“Broadway legend Ben Vereen stops by Broadway.com HQ to talk about his upcoming Thanksgiving shows at The Cutting Room and more with Paul Wontorek.”
“Instead of serving turkey, Tony Award winner Ben Vereen will be serving up some of his hit songs at a special concert in Manhattan this Thanksgiving.
Vereen filled NY1 in on the details during an appearance on Your News Live at Noon. Entitled Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen, it’s a two-day appearance beginning on November 22 during which he plans to share some of his new songs.”
“Legendary song and dance man Ben Vereen is blessed, booked and busy. The Brooklyn, N.Y.-raised Renaissance man is riding high this season with a string of new gigs, including holiday cabaret dates in New York City and Connecticut and juicy roles on primetime dramas such as the Magnum P.I. reboot and Lee Daniels’ sudsy Atlanta music-industry themed Star.”
“The complete cast is set for the upcoming Off-Broadway return of Merrily We Roll Along. The Fiasco Theater production will play a limited engagement beginning January 12, 2019, at Roundabout Theatre Company’s Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. Opening night is set for February 19.”
“This past weekend, New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns traded her pointe shoes and tutu for stilettos and a custom tulle gown as she tied the knot with television and Broadway director and choreographer Joshua Bergasse.”
“Sara Ann Mearns and Joshua Alexandre Bergasse were married Nov. 3 in Sunset Beach, N.C. Harvey Weiss, a friend of the couple who became a Universal Life minister for the event, officiated on the beach.”
“With a book by Anderson Cook, music and lyrics by Ben Lapidus and directed by Felicia Lobo, Pop Punk High began as an extend showcase production and now makes its way off-Broadway. With a cast and score that can only be described as purely electrifying, this musical runs along the lines of a punk concert, with a dramatic flare of nostalgia for a time many of us hold dear: high school in the early 2000’s.”
“This week the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association is voting on the final award list in preparation for the Third Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony to be held on Monday, November 12 at 7 pm at the Zion Lutheran Church, 74 First Street (Route 7) in Pittsfield, MA.
The Royal Family of Broadway directed by Joshua Bergasse is nominated for Outstanding New Musical and Outstanding Choreography.”
“But the star of the evening is the revival of Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s imaginatively choreographed version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The story, narrated by Dr. Seward, is a feast for the eyes, ears, and mind.
Principal ballerina Lara O’Brien as Lucy Westerna is assisted by another piece of setting and majestic choreography: dressed in all white after her first experience with Dracula, she uses a long, diaphanous scarf as a headdress, a cradle, a brace, and wings. She is lifted into the air, dramatic and gorgeous, and dances as elegantly as if there are no bones in her body.”
“Like much of the musical directed by Jack O’Brien, the Oompa Loompas are really funny, really disturbing and really good dancers. Creating dances for humans is hard enough. Coming up with a full-bore tap number for puppets? Credit choreographer Joshua Bergasse for ably managing both.”