Events in 2016 > 06-06 – 2016 Tony Honors Cocktail Party [+ 9]
The red carpet correspondents will have Broadway street cred.
The Tony Awards has announced the team of stage and screen stars that will bring Broadway fans across the world exclusive content live from the red carpet and behind the scenes at this year’s Tony Awards. The ceremony, hosted by James Corden, will take place this Sunday, June 12, at the Beacon Theatre.
TV host Alicia Quarles, Finding Neverland star Laura Michelle Kelly, and Tony Award-winning producer Jordan Roth will cohost the Live on the Tony Awards Red Carpet Show, presented by Nordstrom, beginning at 5:30pm. Vogue.com Style Editor Edward Barsamian and Broadway costume designer Esosa will serve as the fashion correspondents, while Randi Zuckerberg will return as the tech and social correspondent with Playbill’s Blake Ross returning as the theater correspondent.
The Tony Awards Behind-the-Scenes Show, presented by BroadwayHD, will take place during the ceremony, with Tony nominee Laura Osnes (Cinderella) chatting with the 2016 Tony nominees, performing casts, and presenters before and after they hit the Beacon Theatre stage. Tony nominee Max von Essen, An American in Paris, Josh Segarra (On Your Feet!), Justin Guarini (Wicked), and Glee star Jenna Ushkowitz will be live from the winners’ circle to chat with the newly minted Tony Award winners. Meanwhile, Tony Award winner Karen Olivo (West Side Story) will be on hand with exclusive behind-the-scenes content and interviews with this year’s class of nominees.
The official Tony Awards Livestream show will be available beginning at 5:30pm ET on Sunday, June 12, on TonyAwards.com, CBS.com/allaccess, BroadwayHD.com, Nordstrom.com, People.com, EW.com, Telemundo.com and Playbill.com. The livestream will continue through the Tony Awards telecast.
Glee star Jenna Ushkowitz announced today she will be working with composers, Daniel and Laura Curtis to release the official single for the 2016 Your Voice Competition. The song, “Standing On My Own”, is available for pre-order from today ahead of the release on June 28th.
Speaking about the Your Voice Competition, Daniel Curtis said: “The competition is an international search for the Musical Theatre talent of tomorrow. It is open to any nationality, age and group size and all the proceeds from the entry fees will be donated to the Kindred: The Foundation for Adoption, which was co-founded by Jenna. It has been such a pleasure to work with Jenna on this project, it was wonderful to work with somebody with such a fantastic voice and such a big heart.”
Laura Curtis explains more; “Entry packs are available at www.yourvoicecompetition.com. In the pack there are a number of our songs to choose from in different keys with sheet music and backing tracks. Simply choose which one you’d like to cover then follow the instructions on the website to send us your entry”.
The entries will be judged by a panel of Broadway and West End performers. The winner will receive theatre tickets, an overnight stay in New York, and a recording session.
The previous Your Voice Competition was fronted by Ramin Karimloo and raised funds for BBC Children in Need. The winner, Kasia Howley went on to perform at West End Live in Trafalgar Square and featured on Daniel and Laura Curtis’ last album, Love on 42nd Street.
The Your Voice Competition is sponsored by Première Classe Productions.
“Standing On My Own” is available for pre-order now on iTunes and will be available from June 28th on Amazon Mp3 and iTunes.
— Jenna Ushkowitz (@JennaUshkowitz) June 1, 2016
Jenna Ushkowitz has turned her showbiz skills into entrepreneurial success. Now she shares how every millennial can smile with glee.
This is a week of beginnings. Graduation is in the air, which brings celebration, excitement and an air of uncertainty for those moving the tassel. I myself graduate with a Masters Degree from Fordham University this week and have spent the last two years working with many young people focused on their future. As the old guy (51) I get to observe as an outsider. I watch and wonder as these young and exuberant people push forward both with optimism and trepidation about what’s to come.
Will they be successful?
Will they be wealthy?
Will they find love?
Will they be happy?
Will they have an amazing life?
These questions are not just for millennials, they are the same for all people at the beginning of life’s journey. But each generation shares a common era ready for them to make their mark, and today it’s the millennials’ turn to determine their preferred future.
Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing Jenna Ushkowitz best known for playing Tina Cohen-Chang on Glee. Despite our generational differences we both share backgrounds in theater and business and had a great time discussing how young people today have more opportunity to be successful then ever before.
At 30, Ushkowitz already has an admirable life, succeeding in the arts, media, and now business. Aside from her huge fan base of Gleeks, the South Korean-born American has had success on Broadway, as an author, and now as an entrepreneur as well. She recently co-founded a podcast network At Will Radio with business partner – entreprenuer, restaurateur, Zagat’s and Forbes’s 30 under 30 list maker, Will Malnati. With her incredible ability to manage and run multiple projects at once, Ushkowitz believes that millennials should embrace every opportunity available to them too. ‘Lately I’ve been hearing, ‘if you spread yourself too thin, take on too many projects, try to do too many different jobs, you won’t be able to excel at any of them.’ Well I say, ‘why the hell not?’ When inspiration and creativity lead you down a road, you take it — and you put your whole heart into it,’ she noted.
Here are Ushkowitz’s tips for embracing and enjoying life going forward.
1. Turn a world of ‘NO’ into a world of ‘YES.’
‘In life, the word ‘no’ is so often attached to the things that we can’t control. To make a ‘yes,’ you have to grab onto the things you can control and put everything you have into them. When I was on Glee, so little of my time was my own — from shooting the show, to recording in the studio, to arena tours — that it felt like the universe was saying ‘no’ to even thinking about doing anything else,’ explained Ushkowitz. ‘But my dad always said, ‘strike while the iron is hot,’ so to have any other creative outlet, I had to find something I could do in the time that I could control. The day I decided I had the time to write a book, after a long day of shooting, I went home and pounded out a 75- page manuscript to show to my manager. One year later, my book hit the shelves. Because I made the most out of the best opportunity that I could control, I was able to create a ‘yes,’ which lead directly to more opportunities, like my podcast Infinite Positivities, and the podcast network, At Will Radio. There are going to be times where ‘no’ is a real thing — when some things are just not possible. In those times, all you can do is ask ‘what is possible?’ and make the most out of whatever the answer is.
2. Establish and share your purpose.
The word purpose gets used a lot when discussing Millennials. Oddly enough I have always had purpose in my life, maybe that’s why I relate. Ushkowitz explains why expressing that purpose publicly is important. “When there is a culture of purpose, everyone is feeding off of each other’s belief and dedication, and the affect it has on the success of a project, in my experience, is pretty special,” said the Glee star.
3. Surround yourself only with incredible people.
At the beginning, the people around you shape your destiny more than later in life. Ushkowitz and I both agree that building a base of successful people around you will take you farther and faster.“In your personal life, and as much as you can in your career, surround yourself with people who push you to be your absolute greatest. And the people in your life that are simply unhealthy? Sometimes they just gotta go,” advised Ushkowitz. “It can be very hard, but to create the life you deserve, especially when you’ve found that sense of purpose larger than yourself, these are the hard decisions that you have to make.”
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Events in 2016 > 04-26 – ‘Tuck Everlasting’ Broadway Opening Night [+ 14]