MTC’s WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID begins rehearsals today

Manhattan Theatre Club’s world premiere of WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID, the new play by Sarah Treem (“House of Cards,” “In Treatment”), directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Clybourne Park) begins rehearsals today. The limited engagement will start previews Wednesday, May 21 and open Tuesday, June 17 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

The production stars Obie Award Winner Cherise Boothe (MTC’s Ruined, Milk Like Sugar), Patch Darragh (Appropriate, Kin), two-time Tony and Emmy Award winner Cherry Jones (The Glass Menagerie, Doubt, “24”), Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks, Behanding in Spokane), and Morgan Saylor (“Homeland,” Jamie Marks Is Dead).

Emmy and two-time Tony winner Cherry Jones returns to MTC for Sarah Treem’s (“House of Cards,” “In Treatment”) powerful new play that takes us inside an underground women’s shelter in the early 1970s… before Roe v. Wade, before the Violence Against Women Act, before women had places to turn in times of distress.

Agnes (Cherry Jones) has turned her quiet bed and breakfast into one of the few spots where a woman on the run can seek refuge. But to Agnes’ dismay, her latest young runaway Mary Anne (Zoe Kazan) is having a profound influence on her teenage daughter Penny (Morgan Saylor), forcing each girl to question her destiny. And as the drums of the feminist revolution grow louder, Agnes is forced to confront her own presumptions about the people she’s been trying to help.

Deeply moving and beautifully rendered, WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID explores the passion of youth, the wisdom of age, and the people who awaken us to new possibilities.

The creative team for WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID includes Scott Pask (scenic design), Jessica Pabst (costume design), Russell H. Champa (lighting design), Broken Chord (original music & sound design), Leah Loukas (hair & wig design), and Thomas Schall (fight director).

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PIPPIN Director Diane Paulus Named One of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World

It was announced today that Tony Award winner Diane Paulus, director of the Tony Award winning Best Revival of a Musical PIPPIN on Broadway, was named to TIME Magazine’s 2014 list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Click here to read the article by Audra McDonald.

Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz’s Tony Award winning musical comedy PIPPIN is directed by Diane Paulus and features choreography by Tony Award nominee Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse and circus creation by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (also known as 7 Fingers). PIPPIN is now playing at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street).

For more information, visit www.PippinTheMusical.com

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Hedwig’s Neil Patrick Harris on “Letterman” tomorrow

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH star Neil Patrick Harris will appear on CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” tomorrow, April 24th.

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH opened last night at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street) to rave reviews. In addition, the show has been honored with nominations for Best Revival of a Musical by the Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards, Harris has been nominated for Best Actor in a Musical and both Harris and Lena Hall have received Drama League citations.

Neil Patrick Harris returns to Broadway in the new production of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, the musical with book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, directed by Michael Mayer. The limited engagement, featuring Lena Hall (Kinky Boots, lead singer of The Deafening) is playing at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street).

“Internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Robinson (Neil Patrick Harris) brings her fourth-wall-smashing rock and roll saga to New York to set the record straight about her life, her loves, and the botched operation that left her with that “angry inch.”

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The Afternoon Report, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Today’s Tweets from BBB
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Boneau/Bryan-Brown Congratulates Our 2013-2014 Drama League Award Nominees • • •  @ChrisJonesTrib says @HEDWIGOnBway is “remarkable” and @LenaRockerHall is “dazzlingly intense and magnificent.” • • • @MAMMAMIAMusical stars @ebaricardo & @jonjorgenson discuss Broadway’s new Thursday Matinees on The Broadway Channel • • • Palace Theatre transformed into stadium style seating for HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME @HollerBway • • • AP’s @KennedyTwits says @ActuallyNPH “crushes it” and @stephentrask’s score “deserves be on iPods everywhere.” • • • RT @OKTVUSA: Check out our interview with @BULLETSOVERBWAY star Vincent Pastore! • • • RT @KennedyTwits: Musical based on ‘FOUND‘ aims for @AtlanticTheater • • • CASA VALENTINA opens tonight! @MTC_NYC • • • @DavidCote of @TimeOutTheater gives @HEDWIGOnBway 5 Stars and calls the show “jaw-dropping” • • • The RSC’s HENRY IV/PARTS 1&2 open to raves. Happy Birthday Billy Shakespeare! • • • Ben Brantley calls @HEDWIGOnBway “electrically tuneful and furiously funny” with a “supernova” perf by @ActuallyNPH • • • Broadway’s cutest couple RT @96Becky: #HEDWIGonbway aww @LenaRockerHall & @ActuallyNPH • • • Malaysia loves JERSEY BOYS! – New Straits Times @JerseyBoysInfo • • •

