Photo Coverage: Broadway’s Got the Beat! The Cast of HEAD OVER HEELS Celebrates Opening Night

Head Over Heels opened on Broadway last night at the Hudson Theatre 141 West 44th Street BroadwayWorld attended the big night and you can get a look at Peppermint, Rachel York, Bonnie Milligan, and the rest of the cast tat the show’s opening night cast party Check out the photos below
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Exclusive Podcast: Broadway’s Backbone with MY FAIR LADY’s Cameron Adams

In this episode My Fair Lady’sCameron Adams grew up in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and devoted her time to basketball and dance. At 16 years old, she was cast in Susan Stroman’s The Music Man,and basketball become a spectator sport. A self-proclaimed tomboy, Cameron loves to play Broadway dress upand it’s usually in period clothing. Her secret to having worked with all the top Broadway choreographers is that she shows up, works hard and is always authentic. Her favoritepart is the rehearsal process because that’s where she gets to make things. In Lincoln Center Theatre’s My Fair Lady,she was allowed to be seen as an actor within the ensemble and that path she has made.
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Meet ‘Fraver,’ King of Broadway’s Most Memorable Posters

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When Angela Lansbury saw Frank Verlizzo’s sketches for the poster for the 1979 Broadway premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, she queried why his drawing of her character, Mrs. Lovett, was so big.

“I think you’re going to be padded,” Verlizzo recalled telling her, now nearly 40 years later.

“Let’s use the thinnest drawing,” Lansbury advised him. “I’ll just play it fat.”

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Broadway’s ‘Mockingbird’ play to go ahead after dispute settled

(Reuters) – The producer of a Broadway adaptation of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” and the author’s estate have settled a legal dispute over the Aaron Sorkin-penned script, which will allow the production to go head on schedule.


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Inside Broadway’s cutthroat campaigns for Tony nods

The Plastics want their gold. The four main ladies of Broadway’s “Mean Girls” — Erika Henningsen, Taylor Louderman, Ashley Park and Kate Rockwell — all have separate personal publicists waging their Tony Award campaigns, multiple sources tell The Post. Ahead of the Tonys nomination announcements on Tuesday, insiders are buzzing that the 2018 race is…
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Broadway’s Chester Gregory Releases ‘Remembering Jackie’ Tribute Album

Chester Gregory first made his mark in theatre portraying Jackie Wilson in The Jackie Wilson Story Black Ensemble Theatre. His performance earned critical acclaim throughout the nation, including the New York Times saying, Gregory puts on a show of such physical and vocal dexterity that it’s almost impossible to imagine that anyone elsecould do it.
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Photo Flash: He ‘s Found! First Look at Broadway’s New Evan Hansen, Taylor Trensch

Earlier this month, Broadway’s new Evan Hansen,Taylor Trensch, officially began his performances in the hit musical Dear Evan HansenTrensch took over forNoah Galvin, who most recently played Evan following original starBen Platt’s departure from the show.
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Uma Thurman and Broadway’s PARISIAN WOMAN Cast Hold Q&A After Feb. 3 Matinee, Moderated By ‘Little Known Facts’ Host Ilana Levine

Following the matinee performance of Broadway’s The Parisian Woman this Saturday February 3, Uma Thurman and cast members will be joined on stage for a QampA moderated by Ilana Levine, host of the popular podcast, Little Known Facts. Ms. Thurman was recently a guest on the podcast.LISTEN HERE. Ticketed audience members only are invited to stay for the QampA, which will begin shortly after the matinee ends.
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Top Ten: The Most Inspirational Songs by Broadway’s Favorite Songwriting Team, Ahrens & Flaherty!

