[LESS INFO] 170 VIEWS | ADDED 14:56:03 03/20/08
The production team for "The Civil War" -- producer Pierre Cossette, producers Gary Gunas and Scott Zieger of Pace Theatrical, lyricist Jack Murphy, composer Frank Wildhorn, and marketing representative Norman Zagier -- cover the musical's journey from inception at Houston's Alley Theatre, through two studio albums, readings and workshops, to the Broadway production.
[LESS INFO] 68 VIEWS | ADDED 22:52:30 03/12/08
The panel of theatre critics -- "New York Post"'s Clive Barnes, "Variety"'s Charles Isherwood, "New York Times"' Peter Marks, "NY1"'s Roma Torre, and "Newsday"'s Linda Winer -- discuss the difference between television and print media, writing styles, the change in opening night review deadlines, audience reactions, unbiased reviews, reading plays prior to attending plays, how the quality of a show influences the quality of a review, returning to a show for a subsequent viewing, and the job market for critics.
[LESS INFO] 77 VIEWS | ADDED 15:09:22 03/05/08
Our distinguished panel of theatre directors - Anne Bogart, Scott Ellis and Daniel Sullivan - discuss their early influences in theatre and how that impacted their work as directors, why they have such a strong and emotional reaction to the idea of "concept" in the directing process, their opposing opinions on the role of assistants, what plays interest them and which works they wouldn't direct, whether they each approach the process differently when directing a new work or a revival, and whether they feel directing is something that can be taught.
[LESS INFO] 78 VIEWS | ADDED 17:13:46 02/27/08
The panelists -- playwright Douglas Carter Beane ("As Bees In Honey Drown"), director/choreographers Kathleen Marshall ("Kiss Me Kate") and Rob Marshall ("Damn Yankees", "She Loves Me"), director Vivian Matalon ("Morning's At Seven"), and playwright John Pielmeier ("Agnes of God") -- discuss the impact of efficient cast sizes, casting for multi-talented performers, respectfully auditionining and rejectioning performers, their individual performing backgrounds, compromising with producers, and collaborating with playwrights and directors.
[LESS INFO] 84 VIEWS | ADDED 15:04:20 02/20/08
Producer/Artistic Director of Lincoln Center Theater André Bishop, Marketing Director and Director of Special Projects for Lincoln Center Theater Thomas Cott, Executive Producer of Lincoln Center Theater Bernard Gersten, director/choreographer Susan Stroman and playwright John Weidman discuss the Tony Award winning "Contact"; from Lincoln Center Theater's invitation to Stroman and Weidman to develop their original ideas, how the individual stories are connected, multiple workshops, the casting process, using pre-existing recorded music versus live musicians, deciding on the show's name, as well as producing for non-commercial theatre with a longstanding member base.
[LESS INFO] 44 VIEWS | ADDED 20:05:24 02/13/08
This broad panel of designers - lighting designer Michael Chybowski ("Moby Dick and Other Stories", "Wit"), scenic designer David Hays, sound designer Abe Jacob ("Pippin", "Evita"), special effects designer Greg Meeh ("Phantom of the Opera", "Miss Saigon", Cirque du Soleil) and costume designer Ann Roth ("Crucifer of Blood", "The Royal Family", "The House of Blue Leaves") -- discuss their purpose and accomplishments, collaborating with a production's creative team, apprentices and learning through hands-on experience, and the increase of sound and light levels over time.
[LESS INFO] 124 VIEWS | ADDED 18:42:39 02/06/08
Performers Bryan Batt ("Saturday Night Fever"), Kristin Chenoweth ("Epic Proportions"), Boyd Gaines ("Contact"), Marin Mazzie ("Kiss Me Kate"), Tom Wopat ("Annie Get Your Gun") and Deborah Yates ("Contact") discuss working on preview performances, how audiences can vary wildly, the pros and cons of live music and amplification, reconceiving shows for revivals, and stories from their stage experiences.
[LESS INFO] 105 VIEWS | ADDED 15:26:14 01/31/08
Director David Esbjornson ("The Ride Down Mt. Morgan"), director David Leveaux ("The Real Thing"), playwright Becky Mode ("Fully Committed"), director Richard Nelson ("James Joyce's The Dead"), and director/choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett ("Swing!") discuss how they became theatre professionals, their work ethic, and their reasons for remaining and working in theatre.
