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‘American Psycho’ Will Close On Broadway Before The Tony Awards

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At once shocking in its finality and completely expected, American Psycho will play its last Broadway performance on Sunday, June 5 at the Shubert Organization’s Schoenfeld Theatre, one week before the Tony Awards, the producers announced Thursday. Closing at a total loss of its estimated $14 million capitalization, the Duncan Sheik musical will have played 81 performances including previews since opening to reviews from a split critical community. Audiences, on the other… Read


Tony Awards Presenters: Oprah Winfrey, Cate Blanchett & More

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Oprah Winfrey, Cate Blanchett, Carole King, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Patina Miller and Saoirse Ronan will join nominees Steve Martin and Edie Brickell as presenters for the 70th Tony Awards, set for June 12 on CBS. Martin and Brickell are behind the musical Bright Star, which garnered five nominations. James Corden will host the ceremony live at the Beacon Theatre. The show is presented by Tony Award Productions, a joint venture of the Broadway League and the American… Read

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‘Paramour’ Lands On 42nd Street, One Small Step For Broadway, One Giant Leap For Cirque Du Soleil, Inc. – Review


The lovestruck heart doesn’t merely leap in Paramour. It flips, flies, frolics, flits, flounces, trips to the moon on gossamer wings, beats like a boogie and jumps like a bean — everything exactly as one should expect from romance as filtered through the prism of Cirque du Soleil. Officially starting the 2016-2017 season, this is the show with which the Montreal-based global franchise plants its standard on Broadway, promising — and, in spades, delivering — a mashup of 42n… Read

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Tony Nominee George C. Wolfe On ‘Shuffle Along’ & The Problem Of Success – Deadline Q&A

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On the subject of success, George C. Wolfe has always been ambivalent. Wary. ”When I was little, I remember rehearsing starving, so that when I got to New York I would know how to do it,” he told me. “I came to New York to write and direct, and when I got here, a lot of my rage came out.” As it happens, he said that to me 30 years ago, shortly after the opening of his take-no-prisoners satire, The Colored Museum, at the Public Theater. In the three-decade interregnum, he… Read


Nicole Kidman’s Banner Blossom Films Options Film Rights To Vampire Play ‘Cuddles’

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Nicole Kidman’s producer banner Blossom Films has optioned film rights to Joseph Wilde's off-Broadway play Cuddles, which received strong critical notices, including the New York Times, which called it "a sensational little shocker.” The vampire thriller examines the strange and disturbing forms love can take and asks how you live with a monster that is your own flesh and blood. Wilde will adapt his own play. Kidman produces with Blossom partner Per Saari. “Joe’s voice is… Read

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‘Hadestown’ Brings New Orleans Style To Orpheus & Eurydice Tale – Review


By sheer happenstance — because sometimes in New York it can seem that everything really is happening somewhere nearby — I saw a revival of Tennessee Williams’ lyrically overwrought drama Orpheus Descending in a tenderly lucid, gripping production staged by Austin Pendleton in a Christopher Street church, poor-theater style with not much more than a few sticks of furniture. The language and a fine company did the rest. That was just a few days before Hadestown, which… Read


Rajiv Joseph’s ‘Guards At The Taj’ Named Obie Awards’ Best New Play

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The 61st annual Obie Awards, established by the Village Voice to acknowledge achievement in off-Broadway theater, named Rajiv Joseph’s gripping drama with humor Guards at the Taj as the best new play of the season. Guards was presented by the Atlantic Theatre Company and the award includes a $1,000 prize to the playwright. The Obies, which sets no predetermined limit on the number of awards it will give out in any given season, also Monday evening presented awards in… Read

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‘Scandal’s Joe Morton Roars With The Power & Punch Of Dick Gregory In ‘Turn Me Loose’ – Review

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If the only image that comes to mind at the mention of the name Dick Gregory is the skinny African American elder, his beaming visage ringed with a nimbus of white hair and beard, prepare for a restorative explosion. In one of the most astonishing performances of this or any season, Joe Morton, the stage-turned-Scandal star, plays the enduring comedian, activist, gadfly and author with a warmth and precision that has nothing to do with versimilitude and everything to do… Read

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‘2 Broke Girls’ Beth Behrs Laughs At Sex & Cancer In NY Stage Debut: Deadline Q&A

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EXCLUSIVE: Beth Behrs stands over her mother, asleep in a hospital room and dying of cancer. “I’ve been single for so long,” she says, “I’ve started having wet dreams about my vibrator.” The woman Behrs is playing, an unfiltered young standup comic named Karla, needs advice. “Now let me ask you,” Karla says, addressing the snoring body on the bed. “What do you think works better: wet dreams or sex dreams?” About 90 minutes later Karla gets an answer to that question, but… Read

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‘Indecent’ Recalls A 1920’s Broadway Scandal; ‘Daphne’s Dive’ Is Of The Moment: Review


A play with music about a play with music — sounds crazy, no? And yet here in New York City, in the same season, we have not one but two plays with music about plays with music, each thrilling in their own way. Shuffle Along, from George C. Wolfe, you already know about; it’s on Broadway and it’s about a hit musical from 1921 created by black artists and mostly forgotten — except for the wide-ranging impact it had on white the musicals that came after. Indecent is about a… Read

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The End Is Near As Broadway Box Office Dips, Ticket Prices Too

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With one week left in the 2015-2016 Broadway season, the box office is telling a different story than the one on the marquees. Outside the theaters, there’s plenty of excitement as ticket buyers clamor for entry to the most ambitious range of shows in memory, offering the electricity of revolution (Hamilton, Shuffle Along Etc., Eclipsed), the mirrored dramas of human despair and triumph (The Color Purple, The Father, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Blackbird, On Your… Read


New York Drama Critics’ Circle Votes ‘The Humans’ Best Play, ‘Shuffle Along’ Best Musical

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The New York Drama Critics’ Circle today named Stephen Karam’s The Humans as best play and Shuffle Along, or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed as best musical of the 2015-2016 season. The winners were chosen during the organization’s 81st annual meeting, with the awards to be bestowed May 17. Hamilton, widely expected to win the Tony Award for Best Musical on June 12, won the Critics’ Circle award last year and was not in the running. After… Read