Today BroadwayGlobal spotlights a new local arts show that just begain on October 11th. It is no surprise that a Florida favorite actress would host an arts publicity show called, On Stage With Iris Acker. The TV show has offered arts promotional programming on Broward Education Communication Network (BECON-TV) for years.
The real story is this, the actress is getting older, and with a small theatre audience it was time to bring in three new individuals that could lift the ratings and bring in more arts viewers. A lively group of creditable arts panelist will bring more excitement to this wonderful show that promotes local arts in South Florida.
The new show is called Spotight on the Arts. This new makeover will include new guest host. Florida's most creditable and honorable critic Bill Hirschman, who's reviews find the best production values in any show, helps small theatres survive in box office ticket sales. His creditabilty and presence on the show will promote local artists and theatres, and bring much needed press to arts locally.
In an article on www.southflorida.com, it states they held a meeting to try in salvage On Stage With Iris Acker, a show that aired on Broward Education Communication Network (BECON-TV). Iris Acker is quoted, and I paraphrase, a lively back-and forth talk with host like "The View" will help by having a confontational panel, and she is dead on! "This will be the success of Spotight on the Arts, and for the future of promoting arts for local theatres. Create viral candid arts conversation, share a few live performances and you will have a new hit show." Theatre Chat.
"Actress Karen Stephens, one of Spotights on the Arts new host has caught BroadwayGlobal's attention, not just because she is one of the finest actresses in Florida, but she is African American. Karen being a gifted black working artist brings new attention to the arts, from a new prespective. When was the last time a Florida theatre hired Karen to play the wife in "Next to Normal" or the wife in "Miss Siagon"? Never! Florida casting has the chance to brake the mold, think out side of the box. Florida has very talented ethnic performers, directors and choreographers, that will now get new opportunities becuase of Karen hosting and sharing her views. Stephens can now educate Florida TV arts audiences through Spotights on the Arts." BroadwayGlobal.
Having a black partner who is a multi award winning Director/Choreographer, I can tell you it's not so easy for locals to be contracted to produce, or perform in what some may concider a white Broadway musical. Sure the producers call him to Direct/Choreograph "Ain't Misbehavin' or what some may consider black musicals, but his talents in jazz, lyrical, ballet, tap or Broadway style choreography is eclectic. This new show will bring new opportunities to all in our arts community - like the national You Tube show Theatre Chat Not So Black and White.
"You dont have to be black to direct "My Fair Lady" and you don't have to be white to direct "Dream Girls". Life is life, emotions are emotions, and this new TV show could open new discussions on live TV, for unconventional, or non-traditional casting in Florida. That is viral. Topics that we don't discuss in public face to face, but can be shared on TV will capture audiences of all ages. That is what will make this new show the most talked about arts program on TV, and shared through in social media. "Be controversial. Don't play it safe. Art should make our society talk." BroadwayGlobal.
We all know "word of mouth" works in ticket sales at the box office. So make sure you click on the social media share buttons above this article. It is time to push some buttons. The other not so surprised host is playwright Michael McKeever, who produced last years Carbonell Awards. He has written many new works produced locally. The new show promises to interview leading producers, actors, playwrights, designers, craftmaen and much more, somewhat like our Theatre Chat Not So Black And White on You Tube, that captivates arts lovers and National Broadway breaking arts news.
Iris Acker has hosted shows with Valeria Harper, Hal Linden, and even Chita Rivera, but quoted in the www.southflorida.com artcile - "I was bored" Iris Acker. Now is the time to take that energy of boredom and focus that energy on a brand new format that has worked on National TV - "The View". Everyone loves a makeover, and this makeover can open the door to new viewers for Broward Education Communication Network (BECON-TV), and the future of an arts promotional TV. The show is called Spotights on the Arts, lets put the spotlight on viral conversations in our arts community. Even our Florida beloved actress deserves a makeover. Iris Acker if Cher can reinvent herself, we know you can!
What is so wonderful is this, two arts shows one sharing National Broadway breaking news Theatre Chat-Not So Black and White, can now bring new viewers to Florida's local show Spotlight on the Arts. Watch Spotights on the Arts (Comcast ch. 19, DirecTV/Dish/AT&T ch. 63, Atlantic ch. 83. Friday, 7:00 p.m. beginning October 11th and repeats Saturday and Sundays at 6:00 p.m. Share your favorites shows and topics on Florida Theatre Chat with over 6,100 arts fans, who post "Florida Auditions" and "Florida Show Information" for free. "Let us all keep artists employed, and patrons informed." Theater Chat.