spark that ignites the ironic wit of one of Shaw's greatest plays.

Cherry Jones returns to Roundabout, and the American Airlines Theatre, following her role in George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara (2001). Doug Hughes is a Resident Director at Roundabout, where he recently staged A Man for All Seasons (2008), Howard Katz (2007) & A Touch of the Poet (2006).

Mrs. Warren's Profession premiered on Broadway in 1905 at the Garrick Theatre and subsequently was revived on Broadway in 1907, 1918, 1922 and 1976.

Roundabout Theatre Company has a long association with George Bernard Shaw's work, having staged over twenty productions since 1971. The most recent Shaw plays seen on Roundabout stages include Pygmalion (2007-2008, dir. David Grindley), Heartbreak House (2006-2007, dir. Robin LeFevre), Major Barbara (2000-2001, dir. Daniel Sullivan), Arms and the Man (1999-2000, dir. Roger Rees), You Never Can Tell (1997-1998), Misalliance (1996-1997) and Pygmalion (1991, dir. Paul Weidner).

Lead support for Mrs. Warren's Profession provided by Roundabout's Play Production Fund Partners: Beth and Ravenel Curry.


Beginning Monday, July 19th, tickets will be available exclusively to American Express® Cardmembers at, by phone at (212) 719-1300, or at the American Airlines Box Office (227West 42nd Street).

Public on-sale begins Friday, July 30th by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at or at the American Airlines Box Office (227 West 42nd Street). To become a Roundabout subscriber visit or call Roundabout Ticket Services (212)719-1300. Ticket prices range from $67.00-117.00.

Mrs. Warren's Profession will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2:00PM.


CHERRY JONES (Kitty Warren). Broadway credits include Doubt, Faith Healer, The Lincoln Center Theater production of The Heiress, Imaginary Friends, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Our Country's Good, Angels in America, and for Roundabout The Night of the Iguana and Major Barbara. Off-Broadway and regional credits include Flesh & Blood, Pride's Crossing, The Baltimore Waltz, The Good Person of Setzuan and 25 productions as a company member of the American Repertory Theatre, including Twelfth Night, The Three Sisters, The Caucasian Chalk Circle and Lysistrata. Film and TV credits: Two seasons as President Allison Taylor on 24, Oceans' Twelve, The Village, Signs, Swimmers, Cradle Will Rock, Erin Brockovich, The Horse Whisperer, The Perfect Storm, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and the Lifetime Television movie "What Makes a Family." Awards include one Emmy, two Tonys, two Obies, two Joseph Jeffersons, two Lucille Lortels, three Drama Desks, three Outer Critics Circles, the Sidney Kingsley, the Elliott Norton, the Helen Hayes, and the Drama League. Miss Jones is a native of Paris, Tennessee, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and a proud member of Equity since 1978.

SALLY HAWKINS (Vivie Warren) received critical acclaim as well as a Golden Globe Award, Silver Bear (Berlin) Award, Evening Standard Award, Hollywood Film Festival (Breakthrough Award), NY, LA, Mill Valley, San Francisco and Santa Barbara Film Critic's Awards; as well as a host of nominations for her performance as 'Poppy' in Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky. The RADA trained Hawkins made her film debut as Samantha in All or Nothing, and was then seen as Susan in 'Vera Drake', both Mike Leigh films. Other film roles include Lone Scherfig's An Education, Matthew Vaughan's Layer Cake, Tom Shankland's Waz, Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dream, Sherry Hormann's Desert Flower, Stephen Burke's Happy Ever Afters and most recently Gurinder Chadha's It's A Wonderful Afterlife. Upcoming films Love Birds directed by Paul Murphy, Richard Ayoade's Submarine, Mark Romanek's Never Let Me Go, Cary Fukunaga's Jane Eyre and a starring turn in Nigel Cole's new film Made In Dagenham to be released Autumn 2010. Her performance as Anne Elliott in the ITV production of Jane Austen's 'Persuasion' won her the Golden Nymph Award for Best Actress at the Monte Carlo Television Festival 2007 and the Royal Television Society Best Actress Award. Other television credits include leading roles in Simon Curtis's adaptation of Patrick Hamilton's '20, 000 Streets Under the Sky,' 'Tipping the Velvet,' 'Byron,' in which she played Mary Shelley, 'The Young Visiters,' directed by David Yates, in which she starred opposite Jim Broadbent, 'Fingersmith,' two series of 'Little Britain,' as the recurring character Cathy, and she played the leading role in 'Shiny, Shiny Bright New Hole In My Heart' for the BBC, directed by Marc Munden. Sally's extensive theatre credits include playing the role of Adelea in the recent Howard Davis production of House of Bernarda Alba at The National Theatre opposite Penelope Wilton, to which she won rave reviews. She has appeared at The Royal Court Theatre in The Winterling directed by Ian Rickson and Country Music directed by Gordon Anderson. Her credits also include The Way Of The World (Wilton Music Hall), Misconceptions (Octagon), A Midsummer Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing (both at Regents Park Theatre), Perpalas (National Theatre Studio), The Cherry Orchard and Romeo & Juliet (both for Theatre Royal York), The Dybbuk and Accidental Death Of An Anarchist (both for BAC), Svejk (The Gate Theatre), The Whore Of Babylon (Globe Ed. Centre) and As You Like It for The Buckingham Palace Gala. Sally was born in Lewisham, South East London.
ADAM DRIVER (Frank Gardner). Theater: Little Doc (Rattlestick), The Forest (CSC), The Retributionists (Playwrights Horizons), Slipping (Rattlestick), Cipher (SPF). Television: "Law and Order: Brilliant Disguise", "The Unusuals: The E.I.D" , "The Wonderful Maladays" (HBO), "You Don't Know Jack" (HBO) Film: Not Waving But Drowning, Archangel, The Visit, Goldstar Ohio.

