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Bww TV: Shoshana Bean, Lorna Luft & More Party at the Actors Fund 22nd Annual Tony Awards Viewing Gala in La!

For its 22nd consecutive year, the west coast Actors Fund celebrated Broadway's Biggest Night at their 22nd Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA. This year's gala honored Tony-nominated book writer 'Wicked' and Emmy-nominated writer and producer 'My So Called Life' Winnie Holzman with the Julie Harris Award for Artistic Achievement. Kirsten Vangsness hosted with special appearances by Shoshana Bean, Wilson Cruz, Paul Dooley and Jessica Marie Garcia. BroadwayWorld's own Michael Sterling caught the action on the 'green' carpet with many of the night's celebrity guests for Bww TV Los Angeles.
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Fran Drescher Joins Broadway Sings for Pride's Annual Charity Concert on June 18th

Actress Fran Drescher is the latest performer to join The Lineup of Broadway Sings For Pride's 8th Annual Charity Concert 'Revolution' on Monday, June 18th at The Cutting Room in New York City. The Nanny star will be joined by BroadwayTV star Frankie J. Grande, Matt Doyle Broadway's Spring Awakening, War Horse, The Book of Mormon, Project Runway's Sam Donovan, a special 50th reunion performance from the cast of Hair, and performances from cast members from Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Jersey Boys, Frozen, Wicked and more. This star-studded event will be filled with singing from pop to Broadway, stories, and surprises The proceeds will benefit The Tyler Clementi Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to end on-line and off-line bullying.
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2018 Tony Awards nominations push Broadway to best season ever for attendance and grosses

Broadway did boffo business this season, setting a new box office record with total takings of $1.7 billion. While some of that was spent by theater goers on long-running shows like “The Book of Mormon” and “Wicked,” a big slice of the pie went to fare that was new to the rialto this year. Among the hottest shows in town are the Tony Awards frontrunners “The Band’s Visit” and “My Fair Lady.”

In all, 33 new shows opened on Broadway during the most recent year-long season. Among these were seven new musicals and 10 new plays. There were three revivals of timeless tuners and 10 of classical plays. In addition there were three special engagements.

Total attendance was 13.8 million. That up by 50,000 people from last year and with ticket prices increasing, the cumulative gross was up from $1.4 billion.

See 2018 Tony Awards nominations: Full list in all 26 categories

In making the announcement, The Broadway League president Charlotte St.
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Wilson Cruz To Attend The Actors Fund's 22nd Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party in La

The Actors Fund announced today an exciting line-up of presenters and performers for The Actors Fund’s 22nd Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party.

Recording artist Shoshana Bean (Broadway’s “Wicked”), Paul Dooley (Disney’s “Cars” trilogy), Wilson Cruz and Jessica Marie Garcia will make special appearances to pay tribute to Emmy and Tony Award nominee Winnie Holzman who is being honored with the Julie Harris Award for Artistic Achievement.

Hosted by “Criminal Minds” star Kirsten Vangsness, this year’s gala will take place on Sunday, June 10, 2018 (3:30-8:00pm) at Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The evening will feature “green carpet” arrivals, cocktail hour, gala dinner, live performances, silent auction, and the West Coast’s exclusive live feed of the 2018 Tony Awards broadcast from New York City. Tickets are currently on sale at www.actorsfund.org/TonyParty2018.

Winnie Holzman is the co-writer (with songwriter Stephen Schwartz) of the hit Broadway musical “Wicked.
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‘In the Envelope’ Podcast: ‘Carousel’ Tony Nominee Lindsay Mendez Schools Us

“In the Envelope: An Awards Podcast” features interviews with award-winning actors and other creatives. Join host and Awards Editor Jack Smart for a front row seat to the industry’s biggest awards races! Tony Awards season is upon us, and Backstage’s “In the Envelope” is getting in on the action! We’re kicking off a series of podcast episodes featuring interviews with some of the most exciting performers working on Broadway today. Lindsay Mendez just received her first Tony nomination for her irresistible turn as Carrie Pipperidge in the current revival of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s “Carousel,” directed by Jack O’Brien (a part that launched Audra McDonald to stardom in an earlier Broadway revival). A true triple threat, she got her big break in the Off-Broadway musical from Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, “Dogfight,” directed by Joe Mantello. Years of hard work and finding her niche
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TV Review: ‘Cobra Kai’ on YouTube Red

If the Broadway musical “Wicked” has taught us anything, it’s that even villains have sympathetic backstories.

This is certainly the case with the new YouTube Red dramedy “Cobra Kai.” A thoughtfully modern “Karate Kid” sequel, the streaming series — which premieres Wednesday — catches up with blond bad boy Johnny (William Zabka) and his good-guy nemesis Daniel (Ralph Macchio), 34 years after their fateful fight on the mat.

As viewers will quickly discover, life hasn’t been kind to Johnny since his loss. He’s a handyman with a drinking problem and an estranged teenage son named Robby, whom he barely knows.
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Jumanji 3 Just Got a 2019 Release Date

Jumanji 3 Just Got a 2019 Release Date
Jumanji 3, a sequel to last year's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, has been announced by Sony Pictures with a Christmas-time 2019 release date.

