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The Rodgers & Hammerstein Sound

So once in a while, I write parody lyrics. As a working writer and lyricist, I think of it as good exercise. Some of these parodies are surely funny only to me. But I always try very hard to stick exactly to the rhythm and scansion of the original lyric, and to comically dip into the original lyric now and then just for fun. Here's one I wrote during the Great Pandemic, only a totally random whim. I just came across it, and it made me laugh, so I thought I should share... If you really love R&H...
Tags: Musicals, Theatre, Performing Arts, Broadway, Dick, Rodgers, Hammerstein, Scott Miller, Musical Theater, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Hammerstein Sound, Rodgers Hammerstein Sound, Ockie Fox, Rodgers Hammerstein Sound Major, Rodgers Hammerstein Sound Slightly

Garth Drabinsky’s Comeback Will Be Broadway’s First Fully New Musical Since COVID Arrived

The first production on Broadway that hadn’t been previously scheduled and postponed will be Paradise Square, a show about the origins of tap dance, set in the 19th-century Manhattan slum called Five Points and featuring songs by the pre-Civil War composer Stephen Foster, directed by Moisés Kaufman and choreographed by Bill T. Jones. Drabinsky, a three-time Tony-winning producer in the 1990s, has spent the past few years restarting his career after serving a prison sentence in Canada for fraud....
Tags: Art, Theatre, Canada, Broadway, Manhattan, Tony, Garth Drabinsky, Paradise Square, Stephen Foster, Moises Kaufman, 06.07.21, Bill T Jones Drabinsky

‘Why Should The Best Show People Somehow Keep Making The Dullest, Tackiest Hodgepodge Of A Tony Awards Show?’

“Even when not being manipulated by moneybags, the awards have regularly represented Broadway as a neurotic mess: defensive about its marginality, embarrassed by its serious works and insecure about its commercial appeal. … Now is the time for the Tonys to pull their act together.” Jesse Green has a few ideas, and even argues that the recent decision to split the telecast in two could be a good idea. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, Audience, Jesse Green, 06.02.21

Joan Allen: ‘Acting’s like tennis. You bring your game’

Adulterous housewives, CIA bosses – Joan Allen has played them all with consummate skill. Now, in Stephen King adaptation Lisey’s Story, she’s turned her hand to visceral horrorIn some ways, Joan Allen is like an American Gary Oldman; wait, stay with it. She looks so different from one role to the next that she’s way beyond mercurial, further towards intangible – like a spirit slipping into a role more than a flesh-and-blood actor. Or maybe this is just acting at its most rarefied. One of the la...
Tags: Hollywood, Television, Media, Drama, Film, Stephen King, Theatre, Apple TV, Chicago, Culture, Television & radio, Connecticut, Stage, Broadway, John Malkovich, TV streaming

Performance Artist And Director Robbie McCauley Dead At 78

“[Her] résumé included reimagining classic American plays through diverse casting and a stint in the ensemble of Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking 1976 Broadway show, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf. But she was best known for shows she wrote and performed at venues like the Kitchen in Manhattan and Franklin Furnace in Brooklyn, in which she used her family and personal stories to confront universal issues.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Brooklyn, Broadway, Manhattan, Ntozake Shange, 05.25.21, Robbie McCauley, Franklin Furnace

The Musical That Changed Broadway 100 Years Ago

Not only did Shuffle Along bring jazz to Broadway, it was the first African American show to be a smash hit. Its composer Eubie Blake recalled on WNYC in 1973: “When we put Shuffle Along on, on Broadway, we put negroes back to work again.” But he added that some members of the Black community had problems with it. – NPR
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, WNYC, Eubie Blake, 05.23.21

Group think: why art loves a crowd

From flâneurs to rallies, protests to parties, human beings are drawn to congregate. With social gatherings a possibility once again, Olivia Laing considers the crowd in art and literatureWhen I was very lonely in New York, one of the things that most comforted me was to wander up Broadway or along the East River, alone but in the company of thousands of strangers. Anonymised by the multitude, I felt the burden of my sorrow slide off me. It was a relief to be part of a whole, no longer agonising...
Tags: Art, Books, New York, Poetry, Society, Culture, Art and design, Broadway, East River, Olivia Laing, Walt Whitman, Anonymised

