Live theater has become more inventive, more intimate, more interesting because of competition from movies and television, says Irish Times critic.
The League of American Theatres and Producers decides to take away the Tony-voting privileges from league members who had not been principals in Broadway shows, first-class tours or bus-and-truck productions in the previous four years. Not without a fight, say the affected members. – Variety
In 15 short years Cirque de Soleil has gone from big-top attraction to multinational entertainment conglomerate. A new Cirque show is about to debut. – CBC
It’s not audiences or lack of new plays, reports the Financial Times. It’s the theatre buildings – almost half of them – including some of the most venerable – are up for sale. The new economics prevails. Financial Times (London)
Through the mean lean years of seedy Times Square, the theater district’s smallest theaters were largely neglected. Now the good times are here, producers have come a’ courtin.’ New York Times
Andrew Lloyd-Webber and playwright-comedian Ben Elton are collaborating on a new musical about football, based on the true story of IRA hunger-striker Bobby Sands. The Beautiful Game is planned for an autumn 2000 West End premiere. Playbill
Since being taken over by the giant New York-based SFX company, Livent, the once-proud theater giant, has been undergoing dismantling. More than 100 employees have been fired, and the company’s theater holdings around North America are being evaluated. CBC
New report says Broadway isn’t any better at minority hiring than TV or movies. – Daily Variety