The new company, Progressive Theater, is the vision of A4D’s Dancer To Watch, Gregory Omar Osborne. Its goal is to tell stories that empower the misrepresented; people of color and women, and to captivate all audiences with the focus on the change we want to see in the theater community.
To celebrate this goal, Progressive Theater is proud to present the The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin in honor of Black History Month, February 16 and 17. The production will tell this story with a mostly black creative team. It is being produced in collaboration with the South Orange/Maplewood Coalition on Race.
The musical is directed by Broadway's Jasmin Richardson and features book, music, and lyrics by the Lortel and Drama Desk nominated Kirsten Childs along with choreography by Gregory.
The story is told in a span of thirty years: What’s a black girl from sunny Southern California to do? White people are blowing up black girls in Birmingham churches. Black people are shouting ‘Black is beautiful’ while straightening their hair and coveting light skin. Lead character Viveca Stanton's answer: Slap on a bubbly smile and be as white as you can be! In a humorous and pointed coming-of-age story spanning the sixties through the nineties, Viveca blithely sails through the confusing worlds of racism, sexism, and Broadway showbiz until she's forced to face the devastating effect self-denial has had on her life.
Bring some fun into your life during Black History Month and get your tickets today for The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin!
Sat, Feb 16, 2pm & 8pm & Sun, Feb 17, 2pm
Burgdorff Center For The Performing Arts
10 Durand Road
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Tickets: General Admission $20, Students & Seniors, $15
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COREY HAWKINS TO PLAY BENNY IN THE HEIGHTS FILM Tony nominee Corey Hawkins has been selected to play the strong-voiced featured role of Benny in the highly anticipated film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes' 2008 Tony-winning musical, In The Heights. Hawkins earned a Tony nomination for his leading turn in Six Degrees of Separation. He has also been seen onstage in Romeo and Juliet and Hurt Village, with screen credits including Straight Outta Compton, Kong: Skull Island, and BlacKkKlansman. The role of Benny was originated on Broadway by Christopher Jackson, who would go on to land a Tony nomination for his turn as George Washington in Miranda's Hamilton. Hawkins joins Anthony Ramos, who will take on the central role of Usnavi in the film directed by Jon M. Chu, scheduled for release on June 26, 2020. Featuring a screenplay adapted by Tony-nommed book writer Hudes and the Tony-winning score of Miranda, In the Heights follows Washington Heights bodega owner Usnavi (Ramos) and the trials and celebrations of his neighborhood of friends, including Benny (Hawkins), and others who surround him.
ADRIENNE WARREN TO REPRISE PERFORMANCE AS TINA TURNER IN BROADWAY MUSICAL TINA Adrienne Warren, the Tony-nominated star currently debuting the title role in the West End premiere of the Tina Turner bio-musical Tina, has signed on to play the role in the upcoming Broadway production. The transfer will premiere this fall, with exact dates and venue to be announced soon. Warren earned a Tony nomination for her performance in Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, which came after a standout Broadway debut in Bring It On: The Musical. Her other theater credits include Dreamgirls at the Apollo Theatre and The Wiz at City Center Encores! Tina features a book by Katori Hall and direction by Phyllida Lloyd, with choreography by Anthony van Laast. Born Anna Mae Bullock in 1939 in Nutbush, Tennessee, Turner rose to fame in the 1960s alongside her husband Ike. She later revealed in her autobiography that she had suffered domestic abuse at his hands. They separated in 1976 and divorced two years later. Turner later made a massive comeback in the 1980s. The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll has sold 180 million records worldwide and been honored with 11 Grammy Awards.
LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA TO LEAD STAR-STUDDED CAMELOT BENEFIT FOR LINCOLN CENTER THEATER A talent-packed group of stars has been selected to lead a one-night concert production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's musical Camelot. Bartlett Sher will direct the event, a benefit for Lincoln Center Theater's productions and education programs, set to take place on March 4. Lin-Manuel Miranda will star as King Arthur alongside Solea Pfeiffer as Guenevere, Jordan Donica as Sir Lancelot, Dakin Matthews as Merlyn, Ruthie Ann Miles as Nimue, Ethan Slater as Mordred, and Julie White as Morgan Le Fey, with Jenn Colella, Jason Danieley, and Bonnie Milligan as three of the Knights of the Round Table. Camelot, Lerner and Loewe's 1960 followup to My Fair Lady, features a beloved score which includes If Ever I Would Leave You, What Do the Simple Folk Do?, and the title song Camelot. Ted Sperling will conduct a 30-piece orchestra performing the original orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett and Philip J. Lang.
10-TIME TONY WINNER THE BAND’S VISIT ANNOUNCES FINAL PERFORMANCE ON BROADWAY Less than a year after winning 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, The Band's Visit will conclude its run at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on April 7, 2019, exactly 18 months after beginning performances on Broadway. Featuring Tony-winning direction by David Cromer, choreography by Patrick McCollum, and music direction by Andrea Grody, the musical based on Eran Kolirin's 2007 film played its first preview on October 7, 2017 and officially opened on November 9. By closing, The Band's Visit will have played 36 previews and 589 regular performances. Uranowitz will exit the production on February 10 to begin rehearsals for Burn This; current standby Pomme Koch will assume the role of Itzik beginning February 12. The musical is tied in third place for the most Tony Awards won by a single show, behind The Producers (12) and Hamilton (11), and tied with Hello, Dolly! and Billy Elliot (10). Ghostlight Records' cast album of The Band's Visit is currently nominated for a Grammy Award.
