First Look at Cecily Strong Off-Broadway, 50 Years of Broadway Cast at Kennedy Center, and more!

Cecily Strong in the search for signs of intelligent life in the universe

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Today’s best stories include 50 years of Broadway programming at Kennedy Center! The cast includes Stephanie J. Block, Alfie Boe, Sierra Boggess, Gavin Creel, Christopher Jackson, LaChanze, Beth Leavel, Norm Lewis, Andrew Rannells, Frances Ruffelle, Vanessa Williams and Tony Yazbeck. Performances will take place on February 11 and 12, 2022 at the Kennedy Center Opera House.

gand a first glimpse of Cecily Strong in the off-Broadway production of The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.

Additionally, the world premiere of The Notebook’s Chicago Shakespeare Theater production has been postponed until September 2022 due to COVID-19.

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The best stories of the day

Stephanie J. Block, LaChanze, Andrew Rannells, Norm Lewis and more join 50 YEARS OF BROADWAY AT KENNEDY CENTER
by Chloé Rabinowitz

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced a star-studded lineup of Broadway and Kennedy Center favorites coming together for two performances only on February 11 and 12, 2022 at the Kennedy Center Opera House to celebrate 50 years of Broadway at the Kennedy Center .. (following…)

MARY POPPINS and PHANTOM West End cut performance times
by AA Cristi

The West End’s long-running production of Phantom of the Opera and the rebirth of Disney’s Mary Poppins have announced that they will be cutting their standard schedule from 8 shows per week to 6 shows per week. . (Following…)

Photos: Cecily Strong goes solo in SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE at The Shed
by AA Cristi

The Shed presents a newly commissioned production of The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, freshly revisited by playwright Jane Wagner. Tony-nominated director Leigh Silverman (Lifespan of a Fact, Violet) stars the iconic play starring Cecily Strong (Saturday Night Live, Schmigadoon!) In her film debut. . (Following…)

THE NOTEBOOK World Premiere Postponed to September 2022
by AA Cristi

The Chicago Shakespeare Theater today announced that the surge in COVID-19 cases in Chicago and nationwide and the multiple associated disruptions have necessitated the postponement of the world premiere of The Notebook .. (more .. .)

VIDEO: take a look behind the scenes of CYRANO in a new featurette
by Chloé Rabinowitz

Award-winning director Joe Wright envelops moviegoers in a symphony of emotions with music, romance and beauty in Cyrano, reimagining the timeless story of a heartbreaking love triangle. The greatest love story ever told takes place in select cities on January 28 and everywhere on February 11. (following…)

Tony Beowulf winner Boritt launches grant program for scenographers
by Marissa Tomeo

Project 1/52 is a recently launched financial grant program that will provide grants of $ 15,000 to theater designers. The project hopes to encourage early-career designers from historically excluded groups in an effort to diversify and strengthen the Broadway design community. (following…)

Brian Stokes Mitchell to introduce free event for color managers
by Marissa Tomeo

Broadway & Beyond: Access for Stage Managers of Color is pleased to announce its first networking event of the year, continuing its mission of providing vital industry opportunities, education and connections for color managers. (following…)

The Fred Ebb Foundation awards $ 2.6 million to Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS
by Chloé Rabinowitz

The foundation created by legendary lyricist Fred Ebb has awarded $ 2.6 million to Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, surpassing the foundation’s previous record-breaking donation a year ago and solidifying its place as the largest donor in history by Broadway Cares. (following…)

Los Angeles Philharmonic announces details for 2022 at Walt Disney Concert Hall
by Chloé Rabinowitz

Los Angeles Philharmonic Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel and David C. Bohnett President and CEO and CEO Chad Smith announced new details on the LA Phil’s winter-spring programs at The Walt Disney Concert Hall, January 7 to June 14, 2022.. (more…)

Broadway Birthdays

And a happy birthday to Eddie Redmayne, who turns 40 today!

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Redmayne currently appears in CABARET in the West End. He last appeared on Broadway in RED, for which he won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. The following year he starred in RICHARD II at the Donmar Warehouse. Some of his previous theatrical credits in London include RICHARD III, NOW OR LATER at the Royal Court, HECUBA in Donmar, THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA? at Almeida, MASTER HAROLD … AND THE BOYS in Everyman, TWELFTH NIGHT at Shakespeare’s Globe and OLIVER! at the London Palladium. The actor is well known for his role as “Marius” in Tom Hooper’s 2012 film adaptation of LES MISERABLES and recently won an Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG Award for playing Stephen Hawking in LA. THEORY OF EVERYTHING. He has also appeared on the big screen in JUPITER ASCENDING, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL, ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE and more. Redmayne will soon be seen in Hooper’s film THE DANISH GIRL, as well as the Harry Potter spinoff film FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM.

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