In the News: Christy Altomare and Will Swenson lead the reading of new musical Alice in Never Land, listen to Kander and Miranda in conversation, more


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Christy Altomare Directs The Cast Of Alice in Neverland for developmental reading
The new musical Alice in Neverland, by Phil Kenny and Reston Williams, will have a developmental reading in New York on June 16. The musical merges two beloved classics, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Peter Pan, serving as a sequel to one and a prequel to the other. Anastasia‘s Christy Altomare leads the cast for the reading, joined by contestant Tony Will Swenson (Hairdresser, Waitress) and Heath Saunders (The Great Comet), with Megan Masako Haley (Mean, Bad girls), Alistair Brammer (Miss Saigon) and Timothy Hughes (Hadestown). The reading is produced by Jerry Goehring (Be More Chill, a Christmas story), Jim Kierstead (Hadestown, Kinky Boots), Mike Evariste (Disgraced), Jamie de Roy (Beetlejuice, Peter and the Starcatcher) and 42e.club (Anastasia, Moulin Rouge!).

John Kander and Lin-Manuel Miranda in conversation
The Vineyard Theater 2021 Gala Series: The Tasting Room will end on July 22 at 7 p.m. ET with an intimate conversation between musical theater composers John Kander and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The previously announced duo will discuss their writing processes and share favorite selections from each other’s songbooks, performed by Mandy Gonzalez, Bryonha Marie Parham and George Salazar. The event is directed by Jen Bender and the music directed by Macy Schmidt. Tickets for the event are chargeable and will benefit Vineyard’s arts and education programs. Click on here for more.

New range of playwrights and performers for 24-hour plays: viral monologues
24-hour plays: viral monologues returns on June 15 with a new program of monologues and performers. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET, new monologues will be posted every 15 minutes on IGTV @ 24hourplays and on 24HourPlay.com. Performers on this series include Ari Graynor, ChelseaDee Harrison, Cindy Cheung, Erin Darke, David Krumholtz, David Rosenberg, Guy Boyd, Hope Lauren, Jin Ha, Merle Dandridge, Parvesh Cheena, Raviv Ullman, Sophie Zucker and Will Connolly. The playwright’s lineup includes Anna Ziegler, Audrey Lang, Charly Evon Simpson, Chisa Hutchinson, David Lindsay-Abaire, Edith Freni, Gabe McKinley, Grace McLeod, Jesse Eisenberg, Ken Greller, Mario Correa, Michael Mitnick, Nandita Shenoy and Steve Yockey. Since its launch in March 2020, 24-hour plays: viral monologues created more than 400 new theatrical works.

Hang out with Jessica Vosk and Jelani Remy at the Stage Door Mixer
Audiences can mingle with Broadway players at the upcoming Stage Door Mixer, which will be held at NYC’s Watermark Bar on June 21. Reed Luplau (Red Mill! ) is leading the event, a festive evening of theater with live music and performances, benefiting The Actors Fund. The celebrities expected to appear are Tony nominated Robyn Hurder (Red Mill!), DeMarius R. Copes (Bad girls), Isabelle McCalla (the Prom), Jelani Rémy (Is not too proud), Jessica Vosk (Mean), and more. The evening will end with a screening of Places, please, a film written and directed by Luplau, starring Danny Burstein, nominated for Tony (Red Mill!) and Krysta Rodriguez (Spring awakening). Click on here for tickets.

The Queens Theater to present a virtual festival in honor of Stonewall
To honor the spirit of the Stonewall uprising, the Queens Theater will present The Stonewall Legacy project, a series of virtual events hosted by LGBTQIA + artists. The series features a film screening of The Duchess of Grant Park June 17; drag performance, The Stonewall Legacy digital dredge project, June 24; a live solo show, Invisibility: a journey of pasta, prayer, protest and Peru by Richard Cardillo, July 1; a live solo show, Second help by Kelly Dunham, July 8; and a presentation of four queer Latinx shorts by Dominic Colòn and Francisco Cabrera-Feo on July 15. Each event will premiere at 7 p.m. ET. Visit QueensTheater.org for more information.

Speaking of Christy Altomare, discover his video release for the single “Freedom Inside” from his new album of original music, Stray bird. The video was choreographed by Jess Leprotto and filmed in Central Park in an impressive single take.

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