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Sunday, June 30, 2024

’Starlight Express’ Review: Wobbly Revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Roller-Skating Musical Never Hits Stride by Brent Lang

Is it a musical? Is it a roller derby? Is it a game-show? When the roller-skating phenomenon that is “Starlight Express” opened in London in 1984 it was all of those and more, as evidenc…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:30PM
Wednesday, June 26, 2024

‘The Constituent’ Review: James Corden Impresses in Timely but Contrived Political Play by Brent Lang

Regardless of one’s political allegiance, it’s almost universally agreed that in recent years political expediency rather than truth has been, literally, the governing principle behind s…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:44PM
Sunday, June 16, 2024

Nick Jonas, Adrienne Warren Starring on Broadway in ‘The Last Five Years’ by Brent Lang

Nick Jonas and Adrienne Warren will team up for the first-ever Broadway production of Jason Robert Brown’s “The Last Five Years.” The musical, a look at the flowering and dissolution …

SOURCE: Variety at 09:23AM
Monday, June 10, 2024

‘Pitch Perfect’ and ‘Spring Awakening’ Star Skylar Astin to Host Tony Awards Simulcast (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Actor and singer Skylar Astin will help theater lovers celebrate Broadway’s biggest night. The “Pitch Perfect” star has been tapped to host the American Express “Broadway Fanfare” …

SOURCE: Variety at 12:00PM
Friday, June 7, 2024

TodayTix Group Buys Digital Advertising Agency Arthouse (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

TodayTix Group has acquired Arthouse, a full-service digital advertising agency. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the companies said that Arthouse will operate independent…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:00AM
Friday, May 31, 2024

‘The Outsiders’ Director Danya Taymor on Making a Gritty, Violent Broadway Musical: ‘This All Needs to Take Place in the Dirt’ by Brent Lang

By the end of every performance, “The Outsiders” cast is caked in grime and dust. That’s a consequence of the Broadway musical’s sandy stage, which finds the actors who bring the the…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:15PM
Thursday, May 2, 2024

Struggling ‘Lempicka’ Ending Broadway Run by Brent Lang

“Lempicka,” a musical about Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka, will play its final Broadway performance on Sunday, May 19. The show has struggled to draw crowds since opening on April…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:05PM
Sunday, April 28, 2024

Some Critics Don’t Understand the ‘Cabaret’ Broadway Revival. Young Women Do. (Guest Column) by Brent Lang

For more than half a century, “Cabaret” — the iconic American musical set in Nazi Germany — has been produced, revived and revived again. This story, which touches on sex work, abort…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:35PM
Thursday, April 18, 2024

How Broadway’s ‘Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club’ Pulls Off Its Audacious, Sensual 75-Minute Prologue by Brent Lang

“No extraneous commotion,” Jordan Fein, the associate director of “Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club,” beseeches the small army of construction crew members who are drilling, hammering and…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:20PM
Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Maya Boyd Taking Over ‘& Juliet’ Title Role on Broadway — Just as Soon as She Graduates College (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Maya Boyd will take over the title role in Broadway’s “& Juliet.” She joins the cast directly from the company of “Merrily We Roll Along,” where she made her Broadway debut ea…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00AM
Thursday, April 4, 2024

Maia Novi’s ‘Invasive Species’ Announces Off-Broadway Run (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Maia Novi’s “Invasive Species” has announced an Off-Broadway limited engagement at The Vineyard’s Dimson Theater. The production will reunite the cast and creative team from the dark…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:07AM
Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Christopher Durang, Writer of ‘Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You,’ Dies at 75 by Brent Lang

Christopher Durang, a Tony Award-winning playwright who specialized in a particular form of brainy and absurdist comedy, has died. He was 75. The cause was complications from a form of demen…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:22AM
Monday, March 25, 2024

Andrew Scott Makes History With Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards Win for ‘Vanya’ by Brent Lang

With his victory on Monday at the Critics’ Circle Theatre awards, Andrew Scott has made history. The British performer, recognized as best actor for his one-man West End show, “Vanya,”…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:29PM
Wednesday, March 20, 2024

‘Merrily We Roll Along’ Broadway Revival Recoups Investment, Redeeming One of Stephen Sondheim’s Most Embarrassing Commercial Failures by Brent Lang

A star-studded revival of “Merrily We Roll Along” has managed to accomplish something that eluded the ill-fated original production of the Stephen Sondheim musical. Turn a profit. The sh…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:30AM
Thursday, March 14, 2024

Theater Historian Ben West Writing ‘The American Musical: Evolution of an Art Form’ by Brent Lang

Musical theater artist and historian Ben West is writing a new book, “The American Musical: Evolution of an Art Form.” The book will be released by Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor &a…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:12PM
Friday, March 1, 2024

Broadway Licensing Global Founder Sean Cercone Steps Down, as Ted Chapin and Dan Markley Become Interim Leaders (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Sean Cercone has stepped down as head of Broadway Licensing Global. It’s unclear why he left the company that he acquired in 2019. Broadway Licensing Global has announced who will lead th…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:44PM
Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Inside Broadway Across America’s 2024 Conference as ‘Purple Rain,’ Alicia Keys and More Make Their Pitch to the Theater Industry by Brent Lang

