What's the best way to approach your social media posts when it comes to your career? One of SYTYCD top finalists, A4D’s Kate Harpootlian, is a master at keeping herself front-and-center. Her posts on FaceBook and Twitter are more than fun and uplifting. Wisely, Kate includes praise for friends like Travis Wall's Emmy win, the amazing makeup team on SYTYCD, over-the-top fashion statements. Check out 'HOW 2 STAND OUT' to learn from Kate. Members can use this image below to read more.
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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE SEASON 15 PREMIERE RECAP: LOS ANGELES AUDITIONS
So You Think You Can Dance returned for its 15th season this week and our familiar judges were there… Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Vanessa Hudgens, and Twitch (for this round). The premiere had everything you might expect from the Fox reality competition: Contestants and emotional backstories, Mary Murphy’s elated shrieks, Nigel Lythgoe’s signature ‘cue music,’ and eager dancers looking for a ticket straight to The Academy. Ballroom dancers seemed to have the strongest showing. Most of the dancers we met received good news, but it was the one dancer that received bad news who was the most memorable of the night. Taylor hailed from Texas and was inspirational because she danced with a prosthetic leg. When she was just a toddler, she was diagnosed with a rare bone disease and her parents made the difficult decision to have her leg amputated. Not willing to be held back, Taylor’s parents enrolled her in dance class and she was simply remarkable. She did have clean lines as she performed modern dance. The judges thought her dance was lovely only they didn’t feel it was strong enough for her to move ahead in the competition. They denied her the ticket to The Academy and told her to keep working because they genuinely believed with hard work, she could be ready one day. The Los Angeles auditions will come to a close next week and we’ll meet dancers from the New York City auditions. Then it’s off to The Academy that promises to be the most difficult ever.
STONEMAN DOUGLAS DRAMA TEACHER MELODY HERZFELD TO RECEIVE TONYS’ EXCELLENCE IN THEATRE EDUCATION AWARD
The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing have announced that Melody Herzfeld, the Stoneman Douglas High School theater teacher who saved the lives of 65 students during the recent tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida, will be presented with the Tonys' 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education Award. The Award recognizes a K-12 theater educator in the U.S. who has demonstrated monumental impact on the lives of students and who embodies the highest standards of the profession. A panel of judges comprised of the American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League, Carnegie Mellon University, and other leaders from the theater industry selected Herzfeld from finalists across the nation. Herzfeld will receive $10,000 for her theater program and tickets to the Tony Awards and gala. Melody Herzfeld is the director of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School drama department, where she has been teaching drama since 2003 and has produced over 50 productions. She has produced the Children's Theatre Project for 15 years and has received countless Critics' Choices and state selections to represent the school's district in Thespian competitions. Her theater program has also received many South Florida Cappies, an award which celebrates excellence in regional student theater and journalism. Stoneman Douglas has consistently earned Cappies Critics' Team recognition throughout the years. Herzfeld is the recipient of the Thespis Award 2018 EdTA, from the Education Theatre Association. The 72nd Annual Tonys ceremony will be held at Radio City Music Hall on June 10.
NAOKO MORI TO SHARE ROLE OF LADY THIANG WITH RUTHIE ANN MILES IN LONDON'S THE KING AND I
West End star Naoko Mori has been announced to take on the role of Lady Thiang at certain performances during the upcoming London transfer of Bartlett Sher's Tony-winning The King and I revival. Mori will share the role with Ruthie Ann Miles, reprising her Tony-winning turn from the Broadway production. The King and I is set to begin previews at the London Palladium on June 21 with an opening slated for July 3. Naoko Mori has been seen onstage in Miss Saigon, On the Town, Avenue Q, and Hair. Her screen credits include Torchwood, Absolutely Fabulous, and Everest. Christopher Gattelli is repeating his Tony-nominated choreography for The King and I transfer, which will feature the Tony-winning costume design of Catherine Zuber, Tony-nommed scenic design of Michael Yeargan, and lighting design of Donald Holder.
DAVID YAZBEK'S TONY-NOMINATED MUSICAL THE BAND'S VISIT WILL TOUR NORTH AMERICA
The acclaimed new musical The Band's Visit, featuring a book by Itamar Moses and a score by David Yazbek, will launch a North American tour in spring 2019. Nominated for 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score, The Band's Visit opened at Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre on November 9, 2017. The touring production will launch in Providence, Rhode Island in June 2019, with additional tour cities as well as casting to be announced at a later date. Directed by Tony nominee David Cromer, The Band's Visit stars Tony nominee Tony Shalhoub as Tewfiq alongside Tony nominee Katrina Lenk as Dina, with John Cariani as Itzik, Tony nominee Ari'el Stachel as Haled, George Abud as Camal, Andrew Polk as Avrum, Bill Army as Zelger, Rachel Prather as Julia, Jonathan Raviv as Sammy, Sharone Sayegh as Anna, Kristen Sieh as Iris, Alok Tewari as Simon, Etai Benson as Papi, and Adam Kantor as Telephone Guy.
