Two years ago, A4D’s Delaney Diaz booked a dream job… a motion picture working with Lin-Manuel Miranda and director Jon M. Chu. In The Heights was set for release a year ago and then 2020 happened … And the pandemic led to another full year of waiting.
Finally, on June 11, the film was released and Delaney got to see herself on the big screen (she’s already seen it 3 times!) - We asked her how that felt, ‘After a two year wait, it was so exhilarating to finally be able to see all the work we put in come to life.’
If you haven’t seen In The Heights yet, you really should. There’s so many incredible creative production numbers by choreographer Christopher Scott. You can spot Delaney as she dances to When You’re Home. Nina (Leslie Grace) and Benny (Corey Hawkins) start singing and you see kids playing hop scotch who join in. The easiest way to find Delaney is at the end of the song. Nina touches Delaney’s face as the kids all celebrate.
Congratulations to Delaney, our youngest member. We know your future is bright! Can’t wait to hear about your next project!
THE BROADWAY LEAGUE’S BLACK TO BROADWAY INITIATIVE WILL PRESENT BROADWAY CELEBRATES JUNETEENTH
Juneteenth, a free outdoor event centered around Black joy and unity, will feature Black Broadway performers in a 90-minute concert. This inaugural event will take place in Times Square on Saturday, June 19 from noon to 1:30pm. The concert, which will take place rain or shine, is free and open to all. It will feature cast members from such shows as Girl from the North Country, The Lion King, Moulin Rouge, The Phantom of the Opera, Diana, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, and Thoughts of a Colored Man, with special appearances by Lillias White, Ben Vereen, and more to be announced. ‘This will be the first year that Juneteenth will be an official holiday in New York State ... We will be reflecting on the incredible contributions that the Black members of our community have made and continue to contribute to Broadway. As the industry prepares to reopen this fall, we welcome this opportunity to join together in looking forward to a better Broadway, one that comes back stronger, more diverse, more equitable, more inclusive, and more united,’ said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League.
STARRY PRINCIPAL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE MUNY’S UPCOMING SEASON
The popular St. Louis theater, The Muny, has announced the principal casting for its upcoming season. The 103rd season includes Smokey Joe’s Cafe (July 26-Aug. 1), The Sound of Music (Aug. 3-9), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Aug. 12-18), On Your Feet! (Aug. 21-27), and Chicago (Aug. 30-Sept. 5). These productions were originally set to appear last summer, but were delayed by the pandemic. Grammy nominee Mykal Kilgore, Tony nominee Charl Brown, Michael Campayno, Tiffany Mann, Hayley Podschun, Christopher Sams, Nasia Thomas, and Jason Veasey will appear in Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Recent Mean Girls star Kate Rockwell will take on the role of Maria in The Sound of Music, which will also feature Michael Hayden, Bryonha Marie Parham, Elizabeth Teeter, Andrew Alstat, Jenny Powers, and John Scherer. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers will feature Kendra Kassebaum and Edward Watts, with On Your Feet! highlighting Broadway alums Omar Lopez-Cepero, Natascia Diaz, Alma Cuervo, and Lee Zarrett. The season will conclude with the starry Chicago, which will star Sarah Bowden as Roxie Hart and Mrs. Doubtfire’s J. Harrison Ghee as Velma Kelly. Tony nominee Emily Skinner, James T. Lane, Adam Heller, and Ali Ewoldt are also set to appear.
PETER HERMANN, JOSH PECK & MORE ADDED TO NETFLIX’S 13 MUSICAL ADAPTATION Peter Hermann and Josh Peck have joined the cast of Netflix’s upcoming film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s Broadway musical 13: The Musical. Rhea Perlman will also appear. Hermann has been seen on Broadway in War Horse, Talk Radio, and Judgment at Nuremberg and is known for his screen credits on Law and Order, Younger, and more. He will play Joel Goldman. Peck, who grew to fame on Nickelodeon series Drake & Josh, will play Rabbi Shapiro. Pearlman, who is beloved for her roles in Matilda and Cheers, will be Grandma Ruth. They join a cast that includes Eli Golden, The Lion King live-action movie star JD McCrary, Khiyla Aynne, Nolen Dubuc, Frankie McNellis, and Wyatt Moss, as well as Broadway alums Gabriella Uhl and Ramon Reed.
