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  • Movie Review: "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:52 am
    The title kind of says it all: this is a movie about a battle, there are five armies involved, and it's all pretty darn spectacular. Director Peter Jackson has crafted an epic ending to his Hobbit trilogy worth all the gold in Erebor, and then some.
  • Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center gets new director

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:34 am
    Effective immediately, Scott Kenison, who was most recently chief operating officer for the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C., has been brought on to lead the center, the organization announced last week. Kenison brings more than 20 years of experience in the performing arts, including as a management consultant for professional musical theater company Washington Savoyards and as director of ticket operations and audience services for Studio Theater in Washington, D.C. At the Atlas, Kenison played a key role in developing and renovating the community theater, turning it into a…
  • The D'oh of Homer: Professors employ TV's Simpsons

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Uni... . In this Dec. 1, 2014, photograph in Hempstead, N.Y., Richard Pioreck, adjunct professor of English, creative writing and literature at Hofstra University, discusses how he uses "The Simpsons" television show and its use of ref... HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Bart and Lisa Simpson have been in elementary school for 25 years.
  • Sony under attack from hackers and ex-employees

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Threats of violence against movie theaters. Cancelled showings of "The Interview."
  • No credible sign of plot on theaters over Sony movie: U.S. officials

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Sony executives, meanwhile, told theater owners the studio would not pull the film but added they would not object if theaters decided to cancel screenings, according to a person familiar with the discussions. ), operator of 278 theaters in 41 states, informed Sony late on Tuesday that it will not show the film, the person said.
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  • L.A. Now Casting ‘On the Dark Side’ and Upcoming Auditions

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    Talent is currently being sought for the production of “On the Dark Side.” “On the Dark Side” is a play about a group of people “stuck in the middle of a battle between good and evil.” Four lead roles are being cast for this production, and submissions are being sought from Hollywood. For more details, check out the casting notice for “On the Dark Side” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings!
  • Now Casting ‘Rapunzarella White’ and Other Upcoming Auditions

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:08 am
    Talent is currently being sought for the musical “Rapunzarella White.” “Rapunzarella White: A Fairly Fractured Fairy Tale” imagines Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Snow White as triplets who are stolen by an angry witch.” Eight lead roles are being cast for this production, and this gig is paid! Auditions will be held Dec. 19 in NYC. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Rapunzarella White” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings!
  • 4 Series Worth Binge-Watching Over the Holidays

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    “Black Mirror”Now that “The Twilight Zone” has been on Netflix streaming for years, you’ve probably already binged on it. (If you haven’t, go do that and ignore what I’m about to advise.) But if you’re hungry for more slightly off tales of the human condition, please immediately watch an episode of British anthology series “Black Mirror.” Darkly comic and often heartbreaking, “Black Mirror” conjures up a not-very-distant future where technology hasn’t yet destroyed us but Armageddon is fast approaching. Whether…
  • Protecting L.A.’s Theater Directors

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society wants to clamp down on “one-off” theater productions in Los Angeles.  The city’s theater scene has come a long way from the agent-manager honeypots of the 1980s. Still, the union, which represents some 2,700 professional stage directors and choreographers, sees actor showcase–type productions as a threat to its membership.   “In L.A. you’ve got a lot of rentals, workshops, and ‘one-offs,’ ” said Los Angeles–based director Oz Scott, who was re-elected SDC secretary in…
  • Green Is the New Black

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:16 am
    The Broadway Green Alliance, the theater community’s environmental protector, is launching a new contest to recognize and encourage greener theater practices in colleges nationwide. College Green Captains, who produce environmentally friendly shows by using energy-efficient lighting, recycled sets, or rechargeable batteries, may apply for the prize by submitting a summary of their sustainability efforts to the committee. This year’s BGA College Green Captain prize winner will receive two tickets to the Broadway touring productions of either “Wicked” or “The Lion…
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  • How to Balance Dick Jokes and Dictators

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:11 pm
    “I love dick and fart humor,” says Dan Sterling, “but I also can get a little highfalutin in some of my dialogue, especially around political stuff.” Sterling, the screenwriter and executive producer of the new James Franco– and Seth Rogen–starring “The Interview,” was tasked with balancing politics and toilet humor throughout the production of his first feature-length film. Centered on a dopey talk show host who is recruited by the CIA after scoring a live interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, “The Interview” was…
  • Emily Blunt Takes Us ‘Into the Woods’

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Imagine you’re a Midwestern housewife who stays at home cleaning, reads Us Weekly, and never leaves town. One day, George Clooney knocks on your door and asks to kiss you. “What do you do?” asks Emily Blunt wryly. She’s describing the scenario in which the Baker’s Wife of “Into the Woods” finds herself opposite a handsome prince, a scenario she invented to connect Stephen Sondheim’s revered musical about fairy tales gone awry to our nonmagical world. As Blunt discovered while auditioning for Rob Marshall’s epic screen adaptation, modern…
  • Putting Together the Puzzle of ‘Interstellar’

