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Meet The Former and Present Residents of Manhattan Plaza: Nicholas Viselli and Ann Marie Morelli



Nicholas Viselli is the Artistic Director of Theater Breaking Through Barriers, New York City’s only Off-Broadway theater company dedicated to advancing the work of professional artists with disabilities. He joined TBTB in 1997 and has performed in over 30 TBTB productions, as well as directed and helped out every way he could for the past 23 years. He has attended nine International Theater Festivals for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Zagreb, Croatia as an actor, producer, director and key coordinator for the company during their festival appearances in 2009, 2011, 2015 and 2019. He orchestrated, developed, produced and directed three special performances by TBTB, commissioned for the United Nations to commemorate the International Day of Disaster Risk Reduction and The International Day of People With Disabilities. In 2019, he organized and coordinated TBTB’s appearance at the United Nations’ Department of Disaster Risk Reduction’s Global Platform in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2014, he produced and coordinated TBTB’s 1st visit to Japan, when the company was invited to attend both the BIRD International Theatre Festival and Japan’s National Festival for People With Disabilities. In 2017 and 2018, Nick orchestrated two subsequent tours to Japan, performing in several major Japanese cities during each visit. He is currently coordinating TBTB’s 2021 International tours to Croatia, Uganda and Japan (during the rescheduled 2021 summer Olympic/Paralympic games).

Nick Viselli

Nick studied at the Royal National Theater in London with Richard Eyre, Patsy Rodenberg, Stephen Daldry, Simon McBurney, Stephen Warbeck and Sir Ian McKellan and is a graduate of Hofstra University.  

Ann Marie Morelli

Ann Marie Morelli has been a core company member of Theater Breaking Through Barriers since 1997. She has been part of many TBTB productions contributing in various roles. She has served as an Actor, Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager, support staff and House Manager. She currently serves as TBTB’s Apprenticeship Program Director, overseeing operations of TBTB’s new program to train disabled arts professionals skills in theater management. She has represented TBTB at the International Blind In Theatre Festival in Zagreb, Croatia 5 times, where she has performed for international audiences. She has also toured to Japan and has performed multiple times for the United Nations both here in New York and in Geneva, Switzerland. She studied abroad at the Royal National Theatre of London, and is married to Nicholas Viselli.

 Inspection of our first MP apartment before renovation
Moving day with family and friends Ann Marie, Michael Neff, Nick and his mom Rose Mazzarella

T2C: How did you first hear about Manhattan Plaza and when did you move in?

Nick Viselli:   I actually heard about Manhattan Plaza before I even moved to New York City in 1988 from an actor friend. He urged me to try to get on their waiting list. Once I arrived, I discovered that the waiting list was closed and I had to wait until it opened again before I could even apply.  Ann Marie moved to New York in 1992 and we lived together in a 2nd floor walk-up studio apartment on 10th Avenue between 34th and 35th Street. It wasn’t until 2003 that we were able to get on Manhattan Plaza’s waiting list.  Fortunately, we drew a low number in the waiting list lottery and were able to move in three years later in 2006.

Ann Marie: Actually, Manhattan Plaza saved our lives.  I was officially diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1995. I was still walking at the time, but it was becoming increasingly difficult for me. By 2003, I was having a great deal of difficulty climbing the stairs to our apartment and it became clear that we needed to move. We couldn’t find an affordable apartment with elevator access in Manhattan. If we were forced to move outside of the city, the commute would have made it virtually impossible for me. We were at the tipping point where we needed to decide whether or not to abandon our careers and leave New York, when the Manhattan Plaza waiting list opened and we were able to apply.  The three years between when we applied and actually moved in were challenging, but it was worth the wait!  If it wasn’t for Manhattan Plaza, we probably would have left New York years ago.

Nick Viselli has a nasty vehicular accident. Photo Carol Rosegg

T2C: You are both people who have broken barriers and dealt with disabilities. How has Manhattan Plaza addressed those issues and what has it helped you to accomplish?

