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Annual NYC Halloween profit live performance ‘I Put a Spell on You’ returns dwell and on-line


After two years of digital enjoyable and frights through the pandemic shutdown of theaters, the annual Halloween profit I Put a Spell on You, offered by Kampfire Movies and Jay Armstrong Johnson (The Phantom of the Opera, On the City, ABC’s Quantico), who created and stars within the spooky spoof, returns dwell to NYC’s Sony Corridor on Sunday, October 23, for an over-the-top night time of parodying and paying tribute to the cult-classic film Hocus Pocus. In the event you can’t make it in particular person, the efficiency will likely be recorded and out there for streaming on Broadway on Demand starting on October 30, at 7 pm, and for the next 4 days. Proceeds from each the dwell and digital codecs will present assist for Broadway Cares/Fairness Fights AIDS.

Jay Armstrong Johnson as Winifred Sanderson. Picture by Brooke Bell.

The “concert-meets-party” follows the story of the bewitching Sanderson Sisters, who, of their search to search out magnificence, youth, and immortality, return from the lifeless and collect their most well-known associates to assist them lure the kids of NYC with unbelievable performances and over-the-top theatrical magic. The night time, for which viewers members are invited to decorate up of their favourite Halloween garb and enter the costume contest to win prizes, begins with pre-show escapades and ends with a blowout dance celebration DJ’d by VELEZ&PARADA.

Johnson returns as Winifred Sanderson, together with Allison Robinson and Amanda Williams Ware as sisters Sarah and Mary. Together with a big ensemble forged is a roster of Broadway stars and particular visitors that features Main Attaway (Aladdin), Nick Rashad Burroughs (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical),  Tony Award winner Gavin Creel (Into the Woods), Tony nominee Robyn Hurder (A Stunning Noise), two-time Grammy winner Tamika Lawrence (Caroline, or Change), Julia Mattison (Godspell), Tomás Matos (Hadestown), Alanna Saunders (Harry Potter & the Cursed Little one), Claire Saunders (The Intern), Heath Saunders (Firm), James Scully (Hulu’s Hearth Island), Alysha Umphress (On the City), Arianna Rosario (Spielberg’s West Facet Story), Matt Rivera (Chu’s In The Heights), transgender singer and LGBTQ activist Mila Jam, and queens Kiki Ball-Change and Marti Gould Cummings.

Throughout their busy rehearsal week previous to this Sunday’s efficiency, Jay and co-producer Katie Rosin from Kampfire Movies graciously took the time to reply my questions in regards to the present, its historical past, and what followers can count on on this yr’s installment.

Jay Armstrong Johnson. Picture courtesy of the artist.

What’s it about Hocus Pocus?

Jay: Earlier than I used to be performing theater, Halloween was the vacation that gave me my first style of what meant to remodel into a personality. Hocus Pocus embodied all that I liked about my favourite vacation, and the performances given by Bette, SJP, and Kathy blew my little queer thoughts. When I’m requested what my favourite film is, the reply is at all times Hocus Pocus, and whereas I can typically be given the aspect eye, I stand by it.

When did you first determine to create I Put a Spell on You and what number of years have you ever been doing it?

Jay: It began out over seven years in the past as an album launch turned Halloween celebration for my debut album Jay Armstrong Johnson LIVE at Feinstein’s 54 Under (out there on iTunes and anyplace you possibly can stream music). It was initially referred to as Jay’s Not So Scary Halloween Social gathering, a tackle the seasonal occasion at Disney World. For the previous two years we now have been digital (attributable to you already know what) and we’re so joyful to be again LIVE this yr, whereas nonetheless providing our digital audiences the present on Broadway on Demand.

What impressed you to change into concerned as a producer, and what do you like most about it?

Katie: Having at all times been riddled with stage fright, I spotted that behind the scenes and making productions occur was the place I discovered actual pleasure. I’ve labored this manner for almost all of my profession, in publicity, advertising and marketing, and producing. I discover nice pleasure in making issues occur, my love language is caring for others, and being a producer embodies that trait so splendidly.

What’s the format for the dwell present, and for the viewers attending at Sony Corridor?

Jay: The present is a sequence of manufacturing numbers carried out by Broadway’s finest, taking part in iconic villains from Popular culture supported by an unbelievable ensemble of dancers. We’ve got a four-piece band and three backup singers supported by tracks to permit for extra digital sounds in our extra up to date pop tunes. The musical numbers are strewn collectively by the long-lasting narrative of the Sanderson Sisters searching for to feed off the lives of kids to remain younger and delightful perpetually. There may be an hour-long pre-show celebration DJ’d by VELEZ&PARADA, the place ticket holders should purchase foods and drinks, dance, take pictures of their Halloween costumes, and put together for the return of the Sanderson Sisters. VIP visitors have the choice to be seated within the banquettes across the perimeter of the corridor whereas the general-admission dance-floor ticket holders stand and are part of the of the motion.

Katie Rosin. Picture courtesy of the artist.

What do you hope viewers, each dwell and on-line, take away from it?

Jay: I hope viewers can take away the form of pleasure and pleasure that Hocus Pocus initially gave me as a child. I additionally hope there may be extra consciousness across the unbelievable group Broadway Cares/Fairness Fights AIDS. The work they do reaches far past Broadway to over 450 social-service packages nationwide to offer housing, life-saving remedy, and emergency providers to those that want it most.

Katie: My hope is for our viewers each dwell and on-line to have the perfect time of their lives! The performers are giving their all onstage and audiences are in for a deal with. Celebrating Halloween is such a favourite for therefore many individuals, and together with that’s the beloved movie Hocus Pocus. This celebration embodies so many issues individuals love about each – dressing up, singing, dancing, and being spooky. We’re thrilled our nationwide viewers may take pleasure in celebrating with us, and, as Jay talked about, study in regards to the unbelievable and integral group Broadway Cares/Fairness Fights AIDS, which simply this week despatched monetary assist to the hurricane-ravaged Florida coast.

Many because of each of you for giving our readers a sneak peek at this yr’s thrilling present and on your ongoing assist of Broadway Care/Fairness Fights AIDS.

Picture by Roberto Araujo.

I Put a Spell on You: ALIVE at Sony Corridor performs on Sunday, October 23, 2022, at 8 pm (doorways open at 7), at Sony Corridor, 235 West 46th Avenue, NYC. For tickets (beginning at $35 for dance flooring basic admission; sponsorship and VIP packages are additionally out there), go on-line. All attendees have to be totally vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 and masks are strongly beneficial. The occasion will likely be recorded dwell and can stream on Broadway On Demand starting at 7 pm, Sunday, October 30, and will likely be out there for the subsequent 4 days. For tickets (priced at $35), click on right here.

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