Host Luisa Lyons chats with Jennifer Ashley Tepper, theatre historian, curator, producer, and Creative and Programming Director of 54 Below in NYC. Topics include the joy that is Florida Thespians, the importance of theatre on TV, using New York City as a musical theatre campus, and going behind the scenes of 54 Below, one NYC’s hottest cabaret venues.
Jennifer Ashley Tepper is the Creative and Programming Director of 54 Below, a position she has held for over a decade. At 54 Below, Tepper has curated or produced over 5000 shows. She is the producer of the musicals Be More Chill, Broadway Bounty Hunter, and Love In Hate Nation, projects that are part of a decade-long collaboration with the group known as Joe Iconis & Family. Tepper is the co-creator of the Bistro Award- winning concert series If It Only Even Runs A Minute, celebrating under appreciated musicals, and conceiver and director of The Jonathan Larson Project. She was the historian consultant on the tick, tick... BOOM! movie. As a writer, Tepper has authored four volumes of The Untold Stories of Broadway book series. Her other Broadway credits include [title of show], The Performers, Godspell, Macbeth, and The Parisian Woman.
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Waitress Capture World Premier
The live capture of Waitress premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 12.
Watch Sara Bareilles performing live after the screening:
âLOLST: The Puzzle
The newly formed League of Livestreamed Theatre (LOLST) have partnered with Hedgerow Theatre to livestream the world premier of Juliette Dunnâs The Puzzle from June 16-18, 2023. The play blends clowning and neurodivergence to tell a story of connectivity and follows two clowns, Finneas and Quinton as they strive to escape a surreal scrap yard, and The Boy - a non-speaker with autism - whose arrival upends their plans. The cast features Tony award-winning clown David Shiner, Daniel Passer, and Michael Stahler, an actor with autism. Livestreamed from the Hedgerow Theatre in Pennsylvania. For more info and tickets visit LOLST.
Broadway Day Rally
A rally in solidarity with the Writers Guild of America East featuring performances from some of Broadwayâs best that took place in Times Square on June 15, 2023. Hosted by Paula Pell and featuring Sara Bareilles, Craig Bierko, Norbert Leo Butz, Jordan Cooper, Adam Pascal, musical director Seth Rudetsky, and many more. The rally was livestreamed and is now available on demand on YouTube.
2023 Metro Awards
The best in high school musicals across Westchester, Bergen, Rockland, and Putnam Counties filmed live at the Tarrytown Music Hall.
The 76th Annual Tony Awards
âCatch-up on the performances from the 76th Annual Tony Awards, filmed live at the United Palace Theatre in New York City. You can stream The Tony Awards: Act One - which included presentation of the technical categories, along with the Lifetime Achievement Awards for Joel Gray and John Kander - for free on Pluto TV.
Re-live the stunning opening number, along with numbers from Sweeney Todd, Parade, Some Like it Hot, Shucked, A Beautiful Noise, Kimberly Akimbo, Funny Girl, New York New York, & Juliet, Camelot, and Into the Woods, along with Joaquina Kalukangoâs In Memoriam Performance of "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" from The Phantom of the Opera, âall available on YouTube.
All Arts: Broadway
The free arts channel All Arts have curated an on-demand Broadway playlist featuring over 20 videos with performances, interviews, and behind-the-scenes looks from a wide range of Broadway musicals including Six, MJ: The Musical, Moulin Rouge, The Phantom of the Opera, The Book of Mormon, TINA: The Tina Turner Musical, Aladdin, Beetlejuice, Wicked, Funny Girl, A Strange Loop, Company, Hadestown, Come From Away, The Lion King, Beautiful, The Cher Show, The Bandâs Visit, Mean Girls, Once on this Island, Kinky Boots, and Hamilton. Visit All Arts to learn more.
âNot in my Bodyâ from A Transparent Musical
Watch a number from the new Broadway-bound A Transparent Musical filmed at the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles.
Vale Treat Williams
Stage and screen actor Treat Williams passed away earlier this week from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Among his many screen credits, Williams appeared as Berger in the movie adaptation of HAIR (available on DVD and Blu-Ray or to stream). On Broadway, Williams performed in the original production of Grease (Danny replacement), Over Here! Once in a Lifetime, The Pirates of Penzance (The Pirate King replacement; the 1981 production was filmed with its original cast starring Kevin Kline), Love Letters, and the 2001 revival of Follies.
Host Luisa Lyons chats with playwright, lyricist, book writer and producer June Rachelson-Ospa and actor-director-choreographer and publisherMichael Perry about the musical Welcome to Tourettaville which tells the story of a young boy who is diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome. Topics include the challenges of creating work based on real people, the power of theatre to inspire and heal, and the world of theatre publishing and licensing.
June Rachelson-Ospa and Daniel Neiden have collaborated on musical theater projects which include Bollywood and Vine, Bully on You, Gone to Texas, Triangle, Rapunzarella White: A Fairly Fractured Tale, Stupid Wig, S.W.A.K. (Sealed With A Kiss), The Hotel Belleclaire, The Tempest, Trixie Shmoop, True Colors of Weedle, and Welcome to Tourettaville. June won the VSArts Award and have had their work performed at The Kennedy Center; Bergen County Players; The Midtown Children’s Musical Theater Festival; Bryant Park, and The Public Theater. Her individual songwriting experiences date back to work sessions with Doc Pomus, and The FUGS Steven Taylor. Her work has been recorded by Grammy legend Dr. John; Peppy Castro; Luther Kent; Jennifer Lewis; Shannon McNally and, most recently, VOICELESS, recorded for animal charities by Broadway stars Ann Crumb, Olga Merediz, and Judy McLane (www.Broadwayvoiceless.com). June was a “POG” for Godspell at Circle in the Square. Investor for the A Christmas Story the Musical (at the Lunt Fontaine) Madison Square Garden.
