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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And Scene #26 - The Power Blows!

September 25, 2017

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

The Podcast Gods were not kind to us this week, and they put gremlins in our recording software.  Unfortunately, we do not have a full episode for you this week, as Act 2 was eaten by said gremlins.

We were able to record Act 1’s News and Notes (albeit with some audio problems).  So, enjoy some news about a 1st Amendment fight being in Salt Lake City, the Dance Theater of Harlem finding themselves in an unexpected place, and an update on Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov.  Then, come back next week to hear what we were going to talk about this week!

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SOURCES
Salt Lake Theater: http://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2017/09/20/theater-group-told-its-plays-not-kid-friendly-but-city-vows-diverse-art-at-sorenson-unity-center/
Theater of Nations: https://www.broadwayworld.com/los-angeles/article/New-Theatre-Platform-American-Theatre-of-Nations-Emerging-this-Fall-in-Los-Angeles-20170920
Wyoming & Harlem: http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2017/09/uw-presents-dance-theatre-of-harlem-gala-concert-sept.-29.html
Kirill Serebrennikov: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-theatre-arrest-firstnight/audience-actors-cry-foul-about-arrest-of-russian-theater-director-idUSKCN1BT1O8

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And Scene #25 - Showtune Breakdown - Send in the Clowns

September 18, 2017

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

In Act 1, we discuss what was supposed to be a new Broadway theater, theater’s response to 9/11, the passing of another theater legend, and a great way to buy tickets if you work at the University of Kansas!

In Act 2, making his triumphant return to the show is Broadway and West End actor Peter Lockyer.  Pete is here to start a new series for the show: the Showtune Breakdown (we’re still workshopping the name)!  In the Breakdown, we will take a popular show tune, and from its context in the show, to it’s time signature, to its lyrics and chord progression, we will figure out what makes these beloved songs all-time greats.  For this inaugural Breakdown, we analyze Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns.”

What do you think of our analysis?  Is this one of your favorite showtunes?  If not, what song would you like us to Breakdown?  Let us know!  Do you have another theater subject that is near and dear to you?  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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SOURCES
New Schubert Theater: http://www.playbill.com/article/shubert-organization-scraps-plans-for-new-broadway-theatre 
9/11 Plays: http://www.playbill.com/article/13-theatre-works-that-responded-to-9-11
Peter Hall: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/12/theater/uk-peter-hall-theater-dead.html?_r=0
University of Kansas: http://news.ku.edu/theatre-season-pass-available-through-payroll-deduction

SONG CREDITS
"Send int he Clowns", Glynis Johns, A Little Night Music (Original Broadway Cast Recording), Masterworks Broadway, 1998 (© 1973, 1998 Sony BMG Music Entertainment)
"Send int he Clowns", Judy Collins, Judith, Elektra Records, 1975
"Bring Him Home", Colm Wilkinson, Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Concert, First Night Records, 1996 
"Send int he Clowns", Frank Sinatra, Ol’ Blue Eyes is Back, Reprise Records, 1973

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And Scene #24 - 2017 Fall Theater Preview

September 11, 2017

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

In Act 1, amongst the things, we discuss an a new play performed in a unique place, a milestone for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the soon-to-be new star of Hello, Dolly!

In Act 2, though it may not say so on the calendar yet, for all intents and purposes it is fall, and with the fall comes the unofficial start of the 2017-18 theater season.  We wanted to bring you a preview of not only what is coming to Broadway this fall, but also to Off-Broadway, U.S. regional theaters, and London, too! There is quite a plethora of interesting and ingenious productions coming to stages (and kitchens?!?) this fall.  So, take a listen, and see if something piques your interest!

Did we miss your city?  If so, what excites you about the theater coming to your town?  Let us know!  Do you have another theater subject that is near and dear to you?  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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SOURCES
Oh My Sweet Land: http://www.playbill.com/article/why-new-yorkers-are-turning-their-homes-into-stages-for-a-play-about-syrian-refugees
Edinburgh Fringe: http://www.americantheatre.org/2017/09/06/politics-playmaking-collide-at-the-edinburgh-fringe/
Dolly: https://nyti.ms/2xMBYi9
Elizabeth Kemp: https://www.google.com/amp/ew.com/movies/2017/09/04/elizabeth-kemp-dead-lady-gaga/amp/
Doll’s House: https://nyti.ms/2xOwKTa

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