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Obie Awards

Are you a theater enthusiast, an experienced playwright, or a talented performer looking for recognition?

The Obie Awards is the perfect stage for both novice and seasoned artists. Thanks to a collaboration between The Village Voice and the American Theatre Wing, the Obie Awards celebrate the highest calibre of off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway theater to honor progressive work, support groundbreaking ideas and advance theatrical careers. The event is held every year in New York City, and prizes are given out for outstanding acting and performance, design/music, direction, playwriting, and special citations. Obie accepts applications from competent individuals regardless of where they live. The awards are given to encourage and recognize original performances, as well as to nurture and grow talents. The Obie Awards have given recognition to some of the most well-known playwrights and artists, such as Heidi Schreck, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Benj Pasek. For many years, the Obie awards were thought to be reserved for formal presentations. However, the awards were made informal to provide limitless opportunities for individuals worthy of recognition.

Most Obie Award winners received training at the actor’s studio, through moderated sessions, workshops, and readings. The Actor’s Studio is an important platform to foster creativity. It is an NGO whose members have been influential in many American theaters since World War II. It is one of the best training facilities for the Stanislavsky Method of Acting. The Method, developed by the organization’s founding artistic director Lee Strasberg, is a set of methods and exercises that revolutionized acting across the globe. Artists are encouraged to use their memory and emotional experience to prepare for a significant role. The place offers a conducive environment where actors collaborate without the pressure of commercial agents. Professional actors, directors, and playwrights can improve their craft and discover the range and depth of their talent with the aid of The Actors Studio.

The 66th Annual Obie Awards will take place in November 2022. The 2022 awards will be co-chaired by Obie-winning Director and Producing Artistic Leader David Mendizábal and veteran theatre critic Melissa Rose Bernardo. The judges’ panel includes actor & fight choreographer Dave Anzuelo, actor & playwright Becca Blackwell, scenic designer Wilson Chin, Obie-winning playwright Haruna Lee, theater critic & journalist Soraya McDonald, Obie-winning director & playwright Lisa Peterson, Obie-winning actor Heather Alicia Simms, and Obie-winning costume designer Kaye Voyce.

Article by: Jess Chen

SPIRITED OST ALBUM VIA 360 MAGAZINE

SPIRITED × REPUBLIC RECORDS

REPUBLIC RECORDS TO RELEASE SPIRITED ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK ON NOVEMBER 18TH

SHARES “BRINGIN’ BACK CHRISTMAS” BY RYAN REYNOLDS & THE SPIRITED ENSEMBLE TODAY

Republic Records will release of Spirited Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on November 18. Pre-order/Pre-save the Spirited Original Motion Picture SoundtrackHERE. The highly anticipated Apple Original Film and new holiday epic from director Sean AndersSpirited, premieres globally November 18 on Apple TV+.

Check out the lyric video HERE

To herald the Soundtrack, the first single “Bringin’ Back Christmas” performed by star Ryan Reynolds and The Spirited Ensemble arrives today. It offers up a fresh take on the holidays! Listen to “Bringin’ Back Christmas”HERE.

The 12-track album features new original music penned for the film by the Academy Award-winning duo of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul [La La Land & The Greatest Showman] and performed by stars Will FerrellRyan Reynolds, Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, and more.

Check out the full tracklisting below.

Stay tuned for more from Spirited soon! Get in the spirit now…

TRACKLISTING 

  1. Will Ferrell, Patrick Page, Sunita Mani, & The Spirited Ensemble – “That Christmas Mornin’ Feeling”
  2. Will Ferrell – “Present’s Lament”
  3. Ryan Reynolds & The Spirited Ensemble – “Bringin’ Back Christmas”
  4. Octavia Spencer – “The View From Here”
  5. Patrick Page & Ryan Reynolds – “The Story of Your Life (Marley’s Haunt)”
  6. Ryan Reynolds, Will Ferrell & The Spirited Ensemble – “Good Afternoon”
  7. Ryan Reynolds & Will Ferrell – “The Story of Your Life (Clint’s Pitch)”
  8. Will Ferrell & The Spirited Ensemble – “Unredeemable”
  9. Octavia Spencer & Will Ferrell – “The View From Here (Riverwalk)”
  10. Ryan Reynolds, Will Ferrell, Patrick Page & Sunita Mani – “Do A Little Good”
  11. Ryan Reynolds, Will Ferrell, Octavia Spencer, Patrick Page, Andrea Anders, Marlow Barkley, Jen Tullock & The Spirited Ensemble – “That Christmas Mornin’ Feeling (Curtain Call)”
  12. Will Ferrell, Sunita Mani, Patrick Page & The Spirited Ensemble – “Ripple (Cut Song)”