NBC CANCELS MUSICAL COMEDY SERIES ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST This news won’t be music to the ears of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist fans. It has been reported that the show has been canceled after two seasons at NBC. The show premiered on January 7, 2020. Created by Austin Winsberg with choreography by Mandy Moore, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist follows the awkward Zoey (Jane Levy), who learns she can hear the inner thoughts of people in the form of big musical numbers. The cast includes Broadway alums Alex Newell, Skylar Astin, Lauren Graham, Peter Gallagher, and Chip Zien. Fans have #SaveZoeysPlaylist trending on Twitter. Broadway alum Astin thanked them for their support.
JESSICA VOSK, LAURA BENANTI & NORM LEWIS TO PERFORM AT CARNEGIE HALL The iconic Carnegie Hall is reopening its doors this season with a star-studded schedule. Jessica Vosk will make her Carnegie Hall headlining debut on November 8, with Tony winner Laura Benanti welcoming back the NY Pops with a concert on December 17. Stage favorite Norm Lewis will have his own concert, One Night Only: An Evening with Norm Lewis, on March 4, 2022. Other concerts will include appearances from Renée Fleming, Uma Thurman, John Williams, and more.
Karla Burns, known for her Tony-nominated and Olivier-winning turn as Queenie in Show Boat, passed away on June 4. She was 66. Show Boat marked Burns’ Broadway debut which earned her the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress In A Musical in 1983. She performances with the Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opera, the Teatro Real, Cairo Opera House, and the Royal Shakespeare Company. She toured nationally for many years in her one-woman show, Hi-Hat Hattie, in which she portrayed Hattie McDaniel, the first Black entertainer to win an Academy Award…
GIRLS5EVA STARRING RENÉE ELISE GOLDSBERRY, SARA BAREILLES PICKED UP FOR SEASON TWO
Tina Fey’s hilarious musical comedy Girls5eva, which stars Broadway favorites Sara Bareilles and Renée Elise Goldsberry, has officially been picked up for a season two. The show, created by Emmy winner Meredith Scardino and produced by Fey, premiered in May on NBC’s streaming service Peacock and focuses on a former ‘90s girl group that takes another shot at fame when their one hit gets sampled by a young rapper. Bareilles and Goldsberry are joined by Paula Pell and Busy Philipps who round out the girl group. Season one also featured a slew of stage favorites like Ashley Park, Erika Henningsen, Andrew Rannells, and Daniel Breaker.
MATILDA MOVIE MUSICAL, STARRING EMMA THOMPSON & ALISHA WEIR, SET TO RELEASE DECEMBER 2022
Audiences are one step closer to getting loud for the Matilda movie musical! Netflix will release the film in December 2022. In addition, Sony Pictures U.K. and TriStar Pictures have set a December 2, 2022 theatrical release for Matilda in the U.K. and Ireland. Oscar winner Emma Thompson will play headmistress Miss Trunchbull. Newcomer Alisha Weir takes on the title role. Lashana Lynch, Stephen Graham, Andrea Riseborough, and Sindhu Vee will play Miss Honey, Mr. Wormwood, Mrs. Wormwood, and librarian Mrs. Phelps. Matthew Warchus, who was nominated for a Tony Award for directing Matilda on Broadway, will helm the Netflix adaptation. The show’s scribe Dennis Kelly and songwriter Tim Minchin adapted the screenplay as part of the movie’s creative team.
JESSIE MUELLER, MEGAN HILTY TO STAR IN NEW NETFLIX ANIMATED MUSICAL
Netflix has chosen some great Broadway talent to voice their new animated musical series called Centaurworld. Tony winner Jessie Mueller, Megan Hilty, Kimiko Glenn, Josh Radnor, and Chris Diamantopoulos will be featured in the series that follows a war horse who is transported from her embattled world to a strange land inhabited by silly, singing centaurs of all species, shapes, and sizes. She befriends a group of magical creatures and embarks on a journey that will test her more than any battle she’s faced before. Centaurworld will also have guest appearances by a trio of Tony winners: Lea Salonga, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and Brian Stokes Mitchell.
Lisa Banes, who had several Broadway credits and notably appeared in the big screen adaptation of Gone Girl, has died at the age of 65. She died on June 14 as the result of injuries sustained after getting struck by a scooter driver on the Upper West Side on June 4. She made her Broadway debut in 1988 with Rumors. In addition to playing Rosamund Pike’s character’s mother in Gone Girl, her screen credits included Cocktail opposite Tom Cruise, One Life to Live, China Beach, Royal Pains, Nashville, Freedom Writers, A Cure for Wellness, Dragonfly, Pumpkin, and more…