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    John Papsidera has collaborated often enough with Christopher Nolan to be familiar with the shrewd intricacies of the filmmaker’s writing. “I’m always dazzled when I read the scripts—from ‘Memento’ on—by how intelligent and puzzlelike Chris’ films are,” says the casting director. “I’ve learned over the years that if I just keep going through the script, eventually it will catch up with me.” Uncovering the story’s many interlocking gems is a technique Papsidera incorporates into his own work. “Like his writing,…
  • Recreating the Code Breakers of WWII England in ‘The Imitation Game’

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    In what is quickly becoming the Year of the Biopic, “The Imitation Game” is special. Based on the true story of how gay Brit Alan Turing cracked the Nazi’s Enigma code machine during World War II and won the Allies the war—before being so hounded by the police during the 1950s about his sexuality that he ultimately committed suicide—“The Imitation Game” operates successfully on several different levels, from a thrilling war picture to a damning look at repressed attitudes regarding homosexuality to a period drama about living and working in England…
  • Micah Stock on Learning From B’way Royalty in ‘It’s Only a Play’

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Twenty-five-year-old Micah Stock finds himself treading the boards alongside Broadway regulars such as Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, and Stockard Channing in Terrence McNally’s smash revival of “It’s Only a Play.” But like any actor, his journey there was the result of baby steps and hard work (and reading Backstage!). On getting the part of Gus.“I had one long audition in the sense that I did a play of Terrence’s last fall called ‘And Away We Go.’ I had auditioned for that and we established a really great working relationship. Nathan Lane…
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    10 Dec 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Those of you who follow me on twitter @janefonda, or on Facebook, will have noticed from my postings that I have been moving around a bit since wrapping on Grace & Frankie. I’ll have lots more to share soon, but right now I want to make sure that you know I will be on The Ellen Show this Tuesday December 16th, so don’t miss it! I’m also excited to share that I’ve finally made some of my Original Workout Programs available on DVD and Digital Download. Yes! I know many of you reading this still have the VHS tape, but now we have created a…

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    We finished shooting at 2am last Saturday morning. Whew! It’s very nice to be able to sleep in and not have to learn pages of dialogue every day. It’s also bittersweet because I already miss my “Grace & Frankie” family, especially Lily. Towards the end of shooting on Saturday–like at midnight–she and I got onto a laughing jag that we couldn’t stop. Has that ever happened to you? It happened to me once with Robert Redford the last day of shooting “Electric Horseman.” I think it was a love scene and we became hysterical. Sidney Pollack…

    6 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    This Sunday on HBO at 9pm, the final season of The Newsroom begins. There are only 6 episodes this season and I hope you watch them because Aaron Sorkin has outdone himself with the finale he has created. All the actors (and HBO execs) were on pins and needles wondering what he would come up with . . . especially given that he ended Season 2 with what could have been interpreted as a finale. In the last episode, he gave me an extended scene to die for and wraps up Leona’s and the newsroom’s dilemma in the most surprising way. But to ‘get’ it, you need to have seen all…

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Happy Halloween! I’ve been working a lot which is great, and I will fill you in via my upcoming blogs, but today wanted to let you know that this coming Sunday, Nov 2nd, I will be on The Simpsons! Last January I was invited to be the voice of Democratic Assemblywoman, Maxine Lombard who is secretly Mr. Burns’ girlfriend, a most unlikely pairing as you’ll see when you watch, and a fact that horrified my grandchildren. “No, Grandma, it can’t be! You’re not Mr. Burns’ girlfriend.” I loved it. I rarely get that much reaction from them when it comes…

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:55 pm
    On October 10th I was one of the Lifetime Impact Honorees at the 6th annual Variety’s Power of Women luncheon. In a partnership with Lifetime, Variety established the award in order to honor Women in Entertainment who have a significant philanthropic impact. Imagine how excited I was to receive this award alongside, Jennifer Lopez, Reese Witherspoon, Viola Davis, and Universal’s Donna Langley. It was fun to have some (brief) time before the luncheon began to catch up with these other 4 amazing women. I was being recognized for my work with GCAPP. Hard to believe its been 20 years…
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    The Wicked Stage

  • Staged Albums & Ensemble/Bands

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:31 am
    When I wrote this cover story for American Theatre, about how the presence of composer/musicians within their own theater pieces showed hope of changing and revivifying musical theater, I was thinking of largely narrative pieces like Passing Strange or Striking 12 or Futurity or even Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812--most of which could be done, and some of which have been done, without their songwriters/creators at the center of them. (I was also thinking about the way Once seemed to blur the exegetic/diegetic musical-theater lines--its creators…
  • What Happened to StageGrade

