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The Public Celebrates 50 Years of ‘Hair’ + More NYC Events 10/20–26

New York is the city that never sleeps, and with so many events and activities each week across all five boroughs, it can be hard to know what’s actually worthwhile. Here are the events New York City actors should have on their radars this week. Let the sun shine in.It’s been 50 years since the rock musical “Hair” debuted and changed the face of American theater. To honor the half-centennial milestone and raise funds for the Public Theater (where “Hair” got its start), Diane Paulus will direct a benefit celebration. Featuring stage stars including Jonathan Groff, Caissie Levy, Will Swenson, Allison Case, and several more, the concert will be preceded by a cocktail reception and dinner at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. Tickets are unfortunately exorbitant, but you can expect video footage to arise. (Tickets start at $750) Tony nominees will get in your face.
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There's a Reason the Actress Behind Pocahontas Looks So Much Like Her Character

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Can you believe it has been 22 years since Walt Disney Pictures gifted us with the animated film Pocahontas? Neither can we, and it's honestly making us super nostalgic. While we still remember every single word to "Colors of the Wind," most fans probably don't know who voiced the original character. Well, plot twist: it was actually two people. While Tony-nominee Judy Kuhn lent her singing voice for the role, Irene Bedard was the main inspiration behind the Disney princess. Not only did the Native American actress voice Pocahontas, but she was also the physical model for the character. And the Disney magic doesn't end there. Bedard, along with several other princesses, will star in the upcoming the Wreck-It Ralph sequel in March 2018.
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Watch: Cynthia Erivo, Joel Grey, Chita Rivera and More Perform Live Version of 'What the World Needs Now Is Love' on Maya & Marty

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Watch: Cynthia Erivo, Joel Grey, Chita Rivera and More Perform Live Version of 'What the World Needs Now Is Love' on Maya & Marty
[Embedcode {Broadway all-stars come together for “What The World Needs Now Is Love” on #MayaAndMarty. #BroadwayForOrlandohttps://t.co/JfddFwZRjv— Maya & Marty (@MayaAndMarty) June 22, 2016 }] Over 40 Broadway stars joined together for the first live performance of the Broadway for Orlando cover of "What the World Needs Now Is Love." For Tuesday's episode of NBC's Maya & Marty, a star-studded ensemble gathered at Studio 6A in 30 Rockefeller Plaza to perform the Burt Bacharach-Hal David anthem they had recorded at Avatar Studios just three days after the June 12 massacre in Orlando. The theater community banded together to raise their voices in support for the loved ones of the 49 innocent victims of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub. Over 50 people were also injured. Among those in attendance
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Watch: Cynthia Erivo, Joel Grey, Chita Rivera and More Perform Live Version of 'What the World Needs Now Is Love' on Maya & Marty

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Watch: Cynthia Erivo, Joel Grey, Chita Rivera and More Perform Live Version of 'What the World Needs Now Is Love' on Maya & Marty
[Embedcode {Broadway all-stars come together for “What The World Needs Now Is Love” on #MayaAndMarty. #BroadwayForOrlandohttps://t.co/JfddFwZRjv— Maya & Marty (@MayaAndMarty) June 22, 2016 }] Over 40 Broadway stars joined together for the first live performance of the Broadway for Orlando cover of "What the World Needs Now Is Love." For Tuesday's episode of NBC's Maya & Marty, a star-studded ensemble gathered at Studio 6A in 30 Rockefeller Plaza to perform the Burt Bacharach-Hal David anthem they had recorded at Avatar Studios just three days after the June 12 massacre in Orlando. The theater community banded together to raise their voices in support for the loved ones of the 49 innocent victims of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub. Over 50 people were also injured. Among those in attendance
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20 years ago today: ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ series finale aired

