Tracey Paleo

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Tracey Paleo is Associate Editor at FootLights Magazine. She's also the Founder and Chief Editor of the arts and culture site, Gia On The Move, where she often reviews live performance events.

Ben Hill’s Hollywood Fringe: Part I

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The 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival has been gearing up for months with a constant stream of excitement and information appearing on Facebook and Twitter, where local participants are already posting notices of their shows.  I caught up with Festival founder and director Ben Hill in a semi-calm-before-the-storm call to find out, “what’s new”. Radical change has happened on Hollywood Row with Sacred Fools taking over ...

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New Fools On The Block

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“I must learn to love the fool in me – the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries.” ~Theodore Isaac Rubin The survival of Los Angeles Theatre on Hollywood Row may not rest solely in the hands of one ...

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Broadway Comes From Non-Profits

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In a bit of news that will surprise no one outside of New York City, nearly every single one of the 2016 Tony nominees are in shows that began life in non-profits.  As American Theatre wryly notes: The musical revival nominees include one commercial only-on-Broadway offering, Bartlett Sher’s staging of Fiddler on the Roof (even as his revival of The King and I continues at Broadway’s third nonprofit, ...

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Antaeus Construction Underway

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On April 18, 2016, Antaeus Theatre Company announced that after years of planning and fundraising, construction on their new location at 110 E. Broadway in Glendale, CA has finally commenced. At the tail end of their North Hollywood stay, their production of Hedda Gabler, currently in rehearsal, will finish out the old theater’s final NOHO moments of what has been so far, a glorious journey. ...

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2016 Stage Raw Awards: Nominees & Winners

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Now in its second year, the 2016 Stage Raw Awards, given to honor the excellence found in Los Angeles 99-seat (intimate) theater, were held on Monday, April 25 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in Downtown LA.  The evening’s hosts were Dr. Pinch (Independent Shakespeare Co.’s David Melville) and the Pinchtones will host. Awards winners are listed below in bold, red letters among any nominations. Congratulations ...

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LOFT Ensemble Finds a Home

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It happened so quickly. Late November 2015, LOFT Ensemble received an unexpected notice to vacate, after the downtown Los Angeles building that houses the company had been sold. The new owners would be gutting the property and everyone would have to move out. So LOFT began pounding the pavement in early January to find a new home. “We just didn’t want to wait for that ...

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Latest from Fringe: New Workshop, New Townhall, New Scholarships!

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Latest from Ben Hill and the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival: Auction for Premium Guide Ad Placement Now Open If you’d like some great publicity for your show or business, Ben Hill and the Hollywood Fringe Festival invite you to take part in the auction for the most coveted Guide spots: the centerfold and the back cover.  The auction opens Monday, April 25th at 9:00am PDT and ...

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It’s Raining Hamiltons from Heaven

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The Hollywood Reporter takes a look at what is being done with all those dollars that Broadway’s Hamilton  is raking in.  With weekly grosses of $1.5M in ticket sales, 40% immediately goes to theater rental and other operating costs like salaries.  After royalties are then paid, there is $600,000 a week to pay back the investors until the initial capital outlay of $12.5M is recouped.  ...

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‘This Week in Shakespeare’ Hits 100 Episodes

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This Week in Shakespeare, the weekly video series created by bicoastal actors Liza de Weerd and Brian Weiss, hit a major milestone this week by posting its 100th episode.  To mark this special occasion, de Weerd and Weiss chose married actors Kitty Swink and Armin Shimerman as the epsisode’s subjects.  Shimerman, best known for originating the role of popular Ferengi character Quark in the Star ...

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Laguana Playhouse Announces 2016-2017 Season

The Laguna Playhouse has announced it 2016-2017 season: All Shook Up July 6 – August 7, 2016 (Press Opening July 10) Book by Joe DiPietro A newcomer’s rock ‘n’ roll attitude shakes up an Eisenhower-era town in this Broadway musical featuring the best of Elvis Presley. Billy & Ray October 5 – October 30, 2016 (Press Opening October 9) Written by Mike Bencivenga Directed by ...

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