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Jim Dale, KT Sullivan, Mark Nadler, Adam B. Shapiro, Janice Hall and Many More at WINTER RHYTHMS 2018



Continuing its 35th Anniversary season, Urban Stages (Frances Hill, Founding Artistic Director; Tom Toce Producer) proudly announces the line-up for this year’s award-winning series, WINTER RHYTHMS 2018, which will begin Wednesday, December 12 featuring some of New York’s best musical performances through Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Urban Stages Theatre (259 West 30th Street, just East of 8th Avenue).

Tickets are $30 per show (except for Patron’s Night, Monday, Dec. 17th), $50 for two shows on the same day, and may be purchased by visiting or by calling (866) 811-4111.  For complete schedule information, visit

WINTER RHYTHMS 2018 marks the 10th year that Urban Stages welcomes noted musical artists to its stage during the holiday period.  The mission of WINTER RHYTHMS is to bring the talents of well-known and up-and-coming singers, musicians, lyricists and composers to the attention of the New York theater community while performing at Urban Stages Theater. WINTER RHYTHMS was the winner of the Bistro Award for Outstanding Series and the Ruth Kurtzman Benefit Series MAC Award. Proceeds from WINTER RHYTHMS benefit Urban Stages’ acclaimed Outreach Program, which brings over 200 free “arts in education” presentations to libraries and schools throughout the five boroughs.

This year’s benefit series will present 20 shows, many of them created especially for WINTER RHYTHMS, all of them with sound design by Douglas Mills and lighting design by Kim T. Sharp.  Victoria Ordin is Production Manager.  After seven years of producing and programming WINTER RHYTHMS award-winning producer/writer/director Peter Napolitano will pass the baton to Tom Toce, who has been associated with the celebrated series as a feature songwriter and producer for the past six years. Napolitano will act as a consultant during this years festivities as well as a featured songwriter.

Winter Rhythms will include a very special Patron’s Night Gala  Celebration on Monday, December 17 at 7pm with NOEL COWARD AND FRIENDS featuring Jim Dale, Jeff Harnar, Edward Hibbert, Simon Jones, Sidney Myer, Marissa Mulder, KT Sullivan and more.  Tickets are priced from $160-$500, including cocktails at 7pm, the show at 7:30pm and dinner afterwards.

Current Performance Schedule*


Producer/Director/Lyricist and former Urban Stages Director of Musical Theatre, Peter Napolitano will host a retrospective of ten years of Winter Rhythms, featuring some of his favorite moments from the award-winning series he has produced and programmed from 2011-17. More than a dozen past performers will come back to recreate their performances or in some cases, sing something entirely new, including Mark Nadler, Adam B. Shapiro, Janice Hall and many more.  Matthew Martin Ward on piano.


William V. Madison will direct and host a program celebrating his recent book, Jarmila Novotná: My Life in Song, the memoir of the great Czechoslovak soprano (1907–94). Though she worked continuously at the principal opera houses in New York, Berlin, Vienna, and Prague, she was also one of the original crossover stars, excelling in film (The Search, with Montgomery Clift) and on Broadway (Helen Goes to Troy; Sherlock Holmes, with Basil Rathbone). On radio, she sang with Bing Crosby; on TV, she clowned with Abbott and Costello, and played Tab Hunter’s mother. Her extraordinary range embraced everything from Rodgers & Hammerstein to Bill Haley and the Comets. Performers will include opera star and MAC Award-winner Janice Hall, MAC nominee Hanna Burke, and newcomers Brendan Eprile and Greg Driscoll. Novotná’s granddaughter, violinist Tatiana Daubek of the acclaimed chamber ensemble House of Time, will perform as a Special Guest Star.


