[LESS INFO] 229 VIEWS | ADDED 18:56:11 06/17/09
The panel of performers - Betty Buckley ("Sunset Blvd"), Liz Callaway ("Cats"), Valerie Harper ("Death Defying Acts"), Brian Murray ("Racing Demon"), Roger Rees (Tom Stoppard's "Indiscretions"), Frances Sternhagen ("The Heiress") - talk about the different ways they started in the business, training at the Royal Shakespeare Company, notable acting teachers, how to prepare for auditions, replacing in a show with an abbreviated rehearsal period, and how to keep performances fresh during a long run.
[LESS INFO] 163 VIEWS | ADDED 16:04:34 06/10/09
The multi-disciplined panelists -- director/choreographer Jeff Calhoun ("Busker Alley"), director/playwright Michael Leeds ("Swinging on a Star"), actor/playwright Anne Meara ("After-Play"), director Mike Ockrent ("Big, Crazy For You, Me and My Girl"), director/choreographer Lee Roy Reams ("Hello, Dolly!" revival), director Lloyd Richards ("Fences"), and director John Tillinger ("Deathtrap") -- discuss the director's role in relationship to the playwright, the differences in developing of musicals and plays, directing revivals, the challenges of auditions, and the pros and cons of workshops.
[LESS INFO] 155 VIEWS | ADDED 18:39:29 06/03/09
Five of the stage's most talented Directors - Thomas Kail, Moisés Kaufman, Bartlett Sher, Leigh Silverman and Kate Whoriskey - talk about how they work with, and interpret, the author's work; the relationship between directors and designers; managing change as the work evolves; why they feel actors should be more involved in the process; the different approach they take when working with classics as opposed to original works; how they work with casting directors and then work with the various actors and acting techniques; their desire to be a support system for each other; and whether they feel directing can be taught.
[LESS INFO] 156 VIEWS | ADDED 15:24:02 05/27/09
The "Moon Over Buffalo" production team -- press representative Adrian Bryan-Brown, designer/producer Heidi Landesman, producer Elizabeth Williams, general managers Wendy Orshan and Jeffrey M. Wilson of 101 Productions, and Serino Coyne advertising representative Ruth Rosenberg -- discuss the process of bringing Ken Ludwig's play to Broadway, from the first reading, casting Carol Burnett, finding a director, creating the $2.4 million budget including an out-of-town tryout, to advertising, press coverage and opening night reviews.
[LESS INFO] 111 VIEWS | ADDED 03:51:59 05/21/09
The design team of "The Heiress" -- scenic designer John Lee Beatty, lightning designer Beverly Emmons, costume designer Jane Greenwood, director Gerald Gutierrez and actor Cherry Jones -- discuss the interwoven details of their production, from natural period lighting for the enclosed sets, to background colors complementing the costumes, and the advantages of collaborating on previous works. Mask/puppet designer Ralph Lee demonstrates the large puppets worn by actors in "Heart Of The Earth: A Popul Vuh Story".
[LESS INFO] 125 VIEWS | ADDED 13:40:18 05/13/09
Beginning the discussion with the question of when, or if, work becomes fun, our guests, lead actors all--Jane Alexander, Bill Irwin, Angela Lansbury, Cynthia Nixon, and Geoffrey Rush--also talk about how they choose roles and whether they'd consider playing smaller roles on the stage today; what they feel from an audience and how they react as audience members; their relationship to, and the role of, the stage manager; how much they consciously set the tone for the company; how they balance the thoughts of the playwright and the director -- and how they handle it when the two don't agree; and whether they follow stage directions from the existing script.
[LESS INFO] 129 VIEWS | ADDED 20:21:32 05/06/09
The discussion panel - director Leonard Foglia ("Master Class"), director Michael Greif ("Rent"), playwright Betsy Howie ("Cowgirls"), lyricist Tom Jones ("The Fantasticks"), composer/lyricist Mary Murfitt ("Cowgirls"), and director George C. Wolfe ("Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring In 'Da Funk") - talk about how their pieces evolved from concept to production, the role of a dramaturg, casting performers with a range of experience, and bringing actors into the creative process.
[LESS INFO] 180 VIEWS | ADDED 16:14:34 04/29/09
Our guests -- Ted Chapin, Kurt Deutsch, Brian Drutman, and Thomas Z. Shepard -- take us inside the world of producing cast albums. Highlights of the discussion center on how these albums get made; the cost of producing them; where they fit in today's market; how technology has affected their production; how much collaboration there is - or isn't - with the shows' directors; changes to the production model; marketing and distribution; digital vs. traditional retail release of albums; and what they mean to the legacy of a musical.
