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  • History-Making Jean Valjean Kyle Jean-Baptiste Dies at 21; Family Issues Statement

    Playbill.com : News
    Michael Gioia and Robert Viagas
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:16 am
    Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the promising young actor who made history July 23 when he went on as Jean Valjean in the Broadway revival of Les Misérables at just 21 years old, died Aug. 29.
  • Obituaries: Kyle Jean-Baptiste, Who Made History in Broadway's Les Misérables, Dies at 21

    TheaterMania.com
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Jean-Baptiste became the first African-American performer to play the role of Jean Valjean on Broadway.
  • ArtsBeat: Big Apple Circus to Focus on Early Travel in 38th Season

    NYT > Theater
    ANDREW R. CHOW
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:02 am
    The Big Apple Circus returns to Lincoln Center in October.
  • Two Monkees turn Morristown theater into dance hall

    Theater News
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:44 am
    Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork managed to pull it off on Thursday in Morristown, with help from their video vault, a tight band, great songs and an enthusiastic crowd primed to re-visit happy childhood memories. The audience at the Mayo Performing Arts Center may have been a tad smaller than the one that greeted the Monkees' last visit in 2011, when Davy - teen heart-throb from the group's 1960s sitcom - was part of the mix.
  • WATCH: Bryan Cranston Charms in Biopic ‘Trumbo’

    Backstage.com News
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:53 am
    Bryan Cranston is slowly but surely achieving pop culture domination. After God knows how many Emmys (four) for his performance in AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” plus a Tony Award for playing LBJ in “All the Way,” it now seems Cranston will be going, well, all the way in his bid for hardest working actor in the biz. “Trumbo,” directed by Jay Roach with a script by John McNamara, is based on the life of 1940s Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, whose career hit a roadblock when he was blacklisted for being a suspected Communist. His fight against the U.S.
 
 
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  • Two Monkees turn Morristown theater into dance hall

    29 Aug 2015 | 8:44 am
    Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork managed to pull it off on Thursday in Morristown, with help from their video vault, a tight band, great songs and an enthusiastic crowd primed to re-visit happy childhood memories. The audience at the Mayo Performing Arts Center may have been a tad smaller than the one that greeted the Monkees' last visit in 2011, when Davy - teen heart-throb from the group's 1960s sitcom - was part of the mix.
  • Car Wash fundraiser will benefit MHS Speech and Theater Workshop

    29 Aug 2015 | 4:36 am
    MIDDLEBORO - Middleboro High School's Speech and Theatre Workshop is hosting a car wash Saturday, Sept. 12 from 11 am to 3 pm in the parking lot of Middleboro High School.
  • Teens spend summer learning stagecraft

    29 Aug 2015 | 12:35 am
    Among the participants in the Summer Theatre of New Canaan's Pre-College Summer Theatre Acting Intensive Program were, from left, Chicago actress Ella Raymont ; theater director Allegra Libonati; high school theater intensive students Sarah Russo, Will Dooley and Caroline Castle. Photo: Contributed Photo High school students recently completed The Summer Theatre of New Canaan 's High School Theatre Intensive Program.
  • Tonight: Phoebe Gloeckner & 'The Diary of a Teenage Girl,' Michigan Theater

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:28 pm
    At 7 p.m. tonight, the Michigan Theater will host an opening night screening of "The Diary of a Teenager Girl," based on the best-selling graphic novel of the same name, with the book's author, Phoebe Gloeckner. Gloeckner is a professor at UM's Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, and she will talk about seeing her book brought to the big screen, in a Q&A session following the film screening.
  • Photo Flash: First-Released Photo of the Cast of Harbor Lights Theater's RENT

    28 Aug 2015 | 4:31 pm
    The Harbor Lights Theater Company , a professional Equity Theater Company based in Staten Island, led by Founders and Artistic Directors Tamara Jenkins and Jay Montgomery , will stage Rent - 20th Anniversary Celebration! September 18- October 4th at the Snug Harbor Music Hall. Check out a first released photo of the cast below! This landmark 1996 Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning musical will be helmed by award winning director Alex Perez .
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  • WATCH: Bryan Cranston Charms in Biopic ‘Trumbo’

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:53 am
    Bryan Cranston is slowly but surely achieving pop culture domination. After God knows how many Emmys (four) for his performance in AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” plus a Tony Award for playing LBJ in “All the Way,” it now seems Cranston will be going, well, all the way in his bid for hardest working actor in the biz. “Trumbo,” directed by Jay Roach with a script by John McNamara, is based on the life of 1940s Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, whose career hit a roadblock when he was blacklisted for being a suspected Communist. His fight against the U.S.
  • 7 Chances to Get Cast

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:46 am
    Here are seven opportunities—from short films and a Spanish-language series, to TV and theater—to showcase your audition skills all across the country. Check them out and see if any are right for you! “REPAIRING A NATION”Auditions are Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 in Chicago for an upcoming play about a woman seeking reparations after the Tulsa Race Riots in 1921. An actor is being sought for the role of Anna Davis, a 49-year-old uppity socialite. The show runs Nov. 3 through Jan. 3 in Chicago. “KEEP YA HAT UP”This short film follows a Mets fan in die-hard Yankee…
  • Michelle Pfeiffer Cast in HBO’s Bernie Madoff Flick ‘Wizard of Lies’

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:08 am
    HBO’s “Wizard of Lies” has found its new star in Michelle Pfeiffer. The film centered on swindler Bernie Madoff’s infamous Ponzi scheme will feature Robert De Niro as Madoff and Backstage cover star Alessandro Nivola as his older son Mark Madoff. Pfeiffer will play his on-screen wife, Ruth. Directed by Oscar winner and De Niro collaborator Barry Levinson (“Wag the Dog,” “Rain Man”) and produced by Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal, “Wizard of Lies” is based on the book of the same name by New York Times writer…
  • Now Casting ‘Marcus’ and Upcoming Auditions

