A4D members Amy Jordan and Brian Thomas have unbelievable news! Their documentary film project that’s been in the works for years has a release date! The film follows Amy’s journey from being run over by a NYC transit bus to her victorious recovery and message of hope. Here’s the story in Amy’s own words:
‘My mind is seriously BLOWN right now.
The call came in at 10:17 p.m. It’s a miracle I was even awake. I thought: ‘How strange. My director Brian Thomas never calls this late. I hope everything is O.K.’
O.K. is an understatement. He told me that on May 13, 2022, our full-length documentary feature film Amy’s Victory Dance will be released on Apple+ and iTunes with additional platforms coming soon after.
This is significant for so many reasons. I was mostly told it was impossible to get a distribution deal for a documentary film. We did. Then when I made the determination for a May 1 release date I was first told this was ‘ambitious.’
May 1st will be the 13th-anniversary of my accident and the same day pre-orders begin for the film.
The process of creating the movie has been 5 years in total. From the beginning, my goal has been to spread hope, possibility, and the idea that we are NEVER a victim of our circumstances.
Now, in a moment in history where hope is in great need, our movie will do just that; spread hope.
The moral of this story is DON’T EVER GIVE UP. No matter how hard or ‘impossible’ something seems, stay focused on your mission and the concrete daily actions needed to see the vision to fruition. It probably won't happen in the time frame you may want (patience is not my virtue), but as we all know, things happen in perfect timing!’
You can count on Answers4Dancers to keep you posted. Watch the DanceBlast for more news on this incredible accomplishment for Amy and Brian. We can’t wait for news on all the good stuff that will follow!
WEST SIDE STORY’S ARIANA DeBOSE, ENCANTO AMONG WINNERS AT 2022 OSCARS Tony nominee Ariana DeBose became an Oscar winner for her performance as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story at the 2022 Oscars. DeBose had already garnered BAFTA, Critic’s Choice, Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Hollywood Critics Association Award, a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, a New York Film Critics Online Award, and more for her performance. The role of ‘Anita’ now joins ‘Vito Corleone’ and ‘the Joker’ as the only characters to earn acting trophies for two different performers in Oscars history. Rita Moreno won an Oscar for the role for the original film in 1961. The cast of Encanto performed the film’s viral hit single, WeDon’t Talk About Bruno. Sadly, Lin-Manuel Miranda could not attend the ceremony after his wife tested positive for COVID-19. He was nominated in the Best Original Song category for Encanto which won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film. The award for Best Picture went to CODA, which also won Best Adapted Screenplay and made an Oscar winner of Troy Kotsur for his performance.
FUNNY GIRL, STARRING BEANIE FELDSTEIN, BEGINS BROADWAY PERFORMANCES The first-ever Broadway revival of Funny Girl began performances at the August Wilson Theatre on March 26 ahead of opening night on April 24. Beanie Feldstein leads the musical as Fanny Brice with Michael Mayer directing. The cast features Tony and Olivier Award nominee Ramin Karimloo as Nick Arnstein, five-time Emmy winner Jane Lynch as Mrs. Rosie Brice, and Jared Grimes as Eddie Ryan. The bittersweet comedy follows the indomitable Fanny Brice, a girl from the Lower East Side who dreamed of a life on the stage. Everyone told her she’d never be a star, and she became one of the most beloved Broadway performers in history. Funny Girl features music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill, a book by Isobel Lennart, and a revised book by Harvey Fierstein. The new production features choreography by Ellenore Scott and tap choreography by Ayodele Casel. This marks the first time Funny Girl is returning to Broadway since its debut 58 years ago. The original production of Funny Girl premiered on Broadway in 1964 and starred Barbra Streisand. It was nominated for eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Streisand reprised her leading turn as Fanny Brice in the 1968 film adaptation for which she won an Academy Award.
RACHEL ZEGLER, LESLIE ODOM JR., BEN PLATT, CYNTHIA ERIVO TO HONOR SONDHEIM AT GRAMMYS The 2022 Grammy Awards will air April 3 on CBS. West Side Story star Rachel Zegler, Tony winners Leslie Odom Jr., Ben Platt, and Cynthia Erivo will all pay tribute to the late Stephen Sondheim in song. Girl From the North Country, The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella, Les Misérables: The Staged Concert (The Sensational 2020 Live Recording), Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater’s Some Lovers, and Stephen Schwartz’s Snapshots are all in the running for Best Musical Theater Album. Sondheim, who died in November, won Grammy Awards for Company, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, and Passion.