[LESS INFO] 162 VIEWS | ADDED 21:12:46 04/22/09
The panel - playwright Allan Knee ("Late Night Comic"), director Ron Lagomarsino ("Driving Miss Daisy"), director Lloyd Richards ("Fences"), casting director Meg Simon ("Fences"), playwright Alfred Uhry ("Driving Miss Daisy"), and playwright August Wilson ("Fences") - discuss directing styles, collaboration between playwright and director, developing and casting their current productions, and the emergence of casting directors for the stage.
[LESS INFO] 148 VIEWS | ADDED 16:56:23 04/15/09
Our guests - Scenic Designer David Gallo, Sound Designer John Gromada, Costume Designer Susan Hilferty and Lighting Designer Peter Kaczorowski - discuss how a design team enhances a production; when they are brought into the production and how they interact with one another as the show unfolds; their process in preparing for each show; their collaboration not only with each other but also with the director and the actors; the logistical challenges they face with each new show; how they got involved in theatre design and what training they did or didn't receive; advice they'd give to young designers; how they handle creative differences with other designers and the director; and where they find inspiration for their designs.
[LESS INFO] 140 VIEWS | ADDED 17:16:14 04/01/09
Our guests - 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant® recipients Mark Allen, Dave Malloy, Thomas Mizer and Curtis Moore - tell us what these Grants and others mean to them and their work; how they became involved in musical theatre; the programs and workshops that helped their work move forward; what parameters they work within when writing for musical theatre; how much license they give to others to interpret their work; what they do to sustain themselves financially while pursuing their musical passion; dealing with the business aspects of writing and composing; and what Broadway represents for them.
[LESS INFO] 145 VIEWS | ADDED 17:26:14 03/25/09
The 23rd annual American Theatre Wing Design Awards honor the best theatrical design in New York for the 1986-1987 season. The award winning designs are demonstrated by "Starlight Express" assistant costume designer Ann Emonts, "Worstward Ho" assistant lighting designer Mary Louise Geiger, "The Hunger Artist" actor Anthony Holland, Brooklyn Academy of Music's "The Civil Wars - Act 5: The Trees" production manager Paul King, and "Fences" scenic designer James D. Sandefur.
[LESS INFO] 164 VIEWS | ADDED 14:53:24 03/19/09
Broadway performers Patti Cohenour, Michael Crawford, and Judy Kaye from "The Phantom of the Opera"; Blythe Danner ("A Streetcar Named Desire"); "M. Butterfly"'s John Lithgow and B.D. Wong; and agent Erica Spellman (ICM) discuss auditioning, preparing special skills for unique roles, crossing over from drama to musicals to opera, and working on different types of stages.
[LESS INFO] 149 VIEWS | ADDED 15:06:10 03/11/09
Our guests - playwrights Gina Gionfriddo, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Tina Howe, Lisa Loomer and Christopher Shinn - explore whether they write to console or provoke an audience; to what degree current events, including the election of a new president and the economic freefall, has on their work; who they write for; if playwriting can be taught; how they react to reviews, both negative and favorable; when they knew they wanted to write for the stage; their relationship with directors; and they share their thoughts about connecting with the audience.
[LESS INFO] 124 VIEWS | ADDED 20:44:23 03/04/09
Director Paul Benedict ("Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune"), playwright Timothy Crouse ("Anything Goes"), playwright David Henry Hwang ("M. Butterfly"), director Robert Kalfin ("Rashomon"), playwright Terrence McNally ("Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune"), legal representative Jeremy Nussbaum, and playwright John Weidman ("Anything Goes") talk about how they began their careers in theatre, writing stage directions, revising "Anything Goes", the real life inspiration for "M. Butterfly", and the advantages of a lengthy preview period.
[LESS INFO] 171 VIEWS | ADDED 15:35:50 02/25/09
The production team of "M. Butterfly" - advertising representative Jeffrey Ash, stage manager Bob Borod, general manager Steve Goldstein, producer Stuart Ostrow, and press agent John Springer - talk about the many components involved in bringing the groundbreaking play to Broadway, including the play's themes, casting, ad design, publicity campaign, costume design, budget and ticket prices.