Friday, August 19, 2016

Listen Here First: Josh Groban's New B'way Musical!

Listen to “Dust and Ashes” featuring Josh Groban from "The Great Comet," opening this fall on Broadway! Previews begin October 18. "Dust and Ashes" is now available for purchase. Visit to download.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Fiddler Fiddles Away On FREE Music Videos!

Fiddler on the Roof’s violin soloist, Kelly Hall-Tompkins is excited to announce she is releasing a new solo album "The Fiddler: Expanding Tradition” which will be released later this year and will feature all new original and commissioned Fiddler solo violin music from the creators of the Broadway musical, Arranger Oran Eldor and Music Director/Orchestrator Ted Sperling. In anticipation of the upcoming album, Hall-Tompkins has produced two music videos, which feature songs that will be on the album and these music videos stream free.

The two pieces featured in the videos are:
Hall-Tompkin’s arrangement of "If I Were a Rich Man," for violin solo. (
"Fiddler Rhapsody and Scherzo," arranged by Oran Eldor, commissioned by Hall-Tompkins and developed by her and Eldor. (

The videos were created by Audio Engineer Bill Siegmund, Cinematographer/Director William D. Caballero and features the designs of fashion designer Gilles Montezin. This recording features collaborating artists who are colleagues of Hall-Tomplins’ at the show: guitarist Jim Hershman, accordionist Joshua Camp and bassist Michael Blanco (on video, the guitarist is Stephen Benson). Expanding on the collaboration between John Williams and Isaac Stern for the 1971 film, Kelly Hall-Tompkins is the first "official" Fiddler to contribute new repertoire to the violin canon and Fiddler tradition.

Kelly Hall-Tompkins said: “Inspired by Danny Burstein's prodigious and endearing Tevye night after night, I have written my own solo violin version of ‘If I Were a Rich Man’ and dedicated it to Danny. When embarking on this role, I was inspired by the towering icons who have come before us, the Tevyes, the Fiddlers, the Broadway productions and film. In this new recording ‘The Fiddler: Expanding Tradition’, I am even more inspired to document our time and amazing cast in these iconic roles while also adding new tradition and repertoire to the canon."

Further information about the solo album will be announced soon. For more info on Hall-Tompkins, visit

Featured in the New York Times as the "versatile violinist who brings the music to life", on The NBC TODAY Show with Harry Smith for her "gorgeous violin solos," concert violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins is the actual violinist who is heard in the current Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof. Though never seen on stage, Hall-Tompkins shares this role together with dancer Jesse Kovarsky who plays the onstage Fiddler.

About Kelly Hall-Tompkins
Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins is forging a dynamic career as a soloist and chamber musician. Winner of a Naumburg International Violin Competition Honorarium Prize as well as a Concert Artists Guild Career Grant, Ms. Hall-Tompkins has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Dallas Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of New York, and Philharmonic of Uruguay, in addition to numerous concerts and recitals in cities including New York, Washington, Cleveland, Toronto, Chicago, Baltimore, and Greenville, South Carolina, and at festivals in France, Germany and Italy.

Featured as soloist in over 200 Broadway performances to date, plus a new cast album alongside a bonus track by Itzhak Perlman, Ms. Hall-Tompkins has been the subject on NBC’s Today Show with Harry Smith, NBC 4 New York with Janice Huff, WWFM radio and Strings Magazine among numerous other outlets for her role in Fiddler. A significant collaborating partner with violinist/composer Mark O’Connor, Ms. Hall-Tompkins has performed his Double Violin Concerto with O’Connor in concerts across the United States. As a passionate chamber musician, Ms. Hall-Tompkins is first violinist of the O’Connor String Quartet, which has performed concerts nationally, including Tanglewood, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Lincoln Center’s Great Performer’s Circle, and a member of the Florida-based Ritz Chamber Players, including concerts in residence at Jacksonville’s Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, the Ravinia Festival’s “Rising Stars Series,” New York at Lincoln Center’s Allen Room, and in Baltimore in collaboration with BSO concertmaster and string principals, along with many other venues. She has performed at the Garth Newel Music Center, Chamber Music South Dakota, New York City’s Bargemusic, live on WNYC’s “Soundcheck”, at Miami’s Deering Estate Series and for the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild.

Additional performance highlights include a 2007 Benefit for the Victims of Darfur at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Hall-Tompkins was invited by actress Mia Farrow and conductor George Matthew to perform as soloist before an orchestra comprised of musicians from every major orchestra in the world. In 2002 Hall-Tompkins commissioned a new work for violin and percussion from the German composer Siegfried Matthus, which was premiered at Michigan’s Pine Mountain Music Festival and will give in 2016 with the Oakland East Bay Symphony the US Premiere of Professor Matthus’s new Violin Concerto. Ms. Hall-Tompkins’ performances have been broadcast in New York by WQXR, by Chicago’s WFMT and on the BBC.

