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Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of John Kander's New Musical, The Beast In The Jungle

Irina Dvorovenko 'The Americans', a former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer, Tony Award nominees Tony Yazbeck On The Town, Finding Neverland and Peter Friedman Ragtime, The Vineyard's The Slug Bearers Of Kayrol Island..., and Teagle F. Bourgere The Crucible, A Raisin In The Sun will be featured in the world premiere of The Beast in the Jungle, an original work fusing dance, drama and music by legendary composer and four-time Tony Award winner John Kander Cabaret, Chicago, Tony Award nominee playwright David Thompson Steel Pier Flora, The Red Menace, and five-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman The Producers, Contact.
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‘The Greatest Showman’: How ‘This Is Me’ Morphed from a Low-Key Ukulele Song into an Oscar-Nominated Anthem

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‘The Greatest Showman’: How ‘This Is Me’ Morphed from a Low-Key Ukulele Song into an Oscar-Nominated Anthem
If Benj Pasek and Justin Paul had been better at pirouettes, there’s a good chance that they would not be the reigning Best Original Song Oscar winners (“City of Stars,” “La La Land”), now vying for their second statues (“This Is Me,” “The Greatest Showman”).

The composers — who have only scripted songs for two completed films — became friends during their first week at the University of Michigan, where they studied musical theater. “We were the two worst students in our ballet class, which was required for our major,” Pasek told IndieWire by phone. “We were so bad at it that we would kind of hide behind each other and cover for each other, so that the teacher wouldn’t notice.” Unlike their confident, tights-clad peers, Pasek and Paul were dance novices in baggy sweatpants.

The next year, when they got cast as “Man with Camera” (Pasek) and “Coroner/Back-Up
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Vineyard's The Beast In The Jungle to Feature Tony Yazbeck, Irina Dvorovenko, and More

Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern announce that Irina Dvorovenko 'The Americans', a former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer, Tony Award nominees Tony Yazbeck On The Town, Finding Neverland and Peter Friedman Ragtime, The Vineyard's The Slug Bearers Of Kayrol Island..., and Teagle F. Bourgere The Crucible, A Raisin In The Sun will be featured in the world premiere of The Beast In The Jungle, an original work fusing dance, drama and music by legendary composer and four-time Tony Award winner John Kander Cabaret, Chicago, Tony Award nominee playwright David Thompson Steel Pier Flora, The Red Menace, and five-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman The Producers, Contact. Performances will begin May 4, 2018 with opening night set for May 23. Kander, Thompson, and Stroman previously collaborated at The Vineyard on The Scottsboro Boys.
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‘13 Reasons Why’ Star Brandon Flynn Signs With UTA (Exclusive)

United Talent Agency has signed actor Brandon Flynn in all areas, Variety has learned.

Flynn is best known for his portrayal of Justin Foley in Netflix drama “13 Reasons Why,” which was renewed in May. The second season of the show is slated to premiere later this year. Flynn’s theater work includes the role of Luke in the off-Broadway production of “Kid Victory,” written by Greg Pierce and John Kander, at the Vineyard Theatre. A Florida native, Flynn graduated in 2016 from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

In addition to UTA, Flynn is represented by Anonymous Content and Schreck Rose.

Flynn starred in “13 Reasons Why” season one alongside Katherine Langford, Dylan Minnette, Christian Navarro, Alisha Boe, Justin Prentice, and Miles Heizer. Critics praised the series about a teen girl’s suicide, with Variety‘s Maureen Ryan, calling it “a suspenseful tale that will keep most [viewers] engaged until the final scene fades
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Bww TV: Broadway Belts Out Kander & Ebb in Rehearsal for And The World Goes 'Round Gala!

Abingdon Theatre Company has a star-studded gala in the works featuring a musical revue with some of Broadway's best and brightest. And the World Goes 'Round is a stunning musical revue by John Kander and Fred Ebb, the multi Tony Award winning team that wrote Chicago and Cabaret. From Flora the Red Menace to Kiss of the Spider Woman and everything in between, the nonstop hit-parade features unforgettable gems including 'All that Jazz,' 'Maybe This Time,' 'Colored Lights' and 'New York, New York,' seamlessly woven into an unforgettable evening of musical theatre. And the World Goes 'Round is a celebration of life, love and the fighting spirit that keeps us all going.
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Dee Hoty, Christine Pedi, Barbara Walsh and More to Bring Woman Of The Year to Feinstein's/54 Below

