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Days of Wine and Roses, Studio 54: Opens January 28th.

Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara (The King and I) and Tony nominee Brian d’Arcy James (Into the Woods) as a 1950s couple dealing with alcohol addiction while struggling to keep their marriage together. The musical adaptation of the 1958 teleplay (later a 1962 movie) is by Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas (authors of the 2005 Best Musical nominee The Light in the Piazza). The Atlantic Theater Company production, directed by Tony nominee Michael Grief (Dear Evan Hansen, Next to Normal).

Doubt: A Parable, Todd Haimes Theatre: Previews start February 2, opens February 29th.

A revival of the 2005 Tony, Drama Desk and Pulitzer Prize winning play, which was also adapted into a multi Oscar-nominated movie in 2008. John Patrick Shanley’s drama about a conservative nun whose morals are shaken when she is confronts a new parish priest assigned to her school, stars Tony Award winners Tyne Daly (Gypsy) and Liev Schreiber (Glengarry Glen Ross). Roundabout Theater Company production, directed by Scott Ellis, also features Quincy Tyler Bernstine and Zoe Kazan.

Joy Woods and Ryan Vasquez in the the world premiere of The Notebook at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Photo by Liz Lauren.

Joy Woods and Ryan Vasquez in the the world premiere of The Notebook at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Photo by Liz Lauren.

The Notebook, Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre:  Previews start February 10, opens March 14th.

Adapted from the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks and 2004 movie, this  enduring love story spanning six decades in North Carolina is a new romantic musical drama. Tony Award winner Maryann Plunkett (Me and My Girl) and Dorian Harewood portray the couple in old age, as Joy Woods and Ryan Vasquez depict their middle-aged counterparts. Jordan Tyson and John Cardoza take on the roles are the younger versions. Music and lyrics are by Ingrid Michaelson, the book is by Bekah Brunstetter (This Is Us), directed by Michael Grief and Schele Williams. The production, premiered  in Chicago in 2022.

Water For Elephants at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre Matthew Murphy

Water for Elephants, Imperial Theatre. Previews start February 24, opens March 21th.

Adapted from Sara Gruen’s novel, this musical spectacular is about a young man thrust into the world of a traveling circus after he leaps aboard a moving train. Written by Rick Elice (Tony nominee for Peter and the Starcatcher and Jersey Boys), music and lyrics by The Pig Pen Theater Company, directed by Jessica Stone (2023 Tony nominee for Kimberly Akimbo), with circus design by Shana Carroll, who also co-choreographs with Jesse Robb. Puppetry design is by Camille Labarre (Into the Woods). The cast includes four-time Tony nominee Greg Edelman, Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle Award nominee Paul Alexander Nolan, Stan Brown, Joe De Paul, Sara Gettelfinger, and Wade McCollum.

Michael Imperioli and Jeremy Strong to star in An Enemy of the People. Photo by Emilio Madrid.

Michael Imperioli and Jeremy Strong to star in An Enemy of the People. Photo by Emilio Madrid.

An Enemy of the People, Circle in the Square Theatre. Previews start February 27, opens March 18th.

A new revival of Henrik Ibsen’s 1882 drama adapted by Amy Herzog (Ibsen’s A Doll’s House), directed by Tony Award winner Sam Gold (Fun Home). Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jeremy Strong is a medical officer who stands up against the most powerful forces in his community. He refuses to suppress the truth about an imminent catastrophe that could devastate their spa town. Michael Imperioli (The White Lotus, The Sopranos) and Victoria Pedretti (The Haunting of Bly Manor) also star.

My Son’s a Queer (But What Can You Do?), Lyceum Theatre. Previews start February 27, opens March 12th.

This show started in London’s West End and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, writer and actor Rob Madge presents a hilarious and poignant autobiographical solo play. Madge vividly re-creates a seminal moment from their childhood when, at the age of 9, they rallied their entire family to stage a Disney parade for their grandmother. There were mishaps, but Granny loved it — and Madge received all the love and support every theater-obsessed queer kid deserves. The production, directed by Luke Sheppard (& Juliet), features songs by Pippa Cleary (The Great British Bake-Off Musical).

