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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Sunday Scoop Week of 3/22/20 Updates Regarding the Latest Postponements and Cancellations Plus Current and Upcoming Alternatives to Live In Person Events and More


New York 

1) Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation and York College Postpone March 21 Premiere of New Musical:Dreaming Of 1975 Benefit Event at Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center to Stem which was supposed to occur on March 21 has been postponed to July 11.

1) Boys Will Boys which was scheduled to being performances at 59e59 Theatres on March 26 has been postponed.

2) Whisper House which was scheduled to begin at 59e59 Theatres on April has been postponed.

3)  Vangline Theater/New York Butoh Institute in collboration with Triskelion Arts Dai Matsuoka in Hijikata's Three Chapter which was supposed to being om March 25 has been postponed.


New Jersey

The Wanderer which was scheduled to begin performances at the Papermill Playhouse in Milburn, NJ on May 28 has been cancelled.

New York

1) Barococo which was scheduled to being performances on March 18 has been cancelled.

2) Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) has cancelled all remaining live performances in its Spring 2020 season.

3) Discus which was scheduled to begin performances at 59e59 Theatres on April 9 has been cancelled.

4) Hangmen which began performances at the Court Theater in will not reopen. The rest of the run which was scheduled to officially open on March 12, 2020 has been cancelled.

5) Metropolitan Opera cancels rest of season.
6) Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf which was scheduled to open at the Booth Theater in on April 9 has been cancelled.

Current and Upcoming Alternatives to 
Live In Person Events and More 

1) Rosie O' Donnel Show One Night Only Return on Broadway.com and Youtube 3/22

2) The Amazing Max Takes to Facetime and Zoom with Virtual Magic Lessons

3) Artechouse Offers Anyime Passes

4) Broadway Records to Release Rags Parkland Sings Songs of the Future Original Cast Album

5) Broadway Workshop Offers Online Coaching with Director, Marc Tumminelli

6) Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo brings show online twice a week until show reopens in June

7) Sing Street Original Broadway Cast Album to be Released

8) Stars in the House Daily Mini Concerts and Conversations New Episodes Daily at 2pm & 8pm

1) One Night Only Return of 





The one-night-only return of the legendary, 25-time Emmy Award-winning “The Rosie O’Donnell Show”  will broadcast live tomorrow, Sunday, March 22nd at 7:00pm ET on the theater world’s premier online content provider, Broadway.com, and will also be live streamed on Broadway.com’s YouTube channel.

This special event, produced by O’Donnell and actor/producer Erich Bergen and presented in partnership with Revelations Entertainment and Broadway.com, has been conceived as a LIVE streaming fundraiser for The Actors Fund, in order to help in this time of crisis.

The participants have won a collective 10 Academy Awards, 43 Tony Awards, 33 Emmy Awards, 38 Grammy Awards, 18 Gloden Globe Awards, and 12 SAG Awards. The complete line-up for Sunday’s “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” will now feature performances and appearances by some of the biggest names in all of entertainment, all participating live from the comfort of their own home, including Sebastian ArcelusSkylar AstinShoshana BeanBeth BehrsAnnette BeningErich BergenNate BerkusAlexandra BillingsStephanie J. BlockMatthew Broderick & Sarah Jessica ParkerAndrew BurnapTituss BurgessNorbert Leo ButzMiguel CervantesKristin ChenowethGavin CreelDarren CrissBrandon Victor DixonCynthia ErivoGloria EstefanJesse Tyler FergusonHarvey FiersteinJordan FisherDavid FosterSutton FosterMorgan FreemanNeil Patrick HarrisMegan HiltyChristopher JacksonJeremy JordanJane KrakowskiLorin LatarroJudith LightPatti LuPoneBarry ManilowRob McClureAudra McDonaldKatharine McPheeAlan MenkenIdina MenzelBrian Stokes MitchellMatthew MorrisonKelli O’HaraLauren PattenBen PlattBilly PorterRandy RainbowAndrew RannellsChita RiveraAnika Noni RoseSeth RudetskyLea SalongaMiranda SingsJordin SparksElizabeth StanleyAli StrokerMarisa TomeiAaron TveitLeslie UggamsBen VereenAdrienne WarrenJames Wesley, and more, including some surprise guest appearances!

