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Broadway Veterans Take the Stage for Prospect Theater Company’s Spring 2022 Gala May 1

The theatre company honors four recipients with its first annual Muse Awards.

Prospect Theater Company presents its Spring 2022 Gala May 1 at the Edison Ballroom. Hosting the event are Tony nominee Anika Larsen (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) and Drama Desk winner Jose Llana (The King and I).

Joining Larsen and Llana onstage for performances and special appearances are Tony winner André De Shields, The Phantom of the Opera star Ali Ewoldt, Drama Desk winner Gretchen Cryer, and Drama League nominee Nick Corley, as well as The Acting Company Artistic Director Kent Gash, indie-folk-pop-americana group Bandits on the Run, Adam B. Shapiro, Sherz Aletah, Jovan E’Sean, Jonny Lee Jr., and additional vocalists Liz Casasola, Genesis Adelia Collado, and Michael Protacio.

Kenita R. Miller

Heather Gershonowitz

The evening honors Kenita R. Miller, Lia Chang, Naima Kradjian, and Leonard Majzlin with the inaugural Muse Awards. Miller, a Grammy nominee and Drama Desk winner, is currently performing in the Broadway revival of for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf.

Chang is a Chinese-American actor, producer, filmmaker, photo activist, and documentarian. Her Off-Broadway work includes Signature Theatre’s revival of Chicago by Sam Shepard. Currently, Kradjian is CEO of Goodwill Theatre, and has worked since 1987 on making a difference in the Greater Binghamton arts community. Finally, Majzlin has worked throughout the industry supporting arts organizations and producing works, as well as working with Joseph Papp as a charter member of the New York Shakespeare Festival.

Music director Andy Roninson leads the band which features Mike Forzano, Sasha Ono, Sunny Sheu, and Brandon Wong as well as jazz artist Anthony Ware in a special appearance.

Members of Propsect’s Board Gala Committee includes Jane Abramson, Tira Harpaz, and Jason Ma. Prospect Theater Company focuses on fostering and showcasing new voices in musical theatre, premiering more than 35 musicals in New York City, and has received an OBIE Award grant.

For tickets and more information, visit ProspectTheater.org.

Sarah Silverman Musical The Bedwetter Begins World Premiere Run Off-Broadway April 30

The Atlantic Theater Company production stars Zoe Glick, Caissie Levy, Bebe Neuwirth, Ashley Blanchett, and more.

Atlantic Theater Company’s world premiere musical The Bedwetter begins its run Off-Broadway April 30 at the Linda Gross Theater, with opening night set for May 23. The recently extended run will continue through June 26.

The Bedwetter is based on comedian and Emmy winner Sarah Silverman’s bestselling memoir of the same name about Sarah, a funny 10-year-old with a secret that’s not so secret if you read the title. The stage adaptation features a book by Drama Desk winner Joshua Harmon and Silverman, with lyrics by Silverman and Emmy winner Adam Schlesinger, who also composed the music.

Featured in the cast are Caissie Levy (Caroline, or Change, Frozen) as Beth Ann, Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago) as Nana, Ashley Blanchet (Waitress) as Miss New Hampshire, Rick Crom (HBO’s Divorce) as Dr. Grimm/Dr. Riley, Zoe Glick (Frozen) as Sarah, Darren Goldstein (The Little Foxes) as Donald, and Ellyn Marie Marsh (The Rose Tattoo) as Mrs. Dembo. Making Off-Broadway debuts are Charlotte MacLeod as Abby, Charlotte Elizabeth Curtis as Ally, Margot Weintraub as Amy, and Emily Zimmerman as Laura.

The company is rounded out by understudies Elizabeth Ward Land, Lauren Marcus, George Merrick, Charlie Tassone, and Annabelle Wachtel.

Lucille Lortel winner Any Kauffman is at the helm, working alongside choreographer Byron Easley, creative consultant David Yazbek (The Band’s Visit), scenic designer Laura Jellinek, costume designer Kaye Voice, lighting designer Japhy Weideman, sound designer Kai Harada, projection designer Lucy Mackinnon, music director Henry Aronson, music supervisor and coordinator Dean Sharenow, hair and wig designer Tom Watson, and production stage manager Richard A. Hodge. Orchestrations are by David Chase, dialect coaching is by Kate Wilson, and casting is by The Telsey Office’s Rachel Hoffman.