Ali Louis Bourzgui in The Who's TOMMY. Photo by Liz Lauren.

Ali Louis Bourzgui in The Who’s TOMMY. Photo by Liz Lauren.

The Who’s TOMMY, Nederlander Theatre. Previews start March 8, opens March 28th

Director Des McAnuff revisits the multiple Tony Award–winning musical by Pete Townsend, inspired by The Who’s groundbreaking 1969 album. Ali Louis Bourzgui is the traumatized youth who rises to fame as a pinball wizard, ultimately emerging as the messianic figurehead for a new generation. This reimagined  production, is tailored for the contemporary culture. Choreography by Lorin Latarro (Into the Woods), scenic design by David Korins (Hamilton), and projection design by Peter Nigrini (Here Lies Love). The production transferred from the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.

From left: Brody Grant, Sky Lakota-Lynch, Brent Comer and Jason Schmidt Courtesy of Boneau/Bryan-Brown

The Outsiders, Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Previews start March 16, opens April 11th

A musical adaptation of the popular 1983 Francis Ford Coppola movie, based on the 1967 novel by S.E. Hinton. This coming-of-age story, written by Hinton when she was 16, follows three orphaned teenagers and their friends in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They belong to the Greasers, a scruffy working-class gang that rumbles with the rival upper-middle-class Socs from the other side of town. The new musical has a book by Tony nominee Adam Rapp (The Sound Inside) and Justin Levine, music and lyrics written by Jamestown Revival (folk duo Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance) and Levine premiered at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse. Directed by Danya Taymor and choreographed by Rick Kuperman and Jeff Kuperman.

Photo by Emilio Madrid

Lempicka, Longacre Theatre: Previews start March 19, opens April 14th.

An epic musical, written by Carson Kreitzer (book and lyrics) and Matt Gould (book and music), it celebrates the nonconformist life of Tamara de Lempicka. The famed Polish art deco portraitist is portrayed by Eden Espinosa (recently seen Off-Broadway in The Gardens of Anuncia). After fleeing Russia during the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, Lempicka cultivates a glamorous and sometimes scandalous existence in Parisian high society during the 1920s. Her life is disrupted by the arrival of the Nazis in 1939 and a passionate affair with her muse and model Rafaela. The production was previously developed at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. It is directed by Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown) and choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly (A Strange Loop). Check out the exhibition showcasing prints of the artist’s most famous work that adorn the façade of the Longacre Theatre.

Ally Bonino, Phillipa Soo, Shaina Taub, Hannah Cruz, and Nadia Dandashi in Suffs at The Public Theater. Photo credit: Joan Marcus

Suffs, Music Box Theatre: Previews start March 26, opens April 18th.

Here the American women’s suffrage movement comes to life. Featuring a book, music, and lyrics by Shaina Taub. Tony nominee Leigh Silverman (Violet) directs, with choreography by Mayte Natlio (choreographer How to Dance in Ohio) and set design by Tony nominee Ricardo Hernandez, who designed this season’s Lempicka. A group of trailblazing women demanding the right to vote, tracing their intricate and often contentious historical journey during the seven years leading to the eventual ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. The show had it’s Off-Broadway premiere at the Public Theater in 2022, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Pakistani activist and Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, are part of the musical’s production team.

Brandon Victor Dixon and Shoshana Bean in the world premiere production of Hell’s Kitchen at The Public Theater. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus.

Hell’s Kitchen, Shubert Theatre: Previews start March 28, opens April 10th.

