Opera Australia Planning on Whitewashed Production of "West Side Story"

Opera Australia Planning on Whitewashed Production of "West Side Story"

No offense Australia, but your country and "whitewashing" seems to go together like a barbecue and snags (see what I did there). More often than not, I get an Google alert on my phone of some issue of whitewashing popping up in the land down under. Whether it's their infamous attempt to do In the Heights with a mostly white cast or the controversy over their tourism ads, Australia seems to have a hard time getting on the bus towards equal representation on stage and screen. 

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Did a Delaware High School Fail to Take Action Regarding Sexual Misconduct Within its Theatre Department?

Did a Delaware High School Fail to Take Action Regarding Sexual Misconduct Within its Theatre Department?

A high school in Delaware is coming under fire over their response or lack thereof to claims of sexual misconduct involving a male staff member within its theatre department. Multiple students have come forward with claims of either being the target of inappropriate behavior or witnessing it firsthand. 

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"Say yes to things that scare you" : A Quick Chat with "Spongebob Squarepants" Star Lilli Cooper

"Say yes to things that scare you" : A Quick Chat with "Spongebob Squarepants" Star Lilli Cooper

Let me tell you something. I played the Spring Awakening Soundtrack to death when I was in college. Lilli Cooper’s voice and all-around talent is one I have known for a very long time. For her to accomplish everything she has at this point in her young life, is inspiring and amazing. Lilli is currently starring as Sandy Cheeks in The SpongeBob SquarePants Broadway Musical which was nominated for 12 Tony Awards including Best Musical. It was also recently announced that she will be starring as Julie Nichols in the upcoming Broadway-Bound Musical Tootsie which will feature a score by Tony Award-winning composer David Yazbek.

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Video Aims to Show What "West Side Story" Got Wrong About Puerto Ricans

Video Aims to Show What "West Side Story" Got Wrong About Puerto Ricans

For many, there is a lot to love about the West Side Story. But for others, especially Puerto Ricans, a lot of it is problematic. Much of the problems coming from how their and their culture are depicted in Oscar-winning film. 

With a Steven Spielberg-directed remake on the way, it's understandable to question if many of the stereotypes and inaccuracies of the original film will be corrected. And one Puerto Rican actress is taking it a step further with a parody video highlighting some of those issues. 

Suni Reyes posted a different take on the WSS song "America" with lyrics to show how Puerto Rico is being treated today, as well as some facts about the inaccuracies in the original film. 

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Students Receive $500,000 in College Scholarships at Chicago’s New “College Break Thru” Performing Arts Program

Students Receive $500,000 in College Scholarships at Chicago’s New “College Break Thru” Performing Arts Program

It was an evening of cheers and celebration as the first “College Break Thru” program concluded on Friday, June 29th with 500,000 in college scholarships begin passed out to students! Parents, supporters, and program faculty gathered at the University Center in downtown Chicago to close out the 5-day intensive program that welcomed 56 of the country’s top performing arts students for high caliber classes and exclusive auditions.

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“Why don’t we just wear that?” : A Chat with Lauren Molina

“Why don’t we just wear that?” : A Chat with Lauren Molina

Lauren Molina is an actress, singer, and songwriter who can currently be seen Off-Broadway in Desperate Measures as Bella Rose at New World Stages. Her performance earned her an Outer Critics Circle Award Nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical and a Lucille Lortel Award Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical. 

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Taylor Iman Jones Has Got the Beat in Broadway's "Head Over Heels"

Taylor Iman Jones Has Got the Beat in Broadway's "Head Over Heels"

Taylor Iman Jones is currently starring as Mopsa in Head Over Heels (featuring music from the Go-Go’s) on Broadway which is currently in previews right now at The Hudson Theatre. I have been a fan since her Broadway debut in Groundhog Day. What made her debut so amazing was that she had only living in New York for two months when she booked the gig.

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Man accused of groping teens outside Broadway performance of "Anastasia"

Man accused of groping teens outside Broadway performance of "Anastasia"

Authorities are searching for the man accused of groping three teenage girls outside a New York Broadway theater Friday night.

It happened at about 11:15 p.m. after a performance of ‘Anastasia’ at the Broadhurst Theater as crowds of people were exiting the building.  Police say a man stood outside the theater and made inappropriate sexual contact, groping three teenage girls, ages 15, 16 and 19.

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A Touchstone of the Port Hope Arts Community

A Touchstone of the Port Hope Arts Community

Recently, a quick ten-minute pre-show discussion before a highly successful matinee performance of Fiddler on the Roof at Port Hope's Cameco Capitol Arts Centre inspired me to learn more about the indelible mark Antonio Sarmiento has left on the thriving arts community in this pretty town, about a forty-five-minute drive east of Oshawa.

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Trump Supporter Attempts and Fails to Disrupt Performance of 'A Bronx Tale'

Trump Supporter Attempts and Fails to Disrupt Performance of 'A Bronx Tale'

This morning it was reported that at last night's performance of A Bronx Tale, a man sitting near the front row, stood up and displayed a pro-Donald Trump sign towards the audience. 

The incident occurred during the curtain call of the show, which just seems pointless because the audience is already cheering the show.

A couple of people on Twitter were able to catch the act. 

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Despite the Doubt and Hate, Tony Awards Ratings Went Up This Year

Despite the Doubt and Hate, Tony Awards Ratings Went Up This Year

Leading up to the 72nd Tony Awards, many prognosticators out there were assuming that without a "Hamilton-ish" cross over hit or The Band's Visit's likely dominance, the TV ratings would drop through the basement. 

How wrong they were. 

Just a day after the big night, it was reported that the TV ratings actually went up from last year's awards. Sunday night’s telecast of the Tonys drew 6.3 million viewers on CBS, an improvement of 4% from the 6 million who watched last year.

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Tony Award Wrap Up - Highs, Lows, Tears and Snubs

Tony Award Wrap Up - Highs, Lows, Tears and Snubs

Surprises? There were a couple. But other than a few unexpected wins, the 2018 Tonys shaped up exactly the way most people thought they were. The Band's Visit dominated the evening with 10 wins which surely pleased the "theatre snob" crowd who feel like the sky is falling when it comes to "quality" Broadway shows. 

Did The Band's Visit deserve every award it won? Yes and no. But it did certainly warrant some of the bigger wins in the evening. Let's run down some of the highlights as well as the lowlights of the ceremony. 

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"Don’t wait, make your own way" : Chatting with "The Band’s Visit's" Kristen Sieh

"Don’t wait, make your own way" : Chatting with "The Band’s Visit's" Kristen Sieh

Meet Kristen Sieh!

Kristen is currently playing the role of Iris in "The Band’s Visit" which has been nominated for 11 Tony Awards, including Best New Musical. She has also appeared in "Orange is the New Black" as Francine and as Kelsey in "House of Cards".

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