Stellar in association with Atomic Focus Entertainment announced today the launch of a new talk show to livestream exclusively on Steller. Hosted by Tony Award®-winning actor Brian Stokes Mitchell, “Crossovers Live!” features icons who’ve made the jump from stage to film, television, or music.
“Crossovers Live!” debuts on Monday, July 26th with Vanessa Williams followed by Marc Shaiman on August 30th, Bernadette Peters on September 27th, Kristin Chenoweth on October 25th, David Hyde Pierce on November 22nd and a special star-studded Holiday Finale on December 20th (finale guests will be announced at a later date). A portion of ticket sales to benefit The Actors Fund. www.crossoverslive.stellartickets.com
Steppenwolf production The Minutes by Tracy Letts, directed by Anna D. Shapiro will return to Broadway in March 2022 with an official opening April 7, 2022 at Studio 54 on Broadway. Cast to be announced. www.theminutesbroadway.com
The Tony Awards will present three Special Tony Awards to The Broadway Advocacy Coalition, David Byrne’s American Utopia and Freestyle Love Supreme. These awards are presented to outstanding productions, artists and organizations who do not fall into any of the competititve categories.
Andy Sandberg, Artistic Director and CEO of the Hermitage Artist Retreat, announced the establishment of the Hermitage Major Theater Award, a new annual prize that will recognize a playwright or theater artist with a commission of $35,000 to create an original piece of theater. In addition to the commission, the recipient of this annual award will receive a residency at the Hermitage to develop the new work and will also receive a reading or workshop in a leading arts and cultural center such as New York, London, Chicago, or Los Angeles. This initiative is made possible by a multi-year gift from Flora Major and the Kutya Major Foundation to the Hermitage, starting with a commitment of $800,000. www.hermitageartistretreat.org
The National Black Theatre (NBT) will premiere a powerful production that was first introduced in 2015 following a series of state violence that plagued America, as a radio play. HANDS UP: 7 PLAYWRIGHTS, 7 TESTAMENTS will have its radio play American premiere directed by Jonathan McCrory, NBT’s Executive Artistic Director. The collection of works, originally created and curated by the New Black Fest under the artistic direction of Keith Josef Adkins, was a response to the police shootings of many blacks.
The collection includes works such as Superiority Fantasy written by Nathan James; Holes in My Identity written by Nathan Yungerberg; They Shootin! Or I Ain’t Neva Scared written by Idris Goodwin; Dead of Night… The Execution of… written by Nambi E. Kelley; Abortion written by NSangou Njikam; Walking Next to Michael Brown written by Eric Micha Holmes; and How I Feel written by Dennis A. Allen II who all share first-hand accounts of their experience in America. Check for mid-July virtual American Radio Play. www.nationalblacktheatre.org
The John W. Engeman Theater is proud to announce our 2021-2022 Main Stage Season. Performances will begin in September. Tickets are on sale now.
SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller, Sept. 16-Oct. 31, 2021; ROCK OF AGES, Jan 13 – Feb. 27, 2022; A Bronx Tale, Mar. 17 – May 1, 2022; Kinky Boots, May 19 – July 3, 2022; On Your Feet, July 14 – Aug. 28, 2022. 250 Main Street, Northport, L.I., NY. www.engemantheater.com