Tuesday, January 24, 2023

How Stephen McKinley Henderson Hears the Music in Playwrights by Gordon Cox

When Stephen McKinley Henderson talks about playwrights, he talks about music. Listen to this week’s “Stagecraft” podcast below: “August Wilson is, of course, the blues,” he said…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:37PM
Monday, January 23, 2023

‘Ted Lasso’ Star Hannah Waddingham, ‘Hamilton,’ ‘Moulin Rouge’ Casts Support London Theater Workers’ Wage Campaign – Global Bulletin by Naman Ramachandran

CAMPAIGN “Ted Lasso” and “Game of Thrones” actor, performer in shows at London’s iconic West End theater district, and forthcoming host of theater’s Olivier Awards, Hannah Waddin…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:56AM
Thursday, January 19, 2023

Sandra Seacat, Acting Coach to Performers Including Laura Dern, Jessica Lange and Andrew Garfield, Dies at 86 by Julia Maccary

Celebrity acting coach Sandra Seacat, whose students included Jessica Lange, Andrew Garfield and Laura Dern, died of natural causes Tuesday in Santa Monica, Calif. She was 86. Seacat’s uni…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:14PM
Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Susan Sarandon Is Excited About Amanda Seyfried’s ‘Thelma & Louise’ Musical: ‘I Think That’s Fabulous’ by Julia Maccary

Oscar winner Susan Sarandon is ready for the stage musical adaptation of “Thelma & Louise.” As Variety was the first to report, Amanda Seyfried and Evan Rachel Wood are currently wor…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:12PM
Sunday, January 15, 2023

‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ Review: Paul Mescal Is Explosive in Rebecca Frecknall’s Staggering Revival by Gordon Cox

“I don’t want realism. I want magic!” Blanche’s famously desperate cry holds the key to most approaches to “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Productions of Tennessee Williams’ master…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:31PM
Friday, January 13, 2023

Maude Apatow Making New York Stage Debut in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

Maude Apatow will make her New York stage debut as Audrey in the Off-Broadway revival of “Little Shop of Horrors.” She will appear in the musical from Feb. 7 through April 2, 2023. Apato…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00AM
Thursday, January 12, 2023

Idina Menzel to Star in New Stage Musical ‘Redwood’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Marc Malkin

Idina Menzel is making her way back to the stage. The Tony winner will star in “Redwood,” a musical she first began developing almost 20 years ago, which will premiere as the final produ…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:59AM

‘Here Lies Love,’ David Byrne-Cowritten Musical, to Open on Broadway in Immersive, Standing-Room Setting by Chris Willman

“Here Lies Love,” a celebrated “disco pop” stage musical with a score by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, dramatizing Imelda Marcos’ rise to prominence and downfall in the Philippines,…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:42AM

U.K.’s Equity, ITC Agree Pay Rises for Performers and Creatives – Global Bulletin by Naman Ramachandran

AGREEMENT Equity, the U.K. trade union for creative practitioners, and Independent Theatre Council (ITC), the management association representing the independent performing arts sector, have…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:19AM
Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Why Audra McDonald’s New Broadway Show Is Shocking Audiences by Gordon Cox

Audra McDonald knows her new Broadway show is surprising theatergoers. “Some people come to see ‘Ohio State Murders’ and they’re taken aback by how I’m speaking or the words that I…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:57PM
Friday, January 6, 2023

Jeremy Pope on How Leaving a Big Studio Film Led to His Breakout Role in ‘The Inspection’: ‘I Was Tired of Negotiating My Worth’ by Jenelle Riley

Jeremy Pope doesn’t break into a new medium quietly. The actor not only earned a Tony nomination for his Broadway debut in 2018’s “Choir Boy” by Tarell Alvin McCraney, he also became…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Thursday, January 5, 2023

Kris Jenner Musical Parody Poster Revealed (EXCLUSIVE) by Marc Malkin

Ryan Raftery has written and starred in stage musical parodies about Martha Stewart, Anna Wintour, Andy Cohen and Andy Warhol. The actor is now taking on Kris Jenner.  “Just for Variety…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:18AM
Tuesday, December 20, 2022

‘The Collaboration’ Review: Paul Bettany and Jeremy Pope Play Art-World Icons on Broadway by Gordon Cox

Caesar meets Cleopatra, Stalin meets Roosevelt, Marilyn Monroe meets the Kennedy brothers: Consequential connections all. So, too, is the meeting and eventual partnership arranged by savvy N…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00PM

‘Funny Girl’ With Lea Michele Breaks a Broadway Box Office Record by Rebecca Rubin

Lea Michele is officially the greatest star. “Funny Girl,” the once-struggling musical revival, has been selling strong and broke the all-time box office record at Broadway’s August Wi…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:18AM
Monday, December 19, 2022

‘Between Riverside and Crazy’ Review: Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Pulitzer-Winning Dark Comedy Makes Marvelous Broadway Premiere by Gordon Cox

How well can you ever really know a person? Do you judge by their actions, their hopes or some combination? Like many city creatures, the New Yorkers of “Between Riverside and Crazy,” no…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00PM
Thursday, December 15, 2022

Tectonic Theater Project Reveals Robust Slate of Projects Aimed for Broadway, Touring and International (EXCLUSIVE) by Gordon Cox

