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2009-07-25 15:48:09

The Broadway dance show Burn the Floor is set to begin a 12-week engagement in New York, Playbill reported. Playbill said the stage production's limited run at the Longacre Theatre will begin Saturday with its first preview before several dance and music celebrities take to the stage in the show's Aug. 2 opening night. Among those in the production are Henry Byalikov of Superstars of Dance, International IDSF Open Champion Kevin Clifton, vocalist Ricky Rojas, musician David Mann and Sharna...

2009-03-15 15:18:16

Octogenarian British actress Angela Lansbury is retaking the stage in a Broadway revival of the comedy Blithe Spirit. The four-time Tony winner plays psychic Madame Arcati, Playbill reported. The Noel Coward comedy begins regular performances at the Shubert Theatre starting Sunday night. Other notable stars in the production, which began previews Feb. 26, include two-time Tony winner Christine Ebersole and Hollywood actor Rupert Everett. The stage production will represent the Broadway debut...

2009-01-07 06:48:00

SpotCo's marketing campaigns get top billing NEW YORK, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Playbill.com put the topping on the cake for SpotCo by choosing several examples of the white-hot advertising agency's campaigns from 2008 in the publication's top theater stories for the year. The year 2008 has already proven the best-ever for SpotCo, which represented an astounding 62 Tony nominations last year, resulting in 14 Tony wins, including Best Play and Best Musical. The advertising agency, which...

2008-10-09 15:00:24

Director Julie Taymor's upcoming Broadway musical "Spider-Man" could cost as much as $40 million to bring to the stage, insiders told the New York Post. Taymor, the mastermind behind the wildly popular musical "The Lion King," is directing the show, which has a rock score by Irish singer-songwriter Bono. "Spider-Man" reportedly is being co-produced by Sony, Marvel Comics and David Garfinkle, a lawyer who gained control of the musical after its original producer, Tony Adams, died three years...

2008-08-23 15:00:25

A tour of Britain by the musical "Witches of Eastwick" begins in Norwich, England, this month, Playbill reports. The theater magazine said Saturday the theater version of the 1987 movie and 1984 John Updike novel will premiere in Britain at the Norwich Theatre Royal for several performances before traveling throughout the United Kingdom. Following the premiere Saturday, the musical tour officially starts Wednesday. Nikolai Foster will direct the production on the heels of his success...

2008-07-30 15:00:50

Wednesday is matinee day on Broadway. If you're interested in seeing a show for less, here are some places to try: * The Theatre Development Fund offers up to 50 percent off Broadway and off-Broadway plays at its TKTS booths, at the Marriott Marquis hotel, West 46th Street between Broadway and Eighth (temporary location); at Front and John streets, South Street Seaport; and 1 MetroTech Center, Jay Street and Myrtle Street Promenade, Brooklyn. 212-912-9770 or tdf.org. * Broadwaybox.com...

2008-07-17 15:00:43

By MICHAEL KUCHWARA, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Can "The Marvelous Wonderettes" do for girl groups what "Forever Plaid" did for the boys? Apparently so, according to reports from California, where "The Marvelous Wonderettes" was a hit not only at the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach but at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, where it ran for more than a year. Now New York gets its chance. The pop-song celebration, written and directed by Roger Bean, opens Sept. 14 at the Westside...

2008-07-03 15:00:26

By MICHAEL KUCHWARA, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Just when Broadway musicals thought they were safe from satire. That long-running revue brimming with malicious fun is back from an engagement in Miami with its summer edition. We're talking about "Forbidden Broadway Dances With the Stars!" The show, on view at the 47th Street Theatre, celebrates with some of its classic send-ups as well as new material spoofing, among others, "South Pacific,""Gypsy" Tony winner Patti LuPone and the revival of...

2005-08-09 03:36:28

By Robert Osborne NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Six major Broadway shows will close in the next six weeks, beginning with this weekend's finish for "Primo" -- starring England's (and now New York's) acclaimed Antony Sher -- which always was scheduled for only a limited run at the Music Box. The following weekend, on Aug. 21, the revival of Somerset Maugham's "The Constant Wife" with Kate Burton and Lynn Redgrave ends its well-embraced limited run at the American Airlines Theatre, after...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.