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Theatre News: Save Our Stages Act, The Road Back To Broadway, James Barbour, The League of Professional Theatre Women Season, New York Theatre Barn Seeks Submissions from Choreographers

Theatre News: Save Our Stages Act, The Road Back To Broadway, James Barbour, The League of Professional Theatre Women Season, New York Theatre Barn Seeks Submissions from Choreographers

“The Phantom of COVID has hit Broadway,” New York Senator Chuck Schumer stated as he advocated for the Save Our Stages Act, a bill he has co-sponsored that provides relief to live venues across the US for severe loss of revenue and potential closures due to the COVID-19.

Broadway League Chair Thomas Schumacher, Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin, director-performer Schele Williams, and Tony winner Laura Benanti expressed support. Broadway is the “heartbeat of New York,” with 14.77 million theatregoers last season, contributing to nearly $15 billion to the New York economy.

Authored by Amy Klobuchar and John Cornyn, would provide a total of $10 billion in grants over the next six months to live venues across the country. The funds would be flexible and go up to $12 million dollars for Broadway theatres.

Broadway is shut down through at least January 3, 2021, but industry experts are predicting a longer hiatus.

You can watch the whole speech here.

James Barbour,Phantom of the Opera
James Barbour as the Phantom

The Lambs’ Virtual Conversation with James Barbour Wednesday. September 30th: 7:00 PM produced by Magda Katz and Pat Addiss. Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 812 2791 5542
Passcode: 1874JB

spent nearly 3 years starring as‘ The Phantom” in Broadway’s longest running smash hit musical The Phantom Of The Opera. An award winning Broadway star, international concert artist and speaker, James won the LA Ovation Best Actor Award for his portrayal of ‘Jean Valjean” in Les Miserables and was nominated for the Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Awards for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Sydney Carton in the Broadway musical version of A Tale of Two Cities. He also won the Sarasota Magazine Best Actor Award for the Asolo Rep pre-Broadway production. He has starred on Broadway in such Tony-Award winning shows as Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as The Beast, Carousel as Billy Bigelow, Urinetown as Officer Lockstock and as Edward Rochester in Jane Eyre (Drama League Award nomination). He also appeared in the Broadway production of Cyrano and the national tour of The Secret Garden as well as multiple television and film credits to his name.

His CD Bring Me Giants is available on iTunes and additionally his voice can be heard on the international recording of A Tale of Two Cities, the PS Classics Grammy Award Nominated recording of Assassins, the Sony Classical cast recording of Jane EyreThe Gift on Geffen Records, the upcoming release of Frank Wildhorn’s Dracula, as well as on the live CD recording of his self-produced stage show Broadway in Concert (for which he won an LA WEEKLY Garland Award).

The League of Professional Theatre Women
The League of Professional Theatre Women winners and presenters

The League of Professional Theatre Women (Mary E. Hodges and Shellen Lubin,  Co-Presidents), an organization which has been championing women in the professional theatre for over three decades, announces their 38th season of programming, events, and advocacy along with new officers and board members. All events this season will be presented online via Zoom, unless otherwise noted. 

Oral History November 2020 & Spring 2021 Oral History Project is an ongoing program of the League of Professional Theatre Women in partnership with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, which chronicles and documents the contributions of significant theatre women in all fields. This season the League will present two online Oral History events in the fall of 2020 and the spring of 2021, with interviewers and interviewees to be announced. 

LPTW Rachel Crothers Leadership AwardDecember 7, 2020 Named in honor of Rachel Crothers and awarded in the spirit of her selfless service to her fellow Americans while simultaneously making significant contributions to the American theatre, the LPTW Rachel Crothers Leadership Award is given to a theatre woman who has distinguished herself in exemplary service and sacrifice for a common cause—a cause which leaves our society and the world a little better than the way we found it. This year’s exceptional honoree will be announced in September. 

Gilder/Coigney International AwardFebruary 16, 2021The LPTW Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award was established in 2011 in honor of Rosamond Gilder and Martha Coigney, two legendary theatre women whose work on the international stage proved that theatre knows no international boundaries. Presented every three years, this Award acknowledges the exceptional work of theatre women around the world and aims to make a difference in the life and career of an international woman theatre artist as she has made in the lives of her audiences and her culture. This year the LPTW Gilder/Coigney International Theatre award will be presented to Lebanese theatre artist Hanane Ajj Ali on Tuesday, February 16th in a virtual award ceremony. Along with the awards presentation there will be several virtual programs, centered around Ali’s work and artistic focus, presented through February 22nd. 

