‘Little Shop,’ Big Relief: How One Theater Safely Put on an Indoor Show (New York Times)

New York Times: ‘Little Shop,’ Big Relief: How One Theater Safely Put on an Indoor Show. “The first fall season here at the Weathervane Theater, which Paulini also runs as its producing artistic director, had come to an end. Five weeks. Three shows. Twenty-six performances. Zero known Covid-19 cases. At a time when professional theater in America is paralyzed by the coronavirus pandemic, a reopening milestone was achieved here in the northernmost reaches of New Hampshire, where the nation’s first indoor production of a show with multiple Equity actors since theaters shuttered in March just concluded its run.”

EurekAlert: Interactive publication explores French theater during the Enlightenment and Revolution

EurekAlert: Interactive publication explores French theater during the Enlightenment and Revolution. “The MIT Press announced today the publication of Databases, Revenues and Repertory: The French Stage Online, 1680-1793 an innovative collection of original essays that explore an important initiative in the digital humanities, the Comédie-Française Registers Project (CFRP).” Free, not paywalled.

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.”

WNYC: The Evolution of Live Theater During the Pandemic

WNYC: The Evolution of Live Theater During the Pandemic. “This month, a new production of ‘Godspell’ is being staged outdoors by the Berkshire Theater Group in Western Massachusetts, making it one of the first union approved theatrical productions since March. And although the performance might sound normal, for audience members going to the show in-person, there are plenty of reminders that we’re still in a pandemic. Cast members wear masks when passing each other on stage and sing behind vinyl partitions. And seats for different groups of attendees are spaced out by at least six feet.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

The Guardian: Guardian to stream Unicorn theatre’s new Saturday morning family shows

The Guardian: Guardian to stream Unicorn theatre’s new Saturday morning family shows. “Three tales about the mischievous folkloric webspinner, designed for audiences aged three to eight, will be streamed on Saturday mornings on the Guardian website and the Unicorn’s YouTube channel in May and June. The episodes, which will then be available on demand for three weeks, reunite the original cast of the production, Afia Abusham, Juliet Okotie and Sapphire Joy, who filmed themselves performing in their homes.”

Creative Loafing Tampa: Here’s how to stay connected to more than 30 Tampa Bay theater companies during coronavirus

Creative Loafing Tampa: Here’s how to stay connected to more than 30 Tampa Bay theater companies during coronavirus. “Whether livestreaming to Facebook and YouTube or live and prerecorded performances streamed live on Zoom, theaters are thinking outside of the box to continue their mission statements to entertain. Creative Loafing Tampa Bay caught up with over 30 local theaters, who despite living with uncertainty, remain hopeful and positive. We wanted to find out how they’ve been staying connected and what their plans are for summer and beyond.”