Viva Broadway celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Viva Broadway celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Leguizamo & Miranda Help Kick Off Viva! Broadway for Hispanic Heritage Month

Howard Sherman

The Broadway League kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month with a special Viva Broadway free outdoor celebration on Friday, September 15 in Duffy Square. Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Leguizamo (Latin History for Morons) co-hosted the festivities. For the fourth consecutive year, The Broadway League worked in partnership with AARP to champion Viva Broadway. This year’s event was sponsored by Spectrum, with support provided by the Times Square Alliance. 

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Of the new building MIT President L. Rafael Reif says, "Like the main group buildings at the heart of campus, W97 embodies and encourages MIT’s signature openness, flexibility, and boldness." Photo: Jonathan Sachs
Of the new building MIT President L. Rafael Reif says, "Like the main group buildings at the heart of campus, W97 embodies and encourages MIT’s signature openness, flexibility, and boldness." Photo: Jonathan Sachs

MIT Unveils its New Theater Space W97

Michael Eddy

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently unveiled its recently completed MIT theater and performing arts building (W97), which enters into full operation this fall. The W97 space benefited greatly from a close creative relationship between designLAB, the architects, the MIT Facilities team, and the MIT Theater Arts faculty, notably Norton Award-winning Director of Design Sara Brown, and Obie-winning director Jay Scheib, a professor of theater. 

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R. J. Reynolds Arts Hall of Fame
R. J. Reynolds Arts Hall of Fame

Binkley, Brantley, Jones & Wilson Named to R.J. Reynolds Arts Hall of Fame

Michael Eddy

Years before it become a magnet school that focused on the arts, Winston-Salem, NC’s Reynolds High School was nurturing talented students who went on to noteworthy careers in music, writing, art, and theater. On Saturday night, September 16, 13 of them will be honored by being named to the first class of the R.J. Reynolds Arts Hall of Fame. Among the honorees are lighting designer, Howell Binkley; critic, Ben Brantley; composer/sound designer, Lindsay Jones; and director, Michael Wilson.

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Sir Peter Hall
Sir Peter Hall

Broadway and West End Dim Lights Fri. Sept. 15 in Memory of Sir Peter Hall

Kathy Eddy

The Broadway community mourns the loss of Tony Award® winning creator, producer and theatrical innovator Peter Hall, who passed away on Monday, September 11th at age 86. Theaters on Broadway and across the West End will be dimming their lights in his honor on Friday, September 15th. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed at exactly 7:45pm (EST) for one minute, and dimmed on the West End in London for one minute at 7:00pm (BST).

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Sir Peter Hall
Sir Peter Hall

In Memoriam: Sir Peter Hall, Director

Michael Eddy

Sir Peter Hall, the internationally celebrated theatrical visionary, director and producer, died on September 11, at the age of 86, surrounded by his family. Founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company in London, Mr. Hall remained there until 1968. Later, he was named Director of the National Theatre and oversaw the move from the Old Vic to its current home on the South Bank.  He created the Peter Hall Company in 1988 and in 2003 became the founding director of the Rose Theatre Kingston. He also worked extensively in the opera world with productions at The Royal Opera, the Metropolitan Opera and Bayreuth. Additionally, he was Artistic Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera from 1984 to 1990. 

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Michael Friedman
Michael Friedman

In Memoriam: Michael Friedman, Composer and Lyricist

Michael Eddy

Obie-award winning composer and lyricist Michael Friedman passed away on Saturday, September 9th at the age of 41 due to complications related to HIV/AIDS. Friedman was the Artistic Director of Encores! Off-Center at New York City Center, co-founder of The Civilians, and an artist-in-residence and director of Public Forum at The Public Theater. 

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Diego Matamoros in Cage (Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann)
Diego Matamoros in Cage (Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann)

Thoughts on an Out of Town Residency

Howard Sherman

Lorenzo Savoini, the Young Family Director of Design and a Resident Artist at Soulpepper reflects on the NYC residency

Seven trucks with costumes, props, musical instruments and scenery. Sound and lighting equipment rented locally. 65 artists, with staff and crew on top of that. The logistics for a Broadway touring production? No. That’s a sense of the scale of what Soulpepper Theatre Company undertook in bringing their work to the US for the first time, with their July residency at Signature Theatre company. Describing the logistics of the company’s visit, Lorenzo Savoini, the Young Family Director of Design and a Resident Artist at Soulpepper, said, “It’s almost like a military operation, what our production staff and producing staff have done. It's sort of like landing a 747 onto a front lawn, and it takes an enormous amount of logistics and pre-planning. I think they did it so well, I don't have to knock on wood anymore, but it couldn't have gone smoother."

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Diego Matamoros, Lorenzo Savoini, and Richard Feren discuss how they co-created Cage.

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Sam Shepard and Ellen Stewart
Sam Shepard and Ellen Stewart

La MaMa Celebrates the Life and Career of Sam Shepard

Michael Eddy

American playwright, actor, author, and director, Sam Shepard—who died on July 27, 2017 and was a prominent playwright during the early years of the Off-Off-Broadway movement in the 60’s and 70’s—will be remembered at one of the theatres he regularly called home during that era, La MaMa, on October 7 at 3pm at the Ellen Stewart Theatre in New York City.

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