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The holidays are here again, and if you’re shopping for the theater fan in your life, they boy do we have the gift guide for you. We’ve rounded up 10 theater-centric books that will satisfy Broadway’s biggest obsessives at showtime.


“Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway”
By Michael Riedel
Simon and Schuster, $27.00

“New York Post” theater gossip columnist Michael Riedel may be known for revealing some of Broadway’s biggest secrets, but in his first book “Razzle Dazzle,” Riedel pulls back the curtain on the Shubert Organization, Michael Bennett, “A Chorus Line” and the role they all played in saving New York City from bankruptcy in the 1970s. Beautifully written, this no-holds-barred narrative delves into the bitter rivalries and offstage drama of Broadway’s past. If you’ve ever wondered how Broadway became the multi-billion dollar business it is today, “Razzle Dazzle” will leave you standing on your feet in applause.

“Seth’s Broadway Diary, Volume 2”
By Seth Rudetsky
Dress Circle Publishing, $19.99

Broadway accompanist, musical director and SiriusXM star Seth Rudetsky returns for a second volume of his “Seth’s Broadway Diary” series, which compiles his popular “Onstage and Backstage” columns for Playbill.com into one laugh-out-loud book. You’ll get to see a side of legendary Broadway stars like Sutton Foster, Idina Menzel and Megan Hilty you’ve never seen before. When it comes to life backstage on Broadway, Seth’s your BFF. You won't want to put this one down. 

“Do You Know Me?”
By Tony Roberts
Amazon, $24.99

New York native Tony Roberts has spent five decades in showbiz, entertaining audiences in iconic films like Sidney Lumet’s “Serpico” and on Broadway in the screwball comedy “Xanadu.” Now, the two-time Tony nominee explains all with honesty and humor in his delightful autobiography “Do You Know Me?” Throughout Roberts’ backstage adventures, his undying passion for the craft only grows stronger -- showing you just how technical of an actor Roberts is. You’ll learn a lot, while also laughing as Roberts dishes on working with Woody Allen in six major motion pictures (including “Annie Hall”) and the writer’s first Broadway venture, “Don’t Drink the Water.” Moreover, Roberts’ touching account of the serious head injury he suffered a few years back will bring tears to your eyes. This legendary performer is hard not to love.


“Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story”
DK Publishing, $40.00

Brush up on your theatre history with “Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story.” This lushly visual book features a chronological account of more than 140 notable stage and movie musicals from 1939 to present, with rich photography and informative facts sprinkled throughout. You’ll also learn more about Broadway’s biggest composers, with spotlights on Cole Porter and Stephen Sondheim, among others. “Musicals” is a book that scores.

“Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way”
By Stewart F. Lane
Square One Publishers, $39.95

In addition to its sold-out box office, the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” is also making headlines for its diverse casting. But before Lin-Manuel Miranda’s historic hip-hopera, there were generations of performers and artists breaking through the racial barrier on the Great White Way. The beautiful “Black Broadway” chronicles the journey of black theatre in America -- from Minstrel Shows and Vaudeville through the Civil Rights Movement and the Golden Age of the American Musical. It’s hard not to be inspired by the stories behind writers like August Wilson and Lorraine Hansberry, shows like “Dreamgirls” and “The Wiz,” and performers like Audra McDonald and Ben Vereen -- all who are featured here. But with this piece of often-forgotten history at your fingertips, you’ll gain a new level of appreciation for Broadway’s rich roots.

“The Book of Broadway: The 150 Definitive Plays and Musicals”
By Eric Grode
Voyageur Press, $50.00

One hundred fifty of Broadway’s biggest and most influential plays and musicals are profiled in “The Book of Broadway,” Eric Grode’s wonderfully detailed and beautifully designed book. Packed with insider knowledge and delicious Broadway trivia, the illustrated book spans the rich history of the Great White Way, beginning in the mid-nineteenth century and going all the way to the twenty-first century. From “Annie” and “The Book of Mormon” to “The Sound of Music” and “West Side Story,” Grode offers a fresh, thoughtful perspective on Broadway’s best.


“Aaron and Alexander”
By Don Brown
Roaring Brook Press, $17.99

If the theater fans in your life are obsessed with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton,” chances are they’ve already gotten the cast recording, source book and any piece of merchandise they can get their hands on. But they probably don’t have “Aaron and Alexander,” the new picture book beautifully written and illustrated by Dan Brown. Like the musical, the book intertwines the stories of the two notable founding fathers, leading up to their infamous duel. While Brown doesn’t go too heavy into the politics, his smart and well-crafted text gives enough drama to engage and entertain. “Aaron and Alexander” is the perfect gift to introduce a whole new generation of “Hamilton” fans.


“Broadway Swings: Covering the Ensemble in Musical Theatre”
By J. Austin Eyer and Lyndy Franklin Smith
Bloomsbury Publishing, $25.95

Swings are members of Broadway show ensembles, who cover multiple roles in a production as needed. These musical supermen and women are vital to the success of any musical -- though they’re rarely given the credit center stage. “Broadway Swings” pulls these versatile vamps out into the spotlight, examining the ins and outs of their everyday lives -- and exactly what it takes to keep a long-running show going. Over 100 Broadway veterans swings, stage managers, casting directors, choreographers and directors offer their insights into the process, alongside authors Eyer and Smith, who are performers themselves. A must-read for anyone considering a career in the theater, “Broadway Swings” is an eye-opener that will teach any old theater fan new tricks.

