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Playbill, in partnership with The Broadway League and the Times Square Alliance have announced Curtain Up!, a three day outdoor festival taking place in the heart of Times Square. Curtain Up! will takeover Broadway stretching between 45th and 48th Streets. 22 unique events will take place on stages in Duffy Square and between 45th & 46th Streets.
BPN will kick off the festival everyday that weekend with Wake Up, Broadway!. What’s Up Broadway? host Ayanna Prescod and co-host Christian Lewis will be setting the tone before introducing your favorite theater talents to the stage.
Here is our schedule:
- Friday, September 17, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. join the Be More Chill celebration of Joe Iconis’ birthday, with the master creator himself and the fans who made the show what it is today. Hosted by How to Be More Chill’s Ilana Levine and Sam Maher with special guest appearances and answers to fan submitted questions.
- Saturday, September 18, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Freestyle Love Supreme cast members: Kaila Mullady, Anthony Veneziale, Tarik Davis, and James Monroe Iglehart join Jan Friedlander Svendsen, Chief Creative Officer of the Charity Network and host of Broadway Gives Back to discuss the hit Broadway show returning to the Booth Theater in October.
- Sunday, September 19, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m., Off Book: The Black Theatre Podcast!, a safe haven for Black theatre artists to talk about the real tea, will welcome esteemed guests from the Broadway community for a live podcast recording with hosts Drew Shade, Kim Exum and Ngozi Anyanwu.
Every weekend this month a new movie musical will be released.
- September 3rd Cinderella on Amazon
- September 10 Come From Away on Apple TV+
- September 17 Everybody’s Talking About Jamie on Amazon
- September 24 Dear Evan Hansen will release in theaters.
- And as a bonus on October 1st, Netflix will release Diana: The Musical.
- MJ: The Musical is going on a nationwide search for their young Michael Jackson. Whomever is cast as Young Michael will also be featured on iHeartRadio Broadway. Myles Frost will make his Broadway debut as adult Michael Jackson when the show begins previews on December 2nd.
- Ain’t Too Proud announced their casting. Leading the cast as The Temptations will be Nik Walker as Otis Williams, James Harkness as Paul Williams, Jawan M. Jackson as Melvin Franklin, Matt Manuel as David Ruffin, and Jelani Remy as Eddie Kendricks. All five were starring in the production prior to the COVID-19 shutdown.
- Jane Krakowski also joined the cast of NBC’s Annie Live.
- Sasson Gabay and Janet Dacal will lead The Band’s Visit‘s North American Tour to round out the cast of Joe Joseph as Haled, Clay Singer as Itzik, Yoni Avi Battat as Camal, and Coby Getzug as Papi.
- Tootsie national tour will be headed by Drew Becker as Michael Dorsey, Ashley Alexandra as Julie Nichols, Payton Reilly as Sandy Lester, Lukas James Miller as Max Von Horn, Jared David Michael Grant as Jeff Slater, and Kathy Halenda as Rita Marshall.
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