By Andy Propst on Jun 19, 2009 | In Days Top News
Hartford Courant Behind the Curtain Blog
Rain, Rain, Rain and New Haven's International Festival
"It's a change of atmosphere but not a change of attutude."
Kevin Spacey to pick U.K. proteges
Old Vic Theater chief joins funding body panel -- Kevin Spacey has joined a panel of judges who will hand out coin to young Brits trying to break into showbiz.
* Karole Armitage to Choreograph The Blue Rider at Miller Theatre
* John Treacy Egan, Patty Goble, Devin Richards, et al. to Join John Stamos in Broadway's Bye Bye Birdie
* The Temperamentals Starring Michael Urie to Extend Through August 23
* Seattle Children's Theatre Announces Summer 2009 Season
* "Little Britain" Star Matt Lucas May Star in West End's Prick Up Your Ears
* Ruthie Henshall, Maria Friedman and Kim Criswell to Play Cadogan Hall
* Bedford Goes Wilde in Ever Yours, Oscar at Stratford Festival Beginning June 19
Forty Days to Forty Plays
DAY 18: JANINE NABERS
Janine Nabers is a member of the play group at Ars Nova. Most recent credit: the winner of the 2009 New Professional Theater award for playwriting. She is published by Samuel French.
Go Straight To The Source For Theater
In a summer full of festivals, sometimes some can get lost in the shuffle. But in the midst of your Capital Fringes and your unions of hip hop and theater, there's one event that boasts 300 artists and 3 weeks of offerings -- the Source Festival.
Audiences for the arts in the U.S. continue to decline and age at significant rates, according to a report by the National
The Artful Manager
Of boards, bungles, and the two-headed beast
The theater world in Milwaukee is reeling from the sudden announcement this week from Skylight Opera Theatre that they had dismissed their artistic director, and that the managing director would be taking over artistic leadership. Opinions are flying. Protests are planned (for this morning). Factions are forming. Petitions are posted.
Summer Arts Simple & Easy, for the Kids of Los Angeles
Donations-based summer school for the disenfranchised…
Big changes ahead for national arts policy
Today’s speech by Bill Ivey, former head of the NEAN was fascinating. He talked about his role in Obama’s transition team, developing an analysis for the new administration of the federal cultural agencies. Work on the transition began even before the election behind closed doors so that by
Fresh from the Skylight gathering and from my first phone call of the day
Great gathering at the Skylight this morning. I have video which I will post throughout the day.
AFTA Convention Wrap Day 2
Wow, you guys are eager beavers all of the sudden in the comments! I think I approved more this week than I did the entire summer last year. Glad to see that the content is engaging you. The first official day of the AFTA Convention was great - the discussions have mapped extraordinarily well to ...
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The Future Of Dinner Theatre
Dinner theatre need not be a bland mix of naff entertainment, cheap cocktails and wilted greens. Here's a YouTube clip of a Dutch company that takes the genre to new and apparently fascinating heights:
The Mission Paradox
When's the last time you had a conversation with someone whose intelligence and wisdom scared the hell out of you?
The Producer's Perspective
The first cease fire in the secondary ticket war.
It finally happened.
Video: Adam Curtis and Punchdrunk's It Felt Like a Kiss
Watch the trailer for the startling collaboration between the documentary maker and the cult theatre company
Naked Boys & F**king Men Move Together to Arts
As previously tipped, the King’s Head’s two current hits with eyebrow-raising titles - Naked Boys Singing and F**king Men - will transfer together next month to the West End’s Arts Theatre,...
New York Times
All the City’s a Stage, and All the Admissions Free, This Time of Year
The entire city is crawling with melancholy Danes, thankless children and unrequited lovers, in free outdoor shows this summer.
Broadway Musicals Sing a Different Tune
Broadway, out of economic necessity, is embracing rock, country and pop-soul music. Here’s a look at some of the original cast albums of the season.
New York Post
Riedel: Right turn on B'way?
There's no shortage of shows about cultural and political issues in New York these days. "Billy Elliot," set during the British miners' strike of 1984, champions the working man while excoriating Margaret Thatcher. "Hair" has long been a standard-bearer for the anti-war movement. And...
Time Out New York Upstaged Blog
Shakespeare in the Park umbrella etiquette
Umbrellas banned inside the Delacorte?
Old Hound Dogs Leiber & Stoller up to new tricks
If Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller had not become two of the most influential songwriters in pop music, they could have earned a decent living as a stand-up comedy duo.
Wuhl set for Ars Nova slate
Off Off Broadway theater unveils lineup
Sam Mendes, Focus in 2-year pact
First-look deal includes two potential projects -- Focus Features has made a two-year first-look deal with Sam Mendes and Neal Street Prods., the company the helmer partners in with Pippa Harris and Caro Newling.
Anthony Mackie isn't one to mince words. He will openly tell you he's not a fan of Los Angeles: "I love the East Coast."