ABOUT SPIRITED:

Each Christmas Eve, the Ghost of Christmas Present (Will Ferrell) selects one dark soul to be reformed by a visit from three spirits. But this season, he picked the wrong Scrooge. Clint Briggs (Ryan Reynolds) turns the tables on his ghostly host until Present finds himself reexamining his own past, present and future. For the first time, ‘A Christmas Carol’ is told from the perspective of the ghosts in this hilarious musical twist on the classic Dickens tale. From director Sean Anders (“Daddy’s Home,” “Instant Family”), written by Sean Anders and John Morris, with original songs by Oscar winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land” & “The Greatest Showman”) and production numbers choreographed by Chloe Arnold (“The Late Late Show with James Corden”), this modern retelling is a sweet and spicy holiday treat. 

About Republic Records

A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Bastille, Billy Porter, Bo Burnham, Clairo, Conan Gray, Daddy Yankee, Drake, Eddie Vedder, G Herbo, Glass Animals, Florence + the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Hailee Steinfeld, Jack Johnson, James Blake, James Bay, Jessie J, Jimmy Fallon, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Jonas Brothers, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Kim Petras, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Swedish House Mafia, Taylor SwiftThe Weeknd, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, Twice, Victor Victor and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings, Boominati Worldwide, Brushfire, Casablanca Records, Cash Money, HYBE, Imperial, JYP, Lava Records, Universal Arabic Music, Victor Victor, XO, Young Money, among others. In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Sing and Sing 2), Sony Pictures (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises. Extending further into the worlds of film, television, and content, Republic launched Federal Films in order to produce movies and series powered by the label’s catalog and artists. With projects that align with Republic’s artists and brand, Federal Films is building a diverse slate that will bring compelling stories to audiences around the world. Initial documentary releases include Jonas Brothers’ Chasing Happiness,  Ariana Grande: Excuse Me, I Love You  and The Velvet Underground. Upcoming theatrical films include They Cloned Tyrone, The Hating Game and Marlowe.

Dear Evan Hansen via Interscope Records for use by 360 Magazine

SAM SMITH × SUMMER WALKER – YOU WILL BE FOUND

FROM DEAR EVAN HANSEN (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) OUT TODAY 

UNIVERSAL PICTURES TO RELEASE DEAR EVAN HANSEN IN THEATERS NATIONWIDE ON SEPTEMBER 24

Multi-platinum, GRAMMY® Award, BRIT, Golden Globe and Oscar- winning artist and songwriter Sam Smith and acclaimed Soul Train, iHeart Music, ASCAP and Billboard Award winning R&B singer/songwriter Summer Walker release their version of “You Will Be Found,” the next song to be unveiled from the DEAR EVAN HANSEN (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK), today. Dear Evan Hansen (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) will be released September 24 through Interscope Records. Listen to “You Will Be Found” Sam Smith featuring Summer Walker HERE.

Last month, Universal Pictures & Interscope Records unveiled new renditions of the film’s iconic anthems “Waving Through A Window” and “You Will Be Found” performed by Tony®, Grammy® and Emmy® winner Ben Platt, who originated the role of Evan Hansen on Broadway and reprises the role for the film.  Other songs that have been released from the soundtrack include Carrie Underwood and Dan +Shay’sversion of “Only Us” and a brand-new song written specifically for the Universal Pictures release, “The Anonymous Ones,” written by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Amandla Stenberg.  A co-star in the movie, Stenberg’s performance of the song as featured in the film was released last week along with a version by SZA.

