Celebrate the 'Best of Broadway' on This Week's Elaine Paige on Sunday
by Broadway.com Staff on May 24, 2020 at 2:00 PM
Olivier-winning actress Elaine Paige is giving Broadway.com listeners a chance to hear her BBC Radio 2 show, Elaine Paige on Sunday. In a special show, Paige celebrates the "best of Broadway," with songs from stars of the Great White Way including Ethel Merman, Barbara Cook, Barbra Streisand and Alfred Drake. With songs like "Don't Rain on My Parade" from Funny Girl and "Everything's Coming Up Roses" from Gypsy to the Waitress hit "She Used to Be Mine" and the Kinky Boots number "Step One," this episode has something for every Broadway fan. Listen to the new episode below to see if your favorite tune made the list!
Heidi Blickenstaff on Her Gen Z Message & Reuniting with [title of show] Pals for a Great Cause
by Caitlin Moynihan on May 22, 2020 at 6:33 PM
Heidi Blickenstaff has been keeping herself busy during quarantine. The stage favorite, and former Broadway.com vlogger, has launched a new production company with husband Nicholas Rohlfing and released a PSA to encourage Generation Z to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Blickenstaff, who was most recently seen in Freaky Friday, stopped by Broadway.com's #LiveatFive: Home Edition to talk all about her new project and her favorite moments on Broadway from [title of show] to The Little Mermaid. Heidi Blickenstaff (Photo by Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com)"I would say I haven't been this busy in about a year and a half," Blickenstaff told Paul Wontorek. "The stuff that I've been working on has not only been passing the time, but has been giving me great purpose in what I can do to help during this crazy quarantine." Blickenstaff, along with husband Rohlfing, just released a PSA called GenZStayHome, featuring young adults explaining the importance of listening to government officials and partaking in social distancing. "The real spark for it was that I have a nephew who's 17 and was not minding his stay at home order," she said. "We were trying to figure out what we could …
Awww! Watch the West End Cast of Matilda Sing 'When I Grow Up'
by Lindsey Sullivan on May 22, 2020 at 5:44 PM
Tim Minchin's Matilda score never fails to provide the feels. In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, the children of the Royal Shakespeare Company production, which has a home in the West End at the Cambridge Theatre, have teamed up to perform "When I Grow Up." To say it's adorable would be an understatement. Gina Beck joins them with golden vocals as Miss Honey. Get the tissues ready, and prepare to forward this video to all of your friends for a much-needed "aww" moment.
Broadway.com #LiveatFive: Home Edition with Heidi Blickenstaff
by Broadway.com Staff on May 22, 2020 at 4:26 PM
We check in with Heidi Blickenstaff about GenZStayHome and more!
Watch Chip Zien and the Falsettos National Tour Cast Head to 'Falsettoland' in Quarantine
by Caitlin Moynihan on May 22, 2020 at 4:00 PM
Spending a day in Falsettoland always sounds like a good idea, especially when it's with the national touring cast of Falsettos! The cast, led by Max von Essen, Nick Adams, Eden Espinosa, Nick Blaemire, Audrey Cardwell and Bryonha Marie Parham, reunited to show off what it would be like to be quarantined by performing the "A Day in Falsettoland." Also joining the cast for the video is Chip Zien, who originated the role of Mendel (played by Blaemire on tour) in the musical's original 1992 Broadway production. Max Grossman, who can be seen playing piano throughout the performance, served as the music director and editor of the video, which he also conceived. Viewers are encouraged to donate to actorsfund.org/falsettos. Enjoy the video below!
