Monday, April 23, 2018

Making 'Children of a Lesser God' Accessible Onstage and Backstage - Lauren Ridloff shares the show's unprecedented accessibility

Lauren Ridloff shares the show's unprecedented accessibility for people who are deaf---Lauren Ridloff was two years old when the original production of Children of a Lesser God debuted on Br…

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Friday, April 20, 2018

She Makes the 'Mean Girls' Sound Fetch - Meet Broadway musical director Mary-Mitchell Campbell, one of the show's unsung sheroes

Meet Broadway musical director Mary-Mitchell Campbell, one of the show's unsung sheroes---Much has been written about the girl power of Broadway's Mean Girls. After all, the female-focused m…

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Navigating Through the Darkness in 'The Seafarer' - Irish Rep revives Conor McPherson's Tony-nominated play

Irish Rep revives Conor McPherson's Tony-nominated play---The Seafarer, Conor McPherson's tale of despair and redemption on a drunken Christmas Eve, is a decidedly male affair. In fact, acco…

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Triangle at the Heart of 'My Fair Lady' - Allan Corduner on playing Pickering in the Broadway revival

Allan Corduner on playing Pickering in the Broadway revival---Pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins and his Cockney flower girl protégé Eliza Doolittle may have a will-they…

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Is Sentimentality a Dirty Word in Dance? - Lar Lubovitch celebrates 50 years as a choreographer at the Joyce

Lar Lubovitch celebrates 50 years as a choreographer at the Joyce---After a half century of running his own eponymous dance company, celebrated choreographer Lar Lubovitch is confident in hi…

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Broadway's "Harry Potter"'s Eye-Popping Production Numbers by Artsjournal

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” a two-part drama now in previews and opening April 22, cost about $68.5 million to bring to Broadway, including not only $35.5 million to capitalize …

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Julia Bullock On Inventing The New Young American Musician by Artsjournal

"I'm leery of any musician who doesn't admit to going through a period of trying to emulate their musical idols, or their favorite performance of a piece, or even just trying to match what y…

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Meet "High Def" Vinyl by Artsjournal

Rebeat Innovation is creating "HD vinyl" that the company claims will have "30 percent more playing time, 30 percent more amplitude, and overall more faithful sound reproduction."

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Building Owners Are Making Fortunes From Banksy Works by Artsjournal

In a world where Banksy street-pieces — essentially, illegally created public art — cut from buildings can generate hundreds of thousands of dollars, proprietary domain is a hot-button i…

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This Copyright Case Could Change American Education Policy by Artsjournal

At first glance, the case looked like a fairly straightforward dispute—a small, non-profit education publishing company alleged that FedEx violated its copyright by printing copies of its …

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The Rise Of An Aggressive (And, So Far, Successful) Podcast Network by Artsjournal2

Though many podcast networks are on the move right now, one has been dominant since its founding, taking advantage of "a quirk of the iTunes chart, which appears to reward an influx of new l…

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Finally - Orchestras are Changing by Artsjournal

Talk to orchestra leaders around the country, and you find a new consensus about what community work means: a new approach to an orchestra’s role, even a new approach to training musicians…

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Just Some Ordinary Design Love by Artsjournal2

Writer Renno Eddi-Lodge: "Design is something that seamlessly slots into your life: my clothes, the tech I use, the bike I ride, kitchenware. I try to prioritise function; I am not someone w…

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Did The Met Museum Need To Hire Its Tenth White Male Director In An Unbroken Row? by Artsjournal2

Whew, Met Museum. Some people are not thrilled with your selection of Max Hollein: "It feels like a very ho-hum decision on the part of the Met, almost like electing an old pope who will onl…

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Are Anthropologists Actually Spies? by Artsjournal2

One American anthropologist asked for a file kept on her by the secret police in Romania - and she was shocked to find that more than 70 people had informed on her during her time there, and…

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The Astronaut Who Took A Crash Course In Cinematography From Darren Aronofsky by Artsjournal2

For a National Geographic documentary, astronaut and engineer Paolo Nespoli turned into a cameraman - with a famous trainer. But that didn't help much when space intervened: "The sensor seem…

