More Prime Ministers Appointed for Broadway’s THE AUDIENCE; Complete Cast Announced


Rod McLachlan & Dakin Matthews

Rod McLachlan & Dakin Matthews

The producers of Peter Morgan’s Broadway-bound The Audience, starring Academy Award winner Helen Mirren, announced today that Dakin Matthews and Rod McLachlan will take on the roles of Winston Churchill and Gordon Brown, respectively. Stephen Daldry directs the limited engagement at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street). Previews begin February 17; opening night is March 8. The production runs through June 28, 2015.

The Audience cast is Helen Mirren (Queen Elizabeth II), Dylan Baker (John Major), Geoffrey Beevers (The Queen’s Equerry), Michael Elwyn (Sir Anthony Eden), Judith Ivey (Margaret Thatcher), Dakin Matthews (Winston Churchill), Richard McCabe (Harold Wilson), Rod McLachlan (Gordon Brown), Rufus Wright (David Cameron), Anthony Cochrane (Cecil Beaton / Detective / Bishop), Graydon Long (Footman / Beefeater), Jason Loughlin (Footman / Beefeater), Michael Rudko (Ensemble), Henny Russell (Queen’s Secretary), Tracy Sallows (Bobo McDonald), Elizabeth Teeter (Young Elizabeth), and Tony Ward (Ensemble).

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JERSEY BOYS and THE LAST SHIP unite to perform Saturday Night Scream Christmas Carols for New York Cares and City Harvest Saturday, December 20 at 7:45PM

Photo by Joan Marcus

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Broadway’s JERSEY BOYS and THE LAST SHIP unite to help the 26th Annual New York Cares Coat Drive and City Harvest on Saturday, December 20 at 7:45pm with “Saturday Night Scream Christmas Carols,” an opportunity for fans and friends of both shows to donate a coat or canned goods and listen to the casts sing Christmas Carols on 52nd Street in front of the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street) and Neil Simon Theatre (250 West 52nd Street).

The brain child of JERSEY BOYS cast member Peter Gregus, “’Saturday Night Scream Christmas Carols’ is a way to expand on the joyous fun we have every week here on 52nd Street with our long-time tradition of ‘Saturday Night Scream.’ The casts of Jersey Boys and The Last Ship combine forces to help the New York Cares Coat Drive and City Harvest. We will raise our voices together with some good old fashioned Christmas Carols and hope that our friends and fans show up with a coat or canned goods to donate while we sing. It’s a win-win. We get to sing Christmas carols, and the fans get to hear us sing them. And we’re helping others less fortunate during the holidays,” said Gregus.

Sting, who wrote the score for THE LAST SHIP and is currently appearing on stage in the musical, is expected to appear with members of the SHIP company at this event.
This year, during the 26th annual New York Cares Coat Drive, the organization has received more than 100,000 coat requests for New Yorkers in need. Donations have fallen far short of these requests. If individuals and companies can’t come out to “Saturday Night Scream Christmas Carols,” they can donate coats until December 31, 2014. To find a drop off location, visit

All over the city, New Yorkers help feed their hungry neighbors, by organizing food drives in their schools, apartment buildings, businesses and places of worship. To find a drop off location, visit

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The Afternoon Report, Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Breaking news:

Musical ‘Something Rotten’ Heading to Broadway

William Shakespeare is heading back to Broadway – but this time he’ll be mocked in a musical.

Tony-winning producer Kevin McCollum said Tuesday that the sweet and goofy new show “Something Rotten!” will play the St. James Theatre in March. Tony winner Casey Nicholaw will direct and choreograph the musical.

The comedy is set during the Renaissance and portrays Shakespeare as an arrogant, rock star playwright. Two brothers desperate to write a hit show in his shadow stumble on the notion of writing the world’s first musical. There’s plenty of tap dancing, clever rhyming and fortune-telling.

“It takes place in 1595 but it’s also about today and theater-going and entertainment and celebrity and status and economics and success and joy and the crucible of creativity,” said McCollum.