BackStage - BlogStage
Theater for the Masses
Teatro LA TEA presented a special complimentary performance today of the one-woman show Brownsville Bred (winner, March 2009 One-Act Festival: Best Actress, Best Script, Best Show) to a class of GED ...
Elizabeth Ashley Hits the Mother Lode
The Tony Award-winning actress discusses her experiences playing Mattie Fae in Broadway's August: Osage County.
* Tony Awards to Retire Special Theatrical Event Category
* Kristy Cates, Michael Thomas Holmes, Kirsten Wyatt, et al. Set for Click, Clack, Moo
* Will Cooper, Mia McCullough Premieres Set for Chicago Dramatists' 2009-2010 Season
* Jorge Casteneda, Art McDermott, Xavi Moreno Set for Company of Angels' Big Bro / Lil Bro
* Rico Noguchi to Star in Butoh Rocks at INTAR's New Works Lab 2009
* Robert Acinapura, Clifford Banagale, et al. Set for Altar Boyz at Celebration Theatre
* DIVA TALK: Chatting with Sessions Star Liz Larsen Plus News of LuPone, Graff and Gravitte
* Groban and Te Kanawa Are Hollywood Bowl Inductees June 19
* Newly Restored King and I Sings Anew at Lyric Stage of Irving Texas June 19
* Executive Director Richard to Depart Second Stage Theatre
* Gray Skies Clear Up: Tickets to Bye Bye Birdie's First Preview Will Be $10
* Short-Lived Glory Days Will Get a Cast Album; Authors at Work on New Musical
* John Franklyn-Robbins, Stage Actor of West End and Broadway, Dies at 84
* Trailer for 2009 "Fame" Remake Available Online
'One Man Lord of the Rings' at the Birchmere
Charles Ross likes to talk to himself. On Saturday evening, he'll be doing a lot of it, when he brings his "One Man Lord of the Rings" to the Birchmere. The show, a roughly hour-long version of all three Peter Jackson Middle-Earth-set movies, in which Ross plays about 40 parts, is a follow-up to ...
Olney's 'Millionairess' Is Rich in Details
With only three weeks of rehearsal time, director Jack Going and his team had to bring to life a wordy script, build four sets and employ more than 300 props to create their rendition of George Bernard Shaw's "The Millionairess" at Olney Theatre.
DC Theatre Scene
The Tapioca Miracle hits the Big Apple
To help us understand what it takes to get a new musical from the page to the Broadway stage, the creators of the new musical in development The Tapioca Miracle are allowing Joel Markowitz exclusive access to the show’s development process and performances. Since Joel’s last column, on April 27th, 2009, the team assembled a [...]
Playwright Adam Bock takes a fresh look at gay relationships
In his latest play Five Flights, Adam Bock chronicles a gay relationship, but it’s one of the narrative’s numerous plot threads. Metro Weekly caught up with the talented gay playwright recently to talk about his play having its DC premiere this week.
Review: Sleeping Beauty Wakes - CD
GooveLily performs their latest musical
The Bacon Brothers team with Mummers on Philly tune
Movie star Kevin Bacon and his composer brother Michael were in a recording studio near Old City yesterday, rocking out to help save the Mummers Parade
In transitional phase, she says hello to "Dolly''
Broadway actress Rachel York still looks every inch the ingénue, with copper-colored locks and a dimpled grin. She has sculpted cheekbones and a breezy, girlish laugh. But when asked about her age, York wryly locates herself in the ambiguous territory of “late 30s, early 40s.’’ She knows that for women in show business, nothing is more harrowing than ...
Crazy for the Gershwins
Broadway never tires of the Gershwins (and why should it?) Crazy for You, an reworking of the brothers’ 1925 hit Girl Crazy, was a Broadway hit in the early 1990s, and come next week it will be delighting local audiences in a production by the Theater by the Sea. EDGE spoke to the production’s director Amiee Turner about the Gershwin mystique.
Miami Herald Drama Queen Blog
Unhinged Theatre, a company of Florida International University grads (and a few students), debuted last December with a production of José Rivera's References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot in North Miami. Back for a second show starting June 26, the group is taking things in a new direction, both geographically and thematically.
Steppenwolf brings 'Up' to the stage
Bridget Carpenter was still in grade school in Santa Monica, Calif., in the summer of 1982 when a truck driver named Lawrence Richard Walters (later dubbed "The Lawn Chair Pilot") rigged an ordinary patio chair to 45 helium-filled weather balloons, maneuvered his flying machine to an altitude of 16,000 feet and subsequently landed the homemade craft near Long Beach Airport, where the local police were waiting for him.
'Elephant' in room is new kind of Clown show
It's 10 a.m. on a recent weekday morning, and the cast of 500 Clown is already hard at work putting the finishing touches on the new show "500 Clown and the Elephant Deal."
Time Out Chicago Theater Blog
Technorevolution: Little Brother holds a mirror up to Iran?
