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Patti LuPone, Jason Alexander & More Set for Benefit Reading of Judgment Day

Source: Broadway.com | Posted: August 12 2020 @ 1:31 pm

War Paint Tony nominee Patti LuPone

A virtual reading of Rob Ulin's Judgment Day will take place on August 22 at 7:30PM ET to benefit both Barrington Stage Company and The Actors Fund. The livestream, which will star Patti LuPone, Jason Alexander, Santino Fontana and Michael McKean, will be available through August 25. Those interested in tickets can head here.

Directed by Matthew Penn, Judgment Day tells the story of Sammy Campo (Alexander), a deeply corrupt lawyer, who has a near-death experience in which he encounters a terrifying angel (Lupone) who threatens him with eternal damnation. In a desperate attempt to redeem himself, Sammy teams with a Catholic priest (Fontana), who is having his own crisis of faith. Together they debate the timeless questions of morality as they form an unlikely bond in this irreverent comedy.

The cast will also include Elizabeth Stanley, Loretta Devine, Josh Johnston, Bianca LaVerne Jones, Julian Emile Lerner, Justina Machado, Carol Mansell and Michael Mastro.

Miscast20 Sets New Date & Reveals Performers, Including Adrienne Warren, Heather Headley & More

Source: Broadway.com | Posted: August 12 2020 @ 12:06 pm

Tina star Adrienne Warren has arrived.

MCC's previously postponed Miscast20, an online version of the annual gala featuring Broadway stars performing songs from roles in which they would never be cast, has a new date. Tune in to Miscast20 on September 13 at 8PM ET on the MCC YouTube channel. The virtual event will benefit both MCC Theater and the Mental Health Coalition.

An impressive initial list of performers has been announced and will include Adrienne Warren, Heather Headley, Rob McClure, Joshua Henry, Nicolette Robinson, Beanie Feldstein and Phillipa Soo. Seven additional performers will be announced later. The evening will also include appearances from Jocelyn Bioh, Raúl Esparza and Judith Light. Will Van Dyke will serve as the evening's musical supervisor.

“We’re extremely grateful that these incredible performers and members of our community are just as excited as we are to continue the Miscast tradition even from their homes,” said Artistic Director Bernie Telsey in a statement.

In addition to the performances, Miscast20 will feature a free raffle to win a table for 10 at Miscast 21 and a toast with the performers onstage after the show. Auction items available for online bidding this year include …

Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre to Reach Wider Audience Using Live Screen Relay

Source: Broadway.com | Posted: August 12 2020 @ 11:33 am

More audience members will now be able to experience the previously announced engagement of Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in London. Beginning on August 19, five high-definition cameras will relay the production via a giant screen on the venue’s lawn, which will have divided areas for each individual, ensuring social distancing. Tickets for Superstar On-Screen will initially be available for performances from August 19 through 30 with up to 5,000 extra £20 tickets released for the run, which is scheduled to take place through September 27.

The production, which is directed by Timothy Sheader and choreographed by Drew McOnie, will open on August 14. As previously reported, the venue has been reduced to 390 seats—30 percent of its usual capacity. There will be nine performances a week during the six-week run to make the production economically viable. As a result, Declan Bennett and Pepe Nufrio will share the role of Jesus. Tyrone Huntley and Ricardo Afonso will share the role of Judas. Anoushka Lucas and Maimuna Memon will share the role of Mary.

The cast will also feature David Thaxton as Pilate, Shaq Taylor as Herod, Ivan De Freitas as Caiaphas, Nathan Amzi as Annas, Phil …

Second City Tries To Give Itself An Anti-Racist Makeover — Will It Work This Time?

Source: ArtsJournal.com | Posted: August 12 2020 @ 11:03 am

“In interviews with more than 20 past and present performers, staff members and others, as well as with the leadership, the challenge of making these enormous changes becomes clear. This is at least the fifth time Second City has tried to reconcile the concerns of employees of color. … Yet the culture that many found […]

Audra McDonald, Rachel Brosnahan & Set for Virtual Sleep Out for Covenant House

Source: Broadway.com | Posted: August 12 2020 @ 11:00 am

Six-time Tony winner and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune star Audra McDonald strikes a pose.

Covenant House, the international charity providing housing, food and healthcare to children and youth facing homelessness, will bring a star-packed Sleep Out online on August 24 beginning at 8PM ET. Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, who is also a member of the Covenant House Board of Directors, is among the many participating.

Typically, Sleep Out participants take to the pavement and walk in the shoes of homeless people. In the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, participants are encouraged to sleep on their floor or in their backyard instead. The evening's broadcast will feature stage and screen stars, young people living at Covenant House and the essential workers keeping them safe.

In addition to McDonald, the evening's participants and fundraisers include Rachel Brosnahan, Ariana DeBose, Adrienne Warren, Rachel Zegler, Shereen Pimentel, Kyle Selig and more. Interested in taking part? Head here.

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