For Broadway fans interested in what's happening behind the red velvet curtain, waiting at the stage door may no longer be necessary. Through its new feature "Twitter Watch," the Web site Broadway World has aggregated the tweets of 100 theater stars, producers and critics who are active on Twitter.
Recent tweets on the feed at press time included this from Matthew Morrison of "Glee" fame:
Kyle Dean Massey, who is currently starring in "Wicked," tweeted this:
kyledeanmassey Holy moly! We just felt our first NYC earthquake.
The producers of "Catch Me If You Can" tweeted this:
After an article about the upcoming production of George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" in the New York Times elicited a furious response from Broadway godfather Stephen Sondheim (and others), "Porgy" star Audra McDonald even announced her winking response with a tweet quoting Sondheim.
"To quote the greatest theater composer of our time...'Art Isn't Easy'" McDonald tweeted, referencing a song from Sondheim's 1984 musical "Sunday in the Park with George." (Check out a clip from the musical below.)
In the world of live theater, where a behind-the-scenes perspective is often carefully guarded by Broadway's press representatives — see the unfolding saga of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" — Broadway World's Twitter Watch could speed up the access to the Broadway community and move the conversation forward. We know we'll be watching.