MARK HARELIK (Sir George Crofts). Broadway: The Light in the PIazza. Off-Broadway: Old Money, The House in Town, The Beard of Avon. Nat'l tour: The Heidi Chronicles. Regionally: Williamstown Theater Festival, Mark Taper Forum, American Conservatory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Intiman Theatre, Denver Center Theater Company, The La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe Theater, South Coast Repertory Theater. Film credits include For Your Consideration, Election, The Job, Meeting Spencer, Timer, Eulogy, Watching the Detectives, Jurassic Park III, Barbarians at the Gate. Television credits include Breaking Bad, Lie to Me, Monk, The Big Bang Theory, Eli Stone, Pushing Daisies, Grey's Anatomy, ER, Dirt, Sleeper Cell, Prison Break, Heroes, Medium, The Closer, Bones, Las Vegas, Desperate Housewives, Will and Grace, Raines, Seinfeld, Star Trek Voyager; and the television movies Deadly Honeymoon, War Stories, The Partridge Family, Hefner Unauthorized, and My Brother's Keeper. He is the author of (and appeared in) The Immigrant, The Legacy, and Hank Williams - Lost Highway.

EDWARD HIBBERT (Mr. Praed). Broadway: Curtains, The Drowsy Chaperone, Noises Off, The Green Bird, Me and My Girl, Alice in Wonderland. Off-Broadway includes Oscar Wilde in Gross Indecency, Jeffrey (Obie, Dramalogue), My Night with Reg and Privates on Parade. London West End: THE The Mystery of Irma Vep, Lend Me a Tenor and Hamlet. Regional includes The School for Scandal (directed by Brian Bedford) at the Mark Taper, The Importance of Being Earnest (directed by Doug Hughes) at Long Wharf; Yale Rep, McCarter,Bay Street, and Ahmanson. Films include The Prestige, Finding Woodstock, First Wives Club, Everyone Says I Love You, The Paper. Numerous TV includes 11 seasons on "Frasier" as Gil Chesterton, "Law and Order SVU" and "Once Upon a Mattress" with Carol Burnett.

MICHAEL SIBERRY (Reverend Samuel Gardner). Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice with Dustin Hoffman and Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music opposite Rebecca Luker. As a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Michael performed such roles as Parrolles in All's Well That Ends Well, Petrucchio in The Taming of the Shrew and Nicholas in Nicholas Nickleby, which toured to Los Angeles and Broadway. London credits include Billy Flynn in Chicago and Giles in Alan Ayckbourne's House & Garden at the National Theatre of Great Britain. He has recently starred in the American National tour of Spamalot. Also Peter Hall's As You Like It (Theatre Royal, Bath and BAM), Candida (McCarter Theatre) and Uncle Vanya (McCarter Theatre and LaJolla Playhouse). Film and TVcredits include: Silent Witness, The Grand, Jeeves and Wooster, Under the Hammer and Victoria & Albert. Graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney.

DOUG HUGHES (Director). Recent Broadway productions include The Royal Family, Oleanna, A Man for All Seasons, Mauritius, Inherit the Wind, A Touch of the Poet, Frozen and Doubt. This is Mr. Hughes' seventh production with Roundabout Theatre, where he serves as the resident director. He has directed on and Off-Broadway and for most of the nation's leading theatre companies. For his work on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Doubt he received the 2005 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play. He has also received Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics, Obie and Callaway awards for his productions.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (Playwright). Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1856, George Bernard Shaw moved to London at the age of twenty. He became the drama critic of the Saturday Review which was the first step in his progress towards a lifetime's work as a dramatist. His first successful play, Candida, was produced in 1898, the same year he married Irish heiress, Charlotte Payne-Townshend. He followed this with a series of classic comedy-dramas, including The Devil's Disciple (1897), Arms and the Man (1898), Mrs Warren's Profession (1898), Captain Brassbound's Conversion (1900), Caesar and Cleopatra (1901), Man and Superman (1903), Major Barbara (1905), Androcles and the Lion (1912), and Pygmalion (1913). After World War I, he produced more serious dramas, including Heartbreak House (1919) and Saint Joan (1923). One of his more notable works, Pygmalion gained much recognition when My Fair Lady, a musical adapted from the play, became a hit. Shaw is the only person ever to have won both a Nobel Prize (for Literature in 1925) and an Academy Award (Best Screenplay for Pygmalion in 1938). He died on November 2, 1950 at the age of 94.

Roundabout Theatre Company is a not-for-profit theatre dedicated to providing a nurturing artistic home for theatre artists at all stages of their careers where the widest possible audience can experience their work at affordable prices. Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the revival of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established playwrights and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate loyal audiences.

Roundabout Theatre Company currently produces at three permanent homes each of which is designed specifically to enhance the needs of the Roundabout's mission. Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics. Roundabout's Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions. Together these three distinctive venues serve to enhance the work on each of its stages.

American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Flatotel is the official hotel of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York Department of State, the New York State Department of Education, and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Roundabout Theatre Company's 2010-2011 season features George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession starring Cherry Jones & Sally Hawkins, directed by Doug Hughes; Noël Coward's Brief Encounter, adapted and directed by Emma Rice; Kim Rosenstock's Tigers Be Still, directed by Sam Gold; Julia Cho's The Language Archive, directed by Mark Brokaw; Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, starring and directed by Brian Bedford; Tennessee Williams' The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore starring Olympia Dukakis, directed by Michael Wilson; Anything Goes starring Sutton Foster, directed & choreographed by Kathleen Marshall. Roundabout's sold out production of The 39 Steps made its third transfer to the New World Stages after a successful Broadway run at three Broadway theatres.

Thursday, July 15, 2010


So the city of Milwaukee, which I find to be just fabulous, has just payed the Milwaukee Gay Arts Center $20,000 due to the fact that they stopped a production of Naked Boys Singing from happening.

Now I never have an issue with naked men or singing so why then did they stop this production.
Grant it the show is terrible but come on, let the local gays and ladies have their fun.

Thank goodness for the ACLU cause they "stuck it to em" and now the gay center as $20,000 and can mount an event larger production!

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson to Hit BROADWAY

The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Andrew D. Hamingson) announced today that it would team again with Hair producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel to bring the critically acclaimed rock musical BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON to Broadway in the fall. Following a successful run at The Public Theater, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON will begin performances at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre (242 W. 45th Street) on Tuesday, September 21.

A co-production with Center Theatre Group and in association with Les Freres Corbusier, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON is written and directed by Alex Timbers and features music and lyrics by Michael Friedman. Complete casting to be announced at a later date.

