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SEPTEMBER 19, 2022


OREN IN BROADWAY BY THE YEAR CONCERT


A4D’s Oren Korenblum will be performing in Broadway By The Year on September 19 at The Town Hall in New York City. This is Oren’s third time performing in the concert series, and this time the show is celebrating The History of Song & Dance.

The concert will be filled with an explosion of tap, ballroom, jazz, ballet, and more! It will feature choreography from George M. Cohan, Fred and Adele Astaire, Agnes De Mille, Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett, Tommy Tune, Susan Stroman, Andy Blankenbuehler, Sergio Trujillo, Jerry Mitchell, and more.

Choreographed by Danny Gardner (Dames At Sea; Flying Over Sunset) with a cast of 20 Broadway singers and dancers, including special guest tap dancer Kendrick Jones (Shuffle Along...), this latest Broadway By The Year concert will highlight the contributions of both performers and choreographers.

Oren’s first appearance in Broadway By The Year was in February 2020 shortly before the industry shutdown. He’s very excited to go back on stage with this amazing cast and creative in New York City to celebrate all things dance.

Congratulations to Oren for this incredible booking. Tickets are now available!

  • Monday, September 19, 2022 @ 8pm
  • The Town Hall
  • 123 West 43rd Street
  • New York, NY 10036
  • Tickets $57-$67, are available here or theater box office

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Oren also teaches Advanced/Beginner Tap on Thursdays at 2:15pm at at Steps on Broadway.

INTO THE WOODS EXTENDS ON BROADWAY A FINAL TIME
The revival of Into the Woods has extended its limited engagement on Broadway for a final time. The production will play at the St. James Theatre through January 8, 2023. It was set close on August 21 and extended through October 16. Lear deBessonet directs the Broadway transfer of the Encores! staging of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s musical. Lorin Latarro choreographs. A slew of Broadway favorites stepped into the production on September 6 after many original cast members took their final bow on September 4. The current cast now features Stephanie J. Block as the Baker’s Wife with real-life husband Sebastian Arcelus as the Baker. Montego Glover and Patina Miller share the role of the Witch. Krysta Rodriguez plays Cinderella with Katy Geraghty as Little Red Ridinghood, Joshua Henry as Rapunzel’s Prince, Cole Thompson as Jack, Annie Golden as Cinderella’s Mother/Grandmother/Giant’s Wife, Ta’Nika Gibson as Lucinda, Brooke Ishibashi as Florinda, Albert Guerzon as Cinderella’s Father, Nancy Opel as Cinderella’s Stepmother, Alysia Velez as Rapunzel, and Jim Stanek as the Steward. Andy Karl played the Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince from September 6 through September 15 while Gavin Creel fulfills a prior commitment. Creel returns on September 16. This marks the third revival of Into the Woods and its first time back on Broadway in 20 years. A movie adaptation was released in 2014.


BRYCE PINKHAM, BRAD OSCAR & TIFFANY RENEE THOMPSON JOIN LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS OFF-BROADWAY
Tony nominees Bryce Pinkham and Brad Oscar along with Tiffany Renee Thompson, will join the cast of off-Broadway’s Little Shop of Horrors. The musical is now in its third year at the Westside Theatre. The revival features a book by Howard Ashman, music by Alan Menken, and lyrics by Ashman. Michael Mayer directs. Beginning September 27, Pinkham will play Orin Scrivello D.D.S. and Oscar will take over as Mr. Mushnik. Pinkham is a Tony nominee for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder and has also been seen in The Great Society, Holiday Inn, The Heidi Chronicles, Ghost, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Oscar was most recently seen in Mrs. Doubtfire and is a two-time Tony nominee for his performances in Something Rotten! and The Producers. His Broadway credits include Big Fish, Nice Work if You Can Get It, The Addams Family, Spamalot, Jekyll & Hyde, and Aspects of Love. Thompson will join the company on September 20 as Crystal. Her credits include Pip’s Island, Ghost, Seussical, and Avenue Q. This production won the 2020 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Revival of a Musical and earned both Lucille Lortel and Antonyo Award nominations for Outstanding Revival.

THE MUSIC MAN, STARRING HUGH JACKMAN & SUTTON FOSTER, TO CLOSE IN JANUARY
The Broadway revival of The Music Man, starring Hugh Jackman as Harold Hill and Sutton Foster as Marian Paroo, will play its final performance on January 1, 2023. The revival opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on February 10, 2022. At the time of its closing, it will have played 46 previews and 358 regular performances. The production also stars Jefferson Mays as Mayor Shinn, Jayne Houdyshell as Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn, Shuler Hensley as Marcellus Washburn, Marie Mullen as Mrs. Paroo, Remy Auberjonois as Charlie Cowell, Gino Cosculluela as Tommy Djilas, and Emma Crow as Zaneeta Shinn. The Music Man features a book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. Warren Carlyle is the choreographer with Patrick Vaccariello serving as the music director.

