THE ILLUSIONISTS™ – LIVE FROM BROADWAY™, FINDING NEVERLAND, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, THE BODYGUARD, THE KING AND I and Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID to be featured on the third season of “Broadway Balances America” on The Lifetime

THE ILLUSIONISTS™ – LIVE FROM BROADWAY™, FINDING NEVERLAND, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, THE BODYGUARD, THE KING AND I and Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID to be featured on the third season of “Broadway Balances America” on The Lifetime

Six-part miniseries will take viewers behind the scenes of some of the most-beloved Broadway musicals; Several 2016/2017 Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta shows to be featured

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 — Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta is pleased to announce that The Balancing Act®, the award-winning morning show on the Lifetime® Channel, will include several shows from the upcoming 2016/2017 season in the third season of its six-part series, Broadway Balances America, sponsored by Broadway Across America.  The series will launch August 8 and feature THE ILLUSIONISTS™ – LIVE FROM BROADWAY™, FINDING NEVERLAND, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, THE BODYGUARD, THE KING AND I and Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID.

The Broadway in Atlanta 2016/2017 lineup will feature Atlanta debuts of THE ILLUSIONISTS; Time Magazine’s #1 Show of the Year, MATILDA THE MUSICAL; Roundabout Theatre Company’s CABARET; ANNIE; AN AMERICAN IN PARIS; A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL; THE BODYGUARD; and FINDING NEVERLAND, as well as returning audience favorites available as season options: the spectacular new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, RIVERDANCE, THE LITTLE MERMAID and MAMMA MIA!, now in its final Broadway Tour.

Season packages for the 2016/2017 season are now on sale, with prices starting at $224 for all seven shows. Subscriber prices will vary depending on the show time, day of the week and seating location. New subscriptions may be ordered online at BroadwayInAtlanta.com and via phone by calling 800-278-4447 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Subscriber benefits include access to the best seats available, priority access to additional tickets, and ticket exchange privileges.

 “We are thrilled to continue this national partnership for a third season, expanding the platform by including these segments on our Broadway Channel App, available on Apple TV, Amazon and Roku,” said Lauren Reid, CEO, Broadway Across America. “This unique content helps educate our audiences on new shows coming to our cities. We thank our network of local theaters nationwide and The Balancing Act for helping us share Broadway with that wider audience across the country.”

Broadway Balances America provides behind-the-scenes access and interviews highlighting shows featured on Broadway Across America’s 2016-2017 Broadway series nationwide – from Boston to Costa Mesa, from Houston to Minneapolis, and everywhere in between. The Balancing Act’s hosts get up close and personal with casts and crews, even experiencing what it’s like to take the show on the road.

“We are so happy to take The Balancing Act’s viewers behind-the-scenes of the most popular Broadway shows, meeting some of the actors/directors/choreographers who bring it all to life,” said Jeanne Kelly, Supervising Producer for The Balancing Act. “Everyone can now experience the excitement, music and magic that is Broadway right in their local community.”

On the first segment, Broadway Balances America welcomes the cast of THE ILLUSIONISTS™ – LIVE FROM BROADWAY™ as The Balancing Act hosts, Julie Moran and Olga Villaverde, get in on the act and discover what it takes to suspend disbelief for eight performances a week!  Viewers will meet “The Trickster”, Jeff Hobson, in-studio and will witness an illusion that will leave them speechless, and see how a theatrical, Broadway-caliber magic spectacular balances a Broadway season.

Next, The Balancing Act will go behind the scenes of the innovative new musical FINDING NEVERLAND, based on the award-winning film.  Correspondent Amber Milt will speak with Tony Award-winning Director, Diane Paulus, and Emmy Award-winning Choreographer, Mia Michaels about how they balanced this magical creative world and brought it to life for Broadway.  Viewers will also go backstage with original Broadway cast member Laura Michelle Kelly (Sylvia) as she reveals what it was like creating this strong female character that inspired J.M Barrie to achieve his dreams.

In the third episode of Broadway Balances America, viewers will uncover the beautiful world within AN AMERICAN IN PARIS. Amber Milt will discover how balance is key to sustaining this Tony-Award®-winning production, but also how its stars maintain their minds and bodies for what is a truly athletic performance, multiple times a week.  The Balancing Act audience will see first-hand what it takes to juggle training, performing, and managing a personal life while touring the country.  

The series continues when Amber and crew meet up in South Florida with renowned R&B artist, Deborah Cox, as she prepares for the U.S. tour of the THE BODYGUARD.  Deborah will take the viewers inside the recording studio and rehearsal process for a glimpse at what it takes to recreate an iconic movie role for the stage. Deborah will also discuss the challenges of balancing a life of music, theater, touring, and being a mother and wife. 

“I am excited to have The Bodyguard be a part of the third season of the Broadway Balances America series on The Balancing Act! The opportunity to sing all of these songs that people have grown to love over the years is an incredible honor for me,” Deborah Cox said. “The Bodyguard is one of my all-time favorite movies, and the show is going to be compelling and mysterious.  Being able to perform these songs on stage across America every night is going to be just thrilling. I can’t wait to give viewers a behind-the-scenes look as I prep for this role of a lifetime.”

Speaking of strong women, two of them come together and oppose each other in The Fifth Avenue Production of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID. Amber will meet the creative team and explore the passion and power struggle between legendary characters, Ariel and Ursula, and the complex relationships that make the animated classic come to life on stage.  Audiences new and old will have an opportunity to go fathoms below next season, and The Balancing Act will give us our first in-depth look behind the curtain.

“We’re so excited to bring our viewers a third season of Broadway Balances America on The Balancing Act,” said Lauren Newman-Giannetti, VP of Partnership Development for The Balancing Act. “We believe in cultivating a love of theater from a young age on up, and what better way to instill that than experiencing Broadway in your own community? We’ll be taking viewers behind the scenes to tell the story behind the story, and what it takes to make the magic happen on stage for some of America’s most beloved productions, as well as some of the newer, edgier and sexier ones too.  You definitely want to tune in!”  

To learn more about the Broadway Balances America series, please visit: www.broadwaybalancesamericamerica.com

The John Gore Organization is the leading developer, producer, distributor and marketer of Broadway theatre worldwide. Under the leadership of theater producer and owner John Gore, its family of companies includes Broadway Across America, Broadway.com, The Broadway Channel, BroadwayBox.com, and Group Sales Box Office. The company presents shows in 40 cities across North America as well as on Broadway, Off-Broadway, London’s West End, Japan, and China. It has won Tony Awards in every producing category as well as numerous other Drama League, Drama Desk and Olivier awards. 

Broadway Across America the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 40 markets with over 265,000 subscribers. Presentations include Disney’s The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, The Phantom of the Opera and the up-coming Hamilton. Current and past productions include Beautiful, Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, Finding Neverland,  Million Dollar Quartet, Hairspray, On Your Feet ,The Producers, School of Rock, Waitress and the 2016 Broadway revival of Cats.  

About The Balancing Act

Now in its seventh year, The Balancing Act continues to empower women in all aspects of their lives. The mission at The Balancing Act is simple – the show strives to help today’s modern woman balance it all by bringing them exceptional solutions to everyday problems. Entertaining, educational and trusted by women, viewers can watch America’s premier morning show weekday mornings on Lifetime® Television at 7:00 a.m. (ET/PT). For additional information or to view a segment visit www.thebalancingact.com.   

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