Apr 262012

ROCK OF AGES Welcomes Ashley Spencer To The Cast

Producers of the five-time Tony Award nominated hit musical Rock of Ages have announced that Ashley Spencer (Grease, Priscilla..) will star in the leading role of Sherrie – the “small town girl” who “took the midnight train goin’ anywhere” – beginning Thursday, May 10 at Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theatre (220 W 44th Street). Emily Padgett, who has performed the role since November 2011, will play her final performance on Tuesday, May 1. During the interim week, the role will be covered alternately by Katie Webber and Tessa Alves.

Rock of Ages also stars Justin Matthew Sargent as “Drew”, Jeremy Woodard (original Broadway Cast member) as “Stacee Jaxx,” Adam Dannheisser (original Broadway Cast Member) as “Dennis,” Genson Blimline as “Lonny”, Cody Scott Lancaster (Original Toronto Cast Member) as “Franz,” Michele Mais (original Broadway Cast Member) as “Justice,” Josephine Rose Roberts (Original Toronto Cast Member) as “Regina,” and Paul Schoeffler (original Broadway Cast Member) as “Hertz.” Rounding out the cast are Tessa Alves, Tony LePage, Michael Minarik, Jennifer Rias, Andre Ward, Katie Webber and Neka Zang.

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Sep 72011

"Jonas Brother" Nick Jonas to succeed Daniel Radcliffe and Darren Criss in HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING

From the Press Release:

Nick Jonas will climb the corporate ladder as Broadway’s next ‘J. Pierrepont Finch’ in the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical comedy HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING beginning Tuesday, January 24, 2012 through Sunday, July 1, 2012. Tickets for HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING are currently on sale through Sunday, July 1, 2012. Jonas, who began his career on stage at age 8, returns to Broadway for the first time since the launch of the international sensation The Jonas Brothers.

Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas launched his professional career at age 8 as ‘Young Scrooge/Tiny Tim’ in A Christmas Carol and followed it up with roles in the Broadway productions ofLes Misérables, Beauty and the Beast and Annie Get Your Gun with Reba McEntire. In the last year, he’s returned to his roots on the live stage, taking on the role of ‘Marius’ in London’s West End production of Les Misérables as well as at the 25th Anniversary Concert at The O2 Arena. Most recently, he starred as ‘Link Larkin’ alongside Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur in the Hollywood Bowl’s production of Hairspray.

After a song written by Nick and his father found its way to Columbia Records, Nick was signed as a solo artist. His brothers Kevin and Joe were brought on board and the Jonas Brothers story began. Though the project never took off and they were dropped from Columbia, the industry had noticed and the Jonas Brothers were signed by Hollywood Records. In August 2007, the band released their self-titled debut album, which was soon certified platinum. 

In 2008, the Jonas Brothers launched two sold-out tours and released their second album, A Little Bit Longer, becoming the first artist ever to have three albums on the Billboard Top 10 at once (Jonas BrothersA Little Bit Longer, and the Camp Rocksoundtrack) and receiving a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. In 2009, they released Lines, Vines and Trying Times, which became their second No. 1 album in one year. They also released the film Jonas Brothers: 3-D Concert Experience. In 2010, Nick launched a solo effort: Nick Jonas and the Administration and released the album Who I Am.

Daniel Radcliffe originated the role of ‘Finch’ in this production and will conclude his run in the show on Sunday, January 1, 2012. Darren Criss, breakout star of Fox’s Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning smash hit television show “GLEE”, will make his Broadway debut as J. Pierrepont Finch, performing a strictly limited three week engagement from Tuesday, January 3, through Sunday, January 22, 2012.

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Aug 102011

"Weeds" and "Spring Awakening" Star Hunter Parrish Will Play Jesus in "Godspell"

The upcoming Broadway production of Godspell will star Hunter Parrish as Jesus, it was announced on August 10.

From the official press release:

Producer Ken Davenport announced today that Hunter Parrish, star of the acclaimed Showtime series “Weeds” and the recent Tony Award-winning hit Spring Awakening, is set to star as Jesus in the upcoming Broadway revival of the legendary rock musical GODSPELL

"I am elated to be joining the GODSPELL family, and honored to be a part of bringing this thrilling classic back to Broadway," said Hunter Parrish. "I knew after meeting with the creative team that I was going to be a part of something really exciting.  I can’t wait to get started."

Hunter ParrishOn television, Parrish is currently reprising his role as Silas Botwin on the seventh season of “Weeds” opposite Mary-Louise Parker, Justin Kirk and Kevin Nealon. The series was nominated in 2006 and 2007 for a Golden Globe for Best Television Series - Music or Comedy, a SAG Award in 2007 and an Emmy Award in 2009 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

Parrish made his Broadway debut to critical acclaim as Melchior in the Tony Award-winning hit musical Spring Awakening.

On the big screen, he starred in director Nancy Meyers’ 2009 hit It’s Complicated opposite Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin; in Burr Steers’ 17 Again opposite Zac Efron, Matthew Perry and Leslie Mann; and in Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney’s Paper Man opposite Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Daniels and Lisa Kudrow.

His other film credits include Richard LaGravenese’ Freedom Writers opposite Hilary Swank and Patrick Dempsey; Barry Sonnenfeld’s RV opposite Robin Williams, Jeff Daniels and Kristen Chenoweth; David Jacobson’s Independent feature Down in the Valley opposite Edward Norton and Evan Rachel Wood; Joe Nussbaum’s Sleepover and Melissa Painter’s Steal Me which garnered him a 2005 Los Angeles Method Fest Award for Best Actor.

His other television appearance include guest starring roles on “Law & Order: SVU,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and the CBS drama “Close to Home.”

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Directed by Daniel Goldstein and choreographed by Tony Award nominee Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific), GODSPELL begins preview performances at Circle in the Square Theatre (1633 Broadway at 50th Street) on Thursday, October 13, 2011. Opening Night is Monday, November 7 (7 p.m.).

GODSPELL reunites Daniel Goldstein — making his Broadway directorial debut — and members of the design team from his critically-acclaimed 2006 Paper Mill Playhouse conception in a new production that has been completely re-imagined for the Circle in the Square, one of Broadway’s most intimate, unique and versatile houses.

Conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak with music and new lyrics by Academy and Grammy Award winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin), GODSPELL has continued to electrify audiences throughout the country since its original New York premiere in May 1971.

GODSPELL’s Tony-nominated score features instantly recognizable hits including “Day by Day,” “Turn Back, O Man,” “Learn Your Lessons Well, “Prepare Ye the Way,” “Light of the World” and many more.

One of the most popular musicals in the world, GODSPELL originally ran for more than 2,600 performances in New York and spawned successful touring productions in major U.S. cities, a 1973 motion picture adaptation and countless international engagements for the past 40 years.

The new Broadway revival of GODSPELL is produced by Ken Davenport, Edgar Lansbury and The People of Godspell. Additional casting will be announced soon.

GODSPELL features scenic design by David Korins (Passing Strange), costume design by Miranda Hoffman (Well), lighting design by David Weiner (The Normal Heart), sound design by Andrew Keister (Company), orchestrations by Michael Holland (Hurricane) and musical direction by Charlie Alterman (Next to Normal).

Visit GODSPELL online at www.godspell.com.