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Presented by Playbill and Times Square Alliance, Pride in Times Square is a weekend of FREE LGBTQIA+ events, panels, concerts and surprises taking place on Friday June 24 and Saturday June 25, 2022, in Times Square. Event timing and performers will be announced at a later date and subject to change. The event takes place rain or shine!

Pride in Times Square is made possible thanks to our sponsors: ViiV, Audible, and Jeep.

Friday June 24, 2022 Mainstage Programming

12:00PM – PRIDE IN TIMES SQUARE KICK-OFF
Join Playbill, Times Square Alliance, and leaders from Broadway and LGBTQIA+ Organizations as they kick off Pride in Times Square!

1:00PM – THE NATIONAL GAY & LESBIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – PRIDE CELEBRATION
Join The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) as they celebrate Pride on the Times Square Mainstage! Special guests include Justin Nelson, NGLCC Co-Founder & President, representatives from GrubHub and more!

2:00PM – AUSTIN ARTISTS PROJECT – PRIDE CELEBRATION
Infused with beloved Broadway and pop classics, interwoven with personal stories from Grammy and Tony recognized performers who all identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, Austin Artists Project takes to the Main Stage with a Pride-filled celebration! Performers Include Nicole Talbot, Jada Cato, Mela Sarajane Dailey, Rocky Lane and a special appearance by Sky & Kai.

4:00PM – ALI FORNEY CENTER – PRIDE CELEBRATION
Join Marti Gould Cummings and AFC’s President/Executive Director Alexander Roque, as they celebrate Pride and share in AFC mission is to protect LGBTQ+ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently. For more information on AFC: aliforneycenter.org

5:00PM – BEAU in Concert
Celebrate Pride with the all-new musical Beau, a raw, energetic, and heartfelt musical that celebrates family, music, queerness and love. BEAU in Concert performers include Ben Rosenberry, Aisha Jackson and Saint Aubyn.

6:00PM – NEW YORK CITY GAY MEN’S CHORUS – PRIDE CELEBRATION
The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus is a world-class, world-renowned New York institution and a pioneering voice for the LGBTQ community. Comprised of more than 260 talented singers of various ages, backgrounds, and experiences, NYCGMC are fearless champions for love, equality, and acceptance. http://www.nycgmc.org/. Under the helm of Artistic Director Jared Brayton Bollenbacher, performers include David Warner, Edwin Yangga, Glenn Nobel, Helio Sepulveda Zornosa, Jon Shepherd, Nicolas Jourdan, Will Martorano, Brian Bice, Don King, Diante Aiken, Giamliero Bartoli, Jeffrey Meyer, Jordan Barbakoff, Jose Covarrubias, Patrick Leader, Alexander Scholar, Antonio Valverde, Brian Scott, Jim Vivyan, Jonah von der Embse, Ralph Passabte, Russell John’s, Stephen Brown, Adam Barrett, Ashton Giese, Bruce Ward, Charlie Rickle, Doug Rosensweig, Matthew Osborne, Robert Featherstone, Ty Nigel, Adam Walker, Arthur Broat, Mark Schall, Matthew Androsiglio, Steven Chaiken, Artemis Mendoza, David, Lorenzo Lopez, Lukas Weiss, Branden Holzer, Dario Bolfi, Frank Stabcati, Herb Rubenstein, Juan Colon, Nick Prior, Techs Robinson, Austin Amarillo, James Knobloch, Matt Koplik, Phil Bialer, Takefumi Semba and Trevor Chauvin, with Aaron Dai providing accompaniment.

7:00PM – GLAAD – PRIDE CELEBRATION
Join singer/songwriter Neil Davis Scibelli and GLAAD Representatives Sarah Kennedy and Jose Useche as they celebrate rewriting the script for LGBTQ acceptance! GLAAD is proud to tackle tough issues and shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. As they work to protect all that has been accomplished and create a world where everyone can live the life they love, hear more as they take the stage!

Friday June 24, 2022 Playbill Piano Bar Programming

12:30PM – JOEY CONTRERAS in Concert
Joey Contreras is a musical theatre pop songwriter, Fred Ebb Award finalist and a two-time Jonathan Larson Grant finalist. Celebrate Joey’s music with special guests: Brian Russell Carey, Deon’te Goodman, Amanda Lopez, Henry Platt, David Socolar, and Charlie Fusari!