Multiple Grammy Award–winning singer and songwriter Alicia Keys reflects on her teenage years, in 1990s Midtown Manhattan. A string of the R&B queen’s iconic hits (“If I Ain’t Got You,” “Empire State of Mind”) alongside new original songs. Penned by Kristoffer Diaz, and originally presented Off-Broadway at the Public Theater last fall. Directed by Tony nominee Michael Greif (Dear Evan Hansen, Next to Normal) and choreographed by Tony nominee Camille A. Brown (for colored girls …).

The Heart of Rock and Roll, James Earl Jones Theatre: Previews start March 19, opens April 22nd.

Huey Lewis and the News’s 1980s repertoire, featuring “The Power of Love” and “Hip to be Square”, revolves around two millennials. One aims for rock ’n’ roll fame, the other the corporate ladder — until their paths unexpectedly intersect. Originally premiered at the Old Globe in San Diego. Music by Huey Lewis, book by Jonathan A. Abrams, and coauthored by Abrams and Tyler Mitchell. Directed by Gordon Greenberg (Holiday Inn) and choreographed by Lorin Latarro (also The Who’s Tommy), the cast of the new musical will be led by Corey Cott (BandstandNewsies) and McKenzie Kurtz (Wicked).

Kyle Ramar Freeman, Avery Wilson, Nichelle Lewis, and Phillip Johnson Richardson in The Wiz. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

Kyle Ramar Freeman, Avery Wilson, Nichelle Lewis, and Phillip Johnson Richardson in The Wiz. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

The Wiz, Marquis Theatre: Previews start March 29, opens April 17th.

A revival of the 1975 Tony Award–winning musical. A contemporary retelling of L. Frank Baum’s beloved classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by an all-Black cast, the book is adapted by William F. Brown with music and lyrics by Tony Award winner Charlie Smalls. The reimagined production, has additional material by Amber Ruffin (2023 Drama Desk winner and Tony nominee for Some Like It Hot), is directed by Schele Williams (who also directs The Notebook this season), choreographed by Jaquel Knight (Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies.”) Scenic design is by Academy Award winner Hannah Beachler (Black Panther, Beyoncé’s Black Is King and Lemonade) and costume design is by Emmy Award winner and two-time Academy Award nominee Sharen Davis (Ray, Dreamgirls). The cast features Nichelle Lewis as Dorothy, Deborah Cox as Glinda, Melody A. Betts as Aunt Em and Evillene, Kyle Ramar Freeman as the Lion, Phillip Johnson Richardson as the Tin Man, Avery Wilson as the Scarecrow, and Wayne Brady as The Wiz.

Jeremy Jordan, Eva Noblezada Photo: Evan Zimmerman for Murphy Made.

The Great Gatsby, Broadway Theatre: Previews start March 29, opens April 25th.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, tale about a mysterious millionaire’s tragic romantic obsession with a beautiful socialite. The musical, is written by Nathan Tysen and Jason Howland (music and lyrics) and Kait Kerrigan (book) and premiered at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse, directed by Marc Bruni (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical). As Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan, Tony nominees Jeremy Jordan (Newsies) and Eva Noblezada (Hadestown, Miss Saigon), reprise their performances.

Gayle Rankin and Eddie Redmayne in Cabaret. Photo by Mason Poole Horiz.

Gayle Rankin and Eddie Redmayne in Cabaret. Photo by Mason Poole Horiz.

Cabaret, August Wilson Theatre: Previews start April 1, opens April 21st.

A revival of the 1967 Tony Award winning musical direct from London. Academy Award and Tony Award winner Eddie Redmayne (Red) reprises his critically acclaimed portrayal of the demonically seductive Emcee, which earned him an Olivier Award and stirred London audiences in 2022. The musical, written by John Kander (music), Fred Ebb (lyrics), and Joe Masteroff (book), is helmed by director Rebecca Frecknall. The production also stars Gayle Rankin as the vulnerable chanteuse Sally Bowles. Tony Award nominee Ato Blankson-Wood (Slave Play) plays Cliff Bradshaw, the writer who befriends Sally. Two-time Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago, Sweet Charity) takes on the role of Fraulein Schneider, and Obie Award winner and Drama Desk nominee Steven Skybell portrays Herr Schultz. Club, scenic, and costume design are by Tom Scutt, and choreography is by Julia Cheng.

