Monday, April 15, 2024

Rick Kuperman and Jeff Kuperman (‘The Outsiders’ choreographers) on their ‘grittier, rawer take on what it is to be a teenager’ [Exclusive Vid by David Buchanan

“There’s a ton of vitality and joy and energy on that stage every night,” beams Rick Kuperman as he describes the ensemble of “The Outsiders.” He and his brother Jeff Kuperman are …

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Eden Espinosa (‘Lempicka’) returns to Broadway after a 16 year absence in a ‘gift’ of a role that uses ‘every part’ of her range [Exclusiv by Sam Eckmann

It has been 16 years since Eden Espinosa graced a Broadway stage. After showcasing her powerhouse vocals in “Wicked,” “Brooklyn,” and the final cast of “Rent,” the actress took t…

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Tony Awards odds updates: Musicals ‘Illinoise’ and ‘The Outsiders’ are surging by David Buchanan

The nominations for the 77th Tony Awards will be announced in less than three weeks, but the lay of the land is ever changing because seven more musicals and musical revivals will open betwe…

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Friday, April 12, 2024

Carson Kreitzer (‘Lempicka’) on capturing the famed painter through lyrics: ‘My language has always wanted to ride with music’ [Exclusive Vide by Sam Eckmann

“I often write about women who were ahead of their time and paid a great price for pushing the boundaries of what women were allowed to do,” explains Carson Kreitzer. The writer contribu…

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Hey, Tony and Olivier Awards: It’s time to honor wig, hair and makeup artists by Jacob Sarkisian

Imagine “Wicked” without wigs, hair, or makeup. Or “The Lion King.” Or “The Phantom of the Opera.” Or “Cats.” Frankly, it would all be a bit bizarre and lackluster. None of t…

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Tony Talk: Will ‘The Outsiders’ break into the competitive Best Musical race? by David Buchanan

Welcome to Tony Talk, a weekly column in which Gold Derby contributing theater editors David Buchanan and Sam Eckmann discuss the Tony Awards race. Following the opening of new musical “Th…

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Thursday, April 11, 2024

Kennedy Center Honors 2024: Who will be the 5 artists selected this year? [PHOTOS] by Chris Beachum

The five artists chosen for the 2024 Kennedy Center Honors are likely being informed now in the month of April about their selections. That’s according to recent honoree Billy Crystal, who…

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Andrew Samonsky (‘Lempicka’) finds the complicated ‘truth’ of a ‘man stuck in time’ [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

The Broadway musical “Lempicka” will undoubtedly mark many audience members’ introduction to the personal life of Tamara De Lempicka. While wealth of information exists about the titul…

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Three cheers for Helen Mirren: The only winner of the British and American Triple Crowns of Acting by Matthew Stewart

“The Audience” – a play about Queen Elizabeth II and her various prime ministers – was a landmark in the career of Helen Mirren. This 2013 reprisal of her Oscar and BAFTA winning rol…

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Natalie Gold (‘Appropriate’) on growing comfortable enough to ‘eviscerate’ Sarah Paulson every night [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“I think all great dramas are based in dysfunctional families,” confesses Natalie Gold. “Maybe there’s a part of us that are relieved that we get to watch it instead of that being ou…

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Ali Louis Bourzgui (‘The Who’s Tommy’) on making his Broadway debut with ‘one of the hardest characters I’ve ever come into’ [Exclusive Vi by David Buchanan

“I had heard the album,” shares actors Ali Louis Bourzgui about “Tommy,” the 1969 concept album by The Who that inspired the Broadway musical of the same name. The actor stars in the…

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Monday, April 8, 2024

Jocelyn Bioh (‘Jaja’s African Hair Braiding’ playwright) explores the power ‘community and sisterhood’ in a Harlem salon [Exclusive Video In by Sam Eckmann

“Character is kind of where I start from,” explains Jocelyn Bioh, “I feel like all of my work is character driven narratives.” She made her Broadway debut as a playwright this season…

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Des McAnuff on directing ‘The Who’s Tommy’ 31 years after the original: ‘We’re disobedient when it comes to the passage of time’ [Exclusiv by David Buchanan

“The world has finally caught up to Tommy Walker,” declares director Des McAnuff about why the time was right to revive “The Who’s Tommy” on Broadway. It has been 31 years since th…

SOURCE: Gold Derby at 03:00PM

British Triple Crown of Acting: Meet the 8 performers who have won BAFTA Film and TV Awards plus Oliviers by Matthew Stewart

The 1976 establishment of the Society of West End Theatre Awards (renamed the Laurence Olivier Awards in 1984) signaled the introduction of the British entertainment industry’s own acting …

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Friday, April 5, 2024

Michael Esper (‘Appropriate’) on the ‘perfect storm’ of performing in an ‘insane highwire act of a play’ [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“It’s just a kind of perfect storm,” reveals Michael Esper of the new play “Appropriate.” Not only does the family drama provide the actor with juicy material to play, but it has p…

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Triple Crown of Acting: Meet the 24 performers who have won Oscars, Emmys and Tonys by Matthew Stewart

