Craig Zadan & Neil Meron In Development Deal With Broadway’s Shubert Organization
UPDATE 11:25 With exclusive interviews and information:
It's been nearly four decades since tyro producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan were working for Joseph Papp when he moved A Chorus Line from the Public Theater to Broadway. That singular sensation revived an industry gasping for breath; the show went on to a make millions for everyone involved, including the Shubert Organization, in whose namesake theater A Chorus Line ran for 6,137 performances.
Keira Knightley Sets Broadway Debut As Thérèse Raquin At Roundabout Theatre Co.
Score a huge one for Todd Haimes, longtime artistic director of the nonprofit Roundabout empire. The company, which operates three Broadway venues, will launch its 50th anniversary season next October with Keira Knightley as Emile Zola's adulterous heroine, in Thérèse Raquin, perennial catnip for playwrights and screenwriters. Haimes commissioned the latest adaptation, by Helen Edmundsen. It was first presented in summer 2014 at the UK's Bath Theatre Royal (Knightley was… Read
Harvey Weinstein & Diane Paulus Will Kick Rockettes, Radio City Music Hall Into Spring
Producer Harvey Weinstein and director Diane Paulus, already collaborating on the upcoming Broadway musical Finding Neverland, are teaming with Madison Square Garden Entertainment to launch a new spring extravaganza at Radio City Music Hall featuring the Rockettes, to be staged and choreographed by Warren Carlyle. Here's the press release:
New York, NY (October 22, 2014) — MSG Entertainment (MSGE) announces the launch of the New York Spring Spectacular starring the… Read
‘Hedwig’ Producer David Binder Attaches To London Stage Fest
David Binder, lead producer of the 2014 Tony-winning best musical revival Hedwig And The Angry Inch, has joined the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT) as Artistic Associate. He'll develop international projects and collaborations from his New York base. Binder worked with LIFT this past summer to produce Deblozay, an immersive piece by the French company Rara Woulib inspired by Haitian funeral marches. The next LIFT is slated for June 2016.
On Broadway this… Read
Tatiana Maslany & Thomas Sadoski Set To World Preem Neil LaBute’s ‘The Way We Get By’
Tatiana Maslany and Thomas Sadoski will play a couple of free-wheelers who spend a drunken night together and awaken to a bunch of post-coital challenges from one another and their nearest and dearest in Neil LaBute's The Way We Get By. First preview for the world premiere drama is May 12, 2015.
Maslany, star of the BBC America series Orphan Black, will be making her New York stage debut in the Second Stage off-Broadway production. Sadoski, whose final season of The Newsro… Read
Michelle Williams Exits CAA For WME
On the heels of CAA's $225 million majority-stake deal with TPG, three-time Oscar nominee and client Michelle Williams has jumped to WME, signing with the rival agency in all areas. The Oz the Great and Powerful and Take This Waltz star earned her Oscar nods for acclaimed turns in Brokeback Mountain, Blue Valentine, and most recently My Week With Marilyn, in which she played the iconic Marilyn Monroe. She's currently on Broadway playing Sally Bowles in Cabaret for Rob… Read
Broadway Box Office: ‘Dog’ Barks, Sting Bites, ‘Play’ Wows In $26M Week
Although the Broadway box office was off 4% in post-Columbus Day ticket sales, there were several indicators of good news for the holiday season. Coming off a slew of rave reviews, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time — the early season's prestige London import — continued to build in a week when many shows were off from the previous stand's spending spree. For the week ending Sunday, the National Theatre production took in $848.2K at the Barrymore. That's… Read
Oscar Watch: How Elaine Stritch And Other Showbiz Documentaries Hope To Grab The Eyes – And Hearts – Of Voters
If there was any doubt awards season was in full swing, this week's growing list of screening events featuring lunches, dinners and receptions all aimed at luring Academy and Golden Globe voters should erase any question.
As I pointed out last week, the Academy's “official” foreign-language screenings began on Monday night with Poland's Ida and Hungary's demanding but very fine White God. But that is just the beginning for both those films.
On Friday afternoon at Century… Read
Sexed-Up ‘On The Town’s A Helluva Show; Carol Burnett Burnishes ‘Love Letters': Broadway
UPDATE, FRIDAY AM with more photos and casting in Love Letters: The ants-in-their-pants revival of On The Town that snap, crackle and popped open on Thursday night is so unabashedly old-fashioned it could seduce a Red State senator. And yet it's also so subversively fresh you may find yourself wondering when Broadway musicals got so stuffy, and so damned unmusical in the 70 years since the show opened in wartime New York, New York. That's a helluva feat for a show long… Read
Al Pacino To Star In David Mamet’s ‘China Doll’ In Broadway Return
Al Pacino is heading back to Broadway. He's set to star in David Mamet's China Doll, a play written specifically for him. Mamet describes China Doll as a “play about a wealthy man, his young fiancée, and an airplane. The man has just bought a new plane as a wedding present for the girl. He intends to go into semi-retirement, and enjoy himself. He's in the process of leaving his office, and is giving last minute instructions to his young assistant. He takes one last phone… Read
Broadway’s Shuberts Pay $11.25M For Aging West Side Warehouse
It's not exactly the Majestic Theatre, but Broadway's biggest landlord is now the proud owner of a picturesque five-story warehouse in the shadow of the cruise ships and piers along Manhattan's far West Side. As first reported exclusively here in July… Read
That ‘Motherf*cker’ Writer Gets ‘American Psycho’ Slot Off-Broadway
That gaping hole left in the new season when the producers of American Psycho cancelled a planned pre-Broadway run has been filled by Stephen Adly Guirgis, author of the asterisk-laden Chris Rock hit The Motherf*cker With The Hat.
Second Stage, the prominent Times Square nonprofit, had planned to run American Psycho — Duncan Sheik's new musical based on Bret Easton Ellis' savage satire of Manhattan under Masters of the Universe — in the new year, following a successful UK… Read