Monday, March 29, 2010

Mondays are Dark

Wow! It's an epic week for theatre-related stories!  Must be spring...

Color returns to South Florida
The Fort Lauderdale Theatre Examiner and report that The Color Purple returns to South Florida on April 6th.  If you missed it during its sold-out run at the Arsht Center, you can call the Broward Center now and get your tickets.

Trading Places
The Miami Herald reports that Actors' Playhouse Executive Director Barbara Stein swapped places with Ricardo Wilson, Executive Chef at Fleming's Steakhouse.  Sort of.
Stein chopped some vegetables and prepped some dishes, while Wilson actually performed onstage - something Stein doesn't actually do at the Playhouse.  But it's all good; they both gained insights, and Barbara got the story in the paper. Kudos!

Get'em While They're Young(er)
Bill Hirschman wrote this Sun-Sentinel story about how area theatres are trying to find new and younger audiences.  Young, of course, is relative.  In Palm Beach County, they're trying to reach youngsters as old as 60.  In Miami-Dade, they bring them in as young as 6.  And in between, it's the ages, well, in between.

Boil, Boil, Toil and Trouble....
South Florida's least-loved theatre producers are moving ahead with their new project in  Fort Myers, according to The Stage Door.

Reading up on Dr. Radio
You've got lots of options if you want to know about Florida Stage's latest production: Jonathon Wemette gives us the backstory on Florida's Stages own 1st Stage blog, Christine Dolen describes the cast as "ridiculously talented" in The Miami Herald, while Hap Erstein at the Palm Beach Post interviews co-creator Bill Castellino.

The 12
No, it's not the long-awaited musical version of 12 Angry Men; it's the rock musical that takes up where Jesus Christ Superstar left off.  The Sun-Sentinel has the story, written, in a hint of what's to come, by the paper's Religion Editor. 

I'm Glad Someone's Excited...
..because I'm sick to death of Mamma Mia.  And I'm an ABBA fan!  But it's coming back again, just as it has for the last 5 years in a row. It's been 1/12th of the Touring Season since 2005. Jenny Block at EdgeMiami celebrates the occasion of the show's return (to the Arsht Center, this time) by interviewing Jennifer Noth, a member of the ensemble and understudy for Donna and Tanya, and the only person with the show that no one has talked to yet.

The Next Step
The Miami Theatre Examiner reports that scrappy Mad Cat Theatre Company and the powerhouse Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts are hooking up to present Marco Ramirez' Broadsword. A critical and box-office success last season for Mad Cat, we'll know by opening night if it's the "Carbonell Award Winning" Broadsword.  (No, Paul, an award won't make the production any better, but it will make it a little sweeter.)

Playwright Spotlight
Hap Erstein talks up Deborah Zoe Laufer's offering at the Humana Festival in the Palm Beach ArtsPaperFlorida Stage had been scheduled to produce Sirens, but Laufer pulled it to do some work on it. Which, from the buzz at the Festival, worked out well for the play.

ADDY it up
Speaking of the Arsht and awards, Broadway reports that the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts took home 11 awards for their advertising and marketing excellence.  Did anyone subtract the penalty points for the annoying pop-ups on the Herald website or the obnoxious way they blast sound on their home page when you check in from the office to see what's playing? No?  Damn.
Regardless, one would hope that the Arsht's continuing string of successes will assuage the worries of critics who decried the expense of the theatre.  It's making money, it's bringing plays to the local market, and it's working with local companies to bring home-grown productions to the stage.  Let's see the Marlins match that.

Speaking of the Arsht...
BroadwayWorld reports that Broadway Across America has announced the Arsht's 2010-2011 Broadway season.

Meanwhile, In Palm Beach...
... The Royal Poinciana Playhouse is still closed.  But TC Palm reports that Blythe Danner has joined the Palm Beach Theatre Guild's Committee of Famous People Who Once Did A Play at the Poinciana Stars.  Ms. Danner starred in Harold Pintner's Betrayal at the Playhouse.

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