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What To Watch October 22nd To Take Away The Blues

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1pm: Zalmen Mlotek’s Living Room Concerts:  Early Yiddish Vaudeville Songs National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (Folksbiene)—led by Zalmen Mlotek, Artistic Director, and Dominick Balletta, Executive Director—will present original, dynamic virtual programming as part of its ongoing Folksbiene! LIVE series in September and October, starting with Magda Fishman’s “A Sweet New Year” on September 16th, Budd Mishkin in conversation with Robert Klein on September 23rd, and Zalmen Mlotek’s weekly Living Room Concerts on Thursdays.

2:30pm: First Date, Starring Samantha Barks and Simon Lipkin By Crazy CoqsLambert Jackson Productions Lambert Jackson Productions and Crazy Coqs will stream a virtual production of the 2013 Broadway musical First Date October 22–24 at 7:30 PM BST (2:30 PM ET).

The musical, which will be filmed at Crazy Coqs, will star Samantha Barks (Pretty WomanLes Misérables, Disney’s upcoming West End Frozen) as Casey and Simon Lipkin (Avenue QGhost Stories) as Aaron, with Nicholas McLean (WickedCinderella) as Man #1, Oscar Conlon-Morrey (Only FoolsHorses The Musical) as Man #2, Rufus Kampa (Goodnight Mister Tom) as Young Aaron, and Danielle Steers (Sweet CharityBat Out Of Hell) as Woman #1. Dean Johnson directs and serves as videographer.

First Date has a book by Austin Winsberg and music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner. The creative team also includes musical supervisor Adam Hoskins and musical director Josh Winstone.

In the musical, New York City singles Casey and Aaron have been set up by friends and family, but from the outset this first date seems to be doomed. With the help of a meddling but well-meaning waiter and a host of other characters along the way, the mismatched pair navigate a potential dating disaster in the hopes of finding something special before the check arrives.

4pm–9:30pm: Marie’s Crisis Virtual Piano Bar Tonight’s scheduled pianists are Alex Barylski (@Alexander-Barylski) and Adam Michael Tilford (@Adam-Tilford-1).

6pm: Classic Conversations: Timothy Douglas By Classic Stage Company continues its free, online version of their discussion series Classic Conversations, hosted by Artistic Director John Doyle. Douglas was Frankenstein at CSC.

6pm: Here We Are Theatre for One Every Thursday starting today, Christine Jones’ company will offer one-on-one performances of “micro-plays” by the following eight playwrights: Jaclyn Backhaus, Lydia R. Diamond, Lynn Nottage, Stacey Rose, Nikkole Salter, DeLanna Studi, Regina Taylor, and Carmelita Tropicana. Each audience member signs up for a specific date and time and then gets to see at least one play, performed live! You need to sign up here in advance and to learn details. 

6:30pm: Borrowed is a new psychosexual drama written by playwright and television writer Jim Kierstead.

Join us for a virtual reading of Borrowed on Thursday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m. followed by a post-show conversation with Kierstead, director Conor Bagley, and actors Rene Lavan and Tim Creavin with special guest Bob Knotts, founder and president of The Humanity Project, moderated by North Star Projects Founder and Producing Artistic Director Adriana Gaviria at 8:15 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will go to Humanity Project programs.

In Collaboration With:
3FEO Entertainment
Broadway Virtual
The Humanity Project

7pm: The Tempest Radio Play By Shakespeare@ A host of actors from both sides of the Atlantic will be heard in a radio play production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, produced by Jersey City’s Shakespeare@.

The Tempest will air in four weekly parts; the first episode will be available beginning October 1 at 7 PM ET free of charge at Shakespeare-at.org and will subsequently be available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, and Stitcher. The remaining episodes will debut October 8, 15, and 22.

Adapted and directed by Artistic Director Sean Hagerty, the cast includes RSC and National Theatre veteran David Hargreaves as Prospero, Maria-Christina Oliveras as Ariel, Jamie Ballard as Stephano, Thomas Aldridge as Trinculo, Jonathan Forbes as Caliban, Derek Wilson as Ferdinand, Aria Shahghasemi as Sebastian, Andrew Sellon as Gonzalo, and Keith Hamilton Cobb as Antonio, with Mark Torres, Alice Marks, Freddie Lee Bennett, Rin Allen, and Zoe Himmel.

