Monday, August 22, 2011

Mondays are Dark

While it's still the summer doldrums for theater, school started today for much of South Florida.  And while there are only a handful of plays in production, there's still a lot going on behind the scenes.

Broward's World-Ranked Venue
The Miracle Theatre Examiner reports that Broward Center for the Performing Arts sold more tickets that New York City's famed Radio City Music Hall in the year to date, ranking the venue in the top five in ticket sales on the planet according to Pollstar.
"Thanks to the audiences we bring in to enjoy our performances and events, and the wide range of acclaimed touring productions, the Broward Center has an economic impact on the region exceeding $90 million a year.  That's equivalent to the impact of a Super Bowl on Broward County each and every year," said Broward Center President and CEO Kelley Shanley.
Broward Center Growth
Meanwhile, South Florida Gay News talks with the center's president and CEO about how the Broward Center has grown in the past twenty years, and how it's about to grow again.
In recent months, Shanley has been crisscrossing the county to promote a major capital campaign for the center. The $44 million plan would upgrade the center’s 20-year-old technical capabilities, create an outdoor café and build a pavilion down to the Riverwalk area for events and educational programs.
The Broward Center had been an amazing investment for the people of south Florida; hopefully it will gather the support it needs to excel in the future.

A New Twist on Shakespeare
TheatreMania reports that New Theatre's production of Henry V has boldly cast as no one has cast so far. 
"I think the king is but a man..."
"Consideration, like an angel, came
And whipped the offending Adam out of him."
Ron Mangravite is putting Shakespeare's famed universality to the test. "Bending Author" indeed.

Speaking of Casting..., it's not Ken Clement this time.  Mosaic Theatre has announced that it's landed Ray Abruzzo to play the title role in the regional premiere of Lombardi.  Abruzzo is a familiar fact to anyone who has watched The Sopranos or The Practice, and has appeared on countless television shows and movies over the last twenty years or so.  Can he hold his own onstage with our own Laura Turnbull?  Time will tell.
And Ken Clement?  You can catch him next in Stage Door's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Herald's Outlook
Scrolling down this article in The Miami Herald, pass the news that Judith Drucker is presenting classical music again to the new that Nilo Cruz will be back in town to work on a bunch of projects, and, oh yeah, New Theatre cast a woman as Henry V.

Palm Beach DramaWorks Echoes The Past
BroadwayWorld recaps DramaWorks' 2011-2012 season in their new home.  While they are taking over the old Florida Rep space, their season echoes offerings from the old Actors' Repertory Company. 
It's been two decades and more since All My Sons played in West Palm Beach; the space shuttle Challenger exploded while it was in rehearsal, bringing home the relevance of the post WWII drama. It was also Nancy Barnett's first appearance on a South Florida stage. 
Jack Pinkney had a star turn in Master Harold and the Boys, directed by Mercedes Rudkin, along with Kevin Bronson and Mark Lomas.
But sad memories well up when we recall why the Rep's The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds closed early.  Even so, it's great that it will play a West Palm Beach Stage again.

News from the New Guys
Florida Theatre Onstage captures the surprise of Caldwell's second stage announcement, but goes on to analyze why it can work.  They also report that Caldwell's finances appear to be on the mend, albeit slowly.  What a shame that Florida Stage's board lacked the gumption of Caldwell's benefactors; that company was barely in a dip in the road compared to the hole that the Caldwell has been climbing out of.

It Ain't Easy
The Producer's Perspective observes that every job in theatre has its challenges.

Another New Company
Skye Whitcomb and Nori Tecosky have launched The Outré Theatre Company with an Indie-Go-Go campaign.  (Outré's website isn't up yet, BTW).

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