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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Sunday Scoop Week of 10/11/20 Rescheduled Shows, Current and Upcoming Live and Virtual Events and More

New York 

The shutdown of all Broadway shows has now been extended until at least June, 2021.

Rescheduled shows

New York

MJ the Michael Jackson Musical will now begin performances in September 2021.

Current and Upcoming Alternatives to Live In Person Events and More

1) Alanis Morissette and Jagged Little Pill To Host Biden Victory Fund Virtual Benefit 10/13
2) All Together Now Now Launches Digital Home with Live Events
3) BAM Virtual Programs for This Week
4) Broadway for Biden Pep Rally 10/14
5) Broadway's Best Shows Announces Spotlight on Plays Series
6) Emojiland's Natalie Weiss and Felicia Boswell to Release New Video Stand For
7) Founding Daddies, A Twist Look at LGBT History 10/17 & 10/24 at Now & Then
8) Houses on the Moon Theatre Company Live Amplify Gala 10/15
9) Larry Kirwin, Irish Rock Icon, Announces New Broadway Show & Documentary
10) Laura Bell Bundy Starts New Podcast
11) Lucille Lortel Theatre Season 2 Announces Season 2 of Live at the Lortel Podcast
12) Mattel Creations Launches 
13) New York City Children's Theater Announces 24th Season
14) Prospect Theater Announces Full Line-Up for Vision Series
15) Rita Wilson Headlines Women Who Rock and Gibson Gives Concert Series
16) Ron Howard  Q&A Brings Back Life on the Stage: Conversation & Film to Discuss Frost/Nixon
17) South Street Seaport Celebrates Architecture 
18) Story Pirates Launches Season 4
19) TRU Community Gathering on Zoom 10/29
20) Tim Rice Talks EPCOT and More on His New Podcast
21) Vangeline Theatre/ New York Butoh Institute Present New York Butoh Institute Festival 2020

1) Seven-time Grammy Award Winner


and the Cast of the Hit Broadway Musical


To Host the Broadway Fundraising Event to Benefit



TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2020 AT 8:00PM ET/5:00PM PT

Producers Vivek J. Tiwary, Arvind Ethan David and Eva Price are thrilled to announce that the Broadway cast of JAGGED LITTLE PILL, with seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette, will be hosting a virtual Broadway fundraising event to benefit the Biden Victory Fund, on Tuesday October 13, 2020 from 8:00-9:00PM ET (5:00-6:00PM PT).  Featuring performances, conversations, and messages from special surprise guests, this officially sanctioned Biden Victory Fund Event supports the BIDEN FOR PRESIDENT campaign to elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the next President and Vice President of The United States of America.  Tickets are available from $25.00, at bit.ly/JLPforBiden.

Contribution Levels for the Event are: Supporter: $25; Advocate: $100; Sponsor: $250; Champion: $1,000; and Co-Host: $10,000 (write/raise), which includes a virtual meet & greet with the cast of Jagged Little Pill.
Learn more about the BIDEN FOR PRESIDENT Campaign at www.joebiden.com @JoeBiden @KamalaHarris

For more information about JAGGED LITTLE PILL, visit www.jaggedlittlepill.com @JaggedLittlePill (IG) @JaggedMusical (FB/TW)

For more information about ALANIS MORISSETTE, visit www.alanis.com @alanis 








Co-founders Jessica Ryan and Joe White announced All Together Now, a new media and technology company focused on building tools that empower anyone from anywhere to design live digital experiences and define what’s possible by connecting communities in real time.

Since 2013, the team behind All Together Now, and its sister company Broadway Unlocked, have been telling stories and bringing communities together, in-person and online, through premiere watch parties, creator town halls, streaming galas, digital dance parties, film festivals, corporate events and more.

The new digital home will premiere with live, online events for Paul Taylor Dance CompanyMilwaukee Film FestivalOnly Make Believe, Broadway for Biden’s In Our America Concert, Annapolis Opera, and more. In addition, Broadway Unlocked debuts a theatre inside All Together Now with a host of innovative projects including the opening night of The Hippodrome’s This Wonderful Life; Take Me To Coffee Podcast - Live!Like After Death, an interactive short film from Heredia Vision; and the premiere of High School Zoomsical, a musical short film shot entirely on Zoom from MT Shorts.

For more information on All Together Now, visit AllTogetherNow.Live.

For more information on Broadway Unlocked, visit BroadwayUnlocked.com.

3) BAM Virtual Programs for This Week

BAM today announced plans for virtual programs including theater, kids and family, literary, and film events. The fresh slate of offerings include the world premiere of V’s (formerly Eve Ensler) That Kindness: Nurses in their Own Words; a talk with co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network Alicia Garza; the recently rediscovered and restored documentary, Nationtime; and the annual Halloween favorite, BAMboo! Below are the events for this week:

As the season progresses, stay tuned for more compelling virtual engagementsincluding a talk with Pulitzer Prize-winner Isabel Wilkerson, a special revisiting of BAM’sCambodian Requiem,Bangsokol, and films from Alexander Nanau, Joyce Chopra, HongKhaou, and others. Pleasevisit bam.org for updates, tickets, and more information.

Theater That Kindness: Nurses in their Own Words With V (formerly Eve Ensler) In Support of The Brooklyn Hospital Center’s COVID-19 Fund

With help from James LecenseMusic by MorleyAnimation by Alixa Garcia

Oct 15 at 7pm (on view for 96 hours) Free at www.bam.org That Kindness: Nurses in their Own Words is a new virtual play created by American nurses with writer, activist, and performance artist V (formerly known as Eve Ensler), honoring nurses’ selfless act of service and revealing raw, passionate testimonies from the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic. BAM will virtually present the world premiere at BAM.org on October 15th at 7pm (EST) simultaneously with theaters across the country and will remain publicly posted for 96 hours. In lieu of purchasing a ticket, viewers are encouraged to support those who risk their lives daily to care for their patients during a pandemic by donating to The Brooklyn Hospital Center Covid-19 Fund at any point during the engagement.

