20th Century Fox Commits to Turning Its Films into Musicals

by Jacob Coakley
20th Century Fox aims to develop, workshop and produce musicals based on their film library


20th Century Fox aims to develop, workshop and produce musicals based on their film library

20th Century Fox is planning a major musical move. The film studio has partnered with Broadway producer Kevin McCollum (Motown, Rent, Avenue Q, In the Heights), film producer John Davis (Predator, The Firm, Grumpy Old Men, I Robot, Chronicle) and industry executive Tom McGrath to turn movies from the 20th Century Fox library into musicals for Broadway and touring—and then back into films in their new form. They aim to produce nine musicals based on films in the next “several” years, with McCollumn overseeing day to day operations. Fox has also brought on Isaac Robert Hurwitz, executive director and producer of the New York Musical Theatre Festival,  as a consultant to help guide their theatre activities.

A Noise Within Breaks Ground on New Theater in Pasadena

by Jacob Coakley

PASADENA—The classical rep theatre company A Noise Within has broken ground on its new 300-seat, permanent home in Pasadena. The groundbreaking comes after years of comprehensive planning and ongoing fundraising efforts, with $10.1 million of the $13.3 million goal raised to date. The new 33,000- square-foot facility, will be an anchor in East Pasadena's arts expansion, part of a mixed-use development in the historic mid-century modern Stuart Pharmaceutical building at the corner of Foothill Blvd. and Sierra Madre Villa Ave. next to the Gold Line. The company is slated to move in Fall 2011 for its 20th season.

A Tour of Flying By Foy's Aereographer

by Jacob Coakley
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A screencap from Flying By Foy's Aereographer

 


A screencap from Flying By Foy's Aereographer

Flying By Foy debuted Aereographer, their cutting-edge flight programming, design and pre-viz tool, at USITT 2012. Here, Matt Bevacqua from Flying by Foy walks you through a demo of some of its great features.

A.C. Entertainment Technologies Upgrades FOH Lighting Truss at Little Theatre Gateshead

by Jacob Coakley
A.C. Entertainment Technologies installed custom-built truss for the Little Theatre Gateshead

 


A.C. Entertainment Technologies installed custom-built truss for the Little Theatre Gateshead

The Little Theatre Gateshead, named after its town in northern England, recently upgraded its FOH lighting truss with custom truss from Litec, CM Lodestar chain hoists and a bespoke motor controller and power distro. All of this was supplied by A.C. Entertainment Technologies. They then followed up the new lighting position install by purchasing a new Zero 88 Solution XL lighting desk from AC-ET.

A.C.T Lighting New Distributor of Robert Juliat in the U.S.

by Jacob Coakley

A.C.T Lighting is the new exclusive distributor for all Robert Juliat products in the U.S. The Robert Juliat USA office will remain open until the end of year, but A.C.T Lighting will manage all sales and customer service issues going forward. RJ USA’s Fred Lindauer and Pete Engel will join the A.C.T Lighting sales group.

A.C.T. Appoints Ellen Richard Executive Director

by Jacob Coakley

Ellen Richard, the new executive director of American Conservatory Theater
SAN FRANCISCO—The American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) has appointed Ellen Richard as executive director following an international search. Richard’s career has included such positions as executive director of Second Stage Theatre and managing director of Roundabout Theatre Company. She oversaw complete financial overhauls of both institutions, developing Roundabout from a small nonprofit organization into one of the leading performing arts institutions in the country, with three performing spaces and net assets of more than $67 million. During her tenure at Second Stage, she helped grow the institution (48% increase in subscription income and 75% increase in individual giving) and brokered the purchase of the Helen Hayes Theatre, a Broadway performance space for the company. She holds six Tony Awards as a producer, for Roundabout productions of Cabaret (1998), A View from the Bridge (1998), Side Man (1999), Nine (2003), Assassins (2004), and Glengarry Glen Ross (2005). A.C.T.’s executive director search was managed by the Korn/Ferry International search firm with generous support from The James Irvine Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Richard will start her tenure at A.C.T. on August 17, 2010.

AACT Offers Three Conferences in August

by Jacob Coakley

The American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) offers three educational conferences this summer to help theatre personnel sharpen their skills and help advance their theatres. First, they will hold a Technical Theatre Conference at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre in Grand Rapids, Michigan August 8-10. This hands-on “Techie Boot Camp” will focus on three core areas of technical theatre: sound, lighting, and scenic design. Additionally, they will host an Artistic Directors Conference and an Education Directors Conference at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma August 22-23. The Artistic Directors Conference will address topics drawn from every aspect of producing theatre and providing artistic direction and is meant for anyone who is responsible for the overall artistic direction of their theatre. The Education Directors Conference will address topics drawn from every aspect of conducting educational programs, and give participants skills to better manage education issues. These two conferences, hosted by Theatre Tulsa, are being held simultaneously so participants from the same, or nearby theatres can share transportation and housing costs.

AACTFest 2007

by Stephen Peithman

More than 1200 people attended AACTFest, the national theater festival sponsored by the American Association of Community Theatre, June 18-24, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Hosted by The Metrolina Theatre Association, the event featured keynote speaker Ben Cameron, past executive director of Theatre Communications Group. Organizers were pleased that event registrations were up nearly 30 percent from the previous festival, according to AACT Executive Director Julie Angelo at AACT.