Following a sold-out run at Public LAB in 2009, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON returned to The Public for a full main stage production and opened to acclaimed reviews on April 6. It received an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical, a Drama Desk Award for Best Book of a Musical and a Audience Award for Favorite Off-Broadway Musical. When the show closed on June 27 after three extensions, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON was the second highest grossing show in The Public Theater's downtown history.

A complete original cast album from Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records, produced by Kurt Deutsch and Dean Sharenow, will be released in early fall; the album will include hits like "Populism, Yea, Yea," "Rock Star," "I'm Not That Guy," and "The Hunters of Kentucky."

The Public will transfer BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON to Broadway with co-producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel who partnered with The Public on the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair on Broadway, London's West End and the upcoming national tour of Hair beginning in October in Washington, DC.

"BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON just can't be stopped. The voracious audience demand for this extraordinary show is forcing us to kick it up a notch and take it to Broadway," said Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. "Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman have created an extraordinary event- a rocking, hilarious, sparkling entertainment that is also one of the smartest critiques of America ever seen on a stage. This is what The Public Theater is all about-and I couldn't be prouder of all the artists involved."

BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, an audacious mix of historical fact and invention, uses the story of America's controversial seventh president-the man who invented the Democratic Party, doubled the size of our nation and signed the Indian Removal Acts that started the Trail of Tears - to investigate the attraction and terrors of American populism, using a raucous blend of outrageous comedy, anarchic theatricality and infectious emo rock.

The design team for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON will again feature scenic design by Donyale Werle, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Justin Townsend, sound design by Bart Fasbender, and choreography by Danny Mefford.

ALEX TIMBERS (Writer/Director) is Artistic Director of Les Freres Corbusier. Recent Directing: The Pee-wee Herman Show (Club Nokia), Hell House (also adaptation; Drama Desk nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience), Gutenberg! The Musical! (Drama Desk nomination for Best Director of a Musical), A Very Merry Unauthorized... (also conceiver; OBIE Award; Garland Award-Best Director), Peter and the Starcatchers (Disney Theatricals/La Jolla), The Language of Trees (Roundabout), Heddatron, Boozy, Dance Dance Revolution (writer of latter two, all Les Freres), and Beyond Therapy (Williamstown/Bay Street).

MICHAEL FRIEDMAN (Music and Lyrics) is an Associate Artist with the Civilians and has composed music and lyrics for the company's This Beautiful City, [I Am] Nobody's Lunch, Gone Missing and Canard, Canard, Goose?; as well as Saved, In the Bubble,The Brand New Kid,God's Ear and The Blue Demon. With Steve Cosson, he co-authored the 2008 Public LAB production Paris Commune. He has been a MacDowell fellow, a Hodder Fellow, and is an Artistic Associate at New York Theatre Workshop. He received an Obie award for sustained achievement.

BENJAMIN WALKER (Andrew Jackson) received rave reviews for his portrayal of Andrew Jackson in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at The Public Theater. He has appeared on Broadway in Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Inherit the Wind. His off-Broadway credits include workshops of Bye Bye Birdie and Threepenny Opera for Roundabout, Spring Awakening for Lincoln Center, and Arrangements at the Atlantic. He appeared in Romeo and Juliet and Lady Windermere's Fan at the Williamstown Theater Festival, and in the films The War Boys, Flags of Our Fathers, The Notorious Bettie Page, and Kinsey.

THE PUBLIC THEATER (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Andrew D. Hamingson, Executive Director) was founded by Joseph Papp in 1954 and is now one of the nation's preeminent cultural institutions, producing new plays, musicals, and productions of classics at its downtown headquarters and at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The Public's mandate to create a theater for all New Yorkers continues to this day onstage and through extensive outreach and education programs. Each year, over 250,000 people attend Public Theater-related productions and events at six downtown stages, including Joe's Pub, and Shakespeare in the Park. The Public has won 42 Tony Awards, 151 Obies, 41 Drama Desk Awards and four Pulitzer Prizes. The Public has brought 52 shows to Broadway, including Sticks and Bones; That Championship Season; A Chorus Line; The Pirates of Penzance; The Tempest; Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk; On the Town; The Ride Down Mt. Morgan; Topdog/Underdog; Elaine Stritch at Liberty; Take Me Out; Caroline, or Change; Well; Passing Strange; and, most recently, the current Tony Award-winning revival of Hair.

Are We Truly Free in the USA?

Argentina is the first South American nation to legalize same sex marriage!
This is an incredible leap forward for the LGBT Equal Rights Movement.
This South American country is known for its beauty, its soccer, and its fabulous legend EVITA.
Now they will go into the history books as a true leader among the world, taking a step in a continent that is known for its deep religious conservatism.

As more and more governing bodies around the world make this transition into what is right and good for humanity our nation, "the land of the free" falls behind.
In a country where people strive to be equal and free, we in fact are not.
LGBT people can be fired from their jobs, barred from adopting children, and turned away at the marriage office.

We now have states like Arizona putting legalized racism into the law books.

What does this say for our country. Is the United States of America really United for all of just for some?

In the meantime thank you Argentina for setting an example.

Joe's Pub Presents 'My Therapist Said This Was A Good Idea'

We are beyond thrilled that Broadway Speaks OUT co-host, Dorian Davis will be bringing his new show to Joe's Pub on August 29th.
Check out the details below and congrats Dorian!

---It's been over a decade since their therapists told them to work their neuroses out on stage, resulting in a show that captured the imaginations of the more than 20 people there. Now Jessica Almasy and Dorian Davis reunite to finish the healing in My Therapist Said This Was A Good Idea, a cabaret session at Joe's Pub on Sunday, August 29 at 9:30 p.m.

Since the last production, Almasy, a consummate theatre actress touring internationally, has gone on to receive four Fringe Firsts with the TEAM and two Audie Awards, in '08 and '10. A Second Year Acting teacher at NYU (Drama, BFA '02), she is currently writing with Jake Margolin and Nick Vaughn her first full length text for HERE's upcoming Marriage: I.

