Taymor Tries to Heal Her ImageBreaking her silence about "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," the Broadway musical from which she was fired in March, Julie Taymor tacitly criticized her former producers on Saturday afternoon for relying on audience focus groups and said that the rise of Twitter and blogs for instant theater criticism was damaging to shows
(from The New York Times). The most expensive Broadway production ever produced, "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" was already controversial before Julie Taymor left the production. Last year, before opening, the production separately injured 4 different actors with broken wrists, ribs, feet (or a toe), a concussion and internal bleeding.
Lookingglass Wins Tony Award for Excellence in Regional TheaterChicago's Lookingglass Theatre Company has 22 ensemble members. Twenty-one of them will be in the confines of New York's Beacon Theatre on Sunday night when Lookingglass becomes the fifth Chicago company to win the Tony Award for excellence in regional theater.You likely won't see them all on television
(from Chicago Tribune).
How Much a Tony Win is WorthOn average, winners of the Tony for best musical saw their average weekly gross jump 48 percent, from $656,784 in the eight weeks before the ceremony to $972,006 in the eight weeks after. By contrast, the other nominees saw only a 21 percent increase in their weekly gross in the comparable time frames
(from The New York Times).
Mickey Grossman Memorial ServicePlans are being made at this time to hold a memorial service in Chicago on Monday, June 13th. Exact location and time TBD. If you have any questions, please contact Mickie Paskal or Jennifer Rudnicke at 312-527-0665