One of the most surprisingly entertaining movies of last year was Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which ended up being a fun and heartwarming sequel / soft reboot to the original Jumanji from 1995. Rather than being a board game like the original, the new Jumanji took the form of a 90s video game, which added a clever new twist to the movie. Welcome to the Jungle certainly managed to stand out from the original, making itself into its own movie rather than serving as a rehash to the Robin Williams-led classic.

The announcement of a sequel doesn't come as too big of a surprise, considering the massive success Welcome to the Jungle had. The Jumanji sequel earned itself over $950 million globally, which was over triple the box office success of the first Jumanji.
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Ben Platt Will Toast Stephen Schwartz in Concert + More NYC Events 4/20–26

New York is the city that never sleeps, and with so many events and activities each week across all five boroughs, it can be hard to know what’s actually worthwhile. Here are the events New York City actors should have on their radars this week. Celebrate the wizard of “Wicked.”Stephen Schwartz, esteemed composer behind “Pippin,” “Godspell,” and most famously, “Wicked,” will celebrate his 70th birthday with an all-star lineup of theater stalwarts. The Dramatists Guild Foundation will fete the talent at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre on April 23, with a concert featuring performances from Ben Platt, Rachel Bay Jones, Laura Benanti, Darren Criss, Judith Light, and others. The evening will also be the first in the Dgf: Toasts series, honoring the life and work of American theater’s greatest writers. (Tickets start at $55) Don’t miss the Bard’s birthday.Beginning April 23, which happens to be the birthday of William Shakespeare,
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‘American Idol’ finalist Ada Vox and Lea Michele soar on ‘Defying Gravity’ [Watch]

‘American Idol’ finalist Ada Vox and Lea Michele soar on ‘Defying Gravity’ [Watch]
Five years after being rejected by “American Idol,” Ada Vox returned and made the live shows on season 16. Back then, the draq queen competed as Adam Sanders and was cut from the Top 50. This time around, she won over the three judges — Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie — with her powerful voice and sassy style. She stood out among the 12 singers performing on Monday with her soaring duet with “Glee” star Lea Michele on “Defying Gravity,” the showstopping number from the Broadway musical “Wicked.”

Poll Who will win ‘American Idol’ in its first season on ABC?

All three judges praised her profusely with Richie noting that a star was born. Do you agree? Will Vox go all the way to take the season 16 crown? Take a look at her Top 24 duet performance in the video above and then vote in our poll below. And be sure to sound off in the comments section.
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American Idol Recap: Top 14 Revealed! Are Your Favorite Singers Going Live?

American Idol Recap: Top 14 Revealed! Are Your Favorite Singers Going Live?
As someone who [A] willingly watched Glee until the bitter end, and has seen Wicked enough times that I’ve started wondering what the Wicked Witch’s talking-goat teacher does after hours, I was embarrassingly excited for Monday’s American Idol.

Sure, I was curious to find out which singers would snag the final seven open spots in this season’s Top 14 — but not nearly as curious as I was to see just how thoroughly Ada Vox would nail “Defying Gravity” alongside Rachel Berry herself, Lea Michele. Honestly, it’s the kind of once-in-a-blue-moon event that gay prophets have been documenting
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Come to "Show Business: The Road to Broadway" this Sunday!

by Nathaniel R

Hello all. A week or so ago I moderated a screening of Mean Girls (2004) for Show-Score's new Stage and Screen series with two members of the new stage musical's team (The Broadway version of Tina Fey's classic officially opens this Sunday).

I'm doing another Q&A so come! This Sunday at 1:00 Pm I'll be speaking with director/producer Dori Berinstein about her documentary Show Business: The Road to Broadway (2007) which follows four musicals during the seminal 2003/2004 Broadway season: the blockbuster Wicked, the little scrappy show that could (and did) Avenue Q, Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori's brilliant Caroline or Change, and the troubled Boy George musical Taboo.  I saw all the big shows that year (a rare occurrence) and loved all four of the musicals this doc follows so that season remains special to my heart.

The movie has awesome rehearsal and backstage footage
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Bww Interview: Jenn Gambatese Talks Past Roles, Rodgers & Hammerstein as She Prepares for Feinstein's/54 Below

On April 17th, Jenn Gambatese will take the 54 Below stage again.This time the show, titled Once Upon a Melody, will combineRodgers amp Hammerstein with the melodies of Disney songwritersamong the ranks of Alan Menken and Phil Collins. As she prepares for her upcoming solo show, Gambatese spoke with BroadwayWorld about her past projects Hairspray, Tarzan, and Wicked to name a few, and the why Rodgers amp Hammerstein have appeared in her work again and again.
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11 Behind-The-Scenes Secrets of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert’

11 Behind-The-Scenes Secrets of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert’
Not everyone watched NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” on TV: More than 1,300 people made up the live audience that cheered on the show from the bleachers. Here’s what the telecast, which starred John Legend, Brandon Victor Dixon, and Sara Bareilles, was like from inside the event space.