Tectonic Theater Project, the 30-year-old company behind international stage successes “Gross Indecency” and “The Laramie Project,” has unveiled an upcoming slate of projects includi…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:30AM
Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Partners With Reframe to Launch Tech-Enabled DEI Initiative (EXCLUSIVE) by Gordon Cox

Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the 87-year-old regional-theater stalwart that has become a leading player in the theater industry’s push to increase diversity, equity and inclusion, has part…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:39AM
Tuesday, December 13, 2022

‘Mandela’ Review: New Musical Biography Drowns in Good Intentions by Gordon Cox

Delivering songs demanding freedom not only for the characters but the whole country under apartheid, the impassioned cast of the new musical “Mandela” (now premiering at the Young Vic i…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:42PM

Deirdre O’Connell’s Tony Award Hasn’t Changed Her Life — And She’s More Than Okay With That by Gordon Cox

After spending the last 30-plus years as an Off Broadway favorite, actor Deirdre O’Connell (“Becky Nurse of Salem,” “Corsicana”) walked away from the 2022 Tony Awards with a trophy…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:44AM
Sunday, December 11, 2022

‘Some Like It Hot’ Review: New Perspectives Bring Sizzle to This Bright Broadway Musical by Gordon Cox

Taking a classic film comedy — especially one that plays fast and loose with gender and sexuality — and turning it into a big Broadway musical is far from a sure thing in these contempor…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00PM
Thursday, December 8, 2022

‘Ohio State Murders’ Review: Audra McDonald Stuns in Adrienne Kennedy’s Long-Awaited Broadway Debut by Gordon Cox

It may be easy to take for granted that Audra McDonald, with six Tony Awards to her name, is capable of performances that creep delicately into your psyche and rattle around there as if clea…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00PM

‘Becky Nurse of Salem’ Review: Witch Trials, Trump and the Kitchen Sink in Sarah Ruhl’s Overstuffed New Play by Gordon Cox

You don’t get more American than descending from one of the witches burned at the stake in Salem, Mass. Unless, that is, you’re also an opioid addict in that same town during the Trump y…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:30PM
Wednesday, December 7, 2022

APA Leaders Talk Growth Spurt, Yucaipa Investment and Dealing With DOJ on CAA-ICM Acquisition by Cynthia Littleton

In a moment of crisis, the leaders of talent agency APA were not about to let opportunity pass them by.  The dramatic changes that have swept across the content business and Hollywood’s c…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Tuesday, December 6, 2022

How Josh Dela Cruz Brought Broadway to ‘Blue’s Clues’ by Gordon Cox

When Nickelodeon revived its popular kids series “Blue’s Clues” in 2019, the show found its new host on Broadway. Josh Dela Cruz was doing eight shows a week in “Aladdin” when he w…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:13PM

‘Orlando’ Review: Emma Corrin Lights Up an Outstandingly Imaginative Look at Gender and Identity by Gordon Cox

The entirely beguiling lightness of touch is remarkable. Staging the startlingly prescient, gender-swapping, time-traveling 1928 novel “Orlando,” a lesser creative team would have gone …

SOURCE: Variety at 02:11PM
Monday, December 5, 2022

‘A Beautiful Noise’ Review: Neil Diamond Musical Unpacks Hitmaker’s Life in Therapy and Song by Gordon Cox

If you are looking to draw an audience into what seems like a typical biographical jukebox musical, starting and ending your drama in psychoanalysis is a great device. Then again, “A Beaut…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:45AM
Saturday, December 3, 2022

‘Ain’t No Mo’’ Review: Jordan E. Cooper’s Uproarious Black Comedy Takes Off on Broadway by Gordon Cox

The question at the heart of “Ain’t No Mo’,” the incendiary and incisive new comedy that opened on Broadway on Dec. 1, is riotously and fruitfully absurd. Consider it a gleeful refra…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:20PM
Friday, December 2, 2022

Britney Spears Musical ‘Once Upon a One More Time’ Sets Broadway Debut by Rebecca Rubin

“Once Upon a One More Time,” a musical powered by the discography of Britney Spears, is coming to Broadway in 2023. The show will begin previews at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre ahead of …

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00AM
Thursday, December 1, 2022

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo Give Musical Theater Their Best Shot With L.A. Premiere of ‘Invincible,’ on Heels of Rock Hall Honors by Chris Willman

It’s a few days after the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony when we find Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo holed up in the green room of a Beverly Hills performing arts center, talk…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:01PM

Aaron Tveit Returning to Broadway’s ‘Moulin Rouge’ in 2023 by Rebecca Rubin

Broadway darling Aaron Tveit is returning to Broadway in January, reprising his Tony-winning role as Christian in “Moulin Rouge! The Musical.” But don’t get too excited, chickens. Tvei…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:34PM
Sunday, November 27, 2022

‘KPOP’ Review: South Korea’s Explosive Pop Export Hits Broadway With Authenticity and Flash by Gordon Cox

As defined by boy bands like BTS and girl groups like Blackpink, K-pop – gayo – is a Korean musical genre (‘brand’ is better) where Instiz all-kills (chart domination) is essenti…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:00PM

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