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HOW: The BPN APP, or where ever you listen to your favorite podcasts

New to the Cast:

Brian Stokes Mitchell (Tony Award-Winner Kiss Me Kate) as Charles,

Patti Murin (Frozen),

Sir Tim Rice (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Chess and The Lion King), and

Adrienne Warren (Tony-Nominated star of Tina).



Alex Brightman (Tony Award-Nominee Beetlejuice) as the Narrator,

Ariana Debose (The Prom Film, Hamilton, Summer) as Zoey Taylor,

Andrew Barth Feldman (Dear Evan Hansen) as “himself”,

James Monroe Iglehart (Tony Award-Winner Aladdin) as Steve Jones,

Ramin Karimloo (Olivier/Tony Award-Nominee, Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera) as Stavros,

Ilana Levine (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown) as the CAAA receptionist,

Lesli Margherita (Matilda The Musical) as the Broadway Texter,

Mauricio Martinez (On Your Feet!) as Thomas Navaro,

Bonnie Milligan (Head Over Heels) as Debra Hannaford,

Ashley Park (Netflix’s Emily in Paris, Tony Award-Nominee Mean Girls) as Kay Fields,

George Salazar (Be More Chill) as Maxwell Fernsby,

Jake Smith (Doctor Zhivago, Frozen) as Sardi’s Waiter Randolph, the Lyft Driver, and the Barista,

Sarah Stiles (Tony Award-Nominee Tootsie, Hand to God) as Emma-Olivia,

Michael Urie (Grand Horizons) as Bobby Kerns, and

Lillias White (Tony Award-Winner The Life) as Cheryl Philips

Join As The Curtain Rises for the Opening Night of AVVATAR the Musical.


What To Wear?! It’s Opening Night!


It’s a star-studded extravaganza on the red (no wait…yellow) carpet. Time Square is completely transformed into Zoey’s version of Pandora. But all that glamour is barely masking the rampant tension backstage. The pressure is crushing as the recently voiceless diva, Emma-Olivia, prepares to take the stage on Opening Night. But where is she? And just how many push-ups with Stavros do before it’s curtain up? Will Kay even acknowledge Bobby’s existence? And is that really Charles, reappearing after his many months away after the botched dimpleplasty surgery?

AS THE CURTAIN RISES is written and directed by Dori Berinstein and co-written by Mark Peikert. The series is produced by Dori Berinstein, Alan Seales and the Broadway Podcast Network (Brittany Bigelow, Yoanna Nikolova, Katie Rosin, Cyndy Schatz, Beatriz Westby) and Executive Produced by Liz Armstrong. The Soap Opera is edited and sound designed by Bart Fasbender, AVVATAR music by Matthew Sklar, sound engineering by Alan Seales and banshee wrangling by Bill Berloni.

AS THE CURTAIN RISES was created and recorded entirely in Quarantine.

This Broadway Soap Opera celebrates and supports The Actor’s Fund and the BPN Frontline Worker Initiative which you can find at: As The Curtain Rises is a Sponsored Project of IFP.



Instagram: @asthecurtainrises

The Podcast is available on the BPN App, Apple/iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeart, TuneIn, Deezer, Player.FM, Pocket Cast, Podcast Addict and everywhere else you listen to podcasts.

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