Rock of Ages to Welcome Kerry Butler in September

By Andrew Gans
August 27, 2009

Kerry Butler, who received a Tony nomination for her performance in Xanadu, will join the cast of Broadway's Rock of Ages Sept. 21 for a sixth-month engagement.

Butler will play six performances a week in the role of Sherrie, the part created by Amy Spanger. The role's understudy will play the part for both Sunday performances.

In a statement lead producer Carl Levin said, "Kerry is one of my favorite Broadway performers and I cannot tell you how lucky we feel to have her. She's funny, she's beautiful, and most importantly she can sing like a rock star."

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Butz, Tveit, Wopat, Butler, Hart, deBenedet to Star in Catch Me If You Can Premiere

By Andrew Gans
March 12, 2009

Complete casting has been announced for the new Scott Wittman-Marc Shaiman-Terrence McNally musical Catch Me If You Can, which will make its world premiere this summer at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre.

Directed by Jack O'Brien with choreography by Jerry Mitchell, the new musical based on the DreamWorks film of the same name and the autobiography by Frank Abagnale Jr. and Stan Redding will play the Seattle venue July 23-Aug. 16.

The cast will be headed by Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz as FBI Fraud Agent Carl Hanratty, Aaron Tveit as Frank, Tom Wopat as Frank Sr., Kerry Butler as Brenda, Linda Hart as Carol, Rachel deBenedet as Paula and Nick Wyman as Roger.

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Butler, Gemignani, Margulies, Stites and More Set for Dec. 18 Night Job

By Andrew Gans
December 12, 2008

Don't Quit Your Night Job — which was a downtown favorite at Joe's Pub before playing an extended run at the HA! Comedy Club — will return to the Zipper Factory Theater Dec. 18.

The 11:30 PM performance of Night Job, described as a "late night happening of improv, music, sketches and stories," is scheduled to feature co-creators Dan Lipton (The Coast of Utopia), Steve Rosen (Spamalot), David Rossmer (Fiddler on the Roof) and Sarah Saltzberg (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) as well as Kerry Butler, Tara Copeland, Josh Gad, Alexander Gemignani, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Joshua Henry, Rebecca Kasper, Emmy winner Julianna Margulies, Maurice Murphy, David Pittu and music director Kevin Stites.

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Broadway's Xanadu to Close in October

By Andrew Gans
September 16, 2008

Xanadu, the Tony-nominated musical based on the infamous flop film of the same name, will play its final performance at Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre Oct. 12.

When it closes the musical will have played a total of 49 previews and 528 regular performances.

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Bundy, Butler, Espinosa, Cusick and More to Perform at Broadway Chance Style Benefit

By Andrew Gans
June 27, 2008

A host of Broadway favorites will take part in an evening this fall to benefit The Chance Theatre, the Orange County ensemble-based theatre company.

Entitled Broadway Chance Style: Up Close & Personal, the theatre's 10th anniversary benefit concert will be presented Sept. 27 at Santa Ana's OC Pavilion.

Paul Canaan, who is a judge on the MTV reality series "The Search for the Next Elle Woods," will host the evening, which will boast performances by Legally Blonde's Laura Bell Bundy, Xanadu's Kerry Butler, Rent's Eden Espinosa, The Phantom of the Opera's Stephen Tewksbury, Wicked's Kristoffer Cusick and The Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Bart Shatto.

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Xanadu Will Kick Off Tour in California; Chicago to Follow

By Andrew Gans
May 16, 2008

The new Broadway musical Xanadu — which was recently nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Musical — will launch its national tour this fall at the La Jolla Playhouse.

The acclaimed musical, based on the infamous film of the same name, will begin its limited engagement at the California venue Nov. 11 and play through Dec. 21. Xanadu will then head to a Chicago theatre to be announced for a six-month run beginning in January 2009.

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Xanadu Will Be Taped for Lincoln Center Archives

By Andrew Gans
May 15, 2008

The new Broadway musical Xanadu — which was recently nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Musical — will be preserved.

The May 29 performance of the acclaimed musical at the Helen Hayes Theatre will be taped for the Lincoln Center Archives. Tickets are currently available to be part of that performance.

The cast of Xanadu will also be featured on the June 12 broadcast of "Live with Regis and Kelly." That morning chat show airs in the metropolitan area on WABC-TV, Channel 7 at 9 AM ET; check local listings.

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2007-2008 Tony Nominations Announced; In the Heights Earns 13 Noms.

By Andrew Gans
May 13, 2008

The 2007-2008 Tony Award nominations were announced May 13 by Tony Award winners Sara Ramirez and David Hyde Pierce at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Nominees for Best Musical include Cry-Baby, In the Heights, Passing Strange and Xanadu.

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Xanadu Stars Butler, Jackson, Roberts, Hoffman and Testa Renew Contracts Through January 2009

By Andrew Gans
April 30, 2008

Xanadu producers Robert Ahrens, Tara Smith, Brian Swibel, Cari Smulyan and Dale Smith announced April 30 that the stars of their new musical have all renewed their contracts through January 2009.

Kerry Butler (Kira), Cheyenne Jackson (Sonny), Tony Roberts (Danny), Jackie Hoffman (Caliope) and Mary Testa (Melpomene) have signed on through Jan. 25, 2009. Xanadu, based on the film of the same name, plays the Helen Hayes Theatre.

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