The behind- the-scenes, real-life epic disaster that comes with trying to bring a fictional epic disaster story to the Broadway stage.
Produced in collaboration with WitzEnd Productions, Ray Wu Productions and Universal Stage.
Hawaiian Goddess Project The story of Hi’iakaikapoliopele began as a Hawaiian oral tradition, passed down from generation to generation. Our story begins with the goddess Hi’iaka’s quest to find her sister Pele’s dream lover, restore him to life and deliver him safely to Pele at her crater home. Hi’iaka and her companions make their way through dangers and ...
Dark of the Moon A musical adaptation of the classic play by Howard Richardson, Dark of the Moon will be West Side Story meets Twilight. Jonathan Prince to adapt the play; songwriting team being finalized.
“Dark of the Moon” is a profound tale of witchcraft, small-town prejudices, sex, religion, and the sacrifice it takes to achieve an unceasing, eternal and ...
Séance on a Wet Afternoon SÉANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON is a psychological thriller about a medium, Myra Foster, her doting husband Bill, and the spirit of their deceased eleven-year-old son, Arthur, who speaks to Myra and is her contact for her séances.
Because Myra has never received the recognition she feels her gifts merit, they hatch a Plan: They will kidnap ...
Abyssinia Book by James Racheff & Ted Kociolek
Music by Ted Kociolek, Lyrics by James Racheff
Based on Marked by Fire by Joyce Carol Thomas
Abyssinia Jackson is born during a tornado in Stillwater, Oklahoma at the turn of the 20th century. Blessed with a gift of song and a voice that thrills and delights the entire community, Abby is brought up ...
My Fairytale Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Philip LaZebnik
From Stephen Schwartz, the award-winning composer of Wicked, Pippin and Godspell, and Philip LeZebnik, writer of Pocahontas and Mulan, comes My Fairytale – the new musical chronicling the journey of one of the worlds’ greatest storytellers – Hans Christian Andersen – into the enchanted realm of his own imagination. Hans discovers ...
Little Miss Scrooge Book by John Caird and Sam Caird
Music and Lyrics by Paul Gordon
This Dickensian musical follows Estella Scrooge, a young Wall Street tycoon and direct descendant of the famous Ebenezer, who travels to a small town in Ohio on Christmas Eve to foreclose on the Harthouse Hotel, a haven for the lost, lonely and dispossessed. There she finds herself ...
Edgar Allen Poe’s Flawless Murder By Gary W. Marion
Edgar Allen Poe’s Flawless Murder explores the bizarre circumstances surrounding the death of the famed horror master, which has mystified scholars and historians for over one hundred and fifty years. Was the charismatic, brilliant Poe a suicidal drug-addict, bereft at the loss of his beautiful young wife? Was Poe poisoned by a jealous colleague whom he publicly ...
Daddy Long Legs Wins Drama Desk Award for Best Book of a Musical WitzEnd Production Daddy Long Legs‘ brilliant writer-director John Caird has taken home the 2016 Drama Desk Award for Best Book of a Musical!
Daddy Long Legs won in a season stacked with new musicals, including Broadway’s American Psycho, Bright Star, and Waitress, and Off Broadway’s First Daughter Suite.
Read the full list of winners at TheaterMania
Tuck Everlasting a NYT CRITICS’ PICK WitzEnd Production Tuck Everlasting is a New York Times’ CRITICS’ PICK!
“When in the production’s thrilling final moments, Mr. Nicholaw’s choreography, and Mr. Miller’s rapturous music, take over, the cast and dancers express the same ideas with a kinetic beauty that startles with its emotional resonance and theatrical force. Among the many refreshing surprises of “Tuck Everlasting” ...
Tuck Everlasting to Record Cast Album WitzEnd Production’s current Broadway hit Tuck Everlasting is set to release a Broadway cast recording. The DMI Soundtracks album will be available digitally on June 10 and in stores on July 1.
