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Open Auditions NJ Rep 2022 Season

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UPDATE: Due to concerns of the new COVID variant all auditions should be submitted via email to njrep@njrep.org by Dec 13.

For the audition please prepare 2 contemporary, contrasting monologues (one comedic, one dramatic) totaling no more than 3 minutes. In addition, singers should prepare a comic song and ballad – audition cut.  

THE FOREST (World Premiere)
Playwright Lia Romeo; Director SuzAnne Barabas
Rehearsals begin on or about February 22, 2022
Performances March 17 – April 10, 2022

Juliet is losing her marriage.  Her mother Pam is losing her memory.  And there’s a mysterious forest growing in and around their living room.  Is it any wonder Juliet starts sleeping with one of her high school students?  Or that Pam develops a crush on her male caregiver?  This is a play about weird love and what to do when there aren’t any right answers.

CAST BREAKDOWN
PAM:  60s, smart, stubborn, independent, slowly losing her memory – CAST and ACCEPTED
JULIET:  40s, smart, caring, very unhappy – CAST and ACCEPTED
ANDREW:  17, sweet, a bit of a nerd, has the weight of the world on his shoulders. A person of color. Should be played by an actor 18 – 22.
MIGUEL:  30’s-40s, friendly, empathic, a former actor, now a caretaker. Latino.

THE HUMMINGBIRDS: A Comedy of Menace (U.S. Premiere)
Playwright Garrett Jon Groenveld
Rehearsals and Performances To Be Announced

Been unemployed too long? Welcome to a very special office of the Unemployment Bureau! Here you will work with two very special unemployment counselors to place you into a job today. It may not be a job you are qualified to do, or a job that’s safe for anyone to do, but you will have to do it. Because if you can walk, you can work! The play also concerns domestic terrorism, strippers and weaponized hummingbirds. The Hummingbirds won the 2012 Global Age Project and the 2012 Internationalists Global Playwrighting Prize (7 Presentations in 7 countries – US, Romania, Spain, Mexico, The Netherlands, Germany and Singapore).  The play has not received an English language production, but is on tour in Romania (in Romanian) and has been produced in Spanish in Zaragoza, Spain and two acclaimed productions in Mexico City, Mexico.

CAST BREAKDOWN
ONE – Any age, person of color, any gender identification – Single 
TWO – Any age, any race, gender identification– Not single – CAST and ACCEPTED

NOW COMES THE FUN PART: A Musical Celebration of Life After 50 (World Premiere) 
Written by James Hindman, Lynne Halliday, Mark Waldrop; Music by Jeffrey Lodin; Director/Choreographer Mark Waldrop; Music Supervisor Jeffrey Lodin
First rehearsal on our about May 17, 2022
Performances June 9 – July 10, 2022

Now Comes the Fun Part is a musical revue with original songs and skits about what it’s like when we reach 50 – what happens to our bodies, our family, our minds, our sex life, is touched upon in a comical way.  Anyone who’s received that dreaded AARP card will relate!

CAST BREAKDOWN
MAN 1 – BARITONE – Rock Chops a plus 45 – 55
MAN 2 – TENOR – Character Material 45 – 55
WOMAN 1 – MEZ SOPRANO 45 – 55
WOMAN 2 – ALTO-MEZ SOPRANO with strong belt 45 -55

Looking for versatile actors (45-55) who have funny in their toolboxes, but can also be vulnerable, and can move well. A sense of absurdity would be nice, too. The 90-minute evening is lots of fun, but not schticky or wafer-thin. TBA  August 4 – August 28, 2022

THE PIN-UP GIRLS  (NJ Premiere)
By James Hindman and Jeffrey Lodin; Director James Hindman, Musical Supervisor Jeffrey Lodin; Choreographer Eugenio Contenti
First Rehearsal September 20, 2022
October 13 – November 20, 2022

From the Andrew Sisters to Hip Hop! From WWI to Afghanistan, The Pin-Up Girls sing a cavalcade of hits inspired by letters from our troops overseas. While singing at their local VFW hall, four friends stumble upon a huge stash of letters that go back a hundred years. Inspired by what they find – funny, romantic, and poignant – the “ladies” put on a show to help save the floundering VFW center, one that celebrates the guys and gals who fight to defend our country.

CAST BREAKDOWN
LEANNE – Versatile Alto/Mezzo Soprano, any race, female. 20’s – 30’s.
MEGAN – Mezzo with high belt, any race, female. 20’s – 30’s.
DANA – Mezzo with high belt, any race, female. 20’s – 30’s.
JOEL – Bari-tenor, any race, male. 20’s – 30’s.

In addition to the plays listed we are looking for all types of actors for our Salon Readings Series.

Additional plays to be announced. Plays and dates subject to change.

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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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents Randy Edelman

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“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents”, is filmed live every Wednesday from the Hotel Edison.

