Susan Stroman on Dance & CRAZY FOR YOU®

Susan Stroman is the recipient of five Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, five Drama Desk Awards, eight Outer Critics Circle Awards, a record five Astaire Awards and the George Abbot Award for Lifetime Achievement in the American Theatre.  Along the way she has had the opportunity to direct and/or choreograph fifteen Broadway shows, beginning with … Read More

Charles Strouse And The Original Rock Musicals

People usually credit Hair (1968) with bringing the sound of rock & roll to the Broadway stage, but one composer effectively inserted rock into his scores years earlier: Charles Strouse. At a time when pop culture and Broadway were parting ways, Strouse was able to bridge that gap, incorporating an eclectic mix of contemporary sounds into his … Read More

Fundraising For Theatre: The Old Standards

Welcome to the fourth installment of our series on fundraising strategies for small theatres.  You can still find the earlier posts in this series at our blog Spotlight On Musicals.  In Part 1 we discussed applying for arts grants, in Part 2 we covered Crowdfunding and in Part 3 we analyzed “the profitable season”, or in other words, how to fund a … Read More

What Happens When Kids Of Today Put On a Musical About Kids In The 1950’s?

Kathie Urban, the Executive Producer of Metropolitan Educational Theatre Network recently spoke with Tams-Witmark about putting on a production of BYE BYE BIRDIE with students from kindergarten through college.  Some actors did need a lesson on how to use a rotary phone, but unlike communications technology, great theatre is timeless.   Kathie Urban:  We hadn’t done BYE … Read More

Talking with Lee Mendelson

This year marked the 50th anniversary of the first television broadcast of A Charlie Brown Christmas.  In honor of the occasion we sat down with the TV special’s visionary producer, Lee Mendelson, to see how he’s been celebrating the landmark occasion. The answer: he’s keeping as busy as always. Best known as the producer of A Charlie … Read More

Fundraising For Theatre: The Profitable Season

Welcome to the third installment of our series on fundraising strategies for small theatres.  If you haven’t already, go back to the Spotlight On Musicals blog and check out  Part 1 where we covered applying for arts grants and Part 2 where discussed Crowdfunding.  In this installment we are focusing on the importance of putting together a well-rounded … Read More

Fundraising For Theatre: Crowdfunding

Welcome to the second installment of our series on fundraising strategies for small theatres.  Part 1 covered applying for arts grants but today’s installment is about a less traditional, but equally effective, strategy: Crowdfunding. PART 2: CROWDFUNDING Crowdfunding is a powerful new form of financial democracy that leverages social media and the Internet to extend the … Read More

Fundraising For Theatre: Grants

Fundraising doesn’t need to be scary.  In fact, it can be an opportunity to think creatively and create new bonds between your cast, crew and larger community. In order to get you started on banishing the fundraising boogeyman we’ve compiled this series on common fundraising strategies employed by high school theatre programs.  Today’s post covers applying for grants but … Read More

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