Liza Stepping Out!

Liza Stepping Out!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Minnelli, Chenoweth & More Join Kander Celebration @ Vineyard, 3/8


Wednesday, March 3, 2010; Posted: 10:03 AM - by BWW News Desk

Liza Minnelli, Mario Cantone, Kristin Chenoweth, Jason Danieley and Norm Lewis will join previously announced Chita Rivera, Debra Monk, Julia Murney, Karen Ziemba, Heidi Blickenstaff and the evening's host Tony Award-winner David Hyde Pierce in paying tribute to John Kander and the work of Mr. Kander and his late collaborator Fred Ebb when the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Vineyard Theatre honors John Kander at its annual Gala on Monday, March 8 at the Hudson Theater in Manhattan.
Vineyard Theatre honors John Kander in conjunction with its world premiere of the musical THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS -- with music and lyrics by John Kander &Fred Ebb, book by David Thompson, and direction and choreography by Susan Stroman - currently in previews and opening officially on March 10 at Vineyard Theatre (108 East 15 Street).
THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS reunites Vineyard Theatre with John Kander, David Thompson and Susan Stroman -- who along with the late Fred Ebb -- previously collaborated on The Vineyard's revival of FLORA, THE RED MENACE in 1987.
Liza Minnelli has a long history with Kander and Ebb. All three made their Broadway debut with FLORA, THE RED MENACE - which won Minnelli her first of three Tony Awards. She went on to star as Sally Bowles both on Broadway and in the motion picture of CABARET - which won her the Tony Award, Academy Award and Golden Globe. She also starred - and was Tony nominated - for her role in Kander and Ebb's THE RINK.
Chita Rivera starred in the Kander and Ebb musicals KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN (Best Actress Tony Award), CHICAGO and THE RINK (Best Actress Tony Award). Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth made her Broadway debut - and won a Theatre World Award - for her role in the Kander and Ebb Musical STEEL PIER. Debra Monk and Karen Ziemba, both Tony-winning actresses, starred in the Kander and Ebb musicals CURTAINS and STEEL PIER. Mario Cantone appeared in Kander and Ebb's ALL ABOUT US at Signature Theatre in Arlinton, Virginia and was a regular on the hit TV series "Sex and the City," and Heidi Blickenstaff, Julia Murney and Norm Lewis appeared earlier this season in the revue FIRST YOU DREAM: The Music of Kander and Ebb also at Signature Theatre.
The evening's master of ceremonies David Hyde Pierce won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in Kander and Ebb's CURTAINS.
John Kander and Fred Ebb wrote some of the most beloved and enduring musicals in theatre history during their four decade-long partnership, the longest of its kind in musical theatre history. Their works include: FLORA, THE RED MENACE; CABARET (two Tony Awards - Best Musical and Best Composer and Lyricist); ZORBA; CHICAGO (Olivier Award); WOMAN OF THE YEAR (Tony Award, Best Original Score); KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN (Tony Award, Best Original Score); CURTAINS; THE VISIT and ALL ABOUT US. Kander and Ebb also collaborated for film and television on such memorable works as LIZA WITH A Z (Emmy Award); HBO's Liza Minnelli'S STEPPING OUT (Emmy Award); the films FUNNY LADY (Oscar nominated for "How Lucky Can You Get"); LUCKY LADY; NEW YORK, NEW YORK; STEPPING OUT and CHICAGO (Oscar nominated for Best Song). They are the recipients of two Grammy Awards - for the Original Cast Album of CABARET and for the Musical Show Album of CHICAGO, and in 1998, they received the Kennedy Center Honors award for Lifetime Achievement.
The 2010 Gala tribute performance is directed by Jen Bender, with musical direction and accompaniment by Paul Masse.
Vineyard Theatre opened its 2009-10 season with the critically acclaimed A BOY AND HIS SOUL, written and performed by Colman Domingo. This spring, in addition to the aforementioned production of THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, The Vineyard will produce the world premiere of Adam Rapp's THE METAL CHILDREN, starring Billy Crudup and the new musical THE BURNT PART BOYS, by Mariana Elder, Nathan Tysen and Chris Miller, directed by Joe Calarco; which will be a co-production with Playwrights Horizons.
Vineyard Theatre is under the guidance of Douglas Aibel, Artistic Director, and Jennifer Garvey-Blackwell, Executive Director.
The Vineyard's Gala will be held Monday, March 8 at the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel (145 West 44th Street). Tickets for the entire evening - which includes a 6 pm cocktail reception, 7:30 pm dinner and 8:30 pm Gala performance -- range from $500-$1,000, and are available by calling 212-353-3366 ext 242.
Performance only tickets are only available online at http://www.vineyardtheatre.org/.

videoKANDER & EBB VIDEO, rare LIZA as Flora!

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