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:51 pm
    You may have been wondering what happened to the review-aggregating site I created with Isaac Butler in 2010. I can spell out the saga in relatively simple terms, with links to help you connect the dots.Step 1: Create blog with fellow theater junkie to aggregate all reviews of all New York plays and musicals, assign them grades, and average said grades, a la Metacritic.Step 2: Turn blog into an actual consumer website,, with help and investment from existing company in related theatrical field. Change the grading math to median (more reflective of consensus). Add a…
  • The Last Real Thing

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:38 pm
    I'm not a big fan of the current Broadway revival of Stoppard's Coward-esque romcom, but I had seen and, to my recollection, somewhat enjoyed a production of it about a decade ago in L.A., at International City Theatre. I just dug up my brief review as part of my old Wicked Stage column for Back Stage West, and see that not only did also happen to catch a (lukewarm) production of Cloud 9 around that time featuring Ione Skye (!) but that I actually found The Real Thing somewhat wanting as a play, as again I do on Broadway:The problem isn't Jules Aaron's direction but, I dare say, the…
  • I Could Laugh Out Loud

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    Jay Armstrong Johnson, Tony Yazbeck, Clyde AlvesIf I were "officially" reviewing the new Broadway revival of On the Town for hire, I would probably be required to note some of its flaws and excesses; it has both. But I feel bound to record here that I found John Rando and Joshua Bergasse's production glorious top to bottom, and that it captured like no other show I've ever seen on a stage the bright-eyed, bushy-tailed pop fizz of the great mid-period MGM musicals--Singin' in the Rain, The Band Wagon, Easter Parade (I don't usually include the just-fine film version of On the…
  • FoS, Bonus Track 1: The Subtle Distinctions

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    As I learned in my reporting on the new musical of Jonathan Lethem's novel The Fortress of Solitude, Lethem made a two-CD "mixtape" for supplementary listening when the book was published in 2003, and he "semi-mass-produced" it for interested friends and colleagues (he estimated he made about 500 copies--enough to catch the attention of, and get a formal review from, no less an eminence than Robert Christgau). He handed over a copy to composer Michael Friedman, director Daniel Aukin, and bookwriter Itamar Moses when they embarked on their unlikely adaptation, which opens at the Public Theater…
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  • Then Let's Keep Dancing

    10 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    By Isaac Butler Art makes us more human. Fiction increases empathy. Music awakens us to the beauty of the world. Genre allows us to explore politics while keeping the audience entertained.   Perhaps you’ve heard—or, if you’re me, written and said—some variation of the above over the past decade or so. Those of us who care about art, about culture, about the wondrous creations humans can get up to when they set their minds to it, have said something along these lines at some point. We’ve had to make the case for pursuing the arts, or caring about them so damn much, around the…
  • Introducing The Science of Equality

    13 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
    by Isaac Butler    Perception Institute, the research consortium where I serve as Senior Editor, is launching a landmark series of reports on discrimination and the mind called The Science of Equality. The first in this series, published today, synthesizes hundreds of studies to demonstrate for the lay reader how implicit bias, stereotype threat and racial anxiety shape health care and education outcomes. It also (and here's the part I'm really excited by) details cutting edge empirically tested methods for reducing bias and anxiety and making education and health…
  • What #Pointergate Has in Common with The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

    12 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    by Isaac Butler Little bit of an addendum to this piece I wrote over at my employer's joint. The use of negative stereotypes for political gain predates any scientific understanding of how discrimination works in the mind. There's many very famous examples of political ads and propaganda using negative stereotypes of a group to influence seemingly-unrelated policy outcomes. Perhaps most famous there's the Willie Horton ad, but the practice way predates that. In fact, one of the most famous examples of racist propaganda ever falls into this category: The Protocols of the Edlers of…
  • "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time"

    7 Nov 2014 | 10:48 am
    By Isaac Butler Theatre is the slowest of art forms. When Doubleday published Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, it was, if not quite the vanguard of a trend, certainly an early adopter. The book cleverly married a first-person exploration of autism with two well-known genres, the British provincial mystery and the coming of age story. In this, it followed in the footsteps of Jonathan Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn, which took the hardboiled gumshoe novel and remade it through the eyes of a narrator with Tourette’s. Haddon’s debut novel was a sensation and…
  • Plus Ca Whatnow?

    6 Nov 2014 | 11:40 am
    By Isaac Butler Um, hey guys, just because something’s popular doesn’t mean it doesn’t have value. This work from supposedly disreputable genres like superhero comics and science fiction and high fantasy and stuff? We shouldn’t discount it just because it’s popular. Sure there might be problems at times with style or whatever, but there’s also deep engagement with the world, with the way we live, with politics to be found there. Just because it’s easy and entertaining doesn’t mean it should be ignored.  *** Hey this is great! We’re talking about Philip K. Dick and…
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    The Theatrefolk Weblog

  • Episode 96: How to Succeed with a Class Production [REPLAY]

    Lindsay Price
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Episode 96: How to Succeed with a Class Production [REPLAY] Have you tried to put together a class production and it just didn’t work out? Teacher Rassika Risko shares the successes and challenges of getting 28 grade nines in front of 300 middle school students. Show Notes The Happiness Project Promo Video The Happiness Project… Continue reading → The post Episode 96: How to Succeed with a Class Production [REPLAY] appeared first on The Theatrefolk Weblog.
  • Shakespearean Insults

    Lindsay Price
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    You hate teaching Shakespeare. It happens. You’re just not one of those people who are beholden to the bard. But he’s in your face. He’s in your classroom. And the only way you’re going to make it through another lesson on Shakespeare is to make it fun.   I know it sounds impossible. Shakespeare and… Continue reading → The post Shakespearean Insults appeared first on The Theatrefolk Weblog.
  • Observation: The conversation you can only hear

    Lindsay Price
    13 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Observation: The conversation you can only hear Observation is my number one tool for finding play ideas. When you observe, you’re not just looking around, skimming the world around you. Observation is the specific looking at people, places and things. You’re looking at the world like a writer. And when you look at the world… Continue reading → The post Observation: The conversation you can only hear appeared first on The Theatrefolk Weblog.
  • Cross-Curricular in the Drama Classroom [REPLAY]

    Lindsay Price
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Episode 107: Cross-Curricular in the Drama Classroom [REPLAY] Teacher Jeff Pinsky will embark on a new cross-curricular journey with his drama curriculum this year. He’ll be incorporating the holocaust into drama exercises, reflections, projects, and more. How do you include such an intense subject into today’s classroom? How do you get students to connect to… Continue reading → The post Cross-Curricular in the Drama Classroom [REPLAY] appeared first on The Theatrefolk Weblog.
  • One Act Plays for Middle School

    Lindsay Price
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Choosing one act plays for middle school is not an easy task. The students are at a very in-between point in their lives. They no longer want to be seen of as “kids” yet many are not quite ready to tackle heavier issues. Play selection is a total “your mileage may vary” situation. It depends… Continue reading → The post One Act Plays for Middle School appeared first on The Theatrefolk Weblog.
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  • Sam Harris HAM, A Musical Memoir

    8 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
  • Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

    17 Jan 2014 | 9:32 am
    subheader line about show Oct 16, 2012 – Nov 17, 2012 Co-Conceived & Directed by Sarah Krohn Play by Dan O’Neil With Ellen Adair, Lauren Blumenfeld, Alex Herrald, Nick Lehane, Ben Mehl, & Briana Pozner Short show summary here. orem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Phasellus eleifend elit sit amet lorem consequat vel euismod mi faucibus.       ABOUT THE SHOW Lovers are betrayed, society is scandalized and glasses are raised in Dave Malloy’s electro-pop opera ripped from a slice of Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Young and impulsive,…
  • The Nova Crew

    28 Oct 2013 | 10:30 am
    Many Ars Nova artists and alumni have generously donated in support of the next wave of emerging artists. They are The Nova Crew. Nova Crew memberships start at just $50 and guarantee: Half-priced ticket(s) to every Ars Nova show!* A free drink each time you attend! Invitations to exclusive Nova Crew events! Click HERE to see all the Nova Crew benefits and become a member! Questions about the Nova Crew program? Feel free to contact Marketing Associate Claire Graves at *Ticket privileges are valid for each unique presentation and are not valid for special benefits…
  • Did You Know?

    1 May 2013 | 11:27 am
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    10 Apr 2013 | 11:44 am
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    The Bad Boy of Musical Theatre

  • I'm Not a River or a Giant Bird

    Scott Miller
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:31 pm
    I'm still thinking about Pippin, several days after seeing the immensely entertaining and powerful revival production on tour. Also, I was talking to someone the other night about Andrew Lippa's brilliant jazz musical The Wild Party, which we produced in 2010. And those two topics intersect for me.That intersection is about interpreting songs as cheery simply because they're uptempo and the singer hasn't thought to really read through the lyric. Examples are legion, but the most egregious is "Send in the Clowns." Now, I can understand someone not getting the central metaphor (I didn't…
  • We've Got Magic to Do

    Scott Miller
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Last night, I saw the touring production of the recent revival of Pippin, directed by the genius Diane Paulus. She's one of my true heroes of this new Golden Age of Musical Theatre, a really smart, skillful, artful, fearless director who understands the texts of her shows really deeply and fully. She directed the masterful revival of Hair in 2009. I was so thrilled when I saw her Hair because she got everything about it so exactly right in every way. And that thrill was equaled last night when I finally saw her Pippin. I already knew this was one of the great works of our art form…
  • I'm Mister Green Christmas

    Scott Miller
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:14 pm
    I've always felt that the Christmas holidays are the most New Liney time of year because so many of the Christmas specials are musicals, and because music is more an integral part of this holiday than of any other.There are a few big screen Christmas musicals, like The Nightmare Before Christmas (brilliant!), White Christmas (old-fashiony, but still pretty great), Scrooge (not bad), A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas... oh wait, strike that last one.And there are some great TV Christmas specials that aren't musicals, like the totally awesome Pee-Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special, which…
  • We Need a Little Music, Need a Little Laughter, Need a Little Singing...

