Broadway and TV star Andy Mientus brings Joni Mitchell’s iconic 1970 album “Ladies of the Canyon” to life in a new filmed concert, captured last winter in New Hope, Pennsylvania. The film features performances by Christy Altomare (Yardley, Pa. and Broadway’s “Anastasia”), Tony Award-winning Nikki M. James (“The Book of Mormon”), Krista Pioppi (“The Book of Mormon”), Krista Pioppi (“The Book of Mormon”). Spring Awakening”) and Cathy Ang (HBO Max’s “And Just Like That”). It was directed by Tony Award-nominated director Michael Arden, with musical direction by Benjamin Rauhala (“Hit-List”). Justin Goldner is also present on guitar.
At 26, Joni Mitchell wrote and recorded songs, designed album covers and hand-wrote lyrics for the release of her third studio album, “Ladies of the Canyon”, which Rolling Stone hailed as “A album of departures, overheard conversations and worried triumphs for this hymn lady who mixes so well the random with the particular.” Mientus covers the album in full – stripping down beloved songs such as “Big Yellow Taxi”, “Woodstock” and “The Circle Game” to find the anthems inside these restless triumphs.
The shoot brings a new perspective to the highly successful cabaret version of the show which has been well received by critics and audiences at performances across the country. The new streaming version was produced by Playhouse’s Tony Award-winning team of Alexander Fraser, Robyn Goodman and Josh Fiedler. Directed by Michael Arden (“Spring Awakening” by Deaf West and “Once on This Island”), the new film was shot in the winter of 2021 in an 18th-century Bucks County stone barn. Ethan Noble served as video producer. The lighting designer is Adam Honoré. The music producer is Jackson Teeley. Anna Louizos was a design consultant. The film was directed by Justin Scribner.
The Playhouse will celebrate the new film with a world premiere at Bucks County Playhouse on Saturday, February 12 at 8 p.m. The premiere includes an advanced screening of the film, as well as live performances by Mientus and Ang. Arden will join the performers for a Q&A session with the audience.
The film “Ladies of the Canyon” will then be available on demand on StellarEvents.com for a limited time from Sunday, February 13 through Sunday, February 27. There will be a special online viewing party hosted by the cast of the film. The date will be announced soon. Tickets are on sale now for the live event and home broadcast of the film. Details and tickets are available at BucksCountyPlayhouse.org.
Andy Mientus co-stars in the upcoming Netflix series ‘Grendel’ based on the award-winning ‘Dark Horse’ comic. Also on Netflix, he can be seen in “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings: Two Doors Down” (GLAAD Media Award) and in the recurring role of Hartley Rathaway (aka The Pied Piper) on the hit CW series “The Flash.” Mientus made his television debut as composer Kyle Bishop on the NBC musical drama “Smash,” and was also a series regular on the NBC/Universal series “Gone.” Other television roles include “Anger Management” (FX) and “Chasing Life” (Freeform). On Broadway, Mientus starred as “Marius” in the revival of Les Misérables and as “Hanschen” in the Deaf West Theater revival of “Spring Awakening,” which he also co-designed with director Michael Arden. Other stage credits include the nationwide tour of “Wicked,” “Tommy” at Denver Center, Moisés Kaufman’s cover of “Bent” at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and the Off-Broadway cover of “Carrie” at MCC. Mientus made his London stage debut in the new musical ‘The View Upstairs’ at the Soho Theatre. He is a founding member of The Forest of Arden Company and was associate director of their first commission, “ALIEN/NATION”, at the Williamstown Theater Festival. As a writer, he made his debut with the book and lyrics of “Burn All Night” at the American Repertory Theater (ART), and with the young adult fiction series “The Backstagers” from Amulet/ Abrams, available online and in bookstores nationwide. Andy’s next novel, “Fraternity”, will be published in 2022 by Amulet/Abrams. He can also be heard on “The Jonathan Larson Project” (Ghostlight Records). Andy trained at the University of Michigan just before making his professional debut in “Spring Awakening” directed by Michael Mayer.
Director Michael Arden is a two-time Tony nominee for his Broadway revivals of “Spring Awakening” and “Once On This Island.” He won the Ovation and Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical for “Spring Awakening.” “Once On This Island” received the Tony Award for Best Revival and enjoyed a sold-out national tour. Other theater credits include: “A Christmas Carol” with Jefferson Mays, “Maybe Happy Ending” at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta, “Joseph…” at Lincoln Center and “ALIEN/NATION” with his company , The Forest of Arden at the Williamstown Theater Festival. He regularly directs “The Conners” for ABC, and has appeared in numerous feature films and TV shows, including “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Bride Wars”, “Anger Management” (over 100 episodes), “Source Code” and “The Marvelous”. Miss Maisel. On stage, Michael has appeared on Broadway in “Big River,” “The Times, They Are A-Changin'” and “King Lear,” among others. Arden is a Presidential Arts Fellow and alumnus of the Juilliard School. He was named to Variety’s Broadway Impact list and the winner of an NAACP award.
Musical director Benjamin Rauhala worked on the musical team for Bartlett Sher’s Broadway revival of “Fiddler on the Roof” and the Broadway production of “American Psycho.” He was associate musical director on “The Secret Life of Bees”, directed by Sam Gold at the Atlantic Theatre. Her other Off-Broadway credits include David Byrne’s “Joan of Arc: Into the Fire” at the Public Theater and the recent revival of “The Marvelous Wonderettes” at Theater Row. He is best known as musical director to Jeremy Jordan, the Tony-nominated star of the Broadway “Newsies,” and as co-creator and “Fairy Godfairy” of the Broadway Princess Party concert series with Laura Osnes. He met Mientus when he was musical director of “Hit List,” the metamusical for the NBC television show “Smash,” and is an original programming producer at Feinstein’s/54 Below, where he’s created dozens of gigs. to sold-out crowds, including the “Broadway Loves” series, which paid tribute to Demi Lovato, Britney Spears, Celine Dion and many other beloved pop icons.
Tickets for the movie premiere/live performance/Q&A on Saturday, February 12 at 8 p.m. are on sale now at BucksCountyPlayhouse.org or by calling the box office at 215.862.2121. The new film begins streaming on demand from Sunday, February 13. Advanced tickets are now available at BucksCountyPlayhouse.org or StellarEvents.com