In this episode T2C’s publisher and owner Suzanna Bowling talks with Randy Edelman about his extensive musical career. Some of Edelman’s best known films scores include Twins, Ghostbusters IIBeethoven, Gettysburg, Angels in the Outfield, The Mask, Dragonheart, Gettysburg and so many more. If you known the Carpenter’s “You,” Barry Manilow’s “Weekend in New England,” Olivia Newton-John’s “If Love Is Real” Dionne Warwick’s “The Laughter and the Tears,” Blood, Sweat & Tears “Blue Street” and many others, these were written by Randy.

Randy will be performing this Friday, June 14th at Chelsea Table & Stage at 9:30pm

Randy appeared thanks to Eileen Shapiro.

We are so proud because the show and our guests are now featured on the TV screens in the lobby and the hotel rooms. We were also gifted a poster in the lobby.

I am so grateful to my guest Randy Edelman

Thank-you Magda Katz for videoing and creating the content to go live, Rommel Gopez and The Hotel Edison for their kindness and hospitality.

We are so proud and thrilled that Variety Entertainment News just named us one of Summer’s Best Picks in the category of Best Television, Radio, PodcastsThe company we are in, has made us so humbled, grateful and motivated to continue.

You can catch us on the following platforms:

Pandora:

https://www.pandora.com/podcast/live-from-the-edison-hotel-times-square-chronicles-presents/PC:1001084740

Stitcher:

https://www.stitcher.com/show/1084740

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Amazon:

https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/e3ac5922-ada8-4868-b531-12d06e0576d3

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/live-from-the-edison-hotel-times-square-chronicles-presents/id1731059092

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Tribeca Festival Premieres ‘Elizabeth Taylor: The Lost Tapes’

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Tribeca Festival hosted the North American premiere “Elizabeth Taylor: The Lost Tapes” on June 11 in New York City.

The film which makes the audience understand Taylor’s moxie in a whole new way is captivating and a thrill to watch. It is hard to turn your eyes away from the screen that shines a spotlight on one of the most famous legends in Hollywood history. The tapes tell her version of an icons larger than life script.

As the iconic actress says in a recording as highlighted in the HBO Documentary film, “To thine own self be true. That’s all I have to do.”

In attendance at the screening at the SVA theater were Aude Temel (Co-Producer), Barbara Berkowitz (EP & Elizabeth Taylor Estate), Bill Gerber (Producer), John Paul Horstman (Co-Producer), Nancy Abraham (Executive Vice President, Documentary and Family Programming, HBO),Nanette Burstein (Director/Writer), Glen Zipper (Producer), Quinn Tivey (EP, Elizabeth Taylor Estate and Elizabeth Taylor’s grandson), Rachel Rusch Rich (Producer), Sean Stuart (Producer), Tal Ben David (Editor/Writer), and Tim Mendelson (EP & Elizabeth Taylor Estate).

Oscar-nominated director Burstein’s documentary showcases a mesmerizing journey via audio tapes discovered in the archive of journalist Richard Meryman. Through her lens we are guided by Taylor’s voice as she walks the audience from the first step of her career through her time with Burton in the 1970s.  As described, “she reveals intimacies about her relationships, romantic and otherwise, she peels back the layers of a beloved public figure to reveal a vulnerable, funny, and tenacious woman who persevered despite a life led almost entirely under the scrutiny of public opinion.”

Speaking on the red carpet about Taylor’s accomplishments on the screen to her celebrated advocacy work Burstein mused over the icon and said, “She realized that she could change the game and she did.”

Photo Credit: HBO Documentary Films

 

 

 

 

 

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The  78th Annual Theatre World Awards And You Are There

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The historic 78th Annual Theatre World Awards Ceremony was held on Monday evening, June 10, 2024 at the Marquis Theatre.

The event was hosted by well-known theater journalist, Peter Filichia.

Ali Louis Bourzgui

Winners of the 2024 Theatre World Awards were honored The Who’s Tommy‘s Ali Louis Bourzgui

 Oh, Mary!‘s Cole Escola

 The Outsiders‘ Brody Grant was given his award by Daphne Rubin Vega

Michael Imperioli and wife

 An Enemy of the People‘s Michael Imperioli

Phillip Johnson Richardson

The Wiz‘s Phillip Johnson Richardson

Nichelle Lewis

Nichelle Lewis, Phillip Johnson Richardson

and Nichelle Lewis

 Patriots‘ Will Keen

 Mary Jane‘s Rachel McAdams

Hell’s Kitchen‘s Maleah Joi Moon was given his award by Kristin Chenoweth

Casey Likes

Tom Pecinka

and Stereophonic‘s Tom Pecinka

Sarah Pidgeon

Sarah Pidgeon

Chris Stack.

and Chris Stack.

A.J. Shively

Also receiving honors were A.J. Shively, who has won the Dorothy Loudon Award for his work in Irish Rep’s Philadelphia, Here I Come

Len Cariou

Len Cariou, winning the John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement

Peter Filichia

and arts writer Peter Filichia, this year’s Special Award honoree.

There to honor them were

Maria Friedman

André De Shields

A great night was had by all.

