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Here’s a quick recap of the stories you might have missed recently.
Billy Porter Unprotected on the shelves in October
The category is: pre-order! As previously announced, Tony and Emmy winner Billy Porter, who recently revealed his HIV status, wrote a memoir. “It created a deep healing space for me, healing old traumas that I didn’t realize I didn’t heal,” Porter said of the writing. the book, which he wrote during the COVID-19 pandemic. “This book has truly allowed me to discover the transformative power of healing. I am truly grateful for it.” The book is called Unprotected and will be published by Abrams Press on October 19.
Black Theater Coalition Announces Paid Fellowship Program
Applications are now being accepted for the Black Theater Coalition Paid BTC Scholarship Program. Programs available include one-year scholarships in production, writing, composition, directing, choreography, stage design, lighting design, costume design, sound design, video design , wig / hair design, stage management, theater management, music direction, casting, marketing and advertising, public relations, digital media, talent agent and a two-year general management fellowship. Each scholarship recipient will receive $ 50,000 in salary and scholarship during the 12 months of the scholarship. A total of 48 scholarships will be awarded, including two in each category, with the exception of general management and production, where there will be six scholarship recipients for each. Submissions are due by July 16.
Rachel Bay Jones set for United States of Al
Dear Evan Hansen Tony winner Rachel Bay Jones set to star in CBS comedy The United States of Al, according to Deadline. The new series, which stars Adhir Kalyan and Parker Young, discusses the friendship between a Marine veteran struggling to readjust to civilian life in Ohio and the performer who served with his unit in Afghanistan and came to America for a fresh start. Jones will play Lois, a divorcee who will be featured in the series on June 3. United States of Al Airs Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. ET on CBS.
Krysta Rodriguez to star in new TBS pilot Space
Broadway’s Krysta Rodriguez, who can be seen as Liza Minnelli in Netflix Halston, was selected to star in the new romantic comedy pilot scripted by TBS Space, written and produced by Hilary Winston, according to Deadline. The series follows a longtime couple on the verge of breaking up who are given the ultimate space to imagine their future when they suddenly start jumping into other couples’ bodies. The cast will also include Jake Lacy, Ally Maki, Caleb Hearon and Rachel Pegram.
Get excited for Girl from the north of the countrythe return
The Broadway Company of Girl from the north of the country continued to make music, perform and share creative shots on the show’s numbers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. With the announcement that the show will resume its performances at the Belasco Theater from October 13, the latest video is particularly uplifting. Here’s another video made by actor Kimber Elayne Sprawl. It stars Todd Almond as he returns to the theater for the first time and performs “Duquesne Whistle”. Find out below.
Bonnie Comley named president of the Drama League board
The Drama League has announced that Bonnie Comley, a three-time Tony Award-winning producer and founder and CEO of BroadwayHD, will become the organization’s new board chair. A board member since 2009 and elected to three terms as vice president of the Drama League, Comley succeeds Stan Ponte, who resigns due to term limitation but will remain on the board. The other members of the Board of Directors for this term will be Vice Presidents Joseph Pizza and Arthur Pober, Secretary Donna Daniels and Treasurer Tony Benten. The 87th Annual Drama League Awards took place virtually and celebrated the theater makers who created digital and socially distant work during the 2020-2021 season. Broadway.com Take Me to the World: A Celebration of Sondheim’s 90th Anniversary won the Drama League Award for Outstanding Digital Concert Production, and The Great Work Begins: Scenes of Angels in America, which aired exclusively from the Broadway.com YouTube channel last October to benefit amfAR’s COVID-19 Fund, also won the award for Best Digital Theater, Individual Production.
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