Then, too, some exciting news I have been discussing with my Broadway World Managing Regional Editor and its Editor-in-Chief about plans to expand the publication’s coverage. These include adding student bloggers in Maine – I have already recruited Ben McNaboe of University Maine (Orono) , increasing as much as feasible the venues covered, and working to make the year end audience awards and critics’ choice picks even more meaningful. We will be working toward a presentation ceremony here in Maine for the winners in 2018, and we are ramping up the publicizing of the awards in the hopes of attracting maximum participation among Maine’s enthusiastic theatre-goers. The new HD app for smart phones and tablets has also been upgraded and work is being done to make the pages for theatre artists more comprehensive of their credits. Kudos to BWW. I am proud to work for them!
This past summer has been one of the busiest and most thrilling periods for me as a journalist covering Maine cultural events. I have updated my blog with links to all the theatre interviews, profiles, and reviews, highlights among them my series of interviews of cast and creatives for MSMT, my articles on MSMT”s Peek behind the Curtain panel discussions, and my coverage of the MSMT-Portland Stage exciting co-production of The Irish and How They Got That Way. In addition, I had the pleasure to experience some great theatre at Ogunquit Playhouse, Theater at Monmouth, and smaller community venues like Portland Players. September brings openings at Portland Stage, the Good Theater, Biddeford’s City Theater, Mad Horse Theatre, Lyric Music Theatre, and numerous others. I look forward to the excitement and stimulation of it all. For a place “450 miles north of Broadway,” there is a wealth of cultural events to experience!
August saw a flurry of theatre writing. Two of my favorites were these articles about the musicals of Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark – one from Scene 4 Magazine and one from Broadway World. You can read them the extensive Scene 4 profile here and the BWW article here.
My other assignments included continue to cover Maine State Music Theatre’s spectacular 2016 season and reviewing their delightful collaboration with Portland Stage, The Irish and How They Got That Way.