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Theatre News: Dustin Hoffman, Hadestown and Baseball, Saturday Night Seder, The Actors Fund Insurance

Theatre News: Dustin Hoffman, Hadestown and Baseball, Saturday Night Seder, The Actors Fund Insurance

Dustin Hoffman as Shylock in Peter Hall’s 1989 production of “The Merchant of Venice.”

Look for Dustin Hoffman to take on iconic role of the Stage Manager in a Broadway revival of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town.  Scott Rudin and Bartlett are teaming up again after the hit To Kill a Mockingbird). Rubin is also bringing Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster in with the revival of The Music Man.

Hoffman was last seen on the Main Stem as Shylock in the 1989 revival of The Merchant of Venice, for which he earned a Tony nomination. He opened the production months after winning an Oscar for his performance in Rain Man

Alice Childress’ Trouble in Mind from Roundabout Theatre Company is also slated to arrive sometime next year.

Hadestown, Broadway’s Tony Award®-winning Best New Musical, and past and present Major League Baseball players have come together and released two exclusive videos in celebration of the start of Spring Training and Broadway’s eventual and inevitable return. 

Hadestown composer Anaïs Mitchell and cast members Grammy Award® winner Reeve Carney, Tony Award winner Andre Dé Shields, Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Kay Trinidad and the Hadestown band are joined by Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Steven Brault, Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman and MLB All-Star Josh Bell, MLB Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, New York Yankees legend and World Series Champion Bernie Williams, and MLB All-Star and World Series Champion Nick Swisher, along with Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson. 

The video of “Wait For Me” with new lyrics by Anaïs Mitchell featuring Steven Brault and Reeve Carney sharing the part of Orpheus and Josh Bell and Andre Dé Shields sharing the role of Hermes and the Hadestown Fates Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Kay Trinidad

The video of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” featuring additional lyrics by Mitchell, orchestrations by Tony Award winner Todd Sickafoose and Hadestown music director Liam Robinson

The collaboration was inspired by Brault’s album A Pitch at Broadway (www.stevenbraultalbum.com) which was released this spring and features some of the greatest songs from the top Broadway musicals including Hadestown anthem “Wait for Me.” When both baseball and Broadway were shuttered due to the COVID-19 crisis, the teams got to work to celebrate these great American institutions and their devoted fans.

Ghostlight Records announced the release of two singles from Saturday Night Seder, “When You Believe,” with powerhouse vocalists Cynthia Erivo and Shoshana Bean, accompanied by esteemed composer Stephen Schwartz, as well as the original song, “Next Year,” sung by composer/musician Shaina Taub and actor/singer Skylar Astin. All profits from both re-recorded and remastered singles will benefit Jews For Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ). To stream or download the singles, please visit ghostlightrecords.lnk.to/saturdaynightseder

The iconic ballad “When You Believe,” by Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz, speaks to the transformative power of hope and faith to carry people through troubled times.

“Next Year” was written by Hannah Friedman, Benj Pasek, Mark Sonnenblick, and Shaina Taub. The inspirational song, which closes out the Seder, features Taub on piano and vocals, joined by childhood friend and vocalist Skylar Astin. 

Saturday Night Seder was hosted by Jason Alexander and includes appearances by Pamela Adlon, Jason Alexander, Reza Aslan, Skylar Astin, Shoshana Bean, Mayim Bialik, Rachel Brosnahan, Rabbi Sharon Brous,D’Arcy Carden, Andy Cohen, Darren Criss, Fran Drescher, Billy Eichner, Cynthia Erivo, Liz Feldman, Beanie Feldstein, Harvey Fierstein, Tan France, Eliot Glazer, Ilana Glazer, Judy Gold, Josh Groban, Sarah Hurwitz,Richard Kind, Julie Klausner, Nick Kroll, Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie, Dan Levy, Judith Light, Joshua Malina,Camryn Manheim, Milo Manheim, Alan Menken, Idina Menzel, Debra Messing, Bette Midler, Isaac Mizrahi,Busy Philipps, Ben Platt, Billy Porter, Senator Chuck Schumer, Stephen Schwartz, Sarah Silverman, Michael Solomonov, Shaina Taub, Nina West, Henry Winkler, Finn Wolfhard, and Rabbi David Wolpe.

The Actors Fund is launching health insurance counseling and education campaign for performing artists and entertainment workers. Every Artist Ensured, will provide workers in danger of losing their health insurance with education and advice on selecting plans from the state health insurance exchanges. The Actors Fund is launching the campaign with a $1 million donation from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. 

With the closure of Broadway shows entertainment workers are unable to earn the work weeks needed to maintain health insurance coverage through their unions. 

“One of our biggest immediate concerns in the midst of the pandemic is access to health insurance,” said Actors Fund Chairman Brian Stokes Mitchell. “

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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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