September 10, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

Here’s what TheaterMakers were talking about this week . . .

1 – Broadway Returns

An incredible insight to how the theater came back and the energy that is to come as we move forward. Which show is first on your list? 

Read more: www.vogue.com 

2 – Broadway Advocacy Coalition

Our friends at Broadway Advocacy Coalition have been doing incredible work for the Broadway community for over 5 years now. Find out how they continue to make change – and how you can too.

Read more: www.playbill.com 

3 – Waitress House Record

It really only takes a taste! In case you were worried if people would come back to Broadway . . . or if you were worried that a vaccine mandate would stunt sales . . . take a look at this.

Read more: www.deadline.com  

4 – Tonys Preview

The countdown is on! In just a few weeks we will (finally) be celebrating the 2020 Tony Awards. Need a refresher on who’s on the ballot? Take a look below and then let me know what your predictions are.

Read more: www.broadwaydirect.com  

5 – Lin-Manuel Miranda + Bernadette Peters

It’s not everyday we get to hear the greats talking to each other about what they do best. Take a look at what Lin-Manuel Miranda and Bernadette Peters have to say about their careers and legacies below.

Read more: www.interviewmagazine.com 

Fun on a Friday: 

Check out the first trailer for Diana, filmed live on stage for Netflix.

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September 3, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

Here’s what TheaterMakers were talking about this week . . .

 

1 – Broadway Theater Safety

“Our building is the safest building you can walk into.” Read more below about how Pass Over continues to lead the way back to live theater and get some tips on how to make your own shows the safest places you can walk into. 

Read more: www.rollingstone.com 

 

2 – “They’ve Come Home”

I can’t wait until all of us get to come home. Check out the homecoming stories of three incredible theatermakers. What are you most excited to get back to as live theater returns?

Read more: www.playbill.com 

 

3 – NYC AirBNB

Airbnb has just named NYC as its most booked destination in the U.S. To those who said New York may never come back . . . looks like I’ll see you this fall. 

Read more: www.timeout.com  

 

4 – Disney Theatricals Return

If these last 18 months have taught me anything, it’s that most of us really are all in the same boat. Check out how Disney Theatricals is approaching its comeback below. 

Read more: www.variety.com  

 

5 – Broadstream Premiere 

More streaming! More theater! Broadstream, a brand new streaming service offering commissioned pieces, is set to premiere later this month. What piece are you most excited to see?

Read more: www.medium.com 

 

Fun on a Friday: 

If you haven’t already, check out The Broadway League’s new “This is Broadway” campaign (featuring Oprah!). 

 

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August 6, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

Here’s what TheaterMakers were talking about this week . . .

1 – NYC Announces Vaccine Mandate for Indoor Activities

I told you New York would follow the cultural lead! Following The Broadway League’s earlier announcement, NYC has just announced that all workers and customers for indoor activities must be vaccinated. Read more about the parameters below.

Read more: www.nytimes.com

2 – Write Out! Award Announced

Founded by Donja R. Love and funded by Billy Porter and GLAAD, the Write It Out! Prize will be annually awarded to playwrights living with HIV. The groundbreaking prize includes both artistic AND financial support. Big thanks to Donja, Billy, and GLAAD for this opportunity. Find more details about the application process below, then send this blog to a theatermaker who should apply.

Read more: www.playbill.com

3 – Ensuring Broadway Stays Open

If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent the last 17 months (or longer) trying to make theater happen in this new normal. But you’ve probably been wondering what everyone else is doing, too. Well wonder no more! Check out how Pass Over on Broadway and Bruce Springsteen have been preparing for Broadway’s full reopening.

Read more: www.washingtonpost.com

4 – Shanta Thake at Lincoln Center

Major congratulations are in order as Shanta Thake takes over as Lincoln Center‘s Chief Artistic Officer! I cannot wait to see where she takes the organization. Read more about her career and new position below.

Read more: www.playbill.com

5 – Sunset Boulevard Documentary

A new documentary focusing on the first Broadway staging of Sunset Boulevard is coming our way. Could we see more theater documentaries in our future? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Read more: www.forbes.com

 

Fun on a Friday:

Watch the first curtain speech from Cody Renard Richard at Wednesday’s opening of Pass Over. And with that. . . Broadway is officially BACK!

