Saturday, October 19, 2019

Audra McDonald, Heather Headley, Hailey Kilgore & Tituss Burgess to Join Jennifer Hudson in Aretha Franklin Biopic Respect by Andy Lefkowitz

Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald is among a slew of theater stars who have signed on to appear in the highly anticipated Aretha Franklin biopic Respect. The previously announced film, dir…

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Audra McDonald, Hailey Kilgore & Tituss Burgess to Join Jennifer Hudson in Aretha Franklin Biopic Respect by Andy Lefkowitz

Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald (Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune) is among a slew of theater stars who have signed on to appear in the highly anticipated Aretha Franklin biopic R…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

People You Should Know . . . Kylie M. Brown by Zack Calhoon

(Photo by Dior Lamar Mills) Kylie M. Brown (Director) is a Brooklyn-based director of new work and literary manager for Normal Ave. She is currently curating the NAPseries of new work for No…

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Residents of a postapocalyptic America seek connection in Vanya on the Plains by Max Maller

The Artistic Home gives Jason Hedrick's world premiere about a grim future a life-affirming production. More postapocalyptic plays about staging Chekhov in peopl…

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Tony Nominees Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong’o Reunite for HBO Adaptation of Americanah by Olivia Clement

The best-selling Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie novel will be turned into a TV series, bringing together the Black Panther and Eclipsed collaborators.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Jake Gyllenhaal & More to Present at 2019 Tonys; Moulin Rouge! Stars to Host Creative Arts Awards by Andy Lefkowitz

The slate of presenters for the 2019 Tony Awards is getting starrier. More talent has been announced to hand out Tonys at the 73rd annual celebration of Broadway, scheduled for June 9 at R…

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Polunin Ink review – storm, stress and sweet torment by Sanjoy Roy

Palladium, London Ballet and B-movies collide as Sergei Polunin revives Russian villain Rasputin, suffers with Nijinsky, and tackles toxic masculinity with a pineapple Once famous only withi…

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Happy Talk by Wendy Caster

I suspect that there is a good play inside Jesse Eisenberg's Happy Talk, currently  at The New Group at the Signature Center. The ideas and the situation are intriguing, and there is humor …

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

'Four Chords and a Gun' tells a tuneless story of The Ramones by Chris Jones

“Four Chords and a Gun,” the new show from Toronto now at the Broadway Playhouse, is an odd duck. Of course, so were The Ramones. Here was an American punk rock band with influence that …

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Political Fairy Tales Of Edouard Laboulaye by Artsjournal1

“Laboulaye’s creative work has been eclipsed by his political career” — a judge during France’s Second Empire, he was committed to women’s rights and the end of slavery — “bu…

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

How funny is the comedian who may be Ukraine’s next president? by Viv Groskop

Volodymyr Zelenskiy is the leading candidate to take the top job in his country – so who is he, and will he bring the laughs? It’s a gag worthy of an Armando Iannucci screenplay. And yet…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Outsiders Stage Musical Sets World Premiere at Goodman Theatre by Andy Lefkowitz

The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton's bestselling 1967 novel and Francis Ford Coppola's iconic 1983 motion picture, is now a new stage musical featuring an original score by the rock duo Jamestown R…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

How Danai Gurira’s Broadway Play Led Her to Found Love Our Girls by Ruthie Fierberg

Watch the Eclipsed playwright and star of The Walking Dead and Black Panther explain how she helps close the gender disparity gap.

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Secret Life of Bees Is Now a Musical; Will Star LaChanze, Saycon Sengbloh, & More Off-Broadway by Marshall W. Mabry Iv

The New York Times bestselling novel and critically acclaimed feature film is now becoming a musical! The Sue Monk Kidd classic is coming to the Atlantic Theater Company. Saycon Sengbloh (…

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Odds & Ends: Liesl Tommy to Direct Jennifer Hudson in Aretha Franklin Biopic & More by

Here's a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today. Liesl Tommy to Direct Jennifer Hudson in Aretha Franklin Biopic Tony-nominated director Liesl Tommy (Eclipsed) has signed…

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RESPECT! Liesl Tommy Will Direct Jennifer Hudson in Aretha Franklin Biopic by Drew Shade