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:26 am
    Talent is currently being sought for the film “Marcus.” “Marcus” follows the rise, climax, fall, and redemption of a adult film star. Over 30 roles are being cast for this production, and submissions are being sought worldwide. Filming will take place in L.A. and NYC. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Marcus” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings!
  • #ICastIt Why Casting Was Key To the ‘Out There In the Dark’ Trailer

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Romantic comedy writer and producer Dianna Ippolito is taking her first stab at the horror genre with “Out There in the Dark,” a feature film focusing on two girls (inspired by her nieces) who go to a haunted house and leave with a ghost. To release the ghost, the girls must solve the mystery of what the ghost wants. To raise money for the film, she decided to shoot a trailer first and turned to Backstage to find two young actors to play her leads. Ippolito cast completely off video submissions, a method she also employed for her previous work casting a television show. “I…
 
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    Backstage.com Interview

  • ‘Drunk History’ Pours Itself an Emmy Nomination

    27 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    “I think I know alcohol better now,” says Derek Waters. He should. As the creator of “Drunk History,” Comedy Central’s Emmy-nominated, booze-soaked lesson in arcana, Waters is the guy who sits with each segment’s loaded narrator, keeping the conversation flowing and generally acting as a chaperone as drinks are consumed and a narrative of sorts emerges—brought to life by some of your favorite actors, flawlessly lip-synching the increasingly inebriated dialogue. Premiering its third season Sept. 1, the series began as a cult favorite, bite-sized Web…
  • 8 Questions With...Niecy Nash

    27 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    A surprise (and much-deserving) Emmy nominee for supporting actress in a comedy was Niecy Nash for her superlative work as Nurse Didi on HBO’s dark comedy “Getting On” opposite Alex Borstein and Laurie Metcalf. Also a series regular on Fox’s upcoming “Scream Queens,” Nash talks to us about ballsy auditioning and her acting crushes. Tell us about “Getting On.”I describe it as three women who care for geriatric patients in a rundown hospital in Long Beach, Calif. But it’s dark and it’s funny and sometimes it’s sad and then it…
  • The ‘Dawn’ of D.J. Cotrona

    26 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    D.J. Cotrona had less than two weeks to prepare for reinterpreting one of his favorite film roles in Robert Rodriguez’s TV adaptation of his 1996 film “From Dusk Till Dawn.” “We just got thrown in very quickly,” he says over his second cup of coffee at the Algonquin Hotel’s Blue Bar in Midtown Manhattan. “Robert shoots very fast. Everything is very fast, so you learn on your feet; it’s definitely run and gun.... But I prefer it.” It’s an apt description for the “From Dusk Till Dawn” world, first brought to life by Quentin…
  • On the High Seas of Performance Success

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:42 am
    To work on a cruise ship is to acquire a vast array of new skills. Of course, performers have to first possess the sort of multitalent mastery that allows them to jump, dance, swing on ropes, and act, all while singing and making it look easy, but once hired, cruise ships like Carnival will add to that arsenal. “You’re always learning something new, like how to puppet a towel animal, which is not easy by any means!” says six-year Carnival Cruise Lines dancer-singer Kristin Alexis Turner. “Maybe you weren’t that great at dancing or lifting, but as a guy you learn…
  • Playwright Topher Payne Discusses His Upcoming ‘Perfect Arrangement’

    25 Aug 2015 | 8:20 am
    “It’s the audience,” says playwright Topher Payne of what he loves about writing for the theater, a craft he’s been honing since he wrote his first one-act at 17. “It’s born out of a storytelling tradition. And that I will claim as uniquely Southern; that we tell our histories and form our moral identities based upon storytelling.” Though Mississippi-bred and Atlanta-based, his work has been produced everywhere from Illinois to Anchorage, and September marks his Off-Broadway début of “Perfect Arrangement” at New…
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  • Baldwin Wallace University Students Launch Kyle Jean-Baptise Scholarship Fundraiser

    30 Aug 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Baldwin Wallace University students are aiming to create a scholarship in the name of Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the LES MISERABLES star who died on Friday evening at the too young age of 21. Donations have already started to come in as family, friends, format cast mates, and lucky audience members mourn the loss and alsocampaign for Broadway to dim its lights.
  • BWW Interview: Music Director and Broadway Producer Michael J. Mortiz Jr. Talks Career, US Coaching Tour, and Music

    30 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Music director, Broadway producer, and skilled musician Michael J. Moritz Jr. will be spending this fall traveling the United States with one purpose in mind teaching. To get the inside scoop on his US coaching tour, I sat down with Michael J. Moritz Jr., and we discussed his multifaceted career, teaching, and music.
  • Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for August 31-September 6, Featuring Anthony Rapp, Barrett Weed, and More!

