Performing Arts Education and Coaching Company Accused of Not Paying its Guest Faculty and Staff

Performing Arts Education and Coaching Company Accused of Not Paying its Guest Faculty and Staff

A performing arts education and audition coaching company is under fire today over claims that it has not paid its guest faculty members for summer workshops and masterclasses even though they had agreements over email regarding compensation.

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“Leap forward with no fear and pursue it with all you have.” – Chatting with Rock of Ages Sam Harvey!

“Leap forward with no fear and pursue it with all you have.” – Chatting with Rock of Ages Sam Harvey!

I would like you to meet Sam Harvey! Sam is currently starring in the 10th Anniversary Tour of Rock of Ages playing the role of Stacee Jaxx! When you are in this industry, you come across a lot of wonderful people from all walks of life. I think anyone who has met Sam Harvey can definitely agree that not a better man there is. From being in Bayside! the Musical! to being the “Librarian” at AMDA the career for Sam Harvey has been a wonderful and fantastic journey!

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Tony Nominee Robert Cuccioli, Broadway Performers Rita Harvey and Lauren Cohn to Star in New York Regional Premiere FUN HOME at WPPAC

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The White Plains Performing Arts Center (WPPAC) is proud to announce the cast for the New York Regional Premiere of FUN HOME, playing October 12-28, 2018. Winner of five Tony Awards including Best Musical, FUN HOME’s story centers around graphic novelist Alison. When her father dies unexpectedly, Alison dives into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life.

Leading the cast are three Broadway veterans: Robert Cuccioli as Bruce (Jekyll & Hyde (Tony nominee), Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark), Lauren Cohn as Alison (Mamma Mia) and Rita Harvey as Helen (Fiddler on the Roof, Phantom of the Opera). They are joined by Catherine Ashmore Bradley & Serena Parrish (Small Alison), Wyatt Cirbus (Christian), Elliot Fishman (John), Jessica Mosher (Joan), Megan O’Callaghan (Medium Alison), and Ian Smith (Roy/Mark/Pete/Bobby).

“Robert [Cuccioli] was a perfect fit for the role of Bruce [Alison’s father]. His breadth of experience with complex characters will allow him to truly embody the role. Add to the cast two other seasoned Broadway actors, Lauren Cohn as Alison and Rita Harvey as Helen [Alison’s mother], along with the rest of this phenomenal company of professionals, and this is sure to be an exciting production” says Stephen Ferri, Executive Producer of WPPAC. “It is also a real pleasure to welcome Robert and Rita back to our stage as part of our 15th Anniversary season. Whether you missed Fun Home when it was on Broadway or loved it when you saw it, be sure to see this amazing cast in our production.”

FUN HOME is Directed by Amy Griffin with Musical Direction by Stephen Ferri and Choreography by Lexie Fennell Frare. Scenic Design by Christopher & Justin Swader, Lighting Design by Jamie Roderick, Costume Design by Molly Seidel, Sound Design by Emma Wilk, Stage Managed by Kellie McMenemon. Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book & Lyrics by Lisa Kron, Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel.

FUN HOME will play the White Plains Performing Arts Center Friday, October 12 8pm; Saturday, October 13 8pm; Sunday, October 14 2pm; Friday, October 19 8pm; Saturday, October 20 8pm; Sunday, October 21 2pm; Wednesday, October 24 2pm; Friday, October 26 8pm; Saturday, October 27 8pm; Sunday, October 28 2pm.

The White Plains Performing Arts Center is located on the third level of City Center off Mamaroneck Avenue in downtown White Plains, minutes from the White Plains Metro North Station. For tickets visit the theatre box office Monday-Friday (11am-6pm), purchase the tickets online at wppac.com or call 914-328-1600. For Group Sales, please contact boxoffice@wppac.com.

FUN HOME is a WPPAC Mainstage Production which is a professional production featuring union and non-union actors from Broadway, national tours and regional theatre across the country. These productions are created from scratch, staffed with professional production teams (directors to designers), large LIVE orchestras and boast high-quality sets and costumes.

This show is Exciting! Exciting! Exciting! – Chatting with Beetlejuice’s Elliott Mattox

This show is Exciting! Exciting! Exciting! – Chatting with Beetlejuice’s Elliott Mattox

Meet Elliott Mattox! 

Elliott is currently starring in the out of town tryout of Beetlejuice at The National Theatre in Washington DC. He made his Broadway debut in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and is co-host of Equity One: Broadway's Happy Hour! “As you know, sometimes in this business we have to make our own creative opportunities. My best friend, Caleb Dicke, and I have always wanted to work together on something creative. Caleb came to visit me on a contract, and we were Face timing my boyfriend. Our antics had him laughing nonstop, and he put the idea of starting a podcast into our heads. Last summer, we finally decided to just buy a microphone and start! We have a blast doing something together and talking about the industry with people we really respect! Give us a listen on iTunes!” says Mattox.

