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Monday, November 23, 2020

More Theater Monday - 32nd Annual Festival of New Musicals



What: 32nd Annual Festival of New Musicals

Where: Broadway on Demand

When: This event occurred on November 19 and 20, 2020 (but will remain available for viewing on Broadway on Demand through November 29)

The National Alliance for Musical Theater (NAMT)'s  32nd Annual Festival of New Musicals was a little later than normal and a lot different than usual this year but just as exciting as ever. This year's event like so many others took place online instead of in person. Songs and excerpts from Six new musicals currently in development were presented, and the creators talked a little bit about their shows. As usual, the shows presented covered a wide range of subjects, styles, and musical genre. This years entries included an Acapella opera and a bilingual musical. It's good to know that even in this strange and difficult year, there are still new and exciting things happening in the world of musical theater. We hope to have the opportunity to see more of these new musicals in the future as they further develop and hopefully sometime make it to full production at a stage near us.

If you missed out on the festival for some reason and/or if you have always wanted to be a part of it but you have not able to because you don't live in the area or for some other reason, you are in luck. Because of the fact that everything was presented online this year instead of in person, both days of the festival will still be available for viewing on Broadway on Demand through November 29, 2020. Although signing up for a membership to Broadway on Demand is required, there is no fee required for membership. However, there is a required donation of $30  for accessing 1 day of the festival and $50 for accessing both days of the festival. For more information, to join Broadway on Demand and/or to register for access to the 32nd Annual Festival of New Musicals, visit www.broadwayondemand.com/subscribe?odrc=watch. For more more information about NAMT, visit https://namt.org.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

*More Theater Monday is an occasional supplement to our regular Theater Thursday posts.  Additional theater-related posts can also be found in our periodic Still More Theater Saturday posts.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Sunday Scoop Week of 11/22/20 Live and Virtual Events Coming Up This Week or Soon Thereafter and More

1)A Christmas Carol Starring Tony Winner, Jefferson Mays, to be Released 11/28
2)Bette Davis Ain't for Sissies Adds Dates Through 12/17
3)Best of BAM Kids Festival 11/28 -12/6
4) Broadway Advocacy Coalition & Columbia Law School Announce New 2021 Course 
5) Broadway Podcast Network Special Holiday Live Events 
6) The Fabulous Invalid Launches Season Three with Vanessa Williams
7) Jim Brickman New Holiday Album, Brickman for Broadway Christmas & Virtual Concert 11/28
8) Inside the Wild Heart Immersive Theatrical Experience 11/27 - 12/20
9) Italian American Playwrights Announce Video Podcasts of New Plays Under Consideration
10) Kino Lorber to Release The Jewish Soul Classics of Yiddish Cinema on Blu Ray 11/24
11) Radial Park, A  New Custom Entertainment Service is Announced 
12) Roundabout Theater Announces Production, Artistic, and Educations Plans for 
13)  The Roustabouts Theatre Co. Presents Roosevelt Charge the Bear Streaming Through 12/13
14) Southwark Playhouse's The Last Five Years to Stream on Broadway on Demand 11/26 - 11/29
15) Voyeur Extends Through 1/10/21



1) TONY AWARD® WINNER 

JEFFERSON MAYS

REPRISES HIS ACCLAIMED PERFORMANCE

IN CHARLES DICKENS’ BELOVED HOLIDAY CLASSIC 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL”

TO BENEFIT George Street Playhouse


TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW 

AT GeorgeStreetPlayhouse.org


George Street Playhouse and producer Hunter Arnold unofficially kicked off the holiday season early today, announcing that a special filmed version of Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic A Christmas Carol starring one of the finest stage actors of our time, Tony Award® winner Jefferson Mays, will be released worldwide on Saturday, November 28. This streaming video event will benefit George Street Playhouse as well as other community, amateur, regional theaters across the country which have been devastated by the pandemic. Directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Michael Arden, adapted by Mays, Susan Lyons, and Arden, and conceived by Arden and Tony Award nominee Dane Laffrey, the filmed version is based on the wildly acclaimed 2018 production which made its world premiere at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse.

