“Howell Binkley Dies: Two-Time Tony Winner For ‘Hamilton’ And ‘Jersey Boys’ Was 64” by Deadline’s Bruce Haring – “Howell Binkley, considered one of Broadway’s premier lighting designers, died Friday, Aug. 14 in North Carolina, his wife, Joyce, told the Winston-Salem Journal. He was 64 and had lung cancer. Among his designs were the original Broadway productions of Jersey Boys and Hamilton for which he won the Tony Award in 2006 and 2016, respectively. He also took home an Olivier Award for the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical’s staging in London’s West End in 2018.
“Cuomo says NYC museums and bowling alleys can open, gym decision coming soon” by New York Daily News’ Denis Slattery – “Museums in New York City can welcome back visitors later this month and bowling alleys will be able to reopen next week, Gov. Cuomo announced Friday. … Cultural institutions and aquariums across the five boroughs will now be able to open their doors on Aug. 24 at 25% capacity, timed tickets and staggered entry.
BENEFIT: “Joshua Henry, Kate Baldwin, Vincent Pastore and More Join Broadway Relief Project Benefit Concert Series” by BroadwayWorld – http://bway.ly/z5r16y
CONCERT: “Karen Olivo, Sierra Boggess, & Jeremy Jordan will join The Seth Concert Series” by BroadwayWorld – http://bway.ly/2d4zu4
FESTIVAL: “Urban Stages Presents September Play Fest & Fundraiser” by BroadwayWorld – “Plays include Bars & Measures by Idris Goodwin; #NWORD by Christian Elder; The Incels by Ruth Zamoyta; and The Silverfish by Megan Loughran.” http://bway.ly/whgt7n
ONLINE: “Hershey Felder to Play George Gershwin in New Live Stream From Florence, Italy” by TheaterMania’s Pete Hempstead – “Berkshire Theatre Group will presents Hershey Felder in his solo show Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone — Live From Florence, Italy, to be streamed live on Sunday, September 13, at 8pm.” http://bway.ly/rpw5i9
TV: “Ben Platt, Kerry Washington, and More Will Guest Host Jimmy Kimmel Live” by BroadwayWorld – http://bway.ly/9n0wep
“Costume-Rental Service Returns to Role as Theater’s Favorite Outfitter” by Wall Street Journal’s Charles Passy – “And [TDF Costume Collection Rental Program] is slowly coming back to life, after being closed for five months because of the coronavirus pandemic. While Broadway shows and most theater groups still aren’t active, Mr. Cabral is anticipating the eventual return of demand. Plus, the TDF program, which dates back to the 1970s, provides costumes for film and television productions, which also should be starting up.” http://bway.ly/pber4f
“TheaterWorks creates new membership model, promising monthly shows in whatever form COVID allows” by The Hartford Courant’s Christopher Arnott – “Season subscriptions are gone. In their place, TheaterWorks is offering a monthly membership plan. TheaterWorks members will receive a fresh “theatrical experience” every month, in whatever form makes the most sense at the time: virtual, filmed, simulcast, live onstage, or some other way yet to be imagined.” http://bway.ly/gvz92f
“McCarter Theatre Center Cancels Performances Through January 2021” by BroadwayWorld – “The theatre is continuing its digital programming through McCarter@HOME.” http://bway.ly/qapl6p
ACROSS THE POND:
“Giles Terera to Star in the National Theatre’s First Live Play Since COVID-19 Lockdown Began” by Broadway.com‘s Lindsey Sullivan – “The National Theatre has announced that it will resume socially distant performances in the Olivier Theatre in late October. Giles Terera … is set to star in Clint Dyer and Roy Williams’ solo play Death of England: Delroy. Dyer will direct the show.” http://bway.ly/h7we6n
“Cameron Mackintosh makes about 200 UK theatre staff redundant” by The Guardian’s Mark Brown – “A spokesperson for his operations said a redundancy process announced in June had been completed and staff had been notified. They declined to give a number, but it is believed to be about 200.” http://bway.ly/ihb64g
“Nominees announced for The Stage Debut Awards” by London Theatre Direct’s Nicholas Ephram Ryan Daniels – “The shortlist of nominees has been released for this year’s Stage Debut Awards with Dear Evan Hansen earning four nominations in total.” http://bway.ly/0jebi0
DOWN UNDER: “Pippin Will Reopen The Sydney Lyric Theatre In November” by BroadwayWorld – “Pippin will reopen the Sydney Lyric Theatre at The Star for an exclusive season from 24 November 2020.” http://bway.ly/x12le0