Terry Kinney Will Turn Rock Band ‘Other Lives’ Into Next Wave Artists
Director and Steppenwolf Theatre Company co-founder Terry Kinney is turning a performance by indie rockers Other Lives into a theater work for this fall’s Next Wave Festival, a signature program of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Conceived by Kinney with Rebecca Habel, Reconfiguration: An Evening With Other Lives will have its world premiere October 9 and 10 at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House.
Other Lives members Jesse Tabish, Jonathon Mooney, Josh Onstott, Daniel Hart… Read
Cameron Mackintosh Considers Himself A Friend Of ‘Oliver!’ In Amman, Jordan
Mackintosh, who controls the licensing rights to the groundbreaking Lionel Bart musical, has lent his support to the first-ever Arab-language presentation of the show, based on Charles Dickens’ exclamation point-free Oliver Twist. The production will run September 1 through 3 at Amman’s Royal Cultural Centre. With Mackintosh’s blessing as well as aid, the show has been updated from 19th-century London to an unnamed modern Arab city, according to Charlotte Eagar… Read
Faulty Connections Shower Sparks Across ‘Whorl’ & ‘John’ – New York Reviews
Sherie Rene Scott is beautiful, blond and busty, an inspired comic actress with an air of practiced innocence that makes her not only irresistible but also believable — a dangerous thing for an artist with larceny on her mind. In her new play, Whorl Inside A Loop, co-written with her creative partner Dick Scanlan (who also directs, with Michael Mayer), she plays The Volunteer, an inspired, etc., comic actress sent to a maximum-security prison to conduct 12 weekly… Read
Benedict Cumberbatch, In The Solid Flesh, Opens As Hamlet At London’s Barbican Theatre
EXCLUSIVE: After three weeks of previews marked by a level of press scrutiny rarely witnessed on the London stage, including “reviews” of the first night’s performance, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet made its official bow tonight at the Barbican Theatre. Given the media circus that has surrounded the event, the opening itself was comparatively low key, especially when measured against the flashing bulbs and red carpet treatment afforded some of the splashier musical… Read
Broadway, Like Wall Street, Lays An Egg As Box Office Slides 10%
It’s not exactly a collapse worthy of prompting mass defenestrations, but Broadway business echoed the financial malaise sending shivers through the equities markets this week. Of course, there also was competition from a great show going on in Times Square for free as news organizations sent cameras and crews to document the crisis of the desnudas, those patriotically painted semi-nude women hustling for tips upon whom both the mayor, Bill de Blasio, and the governor… Read
Hugh Jackman Will Take ‘Broadway To Oz’ To Australia
Hugh Jackman will be taking his song and dance act home to Australia for a new semiautobiographical stage show, Broadway To Oz, set to tour the land down under later this year.
The tour will hit five cities in Australia, and is framed as a personal journey through the Wolverine actor’s life. The performance will cover his early stage days, his life growing up in Australia, and eventual success, with medley of songs associated with Jackman’s career. Performances will… Read
Forest Whitaker Plans 2016 Broadway Debut In O’Neill’s ‘Hughie’
The Oscar winner will take on the lead role in a revival of the 1941 drama staged by British director Michael Grandage (Red, Frost/Nixon). Whitaker (Southpaw, The Last King Of Scotland, Bird, etc.) will play Erie Smith, the role created by Jason Robards Jr. in its 1964 Broadway premiere, over a decade after the Nobel Prize laureate’s death.
Set during the pre-dawn hours in a grim hotel on Manhattan’s West Side, Hughie is a two-hander — essentially a monologue — about the… Read
Sara Bareilles’ ‘Waitress’ Musical, Broadway Bound With Tony Winner Jessie Mueller, Opens Outta Town
The musical adaptation of Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 indie beaut Waitress, with songs by Sara Bareilles and Tony-winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) in the title role, opened Thursday in its Broadway tryout at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA. Slated to begin performances in March 2016 at the Nederlander-owned Brooks Atkinson Theatre, the show is staged by Diane Paulus (Finding Neverland, Pippin). Advance word has been good, making the… Read
Michael Emerson & Sally Field Will Lead All-Star Reading Of Oscar Wilde Docu-Drama Banned By Kremlin
What Moscow rejects, Manhattan embraces: Moisés Kaufman’s celebrated 1997 docuplay Gross Indecency: The Three Trials Of Oscar Wilde, recently canceled by the Kremlin during pre-production, will be presented in October by a star-driven cast as a fundraiser in New York.
Emmy-winner Michael Emerson (Lost, Person Of Interest) and Oscar winner Field (Norma Rae) will be joined by Jonathan Groff (HBO’s Looking and currently on Broadway in Hamilton), Michael C. Hall (Showtime’s De… Read
Nicholas Hytner’s London Theatre Co. Gets New Digs To “Galvanize” Talent
A site at London's Tower Bridge that’s been earmarked for a cultural venue of national importance for more than 20 years has finally found an occupant. The History Boys and One Man, Two Guvnors director Nicholas Hytner and longtime collaborator Nick Starr's London Theatre Company is due to take up residence in what will be the city’s largest commercial theater outside of the West End at the One Tower Bridge development. The planned 900-seat venue is expected to open in… Read
Cirque Du Soleil Is Developing A Big Broadway Musical (With No Writer, Composer Or Lyricist)
It does, however, have a title, an “aesthetic” and, most important, a theater — which these days counts for a lot on Broadway. Paramour, the Montreal-based circus-acts-and-Nembutal-music bot’s first show fabricated specifically for Times Square, will even play in a Times Square theater — the Lyric, formerly known as the Foxwoods and before that as the Hilton and the Ford Center For The Performing Arts, and currently home to On The Town, which is concluding its run there.
Kenneth Lonergan Adds World Premiere Play To Atlantic Theater Co. Season
The Oscar-nominated Gangs Of New York and You Can Count On Me author will open his new play Hold On To Me Darling as the final entry in the celebrated off-Broadway company’s 30th season. Lonergan’s freshman play This Is Our Youth had a Broadway revival last season, starring Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson.
The Atlantic, co-founded by David Mamet and New York home to writer-director Ethan Coen as well as launch pad for such shows as Duncan Sheik and Steven… Read