The full lineup of artists has been revealed for the soundtrack, including Sam Smithwith Summer Walker, SZA, Carrie Underwood and Dan + Shay, FINNEAS and Tori Kelly. Plus, the 16-track album features new recordings by the film cast of these beloved songs with music and lyrics by the Oscar®, Grammy®, and Tony® winning songwriting team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman). Among the new songs, the Soundtrack also includes “A Little Closer” performed by Colton Ryan and “The Anonymous Ones” performed by Amandla Stenberg, who wrote the lyrics and music with Pasek and Paul. FINNEAS and SZA add their renditions of these originals to the soundtrack.

Pre-order the Dear Evan Hansen: (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).  —HERE.

The film premiered last week at the Toronto International Film Festival and Universal Pictures will release Dear Evan Hansen in theaters nationwide on September 24th.

Dear Evan Hansen opened on Broadway in December 2016 and became a generation-defining phenomenon, winning six Tony Awards, including for Best Musical and for Ben Platt as Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical. The show’s cast album would go on to earn a Grammy®. Now, in the film, Ben Platt returns as Evan Hansen, an anxious, isolated high schooler aching for understanding and belonging amid the chaos and cruelty of the social-media age.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Wonder), the film is written for the screen by the show’s Tony® winner Steven Levenson with music and lyrics by Pasek & Paul. Dear Evan Hansen stars six-time Oscar®nominee Amy Adams, Oscar® winner Julianne Moore, Kaitlyn Dever (Booksmart), Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give), Colton Ryan (Little Voice), Nik Dodani (Atypical) and Danny Pino (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit).

The film is produced by Marc Platt (La La Land, Into the Woods, Mary Poppins Returns) and Adam Siegel (2 Guns, Drive), and is executive produced by Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Michael Bederman and Stacey Mindich.

Tracklist:

  1. Waving Through A Window – Ben Platt & Dear Evan Hansen Choir
  2. For Forever – Ben Platt
  3. Sincerely Me – Colton Ryan, Ben Platt & Nik Dodani
  4. Requiem – Kaitlyn Dever, Danny Pino & Amy Adams
  5. If I Could Tell Her – Ben Platt & Kaitlyn Dever
  6. The Anonymous Ones – Amandla Stenberg
  7. You Will Be Found – Ben Platt, Amandla Stenberg, Liz Kate, DeMarius Copes, Isaac Powell, Hadiya Eshe’, Kaitlyn Dever & Dear Evan Hansen Choir
  8. Only Us – Kaitlyn Dever & Ben Platt
  9. Words Fail – Ben Platt
  10. So Big / So Small – Julianne Moore
  11. A Little Closer – Colton Ryan
  12. You Will Be Found – Sam Smith feat. Summer Walker
  13. The Anonymous Ones – SZA
  14. Only Us – Carrie Underwood & Dan + Shay
  15. A Little Closer – FINNEAS
  16. Waving Through A Window – Tori Kelly

About Sam Smith:

Sam Smith has become one of the most celebrated artists to emerge on the music scene in recent history.  Smith’s critically acclaimed latest album Love Goes, out now on Capitol Records, builds on the 30+ billion career streams they have amassed and the global success of their multi-Platinum debut and sophomore albums, In the Lonely Hour and The Thrill of It All, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and also topped the charts in the U.K., Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium. Awarded four stars by Rolling Stone, the album included the hit single “Too Good At Goodbyes” which along with Smith’s songs “I’m Not The Only One” and “Stay With Me,” have each received over a billion streams on Spotify alone.  Smith has sold over 30 million adjusted albums worldwide and won GRAMMY, BRIT, Golden Globe and Oscar awards.

About Sumer Walker:

Atlanta based singer/songwriter Summer Walker’s 2019 debut album, Over It, contains the platinum-certified single “Come Thru” and the 2x platinum hit single “Playing Games.” Her acclaimed effort helped her win Soul Train Music Awards in 2019 and 2020 for Best New Artist and Album of the Year, respectively. In 2020, she won an iHeart Music Award for Best New R&B Artist and Top R&B Female Artist for Billboard that same year. “Come Thru” and “Playing Games” also helped Walker win several ASCAP Awards as well. Last year, she graced several illustrious magazine covers, including Rolling Stone’s Musicians on Musicians issue, and Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players issue. She recently launched her new imprint Ghetto Earth Records in a joint venture with Interscope Records last December. Summer is currently putting the finishing touches on her second album.

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