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MAY 23, 2022


SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE IS BACK!


Watching the opening credits of So You Think You Can Dance and hearing the familiar theme song floating in the air had a surprisingly heartwarming effect on what was an ordinary Wednesday night. We knew SYTYCD was coming back to Fox, but to actually see it was a reminder of something we were missing in a post-pandemic world.

If the high production quality of the opening dance sequence is a sign of things to come, we have lots to look forward to. We see dancers in classrooms and stockrooms throw themselves into the joy of movement. We get to see the new panel of judges seemingly lead the dancers. And it’s an all new judges panel this season with Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss, JoJo Siwa, and Matthew Morrison. We’re happy to see Cat Deely has returned.

There’s also a new stage and a slightly different format. Two months ago, dancers auditioned in three cities and the best were invited to Hollywood to perform for the judges. To advance to the choreography round, they need at least two ‘yes’ votes.

In the first episode, there were three standout dancers. (Sadly, we did not hear Nigel’s famous, ‘Queue music’ kick things off). First to perform was a contemporary dancer named Konnor-(with-a-K) who grew up in his mother’s dance studio. He performed to a stripped-down version of What a Wonderful World.

We also met Anna, a quirky contemporary dancer with personality to spare. She performed to Paul Simon’s 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover. Her unique movement style was filled with unexpected humor. Keep an eye on this one.

Finally, the end of the episode got serious. We met Maci who was diagnosed with major depression as a 12-year old. She shared she’s a suicide attempt survivor. Maci’s ability to communicate her pain in a powerful way makes her another compelling dancer this season. The segment came with a warning and ended with a hotline for help.

Overall, it was a great start to Season 17 for our favorite dance competition show. Welcome back So You Think You Can Dance. We really missed you!
 


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CHITA RIVERA & TONY YAZBECK TO PERFORM AT BERKSHIRE THEATRE GROUP’S 2022 COLONIAL CONCERT SERIES MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Berkshire Theatre Group’s Broadway Colonial Concert Series, Featuring Broadway Luminaries, is returning to the stage of the Colonial Theatre after two years of outdoor performances. The incomparable two-time Tony Award-winner, Chita Rivera, will recreate signature moments from her legendary career from West Side Story, Sweet Charity, and Bye Bye Birdie to Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Visit, and more. Rivera will be joined by her special guest for the evening, George Dvorsky. In addition to a tribute to her dear friends John Kander and Fred Ebb, the timeless music of Leonard Bernstein, Charles Strouse and Lee Adams, Jerry Herman, and Stephen Sondheim will also be featured, accompanied by her long-time trio. Since his Broadway debut as a newsboy in the 1989 revival of Gypsy, Tony Yazbeck, the quintessential song-and-dance man has continued to land coveted roles and garner critical acclaim, including a 2014 Tony Award-nomination for the leading role in On the Town. Tickets for BTG’s Colonial Concert Series: Featuring Broadway Luminaries are on sale online or by contacting the Colonial Ticket Office.


SIX & KIMBERLY AKIMBO LEAD 2022 DRAMA DESK NOMINATIONS
Nominations are here for the 66th Annual Drama Desk Awards, honoring the best in Broadway, off, and off-off-Broadway theater in the 2021-22 season. The Tony-nominated new musical Six earned the most nominations with 10, including a special award for the ensemble cast. The Broadway-bound Kimberly Akimbo followed closely with 9. Nominated for Outstanding Musical are Harmony, Intimate Apparel, Kimberly Akimbo, Six, and The Hang. For Outstanding Revival of a Musical are Assassins, Baby, Caroline, or Change, and Company. Outstanding Actor in a Musical are Billy Crystal, Mr. Saturday Night; Myles Frost, MJ; Rob McClure, Mrs. Doubtfire; Jaquel Spivey, A Strange Loop; and Chip Zien, Harmony. Outstanding Actress in a Musical are Kearstin Piper Brown, Intimate Apparel; Victoria Clark, Kimberly Akimbo; Sharon D Clarke, Caroline, or Change; Jeanna de Waal, Diana; and Joaquina Kalukango, Paradise Square. For Outstanding Choreography Ayodele Casel (tap), Funny Girl; Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, Six; Bill T. Jones, Garrett Coleman & Jason Oremus, Gelan Lambert & Chloe Davis (assoc), Paradise Square; Liam Steel, Company; Christopher Wheeldon, Michael Balderrama (assoc), Rich & Tone Taleuega (Michael Jackson Movement), MJ.

BROADWAY’S MRS. DOUBTFIRE SETS CLOSING DATE
Broadway’s Mrs. Doubtfire will close at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on May 29. The musical officially opened December 9, 2021, but went on hiatus from January 9-April 13 due to breakout cases of COVID. A U.K. production will play Manchester September 2-October 1, and a national tour begins in October, 2023. Rob McClure was nominated for a 2022 Tony Award for his performance as Daniel Hillard and his alter ego, the Scottish nanny Mrs. Doubtfire. McClure stars alongside Jenn Gambatese, Peter Bartlett, Charity Angél Dawson, Mark Evans, J. Harrison Ghee, Analise Scarpaci, and Brad Oscar. Mrs. Doubtfire features a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell and music and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick. Jerry Zaks directs and Lorin Latarro choreographs.

