Can't see the images? View this email in your browser
November 25, 2019 


BEHIND THE NEW ‘WEST SIDE STORY’ PODCAST
From Studio 360 With Kurt Andersen
 

Here’s a Thanksgiving treat for you: Insights from the legendary Chita Rivera, A4D’s founder Grover Dale, and Producer Jack Viertel reflecting on the creation of West Side Story and how it upended expectations around the world about stage musicals. This was not your typical razz matazz tuner. It was a tragic tale about star-crossed lovers populated by two rival gangs in New York City. It became a Broadway hit in the 1950s and exploded around the globe when it came to the silver screen.

At the time, New York City’s demographics were rapidly changing. A visionary choreographer Jerome Robbins, composer Leonard Bernstein, author Arthur Laurents, and lyricist Stephen Sondheim longed to create a Romeo and Juliet that wrestled with what those changes meant. Who belongs in this new America?

The podcast also includes an inflammatory perspective. Today, more than 60 years later, many Puerto Ricans view West Side Story as an albatross. They say even though the story has little to do with their actual experience, it’s still the outdated lens through which many white, mainland Americans view their culture.

So kick up your feet, grab a cup of hot cocoa, and give this podcast a listen. You’re sure to learn something new about the Broadway Classic that is West Side Story!

 


LISTEN TO THE WEST SIDE STORY PODCAST HERE >
 

Details on 49 NEW Auditions in today's JOBBlast! READ IT HERE > 

FOR MORE AUDITION OPPORTUNITIES PLEASE SCROLL BELOW FOR DETAILS.
We appreciate our advertisers who support our site.
       
THIS WEEK'S FEATURED ARTICLE

 

Any professional gaining success in the big city will confirm that a creative mindset makes an amazing difference in navigating the job scene. In this week’s featured article, 'Good Stuff Happens Here,’ choreographer Jason Wise shares the insights that keep him grounded and for every new opportunity that comes his way. Jason shares amazing advice you could use in your own career. Use this image below to read more.  
 

 Good Stuff Happens Here 

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 28 RECAP: TRAGEDY STRIKES FRONTRUNNER WHO IS SHOCKINGLY SENT HOME
corey-heightsThe remaining couples performed twice during the semi-finals: a redemption dance and a dance they’ve never performed before. First up are Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko. Their redemption dance is the paso doble and Len Goodman was their mentor judge. Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson are up next and their redemption dance was the tango. Bruno was their mentor. Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber’s redemption dance was the Viennese waltz and Len stepped in to help. Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten’s redemption dance was the rumba and Carrie Ann was their mentor. James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater were tasked with the cha-cha for their redemption dance. Len was their mentor judge. The couples performed once again during the night. Lauren and Gleb danced the Viennese waltz for their second routine. They earn a 27 out of 30. Kel and Witney tackled a contemporary. The performance was an emotional and raw tribute to Kel’s friend who was killed by gun violence and he earns a perfect score. Ally and Sasha’s Charleston was fun and energetic. They also earned a perfect score. James and Emma had the foxtrot but the actor had heartbreaking news to share: his wife, Kimberly, suffered another tragic miscarriage. James admitted he didn’t think he’d be dancing this week, but his wife gave him the encouragement he needed. His scores: 27 out of 30. Hannah and Alan’s contemporary was stunning and they earned a 27 out of 30. Once again, Ally and Sasha were in the bottom two along with James and Emma. Carrie Ann and Bruno both chose to save Ally and Sasha. That meant James and Emma were sent home. ‘Can I give it to James?’ Ally asks Tom before she begins to cry. What a sweet gesture. The rest of the semi-finalists gather around James in the final moments.

 
 

HAROLD PRINCE MEMORIAL CELEBRATION COMING TO MAJESTIC THEATRE IN DECEMBER
tony winsA celebration of the life and legacy of late director/producer Harold Prince will be held at the Majestic Theatre on December 16. Prince passed away on July 31 in Reykjavik, Iceland following a brief illness. He was 91. The tribute, which is open to friends, family, and the theater community, will feature tributes and performances from colleagues and loved ones. The Majestic is the 31-year home of Prince's record-breaking musical The Phantom of the Opera, the longest-running show in Broadway history. The recipient of a record 21 Tony Awards, including one for Lifetime Achievement in 2006, Prince had an unparalleled career as producer and director, reinventing the musical genre over seven decades with his groundbreaking work. In addition to Phantom, Prince shepherded to Broadway such groundbreaking musicals as Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Cabaret, and Fiddler on the Roof.

 

GREAT COMET STAR LUCAS STEELE SETS STAGE RETURN IN EMOJILAND MUSICAL
promLucas Steele is headed back to the stage. The Tony-nominated standout of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 will take on the role of Skull in Emojiland, a new musical scheduled to play The Duke on 42nd Street this winter. The off-Broadway production will run for a limited engagement from January 9 through March 8, 2020. Steele was honored with a Tony nom as Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his stirring turn as Anatole in The Great Comet. His credits also include a Broadway performance in The Threepenny Opera and an off-Broadway turn in The Kid. Directed by Tom Caruso and featuring a book, music, and lyrics by Schein and Keith Harrison, and will feature choreography by Kenny Ingram.