1. Audiences were bused to the venue from a separate location.

Ticketholders were asked to convene more than two hours prior to showtime at the 1 Hotel in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn. Drinks and nibbles were served in the chic waterfront space before the crowd traveled by bus to the venue.

2. The
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The Trailer For Broadway's Frozen Musical Will Make You Wish Winter Would Last Forever

We've known Frozen was being adapted as a Broadway musical for a while now, but now we finally have our first look at the highly anticipated production. The musical is now open in NYC's St. James Theatre - you can get your tickets here - but if you're still on the fence about seeing Disney's icy extravaganza for yourself, the show's official trailer will probably convince you. In the footage above, you can see Anna (Patti Murin) and Elsa (Caissie Levy) belting out the film's big hits, as well as how Olaf will appear without the help of CGI or animation. Of course, this isn't the first look at the Frozen adaptation we've gotten so far! Before the show opened, the cast and crew tested the waters at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts for seven weeks. Murin, who's appeared in Broadway's Xanadu and Nerds,
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Acclaimed Female Musicians Join Etm-la For 4th Annual Music And A Makeover Benefit

In celebration of Women’s History and Music in Our Schools Month, Education Through Music-Los Angeles held its 4th Annual Music & A Makeover, bringing together local, female-led fashion brands, live music and food & wine tastings to empower women and raise funds for in-school music programs for disadvantaged schools across Los Angeles County.

Judith Hill performs at Education Through Music-la's 4th Annual Music & a Makeover Benefit

Credit/Copyright: Danny Moloshok

Hosted by Kala Maxym, Founder & Chief Event Composer of Five Senses Tastings, the evening featured intimate performances by singer-songwriter Judith Hill (The Voice, Michael Jackson), actress/singer Karen David (Galavant, Once Upon A Time, Barry, Timeless) and recording artist Shoshana Bean (Hairspray, Wicked, Funny Girl). Guests enjoyed perusing jewelry and designs from Queen’s Trunk and Rose & Sage, as well as children’s clothing lines Dulce Swimwear and Ice Cream Castles.

The music was paired sensitively with delicious wine, cheese and
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Kirstin Maldonado Of Kinky Boots Completes All-Female 'Broadway Sings Rihanna' Lineup

Kirstin Maldonado, of the Grammy Award winning a capella group Pentatonix and current star of Kinky Boots, joins the lineup for the 15th installment of the acclaimed Broadway Sings concert series, Broadway Sings Rihanna. Cast members from other Broadway shows including Hamilton, Waitress, Dear Evan Hansen, and Wicked will also sing completely new arrangements of the hits of the RampB superstar, accompanied by a 14-piece orchestra playing original orchestrations of her music.
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Ariana Grande Will Reportedly be Joining “Wicked” on Broadway

Ariana Grande could be in line to play the role she has always wanted according to a report in The Sun. She has always dreamed of playing the role of Elphaba in Wicked and it looks like this dream could be becoming a reality. It has been reported that she has met with bosses of the Broadway show to discuss taking over the role from Jackie Burns. She has repeatedly spoken of her desire to play the role in many interviews throughout her career and it appears that this has not gone unnoticed by the producers of the show. When

Ariana Grande Will Reportedly be Joining “Wicked” on Broadway
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Bww Interview: Etai Benson Talks Hearing the Ocean Nightly in The Band's Visit

Etai Benson is currently charming audiences on Broadway with his portrayal of the young and terribly relatable Papi in The Band's Visit, not at all bleak and beige and blah, blah, blah... Benson has previously been seen as Boq in Wicked and Adam Hochberg in An American in Paris. Yet it's this project, he says, that he fought the hardest for describing the film as very striking for him as an Israeli and Papi as something of a dream role. BroadwayWorld got to speak to him about the his journey with The Band's Visit and more.
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Videos: Jessica Vosk Sings Chess, Bridges Of Madison County, and More at Feinstein's/54 Below

After finally getting all of the green out of her hairline from a year on the road as Elphaba in Wicked, Jessica Vosk returned to Feinstein's54 Below February 1-3 with her all-new show Being Green. Written with her frequent collaboratordirector Robbie Rozelle, Jessica will took fans on a musical tour of the hilarious highs and lows of starring in the musical phenomenon in an eclectic evening of songs, hilarity, and some very special guest stars.
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'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube

'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube
Danny Strong, co-creator of Fox's Empire, has been tapped to pen Disney’s modern and musical take on Charles DickensOliver Twist, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Thomas Kail, the Tony-winning director of Hamilton, is attached to helm the project, which has Ice Cube on board to star and produce.

Also producing are Marc Platt, the veteran movie producer who was behind Broadway’s hit musical Wicked, and Jeff Kwatinetz of The Firm.

Oliver Twist is one of Dickens’ most famous works and tells of an orphan boy who moves from a life as an exploited child laborer to being under the wings of Fagin, a leader of...
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