[LESS INFO] 55 VIEWS | ADDED 14:37:34 11/21/07
In a one-on-one interview with playwright Horton Foote he talks about his early career as an actor, who was responsible for his becoming a playwright, how his connection to the past inspires his writing, what it was like to write for television's Golden Age, writing for different mediums, including his Oscar winning screenplays, and the influence his hometown of Wharton, Texas has had on his life and his work. He's then joined by four artists who have worked with him in recent years - his daughter, actress Hallie Foote; James Houghton, Artistic Director of Signature Theatre; Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director of Primary Stages; and Michael Wilson, Artistic Director of Hartford Stage - who discuss their roles in interpreting Foote's stories, the impact regional theatre has had in presenting his works, and how Horton Foote's plays relate to today's audiences.
[LESS INFO] 43 VIEWS | ADDED 15:37:26 11/14/07
Four of Broadway's newest and brightest stars - Ashley Brown ("Mary Poppins"), Jonathan Groff ("Spring Awakening"), Alison Pill ("Mauritius") and John Lloyd Young ("Jersey Boys") - discuss their road to the Broadway stage, the mentors who helped them, where their drive to perform comes from, their earliest roles, how they handle the audition process, facing their fears, keeping their voices in shape and what roles they'd love to play in the future.
[LESS INFO] 41 VIEWS | ADDED 14:57:54 11/14/07
The production team of Elton John and Tim Rice's "Aida" - musical director Paul Bogaev, press representative Chris Boneau, director Robert Falls, book writer David Henry Hwang, vice president of creative affairs "Stuart Oken", and producer "Thomas Schumacher" - follows the show from its creative inception, through its early production at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, the Chicago tryout, to the Broadway opening.
[LESS INFO] 30 VIEWS | ADDED 16:05:41 11/02/07
This panel of artists - playwright/actress Pamela Gien, playwright/director/actor Lonny Price, choreographer/director Randy Skinner, director Rebecca Taylor, playwright August Wilson, and director Joel Zwick - who provide the creative heart of the theatre and breathe life into their stage productions discuss their work, backgrounds, and education; becoming a choreographer; building a book show around pre-existing songs; and how poetry relates to stage work.
[LESS INFO] 48 VIEWS | ADDED 15:39:28 10/24/07
The production and creative team for the musical "The Producers" - press representative John Barlow, creator and producer Mel Brooks, producer Richard Frankel, general manager Laura Green, book writer Thomas Meehan, and director and choreographer Susan Stroman - discuss taking the cult film to the Broadway stage, including the out-of-town run in Chicago, budgeting a huge musical, and the overwhelming interest from producers, investors, publicists, and ticketbuyers.
[LESS INFO] 41 VIEWS | ADDED 13:03:32 10/17/07
Six leading performers - Alan Cumming ("Design For Living"), Daniel Davis (Tom Stoppard's "Invention Of Love"), Heather Headley ("Aida"), Faith Prince ("Bells Are Ringing"), Maximilian Schell ("Judgement At Nuremberg"), and Lily Tomlin ("The Search For Intelligent Life In The Universe") - talk about their training; audition experiences; and their drive, passion and knowledge needed to achieve a career in the theatre.
[LESS INFO] 69 VIEWS | ADDED 18:14:02 10/15/07
Choreographers Rob Ashford and Wayne Cilento, playwright Michael Frayn, playwright/lyricist Greg Kotis, and directors Sean Mathias and Lynne Meadow discuss various aspects of their respective crafts, including the focus on storytelling, the benefits and challenges of collaboration, bad reviews, and the evolution of the director/choreographer relationship.
[LESS INFO] 63 VIEWS | ADDED 14:24:10 10/03/07
The creative team of worldwide hit musical "Mamma Mia!" - press representative Adrian Bryan-Brown, producer Judy Craymer, book writer Catherine Johnson, director Phyllida Lloyd, and composer/lyricist Björn Ulvaeus - discuss the multi-year journey that brought ABBA's songs to Broadway.
[LESS INFO] 50 VIEWS | ADDED 14:53:03 09/26/07
Actors Kate Burton ("Hedda Gabler"), Christine Ebersole ("42nd Street"), Peter Gallagher ("Noises Off"), Valerie Harper ("The Tale of the Allergist's Wife"), and Robert Sean Leonard ("The Music Man") discuss performing on Broadway with respect to humor, the truth in acting, analyzing a script, building a character, acting influences, auditions, training, directors, pre-performance preparations, and on-stage mishaps.
