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3/18/09 [updated 4:07PM EST]


Back Stage - Blog Stage

'Holy Headshot!' Returns to NYC Tonight
Tonight at the UCB Theatre, CBS/NYC presents Holy Headshot Live!, featuring talent from the new book Holy Headshot! performing live. Join authors Patrick Borelli and Douglas Gorenstein to see the pages of Holy Headshot! come to life on stage

Orange County Register - The Arts Blog

ACLU sues O.C. school district for ‘homophobic environment’
An ACLU lawsuit that alleges an officially sanctioned “sexist and homophobic environment” on the campus of Corona del Mar High School was prompted by an investigation that revealed previously unreported anti-gay incidents at the school, according to the Corona del Mar High’s drama teacher, Ron Martin. .... Martin was involved in a recent dispute over a production of “Rent” that he had proposed, partly as a way to address what he thought were inappropriate attitudes about homosexuality on his campus. He contends the school’s principal, Fal Asrani, prohibited him from staging the musical, which has several gay characters. She denied the charge and approved the musical after seeing the script.


* A New Theory of Vision Begins Kraine Run March 18


Subway Hero Revealed—And He’s an Off-Broadway Baby!


Explore Wilton's Music Hall
Wilton's Music Hall may be one of the world's most endangered buildings but it's been putting on a tremendously varied, high profile and glamorous string of shows lately. If you missed out on tickets, you can still acquaint yourself with the grand old lady, herself; dates

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New York Magazine Vulture Blog

New Shakespeare Dropping Soon
If you were already worried about finding time to read all of Roberto Bolaño's posthumous novels, we have awful news: A British academic claims he's discovered six previously unrecognized works by Shakespeare, including a poem, a sonnet, a comedy, and two tragedies. [Telegraph via Buzzfeed]


* Creative Team Announced for Hartford TheaterWorks' Year of Magical Thinking


* Rita Moreno Set for Berkeley Rep's In Conversation Series
* Jenn Colella, Kate Shindle, and More Set for NYMF's Best of the Fest Gala
* Nilo Cruz, Kirsten Childs, and More Set for MTC's 7@7 Reading Series

Creating Loafing Culture Surfing Blog

Arts crisis continues in Atlanta
A week after CL's arts crisis article runs, one quoted arts executive is already out of a job.

On Theatre and Politics

How to Write a Manifesto about the State of the American Theatre on your own Blog!
I have been, my friends, remiss in my duties. We all know that bloggery is intended for more than links and open ended questions about complicated politics and economics of which I know nothing. Nay! Instead, the blogospace is for the ranting of experts (people with computers) about how to fix the whole shebang. To reinvent the invented in a way that appears freshly fresh.

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Associated Press

Charles S. Dutton Stars at Willy Loman at Yale Rep
Charles S. Dutton will star as Willy Loman in a 60th anniversary production of Arthur Miller's ''Death of a Salesman,'' opening April 30 at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, Conn.

New York Times ArtsBeat Blog

'Reasons to Be Pretty' Reinstates Matinee Performance
Saturday's matinee of "Reasons to Be Pretty," is back on after the producers initially canceled it — along with matinees Wednesday and last Sunday — because the director and one of the actors had television commitments that conflicted with rehearsal time.

Hartford Courant Behind the Curtain Blog

Youth Wants to Know: "Spring Awkening" Coming
When the musical "Spring Awakening" opened on Broadway and was struggling to find its audience, a leading presenting house executive told me he didn't see the rock-flavored show about adolescent sexuality -- and which featured nudity -- ever making it to his Broadway subscription series.

"August: Osage County" to Hartford
Non-musical plays don't often get on Broadway series at presenting halls like the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford so we're thrilled when we see a show that doesn't need songs to make it sing make the list.

"American Buffalo" to Hartford
David Mamet's "American Buffalo" will end TheaterWorks' '08-09 season, playing Aug. 24 to Oct. 4.

Star-Ledger Entertainment

New Jersey arts council unveils stimulus grants program
The New Jersey State Council on the Arts has released guidelines and an application form for its Staffing Preservation program, an initiative that will distribute an anticipated $336,900 in federal stimulus funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. New...


* Kennedy, McCourt, Murney and Egan Set for NYC Reading of Wildhorn's Wonderland
* Casting Announced for U.K. Tour of Take That Musical Never Forget
* The Flea Theater Extends Moses' Love/Stories Again; Now Through April 25


* NY Pops Play Best Of Charles Strouse At Carnegie Hall 4/3

Los Angeles Times Culture Monster Blog

Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines
-- Behind the scenes of HBO's "Grey Gardens" film.