Produced in partnership with National Nurses United and California Nurses Association, That Kindness draws from frank, stirring interviews and personal stories that coalesce into a compelling narrative of kindness, confession, and activism tailored to our times. A preeminent cast brings these stories to life as nurses--who V calls “radical angels of the heart”. The cast includes Ed Blunt, Connie Britton, Rosario Dawson, Stephanie Hsu, LaChanze, Liz Mikel, Rosie O'Donnell, Billy Porter, Dale Soules, Marisa Tomei, and Monique Wilson. The production features original music by Morley, whose poignant lyrics capture the essence of the work..."A nation is defined by how its nurses are supplied...how they're treated and if they survive."

In this most important of election years and further channeling That Kindness into a call to action, this production is presented in conjunction with BAM's Get Out the Vote effort. 


Martin Eden (2019) Opens October 16 Director Pietro Marcello Tickets: $12 Adapted from a 1909 novel by Jack London yet set in a provocatively unspecified moment in Italy’s history, Martin Eden is a passionate and enthralling narrative fresco in the tradition of the great Italian classics. Martin (played by the marvelously committed Luca Marinelli) is a self-taught proletarian with artistic aspirations who hopes that his dreams of becoming a writer will help him rise above his station and marry a wealthy young university student (Jessica Cressy). The dissatisfactions of working-class toil and bourgeois success lead to political awakening and destructive anxiety in this enveloping, superbly mounted bildungsroman. Courtesy of Kino Lorber. (129 min) 







































Together with Broadway for Biden, Broadway’s podcast, The Fabulous Invalid (Jamie DuMontRob RussoJennifer Simard), Eric Ulloa’s podcast, Do You Hear the People Sing? A Theater Person's Guide to Saving Democracy, and the Broadway Podcast Network, are excited to announce a very special virtual Broadway For Biden Pep Rally, to be held Wednesday, October 14 at 8:00 PM ET, only at http://bpn.fm/peprally.

The Broadway for Biden Pep Rally is a rev-up to the final weeks before the November election and is organized to cheer supporters into the last moments of campaign work that will put our best foot forward, ready people with a voting plan, and create ideas for getting as many voters to the polls as possible. The pep rally will also include personal reasons and policy proposals that make the Broadway community all in for Biden. 


5) BROADWAY’S BEST SHOWS               




October 14, 2020

Starring in Alphabetical Order Elizabeth Ashley, Reed Birney, Matthew Broderick, Katie Finneran,

Morgan Freeman, Julie Halston, Stacy Keach, Robert Krulwich, John Malkovich, Zachary Quinto,

Phylicia Rashad, Robert Sella, Lee Wilkof, Vanessa Williams, Whitney Winfield with Sean Close,

Travoye Joyner, Jered McLenigan, TJ Wagner.  Directed by Michael Wilson.


Kenneth Lonergan’s THIS IS OUR YOUTH 

October 20, 2020

Starring Lucas Hedges, Paul Mescal, Grace Van Patten. Directed by Lila Neugebauer.


David Mamet’s RACE

October 29, 2020

Starring David Alan Grier, Ed O’Neill, Alicia Stith, and Richard Thomas. Directed by Phylicia Rashad. 



November 12, 2020

Starring Patti LuPone, Rebecca Pidgeon, Sophia Macy. Directed by David Mamet.


Anton Chekhov’s UNCLE VANYA

November 19, 2020

Starring Alan Cumming, Samira Wiley, Constance Wu, Ellen Burstyn, Manik Choksi, K. Todd Freeman, Mia Katigbak, Anson Mount. Narrated by Gabriel Ebert. Directed by Danya Taymor. Adapted by Neil LaBute.  


Donald Margulies’ TIME STANDS STILL 

December 3, 2020

Starring the Original Broadway Cast: Eric Bogosian, Brian d’Arcy James, Laura Linney, Alicia Silverstone.

Directed by Daniel Sullivan 


Robert O’Hara’s BARBECUE

December 10, 2020

Starring Carrie Coon, Colman Domingo, Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Annie McNamara, S. Epatha Merkerson, Laurie Metcalf, David Morse, Kristine Nielsen, Tamberla Perry, Heather Simms. Directed by Robert O’Hara.



Trailer Link: Spotlight on Plays Trailer

Producer Jeffrey Richards announces Broadway’s Best Shows, a new home for entertaining, engaging content, long form features and exclusive access to Broadway’s Best, will continue its weekly “Spotlight On Plays” series on Thursday October 14, 2020 to benefit The Actors Fund.   


The star-studded series has added seven new special performances including Gore Vidal’s THE BEST MAN (October 14), Kenneth Lonergan’s THIS IS OUR YOUTH (October 20), David Mamet’s RACE (October 29), David Mamet’s BOSTON MARRIAGE (November 12), a new adaptation of UNCLE VANYA (November 19), a reunion with the original Broadway cast of Donald Margulies’ TIME STANDS STILL (December 3) and Robert’s O’Hara’s BARBECUE (December 10).


The “Spotlight on Plays” events will be livestreamed at 8PM EST/5PM PST and available for a strictly limited amount of time.  Tickets for all events are on sale now and sold exclusively on TodayTix. Ticket buyers can access the events through the TodayTix app or todaytix.com at a “Pay What You Can” rate starting at $5.  Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to The Actor’s Fund.

To learn more about “Spotlight on Plays” series, visit Broadways Best Shows Spotlight on Plays.

The “Spotlight on Plays” series is Created and Executive Produced by Jeffrey Richards and Produced by Patty Baker/Good Productions, Rebecca Gold, Jayne Baron Sherman, Iris Smith with Jim Glaub and Jacob Soroken Porter. Select productions in the series are also produced by Ken Greiner, Louise L. Gund, Terry Schnuck, Ted Snowdon and The Shubert Organization.




Rising TikTok personality Natalie Weiss (Everyday Rapture, YouTube’s “Breaking Down the Riffs”), and Emmy Winner & Grammy Nominee Felicia Boswell (NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar LIVE, Shuffle Along, Motown), two stars from the Original Off-Broadway Cast of EMOJILAND (the critically acclaimed new musical which was cut short in March due to the Broadway shutdown), have reunited virtually to perform the song “Stand For,” supported by one hundred singers and musicians from coast to coast. 