Tickets for A Christmas Carol are now available to purchase via George Street Playhouse.org
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2) Pandemic Streaming Hit Adds More Live Performances
BETTE DAVIS AIN’T FOR SISSIES
Now thru December 17, 2020 on Stellar

Internationally acclaimed one woman show BETTE DAVIS AIN’T FOR SISSIES  has been one of the success stories of the pandemic era. Just before COVID lockdowns began, writer/performer Jessica Sherr was in negotiations for the official Off-Broadway debut of her touring show. Her first livestream of BETTE DAVIS AIN’T FOR SISSIES on April 3rd via Facebook proved that there was interest in Davis and watching solo performances from home. Sherr has now performed the show live from her apartment over 20 times, attracting audiences from 20 states and 6 countries globally. She was even able to do nearly a dozen live performances in Central Park for small, socially distanced and masked audiences this summer.  She has now added more live streaming performances through December 17th. 

In BETTE DAVIS AIN’T FOR SISSIES, Sherr channels 31-year old Bette Davis’ fight against the male-dominated studio system.  On the night of the 1939 Oscars, Bette Davis returns home knowing she's to lose Best Actress to Vivien Leigh's Scarlet O'Hara, because the press has leaked the winners.  Davis takes us on the bumpy ride of her tumultuous rise, as the tenacious actress fights her way through the studio system to the top. Witness Bette triumph over misogyny to win roles and compensation on par with her male counterparts. See what happens when someone who always wins...loses.

Written and performed by Jessica Sherr (Blue Bloods, Annie, Claws), BETTE DAVIS AIN’T FOR SISSIES is directed by Karen Carpenter (Harry Townsend’s Last Stand, Love Loss and What I Wore).  It will be performed live on Stellar November 19 – December 17, Thursdays at 7:30pm. Tickets are $19.50 each, available at www.bettedavisaintforsissies.com.
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3) Best of BAMkids Film Festival 2020

returns with a world of animated short films

November 28—December 6


Best of BAMkids Film Festival 2020

Video on Demand

Nov 28—Dec 6 

Tickets: Pay-what-you-can starting at $5

Ages: 3-6

 

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) announces Best of BAMkids Film Festival 2020 starting November 28. Featuring films curated by Northwest Film Forum, Best of BAMkids Film Festival offers a selection of colorful animated films from around the world. Enjoyable from the comfort of home, this year’s program will be video-on-demand and includes 12 shorts from China, Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Norway, Switzerland, and Taiwan. Shorts are available (VOD) for 48-hours after viewing.

 

Best of BAMkids Film Festival 2020

  • Maestro, Directed by Illogic (2019), France
  • A Chick’s Adventure, Directed by Christoph Brehme and Loïc Bruyère (2018), Italy/France
  • Elephant, Directed by Julia Ocker (2018), Germany
  • Pickle Plum Parade, Directed by Eri Sasaki (2019), Japan
  • Pen&Magic, Directed by Ayako Kishi (2019), Japan
  • Kippkopp in the Snow, Directed by Szilvia Fabók and Tama Mikori (2019), Hungary
  • Koyaa: Elusive Paper, Directed by Kolja Saksida (2019), Switzerland
  • Snail the Painter, Directed by Manuela Vladić-Maštruko (2018), Croatia
  • Little Thinks, Directed by StepC. (2019), China
  • Little Grey Wolfy - Summer Party, Directed by Natalia Malykhina  (2019), Norway
  • The Rainbow Giant, Directed by Guo Jun-ming (2018), Taiwan
  • Sam’s Dream, Directed by Nolwenn Roberts (2018), France

 


All ticket sales go to support BAM Education, helping to ensure the future of BAM's adventurous programming for families and students. Visit BAM.org for more details.

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4) BROADWAY ADVOCACY COALITION

AND COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL ANNOUNCE

COURSE FOCUSED ON BRIDGING ARTISTRY AND NATIONAL CALL TO RETHINK POLICING AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

 

The Theater of Change: Reimagining Justice Through Abolition

Winter 2021 – Spring 2021

 

Artist Applications Now Open


The Broadway Advocacy Coalition (BAC) and Columbia Law School will continue their multi-year partnership with the announcement of the first full semester course offering entitled The Theater for Change: Reimagining Justice Through Abolition.

 

Applications are now open to participants from any artistic discipline interested in learning how to use their own skills and expertise for social change. The course will run from January 21, 2021 through April 8, 2021. Participants will be compensated for participation in this course.

