Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, who won for Ruined in 2007 and Sweat in 2017, is the 2020 honoree for the Distinguished Achievement in American Theater Award, presented annually by the William Inge Theater Festival in Independence, Kansas.
In July of 1975, a musical unlike any Broadway had seen before made its debut at the Shubert Theatre: A Chorus Line, directed by Michael Bennett, who also was co-choreographer for the show with Bob Avian. The musical is based on interviews with actual Broadway dancers, and uses their personal stories to introduce each character during an audition process.
Just in time for Riverfest is Mosley Street Melodrama's production of Gone with the Windwagon, an original script by local writer Carol Hughes that follows the tides of changing fortune for one Miss Annie Bellum.
The Sound of Music is the last musical written by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. Nine months after it premiered on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in 1959, Oscar Hammerstein died from stomach cancer. The show was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and received five, including Best Musical and Best Performance by a Leading Lady for Mary Martin as Maria.
Although Avenue Q was inspired by shows beloved by children such as Sesame Street and The Muppets, and although more than twice as many puppets than humans are featured characters, Avenue Q is definitely not a show for youngsters.
While most one-act operas have a shorter running time than operas with two or more acts, there are exceptions, notably Wagner's Das Rheingold, which runs more than two-and-a-half hours, and Salome, by Strauss, which plays for almost two hours.