Broadway-Bound ‘Finding Neverland’ Sings For ‘Good Morning America': Video
Finding Neverland, the Harvey Weinstein-produced musical based on Miramax's 2004 movie starring Johnny Depp as Peter Pan creator JM Barrie, is due to open on Broadway in April. Bringing a bit of holiday cheer to Good Morning America earlier today, star Matthew Morrison (from the Paramount lot) introduced a live musical performance by his co-star, Laura Michelle Kelly, and the show's composer, Gary Barlow, singing a medley of tunes from Times Square alongside Jo Lawry… Read
‘A Delicate Balance’ Review: Jeremy Gerard On John Lithgow’s “Triumph”
John Lithgow's “complete triumph” of a performance dominates this all-star revival of Edward Albee's 'A Delicate Balance,' I say in my video review (watch it above) of the Broadway play, produced by Scott Rudin.
Glenn Close, Martha Plimpton, Lindsey Duncan, Bob Balaban and Claire Higgins also star. Pam MacKinnon directs. The play has had a very strong debut. Will you go? Let us… Read
Pulitzer-Prize Winning ‘Rent’ Will Play Havana For Christmas
Jonathan Larson's groundbreaking musical about artists, squatters and AIDS in New York's Alphabet City in the 1990s will open on Christmas Eve in Havana for a three-month run. The Spanish-language production is being produced by Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment in partnership with the Cuban National Council of Performing Arts. Nederlander says it's the first Broadway musical with a full cast, musicians and first-class production elements produced in Cuba in over 50… Read
‘Honeymoon In Vegas’ Opens For Business As Broadway B.O. Eases Into Holidays
Jason Robert Brown is back on Broadway, in a much lighter vein than his ill-fated Bridges Of Madison County a year ago, as Honeymoon In Vegas began eight weeks (!) of previews at the Nederlander Theatre in anticipation of a January 15 opening. The musical, headlined by Tony Danza and co-written with the 1992 film's writer/director Andrew Bergman, played seven performances and took in $366,136, just over one-third of its gross potential. The New York critics weighed in… Read
Conversations With Jeremy Gerard: Bradley Cooper on ‘American Sniper’ and ‘The Elephant Man’
EXCLUSIVE: You would be hard-pressed to find two more unalike human beings, not to say heroes, than Chris Kyle--dubbed "Legend" by his fellow Navy SEALS--and Joseph Merrick, known throughout late 19th-century London as the Elephant Man: One, a slab of Texas masculinity groomed for the war machine as a sharpshooter in Iraq; the other a specimen of nature gone cruel in the face of a forgiving God, his tortured body a twisted mess of bone and hanging flesh concealing a mind… Read
Sting Will Join ‘The Last Ship’ Cast To Save Broadway Musical
UPDATE 7:44 p.m. with more details throughout.
In the wake of middling reviews and a dozy box office, Sting has agreed to join the cast of his first Broadway musical as composer/lyricist. From December 9 through January 10 -- which is to say, for most of the holiday season, when tourists swarm Times Square in search of a Broadway show -- the pop star will replace Jimmy Nail, who plays the foreman of a shipyard on the verge of extinction in the musical, a roman a clef… Read
‘Into The Woods’ Sings Its Way Straight Into The Oscar Race
Dinsey unveiled another piece of the Oscar season puzzle Saturday night with an innovative bi-coastal screening of their big holiday release, the musical adaptation of Into The Woods, which screened simultaneously in New York City and at Disney Studios in Burbank (where I saw it).
Post-screening, a satellite-transmitted Q&A featured director Rob Marshall, screenwriter James Lapine and key cast members. Full disclosure: I have been in love with this Stephen Sondheim… Read
Towering John Lithgow Dominates ‘Delicate Balance’ Revival On Broadway
A storm rages at the center of the Broadway revival of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance. Although camouflaged in the elegant, comfortable mufti of the affluent upper classes, it's leveling everyone in its wake while leaving the building intact, like a neutron bomb. Its name is John Lithgow. Don't be fooled by the Fair Isle sweater vest, the plaid trousers and tattersall shirt, the leather elbow patches. Don't get comfortable. Devastation looms like the unnamed terror… Read
TodayTix Completes $6.1M Financing Deal, Heating Up Mobile Market For Ticket Sales
What scalpers have known for decades--that there's a lot of money to be made in day-of-performance ticket sales--now is common knowledge along rialtos around the world. The notion gained further traction today with the announcement that TodayTix has closed a $6.1 million Series A funding round led by New York-based SF Capital Group. As ticket-buyers shift away from long-term planning to make their purchases the week before a show or, increasingly, the day of a… Read
Broadway ‘Hedwig’ Scores Original Star John Cameron Mitchell
Continuing its hit run at the Belasco Theatre into the spring, Hedwig And The Angry Inch will welcome John Cameron Mitchell starting Wednesday, January 21 for eight weeks. Mitchell co-created the role — an unsung rock star after her semi-botched sex-change — with composer-lyricist Stephen Trask. He starred in the 1998 off-Broadway production, winning an Obie Award. He later starred in and directed the 2001 film version, earning a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in… Read
Mike Nichols, Accidental Legend, Was “Stunned, Paralyzed” By ‘Virginia Woolf’
UPDATES with a few more quotes, below.
Mike Nichols, one of the funniest wiseacres ever to walk the planet, never planned to write an autobiography. So a few months ago he agreed to be interviewed--in a Broadway theater, of course, and before an invited audience--by fellow director Jack O'Brien. It was for an HBO documentary, just after the announcement that Nichols would direct Meryl Streep in an HBO film adaptation of Terrence McNally's play Master Class, about the… Read
Hugh Jackman Invites 11,136 More Dates To His Broadway Cabin On ‘The River’
While some critics found Jez Butterworth's Broadway import a mystery wrapped inside an enigma wrapped inside an onion, few had anything but raves for the Wolverine's performance as an avocational fisherman with a thing for sea trout, single women and the poetry of Ted Hughes and William Butler Yeats. That's made The River one of the hottest tickets in town, especially in the scarcity market created by a limited run inane of the Theater District's smallest venues, the… Read