Film(s) du Jour: Grey Gardens Trailer
You know how Grey Gardens -- the 1970s documentary about shut-ins Edith "Big Edie" Ewing Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edith "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale, who were the aunt and first cousin of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis -- is a cult favorite among the homosexuals?


Hopeful and Hopeless.
2. FilmNerd wants you to know about this arts funding bill (which is getting a hearing in the state Senate Ways & Means Committee today at 1:30.) But I’m not so sure. I’m not a big fan of arts funding. I mean, where’s the public money for my Amazing Spider-Man chamber opera? And the bill is also tied to sports stadium funding.

Orlando Sentinel Attention Must Be Paid Blog

And now, the day-by-day Fringe schedule
Here it is, from the Fringe's website -- the day-by-day schedule for the entire Orlando Fringe. (There's a missing venue for one show, I know, but presumably that will be filled in later.) There will be a test later. Thursday...

Creative Loafing Culture Surfing Blog

Marathon of Samuel Beckett Films at Emory
A six-hour program of his plays on film Wed., March 19.

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Associated Press

Richardson's Family Gathers Near Injured Actress
Members of Natasha Richardson's family gathered at a New York hospital where the Tony-winning actress was reportedly taken with a serious head injury after falling on a Canadian ski slope.

Hartford Courant Behind the Curtain Blog

A Change in Roles at TheaterWorks
Rob Ruggiero has been associate artistic director at Hartford's TheaterWorks since the '90s but when I was there seeing "Dead Man's Cell Phone" recently I noticed in the program that Ruggiero is now listed as "senior artistic associate."

Wishcamper Returns to Hartford for "Speech & Debate"
We loved "The Sefarer" when it played Hartford's TheaterWorks last December, in no small measure to a new director for the company, Henry Wishcamper.


* Chicago to Play Milestone Performance March 24
* Kennedy Center's Spring Gala to Feature Channing, McDonald, McEntire, Rivera, Turner and more


* Michael Urie, Seth Rudetsky to Host The Broadway Beauty Pageant
* Gary Mauer and Elizabeth Southard Headline Bickford's Masquerade Benefit



Moxie the Maven

WMA/Endeavor Merger?
My sources are saying that a William Morris/Endeavor merger is more and more likely every day. Nikki Finke noticed that someone went and bought both williammorrisendeavor.com and endeavorwilliammorris.com.

The Producer's Perspective

Airlines have change fees. Should we?
Somehow, I got to the Madrid airport a lot earlier than I expected to. "Just in time to take the earlier flight back to Newark", said Ms. "You're Lucky I Speak English" Continental Airlines employee.

The Guardian

V&A unveils Kylie's dressing room, Jagger's jumpsuit and Ionesco's Rhinoceros in new performance galleries
Gallery: The V&A's new galleries explore the art of performance, with a little help from Kylie, Mick Jagger and some monkey marionettes

London Theatre Guide

The Big Interview: Tony Sheldon
Australian actor Tony Sheldon may have caught a plane over to London to make his West End debut, but he is actually on the latest leg of an ongoing road trip, finds Caroline Bishop.

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* Eve Will Join Fiennes for Chichester's Cyrano de Bergerac
* Obie Winner Petty to Star in Honky Tonk Heroes at the El Portal
* Cry-Baby's Jablonski Will Be Part of McKneely-Directed International West Side Story Tour

The Artful Manager

Capacities for imaginative learning
I'm a fan of core principles, or at least statements of core principles, because they offer such a productive launch point for a focused conversation. If you tell me what you believe to be at the center of things, we can explore together where we disagree on the basis of our thinking, rather than the tactics and strategies we use.

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New York Times

Natasha Richardson Hospitalized in New York
Ms. Richardson was flown from Canada to New York City in serious condition with head injuries suffered in a skiing accident north of Montreal.

Jack Lawrence, Writer of Hit Songs, Dies at 96
Mr. Lawrence was a reluctant podiatrist who chose to do what he had always wanted to do as a kid — write lyrics for songs, many of which became hits.