Garth Drabinsky — Back On Broadway

“The show is produced by Garth H. Drabinsky, the Tony-winning producer behind Kiss of the Spider Woman, who was sentenced to seven years in a Canadian prison in 2009 for fraud and forgery. That sentence was reduced on appeal to five years. Drabinsky served 17 months before being released on parole in 2013. Subsequent US charges were dismissed in 2018, clearing the way for Drabinsky to resume work as a theatrical producer south of the border.” – Theatre Mania
Tags: Art, Theatre, US, Broadway, Tony, Garth Drabinsky, Drabinsky, 05.18.21, Garth H Drabinsky

Theatre Has Long Been Fatphobic, And Actors Are Speaking Out

An errant sentence in a New York Times article (since reworded) led to a lot of participation from actors via social media. They’re fed up with the sizeism and lack of body diversity on Broadway – and everywhere else in theatre. “The infamous ideology of a ‘Broadway body’ — a term that assumes a stage performer’s castability is specifically related to their size — has come to reinforce ‘the imposed ideals we place on women to be waif-like, or men to be Adonis-figured,’ tweeted Kinky Boots alum ...
Tags: Art, Theatre, New York Times, Broadway, Kinky Boots, 05.15.21

As Broadway Prepares To Reopen, Here’s How It Will (And Won’t) Be Operating Differently

“Ticket-buyers are being told they will be required to wear face masks (although it’s not clear how changing advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention might affect that expectation). Theaters will have upgraded HVAC systems with virus-trapping filters. Most ticketing will be digital. And theaters are reserving the right to impose a variety of safety protocols” — on casts and crews as well as on audiences. “Prices, at least so far, are similar to what they were prepandemic, alth...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Audience, 05.13.21

The New Group – Director of External Affairs

The New Group is seeking an experienced arts professional to serve as its Director of External Affairs. This executive-level position provides a unique opportunity to work at one of New York City’s leading nonprofit Off-Broadway theaters, alongside its Board of Directors, donors, audience base, and staff to strengthen the organization for the future and position it for long-term success. Position Profile About The New GroupThe New Group, led by founding Artistic Director Scott Elliott an...
Tags: Art, New York, London, Jobs, New York City, Broadway, National, Alan Cumming, West End, Bill Pullman, Jesse Eisenberg, Cynthia Nixon, Sutton Foster, Jerry Springer, Holly Hunter, Tonya Pinkins

Associate Artistic Producer, Milwaukee Rep

Milwaukee Repertory Theater, a LORT theater located in the heart of Wisconsin’s largest metropolitan area, is currently seeking applicants for the position of Associate Artistic Producer. Our mission is to ignite positive changes in the cultural, social, and economic vitality of our community by creating world-class theater experiences that entertain, provoke, and inspire meaningful dialogue among an audience representative of Milwaukee’s rich diversity. It is important that our hiring practices...
Tags: Art, Jobs, Milwaukee, Broadway, Wisconsin, Shakespeare, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Milwaukee Rep, LORT, About Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Patty Jay Baker Theater Complex, Laura Braza

‘We even performed it in front of the pope!’ – how we made Godspell

‘Religious groups didn’t like Jesus wearing a Superman shirt or the lack of a resurrection. So we told them the curtain call was the resurrection – when Jesus runs on and takes a bow’Godspell opened in London in November 1971 and ran at the same time as Jesus Christ Superstar. It was the Rolls-Royce to our Ford Fiesta. I was 23, had just left the Bristol Old Vic company and was auditioning for everything. There were 30 of us lined up along the stage for the audition. I was on the end and taller ...
Tags: Books, London, Musicals, Religion, Theatre, World news, Culture, Christianity, Stage, Broadway, The Bible, Jesus, Bristol, West End, Jesus Christ, Jeremy Irons

Cuomo: Broadway To Reopen Sept. 14

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that Broadway will reopen on Sept. 14, with some tickets going on sale beginning tomorrow. Theaters will be open at 100% capacity, the governor says. – Deadline
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, Andrew Cuomo, Cuomo, 05.06.21

NYC To Lift COVID Capacity Restrictions May 19. Broadway Back?

