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Bubbling Brown Sugar

It is true that historically the American musical theatre has been dominated by white artists and white stories. There have been a couple of periods of increased activity and evolution in the black musical, in the 1910s and 20s, and again in the early 1970s, but only recently have black artists and stories taken a more active, more visible role in moving our art form forward.New Line has produced Passing Strange but no other explicitly black musicals. We are proud that our casts are always dive...
Tags: New York, Musicals, Theatre, America, History, Chicago, New York Times, Amsterdam, Broadway, African American, New Orleans, Savion Glover, Theater, Buffalo, Alice Walker, Black Lives Matter

Poll Shows One Hurdle to Reopening Broadway: Fear of Jerks

A New York Times/Siena College Research Institute poll found that theatergoers who are hesitant to return worry that the people around them won’t follow the rules.
Tags: Art, Music, News, Masks, New York City, Museums, Theater, New York State, Charlotte, St Martin, Broadway League, Shutdowns (Institutional, Polls and Public Opinion, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, New York Times Siena College Research Institute, Coronavirus Reopenings

First Inklings of Fame

The class of 2020 has no idea what the future holds — and neither do we. Here’s a look back at some icons starting on their paths to renown.
Tags: Art, Photography, News, Obama, David, Theater, Smith, Eddie, Jones, Barack, Maya, Lee, Murphy, Glenn, Spike, Ginsburg

John Legend, Memorial Day Events and More Livestreaming This Week

Appointment viewing is back. Find out what online events to look for in coming days, and when to tune in.
Tags: Art, Music, Movies, News, Dancing, Memorial Day, Theater, Books and Literature, Downloads and Streaming, Video Recordings, Quarantine (Life and Culture

A Star-StuddVirtual Graduation: Livestreaming Today

Appointment viewing is back. Find out what online events to look for in the coming days, and when to tune in.
Tags: Art, Television, Country Music, News, Theater, Commencement Speeches, Downloads and Streaming, Video Recordings, Actors and Actresses, Rap and Hip-Hop, Pop and Rock Music, Quarantine (Life and Culture

Missing the Acts You Love? Spare a Thought for These Superfans

Hard-core music, theater and movie aficionados from around the world told us how they’re coping in coronavirus lockdown.
Tags: Art, Movies, News, Theater, Opera, Blue Man Group, Metropolitan Opera, Pop and Rock Music, BTS (Music Group, Quarantine (Life and Culture

Padma Lakshmi, Connie Britton, Gabrielle Union: Livestreaming Today

Appointment viewing is back. Find out what online events to look for today, and when to tune in.
Tags: Art, Music, News, Global Warming, Domestic Violence, Williams, Theater, New York University, Bobby, Gloria, Steinem, Jan, Padma, N K, Symphony Space, Lakshmi

Frieze 2020, From Home: Livestreaming Today

Appointment viewing is back. Find out what online events to look for today, and when to tune in.
Tags: Art, Television, News, Dancing, Theater, Downloads and Streaming, Video Recordings, Quarantine (Life and Culture

Upstate Will Be First to Test New York’s Arts Appetite

Under the governor’s reopening plan, theaters, museums and community art centers upstate will open well before city venues. Will visitors come?
Tags: Art, New York, News, Museums, Theater, Cuomo, Morgan, Jessica, Michael Hill, Politics And Government, DIA Art Foundation, Andrew M, Shutdowns (Institutional, Culture (Arts, Hudson River Valley (NY, Rural Areas

Watch a video of my prison and opioids play "Streets Like This," performed by actors who have all dealt with incarceration

In 2018, I was commissioned by Civic Ensemble of Ithaca, New York to help devise and write a new play based on their ReEntry Theatre Program — a free arts initiative for people who've experienced incarceration and/or drug rehabilitation. The program participants developed the raw material through theatre games and writing exercises, which I then took and transformed into a full-length script. Streets Like This originally ran for 3 sold out performances in May 2018, featuring a cast of program pa...
Tags: Video, News, Prison, Incarceration, Theatre, Addiction, Brian, Recovery, Theater, Plays, Prison Reform, Drug Abuse, Dennis, Drug Addiction, Child Protective Services, Abby

This Weekend’s Live-Streaming Events: Lady Gaga’s Star-Studded Special and More

Appointment viewing is back. What online events to look out for today, and when to tune in.
Tags: Art, Television, Movies, News, Billie, Dancing, Classical Music, World Health Organization, Theater, Lady Gaga, Royal, Taylor, Swift, Paramount Pictures, Oprah, Alex

