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Hear Broadway’s Best at Carnegie Hall for $20 + More NYC Events Feb. 16–22

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. Get a taste of Broadway at Carnegie Hall.Broadway Classics in Concert at Carnegie Hall has assembled a roster of performers whose collective talent and accolades must be seen (and heard) to be believed. The Feb. 20 event will feature performances by Lea Salonga, Laura Osnes, Ramin Karimloo, Sierra boggess, Ryan Silverman, Norm Lewis, and Michael Arden, and that is not even the entire lineup. And better yet, tickets start at an affordable $20—cheaper than the cheapest Broadway ticket you can find. (Tickets: $20–$195) Stars sing out for a good cause.Artists for World Peace presents its seventh annual fundraiser on Feb. 18, featuring prominent New York City talent,
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Lea Salonga Talks Return to Broadway in 'Once on This Island' (Exclusive)

Lea Salonga Talks Return to Broadway in 'Once on This Island' (Exclusive)
When Lea Salonga was 20 years old, making her Broadway debut as Kim in the 1991 production of Miss Saigon, not once did she ever think she’d star in Once on This Island, which was playing right down the street. At the time, both musicals were premiering on Broadway.

Now, 26 years later, the two celebrated shows are back on Broadway. Miss Saigon is nearing the end of a limited engagement at the Broadway Theatre, where it performed its original run, while Once on This Island just opened in December at the Circle in the Square Theatre. And once again, Salonga is at the center of it all.

This time, she’s playing Erzulie, one of four gods (including Glee’s Alex Newell) who lead a peasant girl named Ti Moune (Hailey Kilgore) on a journey to the other side of her Antilles island nation after falling for a wealthy boy, in the Michael Arden-directed revival of Once on
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Bww Review: Michael Arden Stages Once On This Island With a Nod To The Dangers of Climate Change

While there's nary a mention of global warming or human-made climate change in Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens', captivating and joyous Caribbean story-theatre musical Once On This Island, director Michael Arden's exhilarating new Broadway production of the popular 1990 hit based on Rosa Guy's novel My Love, My Love, smacks audience members with the issue as soon as they enter Circle In The Square.
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BroadwayWorld Live Will Chat with Once On This Island's Michael Arden Today at 5:30!

Do you have a burning question for Michael Arden On Friday, December 1, 530pm Est BroadwayWorld's Steve Schonberg is getting up close and personal with Arden, who is currently in previews with his latest directorial masterpiece- Once on This Island. Don't forget to tune in to our official Facebook page to submit your questions live or send us questions in advance on Twitter BroadwayWorld with AskArdenBWW.
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How ‘Once on This Island’ Redefines Gender and Race With Broadway Revival (Exclusive)

How ‘Once on This Island’ Redefines Gender and Race With Broadway Revival (Exclusive)
The studio at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, where a group of reporters are gathered for a preview of the Broadway revival of Once on This Island, is filled with the vibrant voice of Mother of the Earth. Hitting powerful high notes with modern flamboyance and dramatic flair, the performer never misses a beat, just like Kecia Lewis in the 1990 Tony-nominated original production. Except this time around, Mother is played by a man -- and what many of us in the room knew about the musical has been completely, yet delightfully altered.

Based on the 1985 novel My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy, Once on This Island is the tale of Ti Moune (Hailey Kilgore), a fearless peasant girl who falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of their Caribbean island in the Antilles. When their divided cultures keep them apart, Ti Moune is guided by the powerful island gods, Erzulie
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BroadwayWorld Live Will Chat with Once On This Island's Michael Arden This Friday!

Do you have a burning question for Michael Arden On Friday, December 1, 530pm Est BroadwayWorld's Steve Schonberg is getting up close and personal with Arden, who is currently in previews with his latest directorial masterpiece- Once on This Island. Don't forget to tune in to our official Facebook page to submit your questions live or send us questions in advance on Twitter BroadwayWorld with AskArdenBWW.
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Icymi: Broadwaysted Talks to the Stars of Once On This Island & Red Roses, Green Gold

This week we are celebrating our love of Ahrens amp Flaherty with interviews with the cast and creative team of the upcoming Once On This Island revival Kevin and Bryan had an amazing time at the Sneak Peek Press Event chatting with director Michael Arden, choreographer Camille A. Brown, and show stars Quentin Earl Darrington, Alex Newell, Hailey Kilgore, Isaac Powell, Philip Boykin, and Kenita R. Miller.
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Rep Sheet Roundup: CAA Signs British Actor Augustus Prew

Rep Sheet Roundup: CAA Signs British Actor Augustus Prew
Who got signed, promoted, hired or fired? The Hollywood Reporter’s Rep Sheet rounds up the week in representation news. To submit announcements for consideration, contact rebecca.sun@thr.com.

