- Published on Friday, 31 May 2013 10:54
- Written by Press release
Photo of Joel Grey by Corine Cohen of http://www.broadwayshowbiz.com
Performing in celebration of the continuing and evolving impact of Yiddish on American popular culture are an exciting cross-section of stage and concert entertainers, everyone from Tony nomimee Eleanor Reissa; Broadway and opera veteran Elmore James; Tony nominee Stephen Mo Hanan; and the Broadway actresses Judy Blazer, and Joanne Borts. Also featured are the young actress Rachel Yucht and the acclaimed klezmer phenom Annette Ezekiel.
The evening supports Folksbiene’s mission to celebrate the Jewish experience through the performing arts, and to transmit a rich cultural legacy in exciting new ways.
Introducing Mr. Offit -- chairman of Offit Capital, past president of UJA-Federation, and former chairman of both the Jewish Museum, and Johns Hopkins University -- will be Tom Brokaw.
Co-conceived by Folksbiene Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek, and the event producer Moishe Rosenfeld, the gala concert is co-chaired by Stanley Bergman, Sandy Cahn, and Carol Levin.
Currently playing through Sunday is the world premiere of “Covers,” a theatrically daring new play in English that launches Folksbiene.RU, a new Folksbiene initiative. Developed by The Lost & Found Project, an experimental theatre troupe comprised of actors born in the former Soviet Union in the ‘70s and ‘80s, “Covers” explores the unique cultural identity issues faced by first and second generation Russian Jews. Folksbiene.RU is made possible with the generous support of Genesis Philanthropy Group. For tickets visit www.
- Published on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 00:19
- Written by Corine Dana Cohen
Seems only yesterday Broadwayshowbiz.com was launched but the site took one year to build and a year ago today it went live. It has been a great dream to have this site and I hope if you are an advertiser you will support it as Broadway Showbiz supports all of entertainment and now we need you to support us to keep it going strong for all the years to come.
Broadway Showbiz is ranked at 7,344 of all websites in the NYC area so we are very popular and thank you for reading. Many more exciting things are coming so please continue reading the site. Also, the new weekly web series will be improving and we hope our actor friends will contact us as we are always looking for good interviews, red carpets to cover and features to cover as well as our new broadcast style reviews.
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.