More Closings Worldwide – Streaming Becomes Essential

 

 

“Broadway Licensing Offers Up Streaming Rights to Shows that Can’t Perform Live” by BroadwayWorld – “Broadway Licensing has secured approvals for live streaming over 400 plays from their Playscripts catalog. … Broadway Licensing has worked with their playwrights to approve one-time non-precedent setting approvals for live streaming their productions.” http://bway.ly/j3r7q8

“The Show Goes On Video” by American Theatre’s Allison Considine – “Theatres across the country are working with unions to find ways to capture, share, and livestream stage work.” http://bway.ly/rprpg7

ON THE ROAD: “National Tours of Broadway Titles Halt Engagements During COVID-19 Pandemic” by Playbill’s Andrew Gans – “See which productions have been postponed or canceled—and which shows are still playing.” http://bway.ly/7hg3s0

ACROSS THE POND: 
“Sara Bareilles and Gavin Creel Will Depart London Cast of Waitress Early” by Playbill’s Andrew Gans – “Bareilles and … Creel will play their final performances … March 14 … ” http://bway.ly/avjgh9

“Broadway Is Closed, but London’s Theaters Carry On” by The New York Times’ Alex Marshall – “On Friday, Britain’s approach to containing the coronavirus seemed out of step with other European countries. … But the government here has not placed any restrictions on events.” http://bway.ly/hw25rx
— “London’s Old Vic Pulls Daniel Radcliffe-Starring ‘Endgame’ As Coronavirus Fears Impact West End” by Variety’s Manori Ravindran: http://bway.ly/0vcbr5
— “Young Vic cancels remaining performances of Nora” by The Stage’s Matthew Hemley: http://bway.ly/42h0kj
— “London’s Arcola Theatre suspends all performances until further notice” by London Theatre Direct’s Nicholas Ephram Ryan Daniels: http://bway.ly/xje0vb

INTERNATIONAL:
“France to Close Theaters and All Non-Essential Businesses Due to Covid-19”
 by BroadwayWorld’s Alexa Criscitiello – “French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced increased social distancing measures to help curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus.” http://bway.ly/l7a61e
— “Mirvish Suspends Performances of Hamilton, Come From Away, Summer, and Us/Them; Cancels The Boy Friend” by BroadwayWorld: http://bway.ly/ooyfym
— “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Melbourne Suspends Performances Through April 12” by BroadwayWorld: http://bway.ly/0hshh1
— “Come From Away Melbourne To Close A Week Early Due To COVID-19; Encore Season Begins February 2021” by BroadwayWorld: http://bway.ly/9tlyfs

PODCAST: “The Ensemblist Podcast Launches Series COVID-19 in the Theatre; Episodes to Feature Jason Kappus & Adam Jepsen” by BroadwayWorld – “The podcast’s first episode features an interview with Jason Kappus who was slated to perform in [American Idiot in Washington] until the announcement.” http://bway.ly/l5qdw7

 

PERFORMER RESPONSE:
“Broadway’s Laura Benanti Invites Canceled High School Musical Performers To Sing Out On Instagram”
 by Deadline’s Greg Evans – “In a just-posted Instagram video message … [Benanti] is inviting high school students in canceled shows to post song videos and tag Benanti for what could be a much-viewed social media share.” http://bway.ly/b989f5

“Broadway Star Stephanie J. Block Has Been Sending Money to Arts Workers Affected by Coronavirus Closures” by Just Jared – “The Broadway star found a thread on Twitter in which people are sharing their Venmo names and Stephanie has been sending money to a lot of them.” http://bway.ly/thfmc1

SHUTDOWN PERSPECTIVES:
“Broadway Theater Shutdown: Ripple Effects Felt Across the World” 
by Rolling Stone’s Cady Drell – “Already, though, people are feeling the ripple effects of the shutdown. “Certain shows have closed and they will never open again,” Exum says. “Like The Inheritance: It was supposed to close this weekend, and they’ve played their last performance.”” http://bway.ly/2o8n0r

“Broadway Is Closed. Write Poems Instead.” by Sarah Ruhl for The New York Times – “”Should we theater people — writers, players and audiences alike — be staying home now and writing and reading poetry as a curative for the next month? Books, unlike group events, carry no germs.” http://bway.ly/z8angp

“Shakespeare Wrote His Best Works During a Plague” by The Atlantic’s Daniel Pollack-Pelzner – “Conversely, plagues may have caused plays. It’s long been thought that Shakespeare turned to poetry when plague closed the theaters in 1593.” http://bway.ly/t79kha

“How Broadway is Coping with Coronavirus Closures” by Town and Country Magazine’s Liz Cantrell – “Town & Country spoke with several members of the Broadway community, what it means for casts and crews, and their hopes to return to the stage soon.” http://bway.ly/d4cr6l

NYC: “NYC schools to shut down Monday over coronavirus outbreak until at least April 20” by NY Daily News’ Michael Elsen-Rooney – http://bway.ly/6kx7p8

IN OTHER NEWS:
“Elton John and Jake Shears Tammy Faye Bakker Musical Eyes 2021 West End Bow; Rupert Goold to Direct”
 by BroadwayWorld – “Elton John and Jake Shears … will hold an April workshop of their musical take on the life of infamous TV evangelist, Tammy Faye BakkerRupert Goold is set to direct the musical, titled Tammy Faye- The Musical, which features a book by James Graham.” http://bway.ly/8ue4wm

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