Prizeo, the online giving platform that democratizes giving at any income level, announced today that they will partner with the 71st Annual Tony Awards, to host a special sweepstakes that will give one lucky winner the chance at the Ultimate Tony Awards® Experience.
With just a $10 donation at prizeo.com/tonyawards, fans will receive 100 entries for the chance to win the Ultimate Tony Awards Experience on Sunday, June 11—two VIP tickets to the dress rehearsal and the Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall, two tickets to the Tony Awards Gala, the chance to walk the red carpet, roundtrip airfare for two, and two-night hotel accommodations at the Sofitel New York.
Benefiting The Broadway League Foundation and the American Theatre Wing, the Ultimate Tony Awards Experience encourages fans to post vintage photos and tell their arts education impact stories using the hashtag #IWasThatKid, inspired by Neil Patrick Harris’ 2013 Tony Awards opening number, written by Tony Award winners Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
“It’s important now, more than ever, to advocate for arts education,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing. “We are proud to partner with our friends at Prizeo to offer this exciting chance to do just that. Join us in supporting these two crucial programs that educate students and motivate a lifelong appreciation of the arts.”
“We’re excited to host this Ultimate Broadway Experience at the 2017 Tony Awards on Prizeo in support of arts education,” says Jan Friedlander Svendsen, Charity Network’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Our #IWasThatKid campaign will resonate with theater lovers of all ages and we’re confident it will raise significant funds for The Broadway League Foundation and the American Theatre Wing. And, as the former Director of Marketing and Business Development for The Broadway League and the Tony Awards, it’s a privilege to introduce these two legendary Broadway organizations to our generous Prizeo community to raise funds for these two worthy causes.”
Some of Broadway’s biggest names are helping to kick-off this campaign including Tony Award-winner Lena Hall, Tony nominees Brandon Victor Dixon and Brandon Uranowitz, and Broadway’s Mandy Gonzalez, Eva Maria Noblezada, Michael Park, Caesar Samayoa, and Michael Xavier
The Ultimate Tony Awards® Experience runs from April 25 – May 23 at prizeo.com/tonyawards. The lucky winner will be announced May 30.
The 71st Annual Tony Awards will broadcast live on Sunday, June 11 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) from Radio City Music Hall on the CBS Television Network. The Tony Awards, which honors theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.
The Broadway League Foundation Inc. is the charitable arm of The Broadway League, the national trade association for Broadway and Touring Broadway theatre. The Foundation’s mission is to enlighten and increase the public’s knowledge, appreciation and awareness of theatre arts; and to preserve and promote live theatre as a vital and culturally significant artistic medium.
Among the Foundation’s many initiatives is Broadway Bridges™, whose goal is to give every New York City public high school student the chance to see a Broadway show before graduation. Working with the support of the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Arts and Special Projects (OASP), this effort represents Broadway’s commitment to New York City and Broadway’s future audience, as well as its workforce. This program is being developed as a pilot program with the hopes of expanding it throughout the country.
How it works:
- There are more than one million students enrolled in New York City schools.
- We are focusing on the 10th grade, which includes 70,000 students.
- Producers and The Broadway League Foundation work in partnership to provide tickets to Broadway shows for just $10 per student.
- In reaching out to an entire grade, we will eventually give every student the chance to see live, professional theatre through an annual trip to Broadway.
By bringing students to Broadway, the Broadway League Foundation is working to cultivate the next generation of theatregoers and professionals.
We invite you to learn more about Broadway Bridges and the Broadway League Foundation.
As the American Theatre Wing celebrates our Centennial in 2017, we reaffirm our unwavering commitment to make the American Theatre more vital and diverse, and to bring theatre into the lives of young people across the country. Our mission is to ensure that the next generation is on stage, behind the scenes, and in the audience.
Theatre education has a giant, measurable, positive impact on the lives of young people. However, only 45% of high school students and 4% of elementary students have access to it. For students of color, divide those numbers in half. This is a crisis for the future of artists, audiences, and diversity in the arts.
We believe one of the most powerful ways to promote the art form is to invest directly in the early development and training of young artists, and to empower teachers to offer the best possible theatre education. With support from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, the American Theatre Wing is bringing theatre into the lives of talented high-need students across the country. Through the Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative we:
* Provide teachers with resources to help keep theatre alive in schools across America.
* Give under-resourced students access to top-quality extra-curricular training.
* Offer talented young people scholarships to pursue degrees in theatre.
Now, more than ever, is a crucial, meaningful time to invest in the future of artists, audiences, and diversity in the arts.
For more information on the American Theatre Wing and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative, visit americantheatrewing.org.
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Jessica Chastain Strips Down Bare A Doll’s House and is Luminescent
In watching Jamie Lloyd’s version of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, it feels like a scene study class. The set is stripped bare, there are no props, no costumes, no curtain, no children except their voices and no touching. On the wall is written 1879 and what was three acts is now one hour and fifty minutes, no intermission.
Jessica Chastain, is Nora who enters and sits on a wooden chair as the turntable circles about 15 minutes before the play starts. Slowly the other characters enter and sit with their backs to Nora.
The play starts as her husband Torvald (Arian Moayed), has been given a promotion at the bank where he works. At first Nora seems frivolous spending money they do not have yet for Christmas presents, for everyone but herself. She is scolded, then indulged as her husband controls her world, as do all the men around her. When Kristine (Jesmille Darkbouze), an old childhood friend returns needing a job, she makes Nora also feel like her life is trivial, until Nora confesses she secretly borrowed money years ago when Torvald was sick and has been paying it off. Torvald is about to fire Krogstad (Okieriete Onaodowan), but we find out he was who loaned Nora the money and that she forged her father’s name on the promissory note, which is a crime. If this secret gets out it will ruin the whole family.
