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3/30/09 [updated 5:51PM EST]


Digest - Feldshuh Opens in Irena's Vow on B'way - read the reviews
* Review: A Woman's Extraordinary Heroism


amNY New York City Theater

* Arthur Laurents on Theater Talk

TDF Backstage

Tovah Time
Tovah Feldshuh adds another indomitable heroine to an impressive pantheon in the Broadway hit “Irena’s Vow.”

Time Out New York Upstaged Blog

Hamlets we have known: Gielgud and Burton hold forth
Richard Burton and John Gielgud discuss the theater's greatest role

Get out of town: Notes from the Underground at Yale Rep
Want to see New York's best? Then go away.


* Broadway Grosses: March 23-29
* 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama to be Announced April 20
* New York Drama Critics' Circle to Announce Award Winners May 4
* Public Theater to Offer Free Readings from 2008 Emerging Writers Group


* Tim Martin Gleason to Star in Title Role of Phantom on Tour
* Becca Ayers, Colin Hanlon, Herndon Lackey, et al. Set for Sarah, Plain and Tall at Dallas Theater Center
* Brian Stokes Mitchell to Perform Concert in Conjunction with Tuskegee Airmen Exhibition
* Louis & Keely Live at the Sahara Extends Through May 24 at The Geffen


Q&A: Is James Carpinello amped to be in Rock of Ages? Hell, yeah!

On Theatre and Politics

Seven Jewish Children - Form
I'm struck by the form of Caryl Churchill's play. A play isn't only its text: what's omitted is essential (the play is brief, undecorated by names, dates, places).

The Playgoer

Actor Rebellion
The actors of Chicago's American Theater Company have up and left, in protest of changes proposed by their new AD. Apparently what once was an actor-driven (and actor-founded) tightly woven ensemble has become just another 501(c)(3) with a Board.

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amNY New York City Theater Blog

* Open Casting Call for Young Performers for "Bye Bye Birdie"


* Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock" Film, With Groff, Fogler, Schreiber and Gummer, to Premiere Aug. 14


* Lady Miss Kier, Jackie Beat, Cazwell, Peppermint Set for Lip Service!
* Ann Marie Healy, Kathryn Walat, and More Set for MCC PlayLab Readings


Five Questions for: Ant Hampton
Performance Maker, Rotozaza

The Mirror up to Nature

Louise Kennedy Can't Be Shocked
Louise Kennedy, writing in the Globe, talks about the underwhelming experience of seeing some recent plays that are supposed to be "shocking." Fair warning, there are spoilers in the article.

The Stage UK

Mark Shenton: Critical pressures and making a bid for freedom…
I am taking a temporary break from the London rat-race of constant theatrical openings to do battle with an even bigger rat-race of them in New York, where producers (and therefore critics) are faced with the annual rush to...

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New York Times ArtsBeat

'Girl Crazy' to Open Next Encores! Season
New York City Center has announced next season's Encores! schedule.

Back Stage

NY State Eyes $350 Million for Productions
New York would free up an additional $350 million for an existing film and TV production tax credit program under a budget agreement reached in Albany over the weekend.

TDF Backstage

Citizen Jane
Jane Alexander returns to the stage to play a feisty aging painter who’s “Chasing Manet.”

Associated Press

John O'Hurley Battles Feathers in 'Chicago' Tour
John O'Hurley gets plenty of love playing attorney Billy Flynn in the touring company of ''Chicago,'' but he also gets the occasional feather up the nose.

The Artful Manager

Benchmarking engagement
A key challenge to any community-wide audience-building initiative is the lack of effective metrics. If you don't have a benchmark when you begin, it's hard to know if all of your messaging, discounts, web sites, and innovative practices have had any positive effect on the thing you intended to improve.


* Ghostlight Records to Capture Hair Revival on Disc April 6
* 39 Steps Will Replace Hudsucker Musical at La Jolla Playhouse


* Tonya Walker Davidson to Join Raissa Katona Bennett and More for Cabaret Cares Benefit
* American Theater Company Members Leave Organization, Become American Blues Theatre
* Cast Set for Off-Broadway End of Play


Boomtown: 'Waiting for Godot' the Search is Over


Gossip: Americans & Roger Allam Wreak More Carnage???
God of Carnage, by French playwright Yasmina Reza, was one of the big hits of spring 2008 in the West End, with a record-breaking six-week run at the Gielgud Theatre. Rather than recast the four-hander – which starred Ralph Fien...

