Encores! Into the Woods, Choreographed by Lorin Latarro, Sets Broadway Transfer!

“Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods is headed back to Broadway via New York City Center Encores!, whose concert production of the fairy tale mashup musical played a sold-out limited run earlier this month. Again directed by Encores! Artistic Director Lear deBessonet, the production will play an eight-week limited engagement June 28–August 21 at Broadway’s St. James Theatre, with opening night set for July 10. The revival, which will be the musical’s third Broadway outing, is dedicated to the memory of Stephen Sondheim, who died last year.” – Playbill

Sara Mearns to Return to SC’s Spoleto Festival for “Ballet Encore!”

“Sara Mearns is coming home. The South Carolina native and internationally acclaimed New York City Ballet star will again grace a Spoleto stage this year, along with other New York City Ballet top dancers. They are in town for “Ballet Encore,” Spoleto Festival USA 2022′s program of dance that includes works by top choreographers both past and present. Mearns will perform two works in the program. A solo piece choreographed by Guillaume Cote from the National Ballet of Canada during the pandemic represents its first performance on a main stage. She will also dance in Justin Peck’s “The Decalogue,” partnered with Chun Wai Chan.” – The Post and Courier

Ben Vereen Will Present at the 88th Drama League Awards!

“Tony winners Patti LuPone (Company, Evita, Gypsy), Ben Vereen (Pippin, Fosse, Wicked), Sutton Foster, (The Music Man, Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie) will all present alongside 2022 Tony nominees Shoshana Bean (Mr. Saturday Night, Wicked) and Gabby Beans (The Skin of Our Teeth), as well as Lear deBessonet (Encores! Into The Woods, Off-Broadway’s Hercules). The 88th Annual Drama League Awards May 20 at 12 PM at The Ziegfeld Ballroom.” – Playbill

Watch Ben Vereen Promote “We Sing for Ukraine” on Pix11 Morning News!

“There are no bounds to his talent or his generosity. Tony Award-winning performer Ben Vereen has always been one to give back and support causes. Most recently he joined a group of singers to record “We Sing for Ukraine.” The touching song and video is to help bring awareness and raise funds for children suffering during the conflict with Russia.

The video shows the diverse faces of Ukraine. It can be viewed at www.wesingforukraine.com. Mr. Vereen is encouraging donations to UNICEF and Abundance International.” Click here to watch!

Ben Vereen Featured in New Coffee Table Book “Lift Every Voice: A Celebration of Black Lives”

“The hardcover coffee table book contains a collection of interviews and portraits with 54 Black American elders 75 and older, highlighting the experiences and accomplishments of civil rights pioneers, Olympic athletes, scholars and CEOs. The voices featured in the book share stories of discrimination and perseverance, inspiration and success, power and impact. Over more than 200 pages, the “Lift Every Voice” book compiles more than 50 of these interviews from across the country and offers a vivid window onto our not-so-distant history through the stories of Black Americans who lived it.” – CTInsider

Watch Highlights from Encores! Into The Woods, Choreographed by Lorin Latarro!

“The City Center Encores! production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods began performances May 4 and continues through May 15. Watch highlights from the production in the video above.

The cast is led by Heather Headley as the Witch, Neil Patrick Harris as The Baker, and Sara Bareilles as the Baker’s Wife, alongside Denée Benton as Cinderella, Cole Thompson as Jack, Ann Harada as Jack’s Mother, Julia Lester as Little Red Ridinghood, Shereen Pimentel as Rapunzel, Gavin Creel as Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf, Jordan Donica as Rapunzel’s Prince, Annie Golden as Grandmother/Cinderella’s Mother/Giant’s Wife, and David Patrick Kelly as Narrator/Mysterious Man.” – Playbill