And Scene #46 - How to Get Your Play Produced

February 19, 2018

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

This week in Act 1, we bring you some theater news on political theater in the US and Europe, the star of a new screen-to-stage adaptation, and one of Mike’s Christmas wishes is actually coming true!!

Then, in Act 2, coming off the successful reading of her play “Um, Om”, Meghan gives us information on how a new playwright can get her work developed and produced.  What resources are out there for budding playwrights who haven’t reached Paula Vogel status yet?  Our podcast-playwright-in-residence gives you the lowdown!

What do you think?  Have you had one of your plays produced?  Did you use any of the resources Meghan details?  Let us know!  Also, we would 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
Open Fist: https://www.broadwayworld.com/los-angeles/article/Open-Fist-Theatre-Company-presents-ONE-YEAR-LATER-A-3-Week-Political-Pop-Up-20180205
Secret Garden: http://www.playbill.com/article/the-secret-garden-will-return-to-broadway-directed-by-warren-carlyle
European Playwrights: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/feb/12/europe-political-playwrights-theatre
The Sting: http://www.playbill.com/article/harry-connick-jr-to-star-in-broadway-bound-musical-the-sting

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And Scene #45 - Sensory-Friendly Productions w/ Matt Belopavlovich

February 12, 2018

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

This week we are joined by a special guest: Lead Theater Teacher at the Patel Conservatory in Tampa, Florida — Matthew Belopavlovich (honesthespian.wordpress.com)!

In Act 1, we discuss children’s theater in Minnesota, women in theater in Louisville and Washington, D.C., and Theatre in Paris.

Then, in Act 2, Matt Belopavlovich joins us to discuss his work at the Patel Conservatory (@PatelConserv) at the Straz Center in Tampa (@StrazCenter). After getting his start in theater in high school and college, and taking a turn at Disney World, Matt has found himself working with incredible students in Florida.  Specifically, Matt and the Patel have a curriculum that highlights sensory-friendly theater — something we have highlighted a number of times on the show.  Listen as Matt takes us through the Conservatory’s program, the benefits of these performances for folks with special needs, and the great work and support he and his school are bringing to, and receiving from, the Tampa community.

What do you think?  Have you been to the Patel Conservatory or Straz Center?  Do you or someone you know attend sensory-friendly performances?  What is it like?  How does it enhance your enjoyment of theater?  Let us know!  Also, we would 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!

Connect with us on Twitter at @andscenepod, via email at andscenepod@gmail.com, and on Facebook at facebook.com/andscenepod. Please subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening!

NEWS SOURCES
Corduroy: https://www.broadwayworld.com/minneapolis/article/Childrens-Theatre-Company-Presents-World-Premiere-Of-CORDUROY-20180201
Paris: http://www.playbill.com/article/how-english-speakers-can-get-a-taste-of-fine-french-theatre
Louisville: http://www.playbill.com/article/women-playwrights-lead-2018-humana-festival-world-premieres
D.C.: http://www.playbill.com/article/14-playwrights-directors-on-why-womens-contributions-to-theatre-are-vital

Patel Conservatory: https://www.strazcenter.org/Arts-Education/Patel-Conservatory 
https://www.facebook.com/PatelConservatory/

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And Scene #44 - News Round-Up

February 5, 2018

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

Mike is away at DisneyWorld celebrating his birthday with family, so we have a short episode rounding up some news and notes.  We’ll be back next week with a regular episode, and Mike’s report on the theatrical aspects of Disney’s Magic Kingdom!

We would 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!

Connect with us on Twitter at @andscenepod, via email at andscenepod@gmail.com, and on Facebook at facebook.com/andscenepod. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening!

