Swoosie Kurtz On ‘Mike & Molly,’ Mom And Her First Tony Award Nomination
EXCLUSIVE: I met Swoosie Kurtz for the first time in the brief lull between her first Tony nomination and her first win. Almost immediately I asked her to marry me. Didn’t matter that I was married at the time. Didn’t matter that we were somewhat blazed and not alone (everyone was blazed and as I recall, everyone of every sexual predilection was asking for Swoosie Kurtz’s, um, hand in marriage). We were young, the environment was bohemian, to employ a euphemism, and all… Read
‘An American In Paris’ & ‘Curious Incident’ Nab Top Drama League Awards
The Drama League, a service group whose members are theatergoers from across the U.S., announced its 81st annual awards on Friday, providing a bit of chatter-worthy insight into how the winds are blowing for the June 7 Tony Awards. An American In Paris was voted Distinguished Production of a Musical, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time as Distinguished Play. Among revivals, the winners were The King And I and You Can't Take It With You. The indomitable Ch… Read
B.B. King’s Broadway; Tony Awards Races Spark Hot Times In Times Square; Jim Houghton’s Obie – NYC Stages
UPDATE, Friday AM: Tributes are raining down like tears in memory of B.B. King, the all-time greatest of cats, who departed from Las Vegas to the Heaviside Layer yesterday at the age of 89. I expect an especially emotional gathering at King’s Times Square outpost, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill and the Lucille Café. The 42nd Street spot holds a special place in the hearts of Broadway-theater folk, having been the site of many a musical-related event (Broadway Bares! comes… Read
Athol Fugard’s Gorgeous ‘Painted Rocks’ Demands Attention – Review
No voice in today’s theater cries out with such compelling pathos and beauty as that of Athol Fugard, a painter of stage stories that, even after more than five decades, continues to throb with life, urgency and insistence. The Painted Rocks At Revolver Creek, the South African playwright’s latest, is no exception. At 83, the Read
“Whistle-Blowing” Publicist Liable For Canceled ‘Rebecca’, NY Judge Rules
UPDATE 2:35 PM with more information throughout: A New York State Supreme Court justice ruled this morning that Broadway publicist Marc Thibodeau was in breach of contract when he sent out an email under a false name causing an angel to pull a $2.25 million investment out of escrow. The move abruptly halted production of the musical Rebecca and added to the legend of one of Broadway’s weirdest and most bizarre cases of production interruptus in modern showbiz history.
Reprises: Tony Nominee Sting Steers ‘Last Ship’ Again; ‘Absolute Brightness’ Gets Re-Run – NY Stage
The Last Ship sailed months ago but Sting and his Tony-nominated score live on. Another chance to hear it — near, if not precisely on Broadway — comes up Tuesday, May 19, when it will be performed by the figurehead himself, and it’s even for a great cause: He will sing songs from the show at the Heath at the McKittrick Hotel (home of the long-running environmental-slash-immersive-slash-meet-market Sleep No More). Proceeds from the two shows — at 7 and 10 p.m. — will… Read
Modest Shows Make Modest Gains As Tony Race Heats Up Broadway Box Office
UPDATE Tuesday morning: Clarifies below that An Act Of God is not a Roundabout Theatre Co. production.
With six weeks of bragging rights for producers to tout their Tony nominations before the June 7 awards show (did I mention it’s on CBS starting at 8 p.m.?), most in that select club showed gains at the box office. Not surprisingly, more modest thoroughbreds fielded more modest gains. Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron’s Fun Home, at Circle In The Square, filled all of the 730… Read
‘Hamilton,’ ‘Between Riverside And Crazy’ Take Top Lucille Lortel Off-Broadway Awards
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway-bound musical is heading uptown for a summer opening after a sold-out run at the Public Theater, while Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Pulitzer Prize winner, first presented by the Atlantic Theatre Company, continues to rack up accolades. Playwright Terrence McNally (Broadway’s The Visit, It’s Only A Play), was celebrated for lifetime achievement. The Lortels, now 30 years old, are underwritten by the Lucille Lortel Foundation and named for the late… Read
Poetry Slam As Attica Explodes; John Turturro Stars In Out-Of-Sync ‘Zorba!’ – Review
UPDATE, Friday P.M.: Adds ToasT review at top.
It’a been almost five years since the poet and performance artist Lemon Andersen performed County Of Kings, his breathtaking autobiographical solo show about growing up in pre-gentrified Brooklyn. (It was presented at the Public Theater with an assist from Spike Lee). An actor with the singular soul of a poet and the heavily-populated mind of a novelist, Andersen is back at the Public with ToasT, his first full-length… Read
Peter Morgan Tweaks West End ‘The Audience’ To Reflect Election; Broadway Will Follow
With the UK's General Election last night ending in a surprise victory for Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservative Party, Audience playwright Peter Morgan has quickly updated the show’s revived West End edition, starring Kristin Scott Thomas, to reflect the outcome.
The play, whose Broadway stand is in the running for three Tony awards including Read
Tony Winners Diane Paulus, Kenny Leon Will Helm N.Y. Premieres At Hot Second Stage
Even before taking over its just-purchased Broadway flagship, the Helen Hayes Theatre, the estimable off-Broadway company Second Stage has lined up major talent for its upcoming 37th season, with help from nonprofit friends up Boston way. Diane Paulus (Finding Neverland, Pippin) will stage the local premiere of Invisible Thread, a musical, and Kenny Leon (Holler If Ya Hear Me, Fences) will direct Smart People, a play by Stick Fly author Lydia R. Diamond, also a New York… Read