The album will feature the full score of the show, from “Live Like This” to “Everlasting.”
Read the full article at Broadway.com
Sarah Charles Lewis Bids for Posterity in Tuck Everlasting Sarah Charles Lewis – the young Winnie Foster of WitzEnd Production Tuck Everlasting – was recently the subject of a feature in the New York Times!
“Sarah Charles Lewis is only 11, but already she has a position on immortality: If offered a liquid that would allow her to live forever, but keep her always at her current ...
Daddy Long Legs One of Playbill’s Most Impactful Shows of 2015 WitzEnd Productions’ Daddy Long Legs was selected as one of Playbill’s Most Impactful Shows of 2015!
“With all of the glitz and glamour of the many excellent Broadway productions each year, it’s easy to sometimes forget the value of what is at the core of all theatre: storytelling. This absolutely gorgeous two-person musical on a single ...
Livestream of Daddy Long Legs Draws 150,000 The groundbreaking live broadcast of WitzEnd Productions’ off-Broadway musical “Daddy Long Legs” shattered expectations. It was watched by more than 150,000 people in 135 countries, according to figures compiled by the show.
The show was also watched in as far off locales Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Fiji and Syria.
“Ninety-nine percent of them want more ...
Daddy Long Legs to Make History with Livestream Witzend Production’s Daddy Long Legs is about to make internet history.
On Thursday, the Off-Broadway musical is partnering with video streaming platform Livestream to give audiences worldwide the opportunity to view a full performance for free at 8 p.m. EST. Viewers can register to watch the performance on the show’s website.
The Livestream gives theater fans across the ...
MTI Acquires Rights to Daddy Long Legs
Theatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI) has secured worldwide licensing rights to WitzEnd Productions’s Off-Broadway hit Daddy Long Legs.
According to John Caird, “I first read Jean Webster’s novel some fifteen years ago and was immediately charmed by its wit, heart and intelligence. I was also surprised that a novel of such extraordinary sensitivity and economy of structure ...
Tuck Everlasting Wins Big at Atlanta’s Suzi Bass Awards Tuck Everlasting was the big winner at Tuesday’s Suzi Bass Awards, Atlanta’s most prestigious theatrical awards. Tuck won Best Musical, as well as a sweep of the technical awards, including Outstanding Lighting Design for Kenneth Posner, Outstanding Scenic Design for Walt Splanger, and Outstanding Sound Design for Brian Ronan. Tuck was the most awarded original musical of the night. ...
Daddy Long Legs Extends to Open Run Before First Preview Before WitzEnd Production “Daddy Long Legs” has even performed it’s first preview, the show has already announced an extension to an open run. The new musical, which was originally scheduled to run through January 16th, stars Megan McGinnis and Paul Alexander Nolan and will run at the Davenport Theater.
For more information, click here!
Tuck Everlasting to Premiere on BROADWAY on April 17th WitzEnd Production Tuck Everlasting will debut on Broadway on April 17th, 2016 at the historic Broadhurst Theatre.
The show, which debuted earlier this year at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, stars Sarah Charles Lewis as Winnie Foster, a young girl who befriends a unique family that has gained eternal life by drinking from a spring that flows from ...
Daddy Long Legs set for Off Broadway! The WitzEnd Production Daddy Long Legs is set for it’s New York debut!
Performances of Daddy Long Legs are scheduled to begin Sept. 10, with an official opening night set for Sept. 27. The limited engagement will run through Jan. 10, 2016.
Read all about it at Playbill!
Tuck Everlasting Has World Premiere In Atlanta The World Premiere of WitzEnd Production’s new musical “Tuck Everlasting,” is now in performance at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta. Based on the classic novel by Natalie Babbitt, with a score by Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen, and a book by Claudia Shear, “Tuck” follows a young girl on a fantastic journey into the world ...
