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Announcing The 2021 Nominees and Special Recognition Honorees for The 87th Annual Drama League Awards During The COVID-19 Pandemic

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The Drama League (Artistic Director, Gabriel Stelian-Shanks; Executive Director, Bevin Ross) is pleased to announce the 2021 Nomineesand Special Recognition Honorees for The 87th Annual Drama League Awards. Keeping in the tradition of honoring the outstanding accomplishments of the theatrical community, as they have since 1935, this year the organization has established five unique categories to honor the extraordinary achievements of artists across the nation who created digital and socially-distanced theatrical productions during this challenging year of suspension for live arts. The list of nominations follows; voting is now open for Drama League members, through April 16. The 87th Annual Drama League Awards will be streamed on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 7:00PM ET. 

The 33 nominated productions were selected from submissions by 400+ directors and theatre professionals who are the alumni of The Drama League’s support programs for directors. There are five categories of distinction: Outstanding Digital Theater, Individual Production; Outstanding Digital Theater, Collection or Festival; Outstanding Interactive or Socially-Distanced Theater; Outstanding Audio Theater Production; and Outstanding Digital ConcertEligible productions premiered between March 12, 2020 – March 15, 2021. 

The Drama League Awards’ 2021 Special Recognition Honorees are: Iris Smith, who will receive the inaugural Gratitude Award for her fearless support of the The Drama League and the theater community at large; Liesl Tommy, who will be presented with the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing for her extraordinary work on stages across the country and commitment to mentorship in the field; father-daughter duo Richard & Demi Weitz, who will be honored with the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award for their creation of the “Quarantunes” series, which provides a virtual platform for musical theater artists and generated over $20 million in funds for nonprofits across the country; and The Actors Fund, recipient of the Unique Contribution to Theater Award for its emergency relief efforts through COVID-19, the Winter Storms, and Oregon Wildfires this past season and its ongoing commitment to providing resources for artists.  

“In this most difficult time, when stages across America were forced to darken, theater artists responded with light — producing bold new work in ways most of us never dreamed of,” said Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks.  “Thanks to the artists who are alumni of The Drama League’s programs, we’re thrilled to be able to celebrate a few of the extraordinary productions made in the last year — pieces that exemplify inspiration, innovation, and imagination.  Thanks to all of them, from all of us, for the joy and hope they created all over the world.” 

New members registered before April 9 can participate in this year’s voting period, and members registered before May 17 will receive access to attend the May 21 event for free. Tickets for non-members start at $15 with additional VIP upgrades, Virtual Tables, Tribute Ads, and sponsorship packages available for corporations, producers, and patrons. All are welcome to attend with a Pass-it-Forward ticket available for those unable to donate.  Drama League Membership is an audience support program for the American theatre; members receive access to special members-only events, Broadway, Off-Broadway, and West End tickets, discounts at local businesses, industry insider updates, and more. Membership is tax-deductible, with annual and monthly membership options available. To become a voting member, visit dramaleague.org/membership or call (212) 244-9494, Ext. 101. 

Since 1922, The Drama League Awards have been presented by The Drama League, an arts service organization that, for over a century, has provided vital support to the field and its artists.  The organization’s mission provides the nation’s only full-time, lifelong creative home for stage directors and the audiences that enjoy their work across the world. The five traditional competitive categories are Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Revival of a Musical,and the highly coveted Distinguished Performance Award. Additionally, each year theater luminaries are selected to receive Special Honors: The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing, the award for Unique Contribution to the Theater, the award for Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater, and the new Gratitude Award.  

For a complete list of productions and performers that have won Drama League Awards in the event’s history, as well as all past honorees, click here.The Drama League is grateful for support from its generous donors and current Drama League Awards Sponsors including Iris Smith, Sceneworks Studios; Stan Ponte; BroadwayHD (Bonnie Comley & Stewart F. Lane); Kathy Henderson; Paula Kaminsky Davis; JoAnn Weisel; Talu Productions & Lakeview Productions (Una Jackman & Jay Alix); and Tony Benten. More information about our programs, alumni, and the history of the Drama League Awards can be found at www.dramaleague.org.  

NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2021 DRAMA LEAGUE AWARDS  OUTSTANDING DIGITAL THEATER, INDIVIDUAL PRODUCTION  

Belly of the BeastDirected by Lisa RotheWritten by Margaret VandenburgDaniel Dae Kim/3AD, in partnership with TodayTix and New York Theatre Workshop (New York, NY)https://www.nytw.org/show/the-belly-of-the-beast-one-night-only/

Circle JerkConceived and Written by Michael Breslin and Patrick Foleyin Collaboration with Cat Rodriguez and Ariel SibertDirected by Rory PelsueProduced by Caroline GartFake Friends (New York, NY)https://circlejerk.live

DisclaimerWritten by Tara AhmadinejadDirected by Jeff Wood & Tara AhmadinejadCreated by PieholeThe Public Theater (New York, NY)https://publictheater.org/productions/season/2021/utr-2021/disclaimer/

Don’t Stay SafeBook and Lyrics by Cheryl L. Davis, Music by Douglas J. CohenDirected by Christina FranklinProspect Theater Company (New York, NY)https://www.prospecttheater.org/visionseries-dont-stay-safe 

Duchess!  Duchess!  Duchess!Written by Vivian J.O. BarnesDirected by Weyni MengeshaSteppenwolf Theatre Company (Chicago, IL)https://www.steppenwolf.org/tickets–events/steppenwolf-now/2020-21/duchess-duchess-duchess/

The Great Work Begins: Scenes from Angels In AmericaWritten by Tony KushnerDirected by Ellie HeymanPresented by amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research)https://www.thegreatworkbegins.org

GRIMMZ Fairy Tales  Written by Christopher Parks, Rahsheem Shabazz, and Ron Lee McGillDirected by Christopher Parks    Children’s Theatre of Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)https://ctcharlotte.org/online/

Heroes of the Fourth TurningWritten by Will ArberyDirected by Blanka ZizkaWilma Theater (Philadelphia, PA)https://wilmatheater.org/event/heroes-of-the-fourth-turning/

Last GaspWritten by Lois Weaver and Peggy ShawDirected by Lois WeaverSplit Britches (New York, NY)https://www.split-britches.com/last-gasp

The Last 5 YearsWritten and Composed by Jason Robert BrownDirected by Jason Michael WebbOut Of The Box Theatrics (New York, NY)https://www.ootbtheatrics.com/l5y

What Do They Call UsCreated and Directed by Qween JeanArs Nova (New York, NY)https://arsnovanyc.com/VR-DM-QweenJean

Where Did We Sit on the Bus? Written by Brian QuijadaDirected by Matt DicksonA digital creation by Satya Chávez and Matt DicksonActors Theatre of Louisville (Louisville, KY)https://www.actorstheatre.org/shows/2020-2021/where-did-we-sit-on-the-bus/

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL THEATER, COLLECTION OR FESTIVAL  

1MOVE: DES19NED BY…Created by Alan C. Edwards, Brittany Bland, Christopher Darbassie, Dominique Fawn Hill, Kameron Neal, Mika Eubanks, Nehprii Amenii, nicHi douglas, Nikiya Mathis, Qween Jean, Ramaj Jamar, Taylor Lilly, Teniece Divya Johnson, Teresa L. Williams, Twi McCallum, Ao Li, Chen-Wei Liao, Dina El-Aziz, Edurne Fernandez, Kimie Nishikawa, María Feuereisen, Megumi Katayama, Ntokozo Fuzunina Kunene, Omar Madkour, Reza Behjat, Riw Rakkulchon, Rodrigo Muñoz, Stefania Bulbarella, Wenzheng (Wen) Zhang, and Yee Eun NamCo-Curated by Dede Ayite, Stacey Derosier, Clint Ramos, Cha See, and Paul TazewellThe Movement Theatre Company (New York, NY) https://www.themovementtheatrecompany.org/1move

