Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Ian McKellen Says ‘My Recovery Will Be Complete and Speedy’ After Falling Off Stage: ‘I Am Looking Forward to Returning to Work’ by Michaela Zee

Ian McKellen has thanked fans and the medical professionals who offered support following his fall during Monday evening’s performance of “Player Kings” at the Noël Coward theatre in …

SOURCE: Variety at 03:25PM
Monday, June 17, 2024

Inside the Tony After-Parties With Daniel Radcliffe, Jonathan Groff, Billy Porter and Ariana DeBose (PHOTOS) by Marc Malkin

After Tony Awards host Ariana DeBose closed the 77th ceremony at Lincoln Center by dropping her mic and announcing, “DeBose — out,” this year’s winners, nominees, presenters and Broa…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:48PM

Inside the Tony Awards: From Jay-Z’s Lobby Act, an Accidental F-Bomb to Overzealous Ushers, Here’s What You Didn’t See on TV by Rebecca Rubin

Angelina Jolie may get the award for most enthusiastic audience member. The A-list star was seated in the front row at the Tony Awards on Sunday and jumped to her feet at every win for “Th…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:30PM

Tony Awards 2024 Snubs and Surprises: ‘Outsiders’ Outmaneuvers ‘Hell’s Kitchen,’ F-Bombs Fly and More by Gordon Cox

There were a whole lot of sure things heading into the 2024 Tony Awards ceremony — “Stereophonic,” “Merrily We Roll Along,” Daniel Radcliffe. But this year’s full list of winners…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:00AM
Sunday, June 16, 2024

Tony Awards: ‘Stereophonic,’ ‘Merrily We Roll Along,’ ‘The Outsiders,’ and ‘Appropriate’ Take Top Prizes by Meredith Woerner

“Stereophonic” and “Merrily We Roll Along,” two shows that examine the tension between art and commerce, triumphed at the 77th Tony Awards on Sunday, capturing prizes for best play a…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:55PM

‘Reefer Madness: The Musical’ Review: Campy or Not, an L.A. Revival of the Weed-Themed Spoof Doesn’t Bogart the Show-Biz Razzle-Dazzle by Chris Willman

A lot of bong water has passed under the bridge since “Reefer Madness: The Musical” first premiered at the Hudson Theatre on Santa Monica Blvd. in 1998. Like, legalization of the demon w…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:50PM

From ‘Illinoise’ to ‘Stereophonic,’, Broadway Is Celebrating Artists and the Creative Process by Jenelle Riley

 “Sunday in the Park With George,” “Nine,” “Red”: Stories about artists and the process of making art have long fascinated theater audiences. This season’s Tony nominations ad…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:15PM

‘Prayer for the French Republic,’ ‘Appropriate’ Among Tony Nominees Tackling Antisemitism, Racism and More Social Issues by Gordon Cox

Live theater always reflects the moment in which it’s presented, but this season, Broadway charged head-on into the politics of today with unusual force: A play that directly addressed ant…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:05PM

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
Saturday, June 15, 2024

Why the Tony Awards Producers Promise This Year’s Ceremony Will Wow You by Gordon Cox

Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner, the duo who have produced and directed the Tony Awards telecast since 2003, won’t share too many specifics about the Tony ceremony coming up on Sunday. But …

SOURCE: Variety at 11:02AM
Thursday, June 13, 2024

‘Jaja’s African Hair Braiding’s’ Jocelyn Bioh on Becoming the First Black Woman Playwright Nominated for a Tony: ‘It’s For Every Single Bl by Angelique Jackson

April 30 was a “great day” to be Jocelyn Bioh, playwright of the hit Broadway show “Jaja’s African Hair Braiding.” Bioh was up to watch the Tony Awards nominations — “Me, my hu…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:40PM

‘Gatsby’ Review: A Smartly Stinging Musical Adaptation With Spectacle, Grit and Florence Welch Tunes by Gordon Cox

For all its jaw-dropping spectacle, and the musical excitement of the tunes by Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine) and Thomas Bartlett (a/k/a Doveman), the American Repertory Theate…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:30PM

How ‘Invasive Species’ Built Big Downtown Buzz for Writer-Star Maia Novi’s Off Broadway Debut by Gordon Cox

Buzz for the new play “Invasive Species” infiltrated the downtown New York theater scene like a swarm of spotted lanternflies. Maybe you noticed one of those photos of Jennifer Lawrence …

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00AM
Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Ben Platt and Brandy Clark on Their Haunting Duet, ‘Treehouse,’ a Joint Summer Tour, and How Platt’s ‘Honeymind’ Album Expands the Queer Ame by Chris Willman

For his new “Honeymind” album, singer and actor Ben Platt brought in an especially honeyed voice as a counterpart on one song, Brandy Clark. He had written “Treehouse” in a writing s…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:45PM
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

