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Archive for July, 2009

John Cudia is Broadway’s New Phantom

Starting tonight, John Cudia will take over the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. Cudia, the most recent star of the touring production, has been involved with Phantom for nearly ten years. He takes over the role from Howard McGillin, the actor who now holds the record for the world’s longest-running Phantom with an astounding 2,544 performances on Broadway.

And just in case if you haven’t gotten enough Phantom, Andrew Lloyd Webber is currently working on the sequel to the show, Love Never Dies, which is looking to hit Broadway in 2010.

Burn the Floor Starts Previews Tomorrow

The highly anticipated dance musical, Burn the Floor, starts previews tomorrow night at the Longacre Theatre (220 W 48th St) and officially opens on August 2.

Dancing with the Stars’ Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy will only appear in the show through August 16, so if you want to catch them, get there early in the run. The rest of the cast includes Sharna Burgess, Anya Garnis, Sarah Hives, Peta Murgatroyd, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff, as well as many other award-winning international dancers from from around the world, performing until the the show closes on October 18.

And students rejoice! The show is offering cheap student rush tickets throughout the run ($26.50), available the day of staring at 10 am (Mon-Sat) and 12 pm (Sun). For those of us who no longer possess a student ID, tickets are available now via telecharge and range from $39.50 to $111.50.

Check out the promo video for the show:

I don’t know about you, but I think this show looks hot.

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Break Out in Song Performances Now Online

Were you able to check out any of the Break Out in Song performances?

Here’s a taste of what you missed:

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Norbert Leo Butz’ Sister Murdered in Possible Hate Crime

Norbert Leo Butz’ sister, Teresa Butz, was killed and her partner severely wounded early Sunday by a man who attacked them as they slept in their home. A detective has confirmed that Teresa sacrificed herself to save her fiancée’s life during the attack. The murder is being investigated as a possible hate crime and the murderer is still at large, though police remain confident of apprehending her killer.

Norbert Leo Butz has been out of town working on the Broadway-bound Catch Me If You Can at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. The production cancelled its preview performances in deference to his family emergency.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Butz family and to Miss Butz’ fiancée.

Galeotti and Aniello Want to Bring The Notebook to Broadway

“One Tree Hill” actress Bethany Joy Galeotti, whose original aspirations were for Broadway musical theater, and music producer/songwriter Ron Aniello have teamed to create a new musical based on Nicholas Sparks’ “The Notebook.”

“It was something that I just wanted to do as my own project,” Galeotti said. “I just thought, ‘Man this will be so great. I just have to get this out. I feel music attached to this story and I have to write this music out and I have to make it into a play. And whether anything happens to it or not, I just have to get it out creatively for myself.’ ”

The duo plan to present a musical workshop of the production in early October in Wilmington.

Maybe you think the show doesn’t have a shot in hell, but Galeotti has started to make her name in the music world (listen to her sing) and as a child vying for Broadway “would always get really close and then never quite make it.”

What do you think? Flop? Hit?

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Who’s excited for Broadway’s The Addams Family?!

I know I am.

The new musical The Addams Family, based on the characters that made Charles Addams famous, will officially open at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 8, 2010. Previews begin March 4, 2010 following the show’s out-of-town run in Chicago (which begins on November 13, 2009).

Starring Nathan Lane as Gomez, Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia, Terrence Mann as Mal Beineke, Carolee Carmello as Alice Beineke, Kevin Chamberlin as Uncle Fester, Jackie Hoffman as Grandmama, Zachary James as Lurch, Adam Riegler as Pugsley, Wesley Taylor as Lucas Beineke and Krysta Rodriguez as Wednesday, this Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt and Five Cent Productions produced show is getting a lot of pre-opening attention.

The Addams Family features a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), direction and design by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter, The Metropolitan Opera’s Satyagraha) and choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Next to Normal, Jersey Boys).

Seriously – with all of those names involved and some of the most darkly quirky characters of all time … I don’t know how this show could possibly go wrong.

For more information on The Addams Family, visit

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CD Giveaway: 9 to 5 Star Stephanie J. Block’s New Solo Album

Win a copy of the new solo album from Stephanie J. Block (9 to 5, The Pirate Queen, Boy from Oz), featuring performances of “I am a Wife,” “I Will Always Love You,” “15 Pounds Away from My Love,” “Invention,” “Never Neverland Fly Away” and many others, sung with the songwriters and lyricists themselves. It’s a phenomenal album by one of Broadway’s biggest stars.

Click here to enter to win it!

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