Friday, October 19, 2018

something WICKED by Peter Finlayson

Off in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains—not yet in the hills, but you know you’ve been gaining altitude as you approach—sits the Mountainview Cemetery and Mausoleum.…

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Walk into the 24th St Theatre by Peter Finlayson

There is a question that is seldom addressed – what does success look like if your passion is theatre and that is where you want to live?  Well, let’s take a little tour.  Just off of …

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Native Son – Anataeus Theatre by Peter Finlayson

“Did you enjoy the play?” These should not be jarring words. But catching my breath after experiencing Native Son at the Antaeus became neigh on impossible when that question was posed. …

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Madres at the Skylight by Peter Finlayson

The curtain was down, this performance of The Madres was over.  It had been a small house, maybe 30 people.  Yet, the impact of the show had been so profound that the audience failed to co…

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Sacred Fools – The Broadwater by Peter Finlayson

In 1997, I was performing in a production of Cyrano De Bergerac at the Knightsbridge Theatre in Pasadena.  One of my cast mates at the time, Stan Freitag, was very excited because he had ju…

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Theatre Is a Part of Community! by Peter Finlayson

There is no short supply of great theatre in Los Angeles. Better than great, brilliant! Earth shaking, soul transforming, awe inspiring theatre! I’m not just talking about Hamilton. Nor is…

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Selling Theatre to the Community by Peter Finlayson

An Abundance of Art There is no short supply of great theatre in Los Angeles. Better than great, brilliant! Earth shaking, soul transforming, awe inspiring theatre! I’m not just talking ab…

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Word of Mouth by Peter Finlayson

What are the points of information that influence you to see a show? Let’s find out! We’ve created a survey, yes, there is something you are being asked to do, in which we hope to qu…

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Challenge of the Ages by Peter Finlayson

When my grandfather Norman T. Finlayson was born, his hometown of Dundas, Ontario, did not yet have electric lighting. In fact, the notion of electrifying a city, let alone homes, was brand …

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

28th Annual Ovation Awards by Peter Finlayson

On the evening of January 29th, the Los Angeles theatre community gathered to honor their own. The United Artists Theatre in the Ace Hotel, was the scene of the 28th Annual Ovation Awards. …

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Opening This Week by Peter Finlayson

Want to know what’s opening? What to see? Here’s what’s happening now! For details, visit Opening Soon The post Opening This Week appeared first on Footlights.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Ovation Awards January 29, 2018 Nominees by Peter Finlayson

This information is supplied courtesy of LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards BEST SEASON CENTER THEATRE GROUP Amélie, A New Musical Archduke Citizen: An American Lyric (The Fountain Theatre) D…

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It’s Not Just The Message by Peter Finlayson

Have you spent time looking at the cute videos on Facebook?  Not just the kittens and puppies at play, but the ones that show empathetic behavior amongst animals?  The ones that really get…

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

We The People by Peter Finlayson

How often have we heard some say, “Why do actors have to give us their political opinions? They’re paid to act, not tell me what to think!”  That’s a paraphrase, but I’m sure we…

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Monday, November 20, 2017

What is the responsibility of the artist in these times? by Peter Finlayson

At FootLights, we often struggle with the dilemma of addressing political issues. Here’s a great read from the Clyde Fitch Report. The post What is the responsibility of the artist in …

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28th Annual LA STAGE Ovation Awards by Peter Finlayson

The 28th Annual LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards will take place on January 29, 2018, with a 7:30pm curtain at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. The list of nominees can be found on @ This Stage. …

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Campfire Democracy by Peter Finlayson

The carcass of a wild pig is roasting on a spit over an open fire. Surrounding the fire are the men, women, and children who hope to soon partake of the feast promised by the scents wafting …

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Resource Sharing For Los Angeles Theater by Tracey Paleo

Sustainability. It’s the buzz word du jour in Los Angeles theater with most of the current dialog focused on funding (When is it never focused on funding?!). Community partnerships, co…

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

HIPPO Life is Healing Through Art by Tracey Paleo

“I’m an actor and a coach.” OK. What else?  After teaching acting on Hollywood Row for years, Anthony Gilardi of Anthony Gilardi Acting Studio wanted to do more. He did. He created…

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival by Peter Finlayson

“Harlem to Central Avenue” The Robey Theatre Company in association with the Los Angeles Theatre Center, is presenting a three day festival Starting August 25th. Danny Glove and …

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Artful Supporters by Kevin Delin

There’s a black and white photograph in my high school yearbook. It’s of people in winter gear hanging around a railing at the skating rink where our hockey team played. A banner of the …

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The Godmother of Rock and Roll! by Peter Finlayson

While visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio,  Randy Johnson, the creator of such seminal works as Always Patsy Cline and A Night Janis Joplin, came upon a book titled S…

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Reaching the Audience by Peter Finlayson

Just recently, I went to Rogue Machine’s production of Loraine Hansberrys’ Les Blancs. An evening of exemplary theatre. Profound, evocative, well-conceived and beautifully presented.…

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Shout Sister Shout! – A new musical by Peter Finlayson

While visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, Randy Johnson, the creator of such seminal works as Always Patsy Cline and A Night with Janis Joplin, came upon a book entit…

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Friday, July 28, 2017


A twenty-year musical theatre tradition will be streamed live for the first time this year.  New Musicals Inc. will host the 20th STAGES FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS from July 28th through July…

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Letter to the Editor: Don’t Give AEA a Raise by Peter Finlayson

What’s the difference between the Internal Revenue Service and Actors Equity Association? One is a callous, far-flung bureaucracy that wants more of your money – and the other collects t…

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Banner Year for the Hollywood Fringe by Peter Finlayson

The 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival did it again, With a significant rise in participation, attendance and revenue, it would seem that there is a hunger for new edgy works for Los Angeles aud…

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Michael Teoli Branding Theater Through Music by Tracey Paleo

Doomesday Cabaret, The Magic Bullet Theory, Absolutely Filthy, Skullduggery.  All these Made-in-LA Theater productions that have an extra element unique to them.  Original music. Berklee C…

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At Harvard?! by Peter Finlayson

In January, the federal government called out the institute (Harvards A.R.T. Institute) for burdening its students with loan debt averaging about $78,000 each… will take the next thre…

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Fringing Around the World by Peter Finlayson

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has a significant milestone birthday this year. It is seventy years old and this means that “fringe” is seventy too. Where there was one fringe fest…

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Update – NMI needs your help! by Peter Finlayson

Last night, I got a chance to see a new documentary, Love 99.  Yes, it was about the conflict we have endured with AEA, and it was a great reminder that the fight is still in front of us. W…

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