Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Drama Drop -

It seems like a good news day!!!

*With arts companies closing and / or cutting back, it's nice to know that the House thinks highly of the arts... The House approved $50 million in recovery funds for the National Endowment for the Arts on Wednesday as part of the economic stimulus bill.  I must point out that the Senate has it's own version of the stimulus bill and it does not include this money for the NEA.  

*Finally some good news from an arts organization... The Atlanta Opera reached it's $10.9 million goal early for its "Capacity Campaign," the organization said Wednesday

*"There's NO business like SHOW business"... reports that Broadway's two dozen dark theaters wont stay empty for long.  Defying the economic slump, producers are scheduled to present 19 Broadway shows in the next three months.  If they all arrive ahead of the June 7 Tony awards, the 2008-2009 season will go down as the busiest in two decades with 40 new productions.  So, now we have an answer for all of the non-artists when they ask, "With all of the shows closing on Broadway, why are you staying in New York?"

*A slice of heaven... Musicians tested the acoustics in the newly renovated Alice Tully Hall on Tuesday, less than a month before it reopens after a $159 million upgrade.  This was a major benchmark in Lincoln Center's $1.2 billion remake.  Check out the photos!

*And finally...  In Washington, President Obama (I love typing that phrase) signed his first bill into law on Thursday.  He approved equal-pay legislation that he said would "send a clear message that making our economy work means making sure it works for everybody."  One word: Amazing!

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