“#GRATEFUL: Everything Happens for a Reason”
By Annoying Actor Friend
Kindle Edition, $9.99

Anonymous Twitter parody account Annoying Actor Friend (@Actor_Friend) returns with its second self-published Kindle single. A follow-up to “#SOBLESSED: The Annoying Actor Friend’s Guide to Werking in Show Business,” “#GRATEFUL: Everything Happens for a Reason” is a choose-your-own-adventure-style guidebook to creating your own success in the Broadway industry. From callbacks to cabarets, you’ll navigate through hundreds of potential trajectories towards a slew of successful outcomes -- each filled with inside jokes for the biggest Broadway fans. This hysterical, satirical romp will leave you laughing with each turn of the digital page.

“The Business of Broadway: An Insider's Guide to Working, Producing, and Investing in the World's Greatest Theatre Community”
By Mitch Weiss and Perri Gaffney
Allworth Press, $19.99

If you’ve ever dreamed of working behind the scenes on Broadway, then “The Business of Broadway” is for you. Manager and producer Mitch Weiss and actor and writer Perry Gaffney have crafted a marvelously comprehensive guide to how shows get made, describing the process from top to bottom and detailing the more than 200 jobs which become available for each show. Producers, managers performers and various other creatives offer insight into the process along the way, allowing us a peek into the lullaby of Broadway we rarely get to see.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Thank You Notes to Kids Table, Tofurky]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 06:25:11 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Tonight+Show+Thank+You+Notes+to+The+Kids+Table+Tofurky.png “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon pens thank you notes to cranberry sauce, second cousins and other things.]]> <![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon, Rashida Jones Sing Holiday Parodies ]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 06:25:50 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Tonight+Show+Jimmy+Fallon++Rashida+Jones+Sing+Holiday+Parodies+of+Taylor+Swift+Rihanna+Drake.png “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon and Rashida Jones perform holiday-themed parodies of 2015's biggest songs, with cameos from Queen Latifah and Eric Nally from "Downtown.”]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Worst Christmas Presents]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 06:26:22 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Late+Night+The+Worst+Christmas+Presents+They+Ever+Got+Each+Other.png “Late Night” host Seth Meyers and his family talk about the worst presents they’ve ever given each other for Christmas, including a pink cowboy hat.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:49:12 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Late+Night+Giving+Thanks+on+Thanksgiving.png “Late Night” host Seth Meyers gives thanks for the people and things he holds dear.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight' NFL Superlatives: Bears and Packers]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 11:53:05 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Tonight+Show+NFL+Superlatives+Chicago+Bears+and+Green+Bay+Packers.png “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon hands out superlatives to Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers NFL players.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight': Kid Dictionary With Nathan Lane]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 06:57:10 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Tonight+Show+Kid+Dictionary+with+Nathan+Lane.png “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon and Nathan Lane first watch clips of kids defining words, then take turns guessing what the children were describing.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Alternative Thanksgiving Day Parade]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 02:13:44 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Late+Night+Alternative+Thanksgiving+Day+Parade.png "Late Night" host Seth Meyers looks at the promo of the Alternative Thanksgiving Day Parade.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Uzo Aduba on Starring in 'The Wiz!' with Mary J. Blige]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 02:11:27 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Late+Night+Uzo+Aduba+on+Starring+in+The+Wiz+with+Mary+J+Blige.png Uzo Aduba tells "Late Night" host Seth Meyers what it was like working with stars like Mary J. Blige in "The Wiz!"]]> <![CDATA[Wu-Tang Sells Sole Copy of New Album]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 04:06:34 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-4908639841.jpg

Wu-Tang's new album ain't nothing to...mess with.

The 90's rap group sold a lone copy of its new album, "Once Upon A Time in Shaolin," for millions to an undisclosed buyer.

"We hope that the impact of this historical sale will echo through the ages and maybe remind us every now and then that music is a great art form that should be valued as such," Robert Fitzgerald Diggs aka RZA, Wu-Tang Clan founding member, said. 

The online auction house did not reveal the purchase price for the one-of-a-kind album but did say the "figure is in the millions," according to the press release. The mysterious buyer is not allowed to "commercialize" the album for 88 years. 

In 2013, the album was completed by the group's surviving members and has been kept in a vault at the Royal Mansour hotel in Marrakech, Morocco, since.

The auction house, Paddle8, collaborated with the group and MoMa in March to play a never-before-heard 13 minute snippet of the album. 

The album's sale beat out the auction's highest sale record of a rare recording of Elvis' first song that was sold to The White Stripes frontman Jack White for $306,000.

A hand-carved box holds the album and its accompanied by a 174-page leather-bound manuscript printed on designer parchment. 

The sale seems appropriate coming from a rap group that once said: "Cash Rules Everything Around Me."

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<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Pros and Cons of Thanksgiving]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 07:14:51 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Tonight+Show+Pros+and+Cons+of+Thanksgiving.png “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon weighs the good and bad of celebrating Turkey Day with family and friends.]]> <![CDATA[Adele, Fallon: 'Hello' With School Instruments]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 08:27:31 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Tonight+Show+Jimmy+Fallon+Adele+The+Roots+Sing+Hello.png Adele joins “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon and The Roots in the Tonight Show Music Room to perform "Hello" with classroom instruments.]]> <![CDATA[Oliver Platt Is Bracing for His 1st Chicago Winter]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 07:59:11 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Late+Night+Oliver+Platt+Is+Bracing+for+His+First+Chicago+Winter.png Oliver Platt talks to “Late Night” host Seth Meyers about gearing up for his first winter in the Windy City of Chicago.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Ferrera's Vegas Trip With 'Superstore' Cast]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 08:00:15 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Late+Night+America+Ferrera%27s+Crazy+Vegas+Trip+with+the+Cast+of+Superstore.png America Ferrera tells “Late Night” host Seth Meyers about her trip to Las Vegas with the cast of “Superstore."]]> <![CDATA[‘The Humans’ Sets Broadway Transfer]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 20:03:45 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/TheHumansBroadway.jpg

After opening to critical acclaim off-Broadway, Stephen Karam’s “The Humans” will transfer to the Great White Way, the Roundabout Theatre Company confirmed on Tuesday.

The drama, about one family’s difficult Thanksgiving dinner, will begin performance at the Helen Hayes Theatre on January 23, 2016, with an official opening set for Feb. 18.

The entire ensemble cast will reprise their roles on Broadway, including Cassie Beck, Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell, Lauren Klein, Arian Moayed and Sarah Steele. Tony winner Joe Mantello will once again direct.

Karam was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, for his play “Sons of the Prophet.”

For those unwilling to wait until Broadway, “The Humans” is currently still running off-Broadway at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre through January 3, 2016.

For tickets and more information, visit www.roundabouttheatre.org.

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus]]>
<![CDATA[‘Sylvia’ Bites the Dust ]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 20:02:31 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SylviaBwayClosing.gif

It’s a dog eat dog world out on Broadway, and it looks like “Sylvia” just couldn’t get a bone.

The Broadway revival of A.R. Gurney’s play, about a couple’s relationship with their new dog, will play its final performance at the Cort Theatre on January 3. At the time of its closing, it will have played 69 performances and 27 previews.

Directed by Daniel Sullivan, “Sylvia” stars a trio of Tony-winners: Matthew Broderick (“The Producers”), Julie White (“The Little Dog Laughed”) and “Annaleigh Ashford (“You Can’t Take it With You”). Robert Sella (“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”) rounds out the cast, playing three unique characters of his own.

Despite opening to paw-sitive reviews, “Sylvia” couldn’t keep up with the competitive season, bringing in roughly 35% of its potential gross last week, according to numbers reported by the Broadway League.

Customers who purchased tickets to any cancelled performances can contact their point of sale for exchanges or refunds.

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus]]>
<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Will Smith]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:32:30 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/topEnt-AP_830181963579.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Redmayne Talks Transgender Role in 'The Danish Girl']]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:19:21 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DanishGirl-thumb.jpg Academy Award-winning actor Eddie Redmayne discusses his role as Lili Elbe, the first known person to undergo gender reassignment surgery. "The Danish Girl" is in theaters Nov. 27, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Sarah Palin: U.S. Can't Filter 'Bad Guys' From Refugees]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:23:02 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/PalinLateNight-NUP_171832_0047.jpg

Sarah Palin doesn’t trust the federal government’s vetting process of Syrian refugees.

“There’s no way to filter out those who’d want to do this country harm,” she told “Late Night” host Seth Meyers on Monday.

Meyers asked Palin why there was so much resistance from governors to accept Syrian refugees. At least 31 governors said they opposed the resettlement of refugees from the war-torn country in their states following the Paris attacks that killed 130 people on Nov. 13.

“Their message is not ‘we don’t want Syrian refugees,’” Palin said. “Their message is ‘what is the vetting process? How do we know these are the innocents that are coming over and actually needing aid and they’re not the bad guys infiltrating under the guise of refugees?’”

Meyers reminded the former governor of Alaska that there is an 18 to 24 month vetting period refugees need to pass before being accepted, and, even with that in place, there would never be a fool-proof way of weeding out potential terrorists from real refugees.

“You should not trust what the federal government is telling you about the 18 to 24 month vetting process,” Palin said, adding that freedom is a foundation of being American.

“That’s why people are so desperate to come here,” Meyers said, calling the rejection of refugees fear-based. “I do think they want to come here to enjoy the same things you and I are lucky enough to enjoy.”

Palin agreed, saying freedom is “an exceptionalism we’re all blessed with.”

“It’s just unfortunate that as we know, as we saw in Paris, there are some people, though, want to get to a country to do harm,” she said.

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<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Box of Lies with Adele]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 02:37:51 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Tonight+Show+Box+of+Lies+with+Adele.png “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon and Adele take turns trying to stump each other about what items are hidden inside their mystery boxes.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show': Dictionary Definitions 'Money,' 'Pumpkin Beer']]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 02:34:52 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Tonight+Show+Dictionary+Money+Pumpkin+Beer.png “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon takes a look at the latest definitions added to existing words in the dictionary, like "karaoke" and "tryptophan."]]> <![CDATA['Late Show': Sarah Palin Talks Syrian Refugees]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 02:29:14 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Late+Show+Sarah+Palin+Talks+Syrian+Refugees.png "Late Show" host Seth Meyers talks to Sarah Palin about why governors are trying to block Syrian refugees from entering their states.]]> <![CDATA['Late Show': Jeb Bush's Christianity Test for Syrian Refugees]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 02:25:52 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Late+Show+Jeb+Bush%27s+Christianity+Test+for+Syrian+Refugees.png "Late Show" host Seth Meyers looks at Jeb Bush's proposed Christianity test for Syrian refugees.]]> <![CDATA[Weinstein Bringing ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ to Broadway]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 19:06:43 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SinginInTheRainBway.gif

Harvey Weinstein has officially been bit by the musical bug.

