Perez Hilton To Star In Full House! The Musical!

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(PCM) National Lampoon / Bob and Tobly McSmith / David Galpern proudly announce that the larger than life celebrity personality Perez Hilton will be joining the cast as Danny Tanner, the production is on stage at Theater 80 (80 St Marks & 1st Ave, East Village) from September 9, 2015 through November 29, 2015. On sale now, tickets range in price from $25 to $50, limited tickets available for the “Tanner Family Hug Zone” at $50, and are available online at www.FullHousetheMusical.com
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Visiting Toronto for an exclusive run before heading off to Theatre 80 in New York, Full House! The Musical! will be on stage at the Randolph Theatre (736 Bathurst St.) for a strictly limited engagement from Aug. 18 to Sept. 6. On sale now, tickets range in price from $29.99 to $99.99 and are available online at www.FullHousetheMusical.com
Full House! The Musical! is the unauthorized musical parody that puts an adult spin on the wildly popular 90s sitcom. The beloved TV show followed the heartwarming story of a widowed Father whose best friend and brother‐in‐law move in to help him raise his three daughters. Every episode of “Full House” serves to remind you that no matter how unconventional the Tanner family is – they will always be better than your family.
Full House! The Musical! follows Tanner family patriarch, Danny, who loses his super power of solving any problem with his sensible “Dad Speeches” (complete with soft piano accompaniment). Enjoy Danny’s wacky and hilarious descent into madness as he slowly turns from wholesome Danny Tanner to foul‐mouth and dark Bob Saget. Will he get his “Dad Speech” power back in time to save his family? Probably not!
Full House! The Musical! includes book, music, lyrics and stage direction by Bob and Tobly McSmith (Bayside! The Musical!; Showgirls! The Musical!) who will have audiences clapping and singing along to catchy tunes like “This House is Too Full” – Tanner Family/Comet the Dog; “Have Mercy on My Heart/Don’t Touch the Hair” – Uncle Jessie/Rebecca Donaldson; “Look at these Assholes” – Comet the Dog and “Our Family is Better Than Your Family” – Tanner Family.
Joining Hilton on stage, the cast features Seth Blum as Joey Gladstone, John Duff as Jesse Katsopolis, Amanda Nicholas as DJ Tanner, Marguerite Halcovage as Stephanie Tanner, and Marshall Louise as the Olsen Twins.

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Nia Holloway Graces The Stage In Philadelphia’s “Lion King”

12-01NiaHolloway(PCM) The lovely Nia Holloway takes the stage as Nala in “The Lion King” and we are instantly mesmerized by her graceful cat-like movements. Then she begins to sing and we are drawn in by the sheer beauty of her voice.

Nala the Lion, is surrounded by elephants, zebras and other animals in which the actors, puppets and pageantry become one. The stage has an awe-inspiring orange glow and the inspiring music gives the children and adults in the audience goose bumps.

The themes of the show include: having respect for the delicate balance of nature, and to learn how to rejoice in the splendor of life.

The 19-year-old actress, vocalist and dancer, has appeared at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, on the Hub Network show “Majors and Minors” and at various other venues as a live performer.

Her new single, “Favorite Love Song,” is available on iTunes. She also has many fans that follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

This show, often-called “the pride of Broadway,” features music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, and has won six Tony Awards. It is the vision of director Julie Taymor, and is an adaptation of the animated film, that has a life of its own. “Lion King,” tells the story of a headstrong young lion cub named Simba and his coming of age, and uses puppetry and dance in ways that have not been replicated.

Here is a staggering thought: The show has been in production for 18 years. The 22 global productions have been seen by more than 75 million people, and the North American touring productions of “The Lion King” have been seen by more than 15 million theatergoers.

This show has been translated into seven different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese), and is currently running on Broadway; in London’s West End; Hamburg; Tokyo; Madrid; Brisbane, Australia; Basel, Switzerland; and on tour across North America and Japan; this is a total of nine productions running concurrently across the globe.

Having already played more than 70 cities across North America, the show’s Philadelphia return at the Academy of Music is through June 14.

Q: Are you excited to be part of the tour of ‘The Lion King?’

NIA HOLLOWAY: Oh, yes! It has been absolutely thrilling!

Q: How long you been with the show?

