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“On Stage Across America” Debuts May 2013

Love a finely articulated jazz hand? Crave period appropriate costumes? Dig perfectly executed diction?

We’ve got the show for you.

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Following the success of On Stage, a long-running theater program on our local news network NY1, we’re introducing “On Stage Across America.”  This original half-hour program spotlights theater happenings across the country — from the bright lights of Broadway to the lantern-lit town squares home to Summerstock and high school plays.  Customers across the country — not just in NYC — can enjoy this show starting May 2013; we’ll debut a new episode in the first week of each month on Video On Demand, select TWC local channels, and online.

Hosting the new series is NY1 News reporter and producer Frank DiLella, who has covered the Broadway beat since 2004 for NY1 and is a contributing correspondent for Playbill magazine.

DiLella interviews Diana Ross and Berry Gordon at the premiere of "Motown: The Musical"

In the series premiere, DiLella goes behind-the-scenes of new Broadway acts like “Lucky Guy,” “Matilda,” “Motown,” and more.  Plus, he interviews celebs who are currently lighting up Broadway marquees, including Tom Hanks, Cyndi Lauper, Harvey Fierstein and Audra McDonald.

Tom Hanks, star of "Lucky Guy" on Broadway, talks to "On Stage Across America"

In addition to showcasing the latest and greatest from the Great White Way, the inaugural episode will spotlight The American Repertory Theater (ART), which produced the 2012 Tony Award-winning revival of “The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess” and the first ever Broadway revival of “Pippin.” Plus, DiLella visits The School of the Arts in Rochester, New York where middle and high school students are putting on “Avenue Q: School Edition.”

For more information on “On Stage Across America,” including how you can find the show on Video On Demand and local news channels, visit NY1 News.

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