Songwriting team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have captured the hearts of audiences for decades with their soaring melodies and powerful lyrics. Below, we celebrate the duo with a collection of their most inspirational tunes
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Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY’S BACKBONE with Harvey Evans

In this episode James Walsh is a jack of all trades, who masters them all. His newest endeavors include director with ‘As Much as I Can,’ a theatrical event focusing on HIV infection in the African American community, and as playwright with an original new play beginning previews this weekend at Queens Theatre in the Park. ‘Jimmy And Carolyn’ is a hysterical, true-to-life world premiere which opens officially September 22nd. Jimmy and wife Carolyn drive from Florida to idyllic Weekapaug, Rhode Island to celebrate Jimmy’s birthday at the fancy beach house of their gay son and his life partner from Costa Rica. Once the pepperoni loaf has been devoured, the Italian cookies eaten, the cigarettes smoked, and the Pinot Grigio drunk, amid the laughter, dark truths are exposed as the family struggles to make sense of their irreconcilable memories of the past, and the choices they face as they move forward. In this episode James discusses taking control of ones own career, being impervious to negativity, and the importance of finding the keyhole into the center of your performance. httpqueenstheatre.orgjimmy-and-carolyn
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BWW Interview: Broadway’s Original ‘Eponine,’ UK Star, Frances Ruffelle Talks LIVE(S) IN NEW YORK

Welcome back Tony Award winner, and UK star, Frances Ruffelle recently moved to New York. On Sunday, she will remind the city why she’s one of the theater’s great stars with a special performance at The Green Room 42. Broadway’s original Eponine in Les Miserables, Ruffelle’s Lives in New York will treat fans to songs from her stage and recording career from 17th century torch songs to Sanskrit chants, and show covers to original penned tracks.
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Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY’S BACKBONE with James Walsh

In this episode James Walsh is a jack of all trades, who masters them all. His newest endeavors include director with ‘As Much as I Can,’ a theatrical event focusing on HIV infection in the African American community, and as playwright with an original new play beginning previews this weekend at Queens Theatre in the Park. ‘Jimmy And Carolyn’ is a hysterical, true-to-life world premiere which opens officially September 22nd. Jimmy and wife Carolyn drive from Florida to idyllic Weekapaug, Rhode Island to celebrate Jimmy’s birthday at the fancy beach house of their gay son and his life partner from Costa Rica. Once the pepperoni loaf has been devoured, the Italian cookies eaten, the cigarettes smoked, and the Pinot Grigio drunk, amid the laughter, dark truths are exposed as the family struggles to make sense of their irreconcilable memories of the past, and the choices they face as they move forward. In this episode James discusses taking control of ones own career, being impervious to negativity, and the importance of finding the keyhole into the center of your performance. httpqueenstheatre.orgjimmy-and-carolyn
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Industry Editor Exclusive: Inside Broadway’s Social Media Problem; What Can and Can’t Go Up

Social media is an increasing part of every business, including the theater business. There is some debate about what it means for ticket sales, but it is clear that it can mean a lot to increase actors’ profiles. Actors who would have only been truly known by a select group of theater insiders have thousands of followers on Twitter and Instagram. Some report being asked about those numbers, and Facebook fan page likes, by casting directors and directors. But it’s not necessarily easy for actors to share on social media. There are some impediments.
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From Broadway’s ‘Hamilton’ to ‘A Bronx Tale,’ Ariana DeBose Is a Rising Star

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Currently starring as Jane, the leading lady in the Broadway musical A Bronx Tale, 26-year-old Ariana DeBose has been on the fast-track since she moved to the Big Apple in 2011, when she was only 19.

A Bronx Tale is based on the 1993 movie, which depicts life in an Italian-American community during the turbulent era of the 1960s. The production is directed by two-time Academy Award winner Robert DeNiro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, who is also directing Bette Midler in the current smash Broadway revival of Hello Dolly.  A Bronx Tale was written by Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri, who partly based the story on his childhood. Both DeNiro and Palminteri starred in the 1993 screen drama. The creative team of A Bronx Tale also includes other multiple award winners, including lead producer and music mogul Tommy Mottola. DeBose stars opposite Bobby Conte Thornton, who plays Calogero, Jane’s love interest.

 

DeBose and Bobby Conte Thornton (Image: Joan Marcus, 2016)

 

DeBose joined the cast of A Bronx Tale after her successful run in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton: An American Musical, which broke box office records and changes the course of American musical theater. The show received an unprecedented 16 Tony Award nominations, winning 11 awards, including Best Musical. Hamilton received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Grammy Award for Best Theater Album.