The Harvard-Yale Cantata is the brainchild of new Winter Rhythms producer Tom Toce. It’s a competition of Harvard songs (written and performed by alumni) against Yale songs. The fourth annual competition was recently held at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Yale team captain (and WR Production Manager) Victoria Ordin has selected the best songs, and the best performers, from the past four shows. She will host and present a cast of singers including Sam Bolen (star of the recent off-Bway hit Midnight at the Never Get), along with Cantata veterans Megan Loughran, Nathaniel Dolquist, Mallory Baysek, and Jac Huberman, as well Cantata newcomers who just joined their respective teams this past fall, including Derek Speedy, Michael Wingate, and Elisabeth Ness.

Songwriters include graduates from four decades of both schools: John Forster, Julian Fleisher, Alan Chapman, Benji Goldsmith, Richard Maltby and David Shire, Drew Fornarola, and many more—including Cole Porter and Leonard Bernstein!


Sergei Dreznin is a Moscow-born, New York  –based Austro–Russian award winning concert pianist and composer. He has had 17 shows produced on stages in Paris, Vienna, Moscow, Madrid and New York.  Mr. Dreznin returns to Urban Stages having composed incidental music for “Roses in December” with Jim Naughton. This two-part evening will feature songs from his musical epic Catherine the Great, which has been running in Russia over ten years to sold-out houses, winning the Golden Mask – Russia’s Tony Award.  He will also be premiering several songs from his new musical in progress, Bar None, with book and lyrics by Peter Napolitano. Performers will include Brie Cassil and Adam B. Shapiro.


This international evening of artists continues with Abou Diarrassouba (Abou Lion Diarra) hails from the Ivory Coast.  He founded and was musical director for the powerhouse Black Warriors band premiering in NYC then touring 40 Cities.  He recently returned from 8 months playing jazz in Behrain. He is internationally known for his artistry. Abou brought his talents and drums on our stage last spring to add the sounds of Africa in the play Dogs of Rwanda by Sean Lewis. He is internationally known for his musical artistry.   He returns with his band that frequently plays at the noted Jazz club in Harlem, Paris Blues.   The 69th Street Band will be playing Jazz and Blues.


The New York Songwriters Alliance was founded by Tom Toce in 2016. The Alliance is a group of professional songwriters who meet twice a month to share songs, success stories, industry opportunities, and creative energy. This show, hosted by MAC board member Jennie Litt, will include songs by Alliance members Michael Colby, John Forster, Ned Ginsberg, Bobbie Horowitz, Randy Klein, Jennie Litt, Peter Napolitano, Paul Rolnick, Alex Rybeck, Steve Sieck, Tracy Stark, and Tom Toce. Their songs will be showcased by some of the best vocal talent in NY cabaret.


An evening about the life and art of Johnny Mercer as told by Alberta Hunter.  The show is written by Calvin Alexander Ramsey, who has had plays read at Urban Stages.  Several of his plays are touring the USA.  C. Kelly Wright, a powerful singer and actress, is playing Alberta Hunter.  Miss Wright has performed in Off Broadway musicals, plays, televisions, films in the US and Internationally.  Miss Kelly is a regular at Urban Stages, starring in Langston in Harlem and just completing six roles in our Retrospective Reading Series at Urban Stages.Joining her will be Terry Burrus, who is known for performing as a leader in various groups around the world including “Golden Opera Voices”, “Jazz Commissioners,” “Terry Burrus Dance Floor”  and many more. He is also a music director, conductor, composer, producer and an artist with a string of solo albums and a new one coming out soon. In addition, Vincent Scott, performer, director, educator and Urban Stages’ school coordinator, will complete the evening.


Sally Darling is a 2016 MAC Hanson Award winner, a 2017 Bistro Award winner and a multiple MAC Award nominee. Along with Music Director Matthew Martin Ward at the piano, she brings her latest cabaret show, Sally Darling Sings Beatrice Lillie, to Winter Rhythms. According to Darling, “The show is about the songs she’s done, with one she WOULD have done––brilliantly. She was called ‘the funniest woman in the world,’ and Noël Coward said she was ‘one of the greatest stars of light entertainment the world has ever known.’ Lillie entertained on radio and in television as well as theaters, movie houses, vaudeville palaces and supper clubs in her 50-year career.



Urban Stages Benefit evening of Noel Cowards songs, verse and stories devised and narrated by Barry Day and Friends.   Eric Comstock on piano with Jim Dale, Jim Naughton, Jeff Harnar, Edward Hibbert, Simon Jones, Sidney Myer, Marissa Mulder,KT Sullivan.  Songs include:  Something Very Strange, I’ll Follow My Secret Heart, Something to Do with Spring, If Love Were All, Bronxville Darby and Joan.  The show includes Coward voice in verse of “Mad Dogs and Englishman.” Other verse selections will be read by Mr. Dale, Mr. Naughton, Mr. Jones, and other members of the Cast.  A video will be shown of Christopher Plummer, Winston Churchill, Christine Ebersole,Margaret Leighton and others performing Coward. The benefit evening will include, cocktails, show and dinner at local restaurant.  Tickets are $500, $300, $200, $160 obtained on Urban Stages


Matsuki Productions & Urban Stages presents Winter Rhythms’ The People You Should Know. As a producer, reviewer and writer, Sue Matsuki is presenting some of the most impressive people she has met over the past few years. Some are recent contest winners (MetroStar and Mama’s Next BIG Act) and some are people she has met at Open Mics or in class. All of them are people she wants you all to know! This amazing cast includes: Emily Ellet, Carlos Knauth, Mary Lahti, Katie McGrath, Lynda Rodolitz and Zac Wobensmith with the wonderful Tracy Stark as our Musical Director.


Matsuki Productions & Urban Stages presents Winter Rhythms’ The Art of Cabaret. This very interesting concept is a show where the singer chooses a work of art which inspired the song that they will be performing. It is an ALL-STAR cast of some of the most recognizable names in Broadway and some of the most award-winning Cabaret singers working today! The cast includes: Ari Axelrod, Erin Coronican, Tom Gamblin, Karen Mack, Stearns Matthews, Doreen Montalvo (In the Heights/On Your Feet), Carly Olivia, Phyllis Pastore, Gretchen Reinhagen, Sarah Rice (Sweeney Todd/The Fantasticks), David Sabella (Chicago), Marcus Simeone and Deborah Stone with the wonderful Tracy Stark as our Musical Director.


Known for her humor and her generosity, Christine Lavin is a favorite among fans and other performers in the contemporary folk music world. Christine comes to Winter Rhythms with her guitar, her beautiful voice, her witty and tender songs, some artful videos to accompany her songs, and quite possibly her baton-twirling and her knitting! All Christine Lavin concerts are Christine Lavin and Friends, because even when she has no musical guests, she makes her audience feel like friends. Produced by Tom Toce.


Two young and gifted performers will grace the stage with their contrasting styles in a playful and entertaining cabaret show. Brendan comes from the Dear Evan Hansen style of contemporary musical theater, while Greg fuses Broadway stylings with jazz and gospel. Somehow they make it work, on stage and in life. The show includes Broadway and pop numbers, as well as original material. Directed by William Madison and produced by Elise Goyette.


After hit engagements at the Met Room, the Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama, and the Friars Club earned her a MAC Award nomination, Hanna Burke reprises — for the first time in more than a year — her tribute to the Tony-winning, Oscar-nominated actress Madeline Kahn. Cabaret Scenes praised Hanna’s use of songs and stories “to illuminate the short—but brilliant—life and career of this extravagantly funny lady who never truly, deeply understood ‘Why is everyone laughing?’” At Winter Rhythms, Hanna will be joined by music director Jeff Cubeta and guest performers Rachael Joyce, Adrian Rifat, and Will Anderson. Produced by Kahn’s biographer, William V. Madison, in association with Elise Goyette.