The famed film producer, who has invested in a number of musicals in the past, will produce his second Broadway musical next fall, following the critically panned but commercially successful “Finding Neverland.”

For Weinstein’s second time at bat, he’ll team up with the the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, bringing their production of “Singin’ in the Rain” across the pond. No theater or dates have been confirmed.

Based on the 1952 Gene Kelly-led movie musical of the same name, “Singin’ in the Rain” tells the story of a silent film production and cast in the late 1920s, and the complications they get themselves in while making the transition to sound.

The Châtelet production -- directed by Robert Carsen -- reproduces the film’s dialogue, from screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and score, from Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed.

And yes, Virginia — there will be that iconic, puddle-jumping, rain-soaked dance solo, with new choreography from Stephen Mear.

This isn’t the first time “Singin’ in the Rain” has been on Broadway. Twyla Tharp directed and choreographed a heavily-revamped production back in 1985, which closed after 367 performances.

It also isn’t the first Broadway musical with roots in the Théâtre du Châtelet. Last season’s four-time Tony-winning production of “An American in Paris” begin there.

“Singing in the Rain” is currently playing at the Paris’ Théâtre du Châtelet through Jan. 17, 2016.  

Photo Credit: Patrick Berger]]>
<![CDATA['Motown the Musical' Wants You Back]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 19:03:16 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/MotownITW.jpg

Turn up that Jackson 5 — Broadway wants Motown back.

Berry Gordy’s autobiographical musical “Motown” will return to the Great White Way in July, playing an 18-week limited engagement at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre.

The musical, which features over 50 beloved hits from of the legendary Motown catalog, originally opened in April 2013, and closed in January 2015 after 775 performances. Since then, the show has been touring the country, and prepping for a London opening in February 2016.

Gordy himself wrote the book to the show, charting his rise from songster wannabe to record mogul. Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and more are brought to life in the musical, singing hits like “My Girl,” “What’s Going On,” “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” and “Stop! In the Name of Love.”

Charles Randolph-Wright directs.

With “Motown the Musical” heading to The Nederlander, this means that the previously announced open-run production of “Disaster!,” which begins previews at the venue on Feb. 9, will now play a limited run.

For tickets and information, visit www.motownthemusical.com

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus]]>
<![CDATA[Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Fun Facts]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:56:09 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_609641135237-parade.jpg

Since 1924, Macy's has held annual parades on Thanksgiving Day. First known as the "Macy's Christmas Parade," the name changed a few years later to the "Thanksgiving Day Parade."

Now many onlookers crowd Manhattan's streets each year to see Macy's signature giant floats hover over busy streets.

Below are some fun facts about the parade, which draws millions each year, according to Macy's:

  • Before 1927, Macy's used real animals, including lions, bears, tigers, camels, goats, elephants and donkeys. The animals were  replaced with giant character balloons that have stolen the hearts of many Americans. 
  • From 1929 to 1931, Macy's would release the balloons at the end of the parade. Those who found the balloons could return them to Macy's for a $50 gift certificate. The practice ended when a balloon got caught in a plane's propeller when a pilot was trying to catch it.
  • In 2004, Macy's introduced another new parade innovation called the "balloonicle," a combination of a cold-air balloon and a self-propelled vehicle. Then, 2011 marked the birth of the trycaloon, a balloon that was part tricycle. 
  • The parade was canceled in 1942, 1943 and 1944 because of World War II. 
  • To date, there have been 171 giant character balloons in the parade since 1927. This year, Macy's will feature 17 giant character balloons; 24 novelty, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 27 floats; 12 marching band members; 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers; and more than 1,000 clowns.

Four new giant balloons will debut in the 89th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. New balloons include Red from the Angry Birds game; DINO, the mascot for the Sinclair Oil Corporation; Scrat and his acorn from the movie "Ice Age" and Ronald McDonald.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA['Dames at Sea' Shipping Out]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 19:03:46 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BD2cWiFqg4E09McmYgzQ10BNgl110NFYatFJsi95ymw.gif

The tap-tastic, seaworthy musical comedy “Dames at Sea” will sail away from the Great White Way early next year, playing its final performance at the Helen Hayes Theater on Jan. 3, 2016.

At the time of its closing, “Dames at Sea” will have played 32 preview and 85 regular performances.

This was the first time “Dames at Sea” has ever been on Broadway. The musical -- a satire about the making of a 1930s musical -- first opened in 1968 at off-Broadway’s Bouwerie Lane Theatre. Since then, the show has gone on to become a staple in schools and community theaters across the country.

The Broadway production was also the first time the Jim Wise score was heard in New York with a full orchestra.

Three-time Tony nominee Randy Skinner (“42nd Street”) directed and choreographed the Broadway production, with a book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller. The show stars Danny Gardner, Mara Davi, John Bolton, Eloise Kropp, Cary Tedder and Lesli Margherita.

