[LESS INFO] 42 VIEWS | ADDED 15:12:15 07/11/07
Director and lyricist Martin Charnin ("Annie"); director and choreographer Graciela Daniele ("Annie Get Your Gun"); lyricist and book writers Rupert Holmes ("Say Goodnight, Gracie") and Michael Kunze ("Dance of the Vampires"); and directors Marion McClinton ("King Hedley II") and Lawrence Sacharow (Director of Fordham University Theatre Program) talk about the evolution of both play and musical writing in the United States today and the changes in directorial style and direction over the years.
[LESS INFO] 36 VIEWS | ADDED 13:43:14 07/04/07
Set designer John Arnone ("The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?"), costume designers Jane Greenwood ("Morning's at Seven") and Martin Pakledinaz ("Thoroughly Modern Millie"), set designer Scott Pask ("Amour") and lighting designer Richard Pilbrow ("Our Town") talk about what it means for a designer to collaborate on a show; how that collaboration works with other designers, and the cast and director; and how they keep up with their hectic schedules.
[LESS INFO] 28 VIEWS | ADDED 13:43:14 06/27/07
Actors John Cullum ("Urinetown"), Edie Falco ("Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune"), Lea Salonga ("Flower Drum Song"), Stanley Tucci ("Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune"), Marissa Jaret Winokur ("Hairspray") and Charlayne Woodard ("In Real Life") meet and discuss the changes taking place in the theatre world today; how they came to be in their current shows; and the fluidity of an actor's life - moving between theatre, television and movies.
[LESS INFO] 30 VIEWS | ADDED 12:55:04 06/20/07
The creative team behind the Broadway musical "Hairspray", producers Richard Frankel and Margo Lion, co-book writer Thomas Meehan, choreographer Jerry Mitchell, director Jack O'Brien, co-book writer Mark O'Donnell, composer Marc Shaiman and lyricist Scott Wittman outline the journey the piece took from being a John Waters and Divine cult movie to hitting the Broadway stage; offer a peek at the process that created this smash hit and discuss the social messages that the show sends, both in its content and it's non-traditional casting.
[LESS INFO] 41 VIEWS | ADDED 14:34:53 06/13/07
Director Bob Balaban ("Y2K"), playwrights Richard Greenberg ("Take Me Out") and Suheir Hammad ("Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam"), choreographer Luis Perez ("Man of La Mancha") and director David Petrarca ("A Year With Frog and Toad") discuss the condition of American theatre both in New York and around the country, and some of the shifts that are occurring both in audience expectations and the direction of new works.
[LESS INFO] 38 VIEWS | ADDED 12:44:09 06/06/07
The artistic directors of four major not-for-profit companies - Susan V. Booth of the Alliance Theatre, Oskar Eustis of The Public Theater, Emily Mann of the McCarter Theatre Center and Michael Wilson of Hartford Stage - discuss the unique task of the artistic director, touching upon issues including how they balance their personal artistic goals as directors with the institutional needs of their companies, whether their focus is on the local community or the larger national artistic community, the relationship between not-for-profit theatres and commercial producers, how they measure success, and their responsibility for developing the next generation of theatre artists.
[LESS INFO] 73 VIEWS | ADDED 14:35:16 05/30/07
The extraordinary legacy of playwright August Wilson and his 10-play cycle of African-American life in the 20th Century is explored in a two-part program. First, a panel of Wilson's collaborators -- producer James Houghton (Signature Theatre Company), dramaturg Todd Kreidler, director Kenny Leon ("Radio Golf", "Gem of the Ocean"), actor/director Ruben Santiago Hudson ("Gem of the Ocean", "Seven Guitars"), producer Jack Viertel ("Radio Golf") -- discuss the process of developing and producing Wilson's plays. In the second half, the depth and variety of Wilson's characters are explored by Stephen McKinley Henderson ("Jitney", "King Hedley II"), Harry Lennix ("Radio Golf"), Tonya Pinkins ("Radio Golf") and Phylicia Rashad ("Gem of the Ocean"), joined by director Kenny Leon.
[LESS INFO] 62 VIEWS | ADDED 14:16:27 05/23/07
Four acclaimed leading men - Jeff Daniels ("Blackbird"), Brian Dennehy ("Inherit the Wind"), Liev Schreiber ("Talk Radio") and Kevin Spacey ("A Moon for the Misbegotten") - discuss a wide array of topics, including whether the prefer rehearsal to performance, their experience in long runs and how great plays can carry actors along, the acting opportunities of appearing in many plays by the same author, how they find new challenges, whether they can still enjoy theatre as a member of the audience, and if its harder to do their work now that they’re well known.
