On this week’s episode, the Black Theatre Coalition is officially formed, Starlight premieres its first-ever virtual Blue Star Awards ceremony, and Netflix plans to adapt a musical podcast to film.
Black Theatre Coalition Aims to Create Employment Opportunities for Black Professionals
Late last month, the Black Theatre Coalition unveiled a number of initiatives to fight racial justice in the theatre industry, including a 3-part action plan aimed at transforming the American theatre. Originally founded by T. Oliver Reid and Warren Adams in 2019, the organization recently filed as a nonprofit and brought Reggie Van Lee on as the Board Chair. The Black Theatre Coalition’s mission is to remove the illusion of inclusion in American Theatre by building a sustainable ethical roadmap that will increase opportunities for Black theatre professionals, and its vision is to reshape the working ecosystem for those who have been marginalized by systemically racist and biased ideology.
And the 2019-20 Blue Star Award Winners Are…
In it’s first-ever virtual Blue Star Awards ceremony, Starlight announced the winners of the 2019-20 Blue Star Awards on Friday, July 31. The online evening featured a number of guest presenters, interviews with students and teachers, and pre-recorded performances by nominees for Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Lead Role. In another “first,” Starlight debuted a brand-new theme song for the Blue Star Awards with current and past participants performing.
Brett Haley to Direct Netflix Film Adaptation of the Podcast Musical 36 QUESTIONS
Netflix has signed on to produce another musical film adaptation - but this adaptation comes from a podcast! “36 Questions” the podcast features Broadway alums Jonathan Groff and Jessie Shelton as they play a couple attempting to bring their marriage back from the brink of divorce--using 36 questions designed to make strangers fall in love. While we don’t know much about the film adaptation, Broadway World reports that it will be a romantic drama set in the music world and will be directed by Brett Haley - who is also set to direct the Grease prequel. We’ll bring you updates on this new film adaptation as we have them. In the meantime, you can listen to “36 Questions” the podcast on Apple podcasts, itunes or Stitcher.