    Scott Miller
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:54 pm
    It's that time of year again! That magical time of year when people get really stressed out and bitter and mean... but not the New Liners! We can make your holiday shopping better and stronger and deeper and nearer and simpler and freer and richer and clearer...So how can New Line make my holiday season better and all those other adjectives?, I hear you ask. Let me count the ways...First of all, as you do your online holiday shopping, you can support New Line at the same time! Yes, you are that powerful. When you go to to shop, instead just go to the address…
  • Into the Words

    Scott Miller
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
    I like to pose questions about musicals on our Facebook page. One time I asked our fans to name a musical theatre character or couple who really needs therapy. We got some hilarious answers. Sometimes these questions get dozens of answers and hundreds of views, and it's such fun to read them all. Every once in a while, someone will reference a show I don't know, so I scurry over to Google and see what I can find.A few weeks ago, I asked folks to quote a piece of a theatre lyric that makes a very wise saying. I was anxious to see what people would come up with. Of course, lots of people quoted…
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  • WATCH: Meet Company XIV

    Mark Blankenship
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    From time to time, TDF Stages will highlight exciting Off and Off-Off Broadway theatre companies with exclusive “getting to know you” videos. Today we’re featuring Company XIV, a dance-theatre company where art and entertainment crash together.  This video features company members Austin McCormick, Laura Careless, and Davon Rainey. Company XIV is currently presenting Nutcracker Rouge: more » The post WATCH: Meet Company XIV appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • This Play Needs a Co-Star. How About You?

    Mark Blankenship
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The surprisingly rich audience participation in Every Brilliant Thing — You’re closer than you realize to co-starring in an Off-Broadway play. Just buy a ticket to Every Brilliant Thing, now at the Barrow Street Theatre, and you could easily land a significant role. That’s because the show relies on audience participation, and in a meatier, more » The post This Play Needs a Co-Star. How About You? appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • Your Holiday Gift Guide: Theatre Books

    Jack Smart
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Got a theatre fanatic in the family? Or a friend looking for a good read? Theatre books make perfect stocking stuffers, providing readers a lasting memento of an inherently ephemeral art form. Below are 12 books that would make perfect gifts this holiday season. (1) The Untold Stories of Broadway, Volume 2 by Jennifer Ashley more » The post Your Holiday Gift Guide: Theatre Books appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • Do You Care More About the Captive or the Captor?

    Eliza Bent
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:24 am
    Usman Ally brings alluring layers to Ayad Akhtar’s latest play — Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles Nick Bright, the American investment banker who’s kidnapped and held for ransom in Ayad Akhtar’s The Invisible Hand, certainly evokes some sympathy. In the play, which is now at more » The post Do You Care More About the Captive or the Captor? appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • War Lesbians in the Concrete Jungle

    Eliza Bent
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    An old Inuit myth inspires a musical about modern queer woman — In the case of the new musical War Lesbian, the title came first. Once that evocative name was in place, playwright and performer Kristine Haruna Lee, who wrote the show with composer Kathryn Hathaway, began researching female driven, queer-centered myths. “Myths are always more » The post War Lesbians in the Concrete Jungle appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
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    Encore Atlanta

  • Aurora’s one-man ‘Christmas Carol’ puts emphasis on storytelling

    Kathy Janich
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:31 am
      Aurora Theatre’s one-man Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is in the midst of limited run, with Aurora artistic director Anthony P. Rodriguez once again cloaked in Victorian garb and telling the tale for the eighth season. The company’s intimate 80-seat studio theater is transformed to make you feel as though Dickens himself has invited you into his parlor. [...]
  • ‘Taste’ wraps 2014 with stats, winners

    Kathy Janich
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Thirteen metro eateries and their chefs took home prizes from the 2014 Taste of Atlanta.
  • $38 million will create new Alliance, major arts center changes

    Kathy Janich
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:25 pm
    A $38 million grant from the Woodruff Foundation will create all sorts of changes at the Woodruff Arts Center, including a dramatically reimagined Alliance Theatre.
  • Theatrical Outfit again reprises its tuneful ‘Gifts of the Magi’

    Kathy Janich
    5 Dec 2014 | 11:18 am
      Christmas is the season of giving, but it’s not looking very merry or bright to Jim and Della, penniless newlyweds struggling in 19th-century New York City. In this musical based on O. Henry’s famous story, they plot to find each other the perfect gift, even though their prospects are pretty bleak. Gifts of the Magi returns to [...]
  • Ho-ho-hop over to the Atlanta Botanical Garden for lots of holiday fun

