Theater and Music

As the Curtain Rises – Broadway’s first Audio Soap Opera, written by Dori Berinstein and Mark Peikert,  returns to Broadway Podcast Network (listen at BPN.FM/ATCR. Dishy, binge worthy shenanigans stars Ramin Karimloo (Olivier/Tony Award Nominee – Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera) and Bonnie Milligan (Head Over Heels) and special guests. Every Thursday!

Liz Callaway’s new Holiday album, “Comfort and Joy – An Acoustic Christmas” is out!  “This album was a crazy, last minute endeavor and I’m pretty proud of it. It’s 10 songs with acclaimed guitarist Peter Calo, including gems by Sara Bareilles and  my sister, Ann Hampton Callaway, as well as a special duet with Grammy nominee Jann Klose.” Lizcallaway.hearnow.com

And a Liz Callaway concert “Home for the Holidays” begins streaming Dec 11-18. Filmed at the Bedford Playhouse, it features holiday favorites, Broadway and movie songs, as well a few numbers from the new Holiday album. watch.eventive.org/bedfordplayhousepresentslizcallaway

Jagged Little Pill keeps moving forward as it plans a live concert on Sun. Dec. 13 at Shubert Studios featuring many of Alanis Morissette’s songs, with special script written by director Diane Paulus and book writer Diablo Cody. Rehearsals will be via Zoom.

Barbra Streisand, Sutton Foster and the Spanish cast of A Chorus Line come aboard the Tina Fey hosted One-Night-Only: Best of Broadway concert on Dec. 10  (8-10 pm ET/PT) on NBC.

Andrew Barth Feldman‘s Broadway Whodunit returns for the fifth installment titled ‘The Fifth Mystery: A Very Hanukkah Whodunit’ on December 13 at 6 pm.The cast includes Alex BrightmanMicaela Diamond, Sky Lakota-Lynch, Ethan SlaterAlex WyseAndrew Barth FeldmanTroy Iwata, and Grace Kaufman. www.broadwaywhodunit.com

92Y has announced Lyrics & Lyricists Preludes: THE THEME FROM…: SONGS WRITTEN FOR FILM, hosted by Tony- nominated actor Beth Malone, and featuring appearances from Nikki Renée Daniels, Brandon Victor DixonKara LindsayJulia Murney, and more! Premiering December 14, 7 pm ET. Tickets at www.92Y.org/lyrics

On Tuesday, December 15,The Apollo Theater Education Program’s Live Wire series continues to honor iconic artists who have impacted arts and culture, paying tribute to the Queen of Soul and Apollo Legend Aretha Franklin.  Writer and cultural critic Emily Lordi will lead a discussion celebrating Franklin and the understudied subject of her musicianship, along with nationally-renowned experts on the history, development, and cultural meaning of African American music. Panelists include Professor Fredara HadleyDJ Lynnée Denise, and Professor Portia Maultsby. Please visit https://www.apollotheater.org/donate.

Presenting “The Doris Dear Christmas Special”!From the producers who brought you “Doris Dear’s Gurl Talk”, the new hit show on Broadway on Demand, comes this holiday favorite live streamed from the off-Broadway Triad Theater in NYC, exclusively, one night only, on Broadway on Demand, Saturday, December 19th | 7:00PM EST/PST, join Americas Perfect Housewife, Doris Dear, and friends in the holiday Rumpus Room for an evening full of stories and songs from holidays past and present. Grab an eggnog and snuggle in for a good old fashioned holiday special. This 5-year holiday tradition will stream a LIVE pay-per-view concert from the off-Broadway Triad Theater This year’s amazing line up will include musical director and musician that hit top 3 in the classical charts on Apple and Billboard charts, Blake Allen, director and award winning singer Lina Koutrakos, Postmodern Jukebox front man and voted one of the top 10 jazz vocalists in “Downbeat Magazine” Benny Benack III, Broadway DIVA and star of 8 Broadway shows Karen Mason, gorgeous star of “Chicago the Musical – Amra Faye Wright, award winning cabaret starlet – Lisa Yaeger, award winning guitarist Sean Harkness and singer supreme Kristina Nicole Miller. www.broadwayondemand.com

FOOD FOR THOUGHT PRODUCTIONS, the award-winning theatre company, offers it fifth show during the 2020 season at Theatre 80, 8th Street and 1st Avenue on Monday, December 21st, from 2:00 to 4:00pm. The program features The Love Course by award winning playwright A.R. Gurney, directed by Antony Marsellis and starring veteran actors Larry Pine and Laila Robins, with Jeremy Beck, and Allison Jean White. Q & A will include a discussion with the cast. In The Love Course,a female professor has been teaching a course on the literature of love with a male colleague. She has fallen in love with him through the books and the experiences of the classroom. Now, in the last class of the year, she is attempting to bring the course and their relationship to a climactic conclusion. www.foodforthoughtproductions.com

Long range plans for Come From Away scheduled to begin performances in Jan. 2021 at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre in Australia.

Fran Drescher talked about The Nanny Musical on Kelly Clarkson show. The musical will feature a book by Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominee Drescher with Rachel Bloom and Adam Schlesinger & Marc Bruni will direct.

Anxious for some New Year’s Eve excitement? Billy Porter will join Ryan Seacrest and Lucy Hale for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.

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