Nick Viselli:  Moving into Manhattan Plaza was a game-changer for us and it truly saved our lives. For the first time since moving to Manhattan, we were living in a safe, centrally located and fully accessible building. But the best part was the fact that we were now living among an incredible community of friends, colleagues and fellow artists. We already knew a lot of friends and colleagues who were living at Manhattan Plaza, but now they were our neighbors! There’s truly nothing better than living in a community, where there are common interests and everyone cares and supports each other. I feel that living in this incredible community inspires us and feeds our creativity.  Pursuing a career in the arts is tricky proposition. While the pursuit drives us, we usually need to make many sacrifices and are forced to take side jobs to stay afloat. When you live in a great place surrounded by an incredible community of people who are all doing what you are doing, it fuels you and keeps you from falling into a trap of despair. Living at Manhattan Plaza, I knew that Ann Marie was safe and could get around by herself. We are close to everything. Most auditions and performances are within walking distance and everything we need — banks, grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies — are all less than one block away! Living here has given us an incredible peace-of-mind and has enabled us to pursue our careers with confidence and without fear.  If it wasn’t for MP, our lives would be radically different today.

Ann Marie: From the first day we moved here, Manhattan Plaza went out of its way to make our apartment fully accessible for me. We lived in a one-bedroom apartment in the West tower. It was wonderful, but it wasn’t ideal for a wheelchair user. They encouraged us to apply for a larger one-bedroom, but they modified the apartment, adding grab bars, adjusting the saddle in the doorway, etc. Less than two years later, they offered us larger apartment in the East tower, which made a huge difference. The kitchen was now fully accessible and I could navigate the apartment in a wheelchair without a lot of sharp corners.

Ann Marie on the terrace

Once again they modified the apartment, even adding a wooden deck onto our terrace so it would be level with our apartment floor and I could roll out without any difficulty. The building itself is fully accessible and I can navigate pretty much anywhere without assistance. I am so lucky to call Manhattan Plaza my home!

T2C: Who have you make friends with in the building and have those relationships lasted?

Nick Viselli:  We were fortunate to have formed many great friendships with Manhattan Plaza residents long before moving here.  Some of our earliest friends were actors. Jerry Lee, Adam Michener, Stage Manager, Michael Biondi, who we met through our work with Theater Breaking Through Barriers. In 1989-1990, I had worked on a Yiddish Musical Revue with actors, Bruce Adler and Joanne Borts, years before moving here. I met Sal Biagini while working one season for Mattel during the New York City Toy Fair and I booked that job through Casting Director, Lesley Collis, another MP resident. I had studied in London with actor, Paul Hamilton long before I actually met and became friends with his wife, Anita Hollander, and I had met choreographer, Heidi Latsky, years before becoming her neighbor. Once we became residents, our circle of friendships truly flourished.  I think a lot of this community’s spirit is truly generated by the staff. When we first moved in, we became friends with former MP Director, Richard Hunnings, former Application Coordinator, Susan Bernstein, Paulette Woodside, and former Rodney Kirk Center Coordinator, Jim Kelly.  Their warmth set the tone, made us feel welcome and helped us to settle in.

Ann Marie:  The community at MP is truly unique. It’s very warm and welcoming and it’s very easy to become enmeshed here. Everyone is so friendly. There are many residents that we don’t know by name, but because we see each other in passing, we’ve become friendly and often stop to chat. The best part is that the community continues to grow. Several of our friends who were on the MP waiting list have now become residents and are currently living here, including Actor/Musical Director, Ben Rauch, Dancer/Choreographer, Satoshi Haga and his wife, Rie Fukuzawa and Actor/Director, Tonya Pinkins. The performing arts community in New York City is actually quite connected and the longer you work in it, the more you discover how close we all are. This becomes magnified at MP, since so many of its residents work in the arts. Last season, TBTB presented the world premiere Bekah Brunstetter’s new play,  Public Servant. We cast actor, Chris Henry Coffey, as the male lead and it was only after he started working with us when we realized that he was our neighbor and lived one floor above us with his wife, Jennifer Mudge.

Ann Marie Morelli

T2C: What shows did you do while living in the building?

