The Afternoon Report, Thursday, February 16, 2012

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

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MT @broadwaycom: Photo exclusive! Rejoice and be glad in rehearsal with @SUPERSTARBway • • • Watch MAMMA MIA!‘s Catherine Ricafort NBC LA tv segment online now • • • Tweeters! I’m being interviewed on @VH1 on Friday. Tune-in tomorrow morning at 10/9c to see me! #VH1Buzz My best, Bill [Shatner] • • • LEONARDO LIVE” comes to a theater near you • • • @RTC_NYC Roundabout announces full casting for HARVEY • • • Here’s the @nytimestheater feature on WIT playwright Margaret Edson, who now teaches sixth graders in Atlanta. • • • Victoria Matlock of the New York cast of MDQ went behind the scenes with Better TV and interviewed her castmates! • • • More photos of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR press meet-greet; Paul Nolan, Josh Young, Chilina Kennedy & More! • • • Our new DSC is up with Nina Arianda and @fdilella!!! RT @fdilella: checking in with Nina Arianda for @TheWing • • • @AdamLambert calls PRISCILLA “Amazing. Fabulous. Phenomenal. Fun,” • • • Happy Opening to @colmandomingo in #BLOODKNOT at @SignatureTheatr! Break legs Colman! • • • I am so excited for @SHATNERSWORLD opening tonight! I hope he performs “Captain of the Mount!” • • • great news! “@BroadwayBuzz: Broadway couple Matt Cavenaugh and Jenny Powers are expecting their first child!” • • • I loved THE BOOK OF MORMON! My favorite part–bragging that I got tickets to The Book of Mormon! @BookofMormonBWY • • •

Schneiderman proposes nonprofit overhaul

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Thursday proposed broad changes to the way New York nonprofits are governed that could reduce the financial and operational burdens on the sector.

Nonprofits—which employed 1.2 million people, or nearly one of every five people in the state’s private sector in 2010—have been struggling with record demand for services at a time of government cuts and weak fundraising.

The attorney general’s proposals, which he unveiled at a Crain’s breakfast forum, include 38 recommendations to help ease the financial and bureaucratic strains on nonprofits—which are often paid late by government—while at the same time strengthening oversight of the sector.

Despite the longtime problems plaguing nonprofits, not much has been done to reform their oversight and governance. “This is something that has been lingering for decades,” Mr. Schneiderman said.

While nonprofits need to be better served by government, they also need to become more transparent themselves. Recent revelations of “inappropriate” compensation for nonprofit executives have heightened concerns about board oversight and independence, said a report by a task force assembled by the attorney general of nonprofit executives and his own staff.

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Changing Gears but Retaining Dramatic Effect
ArtsBeat Blog/ – by CHARLES MCGRATH

MARGARET EDSON is the Harper Lee of playwrights. She has had just one play produced — “Wit,” which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1999 and has been revived on Broadway in a Manhattan Theater Club production starring Cynthia Nixon — and having said what she had to say, she doesn’t feel any need to try playwriting again. She occupies herself these days with projects like learning the piano and setting the multiplication table to opera choruses. She reads Dante in Italian, a canto or so every day, and once made a scale model of Paradise with the Sun-Maid raisin lady holding a basket of souls.

But Ms. Edson hasn’t entirely abandoned the theater. Her current stage — where she is the dramatist, cast, stage manager, lighting director, prop master, usher and supply clerk — is a second-floor classroom at the Inman Middle School in the Virginia Highland neighborhood here, where she teaches sixth-grade social studies.

Except for the eyes in the back of her head, which miss nothing — not even secret fiddling with a broken zipper — Ms. Edson is the kind of teacher who makes you wish you could go back and repeat middle school. In a commencement address she gave at Smith College in 2008 she called teaching a “physical, breath-based event, eye to eye,” which is another way of saying it’s a performance. She is a very tall, slender, loose-limbed woman with a wide expressive mouth, and she works the classroom like a tummler. She mugs, does voices, makes big arm gestures and frequently pauses for dramatic effect.

Recently the class was studying the history of Canada, and over the course of 80 minutes she spoke with both French and British accents, stood at attention like a grenadier and demonstrated that when Queen Elizabeth is seated at public occasions she keeps both ankles absolutely together. Explaining the 1867 act that made Canada a self-governing entity within the British Empire, she encouraged the students to turn to a partner across the aisle and engage in the following dialogue, spoken in the snootiest possible tones:

“Here’s a dollop of independence.”

“Thank you so much”

“Not at all.”

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The Billboard Charts ~ Issue Date: 2012-02-25

Billboard Top Broadway Cast Album Catalog:

#1.  NEW: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera At The Royal Albert Hall, Cast Recording

#2. Wicked, Original Broadway Cast Recording

#3. The Book of Mormon, Original Broadway Cast Recording

#4.  Jersey Boys, Original Broadway Cast Recording

#5. Godspell, The New Broadway Cast Recording

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