Starting my day off at NAMT’s Annual Festival of New Musicals was the Greek God’s musical Persephone. With book & lyrics by Marcus Stevens, music by Oran Eldor, directed by Andy Sandberg (NY: Straight, Application Pending) and musically directed by Ian Axness (NY: Clown Bar) teenage angst never sounded better. After seeing the Michael John LaChiusa film Hello Again, I was excited to see Jenna Ushkowitz (TV: “Glee”. Broadway: Waitress) perform and she did not disappoint. I was definitely glad to see Hannah Shankman (Broadway: Side Show, Wicked) as the lead perform. This girl has one kick ass voice. Also Andrew Kober impressed.
Darling Grenadine book, music and lyrics by Daniel Zaitchik, directed by Kristin Hanggi (Broadway: Rock of Ages, Tony Nomination) and musically directed by David Gardos (Assoc. Conducted: Falsettos, Finding Neverland) has already had a developmental reading at Goodspeed. The truly wonderful Adam Chanler-Berat (Broadway: Next to Normal, Peter and the Starcatcher, Amélie) and Emily Walton (Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher, August: Osage County) made this sweet musical come to life.
Fall Springs, music and lyrics by Niko Tsakalakos, book and lyrics by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb was directed by Stephen Brackett (NY: The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, Buyer & Cellar),
with musical Direction by Emily Marshall (Nat’l Tours of A Chorus Line and We Will Rock You) had the comedically hilarious Will Roland (Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen). The new find was Alyse Alan Louis (Broadway: Amélie, A New Musical, Disaster!). This show about fracking and being swallowed into the ground is being helped by Ars Nova.
I give Klook’s Last Stand book by Ché Walker, music by Omar Lyefook and Anoushka Lucas, lyrics by Ché Walker and Anoushka Lucas, directed by Jonathan McCrory (NY: HandsUp, Blacken the Bubble, Enter Your Sleep) and musically directed by Charles Duke a lot of credit. For a cast of only two Bre Jackson (Broadway: The Color Purple) and Kevyn Morrow(Broadway: Bandstand, Ragtime- Olivier Award nominee), Bre was sick and so Megan Cox stepped in to act the role and composer Anoushka Lucas sang the part. Poetic and soulful still came across.
NAMT’s annual Festival of New Musicals have included Come From Away, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Children of Eden, Honk!, The Drowsy Chaperone, It Shoulda Been You, Songs for a New World, I Love You Because, Striking 12, Vanities, Ordinary Days and many others, representing 460 writers.
NAMT’s Annual Festival of New Musicals is the cornerstone of NAMT’s mission to nurture the creation, development and production of new musicals. The Festival presents eight musicals in 45-minute presentations before an audience of over 600 industry professionals. In the short run, the Festival’s goal is to connect producers with writers, so that their shows can continue their development trajectory. The long-term goal is to expand the musical theatre repertoire, bringing new musical theatre to thousands of audience members around the world.
The Glorious Corner
FAMILY’S A BITCH-THE END OF SUCCESSION — Sunday’s finale of Succession (HBO) was a mixed bag. I’ll be honest: At first I thought the finale was totally underwhelming, but after some additional thought and reading some other excellent reviews, I’ve come to the point where I now believe it was, pure and simple, how it had to end.
None more so than Joss Stone on “I Put A Spell On You.” What a voice. I’m amazed she’s not bigger; very Janis Joplin.
Also, Gary Clark delivered a blistering, amazing performance on Stevie Wonder’s “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers.” No question that he’s the next guitar-wizard. Here they both are: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvO2_noxaXQ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO2BLAXveVo …
I watched all 9 seasons of the CW’s The Flash and the first 5 were pretty terrific. The remaining ones got poorer and poorer as the original cast disappeared one by one. Grant Gustin, The Flash, was there the whole time, but their finale last week was terribly confusing – save for a song by Tony Award winner Jesse L. Martin (for Rent) – a key member of the original cast. The last two seasons had a myriad of costumed villains, some from the comic, some not, but just wildly messed up. The CW was sold to Nexstar last year and big changes are in their future. Sad … and, CNN is reporting that Universal Music is close to snapping up the rights to the Queen-catalog for $1 billion-plus. Good for them.
