|Audible Theater Announces Tituss Burgess & Jane Krakowski in "Center of the YOUniverse" for Three Nights Only This June|
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|Audible Theater Announces
Center of the YOUniverse
Live for Three Nights Only
Thursday, June 15 – Saturday, June 17
At Audible's Minetta Lane Theatre
Tony Award Winner Christopher Gattelli
Production Will Also Be Recorded Live
and Released Globally As An Audible Original
NEWARK, NJ and NEW YORK, NY – March 16, 2023 – Audible Inc., the leading creator and provider of premium audio storytelling, is pleased to announce that six-time Emmy Award nominee Tituss Burgess ("Schmigadoon!," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," "Central Park," The Little Mermaid) and Tony Award winner Jane Krakowski ("Schmigadoon!," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," "30 Rock," Nine) will perform live together in a new show, Center of the YOUniverse, for three nights only, Thursday, June 15 – Saturday, June 17, on stage at Audible's Minetta Lane Theatre (18 Minetta Lane, between MacDougal & 6th Avenue – one block south of W. 3rd Street), Audible's creative home for live performances in New York. Directing is Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli ("Schmigadoon!," Newsies, The King and I). Center of the YOUniverse will also be recorded live from the Minetta Lane Theatre and released on Audible at a later date, extending its reach to millions of listeners around the world.
Center of the YOUniverse is an out-of-this world spectacle starring Tituss Burgess and Jane Krakowski with music, laughter, and (probably) the salvation of humanity from its self-inflicted doom. Unaware of just how brightly the other one shines, Tituss and Jane will attempt the impossible: a double-booking. In a unique blend of song and storytelling, they'll stop at nothing to upstage each other and steal the spotlight….until they realize the true purpose of being ridiculously attractive and having immeasurable talent: to unite and heal the world. It's an outrageously fun and weird show full of pop and theatrical duets. A clash of divas and dueling vocals. It's the show the world didn't know it needed until reading this blurb.
Tickets for Center of the YOUniverse will be available exclusively to Audible members beginning Tuesday, April 11, and will go on sale to the public beginning Thursday, April 13 at noon ET.
Technical supervision for the production is by Hudson Theatrical Associates with general management by Baseline Theatrical's Andy Jones & Jonathan Whitton.
ABOUT OTHER AUDIBLE THEATER PRODUCTIONS AT THE MINETTA LANE
Center of the YOUniverse continues Audible Theater's fifth season of shows at the Minetta Lane Theatre. Other current and upcoming productions include:
Drinking in America, now in performances in a four-week limited engagement through Saturday, April 8. Opening night is set for Sunday, March 19. Written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Eric Bogosian and starring Andre Royo ("The Wire").
A Father & The Sun, written by and starring comedian Chris Gethard, for three performances only from Friday, March 31 – Sunday, April 2.
Sorry For Your Loss, written by and starring comedian Michael Cruz Kayne and directed by Josh Sharp. Beginning performances Friday, April 28, the six-week limited engagement will open Monday, May 8 and run through Sunday, June 4.
CENTER OF THE YOUNIVERSE BIOGRAPHIES
Awards winning actor, musician, and writer TITUSS BURGESS has quickly emerged as one of the entertainment industry's most versatile and dynamic performers, with his work in television, film, and theater generating both critical and commercial acclaim. Most recognized for starring as 'Titus Andromedon' in the hit Netflix comedy series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" (nominations for four consecutive Emmy Awards, a SAG Award, and two Critics' Choice TV Awards). He reprised his role in the Netflix interactive special "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend" and was once again nominated for an Emmy for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actor.' He will soon be seen in the second season of the Apple TV+ musical comedy "Schmigadoon!." He was previously seen in the MGM Aretha Franklin biopic, Respect, in the Netflix films Set It Up and Dolemite Is My Name. An accomplished voice actor, Tituss starred in the animated musical comedy series "Central Park" for Apple TV+, for which he was nominated for his sixth Emmy Award. A veteran of the stage, he made his Broadway debut as ‘Eddie' in Good Vibrations and has played ‘Hal Miller' in Jersey Boys, 'Nicely-Nicely Johnson' in the 2009 revival of Guys and Dolls, and 'Sebastian' in The Little Mermaid.
