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Fran Lebowitz via Emporium Presents for use by 360 Magazine

An Evening with Fran Lebowitz

In a cultural landscape filled with endless pundits and talking heads, Fran Lebowitz stands out as one of our most insightful social commentators. She will be at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre, for “An Evening with Fran Lebowitz,” on April 15, 2022. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 28th and are available HERE.  

Lebowitz’s essays and interviews offer her acerbic views on current events and the media – as well as pet peeves about tourists, baggage-claim areas, after-shave lotion, adults who roller skate, children who speak French, or anyone who is unduly tan. The New York Times Book Review calls Lebowitz an “important humorist in the classic tradition.” Purveyor of urban cool, Lebowitz is a cultural satirist whom many call the heir to Dorothy Parker.

Her writing — pointed, taut and economical — is forthright, irascible, and unapologetically opinionated.

Lebowitz worked odd jobs, such as taxi driving, belt peddling, and apartment cleaning (“with a small specialty in Venetian blinds”), before being hired by Andy Warhol as a columnist for Interview. That was followed by a stint at Mademoiselle. Her first book, a collection of essays titled Metropolitan Life, was a bestseller, as was a second collection, Social Studies. By turns ironic, facetious, deadpan, sarcastic, wry, wisecracking, and waggish, Lebowitz’s prose is wickedly entertaining. Her two books are collected in the Fran Lebowitz Reader, with a new preface by the author. Lebowitz is also the author of the children’s book, Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue Meet the Pandas.

Between 2001 to 2007, Lebowitz had a recurring role as Judge Janice Goldberg on the television drama Law & Order. She also had a part in the Martin Scorsese-directed film, The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). In an interview with the Paris Review, Lebowitz said “I’m not a nervous person. I’m not afraid to be on TV. I’m only afraid when I write. When I’m at my desk I feel like most people would feel if they went on TV.”

She can also be seen in various documentary films including the American Experience on New York City, as well as Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016), Regarding Susan Sontag (2014), and Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol (1990), among others. In 2010 Martin Scorsese directed a documentary about Lebowitz for HBO titled Public Speaking. A new limited documentary series, Pretend It’s a City, also directed by Martin Scorsese, premieres on Netflix January 8, 2021.

Lebowitz was once named one of the year’s most stylish women by Vanity Fair. She remains a style icon. Lebowitz lives in New York City, as she does not believe that she would be allowed to live anywhere else.

The Gnarled Branch illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Q×A with The Gnarled Branch

Q&A with David Irvine from The Gnarled Branch

David Irvine is the multi-talented artist behind the Gnarled Branch. He is known for his imaginative ‘Re-Directed Paintings’, whimsical furniture, original paintings, painted burnt out light bulb ornaments, salvaged record paintings, and so much more. You can visit his Etsy shop here! You can see throughout his work that there is an interest with popular characters which brings life to the rural paintings he often re-directs. Irvine will match the original artist’s style within the painting or counter it intentionally, but he always leaves the original signature clear to see. There’s a story behind each of his works, including the painting “The Last Trick or Treater” which is one of Irvine’s favorites. Read on to learn more about David’s work, inspiration, and so much more.

What is your background – in addition, did your upbringing prompt a specific reference point within your work? Is your work informed by certain concepts or themes from your childhood, background, socioeconomic status, where you lived or were raised?

DI: I was fortunate to be raised by parents who appreciated all the arts. Going to see theatre shows, music performances, and gallery exhibits were always exciting. I was encouraged to develop with the visual arts and musically as well with regular music lessons and art lessons. They were at first concerned when I decided to pursue a career in the visual arts, as they knew it can be a real struggle – but were fully supportive and excited that I was accepted into art college to study illustration.

How does this impact how you see the world and create art?

DI: It’s no secret the art world can be very snooty, takes itself far too seriously and that is a real shame. In a lot of the genres that I do- I am always considering humor and fun as elements in a piece. Especially during these difficult pandemic times, art needs to uplift and provide smiles and not be staunch, same old -same old themes that have been done over and over.

Do you have an educational background or experiences that have contributed to your evolution as an artist?

DI: I studied illustration at Sheridan College, and throughout my childhood would occasionally take art lessons. The rest was experimenting and being self-taught with various mediums and medium combinations. I taught visual art to a wide range of ages through community night school and was an art tutor to a terrific student with special needs. Those were very memorable years.

What does your work aim to say?

DI: I do so many different genres of art, I think there’s a spectrum of what I want to communicate…. from making people laugh and feel good — to the darker, macabre work to scare and bring the viewer into a world that they may not feel comfortable being in… I guess I make art to get a reaction… not just creating something for its sole purpose is to look pretty and match the sofa.

