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Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Juliet Stevenson Brings ‘The Doctor’ With Its Look at Faith, Racism and Abortion to New York: ‘I Can’t Think of a Play Where the Conversation by Brent Lang

Juliet Stevenson seems almost ashamed. There was a moment a few weeks ago when the boundaries between Ruth Wolff, the gifted but abrasive physician whose downfall drives the action of “The…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:43PM
Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Obie Awards Announce 2023 Judges and Eligibility Details (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

The American Theatre Wing has unveiled the panel of judges and eligibility details for the 2023 edition of the Obie Awards. The annual celebration of the best of Off and Off Off Broadway is…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:40PM
Friday, June 9, 2023

How 13 Tony Nominations Ignited Struggling ‘Some Like It Hot’ at the Box Office by Brent Lang

“Some Like It Hot,” a musical adaptation of the classic film, arrived on Broadway in December with sizzling reviews and backed by some of the most prominent names in comedy and theater. …

SOURCE: Variety at 04:25PM
Thursday, June 8, 2023

Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker Bringing ‘Plaza Suite’ to London’s West End (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker are checking in across the pond. The two actors (a real-life married couple) are bringing their relationship comedy “Plaza Suite” to London fol…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:00AM
Monday, June 5, 2023

Matthew López on ‘Some Like It Hot,’ Remaking ‘The Bodyguard’ and Directing the Gay Rom-Com ‘Red, White & Royal Blue’ by Brent Lang

As Matthew López prepared for the London debut of “The Inheritance,” his epic drama about the AIDS epidemic and its painful aftershocks, he was simultaneously outlining a first draft of…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:39AM
Sunday, June 4, 2023

How a Text Exchange Between Jeremy O. Harris and Rachel Brosnahan Led to the Broadway Transfer of ‘The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window’ by Brent Lang

When I reach Jeremy O. Harris, he’s about to be whisked upstate to celebrate his birthday. And this one is hitting a little harder than others, and not just because, like all birthdays, it…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:07AM
Thursday, June 1, 2023

Liev Schreiber, Tyne Daly Starring in Broadway Revival of ‘Doubt: A Parable’ by Brent Lang

No-holds-barred psychological warfare is about to break out as “Doubt: A Parable” returns to Broadway. Two theatrical heavyweights, Tyne Daly and Liev Schreiber, will try to put their o…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00AM
Friday, May 12, 2023

Jeremy Strong Returning to Broadway in ‘An Enemy of the People’ by Brent Lang

Having explored the darker side of corporate amorality and greed in “Succession,” Jeremy Strong will delve into a more small town version of corruption. The Emmy winner is set to star in…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Sunday, April 30, 2023

The Costumes of ‘Bob Fosse’s Dancin”: How Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung Evoked the Choreographer’s Legacy With a Modern Touch by Brent Lang

When it came time to create the more than 200 mini-skirts, sequined dresses, elegant suits and other outfits that the cast of “Bob Fosse’s Dancin'” hoofs it in, costume designers Reid …

SOURCE: Variety at 06:58PM
Wednesday, April 5, 2023

‘A Little Life’ Review: Ivo Van Hove’s Production of Hanya Yanagihara’s Novel Is More Admirable Than Moving by Brent Lang

The alacrity with which the entire audience leapt to its collective feet the second that Ivo van Hove’s production of the trauma-filled “A Little Life” ended tells us two things. First…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:59PM

Carmelo Anthony, Asani Swann Join Musical ‘The Harder They Come’ as Executive Producers (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Carmelo Anthony has come on as an executive producer of “The Harder They Come,” a new stage musical that is about to finish a sold-out run at New York’s Public Theater. In addition, An…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:21PM

‘Shucked’ Review: Cornpone Musical is the Surprise Delight of the Broadway Season by Brent Lang

Some Broadway wags might have scoffed at the idea of a cornpone musical comedy and its punny promotions. But with its exuberance, heart and non-stop yucks, “Shucked” is the surprise deli…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:06AM
Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Susan Cain’s Bestseller ‘Bittersweet’ Getting Adapted for Stage (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Susan Cain’s “Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole” has been optioned for the stage by Bated Breath Theatre Company. The author will help adapt her bestselling book, which…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:42PM
Monday, March 27, 2023

‘In the Amazon Warehouse Parking Lot’ by Sarah Mantell Wins Susan Smith Blackburn Prize by Brent Lang

Sarah Mantell has been awarded the 2023 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for their play “In the Amazon Warehouse Parking Lot.” The prestigious honor has been awarded annually since 1978, and …

SOURCE: Variety at 07:45PM
Wednesday, March 1, 2023

‘Almost Famous’ Star Casey Likes Cast as Marty McFly in ‘Back to the Future: The Musical’ by Brent Lang

Casey Likes has been cast as Marty McFly in “Back to the Future: The Musical,” which is coming to Broadway this spring. He joins the previously announced Tony Award winner Roger Bart, wh…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:19AM
Friday, January 13, 2023