There are so many exciting voices in musical theater beyond those you can hear on Broadway. The hard part is selecting only five. But we did it, and you’ll love these wonderful theater songwriters whose work has not (yet) hit Broadway: Cynthia Meng, Janet Noh, Kim Oler, Zak Sandler, and Michael Wysong. Tom Toce will host this tuneful and ear-opening evening.


Cabaret War Horse, Ricky Ritzel presents the Best Of edition of the Award Winning Ricky Ritzel’s BROADWAY, which won a MAC Award in 2016 as Best Recurring Series.   Fashioned after Sylvia Fine Kaye’s Musical Comedy Tonight PBS programs from the 70’s, each show highlights songs and stories from 2 or 3 Broadway musicals with a star-studded revolving cast. Ricky, last seen on Broadway hailing a cab, will give wry commentary as well as accompanying on the piano. The cast is likely to include Sally Darling, Bob Diamond, Barbara Malley, Aaron Morishita, Sidney Myer, Jay Rogers, Lauren Turner, and Kristine Zbornick.


Composer-lyricist Matt Corriel and librettist Erica Lipez revitalize an old favorite, bringing Scrooge and his world to life with fun songs and good cheer!  Matt will lead a concert version of the musical, with a cast that includes Jennifer Brown, Jojo Karlin, Sam Perwin, and Isabel Santiago.  A Christmas Carol is available for licensing through Dramatic Publishing Company


Award-winning songwriters Beth Falcone and Ritt Henn come back as newlyweds to celebrate their third appearance in Winter Rhythms with their annual holiday show. Beth and Ritt perform original and originally-arranged tunes to see you safely through the season. Beth’s “catchy melodies and smart lyrics” (Variety) and Ritt’s “funkier Cole Porter” songs (LA Weekly) soar with her “fiery piano playing” (Chicago Sun Times) and his “cool cat” bass (Time Out NY). With special guests to be announced, it’s high quality duct tape and organic beef jerky for the soul!

SATURDAY, DECEMBER. 22 at 5pm: SONGS OF HOPE  (Closing Night)

Do we ever not need songs of hope? At this time of year, and at this point in history, we especially need them. Tom Toce will produce the closing nights’ program, featuring some of the best cabaret singers in New York, each performing a hopeful song. If this concert doesn’t provide uplift, nothing will! There will be performances by Douglas J. Cohen, Ann Kittredge, Eric Michael Gillett, Sidney Myer, and more!

*Artists, programming and schedule subject to change.

WINTER RHYTHMS 2018: Urban Stages – 259 West 30 Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, December 12 – 22, 2018

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:


The Glorious Corner



G.H. Harding

MAHER’S APPRENTICE— (Via Deadline) Bill Maher stumped tonight on Real Time for the U.S. release of The Apprentice, the Cannes Competition title starring Sebastian Stan as Donald Trump and Emmy-winner Jeremy Strong as Trump’s onetime firebrand lawyer, Roy Cohn.

“It looks great,” said Maher before observing, “This is Trump’s origin story under the tutelage of Roy Cohn.”

The Real Time host continued, “It’s being released in Japan, Canada, the U.K., Germany, [but] no one here will touch it. It bothers me so much.”

Industry watchers were expectant the film would get a U.S. deal soon after its Cannes launch. Some assumed a streamer would be the most logical fit. However, in an election year, threats of legal action from Trump’s team (the film includes a controversial scene in which the Trump character rapes his former wife Ivana) and a report of one disgruntled financier, didn’t help progress towards a swift domestic pact.

The state of play earlier this month was that multiple parties remained interested in the film domestically, and there was confidence a deal will get done, probably this month.

Maher didn’t sound so sure, and he was not happy.

 “This is MY industry, you f*cking p*ssies,” he said, before commanding, “Find a way to release this movie.”

Maher then went on to explain how he says Trump works to get his way across the board.

“First he intimidates the congresspeople…then he intimidates juries, and now he’s intimidating THIS town? Oy.”

Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a guest on the show, replied, “He is very good at manipulation, at leverage, at the use of power.”

