The Billboard Liveseries launched on March 19 with the help of JoJo, Josh Grobanand Russell Dickerson, who selected non-profits to support during their livestream to benefit those most affected by COVID-19.
Billboard Live At-Home series thus far has helped charities like Meals on Wheels America, Downtown Women’s Center, My Friend’s Place and more.
Here’s this week’s full schedule:
Monday (May 11) 1 p.m. ET — Loud Luxury
Tuesday (May 12) 1 p.m. ET — Natanael Cano & Junior H
Lin-Manuel Miranda is celebrating a living musical theater legend.
The 40-year-old Puerto Rican composer, lyricist, singer, actor, producer and playwright, widely known for creating and starring in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musicals In the Heights and Hamilton, has signed on to appear on Sunday’s Stephen Sondheim virtual birthday concert.
Miranda, who starred in Mary Poppins Returns, joins a roster of new additions that includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Linda Lavin, Laura Benanti, Neil Patrick Harrisand Ben Plattfor the all-star benefit for Artists Striving To End Poverty.
Previously announced stars participating in the concert include Annaleigh Ashford, Melissa Errico, Beanie Feldstein, Josh Groban, Judy Kuhn, Randy Rainbow and Lea Solanga.
Special appearances will be made by Victor Garber, Joanna Gleason, Nathan Lane and Steven Spielberg.
They’ll all join the previously announced Meryl Streep, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald, among many others, in the special virtual concert to celebrate Sondheim’s 90th birthday.
Take Me To The World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration, hosted by Raúl Esparza, is set for this Sunday, April 26, the 50th anniversary of the opening night of Sondheim’s groundbreaking musical Company.
The concert kicks off at 8:00 pm ET, and will be available for free at Broadway.comand the Broadway.com YouTubechannel.
Other artists performing songs from the Sondheim catalog will include Mandy Patinkin, ChristineBaranski, Donna Murphy, Kristin Chenoweth, Sutton Foster, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O’Hara, Aaron Tveit, Maria Friedman, Iain Armitage, Katrina Lenk, Michael Cerveris, Brandon Uranowitz, Stephen Schwartz, Elizabeth Stanley, Chip Zien, Alexander Gemignani and, from the cast of Pacific Overtures at Classic Stage Company, Ann Harada, Austin Ku, Kelvin Moon Loh and Thom Sesma.
Esparza starred as Bobby in the 2006 Tony Award-winning revival of Companyand in the Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration productions of Sunday in the Park with George and Merrily We Roll Along in 2002, as well as the City Center Encores! production of Anyone Can Whistle and in last year’s Road Show.
“The world is in a hard place,” Esparza said in a statement, “and we are all searching for something great. Well, Stephen Sondheim is greatness personified.”
Mary-Mitchell Campbell will be the music director, with Paul Wontorek serving as director.
The online event will act as a fundraiser for ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty), the organization conceived by Campbell and Juilliard students to transform the lives of youth through art.
The 29-year-old part-Mexican American actress has signed with United Talent Agency (UTA).
Barbaro will appear as ‘Phoenix,’ the sole female fighter pilot, in the upcoming Paramount/Skydance–Tom Cruisesequel Top Gun: Maverickset for release on June 26.
Barbaro recently appeared in ABC’s Stumptownand reprised her recurring role in Splitting Up Together for the same network.
Additionally, Barbaro starred in the Netflix series The Good Cop opposite Josh Groban and Tony Danza. She’s best known for her role as Yael on the second season of Lifetime’s critically acclaimed series UnREAL.
She continues to be represented by Main Title Entertainmentand Meyer & Downs.
Esperanza Spalding is having herself a merry holiday season…
The 34-year-old part-Latina jazz bassist and singer’s Christmas collaboration with John Legend, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” has jingled its way to the top of Billboard‘s Adult Contemporary chart dated December 8.
Spalding and Legend’s track soars from No. 6 to No. 1.
The ballad becomes the 22nd AC holiday leader on the ranking since 2000, around the time that a majority of stations in the format began playing seasonal songs heavily, or 24/7, between Thanksgivingand Christmas each year.
The composition is also just the second two-time AC holiday No. 1, as Josh Groban‘s take on the standard led in 2016.
Two interpretations of “This Christmas” have topped the tally.
