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March 30, 2020
 
HEROES AMONG US?
 

Yes, there are.  Dancers, choreos, and agents are speaking up and using the COVID-19 PANDEMIC as an opportunity to share things that really matter to them. Six bold, daring, and emotional postings on Facebook got our attention this week. Check out what Vincent, Ryan, Jim, Susann, Zach, and Julie are talking about.

 
#1. Award-winning choreographer Vincent Paterson wisely asks us to acknowledge a dancer-turned-hero.  


#2. Another choreographer Ryan Heffington isn't about to shut down his classes. he's offering sessions online 3 times a week on Instagram Live.
 
#3. Agent and President of The Movement Agency, Jim Keith, is making a lot of out-of-work dancers happy by posting new details about applying for Unemployment Benefits in California.

#4. Triple threat performer Susann Fletcher-Smith is expressing her feelings about 'social-distancing' without using a single word. Movement only. Amazing to watch.

#5. Singer / Comedian Zach Timson's delightful four-minute song has already been seen by close to a million viewers.

#6. Julie McDonald of MSA wants to know why certain industry funding organizations aren't addressing the challenges that dancers and choreographers are facing!   

Answers4dancers congratulate our heroes (Vincent, Ryan, Jim, Susann, Zach, and Julie) for making their voices heard.

 
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AARON TVEIT TESTS POSITIVE FOR CORONOVIRUS AND OFFERS MESSAGE:
‘THIS CAN AFFECT ANYONE’

corey-heightsMoulin Rouge! leading man Aaron Tveit announced on Instagram March 23 he has tested positive for coronavirus. He is the first Broadway star to publicly announce a positive test result for COVID-19 amid the viral pandemic that shuttered Broadway March 12. Tveit said he is feeling much better and that he has been in quarantine since Broadway closed earlier this month. ‘I consider myself extremely lucky that my symptoms have been very mild, as so many are experiencing much more serious symptoms, because this is a very dangerous virus, he wrote. The actor joins a number of celebrities, including Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson, Idris Elba, and Andy Cohen, who have taken to social media to share their diagnoses and encourage fans to take necessary safety precautions. ‘I have been taking this situation extremely seriously, even before I was tested,’ he commented. ‘I want everyone to realize that this can affect anyone. And even if you aren’t feeling sick or showing drastic symptoms, please take heed, stay safe, stay healthy, and I hope to see everyone at the theater again soon.’

 

THE ROSIE O’DONNELL SHOW BENEFIT RAISES OVER $600,000 FOR THE ACTORS FUND
tony winsA star-packed lineup of talent helped bring back the Emmy-winning Rosie O'Donnell Show on March 22 as a live streamed benefit for The Actors Fund that helped raise over $600,000 for the 138-year-old organization to provide assistance in the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic. The evening featured performances and appearances by some of the biggest names in entertainment, all participating live from the comfort of their own homes. Performances were given by Shoshana Bean singing I'm the Greatest Star from Funny Girl, Tituss Burgess lending his voice to The Glory of Love from Beaches, Kristin Chenoweth singing Taylor the Latte Boy, Gavin Creel performing You Matter to Me from Waitress, Darren Criss singing Being Alive from Company, Gloria Estefan offering up There's Always Tomorrow, Jordan Fisher performing For Forever from Dear Evan Hansen, and Neil Patrick Harris doing a magic act with his children. The night continued with performances from Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald and Will Swenson, Katharine McPhee and David Foster, and Alan Menken offered a medley of his hit songs. Also appearing were Matthew Morrison, Kelli O’Hara, Lauren Patten, Ben Platt, Billy Porter, Lea Salonga, and Adrienne Warren. O’Donnell conducted interviews with Laura Benanti, Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Erivo, Harvey Fierstein, Idina Menzel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy Pope, Randy Rainbow, and Chita Rivera.

JAVIER MUÑOZ & BROADWAY COSTUMERS VOLUNTEER TO MAKE MASKS FOR STRUGGLING HOSPITALS
Hamilton and In the Heights alum Javier Muñoz has joined the ongoing effort to provide hospitals and medical workers with valuable resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Muñoz volunteered the services of Broadway costumers and artists to manufacture face masks, sorely needed as hospitals buckle under supply shortages. ‘Broadway is ready,’ he wrote. Muñoz joins a host of volunteers and companies, like Hanes and Apple, who’ve dedicated resources to manufacture or donate medical supplies. TV hospital procedurals, like Chicago Med, The Resident, and Grey’s Anatomy, flushed with real-life hospital gear, are donating surgical masks and gloves. Muñoz took to Twitter when he couldn’t reach NYC or State officials to coordinate his effort. NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Governor Andrew Cuomo responded to his Tweet.
 

