Suzanne Marques sits down with Broadway legend Ben Vereen to discuss the Sidney Poitier Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Black Theatre Festival, his storied career, and more. Click here to watch the video!
“The world premiere of JOY The Musical will play New Jersey’s George Street Playhouse December 7-30… with choreography by Emmy winner and Tony nominee Joshua Bergasse.” – Playbill
“Watching Mearns’s pointe exercises — strictly for the advanced student — is an education in the sheer athletic difficulty of pointework, and the utter beauty of it.” – “So You Think I Can Dance?” (The Washington Post) Click here to read the full article!
Recorded live from the Vail Dance Festival, Sara Mearns joined Pam Tanowitz for the discussion. Sara Mearns and Pam Tanowitz are two of the most talked about dance artists of their generation, both regarded for their bold, fearless and personal interpretations of their respective art forms. At this years’ festival, Mearns will be premiering in a new work by Bobbi Jene Smith, while Tanowitz will create a new work to the music of Kate Davis. Join these mavericks of the industry for a discussion with the ‘Conversations On Dance’ podcast about these premieres and the collaboration Mearns and Tanowitz most recently worked on together at the New York City Ballet. Click here to listen to the episode!
“Ben Vereen got emotional when he spoke after being honored with the Sidney Poitier Lifetime Achievement Award and receiving a standing ovation, saying he was at a loss for words for the first time. ‘Thank you. This is truly an honor to be here,’ Vereen said. ‘This is my first time at the festival…’ He told the gala attendees that ‘you, we’ tell stories. ‘The stories must continue. We must keep the stories alive. We must keep the Black theater culture alive.'” – The Winston Salem Journal
“The legendary, multi-talented Ben Vereen will received the Sidney Poitier Lifelong Achievement Award. For over three decades, the National Black Theatre Festival has attracted celebrities and audiences from far and wide to join together and celebrate what has been described as Black Theatre Holy Ground. The National Black Theatre Festival opens Monday, August 1st, and will continue through August 6th at various venues throughout Winston-Salem.” Yes Weekly. Click here for more information on the festival!
“Initially planned as a strictly limited 8-week engagement, the Encores! production of Into the Woods has extended its Broadway run and will now play the St. James Theatre through October 16, with tickets now on sale for the extension.” – Playbill
“The Vail Festival, which runs July 29 to Aug. 9, is a fundraiser for the Vail Valley Foundation. It brings a stellar group of dancers from New York City Ballet along with an interesting and diverse presentation of other world-class composers, musicians, dancers, and choreographers.” – Pasatiempo
Pittsburgh’s Benedum Center for the Performing Arts will present the world premiere of Sugar Hill The Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker, a re-imagining of The Nutcracker inspired by jazz icons Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington. The production, set to run October 19-30, will then transfer to New York City Center November 15-27. Click here for more information!
“As part of the Citi Music Series, original cast member Jenn Colella and the cast of “Come From Away” perform their song “Welcome to the Rock” on Hoda and Jenna.” Click here to watch the video!