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February 13, 2018

Live From Lincoln Center To Showcase Performances By Broadway Stars in PBS Series Starting April 20

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LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER CONCERT SERIES TO SHOWCASE PERFORMANCES BY BROADWAY STARS

LESLIE ODOM JR., ANDREW RANNELLS, SUTTON FOSTER, AND STEPHANIE J. BLOCK

 

New series to debut on PBS beginning April 20, 2018

 

New York, NY (September 19, 2017/Updated February 13, 2018) — Some of Broadway’s brightest stars—Leslie Odom Jr., Andrew Rannells, Sutton Foster with special guest Jonathan Groff, and Stephanie J. Block—will headline four special performances as part of a new series, Live From Lincoln Center Presents – Stars in Concert. Combining the intimacy of cabaret with Broadway panache, each evening will showcase one of these leading voices of musical theater illuminating their musical journeys to stardom, revisiting favorite songs, and delighting viewers with their versatility and captivating performances.

 

Stars in Concert was filmed over four nights at The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Each episode will air nationwide on PBS in four hour-long episodes on consecutive Fridays, starting with Sutton Foster on April 20, Leslie Odom Jr. on April 27, Stephanie J. Block on May 4, and concluding with Andrew Rannells on May 11. Select episodes will also be available on BroadwayHD.

 

“We have assembled an incredible lineup for this series, which offers the rare opportunity to see beloved Broadway stars in an intimate setting, and in their own words,” said Andrew C. Wilk, executive producer of Live From Lincoln Center. “This group of artists—Live From Lincoln Center favorites Andrew Rannells, Stephanie J. Block, and Sutton Foster, and ‘newcomers’ to our program, multitalented Hamilton stars Leslie Odom Jr. and, appearing alongside Sutton, Jonathan Groff—have garnered 13 Tony nominations between them. If you’re a Broadway fan, a follower of these talented artists, or even if you just love a beautiful song, this is a series not to be missed.”

 

Sutton Foster (Tony Award winner for Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie) was a featured performer in Live From Lincoln Center’s SINATRA: Voice for a Century, and invited Jonathan Groff (Tony nominations for Hamilton and Spring Awakening) to join her. Leslie Odom Jr. won a Tony Award for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in Hamilton. Stephanie J. Block (Wicked; Tony nomination for The Mystery of Edwin Drood) and Andrew Rannells (HBO’s Girls; Tony nomination for The Book of Mormon) starred in the Live From Lincoln Center broadcast of Falsettos, and earned Tony Award nominations for their performances.

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Sutton Foster

Sutton Foster is an award-winning actor, singer, and dancer who has performed in more than 10 Broadway shows—most recently the revival of Sweet Charity—and originated roles in the Broadway productions of The Drowsy Chaperone, Little Women, Young Frankenstein, Shrek The Musical, Violet, and her Tony Award–winning performances in Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie. She has appeared on television in Bunheads, Psych, Johnny and the Sprites, Flight of the Conchords, Sesame Street, Law & Order SVU, Royal Pains, and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Since March 2015, she has starred in TV Land’s series Younger, created by Darren Star. As a solo artist, Foster has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Feinstein’s, and Joe’s Pub, as well as Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series in 2004, 2009, and 2017.

 

Jonathan Groff

Since Jonathan Groff’s award-winning breakout performance in Broadway’s Spring Awakening in 2006 (Theatre World Award winner; Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Drama League Award nominee), his résumé has not only expanded in theater but also through memorable performances in film and television. This fall, Groff starred in David Fincher’s new series Mindhunter on Netflix. Last July, Groff reprised his starring role as Patrick in HBO’s Looking: The Movie, alongside Murray Bartlett, Russell Tovey, and Derek Phillips. Groff was nominated for a 2015 Tony Award for his portrayal of King George III in the Pulitzer Prize–winning production of Hamilton on Broadway. On screen, he voiced the male lead in the Disney animated film Frozen and appeared in American Sniper alongside Bradley Cooper. He also played the recurring character Jesse St. James on the Emmy and Golden Globe Award–winning show Glee.

 

Leslie Odom Jr.