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Social media over the holidays: Five tips to manage your brand
Tech Republic – by ERIN CARSON

Social media doesn’t go on vacation.

That sentence might be the most common warning from social media professionals when considering the challenges of running social media during the holidays.

Sometimes that means thanking your lucky stars IHOP has free Wi-Fi, as Atlanta-based communications consultant Alicia Mitchell did, while on a drive from Atlanta to Oklahoma City with her family over Thanksgiving.

“I got my laptop out of the car, came back inside and did some scheduling while my family was still eating,” she said.

The holidays can be a tricky time for social media marketers. On one hand, the year is winding down and people are checking out physically and mentally. On the other, it can be one of the busiest times, especially if your brand has a product to promote.

“I know that people want to take this time off and want to enjoy the holidays, but unfortunately, social media and digital media is a 24/7 gig and it really doesn’t lend itself to a week out of the office or even two days out of the office,” said Gartner analyst Jennifer Polk.

Fortunately, there are a few ways to make sure the holidays run smoothly, even if unplugging isn’t an option — which it probably isn’t. Our condolences.

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Hear Ye, Broadway! Something Rotten To Open This Spring at the St. James Theatre

Something Rotten! title treatment Est 1595

Producer Kevin McCollum is proud to announce that Something Rotten!, a completely original new musical comedy directed and choreographed by Tony Award® winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award® winner Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award® nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O’Farrell, will begin previews March 23 and officially open April 22, 2015 at the St. James Theatre (246 West 44th Street).

Hear Ye, Broadway! From the co-director of The Book of Mormon and the producer of Avenue Q comes something original… something fresh… Something Rotten!, a world-premiere musical comedy about the musical comedy that started it all.

Welcome to the ‘90s — the 1590s — long before the dawn of premium tickets, star casting and reminders to turn off your cell phones. Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! But amidst the scandalous excitement of Opening Night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self… and all that jazz.

With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun and an irresistible ode to musicals — those dazzling creations that entertain us, inspire us, and remind us that everything’s better with an exclamation point!

To celebrate the year that Something Rotten! is set, $15.95 tickets for every seat for the first three performances of the new musical from Monday, March 23 – Wednesday, March 25, 2015 will be on sale beginning Friday, December 19 at the St. James Theatre box office at 8:00am as well as online at Only tickets for the first three performances will be sold this Friday, additional on sale and ticketing information will be announced shortly.

$15.95 tickets subject to availability. Applicable only to specified performance date and times. All sales final; no refund or exchanges. Seating restrictions may apply. Telephone /internet orders subject to service fees. Prices subject to change and offer may be revoked at any time. Limit 4 tickets per order.

Casting and additional creative team will be announced shortly.

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RSC celebrates 100th Anniversary of Arthur Miller’s birth with production of Death of a Salesman


Royal Shakespeare Theatre:
26 March – 2 May 2015
Press night: Wednesday 1 April, 7pm

By Arthur Miller
Directed by Gregory Doran

Casting is announced for Gregory Doran’s production of Arthur Miller’s 1949 Pulitzer prize-winning play Death of a Salesman, opening in the centenary year of Arthur Miller’s birth. Previews start from 26 March, with the press night on Wednesday 1 April, 2015.

After a life of honest hard work, it is salesman Willy Loman’s birth right to retire with his loving wife whilst his sons continue his legacy. Yet as old age and retirement approaches Willy struggles to reconcile his long cherished dream with the life he has actually lived. Miller’s play of failed dreams and thwarted ambition is surely the greatest 20th Century American tragedy ever written.

As previously announced, Antony Sher and Alex Hassell return to the RSC following their roles as Falstaff and Prince Hal in Henry IV Parts I and II (currently running in London at the Barbican until 24 January 2015) to play father and son, Willy Loman and Biff. Playing Willy’s loyal wife is Harriet Walter, who was last at the RSC as Cleopatra in Gregory Doran’s 2006 production of Antony and Cleopatra. Harriet’s other theatre credits include the recent all-female production of Henry IV at the Donmar Warehouse and Women Beware Women at the National. Completing the Loman family, as younger son Happy, is Sam Marks, who also returns following his role as Poins in Henry IV Parts I and II.

