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2015 Tony Award Warm Up

Tony Award

 

While broadway’s biggest day, The Tony Awards™, got their start in 1947, CBS began carrying the broadcast in 1978 and has aired the Tonys every year since.  As a result, the Tonys provides an opportunity for millions of people around the world to get a taste of Broadway from their living rooms. The show puts a spotlight on the entire theatre community – not just Broadway but regional theatre as well. It reminds millions of viewers about the benefits of arts education and support for creative arts.

For theatre producers, winning a Tony can bring new life to a financially struggling show. However, productions that leave the Tonys empty-handed can find themselves quickly nearing the end of their run on Broadway.

The 2015 Broadway season has been one of the best in recent memory. I don’t pretend to be qualified to make Tony predictions — except it would be a crime if Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time does not win the Best Play award.

As usual, the show tonight will be aired on CBS (June 7).

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Audition Style

Kate Lumpkin

“Kate, I need your help. I am going in for a ‘hot soccer mom’ who lives in Brooklyn and is secretly in charge of an underground gambling ring. Oh, I also have to belt a G. What the heck do I wear?” 

Sometimes getting dressed in the morning can be hard enough —- let alone getting dressed for an audition like that. I understand this more than most. In my life I have been an actor, an anthropologist who studied personal adornment and its effects on societal influence, a casting assistant/associate and a style blogger. All of these things have added up to me spending a lot of time thinking about how what we wear truly influences the way that we are perceived and remembered. I see it everyday, in every audition, and at every industry event. Clothing IS important and speaks volumes about how we perceive ourselves and how we want others to see us.  

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How to Choose a Show to Produce In Your Community

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“Hey kids, let’s put on a show!”

 So, you know you want to put on a play. Perhaps there’s a show you’ve been burning to produce. I know I have a list: — anyone who wants a director for Life is a Dream, King Charles III, Cymbeline, The Music Man, or Our Betters, let me know!

As we set about producing a play in today’s day and age, I think we must ask ourselves, “Why this play? Why now? Why this medium?”

Why do we need to hear this story, told in this context with these words? And, especially in an age in which many stories can be told on television and film in a very compelling fashion, “Why do we need to see this story told as a play?” These are questions I continually ask myself and my collaborators throughout our rehearsal process. They are the questions that drive me to create theatre – this transient experience,

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Great American Soldiers in Theatre History

South-Pacific

Memorial Day is the day Americans remember the people who died while serving in the armed forces.  Theatre is filled with stories about war and the soldiers who fought in them.  As such, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at some examples of how soldiers are depicted in the world of theatre.

Portrayals of the American soldier run the gambit from the happy-go-lucky sailors and nurses in the musical South Pacific to the tortured, addicted Marine vet in Water by the Spoonful.  Miss Saigon features broken G.I.’s who frequent hookers. Tunny from American Idiot is destroyed by his military experience.

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Five Great Musicals with Small Casts

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Putting on a large-scale musical with a huge cast, full orchestra and eye-popping choreography can be a daunting (and expensive) task for any organization.  If you are working on a small stage, have a tiny budget or simply don’t have access to a lot of talent, producing a big musical might simply be impossible.

Luckily, there is no shortage of wonderful musicals that involve smaller casts and are even particularly effective in smaller venues.  Here are five of our favorites:

1.  Next to Normal

Next to Normal is the story of Diana Goodman and her family. Traumatized by the death of her infant son from an undiagnosed intestinal obstruction, Diana has lived with bipolar depressive disorder and delusional episodes for the past seventeen years. The illness has affected everyone in her life, and has nearly torn her family apart on several occasions. With subject matter rendered achingly recognizable by Brian Yorkey, and a dynamic, energetic pop-rock score by Tom Kitt, Next to Normal is a show that enables a small group of actors to showcase powerhouse vocals while exploring pressing contemporary issues of trauma,

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