“Fiasco Theater and Roundabout Theatre Company celebrate the official opening of the Off-Broadway production of Merrily We Roll Along February 19. Following Fiasco’s Into the Woods, the resident company brings its signature ensemble style and imagination to the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical about a trio of showbiz friends who come together and fall apart over several years.
Merrily We Roll Along plays in the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. Performances began January 12 and are scheduled to continue through April 7. The production features choreography by Lorin Latarro, and music direction and orchestrations by Alexander Gemignani.”
“Amas Musical Theatre and The Amas Musical Theatre Lab, in association with LaVie Productions, will present staged readings of Victory Train, a new musical, with book, music and lyrics by David Buskin and Jake Holmes. Directed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett with music direction by Doug Katsaros, the readings will be held on Monday, March 4 at 6pm and Tuesday, March 5 at 1pm & 5pm at Ripley-Grier Studios – Room 17E (520 Eighth Avenue – between 36th/37th Streets). For reservations, email [email protected] For more information, please call 212-563-2565.
In Victory Train, we find a country torn apart by social upheaval and the escalating war in Vietnam where two young people try to reach across their differences to find love and honor… however, it may take them 40 years.”
“Up next was Mozartiana, a jubilant piece that begins with the lead ballerina dancing with four very talented School of American Ballet students. Led by Sara Mearns, the group of five performed in earnest, focusing on their fancy footwork. Because she is known for her penchant for the dramatic in both movement and expression, it was a joy to see Mearns perform with breezy lightness and a smile. This infectious quality increased when Russell Janzen appeared. The duo danced as two pieces of a puzzle, working together to complete Balanchine’s intricate and delicate choreography. It was delightful.”
“Now entering its 28th year, Broadway Theatre Project (BTP) announces Ben Vereen will rejoin the visiting faculty team in 2019. During the 28 years BTP has been educating young artists, Ben has served in a variety of capacities: as a Master Artist, Artistic Advisor to the Project, and Co-Artistic Director. BTP’s faculty members in 2019 include dancers and choreographers, vocal technique teachers as well as coaches, directors, playwrights, casting directors, and talent agents and an award winning photographer. The 2019 Summer Apprenticeship program is being held June 23-July 14 on the campus of the University of South Florida.”
“To commemorate its 20th anniversary, Feinstein’s/54 Below is bringing back, for one night only, the influential rock musical, Bright Lights, Big City.
Bright Lights, Big City is based on the novel by Jay McInerney, and follows a week in the life of Jamie, a successful young writer who loses himself in the chaos of 1980s New York City. It was written by Paul Scott Goodman, the first solo recipient of the Jonathan Larson Foundation Award. The musical originally premiered Off-Broadway in 1999 at New York Theatre Workshop and went on to a celebrated concept recording, London production, and various concert productions.”
“A Streetcar Named Desire, Evita, Into the Breeches!, and Red Scare on Sunset are the shows most nominated for the 2019 St. Louis Theater Circle Awards, which honor excellence on local stages.
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’ musical Evita also received 11 nods, including outstanding actress (Michelle Aravena), actor (Pepe Nufrio), supporting actor (Sean MacLaughlin), director (Rob Ruggiero), ensemble and production.”
“Sara Mearns compares what it’s like to portray both good and evil through the universal language of ballet pantomime in the same scene of The Sleeping Beauty by breaking down her performances as both the villainous Carabosse and the beloved Lilac Fairy.”
“The world premiere of Tom Kitt and John Logan’s new musical Superhero is set to begin performances at Second Stage Theater January 31 where it will officially open February 28. The Off-Broadway production, directed by Jason Moore with musical staging by Lorin Latarro, is scheduled to run through March 24.
Starring Tony nominees Kate Baldwin and Bryce Pinkham alongside newcomer Kyle McArthur, Superhero tells the story of a fractured family, a mysterious stranger in apartment 4-B, and an unexpected hero. Roudning out the cast are Julia Abueva, Jake Levy, Salena Quresh, and Thom Sesma.”