And Scene #41 - NYC Theater Restaurants

January 15, 2018

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

In Act 1, we discuss the healing power of theater in Colombia, who attended Broadway productions in 2017, and some shocking stats about theater in Indiana.

In Act 2, we know some of you might be making plans to come to New York City to see some theater during Spring Break, or this summer. So, where are you going to eat?  Well, allow us to provide you with some ideas on where to dine pre- and post-show, both near Times Square, and downtown.  From legendary Broadway haunts, to places you can plan your own theater empire, we present to you this week some great places to dine and drink when attending NYC theater.

Do you have any favorite bars or restaurants in New York City?  Any places you love to sit and talk about the show you just saw?  Let us know!  We would also like to bring you more of the topics you would like to hear about, so please get in touch with your feedback, and maybe we can have you on the shout discuss your theatrical passion!

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NEWS SOURCES
Colombia: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-latin-america-42493885
Bway Attendance: https://www.amny.com/entertainment/broadway-shows-attendance-1.16038562
Evansville: http://www.tristatehomepage.com/news/local-news/evansville-theatre-ranks-high-on-world-list/906924526
Go-Gos: http://www.playbill.com/article/go-gos-musical-head-over-heels-eyes-summer-broadway-bow-at-the-hudson-theatre

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And Scene #40 - Top 5 Dream Roles

January 8, 2018

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

In Act 1, we discuss the comings and goings of the D.C. theater scene, Broadways HUGE take at the 2017 box office, the latest production at Playwrights Horizons, and Mike takes a point of personal privilege to discuss Broadway in inclement weather.

In Act 2, we know that perhaps our acting glory days are behind us, but that doesn’t stop us from thinking about roles we would love to play!  This week we discuss our Top 5 Dream Roles.  We each considered our own criteria, so take a listen and see which roles we would still love to play.  Any producers out there want to cast us?!?

What about you?  What are your dream roles?  Let us know!  We would also like to bring you more of the topics you would like to hear about, so please get in touch with your feedback, and maybe we can have you on the shout discuss your theatrical passion!

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NEWS SOURCES
DC Theater: https://dctheatrescene.com/2018/01/04/big-changes-coming-2018/
Broadway Grosses: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/broadway-pulverizes-annual-box-office-record-hurdling-16-billion-1070517
Mankind: https://www.playwrightshorizons.org/shows/plays/mankind/

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And Scene #39 - Our Theater New Year’s Resolutions

January 2, 2018

Happy New Year, and welcome to this week’s episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast!

In our first Act 1 of 2018, we discuss a special production in Palo Alto, California, the casting of Jesus in the live TV version of Jesus Christ Superstar, and the good work being done by a theater in Oklahoma.

In Act 2, we ring in the new year by presenting our Theater New Year’s Resolutions!  From seeing more Off-Broadway theater, to getting our own works produced, we are looking to make some changes to our theater lives in 2018.

What about you?  Do you have any 2018 resolutions related to the theater?  Let us know!  We would also like to bring you more of the topics you would like to hear about, so please get in touch with your feedback, and maybe we can have you on the shout discuss your theatrical passion!

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NEWS SOURCES
Palo Alto: https://www.mercurynews.com/2017/12/15/theater-sensory-sensitive-show-of-around-the-world-in-80-days-set/
JCS: http://www.playbill.com/article/john-legend-will-star-in-nbcs-jesus-christ-superstar-live
Oklahoma: http://bit.ly/2CdEuE1
Summer: http://www.playbill.com/article/dates-set-for-summer-the-donna-summer-musicals-spring-2018-broadway-transfer

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And Scene #38 - Theater History Pop Quiz: Commedia dell’arte

December 18, 2017

Welcome to this week’s (and this 2017’s FINAL) episode of the And Scene Theater Podcast!

This week in Act 1, it wouldn’t be a week of theater news without discussing a new jukebox musical.  But this week, we have TWO!  As well, we discuss the continued efforts of the Parent Artist Advocacy League (@PAALTheatre), and a new four hour production being successfully staged in NYC.

Then in Act 2, we couldn’t let the year end without one more test of your theater knowledge. That’s right, it’s time for another Theater History Pop Quiz!!  This week’s topic: Commedia dell’arte.  What do you know about this form of theatrical creativity?  Pick up your #2 pencil, and let’s find out!

How did you do?  Did you learn anything new about Commedia? Let us know!  And please reach out to us on what subjects you’d like to hear about on upcoming shows.  We do this show for you so we want to bring you what you want to hear!

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NEWS SOURCES

Temptations: http://www.playbill.com/article/temptations-musical-aint-too-proud-will-play-pre-broadway-engagement-at-the-kennedy-center
Go-Go’s: http://www.playbill.com/article/go-gos-musical-head-over-heels-produced-by-gwyneth-paltrow-will-play-san-francisco-before-broadway-bow
A Room in India: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/06/theater/a-room-in-india-review-theatre-du-soleil.html
Theatre or Family: http://howlround.com/creating-a-family-friendly-work-environment

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And Scene #37 - Review Roundup!

December 11, 2017

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

This week in Act 1, we discuss Broadway addressing sexual harassment and assault, legal action taken against casting agents, and the latest on the Lin-Manuel Miranda-produced live action movie version of The Little Mermaid.

Then in Act 2, we have a Review Round-up on six shows that have opened this fall: three with aspirations for Broadway (The Honeymooners, Mean Girls, and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical), and three that have already made it there (Once on this Island, The Band’s Visit, and SpongeBob Squarepants the Musical).  We take a look at how the critics viewed these shows, and offer our opinions on whether we think the shows will ultimately succeed.

Have you had the opportunity to see any of these shows yet?  Do any of them pique your interest?  Any that you’d avoid like the plague?  Let us know!

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NEWS SOURCES
Town Hall: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-sexual-abuse-and-harassment-scandals-blowing-up-on-broadway
Casting Agents: https://broadway.news/2017/12/05/broadway-league-files-suit-casting-directors-continue-push-union/
Hammerstein Award: https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Photo-Coverage-The-York-Theatre-Gala-Honors-Tom-Jones-Harvey-Schmidt-with-2017-Hammerstein-Award-20171205
Little Mermaid Movie: http://www.playbill.com/article/disney-eyes-rob-marshall-for-live-action-the-little-mermaid 

REVIEWS (links to all quoted reviews are found at the below aggregated links):
Honeymooners: http://www.playbill.com/article/what-did-critics-think-of-the-honeymooners-musical
Mean Girls: http://www.playbill.com/article/read-the-reviews-for-the-broadway-bound-mean-girls-musicals-world-premiere
Summer: http://www.playbill.com/article/what-did-critics-think-of-summer-the-donna-summer-musical-world-premiere
Once on this Island: http://www.playbill.com/article/read-the-reviews-for-broadways-new-once-on-this-island
The Band’s Visit: http://www.playbill.com/article/what-did-critics-think-of-new-broadway-musical-the-bands-visit
SpongeBob: http://www.playbill.com/article/what-did-critics-think-of-broadways-spongebob-squarepants-musical

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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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