A concert version of the Tony-nominated musical "Ragtime" will be presented April 27, 2020, at the Minskoff Theatre to benefit The Actors Fund. The evening will feature original cast members, including Audra McDonald and two-time Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, with additional casting to be announced. Stafford Arima will direct with music supervision by David Loud. The conductor is James Moore. The concert will be dedicated to the late Marin Mazzie, who received one of her three Tony nominations for her portrayal of Mother in the original 1998 production.
Stafford Arima announces his second season at Theatre Calgary. Highlights include a brand new musical entitled, "The Louder We Get" (directed by Lonny Price), and a brand new adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" (adapted by Geoffrey Simon Brown, and directed by Arima).
Rehearsals commence for Theatre Calgary's production of "Billy Elliot" which begins previews on April 9th.
Previews begin for "Mary and Max - A New Musical" (Book by Crystal Skillman, Music and Lyrics by Bobby Cronin) at Theatre Calgary
Stafford Arima announces the titles of his first season as Artistic Director of Theatre Calgary.
Theatre Calgary has announced the cast for "The Secret Garden," which will close out Theatre Calgary's 50th Anniversary season. To be directed by Arima, "The Secret Garden" will feature some notable names in Canadian musical theatre, along with a large number of Calgary artists: Laura Brandt, Matthew Bruce, Lucian-River Mirage Chauhan, Matt Chittick, Dave Comeau, Eric Craig, Ma-Anne Dionisio, Tory Doctor, Susan Gilmour, Jillian Hannah, Greer Hunt, Allison Lynch, Doug McKeag, Elizabeth Stepkowski-Tarhan, Trisha Talreja, Brent Thiessen, Suchiththa Wickremesooriya, and Eric Wigston. "The Secret Garden" will run at Theatre Calgary from April 17 - May 19, 2018, in the Arts Commons Max Bell Theatre. www.theatrecalgary.com
Rehearsals commence for "The New World" (music by Gary Adler, lyrics by Phoebe Kreutz, and book by Regina DeCicco and L.F. Turner) with choreography by Lorin Latarro and music direction by Paul Masse. Cast includes: Ann Harada, Julius Thomas III, Jillian Gottlieb, Clyde Alves, Jennifer Perry, Tyler Maynard, Eddie Cooper, Ann Sanders, Ginna Levine, Rod Singleton, Kiet Cao, Danny Bevins, Yael Rizowy, Adena Ershow, Annelise Cepero, and Brandon Weber. The creative team for "The New World" is: Anna Louizos (Set), Kirk Bookman (Lighting), Jennifer Caprio (Costumes), Joshua D. Reid (Sound), Danny Troob (Orchestrations), Jenn Rapp (Associate Director), and Shiloh Goodin (Associate Choreographer). "The New World" is produced by Robyn Goodman, Alex Fraser, Stephen Kocis and Josh Fiedler at Bucks County Playhouse
"Tiananmen" (music by Drew Fornarola and book by Scott Elmegreen) heads into a 29-hour reading featuring: Zachary Noah Piser, Elena Wang, Karl Josef Co., Julia Abueva, Grace Choi, Marcus Choi, Katie Lee Hill, Kendyl Ito, Austin Ku, Kenneth Lee & Toren Nakamura.
Stafford Arima will direct the San Diego premiere of Lolita Chakrabarti's play Red Velvet at The Old Globe. Red Velvet follows the controversy that erupts when American actor, Ira Aldridge becomes the first black man to play the title role in Shakespeare's play, Othello. Casting and creative team to be announced. Previews begin in March.
The new musical Mary & Max starring Tony winner Shuler Hensley, Tony nominee Sydney Lucas, Julia Murney, Kyle Scatliffe and Lauren Elder will have a private presentation in New York City on January 9. Directed by Stafford Arima and written by Bobby Cronin and Crystal Skillman, Mary & Max is adapted from the claymation feature film by Academy Award-winning writer/animator, Adam Elliot.