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Smith Center’s Myron Martin: Performing arts center is ‘the living room’ for Las Vegas
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Guest Columnist:
It’s amazing to think that nearly two decades ago, with little more than the “can-do” spirit for which Las Vegas is known, community leaders set out to bring a performing arts center to our city, and two years ago the Smith Center opened with great fanfare.
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The inaugural Valley Theatre Awards reflect back while pushing forward
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
'Anton Chekhov’s Cherry Orchard of the Living Dead' leads with six wins, 'Red' named Best Production.
The World’s a Stage
The World’s a Stage
Friday, July 11, 2014
Cirque du Soleil’s KÀ redefines what we’ve come to expect from the theater
KÀ's athletic feats, technology create impressive production.
Photo: Monica L. Patton, David Larsen and Cody Jamison St
The Book of Myron: Outgoing musical ‘far, far exceeded’ expectations
Monday, July 7, 2014
Most touring musicals require a few performances to generate positive buzz in a community. But not “The Book of Mormon” in its boundlessly successful run at the Smith Center. ...
Photo: Activism through art: Reid writes plays for people
Weekly Q&A: Playwright Ryan Reid brings the realities of Alzheimer’s to center stage
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Weekly Q&A:
"I think activism through art is the best way," says the budding playwright (and granddaughter of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid).
Photo: Myron Martin, president and CEO of the Smith Cente
Who wants ‘The Book of Mormon’? Myron Martin had to raise his hand
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Myron Martin has been on a mission on behalf of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. But instead of the Book of Mormon, he’s packing his Tony Award voter’s card. And he played it expertly to land ...
Photo: The world premiere of William Shakespeare's
Photos: Teller’s ‘Tempest’ premiere is ‘pure brilliance’ and Broadway bound; more Shakespeare to come?
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
When our silent Rio headliner magician Teller decided to produce his vision of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” you knew that there’d be magic — and what incredible illusions he has created to weave naturally into the story that England’s preeminent dramatist envisioned in the 1600s.
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The unconventional percussion of Kenny Wollesen; boxer becomes a ‘sox’ symbol
Saturday, April 5, 2014
The instruments being used in “The Tempest” at Symphony Park are a mix of traditional music-making devices and such household items as coffee cans, hand cranks, shoes, wooden boxes, aged dress shoes and vacuum hoses ...
Photo: The Tempest by William Shakespeare.
Q+A: Teller reveals secrets of his William Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ at Smith Center
Thursday, February 20, 2014
When the Smith Center unveiled its Season 3 of Broadway productions Tuesday night, magic master Teller dazzled attendees with an advance look at his upcoming version of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” which isn’t in the new nine-show lineup.
Photo: Myron Martin, president and CEO of the Smith Cente
Q+A: Myron Martin reveals Smith Center’s Broadway Season 3, including three debut U.S. tours
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
In addition to the Tony Award darling “Kinky Boots,” the series includes other Tony-winning productions and celebrated new shows: “Ghost: The Musical,” “Pippin,” “Newsies,” “Cinderella” and more. Patrons who missed “Wicked” two seasons ago will get another chance to see it.
Local playwright Ernie Curcio talks reflecting Vegas onstage—and theater’s future here
Local playwright Ernie Curcio talks reflecting Vegas onstage—and theater’s future here
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Weekly Q&A:
It’s a constant uphill battle with theater in Las Vegas. I think it’s a constant uphill battle with theater anywhere. It’s almost like a defunct art form.
Photo: Cockroach Theater, a black-box style theater at Ar
Cockroach Theatre splits with artistic director Erik Amblad
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
“Opening the theater and getting our first season on its feet presented a lot more challenges than any of us could have ever anticipated.”
Photo: Toy soldier Paris Harman, 15, watches rehearsal fo
Photos: Nevada Ballet Theater ‘tightens the magic’ for second year of ‘Nutcracker’ at Smith Center
Friday, December 13, 2013
From planning to redesigns to marketing to fundraising, the elaborate holiday production is a daunting undertaking for any dance company, but Nevada Ballet Theater hopes to raise the bar in the production’s second year at Smith Center that opens Saturday.
Photo: Andrew Lloyd Webber's
Photos: Follow the yellow brick road to ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Smith Center
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
“The Wizard of Oz,” the 113-year-old story by Frank L. Baum, might no longer hold the relevance it did decades ago, but the hard-working and enthusiastic cast sure proved that theater is alive and well and why the stage show is still a solid experience.
Photo: The musical
'Priscilla' and 500 drag queen costumes bus across the desert for nine-week run at the Venetian
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
The journey on Interstate 15 across the desert from Los Angeles to Las Vegas for the "Priscilla" musical touring company is as incredible an undertaking as the Australian outback drag-queen scripted adventure itself. The big, glitzy, colorful theatrical production complete with an on-stage cutaway bus takes nine trucks to transport — two of which are just for the wardrobe costumes and hair pieces! Cast and crew arrived Monday, and Tuesday morning, “Priscilla School” opened to teach hired Las Vegas locals how best to help the cast fast-change in and out of the myriad of outrageous outfits. "Priscilla Queen of the ...

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