Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Celebrate Thanksgiving with the Tony Award® winning star of South Pacific and Chicago. An Enchanted Evening, or Una Noche Encantada, features a singular selection of touching and romantic songs, uniquely performed with the fullness of Szot's operatic voice and the musicality of his native Brazil. Learn more.
Good morning, Broadway!

Last night, Second Stage Theater, the home of living American playwrights, hosted a lively gala at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers. The event started off hot with a fire-breathing act by Sage Sovereign, “The Priestess of Pyromancy,” set to the song “Girl on Fire.” (Luckily, she was not.) Honorees Debra Martin Chase and Lynn Nottage flipped the traditional gala script by speaking at the start of the evening rather than the end, setting a fun and personal tone for the night ahead. The gala also brought music star power, with special performances by Brandy, Lady A’s Hillary Scott, Jordin Sparks, Ayana George, and Broadway Inspirational Voices -- all backed by The Broadway Sinfonietta. And a special shout-out to the extremely compelling Radha Blank (writer and director of “The Forty-Year-Old Version”) who gave the funniest and most endearing remarks of the night. The gala’s menu, selected by the honorees, featured Savory Napoleon, Roast Amish Chicken, and Chocolate Caramel Pave. Congrats to everyone at Second Stage Theater on a memorable evening that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to continue the mission of introducing Broadway and the world to bold and diverse voices of American creativity.
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The doc I know well.

"HBO to release ‘Spring Awakening’ reunion documentary" by Broadway News - "HBO will release a documentary about the “Spring Awakening” reunion concert [which took] place Monday night. RadicalMedia is producing the documentary film, which will debut on HBO and then stream on HBO Max in 2022. … The documentary will feature performances from the concert, as well as interviews with the cast and archival footage from the original production.

The HBO documentary is directed by Michael John Warren. Executive producers are Jon Kamen, Meredith Bennet and Dave Sirulnick for RadicalMedia, as well as Tom Hulce, Ira Pittelman and [Jonathan] Groff. Lauren Pritchard is a co-producer on the documentary." http://bway.ly/enavwo


-- bwaySHO (@BwaySHO):
"One night only: Spring Awakening, COMPANY & tick, tick… BOOM!" Photo: http://bway.ly/j33cth
-- Josh Scheer (@JoshScheer): "Before the show, Patti LuPone and company dedicated the performance to Sondheim, who got a huge standing ovation when he took his seat" Watch: http://bway.ly/5ixnxh
-- Patti LuPone (@PattiLuPone): "To the cast of @coloredmanplay, Honored to be on the same street and in your company. Love, Your next door neighbor" Photo: http://bway.ly/nhn5hj
-- The Actors Fund (@TheActorsFund): ""We sincerely apologize for ticketing confusion at Spring Awakening that resulted in long wait times, a delay in starting the benefit performance & relocated seats for some patrons. ... " http://bway.ly/lbk0p3
-- Jonathan Groff addressed the audience at the curtain call of the Spring Awakening reunion concert. Watch: http://bway.ly/8yzwqz
-- The cast of Tick, Tick... Boom! posed for photos before the New York premiere. Photo: http://bway.ly/z8g4hl

MILESTONE: "Chicago Announces 25th Anniversary Celebration Events" by BroadwayWorld - "Beginning at 5PM on the TKTS Red Steps in Times Square the Brooklyn United Marching Band will march to 49th Street playing Kander & Ebb music. … Chicago will receive a Mayoral Proclamation and will welcome appearances by original cast members and a tribute to Ann Reinking, plus other surprises throughout the night." http://bway.ly/ucaa2o

ANNIE LIVE: "NBC’s ‘Annie Live!’ Casts Actor Alan Toy As Franklin Delano Roosevelt: First Polio Survivor To Play Role" by Deadline's Greg Evans - "Toy also congratulated NBC and the Annie Live! producers “for authentically casting a person with a disability for this role."" http://bway.ly/k9l2s0

"Broadway Caroline, or Change Revival to Release Cast Album"
by Playbill's Logan Culwell-Block - "... the album will release digitally December 17 and on CD January 14. The recording, will will serve as the launch of Roundabout and Broadway Records' new imprint Roundabout Records, will be a double-CD release that preserves the entire score." http://bway.ly/mzmxem

"A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet Plans Off-Broadway Cast Album" by Playbill's Logan Culwell-Block - "... via Time-Life Records in early 2022." http://bway.ly/d6y2wa

CLOSING: A Turtle on a Fence Post will close on November 21 at Theater 555. At the time of closing, the show will have played 18 previews and 9 performances.

