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Broadway News: Pretty Woman, Oklahoma!, Lolita, John Glover, Network, The Tony Awards

Broadway News: Pretty Woman, Oklahoma!, Lolita, John Glover, Network, The Tony Awards

Adam Pascal will play Edward Lewis from Tuesday, February 19, through Friday, February 22, 2019, during Andy Karl’s time off in Pretty Woman: The musical.

The Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, directed by Daniel Fishwill star the St. Ann’s original cast members including (in alphabetical order): Anthony Cason as Cord Elam, Damon Daunno as Curly McLain, James Davis as Will Parker, Gabrielle Hamilton as Lead Dancer, Rebecca Naomi Jones as Laurey Williams, Will Mann as Mike, Mallory Portnoy as Gertie Cummings, Ali Stroker as Ado Annie, Mitch Tebo as Andrew Carnes, two-time Tony Award-nominee Mary Testa as Aunt Eller and Patrick Vaill as Jud Fry.  Joining the cast for the Broadway run is star of screen and stage Will Brill (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, You Can’t Take It With You) as Ali Hakim. The cast meet the press at Bob’s Steak and Chop House and here is a preview of some of the interviews.

Closing out the popular Musicals in Mufti series celebration is the New York premiere of Lolita, My Love, with music by John Barry and book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, as edited by Erik Haagensen. Directed by Emily Maltby and with music direction by Deniz Cordell, the 13-member cast will feature George Abud (The Band’s Visit) as Clare Quilty, Caitlin Cohn (The Secret Garden) as Dolores “Lolita” Haze, Robert Sella (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) as Humbert Humbert, Thursday Farrar (Aida) as Dr. June Ray, and Jessica Tyler Wright (Sweeney Todd) as Charlotte Haze, withBecca Fox (Singin’ in the Rain), Hanako Greensmith (Spring Awakening), Victoria Huston-Elem(Finding Neverland), Jay Aubrey Jones (Assassins), Kennedy Kanagawa (Into the Woods), Max Meyers (Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story), Mark Montague (A Very Brady Musical), and Analise Scarpaci (Matilda, The Musical).

After an acclaimed run in London’s West End, the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture will present the American premiere production of Stephen Unwin’s new play, All Our Children. Tony Award® winner John Glover (Saint JoanThe Drowsy ChaperoneLove! Valour!Compassion! on Broadway; TV’s “Smallville”) is featured in a company including Jennifer Dundas (The Little FoxesArcadia on Broadway), Karl Kenzler (Fiddler on the RoofYou Can’t Take It With You on Broadway; “Law & Order,” “House of Cards”), Tasha Lawrence (“The Looming Tower,” Hulu; “Royal Pains”) and Sam Lilja (The Iceman Cometh on Broadway). Directed by Ethan McSweeny (Gore Vidal’s The Best ManA Time to Kill on Broadway), All Our Children plays a limited five-week engagement, April 6 through May 12 at The Sheen Center (18 Bleecker Street at the corner of Elizabeth Street, NYC) in the Black Box Theater.  The official opening is Sunday, April 14 at 3PM. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday at 7PM, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8PM, with matinees on Saturday at 2PM and Sundays at 3PM. Tickets are $50 during previews (through April13) and $65 and $80 for performances thereafter. Tickets are available online atSheenCenter.org, by phone at 212-925-2812, or in-person at The Sheen Center box office Monday to Friday Noon to 5PM and one hour before performances. Student rush tickets are available one hour before curtain.

The National Theatre production of Network, produced by David Binder, the National Theatre, Patrick Myles, David Luff, Ros Povey and Lee Menzies, will extend performances through Saturday, June 8, 2019 at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street). This is the second and final extension for the limited engagement. Starring Bryan Cranston (All The Way, “Breaking Bad”), Tony Goldwyn (“Scandal,” Promises, Promises) and Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black,” Mary Page Marlowe), NETWORK officially opened to rave reviews on Thursday, December 6, 2018.

