NY Times Names Jesse Green Co-Chief Theater Critic
The New York Times poached New York magazine’s Jesse Green to be co-chief theater critic with longtime Number One, Ben Brantley. The hiring, effective May 1, according to a memo to the staff from culture editor Danielle Mattoon, inaugurates the double title in the theater coverage and comes with Brantley’s blessing in sharing the title.
Green fills the spot abruptly and somewhat mysteriously vacated by longtime second-string critic Charles Isherwood, who was fired last… Read
Tina Fey’s ‘Mean Girls’ Musical Will Launch In D.C. With ‘Hamilton’ Tour Tix Asking $210
Washington’s National Theatre announced its upcoming season Tuesday morning, confirming the Broadway tryout of Mean Girls, adapted from the 2004 Paramount film by scripter Tina Fey, with a score by Emmy-winning composer Jeff Richmond (Fey’s husband) and lyricist Neil Benjamin. Aladdin‘s Casey Nicholaw again does double duty as director/choreographer. The musical is being produced by Lorne Michaels (his first time on Broadway with a big show; he previously backed gigs by… Read
Review: Marisa Tomei Is Dazzled (And Confused) In ‘How To Transcend A Happy Marriage’
I don’t know how many Oscar-winning actresses are willing to take a deep dive into new work on stage, especially when there isn’t even the prospect of a Tony nomination in the offing. But here is Marisa Tomei, thrice nominated, with one win (as Mona Lisa Vito in My Cousin Vinny, 1992) giving her all in Sarah Ruhl’s trippy How To Transcend A Happy Marriage, which opened Monday night at Lincoln Center Theater’s off-Broadway Mitzi E. Newhouse.
The enticement isn’t difficult… Read
‘Dolly’ Looks Divine As Bette Midler Descends On Broadway; Box Office Thrilled
Bette Midler stormed back to Broadway this week, returning for the first time since her sold-out run as superagent Sue Mengers in I’ll Eat You Last, back in 2013. This time she has a bit more company, heading up the fourth Main Stem revival of Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart’s Hello, Dolly! (following the original, which ran from January 1964 through December, 1970).
The Jerry Zaks-helmed show, co-starring David Hyde Pierce, opened with a record $40 million advance and… Read
JJ Abrams Plays Straight Man On ‘Tonight Show’ In The Interview That Goes Wrong
JJ Abrams was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night to help promote the Broadway-bound comedy The Play That Goes Wrong, which was a hit on London’s West End (it won an Olivier Award) where Abrams said he saw it and asked how he could help. He’s now making his Broadway producing debut for the transfer, which is now in previews at the Lyceum Theatre.
Pretty cool for a Broadway show to get the Tonight Show treatment, and Fallon gave them carte blanche, and… Read
Mark Ruffalo And Danny DeVito Square Off In ‘The Price’ – Broadway Review
From the moment he climbs onstage, cane in hand, specs at tip of nose, a snowy mustache and goatee encircling his mouth, and looking jauntily proper in three-piece pinstripe suit, Danny DeVito has us in the palm of his hands. Huffing as if this breath might well be his last, he surveys the scene, making small talk with the suspicious couple who have asked him here. Producing a notebook and pencil, he begins jotting down figures. That harp in the corner? Beautiful gilding… Read
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau And Ivanka Trump Take In Broadway’s ‘Come From Away’
Alternative First Lady Ivanka Trump, daughter of the President and frequent stand-in for her step-mother, joined Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Wednesday night’s performance of the Broadway musical Come From Away. The liberal-leaning, refugee-welcoming Canadian head of state led a contingent of 500 booked by the Canadian consulate into the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, where the 9/11-themed musical opened Sunday. Trudeau was accompanied by his wife, Sophie Gregoire… Read
David Byrne’s Inspired ‘Joan Of Arc’ Rocker & ‘The Outer Space’ At The Public: Review
David Byrne’s boisterous segue from Imelda Marcos (Here Lies Love) to Saint Joan (Joan of Arc: Into the Fire) is the ultimate example of crab-walking from the ridiculous to the sublime. It’s also true that in Here Lies Love, his shape-shifting disco dance-a-thon about the imperious Philippine First Lady (co-authored with Fatboy Slim), aimed higher than a comic-book rehash of a life lived in gossip columns might have. It resonated in a timely parable of power, greed and… Read
Musicals Kick Broadway Box Office Into Spring With $3.8M Boost
Music is in the air as the Broadway roster fills up with new shows, especially the tuners that have been circling the airspace over Times Square looking to land as close as possible to the April 27 Tony Awards cut-off date. Four new shows began previews last week, including two big new musicals that enjoyed strong breaks from the starting gate.
Amélie, with Hamilton star Phillipa Soo in the title role played by Audrey Tatou in the 2001 indie film about a young Paris woman… Read
Review: ‘Come From Away’ Unearths Joy From The Ashes Of 9/11
Tuesday, September 11, 2001 is not a day many of us willingly return to. When we do – especially those of us in New York City and Washington – it’s with a shudder, still, and tears, and the sense memories of shock, disbelief, fear and helplessness that all too readily return. We also remember, even celebrate, the acts of heroism and sacrifice in the days following the terrorist attacks that brought down the Twin Towers, destroyed part of the Pentagon and turned a… Read
Review: Sally Field Is Gritty In Pink For A Smashing ‘Glass Menagerie’ On Broadway
Sally Field‘s citric, unvarnished performance as Amanda Wingfield is so riveting you may find your focus pulled from the larger picture created by Sam Gold‘s shocking revival of The Glass Menagerie, which opened tonight at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre. Stripped bare of the accoutrements of poverty Williams so carefully articulated in the notes for his 1945 “memory play,” Gold (Fun Home) takes more seriously Williams’ prefatory caution that “everyone should know nowadays the… Read
‘Spotlight’ Star Brian d’Arcy James Sets April Return To Broadway As King George In ‘Hamilton’
UPDATE, Thursday PM: Jeffrey Seller, the lead producer of Hamilton, confirmed Deadline’s report last night that d’Arcy James will return to the show as King George III, beginning April 14. Former Saturday Night Live-r Taran Killam, who succeeded Jonathan Groff, Andrew Rannells and Rory O’Malley in the role, will play his final performance April 13.
PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE: I’m told by insiders at Broadway’s megahit Hamilton that Brian d’Arcy James will return to Broadway as… Read