    30 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars Well after Broadway orchestras begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including Saturday Night Fever Reunion Concert Anthony Rapp Unplugged 54 Sings You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Barrett Weed and 54 Sings Guys and Dolls.
  • BWW Review: Daniel Ezralow's PEARL Is Visually Sumptuous

    30 Aug 2015 | 12:19 pm
    The theatredance piece is inspired by the life of Pearl S. Buck.
  • STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/30/15- THE LITTLE MERMAID

    30 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Today in 2009, The Little Mermaid closed at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, where it ran for 685 performances. The Little Mermaid is based on the animated 1989 Disney film of the same name and the classic story of The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen. The musical's book is by Doug Wright, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman written for the film and new lyrics by Glenn Slater. The original cast featured Sierra Boggess in the title role of Ariel, Sean Palmer as Prince Eric, Brian D'Addario and Trevor Braun alternate as Flounder, Norm Lewis as King Triton, Sherie Rene…
 
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    Parabasis

  • A Brief Proposal Re: David Foster Wallace

    Parabasis
    12 Aug 2015 | 6:33 am
    by Isaac Butler Let's never write about David Foster Wallace again. Let's never read anything about David Foster Wallace again. Let's instead read things actually written by David Foster Wallace. Let's read things about the things actually written by David Foster Wallace. Let's resist with all our might this continuing cultural urge to turn David Foster Wallace into St. Dave, the Conscience of Our Time.  Let's stop asking ourselves What Would David Foster Wallace Think. Let's instead keep our focus where it belongs, on the work. The work, to those of us who…
  • Nice Work If You Can Get It

    Parabasis
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:58 am
    By Isaac Butler You know, it's amazing, the racket that war promoters have discovered and built for themselves over the last fifteen years. Really, it's astounding.  First, you can get paid to promote the war in Iraq, a bullshit war fought for completely fraudulent reasons that many people knew or could tell at the time were fraudulent.  Then, when that war turns out to be total bullshit and to be costing a lot of money and killing a lot of civilians, you can get paid again to write publicly about your support for the War, whether it was wrong or not, and what…
  • Recipe Blogging: One of the Best Fish Dishes I've Ever Made

    Parabasis
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:54 am
    By Isaac Butler This (currently unnamed dish!)  is actually an adaptation of a David Chang recipe. Chang's recipes tend to break down into two categories: difficult/complicated recipes with easy to find ingredients, easy recipes with hard to find ingredients. Cured Hamachi with Horseradish-Edamame Puree & Furikake is one of the latter. You have to find very good tuna, and you have to find raw horseradish (actually impossible in my neighborhood in the summer, despite the half-dozen supermarkets and high end grocery stores within six or seven blocks of my apartment),…
  • Elia Kazan on Orson Welles

    Parabasis
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:19 am
    By Isaac Butler "There are some of the younger geniuses-- everybody who has done one successful production on Broadway is a genius-- who are aware of the rewards that a conscious attitude brings.  And chief among them is Orson Welles. Mr. Welles admits that his chief preoccupation is STYLE in his productions. He stars in an `Orson Welles Production.' George Bruckner or William Shakespeare can't say what they feel about what Welles has done to their plays, but if you ask any of the actors who appeared in these works they tell you that all Welles is interested in production.
  • And now... Gay Like Me.

    Parabasis
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:21 pm
    By Isaac Butler About five and a half years ago, I wrote an essay about being a kid in the gay rights movement in Washington, D.C. and the few months when I came out as gay (despite being, you know, straight). It was actually this essay, in an earlier form, that got me into graduate school but I never found the right home for it and then eventually some things in it stopped being strictly accurate simply due to the passage of time. It mentions, for example, my "upcoming" wedding, which is now over five years in the past.  In thinking about all the progress in LGBT rights over…
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    Available Light Theatre

  • Composition work…done quickly

    Elena Perantoni
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:10 pm
    Composition work…done quickly ? #avltgrownup #avltheatre @avltheatre @rudyboomboom @dgluv1031 @ohio_eleni @michmacgs @j_fehr A video posted by Elena P (@lainiebelle13) on Aug 16, 2015 at 5:42pm PDT
  • Learning lines in the park ain’t so bad.

    Elena Perantoni
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:02 pm
    Learning lines in the park ain't so bad. My new favorite line in a show ever may be, "sprinkles the Adderall dust on top of the kale and puts the kale in her mouth." @avltheatre The Grown Up opens Sept 17 in Studio 2. If you'll now excuse me, I have to go snort some […]
  • The play is called “The Grown Up.” Clearly that’s not the case #shenanigans

    Elena Perantoni
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:01 pm
    The play is called "The Grown Up." Clearly that's not the case #shenanigans #avltgrownup #avltheatre @avltheatre A video posted by Elena P (@lainiebelle13) on Aug 18, 2015 at 5:45pm PDT
  • “The Grown Up” has been exploring movement and moment work for the past week in rehearsals.

    AVLT
    19 Aug 2015 | 2:05 pm
    "The Grown Up" has been exploring movement and moment work for the past week in rehearsals. This gorgeous story about the wonder of growing up and the longing for youthful innocence opens on September 17 in Studio 2 at the Riffe Center #avltheatre #avltgrownup #localtheatre #asseenincolumbus A video posted by Available Light Theatre (@avltheatre) on […]
  • Here we go again.

    Jordan Fehr
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:03 pm
    Here we go again. @avltheatre #avltheatre #avltgrownup A photo posted by Jordan Fehr (@j_fehr) on Aug 17, 2015 at 7:05am PDT
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    Theater Loop - Chicago Tribune

  • Murder at 'The Jacksonian.' Is Southern Gothic the killer?