Katharine McPhee Says She's Team Ivy Lynn & Reacts to Smash Musical News
by Caitlin Moynihan on May 21, 2020 at 8:23 PM
It's been seven years since the final episode of Smash aired on NBC, but that hasn't stopped the popularity of the Broadway-obsessed show from growing. In 2015 there was Bombshell: In Concert, a benefit for The Actors Fund that showcased the biggest hits from the series. On May 20, a special broadcast of that concert was aired, reviving love for the show. Katharine McPhee, who starred as Karen Cartwright, stopped by Broadway.com's #LiveatFive: Home Edition to reminisce about the concert and talk about what's next for Smash. Katharine McPhee as Marilyn Monroe on "Smash" (Photo: NBC)"They resurrected all the costumes that we wore from the show," McPhee told Paul Wontorek about the 2015 concert at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre. "I realized I was three sizes smaller because we were always dancing. That show was so intense. The energy at the Minskoff was palpable. I was nervous, but I think the excitement and support that we had in the audience definitely calmed my nerves a little bit. I still would get butterflies before the curtain would go up after doing Waitress like 300 times in a row, so you can only imagine the butterflies I had." Smash was McPhee's …
Odds & Ends: Kelli O’Hara, Jeremy Jordan & More Set for Concert Series
by Lindsey Sullivan on May 21, 2020 at 7:44 PM
Here's a quick roundup of stories you might have missed recently. Weekly Seth Rudetsky Concert Series to Feature Kelli O'Hara & More Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway concert series, which first began in Provincetown at the Art House in 2011, will debut as a weekly virtual series entitled the Seth Concert Series. Hosted by SiriusXM On Broadway personality and Stars in the House co-host Rudetsky, the first event will take place on May 31 and feature Tony winner Kelli O’Hara. Little Shop of Horrors star Jeremy Jordan and Tony winner Jessie Mueller will headline on June 14 and June 21, respectively. Each weekly show will premiere on Sunday nights at 8PM ET with a second showing Mondays at 3PM ET for viewers in other time zones. Tickets can be purchased here. Dates Set for Unprecedented: Real Time Theatre from a State of Isolation As previously reported, BBC Arts has joined forces with the theater company Headlong and Century Films for Unprecedented: Real Time Theatre from a State of Isolation, a series of short, digital plays written and performed in isolation. Written by celebrated playwrights, including Ink's Tony-nominated scribe James Graham, the plays will respond to how our understanding …
Andrew Barth Feldman Announces Starry Benefit for the Barbra Barth Feldman Performing Arts Center
by Lindsey Sullivan on May 21, 2020 at 6:03 PM
Former Dear Evan Hansen star vlogger Andrew Barth Feldman has announced a one-night-only event to raise money for the renamed and soon-to-be renovated Barbra Barth Feldman Performing Arts Center at Lawrence Woodmere Academy, his alma mater. The center is being renamed after Feldman's mother, who passed away last year. She was the Director of Lawrence Woodmere Academy Summer Day and was later the Head of School. “My mom was loved fiercely by everyone who knew her, and she loved everyone just as fiercely,” Feldman said. “When she passed in August of 2019, it was an extraordinary shock to all of us. Throughout her life, she taught us to see the good in the face of the bad, and celebrate it all every day. While I wish we could do the benefit in person to celebrate my mom all together, the show must go on, and we’re celebrating her life as big as we possibly can.” Originally scheduled to be an in-person concert celebration, the fundraiser has been restructured as a virtual benefit and will take place live on May 31 at 7PM ET. An in-person celebration will take place on a date to be announced. Tickets (suggested donation amounts are between $10 …
Broadway.com #LiveatFive: Home Edition with Katharine McPhee
by Broadway.com Staff on May 21, 2020 at 5:18 PM
We check in with Katharine McPhee about Bombshell: In Concert and more!
Ben Platt Reveals How Live From Radio City Music Hall Was Like the 'Best Bar Mitzvah'
by Caitlin Moynihan on May 21, 2020 at 4:17 PM
It's been almost three years since Tony winner Ben Platt took his final bow in Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway, and he's been going nonstop ever since. In that time, he's released his first album Sing to Me Instead, starred in The Politician on Netflix (which just announced its season two release date), gone on tour and has been announced to star in the movie adaptation of Merrily We Roll Along with his BFF Beanie Feldstein. As if that weren't enough, Platt's concert at Radio City Music Hall was filmed for Netflix. Broadway.com chatted with the star about the night he'll never forget and more. Although this isn't the premire he pictured for his Netflix special, Platt is excited about fans getting to enjoy the concert while being quarantined. "I think it couldn't have come at a more, unfortunately, at a more opportune time," he said. "People can't experience any live theater or live performance right now, and I think this is a really way to feel like you're in a room with people at a show. I wanted it to feel that way before all this happened. It strangely works really well for the moment. I think, hopefully, it …
Society of London Theatre Announces Coalition to Explore Reopening Solutions
by Lindsey Sullivan on May 21, 2020 at 3:27 PM
The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre have shared the latest announcement from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport to set up a new Entertainment and Events Working Group. The coalition will include SOLT, UK Theatre, Arts Council England, Association of British Orchestras, One Dance UK and other organizations to find solutions that enable theatrical venues and businesses to reopen safely in the wake of COVID-19. "We have been liaising closely with our members and then with DCMS to ensure that the complex needs of theater are understood. Theater currently has no income coming in and over 70% of our venues will run out of cash by the end of the year if we are not able to find an alternative model to social distancing," said Julian Bird, chief executive of SOLT and UK Theatre. "The formation of this taskforce is critical." Three working groups with representatives from freelancers and organizations across the theater industry have already been established. The intention is to facilitate discussions with Public Health England and other specialists concerning safety measures for rehearsals and pre-production, operating venues safely and touring. As previously reported, Equity and SOLT have come to an …
Betsy Wolfe and Husband Adam Krauthamer Welcome Baby Girl
by Lindsey Sullivan on May 21, 2020 at 2:23 PM
Broadway starand former Broadway.com vlogger Betsy Wolfe has announced that she and her husband, musician Adam Krauthamer, have welcomed their first child. She posted the news on Instagram on May 20: "Meet Poppy, our beautiful baby girl and quarantine pal for life." View this post on Instagram Meet Poppy, our beautiful baby girl and quarantine pal for life. A post shared by Betsy Wolfe (@bwolfepack) on May 20, 2020 at 6:55pm PDT Wolfe and Krauthamer met in 2014 while rehearsing for Bullets Over Broadway. They were married in 2018. In addition to Bullets Over Broadway, Wolfe's list of Broadway credits includes Falsettos, Waitress, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Everyday Rapture and 110 in the Shade. She has been seen off-Broadway in The Last Five Years and the debut staging of Everyday Rapture. Krauthamer, a French horn player, has been heard in the orchestra pits of Frozen, The King and I, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella and Shrek The Musical. He is president of Local 802, the musicians union.
Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Receives $600,000 Gift from John Gore
by Lindsey Sullivan on May 21, 2020 at 2:03 PM
The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center has announced the receipt of a $600,000 gift from John Gore to the National Theater Institute (NTI) scholarship endowment. NTI’s six semester-long programs offer students a springboard to the professional world. The John Gore Scholarship supports students from underrepresented backgrounds. The first three students to receive the John Gore Scholarship completed their training at NTI this spring. Founded in 1970, the organization's credit-earning theater intensives—taught by industry professionals and master teachers—offer actors, singers, directors, dancers, designers, playwrights and composers comprehensive training. Graduates leave NTI with the skills to produce, write, direct and act in their own work, as well as create their own paths in the industry. This endowment gift will ensure that NTI is able to further advance access, opportunity and representation in American culture. John Gore joins other funders including the Miranda family, national foundations and private individuals in supporting scholarships for NTI. “In this uncertain time, it is critical to invest in the future,” said Gore, Chairman and CEO of the John Gore Organization. “We are thrilled to provide this support for NTI to help provide the training for the next generation of theater creators and performers to develop the shows that …
TV Fan-Favorite Smash Heading To Broadway as a New Musical
by Caitlin Moynihan on May 21, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Smash: A New Musical is coming to Broadway, lead producers Steven Spielberg, Robert Greenblatt and Neil Meron announced today. Inspired by the popular NBC series of the same name, Smash: A New Musical reunites Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who wrote over two dozen songs for the television show and will provide the score. Bob Martin and Rick Elice will co-write the musical's book. “I am personally thrilled to be a part of this musical and its road to Broadway,” said Spielberg, who originally came up with the idea for the TV show and served as executive producer on the series. “Smash is near and dear to my heart, and it seems fitting that a new musical inspired by what we did on the show would eventually come to the stage." The stage musical is set to include many of show's well-known songs, including the Emmy- nominated “Let Me Be Your Star.” Telling the story of what it takes to mount the new fictitious musical Bombshell, Smash: A New Musical will depart liberally from the series. The characters Julia and Tom (played on television by Debra Messing and Christian Borle, respectively), as well as Ivy and Karen (played on the series by …
Watch Bombshell: In Concert Right Here on Broadway.com
by Caitlin Moynihan on May 20, 2020 at 11:42 PM
Is Smash still your star? You're in luck! You can watch the previously announced livestream of Bombshell: In Concert right here on Broadway.com beginning at 8PM ET. The free concert will once again benefit The Actors Fund just as it first happened on June 8, 2015 at the Minskoff Theatre. The event will be introduced by two-time Academy Award winner Renée Zellweger. During the concert's intermission, Julie Klausner of Difficult People will host a live reunion with the show’s original cast members including Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty, Christian Borle, Jaime Cepero, Will Chase, Brian d’Arcy James, Jack Davenport, Ann Harada, Jeremy Jordan, Andy Mientus, Debra Messing, Leslie Odom Jr., Krysta Rodriguez and Wesley Taylor. Check out the video below to singalong to your favorite Smash tunes.
