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3/24/09 [updated 3:53PM EST]


Back Stage - Blog Stage

Milestone Performance for 'Chicago' Tonight


Rare Photo of Uptown Manhattan Home, Circa 1840, For Auction
[so off topic, but the photo is WAY nifty to look at]

TDF Backstage

Role Over Beethoven
Zach Grenier holds his own as the irascible genius of “33 Variations.”


* Tarragon Will Flavor 2009-10 Season With New Plays by Healey, Laborde, MacIvor and More
* Trinity Rep to Host Summer Run of Menopause the Musical


* Next to Normal Cast Album Sets April 7 and May 12 Release Dates
* My Trip Down the Pink Carpet Postpones NYC Run
* Cady Huffman and Elizabeth Stanley to Headline Hey, You Know What Movie Would Make a Good Musical?


For every door that closes...
ArtsJournal has been a bit depressing lately. Day after day, there's news of cuts in public funding arts organizations cutting back, retrenching, or going out of business. Growing numbers of unemployed artists. These links from just the past week or so.

The Guardian Performing Arts Blog

Carrie Dunn: Real star vehicles in the West End
From the souped-up Greased Lightning to Priscilla herself, Theatreland is no stranger to characters with wheels attached. Here are my four of my favourites

The Stage - UK

Williamson and Olivier to join cast of Never Forget
Ex-EastEnders actor Shaun Williamson is to star as Ron Freeman in the UK tour of Take That jukebox musical Never Forget, which is set to open at the Manchester Opera House on April 3.


Gossip: Terry Pratchett Mankind Musical Set for 2010???
The National Theatre’s big family Christmas show, the page-to-stage adaptation of Nation, may not be the only one of Terry Pratchett’s children’s fantasy novels running on the London stage come 2010. The mus...

Judi Dench Returns to Madame After Ankle Injury

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New York Times ArtsBeat Blog

Ethan Coen Returns to Atlantic Theater Company With 'Offices'
The Academy Award-winner F. Murray Abraham will lead an 11-member ensemble cast for the Atlantic Theater Company's world premiere of "Offices," a set of three one-act comedies by Ethan Coen.

Associated Press

Mixed Reviews for 'Priscilla, Queen of the Desert'
Has ''Priscilla, Queen of the Desert'' conquered London's theater critics? Not exactly

Hartford Courant Behind the Curtain Blog

Yikes! Theater's a Downer This Spring
Yes, we all know that seasons are planned well in advance so artistic directors cannot possibly know what audiences may be in the mood for a year down the line.

Village Voice La Daily Musto Blog

Frances Milstead, RIP
Sadly, Frances Milstead, beloved mother of the great screen comedian Divine, died this morning after a bout with cancer and some other health setbacks. The author of the memoir My Son Divine and the subject of the recent documentary A Mother Divine, Frances is best known for birthing...


Review - Inked Baby
Surrogate Pregnancy Explored, Undermined


* PBS Gershwin Special to Begin Airing March 26
* Pace Production of Giering and Harrington's Crossing Brooklyn to Benefit ASTEP
* Denver Center Will Stage Premieres by Schmiedl, Myler, Wheetman and Martinez in 2010
* Butterfly's Hwang and Grey Gardens' Korie Will Discuss (Re)Writing History


* Full Cast, Creative Team Set for Minotaur Reading With Jill Clayburgh and Campbell Scott
* Carole Demas, Carol de Giere, Teri Ralston, Dale Soules and More Set for May the Schwartz Be With You


* John Doyle to Direct Three Sisters at Cincinnati's Playhouse in the Park
* Laurie Metcalf May Headline Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound

First Person: How a real-life miracle worker inspired Tovah Feldshuh's new role


Paris 36: Broadway Musical Paris Style
"Paris 36", a film by Christophe Barratier is part love story, drama and musical with an occasional touch of whimsy. Set in 1936 in a fictional Paris ...

