Wanna help a good cause and see one of your favorite Broadway shows at the same time? Then buy tickets for a special Actors Fund benefit performance of Grease (9/9 at 8PM), Curtains (9/30 at 7:30PM), Legally Blonde (10/23 at 7PM), Les Miserables (11/11 at 8PM), or Mary Poppins (12/11 at 8PM). To order tickets, call 212.221.7300 ext. 133 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Actors Fund is a non-profit organization that offers support to entertainment industry professionals in need, including health care and housing services.
For the second year, the New York Musical Theatre Festival is holding its “Broadway Idol” competition, modeled on the hit TV series American Idol. If you’re 21 or older and don’t have Broadway credits (but you’re convinced you’ve got Broadway-caliber talent), then head to the auditions on September 8. Auditions are held at the Ha! Comedy Club (163 W. 46th) from 10AM to 6PM. Be sure to arrive between 10 and 10:15AM to be assigned an audition time. Callbacks will be held the next day from noon to 3PM. Contestants must be prepared to participate in the competition on the following dates: September 21, September 28, and October 5. For the audition, bring a 16-bar Broadway song that best reflects your style and abilities. The winner of “Broadway Idol” gets to do his or her own solo concert produced by Ars Nova.
Dan Fogler, who originated the role of William Barfee in the Broadway production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, is now starring on the big screen in the comedy Balls of Fury. Ever since Fogler won a Tony for his hilarious turn in Spelling Bee, Hollywood has been courting him for numerous film projects.