And Scene #36 - I Don’t Want to be an Actor!

December 4, 2017

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast!

This week in Act 1, we discuss whether critics actually have any influence, a new women’s theater festival, and diversity coming to theater in Colorado.

Most people who fall in love with the theater do so whilst performing on stage.  However, not everyone is going to earn a living on stage.  If you want to stay working in the theater, but won’t be a professional actor, what do you do?  Well, you listen to this week’s Act 2 and find out! 

We run through some the other jobs in and around the theater, and discuss what those jobs are, why an actor would want to do them, and how to pursue them if they pique your interest.

Were you an actor who is now working elsewhere in the theater?  Do you think you might be interested in one of these other vocations?  Let us know!

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SOURCES

Critics: http://www.americantheatre.org/2017/11/28/tastemaking-in-a-post-newspaper-world/
Women's Voices: http://www.playbill.com/article/allison-janney-named-honorary-chair-of-2018-womens-voices-theater-festival

Colorado: http://www.americantheatre.org/2017/11/29/dcpa-announces-playwrights-for-13th-annual-new-play-summit/
Betty Corwin: http://www.playbill.com/article/meet-the-woman-who-fought-to-record-and-preserve-broadway-shows

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And Scene #35 - Our Theater Wish Lists

November 27, 2017

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast!

This week in Act 1, we discuss the arrival of a large ape on Broadway, some interesting pre-show options in Paris, the recovery of the Houston Alley theater, and theater makes its way to TV again!

In Act 2, with Thanksgiving now in our rearview mirror, the Holiday Season is officially upon us.  So, hearkening back to our childhood, we detail our theater wish lists for this year.  What are Mike and Meghan asking Santa to bring them this year?  Take a listen and find out!

What is on your theater wish list this year?  Is there a specific show you’d like to see?  Is there a trend you’d like to theater, in general, to move toward?  Let us know!

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SOURCES
King Kong: http://kingkongaliveonbroadway.com/
Singin in the Rain: http://www.playbill.com/article/this-paris-production-of-singin-in-the-rain-is-unlike-any-youve-ever-seen
Houston Alley: http://www.khou.com/mobile/article/entertainment/the-show-must-go-on-for-the-alley-theatre/493785694
Rise: http://www.playbill.com/article/nbcs-theatre-focused-drama-rise-sets-march-premiere

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And Scene #34 - Playwrights Horizons w/ Billy McEntee

November 20, 2017

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast!  We welcome special guest, Billy McEntee (@WJMcEntee)!!

This week in Act 1, we discuss a group in California using theater to help victims of wildfires recover, a new TV show that gets high school performers back together, and the actual expansion of theater arts in middle schools!

In Act 2, Billy McEntee of Playwrights Horizons (@PHNYC) visits the show to discuss his career int theater, his current position in the communications department at Playwrights, and Playwrights’ mission to champion new American theater.

Have you ever seen anything at Playwrights Horizons?  Have you ever been interested in communications and community outreach in the theater?  Let us know!

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SOURCES
The Imaginists: http://www.americantheatre.org/2017/11/07/know-a-theatre-the-imaginists-of-santa-rosa-calif/
Encore: http://www.playbill.com/article/kristen-bell-will-reunite-high-school-musical-cast-members-for-new-tv-series
Educational Theater Foundation: http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/arts-and-theatre/area-middle-schools-will-get-theater-arts-programs-with-help/article_a13cfddf-f9b6-5dde-b5ac-d0f3b9638239.html
Michael Schur: https://kentremendousblog.tumblr.com/post/167394588758/tom-and-lin-manuel-an-appreciationjealous-rant

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And Scene #33 - Diversity in Playwriting: Part One

November 13, 2017

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast! 

This week in Act 1, we discuss the an interesting pairing for particle physics, some Lin-Manuel Miranda news, and the new Boston theater group, Front Porch Collective.

In Act 2, we start a new series on playwrights of color that you should know.  In the spotlight this week: Ayad Akhtar and Larissa FastHorse.  We discuss their work, and how each has addressed their place in America. 

We plan on periodically coming back to this topic, so if you know of, or are yourself!, a playwright of color that you think we should highlight, let us know!