Theatre Women AwardsMarch 2021The League of Professional Theatre Women’s annual Theatre Women Awards are dedicated to promoting the visibility of the theatrical work of women artists and their contributions to the field, across all disciplines. For decades the LPTW has celebrated women who are consistently creating and working in every facet of the theatre industry. The diversity in disciplines exemplifies the vast talents theatre women contribute to the art-form. Although some of these positions are not often recognized, they are critical to the success of the theatre industry, and the LPTW is proud to recognize their vital work in our community. The 2020-21 Theatre Women Award honorees will be announced in December 2020. 

The League of Professional Theatre Women Officers and Board Members for the 2020-21 season include Shellen Lubin & Mary E. Hodges (Co-Presidents), Katrin Hilbe (Executive Vice President), Sherry Eaker & Wendy Peace (Co-VPs of Programming), Kate Mueth & Nancy Rhodes (Co-VPs of Communications), Tricia McDermott & Alisa Matlovsky (Co-VPs of Membership), Kate McLeod & Cheryl I. Davis (Co-Secretaries), and Liz Amadio (Treasurer). The LPTW Board of Directors is Debora Balardini, Abigail Zealey Bess, Cate Cammarata, Laura Caparrotti, Nichole Donjé, Katherine Elliot, Tess Howsam, Susan Izatt, Kim Marie Jones, Tanya Khordoc, Kat Mustatea, Cynthia Straus, Elizabeth Van Dyke, and Lauren Yarger.

The League of Professional Theatre Women (a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization) has been championing women and leading the gender parity conversation in the professional theatre for over three decades. Since its founding, the LPTW’s membership has grown to 500+ theatre artists and practitioners of all backgrounds, across multiple disciplines, working in the commercial and non-profit sectors. To increase visibility of and opportunities for women in the field, the LPTW spearheads public programming, advocacy initiatives, events, media, and publications that raise awareness of the importance of nurturing women’s voices, celebrate industry luminaries, preserve the legacy of historic visionaries, and shine a spotlight on the imperative of striving for gender parity and fostering a diversity of expression, both in the theatre world and the world at large. To find out more about how you can support its endeavors, please visit

New York Theatre Barn will present its final Choreography Lab of 2020, New Technologies / Endless Possibilities on Monday, October 26th, at 8PM EDT. Taking inspiration from theatrical television events, this lab will be streamed live from Broadway Dance Center in New York City. The company will select two choreographers who will work with an ensemble of dancers to create choreography from two never before staged musicals. 

In the New Technologies / Endless Possibilities lab, the company is thrilled to explore excerpts from the original musicals I Don’t Want to Talk About It and Sueños: Our American Musical. Through humor, empathy, and brutal honesty, Ben Caplan’s I Don’t Want to Talk About It is a rock musical that pushes the boundaries of how society discusses mental health. Jesse Sanchez and Jeff Chambers’ Sueños: Our American Musical is a new Latinx musical that follows three generations of a Mexican-American family in their pursuit of the American Dream. Both shows were featured in NYTB’s New Works Series.

New York Theatre Barn will select two emerging choreographers who are passionate about the development of new musicals. The choreographers chosen will present new works in two different ways: once as conceived for a traditional proscenium stage, and once as conceived for a live television broadcast. The company will partner with Full Out Creative who will collaborate with the choreographers to discover new ways of presenting dance for the screen, while also working with New York Theatre Barn to evolve its programming and theatrical storytelling systems. Both choreographers will also join lab curator Avital Asuleen for a conversation about creating dance for the stage versus the virtual stage. 

For the first time in the lab’s history, this lab will feature a new mentorship component pairing each choreographer with an established mentor choreographer. This mentor will meet with both the choreographers and the writing teams to discuss an initial approach into the work, and will provide feedback during their rehearsal process. New York Theatre Barn is thrilled to present this educational opportunity during these unprecedented times. 

Choreographers interested in applying for this lab can visit this link on New York Theatre Barn’s website for the lab’s application information. While the rehearsal schedule for this opportunity is flexible, choreographers must attend the lab presentation in person. Please note: while the lab continues to maintain a general open submission policy, submissions for this lab opportunity must be received by the end of the day on Monday, September 28th, 2020

Funded in part by a generous gift from the Amber Foundation, the Choreography Lab was created to elevate and expand the use of dance in musical theatre, and is also the only curated choreography platform where choreographers and writers collaborate to develop movement for new musicals during incubation. For more information, visit:


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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