TIP SHEET: I Put A Spell On You: The Witches Era
Jay Armstrong Johnson's Annual Homage to the Cult-Classic Film Hocus Pocus
I Put a Spell on You:
The Witches Era
Live, In-Person Concert/Party Tonight
Monday, October 23 - 8pm
Benefiting Ali Forney Center
Download photos from past performances here
WHO: Jay Armstrong Johnson, Katie Rosin, Kampfire Films, Ali Forney Center
WHAT: I Put A Spell On You: The Witches Era
WHERE: Sony Hall (235 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036
WHEN: “Green” Carpet begins at 6:30 pm
Jay Armstrong Johnson
Marcia Marcia Marcia
Taylor Iman Jones
Tony Winner Michael Arden (Parade)
Tony Winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots)
Tony Winner Cody Renard Richard (Strange Loop)
Tony Winner Christopher Wheeldon (MJ, American in Paris)
Jan Sport (RuPaul’s Drag Race, Season 12)
Cathy Ang (And Just Like That, Over the Moon)
Jelani Alladin (Frozen)
Mallory Bechtel (Dear Evan Hansen, Pretty Little Liars)
NBC Live’s Ashley Bellman
Eddie Cooper (Parade)
Troy Itawa (The Daily Show, Be More Chill)
SiruisXM’s Julie James
Cory Jeacoma (Beautiful, The Carol King Musical)
Maree Johnson (The Phantom of the Opera)
Douglas Lyons (Parade, Chicken & Biscuits)
Ross Rayburn (Peloton)
Kim Onah (& Juliet)
Talia Robinson (Merrily We Roll Along, Dear Evan Hansen)
Spots are still available on the "Green" Carpet, RSVP: [email protected] | 917-512-2626
Sisters it’s time for the biggest and best Broadway Halloween event of the year Jay Armstrong Johnson’s annual Halloween concert-meets-party I Put a Spell on You: The Witches Era. Monday, October 23, 2023 at Sony Hall (235 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036) at 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.) In the search to find beauty, youth, and immortality, the bewitching and beloved Sanderson Sisters return from the dead and gather their most famous friends to help them lure the children of New York to Sony Hall. Grab your costume and reserve your spot now to secure your place on the dance floor! Tickets start at $60, visit https://ipasoy2023.cbo.io/ to purchase tickets or support.
The live event and on-demand stream will benefit the Ali Forney Center (AFC), a full-service organization protecting LGBTQ+ youth from the harms of homelessness.
I Put a Spell on You: The Witches Era will stream on Broadway On Demand beginning at 7 pm Eastern on Saturday, October 28, 2023 and be available for the following four days. Tickets for Broadway on Demand are $35 and available at https://www.broadwayondemand.com/events/i-put-a-spell-on-you-the-witches-era.
Johnson returns as Winifred Sanderson with Allison Godleski and Amanda Williams Ware as sisters Sarah and Mary. Also appearing are Tony Award Nominee Justin Cooley (Kimberly Akimbo), DeMarius Copes (Some Like it Hot, Mean Girls), Drew Gehling (Waitress, Almost Famous), Tony Award Nominee Robyn Hurder (Moulin Rouge!, A Beautiful Noise), recording artist Mila Jam, Karma Jenkins (The Time Traveler’s Wife), Zachary Daniel Jones (Wicked, Beetlejuice), reigning SIX Queen Taylor Iman Jones (The Devil Wears Prada), Ashlyn Maddox (Parade), Tiffany Mann (Be More Chill), RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 15’s Marcia Marcia Marcia, Tomás Matos (Fire Island, Diana The Musical), Maddox Martin, Julia Mattison (Death Becomes Her), Jake Pedersen (Wicked, Parade), Meghan Picerno (The Phantom of the Opera), Kathryn Priest, Ryann Redmond (Frozen, Once Upon a One More Time), Benji Rivera (New York, New York, Aladdin), Heath Saunders (Company), Talia Suskauer (Wicked, Be More Chill), Jackson Teeley (Parade), Connor Lyon is the understudy, and many more spooky surprises!
I Put a Spell on You: The Witches Era is executive produced by Jay Armstrong Johnson with the executive producer committee including Max Clayton, Sean Cocchia, Todd Donovan, Meg Fofonoff Art Lab Productions, Nicholas J Kaiser, and Andy Jones, who is also general manager with Baseline Theatrical. The show is produced by Katie Rosin, written by Johnson, and directed by Ahmad Simmons, with music supervision by Will Van Dyke, production management by Sean Gorski for Hudson Theatrical Associates, and production stage management by Julie Devore.