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that one capacity restriction that will remain in place, with limits still being mandated on the number of people who can attend events at large outdoor stadiums. Those will remain at 33% capacity. Even though the rules have been loosened, Broadway isn’t expected to welcome guests back for several weeks, even months. – Variety
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, Andrew Cuomo, 05.03.21

Olympia Dukakis obituary

American stage and screen actor who won an Oscar for her role in the 1987 film MoonstruckAfter more than two decades of distinguished work in the US theatre as an actor, director and teacher, and appearances in a dozen or so films, Olympia Dukakis, who has died aged 89, became hugely famous overnight by winning the best supporting actress Oscar in 1988 for her performance as Cher’s mother in the romantic film Moonstruck (1987).The course of her career suggests that her ambitions never lay in the...
Tags: Hollywood, Film, Theatre, US, World news, US news, Culture, Democrats, Stage, US television, LGBT rights, Broadway, Cher, Tennessee Williams, Olympia Dukakis

Rafe Spall: ‘Madonna came up and started grinding me. A circle formed’

For all the standing ovations, Hollywood roles and parties with stars, nothing beats the rough and tumble of real life for actor Rafe SpallThe play was going well. It was going very well, a Broadway production of Pinter’s Betrayal, starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz as a married couple and Rafe Spall as her lover – the last thing Mike Nichols directed before he died. It was a hit; so much so that one night Madonna invited the cast round for dinner. “So I went to dinner,” says Spall.He is tel...
Tags: Hollywood, London, Television, Theatre, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Broadway, Madonna, Daniel Craig, Rafe Spall, Mike Nichols, Rachel Weisz, Stroud, Lourdes, Rafe

Theodore Lambrinos, Prolific Baritone, Dead Of COVID At 85

A longtime soloist at the Met and a mainstay of New York Grand Opera’s summertime productions in Central Park, “over his 60-year career he gave nearly 800 performances in three dozen countries in opera productions (some 60 roles) and in concerts of arias, Broadway fare and Hellenic songs (a lifelong passion).” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Broadway, Central Park, New York Grand Opera, 04.27.21

Vancouver Maritime Museum – Executive Director

For more than 60 years Vancouver Maritime Museum (VMM) has been sharing stories about maritime heritage in British Columbia and the Canadian Arctic that reflect a diverse range of voices. OrganizationFor more than 60 years Vancouver Maritime Museum (VMM) has been sharing stories about maritime heritage in British Columbia and the Canadian Arctic that reflect a diverse range of voices. Its mission is to be a centre for dialogue, research, expression, and experience regarding the maritime herit...
Tags: Art, Asia, Japan, Cook, Jobs, Toronto, Nasa, First Nations, Canada, Ben Franklin, Broadway, Finland, Football League, Vancouver, North America, Archives

Scott Rudin’s Decades Of Power And Damage On Broadway And In Hollywood

At the crux of the matter, there are hints at rottenness that extends far beyond Rudin and his protegés: “Many wondered how artists who consider themselves politically enlightened could be so eager to work with Mr. Rudin, knowing how badly he treated his employees. ‘People are acting like the industry is changing, but the fact that someone like Scott is still in power makes me doubtful of that,’ said Josh Arnon, 25, who worked at Mr. Rudin’s office from October 2018 to August 2019. ‘It’s crazy ...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Broadway, Scott Rudin, Issues, Scott, Rudin, 04.24.21, Josh Arnon

In Defense Of The Art Of Broadway

“If you live and die at the box office, as does Broadway, you are not rewarded for indulgence or self-involvement. More importantly, you often are better able to reach non-elites. Broadway attracts more lower-middle class theatergoers than many pretentious nonprofit institutions; it pulls more young people to shows like “Mean Girls” and “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and it is far more likely to attract the large and diverse audience for shows that intersect with the history of recorded music. In sho...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, 04.22.21

Why Did Scott Rudin Step Back From Broadway? Maybe Not Just Because He’d Seen The Error Of His Ways

The key seems to have been Rudin’s high-profile, high-stakes production of The Music Man, set to start previews in December. While some of the key people involved in the revival reportedly showed “apathy” about the allegations of Rudin’s appalling office behavior, the two stars did not: Hugh Jackman told others he was “very concerned” but did not give an ultimatum, while Sutton Foster said publicly that she would go if he did not. – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, Hugh Jackman, Scott Rudin, Sutton Foster, Rudin, 04.17.21