Tony and Grammy Award-winning performer Leslie Odom Jr. is best known for originating the role of Aaron Burr in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash hit Hamilton, for which he received a 2016 Tony Award. He made his Broadway debut in Rent and appeared in the original cast of Leap of Faith in 2012. Other credits include the Public Theater’s rock musical Venice and the Encores! production of Tick, tick…BOOM!. On television, he has had recurring roles in Gilmore Girls, Person of Interest, and Law & Order SVU. In 2016, he re-released his self-titled album, Leslie Odom Jr., which made it to No. 1 on the Billboard Jazz charts.

 

Odom Jr. was most recently seen on the big screen starring alongside Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Penelope Cruz, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Judi Dench in Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express for Twentieth Century Fox. Previous film work includes the 2012 historical drama, Red Tails, executive produced by George Lucas and co-starring Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and David Oyelowo, among others.

 

On the small screen, Odom, Jr. starred on the cult-classic musical drama series, Smash, created by Theresa Rebeck. He had recurring roles on NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, CBS’ Persons of Interest and CSI: Miami, and made guest appearances on such shows as The Good Wife, Gotham, and Showtime’s House of Lies.

 

This spring, Odom, Jr. adds the title of “Author” to his resume with the release of his book – FAILING UP: HOW TO TAKE RISKS, AIM HIGHER, and NEVER STOP LEARNING. Written in the style of a commencement speech, the book brings together what Odom, Jr. has learned in life so far, tapping into universal themes of starting something new, following your passions, discovering your own potential, and surrounding yourself with the right people. FAILING UP is about unlocking your true potential and making your dreams come true even when it seems impossible. The book is being published by Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, for release March 27, 2018.

 

Stephanie J. Block

Stephanie J. Block has established herself as one of the most relevant and versatile voices in contemporary musical theater. She received both the 2013 Tony Award and Drama Desk nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Alice Nutting/Edwin Drood in the Roundabout Theatre’s production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Other Broadway credits include Reno Sweeney in the 2011 Tony Award–winning revival of Anything Goes and Judy Bernly in 9 to 5: The Musical (Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress in a Musical). She created the roles of Grace O’Malley in The Pirate Queen and Liza Minnelli in The Boy from Oz (opposite Hugh Jackman). Block is best known for her portrayal as Elphaba in the Broadway company of Wicked, as well as originating the role in the first national tour. Off-Broadway and regional theatrical credits include Little Miss Sunshine (Drama Desk nomination), By the WayMeet Vera Stark (Drama Desk nomination), They’re Playing Our Song (starring opposite Jason Alexander), Cats (Kevin Kline Award nominee), Funny GirlCrazy for You (L.A. Ovation Award nominee), Oliver (Critics Award), James Joyce’s The DeadTriumph of LoveThe Grass HarpSouth PacificThe Will Rogers Follies, and the world premiere of Wicked. She has most recently starred in the New York revival of Falsettos (Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, Outer Critics Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical). She will be featured in the upcoming NBC series, Rise.

 

Andrew Rannells

Andrew Rannells is perhaps best known for his role as Elijah on the hit HBO series Girls. Rannells also appeared in Steven Soderbergh's The Knick on Cinemax, NBC's The New Normal, and in Nancy Meyers's film The Intern. He originated the role of Elder Price in The Book of Mormon, for which he won a Grammy Award and was nominated for both a Tony and a Drama Desk Award. Also on Broadway, he played the role of King George in the smash hit Hamilton, Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and most recently starred in Falsettos, for which he received a Tony Award nomination. Rannells also appeared in the Fox feature film Why Him?. Most recently, Rannells wrapped production on the Paul Feig thriller A Simple Favor, opposite Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick, and guest starred on NBC’s revival of the beloved series Will & Grace. He is also set to appear in Matthew Weiner’s new Amazon series The Romanoffs, and opposite Don Cheadle in the Showtime pilot Ball Street, which Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will direct in February 2018.


LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER

Live From Lincoln Center is a cornerstone of performing arts broadcasting, presenting the world’s greatest artists and performances in music, dance, and theater from Lincoln Center’s renowned stages. Now in its 43rd season on PBS, the pioneering series—produced by Lincoln Center—has been seen by hundreds of millions of viewers since its debut and celebrated by 17 Emmy Awards and other honors for its broadcasting excellence. Additional Live From Lincoln Center content is accessible online at PBS.org.


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community engagement, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers a variety of festivals and programs, including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants and Artist program, David Rubenstein Atrium programming, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Awards for Emerging Artists, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, LC Kids, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, the Emmy Award–winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS, and Lincoln Center Education, which is celebrating more than four decades enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

 

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