In the News: Susan Lucci, Renée Elise Goldsberry Join Fellow Soap Stars for Back on Broadway Benefit, a The Light in the Piazza Cast Reunion, More
Plus: Michael Luwoye, L Morgan Lee, Mirirai Sithole, and more are tapped for Atlantic’s African Caribbean MixFest.
Read on for some recent theatre headlines you may have missed in today’s news.
ABC Daytime Drama Stars Unite for ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway
Stars from the ABC Daytime dramas All My Children, One Life to Live, and General Hospital will reunite for ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, a one-night-only streaming concert, produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Viewers can look forward to performances of Broadway classics and jazzy standards from their favorite soap villains and heroes, including Susan Lucci, Anthony Geary, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Cameron Mathison, and more. Tune in here 8 PM ET February 11.
LCT Spotlight Series Looks Back at The Light in the Piazza
Lincoln Center Theater’s digital conversation series continues with Looking Back at The Light in the Piazza 7 PM January 28. The webinar will include original stars Kelli O’Hara, Victoria Clark, and Matthew Morrison, with an introduction by director Bartlett Sher. Ira Weitzman moderates the conversation about the 2005 musical by Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas. Visit LCT.org to register.
Tyler Thomas Earns 2021 Susan Stroman Directing Award
Director and choreographer Tyler Thomas has been named winner of the 2021 Susan Stroman Directing Award, presented biennially by the Vineyard Theatre to an early or mid-career director to develop new work while in residence. Thomas directed the critically acclaimed online series Lessons in Survival this past fall. Previous recipients include Whitney White, Liesl Tommy, and Lee Sunday Evans. The presentation of the award will take place at the Vineyard’s virual Open House, set for January 31. The online event will also include the presentation of the Colman Domingo Award to York Walker, announced in June last year.
Michael Luwoye, L Morgan Lee, Mirirai Sithole, More Set for African Caribbean MixFest
Casting has been announced for Atlantic Theater Company’s African Caribbean MixFest, presented in collaboration with playwright Guadalís Del Carmen and Young Vic Artistic Director Kwame Kwei Armah. Michael Luwoye, L Morgan Lee, Mirirai Sithole, Russell G. Jones, and Kevin Mambo are just a few of the names set to appear in the online series of readings showcasing the voices of Black-Caribbean writers and stories. Full-length plays from France-Luce Benson, Del Carmen, and Kwei-Armah, as well as short plays by Jeff Augustin, Jasmine Lee-Jones, and Whitney White, will be presented in the virtual festival running January 19-29. Tickets for all readings are free; RSVP here.
Monday Night at the Apollo Concert Series Postpones to Spring
Monday Night at the Apollo, a concert series taking place in front of a socially distanced audience at London’s Apollo Theatre, has rescheduled for April 12, April 26, and May 10 in light of extended lockdowns. The series, originally slated for this month, is hosted by Greg Barnett (Miss Littlewood, Duchess of Malfi) with performances from Rosalie Craig (Company, City of Angels), Arthur Darvil (Once, Sweet Charity), Hadley Fraser (Les Misérables, City of Angels), Lucie Jones (Waitress), and Cedric Neal (Chess, Mowtown the Musical), who will share career highlights and songs. Ten percent of all ticket sales will be donated to Acting for Others, an organization made up of 14 individual theatrical charities. For ticket information, click here.