Actors’ Equity Leaders Say They’ve Been “Threatened” By 99-Seat Plan Opponents
The war of words continues between Actors’ Equity and a group of Los Angeles-based actors and theater owners opposed to the union's plan to force small playhouses to pay their actors minimum wage. In a recent email to members, the union said the minimum wage opponents have "openly threatened Equity staff and councilors and blacklisted members of their own community for speaking on behalf of fair pay."
Opponents say that forcing 99-seat theaters in L.A. to pay minimum wage… Read
‘Cats’ Ticket Sales Purring; ‘Motown The Musical’ Hits Sour Note – Broadway Box Office
The new Cats held strong in its second week of Broadway previews, grossing $853,633 and keeping the Street’s total grosses for Week 9 (ending July 24) from wilting more than a couple percentage points in the summer heat. Total ticket sales for the 29 Broadway productions was $26,582,154, a tiny 2% slip from the previous week’s $27M.
Cats, officially opening this Sunday at the Nederlander’s Neil Simon Theatre, was up about $250K with six previews, up two from the previous… Read
Tony Danza Game For ‘White Rabbit Red Rabbit’ Play
Tony Danza has been tapped to join the one-off solo performance lineup for White Rabbit Red Rabbit, the experimental play from Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour that sees a different performer each night who is handed the script for the first time as they step onto the stage. The play had its New York premiere March 7 at the Westside Theatre where it plays each Monday night.
Danza’s show is August 8 and he joins a killer roster of performers that kicked off with Nathan… Read
Jake Gyllenhaal Back To Broadway For ‘Burn This’ Revival
Jake Gyllenhaal will return to the Broadway stage to star in the revival of Landford Wilson’s play Burn This, a production set to begin performances in February 2017 that will mark the reopening of the Ambassador Theatre Group’s Hudson Theatre after five decades. The play officially opens March 6.
Spring Awakening director Michael Mayer will direct the drama, which originally bowed on Broadway in 1987 with John Malkovich and Joan Allen starring, earning Allen the Tony for… Read
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Hamilton’ Farewell Immune To Broadway Box Office Dip
Box office for Week 7 of the Broadway season, which featured the final performance of Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and others in the original cast, was down again compared with last week. Total box office for 29 shows was $24.9 million, down from $26 million from the week before — a 4.5% drop.
Total attendance was 235,573, according to figures provided by the Broadway League, a decline of more than 18,000 from the week before. That Week 6 frame marked the first… Read
John McMartin Dies: Broadway Veteran Of ‘Follies’ & ‘Sweet Charity’ Fame Was 86
John McMartin, the longtime Broadway staple and film and TV charactor actor who was part of the original cast of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies and starred in Sweet Charity on both the stage and the screen, has died. He was 86. The five-time Tony nominee had cancer, according to The New York Times.
His last Broadway role was playing conservative… Read
Jenna Fischer & Greg Germann To Star In Steve Martin’s ‘Meteor Shower’ At The Old Globe
Jenna Fischer and Greg Germann have been tapped to star in Meteor Shower, the new comedic play by Steve Martin that will reunite him with San Diego’s The Old Globe. That’s the venue where Martin and Edie Brickell debuted their musical Bright Star, which ended up on Broadway and scored five Tony nominations after its 2015 bow.
Meteor Shower revolves around Norm and his wife Corky who invite another couple to their Ojai backyard to watch a meteor shower. As the stars come… Read
Dissidents Vow To Take Actors Equity To Court Over Fate Of Small Theatre In LA
The gloves have come off in the ongoing battle that will decide the fate of small theatre in Los Angeles. A day after Actors' Equity announced that attempts to resolve the dispute had failed, a group of actors and local theatre owners said tonight that they will go ahead and serve the lawsuit they filed against the union last October to stop it from forcing small legit theaters in Los Angeles to pay their actors minimum wage.
Under the current rules, many small theatre… Read
Playwright David Henry Hwang Elected American Theatre Wing Chair
David Henry Hwang has been elected chair of the American Theatre Wing, the organization that created and oversees the Tony Awards. Hwang, the playwright who won the Tony in 1988 for M. Butterfly and whose credits include Flower Drum Song and Chinglish, replaces William Ivey Long, who termed out after four years.
Hwang, a two-time Pulitzer finalist who also is a writer-producer on Showtime’s The Affair, will serve as chair of the Wing's Board of Directors. He will be… Read
Plan To Make Small L.A. Theatres Pay Actors Minimum Wage Headed To Court
Attempts to resolve the dispute that could decide the fate of small theatre in Los Angeles have failed, and the battle now appears to be headed to court. Last October, a group of actors and local theatre owners filed suit against Actors' Equity seeking to overturn the union's decision to force small legit theatres in Los Angeles to pay their actors minimum wage. Under the current rules, many small theatre actors work for as little as $7 a day.
The plaintiffs, including… Read
Fox Acquires Stage Musical ‘F****ing Identical Twins’ For Chernin Entertainment
EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox has acquired the rights to turn the musical stage show F***ing Identical Twins into a movie, with Chernin Entertainment producing.
The stage show, written by Josh Sharp and Aaron Jackson, and composed by Karl St. Lucy, is a subversive musical spin on The Parent Trap. Two business adversaries who realize they’re identical twin brothers decide to switch places to reunite their divorced parents in order to become a family again. Sharp and Jackson… Read
Tony Awards Presenters: Keri Russell, Chita Rivera, Common, Andrew Lloyd Webber & More
2ND UPDATE, 8 AM: Here’s the final group of presenters announced for the Tony Awards, which CBS airs live in the East at 8 PM Sunday: Christian Borle, Common, Josh Groban, Nikki M. James, Bebe Neuwirth, Chita Rivera, Keri Russell, Meg Ryan, Aaron Tveit, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Mary Elizabeth Winstead
UPDATED, June 6: Uzo Aduba, Claire Danes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Hayes, James Earl Jones, Daniel Dae Kim, Diane Lane, Angela… Read