AFO Solo Shorts (Round 1 and 2) Written, created, and directed by Veronica Barron, Beaudau Karel Banks, Eliza Bent, Ellarose Chary, Jody Christopherson, Jasmine Eileen Coles, Kendra Cui, Darian Dauchan, Toni Ann DeNoble, Tayna Everett, Gina Femia, Nela Fortunato, Raz Golden, Nathan Gebhard, Charles Gershman, Kathryn Grody, Brandon James Gwinn, Katie Melby, Matthew Paul Olmos, Erika Sheffer, Casey Alexander Smith, William Steinberger, Melissa Tien, Rhys Tivey, Emily Waters, Sybil Wigglesworth, Zonia, Tsang Lok SzeAll For One Theater (New York, NY)https://www.afo.nyc/afo-solo-shorts

The Manic Monologues Originally Created by Zachary Burton and Elisa HofmeisterVirtual Experience Conceived and Directed by Elena AraozMcCarter Theater Center in collaboration with Princeton University Health Services, The 24 Hour Plays, and Innovations in Socially Distant Performance at the Lewis Center for the Arts (Princeton, NJ)https://www.mccarter.org/manicmonologues

The Work of Adrienne Kennedy: Inspiration and Influence Written by Adrienne Kennedy (Sleep Deprivation Chamber by Adam P. Kennedy and Adrienne Kennedy)Directed by Raymond O. Caldwell, Timothy Douglas, Valerie Curtis-Newton, and Nicole A. WatsonRound House Theatre (Bethesda, MD) in association with McCarter Theater Center (Princeton, NJ); Conceived by Nicole A. Watsonhttps://www.roundhousetheatre.org/

Theater in Quarantine Created by founder Joshua William Gelb (New York, NY) and Katie Rose McLaughlin (New York, NY) http://www.youtube.com/theaterinquarantine

OUTSTANDING INTERACTIVE OR SOCIALLY-DISTANCED THEATER

American Dreams Written by Leila BuckDirected by Tamilla WoodardCreated and developed by Leila Buck and Tamilla Woodard with Jens Rasmussen,in collaboration with Osh Ghanimah, Imran Sheikh, and the companyWorking Theater (New York, NY) https://theworkingtheater.org/events/american-dreams/

Carla’s Quince Created by The Voting Project (Ashley Alvarez, Galia Backal, Yadira De La Riva, Jorge Donoso, Estefanía Fadul, Michael León, María Peyramaure, Camila Pérez Santiago, and Christina Watanabe)Directed by Estefanía FadulWith guest artists Jason Aguirre (tech facilitator), Jamie Salinger (stage manager), Haydee Zelideth (costume consultant), and Sebastian Zuniga (performer)https://www.carlasquince.com*Trigger warning – references to racial violence

Fort Worth Lynching Tour: Honoring the Memory of Mr. Fred Rouse Concept and Choreography: Adam W. McKinney Director: Daniel Banks App Design: Digital Ant MediaMusic by: Third Wind Productions/Maritri Garrett and David WinderGraphic Design: Troy LambertTintype Photography: Will WilsonGuest Artists: Edykah Chilome, Julienne Greer, Sedrick Huckaby, Jordan Jones, Opal Lee, Pastor Kyev P. Tatum, Sr.Associate Producer: Jiles King; Production Associate: NaTasha Thompson; Production Manager: Jamelyn Ebelacker; Production Assistant: Lauren Huynh; Sound Engineering: Michael Billow and Gregg PowersA DNAWORKS Production (Fort Worth, TX) https://www.dnaworks.org/fwlt

Package Play Created and Performed by Katie FarminTricklock Company (Albuquerque, NM)http://www.tricklock.com/packageplay/ 

