Category: Press

The Band’s Visit Wins at the 2017 Obie Awards!

Announced yesterday, May 22nd, at Webster Hall in New York City, The Band’s Visit won two Obie Awards at the 62nd Annual Awards ceremony.

David Yazbek (music) and Itamar Moses (book) received a Musical Theatre award for their work.

David Cromer was presented with a Directing award for his efforts. 

The Obie Awards were founded in 1955 by the Village Voice to celebrate achievements in Off-Broadway work.

See the full list of winners here.

Congratulations to all!

The 2017 Drama Desk Award Nominations Have Been Announced

The 62nd Drama Desk Awards were announced on Thursday, April 27th.

We’re proud to announce that The Band’s Visit was nominated for 7 Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical.

The Band’s Visit was also nominated for:

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical – Ari’el Stachel, The Band’s Visit

Outstanding Director of a Musical – David Cromer, The Band’s Visit

Outstanding Music – David Yazbek, The Band’s Visit

Outstanding Lyrics – David Yazbek, The Band’s Visit

Outstanding Book of a Musical – Itamar Moses, The Band’s Visit

Outstanding Orchestrations – Jamshied Sharifi, The Band’s Visit

A Bronx Tale: The Musical also received a Drama Desk nomination:

Outstanding Actor in a Musical – Nick Cordero, A Bronx Tale

Congratulations to all and to the other other nominees!  The awards will be given out on June 4th.

View the full list of nominations here.

A Bronx Tale Cast Album Available Now Digitally!

The Original Broadway Cast Recording of A Bronx Tale: The Musical is now available for digital download.

Available now on iTunes!

Released by Ghostlight Records, the CD is available May 12. Pre-order now!

The CD package includes a 40-page booklet with complete lyrics, production photos, and an essay by the show’s composer Alan Menken, along with notes from Robert De Niro, Chazz Palminteri, Jerry Zaks, Glenn Slater and Sergio Trujillo.

For more information and to purchase tickets to the show:

Check out this sneak peek into the cast album recording session:

BWW First Listen – Hudson Loverro Sings ‘I Like It’ on A BRONX TALE Cast Recording!







The Original Broadway Cast Album of the hit musical A BRONX TALE will be released by Ghostlight Records beginning March 24, 2017.

CDs will be in stores beginning in May (date to be announced) and the album will be available for streaming beginning June 23. To pre-order the CD, please visit

View full article to listen to “I Like It”!

What You Missed at BroadwayCon’s Bronx Tale Panel!







Though book writer Chazz Palminteri was fashionably late to his panel, lyricist Glenn Slater and cast members Nick Cordero (Sonny), Richard H. Blake (Lorenzo), Bobby Conte Thornton (Calogero) and Ariana Debose (Jane) spoke about the experience of visiting the Bronx to prepare for Palminteri’s life story in Broadway’s A Bronx Tale now playing at the Longacre Theatre.

As they worked to find the characters and the plot, they would hear mixed reactions to news of the coming musical. Cordero recalled many people pleading with him: “Please don’t mess up my favorite movie with music!”

Full PlayBill Article

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John Cariani and Tony Shalhoub Tapped for The Band’s Visit Musical

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Atlantic Theater Company has announced casting for the world premiere of The Band’s Visit, based on the award-winning film of the same name. The new musical features a book by Drama Desk Award nominee Itamar Moses and music and lyrics by Tony Award nominee David Yazbek

The cast will feature Tony nominees John Cariani (Something Rotten!) and Tony Shalhoub (Monk), along with George Abud (The Visit), Bill Army (Act One), Katrina Lenk (Broadway’s Once), Erik Liberman (LoveMusik), Andrew Polk (House of Cards), Rachel Prather (Once National Tour), Jonathan Raviv (The Ragged Claws), Sharone Sayegh (Mamma Mia!), Kristen Sieh (Men on Boats) and Alok Tewari (Awake and Sing!).

Full Playbill Article

KICKS: This forgotten musical is about to make a big comeback!