Is there a particular artist that inspired you to pursue art?

DI: My grandfather was an accomplished amateur painter and I’d watch him work and see the pieces he did… maybe that was the first seed…Other than that I would always sign out art books from the library and soak in everything from master painters to illustrators and cartoonists who worked presently.

Whose techniques do you study or admire?

DI: There are so many — but in high school, I always enjoyed Ralph Steadman ink illustrations, Van Gogh for his boldness, Rene Magritte for the unique and surreal visuals … Currently I’ll search through websites like Tumblr or magazines like Juxtapoz and discover artists both old and new who mix unusual mediums or have their own unique style.

How do you cultivate a collector base?

DI: When I first started as a fine artist, I didn’t have a computer- the internet wasn’t a thing yet, so I was reliant on physically going to galleries and public places to show my work. From little gift or record shops to restaurants and cafes. Now with technology, it’s just a matter of updating and refreshing social media, submitting articles to websites, or being lucky and being featured by a blog, website, or podcast…it all helps and a lot more convenient to be able to post an instructional video from home, or post new work in progress photos to a website, than to lug workaround or mail promo packages out to land a show. Once a collector is on board, having top-notch customer service skills and excellent communication is key…

What inspires you to paint?

DI: I’ll have a lot of eureka moments as I’m sketching or planning out new works or series….and I have to then see that eureka image come to fruition. It would drive me bananas having a good idea sitting there on a page and going nowhere. As well it is my chosen job- so those bills must get paid.

How do you look for new ways to challenge yourself?

DI: I get bored very easily… so challenges are always put in place to not get bored. Every artist has a spectrum of color they usually gravitate to when creating a piece…I like to switch things up and use the colors I don’t normally use or come up with different color combinations/ mixing. I’ll even wear tinted sunglasses so the colors I think I’m using wind up making happy accidents when I look at the piece without the sunglasses. Using oil pastels with acrylic paint… various types of inks and papers …are many variables that can be used to break away from regular tendencies when approaching a piece.

Do you have a favorite painting that you have completed? If so, can you tell us the story behind it?

DI: I did a solo show a few years ago with Halloween as the main theme. A few favorite paintings came out of that show including one called the Last Trick or Treater. It showed a bird’s eye view looking down onto an old tyme small hamlet, and one child in a ghost costume running down a street with a lantern. I think I captured the quiet of the night, and the bit of panic the boy was having as he was quickly trying to get home.

What inspired Re-Directed painting for you?

DI: When I first started as a fine artist, I had very little money and art supplies and framing was expensive. I would frequent yard sales and thrift shops to purchase old frames, lithographs on board, and existing canvas prints to paint over and frame. Around 2009 I started to paint weird imagery in an existing piece and then later one piece my Mom was getting rid of was a seascape -where I had the immediate vision of two reapers playing with a beachball. I painted them in, shared them on social media and things snowballed rather quickly from there. I came up with the term re-directed as I used that as a tag and hoped people would begin to associate it with me…and it worked! Other people now use that term – which is fine… I prefer that to ‘Improved Painting’…as I never meant to demean the original artist. All these redirected pieces were salvaged and unwanted and quite likely wind up as landfill. I hate waste and seeing potential thrown away. This was just another method to upcycle. I’ll spend considerable time touching up the piece from scratches, buffs or sun/ water damage then I’ll add in my own visions. ..never covering the signature of the original artist. Research is always done prior to any painting to insure it’s not of significant value. I rarely work on originals, always lithographs, canvas prints, or anonymous paint by numbers.

Is there anything that you would like to add?

DI: Even though most know my work through my ongoing Re-Directed thrift art series, I look forward to continuing my upcycling work (hand-painted ornaments using salvaged burnt-out light bulbs, pop art paintings on discarded, damaged vinyl records, beer cap pins, and redoing/painting discarded wooden furniture…) and preventing landfill.

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Photo Credit: David Irvine
Photo Credit: David Irvine
Photo Credit: David Irvine
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CARTA Medallion image by Sarah Hernandez for 360 Magazine

TONKINSON FOUNDATION TO ENHANCE STUDENTS’ EXPERIENCE THROUGH NEW CARTA MEDALLION

By: Sarah Hernandez

Imagine learning musical techniques first-hand from a Grammy Award winner, or getting acting tips from a renowned Hollywood actor as part of the curriculum. Wouldn’t it be great, if while earning a degree, students had the opportunity to learn directly from the leading actors, musicians, designers or architects in the field? That’s exactly the kind of experience the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts and the Tonkinson Foundation will provide students with its newly endowed CARTA Medallion program.