Stephen Schwartz Honored at 25th Anniversary Gala for American Opera Project This past Monday, May 13th, the American Opera Project honored Academy Award-winning composer and frequent WitzEnd Productions collaborator Stephen Schwartz. An all-star group of performers (including opera legend Lauren Flanigan, and Bullets Over Broadway star Betsy Wolfe) gathered in the Grand Ballroom of NYC’s iconic The Player’s Club for an evening of music from Stephen’s hits from ...
Tuck Everlasting To Have It’s World Premiere in January 2015 TUCK EVERLASTING, the new WitzEnd production, will have it’s World Premiere this coming January at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta, GA.
TUCK EVERLASTING will be brought to life on stage in a wholly original production, directed and choreographed by Tony Award® winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, The Drowsy Chaperone, Spamalot), featuring a book by Tony Award® ...
Tuck Everlasting Directed by Casey Nicholaw
Book by Claudia Shear
Music by Chris Miller
Lyrics by Nathan Tysen
Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, GA – January 21 – February 22, 2015
Winnie Foster dreams of adventure as she lives safely contained behind the white picket fence that surrounds the home she shares with her mother and grandmother. When she discovers the Tuck family living deep in the woods, the ...
Daddy Long Legs Jerusha Abbott is the “Oldest Orphan in the John Grier Home” until, one day, a mysterious benefactor decides to send her to college to be educated as a writer. Required to write him a letter once a month, she is never to know the benefactor’s identity—so she invents one for him: Daddy Long Legs. Through ...
The Best is Yet to Come Devised and directed by David Zippel
Cy Coleman – one of Broadway’s most legendary composers – is a name synonymous with the energy, heat and sensuality of Manhattan. Devised and directed by his collaborator, David Zippel, The Best Is Yet to Come is a celebratory revue that includes the New York premiere of songs from two unpublished Coleman musicals, as ...
Daddy Long Legs, a 4-star show! Venerated UK newspaper The Guardian has given a 4-star review to Daddy Long Legs, as theater critic Michael Billington called it “totally captivating!”
“The bond between Jerusha and Jervis, himself a wealthy renegade, is intellectual as much as emotional: Gordon’s highly pleasurable numbers often dwell on the joys of reading, and contain more deftly interwoven solos than full-throated ...
Drama Desk Award
Drama Desk Award Winners Announced. Best is Yet to Come wins BEST REVIEW!
Best is Yet to Come… nominated at the Drama Desk Awards!
The Drama Desk Awards announced that The Best is Yet to Come… the Music of Cy Coleman has been nominated for Outstanding Revue! Check out pictures of all of the nominees here. The Drama Desk Awards will be held on Sunday, June 3rd at The Town Hall in Manhattan.
Nick Jonas-led How to Succeed… will go out of business on Broadway on May 20 EW.com (Entertainment Weekly):
Want to know how to succeed in musical theater? Look no further than the walloping success of the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which will end its fruitful run on Sunday, May 20 after 30 previews, 473 regular performances and — count ‘em — three headlining young ...
Jonas’ Family Supports His Broadway Acting
Nick Jonas spoke recently about how supportive his family is of his acting on Broadway in the play “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.” He talks about how his entire family came out to see him perform, and how they were also there when his giant billboard for the ...
Bow Ties are Back!
How to Succeed‘s Darren Criss, Daniel Radcliffe and Nick Jonas Top GQ’s ‘Most Stylish Young Men’ List!
Read more at Broadway.com
Troddin’ the boards… BroadwayWorld.com Check out the message board post by Cearsgk on BroadwayWorld.com:
“Anyone seen Daddy Long Legs and think it should go to at least Off-Broadway? We saw it three times last week in Lowell, MA, and loved it so much. We see 60 plus Boston area plays a year and get to ...
Singer Nick Jonas learns to succeed in Broadway Business
“The pressure comes in knowing how big a role this is, how big an opportunity this is, knowing that it’s the kind of role that you need to take ownership of and really command,” he says. “That’s where the pressure comes from, I’d say, not so much from previous Finches or ...