Nick Viselli: Since becoming a resident, I have performed in over 18 TBTB productions, including:  Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Cocktail Hour, The Rules of Charity, A Nervous Smile, Bass For Picasso, Agatha Christie’s The Unexpected Guest and The Fourth Wall. I’ve also directed several productions for TBTB and coordinated several international tours to Europe and Asia. In 2015, following the passing of TBTB’s founding Artistic Director, Ike Schambelan, I became TBTB’s Artistic Director and have been working to build on our company’s success ever since.  

TBTB performing at the United Nations in Geneva Switzerland (L to R):  Pamela Sabaugh,
Anita Hollander, Xen Theo, Ann Marie Morelli, Nicholas Viselli, Jerrod Bogard

Ann Marie:  Like Nick, I had been a core company member of TBTB since 1997, so we were very lucky to have established roots with a company that had been around almost as long as Manhattan Plaza (TBTB was founded as Theater By The Blind in 1979). Our first production with TBTB was in 1999:  Maxim Gorky’s Vassa Zheleznova, which performed at the old Becket Theatre on Theatre Row. As my disability progressed and I became a full time wheelchair user, I started doing more stage management work for the company.  In 2007, I was cast to play Hermia/Titania in TBTB’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This was the first time an actor in a wheelchair had appeared on an Off-Broadway stage. The significance of this was underscored by the fact that, at the time, TBTB was known for working primarily with blind/low vision artists. In 2008, TBTB decided to expand its mission to include artists with all forms of disability and the company changed its name from Theater By The Blind to Theater Breaking Through Barriers (maintaining the TBTB acronym, by which we are still known today).  

I Dare You by Neil La Bute Ann Marie Morelli & Samantha Debicki Photo Carol Rosegg

T2C: What has been the biggest changes to the neighborhood and your business?

Nick Viselli:  I remember when I first moved to New York in 1988, Ninth Avenue was still pretty dicey, though not nearly as rough as it was in the late ’70’s, early ’80’s.  There were a lot of small restaurants and family owned businesses when we moved here, but the neighborhood really started to transition in the 90’s and by the time we moved to MP in 2006 the neighborhood was at the peak of its renaissance. Ninth Avenue was a haven for small, affordable restaurants featuring all types of cuisine. A lot of small boutiques and coffee shops started popping up and the neighborhood truly flourished. Today, the west side of Manhattan is experiencing a tremendous development explosion with real estate prices skyrocketing. Many of the smaller shops and restaurants that made our neighborhood so special could no longer afford the price gouging that landlords were inflicting upon them.  As a result, the neighborhood has taken on a more generic feel as chain businesses (that can afford the higher rents) move in. Through all of the neighborhoods changes, Manhattan Plaza remains a pivotal cornerstone in this community. What makes this place so special is our desire to preserve a tight community atmosphere. Hopefully, this will never change.

Ann Marie:  When I first moved to New York City, I got a job working in guest services for The Sheraton New York on 7th Avenue. I remember telling our guests (in the early 90’s) not to wander past 8th Avenue after dark. At the time, we lived on 10th Avenue and 34th St. and while I didn’t mind the neighborhood during the day, it became very different at night.  By the mid-90’s we started to see the neighborhood change and it suddenly became a much warmer, friendlier place. We were really lucky to move into MP when the neighborhood was at its best. When we first moved here, TBTB performed on Theatre Row, but when Theatre Row closed for renovations, we performed at other venues around town. It wasn’t until 2008 when we returned to Theatre Row and we haven’t looked back since.  Like Manhattan Plaza, TBTB is an integral part of our community. It’s important for us to be centrally located because we must be accessible for all audiences. Theatre Row is a fully accessible space and happens to be right across the street from MP, so it’s truly ideal for us. We have also started producing at the new A.R.T./New York Theatres on 10th Avenue and 53rd st., so whether our shows perform on Theatre Row or at A.R.T./New York, we will always be a part of this community.

Nick Viselli Photo Carol Rosegg

T2C: How has Manhattan Plaza addressed the needs to people who are disabled?

Nick Viselli: Manhattan Plaza has truly been a godsend and is a federally subsidized facility, that must comply with all state and federal standards.  That said, the staff and management go out of their way to ensure that all disabled tenants needs are met to the best of their ability.  