Mary Jane, Samuel J. Friedman Theatre: Previews start April 2, opens April 23rd.

Movie and TV star Rachel McAdams (best known for starring in Mean Girls and The Notebook, before they became musicals) makes her Broadway debut in Amy Herzog (a 2023 Tony nominee for her adaptation of A Doll’s House and adapter of this season’s An Enemy of the People) new play. McAdams is a single mother caring for her chronically ill young son. She relies on her determined optimism, navigating varying degrees of support from a diverse group of women who enter her world. The play, was previously produced Off-Broadway by New York Theater Workshop 2017, directed once again by Anne Kauffman (The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window).

Uncle Vanya, Vivian Beaumont Theatre: Previews start April 2, opens April 24th.

The new Lincoln Center Theater star-studded revival of Anton Chekhov’s 1899 tragicomedy. This is the 11th production of the Russian classic on Broadway. The play is directed by Lila Neugebauer, who also directed Appropriate earlier this season. Steve Carell, star of the hit television comedy series The Office, will make his Broadway debut as Vanya. His unhappy niece Sonya, Tony Award nominee Alison Pill (The Lieutenant of Inishmore), Sonya’s father, The Professor, Tony Award nominee Alfred Molina (Red, Fiddler on the Roof), and his captivating new young wife, Yelena, portrayed by Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose (Caroline, or Change). William Jackson Harper as the visionary philosopher Astrov, Tony Award winner Jayne Houdyshell (The Humans) in the role of Vanya’s mother, Maria Vasilyevna, and Drama Desk and Obie Award winner Mia Katigbak as Maryina, the Nanny. The play is newly translated by Russian speaker Heidi Schreck, who was nominated for a Tony Award for What the Constitution Means to Me.

Mother Play, Hayes Theatre: Previews start April 2, opens April 25th.

Tony Award winner Jessica Lange returns in a new play, the latest from Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive). This surreal farce and a theatrical roller coaster ride, revolving around a steely matriarch who is overseeing her teenage children’s move into a new apartment in 1960s Washington, D.C.  Celia Keenan-Bolger (To Kill a Mockingbird) and Jim Parsons (The Boys in the Band, An Act of God) portray her children. The Second Stage production is directed by Tina Landau (Tony nominee for SpongeBob SquarePants).

Photo by Chelice Parry.

Stereophonic, Golden Theatre: Previews start April 3, opens April 19th.

David Adjmi’s absorbing new play with songs, written by Arcade Fire’s former band member Will Butler, a mid-1970s rock band on the brink of making the big time assembles in a recording studio in California to record their new follow-up album. Their interpersonal relationships reach near breaking point as they strive for creative excellence over the next 12 months. The production, was presented Off-Broadway last fall by Playwrights Horizons, featured innovative sound design by Ryan Rumery and direction by Daniel Aukin.

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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Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet Times Three

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It’s going to be some Shakespeare-heavy months ahead, especially around those famously doomed lovers named Romeo and Juliet, as I fly into the Stratford Festival (formally called the Stratford Shakespeare Festival) here in Ontario, Canada for their first big opening week of six shows. The week will start with Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night followed by the musical comedy about Shakespeare, Something Rotten, and then Shakespeare’s Cymbeline on night three. The fourth night will be the opening of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler; the fifth, La Cage Aux Folles, followed by, lastly (at least for this coming week) the final opening of this particular opening week, show number six, Shakespeare’s ultimate romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. (Much more follows over the summer of Canada’s fantastic Stratford Festival.)