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July 23, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

Here’s what TheaterMakers were talking about this week . . .

1 – Actors’ Equity Launches Open Access Initiative

Actors’ Equity Association launched its Open Access initiative this week, effective immediately. The goal of Open Access is to create a more accessible path to membership for actors and stage managers. The program extends eligibility to anyone who can show they have worked professionally in the industry, regardless of the organization’s Equity status. Bravo, AEA! Now let’s keep breaking down those barriers.

Read more: www.playbill.com

2 – Pass Over Announces COVID Restrictions

As we begin to fully understand what our return to live performance will look like, the first shows to return will lead the way. I applaud the courageous Producers of Pass Over on Broadway, who are not only the first play to open on Broadway, but they are the first to set protocols before things are really back to normal.  And they, like Bruce Springsteen, are requiring vaccinations from its adult theatergoers. Read below for more, including some masking requirements.

Read more: www.broadwaynews.com

3 – Historic Cherry Lane Theater Sold

After almost a century of mentoring some of the most recognized writers in American Theater, the historic Cherry Lane Theatre has been sold. The Lucille Lortel Theater Foundation has obtained ownership of the theater, and will announce future plans shortly.

Read more: www.broadwaynews.com

4 – Hollywood Unions Finalize COVID-Precautions

Figuring out our ‘new normal’ is happening one day at a time and across Every. Single. Industry. And this week it happened in Hollywood as film unions announce that studios will now be able to require productions to be fully vaccinated. Do you see this happening in the theater as well?

Read more: www.nytimes.com

5 – NYC Culture Is Leading the Reopening

In case there’s anyone out there who still needs proof that New York is BACK . . . look no further than the unlimited cultural activities opening up as we speak. And I can’t wait to get back out there with you. Check out everything the city has to offer below.

Read more: www.nytimes.com

Fun on a Friday:

Watch the first clip from Netflix’s Vivo, featuring the song “Keep the Beat” by Lin-Manuel Miranda. *will imbed in WP*

Watch the video here:

 

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July 16, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

Here’s what TheaterMakers were talking about this week . . .

 

1 – Remembering Broadway Wig Designer Paul Huntley

Legendary stage and screen wig designer Paul Huntley passed away last week. I had the pleasure of working with Paul on Thoroughly Modern Millie – my first Broadway show as a Company Manager. His other credits include Sweeney Todd, Hairspray, and Cats. 

We lost a genius. Read more about Paul’s career below.

Read more: www.playbill.com 

2 – Emmy Nominations

The 2021 Emmy nominations were announced this week, which included several theatermakers getting some well-deserved recognition for their work on screen! A special congrats to MJ Rodriguez, who made history this week as the first trans woman to be nominated in the leading actress category. Find the full list of nominees below. 

Read more: www.broadway.com 

3 – Dana H + Is This a Room

When I first moved to NYC, Commercial Off-Broadway was in a crisis. Producers kept thinking of out-of-the-black-box ideas that could help restore commercial Off-Broadway to what it was before and beyond. Now, our solution for Off-Broadway is being used on Broadway, as Dana H and Is This A Room have announced their runs will SHARE the Lyceum theater this fall. More details about the productions below. 

Read more: www.broadwaynews.com  

4 – ALW Arts Activism

Andrew Lloyd Webber has been making major headlines this last year . . . and not just for his adaptation of Cinderella, which premiered last month. His shift to arts activist has taken the West End by storm, creating dozens of conversations about the arts rebuilding in a post-pandemic world. Read more below about how the composer turned arts activist has voiced his opinions on theater’s reopening on the West End.

Read more: www.nytimes.com  

5 – LMM and Philanthropy

Most people would say “art imitates life”. But for Lin-Manuel Miranda, they are one in the same. And I don’t know about you, but I can see that sentiment in everything Lin creates. Read more about the Miranda Family Fund grants and how art and philanthropy work their way into Lin’s daily life and work. 

Read more: www.apnews.com  

 

Fun on a Friday: 

Go behind the scenes of the music of Girls5Eva, featuring Broadway favorites Renee Elise Goldsberry and Sara Bareilles

 

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