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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer Puts the Pop Diva In ‘Spamalot’ by Harry Haun

In 'Spamalot,' Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer pays homage to—or shamelessly satirizes—pop icons. “They change every night,” she says. “I do a little Celine Dion—although there are some…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:14AM
Monday, February 5, 2024

David Cromer Juggles Directing and Acting In Some Of This Season’s Most Exciting Work by Harry Haun

"I learn more about directing while acting and more about acting while directing," says David Cromer, who directed 'Prayer for the French Republic' on Broadway and is currently appearing in …

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 05:06PM
Friday, January 26, 2024

Michael Urie Gets Medieval (And Musical) In ‘Spamalot’ and ‘Once Upon a Mattress’ by Harry Haun

In 'Maestro,' Michael Urie played choreographer-director Jerome Robbins. He now finds Robbins’ spirit haunting the rehearsal spaces at New York City Center, where he's performing in 'Once …

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:19AM
Monday, January 8, 2024

Patrick Page Brings a Dirty Dozen Shakespeare Villains To The Stage by Harry Haun

After playing the devil himself in 'Hadestown,' Patrick Page keeps it on the dark side with 'All the Devils Are Here: How Shakespeare Invented the Villain'

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:44AM
Tuesday, December 26, 2023

David Ives On Collaborating With Sondheim On His Final Work, ‘Here We Are’ by Harry Haun

"I’ve got this idea for a musical, and I wondered if you wanted to work on it with me,” Sondheim said to David Ives. Thus began the collaboration that resulted the adaptation of two Luis…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:15AM
Monday, December 11, 2023

Chip Zien Counts His Broadway Blessings in ‘Harmony’ by Harry Haun

“My character didn’t exist a year ago," Broadway veteran Chip Zien says of his role as the Rabbi in Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman's long gestating musical. "It’s a real gift.”

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:53AM
Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Irish Rep Is Having A Friel Day by Harry Haun

'Translations' is the first of three Brian Friel plays that Irish Rep is staging this season. "It has a kind of politics, but it’s so embracing of human life," director Doug Hughes says.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:44AM
Wednesday, November 15, 2023

‘Merrily We Stole A Song’ Gives Sondheim the Forbidden Broadway Treatment by Harry Haun

"You can’t cheat with Sondheim,” says Gerard Alessandrini of the song spoofs in 'Forbidden Sondheim: Merrily We Stole a Song.' “I try to make the rhymes correct—and still be funny."

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:46AM
Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Nathan Lane On The Return Of His Sondheim Collaboration ‘The Frogs’ by Harry Haun

As he prepares for a two-night concert of the Sondheim musical 'The Frogs,' Nathan Lane explains how what started with a chance bookstore encounter grew to a collaboration that involved seve…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 04:17PM
Tuesday, October 31, 2023

John Weidman Talks About Bringing ‘I Can Get It For You Wholesale’ Back to Broadway by Harry Haun

“The idea of collaborating with your late father demands a deep breath,” John Weidman says of revisiting his dad's show 'I Can Get It For You Wholesale.'

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:34PM
Thursday, October 12, 2023

Maria Friedman On Directing The Hit Revival of Sondheim’s ‘Merrily, We Roll Along’ by Harry Haun

"It’s a masterpiece," the director says of 'Merrily, We Roll Along.' "It’s one of the great, great pieces of musical theater. It belongs on a Broadway stage."

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:31AM
Monday, October 9, 2023

John Rubinstein Gets Presidential In One-Man Show ‘Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground’ by Harry Haun

He made his Broadway debut 41 years ago playing the title role in 'Pippin' and has appeared on TV in everything from 'Matlock' to 'The Wizards of Waverley Place.' But this is John Rubinste…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:11PM
Monday, September 25, 2023

Leslie Odom Jr. Returns To Broadway In The Show He’s Wanted To Do For Years by Harry Haun

Since 'Hamilton,' he's been Oscar nominated, won a Golden Globe, written his autobiography, and recorded an album. Now he's back on Broadway in 'Purlie Victorious,' a show he first saw as a …

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:05PM
Friday, September 22, 2023

Playwright Theresa Rebeck Doubles Down With Two New Shows On and Off Broadway by Harry Haun

Playwright Theresa Rebeck has two shows this season—'Dig' Off Broadway and 'I Need That' on Broadway—and she's already at work on her next play.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:15PM
Monday, September 18, 2023

Arnie Burton On The Off-Broadway Spooky Season Spoof ‘Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors’ by Harry Haun

