Theater – Music – Film

Robert Creighton (Frozen, Anything Goes, York’s Cagney) – Broadway’s Great American Songbook at The York, with music director Doug Oberhamer, and special guest Richard Kind – December 9 at 7 pm est, encore performances Dec. 10 at 2:30 pm, Dec. 11 at 7 pm & 10 pm, Dec. 12 at 2:30 pm & 7 pm. www.web.ovationtix.com  www.yorktheatre.org  

Allan Harris “Harlem After Dark” Unplugged Solo – Tuesday at 7:30 pm – Quote for the Day “Lift your hearts to the sky and let the love flow like wine” – Allan Harris (from Open Up!) www.allanharris.com

Blue Note New York is now open for dining packages with incidental live music!! Featuring: MICHAEL KING, SHEKWOAGA ODE & ERIC WHEELER. December 10 – Info links:  
6:00PM SET (SEATED AND LIVESTREAM) TIX

8:00PM SET (SEATED AND LIVESTREAM) TIX

Broadway’s Adam Pascal sings: “A Painted Lady” – The latest single from Jimmy Merchant, with vocals by Adam Pascal, drops December 11th 2020 on LML Music. Jimmy is a New York City based saxophonist, composer, and arranger. He is an in-demand sideman for Broadway, studio sessions, for singer/songwriters and other performing artists including Jay and the Americans, The Chiffons, Dennis Tufano, Evangelia, Robert Bannon, Quincy Mumford and The Reason Why, and Eryn Shewell. He appears in several music videos and was cast in VH1’s Love and Hip-Hop. Merchant is an educator/guest clinician for all age groups, and currently endorses BG France, Marca Reeds and TallSlim Tees. www.jamesmerchant.com

Lesli Margherita takes you for a festive Holiday romp Who’s Holiday! set for December 11 at 8 pm est. A raucous tale of middle-aged Cindy Lou Who, residing in a trailer in snowy Mt. Crumpit. www.broadwaycares.org

A virtual performance at Irish Rep –  Meet Me in St. LouisA Holiday Special in Song and on ScreenMeet Me in St. Louis features a book by Hugh Wheeler, songs by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, and is based on “The Kensington Stories” by Sally Benson and the MGM motion picture Meet Me in St. Louis. Adapted and directed by original Broadway cast member Charlotte Moore, the virtual production will premiere on Friday December 11, 2020 and continue through Saturday January 2, 2021. www.irishrep.org

Broadway On Demand, the theater-focused streaming platform, is proud to present several special projects this week, including A West End Christmas filmed live from St. Paul’s church to aid Theatre MAD Trust (December 11 – 13); Michael McElroy’s Tony Award-winning Broadway Inspirational Voices’ 2020 holiday concert A Season of Hope and Inspiration (December 13) and #Enough: Plays to End Gun Violence (December 14 – 20). www.broadwayondemand.com

American Songwriting Award-Winner Ben Rauch (The Emoji Song) has teamed up with several theater and television stars to release the new single, Stay At Home. The song is now available on music platforms such as ITunes, Amazon Music, Spotify, etc.  Rauch is joined by Rachel York (Head Over Heels, City of Angels, Les Misérables, Victor/Victoria) Christine Pedi (Sirius XM Radio, Chicago, Forbidden Broadway, Spamilton), Kay Trinidad (Hadestown, The Little Mermaid), Tony Chiroldes (In the Heights, The Capeman, Sympathy Jones), Michael-Demby Caine (Ragtime, Victor / Victoria, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Beauty and the Beast), Peter Brown (The Water Coolers, International tour), Rita Markova (The Fantasticks, Homer’s Odyssey, Prospect Theater’s Hidden Sky), and Devon Goffman (U.S. tours of On Your Feet, Motown the Musical, Jersey Boys) who appears in the video as Governor Andrew Cuomo. The video was edited by Peter Paris, and costumes were coordinated by Elizabeth Flores. STAY AT HOME is a funny, upbeat, but serious song for our current times. 
Proceeds from purchases of the song will go to benefit the Frontline Families Fund, which provides direct financial support and educational scholarships to the children of heath care workers who have died of Covid-19. 

Holiday Musical Extravaganza featuring stars from some of the most popular Broadway and Radio City shows like Beetlejuice, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Kiss Me Kate, School of Rock, Les Miserables, The Lion King, Waitress, Mean Girls, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Prom, Radio City Christmas Spectacular and more.  

Tony Nominee Alex Brightman Tony Nominee Caitlin Kinnunen; Jenn Gambatese, Desi Oakley, Eric Petersen, David Elder, Krystina Alabado, Katie Travis, Justin Prescott, Lamar Baylor, Patrick O’Neill, Diego Lucano, Ava Della Pietra, Carly Gendell, Gianna Harris, Madeleine Pace, Ana-Sofia Rodriguez, Jacob Morrell, and many more, together with a multitalented cast of young Broadway hopefuls star in this unprecedented production by The Broadway Star Project benefiting The Actors Fund.

100% of all ticket sales will go directly to The Actors Fund to help all those who keep our spirits high even in the most difficult times. One night only! Sunday, December 13 at 7:00 PM ET on Broadway World Events. For tickets click on the add or follow this link: The BSP Family’s Holiday Special

Working Theater, a Drama Desk and AUDELCO award winning Off-Broadway company presents Sanctuary—An Immersive Soundwalk, as part of their critically acclaimed 2020-21 digital season. Created by Rachel Falcone and Michael Premo, and Directed by Rebecca Martinez, this unique sonic experience invites audiences to put on headphones, take a walk, and be immersed in the stories of people looking for sanctuary in a world of uncertainty. Working Theater will offer downloads of this unique experience as a gift to their community. A commission of Working Theater’s Five Boroughs/One City Initiative in collaboration with the community at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Featuring: Soneela Nankani, Narrator; Katherine George and Rocky Vega, Vocals; Joanna Mattrey, Viola
Aaron Meicht, Piano/Trumpet. For a free gift download of Sanctuary visit: https://theworkingtheater.org/events/sanctuary-2020/

Bad news! The off off Broadway Flea Theatre will be shutting down many of its best known programs . . . those for emerging actors, directors and writers. After months of negotiating and finding they are in serious financial straits, three programs will end: The Bats acting program with 100 members as of Dec. 15; a residency program for directors and a writers’ room where playwrights contributed to the popular series “Serials.” The Flea says this was coming long before the pandemic. The Flea is endeavoring to create a new vision through a residency program where artists will be paid.

On the brighter side, Bob Dylan has sold his entire catalog of over 600 songs, created over 60 years, to Universal Music Publishing Group. According to the NY Times, it’s estimated at more than $300 million.

Congrats to Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon will join Roundabout’s artistic leadership team as Senior Resident Director in January 2021. In his new role, Leon will participate in the theatre’s selection of plays and musicals – both seasonal on-stage productions and the dozens of workshops & readings produced annually.  He will join Roundabout’s senior leadership in developing and nurturing the careers of up-and-coming BIPOC directors at the theatre and play a key part in the theatre’s commitment to anti-racism and increased equity, diversity and inclusion. Leon recently staged the Broadway debut of Charles Fuller’s A Soldier’s Play at Roundabout, which is currently nominated for seven Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Play and Best Director. www.roundabouttheatre.org

Jazz vocalist/pianist Alexis Cole may still be in South Korea, but she’d love it if you would think about ordering her Holiday album “The Greatest Gift” – www.alexiscole.com

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