Special NEALB.tv correspondent Athena Reich chats with the cast of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and finds out why this new play has Broadway buzzing and audiences laughing in stitches.
The creative team and cast of the acclaimed new comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike: playwright Christopher Durang, director Nicholas Martin, and the complete cast which features Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce, Kristine Nielsen, Genevieve Angelson, Shalita Grant, and Billy Magnussen.
Photography by Yoni Levy at New 42nd Street Studios.
Monday, September 24, 2012. Open press rehearsal event for the upcoming Broadway musical SCANDALOUS: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson, including two-time Tony Award nominee Carolee Carmello, two-time Tony Award winner George Hearn, Candy Buckley, Edward Watts, Roz Ryan and Andrew Samonsky, plus bookwriter/lyricist Kathie Lee Gifford, composers David Pomeranz and David Friedman, choreographer Lorin Latarro, director David Armstrong and more.
Filmed at New 42nd Street® Studios
Performer From Over 15 Broadway Productions To Perform at Charity Event for the LGBT Community Center of New York
Over fifteen Broadway and National Tour performers will join notable personalities on Monday, June 27, 2011 to celebrate New York City’s Gay Pride at The LGBT Center in Manhattan. Broadway Sings for Pride: A Benefit Concert, is being produced by Neal B of NealB.tv and will benefit The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. Attendees will enjoy the vast array of songs from Lady Gaga to The Beatles, along with a plethora of Broadway hits. Musical performances will feature cast members from The Book of Mormon, Wicked, Jersey Boys, Rent, Wonderland, Mamma Mia, Anything Goes and many more! Jim Lahti will serve as the evening’s musical director and Carly Jibson (Broadway’s Hairspray and Cry-Baby) will emcee. Musical accompaniment will be provided Jim Lahti on piano, Sean Harkness on acoustic & electric guitar and David Silliman on percussion. Kat Dudina and Mia Grottola, American Sign Language interpreters, will be signing for the hard of hearing and deaf community.
Audiences will also hear first-hand stories of pride from some of New York’s famous: Sonja Morgan (“The Real Housewives of New York City”), Reichen Lehmkuhl (“The Amazing Race”, “The A-List: New York”), Randy Jones (multi-platinum recording artist, founding member of Village People), Darius de Haas (Broadway’s Kiss of the Spider Woman, Carousel), Marti Cummings (Broadway Speaks OUT) and Matt Martin (Real Housewives of Twitter) will share their stories of pride.
Musical guests currently scheduled to perform are: Rory O’Malley (Broadway’s “The Book of Mormon”), Raymond J. Lee (Broadway’s “Anything Goes”, “Mama Mia!”), Athena Reich (Singer/TV Personality, Outmusic Awards’s Best Outstanding Pop Song of 2009), Russell Fischer (Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” ), Tracy McDowell (Broadway’s Final Cast of “Rent”), Rebecca Larkin (Broadway’s “Avenue Q” & “South Pacific”), Matt Leisy (Off Broadway’s “The Fantasticks”), King Aswad (“Rent” Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles, “Rent” National Tour), Renee Marino (Broadway’s “West Side Story” “Wonderland”), Antoine L. Smith (“Cats” National Tour, Regional Tour of “Rent”), Luis Villabon (Associate Choreographer “A Chorus Line” National Tour, Off Broadway’s “Naked Boys Singing”), Moeisha Mcgill (Broadway’s “Rent” and “Mamma Mia”), Heather Parcells (Broadway’s “Wonderland” “A Chorus Line”, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”), Anthony Lee Medina (National Tour of “Spring Awakening”), Jenn Furman (National Tour of “Wicked”), Erica Ash (Broadway’s “Baby It’s You”), Derek St. Pierre (Broadway’s “Rock of Ages”), Will Sheridan (Villanova basketball player, musician), Cristy Candler (“Wicked”), Cedric Leiba Jr. (“Miss Saigon” National Tour, “Rent” National Tour), Joshua Min (Singer/Songwriter), Tonya Thompson (Regional Tours of Little Shop of Horrors, Drowsy Chaperone)
The show will begin promptly at 7PM and will consist of speeches, and musical performances.
100% of the event’s proceeds will be given to The LGBT Community Center of New York City, an agency that serves as a focal point for LGBT education, social services, advocacy and community. According to the organization’s website, 6,000 New Yorkers and 300 groups meet at the community center every week. The LGBT Community Center of New York provides an amazing and almost incomprehensible array of services to LGBT New Yorkers.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center is located at 208 West 13th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit http://gaycenter.org/node/6779
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The 56th Annual Drama Desk Awards for excellence in New York theater were presented at a gala awards ceremony at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan Center, hosted by Harvey Fierstein, on Monday, May 23, 2011. Audiences were able to see celebrities from theatre, film and television come to support this year in theatre!
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The Village Voice Obie Awards annually honor the best of Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. There are no set categories for awards, and judges select outstanding artists and productions and may even invent new categories to reward artistic merit.
The 56th Annual Obie Awards were given out at a ceremony Monday, May 16, 2011 at Webster Hall in Greenwich Village. The event was co-hosted by S. Epatha Merkerson and David Hyde Pierce, and the awards were presented by Alec Baldwin, Andrew Rannells, Arian Moayad, Frank Wood, Jim Parsons, John Larroquette, Liev Schreiber, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mamie Gummer, Margaret Colin, Nina Arianda, Patina Miller, and Rose Hemingway. Anthony Rapp, of the original cast of the Obie Award-winning musical RENT and his band from the musical Without You performed at the ceremony.
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Fundamental Theater Project is a brand new theater company dedicated to the development of artists and their craft, and the expansion of their work beyond the US. Their passionate founders include Sam Underwood, Nicola Murphy, and Katrina Denney. Already, their work is seen in New York and they are going international as well. It’s refreshing to see such passionate arts create original work and get people excited about theatre. Below are some photos from their first anniversary party!
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This month, I had the privilege of working with uber talented performers from theatre. Each performer brought their unique flavor. We shot video of the performances on a rooftop that overlooked the rest of the city near Penn Station. Below is the audio and photos from the session. Natascia Diaz, King Aswad, Rebecca Larkin, Melvin Bell III perform.
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