 

The course blends artistry, law, policy, and community engagement to produce powerful artistic projects with the potential to change the broken criminal justice system and imagine new ways forward. Amidst resounding calls to abolish the current state of the country’s criminal legal system, notably prisons and the police, the arts provides a critical space to imagine alternatives and promote those ideas as achievable realities. The semester will focus on issues of abolition, reimagining justice and strengthening communities. It will be informed by the expertise of community leaders with extensive experience both fighting and feeling the effects of these systems.

 

Artists will join forces with law students and community advocates to create performance pieces that envision a path to abolition and strategize how and where these performances can occur to achieve sustainable impact. The course will also build artistic capacity to merge high quality, high impact, rigorous artistry with community narratives, policy analysis and effective policy advocacy. The goals of this course are not only to facilitate an exchange of ideas across disciplines, but to form lasting partnerships that can continue to generate game-changing work into the future.

 

To apply, please visit https://www.bwayadvocacycoalition.org/application.

 

Applications will be processed beginning December 6, 2020 and participants will be selected and informed by late December 2020.

 

An informational session will be held on Tuesday, November 24th from 6:30-7:30pm EST. Participation is encouraged but not required for artists interested in the course. RSVP for the informational session via this form.

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5) GATHER TOGETHER AT
BROADWAY PODCAST NETWORK
A TIME TO CELEBRATE AND GIVE THANKS

TONY-NOMINEE ROBYN HURDER, DESI OAKLEY, NIK WALKER, VASTHY’S FRIENDS, SHAKE SHACK’S JOHN KARANGIS WITH MEAN GIRLS’ KATE ROCKWELL, MO BRADY AND MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE MEMORIES AND MORE

The Broadway Podcast Network is celebrating the holiday season by gathering together next week to celebrate and give thanks with special Live Events such as Thanksgiving Parade Memories with The Ensemblist’s Mo Brady and stars like Jessica Rush (who performed twice), Wining & Brining with Robyn Hurder, Shake Shake’s Executive Chef John Karangis cooking alongside Kate Rockwell, a special interactive float by Justin Squigs Robertson which highlights Broadway’s favorites Thanksgiving moments and so much more. Find it now at http://BPN.fm/gathertogether.

Monday, November 23, 9 pm - Thanksgiving Parade Memories, get an inside look into one of the Broadway community's favorite annual traditions: the Thanksgiving Parade. Join Mo Brady of “The Ensemblist” as a live panel of Broadway vets share their favorite memories and backstage secrets of performing on the telecast. Guests include Cara Cooper (The Prom, co-host of "Mama's Talkin' Loud”), Jessica Rush (Tina, co-host of “Mama’s Talkin Loud”), Elliott Mattox (Beetlejuice, host of “Equity One”), and Vasthy Mompoint (SpongeBob SquarePants, host of "Vasthy's Friends").

Tuesday, November 24, 5 pm - Wining & Brining with 2020 Tony Award-Nominee Robyn Hurder from Moulin Rouge! Learn how to make Robyn’s famous turkey brine and share a sip from a Barnini NYC favorite...wine.

Wednesday, November 25, 7:30pm EST - Cookies and Cocktails: Desi Oakley & Caroline Bowman create cocktails and cookies for all to enjoy.

Thursday, November 26 - Hop aboard the BPN interactive float, designed by the fabulous artist  Justin Squigs Robertson and listen to your favorite Broadway stars recount their best Thanksgiving Memories, including Alex Brightman, Robyn Hurder, Lesli Margherita and Tonya Pinkins.  Search the website for Turkey Divas to enter to win some fun prizes.

Also on Thursday, November 26 - Vasthy's Friends Parade, hosted by Vasthy Mompoint gives thanks through dance, songs, playing games, exploring Indigions history, and celebrating family. A Duet Sung by The Prom Broadway Stars Isabelle McCalla (The Prom, Aladdin) and Caitlin Kinnunen (The Prom, Bridges of Madison County); A Dance Party with Dionne Figgins (Motown: The Musical, Memphis); Games and FUN with Ellyn Marsh (Pretty Woman: The Musical, Kinky Boots); Singing Songs and Listening to Stories with the dynamic duo Lauren Molina (Rock of Ages) and Noodle (played by Rob Morrison, Nick Jr., You're a Good Man Charlie Brown); Matthew Canann will read a book and take us on a journey through Indigenous history, and will also be joined by some musicians in his tribe. Proceeds from Donations go to https://www.navajohopisolidarity.org/ a grassroots organization that has started a relief fund for the Navajo and Hopi families, by purchasing 2 weeks of food for families.

