The touring companies of Finding Neverland, The Illusionists, The Bodyguard, The Little Mermaid and The King and I are featured on Lifetime cable television’s award-winning morning show The Balancing Act as part of the six-part miniseries Broadway Balances America, which premieres August 8.
This is the third year that the series is tracking the touring companies. Previous seasons have followed If/Then, Kinky Boots, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella and other touring companies.
The Balancing Act correspondent Amber Milt joins the touring companies across the country and in New York to give audiences perspective on what it's like to travel, work and live the life of a traveling performer and crew member. According to press notes, the series offers “exclusive behind-the-scenes excerpts and interviews with cast, creatives and crew, even experiencing what it’s like to dance in their shoes.”
The miniseries is being presented by both The Balancing Act—a Lifetime program aimed at “providing women with exceptional solutions to the everyday problems”—and the producing company Broadway Across America.
In a statement, Lauren Reid, the CEO of the Theater Divison for Broadway Across America, said, “Broadway musicals are not just the New York art form; they are the great American art form.”
The show airs at 7 AM ET/PT. Here is the schedule for 2016-17, subject to change:
The Illusionists - Live From Broadway: August 8 and 15, 2016
Finding Neverland: September 26 and October 3, 2016
An American In Paris: November 7 and 14, 2016
The Bodyguard: November 21 and 28, 2016
Disney's The Little Mermaid: January 4 and 11, 2017
The King And I: January 16 and 23, 2017
Here's a sample segment, visiting the world of Cabaret on tour, from season two:
(Updated August 8, 2016)