Turmoil And Rancor Strike The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, With Calls For The Board And Managing Director To Resign

The musicians asked to take a 50 percent pay cut. Instead, while two-thirds of the administrative staff stayed on with a 20 percent pay cut, “the board opted to temporarily stand down its musicians and put them on the federal government’s JobKeeper program in response to the financial impact of COVID-19.” The musicians are not fond of this plan. – Sydney Morning Herald
Tags: Art, Music, Sydney, Melbourne, 05.23.20

Who Has The Rights To The Omegaverse?

You might (or might not) consider wolf erotica a niche market. It’s a bigger niche that is now walking through a minefield of copyright questions, with larger implications for genre writing. “As the genre commercializes, authors aggressively defend their livelihoods, sometimes using a 1998 law, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, to get online retailers to remove competitors’ books. When making a claim, a creator must have a ‘good faith belief’ that her ownership of the work in question has b...
Tags: Art, Words, 05.23.20

Against Hype, A Few Films Actually Are Different From Anything That Came Before Them

Take Daughters of the Dust, for instance. ” Julie Dash’s astonishing debut is a portrait of a multigenerational South Carolina Gullah family as they prepare to migrate north in 1902.” (But truly, you could get a decent film education watching most of these movies as lockdown continues, or staying at home seems the safest move.) – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Media, South Carolina, Julie Dash, 05.23.20

The Future Of Filmmaking

Some things may change until there’s a vaccine – constant testing, small pods of workers instead of a huge crew, no craft services table – but others, like board meetings by Zoom, are here to stay. Director/producer Frank Marshall; “I know there’s a future, I know we will get through this, but the big question is when.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, Los Angeles, Frank Marshall, 05.23.20

Georgia Issues Guidelines For Film Shooting To Start Again

Tyler Perry wants to start filming in early July, and Georgia seems amenable – as long as the actors follow guidelines including dealing with clear barriers between them until just before a shoot begins, and as long as craft services provide individual food packages, and as long as SAG-AFTRA eventually signs on to Georgia’s recommendations (not a given). – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, Georgia, Tyler Perry, AFTRA, 05.22.20

English Landscapes And Landmarks Inspired Important Spots In Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Ring

Perhaps that’s obvious, but a new book “will argue that many assumptions previously made about the origins of scenes from the sagas are wrong.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Words, Tolkien, 05.23.20

Clayton With a Period, Full Stop

Clayton Patterson’s importance in general, but especially on the Lower East Side of New York City, comes from his commitment to social and political values for the good of his community. He has put his life on the line to document and preserve it in a way that few are brave enough to do. – Jan Herman
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Clayton, Lower East Side of New York City, 04.22.20, Clayton Patterson

What’s Next For The Arts In Britain?

The director of the National Theatre and the Tate convened (by screen, natch) to figure it out. “At the beginning, it was shocking but people thought the crisis would last three weeks. Possibly six. Now we’re at a moment where we have to think about more than the recovery of individual institutions and our sectors. We’ve got to start thinking: how do we shape the world for the new normal? The pressures we’re under – financial, practical and emotional – mean we’ll not be the same on the other si...
Tags: Art, Ideas, Britain, Tate, 05.23.20

What It’s Like To Go To An Indoor Movie Theatre Right Now

First of all, yikes. However, many of us miss the moviegoing experience, and so a few movie theatres in Texas are trying to “create an early blueprint for all the other theatres that are still trying to figure out how to reopen safely.” – Vice
Tags: Art, Texas, Media, 05.24.20, Indoor Movie Theatre Right Now

How Will The Coronavirus Shape Our Cities?

Honestly, we don’t know yet – but we do know that every past crisis has changed our urban lives and architecture. Some changes may be good, but others? Horrible to contemplate. Still: “If there is going to be a rebound, it’s not going to be in the rural areas. It’s going to be in the cities.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Ideas, 05.22.20

Is It Time To Change The Academy Awards To Recognize Streaming-Only Films?

