Scarlett Johansson & ‘Avengers’ Mates Slate Puerto Rico Benefit
Scarlett Johansson and cast mates from the Avengers franchise will perform a benefit reading of Thornton Wilder's Our Town on November 6 at Atlanta's Fox Theatre. So far, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo have signed on for the reading of Wilder’s American classic, with Kenny Leon directing the event, which is being organized by Johansson. The star promises additional, surprise appearances by celebrities and friends. All proceeds from the one-night-only… Read
Review: Slimmer And Sillier, Harvey Fierstein’s ‘Torch Song’ Is Revived With Michael Urie & Mercedes Ruehl
Shorter by a big word and a long act, Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy is back, trim, glittering and rechristened, simply, Torch Song. Michael Urie (Buyer & Cellar, Ugly Betty‘s Marc St. James) and Oscar winner Mercedes Ruehl (The Fisher King) play nice Jewish drag queen Arnold Beckoff and his loving, if annoying, Ma – roles indelibly created in 1982 by the playwright and a pre-Golden Girls Estelle Getty. The production, which opened tonight at off-Broadway’s Second… Read
Director Julie Taymor Gets ‘Mr. Abbott’ Nod From Directors & Choreographers
Director Julie Taymor, credited with some of the most storied stage productions of our time, will receive the 2018 “Mr. Abbott” Award. The prize, which is the top laurel from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, the not-for-profit foundation of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, honors “outstanding artistry and creativity over the course of her career.”
The award is named for the late legendary writer, director, producer and centurion – OK… Read
BroadwayHD Streaming Service Lowers Price Point, Links With Amazon And Ericsson
BroadwayHD, a streaming service that offers live and live-to-video stage productions from Broadway and beyond, announced today that it’s partnering with two global streaming services, Amazon and Ericsson. The rebranding effort also will drop the cost of subscribing to $8.99 per month from $14.99 ands include closed captioning.
BroadwayHD will deliver content to viewers around the globe as part of Ericsson's new 'Content Provider Boost' on UDN, its “unified delivery… Read
Anthony Edwards Signs On To Broadway’s ‘Children Of A Lesser God’ Revival
Anthony Edwards (ER, Top Gun) will make his Broadway debut alongside Joshua Jackson and Lauren Ridloff in the spring revival of Mark Medoff's Children of a Lesser God. Edwards will play Mr. Franklin. Tony winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun, Holler If Ya Hear Me) is directing Performances are slated to begin March 22 at Studio 54, with opening night set for April 11.
Jackson and Ridloff star as a teacher and a deaf former student who become romantically involved. Childr… Read
Broadway Box Office Flat As Bruce Settles In; ‘The Band’s Visit’ Toots $769K
The Broadway transfer of The Band’s Visit – which topped many critics’ Best Of lists last season in its off-Broadway premiere at the Atlantic Theatre Company – played to full houses in its first full week of previews. David Yazbek and Itamar Moses’ adaptation of the Israeli film, with a cast led by Tony Shalhoub (Monk) and Katrina Lenk (Indecent), took in $769K, 84 percent of its gross potential, with tickets averaging $104.84 for seven performances at the Shubert… Read
Review: ‘The Siege’ From Palestinian Freedom Theatre; Also, Betty Buckley’s Master Class
Jack Skirball was a Reform Jewish rabbi from Cleveland who moved to Los Angeles, where he became a real estate developer and film producer best known for his relationship with Alfred Hitchcock: Skirball was associate producer of Saboteur in 1942 and producer, a year later under his own banner, of Shadow of a Doubt. Skirball also was a philanthropist with a keen interest in cross-cultural exchange. Among his most prominent legacies are the cultural centers named for him in… Read
Roy Dotrice Dies: Tony Winner & ‘Amadeus’ Actor Was 94
Roy Dotrice, who played Leopold Mozart in Best Picture Oscar winner Amadeus and won a Tony Award for Best Actor in A Moon for the Misbegotten, died today in London. He was 94. His family confirmed the news in a statement.
A chameleon-like character actor, Dotrice launched his 55-year career with roles in such TV dramas as Escape and Treasure Island in the late 1950s and in 1965 co-starred as King Edward IV in the BBC’s Royal Shakespeare Company miniseries The War of the Ro… Read
Broadway’s ‘War Paint’ Will Shutter Earlier Than Planned
War Paint, the musical starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole as cosmetics queens Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, will close after the November 5 performance, seven weeks earlier than its previously announced final date of December 30, producers David Stone and Marc Platt announced this morning.
The new date, the producers said, is to “allow Ms. LuPone to have necessary and immediate hip replacement surgery.” Upon closing, the musical will have played 269… Read
Review: Springsteen On Broadway
UPDATE, 8 PM: The echo referred to in the opening paragraph below is not of Stephen Sondheim (composer/lyricist of Sunday in the Park With George), but of James Lapine, author of that show’s book.
EARLIER: You might think Bruce Springsteen doesn’t belong on Broadway, but you would be wrong. “I miss the beauty of the blank page,” he says at one point, echoing Stephen Sondheim, “and the endless possibilities.” He speaks that sentence, addressing the rapt and sometimes… Read
CBS Re-Ups With Broadway’s Tony Awards Through 2026 Under New Deal
The annual Tony Awards telecast, beloved of Emmy nominators and theater fans alike, is staying in the CBS family – and at Radio City Music Hall. The network brokered a new agreement with the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing that will keep the Times Square lovefest on the CBS Television Network through 2026.
CBS has been the TV home to the Tonys since 1978. The show returned to Radio City last year after a detour to the smaller Beacon Theatre the previous… Read
Review: Elizabeth McGovern In ‘Time & The Conways’ And A Steeplechase ‘Measure For Measure’
Two rarities converge with the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Time and the Conways. The J.B. Priestley drama has not been seen in these precincts since its 1938 U.S. premiere and its star, Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey‘s Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham) has been absent from the Broadway stage since 1992, when she played a good Ophelia in a bad Hamlet mounted under this same nonprofit’s auspices.
A wealthy widow presiding over a spoiled brood of four… Read