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National Alliance for Musical Theatre Announces Remaining Casting For The 33rd Annual Festival of New Musicals

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National Alliance for Musical Theatre (Betsy King Militello, Executive Director) is thrilled to announce this year’s casting for the performances of Little Duende, Māyā, Private Gomer Jones and TL;DR featured in the 33rd Annual Festival of New Musicals. This year’s festival will be held on Thursday, October 21 and Friday, October 22, 2021 and will be presented as a unique digital and in-person hybrid, allowing wider accessibility for attendees.

Now in its 33rd year, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals attracts theatre producers from around the world to discover eight new musicals over two days. Production costs are underwritten by NAMT, which funds the Festival entirely through donations and sponsorships. 

Joining the previously announced cast are Courtney Bassett (Broadway: Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812), Stephen Bogardus (Broadway:Love! Valour! Compassion!; Bright Star), Sommer Carbuccia (Netflix’s Riverdale), Meetu Chilana (Regional: Monsoon Wedding), Ruben Eduard Flores  (Broadway: In The Heights), karen EiLbacher (Film: Dietland/ Lady Liberty), Gabriela Garcia (Broadway: Chicago), Daniele Hager (Regional She Loves Me), Dickie Hearts (Film:Tales of the City), Adam Hyndman (Broadway: Hadestown/ Once on this Island), Cedric Leiba Jr. (National Tour: RENT),  Johnny Link (TV: Zoe’s Extraordinary Playlist), Jared Loftin (Film: Tick…Tick… Boom!), Patrena Murray (ART: Gloria: A Life), Jamen Nanthakumar (Regional: Diana),  Mason Alexander Park (National Tour: Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Daniel Plimpton (Tour: White Christmas), Sara Porkalob (Broadway: 1776), Zully Ramos (Regional:  RENT), Majo Rivero (Regional  In Arabia We’d All Be Kings), Ben Roseberry (Tour: Gentlemen’s Guide), Christina Sajous (Broadway: Spongebob/American Idiot), Heath Saunders (Broadway: Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812), Storm Thomas (Regional: Baltimore Center Stage), Vishal Vaidya (Broadway: Groundhog Day), Sonya Venugopal (Regional: Evita),  Kuhoo Verma (Off-B’way: Octet), Skyler Volpe (Broadway: Sing Street), and  Ada Westfall (Regional: A Play on War).

The Festival has introduced musical theatre producers to nearly 300 musicals and over 500 writers from around the world. As a direct result of the Festival of New Musicals, more than 85% of the shows presented have gone on to subsequent readings, workshops, productions or tours; have been licensed; and/or recorded on cast albums. Some past Festival shows include Come From Away, Lempicka, The Drowsy ChaperoneLizard Boy, Benny & JoonDarling GrenadineOrdinary Days, Striking 12, It Shoulda Been You, Interstate and Thoroughly Modern Millie, among many others.

NAMT will film live presentations of all Festival musicals this year. Those presentations will then be screened at an in-person event on October 21 and 22. Members of the industry are invited to attend the screening, where they also can meet the writers, or they can view a livestream of the presentations, which will be shown in collaboration with Broadway on Demand. The general public will be able to view the streaming portion of the event by making a small donation to NAMT.

Festival registration is now open and available at namt.org/festival.

This year, a committee of 15 theatre professionals selected eight new musicals out of over 200 submissions. The musicals chosen for the 33rd Annual Festival are: AZUL (Book by Melis Aker and Tatiana Pandiani, Music by Jacinta Clusellas, Lyrics by Jacinta Clusellas with additional lyrics by Melis Aker and Tatiana Pandiani, Vocal Arrangements by Jacinta Clusellas and Kurt Crowley), Fanny & Stella (Music & Lyrics by Eamonn O’Dwyer, Book by SEVAN), Little Duende (Music & Lyrics by Robi Hager, Book & Lyrics by Georgina Escobar), Māyā (Book & Music by Cheeyang Ng, Book & Lyrics by Eric Sorrels), Missing Peace (Book, Music & Lyrics by Kalani Queypo and Kyle Puccia), Private Gomer Jones (Written by Marshall Pailet), Senior Class (Book, Melodies & Lyrics by Melvin Tunstall, Music by Greg Borowsky, Conceived by Kevin Duda), TL;DR: Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix (Book & Lyrics by EllaRose Chary, Music & Lyrics by Brandon James Gwinn).

