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  • AmericanTheaterWeb NewsClips

  • Use the calendar above to find the clippings for a specific day, or use the list to the right to go to a specific group of clips. The site's updated 3-4 times a day generally. For you convenience, links below will take you to ATWTopNews (a quick listing of links to some of the day's top stories) and to ATWOriginals (original news and feautres from ATW).


1/14/09 - Late Afternoon Clips

Time Out New York

More bad news: The Zipper goes down
Music and theater venues have been closing left and right lately, but none of the news has been quite so distressing as the sudden announcement—just a few minutes ago—that the Zipper Factory would be ceasing operations immediately. (I had planned to see a promising young British duo called Frisky and Mannish there tonight; the show has been pulled, along with everything else

History repeats itself at the Brick

Back Stage - Blog Stage

Dan Lehman: 'Addams Family' Begins NYC Workshop

amNY New York City Theater

Off-Broadway's Zipper Factory is Shut Down

Rob Fisher Kicks Off American Songbook Series

Interview with Frank Rich on His Live Stephen Sondheim Interview


* Mee's Trojan Women 2.0 to Make Las Vegas Premiere Jan. 15
* Zip! NYC's Zipper Factory Theater Shuts Doors
* New Swados Musical Kasper Hauser to Premiere at the Flea
* Broadway's 33 Variations, With Fonda, Will Feature Hanks, Mathis, Grenier and More
* Addams Family Sings Together in NYC Workshop of New Musical, With Lane and Neuwirth
* Edelman, Anderson, Moran and Plantadit Set for Paris/New York: Deux Amours Cabaret


*Zipper Factory Closes Doors
* Jenn Colella, Lea DeLaria, Lauren Kennedy, et al. Set for Inauguration Event at Joe's Pub
* Zach Grenier, Colin Hanks, Samantha Mathis and More Join Jane Fonda in 33 Variations
* Cast Announced for Steve Martin's The Underpants at IceHouse
* Merrimack Repertory Announces Cast for Bob Clyman's Tranced


* The Zipper Factory Announces Sudden Closing
* Colin Hanks, Samantha Mathis & More Join Jane Fonda in 33 Variations

Between Productions

RIP Patrick McGoohan
The Prisoner was one of those great shows that proved how potent TV could be, one I watched with rapt fascination when it re-aired on I believe PBS in the early 1980s. It's regrettable that ...

Steve On Broadway

August To Launch Summer Tour In Denver
Somehow, this little piece of news from Sunday escaped me.

1/14/09 - Mid-Afternoon Clips

New York Times ArtsBeat Blog

Times Square Virgin Megastore to Close


Pencil This In
THEATER: Downtown provocateur Young Jean Lee has become well known for exploring the art of the uncomfortable. In her newest play, The Settlement, she gives herself the most uncomfortable challenge yet: To make, as a Korean-American, a black identity-politics show.

Time Out New York Blog

Goodbye, Virgin Megastore Times Square

amNY New York City Theater

Phantom of the Opera: The Videogame?!

Los Angeles Times Culture Monster Blog

Behind the curtain of Obama's arts policy
So far, we’ve seen only glimmers of how arts policy might look in the Obama administration. But Robert L. Lynch, head of Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit group that worked through the campaign season to give the arts a new political visibility, says he’s met with members of the Obama transition team and that nine proposals the group released Tuesday reflect where things are heading.

Orange County Register The Arts Blog

Will theatres follow orchestras in multiple posts for artistic directors?
Bartlett Sher, the Tony Award winning director of the Broadway revival of “South Pacific” (produced by Lincoln Center Theater) has held the position of Artistic Director of Seattle’s respected Intiman Theater for 9 years. Now he’s been named Resident Director of Lincoln Center Theater, and the announcement says he’ll continue to hold his Seattle position as well.


Pencil This In
Musical TheaterTheori Productions questions the issues of feminism, parenting, racism, capitalist media domination and violence in hip hop culture through the musical "I Still Love H.E.R." In this play, fictional radio DJ Love 1 gets a surprise visit from the


* Shenton Will Chat with Henshall at London's Shaw Theatre
* Day One ASTEP Benefit to Feature Rudetsky, Kennedy, Colella, DeLaria and More
* "Muslim Voices" Performing Arts Festival to Play NYC in June
* Rudetsky's Chatterbox Will Be Forbidden Jan. 15
* PHOTO CALL: Hedda Gabler Arrives on Broadway with Parker, Cerveris and More


* Cast Announced for Elizabeth Swados and Erin Courtney's Kaspar Hauser at the Flea
* Patrick McGoohan Dies at 80
* New Works by Hanef Kureishi, Alan Bennett, and Mark Ravenhill Will Play London's National
* Kennedy Center to Present Chinese New Year Concert
* Mark Siano and The Freedom Dancers to Present Soft Rock at The Triple Door

Bitter Lemons

Breaking Up is Hard to Do: 66% BitterSweet
BITTER The utterly predictable romantic through lines — coupled with some “Waiting for Guffman”-esque neurosis over a visiting talent scout from “American Bandstand” — supply barely enough dramatic tension to nudge the show from one number to the next. Philip Brandes - LA Times SWEET Though not at the level of Jersey Boys or Mamma Mia, Breaking Up Is...

Lemon Meter Update

Extra Criticum

When You Make a Biopic of My Life, Focus on This Moment
As a rule, I dislike biopics. There are two reasons for this. One, I often ask myself would I be interested in this film if it weren't about someone famous and the answer is usually no. Two, they are often...

lies like truth

The Queen Of Musical Parody
The first I heard of Anna Russell, an Anglo-Canadian stage comedienne who -- somewhat improbably by today's standards -- became famous in the mid-20th century for parodying the world of classical music, was during a singing lesson a few weeks ago. I was trying to think of a good idea for a comic ...

The Mirror up to Nature

Not Sure About That...
I think, on this one, Seth Godin is just wrong. ...


3 Shows, 3 Cities, 3 Weeks: Part the First

The Guardian

National Theatre to broadcast live in cinemas
NT Live will broadcast four plays for one night only to cinemas across the UK beginning with Helen Mirren in Phèdre

Daily Telegraph

Hit Me! The Life and Rhymes of Ian Dury at Leicester Square Theatre, review
Adrian Schiller gives a compelling performance in Hit Me! The Life and Rhymes of Ian Dury at Leicester Square Theatre, says Charles Spencer.

The Stage UK

Producing prodigy Coxwell jailed for nine months
Paul Coxwell, a young producer who tried to put on top West End shows by making false claims for more than £500,000 in VAT, was jailed today for nine months by Kingston Crown Court.

Whatsonstage.com - Off-West End & Fringe

TheatreVoice Launches Podcast Drama Project Urban Scrawl
Over 50 writers are collaborating on a new podcast theatre project, aiming to present a short audio drama for every stop on the Piccadilly line over the coming year. Entitled Urban Scrawl, the season was conceived by the founding editor of TheatreVoice.com Dominic Cavendish, and is directed by Theatre503 programming ...