Promising musical theater artists honored

Here are Benjamin Scheuer, Melissa Li, and Kit Yan.   Melissa Li, Benjamin Scheuer, and Kit Yan are names to remember in musical theater. Indeed, these individuals have each earned the 2021 Kleban Prize for Musical Theatre. The honor’s namesake is Edward L. Kleban. He is the late Tony and...

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‘Long Distance Affair’ is intimate, immersive theater

    By AARON KRAUSE The young man had never ventured outside the U.S. That is, until recently, when he and others dropped by Segun Adefila’s home and arts center in Lagos, Nigeria. Adefila was deep in incantation. Nevertheless, he was thrilled to meet his visitors. The Nigerian welcomed them...

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Versatile artist of the stage, screen dies

Edinburgh Theatre Festival Tony Tanner as Sergei Diaghliev in his one-man show. The Tony and Drama Desk Award-nominated director and choreographer for the original Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has died. Tony Tanner died on Sept. 8 in his Los...

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Prize-winning play focuses on women’s strength and resilience

  Stephanie Alison Walker   By AARON KRAUSE The 2019 winner of a national award recognizing an emerging female playwright penned a piece about “the strength and resilience of women,” in the author’s words. The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) has honored Stephanie Alison Walker with the Francesca Primus Prize....

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Audiences have spoken. Do you agree?

  The best musical of the decade? Hamilton. The best Broadway play of the decade? Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The aforementioned accolades do not come from critics or judges from within the industry. Rather, fans of live theater presented the honors. Throughout August, “BroadwayWorld” opened voting to its...

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Prominent lighting designer dies of cancer

  Howell Binkley One of Broadway’s most renowned lighting designers, a two-time Tony Award winner who also received nominations for many other awards, died on Friday. Howell Binkley was 64. He succumbed to lung cancer at a hospital in Jacksonville, N.C., his wife, Joyce Storey, confirmed on Facebook. Binkley’s designs...

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Zoetic Stage leads the way with 12 Carbonells

Photo by Justin Namon Here’s the cast of Zoetic Stage’s Sweeney Todd   By AARON KRAUSE South Florida’s “theater prom” on Monday night might have lacked the glitz and glamour of previous years. Still, the 44th Carbonell Awards carried an aura of optimism, hope, and celebration. Indeed, presenters, performers, and...

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Union suggests no ‘stage-dooring’ once live performances resume

The areas around stage doors could look as deserted as the one above if theaters implement a union’s guideline prohibiting autograph seeking following live theater productions.     If you loved seeking autographs and taking backstage tours following stage productions, new safety guidelines may disappoint you. A theater union suggests...

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Inaugural ceremony honors Black theater artists

A new celebration honoring Black theater artists and contributors on Broadway and Off-Broadway will make its debut on Friday, June 19. It’s the day that Broadway Black, a multimedia organization which highlights Black theater artists’ achievements, will premiere the Antonyo Awards at 7 p.m. EST on June 19.  You can...

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Excellence in South Florida theater to be honored in August

                                    Caryl Fantel                                                             ...

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