[LESS INFO] 52 VIEWS | ADDED 12:47:26 05/16/07
Musical director, orchestrator and arranger Jason Robert Brown, book writer Aaron Latham, producer Chase Mishkin, director Lonny Price, press representative Pete Sanders and producer Leonard Soloway are the guests on this program which discusses the how this classic movie was musicalized, how it was shepherded to Broadway, and how just enough was changed so it would still maintain the movie's original flavor.
[LESS INFO] 55 VIEWS | ADDED 15:17:22 05/09/07
Costume designer Suzy Benzinger ("Movin' Out"), lighting designer Beverly Emmons ("Jekyll and Hyde"), scenic designer Adrianne Lobel ("A Year With Frog and Toad"), sound designer David Meschter ("Medea"), lighting designer Rui Rita ("Enchanted April") and scenic designer David Rockwell ("Hairspray") talk about the practicalities of design - including how to approach a new design job, the similarities of low-budget showcases and big budget Broadway productions, ways to build a collaborative relationship with a director and the many sources of inspiration in the world around us.
[LESS INFO] 52 VIEWS | ADDED 19:44:10 05/02/07
Actors from both sides of the Atlantic - Sutton Foster ("Thoroughly Modern Millie"), Clare Higgins ("Vincent in Brixton"), Eddie Izzard ("A Day in the Death of Joe Egg"), Brian Stokes Mitchell ("Man of La Mancha") and Brent Spiner ("Life (x) 3") - share some of the high points and quite a few humorous moments (including pulling surprised audience members onstage during a performance, accidentally) from their stage careers.
[LESS INFO] 59 VIEWS | ADDED 20:44:10 04/25/07
Four actors from the 42-member "The Coast of Utopia" company -- Jennifer Ehle, Josh Hamilton, Ethan Hawke and Amy Irving -- talk about the experience of appearing in Tom Stoppard's triptych of 19th century Russian intellectual history, including their own trepidation at working with the brilliant Stoppard; adapting language written by an English playwright for Russian characters to the comfort of American actors -- and audiences; the thrill of of working in a variant of a classical repertory company; whether they chose to research the era and their characters; and why they chose to spend a year of their lives with this project, playing parts both large and small.
[LESS INFO] 56 VIEWS | ADDED 14:03:26 04/18/07
Director Jeff Calhoun, actor Phyllis Frelich, actor Tyrone Giordano, producer Todd Haimes, actor Daniel Jenkins and producer Bill O'Brien explain how Deaf West Theatre Company, a sign language theatre company, decided to put on the musical "Big River"; why that is not a bad idea, as many initially thought; the integration of signing into the choreography of the show; and how 2 actors, one hearing and one deaf, shared each of the principal roles.
[LESS INFO] 44 VIEWS | ADDED 21:10:47 04/11/07
Choreographer Jonathan Butterell ("The Light In The Piazza", "Nine"), director Moises Kaufman ("The Laramie Project", "Gross Indecency"), playwright Arthur Kopit ("Nine", "Oh Dad, Poor Dad..."), choreographer Joey McKneely("The Boy From Oz", "Wild Party"), playwright Theresa Rebeck ("Ominum Gatherum", "Bad Dates") and director Susan H. Schulman ("Little Women", "Secret Garden") explore how playwrights, directors and choreographers place themselves in the body of the character so that the character's voices and actions can emerge, what happens in the theatre to make the experience different from film and television, what it means to be an artist - and how an artist's success is measured.
[LESS INFO] 50 VIEWS | ADDED 15:02:29 04/04/07
Members of the creative team of the Tony-winning musical "Avenue Q" -- Robert Lopez (Composer/Lyricist), Rick Lyon (Puppet Designer/Actor), Jeff Marx (Composer/Lyricist),and Jeff Whitty (Book Writer) -- along with producers Robyn Goodman and Jeffrey Seller explain how the pieces came together to create this unique puppet musical, the journey from its early days at the BMI Workshop and the O'Neill Theater Center to the Vineyard Theatre/New Group production to Broadway, including the challenge of expanding a show in scale when the central characters, namely the puppets, can't grow along with the size of the theatre.
[LESS INFO] 41 VIEWS | ADDED 12:57:32 03/28/07
Scenic Designer David Gallo ("Thoroughly Modern Millie"), Lighting Designer Donald Holder ("Little Shop Of Horrors"), Scenic Designer Anna Louizos ("Avenue Q"), Scenic and Costume Designer G.W. Mercier ("Juan Darien"), and Costume Designer Catherine Zuber ("Dinner At Eight") discuss how designing on a restricted budget can force a designer to find a more creative solution; spectacle on Broadway - is it expected and how it does or does not affect ticket prices; the necessity today for a designer to juggle multiple projects and the joy and heartbreak of working in an ephemeral art form.