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3/17/09 [updated 11:54PM EST]


Digest - Civil Rights Drama The Good Negro opens at the Public - read the reviews

Digest - Musical Rooms opens - read the reviews

UPDATED Digest - Blithe Spirit


New York Times ArtsBeat Blog

Gossip Boy for a Day: The Post-Script
If you missed it, or just want to watch it in perpetuity, here is the highlight from Charles Isherwood's "Gossip Girl" cameo.

Back Stage - Blog Stage

Richardson's Condition? Reports Vary Widely
Since news broke earlier today about Natasha Richardson's accident on the Quebec ski slopes, details about exactly what happened has been slowly dripping out.

Actors Revisit Their 'Youth'
In a rare situation, the key creative team of a vintage Off-Broadway play (three cast members and the director) will briefly reteam in L.A. to revisit a piece they collaborated on in 1996, early in their careers. During a one-week run, which will be taped for subsequent radio broadcast, Mark Ruffalo (pictured), Josh Hamilton, and Missy Yager will appear in Kenneth Lonergan’s This is Our Youth, under original helmer Mark Brokaw.

amNY New York City Theater

* Vanity Fair Recreates West Side Story Film

Time Out New York Upstaged Blog

Helen Shaw: Movie watch: Every Little Step
Circles within circles, people. Hall-of-mirrors time. Originally, the legendary Pulitzer Prize–winning A Chorus Line—set at an audition—was culled from interviews with actual dancers (some of whom were in the original show). Then there was a movie. Then, many years later, there was a revival, and the auditions for said revival were filmed. Now, on April...


* Story of My Life Gets Post-Broadway Life at PA's Act II; Two World Premieres Also Planned
* Dirty Dancing Tour Struts Into L.A. May 8-June 28
* Playwrights Horizons Welcomes Baker, Norris, Gibson, Goldfarb, Posey, MacKinnon in 2009-10


* Savion Glover to Host and Curate BleecKer ThingZ Performance Series
* Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito, and Stephen Breyer Join Shakespeare Theatre Mock Trial, Malvolio's Revenge

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New York Times ArtsBeat Blog

Broadway To Dim Its Lights For Ron Silver
The marquees of Broadway theaters will be dimmed on Wednesday for one minute at 8:00pm in tribute to Ron Silver, who died on Saturday.

Back Stage - Blog Stage

Six Singular Sensations
Win the chance to sing on stage with five Broadway stars in Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway. For performances in Atlanta; Coral Springs, Fla.; Orange Park, Fla.; Los Angeles; Eugene, Ore.; and Tacoma, Wash., ...

A Page Turner
Page 73 Productions is accepting applications for its P73 Playwriting Fellowship, which provides yearlong support -- including a $5,000 stipend and $10,000 in development funds -- to a playwright who isn’t widely recognized...

Orlando Sentinel Attention Must Be Paid Blog

News unclear on Richardson's condition
An injured Natasha Richardson has left Canada on a private jet, the Toronto Star has reported. The paper had no information about where she and her husband, actor Liam Neeson, were headed. The Associated Press reports that she is on...

The Clyde Fitch Report

Arts Journalism, Say Arts Journalists, Isn't Dying -- It's a Poltergeist

Congressman George Miller to Hold Hearings on Fiscal Impact of Arts and Music Industry

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Natasha Richardson Critically Injured, Flying to NYC?

Hartford Courant Behind the Curtain Blog

David Kennedy Joins Mark Lamos at Westport
Westport Country Playhouse is beefing up its staff with the appointment of David Kennedy as associate artistic director

New York Magazine Vulture Blog

Natasha Richardson Fighting for Her Life After Tragic Skiing Accident

CinStages Buzz Blog

Humana Fest double bill and playwright Naomi Wallace comes to Xavier U theater on March 24

DC Theatre Scene

Washington area theaters offer free tickets to the under-18 set
Twenty-three Washington area theaters are offering free tickets to thirty-five shows this Spring to those seventeen and under when accompanied by an adult, the League of Washington Theaters announced March 1. The benefit constitutes the tenth year of LOWT’s “Stages for all Ages” promotion, and is supported financially by the Nora Roberts Foundation. Tickets are available only...

Orlando Sentinel Attention Must Be Paid Blog

What's better -- a bad review, or no reviews?
What happens to the arts after arts journalists disappear? Read about it on my Arts & Letters blog, and then tell me what you think.


