Today Features: Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Squeaky, Keen Company, Milwaukee Rep Theatre, Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway Themed Cruises, Spirited Away to Stage, Places Please, Christina Bianco
Squeaky (a virtual reading presented in Association with Creative Alliance) directed by Bob Balaban, will be pesented Sunday, March 28 | 7:30pm EST at Guild Hall, starring Jessica Hecht, Marc Kudisch, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Ben Shenkman, and Harris Yulin as Squeaky. This program is free of charge. Registration Required – A link to access the program will be emailed 24 hours prior to those who register. Drama Desk Award winner Jeff Cohen (The Soap Myth, The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller) has penned an audacious autobiographical comedy about his eccentric father, Stan “Squeaky” Cohen. www.guildhall.org
She’s Back! That petite package of extreme talent Christina Bianco returns to the Irvington Stage Theater March 4 thru 6 in her musical comedy extravaganza Me, Myself and Everyone Else. The internationally acclaimed singer, actress, impressionist . . . and viral sensation, will stream on demand celebrating the world’s most iconic vocalists and pop culture personalities from yesterday and today. Not to be missed! Tickets: www.irvingtontheater.com
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater announces its March programming including new episodes of MTA Radio Plays. The activities highlight new and necessary theatrical voices while also deepening connections between audiences and artists in new and meaningful ways. MTA Radio Plays, a series of audio dramas created to honor and celebrate the people that keep New York City running, launched on December 14, 2020, to critical acclaim. Conceived and curated by playwright Ren Dara Santiago (The Siblings Play), Episodes 7–9 will debut on March 17 and feature the work of writers Victor Cervantes jr., Xavier Galva, and Robert Lee Leng along with directors Obi Abili and TJ Weaver. Tickets to the complete series are $15 and can be purchased at https://www.rattlestick.org/.
Keen Company has announced new guests for upcoming evenings of Keen After Hours. Nick Blaemire will join on March 22, followed by Dan Domingues on March 29. www.keencompany.org
The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre plans to reopen for indoor performances on April 27. The first show in the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater will be “Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song,” starring the Chicago actor Alexis J Roston. This is a solo cabaret style show. Tickets are on sale March 15. www.milwaukeerep.com
Broadway Themed Cruises set to sail in 2022 with Seth Rudetsky’s Big Fat Broadway Vacations featuring four cruises. Each cruise will feature Broadway celebrities such as Patti Murin from Frozen who will host master classes, singing and performance workshops including choreography. Cruise guests will put on a show with the Broadway stars to culminate the experience. For more information please visit Seth’s Broadway Vacations.
‘Spirited Away’: Hayao Miyazaki’s Classic Animated Oscar Winner To Be Adapted For The Stage. The 2001 Oscar winning animated film will have its world premiere in Tokyo in 2022. This is the first-ever stage adaptation of the movie and will be written and directed by Tony and Olivier winner John Caird. Japanese giant Toho is behind the project.
The ever-popular Meryl Streep is set to star in Places, Please, a film drama that will be directed by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Michael Cristofer from a script by UCLA MFA alum Elisabeth Seldes Annacone (The Changing Room). The film is a love letter to Broadway, where both Streep and Cristofer started their careers. It’s set to shoot this summer in New York.