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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Point Park's Conservatory Dance Co. Opens Season Oct. 11

Mark Burrell

Work by Mark Burrell, 1997 Donna Reed Scholarship Recipient in Dance, to be featured


Point Park University's Conservatory Dance Company opens its bold 2018 - 2019 season with Contemporary Choreographers, a diverse selection of pieces from four renowned choreographers who stretch the boundaries of dance. One of the contemporary selections featured is "Dancin' in the Dark" by Mark Burrell.


Burrell, a 1997 Donna Reed Scholarship recipient in dance, is an assistant professor of dance at Point Park University in Pittsburg. He has performed on Broadway and internationally. He has served as associate and assistant choreographer of several Broadway shows, in addition to holding positions as dance captain and swing. His body of work weaves in and out of the commercial and concert dance worlds. He was part of the international touring company of PIPPIN, and was the assistant choreographer for Radio City Music Hall's Christmas Spectacular for 11 years.

Fall in Love Again with Paul Gordon's EMMA Now Streaming On-Demand


Adam Daveline

2000 Donna Reed Scholarship Alumnus, Adam Daveline, part of cast


EMMA, a TIMELESS love story from one of the most widely read writers of all time, is a musical that will entice modern audiences to fall in love again with one of Jane Austen's most adored heroines.

Tony Nominee Paul Gordon's critically acclaimed stage adaptation re-imagines Austen's classic in mid-century modern while keeping the language fans have come to adore intact.

Daveline, a native of Jacksonville, FL, holds an MFA in Acting from the University of San Diego/Old Globe and a BFA in Musical Theater from Brigham Young University. He is an actor, writer, and director who has created productions both on film and on stage.

Broadway-Bound Tootsie Musical Opens in Chicago


Santino Fontana and Dustin Hoffman

Musical stars 2000 Donna Reed Festival scholarship finalist Santino Fontana

The best moment in “Tootsie,” which opened its pre-Broadway tryout in Chicago on September 30, is not when the remarkable Santino Fontana first appears in a dress as Dorothy, the ill-advised creation of an out-of-work actor turned by the relentless cruelty of a rejection-heavy biz into a two-bit, Midtown version of Dr. Frankenstein. It is when Fontana first opens his mouth to sing.

The musical adaptation of Tootsie, features a score by The Band’s Visit Tony winner David Yazbek and book by Robert Horn. It opened its pre-Broadway engagement at Broadway in Chicago’s Cadillac Theatre September 30. Performances continue through October 14.

2003 Donna Reed Scholarship Alumnus to appear in Peter Pan and Tinker Bell - A Pirate's Christmas

Ben Giroux

Ben Giroux joins cast as Smee

Ben Giroux will join the holiday spectacular Peter Pan and Tinker Bell - A Pirate's Christmas presented by Tennessee Performing Arts Center and the Lythgoe Family Panto December 13-23 in TPAC's James K. Polk Theater. 

Giroux, star of Nickelodeon's Henry Danger, has appeared in numerous productions for Lythgoe Family Panto.

Filled with big laughs, magic, dancers and contemporary songs by everyone from Taylor Swift to The Bee Gees, this family show has a little bit of something for everyone.

The star-led production blends fairy tales, comedy, the holidays, dancing, contemporary songs, and local and regional references to create an unforgettable theater experience.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Brandon Victor Dixon and Deborah Cox Will Perform at U.S. Open Finals

Brandon Victor Dixon

Both artists will offer a rendition of “America the Beautiful.”


Singer-songwriter Deborah Cox (Jekyll & Hyde, Aida) and Tony-nominated actor Brandon Victor Dixon (The Color Purple, Hamilton, Jesus Christ Superstar Live!) will perform “America the Beautiful” prior to, respectively, the women and men’s U.S. Open Finals on September 8 and 9.

Cox will also perform “I’m Every Woman,” and Dixon will sing “We Are the Champions” as a celebration of the female and male champions of the past 50 years of the U.S. Open in Flushing, New York.

Dixon was a 1999 Donna Reed scholarship finalist in musical theatre.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Play That Goes Wrong is extended on Broadway

Preston Truman Boyd

2004 Donna Reed Scholar stars in production

Broadway’s The Play That Goes Wrong, starry Preston Truman Boyd, will stick around for longer than previously announced. Despite posting an August 26 closing notice, the comedy is now scheduled to play the Lyceum Theatre through January 6, 2019.

By then, the production—currently the longest-running play on Broadway—will have played 27 previews and 745 regular performances. A national tour will launch in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in September.

Boyd was a 2004 Donna Reed Scholarship recipient in both Vocal Music and Musical Theatre.

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Brandon Victor Dixon Joins NBC's MACY'S 4th Of July Fireworks Spectacular

Brandon Victor Dixon

1999 Donna Reed scholarship finalist in musical theatre

American Authors and Brandon Victor Dixon join the incredible slate of performers for NBC's annual "Macy's 4th of JulyFireworks® Spectacular," which airs Wednesday, July 4 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) with an hourlong encore presentation at 10 p.m. Dixon will be joined by the iconic Harlem Gospel Choir for a rendition of the patriotic "America the Beautiful."

American Authors and Dixon join the previously announced acts, including Kelly Clarkson, Ricky Martin, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban, whose performance will feature hitmaker Julia Michaels for a song during his set.