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CAA has signed Augustus Prew. The British actor starred in CBS’ Jason Katims medical drama Pure Genius last season, then played the cellmate of Wentworth Miller’s character in Fox’s Prison Break reboot. In film, Prew appeared in Kick-Ass 2 and Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise. This summer he starred in the Wallis Annenberg Center production of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s play The Pride, directed by Michael Arden. Prew continues to be represented by agent Oriana...
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Rep Sheet Roundup: CAA Signs British Actor Augustus Prew

Who got signed, promoted, hired or fired? The Hollywood Reporter’s Rep Sheet rounds up the week in representation news. To submit announcements for consideration, contact rebecca.sun@thr.com.

Smart move

CAA has signed Augustus Prew. The British actor starred in CBS’ Jason Katims medical drama Pure Genius last season, then played the cellmate of Wentworth Miller’s character in Fox’s Prison Break reboot. In film, Prew appeared in Kick-Ass 2 and Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise. This summer he starred in the Wallis Annenberg Center production of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s play The Pride, directed by Michael Arden. Prew continues to be represented by agent Oriana...
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Bww TV: Hailey Kilgore, Lea Salonga, Michael Arden and More Talk Broadway's Once On This Island; Plus 'Waiting for Life' Preview!

The revival of the Olivier Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated Best Musical Once On This Island, directed by Tony nominee Michael Arden and choreographed by the critically-acclaimed Camille A. Brown, will begin preview performances on Thursday, November 9, 2017 and officially open on Sunday, December 3 at the Circle in the Square Theatre. The show held its press preview earlier today and BroadwayWorld has footage and interviews below
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Video: Watch Broadway-Bound Once On This Island Tell the Story in NYC Workshop!

The island is little bit closer to Broadway The new production of the Olivier Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated Best Musical Once On This Island, which begins preview performances on Thursday, November 9 at the Circle in the Square Theatre, and officially opens on Sunday, December 3. Directed by Tony Award nominee Michael Arden, the musical just held a workshop in preparation for Broadway and you can go inside the special day below
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Theater’s Most Anticipated, Star-Studded Shows of the Fall Season

Theater’s Most Anticipated, Star-Studded Shows of the Fall Season
In addition to fall TV and a new slate of prestigious films, theater is gearing up for a new season, both on and Off-Broadway.

This year, there is no shortage of Hollywood star power -- ahem, the Broadway debuts of Amy Schumer and Uma Thurman, the return of Anna Camp and Clive Owen, and the Boss -- as well as anticipated new productions, must-see revivals and the redemption of director Julie Taymor. And the action is not limited to New York as two major musical adaptions get their feet wet with out of town tryouts.

2017 Fall Preview: Et's Complete Coverage

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Denver Center for the Performing Arts (Colorado)

Disney’s global animated phenomenon is headed to the Broadway stage with a new musical from composers and lyricists RobertLopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and book writer Jennifer Lee in February 2018 after a limited engagement in Denver. The Snow Queen-inspired fairy tale and its Norwegian kingdom of Arendelle
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TNT’s Snowpiercer TV Series Pilot Episode Adds Jennifer Connelly to the Cast

Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange, the upcoming Locke & Key pilot episode) and Daveed Diggs (Hamilton) now have some company aboard the arctic train in TNT's Snowpiercer. A few weeks after the director and actor, respectively, joined the pilot episode adaptation of Bong Joon Ho’s film of the same name, Jennifer Connelly has now joined the cast as Melanie Cavill, the "Voice of the Train."

Press Release (via The Futon Critic): Turner's TNT has cast Jennifer Connelly, who earned an Oscar(R) for her performance in A Beautiful Mind, to star in the network's drama pilot Snowpiercer. She joins Tony Award(R) winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton, Black-ish) in the futuristic thriller, which will be directed by Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange). Based on the acclaimed movie of the same name, Snowpiercer is a co-production of Tomorrow Studios and Turner's Studio T, along with Cj Entertainment. The project is being executive-produced by writer-showrunner Josh Friedman (Avatar 4,
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Security and Netflix row dominate Cannes 2017

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Security and Netflix row dominate Cannes 2017
The festival was forced to react to anger over the inclusion of Netflix titles, then the Manchester terror attack.

