THEATER-FILM-MUSIC TALK

Featuring: Negative Liberty/Positive Liberty – Amanda McBroom – Jay O. Sanders – Celine Dion (Titanique) – Magic Mike – Melvin Van Peebles (Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death) – The Devil Wears Prada – High Seas with Audra, Will and Christopher – MetropolitanZoom – George Street Playhouse (Maulik Pancholy) – Pan Asian Rep (The Emperor’s NightingaleThe Lion King – Fun Home

Off the heels of Bad DatesGeorge Street Playhouse is back with FULLY COMMITTED. The smash hit comedy written by Becky Mode and directed by David Saint, stars Maulik Pancholy, award-winning actor, author and activist known for his roles on 30 Rock and hit series, Weeds. The funny one-act play features 40 diverse characters all played by Pancholy. The virtual production will be available to stream through April 11th. Tickets: www.georgestreetplayhouse.org

Garden State Film Festival continues with Jewish filmsAlina,” “Crumbs,” “Finding Manny” in honor of the Passover holidays. Also on the roster is “Either Side of Midnight” (One Night in New York)thru Mar. 28th. www.GSFF.org

Metropolitan Zoom is doing just that . . . Zooming along as the premiere Cabaret performance space at broadcast Studio A in Long Island City, NY. With multi cameras, screens and technology, the place to go to be seen.Upcoming shows include:

Final Days before Katherine Alexandra and Alex Dilan ~ Defying Gravity performs LIVE on MetropolitanZoom March 28th 7:30PM https://metropolitanzoom.ticketleap.com/defying-gravity-032821
Announcing: FRANCESCA AMARI ~ Hip to be Square performs LIVE on MetropolitanZoom April 1st 6PM Pacific
https://metropolitanzoom.ticketleap.com/francesca-amari-040121
Announcing: PAMELA CLAY ~ Spring has Sprung  LIVE on MetropolitanZoom April 3rd 7PM Pacific
https://metropolitanzoom.ticketleap.com/pamela-clay-040321

Negative Liberty/Positive Liberty – a socially distanced performance installation thru April 18 at The Invisible Dog Art Center, Bergen Street, Brooklyn. Reservations for specific entry: www.theamericanvicarious.org

Golden Globe winning songwriter /singer/actor Amanda McBroom (“The Rose”) celebrates Stephen Sondheim’s 91st Birthday releasing a single of “Send in the Clowns” co-produced/arranged by collaborator Michele Brourman and Stephean Oberhoff. The recording is a fresh take on the Sondheim classic from the 1973 musical A Little Night Music. Release by LML Music available on Amazon, Apple, ITunes and at www.amcbroom.com

Join Jay O. Sanders and Nathan Winkelstein for Red Bull Theater’s RemarkaBULL Podversation; Exploring Falstaff with Jay O. Sanders on April 5, at 7:30 pm  www.redbulltheater.com

The hungry tiger roars! Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (Tisa Chang, Founding Artistic Director), continues their educational initiative to serve elementary grade students and families with children and presents the family-friendly virtual return engagement of the acclaimed 2018 production of The Emperor’s Nightingale by Damon Chua.  On-demand performances for in classroom and public viewing via Zoom begins April 19, 2021 continuing through May 2, 2021. Reservations for in-classroom viewing may be made via email at srogers@panasianrep.org Tickets for public viewing access will be announced shortly. Directed by Chongren Fan, the six-member cast features Leanne CabreraDeAnna ChoiDinh James DoanJonathan FryeDavid Huynh, and Brian Kim. www.panasianrep.org

Watch for Celine Dion in a one-night only musical livestream Titanique: The Maiden Voyage Concert; a one of a kind voyage bursting with nostalgia and heart. www.titaniquemusical.com

Magic Mike The Arena Tour will open in May 2022.  With more dancers, bigger numbers and more spectacle than ever before, this will be the first time a live performance of Magic Mike has ever been staged outside of an intimate, cabaret-style space.  The Arena Tour will open in Belfast on 6 May, followed by Glasgow, Aberdeen, Leeds, Sheffield, Newcastle, Nottingham, Birmingham, Manchester and finishing in Liverpool. Tickets on sale now. www.MagicMikeArenaTour.com

Featuring a book and score by Melvin Van Peebles, Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death is set to return to Broadway in 2022, directed by Kenny Leon. Blending early hip hop and spoken word, jazz and blues, humor and pain, it offers a raucous celebration of – and clear-eyed look at – America.

On October 20, 1971, Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death had its legendary opening night and perfectly captured the Van Peebles zeitgeist as it stunned its first Broadway audiences with its heightened, no-holds-barred depiction – equal parts thrilling and intense – of the largely unseen corridors of urban life.  Broadway – and popular music – would never be the same.  More details will be forthcoming.

The Devil Wears Prada musical now has Kate Wetherhead (Submissions Only) part of the writing team. She will co-write the book with Paul Rudnick. The creative team includes Elton John, lyricist Shaina Taub and director Anna D. Shapiro. Look to July 2022 when the musical is scheduled to have its world premiere in Chicago, produced by Kevin McCollum and Rocket Entertainment.

Broadway on the High Seas Mediterranean Silversea’s Cruise will feature Audra McDonald, Will Swenson and Christopher Fitzgerald as the Silver Dawn sails from Rome to Barcelona Sept. 7-14, 2022.

The Lion King will resume West End performances this summer at the Lyceum Theatre on July 29 where it’s been the last 21 years.

Fun Home will premiere in Sydney, Australia in 2021 with Marina Prior and Maggie McKenna.

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