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Copyright: December 1, 2019
By: Laura Deni


Every time a decade rolls it seems compulsory to recap the previous 10 years in some manner.

Once upon a time the Tony Award was the crowning achievement for actors who worked in the theatre. Working on the big screen where you appear larger than life was acceptable; however, doing time on the small screen television was viewed as demeaning.

No more.

Looking back at 2019 and the decade of the 2010s more actors have transferred from the stage to the "idiot box" than at any other time in history. That little screen translates into Q recognition as well as being known at the bank for all the right reasons.

Although some stars are now better known for their television roles, it was Broadway which got them noticed and respected, serving as the springboard to prominent television success. A spot check turned up:

MATTHEW BRODERICK portrays Patrick the boyfriend of Jackie Harris on The Connors. In addition, in 2018, it was announced that Broderick was cast in the main role of Michael Burr in the Netflix comedy-drama series Daybreak. In 2019 he began impersonating Mike Pompeo on Saturday Night Live.

Broderick's first major acting role came in an HB Studio workshop production of playwright Horton Foote's On Valentine's Day, playing opposite his father, who was a friend of Foote's. This was followed by a supporting role as Harvey Fierstein's gay adopted son, David, in the Off-Broadway production of Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy.

Broderick has won two Tony Awards, one for Best Featured Actor in a Play for Brighton Beach Memoirs (1983), and one for Best Actor in a Musical for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1995). As of 2019, Broderick remains the youngest winner of the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.

Broderick has been inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

VICTORIA CLARK made her professional stage debut in 1987 in Les Misérables as Madame Thénardier in the lst US National Tour. In 2005, she won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her role in The Light in the Piazza. She also won the Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and the Joseph Jefferson Award for her performances in the same show. She currently appears on television in Almost Family on FOX.

KRISTIN CHENOWETH made her Broadway debut in the spring of 1997 as Precious McGuire in the musical Steel Pier by Kander and Ebb. In 1999, she won a Tony Award for her performance as Sally Brown in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown on Broadway. In 2003, Chenoweth originated the role of Glinda in the musical Wicked, including a nomination for another Tony. Her television roles have included Annabeth Schott in NBC's The West Wing and Olive Snook on the ABC comedy-drama Pushing Daisies, for which she won a 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Chenoweth appeared in the lead role of Marian in the 2003 television film, The Music Man, opposite Matthew Broderick. In 2009, Chenoweth began a recurring role as April Rhodes in Glee.

In 2018 on Trial & Error, she appeared as Lavinia Peck-Foster, an eccentric heiress accused of her husband's murder.

James Corden
JAMES CORDEN not only won a Tony, but went on to host the awards show, received his own OBE from Anne, the Princess Royal and stars in his own late night talk show, The Late, Late Show with James Corden. His first stage appearance was at the age of 18 with a one-line part in the 1996 musical Martin Guerre. Starting in June 2011, Corden played the lead role in the hit comedy play One Man, Two Guvnors. The play was also cinecast worldwide as part of the National Theatre Live cinecasts, and transferred from the National Theatre to the West End after touring.

In April 2012, One Man, Two Guvnors transferred to Broadway, with Corden continuing to play the lead. In June 2012, he won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for his performance.

Viola Davis
VIOLA DAVIS the How to Get Away With Murder star began her career on the stage. In 2001, Davis won her first Tony for best featured actress in King Hedley II, and by 2010 she had won her second Tony for best actress in the play Fences.

CHRISTINE EBERSOLE who was last seen on Broadway opposite Patti LuPone in War Paint, appears as Dottie the mother of Bob (Billy Gardell) in the CBS series Bob (Heart) Abishola She began her career on Broadway in the musical 42nd Street, winning a Tony Award, and appeared both off-Broadway and on Broadway in the musical Grey Gardens, winning her second Tony Award.

DAN FOGLER before achieving small screen and film fame on The Walking Dead and the Fantastic Beasts series, Dan made his Broadway debut as William Barfee in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, winning the 2005 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. He currently has a reoccurring role on The Goldbergs.