Little Duende Music & Lyrics by Robi Hager, Book & Lyrics by Georgina Escobar

Director: Rebecca Martínez, Music Director: Erika R. Gamez

Cast includes Majo Rivero (Regional  In Arabia We’d All Be Kings), Daniele Hager (Regional:  She Loves Me), Mason Alexander Park (National Tour: Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Sommer Carbuccia (TV: Riverdale), Cedric Leiba Jr. (National Tour:  RENT), Ruben Eduard Flores  (Broadway: In The Heights), Gabriela Garcia (Broadway: Chicago), Zully Ramos (Regional:  RENT)

Little Duende: In the land of Elflán, life and beauty flourishes. Adelita, an adventurous and curious young elf, is eager to find what lies beyond the horizon. When the evil spirit of La Mancha kidnaps her mother, Adelita is forced to travel north to the land of the Hadaseñas in hopes of being reunited with her again. Little Duende is a musical with the aesthetic tones of Pixar’s Coco and Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth. With fairy tales and mythological themes, this musical comments on real-world matters as it explores the border crisis, dual-citizenship, and the consequences of a family secret.

Māyā Book & Music by Cheeyang Ng, Book & Lyrics by Eric Sorrels

Director: Arpita Mukherjee, Music Director: Nate Hopkins

Cast includes Meetu Chilana (Regional: Monsoon Wedding), Jamen Nanthakumar (Regional: Diana), Daniel Plimpton (Tour: White Christmas), Ben Roseberry (Tour: Gentlemen’s Guide), Vishal Vaidya (Broadway: Groundhog Day), Sonya Venugopal (Regional: Evita), and Kuhoo Verma (Off-B’way: Octet), 

About Māyā: Māyā is many things: it’s a philosophy of Hinduism; the idea that the world around us is really an illusion; and a girl’s name. Set in the British Raj in 1930, Māyā is the story of a struggling poet in need of an awakening, not unlike India herself. When Gandhi’s non-violent Independence Movement arrives on Māyā’s doorstep, she is thrust into one of the most turbulent political climates in history. When she commits herself to the cause, she begins to shatter the illusions that have been deceiving her to discover the difference she’ll really make.

Private Gomer Jones Written by Marshall Pailet

Director: Sammi Canold, Music Director: Mona Seyed-Bolorforosh

Cast includes Stephen Bogardus (Broadway: Love! Valour! Compassion!; Bright Star), Dickie Hearts (Film: Tales of the City), Adam Hyndman (Broadway: Hadestown/Once on this Island), Jared Loftin (Film: Tick…Tick… Boom!), Johnny Link (TV: “Zoe’s Extraordinary Playlist”), Patrena Murray (ART: Gloria: A Life), Christina Sajous (Broadway: Spongebob/American Idiot), and Heath Saunders (Broadway: Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812)

About Private Gomer Jones: 1914. Young Gomer Jones has ambitions to join the Welsh army. But since he’s lost his hearing, he needs the help of a nurse with ties to the Deaf community to fake his way past the recruiters. And so begins Gomer’s journey as a deaf soldier pretending not to be a deaf soldier. He loses friends, his moral compass and his humanity. And then, through a series of moments in an increasingly senseless war, he finds himself again. When he returns to Wales, his sense of purpose has been decimated. But hope for a humanistic life has been found.

TL;DR: Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix Book & Lyrics by EllaRose Chary, Music & Lyrics by Brandon James Gwinn

Director: Sherri Eden Barber, Music Director: Rose Van Dyne

Cast includes Courtney Bassett (Broadway: Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812), karen EiLbacher (Film: Dietland/ Lady Liberty), Sara Porkalob (Broadway: 1776), Storm Thomas (Regional: Baltimore Center Stage), Skyler Volpe (Broadway: Sing Street), and Ada Westfall (Regional: A Play on War).