They are joined by Paul Birchard (Older Waiter); Ross Green (Stanley); Emma King (Miss Forsyth); Miranda Nolan (Letta); Sarah Parks (The Woman); Guy Paul (Uncle Ben); Joshua Richards (Charley) and Brodie Ross (Bernard). Further casting to be announced.

The production is designed by newly appointed RSC Director of Design Stephen Brimson Lewis with lighting by Tim Mitchell. The music is composed by Paul Englishby with sound by Martin Slavin.

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The Afternoon Report, Friday, December 12, 2014

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Today’s Tweets from BBB

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RT @HedwigonBway: HEDWIG is Entertainment Weekly’s #1 show of 2014! Danke, @EW  • • • RT @VanityFair: HONEYMOON IN VEGAS starring @TonyDanza, Brynn O’Malley, and @RobMcClure lands on Broadway  • • •


Instagram Is Getting So Good at News, It Should Scare Twitter

It’s raining in San Francisco. Hard. Trees have already fallen, and the skeletons of cast-off umbrellas are tumbling down the street. This is the kind of storm that drives a girl to social media to watch the drama unfold. And while Twitter historically has been the best place to unearth real-time updates and descriptions, it’s not nearly as compelling as the stream of images flooding Instagram today.

Don’t believe me? Go ahead. Try it. Pull up your app and hit the magnifying glass on the bottom left. That’s the explore tab. Now search for rain in San Francisco, or better yet, try searching for the hashtag #Hellastorm. There’s a photo of cars driving down a road so flooded their wheels are invisible beneath the water. There’s a photo of a sign on the door of Santa Rosa Junior College, announcing it’s closing at noon. And there’s the one I just posted of my friend Carla throwing sandbags into the back of her station wagon to stop the water currently gushing into her garage.

Embedded in the captions, many of which are dense with information, is the kind of local news I’ve seen before—in tweets. The puddle at 9th and Irving went up to mid-calf. This section of Highway 1 in Pacifica near Manor Drive is flooded. Instagram has become a visual version of the real-time news stream that Twitter invented. And with 300 million monthly active users, it’s beating out the little blue bird to become the dominant mass messaging platform.

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Study finds social media use beneficial to overall health of elderly
The Guardian – by STEVEN MORRIS

Training older people to use social media improves cognitive capacity, increases a sense of self-competence and could have a beneficial overall impact on mental health and physical well-being, according to a study carried out in the UK and Italy.

During the two-year project, 120 elderly and vulnerable people from two regions renowned for the longevity of its populace – the south west of England and the Marche region of central Italy – were given specially-designed computers, broadband connections and training in using e-mail, Skype, Facebook and other social media tools. A control group simply received their usual care.

Researchers found most of those who had the hardware and the know-how reported feeling less isolated because of the connections they could make with relatives, friends and people with shared interests. More surprisingly, they also found those who had begun to use social media performed better in tests to gauge cognitive capacity and personal identity. Some reported that they were mentally and physically healthier than before while, in general, those in the control group steadily declined.

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The Afternoon Report, Thursday, December 11, 2014

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5 Social-Media Sources of Testimonials for Your Business
Entrepreneur – by FIRAS KITTANEH

Anyone can create a website and start a business. Indeed some people could do so in an hour or less.

But consumers want to buy from businesses that have demonstrated that a product or service will benefit customers. Besides having a unique selling point, what can separate your company from a competitor’s is testimonials from customers.

Fortunately, you can obtain testimonials in a variety of ways. Here are five social-media sources to mine for their collection of testimonials.

