“Bleecker Street is teaming with Fathom Events for a December 7, 2023 nationwide release of the Broadway show, which was captured live on stage in 2021 during its long stage run. Debuting in April 2016, Waitress was the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the top creative team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Diane Paulus.” – Deadline
“The 2022-2023 Equity Jeff Awards nominees include 214 theater artists across 32 categories of excellence in theater production among shows from 35 companies. During the most recent season, which ran from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023, Jeff Awards members attended 105 Equity productions. From these, 88 productions became “Jeff Recommended” and therefore eligible for award nominations.
The 55th anniversary Equity Jeff Awards will take place October 2, 2023, at Drury Lane in Oakbrook, IL. More details on the program will be announced soon.
Goodman Theatre garnered the most honors with 32 nominations from nine productions, two of which were co-productions with other companies.” – BroadwayWorld
“On Nov. 13, 1997, “The Lion King” burst onto the Broadway stage when it reopened the historic New Amsterdam Theatre on 42nd Street.
In 2006, the show moved to The Minskoff Theatre, where it’s been playing to sold out crowds nightly.
“On Stage” host Frank DiLella spoke with Tom Schumacher, Disney Theatrical Productions president, Julie Taymor, a Tony winning director and designer, and actor L. Steven Taylor, who plays the character of Mufasa.” – NY1
“The Vail Dance Festival concludes its 35th season on Monday, Aug. 7 with the closing night performance of NOW: Premieres. The evening will include nine new works of choreography made for the Festival and each making their world debut on the same night including works by Kyle Abraham, Melissa Toogood, Adji Cissoko, Caili Quan, Justin Peck, Jamar Roberts, Matthew Neenan, Larry Keigwin and Lil Buck. The performance will be live-streamed on the Festival’s YouTube channel as well… Melissa Toogood will debut her first work for the Festival with a new music composition by David K. Israel making its world premiere played by Brooklyn Rider and pianist Joel Wenhardt featuring Toogood dancing alongside New York City Ballet’s India Bradley, Sara Mearns, and Miriam Miller.” – Vail Daily
“A pre-Broadway workshop of The Heart of Rock & Roll, the new musical inspired by the music of Huey Lewis and the News, was in Manhattan with an invitation-only presentation on August 4. The creative team for the workshop also includes choreographer Lorin Latarro. The musical is aiming for a 2024 Broadway bow.” – Playbill
“NEW YORK CITY CENTER announced complete programming for the 20th Fall for Dance Festival, September 27 – October 8, 2023. Celebrating 20 years as an essential part of New York’s fall dance season, the Festival opens City Center’s 80th season at the center of the arts with a showcase of local and international dance companies and artists in an array of styles, presented in five unique programs.
In Program 2 (Sep 29 & 30), New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Sara Mearns returns for the New York premiere of Bobbi Jene Smith’s MASS, set to music by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw.” – BroadwayWorld
“This summer, the Vail Dance Festival celebrates its 35th year of performances and residencies. Running July 28 through August 7, the 2023 festival features an exciting lineup of performing artists and includes no fewer than 15 principal dancers from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, and more. Featuring New York City Ballet principals, including Sara Mearns.” – Pointe Magazine
“Licensing available through Concord Theatricals! Cougar The Musical unleashes three divine but disillusioned women who develop a taste for hot, young men. They let their inner cougar roar and purr, finding self-love and empowerment in the process. The sexy, ferocious cast of three fabulous-over-forty women and one multi-talented boy toy sing and dance their way through a satiating range of original songs, from grinding blues, to doo-wop, to pop to “Julio,” a romantic ballad, sung to a vibrator. Hilarious, soulful and heartwarming, Cougar the Musical is a madcap ride from Cougar Bar, to nail salon, to boudoir, and back as the women learn to say “yes” to getting older, “yes” to trust and friendship and “yes” to proving that love is ageless.” Click here to watch!
“The New York City Ballet brought a program of three classic mid-twentieth-century ballets Friday night to a packed amphitheater crowd of 5000 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, with hundreds more watching from the lawn. George Balanchine’s versions of Swan Lake and Firebird and Jerome Robbins’s Fancy Free drew huge ovations, showing that works that set NYCB atop the ballet world artistically can also attract large, enthusiastic audiences… At thirty-five minutes, it teems with as much great dancing as the full four-act ballet, and Sara Mearns as Odette, pursued and partnered by Tyler Angle as the Prince, was simply thrilling.” – WAMC
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, New York chapter have announced the nominees for the 66th New York Emmy Awards. Frank DiLella was nominated for New York 12 Emmy Awards, including 9 for his show ON STAGE.