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Daddy Long Legs Live Stream Makes Theatre History

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Playbill: The Off-Broadway musical Daddy Long Legs made theatre history December 10 by being the first-ever Off-Broadway performance to be broadcast online to the world for free. The broadcast was seen in 135 countries worldwide, by over 150,000 people. According to press representatives, “the total viewing audience is equivalent to 2.7 years of sold out audiences in the Davenport Theatre and 10.4 weeks of sold ...

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What Would An American National Theater Look Like?

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Playbill believes it knows how an American National Theater should look… and why America needs one: …unlike most nations (the U.K., France, Germany, Japan, China, and India among many others), the U.S. has no government-sponsored dramatic company and no single building that houses America’s brand of theatre. Why? What would a national theatre look like in America? Or, are we better off without one? Many ...

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The 180-Degree Decision to Stage Shakespeare With Only Women

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Playbill: “[Director Phyllida] Lloyd was inspired to direct an all-female production in reaction to the fact that for every job available to a woman in the theatre, there were two available for men. While the statistics were applicable across the industry, she focused on the actors, saying, “I was fed up with the young people – teenagers – being subjected again and again to nights ...

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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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Emerson College President Responds to Boston’s Colonial Theatre Protests

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Playbill.com: Lee Pelton, president of the Emerson College in Boston, used an Oct. 18 column in the Boston Globe to defend plans to repurpose the historic Colonial Theatre, Boston’s oldest continually-running theatre, which is owned by Emerson.  The idea has not been well-received.

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SOLD! Boston University Ending Partnership with Huntington Theatre

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Playbill: On the eve of a potential hit in its upcoming all-star Confederacy of Dunces, Tony-Winning Huntington Theatre Company has learned that it is losing its main supporter – Boston University, which plans to put one of the troupe’s theatres up for sale, according to The Boston Globe. “Neither BU nor the Huntington have the resources it will take to renovate and modernize the BU ...

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Fan Disrupts First Preview of Thérèse Raquin

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Playbill.com: The first preview of Broadway’s Thérèse Raquin Oct. 1 was disrupted when a fan in the mezzanine began shouting his love for leading lady Keira Knightley, and attempted to propose marriage before he was escorted out by security. “Never a dull moment on 54th Street!” http://bit.ly/1OehELq

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Audience Member Seeks Relief Backstage During Performance

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Playbill: Oh No She Didn’t! There are many kinds of actor nightmares, but this looks like a new one. An intoxicated audience member climbed onto the stage of the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA,  in the middle of Tina McCoy and Cal Chandler’s onstage duet “Alleluia” during an actual performance of The Fix, and exited through a door on the set seeking a restroom. http://bit.ly/1WAB6UT

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Dramatists Guild Clashes With Minnesota Troupe Over New Play Fest

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Playbill.com: “Arrogant” and “cowardly” were words used by Doug Wright, president of the Dramatists Guild, to describe guidelines posted by the Words Players Theatre of Rochester, MN for its planned 2015 Original Short Play Festival. http://bit.ly/1IO1Maq

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