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Date Of Birth:
March 10
Bio:
Jen Bender is a director working in theater, television, and live events. Her Broadway credits include The Lion King (Resident Director), Avenue Q, The Wedding Singer, and Steel Magnolias (Assistant Director). She spent the past year touring Australia as the Assistant Artistic Director of Cirque ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: March 10

Bio:
Jen Bender is a director working in theater, television, and live events. Her Broadway credits include The Lion King (Resident Director), Avenue Q, The Wedding Singer, and Steel Magnolias (Assistant Director). She spent the past year touring Australia as the Assistant Artistic Director of Cirque ... (read complete bio)
Alysha Umphress, Capathia Jenkins & More Will Take Part in Readings for New Musical,  Photo Alysha Umphress, Capathia Jenkins & More Will Take Part in Readings for New Musical, THE OUTRAGEOUS SOPHIE TUCKER
by Stephi Wild - Jul 22, 2021

The Outrageous Sophie Tucker is the story of a turn of the 20th century immigrant girl and how she became the Last of The Red Hot Mamas. The show chronicles her early years as a singing waitress at her family's restaurant in Hartford, and spotlights how a first-generation full-figured Jewish girl partnered with Black performers Bill ‚ÄúBojangles‚ÄĚ Robinson and Molly Elkins to revolutionize American entertainment, onstage and off.

Signature Theatre Sets 2021/22 Season Featuring Pre-Broadway KPOP, THE BROADWAY MUSIC Photo Signature Theatre Sets 2021/22 Season Featuring Pre-Broadway KPOP, THE BROADWAY MUSICAL & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 13, 2021

The 2021/2022 Signature Theatre season kicks off early November 2021 with a reimagined new production of Jonathan Larson’s musical RENT and continues with the DC premiere of Daphne’s Dive by Quiara Alegría Hudes; a new production of She Loves Me by Joe Masteroff, Jerry Bock, and Sheldon Harnick and more.

Brandon Victor Dixon & Heidi Blickenstaff Join COMPOSERS IN CONVERSATION with John Ka Photo Brandon Victor Dixon & Heidi Blickenstaff Join COMPOSERS IN CONVERSATION with John Kander and Lin-Manuel Miranda
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 9, 2021

Vineyard Theatre’s 2021 Gala Series will culminate in an intimate conversation between legendary musical theatre composers John Kander and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Brandon Victor Dixon and Heidi Blickenstaff will join previously announced artists  including Mandy Gonzalez, Bryonha Marie Parham, and George Salazar.

John Kander and Lin-Manuel Miranda to Join Vineyard Theatre's COMPOSERS IN CONVERSATI Photo John Kander and Lin-Manuel Miranda to Join Vineyard Theatre's COMPOSERS IN CONVERSATION Series
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 15, 2021

Vineyard Theatre‚Äôs 2021 Gala Series will culminate in an intimate conversation between legendary musical theatre composers¬†John Kander¬†and¬†¬†Lin-Manuel Miranda. The ‚ÄúPay-What-You-Can‚ÄĚ virtual event will debut on¬†Thursday, July 22 at 7pm ET, with on-demand access available through Sunday, July 25 at 11:59pm ET.

Broadway Women's Fund Releases Inaugural List of Women to Watch on Broadway Photo Broadway Women's Fund Releases Inaugural List of Women to Watch on Broadway
by Stephi Wild - Mar 11, 2020

To spotlight emerging leaders in professional theater, the Broadway Women's Fund has released its inaugural list of Women to Watch on Broadway.

Linda Eder, Alice Ripley, David Yazbek Ft. Lilli Cooper and More are Heading to Feins Photo Linda Eder, Alice Ripley, David Yazbek Ft. Lilli Cooper and More are Heading to Feinstein's/54 Below This Month
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 2, 2020

This Month, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW will present some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551.

Feinstein's Presents mostlyNEWmusicals: JEANNETTE at Feinstein's at Vitello's
by Stephi Wild - Feb 12, 2020

Feinstein's Presents mostlyNEWmusicals will showcase pop sensation and Hamilton alum Ari Afsar in a concert of music from Jeannette, based on the life of America's first congresswomen Jeannette Rankin, at Feinstein's at Vitello's on Thursday, March 12 at 8:00pm. Afsar will be joined by special guests Keala Settle (The Greatest Showman), YouTube sensations Sam Tsui and Casey Breves, Jonah Platt (Wicked), and Candace Quarrels (Hamilton). Nina Kasuya and Rishikesh Menon will provide background vocals.

THE GLORIOUS DEATH OF COMRADE WHAT'S-HIS-NAME Returns To Feinstein's/54 Below Photo THE GLORIOUS DEATH OF COMRADE WHAT'S-HIS-NAME Returns To Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stephi Wild - Jan 28, 2020

Next Week At Feinstein's/54 Below: Beth Leavel, Tony Yazbeck, Andy Karl & Orfeh, And  Photo Next Week At Feinstein's/54 Below: Beth Leavel, Tony Yazbeck, Andy Karl & Orfeh, And More!
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 17, 2020

Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551.

Photo Coverage: On the Opening Night Red Carpet of HARRY CONNICK, JR. - A CELEBRATION Photo Photo Coverage: On the Opening Night Red Carpet of HARRY CONNICK, JR. - A CELEBRATION OF COLE PORTER
by Jennifer Broski - Dec 13, 2019

Harry Connick Jr - A Celebration of Cole Porter, honoring one of America's most respected songwriters, officially opened last night, Thursday, December 12th.

