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Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway featuring

Laura Benanti NOV 14

The Show Must Go Online Thank you for supporting Texas Performing Arts as we navigate the challenge to safely connect our community to live performance. Your participation is an investment in the programming we look forward to bringing you in our theaters on the University of Texas at Austin campus in the future. Texas Performing Arts Executive Director and Tony Award® winning producer, Bob Bursey, is excited to bring Austin’s Broadway fans Tony Award® winner Laura Benanti live from New York.

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We are dedicated to providing access to amplify, connect, and explore a safe and inclusive creative home for the broadest possible expression of artists and audiences.

In this issue


“go, listen, and be changed” — the Boston Globe


About Laura Benanti


Building a Bridge with Robots

Laura Benanti Live from the West Side

Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway is a three show series that also includes critically acclaimed actress and singer Vanessa Williams on December 5. Learn More



Nov 14, 2020 Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway

Laura Benanti


PROGRAM Tonight’s Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway performance features Tony Award® winner Laura Benanti in the second of three shows streaming live from New York’s Shubert Virtual Studios on Manhattan’s West Side. The show will feature a mix of Broadway showtunes, pop songs, and personal stories from Benanti’s life. Your purchase supports Texas Performing Arts’ reopening and recovery efforts. Thank you.



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ABOUT LAURA BENANTI In the midst of an illustrious career spanning Broadway, film, and television, Tony Award® winning actress, singer, author, and activist Laura Benanti now brings a longstanding dream to life as she gears up to release new solo music with Sony Music Masterworks. With Broadway credits ranging from the My Fair texasperformingarts.org

Lady revival and Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower to She Loves Me, Laura garnered a Tony Award® in the category of “Best Featured Actress in a Musical” for the 2008 production of Gypsy — among five career nominations to date. Meanwhile, her performance in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown would be 7

honored with the Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for “Best Featured Actress in a Musical.” Simultaneously, she enchanted audiences on the small screen, appearing on Younger, Supergirl, Nashville, The Good Wife, Nurse Jackie, and more in addition to films including WORTH and the upcoming Here Today. Laura recently released a book for moms entitled M is for MAMA (and also Merlot): A Modern Mom’s ABCs, available now on Amazon. Early this spring, she created an empowering campaign titled #SunshineSongs, which invited students whose school musical productions were canceled this year due to the pandemic to share videos of

the performances they were not able to give, on social platforms. As chronicled by Good Morning America, she generated 4 million impressions and received over 10,000 submissions, attracting celebrities like Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jennifer Garner to join the campaign. Additionally, she invited students to contribute songs to her free “Sunshine Concerts” for senior living communities and children’s hospitals. The campaign’s success further grabbed the attention of HBO Max who recently partnered with Benanti to release a musical documentary special featuring students from across the country entitled Homeschool Musical: Class Of 2020, set to release this fall.




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A Curated Series by Graham Reynolds

Nov 20 at 7 pm Dec 4 at 7 pm Dec 11 at 7 pm Live on the Plaza at Bass Concert Hall

You’re invited to the Texas Big Top — a new outdoor performance space on the Bass Concert Hall Plaza. To kick off public shows under the tent, we invited Austin composer and bandleader Graham Reynolds to put together a series of concerts with artists who are inspiring him right now. We’re calling it Texas Mixtape, and we hope to see you (from a social distance of course) for this wide-ranging artist’s perspective.

TICKETS AT texasperformingarts.org 


Building a Bridge with Robots University of Texas at Austin students enrolled in the Performance Robots course will collaborate with AISD Metz-SĂĄnchez Elementary School to design robots that can be controlled remotely via the internet. On top of an already busy virtualclass-filled schedule, Eva Rosenthal, 2nd grade teacher at Metz-SĂĄnchez, enthusiastically agreed to be the robot club sponsor, and developed a STEAM-centered lesson plan for the club.


The elementary students will create initial drawings and stories, and the UT Austin students will bring these robot designs to life in consultation and collaboration with their young design partners. Controllability and expressiveness to tell these robots’ stories will guide all automation and fabrication decisions of our UT student team. The robots will make their debut performance in December, with their elementary school


designers controlling them remotely via the web. This project unleashes creativity in the UT students as well as young learners. In this especially challenging time, we want to explore how simultaneously investing and elevating children and UT students’ creativity might support the mental well-being of all ages and inspire all those who watch the collaborative performance. Through this virtual collaboration, building hands-on, IoT (internet of

things) connected projects, our multi-generational community of students will practice artistic expression, design, and storytelling. In these uncharted times, these little robots remind us of the power of collaboration and play, raising the spirits of us all. Follow their work on the Texas Performing Arts Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

This program is part of the Texas Performing Arts mission to enlighten, educate, and inspire young artists. To support work like this, visit texasperformingarts.org/support




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​ ollywood’s Sistine Chapel: H Sacred Sets for Stage & Scene

Sep 10–Apr 4


Six hand-painted, sound-stage backdrops from MGM Studios will “guest star” alongside exquisite artworks from The Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts. The backdrops, on loan from Texas Performing Arts, were created for MGM’s 1968 papal drama, The Shoes of the Fisherman. Nearly discarded, more than 200 backdrops were saved through the 2017 Art Directors Guild’s Backdrop Recovery Project. Texas Performing Arts owns 50 backdrops from Hollywood’s Golden Age of film for use in support of our educational mission.



Want to know what’s happening backstage at Texas Performing Arts? During this extended intermission on our stages, we invite you backstage for a look at what goes on behind the scenes and to meet the staff and students who bring you the performances you love. So, until we can be together in the theater again, put on your backstage pass and enjoy this behind-the-scenes journey. Visit texasperformingarts.org to subscribe today! Let’s Connect!


