The Summer King at Pittsburgh Opera
The Summer King at Pittsburgh Opera

Video Integral to The Summer King at Pittsburgh Opera

Kathy Eddy

Daniel Sonenberg’s The Summer King recently had its world-premiere at Pittsburgh Opera. The opera tells the story of baseball legend Josh Gibson, considered to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time. He was a star in the Negro League but died without the opportunity to ever play in the Major League and a year before the color-barrier was broken by Jackie Robinson. After facing heartbreak and discrimination throughout his career and life, Gibson is today enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

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Outer Critics Circle
Outer Critics Circle

Winners Announced by Outer Critics Circle for 2016-17 Season

Michael Eddy

The Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers covering New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers, national publications, and other media beyond Broadway, announced today the winners for the 2016–2017 season. The design winners are Mimi Lien's scenic design and Bradley King's lighting design for Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; Catherine Zuber's costume designs for War Paint; Gareth Owen's sound design for Come From Away; and Aaron Rhyne's projection designs for Anastasia.

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Rain for the Guthrie Theater's The Bluest Eye
Rain for the Guthrie Theater's The Bluest Eye

Rain for the Guthrie Theater's The Bluest Eye

Kathy Eddy

Take a look at how the Guthrie's production team makes it rain on stage in The Bluest Eye

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Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, adapted for the stage by Lydia R. Diamond, is a powerful coming-of-age story that staged at the Guthrie Theater. Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, with scenic design by Matt Saunders, costume design by Montana Blanco, lighting design by Yi Zhao and sound design by Scott W. Edwards. The fight director was Aaron M. Preusse and the movement director is Leah Nelson. The Bluest Eye is stage managed by Justin Hossle 

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All the President’s Men? Scenes from the Senate Confirmation Hearings of President Trump’s Cabinet.
All the President’s Men? Scenes from the Senate Confirmation Hearings of President Trump’s Cabinet.

The Public & London’s National Theatre Stage Reading of All the President’s Men?

Michael Eddy

New York’s Public Theater and London’s National Theatre are producing a one-night-only staged reading of All the President’s Men? Scenes from the Senate Confirmation Hearings of President Trump’s Cabinet, edited and directed by Nicolas Kent. “Sometimes the most powerful theater is reality, distilled,” said Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. “I'm immensely proud of All The President’s Men?, Nicolas Kent's superb rendition of the Cabinet confirmation hearings which have just concluded. The theater is not always a rapid-response medium, but when it can be, it's electrifying. This is a real-time portrait of the American government, and it is as riveting as the headlines and far, far more revelatory. It's like reading the news lit by lightning.”

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Announcing the 2017 Tony Awards Nominees

Kathy Eddy

The nominations are in for the 2017 Tony Awards and they cover 25 different productions that tread the Broadway boards this season. Leading the nominations with 12 is Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. Hello, Dolly! got 10 nods, Dear Evan Hansen received 9 and A Doll's House, Part 2 has 8 chances for a Tony Award at the June 11th ceremony. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

Following is the list of 2017 Tony Awards nominees for Best Production, Best Designs, and Best Directing:

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Dallas Theater Center at the Wyly. Photo by Iwan Baan
Dallas Theater Center at the Wyly. Photo by Iwan Baan

Dallas Theater Center to Receive 2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award

Michael Eddy

The Tony Awards® Administration Committee announced that it will present the 2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award to Dallas Theater Center (DTC). The Regional Theatre Tony Award is presented each year to honor a non-profit professional regional theater company in the United States that has displayed a continuous level of artistic achievement contributing to the growth of theater nationally. It is awarded based upon a recommendation by the American Theatre Critics Association.

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Drama Desk Awards
Drama Desk Awards

Drama Desk Nominations are Announced

Michael Eddy

The 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards nominations were announced this past week at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City. Hello Dolly! led with 10 nominations, including Santo Loquasto’s scenic and costume designs along with nods for Scott Lehrer’s sound design, and Campbell Young Associates for wig and hair designs; Anastasia got nine noms including Linda Cho’s costume design, Aaron Rhyne for outstanding projection design, and Peter Hylenski for outstanding sound design in a musical; Come From Away also got nine nominations including Toni-Leslie James’ costume designs. Stage Directions congratulates all of the nominees.

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SDC Announces 2016 2017 Top Ten Standout Moments

Kathy Eddy

On Monday night, April 24th, at its semi-annual Membership meeting, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the national theatrical union representing stage directors and choreographers across the United States, announced the 2016-2017 Top Ten Standout Moments. The list was established by SDC’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee in 2016 to recognize the important contributions directors and choreographers make every day to create a more inclusive and diverse theatre.

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