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Theatre and Music News: Audra McDonald, Carla Gugino, Bobby Cannavale, Annie Golden, Max Von Essen, Steven Boyer, Plaza Suite, The Box, MOVE MEANT and More

Theatre and Music News: Audra McDonald, Carla Gugino, Bobby Cannavale, Annie Golden, Max Von Essen, Steven Boyer, Plaza Suite, The Box, MOVE MEANT and More

The place to be this summer is Williamstown Theater Festival where Audra McDonald, Carla Gugino and Bobby Cannavale take on Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire. Directed by Robert O’Hara (“Slave Play” on Broadway) the revival will open the Williamstown Theater Festival’s season and will run through July 19th. Anna Ziegler play Photograph 51, which I gave a rave review when it first opened at EST., will run from June 30 through Aug. 23rd. Susan Stroman will direct.

Cult of Love, by Leslye Headland, a creator of the Netflix series “Russian Doll.”, runs July 22 through Aug. 2nd. Directed by Trip Cullman it stars Kate Burton (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and Taylor Schilling (“Orange Is the New Black”). The story centers on a family grappling with differences in religious, political and sexual identity while at home for the holidays.

Chonburi International Hotel & Butterfly Club, by Shakina Nayfack follows a group of transgender women at a hotel in Thailand and stars Annie Golden.“Row, a musical with book by Daniel Goldstein and music and lyrics by Dawn Landes t follows the first woman to row a boat across the Atlantic Ocean solo.

Steven Boyer, Nia Calloway, Shawn Randall, and Rocky Vega

Steven Boyer stars in the Cherry Lane Theatre workshop of (The Making Of) How to Save the World in 90 Minutes by writer/composer Shawn Randall, directed by Alfredo Narciso and mentored by Diana Oh. Performances will run March 4-14 at the Cherry Lane Studio Theatre. Cast includes Nia Calloway, Shawn Randall, and Rocky Vega.

Max Von Essen
Max Von Essen photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

The Broadway’s Future Songbook Series, presented by Arts and Artists of Tomorrow, will continue February 24 in the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Produced, directed, and hosted by John Znidarsic, the free evening will spotlight the songs of James B. Rubio, with lyrics by David Caudle and Katie Baldwin Eng. Show time is 6 PM. Performers will include Tony nominee Max von Essen, Annie Golden, Elizabeth Ward Land, Nick Rehberger, Gavin Rohrer, Samantha Bruce, Cat Rakowski, Kenneth Gartman, Michael Deleget, Caroline Selia, and Lisette Glodowski.

Prospect Theater Company presents 2020 Musical Theater Lab, MOVE MEANT.  The lab’s culminating presentations are Monday and Tuesday Feb. 17th and 18th at 7:00pm at The Ailey Citigroup Theater, The Joan Weill Center for Dance (405 West 55th St. at 9th Ave.)   The cast of actor-singers and dancers includes: Maya Addie, Logan Anthony, Alan Ariano (Felix Starro, Prospect’s Honor), Ryan Bauer-Walsh (Billy Elliott, Prospect’s Death for Five Voices), Iris Beaumier (Theatre Aspen’sRagtime), Renee Claire Bergeron (Gallery’s A Man of No Importance), Sara Brophy (Amazing Grace, Prospect’s Iron Curtain), Michelle Liu Coughlin(LCT’s The King & I, National Tour), Melani De Guzman, Kristina Dizon, Julia Johanos (Jack, York Theatre), Angela Joy, Bridget Keenan, Maya Kitayama, Elise Kowalick (Goodspeed’s Music Man), David Rowen (Three Little Birds, New Victory), Sara Elizabeth States, Hansel Tan (Prospect’sUnlock’d, American Morning), Malachi Vaughn, Raheem Wallace, Jeff Williams (Goodspeed’s Rags, Prospect’s Death for Five Voices), Peter Williams, and Carla Woods (TUTS Mamma Mia!, Prospect’s Monument). 

Prospect’s annual Musical Theater Lab brings together 8 writing teams and 8 choreographers to generate an evening of original, ten-minute musicals inspired by social, political and artistic movements across history.  Each original short work will include dance or movement as a central element in its storytelling.  Writers in the MOVE MEANT Lab, selected through an open application process, include: Marc Chan, Anderson Cook & Amanda D’Archangelis, Tia DeShazor & Derrick Byars, Mary Ann Frank & Andrew Levine, John Herin & Alden Terry, Christopher Inniss & Charles Inniss, Katelynn Kenney & Alex Parrish, and Meghan Torone & Kent Kim.  The choreographers, also selected through an open application process, include Rodney A. Brown, Rachel Leigh Dolan, Eun Young Park, Kristen Brooks Sandler, Ginger Thatcher, Breton Tyner-Bryan, Tony Williams II,and Sidney Erik Wright.    A full roster of lab writer and choreographer bios are available on the Prospect website.  Dev Bondarin is the director, and Abel Garriga music directs.  The lab is line produced by Hayley Isaacson.   Prospect’s IGNITE Concert Series showcases compelling new musical theater works in concert settings.  For tickets ($25) and information, please visit www.ProspectTheater.org  or call 212-352-3101.

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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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