C. Michael Perry -- was born in Colorado and raised in Chicago, but now lives near Bangor, Maine. He found the theatre in High School and has made a living in theatre, film and television since then. He has worked major network television shows, and as a High School Theatre teacher. He has played in front of live audiences from Chicago to Utah to Canada to Germany and Italy in various plays and musicals; and has received acting awards for many leading and supporting roles. He has served as Director/Choreographer for over 70 shows on the Community, Educational, and Professional level. He is a Composer-Lyricist with over 40 produced/published musicals. (One in NYC: An Enchanted April) He is also the President of Premiere Theatrical Licensing, an umbrella organization that manages four subsidiary companies offering live performance rights on over 500 theatrical titles in all kinds of theaters across the world.
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Happenings in the world of Filmed Live Musicals this week:
Tony Tony Tony!
The 76th Annual Tony Awards will be livestreamed from the United Palace in Washington Heights, the first time the awards have been held at the gorgeous “Byzantine-Romanesque-Indo-Hindu-Sino-Moorish-Persian-Eclectic-Rococo-Deco” venue.
The ceremony will be hosted by Ariana DeBose (Hamilton, Company) and feature performances from nominated productions Camelot, Into The Woods, & Juliet, Kimberly Akimbo, New York, New York, Parade, Shucked, Some Like It Hot and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
The night will also include performances from Joaquina Kalukango (2022 Tony Award for Leading Actress in a Musical), A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical, Funny Girl, and a special number for the Tony Award for the 2023 Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre recipients, Joel Grey and John Kander.
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My Old Friends: Sweeney Todd back on BroadwayHD
The original Broadway production of Sweeney Todd, filmed live in Los Angeles starring Angela Lansbury and George Hearn, is once again available to stream on BroadwayHD (US only)!
Ride: A New Musical Cast Album Out Now!
The cast album of the gorgeous new two-hander musical about Annie Londonderry, the first woman to cycle around the world, is now available to stream.
Watch the world premier on Broadway on Demand.
Listen to composers Freya Catrin Smith and Jack Williams share the story behind the show, the Garrick Theatre workshop production, and the road to creating a fully fledged musical about an extraordinary woman on the Filmed Live Musicals podcast.
You have until 11.59pm EDT on June 9 to stream Celebrating 50 Years of Broadway’s Best on PBS. Filmed live at Lincoln Center, the concert is a revue of milestone Broadway shows and songs from 1973 to 2023 hosted by two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster. Features performances by André De Shields, Chita Rivera, Vanessa Williams and more. Available on demand via PBS. Learn what else is streaming this weekend in the calendar!
The Top 10
The Educational Theatre Association has released its annual list of the 10 most produced plays and musicals of the 2022-23 season. I think it’s worth noting that every single musical in both the full-length and short musical categories is based on a movie or TV show, or has had a well-known movie adaptation.
Go Behind the Scenes of Some Like it Hot
This is the kind of promotional material I live for.
Multiple camera angles that give us a glimpse into a world we wouldn’t normally wouldn’t get to see as the average audience member, CHECK!
Stage manager calling cues, CHECK!
Glorious tap dancing and quick changes, CHECK!
This minute-and-a-half long clip makes me want to buy a ticket because I feel like I’ve been invited in to the show. This is what filming live theatre is all about. What do you think?
New York, New York
Kick off the weekend with some “Wine & Peaches” from New York New York.
Alicia Keys and Hells Kitchen
Watch 15-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys perform "Like You'll Never See Me Again," from from Hells Kitchen on Good Morning America. Opening at The Public Theater in the fall, Hells Kitchen is a new musical loosely based on Keys’ own life growing up in New York City (New Yooooork, concrete jungle where dreams a made of…) which will be directed by Michael Greif (RENT) and choreographed by Camille A. Brown (Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert).
This week on the Filmed Live Musicals Calendar:
Sugar, butter, film festival
Waitress, Sara Bareilles’ musical based on the film of the same name and filmed live on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, will be screened at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Tony Tony Tony!
The 76th Annual Tony Awards will be broadcast live from the United Palace Theatre in Washington Heights.
A new musical about the untold story of Shlomo Carlebach and Nina Simone will be screened in select cinemas.
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The Golden Cage with Deborah Henson-Conant
Host Luisa Lyons chats with Deborah Henson-Conant, a truly gifted musician, artist, composer, and storyteller.
Deborah shares the extraordinary story behind the intensely personal and beautiful new two-hander musical The Golden Cage. The musical was filmed live at the 2022 Off-Broadway “CreateTheater New Works Series” and is now available on demand on Streaming Musicals.
Deborah Henson-Conant is a Grammy-Nominated composer & performer who combines stories and music in multiple genres from narrated concerts to song cycles, one-person musicals, operetta and musical.
Her full-length music special “Invention & Alchemy” in collaboration with the Grand Rapids Symphony, appeared on PBS stations throughout the U.S. and received a Grammy Nomination for Best Classical Crossover album. She’s performed and premiered her works internationally with orchestras and venues including Pittsburgh Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Tacoma Symphony and Buffalo Philharmonic, Chicago Humanities Festival, Kennedy Center, Boston’s Lyric Stage and Central Square Theater.
Her TEDx talk chronicles the development of the harp that’s named after her, the “DHC” body-harp – an instrument that enables one to become a single performing unit with an electric harp.
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