ANEESA FOLDS TO PLAY EDDIE MURPHY ROLE IN TRADING PLACES MUSICAL Trading Places, a new musical based on the 1983 comedy film, will have its world premiere at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre from May 25 through June 26. The new production features a book by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant with music and lyrics by First Date composers Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner. Tony winner Kenny Leon will direct alongside Tinashe Kajese-Bolden, Alliance Theatre’s BOLD artistic director fellow, with Fatima Robinson onboard to choreograph. The cast will be led by Folds as Billie Rae and Bryce Pinkham as Louis. The cast also features Marc Kudisch as Mortimer, Lenny Wolpeas as Randolph Duke, McKenzie Kurtz as Penelope, Josh Lamon as Beeks, Joe Montoya as Phil, and Don Stephenson as Coleman.
AARON SORKIN & BARTLETT SHER TEAM UP FOR NEW CAMELOT ON BROADWAY
Lincoln Center Theater will present a new version of Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe and featuring a book by Aaron Sorkin and direction by Bartlett Sher. It will begin at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on November 3 and open on December 8. Camelot was Lerner and Loewe’s 1960 follow up to My Fair Lady. This epic tale features King Arthur, Queen Guenevere, and Sir Lancelot and includes If Ever I Would Leave You, What Do the Simple Folk Do?, and Camelot. Oscar- and Emmy-winning screenwriter Sorkin won the Academy Award for The Social Network and was nominated for Moneyball. He wrote and directed Being the Ricardos. Camelot marks a return to Lincoln Center Theater for director Sher, who earned a Tony Award for helming the 2008 revival of South Pacific.
On March 31, in honor of what would have been the 100th birthday of James (Jimmy) M. Nederlander, Sr., The Nederlander Organization will dim the lights in all 15 theaters worldwide across NYC, LA, Chicago, DC, and London in tribute to a great legend of theater and entertainment…
DENÉE BENTON, GAVIN CREEL JOIN STAR-STUDDED INTO THE WOODS AT ENCORES! Encores!’ production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods has added Tony nominee Denée Benton as Cinderella, replacing Ashley Park. Also in the cast are Tony winner Gavin Creel as Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince, Annie Golden as Cinderella’s Mother/Grandmother/Giant’s wife, Ann Harada as Jack’s Mother, Tiffany Denise Hobbs as Lucinda, Brooke Ishibashi as Florinda. The cast will be led by Heather Headley as the Witch, Sara Bareilles as the Baker’s Wife, Christian Borle as the Baker, Jordan Donica as Rapunzel’s Prince, Julia Lester as Little Red Riding Hood, and Cole Thompson as Jack. Into the Woods will feature choreography by Lorin Latarro. This staging is dedicated to the legendary Stephen Sondheim.
ALLY LOVE TO HOST COMPETITION SERIES DANCE 100 FOR NETFLIX Before the pandemic, Studio Lambert was launching a new dance competition show for Netflix. The Circle producer is now restarting Dance 100. Ally Love, a Peloton instructor, host of the Brooklyn Nets, and founder of Love Squad, is set to host the series, starting production April 1 in London. It is a street dance competition designed to find the next superstar choreographer. Using 100 of the world’s best dancers, known as The Dance 100, eight contestants must create, choreograph, design, and perform in group dance numbers on an ever-growing scale. The Dance 100 will determine who goes home each week. The last two contestants must choreograph a street performance with all 100 dancers. Tim Harcourt, Stephen Yemoh, Saul Fearnley, Stephen Lambert, and Jack Burgess are executive producers.
THE LITTLE PRINCE STAGE ADAPTATION ARRIVES ON BROADWAY The Little Prince, the high-flying show based on the 1942 book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, began its Broadway run on March 29. The production, featuring dance, aerial acrobatics, and video mapping technology, opens at the Broadway Theatre on April 11. Anne Tournié directs and choreographs The Little Prince which first bowed in Paris and recently ended its run at the Sydney Coliseum Theatre in Australia. The Little Prince tells the story of a young prince who visits various planets in space, including Earth, and addresses themes of loneliness, friendship, love, and loss.
On Sunday, April 3, members of the Broadway community will gather in Duffy Square (Broadway & W 47th St.) to send a message of hope and solidarity to the Ukrainian people. At 11:30am, the Broadway community and ‘all who find power in song’ are invited to join in a musical vigil. It will include a performance of Do You Hear the People Sing? from Les Miserables…