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Broadway News: Harry Potter, Stephanie Mills, Nathan Lane, Harvey Fierstein, Matthew Broderick and Susan Stroman

Broadway News: Harry Potter, Stephanie Mills, Nathan Lane, Harvey Fierstein, Matthew Broderick and Susan Stroman
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, an album of music from the internationally acclaimed stage production, will be released on November 2, 2018.

The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is written, composed, performed and recorded by Grammy and Ivor Novello Award-winner Imogen Heap.  It is presented as four contemporary musical suites, each showcasing one of the play’s theatrical acts.  This unique new album format from Imogen Heap chronologically features the music heard in the stage production, further reworked to transport listeners on a sonic journey through the world of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be released by Sony Music Masterworks, and available in stores as well as digitally on November 2, 2018, with pre-orders available now at https://HarryPotter.lnk.to/HARRYPOTTERANDTHECURSEDCHILDPR

Imogen Heap said “This album is like nothing I’ve ever attempted before. It’s four suites containing music from each of the four acts of the play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. With over 100 moments of music in the play, the challenge was how to weave them together, and I think it has manifested into a really enjoyable listen, with memories for those who’ve seen the play, musical accompaniment to those with the script of the play or simply just to enjoy the music as a stand-alone album. It is crafted to be listened to in its entirety, taking the listener through different worlds within each suite. I don’t know another album like it. I hope others enjoy listening to it as much as I’ve enjoyed making it.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child received its world premiere in July 2016 at the Palace Theatre in London and earlier this week more tickets were released for performances through to July 28, 2019.

It is also now playing at the Lyric Theatre on Broadway, with an Australian production beginning performances at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre on January 16, 2019.  A further North American production will open at San Francisco’s Curran in Autumn 2019 and, in Spring 2020, a German language version of the play – marking its first non-English language production – will open at the Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt in Hamburg, Germany.

For the Broadway production, 100,000 tickets will be released at 11am on September 27 for performances through to June 9, 2019. Details of all productions of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child can be found at www.HarryPotterthePlay.com

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Stephanie Mills

Stephanie Mills

Legendary Grammy and American Music Award winning recording artist and beloved Broadway actress, Stephanie Mills will join BeBe Winans and the cast of the Broadway-bound musical Born For This for a one-night-only concert previewing the music from his original musical Born For This on Monday, November 5 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at Feinstein’s/54 Below (254 W. 54 St).

Over the span of her illustrious career, Stephanie Mills has distinguished herself as an actress and performer who is a at home on the Broadway stage in the four-time Tony Award-winning The Wiz (on Broadway in the original company and across the United State in the revival) and Your Arms Too Short To Box With God as she is in the recording studio with five best-selling albums and ten Billboard #1 singles. Hit records such as “I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love,” “Home” and “Whatcha Gonna Do with My Lovin” have become enduring classics. Mills’ 2004 album Born For This featured her rendition of the title track.

For tickets please visit https://54below.com/events/born-for-this/

Sharing the Feinstein’s/54 Below stage with Winans and Mills will be director Charles Randolph-Wright (Motown) and members of the cast from last summer’s pre-Broadway tryout in Boston including Maddie Shea Baldwin (Bright Star), Liisi LaFontaine (Dreamgirls), Loren Lott (Once on this Island), Donald Webber Jr. (Hamilton), Kirsten Wyatt (Annie), and Nita Whitaker (Ragtime). The evening will introduce the BORN FOR THIS story and some of the original songs from the Broadway aimed musical, which also played regional engagements in Atlanta, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles.

Born For This is a universal story for anyone who has ever yearned to find his or her own purpose in life. It follows BeBe, a talented young man from a tight-knit musical family as he grapples with the struggle between his faith and his desire for fame. As teenagers BeBe and his sister CeCe, experience genuine culture shock when they leave the comfort of their home and family in Detroit to join Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s “Praise the Lord” network in North Carolina. When the duo rocket to fame, the seductive lure of celebrity comes knocking. Ultimately, Bebe must reconcile the temptations of stardom and fortune with the things he values most in life.

