Monica Simoes

Monica Simoes At a young age Monica Simoes became a fan of the stage forever. She always dreamt of being a part of theatrical magic. However, those dreams seemed thwarted by her inability to carry a note and her two left feet. Yet, that minor speed bump didn't stop her. She has melded her passion for theatre and her photographic skill to capture the essence of Broadway. Monica is currently a student at Parsons the New School for Design. She hopes to continue enjoying all that Broadway has to offer through the viewfinder of her camera.


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Photo Coverage: Michelle Williams Sets The Empire State Building Alight!
February 8, 2010

The Empire State Building glowed red this weekend, from February 5 - 7, 2010, in honor of Go Red for Women and National Wear Red Day, a day of action aimed at raising awareness of heart disease, the leading killer of New York City women. American Heart Association volunteers were joined by recording artist and new Broadway star, Michelle Williams, formerly of Destiny's Child who makes her Broadway debut in CHICAGO tonight, to light the famous building. Also on hand was New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley to provide a briefing on the state of cardiovascular disease in New York City and illuminate the building with a flip of the switch for National Wear Red Day.

Photo Coverage: Betty Buckley Performs on Seth Rudetsky's SIRIUS XM Show
February 3, 2010

Betty Buckley (Tony Award winner - Cats, Triumph of Love, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 1776, Pippin, and more) and theatre personality Julie James (DJ on SIRIUS XM Radio) joined Seth Rudetsky this afternoon for a special addition of Rudetsky's SIRIUS XM Live on Broadway radio broadcast featuring a live musical performances by Buckley.

Photo Coverage: Brecia, Sikora & Blickenstaff et al. Appear in 'If It Only...' Concert
February 2, 2010

If It Only Even Runs A Minute, an evening of rare and inspiring songs, anecdotes, and photos from Broadway musicals that may not have been fully-appreciated the first time around, played the Laurie Beechman Theatre on Sunday, January 31. BroadwayWorld was on hand to capture performances by a starry cast that included Heidi Blickenstaff, Nancy Anderson, Lisa Brescia, Nick Blaemire, Megan Sikora, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Autumn Hurlbert, Jaclyn Huberman, Jason Sweettooth Williams, Brian Lowdermilk, Jay Aubrey Jones, Joe Iconis, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Adam Gwon, Katrina Rose Dideriksen, Leslie McDonel, Lisa Brescia, MK Lawson, Marcy McGwigan, Mary Jo Mecca, Kevin Michael Murphy, Megan Sikora, Melanie Field, Michael Kadin Craig, and more.

Photo Coverage: Rated RSO at Joe's Pub
January 26, 2010

Yesterday, January 25, 2010 multi award-winning composer and lyricist Ryan Scott Oliver will brought his buzzed-about concert RATED RSO: The Music & Lyrics of Ryan Scott Oliver (www.facebook.com/ratedrso) back to Joe's Pub. RATED RSO features a eclectic range of songs from RSO's musicals Mrs. Sharp and Darling, as well as some never-before-heard material, all of which brought sexy schoolteachers, Bostonian rent-boys, obsessive homicidal teenagers, and fairy dust to the intimate nightspot.

Photo Coverage: Constantine Maroulis Plays the Highline Ballroom
January 21, 2010

Last night, American Idol alum and Rock of Ages star Constantine Maroulis played the Highline Ballroom. BroadwayWorld was there to capture his rousing covers of famous rock tunes.

Photo Coverage: Sutton Foster at The Broadway Workshop
January 20, 2010

The Broadway Workshop, Manhattan's fastestgrowing acting program for young artists teamed up with Tony Award winning Broadway star Sutton Foster this week for a special one day workshop fro students ages 9-14 in New York City. BroadwayWorld was there to capture the occasion.

Photos: Mraz & More Sing for True Colors
December 23, 2009

Multiple Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Jason Mraz and the renowned Broadway Inspirational Voices (B.I.V.) including Gavin Creel, Lucia Giannetta, Montego Glover, Celisse Henderson, Kimberly JaJuan, Lisa Lynne Mathis, Crystal Monee Hall, Danielle Lee Greaves, John Eric Parker, Eliseo Roman, Shayna Steele Cook and Chris Zelno, in addition to B.I.V. Director Michael McElroy participated in the True Colors Cabaret, a special event promoting LGBT equality at Feinstein's at Lowes Regency last night, December 21.

Photo Coverage: 'Broadway Sings For Outreach' Holiday Concert
December 15, 2009

For one festive night on Sunday, December 13, Broadway came to Urban Stages to ring in the season with special arrangements of favorite holiday tunes. BroadwayWorld was there to share in the experience.

Photo Coverage: PRESENT LAUGHTER Meets the Press!
December 15, 2009

Last week, the starry cast of The Roudabout Theater Company's Present Laughter met the press for their first photo opp. On hand were Victor Garber ('Eli Stone'), Harriet Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Brooks Ashmanskas (The Ritz), Lisa Banes, Nancy E. Carroll, Alice Duffy, Holley Fain, Pamela Jane Gray, James Joseph O'Neil, Richard Poe, Marc Vietor and Director Nicholas Martin (Butley). Preview performances for the production begin January 2nd, 2010 and open officially on January 21st, 2010 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. This is a limited engagement through March 21, 2010.

