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Theatre Week in Review: July 27, 2013

A sampling of theatre news, reviews and humor for the week: on Broadway & beyond


What’s the best part of love? “That it’s the opposite of loneliness,” responds Adam Guettel. The Floyd Collins, Light in the Piazza composer explains why he never wanted to write for musical theatre.

Killer Joe heads to Broadway: Once again, a decidedly Off-Broadway piece ends up on The Great White Way. Let’s see how Tracy Letts’s sick, twisted fare does, especially as directed by Pam MacKinnon (sigh).

Rebecca rises from the dead: The scandal-ridden Hungarian musical based on the Daphne du Maurier gothic romance is finally coming to Broadway! Maybe. Hopefully. Probably not. Dear god let it actually, finally come to Broadway.

Six by Sondheim: The revered musical theatre composer gets the HBO documentary treatment. The film will include performances by such stars as Audra McDonald, Jarvis Cocker, Darren Criss, Jeremy Jordan and America Ferrera.

Why does it seem perfectly acceptable to change Shakespeare, but not mess with Chekhov or cut lines from Lachlan Philpott? Lyn Gardner ponders whether the playwright should have supremacy.

Where Have All the Critics Gone? Brandon Walker, founding artistic director of The Seeing Place Theater, asks how upstart companies can get the word out in a culture where critics are few and their breadth of coverage is severely limited.


Daniel Radcliffe turns 24.

Happy Birthday, D-Rad! The Harry Potter/Cripple of Inishmaan star turned 24 on the 23rd.

Since 1995, the teaching of the arts has been mandatory in California for grades one to 12. The problem? The law is not enforced.

Can We Please Stop Turning Great Films Into Musicals? The Telegraph‘s David Gritten laments 20th Century Fox’s decision to create at least 9 new musicals based on its existing library of over 4,500 films. I’d also be groaning about it if the idea of Predator the Musical wasn’t SO (badly) AWESOME.

Larry Kramer Is Married in Hospital Ceremony: The playwright-activist best-known for The Normal Heart married partner David Webster on Wednesday in the intensive care unit of NYU Langone Medical Center, where he’d been recovering from surgery for a bowel obstruction.

“We may be OK at marketing to the audiences we have, but we stubbornly resist learning how to market to the audiences we’ll need when the ones we have are gone.” Trevor O’Donnell grapples with why arts audiences are declining — and says it’s all in the marketing.

Screen Shot 2013-07-27 at 8.53.03 PMRosemarie DeWitt tapped to lead remake of Poltergeist: The Off-Broadway vet’s casting can neither be confirmed or denied by playwright-screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire, but all are in agreement that it would obviously be AWESOME.

New ticketing options attempt to woo Broadway audiences: But is reserving without having to pay immediately really that much of an incentive?

Casting announced for Into the Woods film: Clearly the most exciting thing about this casting is Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel’s Prince, while Johnny Depp plays the Wolf and Chris Pine plays Cinderella’s Prince, thus infuriating every dramaturg ever by ignoring the psychological implications of what should be single casting for both roles.

Three Philadelphia strip clubs argue erotic dancing is theatrical performance: The lengths people will go to to avoid taxes.

How Long-Running Plays Make It on Broadway: The 10 longest-running plays in Broadway history are largely forgotten today. Terry Teachout explores why.


2 comments on “Theatre Week in Review: July 27, 2013

  1. Brandon Walker
    July 28, 2013

    Thank you so much for including our blogpost! We look forward to reading more of your stuff!


    • Julie
      July 28, 2013

      My pleasure! It was a great post!


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