JENNIFER LOPEZ TO PRODUCE RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA LIMITED SERIES
Jennifer Lopez will executive produce a limited series based on Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Lopez’s production company, Nuyorican Productions, joins Skydance Television and Concord Originals in the project. Rachel Shukert (GLOW, The Baby-Sitters Club, Supergirl) will adapt the musical for the screen, and as executive producer and showrunner. Along with Lopez, Nuyorican Productions’ Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina will also be executive producers. The iconic musical starring Julie Andrews originally debuted in 1957 and was watched on CBS by an estimated 100 million people. In 1997, a star-studded adaptation costarred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as the Fairy Godmother.

SARA BAREILLES & BEN PLAT WILL PERFORM ON AMERICAN IDOL FINALE

The season 20 finale of American Idol will air Sunday, May 22 on ABC and feature performances from Sara Bareilles and Ben Platt. Bareilles was recently seen as the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods at Encores City Center. She was nominated for a Tony Award for writing the score of Waitress the musical. Platt won a Tony Award for originating the title role in Dear Evan Hansen. The finale episode is set to include performances from Carrie Underwood plus James Arthur, Gabby Barrett, Michael Bublé, Deana Carter, Earth, Wind & Fire, Melissa Etheridge, Flo Rida, Thomas Rhett, Tai Verdes, and more. In addition to the finalists, there will be showstopping performances by superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie, as Emmy Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest hosts.

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Winners for the 71st annual Outer Critics Circle Awards, honoring the best theater on off and off-off-Broadway in the 2021-2022 season, have been announced. Broadway-bound musical Kimberly Akimbo won four, Six received the award for Outstanding New Broadway Musical, and Broadway’s Company and Take Me Out won in their respective revival categories. Jaquel Spivey, Victoria Clark, Matt Doyle, Patti LuPone, Simon Russell Beale, LaChanze, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Uzo Aduba received awards for their performances… The Tony nominated Girl From the North Country has extended its run for another week at the Belasco Theatre through June 19. It was originally set to close on June 12...

CHITA RIVERA ANNOUNCES NOMINATIONS FOR 2022 CHITA RIVERA AWARDS
Nominations for the 2022 Chita Rivera Awards are here. Outstanding Choreography in a Broadway Show: Camille A. Brown, for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf; Warren Carlyle, The Music Man; Bill T. Jones, Garrett Coleman, Jason Oremus, Paradise Square; Annie-B Parsons, American Utopia; Sonya Tayeh, Moulin Rouge; and Christopher Wheeldon, MJ, The Musical. Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show: Sidney DuPont, Paradise Square; Myles Frost, MJ; Jared Grimes, Funny Girl; Hugh Jackman, The Music Man; AJ Shively, Paradise Square; and Tony Yazbeck, Flying Over Sunset. Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show: Sutton Foster, The Music Man; Robin Hurder, Moulin Rouge; Tendayi Kuumba, for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf; Heather Lang, Jagged Little Pill; and Adrienne Warren, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.

BARRY MANILOW & BRUCE SUSSMAN’S HARMONY ENDS OFF-BROADWAY
The Off-Broadway production of Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s Harmony, which officially opened April 13, ended its limited engagement May 15. National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene presented the musical. It began previews March 23 in Edmond J. Safra Hall at the Museum of Jewish Heritage–A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Tony winner Warren Carlyle served as director and choreographer. Harmony was nominated for eight Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical. The cast features Sierra Boggess (The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, The Little Mermaid) as Mary with Chip Zien (Falsettos, Into the Woods) as the elder Rabbi.

KIMBERLY AKIMBO WINS NEW YORK DRAMA CRITICS’ CIRCLE AWARD
The New York Drama Critics’ Circle met to determine the winners of the 2021-22 season marking their return. They did not meet for the 2020-21 season. Jeanine Tesori’s Broadway-bound Kimberly Akimbo won Best Musical. Kimberly Akimbo had its world premiere at off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater. It is based on Lindsay-Abaire’s play of the same name. Jessica Stone directs the musical. It will bow on Broadway this fall with the off-Broadway cast; Tony Award winner Victoria Clark, Justin Cooley, Steven Boyer, Alli Mauzey, Bonnie Milligan, Olivia Elease Hardy Fernell Hogan, Michael Iskander, and Nina White. The New York Drama Critics’ Circle comprises 20 drama critics from newspapers, magazines, wire services, and websites in the New York area. It is the nation’s second-oldest theater award, after the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is back. The annual striptease spectacular Broadway Bares will be in-person on June 26. Broadway Bares: XXX will feature new production numbers inspired by the show’s three-decade run… Dance Parade New York, the annual celebration of dance, returns Live on Saturday, May 21 in New York City. It begins at 12:00 noon at Broadway and 20th St. This year’s Grand Marshals are Heidi Latsky, Artistic Director of Heidi Latsky Dance; Rich Medina, hip hop DJ; and Edwardo Vilaro, CEO and Artistic Director of Ballet Hispanico…

 
    
 
       
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