In the musical, which received a Critics’ Pick from the New York Times, the song “Stand For” is sung by the emoji Construction Worker (Weiss) in protest of governmental corruption, while Police Officer (Boswell) grapples with the ethical dilemma of enforcing that government’s decrees.

One of the show’s writers, Keith Harrison, who also produced the quarantine music video, says the number was written to inspire the audience to ask themselves what they “stand for.”

Joining Weiss and Boswell in the video are singers from the Weston Drama Workshop, AMDA College of the Performing Arts and Honeoye Falls-Lima High School, accompanied by a five-piece band comprised of CJ Baker, Emily Rosenfield, Geno Henderson, Jazz Limbo and Harrison himself.

“Stand For” on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gThfosYz6k0


7) Twisted Look at LGBT+ History by Sam Morrison Premieres
Saturdays, October 17 & 24 Live at Now & Then (Bushwick, Brooklyn)

Following in the footsteps of Sandra Bernhard, John Leguizamo, Sarah Silverman and Margaret Cho, gay comic/monologuist Sam Morrison follows up his internationally acclaimed debut show Hello, Daddy with the premiere of his new live solo show FOUNDING DADDIES. Directed by Spencer Whale, performances of this twisted look at LGBT+ history will be presented live and in person Saturdays, October 17 & 24 at Now & Then in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Your American History classes weren’t gay enough and Sam Morrison is mad about it. Sam’s on a mission to give our queer forefathers – our FOUNDING DADDIES -- their rightful place in history and the respect they deserve. A hilarious romp through time that asks important
questions like: who was really our first gay president? History is chock full of incredible and very real LGBTQIA+ heroes that you likely
already know… but not like this.

FOUNDING DADDIES will be presented for two performances only, Saturdays October 17 & 24 at 6pm outside on the tented, spacious
backdoor patio at Now & Then (290 Meserole St. Brooklyn, NY 11206-1733 -- 2 blocks from the L train at Montrose). Running time is 1 hour. Tickets are $20 available at SpinCycleNYC.com. There is no minimum, but you must purchase food and drink to attend. 21+ only.

“AMPLIFY 2020”

Houses on the Moon Theater Company/HOTM (Emily Joy Weiner, Co-Founder & Artistic Director; Kevin Connor, Managing Director), the acclaimed New York based not-for-profit theatre company with a mission to “dispel ignorance and isolation through the theatrical amplification of unheard voices,” will host their 8th Annual fundraiser “Amplify 2020,” with an online event honoring the stories they’ve shared and the artists, partners, and communities who bring them to life on Thursday evening, October 15, 2020 beginning at 6:00PM.

Join Houses on the Moon at this pivotal moment in time to celebrate the tales that move us and experiences that connect us across time and place. The evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. will include featured performances, special guests, previews of HOTM's upcoming projects, and the presentation of the 2020 Mauricio Leyton Award to Sachin Jain and his organization G.H.A.R. (Gay Housing Assistance Resource).

Tickets for the online event are FREE. A tax-deductable donation is encouraged to help support the works of the company. To RSVP, please visit www.housesonthemoon.org. A link will be sent with confirmation.

To learn more about event sponsorship levels, please contact ecordes@housesonthemoon.org. Come and celebrate this special evening that honors the history and works of Houses on the Moon as they begin their journey toward their 20th anniversary year.

9) Bergen Community College and Bucks County Community College

Larry Kirwan
Playwright, Novelist, Composer, Black 47 Frontman, National Radio Host
and Columnist, Political Activist, Proud Immigrant and New Yorker

An Online Video Announcement of a
New Broadway Musical and a Major Documentary Film

Scenes from a new Documentary Feature Film
Green Suede Shoes
Songs from an upcoming Broadway Musical
Desert Rose

Premieres Wednesday, October 14
7:00pm EST

Faced with the COVID-19 cancellations of two Larry Kirwan concert/shows at Bergen Community College and Bucks County Community College, Peter LeDonne, Academy Award nominee, Broadway Marketing Guru and Bergen’s Community and Cultural Affairs Director, conceived an alternative event and a new paradigm for the colleges’ audiences and far beyond.

Entitled FROM WEXFORD TO BROADWAY, the Online Video Announcement will premiere worldwide on Vimeo, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14 at 7:00pm

Featuring Mr. Kirwan performing his most iconic works for the camera, FROM WEXFORD TO BROADWAY will also track his remarkable career from his childhood in Wexford, Ireland to his current Broadway productions.

Produced by Mr. LeDonne and Chuck Braverman (Academy Award nominee, Emmy Award winner and DGA Award winner), FROM WEXFORD TO BROADWAY will also feature scenes from Green Suede Shoes, a new Documentary Feature Film about Mr. Kirwan and songs from Desert Rose, Mr. Kirwan’s upcoming Broadway Musical.


Established in 1210 AD by England’s King John, Wexford is a town on the southeast coast of Ireland, at the mouth of the River Slaney, over which the world-famous Selskar Abbey presides as does the Bullring Market Place’s Pikeman Statue celebrating the 1798 Rebellion against Britain’s rule. For centuries, Wexford was, and still is, a musical melting pot gathering songs and aural histories brought to its seaport from every corner of the globe. 

Desert Rose
(Book, Music and Lyrics by Larry Kirwan)

Desert Rose is an uplifting, rock musical exploring war, international conflict, heroism, love (unconditional and unrequited), sacrifice, betrayal and eventual redemption.  And as in all complicated conflicts and great works of art, at the center of the piece is the truth

Green Suede Shoes

Green Suede Shoes is a documentary film inspired by Larry Kirwan’s Broadway-bound, new musicals, as well as his own remarkable personal journey, including his most recent new book, A History of Irish Music
Podcast Deeply Explores Women’s Issues Profiled On Bundy’s
Upcoming Album of the Same Name 
First Guest Includes KY Democratic Senator Nominee, Amy McGrath

“Women of Tomorrow” Episode 1
is now LIVE on

Actress, singer, and Tony nominated Broadway star, Laura Bell Bundy and co-host, music producer, Shea Carter, in association with the Broadway Podcast Network, are pleased to announce the new podcast, “Women of Tomorrow” inspired by Bundy’s album of the same name, which was co-written by Bundy, Carter and Jeremy Adelman. 

