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Zac Makes Emotional ‘First Date’ Curtain Call Speech At Final Performance

Posted by Hayley in Jan 06,2014 with No Comments

Broadway newcomer and popular TV personality Zachary Levi just finished his run as headliner of the contemporary romance-themed musical FIRST DATE on Broadway and a clip of the star’s emotional curtain call speech at the final performance is now available to view thanks to a fan capture.

“Seeing you guys at the stage door and at the curtain call – just being able to make you happy and make you laugh; that’s what we dream about,” Levi said, visibly barely holding back tears.

“Thank you so much for coming!” he concluded.

After all, every date has to end eventually!

Of note, FIRST DATE opened at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway on August 8 and closed yesterday, January 5, 2014, having clocked in 174 regular performances and 34 previews. [SOURCE]

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Krysta Rodriguez Looks Back on Her First Date With Chuck’s Zachary Levi

Posted by Hayley in Dec 30,2013 with No Comments

Every show experiences technical difficulties. What was the worst technical difficulty experienced during your show and how was it handled?

Oh, man. So, Zac and I are onstage for the entire show, and there isn’t any room for error when it comes to dealing with problems mid-show. One time, we were in the middle of a freeze, and Blake [Hammond], who plays the waiter, comes up to Zac and says, “Go downstairs now!” Apparently his mic was going out. So Zac leaves, and I’m left alone frozen onstage. At the time, someone was doing a number downstage but the number was rapidly ending, and I had no scene partner!

The song ends, the lights sort of come up but my mic’s not on, so I awkwardly sip my drink alone. Blake comes over and does some waiter banter with me, which is pointless since my mic’s not on. Finally Zac comes running back on, takes his seat, turns to me and says, “Sorry, sometimes when I get nervous I get diarrhea.” My response: “Check please!” The audience loved it, we resumed the show and now we both wear two mics.

Who is the coolest person that came to see your show? (You can’t say your family!)

A ton of people! But it’s fun when Zac’s Chuck cast members come ’cause the fans go nuts.

What was your first impression of Zachary Levi when you were introduced?

Smart. He is super smart about his craft. We clicked right away intellectually about how we wanted to approach this show and these characters. It has been a joy to create something like this that’s so intimate with someone you absolutely trust. It makes it so much more fun to risk and play. [READ THE FULL INTERVIEW]

 

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Backstage at First Date: Photos

Posted by Hayley in Dec 06,2013 with No Comments

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Zac & “First Date” Cast at Thanksgiving Day Parade: Video

Posted by Hayley in Nov 28,2013 with No Comments

Credit: DeeDee M

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“First Date” to Close on Broadway on January 5, 2014

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]

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Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez Are Taking Your Questions

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]

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Zac, Krysta & ‘First Date’ Cast sing on Broadway’s Carols for a Cure

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]

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“First Date” performance taping for CBS Thanksgiving Day Parade Broadcast

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]

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Tony Committee Makes Eligibility Rulings on First Date

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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Zac and “First Date” Cast Ring NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell: Photos & Video

Posted by Hayley in Oct 16,2013 with No Comments

Photos (Credit: David Gordon, Zac and NASDAQ)

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