Pawdesh Salawi

About Pawdesh Salawi

Pawdesh has been writing about Broadway ever since seeing her first show on the great white way in 2001. Now she sees over one hundred Broadway (and off-Broadway) shows a year. She is also a member of the Drama Desk and would love to vote on the Tony's one day. The Office Voted Her Most Likely To: Marry rich and divorce young

Roundabout’s The Winslow Boy Closes on Broadway

The Winslow Boy Broadway ShowThe Roundabout Theatre Company’s well-received revival of The Winslow Boy concludes its limited engagement at the American Airlines Theatre today. The Terence Rattigan play began performances on September 20 and had its official Broadway opening on October 17.

The production starred Roger Rees and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as the loyal parents of a schoolboy who is — they believe — wrongly accused of a minor theft at his school and hire a celebrated attorney (played by Alessandro Nivola) to defend him. The play was inspired by a similar real-life case.

According to the Internet Broadway Database, The Winslow Boy only appeared on Broadway once before, at the Empire Theatre (demolished in the ’50s) in 1947.

Broadway Shows and Stars Featured in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's Thanksgiving Day ParadeAs usual, the hugely popular Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will take time to spotlight one of New York City’s greatest assets:  Broadway. Kristin Chenoweth and Megan Hilty are among the Broadway performers scheduled to participate in the festivities, as are theatrical troupes Big Apple Circus and Cirque du Soleil.

The Broadway cast of the hit musical revival Pippin will perform both “Magic To Do” and “Corner of the Sky” during the parade. Matilda, Motown the Musical, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular’s Rockettes are also scheduled to perform. There will also be an appearance by Carrie Underwood, who is starring as Maria in the upcoming live NBC broadcast of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic The Sound of Music.

The 87th Annaul Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs live on NBC from 9:00am until 12:00pm on Thanksgiving Day.

Spider-Man To Close Broadway Production January 4 2014

Spiderman Turn Off the Dark Broadway ShowThe saga of Spider-man on Broadway is coming to an end, as producers have announced that the multi-millionaire dollar musical will be concluding its Broadway run on January 4, 2014. Though the controversial show will likely get a financial boost during the holidays (as do many Broadway musicals), it won’t come close to making back its enormous investment by closing.

With direction by Julie Taymor (The Lion King) and a score by U2’s Bono and The Edge, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark was initially expected to be a big hit. But Spider-Man experienced numerous troubles and delays during its development, going on to have a record-length preview period on Broadway, resulting in a significant overhaul of the show that included replacing both director Taymor and the original bookwriter.

In addition to creative troubles and an outrageous price tag, Spider-Man also made headlines for a series of injuries to its actors. Featuring incredible aerial stunts that include the actors flying over the audience in fast-paced fight sequences, Spider-Man took its cast to the limits of what had previously been seen in Broadway musicals in terms of acrobatics.

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which plays at the large Foxwoods Theatre, made money for much of its three-year run, offering families the rare Broadway show that actively appealed to young male audiences. But ticket sales dipped in recent months. Some projected that the show would need to run at a profit for as many as 10 years before it could earn back its $75 million investment, meaning that the musical simply couldn’t afford to run at a loss.

Producers already have the next step for Spider-Man planned, though. They will be taking a shorter version of the show to Las Vegas, where its comic book reputation, striking visuals, and big stunts are likely to draw audiences looking for a big-budget alternative to the Vegas Strip’s many Cirque du Soleil shows.

Ewan McGregor To Make Debut on Broadway Next Year

Ewan McGregorA respected actor long known for his film work, Ewan McGregor will finally appear on the Broadway stage next year in a Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Tom Stoppard’s drama The Real Thing. Sam Gold will direct, but the rest of the cast and creative team has yet to be announced.

The Real Thing is scheduled to begin preview performances at the American Airlines Theatre on October 2, 2014, with an opening scheduled for October 30. The limited-run production will play through January 4, 2015.

