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3/20/09 [updated 2:54PM EST]


Digest - West Side Story revival opens on B'way - read the reviews - UPDATED 3:00PM EST
* Review - A Beautifully Compelling Revival



* Chenoweth Will Celebrate "A Little Bit Wicked" with Mini-Book Tour
* Stew to Pen Midsummer Score for Shakespeare on the Sound; Settle Is New Artistic Director


* Victoria Clark to Star in Benefits for Bank Street School for Children and Collegiate Chorale
* Josh Strickland to Join Mel B, Kelly Monaco in Jerry Mitchell's PEEPSHOW
* Alan Alda, Nathan Lane, Bernadette Peters, David Hyde Pierce, B.D. Wong to Honor Rosie O'Donnell at Dramatists Guild Fund Benefit

Between Productions

RIP Natasha Richardson
Thoughts on the passing of the actress for Popdose.


Is Ticketmaster Hurting Because Of Ticket Sales? Nope - Business is Sweet!
Ticketmaster announces a billion-dollar loss, blaming "declining ticket sales, costs associated with layoffs and a massive impairment charge."

The Stage UK

Dench forced to pull out of Madame de Sade following fall
Judi Dench has been forced to pull out from her current West End show Madame de Sade, following a fall at the stage door of the Wyndham’s Theatre.

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* PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, March 14-20: Dramatic Exits
* MTC Extends Off-Broadway Runs of Ruined and Humor Abuse
* "The Dark I Know Well": Doyle Steps Into Toronto Run of Spring Awakening
* Winesburg, Ohio Musical Opens in KC; Anderson, Dennison, Bevan, Judy, Packard Star


* Jason Butler Harner, Michael Stuhlbarg Set for CSC's The Proust Project
* Hayley Atwell, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Ken Stott Set for UK Tour of View from the Bridge


A Chorus Line Comes to Chicago

Los Angeles Times Culture Monster Blog

Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines
--Paying tribute: Liam Neeson and friends gather as Broadway pays tribute to actress Natasha Richardson. Friends in Hollywood and Britain remember the actress, who died Wednesday after a ski accident.


Of Poverty, Banking, and the Arts
Yesterday on CNBC, host Mark Haines said that Wall Street could not possibly be run well by people making $250,000. Here's the transcript:

The Fortress of Jason Grote

R.I.P. Touch and Go Records
Terrible, terrible news. Touch and Go was a terrific label and distributor, and through one or the other they brought us music as wide-ranging as Big Black, The Butthole Surfers, The Jesus Lizard, Dirty Three, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, TV on the Radio, Girls Against Boys, Enon, !!!, Calexico, The Mekons, and Slint. I will miss them.

The Playgoer

"How Conveeeeeenient..."
Here's the response some folks are getting when inquiring about those free tix to the NYTW reading/discussions of Caryl Churchill's Seven Jewish Children: ...

The Guardian Performing Arts Blog

Andrew Dickson: David Hare on the West Bank: the playwright turns journalist
This solo performance at the Royal Court explored the Palestinian territories in a manner that an ensemble – or a newspaper article – couldn't

The Stage UK

Edinburgh comedy award loses funding
Edinburgh’s premiere live comedy award has found itself without a sponsor, following banking company Intelligent Finance’s decision not to renew its deal for this summer’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.


Judi Dench Misses Madame Shows with Ankle Injury
Judi Dench (pictured) has been forced to withdraw from this weekend’s performances of Madame de Sade due to an ankle injury. The actress stumbled when leaving Wyndham’s Theatre after last night’s performance of the Yukio Mishima play and suffered ...

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Hartford Courant Behind the Curtain Blog

Man Goes Berserk in Coffee Shop -- Or Does He Really?
It used to be called guerrilla theater.


* Rumspringa Extended to May; Sailor Man to Close in March
* Hair Star Ryness to Play Joe's Pub in April
* Maurice Hines to Play Manhattan's Triad


* Debbie Reynolds to Return to NoHo's El Portal; Additional Engagements Announced Including NYC's Cafe Carlyle
* Bobby Cannavale, Michael Stuhlbarg, and More Set for Sins of the Mother Reading


Help For The Arts (But 10,000 Arts Groups Could Go Out Of Business)
Americans for the Arts has warned arts organizations to plan scenarios for 40% cuts in their budgets as the economy gets worse. And the group says that 10,000 arts organizations could go out of business in this recession.

