The marquee at the Ziegfeld welcomes attendees to BroadwayCon in NYC. Photo by Howard Sherman
The marquee at the Ziegfeld welcomes attendees to BroadwayCon in NYC. Photo by Howard Sherman

Fourth Annual BroadwayCon Gathered Fans for Show-Stopping Weekend

Howard Sherman

The Fourth annual BroadwayCon returned to the New York Hilton over the past weekend, following two years at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Over three days, BroadwayCon offered an array of panels, workshops, and events, ranging from a reunion of the cast of the Broadway production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown to cosplay and lip-syncing contests to panels on racial and gender identity on stage.

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The panto of Beauty and The Beast lit by Lighting Designer Andy Webb
The panto of Beauty and The Beast lit by Lighting Designer Andy Webb

Panto Lighting for Beauty and The Beast by LD Andy Webb

Stage Directions

It’s panto time again in the UK… with the slapstick, craziness and innuendos flying as fast as a foam pie in the face. At the Blackpool Grand this year, putting both beauty and some beast attitude into the show, lighting designer Andy Webb specified 81 Robe fixtures – 98 per cent of them LED sources – for a brand-new version of the classic tale produced by UK Productions for the 2018-19 season.

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The remains of the American Shakespeare Festival Theatre after the fire of January 13
The remains of the American Shakespeare Festival Theatre after the fire of January 13

A Message on The Stratford Festival Theater from the Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford

Stage Directions

After the fire that burned down the American Shakespeare Festival Theatre in Stratford, CT, Sunday morning, January 13, Sara Holdren, the Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford released the following statement about the fire and their future.

In the early hours of the morning on Sunday, January 13, the historic Stratford Festival Theater caught fire and was ultimately destroyed by the blaze. We at SA@S are deeply saddened by the loss of this wonderful historic space — and we want to make clear that our program is alive and well.

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Carole King sings the final number at Beautiful
Carole King sings the final number at Beautiful

Carole King Surprises Audience at the Fifth Anniversary Performance of Beautiful

Stage Directions

On Saturday, January 12, rock and roll icon Carole King surprised the audience at Beautiful, by taking the stage of the Stephen Sondheim Theatre as the hit musical celebrated its fifth anniversary on Broadway. Here’s a video of King stepping in and performing the final moment and singing “Beautiful” at the piano.
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News coverage of the fire at The American Shakespeare Festival Theatre in Stratford, CT
News coverage of the fire at The American Shakespeare Festival Theatre in Stratford, CT

The American Shakespeare Festival Theatre Burns to the Ground in Stratford, CT

Michael Eddy

A fire ripped through the historic American Shakespeare Festival Theatre in Stratford, CT early Sunday morning. Firefighters received the call around 1 a.m. and arrived to find heavy fire coming from the building on Elm Street. The heaviest fire was in the area of the stage, according to fire officials. Firefighters fought the flames from outside the building due to the size of the fire, fire officials said. The building collapsed while firefighters were trying to put out the flames. Here’s a video from WTNH News 8 on the fire: {youtube}v=Ta9Kf-wpcbg{/youtube}

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Emily Mann
Emily Mann

Emily Mann to Retire as Artistic Director of McCarter Theatre Center Following 2019-2020 Season

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Award-winning playwright and director Emily Mann, who has served as the Artistic Director and Resident Playwright of the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ since 1990, will retire from the position following the upcoming 2019-2020 season, McCarter announced. A fierce champion of works by women and people of color, Mann’s final season, which will be announced in March, will be “Signature Emily” - a capstone series of plays celebrating diverse and emerging artists that will pay homage to her monumental 30-year tenure at McCarter.

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Will Trice
Will Trice

Will Trice Named New Executive Artist Director for Arkansas Rep

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Arkansas Repertory Theatre announced that William Trice has been named the theatre’s new executive artistic director. Trice, a Little Rock native, has served as Broadway producer in New York since 2010, producing work that has earned him three Tony Awards and five nominations. Trice joins The Rep, which is focused on re-building and towards its Next Act.

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