A national tour will being in the fall of 2017.

Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel]]>
<![CDATA[Street Closures for Macy's Thanksgiving Parade ]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 16:58:42 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/chelsea-5-crop.jpg

Millions of spectators are expected to line the streets Thursday to watch the 89th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and 50 million more are expected to watch it on NBC.

In order to accommodate the parade, many streets will be closed across Manhattan. The Department of Transportation released the following information:

On Thursday, the parade forms at 8 a.m. at the following locations:

-Columbus Avenue between 81st and 77th streets

-Central Park West between 81st and 86th streets

-Central Park West betwen West 77th and 86th streets

-West 81st Street between Cebtral Park West and Columbus Avenue

- West 77th Street and 76th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

-71st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

-68th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

-62nd Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. from Central Park West and 77th Street and proceed on the following route:

-South on Central Park West to Columbus Circle

-Central Park West between 81st Street and east side of Columbus Circle/59th Street

-South through E/S Columbus Circle to 59th Street

-Broadway between 59th and 58th streets

-58th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue

- East 59th Street between Columbus Circle and Sixth Avenue

- South on Sixth Avenue between 59th and 34th streets

-West on 34th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues


The parade will disperse at noon at the below locations:

-33rd Street between Sixth and 10th avenues

-34th Street between Sixth and Eighth avenues

-35th Street between Sixth and Eighth avenues

-36th Street to 38th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue

-39th Street and 40th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues

-Seventh Avenue between 33rd Street and 40th Street


Additional closures are as follows:

-Broadway between West 34th Street and West 38th Street - Midnight to 1 p.m.
-6th Avenue between West 23rd Street and West 42nd Street – 2 a.m. to 1 p.m.
-7th Avenue from West 34th Street and West 42nd Street - 2 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
-34th Street between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue - 10 p.m. (Wed) to 5 p.m.
-59th Street E/B between 7th Avenue and Central Park West – Midnight to 2 p.m.
-59th Street W/B between 5th Avenue and Central Park West – 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.

-35th Street between 5th Avenue and 8th Avenue - 2 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-36th Street between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue - 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.

-37th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue - 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-38th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue - 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-8th Avenue between 34th Street and 40th Street - 4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
-Broadway between 38th Street and 59th Street - 4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

-33rd Street between 7th Avenue and 10th Avenue - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-39th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-40th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-49th Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-50th Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-Central Park 65th Street/66th Street Transverse Roads 7 a.m. until conclusion

Please note: From 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access:

-6th Avenue between West 43rd and West 59th Street
-8th Avenue between West 57th Street and West 59th Street
-Broadway between 49th Street and 57th Street
-42nd Street between 5th and 8th Avenue
-57th Street between 5th and 8th Avenue

<![CDATA['Wizard of Oz' Dress for Sale]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 05:47:17 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP969171107376.jpg

If you have $1 million to spare, you could own a piece of movie history.

The iconic blue-and-white gingham pinafore dress worn by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" could become one of the world's most expensive costume dresses if it sells at auction Monday.

The dress is one of the very few complete "Dorothy" costumes still in existence, according to Bonhams, which is set to auction the dress Monday.

Researchers with the company believe at least 10 dresses were made for the film, but most were recycled by MGM and used in other films.

Bidding starts at $1.2 million at Bonham's "Treasures from the Dream Factory" sale in New York.

Other items up for auction include Steve McQueen's racing suit from "Le Mans," Marilyn Monroe's red saloon gown from "River of No Return" and Warren Beatty's trench coat and hat from "Dick Tracy."

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<![CDATA[Spike Lee's ‘Chi-Raq’ Makes World Premiere Sunday]]> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 21:22:48 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-477813206.jpg

Spike Lee's controversial film “Chi-Raq” will make its world premiere Sunday night in Chicago.

The film's title, a portmanteau of "Chicago" and Iraq," has garnered significant criticism throughout the production process.

Area politicians, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, said the title denigrates residents of Englewood and surrounding areas, where the movie was filmed by comparing their neighborhoods to war-torn Iraq.

The film’s IMDB page describes the movie as a “modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago.”

In the movie, a group of women organize to take a stand against the violence after a child is killed by a stray bullet, according to IMDB.

The film’s stars include Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Teyonah Parris, John Cusack and Samuel L Jackson.

Several of the movie's cast members attended a service led by Father Michael Pfleger, a supporter of the film, at Saint Sabina Church on Sunday.

Lee spoke at the service and addressed skeptics head-on. “Chicago, you gotta deal with the truth,” Lee said. “These numbers don’t lie. So you can dig your head in the sand and say ‘Spike’s from New York he don’t know what he’s talking about,’ but the truth is the truth no matter where you come from,” Spike said.

The invite-only premiere will be held at the Chicago Theatre. “Chi-Raq” will be released in select theaters Dec. 4.

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<![CDATA['SNL' Pokes Fun at Carson's Refugee Views]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:33:33 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-498290248.jpg

"Saturday Night Live" started with "Fox and Friends."

The crew likened videos of Wal-Mart shoppers on Black Friday to Syrian refugees coming into the country. 

"Syria's always been good to me," Brian Moynihan said before talking into his cellphone -- mistaking Syria for Apple's Siri.

Jay Pharoah played a soft-spoken Ben Carson.

