Sounding a bit like PBS-TV’s cultural show, “Egg,” another arts series -- this one even more theatre-oriented -- will soon be reaching the airwaves. Cable’s Bravo television network launches “The Green Room” May 14, at 11: 30 PM, EST, with an episode focusing on playwright Arthur Miller.
According to Carolyn Cantor, co-director of the series for Stick Figure Productions, the episode will go behind the scenes at the current Broadway production of Miller’s The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, including rehearsal footage, script changes, dressing room tidbits and interviews. Cantor notes that the Miller episode is a pilot for the series, which she hopes Bravo will pick up if audience response merits. “The long-run view for the show is to do all kinds of theatre, big musicals to regional theatre to Off-Broadway,” Cantor told Playbill On-Line (May 4).
Mt. Morgan, which played last season at Off-Broadway’s Joseph Papp Public Theatre, again stars Frances Conroy and Patrick Stewart -- the latter involved in a bit of a tussle with the Shubert Organization over disparaging, post-curtain remarks he made about what he perceived to be their lack of marketing push for the comedy-drama. The controversy happened after taping of “The Green Room” was finished, so it won’t mentioned be on the show.
“The Green Room” episode will repeat, May 20 (11 AM, EST), June 4 (11:30 PM EST).
-- By David Lefkowitz