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July 10, 2014 at 1:51 PM

New leader for Seattle Musical Theatre

From theater critic Misha Berson:   Seattle Musical Theatre has appointed local director and producer Roy Arauz as its new artistic director. Arauz brings wide experience as a theater artist, manager and dancer-choreographer to the longstanding company, which mounts revivals of well-known musicals at its venue in Magnuson Park.  Arauz has worked in various capacities for such local companies as ArtsWest, SecondStory Repertory, …

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July 3, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Book-club apocalypse, rafting rabbits: WET’s new season

From Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson: For its first season quartered in the new 12th Avenue Arts complex on Capitol Hill — which it will share with Strawberry Theatre Workshop and New Century Theatre Company –  Washington Ensemble Theatre has announced three world and local premiere productions beginning in January. The troupe will open with the world premiere of…

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July 2, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Seattle-area musicals figure big in NY festival

Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson writes: It’s been clear for a while that Seattle theaters are incubating a lot of shiny new musicals, some of which wind up on or off Broadway after a try-out or workshop at a theater here. Further evidence of the city’s skin in the game: Four works out of the eight…

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Comments | More in Arts news | Topics: Beautiful Poison, Festival of New Musicals, Great Wall

June 27, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Mayor’s Arts Awards are out

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced the recipients of the annual Mayor’s Arts Awards, selected from a record 650 nominations from the public. They’ll be honored at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 at Seattle Center, which kicks off Bumbershoot. The winners: –Cultural ambassador: Alan Chong Lau, painter, poet, freelance curator/art-happening maker, and arts editor for International Examiner,…

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June 27, 2014 at 9:48 AM

2 arty parties for your Friday

Two ways to celebrate the arts on a Friday night: –It’s ArtsNight at Safeco Field, meaning there is more going on than just the Mariners game. The Centerpiece Jazz Band will play outside the gates, pregame; Lane Czaplinski, artistic director at On the Boards, will throw out the first pitch; opera singer Robert McPherson will deliver…

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June 26, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Seattle Opera’s ‘Ring,’ recorded live

The 2013 production of Wagner’s 4-part “Ring” at Seattle Opera was “the best ‘Ring’ I produced in my 31 years with the company,” said the just-about-to-retire Speight Jenkins,  Seattle Opera’s general director. It seems fitting, then, that the opera company chose the acclaimed staging as the first live recording it has ever produced. “Der Ring…

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June 26, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Going to B.C.? 2 art exhibits to see

Vancouver Art Gallery will open two exhibitions on June 28 that look extremely promising: “Painted Past: A History of Canadian Painting,” and “On Stage: Recent Acquisitions.” The historical show comprises three themes: Landscape, People and City, reflecting the progress of artists’ reaction to these subjects in Canadian life. In “On Stage,” “each of the…

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