All Stories Tagged 'Popejoy' (109)

Lessons from a Pro

     I love talking to people about theater, especially people who do it on bigger stages than I, so to speak. I got that opportunity last spring when I interviewed Jeff Moss, director for both …

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Added by Terry S. Davis on February 10, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Age Appropriate

     When my daughter, Nina, was almost three, her favorite movie was Disney’s Cinderella. She also liked the black and white made-for-TV version starring Leslie Ann Warren. She had learned how to operate the VCR and would play the tapes at…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on February 3, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

A Prince of Serendip

         Some mornings it’s tough to know what business I’m in.

     I work in a basement office. I process numbers, edit words, answer phone calls, attend meetings, monitor budgets. How different is that from any other office job?…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on January 27, 2012 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Casting

     Sometimes casting is the hardest part of the job.

     There’s a show opening locally in a couple of weeks and they have a major part they’re still trying to cast. They’ll get it…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on January 20, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Building Commitment

     Tom Popejoy attended symphony concerts in Carnegie Hall with President Franklin Roosevelt and fell in love with the music. He loved it so much, his son said, that Tom Popejoy, Jr., never wants to hear Carmen again, his father played…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on January 13, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Fame

     “I'm gonna live forever, I'm gonna learn how to fly high.”

     People who perform for a living do it for the glory, right? They just want to be…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on January 6, 2012 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

A Holiday Tradition

     If two performers meet on Christmas Day — or New Year’s Eve or Thanksgiving — one will certainly ask “Where’s your show tonight?” People in show biz work a lot of holidays.…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on December 23, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

Hope

     My friend Elizabeth told me she was trying out for Anything Goes. Landmark Musicals holds its auditions…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on December 16, 2011 at 10:34am — No Comments

Joy to Our World

     When I first watched the video of Alice Tan Ridley singing on America’s Got Talent, I had the same reaction as the judges: surprise, awe and a shiver of joy. When I…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on December 9, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Can Do

    Last week, I had to find a kid’s choir for the upcoming David Benoit show, A Charlie Brown…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on December 2, 2011 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Local Flavors

   The final session of the arts marketing conference let out at noon. We were on our own for lunch in Louisville before we scattered back to the many corners of the country from whence we'd come. I could have chosen any one of a…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on November 18, 2011 at 6:15am — No Comments

Lasting Images

Denise Schultz spent 30 years teaching young directors in UNM's Department of Theatre and Dance. Two weekends ago, she was at it again, this time leading a session on staging for local directors associated with the…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on November 11, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Heed the Warning

If you want to save your friends money and grief, please share this blog with them.

Since we at Popejoy Hall began bringing shows like Wicked, Les Misérables and…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on November 4, 2011 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Shocking

About 150 years ago in Western cultures, men and women did not touch while dancing. It was considered far too indecent. Then along came the waltz.

Of course, now we consider the waltz to be a very tame dance, but in its origins the idea of a man putting his hand on a woman’s waist or…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on October 28, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Malecón to You

The Kings of Salsa, a show from Cuba, comes to Popejoy Hall next month. Do you want to know how rare the performance will be?

Eight days ago, the Cuban company arrived at JFK International Airport, a facility that handles nearly 23 million passengers yearly. The first…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on October 14, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Making a Spectacle

Spectacles most often are built on numbers: numbers of people, numbers of decibels, numbers of lumens. Whenever you can say “biggest” about your event, you have a spectacle. (Think about the ongoing Albuquerque International Balloon…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on October 7, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

A Contrary Trend?

In ancient Greece, theaters were only active twice a year. The elders considered drama powerful enough that it was rationed to the public so as not to cause too much emotional distress for citizens.

In Shakespeare’s day, there were only a handful of theater companies, so…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on September 30, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Different Looks

Next year, Musical Theatre Southwest (MTS) will produce Miss Saigon, Footloose and Me and My Girl. They've also announced Legally Blonde for their new 100-seat space, currently under construction. All these shows were on…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on September 23, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Whites of Their Eyes

Try to imagine the Blue Man Group without their makeup. First, of course, they'd have to change their name. Second, they wouldn't be nearly as funny. That layer of cobalt greasepaint creates enough distance between "them" and us to allow us to see truth.

Truth?!? What's that got to do…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on September 16, 2011 at 6:08am — No Comments

Musical Reflections

This Sunday, as you are probably already aware, marks the 10th anniversary of the attack against our nation that resulted in nearly 3,000 deaths in New York, NY,…

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Added by Terry S. Davis on September 9, 2011 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

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