The Times UK

Actress 'brain-dead' after skiing accident
Natasha Richardson in critical condition after suffering a severe head injury in a fall during skiing lesson in Canada

New York Post

Riedel: Shining light of Broadway
As beautiful and talented as she is, Natasha Richard son should have a much bigger film career. But it's in her genes to shine brightest on the stage. She is, after all, a member of the Redgrave clan, a theatrical dynasty that has held sway over theaters in London and New York for more than 75 years. Her grandfather Michael Redgrave...

Method to their madness
The Wooster Group's latest piece is to theater what mash-ups are to pop music. For "La Didone," running through...

The Artful Manager

Is Obama combining arts policy and disability policy?
Neighbor blogger Judith H. Dobrzynski flagged (for me anyway) the first indication that the Obama administration has selected an arts policy liaison to join his staff, in the form of Chicago lawyer Kareem Dale. I hadn't seen last week's short and cryptic article in the New York Times that conveyed the decision. Said the Times:

The Clyde Fitch Report

My Name Is Kareem Dale and I Am Going to Be Your Arts Czar
There is much buzz in the InterTubes that President Obama has appointed the long-awaited, much-hoped-for Arts Czar.

Time Out New York

Big Art Group
Live video and mystical rites merge in the mesmerizing spectacle SOS.

Hartford Courant Behind the Curtain Blog

Kimberly Scott Reunited in "Salesman"
Tony Award nominee Kimberly Scott will play Linda Loman opposite Charles S. Dutton as Willy Loman in the Yale Repertory Theatre production of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman."

Associated Press

Stacy Keach Hospitalized, Misses Nixon Stage Role
Stacy Keach has been hospitalized and was replaced by his understudy in a Los Angeles stage production of ''Frost/Nixon.''.

Shakespearean tragedy as Mass. theater cuts 7 jobs
To pay or not to pay, that was the question for a Massachusetts Shakespearean theater company.


Playwrights Horizons sets schedule
Parker Posey will topline the world preem of a new play by Melissa James Gibson at Off Broadway's Playwrights Horizons, where the 2009-10 season also will include new works from scribes Bruce Norris, Daniel Goldfarb and Annie Baker.

Wall Street Journal

Arts Groups Lose Out in Funds Fight
Museums, theaters and operas are having a tough time attracting support amid perceptions that vital services like soup kitchens and homeless shelters should receive funds first.


Peter Filichia's Diary: The Early Show
Okay, how many songs do you know from the musicals that opened on Broadway in 1943?


Interview: New Leaf Theatre's Jessica Hutchinson on World Theatre Day
We’ll admit it. Last week, we hadn’t heard of World Theatre Day, celebrated on March 27. Although our shame increased upon learning that the celebration, created by the UNESCO-sponsored International Theatre Institute (ITI), has existed for almost 50 years, we were comforted to learn that New Leaf Theatre company ...

Time Out Chicago Blog

2009 Orgie Awards; back with a(n anonymous) vengeance
Just when you thought it was socially acceptable to have traditional, two-person, missionary style theater again, the Orgies are back; gird your loins

Chicago Tribune

John Mahoney, Amy Morton to headline Northlight's fall season

Louisville Courier-Journal

‘Boating Party’ covers rough seas
Naomi Wallace is a provocateur. The Kentucky native’s new play, “The Hard Weather Boating Party,” which is set in Louisville’s industrial neighborhood of Rubbertown, asks prickly questions and concludes with a disconcertingly fanciful finish.

Los Angeles Times

'West Side Story' with a Spanish accent
At age 91, Arthur Laurents refashions his 1957 musical for 21st century Broadway.

'Everybody Say "Cheese!" ' is a slice of Garry Marshall's life
The television writer/creator and film director turns playwright in a story of...

San Francisco Chronicle

Her First Love
Megan Cavanagh, whose resume includes Marla Hooch in "A League of Their Own," finds her role in 42nd Street Moon's "High Spirits" refreshing.

Sacramento Bee

Theater company director cites money woes, resigns
Mark Standriff, who has been the managing director of the Sacramento Theatre Company since May 2007, has resigned, effective Friday.

The Stage UK

Crackdown on London's rogue talent agents
Government inspectors have launched a London-wide clampdown on rogue talent agents, issuing warnings to nine entertainment and modelling agencies for breaches of the law, including the charging of illegal fees.

The Stage UK - Blogs

Mark Shenton: Global warming and the big chill facing arts journalism….
Never mind that the polar ice-caps are shrinking: here’s conclusive proof that the world is indeed warming up faster than ever. It’s barely mid-March, the clocks haven’t even turned back here yet (though, weirdly, they did a couple of...

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