"Sorry if I seem revved up about this," Pharoah said with a monotone as the presidential candidate about the vetting process for refugees.

"All refugees will be given mad libs that says 'death to blank,'" Pharoah explained. "Anyone that writes 'America' will not be allowed in America."

Faux Carson said in close to a whisper President Obama made him so angry it was enough to "flip his top."  

When asked why Carson appeared so calm, he responded: "Oh I'm like a koala bear. I may seem nice on the outside but on the inside, I've never held an elected office."

The refugee issue and other political hot topics resurfaced in a later bit where a family gathered at the table for Thanksgiving could only stop bickering for one thing: Adele. A recording of her song "Hello" was enough to get everyone to stop yelling at each other and instead stand up and sing along. 

Adele performed later on "SNL" as the musical guest. 

Matthew McConaughey hosted and in his monologue riffed on the origin of "alright, alright, alright," his famous catch phrase from "Dazed and Confused."

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<![CDATA[WATCH: 'Funny or Die' Spoofs NBC’s 'Chicago' Trilogy]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 20:16:24 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-496399540.jpg

NBC recently premiered “Chicago Med,” completing the Dick Wolf trilogy of the “Chicago” franchise. However, the shows’ creators may need to consider adding a fourth drama thanks to a "Funny or Die" parody called “Chicago Sanitation.”

The spoof takes viewers through a rollercoaster of emotions as workers try to juggle life, love, and garbage.

The humorous take on NBC’s hit shows features quotes like: “You sort garbage better than anyone on this team. Why can’t you sort out your life?”

The video wraps up by teasing the “newest” shows of the “Chicago” series you may (or may not) see on NBC’s upcoming lineup.

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<![CDATA[Win Ellen's 12 Days of Giveaways]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:18:59 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/722X406_ELLEN_WebBanner_LMBlack.jpg

Official Rules
November 23, 2015— December 10, 2015

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PRELIMINARY INFORMATION: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Void outside the WNBC Terrestrial Geographic Viewing Area (defined below) and where prohibited. The WNBC Ellen 12 Days Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) will begin on November 23, 2015 at 8:00 A.M. ET and end on December 10, 2015 at 11:59 P.M. ET (“Sweepstakes Period”). All times in the Sweepstakes refer to Eastern Time (“ET”). Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible Entries (defined below) received. Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws. PRIZES (DEFINED BELOW) DO NOT INCLUDE TRANSPORTATION, PARKING, OR ACCOMODATIONS. All taxes and other expenses, costs, or fees associated with the acceptance and/or use of the Prize are the sole responsibility of the Winner.

ELIGIBILITY: Open only to permanent, legal United States (“U.S.”) residents who are physically located in the WNBC terrestrial geographic viewing area in the county of Pike in the state of Pennsylvania; in the counties of Sullivan, Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Putnam, Westchester, Bronx, New York, Kings, Queens, Nassau, Suffolk, and Richmond in the state of New York; in the county of Fairfield in the state of Connecticut; in the counties of Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Union, Somerset, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean in the state of New Jersey (“WNBC Terrestrial Geographic Viewing Area”); and who are eighteen (18) years of age or older as of the start of the Sweepstakes Period. Officers, directors, and employees of Sweepstakes Entities (defined below), members of these persons’ immediate families (spouses and/or parents, children, and siblings, and each of their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside), and/or persons living in the same households as these persons (whether or not related thereto) are not eligible to enter or win the Sweepstakes. Sweepstakes Entities, as referenced herein, shall include WNBC, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112, NBCUniversal Media, LLC, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112 (collectively, “Sponsors”), and their respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliate companies, their administrative, advertising, and promotion agencies, and any other entity involved in the development, administration, promotion, or implementation of the Sweepstakes.

TO ENTER: To enter the Sweepstakes, during the Sweepstakes Period visit the WNBC Facebook page located at http://www.facebook.com/NBCNewYork (“Website”) and access the “Ellen 12 Days Giveaway” tab (“Sweepstakes Tab”). Then, follow the provided instructions to complete and thereafter submit the entry form, which includes your email address, followed by your name, telephone number, and city of residence (“Entry”). All Entries become the property of Sponsors and will not be acknowledged or returned.

During the submission of your Entry, you will receive a pop up box allowing up to two (2) additional Entries into the Sweepstakes. You may receive one (1) bonus entry for following WNBC on Twitter and one (1) bonus entry for following WNBC on Instagram (collectively “Bonus Entry” or “Bonus Entries”). Bonus Entries can only be redeemed one (1) time during the Sweepstakes Period for a total of up to two (2) Bonus Entries.

Entries must be received before December 10, 2015 at 11:59 P.M. ET to be eligible for the Sweepstakes. Sponsors’ computer shall be the official timekeeper for all matters related to this Sweepstakes. You may submit one (1) Entry per day during the Sweepstakes Period, and up to two (2) Bonus Entries for a total of twenty (20) entries. Multiple Entries received from any person or email address beyond this limit will void all such additional Entries. Entries generated by a script, macro, or other automated means or by any means that subverts the entry process will be disqualified. Entries that are incomplete, garbled, corrupted, or unintelligible for any reason, including, but not limited to, computer or network malfunction or congestion, are void and will not be accepted. In case of a dispute over the identity of an entrant who made a potentially winning Entry, Sponsors reserve the right to deem that the Entry was made by the registered subscriber of the email address submitted at the time of Entry. Entry constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use entrant’s name, city, state, likeness, image, and/or voice for purposes of advertising, promotion, and publicity in any and all media now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification, permission, or approval.

