Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Lyric Top 40: Cultivating Local Talent

The Lyric has been a pioneer, since its inception, of nurturing talented, up-and-coming Boston actors, designers, directors, musicians, technicians, and arts administrators.

Here's a video of Lyric founders Ron Ritchell & Polly Hogan talking about how it was a cardinal value of theirs from the very first show here at the Lyric to support local artists, and not "outsource" talent. Boston is a talented city, they thought, so let's showcase that talent.


And that tradition has continued ever since. Producing Artistic Director Spiro Veloudos feels incredibly passionately about the work that local Boston artists are doing, and he stands behind them in working at the Lyric and all over Boston. Under Spiro's leadership, the Lyric is leading the way in showcasing the work of the best Boston actors, designers, and directors.

Over the past 40 years, we have employed over 800 actors and 160 designers, highlighting the incredible depth of talent available in the Boston area! See if you can find your favorite Boston artist one one of our lists:

40 Years of Actors
40 Years of Designers

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The Lyric Top 40
A new feature on our blog that celebrates the large and the small, the obvious and the obscure, our very favorite things about The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, the things that make us uniquely Lyric. Check back for the next item on the countdown.

What’s on your Lyric Top 40? 
We hope you’ll submit your own to top40@lyricstage.com, in the comments below, or on Facebook!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Lyric Stage Book Nook

Okay, folks. We are really pleased to introduce a new enrichment to the Lyric Stage lobby - the Lyric Stage Book Nook! What's a Book Nook, you ask? Let me and Christina Malanga explain it to you in today's Theater in Thirty:


Stop by and check out the merchandise we have at the Book Nook - it includes scripts, soundtracks, and more. Here's a sampling of what we're currently carrying:

One Man, Two Guvnors scripts & original cast recordings
Water by the Spoonful Scripts
Working, the book the musical is based on, by Studs Turkel
Death of a Salesman Scripts
The Heiress, the film Rich Girl is based on, DVDs
Into the Woods original cast recording.

There's always room for more at the Book Nook, so be sure to check it out!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Theater in Thirty - Harry McEnerny

Theater in Thirty is back, and I couldn't be more excited to share it with you! We've got a new camera and a new theme tune, but the same backstage conversation you've come to expect. Today, enjoy snippets from my chat with Harry McEnerny, who you may remember from Avenue Q:


I am a short person living in a tall person's world... but my chat with Harry was a delight! Join us for One Man, Two Guvnors between now and October 12!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Lyric Top 40: There's Not A Bad Seat In The House

We moved into our space here on Clarendon Street in 1991, with our wonderfully intimate three quarter thrust stage. We've continued to renovate in years past, installing new seats in 2008 and handrails in 2009. There have been a lot of backstage renovations, too, with many more to come.

And one of our favorite things about this space?


There's literally...


not a bad seat..


anywhere to be found!


You can see the stage and see the action from ANYWHERE! My favorite seats are the ones in that last picture there, up in the back of the center left section. But I've sat everywhere, as have many of you, and you know it's true too. Next time you're here, try out a new seating location. There's nothing like a change in perspective!

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The Lyric Top 40
A new feature on our blog that celebrates the large and the small, the obvious and the obscure, our very favorite things about The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, the things that make us uniquely Lyric. Check back for the next item on the countdown.

What’s on your Lyric Top 40? 
We hope you’ll submit your own to top40@lyricstage.com, in the comments below, or on Facebook!

Friday, September 6, 2013

One Man, Two Guvnors Production Photos

Check 'em out! Click to enlarge.

 
Neil A. Casey*, Tiffany Chen, Aimee Doherty*, McCaela Donovan*
Neil A. Casey* 
Cast of One Man, Two Guvnors

Thursday, September 5, 2013

One Man, Two Guvnors Costume Design with Tyler Kinney

One Man, Two Guvnors is just about to open, and we thought we'd offer you a sneak peek at costume designer Tyler Kinney's absolutely lovely "inspiration boards" for the show, that reference his "Commedia Chic" costume concept, as well as outlining the characters in the play as they relate to their Commedia stock characters from Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters. (You can peruse this article from the Met about Commedia if your interest is piqued.)

These boards hang in the dressing rooms, and we are happy to share them with you today. This gives you. perhaps, an idea of what to expect... or does it?

Tyler returns to us after designing The Temperamentals and By The Way, Meet Vera Stark. For more of Tyler's work, check out TylerKinney.com. And please join us for 1M2G, running from September 6 to October 12. It is sure to look great and make you laugh... a LOT.

(Click to enlarge the photos!)





Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Lyric Top 40: #37, Avenue Q


This show is our #1 top grossing show of all time. We extended it three times. Audiences hooted 'n hollered. People came back for seconds and thirds. We sold to 96% capacity. We laughed, we cried, we made over $10000 in donations for the Theater Community Benevolent Fund, and we had a lot of fun.

Enough said. Just watch the trailer. ;)

John Ambrosino, Davron S. Monroe, Erica Spyres. Photo by Mark S. Howard.
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The Lyric Top 40
A new feature on our blog that celebrates the large and the small, the obvious and the obscure, our very favorite things about The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, the things that make us uniquely Lyric. Check back for the next item on the countdown.

What’s on your Lyric Top 40? 
We hope you’ll submit your own to top40@lyricstage.com, in the comments below, or on Facebook!