Daddy Long Legs steps over to Skylight
IF YOU GO
What: Skylight Music Theatre’s “Daddy Long Legs”
When: Opens 7:30 p.m. Friday, through April 1
Where: Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee
Tickets: $22.50-$65.50; call (414) 291-7800 or visit skylightmusictheatre.org.
Tony-winning star Lillias White returns to Rubicon
In 2009, Ventura County audiences heard Broadway singer Lillias White and others pay tribute to composer Cy Coleman in the world premiere of “The Best Is Yet to Come: The Music of Cy Coleman” at the Rubicon Theatre. White is back in Ventura for one night, singing Cy’s songs once again, ...
Stephanie Rothenberg steps in as Rosemary on H2$
Stephanie Rothenberg steps in to the role of Rosemary through April 29th! This marks Stephanie’s Broadway debut, appearing most recently in the reading of The Unshakeable Molly Brown directed by Kathleen Marshall.
Read more about her and the other new H2$ additions here.
Joyce’s Choices Theater Review: Daddy Long Legs
THEATER REVIEW: DADDY LONG LEGS
Joyce Kulhawik | February 18, 2012
I just had one of the loveliest theatrical experiences of my life up at Merrimack Rep in Lowell! You must see their utterly charming, sweetly engaging, beautifully staged and sung new musical DADDY LONG LEGS…
See the full article here.
Daddy Long Legs: “DO NOT MISS IT…”
Charming “Daddy Long Legs”, MRT’s Valentine
Chava | February 13, 2012 | 0 Comments
Daddy Long Legs
Merrimack Repertory Theater, Lowell, MA
February 9 – March 4, 2012
Directed by John Caird
Music & Lyrics by Paul Gordon
Book by John Caird, based on a novel by Jean Webster
It’s not very often when you see an audience rise to their feet in ...
No, it isn’t all three Jonas brothers, but it is three clips of brother Nick! Check them out at Entertainment Weekly PopWatch
From the Blogosphere: Pippin @therealchrissparkle.wordpress.com: This is the first proper London revival of the Stephen Schwartz/ Roger O. Hirson musical since Bob Fosse directed it in 1973.
Be sure to read Chris Sparkle’s entire review on his blog!
Chris Cox Theatre Review – Pippin
is a bizarre, charming yet ultimately satisfying show with an infectious cast and incredible production design… the Chocolate Factory’s production will provide a real treat for musical theatre fans giving your imagination a work out and a tune to hum on your way home. And let’s be honest, that’s all you ever ...
Pippin Cast Update from Menier Chocolate Factory
From the London Theater Guide Online:
Final cast members announced for the role of ‘Berthe’ in Pippin at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 24 Jan 2012.
Gay Soper (Berthe 24 Jan – 29 Jan 2012), Josie Lawrence (Berthe 07 Feb – 12 Feb 2012), Louise Gold (Berthe) returns from 30 Jan – 05 Feb 2012 and ...
Knifedge and Timothy Bird highlights the multimedia content of Pippin
“From a technical perspective, Knifedge has used five Panasonic 6k projectors and two DL Moving Head projectors (supplied by XL Video) to throw its creations onto a simple, apparently concrete set. The video content is supplied by two Catalyst media servers, and controlled by a Grand MA lighting desk. Clever use ...
Daddy Long Legs rolls into Arizona Daddy Long Legs received well in Tuscon, AZ!
The TUSCON SENTINEL says: “Daddy Long Legs is a carefully honed, crisply presented mini-musical… its two hours sail by engagingly, carried by flawless performances.”
EXPLORER NEWS exclaims, “Daddy Long Legs defends the power of the written word.”
And, the TUCSON WEEKLY states: “If you’re a fan of simple, sweet love ...
Pippin at the Menier Chocolate Factory – Reviews!