Ann Marie:  New York City is probably one of the more accessible cities in our country, but that isn’t really saying much from my perspective. So many public buildings are older and cannot be retrofitted to accommodate ramps, lifts or elevators. In terms of theaters and rehearsal spaces, there are very few fully accessible venues in the city. Many theaters are accessible for audiences, but if you are a performer or Stage Manager, you cannot access backstage areas without climbing stairs or traversing narrow corridors. Manhattan Plaza was the answer to our prayers. Last year, they installed a new lift on the 2nd floor of the East tower, which allows wheelchair users to access the plaza and playground areas between the buildings. They also installed an automatic door to the Ellington Community Room so disabled residents can access it without assistance.

BTB Receiving the 2014 Sapolin Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Disabled Community of New York City  Nicholas Viselli, Pamela Sabaugh, Ann Marie Morelli, Commissioner Victor Calise and Anita Hollander

T2C: What was your greatest accomplishment thanks to living in the building?

Nick Viselli:  For me, our greatest accomplishment is the fact that we were able to remain here in New York to continue pursuing our careers as artists.  Manhattan Plaza was always the dream for us and we are SO LUCKY to be living here.  Everything we have accomplished here in New York since 2006 is directly related to our residence and community at MP.

Anne Marie: Manhattan Plaza has made my life so much easier. I am able to live autonomously here. Because I live here, I am independent and can move about freely. I don’t think we could have accomplished this lifestyle anywhere else!

BTB Receiving the 2014 Sapolin Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Disabled Community of New York City Nicholas Viselli & Mayor Bill DiBlasio

T2C: What would you change from your time living in Manhattan Plaza?

Nick Viselli: There were many friends who lived here who are no longer with us, some of whom I mentioned above I wish I could have spent more time with them and truly miss their friendship. Several of them were role models and had a huge impact on my life. I wish there was a way to speed up the waiting list process. It is a long journey, but it was definitely worth the wait!

Ann Marie:  I can’t think of anything I would change about living here. It’s incredibly difficult to have a professional career as an actor. It’s virtually impossible if you are disabled. Having a disability does not diminish the quality or integrity of the art or the artist. Because we live here we are able to grow Theater Breaking Through Barriers’ incredible legacy and continue moving it forward.  

T2C: What is your fondest memory of New York?

Nick Viselli:  There are so many memories — some fond and some, not so much — but all memorable nonetheless. I think the strongest and most significant memories I have involve some of our city’s greatest struggles and how we have banded together as a community to endure. I’m remembering our spirit following 9/11 and how this big city hung together and everyone supported each other with one enormous heart. I remember the blackout in 2003 when everything stopped.  Ann Marie and I spent the blackout with our friends, Jerry Lee and Adam Michenner at Manhattan Plaza’s solitude garden on the 2nd floor of the East tower. The Covid-19 pandemic shows how the true heart and spirit of our community is helping us to endure our most difficult trial to date. Although we are forced to isolate ourselves, remain physically distant and avoid contact, it is the pulse of our community at Manhattan Plaza that will get us through this crisis.  Manhattan Plaza is not just a building or a physical location. Manhattan Plaza is a living, breathing entity and I am so honored to be a part of it.

Ann Marie: I will never forget our many friends who are no longer with us — Michael Biondi, Jerry Lee, Adam Michenner, Bruce Adler, Susan Bernstein and Jim Kelly. But I think one of my fondest memories was the day we officially became residents at Manhattan Plaza. Every time I look at the photo on my ID card, which was taken the day we moved in, I’m reminded of how happy I was to move here. This is truly a special place and living here has shaped our futures and brought us to this moment.

Ann’s ID card from MP on the day she moved in.

T2C: What would you like us to know that we haven’t asked you?

Nick Viselli: I would like to invite everyone to visit our theater company’s website, to find out more about us and to see our work. I was asked by the Theater Communications Group (TCG) to represent the United States by drafting the address for this year’s World Theatre Day (on March 27).  The address was released and published on TCG’s website.  I’m attaching a link to the address here:

Ann Marie: TBTB was forced to cancel the remainder of our season, but it’s important for us to remain visible and to continue working.  We are the only theater working on an Off-Broadway contract that is dedicated to advancing the work of disabled artists, our work is so vital to our community. In May, we will be presenting an online workshop production of new short plays, written expressly to be performed online. TBTB’s 1st Virtual Playmakers’ Intensive, will be presented from May 18 – 23 and will be streamed live on FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE and INSTAGRAM.  If you wish to learn more about this or if you want to make a donation to TBTB, Please visit to our website (  To donate, click the yellow DONATE button at the top of the page.