Ms. Hall-Tompkins’ newest recording project is Imagination, a double video release of the Ysaÿe sonata No. 6 and her own jazz arrangement of “Pure Imagination” from the original film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The videos, released online and on Collector’s Edition DVD in early 2014, have garnered 1,000,000 You Tube views, were featured in Strings Magazine, hailed as “ground-breaking...sumptuous... a potent package,” and by Chamber Music America in a public presentation on creating music videos. She released her debut CD recording in 2002, featuring the Kodaly duo, Brahms D minor Sonata and the Ravel Tzigane. Ms. Hall-Tompkins released her second CD, entitled “In My Own Voice”, in 2008, featuring music by Kreisler, Saint-Saëns, William Grant, and David Baker. The album was praised by Fanfare for its “opulent intensity” and by The Strad, which described Hall-Tompkins’ “winning way,” noting her “mercurial charms [and] genial touch...impressive.”

Ms. Hall-Tompkins’ distinguished orchestral career has included extensive touring in the United States and internationally with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, including performances in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Japan, Singapore, Scotland and a recording with countertenor Andreas Scholl. She also performed over 150 performances with the New York Philharmonic, under conductors including Kurt Masur, Leonard Slatkin, Andre Previn, Charles Dutoit and Valery Gergiev. Now regularly tapped as Concertmaster, Ms. Hall-Tompkins lead the 2016 Lincoln Center Benefit for the 10 Year Anniversary ofLight in the Piazza, an upcoming 2016 Live From Lincoln Center Broadcast with Lang Lang, numerous Carnegie Hall Concerts with the New York Pops and as founding member of the Chamber Orchestra of New York, which performed its debut concert in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall in the Fall ’07 with Ms. Hall-Tompkins also as soloist. From 1999-2012 she was a member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

Fiddler on the Roof began previews at The Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway, at 53rd Street) on November 20, 2015 and officially opened on Sunday, December 20, 2015. The current regular performance schedule is: Tuesdays at 7 PM, Wednesdays at 2 PM and 8 PM, Thursdays at 7 PM. Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 PM and 8 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM. Tickets are now on sale via or by phone at (212) 239-6200.

Fiddler on the Roof has been A beloved theatrical classic from Tony Award-winner Joseph Stein, and Pulitzer Prize- winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, Fiddler on the Roof is directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, The King and I); choreographed by the acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter; inspired by the original choreography of Jerome Robbins; and has musical direction by Ted Sperling.

Fiddler on the Roof has scenic design by Michael Yeargan (Tony Award-nominee, The King and I), costume design by Catherine Zuber (Tony Award-winner, The King and I), lighting design by Donald Holder (Tony Award-nominee, The King and I), sound design by Scott Lehrer (Tony Award-winner, South Pacific), and hair and wig design by Tom Watson. Casting is by Telsey + Co./Abbie Brady Dalton.

Fiddler on the Roof is presented on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jam Theatricals, Louise Gundand Jerry Frankel.


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sutton Foster To Star In 'Sweet Charity' Revival!

The New Group has announced additional casting and creative team for its fall production of Sweet Charity, starring two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster.

Joining Foster in the off-Broadway cast will be Asmeret Ghebremichael (The Book of Mormon) as Nickie, Tony winner Shuler Hensley (Waiting for Godot/No Man's Land) as Oscar, Sasha Hutchings (Hamilton) as Rosie/Ensemble, Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Women on the Verge...) as Ursula/Ensemble, Emily Padgett (Bright Star) as Helene, and Joel Perez (Fun Home) as Herman/Vittorio/Daddy Brubeck. The ensemble will also include Yesenia Ayala, Darius Barnes, James Brown III, and Donald Jones, Jr. Lori Ann Ferreri and Ryan Worsing join the cast as swings.

The creative team includes scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Leon Rothenberg, orchestrations by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, and music direction by Georgia Stitt.

Sweet Charity will be directed by Leigh Silverman, with choreography by Joshua Bergasse. Featuring a book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman, and lyrics by Dorothy Fields, the show is timed to the 50th anniversary of the classic musical. The story follows Charity Hope Valentine (Foster), the sassy, diehard romantic dancehall hostess whose naivety and overeager embrace of every man she meets keeps getting her in hot water.

Previews will begin November 2 in advance of a November 20 opening at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Performances will run through December 11. More casting will be announced at a later date.

For tickets and more information, click here.