Marcel Duchamp’s painting T um’. ©Yale University Art Gallery
Marcel Duchamp’s painting T um’. ©Yale University Art Gallery

Was This the Start of the Color Chart?

Michael Eddy

Marcel Duchamp’s last painting has influenced artists for a century. The BBC’s Kelly Grovier takes a looks at how it inspired the modern color chart – and at its 17th-Century predecessor in her fascinating story for BBC Culture. She looks at Duchamp's work and the impact over the decades afterwards at the works of artists 'absording and wrestling'  with the impact of Duchamp's piece. Read the entire fascinating story, The Mysterious Painting That Changed How We See Colour on the BBC culture page here.

 

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The Cabot Theatre in the Broadway Theatre Center
The Cabot Theatre in the Broadway Theatre Center

Skylight Music Theatre Closes on Sale / Leaseback of Broadway Theatre Center

Michael Eddy

Skylight Music Theatre President, Board of Directors Michael C. Lueder, Artistic Director Ray Jivoff, and Executive Director Jack R. Lemmon announced that Skylight Music Theatre closed on a sale/50 year leaseback of the Broadway Theatre Center to Broadway Theatre LLC, which will improve the property and lease most of it back to Skylight.

Skylight's current production Zombies From the Beyond is a satirical spin on 50’s pulp space-alien flicks.
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The reconstructed stage machinery as imagined for Handel’s Rinaldo in 1711 at the Haymarket Opera House. Victoria and Albert Museum
The reconstructed stage machinery as imagined for Handel’s Rinaldo in 1711 at the Haymarket Opera House. Victoria and Albert Museum

The Making of an 18th-Century Mechanical Theatre

Michael Eddy

An 18th-century mechanical theatre was a technology of tricks and devices that changed scenes almost miraculously. With nothing of this scale from history surviving, watch as exhibition designer, Patrick Burnier and his team at the Victoria and Albert Museum recreate a spectacular mechanical theatre for the exhibition, Opera: Passion, Power and Politics.

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The undersea world of SpongeBob on Broadway. Photos by Joan Marcus
The undersea world of SpongeBob on Broadway. Photos by Joan Marcus

Peter Nigrini Designs the Projections for SpongeBob on Broadway

Michael Eddy

Fans of all ages are filling the Palace Theatre as the beloved Nickelodeon character SpongeBob comes to Broadway in SpongeBob SquarePants: the Broadway Musical. Projection Designer Peter Nigrini, part of the Tony Award-winning design team, helped tell the story of SpongeBob's heroism as he and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world.

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Julia Morrison in street clothes. “Tragedy: Closed with a Speech by the Actress” Cincinnati Enquirer, January 11, 1900
Julia Morrison in street clothes. “Tragedy: Closed with a Speech by the Actress” Cincinnati Enquirer, January 11, 1900

Murder Onstage: Early 20th Century Actress Kills Stage Manager in Front of Audience

Jennifer Leigh Sears Scheier

During a performance at the Chattanooga Opera House on Friday, September 22nd, 1899, Julia Morrison, the leading actress of the traveling show, Mr. Plaster of Paris, exited the stage in the middle of her Act II scene with Frank Leiden, leading man and stage manager.[1]  She seized the loaded revolver she kept between her breasts, reentered the scene, and shot Leiden three times, killing him. Fifteen hundred audience members looked on in shock until a call for a surgeon roused them. 

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