* Plimpton and Breaker to Host 54th Annual Obie Awards
* Chen and Pine to Star in Off-Broadway's Shanghai Gesture
* Molly Jessup, Trusted Music Director in Kansas City, Dead at 66


Question of the Day
Should character serve story or should story serve character?

The Guardian Performing Arts Blog

Andrew Haydon: La Ronde: too risqué for the 21st century?
Sex and scandal are integral to this classic Viennese play, but British directors seem to be shy of telling it like it is

Daily Telegraph

Norton's West End debut is no folly
Graham Norton's West End debut performance seems to come straight from the heart.

The Stage UK

Pryce to star in revival of Pinter's The Caretaker
Jonathan Pryce is set to star in Pinter play The Caretaker this autumn as part of the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse’s 2009 season.

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New York Times ArtsBeat Blog

Natasha Richardson Injured In Accident
The actress Natasha Richardson has been transferred to a Montreal hospital with serious head injuries after a skiing accident on Monday.


* Dame Edna to Bring First Last Tour to the Ahmanson in June
* Biggs Replaces Page in TFANA's Hamlet; First Preview Postponed
* Hudson Stage's Pursuit Has Bessette, Lawson, McDonald, Saunders, Stone


* Colman Domingo to Direct Lisa Ramirez's Exit Cuckoo Off-Broadway
* Keith Carradine, Peter Frechette, Marlo Thomas, and More Set for George Street's New Year's Eve

Associated Press

Connick Set to Receive Honorary Tulane Degree
New Orleans native Harry Connick Jr. is getting honors from Tulane University.

Orlando Sentinel Attention Must Be Paid

Feldman sleeps, you walk
The indefatigable Brian Feldman has devised his next performance art piece, called Sleepwalk -- in which he will attempt to sleep (underneath a sheet of plexiglass -- comfy!) and passerby will walk over him. It's set to take place at...

lies like truth

On Anonymous Donors
In Charlie Varon's new play, Rabbi Sam, a progressive rabbi sparks controversy among his congregants when he declares that an anonymous donor is giving the synagogue $2 million to pay for a congregational trip to Jerusalem and $18 dollar annual memberships for new families interested in joining the synagogue. The donor, ...

off-stage right

Recent Articles
Some recent articles that I missed until today - maybe you did too.

The Producer's Perspective

Do televised events eclipse live events?
When HBO announced way back in December that they would broadcast a live telecast of Will Ferrell's You're Welcome America, there was a lot of chatter that just the news that the show would appear on HBO would cannibalize sales to the live event.

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New York Times

Anne Brown, Soprano Who Was Gershwin’s Bess, Dies at 96


* Valerie Harper to Host Dancers Over 40's Tribute to Late Michael Kidd
* Ludwig's A Guide to Sexual Misery to Play London's West End


* Julia Migenes to Perform Diva on the Verge at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
* Grover Dale, Valerie Harper, Jane Powell, and More Set for Dancers Over 40's Michael Kidd Rides Again!
* Oscar Nominee Betsy Blair Dies at 75
* Sharon D. Clarke, Kerry Ellis, and More to Record Musical Adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Only You Can Save Mankind

Huffington Post

Mel Karmazin: Sirius XM Will Be "Very Profitable"

off-stage right

Restricted Gifts and the Arts in difficult times
In what certainly will become one of the largest examples of trying to "re-purpose" restricted gifts, Brandeis University announced a few weeks ago that it was going to close the Rose Museum to the public and sell off it's art collection to help make up for endowment losses and budget problems. Yesterday the Rose family publicly denounced the plans (see Boston Globe pay special attention to the comments).

The Guardian Performing Arts Blog

Chris Wilkinson: Noises off: Sticking it to Dentyne's playwriting competition
Bloggers chew on corporate sponsorship of the arts, censorship and whether there is any such thing as 'acting technique'

Daily Telegraph

Broad bottoms a big draw
Calendar Girls the stage show is rapidly becoming a phenomenon.


Gill Premieres Door at Bath, Mayall Leads Line-up
Sir Peter Hall has announced details of his seventh annual summer repertory season at the Theatre Royal Bath, which includes the world premiere of Another Door Closed, Peter Gill’s first new play in six years, directed by Gill himself, as ...

