On a perfectly ordinary January morning in 1996, New York was recovering from a crippling snow storm, and the original cast of Rent were preparing for the first downtown preview of a newly born show.
On this morning, its writer and composer, Jonathan Larson, would suffer an aortic aneurism. The show would lose its patriarch. Larson would never see critics’ rave reviews, celebrity photographs with the cast, or the legacy he left behind. He would never read pieces scattered across the internet, even years after the show left the stage.
In Larson’s honour, producers would offer $20 tickets to the front rows of the audience, making the show an accessible, human experience for the struggling artists it is so careful to protect. Larson’s spirit was never left behind, even after his death.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work backstage at Wales Millennium Centre? To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week (March 6-10), we caught up with one of our Apprentice Technicians whose valuable contribution supports our vision to “Inspire our Nation and Impress the World.”
It’s time to say farewell to the chills of winter at last! We enter the season of walks-in-the-park as March begins and commence the celebrations of Spring. The month kicks off with the legendary St David’s day, every Welsh person’s favourite day of the year. We also celebrate some of the best aspects of life, from International Women’s Day to International Puppy day… what’s not to love? Here’s a sneak peek of what you can also enjoy at Wales Millennium Centre over the next few weeks. … Spotlight on March
To celebrate St David’s Day, we spoke to some of the great Davids and Dafydds of the Wales Millennium Centre about what makes them proud to be Welsh. Whether it’s cawl, cwtches, or belting out Calon Lan, there’s plenty to love about the land of song.
As February is LGBT History Month (http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/), we thought it appropriate to pay tribute to some of the most progressive stories from the stage. Over the last 20 years, the vibrant, activist spirit of some musicals became a staple of popular culture, weaving itself into the societal fabric of today. The influence of popular culture on public attitudes has always been formidable, and with the ability to change both hearts and minds, has played a monumental part in the transition to acceptance.