Broadway alum and UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace & Reconciliation, Oscar winner Forest Whitaker is set to host the "Performers4Peace" benefit concert May 9 in New York City. The event will feature performances by Broadway artists to support the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative's work in peace and community building. The concert will be music-directed by Annastasia Victory. Olivier Award nominee Stafford Arima will direct.
The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society announced the Standout Moments of the 2015-2016 Season, a new program of recognition focused on the contributions directors and choreographers make every day to create a more inclusive, diverse theatre. Stafford Arima was recognized for tirelessly advocating for and guiding "Allegiance's" move to Broadway.
The Broadway Dreams Foundation (BDF) is bringing its unique brand of Broadway master class intensives to Russia. In a landmark collaboration between BDF, the U.S. Embassy, Broadway Moscow, Stage Entertainment Russia, and Mikhail Shvydkoy (Russia's Special Presidential Representative for International Cultural Cooperation) this collaboration will mark the first time in Russia's history that Broadway professionals will offer programming of this kind. The workshop will culminate in a final showcase on the stage of the Rossiya Theatre.
Williamstown Theatre Festival announced plans to stage four world premieres including "Poster Boy," with music and lyrics by Craig Carnelia, book by Joe Tracz, and direction by Stafford Arima. The season runs from June through August.
Major roles for the concert production of "The Secret Garden" have been officially announced. The starry cast includes: Cheyenne Jackson, Sierra Boggess, Ramin Karimloo, Ben Platt, Sydney Lucas, Oscar Williams, Jere Shea, Josh Young, Nikki Rene Daniels, Barbara Rosenblat, Julie Halston, and the original Mary Lennox, Daisy Egan. The 25th anniversary concert will take place at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall beginning February 21, 2016, featuring over 200 choristers from across the world and a 28 piece orchestra. Michael Kosarin conducts.
Rehearsals commence for the Broadway production of "Allegiance." The cast includes: George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, Katie Rose Clarke, Michael K. Lee, Christopheren Nomura, Greg Watanabe and Aaron J. Albano, Belinda Allyn, Marcus Choi, Janelle Dote, Dan Horn, Owen Johnston, Darren Lee, Kevin Munhall, Manna Nichols, Autumn Ogawa, Rumi Oyama, Momoko Sugai, Sam Tanabe, Elena Wang, Scott Watanabe and Scott Wise. Previews begin October 6 with an opening on November 8.