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The Voice's Dez Duron Looks Ahead to 'Next Christmas' in New Song Written by Michael Arden & Andy Mientus

Dez Duron is looking ahead to “Next Christmas” in a brand new holiday song!

The 30-year-old singer was in the Top 8 on the third season of The Voice and he lent his smooth vocals to the new track, which was released on Christmas Eve.

Broadway power couple Michael Arden and Andy Mientus teamed up with songwriter Jackson Teeley to write the song, which was co-produced by Christian Hebel.

“I think this song is equal parts timeless and timely. This is dedicated to anyone who can’t be with the ones they love or whose Christmas is looking a lot different this year. Next Christmas isn’t so far away,” Dez wrote on Instagram.

Michael said, “This was written on lots of brown liquor and gummy bears and is a song about this insane year. It’s about the longing and yearning to be close to loved ones on Christmas when they are miles apart. I hope it brings you some joy this Christmas Eve.”

“A few weeks ago, @michaelarden, @jacksonteeley and I were in our feelings about the coming holiday. This Christmas would be unlike any in our lifetime, but we were choosing to stay hopeful about next year and how much sweeter all of our favorite traditions would feel, having been denied them. We tried to capture that feeling in a song, a new old Christmas tune in the tradition of the classics we grew up with,” Andy said.

Watch the song’s music video, featured company members of The Forest of Arden, below. You can also get the song now on Apple Music or Spotify.

Michael recently directed a filmed version of his inventive A Christmas Carol staging, starring Jefferson Mays. There’s just a little more than a week left to stream it now!

Tony-Nominated Director Michael Arden Is Bringing 'A Christmas Carol' to Life Like Never Before - For a Great Cause!

Are you a Broadway fan who has been missing live theater in 2020? Or do you enjoy watching timeless stories be told in inventive new ways? Well, then we have your weekend plans settled!

The highly anticipated live capture recording of A Christmas Carol, directed by Tony nominee Michael Arden, is now available to stream from your own home.

The timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge comes to thrilling new life with Tony winner Jefferson Mays playing over 50 roles. This filmed version is based on the acclaimed 2018 production, which premiered at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

The streaming event will benefit partner theaters all around the United States that have been devastated by the pandemic. Community, amateur, and regional theaters were provided materials that allowed them to market A Christmas Carol directly to their subscribers and single ticket buyers. Proceeds from ticket sales will be distributed accordingly, providing crucial funding during theater’s darkest hour.

Michael said in a statement, “My theater career began when I was a 10-year-old Texan playing Tiny Tim in the Midland Community Theatre production of A Christmas Carol. In a time when theaters and arts workers across the country are in great need, bringing a story that celebrates the power of creativity, community, and our shared humanity is humbling.”

Jefferson is best known for his work in the stage shows I Am My Own Wife and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. He also has appeared in TV shows like Perry Mason, I Am the Night, and Law & Order: SVU.

Michael launched his career on Broadway as an actor before moving into his current role as a groundbreaking director. He received Tony nominations for helming the recent revivals of Spring Awakening and Once on This Island.

You can purchase a ticket to stream A Christmas Carol right HERE and watch the trailer below!

Michael Arden Has Created the First Drive-Through, Socially Distanced Theater Piece!

Tony Award nominated director Michael Arden has created the first-ever immersive, drive-through, and socially-distanced theater piece!

While Broadway is shut down due to the pandemic, Michael gathered lots of his talented friends to join The Forest of Arden Company and they created the theater piece American Dream Study.

The new show, which will be performed in New York’s Hudson River Valley, is a collaboration with a group of actors, dancers, musicians, filmmakers, stage managers, designers, choreographers, and medical professionals. This site-specific theatrical experiment will provide a first-of-its-kind socially-distanced communal experience for the age of COVID-19.

The company-devised piece will be staged throughout the Columbia County towns of Philmont, Claverack, and Harlemville, with audience members receiving instructions on when and where to drive, park and walk via several smart technologies.

“I constantly endeavor to create new opportunities for people to come together in a common space and share experiences. In this new era, that has taken a great deal of imagination and, most importantly, bold collaboration with this remarkable group of artists,” Michael said in a statement. “It has been said that art should be dangerous, but it’s also vitally important that we make it safe. This exploration of our dreams and the American Dream strikes that balance perfectly. We will be testing new methods of theater-making in order to forge a way forward for this ancient and vital art form.”

