Tuesday, July 22, 2014

8 Performing Arts Summer Camps and Their Famous Alumni

Going away to summer camp is a time-honored tradition, offering kids and teens the chance to make new friends, see new places, and experience life away from home. But it’s not all bonf…

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hollywood Fringe Rakes In $400K

The Hollywood Fringe Festival took in a record haul as the arts event marked its fifth year. Organizers announced the theater festival, which closed June 29, filled 46,000 seats for its 290 …

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Theater 101: Explaining the LORT Contract

While the Great White Way might be the ultimate ambition of many actors, it’s certainly not the only place to find work. Regional theaters across the country are hubs of actor employme…

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

7 Musicals We Can’t Wait to See at NYMF

Midtown erupts in song and dance July 7–27 when the New York Musical Theatre Festival returns! Each year NYMF celebrates the genre with productions, concerts, readings, and special eve…

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

8 Film Adaptations Inspired by Shakespeare

Shakespeare is a revered linguistic master—so much so that centuries later, his stories are still being told on stages and screens across the world. While some films stick to the exact…

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

5 Reasons Young Performers Should Join the Broadway Show Choir

Paper Mill Playhouse doesn’t just produce works bound for Broadway (see: “Honeymoon in Vegas”) and revive classic musicals—the Millburn, N.J., theater also provides 1…

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Play Date for NYC Playwrights

Ars Nova, the New York City–based theater development program, is currently accepting applications for their emerging writers collective, Play Group. Play members meet twice a month to…

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4 Reasons to Attend the 6th Annual Jimmy Awards

Since the 2007 recession, more than 95 percent of students in the United States are attending schools that have had arts program budgets slashed. The nationwide dip makes honoring the progra…

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Tim Robbins’ Actors’ Gang Goes to Prison

Twenty years after escaping from Shawshank, Tim Robbins once again finds himself working behind bars. This time he’s not doing tax returns for the guards or hiding a warden’s ill…

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San Diego Students Have a Professional Advantage

Blair Underwood is set to take the stage as Othello for the first time in his career this month—and many of his cast mates will be student actors. No, Underwood isn’t doing summe…

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

11 Broadway Shows Turned Films from the 2000s

This Friday, Broadway will be hitting the silver screen yet again as the Tony-award winning show for best musical, “Jersey Boys,” gets its release. The story of The Four Seasons …

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hugh Jackman Returning to B'way

Just days after hosting the Tony Awards, the artwpork for Hugh Jackman's upcoming return to Broadway has been released! Jackman will star in Jez Butterworth's play "The River," co-starring L…

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Backstage at the 2014 Tony Awards

Backstage was on the red carpet for the 67th Annual Tony Awards, talking to all of your favorite Broadway stars about their performances, what Broadway means to them, and what advice they ha…

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Monday, June 9, 2014

The Return of the Backstage Readers’ Choice Awards!

Backstage needs your help! We’re bringing back our Readers’ Choice Awards this year, and that means we need Backstage readers to weigh in on the best that’s out there when …

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The Big Winner at the Tony Awards? Broadway!

With 16 musicals and 23 plays opening on Broadway in the 2013-2014 season, the 68th Annual Tony Awards was one of the most prosperous and reassuring in recent theater history. Not to mention…

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Fired Actor Gets Second Chance As 'Cat' Revived

The Repertory East Playhouse production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” that was shuttered last Saturday when its lead actor was fired for confronting a heckler is getting a revival&m…

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Does Seattle Have the Country’s Best Theater Scene?

For actors who yearn for creative and professional empowerment—and don’t mind a bit of rain—Seattle may be the theater industry’s best-kept secret. “One of the …

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Is Seattle Really the ‘Actors’ Paradise’?

If the Seattle film scene burst into the national consciousness in 2009 with Lynn Shelton’s “Humpday,” it’s the rest of the vibrant community that has given it longev…

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A Third-Act Twist for the San Diego Opera

The San Diego Opera averted a shock closure and transformed what had been a pending tragedy for the company into a nail-biting comedy—all thanks to crowdfunding. Opera is a medley of d…

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

L.A. Stage Actor Confronts Heckler, Gets Fired

An actor in a Los Angeles-area production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” tossed a drunken heckler from the audience Saturday. The incident prompted the actor’s firing, a walkou…

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Theater Fests Go Hollywood

There’s still time to enter a theatrical production into the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Just don’t call it a showcase. “We avoid the word ‘showcase,’ as that is…

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

15 Signs You Were Born for Broadway

Face it, Broadway is your life. You live it, breathe it, would even eat it if you could! And it all started—or so it feels—from your very first moment on Earth. 1. You were born …

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

11 Actors You Didn’t Know Were in Disney Channel Original Movies

Beginning in 1997, the Disney Channel began its Disney Channel Original Movies (DCOMs). Though they're still popular among kids, it was the children and teens of the late ’90s/early 20…

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

4 Musicals That TV Viewers Can’t Get Enough Of

With the May 12 announcement that NBC will follow up its live presentation of “Peter Pan” (previously seen on TV starring Mary Martin in 1960) with a production of “The Mus…

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Monday, May 12, 2014

‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder’ Continues Award Season Reign at OCC Theatre Awards

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” has been enjoying more recognition as awards season rolls on. The musical comedy has garnered four wins at the 64th annual Outer …

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Friday, May 9, 2014

4 Ways La. Theater Benefits Actors

When a group of Tisch students moved to New Orleans in 2005 and formed the NOLA Project, they wanted to bring high-quality drama back to the Big Easy. That stirring of the pot, combined with…

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

B’way Stars Get Nearly Naked for Charity

This week Broadway stars get raunchy with the Solo Strips show; “The Few” comes to the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater; “500 Days of Summer” screens outdoors in Santa…

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

11 Lies They Taught You in Theater School

You learned a ton of great lessons in theater school, but not every program prepares you for the realities of this industry. 1. Audition for everything—even if you are not right for th…

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Bryan Cranston, Sophie Okonedo, and More Announced as 2014 Theatre World Award Winners

The 2014 honorees for the 70th Annual Theatre World Awards Ceremony have been announced. Winners for Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance, the Dorothy Loudon Award for Exce…

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

'After Midnight' Dominates Fred & Adele Astaire Awards

The nominees for the 32nd Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards—recognizing great Broadway dancers—have been announced, with “After Midnight” earning nods for s…

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Celebrating Off-Broadway with the Lortel Awards

“I hate that Off-Broadway is defined as not Broadway,” said Michael Cerveris. “It’s just theater.” Truth. In fact, the consensus from the theater community is t…

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