SUTTON FOSTER left Troy High School before graduating (she received her diploma via correspondence courses) to join the national tour of The Will Rogers Follies directed by Tommy Tune. She has received two Tony Awards for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, in 2002 for her role as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and in 2011 for her performance as Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes. Her other Broadway credits include Little Women, The Drowsy Chaperone, Young Frankenstein, Shrek the Musical, and Violet. On television, Foster played the lead role the ABC comedy-drama Bunheads from 2012 to 2013. Since March 2015, she has starred in the TV Land comedy-drama Younger.

RENEE ELISE GOLDSBERRY who won a Tony for Hamilton returned to TV in the CBS show Evil as an attorney for the Catholic Church.

ALLISON JANNEY made her professional stage debut with the Off-Broadway production Ladies and followed with numerous bit parts in various similar productions, before making her Broadway debut in the 1996 revival of Present Laughter. She won Drama Desk Awards and received Tony Award nominations for her performances in the 1997 Broadway revival of A View from the Bridge, and the 2009 original Broadway production of the musical 9 to 5. Janney's TV breakthrough came with the role of C. J. Cregg in the NBC political drama The West Wing (1999–2006), for which she received four Primetime Emmy Awards. Since 2013, she has starred as a cynical recovering addict in the CBS sitcom Mom. Her performance on the show has gained her five consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations and won her two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

In 2017, Janney starred in the biographical dark comedy I, Tonya, portraying LaVona Golden, volatile mother of the titular Tonya Harding. For her prformance Janney received an Academy Award. Also in 2017, Janney returned to Broadway to play the leading role of Ouisa Kittredge in John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation.

GREGORY JBARA won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance as the dad in Billy Elliot. He returned to the show for a bit in 2010 and 2011 and has since found small screen fame on Blue Bloods.

STEVE KAZEE won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical in 2012 for playing Guy in Once. He went on to appear in TV’s Shameless and Nashville.

KEVIN KLINE has won an Oscar and three Tony Awards and is a 2003 American Theatre Hall of Fame inductee. Kline began his career on stage in 1972 with The Acting Company. He has gone on to win three Tony Awards for his work on Broadway, winning Best Featured Actor in a Musical for the 1978 original production of On the Twentieth Century, Best Actor in a Musical for the 1981 revival of The Pirates of Penzance, and Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for the 2017 revival of Present Laughter. Since 2011 Kline has had a recurring role on the animated comedy series Bob's Burgers.

LINDSAY MICHELLE MENDEZ won the 2018 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Carrie Pipperidge in a Broadway revival of Carousel. She is making her television debut co-starring with Ruthie Ann Miles in the new CBS legal drama, All Rise which focuses on lives of the workers of the court system, including judges, lawyers, clerks, bailiffs, and officers.

Ruthie Ann Miles in The King and I
RUTHIE ANN MILES made her stage debut in 2004 as Leah in Two by Two directed by Martin Charnin at the Cumberland County Playhouse.

For her starring role as Imelda Marcos in Here Lies Love, in 2013 off-Broadway at The Public Theatre, she won a Theatre World Award and a Lucille Lortel Award.

For her role as Lady Thiang in the 2015 Broadway revival of The King and I, she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.

In 2016, she had a recurring television role on The Americans. In 2019 she co-stars as Sherri Kansky in the above mentioned CBS series All Rise.

Billy Porter at the Tony Awards.
BILLY PORTER won the 2013 Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Lola in Kinky Boots. For the role, Porter also won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical and Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical.

In 2014 Porter won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for Kinky Boots.

He currently stars in the television series Pose for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and won the 2019 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, becoming the first openly gay black man to be nominated and win in any lead acting category at the Primetime Emmys.

SARA RAMIREZ won a Tony in 2005 for best featured actress in the musical Spamalot before fixing bones on the hit TV series Grey’s Anatomy.

MARISSA JARET WINOKUR originated the role of Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray. She won the 2003 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, and returned to the Broadway production twice, closing out the final run of the show in 2009. After TV stints on The Talk, Dancing with the Stars and Dance Your Ass Off, the Celebrity Big Brother winner reprised her Hairspray performance at the Hollywood Bowl in 2011.

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WALK, DON'T RUN: 60 YEARS OF THE VENTURES Sixty years after the release of their first hit, Walk, Don't Run, the Ventures are considered the most influential, best-selling instrumental band in rock and roll history. To showcase the group's impact on pop culture, guitar players, and their worldwide fan base, the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles presents a new exhibit showcasing original items from the group's six-decade career including instruments, tour programs, never-before-seen photos, vinyl, and more. The exhibit will open on December 7, and will run until August 3, 2020.

