Friday, June 24, 2022

Emilia Clarke Calls Her Panned Broadway Debut a ‘Catastrophic Failure’ She Wasn’t Ready For by Zack Sharf

Emilia Clarke is making her West End stage debut playing Nina in Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” a production that was originally set to launch in  March 2020 but was got suspended aft…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:56AM
Thursday, June 23, 2022

Center Theatre Group to Host Productions of ‘1776,’ ‘Ain’t Too Proud,’ Cecily Strong Play in New Season by Wilson Chapman

Los Angeles’ Center Theater Group will host two world premieres, a West Coast bow, a U.S. launch and several classics and modern hits for its 2022-23 season. The initial programming lineup…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:35PM
Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Steve Fickinger, Tony-Winning Producer of ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ Dies at 62 by Wilson Chapman

Steve Fickinger, the Broadway producer who won a Tony for “Dear Evan Hansen,” died suddenly on Friday in Laguna Beach, Calif., representatives confirmed to Variety. He was 62. Born in Wi…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:22PM
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Why Tony-Winning Actor Joaquina Kalukango Has Started Telling Stories as a Writer, Too by Gordon Cox

Audiences already know Joaquina Kalukango as an actor onstage (“Slave Play”) and on screen (“One Night in Miami”) — and on the most recent Tony Awards telecast, when she capped off…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:17PM
Thursday, June 16, 2022

‘King James’ Review: A Shared Fandom for LeBron James Leads to Bonding and Blowups in Mark Taper Dramedy by Chris Willman

“King James,” a new dramedy at the Mark Taper Forum, is a two-hander about a love triangle of sorts. The unseen third point in this romance, per the title: basketball legend LeBron James…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:58PM
Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Beanie Feldstein, Jane Lynch to Depart Broadway’s ‘Funny Girl’ in September by Wilson Chapman

Beanie Feldstein and Jane Lynch will depart the current Broadway revival of “Funny Girl” this fall, the production announced Wednesday. The news was announced by the production, which co…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:08PM
Tuesday, June 14, 2022

‘Bruce’ Review: New Musical About the Making of ‘Jaws’ Is a Shaggy, Sometimes Soggy Saga by Gordon Cox

There’s nothing like mechanical malfunction to make you want to break into song. Though that may well be unique to “Bruce” — unless you can name another musical with a spectacularly …

SOURCE: Variety at 07:35PM

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
Monday, June 13, 2022

Hugh Jackman Tests Positive for COVID the Day After His Tony Awards Performance by Wilson Chapman

One day after performing “The Music Man” at the 2022 Tony Awards ceremony, nominee Hugh Jackman has announced that he has tested positive for COVID. “I wanted you guys to hear it from …

SOURCE: Variety at 07:51PM

Cynthia Erivo On Bonding With Ariana Grande For ‘Wicked,’ And The Future of Broadway by Antonio Ferme

Along her journey of becoming a hit Broadway star, one of the valuable lessons that Cynthia Erivo said she learned was accepting “no” as an answer. “Sometimes no’s are the best way t…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:00PM

Inside the Tonys — From Andrew Garfield Sightings to ‘A Strange Loop’s’ Interrupted Speech, What You Didn’t See on TV by Rebecca Rubin

On Sunday night, the Tony Awards returned to Radio City Music Hall, where relaxed mask mandates made it easier than ever (OK, easier than last year’s ceremony) to spot the stars mixing and…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:14PM

‘The Lehman Trilogy,’ Which Won Five Tony Awards, Set for Fandango and Fremantle TV Series Adaptation (EXCLUSIVE) by Nvivarelli

Italian playwright Stefano Massini’s “The Lehman Trilogy,” which just won five Tony Awards including the prize for best play, is set to become a high-end TV series to be produced by It…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:13AM

The Tony Awards Were So Good: 6 of the Most Memorable Moments from Broadway’s Biggest Night by Gordon Cox

Broadway celebrated its first full season after the COVID lockdown with the 75th annual Tony Awards, hosted by a newly minted Oscar winner and spotlighting stage work that included a media-d…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:55AM
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
Friday, June 10, 2022

From ‘A Strange Loop’ Sweep to an ‘MJ’ Upset: Who Will Win the 2022 Tony Awards? by Gordon Cox

The pool of people who vote for the Tony Awards is a small one — and this year, it’s probably even smaller. As Broadway gears up for its big night June 12, the industry’s annual progno…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:00PM
Wednesday, June 8, 2022

‘Come From Away’ to Close on Broadway in October by Wilson Chapman

Long-running musical “Come From Away” will play its final Broadway performance Oct. 2, the production announced on Wednesday. Written by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, “Come From Away…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:33PM

