‘MJ’ director Christopher Wheeldon on how he brought Michael Jackson’s dancing to life
“I can make the shape, but what is the intention and the attitude behind that? The people who worked with Michael and danced with him understand that,” the choreographer says of creating the Broadway musical.washingtonpost.com
Hundreds gather for PEN America gala, hosted by Awkwafina
PEN America held one of New York’s first major indoor literary gatherings since the pandemic began last year, as hundreds met Tuesday night for the organization’s annual gala to honor writers, community servants, political dissidents and such prominent public figures as Walt Disney executive chair Robert A.
Celebrities unite to various get-out-the-vote efforts
This combination photo shows Justin Bieber, from left, Dua Lipa and Demi Lovato who will take part in various planned events urging Americans to vote. (AP Photo)NEW YORK – In the final days before the U.S. election, celebrities from Kerry Washington to Billie Jean King and Danai Gurira are urging Americans to vote. — The hourlong “Every Vote Counts: A Celebration of Democracy” will be hosted by Alicia Keys, America Ferrera and Kerry Washington. — The NFL's voting campaign includes Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson, San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle and Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley. There's also an “Latinos Vote” extension campaign with NFL legends and celebrities encouraging the Latino community to vote that includes Victor Cuz, Roberto Garza and Wilmer Valderrama.
The always intimate Theatre for One goes online
Theatre for One, where one audience member sees one short play performed by a single actor in a portable theater, has now gone online. Its a space designed specifically for this interaction, now designed online, said two-time Tony-winning scenic designer Christine Jones, who conceived and leads the project. The custom designed digital platform will allow audience members and actors to interact more closely than on traditional online platforms. Until now, Theatre for One has always been resistant to suggestions to transform into an online experience. It's just one way the theater community is trying to acknowledge the power of Black Lives Matter in theater, including the Black Theatre Coalition,While We Breathe, and Black Theater United.