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The Dressing Rooms of Broadway

Produced by Betsy HoranText by Jesse Greenvia www.nytimes.com What performers take off (and put on), as told in 33 photographs and the words of Jesse Green, co-chief theater critic for The New York Times. “Some dressing rooms are shrines to self-love,” he writes. “More pertinently, they are assembly lines for reinvention.” READ FULL ARTICLE The cast of “A Chorus Line” The Booth Theater was turned into a makeshift dressing room for the hundreds taking part in the musical’s record 3,389th performance at the nearby Shubert Theater. Sept. 29, 1983.CreditFred R. Conrad/The New York Times

Amber Gray, Tony nominee, on her ‘Hadestown’ audition from hell

BY ASHLEY LEEvia www.latimes.com When Amber Gray was auditioning for “Hadestown,” Anais Mitchell’s folk-operatic reimagining of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, she nearly blew it. The actress, who was making her Broadway debut in “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” at the time, couldn’t read sheet music but had prepared for the tryout by diligently listening to the assigned song from the production’s buzzy concept album — which had since been tweaked. “The accompanist was giving me all of these dirty looks, and I was so confused,” she told The Times with a laugh. Nevertheless, Gray got her ticket to “Hadestown,” which reimagines the underworld as a factory town. She booked the role of Persephone, who has arranged to spend half of the year with her manufacturer husb...

2019 Drama Desk Award Winners

BY RUTHIE FIERBERGvia www.playbill.com The 64th Annual Drama Desk Awards kicked off June 2 at The Town Hall, honoring the best of Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway for the 2018–2019 theatre season. Tootsie and Hadestown led the pack for musicals. Tootsie took home awards for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics for David Yazbek, as well as Outstanding Book of a Musical for David Horn, and Outstanding Actor in a Musical for Santino Fontana. Hadestown took home statues for Outstanding Direction of a Musical for Rachel Chavkin, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for André de Shields, as well as Outstanding Sound Design and Lighting Design. (Hadestown was only eligible for “those elements that constituted new work,” excluding its book...

Women of Broadway: Friendship at King Kong

BY The Ensemblist Eliza Ohman The women of King Kong on Broadway spend a lot of time together. Our show is spent either onstage or squeezed into a backstage dressing gondola that makes a cramped East Village studio seem palatial. There’s no escaping each other. Fortunately, we’re a silly bunch and we’ve really embraced the absurdity of our setup. On any given day you can expect to find one or more of us participating in very involved interpretative dances, incorporating lifts, props, and feedback from our audience (any girls not participating in that day’s events). We’re a bit of a mess, but it’s one of the happiest messes I’ve ever experienced. I’m continually grateful to our casting and creative team who brought this group of misfits together. Now, almost six months into our run, our dyn...

2019 DRAMA DESK NOMINATIONS

via www.dramadeskawards.com OUTSTANDING PLAY Fairview, by Jackie Sibblies Drury, Soho Rep The Ferryman, by Jez Butterworth Lewiston/Clarkston, by Samuel D. Hunter, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater Usual Girls, by Ming Peiffer, Roundabout Theatre Company What the Constitution Means to Me, by Heidi Schreck, New York Theatre Workshop and Broadway OUTSTANDING MUSICAL Be More Chill The Hello Girls, Prospect Theater Company The Prom Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future, Ars Nova Tootsie OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine, Signature Theatre Henry VI: Shakespeare’s Trilogy in Two Parts, National Asian American Theatre Company Our Lady of 121st Street, Signature Theatre Summer and Smoke, Classic Stage Company/Transport Group The Waverly Gallery ...

2019 GRANTS FOR EARLY CAREER PROP PROFESSIONALS – May 15th Deadline

The Society of Properties Artisan Managers (S*P*A*M) is now accepting applications for its grants to help support early career props professionals. The deadline for each is May 15, 2019. Edie Whitsett Grant The Edie Whitsett Grant is an annual award given to an individual wishing to further their career in theatrical properties. This grant is to assist with expenses related to completing an internship, such as  transportation, housing, or other necessities. Edie Whitsett was the longtime property shop manager and a frequent designer at Seattle Children’s Theatre. She also created sets for Village Theatre, Seattle Opera, ACT Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet and other arts entities. Whitsett’s honors included an Artist Trust fellowship, a commission for an art installation at...