VERONICA J. KUEHN WILL RETURN TO OFF-BROADWAY’S AVENUE Q Veronica J. Kuehn, veteran star of Avenue Q, will reprise her turn as Kate Monster/Lucy in the musical at New World Stages beginning on February 18. Kuehn will succeed Gizel Jiménez, who will play her final performance on February 17. Kuehn is a celebrated alum of Avenue Q, having appeared in the musical from July 20, 2011 through February 9, 2015. She has also been seen onstage as Ali in Mamma Mia!, Jovie in Elf, and Monica Lewinsky in Clinton The Musical. Featuring a Tony-winning book by Jeff Whitty, a Tony-winning score by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, and Tony-nominated direction by Jason Moore, Avenue Q took home the 2004 Tony Award for Best Musical, later transferring to its current off-Broadway run at New World Stages. Avenue Q will close on April 28.
ABC has given a put-pilot commitment to a comedy starring Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr. and executive produced by Kerry Washington. Odom will star in the untitled multicamera project about a married couple who run a modern ministry together and share an even more eclectic and chaotic home life with their combined four children… Club 11 London and Take Two Theatricals are teaming up to bring back The Tony Award winner, Emmy winner, and 2 time-Grammy nominated actress and singer to play just two concerts at Londons Cadogan Hall on November 10, 2019…
MARC SHAIMAN TO RECEIVE ICON AWARD AT MUSIC SUPERVISOR AWARDS On February 13, the 9th Annual Guild of Music Supervisors Awards will honor composer and lyricist Marc Shaiman with the Icon Award, celebrating the highest achievements in music supervision. It recognizes exemplary work in movies, television, games, advertising, and trailers. At the ceremony, Shaiman will perform The Place Where Lost Things Go, the Mary Poppins Returns song he co-wrote with Scott Wittman that is nominated for Best Original Song at the Oscars. Shaiman is also nominated for Best Original Music Score for the film. If he wins either, he will complete his EGOT. Marc Shaiman received Tony, Grammy, and Drama Desk Awards for Hairspray. His film work includes South Park, Patch Adams, The First Wives Club, The American President, Sleepless in Seattle, Broadcast News, When Harry Met Sally, Beaches, City Slickers, The Addams Family, A Few Good Men, Sister Act, In & Out, and George of the Jungle as well as TV’s Glee.
STEPHANIE TORNS JOINS NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK’S JOEY MCINTYRE IN WAITRESS ON BROADWAY Talented understudy Stephanie Torns will play another regular stint as Jenna in the hit musical Waitress next month. Along with Torns, Joey McIntyre began his turn as Dr. Pomatter on February 4, succeeding Sara Bareilles and Gavin Creel, who played their final performance on February 3. Torns is an original cast member of Waitress who has also been seen in the Broadway and national touring productions of Wicked. She previously played four steady engagements as Jenna. Waitress features a score by Bareilles, a book by Jessie Nelson, direction by Diane Paulus, choreography by Lorin Latarro, and music supervision by Nadia DiGiallonardo. Waitress film star Eddie Jemison will reprise his turn as Ogie on Broadway beginning February 11.
ANASTASIA WILL COMPLETE ITS JOURNEY ON BROADWAY After two celebrated years on Broadway, the beloved musical Anastasia has set a final performance date of March 31, 2019. The show began previews on March 23, 2017 and officially opened on April 24 at the Broadhurst Theatre. By closing, Anastasia will have played 34 previews and 808 regular performances. Inspired by the 1997 animated film of the same name, Anastasia tells the story of a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past. The musical features tunes from the film, including Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's Oscar-nominated Journey to the Past, as well as original numbers from the acclaimed songwriting pair. Anastasia features direction by Darko Tresnjak, choreography by Peggy Hickey, and music direction by Thomas Murray.
In time for Black History Month, BroadwayHD, the premiere streaming service for live theater in the US and across the globe, has pulled together a special playlist that honors African Americans. From Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, to Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies, BroadwayHD presents hours of exciting theater this month celebrating the writing, performances, and music of some of the most talented individuals to ever appear on the stage… Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group has just announced the acquisition of The Works Entertainment, the world-class creative and production company known for The Illusionists franchise and other variety shows…
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LAS VEGAS OPEN CALL • FEBRUARY 9, 2019 Dancers, Singer-Actors, Singer-Dancers, Singers Who Move Well
1:00pm - Contemporary Dancers 1:00pm - Showgirls (Females 5'6 & Males 6'0) 2:00pm - Vocalists (Females 5'6 & Males 6'0) See full auditions requirements by using image above
Spotlight Dance Center 7751 Kingspointe Pkwy, Suite 102, Orlando, Florida
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NEW YORK CITY OPEN CALL FEBRUARY 18, 2019 Singer/Dancers & Singers Azamara Club Cruises & Hersheypark Summer Contracts PEARL STUDIOS, 520 Eighth Ave, 3rd Floor, New York, NY
Female Singers – 10am • Male Singers – 2pm
ALSO AUDITIONING IN: MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE, FEBRUARY 8-11 at United Professional Theatre Auditions MUNCIE, INDIANA, FEBRUARY 16 for HOLIDAY WORLD SUMMER CONTRACTS