Thursday, January 20, 2022

A.R. Rahman, Shekhar Kapur Unwrap ‘Why? The Musical’ at Expo 2020 in Dubai by Naman Ramachandran

Oscar, BAFTA and Grammy winning composer A.R. Rahman (“Slumdog Millionaire”) and revered “Elizabeth” and “Bandit Queen” filmmaker Shekhar Kapur have teamed to create Expo 2020 Du…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:45AM
Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Public Theater, Audible Bringing Back ‘Coal Country’ After Run Was Cut Short Due to COVID (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Audible Inc. will produce a return engagement of The Public Theater’s “Coal Country,” a drama based on a real-life West Virginia mining tragedy that was forced to close its original ru…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:00AM
Friday, January 14, 2022

NYC Media and Entertainment Commissioner on Omicron’s Impact on Broadway and Production by Brent Lang

The holiday season was supposed to be a celebratory time for New York City’s theater and live events industries, marking a period of revival after months of setbacks and closures related t…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:37PM
Thursday, January 13, 2022

Robert Ackerman, Prolific Theater and Television Director, Dies at 77 by Pat Saperstein

Theater, film and television writer-director Robert Allan Ackerman died Jan. 10. He was 77. Nominated twice for Golden Globes and five times for Emmys, Ackerman also received numerous theate…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:04PM
Wednesday, January 12, 2022

‘Girl From the North Country’ Latest Broadway Show to Go on Hiatus as COVID Wreaks Havoc by Rebecca Rubin

“Girl From the North Country,” a Broadway musical featuring Bob Dylan songs, will close on Jan. 23, but the show’s producers hope to open again in the spring. It’s the latest show, f…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:51PM

‘Power of the Dog’ Star Jesse Plemons Reveals the Time Benedict Cumberbatch’s Method Acting ‘Pissed Me Off’ by Marc Malkin

Jesse Plemons says Benedict Cumberbatch’s Method acting as the gruff Phil Burbank while shooting “The Power of the Dog” definitely intensified their on-camera dynamic. “It creates a …

SOURCE: Variety at 03:26PM

Inside the Brutal Economics of Broadway’s Omicron Shutdowns by Gordon Cox

“It just turned into triage.” That’s how Anne Quart describes the past few weeks on Broadway. As senior VP of production and co-producer at Disney Theatrical, Quart saw first-hand the …

SOURCE: Variety at 01:15PM

Curtains for ‘ Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of)’ at London’s West End – Global Bulletin by Naman Ramachandran

THEATER The ongoing omicron wave in the U.K. has claimed another victim, with the producers of acclaimed play “Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of)” at the Criterion Theatre on London’s Wes…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:41AM
Tuesday, January 11, 2022

How ‘Tick, Tick … Boom!’ Star Robin de Jesús Played the Long Game, Even Through the Setbacks by Gordon Cox

Robin de Jesús is a three-time Tony Award nominee who’s currently co-starring in “Tick, Tick… Boom!,” one of this year’s film awards season contenders. But de Jesús will be the f…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:06PM
Friday, January 7, 2022

‘Force Majeure’ Review: Bold Adaptation Brings an Avalanche to the Stage With Humor by Gordon Cox

No one stages something set across mountainous ski slopes in a 251-seat, three-sided theater without a sense of humor. Which is why director Michael Longhurst has attached the bold and perky…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:45PM

Sydney Festival Hit by Claims of Art-Washing Over Israel Sponsorship by Patrick Frater

Some thirty acts have announced the cancelation of their performances or attendance at the Sydney Festival, a major arts festival that started Thursday in Australia’s biggest city. They ar…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:44AM
Wednesday, January 5, 2022

TodayTix Group Buys Goldstar, Live Entertainment Ticketing Service (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

TodayTix Group has acquired Goldstar, a live events ticketing platform that operates in 60 cities across the country. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it comes as TodayTix…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:00AM
Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Joan Copeland, Broadway Star and Soap Opera Actress, Dies at 99 by Wyatte Grantham-Philips

Joan Copeland, who graced both the stage and screen for decades as a Broadway star and soap opera actress, died the morning of Jan. 4 in her New York City home, Copeland’s family confirmed…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:48PM
Sunday, January 2, 2022

‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Announces Broadway Hiatus Until March as COVID Hurts Ticket Sales by Brent Lang

The producers of “Mrs. Doubtfire” will suspend performances of the musical until March 14 as the show struggles to find a way to survive during a resurgence of COVID-19 that has imperile…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:40PM
Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber Pauses ‘Cinderella’ Until February as Omicron Fears Devastate U.K. Theaters by Naman Ramachandran

Super-producer and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has halted performances of hit West End musical “Cinderella” until Feb. 2022 as the Omicron variant of coronavirus surges across the U.K. …

SOURCE: Variety at 04:26AM
Tuesday, December 21, 2021

SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Extend Video Pact for Live Stage Productions by Cynthia Littleton

