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JULY 25, 2022


EMPOWERMENT BOOTCAMP COMING TO NYC IN AUGUST


 

A great opportunity for tappers is coming to New York City next month. Syncopated Ladies is a Female Tap Dance Band from Los Angeles, California created by Emmy Award nominated, tap dancer and choreographer, Chloe Arnold, protégé of Debbie Allen.
 
Syncopated Ladies’ viral videos have amassed over 100 million views. They’ve worked with Mega star Beyoncé, FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance as the winner of the first dance crew battle, performed on Good Morning America, at the US Open, and they’ve also performed to sold-out audiences in their full-length concert, Syncopated Ladies: Live!

Next month, they’re bringing their Tap Boot Camp to New York City and are inviting Answers4dancers members and their friends to join in. What classes can you expect during Boot Camp? Tap Technique, Improv, Syncopated Ladies Choreography, AfroFunk, Hip Hop, Video Shoot, Mock Audition, and Building Self-Esteem. 

This is a tremendous opportunity for your studio or any interested dancers. Here’s all the info to register:

Boot Camp for Intermediate to Advanced Tappers:
Sunday, August 14 | 10am-3pm | In-Person Only
$125 before August 1, $150 After
154 Christopher Street #2B
New York, NY 10014

REGISTER HERE - https://www.syncopatedladies.com/bootcamp


Beginners Class also accepting registrations:
Sunday, August 14 | 10am-11am | In-Person
$20 before August 1, $25 After
154 Christopher Street #2B
New York, NY 10014
 

MORE ON SYNCOPATED LADIES & EMPOWERMENT BOOTCAMP >




 


MASK MANDATE UPDATE
 

The Broadway League has announced that the owners and operators of all 41 Broadway theaters in New York City will continue with the ‘mask optional' policy through the month of August; the update was originally instated in July. Audience members are still encouraged to wear masks in theaters. Audience masking protocols will be evaluated on a monthly basis.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: THE ALL STARS HAVE ARRIVED & A SURPRISING ELIMINATION ROUND
A dynamic opening number featuring the final 6 contestants and the newly arrived SYTYCD All Stars kicked off the show. They danced to Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain with a rotating prop and tons of precision. It was choreographed by Mandy Korpinen and Elizabeth Petrin. This week, the finalists will pair up with an All Star dancer and dance in the All Star’s style. Carter & All Star Bailey Munoz performed a Hip Hop routine choreographed by Gabe de Guzman. It had a Zombie themed complete will full masks and lots of props. Ellenor Scott, a former contestant choreographed a Jazz routine for Alexis & All Star Amy Yakima. Alexis continues to shine. Then Keaton & All Star Ezra Sosa performed a Jive choreographed by Emma Slater and Sasha Farber. It had the best energy of the night. Essence paired up with All Star Koine Iwasaki in a Contemporary dance choreographed by Jaci Royal. Essence really stepped up in this piece. Next, Beau & All Star Lex Ishimoto performed a powerful routine choreographed by Talia Favia. It told a story of addition and Beau delivered the emotion but his technique was lacking. Finally, Ralyn & All Star Comfort Fedoke performed a Luther Brown Hip Hop featuring amazing costumes and makeup. Then, the audience voted and the bottom three were Beau, Ralyn, and Alexis. The judges each wanted to save a different dancer, so in a clear deadlock, they decided to not eliminate anyone. What does this mean for next week? Cat Keeley foreshadowed that the next show will have the ‘most brutal elimination’ of the competition.

BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK WILL RETURN NEXT MONTH WITH BEETLEJUICE, SIX, MOULIN ROUGE!, & MORE
Next month marks the return of 106.7 LITE FM’s Broadway in Bryant Park. The 2022 program will bring the best of Broadway for free performances, during this four-week-only event, taking place every Thursday in August beginning August 4th. Fans are invited to join 106.7 LITE FM starting at 11 a.m., with performances running from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. on the Bryant Park Stage. Hosted by 106.7 LITE FM’s personalities, this year’s annual presentation of open-air lunch hour performances is presented by iHeartRadio Broadway, Foxwoods Resorts Casino, Freshly, Mercedes-Benz, and Poland Spring Brand 100% Natural Spring Water. Additional partners include AARP New York and Taiwan Tourism Bureau. This season features Tony Award-winning productions, such as A Strange Loop, SIX, and Moulin Rouge! The Musical to Broadway fan-favorites including Phantom of the Opera, Come From Away, and Hadestown. Here’s the schedule: August 4: Stomp, Aladdin, The Lion King; August 11: Kimberly Akimbo, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Hadestown, Phantom of the Opera; August 18: 1776, Come From Away, Funny Girl, Mr. Saturday Night, Wicked; August 25: A Strange Loop, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Six. The Bryant Park stage is located at 6th Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets. Lawn seating is first-come, first-served.

TONY-NOMINATED MR. SATURDAY NIGHT, STARRING BILLY CRYSTAL, TO CLOSE ON BROADWAY
Mr. Saturday Night, the new musical based on the 1992 film of the same name that sees Billy Crystal reprising his performance as Buddy Young Jr., will close on Broadway. The Tony-nominated production will have its final performance at the Nederlander Theatre on September 4. Mr. Saturday Night features music by Jason Robert Brown and lyrics by Amanda Green, with direction by John Rando. The musical’s book is written by Crystal, Lowell Ganz, and Babaloo Mandel. The cast includes David Paymer, reprising his role as Stan Yankleman from the film, as well as Tony nominee Shoshana Bean, Randy Graff, Chasten Harmon, Jordan Gelber, Brian Gonzales, and Mylinda Hull. Mr. Saturday Night opened on April 27, 2022 and earned five Tony nominations including Best Musical and acting nominations for Crystal and Bean.

