October 30, 2021

AUNT LILLIAN: An Audio Musical


October 4 – December 31
By Kirsten Childs
Directed by Awoye Timpo
Music Direction Jacinth Greywoode
Orchestrations by Daryl Waters
Sound Design by Elisheba Ittoop
Production Coordinator Jhanae Bonnick

With Darlesia Cearcy, Brandon Gill, Amber Iman, Ashley D Kelley, Kevin Massey, Jasmin Walker, NaTasha Yvette Williams

Musicians: Jacinth Greywoode (Keys), Kevin Wunderlich (Guitar), Parker McAllister (Bass), Spencer Cohen (Drums)

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From Obie Award-winning composer Kirsten Childs (The Bubbly Black Girl…, The Vineyard’s Miracle Brothers), this wickedly funny and captivating audio musical delves into a story from her own childhood. When Aunt Lillian travels from North Carolina to Los Angeles to help care for Kirsten and her siblings, a battle of wills begins.

Additional credits:
Christopher Deschene, Music Copyist

Aunt Lillian was engineered and mixed by Chris Cubeta at Studio G Brooklyn
With Assistant Engineer, Richard Salino

Photo of Kirsten Childs by Zack DeZon

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October 30, 2021

Joined WICKED on Broadway

Wicked Returns to Broadway:

-Watch Glinda’s First Entrance and See Curtain Call-
-Hear the raucous applause that greeted “It’s good to see me, isn’t it?”-

Author David Gordon, Tricia Baron
September 15, 2021

It’s good to see her, isn’t it? Wicked reopened on Broadway on September 14 and, as expected, the crowd went wild. Before the show started, original leading lady Kristin Chenoweth came out to make a welcoming speech, and during the opening number, “No One Mourns the Wicked,” Glinda’s first line, “It’s good to see me, isn’t it?” deservedly stopped the show. Here’s what you missed if you weren’t there.

The audience really was spectacularly happy to see the show back, and during curtain call, they would not let the cast off the stage. As an encore, they brought out composer Stephen Schwartz, and the place went insane.

Lindsay Pearce and Ginna Claire Mason once again take on the roles of Elphaba and Glinda, alongside Alexandra Billings as Madame Morrible (Kathy Fitzgerald will play the role through September 26), Michael McCormick as the Wizard, Sam Gravitte as Fiyero, Riley Costello as Boq, Mili Diaz as Nessarose, and Michael X. Martin as Doctor Dillamond. The standbys are Jennifer DiNoia (Elphaba) and Brittney Johnson (Glinda). All of the principals with the exception of Diaz, who makes her Broadway debut, were playing the roles when Broadway shut down in March 2020.

The Wicked ensemble includes Ioana Alfonso, Alex Aquilino, Larkin Bogan, Randy Castillo, Antonette Cohen, Meg Doherty, Teneise Mitchell Ellis, Hannah Florence, Jenny Florkowski, Dan Gleason, Josh Daniel Green, Jeff Heimbrock, Celia Hottenstein, Courtney Iventosch, Colby Q. Lindeman, Chase Madigan, Micaela Martinez, Kevin Massey, Sterling Masters, Matt Meigs, Jo’Nathan Michael, Dashi Mitchell, Lindsay K. Northen, Emily Rogers, William Ryall, Travis Taber, Jeremy Thompson, and Christianne Tisdale.

Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and a book by Winnie Holzman. The production is directed by Tony Award winner Joe Mantello with musical staging by Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento.

Welcome back to Broadway, Wicked!

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August 9, 2021


by Nicole Rosky May. 26, 2021

Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young Will Lead Virtual FIRST DATE in July
Art Lab and ShowTown Productions just announced that Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young – former “American Idol” contestants who are married in real life – will co-star in a new virtual production of the 2013 Broadway musical comedy, First Date. The production, directed by Meg Fofonoff, will stream for five performances from July 23-25 on the ticketing platform, Stellar.

Art Lab and ShowTown Productions have previously collaborated on virtual productions of the musicals Disenchanted and Amour, as well as the online series “The Show Must Go On Show,” and “Art Lab Presents.”

First Date premiered at Seattle’s ACT Theatre in 2012 before a Broadway premiere in 2013 starring Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez. It has since been seen in over 200 productions around the world, including in such cities as London, Melbourne, Tokyo and Buenos Aires.

First Date, which features music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner and book by Austin Winsberg, tells the story of Aaron (Young) and Casey (DeGarmo), two single New Yorkers on a blind date with nothing to lose, except maybe their patience and sanity. This hilariously relatable musical puts you right at the bar along with them – and all the persistent voices in their heads. While they fight the urge to call it a no-go, they suffer through every dating faux pas in the book, from awkward silences to rambling about their exes to panicking over their past. But in the end, they can’t help but be curious about their chances at a second date…and maybe even finding love.

