Manhattan is the most densely populated borough of New York City, its economic and administrative center, and the citys historical birthplace. The borough is coextensive with New York County, founded on November 1,1683, Manhattan is often described as the cultural and financial capital of the world and hosts the United Nations Headquarters. Many multinational media conglomerates are based in the borough and it is historically documented to have been purchased by Dutch colonists from Native Americans in 1626 for 60 guilders which equals US$1062 today. New York County is the United States second-smallest county by land area, on business days, the influx of commuters increases that number to over 3.9 million, or more than 170,000 people per square mile. Manhattan has the third-largest population of New York Citys five boroughs, after Brooklyn and Queens, the City of New York was founded at the southern tip of Manhattan, and the borough houses New York City Hall, the seat of the citys government.
The name Manhattan derives from the word Manna-hata, as written in the 1609 logbook of Robert Juet, a 1610 map depicts the name as Manna-hata, twice, on both the west and east sides of the Mauritius River. The word Manhattan has been translated as island of hills from the Lenape language. The United States Postal Service prefers that mail addressed to Manhattan use New York, NY rather than Manhattan, the area that is now Manhattan was long inhabited by the Lenape Native Americans. In 1524, Florentine explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano – sailing in service of King Francis I of France – was the first European to visit the area that would become New York City. It was not until the voyage of Henry Hudson, an Englishman who worked for the Dutch East India Company, a permanent European presence in New Netherland began in 1624 with the founding of a Dutch fur trading settlement on Governors Island. In 1625, construction was started on the citadel of Fort Amsterdam on Manhattan Island, called New Amsterdam, the 1625 establishment of Fort Amsterdam at the southern tip of Manhattan Island is recognized as the birth of New York City.
In 1846, New York historian John Romeyn Brodhead converted the figure of Fl 60 to US$23, variable-rate myth being a contradiction in terms, the purchase price remains forever frozen at twenty-four dollars, as Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace remarked in their history of New York. Sixty guilders in 1626 was valued at approximately $1,000 in 2006, based on the price of silver, Straight Dope author Cecil Adams calculated an equivalent of $72 in 1992. In 1647, Peter Stuyvesant was appointed as the last Dutch Director General of the colony, New Amsterdam was formally incorporated as a city on February 2,1653. In 1664, the English conquered New Netherland and renamed it New York after the English Duke of York and Albany, the Dutch Republic regained it in August 1673 with a fleet of 21 ships, renaming the city New Orange. Manhattan was at the heart of the New York Campaign, a series of battles in the early American Revolutionary War. The Continental Army was forced to abandon Manhattan after the Battle of Fort Washington on November 16,1776.
The city, greatly damaged by the Great Fire of New York during the campaign, became the British political, British occupation lasted until November 25,1783, when George Washington returned to Manhattan, as the last British forces left the city
Spring Awakening (musical)
Spring Awakening is a rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater. It is based on the German play Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind, set in late-19th-century Germany, the musical tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of teenage sexuality. In the musical, alternative rock is employed as part of the folk-infused rock score and its cast included Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele, Skylar Astin, Carla Bianco and John Gallagher, Jr. while its creative team comprised director Michael Mayer and choreographer Bill T. Jones. The original Broadway production won 8 Tony Awards, including Tonys for Best Musical, Book, the production garnered 4 Drama Desk Awards whilst its original cast album received a Grammy Award. In addition, the show was revived in 2015 on Broadway and garnered 3 Tony Award nominations, among other honors. Wendla Bergmann, an adolescent in late-nineteenth-century Germany, laments that her mother gave her “no way to handle things” and has not taught her the lessons she is meant to know as a young woman.
She tells her mother that it is time she learned where babies come from and her mother cannot bring herself to explain the facts about conception clearly to Wendla, despite knowing her daughter is reaching puberty. Instead, she simply tells Wendla that to conceive a child a woman must love her husband with all of her heart. The other young girls in town – Martha, Anna, at school, some teenage boys are studying Virgil in Latin class. When Moritz Stiefel, a nervous and anxious young man, sleepily misquotes a line. Moritz’s classmate, the rebellious and highly intelligent Melchior Gabor, tries to him, but the teacher will have none of it. Melchior reflects on the shallow narrow-mindedness of school and society and expresses his intent to change things, Moritz describes a dream that has been keeping him up at night, and Melchior realizes that Moritz has been having erotic dreams which Moritz believes are signs of insanity. To comfort the panicked Moritz, who has learned sexual information from books, Moritz and the other boys – Ernst, Hänschen and Georg – share their own sexually frustrated thoughts and desires.