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20 years ago today: ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ series finale aired
It was 20 years ago today that The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s sixth and final season concluded on NBC. In an emotional finale, fans watched the Banks family move out of their home as they left for the East Coast, leaving Will behind in California to finish his college studies. He does everything he can to prevent the house from selling, but eventually it’s time to say goodbye. But not without one final Carlton Dance first. Other notable May 20 happenings in pop culture history: • 1957: Frank Sinatra recorded “Witchcraft” at Capitol Records. • 1970: The Beatles documentary Let It Be opened in U.K. theaters. • 1980: Kiss released Unmasked, the last studio album to feature the band’s original lineup until Kiss reunited in 1996. • 1982: The series finale of cop sitcom Barney Miller aired on ABC. • 1983: The Police released the single “Every Breath You Take.” • 1987: Beverly Hills Cop II opened in theaters.
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How to Share Your ‘Fun Home’ Experience and Win Show Tickets

Broadway’s “Fun Home” is collaborating with national nonprofit oral history project StoryCorps ahead of the production’s one-year anniversary. The partnership emboldens fans to use StoryCorps’ free mobile app to record their own family stories and personal experiences seeing “Fun Home” live. StoryCorps aims to preserve conversations and stories in sound. All tagged stories will be streamable on-demand at StoryCorps.me and preserved in the StoryCorps archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The collaboration will continue across the country once “Fun Home” begins its national tour in Cleveland this October. “Fun Home” cast and creative team including Jeanine Tesori, Lisa Kron, Sam Gold, Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn, Beth Malone, Emily Skeggs, and Sydney Lucas recorded stories of their own available to listen to here. User stories submitted in April will be entered to win a contest with one randomly selected grand prize winner set
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‘Fun Home’ Streams for Spotify Sessions

Spotify is streaming intimate in-studio performances and conversations of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Fun Home” beginning today. “Fun Home” is the first Broadway show to participate in Spotify Sessions. This particular session was originally recorded in front of a live studio audience on Jan. 19 in New York City. The “Fun Home” session contains new arrangements of songs from the musical. The session also includes inside information regarding how and why songs were written and created for the show. Tony winner Jeanine Tesori composed the score performed by “Fun Home” cast members Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn, Beth Malone, Emily Skeggs, Gabriella Pizzolo, Roberta Colindrez, and Joel Perez. “Fun Home” is the recipient of four Tony Awards including best musical, best book of a musical, best original score, and best leading actor in a musical (Cerveris). Listen to the new session on Spotify now. Inspired by this post? Check out our theater audition listings!
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Tony Awards performance: 'Fun Home' cast sings stirring 'Ring of Keys' (Video)

Tony Awards performance: 'Fun Home' cast sings stirring 'Ring of Keys' (Video)
"Fun Home" reaped a leading 12 Tony Awards this year, including five for performances. Among these, are Best Featured Actress nominee Sydney Lucas who gets her turn in the spotlight with this  stirring rendition of "Ring of Keys." -Break- Join the fiery debate over the Tony Awards going on right now in our red-hot forums Also featured in the soulful performance below were Best Actor (musical) winner Michael Cerveris, Best Actress contender Beth Malone as well as another of the Featured Actress nominees from the show, Judy Kuhn.
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Andy Humm (Gay USA) tops all Experts predicting Tony Awards winners

Andy Humm (Gay USA) tops all Experts predicting Tony Awards winners
Andy Humm (Gay USA) is this year's best Expert at predicting the Tony Awards winners. He got an outstanding 88% correct, only missing three out of 24 categories. Those incorrect choices were Best Play Revival (selecting "The Elephant Man" over "Skylight"), Best Featured Actor in a Play (choosing Micah Stock over Richard McCabe), and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (picking Judy Kuhn over Ruthie Ann Miles). -Break- Related: Complete list of 2015 Tony Awards winners For the 16 Experts predicting Tony winners, the second spot is a tie between Gold Derby's own Paul Sheehan and Matt Windham (amNY) at 84% accuracy. The third spot is a tie between Elysa Gardner (USA Today), Susan Haskins (Theater Talk), Harry Haun (Playbill), and Jesse Oxfeld (Forward) with each at 80%. Up next are Thom Geier (The Wrap), Brian Lipton (Cititour), Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby), David Sheward (Gold Derby), and Wayman Wong (Talkin' Broadway) at 75% right. ...
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Tony Awards prediction scores: Best performances by our Experts, Editors and Users

