Ben Platt & More Set For Off-Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen

first_img Related Shows Broadway alum and Pitch Perfect fave Ben Platt will headline the off-Broadway premiere of Dear Evan Hansen. The new musical from Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Steven Levenson played Washington, D.C’s Arena Stage last year, with Platt originating the title role. Tickets are now available for the production, which will begin performances at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theatre on March 26, with opening night set for May 1. The limited engagement is currently scheduled to run through May 22.Also returning for the off-Broadway transfer are Tony nominee Jennifer Laura Thompson as Cynthia, Rachel Bay Jones as Heidi, Laura Dreyfuss as Zoe, Mike Faist as Connor and Will Roland as Jared. Tony nominee John Dossett and Kristolyn Lloyd will round out the cast as Larry and Alana, respectively.Platt made his Broadway debut in 2014 in The Book of Mormon, reprising his performance as Elder Cunningham after taking on the role in the Chicago sit-down and national tour. His film credits include the Pitch Perfect films and Ricki and the Flash opposite Meryl Streep. Susan Blackwell stole his kite virginity.Thompson most recently appeared on Broadway in Nice Work If You Can Get It; her additional credits include a Tony-nominated turn in Urinetown, Wicked and Footloose. Jones, who recently starred in First Daughter Suite at the Public Theater, has appeared on Broadway in Pippin, Hair and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Dreyfuss’ Great White Way credits include Hair and Once. Faist made his Broadway debut in Newsies. Roland is a resident artist and board member at Studio42. Dossett earned a Tony nomination for the 2003 revival of Gypsy and has recently appeared on Broadway in Pippin and Newsies. Lloyd returns to Second Stage after appearing in Invisible Thread; her additional credits include The Liquid Plain and Heathers off-Broadway and The Bold and the Beautiful on screen.All his life Evan Hansen has felt invisible. To his peers, to the girl he loves, sometimes even to his own mother. But that was before he wrote the letter—that led to the incident—that started the lie—that ignited a movement—that inspired a community—and changed Evan’s status from the ultimate outsider into the somebody everyone wants to know. But how long can Evan keep his secret? And at what price?With a book by Levenson, lyrics by Pasek and music by Paul, the production, directed by Michael Greif, will feature choreography by Danny Mefford, set design by David Korins, costumes by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, sound design by Nevin Steinberg and projection design by Peter Nigrini. Dear Evan Hansen View Comments from $89.00center_img Star Files Ben Platt in ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ (Photo: Margot Schulman) Ben Plattlast_img read more

South Africa celebrates gains made in battle against HIV/AIDS

first_imgThe South African government and non-governmental organisations marked World Aids Day by celebrating the huge gains made in the battle against the virus.And continued its call for more South Africans to get tested and know their HIV status.last_img

Boxer Patrick Allotey handcuffed, in police custody after beating up Kotoko fan

first_imgBoxer Patrick Allotey, who was recently summoned by the Ghana Boxing Association (GBA) over his assault of a Kumasi Asante Kotoko fan last Sunday, is in even more trouble.Allotey turned himself in to the police, accompanied by his manager, on Friday morning after a warrant was issued for his arrest for the incident.He has since been transferred to the Accra Regional Police Command as investigations proceed.Pictures have since emerged of Allotey in handcuffs and have gone viral on social media.This development comes hours after Allotey, who is the current WBO Africa Super Welterweight Champion, was summoned by the GBA to explain his actions.Patrick Allotey draws back his fist preparing to hit the fanHe could face sanctions for assaulting the fan, an action which falls foul of the ethics of the profession.Patrick Allotey in handcuffs – Photo: Hot FMDerby knockoutThe video of Allotey punching Mr Siaw multiple times in the face in the stands at the Accra Sports Stadium has been shared widely.Allotey appeared agitated by Siaw’s antics, as the Kotoko fan was gyrating right in front of him and took out his anger on him.He has, however, since apologised for his actions, and added that he and his representatives have reached out to Michael Siaw.Mr. Siaw, the fan who was assaulted by Patrick AlloteySiaw, whose pictures, depicting his injuries, have gone viral, has denied that he provoked Allotey, stating that he was just celebrating Kotoko’s goal.last_img read more