The medallion bridges the gap between prominent figures in the creative fields and CARTA students.  It seeks to enhance their experience by creating unique joint programming with recipients including, but not limited to, lectures, workshops, performances, exhibitions and masterclasses. The medallion was created to honor an exemplar multi-disciplinary expert, artist, communicator or designer whose work has made a significant contribution to society – while also giving them a platform to bestow their wisdom on future creators.

According to philanthropist and chairman of CARTA Dean’s Leadership Advisory Board, Rick Tonkinson, whose foundation is funding the endowment, the project is truly “visionary” as CARTA will further be recognized for its wide spectrum of nationally ranked areas of interest all housed together under one roof. “This recognition will not only enhance the college’s curriculum, but is a celebration of the awardee and CARTA itself.”

The pillars of what encompasses a medallion recipient include positive influence through impact to the local, national and international community; contribution to social awareness, mental health and/or mutual understanding of public issues; or bringing about positive change to communities, government entities and other societal structures.

“Mr. And Mrs. Tonkinson’s support of FIU CARTA over the years has made tremendous impacts in our students’ lives,” stated CARTA Dean Brian Schriner. “Their latest gift expands upon those efforts and further advances the primary goal of our 2025 strategic plan: students’ success.”

Each year, Schriner, along with CARTA donors and a committee of experts, will convene to nominate candidates. Once a candidate is confirmed and has accepted, programming will be designed around the awardee’s area(s) of expertise. Because each awardee will have a varied set of strengths and preferences, the programs will be built around their respective disciplines and communally agreed-upon preferences.  The endowment is similar to that of an artist in residence, encompassing visits with students, exhibitions/performances, masterclasses, etc. Endowments are permanent, which means that they last in perpetuity.

Programming will be closely coordinated with the recipient based on their specific expertise.  “We want to play to the strengths of the recipient to maximize the impact of the medallion,” explained CARTA senior director of development, Oliver Ionita.

This prestigious award will not only be a “celebration” of well-known creators for their accomplishments, but will foster accessibility to unique experiential learning opportunities for CARTA’s students.

The CARTA Dean’s office is currently accepting and reviewing nominations and expects to announce its first CARTA Medallion award recipient in early 2021.

 

 

Illustration for 360 Magazine by Rita Azar

San Francisco Ballet Virtual Benefit

San Francisco Ballet (SF Ballet) announces details for its first-ever virtual benefit, Leap Into the New Year, to be held online via Socio on Thursday, January 14, 2021 to mark the opening of SF Ballet’s historic 88th Digital Season.

With a performance curated by Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson, the event includes delivered items, such as a meal, caviar, and gifts provided by McCalls Catering & Events; and wine provided by Rodney Strong Vineyards. The evening’s programming includes the SF Ballet performance debut of two of the Company’s new Principal Dancers, Nikisha Fogo and Julian MacKay, in the Act III pas de deux from Don Quixote, and an excerpt from a new work by Helgi Tomasson created on members of SF Ballet’s corps de ballet—click here to see a video about this work.

Leap Into the New Year also includes a newly produced prelude to Mrs. Robinson by Cathy Marston, featuring Principal Dancers Sarah Van Patten and Joseph Walsh, and excerpts from the Digital Season’s additional world premieres, Wooden Dimes by Danielle Rowe and a new work by Myles Thatcher. Complete programming and casting are included at the bottom of this release.

Proceeds from Leap Into the New Year will benefit a wide range of SF Ballet artistic initiatives, including new works, accessible digital content, scholarships and financial aid programs for San Francisco Ballet School students, and community education programs for youth, families, and seniors. The event begins at 6 pm with access to private virtual tables; a wine education session with the event’s wine sponsor, Rodney Strong Vineyards; and behind-the-scenes content from rehearsals, followed by a 7 pm performance.

Ticket holders at the Artistic Director, Principal, Producer, and Soloist levels will enjoy VIP programming, including the pas de deux from William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, rehearsed by Forsythe on Soloist Sasha Mukhamedov and Principal Dancer Aaron Robison, and the White Swan Pas De Deux from Helgi Tomasson’s Swan Lake performed by Fogo and MacKay.

Under the direction of Music Director Martin West, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra recorded music for the event using approved safety protocols at Skywalker Studios, 25th Street Recording, and the SF Conservatory of Music, which was produced, engineered and mastered by Leslie Ann Jones.