Born For This features original music and lyrics by six-time Grammy Award winner BeBe Winans, with a book written by Charles Randolph-Wright, BeBe Winans, and Lisa D’Amour. The show is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, with choreography by Warren Adams and produced by Ron Gillyard and My Destiny Productions.

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Nathan Lane

Nathan Lane

The Drama League presents the 35th Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway.  The black-tie evening honoring Nathan Lane will take place on Monday, November 5, 2018 in New York City at The Plaza (768 Fifth Avenue).

Celebrating Nathan Lane’s career in theater, film and television, including this last season’s Broadway revival of Angels in America, the gala will feature a one-night-only musical tribute in Mr. Lane’s honor hosted by Matthew Broderick with appearances by stars of both stage and screen, including Christine Baranski, Josh Charles, Billy Eichner, Brita Filter, Santino Fontana, Mark Linn-Baker, Andrea Martin, Alex Newell, Ernie Sabella, Jarrod Spector, Stephanie’s Child, Teal Wicks, Terrence McNally, R.L. Stine, Susan Stroman, Jerry Zaks.  Drama League Directors Project alum West Hyler is the director and co-writer of the gala program, with Laura Brandel as associate director.  The 35th Annual Benefit Gala is produced by Drama League Associate Producer Travis LeMont Ballenger with Gala Associate Producer Sean Gorski. The creative team includes David Evans (music direction), Alessandra Marconi (choreography), Timothy Huang (additional lyrics), Melissa Spengler-Winner (production stage management), Nick Kolin (lighting design), Michael Tracey (sound design), Whitney Locher (costume design).

The Gala Co-Chairs are Kathy Henderson, Janet M. Kagan, and Joseph Pizza; Leadership support for The Benefit Gala is also provided by its Vice Chairs: Art Lab LLC, Anna May & Tim Feige, Fearless Productions LLC, Una Jackman & Jay Alix, Mary Jain, Chip & Cindy Murphy, Stan Ponte & John Metzner, and JoAnn & John Weisel.  The Benefit Gala Committee members are Bonnie Comley & Stewart F. Lane, Leslie C. Feldman, Robert Jezowski, and The Leo Shull Foundation for the Arts.  Sceneworks Studios is a Major Sponsor of the 2018 Benefit Gala.  MAC Cosmetics is the Official Make-Up Partner of The Drama League.

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Harvey Fierstein

Harvey Fierstein

Show-only tickets to Second Stage Theater’s Fall Benefit Honoring Harvey Fierstein are now on sale to the general public.  Hosted by Michael Urie, the benefit will take place on Monday, November 12 at Terminal 5 (610 West 56th Street).  The evening will feature performances and appearances by Cyndi Lauper, Rosie O’Donnell, Annaleigh Ashford, Keala Settle, Wayne Brady, Christopher Sieber, Michael Urie, Marissa Jaret Winokur, as well as Shoshana Bean, J. Harrison Ghee, Bianca Del Rio, and Gino Emnes.  To purchase tickets, please go to: https://2st.com/support-us/events/fall-benefit.

The one-night-only benefit event will celebrate Torch Song returning to the Hayes Theater 36 years after its original Broadway run and will include the entire cast from Second Stage Theater’s production of Fierstein’s Torch Song: Michael Urie, Mercedes Ruehl, Ward Horton, Jack DiFalco, Roxanna Hope Radja and Michael Hsu Rosen.  Torch Song, which played Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theater last fall, will begin previews at the Hayes Theater on Tuesday, October 9.

The benefit will be directed by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell and written by Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin. The event is Co-Chaired by Robert Greenblatt, Richie Jackson, and Jordan Roth with Honorary Chairs Cyndi Lauper and Joe Mantello.