About TL;DR: TL;DR: Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix is a fantasy-driven, irreverent, rocking meta-analysis of queer women in media that asks, “why do strong female characters always gotta die?”. The cast and band, made up of six queer folks, defies the traditional cis, white, femme, skinny, able-bodied, male gaze-inspired concept of queer women in media. We start with T and L suspended in mid-air over the Grand Canyon – they promptly make out and then, with the help of their newfound queer community (The Band), seek a queer future that has never been modeled for them, the happy ending they deserve.

Previously announced casts. 

AZUL Book by Melis Aker and Tatiana Pandiani, Music by Jacinta Clusellas, Lyrics by Jacinta Clusellas, with additional lyrics by Tatiana Pandiani and Melis Aker, Vocal Arrangements by Jacinta Clusellas and Kurt Crowley

Director: Elena Araoz, Music Director: Kurt Crowley 

Cast includes Danny Bolero (Broadway: In the Heights), Blanca Camacho (Broadway: In the Heights), Renata Eastlick (The Public’s For Colored Girls…), Henry Gainza (Broadway: On Your Feet), Robi Hager (Broadway: Doctor Zhivago), Claudia Mulet (National Tour: On Your Feet), Martin Sola (Broadway: On Your Feet) and Claudia Yanez (National Tour: On Your Feet)

About AZUL: In an epic world of magical realism, Bluebird, an idealist poet, seeks a better life in a new land. Years later, in present-day Jackson Heights, Rita, a composer, struggles to forgive her father, understand her roots and reconnect to a land she has never known. AZUL is a bilingual spectacle, as well as a psychological deep-dive into the immigrant father-daughter relationship. It questions the place of art in capitalism and explores how memory and imagination reshape immigrant identity. The score is a constellation of songs rooted in Latin American folkloric traditions, along with jazz and chamber music.

Fanny & Stella Music & Lyrics by Eamonn O’Dwyer, Book by SEVAN

Director: Stephen Brackett, Music Director: Emily Marshall

Cast includes Jake Boyd (Broadway: Rock of Ages), Nathan Lee Graham (Broadway: Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Eddie Korbich (Broadway: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder), Judy Kuhn (Broadway: Fun Home, Tony nom), Orville Mendoza (Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher), Mason Alexander Park (National Tour: Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Jamila Sabares-Klemm (Chicago: Hamilton) and Heath Saunders (Upcoming Broadway: Company) 

About Fanny & Stella: London, 1870s: Frederick Park and Ernest Boulton were unremarkable middle-class boys growing up in Dulwich, who fled their suburban upbringing to live as Fanny & Stella in frenetic Victorian London. A run-in with the law casts them in their own coup de théâtre: the sensational show-trial of the ‘He-She Ladies.’ Dominating the press and scandalizing the nation, the investigation exposed every sordid detail of their wild lives. In a time when simply being themselves made them a threat to the establishment, this ordeal would test their extraordinary friendship and the resolve of an empire.

Missing Peace Book, Music & Lyrics by Kalani Queypo and Kyle Puccia

Director: Jesca Prudencio, Music Director: Steven Cuevas

Cast includes Phoenix Best (Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen), Nick Dalton (National Tour: Legally Blonde), Carolyn Dunn (Regional: Neechie-itas), Kyla Garcia (Regional: Sovereignty), Nic Rouleau (Broadway: The Book of Mormon) and Glenn Stanton (TV: “The Walking Dead”).

About Missing Peace: Chase wakes up from a coma, his past a blur. To his family’s surprise, Chase is happy and free until the dark memories begin to flood back like quick cuts of a movie trailer that just don’t add up. As Chase grapples with his attempted suicide, bad choices he’s made and the people he’s hurt along the way, he begins to work through his pain and heal relationships with those he loves the most.

Senior Class Book, Melodies & Lyrics by Melvin Tunstall III, Music by Greg Borowsky, Conceived by Kevin Duda

Director: Amy Anders Corcoran, Music Director: Andrew Bourgoin

Cast includes Amina Faye (Regional: Love in Hate Nation), Olivia Hardy (Broadway: Summer), Emma Lord (Regional: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Jose Luaces (Broadway: A Christmas Story, The Musical), Madison McBride (Regional: Godspell), Zachary Noah Piser (Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen), Darius Wright (Upcoming Broadway: MJ The Musical) and Daniel Yearwood (Broadway: Hamilton)

About Senior Class: When the Senior Class Musical production of My Fair Lady is canceled due to budget cuts, two theater nerds in Harlem convince the school to do a one-night-only, royalty-free staging of Pygmalion. When they meet a subway dancer named Alizé, art begins to imitate life as they try to transform her into their perfect Eliza Doolittle. However, this new modern-day Eliza schools them all as she proves she can Doolittle and so much more.

