Carole King sings the final number at Beautiful
Carole King sings the final number at Beautiful

Carole King Surprises Audience at the Fifth Anniversary Performance of Beautiful

Stage Directions

On Saturday, January 12, rock and roll icon Carole King surprised the audience at Beautiful, by taking the stage of the Stephen Sondheim Theatre as the hit musical celebrated its fifth anniversary on Broadway. Here’s a video of King stepping in and performing the final moment and singing “Beautiful” at the piano.
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News coverage of the fire at The American Shakespeare Festival Theatre in Stratford, CT
News coverage of the fire at The American Shakespeare Festival Theatre in Stratford, CT

The American Shakespeare Festival Theatre Burns to the Ground in Stratford, CT

Michael Eddy

A fire ripped through the historic American Shakespeare Festival Theatre in Stratford, CT early Sunday morning. Firefighters received the call around 1 a.m. and arrived to find heavy fire coming from the building on Elm Street. The heaviest fire was in the area of the stage, according to fire officials. Firefighters fought the flames from outside the building due to the size of the fire, fire officials said. The building collapsed while firefighters were trying to put out the flames. Here’s a video from WTNH News 8 on the fire: {youtube}v=Ta9Kf-wpcbg{/youtube}

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MCC Theater Inaugurates First Permanent Home

Howard Sherman

With the dropping of a bevy of red, black, white balloons, Off-Broadway’s MCC Theater inaugurated the company’s first permanent home, The Robert W. Wilson Theater Space on West 52nd Street in Manhattan. The company, led by artistic directors Bernard Telsey, Robert LuPone, and William Cantler and executive director Blake West, has been an itinerant company throughout its history, most recently completing a 14-year tenancy at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in Greenwich Village.

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The Drama Book Shop. Photo by Howard Sherman
The Drama Book Shop. Photo by Howard Sherman

Drama Book Shop Will Reopen with New Owners Lin Manuel Miranda, Director Thomas Kail, and Fellow Hamilton Colleagues

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Lin-Manuel Miranda has long been a prominent supporter of the Drama Book Shop for years. Since news broke in October that the 100-year old New York City iconic store would have to close due to a significant rent hike, Miranda has been looking at options to keep it going. The solution was to buy the store, so Miranda along with Hamilton director Thomas Kail, Hamilton lead producer Jeffrey Seller, and Hamilton landlord James L. Nederlander of the Nederlander Organization have now purchased the Drama Book Shop. Here's a video from CBS New York on this news: {youtube}v=eLATHi_ojCE{/youtube}

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Fantastic Journey on Princess Cruises used 270-degree projection mapping
Fantastic Journey on Princess Cruises used 270-degree projection mapping

Fantastic Journey on Princess Cruises Honored with a Thea Production Award

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Green Hippo notes that the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) has honored Fantastic Journey – the extraordinary theatrical show exclusively created for Princess Cruises – with a Thea Awards of Outstanding Achievement (Thea Awards recipients were officially announced in November 2018). The 3D-mapped show pushed the technical boundaries, delivering 270-degree, 3D-mapped imagery and Green Hippo technology was at the helm, tracking the entire show. Here’s a video of the show from Princess Cruises: {youtube}v=0SW-qdkSSLo{/youtube}

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Scenes from Varoffer. All Photos ©Håkan Larsson
Scenes from Varoffer. All Photos ©Håkan Larsson

Humans and Robots Unite for Varoffer Performance

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As the worlds of humans and machines collide and the relationships between nature, technology, and artificial intelligence become daily more inextricably intertwined, urban dance impresario Fredrik ‘Benke’ Rydman made this mutually dependent alliance the subject of his amazing Varoffer performance, which ran at Stockholm Kulturhuset Stadsteater in Sweden. Here is a behind the scenes video of integrating the robot into Varoffer: {youtube}v=m9oPe9CsUpI{/youtube}

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The front view of the Shure ADX1M Micro Bodypack Transmitter
The front view of the Shure ADX1M Micro Bodypack Transmitter

GEAR IN FOCUS: Shure ADX1M Micro Bodypack Transmitter

Kathy Eddy

Shure recently introduced the ADX1M Micro Bodypack Transmitter which is compatible with its Axient Digital Wireless Systems. Real proof that big things can come in small packages, the ADX1M offers theatrical designers more flexibility in placement and concealment of the bodypack transmitter. Everything about the design of Shure’s new Micro Bodypack Transmitter is well thought out and shows an understanding of the challenges and needs of the theater application.

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