Broadway’s Spiderman Disaster, Ten Years Later

“You had Spider-Man dangling seven feet above the first two rows. It was the worst possible position because no one could reach him. One of the crew members fetched a stick to prod him with, but that didn’t help. It was like a live Spider-Man piñata. But we knew by the end of the night, well, that’s the worst it’s ever going to be. We’ll keep improving it and improving it, and it’s going to be duck soup by the time we open in January.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, 11.25.20

More Details Emerge About Why Mosaic Theatre Company Kicked Out Its Founding Artistic Director

Ari Roth was fired from Theatre J after 18 years as an AD, and so he quickly founded his own company – Mosaic. Recently, he resigned under pressure from Mosaic. Why? A liaison with Equity says he is living with an older definition of an AD as someone who can treat staff and others badly, as long as his vision is great: “His defense is that the role of the artistic director has changed. … But everything changes. Everything evolves. We just happen to be living in a time where this imaginary rule ...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Equity, Ari Roth, 11.27.20, Mosaic Recently

When ‘The Last Gasp’ Isn’t The Final Breath For A 40-Year-Old Theatre Company

The 76- and 71-year-old women who founded and run Split Britches were in London when COVID-19 hit New York hard, so they didn’t come back for a while – but where to stay, and how to make the new work they were supposedly putting up at La MaMa in April and the Barbican in June? And where to stay in London? Enter an empty house with running water, electricity and one chair. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, London, Theatre, La MaMa, COVID, 11.29.20

Theatres Are Saving A Christmas Carol

Did … did it need saving? Well, perhaps the theatres do; it’s been such a large money maker for theatres in the U.S. for, well, many years. Now, as the holiday season kicks into high gear, theatres “are using every contagion-reduction strategy they have honed during the coronavirus pandemic: outdoor stagings, drive-in productions, street theater, streaming video, radio plays and even a do-it-yourself kit sent by mail.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, 11.29.20

TikTok Users Are Creating The Ratatouille Musical Disney Never Did

But these aren’t just any TikTokkers. “Thousands of TikTok users, including many with Broadway credits, have paid homage to the 2007 Disney Pixar film, about a rat who dreams of becoming a French chef, by creating their own songs, dances, makeup looks, set designs, puppets and Playbill programs.” And Disney is apparently paying attention as well, according to its Tweets and its own TikTok contributions. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Disney, Broadway, Audience, Disney Pixar, 11.30.20

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