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The Terms

Dear Friends,

Last week on television, film maker Michael Moore announced a marvelous happening—he is coming to Broadway with his play, The Terms of My Surrender.  According to Moore:

it’s a humorous comedy about a country that just elected a madman as president.

The play, which Moore says is “simultaneously entertaining and infuriating,” will run for 12 weeks at the Belasco Theatre, with previews starting July 28th. To purchase tickets click here.
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We think this is brilliant and cannot wait to go see it!  As we have said in a few past articles (Power of Theatre and President Trump), we believe one of theatre’s biggest responsibilities is to speak out about the political culture of our time.

Thank you Michael Moore—we know that it will be a huge success!

And before we go, we’d like to leave you with a great quote from Arthur Miller:
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Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn Langner
The Theatre Guild

PS—to read more about this play, you can click here to see an article from the New York Times.

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Great Actresses on Broadway

Dear Friends,

Today we are coming back to a subject that we’ve discussed previously—namely the bravura performance of Glenn Close in her Broadway play, Sunset Boulevard.

In years past, great actresses would play on Broadway every year, sometimes in a new play and sometime in an old one.

We are thinking of acting greats, such as Helen Hayes and Lynn Fontanne (who performed for The Theatre Guild in 19 plays over her career!).

Each year we would ask ourselves “which play is Helen Hayes in this year?” and then we would go see that play.  This seems almost directly opposite to modern times when we ask which is the most popular play showing on Broadway this season.

So it is in this spirit of focusing on the great stars that we urge you to see one of our greatest actresses, Glenn Close, in Sunset Boulevard, which is currently running on Broadway only until June 25th.

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That is only 12 more weeks!  We are urging you to not miss out on seeing her amazing performance!

Click here for tickets while they last!  Or call the Palace Theatre 212/730-8200.

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Best Play!

Dear Friends,

We are very excited to announce some wonderful news about our latest play, Me & Jezebel by Elizabeth Fuller:

BroadwayWorld—with a record number of voters from 75 regions worldwide—has just posted 2016 Long Island winners and Me & Jezebel won Best Play!

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Me & Jezebel is a delightful play written by Elizabeth Fuller based on the month that Bette Davis stayed with Fuller’s family at their Westport, CT house.

Congrats to everyone—especially Liz, who wrote such a brilliant play inspired by Bette herself!

And if you are interested in bringing this fantastic play to your theatre, please contact us.

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn Langner

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Turning A Profit, Jersey Style

Dear Friends,

Several weeks ago, we were telling you about the joys of investing in plays and musicals even though statistically few turn an actual profit (click here to read it again!).

Today we wanted to share with you news about another Broadway hit that did just that: made a profit!  While the production company hasn’t released actual numbers yet, the investors of Jersey Boys (which closed last Saturday, January 14th) reported earning 22 times their initial investment over the last 12 years.

According to the New York Times:

“Jersey Boys” is in some ways an example of how Broadway shows are financed: The industry is rooted in New York, but many plays and musicals have financial backers who live around the world — theater enthusiasts with an appetite for risk and a taste for show business.

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Albeit opening to mixed reviews in 2005, Jersey Boys persevered, won the Tony in 2006 for Best New Musical, and went on to become the 12th longest running play on Broadway to date.

Click here for the full New York Times article on Jersey Boys and their investors.

It could happen to all of us—all we need is a hit!

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn Langner

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The Power of Theatre

Dear Friends,

Today we wanted to discuss with you an incredible theatre happening that occurred a couple of weeks ago:

It is the conflict between The Theatre, as represented by Hamilton, and the Government-to-be, as represented by Vice-President Elect Mike Pence.

As you all know, Vice President-Elect Pence went to a performance of Hamilton where he was specifically addressed by the cast at the end of the performance (their spokesperson being Brandon Dixon).

Mr. Dixon made a plea to Vice President-Elect Pence–as a representative of our new government starting 20th of January.  The cast requested that Vice President-Elect Pence look out for their interests, aka those of the common people.  While Mr. Pence was walking out of the theatre at the time of the speech, he stopped and listened to what Mr. Harris had to say.

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To us, it is a fascinating happening.  It is The Theatre showing its influence on our world.  Not only in the message that the play itself gives the audience, but in this historic case, the actors themselves sent out a message that was viewed—thanks to social media—all around the world.  Theatres have often had an effect on society in the past, starting with William Shakespeare himself.

Personally, we experienced this in mid-1950s with McCarthyism.  At a time when everyone was afraid of being locked up for being a Communist, Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible, which was set during the Salem Witch Trials but in fact, was the very replica of what was happening in America at that time.  The play was so sensational that Miller was interrogated by the US House of Representatives Committee on Un-American Activities!

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President-Elect Trump’s comments aside, we do hope that Vice President-Elect Pence will take these words to heart.  Not as an attack, but as a plea from those who have real concerns for the ideals and path that the new administration seems to be leading us down in order to “make America great again.”  We have always looked to the theatre to lead in voicing current political concerns and we are very proud of the cast of Hamilton for continuing this tradition!

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn Langner

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Goodbye Tammy

Dear Friends,

Today we celebrate the life of a beautiful and wonderful friend, actress Tammy Grimes, who died on Sunday.

We first knew Tammy when she was an apprentice at our Westport Country Playhouse in 1949.  She was always outstanding, funny, and brilliant!

She starred in our musical, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, on Broadway—for which she won a Tony.

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Here is a brief look at the projects that Tammy worked on over the years:

Filmography

Three Bites of the Apple (1966), Arthur? Arthur! (1969), Play It as It Lays (1972), The Horror at 37,000 Feet (1973), The Borrowers (1973), Somebody Killed Her Husband (1978), The Runner Stumbles (1979), Can’t Stop the Music (1980), The Last Unicorn (1982), The Stuff (1985), America (1986), Mr. North (1988), Slaves of New York (1989), Backstreet Justice (1994), A Modern Affair (1995), Trouble on the Corner (1997), High Art (1998)

Stage

The Littlest Revue (1959), The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1960), Rattle of a Simple Man (1963), High Spirits (1964), The Only Game in Town (1968), Private Lives (revival) (1969), A Musical Jubilee (1975), California Suite (1976), Tartuffe (revival)(1977), Trick (1979), 42nd Street (1980), Sunset (1983), Orpheus Descending (revival) (1989), Wit & Wisdom (2003)

Here is the article in today’s New York Times:

Tammy Grimes, the Original ‘Unsinkable Molly Brown,’ Dies at 82

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Click on the title or the picture above to link to the full article.

We knew her so well—she was so charming and fun, and we will miss her so much.

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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