First, BroadwayWorld.com is now host to the Broadway-centric web series Submissions Only, which was created in 2010 by Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies, Mary Poppins) and Kate Wetherhead (Legally Blonde). It centers of the ins and outs of the Broadway casting process and the people caught up in it - actors, directors and casting offices. It stars a quirky Wetherehead as out of work actress Penny, the adorable Colin Hanlon (Wicked Tour, RENT) as troubled casting director Tim and Asmeret Ghebremichael (Elf, The Book of Mormon) as Raina, actress and friend of Penny, and Jared Gertner (The Book of Mormon, Spelling Bee) and Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Lysistrata Jones) as Tim's assistants Randall and Gail in the casting office.
Season Two is off to a great start with appearances by Brad Oscar, Hunter Bell and a shirtless Charlie Williams! And the story is a riot and production values are quite high, with that mini cam feel, which makes you feel like "you are there" and some great cinematic style shots as well. New episodes pots roughly once a month. And with only 8 episodes that are roughly 20-25 minutes (or less), you can catch up on the whole series fast.
Go to: www.submissionsonly.com for full information. The website is as slick and professional as the the series is starting to be. And for more on creator Andrew Keenan-Bolger, click here: http://www.thisisandrewsblog.com/
Grade: A- (and on the rise!)
So far, the show isn't too explicit - some shirtlessness from LaCause - but the themes and situations are clearly not for kids and are definitely not work safe. Except for some surprisingly bad editing of the credits (spell check please!), the quality of the filming is superb, mixing the feel of gritty indie movies and the clean, sharp camera work of mainstream film.
The premise is interesting, but with only 8 episodes planned at 10-12 minutes each and spread out until February, it might be difficult to sustain interest or even remember to look for new episodes - two a month? (Of course, Submissions Only only comes out once a month, but it is backed by a major theatre site to keep it on our radar.) Still, the high quality of the pilot and the casting is enough for me to try to remember. If you want something Broadway, but not, and more grown up, give Hustling a try!
See it here: http://www.blip.tv/HustlingTheWebSeries
Masterworks Broadway: Legends of Broadway
Masterworks Broadway, the website that is all about the record label that has some of Broadway's greatest cast recordings in its catalog. The site has reviews, music downloads, feature articles about the stars we love, the composers of the shows we love, and an EXCELLENT blog written by Peter Filichia, who was recently unceremoniously dumped by Theatre Mania. com. It also has a new webseries that began just yesterday.
Among the upcoming interviews in this first bunch of videos is Angela Lansbury talking about Mame, Ahrens and Flaherty talking about Ragtime, and Joel Grey talking about Cabaret. New clips will be added every Wednesday.
Go to the site here: http://www.masterworksbroadway.com/
So far so great!
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