A Chinese Impresario With Hollywood Roots Sets Her Sights On Broadway
Entertainment financier Ivy Zhong wants to bring a jukebox show by China’s biggest pop star to Broadway. Zhong splits her time between Beverly Hills and Beijing and is best known for orchestrating Galloping Horse Group’s majority acquisition of FX powerhouse Digital Domain for $30.2 million in 2012. Her newest venture, China Broadway Entertainment, took its first big plunge into American-style Broadway entertainment with a stake in An American In Paris, which won four… Read
Disney’s ‘Frozen’, ‘Angels In America’ & Hal Prince: Gerard & Roth On The New Broadway Season
EXCLUSIVE: Deadline theater critic Jeremy Gerard and Jujamcyn Theatres president Jordan Roth discuss the hottest topics on the Rialto, the only precondition being: no holds barred.
GERARD: Welcome to the new season, Mr. Mogul, with the Boss, the Mouse and the Angels in your bullpen. Let's talk about Frozen and Jesse Green's review in The New York Times. When Peter Bart hired me as Variety's chief theater critic in 1991, I cockily announced that in addition to Broadway and… Read
Controversial ‘Ferguson’ Drama Hopes For New York Opening After L.A.
UPDATE September 18: Adds Los Angeles director Nick DeGruccio and clarifies the attribution of a quote regarding “no spin,” below.
UPDATE Wednesday afternoon, with more information throughout.
EXCLUSIVE: Ferguson, a play comprising Grand Jury testimony in the shooting death of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Brown, will have its New York premiere in a limited run beginning October 19 at the 30th Street Theater, a small off-off-Broadway venue. If, that is, the… Read
Famed Experimentalists The Wooster Group Will Open ‘The B-Side: Negro Folklore From Texas State Prisons’
EXCLUSIVE: The Wooster Group, one of New York’s most long-lived experimental theater companies and stage home of Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man), Kate Valk (The Manchurian Candidate) and the late Spalding Gray (Swimming To Cambodia), will unveil its latest multi-media excursion into American culture next month with The B-Side: "Negro Folklore From Texas State Prisons" at its storied Soho theater, the Performing Garage.
The show will begin performances October 25 and run through… Read
Sir Peter Hall Dies: Broadway Will Dim Lights For ‘Amadeus’ Director And RSC Founder
UPDATE Wednesday: Broadway and London’s West End theaters and related venues will dim their lights Friday evening in honor of Sir Peter Hall, who died Monday. Broadway will darken for one minute, beginning at 7:45 PM local time. In London, the lights will go down for a minute beginning 7 PM, also local time.
"Peter Hall was an unrelenting advocate for the arts who worked tirelessly to bring new life to classic works and introduced new work that became classics,”… Read
Playwright A.R. Gurney Gets A Heartfelt Broadway Send-Off
Family, friends and fans filled Broadway’s Music Box Theatre on Tuesday afternoon to remember the prolific playwright A.R. Gurney, the Love Letters and Dining Room author who died June 13 at 86. Among those speaking and in some cases singing under the writer’s characteristically quizzical gaze were Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, husband and wife actors who had starred in Gurney’s Sylvia, though in productions 20 years apart.
“In 1995, I was not insulted to be… Read
Deadhead Alert: ‘Red Roses, Green Gold’ Will Jam Off-Broadway’s Minetta Lane
Red Roses, Green Gold, a new musical featuring songs by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter, has booked Greenwich Village’s Minetta Lane Theatre for a run set to begin October 11 and open October 29. Directed and choreographed by Rachel Klein, with a book by Michael Norman Mann, Red Roses, Green Gold will feature additional songs by Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bob Weir, and Greg Anton, with musical supervision and arrangements by Jeff Chimenti, Deadfolks all.
The show is being… Read
Billy Crudup Will Star In Vineyard Theatre Collaboration With Audible
Billy Crudup will star in the Vineyard Theatre’s world premiere production of Harry Clarke, a new play by Obie Award-winner David Cale (Lillian) and directed by Leigh Silverman (Sweet Charity). In a unique partnership, the Vineyard is producing the play in association with Audible, the world's largest seller and producer of digital spoken-word entertainment.
The show is slated to begin performances October 26 and open November 21, launching the estimable off-Broadway… Read
‘Hairspray Live!’ Hair Designer Miia Kovero Discusses Exhilarating Return To Her Theater Roots, With Televised Twist
With recent credits including Kong: Skull Island, Inherent Vice and Guardians of the Galaxy, Hairspray Live! hair designer Miia Kovero might seem like an unexpected choice for this live televised stage production.
In point of fact, with all of her blockbuster credits and auteur collaborations, Kovero started out in theater, and it was the exhilaration of returning to the medium that drew her to the project. Of course, Hairspray Live! isn’t straight theater—the production… Read
Geffen Playhouse Sued For Age Discrimination & Libel By Its Former Artistic Director
All the world’s a stage — including courtrooms. The Geffen Playhouse is on the receiving end of a lawsuit filed today by its former longtime artistic director that claims age and disability discrimination, fraud, slander and “a succession of lies” The filing lands one day after Game of Thrones helmer Matt Shakman — who is 20 years younger than plaintiff Randall Arney — was named artistic director of the Westwood theater.
In his 27-page complaint filed today in Los… Read
‘GoT: Spoils Of War’ Director Matt Shakman Named Geffen Playhouse Artistic Director
Matt Shakman, a theater, film and television director who helmed the celebrated August 6 “Spoils of War” episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones, has been named artistic director of the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood. Shakman succeeds departing a.d. Randall Arney, who announced his intention to move on in February after 17 years with the nonprofit theater, which has consistently offered a polished alternative to L.A.’s other major nonprofit theater, Center Theatre Group’s Mark… Read
Why ‘Hairspray Live!’ Costume Designer Mary Vogt Encouraged Her Dancers To Rip Their Clothes
A fan of Hairspray in all its myriad adaptations over the years, on stage and on screen, Hairspray Live! costume designer Mary Vogt faced new challenges when called upon to give her one take on the beloved property.
With the intense and very involved choreography on display in NBC’s latest live theater production—from directors Kenny Leon and Alex Rudzinski—Vogt quickly realized that she would need costumes that could hold up under pressure. Not only was there a demand… Read