This week we’re featuring Part 2 on Antonio Martinez’ quarantine booking of the Ice Box music video and the events leading up to it.
With the industry shutdown, many teachers and choreographers have been offering virtual classes. Having worked with choreographer Desi Jevon on several projects, including Showtime’s Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, Antonio signed up to take Desi’s class online. Antonio liked the choreography and he had an idea…
He contacted Desi and respectfully asked his permission to share some creative ideas he had about the choreography he learned in class. Desi was interested and luckily had already desired to create something similar, so the timing was perfect. Already being on similar pages artistically, Antonio and Desi quickly made moves! Antonio’s quarantine roommate and dance partner Courtney Parisi made the perfect partner.
The foundation had now been laid with Antonio as featured dancer, and Desi as the director, choreographer, videographer, and editor. Desi set up space at The Athletic Garage Dance Studio for filming. Antonio and Courtney rehearsed with Desi and the entire film was shot in one day. Desi and the entire team kept safety in mind, so the project was shot within the pandemic safety guidelines.
Desi’s choreography was originally conceived as an online class… It evolved into a stunning dance film when three talented dancers found a way to create during the coronavirus shutdown.
By developing relationships over the course of Antonio's career, this project really paid off. He took a chance and approached Desi with an idea. Desi knew Antonio and trusted they could collaborate to create something uniquely beautiful.
By making himself valuable on past jobs and by taking a chance now, Antonio helped create an opportunity. Check out Ice Box by Omarion, featuring Timbaland for this sizzling hot video.
AMANDLA STENBERG TAPPED FOR DEAR EVAN HANSEN MOVIE
Amandla Stenberg has joined the Dear Evan Hansen film. She will play the role of Alana Beck, originated by Kristolyn Lloyd on Broadway. The role has been expanded for the film, with Stenberg singing a new original song, which she is writing in collaboration with Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Stenberg's screen credits include Where Hands Touch, The Hate U Give, Everything, Everything, As You Are, Mr. Robinson, The Hunger Games, and more. Tony winners Pasek and Paul sold the musical's rights to Universal Pictures with Marc Platt and Adam Siegel producing through Marc Platt Productions. Dear Evan Hansen's Tony-winning book writer Steven Levenson is set to write the script for the movie and executive produce alongside Pasek and Paul. Stephen Chbosky, known for his screenplays for the movie musicals Rent and Beauty and the Beast to life, will direct. Dear Evan Hansen Tony winner Ben Platt has revealed he would love to reprise the title role in the Universal Pictures film.
DIANA MUSICAL TO HIT NETFLIX BEFORE BROADWAY RUN, MUSICAL FIRST FOR STREAMING GIANT
Diana is headed to Netflix. Producers of the on-hold Broadway bio-musical about Princess Diana of Wales, unveiled plans to premiere a filmed version of the show before opening night, now set for May 25, 2021. Written by the Tony-winning Memphis team of Joe DiPietro (book-lyrics) and David Bryan (music), the musical was midway through its preview period when Broadway shut down in March. The Diana company will reunite to rehearse, record an original cast album, and then film without an audience. According to Actors Equity Association, there will be an isolation plan for the actors and stage managers, initial and recurring COVID-19 testing, and HVAC changes to ensure ventilation in the back of the house. Directed by Tony winner Christopher Ashley (Come From Away),Diana stars Jeanna de Waal as Diana, Roe Hartrampf as Prince Charles, Erin Davie as Camila Parker Bowles, and two-time Tony winner Judy Kaye as Queen Elizabeth. Kelly Devine serves as choreographer. Diana will be the first Broadway musical to premiere on Netflix.
JULIE TAYMOR & SARAH RUHL’S GLORIA STEINEM BIOPIC TO PREMIERE ON AMAZON PRIME In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, this new biopic is taking a page out of Hamilton and Mulan's book. The Glorias, a film directed by Tony winner Julie Taymor and co-written by Tony nominee Sarah Ruhl and Taymor, follows the life of journalist and activist Gloria Steinem. The movie, originally scheduled to open in theaters on September 25, will instead premiere on Amazon Prime on September 30. Oscar winner and Broadway alum Julianne Moore plays Steinem. Oscar winner Alicia Vikander plays Steinem as a journalist in the 1960s, while Moore portrays her as a key figure in the women’s liberation movement during the 1970s. Tony winner Bette Midler plays New York-based attorney Bella Abzug, who took part in the antiwar group Women Strike for Peace and later went on to serve as a U.S. representative.