The documentary Miracle on 42nd Street, is available on Amazon and will soon be available to stream. 

Watch to see if Miracle on 42nd Street, wins on the NY Emmys tonight. The virtual ceremony, begins at 7 PM. It will be streamed on and the chapter’s Facebook page, @NYEmmyAwards.

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:


Theatre News: Smash, I Need That, Good Night, Oscar, Funny Girl, This Beautiful Lady and In The Trenches: A Parenting Musical



The NBC television series Smash is coming to Broadway for the 2024-2025 season. Robert Greenblatt, Neil Meron and Steven Spielberg will produce. The musical will feature a book co-written by three-time Tony Award nominee Rick Elice and Tony winner Bob Martin. Tony and Grammy winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Some Like It Hot). The team earned three Emmy nominations for their songs from the “Smash” series will pen the score, which will feature numbers from the TV show.

Five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman (New York, New York) will direct and Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse will choreograph.

The series was created by Theresa Rebeck and Spielberg, launch the series. Spielberg is also one of the co-producers of Good Night, Oscar, which begins performances at the Belasco Theatre on April 7.

Official dates, theater, creative team and casting for the “Smash” stage musical will be announced at a later date.

Speaking of the Pulitzer Prize finalist playwright Theresa Rebeck, Danny DeVito and Lucy DeVito are set to star in her new play I Need That at the Roundabout. The new comedy will be directed by Tony nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel which will open at the American Airlines Theatre in October. The cast will also include Ray Anthony Thomas. … Also newly announced for Roundabout’s new Broadway season is a spring 2024 revival of Samm-Art Williams’ 1980 Tony-nominated play “Home.” Tony winner Kenny Leon will direct

Speaking of Good Night, Oscar, Doug Wright’s play was named finalist for 2023 new play award by The American Theatre Critics Association. The other six finalists for the 2023 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award include: Born With Teeth by Liz Duffy Adams, the ripple, the wave that carried me home by Christina Anderson, Sally & Tom by Suzan-Lori Parks, Spay by Madison Fiedler and
Swing State by Rebecca Gilman.

Paolo Montalban and Anne L. Nathan are joining Lea Michele in  Funny Girl as Florenz Ziegfield and Mrs. Strakosh. Montalban and Nathan will replace original cast members Peter Francis James and Toni DiBuono, who take their final bows on March 26th.

Elizabeth Swados’ This Beautiful Lady will play at La MaMa this May. Previews will begin May 5 for the Off-Broadway run ahead of the May 8 press opening, with performances set through May 28 in the Ellen Stewart Theatre.

In The Trenches: A Parenting Musical, with book, music, and lyrics by Graham & Kristina Fuller, will receive industry readings on Friday, March 24th at 11am & 3pm at Ripley Grier Studios. The readings will be directed by Jen Wineman (Dog Man: The Musical) and will feature music direction by Rebekah Bruce (Mean Girls) and arrangements by Dan Graeber, Graham & Kristina Fuller.

The cast of In The Trenches features Amanda Jane Cooper (Wicked), Jelani Remy (The Lion King, Ain’t Too Proud), Christine Dwyer (Wicked), Caesar Samayoa (Come From Away), Max Crumm (Grease, Disaster!), and Vidushi Goyal.Join two bleary-eyed young parents as they trudge through the trenches and discover their new post-baby identities. In an evening of new-parent greatest hits, a foul-mouthed toddler zeroes in on “the most dangerous thing in the room”, tap dancing towards bleach, knives, and tide pods; a chronically-overlooked younger sibling sings the “second child blues”; a mom trio celebrates yoga pants in an R&B love song to the “official mom uniform”; dad discovers he’s not the “ice-cream and movie-night cool parent” but rather the “do your homework real parent” amid a kiddo sugar-crash; and mom retrieves a sticky, hair-covered pacifier from the floor of a LaGuardia bathroom while her baby screams bloody murder and her flight boards without her. 