1:30PM & 2:30PM – PLAYBILL PRIDE MIX Piano Sing-Along
Join pianist Brandon James Gwinn at the Sing for Hope piano for a pride-filled sing along of Broadway showtunes that celebrate all-things PRIDE!

4:30PM – AUSTIN ARTISTS PROJECT: SING OUT!
Infused with beloved Broadway and pop classics, interwoven with personal stories from Grammy and Tony recognized performers who all identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, Austin Artists Project takes to the Piano Stage with even more Pride! Performers Include Nicole Talbot, Jada Cato, Mela Sarajane Dailey, Rocky Lane, special appearances by Sky & Kai, with Todd Olson on piano.

5:30PM – JJ MALEY in Concert
Join JJ Maley, a trans nonbinary Tony-Nominated producer, actor, writer, director, and consultant, and “Team Starkid’s” Esther Fallick as they take the stage telling stories and singing songs that celebrate Pride with Farrah Rothman on piano.

Saturday June 25, 2022 Mainstage Programming

10:00AM – HEAD OVER HEELS: Pride Sing-Along Concert
HEAD OVER HEELS is a bold musical comedy set to the music of the iconic 1980’s all-female rock band The Go-Go’s. A hilarious and exuberant celebration of love, join cast members from the all-new Gateway Performing Arts Center production of HEAD OVER HEELS in celebration! Performers include: Jennifer Byrne, Renee Marie Titus, Molly Rushing, Gina Ward, Josh Canfield, Turner Riley, Lincoln Belford, Shannon Conboy, Jesse Jones, Maya Kazzaz, Ashley Klinger, and Vincent Ortega with Andrew Haile Austin (MD/keys), Joe Loschiavo (guitar), Rich Adams (guitar), Ricky Enderle(bass) and Andrew Warren (drums).

11:00AM – A STRANGE LOOP: Pride Panel
Celebrate the 2022 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, A STRANGE LOOP on the Pride in Times Square Main Stage! Listen to Pulitzer/Tony Award-winner Michael R. Jackson and the cast share their experiences in this groundbreaking musical and their experiences as part of the LGBTQIA+ community. Bold and heartfelt in its truth-telling, A STRANGE LOOP is the big, Black, and queer-ass Great American Musical for all!

12:00PM – TABOO: Pride Sing-Along Concert
Taboo the Musical is a love story set against the artistic backdrop of the New Romantic period in 1980s England, interweaving autobiographical elements from the lives of Leigh Bowery, and Boy George. This concert will reunite original Broadway cast members Euan Morton (Boy George), Liz McCartney (Big Sue), Cary Shields (Marcus) and Sarah Uriarte Berry (Nicola), as well as members of the original Broadway ensemble, Lori Holmes Clark, Alex Quiroga, Denise Summerford and Greg Treco. Tony-nominated costume designer, Bobby Pearce, will coordinate the wardrobe including some original pieces from the show. The band includes Kevin Kuhn, Ray Marchica and Steve Millhouse and the concert is Directed & Conducted by original Music Supervisor and Arranger, John McDaniel.

1:00PM – FOWL PLAY in Concert
FOWL PLAY is a new musical comedy about two Broadway wannabes who are hired to write an apology musical for a homophobic fried chicken company. When the fast-talking CEO, Kimberly Chickadee (RuPaul’s Drag Race star Rosé), promises a major payout and an opportunity to build bridges with their scorned community, Archie and Xander bite off more than they can chew when they discover the top-secret ingredients of rainbow capitalism… and those juicy chicken sandwiches. Concert performers include Billy Recce, Yoni Weiss, JJ Niemann, Murphy Taylor Smith, Sarah Kleist, Lauren Robinson, Megan Griggs, Joseph Allen, Zach Bravo, Ashley LaLonde, Bryan Munar, Todd Buonopane, Jacob Simon, Noah Virgile, Chris Isolano, and Hannah Skokan with Jon Audric Nelson on keys, Joe Novello on drums and Jack Beal on bass.

2:00PM – THE PROM: Pride Sing-Along Concert
Join original cast members Caitlin Kinnunen, Gabi Campo and Isabella McCalla as they bring a sing along of THE PROM to the heart of Broadway: Times Square! Pianist Brandon James Gwinn and the cast members are set, ready: It’s Time to Dance!