HELLO, DOLLY!’S BERNADETTE PETERS & VICTOR GARBER TO HOST 20TH ANNUAL BROADWAY BARKS
The annual star-studded dog-and-cat adoption event Broadway Barks will be taking over New York's Shubert Alley yet again this year! Co-founded by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore, the event benefits New York City animal rescue groups and features Broadway celebrities helping to find loving homes for animals in need. This year, marking Broadway Barks' 20th anniversary, will feature Peters hosting alongside her Hello, Dolly! co-star Victor Garber. Broadway Barks will take place on July 14. Over the last 20 years, more than 2,000 cats and dogs have stolen Broadway's spotlight and the hearts of all who come to the event. Approximately 85% of these furry friends have successfully found forever homes thanks to this program. Broadway Barks, produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, is free and open to the public.
Broadway couple Emily Padgett and Josh Young were married on June 3. The beloved stage pair announced their engagement early last year. Padgett was most recently seen on Broadway as Mrs. Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Her Broadway credits also include Bright Star, Side Show, Rock of Ages, Grease, and Legally Blonde… The Miss America Organization has announced they will no longer include a swimsuit component to the competition requirements. The evening gown portion will also be modified. Journalist Gretchen Carlson, chair of the Miss America board and former Miss America, said they heard from a lot of young women who wanted to be a part of the program but didn’t want to be out there in high heels and a swimsuit and now they no longer need to do that... Actor Jerry Maren, the green-clad tough guy of the Lollipop Guild who famously handed Dorothy (Judy Garland) a giant lollipop in the 1939 film classic The Wizard of Oz, has died at 98. He was the longest-living member of the munchkins and the last surviving little person to appear in the iconic film...
TIM FEDERLE TO WRITE & EXECUTIVE PRODUCE HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL TV SERIES
Beloved author, librettist, and screenwriter Tim Federle has signed on as writer and executive producer of the upcoming High School Musical television series. The new take on the fan-favorite film and stage property will be presented by Disney's new streaming service, according to reports. Federle, a co-librettist of the musical Tuck Everlasting, made his first mark on Broadway as an ensemble member in several shows including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Gypsy. He is the award-winning author of the books The Great American Whatever, Life Is Like a Musical, Tequila Mockingbird, Better Nate Than Ever, and Five, Six, Seven, Nate! Federle is also a co-screenwriter of the Oscar-nominated film Ferdinand. Plot details and casting for the new High School Musical TV series will be announced at a later date.
JIMMY BUFFETT MUSICAL ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE WILL END BROADWAY RUN
The new musical Escape to Margaritaville, featuring the island tunes of hitmaker Jimmy Buffett, will play its final performance at the Marquis Theatre on July 1. Featuring a book by Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley and direction by Tony winner Christopher Ashley, Escape to Margaritaville began previews on February 16 and officially opened on March 15. By closing, Escape to Margaritaville will have played 29 previews and 124 regular performances. Escape to Margaritaville will launch a North American tour in October 2019 at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The first stop after Broadway will be Washington, D.C., where Jimmy Buffett and the cast of Escape to Margaritaville will perform on PBS’ A Capitol Fourth on July 4 at 8:00pm ET, broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Escape to Margaritaville features choreography by Tony nominee Kelly Devine
MADAM SECRETARY STAR ERICH BERGEN MAKES BROADWAY DEBUT IN WAITRESS
Stage-and-screen star Erich Bergen donned the stethoscope of Dr. Pomatter in the Broadway musical Waitress on June 5. Bergen succeeded original cast member Drew Gehling, who exited Waitress to star in the world premiere musical Dave. Waitress marks Bergen's Broadway stage-performance debut; his first official Broadway gig was providing voiceover work on Wendy Wasserstein's 1997 play An American Daughter. His other credits include a turn as Bob Gaudio in the first national touring production of Jersey Boys, a performance he reprised in the musical's screen adaptation. Bergen also played Billy Crocker in the national tour of the recent Tony-winning Anything Goes revival. He can currently be seen as Blake Moran on the CBS drama Madam Secretary. Waitress features a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro, and direction by Diane Paulus. The show began previews on March 25, 2016 and officially opened on April 24, 2016.
Fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in her New York City apartment on June 5 following an apparent suicide. She was 55… Forty-one years after Saturday Night Fever changed the game for southern Brooklyn, its leading man will be returning to the borough he helped make famous. On Tuesday, June 12, John Travolta will stop by Lenny’s Pizza, 1969 86th Street to receive a special achievement award from State Sen. Marty Golden, and be celebrated by his family, friends, peers, and fans... The West End's acclaimed new production of Dreamgirls' final performance date will be January 12, 2019 at the Savoy Theatre. The new staging, directed and choreographed by Tony-winning Broadway hitmaker Casey Nicholaw will launch a U.K. tour with full dates to be announced... Bruce Springsteen will make a rare television appearance at the 72nd Annual Tony Awards, when he takes the stage to perform live from Radio City Music Hall on CBS on Sunday, June 10th, 8:00 - 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT time delay)...