On Jan. 9, musician Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (who has been associated with The Ventures since the 1980’s and has done recordings with them over the years), Fiona Taylor (Mel Taylor's widow and band manager), will be at the Museum to discuss stories behind the exhibit with Scott Goldman in the Clive Davis Theater. “It’s such an honor to have an exhibit dedicated to The Ventures at the Grammy Museum and be recognized for our impact on music history,” said Don Wilson, founding member of the band. “I like to think that, because we ‘Venturized’ the music we recorded and played, we made it instantly recognizable as being The Ventures. We continue to do that, even today.”

Walk, Don't Run: 60 Years Of The Ventures will offer an inside look at how the Ventures grew to be considered one of the most prolific bands in rock music, having recording more than 250 albums in the past 60 years. The inherent versatility as an instrumental band has allowed the band to explore several musical styles throughout their career, including surf, country, classical, and more. Between 1960 and 1972, 38 of the Ventures albums made it to the charts. Additionally, the Ventures released instructional albums that have made it to the Billboard charts. Many novice guitar players have credited these educational LPs as a direct influence on their own bands, which has earned the Ventures the honorary title of "the band that launched a thousand bands."

Exhibit highlights include:
A 1965 Ventures model Mosrite electric guitar
Fender Limited Edition Ventures Signature guitars (1996)
Mel Taylor's Gretsch snare drum
Original 45 rpm of Walk, Don't Run
Original test pressing of Hawaii Five-O

2019 NATIVE ART MARKET The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian hosts its annual Native Art Market in Washington, DC, featuring works by more than 35 Native artists.

The weekend event offers visitors a unique opportunity to purchase traditional and contemporary handcrafted artworks—including silver and jewelry, fine apparel, beadwork, dolls, pottery, dolls, prints and sculpture—by some of the finest Native artists from across the Western Hemisphere. Now in its 14th year, the museum’s Native Art Market invites lovers of art and craftsmanship to meet Native artists and learn about traditional Native arts and contemporary Native creativity.

Saturday, December 7, and Sunday, December 8, 2019.

DAY WITH(OUT) ART TO BE COMMEMORATED today, Sunday, December 1, 2019 at Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey.

December 1 marks the 30th anniversary of Day With(out) Art, a day when cultural organizations raise awareness of AIDS, remember people who have died and inspire positive action. In honor of this event, the Museum will host a tour of the current exhibition States of Health: Visualizing Illness and Healing and a period for reflection. A reception will follow.

States of Health: Visualizing Illness and Healing features over 80 objects from around the world, from antiquity to the present – including paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, photographs and multimedia – that collectively illuminate the role that art plays in shaping our perceptions and experiences of illness and healing. The exhibition is organized into four thematic groupings; in the first, “Confronting Contagion,” works responding to the AIDS crisis include Deborah Bell’s mixed media Prayer Piece (2000), the photograph Patricia and Dawn and Friends from the series “A Positive Life: Portraits of Women Living with HIV (1996) by Mary Berridge, Marcus Leatherdale’s 1988 photograph of a seated man simply entitled AIDS and a 1992 screenprint from a graphic memoir created by the artist David Wojnarowicz and the cartoonist James Romberger illustrating Wojnarowicz’s life, from his years as a homeless teenager to his struggles with AIDS.

THE CITY OF ATLANTA MAYOR'S OFFICE OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS (OCA) invites architects, visual artists, and designers to submit qualifications for the design and installation of the Eternal Flame Monument to memorialize the victims of the Atlanta Child Murders. The monument will be located on the grounds of Atlanta City Hall.

The deadline to submit the requested information is Monday, December 16 at 11:59 pm. The selected artist or team of artists will receive $200,000 for their work.

Interested artists are invited to submit their digital portfolio (as one PDF document), resume, and statement of intent for review and consideration to OCA Public Art Program Manager Robert Witherspoon.

This is an open call to both local and national design teams and individual artists. Additionally, all artists in the City of Atlanta Artists Registry, which includes both local and nationally recognized artists, are eligible to pursue this call. All qualifying applicants, regardless of race, gender, orientation, religion, nationality, origin, or disability will be considered.

