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MAY 16, 2022


THE ACTORS FUND HAS A NEW NAME


If you're not familiar with The Actors Fund, make sure to take notes on their new name and all the support services and fundraising efforts that have been available to dancers. 
 


The Actors Fund has a new name. Founded in 1882, the 140-year-old national human services organization for performing arts and entertainment is now the Entertainment Community Fund. The name was changed to better reflect the broad scope of industry professionals they help.

Fund Chairman Brian Stokes Mitchell made the announcement at the Fund’s Annual Gala on May 9. “It’s a new name and a new look, with the same mission,” said Mitchell. The Gala raised a record-breaking $1.7 million.

The Entertainment Community Fund has been the only organization with reach from coast to coast committed to helping all of those who work in entertainment and the performing arts, in every aspect over their lifespan and throughout the entire course of their careers.

Career Transition For Dancers is a valued service of the Entertainment Community Fund that helps dancers with career planning. They provide transition support as well as emergency financial assistance and scholarships.

If you’re not familiar with the resources available from the Entertainment Community Fund, take a few minutes to check out all the services they provide. You never know when you might want to attend one of their seminars or contact them for help.


MORE ON ENTERTAINMENT COMMUNITY FUND >
 


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TONY NOMINATIONS ARE HERE FOR THE 75TH TONY AWARDS
Tony winner Adrienne Warren and three-time Tony nominee Joshua Henry announced the nominees live on May 9 for The 75th Tony Awards that will take place on June 12. Oscar winner Ariana DeBose will be the host. The ceremony will return to Radio City Music Hall as a four-hour television and streaming event that will be broadcast live coast to coast. This year’s Tony Awards made history with L Morgan Lee as the first openly transgender person to be nominated in an acting category in the Tony Awards’ 75 years who was nominated for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for ‘Thought 1’ in A Strange Loop. Musicals with the most nominations were A Strange Loop with 11, MJ The Michael Jackson Musical with 10, and Paradise Square with 10 nominations. Rounding out the Best Musical category is Girl From the North Country, Mr. Saturday Night, and Six: The Musical. In the Best Revival of a Musical category, three were nominated: Caroline, Or Change, Company, and The Music Man. Recognized for Best Leading Actor in a Musical are Billy Crystal, Mr. Saturday Night; Myles Frost, MJ; Hugh Jackman, The Music Man; Rob McClure, Mrs. Doubtfire; and Jaquel Spivey, A Strange Loop. In the Best Leading Actress in a Musical category, nominees are Sharon D Clarke, Caroline, Or Change; Carmen Cusack, Flying Over Sunset; Sutton Foster, The Music Man; Joaquina Kalukango, Paradise Square; and Mare Winningham, Girl From the North Country. Best Direction of a Musical nominees are Stephen Brackett, A Strange Loop; Marianne Elliott, Company; Conor McPherson, Girl From the North Country; Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage, SIX: The Musical; and Christopher Wheedon, MJ. Finally, for Best Choreography, nominees are Camille A. Brown, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf; Warren Carlyle, The Music Man; Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, SIX: The Musical; Bill T. Jones, Paradise Square; and Christopher Wheedon, MJ.


JOHNNY CASH MUSICAL DIRECTED BY DES McANUFF HEADED TO BROADWAY
Tommy Mottola is set to take the life of Johnny Cash to the Broadway stage. Mottola is the co-owner of Casablanca Records with Universal Music Group. He was the head of Sony Music Entertainment for nearly 15 years. Mottola has represented Mariah Carey, Gloria Estefan, Shakira, and Jennifer Lopez. The project is currently entitled Johnny and June, after Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash. Des McAnuff is a two-time Tony Award-winning director and former Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival. He will serve as the show’s director. On Broadway, he helmed Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, The Farnsworth Invention, Jersey Boys, Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, The Who’s Tommy, and Big River. He has directed Ain’t Too Proud, and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. McAnuff and Mottola have collaborated frequently in the past. Johnny Cash sold more than 90 million records worldwide. His genre-spanning songs and sound embraced country, rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk, and gospel. This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honor of being inducted into the Country Music, Rock and Roll, and Gospel Music Halls of Fame.

BETSY WOLFE, PAULO SZOT & MORE ANNOUNCED FOR & JULIET TORONTO PREMIERE
The North American premiere production of the new musical comedy, & Juliet has its cast. It will play at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto June 22-August 14. & Juliet features a book by Schitt’s Creek Emmy winner David West Read and music from five-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer Max Martin. Lorna Courtney will star as Juliet. She has been seen on Broadway in Dear Evan Hansen and Ivo van Hove’s revival of West Side Story. The cast includes Tony winner Paulo Szot as Lance, Betsy Wolfe as Anne Hathaway, Stark Sands as Shakespeare, and Ben Jackson Walker as Romeo. Luke Sheppard directs and Jennifer Weber choreographs. A playlist of pop anthems includes Since U Been Gone, Roar, Baby One More Time, Larger Than Life, That’s The Way It Is, and Can’t Stop the Feeling.

GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY WILL LAUNCH NORTH AMERICAN TOUR NEXT YEAR
Girl From the North Country, which received seven Tony Award nominations, will hit the road in a national touring production beginning in the fall of 2023. The tour will begin at Hennepin Theatre Trust / Broadway in Minneapolis’ historic Orpheum Theatre before heading to cities such as Baltimore, Buffalo, Dallas, Greenville, Las Vegas, Seattle, Tulsa, and Washington, D.C. Girl From The North Country, written and directed by Conor McPherson, boldly reimagines 20 legendary songs of Bob Dylan, as they’ve never been heard before. This spiritually uplifting story is set in Duluth, Minnesota in 1934 when a group of wanderers’ lives intersect at a house full of music, life, and hope. The Broadway production is now playing at the Belasco Theatre.

TONY WINNER JENNIFER HOLLIDAY TO PLAY MATRON ‘MAMA’ MORTON IN CHICAGO ON BROADWAY

Tony and Grammy-winning Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday will return to Chicago on Broadway as Matron ‘Mama’ Morton this summer. Holliday will take over the role from Brenda Braxton on June 9 and appear through July 31. Holliday first played the role in the summer of 2001. Holliday is best known as Effie Melody White in the 1981 musical Dreamgirls, for which she won the 1982 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, a Theatre World Award, and a Drama Desk Award. She won a 1983 Grammy Award for her single of Dreamgirls anthem And I Am Telling You I Am Not Going. Holliday’s Broadway credits include Your Arms Too Short to Box With God, Grease, and the revival of The Color Purple.

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Tina: The Tina Turner Musical saw an increase at the box office and capacity. The musical, starring Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, brought in $1,065,578 in gross sales, almost $200,000 more than the prior week. Audiences filled the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre to an average of 73.53%, nearly a 14% increase over last week. Moulin Rouge! The Musical stayed in the top categories as Aaron Tveit, Natalie Mendoza, Ricky Rojas, and Tam Mutu played their final performances…

ARIANA DeBOSE JOINS SEASON FOUR OF HBO’S WESTWORLD
Ariana DeBose will appear in HBO’s hit series, Westworld in a recurring role. She joins Evan Rachel Wood, Emmy winner Thandiwe Newton, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Luke Hemsworth, Aaron Paul, and Angela Sarafyan. The new season is set to debut on June 26 on HBO and to stream on HBO Max. DeBose will host the 75th Annual Tony Awards from Radio City Music Hall on June 12. She has been seen as Alyssa Green in Ryan Murphy’s film adaption of The Prom on Netfilx and in Apple’s Schmigadoon! She was nominated for a Tony for Summer: The Donna Summer Musical and appeared on Broadway in Hamilton, Pippin, A Bronx Musical, Motown, and Bring It On. DeBose’s TV credits include So You Think You Can Dance, Blue Bloods, and The Breaks.

HARMONY: A NEW MUSICAL TO RELEASE CAST RECORDING
Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s Harmony: A New Musical, which is currently playing at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, is set to record and release a cast recording. The show stars Chip Zien, Sierra Boggess, Elise Frances Daniells, Zak Edwards, Abby Goldfarb, Eddie Grey, Shayne Kennon, Kolby Kindle, Benjamin H. Moore, Matthew Mucha, Tori Palin, Barrett Riggins, Kayleen Seidl, Andrew O’Shanick, Dan Teixeira, Nancy Ticotin, and Kate Wesler. Harmony tells the true story of the Comedian Harmonists in 1920s Germany who took the world by storm with their signature blend of sophisticated close harmonies until their inclusion of Jewish singers put them on a collision course with history. Tony winner Warren Carlyle directs and choreographs the production.

STEPHANIE J. BLOCK TO STAR IN SUNSET BOULEVARD AT THE KENNEDY CENTER
Broadway Center Stage, a series of Broadway musicals produced exclusively for Kennedy Center audiences, is back with three productions. Guys and Dolls, directed by Marc Bruni, kicks off the season from October 11-16 at the Eisenhower Theater. Sunset Boulevard is the second production of the series. Tony winner Stephanie J. Block will star as Norma Desmond at the Eisenhower Theater from February 1-6, 2023. The Broadway Center Stage season finishes with John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Terrance McNally’s Kiss of the Spider Woman, running from May 15-21, 2023 at the Eisenhower Theater. The Kennedy Center will welcome several national touring productions: Wicked, Les Misérables, The Lion King, 1776, The Play That Goes Wrong, and Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

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Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Tony Award winner Joel Grey presented a proclamation from NYC to declare May 11, 2022 Bryant Park Day, celebrating Bryant Park’s 30th anniversary of reopening in 1992. There was a ribbon-cutting to officially open the Bryant Park season. Bryant Park President Dan Biederman began with a speech on the history and importance of the park to NYC, followed by Tony Award Winner and Broadway Legend Brian Stokes Mitchell speaking to the significance of the park to arts and entertainment. Tony Award Nominee Jennifer Simard was also in attendance to celebrate the day….

 
      
 
       
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