Bright Colors and Bold Patterns Returns to NYC!
Last December, the one-man show Bright Colors and Bold Patterns took the theatre world by storm in its New York debut at the Barrow Street Theatre. Now, the acclaimed production will return to the New York stage once again for a limited run at the Soho Playhouse.
Shakespeare in Love: A New Exclusive Coming to the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
Shakespeare fans should "get thee hence" and head to New Jersey this fall, as the acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison becomes the first theater in the Northeast to stage Shakespeare in Love.
Halloween Theatre NYC: Shows That Go Bump in the Night
New York’s reputation for Halloween antics—from the goes-without-saying fabulousness of the Village Halloween parade to masked balls to haunted whatnots—is in full theatrical throttle. And it looks like Frankenstein is upstaging Dracula on all fronts this year.
How to Score Tickets for Springsteen on Broadway
Even when the disappointment of sold-out Springsteen on Broadway looms heavy and hard, there is a flicker of hope when it comes to scoring tickets to see The Boss on Broadway. Sure, it’s not the most surefire flicker, but, to paraphrase Dirty Harry: Do you feel lucky, fans? (Or Bruce Tramps, if you prefer.)
Manhattan Stages Become Celebrity Central
Millennials, Gen-Xers, Boomers—whatever generational mindset you embrace, rest assured you can indulge your inner fan during this star-spangled new season. Not only is Broadway seeing seismic numbers of A-listers from TV and film, but Off-Broadway’s growing roster of big names is probably breaking some kind of theatrical record as well.
Breaking News on the Broadway Front
Who knew the balance of post-Labor Day week would come bearing Broadway buzz of the “yikes!” persuasion? Some of us are still reeling or—as the Brits would say—we’re a bit gob-smacked. Cutting to the chase, it was just announced that Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2 (originally slated to end its run on January 7th) has posted a closing date of Sunday, September 24th.
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..]