The associate director and supervising choreographer is Michael Anthony Sylvester, assistant choreographers are Karma Jenkins and Erin Lazzaro and features choreography by Mike Baerga, Laya Barak, Eamon Foley, Lili Froehlich, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Reed Luplau, Tuan Malinowski, Sarah Meahl, Justice Moore, Mishay Petronelli, Sydnie Roy, Kellen Stancil, Michael Anthony Sylvester, and Jason Williams.
The creative team includes costume design and art direction by DW, associate costume coordinator Taylor Barnett, costume supervisor Kelsey Bueger, costume designers include Brian Hemesath, Sarah Dixey, Chris Hynes, makeup design by Alcone Company’s Kyle Krueger, key makeup by J Guerra, SFX makeup leads Christina Vida Roldos, props designed by Andy Diaz, video design by Caite Hevner with additional video design by Jamie Kiliany, sound design by Josh Liebert, lighting design by Andrew Garvis, head SFX by Jeremy Chernick, associate SFX by Kaita Carmichael, hair department lead by Earon Chew Nealey, additional wigs by Bobby Clifton Zlotnik, BTS videography by Roberto Arajuo, house photography by Thomas Mundell. The video team is helmed by Catriona Rubenis-Stevens, with videography by Jake Primmerman, Ian Havens, Haven Houston, editing by Tessie Tokash, and sound editing by Michael Barry, Zoe Prescod and the team at C5. Ashton Pickering is the stage manager, Joe Hornberger is the assistant to Jay Armstrong Johnson, the social media team includes Tessie Tokash and Taylor Joseph Rivera, and additional producer assistants include Emily Ballou, Eli Tokash and Alexis Welch.
The dance ensemble includes David Alea, Laura Aronoff, Hugo Brument, Delaney Burke, Emma Cook, Natalie Rose Copeland, Anakeiry Cruz, Justin DeParis, Zachary Eisenberg, Ava Esposito, Tom Feeney, Zachary Flores, Pedro Garza, Cassandra Gauthier, Jules Geiss, Jada German, Cam Gradel, Erin Joy Grgas, Rachel Grinde, Markelle Grutch, Anna Guerra, Niara Hardister, Abbey Hunt, Brittany Jenkins, Will Jewett, Dainique Jones, Anjali Kanter, Maya Kitayama, Erin Lazarro, Grace Leieux, Giuseppe Little, Sam Lobel, Alexa Magro, Kelly McMillan, Justin Mock, Nick Nazzaro, Natalie Occhino, Shane Taylor Pretty, Gabriel Reyes, Kristin Roa, Aliya Rose, Kevin Santos, Olivia Schuh, Jamal Shuriah, Christopher Tipps, Ahren Victory, Jason Wells, Jon Yepez, and Cole Zieser.
Tickets start at $60 by visiting https://ipasoy2023.cbo.io/. Every ticket purchased will support the Ali Forney Center (AFC).
Sponsorship and VIP packages are available. Visit https://cbo.io/tickets/purchase_tickets.php?slug=ipasoy2023&form_name=tix for information.
Lighting, Sound and Video Gear provided by Production Resource Group, Special effects equipment provided by J&M Special Effects. Props by BB Props.
Sponsors include Abracadabra, Alcone, American Airlines, Bra Tenders, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway On Demand, Capezio, The Costume Studio, DIG., Disney Theatrical Group, Euphoria Studios, Hudson Scenic, Open Jar Studios, Pearl Studios, Places Please, Redwood Theatre Company, Schmackary's, Shimmy and Tom Team, Sony Hall, and Vita Coco.
The Ali Forney Center (AFC) is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive organization dedicated to protecting LGBTQ youth from the harms of homelessness. Each year AFC sees over 2,000 young people who are kicked out of their homes due to homophobia and transphobia. 90% of the young people we see state religious beliefs as the leading cause of their homelessness. A Staggering 95% of our clients are individuals of color largely comprised of Black and Latino communities. Nearly half of these young people come to NYC from across the country, mainly the south, fleeing homophobic homes, and communities. Due to the current political climate, we have experienced a 20% increase in the number of youth fleeing their homes from these states.
Our programs are designed to help young people overcome the traumas of homelessness and family rejection through medical and mental health services, and substance abuse treatment. Simultaneously, homeless youth are placed in one of our 19-site-scattered housing programs. Including the Bea Arthur Residence, which opened its doors in 2018 in memory of one of our first celebrity supporters.
Once stabilized, housed, and engaged in therapeutic care we engage young people in specially developed career and educational services designed to engage these youth in completing high school, and moving on to higher education, and credentialing programs. These services also include career placement and skills development through onsite programs and job readiness.
As the largest and longest-running agency doing this work, we support smaller organizations and groups of activists that aim to support similar populations. Through capacity building and conferences, we expand our reach across the United States and throughout the world. www.AliForneyCenter.org
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