In the world of professional sports (and college sports for that matter), recruitment is everything. Entire sportscasts are dedicated to the subject of which team has recruited which top sports talent. Additionally, successful recruitment is often accredited to successful seasons.
Though the arts are often caricatured as the antithesis of sports, ironically, recruitment of artistic talent can be just as important to successful theatre seasons as they are in sports..
For their upcoming season, the Goodman Theatre has snatched up (i.e. recruited) a number of creative stars:
- Anna Shapiro – fresh from her Tony Award for August: Osage County, will direct the world premiere of Regina Taylor’s new play, Magnolia, a contemporary take on Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. (production dates: March 14-April 19, 2009)
- Jeff Daniels, known for his roles in Terms of Endearment” and “The Purple Rose of Cairo”, has been signed on to star in the world premiere musical-fantasy Turn of the Century, by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. (Production dates: September 19-October 26, 2008 )
- Broadway legend Tommy Tune (9-time Tony Award winner) has been recruited to direct Turn of the Century. Broadway veteran Rachel York has been cast as the play’s female lead.
I have great confidence that Goodman’s top-notch recruiting will secure a very successful season, both artistically and financially.
h/t Hedy Weiss