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: suzanna@t2conline.com

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The Glorious Corner

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Kjersti Long (David Kaptein)

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GO LONG —- We’ve spoken before of 17-year-old Kjersti Long – on Origin Entertainment/ModSquad (ADA) Records. Her latest single “Sad Song” has become a digital-hit and a new album (her second) is in the works.

She’ll also be in NYC for June’s Tribeca Festival and a prominent agency is stepping up to rep her and her play Relative Space is prepping for an opening in the West End.

Said NEW HD’s Zach Martin: “Kjersti Long, at just 17, stands as a beacon of talent and ambition in the music industry. Her journey from a prodigious debut at the tender age of 11 with the album “Stronger Than You Think I Am” on Broadway Records to becoming a significant influencer on platforms like Instagram and TikTok, Kjersti’s career trajectory is nothing short of remarkable​​. Her engagement with her fans and the music community through platforms like Instagram and TikTok, where she has garnered over 50 million views and more than 160,000 new followers, underscores her magnetic appeal and the resonant connection she forges through her music​​.”

She also has a song on the new Vanessa Williams album, “Legs.” Williams’ official video will be out April 26, but here’s an update on her from LifeMinute TV:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eD-Okb_T8CM

www.kjerstilong.com


RASCAL-ING AROUND —
(Via Forgotten Hits) Look for a new Rascals box set coming out May 31st.

The 7-disc set encompasses their entire recorded output with Atlantic Records, 1965 – 1971, including mono and stereo copies of their albums, special singles mixes and some previously unreleased tracks.  (I remember shelling out big bucks for an earlier CD edition of this set … but I’ve gotta tell you, this one has got the COOLEST looking cover!!!).

“The Rascals:  It’s Wonderful: The Complete Atlantic Studio Recordings features 152 remastered songs, including 14 previously unreleased tracks. The first four albums are presented in both stereo and mono, along with significant single edits and foreign language versions. The collection includes a 60-page booklet with detailed notes and rare illustrations from The Rascals archives.

Amazon’s got it for $69.99 (I paid 2 ½ times that much way back when for the original!) so pre-order now.  This is quite the collection!

Interesting that this box set is from the UK-based Cherry Red Records. Founded by Iain McNay in 1978, Cherry Red Records has continued to uphold the same fiercely independent values since day one. Check them out here: https://www.cherryred.co.uk/about

And don’t forget about Felix Cavaliere and Gene Cornish and The Rascals at SONY Hall on May 17.

https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Atlantic-Recordings-Rascals/dp/B0CZ3NHLGG?crid=3S8UG8TZCIC3M&dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9.fcz-QxVsrVNGCoS-EbSPkg.htVhtZLFLUN8n9NrR1H-6rJi5fsjLvQexjIPS6c2Ges&dib_tag=se&keywords=B0CZ3NHLGG&qid=1712320481&s=music&

Micky Dolenz at Troubadour (Stevo Rood)

SHORT TAKES — Check out Tone Scott’s review of Micky Dolenz at LA’s Troubadour in Goldmine: https://www.goldminemag.com/columns/micky-dolenz-songs-and-stories-raises-the-roof-off-the-troubadour-all-for-make-a-wish#gid=ci02dac725a00025c5&pid=thumbnail-3

RIP Eleanor Coppola, wife of Francis Ford Coppola at 87. Years ago, I was at a screening of Roman Coppola’s A Glimpse Inside the Mind Of Charles Swan with Charlie Sheen. I loved the movie and at a post-screening event, I met Francis Ford Coppola, who could not have been more approachable.

