July 9, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

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

1 – Actors’ Equity Lifts Mask Restrictions

The light at the end of the tunnel is getting closer! Actors’ Equity announced this week that it will be lifting mask requirements for fully vaccinated companies around the country. New safety standards for Broadway and regional theaters include COVID Safety Officers and ventilation tests. Full details on the current protocols can be found below.

Read more: www.broadwaynews.com 

2 – Remembering Nick Cordero

A year after the loss of actor Nick Cordero, Amanda Kloots released a heartfelt tribute to her late husband. Read her full statement below.

Read more: www.deadline.com

3 – Waitress Returning to Broadway

We’re OPENIN’ UP! Waitress will return to Broadway this September with its composer Sara Bareilles reprising her role as Jenna. The limited engagement will run at the Barrymore Theater until January. Who else are you hoping to see back at the diner?!

Read more: www.playbill.com

4 – Hot Vax Summer at the Delacorte

You know New York is back when the Delacorte is open again! The Public’s ‘Merry Wives’ is officially open for this summer’s Free Shakespeare in the Park with the incredible help from playwright Jocelyn Bioh and the director Saheem Ali. And I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait to get myself back to the Delacorte.

Read more: www.nytimes.org/

5 – Hamilton Actor Publishes Memoir

Straight from the room(s) where it happens! West End’s Giles Terera has just released his new book, ‘Hamilton and Me: an Actor’s Journal’, documenting his journey from auditions to curtains up as London’s Aaron Burr. Read about Terera’s process below and then grab your copy here.

Read more: www.theguardian.com

 

Fun on a Friday:

Watch the first trailer for the new movie Encanto, featuring brand new music from Lin-Manuel Miranda.

 

Watch the video here:

 

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June 25, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

 

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

 

1 – Special Tony Awards

After more than 2 years since the last Tony Awards, we finally have the first of this year’s awards. A major congratulations to all three recipients of this year’s Special Tony Awards – Broadway Advocacy Coalition, David Byrne’s American Utopia, and Freestyle Love Supreme. Read more about each award below.

Read more: www.playbill.com  

 

2 – Kate Horton Takes Over as Music Man Producer

Harold Hill has a new Producer! West End’s Kate Horton will take over the role of Executive Producer for the upcoming Music Man revival starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster. Performances are scheduled to begin previews later this year with an official opening in February 2022. Find details about Horton’s previous production credits below. 

Read more: www.playbill.com 

 

3 – Springsteen on Broadway Reverses AstraZeneca Vaccine Policy

International theater fans, this one’s for you. Springsteen on Broadway will now allow audience members who have had the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to attend the show. Find additional precautions and details of what to expect below. 

Read more: www.deadline.com  

 

4 – How States Could Fund Regional Theatre 

In the aftermath of the 1930s there was the Federal Theatre Project. What about now in 2021? American Theatre takes a deep dive into what a state funded theatre could look like, and why it’s important to consider, below.

Read more: www.americantheatre.org/  

 

5 – Stars in the House Raises $1 Million for the Actors Fund

Stars in the House, a daily streamed show hosted by Seth Rudetsky, is celebrating two milestones in one! With live performances starting up again across the country, Stars in the House will celebrate hitting the $1 Million fundraising mark for The Actors Fund with its very first in-person show. Guests include Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kristin Chenoweth, Beth Leavel, Chita Rivera, and more! Find out how to stream the performance below.

Read more: www.playbill.com 

 

Fun on a Friday: 

In honor of Broadway’s official return this weekend (!) let’s throw it back to the official trailer for Springsteen on Broadway. Happy opening, Boss! 

 

Watch the video here:

 

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June 18, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

June 18, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

 

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

 

1 – Katori Hall’s “Hot Wing King” Wins Pulitzer Prize in Drama

Last week Katori Hall won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play The Hot Wing King, which premiered at Signature Theater prior to the COVID shutdowns. Read more about Katori’s show and the other two finalists below. 

Read more: https://deadline.com 

 

2 – In The Heights Is The Biggest Movie Musical Since Moulin Rouge

In case you (somehow) haven’t heard, Jon M. Chu’s movie adaptation of In The Heights hit theaters last weekend and is shaping up to be the biggest step for movie musicals since Moulin Rouge. More details about what is setting Chu’s adaptation apart below.

