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

Stars Align for Broadway Flea Market This Sunday

Bernadette Peters

Bernadette Peters

Dozens of Broadway and television stars are coming to Shubert Alley this Sunday, September 22 for the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction, the free annual event held in Times Square to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

This year’s Autograph Table and Photo Booth will offer fans a chance get up close and personal with stars (in exchange for a donation to BC/EFA) such as Judith Light, Bebe Neuwirth, Bernadette Peters, Laura Benanti, Jeremy Jordan, Laura Osnes, Patrick Wilson, Cherry Jones, Harriet Harris, Donna Murphy, and many more.

The event, which goes from 10am to 7pm, will also feature an elaborate flea market, with tables dedicated to many Broadway shows and theater organizations selling items as varied as cupcakes baked by Broadway performers and authentic props used in Broadway shows.

Free Broadway on the Hudson Concert Scheduled for September 27

Broadway on the HudsonBroadway will be going downtown on September 27, when the cast members of several hit Broadway shows participate in the “Broadway on the Hudson” concert in lower Manhattan.

Cast members from the Broadway musicals Pippin, Newsies, Cinderella, Annie, Chicago, Rock of Ages, First Date, and The Phantom of the Opera are all slated to sing songs from their respective Broadway shows.

Sponsored by American Airlines, the “Broadway on the Hudson” concert is free. It will take place at the Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza, located at 220 Vesey Street, from 12:30pm to 2pm. Get more info on the concert at broadway.org.

Off-Broadway’s Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Moving To Midtown

Natasha, PierreThe acclaimed Off-Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, which just concluded a run in the Meat Packing district on September 2, will be moving to the midtown theater district for a limited 14-week run beginning September 24.

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet‘s home, Kazino, was a supper club style venue that had been built and designed specifically for the show to create an immersive theatrical experience. The venue will be relocated to a lot on West 45th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, right off of Times Square.

“Once the show caught on downtown, we explored a number of options of where it could continue following our summer engagement, and we’re very fortunate to have found a prime spot in the heart of the theater district,” stated the musical’s producers. “We’re ecstatic that audience response has made it possible for us to keep The Great Comet burning brightly in New York.”

Broadway Flea Market and Auction Scheduled for September 22

Broadway Flea MarketThe 27th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction is coming up on Sunday, September 22. The beloved yearly event will take place from 10am until 7pm in Shubert Alley, located on West 44th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues.

The flea market gives Broadway fans the chance to purchase theater memorabilia, ranging from old Playbills and show posters to more unique items like stage props and costumes. Actual cast members often man the tables, frequently selling homemade baked goods in addition to show-related items.

For fans who have truly been saving up their pennies, the afternoon auction features many impressive offerings. There are walk-on roles and backstage opportunities for Broadway musicals like Kinky Boots and The Lion King, a chance to have lunch with Judith Light and Angela Lansbury, signed and handwritten musical phrases by everyone from Cyndi Lauper to Stephen Schwartz, a t-shirt worn onstage by Tom Hanks, and much more.

The event will also feature a celebrity autograph table and photo booth, giving fans the chance to meet many Broadway and TV celebrities in person. Visit broadwaycares.org to find out more about the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction and a detailed list of auction items.

Heather Headley and Il Divo Headed to Broadway

Il DivoThe operatic vocal quartet Il Divo are coming to Broadway for a very limited engagement this season. The four-man group formed by music impresario Simon Cowell (American Idol) will do six concerts at the Marquis Theatre, from November 7-13.

Joining Il Divo as a special guest at all of the concert performances will be actress and recording artist Heather Headley. Headley earned many ardent supporters in the Broadway community for her turns in The Lion King and Aida, but hasn’t been on the Great White Way since.

Il Divo’s appearance on Broadway comes just as the group is scheduled to release a new recording featuring a collection of show tunes. The album will feature guest performances by Broadway and theater performances like Kristin Chenoweth, Michael Ball, and Barbra Streisand.

