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MARISHKA PHILLIPS DIRECTS LIFE ENCOUNTERS 2 Acclaimed Director & Theatre Coach Returns Off-Broadway With New Show

Posted by: Showbiz Chicago (August 11, 2014)

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Marishka PicAcclaimed stage and film director Marishka Phillips has return to the stage to direct the off-Broadway production of Life Encounters 2, a one-woman show written by and starring Michelle F. Hartley, who portrays twenty distinct characters in the new production, at the Bridge Theater (244 W. 54th Street) in New York City for two nights only on August 15th and August 16th, 2014.  

Life Encounters 2 is the second in a series of solo shows performed by Hartley, but is the first time Phillips has directed one of her productions.  “I’ve been coaching Michelle for about four years, so when she asked me direct I didn’t hesitate,” said Phillips, a Broadway-trained actress and local theatre coach, who also trains actors in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Houston.

Life Encounters 1 premiered in 2011 in New York City and earned the actress a nomination for best female solo artist by the New York Innovative Theater Awards.  Hartley and Phillips are hoping for equal success with their new production.  “Once I read the script, I wanted to make people take a closer look at their own behavior.  I decided to take the audience through a multimedia experience in hopes they catch a glimpse of themselves with humor, ” Phillips said about her own direction technique.

In a dramatic, yet unique and comedic fashion, Life Encounters 2 takes theatre-goers on a journey through Hartley’s conflicted life as she showcases her versatile ability portraying twenty different characters who have played an integral role in the actress’ own life.   With an intense story line and laugh-out-loud characters, Life Encounters 2 is a refreshing and meaningful look at the universal connection of human life.

Dinner is served at each performance, and tickets are one sale now for $33.75, and can be purchased via BrownPaperTickets.comhttp://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/793305

Performance Schedule

Friday, August 15, 2014 at 7PM

Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 7PM

About Marishka S. Phillips

Broadway actress, accomplished director, and thespian guru, Marishka Phillips is an actor’s actor with an extraordinary wealth of talent.  As an actress, singer, and dancer, Marishka is bona fide triple threat, and has performed and toured with Sean P.Diddy Combs, Christian Castro, and CeCe Winans, just to name a few.  In 2011, Marishka founded the Marishka Phillips Theatrical Preparatory.  Having coached and trained some of the Hollywood’s biggest names, including Deborah Cox, Kerry Washington, Terri Vaughn, Rafael Sadiiq, Tasha Smith and Elizabeth Rohm, Marishka’s ingenious acting method combines the traditional art of story telling through a spiritual connection.  Marishka studied directing at the Los Angeles Community College, and has directed two highly revered off-Broadway productions: Box produced by Stuart Films LLC, and Precious written and directed by Damian Bailey.  On screen, she made her directorial debut with Love Always, Eartha, a short film that takes an in-depth look at the life of Eartha Kitt in 1955

 

 
 

11 Steps to Renting the Right Tuxedo

Posted by: Costume Holiday House (August 5, 2014)

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If you have an event coming up that requires a tuxedo, the first question you will probably ask yourself is: should I rent or buy? In order to answer that question you must decide how often you will need a tuxedo. Our recommendation is, if you foresee yourself wearing a tuxedo on more than 4 occasions in the recent future, purchase it. You should be able to buy a tuxedo at a reasonable price that will (hopefully) still fit and still be in style for a few years. Otherwise, renting is your best option. Renting a tuxedo guarantees that you will be on top of the current trends and your tux will fit. So, if you’ve decided that renting is the best option for you, here are the steps you will want to take to rent the perfect tux!

Finding a Rental Shop

1. Consider geography. If you’re renting tuxedos for a wedding, it is likely that your groomsmen live in different areas. Therefore, it’s essential to rent from a shop with several outposts. With multiple locations you can inquire about picking up a tux in one city and dropping off at another. Plus, you may be able to get a discount (depending on the size of the wedding party) if you’re all renting from the same store. If you’re renting a single tuxedo, you also may want to consider location. Will you have the time (and money) to drive to a town that is 30 minutes away to pick up your tuxedo before the event?

