Gloria Estefan’s musical coming to Broadway

image

#TaniaOnTheScene She’s giving us another reason to get on our feet. Gloria Estefan’s musical is coming to Broadway in 2015.

Set to open at the Marquis Theatre in New York, the new musical is based on the life of Gloria Estefan and her husband. It will will feature some of Estefan’s most popular singles, including “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,” “Conga” and “1-2-3.”

"On Your Feet!" will begin previewing on October 5, 2015. The show has also launched an online open casting call that will allow hopefuls to submit their videos for consideration. Applicants are asked to submit videos of themselves performing a Gloria Estefan song in English, Spanish or both.

Since the musical is based on her life, casting will be for the person who will play Estefan. There will also be open casting calls in New York and Miami on Sept. 9 and 21.

Read More

Keke Palmer to be Broadway’s first black Cinderella

image

#TaniaOnTheScene — History in the making for actress and singer Keke Palmer.

She’ll be stepping into the title role in “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” becoming the first African-American to play the part on Broadway.

This will be the 21-year-old’s professional stage debut, according to Eonline.

Palmer recently appeared opposite Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams in Lifetime’s “A Trip to Bountiful.”

The actress begins her stint as Cinderella on September 9th at the Broadway Theatre.

Shia LaBeouf arrested in movie theater

image

#TaniaOnTheScene - Police say actor Shia LaBeouf has been taken out of a New York City theater for being disorderly and causing a disruption.

It happened Thursday night at Studio 54 in Manhattan during a performance of the Broadway show “Cabaret.”

According to a police source, LaBeouf was drunk and acting erratic during the performance. He was also smoking a cigarette inside the theater.

A spokesman for the show says LaBeouf was “disruptive during act one” and was escorted out of the theater at intermission.

Read More

Renowned poet, author Maya Angelou dies at age 86

image

#TaniaOnTheScene — Celebrated poet, novelist and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou has died at age 86, her publicist said Wednesday.

She died at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., Helen Brann said.

A professor, singer and dancer, among other things, Angelou’s work spans different professions. She spent her early years studying dance and drama in San Francisco, California.

After dropping out at age 14, she become the city’s first African-American female cable car conductor.

Angelou later returned to high school to finish her diploma and gave birth to her son a few weeks after graduation. While the 17-year-old single mother waited tables to support her son, she acquired a passion for music and dance. She toured Europe in the mid-1950s with “Porgy and Bess,” an opera production. In 1957, she recorded her first album, “Calypso Lady.”

Read More

"My Mother Has 4 Noses"

#TaniaOnTheScene - This 90 minute off-broadway play was written and performed by Jonatha Brooke is a must see!

Jonatha’s mom did have 4 noses, at least as many names, and an indomitable sense of humor. She was a published poet, a clown, a Christian Scientist, and she had Alzheimer’s. In their final two years together, Jonatha and her mother would mine the daily goings-on for theatre. “Boolie (Jonatha’s nickname), are you getting this down? We should make a play out of it!” My Mother Has 4 Noses is the result.

Read More

Free Cookies from DoubleTree by Hilton To Kick Off Worldwide Cookie Care Tour & Celebrate 300 Millionth Cookie Milestone

#TaniaOnTheScene - DoubleTree by Hilton will be kicking off a year-long Cookie Care Tour in New York City, where they will deliver their signature chocolate chip cookies during high-profile events and key moments in time globally throughout 2014. 

Did your city’s team just win the World Series? Are you celebrating the Queen’s birthday?  They want to share the Cookie Care in celebration of these occasion.  After all, nothing helps brighten your day more than a chocolate chip cookie. 

 

Read More

'The Waltons' Star Ralph Waite Dies

image

#TaniaOnTheScene - The iconic TV dad and New York native has died. Ralph Waite, who played the father in the tv series “The Waltons” died yesterday in Palm Desert, California. The cause of death was not released. Waite starred on the Waltons for 9 years and then became a minister at the United Church of Christ in Garden City, Long Island. He was 85 years old.

Read More