Tony Awards prediction scores: Best performances by our Experts, Editors and Users
Congratulations to RichardR for a very impressive top score of 92% predicting the Tony Awards winners on Sunday. He actually ties with seven other Users but had the best point total of 20,215 by using his 500 and 200 point bets wisely. Each of those top predictors only missed two categories out of the 24 in our contest. For RichardR, his two incorrect picks were Best Featured Actor in a Play (he chose Nathaniel Parker over winner Richard McCabe) and for Best Featured Actress in a Musical (he selected Judy Kuhn over champ Ruthie Ann Miles). -Break- You can see how your score compares to his in our leaderboard rankings of all contestants, which also includes links to see each participant's predictions. Or you can find your score by clicking on "My Award Scores," which appears in the gold menu bar when you're signed in to your account. For his efforts, RichardR wins a $100 Amazon gift card,
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2015 Tony Awards Winners & Reactions: 'Fun Home' & 'Curious Incident' Win Big

"Not too bad, if I say so myself..." If I may take a quote from this year's Best Musical winner as I went 20/24 with my predictions for this year's 2015 Tony Awards. Undoubtedly, the two big winners of the night were the musical Fun Home and the play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, both of which took home five awards including honors for their leading men, directors, and, of course, Best Musical/Play. Right behind those two was the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I, which picked up four awards, including Best Revival and for their long overdue leading lady Kelli O'Hara, who easily gave the best speech of the night (including dancing off the stage). I may predicted Tony co-host Kristin Chenoweth over her, but I am so happy to be wrong. yt id="MneMh2c-y0M" width="640" And what about Chenoweth
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Tony Awards 2015: Winners List

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The 69th Annual Tony Awards honored Broadway's best and brightest on Sunday, June 7 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. A slew of star-studded nominees, including Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan, were in attendance as Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming shared the event's hosting duties. Find out the big winners below!

Best Musical

Fun Home​ - Winner

An American in Paris

Something Rotten!

The Visit

Best Play

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Winner

Disgraced

Hand to God

Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two P

Best Revival of a Musical

The King and I - Winner

On the Town

On the Twentieth Century

Best Revival of a Play

​Skylight​ - Winner

The Elephant Man

This Is Our Youth

You Can't Take It With You

Best Direction of a Musical

Sam Gold, Fun Home - Winner

Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!

John Rando, On the Town

Bartlett Sher,
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2015 Tony Award Predictions, Will it be 'Fun Home' or 'An American in Paris'c

Here is something a bit different for Rope of Silicon. Sure, we have award predictions for the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes, but that makes sense, considering this is site is 95% about movies. But there are plenty of other stories out there being told in theaters that get plenty of respect. Except these are stories performed live right in front of your face. So, I took it upon myself to comb through the absurd amount of categories of the Tony Awards, which is this Sunday June 7, to give you my predictions on what will win. I am doing this not just because it is fun to predict things and hope I get them all right, though that is certainly part of it, but I also want to shed light on these projects that a lot of people don't know about. Film and television people often have on blinders when
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Inside This Year’s Exhausting, Intense Tony Chase

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Inside This Year’s Exhausting, Intense Tony Chase
“Hurry, you’ll miss the parade,” says Kristin Caskey, a producer of the musical Fun Home, as three of its stars trot arm-in-arm past a line of photographers at the Marriott Marquis. They’re late to the Drama League luncheon, having jogged over from the Tony nominees’ luncheon, which was accidentally scheduled for the same day and then turned into a brunch. Beth Malone, Emily Skeggs, and 11-year-old Sydney Lucas — who play Fun Home’s narrator at different ages — sit down to their salads just as 40 finalists for the League’s Distinguished Performance award (including Fun Home’s Michael Cerveris and Judy Kuhn) march up to a long dais. They’ll eat facing the audience, give 30-second speeches in alphabetical order, and then cheer as one of them is anointed a winner-for-life. “When they told me what this was going to be like,” says Helen Mirren in her speech, “I said,
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Pocahontas' Judy Kuhn Remixes "Colors of the Wind'' to Celebrate Disney Film's 20th Anniversary: Watch!

