Rainbow Sun Productions to present benefit concert celebrating THE SONGS OF HOWARD ASHMAN at Feinstein’s 54 Below!!

The Songs of Howard Ashman

2021 marked the 70th Birthday one of the most beloved Award winning lyricists and bookwriter in Musical Theatre history….. the late Howard Ashman. In celebration of this unforgettable geniuses work, Rainbow Sun Productions will be presenting a ONE NIGHT ONLY concert next month. It will be held at New York’s Feinstein’s/54 Below on November 10th, 2021 at 9:45pm. It will serve as a benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
THE SONGS OF HOWARD ASHMAN will be magical evening of song and storytelling paying tribute to this late talent. You can expect to hear songs from many of Ashman’s notable projects both from our New York Theater scene and on the big screen including from….
Smile,
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater,
and so much more.
It will include performances from an unforgettable lineup of Broadway’s best…. past, present, and future. Some of them will include…
WICKED vets Carrie St. Louis, Jesse JP Johnson, and Sam Gravitte,
Dillon Klena,
Arielle Crosby (National Tour of Motown),
Liz Flemming (the recent Off Broadway revival of Baby),
Salisha Thomas (Broadway and the National Tours of Beautiful),
Noah Zachary (Off Broadway’s Dear Edwina),
RSP’s founders Eric Scherer and Katie Nail,
New York Broadway Tours very own Michael I. Haber (who has appeared on TV’s The Carrie Diaries, Off Broadway’s The Events, and recently Manhattan Concert Productions 50th Anniversary staging of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat),
and so much more.
Come BE OUR GUEST and celebrate the return of Live Theater paying tribute to one of the most amazing writers of them all…. the late and great Howard Ashman.
Who is excited?!!!

CHANGING LIVES! Full casting announced for upcoming National Tour of THE PROM!!!

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TIME TO DANCE!!!! It has just been announced that full casting has been revealed for the highly anticipated National Tour of the Tony Award nominated smash hit musical comedy The Prom. Expecting to come to a city near you will feature an unforgettable lineup of familiar faces from the Broadway production and newbies.
Under the direction and choreography by Casey Nicholaw, the cast will be led by….
newcomer Kaden Kearney taking on the role of the inspiring and determined “Emma Nolan”
Kalyn West will play the popular and smart but closeted “Alyssa Greene” (a role she previously understudied in the Broadway production),
Broadway favorite Courtney Balan taking on the role of the iconic and legendary “Dee Dee Allen” (a role she previously understudied in the Broadway production),
Broadway veteran Patrick Wetzel as the commanding and triumphant “Barry Glickman”,
Emily Borromeo (previously on the School of Rock National Tour and appeared Off Broadway in Broadway Bounty Hunter) as longtime Broadway dancer and aspiring leading lady with ZAZZ herself “Angie Dickinson”,
Broadway favorite Bud Weber as Julliard graduate and struggling non-Equity actor “Trent Oliver”,
Sinclair Mitchell (previously in Disney’s The Lion King) as the supportive and caring High School Principal “Mr. Hawkins”,
Ashanti J’aria (currently in Chicken and Biscuits) as no-nonsense and bigoted homophobe head of the Board of Education herself “Mrs. Greene”,
Shavey Brown (recently on the National Tour of My Fair Lady) as Broadway publicist “Sheldon Saperstein”,
and
a Full Ensemble.
THE PROM National Tour is set to play a year long run in a city near you. It will kick off in Cleveland, OH starting November 2nd, 2021. From there, it’s set to PARTY its way into the following cities…
Orlando, FL,
Ft. Lauderdale, FL,
Hershey, PA,
Washington D.C.,
Baltimore, MD,
St. Louis, MI,
Tampa, FL,
Nashville, TN,
Schenectady, NY,
Providence, RI,
Madison, WI,
Minneapolis, MN,
Chicago, IL,
Worchester, MA,
Seattle, WA,
San Francisco, CA,
Dallas, TX,
Los Angeles, CA,
and
Kansas City, MO.
Who is excited?!!!

NYBT’s founder Amada Anderson appeared on IT’S HAPPENIN’ IN THE HAVEN podcast out today!!!

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NYBT’s head founder, creator, and tour guide Amada Anderson took part on a brand new podcast which was released yesterday…. It’s entitled IT’S HAPPENIN’ IN THE HAVEN. She shares her inspirational and motivational story coming to the Big Apple, her early beginnings, and the inspiration how she founded us…… New York Broadway Tours. They also talk about how she’s been able to balance being a tour guide, motherhood, and keeping herself active throughout the pandemic
In addition to us, Amada also started a 2nd Tour guide company up in Florida during the pandemic entitled Winter Haven Food Tours.
Amada will continue to rotate doing BOTH tours here in the Big Apple and in Florida.
We love you so much!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
How amazing is our Amada???!!!