As directed by Sam White, the founding Artistic & Executive Director at Shakespeare in Detroit, Shakespeare’s great romance Romeo and Juliet slides in at the Festival Theatre on Saturday, June 1st, 2024, starring Jonathan Mason (Stratford’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Vanessa Sears  (CS/Obsidian/Necessary Angel’s Is God Is) as those starcrossed titular characters and lovers. As with the whole season, I’m hoping this production, and all the others, will live up to the festival’s high standards, and be just the beginning of a spectacular year of Shakespeare. And of these two young lovers.

Kit Connor and Rachel Zegler. Photo by Sam Levy.

After that jam-packed week in Stratford, Canada, it doesn’t end for this theatre junkie and his faithful companion. Jetting off soon after to London, England, we have another week of theatre planned. As scheduled, the two of us will see an onslaught of plays, including Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard at Donmar, two National Theatreproductions; Hills of California and the Olivier-winning Standing at the Sky’s Edge, as well as Ian McKellen in Player Kings (Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 1 & 2), the Royal Court Theatre’s Bluets, and (of course) the much-talked-about production of Romeo & Juliet, directed and produced by Jamie Lloyd. It just opened this week at the Duke of York’s Theatre, running from Saturday, May 11 through Saturday, August 3, starring Tom Holland as Romeo and Francesca Amewudah-Rivers as Juliet.

#RomeoJulietLDN production photography by Marc Brenner

From the photos popping up on Facebook, Lloyd’s pulsating new vision of Shakespeare’s immortal tale of wordsmiths, rhymers, lovers, and fighters is sure to be something to see. It will definitely be talked about all over the world, yet it was truly disheartening to read about all the hateful postings around the casting choice of Lloyd’s Juliet. It says, sadly, so much about our world right now, but it seems to have quieted down some (although the sting and stink must still be lingering in the air for us all), and although the reviews of this West End production came out today, I will try to stay away from them until long after. Whether the production will follow the successful path of other Lloyd hits, including the pared-down stagings of A Doll’s House that starred the incredible Jessica Chastain or the phenomenal Betrayal with Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Cox, and Zawe Ashton, remains to be seen, but I am curious if it will also find its way across the pond to Broadway.

If it does, it will have some pretty fierce competition, as another Romeo & Juliet, this one starring Heartstopper‘s Kit Connor and West Side Story‘s Rachel Zegler will begin Broadway performances on Thursday, September 26, at Circle in the Square Theatre, with an official opening night set for Thursday, October 24. The run, directed by Sam Gold, is a strictly limited, 16-week engagement, and I can not wait to get in to see it as well. All three really. And I won’t have to ask the forever question, “O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” I’ll just have to ask which Romeo are we looking for? And which Juliet.

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Often called the greatest love story of all time, Romeo + Juliet has captivated audiences and artists for centuries and provided the inspiration for hundreds of films, ballets, operas, novels, including the iconic Broadway musical West Side Story.

Stratford Festival’s production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet officially opens on June 1 and runs until October 26 at the Festival Theatre. Tickets are available at stratfordfestival.ca

The West End’s Romeo & Juliet officially opened on May 23rd at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London, and runs until Saturday, August 3. Tickets are available (although probably sold out) at https://www.thedukeofyorks.com/romeo-and-juliet

The Broadway production of Romeo + Juliet at Circle in the Square Theatre, with an official opening night set for Thursday, October 24, and running for a limited engagement of 16 weeks. Tickets will be available at https://romeoandjulietnyc.com/

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League of Professional Theatre Women Invite the Public to Oral History Interview Of Broadway Playwright Theresa Rebeck

