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Novice ‘American Psycho’ Producer Finds Broadway Label Has More Cachet Than Nonprofit

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The unholy alliance between commercial theater producers and subsidized theaters – where shows often try out en route to Broadway – took a bizarre twist Wednesday with news that Duncan Sheik's musical adaptation of American Psycho was heading directly to Broadway. The change of plan, reported in the New York Times, follows the announcement last week that the musical's Los Angeles-based producer, Act 4 Entertainment, had pulled the plug on a planned U.S. premiere of the… Read


Will Beatle Paul Twist & Shout For Broadway-Bound Musical About Unknown Legend Bert Berns, Tunesmith?

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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


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

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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

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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

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Broadway Box Office Off 13% As September Slump Settles In


UPDATED with the rest of the box office news. The brooms of Wicked ran out of fuel last week, as ticket sales fell an impressive $367,560 from the week before. The Oz prequel was one of 12 Broadway shows posting drops of $100,000 or more over the previous week. The bullies of Matilda dropped $293,7835, or 62% of gross potential, at the Shubert Theatre. Disney's The Lion King still had the highest gross of the week — at $1.68 million — even after dropping $254,427 from the… Read


Book Excerpt: John Lahr Talks To Sidney Lumet About Brando, Magnani & Tennessee Williams

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EXCLUSIVE: Literary biographies tend to be either too literary or too biographical: so artful as to be ruined by artifice or so bogged down in minutiae they're a challenge to pleasure. The singular achievement of John Lahr's magisterial book, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage Of The Flesh is that it's one bewitching writer's journey into the lives - public and private - of another. It is no secret that the visionary poet-dramatist of The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Na… Read


Carole King’s ‘Beautiful’ Broadway Hit Slates London Stand, U.S. Tour

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which has been a consistent box office winner at Broadway's Stephen Sondheim Theatre, will hit the West End in February and launch a U.S. tour in September 2015, producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing said Thursday night. The London production will begin previews on February 10, 2015 at the Aldwych Theatre, with an official opening night set for February 25. The First American National Tour will launch at the Providence… Read


Broadway’s ‘Cinderella’ Posts Closing Date, National Tour


In 1957 Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II musicalized the Cinderella story as a TV vehicle for Julie Andrews, sizzling from the success of My Fair Lady. When the show made its Broadway debut half a century after the CBS-TV broadcast, the title role was beautifully essayed by Tony nominee Laura Osnes, though Hammerstein's haimish account of the Charles Perrault fairy tale had been zapped, pumped and italicized by Douglas Carter Beane (also a nominee for his revised… Read


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