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SO MANY THINGS HAPPENING IN THE THEATRE AHHHHHHHH

Man, life was so calm and easygoing for that first month after I got back from Clarion. What the hell happened?

Oh yeah. The Jungle Bookour new world premiere musical adaptation of the Disney animated film, directed and adapted by the incredible Mary Zimmerman. We’ve just extended the show a second time, so it now closes on October 20 (but tickets are going fast, so get ’em while you can!). It’s been a pretty crazy time at work, but luckily, all in a good way, with lots of special promotional events for the show that have kept me pretty busy. But here’s a little glimpse at a few of the things I’ve been doing for it:

Our “audience testimonial” video, with some B-Roll from the production, and interviews with real audience members who cannot stop raving about the show (so you don’t just have to take my word for it).

We also took the cast of the show to Fenway Park, where they performed the National Anthem before the Red Sox totally obliterated the Stankees. Here’s their actual performance…

…and here’s a fun little overview of their entire (did I mention they had soundcheck at 10am for a 1pm game, plus a two-show day starting with a 2pm matinee performance? Yeahhhh it was kinda nutes)

On top of that, I’ve been doing some video editing work for Project: Project’s upcoming production How May I Connect You (Or, Scenes in The Key of D:/)a really cool devised theatre piece full of hilarious sketches about communication and human interaction in a digital era. That show goes up this coming weekend only, Sept. 26-29, at the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, so see while you still can!

(oh, and plus, my girlfriend just directed this incredible production of Nina Raines’ Tribes at SpeakEasy Stage Company, which is getting absolute stellar reviews, so you should go see that as well. It runs through Oct. 12.)

 

 

The Jungle Book Comes to Boston!

The opening show of our 2013-2014 season at the Huntington is a brand new stage adaptation of Disney’s The Jungle Book, which we’re all pretty excited about. I talk about it more extensively over on the Huntington’s blog, and here’s a video interview I put together with our Artistic Director Peter DuBois about the production:

Performances of The Jungle Book begin September 7 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre.

The Best of All Possible CANDIDEs!

Leonard Bernstein’s beautiful score for the Broadway musical Candide was an instant classic — the show itself, based on the novella by Voltaire, was not. Tony Award and MacArthur Genius Grant winner Mary Zimmerman took it upon herself to recreate this musical masterpiece/disasterpiece with a brand new book and a new take on its wonderful music. Following sold out runs at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre and Washington, DC’s Shakespeare Theatre, Mary Zimmerman’s incredible production of Candide officially opens tonight at the Huntington in Boston, and believe me when I say, it is absolutely worth seeing. It’s a long show, but it’s also one that you’ll remember — this is one of those shows that people will be talking about for years to come. Don’t believe me? Check this out.

CANDIDE runs through October 16 at the BU Theatre on the Avenue of the Arts. Don’t miss it!

Just Another Day at Fenway Park

This past Wednesday, the cast of CANDIDE at the Huntington had the privilege of performing the National Anthem before the 1:35pm Red Sox game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

So basically I got paid to hang out behind the scenes at Fenway Park and STAND RIGHT ON THE FIELD DURING THE CEREMONY HONORING TIM WAKEFIELD’S 200th WIN. Just sayin’.

And here’s a little video I cut together of the experience. Did I mention I get to ride in a Duck Boat (after only 7 years of living here…):

The Huntington’s 30th Anniversary Season

The Huntington Theatre Company, Boston’s leading professional theatre company since 1982, is launching into their 30th Anniversary Season this year. Tickets went on sale yesterday for a season that includes Mary Zimmerman’s acclaimed production of Candide, the completion of August Wilson’s 20th Century Cycle with Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (ironically, his first hit play, and the last that the company is producing), the hit New York comedy God of Carnage (the film of which, directed by Roman Polanski, comes out in November), and Noël Coward’s Private Lives, along with three world premieres.

I’ve spent the last few weeks re-designing the Huntington’s website to fit with the new 30th Anniversary branding image, and I have to say, I’m pretty happy with the results. Check it out — and while you’re at it, maybe treat yourself to one of our shows along the way.

Oh, also? The entire season is going to be presented in SHOCKING REAL-D 3D!