Friday, November 27, 5 pm - Shake Shack’s Executive Chef and Vice President of Culinary Innovation, John Karangis, and Broadway Mean Girls’ Kate Rockwell as they cook a Crispy Chick’n Shack and pair it with both a Crunchy Koginut Concrete and a wine of Rockwell’s expert choosing.

Saturday, November 28, 7 pm -  “Little Justice” co-hosts Nik Walker (Ain’t Too Proud) and Alex Smolowe are bringing their jolly wit and trademark snark to their very first holiday special! Join them and a cavalcade of equally insane artist friends as they drink your eggnog, break down holiday flicks, and take a stab at the greatest Christmas question of all- is Die Hard a Christmas movie or isn’t it? Spoiler alert: “It absolutely is!”

Website: http://BPN.fm/gathertogether and https://broadwaypodcastnetwork.com
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6) BROADWAY’S PODCAST


THE FABULOUS INVALID


LAUNCHES SEASON THREE


WITH

11-TIME GRAMMY® AWARD NOMINATED 

RECORDING ARTIST
AND TONY® AWARD NOMINATED STAR 

OF STAGE AND SCREEN


VANESSA WILLIAMS


 

NEW EPISODES RELEASED BI-WEEKLY


Broadway’s podcast, The Fabulous Invalid, launches Season Three today with eleven-time Grammy Award nominated recording artist and Tony Award nominated star of stage and screen, Vanessa Williams.

 

Conversation topics include the work of Black Theatre United, Vanessa’s 1994 Broadway debut in Kiss of the Spiderwoman, her West End debut in City of Angels, the current shut down, her reflections on the work of Stephen Sondheim, and what she hopes to see when live performance returns.

 

Click here to listen.



 

Without the usual rhythm of new shows, topics, and personalities to talk with and about due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Season Three of The Fabulous Invalid takes as its theme “our favorite things”, and will include a collection of episodes in which co-hosts Jamie Du Mont and Rob Russo talk to some of the theatremakers they love and about the shows and legendary figures they admire.

 

Next up, Jamie and Rob will celebrate the landmark classic musical West Side Story by talking with Belgian director Ivo van Hove and moderating an exclusive conversation between Broadway legend Carol Lawrence and Broadway’s latest sensation, Shereen Pimentel—Broadway’s original and latest Maria.

 

Additional future episodes will include celebrations of the life and work of iconic Broadway composer/lyricists Jerry Herman and Kander & Ebb, a look at the musical Follies, and additional interviews and topics to be announced.

 

New episodes, and the complete archive of episodes from Season One and Two, are available on iTunes and Spotifyand everywhere one downloads podcasts. 

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7) JIM BRICKMAN

SUPPORTS
THE ACTORS FUND

WITH A NEW HOLIDAY ALBUM

BRICKMAN FOR BROADWAY CHRISTMAS


AND A LIVE VIRTUAL CONCERT ON

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2020 AT 8 PM ET

 

ALBUM AND TICKETS NOW ON SALE 


The Actors Fund, the national human services organization for everyone in performing arts and entertainment, announced today that Grammy nominated songwriter and piano sensation Jim Brickman will be taking the nation by storm this holiday season with Brickman for Broadway Christmas Live. All proceeds from the virtual concert on November 28 at 8 pm ET and the album sales will benefit The Actors Fund. Broadway fans and their families can enjoy this unique virtual concert experience from the comfort of home, while supporting The Actors Fund and their COVID-19 relief efforts. Click here to pre-order Brickman for Broadway Christmas (including the Brickman on Broadway limited edition) albums ($29.99). Click here to for tickets to the Brickman for Broadway Christmas Live November 28 virtual concert (ticket packages start at $20). 

 

The Brickman for Broadway Christmas  album features sensational performances from Megan Hilty, Santino Fontana, Kelli O’Hara, Norm Lewis, Adrienne Warren, Shoshana Bean, Max von Essen, Sierra Boggess and Matt Doyle and celebrates the season with soaring vocals, and a merry and bright holiday spirit.


The album is a 2-CD set featuring some of Broadway’s best songs, including “You Will Be Found”, “It’s Quiet Uptown”, “For Good”, “True Love” and 12 more.

