Director’s Brief: New York, “Newsies,” and the new season

by Karen Azenberg So sorry I missed last week—with going to New York, and all the craziness of the holidays, Friday came and went before I realized it. What is the latest at PTC you ask? Well, casting is ongoing for both In the Heights and Twelfth Night. New York was busy. We probably saw … Continued

Director’s Brief: “Newsies” Opening Night!

by Karen Azenberg It’s Opening Night! I’ll keep it short this week… I tried to calculate the man-hours (can I say woman-hours?) that the cast and crew put in this week and it exploded my calculator. Leave it at: there were late nights, and early mornings, across the board. The show looks amazing and everyone’s … Continued

Highlight on the Newsies: Stephen Michael Langton

How does someone get to be a Newsies, anyhow? We had a moment to talk with Stephen Michael Langton who plays Davey in the cast. Stephen comes to PTC familiar with the role, as he had the opportunity to perform as Davey around the country in the First National Tour of the show. We had … Continued

Director’s Brief: Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Black Friday at PTC begins at noon with the first technical rehearsal for Newsies– with just eight days until opening we have a lot to do. Today is certain to be a long day: We will work from noon to midnight, with a dinner break in the middle, and we need to … Continued

Director’s Brief: Santa and His Elves Working Overtime

So sorry I didn’t report in last week—it’s been all Newsies all the time! I think Santa and his elves have nothing on PTC and our production of Newsies. Every corner of the building is humming. It’s so exciting. Rehearsals are flying by. We’ve finished act one, including “Seize the Day,” that gigantic show-stopping dance … Continued

Director’s Brief: Auditions and Light Bulbs

by Karen Azenberg Just got back from New York at midnight! It was an astonishing few days of auditions. We saw some really extraordinary actresses for “i.” Besides getting to know more of the incredible talent that’s out there for this play (and others in the future), auditions help me learn about the play. There … Continued

Doppelgänger Tenors

by Lansia Wann Is it a play? Is it a musical? I had no idea. I even googled it and still couldn’t find a definitive answer. The closest I found to an answer was an old New York Times review where the only words that registered in my head were, “The first is a comedy; … Continued

“Dying is easy, comedy is hard.”

by Karen Azenberg Opening night! It’s been a fun week watching this crazy play come together. I owe kudos to Wes Grantom, director of A Comedy of Tenors. As they say, “dying is easy, comedy is hard”—and it is true! Directing a comedy is meticulous, painstaking work and Wes has done a beautiful job of … Continued

Play-by-Play News

Play-by-Play News  The Play-by-Play new play reading season began this month with Wendy Weiner’s new play Perpetual Girl. Our remaining readings in the season include The Envelope by Alex Lewin, Feb. 2 & 3, 2018, and ASS by Ellen Simon, April 20 & 21, 2018. This season, PTC is producing on the mainstage its second play from an early Play-by-Play … Continued