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Broadway Close Up:
Bound for Broadway

Monday, September 26, 2016  |  7:30pm

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Hosted by Liz Callaway

Want to see the next Avenue Q or Hamilton before anyone else? Don't miss Bound for Broadway! At this annual event eagerly anticipated by New York’s most serious and knowledgeable musical theater fans, Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner LIZ CALLAWAY returns to introduce the creative teams behind five new shows headed to New York theaters. Past Bound for Broadway shows have given theater fans a sneak peek at Next to Normal, Avenue Q and The Drowsy Chaperone.

This year you'll preview new shows by Academy Award Winner and “Let It Go” songwriter KRISTEN ANDERSON-LOPEZ (Frozen) and RICK ELICE (Jersey Boys, Peter and the Starcatcher),

Callaway will lead a cast that includes BETSY WOLFE (Falsettos), SEBASTIAN ARCELUS (Jersey Boys, TV series House of Cards and Madam Secretary), DREW GEHLING (Waitress), GRANT BRADDOCK (Amazing Grace, NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER (Hamilton), KATIE LEE HILL (Nerds), RICK HIP-FLORES (Fun Home), BETH KIRKPATRICK (Les Miserables), JESSE KISSEL (The Visit), ERIN MACKEY (Anything Goes), JEREMY MORSE (Waitress), BRYNN O'MALLEY (Honeymoon in Vegas), DANIEL STEWART (Spring Awakening) and EMILY WALTON (Peter and the Starcatcher) as well as JOSHUA DAVID CAVANAUGH, PATRICK LUNDQUIST, GRACE MCCLEAN, TRAVIS MITCHELL, OLUTAYO, WILL SEVEDGE, CHESNEY SNOW, ZACHARY FRANCIS STEWART and NOAH ZACHARY.

Bound for Broadway will feature songs from:

Legendale
Music & story by ANDREA DALY; Lyrics & story by JEFF BIENSTOCK
The main character in this original, contemporary comedy about the power of fantasy escapes his humdrum life through the online game “Legendale.” When the fantasy becomes real, Andy and his avatar must both discover their inner warrior. Legendale blends romance, adventure and virtual reality, over a pop-infused score.

Radioactive
Music by WILL REYNOLDS; Book & lyrics by ERIC PRICE; Music Directed by ANDY EINHORN (Bullets Over Broadway, Sondheim on Sondheim & the upcoming Hello, Dolly starring Bette Midler).
This is the story of Marie and Pierre Curie, the two revolutionary scientists who discovered radium. Marie arrives in Paris as the ultimate outsider—a woman from a foreign country who wants to be a scientist. She finds the perfect collaborator in the no-nonsense Pierre. It is their shared discovery—a theoretical element that Marie calls radium—and the unforgiving and dangerous quest to prove its existence that brings the two scientists together as husband and wife.

Hansel & Gretl & Heidi & Günter
Music by WILL ARONSON; Lyrics by DANIEL MATÉ; Book by HANNAH KOHL
In thisdark, off-kilter musical comedy, Gretl is a single mom living in modern day Chicago and still suffering the post-traumatic stress of her fairytale childhood. She can't help stuffing her kids' pockets full of pebbles, spraying them with deer musk to hide their human scent from witches, and imposing a strict no-sugar policy. Gretl’s children - Heidi and Günter - are fed up with their mom's crazy ways and dream of a normal childhood. But when their long lost Uncle Hansel shows up at their doorstep, they discover the truth about their wickedly complicated family legacy.

In Transit
Book, music and lyrics by Academy Award winning KRISTEN ANDERSON-LOPEZ (Frozen), JAMES-ALLEN FORD, RUSS KAPLAN and SARA WORDSWORTH
Featuring an a cappella score from Broadway’s freshest creators including the musical minds behind “Frozen” and “Pitch Perfect,” “In Transit” is a new, modern musical, bringing to life a vivid tapestry of characters and music in the city that never sleeps…or stands still. Inspired by the vibrant rhythms of life on the subway, “In Transit” follows the intertwining lives of eleven New Yorkers, all hoping to catch the express train to success, love and happiness—and the stops they make along the way. In Transit opens November 10 on Broadway at Circle in the Square Theater.

Magnificent Climb
Book & lyrics by RICK ELICE (Peter and the Starcatcher, Jersey Boys); Music & lyrics by WILL VAN DYKE
In 1924, the first man to climb Mount Everest disappears 800 feet from the summit. Eighty years later, his body is discovered by an American climber, who finds with it a profoundly romantic letter, which one would naturally assume was meant for the Englishman’s wife. Only maybe it wasn’t. That letter’s undelivered passion, frozen for decades on the side of a mountain, inspires this American to do something he’d otherwise never be able to do.

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