Posted by Hayley in Nov 28,2013 with No Comments
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Posted by Hayley in Nov 06,2013 with No Comments
It’s just been announced that First Date, which opened on August 8, 2013 at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre (220 W. 48th Street), will play its final performance on Sunday, January 5, 2014, at 3pm, having played 34 previews and 174 regular performances. FIRST DATE began performances on Broadway on July 9, 2013, and has a book by Austin Winsberg, music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner,direction by Bill Berry, musical staging by Josh Rhodes, orchestrations by August Eriksmoen, and musical supervision, vocal and incidental arrangements by Dominick Amendum. [READ THE FULL ARTICLE]
Posted by Hayley in Nov 06,2013 with No Comments
In the mood for love? Good, because two Broadway faves are about to get intimate on the Broadway.com couch! First Date duo Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez have agreed to sit in the hot seat and answer your questions about their their funny and funky Broadway show, their red-hot careers and what it’s like to go on a first date eight times a week as the uptight Aaron and the rebellious Casey. Levi, who rose to fame as computer whiz Chuck Bartowski in NBC’s action/comedy/spy series Chuck, is making his Broadway debut in First Date and will soon be seen in the superhero sequel Thor: The Dark World. Meanwhile, Rodriguez burst onto the scene in A Chorus Line before starring in the original casts of Spring Awakening, In the Heights and The Addams Family and NBC’s musical drama Smash. Well, what are you waiting for? Submit your must-ask questions for Levi and Rodriguez below! [SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS HERE]
Posted by Hayley in Oct 27,2013 with No Comments
The 2013 Broadway’s Carols for a Cure, Volume 15 is available in theaters starting this weekend! Lovers of Broadway talent can do some early holiday shopping as well as support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) through the purchase of this 2-disc, annual CD of original and traditional holiday music from the current 2013 Broadway line-up. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is taking pre-orders now for Broadway’s Carols for a Cure, Volume 15, and will be mailing the CDs out beginning November 1st. The CDs can be ordered for only $23 through BC/EFA at broadwaycares.org or by calling (212) 840-0770 x238 Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST. Volumes from previous seasons are available, too (check online or call for price).
As always, the CDs will be sold at participating Broadway and off-Broadway shows in New York during a six-week “Gypsy-of-the-Year” fundraising period, which starts now and runs this year through mid-December. Additionally, the CDs are available at select venues throughout the U.S., including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, The John W. Engeman Theater in Northport, NY and The Center for the Performing Arts in Arvada, CO.
Highlights of Broadway’s Carols for a Cure, Vol. 15 include Faith Prince (Miss Hannigan), with a chorus of children and adults from “Annie,” singing “Children, Go Where I Send Thee;” Marva Hicks (Gladys Knight) and Charl Brown (Smokey Robinson), with the rest of the cast of “Motown,” singing “Deck the Halls, It’s Christmas/Come on Home;” Zachary Levi, Krysta Rodriguez and the cast of “First Date,” singing “Go Tell it on the Mountain;” Hugh Panaro (The Phantom), and the cast from “The Phantom of the Opera” on “Gloria in Excelsis Deo;” Matthew James Thomas (Pippin) and Rachel Bay Jones of “Pippin,” dueting on “The Cherry Tree Carol;” Reeve Carney ((Spiderman), plus cast members of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” singing “A Savior is Born;” and celebrity blogger and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fan Perez Hilton, singing an original song called “Perez’2013 Holiday Dishlist.” [READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE]
Posted by Hayley in Oct 25,2013 with No Comments
If you would like to attend an exclusive filming of two numbers from FIRST DATE on Tuesday, October 29, at the LONGACRE THEATRE please RSVP, by sending an email to FirstDateTheMusical@gmail.com by NOON on Monday, October 28. [SOURCE]
Posted by Hayley in Oct 24,2013 with 1 Comment
The Tony Awards Administration Committee met for the first time this season to decide the eligibility of three Broadway productions for the 2014 Tony Awards. The shows discussed were First Date, Soul Doctor and Romeo and Juliet.
The Committee ruled that Eric Anderson will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical category for his performances in Soul Doctor.
All other eligibility determinations were consistent with the show’s opening night credits, which means that First Date leads Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor and Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical categories, respectively. Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor and Actress in a Leading Role in a Play category, respectively, for their performances in Romeo and Juliet.
The 2014 Tony Awards will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on June 8 on the CBS. [SOURCE]
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Posted by Hayley in Oct 11,2013 with No Comments
1) After a few months of performing the role of Aaron, have you gotten comfortable playing him?
To be honest, he’s ever-changing, but there are constants. You have a script and you have to be true to that [as well as] the relationships and comedy you need to be true to, but I’ve never done this before. I’m done theatre growing up, but I’ve never done this many performances of any show, and have said the same lines so many times. It really changes and the character evolves in a scary way for me since I should feel like I know him but I don’t know him entirely.
Is there still more to learn?
I’m sure, maybe, or maybe I’m just losing my grip. I don’t know what it is. I don’t know if I’m learning more about him or if I’m just getting stale. It is one of those things where you have to constantly stay present. It’s a very interesting journey. [Read the full interview at Viva Glam Magazine]