 

Brickman will bring his November 28 live virtual concert experience up close and personal for supporters of The Actors Fund by blending yuletide memories and holiday carols. Scheduled to appear with Jim Brickman are Kelli O'Hara, Matt Doyle, Adrienne Warren, Max von Essen, Shoshana Bean, Norm Lewis, Megan Hilty, Wayne Brady and more. Brickman will warm the hearts of all as sweet sounds of faith and love make spirits bright, bringing family and friends together for anything but a silent night. 

 

The Jim Brickman’s Christmas tradition continues, with a front row experience like never before.

 

Brickman for Broadway Christmas ticket packages start at $20 for the Live Virtual Concert. Additional packages available include an Interactive Zoom Room and After Show Party with Jim, and a stocking of gifts delivered to your door.

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8) INSIDE THE WILD HEART
Immersive Virtual Theatrical Experience

Written by CLARICE LISPECTOR

Adapted for the stage by ANDRESSA FURLETTI and  DEBORA BALARDINI 

Directed by LINDA WISE

LIMITED VIRTUAL ENGAGEMENT CELEBRATING LISPECTOR’S CENTENNIAL
NOVEMBER 27 – DECEMBER 20, 2020

CLARICE’S DAY-DECEMBER 10, 2020

GROUP DOT BR, New York's only Brazilian theatre company, is pleased to announce the premiere of the streaming production of Clarice Lispector’s INSIDE THE WILD HEART, adapted for the stage by Andressa Furletti and Debora Balardini, directed by Linda Wise. The virtual performance of INSIDE THE WILD HEART will play a three-week limited engagement online with a special software, gather.town. On the site audiences will be able to navigate through the virtual space and enjoy three floors of video performances, photography, and audio, simultaneously much like the live show which occurred in person during a New York run in 2018. Performances begin Friday, November 27 and continue through Sunday, December 20. A special celebration of Lispector’s centennial will be on December 10, 2020:  “Clarice Day” will include a talk-back with the cast, panels, readings and discussions throughout the day about the artist and her work. Tickets for all performances are $20-$50 and available at Group.BR.com
 
INSIDE THE WILD HEART is an immersive theatrical experience based on the works of Clarice Lispector, Brazil's most acclaimed female writer, presented in New York in 2016 and 2018. The show transported the audience directly inside Lispector’s heart creating an experience that encouraged them to engage with literature on a sensory level. Now the 2018’s filmed performance is available for viewers around the world through the gather.town platform, allowing the audience to navigate through the three virtual floors of Aich Studio, a preserved 19th-century space in the heart of Gramercy Park. Similar to the live show, the audience will be able to access 11 different journeys and choose whom to follow, where to go, and how much time to spend in each room. In doubt of what to do just ask "If you were you, how would you be and what would you do?".

INSIDE THE WILD HEART will appear virtually on the following schedule: 

November 27th - 29th
Friday
7pm (NY) 21h (Brazil) 1am (Europe)

Saturday and Sunday
1pm (NY) 15h (Brasil) 7pm (Europe)
7pm (NY) 21h (Brasil) 1am (Europe)

December 3rd - 20th
Thursday and Friday
7pm (NY) 21hrs (Brazil) 1am (Europe)

Saturday and Sunday
1pm (NY) 15h (Brasil) 7pm (Europe)
7pm (NY) 21h (Brasil) 1am (Europe)
*December 10th with talkback with the cast

Tickets are $20-$50 and are now available online at www.Group.BR.com.

Running Time: 2 hours

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9) Italian & American Playwrights Project Announces
Video Podcasts of New Plays Under Consideration

Italian & American Playwrights Project announces fifteen video podcasts of new plays to be considered for NEW PLAYS FROM ITALY vol.4 will be online through December 1, 2020 at 11:59pm. Audiences are encouraged to watch and vote for their favorites at www.italianandamericanplaywrightsproject.com/.

While the American Advisory Board will be selecting four plays for the third edition of the Italian and American Playwrights Project, a popular vote will reward the public's favorite play with the reading of the original script during the 3rd edition of the Project at Italian Cultural Institute of New York, partner of the Italian & American Playwrights Project since the very beginning.

