Broadway Buzz for Kids: Frozen, Charlie, and Wicked News
It has been floating around the “arriving on Broadway in 2018” stratosphere for awhile now, but happily, Frozen -- Disney’s highly anticipated stage musical based on the 2013 jumbo animated hit film of the same name -- has a theatre, an official preview date and, most importantly, “first dibs at tickets” info.
Star Gazing on Broadway This Fall
Sure, summer’s winding down and the new theatre season’s a month or two away from full-throttle, but trust me: star power and new faces are making 2017’s transition from August to September a white-hot time of year. Classics like The Phantom of the Opera and newcomers like Prince of Broadway are only part of New York’s expansive theatrical picture. I invite you to indulge in some serious celeb sighting!
Guess Who's Coming to Broadway...(Spoiler Alert: The Boss)
Oh, the bizarre cross pollination of Broadway of the 2017-2018 season: from SpongeBob SquarePants and his under-the-sea cohorts to two-time Oscar winner Glenda Jackson’s return to Broadway after a 30 year hiatus in Three Tall Women (alongside 2017 Tony winner Laurie Metcalf); to the spanking new Jimmy Buffett jukebox musical Escape to Margaritaville to Downton Abbey’s Cora Crowley (Oscar nominee Elizabeth McGovern) in J.B. Priestly’s vintage Time and the Conways.
Broadway's Best Tour & VIP Packages
Everyone knows that a show on Broadway is something worth seeing, and now you can do more than watch. With Broadway Plus VIP Services, you can go behind-the-scenes of some of Broadway’s hit productions to meet cast members, tour exclusive spaces, and learn fascinating facts about what goes into making an unforgettable performance. There are plenty of VIP Packages to choose from—both new and old—and you can’t go wrong with any of them.
Indecent Exposure: Catch This Powerful Broadway Show While You Still Can
Exquisite. Evocative. Heartwarming and heartbreaking. Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel has given Broadway theatregoers the season’s most haunting production: Indecent.
Experience NYC's Immigrant History with Amerike—The Golden Land
Amerike—The Golden Land, a re-invented musical being brought back to the stage by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene in NYC this summer, is a story of cultural immigration, xenophobia, social struggles, economic difficulties, and the learning of a new language, filled with powerful messages. This Off-Broadway show at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust will bring up important questions of what it means to integrate into something new, whether it be a place or a group of people, taking an immersive journey in the process.
The New Season Takes Shape in New York Theatre
It’s time to turn your attention to the new season of New York theatre, already in progress.
The Elder Price Is Right: Book of Mormon’s Nic Rouleau
The character played by Nic Rouleau is described in The Book of Mormon script as “a young, dashing Mormon Missionary…with a big smile on his face” and he is the first post-prologue character onstage at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre.
Coming Soon: New Cast for A Doll's House, Part 2
When Broadway contracts expire, it’s not uncommon for actors, particularly those with West Coast roots, to take it on the lam. The most recent – and newsworthy – departures involved the four-character cast from the Tony-nominated Best Play, A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath.
Broadway and Off-Broadway Closings: Farewell to The Little Foxes and More
It’s a phrase, it’s a song, it’s a cliché… and now and again it actually reads factual when it refers to New York theatre: “Only the good die young.” In stage parlance, it translates to: “only the good close young.” Read on for our guide to fond farewells to Broadway and Off-Broadway this summer.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Your Golden Ticket to Wonka Mania
Interesting kid, Charlie Bucket, the young hero of Broadway’s latest family-friendly sensation, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He lives in a single parent home. Sort of. While his mom (Emily Padgett) works numerous jobs, the two share their home with all four of Charlie’s grandparents—who have retired (literally) to one seriously gridlocked bed. Not that they mind. In fact, aside from their diet of deceased vegetables and a lack of heat, they seem to enjoy their tucked-in lives.
Summer Theatre in NYC: Fests and More
While Broadway shakes off its residual Tony Night stardust, I suggest adding to your wish list of Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day, and Miss Saigon some of Off-Broadway’s summer plays, musicals, and festivals—performed indoors and out. Imagine: shows poised to take on Broadway in a year or two...stars keeping it real in the classics…parodies with wild ride guarantees…thought-provoking…unorthodox…and sometimes free!
Tony Awards: The Aftermath Commences (The Latest Closings and Extended Runs)
Once the Tonys pass, Broadway tongues will get to wagging on closings, extended runs, and all the other fallout from the awards show. An annual inevitability? State of the Arts tradition? Or maybe, a simply worded cliché: let's get this show on the road. Any way you tweet it, it happens as a direct result of the Tony Awards.