    Chris Jones
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:55 am
    The Mississippi-raised playwright Beth Henley - best known for penning "Crimes of the Heart" - has as much affection for the label "Southern Gothic" as her fellow scribe Sarah Ruhl does for the adjective "whimsical." Although the former descriptor has a more legitimate claim to an actual literary...
  • Wet Chicago Dancing Festival finale still manages to shine

    Laura Molzahn
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:12 am
    It was a drippy night at the Pritzker Pavilion on Saturday: The last performance of this year's Chicago Dancing Festival pretty much laid to rest the notion that a free concert under the stars is necessarily a good thing. Yet many folks - including fully exposed unfortunates huddled under ponchos...
  • Second City alumni share memories after fire destroys offices

    Tracy Swartz
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:17 pm
    The Second City comedy theater of Chicago encouraged alumni to post pictures and memories Friday in the wake of a Wednesday fire in the neighboring Adobo Grill restaurant that destroyed the theater's offices in Piper's Alley but spared its performance spaces. Former students and performers used...
  • 'The Price': The emotional cost of selling your old stuff

    Chris Jones
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:50 pm
    If you've ever tried to sell the possessions of a loved one, you've doubtless encountered the popular game of reducing the seller's expectations. One approaches a dealer with an item - a lovely table, perhaps, or a heavy wooden wardrobe - and you get not a price but a groan. "People don't want...
  • This season, the Royal George will be Hershey Felder's living room

    Chris Jones
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:51 am
    The impresario and performer Hershey Felder is doubling down on his commitment to the Royal George Theatre. He is, of late, the only one who seems to have been able to make the place work. Felder is making a move from tenant to, in essence, artistic director. Ergo, "Hershey Felder Presents," for...
 
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    Penny Plain, Twopence Coloured

  • World Puppetry Festival 2015

    Trish Short Lewis
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Still from production of "Blind" (DudaPaiva Company), premiering at the festival...Every three years, a very special festival is held in Charleville-Mézières, France.  In 2015, it will be held there September 18-27th.To find out more, check out their website...
  • Coming Soon: Three Countries, One Great Show!

    Trish Short Lewis
    22 Aug 2015 | 2:25 pm
    GREAT SMALL WORKS  &  FACTO TEATRO  perform together      TWO NYC SHOWS  -  MANY SHOWS THROUGHOUT NEW ENGLANDThree countries meet on one small stage: Great Small Works members Trudi Cohen and John Bell are teaming up with Facto Teatro from Mexico City and Barbara Steinitz from Berlin to share a program of Paper Theater for venues across New England and New York City.Facto Teatro's Don Chico con alas (Don Chico with Wings) is based on a story by the Mexican writer Eraclio Zepeda. To go from one village to…
  • August 2015 National Puppetry Festival

    Trish Short Lewis
    11 Jul 2015 | 4:57 pm
    At this year's National Puppetry Festival, there will be a toy theatre mini-festival.Performers will be:- Torry Bend (The Paper Hat Game)- Clare Dolen & The Museum of Everyday Life (Elephant)- EulenSpiegel Puppets (Finding Home)- Great Small Works (Terror as Usual: Episode 13: Whistles & Leaks)- Little Did Productions (Eli the Luthier)- Microscope Toy Theater (Fisherman's Dream)Video of Eli the Luthier (Little Did Productions)Video of Fisherman's Dream (Microscope Toy Theatre)
  • West End LIVE! Does Toy Theatre?!

    Trish Short Lewis
    20 Jun 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Once again Benjamin Pollock's Toyshop is performing as part of the West End LIVE! event, performing today and tomorrow in Trafalgar Square. Note that if you do attend, and post photos from the event on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with hashtag #pollockswestendlive, you will automatically have a chance to win a FREE toy theatre!The cast having their costume fittings at the shop, and "getting into character"We welcome you to Benjamin Pollock's Toyshop's West End LIVE! theatre...Come see the beautiful stage, costumes, and very talented (and FUN!) performers...Toy Theatre performers go…
  • Depict-O-Mat: Toy Theatre "Photo Booth"

    Trish Short Lewis
    23 May 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Depict-O-Mat Kickstarter video from Depict-O-Mat on Vimeo.A toy theatre-related fundraiser needs your help.  Yes, you!  I just got done donating $15 to them. They need about $400 more to reach their goal.  Let's help them get there!  [Read how, below...]Created for event entertainment, Depict-O-Mat is modeled after a vintage photo booth and dispenses short, personalized stories.Depict-O-Mat is a live machine that tells visual stories ABOUT you and STARRING you!Combining nostalgia, improvisation and toy theater, Depict-O-Mat is a unique experience that will soon be…
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    The Theatrefolk Blog

  • Devising Exercise: Playing With Change

    Lindsay Price
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Devising: A project that starts with an idea/concept/source material rather than a completed script The culminating activity for collaboration in the drama classroom is to have your students work on a devising project. It will definitely show you how well your students work together! More on devising in the next blog post, but here’s an […]The post Devising Exercise: Playing With Change appeared first on The Theatrefolk Blog.
  • 5 questions with Christian Kiley

    Lindsay Price
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    We have a great community of amazing playwrights here at Theatrefolk that contribute to our collection of middle and high school plays. We hope you’ll enjoy this peek behind the curtain as they share how they approach the creative process, how they overcome challenges, and what advice they have for young playwrights. Don’t forget to check out their […]The post 5 questions with Christian Kiley appeared first on The Theatrefolk Blog.
  • Ordered Chaos: Balancing structure and creative activity in the drama classroom

    Lindsay Price
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    “The number one problem in the classroom is not discipline: it is the lack or procedures and routines.” Harry Wong, The Well Managed Classroom The Drama Classroom is a unique place. Often there are no defined rows of tables and chairs. A loud boisterous class could be a sign of productivity not unruliness. And what […]The post Ordered Chaos: Balancing structure and creative activity in the drama classroom appeared first on The Theatrefolk Blog.
  • The Importance of Student Stage Managers

    Guest Blogger
    16 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    by Karen Loftus, DTA Instructor and Professional Stage Manager Why not introduce your students to a skill set that not only benefits your productions – a strong backstage crew and smooth production process – but also benefits the students individually? By exploring stage management – whether in class or in production – students learn skills […]The post The Importance of Student Stage Managers appeared first on The Theatrefolk Blog.
  • One Hundred Questions

    Lindsay Price
    14 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I adore using questions and answers as part of the writing process. It’s an excellent way to get yourself out of writers block. It’s a great method for creating specific characters. For creating a thesis for your work. It’s something that should be at the heart of every project: what question is being answered here? […]The post One Hundred Questions appeared first on The Theatrefolk Blog.
 