2. Ask for recommendations. Like tuxedos, all tuxedo shops are not the same. Look for one with a good selection, good service, and good knowledge. Ask for recommendations from friends, especially former grooms and groomsmen, for a top-quality store.

3. Shop around & compare prices. Call or visit different shops in your area. Ask about their selection and sizing (how large/small do their tuxedos go?).  Get a price quote, along with the return policy details (when does the tuxedo have to be returned? what are the conditions in case of damage?). Once you have all the information, choose a shop and give them the basic information about your event.

Knowing the Basics

4. Figure out your timeline. Always reserve your tuxedo/s as early as possible. In most cases, reserving it 2-4 weeks in advance will do, but in the case of a prom or a wedding, you should reserve a tux 1-3 months in advance. Prom season is hectic and the popular styles and sizes fly off the shelves. Weddings, on the other hand, require a lot of planning: measurements for all those in the wedding party (even those who are out of town) will need to be taken before the tuxedos can be reserved, so plan ahead, especially during wedding season.

5. Figure out your budget. In terms of budget, you should expect to pay anywhere between $50 for a conventional tuxedo to $200 for top-notch designer formalwear. Also, keep in mind that rental prices vary depending on how long you expect to rent the tux for.

Deciding What to Wear

6. Dress for the occasion. What type of occasion are you attending and what is appropriate for that occasion. Is it a black-tie affair? Should you dress conservatively or can you choose something  more stylish? Is it at night or during the day? What color is your date/the bridal party wearing? Is there a theme? Inform yourself; find out the dress code and ask around to see what others will be wearing to the occasion.

7. Know the components of a tuxedo. A tuxedo is a complete outfit that includes a jacket, trousers, a bow tie, and, often, a cummerbund. Tuxedo shops can also provide a shirt and shoes. Vests are a popular alternative to a cummerbund. Here is an overview of the different parts of a tuxedo:

Jacket: The jacket is the most unique part of a tuxedo. Most tuxedo jackets feature satin lapels and a boutonniere hole. There are multiple styles of jacket including a regular jacket, a tailcoat, a cutaway coat or a long jacket. You can choose between a single-, double- or triple-breasted jacket. You can have a regular collar with peak or notch lapels, a shawl collar or even a mandarin collar. Jackets usually have between 1 and 4 buttons.  Some jackets are loose-fit while others offer a slim-cut style.

Trousers: Formal trousers feature a black satin stripe or braid along the outside seams. Because they don’t feature belt loops, tuxedo trousers have adjustable tabs on either side. You may also wear suspenders. Also remember that formal pants should never be cuffed.

Shirts: You can wear three basic types of shirts with a tuxedo: wing collar, turndown collar and mandarin collar. A wing collar is found in the traditional shirt and is typically coupled with a bow tie, while turndown collars are worn with long ties.

Shoes: Formal shoes are made from shiny patent leather. Choose between opera slippers (the most formal option), loafers or oxfords. Most shops also offer spectator-style and matte leather shoes.

Vest, cummerbund, bow tie, and accessories: A traditional tuxedo is worn with a bow tie and a vest or cummerbund. A cummerbund is a pleated sash worn around the waist. Its pleats should always be facing up and should match the bow tie. Depending on the occasion, you can accessorize your tuxedo with a hat and a four-piece stud set.

Colors: In terms of colors, a traditional tuxedo comes in black or white, but you can also find a variety of gray, silver and ivory tuxedos, and some that are even available in trendy colors.

Reserving Your Tuxedo

8. Look through the rental books. At this point, you should have a good idea of the type of tuxedo you’re looking for. The next step is to go to your chosen shop and find it. Most tuxedo shops will have rental books for your to look through. Find the tuxedo that best matches your idea.

9. Talk to an expert. The people working at the shop are there to help you. They have dealt with many different customers for many different occasions and can usually help guide you if you have questions.  Bring a picture of what you’re looking for, to show them. They might have exactly what you’re looking for, or they might suggest something completely different. It’s up to you to judge and pick out the tuxedo you prefer.