The Tempest also features original music by Joan Melton with sound design by Dan Gerhard and Ellen Fitton of Sonic Designs. Justin Goldner is the music producer and supervisor with casting by Robin Carus. Sydney Steele is the associate producer.

7pm: Flavors of Magic By The Tank The Tank and the Society of Magicians present Divinely Diverse Deceptions!  An international cast of magicians will perform a new show every other Thursday, bringing you into their home studios for grand illusions, minor miracles, and feats that defy the laws of nature.  Some of the magic will even happen in your hands at home!  There is something for everyone in Flavors of Magic- featuring all kinds of magicians doing all kinds of magic.

7pm: Color Between the Lines: Good Trouble Irondale. An original work devised by the Irondale ensemble in 2012 and developed as part of the borough’s first public history project to explore the abolitionist movement in Brooklyn, will be presented as a 4-part virtual encore performance filmed live from the 2012 original production of Color Between the Lines with Color Between the Lines: Good Trouble, October 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 7:00 p.m.Each night will feature a segment of the play followed by a conversation moderated by cast member and co-creator of the show, Damen Scranton. Special guests include other Irondale Ensemble members, Attorney General Letitia James and President & CEO of the Brooklyn Historical Society Deborah Schwartz.Color Between the Lines takes a deep dive through the people and places that shaped the borough of Brooklyn through song, and recognizes the history of the community, its struggles, its victories and its evolution to the borough we know today. Developed from source material that outlined research of names, dates, places, maps and milestones from the abolitionist era, the ensemble pieced together the story line of this important time in history through improv exercises that turned into song, yielding a full-length evening of riveting theater.

Jason Dirden and Nikiya Mathis in Skeleton Crew

7pm: Skeleton Crew Atlantic A reading by most of the original cast of this play by Dominique Morisseau, the compelling final play in her Detroit trilogy, which focuses on the struggles of a group of Detroit auto workers at a plant that is in danger of shutting down.“Know what’s left…?” one of the characters says. “The soul…I’m running on soul now.”  Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, the production features original cast members Jason Dirden, Wendell B. Franklin, Nikiya Mathis, and Adesola Osakulumi, along with new cast member Caroline Clay.

7pm: Quarantine Cabaret and Cocktails produced and hosted by entertainer and LML Music founder, Lee Lessack, and actor and frequent SNL regular, Robert Bannon. The duo hosts a star-studded group of performers every week with laughs, music, and stories. 

7:30pm: Fish out of Agua Lifestage, Inc. The latest in the weekly solo series, Totally True Things: A Socially Conscious Storytelling Show, Michele Carlo tells the story of her growing up as a redheaded freckle-faced Puerto Rican raised in an Italian/Irish section of The Bronx, living through playground battlefields, graffiti-filled afternoons and high school race riots.

7:30pm: Rossini’s La Cenerentola A timeless tale told in a florid bel canto style, Rossini’s take on the Cinderella story offers an ideal propellant for a virtuosic mezzo-soprano to rocket from rags to riches. But in this retelling, the supporting characters soar just as high: Cinderella’s Prince, her stepfather, and the Prince’s valet are given memorable arias, and the composer rounds out his score with ingenious ensemble flourishes. A vivacious masterpiece, La Cenerentola brings stock fairy tale characters to dazzling life.

8pm: Stage Door Sessions: Mean Girls By Playbill Broadway Roulette celebrate Mean Girls and meet three of the artists who helped the musical thrive on Broadway and on tour. Ask questions, interact with other fans, and learn new things about this show that changed Broadway forever. It’s kind of like getting your Playbill signed… without leaving the house!

Hosted by Broadway Roulette’s Elizabeth Durand Streisand.

8:30pm: Spring Awakening Capitol City Theater Company is proud to present its latest production Spring Awakening with both streaming an in-person options.

The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood. 

All live performances take place at the Capitol City Theater Companies Studio Located at 1742 N 48th Street in Lincoln, Nebraska, and streamed Nationwide through a partnership with Music Theater International.

