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    ON YOUR FEET! Announces 31-City First National Tour: Grand Opening in Miami - October 5, 2017

    Producers James L. Nederlander, Estefan Enterprises, Inc and Bernie Yuman are pleased to announce a 31-city First National Tour this fall of the hit Broadway musical ON YOUR FEET!based on the life story of seven-time GRAMMY® winning international superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband, 19-time GRAMMY® winning producer-musician-entrepreneur Emilio Estefan. The tour will celebrate its Grand Opening in the Estefans’ home city of Miami, Florida. The musical will play the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts from October 5–15, 2017, and continue to such cities as Orlando, Houston, Dallas, Baltimore and San Diego, with many others soon to be announced. This fall also marks the international premiere of ON YOUR FEET!, with a production of the musical opening at Beatrix Theatre in Utrecht, Netherlands on October 18.

    Gloria Estefan has sold over 100 million records and sold out stadiums around the world. Emilio and Gloria Estefan together have won 26 GRAMMY Awards® – but their music is only half the story. From the heart of Havana to the streets of Miami came a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the music industry had ever seen.  ON YOUR FEET! is a new Broadway musical that follows the Estefans’ journey to superstardom, set to their chart-topping, smash hits, including “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,” “Conga,” “1-2-3,” “Get On Your Feet,” “Mi Tierra,” Don’t Want To Lose You Now,” and “Reach,” in addition to an original song written by Gloria and her daughter Emily Estefan.

    ON YOUR FEET! is directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Hairspray) and choreographed by Tony Award nominee & Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Memphis), with an original book by Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman, The Bodyguard Musical). Now in its second smash hit year on Broadway, the musical began performances on Broadway on Monday, October 5, 2015, with an opening night of Thursday, November 5, 2015, at the Marquis Theatre in New York City.

    Completing the creative team are four-time Tony-nominated Scenic Designer David Rockwell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), Tony-nominated Costume Designer Emilio Sosa (Porgy & Bess), Tony Award-winning Lighting Designer Kenneth Posner (Wicked, Hairspray), Tony Award-winning Sound Designer Steve Kennedy (Lady Day, Guys and Dolls), Projections by Darrel Maloney, and Hair & Wig Designer Chuck LaPointe (Beautiful,Newsies). With Music Direction by Lon Hoyt (Hairspray), ON YOUR FEET! features Orchestrations by Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan, Dance Arrangements and Dance Orchestrations by Oscar Hernandez (The Capeman).


    Complete Cast and Creative Announced For SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE

    Ambassador Theatre Group (Mark Cornell, CEO; Adam Speers, Executive Producer) announced today the complete casting and creative team for the Broadway revival of New York City Center’s production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Sunday in the Park with George. Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (in his Broadway musical debut) and Tony Award winner  Annaleigh Ashford will be joined by Tony Award nominee Brooks Ashmanskas, Jenni Barber, Tony Award nominee Phillip Boykin, Mattea Marie Conforti, Erin Davie, Claybourne Elder, Tony Award nominee Penny Fuller, Jordan Gelber, Tony Award winner Robert Sean Leonard, Liz McCartney,Tony Award winner Ruthie Ann Miles, Ashley Park, Jennifer Sanchez, David Turner, Max Chernin, MaryAnn Hu, Tony Award nominee Michael McElroy, Jaime Rosenstein, Julie Foldesi, and Andrew Kober.

    As previously announced, Sunday in the Park with George will re-open the historic Hudson Theatre (139-141 West 44th Street) on Broadway this winter for a strictly limited 10-week engagement.  Directed by Sarna Lapine, performances are set to begin Saturday, February 11, 2017, ahead of a Thursday, February 23rdOpening Night, and will play through Sunday, April 23rd.

    The creative team for Sunday in the Park with George features set design by Tony Award® winner Beowulf Boritt, projection design by Tal Yarden, costume design by Tony Award® winner Clint Ramos, lighting design by Tony Award® winner Ken Billington, sound design by Tony Award® nominee Kai Harada, co-projection design by Christopher Ash, hair and wig design by Cookie Jordan, make-up design by Joe Dulude II, music coordination by Tony® Honor recipient Seymour Red Press, orchestrations by 2-time Tony Award® winnerMichael Starobin, production supervision by Tony® honor recipient Peter Lawrence, casting by Carrie Gardner/Stephen Kopel, technical supervision by Hudson Theatrical Associates, general management by101 Productions, Ltd., musical staging by Ann Yee, and music direction by Chris Fenwick.

    Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online at www.TheHudsonBroadway.com, by calling 855-801-5876, or in person at the Hudson Theatre Box Office, which opens today.

    Sondheim and Lapine’s masterpiece follows painter Georges Seurat (Jake Gyllenhaal) in the months leading up to the completion of his most famous painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Consumed by his need to “finish the hat,” Seurat alienates the French bourgeoisie, spurns his fellow artists, and neglects his lover Dot (Annaleigh Ashford), not realizing that his actions will reverberate over the next 100 years.