[LESS INFO] 51 VIEWS | ADDED 14:09:53 09/19/07
The panelists -- lighting designer Ken Billington, costume and set designer Robert Jones, costume designer William Ivey Long, scenery designer Thomas Lynch, costume and scenery designer Tony Walton, and costume designer David C. Woolard -- discuss the fields of study that led them to design; perceptible styles; the design of "Six Degrees of Separation"; how actors are effected by design details; how lighting influences audience reaction; contemporary audiences' expectations for brighter, quicker-moving shows; and creating The Yellow Dress in "Contact" through costume and lighting.
[LESS INFO] 44 VIEWS | ADDED 14:34:12 09/12/07
This panel of producers (all of whom just happen to be women) -- Tisa Chang, Elizabeth Ireland McCann, Amy Nederlander, Daryl Roth, Fran Weissler, and Elizabeth Williams -- talks about the role of women in theater, how they are percieved, how they have come to the forefront of the theater community and how they have significantly impacted productions on Broadway and off-Broadway.
[LESS INFO] 45 VIEWS | ADDED 15:42:01 08/15/07
The international panel consisting of Valery Fokin (Artistic Director of The Meyerhold Centre in Moscow and the Alexandrinksy Theatre in St. Petersburg), Marita Gochman (writer/director, Nordic theatre), Fiona Shaw (Irish actress, "Medea"), Anatoly Smeliansky (writer/scholar/critic, Moscow Art Theatre), Elise Thoron (writer/director, Russian theatre), and Shu Xiao (Cultural Counselor, China) discuss the role of theatre in their respective countries; American curiosity in foreign productions and exposure to culturally-rich material; and exporting Broadway shows worldwide.
[LESS INFO] 88 VIEWS | ADDED 03:00:22 08/09/07
Playwrights Jon Robin Baitz ("Hedda Gabbler"), John Guare ("Sweet Smell of Success"), Peter Parnell ("Q.E.D."), and directors Gene Saks ("Mr. Goldwyn"), Daniel Sullivan ("Proof"), and Mary Zimmerman ("Metamorphoses") discuss their approaches to writing, directing, and adaptations; the collaboration process with directors, writers, producers, sets, and actors; reactions to a production's first preview; and the source of ideas for playwrights.
[LESS INFO] 52 VIEWS | ADDED 12:30:07 08/01/07
"Thoroughly Modern Millie"'s creative and production team -- choreographer Rob Ashford, general manager Nina Lannan, producer Hal Luftig, director Michael Mayer, book writer/lyricist Dick Scanlan and composer Jeanine Tesori -- discuss the Tony Award winning musical's journey to Broadway; obtaining the rights to the 1967 Universal Pictures film written by Richard Morris and starring Julie Andrews; years of development in workshops and readings; how the production team came together, including Rob Ashford's choreographer audition; the mixture of existing songs and new Tesori compositions; the advantages and disadvantages of mounting the show in partnership with La Jolla Playhouse; the many producers involved, including road presenters; the decision and budgetary considerations in opening on Broadway with a rigious preview period versus a second out-of-town tryout.
[LESS INFO] 32 VIEWS | ADDED 13:22:14 07/25/07
Actors Frank Langella ("Fortune's Fool"), John Lithgow ("Sweet Smell of Success"), Andrea Martin ("Oklahoma!"), Estelle Parsons ("Mornings at Seven"), Mercedes Ruehl ("The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?"), Jeffrey Wright ("Top Dog/Under Dog") discuss playing a range of roles, what influences their performances including daily life and audience response, how to prepare for a performance, and working with directors in finding courage and confidence.
[LESS INFO] 29 VIEWS | ADDED 15:34:57 07/18/07
Actors Julie Harris ("The Belle of Amherst"), Marilu Henner ("The Tale of the Allergist's Wife"), Richard Kind ("The Tale of the Allergist's Wife"), Hal Linden ("Cabaret"), Brad Oscar ("The Producers"), Steven Weber ("The Producers") discuss what makes for good entertainment; how actors collaborate with the rest of the creative staff, especially directors; and what makes an audience laugh. Additionally, there is a short tribute to producer Robert Whitehead ("Master Class, A Few Good Men, Medea") who recently passed away.