Not just for this year, when the change makes sense due to the coronavirus, but forever? Well, says one critic, “I believe there’s something sacred in the moviegoing experience that I can’t re-create at home. And relaxing Oscar rules risks chipping away at the institution you and I hold dear: going to see movies in the dark, on the big screen, among crowds, where they hold our undivided attention — as opposed to competing with incoming emails, phone calls and other distractions. But the truth i...
Tags: Art, Media, 05.23.20

The Case For Letting The Restaurant Industry Die

Does this have implications for other systems that aren’t working well for the people who actually do the work? Perhaps. At the least, the industry “offers a very important lens to examine the choices that we make.” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Ideas, 05.22.20

Artist Boss Move: Befriending Your Thief

Not everyone’s first reaction, is it? But: “After two of her most prized paintings were stolen, Czech artist Barbora Kysilkova came face-to-face with thief Karl-Bertil Nordland in a courtroom. Rather than reprimand Nordland though, she asked him if she could paint his portrait.” – Vanity Fair
Tags: Art, Visual, Nordland, Barbora Kysilkova, Karl Bertil Nordland, 05.21.20

American Museums Start To Reopen With Timed Entry, Masks, And Many More Rules

Of course, it all begins in Texas, where (as in other areas), Houston’s Fine Arts Museum has coordinated with other museums to create shared ideas of just how to do this. “The Fine Arts museum waited until it had firmed up protocols and obtained necessary supplies, Mr. Tinterow said, including ‘500-gallon barrels of sanitizer, tens of thousands of masks and gloves for staff interacting with the public.'” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Texas, Houston, Visual, 05.22.20, Tinterow, American Museums Start

A Song Criticizing A Politician Tops The Charts In Poland – And Moments Later, It’s Completely Disappeared

Kazik Staszewski is a rock legend in Poland, and his song, “Your Pain Is Better than Mine,” hit a chord last week – or perhaps too many chords when it hit number 1 on a popular show. “Within minutes of the show ending, the results disappeared from the website of the show’s state-run broadcaster. Mr. Staszewski’s anthem had vanished, along with the rest of the chart.” One of the radio station’s many now-resigned hosts says, “even the Communist regime had more respect for the freedom of speech at...
Tags: Art, Poland, Issues, 05.22.20, Kazik Staszewski, Staszewski, Trojka

Interracial Romance Gets A Little More Real In Recent Shows And Movies

And that’s partly because of who’s controlling the narrative. There’s a small, but perhaps growing, “cultural trend in which black women, especially those of medium-to-dark-brown complexions — long positioned at the bottom of the aesthetic and social hierarchy in the United States because of racist standards — are increasingly appearing as leading ladies and romantic ideals in interracial relationships onscreen. In some cases, these are works created by black women themselves.” – The New York T...
Tags: Art, Media, United States, 05.22.20

Live Performance For 2020 Is Over And Gone

No, theatre and dance and opera and concerts won’t be returning in the autumn. “‘I am 100 percent confident that it is not happening,’ said Nancy Umanoff, Mark Morris’s executive director. For many dance companies, that means giving up on lucrative holiday season performances of The Nutcracker, a crucial best seller that, for example, brings in 45 percent of New York City Ballet’s annual ticket sales.” Here’s what may happen for dance, and all of the other performing arts as well. – The New Yor...
Tags: Art, Dance, New York City Ballet, 05.24.20, Nancy Umanoff Mark Morris

Netflix Has A New, Shockingly Smart Automatic Cancellation Plan

It’s only shocking because it’s against everything about automatic payments and online sign-ups. “The general imperative of any subscription service is to wring a monthly payment out of you from now until the apocalypse. That’s the whole game. It’s why there are entire services and advice columns devoted to helping you cancel. The business model gets an assist from human nature.” – Wired
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, 05.24.20

Playing Music Is One Way To Ease The Stresses Of Our Global Pandemic

That’s what Orchestra Kentucky says, anyway. And if you don’t have your own instrument, no problem: “Even just listening to music and watching other musicians can have positive effects.” – WNKY
Tags: Art, Music, Kentucky, 05.22.20

Walter Dallas, The ‘Heartbeat’ Of Philadelphia Theatre For Decades, Has Died At 73

