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This Week on Broadway for July 18, 2021: Tom D’Angora and Michael D’Angora

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk with Tom D’Angora and Michael D’Angora.


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Peter Filichia | peter@broadwayradio.com | Facebook
PETER FILICHIA is a playwright, journalist, and historian with a number of books. His columns appear at Masterworks BroadwayBroadway Select, and many other places.

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Michael Portantiere | michael@broadwayradio.com | Facebook
MICHAEL PORTANTIERE is a theater reviewer and essayist. He is the founder and editor of CastAlbumReviews.com. He is also a theatrical photographer whose photos have appeared in The New York Times and other major publications. You can see his photography work at FollowSpotPhoto.com.

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Guests: Michael D’Angora and Tom D’Angora

Michael D’Angora and Tom D’Angora

Most recently (Sunday 7/11) the D’Angora’s Produced and Directed The Theatre World Awards: Special Event on Broadwayworld.com, which celebrated 75 years of The Theatre World Awards with dozens of past winners and honored André De Shields and Patti LuPone with The John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theater as well as Audra McDonald with The Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in theater. Raising over 20k for next years live ceremony

Next, they did a pride kick off fundraiser for The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative that raised 50k for LGBTQ+ safe spaces in geographical locations lacking in LGBTQ+ protections

Most importantly Tom and Michael D’Angora saved four iconic Theater institutions since December: The West Bank Cafe/Laurie Beechman Theatre, Birdland Jazz Club, The York Theatre, The LAByrinth Theatre Company.

*Have raised roughly 1.3 million dollars all on a grassroots level through their GoFundMe account, with over 10,000 individual donors

*All of their work has been on a 100% voluntary basis. They have not taken a cut or a salary. Which means literally 99.99999% of all money raised went to the causes they were raising it for.

There have been over 600 stars of stage, screen, and beyond participate in D’Angora’s six fundraising shows. Below is a list of some of the more notable names, I put the celebs who did more than one show in bold. It was so inspiring how willing they all were to help.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Chelsea Clinton, Beto O’Rourke, Sean Penn, Whoopi Goldberg, Melissa McCarthy, Julieanne Moore, Jim Parsons, Sting, Marisa Tomei, Demi Lovato, Elvis Costello, Bryan Cranston, Sara Bareillis, Amy Poehler, Julianna Margulies,Bobby Cannavale, Debra Messing, Jon Hamm, Fran Drescher, Billy Eichner, Jennifer Tilly, Sophie Turner, Matt Bomer, Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, Harvey Fierstein, Billy Joel, Al Pacino, Iain Armitage, Pete Townshend, Clive Davis, Jane Krawkowski, Isaac Mizrahi, Martha Plimpton, Bebe Nuewirth, Melissa Rivers, Dylan Baker, Randy Rainbow, Cheri Oteri, Ana Gasteyer, Margaret Cho, Joy Behar, William Shatner, John Stamos, Colleen Ballinger, Jordin Sparks, Diana DeGarmo, Ace Young, Anna Clumsky, Sophia Bush, Lewis Black, Tony Shaloub, Mercedes Ruehl, Perez Hilton, Megan Boon, Giancarlo Espisito, Anson Mount, Angelica Ross, Chita Rivera, Andre De Shields, Betty Buckley, Daphne Rubin Vega, Jackie Cox, Jinkx Monsoon, Rosé, Sasha Valour, Morgan Fairchild, Ken Burns, Jeff Daniels, The Manhattan Transfer, Mandy Patinkin, Winton Marsales, Wendell Pierce, Lance Bass, Dee Snyder, Anthony Rapp, Brooke Shields, Charles Bucsh, Alexandra Billings, MIKA, Richard Kind, Renée Taylor, Rita Wilson, Bob Balaban, Luis Guzman, Andrea McArdle, Chandra Wilson, Marissa Jaret Winokur, John Loyd Young, Kevin Chamberlin, Norm Lewis, Laura Benanti, Megan Hilty, Lillias White, Lorna Luft, Lucie Arnaz, Michael Urie, Ariana DeBose, April Bowlbly, George Salazar, Anne Ramsey, Lea DeLaria, Cobie Smulders, Garrett Clayton, Shea Diamond, Jiggly Caliente, Brita Filter, Emily Estefan, Harper Grae, Kieza, Michelle Kwan, Hank Azaria, Carson Kressley, Jai Rodriguez, Amanda Lepore, Leo Sheng, Martha Wash, Becky Ann Baker, Harris Yulin, David Eigenberg, Kerry Butler, Lois Smith, Laura Bell Bundy, Brooke Adams, Judy Kuhn, Zak Orth, Tim Guinee, Linus Roach, Kelli Barrett, Jarrod Spector, Gil Bellows, Ilene Kristen, Gereldine Hughes, Evan Handler, Michael O’Keefe, Max Casella, Raul Castillo, Carol Kane, Nyambi Nyambi, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Tim Roth, Patrick Schwarzeneger, Aidan Quinn, Christy Altomare, Adam Pascal, Bonnie Bedelia, Tovah Feldshuh, Ethan Slater, Jackie Hoffman, Andrea Martin, Julie Halston, Darlene Love and many many many more.

