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New York Theatres Are Opening Their Buildings To Protestors

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

A new Twitter account, called “Open Your Lobby,” has encouraged theaters to welcome protesters. A post from the account recommended that the theaters “not permit police inside of the building for the safety of your protesters,” adding that nonblack staffers should block officers from entering. – The New York Times

The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me Playwright David Drake Reflects on the Influence and Impact of His Activist Idol

Source: Broadway.com | Posted: June 5 2020 @ 3:43 pm

David Drake, who serves as the artistic director of the Provincetown Theater, is an Obie Award-winning playwright and per­former. His 1992 solo show The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, which chronicles a gay man’s experience of self-discovery during the height of the AIDS crisis, was produced off-Broadway, around the world as well as made into a feature film. Drake wrote this tribute to writer and activist, Larry Kramer, who died on May 27. Kramer's play The Normal Heart, sparked Drake’s own work of artistic activism and “kissed” him with the gift of political awareness. Here, Drake remembers how it all started.

On my 22nd birthday, June 27, 1985, the night Larry Kramer kissed me with his play The Normal Heart, I scrawled these words into my journal:

That shot through a loose-cannon mouth
and exploded my soul
into a thousand teardrop deaths;
leaving my eyes bruised
from the damp fingerprints
off my Public Theater Playbill,
and from the cradling palms that smeared
my snot-run-face
with black
ink
blood

Five years after I’d seen The Normal Heart, our lives would become forever intertwined. That’s how The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me began.

It was a sort of …

The Backstory Of The Bravest (And Sneakiest) Opening Number In Tony Awards History

Source: ArtsJournal.com | Posted: June 5 2020 @ 2:01 pm

Here’s how songwriters Adam Schlesinger and David Javerbaum and host/lead performer Neil Patrick Harris concocted, and got away with, the immortal intro to the 2011 Tony Awards telecast, “It’s Not Just for Gays Anymore.” – The New York Times

No Tonys This Year? How About The Charlies?

Source: ArtsJournal.com | Posted: June 5 2020 @ 1:25 pm

Instead of choosing the best from an incomplete list, I decided to play a different game. Looking back at the last 10 years of Tony winners, I came up with my own nominations and winners for the Charlie Awards, representing the crème de la crème of Broadway from 2010 through 2019. – Los Angeles Times

At Home with Rebecca Luker Benefit Concert to Include Conversation with Katie Couric

Source: Broadway.com | Posted: June 5 2020 @ 11:50 am

Theater fans know what a treat it is to hear the heavenly vocals of three-time Tony nominee Rebecca Luker. The Broadway talent will be in the spotlight for the benefit At Home with Rebecca Luker on June 17 at 8PM ET. Hosted by Tony winner Santino Fontana, the evening of song will also include a conversation between Luker and Katie Couric. For those able to lend a hand, there is a suggested minimum donation of $25 with all proceeds from the event will go toward Prosetin, the first-ever ALS drug candidate developed using cells from ALS patients.

Rebecca Luker and Danny Burstein at the 2019 Tony Awards (Photo by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com)

Luker was diagnosed with ALS last year. "It's a very difficult illness, but she happens to be the strongest person I've ever met in my life," said actor Danny Burstein, Luker's husband, on Broadway.com's #LiveatFive: Home Edition. "I have no idea how she's moving forward every single day, but she does, and she does with kindness and love and strength."

Luker has received three Tony Award nominations for her performances in The Music Man, Show Boat and Mary Poppins. She also …

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