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3/19/09 [updated 4:07PM EST]


Natasha Richardson 1963 - 2009 - Obituaries, Features, Remembrances [revised]


Dallas Morning News The Arts Blog

Will Keach make it to Dallas?
Stacy Keach, who's starring in the stage tour of Frost/Nixon set to open at the Majestic Theatre here in about six weeks, was hospitalized after a mild stroke in Los Angeles yesterday. His understudy (who also stood by for Frank Langella on Broadway) went on for him. Let's hope that he gets back on his feet soon -- I'm not sure they'd continue the tour without at least this much star power.


* Eisenhower, Haas, Bonetti, Fannin to Reveal Criminal Hearts in Philly Starting March 31
* Morillo's All Aboard the Marriage Hearse to Make NYC Return in April


* Victoria Clark to Star in Benefit for Bank Street School for Children on March 23
* Jersey Boys' Erich Bergen to Perform Benefit Concerts for Liberace Museum

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New York Times ArtsBeat Blog

U.S. Release Plans Uncertain for Natasha Richardson Film, 'Wild Child'
When, if ever, will American theaters see the release of Natasha Richardson's last movie?

Associated Press

Autopsy: Richardson Died of Impact to the Head
The New York City medical examiner's office says actress Natasha Richardson died of a blunt impact to the head. The Tony Award-winning actress died...

Reactions to Natasha Richardson's Death
Reaction to the death of actress Natasha Richardson:.

Time Out New York Upstaged Blog

Politics as unusual at P.S. 122

Chicago Tribune Theater Loop Blog

'Quiet Man' at Chicago Theatre: MSG Entertainment is making some noise

Sex. Heat. Passion. O'Neill. A vibrator. And Broadway.
The Broadway transfer of Robert Falls' Goodman Theatre production of "Desire Under the Elms" has yet to reach its first preview, but a look at the exterior of the St. James Theatre offers a pretty good sense of how...

Los Angeles Times Culture Monster Blog

Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines
-- Range of talent: Charles McNulty remembers the daring choices made by actress Natasha Richardson, 45, who died Wednesday of injuries suffered in a ski accident.


* Huntington's Miracle to Feature Tony Winner Latessa, Cuervo, DeVito, Pascal and More
* Lucille Lortel Awards to Be Presented May 3; Nominations Announced April 2
* Broadway's Mamma Mia! Will Be Honored March 25


* Full Cast, Creative Team Announced for Sherie Rene Scott's Everyday Rapture
* Sofia Vergara to Join Broadway Chicago Cast Beginning April 27
* Kristin Chenoweth to Appear at NYC's Paley Center on April 16

The Artful Manager

Remix, remash, remarkable
If you're wondering whether YouTube and its brethren are artistic tools in addition to being distribution tools, take a look at the work of Kutiman, born Ophir Kutiel. His on-line video project, ThruYou, clips and cuts existing YouTube videos into entirely new works of art. Says Merlin Mann to those in the music industry preparing litigation:


Fictional Foundation Fun, part IV
This week, I've been writing about the Ortiz Foundation for the Arts, a mock $800 million foundation based in New York, for which I designed a strategic plan along with four of my business school colleagues. Yesterday, I wrote about two of OFA's programs, Building Infrastructure and Supporting Start-Ups....


Ominous sign...
when the most committed owners of newspapers start selling off their shares:

Huffington Post

Barry Yourgrau: A Memory of Natasha Richardson

The Stage UK

Punchdrunk and Wainwright lead Manchester International Festival 2009
Punchdrunk – the innovative theatre company behind The Masque of the Red Death and Faust – is to unveil its latest work at this year’s Manchester International Festival.

Broadway dims lights for Richardson
The lights of all Broadway theatre marquees will be dimmed for one minute at 8pm tonight (Thursday) in memory of actress Natasha Richardson, who died last night following a skiing accident in Montreal.

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New York Times ArtsBeat Blog

More Details Of 'Phantom' Sequel Are Unmasked
A casting notice offers more details about "Love Never Dies," Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-promised sequel to "The Phantom of the Opera."


* Stephenson, Cuccioli, Barbour, Kennedy, O'Malley, Schuck and More Cast in Paper Mill's 1776
* Broadway to Dim Its Lights March 19 in Honor of Late Actress Natasha Richardson


Hanks for Everything!
With roles in 33 Variations, Mad Men, and The Great Buck Howard, Colin Hanks is proving his versatility.

* Justin Long and Evan Rachel Wood to Star in Raleigh Production of Romeo and Juliet
* Tony Nominee Tsidii Le Loka to Perform at Tribeca PAC in May
* Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Stew, and More Set for Breaking the Silence, Beating the Drum

The Producer's Perspective

What do soaps and subscription houses have in common?
Barring major breaking news, you can count on your soap to be on every day. Same time, same channel (and same story line

The Guardian Performing Arts Blog

Charlotte Higgins: Will any decent art come out of the Cultural Olympiad?
Artists Taking the Lead, the first big cultural project for the London 2012 Olympic Games, was launched today. But will it be any good? And will anybody care?

