Broadway at Birdland

Jamie deRoy

January 24, 2109: Show business tour de force and seven-time Tony® Award-winning producer Jamie deRoy brings her acclaimed Jamie deRoy &friends Cabaret show to New York’s famed Birdland on Sunday, February 16, at 5:30 p.m. to benefit The Actors Fund with special Guests Sierra Boggess, Rick Crom, Harrison Greenbaum, Paula Dione Ingram and Well-Strung.

Performers who light up the marquees of cabaret, theatre, music and comedy will join Jamie in a one-night only show which is part of the club’s Broadway at Birdland Concert Series. Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street in New York’s theatre district.

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Broadway Update

A scene from “Sing Street”

Broadway Update: Sing Street Transfer, The Nanny in Development

By: David Sheward

January 12, 2020: Will the Once lightning strike twice? Sing Street, the musical based on the 2016 movie, will transfer to Broadway from its run at New York Theater Workshop.

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BroadwayHD Rings in 2020

Alfred Molina and Alfred Enoch Johan Persson in “Red”

Outstanding slate of shows features the Tony nominated Red, the Donmar Warehouse’s all-female Henry IV, the beloved Gene Kelly film Brigadoon, and the National Ballet of Norway’s Hedda Gabler.,

January 9, 2020:  BroadwayHD, the premiere streaming service for theater fans, dives into the new decade with a collection of awe-inspiring and bold productions this month.  Leading the roster is the 1954 classic film Brigadoon, starring Cyd Charisse and Gene Kelly, which comes to the platform on January 1.  Six-time Tony Award-nominated production of Red, starring Tony Nominee Alfred Molina and Harry Potter film star Alfred Enoch, will be available starting January 9.   Donmar Warehouse’s contemporary and innovative all-female production of Shakespeare’s Henry IV makes its way to the platform on January 16, while Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny joins on January 23Finally,one of the greatest successes of the National Ballet of Norway, the stunning ballet Hedda Gabler, will be available on January 30 

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Denise Marsa’s The Pass

Denise Marsa

A personal musical journey, through the decades, of a talented singer/songwriter. 

December 31, 2019: A few weeks ago, on November 26, I saw Denise Marsa perform her solo new musical, The Pass, at the Revelation Gallery in the West Village. The evening was “one night only,” and I knew practically nothing about this talented artist, who has been performing with various bands since the 1970s, and sang on Dean Friedman’s duet, “Lucky Stars,” a big hit in London. The evening is a mixture of vignettes from her life with 18 songs, a blend of pop/rock with a hint of classical, that resonate with different themes. Her performance is a decidedly soulful journey that begins in the 1970s and follows her through the decades to the present time. There is no shortness of talent here. Denise has been writing music since her beginnings and the title of her tale refers to a turning point in her writing career that propelled her to further success. The Pass is a work in development that Denise performed at The Playground Theatre in London for 3 nights in 2018. Her pianist, Tracy Stark, is also the musical director and sings back-up vocals. PC

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BroadwayHD for the Holidays

The perfect gift for everyone on your list or a dynamite stocking stuffer!

December 15, 2019: Holiday frenzy is upon us and it’s just 10 days till Christmas. Don’t fret, a smart choice for everyone on your holiday list is BroadwayHD. Highly recommended by out staff as the ultimate streaming service for theater lovers of all ages. Your gift will bring full works of Shakespeare, awe-inspiring performances from Cirque du Soleil and a selection of the world’s greatest musicals including Kinky Boots, Cats, 42nd Street, A Night With Janis Joplin, The Phantom of The Opera, The King and I, Sound of Music, and An American in Paris.

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Red Bucket Follies

BC/EFA Celebrated End of Fall Fundraising with Red Bucket Follies Featuring Hundreds of Singers and Dancers and Outstanding Choreography 

By: Ellis Nassour

December 12, 2019: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ Red Bucket Follies (#redbucketfollies) (formerly, Gypsy of the Year) celebrated the end of the second period of fundraising Monday and Tuesday with memorable songs, choreography, and skits by multi-talented singers, dancers, composers, and arrangers and the announcement of the final tally: an astonishing $5,631,888, the second-highest fall fundraising total in Broadway Cares history. 

