A Musical The Winter's Tale Brings the Community In

September 15, 2014 5:20 PM

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Longtime readers of mine know, I strongly believe in the importance of bringing new people into the theater, whether that means onstage or in the audience. I'm not a theater purist -- I still think Christina Applegate should have won the Tony! A lot of New York non-profits have initiatives to get new people in seats. However in the last couple of years, the Public Theater has taken it one step further with their three-day Public Works presentations. With these shows, the Public is putting different groups onstage at the Delacorte. So you have Actors' Equity actors plus, for example, the woman from the senior citizen center down the street, together in a new musical created especially for this purpose.

In last year's musical The Tempest, I really took to the children from Ballet Tech. This year, which offered a musical take on The Winter's Tale, cameo groups included Sesame Street, New York Theatre Ballet, DanceBrazil, Rosie's Theater Kids, Shinbone Alley Stilt Band, Staten Island Lions, and NYC B...

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