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Theatre News: Jeremy Jordan, Bernadette Peters, Voices For The Voiceless, Kate Burton,Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future and Josh Groban

Theatre News: Jeremy Jordan, Bernadette Peters, Voices For The Voiceless, Kate Burton,Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future and Josh Groban

t Tony and Grammy Award nominee Jeremy Jordan (Newsies, “Supergirl” will take over as Seymour for eight weeks this spring, in Off-Broadway’s Little Shop of Horrors beginning on March 17. He’ll replace … Gideon Glick, who will take his final bow in the musical on March 15.

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Multi-Tony Award-Winner Bernadette Peters (Hello Dolly!, Follies, A Little Night Music), J. Harrison Ghee (Kinky Boots, upcoming Mrs. Doubtfire), Jason Gotay (Evita, upcoming Between the Lines), and Sierra Boggess (School of Rock, It Shoulda Been You), will join previously announced performers including New York Yankees legend and Latin Grammy-nominee, Bernie Williams, whose father passed away from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Also starring in the show will be Charles Busch (The Confession of Lily Dare,The Divine Sister, Tony Award-Nominee for Broadway’s The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife), Annaleigh Ashford (Sunday in the Park With George, Tony Award-Winner for You Can’t Take It With You), Robert Creighton (Frozen;Cagney, Fred Astaire Award-Winner), and Beth Malone (Angels In America, Tony Award-Nominee for Fun Home). Monday, February 24, 2020 at the Edison Ballroom. Tickets can be purchased at BroadwayBeltsforPFF.org

Your Kids, Our Kids (Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, Founding Directors) proudly presents the 6th Annual Voices For The Voiceless: Stars For Foster Kids, an event that brings together the very best performers from the American stage and screen to raise awareness about the plight of kids in foster care, particularly those aged 13 and older who are in danger of aging out of the foster care system alone. Combining celebrity, music, and everyday people sharing their incredible stories, Voices For The Voiceless: Stars for Foster Kids directly benefits You Gotta Believe, a New York nonprofit specializing in finding permanent families for older kids in foster care. Voices For The Voiceless: Stars For Foster Kids, hosted by Your Kids, Our Kids co-founders, Sirius XM Radio host Seth Rudetsky (Disaster!) and James Wesley (Concert For America), will take place tonight Thursday, February 6th at 7pm at The Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street, NYC).

The concert’s line-up includes Tony nominee Jenn Colella (Come From Away), Tony Award-winner Santino Fontana (Tootsie), Ta’Nika Gibson (Ain’t Too Proud), Emmy Award-winner Judy Gold (“Kill Me Now” podcast), Tony nominee Anika Larsen (Beautiful), Carrie Manolakos (Wicked), Emmy and Tony Award-winner Andrea Martin (Pippin), Emmy and Tony Award-winner Laurie Metcalf (“The Conners”), Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me Kate), NFL Running Back Ty Montgomery (NY Jets), Tony Award-winner Kelli O’Hara (The King & I), and the popular singing collective The Broadway Boys.

Husbands Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley created Voices For The Voiceless in 2015, when You Gotta Believe abruptly suffered major cuts from governmental funding.  The two men decided to do what they have always done when faced with a crisis: gather their friends and put on a show! Over the past five years, Voices For The Voiceless concert events have raised $1,998,000.00 to support You Gotta Believe’s efforts to ensure that every child leaving foster care does so with the support of a family.

Red Bull Theater’s Twelfth Annual Running of the Red Bulls Gala Benefit on Monday March 30th will celebrate the company’s 17th Season and honor Kate Burton, André De Shields, and Theatre Development Funwith the 2020 Matador Awards for Excellence in Classical Theater. Proceeds from the evening will support all of Red Bull Theater’s programs including its upcoming Off-Broadway production of The Alchemist.

Broadway Records will release the original cast recording of Andrew R. Butler’s Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future digitally and in stores on Friday, March 27, 2020. The album is currently available for pre-order at www.BroadwayRecords.com.

The Original Cast Recording of this award-winning new musical doubles as a sci-fi concept album, intercutting fictional live recordings of two concerts – one that resurrects the folk music of the 23rd century’s civil rights movement — and one that places you in the heart of that life or death struggle, at the underground concert of blues-rock rebels (and constructed humans) Beaux Weathers & The Future. The never-before-heard audio of the band’s final performance is framed by the return-to-Earth concert of The Future’s only human-born member, Rags Parkland. Combined, they paint an all too familiar picture of perseverance in the face of persecution— a rallying cry for vigilance against the hatred that fuels human evil as we turn the corner into the 24th century. 

Rags Parkland Sings The Songs Of The Future opened on October 15, 2018 to universal acclaim at Ars Nova. Created by Andrew R. Butler, a former Ars Nova resident artist and 2018 Jonathan Larson Grant recipient, this sci-fi folk concert was directed by Jordan Fein. The production won the 2019 Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and was nominated in six categories.

TDF, the not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing the power of the performing arts to everyone, (also known as Theatre Development Fund), which is in its 52nd year of service to audiences and the performing arts community, will present the TDF Founders Award to Josh Groban, the internationally renowned singer, songwriter, actor and founder of the Find Your Light Foundation. The presentation will be made at TDF’s 2020 Gala on Monday, March 23 at Cipriani 42nd Street (110 East 42ndStreet, New York, NY).

At the gala, TDF will also honor French theatre producer, director and Artistic Director of Théâtre Marigny, Jean-Luc Choplin, who is responsible for introducing countless American Broadway musicals, performed in English, to French audiences (whose current production of Funny Girl in Paris has received international acclaim) and Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon, (whose current productions are A Soldier’s Play on Broadway and the Netflix production of American Son).

The TDF Founders Award was created in 2018 to honor individuals and organizations who have demonstrated a deep commitment to TDF and its mission, and who embody TDF’s vision of a world where the transformative experience of attending live theatre and dance is essential, relevant, accessible and inspirational. In 2011 Mr. Groban created the Find Your Light Foundation which is dedicated to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to experience a quality arts education – a mission TDF shares. Josh Groban will be the third recipient of the award which has previously been bestowed upon Graciella Danielle and James Lapine. 

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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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