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    The Berkshire Review for the Arts » Theatre

  • Mike Bartlett’s “An Intervention” at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, closing August 23

    Michael Miller
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:13 pm
    British playwright Mike Bartlett's fast-paced short play, An Intervention, closes with a black slapstick routine worthy of Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd. In the final scene, Character A, as she/he is called, brings out a ladder. Since we know A to be a troubled alcoholic, the conclusion we are meant to draw is obvious. A mounts the ladder experimentally, then retreats. Character B arrives. A scene ensues. A, fortified by tequila chugged straight from the bottle, mounts the ladder again. Lights flash in our faces, and a noose appears from nowhere. A puts it round her/his neck. B, remorseful,…
  • Sex, Love, and Marriage come to Williamstown: Legacy, Off the Main Road, and Kinship at the Williamstown Theatre Festival

    Michael Miller
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Like other arts institutions in the Berkshires the Williamstown Theatre Festival has had its share of ups and downs with what has been looking increasingly like a revolving door for artistic directors. The late Roger Rees, who created some especially intriguing programming, only lasted three years, Nicholas Martin, beset by illness, only two, and Jenny Gersten three. Most recently the programming seemed to be losing its luster. I for one began to find it harder and harder to find productions I was interested in seeing, much less writing about. The arrival this season of yet another new…
  • Bells Are Ringing—A Berkshire Theatre Group Production at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield through July 26.

    Nancy Salz
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Before there was texting, emails, voicemails, and answering machines, there were telephone answering services. An extension of a telephone number was connected to a switchboard in an office where it was answered by an operator. Of course, whoever took the messages learned maybe a little too much about the customers lives, loves and foibles. The post Bells Are Ringing—A Berkshire Theatre Group Production at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield through July 26. appeared first on The Berkshire Review for the Arts.
  • Henry V at Shakespeare and Company, with Glances Forwards and Backwards

    Michael Miller
    12 Jul 2015 | 8:56 am
    s the years pass I find more and more to admire in Shakespeare and Company. At the moment, I’m thinking of the company’s vitality in carrying on with a full season and most if not all of its rich variety of educational programs intact after one more of the several financial and administrative crises that have struck in recent years. Company old-timers Jonathan Croy (twenty-ninth season) and Ariel Bock, who arrived as an acting apprentice in 1979, have taken over the artistic management on an interim basis, and another, Stephen G. Ball (twenty-seventh season), is now Interim Managing…
  • A Singer’s Notes 111: Two at Shakespeare and Company

    Keith Kibler
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:22 am
    For me, Shakespeare's Henry the Fifth is as much about Falstaff as it is about Henry. Why the author's abrupt bellicose turn to begin with? I think the playwright was afraid of Falstaff. He had already devoured two plays, Henry IV parts 1 and 2. Something had to be done. The post A Singer’s Notes 111: Two at Shakespeare and Company appeared first on The Berkshire Review for the Arts.
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    The Bad Boy of Musical Theatre

  • We Can Be Beautiful

    Scott Miller
    22 Aug 2015 | 3:36 pm
    One of the many things that are cool about Heathers the musical, is that the target of its satire, random violence in a culture without empathy, has evolved with the times. When the film came out in 1989, that target was a more generalized deterioration of the social compact in America, a loss of empathy in our politics and culture, born out of a deep-seated fear in conservatives of losing "their" country to the ever increasingly diverse and more tolerant culture of the 1960s and 70s.But today that target of the satire is much narrower and much more pointed. After so many shootings…
  • Freeze Your Brain

    Scott Miller
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:02 am
    I have to admit, as much as I love Heathers and as much as I wanted to direct it show, I didn't think it was a particularly political show. I guess you could argue that any serious show is political in some way. But a lot of our shows are very explicitly political, and this didn't seem to be that.I was wrong.Heathers is about a clash of irreconcilable worldviews, and that's exactly what our national politics have been since 1964. My last blog post was about the issue of selfishness vs. community, which sits at the heart of this show, with Westerburg High as a stand-in for our American culture…
  • Ahh-Ahh, Heather, Heather, and Heather!

    Scott Miller
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:21 pm
    The Heathers and Ronald Reagan are actually the same people. Think about it – have you ever seen them together?Okay, they're not literally the same, but they are substantially the same. I'm reading a great book called Morning in America, about Reagan and his influence on the culture.Heathers is so clear to me now.Reagan and the three Heathers all succeed/ed primarily through personality and force of will, not intellect, talent, or achievement. All of them "perform" their lives (like Sarah Palin also does). There's a lack of authenticity, a calculation, a…
  • Heathers

    Scott Miller
    5 Aug 2015 | 11:24 am
    Heathers is about selfishness, and the moral and emotional damage that come from it, the inevitable result of the 1980s Me-First Reagan Revolution, which was a reaction to the turmoil and cultural upheaval of the 1960s and 70s.If the hippies believed in community, community must be suspect. If the hippies condemned greed, greed must be good.Heathers is about the resulting breakdown of institutions in 1980s America – the family, the community, the educational system – as Reagan convinced many Americans to distrust government and other institutions, as he successfully turned…
  • We Got Nothing to Hit But the Heights

