Theater News: Angela Lansbury, The Karate Kid, Lempicka, Girl From North Country, Cathy Maguire and Night Of AThousand Judys


Angela Lansbury is honored with the 2022 Tony Special Lifetime Achievement Award. Lansbury has won five Tony Awards throughout his more than 75-year career.

Producers Naoya Kinoshita, Kumiko Yoshii, and Michael Wolk shared a first look at The Karate Kid – The Musical ahead of its first pre-Broadway worldwide engagement with STAGES St. Louis (executive producer Jack Lane and artistic director Gayle Seay) at the Ross Family Theater at the Kirkwood Performing Arts Center which begins previews Wednesday, May 25 with an opening night on Wednesday, June 1.

Full cast includes Jovanni Sy as Mr. Miyagi, John Cardoza as Daniel LaRusso, two-time Tony Award winner® contestant Kate Baldwin as Lucille LaRusso, Alan H. Green as John Kreese, Jake Bentley Young as Johnny Lawrence, Jetta Juriansz as Ali Mills and Luis Pablo Garcia as Freddie Fernandez.

The ensemble cast includes Manik Anand, Trevor James, Leah Berry, Caitlyn Caughell, Kristina Garvida Doucette, Zachary Downer, Francis Florendo, Kayla Jenerson, Sydney Jones, Josh Hoon Lee, Noah Lentini, Garrick Goce Macatangay, Kelly MacMillan, Abby Matsusaka, Justice Moore, Omar Nieves, Jackson Kanawha Perry, Isidro Rafael, Sangeetha Santhebennur and Victor Carrillo Tracey.

As previously announced, the book was written by Robert Mark Kamen who wrote the original screenplay for the 1984 film, with music and lyrics by Drew Gasparini, choreography by Keone and Mari Madrid, and direction by Amon Miyamoto. . Joining the creative team are Tony Award-winning scenic designer Derek McLane, costume designer Ayako Maeda, Tony Award-winning lighting designer Bradley King, Tony Award-winning sound designer Kai Harada, Tony Award-nominated projection designer Peter Nigrini, Tony Award-nominated orchestrator John Clancy, with musical director and arrangements by Andrew Resnick.

Sony Masterworks Broadway, Seaview and Jenny Niederhoffer Productions announced today that Lempickathe new musical celebrating the gripping true story of an acclaimed artist Tamara de Lempicka, has just released her first single, “Woman Is” performed by Eden Espinosa with lyrics by Carson Kreitzer, music by Matt Gould and orchestrations by Cian McCarthy – listen now. Lempickadirected by Tony Award-winning Rachel Chavkin, and with choreography by Raja Feather Kelly, will have its West Coast premiere this summer at the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse (Artistic Director Christophe Ashley), before a run on Broadway.

The first single from the upcoming Original Cast Recording of Lempicka, Woman Is” was produced by Matt Stine, and recorded and mixed by Isaiah Abolin. The track was recently recorded at Berklee’s PowerStation and mastered by Oscar Zambrano for Zampol Productions.

Amid the violence of the Russian Revolution, a young painter named Tamara de Lempicka and her aristocratic husband are forced to abandon their luxurious lifestyle and flee to the dubious safety of Paris. Relying on her raw talent and relentless ambition, Tamara forges her path from penniless refugee to in-demand portrait painter, earning a place in Parisian high society. Her world is turned upside down again when she meets Rafaela, a free spirit from the city’s slums, who introduces Tamara to a new world of decadence and passion. Torn between her new muse and her husband, struggling to make her mark in an ever-changing world, Tamara must discover the depths of her own strength to survive.

Covering decades of political and personal turmoil and told through a thrilling, pop-infused score, Lempicka audaciously explores the contradictions of a world in crisis, of a woman ahead of her time and of an artist whose time has finally come.

North country girl is extended until June 19.

The New York Irish Center (NYIC), a cultural and community enrichment hub serving a wide audience from its base in Long Island City, presents the inimitable Cathy Maguire, who will headline a country music evening on Friday, June 3 at 7 p.m. Tickets, at a cost of $40, are available at www.newyorkirishcenter.org Joined by a cavalcade of his musician friends, it will be Maguire’s 7and annual country show at the New York Irish Center. The show is part of NYIC’s “Ireland Live…From New York” concert series.

“This show has gotten stronger and stronger over the years,” says Maguire, who spent two years deepening her national roots in Nashville during the pandemic. “And we’re super excited to be back in person on a favorite New York stage, for what promises to be a fabulous night. The after-show song has become legendary and it will be phenomenal to be back a Maguire, whose recent performance of the national anthem during a fight against Katie Taylor at Madison Square Garden exploded on social media, is the host of Sunnyside Sessions (a one-off musical variety show filmed in Cathy’s backyard in Sunnyside, Queens) aired on national television. His Lady of Knock in St. Patrick’s Cathedral was another viral sensation.

Maguire began his career as a successful child star in Ireland and has since toured extensively. She has performed with artists and groups such as Martina McBride, Randy Travis and the High Kings. She recorded five albums, including “Portrait” and “Ireland in Song”

Tony nominee Sally Mayes (She loves Me), bistro winner Nicolas King (Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center), Shereen Pimentel (Broadway’s West Side Story), and Bistro winner Amy Jo Jackson (Joe’s Pub) joined the lineup for the 10and annual “Night of one Thousand Judys“- the Pride Concert to benefit the Ali Forney Center written and hosted by Justin Elizabeth Sayre – at Joe’s Pubon on Sunday, June 5. The Ali Forney Center is the nation’s largest agency dedicated to helping homeless LGBTQ youth. Called ” an exuberant, tumultuous and unpredictable concert of stars by The Wall Street JournalNight of oneThousand Judyswill pay homage to the iconic Judy Garland with special skits, tributes and songs from her storied career as a movie star, recording artist and stage performer. The event helps commemorate Judy’s 100and Anniversary and the 20andAnniversary of the Ali Forney Center. The event will also feature previously announced artists tony winner Frances Ruffelle (Wretched, Starlight Express), Grammy winner Nathan Lee Graham (Zoolander, Priscilla), Grammy winner and Kathryn Gallagher, Tony nominee (Little shredded pill, spring awakening), Lortel winner Bonnie Milligan (Kimberly Akimbo, Crazy in Love), jazz singer Hilary Kole (Carnegie Hall, Blue Note) and singer/songwriter Eleri Ward (Josh Groban Harmony Tour, Joe’s Pub), and more to be announced. The show is at 7:00 p.m., followed by a VIP reception after the show. The evening is written and hosted by Justin Elizabeth Sayre, directed by Peter James Cook and choreographed by Jason Wise, with Tracy Stark as the event’s musical director. “Night of one Thousand Judysis produced by Dan Fortune and Adam J. Rosen, with Dan Fortune serving as executive producer. Tickets are now available HERE.
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