Did you know that there is a TEDxBroadway website?
And did you know that a TEDxBroadway Talk event is coming up
on February 27th?
From their website: "Now in its 7th year, TEDxBroadway returns to tackle one central question posed to academics, economists, entrepreneurs, scientists, theatre professionals and a full house – all dedicated to making Broadway the best it can be.
True to the TED tradition, TEDxBroadway pulls speakers from vast perspectives, varying expertise, some fields you may not even have heard of yet – all with “ideas worth spreading.""
To see and listen to talks from 2017, click here.
To get your ticket for the event in February, click here.
28th Annual LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award Winners
The 28th Annual LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards, celebrating theatrical excellence and achievement throughout Los Angeles, were presented on Monday, January 29, at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown LA. read more here
Fountain Theatre's all-star reading of ‘All the President's Men' soars at LA City Hall
Saturday night's exhilarating reading of All the President's Men at Los Angeles City Hall was an historic event. Not only was it a powerful statement advocating Freedom of the Press and honoring American journalism, it demonstrated a watershed moment in our city's engagement with local arts organizations. Never has the City of Los Angeles handed over its Council Chamber to a theatre company and partnered with it in this way. We applaud Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell and his staff for making it possible. read more here
CASA 0101 Theater Launches Fundraising Campaign to Keep Doors Open
CASA 0101 Theater announced that it has launched a fundraising campaign in order to save the theater.
"I opened CASA over 15 years ago," said the theater's founding artistic director, Real Women Have Curves playwright Josefina López, in a statement. "I started CASA to create opportunities for actors and writers and artists. This is the kind of place that I wanted when I was a little girl. I thought this would be my way of giving back to my community in Boyle Heights. But, unfortunately we are on the brink of closing down because we can't pay our rent, so we need your financial support." read more here
San Diego Theatre Week returning for a third go-round
When: Feb.15-25 (with additional discounts for events later in the year)
Where: Locations around San Diego County
Tickets: $15, $30 and $45; check individual listings
You could argue that every week is theater week in San Diego — one of the most active theater towns in America, with a reputation that stretches to Broadway and beyond thanks to the new work developed here.
But if you're a newcomer to, or only an occasional dabbler in, the stage scene here, figuring out what to see and where to see it can be a little daunting. read more here
LOCAL FOR KIDS
VELVETEEN RABBIT is opening at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre
Although it is the most modest toy in the nursery, the Velveteen Rabbit earns the love of a young child and learns about the joys and pain of becoming "real." Margery Williams' classic book springs to magical life in this enchanting musical about love, loss and self-esteem, with music by the composer of the smash Off-Broadway revue I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. get your tickets here
Lin-Manuel Miranda Will Join Oprah Winfrey for SUPER SOUL CONVERSATIONS at Harlem's Apollo Theater
Oprah Winfrey hosts "Oprah's Super Soul Conversations," a live event featuring inspiring thought leaders, modern day influencers and social game changers as they discuss the current climate in our culture, on Wednesday, February 7 at 12:30 p.m. ET at Harlem's World-Famous Apollo Theater. The special will air Tuesday, February 27 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK and will be available on "Oprah's Super Soul Conversations" podcast. read more here
Industry Editor Exclusive: How Broadway's Dealing with #MeToo and #TimesUp
It is hard to be the first person to report someone's harassment. Even in this day and age, with the TimesUp and MeToo movements, most individuals are afraid to be labelled forevermore as the person who came out against X person. What happens if no one else chimes in? Will you look like a liar? And--even if you did want to come forward--how would you do it? Going straight to the media is not the right call for everyone, and the media also doesn't care about every harasser. read more here
AROUND THE WORLD
The Great Comet to Rise Again in Tokyo
After fizzling out on Broadway, The Great Comet will strike another spot on Earth.
Next January, the first international production of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 will open at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, providing its Broadway backers with another chance to recover some of their initial investments. The immersive musical closed after a casting controversy in September, returning only about 20-percent of its $14 million production cost. read more here
The kids are all right - in theatre, at least
Children in Australian theatre should be seen, heard, and listened to according to a new paper from children's theatre practitioner Sue Giles.
The Currency House platform paper, Young People and the Arts: An agenda for change, calls on the performing arts to welcome ideas from young actors and audiences. read more here
Anxiety attack: the theatre company investigating anti-terror training
Breach Theatre's new show turns the spotlight on courses preparing people for emergency situations. Do they dispel fear, or cause it? read more here