7 Deadly Sins Written by Hilary Bettis, Nilo Cruz, Moisés Kaufman, Rogelio Martinez, Dael Orlandersmith, Carmen Pelaez, and Aurin SquireConceived and directed by Michel HausmannMiami New Drama (Miami Beach, FL)https://www.miaminewdrama.org/7deadlysins

A Thousand Ways (Part One) Created by 600 HIGHWAYMEN | Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone  (Brooklyn, NY)ArKtype/Thomas O. Kriegsmann, Executive Producerhttp://www.600highwaymen.org/a-thousand-ways/

Wild Thyme Written by Liz Duffy AdamsProduced by West Hyler and Shelley ButlerArtistic Stamp (New York, NY)https://artisticstamp.com/tickets.html  

BEST AUDIO THEATER PRODUCTION 

G.O.A.T. Written by Ngozi AnyanwuDirected by Whitney WhitePlaying On Air (Hillsdale, NY)https://playingonair.org/new-releases/goat

OUTTAKES Written by Qui NguyenDirected by May AdralesPlaywrights Horizons (New York, NY) https://www.playwrightshorizons.org/shows/trailers/outtakes-qui-nguyen/

The Chonburi International Hotel and Butterfly Club Written by Shakina Nayfack Directed by Laura Savia Williamstown Theatre Festival (Williamstown, MA) and Audiblehttps://wtfestival.org/main-events/chonburi-international-hotel-butterfly-club/

Prime: A Practical BreviaryWritten, Composed and Performed by Heather ChristianPlaywrights Horizons (New York, NY) https://www.playwrightshorizons.org/shows/trailers/prime-practical-breviary-heather-christian/

Tiger Style! Written by Mike Lew Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel Huntington Theatre Company and WGBH Radio (Boston, MA)https://www.huntingtontheatre.org/tiger-style 

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL CONCERT PRODUCTION

BREATHING FREE, a visual album featuring excerpts from Beethoven’s Fidelio, Negro Spirituals, and songs by Harry T. Burleigh, Florence Price, Langston Hughes, Anthony Davis, and Thulani Davis Heartbeat Opera, NYCwww.heartbeatopera.org/breathing-free

Myths and Hymns (Chapters 1 and 2) Music and Lyrics by Adam GuettelConceived and supervised by Ted SperlingDirected by Greg Anderson, Sammi Cannold, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Lear deBessonet, Khristian Dentley, Doug Fitch, Anne Kauffman, and Ted SperlingPresented by Mastervoiceshttps://www.mastervoices.org/

Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical Conceived by The #RatatouilleMusical CommunityFeaturing Work by Danny Bernstein, Gabbi Bolt, Kevin Chamberlin, RJ Christian, Nathan Fosbinder, Emily Jacobsen, Sophia James, Katie Johantgen, Daniel Mertzlufft, Alec Powell, Blake Rouse and Jessica SiswickAdapted for the stage by Michael Breslin and Patrick FoleyDirected by Lucy MossPresented by Seaviewhttps://ratatousical.com/

Take Me To The World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration Music and Lyrics by Stephen SondheimProduced by Stephen Sondheim, Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Bill Curran, Raúl Esparza, John Gore and Paul WontorekDirected by Paul WontorekBenefit for ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty)Presented by Broadway.com https://www.broadway.com/sondheim90/ 

2021 SPECIAL RECOGNITION DRAMA LEAGUE AWARDS

Gratitude Award Honoree Iris Smith  

The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing Honoree Liesl Tommy 

Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Honoree Richard & Demi Weitz  

Unique Contribution to Theater Award Honoree  The Actors Fund https://dramaleague.org/2021-nominees/

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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Glen-Gery Launches First U.S. Exclusive Edition of Materiality at Dazzling New York Event

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Glen-Gery is once again bringing beautiful artistic impressions to the world. On April 18, they hosted an exclusive launch event for the first U.S. edition of “Materiality.” Over 300 guests gathered at Brickworks Design Studio on 5th Avenue for a spectacular event that showcased lively discussions with experts during “Shapes to the X Degree.”