10. Get measured. The shop workers will take your measurements. Make sure you don’t wear anything bulky. Be prepared to try on jackets and shoes. Also, if you gain or lose weight, call or visit the rental shop. They will advise you about getting new measurements taken, if necessary.

11. Reserve your tuxedo. Once you have decided what tuxedo you are getting and have had your measurements taken, all that’s left is to reserve the tuxedo. Some tuxedo shops will take a deposit, while others ask for full payment prior to the reservation. Make sure you find out when you can pick it up and when it should be dropped off. It’s as simple as that!

Podcast with Photographer/Author KYLE FROMAN

Posted by: Showbiz Chicago (August 3, 2014)

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Kyle Froman has quickly become one of theatre’s most sought after photographers capturing shows such as Billy Elliott, The Phantom of The Opera, Flashdance and Les Miserables with a unique flare for intimacy. In this fantastic interview, Kyle discusses how he transitioned from dancing with the New York City Ballet to a career in photography.

Kyle is also the author of “In The Wings” showing the behind the scenes life at the fabled ballet company. To purchase Kyle’s amazing photos, visit his official website kylefromanphotography.com. 

 

Introducing our latest Custom Costume: Icy Queen

Posted by: Costume Holiday House (August 2, 2014)

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Check out the latest addition to our line of Custom & Rental Costumes, the “Icy Queen”! Available for Purchase or for Rent!

Our Icy Queen costume ranges in size from a girls size 8 to an adult size 3X!

Our Icy Queen costume ranges in size from a girls size 8 to an adult size 3X!

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Our Icy Queen costume is made right here at Costume Holiday House in Fremont, Ohio. It is designed and built by our in-house costume designer and seamstresses.

This gown features a fully lined, lightly boned, sewn-on sequin bodice with an adjustable grommet lacing closure and stretch mesh sleeves. The a-line full length skirt is made with bridal satin, while a detachable glitter snowflake cape completes the look.

Machine wash gentle cycle, hang to dry.

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Our child version of the Icy Queen includes three pieces: Bodice, Skirt, Cape. The Bodice features a lace-up back to fit multiple sizes and the Cape is detachable for easy cleaning!

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Our adult version of the Icy Queen includes 3 pieces: bodice, skirt, cape. It features a pointed bodice to flatter the waistline.

RENT IT

Item #: D901
 Rental Price (per week): $95.95
Deposit: $95.00
Replacement Value: $495.00

The Icy Queen rental includes: Bodice, Skirt, Cape, Tiara

This gown is currently available in Girls and Misses sizes. All rentals are altered to fit, based on your measurements.

Please call 1-419-334-3236 to check availability and to rent this costume!

Rental Procedure: All orders are taken by phone. A Rental Contract will be filled out by a Costume Holiday House associate and sent to you via emil or fax, to be signed and returned to us. Upon receipt of the signed contract, we charge the credit card. This reserves the costume for the dates specified. Prices are for a one week rental period. Each additional week is 50% off the initial price. We require measurements in inches, in order to alter the costume to your size.

 

We ship worldwide! The shipping cost for rental items is determined by the size and weight of the box(es) needed to ship these items safely. Costume will be sent via UPS and charges will be paid by you. Call tags will be sent to UPS to pick up your costumes on the specified date. You may also pick up the costume at one of our three locations (Fremont, Columbus or Toledo, Ohio) at no extra cost.

BUY IT

Item #: D901-1w
Purchase Price: $495.00

The Icy Queen retail costume includes: Bodice, Skirt, Cape

Sizes Available for Purchase
Girls:  Small (8-10), Medium (12-14), Large (16-18)
Misses:  Small, Medium, Large, XL, XXL, XXXL

*Tiara not included in purchase price.

Please call 1-419-334-3236 to place an order or for more information.

We ship worldwide! The shipping cost for rental items is determined by the size and weight of the box(es) need to ship these items safely.

Need a wig?

We also sell custom styled Icy Queen wigs! Pictures coming soon!

