TODAY’S THEATRE TALK

Bryan Cranston

“Bryan Cranston Reveals He Wants to Do a Broadway Musical on The Late Show” by BroadwayWorld – “Cranston was asked if he would ever do a musical on Broadway … . “I have a secret desire to do a musical,” he said. “But I don’t consider myself a singer. I’m an actor that can hold a tune but I really have to work at it.” He went on to say, “At some point, yes. I do want to do a musical. But I need to go get confidence first.”” http://bway.ly/c3a2i1

FILM: “Amandla Stenberg Cast in ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Movie” by Variety’s Dave McNary – “The role [of Alana] has been expanded for the film, with Stenberg singing a new original song composed expressly for the film. She is writing the song in collaboration with lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul … ” http://bway.ly/j03rco

 

Maltz Jupiter Theatre – new construction

REGIONAL: “Maltz Jupiter Theatre will complete $30 million expansion ahead of schedule” by WPTV’s Stephanie Susskind – “… taking advantage of down time during the COVID-19 pandemic. … [AndrewKato says the expansion will include “creating a Broadway-scale stage so we can produce the next Broadway hit or national tour and that’s really exciting because most regional theaters across the country do that for Broadway.” http://bway.ly/j8m1a5

ALBUM: “Tony Nominee Josh Groban Announces New Album and Virtual Concert Series” by Broadway.com‘s Lindsey Sullivan – “On October 3 at, Groban will perform a concert full of Broadway songs.” http://bway.ly/32ozeo

CONCERTS:
“Brandon Victor Dixon, Joshua Henry, Kate Baldwin, More to Offer Live, In-Person Concerts at Open Jar Studios” 
by Playbill’s Dan Meyer – “Joshua Henry, Kate Baldwin, and Brandon Victor Dixon—plus more theatre stars—will perform live, in-person concerts at Open Jar Studios as part of the Broadway Relief Benefit to raise money for a variety of industry-related charities.” http://bway.ly/5eiubz

“Keala Settle Announces Virtual Concert Benefiting Covenant House Sleepout” by BroadwayWorld – “The half-hour event will take place August 24th at 4PM PST/7PM EST … ” http://bway.ly/h7tn2h

 

BENEFIT:
“Tony Winners Chuck Cooper, Judy Kaye & More Set for The Theatre Will Survive Benefit”
 by Broadway.com‘s Caitlin Moynihan – “Tony winners Chuck Cooper, Judy Kaye, Faith Prince, Paulo Szot and more are set to appear in The Theatre Will Survive—A Benefit for The Actors Fund, a new video premiering on August 31 at 7PM ET.” http://bway.ly/yexrsi

“Lilli Cooper, Jenn Colella, Chilina Kennedy, More Set for Soldiergirls Virtual Benefit Concert” by Playbill’s Andrew Gans – “Rattlestick Playwrights Theater will present a free benefit concert of the new musical Soldiergirls August 31 at 7 PM ET to benefit SPART*A.” http://bway.ly/n0ayaz

EVENT: “92Y Presents Conversation With Alan Menken, Jodi Benson, Paige O’Hara and More” by BroadwayWorld – “Disney+’s Howard: Don Hahn, Alan Menken, Paige O’Hara, Jodi Benson, Bill Lauch, and Sarah Gillespie in Conversation with Vanity Fair’s Joanna Robinson.”

ONLINE: 

The New York Chapter of Theatre 68 celebrates 9th Annual One Acts Fundraising Festival – seven original one act plays written by company members! Theatre 68 is pushing the boundaries of a new medium for live theatre. Celebrating creativity and ingenuity with their annual play festival, broadcasted through Zoom. Each play is written, directed and performed entirely by members of the company. Centered around the theme of “Primal Instincts,” these short plays will take a classic theatrical approach infused with film production elements. Each 10-15 minute play will be performed once a week for six weeks, beginning on Tuesday August 18th at 8pm, and running through September 27th. Each play will be shown on YouTube and through the Company’s social media accounts, and will include a talk back with the actors and director following the performance. Youtube.com/68CentCrewTheatre


— “Eisa Davis, Mahira Kakkar, Regina Taylor Set for This Week’s Theatre for One” 
by TheaterMania’s David Gordon – http://bway.ly/58yvvq
— “Billy Porter, Alex Lacamoire & More Set for This Week’s Stars in the House” by Broadway.com‘s Lindsey Sullivan – http://bway.ly/635pvk

 

LOOKING FORWARD:
“Paula Vogel: “Crisis Is Always an Opportunity for Change”” 
by TheaterMania’s David Gordon – “”The good news is that there’s a generational changeover, and this is going to be the very best thing for theater. Part of that is me being aware that my primary function has to be supporting younger artists so they hang in,” [Vogel said].” http://bway.ly/5u9ayz

“Will a Post-COVID Broadway Be a Fairer One? Can It Be?” by Backstage’s Casey Mink – ““We cannot let things come back and keep doing business the way we have been doing it,” says Tony-winning lighting designer Bradley King … “ … Now it’s on us to do the work to change it. That means, first and foremost, decentering ourselves and listening to and amplifying our BIPOC colleagues.”” http://bway.ly/bjjv4e

NY TIMES: “From a Wrestling Ring to Tiny Boxes: How ‘Chad Deity’ Went Zoom” by The New York Times’ Maya Phillips and Elisabeth Vincentelli – “Phillips: Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed it and thought the ways the production translated the action via Zoom was great. … Vincentelli: Honestly, I’m not sure I would have been as impressed if this had been my introduction to the play.” http://bway.ly/pk4kjb

REVIEW: “‘The Keep Going Song’ Review: The Music of Faith Under Quarantine” by The New York Times’ Ben Brantley – NYT Critic’s Pick – “This streaming piece by Abigail and Shaun Bengson translates the agonies and ecstasies of lockdown into a cosmic hootenanny at his folks’ house.” http://bway.ly/bnf07y

ACROSS THE POND:
“Andrew Lloyd Webber teases a bigger and better return of Phantom” 
by London Theatre Direct’s Nicholas Ephram Ryan Daniels – “Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has declared that “Phantom will be back up there and even better than before. We’re going to have the original production and it will be fantastic.”” http://bway.ly/xe68im

“Doctor Who immersive London experience to open in February 2021” by London Theatre Direct’s Nicholas Ephram Ryan Daniels – “Originally tentatively scheduled to open in 2020 … The interactive theatre experience is set to open in February 2021 with tickets set to go on sale this Thursday (20 August 2020).” http://bway.ly/vn518q

 

 

 

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