Former Dear Evan Hansen star vlogger Andrew Barth Feldman has announced a one-night-only event to raise money for the renamed and soon-to-be renovated Barbra Barth Feldman Performing Arts Center at Lawrence Woodmere Academy, his alma mater. The center is being renamed after Feldman's mother, who passed away last year. She was the Director of Lawrence Woodmere Academy Summer Day and was later the Head of School.
“My mom was loved fiercely by everyone who knew her, and she loved everyone just as fiercely,” Feldman said. “When she passed in August of 2019, it was an extraordinary shock to all of us. Throughout her life, she taught us to see the good in the face of the bad, and celebrate it all every day. While I wish we could do the benefit in person to celebrate my mom all together, the show must go on, and we’re celebrating her life as big as we possibly can.”
Originally scheduled to be an in-person concert celebration, the fundraiser has been restructured as a virtual benefit and will take place live on May 31 at 7PM ET. An in-person celebration will take place on a date to be announced.
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It's been almost three years since Tony winner Ben Platt took his final bow in Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway, and he's been going nonstop ever since. In that time, he's released his first album Sing to Me Instead, starred in The Politician on Netflix (which just announced its season two release date), gone on tour and has been announced to star in the movie adaptation of Merrily We Roll Along with his BFF Beanie Feldstein. As if that weren't enough, Platt's concert at Radio City Music Hall was filmed for Netflix. Broadway.com chatted with the star about the night he'll never forget and more.
Although this isn't the premire he pictured for his Netflix special, Platt is excited about fans getting to enjoy the concert while being quarantined. "I think it couldn't have come at a more, unfortunately, at a more opportune time," he said. "People can't experience any live theater or live performance right now, and I think this is a really way to feel like you're in a room with people at a show. I wanted it to feel that way before all this happened. It strangely works really well for the moment. I think, hopefully, it …
The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre have shared the latest announcement from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport to set up a new Entertainment and Events Working Group. The coalition will include SOLT, UK Theatre, Arts Council England, Association of British Orchestras, One Dance UK and other organizations to find solutions that enable theatrical venues and businesses to reopen safely in the wake of COVID-19.
"We have been liaising closely with our members and then with DCMS to ensure that the complex needs of theater are understood. Theater currently has no income coming in and over 70% of our venues will run out of cash by the end of the year if we are not able to find an alternative model to social distancing," said Julian Bird, chief executive of SOLT and UK Theatre. "The formation of this taskforce is critical."
Three working groups with representatives from freelancers and organizations across the theater industry have already been established. The intention is to facilitate discussions with Public Health England and other specialists concerning safety measures for rehearsals and pre-production, operating venues safely and touring.
As previously reported, Equity and SOLT have come to an …
Broadway starand former Broadway.com vlogger Betsy Wolfe has announced that she and her husband, musician Adam Krauthamer, have welcomed their first child. She posted the news on Instagram on May 20: "Meet Poppy, our beautiful baby girl and quarantine pal for life."
A post shared by Betsy Wolfe (@bwolfepack) on May 20, 2020 at 6:55pm PDT
Wolfe and Krauthamer met in 2014 while rehearsing for Bullets Over Broadway. They were married in 2018.
In addition to Bullets Over Broadway, Wolfe's list of Broadway credits includes Falsettos, Waitress, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Everyday Rapture and 110 in the Shade. She has been seen off-Broadway in The Last Five Years and the debut staging of Everyday Rapture.
Krauthamer, a French horn player, has been heard in the orchestra pits of Frozen, The King and I, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella and Shrek The Musical. He is president of Local 802, the musicians union.
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