Among the members of the Forest of Arden Company are Michael‘s husband Andy Mientus, Tony winner Nikki M. James, Krysta Rodriguez, Nick Adams, Kyle Brown, Claybourne Elder, and more.

The theater piece will be performed for an invite-only audience next week!

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Ruth Wilson & Matt Bomer Will Star in Michael Arden's Feature Film Directorial Debut!

Matt Bomer and Ruth Wilson will star in the upcoming movie The Book of Ruth, which will be the feature film directorial debut of Tony-nominated director Michael Arden.

The movie, set in 1983, is based on the true story of Ruth Coker Burks (Wilson), “a devout Christian divorcée and single mother from Arkansas who became a champion and caregiver for AIDS sufferers in 1980s America,” according to Deadline.

Matt will play “a handsome new neighbor who turns out to be a gay New Yorker who has fled the city and returned home after the death of his partner to AIDS.”

Michael directed the recent Broadway revivals of Spring Awakening and Once on This Island. He earned Tony nominations for both productions!

“It’s a great honor and privilege to tell this important story about the responsibility one human has to another, especially in a time of crisis,” Michael said in a statement. “As a gay man, I feel that Ruth’s story of empathy in the face of great prejudice and adversary is one so needed in our modern time.”

He added, “It is vital for us to remember that we lost an entire generation to the AIDS epidemic and that so many people, including Ruth, sacrificed their own comfort, station and livelihood to help those in need during this plague.”

Andy Mientus Supports Husband Michael Arden at Tony Awards 2018

Michael Arden is joined on the red carpet by husband Andy Mientus on the red carpet at the 2018 Tony Awards held at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday (June 10) in New York City.

Michael is nominated tonight for Best Direction of a Musical for his work on Once on This Island. This is his second nomination in the category!

Andy, best known for his work on Smash, posted from the red carpet on his Instagram Stories and shared a boomerang of him kissing Michael. He captioned the clip, “We’re here. We’re queer.”

FYI: Michael is wearing Brooks Brothers.

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Lauren Ambrose, Hailey Kilgore, & Katrina Lenk Represent Their Musicals at Tony Honors Cocktail Party 2018!

Lauren Ambrose, Hailey Kilgore, and Katrina Lenk team up for the Tony Honors Cocktail Party!

The stars of My Fair Lady, Once on This Island, and The Band’s Visit, respectively, attended the event – Presenting The 2018 Tony Honors For Excellence In The Theatre And Honoring The 2018 Special Award Recipients – held at Sofitel Hotel on Monday (June 4) in New York City.

They were joined by My Fair Lady‘s Harry Hadden-Paton, Once on This Island director Michael Arden, and The Band’s Visit‘s Ari’el Stachel.

Also in attendance were Carousel‘s Joshua Henry, Lindsay Mendez, and Renee Fleming, Summer‘s Ariana DeBose, and SpongeBob SquarePantsEthan Slater and Gavin Lee.

60+ pictures inside of Lauren Ambrose, Hailey Kilgore, Katrina Lenk, and more at the event… More Here! »

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Charlie Sheen Supports Former Co-Star Michael Arden at 'Merrily' Opening in LA!

One of Stephen Sondheim‘s most beloved and ill-fated musicals, Merrily We Roll Along, is currently playing a spectacular production in Los Angeles and stars stepped out for the opening night performance on Wednesday (November 30).

Charlie Sheen was in attendance to support the musical’s director Michael Arden, who starred alongside him on FX’s Anger Management. Charlie‘s former Two and a Half Men co-star Jon Cryer was also there!

Jason Alexander was in the original Broadway cast and he attended the show to check out the new version.

Other stars there included Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Angela Lansbury, Shadowhunters star Katherine McNamera, Elizabeth Gillies, and Broadway talent Steve Kazee, Barrett Foa, Carly Hughes, and Krysta Rodriguez.

Get your tickets now to see Merrily We Roll Along at the Wallis Center for the Performing Arts before the limited engagement ends on December 18.

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