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Stage, film, television and novel writer Theresa Rebeck will be interviewed about her long and brilliant career at 6p.m., Monday, June 3, at the Bruno Walter Auditorium, at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center (111 Amsterdam Avenue at 65th Street), New York.
This event, which is FREE and open to the public, is part of the League of Professional Theatre Women’s (LPTW) Oral History Project in partnership with the Library and is a highlight of LPTW’s 41st season.
Theresa Rebeck is a widely produced writer for stage, film, television and novels, whose work can be seen and read throughout the United States and internationally. With five plays produced on Broadway, Rebeck is the most Broadway-produced female playwright of our time.
Rebeck’s Broadway credits include I Need That (starring Danny DeVito), Bernhardt/Hamlet (starring Janet McTeer), Dead Accounts (starring Norbert Leo Butz); Seminar (starring Alan Rickman); Mauritius (starring F. Murray Abraham). Other New York productions of her work include Dig (Outer Critic’s Circle nomination), Seared (starring Raul Esparza, DramaLeague Award) at MCC Theater, Downstairs (starring Tim Daly and Tyne Daly); The Scene (starring Tony Shalhoub), The Water’s Edge, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann and Spike Heels at Second Stage; Bad Dates, The Butterfly Collection and Our House at Playwrights Horizons; The Understudy at Roundabout Theatre Company; and View of the Dome at New York Theatre Workshop. Other notable plays include Poor Behavior, What We’re Up Against, and Omnium Gatherum (co-written), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2013.
As an author, Rebeck has written three novels: Three Girls and Their Brother (Random House/Shaye Areheart Books, 2008), Twelve Rooms with A View (Random House/Shaye Areheart Books, 2010) and I’m Glad About You (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2016), along with Free Fire Zone, a book of comedic essays about writing and show business.
Rebeck made her NYC Directorial debut with Rob Ackerman’s play Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson at The Working Theatre and directed the World Premiere of her new play Dig at Primary Stages in NY and Dorset Theatre Festival in Vermont. Her new podcast play, “Nightwatch” (starring Norbert Leo Butz), was released in 2023.
In television, Rebeck created the NBC showbiz drama “Smash,” and has written for “Canterbury’s Law,” “LA Law,” NYPD Blue,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Dream On,” Brooklyn Bridge,” and many more.
Her produced feature films include the big-budget all-female spy thriller 355 (co-written with Simon Kinberg for Jessica Chastain’s production company); Trouble (writer/director), starring Angelica Huston and Bill Pullman; Harriet the Spy; Gossip and the independent features Sunday on the Rocks and Seducing Charlie Barker, an adaptation of her play, The Scene.
Theresa lives in Brooklyn with her husband Jess Lynn.
To attend this event, please RSVP HERE.
To view past oral history interviews, visit the Library’s Theatre on Film and Tape Archive, or visit the LPTW’s archive.
Women working in the theatre industry are eligible to join LPTW.  For more information on upcoming events and to join LPTW, visit: www.theatrewomen.org.
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Museum of Broadway Launches ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical: Spectacular, Spectacular’ Exhibit

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Sparkle this summer with the most dazzling exhibit at The Museum of Broadway.

This week the beloved museum hosted the launch for the opening of Moulin Rouge! The Musical: Spectacular, Spectacular, presented in partnership with Chase Freedom.

Cast members and friends were on hand at the Big Apple opening nigh including Courtney Reed (Satine), Ashley Loren (OBC Satine), Jacqueline B. Arnold (La Chocolat), Jeigh Madjus (Baby Doll), Jessica Lee Goldyn (Nini), Krystal Joy Brown (Merrily, We Roll Along), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Parade), Charl Brown (Motown the Musical), and more gathered to raise a glass to the glitter.

The exhibit will run through September 8, 2024. Marking the fourth dedicated installation created exclusively for The Museum of Broadway, the new exhibit follows SIX: The Royal GalleryALL THAT JAZZ: The Legacy of Chicago The Musical, and The American Theatre As Seen by Hirschfeld. Entrance to the special exhibit is included in any ticket purchased to the Museum of Broadway and for museum members. The Museum of Broadway is open seven days a week – tickets start at $34.

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Chita Rivera Awards Part 2 The Interviews

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T2C was at the 2024 Chita Rivera Awards at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. We got to interview some of the best in dance and look forward to sharing this with you.