John Kander and Fred Ebb's 1981 Tony nominated musical Woman of the Year will come back to New York City for a one-night-only concert at Feinstein's54 Below on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017, at 700pm and 930pm, with a portion of the proceeds going to The Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative.
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Nick Adams, Morgan James, Christine Pedi, Ali Stroker and More Join Abingdon Theatre Company's 25th Anniversary Gala Lineup

Abingdon Theatre Company has announced additional casting for their upcoming 25th Anniversary Gala on Monday, October 23 at The Edison Ballroom 240 W. 47th Street. Honoring two-time Tony and Emmy Award winner Bebe Neuwirth Chicago, Sweet Charity, 'Cheers,' 'Frasier', the event will feature a special concert performance of the John Kander and Fred Ebb musical revue And The World Goes 'Round.
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‘Prince of Broadway’: New revue of legend Harold Prince’s career ‘a bit out of focus’

‘Prince of Broadway’: New revue of legend Harold Prince’s career ‘a bit out of focus’
Harold Prince, one of Broadway’s most prolific and visionary director-producers who mounted works by Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and John Kander & Fred Ebb, amongst others, finally earned a show celebrating his estimable career in “Prince of Broadway,” a new musical revue from Manhattan Theatre Club that opened at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre […]
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Photo Flash: A Sultry First Look at Brian Clowdus, Molly Tynes and More in Cabaret at Serenbe Playhouse

Serenbe Playhouse, recipient of the prestigious American Theatre Wing grant, and recently honored with the most Suzi Bass Awards for a musical in Atlanta Miss Saigon, is pleased to present Cabaret, by Joe Masteroff and John Kander and Fred Ebb. Directed by Brian Clowdus, the show runs now throughAugust 27th. Cabaret will be produced at The Open Air Room in Serenbe. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below
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Photo Flash: Cast of Serenbe Playhouse's Cabaret Poses in the Kit Kat Club

Serenbe Playhouse, recipient of the prestigious American Theatre Wing grant, and recently honored with the most Suzi Bass Awards for a musical in Atlanta Miss Saigon, is pleased to present Cabaret, by Joe Masteroff and John Kander and Fred Ebb. Directed by Brian Clowdus, the show opens on August 3rd and runs to August 27th. Cabaret will be produced at The Open Air Room in Serenbe. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in costume below
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‘Cabaret’ Tour Will Hold Open Casting Call in NYC for Nonunion Talent

Willkommen, nonunion performers! An upcoming North American tour of “Cabaret,” the classic John Kander and Fred Ebb tuner, will hold an open casting call for non-Equity talent who also play instruments in New York City. Casting directors Brian Enzman and Lauren Sobon—will pull double duty as co-artistic directors—are seeking male and female talent ages 20–35 to fill its ensemble. In addition to strong singing ability, actors should be able to play at least one of the following: saxophone, clarinet, violin, viola, or cello. A male actor aged 40–65 is also needed to serve as a cover for Herr Schultz, and must be able to play either saxophone or clarinet. If you fit any of the above criteria, get yourself to the open casting call, which will be held Aug. 8 in NYC. Rehearsals will begin in New York in November. The tour will kick off Dec. 17 and run until May 21, 2018, throughout North America.
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From Silent Film Icon and His Women to Nazi Era's Frightening 'Common Folk': Lgbt Pride Movie Series (Final)

From Silent Film Icon and His Women to Nazi Era's Frightening 'Common Folk': Lgbt Pride Movie Series (Final)
(See previous post: “Gay Pride Movie Series Comes to a Close: From Heterosexual Angst to Indonesian Coup.”) Ken Russell's Valentino (1977) is notable for starring ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev as silent era icon Rudolph Valentino, whose sexual orientation, despite countless gay rumors, seems to have been, according to the available evidence, heterosexual. (Valentino's supposed affair with fellow “Latin LoverRamon Novarro has no basis in reality.) The female cast is also impressive: Veteran Leslie Caron (Lili, Gigi) as stage and screen star Alla Nazimova, ex-The Mamas & the Papas singer Michelle Phillips as Valentino wife and Nazimova protégée Natacha Rambova, Felicity Kendal as screenwriter/producer June Mathis (The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse), and Carol Kane – lately of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fame. Bob Fosse's Cabaret (1972) is notable as one of the greatest musicals ever made. As a 1930s Cabaret presenter – and the Spirit of Germany – Joel Grey was the year's Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner. Liza Minnelli
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Photo Flash: Meet the Sultry Stars of Cabaret at Serenbe Playhouse