8:30pm: Vineyard Theatre: Lessons in Survival Each week, a group of actors and director Tyler Thomas will explore material not seen in other episodes, working on it and talking candidly about the content and the process. 
Interviews: Miles Davis (1988), Muhammed Ali/Nikki Giovanni (1971), Joan Baez (1984), Pete Seeger (2006)
Featuring: Crystal Dickinson, Peter Gerety, Jennifer Ikeda, Peter Mark Kendall, TL Thompson, Nicole Villamil, and others 

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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Peony Tattoo and Cafe: Where Ink and Coffee Collide in Miami – World-Renowned Tattoo Artist Boris Bianchi’s New Tattoo, Café Fusion

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The only award-winning tattoo studio in Florida, co-created by world-renowned tattoo artist Boris Bianchi is making waves in Miami, FL.

Boris Bianchi

The eclectic fusion of tattoo artistry and café culture nestled in Miami’s Little River, provides a one-of-a-kind experience. The concept of combining a tattoo studio with a café may seem unconventional to some, but for Boris, the co-founder of Peony, it was a dream waiting to be realized. Having spent time in Scotland, he witnessed the seamless integration of tattoo culture with café ambiance, and Boris knew he wanted to bring that concept to Miami.

Upon his return to Miami during the COVID-19 pandemic, Boris stumbled upon a spacious location where he knew his idea could flourish. The vastness of the space allowed him to not only house a top-notch tattoo studio but also to create a welcoming café atmosphere, reminiscent of a hidden speakeasy with its secret bookshelf entrance.

The unique décor of Peony reflects Boris’s passion for collaboration and creativity. Teaming up with well know artist, Ruskin, who boasts an impressive collection of over 300 vehicles, Boris found inspiration in the ever-changing display of cars, that grace the café’s interior. This partnership also led to exciting collaborations with the Miami Art Society, showcasing single art shows that rotate every few months, ensuring a constantly evolving space that stimulates the senses.

Reflecting on his journey as a tattoo artist, Boris takes pride in his evolution from mastering traditional styles to pioneering his own distinctive blackwork-fine line fusion. This unique approach has attracted clients from around the globe, drawn to his unparalleled skill and creativity. He meshed his background in Japanese traditional and American traditional to what he learned in Scotland to create his signature style.

As he looks to the future of tattooing, Boris acknowledges the evolving landscape, embracing innovation while staying true to his craft. He finds intrigue in the city’s endless possibilities, from its vibrant culture to its late-night culinary delights. But amidst the hustle and bustle of Miami’s streets, Peony stands as a sanctuary for creativity, community, and self-expression—a testament to Boris’s unwavering dedication to his craft and his commitment to leaving a lasting impact on the world of tattooing.

To inquire about Peony, contact the store at peonymiami@gmail.com or +1 (305) 850-3666

For more information, please visit http://peony.miami/ or the storefront at 117 NE 54th St B, Miami, FL 33137

For more information on Boris Bianchi, please visit https://www.instagram.com/borisbianchi/?hl=en

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Inside Bucks County Playhouse World Premiere Musical Last of the Red Hot Mamas