The discussion was moderated by Morris Adjmi of Morris Adjmi Architects and spotlighted panelists Stanley Saitowtiz of Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects Inc; Gregory Hoss of David M. Schwarz Architects; Kent Suhrbier, FAIA, LEED AP of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Ben Widger, AIA of Kennedy Violich Architects; Arthur Chang of NADAAA Inc. and Diego Samuel of HDR.

“In an era where architectural trends and materials come and go, brick’s enduring beauty, versatility and resilience stand out as a cornerstone in shaping structures that transcend time and inspire generations,” says Tim Leese, director of marketing for Brickworks North America. “Within its pages, Materiality: Brick in contemporary university architecture vividly illustrates this belief, showcasing the most exceptional architectural projects and designs from universities across the U.S.”

Featured architects brilliantly discussed how unique architectural designs and details can be achieved using masonry. Each honored professional spent time passionately explaining projects around America that re-shaped the modern landscape. It was a fascinating presentation that the audience enjoyed from start to finish.

The “Materiality” discussion was followed by Glen-Gery announcing its first-ever architect collaboration program to educate and empower the current and future generations of architects and designers.

All event attendees, including architects, designers and students, were given a chance to receive a one-of-a-kind collaboration opportunity with Glen-Gery to become an honorary member of its R&D Team. Those chosen will have the chance to visit the company’s Mid-Atlantic factory in Pennsylvania where they will work with Glen-Gery to design a custom brick shape, which can then serve as the centerpiece for conceptual building project renderings or sketches, cementing the program’s transformative impact.

Outstanding building designs that were in the spotlight on the special night included:

  • Zeppos Residential College at Vanderbilt University: A monumental 260,000-square-foot residential building with a collegiate gothic-style structure. Through the use of limestone details, patterned brick and a warm palette of interior materials, the building scale is humanizing and creates a series of public and private spaces, bringing comfort and familiarity to residents.
  • The Iribe Center of Computer Science and Engineering at University of Maryland: Peeling back the layers of this building project, the two-part structure showcases the intricacies of the non-structural application of brick. Through the use of parametric modeling, an abstract pattern was translated into a system of brick that creates the illusion of movement along the interior walls.
  • The Institute for Data Science at University of Rochester: As the signature focus of the University’s strategic plan, the 61,000-square-foot research institute’s design treats each brick as a digital ‘pixel’ of information. Shadows from the projecting bricks activate the facades, creating dynamic, textural surfaces that communicate natural environment data across the days and seasons.

To request a complimentary hard copy of Materiality, visit www.glengery.com/materiality.

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Rockers On The Rise: With Love – A Benefit Concert Featuring The Stars Of Tomorrow

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The Path Fund Inc.® and Avery Rehl are pleased to announce this special celebration of Love on Mother’s Day, Rockers On The Rise: With Love. The event will feature some of the most talented young performers of the next generation. Rockers On The Rise: With LoveRockers On The Rise: With Love is on Sunday, May 12, 2024 at 6 p.m. at The Cutting Room.

Rockers On The Rise is The PATH Fund’s new mentorship initiative that enables young artists to audition, perform, direct and produce their own shows with personalized mentoring and hands-on training to gain real-world experience. Having been a part of the annual Rockers On Broadway® concert series, Avery Rehl was inspired to lead this year’s Rockers-type event to support the arts community.

“I’ve had such a great time working with Cori Gardner and Donnie Kehr, and I’ve learned a lot from them as I’ve developed my performing career. Singing in Rockers On Broadway has been a great experience, and now producing Rockers On The Rise is giving me further insights into how the industry works. In the future, I look forward to giving back to the community and helping young artists grow with the PATH Fund.”, says Rehl.