Bios:

Tom D’Angora is a 3 time Drama Desk nominee and an Off-Broadway Alliance Award Winner for NEWSical The Musical, the 3rd longest running musical revue in history and has been the recipient of Proclamations from the Mayor, the Senate, and the Speaker of the NY City Council.
Currently serving as a co-producer for the upcoming Broadway revival of Caroline or Change
Off-Broadway Credits include: A Musical About Star Wars (produced/directed/co-wrote), The Marvelous Wonderettes (produced/directed), Naked Boys Singing (produced/directed), Love Quirks (produced), ICONS (produced/directed/conceived), Back in Pictures (produced/directed/conceived), A Broadway Diva Christmas (produced/directed/conceived), and the first family musical about disability and inclusion Addy & Uno. In 2003 D’Angora produced, wrote, and starred in his multi-award winning solo show Divas I’ve Done (which played sold out runs Off-Broadway, LA, Boston, and Provincetown). Film: Co-Producer “The Big Gay Musical”, Executive Producer “Mangus”. Recordings: NEWSical: Full Spin Ahead! (original cast recording), A Musical About Star Wars (original cast recording), Ellen Greene In His Eyes. Most recently, Tom wrote and served as executive producer on the new series, “Mélange”, starring Morgan Fairchild, which was presented on LOGO TV’s digital platforms this last spring. More than anything else, Tom is proudest of working on both of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s historic Presidential Campaigns, on Grassroots outreach, LGBT Outreach, Hillary’s advance team, and serving as a 2016 delegate for Secretary Clinton at the DNC.

Michael D’Angora is thrilled to be making his Broadway debut as a co-producer on the upcoming Caroline, or Change revival. Off-Broadway credits include proudly working as a director alongside his husband, Tom D’Angora, on A Musical About Star Wars, The Marvelous Wonderettes, A Broadway Diva Christmas and Naked Boys Singing! Other directing credits include ’Til Sunday (Hollywood Fringe Festival), A Kid Like Jake (YOLO! Productions), You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Debbie Does Dallas The Musical, and Ptown’s hit drag show ICONS. As a video director and editor he has loved working with Christine Pedi on her Liza Minnelli and “Hello Dolly Audition” videos, Kenn Boisinger’s streaming series, several music videos with Maya Days, and as editor on Mélange.

Roundabout’s upcoming productions include Caroline, or Change, by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori, starring Sharon D Clarke, directed by Michael Longhurst; Birthday Candles, by Noah Haidle, starring Debra Messing, directed by Vivienne Benesch; Trouble in Mind, by Alice Childress, directed by Charles Randolph-Wright; …what the end will be by Mansa Ra, directed by Margot Bordelon; Exception to the Rule by Dave Harris, directed by Miranda Haymon and The Wanderers by Anna Ziegler, directed by Barry Edelstein.


James: Charlotte heads to French Woods tomorrow

Peter: Charmed Life @ Urban Stages Theater
Written and performed by Lori Brown Mirabal
Directed by Vincent Scott
July 9, 2021 – August 1, 2021

Michael: Christine Pedi Celebrates Chicago @ Feinstein’s/54 Below

Peter: Eyes of New York on Staten Island @ 55 Richmond Terrace, 7 minute walk off the boat

Michael: Waiting for Lefty @ Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Company

Michael: Marilyn Maye on CBS Sunday Morning with Mo Rocca, also in Hudson, New York



Peter’s Trivia Section


Michael’s Musical Moment:

Happy Birthday Lucie Arnaz!

05 They’re Playing My Song (Hers)


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Music:

Opening:

A Musical About Star Wars · Taylor Crousore, Emily McNamara & Scott Foster

Closing:

They’re Playing My Song (Hers)

Other Music: The Lounge from www.bensound.com

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