He invited me to sit at his table with his wife Eleanor. Both were terrific. She’ll be much-missed by the film community as well. From Deadline: https://deadline.com/2024/04/eleanor-coppola-dead-hearts-of-darkness-francis-coppola-wife-1235883537/Happy Bday Brit Brashear.

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Melinda Newman; Barry Fisch; Toby Rasmussen; Roy Trakin; Joel Diamond; Fred Armisen; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Richie Kaczor; Jim Burgess; Tom Scott; Steve Walter; Dan Zelinski; Herb Alpert; Hubert Laws; Eppy; Craig Newman; Jane Blunkell; John Billings; Lora Evans; Andrew Sandoval; Chris Carter; Wen Fernandez; and ZIGGY!

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Hot happenings all over America are sizzling this season.

Texas lawyer Thomas J. Henry held his First Class Birthday Party featuring musical performances by Steve Aoki and Jack Harlow for 600 guests at night club, Superstition in Austin.

Steve Aoki, Thomas J. Henry, Evelin Crossland

Jamie Foxx’s Wingstop order is going viral, the Oscar winner asking for/ordering hundreds of Lemon Pepper wings took to his piano and serenaded the order taker. His latest video was posted to IG and X was super delicious.

Patricia Field and Pretty Connected’s Lara Eurdolian on April 14 hosted “Patricia Field x ‘Charlie’ Rescue Dog Fashion Show Birthday Party.” The pups wore styles from the “Kiss the Pups NYC for Patricia Field Art Fashion” collection in front of guests at Flying Solo downtown.  The event also celebrated the 18th birthday of “Charlie,” a Pomeranian rescue dog.

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Hall des Lumieres hosted a special preview that showcased the digital art spectacle of the work of revolutionary Austrian painter Gustav Klimt for Gustav Klimt, Gold in Motion. The exclusive Networking Mixer on April 9. The mixer featured delicious cocktails and bites catered by Abigail Kirsch.

Set in the landmarked former Emigrant Bank, Hall des Lumieres is Manhattan’s largest permanent center for custom-curated immersive experiences.  Produced by Culturespaces, their new exhibition celebrates Klimt’s story in six distinct sequences, taking viewers on a journey through the artist’s life and the major themes of his work. A special one-day event will take place on April 20. The inaugural exhibition Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion is based on the glittering, sensuous, revolutionary paintings of this key originator of modern art.

In other news, the Michelin Guide today is announced ten additions to the New York selection of restaurants. These establishments are highlighted as “New” on guide.michelin.com to help food lovers enjoy new discoveries before the annual announcement of Bib Gourmands and Stars.

Upstairs at The Kimberly celebrated their spring soiree at their stunning rooftop on April 11.

And coming up, National live event producer Murmrr & the Montauk Historical Society have announced the upcoming Summer 2024 Hamptons performance series. Following successful summer stand up performances by Amy Schumer and Chelsea Handler, as well as last year’s Rufus Wainwright & Friends live music performance event, Murmrr has announced a one-night only performance by three-time Emmy and WGA award-winning writer, actor, and comedian John Mulaney and multi-instrumentalist Laufey.  Both events will raise proceeds to benefit the Montauk Historical Society with info here.

 

Cover art by Photo by Seyedeh Hamideh Kazemi on Unsplash

 

 

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Cabaret Celebrated Broadway Legend Joel Grey’s Birthday

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Last night, Eddie Redmayne currently in previews as the ‘Emcee’ in Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club celebrated Broadway legend Joel Grey’s 92ndbirthday on stage at the August Wilson Theatre. Grey, who originated the role of the ‘Emcee’ on Broadway in 1966 and went on to star in the beloved film of Cabaret, took the stage as the entire cast, band, and creative team sang “Happy Birthday” while a custom cake, shaped like a giant pineapple, emerged from the stage.

 During his speech honoring Grey, Eddie Redmayne said, “Tonight is an extraordinarily special night for us because we are in the presence of an extraordinary human being without whom none of us would be here.” After thunderous applause, Redmayne continued “Your performance in this part changed my life and it was one of the things that made me want to be an actor.”

Joel Grey, Gayle Rankin, and Eddie Redmayne Photo by Jenny Anderson

The cast and Grey were also joined on stage by Cabaret composer John Kander.

