Posts Tagged ‘signature theatre’

At a Party-Forward Helen Hayes Awards, Signature Theatre Takes Home Eight Prizes

"Stupid FUCKING Bird!"
Anyone who got to announce the name of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's "sort-of" adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull did so with devious relish last night at the 30th annual Helen Hayes Awards, especially when Aaron Posner's play, which was nominated for eight prizes, took home two of the biggest ones: outstanding new play or musical and outstanding [...]

The Belt Way: Beaches at Signature Theatre, Reviewed

Midway through Sunday’s interminable Oscars broadcast, capping the ceremony’s yearly tribute to Hollywood’s recently deceased, Bette Midler inexplicably belted “Wind Beneath My Wings,” her tearjerker ballad from the 1988 movie Beaches. Midler sounded like she lost her voice around 1992, and synthesizers backed her husky vocals with over-the-top period schmaltz. Presumably, Oscar producer hoped the [...]

Arts Roundup: Jane Chu Edition

After a far too long delay, President Obama has nominated somebody for the National Endowment for the Arts' top post. His pick: Kansas City's Jane Chu. [Post]
Not every congressman is glued to House of Cards. [Post]
Veep's Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Joe Biden, best pals. [Huffington Post]
Ever heard of The Playgirls? [Post]
The post reviews Hailu Mergia's Millennium [...]

Stupid Fucking Bird Dominates 2014 Helen Hayes Awards Nominees

In a presentation last night at National Theatre, TheatreWashington announced the 2014 Helen Hayes Awards nominees. Who cleaned up? Woolly's Stupid Fucking Bird caught the biggest worm, with eight nominations. Shakespeare Theatre Company's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Round House Theatre's Glengarry Glen Ross netted seven. Close behind them are several productions [...]

Arts Roundup: Severely Anxious Edition

D.C. is getting a new record store—in Georgetown. [Arts Desk]
Meet D.C.'s new library chief, Richard Reyes-Gavilan. [Post]
Hirshhorn makes some key new art acquisitions. (Warning: PDF file herein.) [Hirshhorn]
The Atlantic editor Scott Stossel talks about his severe anxiety and his new book, which is also about his severe anxiety. [Washingtonian]
Listen: Dismemberment Plan on World Cafe [NPR]
A [...]

Arts Roundup: Q and Not U, Metaphorically Speaking Edition

Shutdown forces Freer and Sackler galleries to shuffle around its planned yoga exhibit. [Express]
Montgomery County asks the U.S. Department of the Interior to reopen Glen Echo Park, which houses numerous nonprofit and arts groups. [Post]
Republic, the restaurant taking the place of Takoma Park's Video Americain, will host live music. [Post]
D.C. actor Erik Todd Dellums (The [...]

After Big Companies Complain, Helen Hayes Awards Will Be Split Into Two Tiers

D.C. theater professionals and aficionados should prepare for an extra-long Helen Hayes Awards celebration come 2015. TheatreWashington, the organization that runs the awards, announced major changes to its signature event Tuesday night, including splitting its prizes for local theater troupes into two tiers based on the number of union actors in a particular production. As a [...]

Spin at Signature Theatre, Reviewed

Say you’re a musical-theater writing duo trying to recover from the devastating failure of your first Broadway flop. What do you do? You write a musical about a former boy band star trying to recover from the devastating failure of his solo career. And like your new character, you realize it’s time to take a [...]

ToDo ToDay: Spin at Signature! DC Loves Dilla!

Once. Ghost. Kinky Boots.Adapting movies into musicals is pretty much a meme on Broadway these days. Tonight, Arlington’s Signature Theatre continues the trend, but instead of hopping on the bandwagon, the creative team is jumping on a plane to Seoul. The new musical Spin is based on the hit Korean film Speedy Scandal and produced in collaboration [...]

Arts Roundup: Hirshhorn Shakeup Edition

After an inconclusive Hirshhorn vote on the Bloomberg Balloon/Bubble, Hirshhorn Director Richard Koshalek resigns. [Arts Desk]
Phil Kennicott's reaction: "If [Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne] Clough votes down the Bubble, it will send a clear and chilling message to other Smithsonian entities and to anyone who is courted to replace Koshalek." [Post]
Columnist John Kelly makes a D.C. [...]

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