The Stage – www.thestage.co.uk
“Freshly framed here as an elaborately inventive mind game, it plays with yours, too. ”
The Times UK – www.thetimes.co.uk
“When something is done with such energy and elan, and when its central theme is a young man’s inept search for meaning in life, sympathy builds into enjoyment.”
Nick Jonas Set To Star in How to Succeed…
Jonas is set to play J. Pierrepont Finch, the lead role in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” He’ll follow in the footsteps of Daniel Radcliffe, who is in the show until January 1, and “Glee” star Darren Criss, who takes over for three weeks on January 3. Jonas will settle into the show ...
More My Fairytale Reviews are coming in:
Bob Verini in Variety:
“ can’t just click his Red Shoes together three times to get home, but keeps stumbling into adventures inspired by the passionate, even erotically-tinged tales yet to come. The pining Little Mermaid and icy Snow Queen are authentic products of Andersen’s psyche, granting a strange dramatic integrity to the ...
My Fairytale in The Tribune
“Fairytales are not insubstantial things,” said Mark Booher, artistic director of PCPA Theaterfest in Santa Maria. “The stories that we learn in our youth become the lens through which we view the world.”
That’s especially true of the fairytales of Hans Christian Andersen, the legendary Danish author of “The Little Mermaid,” “The Ugly Duckling” and “The ...
NBC New York on Farber Center: “A New Way of Helping Patients” Farber Center on NBC NY – Click For Video
“Darlene Rodriguez gives you an inside look at Tribeca’s Farber Center for Radiation Oncology. This facility doesn’t turn people away who can’t afford treatment, and accepts virtually all insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare. Get more information at farbercenter.com.”
Dr. Farber on Good Day New York Check out this great segment on the Farber Center from Good Day New York. That’s me at the front desk!
Free Cancer Screenings: MyFoxNY.com
H2$ on Today Daniel Radcliffe and Cast Perform “Brotherhood of Man” on The Today Show
Reviews for Séance Backstage Review: Séance on a Wet Afternoon
“Directed with intelligence and insight by his son, Scott Schwartz, and powerfully delivered by a uniformly top-flight cast, ‘Séance’ is a welcome addition to the modern opera canon.”
Superconductor Blog: “The Psychic Fiend’s Network”
“ sweet tunes develop into poisonous flowers of sound, acquiring new, and sinister meaning as the story hurtles ...
New Séance Press! Days away from opening, and the good press keeps coming! Here’s just a sample of what’s out there on Séance:
Famed Broadway Composer Tries His Hand At Opera – video and write-up at NY1.com
Playbill.com’s Brief Encounter With Stephen Schwartz
Séance on a Wet Afternoon With Stephen Schwartz – The New York City Opera Podcast
Still more to come!
Daddy Long Legs wins big at LA OVATIONS Daddy Long Legs picked up three of the major awards at this year’s Ovations – Best Book for an Original Musical (John Caird), Best Lyrics/Music for an Original Musical (Paul Gordon), and Best Actress in a Musical (Megan McGinnis).
Anderson Cooper joins H2$ http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/20/anchor-away-anderson-cooper-on-how-he-landed-in-how-to-succeed-on-broadway
Stunning Huffington Post Feature on Daddy Long Legs http://www.huffingtonpost.com/george-heymont/twelve-months-till-christ_b_805084.htmlRead down to third story: “Whereas 2003’s Wicked may have been the most successful musical of the first decade of the 21st century, I’d be willing to bet that, in this century’s second decade, Daddy Long Legs will become much more deeply adored and cherished by women of all ages. ” George Heymont, Jan 8, 2011
The Best is Yet to Come http://www.rubicontheatre.org/season/0809/06_best/index.phpBest is Yet To ComeRubicon Theatre Company and Michael Jackowitz present The Best is Yet to Come: the music of Cy Coleman directed by David Zippel. Previews July 9, 2009 runs through Aug 2. Starring Lillias White, Jason Graae, Sally Mayes, David Burnham, Julia Murney and Billy Stritch.Box Office: 805-667-2900
Dancing with the Staff Performance Cardio Dance routine “Rehab” closes the Dancing with the Staff event at Santa Barbara Athletic Club 5.15.09.