Alongside Joel’s daughter Jennifer Grey and Kander, a star-studded crowd came out to fete the theater icon including Anderson Cooper, Candice Bergen, Jackie Hoffman, Jane Krakowski, Lin-Manuel Miranda, David Rockwell, and more. They were joined by numerous alum of Cabaret spanning the decades including Maude Apatow (Sally Bowles in London, 2023), Madeline Brewer (Sally Bowles in London, 2022), Joely Fisher (Sally Bowles on Broadway, 2000), Gina Gershon (Sally Bowles on Broadway, 2001), Mason Alexander Park (Emcee in London, 2023), Adam Pascal (Emcee on Broadway, 2003), Molly Ringwald (Sally Bowles on Broadway, 2002), Jake Shears (Emcee in London, 2023), and Brooke Shields (Sally Bowles on Broadway, 2001).

Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club is now in previews on Broadway at the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street). The production, directed by Olivier Award winner Rebecca Frecknall and designed by Tony Award nominee and Evening Standard Award® winner Tom Scutt, will have decadent twin opening night gala celebrations starting Saturday, April 20 and continuing into the following night, with the official press opening on Sunday, April 21. Tickets are on sale now at www.kitkat.club or via Seat Geek HERE.

In addition to Redmayne, Cabaret also stars Gayle Rankin as the toast of Mayfair ‘Sally Bowles, two-time Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth as ‘Fraulein Schneider,’ Tony Award nominee Ato Blankson-Wood as ‘Clifford Bradshaw,’ Obie Award winner and Drama Desk Award® nominee Steven Skybell as ‘Herr Schultz,’ Henry Gottfried as ‘Ernst Ludwig,’ and three-time Helen Hayes Award winner Natascia Diaz as ‘Fritzie/Kost.’

The cast of Cabaret includes Gabi Campo as ‘Frenchie,’ Ayla Ciccone-Burton as ‘Helga,’ Colin Cunliffe as ‘Hans,’ Marty Lauter as ‘Victor,’ Loren Lester as‘Herman/Max,’ David Merino as ‘Lulu,’ Julian Ramos as ‘Bobby,’ MiMi Scardulla as ‘Texas,’ and Paige Smallwood as ‘Rosie.’ Swings include Hannah Florence, Pedro Garza, Christian Kidd, Corinne Munsch, Chloé Nadon-Enriquez, and Karl Skyler Urban.

The Prologue Company, the dancers and musicians that welcome audiences to the club, feature dancers Alaïa, IRON BRYAN, Will Ervin Jr., Sun Kim, Deja McNair and swings Ida Saki and Spencer James Weidie. The musicians of the Prologue are Brian Russell Carey (piano & bass), Francesca Dawis (violin), Keiji Ishiguri (dedicated substitute), Maeve Stier (accordion), and Michael Winograd (clarinet).

For this thrilling production of Cabaret, the creative team have transformed the August Wilson Theatre into the Kit Kat Club with an in-the-round auditorium and custom spaces which guests will be invited to explore during the Prologue, the production’s pre-show entertainment. After purchasing tickets, guests will receive a “club entry time” to allow them to take in the world of the club before the show starts.

Patrons can upgrade their experience at the Kit Kat Club with exclusive dining or drinks packages that allow them to soak up the pre-show atmosphere. These various upgrades offer unparalleled service and unique experiences in the heart of the Kit Kat Club. Drinks can be enjoyed before and during the show, while food will be cleared shortly before the performance begins, ensuring uninterrupted and unmissable views of Cabaret. For a complete menu and more information on the upgrade packages, please visit www.kitkat.club/upgrade.

The 2021 Original London Cast Recording of Cabaret featuring Eddie Redmayne and recorded during a live performance is available on Decca Records as a CD and to stream on all major platforms. To order the album or stream it, please visit https://cabaret.lnk.to/ListenNow

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American Ballet Theatre Premiere of Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works

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The superstar dancers of American Ballet Theatre (ABT) returned to Segerstrom Center for the Arts performing a never-before-seen-program. ABT performed the North American Premiere of Woolf Works.  Inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf, Woolf Works is an ambitious three-act ballet stunningly choreographed by Wayne McGregor, with a luminous original score by Max Richter.