NH: Two years, and it has continued to be both excitimg and challenging. I was cast at age 17, right out of high school, so I have the distinction of being the youngest person to play this role. The show has been around, thriving and delighting audiences as long as I’ve been alive.

Q: You were recently in Des Moines, now Philadelphia and soon several cities in Canada. Are the audiences similar as you travel around?

NH: It varies in every city – I would say that every city has its own aura about it. Some audiences are very reserved. Iowa really loved the show and I hope that Philadelphia will also. It is such a beautiful show.

Q: What do you love about your character of Nala?

NH: There are so many aspects of her to love. She is very young and very powerful.

Q: What else comes to mind?

NH: Being a very powerful character she has a beautiful message to convey that even thought she is going through a tough time she is going to do what ever she can do to take care of her family. I hope that this will empower other young women who come to see the show.

Q: Would you say that she is a role model?

NH: Yes definitely

Q: I have been told that without a supportive family it is extremely difficult to navigate the rough waters of a major theater career. So how has family been involved in your career?

NH: They have been there front and center since the day I wanted to start at age 11.When I first started my dad came with me and my mom stayed with my younger sisters in Atlanta. We sacrifice for each other. My family is my motivation every single day for what I do.

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Q: Tell me about the camaraderie involved in the touring company of “The Lion King.”

NH: Yes, it is an important part – we basically live with one another and this is our home away from home. We celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, and birthdays together, so your best friend in the show becomes like a big sister.

Q: You are not rooting during a tour, so tell me can life on the road be difficult.

NH: Yes, definitely. People think you would get used to being away from your family everyday, but you don’t. I have come to grips with it. I also keep in mind that I am living my dream and I am able to perform for at least 2,000 people a night; so that’s not something I can ever complain about.

Q: Do you do some sight seeing during the tour when you are not rehearsing or performing?

NH: Yes. I am really excited to see the best of Philadelphia.

Q: How do you get ready to go on stage?

NH: I have techniques to get my body and voice ready for each show. I come in 45 minutes before rehearsal to stretch my body and voice. I do jumping jacks for another 30 minutes. It is my daily routine to get my body in shape. When I first started the show I had five weeks of rehearsal period, which really prepared me. Now we don’t rehearse every day.

Q: Some people say that doing the same thing every day can be monotonous for an actress or dancer. But I think it shows how creative you can be to keep it fresh. What is your take on this?

NH: Keeping it interesting is the key whatever you are doing. It’s your responsibility as an artist to respect your craft. The process is not redundant because every day you try to better yourself. Sometimes your home sick; sometimes you are actually sick. Those emotions you pull from are not the same every night, but every night you want to give everything you’ve got and make it the best experience for the audience. You come to every part and every job and take something different from it. It’s all about my love for the theater and my deep love for my craft.

Q: How long will you stay with “The Lion King?”

NH: As long as they will have me.

Q: What’s next after the tour – dancing, singing or acting?

NH: All of them – they are all my passions. I have accomplished this at such a young age and I have the world ahead of me – I am going to take that world by storm.

Q: So who should come and see this production of “The Lion King?”

NH: You can be nine or 90 years old; it’s a universal and a beautiful experience. And I would say that you may want to experience it more than once.
The Philadelphia engagement of Lion King, Broadway’s award-winning musical, runs through June 14 at The Academy of Music. The tour continues in Canada to Vancouver, Edmonton,Calgary, and then to San Jose, Costa Mesa, Denver, Chicago, Tampa, Durham, and other cities. For tickets to the Philadelphia production go to: kimmelcenter.org/broadway or call 215-731-3333. For more information worldwide, visit LionKing.com.

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Nine-Year-Old Issie Swickle Has Many Bright Tomorrows Ahead

Annie2(PCM) Nine-year-old Issie Swickle already knows what it often takes other actresses years to find out – without family support the road to stardom can be extremely bumpy.

Swickle, from Davie, Florida, is making her national tour debut as Annie, and while she likes to be “just a regular kid” she finds touring the country with her mom, is a dream come true.

She is able to balance school, friendships, family life and her passion for acting, singing and dancing, as she does so well in the current production of “Annie.” Swickle said she has been on tour with “Annie” for six months, and recently signed on until December.