    Scott Miller
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:05 pm
    It's always been important to me not only to promote New Line and our work, but also the art form itself, and the rest of the St. Louis theatre scene. We keep pages on our website listing all the theatre companies in town, and all the upcoming productions of musicals in town.It's no secret that St. Louis loves its musicals. How many of us grew up on The Muny? But it still impresses me each season when I update our list and see how many musicals get produced here, and what a wide variety of work we get to see, everything from Anything Goes to American Idiot. And there aren't many…
 
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    Encore Atlanta

  • Celtic Woman’s Chloë Agnew brings Irish, show tunes to Mable House

    Kathy Janich
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:15 am
      Irish singer Chloë Agnew made a name for herself as one of the youngest members of the acclaimed music group (and PBS favorite) Celtic Woman. She performs in concert with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre in Mableton. Expect Irish music, standards, and Broadway and movie melodies. Guest artists include Irish [...]
  • Let past, present, future move you at Center for Civil and Human Rights

    Kathy Janich
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:41 am
      The Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta connects the civil rights movement of 50 years ago with human rights struggles throughout the world today. You’ll see an interactive wall of mug shots of 1960s’ Freedom Riders (pictured); a lunch counter from an actual sit-in; images from the 1963 March on Washington accompanied [...]
  • FALL FESTIVALS

    Kathy Janich
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Atlanta’s festival season has something for everyone. Here are at least some of the don’t-miss events.
  • Forks up, everybody! Get your Taste of Atlanta dealz right here!

    Kathy Janich
    14 Aug 2015 | 8:08 am
      Atlanta’s premier food festival attracts food lovers from throughout Atlanta, the Southeast and beyond to enjoy tastes from more than 90 of the city’s favorite restaurants — Alma Cocina, Barrelhouse, Bhojanic, Davio’s, El Felix, Flip Burger, Max Lager’s, One Eared Stag, Smokebelly BBQ and the Waffle House, among many others. On Sept. 25, 26 and [...]
  • BIRDS OF A FEATHER

    Kathy Janich
    7 Aug 2015 | 1:28 pm
    "King Lear." "A Trip to Bountiful." "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest." These are plays you don't do unless you have your leads locked in. So, for her "Cuckoo," the Alliance Theatre's Susan V. Booth locked in Neal A. Ghant and Tess Malis Kincaid and surrounded them with many of the city's best character actors.
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    Lois Backstage

  • Season Planning for Stage Managers

    Lois
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:53 am
    One of the biggest challenges I face as a freelance stage manager is putting together a season of work. When I say season I really mean three different things: first, I mean enough shows to keep me busy from Sept-June (acknowledging that Vancouver’s summer theatre scene is sparse at best); second, I mean work that will pay my bills year-round (which means more than enough to live on, since I need to save for that work-free summer); and third, I mean a semi-cohesive mix of shows that is artistically fulfilling with collaborators I enjoying creating alongside. It’s a tall order, so…
  • Live from Ottawa

    Lois
    12 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    My mobile office, set up in the living room at my friends’ house. Notice the two prompt binders (one from 2011, one from 2015), Cue, and the mobile printer. Also post-its. Because post-its. I arrived in Ottawa on Sunday afternoon and after an evening of eating pizza and watching a bad movie with my hosts jumped right into work on ReUnion yesterday morning.  I’m really excited to be coming back to this show, but its been four years since we last did it and I’ve done more than 30 other productions in the meantime. Let’s just say I have some substantial review to do!
  • Reflections on New York

    Lois
    10 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    Melt Shop. Great grilled cheese. Best Things: Deciding to not eat at any chain restaurants that we had at home. This rule forced us to be creative about food – even late night snacks – because it eliminated 90% of fast food. And we ate really good food. I don’t know if I can pick a favourite meal. Maybe the Grilled Cheese we had for my birthday. Next time I would keep this rule for sure, but if travelling by myself or with a different friend I would try more of the ethnic foods available to me. Seeing a wide range of types of shows. Vampire Cowboys’ Six Rounds of…
  • New York Day 10

    Lois
    9 May 2015 | 9:22 pm
    Grand Central Station, view from the Apple Store on the Mezzanine. Our final day in New York was a lot like most of our other days in New York: Full of walking. But like the other days I’m amazed at what we managed to fit in. In order to make the morning a bit more manageable tomorrow, we spent some time after breakfast today packing our bags. i was very glad I brought an extra duffle bag as my suitcase would not have held everything now. Then we made our way uptown to Grand Central Station to check it out since our only previous time there had been very rushed as we had to make a…
  • New York Day 9

    Lois
    9 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    Van Gough’s Starry Night captures movement and passion in its brush strokes in a beautiful way. The Internet is such a magical place. I can’t really remember how I met Natalie and Marci but I’m so glad I did. We got together this morning for coffee and croissants and had a really lovely visit in a room with cool lighting and loads of books. Oh and these magical miniature waffles dipped in chocolate. Then it was off to MoMA to meet up with Jaime. So many paintings and sculptures. The first room we went into housed Van Gough’s “Starry Night” which is…
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    Theatre Geeks

  • 151 Deirdre Lovejoy, Ang Lee and cell phones in theatres

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:54 am
    Deirdre Lovejoy Ang Lee Deirdre (Dede) Lovejoy joins the Geeks to talk about the recent Patti Lupone cell-phone snatch, working with Ang Lee in the upcoming “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • 150 — Interview: Jill Olson of Chicago’s StoryTown and Funny Bones Improv

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    19 Jul 2015 | 7:08 pm
    Jill Olson of Funny Bones Improv and Storytown, Chicago Improv artist making a difference in Chicago Jill is the founder of Storytown, a Chicago improv troupe that performs every Saturday morning... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • 149 Scenic Painter Jeff Barrick