Reel Artistry Announces The REEL DEAL Competition Photo Reel Artistry Announces The REEL DEAL Competition
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 3, 2019

Reel Artistry, Inc., New York City's premier video production company for celebrities, artists and creative brands, has partnered with Broadway Buzz to announce the REEL DEAL Competition for performers in New York City. 

Ari Afsar Brings New Musical JEANNETTE to SubCulture Alongside Joshua Henry, Jessica  Photo Ari Afsar Brings New Musical JEANNETTE to SubCulture Alongside Joshua Henry, Jessica Vosk and More
by Julie Musbach - Jul 16, 2019

Pop sensation and Hamilton alum Ari Afsar will present a live demo concert of her new musical Jeannette at SubCulture (45 Bleecker St) on Monday, July 29 at 7.30pm.  Afsar will be joined by special guests Joshua Henry (Hamilton, Carousel), Lexi Lawson (Hamilton, In the Heights), and Jessica Vosk (Wicked, Fiddler on the Roof). 

Ari Afsar Will Perform Songs From Her New Musical JEANNETTE at SubCulture Photo Ari Afsar Will Perform Songs From Her New Musical JEANNETTE at SubCulture
by Stephi Wild - Jun 25, 2019

Pop sensation and Hamilton alum Ari Afsar will present a live demo concert of her new musical Jeannette at SubCulture (45 Bleecker St) on Monday, July 29 at 7.30pm. Afsar will be joined by special guests Joshua Henry (Hamilton, Carousel), Lexi Lawson (Hamilton, In the Heights), and Jessica Vosk (Wicked, Fiddler on the Roof). An epic pop musical based on the true story of America's first congresswoman, Jeannette electrifies the life and history of suffrage activist Jeannette Rankin who was elected to Congress in 1916-three years before women were granted the right to vote.

Lively McCabe Entertainment Expands New York Offices Photo Lively McCabe Entertainment Expands New York Offices
by Stephi Wild - Apr 15, 2019

Lively McCabe Entertainment Co-President Michael Barra proudly announces the expansion of their Columbus Circle office with the hiring of two key executives, Darnetha Lincoln M'Baye and Molly Israel Paul. Ms. M'Baye has joined the company as VP, Head of Music and will be responsible for managing the company's content partnerships with the major music publishers, as well as overseeing the packaging of all music intellectual property elements into the company's stage, film, and television development slates. Also joining Lively McCabe this month is Molly Israel Paul, who will serve as Creative Executive, focusing on the development of new plays adapted from existing IP for the company's exclusive HollyWay collection at Dramatists Play Service. Lively McCabe is also pleased to announce that Jen Bender and Allison Bressi will begin working with the company this month as Creative Development Consultants and will each oversee the development of select stage musicals on behalf of the company.

Photo Coverage: Inside Barrington Stage Company Benefit Honoring John Rando! Photo Photo Coverage: Inside Barrington Stage Company Benefit Honoring John Rando!
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 28, 2018

Over the past hundred years the theater community has celebrated some of the most notable events in Broadway's history at the Friars Club.   Last night the Barrington Stage Co. the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, Ma. under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd held their New York City Benefit in the legendary building where so many legends of the theater community have socialized and entertained each other.   John Rando the famed director was celebrated for his extraordinary talent and his contributions to BSC.  John has directed two of the most popular musicals in BSC history, The Pirates of Penzance and On the Town, which transferred to Broadway and received four Tony Award nominations, including Best Director.  At BSC John also directed The Royal Family of Broadway and Guys and Dolls and on Broadway, he won a Tony Award for his direction of Urinetown, The Musical.  

AVENUE Q Reunion, Michael Feinstein, Christine Ebersole and More This Week at Feinste Photo AVENUE Q Reunion, Michael Feinstein, Christine Ebersole and More This Week at Feinstein's/54 Below
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 27, 2018

Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551.

Shaina Taub Honored with The Ziegfeld Club's 2017 Emerging Composer Grant Photo Shaina Taub Honored with The Ziegfeld Club's 2017 Emerging Composer Grant
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2017

The Ziegfeld Club, Inc., one of New York City's first performing arts charities to benefit women, has announced that Lucile Lortel Award-Nominee Shaina Taub (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812) has been named the recipient of the third annual Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award (BBZA).

OTHERBODY Studio Recording, Featuring MISS SAIGON's Nicholas Christopher, Out Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

Today, February 1, the studio recording of Ryan Scott Oliver and Nessie Nankivell's OTHERBODY, A BRIEF MUSICAL ALLEGORY is available on all streaming platforms. The politically resonant short musical stars Nicholas Christopher.

Photo Coverage: AVENUE Q Celebrates 13th Anniversary and 3000th Performance Off Broadway!
by Walter McBride - Jan 13, 2017

Avenue Q is the Tony Award winning musical featuring a cast of people and puppets, now in its 13th year on stage in NYC and around the globe. Avenue Q marked the occasion of its 3,000th performance at New World Stages (340 W. 50 St. in NYC) on January 4, 2017. The landmark performance was just celebrated with pre and post-show festivities bar-mitzvah/bat-mitzvah style as the musical turns 13, and begins its 14th year on New York stages!

TV: Watch The Cast of AVENUE Q Debate As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
by Stage Tube - Sep 27, 2016

The CLINTON and TRUMP puppets made their debut in a Town Hall-style debate - which was a preview to the actual first scheduled debate between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump, yesterday. BroadwayWorld was on had to exclusively live stream the event on Facebook!

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