Playwright Mart Crowley, Best Known For THE BOYS IN THE BAND, Has Died at 84

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that playwright Mart Crowley, best known for writing the play The Boys in the Band, has passed away. He was 84. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, BWW News Desk, Mart Crowley

VIDEO: Watch the New TV Spot For Disney's Live-Action MULAN, Featuring Liu Yifei and Donnie Yen

An all new television spot has been released for the upcoming live-action Mulan film, from Disney. [Author: Stage Tube]
Tags: Theatre, Disney, Donnie Yen, Stage Tube, Liu Yifei

Billy Porter is Considering Launching a Fashion Line

Billy Porter has made a name for himself as a fashion icon, appearing on red carpets in unique and over-the-top looks that have made headlines. Now, the actor has revealed that he is considering launching his own fashion line. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Billy Porter, BWW News Desk

American Film Institute Postpones Gala Honoring Julie Andrews Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Julie Andrews is set to become the tenth woman to receive the 48th AFI Life Achievement Award. The award was going to be presented to Andrewson April 25, 2020 at a gala in Los Angeles. However, according to Page Six, the gala has been postponed as a response to the coronavirus outbreak. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Los Angeles, Julie Andrews, American Film Institute, BWW News Desk

The Irish Photographer Who Won A Pulitzer Prize, Was Banned By India, And Quit

Cathal McNaughton was returning to Delhi after winning a Pulitzer Prize for his photography of desperate Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar. “Without explanation, the Indian authorities escorted him back to the plane he’d flown in on and marched him down the aisle to his seat. Before he was fully aware of it, he found himself flying back to Toronto. His job, his apartment, his friends, his possessions: all were left behind in Delhi. McNaughton’s life, as he had known it up until then, had disint...
Tags: Art, India, Toronto, People, Myanmar, Delhi, 03.07.20, Cathal McNaughton, Delhi McNaughton

What's in a Name? When is a Jukebox Musical Not a Jukebox Musical?

MOULIN ROUGE, JAGGED LITTLE PILL, TINA - THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL, GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY, SING STREET. Five of the 10 original musicals to come to Broadway during the 2019-20 season are generally described as 'jukebox musicals' more on why I have my reservations about calling the last one a jukebox musical later. For some, this subgenre of the modern musical is a blight on the legacies of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Jerry Herman, Stephen Sondheim, and every other legend who has br...
Tags: Theatre, Broadway, Rodgers, Matt Tamanini

New Interest In Iranian Art, Partly Because So Many Artists Are Living In Exile

Artists who fled the 1979 revolution with their families – especially if they were young – are seeing a renewed interest in their work from British and US buyers. But there’s “a growing gap between artists of the diaspora and those living in Iran, where economic hardship, sanctions and a collapsing currency mean that artists are unable to buy colors or canvases, or to have their work exhibited by Tehran-based gallerists at international fairs.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, US, Iran, Tehran, Visual, 03.08.20

The Children’s Museum Of Manhattan Wants To Alter A Landmarked Church

The neighborhood response is not going well for the museum. “Preservationists and community members called the proposed changes ‘cultural vandalism.’ ‘Why buy a church if you don’t like the windows, when you knew that they were landmarked when you purchased it?'” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Visual, 03.06.20

On International Women’s Day, The Art World Asks Whether Feminist Shows Can Change The World

As everyone who’s glanced at anything Guerrilla Girls-related knows, collections across the U.S. are less than welcoming to women and nonbinary artists. A new initiative seeks to change that. One curator says, “It’s diving into our history and examining who was and wasn’t collected. … It’s taking a critical lens to our own collecting practices.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, World, Visual, 03.08.20

Big Tech Conferences Are Getting Canceled, And That May Be A Good Thing For Humanity

Basically, access to tech could become more equitable if the conferences go online. “There are developers across the U.S. and around the world who get shut out when the conferences get sold out. Even more of them simply can’t afford the admission fee (last year’s WWDC was $1,599) and travel expenses required to spend time in the Bay Area or Seattle.” – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Ideas, Bay Area, 03.07.20

A French Sex Columnist Says It’s Not Possible – Or Desirable – To Separate The Art From The Artist

Maïa Mazurette says the times have changed because our context has changed: “Not only does the recognition of our sexual, artistic and worldly continuity allow us to protect ourselves, to come together, to connect with ourselves and with others, but it frees us from obsolete hierarchical codes that want art to shine above everyday life … while sexuality would be relegated to the underground and the obscene.” – Le Monde
Tags: Art, Issues, 03.08.20, Maïa Mazurette