Item #: 24710-11-5
Purchase Price: $36.99

Theatrical Costume Rentals: The Music Man July 22, 2014

Posted by: Costume Holiday House (July 22, 2014)

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Theatrical Costume Rentals:

THE MUSIC MAN &

The Music Man, Junior

Music and Lyrics by Meredith Wilson

Examples of Suits for Leads and Chorus from The Music Man

Show Facts

Since its premiere in 1957, The Music Man has been delighting audiences on and off Broadway. This musical is great for cast of all shape and sizes, featuring several women’s roles, song and dance numbers, a barbershop quartet and opportunities for young actors. The Music Man is also a family friendly musical which is perfect for community theaters and younger audiences.

Rights for this show can be acquired from Music Theater International

Synopsis

It’s the story of the outwardly charming (while inwardly conning) Harold Hill, the traveling salesman and “music professor” He sets his sights on the citizen of River City Iowa convincing the parents to form a band to keep their sons away from the dangers of the pool hall. The problem is that Harold Hill doesn’t know “one note from another”

He gets more than he bargained for with the skeptic Mayor Shinn, scheming rival salesman Charlie Cowell and the hard nosed librarian Marion Paroo. Can Harold Hill bring harmony to River City and find love at the same time?

The town “gossips” Eulalie Shinn and her Pick-a-little Ladies

Popular Tunes

“Goodnight my Someone”, “Shioopi” “Well Fargo Wagon” “Till there was You” and the show stopping “76 Trombones”

Setting & Time Period

“Turn of the Century” 1912, American Mid-West

Harold Hill’s ordinary suit reverse onstage to reveal his stunning band uniform

Costume Rental Info

The Music Man is one of our top three popular shows that we costume for schools during the spring and fall. We carry a wide and colorful variety of period suits and dresses for leads and chorus members. We also have available Harold’s reversible band uniform and band uniforms and hat.

We also have costumes for Music Man, Jr. Please note that all of are sizes are in adult sizes. Please call in advance for availability of sizes below 30 bust and 32 chest

At Costume Holiday House, you can rent anywhere from one costume to the entire show!

Regularly priced costumes range from $39-53 per costume.

2014 Summer Movie Costume Ideas July 15, 2014

Posted by: Costume Holiday House (July 21, 2014)

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With the beginning of summer comes vacations, time by the pool, cook-outs and cold treats, but one of my favorite ways to get out of the summer heat is by sitting in an icy cold, air-conditioned movie theatre! Everyone knows that summertime is always filled with some great blockbusters and 2014 is no exception! It is also no secret that film characters from summer movies make for very popular Halloween costumes in the fall. Costume Holiday House always stocks up on costumes from current and popular movies. If you’re having trouble deciding which character to dress up as this fall, here are some of our suggestions:

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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Spider-Man’s outfit is one of the most iconic costumes out there. No way you’re making this one at home! We have a variety of Spider-Man costumes and accessories for both adults and kids. Make it a couples costume and go as Gwen Stacy with the iconic green jacket, purple skirt, black boots and, of course, blonde wig!

X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Although the costumes in this movie are not very exciting, we do have a whole section of 70′s costumes to fit the time period. You might also be inspired to wear a classic X-Men costume. Check out our Wolverine costume and wig!

Maleficent

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This movie put a unique twist on an iconic villain. We carry both Disney versions of Maleficent: the classic cartoon version and the new live-action version. We also have beautiful Renaissance rentals that could be used for any of the other characters, including the fairies, Aurora and Prince Philip.

A Million Ways to Die in the West

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Any western attire will work for this movie’s costumes! We have all kinds of cowboy costumes and accessories for purchase or to rent.

Jersey Boys

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Do you have 4 guys (or girls) who want to dress up as the Four Seasons? We have a variety matching jackets and suit coats available for rent!

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Purchase or Rent a gorilla or ape costume for Halloween, this year. It’s always fun to keep people guessing who’s in the monkey suit!

Hercules

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Hercules is bringing the ancient Greek look back. Whether you want a simple Greek costume, or an elaborate Gladiator, we have complete costumes for purchase or for rent.

Let’s Be Cops

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I have a feeling this movie is going to inspire a lot of people to say “let’s be cops” this halloween. We have everything you need to be a cop!