Dancing with the Staff Performance
Dancers: Michael Jackowitz, Ellen Helf, Paul Nguyen, Raegan Erdman, Monique Bloedau, Alexandra Major, Carol Whitehurst, Ray Camacho and Jennifer Hanrahan
VOX Podcast VOX program director Yuval Sharon interviews Stephen Schwartz on creating his first opera, Seance on a Wet Afternoon. Stephen Schwartz VOX interview
Dancing with the Staff for May 15, 2009 Rehab rehearsalSanta Barbara Athletic Club’s First Dancing with the Staff. Michael Jackowitz will lead Group Dance routine to kick off show. Rehearsals as follows: Monday May 11 at 6:15pm in Studio One. Thurs May 14: rehearsal at 6:30pm, with dress rehearsal 8:00pm. Performance Friday May 15th 7pm (we will close the show around 8pm).
Dancers: Michele ...
Seance on a Wet Afternoon Workshop Begins Stephen Schwartz, Lauren Flanigan & Kim Josephson join Opera Santa Barbara for Act 2 workshop of Seance on a Wet Afternoon at Val Verde in Montecito, CA.
Closed reading on Friday Aug. 22, 2008
American Opera Projects will be hosting a workshop of the entire opera on Friday Nov 21st in NYC and Sat. Nov. 22nd in ...
One Red Flower benefit July 11 and 12 at Brentwood
One Red Flower; a staged reading of Paris Barclay’s musical inspired by Vietnam Veteran letters starring Maureen McGovern, Josh Henderson, Hunter Parrish, David Burnham, Drew Tyler Bell, Levi Kreis and Dwayne Barnes at Brentwood Theater July 11, 12, 2008. For details: www.oneredflower.com
and for tickets: www.rubicontheatre.org
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It’s Only Life Videos
Joan Almedilla, Lucas Steele, Billy Porter, Jessica Phillips and Jamison Stern
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It’s Only Life at Rubicon: RAVES!
It’s Only Life, by John Bucchino directed by Daisy Prince at Rubicon Theatre Company June 2008. Jamison Stern, Jessica Phillips, Lucas Steele, Joan Almedilla and Billy Porter.
LA Times Review:
It’s Only Life Announcement
Cast with director Daisy Prince and Producer Michael Jackowitz
Billy Porter, Jessica Phillips, Daisy Prince, Michael Jackowitz, Lucas Steele, Joan Almedilla and Jamison Stern
My Antonia Rubicon Theatre Company and Michael Jackowitz in association with PRT present MY ANTONIA, adaptation of the Pulizer-prize winning Willa Cather novel by Scott Schwartz with incidental theme music by Stephen Schwartz. Performances May 8-June 1st at Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main Street, Ventura, Ca. For tickets and performance schedule, see website:
Grateful: the songs of John Bucchino, directed by Daisy Prince Grateful: the songs of John Bucchino
A one-night only benefit for Rubicon Theatre Company’s Innovation Fund (new works initiative) directed by Daisy Prince Sunday Oct 7, 2007 starring Sara Ramirez (Tony Award for Spamalot, Grey’s Anatomy), Linda Purl, Amanda McBroom, Joan Almedilla, Laura Dean, Jason Graae, Wilson Cruz, Sean McDermott and Andrew Samonsky. Topa Tower Club, Oxnard.
Press Release for Seance on a Wet Afternoon Press Release for Seance on a Wet Afternoon
Opera Santa Barbara Announces Opera Commission from Renowned Composer Stephen Schwartz to Adapt Séance on a Wet Afternoon for Debut in the Spring of 2009Opera Santa Barbara (OSB) announces a commission with celebrated composer Stephen Schwartz to adapt the 1961 novel, Séance on a Wet Afternoon, to anew ...