In their Broadway concerts, Il Divo will be performing songs from a number of well-known Broadway musicals, including West Side Story, Carousel, and The Phantom of the Opera.

Geoffrey Rush To Star in Film of Broadway’s The Drowsy Chaperone

Geoffrey RushIt has been announced that the forthcoming film version of the Broadway musical The Drowsy Chaperone will star film and stage actor Geoffrey Rush. Rush will play the role of Man in Chair, a part that he played on stage in the Australian premiere of the show in 2010.

Geoffrey Rush has starred in numerous movie, including Shakespeare in Love and The King’s Speech, which both earned him Oscar nominations. He actually won the Oscar for his career-making performance in Shine. Rush has performed once on Broadway in the play Exit the King, and earned a Tony Award for his performance.

The Drowsy Chaperone, a musical comedy, has a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, and music and lyrics by Gregg Morrison and Lisa Lambert. The film is expected to start shooting in 2014.

Broadway Idiot Opens in NYC Movie Houses October 11

Broadway IdiotThe feature length documentary Broadway Idiot, which charts Green Day singer/songwriter Billie Joe Armstrong’s journey to Broadway with his musical American Idiot, is scheduled to arrive in New York City movie theaters on October 11, opening nationwide on October 18.

Broadway Idiot was directed by Doug Hamilton and had its premiere at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas earlier this spring. The documentary film was later screened at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

For people who can’t find Broadway Idiot at their local cinema, the documentary will be available to watch on Video On Demand as of October 18.

True Blood’s Stephen Moyer To Co-Star in TV Sound of Music

Stephen MoyerNBC’s live television production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood as Maria now has a Captain von Trapp to play opposite her. Actor Stephen Moyer will take on the part of the demanding widower who was memorably played on screen by Christopher Plummer.

Though Stephen Moyer is primarily known to audiences for his starring role on the hit vampire-themed TV show True Blood, he does have previous stage experience. Most recently Moyer played the part of smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn in Chicago at the Hollywood Bowl.

Produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (TV’s Smash), the new production of The Sound of Music will be broadcast live on NBC on December 5.

Dames At Sea To Hit Broadway In 2014

Dames at SeaIt has been announced that the musical Dames at Sea will get a production on Broadway next year. Dames at Sea features music by Jim Wise, and book and lyrics by Robin Miller and George Haimsohn.  This new production will have music direction from Rob Berman and direction/choreography by Tony nominee Randy Skinner.

A tap-happy celebration of the Golden Era of film musicals, Dames at Sea originally opened Off-Broadway in 1968 in a production starring Bernadette Peters, playing what was a breakthrough role for the eventual Tony Award winning actress and Broadway icon.

“This is a quintessential American musical with an amazingly tuneful score and a really clever book, and this Dames will have more dancing than ever before,” stated the production’s director and choreographer, Randy Skinner. “For the first time in New York, Dames will be heard with a fully orchestrated score.”

Broadway Sleep Out Raises $136,000 For Covenant House

Broadway Sleeps OutBroadway literally took to the streets on August 19, sleeping outside Manhattan’s Covenant House crisis shelter to show support for the hundreds of homeless young people living inside. Dubbed the Broadway Sleep Out, the event was designed to raise awareness about the plight of New York City’s homeless youth while also raising money to provide them with clothes, food, and shelter.

Over 50 Broadway artists took part in the Sleep Out, including Rory O’Malley (The Book of Mormon), Capathia Jenkins (Newsies), Sebastian Arcelus (A Time to Kill), Alice Ripley (Next to Normal), Adriane Lenox, Stephanie J. Block, Michael McElroy, and composer Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde). The event resulted in more than $136,000 being raised.

“Getting to be here at Covenant House and see the courage of these kids and hear their struggles,” stated Frank Wildhorn, “I am touched and so happy to be able to help in any way I can.”