FOLLIES FILM HEADED TO THE BIG SCREEN DIRECTED BY DOMINIC COOKE
The James Goldman-Stephen Sondheim musical Follies is heading to the big screen. Film rights for the well-loved 1971 musical have been secured by producers Heyday Films and BBC Films. Dominic Cooke, who helmed the show at London's National Theatre, will direct. With a book by Goldman and music and lyrics by Sondheim, Follies is set at a reunion of former follies performers. It features many classic Sondheim songs including I'm Still Here, Broadway Baby, Losing My Mind, Waiting for the Girls Upstairs, In Buddy’s Eyes, and Could I Leave You. Produced by Hal Prince and directed by Prince and Michael Bennett, Follies premiered at the Winter Garden Theatre on April 4, 1971 and won seven 1972 Tony Awards including Best Original Score.

LEA MICHELE TO STAR IN ABC’S HOLIDAY MOVIE, SAME TIME, NEXT CHRISTMAS
ABC will present an upcoming original holiday movie, Same Time, Next Christmas, starring Glee alum Lea Michele. She will play the lead role of Olivia Henderson, a young woman who met her childhood sweetheart during her family’s annual Christmas visit to Hawaii. The two reunite at the same Hawaii resort years later that renews the old chemistry between them, but circumstances conspire to keep them apart. Same Time, Next Christmas adds to Michele’s Yuletide repertoire as she will be releasing her first Christmas album this coming holiday. You can catch ABC’s holiday movie on December 5 and rebroadcast on December 23 as well as on FreeForm as part of their 25 Days of Christmas programming.

tidbits250





Danielle Brooks announced the birth of a daughter on November 16. Brooks earned a Tony Award nomination for the 2015 Broadway revival of The Color Purple. Brooks is a Screen Actors Guild Award winner for her ensemble work on Orange Is the New Black. She is also an executive producer on the Broadway musical Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations

JOHN ROCHETTE TAKES OVER AS TOMMY DEVITO IN OFF-BROADWAY’S JERSEY BOYS
John Rochette, a veteran of the hit musical Jersey Boys, stepped into the role of Tommy DeVito in the off-Broadway production at New World Stages on November 18. Rochette replaced Nicolas Dromard, who played his final performance on November 17. Rochette has appeared in the Broadway, touring, and off-Broadway stagings of Jersey Boys. His credits also include regional productions of Bullets Over Broadway, Little Shop of Horrors, and Spamalot. The current principal company of Jersey Boys also includes Aaron De Jesus as Frankie Valli, Keith Hines as Nick Massi, and CJ Pawlikowski as Bob Gaudio.

BRANDON VICTOR DIXON TO JOIN RACHEL BAY JONES IN NEXT TO NORMAL
Two-time Tony-nominated actor Brandon Victor Dixon has been cast as Dan Goodman in the Kennedy Center's upcoming staging of the Pulitzer-winning musical Next to Normal. The production, starring Tony winner Rachel Bay Jones as Diana Goodman, will run from January 29 through February 2, 2020 in the Eisenhower Theater. The musical's original Tony-nominated director Michael Greif has signed on to repeat his duties for the Washington, D.C. production. Dixon earned Tony nominations for his turns as Harpo in The Color Purple and Eubie Blake in Shuffle Along. He earned an Emmy nomination for his performance as Judas Iscariot in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. Jones won a Tony Award for her turn as Heidi Hansen in Dear Evan Hansen. Her other Broadway credits include Pippin, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Hair, and Meet Me in St. Louis.

WICKED ALUM WILLEMIJN VERKAIK TO STAR IN NETHERLANDS TOUR OF WAITRESS
Strong-voiced star Willemijn Verkaik has been cast as Jenna in the upcoming international tour of Waitress, set to visit the Netherlands' largest theaters beginning in September 2020. Verkaik's credits include a Broadway-debut turn as Elphaba in Wicked and a performance as Donna in the Stuttgart, Germany production of Mamma Mia! She also voiced the role of Elsa in the German and Dutch versions of the Disney animated film Frozen. The Broadway production of Waitress, currently headlined by Jordin Sparks as Jenna, will conclude its almost-four-year run at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on January 5, 2020. Katharine McPhee will close out the run as Jenna.

tidbits250





Lin-Manuel Miranda received the Portrait of a Nation Prize from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery recently. The prize was presented to Miranda by former First Lady, Michelle Obama. The composer of Hamilton and In the Heights received the prize on November 17 at the National Portrait Gala…

Thanks to our advertisers who support our site and love A4D members!

  

Also accepting online submissions. Visit Norwegian Creative Studios for details.

Use this image for video submission details or click here.

Use this image for all the submission details or click here.
×
Login Here
×
Login Here