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Theater Resources Unlimited’s TRU Love Benefit: Follow Your Art, Fulfill Your Dreams Will be Honoring James Morgan and Haley Swindal



Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) welcomes A Little Night Music‘s original Petra, D’Jamin Bartlett, to the line-up of featured performers for the 2019 TRU Love Benefit: Follow Your Art, Fulfill Your Dreams. Also newly announced is legendary lyricist Sheldon Harnick (Tony winner for Fiddler on the Roof, Pulitzer Prize and Tony winner for Fiorello!, plus She Loves MeThe Rothschilds, The Apple Tree), writer André Catrini (part of The York’s NEO 7 celebration of new writers, The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit), Jessica Hendy (Broadway: Amour, Aida, Cats), writer Allan Knee (Broadway: Little Women; Finding Neverland, The Jazz Age, The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit),Desi Oakley (Wicked, Eva Peron in the First National Tour of Evita!), producer/performer Jana Robbins (Gypsy, Tale of The Allergist’s Wife, This One’s for the Girls; producer of Little Women, Ragtime revival, Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof) and Conor Ryan (Desperate Measures at The York and off-Broadway; Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway; Victory Train). They join previously announced York favorite Nancy Anderson (Yank!, Jolson & Co., Fanny Hill at the York; plus A Class Act, Sunset Boulevard and Wonderful Town on Broadway; Kiss Me Kate in London), Allie Trim (Juliet and Juliet, Enter Laughing at the York, Broadway: Bye Bye Birdie revival, 13) and Richard Maltby Jr., Tony winning director (Ain’t Misbehavin’, Fosse) and lyricist (Baby, Big, Closer Than Ever, Miss Saigon). The illustrious hosts for the afternoon are Broadway’s Lee Roy Reams (Tony nominee for 42nd Street, La Cage aux Folles, The Producers, Beauty and the Beast) and sports broadcaster Suzyn Waldman, NY Yankees commentator. The event honors James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director of The York Theatre who will receive TRU’s Spirit of Theater Award in celebration of his selfless dedication to musical theater, both its history and its future; and performer and producer Haley Swindal who will receive the TRU Entrepreneur Award for successfully balancing her career as a theater, film and concert performer with a passion for producing, as well as her generous mentoring and support of so many. 

The celebration will take place on Sunday, December 8, 2019 with VIP cocktail hour at 12pm, luncheon at 1pm at Caroline’s on Broadway, 1626 Broadway (between 49th & 50th Streets). Tickets start at $85 (show only, and two drinks); tickets including luncheon start at $115. For additional information and ticket tier pricing, please visit

The show and awards ceremony will be directed by Will Nunziata, concert director for Platinum recording artist Jackie Evancho, Tony Award winner Lillias White, Broadway’s Haley Swindal, and Soul Train Award winner Nicole Henry. Music director will be Tracy Stark, 11-time MAC Award winner for Music Director, Piano Bar Entertainer, and Song of the Year; Bistro Award winner for Musical Direction; Cabaret Hotline’s Songwriter of the Year Award winner.

The event starts with a cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres, plus relaxing chair massages provided by Oasis Day Spa, followed by a three-course luncheon. The performance will include a live auction with bids taken for Yankee Legends Suite baseball tickets, Hamilton tickets, a seven night/eight day Uniworld European River Cruise for two including transfers and shore excursions, as well as an $11,000 eight-night Crystal Cruises Canada cruise.

What is ‘TRU Love’?In 2001, TRU created the Spirit of Theater Award to recognize members of the theater producing community who have shown exceptional generosity of spirit, helping TRU itself and also giving opportunities to up-and-coming members of the theater community, with a special focus on aspiring producers. The TRU Entrepreneur Award was created in 2010 to acknowledge and encourage self-producing artists; the intention has broadened to recognize the initiative of a range of successful producing artist members of the community. 

Theater Resources Unlimited(TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-seven year old 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to function healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of the arts. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies. TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program taught by prominent producers and general managers in New York theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop business skills. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop, How to Write a Musical That Works and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include an Annual Combined Audition. 

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:


The Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience Makes Its Debut in New York City



Your presence is requested at the most exclusive ball of the season! Now is your chance to secure your invitation to an immersive experience transporting you straight to the Regency era. Prepare to mingle with other members of the Ton as you sip on cocktails and partake in an evening of music and dance. Rumor has it that Her Majesty Queen Charlotte is looking for the diamond of the season, but will you be the one to win her favor?

Starting Thursday, April 27 through the summer, with performances running Wednesdays through Sundays, head to Mediapro Manhattan Studio – 508 W 37th St. Join the waitlist today to reserve your spot HERE. Tickets start at $49.00 per person.

The event is a 90-minute immersive experience, co-produced by Netflix, Shondaland and Fever, The Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience will transport fans of the hit series and global sensation to England’s Regency-era London for a performance with musicians playing LIVE music inspired by the series, including the classical covers of contemporary songs. Guests will relive iconic love stories through a music and dance show and immersive character interactions.

  Attendees will be greeted by the voice of the enigmatic Lady Whistledown, and are presented with opportunities to prove they are deserving of Her Majesty, the Queen’s attention in an attempt to win the Queen’s favor to be named the season’s Diamond. The experience features immersive vignettes, including a Regency-era Painting Studio for guests to strike their most regal pose, and a boutique to admire original costumes from Bridgerton and Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story.

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No Longer Is It I Love New York But We Love NYC



Mayor Eric Adams and Governor Kathy Hochul kicked off the “We Love NYC” campaign today.

“This ‘We Love NYC’ campaign will help to capture that energy and preserve the city’s spirit by encouraging New Yorkers of every background to come together, get involved and make a positive change in their community,” Hochul said in a statement. “Listen you guys, in the 1970s things were awful here and crime was at record levels,” Hochul said.

Have they looked at the statistics? For the month of January 2023, the number of overall shooting incidents and murders in New York City stands at a 24-year high. Then there is the migrant problem and DA Alvin Braggs letting criminals run rampant.

“New York is not coming back, New York is back,” stated Adams.

Anna Uzele, who plays Francine Evans inner Broadway musical New York, New York, sang the title song at the launch.

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Kids Night On Broadway Is Tonight



Kids’ Night on Broadway, is where young people age 18 and under can see a participating Broadway show for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult*. A Kids’ Night on Broadway ticket also includes restaurant discounts, parking discounts, and more. Select shows will offer in-theatre activities for kids including talkbacks and activity books.

Participating shows include:

& Juliet
A Beautiful Noise

Bad Cinderella
Bob Fosse’s Dancin’
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Kimberly Akimbo
Life of Pi
The Lion King
MJ The Musical
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Peter Pan Goes Wrong
(NOTE: due to show schedules, the Kids’ Night promotion for SIX took place yesterday)
Some Like it Hot

If you haven’t gotten your ticket,,,,it is time to do so.

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