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From serving up jokes with a side of blintzes in a Hartford Jewish deli to performing for adoring crowds at Broadway’s Palace Theater in seven short years, the unexpected rise of Sophie Tucker to the rank of comic superstar is the subject of the new world premiere musical, Last of the Red Hot Mamas, making its debut at Bucks County Playhouse, June 28 through July 27. Last of the Red Hot Mamas will begin previews on Friday, June 28 with an official press opening on Thursday, July 11 at 7:30 pm.
T2C was there at the press meet and greet.
The Playhouse’s Producing Director Alexander Fraser, Executive Producer Robyn Goodman, and Producer Joshua Fiedler announced casting and details for this new musical, which features direction and choreography by Shea Sullivan, and a book by Susan Ecker, Harrison David Rivers and Lloyd Ecker.
Last of the Red Hot Mamas is the 11th world premiere production at the New Hope theater since it reopened in 2012 and is part of Playhouse’s commitment to developing new work.
“The big surprise for me was seeing how Sophie Tucker’s wild, racy and very funny take on life changed show business forever,” says Alexander Fraser, Producing Director. “Sophie Tucker made the world accept her for who she was . . . a full-figured Jewish girl with a voice as loud as a steam whistle. We’re proud to help shed light how she paved the way for all those to follow who felt like they didn’t fit in.”
In 1973, while they were students at Ithaca College, Susan Denner (now Ecker) and Lloyd Ecker went on a first date to a Bette Midler concert. The couple quickly fell in love—with both each other and the “Divine Miss M.” Midler’s hilarious ‘Soph’ jokes piqued their curiosity about their origin — the pioneering vaudeville performer Sophie Tucker — leading the duo to publish a fictional memoir, “I Am Sophie Tucker,” and create a well-regarded documentary, “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker.”  A big new musical is the next step in the Eckers’ 50-plus year fascination with the saucy, sassy comedienne — Sophie Tucker. To bring their dream to life, they joined forces with Sullivan, and award-winning playwright, Harrison David Rivers.
“Picture a groundbreaking, occasionally arrested for sexual innuendo, jazz-singing, 25-year-old very plump ‘Taylor Swift’ of 1913. Sophie Tucker was on the front pages every day, with men craving her and women copying her hair and fashion styles. We’re confident our must-see world premiere musical is going to make Tucker an international icon… again,” says Lloyd Ecker.
“We’re equally sure the innovative and exciting Bucks County Playhouse is about to become the place to be this July,” added Susan Ecker.
Before Mae West, Bette Midler or Queen Latifah, there was Sophie Tucker. With the help of two former Harlem headliners, Tucker rose from the deli counter to become a full-fledged star in her own right. Tucker was known for performing songs, including “After You’re Gone”, “There’ll Be Some Changes Made” and “Some of These Days.” The musical will feature these songs, along with other classics of their time — delivered with lots of tap dancing, and a big dose of Sophie’s groundbreaking, sassy humor.
Ryann Redmond (Broadway’s first female Olaf in Disney’s Frozen and most recently Once Upon a One More Time) will perform the role of Sophie Tucker alongside Rheaume Crenshaw (Broadway’s Shucked, Groundhog Day, Caroline or Change) as Mollie Elkins, DeWitt Fleming Jr. (Tour of A Wonderful World, and Encore’s The Tap Dance Kid) as Bojangles Robinson and Stephanie Gibson (BCP’s The Rocky Horror Show and National Pastime and Broadway’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as Nora Bayes.
The cast also includes Willie Clyde Beaton II (Walnut Street’s Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Lincoln Belford (National Tour of Chicago), Natalie Bellamy (Playhouse debut), Kelly Bolick (Public Theater’s Southern Comfort), Jonathan Hadley (Broadway’s Jersey Boys), Jenny Kay Hoffman (National Tour: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer), Hannah Hubbard (Fulton Theater’s Something Rotten), Daniel Lopez (Into the Woods at the Hollywood Bowl), Bobby MacDonnell (currently in Boy Band Evolution), Michael Persson (National Tour: 42nd Street), Danny Rutigliano (Broadway’s I Need That and Beetlejuice) and Rachel Stern (Broadway’s Girl from North Country and Shrek).
The creative team for the production consists of Nate Bertone (Scenic Design), Jeanette Christensen (Costume Design), J. Jared Janas (Hair, Wig and Makeup Design), Kirk Bookman (Lighting Design), and Jeff Sherwood (Sound Design). Merrick A.B. Williams is production stage manager. Musical arrangements by Sam Davis with orchestrations and additional arrangements by Greg Jarrett. Casting is by Paul Hardt.
Last of the Red Hot Mamas will begin previews on Friday, June 28 with an official press opening on Thursday, July 11 at 7:30 pm. Starting with the 2024 season, the show times have changed – with performances beginning 30 minutes earlier than in 2023. All evening performances now all begin at 7:30 pm, with all matinees now performed at 1:30 pm. Last of the Red Hot Mamas will play Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm with matinees on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 pm. Tickets start at $39. Special discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Patrons are invited to a special “Pay-What-You-Can Preview Performance” on Friday, June 28 at 7:30 pm. Suggested minimum is $10. Student rush tickets are also available at all performances, based on availability.
For full details, and to purchase tickets, please visit buckscountyplayhouse.org, call 215-862-2121, or visit the box office at 70 South Main Street, New Hope, PA.
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The Glorious Corner

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G.H. Harding

MAHER’S APPRENTICE— (Via Deadline) Bill Maher stumped tonight on Real Time for the U.S. release of The Apprentice, the Cannes Competition title starring Sebastian Stan as Donald Trump and Emmy-winner Jeremy Strong as Trump’s onetime firebrand lawyer, Roy Cohn.