To make a tax-deductible donation, visit give.actorsfund.org/Rosie
2) Artechouse Offers Anytime Access Passes

Artechouse a space for immersive and interactive art exhibits  is offering anytime passes which can be purchased at a discounted rate and redeemed for a later visit at any Artechouse location. Arctechouse can currently be found in Washington DC; Miami, Florida; and New York, NY.

For more information or to purchase tickets , visit https://artechouse.square.site.
3) Broadway Records to Release Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future Original Cast Album

Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future will be released digitally and in stores on Friday, March 27, 2020. The album is currently available for pre-order at www.BroadwayRecords.com.

The Original Cast Recording of this award-winning new musical doubles as a sci-fi concept album, intercutting fictional live recordings of two concerts – one that resurrects the folk music of the 23rd century’s civil rights movement — and one that places you in the heart of that life or death struggle, at the underground concert of blues-rock rebels (and constructed humans) Beaux Weathers & The Future. The never-before-heard audio of the band’s final performance is framed by the return-to-Earth concert of The Future’s only human-born member, Rags Parkland. Combined, they paint an all too familiar picture of perseverance in the face of persecution— a rallying cry for vigilance against the hatred that fuels human evil as we turn the corner into the 24th century. 

To learn more, visit BroadwayRecords.com.
4) Broadway Workshop Offers Online Coaching with Director, Marc Tumminelli

Marc works with actors on how to approach material and help them sharpen their audition skills, understand direction and adjustments, make strong choices, relax and most of all, have confidence. During coaching sessions students will work on audition scenes/sides, monologues or other material they might want to focus on. If a student is looking to work on a song or musical material, we can have a musical director create a piano track or use any online accompaniment

Marc's private acting coachings take place online using Skype or Facetime. The rate for an online coaching is $100. All coaching sessions are 50 minutes. 

Marc specializes in college audition pieces and audition preparation. His students are currently attending Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Carnegie Mellon, Cincinnati Conservatory, Elon University, Emerson College, Ithaca College, Marymount Manhattan College, University of Michigan, NYU, Brown, Pace University and Syracuse University. He is also the leading coach for New York performing arts high school auditions. Over 60 of Marc's students have made their way from the classroom to the Broadway stage, Marc's students are appearing on Broadway in Dear Evan Hansen, Harry Potter, Beetlejuice, Mrs. Doubtfire, West Side Story, Mean Girls, in commercials and on television. 

For more information, email Marc at marc@broadwayworkshop.com.
5)The Amazing Max Takes to FaceTime and Zoom with Virtual Magic Lessons



With an increasing number of children stuck at home due to various school closures across New York and the nation, the critically acclaimed magician The Amazing Max, has taken his magic and jokes online, via Facetime and Zoom, to engage kids who are stuck at home and not able to participate in their usual group activities

Max is also donating lessons to children at the Ronald McDonald House in New York City (as well as other health facilities around the country) where a Covid-19 case within the house has quarantined families to their rooms, with no access to anywhere outside their rooms, except when they have an appointment with their doctor. To donate additional lessons to these children at the Ronald McDonald House and other health facilities/hospitals, visit http://theamazingmaxlive.com/max-cares/

Max has always believed that you can make magic out of anything, and during any circumstance, and so the newly formed Facetime and Zoom magic lessons incorporate materials that people already have in their homes, such as paper clips, dollar bills, cards and coins. Kids will be thoroughly engaged and entertained as they learn basic and fun magic tricks during the lesson - and then spend many additional hours practicing and showing them to their family and friends in person - and online.