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What In The World Is Happening Behind The Scenes Of The Nobel Prize For Literature? by Artsjournal2

A summary would include several committee resignations after a failed vote to exclude a poet whose husband - not who, herself - has been accused of rape and sexual harassment. But wait: "It …

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The Getty Villa Revamp Is Finally Finished, With The Art Ready To Tell A Longer, Broader, Less 'Fanboy' Story by Artsjournal2

Historians may rejoice, while fans of mythology might be a little sad: "One driving force behind the renovation was to put artworks into proper historical context. Mr. Potts and his team hav…

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Outrage Grows After German Rappers With Anti-Semitic Lyrics Win A Prize by Artsjournal2

The Echo prize went to Kollegah and Farid Bang, whose lyrics include claims that their bodies are "more defined than Auschwitz prisoners," which they say is not anti-Semitic. The upshot: "Th…

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In Praise Of Quiet Books by Artsjournal2

Not every book needs to be splashy. Author Silas House: "To me, good literature examines the way the biggest moments of life happens in the quiet moments. I think the characters I create ten…

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French Singer Johnny Hollyday's Assets Frozen By Court As It Considers Inheritance Dispute by Artsjournal2

French law forbids the exclusion of any children, but the singer left his estimated £100 million estate only to the daughters he adopted with his fourth wife. But he made his will in Califo…

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Sales Of Thrillers Have Overtaken Everything Else In Britain, But Why? by Artsjournal2

There's an old bromide that people want certainty in uncertain times - and crime fiction usually ends with a very certain solution, that of the main mystery. In addition, "while the essence …

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Gillian Ayres, Abstract Painter Who Deeply Loved The Feel Of Oils, Has Died At 88 by Artsjournal2

Ayres "used her hands, brushes, parts of cardboard boxes and brooms to arrange the vivid images that distinguished her work for more than 60 years. She often spent more time staring at a wor…

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Let Us Pause To Consider The Historic Cultural Significance Of Beyoncé Headlining The Coachella Festival by Artsjournal2

She created a performance themed around HBCUs - historically Black colleges and universities - and educated, while entertaining, the audience. "Coachella has come to be known for an easygoin…

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Edward Gorey Spent Years Doing Covers And Illustrations For Paperbacks by Artsjournal2

Of course, he also drew his own covers and illustrated his own books, but he had a longtime gig with Doubleday Archer, illustrating "serious" paperbacks, for a while. "As collector Lance Cas…

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Theatre Has A 'Titanic' Disaster On Opening Night by Artsjournal2

That's right, a theatre performing a musical Titanic had to cancel when debris started falling on stage "shortly after the ship hits the iceberg."

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This Elephant Is Always in the Room - Why director Jo Bonney has a dead animal haunt the characters in 'Mlima's Tale'

Why director Jo Bonney has a dead animal haunt the characters in Mlima's Tale---In Lynn Nottage's world-premiere drama Mlima's Tale at the Public Theater, the title character is murdered in …

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Where Does The Tattoo Style 'Black And Gray' Come From? by Artsjournal2

The increasingly popular, and increasingly subtle and detailed, style comes from prison culture. "Black and gray used to be referred to as joint-style or prison-style, because of its roots i…

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Can A New Program Help Increase Orchestra Diversity? by Artsjournal2

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra has launched a new education program, and half of the students will be Latinx and African American, by design. Executive Director Patrick Nugent said, "There…

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This Seems Like A Good Plan: No More Hotel Auditions, Says Actors' Union by Artsjournal2

And no auditions in "private residences" either. At least, that's the SAG-AFTRA goal, part of a #MeToo result: "The hotel audition guidelines build on the union's Code of Conduct on Sexual H…

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Top AJBlogs From The Weekend Of 04.15.18 by Artsjournal2

Filthy Rotten T.S. Eliot When my staff of thousands sent me this book cover, APRIL IS A MOTHERFUCKER, by none other than T.S. Eliot, it put me in mind of Inventions of the March Hare: Poe…

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