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Theatre News: Hal Prince, Jawan M. Jackson Winter’s Eve, Isabella Rossellini, Follies, Diana and Emojiland The Musical

Theatre News: Hal Prince, Jawan M. Jackson Winter’s Eve, Isabella Rossellini, Follies, Diana and Emojiland The Musical

A celebration of the life and legacy of Broadway legend Harold Prince will take place on Monday, December 16, at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street).  Beginning at 1:30 PM, the tribute is open to friends, family and the theater community, and will feature tributes and performances from colleagues and loved ones.  Doors will open at 1PM.  The Majestic is the 31-year home of Mr. Prince’s record-breaking production of The Phantom of the Opera, the longest-running show in Broadway history.

The recipient of a record 21 Tony Awards, including one for Lifetime Achievement in 2006, Mr. Prince had an unparalleled career as producer and director, reinventing the musical genre over seven decades with his groundbreaking work.

The celebration follows the Broadway community honoring the prolific visionary and gentleman by dimming all marquees on the evening of his passing on July 31.  

For more information on the December 16 event, please contact halprincememorial@gmail.com.

Jawan M. Jackson

Thousands of New Yorkers and visitors will be able to see Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations‘ Jawan M. Jackson on the ‘Upper West Side’ of Broadway as the special guest emcee and host for the 20th annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square by the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District(BID) on Monday night, December 2nd. Jackson’s background as a former radio personality for Detroit’s top radio station combined with his sensational singing spirit make Jawan the perfect emcee and host to ring in the special 20th anniversary. Jackson will also perform and help light the Lincoln Square holiday tree.

Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square is New York’s largest holiday festival produced by the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District (BID), featuring world-class musical performances, processional groups, dancing, strolling circus performers, face-painting, stilt-walkers, ice-sculpting, dozens of food tastings and other street festivities lining Broadway and the shops of this dynamic, cultural neighborhood from Columbus Circle to 70th St.

“I am so honored and excited to join Ronnie Spector, The Ronettes and the Lincoln Square BID in celebrating their milestone 20th annual Winter’s Eve,” said Jawan M. Jackson.  “Winter’s Eve has become such an iconic New York holiday extravaganza over the last 20 years, and I simply could not resist the temptation to help get the Upper West Side and the Big Apple into the Holiday spirit.”

“Jawan’s charisma and character embody the soul and spirit of the Lincoln Square BID neighborhood, and our community is so excited to welcome him to our 20th annual Winter’s Eve,” said Monica Blum, President of the Lincoln Square BID. “He truly is the perfect host to kick off the holiday season, with dozens of free, family friendly activities for everyone to enjoy, and we look forward to continuing the Winter’s Eve tradition for many more years to come.”

Isabella Rossellini

An industry presentation of Stephen Lloyd Helper’s Up and Down, starring Mary Bacon (Broadway: Rock and Roll, Arcadia), Robert Creighton (Broadway: Disney’s FROZEN.  NYC: Cagney) and Isabella Rossellini (Film: Blue Velvet, Death Becomes Her).  The presentation will take place on Thursday, November 21 and Friday, November 22 at Manhattan Theatre Club Studios (311 West 43rd Street).

Earl is a bit crazy. Okay, more than a bit. But you would be too if your wife was in a coma after falling off the cheap step ladder you bought.  Luckily for the couple, Nurse Narella (Isabella Rossellini) brings care and pithy wisdom.  But as Earl careens among a thousand emotions, can an enduring love ultimately keep Earl tethered between the ups and downs of a life he never expected?  And what’s it like to be in a coma anyway?  Find out in this deeply affecting journey that is boldly original and rich with humor and heartache.

Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s Folliesafter Heyday Films and BBC Films secured the film rights to the Broadway musical.

Dominic Cooke the On Chesil Beach director will adapt the dark musical after helming a hit revival of Follies at the National Theatre in London in 2017, with Imelda Staunton and Janie Dee starring. That acclaimed production returned this year in an encore engagement.

From his Tony-winning portrayal of the big-hearted drag queen Miss Lola in Kinky Boots to his groundbreaking Emmy nominated role on FX’s Pose to his joy-sparking cover of “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,” Billy Porter brings truly iconic, activist style to everything he touches. Fern Mallis sits down with the Grammy-winning recording artist/activist/Broadway star/style maven/composer/director/playwright for a career conversation about the people and the events that brought him to where he is today. Join them for an evening of activism, inspiration and liberation—an event that’s not to be missed! Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 @ 7:30pm at Kaufmann Concert Hall 92Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue.

 Judy Kaye, Erin Davie, Roe Hartrampf, Jeanna de Waal.
Photo by Gavin Bond. Costumes by Wiliam Ivey Long

Grove Entertainment (Beth Williams), Frank Marshall and The Araca Group released a photo of the four stars of Diana, the upcoming new musical based on the incredible real life story of an icon to end all icons. Performances will begin on Monday, March 2, 2020, at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th St.), with an official opening night set for Tuesday, March 31, 2020.  

Jeanna de Waal, acclaimed for her performance in the title role in the sold-out hit world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse earlier this year, will lead the cast on Broadway. She will be joined by Roe Hartrampf as “Prince Charles”, Erin Davie as “Camilla Parker Bowles” and two-time Tony Award winner Judy Kaye as “Queen Elizabeth”, all of whom will be reprising their roles for Broadway.

Tony Award®-winning director Christopher Ashley (Come From Away) and the writers behind the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis (Joe DiPietro and David Bryan) bring us face-to-face with one of the 20th century’s most compelling figures in this landmark musical event, featuring an epic and sweeping contemporary score with music supervision and arrangements by Olivier Award® winner Ian Eisendrath, choreography by Olivier Award winner and Tony Award nominee Kelly Devine, and Diana’s iconic style reimagined by six-time Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long.

This is the story of the most famous woman of the modern age: Diana, Princess of Wales. Thrust into a spotlight brighter than any the world had ever known, Diana soon finds herself at odds with her husband, an unrelenting news media, and the monarchy itself. Leading fiercely with her heart, Princess Diana stands up for her family, her country and herself, while managing to capture the hearts of the world. She defied expectations, she rocked the royals and she created a legacy that will endure forever.

Arborhouse Productions & Visceral Entertainment (Michael Chase Gosselin and Tim Sulka) today announced additional citizens of Emojilandincluding George Abud (The Band’s Visit) as Nerd Face, Emojiland Co-Writer Laura Schein as Smiling Face with Smiling Eyes (aka “Smize”), Emmy Winner & Grammy Nominee Felicia Boswell (NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar LIVE, Shuffle Along, Motown) & Natalie Weiss (Everyday Rapture, YouTube’s “Breaking Down the Riffs”) as the loving couple, Police Officer and Construction Worker, and Ann Harada (Avenue Q, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella) as Pile of Poo. They are joined by previously announced stars Lesli Margherita (Matilda, Dames at Sea) who will play Princess and Josh Lamon (The Prom, Groundhog Day) who will play Prince. Additional casting will be announced soon.The production will have a limited Off-Broadway run Thursday, January 9, 2020 through Sunday, March 8, 2020 at The Duke on 42nd Street in New 42nd Street Studios (229 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues). Emojiland The Musical garnered 12 nominations and 5 wins at the 2018 NYMF Awards and was a 2018 Richard Rodgers Award Finalist.

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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 and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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