    Kathy Janich
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:03 am
      The holiday season means there’s plenty to do at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, from this Saturday’s “Reindog Parade” (11 a.m.) to pictures with jolly ol’ St. Nick, from a holiday model train show to an exhibit of the “Art of Food” in the Fuqua Orchid Center. Plus, the new Café at Linton’s in the Garden [...]
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    Atlanta Theater Fans - Your Guide To Atlanta Theater And Online Community

  • Aurora Theatre Holiday Steal, $180 Ticket Package for only $59.95

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Just in time for the holidays, Aurora Theatre once again offers patrons the best deal in show business with their Mini Season Ticket package. This year, the deal gets even sweeter with a package including a flexible ticket to Les Misérables, The Explorers Club and Hands on a Hardbody for $59.95. Order before Christmas and [...]
  • Les Misérables Unveils Tales of Turmoil and Triumph at Aurora Theatre

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Will you join in our crusade, who will be strong and stand with me? Audiences are invited to celebrate the global phenomenon of the French novel turned award-winning musical and motion picture Les Misérables. The revolution returns to the Aurora Theatre stage January 15 – March 1, 2015. Winner of five Suzi Bass Awards, including [...]
  • Blue Man Group Theatrical Tour Returns to The Fox Theatre April 7-12

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Blue Man Group returns to Atlanta’s Fox Theatre from April 7-12, 2015 as part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta 2014/2015 series. Tickets go on sale December 14. Tickets start at $33 and are available at by visiting, calling 1-855-285-8499 or visiting the Fox Theatre Box Office (660 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, [...]
  • The Snow Queen – An Atlanta Theater Fans Review

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Being bundled up and huddled under a heater to escape the cold while watching trolls romp around in the woods is all part of the experience of attending Serenbe Playhouse’s latest hit production, Rachel Teagle’s The Snow Queen. Based on the fairy tale, not the recent Disney blockbuster Frozen, The Snow Queen offers a timeless [...]
  • Under the Streetlamp to Perform Live at Atlanta Symphony Hall Sunday, Dec. 21

    13 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    The popular singing group Under the Streetlamp, is coming to Atlanta’s Symphony Hall for a live performance on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets range from $39.50-$49.50 and are available for purchase at or by calling 800-745-3000. Comprised of four leading cast members from the hit Broadway musical “Jersey Boys,” Under the Streetlamp [...]
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    Shakespeare Geek

  • Peter Pan Live Had Shakespeare In It?

    5 Dec 2014 | 3:29 pm
    I know I'm a day late but my family tends to record things and watch them when it's a better time for the kids.Last night was NBC's big #PeterPanLive event, as you may have noticed. I did not expect to blog about it.But then this happened.  Wendy and the boys have gone with Peter to Neverland, where she is to play the role of mother and tell them the ends of all the stories.  And then...Lost Boy #1:  Tell us the ending of Cinderella!Wendy: Well, the glass slipper fit, and Cinderella and the Prince lived happily ever after.All:  Hurray!Lost Boy #2:  Tell us the ending…
  • Whoa, Wait .. Is Disney Doing Midsummer Night's Dream?!

    14 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    [Hat tip to Will Sutton of I Love Shakespeare for this one!]The thought of a mass market animated Shakespeare has compelled me for years. I followed every story I could find while waiting for Gnomeo and Juliet to see the light of day (seriously - here's a 2006 post, and here's 2011 post when it finally came out). I've also been saying for years, you'll note, that I think they should do The Tempest.But I'll take Midsummer, too!It appears that Strange Magic will hit theaters January 23! Created by Lucasfilm (which was started by George Lucas and now owned by Disney), produced by Touchstone (who…
  • King Lear and Sydney's Arcadia?

    11 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    I received a request this evening from Hikari, who is studying at university in I assume Japan (from his .jp email address). Hikari asks:I'm going to write an essay about King Lear's sub-plot and its source Sydney's "Arcadia"(the story of the Paphlagonian King). But I couldn't find secondary sources for my essay yet. Do you know any sources about it?I had to go do my research to even understand the question, but I've never been shy to admit when I have no idea. The story of the Paphlagonian King refers to the Edmund/Edgar/Gloucester plot of Lear, which drew on Sydney's Arcadia as a source.
  • The Divine Miss Macbeth

    7 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The other day we learned that Cyndi Lauper is really into Shakespeare. Today in another one of Reddit's famous AMA's, Bette Midler went ahead and dropped some Shakespeare into the conversation without needing an invitation:Lady Midler as Lady Macbeth?I don't know, what do people think? I'm trying to think of her most memorable roles, and I keep coming up with comedy. Could she handle one of the great tragedies? Or do we see her more in a comic role? What I don't see her in is any sort of supporting role. Whatever she does, it seems that she's got to be front and center.
  • Stop Teasing Me, Middle School

