With Les Moonves Gone, the Tonys Can Have an Exit Strategy from CBS

With Les Moonves Gone, the Tonys Can Have an Exit Strategy from CBS

Years ago, then CEO of CBS Les Moonves told NY Post’s Michael Riedel that as long as he’s at CBS, so will the Tony Awards. This quote came at a time when the ratings were in the basement compared to other award shows. However, a statement like that from the guy who ran the network was certainly a sigh of relief.

But now Moonves is gone due to the many accusations of sexual misconduct. Which means that the Tony Awards’ biggest network champion is gone. And the ratings are still in the proverbial toilet.

So what does this mean for the future of the Tonys on CBS?

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The Issue Over Dimming Lights for Marin Mazzie is Why We Need to Stop Dimming Lights

The Issue Over Dimming Lights for Marin Mazzie is Why We Need to Stop Dimming Lights

Following the tragic passing of Marin Mazzie; it’s been announced that the “committee” at the Broadway League has decided to have only six theatres dim their lights in her honor.

Besides the fact that they announced the news in an incredibly cold press release, starting it off with the phrase “The Committee of Theatre Owners has decided to dim the lights” is the type of Broadway pretentiousness that makes my stomach turn.

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What to Do If Your Phone Rings in the Theatre

What to Do If Your Phone Rings in the Theatre

It’s something that’s unlikely to divide opinion amongst the theatre community: do not use your smartphone during a performance. Seems simple enough, but how you stop your mobile friend from lighting up is open to interpretation: flick it onto silent, leave on vibrate, place into airplane mode, or turn it off, remove the battery and leave it in a locked box a minimum of 5 miles away from the theatre?  

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No College Theatre Program is Worth a Shitty Professor

No College Theatre Program is Worth a Shitty Professor

This is the time of year where many college students are either returning to their various theatre programs are beginning them. As someone who works in college education myself, I am well aware of what colleges should be doing to make their programs worthwhile for their students. 

However, employing shitty faculty members is far from one of them.

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How Does the Broadway Transfer of "Be More Chill" Impact This Year's Tonys Race?

How Does the Broadway Transfer of "Be More Chill" Impact This Year's Tonys Race?

Just like many of its devoted fans, I had my hopes that if this summer's Off-Broadway run of Be More Chill was successful, we could be seeing a Broadway transfer sooner than later. 

Yesterday, our hopes were answered. Be More Chill opens on Broadway in March 2019. 

The Off-Broadway run which was met with positive reviews should be able to carry that momentum into their Broadway run. I don't expect them to change much between the productions. Which means that Be More Chill would definitely have to be considered a strong contender for this year's Tony Awards (Take a breath BMC fans), especially when you consider how the rest of the season looks on paper. 

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Why Do We Gravitate Towards Comedies or Drama?

Why Do We Gravitate Towards Comedies or Drama?

When people sit in a theater and watch a show, they usually do it for the entertainment or sometimes just to get away. It’s an escape for a lot of people. It could be a concert, musical, play or even a cabaret show. Regardless of what it is, it adds something that’s maybe missing in a person’s life. So, there is definitely that personal aspect to theatre that a lot of people might forget about. There is always reasoning behind our choices.

The two distinct types of productions that automatically come to mind for me are comedies and dramas, and people usually gravitate towards one or another, or sometimes both. They’re polar opposites, but I love that range between the two and think it’s amazing that theatre produces these two categories and provides that range. You can literally see shows based on what kind of mood you’re in and I think this is another reason people gravitate towards live theatre, similar to films.

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Shows I'd Love to See Gender-Swapped

Shows I'd Love to See Gender-Swapped

Recently Newsies announced that its rights are open for community theaters to perform. What made this announcement even more special was the knowledge that part of the Newsies ensemble could include females. (Someone needs to give me a couple years to have my baby and get back into tapping shape so I can be in that ensemble but I digress.)  

In the community theater world, there’s always talk of gender swapping within shows and roles. This is the first major production I’ve heard of which explicitly allows for the inclusion of females into what has been traditionally a male ensemble. I want to look at some other shows and roles that might benefit from a male to female gender swap. Granted this is just a wishlist, knowing that doing anything like this would require permission first. 

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Unauthorized Production of "Coco: The Musical" Means Schools Still Don't Understand Copyright or Don't Care

Unauthorized Production of "Coco: The Musical" Means Schools Still Don't Understand Copyright or Don't Care

Recently, it was brought to OnStage Blog's attention that, yet again, a foreign school has performed unauthorized material. This seems to be a common occurrence as in the past year we've seen schools perform productions of HamiltonThe Book of Mormon and ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Bombshell with music from the TV show Smash all without having obtained permission. 

What makes these occurrences even worse is that they are often supervised by teachers or adults who should know better. When this happens, they are failing their students and putting their schools at risk of ever obtaining permission for future productions. 

The latest example comes from the Polytechnic University of The Philippines(PUP) where their theatre organization, the Molave Theatre Guild, just wrapped production on their musical adaptation of the Pixar film, Coco. Here are some of their promotional materials of the show. 

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