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‘Daddio’ and Dakota Johnson Celebrated at Lavish Premiere Bash

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The Tribeca Festival continued with exciting premieres and appearances. The OKX Theater at BMCC TPAC hosted the New York premiere of “Daddio” with Dakota Johnson and director Christy Hall.

After the screening invited attendees headed over to Gran Morsi in Tribeca for a lavish celebration. Guests at the Roxstar Entertainment and Cinema Center party delighted in Hendrick’s Gin specialty cockails and scrumptious passed appetizers from the popular hot spot restaurant.

The film takes the viewer on a journey with two souls looking for more than just a completion of a ride. On a late night drive from JFK Airport to Midtown Manhattan, a young woman (Johnson) and her cab driver (Sean Penn) start talking.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 10: Dakota Johnson attends the “Daddio” Premiere during the 2024 Tribeca Festival at BMCC Theater on June 10, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Tribeca Festival)

The usual pleasantries and jokes soon turn into a game between the two strangers as they exchange stories about important people in their lives. As their conversation unravels, secrets are revealed, advice is shared and a genuine bond is forged. At times funny, sexy, tense and deeply heartfelt, this chance encounter impacts both in ways neither could’ve ever imagined.

Christy Hall’s directorial debut manages to achieve the impossible: turning what could have been a mundane trek through traffic into a propulsive and remarkably real ode to human connection in an increasingly isolated world.

Photos courtesy Tribeca Festival and Roxstar Entertainment/Cinema Center

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Tribeca X Awards Captivates with Inspirational Panels with Jane Fonda, Jon Bon Jovi and More

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Tribeca Festival hosted the star-studded Tribeca X Awards program this year and celebrated the intersection of advertising, storytelling, and innovation during a two-day event.

Featuring inspirational panels with luminaires in film, entertainment, branding, marketing, art, technology, and media, the event become one of the highlights of New York City’s beloved annual affair.

Notable moments and conversation with the world’s leading authorities included a showcase of star power on the stage with the likes of actor and activist Jane Fonda; actress, author and entrepreneur and her daughter Rowan Henchy; founder and President of Every Mother Counts Christy Turlington Burns and CNN’s Abby Phillip; actor and CEO and co-founder of Super Serious Terry Cruz; Executive Creative Director of FundamentalCo and CEO of LoveSeen Jenna Lyons and Founder and CEO of FundamentalCo Jonny Bauer moderated by Derek Blasberg; Chairman and CEO of Pfizer Albert Bourla and award-winning journalist Katie Couric; co-founders of Hampton Water Jon Bon Jovi and Jesse Bongiovi; and more.

Fonda and actor Aja Naomi King joined the L’Oréal Paris panel to discuss one of the most famous and iconic lines in advertising: “Because you’re worth it.” Sticking to her activism roots, Jane used the moment to encourage both L’Oréal and McCann Worldgroup Global to help back the Equal Rights Amendment in the US. The panel was on hand for director Ben Proudfoot’sThe Final Copy of Ilon Specht.”

Shields discussed authentic storytelling around diabetes awareness with the debut of the indie film Quarters, Turlington Burns spoke to maternal health and her non-profit organization Every Mother Counts, and Cruz, joined by his Super Serious co-founders, dove into their philosophy “everything is entertainment.”

Lyons and Bauer discussed their vision for FundamentalCo and the core principles of brand strategy moderated by Blasberg. Jon Bon Jovi and son Jesse Bongiovi wrapped up this year’s Tribeca X Award by program sharing insights into their father-son business Hampton Water and the brand’s commitment to charitable causes.

During their panel, Artists Writers & Artisans, Inc.  announced that they have joined forces with horror legend Roy Lee and Vertigo Entertainment to bring audiences a range of brand-new, spine-chilling horror stories.

The 2024 Tribeca X Awards recognize the achievements of companies and creators who share a mission to connect with consumers through the power of storytelling. Below is the list of winners that represent the best in story-driven filmmaking and brand collaborations this year:

Audio: Science will Win, by Pfizer!

Games and Immersive: MLB The Show Storylines: The Negro Leagues by PlayStation Studios, directed by Jarred Schiff, Gavin Filipiak, Ramone Russell, and Brandon Akiaten.

Content Creator: Jacksonville Jaguars 2023 Schedule Release Video from the Jacksonville Jaguars, directed by Asher Grodman.

Commercial: Michael CeraVe from CeraVe and Ogilvy PR, directed by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim.

Short: One Good Reason from ServiceNow, Tribeca Studios, and directors Perri Peltz and Matthew O’Neill.

Episodic: The Santa Stories from Coca Cola and WPP Open X/VML, directed by Steven Caple Jr. and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Feature Film: Audrey’s Children from UTA and Ronald McDonald House Charities, directed by Ami Canaan Mann.

Social Impact Award: One Good Reason from ServiceNow, Tribeca Studios, and directors Perri Peltz and Matthew O’Neill.

Environmental Impact Award: PROJECT MAJI: WATERS OF CHANGE VR EXPERIENCE from Born Studios and directors Bilge Tekin, Dominic Clarke, and Nicholas Masters-Waage.

 

 

 

Photos Courtesy of Tribeca Festival

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