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Back Stage - Blog Stage

Sheward: 2009-10 Season Shaping Up
Lincoln Center announced it would be presenting In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play by Sarah Ruhl (The Clean House) as part of its 2009-10 season at a Shubert theatre TBA as a part of its Broadway season. This is a good time to take a look at the rest of next season. ...

New York Times

Orchestras and Theaters Trim Staff and Salaries
Both the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Shakespeare & Company have announced budget, pay and staff cuts as the economic downturn continues to take a toll.

amNY New York City Theater

Interview with Josh Grisetti on Enter Laughing
I am really, really hoping that "Enter Laughing," which ends its extended run at the York Theatre tonight, will live on at another venue. But who knows. At least this production has been preserved with a forthcoming cast album. In tribute, here is an interview with Josh Grisetti, who delivers an absolutely brilliant performance as starry-eyed 17-year-old David Kolowitz.

New York Post

Riedel: Troubled play? Ax an act
'Reasons' for repairs: 2-act play trims to 1


Schwartz to oversee playwright union
'Wicked' man named president of Dramatists

Culture Project enlists theater vets
Whoopi Goldberg, Liev Schreiber added


* DIVA TALK: Catching Up with South Pacific's Laura Osnes Plus News of Espinosa and McDonald


Peter Filichia's Diary: ... and Stereophonic Sound
My, so many of you commented on my recent column on mono and stereo records of yore!

* Emily Skinner, Mary Testa Set for Transport Group Events
* WNET's SundayArts to Profile Eugene O'Neill

Washington Times

D.C. emerges as laboratory for Broadway-bound theater
New Yorkers may still look down on Washington as a cultural backwater, but with Big Apple marquees currently lit up with four plays that started ...

Edge Washington

Cheyenne Jackson :: Broadway’s ’It’ Boy
Out Broadway Baby Cheyenne Jackson Lends His Talents and Chops to Metro-D.C.

Chicago Sun-Times

That 'Poppins' woman!
British theater producer Cameron Mackintosh first thought about overseeing the creation of a stage version of "Mary Poppins" -- that mainstay of children's literature, and hugely successful 1964 Walt Disney film -- as far back as the late 1970s, when he was first making his mark in London.
* Inspired composers got 'Mary Poppins' to fly

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Children's Theatre Company to cut budget, salaries
Citing the economy, the company's managing director anticipates next year's budget could be trimmed by 14 percent. That's in addition to a 3 percent cut this year.

St. Paul Pioneer Press

Musical collaborators think just alike - in their dreams
Remember back in school, when you got thrown together with some study partner you probably wouldn't have chosen and had to do a big project together? That's how Jeff Tang and Katie Baldwin Eng started making musicals.

Louisville Courier-Journal

'Under Construction' wondrous as it embraces life
Charles L. Mee's "Under Construction” is a freaky, wondrous, dance-inducing piece created for the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville that the SITI Company turns into high-wire performance art with a sense of humor.

Arizona Republic

Preview: Phoenix Fringe Festival
While many mainstream theaters are downsizing, the alternative-minded Phoenix Fringe Festival is expanding big-time in its second year.

Contra Costa Times

Thanks to 'Grease,' the '50s got a makeover
The musical and other works of nostalgia gave the decade a revisionist new look.

Seattle Times

Theater review A fresh, all-female take on the Eugene O'Neill classic "Long Day's Journey Into Night"

Daily Telegraph

Shakespeare portrait challenged
A portrait believed to be the only surving portrait of William Shakespeare painted in his lifetime could be the 17th century courtier Sir Thomas Overbury, an expert believes

The Guardian

Broadway tribute to Richardson
Video: Theatre lights were dimmed across New York as Broadway paid tribute to actor Natasha Richardson

The Stage UK Blogs

Mark Shenton: The show must go on…
Once again the West End has been beaten to the kind of tribute it could pay to one of its own by Broadway: after the death of Natasha Richardson was announced late on Wednesday in New York, Broadway theatres...


Gossip: Lee Mead Leads Marc Bolan Glam Rock Musical???
The life and music of the late Marc Bolan provides the inspiration for a new musical tipped for the West End in early 2010. As the frontman of T-Rex, Bolan was one of the biggest stars of the glam rock era in the early 1970s with hits such as “Rid...

Gossip: Ann-Margret Makes Date With Calendar Girls???
The current British company of Calendar Girls - led by Lynda Bellingham and Patricia Hodge - finish their contracts in July at the West End’s Noel Coward Theatre , and who knows what surprises may lay in stor...

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