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Tony Award-Winning Choreographer Bob Avian Dies at 83

Tony Award-Winning Choreographer Bob Avian Dies at 83

By Mark Kennedy | Jan 24, 2021

Bob Avian, a Tony Award-winning choreographer who had a role in some of the most beloved and influential shows on Broadway, including "Dreamgirls," "A Chorus Line," "Follies" and "Miss Saigon," has died. He was 83.

Dancing Screen: San Francisco Ballet's Online Season Premieres

Dancing Screen: San Francisco Ballet's Online Season Premieres

By Paul Parish | Jan 21, 2021

San Francisco Ballet's recent online preview concert showcased newly commissioned dance films as well as previously recorded classic works in four new online programs for 2021.

The Stage's Broad Reach: "The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey" at Cinnabar Theater

The Stage's Broad Reach: "The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey" at Cinnabar Theater

By Jim Gladstone | Jan 19, 2021

San Franciscans have had rare opportunities to catch exciting new shows performed in London and New York without traveling, even as nearby as Petaluma, where the gay-themed "The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey" will stream for online audiences.

SpeakEasy Stage Goes Virtual for Spring Season

SpeakEasy Stage Goes Virtual for Spring Season

Jan 19, 2021

SpeakEasy Stage Company's 30th Anniversary Season continues this spring with the New England premieres of three exciting new productions to be filmed and streamed.

23 Broadway Songs for New Beginnings

23 Broadway Songs for New Beginnings

By Matthew Wexler | Jan 12, 2021

Broadway Direct and Spotify have partnered to create the ultimate musical theater playlist for better days ahead.

Man on Stage: Tom DeTrinis Rages On

Man on Stage: Tom DeTrinis Rages On

By Jim Gladstone | Jan 12, 2021

Call it serial monology. Los Angeles-based comic actor and writer Tom DeTrinis' new one-man show, "Making Friends," streaming through January 18, is the latest link in a director-actor trio of productions.

Sketch Films; Red Thread to Premiere Fourth Dance Film

Sketch Films; Red Thread to Premiere Fourth Dance Film

By Jim Provenzano | Jan 11, 2021

The always-innovative Amy Seiwert's Imagery will premiere the fourth dance film as part of the Sketch Films series online Jan. 15. Choreographer Ben Needham-Wood's "What the Body Holds," created with filmmaker Matthew McKee, features dancer Jenna Marie.

Sidelined 'Mean Girls' Musical Won't Reopen on Broadway

Sidelined 'Mean Girls' Musical Won't Reopen on Broadway

Jan 8, 2021

Producers of the Broadway musical "Mean Girls" have decided not to restart when authorities allow theaters to reopen in New York City, the second and likely not last established show to be a casualty of COVID-19 on the Great White Way.

Tituss Burgess, Adam Lambert Star in 'Ratatouille' Musical on TikTok

Tituss Burgess, Adam Lambert Star in 'Ratatouille' Musical on TikTok

By Mark Kennedy | Jan 2, 2021

TikTok's crowdsourced "Ratatouille" musical has cooked up some serious talent for its one-night-only benefit concert, including roles for Tituss Burgess, Adam Lambert, Wayne Brady, André De Shields and Ashley Park.

Review: 'A Christmas Carol' is Heartfelt, Passionate

Review: 'A Christmas Carol' is Heartfelt, Passionate

By Joe Siegel | Dec 30, 2020

This year, Providence's Trinity Repertory Company has taken an alternate approach to their perennial holiday production of "A Christmas Carol" due to the ongoing pandemic.

Watch: Billy Porter Featured in Actors Fund's Star-Studded Fund Raising Vid

Watch: Billy Porter Featured in Actors Fund's Star-Studded Fund Raising Vid

Dec 29, 2020

In a press release, The Actors Fund, the national human services organization for everyone in performing arts and entertainment, announced the release of the "Make Them Hear You / Grateful" video to raise funds for their programs and services.

Broadway Star Rebecca Luker Dies at 59

Broadway Star Rebecca Luker Dies at 59

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Dec 23, 2020

The celebrated Broadway actress who starred in revivals of "Showboat," "The Sound of Music" and "The Music Man," has died at age 59.

Curtain Up: New Theatrical Libations and Experiences Worthy of a Standing Ovation

Curtain Up: New Theatrical Libations and Experiences Worthy of a Standing Ovation

By Ryan Leeds | Dec 22, 2020

But the show continues for several entrepreneurs who have found creative ways to blend their love of live entertainment with their affection for quality libations while at the same time helping industries in need.

Virus Shuts Many UK Theaters but Online the Show Goes On

Virus Shuts Many UK Theaters but Online the Show Goes On

By Jill Lawless | Dec 16, 2020

The Old Vic is among theaters trying to keep the flame alive. But owners and producers warn that nine months of coronavirus-related curbs have left Britain's performing arts on the brink.

Live Concert Version of Broadway Hit 'Jagged Little Pill' Streaming in December

Live Concert Version of Broadway Hit 'Jagged Little Pill' Streaming in December

Dec 11, 2020

The Broadway production of "Jagged Little Pill" may be dark, but the cast reunites for a special live concert version of the musical — the most nominated show of any show running for this year's Tony Awards — on December 13.

Review: 'The Race' is an Uncomfortable, Cautionary Tale

Review: 'The Race' is an Uncomfortable, Cautionary Tale

By Will Demers | Dec 10, 2020

How does the Pandemic influence the job interview process? A new play, presented by Providence's Willbury Theatre Group, offers an uncomfortable look into the future.

Review: 'Dancing Lessons' Holds Attention

Review: 'Dancing Lessons' Holds Attention

By Will Demers | Dec 10, 2020

The Players offered a virtual production of Mark St. Germain's one-act play "Dancing Lesson" last weekend.

Holiday Variety: Taylor Mac, New Conservatory's Seasonal Shows

Holiday Variety: Taylor Mac, New Conservatory's Seasonal Shows

By Jim Gladstone | Dec 9, 2020

Taylor Mac revives his "Holiday Sauce" at the Curran, and New Conservatory Theatre Center's "Queer Variety" show should bring some holiday cheer.

Smuin Contemporary Ballet Finds New Ways to Reach Audiences

Smuin Contemporary Ballet Finds New Ways to Reach Audiences

By Philip Mayard | Dec 9, 2020

Throughout 2020, the artists at Smuin Contemporary Ballet have found success in spite of the pandemic. Not only have they kept their dancers working and their local audiences engaged, they've built new audiences in unexpected ways.

Watch: Out Playwright Jeremy O. Harris Announces Landmark Anthology of Plays by Black Playwrights (and Tweets Rihanna)

Watch: Out Playwright Jeremy O. Harris Announces Landmark Anthology of Plays by Black Playwrights (and Tweets Rihanna)

Dec 8, 2020

Last night on "Late Night with Seth Meyers," playwright Jeremy O. Harris announced "The Golden Collection", composed of 15 plays by prominent Black playwrights including "Slave Play," which has received a historic 12 Tony Award nominations.

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