Veteran curator named Gibbes director

Angela Mack is the new executive director of the Gibbes Museum of Art. She has been with the Gibbes for two decades. For the past five years, she has served as the museum’s deputy director and chief curator.

The announcement came more than a month after Todd Smith resigned suddenly as executive director. He is leaving for personal reasons. His last day is June 30.

Mack’s appointment is also a surprise. Tom White, chair of the Gibbes’ board of directors, said publicly that there would be a nationwide search for a new director that would commence some time during the summer.

2008-2009 Broadway Series Announced

The Best of Broadway Series at North Charleston’s Performing Arts Center announced its 2008-2009 season last week.Word to the wise: The hottest ticket on this list is The Drowsy Chaperone. Read details below.

Sweeney Todd (Oct. 10-11)

Annie (Dec. 10-11)

A Christmas Carol (Dec. 20)

Tarzan (Jan. 9-10)

The Drowsy Chaperone (Jan. 27-28)

A 2006 musical comedy about a diehard fan of old musicals who plays his favorite cast album, a 1928 smash hit called The Drowsy Chaperone, about a glamorous celebrity on her wedding day. The stage magic occurs when the show bursts to life. It’s the winner of the most Tony Awards for a musical in 2006. If you love Broadway, this is for you.

•Lily Tomlin (live stand-up comedy routine, Feb. 12)

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Feb. 24-25)

•The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (March 24-25)

Season tickets are available in four-show, five-show, six-show and eight-show plans. Season ticket packages start at $133. Call (843) 202-ARTS or go online at Individual tickets will go on sale in late August.

Kids Are Back

The Kids in the Hall perform at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on May 25. Tickets are on sale now. The 2008 tour is titled Live As We’ll Ever Be. We’re hoping this is a good one, but word is you’ll see a lot of rehashed stuff from the popular TV series. Even so, the press material tells us that the Kids aim “to slaughter sacred cows and look at the world — with refreshing honesty.” You decide. Call (843) 202-ARTS or go online