Moritz, who is not comfortable talking about the subject with Melchior, requests that he give him the information in the form of an essay, complete with illustrations. All the girls, save Ilse, are gathered together after school, Martha admits that she has a crush on Moritz, but is made fun of by the other girls. At the top of the list is the radical, Moritz has eagerly digested the essay that Melchior prepared for him, but complains that his new knowledge has only made his dreams even more vivid and torturous. Melchior tries to calm and comfort his friend, but Moritz runs off in frustration, All of the boys and girls express their desires for physical intimacy. Searching for flowers for her mother, Wendla stumbles upon Melchior, the two reminisce on the friendship they once shared as children and share a moment while sitting together in front of a tree
Lily Rabe is an American actress. She received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance as Portia in The Merchant of Venice. Rabe is perhaps best known for her roles on the FX anthology series American Horror Story. Rabe was born in New York City on the Upper West Side and she has a younger brother, Michael, an actor and playwright, and an older paternal half-brother, Jason, a musician. Her father is Catholic, her grandfather was Jewish. Rabe was raised in Bedford, and moved to Lakeville, Connecticut when she was in the seventh grade, she attended the Hotchkiss School. Rabe studied dance for ten years and she was teaching ballet at a summer arts program in Connecticut, when she was approached by the programs acting instructor, who asked her to perform a monologue in the final production. Rabe performed a monologue from the play Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley and she stated, It was that moment, performing that monologue, that made me think, Maybe this is what I wanna do.
Rabe went on to acting at Northwestern University, from which she graduated in 2004. In 2001, Rabe made her debut opposite her mother Jill Clayburgh in the film Never Again. In 2002, Rabe made her stage debut, again opposite her mother. She starred in two plays, Speaking Well of the Dead by Israel Horovitz, and The Crazy Girl by Frank Pugliese. As a result of appearing in the plays, Rabe was able to get an Equity Card, in July 2003, Rabe returned to the Gloucester Stage Company to appear in a production of Proof by David Auburn. The same year, she appeared in the film Mona Lisa Smile, after graduating, Rabe moved back to New York. From September 29 through October 2,2004, she appeared in White Jesus by Deirdre OConnor, on January 21,2005, she took part in a workshop production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at the Roundabout Theatre Company, which was directed by Joe Mantello. She made her Broadway debut as Annelle Dupuy-Desoto in the 2005 revival of Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling, for her performance, Rabe was nominated for a Drama Desk Award.
Rabe had been cast in the play Sisters of the Garden but had to drop out after being cast in Steel Magnolias, from September through to October 2005, she appeared in the American premiere of Colder Than Here by the English playwright Laura Wade at the MCC Theater. Jeremy McCarter in New York Magazine listed Rabes performance as one of the best breakthroughs of 2005, from September to December 2006, Rabe played Ellie Dunn in Roundabout Theatre Companys production of Heartbreak House by George Bernard Shaw
Hamilton, An American Musical is a sung-through musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The show, inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow, the musical made its Off-Broadway debut at The Public Theater in February 2015, where its engagement was sold out. The show transferred to Broadway in August 2015 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, on Broadway, it received enthusiastic critical reception and unprecedented advance box office sales. The prior off-Broadway production of Hamilton won the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical as well as seven other Drama Desk Awards out of 14 total nominated categories, the Chicago production of Hamilton opened at the PrivateBank Theatre in September 2016. The first U. S. national tour of the show began performances in March 2017, a production of Hamilton will open in the West End in November 2017 at the Victoria Palace Theatre. A second U. S. tour is set to begin performances in early 2018.