This national touring production of “Annie, which boasts a 25-member cast, is part of Broadway Philadelphia, from March 17-22, at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.

Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 19th time, the current production is a new physical incarnation of the iconic Tony Award winning original. Broadway Philadelphia is presented collaboratively by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Shubert Organization.

Annie has a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin. All three authors received 1977 Tony Awards for their work. The choreography for this show is done by Liza Gennaro, who will incorporate selections from her father Peter Gennaro’s 1977 Tony Award-winning choreography.

The original production of “Annie” opened April 21, 1977 at the Alvin Theatre and went on to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the Grammy for Best Cast Show Album and seven Tony Awards.

The show remains one of the biggest Broadway musical hits ever. It ran for 2,377 performances after it first opened, and has been performed in 28 languages and has run onstage somewhere around the world for 37 years.

Swickle said that she thoroughly enjoys working with the two dogs who play Sandy in the show, (Sunny and Macy), and their trainer, William Berloni. He has trained many of the Sandy’s in past productions as well as other stage productions and films. All of his dogs are adopted from rescue operations.

The beloved score for Annie includes “Maybe,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”

Q: Please tell me what it’s like playing the leading role of Annie in this production?

ISSIE SWICKLE: I love being able to travel around the country and see all of these amazing places. I am getting a lot of exposure, too, if I ever want to do a TV show.

Q: Do you have advice for young girls who want an acting career or what to do or not do?

IS: First of all; always be yourself. Listen to your directors and others in the show, and do exactly what they say. Don’t be shy. Be yourself. They are not there to judge you; they are there to support you. When you audition be focused, listen to their advice and be yourself. And most of all have fun.

Q: I hear that the mom’s on the tour have sacrificed a lot for their daughters. Talk about your mom, Dana, who tours with you and has supported you ever step of the way.

IS: She is the best mom on the planet. She has shoulder problems and is still doing everything she possibly can for me and my career. I don’t know any other mom who would do all of this. I am really grateful for her, and for my dad. They are business owners and he works extra hard so she can tour with me.

Q: What is the best advice you have received from your mom?

IS: Be myself, have fun and don’t let people bring me down. She has also said, ‘If you work hard, good things happen.’

Q: Do you feel that family support is of major importance?

IS: Yes. I am grateful for my entire family. My brother, Max, is 13 and he is the best brother on earth. He has sacrificed so much for me and is so supportive of me. Each of them has supported me and sacrificed so much for me to be able to do this.

Q: Why did you want to become an actress?

IS: I saw my brother, Max, in the play Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and it looked like great fun. I went to camp for training, the best camp on earth. It’s called Broadway Kids in Florida and it’s near where I live.

Q: Do you want to keep acting?

IS: Yes. Definitely. But if acting doesn’t work out when I am older I would like to be a veterinarian, or a doctor. I love playing with animals. People have done nice things for me, so I want to do nice things for them.

Q: So are you a normal kid even with all of your success?

IS: I would say that I am. I am making my own lunch, cutting up chicken.

Q: Do you go to school or have tutors?

IS: Both. When I am home I go to school. On the set I have a tutor. Jessica is my tutor right now.

Q: What’s your best school subject?

IS: I have a few – science, math or reading

Q: Have you seen the musical of Annie on Broadway?

IS: Yes, I was a big fan of the Broadway show, it’s very cool. The set is kind of different from our version.

Q: What did you think of the new movie version, which came out before Christmas, with Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Quvenzhane Wallis as Annie?

IS: It was really good; I liked it. It was really different from our version. It was a more modern version.

Q: Are your school friends interested in theater or acting?

IS: No, they are just regular kids.

Q: How do you hang out with your girlfriends?

IS: When I’m on tour I hang out with [girls who play] the orphans in the show. When were not acting we like to make music videos and go swimming.

Q: Speaking of music – what kind of music do you enjoying listening to?

IS: Anna Kendrick, Demi Levato, Selena Gomzez, and others, too.

Q: What is your favorite song in the show?

IS: I can’t pick one. I have three: Tomorrow, Maybe and Anything But You.

Q: Do you enjoy movies? What have you seen lately?

IS: I want to see “Into the Woods” again. Meryl Streep is really good; I also saw it on Broadway and loved it.

Q: Tell me about working with the dog who plays Sandy in the show.

