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Theater News: The Music Man, Harmony, Take Me Out, Charitybuzz and Birthday Candles


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Meredith Willson’s Producers The music man are proud to announce that a limited number of standing places will be available for each performance start tomorrow tuesday may 17. Featuring twice Tony Award®grammy awards®and Emmy Award®– star Hugh Jackman as Professor Harold Hill and two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster as Marian Paroo, The music man is directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle.

A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase the same day, subject to availability, starting 2 hours before performances at the Winter Garden Theater box office for $76 each. Limit of 2 tickets per customer.

Barry Manilow and Cast – Photo courtesy of DKC O&M

Last night Off-Broadway saw the closing night of the new musical Harmony at the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene (NYTF). Joining the cast on stage at the curtain call were creators, Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman, along with director/choreographer Warren Carlyle. The evening also celebrated the announcement of the original cast recording, which was recorded last weekend. Surprising the audience, Manilow appeared on stage with his co-creators and said, “I’m Barry Manilow…the composer,” and the house went wild. Cheers also erupted when mentions were made of the show being moved to a larger Broadway stage by a team of commercial producers led by Ken Davenport., with Sussman saying, “I’d like to think that today is just the end of the beginning!”

Tony Nominated Best Alarm Clock, take me out, will host a special post-show discussion on tuesday may 17 featuring cast members; Billy Bean, one of only two Major League Baseball players to be gay; as well as sportswriters Howard Bryant and Kat O’Brien. The panel, moderated by Ken Davidoff, will explore the play’s themes, real-world experiences, and what has — or hasn’t — changed since the first production in 2002. All ticket holders for that night’s performance are welcome to stay for free discussion.

In May, ahead of the 75th Annual Tony Awards, Charitybuzzthe leading impact marketplace enabling people to live out their wildest dreams while supporting great causes, announced its biggest live theater initiatives to date, theBroadway Auctionsfull of unique Broadway experiences, and the Broadway Fans Greatest Giftwhich offers one lucky winner the ultimate Broadway getaway.

the Broadway: Raising the Curtain Auctions and competitions support the remarkable revitalization of Broadway as it continues its triumphant comeback, engaging the Charitybuzz community of philanthropic supporters in this massive effort to benefit important causes, performing artists and theater organizations and famous the positive social activism efforts of the community at large with auction lots of all sizes and types.

the Broadway Auctions highlights how powerful we are when we come together: stars and shows who volunteer their time, fans and supporters who bid high, and Charitybuzz who delivers unforgettable experiences for everyone involved.

Broadway Fans Greatest Gift is offering one lucky winner the ultimate Broadway experience: 1 week, 8 shows, plus unique bonus events like dinner at a trendy Times Square restaurant (where you’re sure to run into theater people), a meet and greet, and a star-studded welcome, autographed merchandise and meet-and-greets with theater makers and more, plus travel and accommodations.

This contest is in support of one of the organizations that continues to support so many in the theater industry: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. BC/EFA is the philanthropic heart of Broadway, helping to ensure those affected by HIV/AIDS, COVID-19 and other deadly diseases across the country receive medicine, healthy meals, counseling and support emergency; providing annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.

“Broadway has been drastically impacted by the pandemic, and our nonprofit partners have been the ones who have been relentless, creative and consistent in their support of the people who bring these shows to life,” said Charitybuzz CEO Ben Erwin. . “As excitement grows for the return of Broadway and other live events, we are seizing the opportunity to raise funds for these organizations that have done so much for the community. This campaign will provide fans with the memorable experiences that they’ve been waiting for and will bring charities the ever-important funding they need to make an impact.

Debra Messing in the Roundabout Theater Company Birthday Candles. Photo by Joan Marcus, 2022

Roundabout Theater Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) will conclude the New York premiere of birthday candles by Noah Haidle, starring Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, directed by Vivienne Benesch on Sunday May 29.

birthday candles stars Debra Messing in “Ernestine”, Enrico Colantoni in “Kenneth”, Tony Award nominee John Earl Jelks in “Matt/William” with Crystal Finn in “Joan/Alex/Beth”, Susannah Flood in “Alice/Madeline /Ernie”, and Christopher Livingston as “Billy/John”.

At the time of closing, Birthday Candles will have played 27 preview performances and 56 regular performances. Previews began March 18, 2022 and officially opened April 10, 2022 at the American Airlines Theater on Broadway (227 West 42n/a Street).