Today’s Theatre News

Sheldon Harnick

 

Honoring Sheldon Harnick’s 96th birthday, Thursday, April 30, producer Arnold Mittelman and National Jewish Theater Foundation in conjunction with JAY Records are offering a free audio stream of the cast recording of the re-imagined The Rothschilds musical, aptly titled, Rothschild & Sons.

Public access to the stream begins Thursday, April 30 through Sunday, May 3 and will be available at: https://soundcloud.com/jayrecords/sets/rothschildandsons/s-WpEJpUn9Ba2

 

Upcoming OnLine Events from the York Theatre Company: May 4 “Anyone Can Whistle” panel; May 6 “Musical Theatre Training Program” more.

Sam Rudy reports: Jun Maeda, the Obie Award-winning designer and resident set designer at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club (ETC) since 1970, died on Monday, April 6 – three days after his 79th birthday – at Mt. Sinai West Hospital in Manhattan.  Mr. Maeda — whose career spanned 50 years, during which time he worked with a wide range of directors from Andrei Serban to Harvey Fierstein and Peter Brook — succumbed to the novel coronavirus, according to Mia Yoo, La MaMa’s artistic director.

“Governor Cuomo Snubs Broadway In Planning New York Rebound” by Forbes’ Marc Hershberg – “In a recent press briefing, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of an advisory board to help guide the government’s strategy to resurrect New York following the COVID-19 pandemic. Known as the New York Forward Re-Opening Advisory Board, the group includes over 100 “business, academic, community and civic leaders from across the state,” he confirmed. … But, despite selecting individuals from a wide range of industries and backgrounds, Governor Cuomo did not choose a single person from the Broadway community. … Last week, while putting together the advisory board, Governor Cuomo asked prolific producer Scott Rudin and theater owner James L. Nederlander to share their ideas for raising the curtain again on Broadway. But, while both professionals volunteered to help the government in any way that they can, the governor did not invite them to join his high-profile think tank.” http://bway.ly/20aprl

RESEARCH: “A.R.T., Harvard Public Health Researchers Map How To Resume Public Performances” by WBUR’s Cristela Guerra – ““It’s going to really rely on producers,” said Diane Paulus … “and in this case, the A.R.T. being a producer in a theater where we can make space literally and also metaphorically to change our practice, to pivot, to actually consider different behaviors.” The A.R.T. and researchers from Harvard’s T. H. Chan School of Public Health are beginning to assess what the future might hold. They’re calling this effort a roadmap for recovery and resilience, a living document that theaters across the world will soon be able to access … ” http://bway.ly/sykw54

TSX: “Demolition Steadily Progressing At 1568 Broadway, Future Home Of TSX Broadway, In Times Square” by New York Yimby’s Michael Young – “Tectonic snapped several photographs of the building, which is still wrapped in thick black netting and scaffolding.” http://bway.ly/okj5l0

“AP Master Class to Host Conversation with Lin-Manuel Miranda for College Board Series” by BroadwayWorld – “As part of College Board’s AP Master Class series, Lin-Manuel Miranda will host a conversation of AP US History this Friday (5/1) at 12:00pm ET.” http://bway.ly/0wzc4l

“Eva Noblezada, Taylor Louderman, Christopher Gattelli, More Lead Online Broadway Workshops on New Platform” by Playbill’s Logan Culwell-Block – “The monthly subscription grants access to live streamed and previously recorded classes across a various theatrical disciplines.” http://bway.ly/412ix0

“Laura Michelle Kelly Will Hold A Live Master Class To Support Emergency Relief Fund” by BroadwayWorld – http://bway.ly/wlmi23

CONCERT: “Jeremy Jordan, Brandon Victor Dixon, Kate Baldwin, and Jessica Vosk to Perform in Georgia Stitt’s Live Album Release Concert” by Playbill’s Ruthie Fierberg – “The performance celebrating Stitt’s A Quiet Revolution will stream exclusively on Playbill May 1.” http://bway.ly/gyxbl6

ONLINE:
— “Feinstein’s/54 Below Will Stream The Wedding Singer and Grand Hotel Reunions, Andy Karl and Orfeh’s Legally Bound, and More”
 by Playbill – http://bway.ly/7itug2
— “Andréa Burns, Justin Guarini, Saidah Arrika Ekulona, More Read Motherhood Out Loud on Plays in the House Live Stream” by Playbill’s Andrew Gans – http://bway.ly/o9fvb7
— “Lincoln Center at Home to Present Joe Iconis With Betty Buckley and Annie Golden & More in Upcoming Programming” by BroadwayWorld – http://bway.ly/g65itx

WASHINGTON POST: “Quarantined actors, empty seats, temperature checks: Planning for a socially distanced — and pricey — return to live performances” by The Washington Post’s Geoff Edgers and Peggy McGlone – “In the commercial theater world … For an industry already operating on razor-thin margins, distancing guidelines make a quick return almost impossible. … “It makes no sense for us to open to 50 percent houses,” says Charlotte St. Martin … “We’ll be closed in two weeks.”” http://bway.ly/2mam21

INTERVIEW: “Coping With COVID-19 Crisis: Broadway’s ‘Jagged Little Pill’ Star Elizabeth Stanley Talks Planning – Career And Otherwise – In An Age Of Uncertainty” by Deadline’s Greg Evans – “”I have not had an official test, so I don’t know for sure, but the week before Broadway shut down, I called out of the show for the first time. … I would not be surprised if that’s what I had. I was just extremely exhausted and had an unbearable sinus headache and the body aches and things like that.”” http://bway.ly/rizrho

THE STAGE: “We can learn from South Korea, where theatre has stayed open for business” by The Stage’s Richard Jordan – “… two hit musicals continued to play on: the Korean versions of Rebecca and Dracula. For both, the attendance rate has been over 90% capacity. The international touring production of The Phantom of the Opera also joined them … it is still not entirely clear why … audience members would choose to put themselves at risk. The answer may rest in Rebecca and Dracula’s star power – each is headlined by a massive K-Pop star … ” http://bway.ly/sfxkig

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