Tag Archives: theater

What’s a Good Show to See?

Seldom does a day go by that someone doesn’t ask me, “Are there any good plays going on right now? What should I go see?” I guess being the publisher of a theatre magazine supposedly gives me some authority. Now I’m more than happy to share what I’ve seen, but really, how do I know what you might like? How do I know what will ...

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Board Changes at the Wallis Annenberg

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Press Release Businessman and philanthropist Michael A. Nemeroff will take the helm as Chairman of the Board of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts effective September 27, 2017. The announcement was made after the organization’s Board meeting today by current Chairman David C. Bohnett who will simultaneously assume a new leadership position as Chairman of the Executive Committee charged with leadership initiatives critical ...

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Garry Marshall – Cultural Titan and Family Man

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If you are of a certain age, your cultural life was dominated by Garry Marshall’s touch.  The Odd Couple. Happy Days. Laverne & Shirley. Mork & Mindy. Pretty Woman. The Princess Diaries.  He helped Ron Howard get cast in his first film (George Lucas’ American Graffiti) and directed Jackie Gleason in his last (Nothing in Common  with Tom Hanks). And these are just a few ...

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More from FootLights!

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FootLights is proud to be the premiere print magazine for theatre in Los Angeles. We serve more theatres and provide more information about theatre than anyone. While that has always been our goal, about a year ago, we brought Tracey Paleo on board to help us with our digital development and she proved to be so good, so efficient and so productive that we have ...

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The Practical Side of Making Theater

Buzzfeed gives us 14 ways in which making theater prepares you for the world.  While we might debate some of their points (like #4, “You become a master of stress management” – just ask any stage manager how well everyone manages stress), there’s definitely some real wisdom here (like #8, “You’ll know how to work on a deadline”). Any other ideas you’d add to this ...

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NEA Study: Arts Contributed $704.2 Billion To 2013 U.S. Economy, 32.5% Increase Since 1998

Broadway World: In support of the ongoing argument as to whether or not performing arts have economic value, take look at these numbers recently released by the National Endowment for the Arts.  Among the new findings: Theaters contributed $7.1 billion dollars.  There has also been growth in profit and non-profit industries across the board. “Studies are continually providing evidence that the arts contributes greatly to local economies. ...

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Colony Theatre’s Letter To Subscribers

The Colony has seen tough times in the recent past and these tough times are apparently continuing as explained in this recent letter to subscribers from Artistic Director Barbara Beckley: February 3, 2016 Dear Colony Subscriber, This season has presented a host of challenges. When we schedule a series of plays, we do our very best to bring you what was announced – but sometimes ...

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London’s National Theatre Commits to Gender Equality by 2021

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“Across the Pond” diversity is taking a front and center role as The Stage recently reported that National Theatre, South Bank London director, Rufus Norris, has just committed to ensuring to reach gender parity by 2021 for directors and living writers the venue employs.   The measure is part of a diversity drive at the South Bank theatre. “Gender balance across the whole organisation is massively important”. ...

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Broadway Sensation ‘Hamilton’ Is Headed to Hollywood

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The Hollywood Reporter: Hamilton, the red-hot Broadway musical with book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, is coming to the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.  The production is scheduled to open on Aug. 11, 2017, at the historic Hollywood Boulevard venue and run through Dec. 30, 2017. The L.A. stop is part of a national tour that also includes San Francisco, where performances are scheduled to ...

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Deaf West’s ‘Spring Awakening’ Announces National Tour

LA Times: Deaf West Theatre’s revival of the musical “Spring Awakening” is closing Sunday at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre after more than 130 performances on Broadway. Producers have announced plans for a national tour in 2017 but declined to reveal more details Thursday. The musical began previews in New York on Sept. 8 and opened on Sept. 27. Members of the Broadway cast, including Oscar- and ...

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