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Magical Realism on Stage
by Roundabout Theatre Company - March 27, 2015

In Little Children Dream of God, playwright Jeff Augustin uses aspects of magical realism, a style that originated in literature and visual art. The framework of his play is apparently realistic, until elements of dream, magic, and supernatural phenomena are introduced. (more...)


BWW Exclusive: Program Reps Highlight NTI's Theater Training Intensives; Apply by March 30
by National Theater Institute - March 23, 2015

Today, RISK AGAIN! introduces you to NTI Program Representatives Brittany Ayers (NTI Fall '12) and Brendan Naylor (MATS '08) who share NTI's training opportunities with students and schools across the country. NTI is currently accepting applications for summer and fall programs. The deadline to apply for the Theatermakers Summer Intensive, National Theater Institute Semester, National Music Theater Institute, Moscow Art Theatre Semester, or NTI Advanced Directing program is March 30. (more...)


On the Twentieth Century Recording
by Roundabout Theatre Company - March 23, 2015

We are thrilled to announce that PS Classics will record the cast album of the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of On the Twentieth Century on Monday, March 23, 2015. (more...)


The Psychology of Fairy Tales
by Roundabout Theatre Company - March 20, 2015

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim created Into the Woods, a story in which the lives of famous Brothers Grimm fairy-tale characters collide and intertwine. Read more about fairy tales and their characteristics below. (more...)


Designer Statements: Little Children Dream of God
by Roundabout Theatre Company - March 20, 2015

Little Children Dream of God in its scope, use of language, poetic narrative, and culturally specific perspective has given me so much to explore. My hope is that we've created a world that enriches and emboldens the mystery and poeticism of the play. Set primarily in Overtown-a neighborhood in Miami-as well as numerous other locations, the play calls for a transformative, flexible space that allows for moments of specificity and location set within a larger dreamscape. Our goal has been to create a design that bends to the audience's imagination and supports the heightened theatricality and ephemeral quality that runs deeply through the narrative and language. We also hoped to find a gesture that was singular in its tonality-but also culturally specific to both Overtown, Miami and to the Haitian community that lives there. In researching this world, we found ourselves drawn to the murals of artist Purvis Young. We found his dynamic, expressionistic work to be whimsical and iconographic, dark and dangerous-yet playful-existing at a crossroads of folksy and urban. This is a modern, timely, American myth tapping deeply into the traditions of a specific community. (more...)


Magical Realism on Stage
by Roundabout Theatre Company - March 20, 2015

In Little Children Dream of God, playwright Jeff Augustin uses aspects of magical realism, a style that originated in literature and visual art. The framework of his play is apparently realistic, until elements of dream, magic, and supernatural phenomena are introduced. (more...)


On the 20th Century opens on Broadway
by Roundabout Theatre Company - March 19, 2015

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BWW Blog: Caitlin Abraham of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS - First Preview!
by Caitlin Abraham - March 19, 2015

First Preview - first American audience! The excitement was palpable at the Palace Theater on Friday, March 13th, with bright expectant faces both backstage and in the front of house. After weeks of incubation, performing live is a tremendous exchange of energy; a conversation we as a company are so ready to have! Lines that perhaps we've grown accustomed to bloom clever and fresh again when we are stopped by laughter. To hear the audience sigh after a brief pas de deux between a returned soldier and his love, makes us feel connection - it's only the opening ballet, and they're with us! A moment later they gasp at a more graphic portrait of war and collaboration with the enemy - it's still only the opening ballet, and we've established our show's potency. Having achieved their trust, we stand together at the perfect jumping off place for a fine night of theater. (more...)


A Conversation with Kathryn Armour, Alexander and Voice Teacher
by Roundabout Theatre Company - March 19, 2015

As if Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine wasn't a challenging enough piece in the musical theater cannon, Fiasco Theater decided that they would take it on as their latest project, performing it with only 10 actors who also play their own instruments. The success of the production brought it from the McCarter Theater Center in Princeton to The Old Globe in San Diego and finally to Roundabout, at The Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, where it currently is playing to critical acclaim through April 12. (more...)


BWW Exclusive: NTI - Uniting Artists & Students for 45 Years
by National Theater Institute - March 16, 2015

With a singular schedule and unmatched breadth of training, the National Theater Institute is the nation's leading undergraduate artistic training program. In addition to a rigorous curriculum covering the theatrical greats -- Shakespeare, Williams, Chekov, and O'Neill -- NTI students are learning from today's theater artists. Since its founding in 1970, NTI has united working artists and students in education and collaboration. (more...)


BWW Blog: Caitlin Abraham of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS - Top 5 Shenanigans List of Tech Week
by Caitlin Abraham - March 12, 2015

How are cast members supporting each other during 10-out-of-12's? (In case you're unfamiliar with the term, An American in Paris has been working 10 out of 12 scheduled hours this past week at the Palace Theatre. This is a customary, if not notorious, phase of teching a Broadway show.) It's an intense week; there are long hours, frequent adjustments, and a lot of stopping and starting. But each day is incredibly rewarding. There's a lot of first time magic that happens in the theater during tech - you see lighting cues that transform a scene, dazzling new costumes, projections and effects; and the show changes from barebones to stunning before your eyes. (more...)


