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.

Sam Harris is ‘HAM-ing’ It Up to Crowd Fund His Musical Memoir

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“Crowdfunding is the way we fund art now. For someone who has a dream, that wants to be a storyteller, or wants to invent something, or bring something new to the world, it’s is the most accessible way it can be done. There’s just too much mishigas in the business.” It was the end of a 15 minute conversation with Tony award winning actor, recording ...

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Wallis Annenberg Center Announces 2016-17 Season

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The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts’ 2016-17 season will include over 300 performances of more than 50 different programs of theater, dance, and music featuring both local and world-renowned talent: Theater @ The Wallis The Wallis and For The Record production of Scorsese: American Crime Requiem September 21 – October 16, 2016 For The Record series is a form of live entertainment turning ...

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Should Critics Expect a Plus-One Ticket?

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The Telegraph: Critics have a job to perform at the theater: to help the public understand where to spend hard earned dollars and precious time.  Of course, it never hurts to have a little fun on the job and critics often invite a friend to accompany them to the office on the theater’s dime.  The Artistic Director of Britain’s National Theatre, Rufus Norris, is changing ...

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2016 Actors’ Equity Election Results

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The official results, including vote totals, of the 2016 Actors’ Equity election are shown below, winners are in red.  A total of 7215 valid ballots were cast of which 4132 were cast electronically.  There were 168 invalid ballots. Eastern Region Principal 4-Year Term: Nick Wyman (2789) Nancy Slusser (2510) Camille Saviola (2501) Francis Jue (2353) Jeff Blumenkrantz (2067) Mary Gutzi (1941) James Ludwig (1860) Wally ...

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Theatre 68 Finds a Permanent Home

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After a nearly 3 year residence at the NoHo Arts Center, the 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company/ Theatre 68 has claimed the one time Deaf West, and soon to be former Antaeus Theatre Company venue at 5112 Lankershim Blvd in North Hollywood, CA, as their new permanent home. According to Artistic Director Ronnie Marmo, the 15 year old, eclectic-contemporary, bi-coastal company will take control of ...

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South Coast Repertory Announces 2016-17 Season

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South Coast Repertory has announced its 2016-17 season.  The theater’s commitment to new voices in the American theater will be seen through three world premieres and five West Coast premieres. Sept. 2–Oct. 2, 2016 All the Way by Robert Schenkkan, directed by Marc Masterson Lyndon B. Johnson has been catapulted into the most powerful job on earth. No stranger to back room deals, Johnson takes ...

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Hollywood Fringe Awarded $10k from NEA

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Grant in support of Fringe Scholarships program The Hollywood Fringe Festival is proud to announce that it has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Art Works grant of $10,000 to support the Fringe Scholarships program. This grant stems from more than $82 million approved by NEA Chairman Jane Chu to fund local arts projects and partnerships. The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation ...

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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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