Upon Mirandas discovery he began a project entitled The Hamilton Mixtape, on May 12,2009, Miranda was invited to perform music from In the Heights at the White House Evening of Poetry and the Spoken Word. Instead, he performed the first song from The Hamilton Mixtape and he spent a year after that working on My Shot, another early number from the show. Miranda performed in a production of the show, titled The Hamilton Mixtape. The workshop production was directed by Thomas Kail and musically directed by Alex Lacamoire, the workshop consisted of the entirety of the first act of the show and three songs from the second act. The workshop was accompanied by Lacamoire on the piano, of the original workshop cast, only three principal cast members played in the Off-Broadway production, Daveed Diggs, and Christopher Jackson. Most of the original Off-Broadway cast moved to Broadway, except Brian dArcy James, the musical begins with the company summarizing Alexander Hamiltons early life as an orphan in the Caribbean.
Hamilton was born out of wedlock in the West Indies—his father abandoned him at an early age, by nineteen, Hamilton has made his way to the American colonies, a dedicated supporter of American independence. In the summer of 1776 in New York City, Hamilton seeks out Aaron Burr, Burr advises the overenthusiastic Hamilton to talk less, smile more. Hamilton is unable to understand why Burr would rather exercise caution than fight for his beliefs, Hamilton bonds with three fellow revolutionaries, abolitionist John Laurens, the flamboyant Frenchman Marquis de Lafayette, and the tailors apprentice Hercules Mulligan. Hamilton dazzles them with his skills and they dream of laying down their lives for their cause. Meanwhile, the wealthy Schuyler sisters—Angelica and Peggy—wander the streets of New York, samuel Seabury, a vocal Loyalist, preaches against the American Revolution, and Hamilton refutes and ridicules his statements. A message arrives from King George III, reminding the colonists that he is able, the revolution is underway, and Hamilton and their friends join the Continental Army
The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre, more commonly known as the Tony Award, recognizes excellence in live Broadway theatre. The awards are presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League at a ceremony in New York City. The awards are given for Broadway productions and performances, and an award is given for regional theatre, several discretionary non-competitive awards are given, including a Special Tony Award, the Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre, and the Isabelle Stevenson Award. The awards are named after Antoinette Tony Perry, co-founder of the American Theatre Wing, the rules for the Tony Awards are set forth in the official document Rules and Regulations of The American Theatre Wings Tony Awards, which applies for that season only. It forms the fourth spoke in the EGOT, that is someone who has won all four awards, the Tony Awards are considered the equivalent of the Laurence Olivier Award in the United Kingdom and the Molière Award of France. From 1997 to 2010, the Tony Awards ceremony was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in June and broadcast live on CBS television, except in 1999, in 2011 and 2012, the ceremony was held at the Beacon Theatre.
From 2013 to 2015, the 67th, 68th, and 69th ceremonies returned to Radio City Music Hall, the 70th Tony Awards were held on June 12,2016 at the Beacon Theatre. The 71st Tony Awards will be held on June 11,2017, as of 2014, there are 24 categories of awards, plus several special awards. Starting with 11 awards in 1947, the names and number of categories have changed over the years, some examples, the category Best Book of a Musical was originally called Best Author. The category of Best Costume Design was one of the original awards, for two years, in 1960 and 1961, this category was split into Best Costume Designer and Best Costume Designer. It went to a category, but in 2005 it was divided again. For the category of Best Director of a Play, a category was for directors of plays. A newly established non-competitive award, The Isabelle Stevenson Award, was given for the first time at the ceremony in 2009. The award is for an individual who has made a contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian.
The category of Best Special Theatrical Event was retired as of the 2009–2010 season, the categories of Best Sound Design of a Play and Best Sound Design of a Musical were retired as of the 2014-2015 season. Performance categories Show and technical categories Special awards Retired awards The award was founded in 1947 by a committee of the American Theatre Wing headed by Brock Pemberton. The award is named after Antoinette Perry, nicknamed Tony, an actress, producer and co-founder of the American Theatre Wing, who died in 1946. As her official biography at the Tony Awards website states, At Jacob Wilks suggestion, proposed an award in her honor for distinguished stage acting, at the initial event in 1947, as he handed out an award, he called it a Tony
Once on This Island
Once on This Island is a one-act musical with a book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. Based on the 1985 novel My Love, My Love, or, The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy, the show includes elements of the Romeo and Juliet story and elements of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Little Mermaid. It concerns a peasant girl on an island, who uses the power of love to bring together people of different social classes. The original Broadway production ran from 1990 to 1991, and the West End production opened in 1994, once on This Island was originally staged at Off-Broadways Playwrights Horizons, running from May 6,1990 through May 27,1990. The Broadway production opened on October 18,1990 at the Booth Theatre and closed on December 1,1991, williams as Tonton Julian and Afi McClendon as Little Ti Moune. In 2002, the original Broadway cast was reunited with special guest Lillias White to perform the show for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the European premiere took place in 1994, hosted by the Birmingham Rep, and transferred to the West End Royalty Theatre in September 1994.