The podcast powerfully and deeply dives into the issues each song on her album presents, examines the history of those matters and provides solutions for moving forward.  The first episode, featuring Bundy’s interview with Democratic Senate Nominee Amy McGrath, will be available today October 5, 2020 exclusively from the Broadway Podcast Network and wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.  Find it at BPN.FM/WomenofTomorrow

Bundy says, “In the album Women of Tomorrow each song delves into a different issue women are facing today, but the podcast allows us to explore the history of that issue and speak with a special guest or expert about their experience and how we can move forward.  Our first episode centers around the song “Get It Girl You Go,” which is about women doing it all, breaking the glass ceiling, and getting a seat at the table.  The music video features all the female candidates running for democratic national office in 2020. So in our podcast, we examine the rights women won over the last 100 years that enabled them to join the workforce and we interview Amy McGrath, the first female fighter jet pilot and marine to fly an FA-18 in a combat mission who is now running against Mitch McConnell for Senate in KY.”

Each additional episode will feature a song from Women of Tomorrow that sets the stage for each topic such as: ‘doing it all,’ equal pay, unrealistic beauty standards, obsession with social media, domestic violence, pitting women against each other, domain over our own bodies, sexual assault, the new rules of masculinity, motherhood, pregnancy, the mental load and what it means to be ‘a good guy.’ Just two women and one guest working to lower the high cost of equality one song at a time. They may not change your mind, but they will make you think.

Out of the ashes of the 2016 presidential election, came the most powerful women’s movement since the 1970’s. Women’s voices raised in unity to express their fear over losing all they had fought for and their desire for equal rights.

Inspired by the music of Glenn Miller, Doris Day, Peggy Lee, and classic MGM movie musicals, Women of Tomorrow album, coming out in Spring 2021, is vintage in sound but not in subject matter.  Like the current pop elements sprinkled throughout, this album
encapsulates the experiences of today’s modern women. 

To download Bundy’s current single “Get It Girl, You Go” please visit: https://LLB.lnk.to/GetItGirlYouGo

The Podcast is available on Apple/iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeart, TuneIn, Deezer, Player.FM, Pocket Cast, Podcast Addict and everywhere else you listen to podcasts.

11) “Live at The Lortel” Podcast 

Launches Second Season

Virtual Audiences Invited to Join Live Interview Tapings

In Depth Conversations with Famed Theater Artists Hosted by Eric Ostrow

with Co-Hosts John-Andrew Morrison and Daphne Rubin-Vega

The Lucille Lortel Theatre has announced its initial guest lineup for the second season of their popular “Live at The Lortel” podcast. The upcoming season is filled with award winning actors that grace stages off and on Broadway, leading theater administrators, and thought-provoking playwrights and directors.

The season includes transgender actor and rights advocate Maybe Burke, and stage, screen and recording artist Telly Leung. Future guests include Tony Award winner Karen Olivo, playwright Betty Shamieh, Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkinsactor, film maker and transgender activist Pooya Mohseni, and Drama Desk Award winner Andréa Burns alongside of other names to be announced soon.


Hosted by Eric Ostrow along with co-hosts John-Andrew Morrison and Daphne Rubin-Vega, Season 2 of “Live at The Lortel” is dedicated to amplifying the voices and stories of people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and artists who stand in solidarity with the continued fight against institutional racism and racial injustice. Theater makers will delve into their thoughts on the future of theater during this period of radical change. They will also discuss their craft, as well as their professional and personal projects that help to make theatre and the world more equitable.

In accordance with social distancing guidelines, the podcast is being recorded via ZOOM rather than at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. These webcasts will offer theater fans the opportunity to watch live interviews and participate in a Q&A with artists. For information on future guests and how to register for upcoming webcasts in October and beyond, please visit www.liveatthelortel.com.

The “Live at The Lortel” podcast can be heard at www.liveatthelortel.com and wherever you get your podcasts: Apple PodcastsGoogle PlaySpotify, and SoundcloudNew episodes of “Live at The Lortel” will be posted each Friday as follows.

October 16                 Maybe Burke

(Recording October 8, 10:15am)

Transgender actor, writer, and human rights advocate recently seen in safeword.Red Emma and the Mad Monk. Core trainer with The Transgender Training Institute and the founder of The Trans Literacy Project.

October 16                 Maybe Burke

(Recording October 8, 10:15am)

Transgender actor, writer, and human rights advocate recently seen in safeword.Red Emma and the Mad Monk. Core trainer with The Transgender Training Institute and the founder of The Trans Literacy Project.

October 30                 Tonya Pinkins

(Recording October 15, 12:15pm)

Tony Award-winning actor on stage, television, and film with more than twenty years in daytime television, 9 Broadway shows, and numerous award-winning Off-Broadway credits. Currently writing, producing, directing, and acting in Red Pill, a socio-political horror film.

November 6               Pooya Mohseni

(Recording October 15, 10:15am)

Iranian American actor, writer, filmmaker, and Transgender activist. Star and writer of “Transit,” a short film about love between a trans woman and a cis man, coming out in 2021. Stage performances include She,He,Me for National Queer Theater, and the award winning show, One Woman.

November 13             Karen Olivo

(Recording October 15, 12:15pm)

Television, film, and stage actor most recently playing “Satine” in Moulin Rouge, The Musical. Tony Award winning performance as “Anita” in Broadway revival of West Side Story. Off-Broadway credits include Murder Ballad at the Manhattan Theater Club, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark at 2nd Stage, and The Miracle Brothers at the Vineyard Theatre

November 20             Betty Shamieh

(Recording October 16, 10:15am)

Arab-American playwright with several off-Broadway premieres including The Black Eyed directed by Tony Award winner Sam Gold, Roar the first play about the Arab-American experience to be produced off-Broadway and The Strangest. Currently developing a new screenplay, As Soon As Impossible for the Arab-American actor Jamie Farr, based on the play commissioned by Second Stage and Time Warner.  Current Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence at the Classical Theatre of Harlem.