With an irresistible, contemporary pop Broadway score, and filled with those cringeworthy yet priceless moments that might feel all-too familiar, First Date lets us know it’s all part of the wonderful process of finding the perfect partner.
The cast also includes Nick Cearley (co-founder of The Skivvies, Broadway’s All Shook Up) as Man 2, Kevin Massey (Broadway’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) as Man 1, Jennifer Sánchez (Broadway’s Sunday in the Park with George) as Woman 1, Vishal Vaidya (Broadway’s Groundhog Day) as Man 3, and Aurelia Williams (Broadway’s Once on This Island) as Woman 2.

Fofonoff said “We are all looking forward to the imminent return of live theatre. At the same time, I feel we have discovered just how much can be achieved by theatre artists working in the virtual realm and that work I feel will continue to be produced after the pandemic has subsided. With tremendous ingenuity, you can accomplish almost anything. We have a delightful cast in virtual rehearsal for First Date, led by the terrific husband and wife team of Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo. How wonderful it will be to see this real-life couple fall in love all over again.”

Costume designer is Jennifer Tremblay. Storyboard artist is Sue Schaller. Film editor is Nate Wind. Director of Photography is Howie Michael Smith. Production Stage Manager is Julie Devore. Stage Managers are Stephen Milosevich and Lisa Ann Chernoff. Casting is by Alexandre Bleau, CSA.
Musical direction is by Julie McBride. Musical supervisor is Cynthia Meng. The band features Elena Bonomo (drums), Josh Plotner (reeds), Jakob Reinhardt (guitars), and Yuka Tadano (bass).

Tickets are now on sale. Tickets purchased today through June 2 at 11:59 PM are $15. Regular priced tickets are $20. For more information, click:

First Date is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals.

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August 9, 2021

Virtual Production of Amour

Michel Legrand and Didier van Cauwelaert’s musical will stream for three performances in April. Art Lab and ShowTown Productions will present a virtual production of the 2002 Broadway musical Amour April 2–4 on the streaming platform Stellar.

Directed by Meg Fofonoff, the presentation will feature Tony nominee Derrick Baskin (Ain’t Too Proud) as The Painter, Drew Gehling (Waitress) as Dusoleil, Kara Lindsay (Newsies) as Madeleine, Kevin Massey (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder) as Bertrand, Tony nominee Adam Pascal (Rent) as Prosecutor/Charles, Christiani Pitts (A Bronx Tale: The Musical) as Isabelle, Jennifer Sánchez (Pretty Woman: The Musical) as Claire, Thom Sesma (Sweeney Todd at Barrow Street Theatre) as Boss/Policeman, Vishal Vaidya (Groundhog Day) as Doctor Roquefort/Monsieur Le President/Policeman, and Rachel York (Head Over Heels) as The Whore.

With music by Michel Legrand and a libretto by Didier van Cauwelaert, Amour is adapted from Le Passe-Muraille by Marcel Aymé and features an English adaptation by Jeremy Sams. The musical concerns Dusoleil, a civil servant and dreamer who discovers that he can walk through walls, which allows him to give bread and jewels to the bourgeoisie. As he gains confidence to win over Isabelle from her unhappy marriage, Dusoleil’s magical approach to life makes the world better for his co-workers and other Parisian locals.

“I have been in love with Amour for a long time,” says Fofonoff. “It’s a beautiful show with perpetual relevance about shared humanity and valuing our true selves. While the show was not fully appreciated during its abbreviated Broadway run, my hope is that our virtual revival will make it available to many more people.

“Directing and producing Amour has been an exciting challenge as we pull together scenic elements, full costumes, props, and a very complicated score—all remotely. It’s only fitting for a surrealist show to come together through this surreal process, and I am in awe of and grateful to our actors for their dedication, immense talent, and spirit in going on this journey with us.”

Be a Part of the Playbill Opening Night Celebration for the Virtual Revival of Amour

The creative team also includes costume designer Jennifer Tremblay, music producer Mark Governor, and music director Sean Mayes. Casting is by Alexandre Bleau, and Julie DeVore serves as the production stage manager. The musical is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC.