Davis (NYU Drama, BFA '02) starred on MTV's series MTV Hits before heading to CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism (MFA '07). He teaches Journalism I and II at Marymount Manhattan College. Cohost of BlogTV's Broadway Speaks OUT podcast with Marti Gould Cummings and David Singletary, he last appeared in Gorgeous Entertainment's News to Me at The Actors' Playhouse.

My Therapist Said This Was A Good Idea takes radical treatment to a whole new level in a 50-minute musical sprint to wellness. "I have low expectations," said one of the random people the pair interviewed for their press materials in the absence of a legitimate critic, "but I think it can barely surpass them."

$15 tickets are available by phone at 212-967-7555, online at or in person at The Public Theater Box Office from 1-6 p.m. or at the Joe's Pub Box Office 6-10 p.m., both located at 425 Lafayette St. Seating, as well as standing-room, is available on a first-come, first-served basis for all shows without a table reservation. To reserve one, call: 212-539-8778. A two-drink minimum is standard.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

2010 Tony Award Nominees

Best Play
In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play Author: Sarah Ruhl
Next Fall Author: Geoffrey Nauffts
Red Author: John Logan
Time Stands Still Author: Donald Margulies

Best Musical
American Idiot
Million Dollar Quartet

Best Book of a Musical
Everyday Rapture - Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott
Fela! - Jim Lewis & Bill T. Jones
Memphis -Joe DiPietro
Million Dollar Quartet - Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
The Addams Family
Music & Lyrics: Andrew Lippa

Music: Adam Cork
Lyrics: Lucy Prebble

Music: Branford Marsalis

Music: David Bryan
Lyrics: Joe DiPietro, David Bryan

Best Revival of a Play
Lend Me a Tenor
The Royal Family
A View from the Bridge

Best Revival of a Musical
Finian's Rainbow
La Cage aux Folles
A Little Night Music

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
Jude Law, Hamlet
Alfred Molina, Red
Liev Schreiber, A View from the Bridge
Christopher Walken, A Behanding in Spokane
Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Viola Davis, Fences
Valerie Harper, Looped
Linda Lavin, Collected Stories
Laura Linney, Time Stands Still
Jan Maxwell, The Royal Family

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
Kelsey Grammer, La Cage aux Folles
Sean Hayes, Promises, Promises
Douglas Hodge, La Cage aux Folles
Chad Kimball, Memphis
Sahr Ngaujah, Fela!

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Kate Baldwin, Finian's Rainbow
Montego Glover, Memphis
Christiane Noll, Ragtime
Sherie Rene Scott, Everyday Rapture
Catherine Zeta-Jones, A Little Night Music

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
David Alan Grier, Race
Stephen McKinley Henderson, Fences
Jon Michael Hill, Superior Donuts
Stephen Kunken, Enron
Eddie Redmayne, Red

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Maria Dizzia, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play
Rosemary Harris, The Royal Family
Jessica Hecht, A View from the Bridge
Scarlett Johansson, A View from the Bridge
Jan Maxwell, Lend Me a Tenor

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
Kevin Chamberlin, The Addams Family
Robin De Jesús, La Cage aux Folles
Christopher Fitzgerald, Finian's Rainbow
Levi Kreis, Million Dollar Quartet
Bobby Steggert, Ragtime

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Barbara Cook, Sondheim on Sondheim
Katie Finneran, Promises, Promises
Angela Lansbury, A Little Night Music
Karine Plantadit, Come Fly Away
Lillias White, Fela!

Best Scenic Design of a Play
John Lee Beatty, The Royal Family
Alexander Dodge, Present Laughter
Santo Loquasto, Fences
Christopher Oram, Red

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Marina Draghici, Fela!
Christine Jones, American Idiot
Derek McLane, Ragtime
Tim Shortall, La Cage aux Folles

Best Costume Design of a Play
Martin Pakledinaz, Lend Me a Tenor
Constanza Romero, Fences
David Zinn, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play
Catherine Zuber, The Royal Family

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Marina Draghici, Fela!
Santo Loquasto, Ragtime
Paul Tazewell, Memphis
Matthew Wright, La Cage aux Folles

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Neil Austin, Hamlet
Neil Austin, Red
Mark Henderson, Enron
Brian MacDevitt, Fences

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kevin Adams, American Idiot
Donald Holder, Ragtime
Nick Richings, La Cage aux Folles
Robert Wierzel, Fela!

Best Sound Design of a Play
Acme Sound Partners, Fences
Adam Cork, Enron
Adam Cork, Red
Scott Lehrer, A View from the Bridge

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Jonathan Deans, La Cage aux Folles
Robert Kaplowitz, Fela!
Dan Moses Schreier and Gareth Owen, A Little Night Music
Dan Moses Schreier, Sondheim on Sondheim

Best Direction of a Play
Michael Grandage, Red
Sheryl Kaller, Next Fall
Kenny Leon, Fences
Gregory Mosher, A View from the Bridge

Best Direction of a Musical
Christopher Ashley, Memphis
Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Ragtime
Terry Johnson, La Cage aux Folles
Bill T. Jones, Fela!

Best Choreography
Rob Ashford, Promises, Promises
Bill T. Jones, Fela!
Lynne Page, La Cage aux Folles
Twyla Tharp, Come Fly Away

Best Orchestrations
Jason Carr, La Cage aux Folles
Aaron Johnson, Fela!
Jonathan Tunick, Promises, Promises
Daryl Waters & David Bryan, Memphis

Tony Nominations by Production
Fela! - 11
La Cage aux Folles - 11
Fences - 10
Memphis - 8
Ragtime - 7
Red - 7
A View from the Bridge - 6
The Royal Family - 5
Enron - 4
A Little Night Music - 4
Promises, Promises - 4
American Idiot - 3
Finian's Rainbow - 3
In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play - 3
Lend Me a Tenor - 3
Million Dollar Quartet - 3
The Addams Family - 2
Come Fly Away - 2
Everyday Rapture - 2
Hamlet - 2
Next Fall - 2
Time Stands Still - 2
A Behanding in Spokane - 1
Collected Stories - 1
Looped - 1
Present Laughter - 1
Race - 1
Superior Donuts - 1

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Audition Techniques Class with Jamie McGonnigal


Audition Techniques Class with Jamie McGonnigal

Through this four-week workshop, Jamie will be working with students in the class on not just selection of the proper material, but on everything that is presented in the audition from start to finish.