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takes place December 4, 2019 at St. Martin in the Fields in London.

The famous baroque English Anglican church dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours, in London's Trafalgar Square designed by James Gibbs is opposite The Connection, a shelter for the homeless that is overwhelmed by demand.

All money raised on this spectacular evening will help St Martin’s continue its work, through its building, ministry and supporting people away from homelessness.

During the 1950s, St Martin’s presented an annual nativity performance to raise money. In 1958, St. Martin's commissioned Ralph Vaughan Williams to compose the music for the production which would raise funds for the Ockenden Venture, an organization that sought to rescue and rehouse child refugees from Nazi camps. It has been pointed out that "nowadays too many of our refugees are victims of our own society."

Now rarely performed, this Christmas St Martin’s will be reviving this tradition with a new performance of the Vaughan Williams’ nativity, The First Nowell, which was left unfinished at his death in 1958 and completed by his amanuensis Roy Douglas. Written for an orchestra, choir and soloists, the event will bring together a group of special guest soloists, as well as the St Martin’s Voices and the world famous Academy of St Martin in the Fields. It promises to be a musical treat for Christmas featuring some of their BBC friends Zeb Soanes, Evan Davis and Felicity Finch.

Following the performance, guests will join us for a Christmas party in our magnificent Crypt (which is a restaurant) to enjoy more celebrity entertainment, drinks and canapés and a silent auction.


is taking a break from her weekly Friday protests in Washington, DC. Facing the possibility of a long jail sentence after four successive arrests, her supporters urged her to wait until Friday, 12/20, the day before her 82nd birthday, to risk arrest and another night in jail. They do not want her to risk being jailed for from thirty to ninety days, thereby removing herself from her role inspiring actions in Washington, DC and around the country to press for fast action to combat climate change.

"Jane is ceding the spotlight to these bold people ready to risk arrest to spur climate action," states the release. "What she’s done already is an inspiration to so many, and we need to have her out here as much as possible throughout her 4-month stay in DC,” said Annie Leonard, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, one of Ms. Fonda’s closest advisers and supporters. "Fortunately, Jane has inspired so many that she is surrounded by people ready to take the baton today, and we're all inspired to see the movement for climate action gaining so much momentum."

Although Fonda won't be in the mix celebrities and climate activists will be protesting.

DEAR EVAN HANSEN: A CONVERSATION WITH ANDREW BARTH FELDMAN AND STACEY MINDICH, FEATURING A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE FROM THE TONY AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL Join Broadway star Andrew Barth Feldman, along with Tony Award-winning producer Stacey Mindich, for a conversation about the hit musical. Since the show’s 2016 Broadway debut, Dear Evan Hansen’s groundbreaking and hopeful depiction of loneliness and redemption has moved audiences to their feet and received wide critical acclaim, winning 6 Tonys and a Grammy Award. As the show celebrates three years on Broadway, Mindich and Feldman - who made his Broadway debut at the age of 16 as the show’s title character - sit down to discuss the show’s heartfelt contemporary resonance, share stories from backstage, and much more. The evening will be capped off by a special performance from Feldman.

Sunday, December 8, 2019 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

THE OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL has announced that Green Show performance submissions are now open for its 2020 season. OSF’s Green Show is a free, family-friendly, outdoor performance venue that will run from June 5, 2020, to September 26, 2020, featuring various acts Wednesday through Saturday evenings, prior to the nightly plays. Program development goals include a balance of diversity, excellence and representation, with themes of connection to local and regional community, audiences, and current OSF plays.

“The Green Show continues to bring local community and visitor audiences together every season, to experience a diversity of people, ideas and cultures represented across its stage,” said Cassie Fetty, community producer and curator for the Green Show. “We also recognize and welcome the responsibility and opportunity to reach individuals and groups from all socio-economic classes and educational backgrounds through this mission-based arts program.” Green Show welcomes performers from a variety of genres and backgrounds. Artists and performers interested in being a part of the 2020 season, should submit an application. Submissions received after January 19, 2020 will be considered for the 2021 Green Show season.

KEEN COMPANY 2019 PLAYWRIGHTS LAB READINGS featuring New Works from Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, Mona Mansour, and Deb Margolin takes place Friday, December 6th and Friday, December 13, 2019 On December 6th the readings are:

Flood by Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, directed by Jackson Gay.

