‘Tallulah’s Tammy Blanchard Joins Denzel Washington In ‘Iceman’ On Broadway; Bernie Williams Goes Cabaret; Michael Weller’s ‘Carousel’ Spin
Tammy Blanchard (Tallulah, Into the Woods, Moneyball) has been cast in the upcoming Broadway revival of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh, starring Denzel Washington and staged by George C. Wolfe. Blanchard will play Cora, one of three prostitutes who frequent Harry Hope’s grim Greenwich Village saloon and flophouse where a roomful of “pipe-dreamers” await the arrival of Washington’s reliably affable salesman Theodore Hickman, known to all as Hickey.
The Scott Rudin… Read
Broadway B.O. Leaps Even As ‘Lion King’ & ‘Wicked’ Feel Winter Chill
With the three-day Martin Luther King holiday weekend as a spur, the Broadway box office defied the January trend, pole-vaulting 27% over the same week in 2017 and even surpassing the previous week by 2%. All that despite some staggering nose-dives among the family-friendly crowd.
That includes Disney’s two shows: The Lion King was off $681K from the previous week at the Nederlander Organization’s Minskoff Theatre, while Aladdin, installed at the Mouse’s New Amsterdam… Read
‘Aladdin’ Review: Stage Adaptation Of Disney Classic Dazzles L.A. With A Familiar Magic Carpet Ride
Translating a Disney animated feature into a Broadway stage musical seems that it would be a seamless task considering the fantasy, magic, the vibrant moral storytelling, and, of course, the catchy iconic tunes. For the most part, Disney Theatrical Productions delivers the goods with their musicals seeing as though the product is, in a way, pre-packaged. They have brought animated features to life and they burst at the seams with Disney magic — and it is no exception… Read
Broadway Review: John Lithgow’s Evocative ‘Stories By Heart’
How well we know John Lithgow’s satisfying face, his agreeable body: The eyes narrowed quizzically above a smile slimmed by secrets (or is it menace?); the frame softly hulking, lacking intimidation. It has been so familiar it deserves landmark cultural status. Who else has a resume as varied as this, from the transexual Roberta Muldoon in The World According to Garp and Debra Winger’s milquetoast lover in Terms of Endearment, the crazed preacher daddy of Footloose, and… Read
‘Hamilton’s Rory O’Malley Signs With The Rosenzweig Group
Rory O’Malley, a Tony nominee for The Book of Mormon who’s now playing the crowd-pleasing comic role of King George III in the national tour of Hamilton, has signed with The Rosenzweig Group for management duties. His other stage credits include a run in the world premiere
of James Lapine and William Finn’s musical adaptation of Little Miss Sunshine and their show The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Elsewhere, O’Malley was a series regular opposite Kelsey Grammer… Read
Broadway B.O.: Chicken Soup To Everyone For Post-New Year’s Lull; ‘Phantom’ $1.2M
Predictable as white sales and BOGO promos, Broadway made a hard landing after the Christmas-to-New Year’s high-flying, record-breaking stand. The Boss dodged the winter drafts and took the week off; Amy Schumer and co-star Laura Benanti skipped a performance of Meteor Shower due to plague (well, it felt like plague, I’ll vouchsafe); and Thursday performances got socked by an 8-to-12-inch snowfall that still didn’t keep undaunted Hamilton and Hello, Dolly! ticket-holders… Read
An American ‘Reckoning’ With Sexual Assault Crosses Over Into Canada
When Toronto’s celebrated theater company, Soulpepper, was preparing to spend a monthlong summer residency in New York, I warned artistic director Albert Schultz that he was playing against long odds. Absent a London pedigree, I said, New York City can be cruelly hostile to interlopers. We may not be partial to Maple Leaf interpretations of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology and W. Somerset Maugham’s buzzkiller Of Human Bondage.
Schultz forged ahead, raising the… Read
Sellers’ Market Boosts Broadway B.O. To $50M All-Time Peak Week High
Broadway offered something for everyone last week, as long as everyone was loaded with dough. Face-value ducats topped out at $1,150 for blockbuster Hamilton, but that was Monopoly money considering the going rate for fans of Bette Midler (nearing the spectacular end of her spectacular run in Hello, Dolly!) and Bruce Springsteen (whose work week is limited to five performances at the 948-seat Walter Kerr).
The 32 shows on offer were filled to 95% of capacity, many for… Read
Dramatists Guild’s Horton Foote $25K Award Goes To James Anthony Tyler
Author James Anthony Tyler has won the third annual Dramatists Guild of America’s Horton Foote Playwriting Award, which carries $25K purse underwritten by the Richenthal Foundation. The runner up is Fernanda Coppel.
Named for the late playwright, screenwriter and memoirist whose many accolades include the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (for The Young Man From Atlanta) and two Oscars (for To Kill A Mockingbird and Tender Mercies), the award goes to a dramatist whose work, in the… Read
Santa Delivers $35.8M Week To Broadway Box Office
Even with Christmas falling on a Monday and many Broadway shows going to a seven-performance week, no one’s complaining of coal in Times Square as ticket sales added up to $35.8 million, $5.4 million more than a year ago – that’s an 18% jump.
You can chalk most of that up to this year’s super holiday prices, led by Hello, Dolly! ($996), Springsteen on Broadway ($850) and Hamilton ($849). (Tickets during this week’s run-up to New Year’s Eve will soar even higher.)
The five… Read
Harvey Weinstein Calls Claim That He “Hurt” Charity “Unforgivable”
UPDATE Wednesday: A spokesperson for Harvey Weinstein today provided this response to earlier stories in Deadline and Vanity Fair:
"Mr. Weinstein has dedicated his life to helping raise funding to find a cure for AIDS…Over the years he has raised over $50 million personally in donations and in his own contributions. On the night in question, the auction card, Oscar party access and a photo shoot, [were] donated by Mr. Weinstein personally. AmfAR received $1.374 million… Read
Philip Seymour Hoffman $45K Tribute Award Will Go To Playwright Gracie Gardner
Pussy Sludge, Gracie Gardner’s play about a young woman who also is an oil well, has earned the writer $45,000 and extensive development opportunities, courtesy of the American Playwriting Foundation’s “Relentless Award” prize.
The award was established in honor of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and “his pursuit of truth in the theater,” according to the foundation’s executive director, Emmy nominee David Bar Katz. A playwright, screenwriter and director, Bar Katz was a… Read