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