Virtual magic lessons with The Amazing Max are perfect for kids ages 5 and up and available in 30-minute private sessions for $50.  (Through March 31st slots are available for $35).  Slots will be available indefinitely while school is still out and theaters are closed.  For more information on lessons go to http://theamazingmaxlive.com/learn-magic

For more on Max visit: TheAmazingMax.com

6) Katsura Sunshine 
Star of the Off Broadway’s 

Will Bring his Talents Online With a Weekly Show 
Thursdays and Saturdays at 8 pm
Beginning March 19, 2020  
on Facebook and YouTube

And Will Return to NEW WORLD STAGES 
Beginning June 20th, 2020
Tickets Now Available on Telecharge.com 

As New Yorks’ theatrical landscape faces an uncertain future, celebrated international performer Katsura Sunshine, who has been starring Off-Broadway at New World Stages since September, will start streaming a bi-weekly talk show online beginning Thursday, March 19th at 8 pm. He will stream live from “Sunshine Studios” in New York City on Thursdays and Saturdays at 8 pm before returning to New World Stages on Saturday, June 20th, tickets available now at Telecharge.com. 

Celebrated, internationally renowned performer Katsura Sunshine (whom the New Yorker called “A big, burly, blond with a bellowing rapid-fire style) will continue to bring the Japanese art of Rakugo to New York in Katsura Sunshine’s Rakugo. The show opened to rave reviews in September and was forces to take a short hiatus and will return to New World Stages in Juen and will continue to perform different stories each month
Called the King of Kimono Comedy, Rakugo is the 400-year-old Japanese traditional art of comic storytelling. Currently, there are only 800 Rakugo Masters. Hailing from Canada, Sunshine is the only Western Rakugo Master in the world and star of NHK Worldwide; he is hilarious, charming, universally funny, and yet so very Japanese. Sunshine is the perfect performer to bridge the gap between the East and the West, in an entertaining style.
Sunshine will also present the same show in Japanese at 8 am for audiences in Japan – 7 pm local time

Facebook at Sunshine Katsura Sunshine
YouTube at Katsura Sunshine in New ********************************************************************

Sony Masterworks Broadway announces the release of SING STREET (ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING), an album of music from the critically-acclaimed musical adaptation of John Carney’s indie hit film.  Available for preorder now, the album will be released digitally Thursday, March 26, physical CD release to follow on Friday, April 17.   Featuring music and lyrics by Danny Wilson front man Gary Clark and John Carney, the album was produced by Clark and Tony and GRAMMY Award winner Martin Lowe and mixed by Dave Bascombe, a frequent collaborator to new wave titans Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears, Peter Gabriel and more.  Making its debut alongside today’s pre-order is the album’s lead single “Up,” listen here

Dublin, 1982. Everyone is out of work. Thousands are seeking bluer skies across the Irish Sea.  Conor and his schoolmates find an escape from their troubles by forming a band to impress a mysterious girl. With an original score that embraces the sounds of the ‘80s, SING STREET celebrates the thrill of rebellion, the joy of first love and the power of music.

  1. Just Can’t Get Enough
  2. Riddle of the Model
  3. Up
  4. A Beautiful Sea
  5. Girls
  6. Dream for You
  7. Drive It Like You Stole It
  8. Up (Down Version)
  9. Brown Shoes
  10. To Find You
  11. Go Now
8) Stars in the House Live Streams  Benefiting The Actors Fund

The daily series, created by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, offers daily mini concerts and conversations in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

New shows air daily at 2 PM ET and 8 PM ET, featuring performances by stars of stage and screen and conversations with Rudetsky between each tune. Rudetsky will encourage live viewers to donate, and Wesley will give updates from The Fund as well as shout-outs to people donating in real time. Dr. Jonathan LaPook, chief medical correspondent for CBS News, will also make frequent appearances to answer questions and offer best practices.

Stars in the House will stream daily at Playbill.com until Broadway re-opens.

To make a tax-deductible donation to The Actors Fund visit 
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

Stay healthy!

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