NEWS SOURCES
Donmar Warehouse: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-42648870?intlink_from_url=http://www.bbc.com/news/topics/c008ql15v4yt/theatre&link_location=live-reporting-story
Off-Bway Theater: https://www.forbes.com/sites/leeseymour/2018/01/17/off-broadway-theater-isnt-dying-its-evolving-and-its-more-profitable-than-ever/#7c280f61f6a1
Vicky Featherstone: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-42558320
Every Brilliant Thing: http://www.dailytribune.com/arts-and-entertainment/20180118/tipping-point-theatre-brilliantly-shines-light-of-hope-on-depression
Cuba Gooding Jr: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-42365991
Playbill: http://www.playbill.com/article/playbills-ultimate-guide-to-broadway-ticket-buying

 

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And Scene #43 - Phantom’s 30th & What Makes for a Record-Breaking Show?

January 29, 2018

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

In Act 1, we discuss the summer lineups for Encores Off Center and Shakespeare in the Park, and adaptations moving back and forth between stage and screen.

Then, in Act 2, Mike was fortunate enough to attend The Phantom of the Opera’s 30th Anniversary celebration, so he recounts the performance, people and party that helped ring in Phantom’s fourth decade on Broadway!  With Phantom being the longest running show in Broadway history, we thought it was an apt time to discuss why certain shows become record breakers.  What are the elements contained in those shows that allow them to run for decades?  We discuss.

What do you think?  What qualities do you believe allow a show to run for years and years on end?  Let us know!  Also, we would 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!

Connect with us on Twitter at @andscenepod, via email at andscenepod@gmail.com, and on Facebook at facebook.com/andscenepod. Please subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening!

NEWS SOURCES
Encores: https://www.americantheatre.org/2018/01/18/encores-off-center-announces-2018-summer-season/
Shakespeare in the Park: http://www.playbill.com/article/othello-and-a-return-of-twelfth-night-tapped-for-shakespeare-in-the-park
Prom Queen: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/thames-valley-school-board-restore-prom-queen-the-musical-funding-1.4500443
The Rose: http://www.playbill.com/article/bette-midler-film-the-rose-being-adapted-for-broadway
West Side Story: http://www.playbill.com/article/steven-spielberg-and-tony-kushner-west-side-story-remake-issues-casting-call

Phantom Empire State Building: https://www.facebook.com/ThePhantomOfTheOpera/videos/10155051053192051/

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And Scene #42 - Theater 101 - Stages

January 22, 2018

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

In Act 1, we discuss friend of the podcast Robert W. Schneider (@RobWSchneider) bringing a TV classic game show to Broadway, one theater’s response to the #MeToo movement, and some updates to previous News items.

In Act 2, we being one of our Theater 101 episodes by discussing the different types of theater/stages on which productions can be performed.  What are the pros and cons of using a proscenium stage?  What about an alley theater?  Or an end stage?  Find out in this week’s episode!

What types of theaters have you performed on?  Have you directed a play?  What kind of staging did you use?  What worked, and what didn’t?  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!

Connect with us on Twitter at @andscenepod, via email at andscenepod@gmail.com, and on Facebook at facebook.com/andscenepod. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening!

NEWS SOURCES
Broadway Match Game: https://54below.com/events/broadway-match-game/
Circle Theatre: https://www.broadwayworld.com/chicago/article/Circle-Theatres-World-Premiere-THE-CONDITION-OF-FEMME-to-Explore-the-Many-Facets-of-Rape-Culture-20180117
Moulin Rouge: http://www.playbill.com/article/dates-set-for-world-premiere-of-moulin-rouge-musical-in-boston
Russia: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/16/theater/russian-theater-directors-house-arrest-is-extended.html

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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!

Connect with us on Twitter at @andscenepod, via email at andscenepod@gmail.com, and on Facebook at facebook.com/andscenepod. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening!

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!

Connect with us on Twitter at @andscenepod, via email at andscenepod@gmail.com, and on Facebook at facebook.com/andscenepod. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening!

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!

Connect with us on Twitter at @andscenepod, via email at andscenepod@gmail.com, and on Facebook at facebook.com/andscenepod. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, or Stitcher, and leave us a rating (five stars please!).  Thank you for listening!

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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