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Jason Robert Brown, Chuck Cooper, Janet Dacal, Sutton Foster, Lillias White and More To Perform at TheaterWorksUSA Spring Gala



TheaterWorksUSA, currently presenting the hit family show Dog Man The Musical at New World Stages, will host its annual Spring Gala on Monday, April 24 (cocktails begin at 6 PM) at The Current at Chelsea Piers.

100% of the net proceeds from the event will support our mission to create exceptional, transformative theatrical experiences that are accessible to young and family audiences in diverse communities across New York City and North America.

This year TWUSA will honor Lisa Chanel (TWUSA Board Chair 2019-2022), Andréa Burns  (Award-winning Broadway actress & educator), Peter Flynn (TWUSA alumnus and award-winning director, writer, and educator), and Holly McGhee (Founder and Creator of Pippin Properties, New York Times best selling author). The event will feature appearances by some of Broadway’s biggest stars, including Jason Robert Brown, Chuck Cooper, Janet Dacal, Kevin Del Aguila, Sutton Foster, Lillias White and more.

On behalf of TheaterWorksUSA’s Board of Directors, we are thrilled to celebrate the people who have generously supported our mission, making it possible for us to bring high-quality theater to young audiences of all backgrounds throughout the country. We look forward to recognizing Lisa, Andréa, Peter, and Holly publicly at this very special event. – Tracy A. Stein, Board Chair

It’s a privilege to honor these individuals for playing such an important role in the work we do. Their vision, creativity, and ongoing commitment to our mission is truly something to celebrate. They are very much a part of our TheaterworksUSA family.- Barbara Pasternack, Artistic Director

TheaterWorksUSA (Barbara Pasternack, Artistic Director; Michael Harrington, Executive Director) has led the Theater for Young and Family Audiences movement in New York City and across North America for over half a century. At TWUSA, we believe that access to art—and theater, in particular—is vital for our youth. Since 1961, the 501(c)3 not-for-profit has captured the imaginations of 100 million new and veteran theatergoers with an award-winning repertoire of over 140 original plays and musicals. Acclaimed alumni include Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (Disney’s Frozen), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent), Jerry Zaks (The Music Man), Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dear Evan Hansen), Miguel Cervantes (Hamilton), Kathleen Chalfant (Angels in America), and Chuck Cooper (Tony award-winning actor, The Life). WWW.TWUSA.ORG

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Theatre News: Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, Parade, The Shubert Organization Donates to ECF and Millennials Are Killing Musicals,



Tovah Feldshuh, Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton at Opening Night of Bob Fosse’s DANCIN’. Photo by Emilio Madrid

Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton at Bob Fosse’s DANCIN’. Photo by Bruce Glikas

The curtain was raised last night at The Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street) as Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, the American showbusiness legend’s landmark musical tribute to the artform that defined his life, opened on Broadway 45 years after the original smash-hit production premiered. The production’s direction and musical staging is by Tony Award-winner Wayne Cilento, one of the stars of the original Broadway production, and is produced in cooperation with Nicole Fosse.

Wayne Cilento and Bernadette Peters. Photo by Emilio Madrid

Chita Rivera at Opening Night of Bob Fosse’s DANCIN’. Photo by Emilio Madrid

In attendance on opening night were Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Nicole Fosse; original A Chorus Line cast members Baayork Lee, Donna McKechnie, Priscilla Lopez; Chita Rivera; Erich Bergen; Jordan E. Cooper; Tovah Feldshuh;  J. Harrison Ghee; Jane Krakowski; Adam Lambert; Ralph Macchio; Abby Lee Miller; Audra McDonald; Casey Nicholaw; Justin Peck; Tiler Peck; Bernadette Peters; Tonya Pinkins; Tony Roberts; David Rockwell; Krysta Rodriguez; Christopher Sieber; Jennifer Simard; Will Swenson and more.