NEW MUSICAL BASED ON THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD ALI BEING DEVELOPED FOR BROADWAY
A new musical about the life of world heavyweight boxing champion and civil rights leader, Muhammad Ali, is being developed for Broadway. Ali is created by Teddy Abrams, the music director of Louisville Orchestra in Ali’s hometown. The new work will be written and directed by Clint Dryer, who serves as the Deputy Artistic Director of London's National Theatre. Abrams will write the score, which may feature some thematic pieces written for the multimedia rap-oratorio The Greatest: Muhammad Ali, which premiered in 2017 at the Louisville Orchestra. The musical has the full support from Lonnie Ali, the boxing champ’s widow. Richard Willis hopes to have Ali on Broadway by November 2024. It will be produced by Willis, Brook T. Smith, and TheTribecaWorkshop in collaboration with ABG Entertainment in partnership with Lonnie Ali.

ARIANA DeBOSE TO STAR IN WISH ANNOUNCED AT D23 EXPO
The biennial D23 Expo, known for being the biggest weekend for Disney fans, took place from September 9 through September 11. The company announced an abundance of new projects and premiere dates for shows and films starring Broadway favorites. The weekend also featured a slew of exciting first looks and trailers. Oscar winner and Broadway alum Ariana DeBose will star in Wish, the newest Disney animated feature film. With music by Julia Michaels, Wish is set in Rosas, the kingdom of wishes, and focuses on the power of wishes. DeBose will lead the company as Asha in the film written by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck and directed by Fawn Veerashunthorn. Wish is set to arrive in theaters in November 2023 in honor of Disney’s 100th anniversary.

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Kristin Chenoweth, Kenny Ortega, and Monarch Media are joining forces for a docuseries about Chenoweth’s Broadway Bootcamp. 1300 Miles to Broadway will introduce students in grades 8 to 12 to the world of performing arts through master classes in acting, singing, and dancing, following them on their journey as they prepare for a future as performers. Ortega, is helming the series and executive-producing alongside Chenoweth...

JAMES MONROE IGLEHART TO HOST INAUGURAL BLACK THEATRE UNITED GALA
Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart will host the inaugural gala for Black Theatre United. A Night to Remember will take place on October 3. Supported by Business for Good, the event will begin with a concert featuring performances by BTU founders Vanessa Williams, Norm Lewis, Audra McDonald, LaChanze, Capathia Jenkins, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Darius de Haas, Natasha Yvette Williams, and Lillias White as well as Josh Groban, Joaquina Kalukango, Chuck Cooper, Lilli Cooper, Eddie Cooper, and special appearances by Sara Bareilles and Gavin Creel. Jerry Dixon will direct the performance with Michael Mitchell providing musical direction. BTU will also honor trailblazing leaders in Black theater who are inspiring the next generation.

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL: THE SERIES SEASON 4
The popular series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, created by Broadway’s Tim Federle, has been renewed for a fourth season. The fourth season will follow as the students of East High learn that a fictional High School Musical 4: The Reunion is being shot at their school, which has audiences speculating that the season will actually reunite the original movie cast, including Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Corbin Bleu, Ashley Tisdale, and more. High School Musical: The Musical: The Series stars Joshua Bassett, Matt Cornett, Sofia Wylie, recent Into the Woods star Julia Lester, Dara Reneé, Frankie Rodriguez, Broadway’s Kate Reinders, and pop star Olivia Rodrigo. The first three seasons, that featured many Broadway favorites, even Bleu as himself, included Andrew Barth Feldman, Roman Banks, and more, can be streamed on Disney+.

LEA MICHELE FORCED OFF BROADWAY FOR 10 DAYS AFTER TESTING POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
Fans of Lea Michele hoping to finally see her singing and dancing in Funny Girl on Broadway will have to wait. The Glee actor tested positive for COVID-19 — missing the September 10 matinee and evening performance. She must now quarantine and is anticipated to return to the show on September 20. She only started on September 6. Funny Girl has been and still is tackling a tremendous wave of COVID with close to a dozen company members currently out. Julie Benko, who had been slated to play Fanny on Thursdays in the revival, will be performing the role now until Michele is back. Michele took over from Beanie Feldstein and said the role was a lifetime goal. Starting in July, vaccine requirements for Broadway audience members were lifted and theatergoers had the option to wear a mask in all Broadway theaters.

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Tony nominee Derek Klena, who plays Christian in Moulin Rouge! The Musical, and wife Elycia have welcomed their first child, Dax Arthur Klena, born on September 8… On September 6, 2022, dance legend and founder of the Hispanic Ballet of New York, Tina Ramirez, died at the age of 93. With a dance career spanning over 50 years, Ramirez became one of the most recognizable and cherished teachers in the dance community. Ramirez was born in 1929 and is most known for having founded the Ballet Hispánico in 1970…

  
       
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