Theatrical Musings

“Hamilton” Leads 2016 Tony Nominations

NEW YORK—Well, it’s the musical that nearly everyone in the world has been talking about: “Hamilton.” And the biggest day in the theatre arena took place on Tuesday, May 3 as the 2016 Tony nominations were unveiled from the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel. “Hamilton” led all contenders with a record breaking 16 nominations including the coveted Best Musical....

SF Opera: Seasonal Spooks With “Sweeney Todd”

SAN FRANCISCO—As October begins, a reflection of a fantastic fall production of a dark, gore-filled musical thriller is only appropriate.  I was lucky enough to catch the closing weekend of the San Francisco Opera's production of the three-time Tony award winning Sondheim classic, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." "Sweeney Todd" tells the story of Benjamin Barker, a 19th century...

“Fun Home” Big Tony Awards Winner

NEW YORK—The 2015 Tony Awards were held from the famed Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7. The festivities which were hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming brought out the talented stars of Broadway to celebrate the best of the year. The night’s big winner was “Fun Home” which took home a total of 5 awards including Best...

“Lonely Girl” Wanda Ray Willis And Dorothy Dandridge

HELLO AMERICA!—One could not ask for a better opening for the summer’s Hollywood entertainment season than that of "Lost Girl" starring the beautiful, talented Wanda Ray Willis  who explodes on stage as one of the most beautiful, mysterious and talented ladies of our business, Dorothy Dandridge. As a one woman show, Willis captures the subtle shadings of Dandridge which has never...

2015 Tony Award Nominations

NEW YORK—The 2015 nominees for the Tony Awards were announced on Tuesday, April 28 and leading the pack of all nominees was the musical “An American In Paris” which nabbed 12 nominations including Best Musical. Vying against “Paris” is “Fun Home” which also picked up a total of 12 nominations this year. Announcing this year’s nominees were actor Bruce Willis...

AEA Imposes Minimum Wage Plan

LOS ANGELES—The Actor's Equity Association, the national labor union for theatrical performances, attempted to impose a $9 hourly minimum wage on Tuesday, April 21 for Los Angeles theaters. This minimum wage would go into effect for all small theaters that house 99 seats or less and replace the current $7 to $15 system. The Los Angeles 99-Seat Theater Plan which began in...
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