Chicago Tribune Theater Loop Blog

"Rod Blagojevich Superstar" to encounter the real Rod Blagojevich, radio star

Creative Loafing Culture Surfing Blog

Violence runs in veins of three new plays
Islamic terrorism, an early 20th-century serial killer, and pro football take to the stage


The NPR Conundrum
The Washington Post reports this morning that NPR's audience has grown about 47 percent in this decade. A pretty nice bump. But NPR is still having to cut as its income declines in the recession. As for longer-term prospects, ...

The Producer's Perspective

A marketing axiom in two parts.
The bad news is . . . a great marketing campaign can't save a bad show. ...

Are discounts eroding our ticket sales?

Superfluities Redux

Plays of Howard Barker: Stripwell (1975)

Theatre is Territory

Twitiquette for theatre tweeps?
Is it just me, or is Twitter the most outrageously uptight social media tool ever invented? It starts with a simple question: “What are you doing?” But Twitter quickly reveals itself to be a minefield of unwritten rules, exclusive jargon and career-damaging etiquette traps.


Next to Normal News
“Digital release has been set for April 7th, followed by a Double-CD brick-and-mortar retail release on May 12th. The album, which features more than 30 original songs, was recorded in New York City on February 11th & 12th, with Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records President Kurt Deutsch, Joel Moss and David Stone producing, and Tom Kitt Co-Producing. Both ...

The Guardian Performing Arts Blog

There's neither rhyme nor reason in resurrecting Shakespeare's first theatre
Andrew Dickson: A campaign is underway to build a new arena on the site of the Bard's original theatre in Shoreditch, but the nearby church is a perfectly atmospheric space

The Stage UK

Curtain comes down on Peterborough's Broadway
Peterborough's Broadway Theatre, which was ravaged by fire earlier this year, has gone into liquidation, after insurers refused to pay out a claim for £2.5 million

Theatres better outside London, says actor Tompkinson
Actor Stephen Tompkinson, best known for his TV appearances in shows such as Drop the Dead Donkey, has said that he prefers working in theatres outside London, branding the West End a rip-off for audiences.

US hip hop artist Baruch 'Baba' Israel appointed artistic director of Manchester's Contact
Manchester's Contact Theatre has appointed American director, producer and hip hop artist Baruch 'Baba' Israel as its new artistic director.

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* Zac Efron Withdraws From "Footloose" Remake


* John Adams, Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, Mark Morris and More Set for Mostly Mozart Festival
* Kevin Spacey to Receive 2009 Common Wealth Award



Jeremy's Green Room

The Green Room - Episode 1 Scott Schwartz
[a video interview to launch this ambitious blog from director Jeremy Dobrish]

The Guardian

Edinburgh festival: Marketing campaign unites city's celebrations
Twelve events – including the Fringe, books, film and music festivals – will be promoted with a new logo, website and online TV station in a £450,000 bid to set tills ringing

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Sorry for the dearth of updates - meeting and then just poor health killed me

Digest - Inked Baby opens at Playwrights Horizons - read the reviews

UPDATED Digest: God of Carnage

New York Times ArtsBeat Blog

'The Singing Forest' Postpones First Preview, Opening
The Public Theater has postponed the first preview and opening night of its production of Craig Lucas's play "The Singing Forest."

amNY New York City Theater

Frenchwoods to Test Revised Version of JRB's "13"

Associated Press

Hathaway to Play Garland on Stage, Screen
Anne Hathaway is heading somewhere over the rainbow.

Wall Street Journal

She's Happy to Be Back on Broadway
A Cultural Conversation with Angela Lansbury, who at age 83 just opened in a Broadway revival of "Blithe Spirit."

Time Warner Taps Film Archive
Subscriber Content Read Preview
As part of a plan to squeeze all it can out of its film library, Time Warner will sell vintage movies previously unreleased on DVD directly to consumers.
[this one's for subscribers only]


Broadway continues to climb
'Blithe Spirit' brings in big crowds

Mamet fest to hit Boston
American Repertory Theater spotlights scribe

Village Voice Runnin' Scared Blog

Clip Job: You Can't Kill Living Theatre
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives, November 15, 1962, Vol. VIII, No. 4

Back Stage

Wesla's More
We're talking about the great singer of Great American Songbook fame -- the Wesla Whitfield who more than one music critic considers the best we have at the moment.


