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Ethan Slater and the Off-Broadway “Assassins” Company
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killers Benefit concert scheduled for May 9
In addition to its recently released cast recording, Classic Stage Company‘s revival of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s 1990 musical killers lives on. A one-night-only concert will be held May 9 at the Stephen Sondheim Theater to benefit CSC. The event will feature Adam Chanler-Berat as John Hinckley Jr, Eddie Cooper as Owner, Tavi Gevinson as Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, Andy Grotelueschen as Samuel Byck, Bianca Horn as Emma Goldman, Judy Kuhn as Sara Jane Moore, Steven Pasquale as John Wilkes Booth, Ethan Slater as Lee Harvey Oswald/The Balladeer, Will Swenson as Charles Guiteau, Wesley Taylor as Giuseppe Zangara, Brandon Uranowitz as Leon Czolgosz and Brad Giovanine, Whit K. Lee, Rob Morrison and Katrina Yaukey as members of the ‘together . “After 12 weeks of sold-out performances of killers, we had to finish our run earlier than expected,” art director John Doyle said in a statement. “However, we had a unique opportunity with this special benefit concert to bring back our original cast and allow CSC and company to enjoy their well-deserved final encore. We hope those who enjoyed the show (and those who may have missed it!) can join us in celebrating this historic musical and, through their generosity, help CSC continue its mission this season and beyond.”
Join Broadway Favorites Girls5eva
A list of guest stars joins the previously announced second season of Girls5eva. the The musical comedy series, which stars Broadway veterans Sara Bareilles and Renée Elise Goldsberry, returns to Peacock on May 5. who takes another shot at fame when their only hit is sampled by a young rapper. Bareilles and Goldsberry are joined by Paula Pell and Busy Philipps, who round out the girl group. The first season featured a slew of scene favorites like Ashley Park, Erika Henningsen, Andrew Rannells, and Daniel Breaker. According to DeadlineSeason 2 guest stars will include mean girls Gray Henson, Tony nominee, Some like it hot scribe Amber Ruffin, Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart and more.
Brian d’Arcy James lands two on-screen roles
Brian d’Arcy James attends. According to Deadlinethe three-time Tony nominee landed a role in the Anne Hathaway-Marisa Tomei-Peter Dinklage-Matthew Broderick romantic comedy She came to me as well as a recurring role on the Apple Original series Dear Edward. The first is a multi-generational story set in New York. D’Arcy James will play a lawyer and the father of a teenager, who struggles to prove that young love is something that can last forever. He will play the father of the main character in Dear Edward. The series is based on the book of the same name by Ann Napolitano and tells the story of Edward Adler, a 12-year-old boy who survives a devastating commercial plane crash that kills all other passengers on the flight, including his family. Release dates will be announced later.
Samantha Barks & More join Kristen & Bobby Lopez celebration at Carnegie Hall
Even more stars are joining the New York Pops 39th Anniversary Gala lineup on April 25. Take the stage at Carnegie Hall to honor songwriting duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Bobby Lopez with For the first time ever: Kristen and Bobby Lopez songs will be FrozenWest End star Samantha Barks, Josh Gad, Maggie Lakis, Rob McClure and Andrew Rannells. The event will also include Frozen movie star Kristen Bell as well as Broadway’s Caissie Levy and Betsy Wolfe, Tony winners Santino Fontana and Nikki M. James, Jaime Camil, Mykal Kilgore, Patti Murin as well as Avenue Q alumni Jennifer Barnhart, Stephanie D’Abruzzo, Jordan Gelber, Ann Harada, Rick Lyon and John Tartaglia. Proceeds from the gala support the New York Pops Orchestra and the organization PopEd music education programs that cover New York’s five boroughs.
goodbye birdie Star Bobby Rydell has died aged 79
Bobby Rydell, who theater fans likely know from his 1963 performance in the film goodbye birdie like Hugo Peabody, died at the age of 79. Variety reports that the cause was pneumonia. Born April 26, 1942, he became the teen idol of the early ’60s. He had 34 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 throughout his career, including “We Got Love”, “Wild One”, ” Volare”, “Swingin’ School”, “The Cha-Cha-Cha” and more. Rydell High School in both the Broadway musical and the sequel film Fat bears his name.
Mercedes Ruehl honored at the Actors Fund gala
Tony and Oscar-winning actress Mercedes Ruehl, who last appeared on Broadway in Song of the Torch Trilogy, will be honored at the annual Actors Fund Gala on May 9. The gala will return live and in person and there will be a live simulcast at events in New York and Los Angeles as well as a nationwide private stream for people to watch across the country. The New York event will be held at the New York Marriott Marquis and the Los Angeles event at Paramount Pictures. The gala is co-chaired by Actors Fund Vice President Annette Bening and Board Chairman Brian Stokes Mitchell. In addition to Ruehl, Uzo Aduba, Shubert Organization President and CEO Robert E. Wankel and Paramount President and CEO Bob Bakish will receive the Medal of Honor this year, an annual award which recognizes people who have had a profound impact on the entertainment community.