Things kicked off with Alicia Keys singing the galvanic ode to the five boroughs, “Empire State of Mind,” and ended with Pete Townshend rocking out to “Pinball Wizard.” Those perform…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:56AM
Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Shipwrecks, Cannibalism and the Avett Brothers: Why ‘Swept Away’s’ Next Stop Could Be Broadway by Brent Lang

Four whalers are set adrift after a violent storm sinks their ship. Lost at sea, exposed to the elements and on the brink of starvation, the men must make horrifying decisions in their strug…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:55PM
Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Amy Ryan Replacing Tyne Daly in Broadway Revival of ‘Doubt’ by Brent Lang

Tyne Daly will leave the upcoming revival of John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt” after she was “unexpectedly hospitalized” on Friday. She will be replaced by Amy Ryan, the Oscar-nominat…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:10PM

‘Purple Rain’ Stage Musical to Debut in Prince’s Hometown of Minneapolis by Brent Lang

A stage adaptation of “Purple Rain” will have its world premiere in Minneapolis. The location makes sense because Prince, the musical superstar behind the cult classic film and mega-sell…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:30PM

Tom Holland Starring in London West End Revival of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Brent Lang

Tom Holland is hanging up the spandex and taking on Shakespeare’s most famous doomed lover. That’s right, the “Spider-Man: No Way Home” star will play Romeo this summer in London’s…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:37AM
Thursday, February 1, 2024

Kelli O’Hara, Brian d’Arcy James on Bringing ‘Days of Wine and Roses’ to Broadway: ‘There Deserves to Be More Things That Are Challenging’ by Brent Lang

It happens after almost every show.  As “Days of Wine and Roses” stars Kelli O’Hara and Brian d’Arcy James are leaving the theater they will invariably run into an audience member w…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:36AM
Monday, January 22, 2024

Michael Stuhlbarg Starring in Broadway’s ‘Patriots,’ a Look at Vladimir Putin From ‘The Crown’ Creator Peter Morgan by Brent Lang

Michael Stuhlbarg will play billionaire Boris Berezovsky, the Russian oligarch who bolstered and then broke with Vladimir Putin, in a new Broadway production of “Patriots.” The show, wh…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:22AM
Tuesday, January 16, 2024

‘Big River’ Movie Adaptation in the Works From ‘Chicken and Biscuits’ Writer Douglas Lyons (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Douglas Lyons, the writer of “Chicken and Biscuits,” is adapting “Big River” as a film. The show, which features music influenced by country and gospel, is based on Mark Twain’…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:11AM
Thursday, January 11, 2024

‘Danny and the Deep Blue Sea,’ Off-Broadway Play Starring Aubrey Plaza and Christopher Abbott, Recoups Investment (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

“Danny and the Deep Blue Sea,” a buzzy revival of one of John Patrick Shanley’s early plays, has recouped its initial investment. The show features Aubrey Plaza of “White Lotus” an…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:45AM
Monday, January 8, 2024

Prince Movie Classic ‘Purple Rain’ Becoming a Stage Musical by Brent Lang

Forty years after “Purple Rain” topped the box office, winning an Oscar for its iconic soundtrack and solidifying Prince’s status as the high priest of pop, a new stage adaptation of t…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00AM
Thursday, January 4, 2024

Trey Curtis Taking on Role of Alexander Hamilton in Broadway’s ‘Hamilton’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Trey Curtis will take on the lead role of Alexander Hamilton in the Broadway production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton.” The actor, musician and rapper has been connected with th…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:30AM

Nicole Scherzinger Bringing Her Norma Desmond to Broadway in ‘Sunset Boulevard’ Revival by Brent Lang

Nicole Scherzinger is ready for her close-up. The “X-Factor” judge and Pussycat Dolls singer is bringing her acclaimed interpretation of legendary diva Norma Desmond to Broadway with a n…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00AM
Wednesday, December 13, 2023

‘The Lost Boys’ Being Made Into Musical With ‘Parade’ Director Michael Arden, The Rescues by Brent Lang

These bloodsuckers can hit some high notes. “The Lost Boys,” the cult vampire film from the 1980s, is being turned into a musical. The show will feature music from The Rescues and will b…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:00PM
Wednesday, November 29, 2023

How ‘Lempicka’ Producers Are Using Art Deco Masterpieces to Sell a Broadway Musical by Brent Lang

It’s a dramatic way to sell a new Broadway show. The Longacre Theatre is getting a high art overhaul as the home of “Lempicka,” a new musical about Polish painter Tamara de Lempicka. T…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:01AM
Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Steve Carell Making Broadway Debut in ‘Uncle Vanya’ Opposite Alfred Molina, William Jackson Harper and More by Brent Lang

Steve Carell will make his Broadway debut playing the title character in a revival of Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya.” The production, which will be performed at Lincoln Center’s Vivia…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:42AM

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