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Goldstar User Review Shows You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Go Dark

Does a play based on the true story of a man with cannibalistic desires sound like a "fun" night at the theater? For many, no, but that doesn't mean it's not worth performing. Sacred Fools Theater in Los Angeles is performing Taste, about the Rotenburg Cannibal, and it's getting rave reviews. Here's one from Goldstar: "This is a brilliant performance and does precisely what good theater should do. Actors superb, direction superb -- the piece is based on the true...

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Tony Nominees Share Pet Peeves, Crazy Auditions and More (Video)

In anticipation of the upcoming Tony Awards, The Hollywood Reporter sat down with six male and six female Broadway stars to talk about everything from their grueling performance schedules, favorite roles and more. Watch the videos below or head over to HollywoodReporter.com for the full story.Related:This Week's Top 10 Broadway Shows, as Sorted by Revenue Per Seat Another Musical for Broadcast -- This Is a Good Thing Selling Out With Randy Weiner

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Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect

From time to time, we stumble across event art that’s so good, we feel compelled to share. And if you don’t know why event art is important, read this. Image from Thaïs by LA Opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles.

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9 Inspirational Film Quotes

Need a little mid-week inspiration? Backstage has put together a selection of nine inspiration quotes for actors, but really anyone in the live entertainment industry can take them to heart (after all, it takes a village to get a movie or stage show up, right?).One favorite from the roundup: “Talent is luck. The important thing in life is courage.” —Woody Allen as Isaac in 1979's Manhattan You can get pumped by reading all nine of the inspirational quotes over on Backstage.com.

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What Does it Take to Fill Robin William’s Shoes?

Performing the role of the Genie in Disney's latest Broadway show, Aladdin, is no easy task. Not only are you performing eight shows a week in a physically demanding role, but you have to live up to the legendary performance Robin Williams did in the original animated feature.Luckily for actor James Monroe Iglehart playing the Genie is a labor of love, and the response on Broadway has been positive despite earlier bumps in the road.Recently Iglehart spoke with Los...

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Bright Ideas

How One Theater Is Doing More With Less

How do you increase the quality of your shows, improve community outreach and (hopefully) improve revenue while also cutting costs? If you're Lorne Campbell, Artistic Director for Northern Stage, you get very strategic. The Guardian recently ran a column from Lorne where he described their efforts and whether or not they're paying off. A bit of his strategy:"I became artistic director of Northern Stage in May 2013," Cambell said. "In this first year, the company and I have been...

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ICYMI

In Case You Missed It

Each week we gather up stories we think are worth a read. And now, in case you missed them ...Is your venue sending the right message? Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy explains how important it is for theaters and other live entertainment venues to be clear on what they're presenting.James Cameron + Avatar + Cirque du Soleil = A live show everyone will be talking about. Variety has the full story.Disney made the news with their ticket price increases and...

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Does Truth Trump Fiction in Theater?

"Based on a true story."For some reason when that small sentence appears before a film or in the program of a play it carries a lot of weight. Audiences seem to love the idea that what they're about to see is based in reality, even if it's not completely accurate. But should we really be concerned about the veracity of a show? Or is it more important that the story be entertaining?Lyn Gardner at The Guardian asked these questions...

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Promo of the Week

Promo of the Week: Mothers and Sons Daring Twitter Campaign

Homophobic slurs may not seem like an obvious marketing move (at least not when you're marketing a Broadway show), but it sure worked for the Mothers and Sons team.The Huffington Post detailed the show's recent Twitter campaign, which involved quoting actual homophobic tweets without prior explanation to catch people's attention and bring to light the hateful speech happening every day. We followed up with SpotCo Senior Social Media Manager Steven Tartick, who helped orchestrate the creative campaign, to see how...

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