Theater News: Ted Chapin, Chita Rivera, André De Shields, Vineyard Theater

Quick News: We are sad to report Mrs. Doubtfire Broadway run on May 29. The rebirth of for girls of color who have thought about suicide / when the rainbow is enough has been extended through June 5, through a ticket donation program. How I learned to driveis extended until June 12. Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s Harmony gets an original recording from the Off-Broadway cast. The cast will head to the recording studio the weekend of May 13 with a release date to be announced. Jay Records to Record Off-Broadway Musical Penelope or how the Odyssey was really written who played at the York Theatre. A release date has yet to be announced. Jeremy Jordan gets a solo exhibition in London on August 29 at the Theater Royal Drury Lane.

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Named after one of the great dance icons of American musical theatre, the mission of the Chita Rivera Awards is to celebrate excellence in dance and choreography – past, present and future. The awards will honor the superb achievement of each nominee, while recognizing the immeasurable talents and passion of each choreographer and theater dancer. Additionally, through education and scholarship, the awards are committed to nurturing future generations, as well as preserving dance’s remarkable history.

Nominators will consider outstanding choreography, featured dancers and ensembles in shows on Broadway and Off Broadway, as well as outstanding choreography in films, which opened pre-Covid as well as during the 2021-2022 season. Nominations for productions under consideration this season will be determined by the designated Nominating Committee. There are separate nominating committees for Broadway, Off Broadway and Film. There is also an Awards Committee for Broadway, which determines the final nominations received from the Broadway Nominations Committee.

Joel Gray, legendary Broadway performer and winner of the Tony, Academy and Golden Globe Awards, will be honored this year as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Red Bull Theater (Jesse Berger, Founder & Artistic Director | Jim Bredeson, Managing Director) announced today that the illustrious André De Shields will receive the Matador Award for Outstanding Achievement in Classical Theater atFESTIVITIES, its benefit evening on Monday, June 13 at 6 p.m. This intimate evening will be held on the vast terrace of the Bowery Hotel (335 Bowery at East 3rd Street). This intimate evening, held safely outdoors, will feature craft cocktails, fine wines, delicious bites and entertaining entertainment from Jennifer Sánchez and Mary Testa.

“Being together again has never felt so good. After more than two years of covering our faces and social distancing, the time finally seems right for us to be able to bring our community together – and revel! We have so much to celebrate at our Festivities benefit this year. In addition to honoring the glorious André de Shields for his extraordinary achievements as an actor (and his work with the classics in particular), we look forward to celebrating all of the wonderful work and resilience of our community over the past two years. And to revel in the joy of being able to plan our next return to full in-person programming! said Mr. Berger.

At 73, André De Shields receives the Tony Award for his performance in Hadesville. His illustrious career spans half a century since his debut as the eponymous The Wiz in 1975. He has continued to excel as an actor, director and educator. He received Tony nominations for musicals Play on! and The full Monty and has received accolades for his classic work, including King Lear (winner – St. Louis Theater Circle Award for Outstanding Leading Performer in a Drama), Classical Theater of Harlem and Red Bull’s own The Witch of Edmonton and volpone. Next season he will star in a new Broadway revival of Death of a seller as Willy’s brother, Ben.

Launched in 2009, the Matador Award for Achievement in Classical Theater is awarded annually to recognize individuals or organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary talent, service, or significant achievement in classical theater. Previous winners have included F. Murray Abraham, Kate Burton, Olympia Dukakis, Richard Easton, Oscar Isaac, Michael Kahn, Hamish Linklater, Ismenia Mendes, Jack O’Brien, Patrick Page, Martha Plimpton, Lily Rabe, Condola Rashad, Matthew Rauch , Lynn Redgrave, Olivia Reis, Liev Schreiber, Patrick Stewart, Michael Stuhlbarg, Daniel Sullivan, Michael Urie, Charlayne Woodard, the American Theater Wing, the New York City Fund, the Michael Tuch Foundation, and the Off-Broadway Angels .

