Gretchen Mol Tackles Brutal ‘Disgraced'; Winning New Musical Is ‘Found': NY Stage
Timely dramas on Broadway are in very short supply, and that alone makes the bow of Disgraced an event worth applauding. Ayad Akhtar's play — a fleet, furious, 85-minute descent into politics, identity and identity politics, all on the dark side — won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2013; he co-wrote and starred in the indie feature The War Within. Disgraced stars Hari Dhillon, an American actor who has made much of his career in UK theater and film, as Amir, a… Read
Craig Zadan & Neil Meron In Development Deal With Broadway’s Shubert Organization
UPDATE 11:25 With exclusive interviews and information:
It's been nearly four decades since tyro producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan were working for Joseph Papp when he moved A Chorus Line from the Public Theater to Broadway. That singular sensation revived an industry gasping for breath; the show went on to a make millions for everyone involved, including the Shubert Organization, in whose namesake theater A Chorus Line ran for 6,137 performances.
Potential ‘Rupert’ Actors Shunning Plum Role Fearing Murdoch, Play Producer Says
A West End stage production of David Williamson's revue-style play Rupert is evidently having a hard time finding someone to fill the role of the eponymous Rupert Murdoch. Playwright Williamson told the BBC on Wednesday, "We've found that some actors are actually scared of playing Rupert on stage.” That's a bit of a surprise considering actors' general affinity for meaty parts, and especially given that Murdoch's own paper, The Australian, gave the play largely positive… Read
Keira Knightley Sets Broadway Debut As Thérèse Raquin At Roundabout Theatre Company
Score a huge one for Todd Haimes, longtime artistic director of the nonprofit Roundabout empire. The company, which operates three Broadway venues, will launch its 50th anniversary season next October with Keira Knightley as Emile Zola's adulterous heroine, in Thérèse Raquin, perennial catnip for playwrights and screenwriters. Haimes commissioned the latest adaptation, by Helen Edmundson. It was first presented in summer 2014 at the UK's Bath Theatre Royal (Knightley was… Read
Harvey Weinstein & Diane Paulus Will Kick Rockettes, Radio City Music Hall Into Spring
Producer Harvey Weinstein and director Diane Paulus, already collaborating on the upcoming Broadway musical Finding Neverland, are teaming with Madison Square Garden Entertainment to launch a new spring extravaganza at Radio City Music Hall featuring the Rockettes, to be staged and choreographed by Warren Carlyle. Here's the press release:
New York, NY (October 22, 2014) — MSG Entertainment (MSGE) announces the launch of the New York Spring Spectacular starring the… Read
Tatiana Maslany & Thomas Sadoski Set To World Preem Neil LaBute’s ‘The Way We Get By’
Tatiana Maslany and Thomas Sadoski will play a couple of free-wheelers who spend a drunken night together and awaken to a bunch of post-coital challenges from one another and their nearest and dearest in Neil LaBute's The Way We Get By. First preview for the world premiere drama is May 12, 2015.
Maslany, star of the BBC America series Orphan Black, will be making her New York stage debut in the Second Stage off-Broadway production. Sadoski, whose final season of The Newsro… Read
Broadway Box Office: ‘Dog’ Barks, Sting Bites, ‘Play’ Wows In $26M Week
Although the Broadway box office was off 4% in post-Columbus Day ticket sales, there were several indicators of good news for the holiday season. Coming off a slew of rave reviews, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time — the early season's prestige London import — continued to build in a week when many shows were off from the previous stand's spending spree. For the week ending Sunday, the National Theatre production took in $848.2K at the Barrymore. That's… Read
Sexed-Up ‘On The Town’s A Helluva Show; Carol Burnett Burnishes ‘Love Letters': Broadway
UPDATE, FRIDAY AM with more photos and casting in Love Letters: The ants-in-their-pants revival of On The Town that snap, crackle and popped open on Thursday night is so unabashedly old-fashioned it could seduce a Red State senator. And yet it's also so subversively fresh you may find yourself wondering when Broadway musicals got so stuffy, and so damned unmusical in the 70 years since the show opened in wartime New York, New York. That's a helluva feat for a show long… Read
That ‘Motherf*cker’ Writer Gets ‘American Psycho’ Slot Off-Broadway
That gaping hole left in the new season when the producers of American Psycho cancelled a planned pre-Broadway run has been filled by Stephen Adly Guirgis, author of the asterisk-laden Chris Rock hit The Motherf*cker With The Hat.
Second Stage, the prominent Times Square nonprofit, had planned to run American Psycho — Duncan Sheik's new musical based on Bret Easton Ellis' savage satire of Manhattan under Masters of the Universe — in the new year, following a successful UK… Read
‘Birdman’ Soars, Swoops Through Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Broadway Fantasy: N.Y. Film Fest
After a brief, sci-fi-style opening of a comet hurtling through the atmosphere, Birdman begins with a through-the-door view of Michael Keaton, seen from the back sitting cross-legged in a shabby Broadway dressing room, wearing nothing but white briefs and perched midair several feet above the furniture. He rotates to set his feet on the floor and with pointed finger sends a vase gliding across a table. The unbroken sequence tells us two things with economy and grace: That… Read
Nathan Lane Carries Star-Packed Zinger Fest ‘It’s Only A Play': Broadway Review
ISIS is overtaking the Middle East, ebola spreads death from Liberia to Texas, President Obama stops traffic from Malibu to La Jolla, and Philip Roth still can't cop the Nobel Prize for Literature. Not to worry: Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick are spinning some kind of feel-good gold at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, where Terrence McNally's much revised and oft-revived love letter to Broadway, It's Only A Play, opened Thursday night.
Nothing loves a backstage comedy… Read
Oscar Nominee & Tony Winner Marc Shaiman Will Play Friday Nights Live
I hear that 54 Below, the Theater District nightclub that recently signed a multi-year pact with Broadway diva Patti LuPone, has struck a deal with Marc Shaiman, the musical polymath (composer, lyricist, arranger, producer, entertainer) to introduce a late-night variety show at the popular venue on October 17. The 54 Below Show promises to recall the days of variety shows like The Ed Sulivan Show, though undoubtedly with a heavy dose of A Party With Comden & Green, given… Read