Read more: https://slate.com 

 

3 – The Broadway League And Actor’s Equity Reach Touring Agreement

More progress for theatermakers – North American touring is back! The Broadway League and Actors’ Equity reached an agreement on protocols earlier this week to give touring productions the greenlight . . . including mandatory vaccinations. Detailed requirements can be found below.

Read more: https://broadwaynews.com 

 

4 – National Association of Black Theatre Building Owners 

Black theatermakers have founded a new, nation-wide association currently made up of seven theater organizations. The association aims to be a hub of resources for Black theatermakers across the country, at every level. Find out how you can become involved below. 

Read more: https://www.americantheatre.org/  

 

5 – Harvey Fierstein NY Public Library Donation 

Tony-winner Harvey Fierstein is giving back to the theatermakers of tomorrow in a big way through the New York Public Library Theater Lab. The lab will serve as a dedicated educational space where students and the general public will be able to attend programs drawing on its vast holdings of photographs, scripts, recordings, set models, costumes and other materials.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com 

 

Fun on a Friday: 

James Corden, Ariana Grande, and Marissa Jaret Winkour celebrate the hopeful summer ahead with a Hairspray twist.

Watch the video here:

 

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My 2021 Blog-mencement Address to All the Graduating Theatermakers Out There.

June is bustin’ out all over with graduations.

High school, colleges (and even pre-schools!) are sending their students off to their next “stage.”

And from what I’m hearing from the theater students who I’ve spoken to, they feel a little . . . weird.

And who wouldn’t?

I can’t imagine being a student PERIOD right. Never mind a theater student.

One student Facebooked me and said, “What the @#$% do I know now?”

Here’s my answer:

Now look, I have never spoken at a graduation (except my own high school ceremony – where I quoted Les Miz and also sang “Memory” – and thank God there is no footage of that!). But, if you’ll imagine that I’m in a cap and gown, I thought I’d deliver an e-version of what I’d say to any graduating theatermakers in 2021.

Here it is. Ready?

Congratulations. You effin’ made it!!!!!!!!

And that’s pretty much it, in a speech-shell.

See, if you’re a graduating TheaterMaker right now, you survived the hardest period the entire theater industry has EVER experienced.

And I’d wager money that this is the hardest period that the theater industry will EVER experience.

And you made it!!!!!!!!!!!!

And if you got through this past year? And if you’re still as passionate as ever to make theater? To act in theater? To produce theater, market theater, direct theater, or whatever THEATER?

Then you’re going to be more than fine.

Because what this business requires of you to be successful (MORE than others) is simple.

Success in the theater demands relentless perseverance and commitment to your goals. It requires a, “I don’t care how many times people say no or how long I have to wait or what I have to sacrifice . . . I am going to make it,” attitude.

And this past year has been the ultimate test to see if you have that “gene.”

And if you’re here. If you’re reading this. If you’re writing your next play (or your first).  If you’re auditioning. If you’re looking to move to New York, Chicago or LA. If you’re taking classes. If you’re taking action towards your future?

You will be successful.

Because you made it. Congrat-u-effin-lations. I don’t know that I could have. But YOU DID.

And you should be so proud. You should be smiling bigger than any generation of theatermakers who have graduated before you. You DID have it harder. And you made it.

And you will MAKE IT.

As long as you put that “I don’t care how many times people say no, or how long I have to wait, or what I have to sacrifice, I am going to make it,” attitude to work.

Starting now.

I can’t wait to collaborate with you all.

Cue “Memory.”  (Just not sung by me, for the love of Pete!)

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Podcast Episode #237: New Destination Only For TheaterMakers

ESTIMATED LISTENING TIME OF THIS EPISODE:  12 Minutes

 

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When I was in college at Tisch, I, like every other student at NYU, tried to get into nightclubs on the weekend.

And for some reason, the fancy door people, with their super chic outfits, always turned me away. In hindsight, it might have something to do with my khaki pants from The Gap, white shirt from The Gap and blue blazer . . . from JCPenney.

I did get into one. Once. One of the ladies from my acting class at Strasberg took pity on me, and escorted me past the velvet rope on her arm. (You know who you are, and I’m still thankful.)

When I got inside, well, things got worse. 

Listen to this week’s episode to find out what happened AND how a nightclub inspired me to create a new place for the cool theater people.

 

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