Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Good morning!



I wish to go to the Lincoln Center Festival.

The Lincoln Center Festival begins today! The 20th anniversary edition will feature artists and ensembles from seven countries in 49 dance, music, and theatre performances across the Lincoln Center campus.

Theater offerings at the festival include:

The Merchant of Venice: Double Olivier and Tony Award–winner Jonathan Pryce is Shylock in this critically acclaimed production.

Kanze Noh Theatre: Grand Master Kiyokazu Kanze leads one of the oldest Noh companies in a rare performance outside Japan.

Takarazuka CHICAGO: All female, all Japanese, and “All That Jazz.”

The festival runs through July 31.


MOTOWN: "Motown’s Back on Broadway—Here’s Why and What’s Changed" by Playbill's Michael Gioia - "When it announced its closing in 2014, it was already a hit—recouping its $18 million investment before it played its final performance January 18, 2015—but it was decided that the show would have the out-of-town tryout it never had to rework certain aspects. Motown became leaner—both in terms of storytelling and weekly production costs—on tour, and plans were always in place for its 2016 Broadway return. Although there are still well over 50 songs in the show, the cast size went from 41 on Broadway to 33 on tour. The New York Times originally reported that weekly production costs would decrease from $850,000 to $675,000."

PREMIERE: "Second Stage Theatre Will Present World Premiere of Chisa Hutchinson's Somebody's Daughter" by's Ryan McPhee - "The play ... will begin performances in summer 2017 at Second Stage’s uptown home, the McGinn/Cazale Theatre."

NYMF INDUSTRY TICKETS: The Last Word, Brett Sullivan’s musical comedy set in 1976 East Cleveland, follows Jay and his friends trying to save the family restaurant by Scrabble® hustling across America. Director Michael Bello and Choreographer Nick Kenkel stage this hilarious new work, featuring incredible music and dance. 5 perfs (7/22 @ 8, 7/24 @ 5, 7/26 @ 8, 7/29 @ 5, 7/29 @ 9) at The Duke on 42nd Street. WATCH THE TRAILER: REQUEST INDUSTRY TICKETS:  SPONSORED 

CHICAGO: "Pride Films and Plays takes over former Profiles Theatre spaces" by TimeOut's Kris Vire - "Pride Films and Plays ... will take over operations of the two theater spaces formerly operated by Profiles Theatre, PF&P officially announced on Monday. Together the two theaters will be known as the Pride Arts Center."

RUMOR QUASHED: "Carol Channing Denies She Will Play Hello, Dolly! Matinees" by Playbill's Robert Viagas - "Channing put the kibosh on that rumor with the following statement to July 12: “At no point has the topic of my filling in on matinees been discussed, with either the production company or with Bette. In fact, I find the very suggestion to be an insult to Bette.”"

BOSTON: "Tony Winner Billy Porter to Helm Huntington Theatre Company's Topdog/Underdog in 2017" by BroadwayWorld - "Topdog/Underdog will perform March 10 - April 9, 2017 at the BU Theatre/Avenue of the Arts."

SAVE THE DATE: The Ninth Annual "Mimi" Awards honoring American playwrights will be presented on Monday, November 14, 2016 at Lincoln Center Theater.

IN DEVELOPMENT: "Culturally Divided Families Fight the Same Illness in New Play Told Through Dance" by Playbill's Michael Gioia - "B-Side Productions has presented its second annual New American Musical Award to Sandy Rustin and Eli Bolin’s play with music and dance, Houston. The piece will receive a New York City workshop in September."

MARKETING AWARDS: "The Nominees for the 2015-2016 Broadway Marketing Awards Are..." by The Producer's Perspective's Ken Davenport - "...the Broadway Marketing Awards were created to put a little spotlight on the incredibly creative thinkers that sit in cubicles around the city, coming up with new ways to sell tickets to our shows. ... Good luck everyone!!!"

TV: "Season Three of Lifetime Channel's Broadway Balances America Will Premiere in August" by's Ryan Gilbert - "Lifetime Channel's award-winning morning show The Balancing Act will present the third season of its six-part special series Broadway Balances America, sponsored by Broadway Across America. Season three of the series, which takes you backstage of some of Broadway's most-beloved musicals, will premiere on the Lifetime Channel in August."

CASTING: Jason Danieley has joined the cast of the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Wendy Wasserstein’s An American Daughter, beginning August 3.

LONDON CASTING: Gawn Grainger has replaced John Hurt as Billy Rice in The Entertainer at the Garrick Theatre.

IN CONCERT: "Transport Group to Present Peter Pan in Concert" by TheaterMania's Hayley Levitt - "Transport Group Theatre Company will present Peter Pan in Concert: A Celebration of the 1954 Classic on Monday, August 15. ... Initial casting includes Rachel Bay Jones, John Bolton, Hannah Elless, Ann Harada, Marc Kudisch, Tony Sheldon, Paul Slade Smith, and Elizabeth Stanley."

LIST: "6 Theatre Workers You Should Know" by American Theatre's Editors - "Andrew Saito, Playwright; Jade King Carroll, Director; Michael Maag, Lighting Designer; Molly McGraw, Stage Manager; Rose Riordan, Associate Artistic Director; Sonja Parks, Actor/Activist"

FELLOWSHIP: "T. Fellowship From Columbia University School of the Arts 2016 Recipient Named" by TheaterMania's Bethany Rickwald - "T. Fellowship ... has announced the next T. Fellow is Christopher Maring. As the fifth fellow in the one-year program,... Maring will receive a stipend of $10,000 with a $20,000 budget for the development of a new theatrical production."


8:00 AM:  TV  Teaser trailer for musical film La La Land starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone debuts on Good Morning America @ ABC
7:30 PM:  EVENT  Lincoln Center Festival @ Lincoln Center
7:30 PM:  OPENING  A Comedy of Manors @ Adirondack Theatre Festival
7:30 PM:  OPENING  Small Mouth Sounds @ Signature Theatre
7:45 PM:  EVENT  Broadway dims its lights in memory of John McMartin
9:00 PM:  OPENING  Spamilton @ Triad
11:35 PM:  TV  Jennifer Lopez and Lin-Manuel Miranda perform “Love Make the World Go Round” on the Tonight Show @ NBC

THIS DAY IN BROADWAY HISTORY: In 1977, a massive power failure blacked out Broadway and New York City around 9:30 PM, halting the second acts of many Broadway shows.

BROADWAY BIRTHDAYS: Fran Kranz, Deborah Cox, Jason Danieley, Didi Conn, Patrick Stewart


Pokémon Go has made its way to Broadway (kind of) and several theaters house some of the virtual characters. Catch 'em all:
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