“It looks great,” said Maher before observing, “This is Trump’s origin story under the tutelage of Roy Cohn.”

The Real Time host continued, “It’s being released in Japan, Canada, the U.K., Germany, [but] no one here will touch it. It bothers me so much.”

Industry watchers were expectant the film would get a U.S. deal soon after its Cannes launch. Some assumed a streamer would be the most logical fit. However, in an election year, threats of legal action from Trump’s team (the film includes a controversial scene in which the Trump character rapes his former wife Ivana) and a report of one disgruntled financier, didn’t help progress towards a swift domestic pact.

The state of play earlier this month was that multiple parties remained interested in the film domestically, and there was confidence a deal will get done, probably this month.

Maher didn’t sound so sure, and he was not happy.

 “This is MY industry, you f*cking p*ssies,” he said, before commanding, “Find a way to release this movie.”

Maher then went on to explain how he says Trump works to get his way across the board.

“First he intimidates the congresspeople…then he intimidates juries, and now he’s intimidating THIS town? Oy.”

Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a guest on the show, replied, “He is very good at manipulation, at leverage, at the use of power.”

Cuomo continued: “Look at what happened with Fox and the Dominion lawsuit. Fox paid $800 million to the Dominion Voting [machine] company because they lied about the election and they knew they were lying. Why were they lying? Because the Trump people left Fox when they [Fox] said, ‘You lost the election.’ That’s his power: He’s got the dog whistle to his cult.”

Maher then summarized by waxing patriotic: “I’m an American and I want to see the movies that I want!”

I’m not a huge fan of Maher – he fired his agency for not getting invited to an Oscar-party- but he was the first one to get Daryl Hall to profess that he and then-partner John Oates, had a business relationship, not a partisanship. Then all the crap happened dissolving Hall & Oates – which still is a tragedy.

He definitely feels way-entitled … but his show does have its interesting moments. Think of an Andy Cohen-light.

Kelly Clarkson

SHORT TAKES — I happened to catch 2 episodes of Kelly Clarkson’s NBC-afternoon talk fest. Besides reading a tad to near her cue cards, she comes off nowhere as professional as Kelly Ripa or Katie Couric. Doing TV is the next step after making records, so she’s probably upped her income substantially, but she should stick to making records. She looks fabulous, but I was not impressed … Too bad about Justin Timberlake; having lived out there for years, extra-caution should always be applied. I understand the copy who arrested him was too young to even know who he was. Now that’s ironic …

Just saw a feature of NYC’s Virgin Hotel in NOMAD featured on NBC’s First Lookwith the always delightful Sara Gore. They showed the pool, the bar, the restaurant, but not the rooms. Weird, right? Don’t they want people booking rooms there? … Check out this terrific interview (Art Net) with art-maven (and maverick video-director) Ed Steinberg: https://news.artnet.com/market/interview-with-ed-steinberg-317245 … I like Kevin Costner; I always have …

His No Way Out is a major favorite, but as he promoted tirelessly his Horizon epic these last few weeks, he was quoted as saying he’d go back to Yellowstone if asked. Well, the show’s next season as been shot and yesterday Costner said he wouldn’t be going back at all. In a way, this sounds like the Jon Bon Jovi story all over again – will he or won’t he? I loved Yellowstone and loved it with Costner. A shame as it revived his career in a big way. I will see Horizon when it opens next week. Stay tuned …

Paul Giamatti and Robert Funaro

Here’s a great shot of our faves Robert Funaro and Paul Giamatti …

Caught a pretty good movie on Hulu this week, To Catch A Killer with Ben Mendelsohn and Shailene Woodely … New Coldplay album Moon Music (October) featuring the single “feelslikeimfallinginlove.” Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKQ1ai_ymh0 … That long-in-the-works autobiography from old-pirate Dave Masom has new release date: September 10. Seems to be it was to be released almost 2 years ago. Wonder if they’ve updated it …

Donald Sutherland was one of my favorite actors … ever. His performance in Oliver Stone’s JFK was utterly brilliant; as was his roles in MASH; Klute; and Ordinary People. Just a brilliant actor. Rest In Peace … 

Paul McCartney

HAPPY BDAY Paul McCartney and Carson Daly.