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Texas Inner Circle Texas Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges the financial support of our donors. Each year, thousands of students throughout the region enjoy the performing arts thanks to your generosity.

Donations made as of Sep 29, 2020 Please note that the donor acknowledgment page is updated each semester. Texas Performing Arts values every gift received. However, we regret that limited space does not allow us to list every donor. For information on ways to give, please call the membership office at 512.232.8567 or email us at support@texasperformingarts.org


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Carol and Clint Fletcher Jane W. Fountain Katina and Matthew Gase Jon and Joanna Geld Sharon and Richard Gibbons Glenn and Nancy Gilkey Jana and John Grimes Maria Gutierrez and Peter Nutson Tizzle Bizzle Hallock Cindy and John Hanly Amy and Peter Hannan Darcy and Rick Hardy Family Jennifer and Randall Harris Michael Herman Robbi Hull Kathleen and Jim Jardine Susan and Richard Klusmann Jan and Orion Knox Amy and David Lambert Melanie C. Lewis Nancy and Dale Lowe

Peggy Manning Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Masullo Sherry McKinney, PhD. Ford McTee Frances Ellen and Paul Metzger Pauline and Alfred Meyerson Mark Miller Natalia Morgan James W. Moritz Philip Neff Brian Neidig Margaret and Brian Nilson Dan and Deborah O’Neil Augustine Park Robert Pender Cindy Perez Tami Pharr Kari and Brian Phenegar Suzanne Pickens and Douglas Hoitenga Wanda Potts Kate and Scott Powers

Eric Rabbanian Dawn and Thomas Rich Susan E. Salch Julie and Richard Schechter Drs. Stacey and Andy Silverman Raymond Smith Steven Smith Nancy Whitworth Spong Karin and Robert Stern Geeta and David Suggs Judy and Jay Tarwater Bri Thatcher and Andy Modrovich Stacy and Michael Toomey Keith Uhls Cody Ulmer Saradee and Melvin Waxler Marie and Phil Wendell Leslie and Bryan Weston Michael Wilen Michael Wynn Timothy Young Micka and Richard Ziehr


Director’s Council Volunteer Leadership in Action

The Texas Performing Arts Director’s Council is a group of dedicated donors, sponsors, and volunteers committed to presenting world-class performances, providing students access to every performance we present, and building the next generation of audiences, artists, and presenters. We are grateful for their extraordinary support and dedication. 2020–21 COUNCIL MEMBERS Robert and Jannis Baldwin Becky Beaver Edwina Carrington Marianne and Mario Davila Laura Estes and Joyce Lauck Cynthia Glover and Dwight Williams Joanne Guariglia Stephanie Guariglia Rob Hagelberg Rhonda Hall Dan Jackson and Jeremy Guiberteau Julia Marsden Ashlee Olsem Stephanie L. Perkins Rachel Tocker Rebecca Van Den Berg Annie Solomon Zucker Brian Zucker



The Team Bob Bursey



Executive Director

Seb Boone

Amber Goodspeed

Tara Vela

Master Electrician

Events Manager

Scott Bussey

Tim Rogers

Technical Director

Assistant Director, Education & Engagement

Associate Director BUSINESS OFFICE

Kristi Lampi

Sarah Cantu

Business Operations Manager

Master Electrician

Lisa Carothers

Phoebe Greene

Administrative Associate, Business Affairs

Event Operations Manager

Leigh Remeny

Stage Supervisor

Conrad Haden

Administrative Associate, Business Operations

Carolyn Hardin


Jason Huerta

Sarah Weidler Young Associate Director of Development

Natalia Morgan Development Associate

Rachel Schoen

Assistant Prop Shop Supervisor Associate Scenic Studio Supervisor

J. E. Johnson Scenic Studio Supervisor

Yvonne Kimmons

Stewardship Manager

Assistant Director, Performance Logistics


Kenny Kuykendall

Sarah Andrews Guest Services Manager MARKETING

Lizzie Choffel Senior Graphic Designer

Will Shirey Talent Buyer

Brenda Simms Program Coordinator, Education & Curriculum Development TICKET OFFICE

Margaret Badasci Assistant Ticketing Services Manager

Susan Griffin Ticketing Services Manager

Dianne Whitehair Ticketing Systems Manager

Assistant Audio Supervisor

Michael Malak Audio Supervisor

Karen Maness Scenic Art Supervisor

Erica De Leon

Ashton Bennett Murphy

Marketing Specialist, Digital Media

Assistant Scenic Charge Artist

Hank Schwemmer

Romina Jara

Master Carpenter

Marketing Coordinator, Media Buying & Settlements


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As you enjoy the performance tonight, we’d like to pause for a moment and thank you for helping make possible all of the wonderful things that happen on the stages and behind the scenes at Texas Performing Arts. Your support will help TPA to weather the extraordinary challenges the performing arts face right now. Please consider joining or renewing your Texas Inner Circle membership today! texasperformingarts.org/become-member




Vanessa Williams

Dec 5 at 7 pm

Join us for the final performance in a threepart virtual concert series, Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway featuring critically acclaimed actress and singer Vanessa Williams on December 5, 2020. Streamed live from New York’s Shubert Virtual Studios, the show will feature a mix of Broadway showtunes, pop songs, and personal stories. You can also submit questions in advance for her to answer during the show.

TICKETS AT texasperformingarts.org 


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Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway featuring Laura Benanti  

Virtual performance program notes for Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway featuring Laura Benanti. This performance is part of the Te...

Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway featuring Laura Benanti  

Virtual performance program notes for Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway featuring Laura Benanti. This performance is part of the Te...