JANE KRAKOWSKI is an award-winning triple threat actress most commonly known for her role as Jenna Maroney on NBC's Emmy Award-winning "30 Rock." She was honored with four Emmy nominations for her work on the show, as well as a collective 2009 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. She can currently be seen as The Countess in Apple's musical series "Schmigadoon!" which will premiere its second season, "Schmicago," in April. She is the host of Seasons 1, 2 and 3 of FOX's reboot of the classic game show "Name That Tune." Other iconic television performances include her Golden Globe-nominated portrayal of Elaine Vassal on the multi-Award-winning "Ally McBeal," her Critics' Choice winning, Emmy nominated Jacqueline White in Netflix's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," Mrs. Dickinson in Apple's hit series "Dickinson," Miss Shields in FOX's A Christmas Story LIVE film as well as guest stars on "Modern Family," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "At Home with Amy Sedaris," "The Simpsons," "American Dad," "Drunk History," "Younger" and even "Sesame Street." In 2016, Jane starred on Broadway in the Roundabout Theater Company's production of She Loves Me (Outer Critics Circle Award, Astaire Award, Drama Desk Award and Tony nomination). She earned a 2003 Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of Carla in the Broadway musical Nine and a Tony nomination for Grand Hotel. Other Broadway credits include Company, Once Upon a Mattress, Tartuffe, and Starlight Express. She won an Olivier Award while starring in Guys and Dolls in London's West End and starred in the Encores! revival of Damn Yankees as well as Mrs. Potts in the Hollywood Bowl's 2018 production of Beauty and the Beast. In 2012 Krakowski released her solo debut album, "The Laziest Gal in Town," a CD recording captured during her cabaret nightclub debut at the Park Avenue hotspot, Feinstein's at Loews Regency. In 2012, she performed a one- woman cabaret act to a sold-out crowd at NYC's legendary Town Hall Theater.
CHRISTOPHER GATTELLI most recently received a 2022 Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Choreography for the Apple TV+ series "Schmigadoon!," and "Schmigadoon !" Season 2 premieres April 5th. Chris received the 2012 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his choreography of Newsies. Additional Broadway choreography credits include The King and I (Tony Award nomination), SpongeBob the Musical (Tony Award nomination), My Fair Lady (Tony Award nomination), South Pacific (Tony and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), Sunday in the Park with George, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Casa Valentina, Amazing Grace, Godspell, The Ritz, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, 13, and High Fidelity. Christopher choreographed the Coen brothers' film Hail, Caesar! , Isn't It Romantic?, and the upcoming Netflix animated feature film The Monkey King. Other television: Miracle Workers 3, Bupkis, and resident at "The Rosie O'Donnell Show." Christopher has directed and choreographed SILENCE! The Musical (named in Time Magazine's top 10 theater of 2011) off-Broadway, the world premiere of Jim Henson's Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (New Victory), Departure Lounge (The Public Theater) and In Your Arms (New York Stage and Film and The Old Globe). Off-Broadway credits include: Altar Boyz (Lucille Lortel and Calloway Awards); Bat Boy: The Musical (Lucille Lortel Award); tick, tick...BOOM!.
ABOUT AUDIBLE THEATER
Audible Theater makes outstanding performances and powerful storytelling available to millions of people all over the world. As part of this initiative, Audible has produced Girls & Boys with Carey Mulligan, The Half-Life of Marie Curie with Kate Mulgrew, Harry Clarke starring Billy Crudup, Billy Crystal's Have A Nice Day with Annette Bening and Kevin Kline, the revival of Aasif Mandvi's Sakina's Restaurant, and many others at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York City. In May 2018, Audible announced that the Minetta Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village will serve as its creative home for live performances in New York. Audible hosts and produces a wide variety of live performances at the Minetta Lane including dramatic plays, comedic shows, engaging panel discussions, and more, with Audible members receiving exclusive access to discounted tickets and related audio content.
Audible was co-producer for the Broadway transfer of the Tony Award-nominated Latin History for Morons written by and starring John Leguizamo and for the Tony Award-nominated Sea Wall /A Life starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge. The initiative also saw the release of John Lithgow's Stories By Heart, Judith Light's All The Ways To Say I Love You, Sharon Washington's Feeding The Dragon , and more. Since June 2017, Audible has commissioned 40 theater playwrights to receive support from its $5 million Emerging Playwrights Fund dedicated to developing innovative English-language works from around the globe. The $5 million fund enables the creation of original plays driven by language and voice, keeping with Audible's core commitment to elevating listening experiences through powerful performances and extraordinary vocal storytelling.
ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.
Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading creator and provider of premium audio storytelling, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible content includes more than 760,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers.
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