As many of us know, we are being judged from the second our foot steps through that door. So many people out there have incredible talent and many even know how to showcase it well, but far too few know how to make the people behind the table WANT to work with them.

Putting your best foot forward from sending in your resume to your third callback is essential. Through calling on Broadway veterans and his own experience working with some of Broadway’s best, Jamie will help you find the great auditioner in you!


$25 a class (must take 2 classes) $100 for the full 4 weeks.

A portion of the proceeds to go to LAMDA LEGAL!

About Jamie:

Jamie McGonnigal is a recipient of the 2006 New England Theatre Conference Regional Award recognizing his charitable work in the theatre world. As a theatrical producer and director, Jamie has been responsible for many of New York's most acclaimed concerts of recent years.

As the founding Artistic Producer of The World AIDS Day Concerts and as a Founding Producer of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, Jamie has presented the New York Premiere of Stephen Schwartz' Children of Eden, the first major NY revisitation of Pippin starring Rosie O'Donnell and Ben Vereen, Snoopy The Musical (starring Tony Award-Winner Sutton Foster) The Secret Garden (named in top ten theatre events of 2005 by Rags at Nokia Theatre Times Square (Starring Lainie Kazan), and the first major revival concert of the cult hit Runaways by Elizabeth Swados.

He has created several concert series including The NEO Concert for the York theatre, highlighting the next generation of musical theatre songwriters, Broadway Loves the 80s featuring your favorite hits from the lost decade, and FLOPZ n' CUTZ bringing light to rarely heard gems and Embrace! For the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Named an “impresario” by Time Out New York, he has produced and/or directed more than eighty events since 2003 for God's Love We Deliver, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Parkinson's Resource Organization, The National AIDS Fund, Lambda Legal, Opening Act, The Pied Piper Children's Theatre, Victims of Hurricane Katrina, Free Arts NYC, The United Nations Association HERO Campaign, and Victims of the 2008 Midwest Flooding. Over the few years Jamie has been presenting benefits and concerts, he has had the opportunity to work with luminaries such as Betty Buckley, Alan King, Robert Altman, Chita Rivera, Judd Hirsch, Mike Nichols, Tony Walton, Jennifer Holliday, Kathleen Marshall, Stephen Schwartz, Sutton Foster, 5-Time Emmy Award Winner David Canary, and dozens more. He has directed sold-out cabaret concerts for Broadway celebrities including Laura Benanti, Max von Essen, Gavin Creel, Laura Bell Bundy, John Tartaglia, Mandy Gonzalez and literally hundreds of other Broadway performers.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

John McCain: Won't Follow Wife's Lead-From the Advocate

The announcement Wednesday that Cindy McCain had come out for marriage equality by posing for the NOH8 campaign may have changed a few people’s opinions about the former would-be first lady. But it appears that Mrs. McCain’s photo session has done little to change her husband’s mind about marriage rights for gay people.

Senator John McCain’s office has issued a statement saying that the senator respects his family members’ views, but that he is still opposed to gay marriage, The Washington Post reports. “Sen. McCain believes the sanctity of marriage is only defined as between one man and one woman,” the statement said. It's the same statement McCain made to Ellen DeGeneres before she got married in 2008 (see the video below).

McCain's statement on Wednesday, however, seems in opposition to what NOH8 creator and photographer Adam Bouska told The Advocate after his shoot with Mrs. McCain. When asked if his time with Cindy McCain gave him any indication that her husband might be budging on the issue, Bouska responded: “Um, I got that impression. I don’t know that I should speak much about it, but I definitely got that impression.”

Friday, January 15, 2010

Katie Thompson joins The Other Side of Broadway March 21st

Katie Thompson has joined the lineup of stars performing at The Other
Side of Broadway on March 21st. Katie is known for her recording work
and her presence in the theatre community. Her new album Private Page
is now available on iTunes.

Tickets to The Other Side of Broadway are $15 and can be purchased at

On Sunday, March 21, Broadway Speaks OUT will present a benefit
concert entitled The Other Side of Broadway at Space on White to raise
funds and awareness for LGBT issues. Among the Broadway stars who will
be performing songs from their own albums will be Meredith Patterson,
Shonn Wiley, and The Joe Iconis Family.

Broadway Speaks OUT was formed by Marti Gould Cummings and his partner
Anthony Hollock in Fall 2008 after Proposition 8 took place in
California, denying thousands of couples the right to marry.

The two started a talk show online by interviewing friends of theirs
who have appeared on Broadway. This grew into a very successful
endeavor, leading to a hit concert series which benefits LGBT
organizations in NYC.

Broadway Speaks OUT! has attended The Tony Awards, The Drama Desk
Awards, and the Logos NewNowNext Awards, and has had the opportunity
to interview the likes of Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler, Audra McDonald,
Gavin Creel, Rosie ODonnell, and countless others about how their
careers are helping to pave the way for LGBT Equality.

In addition to this red carpet coverage, BSO! has a weekly live show
hosted by Marti, Anthony, and David Singletary. This show brings in
thousands of viewers every Tuesday night at 10pm. The topics discussed
cover a wide variety of hot topics relating to the mission of BSO!

The Broadway Speaks OUT! Concert series has benefited organizations
such as Broadway Impact and The Ali Forney Center for Homeless LGBT
Youth. Each concert features a wide variety of TV Stars and Broadway
entertainers. Each performer brings their uniqueness to the stage by
performing songs or giving inspirational speeches about why equality
is important for all people. BSO has raised thousands of dollars to
help the fight for Equality in NYC, they are now taking the show on
the road and will be hosting benefits in LA, Chicago, & London in

BSO is a resident artist at Space on White studio. Space on White is
an artistic facility designed to aid emerging and accomplished artists
in a range of fields including music, theater, dance, yoga, and the
visual arts. They encourage artists and give them a blank canvas in
which to create new works, collaborate, polish their craft, and
maintain and build the relationships necessary to aid them in their

Space on White (81 White St., NY) provides space for performance,
rehearsal, group and private class and practice. Artists will have the
freedom, resources, and support of a diverse and creative community to
expound on their craft and showcase their talents.

