24th Street Theatre’s latest contribution to the Los Angeles stage is a bilingual, humorous journey in search of what it means to be “American.” With a love of baseball, Tia Victoria’s salsa recipe and the help of a talking truck, two cousins work day and night to make their taco truck the “Uncle Sam” of mobile restaurants. read more here
Actor Patrick Duffy And Family To Open New Bar Inside The Broadwater Theater Complex In Time For Hollywood Fringe 2018
The family behind the Broadwater Theater complex, actor Patrick Duffy, his son Padraic Duffy, and Emily Kosloski, wife of the younger Duffy, announce today that they will open The Broadwater Plunge in May, in time for the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival. read more here
New LA Arts Festival downtown at Grand Park asks: “What does it mean to be a citizen?”
The stage is set for a collection of Los Angeles’ creative minds to get a moment in the spotlight. Even better, those moments will take place in Downtown, and the performances will be free.
On Friday-Sunday, April 27-29, the inaugural Our L.A. Voices: Spring Arts Festival will fill Grand Park. The happening will bring more than 30 artists and groups to the 12-acre space, where there will be live theater, dance, music and more. There will be performances as well as opportunities to buy art. read more here
Applications Now Being Accepted for CTG’s 3rd Annual Block Party at the Kirk Douglas
Center Theatre Group Will Remount Three Local Productions for Block Party 2019
Block Party Information Session to be Held at the Douglas on May 1 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Applications are now being accepted for Center Theatre Group’s third annual Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre, which will highlight some of the remarkable work being done on other, more intimate stages throughout Los Angeles by producing three previously staged productions at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. read more here
South Pasadena Hosts ‘The Eclectic’ Music Festival and Artwalk, Saturday, April 28
SALOME Starring Al Pacino and Jessica Chastain Will Stream on BroadwayHD
Oscar, Tony, and Emmy Award winner Al Pacino and Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain make their debuts on streaming service BroadwayHD on Thursday, May 3, 2018 with the critically acclaimed production of Oscar Wilde’s Salomé. The Los Angeles Times said that the film “proves a chilling and watchable look at lust, power, reprisal and decadence.” read more here
Tisch Fund Gives $10 Million to Initiative for Arts and Mental Health
The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund has pledged $10 million to fund arts programs focused on mental health issues in New York City.
The new initiative is an open-ended commitment that seeks to improve the lives of those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, fight stigma around mental illnesses and help people overcome trauma. read more here
Carousel to Play Special Monday Matinee for the Actors Fund
The new Broadway revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel has announced a special Monday matinee performance on May 14 at 3pm at the Imperial Theatre with proceeds benefiting the Actors Fund. read more here
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Chita Rivera to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honors at 2018 Tony Awards
The 72nd annual ceremony, hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, will take place June 10.
Tony winners and musical theatre luminaries Andrew Lloyd Webber and Chita Rivera will receive special honors for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre at the 2018 Tony Awards.
As previously announced, Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban will co-host the 72nd annual ceremony at Radio City Music Hall June 10. read more here
Term of Affection? Ethnic Slur? Theater Union Decides That ‘Gypsy’ Must Go.
They are itinerant singers and dancers. Chorus members. The names below the title. But should they still be called gypsies?
Actors’ Equity Association doesn’t think so. The union that represents stage performers announced this week that it would cease using the title “Gypsy Robe” to describe one of its most cherished insider rituals — the passing of a colorful patchwork garment from one chorus to another on a Broadway show’s opening night — citing the potential offense to Roma people. read more here
FROM AROUND THE WORLD
London’s Grand Theatre has grand ambitions
Artistic director Dennis Garnhum of the London, Ont., theatre keeps going bigger and better. Up next: seats have been removed to recreate a racetrack for Chariots of Fire.
When Dennis Garnhum began his new job as artistic director of the Grand Theatre in London, Ont., he looked at the staff bulletin board in the administration offices and stripped it down.
Once a mosaic of union notices and facility schedules and out-of-date baby photos, the board — about 6 metres wide and 2.5 metres tall — is now dedicated to one unified message. In red and white, the colours of the Grand’s logo, it reads “World Curious, London Proud.” read more here
Measure for Measure gender swap may be theatrical first
Male and female stars to share roles in new spin on Shakespeare tale of sex and power
Gender fluidity on stage will be taken to the next level when the actors Hayley Atwell and Jack Lowden alternate the same role in a new version of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.
German theatre under fire for offering free tickets to those who wear a swastika armband
A theatre in Germany was engulfed in controversy on Friday after it offered free tickets to a play based on the life of Hitler to anyone prepared to wear a swastika armband.
Those prepared to pay for a ticket were offered the chance to wear a Star of David instead, as “a sign of solidarity with the victims of National Socialist tyranny”.
The theatre, in the south German city of Konstanz, claimed its aim was to show how easily people could be corrupted. read more here