The evening is hosted by SF Ballet Soloist Madison Keesler, who will be styled by Neiman Marcus. All table guests will enjoy a private, virtual meet-and-greet with a Company dancer during the event and will have access to a virtual social wall where they can share photography and messages with other benefit-goers. Artistic Director and Principal level table guests will also have the option to request an on-site, socially-distanced photo-op with Drew Altizer Photography.

Tickets to the event start at $3,000 for a pair of guests or $1,600 for a virtual table of four for ENCORE! members. Guests who wish to receive a meal, wine, and gifts delivered to their home day-of must RSVP by December 31, 2020. Reservations may be made online or by contacting Emma Lundberg, SF Ballet’s Special Events Manager, at elundberg@sfballet.org or 415.865.6629.

LEAP INTO THE NEW YEAR’S PERFORMANCE PROGRAM 

Premier Presenting Producer

Osterweis Capital Management 

Presenting Producers

Frederick and Shelby Gans

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Linnea and George Roberts

Denise Littlefield Sobel

Excerpt from new work by Helgi Tomasson 

Composer: Jean Phillippe Rameau

Artistic Director Sponsor: Dr. Sunnie Evers

Featuring: JULIA ROWE, LEILI RACKOW, BIANCA TEIXERIA, NATASHA SHEEHAN

DIEGO CRUZ, LUCAS ERNI, LUCA FERRÒ, LLEYTON HO

Dedicated To… by Yuri Possokhov

Composer: Victor Osadchev

Artistic Director Sponsor: Jennifer and Steven Walske

Featuring: YUAN YUAN TAN 

Excerpt from Wooden Dimes, Danielle Rowe’s world premiere

Composer: James M. Stephenson

Artistic Director Sponsor: Alison and Michael Mauzé

Featuring: LUKE INGHAM, DORES ANDRÉ, MAX CAUTHORN 

Pas de Deux from Coppélia by Arthur Saint-Léon

Composer: Léo Delibes

Artistic Director Sponsors: Richard C. Barker; Yurie and Carl Pascarella

Featuring: MISA KURANAGA, ANGELO GRECO 

Excerpt from Myles Thatcher’s world premiere

Composer: Steve Reich

Artistic Director Sponsor: Christine Russell and Mark Schlesinger

CASTING TO BE ANNOUNCED 

Short film of Mrs. Robinson world premiere by Cathy Marston

Composer: Terry Davies

Artistic Director Sponsor: Fang and Gary Bridge

Featuring: SARAH VAN PATTEN, JOSEPH WALSH, LUKE INGHAM 

Act III Pas de Deux from Don Quixote by Alexander Gorsky and Marius Petipa

Staging and Additional Choreography by Helgi Tomasson and Yuri Possokhov

Composer: Ludwig Minkus

Artistic Director Sponsor: Diane B. Wilsey

Featuring: NIKISHA FOGO, JULIAN MACKAY

Pas de Deux from In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated by William Forsythe (VIP ONLY)

Composer: Thom Willems

Artistic Director Sponsor: James C. Hormel and Michael P. N. Hormel

Featuring: SASHA MUKHAMEDOV, AARON ROBISON

White Swan Pas De Deux from Swan Lake by Helgi Tomasson (VIP ONLY)

Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Featuring: NIKISHA FOGO, JULIAN MACKAY

ABOUT HELGI TOMASSON

Helgi Tomasson, one of the most venerated classical dancers of his generation, embarks on his 36th season with San Francisco Ballet in 2021. Born in Iceland, he danced with Harkness Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, and New York City Ballet, where he distinguished himself as a dancer of technical purity, musicality, and intelligence. Tomasson assumed leadership of SF Ballet in 1985. Under his direction, SF Ballet has become a company widely recognized as one of the finest in the world.

Tomasson has balanced devotion to the classics with an emphasis on new works, cultivating frequent collaborations and commissions with choreographers such as William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Trey McIntyre, Cathy Marston, and Mark Morris, among many others. He has choreographed more than 50 works for the Company, including full-length productions of Swan LakeThe Sleeping BeautyRomeo & Juliet (taped for Lincoln Center at the Movies’ Great American Dance), Giselle, and Nutcracker (taped for PBS’s Great Performances).

He conceptualized the 1995 UNited We Dance festival, in which SF Ballet hosted 12 international companies; the 2008 New Works Festival, which included 10 world premieres by 10 acclaimed choreographers; and 2018 Unbound: A Festival of New Works. Tomasson has also connected SF Ballet to the world, through co-commissions with companies including American Ballet Theatre, The Royal Ballet, and Dutch National Ballet; and major tours to Paris, London, New York City, China, and his native Iceland. In 2020, Tomasson received the San Francisco Arts Medallion, created by the Museum of Performance + Design to recognize those individuals whose leadership, action, and generosity have benefited the cultural life of the San Francisco Bay Area.   

ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO BALLET

San Francisco Ballet, long recognized for pushing boundaries in dance, has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of artistic “firsts” since its founding in 1933, including performing the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker, as well as the first 20th-century American Coppélia.

SF Ballet is one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States and currently presents more than 100 performances annually, both locally and internationally. The mission of SF Ballet is to share its joy of dance with the widest possible audience—in its community and worldwide—and to provide the highest caliber of dance training in its School. Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson, the Company has achieved an international reputation as one of the preeminent ballet companies in the world.

Romy Nordlinger Is Alla Nazimova

NYC—PLACES! The Alla Nazimova Story will show at HERE’s Summer SubletSeries: Co-Op in New York City, at the HERE Mainstage Theatre on 145 Sixth Avenue whose entrance is on Dominick street. The event is from June 11th-15th at 8:30 pm with another showing on the 16th at 4 pm. General Admission tickets are $20.

“By opening our eyes to the past, we are better able to see our present.”-Nazimova

Escaping antisemitic Tsarist Russia, she was able to go on to achieve many artistic milestones. Nazimova starred on Broadway and then became Hollywood’s highest paid silent screen icon. She also went on to become the industry’s first female director and producer with the Shuberts naming a theater after her.

Unfortunately, because Nazimova defied moral and artistic codes of her time, she was forced into obscurity. PLACES!, a theatrical multimedia solo show, tells the story of Alla Nazimova, the forgotten lesbian trailblazer, iconoclast and the greatest star you’ve never heard of. Returning from the grave, Nazimova raises her voice, reclaiming our collective history, lighting the way to diversity.

“Sexism, racism, homophobia, ageism: Nazimova was fighting these contemporary struggles back in the 19th and early 20th Centuries, but alone and without a twitter account. In writing and performing PLACES!, I am setting the record straight and telling Nazimova’s magnificent story. We are all the stories we tell, and an artist is only dead when the last person to remember them dies.” -Romy Nordlinger

Romy Nordlinger wrote and performs The Alla Nazimova Story as a one woman show. The actress is well-known for several roles such as Bull (CBS), Lancelot by Steven Fechter, and, currently, the upcoming Lancelot feature film. Some more recent credits include Florence Foster Jenkins, the web series WOMG and the upcoming Indie short, A Separation.

Talkbacks are after the performances on Tuesday, June 11th, and Sunday, June 16th with Karynne Summars of the Hedonist Magazine as well as on Wednesday, 12 June with Trav SD.

For tickets and information visit www.here.org or call +1 212. 353.3101

New Block Of Tickets Now On Sale Through February 2, 2020 Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Moulin Rouge!

The Musical

Based on the 20th Century Fox Motion Picture by Baz Luhrmann

Opening on Broadway

July 25, 2019

At the Al Hirschfeld Theatre

Click here for a new teaser video, “Truth”

A new block of tickets is now on sale for Moulin Rouge! The Musical, based on the 2001 Twentieth Century Fox Motion Picture by Baz Luhrmann. Moulin Rouge! The Musicalwill begin performances on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on June 28, 2019 ahead of a July 25 opening night.

Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com now through February 2, 2020 for this open-ended run.

The cast from the sold out, record-breaking run at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre this past summer will transfer to Broadway, including Karen Olivo (Tony Award® for West Side Story, In the Heights), Aaron Tveit (Catch Me If You Can, Next to Normal), Danny Burstein (six-time Tony Award®-nominee, Fiddler On the Roof, Cabaret), Sahr Ngaujah (Tony®and Olivier award-nominee for Fela), Tam Mutu (Doctor Zhivago, Encores!’s Hey, Look Me Over! and The New Yorkers), Ricky Rojas (Burn the Floor) and Robyn Hurder (Nice Work If You Can Get It).

The ensemble and swings will include Amber Ardolino, Jacqueline Arnold, Olutayo Bosede, Kyle Brown, Sam Cahn, Max Clayton, YurelEchezarreta, Jennifer Florentino, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Bahiyah Hibah, Ericka Hunter, Holly James, Ashley Loren, Reed Luplau, JeighMadjus, Morgan Marcell, Brandt Martinez, Jodi McFadden, Kevyn Morrow, Fred Odgaard, Dylan Paul, Khori Michelle Petinaud and Benjamin Rivera.

