Angela Lansbury Hits The Road With ‘Blithe Spirit’ Tour
Like a top-billed trouper from time out of mind, Angela Lansbury will continue her Tony-winning, West End-haunting run as the spirited rare medium Madame Arcati in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit. The star of all screens and stages is taking the show on the road for a North American tour slated to begin December 9 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, officially opening December 14. Lansbury, who turns 89 on October 16, will then bring the Michael Blakemore production to… Read
Emma Thompson Slings Meat Pies As ‘Sweeney Todd’ Launches Commercial Partnership With English National Opera
Emma Thompson and Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel will play Mrs. Lovett and the Demon Barber of Fleet Street this spring as the English National Opera begins a partnership with the GradeLinnit Company on a production of Sweeney Todd. The semi-staged mounting resembles the popular Encores! series at New York's City Center as well as regular fund-raising concerts by the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, which originated this production.
Actor-director Lonny Price… Read
Broadway Box Office: Expanding Roster, New Fall Models Boost Bottom Line
Like shiny new cars in showrooms, the latest Broadway models have begun to raise their curtains as the 2014-2015 season begins gathering steam, evidenced by a 12% rise in total grosses over last week. Steppenwolf Theatre's revival of This Is Our Youth, starring Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin, opened to rapturous reviews (not so much Read
Carole King Musical ‘Beautiful’ Recoups $13 Million Broadway Capitalization As Tony Winner Mueller Re-Ups
Beautiful — The Carole King Musical has recouped production costs after about 10 months on Broadway. Capitalized at $13 million, the biotuner-slash-jukebox show stars Tony winner Jessie Mueller in the title role at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre since it opened in January. Deadline.com learned exclusively that Mueller has signed on to stay with the show through March 2015.
Last week the show took in $1.3 million at the Sondheim, improving by about $400,000 over the previous… Read
Will Beatle Paul Twist & Shout For Broadway-Bound Musical About Unknown Legend Bert Berns, Tunesmith?
Mention “Twist And Shout” to a Boomer and you'll get a shake of the thinning hair or shaved scalp along with recollections of the Fab Four on The Ed Sullivan Show. The more knowing response may even be the Isley Brothers, who recorded it first, in 1962. Ask who wrote the iconic rock number, however, and you're more than likely to draw a blank look. Answer: Bert Berns.
Ask who pulled Van Morrison out of the Belfast band Them and produced “Brown-Eyed Girl,” or who wrote “Pie… Read
‘American Psycho’ Musical Shut Down Ahead Of U.S. Bow
UPDATE, 2:40PM: Adds speculation about a direct move to Broadway, below: Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre just announced that it no longer will be producing the new musical American Psycho, the adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel and feature film that is trying to make its U.S. debut. Benjamin Walker, who starred in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and the loopy historo-musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, had been tipped to land the title role of Patrick Bateman… Read
James Franco, Chris O’Dowd ‘Mice And Men’ Sets November 6 Telecast
November 6 has been set for the first National Theatre Live telecast of Of Mice and Men starring James Franco and Chris O'Dowd. The revival of the John Steinbeck play, which closed on July 27, also stars Leighton Meester and Jim Norton. Staged by Anna D. Shapiro… Read
Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin Debut On Broadway; Off-Broadway ‘Booty’ Star Is Born
No play ever celebrated arrested development quite so amusingly as Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth, a shambling off-Broadway hit from 1996 now revived starring Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and an ingenue named Tavi Gavinson, all making their Broadway debuts. The production is the latest transfer by Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, and as staged by Anna D. Shapiro, it's typical of that celebrated troupe in its physicality combined with thoughtfulness.
The time is the… Read
‘Mad’ Woman Elisabeth Moss Will Star In Broadway Revival of ‘The Heidi Chronicles’
Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss will play the title role in a Broadway revival of the late Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles next spring. The 1988 Pulitzer Prize and Tony winner about an art historian who finds herself too smart for the men in her life, will also star Orange is The New Black co-star Jason Biggs and The Gentleman's Guide To Love And Murder costar Bryce Pinkham, the New York Times reports. Pam MacKinnon (Who's Afraid Of Virgina Woolf?) will direct. No… Read
Vanessa Hudgens To Star In ‘Gigi’ On Broadway
High School Musical alum Vanessa Hudgens will headline another musical — this time playing the title role in a new Broadway production of Lerner and Loewe's Gigi. The musical is set to hit the Great White Way next year after a pre-Broadway engagement at Kennedy Center in D.C. from January 16-February 12, 2015. Tickets go on sale for that September 22.
Eric Schaeffer is directing the re-envisioned adaptation by British playwright Heidi Thomas. Joshua Bergasse will… Read
Sigourney Weaver Anchors Weekly Public-TV Series On Low-Key Gotham Legit
New York's major Public Broadcasting Service station, WNET-13, will begin presenting Theater Close-Up, a weekly series of top-tier off-Broadway shows, on October 2. Sigourney Weaver, a screen star with deep ties to the New York stage — her most recent appearance having been in the 2013 Tony-winning Christopher Durang comedy Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike — will host the initial run of plays through November 27. The show will be broadcast at 9 PM Thursdays and have… Read
Joan Rivers Triumphs As Broadway Unites To Salute The Late Comedienne
UPDATE FINALE ULTIMO: 10:13 AM: Responding to the outpouring of criticism and general rending of garments over the decision of the Powers-That-Be not to have an industry-wide dimming of marquee lights, the Broadway League has reversed its idiotic ruling.
"Joan Rivers loved Broadway and we loved her,” Charlotte St. Martin, the league's exec director, said in a released statement. “Due to the outpouring of love and respect for Joan Rivers from our community and from her… Read