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Dear Friends of the PCFTA,
I can't believe it's been a year since I last was able to bring world-class talent to the Poconos. I can't wait until next year when I am able to return and bring you more amazing talent in person. In the meanwhile, I'd like to share my latest project which is an online revival of the celebrated series of songs and monologues "Elegies for Angel, Punks and Raging Queens" written by Bill Russelll and Janet Hood. I've assembled an All-Star cast of 51 Broadway, television and film stars which is set to stream for FREE on World AIDS Day-Tuesday, December 1st. The virtual production will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Cast members include (in alphabetical order) Brooks Ashmanskas, Laura Bell Bundy, Richard Chamberlain, Charity Angel Dawson, Robin de Jesus, Fran Drescher, J. Harrison Ghee, Lena Hall, Jayne Houdyshell, James Monroe Iglehart, Famke Janssen, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Cherry Jones, Francis Jue, Joaquina Kalukango, Nathan Lane, Norm Lewis, Vicki Lewis, Telly Leung, Andrea Macasaet, Stanley Wayne Mathis, Kevin McHale, Varla Jean Merman, Jessie Mueller, Michael James Scott, JK Simmons, Robin Lord Taylor, Mariand Torres, Anna Uzele, Marsiha Wallace and Michael Xavier  as well as PCFTA favorites Lana Gordon, Alan H. Green, Lisa Howard and Alysha Umphress. The company has been recognized with 12 Tony Award wins, 36 Tony Award nominations, 20 Drama Desk Award wins 51 Drama Desk Award nominations, 11 Primetime Emmy Award wins, 17 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, 2 Grammy Award wins, 8 Grammy Award nominations, 3 Golden Globe wins, 15 Golden Globe nominations and 1 Academy Award win. There will also be special appearances by Danny Burstein, Judith Light, Billy Porter and Michael Urie.
"Elegies for Angels Pinks and Raging Queens" is a celebration of lives lost to AIDS told in free-verse monologues with a
blues, jazz and rock score. Watch the free stream on www.broadwaycares.org/elegies beginning at 5 PM EST and 8 PM EST. The show will also be available on Broadway On Demand and will be available through Saturday, December 5th.
 
Warmest regards, Stephen DeAngelisProducing Artistic Director Pocono Center for the Arts

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From Producing Artistic Director Stephen DeAngelis-

In May, I  worked on a very special music video. The "Resilient Project" unites emergency healthcare professionals from across the country with over 60 Broadway theatre artists to virtually perform 'RESILIENT,' a song of inspiration and strength composed by Dave Ogrin and Jay Berkow for their new musical ​"Mata Hari"​.​ You may recognize a few familiar faces who have performed in our concerts over the past year.  The Broadway performers have been recognized with 3 Tony Award wins, 15 Tony Award nominations, 7 Drama Desk Award wins and 19 Drama Desk Award nominations. In the face of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the video premiered during National Nurses Week to benefit ​The American College of Emergency Physicians​ ​(ACEP)​, ​Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' Covid-19 Emergency Assistance Fund​, and ​The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)​. I hope this inspires you and lifts your spirits. I look forward to seeing you all again as soon as is possible.
I love being able to introduce new faces to our audiences in the Poconos. Last July, Catherine Porter ("Next to Normal") appeared in our Broadway Cabaret Concert Series at The Deer Head. She was joined on this song by legendary composer Jim Vallance. Here's a video of their performance of "Summer of '69" (which Jim composed with Bryan Adams) from their recent sold out concert at Birdland at NYC. I hope this brings back many happy memories of when they performed this song for us all. -Stephen DeAngelis
I love being able to introduce new faces to our audiences in the Poconos. Last July, Catherine Porter ("Next to Normal") appeared in our Broadway Cabaret Concert Series at The Deer Head. She was joined on this song by legendary composer Jim Vallance. Here's a video of their performance of "Summer of '69" (which Jim composed with Bryan Adams) from their recent sold out concert at Birdland at NYC. I hope this brings back many happy memories of when they performed this song for us all. -Stephen
Dear Friends,
I have been thinking of you all quite a bit over the last several days and wanted to reach out. While we are on a bit of a hiatus, I thought I would share some videos of many of the performers who have joined us over the past year as well as those who I hope to bring to you as soon as is possible. The first is Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominee Chad Kimball who created the role of Huey Calhoun in the Tony Award winning musical "Memphis". He was supposed to join us last Monday evening at The Deer Head on his night off from the Broadway company of the Tony Award-winning "Come From Away". We are so fortunate that PBS recorded and broadcast "Memphis" to preserve all of the show's the amazing performances. Here's Chad with his showstopping rendition of "Memphis Lives in Me". More videos from other amazing talent coming soon. Sending warmest regards for continued good health to you and yours.-Stephen