    2017 Tony Awards Will Return To the Historic Radio City Music Hall

    The American Theatre Wing’s 71st Annual Tony Awards will return to the historic venue, Radio City Music Hall, airing live on Sunday, June 11, 2017, (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. The Tony Awards, which honors theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

    The Tony Awards have a longstanding tradition of taking place at Radio City Music Hall, dating back to 1997. The show was held there every year until 2010 – except when the Hall underwent renovations in 1999 – and again from 2013 to 2015.

    The official eligibility cut-off date for the 71st Annual Tony Awards will be April 27, 2017, for all Broadway productions opening in the 2016-2017 season. Productions which meet all other eligibility requirements and open on or before the eligibility date are considered eligible for 2017 Tony Award nominations.

    The Nominations for the 2017 Tony Awards will be announced live on May 2, 2017, from New York City.

    For more information on the Tony Awards, visit TonyAwards.com and Facebook.com/TheTonyAwards and follow @TheTonyAwards on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.


    Casting Announced For HAMILTON National Tour

    Producer Jeffrey Seller is thrilled to announce that two-time Tony Award® nominee JOSHUA HENRY, Broadway’s MICHAEL LUWYOYE and Tony Award® Nominee RORY O'MALLEY will lead the National Tour of HAMILTON as Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton and King George III, respectively.  Mr. Henry, currently performing in the Chicago production, made his Broadway debut in In The Heights, received Tony Award® nominations for his roles in Violetand The Scottsboro Boys and created the role of “Noble Sissle” in Shuffle Along.  Mr. Luwoye made his Broadway debut in HAMILTON and was nominated for a 2016 Lucille Lortel Award for his work as Jacob in Invisible Thread (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical).  And, Mr. O'Malley is currently playing King George III on Broadway and received a Tony Award® nomination for his role as Elder McKinley in The Book of Mormon. Other principal roles in HAMILTON on tour will be played by RUBÉN J. CARBAJAL as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton; JORDAN DONICA as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; AMBER IMAN as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds;ISAIAH JOHNSON as George Washington; SOLEA PFEIFFER as Eliza Hamilton;EMMY RAVER-LAMPMAN as Angelica Schuyler and MATHENEE TRECO as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison. 

    The National Tour also include RYAN ALVARADO, RAYMOND BAYNARD, AMANDA BRAUN, DANIEL CHING, KARLI DINARDO, JEFFERY DUFFY, JENNIFER GELLER, JACOB GUZMAN, JULIA HARRIMAN, AFRA HINES, SABRINA IMAMURA, LAUREN KIAS, YVETTE LU, DESMOND NEWSON, DESMOND NUNN, JOSH ANDRÉS RIVERA, RAVEN THOMAS, RYAN VASQUEZ, KEENAN D. WASHINGTON and ANDREW WOJTAL. Performances begin March 10, 2017 at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco.  The National Tour of HAMILTON will play 21-weeks in San Francisco, followed by a 21-week engagement in Los Angeles.


    GROUNDHOG DAY Announces Full Broadway Casting

    Producers Whistle Pig, Columbia Live Stage, and The Dodgers, with Michael Watt, are pleased to announce casting for the Broadway premiere of Groundhog Day, the new musical featuring music and lyrics by Tim Minchin and a book by Danny Rubin, and directed by Matthew Warchus.

    As previously announced, Andy Karl will star as Phil Connors in the Broadway production, following his celebrated performance in the show’s well-received London’s production at The Old Vic this summer. Newcomer Barrett Doss (You Can’t Take It With You, Burning at The New Group) will star as Rita Hanson.

    The Groundhog Day ensemble cast features Rebecca Faulkenberry (Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark, Rock of Ages), John Sanders (Matilda, Peter and the Starcatcher), Andrew Call (Found, American Idiot), Raymond J. Lee (Honeymoon in Vegas, Anything Goes), Heather Ayers (Young Frankenstein, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever), Kevin Bernard (Billy Elliot, Curtains), Gerard Canonico (Spring Awakening, American Idiot), Rheaume Crenshaw (Amazing Grace, Alternating Currents), Michael Fatica (She Loves Me, Newsies), Katy Geraghty (Shrek, A Christmas Carolregionally), Camden Gonzales (Matilda The Musical Toronto / National Tour), Jordan Grubb (Mary Poppins National Tour), Taylor Iman Jones (American Idiot National Tour), Tari Kelly (Something Rotten!, Anything Goes), Josh Lamon (Finding Neverland, Hair), Joseph Medeiros (Matilda, Doctor Zhivago, Wicked), Sean Montgomery (Matilda The Musical, White Christmas National Tour), William Parry (Sunday in the Park with George, Passion), Jenna Rubaii (National Tours of American Idiotand Saturday Night Fever), Vishal Vaidya (1776 at Encores!, The Secret Garden at Shakespeare Theatre Company), Travis Waldschmidt (Matilda The Musical, Wicked), and Natalie Wisdom (Billy Elliot, Matilda The Musical National Tour).

    Groundhog Day begins previews Thursday, March 16 and opens Monday, April 17 at the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street).

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