“An Experience of a Lifetime”

 

DeBose, who was in the original company of Hamilton, was involved with that show from its early stages during the developmental workshop. She performed during the opening run at the New York Public Theater, through the Broadway debut with the original cast up until her departure in July 2016. DeBose says it’s been an experience of a lifetime to join the cast of A Bronx Tale and works closely with DeNiro and Zaks.

 

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“He [Robert DeNiro] was very present during our rehearsal process and our previews,” says DeBose. “It was amazing to work with both of them, and they worked great together as a team. Bob was very much into the details, and yes, he let me call him Bob. He’s a very easygoing man, and he came off to me as a big teddy bear. He is tough, but he’s a nice man who likes to act. We got along well. He can be a man of few words, but when he does speak, you know to listen. I didn’t approach him initially. I was trying to rate the room, but he was lovely. He came up to me and said, ‘Hi, I’m Bob. We’re really excited to have you.’ He has a very kind spirit. He still comes to visit the show fairly frequently.”

Before DeBose’s role in A Bronx Tale, she was cast primarily as a dancer and as an ensemble member. “I did a lot of dancing in Hamilton,” says DeBose, “When people come to see A Bronx Tale, they say, ‘Wait—we didn’t know you sing.’”

“When I arrived in New York at 19 years old, I figured out very quickly that I could work often if I did a lot of different things,” says DeBose. “If I could not just dance—if I could sing and act—that meant I could, as a young person, be an on-stage cover. I could be in their ensemble, and work, and be more valuable if I could also play a part-time lead. That’s how I look at understudying; it’s like you’re a part-time lead. You’re not a full-time lead.”

 

(Image: Joan Marcus, 2016)

 

For now, DeBose is strictly focused on her role as a leading lady. With eight shows a week and limited time to explore other opportunities, she says. “I’m taking this time to enjoy the work, because it’s not often you get to, and it’s not often I get to play a part like Jane that requires me to keep it fresh every night.”


Gwendolyn Quinn is an award-winning media consultant with a career spanning more than 25 years. She is a contributor to BlackEnterprise.com, Black Enterprise’s BE Pulse, Huffington Post, EURWEB.com, and Medium.com. Quinn is also a contributor to Souls Revealed and Handle Your Entertainment Business.

 

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Auditions For Broadway’s ‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’ Are Happening Next Week

Broadway babies and Harry Potter super-fans, listen here: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” auditions are happening. In New York. Next week. 

That’s right, according to a listing on Backstage, tryouts for J.K. Rowling’s play picking up where the final book’s epilogue left off, will be held from Feb. 20 until Feb. 22, 2017. Those who make the cut will probably come as close to receiving a Hogwarts acceptance letter as a muggle could possibly dream of. 

The memo itemizes all the roles under consideration, along with short descriptions of the characters. Luckily, most of us already know the parts quite intimately. Harry Potter, for example, is described as “Father of James, Albus and Lily. Married to Ginny. Head of Magical Law Enforcement at the Ministry of Magic.” The actor who takes on the role should be no taller than 5’10” and between the ages of 37 and 40.

The casting call notes, as well, that all ethnicities are welcome. 

Those familiar with the London run of play might recall that Hermione Granger was played by black actress, Noma Dumezweni. Despite the fact that Rowling described Granger in the books as having brown eyes and bushy brown hair, with no mention of her being white, the casting decision was met by some with outrage, outrage Rowling dutifully called out as straight-up racist

Thus, it’s exciting to see that Rowling and the “Cursed Child” team have continued the tradition of colorblind casting. Given the author’s glorious skewering of Donald Trump and the bigoted Twitter trolls in her mentions, it’s not too surprising that she is using her platform to spread a message of diversity and inclusion. 

Head to the listing itself to see if you have what it takes to play Harry, Ginny, Moaning Myrtle or Professor McGonagall. The pay, if you’re curious, is $ 1,974 a week. If you have talent, or a lightning-shaped scar on your forehead, please apply. 

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