Jena Tesse Fox, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about The Public Theater’s Much Ado About Nothing and Octet. Following is a discussion of Franco Zeffirelli, our Tony Awards reactions, the Terrence McNally Documentary Every Act Of Life, and the upcoming Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Gala. Next Carey Purcell and James Marino speak with Mark Perry, Producer of “Quilt, a Musical Celebration”, and we end the show with trivia by Peter Filichia.
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Jena Tesse Fox | firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter
Jena is a theater writer and reviewer whose articles have appeared online at TimeOutNewYork.com, Playbill.com, BroadwayWorld.com and NewYorkTheaterGuide.com. She also has has her own podcast, Spotlight on the BroadwayRadio network.
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PETER FILICHIA is a theater journalist and historian with a number of books, his most recent is, “The Great Parade”, available everywhere. His play, God Shows Up is now in performance at The Actor’s Temple Theatre on 47th Street. His columns appear at MTI, Masterworks Broadway, Broadway Select and many other places.
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MICHAEL PORTANTIERE is a theater reviewer and essayist. He is also a theatrical photographer whose photos have appeared in The New York Times and other major publications. You can see his photography work at FollowSpotPhoto.com.
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JF + JM: The Public Theater’s Much Ado About Nothing @ Delacorte Theater (in Central Park), May 21 – June 23, 2019
Romantic Retribution and Miscommunication | MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Danielle Brooks on Bringing Herself to Beatrice for MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING | The Public Theater
JF: Octet @ The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at Signature Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street, through June 30, 2019
MP: Franco Zeffirelli
In Memory of Franco Zeffirelli, 1923–2019 (The Metropolitan Opera website)
The Metropolitan Opera mourns the death of Franco Zeffirelli, the great Italian director and designer, who passed away at his home in Rome at the age of 96.
Our Tony Awards reactions
NYTimes: The Dressing Rooms of Broadway: 33 Photos Over Nearly a Century
For decades, our photographers have gotten intimate access backstage. Peek in as they capture stars, before the show and before the mirror.
MP: Terrence McNally Documentary Every Act Of Life
“Something special . . . like most great documentaries, Jeff Kaufman’s insightful and moving documentary on Terrence McNally’s leaves you hoping for more.
MP: Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Gala, Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 6:30 pm @ Alice Tully Hall
Guest: Mark Perry, Producer of “Quilt, a Musical Celebration”
Carey Purcell and James Marino speak with Mark Perry, Producer of “Quilt, a Musical Celebration”
Carey Purcell is a freelance journalist who has been published in American Theatre Magazine, Playbill, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Village Voice and many other publications. Her upcoming book, “From Aphra Behn to Fun Home: A Cultural History of Feminist Theatre” will be published in December 2019 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
Mark Perry is an attorney, a dramaturg, a producer, and the founder of MJP Theatrical. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and American MENSA. Contact: email@example.com
Quilt, a Musical Celebration @ Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, June 21-23, 2019
A community-led benefit for Callen-Lorde Community Health Center and Frontline AIDS (formerly the International HIV/AIDS Alliance).
Michael’s Music Moment:
Margo Seibert performs “Refresh” from Dave Malloy’s Octet
Dave Malloy’s Octet at Signature Theatre