Sex, Rebellion & The Sexual Revolution Outed In ‘Cloud Nine’ – Review
Caryl Churchill’s early masterpiece Cloud Nine was mind-blowing when it opened in 1981 and it’s no less mind-blowing today, as revived at David Mamet’s off-Broadway Atlantic Theater Company in a delicious revival staged by James Macdonald. British playwright Churchill would go on to write more masterpieces — Mad Forest, Top Girls and Serious Money among them — but Cloud Nine exceeds our prayer that what seemed outrageous, fun, timely and, yes, game-changing 34 years ago… Read
Brian Friel, Playwright Poet Of The Irish Soul, Dies At 86
A writer whose fictional town of Ballybeg gave deep, resonant voice to generations of ordinary people living through times of deprivation, occupation and transformation, Brian Friel died on Friday at home in Greencastle, County Donegal, Ireland. Typically hypnotic in their use of language, Friel’s plays were catnip to a long roster of stage and film stars. Among his best-known works, Philadelphia, Here I Come! and Dancing At Lughnasa both were adapted for films, the first… Read
Broadway Director John Doyle Will Take Reins Of Off-Broadway’s CSC Theater
John Doyle, a miniaturist whose pared-down revival of The Color Purple begins previews on Broadway in November following its lauded debut at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory, has inherited the ultimate miniaturist space, off-Broadway’s Classic Stage Company. The nonprofit group announced today that Brian Kulick, who has led CSC for 12 years, will step down as artistic director at the end of this season. Doyle will assume the post in July 2016.
A Scottish director with a… Read
Roth & Gerard Clash On Limited Runs, Hyped Stars, Culture Gulches
Deadline's Jeremy Gerard and Jujamcyn Theatres majority owner and president Jordan Roth talk about the state of the industry, the only stipulation being no holds barred.
GERARD: I was posting a lengthy interview with Hal Prince yesterday as he prepares to head to Tokyo for the opening of Prince Of Broadway when I received the announcement of Scott Rudin’s newest Broadway project. One of the many provocations in my talk with Hal came when he said this: “In 1974 I said… Read
Lin-Manuel Miranda Scores 62,500 Hamiltons As MacArthur ‘Genius’
Three theater artists who share an innate and expanding ability to astonish were among the 24 people named Monday evening as this year’s MacArthur Fellows — commonly known as “genius grants” because they include a stipend of $625,000, paid out over five years, that comes with no strings attached.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, 35, is the composer, author and star of Hamilton, which is playing to sold-out houses on Broadway after an acclaimed run earlier this year at the Public… Read
Hal Prince On Opening In Tokyo, ‘Immoral’ N.Y. Times & Marlon Brando – Deadline Q&A
EXCLUSIVE: Hal Prince has two shows opening this season, both off-Broadway. One, a musical adaptation of the charming indie film The Band’s Visit, will play 20 blocks from Times Square. The other, Prince Of Broadway, will play 14 hours by jet from Times Square, before you catch a taxi to the theater — it’s in Tokyo, though the plan is to bring it to Broadway next spring.
The two shows say almost all you need to know about the 87-year-old director: One is brand new and… Read
Broadway Box Office: No Hope From Pope With 6% Sales Plop
Whether it was out-of-town crowds avoiding Manhattan traffic with the double whammy of Pope Francis’ visit and the UN General Assembly, the Jewish High Holy Days, or all three, Broadway had a lousy Week 18. Unless, that is, your name is Alexander, Carole or Elder — in which case, some religious leader who’s a fan put in a good Word or two for you. And speaking of good words, Spring Awakening was off, due to critics previews, but opened Sunday to mostly rapturous reviews… Read
70th Tony Awards To Air June 5, 2016 – Staying Put On CBS
The 70th annual Tony Awards now has an opening night: CBS, which has aired the awards since 1978, said this morning the 2016 ceremony is set for June 5 live from New York City. The Broadway honors for distinguished achievement are presented jointly by the Broadway League, representing producers and theater owners, and the American Theatre Wing, the nonprofit service agency that initiated the awards and owns the name (officially, the Antoinette Perry Awards, named for the… Read
L.A.’s Wallis Annenberg Center Crosses Pond For First Artistic Director
The Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts, whose profile in the cultural life of Los Angeles has risen substantially since opening two years ago, today named Paul Crewes as its first artistic director. He will leave the Cornwall, England-based Kneehigh Theatre, where he is chief executive and executive producer, to begin with the Beverly Hills venue next week on a part-time basis and is to take over full-time in April, the company announced. Kneehigh is best… Read
Maxine Peake, Matt Lucas, Elaine Paige Join BBC’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’
BBC One's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the adaptation of the classic play from Doctor Who‘s Russell T Davies, is part of the network's 2016 Shakespeare Season. Originally announced last month in Edinburgh, the one-off TV event has completed casting. The Theory Of Everything's Maxine Peake will star as Titania with Matt Lucas (Paddington, Bridesmaids) as Bottom, John Hannah (Four Weddings And A Funeral) as Theseus, Eleanor Matsuura (The Lady In The Van) as Hippolyta and… Read
Samuel L. Jackson Helps To Bring Pulitzer-Nominated ‘East Texas Hot Links’ To Film
EXCLUSIVE: Samuel L. Jackson is helping to bring Eugene Lee’s Pulitzer-nominated play East Texas Hot Links to the big screen with Lee as director. The project is being financed through Night Fox Entertainment which co-financed the apocalyptic tale Z for Zachariah and starred Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie and Chris Pine. Roadside Attractions released that film on Aug. 28.
East Texas Hot Links is the story of how a single night at a "colored only" bar in Jim Crow era East… Read
Glenn Close Will Finally Get Her London Close-Up In ‘Sunset Boulevard’ Revival
More than 20 years after confirming her status as a Broadway diva equal to the fictional star she was playing, Glenn Close will play Norma Desmond in a short-run revival of Sunset Boulevard at the English National Opera. It will be her London debut in the role that won her a Tony Award in the 1994 Broadway production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Don Black/Christopher Hampton musical based on Billy Wilder’s 1950 comedy noir.
The semi-staged production will be presented at… Read