Mark Stuart, founder of Mark Stuart Dance Theatre, along with Jeff Eckstein, announced today that When Change Comes: A Movement Forward, formerly called Standard Time, will welcome special Broadway guest stars for performances on September 7 and 8 at Madison Theatre at Molloy College (1000 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre, NY). Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes (Bandstand, Cinderella), and Dan DeLuca (Newsies national tour) will join the company on Friday, September 7, while Adam Kaplan (A Bronx Tale, Newsies) performs on Saturday, September 8.
When Change Comes is a powerful dance musical that asks one question: Can the act of “seeing” each other without judgment or fear break the cycle of intolerance? Featuring a cast of world-renowned dancers, singers, and musicians, When Change Comes transports audiences through a century of music, movement, and human connection in the shadow of our nation’s most defining moments. Using Mark Stuart Dance Theatre’s explosive brand of storytelling, When Change Comes follows three love stories set against the backdrops of the Great Depression, the Civil Rights Movement, and the LGBTQIA+ Rights Movement. Danced to hit standards from the 1930’s, 1960’s, and the 2000’s, the show features 7 dancers, 3 vocalists and a 5-piece band.
“Not only am I inspired by Mark Stuart and Jaime Verazin as my friends and as humans, but I’m challenged by the art they’re creating and this impactful story they are telling,” said Osnes. “When dance and music and purpose align, it creates a powerful, life-changing experience for any audience, and I believe When Change Comes does exactly that.”
When Change Comes aims to inspire and empower audiences to create positive change in their communities. The show’s format includes post-performance discussions that focus on committing small everyday acts of kindness, learning to truly “see” each other, and building empathetic dialogue about equality and tolerance. The tag line, A Movement Forward, exists as a challenge: Can we all turn seemingly small acts of kindness into a tidal wave of positive change?
Tickets for September 7 and 8 at Madison Theater are $35-45, with student tickets priced at $10, and available by visiting.