November 27             Andréa Burns          

(Recording October 16, 12:15pm)

Drama Desk Award winner, having created the role of Daniela, the saucy hairdresser, in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical, In The HeightsLast seen on Broadway playing the role of Peppina in The Rose Tattoo by Tennessee Williams. Recently hailed by critics as “radiant” and “incandescent” for her portrayal of Judy Holliday in the Off-Broadway premiere of Smart Blonde by Willy Holtzman. Cast as Fausta in the upcoming Stephen Spielberg film adaptation of West Side  Story.



To honor Mattel's creative legacy and the 75th anniversary, Mattel has launched a new brand, Mattel Creations – an e-commerce and content platform that will feature curated items for sale; highlight creator collaborations, past and present; and offer a peek into the creative process. This is a global platform that offers Mattel brands as a canvas to the most innovative creators of today and tomorrow.

Collaboration has always been an integral part in Mattel’s heritage and Mattel Creations celebrates our iconic brands with unique, limited-edition iterations from today’s top artists, designers, musicians and creators working in collaboration with Mattel’s own top creative talent. Together they’re creating entirely new collections where toys are art, and art is inspired by toys.

Follow @mattelcreations to come along for the journey. And check out Mattel's inaugural drop celebrating some of its iconic brands including Barbie, Hot Wheels, Masters of the Universe and Magic 8 Ball. The new platform kicks-off today with the collections featured below and will be followed with weekly new drops. 

  • Art of Engineering™ - This limited-edition collection of toys, is designed specifically to give you a clear look at what goes into making some of our most iconic toys from Hot Wheels Bone Shaker® to Barbie and Skeletor to Magic 8 Ball.
  • Patent Prints – Art posters of four iconic figures in schematic designs. Available as both limited-edition foil prints and a classic screen-prints.
  • Artist Collaboration Collection – Art prints featuring four exceptional, emerging artists who have been inspired by our brands to create art from our toys. The collection features:  
    • Gianni Lee for Masters of the Universe – A multidisciplinary artist, Gianni Lee, reimagines the progression of Skeletor from Masters of the Universe through years of battling He-man.
    • Cristina Martinez for Barbie – Painter, Cristina Martinez, is inspired by the evolution of Barbie evolution over the past 60+ year and she’s developed a stylish, new depiction of the iconic doll for a diverse generation.
    • Distortedd for Magic 8 – Philadelphia illustrator and artist, Distortedd, uses her wild imagination to recreate Magic 8-Ball in her signature aesthetic.
    • Travis Ragsdale for Hot Wheels – 3D artist and animator, Travis Ragsdale, brings the Hot Wheels Bone Shaker to life as an energetic trip through his brain on an endless orange track

For more information, visit Mattel Creations at https://creations.mattel.com/
13) New York City Children’s Theater Announces Its 24th Season! 

Through a year of challenges, the award-winning New York City Children’s Theater (NYCCT) happily announces its 24th season to premiere, a mix of live digital productions as well as filmed performances of NYCCT productions. Highlights include a filmed production of our hit holiday show My First Nutcracker as well as an exclusive two-week stream of our award-winning and critically acclaimed musical, A Band of Angels, directed by Colman Domingo and two new productions

2020  Productions

Forest of Feelings - A New Musical
October 18th - February 2021 | 35 Minutes | Best for ages 2-5 Developed for and performed Live on Zoom 

The season kicks off with the premiere of Forest of Feelings. The Forest of Feelings is a magical place filled with a vast landscape of emotions. When two friends discover a lost laugh, with the audience’s help, they must take a physical and musical journey through the forest to return it to its faraway home. Created and performed by Yo Re Mi, Forest of Feeling is an interactive show live on Zoom that teaches your youngest theatergoers about emotions, music, and yoga! 

A Band Of Angels 
Streaming November 2020 
50 Minutes | Best for ages 8 and up Available on NYCCT’s Website with Live Special Events 

Join in this November for a special presentation of one of our most groundbreaking shows, A Band of Angels. Ella is a pop culture obsessed teenager living in present-day New York City. One afternoon she is transported back in time to meet the Jubilee Singers, a choir still in operation today that was founded shortly after the Civil War at one of the first schools for free slaves, and gains a new appreciation for history and education. See the production that Mommy Poppins called “captivating and thought-provoking,” written by Myla Churchill and directed by actor Colman Domingo. 

My First Nutcracker 
December 2020 
50 Minutes | Best for ages 3-8 Available on NYCCT’s Website with Live Special Events 

This holiday season, NYCCT will present My First Nutcracker filmed live at Theatre Row, and streamed directly into your home with live special events! In My First Nutcracker, join Clara and the Prince as they travel to a magical kingdom filled with delicious treats, dancing flowers, and a pesky mouse king. My First Nutcracker is an introduction to the classic holiday story you know and love, directed and choreographed by Melissa Riker and written by Barbara Zinn Krieger. 

2021 Productions

Same, Same, But Different 
Streaming March 2021 
45 Minutes | Best for ages 3-8 Available on NYCCT’s Website with Live Special Events 

Coming this March, they will present Same, Same, But, Different, an adaptation from Barbara Zinn Krieger and Maximillian Gill of the award-winning book by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw, written for and produced on Zoom! Same, Same but Different follows El, who lives in America, and Kailash, who lives in India, as they become pen pals. When they begin exchanging stories and pictures about their different lives, they quickly learn that although their worlds might be an ocean apart, they are quite similar. 

The Traveler 

Streaming April 2021 

50 Minutes | Best for ages 3-8 Available on NYCCT’s Website with Live Special Events

And this spring, join in for a filmed presentation of our hit show The Traveler, a love letter to modern-day immigrants who travel thousands of miles in search of a new home and community. From the imaginations of celebrated mime Bill Bowers and director Andrew Frank, comes a silent and whimsical tale of one man's journey to find a new home. 