Pocahontas' Judy Kuhn Remixes
This video clip is definitely giving us flashback memories of watching Disney VHS tapes when we were children! In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Disney classic Pocahontas, Judy Kuhn, who was Pocahontas' singing voice in the '90s flick, is remixing the movie's theme song "Colors of the Wind." The awesome video starts out with the message, "To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Disney's Pocahontas, Fun Home composer Jeanine Tesori and star Judy Kuhn (the original singing voice of Pocahontas) have some fun with 'Colors of the Wind.'" Tesori plays the piano while Kuhn sits next to her and belts out the classic jam. But this version isn't exactly like the...
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Voice of Pocahontas Judy Kuhn Has "No Idea" What a Blue Corn Moon Is

Voice of Pocahontas Judy Kuhn Has
It seems that even the voice of Pocahontas herself cannot paint with all the colors of the wind. Actress Judy Kuhn, who sang Pocahontas' songs in the character's namesake Disney animated feature, recently sat down for an interview with Entertainment Weekly and came clean about certain lyrics in the movie. Kuhn, 57, is currently starring in Broadway's Fun Home, but still counts 1995's Pocahontas as her most famous singing role to date. She lent her vocals to the Academy Award-winning "Colors of the Wind," which famously had [...]
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Tony Awards nominations: Show by show

Tony Awards nominations: Show by show
It is always surprising to see the depth and breadth of support for some shows at the Tony Awards and the limited appeal of others.  Which ones with multiple nominations did the best in the performance categories? And which were limited to reaping bids on the creative side?  Below, a breakdown of the nominations arranged by show.  -Break- Join the fierce fight about the Tony Awards going on right now in our notorious message boards Musicals "An American in Paris" (12 nominations) Musical Book Actor, Robert Fairchild Actress, Leanne Cope Featured Actor, Brandon Uranowitz Featured Actor, Max von Essen Direction Choreography Orchestrations Scenic Design Costume Design Lighting Design "Fun Home" (12 nominations) Musical Book Score Actor, Michael Cerveris Actres, Beth Malone Featured Actress, Judy Kuhn Featured Actress, Sydney Lucas Featured Actress, Emily Skeggs Direction...
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53 Fascinating Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Disney Films

53 Fascinating Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Disney Films
Feel free to use this list to impress people at your next gathering. You're welcome. 1. Anna (Frozen) is the first Disney princess to have a duet with a villain. 2. Yen Sid, the sorcerer in Fantasia, is just "Disney" spelled backwards. 3. Jodi Benson (Ariel), Paige O'Hara (Belle) and Judy Kuhn (singing voice for Mulan), all have cameos in Enchanted. 4. In The Lion King, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" was originally supposed to be performed by Timon and Pumba. 5. The Beatles almost had roles in a Disney movie. They were meant to be the voices of the vultures in The Jungle Book. 6. Boo from Monsters, Inc.'s real name? Mary Gibbs. 7. The...
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Disney 53: Pocahontas

Directors: Mike Gabriel and Eric Goldberg

1995/ 81 Minutes

Est. budget: $55 million

Box Office: $346.1 million

Whilst half the staff of Disney was working on a little-known Hamlet adaptation, The Lion King, the other were working on effectively a version of Romeo and Juliet called Pocahontas.

It was regarded as being one the hardest films produced by the studio, due to its rich colour schemes, angular shapes and facial expressions, and was in production for a full five years. It paid off, however, and is regarded as one of the studio’s finest works.

It was the first Disney animated feature to be based on a real historical character, as well as established known history and folklore of the Native Americans of the era, and focuses on her relationship with the (real) English explorer/soldier/author, John Smith. It’s difficult to discern exactly how faithful an adaptation the film is (putting aside
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