|*WATCH* THE HELLO GIRLS Performance In The FIRST COLORS Ceremony Introducing America's New World War I Memorial Virtual live-broadcast event hosted by GARY SINISE|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 07:04 pm EDT 04/16/21|
Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Drama League & Off Broadway Alliance Awards Nominated
THE HELLO GIRLS
Performance In The
FIRST COLORS Ceremony
Introducing America's New World War I Memorial
Virtual live-broadcast event hosted by GARY SINISE
(New York, NY - April 16th, 2021) The United States World War I Centennial Commission, in cooperation with the Doughboy Foundation, the National Park Service and the American Battle Monuments Commission, sponsored the FIRST COLORS Ceremony, a major event to celebrate the inaugural raising of the American flag over the nation's soon to open World War I Memorial. The live-broadcast event featured a special performance by the critically acclaimed Off Broadway cast of THE HELLO GIRLS (www.TheHelloGirlsMusical.com ) and took place in Washington, DC on Friday, April 16 at 10:00 a.m. EDT / 7:00 a.m. PDT. The video from the ceremony may be seen here (https://youtu.be/OFShls8Gfms )
Hosted by award-winning actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise, the 90-minute program paid tribute to America's role in WWI and highlight our national unity with military fanfare, guest appearances by notable participants from across the country and musical performances including a special excerpt from the Off Broadway musical THE HELLO GIRLS.
The WWI FIRST COLORS Ceremony performance reunited members of the original Off-Broadway cast of THE HELLO GIRLS: Ellie Fishman (Finding Neverland, Miss Saigon National Tour, Goodspeed's The Music Man), Chanel Karimkhani (Bach and Bleach, The Goree All Girl String Band), Andrew Mayer (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, I Spy A Spy), Matthew McGloin (Bastard Jones, 2 Pianos, 4 Hands at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Ben Moss (Oratorio For Living Things at Ars Nova, Broadway: Head Over Heels, Amélie, Deaf West's Spring Awakening ), Lili Thomas (We're Gonna Die @2ST, Only Human), Skyler Volpe (Sing Street at NYTW / Broadway, Barrington Stage West Side Story), and Cathryn Wake (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, The Other Josh Cohen). Original drummer Elena Bonomo (Broadway's Six, A Strange Loop) is joined by bass player and vocalist Nygel D. Robinson.
An ensemble of actor-musicians chronicles the story of America's first women soldiers in THE HELLO GIRLS. From New York to Paris, from ragtime to jazz, and featuring a critically-acclaimed score by Peter Mills, and book by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel, the musical tells the story of the groundbreaking women who served as the first soldiers in the U.S. Army, during World War I. These intrepid heroines served as bilingual telephone operators on the front lines, helping turn the tide of World War I. They then returned home to fight a decades-long battle for equality and recognition, paving the way for future generations.
NYC's critically-acclaimed Prospect Theater Company premiered THE HELLO GIRLS Off-Broadway at 59E59 in November of 2018. The musical was nominated for three Drama Desk Awards (Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Lyrics and Outstanding Music), four Outer Critics Circle Awards (including Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical, Outstanding New Score and Outstanding Book Of A Musical, and nominations for Outstanding New Musical from the Drama League Awards and Best New Musical from the Off Broadway Alliance Awards. THE HELLO GIRLS was later featured in ASCAP's Musical Theater Week at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC (October 2019) and most recently featured in a Prospect IGNITE Series concert at Symphony Space (February 2020). THE HELLO GIRLS Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording is available at www.BroadwayRecords.com and everywhere music is sold.
The FIRST COLORS Ceremony was an emotionally powerful, live-broadcast program that commemorated the generation of Americans who fought, with our allies, in the trenches and on the home front to bring an end to one of the most consequential wars in history. The FIRST COLORS Ceremony is available for public viewing at https://firstcolors.worldwar1centennial.org/.
