Theater–Music Talk

Master Voices ‘Myths and Hymns’ . . .

Flight is the first chapter in a four-part virtual series by award-winning composer Adam Guettel in his theatrical song cycle, Myths and Hymns. Conceived and supervised by Ted Sperling, it is offered as a free digital production beginning Wed. January 13 at 6:30 pm on their YouTube Channel and streaming on demand on mastervoices.org.

Inspired by Greek myths and a 19th-Century Presbyterian hymnal, the 1998 cycle is a kaleidoscopic collection of musical genres as it explores the nature of faith and longing in a secular world.New short musical films will illustrate the protagonist’s exploration of FlightWorkLove, and FaithFlightfeatures the MasterVoices chorus; duo pianists Anderson & Roe; a cappella gospel music group Take 6;actress Annie Golden; soloists Julia BullockRenée FlemingJoshua Henry, Capathia JenkinsMykal Kilgore, Norm LewisJose LlanaKelli O’Hara, and Elizabeth Stanley. Also contributing are directors Greg Anderson, Sammi Cannold, Lear deBessonet, Khristian Dentley and Ted Sperling; visual artists Yazmany ArboledaCloud Chatanda, Steven Kellogg, Lucy Mackinnon, and Danny Mefford; arrangers Greg AndersonMark Kibble, and Ted Sperling; lyricist Ellen Fitzhugh;and orchestrators Don Sebesky and Jamie Lawrence.

 The Homebound Project is pleased to announce the lineup for a surprise sixth edition airing January 13–17, 2021. Co-creators Catya McMullen and Jenna Worsham, along with their all-volunteer team, are also pleased to announce that this online theater initiative brought together 137 artists, premiered 56 new theater works, and raised over $150,000 in 2020 for No Kid Hungry, a national campaign working to end childhood hunger.

The Homebound Project is an independent online theater initiative created to help feed hungry children affected by the coronavirus pandemic. All donations made to access the show go directly to No Kid Hungry to support these efforts. Each edition features a collection of new theater works written by homebound playwrights and recorded by sheltering actors. The playwrights in this special edition of The Homebound Project have been given the prompt of: “2021.” Participating actors, playwrights, and directors include: Christopher Abbott and Deirdre O’Connell in a work by Lucy Thurber, directed by Caitriona McLaughlin; Dylan Baker and Becky Ann Baker in a work by David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by Paul Mullins; Jojo Brown in a work by Cece Suazo, directed by Jenna Worsham; Michael Chernus in a work by Adam Rapp; Dalia Davi in a work by Ren Dara Santiago, directed by Jenna Worsham; Nicholas Gorham in a work by Brian Otaño, directed by Tatiana Pandiani; Rebecca Henderson and Cristin Milioti in a work by Catya McMullen; Emily Kuroda in a work by Kate Cortesi, directed by Jenna Worsham; Carolyn Ratteray in a work by Bekah Brunstetter; Stacey Karen Robinson in a work by Sharon Bridgforth; A work by Brian Watkins, directed by Danya Taymor; Babak Tafti in a work by Colette Robert, directed by Taylor Reynolds; and Daigi-Ann Thompson in a work by Julissa Contreras;
As well as a special guest appearance by Amanda Seyfried.

The sixth edition of The Homebound Project will stream online beginning at 7pm EST on Wednesday, January 13, until 7pm EST on Sunday, January 17. View-at-home tickets are currently on sale  www.homeboundtheater.org and begin at a donation level of $10. Complimentary viewings for first responders and essential workers have been made possible by an anonymous donor. Each collection from this independent theater initiative is available to stream over a strictly limited 4-day period.

Mash-Up SIX in 6 Minutes . . .

SIX in 6 minutes – a new mash-up video released by RANGE (Hamilton (in 7 minutes) features the music of Broadway’s SIX. Expect to see Hannah Corneau (Wicked), Mary Claire King (Chicago, War Paint), Stephanie Jae Park (Hamilton Tour, The King and I, Sydney Patrick, Erika Peterson, Angela Travino and beatboxing from AirLoom Beats.Video can he viewed HERE.

DeWanda Wise, star of the Netflix series “She’d Gotta Have It,” and her husband, Alano Miller, best known for the WGN America drama series “Underground,” will join Ted Lange, the actor, director and screenwriter known for the TV series “The Love Boat,” as co-hosts of New Federal Theatre’s “50th Anniversary Virtual Gala” January 17, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.  The event will celebrate the esteemed organization, founded by Woodie King, Jr. in 1970, for its 50 years of theatrical excellence.

This virtual gala will be accessible from the theater’s website, www.newfederaltheatre.com, and will honor Cliff Frazier, Ron Himes, S. Epatha Merkerson, Ed Pitt, Phylicia Rashad, Oz Scott, Beth Turner, Glynn Turman and Douglas Turner Ward. Attendees are encouraged to reserve early. 

The Studios of Key West will present a virtual production of the powerful and timely new play SMITHTOWN, written by Drew Larimore and directed by Stephen Kitsakos, Studios of Key West Artistic Associate. SMITHTOWN is a series of four interconnected but distinct monologues featuring an ensemble of top Broadway and television actors: Michael Urie (Broadway revival of Torch Song, “Ugly Betty”), Ann Harada (Avenue Q and Cinderella on Broadway), Colby Lewis (Chicago’s Hamilton, “Chicago Med”), and Constance Shulman (“Orange is the New Black” on Netflix, The Rose Tattoo on Broadway). The play will be available for a two-week online engagement from February 13 to February 27. Tickets are available at tskw.org/smithtown-2.

New Theater Magazine – Encore Monthly – will celebrate American theatre. Its first edition cover features Bernadette Peters. This is a print publication available by mail subscription at special intermission rate of $29.95 per year. Subscribe at www.encoremonthly.com The publication is an initial bi-monthly and will move to monthly print releases later in 2021.

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