Director’s Brief: “Cagney” and Concert Productions

Director’s Brief: “Cagney” and Concert Productions

Happy Opening Night!   Wow. I have been delinquent in my blogging. So sorry.   Cagney opens tonight. It has been a whirlwind—rehearsing and refining this charming piece. The technical elements are incredible. Twelve actors and more than 150 costumes?! You kind of have to see it to believe it, and I hope you will. … Continued

Director’s Brief: We’re Baaack!

We’re baaaack! I know it seems like I just signed off for the summer but things are bustling at PTC as we prepare for the arrival of the cast of our first show of the season- CAGNEY. The scene shop and costume shop have been working for a couple of weeks already, the cast travels … Continued

The Passing of a Legend

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Harold Prince, a game-changer, uniting voice, and the heart and soul of Broadway. To the world his name and legacy was larger than life, but to me he was Hal- a friend who delighted in conversation on craft, family, life, and integrity; a mentor (one of hundreds … Continued

Director’s Brief: Summer Vacation

I took a trip to Israel this summer after a much needed break from the season. Went to the cutest theatre in Jerusalem – perfect to be a second stage – it’s a tricky commute though. At the western wall and floating in the Dead Sea. Sunset over the Sea of Galilee. I’ll be back … Continued

Director’s Brief: PTC actors show up at the Tonys

I want to give a shout out and a huge congratulations to some of our PTC actors. They are having the celebration of their lives this weekend with Sunday’s Tony Awards, which are honor the nominated shows they are currently in this season on Broadway. Nominated for Best Musical, “Beetlejuice” includes Alex Brightman (Henry in … Continued

Director’s Brief: There’s a first time for everything….

There is a first time for everything….. I am missing opening night of Grease tonight because I am on my way to Pennsylvania for my son’s college graduation. It is a little like deciding between two of your own children. But since I’ll be back here next week, I can still see Grease and celebrate … Continued

Director’s Brief: Tech for ‘Grease’ underway

Tech for Grease begins today.   We’re firing on all cylinders (no Greased Lightning subtext intended) and working some very, very long hours. There’s activity in this building from probably 7:00AM until well after midnight, with every technical department vying for onstage real estate.   The work to complete—and trim and decorate and finish—the set, … Continued

Director’s Brief: Throwback Thursday at Iceberg

Finally, a little nice weather so the Grease cast could take a field trip last night. Throwback Thursday at Iceberg! The Pink Ladies and the Burger Palace Boys enjoyed some shakes and fries—and the stares of some bemused patrons. Have you seen the video we made at West High? In other fronts, I am working … Continued

Director’s Brief: Grease is the word

Grease is the word…we shot this yesterday at West High. And don’t forget about our Play-by-Play The Way North this Friday and Saturday!

Director’s Brief: Traveling The Way North to Grease

Back from New York and heading into Grease rehearsals starting next week and our final Play-by-Play of the season. Busy, busy, busy …….. Two brand new casts arrive Monday morning, for two very different shows, doing what PTC does best: creating all kinds of art, and telling all kinds of stories. And if you haven’t … Continued