Theater and Music News: Almost Famous, Kimberly Akimbo, MJ, Leopoldstadt, The Phantom of the Opera, The Violet Hour, Sondheim Unplugged, StudioWorks and A Sign of the Times

In preview almost known and Kimberly Akimbo occupied more than 90% of their seats, while GM and Leopoldstadt set house records and The Phantom of the Opera is standing room only.

The award-winning songwriting team of Will Reynolds and Eric Price will release a complete 28-track studio recording of their new musical, The purple hour Friday, November 4, 2022. The purple hour is based on the 2003 Broadway play by Tony Award-winning playwright Richard Greenberg (take me out). The musical’s title track, “The Violet Hour” performed by Jeremy Jordan, is now released along with an exclusive music video.

Reynolds and Price won the 2018 Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theater Writing. They wrote the musicals Radioactive, Around the worldand The sixth district. The duo also wrote for the AppleTV+ animated series “Central Park” alongside other writers such as Cyndi Lauper, Sara Bareilles, Fiona Apple, Alan Menken, and Ingrid Michaelson. In 2020 they were recipients of a Lotte Lenya Award from the Kurt Weill Foundation.

With orchestrations by Grammy and Tony Award winner Charlie Rosen and musical supervision by Andy Einhorn, The purple hour the album features performances from some of Broadway’s brightest stars, including Tony Award winner Santino Fontana as John, Tony Award nominees Jeremy Jordan as Denny and Brandon Uranowitz as Gidger , mean girls star Erika Henningsen as Rosamund, and Solea Pfeiffer, star of the highly anticipated almost knownlike Jesse.

The dazzle, spirit and romance of the Jazz Age come alive vibrantly in The purple hour, a melodious and moving new musical. The story takes place on April 1, 1919, when John Pace Seavering, a young publisher, comes to own a machine that inexplicably begins printing pages from books. Books of the future. Page after page, John pieces together a vision of what the next century holds for himself, his friends and the world at large. And once he decides he wants to change the future, time is running out.

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YELLOW SOUND LABEL has announced the release of Sondheim Unplugged: The NYC Sessions – Volume 3, the final part of the monumental three-volume set dedicated to the work of the emblematic composer of musical theater Stephen Sondheim. The third edition will be available on Friday, November 18 in streaming and digital formats, in addition to a 2-disc CD. The album is produced by series creator Phil Geoffrey Bond and features musical director Joseph Goodrich on piano. Sondheim Unplugged: NYC Sessionswhich includes 70 singers and 120 songs, is a historical collection intended to be a major contribution to the Sondheim recording canon. Sondheim Unplugged: The NYC Sessions – Volume 3 is now available for pre-order at and

Several of this edition’s leading performers have originated roles in Sondheim musicals, including George Lee Andrews (A little night music), Danielle Ferland (In the woods, Sunday in the park with George), Joy Franz (In the woods), Annie Golden (killers), Teri Ralston (Company, A little night music), Ken Jennings (Sweeney Todd), Pamela Winslow Kashani (In the woods), Pamela Myers (Company), Sarah Rice (Sweeney Todd), Melanie Vaughan (Sunday in the park with George) and Jim Walton (We ride happily). The album also includes performances by singers most recently seen on Broadway in Sondheim’s revivals of A little night music (Ramona Mallory) Company (Claybourne Elder, Nicholas Rodriguez, Bruce Sabath), Frogs (Eric Michael Gillet), Pacific Openings (Telly Leung) and Lucia Spina, currently starring in In the woods.

THE STUDIOS OF KEY WEST – one of South Florida’s and the Florida Keys’ leading multidisciplinary arts and culture organizations – is pleased to announce the launch of StudioWorks, a streaming theater series that brings innovative productions to audiences at residence. Starting in November, an original digital theatrical production will be released and available to stream each month. Created by theater artists across the country, StudioWorks productions can be purchased individually or as a subscription at

The four-production series features dynamic performances from acclaimed theatre, television and film actors including Michael Urie, Ann Harada, Colby Lewis, Constance Shulman and Leon Addison Brown, among others. Taken off like F@#k, the second play in the series, sees Tony Award-nominated Broadway star Anika Larsen from almost known makes her directorial debut.

Featuring big stories and showcasing remarkable contemporary talent, the series includes an exclusive mix of world premiere virtual productions. The season will end in March with a nationally acclaimed encore presentation Smithtownthe first streaming play produced by The Studios in 2020 in an effort to keep theater alive during the pandemic.