Little Brother is consciously of its time—Cory Doctorow’s novel and Bill Massolia’s Griffin Theatre adaptation (reviewed here) both take place in a post–9/11 America in which the Department of Homeland Security is an overwhelming presence, and the story relies on tech standards that either exist in our current world or are plausible in the very near future given how quickly technology is cycling—but surely not even the forward-thinking Doctorow could have predicted just how of-the-moment Little Brother would be when Griffin’s play opened Sunday night.
St. Paul Pioneer Press
Never mind the ifs and ands,it's the butts in the seats that count
What does it take to sell a theater ticket in this soft economy? There's no magic formula, but a combination of familiarity, discounting and smart marketing has helped a couple of theaters do well with their early-summer offerings.
A protest about theater in Hibbing
I just freakin' love this article. Michael Ricci, the Hibbing Community College Theater director for the past 12 years is moving to North Hennepin Community College, so Hibbing Community College wants to eliminate the Department Director position.
It's no joke: Improviser wins $100,000 to debut new ice cream flavor
Eighty years after Edy's introduced its iconic Rocky Road ice cream to give people something to smile about during the Great Depression, Edy's is debuting a new limited edition flavor, aptly named Red, White and No More Blues to help combat ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Jubilee Theatre announces 2009-10 season, with 'The Dance on Widow’s Row’ leading things off
The only North American production of Samm-Art Williams’ The Dance on Widow’s Row kicks off the 2009-2010 season for Fort Worth’s Jubilee Theatre this fall. Row will be followed by five other productions, with the last ending its run in mid-August 2010.
Los Angeles Times Culture Monster
Kate Whoriskey: New Intiman Theatre leader credits SCR
As detailed this morning in our Monster Mash news roundup, New York stage director Kate Whoriskey, 38, is moving west to become the next artistic director of Seattle's Intiman Theatre, replacing Bartlett Sher.
KCET delays its move on 'Chess in Concert' with Josh Groban
L.A. viewers who tuned in to KCET on Wednesday night thinking they would catch the much-touted broadcast of the musical "Chess" starring Josh Groban were instead treated to "Magic Moments: The Best of 50s Pop." Though PBS station ...
Culture Clash takes on Aristophanes at the Getty
Amy Hill doesn't go west of La Brea for just anyone. Sure, the veteran character actress has frequently appeared with East West Players, but the Getty Villa in Malibu ... well, that's really west.
Orange County Register
Chris Noth marks N.Y.-L.A. move with stage role
Actor appears with Chris Pine in 'Farragut North' at the Geffen.
Orange County Register The Arts Blog
Creator of ‘Octomom’ musical reacts to Suleman lawsuit threat
Chris Voltaire, the creator of “Octomom! The Musical,” reacted angrily to a lawsuit threat by Nadya Suleman, the La Habra mother of octuplets whose widely publicized story is the inspiration for Voltaire’s new show.
The New Kid in Town
Eight Things You Should Know About Intiman's New Director
Performance artist Caroline Smith's new show looks at our relationship with food
Performance artist Caroline Smith (aka Mertle) uses our weird and wonderful relationship with food in her surreal show. Viv Groskop eats cake with her
Incendiary play about Paris riots gets first showing
The Massacre was a play that was written 200 years ago for the British stage but was never performed because of its inflammatory depiction of the infamous ‘September massacres’ during the French revolution in1792.
Ed Miliband claimed just £7670
His few remaining Cabinet colleagues may have little to cheer after today's election results but Ed Miliband could not have a broader smile. Mandrake hears that the Energy Secretary's girlfriend Justine Thornton has given birth to their first child.
The Manchester International Festival: 'It Felt Like a Kiss'
All eyes are on the new Punchdrunk show 'It Felt Like a Kiss'. Can they pull off a hattrick of hits
Gossip: Russell Beale & Twilight Star in Deathtrap???
After his long international run with Sam Mendes’ Bridge Project productions of The Winter’s Tale and The Cherry Orchard, Simon Russell Beale may switch from the classics to more populist fare for his next West End turn. According to today’s Daily...
West End Is Live in Leicester Square This Weekend
It’s almost time ... West End Live - the world’s largest free theatre festival, which is now in its fifth year - takes place this weekend in Leicester Square. With just hours to go until lift off, and with the sun shining and several exciting last...
Gossip: Rat Pack Provides Autumn Filler at Adelphi???
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr look- and sound-alikes may soon be back in the West End care of concert-style tribute show The Rat Pack - Live from Live Vegas, which has its eye on a return season at the Adelphi Theatre....
Gossip: Mariah Carey Reconsiders West End Debut???
There are new rumours that pop diva Mariah Carey will be making her West End debut – and in a play rather than a musical, as might be expected. Back in 2003, she was reportedly signed up to appear in a revival of Terence Rattigan's play, The Sleep...
The Stage UK
London Palladium hosts exhibition celebrating black performance history
A new exhibition celebrating 200 years of black theatrical history has been launched at the London Palladium.
London Theatre Guide
Savoy swoons over Dreamboats this summer
Touring musical Dreamboats And Petticoats is to enjoy a summer season in the West End when it comes to the Savoy theatre on 22 July (press night 27 July).
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