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Hartford Courant Behind the Curtain Blog

"Orphans' Home" Cycle Receives Hartford Reading
Heard the Monday night reading for the last three plays of Horton Foote's "The Orphans' Home" Cycle went well at Hartford Stage This was the final trio of plays Foote had completed at the time of his death earlier this month.

Time Out New York Upstaged Blog

Natasha Richardson: Streetcar remembered
Remembering Natasha Richardson's Blanche DuBois.


* True Colors' Miss Evers' Boys, with Jasmine Guy, Extended
* March 18 Priscilla Queen of the Desert Canceled Mid-Show; Perfs. Resume March 19


* Multimedia Collaboration, Doomsday Kiss, to Premiere at Bootleg Theater

off-stage right

Douglas McLennan of Arts Journal has started blogging - I know I thought all along surely he was, but alas... His first full post is a nice companion to many of my posts last week.

The Wicked Stage

Outliving One's Child
I have little to add to the mourning for Natasha Richardson, whom I never had the good fortune to witness onstage. I do recall admiring her fearless performance in The Handmaid's Tale lo these many years ago. Having seen her mother, though, in Didion's Year of Magical Thinking, ...

The Stage UK

Artists to compete for funding for 2012 Olympic Games arts showcase
Artists across the UK are being invited to bid for commissions of up to £500,000 to create works celebrating the 2012 Olympic Games.

The Guardian Performing Arts Blog

Alexis Soloski: Steve Martin joins the ranks of banned playwrights
A school production of the funnyman's play Picasso at the Lapin Agile has been pulled, echoing the fate of plays by greats such as Ibsen and Sophocles


Feature: Donald Keene On...Yukio Mishima & Madame de Sade
Donald Keene is one of the world’s foremost Japanologists and interpreters of Japanese literature, the author of over 25 books in English and 50 in Japanese. His honours include the Bunka Kunsho, the highest cultural decoration given by the Japanese government. He has translated

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New York Times

A Call Silenced in Cairo Is Warmly Received in Berlin
You might say the recent production of the play “Radio Muezzin” was as much about Germany promoting diverse voices as it was about Egypt’s silencing them.

New York Times ArtsBeat Blog

As Broadway Beckons, a Question About Casting 'Irena's Vow' Movie
Tovah Feldshuh is preparing to open in "Irena's Vow" on Broadway — but will she make the cut for the movie?

Ruhl's 'In the Next Room' Headed to Broadway
The dearth of blush-inducing signage around Times Square will soon be rectified when the Sarah Ruhl play "In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)" comes to Broadway in the fall.

Time Out New York Upstaged Blog

Bargain basement M.F.A.: Take a trip to the Jewish Museum
The Jewish Museum has a dose of theater history.

New York Daily News The Cultural Tourist

Stage Pictures at MoMA
The first drawing in "Stage Pictures," the exhibit of 20th century theater design at the Museum of Modern Art, immediately piques one's curiosity.

Associated Press

Stacy Keach Recuperating After Stroke
A spokesman for Stacy Keach says actor was recovering after having a mild stroke.

Jessica Lange Hospitalized With Broken Collarbone
Oscar-winning actress Jessica Lange has been hospitalized after a short fall from her steps at her home near Duluth, Minn

Reuters / Hollywood Reporter

Broadway thriving despite recession
If this is how a recession affects Broadway, well then, bring it on!

Wall Street Journal

Two Avant-Gardists Join Forces
Richard Foreman and John Zorn talk about the spark that led to their collaborative work, "Astronome: A Night at the Opera."


In D.C., tuners are recession's tonic
Arena, Signature opffering up musicals

The Stage UK

Exclusive: Thriller Live director Lloyd unveils Marc Bolan musical as his next project
Thriller Live director Gary Lloyd is turning his attention from Michael Jackson to singer Marc Bolan for his next project - a musical based on the life of the former T-Rex frontman.

The Guardian

Another day, another Shakespeare discovery
It's only a matter of time before academics pop up with yet more Bardian revelations, says John Crace


Backstory: Ionesco's Exit the King makes a new Broadway entrance

Miami Herald Drama Queen Blog

Plays get read
There's a bit of a lull in openings over the next few weeks, an odd little end-of-March/start-of-April gap that will come to a frenzied end April 16-18 when six -- yes six -- theaters open shows in that three-day period. (If you're wondering what is opening where: ...

Chicago Tribune

Hancock Observatory tour, Schwimmer included

Dallas Morning News Arts Blog

A lifeline for Labyrinth Theatre
The Richardson/North Dallas theater company that closed in February with two productions left on its schedule has received a helping hand from across town.

Orange County Register

Drama teacher says anti-gay incidents prompted lawsuit
Ron Martin says an inquiry by the ACLU revealed additiional problems.

San Jose Mercury News

Groovelily rocks hard for TheatreWorks
Rock on, TheatreWorks. The hip alt-rock trio Groovelily, whose eclectic tunes lit hit musicals as ¡°Striking 12¡å and ¡°Long Story Short¡± at TheatreWorks, will get down with...

London Theatre Guide

Sunset lasts longer at Comedy
The pared down, actor/musician production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard currently playing at the Comedy theatre has extended its London run. It is now booking to 27 June.

The Independent

Godot has arrived: The stars of Beckett's masterpiece reveal what the play means to them

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