Psychic Thriller “The Activated Man” Set World Premiere On December 3

Director Nicholas Gyeney (Beta Test, Ultra Low) and producer Kelsey Aho of Genie Productions recently announced that Dances With Films NYC will host the World Premiere of The Activated Man, Gyeney’s deeply personal latest feature.

The mind-bending thriller will premiere on December 3rd at the Regal Union Square as the Closing Night Film of Dances with Films NYC.

Drawing on the universal theme of grief with a twist that Gyeney’s work has become noted for, The Activated Man stars Jamie Costa as an everyman who loses his beloved dog. His grief spurs disturbing visions that cause him to wonder if he’s dealing with the usual highs and lows of a painful loss, or if darker forces are preying on his mind.

The star-studded cast is rounded out by genre icons Tony Todd (Candyman), Sean Young (Blade Runner), and four-time Jason Voorhees Kane Hodder, alongside Andrew Keegan (10 Things I Hate About You) and longtime Gyeney collaborator Scott Brown as the villainous Fedora Man.

The film follows Ors Gabriel who struggles with the grief from losing his best friend and beloved dog to cancer, and the trauma which brings on strange visions only Ors can see. While he questions whether his mind has fractured or if it’s actually real, a mysterious rise in murder-suicides takes hold of the city, and Ors becomes haunted by images of a shadowy figure known as ‘The Fedora Man’.

Through torments and terror, Ors must face his fears and confront ‘The Fedora Man’ as he uncovers dark secrets from his past, while finally embracing who he really is, and what he is meant to do.

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“Some Like It Hot” Leads 76th Annual Tony Awards with 13 Nods

some-like-it-hot-tony-awardsBroadway’s Some Like It Hot is leading the nominations for the 76th Annual Tony Awards. Based on the 1959 film of the same name, the musical comedy received 14 nominations, the most for the prestigious awards ceremony.

Some Like It Hot, which opened on Broadway in March of this year, is set in 1929, and follows two musicians who witness a murder and go into hiding by posing as women in an all-female band. Chaos ensues as they navigate their new identities and try to keep their true gender a secret.

Director Casey Nicholaw is recognized for his direction and choreography. Nicholaw, a Tony Award winner himself, is known for his work on hit shows like The Book of Mormon and Aladdin.

Tony Curtis famously played the role of Joe/Josephine in the original film, but on stage, the part is played by Tony Award nominee Santino Fontana. Fontana, who is known for his roles in Frozen and Tootsie, earns him a nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.

Playing opposite Fontana is Laura Osnes, who plays the role of Sugar Kane, the sultry singer who catches Joe/Josephine’s eye. Osnes, was previously nominated for her work in Bonnie and Clyde and Cinderella.

Some Like It Hot has also been recognized for its music and lyrics, written by Tony Award winner Marc Shaiman and his collaborator Scott Wittman.

Overall, Some Like It Hot’s impressive 14 nominations have solidified its place as one of the most exciting and successful shows on Broadway this year.

The 76th Annual Tony Awards will take place on June 5th, 2023.

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“Cynthia Erivo Goes Back to Broadway” At The 2022 Tribeca Film Festival

Cynthia Erivo at The Tribeca Festival

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Broadway is back and better than ever. Cynthia Erivo arrived in style at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival at the Spring Studios in New York City.

The award-winning English actress, singer, and songwriter was in town for the Storytellers – Cynthia Erivo Goes Back to Broadway’ event on Jun. 12, 2022, wearing a triped red and white sweat, metallic heels, black wrap skirt and the coolest green glasses in town.

Joining Cynthia at the red carpet were American actor, singer, dancer, director, and choreographer Andre De Shields and journalist, former editor-in-chief of The Advocate, and current columnist at MSNBC
Zach Stafford.

In this intimate conversation, Tony Award-winning actors Cynthia Erivo and André De Shields discuss Broadway’s comeback, accompanied by exclusive clips of a forthcoming documentary entitled Back to Broadway (TIME Studios) from director Jamila Ephron, which explores how issues of race, identity, and labor play out in the lives of the people responsible for making New York City the beacon for dreamers, artists, and tourists around the world.

Cynthia Erivo is a Grammy® Emmy® and Tony® Award-winning actress, singer and producer, as well as an Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, and SAG nominee. Erivo burst onto West End and Broadway stages in The Color Purple and has since taken the world by storm.

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Live From NYC… Horror Writer’s Play Helps Reopen NY Theatre.

creative media timesTHE BIG DREAM by Rollin Jewett and directed by Jay Michaels is one of the first plays to open in NYC live — months before Broadway.

Staged immersively, with characters taken from audience members itself, THE BIG DREAM tells the tale of Jack, an arrogant stage-pig who recounts his journey of how he hoofed and whored his way on stage and on film. With only the goading of an enigmatic therapist to keep him on track, Jack goes in and out of reality trying to find who he really is … if he really is.

The cast includes Matt Frenzel as the Jack of this trade; Donna White as the therapist: Zara Zeidman as his long-suffering girlfriend, Sara Minisquero as his juvenile delinquent best friend; with Andrew J. Koehler, Anthony Diaz, Rose Zisa, Michael Pichardo, Melissa Ford, and Paulina De La Parra weaving through this tale as Jack’s family, friends, business associates, teachers, and tormentors.
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child To Be Featured At This Year’s SDCC

The award-winning international hit stage production Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be featured at this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego from July 18 to 21, 2019 with a booth and panel.

On Thursday, July 18 at 6pm, panel audiences will get an exclusive, never before seen insight into the world of the mind-blowing stage effects of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child when the show’s Magic and Illusions Designer Jamie Harrison and his associate Chris Fisher lead “Making Magic for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – An Interactive Masterclass.” With magical demonstrations, video footage and never-before told stories from the making of the show, audiences will learn how the magicians and actors use clever techniques and cunning psychology to make the impossible seem real – they’ll even learn to perform magic themselves.

The production’s booth, on display all four days at #3629 in the Exhibit Hall, will feature Tony Award winner Christine Jones’ set model for the Broadway production, along with an actual costume worn by Jamie Parker who created the role of Harry Potter in the original West End and Broadway productions.

The walls of the booth will be lined with exclusive content featured in the forthcoming book Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Journey which will be released by Scholastic in the US on November 5, 2019. There will also be a photo booth where fans can show their Hogwarts House pride by posing with Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin banners.
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