Harold Prince
Harold Prince

Happy 90th Birthday to Hal Prince

Howard Sherman

Hal Prince is marking his 90th birthday by speaking about his past but also his very busy future. September saw the publication of his latest book Sense of Occasion and in October he spoke with SD Contributor, Howard Sherman for our Stage Directions' cover story. On his birthday, SiriusXM debuted a new limited-run series, The Hal Prince Talks, featuring the 21-time Tony Award winner Prince and the Tony winning Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller in a relaxed conversation about the art of storytelling, directing, producing, and what he thinks of theater audiences of today.

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Marc Brickman on top of the Empire State Building
Marc Brickman on top of the Empire State Building

Marc Brickman Lights the Empire State Building for Phantom 30th

Kathy Eddy

King Kong may be heading to Broadway but The Phantom of the Opera reached the top of the the Empire State Building for a spectacular Music-To-Light Show during their Gala 30th Anniversary party. A custom-designed light show by world-renowned lighting designer Marc Brickman illuminated the tower lights of the iconic building synchronized to a special arrangement of music from The Phantom of the Opera. The show was fully visible to all New Yorkers looking up at the “World’s Most Famous Building,” as well as a global audience on Twitter. Prior to the 11pm start of the Music-to-Light Show, the iconic Empire State Building was lit in blue and white in honor of the 30th Anniversary.

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Q2Q Comic #432: DEAR WOMEN OF TECH THEATRE
Q2Q Comic #432: DEAR WOMEN OF TECH THEATRE

From the Q2Q Comics Archive: #432 DEAR WOMEN OF TECH THEATRE

Steve Younkins

Stage Directions normally brings you an classic Q2Q Comic from the past, but this week's comic is current, from this Monday as we felt that Liz Hastings and Steve Younkins have addressed an important issue, gender equality backstage. We proudly amplify these important sentiments with Q2Q Comic #432: DEAR WOMEN OF TECH THEATRE from January 22, 2018. Text ©2018 by Liz Hastings used with permission, and drawn by Steve Younkins. 

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The Phantom Of The Opera Celebrates Its 30th Year On Broadway

Kathy Eddy

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA CELEBRATES ITS 30TH YEAR ON BROADWAY

The Phantom Of The Opera enters its fourth decade having played 12,500 performances to 18 million people since it opened on January 26, 1988 at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street), and having grossed a staggering more than $1.1 billion.  Phantom has been Broadway’s longest-running show for more than a decade and its astounding longevity in New York and around the world is unprecedented.

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One More Spin Around an Incredible Design

Stage Directions

Creators and cast members talk about the dizzying, Tony Award-winning set of Act One. Designer Beowulf Boritt won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Play for his work on Act One.

In addition to Boritt's scenic design, Act One featured a costume design by Jane Greenwood, lighting design by Ken Billington, sound design by Dan Moses Schreir, hair and wig design by Tom Watson, and make-up design by Jon Carter.

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Don't Miss the USITT 2018 Keynote Speech of Joseph Haj, the Director of the Guthrie Theater

Stage Directions

“If you’re a ballplayer and the Yankees call, you go,” said production director David Stewart. “And if you’re in theater and Joe Haj calls you to come join him at the Guthrie? Hell, yeah, you’re coming.”

Haj has directed and performed in theaters throughout the United States including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the New York Public Theater, the Alley, the Mark Taper Forum, the Ahmanson, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Folger and many others. Named by American Theatre magazine as one of 25 theater artists who will have a significant impact on the field over the next quarter century, Haj is a visionary leader at one of the nation’s top regional theaters.

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