Gossip: Barrowman Follows Norton in La Cage Drag???
The prospect of donning sequins and tights as drag queen Albin/Zaza in Terry Johnson’s multi award-winning Menier Chocolate Factory revival of La Cage Aux Folles::E8821199959002 seems to be positively irresistible for some of the top names in t...

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Tovah Feldshuh, Actor

Hartford Courant Behind the Curtain Blog

Valerie Harper to Hartford
Actress Valerie Harper will be rehearsing in Hartford in May -- but it won't be for a show that folks can see in the area.


* San Diego Rep Announces 2009-2010 Season


* Women's History Month Spotlight on Manhattan Theatre Club

Decider Chicago

Tuesday night: Rent
Still not paying after all these years—and this time, with original cast members in tow.

Blog: Jane Fonda

Tweets on 2009-03-30
* Getting my Facebook page up…..keep you posted

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New York Times

A British Invasion
The Brits Off Broadway theater festival will become the Americas Off Broadway festival instead.

amNY New York City Theater

* 2009-10 Encores Lineup Accidentally Leaked?

New York Magazine

Leslie Kritzer - Diva Slayer


Peter Filichia's Diary: March Leftovers
March came in like a lion thanks to Shelly Burch's dynamic act at the Metropolitan Room. How nice to welcome back to town this lady whom we haven't seen since "Nine," a quarter-century ago. She still sounds great on "I Can't Get Started" and, of course, ...

* Arias With a Twist, As the World Turns, k.d. lang, Wig Out Win GLAAD Media Awards


Deadly Bread Lines, Employee Breastfeeds Are Played for Fun on Cairo Stage
Murder in a bread line. Migrants drowning at sea. Solitary death in an uncaring city. Such kinds of events draw laughs on a Cairo stage.

San Jose Mercury News AEI Blog

Green Day musical set for Berkeley Rep
Green Day is going to the theater in September. The multi-platinum East Bay punk band is reportedly teaming up with Berkeley Rep to premiere a stage version of the group’s...

Austin American Statesman

Grease is the sign
At deaf school, students tell story of Danny and Sandy with their hands

Chicago Tribune Theater Loop Blog

Chicago Shakespeare Theater announces 2009-10 season

Encore Michigan

* Blackbird Theatre announces 2009-2010 season

Louisville Courier-Journal

Kentucky Rep fundraiser takes spotlight
Facing the final curtain because of a money shortage, the Kentucky Repertory Theatre embarked on an emergency fund-raising campaign two months ago that may have saved the Horse Cave, Ky., theater — for now


Nonprofit compensation follow-up
My post on nonprofit executive compensation from earlier this weekend drew a bunch of great comments, including two from Adam Forest Huttler. He writes: ...

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Nonprofit Compensation
With the A.I.G. scandal so widespread, it is not surprising to find the Wall Street Journal article below: ...


Maurice Jarre, composer of "Dr Zhivago" score, dies
Oscar-winning French composer Maurice Jarre, who wrote the music for films including "Doctor Zhivago" and "Lawrence of Arabia," has died in Los Angeles at the age of 84, media in France reported on Monday

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

Kathy Bates on "Blind Side" team
Kathy Bates has joined Sandra Bullock in "The Blind Side," a football comedy-drama based on the best-selling novel by Michael Lewis.


"Sex & The City" Sequel Will Film In London

The Guardian

Theatre critic Nicholas de Jongh to leave London Evening Standard
Writer to step down after 17 years to work on film version of West End play.

Theatre director Tim Supple's epic odyssey to create a new Arabian Nights
Creator of Indian A Midsummer Night's Dream wants to do justice to original Arabic stories

The Guardian Performing Arts Blog

Mark Brown: Who can replace Nicholas de Jongh as the Evening Standard's theatre critic?
The critic who replaces Nicholas de Jongh at the Evening Standard will still wield the power to make or break a production

The Times UK

Jan Fabre's Orgy of Tolerance
The British have never taken to experimental theatre, but the Belgian director and a Barbican season may change all that

The Stage UK

Cat Stevens musical cancels Northampton premiere
Cat Stevens musical Moonshadow has cancelled its world premiere at Northampton's Derngate Theatre because they have been unable to confirm a future West End home for the show.

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