3:30PM – HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH: Pride Sing-Along Concert
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is the landmark musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask that is “groundbreaking and undoubtedly ahead of its time” (Entertainment Weekly). This genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. Winner of four 2014 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH comes to Times Square with Mason Alexander Park, Stephen Trask, Sean Liliquist, Justin Craig and Andres Valbuena ready to ROCK The Stage!

4:30PM – AUDIBLE PRIDE CELEBRATION
Presented by Audible, join stage and screen star Shakina Nayfack, her band and special guests as they celebrate Pride with selections from Shakina’s award-winning solo show MANIFEST PUSSY, and discussion of the groundbreaking CHONBURI INTERNATIONAL HOTEL & BUTTERFLY CLUB. Audible proudly continues the tradition of partnering with Pride and elevating voices that deserve to be heard. This celebration is sure to be remembered and celebrated!

6:00PM – THE BIG BROADWAY DISCO
Join Playbill as New York and Times Square celebrates Pride like never before. Times Square will “ignite the night” with THE BIG BROADWAY DISCO – a large-scale street party that invites revelers to dance through Times Square to classic and contemporary Broadway songs and performances – all with a disco flare! For more information, check out the Big Broadway Disco Homepage!

Saturday June 25, 2022 Playbill Piano Bar Programming

10:30AM & 11:30AM – PLAYBILL PRIDE MIX Piano Sing-Along
Join pianist Brandon James Gwinn at the Sing for Hope piano for a pride-filled sing along of Broadway showtunes that celebrate all-things PRIDE!

1:30PM – FUN HOME: Piano Sing-Along
Join pianist Drew Wutke at the Sing for Hope piano for a sing along of one of the most groundbreaking productions ever to hit Broadway: FUN HOME. Winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical and based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, sing along to favorites including “Ring of Keys”, “Come To The Fun Home”, “Days and Days” and celebrate all-things FUN HOME!

2:30PM – LA CAGE AUX FOLLES: Piano Sing-Along
Join pianist Drew Wutke at the Sing for Hope for a LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Sing Along! Based on the French play of the same name, the musical by Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Herman tells of a flamboyant gay couple who must pretend to be straight for one night and the madness that ensues. With classic songs like “I Am What I Am”, “Song on the Sand”, and more, get swept away in this Tony-Award winning, pride-filled musical.

4:00PM – TRANS ENTERTAINMENT GUILD – Pride Cabaret Celebration
The Trans Entertainment Guild (TEG) is a recent addition to the arts advocacy community dedicated to improving the lives and working conditions of trans, gender expansive, and gender non-conforming professionals in entertainment. All are welcome to join as TEG celebrates Pride with an all-TGNC group performing selections from THE CIVILITY OF ALBERT CASHIER with book by GLAAD nominated writer Jay Paul Deratany, music by trans Americana artist Joe Stevens and Emmy-nominee Keaton Wooden (lyrics by Stevens, Wooden, and Deratany), WE ARE THE TIGERS by L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation winner and Jeff nominee Preston Max Allen, among other works by TGNC musical theatre writers. This event will engage and uplift our audience and together, we will celebrate trans lives and liberation for everyone. Performers include Achilles Mulkey (he/they), Áy Vi Luu (they/she), DeShawn Jenkins (they/them), Dexter Warren (he/they), Fin Gagnon (they/he), Imani Russell (they/them), Jace ‘n Ziev (they/ziv), Kristyn Michele(they/them), Lily Ali-Oshatz (any pronouns), Mark Mendez Muñoz (they/he), Nikomeh Anderson (they/he/Nik), Parker Wallis (they/she/fae), Salem Corwin (he/him), and Stevie Jae Davis (they/them). The concert is directed by Mika Kauffman (they/ze/he), music directed by Nicole D’Angelo(she/they), and additional accompaniment by guitarist and singer/songwriter Will Shishmanian.

