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Generational Change: Regional Theatre Pioneer Emily Mann Leaves McCarter

Mann didn’t just lead Princeton’s $23 million theatre from a respected regional outpost to a Tony-winning incubator of new work and new talent. While there she also built on an already ground-breaking career as a documentary-play creator and feminist director to create signature American works as Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years. Her stamp is on not only generations of theatre artists but creative administrators as well. – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Theatre, Princeton, Tony, Mann, 01.15.19, Emily Mann Leaves McCarter


Did Tony Soprano Die? The Two Guys Who Wrote ‘The Sopranos Sessions’ Hash It Out

Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall, who were the TV critics at Tony’s hometown paper (The Star-Ledger) when the series ran on HBO and who have just released a major book about the show for its 20th anniversary, lay their arguments over this subject on the line. — Vulture
Tags: Art, Hbo, Media, Tony, Matt Zoller Seitz, Alan Sepinwall, 01.09.19, Tony Soprano Die


Hartford Stage Names New Artistic Director: Melia Bensussen

“Raised in Mexico City, widely traveled, and based in the Boston area since the 1980s, Bensussen is just the sixth artistic director in Hartford Stage’s 55-year history. She is the first woman to hold the position,” in which she succeeds Tony-winning director Darko Trasnjak. — Hartford Courant
Tags: Art, Boston, Theatre, Mexico City, Tony, Hartford, Melia Bensussen, Bensussen, 01.09.19, Darko Trasnjak


Exit Lines: Mad as Hell

I’ve watched Belgian director Ivo van Hove deconstruct and reupholster classic texts since an outstanding Off Broadway production of The Misanthrope in 2007. It used video to immerse us more fully in the world of Molière, and broke the fourth wall in novel ways, as when the actors headed outside the theater for a scene, followed by videographers. Since then Broadway has embraced his vision, with acclaimed, award-winning productions of A View from the Bridge and The Crucible blowing the dust of d...
Tags: Music, Kerry Washington, Washington, Theatre, Fbi, Marlo Thomas, Oscar, Broadway, Diana, Network, Jordan, Spike Lee, Jeremy Jordan, Tatiana Maslany, Santacon, Arthur Miller


Actor Philip Bosco Dead At 88

While he appeared in roughly a dozen films (including Working Girl, Children of a Lesser God, Three Men and a Baby, and The First Wives Club) and guest-starred on many a television series, his great love was live theatre: he acted in 50 productions on Broadway alone and garnered six Tony nominations, winning in 1989 for Lend Me a Tenor. — Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Hollywood, People, Broadway, Tony, First Wives Club, 12.04.18, Philip Bosco


Prepping For A Big Change At Berkeley Rep

As longtime artistic director Tony Taccone leaves and new AD Johanna Pfaelzer comes in, Berkeley Rep’s managing director, Susan Medak, explains how that transition is working. “Part of the culture is undeniably a result of Tony having been here for twenty-two years. … I’ve also been saying, ‘As long as Tony’s here, this is the way it will be. But let’s all remember that when Tony leaves, this may be very, very different.’ That’s been a hard thing for some people to absorb but very easy for othe...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Berkeley, Tony, Tony Taccone, Susan Medak, Johanna Pfaelzer, 12.02.18, Big Change At Berkeley


Andy Blankenbuehler Replaces Wayne McGregor As Choreographer For Movie Version Of ‘Cats’

Blankenbuehler, who won a Tony and an Olivier Award for his work on Hamilton, steps in for contemporary ballet choreographer McGregor, who withdrew because of scheduling conflicts with a work he’s creating for the Royal Ballet in London.
Tags: Art, Dance, Royal Ballet, Hamilton, McGregor, Tony, Andy Blankenbuehler, Wayne McGregor, Blankenbuehler, 11.24.18


Cynthia Erivo, Getting Closer To That EGOT

The British actor who won the Emmy, Grammy and Tony as Celie in the Broadway revival of A Color Purple is about to be on the big screen in two different movies. “I am not aiming for [the Oscar]. … I’m aiming to do the work well, and if by chance that comes in my direction, I will be welcoming it with open arms.”
Tags: Art, People, Oscar, Broadway, Tony, Cynthia Erivo, Celie, 10.19.18


Exit Lines: “Girl From the North Country”

Twyla Tharp’s Broadway bust The Times They Are a-Changin’ (2006) proved that however rich and multifaceted Bob Dylan’s work is, it’s not exactly dance music. But Dylan wanted to try again, and so we have Girl From the North Country, which after its West End debut last year has been rapturously received at the Public Theater. By some, I should add; for others, myself included, the third time will have to be the charm. The show has all the earmarks of High Seriousness, starting with the venue, whi...
Tags: Music, London, Theatre, Bob Dylan, House, Broadway, Shakespeare, Rolling Stone, Exit Lines, Bob Cashill, Elizabeth, New York Theatre, Off Broadway, Duluth, Tony, McPherson


Justin Peck Will Choreograph Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Remake

