Tag Archives: Spring Awakening

Counterpoint to a Datapoint

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Under the title “There is Pro99 Data and Then There Are the Facts,” Los Angeles playwright, producer, and stage manager Armina LaManna has published a rebuttal in The Dramatist  to Vanessa Stewart’s earlier article there (a version of which first appeared in Footlights). You may recall that Stewart, aided by Monica Greene, took upon herself the daunting task of capturing the life of any intimate ...

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Deaf West Creates Music Video

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The Los Angeles theater company Deaf West has long been lauded but, with its production of Spring Awakening, it’s currently driving a national conversation.  Recently, the National Endowment of the Arts published a report of their deaf theater roundtable discussion where Deaf West figured prominently.  And now, inspired by the company’s performance at the Tony Awards, Ingrid Michaelson created an American Sign Language version of ...

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Actors’ Equity Tells Its Story to Members

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In addition to distributing an official statement on its website, Actors’ Equity told its side of the story to end the 99-Seat Plan in Los Angeles in a letter to its members today.  Significantly, no union official nor any elected union representative was attached to the letter: Over the past year, you have probably become aware of our union’s efforts to organize some of the ...

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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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From 99 Seat Theater to LORT

LA Times: Vanessa Stewart has talked passionately about the need for 99 seat theater and the continued success of her show Louis & Keely ‘Live’ at the Sahara, like that of Spring Awakening, is just another in a series of stories why.  The show has recently returned to the Geffen Playhouse after playing in Chicago. “Sacred Fools didn’t even have an air conditioner, we were ...

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Video: Deaf West’s Spring Awakening Performance on Late Night with Seth Meyers

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Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakenings continues to gain national attention with their cast performance of “Touch Me” on Late Night with Seth Meyers, November 23, 2015.  Marlee Matlin, who is making her Broadway debut in the production, signs the introduction.  This show began its life in a small 99-seat theater before moving to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills and ...

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Video: 99 Seat-to-Broadway Production of Spring Awakening at White House

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As part of the celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the cast of Deaf West’s 99-seat-to-Broadway production of Spring Awakening  was invited to perform at the White House on November 18, 2015. The program officially recognized the origins of this production in a 99 seat theater with funding by the National Endowment for the Arts: This is the start of the Spring Awakening  portion ...

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Disability in Theater: What’s Taking So Long?

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@ This Stage: In recent weeks, a 28-year-old actor named Ali Stroker has been making headlines across theater-news outlets. The reason: She’s the first performer who uses a wheelchair to be cast in a Broadway production. Stroker, who plays Anna in North Hollywood-based Deaf West Theatre‘s production of Spring Awakening (which is now Ovation Nominated), has been building momentum for years. The appearance of Stroker’s ...

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Deaf West’s Spring Awakening Extends Broadway Run

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TheaterMania.com:  Deaf West’s new revival play incubated in Los Angeles Intimate Theatre is extending its Broadway run at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Michael Arden’s production, which was originally announced as “absolutely 18 weeks only,” will now end its run on January 24 owing to audience demand. http://bit.ly/1KtCBuy

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99-seat Incubated Revival “Spring Awakening” Heads to Broadway

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Deadline Hollywood: ‘Spring Awakening,’ in a co-production revival by Los Angeles based Deaf West Theatre and Forest Of Arden, will transfer to Broadway in the fall.  It was first presented in L.A. at Inner-City Arts’ 99-seat Rosenthal Theater and recently concluded a run at the 500-seat Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.  http://bit.ly/1LKPkPk

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