Photo Coverage: The Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular!
December 7, 2009

THE JOE ICONIS CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR, which included Broadway vets Susan Blackwell, Annie Golden, and Mary Testa, lit up Ars Nova this weekend on December 5th and 6th.

Photo Coverage: SUPERIOR DONUTS Greets Francisco Hernandez and Family
December 8, 2009

On October 16, Francisco Hernandez Jr. went directly from school to the subway and spent the next 11 days riding from borough to borough with nothing but a metrocard, $10, and a schoolbag. Hernandez, a thirteen year-old who suffers from Asperger's Syndrome (a form of autism that can lead to eccentric behavior and isolation), had gotten in trouble at school and was afraid to go home for fear of being punished. After an 11 day search involving the boy's parents, the New York City transit authority, police and even the Mexican Consulate, Hernandez was found at the Coney Island station stop by a transit police officer.

Photo Coverage: 2009 Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting!
December 3, 2009

Last night, December 2, New York City residents and tourists enjoyed the 12th annual 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center,' featuring the lighting of the world's most famous Christmas tree, and star-studded talent performances. Co-hosted by NBC stars Jane Krakowski ('30 Rock') and Zachary Levi ('Chuck') and broadcast in high definition on NBC at 8pm EST, the star-studded tree lighting celebration will featured stars such as Michael Buble and Aretha Franklin, with a special appearance by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. BroadwayWorld was on hand to capture the starry excitement.

Photo Coverage: FELA! Bdwy Opening Night After Party
November 24, 2009

Fela!, the new musical based on the life and music of groundbreaking African composer, performer and activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, opened on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street) last night, November 23, 2009.

Photo Coverage: Fela! Opening Night Curtain Call
November 24, 2009

Fela!, the new musical based on the life and music of groundbreaking African composer, performer and activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, opened on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street) last night, November 23, 2009.

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo Red Carpet
November 23, 2009

Producer John Breglio and the Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc. are presenting the premiere engagement of Dreamgirls at the Apollo Theater, prior to the national tour of the groundbreaking musical. Dreamgirls introduces Moya Angela as Effie White and features, as The Dreams, Syesha Mercado as Deena Jones, Adrienne Warren as Lorrell Robinson, and Margaret Hoffman as Michelle Morris with Chaz Lamar Shepherd as Curtis Taylor, Jr., Chester Gregory is James 'Thunder' Early, Trevon Davis as C.C. White, Milton Craig Nealy as Marty Madison in a cast of 26 that also features Tallia Brinson, Felicia Boswell, Ronald Duncan, Talitha Farrow, Brittney Griffin, James Harkness, Robert Hartwell, Eric Jackson, Chauncey Jenkins, Jared Joseph, Nikki Kimbrough, Brittany Lewis, Douglas Lyons, Kimberly Marable, Jarran Muse, Amaker Smith and Marc Spaulding.

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo After Party
November 23, 2009

The national tour of Dreamgirls premieres at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater (253 West 125 Street), previews began Saturday, November 7, 2009, and opened Sunday, November 22, 2009, for 5 weeks only, through December, 12, 2009. Dreamgirls will be a highlight of the Apollo Theater's 75th Anniversary celebration in 2009.

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of DREAMGIRLS at the Apollo Curtain Call
November 24, 2009

The national tour of Dreamgirls premieres at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater (253 West 125 Street), previews began Saturday, November 7, 2009, and opened Sunday, November 22, 2009, for 5 weeks only, through December, 12, 2009. Dreamgirls will be a highlight of the Apollo Theater's 75th Anniversary celebration in 2009. The national tour has announced a series of cities and dates where the musical will visit, the current listing can be found by clicking here.

Photo Coverage: CIRCUMCISE ME Celebrates Opening Night
November 19, 2009

The opening night of Circumcise Me, a new comedy written by and starring Yisrael Campbell celebrated opening on November 18th. Directed bySam Gold (Circle Mirror Transformation, Jollyship The Whiz Bang), Circumcise Me began previews Off-Broadway at The Bleecker Street Theater (45 Bleecker Street just East of Lafayette Street) on November 1st. The show is produced by Evelyn McGee Colbert and Eva Price for Maximum Entertainment Productions.

Photo Coverage: MARY POPPINS Stars Laura Michelle Kelly and Christian Borle Meet the Press at Sardi's
November 19, 2009

Laura Michelle Kelly and Christian Borle took time out of their busy schedules to greet the media on Thursday, October 29th at the world famous Broadway eatery, Sardi's Restaurant (234 West 44th Street). BroadwayWorld.com's cameras were there for the 'Jolly Holiday' as the two new leads met the press!

Photo Coverage: PURGATORIO Celebrates Opening Night
October 27, 2009

Purgatorio, a fantasyland especially for Halloween season, is where nightmare meets nightlife. Combining the energy and glamour of a world-class nightclub with the spectacle and illusion of the theater, Purgatorio will offer an interactive Halloween experience unlike anything seen before in New York nightlife.



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