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Diane Paulus at TEDxBroadway 2014: From “The Donkey Show” to Tony-Winnin’ “Pippin”

Diane Paulus likes to take theatrical risks. Like with The Donkey Show, a disco adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream she co-produced off-Broadway, which ran from 1999-2005, or her very first production, a rock 'n' roll version of The Tempest. And she’s done it again, this time scoring a Tony Award for Best Director for the current Broadway revival of Pippin, which features a woman in the part of Leading Player (a role originated by Ben Vereen) and the...

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P&L

No Special Rules Apply to “High Culture”

This article about the closing of the New York City Opera's interesting because it explores several different themes about why the organization failed recently. It compares the death of the New York City Opera itself to the tragic life story of Anna Nicole Smith, who was the subject of the New York City Opera's final performance.It may be intellectually interesting to try to find the broader cause of a failure like this one, but until someone does and shares...

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The Great Thing About a Live Event Is It Includes You

I had fun reading this article, in which the author complains about her recent trip to an Elton John concert. The problem was that people were singing along to Elton's songs so much that she couldn't even hear Elton sing.I sympathize, kinda.But not really. Because the last thing in the world that we need to drive into other forms of performed live music is a policy that requires that we sit absolutely silent at all times. See how nicely...

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Who’s Winning the Nutty So Far?

As of today, the House Theatre of Chicago is in the lead for the seventh annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award.But it’s super close, and anything can change. In fact, this is the big weekend for performances, so a LOT of reviews will come pouring in before we announce the winner a week from today.Keep up to date anytime by coming back to this page.

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New President, New Agenda for the Kennedy Center

Deborah Rutter will be the Kennedy Center's third president. This is really interesting because she's coming from a very successful run as the head of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; she has an MBA; and according to the article in the Washington Post, she's being hired as much for her management skills as her expertise in the arts.The Kennedy Center is an interesting organization to me because it's separated in so many ways from all of the pressures that most...

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