Here’s a recap of all the holiday songs that have dashed to the top of the AC chart since 2000:
Title, Artist, Chart Date Reached No. 1, Weeks at No. 1 “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” John Legend feat. Esperanza Spalding, Dec. 8, 2018, one (to date) “Santa’s Coming for Us,” Sia, Dec. 23, 2017, three “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” Brett Eldredge feat. Meghan Trainor, Jan. 7, 2017, one “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” Josh Groban, Dec. 24, 2016, one “This Christmas,” Train, Dec. 17, 2016, two “This Christmas,” Seal, Jan. 2, 2016, one “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” Idina Menzel duet with Michael Buble, Dec. 20, 2014, three “Underneath the Tree,” Kelly Clarkson, Dec. 2, 2013, four “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow,” Rod Stewart, Dec. 8, 2012, five “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” Michael Buble, Dec. 10, 2011, five “Oh Santa!,” Mariah Carey, Dec. 18, 2010, four “A Baby Changes Everything,” Faith Hill, Dec. 20, 2008, three “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” Josh Groban, Dec. 22, 2007, three “Frosty the Snowman,” Kimberley Locke, Dec. 15, 2007, one “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” Daryl Hall John Oates, Dec. 30, 2006, two “Jingle Bells,” Kimberley Locke, Dec. 23, 2006, one “Up on the Housetop,” Kimberley Locke, Dec. 17, 2005, four “Believe,” Josh Groban, Dec. 11, 2004, five “Sending You a Little Christmas,” Jim Brickman with Kristy Starling, Jan. 3, 2004, one “O Holy Night,” Josh Groban, Dec. 28, 2002, two “Simple Things,” Jim Brickman feat. Rebecca Lynn Howard, Jan. 5, 2002, one “The Christmas Shoes,” NewSong, Jan. 6, 2001, one
Spalding reigns in her first visit to the chart. Meanwhile, the collab is one of 15 holiday songs on the 30-position chart.
Legend lands his second AC No. 1, after “All of Me” spent 10 weeks on top in 2014.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is making his triumphant return to the Tony Awards…
The 37-year-old Puerto Rican composer, playwright, actor and singer will perform on Sunday’s Tonycast, almost one year after his hit Broadway musical Hamiltonswept the awards.
The casts of Bandstand, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Falsettos, Groundhog Day The Musical, Hello, Dolly!, Miss Saigon, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 and War Paint will perform during 71st Annual Tony Awards, which CBS will broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall from 8:00 to 11:00 PM.
There’s still no word on what Miranda will perform.
There will be additional performances by The Radio City Rockettes and Tony Award winners Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple) and Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton).
There will be additional appearances by Scott Bakula, Sara Bareilles, Orlando Bloom, Rachel Bloom, Glenn Close, Stephen Colbert, Brian d’Arcy James, Cynthia Erivo, Tina Fey, Sutton Foster, Josh Gad, Whoopi Goldberg, Jonathan Groff, Mark Hamill, Taraji P. Henson, Christopher Jackson, Allison Janney, Scarlett Johansson, Anna Kendrick, Keegan-Michael Key, Nick Kroll, John Legend, John Lithgow, Patina Miller, John Mulaney, David Oyelowo, Chazz Palminteri, Sarah Paulson, Lea Salonga, Tom Sturridge, Tommy Tune, Olivia Wilde, and 2017 Tony nominees Sally Field, Josh Groban, Bette Midler and Ben Platt.
Although Midler will appear as a presenter in one of the acting categories, she is not scheduled to participate in the Hello, Dolly! segment, which will be led by co-star Hyde Pierce. The blockbuster production’s offer to present the title song, or another of Dolly’s show-stoppers, live via remote from the Shubert Theatre was declined by the Tony producers.
The ceremony will be hosted by Tony and Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey.
The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is stumping for Hillary Clinton…
The 36-year-old Puerto Rican actor and Hamilton star/creator has joined the list of Broadway and Hollywood stars teaming up for a one-night only Broadway performance benefiting the Hillary Victory Fund.
Miranda joins a lineup that includes Julia Roberts and Hugh Jackman, all appearing in support of Clinton.
The show, “Stronger Together,” features Chelsea Clinton as a special guest and Billy Crystal as host, appearing alongside familiar faces including Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Emily Blunt, Anne Hathaway, Josh Groban, Angela Bassett, Neil Patrick Harris, Helen Mirren, Sienna Miller, Bernadette Peters, Cynthia Erivo, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Sarah Jones, Andrea McArdle and Ayodele Casel.
Organizers of the evening promise new duets and collaborations.
Michael Mayer, the Spring Awakening and Hedwig and the Angry Inch director whose Off-Broadway production of Love, Love, Love is now running, will direct the production, with Diane Paulus on board as special consultant. John Guare serves as script consultant, with Seth Rudetsky as musical director.
The event is set for October 17 at the St. James Theater, the Jujamcyn-owned venue currently occupied by “Something Rotten!,” which is dark on Monday nights.
Tickets are on sale on the Hillary Clinton website.