Family audiences may join New York City Children’s Theater’s Membership program is the best way to see all of this season’s shows. When you become an NYCCT member for $100 or $250, you will receive tickets to virtual productions, special members-only activities throughout the year, access to Creative Clubhouse Stories, a storytime and theater game class, and more!

Want to get more involved? Become a New York City Children’s Theater’s Junior Producer. Junior Producers go behind the scenes with to find out what it takes to transform an idea into a brand new production for young audiences. With a gift of $500 or $1,000 you and your family will receive the benefits of the highest membership tier and have insider access to engage in NYCCT’s creative process by interacting with our artists, attending rehearsals, and so much more.

As a Junior Producer, your support will help fund virtual field trips for thousands of students in NYC public schools and help us bring vital virtual arts education programs to NYC's most vulnerable students, including students with disabilities, multilingual learners, and students living in homeless shelters. 


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Music Theater on Film Commissions to Be Released This Fall

Prospect Theater Company (Cara Reichel, Producing Artistic Director; Melissa Huber, Managing Director) proudly announces the full lineup for their fall season with the VISION Series of original music-theater on film.  The Fall 2020 series will feature six original short works from a variety of artists, including four pieces filmed on location during a September residency at the Goodwill Theatre, an unrenovated proscenium theater in Johnson City, NY that originally opened 1920, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Recipients of Fall 2020 VISION Series writing commissions are Bandits on the Run, a Brooklyn musical trio that quarantined together in order to continue creating; Britt BonneyNaveen Bahar Choudhury and Kamala Sankaram; Cheryl L. Davis and Douglas J. Cohen; and deaf composer Jay Alan Zimmerman.  Additionally, one commission is a movement narrative created in partnership with Thistle Dance, Inc. / Kristen Brooks Sandler, with score by composer Or Matias.  This line-up of short music-theater works has been generated during August and September, for release in late October through year-end.

During Prospect’s September residency at the Goodwill Theatre (Chief Executive Officer: Naima Kradjian) located outside of Binghamton, NY, health and safety needs were generously sponsored by United Health Services, which included regular COVID testing under the guidance of Health Safety SuperProspect Theater Company (Cara Reichel, Producing Artistic Director; Melissa Huber, Managing Director) proudly announces the full lineup for their fall season with the VISION Series of original music-theater on film.  The Fall 2020 series will feature six original short works from a variety of artists, including four pieces filmed on location during a September residency at the Goodwill Theatre, an unrenovated proscenium theater in Johnson City, NY that originally opened 1920, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.


 Prospect Theater Company (Cara Reichel, Producing Artistic Director; Melissa Huber, Managing Director) proudly announces the full lineup for their fall season with the VISION Series of original music-theater on film.  The Fall 2020 series will feature six original short works from a variety of artists, including four pieces filmed on location during a September residency at the Goodwill Theatre, an unrenovated proscenium theater in Johnson City, NY that originally opened 1920, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.


Recipients of Fall 2020 VISION Series writing commissions are Bandits on the Run, a Brooklyn musical trivisor, RN Megan Farmer. 

        The Band at the End of the World, created by Bandits on the Run (Roy DodgerBonanza Jellyfish, and Clarissa) a.k.a. Adrian Blake EnscoeSydney Shepherd, and Regina Strayhorn.  Directed by SRĐA, with cinematographer and editor Bart Cortright In a post-apocalyptic world, three musicians discover an abandoned theater and strive to re-connect with humanity.  Anticipated Release Date: Wednesday, Oct. 21st

        Lady Lawyer Lockwood Rides Her Tricyclewritten by Britt Bonney, directed by Cara Reichel. Director of Photography Gabrielle Mariella Featuring Ali EwoldtTina StaffordJacob Keith Watson, and Fiona Santos (who also serves as Music Director).  Groundbreaking 19th-century American lawyer Belva Ann Lockwood, the first woman to argue a case before the Supreme Court, grapples with her decision to run for President of the US in the 1884 election.  Anticipated Release Date:  Wednesday, Oct. 28th

        UNRAVELL’D, a thrilling movement narrative conceived and directed by Kristen Brooks Sandler, scored by Or Matias, with Director of Photography Sean Dolan.  Choreography created by Thistle Dance / Kristen Brooks Sandler in collaboration with performers Morgana Mauney and Lucas P. Melfi.  Lost in the labyrinth, with hope suspended by a single thread, Ariadne and Theseus desperately seek to find each other.  Anticipated Special Halloween Release Date:  Friday, Oct. 30th

        Lady Apsara, book and lyrics by Naveen Bahar Choudhury, music by Kamala Sankaram.  Directed by Zi Alikhan, with Directors of Photography Sean MacLaughlin and Brian Bon.  Starring Angel Desai, and featuring Chris Cornwell, Shinya Miyamoto, and Debbie Christine Tjong.  Apsara, a hard-working NYC actress whose identity is both Filipina and Indian, sings her way through a two-audition day… to an extraordinary conclusion.  Anticipated Release Date:  Wednesday, Nov. 11th

Additional commissions to be filmed in New York City this fall include:

        Don’t Stay Safe, with book and lyrics by Cheryl L. Davis, and music by Douglas J. Cohen.  This short companion piece to Davis & Cohen’s BRIDGES – an original full-length musical about the ongoing struggle for racial equality and civil rights – brings the characters forward to Spring 2020 in NYC, exploring the risks of protest, and the risks of “staying safe.”  Additional creative team members and release date to be announced.

For more information on Prospect Theater Company, visit ProspectTheater.org.

5:00p CT/3:00p PT, ON GIBSON TV

To raise awareness for vital Breast cancer research this month, Women Who Rock and Gibson Gives--the charitable arm of Gibson guitars--have teamed up for a new virtual concert series happening every Wednesday night 
in October at 5:00pm CT/3:00pm PT/6:00pm ET live, on Gibson TV HERE, all performances will be archived. Accomplished singer-songwriter RITA WILSON will headline the virtual concert series which will be shot on location at both the Gibson Showroom in Los Angeles, CA and Austin, TX. All donations generated from the Women Who Rock and Gibson Gives series in October will benefit Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI)--the nation's largest research institute dedicated solely to women's health research--and will be fully-matched by UPMC and UPMC Health Plan up to $25,000. To donate and for more information, visit: http://mageewomens.org/strikeachord.