Cuomo continued: “Look at what happened with Fox and the Dominion lawsuit. Fox paid $800 million to the Dominion Voting [machine] company because they lied about the election and they knew they were lying. Why were they lying? Because the Trump people left Fox when they [Fox] said, ‘You lost the election.’ That’s his power: He’s got the dog whistle to his cult.”

Maher then summarized by waxing patriotic: “I’m an American and I want to see the movies that I want!”

I’m not a huge fan of Maher – he fired his agency for not getting invited to an Oscar-party- but he was the first one to get Daryl Hall to profess that he and then-partner John Oates, had a business relationship, not a partisanship. Then all the crap happened dissolving Hall & Oates – which still is a tragedy.

He definitely feels way-entitled … but his show does have its interesting moments. Think of an Andy Cohen-light.

Kelly Clarkson

SHORT TAKES — I happened to catch 2 episodes of Kelly Clarkson’s NBC-afternoon talk fest. Besides reading a tad to near her cue cards, she comes off nowhere as professional as Kelly Ripa or Katie Couric. Doing TV is the next step after making records, so she’s probably upped her income substantially, but she should stick to making records. She looks fabulous, but I was not impressed … Too bad about Justin Timberlake; having lived out there for years, extra-caution should always be applied. I understand the copy who arrested him was too young to even know who he was. Now that’s ironic …

Just saw a feature of NYC’s Virgin Hotel in NOMAD featured on NBC’s First Lookwith the always delightful Sara Gore. They showed the pool, the bar, the restaurant, but not the rooms. Weird, right? Don’t they want people booking rooms there? … Check out this terrific interview (Art Net) with art-maven (and maverick video-director) Ed Steinberg: … I like Kevin Costner; I always have …

His No Way Out is a major favorite, but as he promoted tirelessly his Horizon epic these last few weeks, he was quoted as saying he’d go back to Yellowstone if asked. Well, the show’s next season as been shot and yesterday Costner said he wouldn’t be going back at all. In a way, this sounds like the Jon Bon Jovi story all over again – will he or won’t he? I loved Yellowstone and loved it with Costner. A shame as it revived his career in a big way. I will see Horizon when it opens next week. Stay tuned …

Paul Giamatti and Robert Funaro

Here’s a great shot of our faves Robert Funaro and Paul Giamatti …

Caught a pretty good movie on Hulu this week, To Catch A Killer with Ben Mendelsohn and Shailene Woodely … New Coldplay album Moon Music (October) featuring the single “feelslikeimfallinginlove.” Check it out here: … That long-in-the-works autobiography from old-pirate Dave Masom has new release date: September 10. Seems to be it was to be released almost 2 years ago. Wonder if they’ve updated it …

Donald Sutherland was one of my favorite actors … ever. His performance in Oliver Stone’s JFK was utterly brilliant; as was his roles in MASH; Klute; and Ordinary People. Just a brilliant actor. Rest In Peace … 

Paul McCartney

HAPPY BDAY Paul McCartney and Carson Daly.

ENDQUOTE —From Deadline on Justin Timerberlake’s mug-shot: He should use that picture as an album cover. It actually is a really good picture. Name the album, Trouble Man. And make that remake of Marvin Gaye.

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Ed Steinberg; Zach Martin; Scott Shannon; Naples Stamp; Mark Bego; David Geffen; Larry Elllison; Megan Ellison; Nancy Jeffries; Howard Bloom; Mark Adelman; Jared Leto; Tony Seidel; Toby Mamis; Arthur Levy; Danny Fields; Brad Balfour; Jane Blunkell; Sara Gore; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Pete Sanders; Freda Payne; and SADIE!