*article by Andrew Gans

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August 6, 2020

New York Theatre Barn’s August Virtual Programming

Arielle Jacobs, Kevin Massey, Judy McLane and More Set For New York Theatre Barn's August Virtual Programming

Arielle Jacobs, Kevin Massey, Judy McLane and More Set For New York Theatre Barn’s August Virtual Programming

August 19, 2020 @ 7PM ET – Clicquot

Book, Music and Lyrics by Lisette Glodowski and Richard C. Walter

Featuring live performances by Victoria Frings (An Enemy of the People), Kennedy Kanagawa (Lolita, My Love), Judy McLane (Mamma Mia!), Kevin Massey (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Memphis), Rachael Worthington and more

In the wake of the French Revolution, one woman changed the champagne industry forever. Clicquot tells the story of Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin in the early years of her life and how, against all odds, she became the businesswoman who rejected the status quo.

The New Works Series is produced and hosted by Jen Sandler and Joe Barros. Since the end of March, the company has presented 17 virtual installments of its New Works Series (among other programming), has presented 38 new musicals, lifted up 64 writers, and has supported 8 charities, including: NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Black Women Playwrights’ Group, Darkness Rising, The Black Youth Project, The Okra Project, The Next Wave Initiative, Color of Change, and Campaign Zero. For more information, visit New York Theatre Barn’s website: www.nytheatrebarn.org.

See entire BroadwayWorld article here

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July 17, 2020


Telling stories is how we keep memories alive and THE EDGE OF NIGHT reimagines a favorite family story as musical theater: Mrs. Annie Brown is determined not to miss her favorite soap opera, but has to grapple head-on with segregation in the 1950’s south in order to succeed in her quest.


This season of Soundstage is made possible by a generous gift from the Scherman Foundation’s Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund.

Written and Composed by Kirsten Childs
Directed by Awoye Timpo
Sound Design by Elisheba Ittoop
Music Direction by Gary Atturio

Recorded at Studio G Brooklyn
Engineered by Chris Cubeta
Mixed by Gary Atturio
Casting by Katie Meister Houben

Darlesia Cearcy – Mable/Vocalist
Brandon Gill – Vocalist
Amber Iman – KC
Kevin Massey – Vocalist
Jasmin Walker – Vocalist

Alan Markley

Julie Pacheco

Gary Atturio
Chris Cubeta

Series Line Producer  Alison Koch

Intro Music by Emily A. Sprague

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July 17, 2020

The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II

Get ready for another night of Disney magic!

Disney has begun to announce the celebrity performances for the next “Disney Family Singalong” on ABC, which will feature music from “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “Hercules,” “Tarzan,” “The Lion King,” and other Disney classics:

  • “A Whole New World” – Idina Menzel and Ben Platt
  • “Almost There” – Chloe x Halle and Anika Noni Rose
  • “Baby Mine” – Katy Perry
  • “Beauty and the Beast” – John Legend and Jennifer Hudson
  • “Hakuna Matata” – Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner feat. Donald Glover and Walter Russell III
  • “Part of Your World” – Halsey
  • “Poor Unfortunate Souls” – Rebel Wilson
  • “Remember Me” – Miguel feat. Christina Aguilera
  • “Step in Time” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” – Derek Hough, Julianne Hough and Hayley Erbert
  • “Try Everything” – Shakira
  • “When I Am Older” – Josh Gad
  • “You’ll Be in My Heart” – Disney on Broadway stars Merle Dandridge, Heather Headley, Adam Jacobs, Caissie Levy, Kara Lindsay, Kevin Massey and Josh Strickland
  • “Your Mother and Mine” – Sabrina Carpenter feat. Lang Lang
  • “Zero to Hero” – Keke Palmer feat. “Dancing with the Stars” Pros Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Witney Carson, Val Chmerkovskiy, Jenna Johnson, Sasha Farber and Emma Slater

Disney also teased that there will be more surprise performances that have yet to be announced.

The first round of performers to be announced included Chloe x Halle, Billy Eichner, Hayley Erbert, Josh Gad, Donald Glover, Halsey, Derek Hough, Julianne Hough, Idina Menzel, Miguel, Keke Palmer, Ben Platt, Seth Rogen, Anika Noni Rose, Walter Russell III, Shakira, Rebel Wilson, and Disney on Broadway stars Merle Dandridge, Heather Headley, Adam Jacobs, Caissie Levy, Kara Lindsay, Kevin Massey and Josh Strickland.

On May 6, Disney added Kermit, Miss Piggy, Christina Aguilera, Tituss Burgess, Sabrina Carpenter, Jennifer Hudson, Lang Lang, John Legend and Katy Perry to the lineup.