Maude Apatow Making New York Stage Debut in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Maude Apatow will make her New York stage debut as Audrey in the Off-Broadway revival of “Little Shop of Horrors.” She will appear in the musical from Feb. 7 through April 2, 2023. Apato…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00AM
Thursday, October 13, 2022

Married to Their Work: Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson Jackson on Bringing ‘The Piano Lesson’ Back to Broadway by Brent Lang

Samuel L. Jackson had his marching orders. So when actor John David Washington approached him for tips about playing Boy Willie, a role Jackson originated in the 1987 production of August Wi…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:22PM
Tuesday, September 13, 2022

‘The Music Man’ to End Broadway Run in January as Hugh Jackman Departs by Brent Lang

It turns out Hugh Jackman is irreplaceable. “The Music Man” will end its run on Jan. 1, 2023 as the Tony-winning star of stage and screen finishes his lengthy commitment to the hot-selli…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:13AM
Friday, August 12, 2022

Ann Morrison Revisits ‘Merrily We Roll Along,’ A Notorious Sondheim Flop That Redeemed Itself by Brent Lang

Like the sharp-witted, no-filter Mary Flynn, the role she created in Broadway’s “Merrily We Roll Along,” Ann Morrison doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable truths. “Good truth is unc…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:24PM
Sunday, July 17, 2022

Billy Crystal’s ‘Mr. Saturday Night’ Ending Broadway Run in September by Brent Lang

“Mr. Saturday Night” will wrap up its Broadway run on Sept. 4. Producers behind the show announced the news on Sunday. The show will have played 28 previews and 116 performances when it …

SOURCE: Variety at 06:00PM
Sunday, July 10, 2022

Beanie Feldstein Leaving Broadway Revival of ‘Funny Girl’ Early, Citing Change in ‘Direction’ by Brent Lang

Beanie Feldstein will leave the Broadway revival of “Funny Girl” on July 31, roughly two months before she was slated to depart the production. In a statement on Instagram, Feldstein att…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:57PM
Thursday, June 30, 2022

‘Plaza Suite’ With Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick Ranks as Third-Highest Grossing Play Revival by Brent Lang

“Plaza Suite,” the hot-ticket Neil Simon revival that stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, has been a box office juggernaut since debuting last spring. The show has become t…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:33PM
Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Corey Hawkins, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II to Star in Broadway Revival of Suzan-Lori Parks’ ‘Topdog/Underdog’ by Brent Lang

“Topdog/Underdog” will return to Broadway this fall with Corey Hawkins and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II appearing in the two lead roles. The revival is timed to the 20th anniversary of Suzan-Lo…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:30PM
Sunday, June 12, 2022

Tony Awards: Winners List (Updating Live) by Brent Lang

“A Strange Loop,” “Paradise Square,” “The Lehman Trilogy” and “MJ” are among the major productions competing at the 75th Tony Awards on Sunday. The telecast, which is being h…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:14PM
Tuesday, June 7, 2022

‘Sesame Street: The Musical’ to Premiere Off-Broadway (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover and more are New York City bound. Rockefeller Productions and Sesame Workshop are teaming for “Sesame Street: The Musical,” a new Off-Broadway stage producti…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:00PM
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Douglas Carter Beane, Tony-Nominated Writer of ‘The Little Dog Laughed,’ Signs With Verve (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Douglas Carter Beane, the Tony Award-nominated playwright behind “The Nance” and “The Little Dog Laughed,” has signed with Verve for representation in all areas. Beane is one of the …

SOURCE: Variety at 04:41PM
Thursday, April 21, 2022

Left for Dead, ‘Beetlejuice: The Musical’ Scores a Big Broadway Resurrection by Brent Lang

After two years of delays, setbacks and an unending pandemic, Adam Lucas witnessed a resurrection. The 19-year-old New Jersey resident joined hundreds of screaming fans at the Marquis Theatr…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:39AM
Thursday, April 14, 2022

Broadway Licensing Buys Stage Rights (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Broadway Licensing has acquired Stage Rights, an independent theatrical publisher and licensing company. Stage Rights joins Broadway Licensing family of imprints alongside Dramatists Play Se…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:28AM
Thursday, April 7, 2022

Martin McDonagh Returns to Broadway With ‘Hangmen’ After Pandemic Pause: ‘I’ve Learned a Few Hard Truths’ by Brent Lang

Martin McDonagh has a profound feeling of déjà vu these days. The last time he was in New York, McDonagh was in the thick of Broadway previews for “Hangmen,” his criminally funny look …

SOURCE: Variety at 09:49AM
Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Matthew Broderick Missing ‘Plaza Suite’ After Testing Positive for COVID by Brent Lang

One of the biggest hits on Broadway is down a star. Matthew Broderick will miss an unspecified number of performances of “Plaza Suite” after testing positive for COVID-19. A second test …

SOURCE: Variety at 07:39PM
Thursday, March 31, 2022

‘Next to Normal’ Reimagined as Immersive, Live Event (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

“Next to Normal,” the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning 2009 musical, will be reimagined as a live immersive theatrical event. The new version of the acclaimed production will have i…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00AM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards