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Recipients of the 2018 Chita Rivera Awards

BY: OLIVA CLEMENT via www.playbill.com Performers Ariana DeBose, who currently stars in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical on Broadway, and Tony Yazbeck (Prince of Broadway) were among the winners at this evening’s 2018 Chita Rivera Awards in New York City. Tony Yazbeck in Prince of Broadway Ryoji Fukuoka Sergio Trujillo took home the award for Outstanding Choreography in a Broadway show for Summer: The Donna Summer Musical; and Carousel, which had the most nominations of the evening, tied with Mean Girls for Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show. Off-Broadway, Zach Morris and Jennine Willet were honored for their choreography of Ghost Light; Monica Bill Barnes took home the award for Outstanding Female Dancer for her performance in the WP Theater production of One Night Only; and Ro...

#TBT: May 3rd – Birthday of Lyricist Betty Comden

Throwback Thursday: May 3, 1917,  Broadway & Hollywood lyricist and librettist Betty Comden is born. “A risk was taken with ‘On the Town’, and look what happened: Betty and Adolph burst onto the scene. A shout-out to Comden & Green!” (Title of Show). Lyricists and librettist Betty Comden, of t Comden & Green, was born May 3, 1917. She and Adolph Green are known for several works, such as On the Town (1944), Singin’ in the Rain (1952), and Bells are Ringing (1956). Together, this duo’s musical comedy talents became theatrical classics that are still performed and beloved today. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Comden had always considered herself a performer, and she was first seen on the stage at the Brooklyn Ethical Culture School (jwa.org). Comden went on to major in drama at New York U...

2018 Tony Award Nominations

via www.playbill.com The 2018 Tony Awards Nominations were announced May 1, with Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants coming out on top with 12 nods each including Best Musical. Joining the two titles in the category were The Band’s Visit (with 11 nominations) and Frozen (earning three nods). Also earning 11 nominations were the Broadway revivals of Angels in America (becoming the most-nominated play in Broadway Tony history) and Carousel, with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and My Fair Lady trailing closely behind with ten. Five nominated performers represented the two leading shows: Mean Girls’ Taylor Louderman, Ashley Park, and Grey Henson, and SpongeBob SquarePants’ Ethan Slater and Gavin Lee. The 72nd annual Tony Awards will take place June 10 at Radio City Music Hall. Sara Bareill...

Phylicia Rashad on Directing

BY DIEP TRAN via www.americantheatre.org Phylicia Rashad, best known as an actor (including a Tony-winning turn in A Raisin in the Sun), is bulking up her directing résumé. She’s next helming Stephen Adly Guirgis’s Our Lady of 121st Street at New York City’s Signature Theatre (May 1-June 10) and Jen Silverman’s The Roommate at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago (June 21-Aug. 6). You haven’t worked with Guirgis or Silverman before. Why did you choose these plays? That’s attractive to me—something I haven’t done, a playwright that I haven’t worked with. I just really love the work, and it just makes me happy to do it. And then when I get over being tired, I’m happy again. They’re very good plays. If I didn’t think they were good plays, trust me, I would just say, “No, thank you,” and...

Know Before You Go: A USITT 2018 Guide

BY: JENN SHURON via www.usittshow.com   Know where you’re going and when Already registered? Great! Pick up your badge during these hours Find your way on the Expo Floor with the Stage Expo Map Plan out your schedule and stay current with room changes and other announcements with the USITT Show App.  Get your hands dirty Sign up for these Demos and Trainings to enhance your Conference experience. Is your first choice full? Check back for cancellations throughout the week: Console Training Prop Lab Lighting Studio Costume Lab Sound Lab Makeup Lab Expo Extravaganza! Make these Stage Expo areas part of your schedule: Interview Area: Make your LinkedIn profile visible to recruiters and set up meetings with exhibitors in the interview area. Resume Doctor: Looking to polish your resume? Stop by ...

FREE Braceworks™ Webinar – Register Today!

FREE WEBINAR – MARCH 20, 2018 via www.vectorworks.net Did you know that Vectorworks’ new add-on module, Braceworks™, provides design, production, and rigging professionals with an easy way to gauge the performance of temporary structures under load? Proper truss design is crucial to ensuring the safety and success of entertainment design projects. In this webinar Moritz Staffel, managing director at DeerSoft GmbH, will provide you with an in-depth look at how to conduct structural analysis in the entertainment field directly within Vectorworks®  software using the Braceworks™ add-on. Attendees will also learn about the improvements to truss tools, the difference between distributed and point leads, and how to properly support trusses. Learning Objectives: Examine the uses of th...