IS: It is so much fun. I love dogs and have three at home. I get to see how they train the dogs and that is really cool.

Q: What do you think is the message of the play?

IS: Hope, that’s what I want people to get out of it. It’s a sad story, but it becomes a happy story because Annie gets adopted. Annie brings happiness and joy to the people around her. It’s such an amazing story. I just love her. I think that people will get a lot out of her; she’s a wonderful character.

For tickets or information go to www.anniethemusical.com or facebook.com/anniethemusical

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Bruce Willis Is Headed To Broadway In “Misery”

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(PCM) Actor Bruce Willis will be making his Broadway debut this fall in the upcoming adaption of the Stephen King novel “Misery”. “Misery” was also adapted into a film back in 1990 which starred Kathy Bates and James Caan.

Willis will star as the bedridden novelist, Paul Sheldon, that was played by Caan in the film version and the iconic role of the psychotic fan Annie Wilkes will be taken on by theater star Elizabeth Marvel.  According to the New York Times, “The play is by William Goldman, who wrote the screenplay for ‘Misery’ (based on the Stephen King novel) and won Academy Awards for his film scripts for ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ and ‘All the President’s Men”

Will Frears will direct the upcoming play, which he premiered back in 2012 at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania.  At this time no dates or theater information have been announced for the Broadway show.

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Jennifer Nettles Set To Make Her Broadway Debut In Chicago The February!

Jennifer-Nettles1(PCM) As announced this morning on NBC “Today,” Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and international music superstar Jennifer Nettles will make her Broadway debut this February in the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical CHICAGO.

Nettles joins the Broadway company in the starring role of Roxie Hart for a limited eight-week engagement — Monday, February 2through Sunday, March 29, 2015 at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St.)

“Broadway has always been a special, magical place, with a wonderful tradition of singers and actors,” said Jennifer Nettles. “I feel honored and proud to be part of this great tradition. Taking on such an iconic role as Roxie in CHICAGO is a dream come true.”

“We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome Jennifer into our CHICAGO family this winter,” said producer Barry Weissler. “Her sensational talent and musicianship will no doubt make this an extraordinary Broadway debut engagement. I can’t wait for our audiences to experience her interpretation Roxie Hart.”

Jennifer Nettles has become one of the most popular singer-songwriters in music today and recently had a #1 Country Album with her solo debut CD “That Girl.” As the lead vocalist of the country group Sugarland, the band exploded onto the music scene in 2004 and have worldwide sales of over 22 million (albums and singles) to date, have achieved eight No. 1 singles and have won numerous awards including trophies from the Grammys, AMAs, ACM Awards, CMT Music Awards and CMA Awards.

With a legendary score by John Kander and Fred Ebb, and a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, CHICAGO is now the longest-running American musical in Broadway history — and it shows no sign of ever slowing down!

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There’s A Whole Lot of Singing in the New Trailer for “The Last 5 Years”

TheLast5Years(PCM) The first trailer for RADiUS’ dramedy musical, The Last 5 Years, starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan in the last 5 years of the young hopeful couple’s failed marriage.

The trailer, clocking in at a little over two minutes, features both Kendrick and Jordan singing their hearts out and is a good tip-off that The Last 5 Years will probably be most enjoyed by someone who is a huge fan of musicals.

Written and directed by Richard LaGravenese (P.S. I Love You), The Last 5 Years is the film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s musical based on his own failed marriage to Theresa O’Neill.

Showcasing the talents of Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, Pitch Perfect) and Jeremy Jordan (Six by Soundheim, Joyful Noise), both seasoned actors with great voices and prior Broadway experience, The Last 5 Years opens in select theaters starting February 13, 2015.

Read the official synopsis for The Last 5 Years, this year’s winner of the Chicago International Film Festival Audience Choice Award, and watch the official trailer below!

“The Last 5 Years” by Tony award winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown is a musical deconstruction of a love affair and a marriage taking place over a five year period. Jamie Wellerstein is a young, talented up and coming Jewish novelist who falls in love with Cathy Hiatt, a Shiksa Goddess struggling actress.

Their story is told almost entirely through songs using an intercutting time line device; all of Cathy’s songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to thebeginning of their love affair while Jamie’s songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage. They meet in the center when Jamie proposes.

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