Women Who Rock connects women through the power of music and helps to educate, support and fund women-centric health research and music endeavors. The annual Women Who Rock Benefit Concert features the best women in music, with a 100% female fronted line up. RITA WILSON was originally scheduled as the concert’s guest-star this past May. The concert was canceled due to the international COVID 19 pandemic, severely impacting fundraising efforts for the life-saving women’s health research at the MWRI.

Tune-in to watch the Women Who Rock and Gibson Gives October Concert Series every Wednesday night in October starting at 5:00pm CT and airing on Gibson TV (HERE) and Gibson Facebook Live (HERE).










The Actors Fund, the national human services organization for everyone in performing arts and entertainment, announced today that Life on the Stage: Conversation and Film, presented by Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) in partnership with The Actors Fund, returns with filmmaker and JBFC Board Member Ron Howard on October 13 at 7:30 PM ET in a live virtual conversation about his film Frost/Nixon (2008), moderated by Broadway producer and JBFC Board Member Dori Berinstein.

Frost/Nixon is a cinematic adaptation of the play that premiered in London in August 2006
and opened on Broadway in April 2007 and is just as timely now as when it first opened.
17) South Street Seaport Museum
Celebrates Architecture in October

South Street Seaport Museum celebrates architecture and announces the Archtober 2020 schedule of events, including free virtual experiences on October 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 3-4pm ET. The Museum offers free virtual celebrations, walking tours, and other online events in partnership with Archtober, Open House New York, and Urban Archive throughout the month of October 2020. Tickets are available at seaportmuseum.org/. Museum memberships are also available at seaportmuseum.org/membership/

Archtober 2020

Inside Schermerhorn Row: A Virtual Tour of the Seaport Museum's Landmark Buildings
Fridays, October 9, 16, and 23, 3-4 PM ET | Free | Online 
Our annual series of Building Tours return virtually this year! Join us for online tours of Schermerhorn Row on select Fridays during the month of October 2020, as part of Archtober 2020.archtober.org/. These virtual visits offer the opportunity to see and learn the history of Schermerhorn Row, one of the most significant examples of early 19th century commercial architecture in New York and home of the South Street Seaport Museum. Visit the upper floors of these New York City Landmarks, located within the National Register-listed South Street Seaport Historic District. Hear about the buildings' incredible history and developments and explore the remains of two 150-year-old hotels made famous by New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell's "Up in the Old Hotel." Tours will be led by the Museum's Director of Collections with a live Q&A afterwards. Free, but registration required at seaportmuseum.org/archtober-at-the-seaport-museum/

Virtual Walking Tour: Typography and Job Printing in the 19th-Century Seaport
Friday, October 30, 3-4 PM ET | Free | Online 
Most printers in early 19th century New York were located where the action was: near the city's main port of entry at South Street. Walk virtually with us to discover where passenger and shipping services printed their tickets, and learn about the typography on these historic buildings. Tours will be led by the Museum's Bowne & Co. Art Director and Operation Manager with a live Q&A afterwards.  Free with registration required at seaportmuseum.org/archtober-at-the-seaport-museum/

South Street Seaport Architecture Virtual Walking Tour
Free | Online 
Virtual walking tour of the South Street Seaport Historic District via Urban Archive, a technology nonprofit that promotes historical research and discovery. Several buildings in the South Street Seaport District are considered to be some of the oldest standing structures in Manhattan. From taverns to warehouses, built by the most famous American architects of the 19th century, the buildings of the Seaport have big stories to tell. Take a walk with us and discover the origins of New York's greatness: seaportmuseum.org/seaport-museum-x-urban-archive

Seaport Architecture Gems Blog Posts
Free | Online 
As part of the Seaport Museum's blog, where Museum staff explores the institution's collections and archives, current exhibitions, programs, and more in rich articles and multimedia features, one of the October entries highlights architecturally significant buildings in the South Street Seaport Historic District in honor of the 10th anniversary of Archtober. Other blog posts for the month of October will concentrate on the history of Harlem ports in 1920s-1940s, the care of artifacts and monuments in public spaces, and updates on the Museum's 18885 schooner Pioneer restoration.

Open House New York 2020
Inside Schermerhorn Row: A Virtual Tour of the Seaport Museum's Landmark Buildings
Sunday, October 18, 2-3 PM ET | Free | Online 
We are continuing our annual OHNY's Building Tours series this year by offering a special online virtual tour of the inside of Schermerhorn Row on Sunday, October 18, as part of OHNY Weekend 2020. This special tour with conversation offers the opportunity to learn the history of Schermerhorn Row, one of the most significant examples of early 19th century commercial architecture in New York and home of the South Street Seaport Museum. The program will be led by the Museum's Director of Collections with a live Q&A afterwards. The visit includes selected gallery spaces in the upper floors of these New York City Landmarks buildings, and the remains of two 150-year-old hotels made famous by New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell's "Up in the Old Hotel." Free, but registration required at seaportmuseum.org/open-house-new-york-2020

18) Story Pirates Launch 4th Season of Top-Rated Podcast, Plus 

‘After School’ Content

Today, the 4th season of the multiple award-winning Story Pirates Podcast launches on a big wave of excitement with a special guest appearance by Stephanie Hsu (Be More Chill, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) and a new theme song written by Bobby Lord.arranged by Brendan O'Grady and Jack Lord, and performed a capella by beatbox artist Kaila Mullady.

Season 4 begins deep under the ocean, where the last episode of Season 3 left off in dramatic fashion with the mysterious return of Story Pirate Rachel. In the 2-part season premiere, the Story Pirates discover that Rachel is back to her treasure hunting ways, this time in fierce competition with a singing submarine captain named Eric. Like all Story Pirates entertainment, the episode’s featured song and story are adapted from real kids’ ideas. "The Weird Sisters," by 9-year-old Evalea from Missouri, is a poppy Billie Eilish homage song composed by Monique Moses and featuring Stephanie Hsu. Eloy, a 7 year old from New Mexico, is the author of "The Secrets of the Paintings,” during which a talking Mona Lisa foils an art heist. Story Pirates co-founder Lee Overtree interviews kid authors during each episode. The Story Pirates Podcast, which has been streamed more than 25 million times since it launched in 2018, is the 2020 winner of both the Webby and iHeartRadio Award for Best Kids and Family Podcast. It has also won Parents’ Choice and Family Choice Awards.