5:00PM – GIRLFRIEND FROM HELL in Concert
GIRLFRIEND FROM HELL: THE MUSICAL is a hilarious homage to the “best/worst” 80’s movies, and a wild night that you won’t soon forget. After being pushed over the edge by the most popular kids at school, four-eyed wallflower, Maggie Miller, cries to the heavens for help. But it is Satan who hears her cry, and transforms her into a big-haired, high-heeled, foul mouthed, sex bomb rocker who’s hungry for revenge! These hilarious musical beams pride and positivity, with a touch of Satan’s sass! Participants include Tara Martinez and Giuliana DePietro, with book/music writer Sean Matthew Whiteford, and director Rachel Klein, as well as Lena Gabrielle on piano and Mark Garthwait on guitar.

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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Ken Fallin’s Broadway: Jeremy Jordan

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It has been announced that Tony and Grammy Award nominee Jeremy Jordan will return to Skid Row in Little Shop of Horrors and resume the lead role of Seymour. Jordan joins Joy Woods (Six) as Audrey, beginning Tuesday, July 25, 2023 for a strictly limited 8 week engagement through Sunday, September 17, 2023 at The Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street). As previously announced, Tony Award Winner Matt Doyle (Company) will play his final performance on July 16, 2023.
This drawing features Jeremy in his Tony and Grammy nominated performance as performance as Jack Kelly in Newsies.
In 2011, prior to Newsies, Jeremy originated the role  of Clyde Barrow in Bonnie & Clyde. This earned him the Theatre World. T2C’s Suzanna Bowling caught up with him at the Theatre World Awards this Monday.
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Countdown to The Tony Awards: Who Will and Who Should Win Best Direction of a Musical, Best Choreography and More

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The countdown is on and the winners of the 2022/2023 season will be announced in a live televised ceremony on Sunday, June 11. 

Here is who we think will win and who should.

Michael Arden

Direction of a Musical

The Nominees

Michael Arden, Parade
Lear deBessonet, Into the Woods
Casey Nicholaw, Some Like It Hot
Jack O’Brien, Shucked
Jessica Stone, Kimberly Akimbo

Parade is another of the theatre communities darlings and it is well deserved. Arden is Tony nominated and never won. Nicholaw has been nominated 6 times as a director, won for Book of Mormon. As much as I think he deserves this award, I just don’t see it happening,

Will win: Michael Arden
Should win: Casey Nicholaw

Casey Nicholaw

Casey Nicholaw Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions

Best Choreography

The Nominees

Steven Hoggett, Sweeney Todd
Casey Nicholaw, Some Like It Hot
Susan Stroman, New York, New York
Jennifer Weber, & Juliet
Jennifer Weber, KPOP

There really is no beating Casey Nicholaw’s choreography in this show. It is powerful, joyous, in perfect harmony as they dance and move as one.

Will win: Casey Nicholaw
Should win: Casey Nicholaw

Outstanding Book of a Musical David Lindsay-Abaire, Kimberly Akimbo

Best Book of a Musical 

The Nominees
David West Read, & Juliet
David Lindsay-Abaire, Kimberly Akimbo
David Thompson and Sharon Washington, New York, New York
Robert Horn, Shucked
Matthew López & Amber Ruffin, Some Like It Hot 

The theater community loves Kimberly Akimbo and they love David Lindsay-Abaire. Robert Horn won for Tootsie and now with Shucked, you laugh at his pure and corny entertainment, but this is a tough category this year and even Matthew López & Amber Ruffin for Some Like It Hot deserve the prize. 

Will win: David Lindsay-Abaire
Should win: Robert Horn

Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre  

The Nominees
Tom Kitt (music & lyrics) and Cameron Crowe (lyrics), Almost Famous
Jeanine Tesori (music) and David Lindsay-Abaire (lyrics), Kimberly Akimbo
Helen Park and Max Vernon, KPOP
Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally, Shucked
Marc Shaiman (music & lyrics) and Scott Wittman (lyrics), Some Like It Hot 

Shaiman and Wittman’s score knocks you over with a feather, while you wish to be bad. They will ride out the storm and kick out those darker shades of blue to Zee Bap to take it up a step!

Will win: Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Should win: Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman 

Best Orchestrations

The Nominees

Bill Sherman and Dominic Fallacaro, & Juliet
John Clancy, Kimberly Akimbo
Jason Howland, Shucked
Charlie Rosen & Bryan Carter, Some Like It Hot
Daryl Waters & Sam Davis, New York, New York

These two make Shaiman and Wittman’s score sound hotter than hot.