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SOURCES
Particle Physics: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-41699062
Lin-Manuel: http://www.playbill.com/article/lin-manuel-miranda-will-star-in-hamilton-in-puerto-rico
Asian Characters: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-41608800
Front Porch Collective: http://www.wbur.org/artery/2017/11/06/front-porch-collective-theater 

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And Scene #32 - Process Drama

November 6, 2017

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast! 

This week in Act 1, we discuss the reopening of a major regional theater thought to be lost, a theater in an unusual spot in Singapore, and the President;s misconception of what a Broadway hit is.

In Act 2, Meghan schools Mike on the differences between Production Drama vs Process Drama, and their uses in education.  What do these styles of theater bring to students, and how can they be utilized by educators to further childhood development?

Have you ever participated in Process Drama before?  Do you think it was successful?  Are you an educator, and would you consider using Process Drama with your students in the future?  Let us know!

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SOURCES
Moulin Rouge: http://www.playbill.com/article/moulin-rouge-musical-to-reopen-bostons-colonial-theatre-before-broadway-bow
Singapore: https://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2017/nov/01/avenues-trees-live-theatre-spa-why-singapore-airport-best-planet
Chicago: http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/news/ct-ent-actors-pay-study-1026-story.html
Michael Moore: http://www.playbill.com/article/trump-responds-to-michael-moores-broadway-show

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And Scene #31 - Top 5 Title Showtunes

October 30, 2017

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast! 

Meghan is back, and she tells us about the show she put up this week, to kick off Act 1.  We then discuss this week’s news regarding theater equality efforts, the ghosts of Broadway, and a theater festival in Cairo, Egypt.

In Act 2, Mike and Meghan each give their Top 5 Title Showtunes.  In other words, what are the best songs that share a name with the show in which they appear?  The nominees considered are listed below.  So which did they choose?

What do you think?  Was your favorite mentioned?  Do you have a different Top 5?  Let us know!

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SOURCES
Change the Stage: http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/news/ct-ent-actors-pay-study-1026-story.html
Broadway Ghosts: http://www.playbill.com/article/scandals-and-secrets-of-the-supernatural-the-stories-behind-broadways-haunted-theatres
Cairo: https://thetheatretimes.com/feminine-edition-womens-voices-prevail-2017-cairo-contemporary-theatre-festival/

Title Showtunes: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 42nd Street, Avenue Q, Cabaret, Guys and Dolls, Hair, Hello Dolly, How to Succeed…, Jesus Christ Superstar, Little Shop of Horrors, Mame, Man of La Mancha, Oklahoma!, The Phantom of the Opera, Rent, The Sound of Music, Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd

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And Scene #30 - A Monologue…on Ticket Prices

October 23, 2017

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast! 

Mike is flying solo this week, as Meghan is rehearsing and putting up anew production that we’ll talk about next week.  But for the here and now, in Act 1, Mike discusses a new theatrical discovery in Old Jerusalem, another(!) jukebox musical, and the surprising location of a theater troupe celebrating their 50th season.

In Act 2, Mike was fortunate to win the change to purchase tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.  The whole process of getting that opportunity, and then the ginormous prices he had to pay, got him thinking about ticket prices in general.  How did they get so high?  Was there  a catalyst?  And what can be done to curb their increase, let alone bring them down.  Mike gives his first monologue on ticket prices.

What do you think?  Have you missed productions you really wanted to see simply because of price?  Do you have any idea on how to bring prices down?  Let us know!

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SOURCES
Jerusalem Roman Theater: http://www.aikenstandard.com/ap/roman-theater-uncovered-at-base-of-jerusalem-s-western-wall/article_5504b968-b518-11e7-9175-1fa64413d4bb.html
Tina: http://www.playbill.com/article/tony-nominee-adrienne-warren-will-star-as-tina-turner-in-world-premiere-of-tina-musical
UCB: https://nyti.ms/2zlNgtB 
Columbia: https://nyti.ms/2ziZ1Ry

Ticket Price Sources:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1990/03/03/broadway-100-ticket/6f588fd4-1962-4f3a-b09a-6b7ce7cc0a25/?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.0f20dd7ff31f
https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/06/how-did-broadway-tickets-get-so-expensive-blame-the-1/258346/
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/08/business/broadway-theater-ticket-prices.html?_r=0
http://www.inflation.eu/inflation-rates/united-states/historic-inflation/cpi-inflation-united-states.aspx
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/20/theater/theater-how-much-did-your-seat-cost.html
http://www.nytimes.com/1990/06/27/theater/broadway-adopts-a-plan-to-cut-costs-and-ticket-prices.html

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And Scene #29 - SHOWdown: The Lion King vs Ragtime!