With millions of students going to school virtually, families are looking for fresh resources to spark creativity, connection and play. Meeting kids where they live right now, the Story Pirates also just launched regular online After School programs as part of their popular Creator Club.

Every week, Creator Club subscribers tune in to listen to Story Pirates Radio, participate in the livestreamed highly interactive SPTV and Story Creation Zone episodes, and engage with teaching artists in workshops which help young authors explore and share their creativity in a safe, hilarious and freewheeling environment. On October 15th at 7 pm ET, Creator Club members will enjoy a special Zoom call where they can interact with podcast hosts Lee Overtree and Peter McNerney.
19) Theater Resources Unlimited
TRU Community Gathering via Zoom
Fridays, October 16, 2020 at 4:30pm

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) hosts weekly Community Gatherings every Friday at 4:30pm via Zoom, to explore the creation of art and theater in the time of COVID-19. Ask questions, bring answers, be part of a community - it's an opportunity to network with theater professionals and talk about keeping theater alive during these challenging times. To reserve a spot and receive the Zoom invitation, email TRUnltd@aol.com with "Zoom Me" in the subject line.

TRU continues their weekly series of TRU Community Gatherings on the next two Fridays, with others to be announced. Check the upcoming schedule at truonline.org/tru-community-gathering

Regional Perspective, 2: Fundraising and Audience Engagement During COVID. 
Friday, October 16 at 4:30pm 
In the room: Katy Brown, Producing Artistic Director of the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA; Gil Cates, Jr., Executive Director of the Geffen Playhouse; and theatre artist, producer and fundraiser Jeff Coon, Annual Fund and Foundation Manager at Lancaster, PA's historic Fulton Theatre. The discussion will cover fundraising during COVID times and exploring other, non-traditional ways of programming to keep audiences engaged and donors supportive. 

Videos of past Community Gatherings can also be viewed on TRU's YouTube channel: youtube.com/channel/UC43rsChi4fA23dNLeloaF_A/


The Broadway Podcast Network, is honored to announce that EGOT-winning lyricist Sir Tim Rice has joined the network with a new podcast, Get Onto My Cloud. The podcast is now available exclusively on the Broadway Podcast Network and wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.  Find it now at bpn.fm/gotmc.

Get Onto My Cloud finds Sir Tim Rice, at his chatty witty best, talking about his career in theatre and music, taking us behind-the-curtain with rarified, never-before-heard stories of his creative process. Sometimes the Podcast roams off stage to discuss other important matters in his life such as cricket, astronomy, Sunderland FC and boxer dogs.

You will hear recordings of some of his favorite lyrics (not always the obvious ones) as he reveals how and why some shows worked brilliantly and some didn’t. Described as “Relaxed, casual, essential listening for musical theatre fans and historians” Sir Tim Rice wrote the lyrics for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Chess and The Lion King, to name only five

Rice will reflect on working with incredible award-winning composers including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Elton John, Alan Menken, ABBA’s Bjorn and Benny and Freddie Mercury.

The Podcast is available on Apple/iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeart, TuneIn, Deezer, Player.FM, Pocket Cast, Podcast Addict and everywhere else you listen to podcasts.

21) Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute
The New York Butoh Institute Festival 2020
October 15-25, 2020

Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute presents the New York Butoh Institute Festival 2020 online, October 15-25, 2020. The Festival will feature an exciting program of butoh workshops and exclusive Zoom performances of works by butoh dancers from Asia, Latin America, South Africa, New York, and the United States. Vangeline's nonfiction book, Butoh: Cradling Empty Space, will also be released during the Festival with a free book giveaway. In partnership with the Hokkaido Butoh Festival, a free screening of Butoh dancer Saga Kobayashi's 2020 performance will be available online during the festival. Kobayashi was a principal dancer of the founder of butoh Tatsumi Hijikata. Tickets are $5-$10 and can be purchased at www.vangeline.com/online-tickets

Festival Highlights
Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 8pm ET
Sitting with it
, a collection of butoh short films via Zoom.
The six short films are a hybrid between film, poetry, visual arts, and butoh. The last four of the short films featured are a direct response to the 2020 pandemic

Friday, October 16 at 8pm ET
Broken Body
 by Ruta De La Memoria (Chile) via Zoom.
Broken Body tells the story of three pregnant women who disappeared during the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. Presented in association with Theater for the New City.

Saturday, October 17 at 5pm and 8pm ET
Live butoh improvisation 
by Yuko Kaseki (Japan) via Zoom followed by a discussion with the artist. 

Sunday, October 18, 12 to 3pm ET
Butoh Workshop 
with Yuko Kaseki via Zoom.

Tuesday, October 20-Wednesday, October 21: Butoh workshop with Vangeline
via Zoom.

Thursday, October 22 at 7:30pm ET
Butoh: Cradling Empty Space Book Release Party
 with author Vangeline and guests (virtual). Winners of book giveaway announced. The first nonfiction book published by the New York Butoh Institute, Butoh: Cradling Empty Space, explores butoh through a scientific lens, challenging the current gender bias and shedding light onto this mysterious and often misunderstood art form. 

Friday, October 23 at 8pm ET
Red Flag on a Red Planet
, live performance by Vanessa Skantze (Seattle) from Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon, WA. Filmed live with three cameras, followed by a discussion with the artist. 

Saturday, October 24, at 5pm and 8pm ET
Rising of the Unchained Silent Screams
, a solo created and performed by
Tebby W. T. Ramasike (South Africa) via Zoom followed by a discussion with the artist. 

Sunday, October 25, 12 to 3pm ET
Afrobutoh workshop 
with Tebby W. T. Ramasike (South Africa) via Zoom.
That's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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