SHOBA NARAYAN & AUSTIN COLBY TO STAR IN BROADWAY-AIMED COME FALL IN LOVE - THE DDLJ MUSICAL
Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical has its cast. The musical adaptation of the popular 1995 Bollywood film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge! is Broadway-aimed. It will have its world premiere at San Diego’s The Old Globe, with performances starting on September 1 and opening on September 14. The film’s director Aditya Chopra helms the musical, which features a book and lyrics by Tony nominee Nell Benjamin and choreography by Tony winner Rob Ashford. The music is composed by Indian songwriters Vishal Dadlani and Sheykhar Ravjiani. The cast of 30 is led by Shoba Narayan (Aladdin), Austin Colby (Frozen), Irvine Iqbal (Aladdin), Rupal Pujara, Vishal Vaidya, Siddharth Menon (Aladdin), Kate Loprest, Juice Mackins, Hannah Jewel Kohn, and Jeremy Kushnier. Stephen Sposito serves as associate director and Shruti Merchant is associate choreographer.

CHICAGO TO WELCOME ERICH BERGEN AS BILLY FLYNN BEGINNING AUGUST 1

Erich Bergen will step into the Tony-winning revival of Kander & Ebb’s Chicago as Billy Flynn on August 1. He will play the role, currently being played by Ryan Silverman, until September 11 at the Ambassador Theatre. Bergen made his Broadway debut in Waitress in 2018. His first Broadway experience was voiceover work on Wendy Wasserstein’s 1997 play An American Daughter. His other credits include a turn as Bob Gaudio in the first national tour of Jersey Boys, a performance he reprised in the musical’s film adaptation. Bergen played Billy Crocker in the national tour of the Tony-winning Anything Goes revival. He can be seen as Blake Moran on the CBS drama Madam Secretary. Chicago is directed by Tony winner Walter Bobbie with choreography by Tony winner Ann Reinking.

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The fan-favorite Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction will once again take place live and in person on the streets of New York City on September 25 beginning at 10am. The annual event returned in-person last year after taking place online. The day-long, outdoor celebration is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS…

BETH MALONE-LED THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN TO RELEASE CAST RECORDING
The off-Broadway production of Meredith Willson’s The Unsinkable Molly Brown, starring Tony nominee Beth Malone in the title role, will release a cast recording on July 22. The production, which ran at Transport Group in 2020 and closed prematurely due to the theater shutdown, features Willson’s original score and lyrics plus unknown gems from Willson’s trunk. Dick Scanlan provided a new book and additional lyrics and Luis Miranda provided liner notes. The production won the 2020 Off-Broadway Award for Best Revival and was Drama Desk-nominated. The musical tells the rags-to-riches story of Margaret ‘Molly’ Brown—a turn-of-the-century hero of the underdog, champion of women’s rights, fighter for labor rights, advocate of immigration reform—and, most famously, a survivor of the Titanic disaster. The film version starred Debbie Reynolds with A4D’s Grover Dale as her brother Jam.

AUDIENCES SPELLBOUND BY SUMMER’S INTO THE WOODS
Fans of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods are well-aware that the cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, and the slipper as pure as gold are precious objects. So too is a ticket to the starry Broadway revival, which officially opened at the St. James Theatre on July 10 following a red-hot run at New York City Center this past spring. The Lear deBessonet-directed production, which will leave theater lovers with a cast recording this September, is set to close on August 21. The revival grossed $1,829,941 last week with audiences at 99.46 percent capacity. Broadway frontrunners by gross are The Music Man ($3,062,733), Hamilton ($2,255,343), The Lion King ($2,130,537), Into the Woods ($1,829,941), and Wicked ($1,767,432).

KIMBERLY AKIMBO’S JEANINE TESORI & MORE EARN 2022 DRAMATISTS GUILD AWARDS
The Dramatists Guild of America has announced recipients for its 2022 Awards. The awards ceremony, which will celebrate both 2021 and 2022 winners, will take place at Joe’s Pub on July 25. The Frederick Loewe Award, given by the Frederick Loewe Foundation and presented annually by the Dramatists Guild Council to a composer. It recognizes achievement in a theatrical score presented in New York during the previous theatrical season. It is being awarded to Jeanine Tesori for her work on Kimberly Akimbo, which will bow on Broadway in October. This year, the Dramatists Guild will also award two Lifetime Achievement Awards to Pearl Cleage and Tina Howe. Since its inception in 1919, The Dramatists Guild of America has been the professional association for playwrights, librettists, lyricists and composers writing for the American stage.

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The Music Man headliner Hugh Jackman will lend his voice to Hulu’s forthcoming animated series Koala Man, which comes from Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland and Michael Cusack. Jackman will voice the lead role of Kevin, a middle-aged dad whose only superpower is a burning passion for following rules and snuffing out petty crime in the Australian suburb of Dapto…

         
       
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