At the fifth annual Primetime Emmy Awards in 1953, Helen Hayes won the Best Actress award, thereby becoming the first performer to ever achieve the Triple Crown of Acting. This past Oscar an…

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Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri (‘Back to the Future: The Musical’) used their ‘entire arsenal of experience’ to bring the beloved film to Bro by Sam Eckmann

“As we investigated the story, the bones of the story itself, what we discovered was that it was ready made for the stage,” explains Glen Ballard of “Back to the Future: The Musical.�…

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Thursday, April 4, 2024

2024 Lucille Lortel Awards nominations: ‘Hell’s Kitchen,’ ‘Stereophonic’ get Tony Awards boost for their Off-Broadway productions by Sam Eckmann

Nominations for the 39th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards were announced today by Amber Iman and George Abud, two stars of Broadway’s “Lempicka.” The Lortels honor outstanding achievement …

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Jessica Stone (‘Water for Elephants’ director) on fusing musical theatre and circus: ‘Once you’re dealing with memory, it doesn’t have to be by Sam Eckmann

Director Jessica Stone knew that her stage adaptation of “Water for Elephants” needed to have its own distinct voice given that audiences already experienced the 2006 novel and a 2011 fi…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Dorian Harewood (‘The Notebook’) on his ‘invigorating, life-affirming’ experience playing Older Noah [Exclusive Video Interview] by David Buchanan

“It’s been a few minutes since I’ve been on Broadway,” reflects Dorian Harewood about his return to the New York stage in “The Notebook” almost 50 years after his last outing. Th…

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Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Tony spotlight: Jeremy Strong (‘An Enemy of the People’) bears his soul in an understated but powerful performance by David Buchanan

This article contains spoilers about the 2024 Broadway production of “An Enemy of the People.” There will likely be few scenes this Broadway season more harrowing than the climax of Sam …

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Isabelle McCalla (‘Water for Elephants’) on finding ‘moments of connection’ between musical theater and circus [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

Isabelle McCalla is an expertly trained dancer, but had no experience in any type of acrobatic arts before taking on her latest role. “I was in gymnastics class for a month when I was seve…

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Friday, March 29, 2024

Kara Young (‘Purlie Victorious’) could become 1st Black performer to reap 3 consecutive Tony nominations by Sam Eckmann

Kara Young once again made Broadway audiences fall in love with her this season, thanks to a celebrated turn in last fall’s “Purlie Victorious.” Now she sits atop Gold Derby’s combin…

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Third time’s the charm: Ariana DeBose returning as Tony Awards host by Sam Eckmann

She’s back, back, back again! Oscar-winning actress Ariana DeBose will once again return to host the 77th Annual Tony Awards live from the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on Sunday…

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Zenzi Williams (‘Jaja’s African Hair Braiding’) on embracing the ‘sisterhood’ of salons: ‘We were carrying love all the way through’ [Ex by Sam Eckmann

“We played games and we laughed. And I felt like that was where the trust really began,” recalls Zenzi Williams of a pivotal potluck where she and her “Jaja’s African Hair Braiding�…

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Which male Broadway vet deserves the next Lifetime Achievement Tony Award? [POLL] by Jeffrey Kare

This year’s Tonys will be held on June 16, so the American Theatre Wing will likely be announcing its Lifetime Achievement Award recipient in the near future. Who do you think should take …

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Ryan Vasquez (‘The Notebook’) on portraying the ‘deep, complex and enigmatic’ character of Middle Noah [Exclusive Video Interview] by David Buchanan

“The show is obviously a love story which I think people expect, but it’s also about loss and life and how you spend your days and your time and the people with whom you do that,” refl…

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Monday, March 25, 2024

Which female Broadway vet deserves the next Lifetime Achievement Tony Award? [POLL] by Jeffrey Kare

This year’s Tonys will be held on June 16, so the American Theatre Wing will likely be announcing its lifetime achievement award recipient in the near future. Who do you think should take …

SOURCE: Gold Derby at 01:00PM
Friday, March 22, 2024

2024 Tony Awards nominations: What shows are up (‘An Enemy of the People’) and down (‘Patriots’) in the play races? by David Buchanan

In the final two months of the 2023-2024 Broadway season, seven new plays and play revivals join a slate of 15 total dramas eligible for the 77th Tony Awards. With so many buzzy revivals and…

SOURCE: Gold Derby at 06:00PM

2024 Tony Awards predictions slugfest: How many nominations will hit play ‘Appropriate’ earn? [WATCH] by David Buchanan

“It is a pretty great crop of plays this year, several that have become big commercial hits,” declares Sam Eckmann about the many dramas and revivals in contention for nominations at the…

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‘An Enemy of the People’ reviews: ‘Crackling’ new version stars ‘excellent’ Jeremy Strong, Michael Imperioli by David Buchanan

It has only been 12 years since New York audiences saw a production of Henrik Ibsen’s classic nineteenth-century play “An Enemy of the People.” But unlike that last staging at the Manh…

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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