To learn more, visit or

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Oscar Winner Denzel Washington comes to Broadway





Two-time Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington will star in the first Broadway revival of FENCES, the 1987 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play by August Wilson. The production will also star Tony Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee Viola Davis. FENCES, directed by Kenny Leon, will open on Monday, April 26, 2010 at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street). The strictly limited 13-week engagement will begin previews on April 14.

FENCES will be produced by Carole Shorenstein Hays (who produced the original Broadway production) and Scott Rudin.

The original Broadway production of FENCES opened on March 26, 1987 at the 46th Street Theatre (now the Richard Rodgers Theatre). FENCES was one of the most critically acclaimed and successful plays of the 1980s, winning four Tony Awards including Best Play, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, three Drama Desk Awards, including Best Play and the NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play.

FENCES is one of the ten plays in August Wilson’s sweeping Pittsburgh Cycle, focusing on the twentieth century African-American experience. FENCES takes place over eight years from 1957 to 1965. Denzel Washington stars as Troy Maxson, a Pittsburgh sanitation worker who once dreamed of a baseball career, but was too old when the major leagues finally admitted black players. As he faces off against the racial barrier at work and his own disappointments, Troy also grapples with his son, Cory, over the teenager’s hope for a football scholarship and with his wife, Rose (Viola Davis), who confronts Troy over a child he has fathered with another woman.

Denzel Washington returns to Broadway for the first time since starring in Julius Caesar (2005). He made his Broadway debut in Checkmates (1988). Other theatre credits include Richard III, The Mighty Gents, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, When the Chickens Come Home to Roost and an Obie Award for A Soldier’s Play. He is a two-time Academy Award winner for his performances in Training Day and Glory and received Oscar nominations for his performances in The Hurricane, Malcolm X and Cry Freedom. His other films include The Book of Eli, The Taking of Pelham 123, The Great Debaters (directed), Inside Man, Déjà Vu, American Gangster, The Manchurian Candidate, Out of Time, Man on Fire, Antwone Fisher (directed), John Q, Remember the Titans, The Bone Collector, Fallen, He Got Game, The Siege, Courage Under Fire, Crimson Tide, Devil in a Blue Dress, Much Ado About Nothing, Philadelphia, The Pelican Brief and A Soldier’s Story, among others. He produced the Emmy-nominated documentary “Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks” for HBO and was executive producer for the Emmy-nominated “Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream" for TBS.

Viola Davis won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in August Wilson's King Hedley II. She was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG and Critics Choice Awards and won the National Board of Review Award for Best Breakthrough Performance for Doubt. Broadway: August Wilson's Seven Guitars (Tony, Drama Desk nominations, Outer Critics Circle, Theatre World Awards). Roundabout: Intimate Apparel (Drama Desk, Drama League, Obie, Audelco Awards). Public: Everybody's Ruby (Obie, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Nomination for Featured Actress), Pericles, As You Like It. Off-Broadway: God's Heart (LCT). Regional: ACT, Sundance Theatre Institute, Trinity Rep, Goodman, Guthrie Huntington Theatres. Film: Law Abiding Citizen, State of Play, Nights in Rodanthe, Disturbia, The Architect, Get Rich or Die Trying, Out of Sight, Solaris, Traffic and Antwone Fisher Story (Independent Spirit Award nomination). Upcoming films include Eat, Pray, Love; Trust; Knight & Day. TV: "The United States of Tara," "Stone Cold," "The Andromeda Strain," "Traveler," "Law & Order: SVU," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Without a Trace," "Amy and Isabelle," "Life is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story," "Century City," and "City of Angels." Viola presently lives in Los Angeles with her husband Julius Tennon.

August Wilson authored Gem of the Ocean, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Fences, Two Trains Running, Jitney, King Hedley II and Radio Golf. These works explore the heritage and experience of African Americans, decade by decade, over the course of the twentieth century. His plays have been produced at regional theatres across the country and all over the world, as well as on Broadway. In 2003, Mr. Wilson made his professional stage debut in his one-man show, How I Learned What I Learned. His works garnered many awards, including Pulitzer Prizes for Fences (1987) and The Piano Lesson (1990), a Tony Award for Fences, Great Britain’s Olivier Award for Jitney, as well as eight New York Drama Critics Circle Awards. Additionally, the cast recording of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom received a 1985 Grammy Award, and Mr. Wilson received a 1995 Emmy Award nomination for his screenplay adaptation of The Piano Lesson. He received many fellowships and awards, including Rockefeller and Guggenheim Fellowships, the Whiting Writers Award, the 2003 Heinz Award, the 1999 National Humanities Medal from the President of the United States and numerous honorary degrees from colleges and universities, as well as the only high school diploma ever issued by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. He was an alumnus of New Dramatists, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a 1995 inductee into the American Academy of Arts and Letters and posthumously inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2007. On October 16, 2005, Broadway renamed the theatre located at 245 West 52nd Street the August Wilson Theatre. Mr. Wilson was born and raised in Pittsburgh and lived in Seattle at the time of his death. He is immediately survived by his two daughters, Sakina Ansari and Azula Carmen Wilson, and his wife, costume designer Constanza Romero.

Kenny Leon directed the Broadway productions of August Wilson’s Radio Golf (three Tony nominations), Gem of the Ocean (five Tony nominations) and the Tony Award-winning revival of A Raisin in the Sun; for the latter, he earned a Drama Desk nomination. Off-Broadway/regional: Emergence-See featuring Daniel Beaty, Blues for an Alabama Sky and From the Mississippi Delta (Huntington Theatre), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, San Jose Rep, Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, CenterStage, Public Theater, Center Theatre Group, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Dallas Theater Center, GA Shakespeare Festival, Arena Stage and the Theatre of the Stars. Leon is founding artistic director of True Colors Theatre Company, dedicated to diversity and the preservation of African-American classics, and served as artistic director of the Alliance Theatre for more than a decade, where he produced ten world premieres, including Elton John’s Aida and Debbie Allen’s Soul Possessed. Leon served as artistic director for the Kennedy Center’s 2008 staging of all 10 plays in August Wilson’s Century Cycle. Other recent credits include the world premiere of Toni Morrison’s opera Margaret Garner and the TV film adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. Leon is a graduate and honorary Ph.D. of Clark Atlanta.

