Theater Talk: Confident or Over-confident? Optimistic or Foolhardy?

Jul 17, 2020

Last week we mentioned Ethel Waters singing "Heat Wave" from the 1933 AS THOUSANDS CHEER by Irving Berlin as well as "Suppertime" (not "Summertime" by Gershwin) about a wife's reaction to news of her husband's lynching. Read Anthony's "op-ed" on wishful thinking in  With Covid cautions, Torn Space Theater is opening SILENCE, an outdoor production starting July 31st. 

Ethel Waters was a pioneering Broadway star back in the 30s receiving top billing in AS THOUSANDS CHEER where she sang "Heat Wave," "Suppertime," and "Harlem On My Mind."
Credit cover art for Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters by Donald Bogle

From their website: "Every August Torn Space Theater enacts an early harvest ritual on the grounds of Silo City, a vast campus of grain elevators stretching along the Buffalo River... 2020 has shown us in vivid detail a world that is out of balance. Wildfires, a global pandemic and Black Lives Matter have coalesced, providing a stark portrait of a society in need of change... Torn Space Theater’s production of SILENCE is implementing the guidelines of social distancing and PPE use. This new outdoor performance runs July 31-August 2, August 7-9 and 14-16, 2020 at Silo City, 85 Silo City Row, Buffalo, NY 14203. For more information about safety measures, click here

For tickets, visit their website or click here.  

ARTIE AWARDS The  2019-2020 Artie Award nominations will be rolled out soon. Will there be Arties in 2021? Only if live theater (not Zoom, not videotaped) returns.

Keep visiting for other updates on Broadway and Off-Broadway including the following:

 PROJECT SING OUTIn response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift in education across the country, Tony Award nominee and Executive Producer Hailey Kilgore presents PROJECT SING OUT!, a one-night-only livestreamed event to raise funds for the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) to support arts education, specifically in low-income communities and communities of color. The livestreamed event will take place on Monday, July 20at 7pm to 9pm (EST) in partnership with and can be viewed exclusively on’s YouTube Channel and Facebook page Project Sing Out! will feature musical performances, spoken word and special appearances from a variety of Broadway and TV’s biggest names including Broadway legend Chita Rivera, Academy Award nominee Don Cheadle (“House of Lies,” Topdog/Underdog), Tony Award nominee Vanessa Williams (“Ugly Betty,” Into the Woods), Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (“Private Practice,” “The Good Fight,” Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill), Tony Award winner LaChanze (The Color Purple, Once On This Island), and many, many more.  VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMPS FOR KIDS   RECORD YOURSELF AND ENTER THE SEARCH FOR A STAR CONTEST   EFORE YOU RECORD, CHECK OUT THIS HOW-TO GUIDE