WINNER SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION: On or about December 11, 2015, one (1) potential winner (“Winner”) will be selected in a random drawing by representatives of Sponsors from all eligible Entries received during the Sweepstakes Period. Sponsors will announce the names of potential Winner on Website on or about December 16, 2015. Sponsors will make two (2) attempts to notify potential Winner at the phone number and/or email address submitted at the time of entry. Potential Winner may be required to execute and return an affidavit of eligibility, release of liability, and, except where prohibited, publicity release (collectively, “Sweepstakes Documents”) within two (2) days of such notification. Noncompliance within this time period will result in disqualification, and, at Sponsor’s sole discretion an alternate potential Winner may be selected from the remaining eligible Entries. If a potential Winner cannot be reached, if he/she is found to be ineligible, if he/she cannot or does not comply with these Official Rules, or if his/her Prize (defined below) or Prize notification is returned as undeliverable, potential Winner will be disqualified and time permitting, at Sponsor’s sole discretion, an alternate potential Winner may be selected from the remaining eligible Entries.

PRIZE: There will be one (1) prize package awarded (“Prize”) to the Winner. Each Prize consists of the same and/or comparable prizes, as determined in Sponsor’s sole discretion, given to The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s live studio audience from the 12 Days of Giveaways.

Estimated Retail Value (“ERV”) of the Prize is thirty-thousand dollars ($30,000), but may vary significantly based on the 12 Days of Giveaways prize given out on the corresponding Ellen DeGeneres Show. Actual Retail Value (“ARV”) of Prize may vary. Any difference between stated ERV and ARV will not be awarded. Winner will receive an Internal Revenue Service Form 1099 from Sponsors for the total ARV of Prize for the calendar year in which Prize was awarded.

Winner must claim Prize or Prize will be forfeited. All details of the Prize will be determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a similar Prize (or Prize element) of comparable or greater value. All taxes and other expenses, costs, or fees associated with the acceptance and/or use of the Prize are the sole responsibility of Winners. If Winner does not agree to accept all tax implications, Prize will be forfeited and an alternate Winner will be selected from the remaining eligible Entries at Sponsors’ sole discretion. Prize cannot be transferred by Winners or redeemed for cash and are valid only for the items detailed above, with no substitution of Prize by Winners. If the Prize is unclaimed within a reasonable time after notification from Sponsors, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion, it will be forfeited, and time permitting, an alternate Winner may be selected from the remaining eligible Entries at Sponsors’ sole discretion. Winner agrees to comply with all applicable regulations in connection with the Prize.

Sponsors shall have no responsibility or liability for cancellations, delays, or any other change by any company or person providing any element of the Prize, and are not responsible or liable for any expenses incurred as a consequence thereof.

RECORDING: Sponsors, in their sole discretion, may choose to record and/or broadcast the Appearance of the Winner. If Sponsors, in their sole discretion, elect to incorporate any audio and/or video recording of the Winner (the “Recording”) into television shows, the taping and/or the Recording will not be considered an employment opportunity, and Winner will not be entitled to compensation or credit thereof. Sponsors will determine the nature of the Recording in their sole discretion. If the Recording is broadcast, such broadcast will be at a time, for a length of time, and on a date determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Winner may be required to return completed and signed appearance releases, confidentiality agreements and such other documents as may be required by Sponsors. Failure of Winner to complete and execute these documents in a timely manner, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion, may cause the Winner to be disqualified and any potential Prize to be forfeited. The content of the Recording as, and if, finally exhibited and the number of exhibits and re-airs thereof, if any, will be determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Winner will not have a right of review, notice, or approval of the content of the Recording or any exhibition or exploitation thereof. Sponsors have the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify Winner, cause the Prize to be forfeited, at any time, if any Winner behavior is deemed by Sponsors to be disruptive or if it may or does cause damage to person, property, or reputation of Sponsors or if it otherwise violates the policies of Sponsors, or if entrants do not follow the directions of Sponsors at all times. These Official Rules and the Sweepstakes itself are neither a contract nor an application for employment.

CONDITIONS: By entering the Sweepstakes, each entrant agrees for entrant and for entrant’s heirs, executors, and administrators (a) to release and hold harmless Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Sweepstakes Entities, and their respective officers, directors, and employees (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from such entrant’s participation in the Sweepstakes and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of Prize or any portion thereof (including any travel related thereto); (b) to indemnify Released Parties from any and all liability resulting or arising from the Sweepstakes and to hereby acknowledge that Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to Prize, including express warranties provided exclusively by Prize supplier that are sent along with Prize; (c) if selected as a Winner, to the posting of such entrant’s name on NBC New York’s homepage (www.nbcnewyork.com) and/or the WNBC Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/NBCNewYork) and/or the WNBC Twitter Page (www.twitter.com/NBCNewYork) and/or http://instagram.com/nbcnewyork and the use by Released Parties of such name, voice, image, and/or likeness for publicity, promotional, and advertising purposes in any and all media now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification, permission, or approval, and, upon request, to the giving of consent, in writing, to such use; and (d) to be bound by these Official Rules and to waive any right to claim any ambiguity or error therein or in the Sweepstakes itself, and to be bound by all decisions of the Sponsors, which are binding and final. Failure to comply with these conditions may result in disqualification from the Sweepstakes at Sponsors’ sole discretion.

