September 24, 2017

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Anastacia McCleskey’s Huge Voice Makes Rachael Lily RosenbloomRehearsal a MF Event

Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: The disco musical that made Broadway history Ultimate 🙌 🙌 moment: The disco musical that made Broadway history when it never opened returns to NYC for one-night-only on March 13, and BBox went into rehearsal with the cast. Waitress’ Anastacia McCleskey sang “Get Your Show Rolling”, and we LIVED our best lives. How do you not throw a praise hand up at 2:59?!?!

March 8, 2017

Campy Cult Musical 'RACHAEL LILY ROSENBLOOM...' to Return in Concert at Feinstein's/54 Below

by BWW News Desk Feb. 7, 2017  

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The papers called it "the first intentionally campy musical in Broadway history" and "Broadway's first disco musical," but Paul Jabara's Rachael Lily Rosenbloom... and don't you ever forget it! packed her bags after only 7 previews at the Broadhurst in 1973.

The wild and fantastic tale of an average girl going from the Brooklyn fish market to the height of Hollywood glamour was created by Paul Jabara (composer, lyricist, co-book writer) who later went on to pen hits including "Last Dance," "The Main Event," and "It's Raining Men," and become a Grammy and Academy Award winner.

Paul Jabara's Rachael Lily Rosenbloom was the brainchild of the then 25-year-old Jabara, who appeared in several Broadway shows and worshiped Barbra Streisand. The title character shared this trait, and the extra 'a' in Rachael was the one that 'Barbra' discarded from her name. The show even opened with a song called "Dear Miss Streisand" before hitting numbers with titles like "Cobra Woman," "Overdose," "Get Your Show Rolling," "Broadway Rhythm," and "Raquel Gives The Dish." The backstage atmosphere and onstage drama at the show was so crazy - from drug use to kicklines in g-strings - that it prompted several of the dancers to begin the talk sessions that would become the basis for A Chorus Line.

Join us at Feinstein's/54 Below for the return of Paul Jabara's Rachael Lily Rosenbloom...and don't you ever forget it! This musical in concert will be produced by director of programming Jennifer Ashley Tepperand directed by Max Friedman (Midnight at The Never Get, Charlie Rosen's Broadway Big Band, Ruby Manger) with the support of Paul Jabara's family. Expect an incredible cast of favorites to bring this legendary underappreciated musical back to life! Come see why Broadway's first disco musical was ahead of its time.

October 1, 2016

Anastacia joins the cast of WAITRESS on Broadway. Play the role of the Zany and Judgemental Nurse Norma. She also understudies Becky. Check her out eight shows a week at the Brooks Atkinson Theater.

July 20, 2016

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, Mass., has announced the Musical Theatre Lab world premiere new musical, Broadway Bounty Hunter, running from August 12 through September 4, 2016. The Press Opening is August 19 at 7:30pm.

Broadway Bounty Hunter features music and lyrics by Joe Iconis (Be More Chill, The Black Suits, Bloodsong of Love), book by Joe Iconis, Lance Rubin (author of Denton Little's Deathdate) and Jason SweetTooth Williams (Off-Broadway: Once Upon A Mattress), choreography by Jeffrey Page (Broadway's Violet), and direction by Leah C. Gardiner (BSC Veils). Joel Waggoner (BSC Presto Change-O, Southern Comfort) serves as music director.

Broadway Bounty Hunter stars SAG Award winner Annie Golden (TV's Orange is the New Black, Broadway's Violet, The Full Monty) as "Annie," Broadway veteran Jeff McCarthy (Broadway's Urinetown; BSC Man of La Mancha) as "Mac Roundtree," and features Alan H. Green (BSC Romance in Hard Times) and Scott Watanabe (Broadway's Allegiance), along with Badia Farha, Kourtney Keitt, Anastacia McCleskey, Jamie Patterson, Porsha Putney, George Salazar,Shannon Tyo, and Jason Veasey.

Tickets are available for the run August 12 - September 4th, 2016. https://tickets.barringtonstageco.org/TheatreManager/1/login&event=0

May 24, 2016

It has been announced that Close To You's cast recording will be released in June.

Ghostlight Records will release the album in digital formats on Friday 24th June, with two-disc physical cop
ies online and in stores from Friday 1st July. 

 

Seen in New York and London, Close To You (previously namedWhat's It All About) revitalises the catalogue of the iconic American composer Burt Bacharach for a new generation with Kyle Riabko’s visionary interpretations. The album also features special bonus tracks of Riabko’s never-before-heard original demos, which formed the basis for the project. 


The 28-page booklet includes a note from Riabko, liner notes, production and studio photography and opening night photos of Bacharach with the cast. The cast includes Daniel Bailen, Greg Coulson, Anastacia McCleskey, Stephanie McKeon, Renato Paris and James Williams alongside Riabko.

 

February 19, 2016

After a hit run last year, “Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical,” that glittery disco ball of a show, has returned to theBrava Theater Center.

 

Sylvester found a musical groove with backup singers Martha Wash and Izora Armstead, who are played by Jacqueline B. Arnold and Anastacia McCleskey. Their contribution to songs like “Can’t Stop Dancing” lift an ordinary disco tune to heights of glory, and they provide backbone as well as backup for the standout medley of “Could It Be Magic” and “A Song for You.”

 

February 8, 2016

The nominees for the 2016 Helen Hayes Awards were announced on February 1, 2016. One of the country’s most prestigious cultural honors, The Helen Hayes Awards recognizes and celebrates excellence in professional theatre throughout the Washington metropolitan area. The National Theatre's Helen Hayes Gallery set the scene for the announcement of nominees in 47 categories for artistic excellence, and the naming of the 2016 John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company. 

 

The 2016 Helen Hayes Awards will be held Monday, May 23 at a venue to be announced. Information on ticketing is forthcoming.

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical-HAYES Production:  Anastacia McCleskey - Murder Ballad - Studio Theatre

 

November 23, 2015

It has been revealed that the West End cast of Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined are in the studio recording a cast album. 

 

Following its UK premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Close To You transferred to the Criterion Theatre in October where it is currently booking until Valentine’s Day on 14th February 2016. Featuring new arrangements of Burt Bacharach’s songbook, Close To You broke box office records at the Criterion with the biggest advance in the venue’s history.

 

Kyle Riabko, who co-created the show with David Lane Seltzer, leads the cast. Direction is bySteven Hoggett. The cast also includes: Daniel Bailen, Greg Coulson, Anastacia McCleskey, Stephanie McKeon, Renato Paris and James Williams.

October 16, 2015

Accompanying themselves on all sorts of instruments throughout the show, the cast are ridiculously talented. Riabko leads the company terrifically; his stage presence is strong and he his cleverly placed vocal gymnastics sound so effortless. When Anastacia McCleskey sings for her life time stands still - she is phenomenal.

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