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Recent Theater News

I was searching the internet for theater, Broadway and musicals information to share with you. Here are some good postings I came across recently:

Michael Ritchie (#34) December, 2004
Michael Ritchie, artistic director of Los Angeles’ Center Theatre Group, talks about taking the reins of the city’s largest theatre organization and considers his tenure as head of the acclaimed Williamstown Theatre Festival in this interview that caught Ritchie amidst his transition between these two esteemed companies. Original air date – December 17, 2004.

Doug Wright (#253) – January, 2010
Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award honored playwright Doug Wright discusses his virtually genetic passion for theatre and how that matched up with his conservative Texas childhood; his escape to New Haven and later New York for college and grad school; his early work at the O’Neill Theatre Center and the Yale Repertory Theatre; why he describes his early plays, including “Interrogating the Nude” and “Watbanaland”, as having been fueled by rage; how “Quills” was inspired in part by the political culture wars of the mid-90s; where he found inspiration for the macabre and comic one-acts collected as “Unwrap Your Candy”; how he feels about having personally revealed himself in his writing, both as a character in “I Am My Own Wife” and in his essay for the book “The Play That Changed My Life”; why he signed on to collaborate with Scott Frankel and Michael Korie on the musical of “Grey Gardens” after the failure of his only prior musical, “Buzzsaw Berkeley” with Michael John LaChiusa; what drove him to actively lobby for the position of bookwriter on Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”; and whether he plans to do more directing after adapting and staging Strindberg’s “Creditors” at the La Jolla Playhouse in the summer of 2009. Original air date – January 25, 2010.

Roger Bart and Brad Oscar (#3) May, 2004
Brad Oscar and Roger Bart, stalwarts from the original cast of “The Producers”, talk about their parts in the creation of the hit musical and the experience of then shifting to new roles, with Oscar stepping into Nathan Lane’s shoes as Max and Bart taking over for Matthew Broderick as Leo. Original air date – May 7, 2004.

Daryl Roth (#237) – October, 2009
Producer Daryl Roth, talks about her current and upcoming projects, including the Off-Broadway plays “Vigil”, “The Temperamentals” and “Love, Loss and What I Wore”. She also discusses how she plunged into producing with Maltby and Shire’s “Closer Than Ever”, after having been solely a member of the audience up to that point; her ongoing partnership with producer Elizabeth McCann on the plays of Edward Albee (“Three Tall Women”, “The Goat”, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”); her relationships with a number of not-for-profit theatre companies, notably the Manhattan Theatre Club; how she finds plays and what factors into her decisions on what to produce; what it’s like to be both a theatre owner and an independent producer; how she varies her role from being lead producer to being “part of the team” from project to project; the show she most wishes she’d been a part of; the impact of getting letters from members of the audience, and which show of hers generated the most mail; how “Wit” was prevented from playing on Broadway; the painful decisions that led to closing “The Mambo Kings” out-of-town; and how she feels about starting a theatrical dynasty now that her son Jordan is heading Jujamcyn Theatres. Original air date – October 5, 2009.

Linda Lavin (#269) – May, 2010
“Collected Stories” star Linda Lavin discusses why she’s playing the role of Ruth Steiner in Donald Margulies’ play for a fourth time, likens the two-character play to a duet that changes with each new co-star, and explains why she turned the role down the first time she had the opportunity to play it. She also talks about her musical heritage growing up in Maine; how she got her Equity card after her freshman year studying drama at the College of William and Mary; how a chorus role in her first Broadway show, “A Family Affair”, grew to afford her four character roles by opening night; the unexpected success of “The Mad Show”, which was originally planned for a two-week holiday run; the experience of creating roles in two Neil Simon plays, “The Last of the Red Hot Lovers” and “Broadway Bound”, including the story of how swiftly Simon wrote her impressive act two monologue for the latter; whether it was tough for her to be considered for stage roles after nine seasons on TV’s “Alice”; how she saw the character of Mama Rose when she took over for Tyne Daly in “Gypsy”; what she thinks prompted Charles Busch to create the title role in “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” with her in mind; and why when she’s not busy with professional acting roles she spends her “spare time” running the Red Barn Theatre, a community theatre in Wilmington NC. Original air date – May 19, 2010.

As always, thanks for reading!

David Caban
Producer/Host of Sunday Matinee


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