Nora turns to her her husband’s best friend Dr. Rank (the wonderful Michael Patrick Thornton) for help. Their chemistry is undeniable, but he tells her he loves her breaking the boundries and she can not confess to her indiscretion with the signature. Dr Rank sees Nora for who she is and tells her he is about to die pushing her to the edge.
Trying her best to stop what is inevitable Nora decides to commit suicide. She is sure Torvald will give up everything due to his love for her. Instead she learns and wakes up to the truth. She has and will always be controlled by men. The pattern started with her father and when Torvald learns the truth, instead of being on her side, he berates her with hate. When Krogstad has a change of heart and decides not to blackmail the family, Torvald turns back to wanting his wife, but the truth has opened up her eyes to a world she does not and can not live it.
Chastain starts off low key and like an onion, peels down to the core. She subtly steals your heart and has you cheering for her. She is seriously one fabulous actress, with her face conveying everything. She should win the Tony for this performance. Moayed as Torvald comes off as weak and ineffectual. You never understand why Nora has given everything to this man. Onaodowan gives off villainy vibes until he shows us Krogstad pain and heart. Thornton as Dr Rank, steals nearly every scene.
The language feels too contemporary and Lloyd’s directing choices are not always effective, but Amy Herzog’s adaptation really made me feel the power of the text.
The end made me want to break out and sob. Men, still really do not see us or the small sacrifices we make or the large ones done in secret to better their lives. We love them, but we need to start loving ourselves.
A Doll’s House: Hudson Theatre, 141 West 44th Street until June 10th
Theatre News: Smash, I Need That, Good Night, Oscar, Funny Girl, This Beautiful Lady and In The Trenches: A Parenting Musical
The NBC television series Smash is coming to Broadway for the 2024-2025 season. Robert Greenblatt, Neil Meron and Steven Spielberg will produce. The musical will feature a book co-written by three-time Tony Award nominee Rick Elice and Tony winner Bob Martin. Tony and Grammy winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Some Like It Hot). The team earned three Emmy nominations for their songs from the “Smash” series will pen the score, which will feature numbers from the TV show.
Five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman (New York, New York) will direct and Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse will choreograph.
The series was created by Theresa Rebeck and Spielberg, launch the series. Spielberg is also one of the co-producers of Good Night, Oscar, which begins performances at the Belasco Theatre on April 7.
Official dates, theater, creative team and casting for the “Smash” stage musical will be announced at a later date.
Speaking of the Pulitzer Prize finalist playwright Theresa Rebeck, Danny DeVito and Lucy DeVito are set to star in her new play I Need That at the Roundabout. The new comedy will be directed by Tony nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel which will open at the American Airlines Theatre in October. The cast will also include Ray Anthony Thomas. … Also newly announced for Roundabout’s new Broadway season is a spring 2024 revival of Samm-Art Williams’ 1980 Tony-nominated play “Home.” Tony winner Kenny Leon will direct
Speaking of Good Night, Oscar, Doug Wright’s play was named finalist for 2023 new play award by The American Theatre Critics Association. The other six finalists for the 2023 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award include: Born With Teeth by Liz Duffy Adams, the ripple, the wave that carried me home by Christina Anderson, Sally & Tom by Suzan-Lori Parks, Spay by Madison Fiedler and
Swing State by Rebecca Gilman.
Paolo Montalban and Anne L. Nathan are joining Lea Michele in Funny Girl as Florenz Ziegfield and Mrs. Strakosh. Montalban and Nathan will replace original cast members Peter Francis James and Toni DiBuono, who take their final bows on March 26th.
Elizabeth Swados’ This Beautiful Lady will play at La MaMa this May. Previews will begin May 5 for the Off-Broadway run ahead of the May 8 press opening, with performances set through May 28 in the Ellen Stewart Theatre.
In The Trenches: A Parenting Musical, with book, music, and lyrics by Graham & Kristina Fuller, will receive industry readings on Friday, March 24th at 11am & 3pm at Ripley Grier Studios. The readings will be directed by Jen Wineman (Dog Man: The Musical) and will feature music direction by Rebekah Bruce (Mean Girls) and arrangements by Dan Graeber, Graham & Kristina Fuller.
The cast of In The Trenches features Amanda Jane Cooper (Wicked), Jelani Remy (The Lion King, Ain’t Too Proud), Christine Dwyer (Wicked), Caesar Samayoa (Come From Away), Max Crumm (Grease, Disaster!), and Vidushi Goyal.Join two bleary-eyed young parents as they trudge through the trenches and discover their new post-baby identities. In an evening of new-parent greatest hits, a foul-mouthed toddler zeroes in on “the most dangerous thing in the room”, tap dancing towards bleach, knives, and tide pods; a chronically-overlooked younger sibling sings the “second child blues”; a mom trio celebrates yoga pants in an R&B love song to the “official mom uniform”; dad discovers he’s not the “ice-cream and movie-night cool parent” but rather the “do your homework real parent” amid a kiddo sugar-crash; and mom retrieves a sticky, hair-covered pacifier from the floor of a LaGuardia bathroom while her baby screams bloody murder and her flight boards without her.
Foul Play on Broadway
Photo by Bruce Glikas/wire image
According to Page Six a serial pooper has been leaving presents in the aisle of the Shubert Theater. The last incident happened near Hillary and Chelsea Clinton during a performance of Some Like It Hot.
According to a theater staff member other presents have appeared.
I am thrilled to announce that the show has been attracting VIPs including Steven Spielberg, Martin Short, Debbie Allen, Bo Derek, Eddie Izzard, Hank Azaria, Kristin Chenoweth and more.
Some Like It Hot, has some of the best songs, choreography, direction and performances on Broadway, so I am thrilled the audiences are finally noticing.
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