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Friday, August 06, 2010

Friday News Roundup

by Matt Roberson 

Here, in no particular order, is the theatre news and notes that everybody can't stop buzzin' about: 

- The Broadway League released its end of season statistics.  As is often the case when prices go up, revenue for Broadway shows are on the rise while audiences for said shows are on the down.  See for yourself here.

- The much heralded Our Town, which began its run in February of 2009, will finally close on September 12th.  It is by far the best thing I've seen here in New York, so if you haven't had a chance, now's the time.  Need an extra push?  Michael McKean (Lennie? In Grover's Corners?), has returned to the role for a short time.  After a few weeks in the top spot, he will step aside for the show's original director and SM, David Cromer.  Cromer will play the Stage Manager for the final weeks of Our Town's run.  Broadway World has all the details here.

- President Obama (who we applaud for even mentioning the word "theater") has, along with First Lady Michelle, been made an Honorary Chair for D.C.'s Arena Stage Theatre.

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