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OMG You Guys! 'Legally Blonde' in July

Announcement of Public Theater's 2008-2009 Season

* Sondheim, Guare, Lucas, Sher, Wolfe and Durang Set for Public Theater 2008-2009 Season (Playbill)
* Def, Durang, Hoch, Sondheim, Wolfe, Wright, et al. Set for Public Theater 2008-2009 Season (TheaterMania)
* Public to Present Sondheim's Bounce, Plus Plays by Guare, Durang, Lucas & More (Broadway.com)

Mid-Day Additions

Chicago Tribune - Theater Loop Blog

Second City to host Paul Sills memorial
Second City says it will hold an event in honor its co-founder, the improv legend Paul Sills, who died last week. The free event takes place Sunday June 29 at 3:30 p.m. It's open to the public. Sill's widow, Carol,...

Announcement That Beane's Big Time is Aiming For Broadway

* Big Time, with Book by Xanadu's Beane, Aiming for Broadway in 2010 (Playbill)
* Beane and Cohen's Big Time May Hit Broadway in 2009 (TheaterMania)
* Beane Musical Big Time Eyes Broadway Run in 2010 (Broadway.com)

London Theatre Guide

Royal Court launches autumn of sexuality and the States
Dominic Cooke today unveiled the autumn/winter season for new writing hotbed the Royal Court.


ATW News Digest - 'Show Boat' Concert at Carnegie Hall - read the reviews

ATW News Digest - 'Hired Man' opens off-Broadway - read the reviews

Rocky Mountain News

Performing arts groups challenged to push envelope

Where do we go from here? Nearly 4,000 artists and arts administrators are trying to figure that out this week at the National Performing Arts Convention.

New York Times

A True Ensemble Performer
A performer too old to continue dancing in theater has moved on to designing for theater, starting with the Tony Awards.

Wall Street Journal

And the Tony Goes to…
Cast your vote on who will walk away with theater's highest honors at the annual Tony Awards this Sunday.

Time Out NY

Tony Award predictions
Our stage pundits provide your guide to the gold.

Time Out Chicago

August occasion
Osage County scribe and likely Tony winner Tracy Letts readies his Steppenwolf follow-up.

This one goes out to the ladies
Chicago's stake in this Sunday's Tony Awards is all about the women, from nominees Rondi Reed and Amy Morton (above) to preannounced winner Barbara Gaines.

Cleveland Plain-Dealer

'Cubby Bernstein' a clever online promo for the show 'Xanadu'
With the Tony Awards on Sunday night, it's an appropriate time to check out "Cubby Bernstein," a pre-Tonys promo for the show "Xanadu" that's cleverly disguised as (or also is) a funny mockumentary series about a kid billed as...

Miami Herald - Drama Queen Blog

It's Tony time
The 62nd annual Tony awards are this Sunday. From 8 to 11 p.m. at Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall, Broadway's highest (and most career-boosting) honor will be bestowed upon the lucky winners in 26 ....

Philadelphia Inquirer

Gay theater takes the stage
June is Pride Month, a 30-day celebration of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community that this year also heralds the Philadelphia Gay & Lesbian Theatre Festival's sixth season. The two-week festival, which begins tomorrow night, is marking this anniversary with a half-dozen shows, called, inevitably, " 'Six' in the City."

Louisville Courier-Journal

Mysteries on the Ohio
Point a detective's magnifying glass at the schedule for the 2008 International Mystery Writers' Festival in Owensboro and the evidence suggests that this year's extravaganza is an extraordinarily rich and varied ....

Associated Press

Broadway - Looking back
New plays, newcomers try to salvage season

Report: 2 million artists in US, many struggling
Santa Fe, N.M., calls itself ''The City Different,'' a community ''brimming with bright, creative, and energetic residents.'' It is, according to a new report from the National Endowment for the Arts, overflowing with inspiration.

The Times UK

Andrew Lloyd Webber hit aids £2.5m largesse
T. S. Eliot's estate donates the sum to the London Library on the back of royalties from Cats, the long-running musical

The Guardian

Because Wilde's worth it
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne tells Judith Mackrell why he couldn't resist updating Dorian Gray

Goodbye, cruel wind
Gone With the Wind was set to be the biggest show in town. Cast member Ray Shell gives the inside story as to why it flopped so badly