Theater News: Beanie Again, Lawsuits, The Piano Lesson, Theater Center Incubator and Pay The Writer

Beanie Feldstein, who has been making headlines lately, announced on her Instagram that she has tonsillitis and will be out. She will play her final performance as Fanny Brice in the Broadway revival of funny girl July 31, but will miss all performances this weekend. Lea Michele will return to Broadway as Fanny starting September 6. Stand-in Julie Benko who is earning rave will take on the role for all performances from August 2 through September 4 and will play Thursday performances beginning September 8. Benko replaced Feldstein during his illnesses and scheduled leaves.

Kevin Dennis, Matt Bogart, Joaquina Kalukango, Chilina Kennedy, Nathaniel Stampley and Ensemble Photo by Kevin Berne

place of paradise will close on Sunday after a three-month run. Actors Equity has filed a federal lawsuit for $174,000 in unpaid health, retirement and 401(k) contributions. Actors Equity reached a settlement agreement with the show in May, under which the show agreed to pay $413,000. But according to a second lawsuit filed last week in state court in New York, the production has since breached the agreement and still owes around $190,000.

United Scenic Artists, USA Local 829, which represents part of the crew, also filed suit last Friday, claiming the production owes $156,965.85 in unpaid wages, dues and pensions. A production representative failed to appear at a Zoom arbitration hearing on June 1 to rule on the claim. The arbitrator ruled in favor of the union. One of the terms is that if four designers – Allen Moyer, Don Holder, Jon Weston and Toni-Leslie James – aren’t paid within six months, they’ll get the rights to the show.

Actors’ Equity is also set to place Broadway producer Garth Drabinsky on its “Do Not Work” list.

I don’t understand how it happened, because the rights belong to the authors.

The piano lesson the revival of August Wilson The piano lessonstarring Samuel L. Jackson and John David Washington, is skipped at the St. James Theater and sent to the much smaller, 400 fewer seats, Barrymore, where place of paradise plays until Sunday.

The expensive set was built for the St. James.

The reason why Stephen Sondheim In the woods extends.

The Theater Center, home to long-running shows such as Office! A musical parody, Friends! The musical parody and NYC’s longest-running play, Perfect Crime, today announced the launch of the Theater Center Incubator – a new program that will help aspiring theater producers and creators bring their work to the stage at the Jerry Orbach Theater by gaining access to free rehearsal and performance space, Theater Center resources and mentorship. In the business world, an “incubator” is a collaborative program whose purpose is to help new startups that are at a very early stage to grow and succeed. Incubators are designed to help entrepreneurs deal with most issues related to launching a startup. Incubators provide startups with valuable resources such as free space, equipment, mentorship, a collaborative community, and networking opportunities. The Center Théâtre has adapted this model to the theatre. The Theater Center Incubator will accept submissions of new plays or musicals (only one submission per playwright/creator). A team of theater professionals will choose three plays and three musicals for their summer/fall 2022 incubator series. Each of the 6 shows will run for 4 performances at the Jerry Orbach Theater at 50th and Broadway. The incubator team will also provide pro bono guidance and resources to the creators of each show so that a basic production of the show can be presented with minimal cost and time. If accepted, the fee for each show to join the program is $1,000. This fee will provide each play or musical with 20 hours of rehearsal space and four performance slots over a one-week period at the Jerry Orbach Theater: Monday and Wednesday evenings and Wednesday and Thursday afternoons beginning in early September. Producers will:

  • submit the script for their play or musical
  • submit a one-paragraph description/synopsis of the play or musical
  • submit a proposed plan to present the show as a reading, workshop, or full production
  • submit a brief outline of how they plan to finance the production, as they will be responsible for all other expenses related to presenting the show. The Theater Center will work closely with participants so that their productions (from start to finish) can be staged well below the cost of putting on a show at most theater festivals.

Submissions are now being accepted until August 7e. Submissions can be sent to [email protected]

New York Times best-selling writer Tawni O’ Dell will receive a presentation of her new play, Pay the writer. With eyes on Broadway for the 2023-24 season, the special presentation will be directed by Sheldon Epps of Broadway and TV and will feature Tony nominee and multiple Emmy Award winner Keith David, two-time SAG Award, and three- Golden Globe and Emmy nominated Marcia Cross. The event will take place on Thursday, July 21.

The show also has Olivier Award nominee Kyle Scatliffe (Broadway’s Kill a mockingbird), Miles G. Jackson (Broadway’s Chicken & Cookies), Sydney Morton (Broadway’s Memphis), Byron Jennings (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child). and Stephen Payne (Broadway’s Of Of Mice and Men, August: Osage County).

Pay the writer iis a sophisticated comedy-drama that delves into the dynamics of a unique forty-year friendship between a gay literary agent and a world-renowned African-American novelist. Heartbreaking and hilarious, the show follows the two men’s complicated personal and professional lives while providing an insider’s view of the crazy, infuriating and often divided world of writers and the publishing industry. Witty in its handling of egos and frailties, the play is also wise and sympathetic in its depiction of an unlikely relationship that began at a time when both men were shunned by society and how together they survived. prejudice, grief and a few bad reviews.