Alan Turner, Artist Who Painted Oddly Disturbing Trees And Body Parts, Has Died At 76

Turner drew on surrealism, abstract expressionism, and much more for his works. “In recent years, spurred by cardboard shelters in the homeless encampments along the Tiber River that he saw on his frequent trips to Rome, he developed a ‘Box House’ series, mostly in graphite, that explored not only those but all sorts of boxes that harbor all sorts of things.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Rome, House, Turner, Tiber River, Alan Turner, 03.06.20

Inception Times 1250 As Author Sets A ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Style Record

Seriously, this book has a lot of endings. – Sri Lanka Mirror
Tags: Art, Words, 03.07.20, Inception Times

The US Healthcare System Sucks: A Comic

No, that’s not the title Dustin Harbin gave his comic, published by the New York Times last August; he (or they) called it “The Shame of Crowdfunding Health Care”. But it’s the same thing, really. This is a late mention — although you can still donate to the GoFundMe for his medical costs — but I want to capture it for posterity. In short, Harbin had a bicycle crash and landed on his face, which required significant repair work to [...]
Tags: Art, Comics, US, New York Times, Harbin, Dustin Harbin

Tales from the West Side: An In-Depth Look at the Evolution of WEST SIDE STORY

Go inside the creation and 63-year evolution of the musical theatre masterpiece, West Side Story. [Author: Alexa Criscitiello]
Tags: Theatre, West Side, Alexa Criscitiello

What The Likely To Spread Festival Cancellations Mean For Movie And Music Makers

As festivals in the US, France, Italy and elsewhere cancel because of fears of COVID-19, producers struggle to stay positive. Kelly Oxford, whose movie Pink Skies Ahead was supposed to premiere on opening night of SXSW, wrote, “While I’m devastated at losing this world premiere at a festival I love, I’m happy that the health of others is still more valuable than anything and we are protecting each other.” – CBC
Tags: Art, US, Italy, Issues, Sxsw, Kelly Oxford, 03.08.20

The Women Making Simulated Sex Safer For Actors

Picture doing this job: “Alicia Rodis walks onto set in New York with a mission: to oversee the shooting of a very complex – and daring – group sex scene for a TV series on a major US network. She’s there to make sure the director observes the intimacy boundaries set by each of the 30 actors taking part. She keeps track of the conditions of their consent on a big spreadsheet, to make sure everyone is comfortable when the camera rolls.” – BBC
Tags: Art, New York, Media, US, Alicia Rodis, 03.07.20

Skywhale soars once again in the skies over Canberra

The 30-metre inflatable balloon returns after nearly six years but without her ‘strong and gentle’ partner Skywhalepapa For six years, nine months and 27 days Canberra’s skies had missed her. But on Monday morning one of Australia’s most memorable and polarising artworks, the bulbous and beautiful Skywhale, was home.At dawn the 30-metre inflatable balloon with “a calm, benign expression” and 10 pendulous teats soared once again through a sky deprived for so long of her matronly presence. Continu...
Tags: Art, Australia, Australia news, Art and design, Canberra

An Art Fair Exhibitor Told A Vietnamese Curator She Couldn’t Work Because Of Anti-Asian Prejudice

The exhibitor’s email to the curator: “Your presence on the stand would unfortunately create hesitation on the part of the audience to enter the exhibition space.” When it came to light, the art fair told the exhibitor she wasn’t welcome.- The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Visual, 03.05.20

London’s Royal Opera House Announces That Plácido Domingo Has ‘Withdrawn’ From Planned Performances

It seems that Europe and England aren’t as interested in supporting the singer quite as strongly as they were a year ago. Their support in the face of allegations of sexual harassment “began to change last week with the release of the American union’s conclusions.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, England, London, Royal Opera House, 03.06.20

The Choreographer Reimagining How We See Dance

Chris Emile does DIY dance all over LA, bringing in audiences who normally might stay away from spaces like museums, or from traditional dance stages. He says, “It was really important for us to show people of color in our performances and just be physically closer to the audience, because we felt that was the way to get people impacted and get people involved in what we were doing.” (It’s working.) – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, La, Dance, 03.07.20, Chris Emile

Here Are Some Showtune Alternatives to Singing 'Happy Birthday' While Washing Your Hands