Show-Only tickets are available at 2ST.com.  Tickets are available for $100 each and $50 for AEA or SAG-AFTRA members (must show union ID at the door upon pick-up). The doors will open at 8pm with general admission seating and performance will begin at 8:30pm.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.2ST.com.

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Matthew Broderick

Matthew Broderick

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and preserving musical gems from the past, has announced that Tony Award-winner Matthew Broderick will host a company of 60 performers honoring Five-time Tony Award-winning musical theatre director/choreographer Susan Stroman (Oklahoma!; The Producers; Crazy For You; Showboat; Big, The Musical)  with the 2018 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre and Betty Cooper Wallerstein with the York Theatre Company Founders’ Award at the 27th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala to be held on Monday evening, November 12, 2018 at The Edison Ballroom (240 West 47th Street).

In addition to Mr. Broderick, the line-up of artists scheduled to appear include Lynn Ahrens, Sierra Boggess, Nick Cordero, Stephen Flaherty, John Kander, William Ivey Long, Terrence Mann, Debra Monk, Brad Oscar, Laura Osnes, Bryonha Marie Parham, Tiler Peck, David Thompson, Kaley Ann Voorhees, John Weidman, Tony Yazbeck, and Karen Ziemba, among a cast of 60 performers recreating some of Ms. Stroman’s most memorable numbers from shows such as Crazy for You, Oklahoma!, Contact, And the World Goes ‘Round, Show Boat, Bullets Over Broadway, Steel Pier, Scottsboro Boys, The Producers, and more.

The VIP Cocktail Reception will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by Dinner at 7:00pm. The Concert and Award Ceremony will begin at 7:30pm.  The York’s Associate Artistic Director Michael Unger (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Big, the Musical; Milk and Honey) will direct the evening’s celebration. Show Only seats at $150 are now available.  For additional information, please contact Director of Development Shana Farr at (212) 935-5824, ext. 214 or sfarr@yorktheatre.org.

Susan Stroman, a five-time Tony Award winner, has also been honored with Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel, and a record five Astaire Awards (recently renamed the Chita Rivera Awards).  She is the recipient of the George Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement in the American Theater and a member of the Theater Hall of Fame in New York City. Her Broadway credits include The Producers (winner of a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards), The Scottsboro Boys (nominated for 12 Tony Awards and the winner of the London Evening Standard Award for Best Musical), Contact, Prince of Broadway, Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish, Crazy for You, Show Boat, Oklahoma!, The Frogs, The Music Man, Thou Shalt Not, Steel Pier, Big, and Picnic.  Off-Broadway credits include The Beast in the Jungle, Dot, Flora The Red Menace, and The Scottsboro Boys (all at The Vineyard Theatre), And the World Goes ‘Round, Happiness, and The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville.  She has directed opera, created ballets, and been represented on television and film.

The Oscar Hammerstein Award is named in honor of the legendary lyricist and librettist who helped shape American musical theatre through his collaborations with a number of different composers and writers.  His contributions to such landmark musicals as Show Boat, Oklahoma!, South Pacific, and Carousel are a legacy for all time. The award was created in 1988 by Janet Hayes Walker, Founding Artistic Director of The York Theatre Company, with the endorsement of the Hammerstein family and the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization.  Its purpose is to recognize significant lifetime achievement in musical theatre and is presented at a gala evening held for the benefit of The York Theatre Company.

Past recipients of the Oscar Hammerstein Award are Stephen Sondheim, Betty Comden & Adolph Green, Harold Prince, Cy Coleman, Charles Strouse, Arthur Laurents, Jerry Herman, Stephen Schwartz, Peter Stone, David Merrick, John Kander & Fred Ebb, Terrence McNally, Cameron Mackintosh, Carol Channing, Tony Walton, Joseph Stein, George S. Irving, Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick, Thomas Meehan, Barbara Cook, Paul Gemignani, Alan Menken, Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty, Angela Lansbury, Joel Grey, and, most recently, the legendary songwriting team of Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones.

 

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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 and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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