Additional casting and production team for FENCES will be announced soon.

Lily Taylor joins Broadway bound "Lips Together, Teeth Apart"


Megan Mullally Patton Oswalt Lili Taylor
in the Broadway premiere production of

By Terrence McNally
Directed by Joe Mantello

Performances begin April 9th, 2010
Official opening is April 29th, 2010
On Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce
Terrence McNally’s comedy Lips Together, Teeth Apart will star Megan Mullally (Chloe Haddock),
Patton Oswalt (Sam Truman) and Lili Taylor (Sally Truman).

Directed by Joe Mantello, Lips Together, Teeth Apart will begin performances on April 9th, 2010 and open officially on April 29th, 2010 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement through June 20th, 2010.

The design team includes John Lee Beatty (Sets), Tom Broecker (Costumes), Paul Gallo (Lights) and Darron West (Sound).

Lips Together, Teeth Apart takes place on the elegant deck of a beach house on Fire Island. A brother and sister and their respective spouses attempt to celebrate the Fourth of July with a gnawing uncertainty that makes their affluent habits and petty prejudices sizzle in the summer sun. In this unforgettable comedy, Terrence McNally does for the beach house what Chekhov did for the Russian country estate.

Terrence McNally and Joe Mantello most recently collaborated at Roundabout Theatre Company on the comedy The Ritz at Studio 54. Joe Mantello, who is an associate artist at Roundabout Theatre Company, received a Tony® Award for staging the 2004 Tony® winning production of Assassins. He also directed Noël Coward’s Design for Living and Rodgers & Hart’s Pal Joey.

Tickets go on-sale January 2010 and are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at or at the American Airlines Box Office (227 West 42nd Street). Ticket prices range from $66.50 to $116.50.

Lips Together, Teeth Apart plays Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM.

MEGAN MULLALLY (Chloe Haddock) is one of Hollywood’s most versatile talents – an actress and singer, she has appeared on Broadway, at concert halls, on the big screen, and on daytime, primetime, and cable television. She is best known for her two-time Emmy and four-time SAG Award-winning role as Karen Walker on the hit NBC Series “Will & Grace.” Up next, Megan can be seen on the 2nd season of the Starz hit cable series “Party Down” alongside Adam Scott, Ken Marino, and Lizzy Caplan, and as Chief on the new Adult Swim comedy, “Children’s Hospital,” an extension of the Rob Corrdry web series of the same name. She is also currently in development on Karen: The Musical, based on the character Megan made infamous on “Will & Grace.” Most recently Megan appeared on NBC’s “Park and Recreation,” on the big screen in 2009’s Fame based on the hit 1980 film, and in her critically acclaimed performance as Beverly Wilkins in the West Coast debut of The Receptionist at the Odyssey Theatre which wrapped in November 2009. Megan made her television debut alongside Elaine Stritch and Ellen Burstyn on “The Ellen Burstyn Show” in 1986. She appeared opposite Stanley Tucci as Walter Winchell’s wife in Paul Mazursky’s award-winning HBO bio-pic Winchell and opposite Juliet Stevenson in Lifetime’s “The Pact.” She has guest starred on the hit shows “30 Rock,” “The New Adventures Of Old Christine,” and “Boston Legal,” among others. This past year she starred on ABC’s “In The Motherhood” alongside Cheryl Hines and Rachael Harris. Megan also ventured into the daytime realm hosting her own daytime syndicated talk show, “The Megan Mullally Show” from 2006-2007. Megan made her Broadway debut in the 1994 revival of Grease alongside Rosie O’ Donnell. She then received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for her performance as Rosemary in the Broadway revival of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying opposite Matthew Broderick and starred in the hit Broadway musical, Young Frankenstein. Her other Los Angeles theater credits include The Berlin Circle at The Evidence Room Theater, for which she won the 2000 Backstage West Garland Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play and the L.A. Weekly Award for Best Leading Female Performance. She also appeared in Mayhem at The Evidence Room, as well as a variety of plays and musicals in both Chicago and Los Angeles. On the big screen, Megan starred in the film Everything Put Together directed by Marc Forster - an entry in the 2000 Sundance Film Festival’s main competition and also appeared in 1999’s Anywhere But Here. Other feature film credits include Stealing Harvard, Speaking Of Sex, and Rebound. Megan also is a talented singer, recording albums and performing around the country with her band Supreme Music Program. Next up, Megan and Supreme Music Program will make their international debut in the West End, performing at the Vaudeville Theater in London for eight performances in February 2010. Megan’s most recent concert appearances with her band include The Allen Room at The Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The Seattle Symphony, Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, SUNY Buffalo Performing Arts and the Orange County Performing Arts Center. She also has appeared as a soloist at The Disney Concert Hall. She has made three CDs with Supreme Music Program entitled “The Sweetheart Break-In,” “Big As A Berry” and the recently recorded “Free Again!”. She can also be heard singing the solo barn burner song “You Took Advantage of Me” on the new FAME soundtrack.

PATTON OSWALT (Sam Truman) has released three hugely successful standup specials and two critically acclaimed comedy albums. His latest one-hour, Grammy nominated Comedy Central Special, “My Weakness is Strong,” aired the fall of 2009, and the subsequent “My Weakness is Strong” DVD/CD was released to tremendous success through Warner Brothers records. Patton made his dramatic debut in the acclaimed, Independent Spirit-nominated film Big Fan, in the lead role as “Paul Aufiero.” The directorial debut of writer Robert Siegel (The Wrestler), Big Fan catapulted Patton to the front ranks of every “Best Of” list of 2009. Also in 2009, Patton co-starred opposed Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh’s feature film The Informant. He has recently been seen in Observe and Report (opposite Seth Rogen) and is beloved by children the world over for lending his voice to “Remy, the rat,” in Pixar Animation’s smash, Oscar winning hit, Ratatouille. Patton has appeared in more than 20 films, including: Magnolia, Starsky and Hutch, Sex and Death 101, Zoolander, Balls of Fury and Reno 911!: Miami. Recurring roles include: Showtime’s hit series, “The United States of Tara” (Showtime), playing John Corbett’s best friend “Neil”; the new SyFy Battlestar Galactica-spinoff series “Caprica”; and Dollhouse. He appears on a host of other series, including: “The Sarah Silverman Program” and “Community.” Patton is a regular contributor to “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” “Real Time with Bill Maher” and Lewis Black’s “Root of All Evil.” Patton tours regularly and extensively, headlining both in the United States and UK. A regular at music festivals like Bumbershoot, Bonaroo and Coachella, he’s made the jump to theaters, as well as performing/reading at events by McSweeney’s and The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. He has a regular, bi-monthly show at the new Largo at the Coronet Theater in Los Angeles, and was also a regular fill-in host for Steve Jones on the nationally syndicated “Jonesey’s Jukebox” on Indie 103.1. On TV he played “Spence” on “The King of Queens” on CBS for nine seasons, and made guest appearances on: “Seinfeld,” “Reaper,” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” and “Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show, Great Job!”