The production won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical, the musical was revived in the UK in 2009 at Birmingham Rep, Nottingham Playhouse, and the Hackney Empire Theatre in London. Susie McKenna directed, with Sharon D. Clarke reprising her 1994 role as Asaka, in June 2012, the Paper Mill Playhouse presented a production directed by Thomas Kail, Syesha Mercado as Ti Moune and Darius de Haas as Agwe. One stormy night in the Antilles archipelago, thunder booms, making a girl cry in fear. To comfort her, the village storytellers tell her the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who falls in love with a grand homme, Daniel Beauxhomme – a story of life, love, grief and hope. In this story, four gods rule an island known as the Jewel of the Antilles where poor peasants worship them. The peasants, black as night, live on one side of the island, one day, Agwe unleashes a terrible storm upon the island, which in turn causes a disastrous flood, wiping out many villages. However, the save the life of a little orphan named Ti Moune by placing her in a tree above the floods waves.
She is found and subsequently adopted by the peasants Mama Euralie, years afterwards, a grown-up Ti Moune prays to the Gods to let her know her purpose, and to let her be like the fast-driving strangers on the roads near her village - the grands hommes. Hearing her plea, the Gods laugh at her, Erzulie says to give her love, because it is stronger than any of the other elements. Offended, Papa Ge proposes a bet to prove which is stronger, Agwe arranges for the car of Daniel Beauxhomme, a young grande homme, to crash during a storm so that Ti Moune may meet Daniel and restore him to health. Despite the objections of the peasants including her own parents. Ti Moune falls in love with the stranger and as she cares for the unconscious boy, when Papa Ge comes to take Daniels life, Ti Moune offers her life in exchange for Daniels so that he will not die
Sardis is a Continental restaurant located at 234 West 44th Street in the Theater District in Manhattan, in New York City. Known for the hundreds of caricatures of celebrities that adorn its walls. Melchiorre Pio Vincenzo Vincent Sardi, Sr. and his wife Eugenia Pallera opened their first eatery, The Little Restaurant, in the basement of 246 West 44th Street in 1921. When that building was slated for demolition in 1926, they accepted an offer from the theater magnates, the new restaurant, opened March 5,1927. When business slowed after the move, Vincent Sardi sought a gimmick to attract customers, recalling the movie star caricatures that decorated the walls of Joe Zelli’s, a Parisian restaurant and jazz club, Sardi decided to recreate that effect in his establishment. He hired a Russian refugee named Alex Gard to draw Broadway celebrities and Gard drew up a contract that stated Gard would make the caricatures in exchange for one meal per day at the restaurant. The first official caricature by Gard was of Ted Healy, the vaudevillian of Three Stooges fame, when Sardi’s son, Vincent Sardi, Jr.
took over restaurant operations in 1947, he offered to change the terms of Gards agreement. Gard refused and continued to draw the caricatures in exchange for meals until his death, frequent mentions of the restaurant in newspaper columns by Walter Winchell and Ward Morehouse added to Sardi’s growing popularity. Winchell and Morehouse belonged to a group of newspapermen, press agents, heywood Broun, Mark Hellinger, press agent Irving Hoffman, actor George Jessel, and Ring Lardner were Cheese Club members. In fact, it was Hoffman who first brought Alex Gard to Sardis for lunch at the Cheese Club table, Gard drew caricatures of the Cheese Club members, and Vincent Sardi hung them above their table. It was that Sardi recalled the drawings at Zellis and made his deal with Gard, the restaurant became known as a pre- and post-theater hangout, as well as a location for opening night parties. Vincent Sardi, a lover, kept the restaurant open much than others in the area to accommodate Broadway performers schedules.