Arnie Burton made his mark on Broadway with the Hitchcock parody 'The 39 Steps,' in which four actors play over 100 roles. The raucous 'Dracula, A Comedy Of Terrors' allots him a mere two ch…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:06PM
Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Ian Shaw Steps Into His Father’s Shoes In ‘The Shark Is Broken’ by Harry Haun

In 1974, four-year-old Ian Shaw visited his father Robert on the set of 'Jaws' and was scared by Bruce, the mechanical shark. Forty-nine years later he's playing his father on Broadway in 'T…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:52AM
Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Marie Mullen Blesses ‘The Saviour’ With A Must-See Performance at the Irish Rep by Harry Haun

The Tony winning actress swings between ecstasy and misery in this two-person show.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:01PM
Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Jason Alexander Makes His Broadway (Directing) Debut With ‘The Cottage’ by Harry Haun

"The hardest part of putting a comedy together is that you put it together without an audience," Jason Alexander says of his Broadway directing debut, 'The Cottage.' "You just keep your fing…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:27PM
Monday, July 17, 2023

Alex Edelman on the Comedy and Tension of His One-Man Broadway Triumph by Harry Haun

“There’s humor in every difficult situation,” Edelman says of 'Just For Us,' which tells the story of this Orthodox Jewish comedian attending a gathering of white supremacists in Queen…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:52PM
Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Juliet Stevenson: One Of Our Greatest Actors On Her Return to the New York Stage by Harry Haun

For the first time in 20 years Stevenson is back in New York, drawing standing ovations nightly in 'The Doctor.' She talks about updating a play from 1912 for the world today, why she loves …

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:00AM
Monday, June 5, 2023

Paul Sparks On Bringing a Scary Rarity To Broadway With the Horror of ‘Grey House’ by Harry Haun

“I call it a fever dream,” the actor says of the cabin-in-the-woods thriller. “There aren’t a lot of plays like this that end up on Broadway."

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 03:55PM
Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright Doug Wright On Why Sean Hayes Was the Only Actor For ‘Good Night, Oscar’ by Harry Haun

Doug Wright calls Sean Hayes "a national treasure." But at first he had trouble picturing him as the drug-driven, witheringly witty, piano-playing genius Oscar Levant.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:42AM
Friday, April 7, 2023

Broadway Team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty On 40 Years (And Counting) of Musicals by Harry Haun

As a one-night-only-benefit evening of their music approaches, the team behind shows like 'Ragtime' and movies like 'Anastasia' talks about their past, present, and future.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:51PM
Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Robert Horn On Growing a Broadway Musical, ‘Shucked,’ From the Ground Up by Harry Haun

The playwright explains how the new musical 'Shucked' started as a spoof of 'Hee-Haw' and blossomed into a corn-fed 'Brigadoon.'

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:20PM
Thursday, March 16, 2023

For Christine Pedi, the Show Goes On, With New Challenges by Harry Haun

Emerging from the pandemic, Christine Pedi discovered her vision had dimmed. But it hasn't stopped her from taking the stage Off Broadway in 'The Rewards of Being Frank.'

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 04:52PM
Thursday, March 2, 2023

Wayne Cilento Brings Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ Back to Broadway by Harry Haun

Director and choreographer Wayne Cilento — who was part of the original company of 'A Chorus Line' — on his life onstage and bringing 'Bob Fosse's Dancin'' back to Broadway.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:30PM
Tuesday, February 21, 2023

A Lorraine Hansberry Revival At BAM Reveals Her Playwrighting As Activism by Harry Haun

Director Anne Kauffman says 'The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window' touches on everything from history, philosophy and politics to interpersonal relationships and identity. "It’s the kitc…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 04:37PM
Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Samuel D. Hunter, Author of ‘The Whale,’ On His Artistic Turning Point by Harry Haun

A single heartbreaking truth in both 'The Whale' and the newly revived 'A Bright New Boise' provided a pivot for the playwright turned screenwriter.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 03:22PM
Friday, February 10, 2023

Re-Bringing Up ‘Baby’: The Second Life (And New Cast Recording) Of A Broadway Musical by Harry Haun

The Tony-winning director-lyricist Richard Maltby Jr. explains how the '80s musical 'Baby' was reborn for a new era.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:54AM
Tuesday, January 31, 2023

The 92nd Street Y Throws John Guare A Star-Studded 85th Birthday Bash by Harry Haun

The author of such landmarks as "Six Degrees of Separation" and "The House of Blue Leaves" recalls his long career, which started with two plays written at age 11.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 03:43PM

How Playwright Sharr White Built A Broadway Domestic Dramedy From Family Photos by Harry Haun

White created 'Pictures from Home' from photographer Larry Sultan's 1992 memoir of the same name. "It’s heartbreaking and also very funny."

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:03PM

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2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
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