Audio Engineering Society – Graduate Studies Grants – Apply by May 15!

The Audio Engineering Society Educational Foundation is dedicated to encouraging the entry of talented students into the profession of audio engineering. Since its establishment in 1984, the Foundation has awarded grants for graduate studies to hundreds of exceptional applicants, many of whom have gone on to prominent and successful careers in the profession. We offer two types of scholarships: The AESEF Graduate Studies Grants and the Mary Lea Simpson Memorial Scholarship for a Recording Engineering Student. Graduate Studies Grants All applicants are required to have met these criteria: The successful completion of an undergraduate degree program (typically four years) at a recognized college or university A demonstrated commitment to audio engineering (or a related field) as a career cho...

Want to be a Rockette? Here’s the scoop.

The Rockettes are officially looking for some fresh faces. For the first time in almost a decade, the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall is expanding its yearly open call in New York City to add audition locations in Chicago and Atlanta. The creative team wants to widen the pool and reach even more dancers. So how can you get chosen out of hundreds of hopefuls? 1. Be versatile. Despite what your relatives might think, the Rockettes are asked to do far more than high kicks. Creative director Karen Keeler says she’s looking for athletic dancers with a strong ballet background who can perform jazz and tap. With that in mind, the audition starts with a basic Rockette combination, then a jazz combination, a tap combination and another more stylized jazz number. ...

7 Stand Out Theatre Podcasts

BY FELICIA FITZPATRICKvia www. playbill.com The era of peak TV gets all the attention, but podcasts stepped it up in 2018, as well. Theatre podcasts give fans an intimate look at the industry and people who make it. But with dozens of podcasts dedicated to the theatre scene, it can be tough to know which ones to download and subscribe. We compiled a list of theatre podcasts, currently releasing episodes, that provide in-depth access to big theatre names as they share their artistic journeys, industry trends, and more. Our list includes some oldies but goodies and some rising stars, but all of them will make you feel more plugged in to the theatre community through their interviews with industry members. Here are seven podcasts theatre fans should listen to (in alphabetical order): 1. ...

James Corden To Host This Year’s Tonys

BY JOE OTTERSONvia www.variety.com James Corden has been tapped to once again host the Tony Awards, Variety has learned exclusively. “The Late Late Show” host previously emceed the annual theater awards show in 2016, and won the Tony for best actor in a play for his performance in “One Man, Two Guvnors” in 2012. “I’m thrilled to be returning to host the Tony Awards,” Corden said. “The Broadway community is very dear to my heart, and I’m beyond proud to be part of this incredibly special night.” Corden opened the 2016 show with a heartfelt tribute to the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, which left 50 people dead the same day the show aired. “Your tragedy is our tragedy,” he said in the opening. “Theater is a place where every race, creed, sexuality and gender is equal, is...

You Must Practice Gratitude for Successes Big + Small

BY LEAH NANAKO WINKLER via www.backstage.com I am a playwright, and I cling to the love that surrounds me. I try not to bask in my own insecurities because that is dismissive of the people who support me. The world may say “no,” but it’s OK to carry a natural confidence, even if you’re a woman. But I try not to be so obsessed with myself—that’s dangerous. Or with critics—I’ve never been and never will be a perfect wispy darling. But I’m obsessed with my audience. I could die happy sitting in a dark theater with you, my throat tightening at the sound of your sobs, my heart vibrating by your laughter. I will love this feeling of strange intimacy for a lifetime. I will wake you if you’re snoring near me, but I enjoy that, too. How lucky am I to have something I love so much? So, I speak up wh...

Everything You’d Ever Need to Know About the Oscars

BY ESTHER ZUCKERMAN via www.backstage.com Win an Oscar and you’ll forever be referred to as “Oscar winner so-and-so.” That’s because the Academy Awards are still by and large considered the pinnacle of success among film industry insiders and outsiders alike. You can reap the glory even from just a nomination. (Or 21 nominations if you’re Meryl Streep, the reigning queen of them.) The Academy’s celebration of the year in film is Hollywood’s biggest night, breaking new ground with each glamorous annual ceremony. Last year’s Oscar nominees, for example, were filled with history-makers like Rachel Morrison, who became the first woman ever to be nominated for cinematography. Jordan Peele, the third person ever to get best picture, directing, and writing nods for his first film, also became the...