Theatrical Costume Rentals: Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Posted by: Costume Holiday House (July 10, 2014)

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Theatrical Costume Rentals:

Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Music by  Alan Menken Lyrics by  Howard Ashman and Tim Rice Book by  Linda Woolverton
Beast and Belle when they first meet and as they dance to the classic ballad "Beauty and the Beast".

Beast and Belle when they first meet and as they dance to the classic ballad “Beauty and the Beast”.

Show Facts

Disney’s animated feature Beauty and the Beast made movie history in 1991 when it was the first cartoon film to be nominative for the Academy Award for Best Picture. It was the first film the Disney company later adapted for a Broadway musical and only a few years after the release of the movie, the musical swept the 1994 Tony Awards with nine wins including Best Musical. So it no wonder that where ever this enchanted musical is playing, it continues to delight audiences of all ages. The musical is well suited to large casts and is ideal to showcase a talented singing and dancing chorus. Beauty and the Beast is family appropriate and entertaining to younger audiences.

Gaston showing off for the Silly Girls.

Gaston showing off for the Silly Girls.

Synopsis

Following the classic French fairytale, Belle (Beauty) agrees to live in the palace of the Beast to save her father. In her village she is considered odd because she is a bookworm who longs for adventure. Little does she know the adventures she will have in the castle with the menagerie of the Beast’s enchanted servants. They include a flamboyant candelabra Lumiere the fussy mantle clock, Cogsworth, a flirty feather duster Babette, a kind teapot Mrs. Potts and her son Chip.The Beast must learn to love and have someone love him in return to break the spell that afflicts him and all the inhabitants of the castle. But who could ever learn to love a Beast? With her new friends Belle embarks on a magical adventure to sooth the heart of a beast and break the spell. A tale as old as time as a young girl finds the courage to save her new friends and find true love.

Kind housekeeper, Mrs. Potts, with her son, Chip, before and after the spell is cast.

Kind housekeeper, Mrs. Potts, with her son, Chip, before and after the spell is cast.

Popular Tunes

“Be Our Guest”, “Home”, “Gaston”, “If I Can’t Love Her” and”Beauty and the Beast”

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Lumiere, Madame, Cogsworth and Babette in their human costumes.

Setting & Time Period

A village in France.

Fairytale: no specific time period is set for this show. We use a combination of costumes from the Renaissance and Colonial periods to create the atmosphere of an enchanted kingdom from a long time ago.

Lumiere and his main squeeze, Babette as enchanted objects.

The tightly-wound Cogsworth as a mantle clock.
The tightly-wound Cogsworth as a mantle clock.

Costume Rental Pricing

At Costume Holiday House, you can rent anywhere from one costume to the entire show! Beauty and the Beast has been our most popular show for the past several years.  Due to the high demand and uniqueness of the costumes in this show, we have special pricing for the enchanted object costumes.

Regularly priced costumes range from $39-53 per costume.

Specially priced costumes are as follows:

Lumiere as Enchanted Object- $150.00

Mrs. Potts as Enchanted Object- $150.00

Madame as Enchanted Object – $150.00

Cogsworth as Enchanted Object – $150.00

Babette as Enchanted Object – $125.00

Beast – $75.00

Castle Objects (utensils, plates, etc.)- $55.00 each

Madame de la Grande Bouche, a dive-turned-enchanted wardrobe.

Madame de la Grande Bouche, a diva-turned-enchanted wardrobe.

 

Enchanted objects from Beast's Castle.

Enchanted objects from Beast’s Castle (Spatula, Knife, Spoon, Fork, Plate, Napkin, Rug, Cheese Grater)

NEW YORK WELCOMES AMERICA’S TEACHERS TO THE FIFTH ANNUAL ‘FREDDIE G BROADWAY EXPERIENCE’

Posted by: Showbiz Chicago (July 8, 2014)

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Eight outstanding educators from schools and performing arts centers around the country will work one-on-one with Broadway greats at the 5th Annual FREDDIE G BROADWAY EXPERIENCE July 9th - 12thThe event has once again been underwritten by Myrna and Freddie (“G”) Gershon, Chairman and CEO of leading theatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI).  The weekend honors instructors and teachers who are working to make a difference for their students and communities through the process of staging musical theatre productions in their schools and educational theatre groups.  In addition to the New York experience, each of the teachers’ schools receives $5,000 from Freddie and Myrna to enhance their arts program.