Laura Benanti Finds Torture Is Exquisite
The Tony Award-winning actress takes a break from musicals to star in Christopher Durang's Why Torture Is Wrong, And the People Who Love Them.

* Jim Dale and Faith Prince to Announce Drama Desk Nominations on April 27


Interview: All hail the queen! Get to know Mary Stuart star Harriet Walter

Hartford Courant Behind the Curtain Blog

What the Bard REALLY Thought...
One of our favorite founders (New Haven's Yale Repertory Theatre, American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass.) has a new book out: "The Tainted Muse: Prejudice and Presumption in Shakespeare and His Time" (Yale University Press).


* Shrek CD Arrives in Stores March 24
* Landau and Gordon's Dream True to Get Digital Release March 31
* Mabou Mines DollHouse Released on DVD


Where Oh Where Has The Musical Theater Gone?
Musical theater has been on our minds lately because frankly, we’re having trouble finding it in Chicago. Not just any musical theater - new work that originates in the second city. Sure Wicked had a nice run but the show began with an out-of-town try-out in San Francisco. Jersey Boys is still going strong...

Washington Post

Wolf Trap Summer: Besides Favorite Singers, a Surprising Lineup of Dance Troupes
...Rock, tap and pop set the beat for Wolf Trap's theater offerings. On June 19 and 20, "Rain" is forecast -- it's a tribute show to the music of the Beatles. A touring version of "42nd Street" -- the crowd-pleasing Tony winner, based on the movie musical of the same title -- is also on tap. And just in time for the kids' acquisitions of all those new loose-leaf binders and gym uniforms, Disney's very silly "High School Musical" will pay a visit to the venue as the summer season comes to a close during the first week of September.

Miami Herald

Lively touring Broadway season looms
Big-name productions highlight the coming touring Broadway season at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and Parker Playhouse.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Guthrie Theater announces 2009-10 season
Highlights include an Ella Fitzgerald musical, a Rebecca Gilman drama and a Brian Friel play in which Joe Dowling both directs and stars.

Los Angeles Times Culture Monster Blog

Geffen Playhouse 2009-10: Fishburne, Bening, Modine to anchor season

Contra Costa Times

Tony Kushner plays Berkeley Repertory's new season
Season also includes circus-themed show by Charlie Chaplin's granddaughter.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Funding losses squeeze mid-size arts groups
According to a recent study by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, mid-range arts organizations expect to be hit hardest by the economic downturn, with their year-end results worse than originally expected.

Denver Post

Moore: Nothing builds bonds like big drop


Paper Killers
Newspapers aren't the only ones contemplating a digital future. The University of Michigan Press says it will move from paper to pixels:

The Producer's Perspective

"How many movies recoup their investment?"
You hear me and others quote the Broadway recoupment stats all the time: 4 out of 5 shows never make their money back (it sounds like a Trident commercial, doesn't it? "4 out of 5 dentists surveyed . . . ")


David Hare Resurrects Wall for Ten Performances
After three sell-out dates last week, playwright David Hare (pictured) will next month reprise his script-in-hand reading of Wall, his meditation the Israel-Palestinian conflict, for ten more performances at the Royal Court. The 40-minute piece, wh...

Latitude Festival Announces Fourth Annual Line-up
The genre-defying Latitude Festival – which was awarded Special Achievement in Regional Theatre at last year’s TMA Awards (See News::E8821225034326, 26 Oct 2008) – has announced the line-up for its 2009 weekender event, which takes ...

London Theatre Guide

Pollard joins Shout! at Arts
Su Pollard is to lead the cast of Shout!, a musical celebration of the swinging 60s, which plays at the Arts theatre from 17 April to 28 June (press night 29 April).

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