Though this will mark Ewan McGregor’s Broadway debut, he has been seen onstage in London. McGregor was Iago in a 2008 Donmar Warehouse production of Shakespeare’s Othello, and he has even starred in the musical Guys and Dolls. The actor’s extensive film credits include Trainspotting, Moulin Rouge!, Star Wars, and the upcoming movie adaptation of the Broadway play August: Osage County.

Broadway’s Audra McDonald Named Musician of the Year

Audra McDonaldThe performing arts publication Musical America has named multiple Tony Award winning actress and singer Audra McDonald as their Musician of the Year. McDonald will formally receive the honor in an awards ceremony being held at Lincoln Center on December 17.

Audra McDonald has starred on Broadway in numerous productions, including Porgy and Bess, Ragtime, 110 in the Shade, Marie Christine, and Carousel. Although she is particularly well-known as a musical theater performer, she has also appeared in plays such as A Raisin in the Sun and Master Class.

Through the television show Private Practice, Audra McDonald is also known to a broader audience. She has recorded a number of solo albums and his currently promoting her latest, Go Back Home, with a national tour. She will next be seen on TV playing the Mother Abbess in NBC’s upcoming live broadcast of The Sound of Music.

Drama League To Honor Broadway Actor Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick HarrisThe Drama League will honor Emmy Award winning performer Neil Patrick Harris at the 30th Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway, a black tie event being held at the Pierre Hotel on February 3, 2014. Harris joins a distinguished group of former honorees, including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Kristin Chenoweth, Liza Minnelli, Angela Lansbury, Patti Lupone, Audra McDonald, Rosie O’Donnell, and others.

“We are overjoyed to add Neil Patrick Harris to the legendary roster of artists who have been honored at the Musical Celebration of Broadway during the last thirty years,” stated Gabriel Shanks, executive director of the Drama League.

Selections from Neil Patrick Harris’s career on Broadway, film, and TV will be featured during the celebration’s entertainment, which will be directed by Michael Mayer and Johanna McKeon. Several stars from both Broadway and Hollywood will perform.

Neil Patrick Harris has been seen on Broadway in the revivals of the musicals Cabaret and Assassins, and in the play Proof. His next appearance on Broadway will be in the upcoming production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, set to open in April 2014.

Broadway Stars Join For Anti-Defamation League Concert

Side By Side Against HateOn November 25, a concert event titled “The Anti-Defamation League & Broadway: Side By Side Against Hate for 100 Years” will bring together several Broadway performers at the Hudson Theatre in the New York City theater district. The event will be held at 8pm.

Written by playwright Jonathan Tolins (Buyer & Cellar, Twilight of the Golds) and directed by Ted Sperling, the event commemorates the League’s 100 year history of fighting hate and bigotry through a selection of Broadway songs.

Eden Espinosa, Robert Cuccioli, Lillias White, Carolee Carmello, André De Shields, Randy Graff, Michael McElroy, Stephen DeRosa, Jesse Manocherian, Jason Robert Brown, and The Mark Stuart Dance Company are among those scheduled to participate in The Anti-Defamation League & Broadway concert.

Broadway writer Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof, Fiorello!, and She Loves Me) will be specially honored during the evening with a Lifetime Achievement Award (celebrating his 90th birthday, Harnick will even perform a duet with Randy Graff). Producer Harriet Newman Leve will be honored with a Distinguished Leadership Award and Adam Blanshay will be given a Future of Broadway Award.

Tickets for this benefit concert start at $75 and go as high as $1,000. Purchase online at adl.org/broadway100.

Broadway Salutes Armed Forces With Veterans Day Event

Arts in the Armed ForcesBroadway will host the United States Armed Forces on November 11 at 7pm with a special Veterans Day performance at Broadway’s American Airlines Theatre (currently home to Roundabout Theatre Company’s The Winslow Boy). Presented by Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF), the 5th Annual Veterans Day Performance will include a mix of scenes, monologues, and live music.