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Broadway Update

Meryl Streep in “The Devil Wears Prada”

2019-20 Broadway Update: Meryl Streep and Beth Leavel Exchange Roles

By: David Sheward

December 8, 2019: In a rare case of show-biz serendipity, three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep and Tony winner Beth Leavel, queens of their respective media, will switch roles. It was just announced that Leavel will take on Miranda Priestley the dictatorial fashion editor, in the musical version of The Devil Wears Prada which will open in Chicago in July 2021, presumably followed by a Broadway opening in 2021-22. Elton John will compose the music, Shaina Taub the lyrics, Paul Rudnick the book and Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro directs. Streep won a Golden Globe for the 2007 movie edition.

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TVOT NYC 2019

BroadwayHD Founder, Bonnie Comley, spoke at the TV Of Tomorrow NYC conference.

December 6, 2019: On Wednesday at Town Stages, Bonnie Comley, founder of BroadwayHD, the premiere streaming service for theater fans, spoke at the tenth annual East Coast TV Of Tomorrow NYC conference about niche OTT services. The conference has become the leading venue for agencies, brands, broadcasters, content-owners and adtech companies to explore the complex interrelationships between audience measurement, big data, and advanced advertising.

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Matilda

Matilda Returns with Multi-Cultural Cast and Big Surprises

By: Ellis Nassour

December 5, 2019: Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly’s West End and Broadway hit musical Matilda returns for a limited engagement at A.R.T. New York Theatres [503 West 53rd Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues], following more than 1,500 performances [March 2013-January 2017] for a revival with a multi-cultural cast of adults and children and more than a few surprise twists. There are five weekend performances Friday-Sunday, December 7 – 22.

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Tony Winner Robert Horn, November 23, 2019

Robert Horn, Tootsie Best Book Tony Winner, chats with Patrick Christiano just before his triumph at the Tony Awards. 

November 23, 2019:  Now that Tootsie has posted a closing notice, I thought it might be nice to revisit a chat I had with Robert Horn at The Lambs just before he took home the Tony Award. 

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Big Apple Circus

Big Apple Circus: Explodes with WOW! Acts and a Latino Beat

By: Ellis Nassour

November 20, 2019: The Big Apple Circus is back with its blue and white Big Top planted in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, playing through February 2. This 42nd edition is also one of the best ever, crammed with acts that will elicit howls, WOWs, and gasps – and one act that will not only have you on the edge of your seat but also gasping in disbelief.  

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YORK GALA 2019

Honorees André De Shields. Riki Kane Larimer

André De Shields honored with the 2019 Oscar Hammerstein Award and Riki Kane Larimer given the Founders’ Award at the Edison Ballroom.

November 12, 2019:  The York Gala was directed by Michael Unger and included special guest appearances by John Ellison Conlee, Robert Creighton, Darius De Haas, Jeffry Denman, Dawn Driver, Mercedes Ellington, Kylie Kuioka, Teresa Eyring, Ron Lucas, Richard Maltby, Jr., Larry Owens, Tony Perry, Malvinna Rose, Melissa Schott, Marc Shaiman, Edward Tolve, Ekele Ukegbu, Ben Vereen, Anita Welch, Freida Williams, Patrick Wilson, David Yazbek, and The Alumni Ensemble of The Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem and will feature musical numbers from the hit Broadway musicals The Wiz, Hair, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Full Monty and more.

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Paulanne Simmons Unscripted

The Big Lesson from The Great Society

November 7, 2019: Robert Schenkkan’s newest play, The Great Society, chronicles the presidency of Lyndon Johnson from 1964 until Richard Nixon took office in 1968.

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2019 Only Make Believe Gala

Sir Ian McKellen, Dena Hammerstein

By: Iris Wiener

November 6, 2019: Children’s theater company Only Make Believe celebrated its 20th anniversary on November 4th with a gala featuring appearances by Sir Ian McKellen, Alan Cumming and Hayley Mills. The evening included a range of performances from Broadway’s Andy Karl and Orfeh, Brad Oscar, Euan Morton and cast members from Oklahoma!, Wicked and The Book of Mormon

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A Night with Janis Joplin

Acclaimed Broadway Musical, A Night With Janis Joplin, Rocks Cinemas Nationwide November 5-11.

November 4, 2019: The dynamic Broadway musical, A Night With Janis Joplin, starring the Tony nominated Mary Bridget Davis, who originated the role on Broadway plays in movie theaters nationwide starting tomorrow through November 11th. The event is a rare opportunity to feel the power of the Broadway musical on the big screen.  Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and instantly became the Queen of Rock & Roll. The unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with southern comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock over 50 years ago. 

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