The Stage UK

GLA chief Mirza warns training schemes must strengthen the arts sector
Greater London Authority arts chief Munira Mirza has urged the cultural industries to ensure that training initiatives are not used only as a form of "social engineering" but are also implemented to strengthen the arts sector.

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Associated Press

Reports: Natasha Richardson in Critical Condition
British actress Natasha Richardson was in critical condition in a Montreal hospital after being severely injured in a skiing accident in Quebec, according to published reports.

Wall Street Journal

Continuing Story of 'Edwin Drood'
Charles Dickens's unfinished novel "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," serves as inspiration for two writers.


They Have Their Reasons
Neil LaBute, Piper Perabo, Steven Pasquale, Marin Ireland, and Thomas Sadoski discuss the Broadway production of reasons to be pretty.

* Scott Bakula, Jessica Biel, John Mahoney, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and More Set for Hollywood Bowl's Guys and Dolls


Waiters With Booze to Lure Theatergoers as `Rock of Ages' Revives Bon Jovi
Producers of the Broadway jukebox musical “Rock of Ages” will offer an unusual perk starting tonight to attract audiences and loosen them up in a bad economy: in-seat alcohol service during performances.


Q&A: Reasons to be Pretty star Steven Pasquale on looks, life and Laura

Video: Chatting with Andrea Martin, Exit the King's humble servant


Broadway box office climbs
The week after daylight-saving time often brings box office dips along Broadway -- but not so this year. Sales at most shows climbed.

Canadian premiere for 'Love'
'Phantom' stage sequel to open in Toronto

New York Post

Cindy Adams: 'Old broad' has lots of stage work left
Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis starts previews April 7 at the Public in "The Singing Forest." We know Olympia from films like "Moon struck," "Steel Magnolias," "Mr. Holland's Opus." We know Olympia from TV and Broadway. We know Olympia from her cousin...

Huffington Post

Alec Baldwin: Mourning the Death of Ron Silver

The Stage UK - Blogs

Mark Shenton: Ayckbourn on his home territory… and abroad….
At this year’s Olivier Awards, David Hare paid generous tribute to Harold Pinter’s life and career, and repeated his assertion, made in The Guardian in the immediate news of Pinter’s death, that “Yesterday when you talked about Britain’s greatest...

Washington Post

Tackling 'Seven Jewish Children,' a Short Play That's Long on Debate
The four-day run of a 10-minute play later this month in Washington has raised a very large philosophical question: Where does the art stop and the politics begin?

Los Angeles Times Culture Monster Blog

L.A. Drama Critics Circle names its (many, many) winners

Boston Globe

Season of renewal for Shakespeare on the Common
Steve Maler is looking forward to a new season this summer of free Shakespeare on the Common. Maler's Commonwealth Shakespeare Company will stage ''The Comedy of Errors.''

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Bard is back!
How can William Shakespeare, who died in 1616, possibly have a "new" play? ...He can because scholars have only recently come to a general agreement that he wrote "The Raigne of King Edward III," either entirely or in part. This weekend, St. Louis Shakespeare opens one of the very...


Introducing a new $800 million arts foundation
Oh, if only if it were a real $800 million arts foundation! Instead, I refer to the Ortiz Foundation for the Arts, a project for my excellent Philanthropic Foundations class that just wrapped up last week. As anyone who's read my Thoughts on Effective Philanthropy series ...


Five Questions for: David Levine
Artistic Director, CiNE

Theatre Ideas

The Wal-Marting of the American Theatre (Part 3): Taking the Stage
On the heels of Tom Loughlin's "The Ides of Theatre," which discusses the appalling high school musical competition in New Jersey, built to propogate the Myth of the Broadway Eden, comes this trailer from HBO, forwarded to me by Brian Santana, for a new show called Taking the Stage. As you watch this trailer, listen to the Wal-Mart rhetoric the promotes, without blinking, the idea that it just isn't good enough to be anywhere else except New York: ...


Director Mendes brings Shakespeare "Tale" to Asia
Acclaimed director Sam Mendes is bringing an all-star cast to Asia for the first time to stage Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale" in Singapore, as the global economic crisis makes untraditional venues attractive

The Guardian

China to bring Das Kapital to life on Beijing stage
Producers promise blend of Broadway and Vegas for all-dancing, all-singing adaptation of Marx's treatise

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