Washington Post: New York City can’t rebound without Broadway. And Broadway’s road back is uncertain.

Washington Post: New York City can’t rebound without Broadway. And Broadway’s road back is uncertain.. “For months now, Thomas Schumacher’s dining room table has been taken over by a master list of every Broadway show that’s seeking to reopen or schedule an opening night — from the established ‘The Lion King’ to the new ‘Diana: A True Musical Story.’ Since the pandemic-related shutdowns, the Disney Theatrical Group president and his colleagues have been working through various scenarios to get New York theater back on its feet. But a half-year into an ongoing human tragedy and economic calamity that has drained the cultural lifeblood of the city, neither Schumacher — who is also chairman of the Broadway League trade group — nor anyone else knows for sure when the nation’s premier performing arts district will start up again.”

New York Times: How to Birth a New American Theater

New York Times: How to Birth a New American Theater. “Playwrights awaiting their breakthroughs no less than producers awaiting their windfalls instantly faced a future that had literally gone dark. But what if the end of the business-as-usual party were actually the start of a new dream of what theater could be in New York — and by extension in the rest of the country? It’s not as if the shotgun marriage of art and industry that for decades decided what and whom we see onstage had produced an equitable, or even a sensible, result.”

BBC: Broadway workers fight to stay afloat with theatres closed

BBC: Broadway workers fight to stay afloat with theatres closed. “On 12 March, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered Broadway’s 41 theatres to close as the coronavirus pandemic spread through the city. The shows, with their hundreds of closely packed seats, presented a high risk for Covid-19 to spread among the audience. In June, the industry announced that closures would extend until January next year.”

Playbill: Inside the New Tool That Maps the Expansive, Evolving Broadway Ecosystem

Playbill: Inside the New Tool That Maps the Expansive, Evolving Broadway Ecosystem. “The first day of rehearsals for any Broadway show typically begins with a meet-and-greet, as an assortment of on- and offstage characters flood the studio. Before their names appear in the Playbill, the artists, producers, managers, marketers, and more are in a circle, ready to get to work. But exit that circle, pan out from the rehearsal room, and encounter the security attendant at the front desk of the studio.”

TheaterMania: Need Your Theater Fix? Check Out This New Instagram

TheaterMania: Need Your Theater Fix? Check Out This New Instagram. “…how is a theatermaniac to cope with such an indefinite pause in live performances? A trio of artists have offered a creative solution: Lily Houghton, Ali Stoner, and Matthew Minnicino have created the new Instagram account Theatre Without Theater to ensure that the art of stagecraft will go on, even though the physical spaces in which it is typically practiced are now shuttered.”

Playbill: Betty Corwin, Creator of the Theater on Film and Tape Archive, Dies at 98

Playbill: Betty Corwin, Creator of the Theater on Film and Tape Archive, Dies at 98. “If you have watched a Broadway show from before you were born, you probably have Betty Corwin to thank. The force of nature behind the Theater on Film and Tape Archive, who earned a special Tony Award for her efforts in 2001, died September 10 at the age of 98.”

BuzzFeed News: Teens Are Using Instagram To Cast Each Other In Fake Broadway Shows

Lemme put something nice in this newsletter for damn once, from BuzzFeed News: Teens Are Using Instagram To Cast Each Other In Fake Broadway Shows. “On Instagram, a whole subculture of ‘fake casting’ has popped up over the last year or so, in which young Broadway stans are auditioning for and casting their own imaginary musicals.”

Variety: Broadway Critics Launch New Site for Theater Reviews

Variety: Broadway Critics Launch New Site for Theater Reviews. “There’s a new place for New York theater reviews. Those aren’t words you expect to hear these days, not as traditional media outlets scale back their theater coverage and more and more critics lose their full-time posts. But now a group of longtime reviewers — all veterans of city papers — has banded together to create New York Stage Review, a website that’s pushing back against criticism’s demise.”

Broadway World: New Website Will Honor Irving Berlin’s Legacy

Broadway World: New Website Will Honor Irving Berlin’s Legacy
. “The family of Irving Berlin, in conjunction with his publishers Concord Music (North America) and Universal Music Publishing Group (rest of World), has announced the launch of a new website to honor Irving Berlin in celebration of his 130th birthday. Created to pay tribute to Berlin’s life and legendary works, this is the first time a dedicated digital resource has existed online for the man epitomized by Jerome Kern’s famous maxim: ‘Irving Berlin has no place in American music – he is American music.'”

Theater Mania: Primary Stages Launches Off-Broadway Oral History Project

Theater Mania: Primary Stages Launches Off-Broadway Oral History Project. “Primary Stages has announced the launch of Off Center: The Off-Broadway Oral History Project. Officially launched on Thursday, March 2, at WNYC’s Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, the project was created to fill a gap in theater history and establishes a video archive featuring the innovative artists who transformed off- and off-off-Broadway in the years after World War II.”

New Resource For Finding Disabled-Accessible Broadway Shows in New York City

A new Web site helps disabled people find accessible Broadway shows in New York City. “This website is a way to help theatregoers with physical disabilities or autism and other sensory sensitivities find Broadway shows with the particular type of accessibility service they require. Theatre Access NYC is an intuitive, user-friendly show finder that allows users to filter and sort through dozens of Broadway shows based on accessibility, and provides details including dates, times and ticket availability for accessible performances.”