Monday, June 14, 2010

Mondays are Dark

While the Theatre Scene is aware of the Tony Awards, as any good theatre blog is, we don't particularly follow the Tony awards.  So no comprehensive coverage of last night's award ceremonies; check out Playbill or TheatreMania or BroadwayWorld for that.  We'll only mention the South Florida connections, if there are any.  We're mono-maniacal that way.

Promises Promises
That said, the Miami Herald points out that Miami native Katie Finneran is up for what would be a second Tony, for here work in, well, Promises, Promises.

Talking With
The Fort Lauderdale Theatre Examiner interviews Joshua Conkel and Nicole Stoddard, respectively the playwright and the direct of MilkMilkLemonade, the current production at Empire Stage.  And we learn that their association is truly a sign of the times:
STODARD:   Josh and I met in true 21st century fashion through our respective blogs  and, and we found we were kindred spirits.
Shine On
The Shiny Sheet tells us how Palm Beach DramaWorks got involved with tomorrow night's Emerging Artists Showcase, featuring the best and brightest from the Dreyfoos School of the Arts, and gives us some background on it.
...the theater will spotlight the talent of 25 of the 60 theater students who graduated from the school this year. Sixteen graduates will perform songs and monologues and the rest will help run the show or display their set or costume designs.

In addition to the public, Dramaworks has invited representatives from South Florida theaters to attend.
Unfair & Unbalanced
That's the name of Robert Klein's 9th HBO comedy special, which first aired Saturday, June 12.  It was taped at the Broward Center's Amaturo Theatre, the small hall that hosts the Carbonell Awards every year.  You can see a promo clip on HBO's website, and the 588 seat theatre never looked so good.

We Don't Need No Stinkin' PATRONS...
Scott Covey at The Minnesota Playlist tells us we've been chasing down the wrong kind of customers.  And he may have a point.
...the word "patron." Hate it. Evokes all the wrong attitudes. We should be looking for "fans." And it's not a mere issue of semantics: "patrons" pay you money to do your art, either to their specifications (a la medieval panel painters) or at your whim. There's nothing in that word which indicates they like what you're doing, let alone love it.  I spent much of the late 80s and early 90s in the music business, working with indie bands, and we never talked about "patrons." Rock bands have fans—adoring, passionate folks who eagerly await your next piece of work, put up posters in their dorm rooms, will travel to other cities to see you perform, want to be your friend.
Barber Time
The Broadway revival of HAIR will come to an end on June 27, according to TimeOutNY
All good things must come to an end, and the Broadway revival of Hair—a very good thing—is now proving no exception...
South Florida's Rachel Bay Jones has been a member of the cast, as
Mother.  You've seen her here most recently in Urinetown, at Actors' Playhouse, but she's appeared extensively in the region since she was a teen too young to play Mother.

Meanwhile... Miami, The Coconut Grove Playhouse is still closed.  The Coconut Grove Grapevine mulls over City Commissioner Mark Sarnoff's attempts to take over the Playhouse.
There has been lots of plans, but no action. Shame. It's a jewel with a lot of history and a very important economic engine for Coconut Grove which is decaying (the playhouse, not the Grove).
Well, actually, it's an empty building.  A theatre is people, and until the right group of people is assembled, there's little chance we'll see plays on that site anytime soon.

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