Alex Gard, who created more than 700 caricatures for the restaurant, after Gard, John Mackey took over drawing for the restaurant but was soon replaced by Don Bevan. Bevan did the drawings until 1974 when he retired, and was replaced by Brooklyn-born Richard Baratz, who lives in Pennsylvania, continues to the present day as the Sardis caricaturist. As of 2005, there are more than 1,300 celebrity caricatures on display, according to actor Robert Cucciolis spokesperson Judy Katz, in an interview with Playbill, On the day Jimmy Cagney died, his caricature was stolen from the Sardis wall. Since then, when drawings are done, the originals go into a vault, one goes to the lucky subject of the caricature, the other up on the Sardis wall. This way, potential thieves wont have their moment, in 1979, Vincent Sardi, Jr. donated a collection of 227 caricatures from the restaurant to the Billy Rose Theatre Collection of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. While the Sardi family was Italian, their restaurants cuisine is not, rather it tends toward English food, in 1957, Vincent Sardi, Jr.
collaborated with Helen Bryson to compile a cookbook of Sardis recipes
Richard Thomas (actor)
Richard Earl Thomas is an American actor. From 2013 to 2016, he starred in the FX drama series The Americans, Thomas was born in Manhattan, the son of Barbara and Richard S. Thomas, in 1951. His parents were dancers with the New York City Ballet and owned the New York School of Ballet and he attended The Allen Stevenson School and the McBurney School in Manhattan. Thomas was seven when he made his Broadway debut in Sunrise at Campobello playing John Roosevelt, Thomas soon began his television career. In 1959, he appeared in the presentation of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House with Julie Harris, Christopher Plummer and he began acting in daytime TV, appearing in soap operas such as The Edge of Night and As the World Turns, which were broadcast from his native Manhattan. Thomas received his first major roles, appearing in Winning with Paul Newman, about auto racing, and Last Summer with Bruce Davison and Barbara Hershey. In 1971 he starred in the Universal Pictures Hal Wallis Production Red Sky at Morning and he became nationally recognized for his portrayal of John “John-Boy” Walton, Jr.
in the 1970s TV series The Waltons, which was based on the real life of writer Earl Hamner, Jr. He appeared in the 1971 pilot The Homecoming, and played the role continuously in 122 episodes until March 17,1977, Thomas left the series and his role was taken over by Robert Wightman, but Thomas returned to the role in three Waltons TV movies, 1993–97. Thomas won an Emmy for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series in 1973 and he enrolled in Columbia College of Columbia University as a member of the class of 1973 but left after his junior year. In 1972, he played against type as murderer and rapist Kenneth Kinsolving in You’ll Like My Mother opposite Patty Duke. He played the roles of Private Henry Fleming in the 1974 TV movie The Red Badge of Courage. In 1980, Thomas made his first Broadway appearance in more than 12 years when he stepped in as a replacement in Lanford Wilson’s Fifth of July, in 1987, he appeared on stage in Philadelphia and Washington DC in the one-man tour-de-force Citizen Tom Paine.
In 1993, he played the role in a stage production of Richard II. In 1981, his book of poetry Glass was published as a limited edition by Kenward Elmslies Z Press. In 1990, he played the version of main character Bill in the TV adaptation of Stephen Kings novel It. Thomas starred with Maureen O’Hara and Annette O’Toole in the Hallmark Channel movie, The Christmas Box, oToole and Thomas starred in It five years earlier as the adult Beverly Marsh and adult Bill Denbrough. Thomas has appeared in a quartet of performances at the Hartford Stage in Connecticut, Peer Gynt, Richard III, in 1997 and 1998, he appeared on Touched by an Angel. He has served as chairman of the Better Hearing Institute, hosted the PAX TV series It’s a Miracle
Carousel is the second musical by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The 1945 work was adapted from Ferenc Molnárs 1909 play Liliom, the story revolves around carousel barker Billy Bigelow, whose romance with millworker Julie Jordan comes at the price of both their jobs. He attempts a robbery to provide for Julie and their child, after it goes wrong. A secondary plot line deals with millworker Carrie Pipperidge and her romance with ambitious fisherman Enoch Snow, the show includes the well-known songs If I Loved You, June Is Bustin Out All Over and Youll Never Walk Alone. Richard Rodgers wrote that Carousel was his favorite of all his musicals, following the spectacular success of the first Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Oklahoma. The pair sought to collaborate on another piece, knowing that any resulting work would be compared with Oklahoma, after acquiring the rights, the team created a work with lengthy sequences of music and made the ending more hopeful. The musical required considerable modification during out-of-town tryouts, but once it opened on Broadway on April 19,1945, Carousel initially ran for 890 performances and duplicated its success in the West End in 1950.
