On this week’s episode, Young Friends of Starlight has announced the theme for this year’s After Hours at the Towers event, the Percy Jackson musical launches its national tour, there’s a Judy Garland bio-musical in the works and Carol Burnett is honored at the 2019 Golden Globes.
After Hours at the Towers
Channel your inner 80s glam-rock star and join us for the fourth annual After Hours at the Towers fundraising event on Friday, May 3 from 8-11 p.m. Hosted by Young Friends of Starlight, this year’s event is inspired by the national Broadway tour of Rock of Ages, and is an exciting evening full of complimentary bites from local restaurants, interactive games, and exciting live music. Proceeds from After Hours at the Towers directly benefit Starlight’s Bob Rohlf Internship program, which provides paid summer internships to college students across multiple departments. So, are you ready to rock?
A First Look at The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical National Tour
They say that normal is a myth when you’re a demigod. The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical has officially hit the road, having launched its national tour at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago earlier this month. Based on the best-selling book of the same name, The Lightning Thief tells the story of Percy Jackson, the son of Poseidon, and his epic quest to prevent a war between the gods. Hailed by Time Out New York as “Worthy of the Gods” this musical was directed by Stephen Brackett, the same director of the Broadway bound show Be More Chill, and has already earned three Drama Desk Nominations, including Outstanding Musical.
Liza Minnelli Gives Rare Approval To Judy Garland Broadway Hopeful Bio-Musical
A new Judy Garland bio-musical is in the works and has now officially received the stamp of approval from Garland’s daughter, Liza Minnelli. Titled Chasing Rainbows - the Road to Oz, this new work follows Judy Garland’s life and career from her early vaudeville days through landing the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. With songs like “Over the Rainbow,” “Got a Pair of New Shoes,” and “You Made Me Love You,” the show is aiming for Broadway and previously played Connecticut’s Goodspeed Musicals in 2016, before receiving an industry reading in New York City earlier this month. We’ll keep you up-to-date as we hear more about this exciting new production.
Carol Burnett Gives Moving Ode to TV in Golden Globes Speech
Earlier this month, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association honored the incredible actress and comedian Carol Burnett with a brand-new award in her name. The Carol Burnett Award for Achievement in Television celebrates outstanding contributions to television on or off the screen, and was presented for the first time at the ceremony this year. Carol Burnett has been a performing icon and household name since her namesake television show premiered in the late 1960s. Prior to being a hit television star, Burnett worked extensively on Broadway and in musical theatre, including a performance right here at Starlight in 1961’s production of Calamity Jane and again the following year to perform solo. We’re proud to be a part of Carol’s history and thank her for being an inspiration us. No one deserves this award more. Congratulations, Carol!