A CHORUS LINE original cast members Priscilla Lopez,Donna McKechnie Baayork Lee photo by Bruce Glikas

Priscilla Lopez at Opening Night of DANCIN. Photo by Emilio Madrid

Dancin’is Fosse’s full-throated, full-bodied celebration of dancers and dancing. Utterly reimagined for the 21st century, this Dancin’brims with a level of warmth, emotion, and color seldom seen in modern interpretations of Fosse’s influential style and features some of his most inventive and rarely performed choreography. With New York’s hottest cast performing wall-to-wall dance, including Fosse classics such as “Mr. Bojangles,” and “Sing Sing Sing.” Dancin’ delivers the quintessential Broadway experience for Fosse fans and first-timers alike. You think you’ve seen dancing, but you’ve never seen Dancin’like this.

Cast of Bob Fosse’s DANCIN’ Opening Night photo by Emilio Madrid

Curtain call of Opening Night of Bob Fosse’s DANCIN’. Photo by Emilio Madrid

The cast, consisting of some of the best of Broadway’s elite dancers includes Ioana Alfonso (Hometown: Miami via DR/PR), Yeman Brown (Hometown: Tallahassee, FL), Peter John Chursin (Hometown: San Francisco, CA), Dylis Croman (Hometown: Dallas, TX), Jovan Dansberry (Hometown: St. Louis, MO), Karli Dinardo (Hometown: Melbourne, Australia), Tony d’Alelio (Hometown: Roanoke, VA), Aydin Eyikan (Hometown: Fairfield, CT), Pedro Garza (Hometown: Abilene, Texas), Jacob Guzman (Hometown: Brockton, MA), Manuel Herrera (Hometown: Charlotte, NC), Afra Hines (Hometown: Miami, FL), Gabriel Hyman (Hometown: Chesapeake, VA), Kolton Krouse (Hometown: Gilbert, Arizona), Mattie Love(Hometown: Layton, UT), Krystal Mackie (Hometown: Brooklyn, NY), Yani Marin (Hometown: Miami, FL), Nando Morland (Hometown: Colombia / Denver, CO), Khori Michelle Petinaud (Hometown: Centreville, VA), Ida Saki (Hometown: Dallas, TX), Ron Todorowski (Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA), and Neka Zang (Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ).

Adam Lambert at Opening Night of Bob Fosse’s DANCIN’. Photo by Emilio Madrid

Abby Lee Miller at Opening Night of Bob Fosse’s DANCIN’. Photo by Emilio Madrid

Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ is produced by Joey Parnes, Hunter Arnold, Kayla Greenspan, Rodger Hess & Michael Seago, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Bob Boyett, The Shubert Organization, James L. Nederlander, Tim Forbes, Carson Gleberman, Park West Productions, McCabe Ventures, Fran Kirmser & Jodi Kaplan, Greg Young, The Fabulous Invalid, Julie Hess & Tommy Hess, and The Old Globe in cooperation with Nicole Fosse.

Wayne Cilento at Opening Night of Bob Fosse’s DANCIN’. Photo by Emilio Madrid

Nicole Fosse at Opening Night of Bob Fosse’s DANCIN’. Photo by Emilio Madrid

Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ originally opened on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre on March 27, 1978 and later transferred to the Ambassador Theatre. The production ran for 1,774 performances. Dancin’ was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and brought Fosse his seventh Tony Award for Best Choreography.

Nicole Fosse and Wayne Cilento photo by Emilio Madrid

This production of Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ premiered at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre from April 19, 2022, to June 5, 2022.

Interscope Records is proud to announce the cast album for the “brilliant” (Variety) 2023 revival of Parade — Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown’s award-winning musical, which opened on March 16 at New York’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre to rave reviews. Parade (2023 Broadway Cast Recording) features the vocal talents of Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award® winner Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond and conducted by composer Jason Robert Brown, and will be released on Thursday, March 23. Pre-order it HERE.

Leo and Lucille Frank (Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond) are a newlywed Jewish couple struggling to make a life in the old red hills of Georgia. When Leo is accused of an unspeakable crime, it propels them into an unimaginable test of faith, humanity, justice, and devotion. Riveting and gloriously hopeful, Parade reminds us that to love, we must truly see one another.