ELTON JOHN TO HOST CORNAVIRUS RELIEF CONCERT WITH BILLIE EILISH, MARIAH CAREY & MORE MARCH 29
Elton John will host a live concert for coronavirus relief on Sunday, with Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, and Alicia Keys are among those delivering at-home performances on the broadcast special. The hour-long iHeart Living Room Concert for America, airing commercial-free on Fox on March 29, will pay tribute to the health professionals, first responders, and local heroes battling the coronavirus outbreak. The special encourages viewers to support Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation. Backstreet Boys, Tim McGraw, and more will also take part which will air in the iHeartRadio Music Awards’ original broadcast time after that award show was postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing artists to turn to livestreaming.

 

TONY AWARDS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED
The 74th Annual Tony Awards, scheduled to air live on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 7 from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, will be postponed and rescheduled at a later date. This is being done in consideration of the health and safety of the Broadway community, artists, and fans. New dates and additional information will be announced once Broadway opens again. The Tony Awards Season highlights Broadway shows and artists each spring, culminating with an international television and online celebration of the power of live theatre. Founded in 1947, the Tony Award celebrates excellence in Broadway theatre by spotlighting distinguished achievement on stage and behind the scenes.
 

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The upcoming screen adaptation of In the Heights has been indefinitely postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The film had originally been scheduled to arrive in cinemas on June 26. Jon M. Chu directed the film based on Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes' Tony-winning musical, which stars Anthony Ramos in central role of Usnavi and original cast member Olga Merediz reprising her Tony-nominated turn as Abuela Claudia… Auto makers have partnered with General Electric and Ford to shift their automobile manufacturing to producing much needed ventilators. Right now General Motors and Ford are retooling their factories to make this shift. No word when these devices will be available…

BROADWAY DANCERS ARE TEACHING PERSONAL AT-HOME WORKOUTS INSPIRED BY THEIR SHOWS
Broadway's talented dancers aren't letting the COVID-19 pandemic stop them from keeping active and sharing their skills. Tony-winning producer Jenna Segal has announced a series of at-home exercise classes titled Get in Shape Grrrl—Broadway COVID Series taught by main-stem movers. Ashley Fitzgerald Kelly, a standout dancer of The Cher Show, jump-started the series with a tribute to that glittering musical. Each dance-exercise session, themed by specific shows, combines a mix of 10-minute short workouts to get energy going along with 45-minute sessions full of strength training and cardio. Some workouts will be taught live and others will be pre-recorded and posted at specific times. Playlists will appear on Spotify.

 

12TH ANNUAL JIMMY AWARDS CEREMONY IS CANCELED

The Broadway League has announced the cancellation of the 2020 Jimmy Awards due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 12th annual celebration of high school talent was scheduled for June 29. ‘We are heartbroken that so many of the students who participate in high school musicals will not have an opportunity to show off their hard work, and 92 nominees won't be able to realize their Broadway dreams of performing on a Broadway stage,’ said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League. The ceremony was to feature nominees from 46 regional awards programs around the U.S., making it the biggest Jimmy Awards in history. Named for legendary Broadway producer/theater owner James M. Nederlander, the National High School Musical Theatre Awards served as a starting point for current Mean Girls Queen Bee Reneé Rapp and Andrew Barth Feldman (Dear Evan Hansen).

 

TERRENCE MCNALLY, TONY-WINNING SCRIBE OF THE RINK, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN & MORE, DIES AT 81 
Terrence McNally, celebrated playwright and librettist who penned an award-winning body of work, died on March 24 from complications due to COVID-19. McNally was a lung cancer survivor who lived with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 81. McNally struck gold for Rita Moreno with the farce The Ritz (1975), which won the actress a Tony Award. As a book writer, his successes consisted of musicals written with the songwriting team John Kander and Fred Ebb. Their first collaboration was The Rink (1984), an original tuner starring Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera. He also penned Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993), for his first Tony Award (Rivera her second) and the Tony-nominated The Visit (2011), which also starred Rivera.

 

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Anaïs Mitchell, the Tony-winning author of the 2019 Tony-winning musical Hadestown, and her husband, Noah Hahn, have announced the birth of a second child, Rosetta, born in Vermont; the couple also have a daughter named Ramona. Mitchell shared the exciting news on Instagram… Julia Miles, founder of off-Broadway’s seminal Women’s Project who championed the cause of female playwrights and theater artists, died on March 18. Miles passed away after a long illness…


  
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