ENDQUOTE —From Deadline on Justin Timerberlake’s mug-shot: He should use that picture as an album cover. It actually is a really good picture. Name the album, Trouble Man. And make that remake of Marvin Gaye.

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Ed Steinberg; Zach Martin; Scott Shannon; Naples Stamp; Mark Bego; David Geffen; Larry Elllison; Megan Ellison; Nancy Jeffries; Howard Bloom; Mark Adelman; Jared Leto; Tony Seidel; Toby Mamis; Arthur Levy; Danny Fields; Brad Balfour; Jane Blunkell; Sara Gore; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Pete Sanders; Freda Payne; and SADIE!

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Randy Edelman At Chelsea Table & Stage On a Dark And Stormy Night

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I have seen Randy Edelman several times at Chelsea Table & Stage, but this time it was a new Edelman, with a sharp haircut and a stylish look. He was more engaging and his playing exquisite.  This prolific composer has scored over 100 film scores and TV musical themes including excerpts from “My Cousin Vinny”, “While You Were Sleeping”, “The Bruce Lee Story”, “Gettysburg”, “Twins”, “Dragonheart”, “Billy Madison”, the theme from “MacGyver”, “Last of the Mohicans”, and other recognizable themes.

See his first set here.

The audience was well sold despite the horrible weather, but not exactly the best behaved. There was a woman behind me and her friends that were the rudest humans I have ever met. At one point they stood up to take selfies in the middle of the concert. Ironically this woman wanted me to interview her.

Randy’s enchanted the audience with his well known “A Weekend in New England” recorded by Barry Manilow, “You” recorded by The Carpenters and so many more recorded by Olivia Newton-John, Willy Nelson, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Bing Crosby, Dionne Warwick, and other musical stars.

Randy’s comedic sharing of tales with the audience added an intimacy. His heart and soul show through his music but it his conversational style that puts the audience at ease.

Make sure to catch Randy at Carnegie Hall this December.

For more information on Randy Edelman go to www.randyedelman.com

Gary Springer, Sara Johnson Kaplan, Suzanna Bowling

Lorraine Silvetz, Sara Johnson Kaplan, Taty (Tatiana), Gary Springer, Quinn Lemley, Suzanna Bowling, Errol Rappaport

Flora and Liza Pllumaj, Lorraine Silvetz, David Sexta and Elieen Shapiro

 

 

 

 

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Music For A Summer Night With The Connector, Here We Are, The Heart of Rock and Roll, Hell’s Kitchen, Fangirls and Parting Gift: The Songs of Gerald Ginsburg

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One of my favorite musical last year was Jason Robert Brown’s The Connector. Concord Theatricals Recordings has released the original cast recording of MCC Theater’s acclaimed world premiere production. The album is now available on digital platforms worldwide. Digital sheet music for the songs, published by Concord Music Publishing and released by Hal Leonard, is also available today.

Stream or download the album, as well as purchase digital sheet music, Here.

Watch Hannah Cruz, Scott Bakula and the cast record “The Whole World Changed” Here.

Watch Ben Levi Ross sing “See Yourself” Here.

The album is produced by four-time Emmy® Award-winner Jeffrey Lesser and three-time Tony Award-winner Brown (Parade, The Bridges of Madison County), who also serves as arranger, orchestrator and pianist. Three-time GRAMMY® Award-winner Sean Patrick Flahaven, Chief Theatricals Executive for Concord, is the album’s co-producer. The album was recorded by Isaiah Abolinand mastered by Oscar Zambrano with art direction by Derek Bishop.

With a book by Jonathan Marc Sherman and conceived and directed by Daisy Prince, this timely new musical tells the story of two talented young journalists: a fast-rising writer who must confront how far he’ll go for the ultimate scoop, and an editor who must decide how far she’ll go to stop him. The Connector’s world premiere production from MCC Theater ran in a limited engagement from January 12 through March 17, 2024.

The album features original cast members Scott Bakula, Max Crumm, Hannah Cruz, Ashley Pérez Flanagan, Danielle Lee Greaves, Mylinda Hull, Daniel Jenkins, Jessica Molaskey, Fergie Philippe, Eliseo Román, Ben Levi Ross, Ann Sanders and Michael Winther.

Tom Murray is the album’s music director and Kristy Norter is music coordinator. The band includes Brown, Jamie Eblen, Hidayat Honari, Adam Kaufman, Randy Landau, Todd Reynolds and Alison Shearer.

