Broadway Balances America – a six-part special featuring Broadway Across America® touring shows – begins its second season August 25 on Lifetime TV’s morning show, “The Balancing Act,” with correspondent Amber Milt.
“We are so happy to take The Balancing Act viewers behind the scenes of the most popular Broadway shows, meeting some of the actors, directors and choreographers who bring it all to life,” said Jeanne Kelly, supervising producer for The Balancing Act. “These productions are hitting the road as their national tours get underway and heading to a stage near you. Everyone can now experience the excitement, music and magic that is Broadway, right in their local community.”
Appearing in 27 different cities in the United States and Canada, Broadway Across America’s 2015-2016 series includes: Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Kinky Boots, If/Then, The Wizard of Oz, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music and Cabaret.
During Season 2 of the series, Milt visits Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella cast to talk with leading actress Paige Faure. She then interviews Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper about music and lyrics for Kinky Boots, and talks inspiration with the creative team of If/Then, which will feature Tony-winner Idina Menzel.
The Wizard of Oz and Rodgers + Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music both get revamped. Milt explores the costumes of Oz as well as what is involved in recreating a production for a whole new national audience. The series closes with a look at Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Cabaret.
“The Balancing Act,” which aims to enrich the lives of the busy on-the-go modern woman, is a perfect avenue to reach the attendees of Broadway touring shows which are made up of 71 percent women. Moreover, the productions mainly feature women characters and feminine expression – from Cinderella to Dorothy and from nun-to-be Maria (The Sound of Music) to the near-40 Liz/Beth (If/Then) and from drag queen Lola (Kinky Boots) to Kit Kat Klub emcee Sally Bowles (Cabaret).
The Balancing Act airs weekday mornings at 7:30am (ET/PT) on Lifetime. Broadway Balances America will premiere at 7am (ET/PT) on the following air dates (encore dates in parentheses):
- Aug 25: Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Sep 1)
- Sep 22: Kinky Boots (Sep 29)
- Oct 20: If/Then (Oct 27)
- Nov 17: The Wizard of Oz (Nov 24)
- Dec 1: Rodgers + Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music (Dec 8)
- Jan 26: Cabaret (Feb 2)
Watch last season’s behind the scenes tour of Motown: The Musical