[LESS INFO] 80 VIEWS | ADDED 18:58:58 01/23/08
Our panel of stage performers -- Helen Carey, Elizabeth Franz, Jayne Houdyshell and Zeljko Ivanek -- discuss their roles as featured actors and actresses, the range of work available to them, how they become their characters, dealing with stage fright and forgetting their lines, the audition process, performing in regional theater and how they prepare for each evening's performance.
[LESS INFO] 53 VIEWS | ADDED 16:14:12 01/16/08
The Artistic Directors of four off-Broadway not-for-profit theatre companies -- Douglas Aibel of Vineyard Theatre, Charlotte Moore of Irish Repertory Theatre, Tim Sanford of Playwrights Horizons and Jim Simpson of The Flea Theater -- share their thoughts about attracting audiences to their shows, the cost of keeping their theaters going, the challenges they face competing with commercial productions, how they choose the works performed on their stages and what they hope to accomplish for their companies in the next several years.
[LESS INFO] 96 VIEWS | ADDED 15:37:03 01/09/08
Actors Jennifer Ehle (Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing"), Cherry Jones ("Moon for the Misbegotten", "The Heiress"), Adam Pascal ("Aida", "Rent"), Tonya Pinkins ("The Wild Party", "Jelly's Last Jam"), John Shea ("The Director"), and Patrick Stewart ("A Christmas Carol", "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan") discuss how and why they chose to be performers, their education and training, their work ethic, how one embodies a character, the craft of acting, and why they work in the theatre.
[LESS INFO] 92 VIEWS | ADDED 17:59:00 01/02/08
Playwrights David Auburn ("Proof") and Charles Busch ("The Tale of the Allergist's Wife"), director/choreographer George Faison ("For Colored Girls"), choreographers David Marques ("The Adventures of Tom Sawyer") and Jerry Mitchell ("The Full Monty"), and director John Rando ("The Dinner Party") discuss their experiences in professional theatre, including their backgrounds, creative processes, rehearsals, and transfers to Broadway from off-Broadway and out-of-town productions.
[LESS INFO] 83 VIEWS | ADDED 16:16:46 12/26/07
A panel of acclaimed, Tony Award-winning composers and lyricists - Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, William Finn and Adam Guettel - discuss their first theatrical experiences, the process of writing and composing, what's involved in working with a partner, early influences on their music, and where they find inspiration; offer advice for students; and demonstrate their craft by playing a bit of their work.
[LESS INFO] 101 VIEWS | ADDED 15:26:05 12/19/07
The creative and production team of the Broadway musical "The Full Monty" -- producer Thomas Hall, press representative Michael Hartman, producer Lindsay Law, director Jack O'Brien, general manager Charlotte Wilcox, and composer/lyricist David Yazbek -- follows the show from its inception as a work for the stage, adapted from the 1997 hit comedy film, through to the production on the Great White Way.
[LESS INFO] 82 VIEWS | ADDED 15:26:35 12/12/07
A panel of current New Dramatists playwrights -- Carlyle Brown, David Grimm, Quiara Alegría Hudes and Lucy Thurber -- talk about their differing styles of playwriting, what inspired them to start writing, how the world of the playwright has evolved and changed, what influences their writing and the challenges in getting their work produced. The program also includes an interview with New Dramatists Artistic Director Todd London, discussing how New Dramatists serves as haven for emerging playwrights and describing the new voice of the playwright, the opportunities for playwrights on and off Broadway and the different types of work being written today.
[LESS INFO] 101 VIEWS | ADDED 16:54:17 12/05/07
Oscar, Emmy and five-time American Theatre Wing Tony Award winner, Peter Stone moderates this discussion with lyricist Susan Birkenhead ("Triumph of Love", "Jelly's Last Jam"), composers/lyricists John Kander and Fred Ebb ("Cabaret", "Chicago", "Woman of the Year", "Steel Pier", "The Act"), composer Marvin Hamlisch ("A Chorus Line", "They're Playing Our Song", "The Sweet Smell of Success"), and award-winning country songwriter/composer Don Schlitz ("The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"). The panel talks about the process of musical songwriting, collaboration with other writers, writing songs in conjunction with the book, learning from influential composers, through-composed shows compared to book musicals, pros and cons of workshops, their backgrounds, and their first shows.