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Meshelle Opens Up: An Exclusive Chat with the Self-Styled “Indie Mom of Comedy”

Meshelle Opens Up: An Exclusive Chat with the Self-Styled “Indie Mom of Comedy”

For many artists, there comes a time where they are forced to make a painful choice in their lives: continuing to pursue their art or move toward starting a family. Some, however, refuse to ultimately choose, and attempt their best to balance their creative life with their parental life. Such appears to be the case with the woman known simply as “Meshelle,” who returns to the NYC indie theatre scene with her latest performance at Theatre Row as part of the United Solo Theatre Festival, after past successful runs at festivals such as the Midtown International Theatre Festival and the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival.

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Two Artists Walk into a Play: Developing a New Work

Two Artists Walk into a Play: Developing a New Work

When it comes to the phrase “write what you know” playwright, Monica Bauer had a lot to work with. A former political science professor as well as a veteran of the National Guard, she sought to write a play that reflected her unique life experiences. Bauer says “The real truth about politics is found, I believe, in the contradictions in human beings. The problem of politics is flawed human beings trying to make sense of movements in history beyond their control. So I wanted to work with the twin national tragedies of the Vietnam War and the Iraq War, both wars of choice, both wars where a lot of young people died or came back wounded.”

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Theaterpalooza Owner Calls MTI Bullies and Claims They are Harassing Her...That's Going to Go Over Well

Theaterpalooza Owner Calls MTI Bullies and Claims They are Harassing Her...That's Going to Go Over Well

The saga between Music Theatre International(MTI) and a children's community theatre company in Virginia just keeps getting more bizarre. 

Last week, MTI released a statement which countered many of the claims that Theaterpalooza owner, Teresa Walker, had made to local press outlets. 

On Tuesday, Ms. Walker released another statement where she claims her company is being bullied and harassed by MTI and even going as far as invoking "fake news" in regards to what MTI has stated thus far. 

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Man accused of groping teens outside Broadway performance of "Anastasia"

Man accused of groping teens outside Broadway performance of "Anastasia"

Authorities are searching for the man accused of groping three teenage girls outside a New York Broadway theater Friday night.

It happened at about 11:15 p.m. after a performance of ‘Anastasia’ at the Broadhurst Theater as crowds of people were exiting the building.  Police say a man stood outside the theater and made inappropriate sexual contact, groping three teenage girls, ages 15, 16 and 19.

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The Asian American Film Lab's “72 Hour Shootout" Begins on June 7th

The Asian American Film Lab's “72 Hour Shootout" Begins on June 7th

The Asian American Film Lab, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization that promotes gender and ethnic diversity in film and TV programming.

We hold an annual, global filmmaking competition called the “72 Hour Shootout,” which begins on June 7, 2018. In this competition, participants take 3 days to create a 5-minute film that follows a theme assigned by the Film Lab. Last year’s theme was “Welcome to the New Normal: The Normalization of Sexism and Xenophobia in Modern America.” There must be one person of Asian descent both behind and in front of the camera in a key role for each film. Awards include cash prizes and mentorships.

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Casting Announced for "Fiddler on the Roof" in Yiddish

Casting Announced for "Fiddler on the Roof" in Yiddish

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF), recently nominated for a 2018 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical Revivial (Amerike-The Golden Land),  has completed its casting for the American premiere of the Yiddish language Fiddler on the Roof. Helmed by Academy Award and Tony Award winner Joel Grey, and accompanied by English and Russian translation supertitles, this highly-anticipated 8-week limited engagement, July 4th through August 26th, is set to play Off Broadway at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

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Win tickets to Broadway hits such as Anastasia and Waitress at Downton Abbey: The Exhibition!

Win tickets to Broadway hits such as Anastasia and Waitress at Downton Abbey: The Exhibition!

Don’t miss your chance to win tickets to Broadway hits such as Anastasia and Waitress at Downton Abbey: The Exhibition!

Throughout the month of May, Downton Abbey: The Exhibition invites guests to celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. We will be celebrating in style at the exhibition with special guest speakers, giveaways, competitions, and more!

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Concrete Temple Theatre to present “Concrete Boom: volume one” showcasing new works by leading New York Artists

Concrete Temple Theatre to present “Concrete Boom: volume one” showcasing new works by leading New York Artists

Concrete Temple Theatre is curating an evening of cutting edge, devised visual theatre. Concrete Boom: volume one will be presented Monday, June 11th and Tuesday, June 12 at Dixon Place, located at 161A Chrystie St. (between Rivington and Delancey). Performances begin at 7:30pm. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at the door, and $15 for students & seniors, please purchase through dixonplace.org.

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High School Cancels Production of "To Kill a Mockingbird" Due to Use of Racial Slurs

High School Cancels Production of "To Kill a Mockingbird" Due to Use of Racial Slurs

One of the more iconic literary works dealing with race relations in 20th Century America will not be performed in Keene, NY. The small community's Keene Central School, just north of Albany, decided against performing Christopher Sergel's adaptation of Harper Lee's novel due to its use of a racial slur. 

While usually these types of decisions are handed down by school administrations, it was the Director of the production, who opted against performing the piece, because the students felt uncomfortable saying the "n-word". 

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