Links for shut-ins

Here in California, we’re closing in on four weeks of shelter-in-place. Cancellations and closures began even earlier. I’d had tickets to the International Ocean Film Festival, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, the San Francisco International Film Festival, the San Francisco Ballet’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and Loot at the Aurora Theatre—all canceled. (The silent film festival will take place in November instead of April.) I’d signed up for a class on the musical-theater genius Stephen...
Tags: Hbo, Design, Television, Instagram, California, Youtube, Washington, White House, New York City, Stephen King, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Weblogs, Stephen Sondheim, Linguistics, Theater

Where to Donate to Bolster a Quieted Arts Scene

With exhibition and performance spaces shuttered, artists are relying on the generosity of patrons.
Tags: Art, News, Restaurants, New York City, Theater, Philanthropy, Gofundme, Books and Literature, Culture (Arts, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, New York Foundation for the Arts, Actors' Fund of America, Dance/NYC

Music, Theater and More to Experience at Home This Weekend

Our writers offer suggestions for what to watch, read or listen to while we’re housebound.
Tags: Art, News, Museums, Classical Music, Theater, Folk Music, Opera, Philharmonie De Paris, Tonya, Rose, Tom, Tony, Moore, Lisa, Caroline, Jeanine

Would Mozart Have Performed for You on Zoom?

As general manager of the Met, I celebrate the proliferation of streamed shows during a pandemic. But nothing compares to the real thing.
Tags: Art, Music, News, Classical Music, Theater, Opera, Price, Mozart, Gould, Glenn, Metropolitan Opera, Leontyne

Great Theater, Dance and Classical Music to Tune Into While Stuck at Home

Jordan Grubb and other actors created a lip sync video of “One Day More” and the Royal Danish Ballet is streaming. Here is a list of digital content.
Tags: Art, News, Dancing, Museums, Classical Music, Theater, Opera, Royal Danish Ballet, Culture (Arts, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Jordan Grubb

What Happens When We Lose the Art That Brings Us Together?

Going online is one answer, but it’s not so simple.
Tags: Art, Movies, News, Theater, Michelangelo, Vittorio, Antonioni, De Sica

It Was Their Big Debut. Then a Pandemic Hit.

Artists, actors, dancers and authors search for a silver lining as openings are disrupted by the virus outbreak.
Tags: Art, News, Noah, Dancing, Theater, Orphan, Ny, Mitchell, Katie, Sandra, Diaz, Ruben, Tinkler, Diggins, Mamie, Books and Literature

New York’s Major Cultural Institutions Close in Response to Coronavirus

The Metropolitan Museum, Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall and the New York Philharmonic announced temporary closures.
Tags: Art, New York, News, New York City, Museums, Classical Music, Theater, Opera, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Cloisters, Peter, Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic, Weiss, Metropolitan Opera, Gelb

This modern art museum was once a cheese factory in Arkansas

In Bentonville, Arkansas, a giant factory that once processed cheese for Kraft Foods has been given new life as The Momentary, a modern art museum satellite to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Chicago-based Wheeler Kearns Architects led the adaptive reuse project, which has carefully preserved as much of the existing structure as possible while introducing contemporary additions. Like the building, the landscape also follows sustainable design principles and was created in collaborati...
Tags: Art, Design, France, Museum, Architecture, Arkansas, Theater, Factory, Kraft Foods, Contemporary Art, Modern Art, Green Renovation, Adaptive Reuse, Tulsa, Bentonville Arkansas, Stormwater Management

We Can Make It Our World

The credits for Head Over Heels say "Based on The Arcadia, by Sir Philip Sidney." But it's so much more complicated than that.First of all, there are two Arcadias. Sidney wrote it, then later substantially rewrote it, and the two versions are called The Old Arcadia and The New Arcadia. And there are some huge differences between the two.But also, to say that Head Over Heels is "based on" Arcadia is only vaguely true. Maybe "inspired by" would be more accurate. The show's creators, Jeff Whitty a...
Tags: Politics, London, Musicals, Theatre, America, Sexuality, Broadway, Theater, Shakespeare, Arcadia, Aristotle, 1980s, Delphi, Mira, Plato, Pamela

We Are Alive. We Got the Beat.

In Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's musical A Little Night Music, Madame Armfeldt tells Fredrika that the summer night smiles three times -- "The first smile smiles at the young, for they know nothing. The second at the fools who know too little. And the third at the old who know too much."It's a wonderful way to start this beautiful musical about music in triple time and humans in love triangles.But it occurs to me that it applies to Head Over Heels too. Maybe because it's more of a univers...
Tags: Politics, Musicals, Theatre, Earth, Sexuality, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, Theater, Shakespeare, 1980s, Mira, Pamela, Scott Miller, Gilbert Sullivan, Hugh Wheeler, Musical Comedy

Head Over Heels

Head Over Heels is sui generis.I love that term, sui generis. It means it's totally unique, literally, "of its own kind." So many shows New Line has produced fit that description -- Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Bukowsical, Threepenny, Bat Boy, Urinetown, Yeast Nation, Assassins, Celebration, Lizzie, Jerry Springer the Opera, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Man of La Mancha, Spelling Bee, Floyd Collins, Hair, Forbidden Planet, Hedwig, Sunday in the Park... I could go on for days.Head Over Heels is ano...
Tags: Politics, Musicals, Theatre, Sexuality, Broadway, Theater, Shakespeare, 1980s, Sondheim, Pamela, Scott Miller, Michael Mayer, Musical Comedy, Rock Musicals, Jeff Whitty, Go-Go's

Best NYC shows with LGBTQ characters

There’s no place like home — just ask Transparent star Alexandra Billings, who recently became the first openly transgender actress to play Madame Morrible in the Broadway production of Wicked. After her inaugural performance, Billings wrote on Instagram, “Last night I had the honor to be placed gently and with loving hands into the glorious Land of Oz…Where home is defined by truth and the power of chosen family.” Wicked, the girl-power prequel to The Wizard of Oz, has always had a home in ...
Tags: Travel, New York, Hollywood, Musicals, Wales, New York City, Theatre, Bette Davis, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, Theater, Plays, Lily, Busch, Peppermint, All

Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Jan. 3-10

    Olga Kaczmar’s “I Apologize” is part of the Santa Clarita Artists’ Association’s “Time to Reflect” exhibit from Jan. 10-Feb. 16. (Photo by Olga Kaczmar)   There’s always something interesting to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar.   EVENTS   Oshogatsu Family Festival: A new year celebration, with a preview of the upcoming Year of the Rat, includes craft activit...
Tags: Local News, Art, Books, Comedy, Movies, Museum, Music, San Fernando Valley, Theater, Things to Do, Top Stories LADN

'Twas a Year Full of New Line, 2019

'Twas a year full of New Line, a wild cavalcade,A trio of shows, like a misfit parade,Exploring the Others, the Different, the Weird;Yes, all of the folks that the mainstream has feared.And watching those Misfits and Others succeedAgainst primal forces of hate and misdeed,Spun lessons those people in power should heed.La Cage is a classic, subversive, old thingThat we shrunk to human proportions last spring.It isn't a comedy, deep in its heart;It's a drama of family and love and of art.It teach...
Tags: Musicals, Theatre, Live, Performing Arts, Broadway, Theater, Scott Miller, New Musicals, Musical Comedy, Musical Theatre, Rock Musical, John Waters Baltimore

Everyting's Changed

And here we are at another year's end. The cable news networks are looking back on the top news stories of the year -- and the decade! (Yes, I know the decade isn't over for another year, but I fear we've lost that argument.) It's very funny to me that the vast majority of the pundits and experts still seem genuinely baffled at what's happening in our politics and our culture.They shouldn't be.I've been thinking and writing about this for a while now. We are in the middle of massive, fundamenta...
Tags: Politics, Obama, White House, Theatre, America, Nano, Broadway, Fear, Theater, Finn, Broadway Musicals, Trump, Rodgers, Gordon, Hammerstein, New World

Allee Willis, 72, Dies; ‘Friends’ Theme and ‘September’ Songwriter

She also wrote or co-wrote “Neutron Dance” for the Pointer Sisters, “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” for the Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield, and other hits.
Tags: Art, Music, Movies, News, Earth, Theater, Springfield, Willis, Allee, Songwriters Hall of Fame, Allee Willis, Deaths (Obituaries, Wind & Fire (Music Group, Friends (TV Program, Pet Shop Boys (Music Group, The Color Purple (Play

Allee Willis, ‘Friends’ Theme and ‘September’ Songwriter, Dies at 72

Her writing and co-writing credits include “Neutron Dance” for the Pointer Sisters and “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” for the Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield.
Tags: Art, Music, Movies, News, Earth, Theater, Willis, Allee, Songwriters Hall of Fame, Allee Willis, Deaths (Obituaries, Wind & Fire (Music Group, Friends (TV Program, Pet Shop Boys (Music Group, The Color Purple (Play, Ill Be There for You (Song

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