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Theater News for the Week Ending December 24th

By Bennett Liebman

The Special Panic of Singing Sondheim

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-special-panic-of-singing-sondheim

Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin Makes Apology Statement to Broadway Understudies

https://www.playbill.com/article/broadway-league-president-charlotte-st-martin-makes-apology-statement-to-broadway-understudies-swings

By disrespecting understudies, Charlotte St. Martin needs to go

https://www.onstageblog.com/editorials/2021/12/22/7gbiwp8cz8kbdpojuryn15v7mxdvn8

Medical Experts Stress Continued Importance of Ventilation Strategies

https://www.playbill.com/article/medical-experts-stress-continued-importance-of-ventilation-strategies-in-theatres-amid-omicron-spread

Alvin Vincent, Jr. named new executive director of Actors' Equity

https://broadwaynews.com/2021/12/22/alvin-vincent-jr-named-new-executive-director-of-actors-equity/

Broadway League not considering industry shutdown amid COVID cancellations

https://broadwaynews.com/2021/12/17/broadway-league-not-considering-industry-shutdown-amid-covid-cancellations/

No, Broadway Isn't Shutting Down - But It Is Hurting

https://www.forbes.com/sites/leeseymour/2021/12/21/no-broadway-isnt-shutting-downbut-it-is-hurting/?sh=42873ed75a05

Broadway Grosses Drop 26 Percent as Many Shows Cancel Performances

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/21/theater/broadway-covid-omicron.html

As Broadway Grosses Plummet, Questions Arise About Vaccines And Federal Support

https://www.forbes.com/sites/leeseymour/2021/12/22/as-broadway-grosses-plummet-questions-arise-about-vaccines-and-federal-support/?sh=727e2fb3bc93

What success means on Broadway this year

https://broadwaynews.com/2021/12/22/what-success-means-on-broadway-this-year/

Jordan Roth on Sen. Chuck Schumer and his impact on Broadway

https://broadwaynews.com/2021/12/22/jordan-roth-on-sen-chuck-schumer-and-his-impact-on-broadway/

Thoughts of a Colored Man Playwright Keenan Scott II Steps Onstage

https://www.theatermania.com/broadway/news/keenan-scott-performs-in-thoughts-of-a-colored-man_93154.html

Hugh Jackman praises Broadway Understudies

https://fiorreports.com/hugh-jackman-praises-broadway-understudies-after-kathy-voytko-makes-marion-debut-on-the-music-man/

Continuing 'The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe'

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/22/theater/search-for-signs-of-intelligent-life-in-the-universe.html?smid=tw-nyttheater&smtyp=cur

'Thoughts of a Colored Man' closes on Broadway'

https://broadwaynews.com/2021/12/23/thoughts-of-a-colored-man-closes-on-broadway/

As omicron infections spread, my hopes for Broadway's recovery dim

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/12/20/broadway-cancellations-omicron/

Being Alive Together

https://www.harvardmagazine.com/2021/12/sondheim-omicron-theater

Actors unions agree to allow streamed performances to continue

https://www.courant.com/ctnow/arts-theater/hc-ctnow-unions-extend-theater-livestream-agreements-20211223-a3ohc7ew3rekbp2k26d5ulgiva-story.html

Surge hits Colorado arts community in wallet -- and in heart

https://denvergazette.com/arts-entertainment/surge-hits-arts-community-in-wallet-and-in-heart/article_d9a94ef1-b0ed-538f-a4c4-1348cc1ec341.html

Enter, stage left: Omicron

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/12/23/arts/enter-stage-left-omicron/

Following Report, Theater Changes Tune On 'West Side Story' Sequel

https://www.forbes.com/sites/marchershberg/2021/12/22/following-report-theater-changes-tune-on-west-side-story-sequel/?sh=2d832eee5c33

SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Extend Video Pact for Live Stage Productions

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/sag-aftra-actors-equity-extend-004510895.html

Commentary: Return to theaters in 2021 means big leap of trust

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2021-12-18/commentary-live-performances-trust-fall-2021

Seacoast Rep receives support after neo-Nazi group protests drag story hour

https://www.seacoastonline.com/story/news/local/2021/12/22/seacoast-rep-receives-support-after-neo-nazi-group-protests-drag-show-adl-splc-nsc-131/8972959002/?fbclid=IwAR1lpUEnfcZlw3dosdwAI4LzbjoyxDSkwncVH02Ft4LV6QbtYlMRamu7UOk

'My work has just disappeared' - performers and crew count cost of Omicron

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-59770828

Can theatres survive another Christmas of covid cancellations?

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2021/dec/17/can-theatres-survive-another-christmas-covid-cancellations-podcast


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