BWW Exclusive: NTI Faculty Spotlight - Alexander Gemignani
by National Theater Institute - March 10, 2015

For 45 years, the National Theater Institute has offered young theater artists a springboard to the professional world at the two-time Tony Award-winning Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. With a singular schedule and an unmatched breadth of training, NTI's credit-earning, semester-long programs are taught by industry professionals and master teachers like Alexander Gemignani. (more...)


Milky White: One Cow, Many Visions
by Roundabout Theatre Company - March 09, 2015

Into the Woods is such a rich and appealing musical that many directors have been eager to put their own spin on it over the years. In these wildly different productions, all design elements have, of course, changed drastically from one vision to the next. But perhaps no singular aspect of the musical has seen as many distinct interpretations as the cow, Milky White. Here, we look at several takes on Jack's loyal bovine pal and how they speak to the the vision for the production as a whole. (more...)


BWW Blog: Meet Caitlin Abraham of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
by Caitlin Abraham - March 05, 2015

Who is the company of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS? Included among us are 12 thrilling Broadway debuts; 6 who come straight from ballet companies; and 6 who previously danced with US and European ballet companies, Alvin Ailey or the Radio City Rockettes. 20 of our cast members are jubilantly back on Broadway, and every single performer was a part of the Chatelet production in Paris last fall. To quote one of the characters in our show, Adam Hochberg concludes, "Art should be a celebration," and An American in Paris joins the world of concert dance with the legacy of the Great White Way. (more...)


BWW Exclusive: August Wilson in Waterford
by National Theater Institute - March 02, 2015

Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright August Wilson developed six plays the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Fences, Seven Guitars, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson, and Two Trains Running. In celebration of the PBS American Masters documentary 'August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand', RISK AGAIN! shares excerpts from The O'Neill: Transformation of Modern American Theater. (more...)


Old Times starring Clive Owen will open our 50th Anniversary Season
by Roundabout Theatre Company - March 02, 2015

I am thrilled to share the news of another exciting production for our 50th Anniversary Season. It is my pleasure to announce that Clive Owen will be making his Broadway debut in Harold Pinter's Old Times, in a production directed by Douglas Hodge. (more...)


BWW Blog: Jake Winn of Signature's KID VICTORY - And We Made Them All Up
by Jake Winn - March 01, 2015

'And We Made Them All Up' (more...)


Profile on Composer: Cy Coleman
by Roundabout Theatre Company - February 24, 2015

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BWW Exclusive: Seven Off-Broadway Premieres for the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
by National Theater Institute - February 23, 2015

Hailed as the launchpad of the American theater, the two-time Tony Award-winning Eugene O'Neill Theater Center is responsible for developing more than 1,100 new works for the stage. Each summer, the O'Neill is home to a series of national conferences ushering in new voices in playwriting, musical theater, cabaret, puppetry, and criticism. NTI's Theatermakers Summer Intensive provides young artists the opportunity to train alongside these professional conferences and see new American plays before they hit the big stage. Plays developed during summers at the O'Neill now abound off-Broadway, as major New York theaters premiere work from the National Playwrights Conference (NPC). (more...)


On The 20th Century: Read, Watch, Do
by Roundabout Theatre Company - February 20, 2015

Immerse yourself in the world of the madcap musical, On the Twentieth Century, with our recommended listening, reading and doing lists! (more...)


Into the Woods: Designer Statements
by Roundabout Theatre Company - February 17, 2015

With only 10 actors, one piano and boundless imagination, this witty and wildly theatrical re-invention is Into the Woods like you've never seen it before! The creative team share their vision for the musical below. (more...)


BWW Exclusive: Visiting London and NYC with National Theater Institute Alumni
by National Theater Institute - February 16, 2015

The National Theater Institute is committed to diverse theatrical and educational experiences. Therefore, two weeks of each semester are spent in-residence in one of the world's most prominent theater capitals -- the NTI Semester and NTI-Advanced Programs study in London -- while the National Music Theater Institute train in New York City. In both cities, students met with alumni of the National Theater Institute who shared their theatrical experience, NTI stories, professional advice, and insight into the various ways to make a life in the theater. Today, RISK AGAIN! introduces them to you! (more...)


Little Children Dream of God: Haitian Vodou
by Roundabout Theatre Company - February 13, 2015

In Little Children Dream of God, as Sula begins her new life in America, she is haunted by memories about her past in Haiti. These include her connection to, and possible misuse of, Vodou practices. Sula is the daughter of a Manbo (a female Vodou priest) and is able to talk to spirits. Today, Haitian Vodou is practiced by millions of people, both within and outside of Haiti, yet it is widely misunderstood by outsiders. (more...)


BWW Blog: Karl Kenzler of YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU - Gwyn & Tonic
by Karl Kenzler - February 12, 2015

You've already seen that a number of our cast members have hidden talents. Austin Durant is no exception. The fashion and beauty magazines that are lying around the green room have sparked a deep passion in him. (more...)


BWW Blog: Jake Winn of Signature's KID VICTORY - Finding My Voice
by Jake Winn - February 11, 2015

'Finding My Voice' 'I still can't hear you' echoed in my head as I left rehearsal the other day. 'I still can't hear you.' Among the notes from Liesl after our first stumble-through were the repeated reminders about my volume and size. 'You're not in an independent film,' she said. Despite doing my homework, tightening my objectives, and warming up my voice: three weeks in and they still can't hear me. (more...)







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