Disney had it previously, but Queen’s music is more popular than ever before. It’s a real shame Freddie is not her to share in it. If you wondered the record for the biggest previously was for Bruce Springsteen’s catalog at $500 million.
Tribeca Festival Set to Thrill with Roxstar Entertainment with Cinema Center
Roxstar Entertainment, who’s executive team has produced dozens of red-carpet premiere events for top selections at the Tribeca Film Festival, will be bringing their newest hospitality platform, the Cinema Center to New York City after successful launches at Sundance and SxSw.
For Tribeca, the schedule of high-profile red carpet premiere parties will be held across multiple New York City restaurant and nightlife destinations including Bar Feroce at the Moxy Chelsea, Serafina Upper West 77th Street, and Common Ground NYC for a selection of the top films in competition at the Festival including: “eric larue” directed by Michael Shannon and starring Judy Greer, Alexander Skarsgård, Alison Pill, Tracy Letts, and Paul Sparks; IFC celebration for “Suitable Flesh” + “The Perpetrator” with Heather Graham, Barbara Crampton, Johnathan Schaech, Alicia Silverstone, Jennifer Reeder, and Kiah McKirnan; Sony Pictures Classics celebration for “TheMiracle Club” with Director, Thaddeus O’Sullivan and cast Laura Linney, Maggie Smith, Kathy Bates, Agnes O’Casey, Stephen Rea; Sony Music celebration for “Let The Canary Sing” with Director, Alison Ellwood and music icon Cyndi Lauper and other special guests; as well as Sony Pictures Classics celebrating “SHORTCOMINGS” with Director, Randall Park and cast Justin H. Min, Sherry Cola, Ally Maki, Debby Ryan, Tavi Gevinson, Sonoya Mizuno, Jacob Batalon, and Timothy Simons.
“Roxstar Entertainment is pleased to continue to support independent filmmakers and distributors especially in its mission to get movie fans back into their true intended viewing medium, the movie theaters. We are so grateful to be able to work with likeminded companies to sponsor and support the events and help drive the promotion and celebration for the films, filmmakers, and respective casts,” says David Manning, Roxstar Entertainment’s Executive Producer of the Cinema Center.”
Each venue will be serving VIP guests with its special brand of service, atmosphere, and culinary delights. Libations will be provided by the Cinema Center ‘s generous sponsor partners. The all-important wine services for the program will be provided courtesy of Sommsation, a trusted wine experience brand and direct-to-consumer marketplace bringing together independent wineries and sommeliers who curate access to limited production wines. On-site, Sommsation will provide guests with a tasting experience. Sommsation invites wine enthusiasts to explore their online shop of exceptional and one-of-a-kind wine offerings that ship directly to your door.
Sponsors include: Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Italy’s premium lager, will be serving its award-winning lager as well as Peroni Nastro Azzurro 0.0%— a premium non-alcoholic lager.
Galit Ventura-Rozen Hosts Enlightening Dinner in New York City
On May 18, Galit Ventura-Rozen hosted a lovely and enlightening dinner in New York City. Trendsetters and influencers gathered in Manhattan at The Flying Cock for an evening of enrichment and mindful conversation. Her passion and energy during the evening made her mission clear. Her inspirational and motivating energy was felt throughout the room.
The globally recognized public speaker and award-winning entrepreneur was on site to discuss her book The Successful Woman’s Mindset. Guests at the event eagerly listened to her advice and recommendations. Whether by using lessons from her book or from her motivating lessons, she is known for helping raise the productivity of others.
She began her successful career as a commercial real estate broker where she has sold over $700 million in commercial property in Las Vegas over the past 25+ years. After enjoying a very lucrative career as a real estate expert, She began to experience sleepless nights with racing thoughts. As a then working single mother of three, she wanted to find a way to support women, and returned to college at the age of 37. She earned a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University and graduated with honors. Galit began a one-woman mission to empower, inspire and motivate others to believe in themselves.
