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Andrew Lloyd Webber to Join Sarah Brightman's Virtual Concert
Andrew Lloyd Webber will join his former wife and original The Phantom of the Opera star Sarah Brightman for her upcoming livestream concert Sarah Brightman: A Christmas Symphony. The event will be broadcast on December 20, 2020 from the Christ Church Spitalfields in London and feature covers of holiday classics. Brightman will also perform a new song written by Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice entitled "Christmas Dream." Tickets are now available.
Almost Famous' Casey Likes to Release New Film on Thanksgiving
Casey Likes, who recently starred in the world premiere musical of Almost Famous, will release the new film I Got You on November 26. Written, directed and edited by Likes, I Got You stars Dear Evan Hansen's Sam Primack and Johnna Watson and tells the story of the duo's complicated and passionate romantic endeavors. The new film was almost entirely crowd-funded. Catch it on YouTube, and watch the trailer below!
Glenn Close to Literally Decorate the Tree
Fans can now get an ornament of three-time Tony winner Glenn Close as Norma Desmond from …
Theater fans have Charles Dickens to thank for the gift of Jefferson Mays. "A Christmas Carol was not only my introduction to this great piece of literature," the Tony winner said, "it was also my introduction to the theater. I remember staying up late on Christmas Eve as a child, counting my pennies and playing Scrooge. I've always been drawn to him.” Mays, who was last seen on Broadway in Oslo and is scheduled to play Mayor Shinn in the upcoming Music Man revival, is revisiting his favorite childhood holiday tale. A Christmas Carol, a special streaming video event, will be available beginning on November 28.
Based on the acclaimed Geffen Playhouse production from 2018 and directed by Michael Arden, this new adaptation was written by Mays, Arden and Susan Lyons and conceived by Arden and Dane Laffrey. Mays’ performance—in which he plays over 50 roles—was filmed this fall at New York’s United Palace and will benefit partner theaters all across the country that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 60 community and regional theaters have partnered with the film. Here, Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek checked in with Mays about the project and playing even …
After seeing TikTok creator Dan Mertzluft's post inspiring a musical about a fight in a grocery store, James invites Dan on the show to celebrate his work and to create a new version special for Thanksgiving. After sharing his submission and James's duet, James surprises Dan with the rest of the musical, with roles played by Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth, Audra McDonald, Josh Gad, and Josh Groban.
The post Watch Now: Broadway Stars Create Thanksgiving: The TikTok Musical appeared first on Broadway Direct.
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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25
Raising Arizona Premieres
Alison Pill and Zachary Levi headline Joel and Ethan Coen's Raising Arizona as part of the Pandemic Players' series of streamed charity “table reads” of classic films, TV shows, radio plays and more. This first production benefits Covenant House.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Premieres @ 3PM ET
San Diego’s The Old Globe’s 23rd annual production of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! will be presented by KPBS Radio in San Diego as a free audio-only production. Starring Edward Watts for the fourth time, the show will play for four nights: November 26, December 5, December 20 and December 24.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26
The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration @ 9PM ET
Siblings Derek and Julianne Hough host this evening of holiday performances to ring in the Christmas season. Festive flashback performances include Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell, Jason Derulo, Pentatonix, Kelly Clarkson and more.
Watch on ABC.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26
The Macy's …
“This month, theatre reopenings in England were abruptly brought to a halt by the second lockdown. As the future of live performance remains uncertain, producers and those running venues explain their strategies for programming with maximum flexibility.” – The Stage
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