Directed by Alex Timbers (Tony Award®-nominated for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Peter and the Starcatcher) Moulin Rouge! The Musical has a book by John Logan (Tony Award® for Red), choreography by Sonya Tayeh (Lucille Lortel Award and Obie Award for Kung Fu, and Emmy winner), and music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Justin Levine (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson).

The design team for Moulin Rouge! The Musical includes Tony Award® winner Derek McLane (sets), Tony Award® winner Catherine Zuber (costumes), two-time Tony Award® nominee Justin Townsend (lighting), Tony Award® winner Peter Hylenski (sound), Drama Desk Award winner David Brian Brown (wig and hair design) and Sarah Cimino (Make-up design). Casting is by Jim Carnahan and Stephen Kopel.

As in the film, Moulin Rouge! The Musical celebrates some of the greatest popular music of the last 50 years. The stage musical features many of the iconic songs from the movie and also includes recent hits released since the movie premiered 15 years ago.

Global Creatures (Carmen Pavlovic and Gerry Ryan OAM) serves as Lead Producer and Bill Damaschke is the executive producer. General management is by Foresight Theatrical.

Additional producers include Aaron Lustbader, Hunter Arnold, Darren Bagert, Adam Blanshay Productions/Nicolas Talar, Erica Lynn Schwartz/Stephanie Rosenberg, Aleri Entertainment, CJ ENM, Harmonia, AF Creative Media/International Theatre Fund, Baz & Co, Gilad-Rogowsky/InStone Productions, IMG Original Content, John Gore Organization, MEHR-BB Entertainment, Spencer Ross, Iris Smith, Triptyk Studios, Nederlander Presentations/IPN, Jennifer Fischer, Peter May/Sandy Robertson, Carl Daikeler/Sandi Moran, Desantis-Baugh Productions, Candy Spelling/Tulchin Bartner and Jujamcyn Theatres.

Released by 20th Century Fox, “Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge!” premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. At the 74th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, and won two.

The Moulin Rouge of Paris is a dazzling and spectacular universe, the symbol of the Parisian way of celebrating since 1889. Starting life as a popular cabaret and dance hall, the venue became an iconic music hall in the Roaring Twenties, and then a theatre where numerous famous French and international artistes stepped out into the limelight.

Group discounts are available for groups of 12 or more through Group Sales Box Office at Broadway.com by calling 1-800-BROADWAY x2 or online at www.broadway.com/groups.

http://moulinrougemusical.com/

KUNG FU PANDA SPECTACULAR LIVE

to Hold Global Premiere at 
The Venetian Theatre in Macao
 

Five-Time Tony Award® Winner Susan Stroman Leads 
Star-studded Global Creative Team

Broadway Asia, one of the largest production, management and distribution companies in the global markets, led by Executive Producers Simone Genatt and Marc Routh, and DreamWorks Theatricals, a division of Universal Theatrical Group, today announced the launch of DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda Spectacular Live – a thrilling new live action entertainment at The Venetian Theatre in Macao. It combines the best of Hollywood, Broadway and circus. The five-time Tony Award® winner Susan Stroman will bring her legendary talents to one of the most successful animated films of all time, Kung Fu Panda.
 
DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda Spectacular Live is set to transform the entertainment landscape in Macao. Building on the globally successful franchise of the beloved Kung Fu Panda films, the production has the wisdom, heart and humor of the world-renowned franchise, combined with the high-level design and impact of a major live action immersive spectacular resident show. “The production will be an exciting new experience for audiences of all ages – as it incorporates storytelling, state-of-the art projection mapping and video design, immersive aerial and acrobatics as well as extraordinary puppetry and martial arts,” said director and choreographer Susan Stroman. “The hilarious and heart-warming characters from the films will come to life in an extraordinary action filled live performance.”
 
Award-winning artist Susan Stroman has assembled a brilliant creative team including some of the most sought-after and acclaimed live entertainment artists around the globe. Co-conceived by Susan Stroman and David Thompson (the writer of Broadway’s longest running revival, Chicago), the live action show features character costumes and puppetry designed by the renowned Michael Curry (Broadway’s The Lion King and Frozen, the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the Super Bowl XLVI), and six-time Tony Award® winning costumer designer William Ivey Long. The large-scale attraction incorporates the best scenic design by STUFISH/Ray Winkler (Las Vegas installation of Ka, the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics, and many famous concert tours including Madonna and the Rolling Stones), lighting design by Ken Billington (designer of over 100 Broadway productions), and projection and video design by 59 Productions (Tony Awards® and Olivier Award Winners for An American in Paris and War Horse). The production also features the original film score composed by GRAMMY® and OSCAR® Winner Hans Zimmer.
 