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:04 am
    Love of all art styles gives scenic painter Jeff Barrick a lot of inspiration to draw upon Scenic painter Jeff Barrick working on the grand olio for “Zombie Prom.” Jeff Barrick is a... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • 148 Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:31 am
    Aaron Nichols Aaron Nichols, Director of Audience Development for the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival and other events at ND, joins us to talk Shakespeare, festivals and other things theatre. Great... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • 147 Putting music on stage

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    5 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    Live music, clicktracks and other music-making options This time the Geeks discuss use of live vs recorded music for musicals. Budget is always a concern when considering music on stage. But what... More info at theatregeeks.com
 
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    Shakespeare Geek

  • Why King Lear Is Not One of the 101 Greatest Plays

    26 Aug 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Michael Billington, theater critic for The Guardian, is writing a book entitled The 101 Greatest Plays....and he comes right out and tells people, King Lear is not on the list. I encourage you to check out the article, as it does go into detail about a number of other non-Shakespeare works that he did choose to include.But, of course, we need to know his argument against Lear, so we can discuss it.  Here you go:I could offer a robust defence of my omission: the play touches great heights but is structurally unwieldy, shows a punishment disproportionate to the original sin and contains in…
  • Well, I Fell Into That Trap. And I'm OK With It.

    25 Aug 2015 | 3:40 pm
    [Warning, salty language ahead.]I've been reading James Altucher's Choose Yourself! lately because I could really get behind his "Idea Machine" philosophy that lately I'm seeing all over the place. On the one hand it's really just another self-help guide, but maybe because the guy is a computer science geek, I can relate.Anyway, I'm into the chapter about why you shouldn't have an opinion (I think this one comes straight out of Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People), because you're never going to change anybody else's so why bother. You'll only get into an argument. He cites…
  • Trump on Shakespeare

    22 Aug 2015 | 6:22 am
    Donald Trump on William Shakespeare (and His Works)"He says he was born in Stratford. Where's his birth certificate? Why won't they show us his birth certificate?""I will build a great, great wall on Syracusa's border, and I will make Ephesus pay for that wall. Mark my words.""I went to Fordham, I graduated from Wharton. Where'd he get his diploma? Case closed.""Coriolanus is a hero, he's a hero - he's a hero because he got wounded 27 times. I like heroes that weren't wounded, OK? I hate to tell you.""Look at my wife Melania, one of the most beautiful women in the world. And where's his wife?
  • Review : Commonwealth Shakespeare's King Lear on Boston Common 2015 (Part 2)

    10 Aug 2015 | 8:37 pm
    [The tale begins here!]Ok, where was I?  We did Goneril, right?  Regan.  Regan is just the right partner for Goneril. She's shorter (shorter hair as well, for what that matters) but manages to give off an older sister vibe, like she should be the one in charge. She comes off as smarter, definitely - but it's Goneril that you want to curb stomp at the end of the night.What of the husbands? Just right. Albany is appropriately mousey in the beginning while Goneril walks all over him, but then has a change of heart and takes over in the later scenes. Cornwall is ... well, he's…
  • Review : Commonwealth Shakespeare's King Lear on Boston Common 2015 (Part 1)

    10 Aug 2015 | 1:23 pm
    I once drove several hours to see a production of King Lear. It wasn't worth the trip. It might have been before I started this blog because I can't find where I wrote it down, but the thing I remember the most was the big moment, the storm on the heath, and Lear ... bargaining with the storm.  Timid.  Instead of "Come at me, give me everything you've got" I got a Lear that was more "I never did anything to you, please don't hurt me."This weekend I saw Commonwealth Shakespeare's production of King Lear on Boston Common. This is their 20th year, and I've been to 12 of them.
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    Your Performance Partners

  • Spotlight Q&A: ARENA DANCES

    Your Performance Partners
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Courtesy of Armour Photography This year ARENA DANCES in Minneapolis celebrates its 20th anniversary. Since founding this dance company, artistic director Mathew Janczewski has created more than 40 works, along with commissioned creations for other companies and educational institutions. We visited with him recently. YPP: To what do you attribute ARENA DANCES’ longevity? Janczewski: Perseverance. I started out as a project-based pickup company, lucky to get some grants and foundation support. To move forward making work from my ideas, I became a nonprofit in 2001. It’s a lot of work…
  • Music Festivals Generating Buzz

    Your Performance Partners
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:47 am
    This coming weekend will see U.S. music festivals in Colorado, California and Oregon, according to Music Festival Junkies, a website tracking festivals in North America and three other continents. (If you’ll be in Belgium and like alternative music, don’t miss Pukkelpop 2015.) The number of music festivals keeps growing; the industry is making headlines for its popularity and transformational impact on the live music industry. Sampling from recent news coverage, plus offering our own background, we’ll offer three perspectives on music festivals: for promoters, fans and production staff.
  • One Year After the Fire, Great Plains Theatre Thrives

    Your Performance Partners
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Image copyright: The Wichita Eagle What would you do if one night, your theatre suddenly burned to the ground? That’s what happened on July 23, 2014, to the Great Plains Theatre in the small town of Abilene, Kansas, destroying the 1882 historic church that had served the Equity theatre company for the previous 20 years. The devastating loss rallied a community, however, and a year later, plans are in the works for a completely new theatre. We got in touch with Elizabeth Weese, executive director of the Great Plains Theatre, to see how the company has fared in the ensuing year. Q: Have you…
  • Wenger’s Transcend™ Introduces a New Era of Active Acoustical Solutions