Scott Rudin’s Apology Is Not Enough

Not great: “Broadway producers I spoke to told me that Rudin seems to be sincere about stepping away from the day-to-day running of his megahits, The Book of Mormon and To Kill a Mockingbird, but no one seems to think he’ll be relinquishing his financial stakes. When Broadway resumes, so will his revenue streams.” What can Broadway, and Hollywood, do? – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Theatre, Broadway, Scott Rudin, Rudin, 04.18.21

After Reports Of Abuse, Scott Rudin Claims He’ll ‘Step Back’ From Broadway

Rudin emailed the Washington Post on Saturday to issue an apology for years of causing pain to colleagues (and employees). He also wrote that he would be “taking steps that I should have taken years ago to address this behavior.” But specifics remain unclear; “Rudin declined to elaborate on the statement, or on what exactly retreating from ‘active participation’ entails.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Washington Post, Theatre, Broadway, Scott Rudin, Rudin, 04.17.21

Head Of New York Theatre Workshop To Step Down After 34 Years

James C. Nicola, the artistic director of New York Theater Workshop, announced on Friday that he will step down in June 2022. At that point, he will have spent 34 years — nearly half his life — at the off-Broadway theater, which spawned the once-in-a-lifetime hit musical “Rent” and grew under his leadership into a steady home for provocative fare by the likes of Caryl Churchill, the Five Lesbian Brothers and the director Ivo van Hove. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, Theatre, Broadway, New York Theater Workshop, Caryl Churchill, Ivo van Hove, James C Nicola, 04.16.21

How Do You Become A Broadway Choreographer? It’s Not Easy, But It’s Fairly Straightforward

“In much of the dance world, the process of becoming successful as a choreographer can seem frustratingly oblique. On Broadway, however, that path is surprisingly linear and well defined. Most people end up following a sequence of positions that includes becoming dance captain of a show, then assistant choreographer, then associate choreographer and, finally, main choreographer. What boosts you from one rung of the ladder to the next is a combination of initiative, networking and, of course, cr...
Tags: Art, Dance, Broadway, 04.05.21

Want A Subscription With Top Seats To Broadway Shows At Philly’s Kimmel Center? Give Them $1,000

“The Kimmel Center is instituting a mandatory $1,000 donation for access to the best seats in its Broadway series. That’s $1,000 up front, before the cost of the tickets themselves. The new policy goes into effect now for new subscribers and in the 2022-23 season for existing ones.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, Philly, Kimmel Center, 04.02.21

Arthur Kopit, Playwright Who Shook Up The Theatre, 83

Kopit “thrust Off Broadway into a new era with the absurdist satirical farce Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feelin’ So Sad and earned Tony Award nominations for two wildly different plays, Indians and Wings, and the musical Nine.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Wings, Broadway, Arthur Kopit, 04.03.21, Kopit, Poor Dad Mamma

'Howling anger': How Angels in America and The Normal Heart confronted the Aids crisis

The pandemic inspired many works of art but two furious, turbulent plays written at its onset still tower over the rest. As both return, we explore their enduring powerOn 3 July 1981, a single-column item appeared on page 20 of the New York Times under the headline: “Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals.” In the four decades since, the cultural response to Aids has spanned every art form. It’s a Sin, Russell T Davies’s Channel 4 series, is only the most recent entry on a very long list. But even n...
Tags: Health, Activism, Aids, Theatre, America, Society, Culture, Sexuality, New York Times, Stage, LGBT rights, Broadway, Aids and HIV, Russell T Davies, Kramer, Larry Kramer

Broadway Reopens For 36 Minutes

The pop-up event, where Nathan Lane and Savion Glover performed (one at a time) “before a masked audience of 150 scattered across an auditorium with 1,700 seats, was the first such experiment since the coronavirus pandemic caused all 41 Broadway houses to close on March 12, 2020, and industry leaders are hoping it will be a promising step on what is sure to be a slow and bumpy road to eventual reopening.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, Savion Glover, Nathan Lane, 04.03.21

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