Dallas, who had pancreatic cancer, was a playwright, musician, teacher, and, most notably, a director. He led Philadelphia’s Freedom Theater, one of the nation’s pre-eminent African American theatres, for 16 years, and worked at New York’s Public Theater and Negro Company, among others, as he directed 25 world premieres. An actress who worked with him for three decades: “For him, joy was serious business, especially as a black man who had grown up in the segregated South. … An actor would start...
Tags: Art, New York, People, Dallas, Philadelphia, 05.22.20, Walter Dallas, Philadelphia s Freedom Theater, Public Theater and Negro Company

John Macurdy, American Bass Who Sang More Than 1000 Performances At The Met, Has Died At 91

Macurdy’s rich voice and stage presence won him accolades over his 38-year career at the Met. “Though he achieved success in key roles like Gurnemanz in Wagner’s Parsifal, King Marke in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde and Sarastro in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Mr. Macurdy proved essential to the house for his standout performances of supporting roles, including the Commendatore in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, which he sang 75 times at the Met; Daland in Wagner’s Der Fliegender Holländer; the King of Egypt...
Tags: Art, People, Egypt, Verdi, Mozart, Wagner, Don Giovanni, Marke, Sarastro, Gurnemanz, Daland, John Macurdy, 05.23.20, Macurdy

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Broadway Rewind: ONCE Falls Slowly to Broadway in 2012!

Today we rewind to 2012 for the opening night of Once The musical, which ran for 1168 performances at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, starred Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti in the leading roles.ONCEtells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together. ...
Tags: Theatre, Broadway, Cristin Milioti, BroadwayWorld TV, Steve Kazee

Memorial Day Musicals: 10 Broadway Shows That Salute the Troops

As we pause today to remember their sacrifice, BroadwayWorld is looking back on stories of past wars, undying patriotism and true courage, which have been the topics of countless films, television series, and of course... theatre. Below we celebrate our armed forces with songs from musicals thattell their story. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, BWW News Desk

Broadway Rewind: Norm Lewis and Audra McDonald Bring PORGY & BESS to Broadway!

Today we rewind to 2012 for the seventh Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess, starring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis. The musical opened on January 12 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, where it played for 293 performances. Porgy and Bess takes place in Charleston's fabled Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the crippled but courageous Porgy. [Author: BroadwayWorld TV]
Tags: Theatre, Broadway, Charleston, Bess, Richard Rodgers Theatre, Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, BroadwayWorld TV, Audra McDonald Bring PORGY

VIDEO: HAMILTON Broadway and Touring Cast Members Congratulate the Class of 2020

Cast members from the Broadway and touring companies of Hamilton joined forces, virtually, to congratulate the class of 2020. [Author: Stage Tube]
Tags: Theatre, Broadway, Hamilton, Hamilton Broadway, Stage Tube

VIDEO: Andrew Lloyd Webber Reflects on How THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Got its Start

Andrew Lloyd Webber is kicking off a new series on his social media accounts, where he reflects on how some of his shows began. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Andrew Lloyd Webber, BWW News Desk

VIDEO: Watch Cynthia Erivo, Kelli O'Hara, Christopher Jackson and More in PBS National Memorial Day Concert

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, PBS will present the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT, hosted by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise with new performances and tributes filmed around the country honoring all of our American heroes. The special 90-minute presentation of the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT, featuring new and relevant content for these times and iconic show segments, will air today, May 24. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Pbs, Tony, Joe Mantegna, BWW News Desk, Gary Sinise, Cynthia Erivo Kelli O Hara Christopher Jackson

VIDEO: Anika Noni Rose Sings 'I Want a Friend' For the 2020 Game Changers Virtual Gala

Anika Noni Rose closed out the Game Changers Virtual Gala with 'I Want a Friend.' [Author: Stage Tube]
Tags: Theatre, Stage Tube, Anika Noni Rose

VIDEO: Watch Chita Rivera & Friends on STARS IN THE HOUSE

Stars in the House continues tonight 8pm for An Evening with Chita Rivera and Friends. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, House, Chita Rivera, BWW News Desk

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