Participating is simple: visi https://www.italianandamericanplaywrightsproject.com/ipp-3rd-edition-_-nomination, read the bio of the authors, the synopsis, and the first pages of the translation for each play, watch the 15 short readings then vote for your favorite play.

Authors
Emanuele Aldrovandi (Isabel Green)
Marcello Atzeni (Women)
Alessandro Berti (Blind Love)
Mimosa Campironi (Family Game)
Carlotta Corradi (In the Woods)
Mariano Dammacco (Good Education)
Gabriele Di Luca (Metropolitan Miracles)
Bruno Fornasari (The Proof)
Stefano Fortin (George II)
Christian Gallucci (The Life of Plants)
Lea Karen Gramsdorff (M.I.L.F. (From 11PM to 2AM))
Tatjana Motta (White Night)
Fabio Pisano (Hospes-ītis)

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10) KINO LORBER TO RELEASE
THE JEWISH SOUL: 
CLASSICS OF YIDDISH CINEMA
ON BLU-RAY NOVEMBER 24
FEATURING NEW TRANSLATIONS BY
WRITER/ACTOR/DIRECTOR ALLEN LEWIS RICKMAN

Kino Lorber’s long-awaited Blu-ray of THE JEWISH SOUL: CLASSICS OF YIDDISH CINEMA is set for release next Tuesday, November 24th. With new translations by noted Yiddish cultural historian, actor (the Coen Brothers’ A SERIOUS MAN, “Boardwalk Empire”), playwright, and translator Allen Lewis Rickman, the five-disc set will include ten classics of Yiddish cinema along with an abundance of bonus features.
 
The films include THE DYBBUK; TEVYA (starring Maurice Schwartz, based on the Sholem Aleichem stories which inspired the legendary musical FIDDLER ON THE ROOF); AMERICAN MATCHMAKER; HER SECOND MOTHER; MIR KUMEN ON; OVERTURE TO GLORY; ELI ELI; JEWISH KING LEAR; MOTEL, THE OPERATOR; and THREE DAUGHTERS. The Blu-ray extras will include audio commentaries, alternate versions and a printed booklet including essays by journalist and historian Samuel Blumenfeld, film preservationist Serge Bromberg and Allen Lewis Rickman.
 
During its heyday in the late 1930s, Yiddish movies covered a broad range of genres: Comedies, soap operas, the supernatural, literary adaptations, musicals, and Lubitsch-style romances. Unified through language, gesture and a common cultural sensibility, they captured the essence of the Jewish soul. This lavish box set captures the diversity of Yiddish film and encourages a better appreciation of this most fascinating, but rarely viewed genre. The ten features in the collection were restored by Lobster Films, the result of an unprecedented collaboration between the Museum of Modern Art, the Deutsche Kinemathek and the Filmoteka Narodowa in Warsaw.
 
Allen Lewis Rickman directed, co-translated and starred (along with Shane Baker and Yelena Shmulenson) in 2018 in the unanimously acclaimed TEVYE SERVED RAW Off-Broadway. An original take on the work of Sholem Aleichem, the production went on to play in Romania at the State Jewish Theater in Bucharest, and the cast performed a selection from it at Carnegie Hall in the concert FROM SHTETL TO STAGE. Allen adapted and directed the revival of Leon Kobrin’s THE LADY NEXT DOOR, the most successful straight-play production (“Delightful” -- NY Times) presented by the Folksbiene in decades. More recently he co-adapted, directed and wrote supertitle translations for the Folksbiene’s Drama Desk-nominated Yiddish PIRATES OF PENZANCE, and directed his own musical CHRISTMAS AT THE SMALL EMPIRE for Centenary Stage. He is also an internationally produced playwright and his work has been presented in six languages. His co-written farce OFF THE HOOK was published in French in L’Avant-Scene Theatre, and his revue THE ESSENCE: A YIDDISH THEATER DIM SUM has toured widely and was published in an anthology co-edited by the late Harvey Pekar.
 