Will win: Charlie Rosen & Bryan Carter
Should win: Charlie Rosen & Bryan Carter

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Theatre News: Doubt: A Parable, Here Lies Love, Prayer for the French Republic, Eisenhower and Hell’s Kitchen

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Tyne Daly and Liev Schreiber will star in a revival of Doubt: A Parable on Broadway. The production is to begin performances next February at the American Airlines Theater.

The new production is produced by the Roundabout Theater Company, and will be directed by Scott Ellis, who has been serving as the nonprofit’s interim artistic director since the death of artistic director Todd Haimes in April.

The play, by John Patrick Shanley, is about a nun who suspects a priest has sexually abused a student at a Catholic school. In 2005, the year it first opened on Broadway, it won both the Pulitzer Prize for drama and the Tony Award for best play; it was later adapted into a film and an opera.

Daly, who will play the nun who serves as the school principal, and Schreiber, who will play the parish priest, are both Tony winners. Daly, is known for her role in  “Cagney & Lacey”. She won the 1990 Tony Award for her portrayal as Mama Rose in the revival of Gypsy. Schreiber, is the star of Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.” He won a Tony Award in 2005 for a revival of Glengarry Glen Ross.

Doubt is one of three plays to be staged by Roundabout this coming season. The others are I Need That, a new play  by Theresa Rebek starring Danny DeVito alongside his daughter, Lucy, and Home, a 1979 revival, directed by Kenny Leon, by Samm-Art Williams.

David Byrne, Fatboy Slim and Here Lies Love are causing controversy with their July Broadway debut. The show’s extensive use of prerecorded music has the American Federation of Musicians’ Local 802, up in arms. The Local’s Broadway musical contract stipulate that productions employ 19 live musicians.

In response to the union’s concerns, Byrne and the show’s PR team released a statement on Instagram to lay out the production’s revolutionary format and genre-bending originality. Here Lies Love is not a traditional Broadway musical. The music is drawn outside of the traditional music genre. The performance of the live vocals to pre-recorded, artificial tracks is paramount to its artistic concept. Production has ripped out the seats in the theater and built a dance floor. There is no longer a proscenium stage. The Broadway Theater has been transformed into a nightclub, with every theatergoer immersed in the experience.

Here Lies Love is on Broadway because Broadway must support boundary-pushing creative work. Broadway is also the venue for a well conceived, high-quality show that highlights the valued traditions of specific cultures whose stories have never been on its stages. Here Lies Love does not believe in artistic gatekeepers. Here Lies Love believes in a Broadway for everyone, where new creative forms push the medium and create new traditions and audiences.

I saw Here Lies Love at The Public and not sure what kind of fast talking this is, but this statement rings false and full of how can we cut the costs while sticking it to the audience.

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Prayer for the French Republic, by Joshua Harmon is coming to Broadway this season.This award-winning Off Broadway production played to rave reviews at The Manhattan Theatre Club. The production was the winner of the 2022 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play and Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play. Broadway performances will begin previews on Tuesday, December 19, at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, with an official opening night on Tuesday, January 9, 2024. David Cromer directs.

Off Broadway: Tony winner John Rubinstein starts previews June 13 at St. Clement’s in one-man show Eisenhower.

Alicia Keys’ musical Hell’s Kitchen will run at The Public Theater from October 24 – December 10, starring Shoshana Bean. Inspired by Keys’ own life, the new musical features an original score by the 15-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, with a book by Kristoffer Diaz. Hell’s Kitchen will be directed by Michael Greif and choreographed by Camille A. Brown.

Leading the cast will be Maleah Joi Moon as Ali, opposite Bean as Ali’s mother Jersey, with Brandon Victor Dixon as Ali’s father Davis, Chad Carstarphen as Ray, Vanessa Ferguson as Tiny, Crystal Monee Hall as Crystal, Chris Lee as Knuck, Jackie Leon as Jessica, Kecia Lewis as Ali’s piano teacher Miss Liza Jane, Mariand Torres as Maria, and Lamont Walker II as Riq.

Completing the cast are Reid Clarke, Chloe Davis, Nico DeJesus, Timothy L. Edwards, Raechelle Manalo, Sarah Parker, and Niki Saludez, with understudies Badia Farha, Gianna Harris, Onyxx Noel, William Roberson, and Donna Vivino.