Take It Sleazy: Jon Jon Briones in Miss Saigon’s First Broadway Revival
The acclaimed Broadway revival of Miss Saigon brings back the tragic love story of Chris (Alistair Brammer), an American soldier, and Kim (Eva Noblezada), a 17-year-old Vietnamese bargirl, shortly before United States troops evacuate Saigon in 1975. As for the third key player in this compelling musical, look to “The Engineer”—the sleazy opportunist who runs the bar-and-brothel where Kim and other young women work. Dressed in shades of purple and red, his long hair looking sweaty, Jon Jon Briones captures The Engineer’s shadiness from his first seconds onstage.
Notes From the Tony Trenches: 2017 Award Wrap Up
As far as the 2017 Tony Awards go, color me saturated. From the schvitzy red carpet prequel to the protracted opening number to mega musical performances to playwright synopses to backstage commercial lead-ins to assorted comedic tidbits to thank-you speeches laced with pokes at the current administration’s disdain for the arts…it was a wild ride.
Church & State: Catch It Pronto, Before It Goes!
The Off-Broadway play Church & State grew from Jason Odell Williams’s visceral reaction to three gun-related tragedies. Catch it before it closes, June 4th.
"The Band's Visit" Plans a Stay on Broadway
If, like me (#mortified), you missed The Band’s Visit -- aka a “Best of the Year” pick by multiple media sources, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Huffington Post -- during its initial mini-run (12/8 /16 to 1/8/17) at Off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater, get ready for a second chance: it will be punching Broadway’s fall clock starting October 7th with an official opening date of November 9th.
Ali Ewoldt, Phantom’s First Asian-American Leading Lady
The half-mask, the chandelier, the powerful organ refrain—“Phans” of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stirring classic, The Phantom of the Opera, know these iconic elements well. And as the musical approaches its 30th anniversary next January, it remains as vibrant as ever for Broadway cognoscenti…and those who want to be. (Just listen to the murmurs from the audience at the first strains of “Think of Me” and “Angel of Music.”)
Broadway's Latest Buzz, From Glenda Jackson to King Kong
It’s reassuring to know a couple of this season’s VIP players have signed on for Three Tall Women, slated to hit Broadway next spring. Joe Mantello, whose run as alongside Sally Field’s Amanda in The Glass Menagerie ends its run this coming Sunday, will be directing Laurie Metcalf, a Tony nominee for her current five-star run as Nora Helmer in A Doll’s House, Part 2. Oh yes, also appearing with Metcalf will be two-time Oscar winner Glenda Jackson who returns to Broadway after a 30 year absence. [The youngest tall woman – and non-speaking Boy character – remain floating about the murky casting realm of TBA..]
Tony Nominations 2017: Picks & Pronouncements
Red carpet madness is just around the corner of Manhattan’s 5lst Street and Sixth Avenue, where Radio City Music Hall is buffing up its Deco sizzle and glam in preparation for Broadway’s biggest (televised) event: The 71st Annual Tony Awards.
Broadway Exits and Entrances: Farinelli and the King, Time and the Conways, and More
Broadway bids farewell to Amélie and The Glass Menagerie, gets ready to welcome Farinelli and the King and Time and the Conways.
Broadway's 'Amelie, A New Musical' to Close This Month
The musical version of the French film Amélie starring Hamilton alumna Phillipa Soo has achieved the annual – and dubious -- honor of being the first up-and-running-open-ended show of the 2016-2017 season to suffer the slings and arrows of zero Tony nominations. Well-intentioned and sweet, the musical was a hard-sell to tourists who comprise a big and important chunk of ticket buyers. Closing date is set for May 21st.
Michael Moore Surrenders to Broadway
He’s an Oscar-winning filmmaker, Emmy-winning television creator, best-selling author and a boon to every talk show with the chutzpah to book him. And now, with his quiver heavy with disgruntled pragmatism, controversy and hard-core humor, Michael Moore is priming his rhetoric for an unrelenting game of political Whack-A-Mole in his theatrical debut in his latest work, The Terms of My Surrender. I, for one, cannot wait.
Broadway's Summer Kicks Off with Red-Hot Star Clout
June 11ths’s red carpet leading into the 71st Tony Awards may be a month and change away from being unfurled, but New York’s 2017-2018 theatre season has already begun stacking its theatrical Jenga blocks, starting with Scott McPhereson’s Marvin’s Room, making its Broadway debut on June 8th at the American Airlines Theatre.
Theatre NYC: Shaken and Stirring on Broadway
Basketball fans eyeing the finals have nothing on theatre aficionados—and the stakes are just as high now that Tony season is upon us. And while you might think landing a shiny statuette is the carrot that entices big name players to Broadway each season, this just isn’t the case.