LILI TAYLOR (Sally Truman) won both an Obie Award and a Drama League Award for her performance in Aunt Dan & Lemon and earned a Drama Desk Award nomination for The Dead Eye Boy. She has also starred in Landscape of the Body, Mourning Becomes Electra and Aven’ U Boys. She made her Broadway debut in Chekov’s Three Sisters and made her directorial debut with Halcyon Days for her own theatre company, Machine Full. Taylor has received praise for her wide range of performances on film, stage, and television. She next can be seen in Antoine Fuqua’s Brookyln's Finest and most recently appeared in Michael Mann’s Public Enemies opposite Johnny Depp. Recent films include Starting Out in the Evening opposite Frank Langella, The Promotion opposite John C. Reilly, The Secret, The Notorious Bettie Page and Factotum, earning her best actress at the Copenhagen Film Festival. Other films include A Slipping Down Life, Casa de los Babys, Live from Baghdad, High Fidelity, Pecker, Short Cuts, Ready to Wear, Born on the Fourth of July, Dogfight, Say Anything, Mystic Pizza, Arizona Dream, and The Addiction. Taylor earned an Emmy nomination and a Screen Actor’s Guild Award for her work on “Six Feet Under,” a Blockbuster award for Ransom, an Independent Spirit Award for Household Saints, and the first Special Grand Jury Prize for Acting at Sundance in 1995 for her work in Girls Town, Cold Fever, and I Shot Andy Warhol.

TERRENCE McNALLY (Playwright) has won four Tony Awards for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! (as well as the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play and the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Best Play) and Master Class and his musical books for Kiss of The Spider Woman and Ragtime. Recent Broadway credits include the revivals of his plays The Ritz (Roundabout Theatre Company) and Frankie And Johnny In The Clair De Lune and Deuce with Angela Lansbury and Marian Seldes and Chita Rivera: A Dancer's Life. His other plays include Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Drama Desk Award Best New Play), A Perfect Ganesh, It's Only A Play, Corpus Christi, Dedication or The Stuff Of Dreams, The Stendhal Syndrome and Some Men. Earlier stage works include Bad Habits (Obie Award Best Play), Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?, …And Things That Go Bump In The Night and Next. He also wrote the books for the musicals The Full Monty, The Rink, and A Man Of No Importance. The San Francisco Opera presented Dead Man Walking with McNally's libretto and music by Jake Heggie. McNally has written a number of TV scripts, including “Andre's Mother” for which he won an Emmy Award. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, a Lucille Lortel Award, and a citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has been a member of the Dramatists Guild since 1970 and is twice the recipient of the Hull-Warriner Award for Best Play. His most recent play, Unusual Acts Of Devotion, was seen last season at La Jolla Playhouse after opening the season at Philadelphia Theatre Company. In August, the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle presented the world premiere of his musical adaptation of Catch Me If You Can with a score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. This season, the Kennedy Center will produce three of his plays under the title Terrence McNally’s Nights At The Opera: Master Class, The Lisbon Traviata and the world premiere of Golden Age. Other recent work includes his musical adaptation of The Visit with a score by Kander and Ebb at Arlington’s Signature Theatre.

JOE MANTELLO (Director). Directing credits include 9 to 5, Pal Joey, Blackbird, Three Days of Rain, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony nom), Laugh Whore, Assassins (Tony Award®), Wicked, Take Me Out (Tony Award®), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, A Man of No Importance, Design for Living, The Vagina Monologues, Another American: Asking and Telling, Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony nom.), Proposals, The Mineola Twins, Corpus Christi, Blue Window, God’s Heart, Snakebit, Three Hotels and Imagining Brad. Directed the film Love! Valour! Compassion! As an actor he appeared in Angels in America (Tony nom) and The Baltimore Waltz. Mr. Mantello is the recipient of Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Clarence Derwent, Obie and Joe A. Callaway awards. He is a member of Naked Angels and an associate artist at the Roundabout.

Roundabout Theatre Company is one of the country’s leading not-for-profit theatres. The company contributes invaluably to New York's cultural life by staging the highest quality revivals of classic plays and musicals as well as new plays by established writers. Roundabout consistently partners great artists with great works to bring a fresh and exciting interpretation that makes each production relevant and important to today’s audiences.

Roundabout Theatre Company currently produces at three permanent homes each of which is designed specifically to enhance the needs of the Roundabout's mission. Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics. Roundabout's Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions. Together these three distinctive venues serve to enhance the work on each of its stages.

American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts; and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2009-2010 season includes Michael Stewart, Lee Adams and Charles Strouse’s Bye Bye Birdie, starring John Stamos, Gina Gershon, Bill Irwin & Nolan Gerard Funk, directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom; Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking, directed by Tony Taccone; Theresa Rebeck’s The Understudy, with Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Justin Kirk and Julie White, directed by Scott Ellis; Noël Coward’s Present Laughter starring Victor Garber, directed by Nicholas Martin; Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Sondheim on Sondheim starring Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams and Tom Wopat; Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, directed by Gordon Edelstein; Terrence McNally’s Lips Together, Teeth Apart, starring Megan Mullally, Patton Oswalt and Lil Taylor, directed by Joe Mantello. Roundabout’s sold out production of The 39 Steps made its second Broadway transfer to the Helen Hayes Theatre on January 21, 2009.