On this video watch Michael-Demby Cain, Joe Lanteri, Bernadette Peters, Debbie Allen, Justin Peck, Norm Lewis, Rick and Jeff Kuperman, Chita’s daughter Lisa Mordente, Kenny Ortega, Serge Trujillo,  winners for Water For Elephants Jesse Robb and Shana Carroll, winner Camille A Brown Hell’s Kitchen, Marina Tamayo, Lorin Latarro, David Petersen, Bruce Robert Harris, Ali Louis Bourzgui, Huey Lewis, Phil LaDuca, Riki Kane Larimer, Grant Plotkin and highlights from the show with Ali Louis Bourgzgui, Kristin ZChenoweth, Norm Lewis, Wayne Brady and more.

This was one spectacular night.

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Theatre News: The Drama League, Once Upon A Mattress , Swept Away, Chita Rivera Awards and Moulin Rouge!

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The Drama League announced the winners of the 2024 Drama League Awards. The event hosted by NY1 reporter Frank DiLella, was held at The Ziegfeld Ballroom (141 W 54th St, New York, NY). Sarah Paulson wins Distinguished Performance Award. Hell’s Kitchen wins Outstanding Production of a Musical. Stereophonic wins Outstanding Production of a Play. Merrily We Roll Along wins Outstanding Revival of a Musical. Appropriate wins Outstanding Revival of a Play. In the directing categories, Daniel Aukin took home the Outstanding Direction of a Play award for Stereophonic and Maria Friedman took home Outstanding Direction of a Musical for Merrily We Roll Along.

The competitive awards were presented by Lear DeBessonet, Alfred Molina, Bebe Neuwirth and Ben Platt.  LaTanya Richardson Jackson presented The Gratitude Award to Kandi Burress; Thomas Schumacher presented The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing to Schele Williams; Daniel Radcliffe and Lindsay Mendez presented The Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award to Jonathan Groff; and Jim Parsons presented the Contribution to Theatre Award to Jessica Lange.

Tony Award-winning producers Seaview and Creative Partners Productions have announced that, on the heels of its record-breaking, sold-out run at New York City Center’s Encores! earlier this year, Once Upon A Mattress will open on Broadway this summer at The Hudson Theatre (141 W 44th St). Tony Award winner Sutton Foster (Anything Goes, The Music Man) will lead the Broadway cast, reprising her acclaimed performance as Winnifred the Woebegone, hailed by The New York Times as “perfectly goofy, and imprinted with an ebullient, joyful relish in the very act of performance.” The beloved musical returns to Broadway in a new adaptation by Emmy Award winner Amy Sherman-Palladino (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, “Gilmore Girls”), directed by Tony Award nominee and Drama League Award winner Lear deBessonet (Into The Woods). Previews begin Wednesday, July 31, 2024, with an Opening Night set for Monday, August 12, 2024, for the limited engagement through November 30, 2024.

Following its Broadway engagement, Foster will headline the production in Los Angeles for a four-week engagement at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre from December 10, 2024 – January 5, 2025.

An uproarious update of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Princess and the Pea,” Once Upon A Mattress sets an unapologetic free spirit loose in a repressed kingdom, reveling in Winnifred’s ability to charm and transform with willpower, honesty, and a little bit of help from her friends.  Full of gloriously catchy melodies like “Shy” and “In a Little While,” the musical first premiered in 1959, with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer.

The Broadway production will feature Choreography by Drama Desk Award nominee Lorin Latarro (The Who’s Tommy), Scenic Design by Tony Award winner David Zinn (Fun Home, SpongeBob SquarePants), Lighting Design by Tony Award winner Justin Townsend (Moulin Rouge! The Musical), Costume Design by Andrea Hood (Into the Woods), Sound Design by Tony Award winner Kai Harada (Days of Wine and RosesMerrily We Roll Along), and Hair and Wig Design by J. Jared Janas (Sweeney Todd, &Juliet). General Management is by Wagner Johnson Productions. Casting is by The Telsey Office (Bernard Telsey, CSA; Craig Burns, CSA). Orchestrations are by Tony Award winner Bruce Coughlin (The Light in the Piazza), and Drama Desk Award winner Mary-Mitchell Campbell (Company) will serve as Music Supervisor, Annbritt duChateau as Music Director, and Cody Renard Richard as Production Stage Manager.