This Is the Absolute Best Best Day to Post on Facebook
TIME – by VICTOR LUKERSON

Businesses on Facebook are being forced to reevaluate their social media marketing strategies as their posts continue to reach fewer and fewer users. For a brand that’s looking to ensure that its posts get the most engagement possible, new data shows that Friday is the day when users are most likely to Like, comment or share posts that come from brand Pages.

Adobe tracked more than 226 billion post impressions by 300 brands on Facebook in the first quarter of 2014 for its Social Intelligence Report. Fridays earn about 15.7 percent of each week’s total posts impressions, with Thursday being the next most active day with a 14.5 percent share.

To read the rest of this article, click the link below
http://time.com/73032/facebook-best-day-to-post/

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Boneau/Bryan-Brown Congratulates Our 2013-2014 Drama League Award Nominees

Nominations for the 80th annual Drama League Awards, celebrating excellence in Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre, were announced this morning.

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY has been nominated for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical and two Distinguished Performance Awards (Zach Braff and Nick Cordero).

CASA VALENTINA has been nominated for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play and two Distinguished Performance Awards (Reed Birney and Gabriel Ebert).

CHOIR BOY has been nominated for the Distinguished Performance Award (Jeremy Pope).

THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN has been nominated for Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play and the Distinguished Performance Award (Daniel Radcliffe).

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH has been nominated for Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical and two Distinguished Performance Awards (Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall).

HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED has been nominated for the Distinguished Performance Award (Ruben Santiago-Hudson).

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN has been nominated for the Distinguished Performance Award (Mary Bridget Davies).

THE OPEN HOUSE has been nominated for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play and the Distinguished Performance Award (Peter Friedman).

THE SNOW GEESE star Mary-Louise Parker, a past recipient of the Distinguished Performance Award, will be honored on the dais for her work in the production.

TALES FROM RED VIENNA star Kathleen Chalfant, a past recipient of the Distinguished Performance Award, will be honored on the dais for her work in the production.

TWELFTH NIGHT, OR WHAT YOU WILL has been nominated for Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play. Mark Rylance, a past recipient of the Distinguished Performance Award, will also be honored on the dais for his work in RICHARD III and TWELFTH NIGHT, OR WHAT YOU WILL.

WAITING FOR GODOT has been nominated for Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play and the Distinguished Performance Award (Patrick Stewart). Ian McKellen, a past recipient of the Distinguished Performance Award, will also be honored on the dais for his work in NO MAN’S LAND and WAITING FOR GODOT.

Not for profit company nominations:

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB productions have been honored with six nominations including three for CASA VALENTINA, one for CHOIR BOY, one for THE SNOW GEESE and one for TALES FROM RED VIENNA.

SIGNATURE THEATRE COMPANY productions have been honored with three nominations including two for THE OPEN HOUSE and one for HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED.

TO READ THE COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES, PLEASE VISIT: http://tinyurl.com/DLNoms14

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Palace Theatre transformed into stadium style seating for HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME

The seating at the Palace Theatre has been transformed into new stadium style seating specifically for HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, the new Broadway musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur.  The creative team wanted to create a more intimate environment for audience and the actors, so the stage has been brought forward to cover the orchestra pit and rows A through J now rise in a direct line from the edge of the stage to the front of the mezzanine.  Now every seat in the theatre is prime viewing.

Written by Todd Kreidler and directed by Kenny Leon, HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME will begin performances on May 29, 2014 and open June 19, 2014 at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway at 47th Street).

On the decision to transform the theatre, HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME producers Eric Gold and Jessica Green, said “We believe our most important contribution is to do whatever is realistic to ensure that the audience has the best creative and entertaining experience possible.”  It is rare for a Broadway show to change the structure of the theatre’s seating.  The new seating for HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME puts 217 audience members in raked-seating similar to stadium seating in a movie house in rows A through J.  The theatre’s capacity has been reduced from 1,740 to an intimate 1,120.

