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Lights, Gestures, Action! How to Stage a Broadway Musical With Deaf Actors

Lights, Gestures, Action! How to Stage a Broadway Musical With Deaf Actors | Music, Theatre, and Dance | Scoop.it
A new production of “Spring Awakening” from Deaf West Theater prompted a burst of theatrical innovation.
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Challenging the gender status quo in American theater

Challenging the gender status quo in American theater | Music, Theatre, and Dance | Scoop.it
The need for the Women’s Voices Theater Festival reflects a lack of representation for female playwrights.
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Respect for Children: There Are No Children

Respect for Children: There Are No Children | Music, Theatre, and Dance | Scoop.it
In the second installment of Teresa Simone’s Why I Hate Children’s Theatre series, the author discusses the problems with binary constructions of "child" and "adult."
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Tonys 2015: Meet the biggest hit maker on Broadway

Tonys 2015: Meet the biggest hit maker on Broadway | Music, Theatre, and Dance | Scoop.it
Who's the toast of Broadway at the moment? While fans of Kristin Chenoweth and Kelli O'Hara duke it out, let's raise a glass to Oskar Eustis, the Public Theater's game-changing artistic director who, since he began his tenure 10 years ago, has been retooling the American musical at the historic off-Broadway venue founded by Joseph Papp.
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Theatre should reflect society – and boldly imagine ways for it to change

Theatre should reflect society – and boldly imagine ways for it to change | Music, Theatre, and Dance | Scoop.it
Playwrights must make more conscious choices about the characters we write
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Can theatre be used to treat mental illness?

Can theatre be used to treat mental illness? | Music, Theatre, and Dance | Scoop.it
Theatre provides stimulus for psychotic, schizophrenic and depressed patients, but can it improve their mental health?
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You Know That Audience We Rarely Reach? It Really Wants to Talk

You Know That Audience We Rarely Reach? It Really Wants to Talk | Music, Theatre, and Dance | Scoop.it
Mark Blankenship discusses Triple Play, an initiative exploring what artists and administrators can do to entice casual ticket buyers to see more new plays.
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The Nazi war criminal, the Nuremberg prosecution expert… and a shared love of Bach

The Nazi war criminal, the Nuremberg prosecution expert… and a shared love of Bach | Music, Theatre, and Dance | Scoop.it
A forthcoming project sheds light on the parallels between Hans Frank, a key player in the Holocaust, and Hersch Lauterpacht, one of the prosecution team at his trial, writes Ed Vulliamy
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Bert Williams: America's First Black Star - Thinking About Theater - Oct 24, 2014

Bert Williams: America's First Black Star - Thinking About Theater - Oct 24, 2014 | Music, Theatre, and Dance | Scoop.it
A rediscovered film at MoMA prompts reflections on a great artist's extraordinary career.
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Why Don’t People Read Plays for Fun Anymore?

Why Don’t People Read Plays for Fun Anymore? | Music, Theatre, and Dance | Scoop.it
“Sam gets weird.” This stage direction, on Page 32 of the newly published script of Annie Baker’s Pulitzer Prize–winning play The Flick, reminded me in an instant why I love reading plays, why I’ll always love reading plays, even though I haven’t acted in a play since I was 21...
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For Garth Fagan, a life choreographed by his love of movement

For Garth Fagan, a life choreographed by his love of movement | Music, Theatre, and Dance | Scoop.it
Garth Fagan has held his dance company together for 44 years, no easy feat. But mention another accomplishment — his Tony-winning choreography of the stage musical "The Lion King" — and Fagan breaks into a huge smile and rumbling laughter.
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Debating ‘Otello,’ Blackface and Casting Trends

Debating ‘Otello,’ Blackface and Casting Trends | Music, Theatre, and Dance | Scoop.it
Ben Brantley and Anthony Tommasini weigh in on the debate set off by the Metropolitan Opera’s decision to forgo darkening makeup in its latest production.
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12 Broadway Choreographers All Actors Should Know

12 Broadway Choreographers All Actors Should Know | Music, Theatre, and Dance | Scoop.it
From the early days of the Great White Way to the greatest hits of the past 10 years, here are 12 legendary choreographers who have given shape to Broadway as we know it.
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Lenny Henry, thanks for bringing theatre to life | Elizabeth Day

Lenny Henry, thanks for bringing theatre to life | Elizabeth Day | Music, Theatre, and Dance | Scoop.it
When the actor forgot his lines, he almost made me warm to this stilted, overrated art form
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YouTube’s Copyright Conundrum: Unwarranted Video Takedowns are Symptoms of a Much Larger Problem

YouTube’s Copyright Conundrum: Unwarranted Video Takedowns are Symptoms of a Much Larger Problem | Music, Theatre, and Dance | Scoop.it

There are no two ways around it: YouTube has an intellectual property problem. Or, more specifically, an IP management and enforcement problem.

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In Bess Wohl’s ‘Small Mouth Sounds,’ a Loss for Words Leads to a Gain in Insight

In Bess Wohl’s ‘Small Mouth Sounds,’ a Loss for Words Leads to a Gain in Insight | Music, Theatre, and Dance | Scoop.it
The characters in a new play say almost nothing, an exercise in mindfulness that was both challenging and relieving for its writer.
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Composer Alan Menken explains how 'Newsies' became a stage dynamo

Composer Alan Menken explains how 'Newsies' became a stage dynamo | Music, Theatre, and Dance | Scoop.it
At the 1992 Academy Awards, composer Alan Menken was fielding questions in the press room after winning a couple of Oscars for his score for "Aladdin," the animated Disney movie.
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A stage of their own: why female playwrights are still marginalised

A stage of their own: why female playwrights are still marginalised | Music, Theatre, and Dance | Scoop.it
At the National Theatre and beyond, female playwrights’ work is still frequently hived off in smaller spaces and slapped with the ‘radical’ tag. Are our leading theatrical institutions built on suspect foundations?
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You Can’t Make a Living: Digital Media, the End of TV’s Golden...

You Can’t Make a Living: Digital Media, the End of TV’s Golden... | Music, Theatre, and Dance | Scoop.it
Photo by Benjamin Thompson A FEW WEEKS AGO, I went to a hotel in West Hollywood for a dinner in honor of playwrights working in film and TV. The event was hosted by the screenwriting organization The Black List, along with New Girl creator and showrunner Liz Meriwether, who started out (not long...
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Exit the stage direction | Lyn Gardner

Exit the stage direction | Lyn Gardner | Music, Theatre, and Dance | Scoop.it
Lyn Gardner: The plays of Ibsen and Shaw have extensive stage directions but are they a constraint to creativity or an invitation to imagine?
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Playwright Tom Stoppard’s Surprisingly Relaxed Method

Playwright Tom Stoppard’s Surprisingly Relaxed Method | Music, Theatre, and Dance | Scoop.it
Playwright Tom Stoppard, whose ‘Indian Ink’ and ‘The Real Thing’ come to Broadway this fall, reveals the simple way his supercomplicated plots come to him
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The Broad Appeal of Theater About Theater

The Broad Appeal of Theater About Theater | Music, Theatre, and Dance | Scoop.it
The playwrights of ‘The Country House,’ ‘It’s Only a Play’ and ‘The Real Thing’—Tom Stoppard, Terrence McNally and Donald Margulies—discuss why these insider shows draw big audiences
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