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SEPTEMBER 12, 2022


TARYN-ELLE IN QATAR FOR FIFA WORLD CUP


We recently learned that long-time member, Taryn-Elle Faustman booked a gig in Qatar… We caught up with her to learn how she landed the job!
 
It all started in 2017 when I was a dancer in the inaugural cast at Mall Of Qatar in Doha, Qatar. The Mall of Qatar is an entertainment destination that premiered the world’s first resident troupe. We performed in mall-wide entertainment in live shows on a 360-degree multi-lift, rotating festival stage with theatrical sound and lighting with animated water features. And it’s where I first worked with the entertainment company Premium Group.
 
When the pandemic hit, my sister Lenaya Faustman and I used the downtime to create our own choreography company, LTCreatives. We shared our work with connections we made as performers over the years. Premium Group became interested and wanted to keep us in mind for future opportunities.
 
Fast forward to 2022. We received a message that Premium Group needed choreographers for performances at HIYA International Airport for the FIFA World Cup. And they wanted us!
 
It all happened very quickly, as they do in Qatar. My sister couldn’t join me on this journey because of a ship contract. My best friend Sophia Bebyck and performer/choreographer stepped in to take her place. We were on a tight schedule had to start creating, casting, and choreographing at a distance until I could arrive. We used video calls, WhatsApp messages, and mood boards to begin creating.
 
Our first performance was the countdown to the World Cup, 100 Days to Go until FIFA.
 
We will be creating shows once a month to be performed at the Airport. Once the World Cup officially kicks off in November, we’ll have performances twice a day for passengers arriving from all around the world to embrace the soccer spirit. Our contract will run until mid December, choreographing and creating all the shows as well as embracing the World Cup in Qatar.
 
Throughout my years as a dancer, training, performing, auditioning, and travelling, I have learned, it’s so important to keep connections with industry professionals. It sometimes comes down to who you know. Work hard and leave a memorable mark. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, showcase what you’re creating, so if an opportunity comes around, they remember you, and think of you for these moments.


Congratulations Taryn. This is exciting and we look forward to hearing more from you. And we had one last question for her… How has Answers4dancers helped in your career?


I joined A4D back when I was 19. It’s a beautiful place to network and join forces with fellow performers. It’s great to know there are other dancers out there who are feeling the same way you do… after all, it’s not always rainbows and butterflies. A4D is a great way to learn and gain more insight into this crazy career we all love!
 

MORE ON TARYN’S GREAT ADVENTURE >

TARYN’S COMPANY LTCreatives >

JOSH GROBAN & ANNALEIGH ASHFORD TO STAR IN SWEENEY TODD ON BROADWAY
Tony nominee Josh Groban and Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford will return to Broadway next year in Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Thomas Kail will direct the production, which will begin performances at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on February 26, 2023 with opening night set for March 26. Groban made his Broadway debut in 2017 in Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, for which he received a Tony nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. In 2018, he hosted the Tony Awards alongside Sara Bareilles. He is a multi-platinum recording artist with four Grammy Award nominations. Ashford, who will play Mrs. Lovett, was last seen on Broadway in Sunday in the Park with George with Jake Gyllenhaal. A Tony winner for her performance in You Can't Take It With You, her Broadway credits also include Sylvia, Kinky Boots, Hair, Legally Blonde, and Wicked. She has appeared on screen in B Positive, American Crime Story, The Good Fight, Younger, and more. The Sweeney Todd musical debuted on Broadway in 1979 at the Uris Theatre (now the Gershwin), winning eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score. In 2007, Tim Burton directed the movie adaptation. The film received two Golden Globe Awards and three Academy Award nominations. The production will feature choreography by Steven Hoggett.


CAST ANNOUNCED FOR NEW ANNIE NATIONAL TOUR
Ellie Pulsifer, a 12-year-old performer from South Florida, makes her tour debut in the title role along with Christopher Swan as Oliver Warbucks, Stefanie Londino as Miss Hannigan, Julia Nicole Hunter as Grace, Nick Bernardi as Rooster, Krista Curry as Lily, and Mark Woodard as FDR. Addison, a stray mutt rescued by Tony Award Honoree William Berloni through the Humane Society in 2017, appears as Sandy. The story is based on Harold Gray’s popular comic strip, Little Orphan Annie, which premiered in the 1920s in the New York Daily News. It became one of the most widely read strips in the 1930s and 1940s. Annie features a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Martin Charnin. All three authors received 1977 Tony Awards for their work. The beloved score includes Maybe, It’s the Hard Knock Life, You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile, Easy Street, I Don’t Need Anything But You, and the eternal anthem of optimism, Tomorrow.

JONATHAN HASHMONAY, MAITE UZAL & MORE SET FOR FIDDLER ON THE ROOF TOUR
Fiddler on the Roof will recommence its touring production for the 2022-2023 season with performances beginning on October 11 at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit, Michigan. The Bartlett Sher-helmed musical resumed its tour October 2021 following the shutdown. The cast features Jonathan Hashmonay as Tevye, Maite Uzal as Golde, Andrew Hendrick as Lazar Wolf, Mary Beth Webber as Yente, Randa Meierhenry as Tzeitel, GraceAnn Kontak as Hodel, Yardén Barr as Chava, Daniel Kushner as Motel, Austin J. Gresham as Perchik, Carson Robinette as Fyedka, and Jason Thomas Sofge as Constable. Fiddler on the Roof is rich with Broadway hits, including To Life (L’Chaim!), If I Were A Rich Man, Sunrise Sunset, Matchmaker, Matchmaker, and Tradition. The original Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof which opened in 1964 and featured choreography by Jerome Robbins, was the first musical in history to surpass 3,000 performances. The show won the 1965 Tony Award for Best Musical in addition to eight other Tony Awards.