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July 17, 2020

New Musical, THE VALLEY

VIDEO: Desi Oakley, Brittney Johnson, Jelani Remy and More Sing the Opening Number From New Musical THE VALLEY
by Stage Tube Jul. 9, 2020

A star-studded cast of Broadway performers present a virtual performance of the Opening Number from the new musical “The Valley”. The musical has Book and Lyrics by Jamie Maletz , Music by Eric Fegan, and Direction by Will Nunziata.

The performance stars Desi Oakley (Waitress, Chicago, Les Misérables, Wicked), Brittney Johnson (Wicked, Les Misérables), Jelani Remy (Ain’t Too Proud, The Lion King), Keri René Fuller (Cats), Kevin Massey (Tarzan, Memphis, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Devin Ilaw (Miss Saigon, Les Misérables), and Ally Bonino (Netflix’s John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch).

The musicians include: Tomoko Akaboshi (Violin), Meghan Doyle (Guitar & Drums), Magda Kress (Bass), and Eric Fegan (Piano & Orchestrations). Video editing by Jamie Maletz.

About the show:

Over two million people visit Iceland annually, eager to explore its black beaches and blue glaciers while driving the Ring Road in search of the elusive Northern Lights. Four tourists believe they have signed up for a free volunteer trip to help “repair damage caused by local elements” in Iceland. They are technically correct, but definitely not in the way they expected. The journey they get wrapped up in brings the very problems they were running away from to the surface.

For more information, please visit www.jamiemaletzmusicals.com/thevalley.

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March 29, 2020


Judy McLane, Kevin Massey and More To Star In 29 Hour Reading Of CLICQUOT: A REVOLUTIONARY MUSICAL

Judy McLane, Kevin Massey and More To Star In 29 Hour Reading Of CLICQUOT: A REVOLUTIONARY MUSICAL

Two presentations of the 29 hour reading for a brand new musical will be held at Open Jar Studios at 11am and 3:30pm on March 13, 2020. The reading is directed by Laurie Glodowski with music direction by Kenneth Gartman and produced by 35th Parallel Productions.

Clicquot, A Revolutionary Musical is an exhilarating story that takes place in the wake of the French Revolution when one woman changed the champagne industry forever. Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin Clicquot led an aristocratic life, but when her beloved Francois died unexpectedly only a few short years after their marriage, she did the unthinkable. Thanks to the bravery, audacity, and talents of Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin Clicquot, Veuve Clicquot is now celebrated as one of the greatest Champagne houses in the world.

Cast Includes: Judy McLane, Kevin Massey, Victoria Frings, Brian Cali, Daniel J. Edwards, Tim Rogan, Eric Sorrels, Nick Laughlin, Rachael Worthington, Neal Young, Kai An Chee, Kennedy Kanagawa, Richard Lindenfelzer, and Erin McMillen

Come immerse yourself in the life of Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin Clicquot and her greatest passion, Champagne! To attend, please email your request to clicquotmusical@gmail.com

LISETTE GLODOWSKI (Book, Music, Lyrics) Lisette Glodowski is a New York based composer/lyricist singer, actor, dancer, and choreographer. Lisette received her MFA in Musical Theatre Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts. She works at The Neighborhood Playhouse, is a Co-Founder of Champagne Musical LLC production company, and is an ambassador of the arts withThe Phred Foundation. *BroadwayWorld nominee for Best Choreography for the regional production of ONCE at Theatre Raleigh.

RICHARD C. WALTER (Book, Music, Lyrics) Richard is a composer/lyricist from Stamford, CT. He has studied and worked as a composer and arranger in many genres, including musical theatre, choral, a cappella, pop, jazz, and film scoring. Richard received his B.A. in Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his MFA in Musical Theatre Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts.

Mar. 3, 2020  

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March 29, 2020

Broadway March Madness at THE BLACK BOX, March 7

Broadway March Madness Announced at THE BLACK BOXBroadway March Madness is coming to THE BLACK BOX, the region’s premier theater, music, and event venue in downtown Franklin. Stars of Broadway will be in residence at THE BLACK BOX throughout the month of March.

March Madness begins with THE BLACK BOX Broadway Series on March 7 starring Broadway couple Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey. Broadway icon Kara Lindsay‘s credits include Wicked (Glinda), Newsies (Katherine, Original Cast and Fathom Events Film), and Beautiful (Cynthia Weil). Kevin Massey‘s Broadway credits include Disney’s Tarzan, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Memphis, and Deaf West’s Big River. His European credits include Disney’s Tarzan and Grease. The special one-night-only concert is sponsored by the Franklin Cultural District Committee and will be followed by master classes for aspiring performers the next day.

For tickets and more information, visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or call the box office at 508-528-3370. THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 W. Central St. in downtown Franklin, MA.

Feb. 24, 2020  

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