    Denny Meyer
    6 Aug 2015 | 6:56 am
    I’ve spent my career at Wenger creating acoustical solutions designed to enhance the sound of live performance spaces all over the world. We are proud of our decades of experience in live acoustics, our broad range of acoustical solutions and our track record of quality craftsmanship and service. Today, we have announced the Transcend™ Active Acoustic System, a groundbreaking system we’ve created in partnership with the audio experts at HARMAN, an industry leader in digital signal processing technology that creates digitally enhanced acoustic environments in any venue. This fall,…
  • Spotlight Q&A: MN Orchestra in Cuba

    Your Performance Partners
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Ann Benjamin (Photos: Travis Anderson)   The Minnesota Orchestra made headlines in May as the first major American orchestra to tour Cuba since President Obama’s announcement that the U.S. and Cuba would take steps to normalize relations and lift the U.S. embargo. Among the 100 musicians on the trip was harpist Ann Benjamin, who agreed to share her story with us. YPP: Tell us about your musical background. Benjamin: Everyone in my family started piano at age five. We also chose another instrument in fourth or fifth grade. I tried some other stringed instruments, but after hearing…
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    Theatre Geeks

  • 151 Deirdre Lovejoy, Ang Lee and cell phones in theatres

    Dave Dufour
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:54 am
    Deirdre Lovejoy Ang Lee Deirdre (Dede) Lovejoy joins the Geeks to talk about the recent Patti Lupone cell-phone snatch, working with Ang Lee in the upcoming “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” plus her own autobiographical play, “Bird Elephant China.” Join us for great conversation.   Music provided by Music Alley Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts
  • 150 — Interview: Jill Olson of Chicago’s StoryTown and Funny Bones Improv

    Dave Dufour
    19 Jul 2015 | 7:08 pm
    Jill Olson of Funny Bones Improv and Storytown, Chicago Improv artist making a difference in Chicago Jill is the founder of Storytown, a Chicago improv troupe that performs every Saturday morning in an interactive show for young people. Through Storytown , she works to cultivate creativity and arts appreciation while introducing audiences to story structure and problem solving. Storytown uses the core improvisation fundamental of “yes, and” so every suggestion and idea is accepted, embraced and developed. Storytown is a interactive improvisational musical that gives children hands on…
  • 149 Scenic Painter Jeff Barrick

    Dave Dufour
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:04 am
    Love of all art styles gives scenic painter Jeff Barrick a lot of inspiration to draw upon Scenic painter Jeff Barrick working on the grand olio for “Zombie Prom.” Jeff Barrick is a scenic painter working at Indiana University South Bend, but who also creates wonderful backdrops for The Geeks’ home theatre, Elkhart Civic Theatre in Northern Indiana. He has created backdrops and scenic elements for such diverse shows as Count Dracula, Assassins, Company and many others. Collaboration with the set designer, (in this case, Geek John Shoup) is critical to successful design, but…
  • 148 Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival

    Dave Dufour
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:31 am
    Aaron Nichols Aaron Nichols, Director of Audience Development for the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival and other events at ND, joins us to talk Shakespeare, festivals and other things theatre. Great conversation with the Geeks.   Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts
  • 147 Putting music on stage

    Dave Dufour
    5 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    Live music, clicktracks and other music-making options This time the Geeks discuss use of live vs recorded music for musicals. Budget is always a concern when considering music on stage. But what about quality? Some musicians are very good, but they may cost money. You may be lucky enough to have volunteer musicians that are good — or not. Likewise, some recorded soundtracks sound good, others, are pretty chintzy. The Geeks talk about various options and considerations that can make or break your next musical. Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts
 
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    London Theatre Tickets - rss feed

  • The World's Best Selling Magic Show Announces Its Incredible Full Line-Up

    21 Aug 2015 | 4:44 am
    The Illusionists – Witness The Impossible, the world’s best-selling touring magic show, has today announced the final two world-class magicians to join the phenomenal line-up as the show gets set to come to London’s Shaftesbury Theatre later this year. The Manipulator and The Trickster complete the cast of seven of the world’s most captivating, mind-boggling magicians who will be on stage from Saturday 14 November – Sunday 3 January. Tickets are on sale now!
  • Kinky Boots Opens At London's Adelphi Theatre

    20 Aug 2015 | 9:27 am
    The smash-hit musical KINKY BOOTS opens at London's Adelphi Theatre tomorrow 21 August, 2015 with an all-star British cast. The unforgettable Broadway sensation with music by Tony and Grammy-winning pop icon CYNDI LAUPER is a feel-good celebration packed with nonstop fun... and a kick of pure joy!
  • Full Cast Announced For Elf The Musical At The Dominion Theatre

    18 Aug 2015 | 8:48 am
    The full cast for the London premiere of the smash hit musical ELF has been announced. The company is led by Ben Forster as Buddy, Kimberley Walsh as Jovie, Joe McGann as Walter Hobbs and Jessica Martin as Emily Hobbs, with Jennie Dale as Deb, Mark McKerracher as Santa and Graham Lappin as Store Manager.
  • Father And Son Pair For The Woman In Black

    17 Aug 2015 | 8:05 am
    A father and son pairing started this week in The Woman In Black, one of the most exciting, gripping and successful theatre events ever performed, now in its 26th year in the West End in a production revisited by original director Robin Herford.
  • Let It Be Plays Its 1000th Performance In The UK

    10 Aug 2015 | 7:14 am
    Let It Be played its 1000th UK performance in the West End as it entered the final part of its run. The show has just four weeks left to play at the Garrick Theatre and audiences have now just 38 more performances to catch this record-breaking production before it closes on September 5th.
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