The current revival of Parade, which is directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Michael Arden, has received overwhelming acclaim since its debut. Entertainment Weekly called it “a phenomenal production that feels more poignant and powerful than ever,” while Variety said, “Ben Platt stuns in a powerful Broadway production of an essential American musical.”

Platt (Dear Evan Hansen, The Book of Mormon) and Diamond’s performances (The Cher Show) were singled out for praise. Deadline gushed “Ben Platt has no trouble reminding us just why he’s become one of Broadway’s most beloved performers. His vocals here are stunning in a pitch-perfect performance,” while The Guardian raved that “Micaela Diamond’s singing voice is luminous.” “Micaela Diamond, as Lucille Frank, breaks your heart with no affectation whatsoever, and a voice directly wired to her emotions,” wrote The New York Times in its Critic’s Pick review. Tickets are available now at

Parade (2023 Broadway Cast Recording) showcases their voices, as well as other members of the all-star cast, while capturing the essence of a musical that, Entertainment Weekly writes, “is the most gorgeous production on Broadway.” Viewers will get a special preview of the musical on March 23 when Platt and Diamond perform its signature ballad “This Is Not Over Yet” on NBC’s Today accompanied by Jason Robert Brown on piano.


Out of the Box Theatrics (Elizabeth Flemming, Founder and Producing Artistic Director; Ethan Paulini, Associate Artistic Director) is pleased to announce that Grammy and Emmy Award winner Kristolyn Lloyd (Dear Evan Hansen) will star in the Off-Broadway developmental production of Millennials Are Killing Musicals, written by Drama League songwriting contest and NAMT Challenge winner Nico Juber. The production, to be directed by Ciara Renée(Waitress, Frozen), will play a limited engagement from May 7-28, 2023, at Theatre 71 at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament (152 West 71st Street). Opening night is May 15. Tickets are on sale now at Ovation Tix.

Bob Wankel Photo by Natalie Powers

The Entertainment Community Fund, formerly The Actors Fund, the national human services organization supporting the needs of those working in the entertainment and performing arts industry, today announced that The Shubert Organization has made a $5 million gift to the Fund to support expansion of The Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, the Actors Fund Home in Englewood, New Jersey, and affordable housing and a community arts center at The Hollywood Arts Collective in Los Angeles.

The $5 million gift will be used to expand doctors’ offices and services at The Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, with additional support to the Actors Fund Home in Englewood, NJ. Funds will also be used to bolster the construction and programs of The Hollywood Arts Collective, a new affordable housing and community arts center located in the heart of Hollywood where the Central Gardens will be named in honor of The Shubert Organization.

The Shubert Organization has long supported the Fund’s ongoing work to help people in performing arts and entertainment. In 2017, The Shubert Organization unveiled The Shubert Pavilion: an expansion to the Actors Fund Home, an assisted living and skilled nursing care facility located in Englewood, New Jersey. The Shubert Pavilion houses a 25-bed short-stay rehabilitation center available to the general public and intended for people who are recovering from illness or surgery, as well as 14 assisted living beds. The facility also includes a fully equipped gym for physical, occupational and speech therapies. 

Robert E. Wankel, Chairman and CEO of The Shubert Organization, also serves as Chair of The Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation Board of Directors, a role in which he supports and guides the development of affordable housing for the performing arts and entertainment community to improve lives, create jobs, foster economic development and revitalize communities. In 2022, Wankel received the Entertainment Community Fund’s Medal of Honor, an award presented at the Fund’s annual gala that recognizes individuals who have had a profound impact on the entertainment community.

“The Entertainment Community Fund is honored by the long-standing commitment of The Shubert Organization and the countless ways it supports our work to provide a safety net for people in the performing arts community,” said Fund Board Chair Brian Stokes Mitchell. “A special thank you to Bob Wankel for his continued leadership not only at The Shubert Organization, but also with the Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation Board of Directors.”

“The Shubert Organization is proud to strengthen the Entertainment Community Fund’s ability to provide affordable housing, medical care, emergency financial assistance and so much more to those in our industry,” said Robert E. Wankel. “We look forward to all that’s to come in our ongoing collaborations, from Englewood to Times Square to Hollywood and beyond.”


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