TEDxBroadway 2018 Announces Speakers: Michael Riedel, Shakina Nayfack & More
The organizers of TedxBroadway announced the first group of speakers for the annual event, returning to New World Stages on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.
A one-day event exclusively dedicated to the vitality of Broadway, TEDxBroadway continues a long tradition of presenting a wide variety of speakers and topics to contribute to the overall question of the day: “What’s the Best Broadway Can Be?’”
“Of course, there really isn’t a definitive answer to the question,” says Jim McCarthy, TEDxBroadway Co-Founder and CEO of Goldstar. “But, by exploring the great ideas these speakers share we know we’re sparking discussions, igniting other ideas and creating new realizing possibilities to achieve that goal.”
Speakers for TEDxBroadway 2018 include (with more to be named soon):
- Shakina Nayfack plays Lola on the Hulu comedy series Difficult People and is the Founding Artistic Director of Musical Theatre Factory, where she has supported the development of over 100 new musicals, including an autobiographical rock musical about her gender confirmation, Manifest Pussy.
- Michael Riedel is the theater columnist for The New York Post and host of On the Town with Michael Riedel on AM 970. His New York Times best-selling book, Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway, won the Marfield Prize for non-fiction writing about the arts in 2016. Michael is a frequent guest on Imus in the Morning, The Mark Simone Show on WOR and The Tom Shillue Show on Fox News Radio. He’s at work on a sequel to Razzle Dazzle.
- Shaina Taub is a New York-based songwriter and performer. Winner of a Jonathan Larson Grant and Ars Nova’s 2012 Composer-in-Residence, she made her Lincoln Center solo concert debut in their 2015 American Songbook series and is currently an artist-in-residence at Joe’s Pub.
- David Yazbek’s varied career as a recording artist, Emmy-winning TV and film writer, music producer, and pianist has led him to become one of Broadway’s preeminent composer/lyricists. His three shows, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, have all been nominated for Best Score Tony Awards. He’s also received 3 Grammy nominations and a Drama Desk Award. His most recent musical, The Band’s Visit, was a sold-out hit Off-Broadway this year and is slated for Broadway this fall.
“A big part of planning this year’s event was tapping into this TEDxBroadway community we’ve built over the last six years,” adds Damian Bazadona, TEDxBroadway Co-Organizer and founder of Situation Interactive. “Their commitment to this — whether it’s introducing new ideas, suggesting speakers, offering sponsorships or just genuinely being ready to talk about the future — tells us we’re on the right track.”
Registration for the TEDxBroadway conference will begin at 1:15PM on February 27, 2018. Tickets are $100.
TEDxBroadway is sponsored by Jujamcyn Theatres, Broadway.com, The Shubert Organization, The Nederlander Organization and Disney Theatrical Productions.
Interested attendees can purchase tickets at www.TEDxBroadway.com
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