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, handpicked Jennifer Hudson to play her in a biopic and now according to Deadline Tony-nominated director Liesl Tommy (Eclipsed, Insecure, Queen Sugar) h…

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Moulin Rouge Star Sahr Ngaujah Cast in Boesman and Lena at Off-Broadway's Signature by Andy Lefkowitz

Tony nominee Sahr Ngaujah, who will appear as Toulouse-Lautrec in the upcoming Broadway musical Moulin Rouge, will first make a stop at off-Broadway's Signature Theatre for a production …

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

A Trillion Photos – How You Gonna Organize Your Personal History? by Artsjournal

Kodak once touted 2000 as a landmark year, when the number of photos taken worldwide first eclipsed 80 billion. Fast forward to 2017, when just about everyone has a cellphone camera in the…

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Sorry to Bother You — a horror-comedy-racism satire that falls flat

Boots Riley’s film is eclipsed by 2017’s similarly themed Get Out

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Domestic Import: A Review of Familiar at Steppenwolf Theatre by Erin Shea Brady

Star of Broadway and MCU alike, Danai Gurira ("Eclipsed") turns her talents back to playwriting with this portrait of an intergenerational immigrant family negotiating the expectations of tr…

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Friday, November 16, 2018

LaChanze, Saycon Sengbloh & Manoel Felciano Set for World Premiere Secret Life of Bees Musical by Andy Lefkowitz

A star-packed cast has been assembled to lead the world premiere musical The Secret Life of Bees, based on the acclaimed film and bestselling novel by Sue Monk Kidd. Tony winn…

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Natural Shocks by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Played by Pascale Armand, known for her Tony nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in "Eclipsed," Angela is the heroine of Lauren Gunderson’s new one-woman play, "Nat…

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Honour, Park Theatre review - an assault on complacency by Rachel Halliburton

This scalpel-sharp drama anatomises marital breakdown with cold-eyed clarityAdultery seldom looks less adult than in the form of the mild-life crisis – that much-satirised condition in whi…

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Odds & Ends: NBC Recruits Sas Goldberg to Write & Produce Musical Comedy Series & More by

Here's a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today. NBC Recruits Sas Goldberg to Write & Produce Musical Comedy Series Sas Goldberg, standout cast member of Broadwa…

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Finishing What Playbill Started: Musicals With Actors Playing Their Own Instruments by JK

Late last week, Playbill ran THIS  article about 9 plays and musicals that used actors as an onstage band.  For some reason, they drew the line at nine!  And in doing so,…

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Letitia Wright to Star in London's The Convert, Written by Black Panther Co-Star Danai Gurira by Andy Lefkowitz

Letitia Wright has been cast in the upcoming Young Vic production of The Convert, written by Tony-nominated playwright Danai Gurira (Eclipsed), who acted alongside Wright in the hit film Bla…

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Pegasus Theatre to kick off 2018-19 season with Danai Gurira's 'Eclipsed' by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Pegasus Theatre announced its upcoming production of “Eclipsed,” the first play to premiere on Broadway with an all female and black cast and creative team. Written by Danai…

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Craig Zadan, Trailblazing Smash Producer Who Reignited Musicals on Screen, Dies at 69 by Andy Lefkowitz

Craig Zadan, a prolific producer of a wide variety of musical productions who began a resurgence of musicals on television, has died at age 69. The news of Zadan's death was confirmed in…

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Hot “Poldark” Star Aidan Turner Lights Up “Lieutenant of Inishmore”: Review by Mark Beech

Aidan Turner is right up there in the field of acting hot property. He is especially known as Ross Poldark in the BBC series “Poldark,” where steamy scenes of him shirtless somewhat ecli…

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Friday, June 22, 2018

‘A mystery why tutors chose this spoof as a graduate showcase’: DAISY PULLS IT OFF – Charing Cross Theatre by Johnny Fox

With such an array of talent on offer, it’s a mystery why tutors chose as a graduate showcase this thinly-written early 80s spoof of 1920s girls’ school fiction long eclipsed by St Trini…

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Starry Lifespan of a Fact to Feature Broadway's First All-Female Design Team by Andy Lefkowitz

The upcoming world premiere production of The Lifespan of a Fact will break ground this fall, featuring Broadway's first all-female lineup of designers, according to the production. The …

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