Performances are scheduled to commence in late December 2019 at The Venetian Theatre in Macao, with casting information and ticket details to be announced soon. Be first in the line for tickets – register at: www.kungfupandaspectacular.com

About Broadway Asia
Broadway Asia is among the largest production, management, distribution and licensing companies of live entertainment in the global market, and its founders Simone Genatt and Marc Routh are two of the most active commercial Broadway producers throughout the global market. Over the last 20 years, theatrical productions by Broadway Asia partners have played in over 400 cities in more than 40 countries on five continents and have garnered in excess of 50 global theatrical awards. Select international productions include many Broadway Tony Award-winning musicals and other live entertainment attractions: An American in Paris; The Sound of Music; The Producers; Hairspray; Amelie, Legally Blonde; Cinderella; Rock of Ages; Stomp; Cookin’/Nanta; The Great Comet; Fuerzabruta; Jay Chou’s The Secret; Ice Age Live, A Mammoth Adventure; and currently on Broadway, Anastasia. 
 
About DreamWorks Theatricals
DreamWorks Theatricals, a division of Universal Theatrical Group, was established to develop and produce live stage productions inspired by the studio’s acclaimed animated films, including Shrek The MusicalMadagascar Live!, and The Prince of Egypt. UTG, the live theatre division of Universal Pictures, is currently represented by the musical phenomenon Wicked, which has been seen by over 50 million people worldwide, making it one of the most successful theatrical ventures of all time. Universal’s critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Billy Elliot, which won four Olivier Awards and ten Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, concluded its 11 year run in the West End and continues to play worldwide. Recently, Universal produced the Broadway premiere of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn with Roundabout Theatre Company and the Tony-nominated Broadway production of Bring It On: The Musical.
 
About Susan Stroman
As the most celebrated director/choreographer working on Broadway today, Susan Stroman holds the distinction of winning five Tony Awards® for her direction and choreography, two Laurence Olivier Awards, five Drama Desk Awards, eight Outer Critic Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and a record five Astaire Awards. She is the recipient of the George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Theater. Stroman is the first choice for Broadway producers because of her inventive choreography, her terrific sense of comedy, and her story-telling genius. She led The Producers to its own record of receiving the most Tony Awards® in Broadway history, and created the brilliant dance piece Contact which won three Tony Awards® including Best Musical. Other career highlights include directing and choreographing the 10-year run of A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden, choreographing Liza With a Z for Radio City Music Hall, collaborating with the legendary Kander and Ebb on The Scottsboro Boys, and creating major new ballets for New York City Ballet and the Martha Graham Dance Company and helping to re-invent the classics Show Boat and Oklahoma! with exciting new choreography. Her frequent collaborators include significant talent from Hollywood (Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Liza Minelli) and Broadway (Harold Prince, Kander & Ebb and Nathan Lane). Additional credits include Crazy For You, BigThe Music Man, Young Frankenstein, Big Fish and Bullets Over Broadway. She is a distinguished member of the Theater Hall Of Fame.

The Last Race

THE LAST RACE is an intimate portrait of a small-town stock car racetrack and the tribe of passionate blue-collar drivers that call it home, struggling to hold on to an American racing tradition as real estate development threatens its survival.

Award winning filmmaker Michael Dweck’s stirring imagery takes you inside the world of grassroots racing and eye to eye with the cars’ snarling grills and white roll bars that protrude like bones out of scarred metal. Yet a patient camera lets us know the drivers as everyday people and learn that the racetrack is tied to a deep sense of identity. The track is on the only piece of undeveloped land in the area—it’s worth millions—and the only thing keeping the bulldozers at bay is track owners Barbara and Jim Cromarty’s love of the track and its community.

ANDREW LLOYD: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION

In celebration of his 70th birthday, ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION was recently released through UMe / Polydor.

 

As one of the most successful composers of the modern era, Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s repertoire includes some of the world’s most celebrated musicals; Sunset Boulevard, Cats, Aspects Of Love, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Starlight Express, The Phantom of The OperaSchool of Rock and Love Never Dies – to name but a few.

Last year, Lloyd Webber became the only person to equal the record set in 1953 by Rodgers & Hammerstein with four shows running concurrently on Broadway (Sunset Boulevard, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera and School of Rock). Two of his shows are currently running in both Broadway and the West End: School Of Rock and The Phantom of the Opera, and his musicals have grossed more than $13.6  billion and have been watched by 302 million people across 44 countries. He has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.

The collection is personally curated and overseen by Lloyd Webber to include classics from his earliest work starting with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat through his most recent School of Rock.