The performers include:

The graduating high school seniors, class of 2024, Isabelle Gottfried; Avery Rehl; Matteo Russo (The Many Saints Of Newark); Sylvia Smith; and other young rockers, Nick Allen; Claudia Fabella; GG Roberts-Nguyen; Tyson Gottfried; Jackson Preisser; Gus Schonfeld; Jurnee Swan (The Piano Lesson); Audrey Simone Winters (The Sound Of Music (tour)).

The creative team is led by director Donnie Kehr; Executive Producers Avery Rehl, Cori Gardner; with music direction by Logan Medland.

“We are so honored that these young performers want to give their time and talent to our cause”, says Gardner. “Their commitment to the community is impressive and inspirational.” adds Kehr.

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Theatre News: The Heart of Rock and Roll, Gutenberg! The Musical!, The Who’s Tommy, Jelly’s Last Jam, Follies,

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Tonight The Heart of Rock and Roll opens at the James Earl Jones Theatre. Two nights before there was a celebration performance with Huey Lewis with The News, Jimmy Kimmel, Cyndi Lauper, Casey Cott, Rosanna Scotto, Ben Vereen, Lorna Luft and more.

Cyndi Lauper and Huey Lewis

The Heart of Rock and Roll, stars Corey Cott, McKenzie Kurtz, Josh Breckenridge, F. Michael Haynie, Zoe Jensen, Tamika Lawrence, Raymond J. Lee, John-Michael Lyles, Orville Mendoza, Billy Harrigan Tighe and John Dossett.

The Original Broadway Cast Album of Gutenberg! The Musical! featuring GRAMMY® Award winners and Tony Award® nominees Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells will be released digitally on Friday, May 3 and physically on Friday, May 17 from Center Stage Records and Yellow Sound Label. The album will also feature comedy legend Mel Brooks in the role of the ‘Guest Producer.’

The Museum of Broadway will host original Broadway cast reunions for The Who’s Tommy on April 22 at 2pm and Jelly’s Last Jam on April 26 at 2pm. Each reunion will include a panel featuring multiple cast and crew members from the original Broadway productions.

For one night only—on Thursday, June 20, at 8:00 p.m. at Carnegie Hall Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. Directed and presented by Transport Group Artistic Director and five-time Drama Desk nominee and two-time Obie Award winner Jack Cummings III with musical direction by Joey Chancey.

The cast of Follies includes Broadway stars Julie Benko (Funny Girl), Mikaela Bennett(Renascence, BBC Proms West Side Story), Michael Berresse (Tony nominee, Kiss Me Kate), Alexandra Billings (Wicked), Klea Blackhurst (Everything the Traffic Will Allow), Harolyn Blackwell (Candide, Porgy and Bess), Stephen Bogardus (Tony nominee, Love! Valour! Compassion!; Falsettos), Norbert Leo Butz (two-time Tony winner, Catch Me If You Can, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Len Cariou (Tony winner, Sweeney Todd), Carolee Carmello (three-time Tony nominee, Parade; Falsettos), Jim Caruso (Liza’s At The Palace), Nikki Renée Daniels (Company, The Book of Mormon), Christine Ebersole (two-time Tony winner, Grey Gardens, 42nd Street), Katie Finneran (two-time Tony winner, Noises Off, Promises, Promises), Santino Fontana (Tony winner, Tootsie), Alexander Gemignani (Tony nominee, Carousel; Sweeney Todd), Miguel Gil (Kimberly Akimbo), Olivia Elease Hardy (Kimberly Akimbo), Erika Henningsen (Mean Girls), Grey Henson(Tony nominee, Mean Girls, Shucked), Fernell Hogan (Kimberly Akimbo), Jennifer Holliday (Tony winner, Dreamgirls), Rachel Bay Jones (Tony winner, Dear Evan Hansen; Here We Are), Isabel Keating (Tony nominee, The Boy from Oz), Adriane Lenox (Tony winner, Doubt), Norm Lewis (Tony nominee, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess), Ryan McCartan (Heathers), Donna Murphy (two-time Tony winner, Passion, The King and I), Thom Sesma (Pacific Overtures, Man of La Mancha), Barbara Walsh (Tony nominee, Falsettos; Company), Nina White (Kimberly Akimbo), Jacob Keith Watson (Merrily We Roll Along, Carousel), and Karen Ziemba (Tony winner, Contact).

