Review: Lerner & Loewe’s Golden ‘Brigadoon’ With Kelli O’Hara and Aasif Mandvi
I won’t bore you with the history of Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner’s first hit, 1947’s Brigadoon, and its ranking in the Golden Age of Goofy Musicals; you either grew up with Vincente Minnelli’s 1954 film (Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, Cyd Charisse) and the cast albums of the original and the many revivals, or you didn’t. You either know “The Heather on the Hill” is as beloved of jazz musicians as it is of Broadway fanatics, or you don’t. You either dismiss it as a… Read
London’s Old Vic Reveals 20 Allegations Against Former A.D. Kevin Spacey
The Old Vic Theatre has received 20 allegations of inappropriate behavior by Kevin Spacey during his 11-year run as artistic director. The London theater admitted that there was a "cult of personality" around the Swimming With Sharks star and that his "stardom" and "status" may have prevented people, in particular junior staff or young actors, from speaking up.
The storied company, which Spacey is credited with reviving after a long lull that nearly put it out of… Read
Hayley Mills Heads Off-Broadway; Encores! Off-Center Names New Artistic Directors: NY Briefs
What do Lee Marvin, James Franco, Patty Duke and Hayley Mills have in common? Too easy, I know. But only one of them is heading to New York’s City Center for a new play making the rounds, and that’s Polyanna herself, Hayley Mills. Beginning January 11, she will star in Party Face, a comedy by Isobel Mahon directed by Amanda Bearse (Married…With Children). The limited run will play at Stage 2, where the Manhattan Theatre Club often puts up its new work (though this is not… Read
Lin-Manuel Miranda To Reprise ‘Hamilton’ Role For Puerto Rico Run
Lin-Manuel Miranda will return to play Alexander Hamilton in his smash musical Hamilton when it plays in San Juan, Puerto Rico in January. Miranda and producer Jeffrey Seller broke the news on the stage of the Teatro UPR theater in San Juan today. The University of Puerto Rico venue was damaged during Hurricane Maria in September but will be restored and repaired in time for the musical’s open.
It will mark the first time Miranda, the creator-star of the Tony- and… Read
Review: Richard Nelson’s ‘Illyria’ Reveals Joe Papp Before ‘A Chorus Line’; A Party For Deadheads
In 1971 and ’72, I worked in a theater company that had spun off from a graduate directing workshop at Yale taught by Nikos Psacharopoulos, a legendary teacher who founded the Williamstown Theatre Festival. We called ourselves N.A.T.E. – the New America Theater Ensemble – until we were informed via a cease and desist order that there already was a New America Theater Ensemble, at which point we changed the name to New Agape Theater Ensemble so we wouldn’t have to buy new… Read
Old Vic Theatre On Kevin Spacey: “Deeply Dismayed” To Hear Allegations
London’s Old Vic, the theater of which Kevin Spacey was artistic director from 2004-2015, has said it is “deeply dismayed” to hear the allegations of sexual misconduct that recently surfaced against the actor. A statement released today by the venerable venue points to an earlier statement that was made jointly by UK theater bosses that “there can be no place for sexual harassment or abuse of power in our industry.”
Over this past weekend, Star Trek: Discovery actor… Read
Review: Zoe Kazan’s Post-Apocalypse ‘After The Blast’ And Faulty ‘Last Match’
Is it odd that someone as prodigiously talented as Zoe Kazan has a thing for avatars of human consciousness? In 2012’s Ruby Sparks, the film she also wrote, she played a blocked novelist’s idealized woman come to life. It was a male-chauvinist fantasy – Ruby is beautiful, submissive, empty – that morphed into a nightmare, or at least a cautionary tale along the lines of “be careful what you wish for.” Kazan’s new play, After the Blast, which opened this week at Lincoln… Read
Michael Moore Says He’s Taking ‘Terms Of My Surrender’ On The Road
Two days after Michael Moore’s Broadway show The Terms Of My Surrender took its final bow, Moore said today he isn’t done yet — he plans to take it on the road in 2018. “As for The Terms of My Surrender,” Moore said in a statement via his PR firm today, “there is no surrender! We’ll be taking our Broadway show on the road next summer!"
After 100 shows, Terms of My Surrender ended its limited run at the Shuberts' Belasco this week with a $71,500 farewell kick to $367.6K… Read
Review: ‘The Siege’ From Palestinian Freedom Theatre; Also, Betty Buckley’s Master Class
Jack Skirball was a Reform Jewish rabbi from Cleveland who moved to Los Angeles, where he became a real estate developer and film producer best known for his relationship with Alfred Hitchcock: Skirball was associate producer of Saboteur in 1942 and producer, a year later under his own banner, of Shadow of a Doubt. Skirball also was a philanthropist with a keen interest in cross-cultural exchange. Among his most prominent legacies are the cultural centers named for him in… Read
Sam Shepard’s Salad Days Recalled By La Mama’s Village People
Jessica Lange, with Hannah Shepard and Samuel Walker Shepard – the children, now grown, that she had with Sam Shepard – entered the Ellen Stewart Theatre quietly as an audience of age-burnished talent from the electrifying free-form heyday of off-off Broadway theater waved greetings, blew kisses, shared memories and settled in Sunday for an afternoon tribute to the actor and playwright, who died July 27 at 73.
The master of ceremonies was Jean-Claude van Itallie, whose… Read
Review: Powerful ‘Too Heavy For Your Pocket’ Brings Early Civil Rights Movement Up Close And Personal
The Roundabout Theatre Company’s developmental program is called Roundabout Underground, and it’s housed in the sub-sub-basement of the nonprofit’s off-Broadway complex, the Steinberg Center for Theatre, where shows typically play to audiences of fewer than 100 patrons. Yet from this grotto chamber has come, with astonishing consistency, some of the most promising new works to have been seen on any stage in New York.
The latest discovery to emerge from these depths is Too… Read
Greta Gerwig Renounces Her Support Of Call For Cancellation Of Israeli Play
UPDATED, 1 PM: Better late than never? Greta Gerwig took to the New York Post‘s Page Six gossip column to renounce her prior support of a letter requesting that the Lincoln Center Festival cancel its presentation of an Israeli play back in July. The actress and director, along with a number of other theater, film and television luminaries, signed the petition (see earlier stories below), which was organized by Adalah-NY. The group supports the BDS movement to boycott… Read