ORDINARY DAYS Casting Announcement!

Posted on: August 21st, 2009 by Todd Haimes



I am thrilled to announce the Roundabout Underground production of Ordinary Days has now been fully cast as well as acquiring a complete production team.


Ordinary Days will feature Lisa Brescia as “Claire,” Jared Gertner as “Warren,” Hunter Foster as “Jason” and Kate Wetherhead as “Deb.” Lisa has been in a number of Broadway musicals including Wicked and Aida. Jared was last on Broadway in 25th Annual…Spelling Bee and has a number of Regional credits including Paper Mill Playhouse. Hunter was most recently seen on Broadway starring in The Producers, Little Shop of Horros, and Urinetown. Kate was on Broadway in Legally Blonde and 25th Annual…Spelling Bee.


The Ordinary Days creative team includes Vadim Feichtner (Music Direction), Lee Savage (Sets), Lisa Zinni (Costumes) and Jeff Croiter (Lights) and Danny Erdberg (Sound).


I am very pleased to have such a talented team of actors and designers for our first musical at the Underground.



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Hi, Hi, Birdie!

Posted on: August 21st, 2009 by Marc Miller


Broadway newcomer Nolan Gerard Funk imbues the role of Conrad Birdie with a lot more than just swivels and snarls.

Nolan Gerard Funk

Nolan Gerard Funk

From the feature pages of teen mags like Tiger Beat, Popstar, and Astro Girl to the Broadway stage: it’s not a typical career path. But Nolan Funk isn’t a typical young leading man. Only 22 years old, Funk makes his Broadway debut this fall as Conrad Birdie in the Roundabout’s revival of Bye Bye Birdie, directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom, at the freshly restored Henry Miller’s Theatre. Funk arrives with little theatre training but a wealth of television experience. Most notably, he starred as rebellious Nikko Alexander in Spectacular!, Nickelodeon’s recent TV movie in the High School Musical mold. Spectacular!, in fact, inspired considerable speculation on Funk’s being “the next Zac Efron.” The Canadian-born performer is amused by such industry hype and, as he revealed in a phone interview with Front & Center prior to rehearsals, too busy coming up with a flesh-and-blood Birdie to be seriously distracted by it.

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2009-2010 Season, Bye Bye Birdie, Front & Center

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2010 SpringGala

Posted on: August 21st, 2009 by John Istel


Legendary composer Stephen Sondheim turns 80 on Monday, March 22, 2010…and he has chosen to celebrate the occasion with Roundabout at our 2010 Spring Gala: Sondheim 80.

Roundabout will celebrate this incredible artist whose six decades on Broadway have changed the face of musical theatre, from such early Broadway shows as West Side Story and Gypsy, and genre-defying work in Company, Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods, to his complex later pieces like Passion and Road Show. At Roundabout's Spring Gala, some of Broadway's greatest artists from across the spectrum of his career will gather to pay tribute to this musical giant and perform at a very special birthday dinner.

Roundabout has a long relationship with Stephen Sondheim, having produced revivals of five of his musicals, all of which were nominated for Tony Awards®: Company (1995), Follies (2001), the Tony winner Assassins (2004), Pacific Overtures (2004), and Sunday in the Park with George (2008). In 2005, Roundabout honored Sondheim with the Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre for the indelible impact his life’s work has made on the theatre world. Earlier this year, Roundabout produced a gala concert reading of A Little Night Music, starring Natasha Richardson, Victor Garber, and Vanessa Redgrave at Studio 54.

All proceeds from the Spring Gala will benefit Roundabout Theatre Company’s Musical Theatre Fund, allowing works such as these to be revived by a new generation of artists for a new generation of audiences. Gala chairs Michael T. Cohen, Martin and Perry Granoff, and Tom and Diane Tuft will lead the fundraising effort, which will give musical theatre artists at all points in their career a home at Roundabout.

Additional details will be announced shortly, but mark your calendars and save March 22, 2010, for Sondheim 80.

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2009-2010 Season, Front & Center

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