What It’s Like To Perform Clandestine Theatre Under A Harsh Dictatorship


“The cloak and dagger nature of trying to see a play in one of Europe’s most authoritarian nations is to be mirrored in the UK as part of Belarus Free Theatre’s 10th anniversary celebrations. Audiences will have no idea where they are going to see performances and post-show discussions being staged in a festival scheduled over two weeks in November.”

TV’s “Smash” Musical Opens On Broadway (Biggest Theatre Kickstarter Ever)


“Bombshell” did arrive on Broadway this week to a rapturous reception at the 1,700-seat Minskoff Theatre — but only as a one-night charity event in which members of the original cast reunited to sing and dance their way through the songbook created by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. Tickets to the Monday night show had sold out in about an hour in April after a Kickstarter campaign raised $300,000-plus to defer development expenses.

Tony TV Ratings Slip Again


“The ratings for the live ceremony hosted by Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth are close to the all-time low for the Tonys, which was 6 million in 2012. Final numbers will be issued Tuesday. Among viewers ages 18 to 49, the demographic preferred by advertisers, the telecast earned a .9 rating.”

Broadway And The Tonys Need Kids (But Not For Every Production)

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“The Tony Awards really need kids. If the Theater Wing could find a way to give kids a routing interest by getting more of them in to see these wildly overpriced productions (I know, it does try to), then the Nielsen numbers would follow. Kids ought to be part of the television show’s focus — not to infantilize the telecast any more than it already is, but to trumpet the party innocently and joyously, and end it early.”

Texas Is A Deeply Latina/Latino State, But How Does That Affect Its Theatre?

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“Despite the Encuentro’s diverse programming, which featured 15 plays from the four corners and Puerto Rico, no Texas-based theatre companies were represented. On the surface, this could suggest that Texas is not producing the quantity or the quality of Latina/o theatre as other parts of the United States. But those of us working to historicize Texas theatre are providing other evidence.”

The Man Who’s Reinventing The American Musical


“While fans of Kristin Chenoweth and Kelli O’Hara duke it out, let’s raise a glass to Oskar Eustis, the Public Theater’s game-changing artistic director who, since he began his tenure 10 years ago, has been retooling the American musical at the historic off-Broadway venue founded by Joseph Papp.”

Festival Un-Cancels Play By Controversial French Author


Michel Houellebecq’s “Elementary Particles “has nothing to do with Islam. But that didn’t stop [Dubrovnik] Festival organizers from removing it from the lineup when an analysis carried out by the Croatian Security and Intelligence Agency said it represented a serious security risk.” Well, they’ve changed their minds.

UK Refuses Visa To Georgian Theatre Company

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Manchester’s Flare festival invited The New Collective, a young group based in Tbilisi, to perform next month. “But the British authorities are so concerned that this young collective will want to migrate to the UK that their visa application has been refused.”

Is Live Theatre Anachronistic In Today’s Mobile Always-On World?


“Think about it: we (mostly) ask our audiences to commute to a particular location, step into a dark building, shut off all access to the outside world, be quiet, and not disturb us as we attempt (not always with success) to transport them to the world of a play that is—to hit on another tired trope —a reflection of the world we have asked them to ignore.”

Sheesh, The Stuff Ya Gotta Do When You Get A Tony Nomination

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“The week of the Drama Leagues is the peak of what publicist Chris Boneau calls ‘the month of hate,’ a post-nomination frenzy leading up to the Tonys on June 7.” Here’s (just) some of what the nominees have to do during “the month of hate” – even as they keep performing eight shows a week.

Can A New App Bring Young People To Broadway?

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 27:  People wait in line to buy tickets for broadway plays in Times Square on May 27, 2015 in New York City. The Broadway season broke records with 13.1 million attendees and $1.365 billion worth of tickets sold in the theater year, which ended Sunday.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

There’s certainly a market opportunity. The global theater industry generates tens of billions of dollars in revenue each year. That puts theater in comparable territory to the global film industry, which according to the MPAA made $36.4 billion in revenue in 2014. Yet approximately twenty percent of tickets go unsold on Broadway, and about thirty percent go unsold in London’s West End, TodayTix says.

Broadway Has Been Taken Over By The Brits (Again!)


“Broadway Anglophilia is certainly not a new phenomenon. With its august tradition of theatrical excellence, Britain has long been exporting its top-tier thespians to our shores, and this talent has cultivated a taste for language tautly delivered and wit served extra dry. Yet the current wave of British stars stands apart from previous generations.”

‘Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time’, ‘Hamilton’ Win Big At 2015 Drama Desk Awards

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“Off Broadway hit Hamilton and Tony contender The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time topped the 2015 Drama Desk Awards, with Hamilton taking seven awards including the title for new musical, and Curious Incident claiming six including the award for outstanding play. Broadway musical An American in Paris, one of the frontrunners in the Tony race with a dozen nominations, danced away with four trophies.”