The evening will feature the original Jonathan Tunick orchestrations played by a thirty-piece orchestra, and will also feature a selection of Michael Bennett’s original choreography restaged by original cast member Mary Jane Houdina.

This unique concert series features a different lineup of performers for each song, rather than a role portrayed by one actor for the entire evening. Additionally, in lieu of the musical’s book scenes, backstage stories and anecdotes from the creation of the original production are woven between songs.

The evening will be hosted by Kurt Peterson, who originated the role of Young Ben in the 1971 Broadway production, as well as licensing executive and theatre historian Ted Chapin, whose memoir Everything Was Possible is taken from his daily diaries during the pre-Broadway run of Follies, on which he served as intern during his senior year of college.

Follies, book by James Goldman, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, produced originally on Broadway by Harold Prince, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, premiered on Broadway on April 4, 1971, at the Winter Garden Theatre in a production directed by Harold Prince and Michael Bennett, with choreography by Bennett.  The winner of seven Tony Awards, seven Drama Desk Awards, and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for best musical, Follies developed almost immediate cult and legendary status following its closing on July 1, 1972, after playing 522 performances and 12 previews.  Scores of revivals followed on Broadway, in the West End, in regional theaters, and throughout the world.  This concert is presented by special arrangement with Cameron Mackintosh.

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The Glorious Corner

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A TARNISHED TIFFANY — CBS is having a tough month. First, their much-ballyhooed Billy Joel concert -the initial showing- was cut off abruptly while Joel was doing “Piano Man” no less. It was re-run Friday to somewhat meager numbers and, also Friday, CBS canceled their show So Help Me Todd, which was a breath of fresh air in the TV-world. Last year, its debut year, it was a rave and a ratings winner.

CBS has several new shows set for September and the ratings for Todd had fallen dramatically. Now, not that network apparently cares, but there’s been an outpouring of both sympathy and bewilderment for the cancellation and downright hate, if you will. The show starred Marcia Gay Harden and Skylar Austin and was totally unique.

Roger Friedman disparaged the cancellation as well and said it was a perfect Sunday night show – although it would have kept getting pushed back by virtue of CBS-sports.

It was a totally brilliant and innovative show about a mother and a son working together and not always in harmony. An episode Dial M For Margaret (directed by Robin Givens no less) was simply brilliant. To be candid, I think CBS stepped it again – last year it was their canceling East New York with Jimmy Smitsbut stay tuned … sometimes the cancellations are un-canceled and it could just happen with SHMT.

Tiffany no more.

HEART ON — (via Ultimate Classic Rock) Heart kicked off their Royal Flush tour on Saturday at Greenville, South Carolina’s Bon Secours Wellness Arena with support from Cheap trick.

In addition to classics like “Magic Man,” “Straight On” and “Barracuda,” Heart also performed a few of Nancy and Ann Wilson’s respective solo songs, plus covers of Led Zeppelin and David Bowie.

The Royal Flush tour marks Heart’s first extended trek since 2019 and will keep them on the road, primarily in North America, through late September. The rockers will also head to Europe in June and July with Squeeze opening select dates, and they’ll support Def Leppard and Journey on a handful of stadium dates in July and August.

It’s been a turbulent decade for Heart, who haven’t released a studio album since 2016’s Beautiful Broken. Ann and Nancy Wilson put the band on hold that year after Ann’s husband was arrested for allegedly hitting one of Nancy’s children during their 2016 tour.