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Randy Edelman At Chelsea Table & Stage On a Dark And Stormy Night



I have seen Randy Edelman several times at Chelsea Table & Stage, but this time it was a new Edelman, with a sharp haircut and a stylish look. He was more engaging and his playing exquisite.  This prolific composer has scored over 100 film scores and TV musical themes including excerpts from “My Cousin Vinny”, “While You Were Sleeping”, “The Bruce Lee Story”, “Gettysburg”, “Twins”, “Dragonheart”, “Billy Madison”, the theme from “MacGyver”, “Last of the Mohicans”, and other recognizable themes.

See his first set here.

The audience was well sold despite the horrible weather, but not exactly the best behaved. There was a woman behind me and her friends that were the rudest humans I have ever met. At one point they stood up to take selfies in the middle of the concert. Ironically this woman wanted me to interview her.

Randy’s enchanted the audience with his well known “A Weekend in New England” recorded by Barry Manilow, “You” recorded by The Carpenters and so many more recorded by Olivia Newton-John, Willy Nelson, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Bing Crosby, Dionne Warwick, and other musical stars.

Randy’s comedic sharing of tales with the audience added an intimacy. His heart and soul show through his music but it his conversational style that puts the audience at ease.

Make sure to catch Randy at Carnegie Hall this December.

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Gary Springer, Sara Johnson Kaplan, Suzanna Bowling

Lorraine Silvetz, Sara Johnson Kaplan, Taty (Tatiana), Gary Springer, Quinn Lemley, Suzanna Bowling, Errol Rappaport

Flora and Liza Pllumaj, Lorraine Silvetz, David Sexta and Elieen Shapiro





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Boomerang at Bryant Park Movie Nights Presented by Paramount+



On Monday June 24 watch the star studded 90’s romcom: Boomerang. Join hundreds of New Yorkers at 8PM to revisit and enjoy this stylish and nostalgic NYC film classic, and follow the love triangle of the charming Marcus Graham (Eddie Murphy), Jacqueline (Robin Givens)  and Angela (Halle Berry) under the starry open skies of NYC.

This heartwarming feature film is great for a summer date night and will be sure to leave you laughing and smiling. So, bring a cozy blanket, some snacks and hit up the Hester Street Fair for some local food and drinks to enjoy! Hester Street Fair is now bringing the city’s best vendors to the Fountain Terrace each week, from 4pm-8:30pm, to make your Movie Nights picnic the most delicious it can be . Starting at 5pm, stop by our bar tent at the back of the lawn for summer-ready drinks, featuring special offerings from Stout NYC.

Forgot a blanket? Stop by the Bryant Park Shop for a cute blanket, apparel, games, our apiary honey, and more!

For more information on Paramount+ Movie Nights at Bryant Park and all of the free programming at Bryant Park this summer, visit

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Josh Groban Hosts The 2024 Jimmy Awards



The Broadway League Foundation is pleased to announce the team of theatre professionals and industry experts who will serve as coaches and judges during the 15th annual Jimmy Awards®. Several Broadway stars will also make special guest appearances as presenters throughout the evening. Acclaimed EMMY®, two-time TONY®, and five-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer, songwriter, actor, and philanthropist Josh Groban will host the ceremony taking place on Monday, June 24th at the Minskoff Theatre.

Live Streaming Will Be Available on YouTube and Facebook Starting at 7:30pm Eastern JIMMYAWARDS.COM 

The 15th annual Jimmy Awards welcomes 12 coaches who will mentor the 102 high school students from across America who have come to New York City for a chance to win the Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress. The coaches include: English Bernhardt, Janet Dacal, Colin Hanlon, MaryAnn Hu, Leonard Joseph, Adam Kantor, Telly Leung, Adam J. Levy, Desi Oakley, Eliseo Román, Steven Telsey, and EJ Zimmerman.

The panel of judges for the 2024 Jimmy Awards is comprised of notable theatre professionals including Tony Award®-winning producers, award-winning casting experts, and industry leaders.Winners and finalists will be selected by Montego Glover, Kenny Leon, Joe Machota, Marc Platt, T. Oliver Reid, Tara Rubin, Nick Scandalios, Bernard Telsey, and Lia Vollack. This year, special guest judges include James Monroe Iglehart, Alan Menken, and Thomas Schumacher. Preliminary judges who evaluated and cast the nominees in the Character and Feature Groups included Gabriel Barre, Kristian Charbonier, Stephanie Klapper, Sammy Lopez, Kevin Metzger-Timson, and Dale Mott.

