Broadway Review: Allison Janney, Corey Hawkins Lead ‘Six Degrees Of Separation’
When Six Degrees of Separation opened off-Broadway, and then on, late in 1990, we thought the genius of John Guare’s excoriating comedy lay in the perfect way it captured a moment in a particular subset of American culture. We were wrong.
On the evidence of the spectacular revival that opened tonight at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, with a cast led by Allison Janney (Mom, The West Wing), Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton) and John Benjamin Hickey (The Normal Heart)… Read
‘A Chorus Line’ Original Baayork Lee Will Receive Special Tony Award
Baayork Lee, a director, actress and choreographer who played Connie Wong in the original 1975 production of A Chorus Line, will receive the Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award at this year’s ceremony on June 11. The award, announced this morning, is presented annually to a member of the theater community “who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations,” according to the… Read
Broadway Review: ‘Anastasia’ Brings An Animated Russian Heroine To Stage Life
It’s probably inevitable that Google Maps, or a clever facsimile of Google Maps, would someday star on Broadway. And here it is in Anastasia, a sprawling expansion on the 1997 animated film, that opened tonight following a developmental run at the Hartford Stage. Alexander Dodge’s set is monumental, with towering columns that allow plenty of space for Aaron Rhyne’s projections, which frequently switch from maps of Russian and France to photorealistic images of trains… Read
Dames Deliver At Broadway Box Office – ‘Dolly!’ $1.45M, ‘War Paint’ $1M, ‘Sunset’ $1.15M
After the Easter holiday, Broadway returned to reality with an expected dip last week, as the last of the season’s new shows faced critics and the April 27 deadline for this season’s Tony Awards eligibility loomed. Women have figured prominently and are proving their box office allure: Playing just six performances (one of which was totally comped), Hello, Dolly! followed the wowza reviews for Bette Midler with $1.45 million in ticket sales at the Shubert Theatre… Read
‘Rebecca’ Trial Pulls Spotlight From Broadway’s Frenzied Final Week Of Tony Openings
Opening arguments were made this morning in a jury trial pitting publicist Marc Thibodeau against producers Ben Sprecher and Louise Florenza, whose unrequited attempts to mount a musical based on the 1938 Daphne du Maurier novel Rebecca have transfixed Broadway since the production fell apart in 2012.
At issue in the New York State Supreme Court trial is whether the defendant Thibodeau, a veteran PR agent who has represented many of the biggest shows on the Street… Read
Broadway Review: Warner Bros Bets On ‘Charlie And The Chocolate Factory’ Redo
The producers of the stage musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, led by Warner Bros Theatre Ventures, have pulled a Harvey Weinstein. As Weinstein did with his stage version of Finding Neverland, they tossed most of the original U.K. production and came to Broadway with a fresh remake: Simplified production concept, significantly buffed-up score and American veteran Jack O’Brien replacing Sam Mendes, who not only staged the London show but was, and remains, a… Read
Broadway Review: Bette Midler Is A Perfect Match For ‘Hello, Dolly!’
Like mortarboards on graduation day and lizards in Little Orphan Annie, happy critics tend to fling words in the air, leap into paroxysms of ecstasy and throw caution to the wind when something makes us happy. I probably speak for the general critical consortium when I say – duh! – that Bette Midler on Broadway makes us happy.
So I won’t bore you with the Anglo-Austrian roots of the Hello, Dolly! creation myth, the contortions exerted upon it by the likes of Thornton… Read
Mayor Bill De Blasio Proclaims April 21 “Dolly Day” In Gotham
OK, so he’s a day late, if not a dolly short: On the eve of the most ballyhooed Broadway opening of the season, Mayor Bill de Blasio proclaimed tomorrow – Friday, April 21 – “Dolly Day.” It marks Thursday ‘s opening of Hello, Dolly! with Bette Midler.
A spokesman for producer Scott Rudin alerted the press this afternoon that the proclamation “will be hand-delivered to the Sam S. Shubert Theatre before tonight's performance.” The Mayor proved himself an agreeable booster… Read
Tony Awards Announce 2017 Honors For Excellence
Nina Lannan and Alan Wasser, two of Broadway’s most successful general managers behind productions from Cats to Lysistrata Jones, will receive this year’s Tony Awards’ Honors for Excellence in the Theatre.
Nina Lannan has served as executive producer and general manager on more than 50 Broadway productions since she began as the assistant general manager on the musical Cats in 1980. In addition to general management, she served as the executive producer of School of Rock… Read
Second Stage’s Broadway Theater To Open With Kenneth Lonergan’s ‘Lobby Hero’ Starring Chris Evans & Michael Cera
Off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theater today unveiled plans for the inaugural productions at its Broadway flagship, the Helen Hayes Theatre, as well as co-commissions of new work in collaboration with several of the country’s best-known non-profit companies.
The Hayes, the smallest of Broadway’s 41 designated houses, is undergoing a complete renovation before re-opening in March 2018 with a revival of Lobby Hero, by Manchester By The Sea director-writer Kenneth Lonergan… Read
Broadway Review: ‘The Little Foxes’ With Laura Linney, Cynthia Nixon & Richard Thomas
The nasty, tasty snakepit that is Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes has been irresistible to actors and audiences since Tallulah Bankhead chewed the Southern scenery in the play’s 1939 Broadway premiere and Bette Davis did the same in the 1941 film. Many a star has pumped the bodice of queen bitch Regina Giddins – including no less a nova than Elizabeth Taylor, entirely credible in 1981. Regina will do whatever it takes to inherit the Alabama plantation that she and her… Read
Tony Watch: Uma Thurman Broadway Bound; ‘Groundhog Day’ Braces For Andy Karl’s Schedule
Now that Andy Karl has wowed the critics and producers with his show-must-go-on performance at the opening night of Groundhog Day, the injured star is taking a healthier view of his situation. Karl tore the chief ligament in his left knee during a critics’ preview last Friday and may face surgery. For the moment, he’s cutting back on performances, according to a publicist for the show, and hoping that rest and physical therapy will get him through the rigorous pre-Tony… Read