Behind the Curtain

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

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 ›

Riverdance by the Numbers

Twenty years may seem like a small number – but within those 20 years, there have been a lot of rehearsals, shoes danced through, costumes worn, and many, many travel miles. Let us give you a look inside at the numbers.
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Behind the Curtain with the Spirit of India’s Rahis Bharti

This October, the Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers invite Austin to experience the Spirit of India. The vision of one of India’s greatest musical figures, Rahis Bharti, the Spirit of India gives an authentic taste of richness and excitement of Indian music. Read More ›

LCP TV: GAHSMTA Fundraiser and Showcase (Feb. 17, 2015)

It’s no secret that the Greater Austin High School Musical Theater Awards students are talented- so here is just some … Read More ›

Behind the Curtain: What It Takes to Put the Blue in Blue Man Group

It’s not easy being blue.  Blue Men have to play the drums, act and catch marshmallows all without making a … Read More ›