The teachers will attend special workshops led by Tony Award® nominated composer and musical arranger Jeanine Tesori, Tony Award® winning director and choreographer Warren Carlyle, four time Tony Award® nominated playwright Chad Beguelin, Tony Award® winning lighting designer Ken Billington and Broadway sound designer Matt Kraus.

“The weekend will fully immerse the teachers in the Broadway world and provide one-of-a-kind learning opportunities for the teachers to take back to their schools, students and communities,” says Gershon.  “These teachers do inspiring work with limited financial resources.  We want to give them the opportunity to live the Broadway experience and interact with top professionals to reward them for all they do to introduce the next generations to Broadway and musical theatre.”

Dozens of educators attending the 2014 Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, Georgia applied for the program, and eight total were selected (a full list follows).  The eight educators will participate in dynamic, hands-on master classes with some of Broadway’s leading choreographers, directors, producers, actors and designers.  They will attend the Broadway show Aladdin (complete with a backstage tour), watch a developmental performance of Peter Pan JR. (one of the newest potential Broadway Junior titles), and experience Broadway like true theatre insiders.

“I feel strongly about personally investing in these teachers by immersing them in experiential skills they can take home and share with students and other teachers,” added Gershon.  “It’s crucial we keep theatre alive in this country by working with both educators and children.  Myrna and I feel that America’s teachers should be honored and appreciated. Our future is in their hands.”

 

The Junior Theater Festival is the world’s largest musical theatre festival dedicated to educational musical theatre groups that work with elementary and middle school students. This year’s title sponsors were Music Theatre International, Disney Theatrical Group, and Playbill®.

Following are the eight teachers attending the 5th Annual Freddie G Broadway Experience

  • Danelle Cauley:  Faith Christian School – Rocky Mount, North Carolina
  • Miriam Reynold:  Riverwatch Middle School – Suwanee, Georgia
  • Carli Roye:  Thomson Middle School – Houston County, Georgia
  • Tessa Derfner:  P94M – New York, New York
  • Brian Seagraves:  Garden City Recreation Commission – Garden City, Kansas
  • Kelleybrooke Brown:  The Whole Backstage Children’s Theater – Guntersville, Alabama
  • Mary Katherine Smith-Gall:  Parkway Playhouse – Burnsville, North Carolina
  • Sue Booton:  The Rose Theater – Omaha, Nebraska

Music Theatre International www.mtishows.com is one of the world’s leading theatrical licensing agencies, protecting the rights and legacies of composers, lyricists and book writers.  MTI’s core business is issuing licenses, scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to schools as well as amateur and professional theatres across the globe.

With over 300 classic and contemporary show titles from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and London’s West End, MTI shows have been performed by over 60,000 theatrical organizations in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide.

MTI is particularly dedicated to the idea of theatre as education and in 1994, created Broadway Junior – 30 and 60-minute musicals for younger performers.  Broadway Junior musicals have resulted in over 100,000 productions and more than 400,000 performances in grade schools across the United States.

ARLO HILL’s “I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE” A Triumphant Success On Every Level

Posted by: Showbiz Chicago (July 7, 2014)

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The amazing Arlo Hill brought the house down Wednesday at 54 Below with I’ve Been In Love Before, highlighting the life and works of composer Frank Loesser.  Together with accompanist/ musical director Rick Hip-Flores, Hill interwove Loesser’s stories with works that have become part of the American songbook.  Mr. Hill’s concert and careful song selection brought us a little closer into the genius and sometimes troubled mind of Frank Loesser.  

Though most people will know Loesser’s more popular theater works, including The Most Happy Fella, Guys and Dolls, Where’s Charley and How To Succeed, it is in the early music and lyrics from a lad at Tin Pan Alley and early film work that best captures both Mr. Hill’s natural flair of song interpretation as well as Mr. Loesser’s gravitas in describing the frailties of the human condition that connected with the sold-out 54 Below crowd.  Highlights included the glorious Where The Grass Grows Green, which most in the audience heard for the first time; the moving Spring Will Be Late This Year and a spirited Standing On The Corner where Mr. Hill was joined by Ryan Bauer-Walsh, Joe Beutel and Daniel Schwait.