The sisters mended fences and embarked on the Love Alive tour in 2019, followed by another extended break during which they both released solo albums. However, Nancy Wilson said last June that Heart was working on new material that is “closer to what you would have heard us originally do in the ’70s, late ’70s. So, it’s really fun, it’s just exciting and inspiring.”

Danny Fried

SHORT TAKES — Danny Fried’s Sweet Mary Jane stage-presentation never got off the ground, sadly. What with the proliferation of weed shops and weed culture;it’d would have fit right in …

Johnny Rzeznik

Funny to see Travis Kelce say ‘when her album drops.’ Wonder if he even knew what that meant before he met her … Johnny Rzeznik’s song “Iris” (1998 from the movie City of Angels) has got to be one of the most beautiful songs ever. He teamed up with Daryl Hall for a duet on it for Daryl’s House.Just amazing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPlg6aSFzg0

Hannah Waddingham

Great Hannah Waddingham profile on Sunday’s Willie Geist gabfest. She’s terrific …

Chris Cuomo

Chris Cuomo back on CNN? With different management now in place there, discussions are indeed being held. He was the station’s #1 air-personality. Sorry Anderson. personally, I loved him … Big news from Rascal Felix Cavaliere later this week … Roger Friedman gave a race to Alicia Key’s Hell’s Kitchen musical: ‘Is a High End Jukebox Musical with Soaring Voices.’ Bravo! … Adios to the New York Post’s TV-man Michael Starr who has been there for 29 years. He used to have a daily column in the paper’s heyday called The Starr Report that was sensational; almost like a mini-Army Archerd. PR-pasha David Salidor got Starr his caricature up on the wall of The Palm on 50th street in NYC near booth 24. He’s done a series of books, including Joey Bishop, William Shatner; Don Rickles;  and his next one is on Rodney Dangerfield. Good man!

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Ed Steinberg; Peter Brown; Amanda Naylor; Thomas Silverman; Scott Anderson; Lenny Kalikow; Terry Jastrow; Anne Archer; Sam Rubin; Doug Breitbart; Nosia Mamet; Lush Ice; Kent & Laura Denmark; Felix Cavaliere; Dolly Parton; Melissa Manchester; Mark Bego; Lamar Fike; Obi Steinman; and CHIP!

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Team USA Launches Epic Journey to Paris in Big Apple

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It was a profound moment in sports.

In April, 100 athletes from all over the U.S. gathered for an epic  three-day media event with the goal of shining a light on the Olympic and Paralympic Movements in the United States at 100 days out from Paris 2024.

“We want to win the medal count,” USOPC  Rocky Harris stated.

So many great moments were witnessed including the packed gymnastics panel moderated by Hoda Kotb with Evita Griskenas, Kayla DiCello, Suni Lee, Yul Moldauer,  and Brody Malone.

The evolution of the Paralympic Movement Panel showcased  Beatrice Lavette (Para Equestrian), Calahan Young (Goalball), Jamal Hill (Para Swimming), Steve Serio (Wheelchair Basketball), Ezra Frech (Para T&F), and Justin Phongsavanh (Para T&F).

An incredibly moving Mental Health Panel had the crowd listening to Jess Bartley (USOPC), Perry Baker (Rugby), Nicky Nieves (Sitting Volleyball), Jaleen Roberts (Para T&F), Nevin Harrison (Canoe),  and Ilona Maher (Rugby).

“You can feel the energy and the excitement building − certainly inside the walls of our organization, but also around the country,” U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee chief executive officer Sarah Hirshland said Monday.

“You can feel the energy and the excitement building − certainly inside the walls of our organization, but also around the country,” U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee chief executive officer Sarah Hirshland was quoted stating.

The 2024 Summer Games are now less than just 100 days away. Paris is prepping to host its first Olympics in 100 years with venues being built at some of the city’s most famous sites.

Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee is focused on protecting, supporting and empowering America’s athletes, and is responsible for fielding U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, and serving as the steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the U.S.

For more information on Team USA, please visit HERE.

 

 

 

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