Jamie Parker, James Snyder & the Cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Join Harry Potter at Home Series
by Lindsey Sullivan on May 20, 2020 at 7:42 PM
Harry Potter at Home, the collection of free initiatives designed to help bring the magic of J.K. Rowling's popular series to children and parents in quarantine, has enlisted performers to read chapters from the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. This week, chapter six is being split between Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Olivier winner and Tony nominee Jamie Parker and current stars James Snyder, Paul Thornley, Diane Davis, Brady Dalton Richards, James Romney, Nadia Brown and more. Daniel Radcliffe enchanted fans with chapter one. Chapter two was read by Noma Dumezweni, who created the role of Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the West End and on Broadway. Tony and Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne treated fans to chapter three. Two-time Tony nominee Stephen Fry read chapter four. Simon Callow, Bonnie Wright and Evanna Lynch shared chapter five. The Harry Potter at Home project is an initiative developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes an open license to teachers allowing them to post recordings of themselves reading the Harry Potter stories onto educational platforms and networks, a dedicated hub of information …
How Andy Mientus' 'Scrappy Little' Musical Burn All Night Turned into a Cult Favorite
by Caitlin Moynihan on May 20, 2020 at 7:22 PM
It's been almost three years since the apocalyptic musical Burn All Night made its world premiere at American Repertory Theater's OBERON space in 2017. With a book and lyrics by Andy Mientus along with Van Hughes, Nicholas LaGrasta, and Brett Moses, who created the music, Burn All Night is an unflinching look at being young on the eve of global catastrophe. Audio recordings of the musical, which featured current Mean Girls star Krystina Alabado as the leading lady, have never been released... until now. Mientus, along with Alabado, Hughes, LaGrasta and Moses, appeared on Broadway.com's #LiveatFive: Home Edition to talk about the musical's timely theme and what encouraged them to release Hit Record: Demos from Burn All Night. Krystina Alabado and Perry Sherman in "Burn All Night" (Photo: Evgenia Eliseeva)Mientus drew from personal experience when it came to writing Burn All Night, and the inspiration began when someone at a party told him they all were going to die. "I was at a party in college and there was this guy being really pessimistic and anxious," Mientus said to Paul Wontorek. "I was trying to be optimistic telling him everything will be okay and he said, …
Katrina Lenk, Jane Alexander & More Set for Reading of Matthew Lopez's The Sentinels
by Lindsey Sullivan on May 20, 2020 at 7:20 PM
MCC Theater will present the one-act play The Sentinels, written by The Inheritance scribe Matthew Lopez, as part of their new Live Labs: One Acts on May 20 at 5:30PM ET. The reading will be presented live on the MCC YouTube Channel, where it will be available to view through May 23. Under the direction of Rebecca Taichman, the cast features Jane Alexander as Alice, Katrina Lenk as Christa, Denée Benton as Kelly and Priscilla Lopez as The Waitress. One morning every September, Alice, Christa and Kelly meet for breakfast to catch up on each other’s lives and to remember the husbands they lost on 9/11. Moving backward in time and spanning a decade, Lopez’s play explores the burden of the past and how me move on from tragedy—or don’t.
Choreographer Camille A. Brown Presents Series of Free Dance Classes & Lectures Online
by Lindsey Sullivan on May 20, 2020 at 7:09 PM
Feeling the need to get up and move in quarantine? Tony-nominated choreographer Camille A. Brown is presenting a new series called Social Dance for Social Distance. It consists of free dance classes and lectures online in which Brown will teach choreography from some of her most acclaimed pieces. The classes will be free and live on Instagram each day at 2PM ET beginning on May 21. Highlights include a choreography lesson on the moves from Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, starring John Legend, on May 21. Afro-Cuban dance classes on June 1 and 5, a hip-hop class on June 12 and a tap class on June 26. Peek at the full schedule below: May 21 - Chloe Davis, Jesus Christ Superstar classMay 22 - Cat Foster, classMay 27 - Maija Garcia, lectureMay 28 - Winston Dynamite Brown, dancer chat about the creative processJune 1 - Beatrice Capote, afro-cuban classJune 3 - Dexter Jones, lindy hop classJune 4 - Yusha-Marie Sorzano and Maleek Washington, dancer chat "Black Love"June 5 - Beatrice Capote, afro-cuban classJune 8 - Tim Edwards, classJune 9 - Courtney Ross and Jay Staten, dancer chat "Mask Off"June …
New Short-Form Series Royalties, Co-Created by and Starring Darren Criss, Heads to Quibi
by Lindsey Sullivan on May 20, 2020 at 6:29 PM
Hollywood's Darren Criss is slated for another series. Royalties, starring, co-written and co-produced by Criss, is scheduled to premiere on June 1 on the short-form streaming service Quibi. He announced the premiere of his "zany little love note to the plight of songwriters" on Twitter. So glad to announce that my zany little love note to the plight of songwriters, “ROYALTiES" is finally droppin' June 1st on @Quibi! It's funny and weird and scrappy and cute and the songs are pretttty rockin if I do say so myself… Can't wait for you to get in on the wackiness! pic.twitter.com/E4J1CspgJX — Darren Criss (@DarrenCriss) May 20, 2020 Royalties stars Criss and Kether Donohue as a songwriting duo. Each episode features celebrity guests playing fictitious music stars. Clueless director Amy Heckerling is at the helm of the series, which is co-written and co-produced by Nick and Matt Lang. Criss appeared on Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He won legions of fans for his turn as Blaine Anderson on Glee and earned an Emmy Award for his performance as Andrew Cunanan in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American …