Complete production credits can be found in the album booklet HERE.

The company of Here We Are. Photo by Emilio Madrid.

I don’t know how this happened but the original cast recording Here We Are the last musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim featuring Francois Battitse, Tracie Bennett, Bobby Cannavale, Micaela Diamond, Amber Gray, Jin Ha, Rachel Bay Jones, Denis O’Hare, Steven Pasquale, David Hyde Pierce, and Jeremy Shamos is on YouTube. Click here to listen. What a great summer treat.

The The Heart of Rock and Roll may be closing but the Original Broadway Cast Recording of the Broadway musical The Heart of Rock and Roll is out and available on all music streaming services.

The album is produced by Huey Lewis, Brian Usifer and Will Van Dyke with Hunter Arnold, Tyler Mitchell and Kayla Greenspan serving as Executive Producers.

Joy Machine Records is a new venture from Ian Kagey, Sonny Paladino, Brian Usifer and Will Van Dyke. The record label was formed in 2023 to bring an artist-driven approach to the recorded music industry by using the theatrical principles of collaboration and community. Their focus is on providing services that amplify the voices of new artists within the field of musical theater, releasing cast albums for Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, as well as collaborating on solo albums with established theater performers. The label’s services seek to support a developing musical from inception to its Broadway cast album.

The album will include the original cast of The Heart of Rock and Roll including Corey Cott, McKenzie Kurtz, Josh Breckenridge, F. Michael Haynie, Zoe Jensen, Tamika Lawrence, Raymond J. Lee, John-Michael Lyles, Orville Mendoza, Billy Harrigan Tighe and John Dossett.

The Heart of Rock and Roll, the new musical inspired by the iconic songs of Huey Lewis and The News, opened on Broadway on April 22, 2024 at The James Earl Jones Theatre (138 W 48th St, New York, NY)

The Original Broadway Cast Recording for critically acclaimed new Broadway musical, currently nominated for 13 Tony Awards, the most of any new musical this season, Hell’s Kitchen is available now via Alicia Keys Records/Interscope Records on streaming and digital platforms worldwide with a physical release to follow. Additionally, the official music video for “If I Ain’t Got You” featuring Brandon Victor Dixon and Maleah Joi Moon is out now and can be found here.

Ghostlight Records has announced the release of the new single “Learning to Be Lonely” from Fangirls the multi-award-winning, smash-hit musical with book, musical and lyrics by wunderkind Yve Blake. The song is available in both vocal and instrumental versions. Following unprecedented sell-out success across Australia, a brand-new production of FANGIRLS is being mounted in London as a co-production between Sonia Friedman Productions and the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, premiering on July 13. Tickets are available Here.

Shereen Ahmed, Mikaela Bennett, Philip Chaffin, Will Chase, Victoria Clark, Jason Danieley, Adrienne Danrich, Jordan Donica, Colin Donnell, Telly Leung, Paul Lincoln, Patti Murin, Kelli O’Hara, Elena Shaddow, Nathaniel Stampley, Elizabeth Stanley, and Lauren Worsham come together to record some of the most beautiful music never before heard on disc. The collection highlights the composer’s lifelong work, a style he dubbed “theater lieder.” Two dozen musical settings of poetry by such luminaries as W. B. Yeats, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and E. E. Cummings are being unveiled for the first time. The songs are orchestrated by Jonathan Tunick, Doug Besterman, Larry Hochman, Michael Starobin, Chris Jahnke, and John Baxindine, among others, and performed by an orchestra of 17 under the baton of Richard Carsey. The album is produced by Tommy Kraskerand Bart Migal.

Gerald Ginsburg — born in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1932 — attended Oberlin College and the Manhattan School of Music before embarking on a career as a composer. But after a lauded debut at Carnegie Hall in 1974, self-doubt led Ginsburg to keep much of his music to himself, although he continued to compose for the remainder of his life. When he died in 2019, the full evidence of his years of solitary work was revealed: an archive of highly lyrical, emotionally moving and entertaining songs. PS Classics is proud to present Parting Gift: The Songs of Gerald Ginsburg, the legacy of an under-recognized composer who channeled his emotions into the intersection of poetry and music — and left behind something glorious.

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