Darren and Esther live on the 19th floor and they have a very pleasant view. Darren is busy and Esther is waiting for him to stop being busy. The kids are no help – they’re always in crisis. All the while, outside the water level is rising, rising, rising.

The readings are free at .ART/NY Bruce Mitchell Room, New York City.

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THEATRE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP (TCG) the national organization for theatre, has announced the recipients of the third round of the 2019 Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards. The awards, totaling $415,000, allow 9 productions extra time for the development and rehearsal of new plays with the entire creative team, hoping to extend the life of the world premiere play after its first run.

The third round of the 2019 Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards were presented to:

BLISS book, music, and lyrics by Emma Lively and Tyler Beattie at The 5th Avenue Theatre.

THE COPPER CHILDREN by Karen Zacarías at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

PARIS by Eboni Booth at Atlantic Theater Company.

72 MILES TO GO by Hilary Bettis at Roundabout Theatre Company.

SWEPT AWAY by John Logan. Music and lyrics by The Avett Brothers at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

THE CANADIANS by Adam Bock at South Coast Repertory.

SANCTUARY CITY by Martyna Majok at New York Theatre Workshop.


DHABA ON DEVON AVENUE by Madhuri Shekar at Victory Gardens Theater.

Over the last 13 years, the Edgerton Foundation has awarded over $13,313,000 to 430 productions, enabling many plays to schedule subsequent productions following their world premieres. Thirty-six have made it to Broadway, including: Curtains, 13, Next to Normal, 33 Variations, In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), Time Stands Still, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, A Free Man of Color, Good People, Chinglish, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Bronx Bombers, Casa Valentina, Outside Mullingar, All the Way, Eclipsed, Bright Star, Hamilton, The Columnist, In Transit, A Doll's House Part 2, Indecent, Dear Evan Hansen, Oslo, Escape to Margaritaville, The Prom, JUNK: The Golden Age of Debt, SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical, Head Over Heels, Jagged Little Pill, Diana, Grand Horizons, Girl from the North Country, The Great Society, and Sound Inside.

Sixteen plays were nominated for Tony Awards, with All the Way, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, and Oslo winning the best play or musical awards. Ten plays were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, with wins for Cost of Living (2018), Hamilton (2016), The Flick (2014), Water by the Spoonful (2012), and Next to Normal (2010).

TEENAGE DICK by Mike Lew inspired by Shakespeare’s Richard III.

Directed by Donmar Artistic Director Michael Longhurst.

Teenage Dick follows Richard as he plots to become president of his senior class at Roseland High. ‘Set in an American High School, it’s a cheeky and subversive take on Shakespeare’s Richard III. It explores disability in a modern world, our society’s treatment of it and how it is represented,’ stated director Longhurst.

The cast includes Daniel Monks as Richard and Susan Wokoma as teacher Elizabeth York.

The production is designed by Chloe Lamford, and the Lighting Designer is Sinéad McKenna.

Teenage Dick runs from December 6, 2019 - February 1, 2020 at the Donmar in London.

In summer 2020, Teenage Dick will open at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC.

Lew majored in English and Theatre at Yale and Julliard. He is Mellon Foundation Playwright in Writer in Residence at May-Yi as well as La Jolla Playhouse Artist in Residence. Teenage Dick premiered at the Public Theatre in New York last summer, where it was nominated for two Drama League Awards. Mike is a Tony voter, Dramatists Guild Council Member and a resident of New Dramatists.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK by Susan Hill. Adapted by Stephen Mallatratt.

Directed by Robin Herford.

Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story comes dramatically alive in Stephen Mallatratt’s ingenious stage adaptation . Now celebrating three decades in the West End, Robin Herford’s production is a gripping study in atmosphere, illusion, and controlled horror. A lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the specter of a woman in black engages a skeptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story and hopefully exorcise the fear that grips his soul. As they reach further into his darkest memories, they find themselves snared in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds.

Starring as The Actor is Daniel Easton with Robert Goodale as Arthur Kipps. The understudies are Dominic Price and Adam Radcliffe.

The Artistic Team: Michael Holt Scenic and Costume Designer. Kevin Sleep Lighting Designer. Sebastian Frost Sound Designer. Antony Eden Associate Director. Anshuman Bhatia Associate Set and Lighting Designer. Neil Hillyer Tour Company Manager. Catherine Cooper Deputy Stage Manager.

