THE VIEW UPSTAIRS was inspired by the arson at The UpStairs Lounge in New Orleans on June 24, 1973, which killed 32 people. Prior to June 12th this year, when 49 people lost their lives at Pulse Orlando, The UpStairs Lounge arson had been the most deadly attack on the American LGBTQI+ community.
"By using the music of 'THE VIEW UPSTAIRS in this benefit concert we will commemorate the lives of the victims of the two largest attacks on LGBTQ Americans and raise money for the survivors of Pulse Orlando," Producer Jenny Ainsworth says. "Much has been gained over the last 40 years in the march towards equality, but there is still work to do in the fight against homophobia and hatred. Now more than ever, those of us in theatre need to celebrate and cultivate that sense of inclusive community."
Proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to Equality Florida, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity based in Florida that is committed to ensuring funds raised reach those in need, specifically the survivors of Pulse Orlando and the families of the victims. www.eqfl.org / www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund.
The production is part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival.
Tony winner Donna McKechnie ( A Chorus Line) and Tony and Olivier Award nominee Tony Sheldon ( Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) will star in The New York Musical Festival’s upcoming production of Icon, a romantic new musical with book by Sebastian Michael and music and lyrics by Jonathan Kaldor.
Paul Stancato will direct and choreograph a cast that also includes Patrick Connaghan, Chase Crandell, Chloe Holgate, Charlotte Maltby, Ben McHugh, Kalia Medeiros, Erika Peterson, Chris Ramirez and Sam Simahk.
Set in 1928, the new musical is described as such: “The world is enthralled as American debutante, Constance Nielsen, marries into one of Europe’s ancient Royal Families. But when an impassioned affair with her music teacher sparks uproar, news of her tragic death turns her from living legend into timeless icon. 40 years later, a young man in search of his grandfather's past finds more than he's bargained for. The Princess. Her lover. And a story that could not be told.”
The production will also have music direction by Jesse Warkentin; lighting design by Isabella Byrd; costume design by Liene Dobraja and media design by Kevan Loney. The casting director is Michael Cassara, CSA. The creative team also includes production stage manager Lily Perlmutter and assistant stage manager Hai Alvarez-Millard with production assistants Samantha Gibbs and Sara Stevens.
A previous production of Icon (starring Susannah York) was presented at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London, as part of The Works Series of New Musicals, and then went on to a full production at the Landor Theatre.
Performances begin July 20 and continue through July 26 at The Duke on 42nd Street, 229 West 42nd Street (bet. 7th and 8th Aves.).
Tickets are $27.50 and can be purchased online at nymf.org or by calling (212) 352-3101.
Our time is coming to an end at Goodspeed as GREASEPAINT roars into its final week.
We had good old fashioned show biz drama when understudy Brittany Bohn was thrown on for the female lead having just closed in ANYTHING GOES the night before. She was fab, of course.
Aussie mate Peter Eyers made the long trip to Goodspeed to see us in GREASEPAINT.
I presented some awards for the Connecticut Critics Circle at Hartford Stage where ANASTASIA is playing and one of the nominees was the sensational Caroline O'Connor so it was wonderful to catch up with her.