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.”

Broadway World UK: Spun Glass Theatre Releases Theatre Search Early In Response To COVID-19

Broadway World UK: Spun Glass Theatre Releases Theatre Search Early In Response To COVID-19. “A comprehensive free resource for producers, freelancers and theatre companies to aid the recovery of the performing arts, Theatre Search will be published on Monday 3rd August 2020. Spun Glass Theatre have worked to make their Theatre Search database available over a month earlier than initially planned. Theatre Search documents the opening status, dates and programming windows of nearly 900 theatres, venues and festivals across the UK.”

Coronavirus: Phantom of the Opera to close ‘permanently’ in the West End (Sky News)

Sky News: Coronavirus: Phantom of the Opera to close ‘permanently’ in the West End. “The show, which has been running at Her Majesty’s Theatre since 1986, will no longer operate in the West End, due to the financial impacts of the ongoing coronavirus restrictions on theatres, producer Cameron Mackintosh has said.”

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.”

New York Times: The Met Opera Tries to Find Paying Customers in a Pandemic

New York Times: The Met Opera Tries to Find Paying Customers in a Pandemic. “The classical music and opera offerings this spring and summer have mostly been free — and tremendously gratifying. But as cancellations continue into the fall, and beyond, organizations have worried that listeners will start taking free performances for granted. So the Met is testing whether audiences will pay for digital content with a series of recitals by some of its biggest stars; the first, on Saturday, featured the tenor Jonas Kaufmann. Tickets are $20, roughly the price of the Met’s Live in HD movie-theater transmissions.”

Sydney Morning Herald: What pandemic-era theatre around the world looks like

Sydney Morning Herald: What pandemic-era theatre around the world looks like. “Facing a pandemic which has brought large venues to a standstill across the globe, international theatre has strayed into terra incognita. The performing arts landscape has shifted so dramatically since the start of year that it is unrecognisable. Now, as some nations plunge deeper into crisis, others have started to show tentative signs of recovery.”

The Guardian: UK theatres sweat on whether make-or-break panto season can go ahead

The Guardian: UK theatres sweat on whether make-or-break panto season can go ahead. “The UK’s beleaguered theatres have warned that panto season could be cancelled, leading to catastrophic losses in revenue, unless the government is able to reassure people that live performances will continue in the winter.”

Connacht Tribune: Cathedral’s annual series of summer recitals goes online

Connacht Tribune: Cathedral’s annual series of summer recitals goes online. “The Galway Cathedral annual season of summer recitals will take place online this year due to Covid-19, and is running from next Thursday, July 2, to Thursday, July 30, at 8pm nightly. Each organ recital will last for 20 minutes.”

Getty Iris: 400 Artists and 80 Arts Organizations Receive $2.7 Million in COVID-19 Relief Grants

Getty Iris: 400 Artists and 80 Arts Organizations Receive $2.7 Million in COVID-19 Relief Grants. “Four hundred artists and 80 arts organizations received $2.7 million in total grants as part of a broad-based COVID-19 relief effort for the visual arts in the Los Angeles region. The emergency support was designed to reach individual artists throughout all areas of LA County and arts organizations that serve the region’s culturally diverse communities.”

Rolling Stone: Entire ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ Catalogue Hits Streaming Platforms

Rolling Stone: Entire ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ Catalogue Hits Streaming Platforms. “Nearly 50 years after it aired its final episode in 1971, the legendary Ed Sullivan Show is officially headed to all streaming platforms. From the Beatles’ debut to Elvis Presley to the Rolling Stones, iconic clips and low-resolution bootlegs of the variety show have been available for years, but this marks the first time the entire catalogue will be available digitally — thanks to a deal between UMe and SOFA Entertainment Inc.”

Loyola Marymount University: LMU’s Shakespeare on the Bluff Summer Festival Goes Virtual on YouTube Live

Loyola Marymount University: LMU’s Shakespeare on the Bluff Summer Festival Goes Virtual on YouTube Live. “This summer, Shakespeare on the Bluff festival-goers will trade lawn chairs and picnic blankets for a comfortable spot at home in front of their computer screens. They’ll watch via YouTube Live as a company of 27 actors and actresses and seven technicians – LMU students and alumni from the Class of 2004 to the Class of 2023 – give live, online performances from across the country.”

Canberra Times: The National Library of Australia has a fascinating collection of performing arts scrapbooks now available to view online

Canberra Times: The National Library of Australia has a fascinating collection of performing arts scrapbooks now available to view online. “Eighteen scrapbooks of our theatrical past contain insights into performances by Dame Nellie Melba, concerts by the Essendon Musical Society and the acts of circus and vaudeville performers. They were compiled by a number of dedicated and, sometimes, unknown fans across the late 18th to the mid to late 20th centuries. The scrapbooks contain images, programs, advertisements, tickets, reviews and news clippings of and for a great number of theatre, vaudeville, ballet and opera performances.”

Brooklyn Paper: Brooklyn Arts Organizations Open Their Spaces To Protesters

Brooklyn Paper: Brooklyn Arts Organizations Open Their Spaces To Protesters. “Brooklyn theater and cultural institutions have started opening their buildings and offering snacks, water, and other resources to protesters marching around the borough decrying the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer…. An online database called Open Your Lobby has logged and promoted many of these efforts, with maps and spreadsheets detailing what organizations are offering and at what times on what days. The group provides regular updates tailored to where protests are happening across the country.”