Peck, the New York City Ballet dancer and choreographer who won a Tony this year for his work on Carousel, will create the dances for the film, which will be directed by Steven Spielberg to a screenplay by Tony Kushner.
Tags: Art, Dance, Steven Spielberg, Tony, Peck, New York City Ballet, 09.28.18, Justin Peck Will Choreograph Spielberg


Marilyn Strauss, Tony Winner And Founder Of Kansas City’s Shakespeare Festival, Has Died At 91

Strauss, who grew up and lived much of her life in Kansas City, was an independent Broadway producer who won a Tony for the Irish play “Da,” which ran for nearly two years. Then, “with the encouragement of the late Joseph Papp, founder of the New York Shakespeare Festival, Strauss returned to Kansas City to found a festival.” She built the 26-year-old fest from the ground up.
Tags: Art, People, Broadway, Kansas City, Strauss, Tony, Joseph Papp, 09.16.18, Marilyn Strauss Tony


Taylor Mac Is Coming To Broadway With A Starry Sequel To (Of All Things) ‘Titus Andronicus’

The conceit of Mac’s Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus is that the Roman civil war is over, madmen have taken power in the failing empire, and two servants — played by Andrea Martin and Nathan Lane — have the job of cleaning up all the dead bodies. Five-time Tony winner George C. Wolfe will direct, with set design by four-time Tony laureate Santo Loquasto.
Tags: Art, Theatre, Gary, Tony, Nathan Lane, George C Wolfe, Taylor Mac, Andrea Martin, 09.11.18


Three New EGOT Winners In One Night

“John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice have been awarded Emmys for their TV production of Jesus Christ Superstar, earning them EGOT status – meaning they have each won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards. EGOT winners are an exclusive club: including the trio, only 15 people have ever managed to achieve the four wins, including Audrey Hepburn, [Whoopi Goldberg,] Mel Brooks and John Gielgud.”
Tags: Art, People, Whoopi Goldberg, Audrey Hepburn, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Mel Brooks, Jesus Christ, Egot, Tony, Tim Rice, 09.10.18


Carole Shelley, Tony-Winning Actress, Dead At 79

The current generation of Broadway fans probably remembers her as the original Madame Morrible in Wicked, but she won her Tony for playing Madge Kendal opposite Philip Anglim in the original Broadway run (1979) of The Elephant Man. She’s also remembered, by an earlier generation, as one of the Pigeon sisters in the original stage and screen versions of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple.
Tags: Art, People, Broadway, Tony, Neil Simon, Madame Morrible, 09.04.18, Carole Shelley Tony, Madge Kendal, Philip Anglim


Brian Murray, Beloved New York Stage Actor, Dead At 80

The South African-born Murray began his career at the Royal Shakespeare Company before settling in the U.S., where he had a 50-year career that included directing and occasional film appearances as well as countless roles on and Off-Broadway (including three Tony nominations) and in regional theater.
Tags: Art, People, Broadway, Royal Shakespeare Company, Murray, Tony, Brian Murray, 08.21.18


Tony-Winning Director Vivian Matalon Dead At 88

“He was as comfortable with dramas like William Inge’s Bus Stop … as he was with a musical like The Tap Dance Kid, whose 1983 Broadway production earned him a [Tony] nomination for best direction of a musical.” (He won a Tony three years earlier for a revival of Morning’s at Seven.) “Though he worked with many stars over the years, he had special memories of directing [Noel] Coward late in his career.”
Tags: Art, People, Broadway, Tony, William Inge, 08.21.18, Vivian Matalon, Noel -RSB- Coward


Exit Lines: Flights of Fancy

New wine is being poured into old bottles on and Off Broadway. I’m not sure when Sir Philip Sidney’s Arcadia, written sometime before Manhattan was a thing, was last tackled on our stages, but here it is again–in somewhat revised form. Taking top billing this incarnation is the supergroup The Go-Gos, whose hits from the 80s, when New Wave was a thing, give Head Over Heels its backbone. This is one of the more out-there concepts for a jukebox musical, a form that’s hard to get right (for every Ma...
Tags: Music, New York, Theatre, Park, Broadway, Manhattan, Shakespeare, Arcadia, Hudson, Exit Lines, Bob Cashill, Herod, Philip, Off Broadway, Delphi, Mamma Mia


Actor Gary Beach, Tony Winner For ‘The Producers’, Dead At 70

“Mr. Beach won the 2001 Tony for best featured actor in a musical for “The Producers,” … in which he originated the role of the cross-dressing director Roger De Bris. He began his acceptance speech at the Tonys memorably. ‘Heil Mel!’ he shouted.” He received additional nominations for playing Albin in La Cage aux Folles (2004) and Lumière the candelabra in Beauty and the Beast (1994).
Tags: Art, People, Beach, Tony, Roger De Bris, Albin, 07.18.18, Gary Beach Tony, Heil Mel


An Avant-Garde ‘West Side Story’ (?!?) Is Coming To Broadway

A pair of Belgian stage artists who are leaders of Europe’s institutional avant-garde, director Ivo van Hove and choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, will stage the first major American revival of the musical to make a complete departure from the model of Jerome Robbins’s original staging. (De Keersmaeker and her company have been regular visitors at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; van Hove has directed two Arthur Miller revivals on Broadway and won a Tony for one of them.)
Tags: Art, Europe, Theatre, Broadway, Arthur Miller, Ivo van Hove, Tony, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Van Hove, Jerome Robbins, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, De Keersmaeker, 07.12.18