October 16, 2017

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast! 

It’s time for another SHOWdown!!

But before we get to that, in Act 1, we discuss the latest Geniuses named in the theater world, a new cross-Atlantic theater partnership, and perhaps the new Hamilton?

In Act 2, we have our second Broadway SHOWdown.  After facing off West Side Story and The Music Man in our first episode (ignore what Mike actually says in this episode), we pit two musical heavyweights against each other again.  This week, it’s the Knockouts of Ninety-Eight: Ragtime vs The Lion King!  Listen as we battle out over five rounds of musical mayhem!

What do you think?  Do you agree with who won each round and the ultimate winner?  Are there other shows you’d like to see battle it out for Broadway historical supremacy?  Let us know!

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SOURCES
MacArthur Geniuses: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/arts/macarthur-genius-grants.html
Public Works: http://www.americantheatre.org/2017/10/04/public-theater-to-bring-public-works-to-london/
Rhiannon Giddens: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/rhiannon-giddens-macarthur-genius_us_59dd9522e4b01df09b773836?utm_hp_ref=theatre

The Lion King: Original Broadway Cast Recording: ©1997 Walt Disney Records
Ragtime - The Musical: Original Broadway Cast Recording: ©1998 RCA Victor

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And Scene #28 - Chicago Theater w/ Brandon Boruch

October 9, 2017

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast! 

We are honored to have as our special guest, actor and Chicago native Brandon Boruch (@brandoboruch)! 

In Act 1, we discuss theater benefits for Puerto Rico’s recovery form Hurricane Maria, the launch of Playbill Universe, and the goings on at the Actors Theatre of Louisville.

In Act 2, we talk to Brandon about the theater scene in Chicago.  From the professional companies to the improv scene, Brandon takes us through how everyone can find something to enjoy on the Chicago Theater Pu Pu Platter (it will make sense when you listen!). 

Have you ever seen or performed in theater in and around Chicago?  What was your experience?  How do you think it compares to theater in other cities? What city’s theater scene would you next like to hear about?  Let us know!

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SOURCES
Puerto Rico: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/abrazarte-a-benefit-for-puerto-rico-tickets-38333101338; http://atlanta.carpediem.cd/events/4730072-siempre-preciosa-puerto-rico-hurricane-relief-concert-at-aurora-theatre/; http://philly.carpediem.cd/events/4754668-united-for-puerto-rico-fundraiser-comedy-benefit-show-at-good-good-comedy-theatre/; https://www.eventbrite.com/e/puerto-rico-artist-hurricane-relief-benefit-tickets-37863067454#tickets
Playbill Universe: http://www.playbill.com/article/broadway-stars-sparkle-in-the-newly-launched-playbill-universe
Louisville: http://www.playbill.com/article/artistic-director-of-actors-theatre-of-louisville-will-step-down

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And Scene #27 - Top High School Productions

October 2, 2017

Welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast! 

Thank you for forgiving us our technical problems last week.  Podcast gremlins ate our episode, but we’re back this week!

In Act 1, we discuss theater happenings in Chicago, Italy and Germany.  And Mike saw a play!  A play that went horribly wrong.  Well, it was “The Play That Goes Wrong”, and Mike has a review.

In Act 2, we discuss the recently published list of the top plays and musicals produced in American high schools in 2016-17.  There are quite a number of surprises to break down.  Plus, we give our opinions on which shows from the list we would direct if given the chance.

What do you think about the list?  Did you perform any of these while in high school?  Are you in high school now?  If so, what are you performing this year?  Let us know!

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SOURCES
Chicago: https://www.broadwayworld.com/chicago/article/Three-Chicago-Theaters-Receive-International-Theatre-Award-for-Gender-Parity-20170925
Italy: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/world/europe/tuscany-village-theater.html?smid=tw-nytimesworld&smtyp=cur&_r=0
Germany: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/24/activists-occupy-berlin-volksbuhne-theatre-artistic-director-chris-dercon
Top H.S. Productions: http://www.playbill.com/article/top-10-most-produced-high-school-plays-and-musicals-of-20162017-revealed
Top H.S. Productions by Decade: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/09/29/427138970/the-most-popular-high-school-plays-and-musicals 

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