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Putting Arts Back In Schools
Budget crises have diminished funds for the arts in schools. In an effort to fight back, Roundabout Theatre has partnered with the NYC Department of Education to establish “Education at Roundabout,” integrating aspects of theater into school curriculums. For over 35 years, this program has encouraged students to think critically about the works they cover in a historical and social context, and provided future opportunities with internship programs and career development. The program has been especially beneficially to bilingual students, helping them to get on track with their peers whose first language is English.
A Star-Studded Affair
The Roundabout Theatre is the little regional theater company that could. Founded in the basement of a supermarket in 1965, the non-profit has attracted some of the biggest names to its stage and has garnered some of Broadway’s highest honors. From “30 Rock’”s Jane Krakowski who won a Tony Award starring in a revival of “Nine,” to Frank Langella, to Kiera Knightley in “Thérèse Raquin,” much of Hollywood’s A-List have paid their theater dues there. Its revival of “Cabaret” in 1998 hosted by the former famed nightclub Studio 54, is one of the theater’s most successful production to date.
Over 50 Years of Roundabout
The Roundabout Theatre recently celebrated its 50 th anniversary with a star-studded homage entitled “A Roundabout Road to Broadway.” Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, the show chronicles the company’s journey from small-time regional theater to near bankruptcy to one of the stalwarts of The Great White Way and is paid tribute by some of the biggest stars of stage and screen. The theater, which has seen Tony Award-winning performances and has hosted Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, ismore than just a forum for art and artists, it’s a New York institution. From performing the classics to taking on riskier fare, the Roundabout banked on hard work and talent to become Broadway’s Cinderella story.