ADDITIONAL TERMS: Sponsors reserve the right to permanently disqualify from any promotion any person they believe has intentionally violated these Official Rules. Any attempt to deliberately damage the Sweepstakes or the operation thereof is unlawful and subject to legal action by Sponsors, who may seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law. The failure of Sponsors to comply with any provision of these Official Rules due to an act of God, hurricane, war, fire, riot, earthquake, terrorism, act of public enemies, actions of governmental authorities outside of the control of Sponsors (excepting compliance with applicable codes and regulations), or other “force majeure” event will not be considered a breach of these Official Rules. Released Parties assume no responsibility for any injury or damage to entrants’ or to any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from entering or downloading materials or software in connection with the Sweepstakes. Released Parties are not responsible for telecommunications, network, electronic, technical, or computer failures of any kind; for inaccurate transcription of entry information; for errors in any promotional or marketing materials or in these Official Rules; for any human or electronic error; or for entries that are stolen, misdirected, garbled, delayed, lost, late, damaged, or returned. Sponsors reserve the right to cancel, modify, or suspend the Sweepstakes or any element thereof (including, without limitation, these Official Rules) without notice in any manner and for any reason (including, without limitation, in the event of any unanticipated occurrence that is not fully addressed in these Official Rules). In the event of cancellation, modification, or suspension, Sponsors reserve the right to select Winner(s) in a random drawing from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to the time of the event warranting such cancellation, modification, or suspension. Notice of such cancellation, modification, or suspension will be posted at www.nbcnewyork.com and www.facebook.com/NBCNewYork. Sponsors may prohibit any entrant or potential entrant from participating in the Sweepstakes, if such entrant or potential entrant shows a disregard for these Official Rules; acts with an intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other entrant, Sponsors, or Sponsors’ agents or representatives; or behaves in any other disruptive manner (as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion). Sponsors reserve the right to modify these Official Rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Sweepstakes.


WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT: For the names of Winners, available after December 16, 2015 send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to be received by January 16, 2016 to: WNBC Ellen 12 Days Giveaway Sweepstakes, 30 Rockefeller Plaza – 7th Floor East, New York, NY 10112 Attn: Mickey Adolph.

Les Miserables On Broadway is not a Sponsor of the Sweepstakes and is not associated with the administration of the Sweepstakes in any way.

This Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Entrants are providing information to Sponsors and not to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

<![CDATA[Box Office Preview: 'Mockingjay - Part 2']]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 10:07:31 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_bop1119_1500x845.jpg "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" hits theaters this week.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show': Fallon Interviews Jindal (Aziz Ansari) ]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 03:25:45 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Tonight+Show+Jimmy+Fallon+Interviews+Bobby+Jindal+Aziz+Ansari+About+Ending+His+Campaign.png “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon talks to former GOP presidential candidate Bobby Jindal (Aziz Ansari) about suspending his campaign for now. ]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Fred Armisen Recaps 'The Originals']]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 03:14:33 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Late+Night+Fred+Armisens+Extremely+Accurate+TV+Recaps+The+Originals.png Fred Armisen gives his hilarious, extremely accurate TV recap of “The Originals."]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show': Secret Handshake With Bieber]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 03:10:46 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Tonight+Show+Secret+Handshake+with+Justin+Bieber.png “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon and Justin Bieber greet each other with their elaborate secret handshake.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Josh Hutcherson on Living in a Hotel with Co-Stars]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 03:08:02 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Late+Night+Josh+Hutcherson+on+Living+in+a+Hotel+with+His+Hunger+Games+Co-Stars.png Josh Hutcherson tells “Late Night” host Seth Meyers about his experience of living with his “Hunger Games” co-stars in a hotel.]]> <![CDATA[Legendary Musical 'Miss Saigon' Returning to Broadway]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 14:44:01 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/MS_JAN15_PRESS_Landscape_AW.jpg

Hold on to your helicopters: “Miss Saigon” is coming back to Broadway.

Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s legendary musical, which opened on Broadway in 1991 starring Lea Salonga and Jonathan Pryce, and closed in 2001, will return to the Great White Way in the Spring of 2017, producer Cameron Mackintosh said Thursday.

The revival, directed by Laurence Connor, will transfer from London, where it’s opened to critical acclaim and sold-out crowds in May 2014. Stars Jon Jon Briones and Eva Noblezada will both transfer with the production.

While no theater or opening dates have been confirmed yet, “Miss Saigon” is currently scheduled as a limited run, through January 15, 2018. At that point, the production will embark on a national tour, beginning in Providence, R.I. and continuing through more than 50 cities including Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

“Of all my shows, ‘Miss Saigon’ is the one that I have received the most requests from the public to bring back,” Mackintosh said, in a statement. “I am thrilled that Broadway audiences will get to see.”

The original production opened in London in 1989.

“Miss Saigon” tells the story of an orphaned girl who falls in love with an American GI in war-torn Saigon. Music comes from Schönberg with lyrics by Boublil. Richard Maltby Jr. added in the French adaptation of Boublil’s lyrics, with additional lyrics by Michael Mahle.

For priority ticket access, visit www.saigonbroadway.com.