Mr. Hill accomplished what alludes many who attempt cabaret, and that is the telling of a story with depth and passion using a coherent song arch.  I’ve Been In Love Before is a triumph not only for Arlo Hill, but also for Frank Loesser’s legacy as the talent of a man who passed away decades ago has infused itself into a new generation of performer.  For more information on Arlo Hill visitarlohill.com and for a schedule of upcoming events at 54 Below, visit 54below.com  

Photo Credit: Hunter Canning

Song List for: I’ve Been In Love Before: The Songs & Stories of Frank Loesser

I’ve Never Been In Love Before
What Are you Doing New Year’s Eve
Love You Twice As Much as I Do
Where the Grass Grows Green
The the Bell Rang That Was Love Says My Heart
2 Sleepy People With Nothing to Say
Hup ti Do (polka)
Let’s Get Lost  - Don’t Want to walk without you
Praise the Lord and Pass the Amunition
Spring will be late this year
Once in Love with Amy
Can Do  –My Time of Day
Standing on the Corner
Never Never Will I Marry
I Believe in You
I Cannot Let You Go
Down the Stairs Out this Door
Heart & Soul
Slow Boat to China

JONAH RAWITZ OF BUFFALO GROVE, ILLINOIS WINS 6TH ANNUAL NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATER AWARDS

Posted by: Showbiz Chicago (July 1, 2014)

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Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce that Jonah Rawitz of Buffalo Grove, IL (Adlai E. Stevenson High School), representing the Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards, was awarded the coveted Jimmy™ Award for Best Performance by an Actor on Monday, June 30, 2014 at Broadway’s Minskoff Theater.  The Jimmy™ Award for Best Performance by an Actress was presented to Jai’Len Josey, representing the Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards – Shuler Hensley Awards.

“I am so incredibly grateful to have had this unforgettable and amazing experience and to have met so many unforgettable and amazing people,” said Jonah upon receiving the award.

The Jimmy™ Award is named in honor of James M. Nederlander, the legendary Broadway theater owner and producer.  James L. Nederlander, Chairman of The Nederlander Organization, presented both winners with a check for $10,000 to further their education. They will also be eligible for a four-year merit and a need-based scholarship to attend the New Studio on Broadway, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Department of Drama, contingent upon acceptance into the program.

Four runners-up each received a $2,500 scholarship toward their future education from the Barry and Fran Weissler Foundation. These winners were Matthew Richards, Layton, UT; Brook Solan, Las Vega, NV; Sophia Tzougros, Dousman, WI; and Mekhai Lee, Charlotte, NC.

Three additional awards were presented to English Bernhardt, Wakeforest, NC (Best Performance in an Ensemble); Joshua Velez, Torrance, CA (Most Improved), and Matthew Washington, Cary, NC (Spirit of the Jimmy Awards). Another student, Jai’Len Josey, East Point, GA was selected to attend Carnegie Mellon University’s 6-week Pre-College Drama program.

The ceremony was hosted by 2011 Jimmy Award-winner Ryan McCartan. McCartan recently starred as JD in the Off-Broadway hit musical, Heathers, appears regularly as Diggy in the TV show Liv & Maddie on the Disney Channel, and is a recurring character on the USA Network’s Royal Pains. Andy Karl, star of Rocky: The Musical, also performed alongside the cast to close the show.

Jimmy™ Award winners were selected by a panel of Broadway brass including Kent Gash (New Studio on Broadway, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Department of Drama);  Rachel Hoffman (Telsey +Co); Arielle Tepper Madover (Tony® Award-Winning Producer); Tara Rubin (Casting Director) Nick Scandalios (Nederlander Organization); Sergio Trujillo (Award-Winning Choreographer).

The production was directed by Van Kaplan and choreographed by Kiesha Lalama, with musical direction by Michael Moricz.