ON THE MARQUEE: WICKED at the Gershwin Theatre

ON THE MARQUEE: IT’S GOOD TO SEE THEM, ISN’T IT?!!! If you enjoyed last night’s televised PBS concert special celebrating the music of WICKED, you have to truly be THRILLIFIED and experience the magic of his powerful story right before your eyes.
One of our WONDERFUL friends was so kind enough to let us share these SWANKIFIED updated photos of the front of house breezeway outside of WICKED’s longtime home at the Gershwin Theatre. It features full company photos of the show in action including its current and history making comeback WITCHES….
Lindsay Heather Pearce as the smart, fiery, misunderstood, and not-so “Wicked Witch of the West” herself “Elphaba”
and
Ginna Claire Mason as the blonde, bubbly, and POPULAR “Good Witch” herself “Glinda”.
Additional updates with the previous news of cast changes will be put outside later on.
We also get a look at the Gershwin’s beautiful lobby all decked out and transporting us all into THE MERRY OLD LAND OF OZ.
The Award winning smash hit phenomenon WICKED to once again DEFY GRAVITY at Broadway’s Gershwin Theatre….FOR GOOD…. on September 14th, 2021. It comes at a perfect time as the show prepares to celebrate its 18th Anniversary on the Great Bright Way this October.
Who is excited?!!
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HADESTOWN announces casting for both its Broadway return and its all new North American National Tour

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ALL ABOARD! Get ready to once again take the ROAD TO HELL! Casting for both the return of the Broadway production plus the upcoming North American Tour of the Tony and Grammy winning smash hit Hadestown has officially been announced. Under the direction of Rachel Chavkin, original cast members expecting to return to the New York company will include…..
Reeve Carney as “Orepheus”,
2 time Tony and Olivier nominee Eva Noblezada as “Eurydice”,
The legendary André De Shields in his Tony winning performance as “Hermes”,
and
Tony nominee Amber Gray as “Persephone”,
The show’s OG Villian Tony nominee Patrick Page is also expecting to return but not till later on. The celebrate KING OF VILLIANS is currently working on a film and will return to HADESTOWN beginning November 2nd, 2021.
When the show officially re-opens on Broadway early this Fall, the role of the wicked “Hades” will be played temporary by another Broadway great no stranger to playing bad guys himself…. Tony Award nominee Tom Hewitt (Broadway’s Rocky Horror, The Lion King, Dracula, Peter Pan, and Chicago).
Additional casting will include original cast member Jewelle Blackman, original swing Jessie Shelton, and newcomer cast member Mariand Torres as “The Fates”. Sadly with this announcement, it was revealed that the original 2 “Fates” themselves Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer and Kay Trinidad had both departed the production.
Plus a full Ensemble!!
Meanwhile for HADESTOWN’s upcoming National Tour, the cast that will be bringing this powerful show all across North America will consist of….
Drama Desk nominee Nicholas Barasch (Broadway’s 2009 revival of West Side Story along with the Roundabout Theatre Company revivals of The Mystery of Edwin Drood and She Loves Me) as “Orpheus”,
Morgan Siobhan Green (Broadway’s Be More Chill) as “Eurydice”,
Tony winner Levi Kreis (Broadway’s Million Dollar Quartet and last seen in Violet) as “Hermes”,
HADESTOWN original cast member Kimberly Marable (who also appeared in Broadway’s The Lion King) will play “Persephone” full time after previously understudying the role in the Broadway production,
Olivier nominee Kevyn Morrow (London’s Ragtime and Broadway’s recent revival of The Color Purple, Bandstand, and previously in Moulin Rouge) as “Hades”,
Belén Moyano, Bex Odorisio, and Shea Renne will be the touring “Fates”,
and
a Full Ensemble.
Congrats to all new cast members and all those returning!!
The Broadway production of HADESTOWN is set to reopen at the Walter Kerr Theatre starting September 2nd, 2021. Meanwhile, the show’s National Tour will have a preview week long run in Greenville, SC starting October 5th, 2021. It will have its official Opening launch on October 13th, 2021 for a 4 week run in our nation’s Capitol in Washington D.C.. From there, it will be coming to the following cities across North America…..
Boston, MA,
Columbus, OH,
Detroit, MI,
Appleton, WI,
New Orleans, LA,
Houston, TX,
Dallas, TX,
Memphis, TN,
Philadelphia, PA,
Minneapolis, MN,
Tucson, AZ,
Los Angeles, CA
San Diego, CA,
San Francisco, CA,
Salt Lake City, UT,
Miami, FL,
Orlando, FL,
Hartford, CT,
and
so much more.
WE RAISE OUR CUPS to this groundbreaking show back better than ever!!!
Who is excited?!!!

WAITRESS reunites and sings together on First Day Of Rehearsal for Broadway Re-Opening this Fall

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Watch Sara Bareilles and Broadway Waitress Cast Sing "Opening Up" on First Day of Rehearsal

SUGAR, BUTTER, REUNION….. RE-OPENING UP!!! Earlier this week, the cast of the Tony and Grammy winning smash hit Waitress reunited for the first time in over 17 months as they begin rehearsals for the upcoming limited engagement Broadway revival next month.
Get ready for a powerful and emotional performance as the show’s composer and leading lady Sara Bareilles, Charity Angél Dawson, Caitlin Houlahan, and the cast gather around at their first reunion table read performing the show’s opening song itself that sets the mood of Broadway’s return….. OPENING UP!!!
WAITRESS will play a strictly limited engagement at Broadway’s Ethel Barrymore Theatre starting September 2nd, 2021 and will run through January 9th, 2022.
PLEASE NOTE: Bareilles will stay with the production as “Jenna” through October 17th, 2021. Announcements for who will take over afterwards will be revealed at a later time.
How DELICIOUS was that?!!!

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