If Victory Dance Project sounds familiar to you, that’s because its artistic director is A4D’s Amy Jordan! You may recall Amy’s story of overcoming adversity after she was run over by a New York City bus and how that event profoundly shifted Amy’s focus to “Making the Impossible Possible with the Power of Movement.”
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DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 24 PREMIERE RECAP: EARLY FRONTRUNNER
The season premiere of Season 24 of Dancing With the Stars hit the ground running as they celebrated the show’s 400th episode. All four judges returned and it seems Len Goodman has not forgotten how to be grumpy. It was great to see the return of two pros; new mom Peta Murgatroyd and Kym (Johnson) Herjavec. A frontrunner has already emerged in Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles with her standout tango with partner Sasha. The other standout was NFL star Rashad Jennings’ solid-gold performance with Emma Slater. Contestant Heather Morris, best known from Glee, is an ex-Beyoncé back-up dancer which has caused a bit of controversy for the show. Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough both stressed that ballroom is a completely different style of dance, but how can a professional dancer in the mix compare to Chris Kattan who never danced in his life? It looks like he will be the first to be sent home since his dance was arguably the worst of the night. The season’s first elimination will take place next week… Here we go!
WAITRESS WILL STAY OPEN ON BROADWAY THROUGH 2018
Waitress has announced a new block of tickets has been released for the Broadway smash now on sale through January 21, 2018. Sara Bareilles, Chris Diamantopolous and Will Swenson will join the company on March 31 in the roles of Jenna, Dr. Pomatter, and Earl, Jenna's husband. Jessie Mueller, who currently stars as Jenna, will play her final performance on March 26. Earlier this year Waitress announced that it recouped its $12 million investment in less than 10 months on Broadway, making it and Hamilton the only two new musicals from the last Broadway season (2015-2016) to go into profit. Waitress is the first Broadway musical in history to have all women in the four top creative team spots with a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by six-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro, and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.
DEBBIE REYNOLDS AND CARRIE FISHER WILL BE HONORED WITH PUBLIC MEMORIAL
Fans will have a chance to pay their respects to the iconic late mother-daughter pair Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher at a public memorial on March 25 at Forest Lawn cemetery in Hollywood. In addition to Reynolds' work in Hollywood, she appeared on Broadway with Fisher in Irene. Reynolds also led Broadway's Woman of the Year and Fisher starred in the stage adaptation of her hit memoir Wishful Drinking. The two stars passed away a day apart in December 2016. The March 25 memorial will take place inside Forest Lawn's 1,200 seat theater. 'The public is invited because that’s how my mother would want it,' said Todd Fisher.
BEAUTY & THE BEAST ON WAY TO MOST SUCCESSFUL MOVIE MUSICAL EVER
Disney’s big-screen remake of Beauty and the Beast is on track to become the most successful live-action movie musical of all time, raking in an estimated $170 million in its opening weekend. That makes the film the most successful March opening in history, and the seventh-largest film opening ever. It will still need to show box-office muscle to outrank animated movie musicals, however. In that genre, The Lion King has grossed $422 million, with Frozen ($400 million), Moana ($248 million), the animated Beauty and the Beast ($218 million), Aladdin ($217 million), and Tarzan ($171 million) all rounding out the list.
LONG-RUNNING OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL THE FANTASTICKS WILL CLOSE
The Fantasticks, the hit musical with an initial extended run that began in 1960, will close off-Broadway. The musical will end its run June 4 after having played 4,390 performances at the Jerry Orbach Theatre. The original mounting of The Fantasticks opened at the Sullivan Street Playhouse on May 3, 1960 and closed on January 13, 2002. The musical reopened on August 16, 2006 at the the Snapple Theater Center, now called the Theater Center. At the time of its closing, The Fantasticks will have played a total of 21,552 performances in New York, including 17,162 at the Sullivan Street Playhouse. The score includes the songs Try To Remember and Soon It’s Gonna Rain.
For the first time in a decade, the classic children's television show Sesame Street will introduce a new Muppet on the air on April 10. Her name is Julia and she has autism. She's a shy and winsome 4-year-old. When she speaks, she often echoes what she's just heard her friends say...
JERSEY BOYS SCRIBE TAPPED FOR MONOPOLY THE MUSICAL
Monopoly, the iconic board game is being adapted into a Broadway musical. Hasbro and The Araca Group are rolling the dice on book writer Rick Elice, with Dan Lipton and David Rossmer is working on the score. Jersey Boys scribe Elice is currently in development on the upcoming Cher bio-musical and is also behind Peter and the Starcatcher and The Addams Family. Monopoly The Musical is described as a screwball comedy set in Atlantic City during the Depression. One of the main characters is Charles Darrow, who's credited with inventing the game. The show will likely feature a contemporary take on popular music of the 1930s.
JULIE ANDREWS’ GREENROOM IS A HIT ON NETFLIX AS IT SUPPORTS THE ARTS
Julie Andrews has a new show on Netflix. Julie’s Greenroom teaches children of all ages about the arts and what it takes to put on a show. In the first episode, you meet Ms. Julie and Gus as they prepare for a new workshop with a group of students, played by puppets. Gus (a.k.a. newcomer Giullian Yao Gioiello) is Julie’s second-in-command and a 'Greenie graduate,' so he knows his stuff. Along the way, you get to know the students and lessons from incredible guest artists Idina Menzel, Alec Baldwin, Josh Groban, and more.
BROADWAY-BOUND MEAN GIRLS STAGE MUSICAL SETS DATES
The new stage-musical adaptation of the film favorite Mean Girls has set dates for its world premiere production. The musical will play out of town at Washington, DC’s National Theatre prior to a planned run on Broadway. The DC engagement will play October 31-December 3. The musical, with a book adapted by the film's screenwriter, Tina Fey, will include an original score by Jeff Richmond (music) and Nell Benjamin (lyrics). It will be directed by Broadway hit maker Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin). Saturday Night Live creator and producer Lorne Michaels (who also produced the 2004 film) will produce the tuner alongside six-time Tony winner Stuart Thompson.
Tony nominee Megan Hilty and her hubby, Brian Gallagher, welcomed a baby boy: Ronan Laine Gallagher was born in Los Angeles on March 20... David Hyde Pierce has donated two tickets to the opening night performance of Hello, Dolly! on the charitybuzz website. The approximate value of the tickets is $2,000 and the prize includes a backstage tour. The auction is now accepting bids...