Before composer Alan Menken went off to Disneyland to write “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast,” he was working on a Broadway musical called “Kicks.”

It never got off the ground, but those who saw a reading back in 1985 say “Kicks” has one of the best scores you’ve never heard.

Now, after being mothballed for more than 30 years, “Kicks” is back. Menken is revisiting the show with help from John Hart, who produced the Tony-winning musical “Once.”

Full NY Post Article

Cherry Jones to Reprise Broadway Glass Menagerie at Edinburgh Festival


The program for this year’s Edinburgh International Festival, running August 5-29, will include Cherry Jones reprising her Tony Award-nominated Broadway performance as Amanda Wingfield in Tennessee William’s The Glass Menagerie. It will run August 7-20 at the King’s Theatre.

No further casting has yet been announced for John Tiffany’s production that prior to transferring to Broadway in 2013 premiered at American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA. The original Broadway company also included Celia Keenan-Bolger, Zachary Quinto and Brian J. Smith.

Full Playbill Article

Once The Musical Comes Home to Dublin











After 3 years on Broadway, 2 years in the West End, a Grammy award, and 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Once is coming home.

Playing at the Olympia Theatre with previews from July 4th – opening Tuesday July 14th – running to August 22nd 2015.

Tickets on sale now

“I’m absolutely delighted that Once is coming to Dublin and will play for the summer at the Olympia Theatre. This sweet little love story, so beautifully dreamt in film by John Carney, has travelled a long way on theatre stages around the world – and is finally returning home.” – Enda Walsh

Set in Dublin, Once is the smash-hit, award-winning musical that has captured hearts around the world with its touching love story, glorious music and irresistible humour. It’s a celebration of music, love, and the city that inspired it. Now it’s coming home.

Once will play for the summer at the Olympia Theatre, one of Dublin’s most historic and best-loved theatres. Situated opposite Dublin Castle in the heart of the city, it first opened its doors as Dan Lowrey’s ‘The Star of Erin’ Music Hall in 1878. The theatre was remodeled and reopened in 1897, and since then it has played host to legendary music gigs in addition to theatre shows.

View the complete press release here.

Visit the Once in Dublin site here.

“Once” Picks Up Eight at the 32nd Green Room Awards

The winners of the 32nd Annual Green Room Awards were announced April 20, 2015, at the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne. The awards recognize outstanding achievements in productions from Cabaret, Contemporary & Experimental Performance, Dance, Independent Theatre, Music Theatre, Opera and Theatre Companies.

The Australian production of Once earned eight musical theatre awards during the ceremony:

Best Production

Best Ensemble

Best Actor In A Leading Role
Hayden Tee: Les Misérables AND Tom Parsons: Once

Best Actress In A Leading Role
Madeleine Jones: Once

Best Direction
John Tiffany

Best Musical Direction
Martin Lowe and Kellie Dickerson

Best Sound Design
Clive Goodwin

Best Lighting Design
Natasha Katz

Click here for the entire list of winners.

For ‘Once,’ Broadway spurns glitz (The Japan Times)


Written and directed by John Carney, the award-winning 2006 musical film “Once” — a simple, bittersweet love story set in his hometown of Dublin and featuring wonderful music by co-stars Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova — was perfect on its own. Wouldn’t a Broadway stage treatment ruin the quiet, refreshingly unsentimental tone that made the low-budget indie based on a book of the same name by Edna Walsh so beloved?

Thankfully, no.

Click here to read more of this review of Once the Musical in Tokyo.

Once, Phoenix theatre, review: Boyzone’s Ronan Keating melts hearts in his West End debut


To describe any play as charming risks sounding luke-warm, but this much-garlanded musical has charm in abundance and that makes for a delightful evening.

The new interest is the casting of Boyzone singer Ronan Keating as the male lead, making his West End stage debut. It feels patronising to boyband singers-turned-actors everywhere to say he is surprisingly good, so let’s rather say that he is highly effective in exuding a careworn melancholy that disguises loss. He captures the hearts of the audience seemingly effortlessly.

To read more of this review from The Independent, click here.

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