Trying to protect yourself from coronavirus, but tired of singing Happy Birthday every time you wash your hands The Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Falls, New York has compiled a list of showtune alternatives [Author: Stephi Wild]
Tags: Theatre, Glens Falls New York, Stephi Wild, Charles R Wood Theater

BWW Review: Deidre Goodwin Directs/Choreographs Richard Rodgers' Ambitious And Daring NO STRINGS

After spending two full careers as a Broadway composer, first writing jazzy smash hits with lyricist Lorenz Hart and then adapting more dramatic and character-driven styles for scores penned for classics with Oscar Hammerstein II, Rodgers, upon his second partner's passing, for the first time supplied the complete set of lyrics for a musical's score. [Author: Michael Dale]
Tags: Theatre, Broadway, Lorenz Hart, Michael Dale, Oscar Hammerstein II Rodgers, Deidre Goodwin

Inkbunny is a Furry Art Community

Inkbunny describes itself as a furry art community. The site has over 550,000 members are over 1.5 million submissions. Read more on
Tags: Art, Crafts

BWW TV: Ato Blankson-Wood and James Cusati-Moyer Look Back on the Importance of SLAVE PLAY

Provocative. Scalding. Explosive. Radical. Daring. These are just a few words that have used to describe Jeremy O. Harris's latest work- Slave Play, which just concluded its Broadway run at the Golden Theatre in January. The critically acclaimed play, brought to life onstage by director Robert O'Hara, rockedthe world of audiences since it opened on October 6, and long before that, during its off-Broadway run at New York Theatre Workshop. [Author: Backstage With Richard Ridge]
Tags: Theatre, Broadway, New York Theatre Workshop, Backstage With Richard Ridge, Richard Ridge, Golden Theatre, Robert O Hara, Jeremy O Harris, James Cusati Moyer, Ato Blankson Wood

VIDEO: Watch MOULIN ROUGE's Amber Ardolino's Music Video for Grace Potter's 'Paris Ooh La La'

Moulin Rouge's Amber Ardolino, along with some of her Broadway dancer friends, have created a music video for the Grace Potter song 'Paris Ooh La La' for International Women's Day [Author: Stage Tube]
Tags: Theatre, Broadway, Grace Potter, Stage Tube, Paris Ooh La La, Ardolino

A Brutally Honest Account Of Capitalism, Motherhood, And Writing

Karen Russell: “When I fixate on this math, I begin to have the panicked sense that I gave up time with my son to delete three paragraphs; suddenly writing badly feels like stealing from him. This is obviously not a healthy way to approach creative work, or a pressure that yields good fiction.” Way to go, USA! – Wealthsimple
Tags: Art, Words, Karen Russell, 03.07.20

Not Wiped Off The Face Of The Earth, But Instead Surviving Through Art

An exhibition that covers 1000 years is going to have some unknown artists, but in addition, “native women’s art was usually anonymized and identified by tribal affiliation when exhibited in museums, says co-curator Jill Ahlberg Yohe. ‘This was a Nez Perce object, or an Apache dress,’ she explains by way of example.” But the names of contemporary Native artists will live on. – NPR
Tags: Art, Visual, Nez Perce, 03.07.20, Jill Ahlberg Yohe

Listen Up

Spanish-language funk, jazz with Nigerian rhythms, hypnotic nu-disco and more new music this week Jessie Ware: Spotlight Lush, hypnotic, dramatic, and drenched in disco, Jessie Ware’s “Spotlight” is everything one could ask for in a club-ready tune. From her upcoming fourth LP What’s Your Pleasure? (the follow up to 2017’s Glasshouse), the song was co-written with Danny Parker, Shungudzo Kuyimba and Arctic Monkeys producer James …
Tags: Design, Disco, Music Videos, Pop, Hip-hop, House, Jazz, Jessie Ware, Rb, Spanish, Listenup, Funk, New Music, Austra, Afrobeat, Alternative hip-hop

For Black Artists, There’s A Question Of Who Can Challenge Mediocre Work

The issues are layered. “Black auteurs frequently don’t get to just worry about making art that speaks to their own interests. Because of discrimination in Hollywood, creators also shoulder what the Jamaican Canadian director Stella Meghie recently called ‘the unbearable weight of representation.’ That burden also affects viewers, who may feel the need to support some unremarkable work for fear of losing what little black programming exists.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Issues, Stella Meghie, 03.06.20

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