A special fan pre-sale will begin on Tuesday, May 28, at 10:00AM ET – sign up atOnceUponAMattress.com for early access to tickets. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, May 29 at 10:00AM ET.

Further casting and creative team will be announced at a later date.

The Avett Brothers announced that their new musical Swept Away will begin previews on Broadway this fall at a Shubert theater to-be-announced. An odyssey of “mythic proportions” (San Francisco Chronicle), Swept Away features a book by Tony Award winner John Logan (Red, Moulin Rouge! The Musical), direction by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, American Idiot) and choreography by Tony Award nominee David Neumann (Hadestown).

After sold out runs from coast to coast, Swept Away storms Broadway this fall.

The Swept Away creative team includes music arranger & orchestrator Chris Miller, music arranger & orchestrator/music supervisor Brian Usifer, music director Will Van Dyke, Tony Award-winning set designer Rachel Hauck, Tony Award-winning costume designer Susan Hilferty, four-time Tony Award-winning lighting designer Kevin Adams and Tony Award-winning sound designer John Shivers.For ticketing updates and more information, visit SweptAwayMusical.com.

Jared Grimes (Funny Girl) will host the Chita Rivera Awards, it was announced today. The 2024 Chita Rivera Awards will be presented on May 20 at 7:30pm at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place off Washington Square Park), and are produced by Joe Lanteri, Founder and Executive Director of the New York City Dance Alliance Foundation, Inc. in conjunction with Patricia Watt.

Presenters include: Debbie Allen (Fame), Shoshana Bean (Hell’s Kitchen), Corbin Bleu (High School Musical, Little Shop…), Anthony Crivello (Kiss of the Spider Woman), Joel Grey(Cabaret), Huey Lewis (The Heart of Rock and Roll), and Joe Morton (Scandal, ART), Bebe Neuwirth (Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club, Chicago), Kenny Ortega (High School Musical), David Hyde Pierce (Here We Are, Spamalot), Brooke Shields (Suddenly Susan; The Adams Family), Ben Vereen (Pippin), and more.

The evening will feature performances by: Wayne Brady (The Wiz), Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked), Norm Lewis (Phantom of the Opera; Porgy and Bess), and Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon; Old Friends).

There will also be performances from the casts of Suffs, The Heart of Rock and Roll, and The Who’s Tommy.

At the May 20 Awards, Bernadette Peters will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, Phil LaDuca will receive the Vanguard Award, for his outstanding contribution to the international dance community, and Mayte Natalio (Suffs; How to Dance in Ohio) will receive the Douglas and Ethel Watt Critics’ Choice Award.

The Douglas and Ethel Watt Critics’ Choice Award is bestowed by the journalists of the Chita Rivera Awards’ Broadway judging committee, to recognize outstanding work that falls outside the framework of the original categories. It is named for the longtime Daily News theater critic Douglas Watt and his wife Ethel, an original cast member of Carousel and Kiss Me, Kate who later became a producer.

Tickets to the Chita Rivera Awards are available to the general public atwww.ChitaRiveraAwards.com.

Pop the champagne! The Museum of Broadway will celebrate its newest special exhibit celebrating the 10-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical Moulin Rouge! The Musical, presented in partnership with Chase Freedom and created exclusively for The Museum of Broadway. The exhibit, Moulin Rouge! The Musical: Spectacular, Spectacular, invites fans to step into the world of Belle Époque Paris and experience the splendor, eye-popping excess, and glittering extravagance of the hit show.

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