Throughout the evening, Victoria Clark, Justin Cooley, Andrew Barth Feldman, and Ayana Jackson will be special guest presenters introducing various awards, musical numbers, and tributes. 

The 2024 Jimmy Awards will stream for free online beginning at 7:30pm (Eastern) on Monday, June 24th via the Jimmy Awards Facebook and YouTube channels. The ceremony will remain available online for three days afterwards, through Thursday evening, June 27th. WABC’s Live Intermission Show will also stream live from the theatre and include exclusive interviews.

American Sign Language interpretation will be provided during the Jimmy Awards. For those interested in ASL interpretation, you can watch a live interpreter via an alternate YouTube stream. Live closed captions will be available through the “CC” feature on the primary YouTube stream. Additionally, closed captions will be available via an alternate link which will be a pinned comment. Accessibility services secured by Invest in Access.

Apples and Oranges Arts is the streaming and video production partner of the Jimmy Awards. The official media partner of the Jimmy Awards is WABC-TV.

The National High School Musical Theatre Awards®, better known as the Jimmy Awards®, is a coast-to-coast celebration of outstanding student achievement, recognizing individual talent in vocal, dance, and acting performance. The program impacts approximately 130,000 students who participate in regional high school musical theatre competitions sponsored by presenters of Touring Broadway productions throughout the United States. The 2024 Jimmy Awards anticipates welcoming more than 100 nominees from over 50 cities across the country as they make their debuts on a Broadway stage. During this exhilarating talent showcase, a panel of judges will select two students to receive the coveted awards of Best Performance by an Actor and Best Performance by an Actress. Named for Broadway impresario James M. Nederlander, the Jimmy Awards has been the catalyst for more than $6,000,000 in educational scholarships.

Founded in 2009 by Nederlander Alliances LLC, Pittsburgh CLO, and Broadway Education Alliance (BEA), the mission of the NHSMTA is to raise the profile of musical theatre in schools, honor dedicated teachers, and inspire the next generation of performers and enthusiasts. Numerous participants have already been cast in Broadway, Touring, and West End productions. As of this spring, 67 Jimmys alumni have performed on Broadway or on Tour.
Presented by The Broadway League Foundation Inc., the NHSMTA invites two nominees from each local regional ceremony to New York City for a 10-day theatre intensive that includes coaching sessions, training, and rehearsals led by some of Broadway’s most accomplished professionals. All their combined efforts will lead to one extraordinary talent showcase performed live in front of an audience on a Broadway stage. For more information, please visit

The Broadway League conducts the program through The Broadway League Foundation Inc., its philanthropic division. Part of the Foundation’s mission is to enlighten and increase the public’s knowledge, appreciation, and awareness of the theatrical arts, and since its founding in 1993, has supported several projects to help preserve Broadway’s heritage and introduce new audiences to Broadway theatre. The Foundation is a corporation organized under the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law of the State of New York, the purposes of which are exclusively charitable as defined in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Donations to support the program can be made at

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Can First Graders Mount a Broadway Musical And Raise Money for Charity?  Yes, They Can For Marin Mazzie



New York City’s Midtown West School/PS 212’s First Grade Theatre Study program continues their tradition of creativity, collaboration, and philanthropy, this year benefiting the Cancer Support Community in memory of Tony winner and American Theater Hall of Fame inductee Marin Mazzie.

This astonishing group of first graders from Midtown West School/PS 212 and their teachers Bryan Andes and Rowena Hurst who, this year, produced an original musical version of The Little Mermaid with a score made up of Flaherty/Ahrens songs while raising funds to honor the memory of beloved Broadway legend Marin Mazzie, who died of ovarian cancer in 2018.