Opening December 4, 2019 at the Michael R. Klein Theatre Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC.

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS LIVE ON STAGE based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson. The stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer with a special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson. Produced by Gershwin Entertainment, A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage " is a fresh take on the timeless classic that gives the audience a completely new way of experiencing the storyline as portrayed by real actors who maintain the integrity and spirit of each Peanuts character."

This Emmy and Peabody award-winning story by Charles M. Schulz has been a longstanding tradition, warming the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over 50 years ago. Now, the live on stage adaptation of the classic animated television special brings all your favorite characters to life - all set to the sounds of the Vince Guaraldi musical score.

After the final bow, the show crescendos into a celebration of song as the audience is invited to join the Peanuts gang in singing Christmas favorites. Two tours - this week are:

December 1 Eau Claire, WI Pablo Center at the Confluence
December 3 Cleveland, MS Bologna PAC / Delta State University
December 5 Lafayette, LA Heyman Performing Arts Center
December 6 Shreveport, LA Municipal Auditorium
December 7 Durant, OK Choctaw Casino
December 8 Shawnee, OK Shawnee Firelake Casino.

December 1 Ledyard, CT Fox Theater @ Foxwoods
December 3 Buffalo, NY Riviera Theatre
December 5-6 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie PAC
December 7 Lowell, MA Lowell Auditorium
December 8 Burlington, VT Flynn Center.

IT HAPPENED ONE CHRISTMAS co-written by Dan Murphy and Rick Lewis.

Directed and choreographed by Dan Murphy.

Music arranged by Rick Lewis.

A nostalgic new musical with festive tunes and beloved carols, It Happened One Christmas tells the story of a pair of department store workers whose holiday fantasies spring to life on Christmas Eve.

Take a fanciful trip to “Santa’s Chalet” in the heart of Grimble’s department store one snowy Christmas Eve. As Walter, the security guard, and Frances, the cleaner, make their evening rounds, their holiday fantasies spring to life in this merry, musical spectacle. The two enjoy a tuneful Christmas dinner together, remembering the magic of the season and discovering that with a wish and a song you are never truly alone.

Starring Jennifer Goldsmith as Frances.

Set Design by Kristeen Willis. Costume Design by Annie Kaiser. Lighting Design by Phil McBeth. Properties Design by Liz Carlson and Jeff Duncan. Sound Design by Brian Karl Moen. Stage Manager Jessica Junor.

Musicians:Jefferey Childs Piano/Conductor. Amy Roesler Bass. Mitch Wilson Drums.

Performances through December 22, 2019 at the Broadway Rose New Stage in Tigard, Oregon.

During the holiday season Broadway Rose is partnering with Good Neighbor Center, a local organization providing shelter and resources to support homeless families. Simply place your gift of any of the following under their lobby tree to bring comfort and joy to a family in need: Blankets and sheets (twin/full) - Wash cloths - New socks (especially adult men's) and underwear - Body wash - Gloves - 30 gallon or larger trash bags - Paper towels.

ONE IN TWO by Donja R. Love, inspired by his 10th anniversary of being HIV positive.

Directed by Stevie Walker-Webb.

Featuring Jamyl Dobson, Leland Fowler and Edward Mawere.

Three young Black queer men are waiting to be chosen. When one of them is, he’s forced to live a new reality inside an epidemic, exploring the joys, the gags and the truths of not being defined by his diagnosis. "Donja R. Love, offers an unflinching portrait of being Black and queer today. With grace and humor, one in two breaks the silence on an experience that's an ongoing reality for so many, and reveals the community that thrives within it."

This production includes Scenic Design by Arnulfo Maldonato; Costume Design by Andy Jean; Lighting Design by Cha See and Sound Design by Justin Ellington. Casting is by Judy Henderson, CSA. Production Stage Manager is Jakob W. Plummer.

Official Opening Night is Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York City.

The New Group has partnered with the National Queer Theater for community engagement and outreach initiatives surrounding the production of one in two with the support of Gilead Sciences. National Queer Theater fosters and supports LGBTQ communities through social justice in the performing arts.

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CHRIS BOTTI blowing his own horn at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City December 9, 2019 through January 5,2020.

