Witches near and far, the previously announced return of Jay Armstrong Johnson’s annual Halloween concert-meets-party I Put a Spell on You will be streamed by Broadway On Demand during Halloween weekend. The event will return live and in-person to New York City’s Sony Hall October 23, and will become available to stream October 30 at 7 PM. The stream will remain available for the following four days. Both the in-person concert and the streaming version will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
In search of beauty, youth, and immortality, the bewitching Sanderson Sisters are back from the dead—did someone light the black flame candle?—and gather their most famous friends to help them lure the children of New York. Johnson will return as Winifred Sanderson, with Allison Robinson and Amanda Williams Ware returning as sisters Sarah and Mary, respectively. Following the concert inspired by the cult favorite Halloween film Hocus Pocus will be a dance party, and a costume contest.
”Partnering with Broadway On Demand is a great way for the fans that we have amassed over the past two years of our virtual album to still be able to join us in the celebration,” Johnson said. “They have supported us and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS with such enthusiasm, we wanted to show them our appreciation.”
“We are honored to be the official streaming platform for I Put a Spell on You,” says Broadway On Demand parent company Broadway Licensing President and CEO Sean Cercone. “Given the vital support provided by Broadway Cares, with its fundraising and grant-making contributions across the nation, we feel that Broadway On Demand is the perfect partner to provide online viewing access to this marquee event for theater fans across all 50 states.”
Set to join the Sanderson sisters this year are Trans singer and LGBTQ activist Mila Jam, Major Attaway (Aladdin), Nick Rashad Burroughs (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical), Tony winner Gavin Creel (Into the Woods), Tony nominee Robyn Hurder (Moulin Rouge! The Musical), two time Grammy winner Tamika Lawrence (Caroline, Or Change), Julia Mattison (Godspell), Tomás Matos (Hadestown), Krysta Rodriguez (Into the Woods), Alanna Saunders (Harry Potter and The Cursed Child), Claire Saunders (The Intern), Heath Saunders (Company), James Scully (Netflix's You), and Alysha Umphress (On the Town).
The core company will include Sydney Allie, Marie Baramo, Tanah Becker, Olivia Cece, Zachary Eisenberg, Tyler Eisenreich, Zachary Flores, Olivia Griffin, Natalie Hinds, Brittany Jenkins, Karma Jenkins, Darriel Johnakin, Erin Kei, Kolton Krouse, Markelle Leigh, Grace LeMieux, Hector Juan Maisonet, Maddox Martin, Nick Nazzaro, Kathryn Priest, Gabriel Andrew Reyes, Celeste Rose, Sydnie Roy, Jamal Shuriah, Michael Sylvester, Olivia Tarchick, Ahren Victory, Jamaal Wade, Erin Weinberger, Robyn Williams, and Zach Williams.
I Put a Spell on You is produced by Katie Rosin, Jay Armstrong Johnson, and DW. The production is written by Johnson and directed by Ahmad Simmons, who is also the supervising choreographer. The associate director/choreographer is Lili Froehlich, the assistant choreographer is Kristopher Ward, and additional choreographers include Mike Baerga, Phil Colgan, Chris Jarosz, Michael Sylvester, and Jason Williams. The music supervisor is Will Van Dyke. The creative team includes costume design and art direction by DW, multimedia produced by Catriona Rubenis-Stevens, projection and video design by Jamie Kiliany, technical direction by Mido Francios, lighting design by William Succoso, makeup design by Alcone Company’s Kyle Krueger, key makeup by J Guerra, SFX makeup lead is Christina Vida Roldos, and set decoration by Michael Lee Scott. The COVID compliance officer is Natalia Enriquez. I Put a Spell on You is presented by Kampfire Films and Jay Armstrong Johnson.
For more information, visit BroadwayCares.org.
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