Theater news: Parade, Tony Awards, Amas Musical Theatre, Vineyard Theatre, Fountain of You and A Burning Church

Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hanson) will play Leo Frank and Micaela Diamond (The Dear Show) as his wife Lucille in Parade. Tony-nominated director Michael Arden (Once on this island, the spring awakening of Deaf West) will lead this presentation of the annual Downtown New York Gala for the 2022-2023 season. The 1998 Tony Award-winning musical by Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry will open a gala benefit performance on Tuesday, November 1, with production running through November 6, 2022. Funds raised from the seven performances will allow downtown to continue to provide access to the performing arts by subsidizing educational programs and affordable tickets throughout the year.

Jason Robert Brown (music and lyrics) and Alfred Uhry (book) both won Tony Awards for their juxtaposition of stark historical detail with hauntingly pastoral lyricism in this musical rendition of the 1913 trial of Jewish factory manager Leo Frank at Marietta, Georgia.

Ariana DeBose Photo by Joan Marcus

Oscar-winning actress Ariana DeBose will host this year’s Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12.

DeBose is best known for her breakthrough performance in Steven Spielberg West Side Story, for which she received Oscar, BAFTA, Critics Choice and SAG Awards for her starring role as Anita. She received a Tony nomination for starring in Summer: The Donna Summer Musicaland was also seen in hamilton, Schmidadon!, Bring it onand other shows.

The 75th Annual Tony Awards will air live from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 12 in a four-hour TV and streaming event. The celebration will kick off from 7-8 p.m. ET (4-5 p.m. PT) with exclusive streaming-only content on Paramount Plus, followed by the presentation of the American Theater Wing’s 75th Annual Tony Awards from 8-11 p.m. ET (5-8 p.m. PT) on the CBS Television Network and streaming live and on-demand on Paramount Plus.

Amas Musical Theater (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) and The Amas Song Salon will present “I Wanna Be Bad: The Eartha Kitt Story” with Jenelle Randall, with Darrell Philip, written by Jenelle Lynn Randall. Directed by Yvans Jourdin under the musical direction of Darnell White, this one night only event will take place on Monday, June 13, 2022 at 7 p.m. at Theater 555 (555 West 42nd Street). Tickets are $25 ($40 premium) and can be purchased online at www.amasmusical.org or by calling 212-563-2565.

Previews begin May 26, before an official opening night on Thursday, June 9 and through June 30 at the Vineyard Theater (108 East 15th Street) for Lessons in Survival: 1971.

In 1971, 28-year-old poet Nikki Giovanni interviewed famed novelist James Baldwin, 47, on America’s first “Black Tonight Show,” SOUL! Fifty years later, Lessons in Survival: 1971 reintroduces their candid and provocative dialogue about race and liberation in America in our present moment. Drawing on the digital exploration of Lessons in Survival, which was recognized by The New York Times as Best in Theater 2020, this eye-opening production explores the layers of intimacy and ideas between two groundbreaking Black performers of generations different, with an astonishing resonance for today.

Lessons in Survival: 1971 is co-designed by Marin Ireland, Peter Mark Kendall, Tyler Thomas and Reggie D. White, and is created with The Commissary.

The green room 42 will present a special concert reading of the new musical, fountain of youMonday, May 23 at 9:30 p.m. fountain of you features book and lyrics by Tasha Gordon-Solmon and music by Faye Chiao, and features Kate Rockwell (mean girls, Bring it on the musical) and Maya Days (Rent, Aida). The show is an irreverent, feminist musical satirizing our preoccupation with youth and beauty, and the patriarchal system underlying it all. When a 30-something actress is suddenly shut out of the industry, she undergoes an unconventional spa procedure in hopes of regaining her old life. But it sets her on a whole new path to achieving true power and equality…at a price. Tickets are available HERE.

The cast also includes Chris Collins-Pisano, Caitlin Ort, Maria Sylvia Norris and Allie Re. The play is directed by Chloe Treat, with musical direction Or Matias.

fountain of you will be presented on Monday, May 23 at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-49 at the door or online at The Green Room 42. Live tickets are also available. For more information visit: www.facebook.com/FountainofYouMusical

New Ohio Theater Presents A burning church, a concert featuring a new musical in development an Archive Residency presentation in partnership with IRT Theater May 20-22, 2022 **Limited Commitment** Tickets $25

Book and direction by Alex Hare and Zhailon Levingston, music by Nehemiah Luckett and lyrics by Zhailon Levingston.

With a dynamic score that merges gospel and secular traditions, A burning church is an original musical haunted by acts of destruction, reconstruction and radical transformation.