Honorary committee and special guests include F. Murray Abraham, Arnie Burton, Kate Burton, Bill Camp, Michael Cerveris, Kathleen Chalfant, Keith Hamilton Cobb, Grantham Coleman, Christian Conn, Robert Cuccioli, Paige Davis, Michael Emerson, Manoel Felciano, Tovah Feldshuh, Dana Ivey, Chukwudi Iwuji, Peter Francis James, Judy Kuhn, Mark Linn-Baker, Richard Maltby, Jr., Elizabeth Marvel, Ismenia Mendes, Jacob Ming-Trent, Alfredo Narciso, Kristine Nielsen, Junior Nyong’o , Jack O’Brien, Brad Oscar, Patrick Page, Ted Pappas, Estelle Parsons, Amelia Pedlow, Martha Plimpton, Maryann Plunkett, Amanda Quaid, Everett Quinton, Matthew Rauch, Olivia Reis, José Rivera, Laila Robins, Jay O. Sanders, Lily Santiago, Robert Sella, Stephen Spinella, Sir Patrick Stewart, Richard Thomas, John Douglas Thompson, Michael Urie, Marc Vietor, Nick Westrate and Charlayne Woodard, among others.

Vineyard Theater (artistic directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern) announces the casting and design team for the upcoming world premiere of Lessons in Survival: 1971 at the Vineyard Theater (108 East 15th Street) now on sale. Survival Lessons: 1971 will begin previews at the Vineyard Theater (108 East 15th Street) on May 26, 2022 and play through June 30 with an opening night set for June 9. Emmy-nominated Carl Clemons-Hopkins (“Hacks”) as James Baldwin and Theater Award winner Crystal Dickinson (Tony Award winner Clybourne Park) as Nikki Giovanni. Carl Clemons-Hopkins gained national popularity through his performance as Marcus on HBO Max’s “Hacks” opposite Jean Smart. Carl’s performance earned them an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, and the acclaimed series’ second season is set to debut May 12 on HBO Max. On the big screen, we can see Carl in Jordan Peele candy man for Universal. They recently finished filming the Kristin Gore movie, The bubble cap for Apple TV+. Carl concluded 2021 with the filming of the independent film produced by Zach Braff, The Mattachine family. Other credits include a recurring role on NBC’s “Chicago Med.” On stage, Carl performed in the Chicago production of hamilton as Aaron Burr and George Washington and premiered at the Steppenwolf Theater in For the last time. Crystal Dickinson’s Broadway credits include the Tony Award-winning Clybourne Park, for which she received a Theater World Award; and the Tony nominee You can’t take it with you alongside James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne. She has performed Off Broadway at Lincoln Center, Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theatre, Theater for a New Audience and, most recently, Cullud Wattah at the Public Theatre. She has worked with directors Thomas Kail, Michael Grief, Scott Ellis, Bryan Cranston, Wendell Pierce, Pam Mackinnon, Lila Neugebauer, Leigh Silverman and Kenny Leon. Movie and TV credits include I Origins, This is where I leave you“The Good Wife”, “New Amsterdam” and recurring roles on Showtime “The Chi” and ABC’s “For Life.” Teaching and coaching: Juilliard, Stella Adler Studio, Spelman College, NYU, Princeton, Pace University and its two Alumni schools, University of Illinois and Seton Hall University. A proud MFA graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, she also studied at the London Academy for Music and Dramatic Art and is an elite member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. In 1971, 28-year-old poet Nikki Giovanni interviewed famed novelist James Baldwin, 47, on America’s first “Black Tonight Show,” SOUL! Fifty years later, Lessons in Survival: 1971 reintroduces their candid and provocative dialogue on race and liberation in America in our present moment. Based on the digital exploration of survival lessons, which was recognized by The New York Times as Best in Theater 2020, this eye-opening production explores the layers of intimacy and ideas between two revolutionary Black artists of different generations, with stunning resonance for today. The design team will include You-Shin Chen (Scenic Design), Mika Eubanks (Costume Design), Amith Chadrashaker (Lighting Design), Lee Kinney and Daniel Kluger (Sound Design), Daniel Kluger (Original Composition) and Matthew Glasner, CSA (Casting director). Tickets are now on sale to the general public at or by calling 212-353-0303.

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