Developed by Andes in 2005, the First Grade Theatre Study (the Study) was created as a way to help students develop a deeper understanding of how people work together to create theater. Using a social studies lens, the two-year program looks at the entire process of how a show comes together – from the creation of a script to the running of a live musical, and every step in between.

The Study begins in kindergarten with an immersive study of fairy tales. Students learn about tales from around the world and how different cultures retell these stories in distinctive ways. Then, beginning in first grade, students engage in the research process. They meet with directors, designers, stagehands, front-of-house workers, wardrobe workers, advertising executives, and actors to gather information about each theater job.

In the winter, the students start writing an original fairy tale script, curating a score, designing advertisements and playbill covers, and deciding which job they will carry out for the production. The students go on to build set models, design costumes, sell tickets, choreograph dances, rehearse their lines, and more.

“Given our location near the heart of the theater district, the Study is also about connecting our school community with the theater community,” Andes said. “Since so many members of the theater community, across all areas of the profession, donate their time to visit our school or host us at the theater to teach us about their jobs, fundraising for a charity with links to Broadway is our way of giving back and saying thank you.”

The beneficiary for the 2024 production is the Cancer Support Community (CSC), a global nonprofit that uplifts and strengthens people impacted by cancer by providing support, fostering compassionate communities, and breaking down barriers to care. CSC’s services and resources are available at nearly 200 Cancer Support Community, Gilda’s Club, and healthcare partner locations as well as online and over the phone. Mazzie was a fierce supporter of CSC and actively advanced its mission to support people living with cancer and their loved ones. Her husband, Broadway star Jason Danieley, continues to be a champion for CSC and a resolute advocate for cancer patients and caregivers.

Members of CSC’s senior leadership, including Karen Costello, MSS, LSW, OSW-C, a licensed social worker and the Senior Director of CSC’s Cancer Support Helpline, spoke to the students this spring about the organization’s mission, answered their questions about cancer, shared how Mazzie advocated for patients, and told them how their fundraising will help people, including children, impacted by or coping with a cancer diagnosis.

Giving back is an important component of the First Grade Theatre Study program, with prior beneficiaries including The Actor’s Fund, Broadway Barks, BCEFA (Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS), and Covenant House. This year, in addition to raising money through ticket sales, the students are creating a vertical garden of sunflowers, Mazzie’s favorite flower. Handmade by the students, the 400 flowers, priced at $5 each, have already sold out. Their generosity and creativity do not end there. The students are also writing positive messages that will be placed in an affirmation jar to encourage patients, caregivers, and other participants at CSC’s nearby network partner, Cancer Support Community Greater New York and Connecticut.

On June 25, the first graders will present their original musical in a special afternoon event that includes both a museum and film documenting the journey and the live performance (complete with an 13-piece orchestra made up of Local 802 musicians, parent volunteers, and teachers).

“We are simply overwhelmed by the effort and generosity of this group of children,” CSC CEO Sally Werner commented. “The creativity, attention to detail, and curiosity they have shown in putting together this musical and fundraiser are outstanding. They are fortunate to have Bryan Andes and Rowena Hurst as their teachers whose dedication to creating a positive, life-changing experience and commitment to “paying it forward” by including a philanthropic and service component are stellar. We are honored to have been selected as their 2024 beneficiary.”

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The Cancer Support Community is a global nonprofit that uplifts and strengthens people impacted by cancer. We are dedicated to fostering a community where people find connection, compassion, and knowledge. We provide professionally led support and navigation services, along with social connections and award-winning education — when, where, and how impacted individuals prefer throughout their cancer experience. These resources are available at nearly 200 Cancer Support Community, Gilda’s Club, and healthcare partner locations as well as online and over the phone — all at no cost. We amplify the voices of those impacted by cancer through research and advocacy and create solutions that break down barriers to care and close the healthcare gap for communities whose members are disproportionately affected by cancer.

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