ADELE, PAUL McCARTNEY, RINGO STARR & EMINEM ARE NOW A TONY AWARD AWAY FROM EGOT
With their big wins at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Adele, and Eminem are one step closer to EGOT status. The only award left to achieve for all four... is a Tony Award. Adele took home an Emmy Award for her CBS special One Night Only. Eminem earned three awards for the Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show. McCartney and Starr earned five awards for their docuseries The Beatles: Get Back. Also of note: Schmigadoon!, the musical comedy series, which stars Broadway’s Aaron Tveit, Ariana DeBose, Alan Cumming, Jane Krakowski and more, received the award for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics for Cinco Paul’s music and lyrics. Annie Live! won an Emmy for Outstanding Hairstyling for a Variety, Nonfiction or Reality program. HBO’s Euphoria won for Outstanding Choreography for Scripted Programming.

NEW JAMES EARL JONES THEATRE TO BE UNVEILED ON SEPTEMBER 12
Broadway’s newest theater, the James Earl Jones Theatre, will be unveiled for the first time on September 12. The James Earl Jones replaces the Cort Theatre on West 48th Street. The $47 million restoration and expansion of the building includes the addition of a five-story annex and improvements to theater’s marquee and interior. The celebration will include special performances, tours of the renovated theater, and an unveiling of the new marquee. Jones has appeared in 21 Broadway productions, including two at the Cort Theatre. He is part of the small community of artists who have been awarded with an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. The Audra McDonald-led Ohio State Murders will be the first production to bow at the venue when it begins performances on November 11 ahead of opening on December 8.

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Into the Woods star Brian d’Arcy James is is set to appear in Netflix’s upcoming film The Pain Hustlers, starring Chris Evans and Emily Blunt. The drama follows Liza Drake (Blunt), a high-school dropout dreaming of a better life. She lands a job with a failing pharmaceutical startup, she soon finds herself at the center of a criminal conspiracy with deadly consequences… Mr. Saturday Night, starring Billy Crystal, played its final performance at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre on September 4...

A BEAUTIFUL NOISE, THE NEIL DIAMOND MUSICAL CONFIRMS BROADWAY CAST
Will Swenson will reprise his performance as Neil Diamond when A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical bows on Broadway. The musical recently completed its pre-Broadway run at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre. It will play Broadway’s Broadhurst Theatre beginning November 2 and is set to open on December 4. Tony winner Michael Mayer directs with Steven Hoggett as choreographer. Oscar nominee Anthony McCaren wrote the book for the musical, which features Diamond’s music. Also reprising their turns from the Boston run are Mark Jacoby as Diamond at his current age, looking back as Swenson plays a younger version, Tony nominee Robyn Hurder as Marcia, and Linda Powell as the therapist who challenges Diamond to examine his past. Diamond has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. His hit songs include America, Sweet Caroline, September Morn, Love on the Rocks, Solitary Man, Kentucky Woman, and Heartlight.

NATHAN LANE WINS FIRST EMMY AWARD
Nathan Lane, 3-time Tony Award winner and favorite of the screen and stage, won his first Emmy Award after six previous nominations (three for Modern Family, The Good Wife, Frasier, Mad About You). His seventh nomination came for Hulu’s comedy Only Murders In the Building starring opposite Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez. Lane starred on Broadway in Taylor Mac’s absurdist black comedy Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus at the Booth Theatre directed by George C. Wolfe. It received seven Tony Award nominations. He appeared in Broadway and West End productions of Angels in America as Roy M. Cohn. Additional Broadway credits include Present Laughter, Merlin, Wind in the Willows, Guys and Dolls, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Producers, The Frogs, The Odd Couple, The Addams Family, and more.

BRANDON VICTOR DIXON & AMRA FAYE WRIGHT TO JOIN ANGELICA ROSS IN CHICAGO
Brandon Victor Dixon and Amra-Faye Wright will join Chicago as Billy Flynn and Velma Kelly. They will star alongside Angelica Ross as Roxie Hart starting September 12 at the Ambassador Theatre. Dixon was last seen on the New York stage in Grammy winner Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter and Oscar winner John Ridley’s Black No More. He won a Tony Award for producing Hedwig and the Angry Inch and received nominations for his turns as Harpo in The Color Purple and Eubie Blake in Shuffle Along. He was Emmy nominated for Judas Iscariot in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. Wright played Velma in 2001 on the U.K. national tour. She has appeared in the West End, South African, Japanese, and international touring companies of Chicago. Chicago features a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Ebb. The production features choreography by Ann Reinking in the style of Fosse.

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Sarah Bockel is set to reprise her Broadway performance as Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at Maine’s Ogunquit Playhouse. The production features several other former Beautiful Broadway actors, including Suzanne Grodner as Genie Klein and Ben Jacoby as Barry Mann. The musical is set to run from September 15 through October 30… Queen Elizabeth, the longest-reigning British Monarch, died on September 8 at age 96. Prince Charles, age 73, father of William and Harry, will assume the throne…

  
       
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