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PLaybill.com What is Sound Design and Why Did It Lose its Tony Pic

This article written by Michael Gioia for Playbill.com about the art of theatrical sound design was incredibly informative. It provides great insight into this often unknown and misunderstood artform.           Legendary sound designer Abe Jacob will be recognized for his career in the field at the Live Design Awards, but this season’s sound designers will not be recognized by the Tony Awards. Jacob explains why the art form is important and why these designers should be honored on Broadway’s biggest night.

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Charlotte Sweet is one of that increasingly rare breed: an original musical. And this “madcap musical,” as it was billed, sure is original. Lyricist/librettist Michael Colby and composer Gerald Jay Markoe delivered the unexpected with their delightfully unusual show which premiered at New York’s intimate Westside Arts Theatre on August 12, 1982 and ran for over 100 performances. JAY Records has recently brought the complete Original Cast Recording ...

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I love collaborations. I was thrilled when Stage Rights contacted me with their awesome idea to create a blog where theatre people doing theatre people stuff could contribute and learn and share. A fabulous colleague at AACT recently made this great point about how important it is to take the time to share (information). That's it -taking the time. Take the time to read a blog (like Stage Writes!). Take the time to be part of a larger group of people or organizations. 

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The Cast That Works Together, Stays Together

Some of the greatest shows I have seen or been a part of weren’t directed by a top-notch director and didn’t have large budgets that allowed elaborate sets or exquisite costumes. They were not necessarily performed in high-profile theaters, or were they productions in which I made a living wage. On the contrary, I attribute my most cherished theatrical experiences both as an audience member and as a ...

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Why I Fell Asleep During Your Play

By Bob Tooms   Posted 5.17.2016   Front of House, Audience, play, Theatre
Why I Fell Asleep During Your Play

You’re working your @$$ off up there, then you glance over and there’s this big blond doofus in the audience with his eyes closed. And you try not to let it bug you, but it bugs you. How could you have failed so badly? The weeks of rehearsal, the actor homework you struggled over, that moment in the show when everything kicked up a notch like it never had, then you glanced over and saw: me. Sleepy McBlondie, with my head tilting to one side and my eyes shut tight. Now it’s all ruined and you want to give up the acting thing forever because man the show was good that night except for that one damn guy with the ultimate critique of closed eyelids.

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