Posts Tagged ‘National Theatre’

The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess, Reviewed

The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess—which is to say, the 2011 opera-into-musical re-engineering by the playwright of Top Dog/Underdog and others—may indeed be a bastardization of a towering American classic, like Stephen Sondheim said it is, but I wouldn’t know. This Tony-winning gloss on the Gershwins’ (and the less famous Heywards) groundbreaking 1935 opera about life [...]

Arts Roundup: Public Art Fail Edition

Dutch artist Erik van Loon tries, fails to bring his large-scale public art project to D.C. [Post]
Train, Janelle Monae, Prince Royce, and Arturo Sandoval booked to play this year's National Christmas Tree lighting. [WJLA]
Newsies coming to the National Theatre. [Post]
Priests will release a record on the New Jersey label Don Giovanni (Waxahatchee, Screaming Females) next [...]

Arts Roundup: Crowdfunding and Famous People Edition

National Theatre gets its own Broadway series—a big move for the long-struggling theater, now under new management. [Post]
Capital Fringe shows increasingly rely on crowdfunding... [Washington Business Journal]
...and the Smithsonian launches its first major crowdfunding campaign—for the forthcoming yoga exhibit at Freer/Sackler—today. [Freer/Sackler]
Kelly Rowland breaks down at last weekend's Fillmore show. [Post]
At Savoy Elementary School, Michelle Obama [...]

Bummer: Morrissey Cancels North American Tour Dates, Including D.C.

Remember when we lauded Morrissey's April 5 show for its potential to help reinvigorate the National Theatre? That show is now canceled and our dreams have shriveled up and died.
Sent Saturday morning, this press release totally ruined brunch:
NEW YORK – March 16, 2013 – The remaining dates of the Morrissey U.S. North American tour have officially [...]

I.M.P. Brings Morrissey to National Theatre April 5

Update March 17: This show has been canceled.
Yesterday morning, I received a press release that probably would not have existed last year. Or ever. The subject line read: "I.M.P. PRESENTS MORRISSEY AT THE NATIONAL THEATRE."
Yes, yes, I know, Moz just played Strathmore back in January. But this is still pretty big news—for National Theatre as well as [...]

Arts Roundup: National Theatre’s History of Neglect Edition

Nelson Pressley: "... the National [Theatre] is a low-budget, skeletal operation that maintains a handful of outreach operations to help justify its not-for-profit status. Rent doesn’t seem to be an issue. Bottom line: When the theater is dark, no one really loses money." [Post]
Furniture magnate Mitchell Gold and his former Smithsonian researcher husband Tim Gold [...]

New Management Comes to National Theatre

Back in November, City Paper's Lydia DePillis asked, "Can the National Theatre finally come back to life?" For years, the elegant theater with the prime downtown location has been curiously underused, usually only opening its doors for the occasional touring Broadway show. But today, the National Theatre announced it's got two new managers: JAM Theatricals, Ltd., [...]

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