For more information about the upcoming release of THE JEWISH SOUL: CLASSICS OF YIDDISH CINEMAvisit www.kinolorber.com/product/the-jewish-soul-classics-of-yiddish-cinema-blu-ray
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11) FROM THE CREATORS OF THE THEATRICAL 


DRIVE-IN EXPERIENCE


RADIAL PARK 


AT HALLETTS POINT PLAY


COMES A NEW

CUSTOM ENTERTAINMENT SERVICE


RADIAL PARK PRESENTS


FEATURING BROADWAY’S BRIGHTEST TALENTS


FOR HOLIDAY PARTIES, CORPORATE EVENTS, 


AND MORE

Stark Production Group Founder and President, Jeremy Shepard, the creator and co-producer of the theatrical drive-in experience Radial Park at Halletts Point Play, and Round Seven Media Founder and President, Marco Shalma, co-producer of Radial Park, today announced a new endeavor, Radial Park Presents.

 

Radial Park Presents provides custom entertainment services, from concerts to fully staged shows and everything in between, featuring Broadway’s brightest talents, for customers seeking extra-special entertainment at their next event. 


For more information, or to make a booking, contact Melissa at Stark Production Group at: Melissa@StarkProductionGroup.com or call 212 586 2744.

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12) ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

ANNOUNCEMENT: Production Updates, Education Plans and 2021-2022 Season


  • Roundabout Theatre Company will resume production in Fall 2021.

 

    • RTC will present on Broadway in Fall 2021:
      • Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner’s CAROLINE, OR CHANGE starring Sharon D Clarke, directed by Michael Longhurst, and choreographed by Ann Yee at Studio 54
      • Broadway debut of Alice Childress’s TROUBLE IN MIND, directed by Charles Randolph-Wright at the American Airlines Theatre

 

    • RTC will present off-Broadway in Fall 2021:
      • Mansa Ra’s (formerly Jiréh Breon Holder) …what the end will be, directed by Margot Bordelon at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold & Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre
      • Dave Harris’s EXCEPTION TO THE RULE, directed by Miranda Haymon

 

    • RTC will present on Broadway in Spring 2022:
      • 1776, directed by Jeffrey L. Page and Diane Paulus

 

  • Previously announced productions will proceed at a future date to be determined:
      • Noah Haidle’s BIRTHDAY CANDLES starring Debra Messing, directed by Vivienne Benesch
      • Anna Ziegler’s THE WANDERERS, directed by Barry Edelstein
      • Sanaz Toossi’s ENGLISH, directed by Knud Adams

 

  • “While we are disappointed to put the shows off again, we're busy filling the expanded gap in time by providing arts education for NYC students and teachers, and increasing our efforts to find opportunities for artists through our myriad off-stage programs," noted Roundabout Artistic Director/CEO Todd Haimes.   “Once again I’d like to thank all our artists whose work was side-lined in March 2020 for their patience and understanding.”

 

  • Roundabout TheatreLab:  Session Two will begin in February 2021.
    • This program of interactive workshops is designed to connect audiences interested in exploring the crafts of theatrical writing and directing, directly with five Roundabout artists.  All enrollment fees go directly to the artists.
    • A sold-out Session One launched in October 2020.
  • Education and Community Partnerships at Roundabout:
    • During the shutdown, the Education team has built digital learning and engagement programs for thousands of students, teachers, and patrons across all five boroughs of NYC and beyond.
    • Teaching artist residencies in NYC schools continue remotely.
    • Partnering with the Department of Education to offer remote theater learning opportunities for NYC’s 1,800 public schools.
    • Plans are underway for a Spring Digital Festival dedicated as a space for artists with disabilities.
    • The current technical theatre fellows in the Theatrical Workforce Development Program have continued to train online and in person to prepare for the industry reopening.
  • Roundabout Directors Group:  Cohort Two Launched Remotely in Fall 2020
    • This group provides career assistance and mentorship to emerging directors.

 

  • All additional production details including dates and casting, will be announced soon.
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13) THE ROUSTABOUTS THEATRE CO.
PRESENTS
THE WORLD PREMIERE OF
'ROOSEVELT: CHARGE THE BEAR’
BY MARNI FREEDMAN AND PHIL JOHNSON
STARRING PHIL JOHNSON

FILMED FOR STREAMING ONLINE
AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND THROUGH DECEMBER 13

DIRECTED BY ROSINA REYNOLDS

The Roustabouts Theatre Co. is presenting the world premiere of Roosevelt: Charge the Bear by Marni Freedman and Phil Johnson, starring Mr. Johnson in a virtual filmed presentation as part of their fourth season. As theatres all across the world are adapting to current conditions, many are moving their presentations to filmed productions online. _Roosevelt: Charge the Bear is the second historically-based offering penned by Freedman and Johnson. Their critically and publicly-acclaimed dramedy, A Jewish Joke, played to sold-out houses Off Broadway, in San Diego, and across the United States. Roosevelt: Charge the Bear_ is available on-demand through December 13. Tickets are available at theroustabouts.org.