Connect with THE HELLO GIRLS at www.thehellogirlsmusical.com
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Peter Mills (Music, Lyrics, Co-Book) is an award-winning composer/lyricist and bookwriter, whose most recent show The Hello Girls (Off-Broadway, Prospect @ 59E59 Theaters) was nominated for 3 Drama Desk Awards and 4 Outer Critics Circle Awards. Other works include: The Honeymooners (lyrics) at the Paper Mill Playhouse; Illyria (book, music, and lyrics) at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; and Golden Boy Of The Blue Ridge (book, music, and lyrics) with Prospect at 59E59. Awards include: the Kleban Prize for Lyrics, the Fred Ebb Award, the Cole Porter Award from ASCAP, a Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation grant, and two 2006 Drama Desk Award nominations for his show The Pursuit Of Persephone (Best Music, Best Orchestration.) He received a 2015 fellowship from the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy to develop his show, Death For Five Voices. MFA from NYU's Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program. He is a founding member of Prospect Theater Company. www.PeteMillsMusic.com
Cara Reichel (Director / Co-Book) is the Producing Artistic Director of NYC's critically-acclaimed Prospect Theater Company, which she co-founded in 1998, and is a leader in the field of new musical theater development. With Peter Mills, she has co-created over a dozen new musicals, including the 2018 hit The Hello Girls (Outer Critics Circle & Drama Desk Award nominations, cast album at Broadway Records). Recent direction: the 2020 Drama Desk nominated Einstein's Dreams for Prospect off-Broadway @ 59E59 Theaters. Selected director / writer credits: O'Neill Theatre Center, Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals, Goodspeed Johnny Mercer Writers' Colony, Bogliasco Fellowship. She has taught for the American Theatre Wing's SpringboardNYC program, the Lewis Center for the Arts' Atelier Program, and (upcoming) Princeton's Global Seminar Program. Member: Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. www.CaraReichel.com
Broadway Records is the leading, Grammy® winning record label dedicated to releasing the most popular and current Broadway cast recordings, as well as preserving legacy musical theatre and theatre vocalists repertoire. Under the leadership of Broadway Records' president and founder Van Dean, recent releases include: If The Fates Allow: The Hadestown Holiday Album, Lea Salonga Live In Concert with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Marguerite starring Cady Huffman, the Broadway star-filled Wellsongs Project, Legacy: Two Song Cycles by Ahrens and Flaherty, Georgia On My Mind with an all-star Broadway cast, the soundstage recording of Estella Scrooge, the Grammy® and Tony Award-winning revival of The Color Purple, the Tony Award® winning and Grammy® nominated revival of Once On This Island, the Grammy® nominated Matilda The Musical, Fiddler on the Roof (2015 revival) and My Fair Lady (2018 revival), Anastasia, Bandstand, Groundhog Day, The Lightning Thief and NBC's television events, "The Wiz Live!" and "Peter Pan Live!". The label's critically-acclaimed "Live at Feinstein's/54 Below" series features top Broadway stars including Patti LuPone, Aaron Tveit, Annaleigh Ashford, Norbert Leo Butz, Sierra Boggess, Laura Benanti, Emily Skinner & Alice Ripley, Adam Pascal & Anthony Rapp, Micky Dolenz and many others. Broadway Records has partnered with the Black Theatre Coalition to create Black Writers Amplified, an album consisting entirely of new works by Black musical theatre writers, a project to immediately take steps toward significantly increased representation of Black writers in musical theatre. Black Writers Amplified will be released in 2021 and act as a resource for artistic directors, producers and other theatre creators to find and support new voices and emerging Black talent. Broadway Records philanthropic endeavors also include the "Broadway For Orlando: What The World Needs Now is Love", "We Are The World" by Broadway United and "Broadway Kids Against Bullying: I Have a Voice" music videos and From Broadway With Love benefit concerts for Sandy Hook, Orlando (Emmy Award for Sound) and Parkland. www.BroadwayRecords.com
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