The musical is described as a coming-of-age story set in a cramped apartment in the neighborhood of the title near Times Square, where 17-year-old Ali is desperate to get her piece of the New York dream. Ali’s mother is just as determined to protect her daughter from the same mistakes she made. When Ali falls for a talented young drummer, both mother and daughter must face hard truths about race, defiance, and growing up.

The production has set design by Robert Brill, costumes by Dede Ayite, lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Gareth Owens, and projection design by Peter Nigrini.

 

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Countdown to The Tony Awards: Who Will and Who Should Win in Best Performance in a Musical

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The countdown is on and the winners of the 2022/2023 season will be announced in a live televised ceremony on Sunday, June 11. 

Here is who we think will win and who should.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical 

The Nominees

Annaleigh Ashford, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Sara Bareilles, Into the Woods
Victoria Clark, Kimberly Akimbo
Lorna Courtney, & Juliet
Micaela Diamond, Parade 

This to us is a no brainer … Victoria Clark performance has stood out since she brought Kimberly Akimbo to life off-Broadway in 2021. Though Annaleigh is a terrific performer this is Victoria’s year.

Will Win: Victoria Clark
Should Win: Victoria Clark 

J. Harrison Ghee photo by Marc J. Franklin)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical 

The Nominees

Christian Borle, Some Like It Hot
J. Harrison Ghee, Some Like It Hot
Josh Groban, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Brian d’Arcy James, Into the Woods
Ben Platt, Parade
Colton Ryan, New York, New York 

This is another no brainer J. Harrison Ghee gives a textured layered performance. Ben Platt and Josh Groban cancel each other out, though both are riveting performances.

Will win: J. Harrison Ghee
Should win: J. Harrison Ghee 

Bonnie Milligan photo by Joan Marcus

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical 

The Nominees

Julia Lester, Into the Woods
Ruthie Ann Miles, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Bonnie Milligan, Kimberly Akimbo
NaTasha Yvette Williams, Some Like It Hot
Betsy Wolfe, & Juliet 

Bonnie Milligan took the theatre community by storm in Head Over Heels, but it was not her time. This year Milligan commands the stage and you definitely remember her performance.

Will win: Bonnie Milligan
Should win: Bonnie Milligan 

Alex Newell photo by Matthew Murphy & Evan Zimmerman)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical 

The Nominees

Kevin Cahoon, Shucked
Justin Cooley, Kimberly Akimbo
Kevin Del Aguila, Some Like It Hot
Jordan Donica, Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot
Alex Newell, Shucked 

Many think Alex Newell was snubbed in 2018 for his performance in Once on This Island. Newell gets standing ovations over at Shucked for “Independently Owned” and they are well deserved. Kevin Del Aguila to me was a breath of fresh air and made me love his performance not once, but twice.

Will win: Alex Newell
Should win:Kevin Del Aguila

 

 

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National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Summer Soirée With Barry Manilow, Julie Benko, Adam B. Shapiro, Michael Zegen and More

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On June 19 the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Summer Soirée at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers is set to impress. Adam B. Shapiro (from the cast of the award winning Fiddler on The Roof in Yiddish), will be the Master of Ceremonies The celebrity address will be by Michael Zegen, co-star of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” with a special performance by Julie Benko, the sensational breakout star of Broadway’s Funny Girl. Benko has joined the cast of Harmony coming to Broadway this fall.

Musical Moments from NYTF’s Upcoming Season including a performance by Danny Kornfeld from Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s Broadway Bound New Musical ‘Harmony

The evening will also feature performances from artists who have been part of  NYTF’s stellar productions, including a special appearance by The Mameles, whose singing trio – Maya Jacobson, Raquel Nobile and Jodi Snyder – met while starring in Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish.

Throughout the night, attendees also will be treated to performances by: Dani Apple, Joanne H. Borts, Aaron Diskin, Brian Glassman, Sophie Knapp, Annette Ezekiel Kogan, Yosef Kogan, Frank London, Avram Mlotek, Jenny Romaine, Rachel Yucht, Avi Fox-Rosen, Ilya Shneyveys, Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch, and Matt Temkin and the Schechter Bergen Children’s Chorus

Indulge in a delightful cocktail reception followed by an exquisite dinner as you prepare to be dazzled with exclusive previews of musical moments from NYTF’s upcoming 2023-2024 Season.

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