    7 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
    My daughter, I may have mentioned, is in middle school. At the beginning of the school year my wife copied down all the relevant events from the school calendar to our personal calendar. I noticed that next weekend it says, "Fall play : Shakespeare."What's this now?I hit the school web site for details.  I've mentioned in the past that my town has an excellent Shakespeare program at the high school, and is part of an invitation-only festival in Lennox, Mass every year.  So if they say they're doing Shakespeare I'm not going to miss it. But alas, this is the middle school not the…
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    Voice Coaches

  • Take Two: A second look at Voice Acting

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Enjoy the humor and realism that our amazing team member Chris Scharling has to offer. What can’t this guy do? Enjoy his thoughts: It’s occurred to me recently that a lot can be gained by teaching my students what I need from them as a producer. If you understand your job as a voice actor, you’re off to a good start. That being said, I think that you can be even better prepared to anticipate how we can work together best from understanding a little bit more about my job. One of the basics that you know as a voice actor is this: your job is to make the producer happy with…
  • Tis the season for Branding!

    10 Dec 2014 | 9:04 am
    When Christy first approached me about writing a blog about design my first instinct was to back away slowly and run in the opposite direction! The idea was exciting but also nerve racking. How can I pack into a few paragraphs the importance and awesomeness of a good design? So after a lot of thought, I came out of my super secret hiding space and I decided to start with the basics. First things first… brainstorming!!! Choosing the colors, language and fonts that suit your personality and talent is the first step in creating a design with an impactful and worthwhile first impression. An…
  • Blog and Podcast Unite!!!

    3 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Voicebox1 professional, Denis Couture joins Chris Scharling and Warren Garling for our weekly podcast this Friday, be sure to check it out!!! In tandem with the weekly podcast, I wanted to use the blog this week to showcase Voicebox1 with whom we have working relationship with that aids voice actors in their search for paying work. What is Voicebox1? The company is a resource for certified voice talent. They are the only online voice talent database that requires its talent to undergo a professional voice evaluation before being eligible to participate on their site as a voice talent. The…
  • Gobble Gobble!!!

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Gobble Gobble!!! is a post from Voice Coaches, a leading provider of voice over training
  • Feed the Soul this Holiday Season

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce… oh my!!! The trifecta of holiday edibles is only one week away from being devoured by yours truly and with the hustle and bustle of the season upon us I wanted to impart a few helpful hints in getting the demo out there. Holidays are a great time of year to get that demo out there and offer your services to local food banks, toy drives, restaurants, small shops and more! Sometimes it is not about the paycheck but about the donation of the services not only for ones own karma but for the networking contacts that can be made with the simple…
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    Acting in London

  • 10 Best Books on Creativity for Actors

    Tom London
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    10 Best Books on Creativity for Actors We have previously discussed the nature vs. nurture concept of creativity for actors. We know that creativity can indeed be learned (or mastered by oneself), so naturally, one of the most effective ways to expand your imagination and become more creative is simply to read. What do you read? Start by going through our list of necessary acting books on technique as well as acting business books. We also have a general list of some reading material for actors prepared. Don’t feel like reading anything related to the craft? Then try some of…
  • How to Become a Working Actor Today + Free Acting Guide for Beginners

    Tom London
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    We’re happy to finally announce our first official eBook, How to Move to London and Become a Working Actor Today – Quick and Easy Step-by-Step Guide for Aspiring Actors Anywhere in the World, which will serve as grounds for all future updates within. The aim is to turn this currently 50-page eBook into a huge 400-page manual for actors in all stages of their careers – from complete beginners to thespians lost on the path after their drama school training or first few acting gigs. The book covers extensively the topic of how to become a working actor in today’s…
  • Top Drama Schools in London

    Tom London
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    This year, we’ve updated the list of top drama schools in London with a few more institutions that deserved to be mentioned. Actors that can manage to audition successfully and secure a place to train in any of the drama schools from the list below will gain a strong acting foundation and potentially kickstart their career in the industry.  Top Drama Schools in London RADA: Royal Academy of Dramatic ArtThe Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) drama school was established in 1904, and has since been known as one of the most prestigious top drama schools in London and the world. It…
  • This Is What You Will NOT Learn in Drama Schools

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:06 am
    We receive questions from a lot of budding actors looking to go to a drama school, or who have already graduated from one. Most of these inquiries are related to one and the same issue: a misconception of what the real world of acting (also known as the entertainment industry) is all about. What I conclude from this is that although drama schools can make you a better actor without a doubt, they still appear to fail to teach young thespians on the harsh realities of what it’s like to work in the show business. Here are just a few things that you will not learn in today’s drama…
  • 43 Actors That Became Famous Later in Their Lives

