Sara Mearns Performs “Fandango” at the Kennedy Center

“Damian Woetzel, a former New York City Ballet star and the incoming president of The Juilliard School, loves bringing together different kinds of artists. Lil Buck is among the performers that Woetzel is assembling at the Kennedy Center on Wednesday for ‘DEMO by Damian Woetzel: Now,’ a Direct Currentprogram showcasing collaborations between some of the most innovative dancers, musicians, composers and choreographers working today.

Another program highlight: Sara Mearns, one of the New York City Ballet’s most electric soloists, will perform a contemporary dance called ‘Fandango,’ in which she ends up dancing with the onstage string quartet, Brooklyn Rider, Woetzel says.”

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FIRST LOOK! Katharine McPhee Serves Up a Smile in Broadway’s “Waitress”

“Katharine McPhee getting ready to step into the lead role of pregnant pie-maker Jenna Hunterson in the hit Broadway musical Waitress — and PEOPLE’s got the first look at her in beautiful bright blue costume! The Scorpion actress and American Idol alum, 33, will make her Broadway debut this spring for a limited run at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre beginning April 10.

Waitress is the first Broadway musical ever to boast an all-female creative team. In addition to Bareilles’ music and lyrics, the show features a book by Jessie Nelson, choreography by Lorin Latarro, and direction from Tony Award winner Diane Paulus.”

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Cast Announced for Chicago Premiere of “A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME” Choreographed by Lorin Latarro

“Broadway In Chicago and the producers of A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME are delighted to announce the full casting for A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME, a slice-of-life original musical comedy that makes its Chicago debut at Broadway In Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut) for a limited six-week engagement March 20 through April 29, 2018.”

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“Service To Man” Featuring Nathan James Released Nationwide

Nathan James plays a supporting role on the indie film Service to Man. The film will be released and available on VOD and streaming nationwide starting February 20th! Pre-orders are available via iTunes NOW.

Starting February 20th, it’ll also be available via: DirecTV, Dish Network/Sling TV, iN Demand – including Comcast, Cox and Spectrum, Vubiquity – including Frontier and Verizon Fios, Amazon Instant Video, FandangoNow, Google Play, iTunes, Sony Playstation, Vudu, Xbox, YouTube Movies, Swank – Hospitals, Colleges, etc.

Lorin Latarro will Choreograph La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera

“He’ll follow Marnie with a new presentation of La Traviata beginning December 4. Diana Damrau, who both made her role debut as Violetta and worked with Mayer on Rigoletto with the Met in 2013, will star as the tragic heroine Violetta once more. 

Mayer will set the Verdi opera in the 18th century in a staging that captures the changing of the seasons—a decision that appears to distance the Met from the new production’s sparse predecessor (from director Willy Decker) and lean into a decidedly more traditional approach. The creative team includes Tony-winning Broadway veterans Susan Hilferty (costumes), Kevin Adams (lighting), and Christine Jones (sets), as well as choreographer Lorin Latarro.”

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A Conversation with Cast Members of “Against the Hillside” Starring Jack Mikesell

“Sylvia Khoury’s Against the Hillside, currently playing through February 25 at Ensemble Studio Theater, tackles the controversial nature of drone warfare by following US drone pilots and the Pakistani families being targeted thousands of miles away. We sat down with seven of the cast members of the play: Rajesh Bose, Mohit Gautam, Caroline Hewitt, Jack Mikesell, Sammy Pignalosa, Babak Tafti, and Avery Whitted, to discuss the play, the role of theater in contributing to the national discourse, how to improve diversity in the arts, and the human cost of war.”

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Chess Choreographed by Lorin Latarro & Starring Raúl Esparza, Ramin Karimloo, Ruthie Ann Miles, & Karen Olivo, Begins at the Kennedy Center

“Chess, the 1984 musical by ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, and Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar lyricist Tim Rice, returns in a new production helmed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch)at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Running February 14–18, the Kennedy Center production features Ramin Karimloo (Anastasia, Les Misérables) as Russian chess star Anatoly Sergievski and Raúl Esparza (Company, Leap of Faith) as American chess champion Freddie Trumper, with Tony Award winner winner Ruthie Ann Miles (The King and I) as Svetlana Sergievsky and Tony winner Karen Olivo (In the Heights) as Florence Vassey.”

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Lorin Latarro will Choreograph Huey Lewis and the News Musical to Premiere in San Diego

“The Huey Lewis and the News musical Heart of Rock and Roll will kick off the 2018-19 season at San Diego’s Old Globe. Featuring a book by Jonathan Abrams, a story by Abrams and Tyler Mitchell, the production will run September 6-October 21 under the direction of Gordon Greenberg.

The creative team includes Lorin Latarro (choreography), Brian Usifer (musical supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations), Derek McLane (scenic design), Paloma Young (costume design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), and John Shivers and David Patridge (sound design).”

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NYCB Principals Sara Mearns & Amar Ramasar Featured on “Conversations on Dance”

“Amar and Sara have been dancing together since they joined the company in 2000 and 2003 respectively.  They have had works created on them and surrounding their partnership by countless choreographers including Justin Peck, Peter Martins, Chris Wheeldon, and Alexei Ratmansky to name a few.

Today we talk with them about what makes a successful partnership, how they worked through some difficult times, why they work so well together, and they share with us some of their favorite onstage moments together.”

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