Antaeus Theatre's new Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center
Antaeus Theatre's new Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center

Antaeus to Unveil Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale

Michael Eddy

GLENDALE, CA—Antaeus Theatre Company will pull back the curtain on the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale with Open Stages weekend of free community events. Antaeus will name its new venue at 110 E. Broadway in Glendale the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in honor of the Gindlers’ $1 million capital campaign contribution and long-standing patronage. Following months of construction, doors will open on March 2 with Open Stages, four days of free events set to introduce Antaeus to the Glendale community. The inaugural production, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, will begin previews on March 16 and open on March 23.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber celebrates four hit musicals playing simultaneously on Broadway when Sunset Boulevard opens
Andrew Lloyd Webber celebrates four hit musicals playing simultaneously on Broadway when Sunset Boulevard opens

Andrew Lloyd Webber Joins Rodgers & Hammerstein in the Broadway History Book

Michael Eddy

NEW YORK, NY—Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is now celebrating four hit musicals playing simultaneously on Broadway when Sunset Boulevard opened at the Palace Theatre last Thursday night. Three of Lloyd Webber’s musicals are playing at the Winter Garden (School of Rock – The Musical), Majestic (The Phantom of the Opera) and Neil Simon (CATS) Theatres. Lloyd Webber joins Rodgers and Hammerstein as the only composers in Broadway history to achieve this milestone. 

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The Joffrey Ballet’s reimagined The Nutcracker
The Joffrey Ballet’s reimagined The Nutcracker

The Joffrey Ballet’s Reimagined Nutcracker Boasts a New Setting

Michael Eddy

CHICAGO, IL—After almost ten years in the making, The Joffrey Ballet introduced its world premiere and reimagined version of The Nutcracker this winter. While Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s alluring music remains, the rest of the show got a complete makeover as created and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. This included the Broadway scaled set designed by Julian Crouch, of which nine major pieces were tasked to Chicago Scenic Studios Inc. (CSSI)

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Artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah and managing director Michael Ross
Artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah and managing director Michael Ross

Baltimore Center Stage - New Name, New Look, New Stage

Michael Eddy

BALTIMORE, MD—Center Stage, the State Theater of Maryland, announced several changes accompanying the grand re-opening of their historic space—an updated name and new logo. The theatre is adding “Baltimore” to its name to become Baltimore Center Stage. The name change is a reflection of the theater’s roots in the Baltimore community. Baltimore Center Stage, having undergone a $28 million renovation to its building at 700 North Calvert Street, including its mainstage, the Head Theater, will reopen to the public on March 3 with opening night of The White Snake.

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National New Play Network
National New Play Network

NNPN COMMISSION WILL RECEIVE WORLD PREMIERE AT SALT LAKE ACTING COMPANY

Kathy Eddy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - National New Play Network (NNPN), the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, announced the World Premiere of its 2012-13 Annual Commission, Harbur Gate by Kathleen Cahill, at Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC), a NNPN Core Member. The Commission, which was awarded to Ms. Cahill in collaboration with Salt Lake Acting Company, will receive its first professional production from February 8-March 12.

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TDF is honoring Kinky Boots with a one-night-only fundraiser
TDF is honoring Kinky Boots with a one-night-only fundraiser

TDF to Honor Kinky Boots at a One-Night-Only Concert Fundraiser

Michael Eddy

NEW YORK, NY—The Theatre Development Fund (TDF) is holding a one-night-only concert fundraiser in support of TDF’s wide range of education and access programs, which make theatre accessible to over 15,000 theatre goers each year. The event will be honoring the entire cast and company of the musical Kinky Boots on Monday March 20 at 8pm at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in NYC. Directed by Jerry Mitchell with musical direction by Will Van Dyke, the concert will include four of the actors who played Lola in the show—Billy Porter, Wayne Brady, Alan Mingo, Jr. and Todrick Hall. Also, taking part are past and present actors from the show including Annaleigh Ashford, Haven Burton, Killian Donnelly, Andy Kelso, Stark Sands, and Jeanna de Waal. 

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Directors Lab West 2017
Directors Lab West 2017

Applications Being Accepted for Directors Lab West 2017

Michael Eddy

LOS ANGELES, CA—The Directors Lab West has announced that their 18th annual Lab will be held Saturday, May 20 through Saturday, May 27, 2017. The eight-day long intensive lab brings together dedicated emerging and mid-career theatre directors and choreographers with master artists, enabling them to inspire each other to create the future of the American Theatre. Applications are now being accepted with the deadline for submissions, Friday, March 3, 2017 at 5pm PST.

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Pablo Santiago accepts the Richard E. Sherwood Award during the 27th Annual LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards held at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on January 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
Pablo Santiago accepts the Richard E. Sherwood Award during the 27th Annual LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards held at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on January 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging

Pablo Santiago Selected as 2017 Richard E. Sherwood Award Winner

Michael Eddy

LOS ANGELES, CA—Center Theatre Group recognized the recipient of the 2017 Richard E. Sherwood Award, lighting designer Pablo Santiago, for his exceptional contribution to the Los Angeles theatre landscape and his work as innovative and adventurous artist.

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LD Josh Murphy designed Macbeth at Webster University
LD Josh Murphy designed Macbeth at Webster University

Webster University’s Macbeth Uses Claypaky Scenius Spots

Kathy Eddy

ST. LOUIS, MO—For a student-designed and produced production of Macbeth at Webster University, directed by Bruce Longworth, LD Josh Murphy's lighting rig included four Claypaky Scenius moving head spotlights. To realize his design Murphy wanted to use units not in the school's inventory so spoke with Seth Jackson, head Webster's concert design program and assistant professor of theatrical design, who called A.C.T Lighting, exclusive distributor of Claypaky fixtures, to get some lights.

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