Of the new album, Lloyd Webber says: “I owe everyone involved in putting this compilation together a huge thank you.  A vast amount of thought has evidently gone into selecting tracks from my almost fifty year old career. This compilation brings back a heap of memories – it has made this ancient composer very happy.  I particularly love the new tracks and of course I love the orchestral suites. There’s nothing a composer likes more than hearing their melodies played by a cracking orchestra.”

Newly recorded songs from superstar artists Lana Del Rey (“You Must Love Me”, Evita), Nicole Scherzinger (“Memory”, Cats) and Gregory Porter (“Light at the End of the Tunnel”, Starlight Express) and add to the collection of his cherished works from the past five decades.

Of Lloyd Webber, Lana Del Rey says, “Andrew Lloyd Webber has been one of my primary inspirations in music, so to do a cover of one of his songs is a dream.”

Gregory Porter also expresses his admiration, “Andrew is an icon of not only musical theatre, but he’s an icon of music, our culture, and of our human experience.”

The Cats classic “Memory” by Nicole Scherzinger is available now as an instant grat track. Of being on the album, Scherzinger says, “Andrew’s music absolutely influenced me as an artist… It’s hard for me to fathom that I’m a part of one of Andrew’s career defining albums. That is in itself career defining for me. It’s a dream, and a lifelong accomplishment.”

The set also contains recordings by world-class performers such as Barbra Streisand, Madonna, Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman, Michael Ball, and released for the first time, Beyonce singing “Learn To Be Lonely” from the 2005 Academy Awards with Lloyd Webber accompanying on piano.

UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION is available as 2 CD and 4 CD editions. The 4-disc version contains an exclusive 40-page book with a personally penned introduction from Lloyd Webber and in-depth notes on each track, written by respected theatre critic and Lloyd Webber biographer Michael Coveney, together with tributes from Barbra Streisand and Glenn Close among others.

The fourth disc encompasses a mix of overtures and showstoppers from Lloyd Webber‘s key works, as well as newly created orchestral suites. The five new orchestral suites have been specially prepared from existing recordings, emphasising the grand orchestral aspects of his work. All CDs were mastered at Abbey Road Studios.

Lloyd Webber‘s productions have sold more than 330 million tickets worldwide. The Phantom of the Opera is the longest-running show on Broadway and second longest-running show in West End history. Cats and The Phantom of the Opera are two of Broadway’s four highest grossing shows. The Phantom of the Opera original cast album is the No. 1 Broadway album of all time in the U.S. and the #175 biggest seller among ALL albums of the SoundScan era in the U.S.  In addition to his worldwide sales and audiences, Lloyd Webber has been recognised by critics and peers with numerous accolades and awards including seven Oliviers, seven Tonys, three Grammys, one Golden Globe and an Oscar.

 
“Andrew Lloyd Webber Tribute to a Superstar” airs TODAY –  Wednesday, March 28 on NBC


JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT – airs Sunday, April 1 on NBC


Lloyd Webber’s new autobiography UNMASKED, was released by HarperCollins on March 6th.

 

CHRISSIE FIT

📸 by Mario Barberio

Chrissie Fit is best known for her role as the hilarious Latina, Flo in “Pitch Perfect 2” and the upcoming “Pitch Perfect 3.” Along with thePitch Perfect franchise, Chrissie is also know for her role as CheeChee in Disney Channel’s Original Movie franchise “Teen Beach Movie.”

She’s appeared in such television series as “General Hospital,” “Southland,” “House M.D.,” “The Middleman,” MTV’s “Mary + Jane,” and will be seen next on “Code Black” in February 2018.    

She also voices the character of Amanda Lopez on Disney XD’s animated show “Milo Murphy’s Law.” Fit also has lent her voice to Princess Valentina in Disney Channel’s hit series, “Elena Of Avalor.”    

This past summer, Fit teamed up with Whohaha (Elizabeth Banks) to pioneer Cosmopolitan’s first ever scripted digital series “Temp(orary),” which she created, produced, wrote, and starred in  with Cyrina Fiallo and Brittany Snow. She will also be seen in the indie film “People You May Know,” premiering November 2017.  

Fit started singing at five years old and discovered the world of acting at age 12. She performed in countless plays and musicals throughout her school years and eventually started working with theatre companies in her hometown of Miami, Florida. In addition to acting, she enjoys writing, producing, singing, and directing. 

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hair: Lucy Gedjeyan 

wardrobe: Madison Dixon

top: Sandra Daccache

showroom: Maison Privee PR

ring: Kat Ong

bracelet: Joey Galon

showroom: Now PR LA