FIRST LOOK AT PALM BEACH DRAMAWORKS/ACTOR'S PLAYHOUSE
Coproduction of The Belle of Amherst
Streaming Online April 2-6
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For the first time in over a year, Palm Beach Dramaworks is in rehearsal for a production on its mainstage. The play is William Luce’s The Belle of Amherst, a one-woman show based on the life of poet Emily Dickinson, which PBD is co-producing with Actors’ Playhouse. Admittedly, the theatre has not yet reopened – the show, starring Margery Lowe and directed by PBD Producing Artistic Director William Hayes – will be filmed without the presence of an audience, and streamed online from April 2-6. But it’s the first step on the journey back to live theatre.
“It’s a big deal for us, and very exciting,” said Managing Director Sue Ellen Beryl. “To see our rehearsal space, our costume shop, our scenic shop, and our mainstage alive with activity is really quite moving. We exist to put on shows for a live audience. Although we can’t do that right now, watching The Belle of Amherst come to life gives us a sense of normalcy and reminds us that there are better days ahead. Of course, ‘normalcy’ is relative, as we’re following stringent safety rules and procedures required by Actors’ Equity Association. And when we finally do open our doors to the public, we will continue to maintain strict safety protocols.”
In order to get the green light to produce The Belle of Amherst, PBD spent thousands of dollars to purchase special union-approved filters that will purify the air in the theatre. Everyone involved in the production wears a mask (or two), practices social distancing, and is regularly tested for covid-19. There are even designated bathrooms. Cleaning practices and products follow CDC guidelines.
When the 2021-2022 season begins, PBD will adhere to the most advanced and comprehensive sanitation practices available, in order to comply with new safety guidelines. The company will have installed a new HVAC system and upgraded its facilities and ticketing procedures to allow for as much of a touch-free patron experience as possible.
Reopening is scheduled for October. The season will be announced in the coming weeks, but here’s a teaser: The second production will be the world premiere of Michael McKeever’s much-anticipated The People Downstairs, commissioned by PBD and developed by The Dramaworkshop. The play, about the people who hid and took care of Anne Frank and seven others during the Holocaust, has received two public readings: It was first done during the 2020 New Year/New Plays Festival, and received a second reading on Zoom in June.
PBD has been extremely active online since the theatre shut down on March 16, 2020. Just over a month later, on April 27, the company did its first Drama(in the)works play reading via Zoom, and it’s anticipated that through the end of August 2021, PBD will have offered more than 100 virtual programs. With the exception of The Belle of Amherst, all online content has been free of charge.
Tickets to The Belle of Amherst are $30, and all proceeds benefit PBD and Actors' Playhouse, supplying much-needed revenue at a time when the theatres are earning no income. Once a ticket is purchased, the play can be viewed at the ticket holder’s convenience any time from April 2-6. As a thank you to those who subscribed to the 2020-2021 season of either company and did not ask for a refund, rolling over their subscription to the 2021-2022 season, tickets are free.
Anyone uncertain as to whether they’re subscribed to the upcoming season of PBD or Actors’ Playhouse, or wishes to subscribe now to receive a free ticket to The Belle of Amherst, should call PBD’s box office at 561.514.4042, x2, or Actors’ Playhouse box office at 305.444.9293.
For technical reasons, tickets can be purchased only through PBD’s website: www.palmbeachdramaworks.org or box office: (561) -514-4042-Ext2.
Palm Beach Dramaworks is a professional, nonprofit theatre company founded in 2000 and located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach. Each season, the award-winning company produces five mainstage shows and offers a wide variety of programs for students at the theatre, in schools, and online. Committed to fostering the future of theatre, PBD has become a hub for playwrights in Florida and around the country to nurture their work through initiatives including Drama(in the)works and the annual New Year/New Plays Festival. PBD is a member of Theatre Communications Group, Florida Professional Theatres Association, and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. www.palmbeachdramaworks.org
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THE GREATEST LOVE SONGS IN PERSSON HALL
APRIL 10th-APRIL 11th AT THE KRAVIS CENTER
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Globally renowned jazz and pop singer, Anthony Nunziata brings his soulful, lyrical style to some of the most romantic songs ever written.
Get lost in his rich tenor voice as he performs favorites including Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, The Very Thought of You, some original pieces and much more.
Dubbed "America's new romantic singing sensation," tenor Anthony Nunziata is the Brooklyn-born, Nashville-based singer and songwriter who brings his soulful voice to classic jazz, pop standards, classical-crossover and his timeless original music.
Anthony has performed over 400 concerts over the past few years headlining major performing arts centers, theaters, symphony concert halls and private events across the country and around the world. The Brooklyn-born, classically trained singer is hailed by Broadwayworld as “an explosion of love and entertainment.”
Anthony recently co-headlined Carnegie Hall for two sold-out concerts with the New York Pops Symphony Orchestra. Anthony recently appeared in the Netflix film "The Last Laugh" opposite Chevy Chase and Richard Dreyfuss.