Though it has never achieved as much success as Oklahoma. The piece has been revived, and has been recorded several times. A production by Nicholas Hytner enjoyed success in 1992 in London, in 1994 in New York, in 1999, Time magazine named Carousel the best musical of the 20th century. Ferenc Molnárs Hungarian-language drama, premiered in Budapest in 1909, the audience was puzzled by the work, and it lasted only thirty-odd performances before being withdrawn, the first shadow on Molnárs successful career as a playwright. Liliom was not presented again until after World War I, when it reappeared on the Budapest stage, it was a tremendous hit. Except for the ending, the plots of Liliom and Carousel are very similar, andreas Zavocky, a carnival barker, falls in love with Julie Zeller, a servant girl, and they begin living together. With both discharged from their jobs, Liliom is discontented and contemplates leaving Julie, but decides not to do so on learning that she is pregnant. A subplot involves Julies friend Marie, who has fallen in love with Wolf Biefeld and he dies, and his spirit is taken to heavens police court.
As Ficsur suggested while the two waited to commit the crime, would-be robbers like them do not come before God Himself. Liliom is told by the magistrate that he may go back to Earth for one day to attempt to redeem the wrongs he has done to his family, on his return to Earth, Liliom encounters his daughter, who like her mother is now a factory worker. Saying that he knew her father, he tries to give her a star he stole from the heavens, when Louise refuses to take it, he strikes her
Brian d'Arcy James
Brian dArcy James is an American actor and musician. The actors middle name by birth is dArcy, as there was another actor named Brian James in Equity, he uses his full name as his professional name. He graduated from Northwestern Universitys School of Communication and he received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical in 2002 for his portrayal of Sidney Falco in Sweet Smell of Success, co-starring John Lithgow. He received an Obie Award for his performance in the one-man play The Good Thief by Conor McPherson, additional Broadway credits include playing Frederick Barrett in Titanic, Lincoln Centers Carousel, and Blood Brothers. He appeared in Martin McDonaghs The Lieutenant of Inishmore on Broadway, replaced Norbert Leo Butz in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, in 2004, he released a Christmas album titled From Christmas Eve to Christmas Morn. He was the Broadway version of Bob Wallace, whose character was originated by Bing Crosby and he played the role of Dan Goodman in the new musical Next to Normal Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre in 2008.
He starred opposite Sutton Foster and Christopher Sieber as the character in Shrek the Musical. The show began previews on Broadway November 8,2008 and opened on December 14 at The Broadway Theatre after a tryout in Seattle. For this role he won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical and he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his portrayal. He departed the cast after one year in the role and was replaced by Ben Crawford, James starred in the Broadway play, Time Stands Still which began preview performances on January 5,2010 and officially opened on January 25 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The show ended its run on March 27,2010. For this role he won the broadway. com Audience Award for Favorite Featured Actor in a Play and he reprised the role of Dan Goodman in the Broadway company of Next to Normal at the Booth Theatre. He replaced J. Robert Spencer beginning May 17,2010, James ended his limited engagement on July 18,2010 and was replaced by Jason Danieley.
He returned to Time Stands Still when the returned to Broadway. It closed on January 30,2011, James was part of the cast of the NBC musical series Smash, playing Frank, who was the husband of Debra Messings character. NBC officially picked up Smash as a series on May 11,2011, the program made its series premiere on February 6,2012. He did not return to the show as a regular for its second. James starred in Torstein Blixfjords 2012 short film Bird In A Box and he co-hosted the 57th Drama Desk Awards with Brooke Shields on June 3,2012