Visit AtlanticTheater.org.

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J. Harrison Ghee, Peppermint, Orfeh, More Set for Night of 1000 Madonnas

The 30-song retrospective of the Grammy winner’s hits will be held at Sony Hall during Pride Month.

Mindfull Entertainment Inc. will present Night of 1000 Madonnas—a 30-song retrospective of the Grammy winner’s hits—June 20 at Sony Hall to benefit The Ali Forney Center. 

The event, centering and celebrating queerness while honoring the legacy of LGBTQ+ activists, artists, and allies, will feature Miss Peppermint (Head Over Heels), JJ Niemann (The Book of Mormon), Orfeh (Pretty Woman), Kathryn Allison (Company), J. Harrison Ghee (Some Like It Hot), Nicole Kyoung-Mi Lambert (Six), Tomás Matos (Hadestown, Fire Island), Alex Ringler (FBI, Pageant), and Wren Rivera (Jagged Little Pill). Richard Amelius (all-female Jesus Christ Superstar) directs. Further casting will be announced.

The artists will be backed by a live band with musical direction and orchestrations by Steven Cuevas (Tina) and background vocals by Mia Gentile and Olivia Griffin. 

The mainstage event will be bookended by two dance sets by performer and DJ Justin Johnston (Free Guy, Rent). 

“With all of the harmful legislation surfacing in Florida, Texas, Alabama, and elsewhere, we think this year’s Pride should begin with some activism attached. It’s the very Madonna thing to do,” says Mindfull Artistic Director Richard Amelius. “This event’s proceeds will benefit The Ali Forney Center, a New York institution that aims to protect vulnerable LGBTQ+ people from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools they need to be independent.”

Doors will open at 6 PM with the first DJ set at 7:30 PM and the concert at 8 PM, followed by the second DJ set at 9:30 PM.

Visit EventBrite.com or Mindfullent.org

Becky Gulsvig Returns to Broadway’s Come From Away for Limited Engagement

Rachel Tucker will be stepping away from the role of Beverley to film BBC’s Hope Street season 2.

Becky Gulsvig will be filling in for Rachel Tucker as Beverley Bass in the Broadway production of Come From Away at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre April 27–June 12.

Gulsvig has played the role before, replacing original actor Jenn Colella in the Broadway production, and taking the character on the road for the national tour. Announcing her departure via Instagram, Tucker shared that she will be leaving to star in the second season of the BBC crime drama Hope Street

In a video, the actor documented her journey to London and Ireland, holding up a wine glass to the camera. She wrote, “Taking a wee hiatus from the beautiful friends & crew @wecomefromaway to join the gorgeous cast & crew of Hope Street season 2 for a few months!”

Gulsvig, also known for starring in the national tours of Legally Blonde the Musical and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, echoed the news on her Instagram. “It’s me and @ladyemilywalton. We started our @wecomefromaway journey together almost 4 years ago. I’m back at the Schoenfeld for 2 months keeping the pilot seat warm for @racheltucker01 while she is off doing awesome things,” she wrote while sharing a fun snap.

The international hit musical Come From Away tells the true story of 7,000 stranded air passengers during the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. The ensemble cast take on a variety of roles, from travelers to locals to airline personnel. After opening in 2017, the musical was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. 

READ: Watch the Powerful Trailer for Apple TV+’s Come From Away Film Capture

Leading the current Broadway cast is Petrina Bromley, De’lon Grant, Caesar Samayoa, James Seol, Q. Smith, Astrid Van Wieren, Emily Walton, Jim Walton, Gene Weygandt, Sharon Wheatley, and Paul Whitty.

The show features music, lyrics, and a book by Irene Sankoff and David Hein with direction by Tony winner Christopher Ashley, choreography by Olivier winner Kelly Devine, music supervision and arrangements by Ian Eisendrath, scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Gareth Owen, and orchestrations by August Eriksmoen.

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