ACCUSATIONS: "A prominent Broadway costume designer is accused of sexual abuse" by NPR's Anastasia Tsioulcas - "... [Court] Watson and another man named Michael Martin say that while they were under [William Ivey] Long's tutelage — working as college students at a summer production in North Carolina called The Lost Colony ... Long sexually abused them both. Additionally, NPR has unearthed a 2002 lawsuit and related materials against The Lost Colony, filed by a former employee ... Long "emphatically denies" both Martin and Watson's allegations. He also says that he did not know about the 2002 suit until the summer of 2020, but that those accusations are also false." http://bway.ly/89h2ez

"Conrad Ricamora will get away with murder (again) in Off-Broadway Little Shop of Horrors"
by Entertainment Weekly's Maureen Lee Lenker - "[Conrad] Ricamora will replace current star Jeremy Jordan … Ricamora will join [the show] beginning Jan. 11. Jordan's final performance will be Jan. 9." http://bway.ly/1issyz

"Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo to Perform Simultaneously at New World Stages & Leicester Square Theater" by BroadwayWorld's Chloe Rabinowitz - "... Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo ... will return to New York City's New World Stages on January 27th, 2022. … Katsura Sunshine, originally began an extended run of Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo in NYC in September of 2019 …" http://bway.ly/bvjjjh

"A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live On Stage to be Presented at The Palladium Times Square" by BroadwayWorld's Chloe Rabinowitz - "... A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage has its New York City premiere December 21 - 24 at The Palladium Times Square." http://bway.ly/8rylzj

"The Seeing Place Theater to Present Margaret Edson's Wit" by BroadwayWorld's Chloe Rabinowitz - "Performances begin Thursday, December 30, 2021 and continue through Sunday, January 16, 2022. … In this carefully crafted stylized rendition from The Seeing Place Theater two of the performers have their own unique experiences with Cancer." http://bway.ly/4xxaoi

-- "'Pretty Woman' tour brings Broadway back to the Fox Theatre"
by St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Calvin Wilson - http://bway.ly/tuscje
-- "Capacity crowds welcome Broadway Live back to Lexington" by The Lane Report - http://bway.ly/gigmy2
-- "Broadway productions make return to Columbus this week" by NBC4i's Matt Barnes - http://bway.ly/y58kce
-- "Broadway San Diego is back live with 'Hairspray'" by KPBS' Beth Accomando - http://bway.ly/k0b08q
-- "Better late than never: Denver’s Broadway tours in the hot seat as “The Lion King,” “Hamilton” loom" by The Denver Post's John Wenzel - http://bway.ly/qfmbxi

EVENT: The Dramatists Guild will host "Writing & Producing in Spanish Part II: Submission Strategies for Spanish Language Plays and Musicals" on November 18 at 6 p.m. EST. The event will feature a workshop and group discussion for plays written in the Spanish language. Register: http://bway.ly/z1zptn

TRAILER: The upcoming West Side Story film released a new trailer entitled 'Falling.' Watch: http://bway.ly/5khi2a

ACADEMIA: "Addressing Gender Inequity in Theatrical Design" by Brídín Clements for NYU Wagner Review - "To address the gender inequity in theatrical design and more broadly across the performing arts industry, I recommend that producing entities partner with labor organizations to implement transparent and equitable hiring practices, adjust the production schedule, and develop support systems for working families." http://bway.ly/6h8eye

NBC NEW YORK: "Changing Broadway For The Better With Britton Smith" by NBC New York - "Joelle Garguilo meets Britton Smith at NeueHouse Madison Square to find out how he is working to change Broadway for the better as President of the Broadway Advocacy Coalition." http://bway.ly/l75lnw

NEW YORKER: "Lin-Manuel Miranda Goes in Search of Lost Time" by The New Yorker's Michael Schulman - "The “Hamilton” creator’s directorial début, “Tick, Tick . . . Boom!,” channels the bohemian life and spirit of the theatre composer Jonathan Larson." http://bway.ly/jrjz29

"If Remote Work Empties Downtowns, Can Theaters Fill Their Seats?"
by The New York Times' Adam Nagourney - "Arts groups are trying to gauge what the embrace of more flexible work-from-home policies will mean for their ability to draw audiences in a city whose housing crunch has already driven many people to settle far from downtown. … [Ted Egan, the chief economist for the city and county of San Francisco] said that the trend might pose more of a problem for the city’s bars and restaurants than for its performing arts institutions." http://bway.ly/p8lmzr

"Jeanna de Waal Has Already Forgotten About That ‘Diana’ Film" by The New York Times' Sarah Lyall - "The Netflix version of Broadway’s “Diana, the Musical” landed with a thud. But it got people talking. Now the show’s lead actress is staying positive ahead of opening night." http://bway.ly/dtvj4y

NY POST: "‘Diana’ Broadway audience member yells ‘F—k off!’ at Prince Charles actor" by New York Post's Johnny Oleksinski - "During “Diana: The Musical,” a riled-up audience member yelled “F—k off!” at the actor playing Prince Charles, Roe Hartrampf, from his orchestra seat, drawing shocked gasps from the crowd. Such rowdy behavior is becoming common over at the Longacre Theatre." http://bway.ly/g4xocu
Celebrate Thanksgiving with the Tony Award® winning star of South Pacific and Chicago. An Enchanted Evening, or Una Noche Encantada, features a singular selection of touching and romantic songs, uniquely performed with the fullness of Szot's operatic voice and the musicality of his native Brazil. Learn more.


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