TONY WINNERS CHUCK COOPER, JUDY KAYE SET FOR THE THEATRE WILL SURVIVE BENEFIT Tony winners Chuck Cooper, Judy Kaye, Faith Prince, Paulo Szot, and more are set to appear in The Theatre Will Survive—A Benefit for The Actors Fund, a new video premiering on August 31 at 7pm ET. The new song features lyrics by Michael Colby and music and orchestrations by Ned Paul Ginsburg. The video also features Christine Andreas, Sarah Uriarte Berry, Christina Bianco, Robert Cuccioli, Marc De la Cruz, George Dvorsky, Anita Gillette, Jason Graae, Ann Harada, Leah Hocking, Richard Jay-Alexander, Jeff Keller, Eddie Korbich, Michael McCormick, N’Kenge, Barry Pearl, Gabriella Pizzolo, Stephanie Pope, Courtney Reed, T. Oliver Reid, Steve Rosen, Jennifer Sanchez, Analise Scarpaci, Tony Sheldon, and Ryan Silverman.
Tony winner Bette Midler will publish a children's picture book The Tale of the Mandarin Duck: A Modern Fable from Random House Books for Young Readers on February 16, 2021. Featuring photographs from Michiko Kakutani and illustrations from Joana Avillez, the book is inspired by the real-life, rainbow-colored mandarin duck that appeared in New York City’s Central Park in 2018…
HAMILTON CAST RECORDING HITS 29TH WEEK IN TOP 10 OF BILLBOARD 200 The Hamilton original Broadway cast recording has hit its 29th total (non-consecutive) week in the top 10 on the Billboard 200. This makes it the Broadway cast album with the longest cumulative run since Hello, Dolly! appeared in the top 10 for 35 consecutive weeks in 1964, according to Billboard. The 29th week for Hamilton surpasses Hair, which logged 28 consecutive weeks in 1969. Hamilton saw a surge on the charts when the filmed version of the musical premiered on Disney+ last month. Hamilton tells the unlikely story of the ten-dollar founding father, Alexander Hamilton who was young, scrappy, and hungry and ready to mark his mark on this new nation. Hamilton is directed by Thomas Kail and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler.
KAREN OLIVO & SIERRA BOGGESS JOIN VIRTUAL SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway concert series, which first began at the Art House in Provincetown in 2011, is debuting as a weekly virtual series entitled the Seth Concert Series. Hosted by SiriusXM On Broadway personality and Stars in the House co-host Rudetsky, Karen Olivo, and Sierra Boggess have joined the lineup, which already included Jeremy Jordan, Stephanie J. Block, Audra McDonald, Kelli O'Hara, Jessie Mueller, Lea Salonga, Melissa Errico, Megan Hilty, Norm Lewis and Cheyenne Jackson. Jordan will perform a brand new concert on September 13. Rachel Bay Jones is set to perform on August 23. Boggess will appear on August 30, followed by Olivo on September 6. Each weekly show premieres on Sunday nights at with a second showing Mondays at for viewers in other time zones.
Andrew Lloyd Webber is dedicated to reopening theaters in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. He participated in an experimental vaccine trial on August 13 saying, ‘I’ll do anything to prove that theaters can re-open safely.’ He has been running a series of reopening tests at the London Palladium. On July 23, a socially distanced audience witnessed a live performance from Olivier nominee and Cinderella movie-bound star Beverley Knight at the venue…
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Thank you for your interest in the upcoming Norwegian Creative Studios Auditions! Live auditions have been postponed until further notice. That being said, keep up with your craft because we’ll be back out on the road auditioning again in no time. In the meantime, we’re excited to accept your demo reels and self-tapes.