Here is to women making a positive difference in the world today.
Sean Hayes, Eric McCormack, Kim Cattrall Scheduled for Tribeca Festival 2023 Audio Storytelling
The 2023 Tribeca Festival, presented by OKX, has announced its audio storytelling lineup, including 18 world premieres from independent and established narrative audio creators and 11 “Live-from-Tribeca” events. This year’s Festival, which takes place June 7-18, will highlight its audio storytelling selection from June 12-16, connecting creators and listeners in-person at Tribeca.
The lineup includes 11 “Live-from-Tribeca” events, from exclusive conversations with audio creators to live tapings of hit shows, such as an audio artists panel hosted by Avery Trufelman (Articles of Interest, 99% Invisible); a live taping of Crooked Media’s Pod Save America with guest co-host Alex Wagner; a 25th anniversary rewatch event of Will & Grace followed by a live taping of SmartLess Media’s Just Jack & Will featuring Sean Hayes and Eric McCormack; a live taping of Selected Shorts with New York Times Bestselling author Roxane Gay; a live taping of New York Times Audio’s Modern Love with Kim Cattrall; and a live taping of Sonic Union’s Perreo 101 followed by a musical performance by Cuban artists Yotuel and Beatriz Luengo.
Additionally, the 2023 Audio Storytelling program showcases 16 official selections, including eight from independent creators and eight from established creators–evenly divided between fiction and narrative nonfiction series. World premieres from independent audio creators include the fiction series The Fabulists and These Were Humans, as well as the narrative nonfiction series Abridged and Magic on a Winter’s Night. World premieres from established creators include The Unmarked Graveyard: Stories from Hart Island (Radio Diaries and Radiotopia from PRX), Free from Desire (Paradiso), The Very Worst Thing That Could Possibly Happen (Wolf at the Door Studios), and Dreamtown: The Story of Adelanto (Crooked Media). Official selections will be previewed at the Emerging Audio Artists Panel hosted by a special guest and the Established Audio Artists Panel hosted by Avery Trufelman, and available the following day at https://tribecafilm.com/podcasts and @TribecaAudio.
Audible is the audio entertainment sponsor of the 2023 Tribeca Festival. It celebrates the Tribeca creative community and showcases bold creators who develop innovative, cinematic audio entertainment.
The Tribeca Festival is curated by Festival Director and VP of Programming Cara Cusumano, Artistic Director Frédéric Boyer; VP of Programming Sharon Badal and VP of Shorts Programming Ben Thompson; Senior Programmers Liza Domnitz, Faridah Gbadamosi, and Jarod Neece; Programmers José F. Rodriguez, Casey Baron, Jason Gutierrez, and Jonathan Penner; VP of Games and Immersive Casey Baltes and Immersive Curator Ana Brzezińska; Curator of Audio Storytelling Davy Gardner; Music Programmer Vincent Cassous; EVP of Artist Relations Nancy Lefkowitz and VP of Artist Relations Meredith Mohr; and Chief Content Officer Paula Weinstein, along with a team of associate programmers.
The full audio storytelling lineup is detailed below. For more updates on programming follow @TribecaAudio on Twitter and @Tribeca and #Tribeca2023 on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Purchase passes for the 2023 Tribeca Festival at tribecafilm.com/festival.
Cover art courtesy tribecafilm.com
Natasha Bedingfield Thrills at Frederick Anderson’s Nebula Fashion Show
We love the nightlife!
The thrill of old-school New York City energy came out swinging in a glorious way last week during Frederick Anderson’s 2024 Resort collection presentation.
On May 24, pop sensation Natasha Bedingfield opened up the beautiful runway at the fantastic hotspot Nebula in Midtown Manhattan. Wearing a bold crochet dress by the designer, the music matched her luxurious look and set the tone for an electric night.
The 33-look collection was seen by a chic and notable group of uptown clients and downtown personalities including Mayor Eric Adams, Nebula owner Richie Romero, Nicole Miller, Peter Som, Young Paris, Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin and Janna Bullock amongst well-heeled crowd.
Photos by David Warren
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