Santino Fontana and Alex Timbers will appear on a panel about streaming the performing arts.
Santino Fontana and Alex Timbers will appear on a panel about streaming the performing arts.
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For the most part, if you want to catch a Broadway show, you have to be in midtown at 8pm (2pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays). But could that soon change? Industry leaders are set to meet in the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center on Friday, September 15, at 6pm for a panel discussion on the potential of the performing arts to be distributed via digital streaming. The idea begs the question: Is it really live theater anymore if it's on demand?

The participants will include Tony-nominated actor Santino Fontana (Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella), Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization president Ted Chapin, VP of Engineering at Vimeo Jamie Wilkinson, Tony-nominated director Alex Timbers (Oh, Hello), Martha Graham Dance Company artistic director Janet Eilber, Actors' Equity Association executive director Mary McColl, Lincoln Center Theater managing director Adam Siegel, and VP of Digital Media & Strategic Initiatives at the New York Philharmonic Vince Ford. BroadwayWorld editor-in-chief Rob Diamond will moderate.

The panel is sponsored by Cennarium, one of the largest streaming services for the performing arts. It will serve as the kickoff event for Promenade, which is being billed as the first-ever streamed performing arts festival.

Industry professionals who are interested in attending the event should email RSVP@cennarium.com to reserve a seat.