Anthony's original songs include co-write collaborations with Victoria Shaw (No. 1 hits for Garth Brooks, Lady Antebellum) Jim Brickman (21 No. 1 Albums) Jeff Franzel (Josh Groban, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Dayne), Tom Kimmel (Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, Cam) Maria Christensen (Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez), and Nina Ossoff and Porter Carroll Jr. (Daughtry, Patti Austin, The Temptations).
His songs have recently been featured on MTV, Comedy Central, CBS News, NBC News and Good Day NY. His original pop song "The Gift Is You" - which he wrote honoring his mother's battle with breast cancer (she is now cancer-free) - is currently being used as an anthem for The Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Anthony recently released his debut jazz/pop release THE LOVE ALBUM, now available on all streaming services and autographed CD's available for purchase at www.anthonynunziata.com. He and his Grammy-winning musicians re-imagine “Unchained Melody,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” “Can’t Help Falling In Love With You,” “When I Fall In Love,” “Somewhere,” originals including “Will You Be My Everyday?” and many more.
Anthony has brought his fresh take on classic & contemporary songs as well as his movie-bound original tunes across the United States and around the world to performing arts centers, theaters and private events, as well as intimate jazz clubs and symphony concerts with orchestras such as the New York Pops, Detroit Symphony, Cleveland Pops, Colorado Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, Kravis Pops, Annapolis Symphony, Plymouth Symphony, Cape Cod Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and more. He has performed at private events across the United States and recently in England, Spain, Italy and Singapore.
Anthony studied music, acting and directing at Boston College, and trained in improv comedy at the famed Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City. Featured on Good Morning America and The Rachael Ray Show, Anthony is most proud of his "ARTS MATTER!" Educational Outreach Initiative and Master Class Workshops that educate and inspire students to fearlessly pursue their passions.
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COMEDIAN JESSICA KIRSON AT BOCA BLACK BOX
FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2021 AT 9:00 PM
Jessica Kirson is a powerhouse on stage. Jessica’s act is a hilariously relatable performance of sheer silliness, vulnerability and ridiculous characters. Her countless comedic character videos have racked up over 30 million views on social media. Her audience is multigenerational creating an excuse for large groups of friends and families to spend a night out together.
She was recently awarded “Best Female Comic” by the MAC association in New York City and received the prestigious Nightlife Award for “Best Stand-up Comedian.” And in her spare time, Jessica is a regular contributor to the “Howard Stern Show, where she produces and stars in prank calls for the program.
In an era where only 10% of all touring comedians are female, Jessica stands out as one of the strongest comedians regardless of gender. As her friend Dave Attell says, “I’d hate to follow her.”
This year, Jessica will be featured playing herself on the HBO series Crashing with Pete Holmes. She recently served as a consultant, producer and writer as well as acted in the Robert De Niro’s film “The Comedian.” She has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”, “The View, and “Kevin Can Wait.”
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GROUNDBREAKING LIVESTREAM MUSICAL MOVEMENT
Honors and Celebrates Latinas Dominating the Urban Genre
On Saturday, April 10, established and up-and-coming musical sensations will take the virtual stage through a new digital concert experience: Urban Divas United presented by Neutrogena®. Livestreamed from the heart of Downtown Miami, this free event will take place at 7 p.m. EST, honoring and celebrating the female acts dominating the Latin urban music genre.
Among those confirmed to perform in this can’t-miss virtual concert are the queen of reggaeton, Ivy Queen, Puerto Rican urban pop artist, Chesca and the afro-Colombian leading vocalist of hip-hop group Chocquibtown, Goyo. These are a few in a lineup of nearly ten musical sensations who will be announced over the coming weeks.
As Latin urban music has been historically male-dominated, Urban Divas United presented by Neutrogena® is committed to promoting a predominantly female-led cast. “I’m extremely thankful to be part of this activation that will unite us all through music, and to me, it’s a great honor to be the one who kickstarts [the movement] with mic in hand,” shares participating singer Ivy Queen.
By joining the virtual concert experience to highlight the extraordinary movement and surge of leading female artists chart-topping today, Ivy Queen hopes to also encourage the next generation of Latina urban artists, “and for those who want to delve into the urban music genre, remember that the biggest stories are born out of the most challenging of sacrifices.”
To bring awareness to the current plights affecting women and our community as a whole, Urban Divas United presented by Neutrogena® and Conciencia Collective will join forces. Together, they’ll facilitate resources to inform and educate peers, artists and influencers, ultimately driving change against the racial and social injustices prevalent in the community today.
Fans must register by April 10 to enjoy the free virtual concert. For a minimum purchase, they can also register for the exclusive VIP Backstage Access for the opportunity to virtually shadow their favorite artists as they get ready for their big performances and chat one on one before they hit the stage.
“In partnership with Neutrogena® and Miami Downtown Development Authority, we are excited to bring to life the first digital celebration of Latina divas in the urban music genre and create a movement that is representative of the diversity in the world and the music industry of today,” shares event co-producer Jan Michael Ramery.
For more information, including registration details, visit www.UrbanDivasUnited.com.