“The spectacular new musical Roald Dahl‘s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory begins on stage tomorrow, 5 January, at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney, ahead of the official Opening Night on Friday 11 January.
‘This is such a wonderful story for generations to share,’ added John Frost, producer. ‘Parents love sharing their favourite Willy Wonka film from their childhood with the whole family, and grandparents love taking their grandkids. We have an amazing cast bringing this story to life.'”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
Get ready to rock with Leiber & Stoller’s “Ruby Baby!” Previously recorded by such legendary acts as The Drifters, Elvis Presley, and The Beach Boys, the revival’s soulful take on this hit song features Max Sangerman, along with members of the cast and band of Smokey Joe’s Cafe, jamming out together at Stage 42.
“The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will host Celebrating Jerome Robbins: From Street to Stage, a look at the legacy of the famed choreographer, on August 9 at the Intrepid Museum located at Pier 86. Tony Award-winning choreographer Joshua Bergasse will present a live performance of the opening of On the Town on Intrepid’s flight deck, staged specifically for the unique setting.”
“The Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood, the climax of the venue’s season-long Leonard Bernstein tribute, will be recorded live August 25 for broadcast on PBS’ GreatPerformances series December 28 at 9 PM ET.
Host and six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald will be joined onstage by guest artists Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, Kian Soltani, Nadine Sierra, Susan Graham, Isabel Leonard, Thomas Hampson, Jessica Vosk (Wicked), and Tony Yazbeck (On the Town), with James Darrah serving as director and Joshua Bergasse serving as choreographer. This multi-media event will also include video montages about Bernstein’s life and messages from people around the world who have been inspired by his legacy as a musician and as a dominant cultural figure of his time.”
“Director-choreographer Joshua Bergasse (On the Town) stages the hell out the show, which features more than three dozen songs from the 1950s and ’60s, many of them instantly familiar, cherished hits. The production’s propulsive, nonstop energy barely leaves room for the audience, let alone the ensemble, to catch their breath. Like the original, this revival features just nine performers, all of whom work their tailbones off. It’s not easy, after all, to sing after performing backwards somersaults, as Jelani Remy does in a hip-swiveling rendition of ‘Jailhouse Rock’ that makes Elvis Presley seem like a stiff.”
“Go behind the scenes of the hit off-Broadway revival at Stage 42 with cast members Alysha Umphress and Kyle Taylor Parker, director/choreographer Joshua Bergasse and Rock and Roll and Songwriters Hall of Famer Mike Stoller.”