“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.”
“In honor of what would have been the late Tony winner’s 100th birthday, Bergasse will perform the opening of Robbins’ On The Town—the story of three sailors on shore leave in New York—in a routine specially choreographed for the Intrepid space. Following the performance, Bergasse will join Grover Dale (original West Side Story cast member and co-director of Jerome Robbins’ Broadway) Tony-nominated composer-lyricist Amanda Green, (daughter of On The Town librettist Adloph Green), Daniel Ulbricht (principal dancer with the New York City Ballet), and moderator Amanda Vaill (author of Somewhere: The Life of Jerome Robbins) for a panel discussion about the life and work of the master.”
Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller, words and music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the Grammy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated smash, made history as Broadway’s longest-running musical revue. An all-new incarnation of this record-breaking Broadway hit returns to NYC! Previews begin July 6th.
“The Royal Family of Broadway features musical direction by Vadim Feichtner (Broadway’s Falsettos), is choreographed by Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse (BSC’s The Pirates of Penzance, “So You Think You Can Dance”), and is directed by Tony Award winner John Rando (Broadway’s On The Town, Urinetown).
A brilliant musical comedy, The Royal Family of Broadway is a masterful love letter to the Great White Way. Set in the 1920s and loosely based on the legendary Barrymores, it centers around the Cavendish family of actors: an aging imperious grande dame, a Broadway star looking for love, a self-centered boozy leading man who has fled Hollywood, and a promising ingénue – each having to make pivotal choices in their lives.”
“John Rando and Joshua Bergasse have delivered a delicious morsel with this show. The dancing is hyperactive and intricate and romantic and challenging. The staging of the play is dynamic and strong, very definitive in the choices made and sometimes a bit daunting as people appear and disappear as though they were not real characters but only illusions. The theatricality of that is very much in keeping with the tone of the show throughout: The Cavendishes deal with whatever and whoever they need at the moment, and then it’s on to the next scene. Rando gets it right. The show profits from his vision and insight.”
“Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that Jane Lynch will be the emcee for Some Enchanted Evening, the 27th Annual Summer Gala in Sag Harbor on the Long Wharf on July 7, 2018. The event benefits Bay Street’s educational and theatrical programs.
Other performers will include Broadway star and East Hampton resident Howard McGillin (Mystery of Edwin Drood, Gigi, Bay Street’s My Fair Lady and Grey Gardens); German and Australia’s star Sarah Bowden (Disney’sHunchback of Notre Dame, A Chorus Line at the Hollywood Bowl); and choreographer Joshua Bergasse recreating his Tony nominated staging of “New York, New York” from On the Town, and more.”
“City Center’s upcoming Encores! slate will feature Irving Berlin, Howard Lindsay, and Russel Crouse’s Call Me Madam (running February 6–10, 2019); Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart’s I Married an Angel, choreographed by Joshua Bergasse and starring his fiancée, New York City Ballet’s Sara Mearns (March 20–24); and Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn, and Stephen Longstreet’s High Button Shoes (May 8–12).”