Sister Rosetta Tharpe . . .

SHOUT SISTER SHOUT! –  the story of music pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, announces its creative team. Playwright Cheryl L. West (FANNIE: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou HamerJar the Floor), will be joined by Kenneth L. Roberson (Avenue QAll Shook Up), who will direct, and Joseph Joubert (RespectThe Color Purple) as arranger and orchestrator for the musical about the “Godmother of Rock ’n’ Roll.” A virtuosic guitar player, songwriter and performer, Tharpe was a musical superstar from the 1930s through the 1960s — a Black woman, who influenced early rock stars, including Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Producer Ragovoy Entertainment Group (Dawn Smalberg and Bev Ragovoy) plans to further develop the show with a regional theater in preparation for a Broadway run. SHOUT premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2017 and after a major restructuring, went on to rave reviews at Seattle Rep in November 2019.

Ryan Haddad – Douglas Lyons
Andre De Shields – Sydney Harcourt

The Lucille Lortel Theatre upcoming guest lineup for “Live at The Lortel” podcast series, hosted by Eric Ostrow and co-hosts Joy DeMichelle and John Andrew Morrison –  In April, the interview series features actors Ryan Haddad (April 5), Douglas Lyons (April 12), André De Shields (April 19), and Sydney Harcourt (April 26). The live interviews will take place Mondays at 7:00 PM EST, offering theater fans the opportunity to view interviews and participate in a Q&A with artists. To join the audience, please

World Premiere of TENNESSEE RISING: THE DAWN OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, a solo play written and performed by Jacob Storms. Directed by Alan Cumming, performances run April 11 – June 27 at the cell theatre (338 West 23rd Street). Performances will be presented open air for a strictly limited audience of 18 with masks and social distancing required. Running time is 75 minutes.

Spend an evening with Cheryl Ann Allen on her reflective journey through music. I’m Still Here: The Songs of Sondheim . . .Tues. April 13 at 7 pm. An intimate cabaret inspired by looking to Sondheim during difficult times to find tragedy and comedy standing side by side. Known for her standout performances in Sophie Tucker in Person and I’m a New Yorker, Chery Ann Allen returns to the stage to share the beauty of Sondheim with you courtesy of MetropolitanZoom.Special guest artist, D. Michael Heath, Musical Director, Elliot Finkel. Promo Video

 BROADWAY BARKS will once again take their dog and cat adoption event ‘Across America’ for their second virtual installment and 23rd annual on Sunday, May 23rd at 7:00pm EDT. The streamed event will be hosted by the organization’s co-founder Bernadette Peters and will feature adoptable pets in shelters and presented by animal loving celebrities from across the country. Celebrity and shelter participants will be announced at a later date.  For more information about Broadway Barks please

Tony Award-winning theatrical production company Seaview (Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical, Slave PlaySea Wall/A Life) is proud to present a new, interactive, theatrical experience designed to be enjoyed at home. Written by San Francisco playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb and based on his stage play, A House Tour of The Infamous Porter Family Mansion with Tour Guide Weston Ludlow Londonderry…At Home is a surreal and occasionally unreal audio journey through the former mansion of Hubert and Clarissa Porter, an infamous, ultra wealthy, and highly eccentric couple.

Tour guide Weston Ludlow Londonderry, voiced by veteran Bay Area actor Danny Scheie, and featuring vocal talents of Tony nominee Lilli Cooper, takes guests on an imaginative tour, touching furniture, stroking walls, and coming face to face with “The Stick of Butter That Changed Everything.” Participants will savor intimate, penetrating anecdotes and parables exuded by Weston in a style that will transport them into the titillating world of Hubert and Clarissa Porter. Please visit for more information.