NOVEMBER 11, 2022

The middle of the Mon Valley

This darkly comic tale unfolds when a murder throws a working-class community into chaos. Written, directed and starring Pittsburgh native Alec Silberblatt, the story centers on local Mack, who tells the story as he struggles with the guilt he feels for his role in all of this. .

DECEMBER 3, 2022

Taken off like F@#k

The room is written and performed by Orlando Bishop and directed by Anika Larsen. Over the course of 70 minutes, Los Angeles-based artist and comedian Bishop commands the stage as he tells the hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking story of his life – from his childhood in the concrete jungle of Flatbush, Brooklyn, to his years in the Yale ivory tower and all the ups and downs that followed.

JANUARY 13, 2023


This cinematic and theatrical hybrid was filmed on location at a working garage in Queens. Two worlds collide in a tragic incident when a car drives into a closed body shop one night in the middle of a downpour. When the mechanic comes out to inform the driver that the store is not open, he quickly discovers that nothing about the encounter is random. The play was written by Michael Marrero and Julio Trinidad, directed by Michael Marrero, and stars Leon Addison Brown (Drama League Award nominee) and Julio Trinidad. Tony Award-winning sound designer Sun Hee Kil composed the score.

FEBRUARY 10, 2023


The Studios will reissue Smithville, a coin recognized throughout the country by the new yorker, Mania Theater, and The New York Times. Smithtown was written by Drew Larimore and directed by Key West Studios Artistic Associate Stephen Kitsakos. The story consists of a series of four interconnected yet distinct monologues featuring an ensemble cast of Broadway and television’s finest actors: Michael Urie (Broadway revival of torch song“Ugly Betty”), Ann Harada (Avenue Q and Cinderella on Broadway), Colby Lewis (Chicago’s hamilton“Chicago Med”), and Constance Shulman (“Orange is the New Black” on Netflix, rose tattoo on Broadway). Incisively dark and funny, Smithtown shines a light on the ways we communicate and miscommunicate, in a rapidly changing digital age, where the rules of conduct change minute by minute, and where loneliness and isolation seem to be at the core. agenda.

StudioWorks productions can be purchased as a package for $35 for the full season of all four shows. Individual games can be purchased on release day for $10 each. Productions are available to stream for six months from November 11, or six months from date or purchase.

A sign of the timesa new musical featuring the songs of Petula Clark and several 1960s hit-makers, is set to have a developmental reading October 24-28, 2022. The new musical has made several script revisions and now includes a book by Lindsey Hope Perlman (Cassandra complex), based on an original story by Richard Robin. The show is directed by Gabriel Barre(amazing Grace) with choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter (Cinderella west end, school of rock), and musical supervision and orchestrations by Joseph Church (The Lion King).

With the songs of a generation, A sign of the times tells the story of Cindy (Kennedy), a young woman pursuing her passion and finding her voice in New York City in 1965. Against the backdrop of the Women’s Liberation, Civil Rights Movement and Vietnam War – events as relevant today as they were then – A sign of the times will transport the audience to the big city of the 60s with heart and soul, with classic songs such as “Downtown”,

“You Don’t Own Me”, “Don’t Sleep in the Subway”, “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)”, and “The Boy From New York City”.

A sign of the times had its world premiere at Goodspeed Musicals in 2016 and played a sold-out regional engagement at the Delaware Theater Company in 2018. Delaware Newspaper called the show, “Infectious & Rocking! The fun, colorful musical struts the stage with catchy tunes and 1960s issues that resonate today. The Philadelphia Investigator said, “Electricity ripples through the scene.” Broad Street Review raved the show is full of “sheer exuberance! The music never stops. »

The reading will feature Chilina Kennedy (place of paradise, Beautiful), Ryan Silverman (side show), CJ Pawlikowski (Jersey Boys, The Book of Mormon), Caitlin Kinnunen (The ball, the awakening of spring), Ryah Nixon (Kinky Boots, 9 to 5: The Musical), Lauren Boyd (Hamilton, West Side Story National Tour), Brad Bradley (People in the photo, Billy Elliot), Melissa Clark (After Midnight – Norwegian Escape), Jérémy Gaston (Aladdin), Aaron Kaburick (Doubtfire, Hello Dolly!; Something rotten!)Chani Maisonnet (It’s not too proud, West Side Story), and Alexandra Matteo (Doubtfire, A Bronx Tale) and Ralph Meitzler (Frozen, Rock of Ages).

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