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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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Theatre Banshee to Shutter on December 1, 2015

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From Theatre Banshee’s Facebook page: It is with heavy hearts that we post the sad news that The Banshee will be closing it’s doors Dec. 1. This fall we were hit with a sudden and drastic increase in our rent. We explored many options, none of which were able to cope with the new level of rent. This Thanksgiving, we give our thanks to our ...

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The Architecture of Antaeus Theatre Company

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“Theatre isn’t just about us. It’s about serving the community. We are here to serve.” ~John Sloan The room is quiet. Empty. Just myself and Co-Artistic Directors John Sloan and Bill Brochtrup (Rob Nagle was not available) are seated in the atheneum, where everything from meetings to rehearsals to classes are conducted. There’s privacy. So it’s not a normal day. Routine, as both men vividly describe, are laughable, theatrical antics that tend to overlap in the compressed space. How ...

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Letter to the Editor: The Price of Success on Broadway

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I’ve been enjoying all the great things in the media about the show “Hamilton” on Broadway (and love the soundtrack). It seems to be a pretty special show. But I’d also like to tell you why “Hamilton” is special in a bad way. It is such a phenomenon that ticket sales went through the roof. That’s a great thing. I’ve got no problem with that. ...

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President Makes Second Trip to Hamilton

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Playbill:  President Obama returned to Broadway to see Hamilton on Tuesday.   Being on a fund-raiser stage gave the President an opportunity for a little political stand-up: “Have you noticed that every one of these candidates says, ‘Obama’s weak. Putin’s kicking sand in his face. When I talk to Putin, he’s going to straighten out.’ “Then it turns out they can’t handle a bunch of CNBC ...

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Emerson College Faculty Vote to Oppose School’s Colonial Theatre Plan

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Playbill:  Emerson College’s faculty voted Oct. 27 to oppose plans to turn Boston’s vintage Colonial Theatre, a theatre, which was built in 1900, predating all existing Broadway houses, into a student activity center and dining facility. The resolution states, in part, that the “plans were developed without sufficient input from faculty, students, alumni and other city, regional and national stakeholders.” It calls “on the administration ...

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