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.
Beautiful Music: Abby Mueller Channels Carole King on Broadway
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical has become something of a sister act. First Jessie Mueller portrayed the singer-songwriter—and won the Tony Award for best actress in a leading role in a musical. (When Mueller left to star in Waitress, Chilina Kennedy stepped in.) But this past March, the stage of the Stephen Sondheim Theatre was back in the Mueller family when Jessie’s older sister, Abby—fresh from playing King in Beautiful’s national tour—took over the lead on Broadway.
Kevin Spacey to Host 2017 Tony Awards
Radio City Music Hall will be welcoming Kevin Spacey back into Broadway’s inner circle on June 11th when he steps onto the iconic stage as host of the 71st Annual Tony Awards.
Broadway's Gideon Glick and the Search for a Significant Other
It’s been more than a few weeks since I saw Gideon Glick in playwright Joshua Harmon’s funny, poignant, strikingly human Significant Other which—as it spiraled beyond its heartfelt conclusion into curtain call—left a young woman sitting behind me in tears. The kind of heavy-duty tears that speak to an emotional connection with the characters that inhabited our hearts for the previous two hours and fifteen minutes.
Broadway Goes Full Throttle for Spring
It happens every spring: Broadway’s rip-roaring, all-star running of the new show bulls. And April, my theatre-craving friends, is mondo month for taking in previews and openings as the shows stampede towards June 11th’s Tony Awards.
Circus 1903: A Golden Age Returns at Madison Square Garden
Think back for a minute to the golden age of the circus, when traveling acts went from town to city hoisting up their tents and bringing a memorable spectacle to ticket-holders time and time again. It might be 2017, but Madison Square Garden is about to recreate some of that early twentieth century magic with Circus 1903: The Golden Age of the Circus. Serving as an ode to unforgettable decades when circuses ruled the entertainment world, Circus 1903 brings back to life the circus in all its glory in the heart of New York City.
Bit Parts: Breaking Theatre News & Reviews in a New York Nutshell
The latest gossip on this spring's newest Broadway shows-with Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, Laura Linney, Cynthia Nixon, Allison Janney, and more.
March Magic: What's New on Broadway
Just when you thought selecting the perfect Broadway show would be a slam-dunk, a hefty March preview count turned the New York theatre decision-making process into a supersized challenge. From the month’s first heady days, when the long-awaited revival of Miss Saigon helicopters in (3/1), and Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s Sweat transfers from Off-Broadway to Studio 54 (3/4), it’s a pedal-to-metal landscape.
Broadway’s On Your Feet! | The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan
If you plan to be backstage at the Marquis Theatre between shows on any given Saturday, it’s a good idea to brush up on your Spanish. The bilingual cast of On Your Feet!—the high-octane musical bio about Emilio and Gloria Estefan—has reserved the day to converse exclusively “en Español,” or, as leading lady Ana Villafañe explains, “It’s a game we play every week to honor our cultures and the two people [who] brought these cultures together through their music.”
Preview Season for New York Theatre: 1984 & More!
Football season? Over. Theatre season? Just revving up. In the now, previews: the new offerings of On-, Off-, and Off-Off-Broadway are entering the theatrical arena at an exhilarating rate.
The Big BroadwayCon 2017 Wrap Up!
BroadwayCon—the theatre-addict’s pipeline to merchandise, networking, cavorting, hobnobbing—with each other and the celebs who make the Great White Way great—may be over but, like reliving a favorite show in your mind’s eye, the takeaway is indelible.
Happy Bubble Birthday (A Gazillion Times Over!)
On Saturday, February 15th the family-friendly, ultra-popular, über-delightful, mega-awesome Gazillion Bubble Show will celebrate its tenth anniversary at Off-Broadway’s New World Stages.
The Devil Wears Prada Heads to Broadway
Books–to-movies-to-mega-stage-musicals may be business as usual by now, but sometimes the stakes are high enough to celebrate—like when Sir Elton John (music) and Paul Rudnick (book and lyrics) team up to write a musical version of The Devil Wears Prada for Broadway.
New York Theatre's February Celebrity Scene
The crush of powerhouse players steamrolling their way onto Broadway this February says it all: 2017’s superstar muscle has arrived.
A Bronx Tale's Nick Cordero and Bigger-Than-Life Life
Few Broadway shows have the professional pedigree brought to life in the memory musical A Bronx Tale. Born of actor-writer Chazz Palminteri’s hit one-man stage/childhood-through-young-adulthood 1960s flashback, this indelible production shines brightly thanks in part to the performance by Nick Cordero as complicated gangster/mentor to Calogero (Chazz) that strikes the loudest and most poignant chord with theatergoers.
Broadway Behind the Scenes: BroadwayCon Update, Aladdin Changes, and More
For the next couple of weeks leading up to BroadwayCon’s three days kicking off on January 27th, I expect there will be one, two, or several more updates to my original story. This is the first.
Unprecedented Broadway: Cirque de Soleil PARAMOUR
It may be teeming with virtuoso acrobats, tumblers, aerialists, unicyclists, and an irresistible clown (Nate Cooper), but Cirque de Soleil PARAMOUR is a world apart from conventional circus creations. Here these acts serve as a Cirque celebration and as a backdrop to one of Broadway’s most creative productions to date.
A Confident and Compelling 'Othello: The Remix'
I first read Othello in high school; I directed a scene from it in college; I’ve sat through countless stage productions and I’ve caught a few film versions here and there (thank you, TCM). But I have never been as swept up in the emotional trajectory of the characters as I was in the Q Brother’s hip-hop take, Othello: The Remix.
New to Broadway: Debuts from Cate Blanchett, Mel B & More!
When it comes to New York in the throes of winter, the thrill of the chill is a plus only for those who get a kick out of all things arctic. For the rest of us, it’s not as alluring to be hopping giant puddles at street corners and scaling grungy piles—January’s slush fund concept isn’t so much an illicit nest egg as it is an investment in waterproof boots.
Broadway's Latest: Closings and Openings for January 2017
As it is most Januarys, Broadway is up to its eyeballs in New York theatre bloodletting. Still, this year the adieus are coming so thick and fast it’s hard to believe the Great White Way will ever reach capacity again.
Catch 'Em Before They're Gone! Finishing the Year on Broadway
The New Year will soon be upon us, and while it brings about a new slew of theatrical attractions (hello, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! How you doin’, Groundhog Day?!), it also signals its fair share of closings…The early days of 2017, unfortunately, mark the final hours for some of Broadway’s greatest recent hits.
The Best Alternative Holiday Shows in NYC
Face it—we all love The Nutcracker and The Rockettes, but sometimes during the holidays, it’s nice to branch out. With that in mind, we’ve come up with some alternative holiday entertainment in New York City. We’re not suggesting you forego the classics, just add on to them with these special holiday shows.