Broadway performers such as David Schwimmer, Amy Ryan, Adam Driver, Michael Shannon, Tracie Thoms, Francois Battiste, and Marylouise Burke are among those scheduled to perform, as well as Girls‘ star Lena Dunham.

Current and former members of the armed services and their families are invited to attend the event for free, and civilians are welcome to attend for a $25 donation (donate at www.aitaf.org). Send an email to contact@aitaf.org for ticketing information.

AITAF aims to to provide recognition, education, inspiration, and entertainment for active military members and veterans alike through the power of the performing arts.

Billy Porter, Laura Osnes To Appear on Carols for a Cure CD

Broadway's Carols for a CureThe “Broadway’s Carols for a Cure” recording has become a beloved holiday tradition for Broadway fans who like to support a good cause (Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS) while enjoying holiday-themed tunes from theater’s best. After several years of providing show tune lovers with the perfect CD to play during Christmas time, this year will be no exception, offering tunes recorded by stars from Broadway shows, both old and new.

“Broadway’s Caroles for a Cure, Volume 15″ will feature the original singing Spider-man himself, Reeve Carney, performing “A Savior is Born; Broadway stalwart Faith Prince singing “Children Go Where I Send Thee” with the cast of Annie; Cinderella‘s Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Rebecca Luker, and Ann Harada singing “Happy Christmas, Little Friend”; and Billy Porter and Harvey Fierstein of Kinky Boots crooning “Carol of the Boots”.

Cast members from most Broadway shows, including Jersey Boys, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Motown, Matilda, Newsies, Wicked, Once, First Date, Soul Doctor, and Rock of Ages, are also expected to record songs for the album. The all-stars of Northport, New York’s John W. Engeman Theater and The Broadway Boys will participate as well.

There will also be a special selection from web gossip guru and sometime actor Perez Hilton, who performed Off-Broadway in the revue NEWSical recently. Hilton will perform a number titled “Perez’s 2013 Holiday Dishlist,” which has original lyrics by George Howe and Lynn Pinto (who created Broadway’s Caroles for a Cure), with music composed by Jason Michael Webb.

“Carols for a Cure” will be available to order through Broadway Cares by calling 212-840-0770 (ext. 238) at broadwaycares.org. CDs are priced at $23 each.

Broadway’s First Date Auctions Items for Operation Smile

First Date Broadway ShowFans of the new Broadway musical comedy First Date can get some interesting items from the show online right now as it is in the midst of holding an auction on eBay. The auction is raising money for the charity Operation Smile, while helps children all over the world who suffer from cleft lip and cleft palate, along with other facial deformities, by providing surgeries to correct these problems.

There are a number of items up for sale in the First Date auction, including a wig, scarf, silver boots, leg warmers, sweater, Diane Von Furstenber​g dress, pink jacket, go-go boots, and a men’s troubadour hat, all directly from the First Date wardrobe department. A First Date script that has been signed by the show’s writers, as well as a CD of the musical that has been signed by its cast are also on the auction block. Two tickets to the show, plus a dinner, meet & greet, and backstage tour are also be auctioned off. One of the most unique items being offered is a personalized song written by Bryce Ryness.

A recurring gag in First Date features actor Kristoffer Cusick as “Reggie” leaving voicemail messages for his friend – a personalized message from Cusick as Reggie is also one of the items available for auction.

First Date stars Krysta Rodriguez (The Addams Family) and Zachary Levi (TV’s Chuck) as two very different types of New Yorkers who are set up on a blind date that becomes a bit of a circus as their friends, families, and dating pasts come to terrorize them as they try to get to know one another over dinner. Zachary Levi has been an ambassador for Operation Smile for some time, so this cause is near to the actor’s heart.

Go to FirstDateAuction.com to see the auction listings and to bid on an item. The First Date items that are currently up for auction are scheduled to conclude taking bids on Friday, October 25.