In another nod to worsening pandemic conditions, SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity Association have extended the agreement struck last year 2020 that makes it easier for producers to offer live…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:45PM

Why Peter Dinklage Didn’t Want a Fake Nose for ‘Cyrano’ by Gordon Cox

Peter Dinklage was never very interested in playing the lead role in “Cyrano de Bergerac” — until a new musical adaptation of the story got rid of the fake nose that has come to define…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:26PM

U.K. Reveals $1.3 Billion Relief Plan for Omicron-Impacted Businesses, Including Cinemas and Theaters by Naman Ramachandran

U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has unveiled a £1 billion ($1.3 billion) plan designed to help businesses impacted by the Omicron variant of coronavirus that is sweeping across…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:24PM
Monday, December 20, 2021

‘Jagged Little Pill’ Will Not Reopen on Broadway Due to Omicron Surge by J. Kim Murphy

“Jagged Little Pill” has closed on Broadway. After announcing the cancellation of performances on Saturday due to positive COVID-19 tests among the production, the musical has determined…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:08PM

Satire ‘Spitting Image’ to Make West End Debut, Lampooning U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson by Naman Ramachandran

“Spitting Image,” the iconic British satirical puppet show rebooted for streamer BritBox U.K., is set to make its stage debut at London’s West End in 2022. The target of the show will …

SOURCE: Variety at 12:22PM
Friday, December 17, 2021

Omicron Is Here and Hollywood Is Finally Taking Notice by Brent Lang

On Monday, Sony Pictures Entertainment hosted a raucous premiere for “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” a superhero adventure widely expected to generate a new COVID-era record opening weekend. …

SOURCE: Variety at 05:41PM
Thursday, December 16, 2021

‘Jagged Little Pill’ Star Heidi Blickenstaff Wants a ‘More Humane’ Broadway by Rebecca Rubin

Heidi Blickenstaff doesn’t want to exert her voice. It’s proving difficult, because although the Times Square eatery where she’s grabbing food after a matinee of “Jagged Little Pill…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:20PM

‘The Levelling’ Director Hope Dickson Leach Sets Hybrid Version of ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ by Naman Ramachandran

Hope Dickson Leach, BAFTA-winning director of acclaimed Toronto, Rotterdam and London festival selection “The Levelling,” has embarked upon a hybrid adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:00AM
Monday, December 13, 2021

‘Flying Over Sunset’ Review: A Trippy New Broadway Musical by Gordon Cox

In the midst of the deadly dull 1950s, Hollywood celebs Cary Grant, Claire Booth Luce and Aldous Huxley escape their ennui by dropping acid. No serious sex is involved and no one rushes out …

SOURCE: Variety at 11:02PM

‘Cabaret’ Review: Eddie Redmayne Dazzles in Triumphant West End Revival by Gordon Cox

Ever since Bob Fosse cast a never-better Liza Minnelli in his Oscar-winning re-imagining of the musical “Cabaret,” revivals of the original musical have leaned toward being “All About …

SOURCE: Variety at 09:44AM
Sunday, December 12, 2021

Pioneering Alt-Comedy Club UnCabaret Returns to Live Shows … But Is Sticking With Intimate Zooms, Post-Pandemic, Too by Chris Willman

When the pandemic hit, there were many aspects of the performing arts that adopted a livestream model, of course, as a necessity and a stopgap until normal life — and normal live — could…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:50PM

Broadway’s ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Cancels Sunday Performances Due to Positive COVID Tests by J. Kim Murphy

“Mrs. Doubtfire,” a new stage musical adaptation of the 1993 comedy starring Robin Williams, has canceled its Sunday performances this week due to overnight detection of positive COVID t…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:09PM
Friday, December 10, 2021

‘Best of Enemies’ Review: Behind the Scenes of 1968’s Revolutionary TV Debates by Gordon Cox

Like all historical plays, James Graham’s latest, now playing at the Young Vic in London, is as much about the time in which it’s written as the time depicted. His version of the 2015 do…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:28PM
Thursday, December 9, 2021

‘Company’ Review: A Sublime Revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Beloved Musical by Gordon Cox

Half a century has passed since Stephen Sondheim and George Furth first dazzled Broadway with “Company,” their tartly astute 1970 musical about a single Manhattanite dogged by coupled fr…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:05PM

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ Announces Nationwide Tour by Rebecca Rubin

“Freestyle Love Supreme” will rap its way through the U.S.A. Following a limited run on Broadway, the improv comedy hip-hop show is embarking on a nationwide tour with stops in Seattle, …

SOURCE: Variety at 10:34AM

‘Stephen Schwartz’s Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook’ to Stream on BroadwayHD (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

BroadwayHD, a streaming service based around live theater, will exclusively show “Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook” starting this month. The show is from Broadway and film composer, Stephe…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00AM

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