DWIGHT YOAKAM the Grammy-winning superstar brings his passion for storytelling with “SiriusXM Presents An Evening With Dwight Yoakam & “The Bakersfield Beat.” Take a journey with songs, sights and stories through California country music’s dramatic arrival and lasting impact on American pop music culture. December 4–14, 2019 & March 4–7, 2020 at Wynn Las Vegas.

THE BEACH BOYS perform Thursday, December 5, 2019 at the Visalia Fox Theatre in Visalia, CA. On Saturday they'll be singing their hits at the Fred Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks, CA. Next Sunday, December 8 their tour stops at the Cerritos Center in Cerritos, CA.

ALANIS MORISSETTE performs Monday, December 2 at the Apollo Theater, New York City. Saturday's shoe is at the Grand Theater at Foxwoods, Mashantucket, CT.

BILLY JOEL playing his hits Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at Madison Square Garden, New York City.

ELTON JOHN opening a two nighter on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at the Botanic Park, Adelaide, SA, Australia. On Saturday, December 7, 2019 he;ll be delighting his fans at the Mt Duneed Estate, Geelong, VIC, Australia.

CHRISTINE ANDREAS a two-time Tony Award winner will perform December 7th at New York's Brooklyn’s On Stage At Kingsborough, in her Here’s to the Broadway Ladies program featuring tributes to stars such as Ethel Merman, Julie Andrews, Angela Lansbury, and Barbra Streisand, by interpreting classics from Funny Girl, South Pacific, The King and I, Mame, and more.

BRYAN ADAMS entertains Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at the Palacio De Los Deportes De Murcia, Murcia, Spain. Thursday's gig is at the Pabellon San Pablo, Seville, Spain. On Friday his tour stops at the Altice Arena, Lisbon, Portugal. Saturday's show is at the Altice Forum Braga, Braga, Portugal.

SLIM MAN and his jazz group perform Wednesdays December 4th and 11th at Vicky's in Indian Wells, California, right outside Palm Springs, for some Wild Wednesdays. Craig Chesnut on drums, Chase Huna on sax, Nick Sosa on guitar, and Tateng Katindig - the Thrilla from Manila - on piano. Enrique Hernandez will be playing percussion.

OPERA ON TAP NEW BREW PRESENTS Global Warming Hot, Hot Holiday Show on Friday, December 6th at Barbés in Brooklyn, NY. Annual Holiday Extravagenza! Holiday sweaters encouraged. Holiday songs by composers living and dead.


SIR JONATHAN MILLER writer, theatre and opera director, and member of the Beyond the Fringe comedy team, died November 27, 2019 at home in London. He was 85.

Miller rose to prominence in the 1960s as part of the irreverent satirical show Beyond the Fringe, alongside Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Alan Bennett.

He studied medicine at Cambridge University, qualifying as a doctor in 1959. He combined his early stage appearances with hospital rounds. But he was soon in demand as a theatre director, in London and New York, and also worked with the BBC, presenting cultural programs and adapting plays for television.

He made his debut as a theatre director in 1962 with a production of John Osborne’s Under Plain Cover. He went on to direct several celebrated Shakespeare productions including the Merchant of Venice at the National Theatre.

He also directed a series of critically acclaimed operas in a 40-year career that began in the 1970s for the English National Opera. In 2007 he made a foray into museum curation with an exhibition about camouflage at the Imperial War Museum. Miller who was a committed atheist, also wrote and presented a 2004 series on the history of disbelief.

Miller shared his insights and enthusiasms from his career in the arts and medicine in a number of television documentaries, which he wrote and presented for the BBC. They included the 1978 series the The Body in Question, which led to spin-off popup book; a five-part series on Madness in 1991; a series on directing opera in 1997; and On Reflection, a 1998 documentary on art.

Miller is survived by his wife, Rachel, and three children Tom, William and Kate.

GARY RHODES OBE British celebrity chef died in Dubai, UAE on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 . He was 59.

He had lived in Dubai since 2011 where he ran a popular restaurant at Grosvenor House Dubai. Rhodes was a household name in the early 2000s, and fronted shows such as Masterchef and Hell's Kitchen. In 2017, Rhodes teamed up with UAE-based Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas to launch Vox ThEATre by Rhodes in Dubai.

He is survived by his wife Jennie who was by his wife when he died, two children and a brother..

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