Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

Curtis T. Bell Donates $2.5 Million to Power Plays Initiative at Arena Stage

Michael Eddy

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces that Curtis T. Bell has made a $2.5 million gift towards the theater’s ambitious Power Plays initiative. Over the next 10 years, Arena Stage will commission and develop 25 new plays and musicals focused on stories of politics and power. Bell’s contribution will be leveraged as a matching gift challenge, ultimately raising an additional $2.5 million to fully fund the Presidential Voices cycle of the initiative. Add a comment

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Humphry Slocombe's A.C.T.’s Golden Milk celebrates the 50th anniversary of A.C.T.
Humphry Slocombe's A.C.T.’s Golden Milk celebrates the 50th anniversary of A.C.T.

A Sweet Celebration of 50 Years

Michael Eddy

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream is celebrating the 50th anniversary of American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) with the creation of a limited-edition ice cream flavor. Based on the traditional 50th anniversary gift of gold, A.C.T.’s Golden Milk is a unique combination of honey, fresh ginger, and turmeric, resulting in a creamy blend of exotic flavors. Humphry Slocombe will be providing complimentary scoops of the ice cream flavor at A.C.T.’s 50th Anniversary Open House being held at The Geary Theater (415 Geary St.) on Saturday, March 18 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.*

*while supplies last

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The 2017 TDF/Irene Sharaff Award Winners
The 2017 TDF/Irene Sharaff Award Winners

The 2017 TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards are Announced

Michael Eddy

NEW YORK, NY—The Theatre Development Fund (TDF) is celebrating excellence in theatrical design with its 2017 TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards. Six-time Tony Award-winning costume designer Catherine Zuber and legendary scenic designer Tony Straiges are among the 2017 TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards recipients. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on Friday, April 28, at 6:30pm, at the Edison Ballroom, 240 West 47th Street, NYC.

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Lincoln Center Education

Lincoln Center Education Announces $4 Million Gift from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation to Support Arts Outreach

Michael Eddy

NEW YORK, NY—As it enters its 41st year of providing arts education to students of all levels, Lincoln Center Education announced that it’s receiving a $4 million grant from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation to support its wide-ranging programs. This generous gift will provide $1 million per year for four consecutive years, beginning with 2016–2017 and will strengthen the extensive programming central to LCE’s mission. The grant is the largest single donation to LCE in history.

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Artistic Director Blake Robison in front of the Vontz Theatre Center. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography
Artistic Director Blake Robison in front of the Vontz Theatre Center. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography

Cincinnati Playhouse Announces New Building Campaign, Will Stay in Eden Park

Michael Eddy

CINCINNATI, OH—Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's Artistic Director Blake Robison has announced the Playhouse will remain in Eden Park and will move forward with a major capital campaign to replace the current mainstage with a new state-of-the-art facility commensurate with the Playhouse’s artistry and national reputation. No major improvements have been made to the Marx Theatre, since its construction in 1968, nearly 50 years ago. It is the oldest un-renovated mainstage facility of any regional theatre in the country. 

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Outer Critics Circle
Outer Critics Circle

The Outer Critics Circle Announces Two New Awards including Outstanding Sound Design

Michael Eddy

NEW YORK, NY—The Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers covering New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers, national publications, and other media beyond Broadway announces that it’s adding two new award categories—Outstanding Sound Design and Outstanding Orchestrations for its 2017 awards. The Sound Design category is especially interesting for the New York sound community since the Tony Awards discontinued them in 2015.

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Broadway's Hudson Theatre
Broadway's Hudson Theatre

NYC's Hudson Theatre Opens as Broadway's Newest and Oldest

Kathy Eddy

NEW YORK, NY—When Sunday in the Park with George began previews on Feb. 11, 2017 it marked the re-opening of New York City's historic Hudson Theatre making it the 41st Broadway house. Situated just off Times Square in New York on 44th Street, built by Henry B. Harris, a famous Broadway producer of the period, the Hudson Theatre opened on October 19, 1903 with a production of Cousin Kate starring Ethel Barrymore. The Hudson Theatre now holds the unique distinction of being both the newest Broadway house and the oldest.

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Antaeus Theatre's new Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center
Antaeus Theatre's new Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center

Antaeus to Unveil Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale

Michael Eddy

GLENDALE, CA—Antaeus Theatre Company will pull back the curtain on the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale with Open Stages weekend of free community events. Antaeus will name its new venue at 110 E. Broadway in Glendale the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in honor of the Gindlers’ $1 million capital campaign contribution and long-standing patronage. Following months of construction, doors will open on March 2 with Open Stages, four days of free events set to introduce Antaeus to the Glendale community. The inaugural production, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, will begin previews on March 16 and open on March 23.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber celebrates four hit musicals playing simultaneously on Broadway when Sunset Boulevard opens
Andrew Lloyd Webber celebrates four hit musicals playing simultaneously on Broadway when Sunset Boulevard opens

Andrew Lloyd Webber Joins Rodgers & Hammerstein in the Broadway History Book

Michael Eddy

NEW YORK, NY—Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is now celebrating four hit musicals playing simultaneously on Broadway when Sunset Boulevard opened at the Palace Theatre last Thursday night. Three of Lloyd Webber’s musicals are playing at the Winter Garden (School of Rock – The Musical), Majestic (The Phantom of the Opera) and Neil Simon (CATS) Theatres. Lloyd Webber joins Rodgers and Hammerstein as the only composers in Broadway history to achieve this milestone. 

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The Joffrey Ballet’s reimagined The Nutcracker
The Joffrey Ballet’s reimagined The Nutcracker

The Joffrey Ballet’s Reimagined Nutcracker Boasts a New Setting

Michael Eddy

CHICAGO, IL—After almost ten years in the making, The Joffrey Ballet introduced its world premiere and reimagined version of The Nutcracker this winter. While Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s alluring music remains, the rest of the show got a complete makeover as created and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. This included the Broadway scaled set designed by Julian Crouch, of which nine major pieces were tasked to Chicago Scenic Studios Inc. (CSSI)

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