- Published on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 00:19
- Written by Corine Dana Cohen
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Happy one year anniversary.
- Published on Friday, 26 April 2013 14:43
- Written by Press release
SET FOR MONDAY, MAY 13 AT 2PM
AT BROADWAY’S MAJESTIC THEATRE
The Broadway community will gather together to celebrate the life and show business legacy of beloved Broadway performer Kevin Gray on Monday, May 13 at 2PM at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street). The Majestic Theatre held a special place for Mr. Gray, having starred there in The Phantom of the Opera, first as Raoul and later as The Phantom.
Titled A Celebration of the Life of Kevin Gray, the memorial tribute will be open to the public. Doors will open at 1:15 PM for a pre-show photo and video gallery that will be screened in the lobby before the start of the event. Seating will begin at 1:30 PM when the house itself opens.
Participants are set to include Phantom director Harold Prince; many of Mr. Gray’s former Phantom co-stars including Rebecca Luker, Hugh Panaro, Cris Groenendaal, Karen Culliver, Sarah Pfisterer, Lisa Vroman and Dodie Pettit (Mr. Gray’s wife); Judy Blazer; Carolee Carmello; Robert Cuccioli; Elizabeth Renihan and Craig Schulman; as well as presentations by members of the casts of the Broadway and national touring companies of The Lion King, Miss Saigon, Titanic and The King & I. Director Charles Randolph Wright serves as the celebration’s director.
Mr. Gray passed away in February 2013 in Westport, CT. He’d most recently starred as Scar in the National Tour of The Lion King. Before that, he toured the UK as The King in The King & I, reprising his role from the Broadway revival, in which he became only the third actor in history to play the role on Broadway. Gray played Pontius Pilate in the Broadway revival of Jesus Christ Superstar and starred in Harold Prince’s production of Show Boat, as Gaylord Ravenal.
He toured in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Music of the Night, and appeared as The Engineer in the Los Angeles and Toronto productions of Miss Saigon, receiving Drama-Logue and Dora Mavor Moore awards. He appears on The Complete Symphonic Recording of Miss Saigon. He was the youngest actor to play the title role in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and on the National Tour, receiving The Carbonell Award for his performance. Before that, he created the role of Valentin in the world premiere of the musical Kiss of the Spider Woman. Kevin first came to the attention of New York audiences with his portrayal of Kayama in the 1985 revival of Pacific Overtures, and subsequently was seen on Broadway as The Prince in Chu Chem and Off-Broadway in The Knife and The Death of Garcia Lorca, both at The Public.
- Published on Monday, 08 April 2013 22:10
- Written by Press release
TO PLAY FINAL PERFORMANCE
SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2013
AT BROADWAY’S BROOKS ATKINSON THEATRE
AFTER 28 PREVIEW AND 28 REGULAR PERFORMANCES
(April 8, 2013 – New York, NY) HANDS ON A HARDBODY will play its final performance on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 8pm after playing 28 preview and 28 regular performances at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). HANDS ON A HARDBODY began previews on Saturday, February 23, 2013 and officially opened on Thursday, March 21, 2013.
Inspired by true events and based on the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name that was created by S.R. Bindler and produced by Bindler and Kevin Morris, the musical features a book by Doug Wright (Pulitzer Prize winner, I Am My Own Wife), lyrics byAmanda Green (Bring It On: The Musical), music by Trey Anastasio (Phish) andAmanda Green, direction by Neil Pepe (Broadway’s Speed-The-Plow), and musical staging by Sergio Trujillo (Memphis, Jersey Boys).
The Broadway production features the full cast from the La Jolla Playhouse engagement:Keith Carradine (Tony Award® nominee, The Will Rogers Follies), Allison Case(Hair), Hunter Foster (Tony Award® nominee, Little Shop of Horrors), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Catch Me If You Can), David Larsen (American Idiot), Jacob Ming-Trent (Shrek The Musical), Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone (Tales of the City), Mary Gordon Murray (Into The Woods), Jim Newman (Curtains), Connie Ray (Next Fall), Jon Rua (In The Heights), Keala Settle (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Dale Soules (Hair), Scott Wakefield (Ring of Fire), and William Youmans(Wicked).
HANDS ON A HARDBODY also boasts an award-winning design team including scenic design by Tony Award® winner Christine Jones (American Idiot), costume design by Tony Award® winner Susan Hilferty (Wicked), lighting design by Tony Award® winnerKevin Adams (Spring Awakening), sound design by Tony Award® winner Steve Canyon Kennedy (Jersey Boys), orchestrations by Trey Anastasio and Don Hart,and vocal arrangements/musical direction by Carmel Dean (American Idiot).
The La Jolla Playhouse production of HANDS ON A HARDBODY is produced on Broadway by Broadway Across America – Beth Williams, Barbara Whitman/Latitude Link, Dede Harris/Sharon Karmazin, Howard & Janet Kagan, and John & Claire Caudwell, Rough Edged Souls, Joyce Primm Schweickert, Paula Black/Bruce Long, and Off The Aisle Productions/Freitag-Mishkin.
The world premiere production of HANDS ON A HARDBODY opened Saturday, May 12 at La Jolla Playhouse and played a limited engagement through Sunday, June 17. HANDS ON A HARDBODY was commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse (Christopher Ashley, Artistic Director & Michael S. Rosenberg, Managing Director).
Tickets for HANDS ON A HARDBODY range from $55 - $155, and are available at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre box office and at Ticketmaster.com (877-250-2929). The playing schedule is as follows: Monday at 7:30pm, Tuesday at 7:30pm, Wednesday at 2pm and 7:30pm, Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm.
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