Serenbe Playhouse, recipient of the prestigious American Theatre Wing grant, and recently honored with the most Suzi Bass Awards for a musical in Atlanta Miss Saigon, will present Cabaret, by Joe Masteroff and John Kander and Fred Ebb. Directed by Brian Clowdus, the show opens on August 3rd and runs to August 27th. Cabaret will be produced at The Open Air Room in Serenbe. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in character below
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John Kander, David Thompson and Susan Stroman to Bring Henry James Novella to the Vineyard Stage in 2018

Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern announce that Vineyard Theatre's 2017-2018 season will include the world premiere of The Beast In The Jungle, a new work - fusing drama, dance and music - by five-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman Contact, The Producers, playwright David Thompson Scottsboro Boys, and legendary composer and four-time Tony Award winner John Kander Cabaret, Chicago.
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Stephen Sondheim, Sara Bareilles, Lin Manuel Miranda, and Many More Wish John Kander a Happy Birthday

Today is the day to celebrate international favorite John Kander, and admirers are coming out in droves to wish the iconic composer the best on his 90th birthday.Four-time Tony Award winnerJohn Kander, with the lateFred Ebb, wrote the legendary musicals Chicago, Cabaret, and The Scottsboro Boys. He is the winner of three Tonys, one Olivier Award,two Emmys, and two Grammy Awards.
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Photo Coverage: The New York Pops First Concert Of 2017 Celebrates Kander & Ebb

Maestro Steven Reineke lifted his baton, pointed to a first tier box and started the New York Pops playing probably the most well known song ever written as he led the audience in Happy Birthday to soon to be 90 year old John Kander. BroadwayWorld was there for the opening night exciting concert which celebrated the music of the award winning song writers, the legendary Kander amp Ebb. Cassie Levy and Tony Yazbeck, the triple threat singer, actor, dancers were the concerts guest artists. Probably not since Vladimir Horowitz had a nail tapped into Carnegie's stage for his piano placement has there been better tapping dancing than Mr. Yazbeck displayed at this concert. As in every New York Pops Concert, the joy of the music continues as Steven Reineke hosts an after party.
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‘Star Wars’ Actor Oscar Isaac to Be (or Not to Be) ‘Hamlet’ in Off Broadway Revival

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‘Star Wars’ Actor Oscar Isaac to Be (or Not to Be) ‘Hamlet’ in Off Broadway Revival
Star Wars” actor Oscar Isaac will star this summer in a new Off Broadway production of William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy “Hamlet,” The Public Theater announced Thursday. Tony Award winner Sam Gold will direct the revival, which will begin previews on June 20 before an official opening on July 13. The production is expected to run through Sept. 3. The new production will also feature Roberta Colindrez (Rosencrantz), Peter Friedman (Polonius), Keegan-Michael Key (Horatio), Gayle Rankin (Ophelia, Second Gravedigger), Matthew Saldívar (Guildenstern) and Anatol Yusef (Laertes). Also Read: 'Kid Victory' Theater Review: Life Is Not a Cabaret in John Kander's New Musical Complete casting.
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‘Kid Victory’ Theater Review: Life Is Not a Cabaret in John Kander’s New Musical

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Greg Pierce and the legendary John Kander have written a new musical that makes “Fun Home” look downright sunny. The Tony-winning “Fun Home” begins with the revelation that the young heroine’s father will commit suicide. Pierce and Kander’s “Kid Victory,” which opened Wednesday Off Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre, begins with its young hero in chains, locked in a basement dungeon by his assailant. From there, “Kid Victory” only becomes darker as it explores the sexual repression of Luke (Brandon Flynn) and his very complicated relationship with Michael (Jeffry Denman), the former high school teacher who has abducted him.
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John Kander and Greg Pierce's Kid Victory Opens Tonight at the Vineyard Theatre

Vineyard Theatre presents the New York premiere of Kid Victory, book and lyrics by Greg Pierce, music by John Kander with story by John Kander and Greg Pierce, and directed by Liesl Tommy. Kid Victory began previews on Wednesday, February 1 and opens tonight,February 22,at the Vineyard Theatre 108 E. 15 St. in New York City. BroadwayWorld has a look at the cast in action below
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Bww TV: Watch Highlights from John Kander & Greg Pierce's Kid Victory at the Vineyard

Vineyard Theatre presents the New York premiere of Kid Victory, book and lyrics by Greg Pierce, music by John Kander with story by John Kander and Greg Pierce, and directed by Liesl Tommy. Kid Victory began previews on Wednesday, February 1 and will open on Wednesday, February 22 at the Vineyard Theatre 108 E. 15 St. in New York City. Get a first look at highlights from the production below
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