Behind the Curtain

Behind the scenes stories and updates! Find out what goes into making a show happen.

From Page to Stage, Alison Bechdel Continues to Draw Us In With ‘Fun Home’

Based on cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s real life events depicted in her best-selling graphic memoir of the same name (you’ve probably seen it in your local bookstore), Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different stages of her life. But who is the real Alison, and what prompted her to share her life with millions? Read More ›

A Shoe Story: A Musical | Summer STock Austin | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Summer Stock Austin Exclusive: Inside the Mind of Allen Robertson, Co-Creator of ‘A Shoe Story’

Allen Robertson has yet again joined summer Stock Austin for his fifth year and SSA’s 13th season. He has written and directed 5 shows including this year’s A Shoe Story: A Musical, which opens July 25th, 2017 (just next week!). We sat down with him in a Summer Stock Austin exclusive interview to see what makes him tick. Read More ›

Fun Home | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Building ‘Fun Home’ — The Creative Female Masterminds Behind the Hit Broadway Musical

With music by the notable Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, Fun Home made history as the first show written exclusively by women to ever win a Tony Award. That’s right—ever! Not only that, but Fun Home is also the first Broadway show to feature a lesbian leading role, plus its compelling and unconventional storyline (which includes Alison at three different ages, and we love it). Read More ›

The Ragbag Shoes | Pollyanna Theatre Company | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Pollyanna Theatre Company: Katherine Gee Perrone’s ‘Ragbag Shoes’ Dance us from Fairytale to Fairytale

Opening this weekend and perfect for children ages 4 – 10, Pollyanna Theatre Company presents THE RAGBAG SHOES, a new play from Pollyanna’s own friend and supporter, Katherine Gee Perrone. We caught up with Judy Matetzschk-Campbell, Producing Artistic Director of Pollyanna, to learn about Perrone’s history with the theatre company as well as the magic we can expect from THE RAGBAG SHOES. Read More ›

La La Land in Concert | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

“Falling into Place” — La La Land Composer Talks Turning Film into Live Experience

Ever wondered how a live orchestra syncs up to a screening of a feature film? For Justin Hurwitz (surely you know this composer’s name by now!), this challenge became reality quicker than he ever thought. Our friends at CultureMap Austin chatted with Hurwitz about his latest successes and got the inside scoop on the challenge this “live-scoring” presents. See it in action with La La Land in Concert featuring Austin Symphony Orchestra, June 30th. Read More ›

Texas Arts Project Junior: Introducing Broadway Stars Day Camp

Do you have a rising star with Broadway dreams at home, just dying to sing, dance, and perform their little heart out? Texas Arts Project, Junior edition, has you covered for the summer! For the week of June 26 – 29, your musical theatre guru aged 6 – 12 can join TAP Camp for Broadway Stars Day Camp. We caught up with TAP Junior Camp Director Coy Branscum to learn more and get a glimpse behind the curtain. Read More ›

Monty Python's Spamalot | Summer Stock Austin | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Summer Stock Austin Now Announcing: SPAMALOT Cast List

HEAR YE, HEAR YE! We have an exciting announcement… the Summer Stock 2017 cast of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT is complete! This musical comedy sensastion that was “lovingly ripped off” from (your favorite) film classic Monty Python and The Holy Grail will surely leave you wanting more of this comedic parody. Read More ›

A Shoe Story | Summer Stock Austin | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Now Announcing: A SHOE STORY Cast List

We know this is what you’ve all been waiting for—now to announce the full cast list of Summer Stock Austin’s A Shoe Story! Read More ›

Circus 1903 - The Golden Age of Circus | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Spotlight on Lucky Moon: Circus 1903’s Unrivaled Aerial Hoop Acrobat

The circus is coming! But not your average circus—Circus 1903 is a turn-of-the-century circus spectacular that harkens back to the golden age of circus. With jugglers, tightropers, and larger-than-life puppet elephants, we’re taking some time to focus on a few of the talented individuals involved in making Circus 1903 such a death-defying, breathtaking experience. Read More ›

Elvis in Austin: The King Still Reigns, March 29, 1977

Elvis will be IN the building next week, but did you know he’s been here before? March 29, 1977, the date of the now legendary Austin appearance of Elvis Presley at the Palmer Auditorium, the original site of our building! The Long Center’s very own Paul Beutel, who began his career as an entertainment writer in the 1970s, was there that night on behalf of the Austin American-Statesman. Read his original review. Read More ›

Annie | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Meet Sandy, the Scene Stealer from ‘ANNIE’

Casting animals on Broadway is difficult—finding animals and then training them to not miss their cues is even harder work! The scene-stealing Sandys performing in our Thanksgiving weekend run of the classic, Tony Award-winning production ANNIE were trained by Bill Berloni, widely recognized expert in animal behavior and master of Theatrical Animals, Inc. Read More ›

The Steadfast Tin Soldier | Summer Stock Austin | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

The Inside Scoop on The Steadfast Tin Soldier – With Allen Robertson of the Biscuit Brothers!

Ever wanted to get in this Biscuit Brother’s head? Well we did! Here are a few questions you may have about this new musical, answered by writer/director Allen Robertson. Read More ›