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Mid-Day Additions

Tech Companies Battle With Broadway Over White Space

Superfluities Redux Blog

"On Horror and Criticism"
Jana P, a Melbourne-based writer who maintains the blog mono no aware, posts today on the quality of London theatre criticism, taking recent critical reactions to Anthony Nielson's Relocated, at the Royal Court through 5 July, as her text.

Midtown International Theatre Festival Lineup Announced

* Midtown International Theatre Festival to Feature Kidnapping Laura Linney and Hillary and Monica (Playbill)
* Harding, Sessions, et al. to Participate in Midtown International Theatre Festival (TheaterMania)

The Guardian - Performing Arts Blog

Lyn Gardner: 1968: Year zero for British theatre


ATW News Digest - 'Arias With a Twist' opens at HERE - read the reviews

New York Times

Three Lives Inspire the Portrayal of a Complex Artist
Mercedes Ruehl exchanges her jeans for more exotic fashions to portray the sculptor Louise Nevelson in the play “Edward Albee’s Occupant.”

Out of Opera’s Cradle, Hunky Broadway Babies
New revivals of “South Pacific,” “Show Boat” and “Camelot” have taken us back to a time when the worlds of opera and musical theater were fairly closely aligned.

Hartford Courant

$1 Million Gift Gives Hartford Stage Major Boost
Hartford Stage is expected to announce today a $1 million pledge toward its new renovation/expansion/endowment project from philanthropists and entrepreneurs George and Laura Estes, The Courant has learned.


Millburn votes to bail out its ailing theater

Baltimore Sun

Boohoo! 'Cry-Baby' musical to close
This week, when the Broadway cast of Cry-Baby launches into its second-act number "Misery, Agony, Helplessness, Hopelessness, Heartache and Woe,"the rendition may be particularly heartfelt. It was announced yesterday that the $12.5 million production will close after Sunday's matinee.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In the Wings
The liveliest post-show conversation I heard was about Mark Rylance's acceptance speech for best actor, a comically surreal riff on how you costume yourself in context, with no clear ...

Chicago Tribune Theater Loop Blog

Hollis Resnik to the 'Grey Gardens'

Hollis Resnik, I hear, has landed one of the plumb roles of the 2008-9 Chicago season--that of "Little" Edie Beale (and, in Act One, her mother) in Northlight Theatre's November production of "Grey Gardens." That's the quixotic but beguiling 2006-7...

Detroit Free Press

Jeff Daniels goes west
It seems like it would be a perfect fit, but in 25 years of making movies, Jeff Daniels has never played a cowboy. "Every actor wants to get on a ...


Broadway's `Cry-Baby,' No `Hairspray,' to Close Sunday at Loss of Millions
``Cry-Baby,'' a musical based on the John Waters movie of the same name, will close Sunday after 113 performances at Broadway's Marquis Theatre. It probably will have lost its entire $10-million-plus capitalization.


Millburn buys Paper Mill
City to pay $9 million for buildings, land

Multiple Reports on Individual Top Stories

* TKTS, a discount theater tickets booth, to open in Brooklyn (NY Daily News)
* B'way goes borough (NY Post)
* Brooklyn gets a TKTS booth (Variety)
* TKTS Discount Ticket Booth to Open in Brooklyn in July (Playbill)
* New TKTS Booth to Open in Downtown Brooklyn July 10 (TheaterMania)

* Michael Greif to direct 'Boys Life' (Variety)
* Michael Greif Will Direct Boys' Life for Second Stage (Playbill)
* Michael Greif to Direct Boys' Life at Second Stage in October (TheaterMania)

* Big News! Press Agent Gets Name in Lights (NY Times)
* MTC's Biltmore remonikered (Variety)
* Broadway's Biltmore Will Be Called The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (Playbill)
* MTC's Biltmore Theatre to Be Renamed Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (TheaterMania)
* Biltmore Theatre to be Renamed for Publicist Samuel J. Friedman (Broadway.com)

* High-Profile Lineup for Atlantic Theater (NY Times)
* Atlantic Theater Co. unveils slate (Variety)
* Farragut North, Coen, Hynes, McDonagh, Hughes, Pittu Are on Atlantic Marquee in 2008-09 (Playbill)
* Coen, McDonagh, Pittu, Willimon, et al. Set for Atlantic's 2008-2009 Season (TheaterMania)
* Works by Coen, McDonagh, Willimon & Pittu on Tap at Atlantic in 2008-09 (Broadway.com)

* Lawrence Replaces Gasteyer in Encores! Damn Yankees (Playbill)
* Megan Lawrence to Replace Ana Gasteyer in Damn Yankees (TheaterMania)
* Megan Lawrence Replaces Ana Gasteyer in Damn Yankees (Broadway.com)