Tony Awards: Breakout Debuts Seize the Nominations Spotlight by Gordon Cox

Hugh Jackman, Sutton Foster, Phylicia Rashad, Mary-Louise Parker, LaChanze: All of these 2022 Tony Award nominees are Broadway regulars, and they’ve had plenty of experience with nominatio…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:30PM

Tony Bites: Landmark Nominations, Angela Lansbury’s Lifetime Honor by Gordon Cox

The Tony Awards Landmarks on This Year’s Nominations List In a Broadway season that was the first after the devastating 15-month shutdown caused by the pandemic, the Tony nominations list …

SOURCE: Variety at 03:00PM

For the Tony Awards, Ensembles Take the Spotlight by Gordon Cox

In a Broadway season filled with star turns and individual standouts, maybe the biggest breakout performance came from … ensemble casts. From the queens of “Six” to the Thoughts of “…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:00PM
Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Andrew Garfield, Bowen Yang, Jennifer Hudson Among Tony Award Presenters (TV News Roundup) by Wilson Chapman

Andrew Garfield, Bowen Yang and Jennifer Hudson are among the stars set to celebrate Broadway’s biggest night. The three actors have been announced as presenters for the 2022 Tony Awards. …

SOURCE: Variety at 06:58PM

Why Paula Vogel Thinks One Scene in ‘How I Learned to Drive’ Makes No Sense, and How David Morse Solved It by Gordon Cox

Playwright Paula Vogel won a Pulitzer Prize for her 25-year-old play “How I Learned to Drive,” which has been seen in productions around the world and is now on Broadway in a staging nom…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:41PM

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ to End Broadway Run by Rebecca Rubin

“Dear Evan Hansen” won’t be playing on Broadway “for forever.” The show, about a socially awkward high schooler who tells a spiraling lie, is ending its run in September, five year…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:25PM

‘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

‘Trading Places’ Review: Modern Touches Brighten Uneven Adaptation of Reagan-Era Movie Comedy by Gordon Cox

After the Great Recession of ’08 — not to mention anxiety about the current economy — will a Reagan-era comedy about insider trading and the glory of greed get the same laughs? Can it …

SOURCE: Variety at 08:00AM
Monday, June 6, 2022

‘1776’ Review: A Revolutionary Take On An Old Warhorse by Gordon Cox

When the Tony-winning musical “1776” debuted on Broadway in 1969, it celebrated America’s ideals on the eve of its Bicentennial. Half a century later, a radical makeover brings critiqu…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:00AM
Friday, June 3, 2022

Inside the New Batman Interactive Attraction Set to Open at New York City’s Spyscape (EXCLUSIVE) by Todd Spangler

On Eighth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, right next to a Chik-fil-A, is Spyscape — a two-floor, futuristic-looking museum/interactive experience space that gives spycraft lovers a close-up l…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:01AM
Thursday, June 2, 2022

‘A Strange Loop’ Broadway Darling Michael R. Jackson Feels Pride — For Himself by Gordon Cox

It’s June 2022, and Michael R. Jackson has a lot to be proud of. His musical “A Strange Loop” leads the Broadway awards-season race with 11 Tony nominations and stands poised to net th…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:00PM

‘Almost Famous’ Musical Set for Fall Broadway Opening by Chris Willman

“Almost Famous” is almost ready for Broadway. The specific New York theater has yet to be announced, but opening dates for the musical adaptation of the Cameron Crowe film were revealed …

SOURCE: Variety at 02:34PM
Wednesday, June 1, 2022

‘The Glass Menagerie’ Review: Underpowered Amy Adams Leads a Slow-Burn Rethink of Tennessee Williams’ Classic by Gordon Cox

With a cast headed by Amy Adams making her West End debut, you’d be forgiven for imagining the latest production of Tennessee Williams’ play “The Glass Menagerie” might be everything…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:02PM

Black Women on Broadway Announces Inaugural Awards Ceremony (EXCLUSIVE) by Angelique Jackson

In June 2020, Tony-nominated actor Danielle Brooks and her fellow award-winning artists Amber Iman and Jocelyn Bioh launched the Instagram account “Black Women on Broadway,” a platform t…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:15PM

‘Death of a Salesman’ Returns to Broadway With Sharon D Clarke and Wendell Pierce by Rebecca Rubin

Arthur Miller’s classic play “Death of a Salesman” is returning to Broadway this fall. Wendell Pierce and Sharon D Clarke will reprise their roles as Willy and Linda Loman in the reviv…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:38AM

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