Afternoon Roundup

 Florida and Michigan Dem Primaries: Do Over

[Huffington Post]

It looks like the primary season may never end:

Officials in Michigan and Florida have expressed renewed interest in holding repeat presidential nominating contests so that their votes will count in the epic Democratic campaign.

The Michigan governor, top officials in Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign, and Florida’s state party chair all are now saying they would consider holding a sort of do-over contest by June. That’s a change from the previous insistence from officials in both states that the primaries they held in January should determine how their delegates are allocated.

When does the hurting stop?
Broadway, hungry for a younger audience. hunts the next “Rent”

[Time via ypulse]

If “the Great White Way” is going to continue to thrive it needs to attract am audience that’s younger, and maybe not as white. Producers are finding some success on the latter:

…Broadway audiences have been growing steadily more diverse in recent years; according to Theater League figures, about 26% of all Broadway theatergoers last season were non-Caucasian, a record high. One big reason was The Color Purple, the hit musical based on Alice Walker’s novel of the same name, backed by the seemingly unstoppable Oprah Winfrey.

While they’re sexing it up for the former:

The big news last season was the unexpected success of Spring Awakening, a hard-edged, hard-rocking musical about the sexual coming-of-age of teenagers in repressed 1890s Germany. It’s the sort of show that a few years ago would have been satisfied with a critically acclaimed run at a hip downtown theater–where, in fact, Spring Awakening began life in 2006. But the show, buoyed by good reviews, transferred to Broadway the following spring and awakened to find itself, against all odds, a multiple Tony winner and a box-office hit.

Yet in this age of cultural isolation, is that thirst for the communal theatrical experience going to fade? Or is it an inherent part of being human?

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