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CASA VALENTINA opens tonight

CASA VALENTINA, the new play by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, opens tonight, April 23 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

The cast for CASA VALENTINA features Drama Desk Award winner Reed Birney (Taking Care of Baby at MTC, Blasted), Tony Award winner John Cullum (The Scottsboro Boys, “ER”), Tony Award winner Gabriel Ebert (Matilda, 4000 Miles), Obie Award winner Lisa Emery (Lonely, I’m Not; Iron at MTC), Tony Award nominee Tom McGowan (Wicked, “Everybody Loves Raymond”), Drama Desk Award nominee Patrick Page (Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, Cyrano de Bergerac), Larry Pine (The Royal Family, “House of Cards”), Drama Desk Award winner Nick Westrate (Loot, Tribes), and Emmy Award winner and Oscar nominee Mare Winningham (Picnic, “Hatfields & McCoys”).

CASA VALENTINA has been honored with two Outer Critics Circle Award nominations: Outstanding New Broadway Play (Harvey Fierstein) and Outstanding Featured Actress (Mare Winningham), and three Drama League nominations: Outstanding Production of a Play, Distinguished Performance (Reed Birney), and Distinguished Performance (Gabriel Ebert).

CASA VALENTINA is produced by Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer), by special arrangement with Colin Callender, Robert Cole, Frederick Zollo and The Shubert Organization.

From four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots, Newsies, La Cage aux Folles) comes CASA VALENTINA, his first play in almost thirty years and his first-ever collaboration with Manhattan Theatre Club. Two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Wicked) directs this funny, fascinating world premiere based on actual events.

Back in 1962, most men went to the Catskill Mountains to escape the summer heat, but others took the two-hour drive to escape something else entirely: being men. Nestled in the land of dirty dancing and borscht belt comedy sat an inconspicuous bungalow colony that catered to a very special clientele: heterosexual men whose favorite pastime was dressing and acting as women. It was paradise for these men—white-collar professionals with families—to spend their weekends discreetly and safely inhabiting their chosen female alter egos. But when they got the opportunity to share their secret lives with the world, these “self-made women” had to decide whether the freedom they would gain by emerging from hiding was worth the risk of personal ruin.

Infused with Fierstein’s trademark wit, this moving, insightful and delightfully entertaining new work offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of unforgettable characters as they search for acceptance and happiness in their very own Garden of Eden.

The creative team for CASA VALENTINA includes Scott Pask (scenic design), Rita Ryack (costume design), Justin Townsend (lighting design), Fitz Patton (original music & sound design), Jason P. Hayes (hair, wig & makeup design), and Thomas Schall (fight direction).

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Royal Shakespeare Company’s HENRY IV Parts I and II open to raves

RSC broadcasts the plays this summer ‘Live from Stratford-upon-Avon’ in  partnership with Picturehouse Entertainment

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Henry IV Part I and Henry IV Part II directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran opened to raves last week in Stratford-upon-Avon. Audiences around the world will be able to see these plays, as well as The Two Gentlemen of Verona, when they are shot for broadcast as part of “Live from Stratford-upon-Avon,” an RSC program that screens the world’s greatest classical theatre company from Shakespeare’s home town around the world, through a continued partnership with Picturehouse Entertainment.    Today also marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth.

The critics weighed in:

“Antony Sher’s excellent Falstaff is at the heart of Gregory Doran’s RSC revival.” – Financial Times

“(Also) featuring Antony Sher as a twinkly Sir John Falstaff, this double bill is an insightful and enjoyable addition to Gregory Doran’s new RSC cycle of Shakespeare’s histories…well worth seeing” The Times

“One reason we love these plays is because of their ability to embrace the whole range of human experience.” The Guardian “Can Sher do jolly, and jolly funny? The answer is yes…Full-blooded life…Antony Sher as Falstaff proves he can do jolly as well as tortured.” -  Telegraph

“Strongly recommended.” – Independent

“Vibrant…A walloping spectacle…

Here is Shakespeare perfect for both teenagers and old romantics.  All hail!” – The Daily Mail

