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The Kinds Of Theatre That Might Work Best Virtually

Source: ArtsJournal.com | Posted: September 28 2020 @ 5:58 pm

Plays that explore broken institutions, social unrest, and isolation may be uniquely suited to the Zoom platform with its fractured screen of boxes and its disruptive glitches, hiccups, and delays. – Howlround

2020 Olivier Awards to Take Place on October 25; Next Awards Show Will Be in 2022

Source: Broadway.com | Posted: September 28 2020 @ 5:21 pm

Save the date! The rescheduled 2020 Olivier Awards are officially taking place on Sunday, October 25 at 3:00PM ET. Hosted by the previously announced Jason Manford, the ceremony will be broadcast on ITV and Magic Radio.

Showing off the London Palladium, the mostly pre-tapped program will feature acceptance speeches, unique performances, interviews and more. Additional awards will be given out during the pre-show broadcast on Official London Theatre’s YouTube channel. Performers and guests set to participate will be announced at a later date.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic shuttering theater doors for the majority of the year, it’s been announced that the next Olivier Awards ceremony will take place in April 2022. A plan to celebrate theatre in 2021 is to be announced.

The 2020 Olivier Award nominations were announced on March 3. The show with the most nominations is & Juliet with nine. Director Trevor Nunn's revival of Fiddler on the Roof received eight nominations. Dear Evan Hansen, which won the Best Musical Tony in 2017 and transferred from Broadway, was nominated for seven awards. The most-nominated play, with five each, are Death Of A Salesman and Rosmersholm.

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Director/Choreographer Tony Tanner Dies at 88

Source: Broadway.com | Posted: September 28 2020 @ 4:34 pm

Tony Tanner, who received a pair of Tony Award nominations in 1982 for directing and choreographing the original Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, has died at the age of 88. According to The New York Times, the multi-hyphenate creator’s death was confirmed by his husband Henry Selvitelle; Tanner passed away at his home in Los Angeles on September 8.

Born on July 27, 1932 in Hillingdon England, Tanner attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He worked in various British repertory theater companies during the 1950s. By the early 1960s, he stepped in for Anthony Newley as Littlechap in Stop the World, I Want to Get Off at the Queen’s Theater, a role he reprised in the 1966 film adaptation.

Tanner made his Broadway debut replacing Tommy Steele in the original production of Half a Sixpence. He went on to showcase his talents onstage in No Sex Please, We’re British and Sherlock Holmes. In addition to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, he directed and choreographed Something’s Afoot and Prince of Central Park. He also directed A Taste of Honey and …

Theatre Directors: Some Good Things Will Come Out Of Lockdown

Source: ArtsJournal.com | Posted: September 28 2020 @ 2:32 pm

“In the pause, you question things and understand why they happen instead of just going along with it, in terms of structures and roles and pay. It’s going to be a really hard couple of years rebuilding, but there might be positives that come out of it. Well, there will be – because we will […]

Our Theatre On Zoom? Feel-Good Escapes. Shouldn’t We Be Wanting More?

Source: ArtsJournal.com | Posted: September 27 2020 @ 1:02 pm

What is on offer from our stages, via podcasts, Zoom presentations, and the rare live productions? Mostly escapes to comfy territory rather than confrontations with the difficult present. These approaches often reflect a yearning for the ‘old normal’ via a focus on Boston’s history. – ArtsFuse

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