Theater-Music Talk

The John Gore Organization announced today the launch of America’s first weekly nationally syndicated Broadway entertainment program, “Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal.”  The new weekly version of Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal will reach theater fans across the country with distribution covering 97% of US television households. Check BroadwayProfiles.com for local listings.

Hosted and executive-produced by 12-time Emmy Award® winner Tamsen FadalBroadway Profiles is a NY Emmy Award-winning entertainment show with unprecedented access to A-list celebrities, Broadway’s biggest stars, and behind-the-scenes stories on and off the stage.

Urban Stages launches The Heroes and Villains Monologues on February 5 at 7:30 pm est. Playwrights Jenny Lyn Bader, Sandra Daley-Sharif, John Minigan, Eric Percival, Scott C. Sickles, Frank Tangredi, Catherine Weingarten and Ruth Zamoyta will participate as heroes and villains abound! www.urbanstages.org

Bob Egan has entertained thousands at his live piano bars throughout the region. Since May 2020, with the pandemic in full swing, Egan moved his piano bars to a virtual platform — through Jon Richardson’s Virtual Piano Bar Network — allowing people from all over the country (and in some cases all over the world) to participate in these twice-weekly events. Every Sunday and Wednesday evening at 8 pm,  “Bob Egan and Friends” features 10 different singers with Bob providing the piano accompaniment as he would in one of his regular venues.

Sunday nights are pot luck — with singers bringing a variety of styles ranging from American songbook and Broadway to rock to pop to country. Wednesday evenings are “Theme Nights” where the performers collaborate around a songwriter, period of music or special topic.  8-9PM FB and YouTube Live – Search Virtual Piano Bar Bob Egan

Vineyard Theatre extends Gloria streaming January 19-24. Pulitzer Prize Finalist Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Gloria (directed by Evan Cabnet) features Kyle Beltran, Catherine Combs, Michael Crane, Jennifer Kim, Jeanine Serralles, Ryan Spahn. www.vineyardtheatre.org

Ordinary Days (music/lyrics Adam Gwon) will be available on demand, streaming Jan. 14 thru 17 directed by Dave Solomon. Created by Solomon and Jason Ardizzone-West. Tickets: www.playhouse.pointpark.edu/tickets/conservatoryTheatre/ordinary-days

A concert staging of Gatsby A Musical will be filmed at London’s Cadogan Hall and be made available for streaming February 12–14.Adapted by director Linnie Reedman and with a score by Joe Evans, the musical is inspired by the F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age tome, The Great Gatsby. Set seven years after the events of the novel, Daisy Buchanan revisits Jay Gatsby’s mansion after leaving that world behind, set on confronting her past by reliving the dream she shared with Gatsby.

Former Spandau Ballet frontman Ross William Wild (Million Dollar Quartet) and Olivier Award nominee Charlotte Wakefield (Spring Awakening, The Sound of Music), play Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. The production also stars four-time Olivier Award nominee Emma Williams and West End veteran Mark Antolin.

Nick Jonas – Frankie Valli

Nick Jonas is in talks to play Frankie Valli in a streaming event performance of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys, The event will be produced by Bohemian Rhapsody‘s Graham King and the original Broadway producers the Dodgers, with Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio as a PG-13 undertaking.

Dominique Morisseau’s ‘Skeleton Crew’ announces Broadway premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club in winter 2022. “Skeleton Crew” will be directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson and play the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

Off-Broadway, Manhattan Theatre Club announced the world premiere of Joshua Harmon’s “Prayer for the French Republic,” directed by David Cromer and slated for winter 2022. Other planned Off-Broadway productions include Simon Stephens’ “Morning Sun,” directed by Lila Neugebauer in fall 2021 and the American premiere of “Golden Shield,” written by Anchuli Felicia King and directed by Danya Taymor. www.manhattantheatreclub.com

Aleshea Harris

OBIE winner Aleshea Harris has been named the 2021 Hermitage Greenfield Prize winner. Her critically acclaimed plays include Is God Is and What to Send Up When It Goes Down. The prestigious prize comes with a six-week residency at the Hermitage Artist Retreat and a $30,000 commission for a new work, which will have its first public presentation in Sarasota in 2023 in collaboration with the Hermitage’s presenting partner, Asolo Repertory Theatre. 

Harris was selected by a distinguished jury that included jury chair Mandy Greenfield along with Nataki Garrett and Robert O’Hara. Past Greenfield Prize winners include Martyna Majok, Theater (2018); Nilo Cruz, Theater (2014); John Guare, Theater (2011); and Craig Lucas, Theater (2009).

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