“Hugely enjoyable.  Think of an archetypal Falstaff and it is likely the result will be Mr Sher as seen here. In truth no one should have as much fun on stage as he obviously does, and get paid for it.   This is a great actor playing a great role, bringing out the very best in all around him.  The fat knight is dead, long live the fat knight!”  – Stratford Observer

“Sir Antony Sher genuinely looks like he is having such fun as eternal slacker Falstaff – a role he says he had never considered playing before.  It’s pure comedy gold. A fascinating watch.” – Birmingham Post

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The Afternoon Report, Tuesday, April 22, 2014


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Today’s Tweets from BBB
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Boneau/Bryan-Brown Congratulates Our 2013-2014 Outer Critics Circle Award Nominees • • • “When it comes to huge openings, a lot of people think of me.” Follow @BBBway for updates from the @HEDWIGOnBway opening tonight! • • • BBB’s @HEDWIGOnBway team amyak645 & @AaronMeier got glam manis for tonight’s opening! • • • The Broadway musical HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME brings the audience mere feet away from the actors @HollerBway • • • ONCE is not enough…. : Shenton’s View : The Stage via @twitterapi @OnceBway • • • RT @lindsaych: Happy opening night!! “Follow the odyssey of @HEDWIGOnBway, from underground rock club to Broadway • • •

Facebook’s ad business A-OK
C/NET – by JENNIFER VAN GROVE

For Facebook, the word for the first three months of 2014 is “more,” as the social network delivered more of everything to its paying clients, specifically the things they really care about like clicks, impressions, and revenue, according to a report from Adobe.

Clicks on Facebook ads were up 70 percent year-over-year and 48 percent quarter-over-quarter, while ad impressions also grew 40 percent and 41 percent, respectively, Adobe found in its Social Media Intelligence report published late Monday.

In other words, more ads are going out and more people are seeing them, which should equate to more profit for Facebook and better results for advertisers.
To read the rest of this article, click the link below
http://www.cnet.com/news/facebooks-ad-business-a-ok/

Broadway Ad Breakdowns: Continue reading

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Boneau/Bryan-Brown Congratulates Our 2013-2014 Outer Critics Circle Award Nominees

Nominations for the 64th annual Outer Critics Circle Awards, celebrating excellence in Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre, were announced this morning.

APPROPRIATE has been nominated for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play.

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY has been nominated for four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including: Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Nick Cordero), Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Marin Mazzie), Outstanding Choreographer (Susan Stroman), and Outstanding Costume Design (William Ivey Long).

CASA VALENTINA has been nominated for two Outer Critics Circle Awards, including: Outstanding Broadway Play and Outstanding Featured Actress (Mare Winningham).

CHOIR BOY has been nominated for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play.

THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN has been nominated for two Outer Critic Circle Awards, including: Outstanding Revival of a Play and Outstanding Director of a Play (Michael Grandage).

THE EXPLORERS CLUB has been nominated for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play.

THE HATMAKER’S WIFE has been nominated for the John Gassner Award (Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright).

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH has been nominated for three Outer Critics Circle Awards including: Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Neil Patrick Harris), Outstanding Lighting Design (Kevin Adams).

HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED has been nominated for Outstanding Solo Performance (Ruben Santiago-Hudson).

NO MAN’S LAND has been nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Play (Ian McKellen).

OUTSIDE MULLINGAR has been nominated for two Outer Critics Circle Awards, including: Outstanding Broadway Play and Outstanding Lead Actor (Brían F. O’Byrne).

TWELFTH NIGHT has been nominated for five Outer Critics Circle Awards, including: Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Actor in a Play (Mark Rylance), Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Paul Chahidi), Outstanding Director of a Play (Tim Carroll), and Outstanding Costume Design (Jenny Tiramani).

Not for profit company nominations:

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB productions have been honored with six Outer Critics Circle nominations, including two for CASA VALENTINA, two for OUTSIDE MULLINGAR, one for CHOIR BOY, and one for THE EXPLORERS CLUB.

THE PLAYWRIGHTS REALM has been honored with one Outer Critics Circle nomination.

SIGNATURE THEATRE COMPANY has been honored with two Outer Critics Circle nominations for APPROPRIATE and HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED.

TO READ THE COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES, PLEASE VISIT: http://tinyurl.com/OCCNoms14

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