‘Home’ Director Kenny Leon Talks Play’s Broadway Revival and Teases Denzel Washington and Jake Gyllenhaal in Upcoming ‘Othello’ by Lexi Carson

On Wednesday night, the cast and crew of “Home” welcomed the Tony-winning play back to Broadway for the first time since 1979 at the Todd Haimes Theatre. “Home” is directed by Tony-w…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:12AM
Thursday, June 6, 2024

‘Just for Us’ Comedian Alex Edelman Talks HBO Special, White Nationalists and Why His Sexuality Journey Could Be Focus of Future Show by Marc Malkin

It’s an early Friday morning in May and comedian Alex Edelman is on a Zoom video call from a Los Angeles hotel. He has a bit of a bed head and says that he had to borrow the socks he is we…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:43PM

Dolly Parton Announces Plans for Broadway Musical Based on Her Life, ‘Hello, I’m Dolly’ by Chris Willman

Not to be confused with “Hello Dolly,” there’s a musical earmarked for Broadway by the name of “Hello, I’m Dolly,” with country-pop superstar Dolly Parton spearheading the effort…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:00PM
Tuesday, June 4, 2024

What Tony Nominations Mean to Sarah Paulson and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins by Gordon Cox

Emmy-winning actress Sarah Paulson is no stranger to entertainment industry awards shows — but even so, her current Tony nomination, for her lead performance in the Broadway play “Approp…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:26PM

‘Choice’ Review: Winnie Holzman’s Play Deals With Life’s Big Decisions — Including Abortion by Gordon Cox

Making life-altering decisions is no small matter, especially for the characters in “Choice,” Winnie Holzman’s provocative but imperfect play, which just completed a run at Princeton�…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:38AM
Monday, June 3, 2024

Willy Wonka Glasgow Parody Musical Debuts First Track With John Stamos (EXCLUSIVE) by Katcy Stephan

“Willy’s Candy Spectacular: A Parody Musical,” which will spoof this year’s viral Willy Wonka Glasgow Experience, is finally taking fans to a world of pure imagination as they reveal…

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
Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Audra McDonald to Star in Broadway’s ‘Gypsy’ Revival as Mama Rose by Rebecca Rubin

Audra McDonald will portray the ultimate stage mom, Mama Rose, in the upcoming Broadway revival of “Gypsy.” George C. Wolfe, a Tony winner for “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:30PM
Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Why Eddie Redmayne and Gayle Rankin Love the ‘Organized Chaos’ Backstage at ‘Cabaret’ by Gordon Cox

If you think there’s a lot going on onstage in “Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club,” you should see what’s going on backstage. Listen to this week’s “Stagecraft” podcast below: Spea…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:00PM
Thursday, May 23, 2024

‘Romeo and Juliet’ Review: Tom Holland-Led Production Is Hobbled by Director Jamie Lloyd’s Extreme Stylization by Gordon Cox

The relationship is captivating. The energy flowing effortlessly between them means you instantly feel their connection, their shared affection, their give and take. It’s by far the strong…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:00PM
Monday, May 20, 2024

‘Death Becomes Her’ Review: Promising Pre-Broadway Musical Makes for a Campy Improvement on the Cult Film by Gordon Cox

A more-than-respectable entry in the endless parade of movies-to-musicals, this genuinely funny, effervescently performed pre-Broadway take on the 1992 Robert Zemeckis dark comedy “Death B…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:34PM
Friday, May 17, 2024

’Galileo: A Rock Musical’ Review: Grafting 80s-Style Power Ballads Onto The Story of a Renaissance Visionary Yields Assertive But Awkward Results by Dennis Harvey

With science denialism and theocratic politics both on the rise, it’s an opportune moment to revisit the life of Galileo Galilei, whose discoveries about the cosmos four centuries ago were…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:08PM

Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Snehal Desai Talks 2024-2025 Lineup, Including Sutton Foster in ‘Once Upon a Mattress’  by Jenelle Riley

In April 2023, Snehal Desai took on the mantle of Artistic Director for Center Theatre Group (CTG), one of the world’s largest and most prestigious theater companies. Though he became acti…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:59PM
Thursday, May 16, 2024

Judi Dench Criticizes Trigger Warnings in Theater: ‘If You’re That Sensitive, Don’t Go’ by Michaela Zee

Judi Dench is skeptical about the need for trigger warnings in theater. In an interview with Radio Times magazine, Dench was asked about her opinion on content advisories before watching a s…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:58AM
Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Industry Group for Los Angeles Theater Lovers Launches From RuCo Film and Television Exec Jay Marcus by Marc Malkin

Jay Marcus has been working in film and television for more than a decade, but he also has no problem boasting that he is a “theater nerd.” “I could talk about theater more than anythi…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:18PM

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