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The Rochester Broadway Theatre League just announced that one of their own has been selected as a Top Ten Finalistfor Playbill’s SEARCH FOR A STAR Contest. Mia Hall, from Eastridge High School, represented Rochester at the 2019 National High School Musical Theatre Awards after she won RBTL’s 21st Annual Stars of Tomorrow program in the "Leading Actress category.  Mia is now in the running to take home the Playbill’s grand prize of a casting consultation with Stewart/Whitley, a one-on-one meeting with Tony Award winnerSusan Stroman.

There’s no ’20 in the Rochester Broadway Theatre League’s 2020-’21 season.

With the coronavirus pandemic remaining a nationwide concern, the RBTL’s upcoming calendar will skip this year entirely and open Jan. 26, 2021, with the Broadway-proven hit Mean Girls. But the undisputed highlight will be the return of one of the most-acclaimed musicals of recent years, Hamilton.

The RBTL, which presents its shows at the Auditorium Theatre, generally opens its season in October.

Episode 2023 (Encore 1702)

Jay Gatsby of West Egg Long Island was known for his extravagant parties. Those who came gossiped and flirted, and the music of the day was an essential part of it all. Fitzgerald punctuates The Great Gatsby with allusions to popular songs and bits and pieces of their lyrics. The songs of the time become a template for characters and what’s going on between them.

2/8       Episode # 2006

When the eleven o’clock number got its name, curtains rose at 8:40 and dropped at about 11:20. But by the middle of the second act of a Broadway musical, audiences can grow drowsy. You need a big production number to wake them up in time for the finale and bows. Regardless of style or approach, the song and its performance had to be big enough to re-engage an audience. Think “Hello, Dolly.”

Episode #1948

11/30    Greatest Songs from the Movies Some years ago, the American Film Institute made a list of the greatest, most important, songs from the movies. A lot came from originally from Broadway musicals, so it took 45 songs before I could find enough that were truly “movie songs.”

Broadway World

Powerhouses Renée Fleming and Audra McDonald team up with the San Francisco Symphony under Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas to open the 2018-2019 season of Carnegie Hall Live concerts. Tuesdays at 8pm

There are some big changes to the proposed Performing Arts Center in Downtown Rochester that were announced Tuesday morning.

The most expensive play in Broadway history opened Sunday night. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child cost $33.5 million, runs five and a half hours long (in two parts), and has gotten rave reviews. But while it has plenty of special effects, it's actually designed for audiences to use their imagination.

SuperBreak Blog

Episode #1801

Cross-fertilization of shows and stars between London and New York.

Join WXXI for Classical 91.5 Presents, a series that spotlights classical music connections in film. 

Classical 91.5 Presents...West Side Story on Saturday September 2nd, 3pm at The Little Theatre.  Join us before the movie at The Little Theatre Cafe, for live music starting at 2pm with the Empire Film Music Ensemble and stick around afterwards to talk about the movie's groundbreaking choreography and dancing in a discussion hosted by WXXI Classical 91.5 Music Director Julia Figueras.

The discussion panelists will be: Natalie Rogers (School Director/ Asst. Rehearsal Director, Garth Fagan Dance), David Palmer (Artistic Director, Rochester City Ballet), and Jenni Werner (Literary Director & Resident Dramaturg, Geva Theatre).