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Why Investing In A Broadway Production Is Like Investing In A Tech Startup

The Indicator podcast from NPR's Planet Money features a tech exec-turned-Broadway producer who says that "the industry fully functions like venture capital. If you fail, it just goes (whooshing sound) to zero." The crucial difference is in how you scale up. (audio plus transcript) - NPR

An Entire Touring Production Is Stolen From A San Francisco Parking Lot

"The stolen U-Haul truck contained 500 shadow puppets, props, costumes, projectors and other items used to stage puppet master Hamid Rahmanian’s Persian epic Song of the North, … leaving the production company empty-handed after four San Francisco shows." - MSN (San Francisco Chronicle)

Repertory Theatre Of St. Louis Declares Emergency, Cancels Two Shows

The company is facing a $2.5 million budget shortfall, managing director Danny Williams said. It will need to raise the money through ticket sales and philanthropy by the end of 2023 in order to present the productions scheduled for the second half of this season, he said. - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Theatre Parents Don’t Get To See Any Theatre

Tony-winner Ali Stroker has a new book out, and a new kid, so what has she seen on Broadway? Nothing, "because Mom life. ... But I want to see Sweeney Todd, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Hadestown." - The New York Times

Boston’s New Repertory Theatre To Close After 40 Seasons

Though it closes with a strong 2023 season, the theatre couldn't get major funders behind it to continue. - American Theatre

Portland’s Artists Rep Lays Off Its New Artistic Director

The grim news for Artists Repertory Theatre continues as the board lays off Jeannette Harrison "in a cost-cutting move." - Oregon ArtsWatch

Australian Theatres Have Become All About The Contemporary

Of the 79 plays being performed in 2024, 68 (87%) were written after 2000, 60 (76%) were written after 2014 and 23 (29%) will have their world premiere in 2024. Only three were written prior to the 20th century. - ArtsHub

British Tour Of “The Merchant Of Venice 1936” Forced To Hire Security Guards

The production, an adaptation of Shakespeare's play set in the days of Oswald Mosley's Union of British Fascists, stars Tracy-Ann Oberman as a single-mother Shylock. She says audiences and critics have been very supportive, but since the Gaza War broke out, antisemites have made verbal attacks and threats. - Variety

National Theatre In London To Try Early Weeknight Curtain Times

After surveying more than 8,000 audience members, who expressed desires for more time for post-show dinner, discussion, and/or catching the last train home, the NT will start a pilot scheme this winter of 6:30 pm start times for some Tuesday and Thursday performances. - The Guardian

After 40 Seasons, Watertown’s (MA) New Repertory Theatre Closes

In 2021, New Rep paused its operations due to financial losses incurred during the pandemic. It reopened nine months later on a smaller scale with a renewed focus on new work and diverse voices. - WBUR

The Most Produced Playwrights of America’s 2023-24 Season (Excepting Shakespeare)

For the second year running, Lynn Nottage tops the list, which includes nine women out of 20. (Lauren Gunderson, once the perennial leader, is now in eighth place.) Contemporary writers dominate; with Shakespeare omitted, the only canonical playwright, at no. 4, is August Wilson. - American Theatre

America’s Ten (Really Twelve) Most Produced Plays Of The 2023-24 Season

For those who keep count, works by female creators make up almost half the list (definitely half if you count Carole King), and three of the top seven are by BIPOC playwrights. (The two extra places on the list are because of ties.) - American Theatre

Theatre In America Is In Crisis – We Need To Listen To One Another

"The way we work together is as crucial as what we make, and that means acknowledging how badly we need each other’s ideas and artistry and experience—especially when it’s different from our own." - Howlround

Hillary And Malala Are Co-Producing A Broadway Musical About Suffragettes

Shaina Taub's show Suffs, which had a sold-out but critically-mixed premiere run Off-Broadway last year, will open on Broadway next April with a largely new creative team — and with Nobel Prize-winning girls' education advocate Malala Yousafzai and former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton among the co-producers. - TheaterMania

Watching Jesse Green Review A Broadway Show

New York Times editor and culture writer Sarah Bahr tags along with the paper's chief critic to a preview of Gutenberg! The Musical and talks to him about how (and why) he works as he does. - The New York Times

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