The complete cast for Network also includes Joshua Boone (Holler If Ya Hear Me), Alyssa Bresnahan (War Horse), Ron Canada (“Jack Ryan”), Julian Elijah Martinez (Father Comes Home From The Wars Part 1,2,3), Tony Award winner Frank Wood (Sideman), Nick Wyman (Catch Me If You Can), Barzin Akhavan (All The Way), Jason Babinsky (Billy Elliot), Camila Canó Flaviá (Dance Nation), Eric Chayefsky (Stalked: Someone’s Watching), Gina Daniels (All The Way), Nicholas Guest (“Madam Secretary”), Joe Paulik (Love and Money), Susannah Perkins (The Wolves), Victoria Sendra (Broadway Debut), Henry Stram (Junk), Bill Timoney (All The Way), Joseph Varca (Pentecost and Monster), Nicole Villamil (Queens) and Jeena Yi (Somebody’s Daughter).

Network is directed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Ivo Van Hove (A View From the BridgeThe Damned), adapted by Tony and Olivier Award winner Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) and based on the Academy Award-winning film by Paddy Chayefsky. 

The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) today announced a group of talented actors serving as Ambassadors for the 2019 Excellence in Theatre Education Award.  

CMU alumna Chanté Adams, who notably was a high school drama student of 2016 Excellence in Theatre Education Award Winner, Marilyn ‘MC’ McCormick of Detroit, this year returns as an Ambassador. (Adams appeared in the August Wilson play, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and currently stars in the Netflix movie, “Roxanne, Roxanne,” and the feature film, “Monsters and Men.”) Adams will also serve as CMU’s alumni representative on this year’s award-selection committee.  For a message from Chanté, click here.

Other Ambassadors for the 2019 Excellence in Theatre Education Award program include Ali Stroker (upcoming Broadway revival of “Oklahoma,” “Spring Awakening,” and “The Glee Project”)and Santino Fontana (“Tootsie” on Broadway and Disney’s animated feature, “Frozen”); both Stroker and Fontana are longtime advocates of theatre and arts education.

Additional CMU Ambassadors for 2019 include alumni Casey Cott (from the CW’s hit series, “Riverdale,” and feature film, “All the Little Things We Kill”) and Rory O’Malley (Tony nominee for “The Book of Mormon,” host of Geffen Playhouse Unscripted podcast, and star of “Hamilton” and Lifetime’s upcoming series, “American Princess.”)

Ambassadors for the Excellence in Theatre Education program are calling on students, parents, faculty, staff, friends and families across the U.S. to submit local, notable drama teachers—those who inspire their kids and their communities with exceptional theatre programs. 

Now through February 22, submissions will be accepted online for K-12 theatre educators at an accredited institution or recognized community theatre organization. Anyone can submit a worthy teacher for consideration. He or she must be a teacher whose position is dedicated to and/or includes aspects of theatre education. Submissions can be made at www.TonyAwards.com/EducationAward.

Since 2014, the Excellence in Theatre Education Award has been bestowed annually at the Tony Awards. Last year’s honor was presented to Melody Herzfeld of Parkland, Florida, where she is a drama teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. 

“We’re thrilled to have such talented performers stand with us as Ambassadors to promote the importance of theatre education,” said Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing and Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League. “We shine this annual spotlight on teachers to recognize them and to thank them for the essential work they do year-round.”

“CMU is grateful to our College of Fine Arts alumni, this year and in years past, who have served as Ambassadors for the Excellence in Theatre Education Award,” said Carnegie Mellon University President Farnam Jahanian. “We’re further encouraged by the expanded participation and support of the Broadway community, even beyond our immediate CMU family. Now in its fifth year, this program has truly become a national celebration of the theatre education profession.”

A panel of judges comprised of the American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League, Carnegie Mellon University and other leaders from the theatre industry will select the winner. The winner will receive a cash grant for his or her school, flights to New York City, hotel accommodations and a pair of tickets to the 2019 Tony Awards Ceremony and Gala. 

In addition, the winning teacher’s theatre arts students will receive a master class presentation from Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama, as well as two scholarships for students of their choosing to attend the School of Drama Summer Pre-College Program in summer 2020. Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama is the oldest drama degree-granting program in the United States. In the past century, CMU has produced hundreds of Tony nominees, and its alumni have won 47 Tony Awards to date.

The 2019 Tony Awards, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, will air live on CBS on Sunday, June 9, 2019. For more information on the Tony Awards, visit TonyAwards.com and Facebook.com/TheTonyAwards, and follow @TheTonyAwards on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

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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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