Meet the Next Generation of Broadway Choreographers

BY SYLVIANE GOLD via www.dancemagazine.com DanceBreak came roaring back to life on Monday after seven years on hiatus, and six choreographers now have the opportunity to be the next Andy Blankenbuehler. Or Joshua Bergasse, Kelly Devine, Casey Nicholaw, Josh Prince or Josh Rhodes. These stellar Broadway choreographers all got their first big shows after Melinda Atwood’s musical-theater launching pad let them show the industry what they could do. Since 2002, DanceBreak has been a sort of “So You Think You Can Choreograph” for Broadway. Although not everyone goes straight there—Mandy Moore and Mia Michaels are alumni, too—the program is meant to funnel talented choreographers to the Broadway stage by providing a platform for their work. Prince, who introduced Atwood to the c...

Introduction to Commercial Producing – 3 Day Intensive

Three-Day Intensive REGISTRATION $220.00–$470.00 Date: Friday, March 9th – Sunday, March 11th, 2018 Time: Friday & Saturday: 9:15AM – 5:30PM (cocktail receptions until 7:30PM); Sunday: 9:15AM – 2:00PM) Location: Anne L. Bernstein Theater, 210 West 50th Street, New York City Course Details 37th Annual Three-Day New York Weekend Intensive An Introduction to Commercial Producing For almost four decades, CTI’s Three-Day Intensive has offered a comprehensive education in commercial theater producing. At the 37th Annual Three-Day Intensive, presentations and panel discussions will be led by some of Broadway’s most acclaimed producers, general managers, entertainment attorneys, marketing executives, and press representatives. Whether you want to produce on or off-Broadway – or are...

Sarah Ruhl – On Happy Endings

BY SARAH RUHL via www.breakingcharactermagazine.com On happy endings Happy endings are not in vogue. I have noticed that ambivalent endings are in vogue — the equivalent of a character hopping on one foot as the lights go down. Playwrights might be wary of happy endings because these are not happy times. Or maybe we are wary of happy endings because we are wary in the contemporary theatre of unmixed genres — a full-out comedy, or a full-on tragedy. In Shakespeare, comedies end happily with a marriage, and tragedies end with a body pile up.  But unmixed genres are now the province of Hollywood, not theatre. Our American stages are more full of dramas than they are of comedies and tragedies. So what of a title like How to Transcend a Happy Marriage? That seems fairly bold given the climate. ...

Mandy Moore On How She Juggles Being One of the Busiest Choreographers in Hollywood

BY RACHEL ZAR via www.dancemagazine.com In the dance world, Mandy Moore has long been a go-to name, but in 2017, the success of her choreography for La La Land made the rest of the world stop and take notice. After whirlwind seasons as choreographer and producer on both “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” she capped off the year with two Emmy Award nominations—and her first win. You’ve come a long way on “So You Think You Can Dance”—from assistant to the choreographer (Season 1) to creative producer (Season 14). What keeps you returning to the show? “So You Think You Can Dance” was one of my first jobs, so it feels like home. I love the chaos of live television; as soon as one show is over you’re on to the n...

An Antidote to Digital Dehumanization? Live Theater

An award-winning playwright argues that the in-the-moment interplay between actors and audience can help us cope with an increasingly virtual world. BY AYAD AKHTAR via www.nytimes.com I recently learned that a group of neuroscientists have discovered that watching live theater can synchronize the heartbeats of an audience. One of the researchers put it this way: “Experiencing the live theater performance was extraordinary enough to overcome group differences and produce a common physiological experience.” The living presence of the audience is what strikes me as so singular about the theater, why I love working in the theater so much and why I believe in the particular importance of our beloved form right now. But first, let me say: I am not hopeful about where we are as a nation — as a sp...

One Week Left to Register for 2018 StrawHat Auditions

Only 1 week left to register for the 2018 StrawHat Auditions! APPLICATION DEADLINE : February 1, 2018 at NOON. Audition Dates: March 16-18, 2018 Audition Location: Pace University – New York City Registration: Complete the online form and submit your non-refundable annual registration fee (also known as your subscription), then mail your hard-copy application and supporting materials (see INSTRUCTIONS). Apply for a Song & Monologue, Monologue Only, or Dancer Who Sings audition (see AUDITION TYPES). Every submission received by the deadline date is given consideration for an appointment (see CRITERIA). Auditions: All three days of auditions are open to Musical Theatre and non-singing performers. Friday appointments are reserved for those who are available for immediate year-round ...

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