Phil Johnson stars in this new one-man show about President Theodore Roosevelt, one of the most fascinating people of the 20th century. In this gripping 90-minute show, the new president grapples with the issues that would define his term: taking on the trusts, trying to get his message across to the people, and his colossal challenge - the coal strike of 1902. Miners and others were killed, tensions were high, and --- the biggest threat of all --- innocent people were at risk of freezing to death that winter. This American president dealt with these in his own relentless energetic way. He was a great man, a great American, and Johnson brings this multi-faceted character to life in a truly riveting, energetic, and passionate performance.

In addition, The Roustabouts are offering a Main Stage virtual presentation of No Way Back, by Mahshid Fashandi Hager, starring Jessica John and directed by Fran Gercke. No Way Back is the true story of 10-year old Mahshid and her family’s desperate escape out of Iran in 1981, as her country is cast into revolution, turmoil, and war. Her family’s secret escape out of the country will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last scene.

More information about the virtual presentations, as well as information regarding other offerings, please visit www.theroustabouts.org.
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14) BROADWAY ON DEMAND


TO STREAM

THE SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE

PRODUCTION OF


JASON ROBERT BROWN’S

AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL

THE LAST FIVE YEARS

THIS THANKSGIVING WEEKEND


NOVEMBER 26 – 29, 2020


Broadway On Demand, the theater-focused streaming platform, is proud to present the first-ever streamed production of Jason Robert Brown’s Drama Desk Award-winning musical, The Last Five Years, recorded live at the Southwark Playhouse, for five performances only this Thanksgiving weekend, Thursday, November 26 – Sunday, November 29 only on Broadway On Demand.

 

The Last Five Years is an emotionally powerful and intimate show about two New Yorkers who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The musical’s unconventional structure unfolds as Cathy tells her story in reverse, from the end of their turbulent relationship, whilst Jamie tells his story chronologically from the spark of their initial meeting. The two characters meet only once, at their wedding in the middle of the show. Now, this iconic musical returns in a bold new actor-musician production with the actors on stage at all times and playing the piano to add a new narrative dimension to the story, accompanied by a four-piece band. The cast features Molly Lynch (Cathy) and Oli Higginson (Jamie) with musicians Elaine AmbridgeRyan Webber, and Andy Crick.


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15) Pandemic-Friendly Live Theater 
Hit Extends Again
VOYEUR: THE WINDOWS OF 
TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
Now through January 10, 2021


Bated Breath Theatre Company will extend performances of its live hit VOYEUR: THE WINDOWS OF TOULOUSE-LAUTREC through January 10, 2021. 
 
VOYEUR is an open air, immersive theatrical experience that guides an intimate eight-person audience through the dreams of iconic artist Toulouse-Lautrec as he recalls his final absinthe-laced years living and working in Montmartre. It is a unique blend of theater, dance, art, walking tour, live music and puppetry. The sidewalks, doorways and windows of Greenwich Village become the setting for VOYEUR as live accompaniment collides with the city’s soundscape, transporting attendees into the bohemian world of 1899 Paris.

In an effort to maintain additional safety during the Covid-19 pandemic, audience members will be required to wear a mask at all times and maintain a safe social distance for the duration of the performance. Hand sanitizing stations will be available at stops throughout the tour. This immersive performance is hosted primarily outdoors, with one short venture indoors into a spacious atmosphere capable of safe social distancing. A flexible ticket exchange policy will be offered to those who may feel ill in order to facilitate responsible event participation. Audience members are asked to check local weather forecasts and dress accordingly. 

VOYEUR: THE WINDOWS OF TOULOUSE-LAUTREC runs September 30, 2020 – January 10, 2021. The performance begins at The Duplex, 61 Christopher Street at 7th Avenue South. Performance dates and times vary. See web site for complete schedule. Running time is approximately 1 hour. Audience members must be able to climb stairs and be on their feet for the duration of the performance. Tickets are $75 for General Admission or $84 including a pre-show, themed cocktail. Visit www.unmakinglautrecplay.com for times, tickets and further details. 
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