Originally commissioned by The Royal Ballet, Woolf Works debuted in London to outstanding critical acclaim and now premiered for the first time in the United States.This week, leading the performance were Principal Dancers Devon Teuscher and  James Whiteside. Guests in attendance included  Sofia Vassilieva, Fernando Carsa, Damian Terriquez, Luke Lowrey, Queen Noveen and more.

You know it is Spring when the superstar dancers of American Ballet Theatre are home at Segerstrom Center performing a never-before-seen-program. Following in the tradition of such critical and creative successes as Whipped Cream, Of Love and Rage, and Like Water for Chocolate, we are thrilled to announce ABT will be performing the North American premiere of Woolf Works.  Inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf, Woolf Works is an ambitious three-act ballet stunningly choreographed by Wayne McGregor, with a luminous original score by Max Richter.

Widely considered one of the most important 20th century novelists, Virginia Woolf’s works have continued to speak to generations and her themes of social class, female (dis)empowerment, and death have gained even more resonance in recent times.  Her stature in our society, and her influence on other artistic creators, can be seen in so many works throughout popular culture:  In film with Orlando starring Tilda Swinton or The Hours starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, and Julianne Moore, in plays like Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee, and, most recently, in opera with The Hours starring Renee Fleming, Kelly O’Hara and Joyce DiDonato.

Woolf also gave inspiration to the award-winning British choreographer and director, Wayne McGregor. Internationally renowned for trailblazing innovations in performance that have radically redefined dance, McGregor’s insatiable curiosity about movement and its creative potentials, along with his embrace of technology, have ensured McGregor’s position at the cutting edge of contemporary arts for over twenty-five years.

In Woolf Works, McGregor has recreated the emotions, themes and fluid style of three of Virginia Woolf’s novels: Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves. Much like her novels, letters, essays and diaries, Wayne McGregor’s ballet triptych moves away from a traditional narrative structure, capturing the spirit of Woolf’s writing while delighting audiences with its sheer beauty. Woolf Works is structured into three acts: ‘I now, I then’, ‘Becomings’ and ‘Tuesday’, each starkly distinct in visual design and choreography.

Originally commissioned by the Royal Ballet, Woolf Works premiered in London to outstanding critical acclaim, going on to win McGregor the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Classical Choreography and the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production. The Observer described it as “a compellingly moving experience” and The Independent raved that it “glows with ambition… a brave, thoughtful work.”

Be the first in the United States to experience Woolf Works, only at Segerstrom Center for the Arts!

Next performances are:

Friday, April 12, 2024, at 7:30 PM

Saturday, April 13, 2024, at 2:20 PM

Saturday, April 13, 2024, at 7:30 PM

Sunday,  April 14, 2024, at 1:00 PM

 

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Stephen Sondheim Memorabilia to be Auctioned Off

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Stephen Sondheim

Doyle Auctioneers & Appraisers has announced the auction of the Collection of Stephen Sondheim on Tuesday, June 18 at 10am EDT. This landmark auction will offer over 200 lots of memorabilia, furnishings, antique puzzles and more from Mr. Sondheim’s Manhattan townhouse and his country home in Roxbury, Connecticut.

Poster for the 2006 Broadway revival of Company signed by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth

The lyricist of West Side Story and Gypsy and composer/lyricist of Company, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods, among many others, Stephen Sondheim was the twentieth century’s most brilliant and influential contributor to American musical theater. Fans of Mr. Sondheim’s musicals and collectors alike will delight at the memorabilia within the auction, from his gold record for West Side Story to his custom-embroidered asylum coat from Sweeney Todd.

In addition to professional accomplishments, Mr. Sondheim was a sophisticated collector. He lived among antiques and curiosities of the Victorian and Edwardian eras and assembled an unparalleled collection of early puzzles, games, rebuses, coin-operated machines and ephemera that reflected his endlessly inquisitive mind.

The public is invited to the exhibition on view from June 14 through 17 at Doyle, located at 175 East 87th Street in New York. Select highlights will tour Doyle’s regional galleries during the month of May. The auction catalogue will be available on May 20. Learn more about the auction at Doyle.com

 

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