The annual Broadway-focused talent showcase featured performances by all 56 participants and solos by select finalists. Their Broadway debut followed 5-days of rehearsals and private coaching with faculty at the New Studio on Broadway, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Department of Drama and other professionals. Students also enjoyed a discussion with award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. The students also took in a performance of Kinky Boots and had a talkback with the cast.

Over 1,500 high schools and 60,000 students participate in these annual events. Student performers qualified to compete in the national program by winning top honors at 28 regional high school musical awards competitions presented by Broadway League member performing arts centers. Click here for the list of participating organizations.

Founded in 2009, NHSMTA’s mission is to raise the profile of musical theater in schools, recognize dedicated teachers and inspire the next generation of performers and enthusiasts. Since its inception, the NHSMTA has enabled over $1,000,000 in university and conservatory scholarships to be awarded to talented students at the national and local level-several of whom have already been cast in Broadway, touring and West End productions.

To recognize the important work being done in high schools across the United States, Tony Award-winner Tommy Tune and Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, presented the 2014 League Educator Apple Award® to Vincent Gassetto, Principal of MS 343 Academy of Applied Mathematics and Technology in Bronx, New York (nominated by Situation Interactive in New York, New York); Holly Valentine, Fourth Grade Teacher at Walt Disney Elementary School in Rochester, New York (nominated by the Rochester Broadway Theatre League in Rochester, New York); Maureen Binienda, Principal at South High Community School in Worchester, Massachusetts (nominated by the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Hanover, Massachusetts); and Brian Sammons, Third Grade Teacher at Aplington Elementary in Aplington, Iowa (nominated by Des Moines Performing Arts in Des Moines, Iowa).

The NHSMTA is produced by the Broadway Education Alliance and supported by many leading theater industry organizations including The Broadway League, BWF (Weissler) Foundation, Disney Theatrical Productions, Jujamcyn Theatres, Music Theatre International, Nederlander Organization, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Pittsburgh CLO,Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, Samuel French Library, Shubert Organization, Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc., Ticketmaster and others. To learn more about the National High School Musical Theater Awards and/or to make a donation to the program, please visit nhsmta.com.

WHO’S WHO IN THE PROJECT

BROADWAY EDUCATION ALLIANCE (BEA) is a 501.c3 organization that serves as an independent catalyst for the development and implementation of national programs that serve local performing arts organizations and supporttheatre arts education and cultural studies for audiences of all ages. The National High School Musical TheaterAwards is the organization’s first national coalition presented to inspire creativity, build confidence, and stimulate critical thinking in American’s youth. For more information, visit www.BroadwayEducationAlliance.org.

 

NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATER AWARDS (NHSMTA)/JIMMY™ AWARDS was founded in 2009 by Pittsburgh CLO and Nederlander Alliances LLC, under the leadership of James L. Nederlander, and is produced by the Broadway Education Alliance in association with Pittsburgh CLO. The program promotes the importance of theater arts programming in high schools, provides educational scholarships and creates a pathway for promising young performers to pursue a career in the professional theater industry. For more information, visit www.nhsmta.com.

NYU TISCH SCHOOL OF THE ARTS DEPARTMENT OF DRAMA integrates a combination of rigorous professional theatre training and broad-ranging academic education. In partnership with some of the country’s foremost professional theatre training institutions, the program offers comprehensive theatre courses in acting, directing, musical performance, design, and theatre production. The program also offers an expansive and innovative academic curriculum. The faculty is composed of nationally and internationally recognized theatre artists, scholars, and theorists. The curriculum is further enriched by required courses in the humanities and social sciences. An extensive internship program connects students to the professional theatre community of New York City. The program is complemented by challenging and innovative productions that welcome guest artists from a range of culture and artistic perspectives. Graduates of the program include Alec Baldwin ’94, Kristen Bell ’02, Raúl Esparza ’92, Philip Seymour Hoffman ’89, Bryce Dallas Howard ’03, Felicity Huffman ’88, Dan Jinks ’85, Moisés Kaufman ’89, John Leguizamo ’83, Michael Longoria ’02, Idina Menzel ’93, Molly Shannon ’87, and Chandra Wilson ’91.