It’s not a prequel! J.K. Rowling collaborates on new Harry Potter play

J.K. Rowling and director John Tiffany are teaming up to bring a Harry Potter stage show—Harry Potter and the Cursed Child—to London’s west end. The beloved author of the Harry Potter series announced the project via Twitter last week, and since then has been warding off rumors of it being a prequel.

“It will tell a new story, which is the result of a collaboration between writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and myself,” she wrote on her Twitter page after the announcement. “I don’t want to say too much more. . . However, I can say that it is not a prequel!”

Director John Tiffany, National Theatre of Scotland’s former associate director, first met Rowling in one of the cafes where she first penned Harry Potter, in what turned out to be a significant meeting of fate. Twenty years later, they’re finally collaborating to bring Harry Potter to the stage with what Rowling calls her “dream team.”

“I’ve had countless offers to extend Harry’s story over the years, but Jack [Thorne], John [Tiffany] and Sonia Friedman are a dream team!” she exclaimed on Twitter.

Excited fans can count on the production opening next year in London.

Rachel S. Moore leaves CEO position at American Ballet Theater

Rachel S. Moore is leaving her position at the American Ballet Theater to become the CEO and president of the Los Angeles Music Center this fall. Moore, who has been praised for helping the Ballet Theater to thrive again after a particularly rocky period, became executive director in 2004 and eventually became its chief executive following a period of fiscal challenges.

The Music Center is going through a rough period of its own, with recent pitfalls that include dwindling fundraising, slashed budgets, necessary renovations, and key positions left vacant. The Center is the landlord of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Center Theater Group and Los Angeles Master Chorale.

Moore said in a statement that the center “has the opportunity to be a leader by establishing itself as the premier destination in the western United States for world-class, highly innovative experiences in the performing arts that are also sensitive to the needs and interests of a broader audience.”

Kevin McKenzie, the Ballet Theater’s artistic director, praised Ms. Moore for the work she’d done with the company.

“Rachel has done some terrific work that has left us in a strong position to move forward to our next 75 nears,” he said in a statement. “She’s been a great partner for me. The Music Center is lucky to have landed her.”

Scott Helmer wants to make history with historic theaters

Scott Helmer is teaming up with 12 historic theaters (you can register to be one of the 12 here) this November in what he hopes will be a Guinness World Record-breaking set of performances.

On December 1, 2015, he’ll travel to the 12 selected theaters to perform 12 concerts — breaking the world record for Most Live Concerts in 24 Hours (multiple cities). In addition to the performances on December 1, Helmer will also perform at each venue during the month of November for a full fundraising concert to help them raise at least $25,000 for the month. The theaters will be encouraged to find donors to match them dollar-for-dollar, with a set goal of $50,000 in raised and matched funds.

To be eligible for entry, the venue must have a seating capacity of 300 or more, and be in a city with a population of at least 15,000. Interested theaters can find more details on Helmer’s dedicated webpage, and should note that registration ends July 15, 2015.