Monday’s night’s devastating attack in Manchester cast a pall over the final throes of a sluggish Cannes market and a festival selection that has lacked exuberance heading into its final stretch.

Flags flew at half-mast on Tuesday and there was a minute’s silence out of respect to the victims of the atrocity.

Swift messages of condolences came from the festival and the local mayor while Pixar cancelled a Cars 3 media event.

Security was never far from the agenda in Cannes. Heavily armed police were a constant presence and Cannes’ heightened state of alert kicked into action on Saturday when an ultimately harmless suspect package resulted in an evacuation of the Debussy during a press screening of Michel Hazanavicius’ Redoubtable.

The sudden death, aged 57, of Busan deputy director Kim Ji-seok at the start of the
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Ridley Scott: ‘Alien: Covenant’ Is a ‘Thinking Man’s Scary Movie’

Ridley Scott: ‘Alien: Covenant’ Is a ‘Thinking Man’s Scary Movie’
Ridley Scott has one goal with his new movie, “Alien: Covenant.”

“I’m hoping to scare the s–t out of you,” says the legendary director. “If I don’t, I’m in trouble.”

If the past 40 years are any indication, the odds are in Scott’s favor. Since entering the movie game later in life — he was 40 when his debut feature “The Duellists” came out in 1977 — Scott has been taking audiences on wild rides with such films as “Alien,” its prequel “Prometheus” and, most recently, with the Academy Award-nominated blockbuster “The Martian.” Along the way, he’s racked up four Oscar nominations, won two Emmy Awards and landed a permanent place in the film zeitgeist with groundbreaking movies including “Blade Runner,” “Thelma and Louise” and “Gladiator.”

This week, Scott will earn another honor when his hands and feet are encased in cement outside the Chinese Theatre on May 17. Though
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Composers Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty Exploring 'New Musical Concepts' for Once On This Island Revival

Just last month, a music workshop was held in NYC. 'It was absolutely thrilling.' Flaherty told BroadwayWorld. 'In collaboration with director Michael Arden, vocal designer Ann Marie Milazzo and orchestrator Michael Starobin, we explored many exciting new musical concepts for the piece. Lynn Ahrens and I look forward to taking these ideas further with our new collaborators in the New Year.'
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‘Merrily We Roll Along’ La Theater Review: Stephen Sondheim Still Stuck in Reverse

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‘Merrily We Roll Along’ La Theater Review: Stephen Sondheim Still Stuck in Reverse
Stephen Sondheim’s 1981 musical “Merrily We Roll Along” has become as notorious — and beloved in some circles — as one of Shakespeare’s problem plays. The first Broadway production closed after just 16 performances, a high-profile flop that’s chronicled in the brilliant new documentary “Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened” by original cast member Lonny Price. A new Los Angeles revival by young director Michael Arden, which had a delayed press opening on Saturday night at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, is brilliantly sung by a talented cast of 20 led by Broadway veterans Aaron...
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Oscars 2017 Documentary Shortlist Predictions: Anne Thompson Weighs In With Top Picks

Oscars 2017 Documentary Shortlist Predictions: Anne Thompson Weighs In With Top Picks
Many are called, few are chosen: The number of high-quality, awards-worthy documentaries seems to grow every year, but there’s still only 15 slots on the Oscar documentary shortlist. That will be announced December 5; the final five will be revealed on nominations morning, January 24. This year, 145 features were submitted.

This is the white-knuckle portion of the final campaign stretch, as documentary filmmakers and distributors hope their movies make it onto documentary branch voters’ viewing piles before they file their final grades. Those with the advantage are high-profile established hits and festival award-winners with the right combination of engaging accessibility, artful filmmaking, and gravitas.

So what’s looking like a strong bet? It’s a diverse list in more ways than one. Here are my picks for the Top 15, which are not listed in order of likelihood.

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Stage Tube: A Look Inside Michael Arden's New Production of Merrily We Roll Along

Michael Arden, who brilliantly re-imagined The Wallis and Deaf West Theatre's production of Spring Awakening that received rave reviews on Broadway, directs this rarely staged Stephen Sondheim Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, West Side Story musical. Merrily We Roll Along travels backwards in time to navigate the bumpy history among three friends - Franklin, Charlie and Mary - who begin their in careers in show business together. The powerful and moving story, based on the Kaufman and Hart play, features some of Sondheim's most beautiful songs including 'Good Thing Going,' 'Our Time' and 'Not a Day Goes By'.
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