Glenda Jackson Will Return To Broadway In A New King Lear

The Oscar- and Tony-winning actor, now 82, returned to the stage two years ago, after a 23-year career in the UK Parliament, playing Lear in a modern-dress production at the Old Vic. Rather than bringing that staging to Broadway, she'll be performing next spring with an entirely new creative team and cast assembled by lead […]
Tags: Art, UK, Theatre, Broadway, Tony, Lear, Glenda Jackson, 06.28.18


The Changing Of The Guard At 'The Band's Visit': Tony Shalhoub Hands Off The (Actual) Baton

"'It was beautiful. You brought your own character to the role,' Sasson Gabay is telling Tony Shalhoub, who recently won a Tony for starring in the musical The Band's Visit. Gabay is the Israeli actor who originated the character of the stern and melancholy police officer Tewfiq, playing the role in the 2007 film from […]
Tags: Art, Theatre, Tony, Tony Shalhoub, Gabay, 06.19.18, Sasson Gabay, Tewfiq


On Repeat: 9 Artists on What Helps Them Get Their Work Done

A Swiss self-hypnosis device, “30 Rock” as background noise and other habits that creative people have while on deadlines.
Tags: Art, News, Tony, Camille, Jon, Sebastian, Abney, Errazuriz, Yi, Anicka, Rafman, Henrot, Nina Chanel (1982-, Oursler


What's Up With Chorus Members Not Being Eligible For Tonys?

Ironically, in the musical devoted to their lives - A Chorus Line, of course - there often is no chorus. But Actors Equity wants to change what chorus members can achieve: "It's petitioning the Tony administration committee to consider awards for not only choruses, but their counterparts in plays, known as ensembles."
Tags: Art, Theatre, Tony, 06.10.18


How 'The Band's Visit', Broadway's Little-Show-That-Could, Got Its Big Song

"Vulture sat down with director David Cromer, book writer Itamar Moses, and composer-lyricist David Yazbek, and Lenk — are all nominated for Tony awards in their respective categories, added with another seven for the show's total 11 nods — to talk about the process of translating scene into song and creating a number that is […]
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, Tony, David Cromer, David Yazbek, Lenk, Itamar Moses, 05.31.18


Exit Lines: MeToo Musicals

To review the Tony-nominated musicals of the recent past is a reminder of how small the number of Tony-nominated musicals that can profitably be revived on Broadway is. Shows as diverse as Bright Star, Nice Work If You Can Get It, and Memphis (the 2009 winner) can go on to half lives on tour and as theatre group favorites, but a second Broadway run is all but out of the question, as it is for the umpteenth movies-into-musicals that crowd a typical season. If Broadway revivals is one element that...
Tags: Music, New York, London, Downton Abbey, Theatre, Spain, Broadway, South Pacific, Lincoln Center, Oklahoma, Memphis, George Bernard Shaw, New England, Thompson, Carousel, Diana Rigg


Show Us Your Wall: Want a Warehouse of Art? Try the Installment Plan

Art can be full of surprises. Sometimes it speaks to you.
Tags: Art, News, Stella, Frank, Tony, Collectors and Collections, Ron Pizzuti, Oursler


Exit Lines: “Lobby Hero”

I had fun at Three Tall Women–too much fun, I suspect. Its original Off Broadway production, which won Edward Albee his third Pulitzer Prize in 1994 after a dry spell, was more quietly lacerating than what’s currently at the Golden, dreamier, stranger. I mean, all Albee plays are strange, occupying their own fascinating space between his imagination and ours. But this one, with three women, A, B, and C, who seem to have assigned roles (aging dowager mother, dutiful daughter, lawyer) in the first...
Tags: Music, Theatre, America, Manchester, Broadway, Edward Albee, Marines, Manhattan, Evans, Bill, William, Chris Evans, Zurich, Tom Stoppard, Patrick Marber, Exit Lines


How Liesl Tommy Carved Out A Career For Herself As Director, Tony Nominations And All

It was, in her words, "a fucking compulsion," says Tommy, a mixed-race native of Cape Town who came to Massachusetts with her family at age 15. "I believed the lie that the reason that there weren't more of us [directors of color] working was because they didn't believe we were qualified. So I was like, […]
Tags: Art, Massachusetts, Theatre, Cape Town, Tony, Tommy, Liesl Tommy, 04.18.18


Review: Children of a Lesser God Challenges Broadway to Really Listen

Joshua Jackson and Lauren Ridloff star in the Broadway revival of Mark Medoff's 1980 Tony-winning drama.
Tags: Theatre, Broadway, Tony, Mark Medoff, Joshua Jackson, Lauren Ridloff


Video Flash: Watch the Trailer for John Cameron Mitchell's How to Talk to Girls at Parties

Tony winner Alex Sharp stars in the film, based on the short story by Neil Gaiman.
Tags: Theatre, John Cameron Mitchell, Tony, Alex Sharp



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