See the complete list, click the link below


5 ways to rock social media without making it feel like a chore

Even though many small to medium size businesses are realizing the power of social media and how it can be used to create awareness for their products and services, how are you going to integrate social media into your busy day?

If you have a small business or working solo, it may feel at times that you are physically working around the clock with your busy schedule to get things done. How on earth and when are you supposed to update your social media profiles, post a new blog post or tweet?

Creating a social media marketing plan and integrating it into your busy schedule so that it becomes routine could be tricky to many, but it is really fun and exciting because it is a lifestyle change. Don’t look at social media as a series of tasks that you have to complete everyday, but how you can incorporate it into your way of thinking.

Here’s a couple of tips that can help you get started with this.

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Ring in the holidays with JERSEY BOYS. Holiday schedule announced.

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The holiday schedule for the Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical JERSEY BOYS has been announced:

Tuesday, 12/23 at 7pm
Wednesday, 12/24 no performance
Thursday, 12/25 at 7pm
Friday, 12/26 at 2pm and 8pm
Saturday, 12/27 at 2pm and 8pm
Sunday, 12/28 at 2pm and 7pm

Tuesday, 12/30 at 2pm and 7pm
Wednesday 12/31 at 2pm
Thursday, 1/1 at 7pm
Friday, 1/2 at 8pm
Saturday, 1/3 at 2pm and 8pm
Sunday, 1/4 at 3pm

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The Afternoon Report, Tuesday, December 9, 2014

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Today’s Tweets from BBB
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RT @Playbill: Hamish Linklater and @thejohnnoble cast in @AtlanticTheater’s #POSTERITY  • • • Broadway bound AN AMERICAN IN PARIS opens tomorrow in Paris. See the first production photos released from the show • • • @BBBway people are #Homeland people • • •


Facebook Tweaks Graph Search, Ups Mobile Functions
MediaPost – by GAVIN O’MALLEY

Still officially in beta, Facebook just made several changes to its Graph Search initiative, including the ability to more easily find old posts, and better mobile functionality.

Since its launch, Facebook has positioned Graph Search as an enhanced search engine for users. While Google is still considered the king of search, Facebook is not unfamiliar with the subject. Indeed, as of June, the social giant was processing more than 1 billion search queries a day.

“Search at Facebook is a long-term effort,” Tom Stocky, vice president, search at Facebook, explained in a blog post. Stocky described the new mobile functionality and additional change to Graph as “a step toward helping you tap into the experiences and perspectives of your friends.”

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Broadway Ad Breakdowns:

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The Afternoon Report, Monday, December 8, 2014

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Today’s Tweets from BBB
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RT @DisgracedBway: Just fifteen minutes until @JoshRadnor takes your questions. Tweet yours using #DISGRACEDDiscussed • • • Check out the new @LAST5YEARSMovie trailer! Yea @MrJasonRBrown! • • • Don’t forget to get your tickets to @ELEPHANTMAN at the Booth Theatre if you haven’t yet! It’s not to be missed! • • •


They’re Back: Hoax Status Updates Claiming Copyright to Intellectual Property on Facebook
New York Times/Business Day – by EDWARD WYATT

When President Obama laid out his vision for strict regulation of Internet access last month, he was voicing views thought to be held by many at the most liberal end of the Democratic Party.

A few days later, however, the N.A.A.C.P., the National Urban Leagueand the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition sent representatives, including the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, to tell Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, that they thought Mr. Obama’s call to regulate broadband Internet service as a utility would harm minority communities by stifling investment in underserved areas and entrenching already dominant Internet companies.

Their displeasure should not be read as a sign that most civil rights organizations were unhappy with Mr. Obama’s plan, however. When it comes to the details of Internet regulation, groups that otherwise have much common ground simply don’t see eye to eye., a black political coalition, and the National Hispanic Media Coalition, for example, support treating Internet access as an essential service like electricity or water — as Mr. Obama proposed — while the League of United Latin American Citizens opposes it.

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Link to Broadway Grosses for the week ending December 7, 2014:  Continue reading

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