    Tom London
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    Wondering if you’re too old to become an actor? If it’s too late to achieve the level of success current A-listers have? Or possibly you’ve been acting long enough already and it troubles you that your career is still not where it should be? This will calm you down (a little). The old and tired saying still applies: acting is not a sprint, it’s a marathon, and the below list proves this cliche. These currently famous actors received the recognition they deserve a lot later in their lives, and most of them will tell you that there are no regrets. The point to take…
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    Your Performance Partners

  • Can Your Event Venue Handle The Load? Get The Load Rating

    Your Performance Partners
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    It’s been a long time (1939, in fact) since Mickey Rooney stood up in the movie Babes in Arms and told his gang of pals, “Let’s put on a show! My dad’s got a barn….” That show (and others) that Mickey, Judy Garland and their buddies threw together in a matter of days looked great on the movie screen—so great, in fact, that MGM repeated the formula in Strike Up the Band, Babes on Broadway, and Girl Crazy. In real life, however, such extravagant productions mounted in “my dad’s barn” would most likely have ended in disaster. What’s the catch? For our purposes, let’s skip…
  • Installations

    Your Performance Partners
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    View Wenger Installations Here View JR Clancy Installations – Theatres View JR Clancy Installations – Concert Halls View JR Clancy Installations – Opera Houses • Princess Nora Bint University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia • Assoçiacão Escola Graduada de São Paulo, Brazil • City Philharmony, Krasnoyarsk, Russia • Anhaltisches Theater, Dessau, Germany • Zayed University, Dubai, UAE • Yongsan-Gu City Hall, Seoul, South Korea • Independent Theater, Sydney, Australia • Teatro La Aduana, San Jose, Costa Rica • Sha Tin City Hall, New Territories, Hong Kong •…
  • Acoustics 101: Achieving Ensemble

    Your Performance Partners
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    Wilson Butler Architects From an occasional series… For most people, the word “ensemble” only means a group of musicians performing together. However, conductors and music directors use the word to describe a balanced, blended sound that unifies a group. Can You Hear Me Now? The result is like the Latin saying found on U.S. coins: E pluribus unum, which translates as “Out of many, one.” Achieving true ensemble is the result of more than just effective rehearsals and individual practice. Musicians must be able to hear themselves and each other. “If musicians can…
  • Tracking the Arts: 2014 National Index Published

    Your Performance Partners
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    Earlier this fall, we profiled the development of the Local Arts Index by Americans for the Arts, by interviewing one of its creators, Roland J. Kushner. He shared how this data helps communities examine the texture of local arts and culture. For a national perspective, the 2014 National Arts Index was released in late November (based on 2012 data) and this week we’ll touch on some highlights: Economic Engine… In the U.S., the arts drive $151 billion in consumer spending annually, which helps support 91,000 nonprofit arts organizations and 800,000 arts businesses, along with 2.1 million…
  • Training Animals for Stage

    Your Performance Partners
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Earlier this month, a New York Times article described Toby the white rat, a furry companion to a teenager with autism in “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” currently on Broadway. It made us wonder – how do certain animals end up in the spotlight? And how are they trained? Unlucky Break…to Breakthrough Star. Animal stars often started on the tough streets, until good fortune stepped in. Toby’s trainer, Lydia DesRoche, adopted her from an animal shelter, saving the rodent from an ignoble end: a snake snack. Eliciting shrieks – mainly of laughter — Toby has…
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    The Study & Pursuit of Acting

  • AB Podcast Interview

    Allen Barton
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    Here’s an interview I did for Destination Hollywood Radio, in which I discuss my history at the BHP, the BHP Approach, specifics on career administration, actors v. writing, actors v. agents, and why Brits and Aussies deserve the work they’re … Continue reading →
  • I Gotta Get My Shit Together

    Allen Barton
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    Ah, yes. I gotta get my shit together. It’s not exactly a new expression, but I dearly wish it would expire, like I gotta shoe my horse or I gotta go to Strawberries and get the latest LP. I gotta get my … Continue reading →
  • F— Improv Training

    Allen Barton
    15 May 2014 | 10:48 am
    Allow me to rage, give voice to thoughts hushed and guarded, unexpressed, trapped, traversing the crania of teachers of serious acting, for fear of grave offense against what THEY say, for fear of pissing off a longtime student who has … Continue reading →
  • Cynema (Or Cinema with a WHY?)

    Allen Barton
    8 May 2014 | 10:35 am
    [I posted this entry in 2010, but the topic keeps smacking me in the face, so I thought it was worth revisiting with an edit, update and repost.] It doesn’t quite work, because “Cynema” and “Cinema” are homonyms. Visually – … Continue reading →
  • Peer to Peer

    Allen Barton
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    I’ve emphasized in plenty of entries here how important I think it is that actors follow up on all professional interactions. Auditions, callbacks, meetings, on-set work… Fact is, once an actor knows how to act, the business they’re really in … Continue reading →
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