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Theatre News: Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol, Cynthia Erivo, Shoshana Bean,Caroline or Change, The Woman in Black, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, YI Love New York YiddishFest

Theatre News: Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol, Cynthia Erivo, Shoshana Bean,Caroline or Change, The Woman in Black, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, YI Love New York YiddishFest

Don’t forget The Actors Fund in association with Dreamworks Theatricals, Classic Media and Margaret Styne will present a one-night only concert presentation of the holiday classic Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol on Monday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College (524 W. 59th St.). The evening will be directed by Carl Andress with choreography by Nathan Peck, based on original choreography by Marcos Santana. Grammy Award® and Emmy Award® winner John McDaniel has written new orchestrations for the score and will serve at the evening’s music director.

The concert will star Gavin Lee as “Mr. Magoo/Ebenezer Scrooge”, Sierra Boggess as “Belle”, ClaybourneElderas “Bob Crachit”, Kyle Selig as “Young Ebenezer,”  Matthew Scott as “Fred”, Michael Potts as “Jacob Marley”, Don Darryl Rivera as “the Ghost of Christmas Past”, Frederic Odgaard as “the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come”, Klea Blackhurst as “the Charwoman”, Jennifer Cody as “the Laundress”, Jeff Blumenkrantz as “the Undertaker”,Stephen DeRosa as “The Old Man,” and Jeff Hiller as “The Director”. 

Tony, GRAMMY and Emmy Award Winner Cynthia Erivo and Broadway star, Billboard #1 recording artist Shoshana Bean come together for a one-night-only Holiday Spectacular. After a sold out 2018 Apollo engagement, two of the most gifted singers on earth return to lift their voices for one incredible Night Divine. This musical match made in heaven brings a soulful glamour to the holidays, reimagining the sound and style of the season with 13-piece orchestra and an inspired collection of duet looks by star designers Christopher Palu and Christian Siriano. With the nostalgic elegance and candid humor of a Judy Garland Christmas special, Night Divine carries the torch of the most iconic showstoppers, burning brightly from the historic Apollo stage.

Night Divine is produced by the team behind Los Angeles’ beloved “For The Record” series as part of unique concert programming titled, “For The Record Presents.”

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) is pleased to announce the cast joining Olivier Award winner Sharon D Clarke in the new Broadway production of Tony Kushner & Jeanine Tesori’s Tony Award nominated and Olivier Award winning musical Caroline, or Change.

The cast will also include Alexander Bello (Joe Thibodeaux), John Cariani (Stuart Gellman), Arica Jackson (Washing Machine), Tamika Lawrence (Dotty Moffett),Caissie Levy (Rose Stopnick Gellman), Harper Miles (Radio 3), Jonah Mussolino (Noah Gellman), Nya (Radio 2), Chinua Payne (Jackie Thibodeaux), Nasia Thomas (Radio 1), Stuart Zagnit (Grandpa Gellman), Chip Zien (Mr. Stopnick).

Additional casting to be announced soon.

The Woman in Black was first presented for a three-week run in the theater bar at the Stephen Joseph Theater in Scarborough England. It moved to the West End two years later. Numerous national and international tours have followed, but this site-specific reimaging for the McKittrick marks the first chance audiences will have to experience it as originally staged, in a pub, more than 30 years ago.  The play, written by Stephen Mallatratt, tells the story of a young lawyer who stumbles upon a small town with a grave secret.  Director Robin Herford reunites with actors Ben Porter and David Acton, who both starred in the London production for this New York engagement.

The Woman in Black will begin performances on January 8th at The Club Car at the McKittrick Hotel (home of Sleep No More), 542 West 27th St. with an official opening night set for Thursday, January 23rd.

Transport Group has announced casting for The Unsinkable Molly Brown, its second mainstage production of the 2019-20 season. Joining Tony Award nominee Beth Malone (Fun Home) who will play Molly Brown are David Aron Damane (The Book of Mormon, Big River, The Life) as JJ,Whitney Bashor (The Bridges of Madison County) as Julia, Omar Lopez-Cepero (On Your Feet!) as Vincenzo, Alex Gibson (SpongeBob SquarePantsNatasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812) as Erich, and Paolo Montalban (Pacific Overtures, The King and I) as Arthur. Rounding out the cast are Kaitlyn Davidson; Tyrone Davis, Jr.; Gregg Goodbrod; Michael Halling; Karl Josef Ko; Nikka Graff Lanzarone; Kate Marilley; Shina Ann Morris; Keven Quillon; and Coco Smith.

The Unsinkable Molly Brown plays Saturday, February 8 – Sunday, March 22 at Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street (F to Delancey Street; J or M to Essex Street; D or B to Grand Street). 

An initial roster of artists and performers have been announced for the inaugural YI Love New York YiddishFest. Produced by the Yiddishkayt Initiative(YI) (Avi Hoffman, Producing Artistic Director) and Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Artistic Director), the nine-day festival celebrates the legacy of the Yiddish language and its impact on entertainment and culture with readings, concerts, film screenings, lectures, panel discussions, and famous personalities in the world of Jewish culture from December 21-29. Tickets for all events are available online at

Kicking off the festivities on Saturday, December 21 is The Heart of Yiddish: Remembering Isaiah Sheffer, an evening dedicated to Mr. Sheffer’s unparalleled contributions to the stage. Newly announced for the tribute areRochelle Oliver (Toys in the Attic, Scent of a Woman), Laura Patinkin (Fiddler on the Roof), and Leenya Rideout(CompanyCabaretWar Horse), Mary Brienza, and Kathryn Markey (founders of the comedy group The Chalks). At Symphony Space—which Sheffer founded—these performers will offer excerpts from the great works of Sheffer’s career, including The Theatre of PeretzYiddle with a FiddleDreamers and Demons and The Rise of David Levinsky.

The following afternoon at The Center for Jewish History, original cast members from The Public Theater’s Songs of Paradise—including David Kener, Betty Silberman, and festival co-founder Avi Hoffman—will pay tribute in song to Joseph Papp in a Chanukah Concert: Lighting the World. Joining these reunited cast members are Allen Lewis Rickman, Yelena Shmulenson, and Sarah Gordon, daughter of the late Adrienne Cooper, who will round out the evening with Yiddish songs, Shakespeare, and excerpts from the Public Theatre production of Songs of Paradise, honoring Mr. Papp’s contributions to both Yiddish theatre and classical works. The evening concludes with a Yiddish Chanukah singalong and the lighting of the first candle with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.

Fans of the Tony-winning play Indecent will get to hear original cast member and composer Lisa Gutkin who joins the YiddishFest lineup. On Friday, December 28th at 2pm, the Grammy winner lends her improvisational virtuosity on the violin to the New Voices reading of A People by L.M Feldman.

Lisa Gutkin will also be joining Mark York, Cy Coleman’s Musical Director, who lends his musical expertise throughout YiddishFest as its resident Musical Director. With his intimate knowledge of the Cy Coleman songbook, York will help a cast of talented actors and singers unearth the lost musical The Great Ostrovsky on Sunday, December 29 at 2pm. Coleman’s collaboration with author Avery Corman will close out the festival in a rarely-seen concert reading.

Tickets for YI Love New York YiddishFest are $18 per event, with some lectures and screenings free to the public. Space is very limited and reservations are required for all events. Sponsorship opportunities begin at $1,000 and include tickets to multiple tributes and events. For Tickets and information, call (888) YI-Love-J (888-945-6835) or visit English subtitles and translations will be provided at all events.


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:

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